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Army Sgt. 1st Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs NCO
When I was a young E-5, there was a non-commissioned
officer who taught me a very valuable lesson about getting
involved in my own evaluation process. When my first Non
Commissioned Officer Evaluation Report was due I was told to
write it. As a brand new NCO, I immediately became upset at
the thought of my boss wanting me to do what I considered to be
his job. Not only that, but I had no idea how to write an NCOER,
because the only time I saw one was during a brief lesson while at the
Primary Leadership Development Course.
Since I had no idea how to write an NCOER properly, I did not
possess a full understanding of how important an NCOER was
or what it meant to my career. I simply looked through a help
guide and used a lot of irrelevant, generic bullets to create
my report card. When I handed it to my NCOIC, he read
it and then asked, "is this what you think of yourself?"
As I stood there confused, he pulled out the NCOER he
had written and proceeded to read it to me. The report
he wrote was very thorough in all my accomplishments
and contributions to the team over the past year. I had
been named NCO of the year for my unit my first year
as an NCO and did not even realize that information
should have been included in my NCOER.
For the next two years, he continued to make me
write my own evaluation reports. This experience
taught me an invaluable lesson as a future leader.
Personally, it taught me if I don't understand how to
write an evaluation report properly, how am I supposed
to know when someone has written an ineffective report
on my behalf? As a leader it taught me that Soldiers
under my charge do not have to experience an evaluation
report for the first time when they have finally earned the
As their leader, my Soldiers know that I expect them
to perform at the next level the level they aspire to
achieve. Because I expect this level of performance from
them, I evaluate them unofficially in the same manner. This
benefits Soldiers in two ways. It teaches the junior E-5s
who are evaluating the junior E-4s how to write NCOERs
so they are not waiting until it's required to write them to
learn how. It also teaches the young E-4 how they will be
evaluated when they achieve the next level, thus motivating
them to perform at that level now.
I believe it is our responsibility as senior NCOs to prepare
our Troops for what lies ahead in their careers. We are the
ones who have been there and we are aware of what the future
holds. We only make our respective services stronger by
ensuring we are properly preparing our future leaders to take
over the reins once we have moved on. Think of what would
have made you a more efficient leader had you received it as a
young Troop coming through the ranks and instill that in your
young Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen.
In that way, you too may even become a legacy in some young
service member's life. O
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TROOPER-TO-TROOPER I FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Orbinati, a boatswain's mate with Maritime Safety and Security Team 91101,
wipes cleaning solution on an M-2 heavy machine gun to prevent rust. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. James
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Maritime Safety and Security Team
91101 defends the coastline for Joint Task
Force Guantanamo, but their threats are
not all man-made. One enemy
they deal with on a daily basis is a
very old one: the sea itself. All the
patrol boats that the MSST sends
out to the bay and the Caribbean
are armed with several weapons
to include an M2 Browning .50-
caliber heavy machine gun and
M240B 7.62mm light machine
guns. All that ballistic steel is
extremely vulnerable to corrosion
by seawater, according to Coast
Guard Petty Officer 1st Class
Dustin Dunfee, a gunner's mate.
"If the weapons aren't cleaned
immediately at the end of a patrol,
they rust so fast they look like
Cheetos by the next morning,"
said Dunfee. Normally, each
weapon is coated with a black
finish over the steel, but even before that
wears away, seawater, with its combination
of minerals and water, starts the corrosion
Saltwater doesn't just get onthe weapons
from splashing, either. The air over and
near the sea is constantly full of a very fine
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009 I MISSION
mist that covers everything on the boat.
Even weapons that have only been near the
water are subject to corrosion overnight,
according to Dunfee.
Every returning patrol immediately
wipes down its weapons with cleaning
compound to stop corrosion in its tracks,
even while the boat is still being tied
to the dock. In addition, the weapons
are rotated through the armory for more
thorough cleaning and maintenance by
Dunfee and his two assistants, Coast Guard
Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Osborne
and Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class
James Banks. Other MSST members rotate
through on an as-needed basis to help clean
the weapons as well.
