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Happy HolidaysGuantanamo Bay! Inside the Wire... Page 6 Page 6 Page 5 Page 5 Page 4 Page 4 Published in the interest of personnel assigned to JTF-GTMO and COMNAV Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Honor Bound to Defend Freedom Volume 3, Issue 3 Friday, December 20, 2002 By Army Spc. Lisa L. GordonWorking with a partner isnt always easy. It can be downright challenging, especially when those paired to work together come from different walks of life and have different means of communication. Now imagine the challenges one would face if ones partner were from a species different than ones own. In this scenario, there are several factors to consider that would make working in pairs even more demanding. Communication, establishing dominance, and the additional responsibilities that are included in caring for an animal are just some of the issues the dog handlers that make up the kennel section for the Joint Detention Operations Group (J-DOG) handle every day, 24 hours a day. Dog handler and kennel master Army Staff Sgt. Robert Moore of the 42 nd Military Police Detachment said it takes a lot of responsibility to be a dog handler. The handlers themselves are responsible for the kennels, the overall well being of the dogs, and the continuous training required in order to maintain the dogs certification as military working dogs. The handlers also conduct a great deal of training with their dogs including a minimum of four hours of detection work and four hours of patrol work every week. Due to the substantial training requirements and the level of care required by the dogs, active duty service members tend to make up the bulk of dog handlers. The process of becoming a military dog handler isnt something a soldier falls into After becoming an MP, he or she must be approved through their command before attending the three month program at the United States Army Military Working Dog School. If youre chosen or youre lucky enough to go to the dog program, you go to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. You learn how to train the dog, how to work with a dog, and how to be a good dog team. You learn everything from sit, stay, and heel, to the attack work and the detection work. Its a really good school, see Handlers, page 5. Mans best friend and lo y al partner Army Staff Sgt. and dog handler, Robert Moore, allows his dog Python to chew on a training sleeve after a particularly good performance during a training exercise.Photo by Army Spc. Lisa L. Gordon
Many years back, I had the opportunity to conduct some Infantry training at beautiful Fort Lewis, Wash. Our tactical officers repeatedly instructed us to never 'tamper, bother, or otherwise destroy' the numerous three-foot high ant hills. We listened closely, however, once out on our patrols, we did the exact opposite. We found all kinds of ways to bother those ants and their homes; punch holes through their nests with tree branches, throw meals, ready to eat contents and watch them scramble, or simply pour water on them. We thought it was was funny, however, we were actually disclosing our location and direction of travel. Our tactical officers knew of our misdeeds, kept quiet, and set us up in a trap. During another 'routine' patrol a week later over the same terrain, we were ambushed and our squad was annihilated. What hard lessons did we learn in our After Action Review? 1. By tampering with the ant hills, we left indicators of our movement, plans, and unit size. While we thought we were on routine patrols, the adversary was using this information and formulating a plan to defeat our mission. 2. We jeopardized our mission because what we thought was harmless turned out to be harmful 3. We totally underestimated our adversaries' (our tactical officers) ability to track our so-called fun. We actually thought we would not get caught!! What should you take away from that After Action Review? Indicators are any observable and/or detectable activity pointing to critical information. They may appear as routine events, but are often predictable. The route you take to work, your duty shifts or patrols, or even your meeting schedules can be indicators of your specific job in our mission. Sending sensitive, operational information through the Internet or over unsecure phones can leave indicators of mission changes and jeopardize our important mission. Talking in public about our operation in the presence of unknown personnel sends additional indicators to our adversaries. Our adversaries use this information, combine it with other bits of information from other sources, and then begin to form a plan to defeat our mission. Therefore, alter your daily routines, no matter how small they may seem. Never assume that our adversaries are unable to 'track' your intentions or your duties. Finally, don't give away operational information by tampering with those 'ant hills.' Stay in your lane, remain focused on your specific tasks, and do your best to protect your piece of our vital mission. 'Think OPSEC' J T F G T M O C o m m a n dCommander: Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller Task Force CSM: Command Sgt. Major George L. Nieves Public Affairs Officer: Army Maj. Paul J. Caruso Command Information Officer / Editor: Army Capt. Linda K. Spillane Online at: http://www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo/ Circulation: 2,100 copiesT h e W i r e S t a f fThe Wire NCOIC: Staff Sgt. Stephen E. Lewald Layout Editor: Spc. George L. Allen Staff writers and design team: Sgt. Erin P. Viola Spc. Delaney T. Jackson Spc. Lisa L. Gordon Spc. Alan L. Knesek Contact us: 5239/5241 (Local phone) 5426 (Local fax) Joint Information Bureau/Pink Palace Message from Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller OPSEC Corner JTF-Guantanamo Commander Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller "If Iam able to determine the enemys dispositions while at the same time I conceal my own, then Ican concentrate and he must divide." Sun Tzu Page 2 Friday, December 20, 2002The Wire is produced by the 362nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment assigned to the Joint Information Bureau at JTFGTMO. This publication is printed under the provisions provided in Army Regulation 360-1 and does not reflect the views of the Department of Defense or the personnel within.Submissions to: lewaldse@JTFGTMO.southcom.mil Troopers of Joint Task Force Guantanamo: This time of year is about hope hope for a better tomorrow, where every person has the right to live in freedom. You represent the willing hearts and broad shoulders of what America stands for -do what is right no matter what the sacrifice. This time of year we celebrate the spirit of commitment. Each of you has made a personal commitment to the defense of freedom and answered the call of our country. Know that many soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines have been here before you -from the warriors who spent our military's first holiday season at Valley Forge to our comrades who are engaged in winning the War On Terrorism. Your commitment to make a difference is your share of living the legacy of American sacrifice on behalf of freedom throughout the world. I am proud to be leading this great organization. You are making a difference everyday. May you and your loved ones have a safe and wonderful holiday season and a joyous new year. God bless each of you, your families, and our country. Honor Bound.
