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Title: The wire
Uniform Title: Wire (Guantánamo Bay, Cuba)
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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
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Publication Date: December 24, 2009
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Reflecting on the holidays


Air Force Master Sgt.
Tracy Bailey
JTF GTMO Law Office Superintendent

For many people, the holidays are a time to give and receive
gifts. For others, it may be the one time of year they are finally able
to take off from work. Some of you put everything you have in your
heart into making the season special for your loved ones, which is
why it can be so hard to be away from home during the holidays.
Take time to reflect on what makes the season special for you. This
may be the first time you have been away from home during the holidays,
or maybe you've been gone for more holidays than you've been home
since joining the military. Whichever situation you're in, I think it
is important for each of you to know how respected you are, not
only by me, but by thousands upon thousands of others around
the world.
You play a very important role carrying out our mission.
Please don't spend the entire holiday season feeling alone and
sad because you're not with your family. Spend time with your
military family and take pride in knowing that each one of you
is a part of the greatest military organization in the world.
For several years now, I have received the following poem
through e-mail. The author is unknown. This year, I would
like to give those of you who haven't seen it an opportunity
to read it because I think you can appreciate it. It doesn't
matter if you're an Airman, Soldier, Marine, Sailor or Coast
Guardsmen, and it doesn't matter which holiday you celebrate
or if don't celebrate at all. Read beyond the Christmas theme
and reflect on the portion that means the most to you:

'Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone, in
a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone. I had come
down the chimney with presents to give, and to see just who
in this home did live. I looked all about, a strange sight I did
see, no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree. No stocking by
mantle, just boots filled with sand, on the wall hung pictures
of far distant lands. With medals and badges, awards of all
kinds, a sober thought came through my mind. For this house
was different, it was dark and dreary, I found the home of
a soldier, once I could see clearly. The soldier lay sleeping,
silent, alone, curled up on the floor in this one bedroom
home. The face was so gentle, the room in such disorder,
not how I pictured a United States Soldier. Was this the hero
of whom I'd just read? Curled up on a poncho, the floor for
a bed? I realized the families that I saw this night, owed
their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight. Soon
'round the world, the children would play, and grownups
would celebrate a bright Christmas Day. They all enjoyed
freedom, each month of the year, because of the soldiers,
like the one lying here. I couldn't help wonder, how many
lay alone, on a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home.
The very thought, brought a tear to my eye, I dropped to my
knees and started to cry. The soldier awakened, and I hear a
rough voice, "Santa don't cry, this life is my choice. I fight
for freedom, I don't ask for more, my life is my God, my
country, my corps." The soldier rolled over and drifted to
sleep, I couldn't control it, I continued to weep. I kept watch
for hours, so silent and still, and we both shivered from the
cold night's chill. I didn't want to leave on that cold, dark
night, this guardian of honor, so willing to fight. Then the
soldier rolled over, with a voice soft and pure, whispered,
"Carry on Santa, it's Christmas Day, all is secure." One look
at my watch, and I knew he was right, "Merry Christmas my
friend, and to all a good night." Q
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Navy Petty Officer 1st Class
Katherine Hofman
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs


Seven Army non-commissioned
officers stationed at Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay with the 525th Military
Police Battalion in support of Joint Task
Force Guantanamo took the oath of the
non-commissioned officer and signed
both the NCO creed and the NCO charge
as a part of the initiation into the non-
commissioned officer corps at Troopers'
Chapel, Dec. 18.
The new Army NCOs stood before
their fellow Soldiers, including senior
enlisted and officers, committing to their
newly-bestowed responsibilities as junior
non-commissioned officers accepting
both the NCO creed and the NCO charge
as documents outlining their new duties.
The Army sets apart its NCOs from other
enlisted Soldiers by distinctive insignia of
grade. With this new responsibility comes
new duties. The newly-appointed NCOs
are expected to perform above standard
and to develop professionally through four
core areas: education, fitness, leadership
and pride.
The non-commissioned officer corps
has distinguished itself as an accomplished
group of military professionals,
exemplifying courage and dedication.
Guest speaker Navy Command Master
Chief Scott Fleming, the JTF Guantanamo
senior enlisted advisor, recalled his
experiences working in a joint services
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environment with Army NCOs.
"I have had the chance to watch a lot
of Soldiers firsthand and it has been an
incredible experience for me along the way.
All this time of working side by side with
Soldiers has left an indelible impression
of [the Army] non-commissioned officer
corps."
Fleming described NCOs as an
incredibly professional, smart, driven and
empowered group. "The men and women
serving as NCOs take the creed to heart,
turn words into action and accept the idea
of leadership with a vengeance," said