Dunfee's maintenance shop is also
responsible for all the unit's M-9 pistols,
M-16 and M-4 rifles and MK-19s, but those
aren't nearly as subject to damage from
salt water. The focus of most of
the armory's efforts is to keep the
machine guns from turning orange
"We go throughbetween $2,000
and $3,000 a month in cleaning
supplies," said Dunfee, and even
more than that in months when
they have to purchase specialized
tools, like the rod used to measure
wear on the insides of the gun
barrels and the spacers used to
measure headspace and timing
for the M2s. Those tools have to
be machined to extremely specific
tolerances, which explains their
high cost," said Dunfee.
The weapons maintenance
shop's hard work keeps MSST
91101's weapons clean, ready and
reliable. Whether for training or real-world
missions, the Coast Guardsmen can be sure
that their weapons both big and small
- are up to the task so MSST 91101 can
continue its mission of protecting the waters
surrounding Naval Station Guantanamo
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Wright to maintain JMG's success
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Navy Capt. David G. Wright relieved Navy Capt. Bruce C.
Meneley as the commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo's Joint
Medical Group during a ceremony at Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay, Aug. 31.
With his new command, Wright will have a dual role, serving as
not only the commander of the JMG, but also as the commanding
officer of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay's naval hospital. Wright
will have the responsibility of ensuring Troopers, civilians and
family members stationed at the naval station receive quality care
as well as ensuring the detainees at Joint Task Force Guantanamo
receive the same level of professional medical care.
Wright is coming from Rhode Island where he was the executive
officer of Naval Health Clinic New England, and he has also served
as the Navy Surgeon General's specialty leader for osteopathic
medicine since 2004.
After the turnover, he is now prepared to support the JTF
"I was very fortunate to come down for a full two-week
turnover," Wright explained. "I thought that was a long time for a
turnover, but in retrospect I am grateful."
Wright has been able to explore his dual mission in several
aspects over the past two weeks.
"The thing I have been most impressed by is how focused
everyone is on their role," Wright said. "Everyone seems to know
what they are supposed to do, and seem to do it rather well."
"The number one goal I have for JMG is to continue to focus
on the day-to-day safe medical care for our Troopers and for the
detainees," Wright added.
Meneley's success in this role was found through what he feels
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is his greatest accomplishment while working with the JMG.
"The most important aspect is providing high quality care for the
detainees, which is equivalent to what any joint Trooper would get,"
Meneley explained. "My greatest accomplishment was the fact that
we have provided high quality care for the detainees. That has been
demonstrated in numerous court cases where that was challenged
and the judges found we did provide that high quality of care.
"[Our success was also demonstrated by] international visits
from Red Cross, which has validated that the care we provide is
high quality," Meneley added.
Wright looks forward to furthering the JTF mission through
continued exemplary medical treatment.
JMG providers are on-call to provide care to all detainees
regardless of disciplinary status, level of cooperation or legal
status. Detainees are treated at a dedicated medical facility with
state-of-the-art equipment and an expert medical staff.
In addition to providing routine medical care, the hospital
staff has treated detainees for wounds sustained prior to detention
and other pre-existing medical conditions often unknown to the
detainees before their medical treatment at Guantanamo. Some
detainees have been provided enhanced quality of life through
treatments and procedures such as receiving prosthetic limbs or
having cataracts removed.
Mental health care also is available though the JMG for
detainees who request it.
Meneley departs after serving for more than two years at
Guantanamo. At his next command, Meneley will be the force
medical officer for the Naval Surface Forces in San Diego.
