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Title: The wire
Uniform Title: Wire (Guantánamo Bay, Cuba)
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United States -- Joint Task Force Guantánamo
Publisher: 362nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Joint Task Force Guantanamo
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Publication Date: December 18, 2009
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Perspectives on


leadership

Army Sgt. 1st Class
Michael David Gholston
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

Leadership is a word, but more than that, it is something that
binds teams together to achieve results. Leadership is not
exclusive to those placed in a leadership position. For teams
to truly excel leadership must be developed at all levels in
any given team. There are technical experts, and there are
leaders. If you combine these two a winning combination
is achieved a technically proficient leader who has
the wisdom to make sound decisions to achieve team
objectives.
As we all know there are good, bad, indifferent,
complacent and even narcistic leaders.
Good leaders will always put their team and mission
first. They will embody the Army's Warrior Ethos each
and every day. The good leaders will not be intrinsically
driven for personal gain or recognition. Their reward
comes when their team excels. They are known for fully
sharing the consequences if missions are missed or not
completed.
Bad leaders will not always take care of their Troopers
first. They may often lose sight of what priorities are
important and not be engaged with their teams. The arc of
distortion in communication will likely prevail in a bad
leader's work environment. Not being concerned with
his or her Troopers needs; a bad leader will not think that
it is important to share knowledge with his peers and
subordinates.
Complacency can normally be observed when a
leader thinks that he knows it all. This is a very dangerous
team environment because there will be no contingencies
in place for new or unusual missions. Complacency is also
contagious if leaders are perceived in this manner. The
end result maybe a total team meltdown when given new
challenges to overcome.
Being a good leader is not good enough. A good leader
must be able to step away from the day-to-day production
requirements and establish a vision for his team. This is
contagious because teams who are in a vision led environment
will most likely be inspired to have this vision ingrained as part
of the fabric of their overall purpose and ultimate uniqueness
to the team.
Good leaders have the ability to see and develop the good
leaders in their team. Good leaders will constantly look for
ways to develop the overall team's leadership potential.
In this environment everyone is vital to the overall success
of the team. When a good team is successful, it is because
everyone in the team has played a critical role in making that
happen.
Concurrently, when a good team fails, everyone fails. In this
environment failing is only an opportunity to learn and grow
together. Failure is never an option, but it inevitably will occur
with every team.
When I was a manufacturing supervisor in a thermal reactor
plant my company required me to take a course in Failure
Modes Effects Analysis used extensively by National
Aeronautics and Space Administration in order that I
could have the mindset to overcome and learn from team
failures.
Strong leadership will develop and nurture leadership,
which will result in a team that is ready, willing and able to
excel in each and every mission objective. O
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Joint Task Force Guantanamo
welcomed more than 30 newly-promoted
Navy petty officers first, second and third
class during frocking ceremonies held
last week.
The promotion ceremonies were
held following results of the Navy's fall
advancement test results, which service-
wide saw a drop in E-4 and E-5 promotions
and a slight gain in the E-6 paygrade.
Overall, approximately 18,000 service
members were promoted to E-4 through
E-6 this cycle.
Sailor advancement at the junior ranks
has slowed considerably the past couple
years as Navy officials deal with record
highs in recruiting and record lows in
attrition rates, according to Navy officials.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Noel
Galarza, a postal clerk deployed in support
of JTF Guantanamo, advanced after taking
his test for the third time. Despite the
frustration of missing a promotion last
cycle by only one point, he cites award
points and a lot of studying as the key to
making rank.
He also had one other piece of
encouragement.
"I've been in six years and at eight years
is my high year of tenure for E-4s," he said
with a slight laugh. "It was make or break
this time around."
According to officials, the advancement
percentage this cycle for E-4 and E-5
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was 19.86 compared to 24.53 percent the
past four exam cycles. The promotion
percentage for E-6, on the other hand,
increased 1.5 percent this exam cycle.
The numbers are no surprise to JTF
Guantanamo Troopers like Navy Petty
Officer 3rd Class Janelle Pooler of the
Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion, who
advanced to E-4 after taking the test three
previous times with no success.
She said her rate, aerographer's mate,
is overmanned, making promotion difficult
as airmen throughout the Navy vie for
limited billets. However, now that she's
got her "crows," the common name for
the eagle appearing on the rank insignia,
Pooler intends to live up to being a non-
commissioned officer.
"You're getting up there now [in
rank]," she said. "You now have more
responsibilities and have men you're
responsible for."
That sentiment was echoedby Navy Rear
Adm. Tom Copeman, JTF Guantanamo
commander, who spoke to the newly-
frocked Sailors during ceremonies, held
last week. He congratulated the Sailors,