Holiday Worship ServicesCatholic Dec 24 5 p.m. Main Chapel 12 p.m. Main Chapel 12 p.m.Camp America White Tent Dec 25 9 a.m. Main Chapel 10 a.m.Camp America White Tent 12:15 a.m. Leeward, Bldg. 525 Dec 31 5:30 p.m.Main Chapel 7 p.m. Camp America Wooden Chapel Jan 1 9 a.m. Main Chapel 10 a.m.Camp America White Tent 12:15 a.m. Leeward, Bldg. 525 Protestant Dec 24 6:30 p.m. Main Chapel 7 p.m. Camp America White Tent Dec 31 9 p.m. Main C hapel Fellowship Hall Page 3 Friday, December 20, 2002 Whats up, Doc? This Week in History: Dec. 27, 1979 Soviets take over AfghanistanIn an attempt to stabilize the turbulent political situation in Afghanistan, the Soviet Union sends 75,000 troops to enforce the installation of Babrak Karmal as the new leader of the nation. The new government and the imposing Soviet presence, however, had little success in putting down antigovernment rebels. Thus began nearly 10 years of an agonizing, destructive, and ultimately fruitless Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan. Ironically, Karmal overthrew and murdered another Afghan communist, Hafizullah Amin, to take power. Amin's government became unpopular and unstable after it attempted to install a harsh communist regime, declared one-party rule and abolished the Afghan constitution. Muslims in the nation rejected his rule and formed a rebel force, the Mujahideen. When it became apparent that Amin could not control the rebellion, Soviet troops intervened and put a puppet ruler, Karmal, into power. For the Soviets, political turbulence in this bordering nation, which was viewed by some officials as a potentially useful ally pursuing its interests in the Middle East, was unacceptable. The Soviet intervention cost Russia dearly. The seemingly endless civil war in Afghanistan resulted in thousands of Soviet dead and untold monetary costs. It also brought an abrupt end to the era of dtente between the United States and the Soviet Union that began during the Nixon years. In response to the Soviet intervention, President Jimmy Carter withdrew the SALT II agreement from consideration by Congress. The treaty, which had been signed in June 1979, was designed to establish parity in nuclear delivery vehicles between the United States and the Soviet Union. Carter also halted grain shipments to the Soviet Union and ordered a U.S. boycott of the 1980 Olympics that were to be held in Moscow.( Compiled from HistoryChannel.com ) The Holiday BluesBy Navy Capt. Douglas Lane, Ph.D. 85 MED DET (CSC), Clinical PsychologistThe holidays are a time of joy and celebration, but they can present unique challenges for service members deployed away from home, family, and friends. For some, the holidays can be a time of sadness, frustration, or anxiety -The holiday blues. The holiday blues can result from any of a number of factors, including unrealistic expectations, financial problems, being away from home, and worry over current events. Tips for coping with stress when deployed over the holidays: Try to set realistic goals for the holidays. Keep expectations simple for yourself and others. Don't give in to the "perfect holiday" trap. Similarly, dont fall into the trap of comparing the holidays this year to the standard of the good old days of holidays in the past. To do so is a set up for disappointment. Be flexible. Instead of getting lost in the details, try to remember the values that make the holidays meaningful to you. Make a budget and stick to it. Financial worries just add more stress. Dont try to make up for being separated from loved ones by buying them gifts you can not afford. Seek out free activities. Try not to overeat or drink excessively to escape stressful feelings. Alcohol may make you feel "up" at first, but it's actually a depressant; too much can make you feel worse. Eat healthy foods and get plenty of exercise. Try a new way of celebrating. Attend a celebration of another faith or community or give the gift of your time to someone else. Create happy memories for the future by beginning new traditions. Helping others can also help you feel better. Volunteer at the chapel or school, buy a present for a child in need, or visit with other supportive, caring people. If you do not have friends or family to visit with, reach out. Contact local clubs/organizations, religious groups, or community centers to see if they are holding activities that may interest you. Recognize that everyone is responding to the current situation differently. Allow yourself to feel sadness, anger, or lonely feelings. Nurture yourself. Take some time out each day to care for and celebrate yourself. Respect and validate others thoughts and feelings. Try to stay in the present. Look forward to the future. Life is full of changes. Consider what is important in your life now and good about these times.
