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Values: A code of
Army Master Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
I believe it is a great idea to put the Army's core
values on a plastic dog tag and require us to wear
it around our necks. It's a great reminder
to us of who and what we are, but more
importantly it's a reminder to Soldiers
of what to look for in their leaders.
Where do values come from? As
a child, did my parents make a list
of things to tell me how to conduct
my life? How to treat others? How
to treat myself? No, they didn't.
Instead, they modeled for me how
I should live as an adult. Notice,
I said modeled for me how I
SHOULD live, not would live.
That modeling by my parents
and other influential adults
provided me with my values. The
same is true for all Troopers. They
learn the values modeled by their
leaders and, more specifically,
their NCO leaders. Whether
those values compliment
their service's core values, or
something else, does not matter.
What matters is that the values
modeled for Troopers are the
values learned by Troopers.
That's a sobering thought, and it
To get at the crux of the issue, I
only have to look to one value. That's
the value of Honor. Honor as a value
means that I live within a prescribed code.
In my case, it means that Loyalty, Duty,
Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity
and Personal Courage are significantly more
than a list of words.
Leaders who live within this code of
Honor model those values. I model them
uncompromisingly and insistthatother Soldiers
and leaders do the same. Values are the code of
Honor we claim to live by. The challenge that
lies ahead for all in the uniformed services is an
unfailing commitment to do the right thing in
every walk of life.
At times, the right path can prove to be
elusive. There are various reasons for this; be it
bureaucracy, politics or hypocritical leadership.
One cannot allow other's misgivings to interfere
with one's own actions. We must be forthright
and relentless in the pursuit of truth. Leaders at
all levels must demand of themselves, their peers,
their leaders and subordinates, a standard of conduct
beyond reproach. 0
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Army Spc. there simply to observe the process.
David William McLean "Their role is to observe the trials to see
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs if they are based on a legal standpoint,"
said Mann. "They want to know if we are
Military commissions hearings bring
many different individuals to Guantanamo
Bay. The court support teams, prosecution,
defense andmany othergovernmentofficials
make the long trip from Washington, D.C. to
Cuba when court is in session. People also
come here simply to watch the proceedings,
and these individuals play an important
role in the mission of transparency for
Joint Task Force Guantanamo and Office
of Military Commissions.
Three distinct groups of people travel
here to observe the trials: media, Non-
Governmental Organizations and victim
family members. Their presence helps
promote openness with the rest of the world
outside of Guantanamo Bay.
"They help to ensure our proceedings are
transparent for all the multiple viewpoints
on both sides of the debate," said Marine 1 t
Lt. Nicholas Mann, assistant plans officer
for JTF operations, an escort for NGOs
during commissions. "It is not just one
side, but both giving their opinions of what
is happening here."
Regardless of the opinion they hold,
these groups are commonly found around
military and civilian courtrooms in the
The NGOs are organizations like the
American Civil Liberties Union, Human
Rights First and Human Rights Watch.
They attend the hearings, press conferences
and other activities around court, but are
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conducting all of this in a legal fashion.
They report back to their organizations to
see if our trials are done fairly."
Courtroom sketches, like this one of
of Omar Khadr, are the only authorized
images allowed to be released
from the courtroom during military
commissions. Illustration courtesy
of Janet Hamlin, Hamlin Illustration
Like the NGOs, the media also reports
back to the rest of the world what is
happening here during the commissions
hearings. Video news outlets like Fox
News, CNN, Associated Press, AFP, BBC
and Al-Jazeera, as well as major print
publications like the Washington Post, the
Toronto Star and the Miami Herald come
to observe firsthand and give an account of
what transpires here.
Both the media and NGOs are invited
by the Office of the Secretary of Defense
to attend based on space available both on
the flights and in housing on the island.
