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"The essence of duty is acting in the absence of
orders or direction from others, based on an inner
sense of what is morally and professionally right." -
Gen. John A. Wickham Jr., Army Chief of Staff
Duty begins with everything required of you by laws,
regulations and orders; but it also includes much more
than that. As a professional, do your work not just
to the minimum standard, but to the very best
of your ability. Commit to excellence in all
aspects of your professional responsibility i,
so that when the job is done, you can look
back and say, "I couldn't have given any
On a drill weekend prior to our
deployment, I was asked if I would take
the unit's first sergeant position. At the
time, I was a master sergeant with three
previous deployments and wasn't sure if
I wanted the additional responsibilities,
commitment and stress the position would
put on me and my family. My superiors,
peers and subordinates encouraged me to
take the challenge. Three months later,
we found out that we would be deploying
to provide external security for the Joint
Detention Group in support of Joint Task
As National Guardsmen, it's our duty to
train one weekend a month and two weeks
each year. Though it is not enough time, it
is expected of us to be trained and ready to
deploy when called upon.
Once deployed, it's expected of us to
perform like our counterparts of active duty
components. We perform the job to Army
standards, with commitment, selfless service
We all have the duty to give the extra effort,
the extra commitment and the extra responsibility
to take on tasks and work together to continue
making the mission a success.
The 480h Military Police Company is close to ji
finishing our year-long deployment here at Naval '
Station Guantanamo Bay. We have all done our
duty here, alongside both active duty and reserve
components who perform outstandingly every day.
The JDG mission would not be a success if it
weren't for the Troopers who do their duty each
and every day and then give their extra work to find
ways to improve the manner in which we function at
every level. Without the support of all of the people and
entities that make up the JTF, we would not have been '
able to perform our mission as well as we did.
The feeling you get when you fulfill your duty is L
something to be proud of. Although our duty doesn't end
until we retire or leave the service, successfully completing
a mission and knowing that you gave your best, gives you
a feeling of satisfaction that will stay with you your entire
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In the background of every command,
there are collateral duties dealing with all
aspects of Trooper life. Easily overlooked,
many Troopers don't realize that specially-
trained Sexual Assault Victim Intervention
(SAVI) advocates are out there and available
for victims of sexual assault.
Being an advocate means you are ready
to take calls 24-hours-a-day on a week-
long duty watch. SAVI advocates are
available to assist victims during a time of
need, especially at an isolated duty station
like Naval Station Guantanamo Bay,
where Troopers are often without family
or a support system close by. During the
initial contact, an advocate helps victims
overcome the trauma of a sexual assault by
offering emotional comfort and information
about medical and psychological services,
and the legal process if necessary.
Although sexual assault awareness
training is a required component of annual
military training for all Troopers, the SAVI
advocate program is a collateral volunteer
position facilitated by the Fleet and Family
Support Center and held in compliance
with OPNAVINST 1752. 1B.
SAVI advocate and facilitator of the
training program, Navy Chief Petty Officer
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Quincy Jackson, shared his perspective on
SAVI advocates during a recent training.
"We are not counselors, but victim
advocates. [Advocates] help to empower
victims after an assault," he said. Jackson
emphasized that the advocate needs to be,
"sensitive to each individual situation and
use tone and pace to help guide the victim
and help them to regain their power."
During the SAVI training seminar,
the facilitators and advocates shared
experiences and ideas about compassionate
listening, basic steps in caring for assault
victims, important procedures and the
legal process. Guest speakers from Naval
Criminal Investigative Service, the legal
office and FFSC, as well as the Chaplain,
all who provide services to victims,
were available to share their expertise in
advocating for sexual assault victims. Guest
facilitator Carol Leaphart, a family and
domestic violence advocate and program
leader from FFSC, shared, "Advocates
needed to know they were appreciated
and deserved thanks for the job they were
going to undertake." Leaphart reminded
the advocates, "you represent kindness and
are good people for providing comfort for
victims of sexual assaults," she said.
