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Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer
JMG Senior Enlisted Leader
Remember your first day at boot camp? It was
probably a day of loud, one-sided conversations, maybe
with a few expletives thrown your way. It was definitely
a culture shock.
Beginning with the first day of your military career,
you are exposed to some form of leadership. This exposure
begins the process of building your leadership style and
principles that will define you as a future leader. As you
navigate through the various stages of your career, you will
have the opportunity to observe different leadership styles
and traits. We have to wade through and experience
many types of leadership in an attempt to build the
foundation of how we will lead. One thing will
constantly change the Troopers we lead! Just
when you think you've figured out the game,
the players change.
A common mistake I've seen from young
leaders in the past is the expectation that their
Troopers will adapt to their leadership style.
In reality, it's quite the opposite. It is the
leader who must analyze, learn, adapt and
implement appropriate leadership styles and
traits to achieve the desired goal. Regardless
of your branch of service, the one common
element we live with as military members is
the constant change of our Soldiers, Sailors,
Marines, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen.
Leaders get stuck in the mud when they
fail to realize that leading troops is an ever-
changing dynamic. What worked 20 years
ago may be ineffective in today's military.
Evolving leadership isn't an option in the 21st
century military, it's a necessity to mission
success, career progression and, above all, it
just makes sense.
The easiest way to break bad habits is to never
acquire them. As young Troopers beginning your
journey down the road of leadership, remember
to never get locked into one style of leadership for
every situation or for every Trooper. The Troopers
you lead tomorrow will be completely different
from those you lead today, as will your challenges.
You owe it to your Troopers to evolve your leadership
in order to ensure success of the future leaders of
your service. Evolving leadership may be easy for
some and very hard for others. It takes an enormous
amount of courage to admit your leadership style
may not be working and to tap into other leadership
resources you've observed throughout the years. The
more leadership tools you have stashed away in your
tool box, the better prepared you will be to handle
Some of your fondest memories, as you reflect
back on your career one day, will be the realization
that your leadership made the difference in a Trooper's
life and career. The success of your Troopers is a
direct reflection of you... as their successful leader! 0
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As he begins a tour as Joint Task Force
Guantanamo commander, Navy Rear Adm.
Thomas H. Copeman, talks about his hopes
to accomplish what he calls, "the most
professionally-run dentition facility on the
Copeman took command of the JTF
Guantanamo June 19. Since then, he has
spent time talking to and meeting with
Troopers throughout the task force.
"My goal is to continue to enable and
execute the mission of safe, humane,
legal and transparent care and custody of
detainees until such time when we will be
able to cease detention operations here in
accordance with the President's executive
order," Copeman said.
The referred order states that the
detention facilities here will close by
January 22, 2010.
"All of our efforts and planning are
shooting for all detention operations to
end on that day," Copeman continued.
"My goal is to continue with the level of
professionalism and excellence in detention
operations that we have right now until the
very last detainee leaves."
While Copeman expresses his confidence
in this organization, he realizes that there is a
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lot of uncertainty that hovers over GTMO.
"We are very sensitive to the fact that
there is a lot of uncertainty," Copeman said.
"We know that there are a lot of events that
have to occur in a short period of time for
the goal to be met.
"When I know something different from
the President's order, the Troopers here will
be the first to know," Copeman added. "The
only advice I can give the [Troopers] is to
maintain this focus and intensity even more
so as we move toward closure."
Copeman has held many commands and
positions throughout his Navy career. There
are certain skills he feels are necessary for
a commander to be successful.
"I think there are a lot of skill sets that
are required to be a successful commander:
having the long habit of making clear and
unequivocal decisions and being able to
listen to subordinates to get a good input
before making decisions are all important
factors for contributing to success for a
command," Copeman explained.
"The Troopers, more specifically the
525th Military Police Battalion and Naval
Expeditionary GuardBattalion, are the main
battery for the safe and humane custody
of the [detainees]. They are the ones on
the cell blocks with these guys every day.
