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Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer
SEA, Task Force Platinum
Treating fellow service members as we would want
to be treated is a well-regarded concept. Regardless
of service, the essential core values are the same.
Despite being reminded constantly to do the right
thing, there are some who still fail to do so.
We represent the best that our country has
to offer, representing all walks of life; without
proper guidance and leadership, anyone can
slide from that path. The leadership challenge
is to ensure that all are afforded the same
opportunities to succeed. Some folks are
entitled to a swift kick in the pants when a
significant line has been crossed.
Most of us expect to be told if we're
doing wrong. Few join the service to be
a bad seed.
I believe that all of us raised our
right hand for a good reason. We felt a
sense of patriotism, a need for discipline
or a calling to a common good. Some
Troopers out there have lost that group
identification and sense of purpose
due to us not setting the expectation or
Maybe some are just bad seeds. But
of those who are, they didn't all start out
that way. Setting the example, tough love
and intrusive leadership keep good Troopers
good, and make not so good Troopers better.
That requires leadership and commitment.
Sometimes that is hard. Leadership is a
Our Troopers are warriors. But if we look
at those warriors as our own brothers, sisters or
adult children, we might do a betterjob of looking
after each other.
I have overstated the obvious for the benefit of
the few who didn't get the memo. Leadership will
always be a challenge because it can't be done by a
select few. We all must be engaged at all levels, all
of the time.
In order to complete the mission, the senior enlisted
leadership of any organization has to know for whom
they are responsible. As the leadership closest to the
deck plates, the middle enlisted must be fully engaged
in the daily activities of their charges. Lastly, the junior
enlisted must have the moral courage to step up and say
when they've been wronged, and have the presence of
mind to know the difference between being wronged and
having a bad day at work. If we as leaders take care
of our Troopers, our Troopers will take care of the
Leadership is hard. That's what makes it
great when it's done well. 0
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Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Soldiers and Airmen from the U.S.
Virgin Islands National Guard's 786th
Combat Sustainment Support Battalion,
out of St. Thomas, replaced the Soldiers
from the 191st Regional Support Group of
the Puerto Rico National Guard during a
transfer of authority ceremony, Nov. 24.
With the new Troopers comes a
new senior leader for Joint Task Force
Guantanamo. Army Brig. Gen. Timothy
Lake from the VING will replace Army
Brig. Gen. Rafael O'Ferrall from the PRNG
as deputy commander of the JTF. Lake
spent his early days in GTMO getting to
know the JTF Troopers and their mission.
"The Troopers here are very professional
and understand the criticality of the mission
and the national security implications of
what we do here not only for the United
States but internationally," Lake said. Of
his Soldiers from the Virgin Islands, Lake
said, "They are true Americans and true
professionals who will be successful in
The National Guard Soldiers will make
up the Headquarters and Headquarters
Company of Joint Task Force Guantanamo
and will spend their year-long tour acting
as the support element to the JTF, with a
variety of missions including housing,
Trooper safety, logistics and keeping track
of and taking care of Soldiers.
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The 786th commander, Army Capt.
Josephine Hector-Murphy, visited GTMO
prior to the unit's deployment to get an
understanding of her upcoming mission
"[The site survey visit] was pretty
intense. I didn't realize the big impact of
responsibility that is placed on the HHC
shoulders," Hector-Murphy said.
In addition to the extensive training
the Virgin Islands Soldiers received prior
to deployment, the two units spent the
past two weeks learning from each other
during what is called, "right-seat, left-
seat training," where the new unit started
out observing the experienced Soldiers at
their jobs, eventually switching places and
taking over their new jobs.
"The Puerto Rico National Guard has
been very professional and went above and
beyond to make sure we've been taken care
of," Hector-Murphy said.
During their deployment, Soldiers from
the Puerto Rico National Guard, along
with other Hispanics at Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay, brought their unique
culture and heritage to the Guantanamo
community through dancing, gatherings
and music from "Puerto Rican Fever," a
steel drum band comprised of members of
"Puerto Rico is very warm and
hospitable and we've tried to bring that
here to GTMO," said O'Ferrall. "We do the
missions at the highest standards and then
we try to share our culture. We fight for our
nation like any other service member and
these Soldiers can go home satisfied."