"This is one of the best joint commands I have had the honor to
work with. I will miss a lot of people," Meneley said. "I wish the
JMG and JTF the best of luck"
Under the command of Wright, the JMG will continue to
maintain safe, humane, legal and transparent care of detainees. O
MISSION I FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009
U Cmdr. Hess relieves
Cmdr. Fulgham at NEGB
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Navy Cmdr. Richard Hess assumed
command of the Navy Expeditionary
Guard Battalion from Navy Cmdr. Michael
Fulgham during a ceremony Sept. 1 at
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. The Navy
Expeditionary Guard Battalion mans, trains
and equips a guard force to support the
Joint Detention Group at Joint Task Force
Fulgham assumed command of the
battalion in September 2008 after serving
19 years in the Navy. His next assignment
will be with the operations department
aboard Carrier Strike Group 1 in San Diego,
Calif. Fulgham has also been selected for
promotion to captain.
"Command is one of the most enjoyable
and most challenging aspects of a naval
career," Fulgham said during the ceremony.
"It's never for the pay, it's always the people
you work for and watching them grow and
learn the job without you looking over their
During his command, Fulgham led the
battalion through four company rotations
of nearly 600 personnel and a nearly 90
percent retention rate. According to Navy
Rear Adm. Carol Pottenger, the commander
of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command,
Fulgham worked to improve relationships
at all levels within the chain of command
to obtain better gear and quality of life
for the Troopers. Against the backdrop
of the intense physical and psychological
demands, he was instrumental in ensuring
access to combat stress services for the
Troopers in his command. He also played a
pivotal role in infrastructure improvement,
project development and upgrades within
all the camps both for detainee comfort
and better working conditions for the guard
Pottenger praised Fulgham for his
tireless devotion to duty and intense focus
on the mission. She went on to compare
Fulgham to words from a book written by
retired Vice Adm. Jim Stockdale, "Thoughts
of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot."
"[According to Stockdale,] the true
combat leader and warrior is also a
teacher, a steward, a jurist and a moralist
and a philosopher," said Pottenger. "I
believe [Fulgham] lived these traits as
the commander of the guard battalion.
He taught his subordinates how critical
it is to get this mission right; he was a
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009 I MISSION
steward for our nation's character, a student
and teacher of the law and the Geneva
Conventions. As a moralist, he learned and
taught unimaginable things about human
behavior and as a philosopher, he accepted
everything that has happened here with
Fulgham turns over command as Joint
Task Force Guantanamo prepares to close,
according to an executive order signed by
President Obama earlier this year. In the
meantime, the joint task force standard
continues to be providing safe, humane,
legal and transparent care and custody of
the detainees, a mission now entrusted to
"There really couldn't be a more exciting
and challenging time to be taking over
here," said Hess. "Change is inevitable and
change is what we're about to face. Our
task now is to transition the guard battalion
and this entire organization through the
Hess graduated from the National War
College in Washington, D.C., in June 2009,
with a master's degree in national security
strategy. He previously served as a civil
affairs officer with the Army's 360th Civil
Affairs Brigade in Iraq from April 2007 to
His assignments at sea include service
aboard USS Brooke (FFG 1), USS John
King (DDG 3), USS Vandergrift (FFG 48),
USS Scout (MCM 8) and USS Dwight D.
Eisenhower (CVN 69).
All of the leadership present at the
ceremony took time to praise the work of
the battalion's guard force.
"[The Navy leadership] recognizes the
extraordinary pressures that you face every
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Fantasy becomes rea
David W. McLean
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The bone-crunching hits, one-handed
catches and last second field goal heroics
draw people into watching and participating
in football. September is the beginning of
football season, and for those not so apt to
play, the start of the fantasy football season.
Fantasy football is a fun and exciting way
to watch football, interact with other fans
and possibly win money and a trip to Super
Bowl XLIV in Miami without breaking
bones or pulling a hamstring.
Fantasy football is a game in which
participants are "owners" of teams with
players they select from around the NFL
pitted against other owners in a "league."
Each week, the statistics players generate
earn owners points. There are many
different leagues to choose from like
ESPN.com, Yahoo, CBS or NFL.com -
that offer a chance to play for free.
Another league available for Troopers to
enter for free is the Navy Morale, Welfare
and Recreation Fantasy Football League.