These Troopers are the key ingredient in
successfully completing our mission here.
It is their morale and professionalism that
will enable the Joint Task Force mission to
be a success."
As commander of a joint task force,
Copeman sees the value and experience
a joint environment can provide for
"I think the joint environment is
different for each service member based
on their experience level," Copeman said.
"I think the value of working in a joint
environment is that the Troopers who are
a little more junior get an exposure to the
culture of the other services. I think the
value of joint operations is [Troopers] pick
up different ways to succeed that might be
out of [their] culture."
Copeman has a message for the Troopers
about their mission here at the JTF.
"Despite what [Troopers] read in the
newspaper from people who haven't been
here, the folks that really count the
American public and the congressmen
who come here and see what we're doing
- are behind them 100 percent of the way,"
Copeman is excited about his next two
years as the JTF commander and hopes to
provide the Troopers here an environment
that will foster success.
"It is always an honor to command,
especially at a place like this. I hope I can
enable the best in everyone to come out,"
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Coast Guard celebrates 219 years
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Members of the Maritime Safety and Security Team
91101, from Seattle, Wash., celebrated the United
States Coast Guard birthday at Cable Beach,
Aug. 4 The celebration marked 219 years
of service to the nation.
The United States Coast Guard is
a military, multi-mission, maritime
service within the Department
of Homeland Security and one
of the nation's five armed
services. Its core roles are
to protect the public, the
environment and U.S.
economic and security
interests in any maritime
region in which those
interests may be at risk,
waters and America's
coasts, ports and inland
At Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay, the
MSST plays an integral
role by providing anti- y
terrorism force protection
within the naval defense
sea area of Guantanamo
Bay. The team also provides
landside security for the
Expeditionary Legal Complex
during the military commissions
process for detainees.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class
Cameron Espitia, a boatswains mate with
the MSST, said he was enjoying the opportunity
to recognize his branch's birthday and the years of
service and sacrifice by its members.
"This is an important day for us Coast Guardsmen and we are
glad we can take this time to recognize it," said Espitia.
On August 4, 1790, Alexander Hamilton led the Congress
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in authorizing the construction of 10 vessels to enforce tariff
and trade laws, prevent smuggling and protect the collection of
federal revenue. This small fleet would come to be known as the
Revenue Cutter Service and formed the precursor of the modem
Coast Guard. When the Revenue Cutter Service merged
with the United States Lifesaving Service in 1915,
the Coast Guard adopted its present name.
The branch continued to expand in later
years as it absorbed the Lighthouse
Service and the Bureau of Marine
Inspection and Navigation.
Coast Guard Petty Officer
3rd Class Raquel Spear, the
lead watchstander with
the MSST, said she is
S proud of her service
and has had a number
of unique experiences
celebrating the Coast
"Wherever I am
each year I end up
doing something a
little different," Spear
said. "This year is
unique because I
am in Guantanamo
Bay. I will always
? remember the place
and the people here.
This celebration is a
great way to spend time
together, honoring our
service and its contributions
to our country."
Members from the Coast
Guard Cutter Bear (WMEC 901),
which was temporarily docked at the
naval station, also participated in this
year's birthday celebration.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Nick Burris
said he was enjoying spending time with his fellow Coast
Guardsmen at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.
"This is one of my favorite stops we make during our time at
sea," Burris said. "What a great place to spend this great day." O
Coast Guard Petty
Officer 3rd Class
readies an M240B
machine gun at Naval
Range, Aug. 5.
Dower is deployed
with Coast Guard
and Security Team
91101 and patrols
Joint Task Force
support of detention
Guantanamo photo by
Navy Petty Officer 1st
Class Richard Wolff
MISSION I FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2009
Air Force Airman 1'' Class Mark Quinn, left, and Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andre Petrin, right, of the 157th Civil Engineering
Squadron, load a concrete picnic table base onto a forklift as they repair tables at Windmill Beach as part of their two-
week Deployment For Training. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Andrew Hillegass
Base reaps benefits of real-world training
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
For Troopers in reserve units, mandatory
two-week training periods are the order of
the day. Reservists know that they will
have to leave their families during the year
and head out to their local training facilities.
