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Published in the interest of personnel assigned to JTF-GTMO and COMNAV Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Honor Bound to Defend Freedom Volume 3, Issue 8 Friday, January 24, 2003 Inside the Wire... Page 11 Page 11 Page 7 Page 7 Page 4 Page 4 By Army Spc. Lisa Gordon The key to successfully completing any task usually lies in preparation. At Guan tanamo Bay, Joint Task Force service members prepare for the detention and interrogation mission through constant training. There is almost no end to the variety of training that takes place here. From training that is conducted at the squad, platoon, and company level to train ing that is organized and directed by the higher command, JTF personnel are con sistently learning valuable new skills and enhancing their everyday on the job per formance. It isnt always easy, and it isnt always fun, but the level of training con ducted here ensures not only the accom plishment of the mission, but the success of the JTF service members. JTF-Guantanamos commanding gen eral, MG Geoffrey D. Miller has instituted several training focused programs to assist JTF service members in See Training, page 4. Fit to fight and ready to go training is the key Army Spc. Lisa Gordon Army Spc. Jacque Hayes, punching, keeps motivation high during his front and rear punches on the second stage of the Oleoresin Capsicum course held every friday at Camp America by the Non-lethal Weapons Instructors. The Military Police receive OC training as part of the validation course so they can feel the physi cal effects and know how to react in the event of over-spray.
By Army Sgt. Erin P. Viola You can't have training without a train ing philosophy. For Joint Task Force Guantanamo, the training philosophy is based on warfighting. In accordance with the JTF philosophy, operational require ments mandate we focus on our Mission Essential Task List (METL). Therefore, all mission essential tasks performed here are taught and executed with warfighting as the priority focus. To ensure that every troop receives the METL training here, MG Miller has insti tuted the 'three by one training cycle'. According to MG Miller, the cycle consists of a three-week mission cycle and a oneweek training cycle. During the one week of training, four days are allotted specifi cally for METL focused training. One day is allocated for retraining to standard and two days are allocated for refit to fight. These two days are critical to allow troop ers to decompress and prepare for their next mission cycle. To properly conduct the METL training, several factors must come into play, which include proper planning, execution, and assessment of the training. It must be stressed that this process never ends, which is why training is what we are, not what we do. Although not a formalized doctrine yet, the leaders and troops here follow an eight step training model created by MG Miller. They are: Plan the Training, Train and Certify the Leaders, Recon the training site, Issue the plan, Rehearse and conduct pre-execution checks, Execute the training, Conduct and after action report, and Retrain to the standard. We are training. It is a fundamental part of our everyday life as service members, and especially as part of JTF Guantanamo. Because of this philosophy, the implemen tation of it and the service members that put it into action everyday, we continue to be a strong fighting force. Page 2 Friday, January 24, 2003 CG Sends JTF-GTMO Command Commander: MG Geoffrey D. Miller Task Force CSM: CSM George L. Nieves Public Affairs Officer: Maj. Paul J. Caruso Command Information Officer / Editor: Capt. Linda K. Spillane Online at: http://www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo/ Circulation: 2,100 copies The Wire Staff The 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 The Wire is produced by the 362nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment assigned to the Joint Information Bureau at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. 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. This weeks Wire issue is focused on how our Joint Task Force will train for excellence. My vision and the essence of JTF Guan tanamo includes trained and combat-ready troopers in units with confident, compe tent, and caring leaders, officers and NCOs at all levels; and battle staffs that can exe cute the current operations while planning, coordinating, integrating, and synchroniz ing our future operations. In short, a well trained and combat ready JTF. Our focus is warfighting. We must pre pare for our wartime mission train as you fight. We do not have the time or resources to conduct training that does not contribute directly to our Mission Essential Task List (METL) but we always have time to do training right the first time. Leaders and troopers must focus on becoming the mas ters of their craft. If we fail to train as we fight, we will find ourselves standing at Camp Delta, engaged with our Nation's foes, wishing we had more time to train on the tasks we will be shortly required to execute. Small unit proficiency great teams, squads, sections, platoon, detachments, and companies is the heart of our JTF. The definition of a small unit goes further than troopers assigned to the same organi zation. It is a group of close-knit, welltrained, and disciplined troopers focused on a common goal a Band of Brothers". An area all leaders must work to improve is predictability. Our troopers deserve to know when they will be work ing hard in Camp Delta, the SCIF, motor pool, or in field training areas. They also deserve to know when they will be off. This requires units to maintain updated training schedules posted where they are available to all members of the command. Leadership makes the difference here. The legacy of great leaders and great training is people who do what's right when no one is looking. That is the stan dard of our JTF take responsibility for living this in the unit every day. HONOR BOUND! Well trained, combat ready JTF troopers JTF-Guantanamo Commander MG Geoffrey D. Miller