Practical aspects of the training included
role-playing different victim scenarios. C.C.
Lowery, afamily advocate representative for
FFSC, created a scenario for the advocate
students to interpret during the training.
Mr. Lowery reminded the advocates about
their role in supporting victims. "We are
here to help victims get back on balance."
"This traumatic assault has knocked [the
victims] off their game. A moment ago,
they were walking along in their life, then
something changed," said Lowery. "Being
an advocate is not about changing or fixing
the situation for the victim, but to help
normalize their situation and validate the
victim's feelings," continued Lowery.
A sexual assault victim at GTMO is able
to receive medical care and mental health
services through a network of medical
doctors, psychologists and social workers
through the naval hospital, Joint Stress
Mitigation and Restoration Team and FFSC.
This was important information for Navy
Petty Officer 2nd Class James Hollenbeck,
who has acted as a help line advocate in the
past. "It was important to be with people
and learn the logistical process, and make
sure that victims had the same access to
resources," he said.
Victims of sexual assault are not required
by law to speak with a SAVI advocate, but
can find it beneficial to have a support
person. Someone to listen and help them to
understand they are not alone, can be the
key to helping a victim heal from the assault
and the stigma often associated with sexual
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Carol Leaphart, a domestic violence advocate, asks Troopers if they know anyone who has been a victim of domestic abuse,
Sept. 25. Leaphart works for Naval Station Guantanamo Bay's Fleet and Family Support Center, which provides general military
classes and awareness of domestic abuse. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Michael Baltz
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Navy Capt. Steven Blaisdell has proclaimed October as
domestic violence awareness month at Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay and it is already considered as an awareness month nationally.
The Fleet and Family Support Center at Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay continues to educate Troopers through domestic violence
"With four million women being abused annually in the United
States 324,000 of which are during pregnancy and 1,500 to
2,000 of domestic abuse cases resulting in death, awareness is
critical," said Carol Leaphart, a domestic abuse advocate. "It
is extremely critical for military members, since the risks are
increased after deployments."
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Thinh Le has participated in this
training multiple times.
"The training is great. I feel I learn something more every time,"
Le said. "This is one of those things that we need to learn to help
keep our eyes open, so when a situation arises, we are prepared
and know how to properly respond. After all, it could be a life we
The class has a primary goal of teaching prevention.
"The reason we do the [general military training] is that we want
to be proactive and educate our military members on domestic
abuse issues," Leaphart said. "The [Department of Defense]
wants to eradicate domestic abuse in the military community. The
purpose of the training is prevention, and giving people the tools
they need to recognize domestic abuse, and how to know if they
are in an abusive relationship."
According to the DoD, 95 percent of cases of domestic violence
are perpetrated by men against women.
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish
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power and control over a spouse or intimate partner through fear
and intimidation. It often includes threats or use of violence.
Although we have historically referred to this behavior as spouse
abuse, the term is often misleading and the use of the term
domestic violence will become increasingly common across the
military services in the future.
Domestic violence takes many forms. It may include emotional
abuse, economic abuse, sexual abuse, using children and
Acts of domestic violence generally fall into one of the following
Physical attacks the abuser's physical attacks or aggressive
behavior can range from bruising to murder. It may begin with
seemingly minor acts, such as pushing or restraining, but often
escalates into more frequent and serious attacks.
Sexual abuse-physical attackby the abuser is often accompanied
by or culminated in sexual violence wherein the victim is forced
to have intercourse with the abuser or take part in unwanted sexual
Psychological attacks the abuser's psychological assaults
can include constant verbal abuse, harassment, excessive
possessiveness, isolation from friends and family, deprivation of
physical and economic resources and destruction of property.
"There is a powerful movement in the United States with real
men stepping up against domestic abuse," Leaphart explained. "It
is up to you to take a stand against domestic abuse."