For some members of the Air National
Guard, they may find themselves in another
part of the world for their Deployment for
Members of the New Hampshire Air
National Guard's 157th Civil Engineering
Squadron found themselves at Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay for their yearly
DFT period and are not running short of
real-world conditions to prepare themselves
for possible overseas deployment.
Since arriving on island at the beginning
of August, they have immersed themselves
in almost non-stop work, completing a
number of projects in a short period of
"We have kept very busy here. As a
matter of fact, the other day [Navy] Capt.
[Carl] Knuckles told us that in the first four
days we were here, we completed about
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10 days worth of work," said the non-
commissioned officer-in-charge for the
DFT, Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Bill
Although not the first location for the
unit, which provides a gamut of services
from constructionto electrical andplumbing
repair, Joint task Force Guantanamo is
proving an important training tool for the
"It is great coming down here, even if
for two weeks, because we are helping out
everyone here in Guantanamo, not just the
JTF," added Russell, who has more than 20
years with the Air National Guard.
Air Force Lt. Col. Mike Busby, the
commander of the 157th, enjoys what
Guantanamo provides for his Troopers. The
location has not only provided real-world
training for the unit, but it also gives them
the chance to experience an environment
that differs greatly from their home state.
"When we come down, we have to deal
with elevated temperatures, being away
from home and even the living conditions.
Those are the things that are going to
make the difference when we deploy," said
The list of projects the team has been
involved with have ranged from the
relatively small, such as swapping out
some electrical panels at the public works
self-help building, to slightly more labor-
intensive projects like resurfacing the roof
of the naval station's hospital.
"Our guys were out at the hospital, the
first week we were here, working on their
roof. It gives my guys the opportunity to
complete a job that not only gave my guys
roofing experience but also saved the base
nearly $50,000 in contractor costs," praised
Russell, a nine-year active duty veteran.
In addition to resurfacing the hospital
roof, they are also putting the finishing
touches on a new gazebo, running electrical
lines to the structure so that they will be
able to hook up lights and a ceiling fan.
For Busby, who has been in the unit for
more than 20 years as both enlisted and
officer, this kind of on-the-job training is
the type of thing that not only boosts the
morale of his Airmen but also provides
them with invaluable training that his unit
has been lacking over the last few years.
"Over the last 10 years we have lost
many personnel because they want to get
out and do their jobs instead of preparing
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Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarreod Sablan, left, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Jared Johnson, right, do pre-dive
safety checks before conducting a dive during the PADI Open Water Course, Aug. 8. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army
1st Lt. Christopher Cudney
Army 1st Lt.
Christopher W. Cudney
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
There are many words that come to mind
when people think about diving "fun",
"exciting", "relaxing", "amazing" but the
most important word on a Trooper's mind
should be "safety".
Diving is one of Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay's most popular recreation
activities. With their pristine coral heads,
myriad of wildlife and a variety of sunken
vessels, the waters of Guantanamo offer
diving opportunities matched by few places
in the world. But with that opportunity
comes a responsibility for the safety of
yourself and of other Troopers.
There have been two diving accidents
within the last three weeks, each requiring
a diver be treated in the base hyperbaric
Two long-time residents and dive
enthusiasts of Guantanamo, William and
Jessie Keenan, have always stressed dive
According to William, a NORESCO
project manager and Professional
Association of Diving Instructors dive
instructor, most diving injuries can be
avoided by conducting safety checks and
evaluating your physical readiness.
"There are a lot of factors that we
can control on our own that will help
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prevent us from being more susceptible to
decompression sickness," William said.
The term decompression sickness or
decompression illness is used to encompass
all injuries associated with the precipitation
of dissolved gasses into bubbles inside
the body during depressurization.
