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NCO leadership

Navy Master Chief Petty Officer
Scott Fleming
JTF Guantanamo Command Master Chief

It has been well-advertised that 2009 is the year of the Non-
Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army. Everyone from generals
to company grade officers and sergeants major to privates is part
of the campaign to promote diverse, enduring NCO contributions
to mission readiness, historical achievement and troop welfare. All
services share similar views on the criticality of their career enlisted
professionals dedicated men and women who valiantly energize our
nation's combat power with precision, prowess and pride around the
While each branch practices its own brand of indoctrination, continuing
education, and customs when it comes to NCOs, there are universal truths
that genetically bind the collective corps regardless of which camouflage
pattern its warriors happen to wear. First and foremost is the concept
of accountability accepting that ascension to leadership demands
personal consequence for action or inaction. A steep learning
curve can accompany that inalienable equation for NCOs who
seek favor and friendship over results and respect. Conversely,
Troopers who enthusiastically embrace added responsibility
and foster fastidious relationships normally find their stock
rising as they engender rigorous standards, discipline and
Second, effective NCOs understand that tangible success
is measured in sustained, selfless service to their unit, not
personal accolades or colorful ribbons. NCO business is
often dirty, unpleasant, unheralded, and unseen... but
it makes the mighty military machine move over or
through mountains in the most precarious moments.
Glory, while epic, is often fleeting and a function of
emergent circumstances. Real legacy, though, is built
one brick at a time with focus, fortitude, and humility.
The best NCOs then, are master masons, methodically
solidifying unit cohesion and combat capacity without fanfare
or narcissistic motives.
Character counts. Our finest enlisted leaders march as
passionate standard bearers in front of the formation. They
understand their conduct and decisions are studiously scrutinized
by seniors and subordinates, and often emulated for better or
worse. They achieve credibility based on personal example
more than blind verbatim recitation of regulations. They thrive
neck-deep in adversity and environmental constraints, when
innovation and integrity are the most precious commodities.
They know loyalty is a mutual contract, dependent not on
rank but on shared experiences and common goals.
And finally, NCOs continually improve the fortunes of
the service members around them. Positive reinforcement
is the most proven path toward that end, but there is a
time and place for proverbial trips to the woodshed as
well. Confrontation, although sometimes difficult, can be a
constructive dialogue when done with due regard for dignity
and desired results. The key is having insight into the players
on your team, and judiciously applying the right motivation in
the right situation. One size does not fit all when it comes to
putting troops on track for success.
At our joint task force, we are privileged to have brilliant
examples of NCO leadership from every service . superior
Troopers versed in the strategic implications and tactical fine
points inherent at one of the world's most overtly dissected duty
destinations. It's impossible not to be impressed or inspired by so
many first-person illustrations of honor in action. Few locations
offer such a broad perspective of NCO engagement and impact.
Look around I promise you will be amazed by the view. 0


Maintaining the

strength of the force

Army Staff Sgt.
Blair Heusdens
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
With seasonal flu and H1N1 influenza currently circulating
in the U.S., what's being done to prevent these and other
illnesses from spreading in our small community?
Preventive medicine specialists work at Joint Task Force
Guantanamo to monitor the health and living conditions
of Troopers and detainees in order to keep diseases from
spreading. Their work ranges from educating Troopers and
civilians to inspecting facilities to ensure that proper safety
and sanitary conditions are met throughout the JTF
"Our mission is to prevent and monitor diseases, inspect
for environmental issues and sanitation, manage disease
programs and influenza immunizations," said Navy Petty
Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Ullrich, a JTF preventive medicine
Army and Navy preventive medicine professionals work
together to maintain health and safety standards both inside
the detention facilities and out.
While inspecting facilities at the JTF, preventive medicine
technicians look for sanitary issues such as trash on the ground,
holes in buildings or any dirty areas which could lead to the
infestation of rodents.
"I'm looking for things that will physically harm someone
or, in the long run, make them sick," said Navy Petty Officer 2nd
Class Heather Stiles, the lead petty officer for JTF preventive
They also inspect the galleys at the JTF to ensure food
is prepared and served in a sanitary fashion. The preventive
(Above) Army Spc.
Adrianna DeLeon, a
preventive medicine
specialist with the
Joint Detention Group,
takes samples of water
to test from the Joint
Task Force Guantanamo
detention hospital,
Oct. 27. Water samples
from around the JTF
are tested regularly to
ensure the safety and
purity of the water.
(Left) Navy Petty Officer
3'd Class Nicholas
UIIrich, a preventive
medicine technician
with the JTF, takes the
temperature of food in
the salad bar at Kittery
Cafe, Oct. 15. The JTF
galleys are regularly
inspected for sanitation
and cleanliness. JTF
Guantanamo photo by
Army Staff Sgt. Blair



