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With rare exception, Joint Task Force Guantanamo
personnel do a phenomenal job every day in an extremely
challenging environment. It would be difficult to hope for a
much higher success rate, considering the number of troops
we have assigned to so many complex and diverse roles. Our
service members thrive through demanding work schedules,
unending scrutiny, extended family separation and isolated
duty to make this team a model for proficiency, camaraderie and
professional accomplishment. Your efforts in 2009 have been
nothing short of extraordinary. Thank you.
I am concerned, however, about incidents involving
improper off-duty conduct. It doesn't take a statistics major
to realize the common denominator can often be excessive
consumption of alcohol. And no particular service, pay
grade or command is immune to this concern.
We need to fix these problems whenever they arise.
One transgression is too many considering we have
so many resources readily available to prevent them.
When we jeopardize lives and break laws, it's time
to circle the wagons as an organization. Otherwise,
we will eventually be mourning a tragedy and
wondering what we should have done differently.
All services have very little tolerance for
irresponsible use of alcohol. Punitively, it can
cost anything from money and pay grade to loss
of upward mobility or even career. Issues like
non-judicial punishment simply don't improve your
r6sum&. While our armed forces don't have a zero-defect
mentality, it can be difficult to recover from a bad decision
made after too many drinks.
JTF GTMO is unusual. Much of the force is deployed
in an arduous setting, sharing many characteristics with
combat theaters. However, unlike those locations, we
have the unique privilege of visiting bars on base and
buying alcohol available to people over 21. There's
an assumption that we will protect that privilege with
maturity and moderation. Still, there are a few people
missing the mark and making stupid choices. Why?
Is it poor communication; job-related stress; a lack
of common sense; addiction; failure to look out for
each other; blatant disregard for rules or an absence of
leadership? I suppose it's probably a combination of all
those things and more.
So how do we attack these types of problems? The
common answer is personal accountability send a
message by holding those who cross the line responsible
for their actions. Troops are, in fact, paying serious
consequences for alcohol-related incidents at GTMO. But
what happens when that doesn't correct the course? Leaders
are understandably reluctant to penalize the masses for the
sins of a few. However, it has been previously employed
as a last resort and remains a viable response if we can't
figure out a more proactive measure of prevention. Nobody
wants it to get to that point. The preference is that we come
to terms with the causes and eliminate problems before they
occur at all.
First, frontline leaders need to know their troops, especially
those who are under 21 or vulnerable to alcohol abuse. Non-
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TROOPER-TO-TROOPER I THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2009
* GTMO's medical command
Army Staff Sgt.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Service members and family members
gathered to celebrate the successes of the Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay naval hospital and
Joint Task Force Guantanamo's Joint Medical
Group under the command of Navy Capt.
David Wright during a change of command
ceremony, Dec. 30. Navy Capt. Monte Bible
assumed the dual command from Wright, who
leaves Guantanamo for a position in Virginia
as director of health care operations at Navy
The naval station hospital at Guantanamo
Bay is a general care medical facility with 12
operating beds, capable of expanding to 25
beds with a combined staff of military and
civilian employees. The hospital supports the
base community with inpatient and outpatient
services. In addition to the hospital's care of
the general base population, the Joint Medical
Group provides medical care to Joint Task
Force Guantanamo Troopers and the detainee
Wright saw the ceremony as an opportunity
to recognize his shipmates who have
contributed to the success of the mission at
GTMO. His unique command brought together
two organizations of professionals from
multiple branches of the service into one team
that benefitted from the combined experience
"I'm honored to serve two excellent teams of
professionals who have together accomplished
exceptional things," Wright said.
Wright credited the diversity and
professionalism of his team for successes
including gaining approval for a new long-term
care facility on base, preparing for an upcoming
survey by the Joint Commission and repeated
recognitions from the International Committee
of the Red Cross for compassionate medical
care for detainees.
"You've demonstrated perseverance under
difficult situations to provide safe, humane,
legal and transparent care for the detainees,"
Navy RearAdm. Tom Copeman, commander
of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, praised
Wright's leadership by saying that although he
was only in command a short time, he made a
positive impact on the community. Copeman
sited his family's personal experience with the
hospital staff as being caring and professional,
a direct reflection on their leadership.