Fleming.
New NCOs develop through teaching,
coaching and providing guidance through
praise and counseling, and instilling the
traditions and standards of the Army to
junior Soldiers.
Army Sgt. Alexandra Savage of the
525th MP Battalion's Headquarters and
Headquarters Company understands the
new responsibilities of her NCO ranking.
"I've been given the rank of an E-5 [NCO]
and I have to take what I have learned from
others, and what they have learned before
and teach. [The knowledge] keeps going
and we keep learning more, it keeps getting
better. I learn, I teach, I learn more," she
said.
Army 1st Sgt. Thomas Burdick of the
115th Military Police Company shared
his experience of the NCO corps, noting
the developing bonds between Soldiers
and how it helps them to grow. "It's like
becoming a member of a very close-knit
family. You get the chance to share each
others' experiences and it makes you a
better leader," said Burdick.
Each of the new NCOs expressed their
satisfaction with themselves in becoming
a part of "the backbone" of the Army, a
member of the NCO corps.
"I felt a burst of fireworks," said Army
Sgt. LaCretia Dorsey of the 193rd Military
Police Company, when she first found out
she had advanced to NCO. "I feel pride and
honor. I set my goals and achieved them.
I'm now in charge and held to a higher
standard." O
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Camp America Commandant, Army Sgt. Delicia Henley updates her book of standard operating procedures. JTF
Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Derrol Fulghum


Keeping Camp America running smoothly


Army Sgt.
Derrol Fulghum
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs


Camp America houses Troopers with what is arguably one
of the most difficult of military missions. Walking eight miles a
day during their 12-hour shifts, the Soldiers and Sailors working
in Camp Delta earn their
paychecks. Lead by exa
Ensuring the comfort and
safety of these service members is all times, n
the job of the camp commandant,
a position usually held by an E-9.
Army Sgt. Delicia Henley is with
the Virgin Islands Army National
Guard, and works as the camp commandant for Camp America.
"I was shocked," she said. "It was puzzling at first, that they'd put
me in that position, but then I saw it as an opportunity to learn and
grow."
The role of the commandant is to manage and facilitate the
housing for Troopers, making sure they're safe and comfortable.
She does weekly walkthroughs of the housing area, and asks
Troopers if they're comfortable; if there's anything they need.
"It's a win-win situation," Henley explains. "If the troops feel
comfortable and safe in their homes, they'll work harder."
Managing Camp America is a tough job for anybody, but the
office is currently understaffed, meaning Henley has to work
harder. She said the lack of manpower can be constraining. Henley


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likes a challenge, however, and tackles her daily responsibilities
with determination.
"Sgt. Henley fulfills her responsibilities inherent in her role as
an NCO and has proven to be the professional Soldier," said Army
Sgt. Maj. Jerraine Miller, the JTF housing facilities manager. "The
advice I give her and other Soldiers is to expect more than others
think is possible, dream more than others think is practical and risk
more than others think is safe."
nple. Do what's right at In fact, the reason Henley
m er the c t." joined the Army in the first place
matter the cost." was to challenge herself after
Sgt. Delicia Henley getting her bachelor's degree
in accounting. Even though her
military occupational specialty
is carpentry and masonry, she
feels the role as camp commandant isn't a stretch for her skills.
"I'm a people person. I like to talk," said Henley. "I like the fact
that I can help people in this position. That's why we're all here as
human beings to help other people."
To make managing the dozens of housing units a bit easier,
Henley set up liaisons to help manage separate living areas. These
housing representatives help her by identifying defects, hazards
and broken equipment.
She's only one month into her tour, but Henley says she can't
complain. She hopes to pick up E-6 during her deployment to Joint
Task Force Guantanamo. When asked what her creed for success
is, she simply said, "Lead by example. Do what's right at all times,
no matter the cost."