The deployment provided an
opportunity for Soldiers at all levels
to gain experience and confidence in
their jobs and serve their country at an
important point in history.
"This deployment has helped me to
see where the younger Troopers are at and
what they expect from the leadership,"
said Army Capt. Manuel Rodriguez, the
commander of the 191st. "I also try to let
them know what I expect from them and
help them to see the big picture." C
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Change is good, and even better when you see the product is
of equal quality. Such is the transfer of authority from Maritime
Safety and Security Team 91101, Seattle, to Maritime Safety
and Security Team 91103, Los Angeles/Long Beach. MSST
91103 is relieving MSST 91101 of their duties at Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay, and taking on the responsibility of patrolling
and securing the waters around the base.
Maritime Safety and Security Teams were created under
the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, and are a
part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's layered
strategy directed at protecting seaports and waterways. The
overall mission of MSST 91103 is to provide enhanced port
safety and security, and law enforcement capabilities to
economic- or militarily-significant ports.
As part of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, the MSST is not
only responsible for securing the waterways, but also has a
landside security mission with Military Commissions for
detainees under way.
"We are doing an entire unit turnover," said Coast Guard
Ensign Barrett Caldwell, operations officer for MSST 91101
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Seattle, "This means we will be instructing, training, and
teaching members from all divisions."
"Primarily, I will be responsible for training the landside
division," said Caldwell. "I will teach them the Commissions
security process and instruct them in how we as a Coast Guard
unit secure the Expeditionary Legal Complex. I will teach
courtroom security procedures that will ensure a fluid transition
from Seattle to Los Angeles/Long Beach."
Coast Guard Cmdr. Charlene Downey, commander of MSST
91103, believes that the transition will be seamless, "We, as
a unit, are used to adjusting to various conditions, and with
the training from the Seattle unit, we will give the best relief
Downey says that the unit is excited about working with
Joint Task Force Guantanamo and Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay personnel, but feels the biggest challenge is keeping her
team safe and focused.
"We have great expectations," said Downey, "but our biggest
concerns are the safety of our crew and, as always, keeping the
One of the first things on the unit's agenda is to learn their
new jobs and how to do them safely and accurately.
For more information about the U.S. Coast Guard, visit the
Web site www.uscg.mil. 0
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
In preparation for the upcoming
holidays, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
and Joint Task Force Guantanamo want to
ensure that Troopers, civilian employees
and residents are knowledgeable about
the safety risks that come with festivities
and additional time off. In an effort to
disseminate information, the naval station
held a holiday safety stand down at the
Windjammer Ballroom, Nov. 20.
Booths were set up to educate individuals
about fire safety, drinking and driving, fleet
and family services, general health, and
weapons and power tool safety.
Holidays bring opportunities for
celebration with family and friends;
unfortunately, they also account for an
increase in accident rates. The major
holiday concerns are drinking and driving,
fire prevention and depression.
With drunk driving being a major
concern, there are programs to help ensure
everyone is safe around the holidays. When
people have house parties, they should
designate a driver or use other resources
available throughout the base for a safe
"Lately there has been a rise in drinking
and driving on base," said Angel M.
Rodriquez, command criminal investigator.
"We want to make sure information is
given out to prevent it."
While ensuring that intoxicated guests
do not get behind the wheel of a car, hosts
should also make sure these same guests
are not attempting to walk home alone
either. Walking after consuming alcohol
is just as dangerous as driving, as alcohol
affects your judgment,
reflexes and coordination.
concern is fires that can
occur during many holiday
situations. Fire problems
that can occur range from cooking mishaps
to overloaded electrical outlets. Holiday
lights can also be an issue if not properly
checked each year. If bulbs are not working,
they need to be replaced with the correct
bulbs and checked for frayed wires.
Depression is also important to address
during the holidays as many Troopers are
away from family members and loved
ones. Remember to watch out for signs
from fellow Troopers and get them any help
that is needed to cope with the holidays
and being away from family and friends.
Signs of depression include loss of interest
in normal activities; feeling sad or down;
feeling hopeless; having trouble sleeping;
focusing or concentrating; unintentional
weight loss or gain and thoughts of suicide
or suicidal behavior.
