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The life of an NCO
* 'Today's NCO is an innovative, competent and professional enlisted
leader grounded in heritage, values and tradition. Today's NCO embodies
the Warrior Ethos, champions continuous learning and is capable of
leading, training and motivating diverse teams. Today's NCO is an adaptive
leader who is proficient in joint and combined expeditionary warfare;
continuous-simultaneous full-spectrum operations; and is culturally
astute and resilient to uncertain and ambiguous environments. Today's
NCO must lead by example, train from experience, maintain and enforce
standards, take care of Soldiers and adapt to a changing world."
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days, I take a break when I can;
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Navy Petty Officer 1't Class Laryl Helberg,
is introduced to Dexter, an American
Red Cross therapy dog at Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay. -JTF Guantanamo photo
by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Katherine
Troopers and residents of Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay participate in a Texas
Hold 'em tournament, sponsored by
the Junior Sailor Association. JTF
Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Blair
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Keeping the JTF connected
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
In today's society, communication is
one of the most important things to keep
people connected and businesses running.
Communication is extremely important
to Joint Task Force Guantanamo by
helping keep the mission up and running.
Communication is one of the main tools
that applies to all Troopers, whether it's
the radios the guards use to communicate
within the detention facilities or even just
sending an e-mail to a family member back
home, it's a big part of our lives daily.
The JTF communication shop located
in the Trooper one-stop, helps support
the joint task force by trouble shooting
antennas, supplying cell phones and radios
and keeping land lines operable.
"Our shop is important to the mission
of the joint task force, because we support
everybody's communication issues. We
deal with cell phones, radios, crypto, land
lines and anything dealing with comms.
If the camps need radios we issue them
out, if a colonel or the admiral goes off
island and they need cell phones to contact
[the naval station], we handle that," said
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Marine Corps Cpl. Julius Fairfax, land line
With communications being such a
necessity to the overall mission, the hours
for the J-6 shop can become vigorous for
the three-man team.
"We're on call seven days-a-week and
24 hours-a-day in case any issues occur.
I've gotten calls around three or four in
the morning saying that a cell phone is
not working and I had to help walk them
through the steps to get the phone back up
and running," said Fairfax.
Technical malfunctions aren't the
only problems that can cause hardware
and antennas to go out and stop working
properly. Sometimes Mother Nature can
cause issues with bad weather and less than
"The hardest part about thejob is dealing
with the weather conditions. Say something
goes out and we have to go out to fix the
antennas; it's a difficult process because
we have to bring our trucks and coordinate
everything with the contractors to get the
problem taken care of," said Fairfax.
Although the shop may be small, the
efforts of these Troopers help support
the overall mission of the joint task
force in maintaining the safe, humane,
legal, transparent care and custody of the
If you have any further questions about
cell phones, land lines or radios you can
contact the JTF communications shop at
ext. 8168 or 8169. O
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A Trooper with the 525th Military
Police Battalion logs information
according to standard operating
procedure at one of Joint Task Force
Guatnanamo's detention facilities,
Oct. 22. JTF Guantanamo photo by
Army Pfc. Christopher Vann
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The life of a guard is not a glamorous one, but the Troopers
of the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion and the 525th Military
Police Battalion provide this service every day, and they do
it undauntedly, despite the negative portrayal of the detention
facilities at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in the media.
Guards at Joint Task Force Guantanamo come from both the
Army and the Navy and fall under either the 525th Military Police
Battalion or the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion. Currently,
the JTF Joint Detention Group is made up of approximately 3/4
Navy and 1/4 Army guards. The guards serve varying tours or
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deployments at the JTF, ranging from six
months to two years.
The 525th was established at U.S. Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay in October of
2004 to provide a guard force for Joint Task
Force Guantanamo. Service members from
the 525' provide internal security within
the detention facilities in support of the JTF
mission to provide safe, humane, legal and
transparent care and custody of detainees.
The NEGB, established in 2005 as
a joint-service support for the Army
guard mission, has the overall mission of
manning, training and equipping a guard
force to support the JTF Joint Detention
Group and helping to provide for the care
and custody of detainees.
Before arriving here, all guards
go through extensive training, first in
Gulfport, Miss., then at Fort Lewis, Wash.,
with training facilities modeled after those
at Guantanamo Bay. They learn the skills
essential to undertake the demanding
work associated with guarding detainees
removed from the battlefield, to include
cultural awareness training. Some guards
have prior experience in detention or
corrections, some do not.