JTF chaplains offer care and compassion

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
Justin Smelley
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

Chaplains have been in the United States military since its
beginning. George Washington wanted religious leaders and men
who could help troops cope with difficult times during conflict. The
chaplains became very important links between the commander
and the troops. After more than
200 years, chaplains are still a Through rel
key link in providing assistance pol' o
to troops. peoples'co
"We provide for or facilitate
the free exercise of religion
and accommodate the religious
practices of military personnel,
their families and other authorized personnel. In addition to
facilitating the religious requirements of personnel of all faith
groups and providing the religious requirements of their own
faith group, chaplains care for all service members and advise the
command," said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lee Hellwig, Navy Expeditionary
Guard Battalion chaplain.
Chaplains offer other services beyond providing religious
practices, by helping to counsel Troopers.
"Counseling is about 90 percent of what we do. Through
relationships, you earn peoples' confidence and trust. They
realize that you can help them and we try our best to do so,"
said Army Capt. Eric Bey, chaplain for the 525th Military Police
"In caring for all, chaplains deliver specific institutional care and
counseling which attend to personal and relational needs outside

of a faith group-specific context. Some examples of care include
visiting Troopers in the camps, crisis prevention and response and
counseling for professional, personal and relationship concerns,"
said Hellwig.
Military service requires extraordinary sacrifices of those who
serve and their families. Chaplains strive to make themselves
available and present, day or night.
"I don't have any set hours for my days at work. I'm supposed
to make myself available to the
tionships, you earn Troopers any time. Most people
would be surprised how many
fidence and trust. calls I get around two or three in
Army Capt. Eric Bey the morning. My job requires me
to be there religiously or non-
religiously, or to just be a friend
for the Troops," said Bey.
Even though being a chaplain is a strenuous job with a non-stop
schedule, it is a rewarding job.
"When you're explaining something to someone, it could be
religious or non-religious, but when you're helping someone out
and you see the burden lift off their shoulders, something they
couldn't foresee when they came in here and the world's on their
shoulders. That's the best thing about this job," said Bey.
"The most beneficial part of the job is being able to share in
some way in the life of others. Having the only position in the Navy
where a member can come and be assured that all communication,
without limit, with the chaplain is confidential," said Hellwig.
Wherever the Troops may be, chaplains are right alongside
them. Whether it's the tents in the desert of Iraq, an aircraft carrier
or submarine in the middle of the sea, or just at the barracks back
on bases stateside, chaplains are there to help. O


Troopers with Joint Task Force Guantanamo's S-4 look over inventory and logs
Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Orlando Quintero

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ninoskka Lopez. "We at S-4 understand
Orlando Quintero that if we do an excellent job, it gives the
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs detainee one less thing to worry about."

It is an involved operation to maintain
supply and inventory for the detention
facilities at Joint Task Force Guantanamo.
In just one month, the S-4, or supply
section, for the JTF delivers
approximately 80 pallets of
water and 35,000 pounds of
laundry to provide adequate
supply of reources for the
detention facilities.
"You can't put a price tag
on the service we provide to
the detainees," said Army
Maj. Myrna R. Cerezo, the
officer-in-charge of S-4
supply. "We at S-4 are an
important part of the overall
big picture and mission in
providing the safe, humane,
legal and transparent care and S,
custody of our detainees." C
Clean laundry is provided M
to the detainees in exchange su s
for dirty laundry which is oatio.
then taken to the S-4 for C I Ol
cleaning. The S-4 must
keep laundry separated and
"Twice a week, laundry is picked up and
dropped off for the camps. Each camp is
color-coded and marked with the detainee's
identification number," said Army Spc.

Personal hygiene items are also provided
for the detainees and are stocked inside the
camps for easy access.
"We have everything from shower gel
to shower shoes, uniforms, prayer rugs and

toothpaste, which are always in inventory
and available for each detainee," said
Army Spc. Luis Luna. "Water and detainee
supplies is our business. Having what
they need when they need it is the most

