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Story & photos by Sgt. Benari Poulten My first sergeant is tougher than your commanding officer. Thats probably not a phrase you would hear too much around JTF Guantanamo, entertaining as it may sound. Not that the top enlisted and top officers dont engage in friendly competition, but when it comes to accom plishing the mission, unit first sergeants and company com manders work together, pooling their ideas and guiding their units to success. Its like a husband and a wife, explains 1st Sgt. Scott Fielding of the Charlie Company, 2-116th Infantry Regi ment. You need to be there, working together, hand-in-hand, or youre not going to get anything done. As an infantry unit, Charlie Companys responsibilities include patrols, checkpoint operations, detainee movement operations, and vehicle search and seizures. In order to accomplish their critical tasks on a dayto-day basis, they must stay focused. The commander and the first sergeant handle the job of keeping troops focused. Fielding elaborates, The commander puts out what he wants to get done; its my job to make sure things are followed through. He takes care of the mission-ori ented tasks its my job to make sure the trainings up to that task, they have the service and support elements there to back up the mission and we work together, along with the other members of the unit and head quarters staff, to get this stuff done. Its one of the biggest teams you have in a unit. For an organization thats built on teamwork, being the biggest team in a unit is no small feat. The military depends on a units first sergeant and commander to work with each other and lead their troops to victory. But wouldnt it be easier to just allow one person ultimate decision-making authority, without having to consult any one else? Not on this team. The 785th MP Companys 1st Sgt. Joseph Haddad uses some colorful analo gies to illustrate this point. There is no more important team than the company commander and first sergeant. This is Published in the interest of personnel assigned to JTF Guantanamo and COMNAV Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Honor Bound to Defend Freedom Volume 3, Issue 26 Friday, May 30, 2003 Inside the Wire... P P AGE AGE 11 11 P P AGE AGE 7 7 C C APTAIN APTAIN S S C C UP UP F F INALS INALS Commanders and First Sergeants: a team effort 1st Sgt. Scott Fielding reviews the log at the Harrisonburg Checkpoint with Spc. Michael Cocuzza of Charlie Co., 2-116th Infantry Regiment. M M EMORIAL EMORIAL DAY DAY H H ERE ERE THEY THEY COME COME ! P P AGE AGE 6 6 See LEADERSHIP, page 4
The lifeblood of JTF Guan tanamo is found in its troopers, all of you who go about your jobs each day to ful fill our nation's commit ment to battling terrorism. Our mission here has many parts that must work together in unison toward a common goal in order to be successful. Each part is essential, whether you are working as a guard inside the wire, as security for the force, in our intelligence units in search of new pieces of information, or in support of the countless small but important tasks that must be accom plished every day in order to keep us all moving in the right direction. There is a small group of leaders who we all depend on more than anyone else to keep the blood flowing, by coordinat ing the activities of each part and giving you the guidance needed to do your job right. These are the company command ers and first sergeants, and their counter parts in the Navy and Coast Guard, who lead our troopers each day from the front. They are truly the heart of the JTF. Without them, we would not be success ful in winning our part of this war. There is no more difficult job than leading a company-size unit. And there are few leadership positions in the mili tary that are more rewarding. These men and women have direct responsibility for the welfare and performance of troopers. They must be motivators, trainers, coun selors, mentors and the heroes who lead from the front. They directly touch the lives of every soldier, sailor, airmen, Marine and Coast Guardsmen on this island. Sometimes they make mistakes as all of us doand they fix those errors because they care about the mission and their people. These leaders are not looking for recognition. Instead, they want that recognition to go to their troopers. They take responsibility for the bad and pass credit to others for the good. The legacy of great leaders like our company commanders and First Sergeants is units who know what right looks like and troopers who do the right thing when no one is looking. Our JTF is fortunate to have these kind of leaders they make a difference for all of us everyday. HONOR BOUND! Friday, May 30, 2003 Page 2 MG Geoffrey D. Miller Commander JTF Guantanamo JTF-GTMO Comman d Commander: MG Geoffrey D. Miller Joint Task Force CSM: CSM George L. Nieves Public Affairs Officer: Lt. Col. Barry Johnson Deputy PAO / 362nd MPAD Commander: Maj. Paul J. Caruso Command Information Officer / Editor: Capt. Linda K. Spillane Circulation: 2,100 copies The Wire Staff The Wire NCOIC & Layout Editor: Staff Sgt. Stephen E. Lewald Sports Editor: Sgt. Bob Mitchell Staff writers and design team: Sgt. Benari Poulten Sgt. Erin P. Viola Spc. Delaney T. Jackson Spc. Alan L. Knesek Spc. George L. Allen Spc. Mark Leone Contact us: 5239/5241 (Local phone) 5426 (Local fax) Joint Information Bureau/HQ Annex Online: http://www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo 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 Regu lation 360-1 and does not reflect the views of the Department of Defense or the personnel within. The Chief of Staff of the Army's list of 'must reads' for junior leaders includes popular books as We Were Soldiers Once, and Young by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (ret.) and Joseph