"Holidays are great times of celebration
with friends, family and festivities,"
said Air Force Lt. Col. Dwayne Peoples,
command chaplain for JTF Guantanamo.
"These are times when our focus narrows
down to a circle of loved ones and we may
forget there are the new arrivals or simply
some of our associates who live such quiet
lives that we fail to notice them and then,
without thinking, leave them out of our
activities." Peoples encourages Troopers to
be mindful of others' feelings and moods
during the holiday season and try to include
others, who may be lonely in activities.
In case of emergencies during the
holidays, call ext. 911 from any base
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Navy Petty Officer st Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
In a thrilling and hard-fought basketball
game, the Balla Hollics defeated the Dirt
Merchants in the final game of the Turkey
Shootout basketball tournament held at G.J.
Denich Gym, Nov. 22. Although the score
was 53 to 35, the play to the last second
of the game was competitive. Each team
worked hard until the final buzzer ended
The 2nd annual basketball tournament
was one of several sporting events
sponsored by Morale, Welfare and
Recreation in celebration of Thanksgiving
and the holiday season. Base personnel
also had the opportunity to participate in
other organized sporting events throughout
the week, including a "Turkey Trot" three-
mile run/walk, a "Turkey Gobbler all-
nighter" softball tournament, golf skills,
bowling and even a "Swim Across the
Prior to the start of the basketball
tournament, teams submitted their player
rosters to MWR and a coaches meeting was
held to discuss the rules and tournament
format. Eight teams competed in the
double-elimination, weekend tournament.
Teams were made up of both civilians
and service members from Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force
Following his team's impressive victory
in the final game of the tournament, Navy
Petty Officer 3rd Class Rayshaun Cole
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complimented his teammates for their
performance and endurance. "It was an
exciting game and a great team effort," said
Cole. "We played a tough team that worked
well together. They deserve
a lot of credit for the way
they played as a team. Both
teams played well and the
competition was intense,
yet friendly. We had fun
playing and it certainly was
a great weekend."
During the awards
ceremony, players in
the championship game
were presented individual
trophies by Robert
Neuman, the MWR sports
event manager. Neuman
thanked the players for
their cooperation and
competitiveness in making
this another successful
event. "The tournament
and unit cohesiveness," said
is a measure of the
commitment to fair play,
ethical behavior, respect
for all participants and
spectators present at MWR
sporting activities, and
above all, uncompromising -
That's exactly what
made this tournament a huge success
for all. Tough competition, hard work
and always treating your opponent with
respect are certainly the cornerstones of
an MWR-sponsored event. 0
LOCAL SPORTS I FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2009
the end of the world
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
With only three years left before the Mayan people prophesied the
end of the world, it isn't surprising that there is a movie made to rile
up everyone's doubts and make sure they are even more conscious
of the "Y2K-like" future.
Roland Emmerich has done it again with 2012. Emmerich is
the director, writer and producer of "The Day After Tomorrow,"
"Godzilla," "Independence Day" and "Stargate," and decided to go
with another end of the world scenario. You might think if you've
seen one apocalyptic movie, you've seen them all. This is true in the
overall picture, but there is always the meat of the movie which will
keep people going back for more.
For me, seeing scenes where John Cusack ("1408" and "Martian
Child") is driving a limo through Los Angeles while the land is
falling apart, just seems ludicrous. And for a plastic surgeon, played
by Thomas McCarthy ("Baby Mama," "Flags of Our Fathers") who
only had a couple of flying lessons, to be able to fly like a professional
through all types of disaster, just seemed impossible.
I liked the scenes from this movie at least the ones where it
didn't show John Cusack escaping every situation in the movie
by the skin of his teeth. You get to see a lot of places around the
world with pretty much everything happening to them to cause total
destruction; the White House scene was memorable. If you're going
to see it, keep this in mind; it's just a movie. O
Welcome to the United
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
With the world's population driven to the brink of extinction
and zombies lurking behind every comer, just waiting to crawl
underneath a bathroom stall's door to get at you, it is good to know
you can still enjoy the little things, like Twinkies.