"The commander sets the tone that enables
his subordinates to flourish," said Copeman. "It
is the people who operate the technology, and
how they've been led that leads to success."
Guest speaker Navy Rear Adm. William
Kiser, commanding officer of Navy Medicine
East, spoke of the leadership qualities
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demonstrated by Wright during his
"He invested himself in those he's been
blessed to lead, he has lived the values
of honor, courage and commitment with
reckless abandon, and he remembers that he
and the hospital are part of something greater
than themselves," said Kiser. "He is leaving
this place, the staff and facility better than he
Kiseralsobroughta message to the medical
staff in attendance about the significance
of Guantanamo Bay, and in particular, one
man John Blair Gibbs an acting assistant
surgeon in the Navy attached to the 1It Marine
Battalion during the Spanish American War.
Gibbs participated in the 1898 invasion of
Guantanamo Bay, providing medical care to
the Marines he supported. During the battle,
Gibbs, along with five other Marines, died.
"You are now proud bearers of the
legacy of sacrifice left to you by John Blair
Gibbs," said Kiser. "It was in this place he
gave his life for his shipmates and exercised
commitment, focus and passion in support
of his country and the Marines he was
Kiser encouraged the medical staff to
follow the examples set by Wright and Gibbs
and to continue to provide a high level of
care under the leadership of Capt. Bible.
"Today we are a nation at war," said
Kiser. "One hundred years from now, people
will be telling stories about what you do."
Bible assumed command with a few short
words and a promise to those present.
"I'm here to be a part of the team," said
Bible. "I want to help you succeed and
make sure you're fulfilled personally and
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The Seabees are the Construction Battalions (CBs) of the U.S. 4
Navy. They have a history of building bases, bulldozing, paving
thousands of miles of roadway and airstrips and overall general
construction on military bases.
At Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, the Seabees of Naval
Mobile Construction Battalion 25 are on a six-month deployment
in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo and naval station
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Ludwig, assistant
operations officer, gives a little insight as to the ongoing and
upcoming projects that the Seabees are currently performing.
"We have performed multiple projects, humanitarian work
and base needs throughout the U.S. Southern Command and
Guantanamo," Ludwig said.
"We handle the work for the roads that the Marines use
to conduct their perimeter checks, as part of their mission
requirements," Ludwig said.
Not only the roads used for Marines patrols, but also streets
used by civilians and other service members, are being repaired to
fix cracks and potholes that can cause damage to vehicles or result
in an accident.
"We also have just completed a minor demolition project at
Zaiser Field, removing the old, unutilized structures and so the
land can be reused in the future," Ludwig added.
One of the major projects underway is the building of
two K-Span structures located across from Nob Hill housing
complex on Sherman Avenue K-Span buildings are a new form
of construction within the Seabee community. These 60 feet tall,
120 feet long facilities are used to house equipment and prevent
weather corrosion. The K-Spans will be air-conditioned, lighted
and have overhead doors for large equipment storage, and are
virtually maintenance-free, since they are watertight, rust-free,
earthquake and fire-proof.
Navy Petty Officer Ist Class Fred Stoaks, a construction
mechanic, knows that it is a team effort just to get started on a
section of the building.
"It's a 15-person job, just to lay the material out," Stoaks said.
"With everyone working together on the same page, it's an easy
process but it's just a little time consuming."
As the work continues, the Seabees review blueprints and
specifications, to ensure that the plans are being followed correctly,
and making sure no one gets hurt.
As with any project, safety is a big concern. The Seabees
enforce the use of safety equipment such as hard hats, safety
glasses and work boots, which all must be worn when entering the aUiJ
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At an alarming rate over the last few
years, suicide and suicide attempts have
increased significantly throughout the U.S.
military. Mental health, depression and
stress are issues that are constantly discussed
throughout the military. Suicide
is now the second highest cause
of death for U.S. military forces.
Fortunately, living and working
in difficult and often hazardous
conditions is not something
you have to experience alone.