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Navy Petty Officer Vst Class
Marcos Hernandez
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
In the various camps at Joint Task
Force Guantanamo, there seems to be
a lot of movement going around at all
times. Movement ranging from fast-
paced construction sites to the continuous
waves of personnel crossing the gates to
start their shifts. The Detention Operation
Center's escorts are all too familiar with
the movements that go on in, to and from
the camps. These escorts participate in
operations throughout the camps. Whether
it's moving detainees on a vehicle or by
foot, the escorts always treat them with
respect and in a humane fashion while
always keeping safety a priority.
"The main mission is to move the
detainees to the proper places on time
without any unnecessary problems, in a
safe and humane manner," states Navy
Petty Officer 3r' Class Jacob Luker, a
master-at-arms escort attached to the DOC.
Between the day and night shift at the DOC,
personnel work on a move list schedule.
Their operations mainly include the day-to-
day detainee disciplinary reviews, detainee
movements, the escorting of delegates from
the International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) and the escorting of civilian
contractors. Detainees are escorted to
their scheduled appointments that include
medical or legal appointments. They also
have the opportunity to make phone calls
home or meet with visiting delegates from
the ICRC. When escorted, detainees are
restrained as a safety precaution for both
the detainee and the guards escorting.
Although the transporting and
movement of individuals may sound like
a small assignment, it could not be farther
from the truth. This unusual assignment
involves self-discipline, precision and
professionalism.
"This assignment is very important. We
are a big part of the big picture, including
mobilizing detainees out of GTMO
whenever that is scheduled to happen"
states Navy Petty Officer 2"n Class Jeffrey
Knapp. "The DOC escorts' contribution to
the overall JTF mission is indispensable.
They are escorting the way to what lies
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Army Spc.
David McLean
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs


Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers
work hard and play even harder. It is during
those times that Troopers engage in sports
and other physical activities that they have
to be aware of how to keep their bodies
in top condition without having to head
to sick call with injuries. By taking the
appropriate steps in advance, Troopers can
limit negative consequences and enjoy the
activities that draw them out to play.
"About a quarter of all the injuries
that come into the Joint Trooper Clinic
are sports related," said Army Staff Sgt.
Nathan Brown, JTC non-commissioned
officer-in-charge with the Joint Medical
Group. "Preventing sport injuries can be
initiated by preparing the body through
conditioning, training and adapting to the
intended sport. Knowing your limit is very
important so you do not overextend what
your body can do."
In addition to knowing a body's limit,
having the proper gear and equipment
before starting an activity is important.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation fitness
specialist Alec Culpepper said it starts with
the feet.
"The right footwear is the most important
piece of equipment," Culpepper said. "The
shoes are the only thing that frequently
comes into contact with something. The
wrong size, fit or type of shoe can have a
big impact."
Other equipment and gear may also
be needed when participating in a sport.
Helmets, pads or eye protection might be
utilized to protect participants.
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"Talk to whoever is running an event to
see what equipment is needed," Culpepper
said. "In flag football, shorts without
pockets might be required to keep from
dislocating fingers; a helmet, elbow and
knee pads for skateboarding. Cement is
definitely harder than the skull."
After protecting the outside of the body,
making sure there is plenty of water inside
is a priority. Proper hydration is crucial to


the body being able to function properly
during physical activity.
"A large percentage of the body is
water," Culpepper said. "Bone, muscle and
connective tissue are all made of water.
Loss of water can cause many problems
for the body. Acclimatization to this hot
area goes along with hydration, because
the environment by itself can have a taxing
effect on us."
When a Trooperis conditioned, protected
and hydrated, stretching before and cooling
down after an activity can reduce the
incidence of pulls and strains.
"You cannot properly perform an
activity if the muscles are not ready," said
Army Sgt. Lee McClure, JTC floor NCOIC
with the JMG. "Stretching allows blood to
flow into the muscles and properly warm
them so they are ready to be used. Cooling
down has the reverse effect, as it takes
blood from the extremities and brings
it back to the heart. Both are important
to help the body overcome the shock of
exercise."
With preparation, and some common
sense, Troopers should be able to pursue
their various sport conquests and activities
with less chance of sustaining injuries. But
if you do become injured, have enough
sense to stop playing.
"You just hurt yourself worse and those
you are playing with if you do not stop,"
Brown said. "Injuring yourself worse
does not make you ready to fight, and
hurts the overall readiness of our military
branches."
To be in top shape and enjoy game time,
remember to play it safe and prepare the
proper way for not only yourself, but all the
Troopers we live and work with. 0