Family members of the victims of the
Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. embassy attacks and
USS Cole bombing are invited to attend
the 911 co-conspirator hearings by lottery
through the OMC. Family members have a
chance to be one of five individuals selected
for each session. They can bring a guest
with them for support, and are invited to
attend and speak at press conferences after
"The main purpose of their visit is to see
the hearings of the 911 group," said Army
Lt. Col. Nelson Del Valle, the Commission
Support Group Deputy Director.
Del Valle said that for those family
members not selected in the lottery, they
have an opportunity to view the hearings
back in the United States. A live, closed-
circuit television feed of court proceedings
is broadcast back to the states.
Whether watching in the courtroom, or
in the United States, the world is able to see
what is happening here and how we carry
out the mission. Q
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JTF Information Assurance Security Officer
what's it all about?
The goals of Information Assurance are to protect
Department of Defense information and information
systems. Information assurance is defined as, protection
of information systems against unauthorized access
to or modification of information, whether in storage,
processing or transit and against the denial of service to
authorized users, including those measures necessary to
detect, document and counter such threats.
Threats are circumstances or events that can
potentially harm an information system. Vulnerabilities
are weaknesses in the system that could potentially be
exploited. Information assurance works to prevent both
of these. Because of the interconnected nature of our
information systems, a risk to one is a risk to all.
DoD Information Assurance strives to maintain
the principles of confidentiality, integrity, availability,
authentication and non-repudiation.
As an authorized user, however, you are also
responsible for contributing to the security of all
Government-owned computer systems. Use common
sense when surfing the web and accessing information on
government networks. Report any suspected violations
or problems immediately to the information assurance
manager at ext. 3836. O
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Anyone who has tried to surf MySpace.com has seen the dreaded
Web Sense splash screen-the screen that confirms that you probably
should not be surfing this site from your government computer. We
have received some questions about WebSense, so here are some brief
points to get you better acquainted with the program.
WebSense is one of many tools used by the Information Assurance
office to limit the GTMO network's exposure to potential risks by
restricting access to certain Web sites. Basically, WebSense is
configured with a set of criteria (streaming video, chat, etc.) and it
blocks any outbound traffic trying to reach sites meeting these criteria.
Additional sites can be added on an individual basis as new risks are
Does WebSense block all inappropriate Web sites? No, new sites
pop up every day on the Internet and it is impossible to keep an up-to-
date record of which sites are safe and which ones need to be blocked.
It is up to individual users to use some common sense to determine if
they are using their computers in a responsible manner.
Can Web sites be un-blocked? Yes. Occasionally, sites that are
blocked by WebSense are required for official purposes. Under these
circumstances, a request can be submitted to the Help Desk and the
Information Assurance office will help you get what you need. If you
are looking to download a specific file, often times it is easier for us to
get the file ourselves and make it available locally instead of opening
access to the Web site. Sites that are for personal use (as opposed to
official use) will not be unblocked in most cases, so use your best
judgment before submitting a request.
Can a user get around being filtered by WebSense? All GTMO
Internet traffic is sent to the WebSense server before going out into the
Internet. An enterprising person may be able to find ways around this,
but it would definitely be against the user agreement that everyone
signed when issued a network account. And know that WebSense
sees these attempts on a regular basis and reports repeat offenders to
their chain of command.
WebSense is in place first and foremost to protect the network.
Just this past week, two users downloaded three viruses onto their
computers by surfing sites that were not for official use. Fortunately
no damage was done, but to prevent this from happening again, those
sites will be added to the WebSense list. Remember that the network
is one of the most important tools we have for getting the mission
here done please do your part to keep it safe! O
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Got a problem? The IG can help
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Do you have a complaint that you
feel can't be addressed by your chain of
There is a process for these complaints
at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. The
JTF Inspector General's office serves as
the commander's eyes, ears, voice and
conscious in matters that are important
to Troopers. The Inspector General's
main functions include inspections,
and teaching and training.