L. Galloway, Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer, and The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Go to www.army.mil/cmh-pg/reference/csalist/list1.htm for a complete list. The recommended reading list of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy includes books such as Leadership is an Art by Max DePree and Thunder Below by Adm. Eugene B. Fluckey, USN (Ret.).Go to www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/mcpon From the list of professional reading for Marines, 1st Sgt. Phillip Paulie of the Marine Corps Security Force recommends Rifleman Dodd by C.S. Forester and E.H. Simmons, A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hub bard, The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. A complete list can be found at http://mcrsc.mfr.usmc.mil/GuideBook/AppendixF/Read ingPgm.asp. Lt. Cdr. Paul Gill, of the MSST, highly recommends the following books from the Coast Guard Commandant's Reading List: Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer; The Coast Guard at War: Vietnam, 1965-1975 by Alex Larzelere; and Sea of Grass: The Maritime Drug War 1970-1990 by Charles M. Fuss. For more information, go to www.uscg.mil/hq/g-w/gwt/g-wtl/leadci/read1.htm The Chief of Staff of the Air Force's reading list includes such books as Frank M. Andrews: Marshall's Airman by DeWitt S. Copp, The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror by Bernard Lewis and Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime by Eliot Cohen. Go to www.af.mil/lib/csafbook/index.shtml for a complete list. What books are must reads for professional development as young leaders? Question from the Field Message from the Top
Page 3 Friday, May 30, 2003 Story and photo by Spc. Jared Mulloy Up until a few weeks ago, military police stationed in Guantanamo Bay relied solely on their on-the-job training to per form their duties at Camp Delta. The posi tions they filled, while related to their primary duty as military police, actually fall under the duties of a correctional spe cialist. This is a separate military occupa tional specialty all together. Military police are primarily responsi ble for providing support to the battlefield by conducting area security, prisoner of war and law and order operations. Correc tional specialists are primarily responsible for controlling, supervising and counseling prisoners, as well as managing confine ment operations and correctional treatment programs. To prove that JTF MPs can handle the job they have adapted to with ease, every MP is undergoing an intensive weeklong training that will compliment their current experience and knowledge with the skills they need to be certified as correction spe cialists. Four instructors from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouris United States Army Mil itary Police School (USAMPS) came to JTF Guantanamo to run this five-week training program called the School of the Guard. Its an honor for us to be here training these young warriors, stated USAMPS instructor Sgt. 1st Class Edward Baldwin, who is noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the Mobile Training Team running the School of the Guard. These MPs are the Armys pioneers for future corrections operations and the pride of USAMPS. I truly feel safer knowing that these troops are on the job. The instructors were great they kept everyones attention with their jokes and enthusiasm, and I learned so many simple lessons that make all the difference, raved Spc. Ryan Bowlsby of the 785th MP Bn. The three other NCOs on Baldwins team, Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Borrero, Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Fowler, and Sgt. 1st Class John Waters, were all hand picked as the best-of-the-best by the USAMPS Com mandant, and Baldwin feels that they are providing the best training possible for the correctional specialist. In the short time Ive been here, soldiers have already come back to us and shared how useful their new skills are I can see their motivation and thirst for knowledge and it makes us feel good knowing that weve helped a fellow soldier stay a little safer and protect his country that much better. Some skills that will be new to the MPs include overseeing a dining facility, incoming and outgoing mail, and visita tion. The most interesting part of the class was visitation because we dont do that here, said Staff Sgt. Kelmy Rivera of the 240th MP Co. They are learning how to better defend themselves from different holds and how to disarm a detainee wield ing any type of weapon. They are also learning how to better understand and control the detainees. The training is well paced and easy to under stand, said Sgt. Scott Whipple of the 303rd MP Co. who completed the training last week, Everyone was able to take something out of this training. To complete the School of the Guard, the MPs must qualify with a shotgun, pass two comprehensive written examinations administered by USAMPS instructors, and demonstrate hands-on proficiency of skills required by USAMPS. After soldiers complete their training, USAMPS will accredit every soldier as qualified correctional specialists. Not only does this training benefit the JTF mission, but it also gives these soldiers credit for working as correctional special ists. This also validates to the world that JTFs MPs are properly trained to do their job. According to the Superintendent of Camp Delta, Command Sgt. Maj. John R. VanNatta, Statistics show that training MPs at Guantanamo with an MTT will save the U.S. Government at least $5 mil lion Theyre getting more versatile sol diers and saving a great deal of money. The 240th and the 303rd MP Compa nies have already completed the course with a passing rate of 100 percent. At the end of this week the 438th MP Co. will complete the school as well. Cpl. A.J. Girardot of the 984th MP Co. will be tak ing the class next week and said, Theres always more to learn about this job, and taking this class will give me a break from the camp. Command Sgt. Maj. VanNatta expects, without a doubt, that all soldiers taking the course will pass the test Sgt. 1st Class Edward Baldwin, from the U.S. Army Military Police School, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., trains the soldiers of the 438th Military Police Company. The instruction provides neccesary training for military police to be qualified as correctional specialists. MPs hit the books, earn top marks