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Army Spc.
David McLean
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs


Few films inspire and encourage an
audience member to cheer for the bad
guy, but "Law Abiding Citizen" makes the
exception to the rule with a cleverly written
and directed script about vengeance and
the level some will go to enact it. Director
F. Gary Gray teams with screenwriter Kurt
Wimmer to produce a high-paced thriller
that engages a gut-level response to true
justice versus the justice system, and the
players that match wit to ego.
As the film opens, Clyde Shelton (Gerard
Butler) is tinkering with some circuit boards
as his six-year-old daughter happily makes
charm bracelets for mom and dad. A knock
at the door interrupts the quiet family and
a brutal home invasion follows as Shelton
is bound, gagged, stabbed and helplessly
watches his family raped and murdered.
The two perpetrators are caught; and the
decision to cut a deal with one is made by
the assistant district attorney Nick Rice
(Jamie Foxx), who worries more about
a high conviction rate than justice being
served for the victims.
Adeal is struck. Shelton is beside himself
at the deal and the outcome fuels the movie
forward 10 years. The rapist-killer is free,
the accomplice is about to face execution
and it is all witnessed by Rice and his
colleagues. Things go wrong during the
lethal injection, and all order begins to
break loose as Shelton puts himself at the


helm of executions in the name of justice
and vengeance.
The rest of the film involves the highly-
skilled and intelligent Shelton exacting
revenge in a variety of ways against the
agents of injustice which are led by Rice,
who tries to thwart the plans of this apparent
psycho killer. Butler plays Sheltonvery well
as an emotional and intuitive antagonist.
Given the fuel for his rage, Butler creates


a character that is well liked, even more
so than his counterpart Rice. Foxx lacked
much of the emotion needed to make his
character believable as he trudged through
lines and showed a very flat person in DA
Rice. At times, it seems as though Fox did
not care about making the audience believe
he was right or stood on the proper side of
the law.
The film's setting in Philadelphia
made it feel a bit more realistic. The city
has been involved in corruption, scandal
and underworld activity since it's early
years as the colonial capitol. Many of the
backdrops are the city's famous landmarks
and locations, and a surprise to the film is
current Mayor Michael Nutter performing
in a cameo role. Despite the attention to
detail and the cast giving a good showing
overall, the film did have some major
drawbacks.
As a fan of good stories, I would skip
the last 15 minutes and simply dream of
a better ending. The writing became very
sloppy in exact opposite to the precise,
planned actions of the characters. It seems
like they just wanted the film to be over
and forgot about the entire script they had
previously written. The movie did feature
some wonderful twists and complexities,
but it was one-sided and left many holes
for some of the characters. Overall, the
movie was a wonderful departure from
the norm in the tradition of "Seven" and
"Momento," but had an independent film
company produced it, maybe the ending
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Navy Petty Officer 1st Class
Maria Blanchard
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs


Human trafficking is a modem-day form of slavery. Men, women
and children are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation
or forced labor in every country. All members of the U.S. armed
services, civilian employees and civilian contractors are charged
with aiding in the global fight against human trafficking.
Troopers at Joint Task Force Guantanamo should be aware of
this problem if they encounter suspicious activities while traveling
for the holidays or when dealing with persons with whom they
might not be familiar.
The U.S. Department of State defines human trafficking as: the
recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of
a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act or for labor or
service, through the use of force, fraud or coercion.
"We did not have a right to choose where we lived ... freedom
of speech, or freedom of actions. The traffickers had keys to our
apartment. They controlled all of our movement and travel. They
watched us and listened when we called our parents. They didn't
let us make friends or tell anyone anything about ourselves. We
couldn't keep any of the money we earned. We couldn't ask
anyone for help," explained Lena, a trafficking victim who was
able to escape and eventually tell her story.
Lena was a college student in Eastern Europe who planned to
spend her summer abroad; studying, working and traveling. She
joined a study-abroad program and traveled to the United States
where she was forced into the sex trade industry.
Many believe women and children are the only ones at risk
for being trafficked because they only hear about the women and
children trafficked into the sex trade industry. This is a dangerous
myth. Men are susceptible to being trafficked into the forced labor
industry.
In a 2007 interview, Kristina Kangaspunta, the chief of the
Anti-Human Trafficking Unit for the United Nations Office on
Drugs and Crime said, "Human trafficking for forced labor might
be a greater problem than the widely known problem of trafficking
for sexual exploitation."
Men, women and children are all subject to trafficking for forced


