Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer
I've always considered myself a goal-oriented person
during my 25-year naval career. It has been a pretty good
career at that; but I did not achieve what I thought would be
the perfect end. So, I've looked back at what I did and how I
got here. I took on each job with the mindset that if I could look
myself in the mirror at the end of the day and honestly say that
I gave it my best, I would be satisfied with the outcome.
This has served me pretty well. Sometimes ajob would
just fall into place and go as smoothly as I would have
hoped. Then there are times after weeks of planning
and preparing I would have to fight, kick, scratch
and scramble to just make it work by the skin of my
teeth. So I ask myself, which one gave me the most
satisfaction; or better yet, which one do I remember?
Was it the one that went perfectly or was it the one
that I worked the hardest, that tested my limits, the
one that made me grow just a little to pull it off? Most
of the time we grow more out of our failures than we
do from our successes.
I was a young trouble shooter in my first squadron
performing my pre-flight systems checks on board
the USS Nimitz when I found a discrepancy. I knew
what to do to fix it and felt I had plenty of time. All
I had to do was move a couple of assemblies around
and the crew would have perfect systems to complete
their mission. Well, it didn't go as I had planned. The
flight deck coordinator saw that I was having trouble
getting one of the assemblies back in place. He had to
down that aircraft and move the flight crew to another
plane to make the sortie. He didn't chew me out to
my surprise. He gave me encouragement for giving it
a good try.
An interesting tradition still followed by many
(if not all) Navajo rug makers is making sure that a
"spirit string" is part of the completed rug. You see, the
Navajo rug maker puts a lot of time and effort into each
handmade rug. They believe that part of their spirit, or
soul, gets trapped in the rug as it is woven on the loom.
They purposely leave a small piece of yar, called the
"spirit string," sticking out slightly from the surface of
the rug. This will allow their spirit a way to get out of the
Also, the Navajo believe that only God is perfect and
that what humans do cannot be on the same perfect level.
Therefore, they will make sure some little imperfection is
part of anything they create. Usually, one has to look very
close to find the imperfection, so it does not detract from the
beauty of the item.
Perfection is defined as the quality or state of being perfect or
complete, so that nothing requisite is wanting. Remember, each and
every one of us has our own little piece of yarn; so striving only
for perfection leads to disappointment and frustration, even when ,
you succeed. My advice is to work to achieve excellence, do
your best and take pride in what you do. That way when you
come to the end of this career, you can look back with
satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment, even if you
came up short of your goal.O
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JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
The mission at Joint Task Force
Guantanamo is a difficult one. Aside from
being away from family, spouses and
friends, there are operational situations
which can hinder an individual Trooper or
a unit's readiness.
The Joint Stress Mitigation
and Restoration Team provides
individual and group support and
counseling to members of the
JTF. The JSMART team consists
of four members; a clinical
psychologist and three qualified
The team's main focus is on
Troopers mental health.
"Most everyone's mission in the Joint
Medical Group is detainee health; ours
is the Trooper's health," said Navy Capt.
Robert M. Schlegel, a clinical psychologist
and officer-in-charge of JSMART. "That
is something we are very proud of and
something we value. Our focus, which we
can be very enthusiastic about, is optimal
Trooper health. That's something that we
obviously take very seriously [and are also]
very enthusiastic about."
With deployments putting stress and
strain on the individual Trooper and
individuals closely tied to deployed Troops
such as family members or friends, services
are offered to help mitigate and alleviate
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2009 I MISSION
some of the stress and concerns involved bothLafondandNavy Petty Officer lt Class
with being deployed. The JSMART team Frank A. Robinson, a neuropsychiatric
puts forward a numerous amount of services technician and lead petty officer with
for Troopers to take advantage of. Whether JSMART, stated that they get to look out
you have a deployment-related issue, for their fellow Troopers and take care of
an operational stress issue or have been their own.