The IG recommends
addressing problems or
issues through the chain of
command first. Those issues
that cannot be addressed
through the Trooper's
chain of command, or are not sufficiently
addressed through the chain of command,
can then be taken to the IG office for further
assistance. Although the IG is here to help
Troopers, it is not a substitute for the chain
"We're always going to ask if [the
Trooper] has gone through the chain of
command first," said Army Col. Doris
Acevedo, the JTF command IG. "However,
if going through the chain of command
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009 I MISSION
hasn't worked, or the Trooper doesn't think
the chain of command will help them, they
can feel free to come to us."
Troopers are guaranteed confidentiality
when they talk to the IG. However, some
problems may require a Trooper to be
identified to address the problem. In these
cases, the IG will not proceed unless the
Trooper gives permission for their identity
to be disclosed.
Most cases that the JTF IG office, and
IG offices worldwide, handle are assistance
cases. Approximately 80 percent of IG cases
are assistance cases where the IG assists by
In my experien
able to help m
intervening in a siti
pointing a Trooper
often more challen
research and acquir
"In everything v
always there," said
not to punish peop
learn the right way
Not every comI
IG's office, however. The IG bases findings
on existing standards, regulations and
policies. If a complaint violates a standard,
regulation or policy, changes can be made,
however, if a complaint doesn't violate a
standard, the IG office is limited in what
can be done.
"Our responses are not always what
people want to hear," said Acevedo.
"Depending on the issue, we may have
to refer the Trooper back to the chain of
When used properly, the IG's office
can be a useful tool for Troopers seeking
ice here, we've been "In my experience here, we've
been able to help many [Troopers]
any [Troopers] solve solve many problems," said Acevedo.
s. With an office at a location away
from the JTF headquarters, Acevedo
- Army Col. Doris Acevedo hopes that Troopers feel comfortable
coming to her office without fear of
nation, giving advice or reprisal. She encourages Troopers to seek
Sin the right direction, the IG office out for assistance, even with
are less frequent, but just questions.
ging, requiring time to "If [a Trooper] has doubts about whether
e information. their problem is an IG case or not, they
ye do, whether assisting should feel free to come in and ask," said
teach and training is Acevedo. "We're here to serve."
Acevedo. "The goal is For questions about the IG office or
)le, but to have people assistance, contact Acevedo or the JTF
to do things." deputy IG, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Van
laint should go to the Poots, at ext. 8339 or ext. 8551.0
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Army Capt. Eric
Bey, the 525th
Army Pvt. Douglas
O'Reilly, with the
193'd Military Police
Company, on a
game well played.
Bey became the
champion of the
tournament with his
victory over O'Reilly,
Oct. 29. JTF
Guantanamo photo by
Navy Petty Officer 2nd
Class Shane Arrington
Bey swings by O'Reilly 2-0
"He's an amazing player," O'Reilly simply stated.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class When asked what keeps him picking up his racquet and
Shane Arrington going back to the court after 20 plus years, Bey didn't hesitate to
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs answer.
"It's the strategy," he said. "A lot of people look through the
The championship game of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay's window and only see the speed and violence, but it's so much more
Morale, Welfare and Recreation racquetball tournament, Thursday, than that. They see two barbarians fighting it out, but it's really
Oct. 29th, came down to two Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers more like a dance." 0
who couldn't have been more different.
Army Capt. Eric Bey, the 525th Military Police Battalion
chaplain, has been playing racquetball for more than 22 years.
His opponent, Army Pvt. Douglas O'Reilly, member of the 193r"
Military Police Company, at 20 years old, hasn't even been alive
that long. Don't let his age fool you though, O'Reilly isn't a
stranger to the world of competitive racquetball.
"I was 4th in the nation for my age group  when I was
younger," said O'Reilly. "I was the Arizona state champ three
years in a row."
It was this knowledge that worried Bey going into the
"I've played this game for a long time, but I've never done
it on that kind of level," said Bey. "Knowing his past, and more
especially, seeing him play, had me coming into this game thinking a
I might not come out on top."
But, when all was said and done, Bey did come out on top. Bey,
who's been in Cuba for over a year, continues to be undefeated rac
while on island.