Sfor detention facility supplies. JTF

important part of our mission."
Keeping up with all of the supplies can
be a big task. S-4 personnel enter reports
into an inventory control system and
place orders for supplies each week. To be
successful, they musttake into consideration
the transit time to the island to maintain an
adequate supply of all items.
In addition, S-4 is
responsible for purchasing and
supplying the JTF Troopers
with the tools they need to run
camp operations.
"We can do without a few
pens or note pads to write on,
however, we can never run
low or out of supplies for [the
detainees]," said Luna.
"S-4 needs to run at 200
percent to support the guard
force," said Navy Chief Petty
Officer Gregorio Alexander
with the Navy Expeditionary
Mne Guard Battalion. "The guard
and a force cannot do their jobs
without their support."
de t aine The most compliant
kic 2 detainees are provided with
an opportunity to do their
own laundry, if they wish,
but the service and supplies
provided by the S-4 are available to all
detainees, regardless of their compliance
status. Providing the detainees with these
basic necessities contributes to their overall
health and welfare. O

The longest yard

Army Pfc.
Christopher Vann
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

For the countless number of 'former' football stars and those
aspiring to finally learn the game, flag football just might be for
those individuals.
Nine flag football teams at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
(NAVSTA) are competing to win the Captain's Cup trophy.
"We just wanted a team," said Army Spc. Waddell Tollison,
an engineer assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo's Joint
Detention Group, who plays for the 525 Enforcers team, "It brings
the morale up for people."
The 525 Enforcers are primarily made up of guards from the
525t Military Police Battalion, and with nearly every service of
the military being represented in this year's football league, it's
sure to be an entertaining season.
"Being able to play here is a great feeling. We thought we might
not be able to play this year due to us being down here and missing
our normal season back in Seattle," said Coast Guard Petty Officer
2nd Class Joshua Pryor, a port securityman deployed with Maritime
Safety and Security Team 91101.
Cooper Field, where all the games will be played, is part of
the $2.1 million renovation funded through Morale, Welfare and

"This is the best field I have ever played on," said Tollison,
referring to the new artificial-turf field.
While the NAVSTA Security team remains undefeated, teams
like the 525 Enforcers and the tied-for-last place Radio GTMO and
Commissions Support Group, still have a chance at taking home
the trophy.
"Our team has been playing together for a couple years now -
plus or minus a few people and playing here allowed us to keep
up with [the flag football season back home] where we normally
play. It is kind of a bummer that we might be leaving before the
season is over, but it's the fact that we actually got to play and that
we showed up to every game and gave it our all win or lose we
had fun. If the new Coast Guard has a team and they are up for the
challenge, I am sure they will take our spots. It all depends on if
they want to get all that GTMO has to offer," said Pryor.
"I know this season has been a lot more fun than last year," said
Tollison, "I'm looking forward to the playoffs, Army vs. Navy."
The men's playoffs will begin on Nov. 10. This will be a seeded
tournament in single elimination format.
The championship game will be played Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. at
Cooper Field.
"The talent and competition here for flag football is bar none,"
said Pryor. "It was a great event to be able to be part of and I hope
that everyone continues to go and play their hardest and good luck
to all teams." 0
(Left) Players from
the 525 Enforcers
team and the MSST
91101, receive
instructions from the
referee prior to a flag
football game, Oct.
23. The Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay
flag football league
features nine teams
in the male division
and runs through
early December.
(Above) Players from
the two teams line
up for inspection
prior to the game.
JTF Guantanamo
photo by Army Pfc.
Christopher Vann



Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
Joshua Nistas
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs


Before starting off, the reviewer wants to forewarn anyone
planning on seeing "Gamer" that this movie has earned the 'R'
rating which sits quietly on the movie poster hanging up by
the theatre complex. The poster itself looks harmless, but five
minutes into the movie, after seeing body parts fly and blood
spray, it has earned its rating.
Set "some years from this exact moment," the movie shows
how online gaming has evolved from virtual reality to the real
thing, becoming a Pay-Per-View event. Players can play games
through real people to get the most realistic playing ability
ever seen. Going along the premises of "Death Race," convicts
on death row are given the option to participate in the game
'Slayers,' where the convicts are the characters which people
can play through in a killing spree that reminds the reviewer of
"Halo's" multi-player kill-all mode.
The movie hosts a wide variety of big name people. The story
follows along as Kable (Gerard Butler from 300) closes in on the
30-game mark which allows a convict to be released. This being
the first time in the game's history, creator and multi-billionaire
Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall from Dexter) is less than thrilled as
Kable is his star character. Other known stars that appear in this
movie are musical artist Ludacris, John Leguizamo (Ice Age),
Terry Crews (Terminator Salvation), Keith David (Pitch Black),
and Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes).
Another reality game in the movie is "Society," which is
what "The Sims" video game might be if users had complete
control over what characters do in the game. One of the issues
shown in this game, as shown in the movie "Surrogates,"
is you never know if, when you're talking to a girl online,
there is actually a large man sitting in the chair controlling
Overall, the movie was good if you like action that involves
a lot of blood and dismembered body parts. Viewers will see
how one-way video games might evolve in the future. The
action is what keeps the movie going, while the plot is thought
out, but in complete. The movie was entertaining, and this
viewer recommends it to all who enjoy video games. 0


