lead to mission success
Navy Master Chief Petty Officer
JTF Command Master Chief
Remember basic training with the yelling, the five-minute
meals and the perpetual parade of push-ups? For some, those
memories go back decades, and for others, they were probably
less than a year ago. I'll venture a guess though ... no matter
how much water has passed under the bridge, those events
likely seem like yesterday to most of us because of the indelible
impression they left on our lives.
The concepts we learn during our first 6-12 weeks in military
service ultimately determine our true success far down the line.
Think about it military bearing, attention to detail, discipline
to follow instructions, accountability, sacrifice, endurance and a
host of other fundamental skills define your existence during basic
training. Then you graduate and acquire some technical proficiency
that primarily dictates your identity thereafter. Regardless of your
vocation, however, you never stop going back to your boot camp
experience for those essential core tenets that determine the
difference between merely being on board and faithfully being
Sometimes we lose sight of that ideal because it's
tempting to dismiss the simple things as irrelevant or trivial.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Our nation's most
revered heroes, in the decisive moments of their triumphs,
most likely gained more strength and courage from these
basic principles then they did from any tactical or technical
epiphany. Many of us will never face harrowing situations
with life and death hanging in the balance, but the theory
is equally applicable in the course of our well-worn daily
There is perhaps no more elementary act in the armed
services than correctly standing at attention heels touching,
feet at a 45-degree angle, thumbs on the trouser seams, back
straight, head erect. Yet, despite the simplicity, it encompasses
so many of the values we hold near and dear to our hearts,
including composure, respect for order and dignity. There are
countless examples of similar tasks that, at face value, appear
to be nothing more than a single, insignificant action, but with a
hard look, reveal profound insight about character, commitment
Senior or subordinate, leader or follower the way you
train, execute, direct or enforce basic blocking and tackling
skills forges the foundation for virtually everything relevant
to mission success. It sounds cliche, but is validated each day
in thousands of organizations that succeed spectacularly or
fail miserably. The little things really do matter, and when
shelved in the interest of expediency or convenience, result
in exponential detriment to mission readiness. From uniform
appearance and physical conditioning to administrative
minutiae and standard operating procedures, the devil
irrefutably lurks in the details.
In a previous assignment, we frequently referred to "direct
reflection" in the context of how troops consistently manifest
the traits of their leaders. As the theory goes, if Joe isjacked up,
there's a pretty good chance Joe's NCO or LPO is equally inept
or ineffective. There are exceptions as is normally the case
- but plausible deniability for the conduct and performance of
unit personnel rarely seems to hold a lot of water. It inevitably
comes back to reinforcement of fundamental standards, clear
communication of expectations, and accountability for actions
- all those silly things we learned in boot camp. 1
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TROOPER-TO-TROOPER I FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2009
FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2009 I MISSION
I and at sea
April D. de Armas
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
When most people think about the U. S. Coast
Guard, they think about boats trolling waterways
to protect U.S. coastlines. However, members
of Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security
Team 91101, stationed at U.S. Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay, will tell anyone who asks,
landside security is just as important to their
mission as water security.
"The Coast Guard has been involved in
landside security missions since World War II,"
said Coast Guard Lt. Patrick Hayes, operations
officer for MSST 91101. "Afterthe 9/11 attacks on
the World Trade Center, law enforcement ashore
has been ramped up to help protect the shipping
interest of the goods entering the U.S."
MSST 91101 not only provides waterside
security for Joint Task Force Guantanamo,
they also provide landside protection at the
Expeditionary Legal Complex which facilitates
military commissions hearings for detainees at
"We work hand-in-hand with the 480t Military
Police Company, also assigned to the JTF, to
provide a necessary layer of protection for JTF
Troopers and detainees during Commission
hearings," said Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Jason Berger,
landside security team leader for the MSST.
National media representatives visit Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay on a regular basis to
tour the detention facilities and observe military
commissions proceedings. These proceedings are
covered heavily by media sources from around
"We man the towers and bunker 24/7," Coast
Guard Petty Officer 11t Class Steve Strauss, the
non-commissioned officer-in-charge of landside
security, said. "We feel it is necessary to protect
the area to ensure the media have the proper access
as well as to protect the Troopers and detainees."
Security measures include conducting security
patrols and operating various check points where
identification is viewed to ensure proper access or
clearance to the area.