diagnosed with depression or a behavioral "It gives us that warm and fuzzy
health problem, JSMART has resources to knowing that they have something hard
help. to do but we are here to take care of them
"We offer individual counseling, group while they continue this hard mission,"
Ultimately we are all responsible for "What I like and find most
Sone another's morale. Every Trooper important here are the times I
ne another morale. Every Trooper can go to all the different camps
has the responsibility to look out for and talk to the personnel behind
I [fellow me, the wire," said Navy Petty
their [fellow service members]. Officer 2nd Class Joy F. Wilson,
Capt. Robert M. Schlegel a neuropsychiatric technician
with JSMART. "It gives me a
counseling and camp outreach," said Navy chance to get to know the staff that's here
Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle K. Lafond, a and build a relationship with them. I like to
neuropsychiatric technician with JSMART. reach out and offer any support they may
JSMART visits Troopers behind the need. I truly care about the [JTF] staff that
wire on a regular basis, offering on-the- is here and their well being. So ultimately
spot services to Troopers. working behind the wire or in an outpatient
"We are constantly visiting the block, setting has been nothing but a wonderful
seeing the individual Troopers and letting experience for me so far and I truly enjoy
them know that we are here," Schlegel my job and position at JSMART."
said. "We bring the famous JSMART stress "Ultimately we are all responsible for
management tools with us. The outreach one another's morale," Schlegel said.
can either result in individual sessions "Every Trooper has the responsibility to
or on-the-spot interventions where there look out for their [fellow service members].
is a discussion about what resources are It is our job to remind people of that and
available in the community." encourage that culture."
When asked what the best part about JSMART is available 24/7 and can be
being a member of the JSMART team is, reached at ext. 3566.0
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Out processing 101
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class of their deployments however, so Rivers said it's paramount that
Shane Arrington they constantly check to see if their date has been changed.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs "Once you know you're getting close to the month of your
projected departure date, check with your admin person, or with us
So you've done your time in Guantanamo Bay and now the if you don't have one, to ensure the date is correct," Rivers said.
light at the end of the tunnel is getting to be pretty bright. You're It's easier on administrative personnel when Troopers contact
calling home more often, writing them in a timely manner and go
more emails and telling everyone It [proper and timely out processing] out of their way to check to see
to get ready, you're coming back if all their dates are correct, but
to town. It's in this excitement, could possibly make the difference it's also easier on the Troopers
however, that people have a themselves. Rivers said there's
tendency to forget something very between their [Troopers] leaving or a lot of information on the
important, something they need to staying on the island. check-out sheet, and a lot of
have completed before they leave places to go for signatures to
Cuba on that jet plane their out Tech. Sgt. Shawn Rivers complete the process.
processing check-out sheet. "We may be able to preclear
"The majority of people don't check out with us in a timely some items, but we can't sign everything," Rivers said. "In the
manner," said Army Sgt. Waldemar Cambrelen. "It used to be end it's the Trooper's responsibility to make sure everything is
really bad, but it's been getting better since we've started teaching signed off. They need to understand that may mean going places
the individual administration shops how we do things." they've never been, or perhaps hadn't even heard of, but if they're
This process is great for big units, but many of the Troopers missing signatures, it could possibly make the difference between
that make up Joint Task Force Guantanamo are Navy Individual their leaving or staying on the island."
Augmentees, or IAs. IAs are just what their name implies, So if you're a Trooper who's time at Joint Task Force
individuals. With no administrative shop looking over their Guantanamo is coming to a close, make sure to remember the
shoulders to make sure they've started this important process, it's following things:
vital they are made aware of proper out processing procedures. 1. Contact your administrative personnel 4-6 weeks before your
"We hold bi-monthly lectures in our Troopers' Chapel to keep projected departure to confirm your date.