where the rubber meets the road you cant have the most powerful engine and the most advanced steering system without an alignment. The unit is the vehicle, continues Haddad, and the components are the lead ership and horsepower, which is derived from the soldiers in that unit. If the commander and first sergeant are not on the same sheet of music and do not have a really good working relationship, all the horse power in the world wont get you two feet down the road. Its a team effort, because no one person neither the commander nor the first ser geant can do everything by themselves, says Capt. Jeffery Saren. You cannot be suc cessful unless you are of like mind and have a common pur pose for the success of the unit. Saren commands the 303rd Military Police Company and has plenty of experi ence working with his first sergeant to make the necessary changes in order to help his unit succeed. Guarding detainees inside Camp Delta, the troops of the 303rd have had to adapt to their current mission, shifting gears from their usual wartime mission to meet the needs of their mission here as part of the JTF. With the help of their command, these high-speed troops have risen to the challenge. Weve adapted to whatever the mis sion is at hand, maintains Saren. We are a combat support MP company. We do convoy security, area security, things like that [normally], were up much closer to the front than we are here. Under their commands leadership, the 303rd met the new challenges. Weve refocused our training toward the mission-at-hand, versus what our actual wartime mission is. Haddad believes that the leadership can prepare the troops to meet any and all challenges of the JTF through organization and appropriate response time. These challenges are faced by way of prioritizing, he says, and in some cases, putting out the fires that are burning rather than smoldering. We are soldiers, and a lot is going to be asked of us. Our leaders job is to accomplish the mission and in doing that, they will force down several tasks that we are required to per form which sometimes may seem impos sible, but thats why I wear the stripe and carry the diamond. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Secu rity Teams Senior Chief Petty Officer William Allred emphasizes the importance of the leaderships direction. Most of the time, he says, were looked to for coun sel on issues within the unit. The com mand structure puts a lot of faith in our years of experience. Capt. Judith Brown, commander of the 438th MP Co., believes that one of her responsibilities along with that of her first sergeant is ensuring an efficient working and living environment for the troops. And that means keeping on top of numerous quality of life issues, such as time-off. She addresses some of the major con cerns by working with the 438ths first ser geant, 1st Sgt. Ronald England to maintain an effective environment. We continue to try to talk to the soldiers, and we use the resources here on the island, as far as coun seling We try to encourage soldiers to use their training and insight to help them deal with the stress. And also, we make sure that we give the soldiers an oppor tunity for leave and passes, to give them a break. Fielding also believes that providing adequate down-time is the best way to keep his troops motivated and produc tive. I like the guys to get out make sure they have a couple of days down where they can go do what they want to do. Keeping in contact with the troops is another important aspect, according to Fielding. One of my big jobs is to stay out with the troops, be out there with them, where I can talk to them, feel their emo tions, see how they felt about things, and give them solutions to some of their problems. We all have to work together. I work for them, com ments Allred. Oftentimes, I am their only contact with the outside world. I get them home if theres an emergency mainly, its a matter of finding the right person to put them in touch with. Ideally, every component works in conjunction to help the unit achieve its goals and accomplish its mission. And the units leadership the commander and the first sergeant working side by side oversees the operation, making the necessary adjustments so that things run smoothly. Good communication between the two and a mutual respect are essential to a successful relationship. The key, says Haddad, is compro mise and an understanding of each others position. The commander makes the ultimate decision, although the first sergeant may not always agree The com mander plans and the first ser geant executes, with support from his senior noncommis sioned officers. Fielding agrees, echoing Sarens earlier comments. Ive got some good senior NCOs and we sit down and we work together; we put our heads together and we come up with solutions. Because if all it took was one person to make a solution for every problem, then we wouldnt need all of us to be down here, now would we? Page 4 Friday, May 30, 2003 LEADERSHIP, from page 1. If all it took was one person to make a solu tion for every problem, then we wouldnt need all of us to be down here, now would we? 1st Sgt. Scott Fielding, C Co., 2-116th Infantry 1st Sgt. Ronald England and Capt. Judith Brown work together to ensure that the day-to-day operations of the 438th MP Co. run smoothly.