"It's not that I'm necessarily better than all my opponents," said
Bey. "It's just that I've been playing this game for a long time and
have a lot of court savy."
O'Reilly tried using his youth to his advantage to tire out his et O
older opponent. This strategy worked well, making each match l h
close, the closest games he's played according to Bey, but in the *
end he admits it was his foe's experience that put him over the
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LOCAL SPORTS I FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009
'Julie & Julia' charm, inspire
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
"Julie & Julia" is a movie whose kind
we haven't seen in theatres in a while. It's
a story about two women who stand alone,
undefined by men. Their story unfolds
before the audience with a surprising lack
of the romantic drama that always seems to
accompany "chick flicks." Instead, the film
portrays a different kind of love; the love
between a woman and her passions.
In this case, Julie Powell (Amy
Adams) and Julia Child (Meryl Streep) are
passionate about cooking. Or, perhaps it is
better to describe these women's endeavors
throughout the film as (appropriately) "the
art of French cooking." Both women strive
to master that art, and both succeed in
Both women take up cooking as a
way to occupy themselves and to provide
some meaning to their quiet lives and both
pursue it with a powerful sense of ambition.
While each woman encounters different
roadblocks on their path to culinary
perfection, their experience is eerily
similar. Publishing success is the happy
ending to both tales and each woman's
literary triumph is as unique as she.
Meryl Streep is impressive, as always,
in her role as the famous Julia Child.
Known for her outstanding performances
in a wide variety of films, Streep has truly
outdone herself here. Her performance as
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009 I MOVIE RECON
Julia Child goes beyond physical imitation,
though she has the rounded shoulders and
the fluting voice down perfectly. Too often
when gifted actors impersonate real people
they replace the man with the legend, like
when Jamie Foxx played Ray Charles.
However, Streep's incarnation of Julia
Child has the opposite effect, making the
real Julia more vivid than ever.
Unfortunately, Amy Adams did not
fare as well. While her performance was
lovely as the quiet young woman who
never really thinks she can match up to the
great Julia Child, the script and direction
overshadowed her. While in the book
the focus is Julie Powell and her self-
realization, this film spent far too much
time on Julia Child and postwar Paris, and
not enough on the present day.
Nora Ephron's direction, while mostly
slanted towards the Julia Child storyline,
is charming in its simplicity. Most of the
scenes are understated and accurately
evoke the major and minor triumphs of
real life. From crying over failed gelatin
to celebrating the perfect egg, the film
makes even the most mundane moment
While not every dish turns out the way
the recipe promises, even an imperfect meal
can fill the belly and warm the soul. Though
there are flaws, the pleasures offered by
this movie should not be disdained. After
all, Julia Child had no issues with serving
a broken omelet with a spirited "Bon
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Troopers from Joint Task Force Guantanamo had the opportunity to tour the multipurpose
amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), while it was docked at U.S. Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay, Oct. 29.
USS Wasp is specifically designed to accommodate a Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC)
for fast troop movement over the beach and a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) for movement P013
of cargo and equipment.
USS Wasp is currently deployed on Amphibious-Southern Partnership Station 2009
with Destroyer Squadron 40 (DESRON 40) Security Cooperation Marine Air Ground Task
Force (SCMAGTF) embarked. USS Wasp and the Security Cooperation Marine Air Ground
Task Force are working alongside Mayport-based Destroyer Squadron 40. During this
deployment, they will build and instill cooperation between U.S. and partner nation
naval forces through a variety of exercises as part of Ambhibious-Southern Partnership
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JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
With the 234th birthday of the United
States Marine Corps (USMC) approaching,
many Marines take this time to reflect on
the accomplishments and traditions of the
"We like to talk a lot about the heroes of
the Corps Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone,
Sgt. Maj. Dan Daly and Cpl. David
Dunham," said Marine Corps Cpl. Julius
Fairfax, Joint Task Force Guantanamo's
J-6 landline and BlackBery manager.
November 10 marks the date in 1775
when a committee of the Continental
Congress approved a resolution forming the
Continental Marines. Nov. 10 continues to
be the date Marines celebrate the founding
of the United States Marine Corps.