Because Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
is a joint environment, all service branches
are eligible to participate with one free
team and can compete with thousands of
other Navy MWR participants. There are
prizes and free trips available for those
who advance, and knowing how to play is
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Selecting players is the name of the
game. Just like in real football, each fantasy
football league has a draft. Depending on
the type of league and the rules, the draft will
take players out of the available pool based
on a draft order. The number of players
for a team may vary, but preferences and
biases for certain types of position players
dominate how individuals choose a team.
Knowing a little about players in advance
helps to field a competitive squad.
"I like to go with running backs first
because most leagues have them scoring
more with touchdowns and yardage totals,
but make sure you get a little bit of each
position," said Air Force Airman Ryan
Pinno, a power professional with the
474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering
Squadron. "I believe everyone can agree
that the best first pick is Adrian Peterson
of the Minnesota Vikings, and Tom Brady
should have a good comeback year after
being injured all last season."
Once players are selected and the draft
is underway, looking ahead and planning
for problems could save a season.
"You have to be careful when you pick
your players," said Army Sgt. Timothy
Dawson, a paralegal with the JTF staff
judge advocate office. "Some players
have bye-weeks (when they don't play)
and some players might become injured
or get traded. You have to be prepared if
Being prepared is half of the equation,
with points being the other.
Points are tallied by players performing
on the field in their respective positions.
Depending on the league, a quarterback
can get points for completing passes,
overall yardage and scoring touchdowns.
A running back could score by running
for total yards, touchdowns and breakout
runs of more than 10 yards. Every position
gains points, and how much is determined
by the owner's league.
Football knowledge does not translate
into points, as many novice fantasy owners
are able to break in with just dumb luck on
a bad pick.
"Any year someone can have a breakout
year," Pinno said. "Last year, Matt Ryan of
the Atlanta Falcons and Joe Flacco of the
Baltimore Ravens had great rookie seasons.
You won't know that ahead of time."
Regardless of the type of season,
fantasy football is a way to pass time,
learn about the NFL teams and compete
"While I'm here, it gives me something
to do," Pinno said. "It gives me something
to check on the Internet, but I really do love
football. It is a good way to learn about
the league, especially if you have a favorite
team and you can check them against the
To learn more about the Navy MWR
Fantasy Football League, check www.
mwrfantasysports.com before the Sept. 12
LOCAL SPORTS I FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009
"Away We Go" to depression
David W. McLean
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
"Away We Go" is not a cinematic thriller,
real romantic comedy or an escape from
reality that would motivate anyone to stay
in their seats for 98 minutes. Director Sam
Mendes ("American Beauty," "Jarhead,"
and "Road to Perdition") puts together an
indie-flavored film that follows a couple
searching across North America for the
perfect community in which to settle down
and start a family. The entire story really
lacks comedic appeal, despite the incredible
cast of stars assembled for this failure of a
When Verona De Tessant (Maya
Rudolph) learns she is pregnant, the
question for her and her partner, Burt (John
Krasinski) is, "Where do we live after the
baby is born?" Burt's parents (Catherine
O'Hara and Jeff Daniels) are heading to
Belgium before the birth of their grandchild
and really give no indication they even
have an interest in the vagabond couple or
a child conceived by them.
So Verona and Burt start from Denver
and travel from distant (U.S. and Canadian)
city to distant city. Mostly what they find is
disappointment and bad surprises.
Lily (Allison Janney), a former boss
and friend, proves to be a sharp-tongued,
demeaning person raising a dysfunctional
family with a distant and cynical husband
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009 I MOVIE RECON
(Jim Gaffigan). A "cousin," LN, (Maggie
Gyllenhaal) gives new meaning to the words
New Age with a family bed, separation
issues and breastfeeding her own children
and random strangers' kids as well.