Friday, May 30, 2003 Page 5 Story & photo by Sgt. Benari Poulten What do you have to do around here to become a high-speed soldier working in the Joint Detention Operations Group? Adapt and overcome, says Staff Sgt. Joseph Peck of the 438th Military Police Company. Its a constantly changing environment here, so you always have to adapt you have to keep on your toes, you have to keep reviewing SOPs and just keep practicing and training. Hailing from scenic Murray, Ky., Peck traded the banks of Kentucky Lake for the banks of the Caribbean to serve his coun try as a part of JTF Guantanamo. A 13year veteran of the National Guard, Peck works with his MP company in the JDOG, providing security at Camp Delta. Peck enjoys his work with the JDOG because of its diversity. He sees his work here as an excellent learning experience that has helped him to better prepare for the future. I get to interact with other units, see how they do things, explains Peck. Even though were all one Army, units all do things a little differently. So its kind of good to take some of the ideas from some of the other units, as well as the other armed forces, like the Air Force and the Marines. As a squad leader, Peck feels responsi ble to himself and to his troops to continue striving for excellence. After this deploy ment, he plans on finishing his college education in order to excel in both his civilian and military careers. A supervisor in his civilian life, he believes that more education will help him reach his full potential. I want to finish my college degree, asserts Peck. Thats the one thing holding me back at my civil ian job. And actually, its kind of holding me back in my military job, because with the more college you have, the more pro motion points you have and the faster you move up. After he gains more knowledge, Peck would like to pass on what he has learned to others and help them achieve their goals. Military-wise, I want to go to a training unit. I want to be an MP trainer. I just think I could better serve as a trainer. Take some of my knowledge that Ive learned over the last 13 years, and instill it into people who want to be MPs. When he first signed up, active duty military was the last thing he wanted. I always wanted to join the military and I figured out pretty young that I didnt want to go on active duty, but I wanted to do something with the military. So, I joined the National Guard when I was 17. As the country began depending more and more upon its National Guard and Reserve components, Pecks unit went through a period of on-again/off-again sta tus. Our unit had been on alert for a cou ple of years, for different things, so wed been close [to being activated]. It was kind of a relief to actually get activated and to actually do something. Pecks family remains a little more wor ried about the dangers of a deployment, but Peck says his family remains proud of what he does. They were apprehensive at first, but theyre all right with it. His biggest fan, however, just might be his girlfriend back home. My girlfriend gives me a lot of support, she likes me being in the military. She likes to brag about it. After Pecks superb work here with the JDOG, his girlfriend will have a lot to brag about. Adapting and overcoming in the JDOG Targeting Tobacco Submitted by Army Lt. Col. Robert Stewart 85th Medical Detachment Combat Stress Control Part two of a two-part series Despite warnings that smoking may be hazardous to your over all health (not to mention your wallet), millions of Americans con tinue to light up. Most smokers will tell you that they have attempted to quit at some point in their lives. The difficulty is, nicotine is both physically and psychologically addictive. Experts contend that physiological cravings typically cease within 14 days. Its the psychological addiction that most often proves the more difficult to overcome. The U.S. Army for Health Prevention and Preventive Medicine (USACHPPM) lists a number of tips for quitting. Some tips include: mental preparation,and recognizing and avoiding tempt ing situations. These situations are numerous and everywhere, so recognizing them as being associated with smoking is critical. USACHPPM advises use of the 4 Ds to help smokers fight a craving: Delay as in waiting when the urge to smoke hits Deep breathing relaxing breathing from the abdomen Drinking water or sports drinks (other than beer) Doing something other than smoking Quitting smoking is tough for almost everyone. There are a number of steps you can take to ease the burden, as noted above. So, if you really want to quit smoking again please contact Lt. Cmdr. Gallagher at 7-2944 to inquire about the dates of the next Smoking Cessation classes, or call 3566, or stop by the 85th Com bat Stress Control team at Camp America building A3206. A Tobacco Facilitator Training Course will be held the week of June 2. If youre an ex-smoker who would like to help others attempt ing to quit, please contact Karen Perin at 7-2944 for more details. JTF Health Source Staff Sgt. Joseph Peck proudly stands in front of the 438th Military Police headquarters in Camp America.