If you are being abused, think you are being abused or are
concerned about someone who you think is living with abuse
call 1-800-799-SAFE or C.C. Lowery, the family advocacy
representative, at ext. 4047.
If you have any questions regarding domestic abuse or would
like to sign up for a class, call Carol Leaphart at ext. 4243 or Patricia
Williams, the Fleet and Family Support Center site director, at ext.
MISSION I FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2009
More than 200 years ago, the Continental Congress authorized
the procurement, fitting out, manning and dispatching of two battle-
ready ships to go in search of British supply ships. This date would
later become the U.S. Navy's official birthday. And so, on October
13, 1775, the U.S. Navy was born.
To celebrate the birth of the world's strongest Navy, bases
around the world dressed up their best facilities and held individual
celebrations of the Navy Ball. Navl Station Guantanamo Bay, a bit
unique in the fact that a large portion of its residents come from a
joint task force, hosted senrice members from all five branches of
the U.S. armed forces. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sarah Carter,
president of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay's Navy Ball planning
committee, said it was great to see so many people attend.
"There were a lot of people here," said Carter. "Not only did we
Shave the service members stationed here, but we were fortunate
enough to have Sailors from USS Wasp here as well. It's great that
they could pull in, in time to celebrate the Navy's birthday with us."
A lot of work went into making this year's ball a success. Carter
said the planning committee's first meeting began in March.
"A lot of hours went into this. Committee members spent a lot of
off-time, weekends and even the short amount of time in between
duty and shift work to help make this happen," said Carter.
And it showed.
You can tell a lot of effort was put into the decorations," said
Navw Seaman Brvce Manchester. "We're such a small community
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JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Another season has come to an end, and
the moniker; 'America's favorite pastime'
still rings true, even at Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay. It may not be fast pitch
baseball, as with its predecessor, but it still
has all the excitement and drama of a major
Guantanamo recently ended its co-ed
softball tournament, Oct. 10 -12, where
six teams competed over the weekend, and
the GTMO Crush, winner of the last three
tournaments in a row, came out victorious.
Home-runs, strikeouts and amazing
plays help bring the game to life. With
every crack of a bat, it excites the crowd to
feverish proportions. With arms stretched
out, diving catches, it instantly quells the
opponent's cheers. But no play brings the
crowd to their feet like driving the ball over
"I believe our team keeps winning
because we have had continuity for the past
four months and have developed chemistry
on the team," said Army Staff Sgt. Stephen
Dix with Joint Task Force Guantanamo's
193rd Military Police Company, who plays
with the GTMO Crush, one of six teams
that competed in the tournament.
"We don't let adversity get us down, if
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we are behind, we just keep pushing every
inning and end up winning in the end," said
Navy Petty Officer Matthew Harris,
the team coach, who is assigned to Joint
Task Force Guantanamo's Joint Detention
Group, has played on the GTMO Crush for
the last two years.
"Even with players rotating out, we are
still able to find people who are willing to
practice and play," said Harris.
The GTMO Crush holds practice twice
a week and attributes their success to a lot
of hard work.
"Because we practice so much, we
know each other's styles and strengths,"
said Harris. "We do what we have to, to get
the job done."
The GTMO Crush defeated the GTMO
Latinos 19-16 to solidify the victory.
Here are the final team standings:
1. GTMO Crush 9-1
2. Violators 7-3
3. GTMO Latinos 7-3
4. Naval Hospital 4-6
5. Puerto Rico 480 MPs 2-8
6. Hawgs 1-9
For more information on MWR sports,
contact the sports office at ext. 2113 or the
G. J. Denich gym at ext. 77262. An all-night
softball tournament is scheduled for Nov. 27,
at Cooper Field. The sign-up deadline is Nov.