Friday, January 24, 2003 Page 3 Worship Services Catholic Main Chapel Daily 6:30 a.m. Mass Cobre Chapel Weds 5 p.m. R.C.I.A. Cobre Chapel Friday 5 p.m. Rosary Sat 4:30 p.m. Reconcilation 5:30 p.m. Mass Sun 9 a.m. Mass Camp America Sun 10:45 a.m. Mass Wooden Chapel 5 p.m. Mass Wooden Chapel Protestant Main Chapel Weds 7 p.m. Mens Bible Study* Thurs 7:15 p.m. Youth Fellowship* Sun 9:30 a.m. Adult Bible Study 11 a.m. Service 6:30 p.m. Bible Study* 7:30 a.m. Praise and Worship Servce Fellowship Hall located in Chapel Complex Camp America Weds 7 p.m. Service Sun 9 a.m. Service White Tent 7 p.m. Service Islamic Fri 1 p.m. Classroom 12 Chapel Complex Jewish Fri 8 p.m. Fellowship Hall Camp America Church Bus schedule: Sun. 8 a.m. Windward Loop 8:15 a.m. Tierra Kay The bus will return immediately following worship. Chaplains Corner By CH (Lt. Col.) Herb Heavner Joint Task Force Guantanamo Command Chaplain There is an ancient proverb that goes something like this: "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." These words point out the importance of training when we are young. For many of us, an opposing concept might also be true: the older we get the harder it is to learn. Here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo most of us are no longer young. Does that mean that we will have a great deal of difficulty in learning? I don't believe that this is necessarily the case. We have a level of experience and education that make us a valuable asset to the mission. We are in a new environment that has forced us to adapt and learn quickly. This same principle applies to spiritual as well as it does to non-spiritual training. As a chaplain I certainly recognize the tremendous value of education in all that I do. I base most of what I do everyday on the spiritual lessons that I have learned in the past. Even though I am in a new envi ronment here in Cuba, I know I am a valu able spiritual asset because God has helped me to adjust my training to fit the current situation. An example of a valuable spiritual les son that can be applied in multiple situa tions is the matter of placing our trust in the Almighty. One day I might be out at Camp America counseling a soldier on the loneliness that he or she is experiencing. The next day I might find myself sitting at the passenger terminal listening to the pain of a soldier who is about to depart on emergency leave because of a death in the family. My advice would be similar to both individuals-trust God for the future! God can help you face the loneliness or deal with the pain that you are feeling right now. My advice to you, whatever you are dealing with, is to trust God for the future. Take the spiritual lessons that you have learned. Apply them to the situation that you are facing today. Trust God for the outcome. You will not be disappointed and you will have learned a valuable lesson to help you in the future. Command Sgt. Maj. George L. Nieves, JTFGuantanamo CSM The noncommis sioned officer teaches individual training, develops unit cohe sion, fosters the values of loyalty and com mitment, and builds spirit and confidence. The NCO evaluates performance oriented training, and through coaching and coun seling grooms young soldiers for future positions of increased responsibilities. Team, section, and squad leaders are responsible for their soldier's minds, bod ies, and spirits. These NCOs teach every thing from the making of sound and timely decisions, to ethics and values, to daily physical training. They are the basic train ers of today's soldiers. Preparation is the key to quality train ing. NCOs have to take it upon them selves to properly plan and execute train ing. Preparation includes putting together a lesson plan, establishing the task, condi tions and standards, conducting rehearsals and conducting a risk assessment. It is also vitally important for NCOs to be involved in the assessment of training by providing feedback through the after action review process. In the words of Gen. Gordon R. Sulli van, "NCOs are not ordinary people. They are men and women who stand apart from the crowd, who seek responsibility, take charge and get the job done." For more than 227 years our NCOs have taken the initiative allowed by our officers and government to continue to build the U.S. Army into what it is today. This initiative is being built upon as they train young soldiers to become the NCOs of tomorrow, who will lead the U.S. Army in the 21st century. The NCO's role in training
Page 4 Friday, January 24, 2003 Training, from page 1. reaching their full potential; among these are the Run for Your Life Incentive Pro gram, the Physical Training Gold Streamer Program, and the Ruck March Program. The Run for Your Life Incentive Pro gram challenges service members to run a total of 500 miles while they are assigned to Guantanamo Bay. At least 250 of the miles must be performed individually, while the other 250 can come from organ ized physical fitness sessions. Each and every unit should develop a system to keep track of the number of miles each individ ual member runs per week. Once someone has reached the 500 mile minimum, their chain of command submits a signed form with the number of completed miles to J-3 operations for approval. Service members who have met the 500 mile requirement are rewarded with a free flight to Puerto Rico and a room for four days. Although individual recognition is always highly prized, the Command Group has also implemented programs to acknowledge service members at the group level. The PT Gold Streamer Program was designed and implemented to acknowledge those units that excel in the area of physi cal fitness. All companies and detachment sized elements participate in the program upon taking a PT test. Units that score a collective average between 230 and 239 points are awarded a bronze streamer. A silver streamer is awarded to units whose collective