"We also talk a lot about the history of
the Marine Corps," said Fairfax, "It builds
our esprit de corps, and brings up the
morale for people."
The United States Marine Corps is a
branch of the U.S. military responsible for
providing power projection from the sea,
utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy
to rapidly deliver combined-arms task
forces to global crises. Operating under
the United States Navy, the Marine Corps
was founded to serve as an infantry unit
aboard naval vessels and was responsible
for the security of the ship and her crew
by conducting offensive and defensive
combat during boarding actions and
defending the ship's officers from mutiny;
to the latter end, their quarters on ship were
often strategically positioned between the
officers' quarters and the rest of the vessel.
Continental Marines also manned
raiding parties, both at sea
means a lot to me, all
the Marines before us
and the future ones to
come," said Fairfax.
"I see it as the
way to honor and
celebrate not just
but all of those who
came before us," said
Marine Corps Lance
Cpl. Jason Follow, "and
to remember those who are deployed
around the world."
The Marine Corps, which
prides itself on traditions,
uses the birthday of the Corps
W as a time of reflection and
"Traditions and ceremonies are
one of the prides and joys of Marines,"
said Follow, "Traditions are what make us
who we are, (Marines), and it's one more
way to honor those who came before us."
One of the most time-honored traditions
to celebrate the founding of the Corps is
the annual Marine Corps Ball. This year,
the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Marine
Corps Ball will be held Nov. 14 at the
"For me, this is my first actual Marine
Corps Ball. I'm looking forward to the
experience," said Follow, "Not just the
social interaction with the other Marines,
but observing the traditions and ceremonies
that come along with the birthday.
For more information about the United
States Marine Corps, visit www.marines.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009
A day to honor all who've served
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Veterans Day is the day that we as Americans celebrate the
brave military members who have fought for the rights we have
and live by every day.
The celebration of Veterans Day started after World War I when
the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June
28, 1919, at the Palace of Versailles in France,
which officially ended the war. The fighting of
the war actually ended seven months earlier ar
with an armistice, or temporary cessation ofit'
hostilities, between Germany and the Allied
Nations. The armistice started on the eleventh fo
hour of the eleventh day of November in 1918. di
"To us in America, the reflections of
Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride
in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and
with gratitude for the victory... because of the opportunity it has
given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in
the councils of the nations..." said President Woodrow Wilson, in
November 1919, after commemorating November 11, 1919 as the
first Armistice Day.
On May 13, 1938, an act was approved to make Armistice Day
a legal holiday.
Then, in 1954 after World War II which required the most United
States troops to mobilize in the nation's history and the Korean
War, Veterans service organizations urged that the Act of 1938 be
changed from Armistice to Veterans Day. On June 1, 1954, with the
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009 | NEWS & INFORMATION
approval of legislation (Public Law 380), November 11 became the
day when all American veterans from any war were honored.
It has been more than 54 years since Veterans Day became a
national holiday and it is still celebrated with the highest honor for
the troops of America.
"It is important to me because it is a way to honor those who
have made a sacrifice or have done something really important for
our country. To remember is to honor them and for me, it's kind of
looking across over the years my father was
in Korea, so
Id all of our country's conflicts for me that day
s important to honor those who is important,"
said Army Maj.
ught and especially those who Ruben Soto, the
ed. JTF Headquarters
-Navy Lt. Lisa Stinson C o m p a n y
"I wasn't in a military family directly, but I did have indirect
family who served, so on a more personnel note it gives me an
opportunity to honor them, but looking across over the years and
all of our country's conflicts, it's important to honor those who
fought and especially those who died," said Navy Lt. Lisa Stinson,
an officer with the JTF.
Veterans Day is one holiday that should not be overlooked, but
celebrated to honor the great American heroes who fought for the
love of their country and their willingness to serve and sacrifice for
the common good and those who continue to fight and make the
ultimate sacrifice for their country. 0
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Army Sgt. Harry
Schwarz, with the
189th Military Police
underwater at Naval
Bay, Oct. 30. JTF
Guantanamo photo by
Army Sgt. Michael Baltz
Army 1st Lt.