"Part of my job is to ensure that everyone is
properly identified before entering the area and
to make rounds [to visually maintain security]
outside the ELC," said Coast Guard Petty Officer
2nd Class Nathanael Diaz, a member of the security
patrol. "I feel it is a very important part of the
mission here at GTMO."
Strauss said MSST 91101 will continue to
provide waterborne and landside security for the
duration of their deployment to Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay and will pass the torch on to the
next unit when it is time.
"Until that time, we are glad to be part of the
JTF and to work with all of the Troopers and look
forward to continued service," he said. O
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Air Force Staff Sgt. Merrill Brown, a carpenter with the 151st Civil Engineering Squadron, a Utah Air National Guard unit
based in Salt Lake City, makes repairs to a dock during training at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Aug. 24. JTF
Guantanamo photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Emily Monson
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Not just anybody gets the opportunity to board a plane and visit
Joint Task Force Guantanamo. For approximately 35 Utah Air
National Guardsmen with the 151st Civil Engineering Squadron,
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay provides an exotic and unique
location to conduct their two-week annual training.
"The [National Guard Bureau] has certain projects available in
different states and countries," said Air Force Chief Master Sgt.
Doug Lukes, the chief of operations for the mission. "We were
given different options and we chose GTMO."
The Salt Lake City-based engineers arrived at GTMO, in
mid-August and have kept busy working on projects to enhance
the quality of life for Troopers throughout the base including
making repairs to docks and bleachers, sheet rocking buildings
on the Leeward side of the island and tracing electrical circuits at
the naval hospital. The variety of projects allows all of the unit's
carpenters, electricians and heavy equipment operators to use and
hone their individual skills.
"[The people at GTMO] have provided anything to us that we
don't have," said Lukes.
These projects have given the guardsmen an opportunity to
work on skills they would not normally have the chance to practice
at their home station. The guardsmen have had to find ways to
work around challenges here such as repairing the end of a dock
from a boat which none have ever done before.
"Normally, we would be doing more on-base, smaller projects,"
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said Lukes. "We wouldn't be getting the hands-on that we have
been able to get here."
According to the guardsmen, their training back home generally
consists of interior work inside small rooms. Working in a different
atmosphere and with different equipment is proving to be a positive
experience as they tackle projects outdoors with larger lumber and
"The whole experience has been a learning experience," said
Staff Sgt. Merrill Brown, who is working as superintendent of a
project for the first time.
Along on this deployment, are five firefighters from the same
unit who volunteered to assist with the engineering mission. For
them, the experience provides an opportunity to learn a new skill.
According to Air Force Airman 1st Class Michelle Manuel, the
firefighters are learning what their strengths are in the carpentry
and structures field.
"If you're good at something, you do it," said Manuel, who's
been in the Air National Guard now forjust a year. "If not, someone
will show you how to do it."
Manuel can relate some tasks to her firefighting skills. Using
tools to tear boards off the dock was similar to performing vehicle
extractions. Other tasks such as nailing and using certain tools -
are not as familiar.
"I've never done anything like this," said Manuel. "It's all brand
new to me."
Their time here hasn't been all work though. The Troopers
have been able to take some time to enjoy the recreation activities
the naval station has to offer, such as fishing, boating and
MISSION I FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2009
Video didn't kill radio star
David W. McLean
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Hiddenbetweenthe dozen or so Spanish-
speaking Cuban stations are wedged three
classic American radio station channels run
by Sailors at the Defense Media Activity
Broadcast Detachment, Guantanamo Bay.
The channels sound different than stateside
stations with a broader variety of music,
and a lack of commercial advertisements
replaced instead with creative, colorful,
public service announcements. But the
crew at Radio GTMO does more than
play music; they serve a vital role in their
mission for the entire installation.
"The Defense Media Activity
Broadcast Detachment provides U.S.
radio and television news, information and
entertainment programming to military
service members, Department of Defense
civilians and contract employees, and their
families," said Navy Chief Petty Officer
Jennifer Walker, chief petty officer-in-
charge at the detachment. "We do our part
to get information out to everyone, and it
isn't just radio."
The staff at Radio GTMO broadcasts
radio signals on three channels and uptakes
the satellite transmission for the Armed
Forces Network television channels.