While deployed to Joint Task
Force Guantanamo, help is
readily available to any individual seeking
counseling or just someone with whom to
Providing Trooper's with the needed
support system has been the cornerstone of
the Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration
Team (JSMART). The JSMART staff
includes a clinical psychologist and three
neuropsychiatric technicians who are
experienced in stress management, positive
coping skills, assertiveness training, conflict
resolution and relationship building.
Without someone to talk to or share
your concerns or even frustrations with,
these issues can often mushroom into
something larger. From deployment-
related stress, family concerns back home,
emptiness during the holiday season and
operational security measures, many
Troopers experience some type of anxiety
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2009 I MISSION
or depression while deployed. JSMART clinical services to Troopers and base
personnel also provide outreach at various personnel on suicide prevention, referral
lectures and forums throughout Naval sources and one-on-one counseling.
Station Guantanamo Bay. Additionally, FFSC has personnel who understand the
JSMART offers sessions to individual many hardships experienced by military
Troopers on a walk-in or scheduled basis at personnel.
the JSMART office. Although the FFSC is physically located
From behind the wire, inside the galley on the naval station side of the base, they
and at the often busy work spaces, the also maintain an office at the JTF One-
Stop. FFSC has licensed clinical
Most of the time, just sharing your professionals and mental health
counselors to work with those
concerns with those willing to listen at risk. One-on-one counseling
mak a situation that might seem sessions are available to anyone
makes a situation a mig eem dealing with stress, depression
bleak, much brighter. and experiencing any signs of
-Lee Adelman suicide.
Additionally, the non-clinical
"on-the-spot" outreach effort by JSMART staff provides monthly training on suicide
staff ensures the communication effort to prevention, anger management, stress
Troopers is frequent, consistent and readily management, family advocacy and work
available. and family life programs.
"I try to give the service members "Fleet and Family Support Center is
a positive outlook, which helps with one piece of the entire puzzle," said Lee
their stressors at the time," said Navy Adelman, education services facilitator.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Joy Wilson, a "We work closely with JTF, the hospital
neuropsychiatric technician and member staff, the chaplain's office and an entire
of the JSMART team. "JSMART offers a network of support personnel throughout
variety of services while out on rounds. We the base. We are available to anyone that
provide personnel with information that can needs our assistance. Most of the time, just
be used to improve the quality of life, reduce sharing your concerns with those willing
the probability of problems developing, to listen makes a situation that might seem
improve work performance, and improve bleak, much brighter."
the environment of the command to further Adelman praised the supportive
the mission." relationship and partnership with the
Additionally, Fleet and Family Support leadership of Joint Task Force Guantanamo
Center (FFSC), working closely with
JSMART, provides clinical and non- See JSMART/13
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Fast-paced music, an intense instructor
and dozens of exhausted, sweaty people
is what you will find at the Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay cardio-kickboxing class
at the Marine Hill Fitness Center.
The Morale, Welfare and Recreation
fitness program is here to support mission
readiness by providing multiple options for
Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers and
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay residents
to maintain physical fitness.
Army Staff Sgt. Sherri Anne McFarlane,
with JTF Guantanamo, participates in the
cardio-kickboxing class and plans on
attending them all until her departure.
"It is a great way to stay fit," McFarlane
said. "It is my first time in a cardio-
kickboxing class, and he does a great job
at making it easy to learn. It is like riding a
bike easy to learn and you won't forget."
"The instructor creates a great workout
environment," McFarlane added.
Carl Heron, an MWR fitness instructor,
has been teaching cardio-kickboxing for 10
"It is mostly martial arts mixed with
aerobics," said Heron, who has a second
degree black belt in martial arts. "It is a
three-level class basic, intermediate and
advanced so it is for everyone."
Cardio-kickboxing improves and
maintains cardiovascular fitness, increases
strength and flexibility, improves
coordination and balance, and sharpens
reflexes. It also relieves stress by allowing
your body to get aggression out. The
class includes a variety of punches, kicks,
knee strikes and other self-defense moves
interspersed with a bouncing move. The
class is on Mondays, Wednesdays and
Fridays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
"It is a good way to lose weight and get
lean," Heron continued. "The class is self
driven, so you will get as much out of it as
you put into it."