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labor. Some may willingly travel to foreign shores believing there
is a legitimate job waiting for them. Others may be kidnapped and
held against their will.
Victims are often subjected to debt-bondage, believing they
must repay transportation cost, and not realizing that these debts
are not legally enforceable. The traffickers will hold all legal
documents for ransom until the debt is repaid which prevents the
victim from being able to leave or even prove who she or he is.
On Dec. 16, 2002, President George W. Bush signed a National
Security Presidential Directive mandating a "zero tolerance"
policy toward trafficking.
"There's a special evil in the abuse and exploitation of the most
innocent and vulnerable. The victims of sex trade see little of life
before they see the very worst of life an underground of brutality
and lonely fear. Those who create these victims and profit from
their suffering must be severely punished. Those who patronize
this industry debase themselves and deepen the misery of others.
And governments that tolerate this trade are tolerating a form of
slavery," former President George W. Bush told the U.N. General
Assembly in September of 2003.
After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal
arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world
today, and it is the fastest growing. Human trafficking is a supply
and demand industry. Therefore, the best way to combat trafficking
is to increase awareness and decrease the demand.
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC)
has a national, toll-free hotline for the human trafficking field in
the United States and is reached by calling 1-888-3@-7888 or
e-mailing NHTRC@PolarisProject.org. The NHTRC operates 24
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Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class
Sean Allen
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

For many, Christmas is a time spent with family and friends, but
for those unable to visit family during the holiday season, it can be
a stressful time.
For Christian Troopers at Joint Task Force Guantanamo,
knowing the true meaning of Christmas can help them celebrate
this day despite being away from their family and friends. For
them, understanding the true meaning of Christmas can be a great
aid to their stress.
What is the true meaning of Christmas? For Christians,
Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ.
"The Christmas spirit is still alive and well, but I feel compelled
to remind everyone that the true Christmas story doesn't include
Santa Claus, Christmas trees or gifts," said Army Capt. Eric Bey,
the 525th Military Police Battalion chaplain. "But these three serve
as powerful metaphors to the true, powerful Christmas story, as an
example of how God almighty is the one who showers humanity
with His gifts of love, mercy, grace, forgiveness and peace."
Christians believe the birth of Jesus represents God impacting
the world in a new way. It is hope, in the form of an infant child.
It is a promise that God will always have a presence on Earth
according to the Bible.
"Understanding and appreciating what God did for us in the
form of delivering his son Jesus to the world helps us focus and
avoid the stress associated with being away from family during
the holidays," said Air Force Lt. Col. William Ferrell, the JTF
command chaplain. "Our thoughts affect our actions. Focusing
on the real meaning of Christmas can help us with the burden of
spending Christmas away from our families."
Army Sgt. 1Pt Class Anthony Cardente, with the Rhode Island
Army National Guard, celebrates Christmas in a different way.
According to Cardente, you don't have to celebrate only the
Christian aspect to enjoy the holiday.
"It is a good, peaceful time of year," Cardente said. "It is and
has always been fun for the kids. I love seeing their faces when
they see Christmas lights or Santa. I used to make reindeer tracks
in the snow, to make them think Santa landed there."
"It is also just a good time to spend with family," Cardente
continued. "It is a great feeling to wake up with presents under the
tree with the ones you love."
Giving gifts has become closely associated with the holiday. The
tradition of giving is traced back to the gifts of gold, frankincense
and myrrh that were given to Christ by the three wise men. Early
Dutch settlers were the first to introduce America to St. Nicholas, or
Santa Claus, and from that time the custom of giving and receiving
gifts has expanded. Today we give gifts for our own reasons, some
to celebrate a Holy Day, others to let family and friends know we
care. 0


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Secretary stresses holiday safety


