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Army Master Sgt.
JDG S-1 NCOIC
Senior leaders have a sacred responsibility of taking care of
their troops. Troops are our most valuable resource, take care of
them and they will take care of our nation. William O. Wooldridge,
a former sergeant major of the Army, once said, "Take care of each
man as though he were your own brother. He is." This philosophy
may sound simplistic, but it poses the question, "What exactly is
taking care of the troops?"
It is our job to identify our Troopers' duties and responsibilities,
ensure they understand them and have the opportunity to exercise
those skills and stay proficient, so that if called upon to defend
our great nation, they can achieve what they have been taught.
It will be at that time that you will realize the importance of
successfully accomplishing a mission.
Taking care of the troops goes beyond meeting their
training and wartime needs. It goes beyond developing
realistic training exercises. It goes beyond ensuring
training resources and assets are available from A to Z. We
as senior leaders should be aware of our troops personal
and professional needs, and assist and guide them when
In order to accomplish any mission at 100 percent, we
must be present before, during and after the mission so
we can ensure that every one of our troops is taken care
of. In order to take care of the troops, senior leaders
must set the example for their Troopers in conduct, job
performance and commitment.
Senior leaders must train their troops. Training is
essential to the development of troops in all service
branches. All troops must be tactically proficient
so that they can survive the rigors and hardships
of the battlefield. They must also be technically
proficient in their job skills in order to perform their
wartime and peacetime missions.
Senior leaders must counsel their troops and must
provide them with honest feedback on their job
performance and professional development. Leaders
must also guide them in their careers and sometimes
become a sounding board for their personal lives.
This is where the skill of listening comes into play. Many
professionals say that counseling is 90 percent listening.
Every Trooper wants to know that someone is listening to
his or her concerns.
Leaders must be available for their troops. When a troop
says that he or she needs support, or just someone to talk to,
they mean it.
Leaders must motivate troops. They need to explain
to troops the importance of fulfilling their duties and
responsibilities to the organization and military as a whole.
Troopers must understand how their actions impact the whole
As leaders we receive authority, status and position in order
to serve Troopers, units and our country. Caring for troops is
an awesome responsibility, but one that it is also extremely
rewarding. The joy leaders experience seeing troops succeed
in their jobs and careers is overwhelming. After all, the most
important legacy we leave behind is "our Troopers." 0
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TROOPER-TO-TROOPER I FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
As a part of Joint Task Force
Guantanamo's mission readiness, the
Joint Medical Group plans and conducts
monthly Combat Lifesaver training for
Troopers deployed to JTF Guantanamo.
A CLS-trained Trooper is a non-medic
service member with moderate emergency
medical training who is able to provide
care, primarily on the battlefield, but is
also able to render aid to Soldiers in non-
combat situations, such as natural disasters
or accidents. Developed to increase
survivability in combat environments, the
CLS is a bridge between self-aid and a
The number one medical priority is
eliminating loss of life, limb, and eyesight
on the battlefield by focusing the training
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on three phases of tactical combat casualty
care. The phases are care under fire, tactical
field care, and casualty evacuation.
Army Sgt. Danielle Sharrock facilitates
the course and finds her job critical in
helping prepare Troopers for any given
situation. Sharrock reminds students to
go through the steps often. "It is critical to
evaluate, manage, initiate and improvise
in every phase of care on the battlefield
without forgetting the combat mission,"
"Don't forget your mission!" exclaimed
Sharrock during practical exercises in litter
carrying. Troopers are reminded of the
tactical environment and small unit tactics.
"You are under fire," yelled Sharrock,
encouraging Troopers to look around, stay
low and listen to the casualty.
Army Pvt. Ashley Lawson sees the
benefit of practicing the CLS techniques.
"There is so much coming at you and
nothing fully prepares you, but [CLS
training] gives you the mindset that you
need," says Lawson, who is completing the
course as a recertification.
Lawson first took the CLS training as
part of Army basic training, but found that
the intensive course offered by the JMG
gives her a different perspective. "This
class is to the point. It gets across the job to
be done," she said.
Words and phrases like tactical care,
tension pneumothorax, casualty and
evaluate fill the classroom as Troopers are
instructed in various techniques to treat
and stabilize Troopers with blast injuries,
amputations, severe bleeding or penetrating
Army Pvt. Jake Dipietro, who enjoyed
the class, can see the benefits of taking the
class as a refresher. "This was focused, and
that makes it easier," said Dipietro.