There are more than 20 different fitness
classes each week taught by five instructors.
The classes include:
Yoga tones up the muscles and
circulatory system. It massages the glands
and internal organs, helps to lessen fatigue
and the aging processes; deepens breathing
and can extend endurance, and increase your
flexibility. Yoga also increases willpower
and mental outlook, as well as help in
relaxation of everyday strains and stresses.
The class is on Mondays, Wednesdays and
Fridays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays
from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Pilates focuses on the core postural
muscles that help keep the body balanced
and are essential to providing support for
the spine. It also teaches awareness of neural
alignment of the spine and strengthening
the deep postural muscles that support this
alignment, which are important to help
alleviate and prevent back pain. The class
is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m.
to 7 p.m. and Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to
Spinning concentrates on building
your leg muscles. The class is on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 a.m. to
6:45 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Step Aerobics uses a platform, lively
music and choreography in order to bur
calories with half of the impact as running.
It also includes 10-15 minutes of upper
body workout and abdominal exercises,
allowing for a full body workout. The class
is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m.
to 6 p.m
Aqua Aerobics improves strength
and tones and increases flexibility of all
muscles by using the resistance of water.
The fast-paced program uses music
designed to increase aerobic capacity, aid
in weight control, bur calories quickly
and tone the body. Swimming ability is not
required. The class is on Saturdays from
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Other classes include Step-N-Sculpt on
Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
and Stability Ball training on Tuesdays
from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
For more information on MWR classes,
call ext. 77262 or 75576. 0
LOCAL SPORTS I THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2009
Goats: un-bleat-ably bad
Army Lt. Col.
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
I've never been embarrassed for a
movie before I saw "The Men Who Stare at
Goats. And since I've seen Lou Ferrigno in
"Hercules," that's saying a lot.
It starts out with a claim that "more of this
is true than you would believe." If by that,
they mean there is the tiniest atom of fact in
the idea that the U.S. Army once experimented
with psychic warfare then yes, they're right.
But beyond that sliver of reality, the maker
of this film took more liberties than David
Letterman with his staff.
The film is set in moder-day Iraq, but
frequently flashes back to the 1980s. The
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plot begins with a reporter, played by Ewan
McGregor, an excellent actor who played
young Obi-Wan in the "Star Wars" movies.
In Kuwait the reporter meets with Lyn
Cassady (played by George Clooney), who
drives him into Iraq while telling him about
the 1st Battalion of the New Earth Army,
the unit he used to belong to during the
1980s, which explored new-age techniques
to "wage peace," such as remote viewing,
invisibility, hippy philosophy, mind-altering
drugs and native American spiritualism. So
much new-age gobbledygook is mentioned
in this movie during and in between
flashbacks, that I'm surprised pyramid
power and aura readings didn't at least get
a mention. These psychic soldiers called
themselves "Jedi Knights" because they
were supposedly developing special powers
to fight, or actually not to fight, evil.
"The whole point was to avoid conflict,"
Cassady tells us. Apparently, the New Earth
Army was supposed to find something more
logistically practical than having the entire
United States run away. So we turned to
unproven, unverifiable and unsubstantiated
new age methods. If you can see the logic in
this, then I'll make a psychic prediction that
you were not a philosophy major in college.
Commanded by Lt. Col. Bill Django,
(played by Jeff Bridges who has done
great work in several films, just none that
I recall), whose command philosophy can
be summed up by, "I'm your commanding
officer and I order you to let the dance out,"
the unit explores new ways of thinking and
of styling their hair. Ultimately, Django is
relieved of command and the experiments
take a new and darker turn, with Cassady
concentrating on a goat with such intensity
that he kills it.