Decompression illnesses can be as simple
as feeling overly tired after a dive or mild
tingling in the extremities or as severe as
partial or complete paralysis and even
death. A diver's susceptibility to these
injuries, while rare, can be increased by
a multitude of factors that are unique to
"A lot of the conditions for divers here
are conditions they can help prevent; for
instance, staying hydrated. Dehydration
is probably the number one cause of
decompression sickness even though
[divers] are within the [PADI recreational
dive planner] tables. Other things [include]
strenuous exercise before or after diving,
alcohol consumption, your physical state,
and fatigue for instance if you didn't get
enough sleep the night before. Smokers
have an increased susceptibility to
[decompression illness]," William said.
There are other factors that increase risk
that divers cannot control but of which they
need to be aware.
"There are factors that we don't have
control over; age, body [composition] -
everybody's metabolism and body is a little
bit different from another person's, so your
body will react a little bit differently to
the loading of nitrogen than the next guy,"
Utilizing the PADI recreational dive
planner conservatively can greatly reduce
these risk factors.
"Be more conservative with the
[recreational dive planner] tables on your
own by choosing shallower depths and
spend less time at specific depths. We
always teach you in the open water course;
stay away from your maximum limits. The
further away from the maximum limits you
are, the less susceptible to [decompression
illness] you are going to be," William
Divers with a decompression illness
are treated at the base hyperbaric
recompression chamber. According to
Navy Chief Petty Officer Michael Hajduk,
naval station command diving officer
and harbor magistrate, the chamber is
designed to pressurize the atmosphere
within to simulate pressure incurred at
specific ocean depths. During treatment
for a decompression illness this pressure
"crushes the [nitrogen] bubbles" and as
the pressure is reduced gradually it allows
the gas to leave the body more naturally.
When the chamber is in use all diving is
See DIVE SAFETY/12
LOCAL SPORTS I FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2009
Washington, Travolta take Pelham 123
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The world of train dispatching may
seem dull to the outsider. Days of sitting at
a microphone, watching dots move across a
screenjustin case something should happen
could lead one to believe the job is boring,
to say the least. Not so in "The Taking of
Pelham 123," when a dispatcher's day
suddenly becomes very exciting.
Of course, this dispatcher is not the
average train-dispatching type. He was
once a more important fellow who fell
under suspicion for accepting a bribe to
choose a certain brand of rail car for a big
contract and his punishment is working the
mics in the dispatch office. He happens to
be working the station when Pelham 123, a
Manhattan-bound train, is hijacked.
Denzel Washington is Walter Garber, the
not-so-average dispatcher. Washingtonuses
his trademark calm to its best advantage,
mixing it with a small dose of sleaze to
deepen his stoical everyman heroism.
Garber is the guy next door who got mixed
up in some sketchy deal, but manages to
use that smudge on his character to connect
with the hijacker.
That hijacker is a mysterious fellow
named Ryder (John Travolta). His
wolfish grin, tattooed neck and overstated
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manner is as calculated and professional
as Washington's ostentatious display of
restraint. The two actors interact mostly
via squawk box, cell phone and radio, as
Ryder in his purloined subway car issues
demands to Garber at his desk. But even
at a distance from each other, they conduct
a tag-team master class in old-style movie
star technique, barreling through every
cliche and nugget of corn the script has
to offer with verve and conviction. Even
when you don't really believe them, they're
always a lot of fun to watch.
Tony Scott directs this updating of
the 1974 mass transit thriller originally
starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw.