There are many topics and skills covered
during the training. Every participant has
their favorite experience and the part they
could do without. Such is the case for
Lawson, whose least favorite part was "the
live stick," referring to the venous puncture
needed to place an intravenous line, which
is a requirement for completion of the
"I hate needles," Lawson said. "I don't
mind sticking someone, I just don't want to
be stuck." Lawson's partner, Diepietro, on
the other hand, found the practical portions of
"the live stick and practicing [transporting]
on the litter really cool," he said.
Each Trooper will take away something
different from the class, but each will
understand the importance of quick
treatment on the battlefield and the lives
that can be saved because of their training.
Although not a requirement for Navy,
Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard
personnel, it is possible, and advised, for
all Troopers to have the training for JTF
mission readiness. For more information
on Combat Lifesaver and Basic Lifesaver
courses, contact Sgt. Danielle Sharrock at
ext. 3395. 0
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September 11, 2001. It is a date that is permanently
etched into the psyche of Americans who were alive
to witness the tragedy, as events unfolded live on TV.
Many can tell you where they were when they heard the
news or saw the first images. Some can still reflect on
the emotions that surged over them as the second plane
careened into the south tower of the World Trade Center
Each year since Congress established Sept. 11
as Patriot's Day, Americans have gathered together
to remember the 2,976 victims of the worst terrorist
attack in American history. While many across the
nation observed a moment of silence for the victims,
Troopers and civilians deployed to Joint Task Force
Guantanamo marked the day with another form of
Starting promptly at midnight on September 11,
Troopers lowered the flag at Camp Delta, and several
other flag poles around the JTF, promptly replacing
it with another flag. This other flag however, was not
going to simply replace the one taken down. This was
being flown with a specific purpose in mind. It would be
given to the families that lost a family member aboard
the hijacked United Airlines flight 93 that crashed in
Navy Petty Officer 1t Class Scott Williams, the JTF
flag coordinator, was on hand to personally oversee the
more than 70 flags waiting to be flown that had been
dropped off by Troopers and civilians.
"Each flag will be flown for 9 minutes and 11 seconds
to pay tribute to the family members that lost loved ones
during the terrorist attacks," said Williams.
Since the 9/11 attacks, many Americans have taken
their time to pay tribute to members of the military and
thank them for their service. For Williams, this is a way
for the military to thank the victims of the attacks, in
particular the passengers of Flight 93.
"We had a civilian who wanted to fly flags for each of
the families that lost a family member aboard United 93.
It is his way to let the families know that the military is
down here, possibly with some of the masterminds of the
attacks, and he wanted to thank them for the sacrifice their
families made to make sure that the flight did not reach its
intended target," said Williams.
With so many flags to fly during the overnight hours,
Williams assembled a crew that included volunteers and
utilized four different flag posts around the JTF.
One of those volunteers was Coast Guard Petty Officer
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Sept. 11: GTMO remembers
Troopers and residents of
Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay held a memorial
ceremony dedicated to those
who lost their lives in the
September 11, 2001, terrorist
attacks. The service took
place at the naval station
chapel, Sept. 11, 2009. Those
in attendence also took the
time to remember those
who sacrificed their lives in
our nation's history. JTF
Guantanamo photos by Army
Sat. Michael Baltz
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It is that time of year again. After counting down the days,
everyone's favorite season is here: football season.
From little boys playing in their back yard, to professionals
playing in sold out stadiums, there is something about the sport of
football that brings everyone together.
Troopers at Joint Task Force Guantanamo and Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay are no exception. To appease the football fan in
all of us, Morale, Welfare and Recreation offers male and female
flag football leagues.
This year, leagues are comprised of nine male teams and three
The opportunity for Troopers to play flag football is a great way
to relieve stress while deployed.
"You have to find an outlet to relieve stress," said Navy Petty
Officer 2nd Class Casanova Romeo Love, a defensive back with
Love has been participating in flag football since he joined the
Navy in 2002.
"I love it. Everyone loves to compete, and this is a healthy way
to do so," Love said. "It also brings people together."
Love's team is comprised of Sailors from the Navy Expeditionary
Guard Battalion. They are called the Wolfpack for a reason.
"We are called the Wolfpack, because we hunt together and
feed together. We will be hunting and feeding all season long,"
Love claimed confidently.