everyone here up-to-date on the procedures," said Air Force Tech. 2. Once you're in your 30-day window, make sure to get your
Sgt. Shawn Rivers. "Another purpose to our training is to simply checkout sheet from your administratvie personnel to start
remind people they have to check out and not wait until the last getting it signed off as soon as possible.
minute." 3. Make sure to complete ALL portions of the checkout sheet to
Rivers said a Trooper's departure date is obviously the most prevent the possible delay of your departure.
important factor in determining when someone should come to the If you need any information regarding proper out processing
administrative office to start out processing. The date given on their procedures contact Tech Sgt. Rivers or Sgt. Cambrelin at ext. 8725
orders doesn't always stay the same once Troopers get near the end or ext. 8098. 0
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Hoisting buoys and replacing day boards, are all
in a days work for the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Oak
and her crew.
Oak (WLB-211) is a seagoing buoy tender, home-
ported in Charleston, S.C. The ship tends buoys
along the Southeastern U.S. coast and throughout the
Caribbean Sea, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin
Islands, Haiti and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Oak also
performs other duties, such as maritime border
security, marine environmental protection, maritime
law enforcement, and search and rescue.
Coast Guardsman Lt. j.g. Jennifer Ferreira, the
operations officer aboard Oak, said, "We come out
here twice a year, and this trip was great!"
During its time at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay, Oak repaired or replaced damaged and worn-out
buoys and day boards in the bay.
"It takes months of planning and coordination
with the Navy and it's divers, to accomplish the task,"
Oak arrived in October for a two-week stay at
"For a lot of the crewmembers," said Ferreira,
"this is the first time they had a chance to work in
Oak docks in Guantanamo bi-yearly, to perform
routine maintenance and repairs to the aides to
navigation, such as buoys and day boards.
For more information about the U.S. Coast Guard,
visit www.uscg.mil. O
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Volunteering is an excellent method for
meeting people, finding fulfillment, using
skills and interests you have, and becoming
part of the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
community. Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay has many opportunities, including
coaching youth sports, for Troopers to get
involved in the community. Cooper Sports
Complex offers a venue for Troopers and
residents of the naval station to embrace
their competitive edge and participate in,
or coach, sports programs. Many Joint Task
Force Guantanamo Troopers volunteer their
time away from work to help the youth
sports league on base.
The youth sports league offers four
different sports for children to participate
in and interact with other kids on the base.
The league offers flag football, baseball,
soccer and basketball. In turn, Troopers
volunteer their spare time to coach the
sports that are offered. Many Troopers
volunteer their services and get involved
with the local community for different
Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Heller,
Commissions Support Group's information
technology office manager, volunteers
to give back to the military and to fill an
absence from his home life.
"The military has always treated my
family well so I wanted to do something
to give back to other families," Heller said.
"Also, I have kids of my own back home
and it helps to fill that void."
Some Troopers volunteer for the love
of a particular sport working with and
helping out kids is an added perk.
"I really like kids; they are so fun and
energetic" said Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
Anastasia E. Teres, an analyst with the Joint
Intelligence Group. "Also, I really like
playing soccer so [volunteering to coach]
"I have been coaching youth soccer
for a long time. I firmly believe sports are
a great tool that can help kids stay out of
trouble," said Navy Petty Officer 1t Class
Johnny Eliassaint, an X-ray technician with
the Joint Medical Group.
Volunteering to help these youth isn't
all that time consuming. A couple of hours
during the week for practice and about an
hour for games, which are played twice a
week, is all one needs to give to make a
Working with younger kids can be
challenging at times.
"The toughest part about coaching
youth sports is keeping the kids' attention,"
While coaching has challenges, it also
has enjoyable moments and provides a
great learning experience for younger kids.
"The kids get excited to see you. Just
to see how excited they are when they
win a game is great. It is nice to see them
set a goal for themselves to win and then
accomplish that goal," Teres said.
"It all boils down to teamwork," said Air
Force Senior Airman Edward J. Edwards, a
JTF Trooper with the Commissions Support
Group transportation section.