Upon completion of their training in
Fort Lewis, they arrive at Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay and complete a two-
week, "right-seat, left-seat" training session
with their outgoing counterparts before
assuming their duties.
Whether it is walking the tiers or
controlling the gates, the guards uphold the
same vigilance and professionalism. Often
subject to violent behavior and constant
verbal abuse from detainees, the guards
continue to perform their mission every day.
"We are constantly roving, back and
forth, checking the tiers, and the recreation
yards" said Army Spc. Theodoro Torres, a
Guards at JTF Guantanamo are both male
and female and work long, shifts, several
days a week. They are the first line of defense
in the detention facilities and deal directly
with detainees needs and complaints.
"We handle everything from getting the detainees' food, to
escorting them to rec. time and taking care of their linen needs,"
The guards who control the tiers can walk an average distance
of approximately four miles, on any given day. They conduct
three minute, one minute and line-of-sight checks on all detainees,
depending on the level of compliance, throughout their shifts.
The guard force makes up the largest portion of the JTF, but
there are many other support services and personnel who come
together in support of the guard force to enable the mission at JTF
Guantanamo to continue to run smoothly.
Although they come from different branches of the military, all
Troopers at JTF Guantanamo share a common goal; 'Honor Bound
To Defend Freedom."O
MISSION I FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2009
It's not just for the CIA
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Those of us who work and live at Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task
Force Guantanamo know there are certain
suspicious activities or behaviors that could
compromise the security of the service
members and residents at the naval station.
But, do you know where to report these
suspicious activities and would you have
the courage to bring potentially valuable
information to the proper authorities so an
investigation could be made?
"We want people to come forward
and report," said Justin Siemonsma, a
special agent with the joint task force
counterintelligence field office. "We can't
be all over the JTF all the time, so we need
Troopers to be our eyes and ears."
The primary mission of the JTF-GTMO
counterintelligence field office
isto provide counterintelligence
support to force protection
for personnel, facilities and
equipment assigned to the JTF
Within their mission, they also
provide operational security
awareness training to all
Troopers assigned to JTF
While all members of the U.S Armed
Forces are familiar with the term OPSEC,
Sailors, Marines, and Airmen outside of
the Army may not be familiar with the term
SAEDA. SAEDA stands for Subversion
and Espionage Directed against the
Army; and is an acronym the Army
uses to help its Soldiers keep security
in the forefront of their minds. Under
Department of Defense directive 5240.6,
all service members are required to receive
annual training on counterintelligence
coordinated through the various service
counterintelligence divisions U.S.
Army counterintelligence, Navy Criminal
Investigation Service and Air Force Office
of Special Investigations.
At JTF Guantanamo, CI personnel
provide a briefing to Troopers when they
first arrive through the JTF newcomers'
briefing. There, Troopers are briefed on
what behaviors to look for as they are
conducting their daily missions.
"Some of the security violations we
could potentially see here at Guantanamo
Bay include taking photos in restricted
areas, inappropriate contact with detainees,
unauthorized removal of classified material
from the work place and discussing
classified or sensitive information in
unsecured environments," said Brian
Velazquez, the assistant special agent in
charge of the CI field office.
According to Siemonsma, the training
We rely on proactive Troopers,
DoD civilian and contractors fi
the community to bring securi
violations to our attention. Go<
OPSEC is everyone's responsil
the CI office provides to Troopers is
designed to remind them that in every
environment, to include Guantanamo Bay,
security compromises will and do happen.
Security compromises may not always be
intentional, and to the casual observer may
seem trivial. However, these seemingly
minor, unintentional infractions may be
a small part of a much bigger threat to
security here at Guantanamo Bay. That's
why it is important for Troopers to always
practice good OPSEC.
"Even small, repeated security violations
could turn into patterns," said Siemonsma.
"People could be collecting information to
be used against the JTF."
Some security violations to be on the
lookout for are:
Taking photos of restricted areas;
Unauthorized access or removal of
Discussion of sensitive information
in a non-secure area;
Repeated security violations;
Contact with detainees beyond what
duties call for;
Working late or unusual hours (not
Excessive use of copier or computer
equipment without justification;
Displaying signs of undue affluence.