Since seeing the first preview of "Zombieland," I've wanted to
see this movie, though I had some reservations. Only one other
movie comes to mind in regard to zombies and comedy, and that's
"Shaun of the Dead." So going from that movie to this one, I did
wonder if they'd be able to compete for laughs.
I was actually surprised how well the movie did. In most movies,
there are usually lulls in the action or the comedy, where you
kind of want to fast-forward to the good parts. In "Zombieland,"
there was never a part which was boring. If I wasn't laughing, my
attention was taken with watching Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg,
"Adventureland," "Cursed") trying to find a way of life in the new
world while dealing with his many phobias, chief among them his
fear of clowns. Add in Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson, "2012,"
"White Men Can't Jump"), who is on a journey just to find the last
This movie, in my opinion, surpassed my expectations as well
as "Shaun of the Dead." Once they had Bill Murray (as himself,
"Ghostbusters 1 & 2") and Tallahassee replaying a scene from
"Ghostbusters," it was no competition. Filled with lines that keep
you laughing and with action that keeps you interested, the next
installment for zombie humor has passed all boundaries and became
a movie I'm looking forward to seeing again and again. 0
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2009 I MOVIE RECON
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Troopers at Joint Task Force Guantanamo celebrated
Thanksgiving with dinner at Seaside Galley, Nov. 26.
Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, commander of U.S.
Southern Command, and his wife, Rena, visited Joint
Task Force Guantanamo to serve Thanksgiving dinner
to Troopers, accompanied by U.S. Southern Command
senior enlisted advisor Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Louis
Espinal, and his wife, Marguerite, and U.S. Army South
commander, Maj. Gen. Simeon Trombitas.
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JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
All Troopers are given a variety of tools
to perform well at theirjobs. Many of the
tools are physical items, but psychological
tools are needed to unlock the full potential
of a Trooper in this day and age of sustained
operations. One tool needed to perform
well in stressful situations is resilience.
"Resilience is the ability to stand up
to life's stresses, strains, obstacles or
problems and overcome them and continue
to do your job or complete the mission,"
said Air Force Lt. Col. William Ferrell,
incoming command chaplain for Joint Task
Force Guantanamo. "It is the analogy of
the oak tree that can bend in the wind and
In contrast, a lack of resilience will leave
Troopers dwelling on problems, feeling
victimized, becoming overwhelmed and
may cause them to turn to unhealthy coping
mechanisms, such as substance abuse.
"People who lack resilience feel
powerless, defeated, helpless, hopeless and
not in control of their life," said Ferrell.
"This is true for all people, not just the
military. To change this thought process,
they have to change their outlook on life."
Ferrell says resilience isn't about
toughing it out or living by old cliches,
such as "grin and bear it", nor does it mean
that feelings are ignored. When adversity
strikes, there are still the feelings of anger,
grief and pain, but Troopers are able to
complete daily tasks, remain generally
optimistic and go on with life.
Being active, communicating and having
clear and realistic goals are some of the
characteristics of resilient people says Navy
Petty Officer lst Class Frank A. Robinson,
lead petty officer for the Joint Stress
Mitigation and Restoration Team. He also
said relying on others and having support is
very important to dealing with stress.
"If you have issues at home or at work,
they could eventually become problems if
not addressed," said Robinson. "Building
camaraderie and going at things together will
help. Morale is a group effort and you have
to depend on other Troops for support."
The most important concept to being
resilient is a positive outlook in all situations
according to Ferrell and Robinson. The
ability to take a situation in stride and not
think of all the negative possible outcomes
to focus on can change the overall attitude
and mood of a Trooper.
"Having a positive outlook is not just
psycho babble, it actually works," Ferrell
Building up resilience as a tool can be
the difference between making it through a
tough situation or falling to pieces.
"Resilience helps Troopers to survive
challenges and even thrive in the midst of
hardship," said Ferrell.
For more information about resilience
strategies, contact the chaplain's office at
ext. 3202 or JSMART at ext. 3566. 0
Tips to improve your
Get connected Build strong, positive
relationships with family and friends, who
provide support and acceptance.
Find meaning Develop a sense of
purpose for your life. Having something
meaningful to focus on can help you share
emotions, feel gratitude and experience an
enhanced sense of well-being.