Menu preview ... Story and photo by Spc. George Allen There's a new addition to the Wire this week next week's Seaside Galley spe cials. Each week, specials will be posted in the Wire, care of Chief Warrant Officer James D. Kluck, JTF Food Service Officer. "The flier in the paper is an easy way to advertise," said Kluck. Seaside Galley is "the JTF galley, and we want to promote that and encourage folks to come out and participate in all the things we have there." The flier will list the weekly 'special meal' and grill-out. "The current contractor does a special meal each week. We had prime rib last Friday, a country meal the week before that, shrimp and seafood as a change of pace," said Kluck. Upcoming special meals include 'Surf and Turf' on June 10, Tex Mex June 18, and German Night June 28. Kluck added that a baked potato and taco bar will be coming in the not so distant future. The other weekly change-up is the 'grillouts' at the outside barbeque. It serves two purposes troops get freshly grilled steaks and hamburgers, and the grillout 'sponsors' get to inter act with troops at Camp America. "The Command Section helped us kick this off six weeks ago. The commander, the deputy commander, chief of staff, and the command sergeant major were all out to help kick this off. It's a great way for head quarters and staff sec tions to interact with other troops and units." Other JTF staff members will have their opportunity to serve up JTF service mem bers in the future. Any unit that wants to sponsor a 'grill-out' can contact Chief War rant Officer Kluck at 5260. Page 6 Friday, May 30, 2003 Story and photo by Spc. Jared C. Mulloy Thanks to an initiative by Guantanamo Bays MWR staff, and JTF personnel increasing the Guantanamo consumer pop ulation, a few new restaurants will soon be opening. According to JTF CSM George Nieves, the three new restaurants are Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, and A&W Restaurant. KFC and A&W will be replacing the Rusty Anchor at the Bowling Alley. The two restaurants are just like those you might see in a typical shopping mall food court back home. Pizza Hut will be located in the Wind jammer and yes, they will deliver. Itll be great to have some more choices of where and what to eat, says Airman 1st Class Rachel Cover. Nieves says the restaurants are expected to open on June 10 and the MWR staff is working very diligently to meet their dead line. We want to taste the first piece of chicken that comes out of here, exclaims MWR employee Desmond Foster over busy sounds of construction. Nieves added, I cant wait to have some breadsticks from Pizza Hut. More fast food chains come to GTMO ... ... but Seaside Galley sets highest standards Cpl. Michael Bullock (left) and 2nd Lt. James Childers (right) get lunch at the Seaside Galley. MWR employees unwrap new signs for the KFC, Pizza Hut and A&W restaurants. A&W Restaurant At least 10 different types of burgers Hot dogs, Chili Dogs, and Chili Cheese Dogs Four types of "All American Fries" And lots of A&W Root Beer Floats Kentucky Fried Chicken Colonel's Crispy Strips Various Chicken Sandwiches Cole slaw, potato wedges, baked beans etc. Chicken, chicken and more chicken Pizza Hut Personal Pizzas BBQ Chicken Wings Bread Sticks And much more ready for delivery!
This weeks question: What makes a first sergeant or company commander an effective leader? Page 7 Friday, May 30, 2003 Man on the Street Spc. Michael Baez, 240th MP Co. "Understanding the troops, getting to know them and knowing the needs of the company; knowing what the strengths and weak nesses are of every soldier helps them to make better decisions. Army Sgt. Bill Duke, 438th MP Co. Finding problems that need to be fixed and fixing them, they need to be proactive and not reactive." Spc. Jeff Marshat 344th MP Co. "Being able to listen to their troops, then doing the best they can to accomodate their con cerns." Army Sgt. Tynnetta Qawwee 303rd MP Co. "They have to have the ability to stand up for the welfare and wellbeing of their troops; be able to get their troops the things they need to perform their jobs." Spc William Thompson 132nd MP Co. A first sergeant should be able to relay infor mation to the troops, have them prepared so each day theyll know their tasks at hand. Story and photo by Spc. George Allen JTF Guantanamo gathered at Cuzco Cemetery to honor Americas fallen serv ice members on Monday. JTF troops gathered both in formation and as spectators, along with NAVBASE personnel and Guantanamo Bay commu nity members. After a joint-service color guard posted the colors to half-mast, the Marine Corps Security Force gave a 21gun salute, followed by taps. Memorial Day is a time that we can reflect on the past and all of our fallen sol diers, airmen, sailors, and Marines, that sacrificed so much to this country, and what were doing right now, said Airman 1st Class Omar Phillips, J3. Airman 1st Class Shawn Gibson, Transportation, added, This day gives people time to reflect on what the military does, not only for our country, but for freedom in other countries as well. I felt honor, said Spc. William Gray, J-6, who carried the Army flag during the ceremony, because I got to represent the armed services and the United States Army by holding this flag, while honoring our nations fallen I think Memorial Day is special, because you get to honor the troops who have fallen, and recognize them for the things theyve done for their country to make it a better place. During the ceremony, MG Geoffrey D. Miller, JTF Guantanamo Commander, gave a speech honoring our nations fallen, and calling troops to reaffirm their com mitment to winning the Global War on Ter rorism. We are actively combatting that war from this small piece of land on the edge of Cuba America keeps track of her sacrifices by the number of troopers who