The CI field office is also responsible
for investigating security violations that
occur within the JTF. These
investigations help ensure
Guantanamo Bay remains a safe
t "It is important for everyone
S here at Guantanamo Bay to
od remember the CI team assigned
ability. to the JTF can not be everywhere
all the time," said Velazquez. "We
rely on proactive Troopers, DoD
izquez civilians and contractors from the
community to bring security violations to
our attention. Good OPSEC is everyone's
All suspected security violations or
concerns should be reported to the CI field
office at ext. 3471 or ext. 3468, or 24 hours
a day at ext. 84110. For more information
on the procedures for reporting security
violations, consult JTF Policy Memo No. 37,
Reporting Incidents of Counterintelligence
Interest, available on the intranet at htts:/
OPSEC is everyone's responsibility
General categories of potential critical information that should be protected include:
- Operations planning
- Travel iteneraries Personal identification
- Usernames and passwords information
- Access cards and ID Entry and exit security
- Capabilities and limitations
- Address and phone lists
- Budget information
- Building plans
- VIP and distinguished
For any questions concerning OPSEC, please contact the JTF OPSEC office at ext. 8505/8506/8507.
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- Current and future
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Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
JTF Guantana mo Public Affairs
A kickball player pitches the ball during the
JSA all-night kickball tournament, Oct. 16. -
JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty Officer
3rd Class Justin Smelley
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Kickball is a classic American pastime most of us as kids or adults have played
at least once in our lives. Whether it was in gym class or just playing a game during
recess, the game has been popular since it was invented in the United States in the
Recently, the Junior Sailor Association held an all-night kickball tournament for
Troopers and civilians who wanted to release their inner child.
"We just thought that we needed a variety of things to do here on Guantanamo
Bay and what better way than to play a sport that we played when we were kids," said
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Haynes, a Junior Sailor Association member.
The tournament was a double elimination that started with seven teams
determined to go home that night with the first place trophy. The crowds were loud
and the teams were hyped as the games started around 7:00 p.m. Both of the softball
fields held intense and competitive kickball games. Teams came out from all over
the base to compete in the all-night competition.
"We decided to come out and play tonight because we figured it would be a good
morale event for the unit and we wanted to have a good time," said Coast Guard
Petty Officer 3rd Class Nick Hanson, with the 91101 Maritime Safety and Security
The tournament ended with the championship game between the MSST and the
Dirt Merchants. The game was heated and ended closely as MSST won by only one
"It feels good to win, especially since we are about to head home from this
deployment," said Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class William Cline. The Coast
Guard team couldn't ask for a better way to end a tour in Guantanamo Bay then
getting first in the all-night kickball tournament.
"Overall, I think the event went pretty well. People had a really good spirit about
the game and we had a good time," said Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Danielle
Mugford, JSA President. "The tournament was a good chance for people to get out
in the community, get involved and be active."
The overnight kickball tournament was just a beginning in kickball events
taking place at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Starting October 27, MWR will
be conducting the Captain's Cup Kickball League for all interested Troopers. The
sign-up deadline is Oct. 22 at Denich Gym. For more information, call the sports
office at ext. 2113.0
LOCAL SPORTS I FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2009
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
You see, what had happened was...
exactly the opposite of what she had
planned. But seriously, when do things
ever work out the way we plan them?
Ryden Malby (Alexis Bledel) has spent
her whole life working on "the plan." You
know, the grand plan? The one where the
stars align and your moon is in the right
house and poof! It all works out. The
problem with Ryden's plan is that, well, it
It isn't like she didn't do everything
right. She got good grades in high school,
won a scholarship to the college of her
dreams, had a good time and graduated
on time. Ryden even managed to line up
an interview for her dream job and select
the apartment she totally planned to move
But, things went awry. Her obnoxious
arch-nemesis got Ryden's job. Which
meant Ryden couldn't afford the apartment.
Her car barely survived a random traffic
accident, leaving her high and dry for a ride.
And so, every post-graduate's nightmare
comes true for Ryden Malby. She has to
move back home and hit the streets (on her
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2009 I MOVIE RECON
little pink bicycle) looking for a job, any
job. The horror.
The good news is that Ryden has a
sweet family to help her out. The bad news
is that to describe them as "kook" would
be an understatement. Her father (Michael
Keaton) is seriously scatterbrained and
gullible. Her little brother (Bobby Coleman)
is more than just a little weird. Her mother
is harried and her grandmother is well....
insane. And so, hilarity ensues.