"We have your daily news updates that
FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2009 I MISSION
come out of this building, combined with
'All Hands Radio News' stories that are
played," said Navy Petty Officer 1t Class
Jamel R. Jones, an interior communications
electrician with the DMA. "We run all the
AFN channels as they are routed through
our station into Phoenix cable, and they
distribute the signal."
The DMA provides familiar sights and
sounds to troops and families stationed
overseas and gives essential information to
the Guantanamo Bay community for events
or in times of emergency.
"We are one of the main sources of
information during hurricane season," Jones
said. "We are up live 24 hours a day during
a hurricane. We pass on information that
we receive to keep everyone safe and try to
keep people occupied with some music."
Music is one of the most noticeable
attributes of the station, but the complex set
of tasks requires different Navy ratings to
handle the many jobs required to complete
the mission. Mass communication
specialists and interior communication
electricians handle opposite aspects of the
mission, but they work together and share
the responsibilities inside the station. The
MCs produce and manage the content of the
broadcast and the ICs keep the equipment
and signal working.
"In general, working on the radio is the
biggest highlight of my job," said Navy
Petty Officer 3rd Class Jesse R. Sharp, a
mass communication specialist with the
DMA. "Joining the Navy, I never thought
I would get a chance to do anything like
this. I knew I was going to be a journalist,
but I handle most of the software
troubleshooting for the programming we
have here. I'm the guy who maintains the
On-air programming features DMA
staff blended with volunteer Troopers
and civilians who create shows with a
mix of musical tastes and themes. "Cold
Coffee," "Sundown RockOut," "Mid-
Day Meltdown," "Ace's Hip Hop Show,"
"Friday Night Party Mix," "Saturday
Morning Cartunage," "The Main Event,"
"The Cut," "Open Line" and others are on
the radio waves week after week and bring
a healthy slice of American culture and
information to a distant land.
Whether listening to the radio or
watching television, the Defense Media
Activity Broadcast Detachment at
Guantanamo Bay works to keep everyone
informed and entertained.
Tune in to the Mix 102.1 FM, the Blitz
103.1 FM, and 1340 AM Talk Radio to hear
news, information, music and sports every
For more information about the Defense
Media Activity Broadcast Detachment
Guantanamo Bay, call ext. 2300 or 2351.0
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ENEGB claims preseason
flag football championship
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
With football teams preparing for
another hard-hitting season back in the
states, U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay's Morale, Welfare and Recreation
sports department kicked it's season into
gear hosting a preseason flag football
tournament Aug. 14-21.
When the rubber dirt had settled, the
Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion's
Wolfpack was the last team left standing
in the double-elimination tournament,
claiming the 2009 preseason flag football
The league featured a wide array of
personnel from throughout the base. The
final game would see the NEGB Wolfpack
face off against the Pirates.
Both teams showed up ready to play. The
Pirates drew the first blood; scoring on their
first drive to give them a 7-0 lead against
the Wolfpack. In contrast, the Wolfpack's
first drive ended quickly when an errant
pass was intercepted by the Pirates.
With the ball deep in Wolfpack
territory, the Pirates were looking to build
a commanding lead early in the game.
However, the NEGB's defense stood tall
and shut down the Pirates' offense.
It would be the Wolfpack to strike next
with a long and deep drive into the Pirates
territory. This set the Wolfpack up for an
easy score, tying the score up at 7-7.
The teams would go back and forth
several times with neither team able to
gain any momentum, until the Wolfpack
punched into the end zone one more time
just before time expired in the first-half.
They missed the extra point, but held onto
a 13-7 lead going into the half.
The Wolfpack controlled the ball for a
majority of the second half, denying the
Pirates a chance to make a comeback. The
Wolfpack would benefit from a safety and
add one more touchdown before the final
seconds rolled off the clock giving them
the 21-7 victory and the championship.
The tournament was a precursor to the
2009 Captain's Cup Flag Football League
which is set to begin Sept. 14. The league
will consist of a men's and women's
division. Teams interested in playing need
to sign-up prior to 5:00 p.m., Sept. 10 at
G.J. Denich gym. The games will be played
each week at Cooper Field at 6:30 p.m. For
more information about the league, please
contact the MWR sports office at ext.
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LOCAL SPORTS I FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2009
When all else fails, so does this movie
Army Sgt. 1st Class
VeShannah J. Lovelace
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Are you serious? That is what I left the
theatre thinking after dozing in and out of
consciousness for nearly two hours. For
some, "G.I. Joe" may have been well worth
the 25-year-wait, but for me, the response
was just "eh."