average score is between 240 and 249 points, and 250 points or higher earns the unit a gold streamer. Once the streamers have been presented by a mem ber of the Command Group, they are flown on the units guidon staff and serve as a symbol of collective accomplishment on the units behalf. The Ruck March Program. While everyone wants to exceed the standards of the PT test, JTF service members also know that being physically fit isnt simply a matter of being able to run faster than the next guy or do a lot of push ups. It means having both the physical and mental strength to overcome pain and keep going in tough situations. The Ruck March Pro gram was developed to assist service mem bers in establishing and improving their physical and mental capacity for pushing their individual limits. According to the program guidelines, every unit stationed at Guantanamo Bay must complete a six mile tactical ruck march in 100 minutes at some point during their six month tour. The uni form for the march is the battle dress uni form (BDUs), boots, load bearing equipment, and a Kevlar helmet. Service members will also carry a 30 pound ruck sack and their assigned weapon. For those units that spend more time in an office than the field, the march presents a challenge and an opportunity to get back to the basics of the military. The School of the Guard. While ruck marches and PT tests may be some of the first things that come to mind when con sidering military training, professional development and mission requirements also determine training needs. Although the military occupational specialty of mili tary police is designated as 95 Bravo, many of the military police stationed here are carrying out the mission of corrections officers, or 95 Charlie. The School of the Guard will ensure that the military police stationed at Guantanamo Bay have all the knowledge, skills, and training required for them to safely and effectively perform their mission. While the School of the Guard will help to ensure the conduction of a smooth oper ation inside Camp Delta, it is by no means the only training conducted by the military police. The MP companies at Guantanamo Bay work a three to one cycle; thats three weeks working inside Camp Delta and one week training on the outside. Last week the 303rd MP Company con ducted their training cycle which included Army Spc. Lisa Gordon Cpl. Dan MacArthur (far left), Pfc. Danial McMaster (middle), and Spc. Jason Huls of the 303rd Military Police Company demonstrate the proper method for frisking a detainee. In this training exercise, McMaster, playing the part of detainee, has his mouth open checked for foreign objects by huls. Army Spc. Delaney Jackson JTF-GTMO troopers from all services, come together for morning phyical fitness training.
Friday, January 24, 2003 Page 5 first aid training, a 4.2 mile ruck march, and classroom instruction and review on dealing with issues that may arise while dealing with detainees. The 303rd MPs also participated in oleoresin capsicum (OC) training. OC is a powerful, pepperlike substance which is sprayed into the eyes and used to subdue someone who is a potential threat. During the training, the MPs have OC sprayed into their eyes and run through a course which simulates grap pling with and subduing someone who is acting as a potential threat. Even after all that last week covered, the morale of the 303rd seemed high. 1st Lt. Aaron Combs said, Here we are on a mission We are supporting operations in time of war. We know we need to take it seriously, so the motivation level is spiked right up there every time we get a chance to practice up. Charlie Co. has no shortage of training events. They are planning on conducting expert infantrymans training, OC training, hand to hand combat, land navigation, operation of a radio, and weapons assem bly, among others. C Co. commander, Capt. Chris Duesing said, that the training is extremely beneficial to the troops. It all helps get them more into the active duty mind set The way Im trying to gear the training is to give the soldiers more tools to better do their jobs. Things like observa tion and memory; thats key around here. Anything about patrols, weapons, things that we handle day to day it just keeps them sharp, said Duesing. Training on Guantanamo Bay runs the gamut: from individual training, to a squad sized exercise, to a ruck march that all JTF personnel will participate in. One thing service members can never say about being deployed at Guantanamo Bay is that nothing new was learned from the experi ence. Thanks to ongoing training, the skills service members came to the island with are being polished and new abilities are discovered on a regular basis. JTF service members of Guantanamo know their priorities include putting the mission first and being ready to fight at any time. Its obvious in their effort and obvious in their training. By Army Spc. Allan L. Knesek The U.S. Coast Guards' Delta Detach ment is making preparations to train their Navy partners for harbor defense. Most of the training will be refresher for many, but "when a new guy comes aboard, well start from the ground up," said LCDR Dimitri Delgado, U.S. Coast Guard Delta Detachment commander. "We'll blow through the basics but we are endeavoring to bring the Coast Guard standards to the table and keep them there," said LCDR Delgado. The training will go from start to finish and encompass small boat operations, water safety, radar navigation, seaman safety, harbor patrols, basic boat handling and tactical boat han dling. Day-in and day-out, Delta Detach ment takes part in high threat missions stateside, and the training will be nothing less than thorough. "They (Delta Detachment) will bring a wealth of expertise to the table," said LCDR Delgado. The training will cover everything that is mission essential to JTF and to the harbor security. Coast Guard prepares teammates Photo by Army Spc. Lisa L. Gordon Coast Guardsmen of Delta Detachment practice boat maneuvers on Guantanamo Bay.