The Honorable
Robert Gates
Secretary of Defense


Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates
issued a holiday season message Nov.
24 giving thanks to the military men and
women who put their lives on the line
every day:
This time of year calls on Americans to
reflect on and give thanks for the freedoms
and prosperity we enjoy. Of course, we
can only do so because of those who
put their lives on the line every day: the
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines
who bear repeated deployments, hardships,
and danger without fail and without
complaint.
Many have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Our nation will always honor their memory.
For the loved ones of the fallen, I offer my
deepest sympathies and prayers for your
loss. And, in the wake of the shootings at
Fort Hood, know that I am committed to
ensuring that our home bases are safe and
secure.
I know the holiday season can be
especially difficult for service members
and their families, who may be separated
from each other by thousands of miles.
To the families of our men and women in
uniform: know that the American people
are indebted to you for the sacrifices of your
husbands and wives, fathers and mothers,
and sons and daughters.
This will be my third holiday season
spent as Secretary of Defense. During these
years nothing has impressed me as much


as the determination, resilience and good
humor of those who defend our nation.
This holiday season, along with "Happy
Thanksgiving," "Happy Hanukkah," and
"Merry Christmas," I would add two words
on behalf of millions of your countrymen:
"Thank you."

The Secretary also issued a message
about safety during the holidays:
During the holidays a time to
celebrate and create joyous moments
and memories that will last a lifetime -
our desire for the continued safety and
well-being of those who serve our nation
takes special importance. To the Soldiers,
Sailors, Airmen, and Marines stationed in
harm's way thousands of miles from their
loved ones: we are ever grateful for your
sacrifices, and we look forward to your safe
return home.
For those of you able to spend this
time with your families, I ask that we
all take care to enjoy the holidays with
safety in mind. Please drink responsibly
at holiday parties in the coming weeks.
Take every precaution to drive safely in
adverse weather conditions. We work to
protect ourselves in combat situations,
and should sustain the same vigilance
while at home.
In the 2008 holiday season, 19 of our
colleagues lost their lives in more than
200 private motor vehicle accidents. While
both numbers indicate a 20 percent decline
compared to the previous year, even one
casualty is too many. We can prevent these
fatal accidents, and we must continue to


exercise caution.
This holiday season, we must remember
our obligation to look out for one another.
We owe our attentiveness and care to those
with whom we share a bond of trust, and we
cannot let falter our shared responsibility
for their health and well-being.
I thank the families of our forces for
sharing your loved ones to defend our
country, and I admire our troops for their
selflessness. With prayer for their success
and safe return, I extend to all my best
wishes for a happy holiday season. 0


NEWS & INFORMATION I THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2009





















Can I see some ID?
A military policeman with Joint Task Force Guantanamo's 115th Military Police Company, checks credentials at a
security checkpoint, Dec. 16. The 115th MP Co. is part of the Rhode Island Army National Guard, deployed here to
provide external security at the JTF Guantanamo detention facilities. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Emily
Greene


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Navy Lt. Cmdr.
Lee Hellwig
NEGB Chaplain


Throughout the season prior to Christmas day, many Christians
reflect on God's promises often spoken by the prophets in biblical
literature, to send a savior to the people of the world who would
be called Emmanuel, that is, God with us. In the fullness of time,
many came to believe that those promises were fulfilled. With
hearts full of joy they now look forward to Christmas day so they
may commemorate the birth of that savior.
It is a tradition of my faith group to proclaim the history of the
birth of the Savior at the first worship service of Christmas. This
proclamation, known as the Proclamation of the Birth of Christ,
comes from the Roman Martyrology, which is the official listing
of the saints celebrated by the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.
It situates the birth of the Savior within the context of salvation
history, making reference not only to biblical events, but also to
historical events in the Greek and Roman worlds. The coming of
a divine savior into the human world at Christmas, is seen as the
summit of both sacred and secular history.
As a Catholic priest, I always enjoyed making the Proclamation
of the Birth of Christ at the beginning of Christmas Midnight
Mass and would like to share it here as a means to encourage
the Christmas awe and joy that many of us feel as we strive to
appreciate the full significance of the holiday and look forward to
the celebration of Christmas this year. 0

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Daily Catholic Mass
Mon. Fri. 5:30 p.m.
Main Chapel
Vigil Mass
Saturday 5:00 p.m.
Main Chapel
Mass
Sunday 9:00 a.m.
Main Chapel
Daily Catholic Mass
Sun. Fri. 6:30 a.m.
Troopers' Chapel
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Protestant Worship
Sunday 9:00 a.m.
Troopers' Chapel
Islamic Service
Friday 1:15 p.m.
Room C
Jewish Service
Friday 7:00 p.m.
FMI call 2628
LORIMI Gospel
Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Room D