"G.I. Joe," the movie, is a spin-off of
the 1980s comic book and cartoon of the
same name. The movie centers around
an elite military unit comprised of special
operatives known as G.I. Joe, who take on
an evil organization led by a diabolical arms
dealer. The team, led by General Hawk
(Dennis Quaid) is comprised of Duke,
Ripcord, Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Breaker and
Heavy Duty. James McCullen, followed
by his team of highly trained, evil misfits -
including the Doctor, the Baroness, Storm
Shadow and Zartan stage a plot to steal
back warheads they originally sold to
NATO in an effort to weaponize them and
destroy the Eiffel Tower, thus causing panic
and bringing about a new world order. This
massive scheme, of course, is foiled by the
bravery and heroism of the Army super
power known as G.I. Joe whose motto is
"when all else fails, we don't."
Before I totally rip this movie allow me
to first start off by pointing out the positive
aspects. The entire cast is comprised of
well-formed eye candy both genders can
enjoy. Whether you were rooting for the
good guys or the bad guys, your eyes were
kept thoroughly and completely engaged.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2009 I MOVIE RECON
And the action hero names were mega-
cool. I can imagine being 12 years old and
playing G.I. Joe with my friends, shouting
out, "I get to be Storm Shadow," or, "ooh
ooh ooh, I'm Ripcord!"
G.I. Joe was created by Hasbro, who in
turn, used the product to coin the phrase
"action figure." Being so, Hasbro would
be very proud of the action sequences
throughout this film. The action scenes
were exciting and exhilarating enough to
keep you on the edge of your seat from
beginning to end. I would venture to say
throughout the movie there was a build-up
to the sword fight between Snake Eyes and
Storm Shadow and the audience was not
left disappointed except for the fact that
Snake Eyes' identity was never revealed
and he never broke his vow of silence.
Why didn't I like this movie? For
starters, the story line. There was so much
going on throughout this movie that I could
scarcely keep up. No movie should have
more than five story lines going on at one
time. It was much too confusing. I had
to resort to looking this movie up on the
Internet Movie Database afterwards just
to figure out what I couldn't understand
while watching/sleeping through this
Next, there were the computer graphics,
which were way overdone. Maybe if I
hadn't long ago escaped my adolescent
years, I could have appreciated all the
generic attempts at making this flick look
futuristic. Then again, it helped take your
attention away from the fact that all the
costumes looked plastic. Do Soldiers really
fight wearing body mold?
As for the acting, it's a good thing the
cast was so good-looking, because it took
your focus off the fact that only a handful
of them actually had any acting ability.
Ripcord, played by Marlon Wayans,
proved that even action heroes have corny
pick up lines as he spent the entire movie
trying to pick up on Scarlet during the
most inappropriate times. Even Dennis
Quaid, the veteran of the crew, managed to
disappoint with his forced posing and silly
colloquialisms throughout the entire film.
Really, do generals usually wear an ill-
fitting beret everywhere, indoors and out,
stand with their feet shoulder-width apart
and their hands on their hips and speak
never really looking directly at anyone but
with their heads tilted slightly to the left
and up to the sky?
Don't get me wrong -again I'm not 12
- and I generally don't like fake, futuristic,
cartoon spin-off, computer generated, fake
Army action flicks. So maybe I'm just
biased and wouldn't know a good action,
adventure, sci-fi, thriller if it fell in my lap.
But I do know that a truly good movie,
regardless of the genre, should be able to
capture and hold the interest of even the
biggest skeptic. "G.I. Joe" just didn't make
me a believer. O
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Troopers from the 525th Military Police
Battalion completed a four-mile battalion
run, Aug. 17, around Naval Station
The battalion is commemorating the 68th
anniversary of the military police corps on
The military police corps recently revised
its mission statement to include increasing
and Afghanistan. The Military Police Corps
provides expertise in police, detainee and
stability operations in order to enhance
security and enable mobility.
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in the coming weeks as part of a goal of
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Jumping on the social media bus
* Department of Defense joins government organizations engaging in social networking
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Facebook, the most popular social
networking site in America and many other
countries, accomplished in months what
radio and television, as communications
tools, took years to carry out. The adding of
100 million users in less than nine months
says something about the power and reach
of social media. Until just recently, many
people thought social media and social
networking was a just a fad. Today, even
the Department of Defense is realizing that,
in fact, social media is quickly becoming
one of the most important communication
tools of our generation.