The opportunity for an
Army Soldierto serve at Joint
Task Force Guantanamo
makes for a lasting memory.
The chance to have a military
ceremony during your
deployment is a memory
that will last forever.
Army Sgt. Harry
Schwarz, a training non-
commissioned officer with Joint Task
Force Guantanamo's 189' Military Police
Company, recently made the commitment
to reenlist for another six years during an
underwater ceremony at Naval Station
"I did the first one in front of the
United States disciplinary barracks at
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas," Schwarz
said. "The second one was in the Buffalo
Soldiers Monument. I was knee-deep in the
The reason why this reenlistment
separates itself from the others is the
location, which was a dive site known
as the "mic boat." The ability to choose
your reenlistment ceremony location is
a pleasant perk to many enlisted military
members deciding to dedicate their time to
the military. JTF Guantanamo offers many
locations that service members can use for
their reenlistment ceremony. This time it
was a request of an aquatic environment
for Sgt. Swartz.
"We go diving every weekend, so it is
only fitting that he reenlist out here," said
Army Capt. Suzanne Redente, the 189th
MP Company commander. "We are lucky
to have him around."
After nine years of service, Schwarz, a
Williamstown, N.J. native, who graduated
from Williamstown High School, looks to
retire from the military. He signed a six-
year extension that granted him orders to
Fort Bragg, N.C. This was the third time he
"The next one will be bigger, and I
plan on going out with a bang with my last
reenlistment," Schwarz said. O
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NEWS & INFORMATION I FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009
Camp X-Ray Security
Camp X-Ray is still part of
the JTF complex and is under
federal protection. Please
observe all posted signs and
stay out of the area.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009 I VOICE OF THE FORCE
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Air Force Maj.
Robert L. Sullivan
JTF Deputy Command Chaplain
Inner peace is sought after around the world.There are
many who do not have peace. They often wonder how to
have tranquility of mind, or how to have peace within their
How much more is peace needed during times of
conflict and economic upheaval? People are losing jobs
daily; the housing market is worse than ever. The H1N1
virus is shaking up communities far and near. It seems as
though the world is turned upside-down. Where can relief
The Apostle Paul, writing to the church at Philippi,
explained to the believers how to experience the peace of
God. He wrote from a prison cell where he was bound and
persecuted for his faith. Yet, he wrote about the peace of
God. His outward circumstances did not dictate his inner
peace, because his peace was in the Lord. Genuine peace
comes from the Lord.
The Prince of Peace provides peace with God through
faith. The Apostle Paul said in Romans 5:1, "Therefore
being justified by faith, we have peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ."
The first step for inner peace is to be at peace with God.
We are justified or declared righteous through faith. The
moment you believe and receive the Lord Jesus Christ, you
receive peace with God. But that is just the starting point
for believers. In Philippians 4:7, Paul spoke of the peace
of God. He said, "And the peace of God, which passeth all
understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through
Christ Jesus." This peace is a supernatural quietness of
soul with an amazing confidence in the sustaining grace
of God. It will help you hold it together in the worst of
problems or crisis. It's an assurance that, "If God be for us,
who can be against us." It makes no difference what comes
our way. It affirms Romans 8:28, "And we know that all
things, work together for good, to them that love God, to
them, who are the called according to his purpose." Not
that everything that happens to us is good, but God will
work it all out for our good. Since we know that God has
perfect love for us and He is working everything for our
good, we can relax, rest in His peace and truly experience
the peace of God. I close with this poem:
I Need Peace
By Robert Sullivan
If you are troubled and confused
Feeling down with the blues
If you are worried and in despair
SWondering where are those who care
If your mind seems scattered and in need or repair
And resting aimlessly everywhere
If you are at the end of your rope
Don't let go, there is always hope
Trust in Him who is the Prince of Peace
In Him you will find comfort and true relief.