Page 4F riday, December 20, 2002 Tae Kwon Do, Guantanamo Style Story and photos by Spc. Alan L. KnesekMany Joint Task Force Guantanamo personnel have joined the Guantanamo Tae Kwon Do program and have left here with several different belt levels of Tae Kwon Do, all depending on the time and effort that is put into the program. With six months on average to start this martial arts program and become efficient, time is the most important thing for the students and The World Tae Kwon Do Federation Instructor Matt Brittle, Chief Petty Officer, NAV BASE. The Dojang (Tae Kwon Do word for studio/school) has been up and running since Oct. 15, 2001. More than 300 students have been enrolled in this program. With these numbers increasing every month, the size of this program to date would compare to any World Tae Kwon Do Federation school or studio in the US. At first, we thought only a few would be interested, but soon found out that there was a large demand for the Tae Kwon Do schooling, said Brittle. According to Brittle, The only difficulty is not having enough classes and full time assistant instructors throughout the week to meet the demand of all the students. Rule of thumb for Tae Kwon Do schools is to have one black belt instructor for every ten students. Guantanamo Tae Kwon Do now averages 20 students per class with eight different belt levels and only one instructor to teach all the students in a time frame of eight classes a week. Trying to do much more with less has become the difficult part. Brittle has two other black belts that volunteer their time to help him during the classes to teach the students and keep up with the demand. With most students working their classes into a six month time frame, this limited class time attendance is one of the biggest steps to progressing through the ranks. The more classes they attend, the quicker they can advance through the ranks. By attending five or more classes a week, students can progress much quicker. This progression has benefited the JTF personnel tremendously, said Brittle. One of the many benefits of this program is that students can pick up right where they left off at GTMO Tae Kwon Do and continue their training at any certified WTF studio or school. We certify our students as WTF practitioners and with that they can go to any WTF facility in the world and continue. That is the beauty and benefit of our program here. A benefit that is overlooked a bit, said Brittle. Many of the disciplines found in Tae Kwon Do are found in the military branches at Guantanamo Bay. For Instruc tor Matt Brittle, the best thing that students can take away from this program is the sense of pride, the true meaning of self respect, self discipline, self confidence, and integrity, along with the ability to challenge anything in life and come out feeling good about ones self. No matter what belt level they master at the time of leaving Guantanamo Bay, students will carry all the physical and mental training with them for the rest of their lives. (left to right) Spc. Mario Veliz, 300th MP is instructed on how to perform a proper round-house kick by instructor Navy Chief Matt Brittle and his son, assistant instructor Matt Brittle Jr. (left to right) Spc. Justin Nelson, 300th MP; Army Sgt. Eric Dillman, 362nd MPAD; Spc. Mario Veliz, 300th MP, perform a front rising kick at the Guantanamo Tae Kwon Do Dojang on Marine Hill. (left to right) Spc. Justin Nelson, 300th MP; Army Sgt. Eric Dillman, 362nd MPAD; Spc. Mario Veliz, 300th MP; Navy Chief Petty Officer Hugh Mills, Nav. Sta. Food Services, move into the front fighting stance before performing any of the punches and kicks in class.