Learn from experience Build on
skills and strategies that helped you through
the rough times, and don't repeat those that
Remain hopeful You can't change
what's happened in the past, but you can
always look toward the future.
Take care of yourself Tend to your
own needs and feelings, both physically and
Accept and anticipate change -
Expecting changes to occur makes it easier
to adapt to them, tolerate them and even
Work toward a goal Do something
every day that gives you a sense of
Take action Don't just wish your
problems would go away or try to ignore
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2009
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Naval Station Guantanamo Bay is
home to all kinds of creatures that a typical
military base wouldn't house. Ranging from
iguanas that are almost the size of Godzilla,
to various types of Caribbean Boas, this
base is like a free zoo to the Troopers
stationed here. The base has strict rules to
protect these species and provides a safe
habitat for them to live in. Guantanamo Bay
naval base is home to 8% of the population
of these species of iguanas in Cuba due to
its safe habitat.
Dr. Peter Tolson, director of conservation
and research at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio,
came down to the base to give the residents
an educational show on the reptiles that
live among us. Dr. Tolson has been coming
to Guantanamo Bay for the last 10 years to
give his presentation and perform research
on the Caribbean Boa and other various
species of animals. Tolson has a history
with this base that inspired him to get into
his current career field.
"I got stationed down here as a Marine
back in the day and fell in love with the
wildlife here. The Marines arranged
two visits down to the base for a famous
herpetologist to work with me and I realized
that you can make a living do this kind of
thing. So when I got out of the Marine
Corps I went to college on my G.I. Bill and
now I'm back here doing what I love," said
Tolson has worked with various navy
bases over the years helping them take care
of endangered species and providing the
base tips to ensure the animals live in safe
The team got here two weeks ago
and had to capture all the animals for
the demonstration. Tolson had to use his
training to track down some of these rare
"I know about where to go, but we were
fortunate this past week by getting some
rain. A lot a times
Dr. Peter Tolson handles an iguana at Windmill Beach during his reptile
presentation. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
during dry periods the animals will hold up
and they don't come out but since we did
get some rain, a lot of the rare animals
that might live underground came out
and gave us the opportunity to capture
some of the rare stuff on this trip," said
A group gathered as Tolson and
his two trained teammates provided
interesting facts and walked around
giving the crowd a chance to get up
close and personal with the creatures.
"I think people seemed really
interested about the animals. What was
nice was the fact that hardly anybody was
afraid of the creatures. Almost everybody
wanted to pet the snakes including the little
kids down here at the naval base. Everybody
seems to have a good time seeing these rare
species that they normally don't see down
here on a regular basis," said Tolson.
Jay Wagner, Tolson's teammate and
reptile enthusiast, said, "I thought it went
great and we had a good turnout. It's
always good to see people ask questions
and let them know that these things aren't
the mean, nasty and vicious creatures that
people think they are."
Dr. Tolson tries to give these
presentations twice a year at Guantanamo
to show off the inhabitants that Troopers
see every day. O
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Upcoming Muslim observances
Thanksgiving isn't the only
celebration or observance in
Muslims around the world
will take part in the annual Hajj,
a pilgrimage to Mecca which
represents the fifth pillar of Islam.
The Hajj is a moral obligation that
must be carried out at least once in
the lifetime of every able-bodied
Muslim who can afford to do so.
This year, the Hajj began
Nov. 18. It is the largest annual
convention of faith on earth.
The annual festivity of Eid ul
Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, !i%
falls on Nov. 27 and commemorates
the willingness of Ibrahim to
sacrifice his son Ismail as an act
of obedience to God. During this
time, Muslims sacrifice animals
and distribute the meat in an
observance of charity.
Both observances are an
important part of the Islamic faith.
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
has a small Muslim community
who live and work here.
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The creatures of Guantanamo Bay
Dr. Peter Tolson, the director of conservation and research at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio, shows one of the snakes that
can be found on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay during a reptile show at Windmill Beach, Nov. 22. Tolson regularly
visits Guantanamo to study its unique creatures such as the Cuban Boa and to give presentations to residents. -
JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin Smelley
"Christmas. It's a time "Christmas.
for giving and receiving time with fam
presents and spending important to m
time with loved ones."
