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Title: The wire
Uniform Title: Wire (Guantánamo Bay, Cuba)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Creator: United States -- Joint Task Force Guanta´namo
United States -- Joint Task Force Guantánamo
Publisher: 362nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Joint Task Force Guantanamo
Place of Publication: Guanta´namo Bay Cuba
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Publication Date: November 20, 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
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Military values


Army Master Sgt.
David Rodriguez
JTF Guantanamo J-6 NCOIC

Our Armed Forces have many different traditions but
what each has in common are values. Webster defines
values as a principle or quality intrinsically valuable or
desirable. Values can be measured by how a person reacts
and conducts oneself when put into different situations. Some
values that the military has adopted are:
LOYALTY Being faithful and committed to a cause
DUTY Fulfilling your obligations
RESPECT Treating people as you would want
to be treated
SELFLESS-SERVICE Putting the welfare of
the nation and institution before your own
INTEGRITY Doing what is right both legally
and ethically
PERSONAL COURAGE Facing fear,
danger, or adversity
HONOR Living up to all the values
I have listed honor as the last value because,
by its own definition, all of the others flow from
it. In old Japanese culture, family honor was
the most important treasure and was protected
at all cost. In the Bible, the wise Solomon says
to honor thy father and mother and you shall
have a long prosperous life. There is no magic
to these words; it's just plain common sense. If
you listen to your elders you can learn a lot of
valuable life lessons and draw from their past
experiences. This could save you from wasting
time and, better yet, might even save your life
someday. In a marriage, a man and woman make
a legal contract in front of a religious leader or
a judge, committing themselves to honor and
cherish each other in sickness or in health, for
richer or poorer, till death do them part. These
few words cover all the values mentioned above.
If no respect, loyalty or integrity exists between
partners, then a strong bond has not been formed
by the couple.
None of the values listed above were invented
by the military, but have been core family values
brought into the military and used by superiors
to measure a person's conduct and worth. In basic
training, the drill sergeant would yell and scream to
make Soldiers do pushups when they do something
wrong. This is done for two reasons; to get them to
acquire a tolerance for stress and so that they remember
the correct way of doing things. Senior Troopers are
respected not only for the position or rank they hold,
but for the wealth of information and knowledge they can
pass down to younger troopers.
Adapting to military values is like a savings account, the
more you put in, the more interest you'll receive at the end
of the year. In the military, awards, certificates, decorations and
promotion recommendations are a way of rewarding Troopers
and showing them how important they are to the mission.
Adapting to military values results in a strong nation
of strong families. We as citizens must honor the
country; because as a military community, it is not
only our honor to protect and guard our families,
but our duty as well. O
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Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25 break old cement in the parking lot of the G.J. Denich Gym during
a restoration project. Improvement projects around the naval station provide a higher quality of living for Troopers at
Joint Task Force Guantanamo. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Emily Greene


Problems, fixed


Army Pfc.
Christopher Vann
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs


From pressure washing the Tierra
Kay housing complex, to improving the
drainage at the Seaside Galley and much
more, the Joint Task Force
Guantanamo engineering
department is working hard
to improve conditions for the
personnel deployed to Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay, in
support of Joint Task Force
Guantanamo.
The engineers for JTF
work diligently to upgrade and improve
both living and working conditions for
its personnel, through maintenance and
repairs.
"Maintaining and improving facilities at
Joint Task Force Guantanamo contributes
to the safety and the living conditions
for both detainees and Troopers. We will
continue to maintain this quality of life for
those here until the last detainee and the
last Trooper leave," said Navy Rear Adm.
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Tom Cope
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eman, commander of Joint Task the sidewalk on Kittery Road leading
ntanamo. to the access gate at Joint Task Force
ve a few projects getting ready Guantanamo, and improving its drainage,
,as well as some ongoing ones," is scheduled to begin in the following
Chief Petty Officer Jason Marino, weeks. The street's draining issue is being
g lead petty officer, "to improve addressed to prevent the build up of water
ons here." after it rains, which can be a driving
hazard.
eve an engineer has one of the Along with the sidewalk,
Important missions at the JTF re-striping of the traffic lanes
throughout JTF will be done.
broad. The re-striping is to ensure
proper lane maintenance, thus
- Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Hanson preventing possible collisions.
The pressure washing of
Tierra Kay housing has already
erall mission for the engineers begun, to give the Troops a more suitable
ide a safer environment for the living environment, free of exterior dirt and
as well as the detainees, debris.
iggest concern is the well-being One of the major projects ahead is
of our Troops," said Navy Petty the building of two large pre-fabricated
t Class Michael Hanson, JTF facilities for U.S. Coast Guard Maritime
no assistant lead petty officer of Safety and Security Team 91103 Los
ig, "I believe an engineer has one Angeles/Long Beach's administration
st important missions at JTF and department. This will give them an
adequate workspace to complete their
vork construction for extending missions in a more productive manner. 0
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Army Staff Sgt.
Blair Heusdens
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