One of the most heartbreaking couples
they meet are former college friends Tom
(Chris Messina) and Munch (Melanie
Lynskey) who adopted a rainbow-
assortment of children because of fertility
issues. You think things are fine as the
couples go out for a night on the town, but
during a short dance in a club, the pain of
the couple agonizing over the loss of a fifth
pregnancy just days before comes to light.
There are jokes and laughs along the
way, but the trip gets more and more
discouraging for them and us as the
movie drags painfully along. The joke
timing could be done with a sundial for the
greater length of the movie and dialogue
was strained at best. The only redeeming
quality of the movie could be that Burt and
Verona seem to grow closer to each other,
despite an unwillingness of Verona to ever
The mood and pace of the movie had an
altogether too-real feel with the plight of
the early-30's couple struggling to get the
basics of life. The depressing and awkward
production is best left for people who
want to kill a happy moment in their life.
JSMART may need to add more staff if
this film continues to play at Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay. 0
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Approximately 35 Troopers from the 151st Civil
Engineering Squadron of the Utah Air National
Guard recently spent two weeks conducting
annual training at Naval Station Guantanamo
The Salt Lake City-based engineers worked
on projects around the naval station including
making repairs to docks and bleachers, installing
sheet rock in buildings on the Leeward side of
the island and tracing electrical circuits at the
The projects gave the guardsmen an opportunity
to work on skills they would not normally have
the chance to practice at their home station and
provided new airmen the opportunity to hone
A9 -Al *Hig
Don't fall into poor eating habits
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
It is a decision many of us face several
times a day. Do you go for the bowl of fruit
or bowl of ice cream? While most of us
will make the right choice when it comes to
what we eat, some of us, regardless of what
we choose, will inevitably find ourselves
putting on extra weight.
Being able to identify and curb bad
eating habits is the key component for
Troopers at Joint Task Force Guantanamo
seeking to lose or even maintain their
weight. However, with many Troopers
working irregular hours or shift work,
some are at a higher risk for weight gain
than others according to Navy Lt. Nicole
Hoffman, a dietician with Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay's naval hospital.
"The most challenging people to work
with are the guards working the night shift.
Not only do those Troopers gain weight
simply by working the night shift, they are
working long shifts and don't get enough
sleep because they also try to fit physical
training into their schedules," added
So what do you do if you find yourself
on the wrong end of your service's height
and weight standards? If you are in the
business to lose weight, here are some
tips from Hoffman on what you can do to
maximize your weight loss:
* Eat a balanced diet that includes a
good combination of protein, fats
and carbohydrates. Do not overload
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in any one area. Remember that if
you incorporate healthy fats such as
unsaturated fats, they will actually help
curb your appetite.
* Allow yourself to snack throughout
the day. Try to go for a fruit high in
carbohydrates; this will give you the
energy to keep going until your next
* To help avoid overeating at meals,
have a light snack if you feel yourself
getting too hungry. This will help you
make more sensible choices when you
sit down to eat.
* Do not skip meals. Most importantly,
try to eat something for breakfast
even if you are not hungry. This is the
meal that triggers your body to start
burning calories for the day and starts
the hunger cycle for the rest of the
* If you already are in a fitness routine
and have changed your diet and still not
getting desired weight loss, remember
F.I.T.T. principles. Frequency; how
often you workout. Intensity; how
hard you're exercising. Time; the
length of time you work out. Type;
are you targeting specific muscles or
just focused on groups of muscles. By
changing any one of these principles,
you should see weight loss begin to
Hoffman cautions Troopers that may
look to 'fad' diets in order to reach their
weight loss goals.
"Try to avoid going on diets that
drastically change your eating habits. For
instance, the Adkins diet is really low in
carbohydrates and because of this, it will
make you feel more tired and less inclined
to workout," said Hoffman.
The diets that we keep play an integral
part in our overall physical fitness. "It is
important that all Troopers maintain a
healthy diet," says Army Capt. Manuel
Rodriguez, commander of Joint Task
Force Guantanamo's Headquarters and
With stress factoring into most Troopers'
lives, Rodriguez warns against letting it
control the food choices that we make at
the dinner table.