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Two Joint Task Force Guantanamo artists
exhibited their work at the Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay Navy Exchange, Oct. 26-
Nov. 1.
Army Lt. Col. Miguel Angel Mendez and
a civilian contractor who works as the
detainee art instructor and goes by the
name, Adam, displayed their paintings and
drawings for viewing by the Guantanamo
See page 15 for more of the story.

I A. '10

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class
Shane Arrington
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

From the wind turbines dotting the
ridgeline, to the water and power plant
below, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay has
a standing tradition of keeping the base
"The regional Naval Facilities
Engineering Command and the Navy in
general have a strong focus on conserving
energy," said Navy Lt. j.g Jonathon
Charfauros, Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay's energy manger and assistant
public works manager. "There are many
things providing guidelines on this issue.
There are presidential mandates, the
2007 Engineering Professional Advisory
Committee and the reduction requirements
of 30 percent in energy consumption by
2015 set across the Navy."
The Naval Station has recently kicked off
a building energy monitor program which,
according to Charfauros, puts someone
who knows about energy, and knows what
they're looking for, into every facility. This
person is responsible for going through their
spaces and finding leaks in all the heating,
ventilating and air conditioning units.
In fiscal year 2009, Joint Task Force
Guantanamo alone consumed 35,055.3
Megawatts per hour of electricity in its
mission of providing safe and humane care
and custody of detainees. With the non-
renewable resources we've used to produce
our energy dwindling, itbecomes ever more
important for places that produce so much
energy, such as Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay, to continue to introduce and expand

existing conservation programs.
"We already have some alternative
energy sources, the main one being
the turbines providing wind power,"
said Charfauros. "And for fiscal year
2010, we're going to start designing an
incineration plant that takes all the garbage
that goes to our landfill, burs it, and turns
that into energy. Another project we have
in place involves the base's perimeter
lighting. Ten percent of our energy cost
goes into lighting the fence line
at night and by replacing some of
the lights with solar powered lights
we'll probably reduce that by a
While the naval station does
its job of staying green on the
grand scale, Michael McCord,
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay's
environmental director, says it's
just as important for individuals to
do their part as well.
"People sometimes miss the big
picture when it comes to energy
conservation," McCord said. "If
you turn the light off or save some
water, the downstream effect of not
wastefully using these resources is
that we reduce the impact on the
fuel system as a whole."
"We bur diesel fuel to produce
energy, that energy is used in the
reverse osmosis systems to create Da
the water we drink, clean our
clothes, cook and water our lawns S t
with. So every drop of water you f
save is a drop of oil that's not being SI
consumed to produce the electricity
used to make the water."

And the less fuel we bum, the less
fuel that has to cross the ocean, reducing
chances for oil spills. Less fuel burned also
cuts down on air admissions, making our air
and water cleaner. McCord says not only is
this important for the service members and
their families stationed at Guantanamo, but
also the protected plants and wildlife they
share the base with.
October is National Energy Awareness
Month. Q


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Army Spc.
Tiffany Addair
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

In today's uncertain economy, a college
degree can be a great jumpstart to a
successful future. Columbia College offers
a countless amount of resources available
to Troopers, dependants, civilians and
foreign nationals. All services provided
make it possible to start or finish a college
degree while deployed to Joint Task Force
Guantanamo or stationed at Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay.
Columbia College offers a wide variety
of services, making it easy for Troopers
and residents of the naval station to obtain
a degree while staying flexible with work
schedules. The college provides in-seat
classes at its office on Chapel Hill or online
classes. The college also administers testing
for students who are taking online classes
or are looking to receive credits through
College Level Examination Program
or Defense Activity for Non-traditional
Education Support exams.
"We provide CLEP tests, DANTES

testing and service our online students
for their midterms and finals," said Jeff
Einhom, director of Columbia College.
"Also, we provide classrooms and support
for our in seat students."
The college offers 37 CLEP tests and 36
DANTES tests. There is no fee for military
personnel and there is a nominal fee for
non-military personnel.
Enrolling with Columbia College
is an easy process and part of it can be
completed online. The first step is to fill
out an application. There is a one-time fee
for the application. For a more convenient
option, you can fill it out online and it
will be electronically transferred to the
college's office located in the Chapel
Annex on Chapel Hill. The next step is to
bring any transcripts or military paperwork
to the college's office. After these two steps
are complete, an appointment will be made
with an advisor to talk about an education
Some individuals may be interested in
achieving a degree, but may not have the
funds to achieve this goal. Multiple options
are available for financial aid.