Soldiers from the 480 Military Police
Company of the Puerto Rico National
Guard handed over responsibility for their
external security mission at Joint Task
Force Guantanamo to the 115th Military
Police Company of the Rhode Island
National Guard during a ceremony, Nov.
12.
During their tour which was just short
of one year, the 480t conducted security
operations in order to protect friendly
forces and detainees from surveillance,
sabotage and attack. The external security
mission at the JTF provides the first line
of defense for the safety and security of
both Troopers and detainees by providing
entry control access, roving patrols and
observation from both guard towers and
observation posts throughout the task force
area of operation.
Army Lt. Col. Alex Conyers, the
commander of the 525th Military Police
Battalion, which the 480th falls under at
JTF Guantanamo, praised the efforts of the
Soldiers of the 480th.
"A little over a year ago, you assembled
from all over Puerto Rico, from 17 different
units to train and serve as one unit,"
said Conyers. "You have successfully
completed a challenging mission in a
dynamic environment."
Army Capt. Edwin Cruz, commander
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of the 480th, spoke of the training required
for the unit to deploy and the continuous
efforts of the Troopers to maintain a high
level of proficiency at theirjobs.
"I want to congratulate the Soldiers from
480th for ajob well done, as individuals and
as a unit," said Cruz. "We made several
accomplishments throughout this year
and [these accomplishments] were made
possible by Soldiers' commitment and
dedication to our mission."
During the ceremony, Cruz and 1st Sgt.
Davis Dumeng cased the unit guidon,
signifying the successful completion
and release from the JTF external
security mission. The 115th MP Company
commander, Capt. Nicholas Pacheco, and
1st Sgt. Thomas Burdick unfurled their
unit guidon, signifying assumption and
responsibility for the JTF mission.
"We have provided you with the tools
necessary to continue the mission and to be
successful andwe did itwithprofessionalism
and to the best of our abilities," Cruz said
as he addressed the incoming unit.
The 115th will continue the mission at
JTF Guantanamo at a time when plans are
underway to close the facility. The external
security mission will remain a critical part
of JTF operations until all of the detainees
are released or transferred.
"You have a toughjob ahead of you, but
I have no doubts that you will excel," said
Conyers. "The challenges will increase, but
just as in 1638 when the training band of
Rhode Island's first colonial defense force


was formed in Portsmouth as a militia,
subject to call and expected to perform
certain military duties in the protection of
the people; you too, in 2009 and 2010 will
rise to the occasion." 0


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Army Capt. Nicholas Pacheco, left,
and Army 1'' Sgt. Thomas Burdick,
right, unfurl the guidon for the 115th
Military Police Company of the Rhode
Island Army National Guard. JTF
Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. David
McLean
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For Corps



nd Country

H ing Marines past, present and future

Army Staff Sgt.
Blair Heusdens
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Months of hard work and planning came together for the Marines of
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay's Marine Corps Security Force Company,
who hosted their annual Marine Corps Ball for the Guantanamo
community, Nov. 14.
November 10, 2009, marked the 234th Birthday of the U.S. Marine
Corps. The first formal Marine Corps ball was celebrated in 1925. Since
then, Marines have celebrated the birth of their service by holding a
formal ball, filled with tradition and ceremony.
"We are bound by our history and traditions which, in my opinion, are
the things that separate us from the other services," said Marine Corps
Staff Sgt. Kenneth Waterman.
One of those traditions, the cake-cutting ceremony, symbolizes the
passing of knowledge between the older generation and the younger
generation of Marines when the first slice of cake is given to the oldest
Marine present, who in turn hands it off to the youngest Marine present.
Attendees also joined Marines around the world in viewing a video
message from Marine Corps Commandant, Gen. James T. Conway,
highlighting the heroic contributions of Marines past and present, and
joined in a toast.
The Marines of Guantanamo Bay put hard work and determination into
preparing for the Ball. A committee of non-commissioned officers spent
almost nine months planning each detail of the Ball and the ceremonial
detail spent hours practicing the intricate drill and movements of the
ceremony.
"It was a team effort by all to get it done," said Waterman.
The Marine Corps Ball represents more than just an opportunity to get
dressed up and spend a night out with friends; it's a chance to share in the
camaraderie that comes with being a Marine.
"The Marine Corps Ball is a time for Marines to come together and
celebrate our heritage and lineage with fellow Marines," said Marine
Corps Cpl. Jacob Gateman. O