With the recent unveiling of the new
Department of Defense Web portal, www.
defense.gov, the government is featuring,
and even encouraging the public and
military members to become involved in
sharing the U.S. military story through
Web sites such as Facebook, Twitter, You
Tube and Flickr.
How does this apply to Troopers at Joint
Task Force Guantanamo?
Have you ever felt like the media just
has it all wrong or that the great things
that you and your fellow Troopers do each
and every day never really get told? Social
media sites are an excellent resource to
provide transparency of the JTF mission to
Social networking is no different than
any other form of communication we use,
according to Navy Lt. Cmdr. Brook DeWalt,
JTF director of public affairs. Whether
phoning home, writing a letter, writing a
blog, a tweet or posting a comment on a
Web site, common sense should prevail.
"Troopers need to think about the
consequences of any information they pass
on via any venue," said DeWalt.
Operations security is a large concern
at JTF Guantanamo. Releasing specific
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information such as standard operating
procedures and specific times and locations
of events and procedures that take place
here could put not only the JTF Troopers
and detainees, but everyone who lives at
the naval station, in danger.
Just as U.S. military intelligence analysts
use social media sites to gain information
about our enemies, our enemies too, use
social media to try to gather intelligence
and plan future operations. Any information
you wouldn't feel comfortable giving out
to strangers in person or over the phone
shouldn't be put out on the Web.
There are, however, plenty of things
Troopers can communicate to their family,
friends and the American public which do
not violate operations security. Troopers
should feel free to talk about what they
do, while staying in their lane. Above all,
Troopers should have respect for what they
say and how they say it.
"Any communication should be done
with the awareness and appreciation that
there is much sensitivity about what we do
here and words can easily be taken out of
context," said DeWalt.
Rules for official computer use also apply
to military personnel who engage in social
networking. Although occasional personal
e-mail use may be allowed throughout the
work day, government computers should be
utilized for official business while on duty.
Computers at JTF Guantanamo are blocked
through the network from accessing most
social networking sites, according to Air
Force Maj. Vernon Hansen, the deputy
director for J-6.
"We block these sites not only because
government resources should be used
for official use only, but also because [at
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay] we do
not have access to a fast connection like
we would anywhere else. Accessing social
networking sites and uploading large files
slows the entire network."
Remember to be responsible with your
time and know that your supervisors may
monitor your computer usage. Some social
networking sites are accessible through the
Morale, Welfare and Recreation computer
stations throughout the naval station.
The number of leaders within our
organization who utilize social networking
is growing, according to DeWalt, and will
continue to grow because of the influence
of senior military leadership including
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy
Adm. Mike Mullen who are embracing
social networking as a tool to engage the
Social media is a growing source of
news and information for the average
person. Almost 96 percent of the current
generation has joined a social network.
Social media provides an opportunity to
engage the public, the media and each other
as service members.
According to DeWalt, to communicate
effectively in today's society, you need to
engage in social media.
"The reality is that social media is a
huge communication tool on a global
scale personally and professionally," said
DeWalt. "The Joint Task Force is looking
at ways we can further engage the public
through social media at a critical time when
the Department of Defense is looking at
policy on overall access to social media."
Troopers who have any questions about
engaging in social networking should
consult Policy Memorandum No. 25,
Participation in Public Affairs Activities
and General Order No. 2, Operations
Security for JTF GTMO Personnel. Any
additional questions can be addressed
through the chain of command.
As technologies advance and policies
become more defined, additional military
guidance will be forthcoming. Until then,
consider the power of social networking
and how to best engage audiences on both
a personal and professional level. O
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Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Albert Gass salutes Army Capt. Jose Izquierdo outside Camp Delta, Aug. 28. Troopers from
all services work together at JTF Guantanamo in what is truly a "joint" mission to provide safe, humane, legal and
transparent care and custody of detainees. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Michael Baltz
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Joint Task Force Guantanamo relies on the cohes
different branches of military service in order to
mission of providing safe, humane, legal and transp
custody of detainees. In this blended environment,
differences in traditions, customs
and courtesies between branches
can seem overwhelming.