Page 6 Friday, January 24, 2003 The School of the Guard sharpens MP skills By Army Spc. Lisa Gordon Military police are accustomed to enforcing the law and many of them are also familiar with the procedures for deal ing withenemy prisoners of war. However, the MPs stationed at JTF Guantanamo are dealing with detainees categorized as enemy combatants rather than EPWs. This is their first chance to perform the duties of a corrections specialist. In order for the troops to take on the role of corrections specialist, they must expand their knowl edge and learn a whole new set of skills pertaining to the many tasks they must complete during their jobs inside "the wire". In other words, the MPs of Guan tanamo Bay must have sufficient training to ensure that they have all the information and expertise necessary for them to com plete their mission. The School of the Guard aims to do just that. The School of the Guard refers to a pro posed program in which MPs working in Camp Delta can obtain an additional mili tary occupational specialty as a corrections specialist. The program is still being fine tuned and although the details are not yet finalized, the objective of The School of the Guard is to train, test, and validate Guantanamo Bay's MPs on their knowl edge of and proficiency in 64 areas of per formance that relate to the correctional MOS. The 64 areas of knowledge encompass approximately 600 individual tasks that MPs may have to deal while working inside Camp Delta. Some of the tasks include: perimeter security, detainee trans portation, operational security, cultural diversity training, guard mount and relief procedures, disturbance control, and report writing. The program also provides the MPs with non-lethal training and classes on the principles of the Geneva Conven tion. Command Sgt. Maj. John VanNatta, superintendent for Camp Delta said he has been coordinating with the school that runs both the military police and correctional courses, both out of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. in an effort to finalize the particulars of the program. The School of the Guard benefits Guan tanamo Bay's mission, The Joint Detention Operations Group, and the careers of indi vidual service members. VanNatta said, "This is everything they'll need to know to operate in a correctional facility in a safe and efficient manner. Some of the tasks, like cultural diversity training, are unique to here because the detainee population is different than they'll encounter anyplace in the continental United States. Therefore, we adjust our training and some of our methods to control and manage the detainees We're planning to train a bet ter force to go back home, which would be beneficial to Guantanamo Bay. If they're ever redeployed here in the future, they'll come back with those skills. Likewise, they'll have those skills no matter where they're deployed in defense of the coun try." U.S. Army Spc. Lisa L. Gordon Command Sgt. Maj. John VanNatta, superintendent of Camp Delta, says The School of the Guard will provide the spcialized training the military police sta tioned at Guantanamo Bay need to do their job safely and effectively. "Who is really responsible for OPSEC? Is it myself, the Joint Task Force Guan tanamo OPSEC Manager, your Comman der, or is it a unit responsibility? All three are correct, however, you are the primary lead on ensuring that we protect mission details. Many times, we make assumptions that OPSEC is someone else's job or that we have enough countermeasures in place to put OPSEC on the back burner. How ever, each of us has an individual responsi bility to think about, plan, and execute OPSEC. Therefore, never make assump tions about our adversaries, especially those concerning their intent to collect information. Know and protect your unit's critical information, such as personnel ros ters, unit rotation plans, and unit home addresses. Lastly, you must understand that your phone conversations and Internet traf fic are monitored by our adversaries. Strive to learn more about your individual OPSEC responsibilities. Stay in the JTF Guantanamo fight by tackling operational complacency." 'Think OPSEC OPSEC Corner "The day you stop learning should coincide with the day you stop breathing."