23, by 5:00 p.m. at the gym. 0
LOCAL SPORTS I FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2009
'District 9' aliens suffer humanity
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Ever since Orson Welles scared the
daylights out of radio listeners with "War of
the Worlds" in 1938, American audiences
have held a certain fascination for aliens.
In books and on film, we embrace the
terrifying prospect of alien invasion while
fearing the potential harm that may come to
us, should such a thing happen. However,
what if we have been asking ourselves the
wrong question all along?
"District 9," a smart, swift new film from
the South African director Neill Blomkamp
turns the tables on the tried and true U.F.O.
movie plot. Instead of wondering what the
aliens would do to us, Blomkamp poses the
question- what would we do to them? The
reality (as posed in this film) is not pretty.
The movie starts out with a dizzying
mixture of news flashes and documentary-
style commentary about this disturbingly
plausible scenario; an alien ship stops
above the city of Johannesburg and stays
put. As a matter of fact, it hovers there for
the next 20 years. Onboard were a number
of starving and disoriented creatures who
the humans rescue and place in temporary
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2009 I MOVIE RECON
refugee camps below the ship. However,
as the ship refuses to budge, the settlement
becomes a teeming shantytown like so
many others in the developing world. The
creatures live a life of increasing squalor
and dysfunction and are viewed by South
Africans of all races with suspicion and
Everyone, from mercenaries and
bureaucrats who corral the aliens in the
slums to, Nigerian gangsters who exploit
their addiction to cat food, plays a part in
the ill treatment of the weaker members
of this society. The South African setting
reeks of the country's history of apartheid,
but the film's implications are more far-
The story follows Wikus van der Merwe
(Sharlto Copley) as he heads a force to
move the so-called "prawns" to another,
worse, settlement outside the city limits.
Once a terrible accident befalls him, the
viewer is drawn into the action and runs the
streets of Johannesburg alongside him.
As Wikus sees more and more of
the world through the eyes of a prawn,
he reminds the viewers of the evils of
man. This evil becomes more and more
apparent as we become acquainted with
Christopher Johnson (Jason Cope), a
prawn who becomes Wikus' protector and
ward. Their relationship epitomizes a basic
understanding between kindred souls,
despite the seemingly large gulf between
What really makes this film special
are the carefully rendered details of the
setting, the tightness of the editing and the
inventiveness of the special effects. It is
in details like a moment of silence in the
face of pure malevolence, an understanding
glance between man and alien and a metal
flower left on a doorstep, that the story gets
under your skin.
This movie tells a story of how a member
of a socially dominant group becomes aware
of the injustice that keeps him in his place
and the others, his designated inferiors, in
theirs. The cost of this knowledge is severe,
as it must be. The viewer is left with the
thought that sometimes the only way to
become fully human is to be completely
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* H1N1 vaccine will be mandatory, along
with seasonal flu vaccine
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Another round of vaccines will soon be given to Troopers at Joint
Task Force Guantanamo. In addition to the seasonal flu vaccine that is
mandatory for all service members, the vaccine for the H1N1 influenza
will soon be available and, it too, will also be mandatory.
The H1N1 vaccine is expected to arrive on the island sometime
between now and the end of November, according to Navy Lt. Stacy
Hoffman, force health protection officer. At that time, the vaccine will
be administered by command for active duty service members on the
naval station. As supply permits, the vaccine will then be administered
to dependents and civilian staff.
Currently, there have been no documented cases of H1N1 influenza
at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, however, service members should
always be prepared and take steps now to stay healthy and stop the
spread of germs.
"Even though we're a small, protected community, people fly into
and out of our community all the time and, in order to protect those
who go back to the states and those who live here, it's important that
everyone is vaccinated," said Hoffman.
The H1N1 influenza vaccine is made exactly the same way as the
seasonal flu vaccine and is just as safe as the seasonal flu vaccine,
said Hoffman. The difference is that the regular seasonal vaccine is a
trivalent vaccine meaning it vaccinates against three different strains
of influenza and the H1N1 vaccine is monovalent and only protects
against the H1N1 strain of influenza.