"We have been practicing three times a week. The biggest
challenge we have is everyone has to learn how to play together,
but our strength will over come that shortly," Love said.
According to Love, the strength of the Wolfpack is that they
truly are a team.
"The willingness for everyone to come together really makes
a difference," Love said proudly. "It is like everything else. You
have good days and bad days, and you hope the good out number
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin Hardy, a defensive back with
Code Chaos from the Navy Hospital, also feels confident about
what the season may bring.
"I am looking forward to this season because I just want to
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show off my skills in front of everyone," Hardy said. "I am really
Hardy actually compares himself to a cat.
"You know those cats that can jump up into a six-foot tree? That
is like me on the field."
As for his team's name, there is also a reason behind that.
"We are called Code Chaos, because our team will cause the
other team to have chaos," Hardy explained.
Whether it is to compete, to hang out or to stay in shape,
flag football games will be played Monday through Friday until
November starting at 7 p.m. at Cooper Field.
If you have any question regarding flag football or MWR sports,
call the sports office at ext. 2113. 0
LOCAL SPORTS I FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009
Child horror movie flops
April D. de Armas
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra,
'Orphan' is the latest release from Warner
Bros. Studios. This child thriller has a
good story line, but lacks the ability to keep
Life seems normal in the home of
John (Peter Sarsgaard) and Kate (Vera
Farmiga). They have two children,
Daniel (Jimmy Bennett) and Max,
(Aryana Engineer). Yet, the couple wants
to add to their family. After an untimely
miscarriage, the couple decides adoption
might be the best way to continue to grow
Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman) turns on her
Russian charms when the couple visits the
local orphanage. She appears to be mild-
mannered and polite. She has an artist eye
that impresses the couple and the decision
is made quickly to adopt her.
Esther seems to get along well with
young Max who is five years old and deaf
but Daniel holds his reservations about the
new addition to the family.
Not long after Esther enters the home,
things start happening. John marks the
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 I MOVIE RECON
incidents off as part of childish action. He
believes that with a little love and attention,
Esther will turn out just fine; but Kate starts
to feel they made a mistake in their hasty
decision to adopt Esther.
After a visit from the nun (CCH Ponder)
who handled the adoption, Esther's plan to
kill and take over starts to take shape. Her
evil nature starts to shine through and after
causing bodily injury to a young classmate,
Kate starts digging deeper into her new
The child actors in this movie were
phenomenal, but the roles played by
the parents were badly written. John is
portrayed to be simple minded and overly
gullible, while Kate is shown as a hyper-
vigilant and preoccupied mother.
'Orphan' leaves the viewer feeling like
they are watching just another bad 'B'
rated horror flick that just won't come to
After an excruciating two hours, the
movie comes to an end; but not before a
badly-planned last fight scene.
'Orphan' is not worth the price of a
ticket at any theater, so it is a good thing
residents and Troopers of Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay have the opportunity to
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Blair Heusdens Participants are afforded the opportunity
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs to observe all services in action during
their trip. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay hosted and Joint Task Force Guantanamo's joint
community and civic leaders from across the missions provide a unique opportunity to
U.S. as part of the Joint Civilian Orientation observe all the services working together in
Conference, Sept. 12. one environment.
The JCOC is a program sponsored by While at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay,
the Secretary of Defense for civilian public JCOC participants spent time with members
opinion leaders interested in increasing their of each service branch; participating in live
knowledge of military and national defense fire exercises and eating Meals Ready to Eat
issues. JCOC participants attend Pentagon with the Marines from the Marine
briefings by Department of Defense military Corps Security Forces Company
and civilian leadership and then join the who provide base security here,
military in the field observing exercises and witnessing a force protection
participating in training, demonstration by the Coast
"The goal of the program is to introduce Guard's Maritime Safety and
senior civilian leaders to the U.S. military Security Team 91101 and touring
and encourage two-way conversation," said the detention facilities and military
Rose-Ann Lynch, director of the JCOC. commissions facilities of Joint
This year's conference is hosted by the Task Force Guantanamo, which
United States Southern Command, with visits is supported by members of all
to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and services, with the Navy and Army providing
various other sites throughout the command, the guard force for the detention camps.