Photo by Army Sgt. Erin P. Viola These guys were born motivated. Staff Sgt. Christopher Blaxton (front), and Spc. Lucus Willcott lead the way for the 1st Platoon of the 303rd Mili tary Police Company during a 4 a.m. ruck march from Tierra Kay to Windmill Beach. Photo by Army Spc. Alan L. Knesek Soldiers of the 240th Military Police Company stretch before breaking off and conducting PT at the G. J. Denich Gym. Friday, January 24, 2003 Page 7 Photo by Army Spc. Erin P. Viola Army Spc. Herb Harman, National Guard 2/116th Inf. Regt. Bravo Co. scouts the area at a designated survellience point while on dismounted patrol.
Page 8 Friday, January 24, 2003 Whats up, Doc? Stretching and flexibility ( Part II ) By Navy Lt. Cmdr. Fred Schmitz Physical Therapist, Naval Hospital How flexibility prevents injury. The following is the second in a series of ongoing articles addressing sports fit ness and injury prevention and manage ment. Lt. Cmdr. Fred Schmitz is a Navy Physical Therapist, Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and Sports Physical Therapy. If you have questions, comments, or ideas for a future article please contact him at the Naval Hospital PT Department: 7-2940 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org Training strength and aerobic capacity have obvious benefits to any athlete, sol dier, sailor, airman, Marine, and Coast Guardsman. If you're playing a sport or performing a physical aspect of your job, your strength contributes to your speed, power, and ability to control your move ment. Aerobic capacity contributes to your ability to continue to perform the sport or activity without collapsing from exhaus tion. Flexibility has a less obvious role, but is equally important. Increased flexi bility results in a greater range of motion through which your body is able to gener ate and absorb forces, and is therefore a key factor for injury prevention. Flexibility is important for injury pre vention and results from the effects of training, your body adapts in response to the stresses applied upon it. This is the general training principle which allows us to improve our performance. In response to training, our bodies repair and remodel tissue; it gets stronger, faster, and unfortu nately, also has a tendency to get "tighter". The range of motion through which your muscles and tendons are allowed to func tion contributes to your body's capacity to absorb forces and prevent injuries. Greater flexibility can help prevent both acute and chronic injuries. Acute injuries are caused when the stress you place on your body is greater than your body's ability to adapt immedi ately. A muscle strain or tear may be the result of sudden acceleration or decelera tion of any joint complex (pulled ham string, calf strain, etc.). Increasing your flexibility allows your body a greater range through which to apply or absorb forces smoothly, and decreases the likelihood of acute tissue failure. Chronic injuries are usually caused by over-training or inadequate stretching. In this case, your body is initially equal to the task of adapting to stresses, but stretching is neglected. Your body begins the process of repairing and remodeling but the new tissue is not taken through its maximal range of motion, resulting in tissue which is "stiff" and has less ability to attenuate energy. This may subsequently cause an acute injury, or a low grade inflammation may result as small individual fibers begin to yield resulting in a tendonitis or bursitis. Anyone who has awoken the day after a new activity "stiff" is experiencing the body's adaptation response to training use this as a clue to increase your stretching activities. Next week: How to stretch. Charlie Papa!!! This weeks question: What training would you like to see incorporated into the JTF training program? Navy Petty Officer 1st Class William Causey, J6 "Swimming, there are a lot of people here who don't know how to swim, we are on an island, it would be a good idea." Army Sgt. Emanuel Mahand, J-DOG Supply "Something like having a master fitness instructor give classes on working muscle groups properly." Army Sgt. Theodore Perry, J-4 Warehouse "More military tradition and courtesy training, there are so many different branches here and everybody does everything differently." Army Pfc William Woodard 303rd MP Co. How to perform pre ventive maintenance checks and services on a vehicle, it would catch problems before they got too big. Compi l ed by Army Spc. Delaney Jackson Man on the Street Army Pvt. Christopher A. Crosen, B Co., 2nd Battalion., 116th Infantry Regiment "More live fire exercises and training on different types of weapons"
Friday, January 24, 2003 Page 9 By Navy Lt. Donna M. Sporrer Registered Dietitian U.S. Naval Hospital Are you fit to fight? How you perform is affected by the choices you make in the galley, at home or when eating out. Fuel ing up on nutrition can foster healthy dietary practices that can ensure optimal nutrition for optimal performance. Eating three meals every day is essen tial in providing sustained energy to your body and for revving up your metabolism. The "preferred" fuel for your body is car bohydrates. Your body uses stored carbo hydrates in the muscles (glycogen) for energy during prolonged and intense phys ical activities. If you don't get enough car bohydrates, your performance will deteriorate. Good sources of complex car bohydrates include potatoes, pasta, rice, breads and whole wheat cereals. Make sure you get a good source at each meal. Getting