Because the different vaccines protect against different strains of
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rMO Troopers to
re H1N1 vaccine
the influenza virus, it is important that all people get both vaccines
to ensure they are protected against both seasonal flu and H1N1
Currently, approximately 90 percent of the active duty service
members on base have
Even though we're received the seasonal
influenza vaccine. Those
a small, protected service members who still
community... it's need the seasonal influenza
vaccine can contact the
important that everyone immunization department
is vaccinated. at the naval hospital or visit
the Joint Trooper Clinic.
Navy Lt. Stacy Hoffman After each vaccination,
service members will
receive a form, proving they received the vaccine. Although a copy
will also go into the service member's record, it's important to
keep your copy as well.
The best way to protect against illness, according to Hoffman,
is to maintain a safe and healthy environment.
To prevent the spread of influenza and other illnesses transmitted
by coughing or sneezing, you should:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when
you are sick.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or
sneezing or sneeze into your sleeve.
Wash your hands often or use alcohol-based cleansers.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Practice good health habits such as getting plenty of sleep,
being physically active, managing stress, drinking plenty
of fluids and eating nutritiously.
People often mistake a common cold for the flu, explained
Hoffman. Flu symptoms include fever, sore throat and coughing
that last for more than 72 hours. With these symptoms, patients
should stay home. If certain emergency warning signs develop,
however, a trip to the nearest medical facility would be
appropriate. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience
any of the following symptoms along with normal flu symptoms:
chest pain or pressure, vomiting and inability to keep liquids
down, fever (greater than 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit) with a rash,
signs of dehydration, loss of responsiveness or confusion, rapid
breathing or trouble breathing, convulsions, seizures or bluish
For medical emergencies on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay,
dial 911 or visit the emergency room at the naval hospital. For
medical inquiries or non-emergency questions, Troopers can call
the naval hospital at ext. 2360 or the Joint Trooper Clinic at ext.
NEw & INFORMATION I FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2009
Troopers reach out
U Opportunities exist for
Troopers to volunteer
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Throughout the year, Troopers have the chance to gain
experience and support the local community by volunteering
in a variety of different jobs. If you have skills in logistics,
cooking, event planning, physical fitness or sports, there is a
volunteer job for you at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.
For some Troopers it is about being the part of a bigger
picture, and supporting others. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class
Laryl Helberg enjoys volunteering and can see the benefits
for her and others. "It makes me feel better about life. The
fact that I am getting out there and helping events take place
and supporting someone who wants to participate puts a
smile on my face," said Helberg.
Troopers interested in volunteering at GTMO need to
begin with the American Red Cross, which acts as a liaison
for the naval station and JTF, by screening and coordinating
volunteers. Denise Clark, red cross station manager says,
"the registration process is simple; you fill out a form, and
then meet with me in person or on the phone. I want to learn
what your interests are and what your availability is to put
you in the right place."
Once Troopers have registered, there are many options
for volunteering. Troopers can choose to work directly
with people or keep their hands busy working on building
and beautification projects. One project that attracts many
Troopers is working in the PWD plant nursery. "We have
a lot of volunteers spending time on Saturdays at the plant
nursery. [Troopers] like to go there to help and get their
hands in the dirt; we have military and civilians working
together," said Clark.
If you need flexible hours and want to help offer comfort
to someone, then maybe helping as a hospital volunteer would
be a good fit. Troopers can spend their time reading to an older
patient, bring a diaper bag with a coupon for an infant CPR class
to a new mom, or bring comfort items and casual traveling clothes
to patients waiting to be medevaced. If you want variety in your
job at the hospital then try the hospitality cart. Volunteers find
satisfaction bringing the cart filled with shaving kits, toiletries,
dvd players, movies, video games and magazines directly to the
Need something a little bit different? There is ajob as an assistant
in the dog therapy program. Because there are not opportunities
for Troopers to have pets while at GTMO, especially dogs, the Red
Cross dog program puts attendants, assistants and dogs together
to visit Troopers in workspaces, and are available at community
events around the naval station.