For instance, a junior
enlisted Soldier in the Army
is required to stand at parade
rest while addressing a non-
commissioned officer. Navy
personnel however, do not have
this tradition. In the Navy, Sailors must render
ensign, or the flag, and request permission each tir
and leave a ship.
The rate of E-9 is one of the highest levels an ei
member can reach and demands respect from all
however the specific insignia designating the pc
among the separate branches. If unfamiliar with th
structure, a Trooper could unknowingly demonstr
respect for senior authority. In a joint environmen
young service members are working in close proxin
counterparts for the first time, how can this be avoid
"Sometimes it just comes down to discipline
Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Raines, 525t M
Battalion command sergeant major. "We've just gi
to the basics. To know the difference between a
branch and show them the same courtesies we wo
FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2009 I NEWS & INFORMATION
While it is the differences in traditions and customs that define
the separate branches, and immortalize them in history, it is their
common bonds that bind them together. The military standard
for rendering honors to an officer seems pretty straightforward,
ion of several however, the Army is the only service where a salute is still
complete the required when not wearing a cover. When the National Anthem
arent care and is played, uniformed Troopers will salute the colors. If in civilian
sometimes the attire, the individual will remain standing at the position of
attention for the entire duration
We all salute the same flag and of the anthem. Military ranks
will be used when addressing
we are all part of the same team. senior, peers, and subordinates
-Navy Master Chief Petty Officer in the workplace.
When these common
Scott Fleming guidelines for respect are
followed, the separate branches
that combine to form JTF GTMO
honors to the strengthen the bond between them and demonstrate a higher level
ne they board of professionalism at all times.
"From completion of boot camp to completing 30 years of
listed service military service, these core principles are universal," said Navy
subordinates, Master Chief Petty Officer Scott Fleming, Joint Task Force
)sition differs Guantanamo command master chief. "It's common sense. We all
re varied rank salute the same flag, and we are all part of the same team."
-ate a lack of By uniting the traditions, customs and courtesies of each
t where many branch of service and simultaneously maintaining the highest level
nity with their of respect for how they differ, the working parts of JTF GTMO
ed? continue to grow as a team. Fortunately, it is the responsibility of
," said Army everyone from the lowest to the highest level to ensure this growth
ilitary Police continues.
ot to get back "Troopers need to come in with a broader perspective," said
senior in any Fleming. "Hopefully the actions fueled by that perspective
uld show our will solidify the total respect for customs and courtesies as a
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Navy College Office offers hours at JTF
A representative from the Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay Navy
College Office is presentattheJTF
Trooper One-Stop every Monday
from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to
assessments, tuition assistance
administration and answer any
assistance to all Troopers,
regardless of service branch.
For more information, contact:
Candice Rice, director, at ext. 2227 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEWS & INFORMATION I FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2009
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Puerto Rican leadership visits the JTF
Army Brig. Gen. Antonio J. Vicens, the Adjutant General of Puerto Rico, addresses Soldiers of the 480th Military
Police Company during an all-hands meeting at Troopers' Chapel, Aug. 24. Vicens was visiting Soldiers from the
Puerto Rico Army National Guard who are deployed to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in support of Joint Task Force
Guantanamo. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Pfc. Christopher Vann
FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2009 I VOICE OF THE FORCE
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Air Force Maj.
JTF Deputy Command Chaplain
It's easy to criticize others when you are
not responsible for the outcome. It's easy to
blame someone else, when you never lift a
finger to help. It's easy to get on the gossip
line and talk about the mistakes of our
leaders; but when was the last time that you
got on the prayer line and earnestly prayed
for them? Instead of adding to the problem;
be a part of the solution. Ask yourself: how
can I help? And take the time to pray for
We should pray for our president; we
should pray for all of our national and local
leaders. In 1 Timothy 2:1-2, the Apostle
Paul said, "I exhort therefore that, first of
all, supplications, prayers, intercessions
and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
for kings, and for all that are in authority;
that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life
in all godliness and honesty." Don't just
complain about what the Democrats and
Republicans are doing or failing to do. It's
your job to pray for them. If you feel that
they are not fulfilling their responsibilities
as they ought to, call or write them and
remember to pray for them. Stop feeding
the ugly monster of division that is seeking
to destroy our nation. The Lord Jesus
Christ said in Matthew 12:25 "...Every
kingdom divided against itself is brought to
desolation; and every city or house divided
against itself shall not stand."