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* GTMO Latinos defeat GTMO Assassins; winning 2009
Captain's Cup volleyball championship

Army Spc. Military Police Battalion, assigned to Joint
Tiffany Addair Task Force Guantanamo. "We started [the
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs tournament] in fourth position and then we
won all of our games and won first place."
After 12 regular season games, the Naval For Army Sgt. Raul Fuster, property
Station Guantanamo Bay men's volleyball book non-commissioned officer for
tournament kicked off Nov. 9 and came to JTF Guantanamo, this tournament was
a close Nov. 12. The GTMO Latinos and memorable.
the GTMO Assassins, 8-4 for the regular was my last tournament because
season, defeated both oppo cents .l end of this month, so it was
the single-elimination tour meant ter said. "Winning the
them a spot in the champ ship s a good send-off."
In early round play ohe tofi ament, Throughout final games, the GTMO
the GTMO Latinos defe d W.T Sampson Latino fans cheered enthusiastically as their
High School and the T0MO Assassins team made a comeback. Fans stomped their
defeated the JTF Ig s. D d claped their hands in support of
second round of th uRna
GTMO Latinos beat th, alla league standings were
them a spot in the final e. The in first, Hospital Hitters
Assassins beat the GTIO awgs toIr I in 11t TMO Assassins in third
their spot in the final g against the p GT O Latinos, W.T Sampson
GTMO Latinos. TF Iguanas and GTMO Hawgs
The final match-up in single- fourth through seventh.
elimination tournament took place at G.J. to the tournament, the final
Denich Gym, Nov. 12, between the n's league standings were Sparkle
teams. The third-seeded GTMO Assassins Monkey's finishing in first, 525t MP
won the first game 25-14. The fourth- Battalion in second and W.T Sampson
seeded GTMO Latinos came back in the Lady Pirates in third.
second game with a 25-17 win. The GTMO Though the current indoor volleyball
Latinos took the championship by taking season is over, organized sports continue
the third game 16-14. through the Morale, Welfare and Recreation
"The season was great," said Army sports office. For more information, call
Capt. Eric Bey, a chaplain with the 525t ext. 2113. 0


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

For a movie starring Jim Carrey ("Yes
Man," "Liar Liar," "Ace Ventura: Pet
Detective"), I was expecting more laughs
from "A Christmas Carol." Actually, I was
expecting a comedic movie in general,
but I was left wondering how this was
from Disney.
I was looking forward to this movie
when I first saw the trailer for it. The
reader might remember "Beowulf,"
which I was reminded of by the movie's
life-like, realistic, computer-generated
animated style. This I will give Disney
points for: the scenes were very life-like,
almost too much in some cases. However,
in some instances I thought they went
overboard. This was a Disney movie.
I was not expecting to see gum disease
in its finest from the 1800s, with black
gums and missing teeth. When I think of
Disney movies, I think of dancing, singing
crabs and talking bunnies. It seemed like
they were trying to show how lifelike
they could be, with as much disturbing
detail as they could put into one movie.
Overall, I was slightly disgusted by the
scenes provided.
Thenthere were the characters. I didn't
know at the time that I was watching
it, but Jim Carrey plays more than just