Troopers can also provide support and volunteer by helping
with fundraisers for the Red Cross. JTF commands in the past,
have arranged gift wrapping services on a donation basis with all
proceeds going to the Red Cross to help with the purchase of new
CPR supplies. If you are interested in any of these opportunities
contact Denise Clark at ext. 5060.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation also plays a large part in the life
of every Trooper, whether it is helping at a block party, sponsoring
a running event or providing physical fitness classes and facilities.
Troopers have the chance to give back to MWR and the community
by volunteering their support during both scheduled events like
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2009 I NEWS & INFORMATION
base runs and barbeques or in an ongoing position by helping at
the local gym. Contact Carissa at ext. 77262 if you would like to
help in the gym.
The Iguana Crossing, located at the NAVSTA Guantanamo
chapel, is a unique social atmosphere offering Troopers a place to
relax, read, socialize and use the internet. The caf6 provides tea,
coffee, juices and snacks for visiting Troopers, free of charge, and
is the perfect place for an easy going volunteer. The volunteer host
position provides support to the critical mission of the chapel by
monitoring the daily activities in the caf6, making coffee, putting
out snacks for visitors as needed and cleaning up the room at the
end of the night. The caf6 is open seven days-a-week from 4:30
p.m. to 10:00 p.m., which allows Troopers a flexible schedule to
volunteer hours. Contact the chapel at ext. 2323 for more details
and to speak with Chaplain Holmes about your interest in helping
at Iguana Caf6.
With each new sports season, the demand for experienced
coaches and referees for the variety of youth league sports
increases. Intramural sports for children are run through the Youth
Center and there are currently openings for cheerleading and flag
football coaches. Prospective coaches must enjoy kids and have
some knowledge of the sport they are seeking to coach and must
pass a background screening before the first day of practice.
Cheerleading camp begins Oct. 26 and the football season starts
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Preparing Troopers to be advocates
SAVI from 3
assault. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class
Zina Shannon shared how she wanted
to make a difference in the way victims
are viewed and felt it was important to
become involved, "It is important to
help others, especially sexual assault
Although not a paying job,
being a SAVI advocate has its own
benefits for volunteers. You have the
satisfaction of knowing you helped
out a fellow Trooper, gained critical
interpersonal and communication
skills and developed a support system
of like-minded Troopers. This was the
case for Navy Petty Officer 1st Class
Jamel Jones, who became an advocate
because he wanted to help in any way
he could. By the end of the training,
Jones could see the group of Troopers
from different duty stations acting
with the same common purpose. "You
can see there is a sense of family with
the group. We are here for the same
reason. That's a good feeling to support
something so important," he said.
JTF senior leadership views the
SAVI program as instrumental and finds it
supportive to have Troopers in place who
are trained and visible at the command
level. It is just as important for enlisted
Troopers to see the benefit of SAVI
advocates. This is a focus for one Navy
Petty Officer who sees the program as
instrumental for Troopers, "People need
to realize how important SAVI advocates
are and how they can really help when we
need them. When you are in a crisis, we
will be there for you no matter what."
To be considered a SAVI advocate
candidate, a Trooper should possess
the following character traits; maturity,
patience, problem solving skills,
compassion, good listening skills, and
have no unsettled psychological issues in
their past, according to Jackson. Although
a college degree is not needed, SAVI
advocates do need a certain degree of
psychological strength to cope with the
For more information about the SAVI
advocate training program, contact the
Fleet and Family Support Center at ext.
4141. If you or someone you know has
been a victim of sexual assault, contact
the SAVI hotline 24/7 at ext. 84578 O
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Nov. 7. Volunteers interested in helping
with the teams should contact Ms. Rachel
or Ms. Nadine at ext. 74658.