Coaching with the youth sports league is
a great opportunity to give back to the local
For more information on volunteering
with the youth sports league contact Ms.
Rachel or Ms. Nadine at the Youth Center
at ext. 74658. Q
LOCAL SPORTS I FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2009
Praise for 'Inglorious Basterds'
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
"Inglorious Basterds," after viewing it
for the second time once in the states,
then again this past Friday this reviewer
has come to realize that no matter which
viewing, this movie is awesome. One
cannot say that Quentin Tarantino writer
and director of other movies such as "Pulp
Fiction" and "Kill Bill" has lost his
creative edge, as each character was well
played and the story kept the audience from
knowing what was going to happen.
The movie begins with Nazi Colonel
Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz from various
European movies, slated to play in the
upcoming "Green Hornet" film) hunting
Jewish refugees in hiding. The movie starts
out slow, as Landa interviews a farmer
and explains himself, giving the audience
an idea of who the main bad guy is in the
Following that, you get to see the
Inglorious Basterds for the first time, which
led to plenty of laughs, as it is in the view of
the reviewer that Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt,
"Fight Club" and "Ocean's Eleven") was
well represented, and that Pitt's Tennessee
accent in the movie was superb as he
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2009 I MOVIE RECON
a- au mumu m*m
tried to pronounce such Italian words like
"Arriverderci" and "Gwatzeeeeee." Raine
is the hero of the movie, anArmy Lieutenant
with a squad of Jewish-American soldiers
o who have been dropped into Nazi occupied
lands to spread fear through the Third Reich
* by scalping and killing Nazi soldiers.
L The only thing wrong was that even
ans though the title of the film is 'Inglorious
Irr Basterds,' the squad with this title was only
in half this movie, if that. If you were to
watch the previews, you'd assume that
they were in the majority of the film. The
slow plot threatens to lose viewers, though
it does serve as a background and build-up
to later scenes. It was also surprising to see
S Mike Myers play as an English General.
All in all, I'd recommend everyone who
is able to see an "R" rated movie, to see
it, whether on DVD or at the theater. Just
bear in mind that it is a Quentin Tarantino
movie, and at times it is quite vivid, and in
some fairly gruesome ways. O
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Troopers from the 525th Military Police Battalion con-
ducted combat lifesaver training at Camp America.
Combat lifesaver training provides non-medical
Soldiers training in emergency care as a secondary
mission. Combat lifesavers ensure wounded service
members receive basic immediate medical care until
medical personnel arrive or the wounded service mem-
ber can be brought to a medical facility.
Troopers at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, though not
in a combat environment, must stay current in their
first aid skills for future deployments and in case they
should encounter minor non-combat injuries, caused
by accidents or illness.
As much as any service member is
defined by their background, culture and
history, American Indians share a unique
heritage which plays a large role in who
they are and the contributions they make to
the U.S. military.
Historically, American Indians have
had the highest record of military service
per capita when compared to other ethnic
groups. Today, more than 35,000 American
Indians serve in the U.S. military.
Despite often strained relations between
the U.S. government and native tribes, as
well as a tenuous past of violence between
the two, many American Indians continue
to volunteer to serve and protect in the U.S.
military. Raymond Nahai, an American
Indian WWII veteran once described why
he felt this was. "Many have asked why
we fight the white man's war. Our answer
is that we are proud to be Americans, and
we are proud to be American Indians.
The American Indian always 4
stands ready when his country
November is recognized
as National American Indian
Heritage month and is an opportunity for
citizens to take the time to learn about
native customs and traditions and honor
the many contributions American
Indians have made and continue to
make to our society.
"Seldom do we understand
why we're celebrating," said
Marine Corps Gunnery
M acoto ,
Office for the Administrative Review of
Detained Enemy Combatants at Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay.
American Indians have made significant
contributions to the U.S. military
throughout history. Approximately 12,000-
15,000 served in World War I despite the
fact they weren't granted U.S.
citizenship until 1924.