He might have been doing the goat a
favor, as it is highly unlikely that it will
get any kind of decent roles after being in
this movie. He'll be lucky if he can get a
bit part as livestock in the R-rated remake
of "The Sound of Music." Clooney, on the
other hand, gives a masterful performance as
someone who really thinks he can kill goats
just by thinking about it. I see Oscar material
We later find out that some of the things
learned by this unit in the 1980s are being
used in moder-day Iraq, "but without all
the hippy stuff." Near the end, the reporter
learns from Django something the rest of
us figured out in the first 15 minutes of the
film: none of that stuff really worked. And
neither does this movie. You know what
would have worked? Setting the entire
movie in the 1980s when what little of
this stuff that happened actually happened
instead of trying to make it "relevant" to
someone with a political axe to grind today.
But if you feel you MUST see this movie,
watch out for the flashback whiplash. 0
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JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
It is the end of the year and many Joint
Task Force Guantanamo Troopers might
be wanting to make
changes in their life.
We've all done it -
made a decision at the
beginning of the year
to make a change. For
many, it is a drastic
change to lose weight,
quit smoking or begin
a totally foreign
new routine in our
lives. How well has
it worked? Do you
have the support of
your fellow Troopers?
What has worked
for others? These are
some questions we
ask ourselves when
we prepare to make a
Army Spc. Anthony
Berkowitz, a chaplain's
assistant for the
5251 Military Police
Battalion has his own
ideas on resolutions.
"If something is that important why
did you wait until New Year's to make the
change?" said Berkowitz. "If someone says
they are going to quit smoking, I think 'oh
please!' they're not going to quit smoking."
Having tried to
quit smoking, In any
he knows how n any
hard it is to in ou
change a habit,
even with wit
"We think of
the New Year
as a time to
change," said JTF command chaplain Air
Force Lt. Col. William Ferrell, who has his
own thoughts on successful life changes.
"Often we use any particular marker in
our lives to make changes. Birthdays and
the New Year are those times when people
think about their lives and where they're
going. In any change we make in our habits,
it starts with our thinking."
Ferrell recommends using moderation
as a tool for change.
"New Year's resolutions need to be
followed up on with action," he said.
"It's like making a 90-degree turn. If it is
too dramatic of a change, the change will
not work. But if you shoot for a gradual
change, something that is more realistically
achievable, thenyou can move more toward
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the 90-degree turn."
"I didn't make a resolution for this
year because I'm too busy getting ready
to redeploy home," said Army Sgt. Carlos
Chapman of the 189t Military Police
Company. He admits it's not always easy to
start the New Year by making resolutions,
but adds, "I've made [resolutions] in the
past and accomplished them, but I've had
relapses. So I try to make little changes,
and not slip back."
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William Ferrell accomplishment
was when I
[resolved] to make an attitude adjustment;
It really helped me and it was good for my
career," said Chapman.
Sometimes it is a matter of looking at
your goals in general terms to help with the
success of changing your life.
"I usually have a theme instead of a
resolution," said Navy Petty Officer 3rd
Class Woodrow Scott, a neuropsychiatric
technician at the Joint Stress Mitigation
and Restoration Team. This year, my theme
is to keep the faith. I have a broad focus
and apply it to everything. When I'm at
work I think about keeping the faith and
what that means. I also apply it in my
[personal] relationships and with God.
How am I keeping the faith in what I am
What are you doing to change your life
or improve yourself? If you want changes,
then look to the experts for advice. Here are
a few tips from the University of Maryland
Medical System and Psychology Today
if you are trying to make life-changing
and "get in
is a useful
"I'll get up every
day at 5:00 a.m.
and run," or "I'll
never eat sweets
likely feel more
than a healthy
Even a simple system of check marks on
a calendar helps you see the big picture
and stay accountable to yourself. Enlisting
a buddy with whom to compare notes has
also been shown to increase adherence to
healthy diet and exercise.
Aim to be "good enough," not perfect.
Don't be so hard on yourself that you give
up after the first failure. 0
If you intend on making a
change and haven't picked a
resolution for yourself, here
are the top 10 New Year's
Resolutions (according to
10. Get organized
9. Help others
8. Learn something new
7. Get out of debt
6. Quit drinking
5. Enjoy life more
4. Quit smoking
3. Tame the bulge
2. Fit in fitness
1. More family time
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2009
Many Troopers at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay may be
thinking of ringing in the New Year by having a few drinks with
friends. While drinking isn't prohibited at GTMO, common sense
and good judgment are the keys to avoiding bad decisions and
mistakes that could lead to disciplinary action or injury.