W. T. Sampson Elementary School offers
a variety of opportunities for Troopers to
volunteer. With an elementary student
population of more than 150 students from
preschool through 5t grade, there are a
variety of ongoing and seasonal volunteer
positions available at the school. Troopers
interested in school beautification or
improving the school grounds are needed
several times a year to help maintain the
school in top form.
"Sampson school is currently working
on a project to enhance the school's garden,
with help from the garden club. [Troopers]
can bring plants from the nursery and
plant them or can help by getting sea glass
from the beach for the school garden,"
said Angela Mahon, assistant principal for
Troopers looking to fit into a regularly
scheduled volunteer position might be
interested in helping a teacher in the
classroom or might enjoy visiting a
classroom as a guest reader. "We have a
need for tutors in specific subject areas like
science, math and reading. We also have
a homework club that meets three times a
week. Having someone help with content
support is very meaningful to the students,"
Volunteering at the school could also
mean that a Trooper shares something about
who they are or what they like to do, said
Mahon. "We can always use [Troopers]
with a unique career field, a special talent
or hobby to come as a guest speaker to the
school. We have had bands [made up of
Troopers] come to the school to perform.
It is a positive experience for the students
and the volunteers. The [Troopers] enjoy
working with the students, and it's helpful
to the students to get personal time and
attention," said Mahon.
Each Trooper needs to look for ajob that
fits their schedule, is something they enjoy
or supports their development as a Trooper.
This is what motivates Petty Officer l1t Class
John Budd. "I always volunteer; it keeps me
busy, I meet a lot of nice people and I can
help my junior sailors, and set the example.
It makes me feel better inside knowing that
I made a difference in someone's life. And
I believe what goes around comes around!"
Any way you choose to serve, the
community at large benefits from having
For more information about volunteer
opportunities, contact the Red Cross,
your chain of command or the following
Troopers associations: JTF First Class
Association, President AO 1 Daniels at ext.
8032; NAVSTA Junior Sailors Association
Secretary, ISSN Candi Saulsberry at ext.
9840; or Chief Petty Officer's Association,
President LSC Richard Vargas at ext.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2009 I VOICE OF THE FORCE
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Air Force Lt. Col.
JTF Command Chaplain
I was in the middle of a deployment in
the United Arab Emirates a few years ago.
The UAE has much to offer, and if you golf,
it offers the famous Dubai International
Golf Course. I had an opportunity to play
this course, and three friends and I set out
one day to play 18 holes of golf.
Unfortunately, the person who was
supposed to have directions to the course
did not tell us he did not know how to get
to the destination until we were well on
our way. So we drove
around in a foreign HEALTHY SPI
country, running low Dailey Prayer
on gas and refusing Dailey Bible Re
to ask for directions. Attend Church
Four guys in a car... Etc
who needs directions?
Well, needless to say, we did not find the
course, we did not play golf and we were
very disappointed when we returned to
In one way or another, most of us have
probably had a similar, hapless experience.
Perhaps because we rely on others to get
us where we hope to go, or we simply tag
along with others, not knowing where we
are going until we get there.
Some of us may be like Yogi Berra
who once said, "When you come to a
fork in the road; take it." Living like that
is adventuresome and fun for a while I
suppose; but ultimately we are left feeling
empty, seemingly without purpose. So we
ask ourselves if we can shape life's journey
on a personal level. The short answer is,
yes we can. To a large extent, we can shape
our destiny. But we have to have a map for
the journey. Let's complete an exercise to
develop a map for life.
RITUAL LIFE STRONG FAMILY GC
Family Meals Co
ading Family Game Night Vis
Time Together Etc
Get a piece of paper and a pen. Now
imagine you have one year to live and you
want to make this last year count you
want to make it purposeful. Write three or
more items on the paper that you consider
the most important things in life.