But wait; there is a man in Ryden's life.
Well, two men to be exact. The affable
college buddy who just loves to hang out
and is always there for her no matter how
much she walks on him and the exotic,
older next-door-neighbor. It's a terrible
Now, this plot may not appeal to
everyone. Perhaps there are some who
have not faced the death of a dream, or
the humiliation of the aftermath. Maybe
we all have perfectly normal families
who would never embarrass us in public.
But, for those of us who have run through
plans A, B and C and who know for a fact
they would rather eat glass than move
back home, this film strikes a chord.
And besides, who doesn't love to watch
someone else suffer the absurdities of
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Service members and residents of Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay participated in the Marine Corps Security Forces Company
annual Tour de Fence run, walk and bike event, Oct. 17.
Participants could chose to run or walk eight miles or to run or
bike 19 miles. The event started at Kittery Beach and ended at
a Marine Observation Post for the 8-mile participants or at the
Leeward Ferry Landing for those who chose to complete the full
The route provided participants an opportunity to experience
views of the naval station fenceline, usually only available to the
Marines who guard it.
The event raised funds for the upcoming Marine Corps Ball,
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Morale, Welfare and Recreation plays a big part on a military base.
Commonly, when military personnel are away from friends and family,
their morale level seems to drop. It is the mission of MWR to raise and
maintain a high level of morale within the service members it supports.
Their goal is primarily obtained by offering a variety of different
services designed for individuals from all walks of life.
"I really enjoy being part of a team that exists to enhance the quality
of life and contributes to and maintains the morale of the military
community," said Robert Neuman, MWR Sports Program Manager.
MWR enhances deployment life for service members by offering
an assortment of activities, events and locations that offer something
special to each individual. The library, for example, offers free Internet
access, so Troopers can not only keep in contact with loved ones back
home, but can maintain their finances and other obligations. There are
also afair number of liberty centers located onbase, which give Troopers
an opportunity to get away and clear their minds through video games,
free movies, or pool and other table games. Liberty centers often serve
as a gathering area for socializing, games and Internet.
During deployment, "I'm bored," becomes a common phrase. To
combat this trend, MWR offers a vast array of activities and events
that keep Troopers actively engaged from day to day. For the people
that prefer the indoors, MWR offers inside fitness programs that are
designed to keep Troopers in shape with the added bonus of shade.
They offer activities such as cardio kickboxing, spinning, yoga, step-n-
sculpt and step aerobics. There is also a ceramic shop, bowling center
and a variety of food and restaurant choices to make Guantanamo feel
more like home. For outdoor lovers, there is surfing, scuba, water
sports, paintball, boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and many more
"Sports are important to relax, relieve stress, stay fit, healthy and to
have fun," said Neuman. Physical fitness is a vital aspect of the military,
and the many sports programs MWR offers keeps the Troopers both
entertained and fit to fight.
For Army Sgt. Christine Moorhouse, a Trooper assigned to the
525t Military Police Battalion of Joint Task Force Guantnamo, the
fun and opportunities have placed a spin on typical deployments. "In
comparison, MWR offers way more here in GTMO it is paradise,"
On a typical deployment, MWR has trouble providing all they
normally have to offer inthe states. This differs in many ways compared
to the deployment to Guantanamo Bay. Many people wonder how and
why MWR chooses what to provide. Representatives from every section
of the JTF meet frequently to discuss and plan upcoming events. These
meetings are beneficial to all, and are an opportunity to voice opinions
and stay informed on what's happening.
Many forms of advertisement, including intranet, facilities, flyers
and social networking are used by MWR to its advantage. Every week
updates of fun-filled events and activities are displayed at access sites
for all naval base personnel. Activities taking place in Guantanamo are
very well advertised and located in easy to find locations.Troopers can
find the majority of events at the frequently-used G.J. Denich gym.
There are many ways to get involved in events. Explore your options
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2009
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Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Back home, Air Force Senior Master
Sgt. Roy Wann is a member of the Western
Arkansas Eastern Oklahoma Beekeepers
Association. The hobby that began after
bees started a hive in his water meter box
just over a year ago, is one he never thought
he'd have to show off during his deployment
to Joint Task Force Guantanamo at Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay, but when the
chance came around, he was more than
happy to share his knowledge.