"There are several [tuition] options; the
biggest one for us is tuition assistance,"
Einhom said. "Probably 98 percent of
the students use tuition assistance. The
civilians who are attending have a couple
options; if they are veterans, they [can use]
the G.I. Bill. There are also other forms of
financial aid such as grants and loans, or
they can just pay for the class."
Army personnel may have difficulties
registering dually with the college and
through the portal on www.goarmved.
com. If you have trouble, contact Columbia
College and they can either assist or put you
in contact with someone to better suit your
Whether you are interested in seeking
an associate, bachelors or masters degree,
Columbia College has courses for you.
For Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Braudrick
Coleman, a Trooper assigned to the Joint
Detention Group, Columbia College
has provided him with an opportunity to
advance himself toward his degree while
deployed here.
"I am deployed here for a year so that
gives me some time to take a few classes
toward my degree," Coleman said.
For those deployed here for a short
time period or stationed here for a longer
time, gaining an education can be a benefit
to you or your family members. If you do
not complete your degree in the time frame
of your duty, most credits will transfer. A
degree is always good to have in your back
"Education is the key to a person being
able to advance themselves," Einhom
said. "I know a lot of Troopers [pursue
their education] for promotion points, but
there are also some who are looking to get
their degrees so they have something to
move to when they decide to get out of the
For more information contact Columbia
College at ext. 75555 or visit the Web site 0




medicine specialists and technicians monitor temperatures of food
and take samples of water and ice to make sure they are within
safe limits.
Not only do preventive medicine professionals look at the
safety of facilities the JTF Troopers live and work in, but they also
inspect the conditions for the detainees at JTF Guantanamo for
health and safety issues.
"It's our responsibility to protect the health of the detainees
while they are in our care," said Army Capt. Kathy Babin, the Joint
Detention Group preventive health officer.
While preventive medicine does all it can to ensure and protect
Troopers' health and safety, there are things that every person can
do to maintain a healthier lifestyle and prevent many infectious
"It's our job to clean up after ourselves," said Stiles. "If you
take care of your body and the environment you live in, it will help
to keep you healthy."
According to Ullrich, leaders should tell their Troopers to use
common sense for staying healthy by eating right, exercising
and practicing proper hygiene. Using a few simple health
conscious techniques can prevent the spread of disease within our
Babin provided this advice to Troopers; When you sneeze,
sneeze into your sleeve, not a tissue. Practice frequent hand
washing with soap and water or an alcohol-based cleanser and self
isolate yourself if you know you are sick.
"Know your body and know when you are sick so you can take
proper precautions right away to prevent the spread of infection,"
said Ullrich. Q

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Morning prayer
Two black birds perch on the concertina wire at a detention facility at Joint Task Force Guantanamo while detainees
observe morning prayer below. Detainees at the JTF are afforded the opportunity to pray five times each day and
are issued prayer rugs and copies of the Quran. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Marcos



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Sunday Friday:
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Protestant Worship
Sunday: 9 a.m.

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Sunday: 6 p.m.
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Army Staff Sgt.
Blair Heusdens
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

It's no New York City, but culture
exists at Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay. Residents can regularly enjoy
dancing, poetry, music or art from some
of the diverse groups of people who
reside on the base. For the artists and
art lovers, an art exhibition is currently
underway, featuring two artists from
Joint Task Force Guantanamo.
Two local artists re being featured

Guantanamo Bay and decided to hold
another exhibition during his current
deployment. The exhibition features
various paintings and drawings done while
at Joint Task Force Guantanamo.
Mendez has been interested in art since
he was a child, but started participating
in art exhibits during high school. Back
home in Puerto Rico, Mendez designs
museums and has worked with the Puerto
Rico National Guard to build two of its
museums. With a bachelor's degree in fine
arts and master's in education as well as
education as a museum curator, Mendez
brings extensive experience in the arts

Mendez does not reveal the
meanings behind his works, he
prefers to let viewers make their own
"I never explain my paintings. I like
to let people think whatever they want,"
said Mendez.
The second artist, Adam, works as
an art instructor for the detainee art
program at JTF Guantanamo. He is an
Iraqi-American artist with a master's
degree in fine arts.
Each artist has a unique style and
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