saying promotion in the Navy these days
is especially tough and their advancement
is quite an achievement and a testament
to their sustained performance in their
duties.
He had a special message for the
incoming E-4s.
"When you go back to your home
station, people are going to be looking
at you differently," Copeman said. "You
won't see it so much here, where people
have been working with you every day, but
at your home station they are going to see
the crows and expect different things from
you."
The Navy promotesjunior enlisted twice
a year, with promotions awarded to Sailors
based on performance evaluation reports
and rate examinations of their technical
knowledge. Depending on the number of
eligible Sailors and billets, a baseline score
is determined to see who does or doesn't
advance if they score higher than the
baseline they are promoted.
Frocked Sailors go through a six-month
probation period before they are paid at
their new rank. 0
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Something bums deep inside of us all; a
fire thatonce ignited cannotbe extinguished.
It is the Flame of Hope. The feeling of love,
compassion, hope and remembrance that
we feel is expressed in different forms.
The New Jersey fundraising team for the
Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special
Olympics came to participate in the torch
run at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Dec.
12. Residents and military personnel were
able to sign up for the event as individual
runners or for the team relay.
Nine teams participated in the run:
the 525h Military Police Battalion, Joint
Task Force Guantanamo Headquarters
Command Element, the Office for the
Administrative Review of the Detention
of Enemy Combatants, the Federal Bureau
of Investigation, JTF Public Affairs Office,
Marine Corps Security Force Company,
Commission Support Group, the 474th
Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron
and the Criminal Investigation Task Force
teams.
The 10-mile run started at the Northeast
Gate and ended at Phillips Dive Park,
with each team running approximately 1.1
miles.
"I am a proud supporter of the Special
Olympics," said Navy Chief Petty
Officer Jillian Easley, a member of the
Commission Support Group. "I was active
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with the Special
Olympics for three
years straight, when
I was stationed in
Hawaii."
Marine Corps
Lt. Col. Sylvia
Antonino, JTF J-6
director, ran the
entire 10 miles. An
active supporter
of the Special
Olympics, she
continues to help
in any way she can,
whether at home or
abroad.
"The Special
Olympicshasalways
been a favorite
of mine; this is a
great opportunity
for me to show
my support." said i
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Some people a i
ran to give support,
while others ran for
reasons more personal, like Army Lt. Col.
Mary Anna Foxx, staff joint secretary for
JTF Guantanamo, the mother of a special
needs child.
Foxx, having been exposed to radiation
early in her career before giving birth to her
daughter, uses this as a way to give back
and give hope to others.


"I did this to be an inspiration to troops
who are going through issues in their lives,"
Foxx said.
A New Jersey native, Special Olympian
Robert Fredericks and two New Jersey

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Army, Navy split in local game