Ebenezer Scrooge; in fact, he plays all
three Christmas spirits. The thing that
stayed with me after the movie was
the Ghost of Christmas Present, whose
laughter annoyed me greatly, and whose
exit was very disturbing (I won't spoil
it for you).
For anyone who has seen "A
Christmas Carol" and who hasn't, in
one form or another- the story is pretty
straightforward; Scrooge is a greedy
old man who only thinks of money.
Through the visitation of spirits he's
able to change his ways. For me, the
only good part of the movie was at the
end. The people that watched with me,
thought the movie was a great hit and
we spent some time talking of why I
didn't like it. My opinion was that
Disney is a family company, and it
shouldn't disgust people when they go
see a Christmas classic. I recommend
that if you want to see a movie for this
season, and you have no other movie
choices, this movie might do the trick;
you might like it, you might not, but
I think I'll stick with "The Muppet
Christmas Carol," or better yet,
"Scrooged" with Bill Murray. 0
PG
96 minutes
Rating: *


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Marines from the Marine Corps Security Force
Company and residents of Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay attended the Marine Corps Ball in celebration of
the 234th Marine Corps Birthday.
A ceremonial cake-cutting, a message from Gen.
James T. Conway, commandant of the Marine Corps,
and remarks from guest speaker Marine Corps Sgt. Maj.
Bryan Battaglia marked the evening's ceremonies.













































































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I can do.
I am charged with a leadership role
like no other in the world.
I develop junior officers and mold my
Sailors.
I acknowledge full responsibility for
the actions of my Sailors,
because these Sailors are the seeds of
future Chief Petty Officers.
I live by the Navy's core values of
Honor, Courage and Commitment.
I set the example.
I establish the standards of
performance.
My sailors are students and I am their
teacher.
I guide and influence the lives of these
young men and women.
In the final analysis, I will determine
the quality of these Sailors.
They look up to me because I treat
them with dignity and respect.
Because they need a leader, I am there
for them.
After all ...
I AM A CHIEF PETTY OFFICER IN
THE UNITED STATES NAVY!"

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Navy Petty Officer Vst Class
Edward Flynn
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

For Army Col. Doris Acevedo, Joint Task Force Guantanamo
command Inspector General, swimming is not just an exercise; it
is a way of life.
With her arrival at Joint Task Force Guantanamo in October
2007, Acevedo was instrumental, along with several current and
former JTF and Naval Station Guantanamo Bay personnel, to
ensure their love of swimming continues on the island through
a loosely organized swim club, affectionately called by at least
one member, "The Breakfast Club." Many club members credit























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swimming with staying physically fit and helping them stay alert
and mentally prepared to do their job.
"I learned to swim at the age of 10, but was not a competitive
swimmer until many years later," said Acevedo. "When my
meniscus started hurting from running, I replaced running with
swimming. It's a great way to stay in shape."
Swimmers in "the club" range from junior enlisted to senior
ranking officers, along with civilians throughout the base and even
some high school students. The overall philosophy of the swim
club is to have fun while ensuring safety. Although the club has
no formal membership requirements or rules per se, safety is one
theme that is continuously stressed.
"We swim as a group and have fun," said Mr. Mike Hall, a
regular swimming participant and the facility
manager of the athletic department at Morale, Welfare
and Recreation. "Safety is always a concern when
swimming and we frequently discuss ways to ensure
it is not compromised."
The club practices on Sunday mornings and the
swim can be as short as a half-mile to several miles
at length. To stay in peak physical shape, many
swimmers also utilize the base pool throughout the
week.
Swimming by the caves or seeing the Lighthouse
in the distance as the hot Cuban sun rises brings a
unique perspective to the island. Splashing sea turtles,
dolphins and exotic fish are not uncommon for a
swimmer to encounter on the journey.
Acevedo not only uses her hard work, commitment
and determination as a swimmer to achieve high
personal and military standards, but also as a
motivational factor assisting other unit members.
"I like the fact that I can use my experience to help
others stay physically fit. I think it's an excellent form
of exercise; but like everything, you have to both like
it and be disciplined to maintain a regular schedule for
it to really help you stay fit," said Acevedo. O

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Trooper's dream o'