Like the original film, adapted from John
Godey's novel, this version indicates just
how action-movie technology has evolved
over the years. The sleek, graffiti-free cars
and humming high-tech screens in this
movie make the mass transit universe
seem much more glamorous than the
However, despite the fine actingexpected
from the likes of Washington and Travolta
and the pretty glowing lights, the story
is pretty routine. There is only so much
action that can happen on a subway car or
behind a desk. After the initial excitement,
the viewer is left paying more attention
to the relationship between the two main
characters and nothing else. O
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Marines from the Marine
Corps Security Forces Company
at Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay conducted a site security
exercise Aug. 11-12 on Marine
This exercise incorportated
many of the tasks Fleet Anti-
terrorism Security Teams, or
FAST, company Marines, are
tasked to do on a daily basis
throughout the world. FAST
company Marines, like the
Marines who provide security
at Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay, conduct defensive combat
operations, military security
operations and rear area
security operations for the Chief
of Naval Operations.
The exercise included mass
casualty drills, riot control drills
and nuclear, biological and
chemical scenarios designed to
test the Marines' training.
* Junior Sailor's Association
funds for Trooper activities
Video games are an $18 billion-a-year
industry in the United States. The Army
uses them in recruiting. Public schools
have begun using them as teaching tools.
At Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, the
Junior Sailor's Association uses them to
Almost three dozen Troopers
participated in a Halo 3 tournament Aug.
8, hosted by the JSA. Halo is a "First
Person Shooter" game that debuted on
the original Xbox in 2001. The game's
protagonist, known only as Master Chief,
is tasked with stopping an alien race from
activating a "halo," which, if turned on,
would destroy entire solar systems. The
weapons he's given to accomplish this task
are many and varied, but include the FPS
staple of an assault rifle and fragmentation
grenades. Halo was successful enough to
spawn four sequels, including Halo 3 on
the Xbox 360, the game played at the JSA
Where the game really shines through,
though, is in multiplayer. Marshalling up
to 16 of your buddies via system link and
teaming up to capture the flag, or simply
annihilate the opposition in free-for-all
shoot-em-up goodness is amazing fun. This
has become a sport in the United States,
with winners of tournaments sometimes
earning $250,000 for their efforts.
Using this idea as a basis, the JSA
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Navy Seaman Adam Anderson practices for an upcoming Halo tournament
outside Cuzco barracks. Anderson is part of the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
Junior Sailor's Association which is using Halo tournaments to raise money for
Trooper activities. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Derrol Fulghum
charged $5 per person to enter the
tournament. Teams of four competed in
bouts ranging from Capture the Flag to
Navy Seaman Adam Anderson, captain
of the winning team "And Halt" and master-
at-arms for the JSA, said, "We knew we
were going to win before we showed up,
we practiced a lot together to prepare for the
tournament." While one round was fairly
close the score was 48 to 50 And Halt
came out on top, winning the cash prize and
bragging rights until the next tournament.
Anderson said the JSA is about more
than just Halo, however. "The JSA does
volunteer work as well as hosts events
geared toward boosting morale for military
personnel on island," he said.
Another Halo 3 tournament is scheduled
for Aug. 15 at 1:00 p.m. at the Marine Hill
The JSA also hosts Navy-wide enlisted
advancement study sessions at the Bulkeley
Hall classroom every Wednesday at 6:30
p.m. and Saturday at noon for all junior
sailors who are preparing for advancement
Troopers interested in joining the
JSA should go to O'Kelley's at noon on
Tuesdays for their weekly meeting, or
contact Petty Officer 3rd Class Danielle
Mugford at ext. 9815. 0
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JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
On Aug. 15, 1945, the last of the Axis powers, Japan,
surrendered to the Allies. A war which began in Poland in
1939 was over, having left 60 million dead. The war didn't
immediately affect the United States; in fact, earlier in
1939 the world was at peace as President Franklin Delano
Roosevelt visited Guantanamo aboard the cruiser USS
Houston (CA 30). The ship was popular with the President
and he traveled many times on board the cruiser. Some
modifications, such as elevators, were made to Houston in
order to accommodate his disabilities.
In 1941, the world war finally reached the United States.
Everyone remembers Pearl Harbor and the images of U.S.
Navy ships burning at the docks. Everyone remembers
that the attack was launched with no declaration of war.