Army Spc.
David McLean
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

The night before the military academies
clashed in Philadelphia, Troopers from Joint
Task Force Guantanamo and Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay played in a Morale,
Welfare and Recreation flag football game
as the Army women beat the Navy women
4-0 and the Navy men beat the Army men
45-6 at Cooper Field, Dec. 11.
Both games featured officers and enlisted
Troopers playing with their respective
military services for pride, competition and
bragging rights in this joint environment.
The women's game showcased tough
defensive efforts from both teams as neither
offensive unit was able to put points on the
board. The Army team, which included three
Air Force Airmen, was able to pin Navy
behind their goal line twice to account for
the scoring. Army Staff Sgt. Laquan Daniel,
the Army men's and women's coach, said
defense was the key to the game.
"It was all defense that kept us in the
game," Daniel said. "The whole game went
great, and these girls fought all the way. It
was 48 minutes of nothing but fight."
The fight was still present for Daniel in
the men's game, but the Army men's team
was not able to carry the momentum into
their game. The Navy men's team moved


up and down the field at will, scoring seven
touchdowns to Army's one.
"We tried to execute our offense, and
we did very well," said Navy Senior Chief
Petty Officer Danny Shelton, the Navy
men's coach. "Our defensive plan was to
shut down the run and the pass, and we were
successful."
Regardless of the scores for both games,
all participants were successful as the
spirit of competition was the highlight of
the contests. JTF Guantanamo Deputy
Commander Army Brig. Gen. Timothy
Lake watched the competitions and said he
enjoyed the camaraderie of the players and
fans from all the services.
"I think it is important because this is a
joint organization," Lake said. "Army and
Navy are going to go at it hot and heavy,
and its all going to be for the betterment of
football, but at the end, we become brothers-
at-arms, and we're going to live, fight and
work together."
As players congratulated each other as
they walked off the field, everyone held
their head high and recounted plays with
their counterparts from the other teams.
"It is fun to have some competition
between the services," Shelton said. "It's
about enjoying yourself and representing
your branch."
For more information about MWR sports
events, call ext. 2113. 0


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


For more than half a century he's been
waiting for his chance on the big screen,
stuck to being on the pages of manga
- a Japanese comic book and on the
television screens in Japanese animation.
Finally, Astro Boy has made it in his first
full-length film.
Starting out on the pages of manga in
1952, Astro Boy first hit television in 1963
becoming the first known "anime."
This latest version of the classic shows
the creation of the mechanical boy. It
starts off with Toby Tenma sneaking into
his father, Dr. Tenma's, lab to see a new
and ground-breaking experiment, the
Peace Keeper project. One thing follows
another, something goes horribly wrong,
and there is a huge robot blowing things
up. The robot is finally shut off, but not
before Toby is blown to smithereens.
Dr. Tenma is grieving for the loss of his
son. He does the only thing he knows how
to do build a robot. Taking the DNA of
his son, he implants the memories of his
late son into a robot that looks like an exact
duplicate. Toby thinks he is a real boy and
goes about as normal a life as one can,
when the original copy is killed.
Comedy ensues, action happens, one
thing leads to another, and our robotic
hero lands on Earth away from the floating
metropolis of Metro City. Earth has become


the dumpyard of the city,
covered in towering
piles of discarded robots
and other miscellaneous
items.
Meeting a gang of
misfit kids, Toby decides
to call himself Astro
and continues on with a
journey that shows that
even with a body made
up of metal, a butt from a
machine gun and feet that
have rocket boosters, he
still can have the heart of
a hero with the innocence
of a child.
I thought the movie
was great, especially for
the younger crowd that
might be interested in
seeing this, because Astro
Boy has been alive and
kicking since the early
'50's, there's fans of all
ages who've been looking
forward to this release.
It is packed full of big
names, and there is no
way you can mistake the
voice of Nicholas Cage
when listening to Dr. Tenma.
There is action, comedy, and heartfelt
emotions to capture almost anyone who
has an hour and a half to kill on a Saturday
night. 0


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JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