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2009 I VOICE OF THE FORCE
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Living in Thanksgiving daily
Joint Detention Group Chaplain
Think for a moment, if you will, of someone you know
in GTMO who is truly happy. We've all met those who
seem to radiate happiness. They seem to smile more than
others; they laugh more than others-just being around
them makes us happier as well.
Now think of someone you know who isn't happy at all.
Perhaps they seem 10 years older than they are, drained of
energy perhaps they are angry or bitter.
What is the difference between them? What are the
characteristics that differentiate the happy from the miserable?
Is there something that unhappy people can do to be happier?
It has been my observation that those who live in
thanksgiving daily are usually among the world's happiest
people. And they make others happy as well.
Living in thanksgiving daily is a habit that will enrich
our lives and the lives of those we love. But how do we
make this part of who we are? May I suggest three things
that will help as we strive to live in thanksgiving daily?
First, we must open our eyes to all that God has blessed us
with and give Him thanks.
Robert Louis Stevenson once said, "The man who forgets
to be thankful has fallen asleep in life." Unfortunately,
because the beauties of life are so abundant, sometimes
we take them for granted.
Second, we must open our hearts and allow God to
heal our souls.
Joseph B. Wirthlin has said, "We must let go of the
negative emotions that bind our hearts and instead fill
our souls with love, faith, and thanksgiving. Anger,
resentment, and bitterness stunt our spiritual growth.
Would you bathe in impure water? Then why do we
bathe our spirits with negative and bitter thoughts and
Third, we must look for the good in life and in
Gordon B. Hinckley taught: "My plea is that we stop
seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. I
am suggesting that as we go through life, we 'accentuate the
positive.' I am asking that we look a little deeper for the
good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm, that
we more generously compliment and endorse virtue and
Don't wait to start. Open your eyes, open your hearts, and
look for the Ood. I promise that as you do so, you will feel
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Take two bottles, throw them up into the ai
times, catch them with opposite hands, pour the
the bottles and catch them with the original ha
That is the trick that helped
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class
Patrick Winham win a flair
"I was a competitive flair
bartender," said Winham, who
is with Joint Task Force Guantanamo. "I starte
watched guys behind the bar doing tricks, which
so I started trying it myself."
Flair bartending can be found at local and
is considered a sport and competitors compete
and international levels. It is a way to entertain
overall environment for customers.
"I just know the basics, but it is really f
Mahabeer, the bars supervisor for Naval Station
"It is a great way to get more tips."
In the competitions, the bottles are filled wi
competitors are judged on various aspects.
"You arejudged based on the amount of liquid
of the trick, whether it is behind the back or und
"The top three people place and can win up to a thousand dollars
in a tournament."
s After practicing for several months and learning skills from
other bartenders, Winham began competing.
r, spin them three "I won one in a small country bar called Hole in the Wall in
drinks, then drop Bunkhead, Ga. I have also placed in two others at Jillians in
nds. Sounds easy, Atlanta," Winham revealed. "I have always enjoyed competing,
and I found this to be a fun way to do so. It also was a little
I have always enjoyed competing, and I batending than a gignormal
found this to be a fun way to do so. Although it is all in fun, it
can be challenging.
- Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Winham "When you get behind the
bar, it is a little harder than it
d as a server and looks," Winham said. "It takes a lot of hand-eye coordination."
got my curiosity, Since he has joined the Navy, he is only able to maintain his
skills at parties, but after the Navy, Winham plans on looking into
high-end bars. It opening his own bar.
at local, national "Anytime I have a bottle in my hands, I go back to my roots and
and enhances the spin it around a few times. I guess you can say I am just showing
off," Winham admitted. "I am looking into opening up a bar when
un," said Patrick I get out of the Navy. I would keep the flair style going to keep a
Guantanamo Bay. lively atmosphere."
As for all those who wish to work on their own flair skills,
ith water, and the Winham has a few suggestions.
"If you are interested, I suggest using bottles of water and
I spilled, difficulty work on spinning and letting go of the bottles," Winham said.
er a leg," Winham "You can start moving up from there when you get the hang of
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