enough protein is important but often overrated. Good sources of protein include eggs, meat, dairy products and beans. Americans tend to consume more protein than required so supplementing with protein shakes or powders can put a strain on your kidneys, increase bone loss and actually age you. Fruits and vegeta bles are loaded with vitamins and minerals that have specific functions. Vitamin A, for example, helps to repair body tissue and boosts the immune system. Potassium is essential for normal heart function and fluid balance. Go for color when selecting fruits and vegetables. Dairy provides pro tein and calcium. Look for the calciumweight loss connection article coming out soon. Minimizing your intake of fats, sweets and alcohol is essential for optimal nutrition. Alcohol can decrease absorption of B-vitamins which are required for energy metabolism and nerve function. This in turn can decrease your perform ance. Everything in moderation is the key to enjoying your favorite foods. Eating desserts occasionally or splurging on burg ers and fries occasionally can be part of a healthy diet if done in moderation. Remember that water is vital to maintain ing hydration, especially when in hot cli mates coupled with training. The dietitian will be available at Camp America very soon to answer your nutrition related ques tions. Charlie Papa!!! Nutrition to keep you Fit to Fight Staff Sgt. Cropley gets commissioned On Jan. 20, 2003, the newest officer of the JTFGTMO, 2nd Lt. Ralph Cropley, 344th MP Co., was commissioned by Joint Task Force Commander, MG Miller. Cropley called his platoon to attention for the first time as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. Fourth Annual Candlelight March in honor of MLK Chief Petty Officer Wanda Simmons (far left), organizer of the Fourth Annual Candlelight March in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leads the way with the assistance of children from the community and Warrant Officer Joseph King (carrying banner on right). Over 80 people participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 5K Fun Run organized by Morale Welfare and Recre ation. The run started at the G.J. Denich Gym.
Page 10 Friday, January 24, 2003 Camp Bulkeley Fri., Jan. 24 8 p.m. The Tuxedo PG13 96 min 10 p.m. City by the Sea R 108 min Sat., Jan. 25 8 p.m. Brown Sugar R 94 min 10 p.m. The Transporter PG13 92 min Sun., Jan. 26 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. The Four Feathers PG13 130 min Mon., Jan. 27 8 p.m. I Spy PG13 102 min Tues., Jan. 28 8 p.m. Goldeneye PG13 130 min Wed., Jan. 29 8 p.m Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior R 91 min Thurs., Jan. 30 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sweet Home Alabama PG13 109 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., Jan. 24 7 p.m. Extreme Ops PG13 93 min 9 p.m. Punch Drunk Love R 87 min Sat., Jan. 25 7 p.m. The Santa Clause 2 G 98 min 9 p.m. Empire Sun., Jan. 26 7 p.m. Harry Potter 2 PG 160 min Mon., Jan. 27 7 p.m. 8 Mile R 111 min Tues., Jan. 28 7 p.m. Empire 100 min Wed., Jan. 29 7 p.m The Emperors Club PG13 109 min Thurs., Jan. 30 7 p.m. Friday After Next R 85 min Hawaiian Luau, Cable Beach Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. Transportation provided, contact Staff Sgt. Mont gomery at 3202 or 3203. By Army Sgt. Erin Viola On-the-job training has always been an excellent way of bringing cutting edge knowledge to service members. Joint Task Force-Guantanamo offers plenty of it simply due to the unique mission here. As part of the Joint Interrogation Group, Spc. John has received quite a bit of on-the-job training. He is responsible for analyzing the data collected by the JIG. His philosophy about training is something many of us may agree with. Training is really only as good as an individual takes it and applies it to themselves given their current circumstances, said John. Of course before you can walk, you must learn how to crawl. I definitely would say the training I received at advanced individual training was fantas tic. It was a good base block. Youve got to know the basics and be familiar with the tools and the organizational structure and how things are supposed to flow. But most of the knowledge I have gained in the military intelligence world has been through on-the-job training, said John. Since this is not Johns first deployment, he was able to rely on some of his on-the-job training from his experience in Bosnia and put it to good use here. The biggest challenge John faces here is time. He considers time his enemy. The main thing about intelligence and information gathering that people (outside the MI circles) dont usually understand that it is extremely time sensitive. Something about troop movement is absolutely of no value if it is two weeks old. Its great that I could plot out on a map, how fast a troop can move in two weeks, but that doesnt tell me anything, said John. The training John has received here has given him the opportunity to see a wide perspective of the MI world, which he says will help him to decide what career moves he will make in the future. He is currently working on a Masters degree in artificial intelligence and hopes to finish it up when he gets home. The training John and his co-workers receive is very valuable, making them very marketable in the civilian world. According to John, many mili tary intelligence people are often recruited by a variety of government agen cies. On-the-job training at JTF Cuban American Friendship Day Jan. 31 Celebrating the 100 years of friendship. A nine and a half mile relay run at 7 a.m. beginning at the Self Help Store. To sign up, unit teams must call Gunnery Sgt. Dombroski at 3429/2008 or 7330, before Jan. 24. The Celebration at Philips Park begins at 12 p.m., and includes awards, music,and entertainment. Lunch buffet tickets are $10 adults/$5 children. To buy tickets for the lunch buffet contact Lt. Goldberg at 72035 or 7124 before Jan. 29. Camp America Post Office hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. 12:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun. Closed All Postal Services available except Registered mail and Money Orders (available at Navy Main Post Office.) Live from Detroit Jezt Bryan Jan. 25, 8 p.m. at the Windjammer Smooth move PCS class Fleet and Family Support Center, Jan. 30, 8 a.m. 12 p.m., call 4141 to reserve your seat Events at JTF-Guantanamo
Page 11 Friday, January 24, 2003 By Army Sgt. Erin Viola If anyone on this island deserves a com fortable pair of boots, its the infantryman on a dismounted patrol. Since his only mode of transportation is his own two legs, he does quite a bit of walking; that is if you consider trekking straight up and down the steep hills of Guantanamo with 30 extra pounds, under 90 degrees of hot sun beating down on you for eight to 12 hours at a time walking? If you want to see how others train and per haps get in some training yourself, then you should participate in Infantry for a Day. Con ducted by the Army National Guards 2nd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, it is open to all branches within Joint Task Force-Guan tanamo. Volunteer participants will get a taste of what it is like to conduct a dismounted patrol for a day. Expect to be physically chal lenged. But more importantly, expect to gain a greater appreciation for what the infantry men do here on a daily basis, because I cer tainly did. Each week, Alpha, Bravo and Charlie companies take turns leading the volunteers through the hills. This past week it was Bravos turn, so Bravo Company Comman der, Capt. Michael Peterson gave the volun teers a briefing on what to expect. As a light infantry battalion, we are down here conducting what we call reconnaissance patrols, said Peterson. Each infantry team looks for evidence of unauthorized surveillance in the area of oper ation. Before starting the trek, Peterson stressed one more time to the volunteers, I want to reiterate that this is a reconnaissance patrol. It is not a combat patrol. Each troop on patrol wears the standard load bearing equipment, carries an M-16 A2 rifle, and brings a CamelPak full of water. The radio telephone operator gets the privilege of carrying a 30-pound radio. The patrols are conducted in a wedge formation, which gives maximum coverage to the front and sides. By teaching the volunteers, the troops are learning more. Sgt. Tommy Morton, squad leader for Alpha Company, said Infantry for a Day is excellent training for the troops. We are used to training just one weekend a month, two weeks a year and here is an opportunity where we can take all these young privates and drill them and drill them. These are our leaders of tomorrow and this is this is the best opportunity for everybody here as leaders and as subordinates to learn the next level task. So this is a great opportunity for everybody, said Morton. Its kind of exciting actually because it is a real world mission. A lot of people think we are just going for a walk in the woods. But actually theres a lot more to it than just going for a nature walk. We are actually performing a real world mission out there, looking for any type of surveillance equipment that is unau thorized, any type of unauthorized access to any of the areas that we are reconning. We are looking for any unauthorized people that might be wandering around out there, bump ing into stuff in the woods somewhere, said Spc. Herb Harman, patrol leader for Bravo Company. An added bonus to this kind of training is getting physically fit. A lot of people are in a lot better shape than they would be at home because we are doing physical training every day, we are going up in the mountains, said Pfc. Matthew Bulloch of Bravo Company. Spc. Douglas England of Bravo Company, and point man for the patrol said he has lost 28 pounds since he started patrolling these hills in December. Motivation and teamwork are highly essential in this kind of work environment. Motivation wow you have to be moti vated to walk the mountains, said Morton. Theres nothing like going up I mean you start here and you get all the way up to the top and you look down, and you say wow I just came all the way up this. And then when you get down and youre all sweaty and youre hot and youre tired and you get done, there is a real sense of accomplishment that youve done something for the day. And you get done and you say man, that was really great. Actually this is our favorite part of our mission doing our dismounted patrols. We get excited about it. Its a lot of fun, said Morton. Leadership is equally important. As the patrol leader, Harman is responsible for the welfare of his troops. Throughout the trek Spc. Harman routinely checks on his troops to make sure they are drinking enough water. It was a black flag day, which makes these treks especially challenging. On the last leg, Harman asks his RTO, Spc. Andrew Nelson, how hes doing. It is pretty evident from the sweat pouring down the sides of Nelsons face that the 30 extra pounds from the radio is