Joint Task Force Guantanamo strives to accommodate Troopers of all backgrounds
and faiths. For the holidays, this means helping service members, Department of
Defense civilians and their families celebrate according to their specific religion.
For those following Judaism, this means celebrating Hanukkah. Commonly known
as the Festival of Lights, the history of these holy days is anything but tranquil.
In 161 B.C., Greeks enforcing their polytheistic view began moving into Israel. As
Antiochus IV, leader of the Greeks, pushed deeper into the Holy Land, the Jews knew
that the desecration of their holy temple was imminent. The high priests ordered all of
the relics and holy artifacts removed from the temple, and left one lamp with enough
oil to burn for one day.
The Jews didn't give up their homeland willingly. A group of resistance fighters
known as the Maccabees vowed to retake their land. Their leader, Mattathias, managed
to lead his men to retake the temple and ousted the Greek idols. Mattathias died in the
process, but his son, Judah, took command of the forces and continued to lead them to
victory.
Antiochus, understanding the cultural significance of the temple, was determined to
have it back. In one final, desperate push he sent in an elephant cavalry. Rather than be
intimidated, the Maccabees fought and sent the Greek forces reeling the Jewish city.
This was on the 25t of Kislev, which is the twelfth month of the Hebrew calendar.
As Judah re-entered the temple, he relit the menorah, the one lamp with enough oil
for one day. Amazingly, while the holy relics were being enshrined in the temple again,
the oil in the lamp lasted an entire eight days. The next year, those eight days were
instituted as holy days. Thus Hanukkah was born.
Landon Rosenthal, a Reform Jew who works at radio GTMO, celebrated the first day
of Hanukkah at sundown on the 11 t of December this year. "It's a time for dedication,"
he said, "of remembering what it was like to have to fight for your beliefs. It's a time to
praise God for keeping His word.
The Shamash, Landon explains, is the candle used to light all the other candles of
the menorah. These candles are considered sacred, and are not to be used for anything
other than observance. Hanukkah can be celebrated anywhere, he said. Traditionally,
gifts are given to children, and blessings said each morning, and after each meal.
Landon is in a small community on GTMO, but he has found fellow Jews with whom
he can share in fellowship. For Landon, this is what Hanukkah is all about. "You've
got to look past all of the persecution from the Egyptians, the Cossacks, the Nazis.
It's more than that," Landon explained, resting his hand on the family Bible. "It's a
testament to our loyalty to God. Our faith is the one thing that binds us together." 0


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Army Spc.
David McLean
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers who plan their trips
carefully and maintain flexibility can see the world by using space
available travel on Air Mobility Command and other Department
of Defense aircraft. Learning the ins-and-outs of the program
can make travelling much less expensive and take Troopers to
destinations both inside and outside the United States.
Army Sgt. Manuel Rios, a Joint Personnel Office (JPO)
administrative non-commissioned officer with JTF Headquarters
and Headquarters Company, tracks and files leave, pass and
temporary duty requests for Troopers here at GTMO. He is one
of the first stops for JTF Troopers who wish to take leave off the
island and can help with getting the right paperwork approved and
with making flight decisions.
"If you are taking your own leave, which is not in conjunction
with Rest and Recuperation leave, you canbook a seat onthe rotator
flight," Rios said. "You will pay the full price for the rotator, or
fly Space A for only about $20. You cannot fly Space A and have a
reservation at the same time. You have to do one or the other."
While there is no guarantee of a seat for those willing to fly
Space A, Mark Veditz, the naval station air operations manager,
says there is usually room on a flight.
"Even if the AMC flight is showing every seat is full, still come
to the air terminal," Veditz said. "If you need to get out of here, we
average 15 to 20 percent no-shows. So that is almost 20 seats in
the aircraft. We send a full plane out only a couple of times a year.
Even if it is fully booked, rarely does everybody show up."
The roller has the seat availability posted, and if there is already
a reservation, it can be cancelled if done in enough time.
"You must cancel your reservations 48 hours prior to the
flight," Veditz said. "Make sure you call ext. 3011 to cancel your
reserved flight in advance of trying to fly Space A. If you have a
reservation and there are plenty of open seats, you still cannot fly
at the Space A rate."
Dependants coming to visit the island can also take advantage of
the Space A rates after entry clearance paperwork is completed.
"If there is a dependant, I will make the non-command sponsored
letter, so it can be approved and they can fly to the island on Space
A," Rios said.
Dependants have a larger window of time to make the Space
A list.
"Dependants may sign up for Space A up to 60 days in advance,
but they are in a lower category," Veditz said. "So if dependants
are travelling without the active-duty sponsor, they can sign up
two months earlier. They need to have the sponsorship letter, a
passport and their military identification card. If they do not have
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the letter, they can be charged a rate that is almost double the DoD
rate."
Despite dependants having 60 days to sign-up for the cheaper
seats, Troopers cannot get onto the list until they are officially on
leave.
"You cannot sign up for Space A until you are in a leave status,"
Veditz said. "So when you fax your leave papers over, it does you
no good when you haven't been checked out on leave. You must
be on leave status to get on the Space A list for active duty and
DoD civilians."
Once on leave, there may be more flights other than the AMC
rotator to get back to the U.S.
"There are C-12's that fly in and out of here," Veditz said. "The
thing is they don't always go where you want them to go. It might
be Ft. Lauderdale or San Diego, but there are more flights to get
off island than just the AMC rotator flights. If you have to get off
the island to get back to the states, call the air terminal to see what
is available."
Being flexible and informed could help save Troopers money
when flying and get them to their leave destination with a little
more in their pocket.
For more information about leave and travel, contact the JPO at
ext. 8098 or call the Air Terminal at ext. 6204 or ext. 6408. 0