Participants in the conference have the "You'll never see people so excited to eat
opportunity to meet military personnel from MREs in your life," said Lynch.
the most junior enlisted to, in this case, the Participants in the JCOC program are
Secretary of Defense, who started off the nominated by military leaders and past
trip with a briefing and introduction at the JCOC alumni. The DoD seeks to select
Pentagon. a geographical, professional and cultural
According to the Department of Defense, cross-section of influential Americans who
fostering and furthering good relations with are leaders in their fields. Once chosen, the
communities at home and abroad increases participants must pay the fees for their trip,
the understanding of the mission of the DoD either with personal funds or funds raised in
and the U.S. defense posture and capabilities their communities.
by increasing public exposure to military Paul Finley, the mayor of Madison,
personnel, facilities, equipment and programs. Ala., lives in a community that is directly
"I think we have become more distanced impacted by the military. Just outside
from the armed services," said Leigh von Redstone Arsenal, home to the U.S. Army
der Esch, managing director of tourism for Aviation and Missile Command, the town
the Utah Governor's Office of Economic with a population of 4,000 in 1980 has now
Development. "I want to get the chance to grown to 43,000. Unlike many communities,
see the men and women in uniform and get Madison is dealing with a unique, but
their perspective. There are a lot of things welcomed, problem of having too many jobs
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od, the largest chairman and chief executive officer of
the U.S., sees Berlin Packaging and a limited partner of
business do to the Chicago White Sox. "There's no reason
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the world. The JCOC is just one
Father John Schlegel example of the military's two-way
interaction with the public.
Find ways to "We want to be able to show [the public]
bers and their what our mission is about," said Navy
nents and after Cmdr. Cora Rogers, deputy director of JTF
Guantanamo's Joint Medical Group. "It's not
derstanding of just about showing them what we are doing
g deployments for the detainees, but also showing how well
tter serve their our Troopers are doing every day at providing
safe, humane, legal and transparent care."
andannouncer "It's very important that people in our
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consistent with spirit in which they do it," said Father John
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JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Residents of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task
Force Guantanamo Troopers gathered in the early morning hours
at GTMO's Windmill Beach, Sunday, Sept. 13, united in support
and remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy. The participants
took part in the second annual 9.11-mile Freedom Run sponsored
by the JTF Guantanamo public affairs team; Morale, Welfare and
Recreation; and We Do Care, a non-profit organization based in
The run was modeled after the Freedom Run founded by Dirk
Beveridge, president and founder of the We Do Care organization,
whose mission is to provide the public opportunities to support and
thank active duty military personnel, their families and veterans.
Beveridge visited Guantanamo Bay in April 2008 and was inspired
to add the JTF-GTMO Troopers to the Freedom Run partnership.
"I have seen firsthand the importance of Guantanamo Bay,"
said Beveridge. "We Do Care is honored to be partnering with all
the service men and women of Joint Task Force Guantanamo for
the second year." Beveridge added that he was impressed by the
professionalism of the Troopers who provide care for the detainees
at GTMO every day.
Beveridge continued on to say, "As you conduct safe, humane,
legal and transparent care and custody of detainees, We Do Care is
committed to connecting the American public to your mission and
the exemplary work of those who wear the cloth of our nation while
serving at Guantanamo Bay."
"This run is unique because it reminds the Troopers at GTMO
why their mission here is so critical," said Maj. Diana Haynie,
deputy director of public affairs for the JTF.
The run began at 6:45 a.m. traveling a course from Windmill
Beach through a long and hilly route toward the naval station golf
course, then circling back toward the Windmill Beach finish line.
"The hills were rough," said Navy Petty Officer 1t Class Steveil
Chesson, one of 16 Navy chief selectees who participated in the run
as a group. Chesson went on to express how his fellow selecteec
helped him to feel supported during the run. "The team kept me,
The run had special meaning as it gave participants the chance to
run in memory of the people who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.
Such is the case for Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Amirah Azziz.
Originally, Azziz chose to run because her friends were going to run,
but then began to think about the run in a different way. "I had to
do it; I'm here in GTMO," said Azziz. "Even as I ran, even as I wasi
hurting, I kept thinking about the people on Sept. 11."
Beveridge spoke of the stateside Freedom Run which took place
Sept. 12, in Barrington, Ill. He said the runners in Illinois were,
"thinking of every one of you and your families back home with
Sharing in the enthusiasm and sentiments for the 9.11 Freedom
Run, more than 226 runners and 60 volunteers provided support at
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, along with 500 Barrington runners,
250 runners in Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia, and additional runners
in Altimur, Afghanistan.