A hive of bees was discovered in a
fire training tower that was scheduled for
repairs. Simply moving the hive was out
of the question, and without Wann's bee
know-how, it's very possible those bee's
lives would have ended that day. Luckily
for them, and for those around interested
in bee keeping, Wann was there to save the
"I got lucky and was able to get my
hands on a bee vacuum," said Wann.
A bee vacuum, which you can buy or
find plans to make your own, is a special
vacuum that allows bees to be collected,
stored and safely transported to their new
hive in Camp Justice. In this case, the new
hive was one Wann built himself.
"I built the hive bodies from materials
already here, but the frames that go inside
the hives had to be sent from home,"
According to Josh Roach, in
an article for National Geographic
News, bees, via pollination, are
responsible for 15-30 percent of
the food U.S. consumers eat. But in
the last 50 years, the domesticated
honeybee population, which most
farmers depend on for pollination,
has declined by approximately
50 percent. This decline makes it
even more important that there are
people like Wann who know how to
properly transport bees from places
where they impede human life, to
places they can live that are safe to
both them and humans.
"Most people don't know that
it's illegal to just kill bees," said
Wann. "This is one of the reasons
I got into trying to remove and
relocate them. It's actually a side
job back home."
Wann said not only is it important
to safely remove them from where they
are causing trouble, but also to make sure
where you're taking them is a place they
"You want to make sure there are
enough food sources for them to eat and
gather nectar to make honey," Wann said.
"It's really not that hard, they pollinate just
Wann is happy that he's had the chance
to work with bees in Guantanamo Bay and
said he looks forward to going back home
and sharing his experiences with fellow bee
Wann is a member of the 474th
Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron
which provides engineering assistance to
the naval station.
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NEWS & INFORMATION I FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2009
O'Ferrall speaks to members of the Puerto Rico National Guard
Army Brig. Gen. Rafael O'Ferrall, deputy commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, speaks to members of
the Puerto Rico Army National Guard at Troopers' Chapel, Oct. 16. Soldiers from the Puerto Rico Army National
Guard are deployed to Joint Task Force Guantanamo on a year-long deployment with the JTF's Headquarters and
Headquarters Company. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Cody Black
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2009 I VOICE OF THE FORCE
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Joint Detention Group Chaplain
Starting out as a chaplain in chaplain
school was an adventure. I was so new
to the military, when I asked what BDUs
were, the class leader laughed and said,
"You are wearing them." It was going to be
a long three months of training.
One of our assignments was to attend a
variety of worship services. This included
every faith group who had services on base
at Fort Jackson. So after attending our own
service, we would head off to one of the
Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist and
At first it was all new, but I loved it. I
quickly learned why the chaplain school
had such a requirement. It gave us an
opportunity to appreciate the common good
in other religions, without ever having to
compromise our own beliefs. Now that I
am in GTMO, with a command that is 100
percent supportive of providing for the
religious needs of the Troopers, I've had the
opportunity to serve with and learn from an
Orthodox chaplain, a Muslim chaplain and
a Jewish chaplain, all of which have visited
us recently. What a blessing.
I believe that building interfaith
understanding is rooted in fundamental
gospel principles humility, charity, respect
for eternal truth, and recognition of God's
love for all mankind. The Savior repeatedly
affirmed the Heavenly Father's boundless
concern for the well-being of each of His
sons and daughters, as in the parable of the
lost sheep. (Luke 15)
In the parable of the good Samaritan,
He taught that one of the keys to true
discipleship is to treat others kindly and
compassionately in spite of political,
racial, or religious differences (Luke
10:25-37). Every time I read this parable,
I am impressed with its power and its
simplicity. But have you ever wondered
why the Savior chose to make the hero
of this story a Samaritan? There was
considerable antipathy between the Jews
and the Samaritans at the time of Christ.
Under normal circumstances, these two
groups avoided association with each
other. It would still be a good, instructive
parable if the man who fell among thieves
had been rescued by a brother Jew. Then
Jesus delivered His final instruction to
the lawyer and to all who have read the
parable of the good Samaritan, "Go, and
do thou likewise." (Luke 10:25-37)
His deliberate use of Jews and
Samaritans clearly teaches that we are all
neighbors and that we should love, esteem,
respect and serve one another despite our
deepest differences-including religious,
political and cultural differences.