"If you allow stress to dominate your
eating habits, this will impact your overall
physical readiness," said Rodriguez.
At the end of the day, when all is
said and done, there is no magic pill that
will make the fat melt off of our bodies.
However, we are not without hope. There is
still a method that throughout the years has
survived numerous assaults from dozens
and dozens of diet trends that have come
and gone. What is this miraculous weight
loss machine you may ask? Look no further
than your nearest pen and paper.
"The best way to lose weight and keep it
off for good is to start a food journal. Write
down what you eat during the day and it
makes it easier to keep track of bad eating
habits you may have," said Hoffman.
The next time you are in the store and
in the market to lose extra pounds, it may
prove more beneficial to reach for a pad of
paper and a pen instead of the latest and
greatest diet product from the shelf. O
INFORMATION I FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009
New Food Pyramid
Milk Meats and beans
Grains Vegetables Fruits
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Joint Task Force Guantanamo's own
Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration
Team (JSMART) facilitates transitional
deployment support to the Troopers
deployed to Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay and during the Troopers' redeployment
Each month, JSMART supports
Troopers by facilitating the required
Deployment Cycle Support brief (DCS).
DCS, a JTF comprehensive integration
process, provides Troopers with valuable
information to help ensure Troopers and
their families are better prepared and
sustained throughout the deployment
Troopers leaving JTF Guantanamo don't
always understand the impact and purpose
of attending the redeployment briefing
before their travel home, but facilitators
like Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Joli
Barden, a 14-year veteran and seasoned
healthcare provider, find the class to be
instrumental in the reintegration process.
Barden, with three deployment tours to
Guantanamo, facilitates the DCS briefing.
"I take something new from the class every
time," she said.
In addition to JSMART's participation
discussing alcohol abuse, operational stress
and family relationships, sections of the
briefing are conducted by JTF Deployment
Cycle Support and the JTF chaplain on
the critical topics of domestic abuse and a
"Troopers always get something [out -
of the brief]," said Barden. "A lot of
information is vital and simple but often forgotten."
"[The briefing] was good. It supports our Navy general military
training, but it gave more specific information," said Navy Petty
Officer 1st Class Michael Johnson, of JTF operational support,
who noted that the statistics for domestic violence impacted
Facilitators of the DCS briefing agree that often Troopers are
in such a rush to have their paperwork signed off and get home
that they miss an integral part of their redeployment home, the
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Lafond, a six-year veteran
on his second Guantanamo deployment, notes, "Troopers are
so focused on going home that they forget about the adjustment
time." Lafond continued by saying, "Troopers are reminded not to
jump straight back into their life, because it has changed."
Facilitators recognize it is not possible for Troopers to go home
and have everything be the same as it was before they deployed.
Both Petty Officers Barden and Lafond commented on how
"jumping back in" adds stress to the returning home process.
"The process needs to happen naturally," said Navy Cmdr. Scott
Johnson, JSMART officer-in-charge. "If not, it could interfere with
getting back to your life."
Above all, JSMART encourages Troopers to look out for
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009 I NEWS & INFORMATION
themselves and fellow Troopers, get rest and take their time
processing the experience of deployment.
Briefings are scheduled twice a month. Future dates for the DCS
brief are Sept.15, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Dec. 1 and Dec.
22. Registration is not required. Exiting Troopers should show up
at Troopers' Chapel with their check-out sheets on the first day of
training before 8:30 a.m. in the uniform of the day.
Once back stateside from Guantanamo, family members of
Troopers and civilians are highly encouraged to attend briefings,
training, counseling in the DCS process and family programs.
One tool used for DCS is Military OneSource, a 24-hours-
a-day, seven-days-a-week information Web site and telephone
referral service. Contact Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647
(stateside), 1-800-3429-6477 (International), or on the Web at
For more information on Deployment Cycle Support (DCS),
go to the U.S. Army Web site: http://www.armygl.army.mil/dcs/
For management tools, go to the U.S. Navy Leaders Guide for
Managing Personnel in Distress: http://www-nmcphc.med.navy.