Page 5 Friday, December 20, 2002 Handlers, from page 1.said Moore. After being certified with a partner, dog handlers like those stationed here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo find that theres no shortage of work. Currently the kennel section for J-DOG has three working dogs, each with their own specialized certification. Two of the dogs are dual certified including: one bomb and patrol dog, one narcotics and patrol dog, and one straight patrol dog, which is used mostly for law enforcement. Here on base, the dogs and their handlers are responsible for external and internal security and psychological deterrentsboth inside and outside the camps, said Moore. Dog handlers are deployed frequently, as evidenced by Moores list of assignments (Kosovo, Kuwait, Bosnia, Honduras, Peru, and Ecuador) since becoming a handler in 1997. In addition to deployments, dog handlers are regularly needed for temporary duty in the U.S. to do missions with the civilian authorities. A handler and his or her dog will remain partners until the handler has a change of permanent duty station. The bond formed between dog and handler was expressed by Army Sgt. Brenden Hiatt of the 179 th Military Police Detachment when he spoke about his dog Ronnie. Ive had Ronnie for a year now and I definitely look at him as something more than a piece of equipment. To me, he is my partner. Especially when were out there working the road, doing patrol duties, working as police officers out on the streets. Hes there for me. Hes there to protect meand hell take a bullet for me if he has to. It sounds like it would be difficult to find a partner more devoted and more dependable than that. Army Sgt. and dog handler Brenden Hiatt runs from Python during a training exercise. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Moore calls off his dog, Python, after a simulated attack on Hiatt. Pythons strength is demonstrated by the ease with which he takes Hiatt down.Photo by Army Spc. Lisa L. Gordon Photo by Army Spc. Lisa L. Gordon Photo by Army Spc. Lisa L. Gordon Go to College!Svetlana Dell Area Coordinator City Colleges of ChicagoPrograms for the Military USNBGTMO: 011-5399-3999 Fax: 011-5399-5748 Email: email@example.com Attention Church Go-ers!Protestant Worship Service at Camp America will be at 9 a.m. starting Sunday.Bus times: Windward Loop: 8 a.m. (On the hill, front entrance) Tierra Kay:8:15 a.m. (Main Entrance)
Friday, December 20, 2002 Page 6 Story and photos by: Sgt. Erin ViolaAfter a long day at work, or a long week for that matter, most people want to go home and relax, or maybe just catch up on some z's. And, while rest and relaxation are very important, not only for one's health and well-being, but for troop morale, some people find solace in using their free time to volunteer and give back to the community. For the past several months, Coast Guardsmen from Port Security Unit 307 have been volunteering their time to restore the Lighthouse Museum here at Guantanamo Bay. After about 400 hours of pressure washing, chipping, four coats of paint, and lots of sweat, the Lighthouse Museum is ready for visitors once again. The heart of this volunteer project, spearheaded by Petty Officer William Farias and Petty Officer Melissa Steinman, was based on the idea of giving something back to the community. "Volunteer work is something that both of us do normally. It kind of reminds us of home (Florida)," said Steinman. "We wanted to get some sort of leadership project together where everyone could come out and have a good time, forget about what happens on the water, and get the whole unit together," said Steinman. At first, Steinman thought it would be a good idea to restore the little sea huts at Windmill beach. But after hearing about the lighthouse and the museum at an inb riefing, she knew that was the project. "We thought this would be more meaningful for us than just painting huts on the beach," said Steinman. However, Steinman did stress that those huts still need to be painted if anyone wants to volunteer. "Originally we were going to try and restore the lighthouse, but the Public Works Department and the safety officers told us it was more of a liability as far as Lighthouse Museum re-opens Inside the lighthouse... Navy Captain Robert A. Buehn Commander, U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay (left) presents an award of appreciation to Navy Captain Paul Crissy, Commanding officer of Port Security Unit 307. The recently renovated lighthouse is once again open to visitors thanks to the efforts 307th Port Security Unit.
having non-contractors and volunteers working on it," said Steinman. Last Saturday, all involved with the restoration of the museum gathered for a brief appreciation ceremony led by JoAnn King, Vice President of the Officer Civilian Spouses Club and Chair of the Cultural Committee that overseas the Lighthouse Museum. "In the beginning, the project seemed a little overwhelming to me and I wasn't sure that we could do it." One of King's main concerns was to make sure codes were followed and hazardous materials were handled properly. Thanks to the exceptional efforts of the self-help coordinator at PWD, Leo Ludovici, things were done the right way. Even though several hurricanes put the volunteers a little bit behind schedule, they still finished painting the Lighthouse Museum on time. Steinman said that over the past two weeks, they had about six people working every day. Someone, somewhere once said, "A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step." And so, a rare breed has taken that first step with the hopes that others who share the spirit of giving will continue what has been started here. Steinman hopes to get some grant money through the United States Lighthouse Society, so that the lighthouse can finally be restored. The Lighthouse Museum is open for self-guided tours Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. If you would like to volunteer at the museum, contact JoAnn King at x2774. Page 7 Friday, December 20, 2002 JoAnn King, Vice President of the Officer Civilian Spouses Club and Chair of the Cultural Committee for OCSC, gives thanks to volunteers who restored the Lighthouse Museum. A glimpse of Guantanamo Bay from inside the lighthouse. Petty Officer Melissa Steinman and Petty Officer William Farias of Port Security Unit 307 present the sign made by several members of 307th. Built in 1903 of riveted iron, the light house stands sixty feet tall. Just behind the lighthouse is the newly painted Lighthouse Museum. thanks to efforts of JTFmembers