A small awards ceremony at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
acknowledged the first place men's and women's finishers, Air Force
Capt. Dan Dean and GTMO resident Jen losue.
Runners who completed the run received an official Freedom Run
t-shirt and as participants crossed the finish line, they were presented
with a Freedom Run challenge coin. The event transitioned to a
barbeque and beach party, hosted by the JTF public affairs office.
The We Do Care organization is a non-profit, non-political,
grassroots organization founded by Barrington, Ill., area residents
committed to finding appropriate ways of showing appreciation and
support to those who serve. For more information, visit the Web site,
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Sixteen chief petty officer selectees from Joint Task Force
Guantanamo and the Naval Station concluded one chapter of
their Navy careers and entered another, when they gathered at
the Windjammer Ballroom for an anchor-pinning ceremony and
full-fledged induction into the Chief's Mess, known affectionately
around the Navy as the "Goat Locker," Sept. 16.
The annual CPO induction process, which began on Aug. 1, is a
six-week, intensive training cycle that is geared toward developing
the selectees' advanced leadership and teamwork skills. This
process prepares them to become subject-matter experts in their
particular trade as they assume the mantle of leaders and guides for
their junior Sailors and junior officers.
"The [induction process] is about the transition into the chief
petty officer ranks," said Senior Chief Petty Officer Anthony
Williams, the leading chief of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay's
public works center and senior enlisted leader of Navy Facilities
Engineering Command Southeast, headquartered in Jacksonville,
Fla. "This [induction process] involves more responsibility to
your junior troops and more responsibilities to your [junior]
The CPO grade was created on April 1, 1893, formalizing a
tradition that existed of having the senior, most experienced,
rated Sailors as the "Chief' Sailor, who was designated by the
commanding officer as the one in charge of his peers.
When a Sailor is promoted to the rank of chief petty officer, he
or she incurs a greater load of responsibilities and expectations.
They will spend more time leading junior Sailors to accomplish
the Navy's mission than they will ever have done before.
Williams said that these 16 Sailors, while enduring fatigue
and long nights, were mentally preparing for the moment when
they transformed from "bluejackets" to CPOs, with an increase in
responsibilities and an assumption of a higher level of leadership.
'Bluejacket' refers to Sailors in rank from seaman recruits to petty
officers first class.
"They are going through a very stressful time, in regards to the
fact that they still have to [perform] their jobs for the JTF and for
the naval station, plus their overall responsibilities will increase,"
"The [induction] process helps [CPO selectees] to understand
what [the Navy] expects of them once that rank is achieved,"
The induction process began with 17 Sailors last month, but
was reduced by one when a selectee transferred out of the JTF for a
stateside command. That Sailor continued the process of ascending
to the CPO ranks alongside selectees at the new command.
The JTF Guantanamo and naval station chief selectees are
just a few of hundreds Navy-wide who were pinned with the
coveted fouled anchor during a ceremony that signifies their status
as "backbones of the Navy fleet" who are experts in their trade,
and have been selected for their leadership and steady guidance.
According to Williams, first class petty officers who aspire to join
the CPO Mess should keep a few things in mind as they prepare for
that next phase of their Navy careers.
"Mission first, people always," Williams said. "That's pret
much the greatest thing that [first class petty officers] need to
understand. In order to get that increased responsibility, they
should remember that it's about the mission, that it's about the
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JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The military does well to keep its
Troopers physically fit, but what happens
when your organization doesn't have a
structured physical training program or you
want to go above and beyond?
There are many alternative physical
fitness programs provided by the naval
station, technology and the Internet. All
three provide flexible opportunities to work
fitness into your own schedule.
One program that is gaining popularity
is the fitness phenomenon called CrossFit.
This program is very short and very intense,
providing the user a 20-to-30-minute
workout with a video explanation on how
to perform the exercises.
"I like CrossFit because I don't have
to worry about scheduling an exact time
every day," said Army 1Pt Lt. Nicole Lopez,
of the 189th Military Police Company. "I
know I can get it done in a half-hour or
so and do it whenever I have time during
The benefit of this workout is to get
you in and out of the gym feeling you've
completed an intense workout in a short
amount of time.
"I enjoy the high intensity of every
workout," says Lopez, "and the fact that I
am able to work so many different muscles
in such a short amount of time."