Nowadays, people forget that this was just the beginning
of Imperial Japan's war against America. Hours after Pearl
Harbor, the Japanese launched similar attacks on airfields
throughout the Philippines, which were at that time a U.S.
possession. Japanese troops landed on the islands and the
U.S. and Filipino forces were overwhelmed by Japanese
forces which did not have to cross the great lengths of the
Pacific to get supplies. It was clear that American forces
could not prevail in the Philippines without immediate
help but in this situation, help could only be delivered across the
vast Pacific Ocean by convoys protected by U.S. Navy warships,
most of which were already crippled or at the bottom of Pearl
Harbor. A small Navy force in the Philippines, led by Houston,
was forced to withdraw toward Australia to avoid being trapped by
Japan's Combined Fleet.
In 1942, President Roosevelt was forced to make the painful,
but inevitable, decision to end operations in the Philippines.
Thousands of American Soldiers surrendered and went into
captivity and hundreds would die from deliberate abuse by their
Japanese captors. Filipinos suffered under Japanese occupation
and many fought as guerrillas for years after the fall of Manila.
The United States chose to return to the Philippines on its own
terms the commander of U.S. Forces in the Far East, Lt. Gen.
Douglas MacArthur, promised he would, even as he obeyed
President Roosevelt's order to relocate to Australia.
Houston, a ship which enjoyed the hospitality of Guantanamo
just before the world descended into chaos, was not destined to
return to the Caribbean. Earning the name of "the Galloping Ghost
of the Java Coast," she served with Dutch, British and Australian
naval units attempting to slow the Japanese advance through the
Dutch East Indies. She was sunk, far from home, overwhelmed
and out of contact with Allied forces, on March 1, 1942. Only 368
members of her crew of 1,061 survived, including 24 Marines of
the ship's USMC detachment. Most were taken prisoner by the
The United States moved on. The loss of Houston could be
considered to be a turning point in the Pacific War, the last of the
opening defeats for America. But the path to victory would be long
The U.S. armed forces spent the next three years fighting one
island at a time, until by June 1945, it conquered Iwo Jima, an
operation which left 120,000 Japanese dead and in which U.S.
forces suffered 48,000 casualties. In July, the Allied leaders met
at Potsdam in occupied Germany and reiterated that only the
FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2009 I NEWS & INFORMATION
unconditional surrender of Japan was acceptable. The U.S. Army
Air Force had been bombing Japan since 1942 but the raids
increased in intensity, with entire cities being virtually firebombed
out of existence. Mines and submarines were employed to
intercept all shipping attempting to reach Japan. Still, Japan held
out, defying the world.
The United States had one weapon that Japan had been unable
to build, despite years of work: the atomic bomb. On Aug. 6, 1945,
the first nuclear weapon was unleashed on Hiroshima, virtually
leveling it. Some Japanese scientists involved in nuclear research
refused to believe that America could have more than a few bombs,
as they were familiar with the enormous effort it would take to
create such a weapon. The United States dropped a second bomb
on Nagasaki on August 9, and President Truman implied that
more bombs would follow. It was a bluff. Two bombs were all the
United States had and more couldn't be built for weeks due to the
nuclear processes involved. On that same day, the USSR invaded
Manchuria. There was no hope even for survival if Japan continued
to resist. On Aug. 15, the Emperor of Japan's pre-recorded speech
was broadcast by radio, announcing Japan's surrender.
Aformal surrender ceremony was held in Tokyo Harbor on Sept.
2, aboard USS Missouri (BB 63). General of the Army Douglas
MacArthur presided over the event, having by then fulfilled his
promise to return to the Philippines. Nearby was Lt. Gen. Jonathan
Mayhew Wainwright IV, a friend of General MacArthur. Lt.
Gen. Wainwright had stayed behind in the Philippines and had
surrendered the last of the Americans holding out there over three
years before. He had been a Prisoner of War until just a few months
prior to the ceremony.