Page 8F riday, December 20, 2002 By Spc. Delaney T. JacksonFor deployed service members, the chances of being with loved ones during the holiday season are very slim, and when one or more members of a family are serving in the military, those odds drop close to nil. Yet, for Navy Capt. Albert J. Shimkus Jr., Commanding Officer of Guantanamo Naval Hospital, and his daughter Air Force 1st Lt. Kathryne Shimkus, a deployment actually increased their chances of spending time together this year. When the Joint Task Forces protocol office needed a volunteer, 1st Lt. Shimkus stepped up to the plate. Knowing her family has been in Guantanamo Bay for more than two years; 1st Lt. Shimkus looked forward to the opportunity of spending time with them. They were in Italy three years before (coming) here, so its been a long time since Ive been able to spend time with them. With two children in the Air Force and another as a military spouse, the opportunities for Capt. Shimkus to spend time with his children are rare. So when he and his wife, Elizabeth, received news of their daughters forthcoming deployment to Guantanamo, Capt. Shimkus said, We were delightednot many people get to be with their children on a deployment. Although both father and daughter said they have nothing special planned for the holidays, for the Shimkuss just being with family is enough. Just being with her is a treat, normally were away from family, although we miss our two other children, having her here is very special, said Capt. Shimkus. The opportunity to serve the country and this mission with one of your children is extraordinary, and we are savoring every moment with her. Capt. Shimkus added lightheartedly that it also cuts down on the phone bill. Military family ties Navy Capt.Albert J. Shimkus, Jr. and his daughter, Air Force 1st Lt. Kathryne Shimkus, serving proudly in Guantanamo. Photo by Spc. Delaney T. Jackson This weeks question: If you could only have three CDs at GTMO, which ones would they be and why? Army Pfc. Robin Knight Christina Aguilera, because its something to relax to; The Doors, because they are something to chill to; Jennifer Lopez, because its something to dance to. Army Sgt. Kristie Beagle Pink, because shes awesome; Christina Aguilera, because shes very talented vocally; The Coyote Ugly Soundtrack, because the movie was great. Airman First Class Maria Mojica Christina Aguilera, because I love Beautiful; Ja Rule, because hes fine; Tu Pac, because I like the mystery behind him. Seaman Robert Evans Nelly, because all the girls get crazy when they hear it; Led Zeppellin, because I need some relaxing music down here; Dixie Chicks, because they remind me of home. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Tandiwe Calvin Brian McKnight, because hes very mellow; Kurt Carr, because I need gospel, need the spiritual side; Four Play, because its something that is relaxing for the mind and soul.Compiled by Spc. Alan L. Knesek and Spc. Delaney Jackson Man on the Street
Page 9 Friday, December 20, 2002 Story and photo by Spc. Lisa L. GordonLife has come full circle for Petty Officer 3rd Class William Papi Farias of the 307th Port Security Unit from St. Petersburg, Florida. Son of a Cuban father and a Puerto Rican mother, Farias was born in Queens, New York, but raised as a young boy in Regla, Cuba until Fidel Castro took over in 1959. Farias describes his family as anti-Castro and cites Castros control of Cuba as the reason the family moved back to the United States. After spending the majority of his life in the U.S. and serving his country not only in the Coast Guard, but also as a law enforcement officer in The Clearwater Police Department, Farias is preparing to retire from the military after his last mission, here in Guantanamo Bay. Farias has family members that still live in Cuba and he said its ironic that hes stationed here at Guantanamo Bay. I could walk 11 miles and go through the gate to see my family, yet, I cant. Its kind of ironic, but at the same time its kind of neat b ecause I get to retire from the country of my parents origin, said Farias. While hes proud of his roots, Farias is clear that he doesnt like to be pigeon-holed into any one ethnic category. I dont like being called Cuban-American because I was born in the U.S. Im an American with Cuban heritage, said Farias. He says he has a lot to offer to the community he grew up in and would like to return to Cuba eventually. Farias said, Id like to go back because Id like to be part of the reorganization of the country if thats at all possible I run a Latin outreach center for my department (Clearwater P.D.), so I think I could do some good. Also I know I could help my family. Id just like to be a part of the ground floor rebuilding the country because this place is great. Farias is no stranger to volunteer work. Hes been instrumental in the development and improvement of both the Guantanamo Bay Lighthouse and Museum. Having had a long standing fascination with lighthouses, Farias began checking into the Guantanamo Bay Lighthouse shortly after his arrival here and found that it was originally put up by the Coast Guard in 1903. Seeing that the lighthouse was badly in need of some touch up work, Farias spearheaded a long standing improvement project that took both time and dedication. Farias said that he didnt realize the scale of the project he was undertaking. Due to the nature of the project and some hazardous materials issues, those involved were required to meet with multiple organizations in order to obtain work permits before renovations could begin. In addition to the meetings and permits, Farias and the other volunteers had to agree to paint the museum building and the storage building b efore the lighthouse could even be touched Farias says that the p roject has taken much longer than expected, as they hoped everything would be painted by November first. The 307th PSU left Guantanamo Bay on Monday, December 16th but Farias left the base with the hope that someone would take over where he and his fellow volunteers left off. Farias believes that the lighthouse renovation project has the p ower to unite the servicemembers as well as the civilians here at Guantanamo Bay, if people would simply donate some of their free time to give back to the community. Our whole focus was not just to do the lighthouse because its a Coast Guard lighthouse but to have a self help project that incorporates all the other services civilians alike; so that everybody gets involved with a little piece of heritage of Guantanamo Bay. Anything you want to know about Cuba is right there in the museum. Anyone interested in volunteering their time to work on the lighthouse renovation project can call Joanne King at the Guantanamo Bay Museum at x2774. J TF Coast Guardsman g ives back to Guantanamo Bay community Petty Officer 3rd Class William Papi Farias painted the storage building at Guantanamo Bays museum just days before his demobilization.