Army 1st Lt.
Joshua Frye
525th Military Police Battalion

Joint Task Force Guantanamo's Army Sgt. Charles Verax
Jr. has always wanted to be a pilot. His 20/400 vision stopped
him from joining the military as a pilot, but it hasn't stopped
his love of flying.
Determined to fly helicopters, Verax has made continuous
steps toward his goal such as learning to fly remote control
helicopters, getting surgery to fix his vision and taking lessons
to get his FAA helicopter license. His goal finally became
reality in late September when Verax passed the FAA oral and
practical exam, officially becoming a helicopter pilot.
Several roadblocks and challenges slowed Verax's progress
along the way. Verax completed all the required flight hours
prior to his deployment to Joint Task Force Guantanamo as an
engineer early this year, but he was unable to take the exam
before he left. During his deployment to Guantanamo, Verax
kept his skills up by flying remote control helicopters, helping
to maintain his cyclic skills and hand-eye coordination. He
made plans to finally take his exam in September during his
leave.
With a narrow window to complete his task, Verax worked
to get his skills back up to speed. A low pressure system,
bringing seven days of almost non-stop rain almost grounded
the whole plan; but with the help of an instructor, Verax took
to the skies to practice whenever there was a break in the
weather. Verax used a Schweizer 300C helicopter for training,
the same helicopter used from 1964 until 1988 to train Army
pilots.
"The Schweizer 300C is an agile and maneuverable little
helicopter and an awesome trainer," said Verax.
Many of the maneuvers necessary to control a helicopter
are difficult to master. According to Verax, it takes the average
person about seven or eight hours of flight time to learn how to
hover.
"Hovering is by far the most difficult thing to learn because the
four separate controls are very sensitive and you must manipulate
them simultaneously," Verax said. "At first, it is very frustrating
because it seems impossible to hold the helicopter in one spot, but
after awhile, it becomes second nature."

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Finally, on Sept. 19, Verax was able to take the FAA exam from
a certified examiner who once flew UH-60 Blackhawks in the
Army.
"The oral exam is stressful because it is similar to military
promotion boards where senior NCOs make sure that Troopers
have the knowledge they need to succeed at their jobs," Verax
said.
After passing the oral exam, Verax was required to complete
a practical exam, testing his knowledge
of flight maneuvers. Verax says the most
important maneuver a helicopter pilot
learns is to perform an autorotation. In
the rare event of an engine failure, the
pilot immediately reduces the pitch in the
blades to reduce drag on the rotor system.
The pitch, coupled with the upward flow
of air through the rotor system from the
descent, keeps the blades spinning. As
the helicopter nears the ground, the pilot
flares the nose up to slow the speed and
levels off. Done right, this maneuver will
allow for a safe, controlled landing.
At 2,000 feet during the flight portion
of his practical exam, the examiner
slowly closed the throttle, simulating
an engine failure. Verax then performed
a safe autorotation. After successfully
completing all of the other FAA required
flight maneuvers, Verax flew the helicopter
back to Denton Municipal Airport where

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Jump right in
Soldiers of the 115th Military Police Company, with the Rhode Island Army National Guard, bound into the
Windjammer Pool to tread water for 10 minutes as part of required water survival training, Nov. 17. The 115th
recently arrived at GTMO to provide external security in and around the joint task force. JTF Guantanamo photo
by Army Spc. Cody Black


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Navy Lt. Cmdr.
Lee Hellwig
NEGB Chaplain
A few years ago, a science fiction drama series entitled "Heroes"
debuted on television. If you have seen it, you know that the people
on the show were shown to have various powers making them
capable of doing things beyond any sort of scientific possibility.
There is a man who flies without wings or any sort of propulsion.
There is a man who walks through walls. Another one stops time and
travels through time. Many people are fascinated with the ability to
do that which seems to be beyond the physically possible. Movies
such as "The Fantastic Four," "Spiderman," "Superman" and many
television shows also build on this fascination.
The hagiographers, the biographers of saints of the past centuries,
also built on this fascination. Many times, saints were presented
as having all sorts of preternatural powers, powers beyond that of
normal human beings. In the Catholic liturgical calendar, November
is the month to remember the canonized saints as well as all those
who have died. Since I am a Catholic priest, many people have asked
me what the deal is with saints.