have lost their lives, said Miller. At Guantanamo Bay, the sacrifices our troop ers are making are counted in lives saved, not lost, by attacking terrorism at its roots. After the Memorial Day ceremony, Marine Corps Capt. William Elliott, Com mander, Marine Corps Security Force Company, gave a brief history of the battle of Cuzco Wells. There will be a tour of the battlefield on June 14 where Capt. Elliott will give an in-depth guided tour of the area, telling the stories of how the base was taken, how medals of honor were earned, and how the base kept its water supply despite Cuban efforts to dry us out. During the Battle of Cuzco Wells, between 500 and 800 Spanish troops were defeated by a few hundred American Marines. It was the first time a battalion of Marine Corps infantry was formed. At the time, Congress was doubting the necessity of the Marine Corps, but their amphibious assault on Guantanamo Bay ensured the Marine Corps continued existence. JTF and NAVBASE color guard raise the colors to half mast on Memorial Day. Remembering the fallen heroes on Memorial Day Compiled by Spc. Delaney Jackson and Spc. Mark Leone
Friday, May 30, 2003 Page 8 Worship Services Catholic Main Chapel Daily 6:30 a.m. Mass Cobre Chapel Wed. 5 p.m. R.C.I.A. Cobre Chapel Fri. 5 p.m. Rosary Sat. 4:30 p.m. Confession 5:30 p.m. Mass Sun. 9 a.m. Mass 11 a.m. Mass (Sanctuary B) Camp America Sun. 5 p.m. Mass Wooden Chapel Protestant Main Chapel Mon. 7 p.m. Prayer Group Fellowship* Wed. 7 p.m. Mens Bible Study* 7 p.m. Spanish Group 390-Evens Pt Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Home Group Nob Hill 5B 7:15 p.m. Youth 7-12 Fellowship* Sun. 6:30 a.m. Praise and Worship Servce 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Service/Sunday School 5 p.m. Bible Study* Fellowship Hall located in Chapel Complex Camp America Wed. 7 p.m. Service Sun. 9 a.m. Service White Tent 7 p.m. Service Wooden Chapel Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Sun. 9 a.m. Sanctuary A Islamic Fri. 1 p.m. Classroom 12 ChapelComplex 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 A mighty fortress By CH (LTC) Herb Heavner JTF Guantanamo Command Chaplain There is a very old scripture that con tinues to be used today in many ways. The scripture says, "The Lord has become my fortress, And my God the rock in whom I take refuge." Fortress is a word that means a place of protection or a place of security. The author describes God as his fortress, the place where he could find protection and security. That fortress described in this context was also consid ered to be a place of refuge, where the author could find strength and additional security during or immediately following a battle. It is a little hard for us in the 21st cen tury to understand this concept of fortress. In the Army we can begin to understand the concept a little because we are taught to establish fighting positions and foxholes designed to provide protec tion. When the day's (or night's) work is completed we return to our "hooches" and find some degree of refuge from the chal lenges of the day. As the hurricane season progresses here hopefully we will not experience any storm close up; however, if that does happen then some of us might have to find a fortress to keep us safe from the advancing wind and rising tide. That fortress would become our refuge in the time of storm. I believe that the concept of fortress extends far beyond the physical. We face issues everyday that create havoc in the mind and distress in the soul. Soldiers come to me daily searching for answers on how to find peace in the midst of the rough waters in their lives. Individuals approach me with issues that would liter ally blow you away if you had to person ally deal with them. To many of those who come to see me there does not seem to be any answer at all to the dilemmas they face. It is no wonder that so many suffer so much with insomnia, bad dreams, or other physical phenomenon, which are created by circumstances around us. Left alone those individuals might not survive. Left alone those prob lems may very easily escalate until they seem totally unsolvable. Without some refuge place, some fortress there would be only chaos and fear. Fortunately, there is a fortress to which we can go for security. Thankfully, there is a refuge that we can discover that will provide protection, even in the worst of storms. That place is near to the presence of Almighty God Himself. He is our fortress! He is our refuge! He is our Rock! No matter the problem, no matter the velocity of the storm there is security and protection near to God the rock! You may be looking at some extremely chal lenging problems with which to deal in a few weeks when you return home. God the Rock will give you stability. You may have to face traumatic change that would "rock your boat." God the Refuge place will keep you secure. You may think that the enemy is about to take over your life. God the Fortress will protect you. All you have to do is call on Him and He will respond. He will come to you and He will provide whatever level of strength and security that you need. Go to Him today! JTF ministry needs voices and keyboardist The JTF Unit Ministry Team is look ing for additional volunteers to help in the music program that is so much a part of the weekly worship. JTF can always use extra choir voices in the general Protestant Worship service every Sunday. The only requirement is a love for God and a willingness to serve (and the ability to carry a tune helps). In addition, another keyboardist is needed who can assist on Sunday morn ing. This person must be able to read music and skillfully play Protestant wor ship hymns. There is one great piano player now from South Carolina, but JTF could use this additional help. Contact the Com mand Chaplain's office at 3202 or 3203.