By Sgt. Erin ViolaAnother fine group of sailors have arrived to protect and serve this phosphor laden bay in the name of liberty, where free spirited dolphins swim between the border of a totalitarian Communist regime and a well protected fortress of freedom. Here, guarding Guantanamo Bays fourth fence line the seaward lanes of approach watching listening ready and waiting, is the Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 212. As part of Joint Task ForceGuantanamo, MIUWU 212 out of Gulfport, Mississippi, arrived in Guantanamo Bay to replace the 204th. Their primary mission is to provide surface and subsurface surveillance in the inshore areas throughout Guantanamo Bay. Additionally, the 212th will have secondary mission capability in the area of command, control, and communications functions. This is my first command position in the Naval Coastal Warfare community, said Navy Commander Michael Moore, commander of MIUWU 212. I love it. This is what the job is right here. No other commander could ask for a better scenario. The way the JTF has put together the MIUWU fits right into the JTF concept. Esprit de corps abounds in the 212. Even though about a third of the sailors in the 212 are augmentees, Commander Moore has made it a priority to bring everyone in the unit together as one. Petty Officer, Shannon Tracey, who serves as a training Petty Officer and as part of the security team, has been a driving force in creating that unity. We work hard on our off duty hours to bring the unit together. We have a lot of new people that were never part of a MIUWU unit, so we are getting together with them and telling them the basics of what a MIUWU unit is, said Tracey. One night she gave a class on how to properly press and wear the camouflage uniform, since most of the augmentees had not worn them before. It was really appreciated because most of the people just assume that you know how to wear it. But if youve never worn it, then you dont know what the regulations are on wearing it, said Tracey. Teaching the augmentees what is second nature to the 212, serves as a refresher, and makes the 212 take a good look at them selves said Tracey. Another goal for Commander Moore is training the sailors as much as possible while they are here. Petty Officer 1st Class Wade Treadwell is looking forward to the training. Ive been a first class for about ten years and I think this will put me over for Chief, said Treadwell. I would really like to make E-7. Although getting used to the deployment was a bit of a shock at first, for Tracey, she humbly expressed, Im very proud and honored to be here. Page 10 Friday, December 20, 2002 MIUWU 212: Ready, and proud to serve Serving proudly (from left to right), are Petty Officer, 1st Class Wade Treadwell, Petty Officer Shannon Tracey, and MIUWU 212 Navy Commander Michael Moore. Camp Bulkeley Camp Bulkeley Fri., Dec. 20 Fri., Dec. 20 8 p.m. Spy Kids 8 p.m. Spy Kids PG 98 min PG 98 min 10 p.m. Trapped 10 p.m. Trapped R 106 min R 106 min Sat., Dec 21 Sat., Dec 21 8 p.m. The Bourne 8 p.m. The Bourne Identity Identity PG13-118min PG13-118min 10 p.m. Signs 10 p.m. Signs PG13-107min PG13-107min Sun., Dec 22 Sun., Dec 22 8 p.m. Hannibal 8 p.m. Hannibal R-131min R-131min 8 p.m. Hannibal 8 p.m. Hannibal R-131min R-131min Mon., Dec 23 Mon., Dec 23 8 p.m. Twin 8 p.m. Twin Dragons Dragons PG13 94 min PG13 94 min Tues., Dec 24 Tues., Dec 24 8 p.m. The Wild, Wild 8 p.m. The Wild, Wild West R 99 min West R 99 min 10 p.m. The Whole 10 p.m. The Whole Nine Yards R 99 min Nine Yards R 99 min Wed., Dec 25 Wed., Dec 25 8 p.m. Reindeer 8 p.m. Reindeer Games R 104 min Games R 104 min Thurs., Dec 26 Thurs., Dec 26 8 p.m. Say It Isnt So 8 p.m. Say It Isnt So R 96 min R 96 min 8 p.m. Say It Isnt So 8 p.m. Say It Isnt So R 96 min R 96 min Downtown Lyceum Downtown Lyceum Fri., Dec. 20 Fri., Dec. 20 7 p.m. Treasure Planet 7 p.m. Treasure Planet PG 95 min PG 95 min 9 p.m. Brown 9 p.m. Brown Sugar Sugar PG13 108 min PG13 108 min Sat., Dec 21 Sat., Dec 21 7 p.m. White Oleander 7 p.m. White Oleander PG13 109 min PG13 109 min 9 p.m. The Ring 9 p.m. The Ring PG13 99 min PG13 99 min Sun., Dec. 22 Sun., Dec. 22 7 p.m. Harry Potter & 7 p.m. Harry Potter & The Chamber of The Chamber of Secrets PG 160 min Secrets PG 160 min Mon., Dec. 23 Mon., Dec. 23 7 p.m. Die Another 7 p.m. Die Another Day PG13 99 min Day PG13 99 min Tues., Dec. 24 Tues., Dec. 24 7 p.m. Treasure Planet 7 p.m. Treasure Planet PG 95 min PG 95 min 9 p.m. The Transporter 9 p.m. The Transporter PG13 92 min PG13 92 min Wed., Dec. 25 Wed., Dec. 25 7 p.m White Oleander 7 p.m White Oleander PG13 109 min PG13 109 min 9 p.m. Sweet Home 9 p.m. Sweet Home Alabama Alabama Thurs., Dec. 26 Thurs., Dec. 26 7 p.m. Brown Sugar 7 p.m. Brown Sugar R-92min R-92min Smoking Cessation ClassesNaval Hospital, Guantanamo Bay. The class will meet once a week for four weeks and will offer a variety of tools to assist smokers in quitting their smoking habit. To sign up, call Central Appointments at 7-2110.