He denounced intolerance and rivalry
among religious groups and the tendency
to extol one's own virtues and deprecate
the spiritual status of others. Addressing a
parable to those who, "trusted in themselves
that they were righteous, and despised
others," Jesus condemned the pride of
the Pharisee who prayed, "God, I thank
thee, that I am not as other men are," and
commended the humility of the publican
who implored, "God be merciful to me a
sinner." (Luke 18:9-14)
A mentor of mine, Russell M. Nelson,
once said, "We seek to enlarge the circle
of love and understanding among all the
peoples of the earth. Thus, we strive to
establish peace and happiness, not only
within Christianity, but also among all
mankind. All people everywhere to re-
commit themselves to the time-honored
ideals of tolerance and mutual respect. We
sincerely believe that as we acknowledge
one another with consideration and
compassion, we will discover that we can
all peacefully coexist despite our deepest
differences." He then added, "United, we
may respond. Together we may stand,
intolerant of transgression but tolerant
of neighbors with differences they hold
sacred. Our brothers and sisters throughout
the world are all children of God."
May we never act in a spirit of arrogance
or with a holier-than-thou attitude. Self-
righteousness is like an illness, that makes
everyone sick, except the guy who has it.
Rather, may we always continue to show
love and respect and helpfulness toward
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Sunday: 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 p.m.
Spanish Catholic Mass
Sunday: 5 p.m.
at NAVSTA Chapel
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Trooper finds time at GTMO for MMA
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
From such high-profile and respected
names as undefeated Lyoto Machida and
Randy Couture, to others like Brock Lesnar
(former World Wresting Entertainment
superstar) and Kimbo Slice (street fighter),
mixed martial arts (MMA) has become a
viable sport in the United States and around
Army Sgt. Clint Fielder, a training
non-commissioned officer for Joint Task
Force Guantanamo Headquarters and
Headquarters Company, competes in MMA
back home in Kentucky, for Submission
SSF is a submission academy in
Clarksville, Tenn., which specializes
in MMA, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and other
While different forms of unorganized,
no-rules, unarmed combat predate history
and civilization, the earliest documented,
organized, minimal-rules fighting event
was the ancient Greek pankration (a blend
of boxing and wrestling), which was
introduced into the Olympic Games in 648
Over the years, it has developed and
transformed to the modern day sport, with
companies like Strikeforce and the more
popular Ultimate Fighting Championship
leading the way. The sport of mixed martial
arts also welcomes female athletes. There
has been a growing awareness of women
in the sport due to popular female fighters
and personalities such as Gina Carano.
Fielder got his start as a four-time high
school wrestling champion at Mishawaka
High School, in Mishawaka, Ind. After
high school, he tried out for SSF at a local
bar called Froggy's. Following his try-out,
which he won, he has since compiled a
record of two wins, and one loss.
"In addition to being the training NCO,
I also am the company finance and S2
representative, and the special population
PT NCO, so I have my hand in a lot as far
as work," said Fielder.
While deployed, Fielder must put his
fights on hold, but continues to train, as
much as possible.
"I train six days a week, which includes
two hours of weight lifting and a half hour
of running, I train on the punching bag
three times a week and I also practice my
wrestling twice a week," said Fielder.
The training that Fielder does enables
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him to remain in shape, which helps to keep
him prepared for his physical fitness test.
Fielder plans to return to New York
after his deployment, to better his wrestling
skills and Ju-Jitsu, and also to learn Krav
Maga, an Israeli martial arts form.
Fielder first learned of the Israeli fighting
style, Krav Maga, while he was deployed
"I learned about Krav Maga when I
was stationed with the Israelis, while on
a Chinook, they said I was in pretty good
shape and asked if I did any fighting. I told
them I wrestled and they offered to teach
me Krav Maga, in return, if I taught them
to wrestle," said Fielder.
With a small, fledgling group of residents
at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay who
participate in MMA, Fielder sometimes has
a hard time finding people to spar with.
"It's kind of rough being down here, I
have to go out and find people to train and
spar with, on my own," said Fielder.
So for anyone thinking of getting
into the sport, Fielder has some cautious
"If you know you're going in there,
getting knocked around, it's probably not
wise to stay in the sport for very long," said
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