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay's
Morale, Welfare and Recreation provides
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multiple programs to Troopers who are
looking to stay fit. Various sports, fun
runs and competitions are offered on the
evenings and weekends for Troopers. There
are multiple fitness options offered through
MWR, such as yoga classes, bowling or the
Advancements in technology have
allowed the general public to focus on
fitness on their time schedule. Various
entertainment consoles provide software
with fitness in mind. The Nintendo Wii has
produced two products that create and track
your fitness over time. Nintendo's WiiFit
provides a balance board that measures
your weight against your height and records
your body mass index. It also offers games
and exercises that measures your physical
fitness and endurance. Electronic Arts, the
makers of Madden 2010, also produced a
fitness program called EA Active, which
supplies resistance bands to help assist in
your exercises. The game provides you
a 30-day workout schedule and a video
trainer who takes you through all the
exercises so you're not second-guessing
Troopers at Guantanamo also have other
fitness options. The snorkeling and dive
community is very active.
"[Diving is] like a break in the day,"
explains Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Joel
Hulak of the Navy Expeditionary Guard
Battalion, "and it allows us to maintain our
Snorkeling may not seem like a
workout, but it can involve fitness with
"I run the ridgeline by Tierra Key, [and
afterwards] enjoy swimming and snorkeling
in the Caribbean," said Hulak.
It is hard to find an excuse not to work
out here. With multiple options across the
base, and availability for all ages, there is
something out there for everyone. With
changes in technology and the way the
world views fitness, "finding the time" is
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Flags flown over Camp Delta for Flight 93 families
FLIGHT93 from 4
3rd Class Travis Smith, who after the
9/11 attacks was searching for a way
to give back to his country.
"I joined the Coast Guard after
the attacks, because I had to find a
way to serve my county and give
back," said Smith.
Smith's idea of selfless service is
one all services try to impress upon
their Soldiers, Sailors, Marines,
Airmen and Coast Guardsmen.
Those services all touch on the idea
of putting something, whether a
person, unit or country before one's
own self. This concept was on full
display as members from the night's
detail had given their own time to
assist with the flag detail.
"I wanted to take a small amount
of my time and volunteer to give
back to the families that suffered a
loss eight years ago," said Smith.
For Williams, the opportunity to
give back to the victims holds an
even more personal connection.
"This day holds a special place
in my heart. My family is third
generation military and has strong
ties to New York. More importantly,
my brother was recently wounded in
a [rocket-propelled grenade] attack
in Afghanistan," said Williams.
In a speech to a joint session
of Congress, nine days after the
terrorist attacks, President George
W. Bush summed up the feelings of
"Each of us will remember what
happened that day and to whom it
happened. We will remember the
moment the news came, where
we were and what we were doing.
Some will remember an image of
a fire or story or rescue. Some will
carry memories of a face and a voice
gone forever. And I will carry this. It
is the police shield of a man named
George Howard who died at the
World Trade Center trying to save
others. It was given to me by his
mom, Arlene, as a proud memorial
to her son. It is my reminder of lives
that ended and a task that does not
end," said Bush.
While the flags can not replace
the loved ones lost, it can perhaps
serve as a way for the men and
women who are deployed to Joint
Task Force Guantanamo to pay
tribute and show their commitment
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Muslim chaplain visits GTMO
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
This week, Joint Task Force Guantanamo
and Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
welcome a Muslim chaplainfor observances
and celebrations during the last days of
Army Maj. Abdullah A. Hulwe is both
an imam and a teacher who has come to
Guantanamo Bay as part of the chaplains'
ongoing mission to accommodate the
religious needs of Troopers.
Army Capt. Scott Brill, the chaplain
deputy director for JTF Guantanamo, said
he and the other chaplains at Guantanamo
Bay are excited to have Hulwe here during
this holiday and grateful for the aspect
of religious accommodation he is able to
"We want to provide for and
accommodate every religious need here at
Guantanamo Bay. The opportunity to have
a Muslim chaplain visit during this time is
an honor," Brill said.
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims
fast from food, drink and other pleasures.
This is one of the five basic observances of
the faith. Prayer five times a day is another
basic practice, as well as group recitation of
prayer and reading the Quran.
More than one billion Muslims around
the world celebrate the holy month of
Ramadan with fasting, prayer, and acts of
charity. They believe the holiday marks the
revelation of God's word in the Holy Quran
to the prophet Mohammad.