Today, we Troopers can look back at our victory over Japan
objectively, dispassionately; but as Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and
Airmen and Coast Guardsmen, we must never forget the cost of
that victory among those who came before us... especially those
Sailors of USSHouston who spent their liberty here at Guantanamo
Bay on their way to a date with destiny. 0
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Safe diving can provide str
DIVE SAFETY from 6
"We're the only chamber in town. The next [available recompression
chamber] would require you to fly off island," Hajduk said.
Divers can also avoid other types of accidents and injuries by
following the proper safety procedures covered in all dive certification
"[Dive courses] not only teach you how to keep yourself safe but
also how to help a buddy," said Jessie Keenan, manager at the local
dive shop, Ocean Enterprises.
Divers must also follow the guidance posted in naval station
instruction 1711.1. This instruction covers proper procedures for
reporting dive plans, water entrances and exits, maximum depth
limits, equipment requirements, and disciplinary actions, to include
the Uniform Code of Military Justice, for failure to comply with the
"The 1711.1 is the base regulation that was put out by the naval
station. It is a diving regulation that keeps everyone on the same page
and tells you what [the base] limits are," Jessie said.
According to William and Jessie, the rules and regulations on diving
at GTMO are designed to ensure the safety of all Troopers who wish to
enjoy the recreational opportunities of diving. They urge all divers to
comply with rules because when accidents do occur it affects more than
just those involved; it affects the entire base.
To view a copy of the NAVSTA dive instruction 1711.1, visit the
intranet at https://intranet/index/diveinstruction.pdf or pick up a copy
at Port Operations. For more information on diving safety, visit www.
diversalertnetwork.org, ask for information from an instructor or
contact the NAVSTA Dive Locker at ext. 4444. 0
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Air Force engineers
train at GTMO
for inspections and other things that we have had in
years past," said Busby.
Air Force 1t Lt. Carrie Smith, an engineering
officer, echoed Busby's emphasis on the training as
a great tool to enhance morale and teamwork within
their unit of approximately 90 personnel.
"It is great that we get to come down here and
have the opportunity to use equipment that we may
not have back at home station. Our guys get to come
down here and interact with one another and build
on teamwork. We don't have to send our guys off to
school to get the same training we are able to do down
here," praised Smith.
Busby also recognizes the importance of overseas
DFTs for his unit. He has noticed over the last 10
to 15 years the demographic of his unit has become
younger. This leaves him with a force that may not
hold the same jobs in the civilian world as they do in
"Years ago we had a lot more people that were doing
their jobs outside of the military, so that lent us a great
deal of expertise and knowledge for our guys to draw
on," reflected Busby, who spent nine years enlisted as
However, in the same breath Busby is quick to
commend the younger Airmen for their willingness to
work outside of their comfort zone and says that attitude
gives him comfort for the future of his engineering
"I have guys who are plumbers by trade but have no
problem when there are no plumbing jobs left, of picking
up a hammer and helping out the construction guys. The
degree to which they help each other out is amazing,
these guys are one of a kind," concluded Busby. O
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United through religion
Air Force Capt.
Matthew J. Streett
Visiting Orthodox Christian chaplain
I assemble the chalice like I used to
assemble my M-16 when I was enlisted.
Piece by piece clicks into place and I extract
an altar's worth of furnishings from a couple
of green weatherproof cases. My vestments
are lightweight, small enough to be folded
into a tight package. I've got my censer, and
I've tucked incense and charcoal away in
medicine bottles and metal cases. My gospel
book is smaller than my appointment book.
You could say that I haul all the altars of
ancient Christendom on my back.
That's what it's like being an Orthodox
Christian chaplain. You carry your religion
with you, all 2,000 years of it. In a religion
where an element of tradition that's only
800 or 900 years old is still considered
"new," the events that played out in history
books are as vital to you as things that
happened to you yesterday. There are a lot
of labels that we attachto our names Greek
Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Serbian,
Bulgarian, Romanian, Coptic, Ethiopian,
etc. but they all boil down to the same
traditional approach to Christianity.