Seventh Day Adventist
Saturday 11:00 a.m.
Room B
Iglesia Ni Christo
Sunday 5:30 a.m.
Room A
Pentecostal Gospel
Sunday 8:00 a.m.
Room D
LDS Service
Sunday 9:00 a.m.
Room A


Liturgical Service
Sunday 10:00 a.m.
Room B
General Protestant
Sunday 11:00 a.m.
Main Chapel
United Jamaican
Fellowship
Sunday 11:00 a.m.
Building 1036
Gospel Service
Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Main Chapel


GTMO Bay Christian
Fellowship
Sunday 6:00 p.m.
Main Chapel
GTMO Christian
Fellowship
Sunday 8:00 p.m.
Main Chapel
Bible Studay
Sunday 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
Troopers' Chapel


LIFE & SPIRIT I THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2009


Traditional Proclamation of the Birth of Christ
The twenty-fifth day of December.
In the five thousand one hundred and ninety-ninth year of the
creation of the world
from the time when God in the beginning created the heavens and
the earth;
the two thousand nine hundred and fifty-seventh year after the
flood;
the two thousand and fifteenth year from the birth of Abraham;
the one thousand five hundred and tenth year from Moses
and the going forth of the people of Israel from Egypt;
the one thousand and thirty-second year from David's being
anointed king;
in the sixty-fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel;
in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;
the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of
the city of Rome;
the forty second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus;
the whole world being at peace,
in the sixth age of the world,
Jesus Christ the eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming,
being conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and nine months having passed since his conception,
was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary,
being made flesh.
Today is the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the
flesh.









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Navy Petty Officer Vst Class
Edward Flynn
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

For many, Christmas remains the most celebrated and
popular holiday of the year. It is a time to be thankful for
all your blessings and to help those less fortunate in society.
In this season of giving, Christmas is also a time of family
reunions, Christmas caroling, attending church services, the
giving and receiving of gifts and showing your appreciation
and kindness to those important in your life. These are
cherished, time honored traditions we think of fondly.
For those in the military and civilians away from their
loved ones during this season, it can also be a time of sadness.
Being away from family and friends can bring mixed emotions.
However, that sadness or "homesickness" can turn to happiness
through volunteering and helping out those in need. At Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force Guantanamo,
many charities and opportunities exist, not only during this
season of giving, but throughout the year. Giving back to those
less fortunate can put a smile on your face, as well as those
that you help. Watching a child open a Christmas present is
something to always remember.
Last year, through the hard work of Navy chaplains assigned
to the base, Operation Christmas Stocking delivered 2,000
Christmas stockings to military members and international
workers working on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. "It is
our way to say thank you and we appreciate you," said Navy Lt.
j.g. Douglas Holmes, a chaplain at Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay. "This project lifts morale and brings cheer into the work
stations."






Items that were collected and distributed last year included international
phone cards, non-perishable food items, toiletries, personal notes and cards
of encouragement. This project is also operating this year with a goal to
help as many people (and families) as possible. This ministry project is
in its 10th year and a perfect way to say thank you and to support our
neighbors and their families on the island.
"In this season of giving, these presents bring a little cheer, a smile and
happiness on this day," said Army Capt. Eric Bey, chaplain of the 525
Military Police Battalion. "It has a positive impact and can lift the spirits
and morale of those receiving a gift."
Bey is also a volunteer and will work with many others distributing
stockings throughout the base and at Joint Task Force Guantanamo.
Many other events take place during Christmas and throughout the year
to help those not as fortunate. Other churches, youth groups and military
and civic organizations also provide outstanding support to military
families, island residents and their families as well. As we begin a new
year in a few weeks, consider the many available opportunities offered
throughout the base to volunteer or contribute to making this an even
better community.
Regardless of negative news on television, the Internet and newspapers,
some great things are happening here on this island and it is exciting to
be part of it. The recent Special Olympics Torch Run is just one of many
special events that take place throughout Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
and Joint Task Force Guantanamo. What a great way to spend Christmas
helping people and putting a smile of someone's face.
For additional information about Operation Christmas Stocking or
upcoming volunteer opportunities during the holiday season, please
contact the naval station chaplains' office at ext. 2323. 0


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