Brill said the month of Ramadan is
an important one at Guantanamo Bay
and he is glad to be able to participate in
the celebrations and learn from another
"Having (Maj.) Hulwe here is a blessing.
This is an opportunity to learn about Islam
from someone in our midst, who is able
to show us firsthand what Ramadan is
about and to demonstrate the beauty of the
religion," Brill said.
Troopers and civilians of all faiths are
encouragedto attend Ramadan observances.
Hulwe said an important part of his ministry
includes outreach to non-Muslims. He said
he seeks to promote awareness and educate
people about the beliefs and practices of
From Sept. 12 through Sept. 22,
Ramadan activities include daily Qiyam
at 5:00 a.m., a daily lecture at 7:30 p.m.,
followed by Taraweeh at 8:00 p.m. There
will be a Friday I'tidaf on September 18 at
9:00 p.m. The Eid prayer will be on Sunday
at 9:00 a.m. All activities will be held at
the Naval Station Chapel (Sanctuary C).
For more information about final
Ramadan activities, contact the JTF GTMO
command chaplain's office at ext. 3302 or
Visiting Rabbi provides Jewish services
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
For the next two weeks Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and
Joint Task Force Guantanamo will be hosting a Jewish chaplain to
assist with two of the most revered days in Judaism.
Navy Lt. Jonathan Blum is visiting the JTF to coincide with the
observances of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
"I am here to celebrate the high holidays of Rosh Hashanah and
Yom Kippur with the troops down here," said Blum.
Air Force Lt. Col. Dwayne Peoples, the chaplain director for
JTF Guantanamo, explained the importance of Rabbi Blum's visit
to the JTF.
"It is always great to have chaplains visit down here during
their religion's holiday periods and celebrate it with members of
the JTF community," said Peoples.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are two days that are very
closely related, not only on the calendar but also for the reason
which they are celebrated.
In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah literally means 'head of the year'
or 'first of the year' and is commonly known as the Jewish New
"[Rosh Hashanah] is also considered a day of judgment where
mankind is judged by God for everything done during the previous
year,' said Blum.
Yom Kippur observance takes place 10 days after Rosh
Hashanah and means 'the day of atonement.' The days between
the holidays are used for reflection, introspection and the mending
of one's ways.
"The day of Yom Kippur is when people can atone for anything
they might not have been judge favorably for on Rosh Hashanah,"
Blum advised that services will be held at the naval station
chapel fellowship hall Sept. 19, Sept. 20 and Sept. 28 starting at
10:30 a.m., and a 6:30 p.m. service on Sept. 27. Troopers and
civilians of all faiths are welcome to attend any of the services.
For more information about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
activities or to speak with Rabbi Blum, contact the JTF GTMO
command chaplain's office at ext. 3302 or 3303.
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GTMO Sailors take advancement exams
Navy petty officers from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay take the Navy E-6 advancement exam at G.J. Denich Gym,
Sept. 10. Sailors across the base in the grades of E-4 through E-6 partcipated in this year's advancement exams in
hopes of moving up in the Navy ranks. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Pfc. Christopher Vann
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Naval Hospital Jacksonville chaplain
There is great news for those who are
or will be experiencing separation. Recent
research has shown that long distance
relationships have as good a chance at
being successful as other relationships. A
study concluded that there is no connection
between distance or frequency of contact
and the success of LDRs. It matters more
how a couple interacts than how often. In a
way, separation can actually be beneficial to
a relationship because it forces the couple
to strengthen areas of their relationship that
may not get much attention otherwise.
There are several things you can do
to help your relationship grow stronger
through separation. Here are just a few
suggestions based on research.
Send mail. The number one factor
linked to successful LDRs is the sending
of actual letters. E-mail and text messages
don't have the same effect. By writing
letters and sending packages, you provide
physical evidence of your commitment to
Control phone conversations. If you
don't know what you are doing, phone
conversations can cause a lot of frustration.
Control what you talk about and how often.
Many people believe that the only way
to overcome the separation is to spend as
much time as possible talking on the phone
or online, but when you talk too much,
conversations can become negative and
leave you full of self-pity. You both need
to get a life outside of each other. If you are
using all your free time to talk on the phone,
then you are probably isolating yourself
from the world you are in. When you
run out of uplifting things to say, end the
conversation. You may even decide to put a
limit on yourselves. The last thing you want
is to begin dreading phone conversations.