During World Wars I
and II, the U. S. military
took advantage of
the uniqueness of
the many native
from different tribes
to serve as "Code
Tal k ers "
important, secure communications during
the wars, with a form of communication
that was never able to be broken by the
An act passed in 2002 declassified the
Code Talkers contributions and recognized
the important part these American Indians
played. The Code Talkers Recognition Act
states that at, "... a time when Indians were
discouraged from practicing their native
culture, a few brave men used their cultural
heritage, their language, to help change the
course of history."
"History is not something you remember,
it's something you live," said Macoto.
Macoto and other American Indians
have a greater focus on spiritual life. As
opposed to religious beliefs, American
Indian spirituality is less a practice as it is
an extension of their day-to-day existence.
"When I was a younger Marine, I
thought I was invincible," said Macoto.
"When you get older, you come to find a
more spiritual side."
Traditions such as participating in
cleansing rituals and sun dances or stomp
dances are examples of ways in which many
American Indians cleanse their minds and
work to find inner peace.
"You experience something way
beyond you, you experience
yourself," said Macoto.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2009
Leaving on a jet plane
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Travelling to and from Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay can be tricky for Troopers. The paperwork,
scheduling and coordination of travel all require
careful thought and planning in order to minimize
stress and problems when taking leave.
Army Sgt. Manuel Rios, a joint personnel office
(JPO) administrative non-commissioned officer with
Joint Task Force Guantanamo Headquarters and
Headquarters Company, tracks and files leave, pass
and temporary duty requests for Troopers at GTMO.
He says there are a few steps to take in advance of
dropping off paperwork at the Trooper One Stop.
"You need to make sure that you qualify for Rest
and Recuperation leave or a pass first," said Rios.
"Ask your admin and then your chain of command
to see if you can get the dates you desire. Get it
approved, and then we can get a control number or
a payment code for R&R. Anyone going on leave
or pass has to go through this office because I am
accountable for them."
In addition to being accountable for Troopers,
the joint personnel office will handle booking a
flight through passenger travel on an Air Mobility
Command flight for R&R leave. For those travelling
on a pass, they are responsible for arranging their flight once the
paperwork is processed.
"There is some confusion between leave and a pass," Rios said.
"A pass is non-chargeable. You get four days, but you take care
of the funding. With leave, we take care of funding the flight and
charge you leave, minus two days for travel."
If apass is taken, there are AMC rotatorflights ortwo commercial
choices that fly on and off the island. Once a reservation is
confirmed for leave or a pass, the last paperwork item is signing
out at the JPO.
After signing out, there are ways to minimize waiting time,
extra fees and confusion on the day of travel.
"The biggest timesaver is checking in at the windward terminal
the night before the flight and taking care of seating for an AMC
rotator flight," said Mark Veditz, air operations manager. "This
gives an extra hour for showtime at the terminal, the seat is already
GTMO travelling tips:
Showtme Is terminal showtime, not the
Itinerary showtime. Call the air terminal to
be sure of the correct tme.
You must be signed out on leave before
you can get on the list for Space A seating.
Check the roller frequently to se seat
availability or call the air terminal.
Bing at least three copies of all leave/pass
paperwork and travel documents.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2009 i NEWS & INFORMATION
confirmed and you can check in your luggage right there. In
addition, if there is a problem with paperwork, it can be handled
easier because there is plenty of time before the flight. If you are
paying for a flight, make sure to bring cash, as credit cards are not
Veditz also recommends leaving some time between connections
if reserving a flight out of Jacksonville International Airport
"Try not to schedule a flight before 6:00 p.m., preferably after
7:00 p.m., if you are trying to make a flight at JAX," Veditz said.
"The shuttle will take you from Naval Air Station Jacksonville to
the airport, but there is customs time, travel and check-in time that
you have to account for."