For deployment support, visit the DoD Deployment Health
Clinical Center: http://www.pdhealth.mil/dcs/pre_deploy.asp. O
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Pottenger praises NEGB Troopers for service
NEGB from 5
day and how phenomenal your success has
been," said Pottenger. "You are constantly
in an international media, political and legal
spotlight. You carry out your endless shifts,
suffer physical assaults, verbal abuse,
threats to your safety and physical and
emotional health. And how do you respond
to this unrelenting pressure, you put on
public display the same professionalism
you show every day when there aren't any
cameras or news outlets peering over your
shoulder or asking you questions. You do
the right thing, by the book, without fail."
She stressed to the Sailors the importance
of learning to be better leaders from their
experiences here and praised the continued
professionalism she has witnessed in visits
to the detention facilities.
"Based on my impressions from my
visits here and updates that I get from
your commander, I draw an unequivocal
conclusion that you are some of the finest
examples of how to live our Navy Core
Values of honor, courage and commitment,"
Fulgham left his Troopers with words of
encouragement for the upcoming months.
"When the books are written, months or
years from now, the professionalism of this
task force and everyone associated with it
will be the underpinning of every chapter,"
Fulgham said. "It will be your stories that
will make the nation proud of having the
great honor and privilege of having you
The incoming commander took the
opportunity to impart his advice and
expectations of his Troopers in the coming
"Let honor and integrity be the basis
for what you do every day," said Hess.
"Because if you do things honorably, you
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Keeping GTMO clean, one bus stop at a time
Army Sgt. Ist Class Tomas Carreras, Army Master Sgt. Orlando Negron, Army Sgt. Ist Class Guillermo Santiago and
Army Sgt. 1st Class Luis Perez, all members of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard, participated in a volunteer clean-
up project, Aug. 29. The Troopers cleaned up a bus stop outside Tierra Kay housing on Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay. Firefighters from the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay station No. 4 provided assistance with their hoses. JTF
Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Blair Heusdens
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009 I VOICE OF THE FORCE
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Navy Lt. Cmdr. Depend on God Lean on Others
A demanding mission, such as the one
to which we have been deployed at Joint
Task Force Guantanamo, requires we
arrive prepared, continuously train and
remain ready to successfully meet the
responsibilities in support of detainee
operations which are placed upon us.
Yet we are human beings with physical,
emotional and spiritual requirements
which we need to balance in order to be
successful in whatever we are called to
do. That elusive success shall only come
when we utilize all the resources at our
disposal to meet, complete and fulfill all
of our professional and individual needs.
Our professional military training can
only meet part of our need. Our personal
spiritual preparation can help us complete
our needs. Together, both are essential if
we are to accomplish what we need to do
in our lives. Today we are deployed to meet
this particular mission. Future deployments
will be to other missions. Deployment
success depends on how we deploy. We
can experience deployment success if we
realize that we need to:
"Lord, Frail is our vessel, and the oceans
are wide; but as in your mercy you have
set our course. So steer the vessel of our
life towards the everlasting shore of peace,
and bring us at length to the quiet haven
of our heart's desire, where You, O God,
are blessed, and live and reign forever and
ever. Amen." Saint Augustine
"We live in a discouraging world full of
people who put us down. What bright lights
we can be when we say the simple words,
'I have confidence in you'!" Florence
"Prayer feeds the soul as blood is to the
body, prayer is to the soul and it brings
you closer to God. It also gives you a clean
and pure heart. Prayer makes the heart
large enough until it can contain God's gift
of Himself." Mother Theresa
"You are better off to have a friend than to
be all alone, because then you will get more
enjoyment out of what you earn. If you fall,
your friend can help you up. But if you fall
without having a friend nearby, you are
really in trouble!" Ecclesiastes
O ffer Support
"When we honestly ask ourselves which
person in our lives means the most to us,
we often find that it is those who, instead
of giving advice, solutions or cures, have
chosen rather to share our pain and touch
our wounds with a warm and tender hand."