"Troopers should be responsible and have a plan before they
go out," said Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Danny Shelton, the
Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion operations lead chief petty
All Troopers are subject to the policies of their individual
commands, JTF policies and naval station policies while living
at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. In regard to drinking, JTF
Policy Memorandum No. 5, the Use of Alcohol, and Naval Station
Instruction 1700.1, Alcoholic Beverage Control, govern the use of
alcohol by members of the JTF.
Policy No. 5 states that, "all individuals drinking alcohol will
do so responsibly and in compliance with this policy, all other
applicable JTF-GTMO policy memoranda and all applicable naval
base regulations... a single incident of alcohol abuse may result
in the loss of this privilege for the duration of an individual's
deployment with the JTF"
For those new to the JTF, or those preparing to leave, alcohol
use is prohibited for the first 14 days after arriving at GTMO and
the last 14 days prior to departing to ensure a smooth left seat/right
Drinking and driving is a serious offense, with grave
consequences for Troopers at home and abroad. At Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay, masters-at-arms conduct frequent traffic stops
and patrol for any signs of impaired driving.
Luckily, there are many options for Troopers who need a safe
ride on base. A base shuttle system runs throughout Guantanamo
Sunday through Thursday until 1:00 a.m. and Friday and Saturday
until 2:00 a.m. Taxis are available through Morale, Welfare and
Recreation and Safe Rides are provided by various commands.
Walking is also an option as many places on base are within
walking distance. Remember, you must wear a reflective belt
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2009 I NEWS & INFORMATION
whenever walking on base, day or night.
The Courtesy Patrol and Safe Ride programs are a presence watch
intended to deter improper conduct and excessive use of alcohol.
The courtesy patrol aspect of the program uses JTF leadership to
provide a presence at locations where Troopers usually gather to
monitor for those who are acting inappropriately. The Safe Ride
patrols the streets, offering rides to those who are walking and
watches for Troopers leaving from drinking establishments to
ensure they have a designated driver or a Safe Ride home. JTF
Troopers can call ext. 84913 or ext. 84781 for the JTF Safe Ride
and NEGB Troopers can call ext. 8139 for the NEGB Safe Ride.
"We are the Troopers' first line of defense in prevention of DUI
or vehicular incidents," said Army Sgt. 1Pt Class Kelvin Bailey,
who coordinates the JTF Safe Ride program.
The Safe Ride programs operate in addition to a Morale,
Welfare and Recreation program that allows Troopers to call the
base MWR taxi service, at ext. 75586, and present a Safe Ride
card. The Trooper will then be given a free ride home and the taxi
driver will be reimbursed through MWR.
"With all of the options for safe transportation on base, there's
no excuse for Troopers to drink and drive," said Shelton. O
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189th MP Company defines volunteerism
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Joint Task Force Guantanamo's 189t Military Police
Company volunteered withthe Red Cross to support the Holiday
Mail for Heroes mission, which allowed Troopers stationed at
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to receive a holiday card.
"The program provides a morale boost for a lot of people
here without family," said Sharon Coganow, the Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay American Red Cross manager. "A lot of the
cards are made by kids, which makes it a little more personal
One of the cards, with childlike handwriting, reads, "Merry
Christmas. Y'all are the best, and I hope you come home soon
and safely to your family and friends."
And another card that has a Christmas tree and snowman
drawn all on it ends with, "PS. Santa is watching you."
This is the third year for this program and it has already sent
out many cards to service members around the world.
"The National Red Cross Headquarters collects thousands of Ar
boxes, which have thousands of cards in them, and then dictates ar
which locations to send them, and how many boxes to send to ex
each location," Coganow said. "So the 189t Military Police fr
Company sorted through thousands and thousands of cards, -
scanning for stuff that is inappropriate and offensive to [Troopers.]