Accounting for travel time in GTMO is another consideration
the day of travel. Waiting too long to catch a bus or the ferry
could delay departure off the island. Showtime for AMC flights
on Tuesday is 11:00 a.m., or 12:00 p.m. for passengers who check
in the night before on the windward side. Showtime for Saturday
AMC flights is 10:00 a.m., or 11:00 a.m. for those who check in
early the night before.
After arriving at the air terminal, all passengers must go through
a security screening process like all other airports in the United
"All Transportation Security Administration requirements apply
here," said Zaldy Orlanda, security screening supervisor for the
Guantanamo air terminal. "No knives or other prohibited items,
liquids must be in properly sized containers and we will screen all
carry-on luggage. Think about what you are packing for your trip
Remember to plan for the trip back by taking all travel
documents and identification while off island. To re-enter GTMO,
have leave or pass paperwork and military ID or passport to clear
for entry back on the island.
Careful planning and forethought can help to minimize the
stress and problems of travel, and leave more time to enjoy the
time away from work.
For information about leave and travel, call the JPO at ext. 8098
or call the Air Terminal at ext. 6204 or ext. 6408. O
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November is American Indian Heritage Month
NATIVE from 10
This quest for inner peace and spirituality plays a part in the
everyday lives of American Indian communities. These communities
are often close-knit and center around spiritual and native rituals and
celebrations, which bring people together.
After leaving active duty, Air Force Master Sgt. James Cheater,
a member of the Arkansas Air National Guard deployed with the
474' Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron, moved back to
his hometown in Oklahoma to be closer to his family and so his
three children could experience some of the native traditions of his
Cherokee background. He says that the closeness of the American
Indian community he grew up in influenced the way he sees his
"The Native Americans in the small town I grew up in were very
family-oriented," said Cheater. "Family is my main focus and I also
think of my friends as family."
Air Force Master Sgt. Ronnie Piovesan, with the 474th ECES,
also grew up in a small Oklahoma community with American
Indian ties. His experience with the culture of his Choctaw ancestors
brought him a greater appreciation for nature and the peace nature
"We understand that everything has a place in nature," said
Piovesan. "Nature is there for you to use, without taking advantage
of what is there."
Although these kinds of spiritual beliefs and respect for life and
nature may seem to oppose the military way of life, American Indian
service members often find that these aspects of their culture help
them to deal with the challenges that come with stressful or combat
"You can't control everything in life," said Piovesan. "You have to
learn to be at peace with what is happening around you."
Maybe one thing all service members can take away from the
American Indian culture, suggests Macoto, is that sense of inner peace.
"You can't change the past and you can't change the future, the
most powerful time you have is right now," said Macoto.
NEWS & INFORMATION I FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2009
Id for the holidays
Chef Andre Halson, from
Trinity, Fla., held a holiday
food demonstration for
residents of Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay at the Gold
Hill galley, Nov. 6. The chef
provided demonstrations of
holiday foods such as bread
pudding, creme anglaise
sauce, pecan butterscotch
scones and cranberry
sauce. Halson is the owner
of Chefscents, which
specializes in all-natural C 'a Hth,
culinary dining products.
"Israel, to walk the same "Brazil, you kn
paths Jesus took."
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2009 I VOICE OF THE FORCE
Wearing the uniform
Air Force Lt. Col.
JTF Guantanamo Command Chaplain
There was a chaplain who was deployed for the Kosovo operation
some years ago and one evening, after a long day, he decided to
polish his boots. As he worked the polish around, his Army Ranger
roommate walked into the room, and since he was about done
completing the shine on his boots, he asked his roommate if he
wanted his boots polished. Naturally, the Ranger was amazed
that someone would offer to polish his boots, but took the
chaplain up on the offer none-the-less.