)ired by Saints

Many of the world's religions bestow special status on people
who demonstrate a faithful life of perfect virtue. Religions differ on
the title assigned to these people. The Catholic Church calls them
saints. The process by which someone becomes a saint is called
canonization. The Catholic Church has canonized a number of
people. However, the exact number of saints in Heaven cannot be
known because not all saints were officially canonized.
According to the Catholic Church, the designation of sainthood
only recognizes what the Divine has already provided in the life of
that person. For centuries, saints were chosen through public opinion
and acclamation. In the 10th century, Pope John XV developed an
official canonization process. Canonization has been revised in the
last 1,000 years, most recently by Pope John Paul II in 1983. Pope
John Paul II canonized more than 280 people and made several
procedural changes to the canonization process.
The process of becoming a Catholic saint is very lengthy, often
taking decades or even centuries to complete. There are a number
of the steps that must be followed. A local bishop investigates the
candidate's life and writings for evidence of heroic virtue. The
information uncovered by the bishop is sent to the Vatican. A panel
of theologians and the Cardinals of the Congregation for Cause of
Saints evaluate the candidate's life. If the panel approves, the Pope
proclaims that the candidate is venerable, which means that the
person is a role model of Catholic virtue.
The next step toward sainthood is beatification. Beatification
allows a person to be honored by a particular group or region.
In order to beatify a candidate, it must be shown that the person
is responsible for a posthumous miracle. Martyrs, those who died
for their religious faith, can be beatified without evidence of a
miracle. In order for the candidate to be considered a saint, there
must be proof of a second posthumous miracle. If there is, the
person is canonized. These alleged miracles must be submitted to
the Vatican for verification. Once a person is recognized as a saint,
he or she serves as an example of a faithful life to believers and is
recommended to the entire Catholic Church for veneration. And that
is pretty much the deal about the saints.
What should impress us about the saints is that they were common
people who lived ordinary lives. Yet they were able to accomplish
extra-ordinary things in their lives due to an uncommon valor and
faith. They oriented their lives on service to their God and were able
to not merely meet the daily challenges of life, but to excel and make
an outstanding example of their accomplishment and service to
those who knew them. They are therefore able to serve as a positive
example to those who follow them.
As Troopers assigned to the JTF, we can all achieve a similar
high level of accomplishment in service to our nation if we use the
spiritual strength we receive from our own religious faith to live
the core values of our respective services. Then we can continue to
reach beyond the merely acceptable and strive for that which will
make us outstanding servants of our nation and the military mission
it would have us successfully complete here in this place or any
place it sends us to defend freedom with honor. O


Catholic Mass
Sunday Friday:
6:30 a.m. Mass


Protestant Worship
Sunday: 9 a.m.

Spanish Protestant


Bible Study
Sunday: 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 p.m.


Spanish Catholic Mass
Sunday: 5 p.m.
at NAVSTA Chapel
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Worship
Sunday: 11 a.m.


LIFE & SPIRIT I FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2009







The sky's the

VERAX from 12

the examiner shook his hand and told him
he had passed.
Verax looks at his private helicopter
license as a license to learn and build
experience until he can get his commercial
add-on rating. Pursuing his dreams was
always important to not only him, but his
family. Verax spent time with his parents
in Kentucky after passing his exam. His
parents were very proud of him, especially
his father, who unexpectedly had a heart
attack as Verax was on his way back to
Cuba and passed away days later.
"I am especially thankful for the
precious two weeks that I got to spend with my dad because he
unexpectedly passed away Oct. 9," Verax said.
Verax is currently working on his warrant officer packet with
the hopes ofbeing accepted into the Army flight training program.
Because of his age, he will need a waiver to be accepted, but
feels he can overcome any challenges that may lay in his way.
"I don't have anything to lose by trying and I know my dad
would have wanted me to keep moving forward and to never
give up on my goals," said Verax. "At the end of the day, I am
still happy because I have realized one of my life's dreams by
becoming a helicopter pilot. I can think of no better way to honor
my dad than to live my life to the fullest and keep striving for
my dreams." 0
Army Sgt. Charles Verax, left, and certified flight
instructor Chris Creamer pose next to a Schweizer 300C
helicopter. Creamer certified Verax to take his check
flight. JTF Guantanamo contributed photo

RETHINKING DRINKING:


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2009 15 MINUTES OF FAME


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No more than No more than
On any
single 4 3
S2 3DAY drinks on any day drinks on any day
9 61 **AND** **AND**
S141 No more than No more than

30 WPer K14' 7

drinks per week drinks per week


"Low risk" is not "no risk." Even within these limits, persons can have problems if
they drink too quickly or have underlying health problems. Based on your current
health and how alcohol affects you, you may need to drink less or not at all.
If you think you have a drinking problem, contact the NAVSTA hospital at ext. 72650.


WOMEN~


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