Space A Tips

Be sure to check out and be in a leave
status before trying to sign up for
Space A.
Bring a sufficient amount of cash, as
the terminal does not take credit cards.
As soon as you reach your destination,
place your name on the Space A list at
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Port Authority police officers came to
Guantanamo Bay to help participate
and deliver a message about the Special
Olympics.
"The Special Olympics is a year-
round sports training." "It is for people
with intellectual disabilities, not mental
retardation. We don't use the 'R' word,
we're trying to steer people away from
saying that," said Fredericks.
Fredericks, who is autistic, competes
in four events: volleyball, floor hockey,
basketball and track, with the latter being
his strongest event. Since 1986, Fredericks
has been involved with sports, and now
runs in the 100 meters, 200 and the 4x100
relay races.
"I was honored to be part of such a
momentous occasion while serving here
in Guantanamo. I am glad that the Special
Olympics torch is reaching international


sites," said Easley. Team U.S.A. For more information
All proceeds from this event will on the Special Olympics, visit
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Brush Clearing!
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removing trees, brush and debris to create a clearance in Camp Justice, Dec. 10- JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Tech.
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Air Force Lt. Col.
William Ferrell
JTF Command Chaplain


Proverbs 23:7 says, "For as he thinks in
his heart, so is he."
What did he mean by this? Did the
writer mean we are what we think, in the
same way we are what we eat? There are
obviously some things we can't change
just by thinking differently. I can't change
my height, race, gender, where I was born,
who my parents are or numerous other
characteristics about myself just by how
I think, but how I think can have a huge
impact on how I handle the circumstances
of my life that are beyond my control, and
how I feel about my situation. The real key
is realizing that I can control how I choose
to think about any particular situation or
circumstance.
I once heard a story about a husband
and wife who had totally different


ways of thinking about a very common
circumstance that we all have to deal with;
getting stopped at a red light. The husband
thought red lights were the devil's way of
keeping him from getting where he wanted
to go, so when he got caught by a red
light he would become very frustrated and
irritable; fuming over "never" being able
to make it through a light. His wife, on the
other hand, thought of red lights as God's
way of keeping order in a chaotic world, so
when she stopped, instead of being upset
like her husband, she felt calm, safe and
protected. She patiently waited while the
other drivers took their turn and then went
on her way when the light turned green.
Both were in the exact same circumstance.
The difference in their mood and how they
felt was in how they each chose to think
about their situation.
Maintaining a positive attitude and
managing our thoughts won't make all our
problems and struggles go away. It will help


us face our problems and struggles with
less frustration, more peace and possibly
even more joy. If you really think about
it, frustration is almost always a result of
unrealistic expectations; wanting something
beyond our control to be different than
what it really is. It can be very liberating to
realize you get to choose your attitude and
how you feel by choosing how you think.
Almost all of us are facing the prospect
of spending a Christmas and holiday season
away from our homes and families. Some
may think that automatically means it will
be a sad, depressing season. It will be
different, but it doesn't have to be sad. It
really depends on how you choose to think
about it. If you just focus on what you are
missing, it will be very depressing. If you
can keep your focus on the meaning of the
season and the blessings you have in your
life, it can truly be a joyous and memorable
time.
What do you think? Q


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

Catholic Christmas
service: 6:30 a.m.