The cards can't contain personal information, extremely religious
or any negative remarks. People can get carried away. Then they
were passed out to the [Troopers] throughout GTMO by the fire
"It is a really time-consuming mission," she added. "We get a
lot of active duty [Troopers] volunteering for the Red Cross."
Army 2nd Lt. Stephanie Wormwood, the 189th MP executive
officer, is able to see the benefits of volunteering.
"I think it is important to give back to the community," said
Wormwood, who is also the company's volunteer program
coordinator. "It is a great way to meet people and support the
community, especially in a joint environment like this."
my Capt. Susan Redente (left), 189th MP Co. commander
id Army 2nd Lt. Stephanie Wormwood (right) 189th MP Co.
ecutive officer, each receive a certificate of appreciation
om Sharon Coganow, American Red Cross manager, Dec. 28.
JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Michael Baltz
More than 15 Troopers from the company volunteered
approximately 72 hours, which lead to receiving a certificate of
appreciation from the American Red Cross.
"I volunteered a lot with different organizations," said Army
Spc. Brittany Green, with the 189th. "I love to help out with the
community. I enjoy volunteering when I have the opportunity."
The 189h volunteer program continues to work within the local
community to find opportunities for Troopers to volunteer their
"We are always looking for ways to support the GTMO
community," Wormwood said. "Whether it is trash pick-up or
sorting through cards, volunteering maintains a level of importance
in our command." 0
NEWS & INFORMATION I THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2009
CMC: Drink responsibly over the holiday weekend
Fleming from 2
commissioned officers are charged with
paying attention to people and equipping
them with the resources to be successful
both on and off duty.
Communication is a resource. Talk
about cause-and-effect, discuss plans for
social activities in advance, make people
familiar with alternatives to alcohol and
options to avoid driving when they have
had too much to drink, and confront those
who appear to be making bad decisions.
NCOICs must set the tone with personal
example by emphasizing the legal and
responsible use of alcohol, practicing it
themselves, and constantly engaging their
troops in two-way dialogue on the subject.
Exercise situational awareness. Alcohol-
related incidents usually do not occur
instantaneously in a vacuum. They develop
gradually with other people watching and
either enabling the problem or ignoring
it altogether. Battle buddies, shipmates,
wingmen need to cover each other's six,
especially when rational thought is clouded
by six or seven drinks. Senior people at
social events have an obligation to intervene
when good order and discipline are absent
or the welfare of subordinates is at risk. The
responsibility does not disappear because
you take off the uniform or happen to be
hanging out at O'Kelly's.
Get help to people who need it. We
have the Joint Stress Mitigation and
Restoration Team, counselors at the Fleet
and Family Support Center, unit Drug and
Alcohol Program Advisors, chaplains and
medical professionals who may recognize
warning signs and symptoms early enough
to protect service members from walking
down a dangerous path. A lot of times, it
doesn't necessarily take a trained expert
- just someone who cares enough to ask
questions when things don't seem normal.
Guantanamo Bay is a fantastic duty
assignment with numerous benefits, but
when some of those privileges begin to
undermine mission accomplishment, all
of us need to look in the mirror and decide
what's really important. I want to wish
everyone a safe and happy New Year's
weekend. Please look out for each other
and get us off to a smart start in 2010. O
i Assistance available for Troopers
SJ MARTfrom 5
on these issues and in identifying and
providing counseling services to Trooper's
dealing with stress, depression and other
Since nearly eight percent of those
who attempt or commit suicide give some
warning of their intensions, it is important
for each Trooper to know common suicide
high-risk factors: psychiatric issues,
drug and alcohol use, relationship issues,
domestic violence, financial problems,
family history, prior suicide attempts, a
significant loss, depression, hopelessness
and social loss. Each incident and reason
why is as unique as the individual.
If you think a Trooper is at risk of suicide,
it is important to ACT = Ask Be willing to
listen, Care Take it seriously, Treat Seek
professional help; stay with your friend,
and call 911 or emergency personnel -
Troopers taking care of Troopers!