Be positive. Negativity will suck the
life out of the relationship, even if it is
directed elsewhere. Many couples think
that it will strengthen their relationship to
tell each other all their problems, but the
other person usually feels responsible to
fix the problem. Unfortunately, they cannot
always fix the problem, and they then begin
to feel frustrated and trapped. Though it is
OK to occasionally vent your frustrations,
try to limit it and make sure the other
person understands that you just want them
to listen, not to fix it. Share with each other
happy things and make sure the positive
far outweighs the negative. Be upbeat,
optimistic and excited and the enthusiasm
will spill over into your relationship.
Laugh together; just like you did when
you first fell in love. Humor is a great
reliever of stress. Look for funny things
(jokes, stories, experiences, etc.) to share
with each other. Try to always have both of
you smiling when you hang up the phone.
Establish rituals. Choose uplifting
family rituals to keep you close and in a
routine. This is especially important if you
have children. Some examples of family
rituals are telling a bedtime story over
the phone and sending mail once a week.
Rituals are also important in romantic
relationships. Some examples may be
reading scripture and praying together over
the phone, choosing a book to read together
and discuss and watching sporting events
and discussing them. Base your rituals on
what you love to do, what brings you close
and what your family needs.
Empower each other. Don't fall into the
trap of believing that if you really love each
other you will be miserable when you are
apart. In truth, needy relationships are the
most likely to fail. "I need you" is actually
the opposite of "I love you." If you truly
love each other, you will want what is best
for each other. Empower each other to get
involved and to do things that will bring
happiness. Foster in each other the ability
to be happy and independent. Only when
your happiness comes from yourself, will
you be able to share it with each other. 0
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Sunday: 11 a.m.
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6:30 a.m. Mass
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The training to become U.S. Navy Sea,
Air and Land Forces, commonly known as
the Navy SEALs, is intense and demanding.
This training is considered to be the most
challenging and difficult the Navy and the
U.S. military have to offer. Many try, and
few succeed, but few get a chance to try
again. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jared
Borg, a mail clerk with JTF Guantanamo
Joint Detention Group, is getting a second
chance to push his mind and body to the
limit and wear the trident.
Borg said he joined the Navy in 2006
with the dream of becoming a SEAL. He
finished college at Ohio State University
and said he wanted to become an elite
"This was what I was going to do,"
Borg said. "I wanted to be the most highly-
skilled, highly-trained warrior that the
majority can't become."
Borg was tested following basic training
at Recruit Training Command, Great
Lakes, Ill., and the Naval Special Warfare
Preparation Course, Great Lakes, Ill., as he
continued to Basic Underwater Demolition
/SEAL training at the Naval Special Warfare
Center in Coronado, Calif. BUD/S lasts
approximately 31 weeks and is divided into
three phases; basic conditioning, diving
and land warfare.
Many start the BUD/S training, but few
finish. Borg said most attrition happens
in the basic conditioning phase, but he
found trouble in the diving phase and was
"I was so close initially," Borg said.
"I was in the second phase when I got
dropped for a safety violation. I had some
issues with water going down the back of
my throat. It was a small muscle in the back
of my nose that failed to close properly,
and would cause problems when I tried to
Borg was sent to Joint Task Force
Guantanamo with an undesignated rating to
fill a billet as part of the guard force. He has
since been able to train for a gunner's mate
rating, advance in rank and has stayed on
longer to work in the detainee mail office.
Borg has had to wait two years to become
eligible to return to BUD/S, and his packet
has been approved to go in December.
"Coming to Guantanamo Bay
undesignated puts you at the bottom of the
pecking order," said Navy Petty Officer
3rd Class Ian Ballard, a religious program
specialist at JTF Guantanamo, and former
boat crew member with Borg in BUD/S.
"So to start at the very bottom, and work
your way up, get a rate and advance and
then get a package approved, shows a lot of
character and motivation."
Motivation and determination are seen
in Borg's daily workout routines to remain
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physically fit and mentally ready for the
challenge. He tailors his training to focus
on aspects of running, strength and pool
skills based on his experience. His mental
training includes experiences working
in the camps and learning to relax in the
water. A focused individual, Borg works to
achieve his dream.
"This is what he was born to do," Ballard
said. "To make it as far as he did and to run
into a little bad luck, and then turn around
and try to do it again, that takes courage. He
is better prepared physically and separated
himself as a candidate. He's a tough guy to
come here and then succeed to go back."
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