taking its toll. Harman gives Nel son the option to have another soldier carry the radio. Nelson declines. He is fine. This is his gig. This is what he does. Spc. Kurt Ellestad jokingly chimes in from the rear security posi tion, At this point, Nelson doesnt have much of a choice, the radio is melted to his back. The event is coming to a close, and the vol unteers involved get ready to head home for the day. They have had their little taste of infantry reality. And lets reiterate little taste. Even though the volunteers may have sweated just as much as the infantry, with the exception of course of the RTO no one sweats as much as the RTO, it was only three hours. It is taxing. They do it for about eight to 12 hours. After that period of time, they are spent and then they come right back after 12 hours and to the same thing again, said 1st Lt. Mark Tinsley of Bravo Company 2/116th Infantry Army Sgt. Erin P. Viola Teamwork at its best Spc. Douglas England helps Spc. Kurt Ellestad up one of the many ridges they trek through on their daily dismounted patrol. These boots are made for walkin
Page 12 Friday, January 24, 2003 15 Minutes of Fame... with Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class John Bauer, Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 212 No knowledge is wasted knowledge. Interview and photo by Army Spc. George Allen Bauer is a Corpsman in MIUWU 212, from Gulfport, Missippi. While MIUWU 212 maintains survellance of Guantanamo Bays sea-lanes of approach, Bauer trains his shipmates on first aid and takes care of Joint Task Force Guantanamo troops in the Joint Aid Station at Windward Loop. Q: How long have you been in the Navy? A: I've been in the Navy nine years now, and in this unit right around three. Q: Why did you join the Navy? A: I joined the Navy to get a good heading in life. A place to start getting some kind of skills together so when I go to look for a job, I have some thing to offer people. What solidified my choice for the Navy as far as the other branches was my Dad was a boatswain's mate in the Navy and I used to hear all the time how much he liked the Navy and what it did for him. So I said 'Well, my Dad's a good man, if it was good for him, it's good for me.' Q: What did you do before you joined this unit? A: Before I was with the Marine Corps as a combat medic. Q: What training are you receiving? A: Currently I'm in an ACLS class, which I started Friday. Q: What is ACLS? Describe what you're learning. A: ACLS Advanced cardiac life sup port teaches you how to read EKG (elec trocardiogram) rhythms. It teaches you what you're looking at so you can identify different rhythms and possible problems. And [it] also teaches you, if you see this particular rythms, it's a problem, and what you treat it with. It's a pretty in depth class, and it's a lot of information to absorb. I'll be spending nights studying at home, but it's something I see is going to benefit me, not only here but also in my civilian job as well. Q: You said you were also training your unit? A: I'm currently involved in my unit, teaching and evaluating them on different medical skills like electric shock and burns looking at it from the perspective of if (an accident) had happened and they didn't have a Corpsman, how they'd take care of their shipmates. Q: What do you do as a civilian? A: I'm a firefighter/EMT (emergency medical technician). If I wouldn't have had hospital corpsman (training), I never would have gotten hired on at the fire department because they were hiring all these experienced people (but) they hired me straight off the street with no previous experience, other than my military back ground. Q: You mentioned you were training the MIUWU on first aid for electric shocks for instance. Is that because your unit works with a lot of electronics? A: Right. In the past I've given them training on basic first aid, amputations and sucking chest wounds. I was told, a long time ago, when I was in school (to become a field corpsman with the Marines), they told me 'when you get back to your units,' teach them everything you know. You teach them what you know because you never know when either you become the casualty and they have to take care of you, or if something happens to you, they have to take care of themselves. Taking that mentality, and bringing it to this unit, I try to teach them everything that I can as far as how to treat these different injuries and just kind of hope that they pick up on some of it, remember some of it, in the event that they do have to use it, if the Corpsman's not around. Or even if I just need some help (treating someone), I could tell someone hey, gimme a hand, do this and they kind of know what I'm talking about. No knowledge is wasted knowledge. Q: Describe some of the MIUWU train ing you're doing. A: We'll show up out in the field at the watch sites and out of the blue say 'This guy over here is being electrocuted, what are you going to do?' How they respond lets you know if they're gonna be fine, or what they need to work on, how they can do things better. My hat's off to the unit, because they've done an outstanding job. It's a process for both of us, they learn, and it also helps me too, because if you have a subject matter that you're teaching, you learn a lot more as you teach it, as opposed to just doing it, so (training them) helps reinforce my training as well. Army Spc. George Allen HM3 John Bauer, trainer of first aid, treater of ail ments, on duty at the Joint Aid Station at Winward Loop.