- Henri Nouwen
y ou are not alone.
"Voyager soul on the sea of life,
O'er waves of sorrow and sin and strife,
When fogs bewilder and foes betray,
Steer straight on your course from day to
day; Though unseen currents run deep and
swift. Where rocks are hidden and sandbars
shift, all helpless and aimless, you need not
drift." Annie Johnson Flint O
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, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009
6:30 a.m. Mass
IIII1H i Y J ; I I II J if l' if J
8I Camp America commandant loses
more than 50 pounds with help from frien(
David W. McLean
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Before coming to Joint Task Force
Guantanamo, Army Sgt. 1Pt Class Guillermo
Santiago wanted to lose weight. At more
than 300 pounds, the Camp America
commandant had to get within body mass
index tolerances to be deployed to Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay with Headquarters
and Headquarters Company of the 525th
Military Police Battalion. With a change
in his diet and exercise habits, he has been
able to shed 50 pounds and presses forward
to lose even more weight.
Santiago said his weight loss was
spurred by a desire to promote up the ranks
and a hard look at the model of leadership
"I'm a senior non-commissioned officer
and we are supposed to lead by example,"
Santiago said. "How are you going to
provide leadership to young Troopers when
you can't be the example of the standards?
I felt bad about myself and it wasn't easy
talking to people. Requesting my Troopers
to take the Army Physical Fitness Test and
look professional in their uniform was
difficult when I was the example."
Now, Santiago is becoming a better
example by dropping two uniform sizes
and increasing his exercise routine. He
doesn't credit his success to himself, but
says support from his command and close
friends has helped him succeed.
"He wanted to go to a school," said
Army Capt. Manuel Rodriguez, the HHC
commander. "He had to get down to the
Army body mass index standard of 26
percent. He picked up the pace and he
did it. I talked to him, gave him tips, but
I take my hat off to [Master Sgt. Orlando]
Negron for being there with him the whole
Army Master Sgt. Orlando Negron,
non-commissioned officer-in-charge of
operations rotations for HHC, said he
invited Santiago to be an exercise partner
and has not left his side in the process. He
said his role is to offer advice and support
for Santiago and push him to meet his
"Santiago wanted to lose weight and pass
his APFT," Negron said. "I try to motivate
him by telling him to imagine reaching his
regulation weight, how proud his wife will
be of him and how good his uniform will
look on him. He just needs the motivation
Santiago, Negron and others have
been walking increasing distances daily,
participating in team sports and working
out in the gym to increase strength.
"At first, they were short walks of about
two to three miles," Santiago said. "Now
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009 15 MINUTES OF FAME
I can walk up to 12 miles. I use some of
the free weights and the Nautilus machines
too. I am running again up to one mile at
my own pace, I do a little swimming and
play basketball with the guys."
The exercise has only been one part of
the equation for Santiago, as he needs to
control what and how much he eats.
"In my Puerto Rican heritage, we fry a
lot of food and eat many sweets," Santiago
said. "I had to modify my eating habits.
Now I'm eating a lot of salad, white meats
and I cut out the desserts. Before, I used to
eat two plates of rice and beans and now I
have to watch myself."
Santiago said his diet and exercise plan
will continue to be a part of his life so
he can accomplish his mission here, and
anywhere he is sent in the world.
"Our mission with the War on Terror has
shifted from Iraq to Afghanistan," Santiago
said. "Leaders from all levels and their
Troopers need to be in good physical
condition. It is not an easy place to conduct
operations, so it is important for the Troops
to keep the highest level of physical
readiness that they can."
As he sweats away more pounds in his
quest to become a more fit Soldier, Santiago
said he is looking forward to going home to
Puerto Rico in a few months. The only thing
he will leave behind is his old, oversized
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