We need to be united in prayer for our
leaders and even our nation. We should take
heed to the encouragement from President
Abraham Lincoln when he established a
National Day of Prayer. He said, "...All
this being done, in sincerity and truth, let
us then rest humbly in the hope, authorized
by the Divine teachings, that the united cry
of the Nation will be heard on high, and
answered with blessings, no less the pardon
of our national sins, and the restoration of
our now divided and suffering Country,
to its former happy condition of unity
and peace." Every leader's heart is in the
hand of God, we must remember them in
We should pray because God can guide
the leader's heart. King Solomon said in
Proverbs 21:1, "The king's heart is in the
hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water:
he turneth it whithersoever he will." If our
nation will fall to its' knees in prayer, we
will be amazed at the changes that God will
make for us.
Finally, what better way to honor our
leaders than to pray for them? The Apostle
Peter said in 1 Peter 2:17, "Honor all men,
love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the
king." We should be people of honor. We
should honor everybody. We should honor
President Obama and all our national and
local leaders. Just pray, pray and pray for
our leaders everyday. 0
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6:30 a.m. Mass
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The buzzer from the alarm has been screeching in your ears
for the last 15 minutes and it is showing no sign of quitting. After
debating with yourself you finally put your body into a vertical
position and begin your day. Some of us even start to countdown
the hours left in our day before we are even out the door.
However, there are Troopers deployed to Joint Task Force
Guantanamo who do not look at their downtime as a chance to turn
off the brain and do nothing. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Danielle
Mugford, who is assigned to the Joint Intelligence Group, is one
example of a Trooper who is making the most out of her personal
time while she is deployed.
"I can't think of anyone else who dedicates as much of her
off time as Mugford does," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Charity
Hargis, Mugford's supervisor. "Any time I need someone to help
out, she is always the first person to volunteer."
Since arriving at the JTF in January, Mugford has maintained
a packed schedule that on many days stretches into the late
evening. She has keeps busy by participating in the Junior Sailor
Association, sports and completing her associate's degree.
Danielle's involvement withthe JSA, a professional organization
open to all personnel E-1 to E-5, continues the time commitment to
volunteering she has had since enlisting. Aside from volunteering
to the Guantanamo community, the association also allows her to
"It is great for building skills like networking, leadership,
organizing and fundraising. It's these things that we don't always
realize are important. It's once you get involved and learn how to
do them and you realize how they strengthen you as a leader for
other Troopers," praised Mugford.
Since joining the JSA she has also helped reshape the
organization's focus to become more involved in other events
aside from strictly volunteering, such as poetry readings and video
She is also quick to point out that the JSA looks toward the
FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2009 15 MINUTES OF FAME
Troopers when it comes to the free events that they host. "If we
hear of a want for a particular event then we look at how we can
support that," Mugford added.
It is that type of proactive attitude that also drives herto compete
in many of the sports that are offered on base.
"So far this year I have played two seasons of soccer and I am
currently part of co-ed softball. I also plan on doing the women's
flag football when that starts," said Mugford.
This level of participation is in stark contrast to her initial time
in the Navy, when she was not as active.
"In college I played sports; and I wanted to continue to be
active once I joined the Navy. However, out of my first 13
months on a ship I spent at least six of them out at sea," said
Another integral part of Mugford's down time here at
Guantanamo is her commitment to finish her college degree, one
of her main reasons for joining the Navy.
"I was going to college in North Carolina for more than three
years and felt like I was wasting my time and money because I
didn't know what I wanted to do. So I stopped going to college
and said I would work for a little bit, then go back to school," said
She decided that the best way to cover the cost to finish her
degree would be to join the Navy. However, with much of her early
career spent at sea she did not have the time to complete this goal.
That was until she deployed to the task force.
"I took two classes last semester and I am currently taking two
more right now," said Mugford.
She is now focused on her future, and confident that she will
achieve her goals. Mugford added emphatically, "I will get my
degree before I get out of the Navy."
"If you get involved and stay active, the time passes faster; but
if you stay in your room and don't do anything, the time is going
to drag," concluded Mugford.
Mugford's impression on her fellow Troopers here has not gone
unnoticed. "I have been so impressed with her [Mugford] that I
have requested for her to follow me to my next duty station," said
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