Protestant Worship
Sunday: 9 a.m.

Protestant Communion
service on Christmas
Eve: 9 p.m.


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


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Jenny Michael was able to step up and fill a void by requesting and gaining the right to conduct liturgical services,
which support Joint Task Force Guantanamo and Naval Station Guantanamo Bay personnel. She gives her weekly
sermon Sunday's at 10 a.m. in Sanctuary B. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Michael Baltz


Army Sgt.
Michael Baltz
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs


In order to support the religious needs
of Joint Task Force Guantanamo and Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay Troopers and
personnel, Jenny Michael stepped up and
sent a request to her bishop to assume the
duties of the liturgical chaplain at GTMO.
"I don't believe in letting a ministry fail,"
said Michael, who has now become the
liturgical protestant service minister. "When
Chaplain [Clint] Picket left in July, [the
GTMO community] didn't have a liturgical
minister. And with our faith tradition, it
is important for us to receive the body of
Christ and fellowship, so there was a big
hole in our lives."
Although she is not ordained, she has
many of the same responsibilities as many
chaplains have.
In a letter to the Federal Chaplaincy
Ministries, Bishop Edward R. Benoway,
the bishop for Florida-Bahamas Synod,
said, "In light of the fact that there is not
a Lutheran chaplain presently available to
provide the word and sacrament ministry
to the people at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,
I am hereby authorizing Jenny Michael to
provide for and lead a liturgical Protestant


worship service in this area."
She was also granted the permission to
provide the consecration of the Sacrament
of Holy Communion based on "her
commitment to the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America and its mission
throughout the world," stated Benoway.
It took a few months to complete the
paperwork in order to continue the liturgical
services, but since then she has made an
impact.
"I really like Jenny. She really has the
heart of Christ. Being around her makes me
feel at home," said Air Force Master Sgt.
Phylis Washington with Joint Task Force
Guantanamo's Joint Medical Group. "A
lot of times we are called by the Lord. God
called her to do something, and she stepped
up, and her being so obedient is really
amazing."
"She keeps me grounded, rooted and
accountable with the Lord," continued
Washington, who works in mental heath.
"I think about all the people I have seen in
my mental heath clinic and see all of these
people searching and searching, so having
the Lord in my life keeps me anchored. It is
sad to see people come on [temporary duty]
and think, 'what ever happens at TDY stays
at TDY.' So with challenges Troopers face,
it is important to take God every where you


go, including TDY"
Michael has been accustomed to stepping
up and taking charge because she is married
to retired Army Sgt. 1 t Class Kelly Michael,
who now works as the special security
officer for JTF Guantanamo.
"I am so proud of her," her husband
said. "With all the deployments I have been
through, my wife has always supported
me. No matter where I went or what I did,
she knew I was doing it for my country. I
couldn't have done what I done without
her."
She is a lay leader and is also the leader of
GTMO Protestant Women of the Church.
"We meet every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at
Fellowship Hall. All women are welcome,"
she said.
The next book study begins Jan. 7, 2010.
It will be on, "Living Life as a Beautiful
Offering," by Angela Thomas.
She was sure to note that, "having God
in one's life is hard to explain. It is like
describing how salt tastes to somebody.
It spices everything up in your life for the
better."
Her service is at the NAVSTA Chapel
in Sanctuary B at 10 a.m. every Sunday.
If you have any questions about the study
or Jenny's service, call. 77298 or e-mail
Jennifer.s.michael@gmail.com O


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