Now this is where the story gets interesting. You see, God
began to talk to this chaplain as the chaplain began to polish
this Ranger's boots and the conversation went something like
God, "What are you doing?" Chaplain, "I'm polishing this
Ranger's boots." God, "No you are not." Chaplain, "Yes I
am." God, "No you are not!" Chaplain, "Oh, yes I am! Look
(as he pulled his hand out of the hot sweaty boot to show it to
God) I have my hand down in this Ranger's disgusting boot
and I'll probably get athlete's finger and my nails will fall off.
I am polishing this Rangers boots!" God, "No you are not!"
Chaplain, "Then what am I doing God?"
At this point the chaplain was thinking if God was so smart,
then He could just go ahead and tell the chaplain what he was
doing. So to the chaplain's question of, "If I'm not polishing
this Ranger's boots, what am I doing?" God said, "You are
washing his feet." Wow! Sometimes God sees things differently
than we see them.
Speaking of seeing things differently, we read in the Scripture,
"Greater love has no one than this; that he lay down his life
Sfor his friends." I suggest that all of us who wear the uniform
are laying down our lives each moment of every day. We may
think that the uniform we wear is just another outfit or piece of
clothing we hang in our closet, but it is much more than that. Our
uniform is a symbol of our willingness to go into harms way,
each and every day, for the defense of our country, our mom and
dad, our brother and sister, our husband or wife, our boyfriend or
girlfriend, for people we don't even know.
You see, we may not give our life in one brutal encounter with
the enemy, but we give our lives, incrementally, over time, with
each passing day. We go where others cannot go. We obey rules
others don't have to obey. We put up with stressors others don't
have to put up with. All because we voluntarily wear the uniform
of the U.S. Armed Forces. Oh, we lay down our lives.
I salute you, my fellow brothers and sisters in the U.S.
Armed Forces. Happy Veterans Day and thanks for wearing the
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 Catholic Mass Worship
Sunday: 5 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.
at NAVSTA Chapel
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Navy Petty Officer 1st Class
JTF Guantanamo Public affairs
For Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Danielle Mugford and Army
Staff Sgt. Nicolle Clarke, their hard work, professionalism and
countless hours of studying were recognized as they were selected
as Joint Task Force Guantanamo Junior Trooper of the Quarter
and Trooper of the Quarter, respectively.
Service members were nominated by their commands for the
award and participated in an engaging discussion with senior
enlisted JTF leaders, answering direct questions during the board.
The topics discussed included military knowledge, leadership
development and current events. The Troopers were graded on all
aspects of their presentation, including their military bearing and
According to both Mugford and
Clarke, the recognition is a high
honor, especially considering the
amount of competition they both
faced at the board and in a joint
An intelligence specialist for
almost three years, Mugford prepared
for her first board and values this
experience as an invaluable learning
opportunity. "Although going before
the board was intimidating, it was also
a great experience," said Mugford.
"It certainly built confidence in my
ability as a professional Sailor."
Mugford also talked and listened
extensively with her senior enlisted
leadership as to what to expect before
the board. Mugford credited her
experience as president of the Junior
Sailor Association at Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay with improving
her leadership and communication
skills while volunteering with people
from various backgrounds. Through
this experience, she has grown
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A mental health care specialist by trade and with over eight years
experience in the military, Clarke participated in various award
and promotional boards in past units and while stationed here at
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A mental health care specialist by trade and with over eight years
JTF Guantanamo. "The questions asked from the board members
required a lot of thought and analysis," said Clarke. "Fortunately,
the leadership skills I learned and developed helped me during this
process." Clarke credited senior enlisted leadership at JTF with
assisting her in preparing for the board and providing leadership
Navy Rear Adm. Tom Copeman, the commander of Joint
Task Force Guantanamo, presented the awards to Mugford and
Clarke at a ceremony held Nov. 3. "These Troopers are the
top performers of the Joint Task Force," said Copeman. "They
represent the highest degree of diligence to duty and the military,
while demonstrating exemplary military appearance, leadership
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