Joint Task Force Guantanamo and the
Fleet and Family Support Center continue
to provide exceptional mental health
services with open arms, a personal touch
and an understanding heart. Just listening
to a Trooper can begin to address their
JSMART is available at ext. 3566 and
psychological services are available 24
hours a day, 7 days a week. The Fleet and
Family Support Center is open Monday
- Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.
and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..
Come by bldg 2135 or call ext. 4141 to
make an appointment. Q
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2009 I VOICE OF THE FORCE
THE WIRE I PAGE 13
Military Police Battalion Chaplain
Have you ever seen a walking dead
person? I'm not talking about zombies, per
se, but I guess a case could be made for the
What I am referring to is a passage
of scripture in the book of John. Jesus
was approached at night by Nicodemus,
a leading member of the Jewish Ruling
High Counsel, the Sanhedrin. Nicodemus
declared they knew Jesus was from God
because of the miracles he was performing.
Jesus didn't acknowledge a word he said,
but rather perplexed him by going into
what appeared to be a difficult teaching.
Jesus essentially tells Nick that unless a
person is "born again," they will not see or
enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Nick was
perplexed and, like most of us would do,
he went back to what he knew and asked
if he had to enter a second time into the
womb to be born. Jesus explained and
differentiated the natural realm with the
spiritual. He said, "That which is born of
the flesh is flesh, but that which is born of
the Spirit is spirit."
I shall try to boil this down for you.
Jesus was trying to explain t it is
spiritual rebirth that needs to take place
because spiritually we died when we chose
sin over obedience.
To prove my point and to show the
principle, I would like you to look at Adam
and Eve. The Lord told Adam he would die
the very day he ate of the forbidden fruit,
yet we know through biblical account that
Adam lived to be 930 years old. So did he
die that day or was God wrong? What did
happen that day?
The Bible tells us that he was expelled
from the garden. That doesn't sound like
any big deal until you realize that was
where the presence of God dwelled. Yes,
He is omnipresent, but His manifested
presence was exclusively in the garden. To
be expelled from there was to be banished
from His presence, spiritually dead,
separated from your God.
That is all death is really. Even physical
death is nothing more than a separation of
your soul and spirit from your body. Death
Now to the creator of life, the animator
of clay, the God of the resurrection, physical
death means nothing. He tells us not to
fear those who can kill the flesh... mainly
because he can resurrect and restore life to
anything or anyone.H l us rather to
fear Him who can kill both the body and
the spirit... and, of course, He is referring
In physical life, at conception we are
born in complete perfection. The soul, body
and spirit are unified until the day of our
death, or separation. At some point in our
lives however, we chose to disobey God
and spiritually we are separated from Him.
So though we walk around and continue
our daily lives, we are in fact spiritually
dead; walking dead men.
It is this condition that the Lord is
addressing and trying to make Nick aware
of. He is trying to tell us that we need to take
care of the sin that has killed or separated
us. We need to be reunited with our God
through Jesus. He is the one who has paid
our debt in full and offers it to us. But like
any gift, it only belongs to those who claim
or receive it.
Have you received the gift of Christ
or are you a walking dead person still
separated from your God in trespasses and
sins? The gift will be offered for a limited
time only. When we physically die, it is too
late. Today, if you hear His voice, don't
harden your hearts. Heed His call and so be
saved, reborn! Q
Daily Catholic Mass
Mon. Fri. 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m.
Daily Catholic Mass
Sun. Fri. 6:30 a.m.
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Sunday 9:00 a.m.
Friday 1:15 p.m.
Friday 7:00 p.m.
FMI call 2628
Sunday 1:00 p.m.
Seventh Day Adventist
Saturday 11:00 a.m.
Iglesia Ni Christo
Sunday 5:30 a.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m.
GTMO Bay Christian
Sunday 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
LIFE & SPIRIT I THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2009
i' I i I I
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
After four-month tour with the U.S.A. Express
band. Army S. Daniel Jaggie, a preventive medicine
non-conmmissiond officer with the 525th Military Police
battalion, returned to finish his deployment at Joint Task
Jaggie was released from his command to rforwith
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