Coming to GTMO, even on a short-term
basis, has been a wonderful experience
so far. One of the challenges for any
smaller religious community is that you
may only get your services a few times a
year. That's why priests like me, who are
currently assigned to other installations,
make a point of visiting the more isolated
American service members, flung out into
the world at bases and posts that cling to
the edges of countries everywhere on the
globe. It may be someone else's country,
but we carry our nation in our heart. For
small religious communities, worship is a
part of your identity that links you to God,
your family and your past. It is my honor
and privilege to be able to feed that hunger
for God through the ministry and the
military allows me to do this for the sake of
I get surprised, too. Somebody I'd never
met before hugged me yesterday. That's
what ministry boils down to that bit of
human contact that reminds us that we
love each other. We're often tired and miss
family and can begin to view the day as a
list of things to "get over" or "get through"
but a community of strength and love
surrounds us that we often forget about. I
bring that care and concern in a chalice, in
sermons or in counseling sessions. Other
people bring it in a hug. How do you bring
As an Orthodox priest, I've served
communities of countless ethnicities. The
thing that binds us all is our common
faith, a thing that cuts through time and
circumstance to unite us. Through it all,
our common dedication to justice, freedom
and, most of all, love for one another, unite
us as a nation. o
Streett visited JTF Guantanamo in
early August to offer Orthodox services for
6:30 a.m. Mass
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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Troopers' hard work shines at board
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Hard work, studying and preparation
came together for two Joint Task Force
Guantanamo Troopers who recently
participated in the JTF Trooper of the
Quarter boards. Army Sgt. John Murphy
of the 525t Military Police Battalion and
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Evan Hill of
the Joint Information Group were named
the JTF Non-Commissioned Officer and
Trooper of the Quarter, respectively.
Both Troopers, along with several
other Troopers from across the JTF, were
reviewed by a panel of senior enlisted JTF
leaders and grilled on subjects ranging
from military knowledge to leadership to
"Going before the board is a great
experience," said Murphy. "It builds your
knowledge and builds confidence. I think it
is something everyone should do at every
Murphy has been in the Army for
nine years. He's attended military boards
in past units and while stationed at JTF
Guantanamo attended the promotion board
for staff sergeant as well as his company's
NCO of the Month board. During these
previous boards, Murphy says he felt he
did well, but not as well as he could have.
"I was motivated by my nomination
to attend the NCO of the Quarter board,"
said Murphy. "I think [my leadership] saw
something that I did not."
To prepare for this board, Murphy
studied the study guide and suggested
reading provided to him as well as civics,
Army Sgt. John E. Murphy of the 525th Military Police Battalion, is recognized by
Navy Rear Adm. Thomas Copeman for recently being named NCO of the Quarter,
Aug. 4. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 1stClass Richard Wolff
current events, leadership and the Code of "It was not your typical Army board
Conduct. where they just ask a question and you
answer it," said
Going before the board is a great Murphy. "A lot of the
a .questions required
experience. I think it is something a lot of thought and
everyone should do at every rank. analysis while you
were in the hot seat."
Sgt. John Murphy For Hill, who has
been in the Navy as
an intelligence analyst
for almost two years, preparing for his first
board was a good learning experience.
"My friend helped me study every night
and I talked to [Troopers from] different
branches for help," said Hill.
Hill said the board was a relaxed but
professional setting. His recommendation
to others who are about to go before a board
is to relax, breathe and practice facing
movements on carpet.
"I will have a lot more confidence if I
have to go before another board," said Hill.
"I can also help others who are getting
ready to go before a board."
After completing his first tour of duty at
Guantanamo, Hill's orders will take him to
"So far I plan to stay in [the Navy]," said
Hill. "I've learned a lot here and the Navy
has been treating me well."
According to the JTF command master
chief, Navy Master Chief Petty Officer
Scott Fleming, the competition was tough
and all the candidates were extremely well-
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