These three goals should look like
headings and under each you will place
steps to get to the goal; much like the
example below. These will become your
to-do list for the year.
In my example I have a healthy spiritual
life as one of my goals and I have included
what I believe are some of the steps I
believe are necessary for me to get there. I
did the same thing with a strong family and
good friends. Make yours as personal and
specific as possible.
Yours may look different than mine, but
you have just made a map for life. These
are your destinations and the steps are
how you are going to get there. Do these
things. As you make
OD FRIENDS choices along the
rrespondence way; just check your
rits map to make sure the
decisions are taking
you toward your
goal. If they don't,
then chose differently.
You probably have more than a year to
accomplish the goals, but do not put them
off. Time slips past pretty fast. I had hoped
it would slow down as I got older, but it
seems to be picking up speed. I'll see you
along the way. God bless you. 0
6:30 a.m. Mass
Sunday: 9 a.m.
Sunday: 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 p.m.
Spanish Catholic Mass
Sunday: 5 p.m.
at NAVSTA Chapel
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GTMO Poet's So
Army Sgt. 1st Class
VeShannah J. Lovelace
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Many people write as a release for emotions and frustrations.
Some write as an escape from reality into another world, or at least a
world that's not their own. For those outlets, some people choose short
stories, some choose literature or nonfiction and others choose poetry.
Regardless of the form of prose they choose, only a few can hope to
ever have their work published.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam J. Anderson, a 22-year-old
analyst for Joint Task Force Guantanamo, is one of those chosen few.
Anderson, who started writing poetry five years ago and credits Edgar
Allen Poe as his favorite poet, said he initially started writing poetry
as a project for a high school English class. It was through this project
that he first discovered his love for the art form.
Anderson's book, "An Open Book," was published by his future
mother-in-law and consists solely of poems he has written since his
deployment to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in February of this
"I was writing for a long time and my fiance's mother liked
my book so she had it published and started selling it in her
stores," Anderson said.
Published in August of this year, the book is selling off the
shelves of his fiance's mother's miscellaneous store chains
throughout Europe. The book is 86 pages long and consists
of a collection of 44 poems. Initially, 50 copies of the book
were printed in September, with 25 given to Anderson and the
remainder placed on the shelves. Within the first month, "An
Open Book" sold out and 100 more copies were ordered. The
100 additional copies that were printed have since sold out as
This endeavor was truly a family affair, published by his
future mother-in-law, with cover and art work designed by his
fiance. Anderson attributes at least six of the poems as being
inspired by, and dedicated to, his fiance.
Unlike many who would probably start plotting their exit
from the military with this show of success, Anderson has
not let it go to his head. He is extremely humble about his
"I just wanted to get it published so I'd have a hard copy of
my work," Anderson said.
Fortunately, his friends and fans are very excited for him
and not afraid to show it.
"I was really excited for him. I think he really has a knack for
writing great poetry, so it was no surprise. I just really wanted a
copy," said Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Danielle R. Mugford,
San intelligence specialist for the joint
C task force. "The book is awesome. I
have read a lot of his poetry already and
I know how great it is," she added.
When Anderson is not writing poetry,
he is actively trying to perform his poems for an audience. As
the vice president of the Junior Sailors Association, Anderson
started Words of Poetry, an open mic night sponsored by the
JSA and aimed at allowing poets an opportunity to perform for
"We were trying to get as many poets as possible so they
could get their stuff out there," he said.
Lack of participation has slowed him down, but he has not
"I'm trying to start a writing group so we'll have a basis to
get it [Words of Poetry] started again," said Anderson.
Anderson's success as a published author has not caused
him to rest on his laurels, he is still writing every day.
"I do short stories and I'm writing a novel right now about
reincarnation," said Anderson.
Anderson advises anyone who would like to see their own
writing published to purchase "The Writer's Guide to Getting
"Inside, it has lists of agents and publishers you can send
your work to," said Anderson. "I just got lucky." 0
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