Page 11 Friday, December 20, 2002 By Spc. Lisa L. GordonOn Saturday December 7, the top two mens volleyball teams on Guantanamo Bay duked it out for the championship in the Captains Cup Tournament. The Dragons took the win over The Surprises with a final score of 15 7. During the regular season, The Dragons took home the third place trophy with a record of six wins and three losses. The members of the team Marine Cpl. Mohamed Khattab, Spc. Eutanya Yazzie, Spc. John Mosman, Army Staff Sgt. Michael Poteat, Army Capt. Jason Hayes, and four civilian contractors: Sam, Matt, Asad, and Slayman) initially came together during informal volleyball games at the beach. Khattab explained that the group was enjoying beach volleyball so much that they decided they would like to participate in a formal competition. Despite coming in third during the regular season, The Dragons have a team spirit and a can do attitude that allowed them to remain undefeated in The Captains Cup Tournament. We started the competition with the attitude that we wanted to win every single game and we did. We were undefeated and I think every single one of us gave it 110 percent, so thats why we were able to bring the cup back to Joint Task Force Guantanamo, said Khattab. On Thursday December 12, The Dragons presented their trop hies to Maj. Gen. Miller in a brief and informal ceremony. Yazzie, the only female on the team, explained that it is a long standing tradition for the championship team to give their trophies to the commanding general. The team appears to be a tight knit group that is very proud of their success. Yazzie described the season when she said, all in all it was a good morale boostergood camaraderie. Everybody got together and had fun. It was great. By Spc. Alan L KnesekYou may have seen the chalk drawn symbols on the side of the road and asked yourself, what are they and who keeps making them every week? To the untrained eye, these chalk drawings could be weird designs randomly placed by aliens or simply children drawing with chalk. But to Guantanamo Bays Hash House Harriers these are the key to the race. Every week, these elite runners meet to carry on the Hashing tradition and chase the hare. The origin of this age old tradition comes from a group of ex-patriot British businessmen and is based on an English game called Hares and Hounds. The games premise is to catch the hare, (two people), who are given a few minutes head start and leave a trail of white paper so the hounds, (the rest of the runners), can follow, but the hare leaves false trails making it difficult for the hounds to follow the trail. In 1938, A. S. Gispert, a British volunteer for the Federated Malay States founded the Hash House Harriers in Kuala Lumpur after seeing a running group in Malacca playing the game. Gispert recruited a dozen other men from the Federated Malay States Volunteer Reserves, and chose the name after the mess at the Selangor Club where they often dined after training. After every Hash the runners would re-hydrate with a few Tiger Beers at the club. The run has been modified throughout the years and the Hash House Harriers have grown from a group of British runners into an international sub-culture of self-proclaimed drinkers with a running problem. Symbols, code words, and nicknames for Hashers have been incorporated to make chasing the hare more interesting and a lot of fun. Hashers have recently started up the Hashes (runs) at Guantanamo Bay, and are keeping the traditions of A.S. Gispert alive. Lt. Cmdr. Phillip Emanuel, a.k.a. Clothing Optional, who is assigned to Joint TaskForce Guantanamo Headquarters, has Hashed almost every run here since the beginning, in May, totaling about 20 runs. We have people that walk the entire race and they keep up because of all the false trails, said Clothing Optional. Its a fun run for runners of all levels. Youll see things on a Hash run that you wont see any other way at GTMO. The run averages between four to six miles. A conch shell is carried the entire way and at the halfway point, a cooler filled with the beverage of your choice is waiting for consumption. After a few beverages of choice the run continues, leading the runners all around Guantanamo Bay. Finally they reach the end where ceremonies and singing commence. The conch shell that was carried the entire way is then filled with the beverage of choice and drunk. If for any reason the drink can not be