Spanish Catholic Mass
Sunday: 5 p.m.
at NAVSTA Chapel
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LIFE & SPIRIT I FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009
Catholic Mass Protestant Worship Bible Study
Sunday- Friday: Sunday: 9 a.m. Sunday: 6 p.m.
6:30 a.m. Mass Spanish Protestant Wednesday: 7 p.m.
Spanish Protestant vensa./pm
Sunday: 11 a.m.
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dedication lead to
success at the board
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
One year, a promotion and five Soldier
boards have marked Army Staff Sgt. John
Murphy's deployment to Joint Task Force
Guantanamo. Recently, his hard work
and knowledge paid off when Murphy
competed for the U.S. Army South Non-
Commissioned Officer of the Quarter at
Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and won.
Murphy, a member of the 193rd Military
Police Company of the 525th Military Police
Battalion, works as an assistant watch
commander at one of JTF Guantanamo's
detention facilities. After winning the
battalion's NCO of the Quarter competition
previously, Murphy was eligible to advance
to the U.S. Army South level.
The three-day competition, held Oct.
22-24, was a chance for representatives
from the major commands of U.S. Army
South to show their knowledge and skills.
In addition to a formal Soldier board, the
competition included portions involving
physical fitness, weapons and Army warrior
"The competition was the most difficult
I have seen and definately a challenge for
[all the competitors]," said Army Sgt. 1st
Class Nicholas Rouse, who accompanied
Murphy and Army Sgt. Lacretia Dorsey to
In addition to his studying, Murphy
had to recertify as a combat lifesaver and
complete a level-one combatives course
prior to the competition. Murphy was
able to attend the one-week level-one
combatives course at Fort Riley, Kan.
The first day of the competition, the
Soldiers completed an Army Physical
Fitness Test and day and night land
navigation courses. On the second day,
they completed qualification on an M-16
rifle range and were tested in random
warrior tasks, focusing on first aid, nuclear,
biological and chemical tasks and weapons
knowledge. The third day was the formal
board, which was conducted by senior
A running tally of points was kept
throughout the competition, with Murphy
leading each event. Coming into the formal
Army Staff Sgt. John Murphy is the winner of U.S. Army South's NCO of the
Quarter. Courtesy photo provdided by U.S. Army South
board, Murphy held a 100-point lead on his
Despite all his success, Murphy also ran
into some trouble. While zeroing his M-16
at the rifle range, Murphy was attacked
by red ants. While in the field, he had
an allergic reaction and had to be given
epinephrine twice before passing out. He
was able to finish the range, however, and
ended up with the best score.
Murphy says his own self-doubt was
also a challenge for him. Standing in front
of a board comprised of senior NCOs with
combined experience of more than 140
years, was a daunting task.
"You always assume you're not prepared
enough," saidMurphy. "The board members
can tell how much you've prepared in the
first 60 seconds and will grill you based on
that initial impression."
Murphy felt that the land navigation
portion of the competition was his strongest
event. He was the only competitor to find
any of the points on the day or night course
due to the thick underbrush on the course.
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"I had to run to finish in time," said
Murphy. "But that strong finish early on set
me up for success."
With all his recent experience, Murphy
hasbecome the go-to guy inthe battalionfor
other Soldiers and junior NCOs preparing
"SSG Murphy is the best staff sergeant
I have ever had the pleasure to work with,"
said Rouse. "He is the one NCO every
Trooper should want to be."
"Be confident. Sweat the small stuff and
try to relax as much as possible the day of
the competition," said Murphy. "Go in and
do your best."
A trip to the mainland was a welcomed
treat for Murphy, whose wife came to
San Antonio for the last two days of the
competition. The two were able to go out to
dinner to celebrate after the competition.
"It was a nice little vacation," said
Murphy. "It's a privilege to represent the
battalion anywhere you go."
Murphy will represent U.S. Army South
in the 2010 NCO of the Year competition.O
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