finished, it is then poured onto your head or down your shorts. If a runner Hashes twice, they are then named by the elders, those already named, and are true Hashers for life. The ceremonies are then complete and the Hash House Harriers rest up for next weeks Hash. This being a world wide club, the Hashers that leave go to join a new group of Hashers and hope that those that are new here join Guantanamos Hash House Harriers and keep the fun run running. With many people transferring out in the upcoming weeks, the fun run looks to new JTF personnel to keep the traditions alive. Guantanamos Hash House Harriers push to the limit Chief Petty Officer Richard Raymer, Nav. Sta. Brig. (left), follows closely behind Lt. Cmdr. Phillip Emanuel, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, as they reach the halfway point during the last Hash run. The Dragons take first place in Captains Cup TournamentPhoto by Army Spc. Alan L. Knesek Members of the championship volleyball team The Dragons, prepare to present their trophies to Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller. From left to Right: civilian contractor Matt, Army Capt. Jason Hayes, Spc. John Mosman, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, Spc. Eutanya Yazzie, civilian contractor Sam, Marine Cpl. Mohamed Khattab, and civilian contractor Asad.Photo by Army Spc. Lisa L. Gordon
By Spc. Delaney T. JacksonQ: So where are you from ? A: Chicago, Illinois ... the Windy City. Q: How long have you been in the Marines? A: Ive been in the Marines for three years. Q: And how long have you been here? A: Two months, when I came down here, I was the only Marine on the plane. This is my first time working with the Army. Q: How do you like it? A: It gives me a better understanding of how all the branches come together as one. Q: So whats your job here? A: Im a driver, I drive The Big Red One. Q: O.K., how would you rank yourself as a driver compared to others in the Joint Task Force? A: Above normal, Ive had defensive driving classes. Q: So from one to 10, with 10 being the highest? A: Im a nine, I havent had a wreck, but someone has hit me, so a nine. Q: So people should feel safe riding with you? A: Yes, Im a experienced driver. Q: So are you an only child? A: No, I have an older brother who just reenlisted in the Coast Guard, and a younger sister in college; all my friends hit on her. Q: Do you have a picture? A: No. You might try to hit on her too. Q: Anything funny or tragic happen yet? A: A banana rat jumped out at me while I was running ... out of a tree, that was pretty funny. Q: A banana rat was in a tree? A: Well, not in the tree, he was chilling behind the tree. Q: So if you could be any animal what would you be? A: I would be an iguana, probably ... definitely. Q: Why? A: Because everybody moves out of the way for you. Q: Always? A: Well, sometimes they hit you. Q: Do you have any favorite spots here? A: Phillip's Pier, we rent boats every Sunday and go down there to go tubing and skiing. Q: So you go to clubs or anything, Tiki Bar perhaps? A: Yeah ... the Tiki Bar, the Windjammer is not my crowd. The Tiki bar, though..just the name of it I like ... Tiki ... Tiki. Q: What was the most fun you had here? A: My highest point of my time out here, Id have to say was seeing Jimmy Buffett. Definitely. Ive been to the last five of his concerts and the worst seat here was the best seat back in the States. That was the best time here so far. Q: How do you like it here? A: Id rather be here than in the snow. Ill probably extend here ... theres more to look at out here, the atmosphere is wonderful. Q: So how long do you plan on staying here? A: As long as theyll let me, if I could do twenty years out here and retire, Id do it. Q: Really? A: Oh yeah, compared to where I came from... Camp Lejeune, its real nice here. Q: What if they came up to you tomorrow and said, Pack you bags, get out of here... go home? A: Id beg them to stay, Id give up a promotion to stay. Q: Do you have anything youd like to accomplish before you leave? A: I want to find Bahama Mama and marry her. Q: So any parting words or words of wisdom? A: Make the best of what youve got, b ecause time can go by slow if you dont do anything. If you stay active time will fly by, enjoy it, its truly one of the best places Ive ever been to. 15 Minutes of Fame...Page 12 Friday, December 20, 2002with Marine Cpl. Ryan Gorecki Joint Task Force Cmd. Element, GuantanamoThis week The Wire lets Marine Cpl. Ryan Gorecki out of his cage for his take on Guantanamo, driving, and life in general. Photo by Spc. Delaney T. Jackson The driving force behind JTF Crossfirein concert at The Windjammer Fri, Dec. 20 7 p.m. Bulkeley Lyceum Sat. Dec. 21 7 p.m.