Page 9 Friday, May 30, 2003 R ECREATION & L EISURE Story by Spc. George Allen When JTF troops rotate home and return to their families, there will be several opportunities for fun awaiting them. Disney, Universal Studios, and Anheuser Busch are providing free tickets to their theme parks for mili tary personnel. Details of each com panys offer vary, but may be found on the JTF website at http://www .nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo/mwr.html. These offers also include reduced price tickets for friends and family. They require proof of service at the time of purchase a military ID or in some cases orders showing that you served on Active Duty. As long as a reservist can demon strate proof of an active duty assign ment during the eligibility period Sept. 1, 2002 to Dec. 19, 2003 he or she will be able to take advantage of Disneys offer, said David Brady of Walt Disney World Media Relations. Other offers include discounts at hotels, airlines, and Hard Rock Cafs. Theme parks honor troops Spring Bowling Leagues Sign-up teams or individual participants for Spring Bowling League. Call 2118 to sign up Camp Bulkeley Fri., May 30 8 p.m. Godzilla 2000 PG 97 min 10 p.m. The Beach R 119 min Sat., May 31 8 p.m. Blade Runner R 117 min 10 p.m. Art of War R 117 min Sun., June 1 8 p.m. Erin Brokovich R 131 min Mon., June 2 8 p.m. Boiler Room R 119 min Tues., June 3 8 p.m. Broken Arrow R 108 min Wed., June 4 8 p.m. Big Mommas House PG13 99 min Thurs., June 5 8 p.m. 3000 Miles to Graceland R 118 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., May 30 8 p.m. The Matrix Reloaded R 138 min 10 p.m. Head of State PG13 95 min Sat., May 31 8 p.m. Piglets Big Movie G 75 min 10 p.m. Daddy Day Care PG 94 min Sun., June 1 8 p.m. The Matrix Reloaded R 138 min Mon., June 2 8 p.m. The Core PG13 137 min Tues., June 3 8 p.m. Basic R 99 min Wed., June 4 8 p.m. A Man Apart R 109 min Thurs., June 5 No movies will be shown tonight You have questions. They have answers. MG Miller and CSM Nieves answer your questions on the "JTF-Forum," the JTF's biweekly, live call-in radio talk show! Sound off with your questions and concerns! Tune in to FM 103.1, "The Blitz," Wednesday, June 4, between the hours of 5 p.m and 6 p.m to hear what all the fuss is about. Call in to the "JTF-Forum" at 2300 and 2351 and get the answers you want! By Sgt. Bob Mitchell A new group of elite soldiers is headed to Guantanamo Bay this week. Their mission: to get the troops fired up. Who are these hand picked soldiers who have to get into a theater of operations and back out in a minimal amount of time? They are the men and women of the U.S. Army Soldier Show. The Soldier Show, as it is called, is a high-energy MTV-style 90-minute musical review. This live production features the talents of active duty sol diers from throughout the Army. The group has been entertaining military audiences at installations across the United States, and will stop here at Guantanamo Bay on Thursday, June 5. The live performance takes center stage at the Downtown Lyceum Amphitheater beginning at 8 p.m. These amateur artists, who have a passion for dance, music and per forming, were selected through audi tions that were held Army-wide. The troupe includes soldiers from virtu ally every career field. Like most soldiers, these troops have to be versatile. They have to memorize up to 40 songs from a vari ety of styles that includes Broadway tunes, movie themes, patriotic songs, current country, rap, R & B. rock chart toppers, oldies, and soul. There will be only one perform ance of the Soldier Show. A no cooler policy will be in effect. photo by Douglas Ide 1st. Lt. Angel Stone of Fort Lee, Va., works a group of "sugar daddies" in the "Diamond are a Girl's Best Friend" production number from the 2002 U.S. Army Soldier Show. Soldier Show coming to an amphitheater near you
Page 10 Friday, May 30, 2003 N ATIONAL S PORTS Summary by Spc. Mark Leone The patch on Roger Clemens glove turned out to be a little prema ture. No celebration at Yankee Stadium on Monday. In fact, things started going badly for the Rocket even before his first fastball. Clemens initial bid at the milestone victory became a bust when the Boston Red Sox beat the Yan kees 8-4, sending New York to its eighth straight home loss and boosting the Sox lead to 2.5 games. Patrick Roy has won more games than any goalie in National Hockey League history. Apparently, 551 is enough. Two media outlets are reporting Roy, 37, has decided to retire after 18 seasons. The Avalanche called a news conference on Wednesday to make a special announcement regarding (Roys) hockey career. Thirteen-year-old soccer prodigy Freddy Adu agreed to a $1 million contract with Nike, The Washington Post reported Monday. Adu, already an offensive star on the U.S. under-17 national team, also has agreed to be represented by SportsNet, LLC. The agreement comes less than a week after Nike signed high school phenom LeBron James, the expected number one pick in the upcoming NBA draft, to an endorsement contract worth more than $90 million. Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair apologized Thursday for his arrest hours earlier on charges of drunken driving and illegal possession of a handgun. Sports highlights compiled from Yahoo! News.com., Boston.com, NHL.com and ESPN.com. Sgt. 1st Class Brian Conklin 303rd MP Company Training and Operations NCO I believe LeBron James will do very well in the National Basketball Association, although I think it will take two or three years for him to learn the professional game and better establish himself as a player. I do not believe he should be going into the NBA straight out of high school. I think all athletes should go to college first so they can receive an education and mature as a person. Pvt. Ardie Hudson 785th MP Battalion I think that LeBron James is going to do well in the National Basketball Association. Although hes very young, hes a brilliant player. I like him a lot. The NBA will be a whole new world for him. I think hell progress as the years go on. He wont be any Michael Jordan, but as he gains expe rience, he could become an elite player. Sports commentary by Spc. Mark Leone leonema@JTFGTMO.southcom.mil The ping-pong balls of the National Basketball Associa tion Lottery bounced just right for the Cleveland Cava liers on May 22. High school All-American LeBron James will be going to his hometown team as the number one pick in the 2003 NBA Entry Draft. King James is indeed being treated like a king and he hasnt even graduated high school yet. He signed a $90 million contract with Nike, which is more than Tiger Woods got initially when he went pro. He also signed a five-year con tract with trading card powerhouse Upper Deck worth a million a year with a million dollar signing bonus. It would take a person working for minimum wage 8,000 some odd years to reach the amount of money he made in two days. LeBron, thus far, has accomplished more in 17 years than most of us will in a lifetime. King James is expected to resurrect the Cavs by bringing them out of the professional basketball basement and filling the seats of Gund Arena that averaged just under 11,000 fans per game last sea son. In less than 24 hours, James transformed the normally serene Gund Arena, one of the NBAs emptiest and quietest venues, into the hottest spot in town. By 5 p.m. the day after the lottery, Cavaliers spokesman Tad Carper said the club had sold hun dreds of season ticket packages on what he described as the best sales day since the Gund opened in 1994. Well, LeBron has already fulfilled one of the Cavaliers expectations, but is too much being placed on the 17-year olds shoulders? All of Cleve land is hoping that he is their Michael Jordan and he has yet to play a single professional game! LeBron has all the skills to be the games next great player. He definitely has the money, but can he han dle the pressure that comes along with all the fame? (LeBron James) is a little like the character Neo in the movie The Matrix. There are a bunch of peo ple who think he is The One. Rick Burton, executive director of the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Ore gon, in the Los Angeles Times. Sports Highlights photo by Spc. Delaney Jackson Head to head ... How will LeBron James do during his NBA career? On the Mark !!! LeBron: Brilliant or bust?
Friday, May 30, 2003 Page 11 JTF S PORTS & F ITNESS Story and photo by Spc. Alan L. Knesek Looking for a low impact high energy level workout? Step aerobics might be just the workout youre looking for. Step aero bics is a low impact exercise combining dance moves with kicks and jumping. Dasha Gariepy teaches the interval step aerobics class and starts the work-out with basic floor exercises followed by 20 min utes of stepping. The weights are brought out next and incorporated into the exer cises. Abs, thighs and gluteus muscles are also worked during her class. It is a lot of fun I can do anything I want and we all motivate each other to do the workout, said Gariepy. According to Gariepy, this exercise can build muscle, and increases strength and endurance. With everything incorporated, stretching, weights and the constant aero bic exercise, step aerobics is a fun and effective way to get in shape. Gariepys class averages from one to nine people during both her day and night classes. Every morning the classes are held from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. There is also a Saturday class from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone can participate, and all classes are held at the Marine Hill MWR/Fitness building, next to the Liberty Center. For those JTF service members looking for another way to get and stay in shape while at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, this workout builds strength, endurance and balance. If anyone is interested in becoming an instructor for the class should see Gariepy for more information or contact the G.J. Denich Gym at 2193. Stepping it up in Guantanamo Bay (right) Step aerobics instructor Dasha Gariepy keeps the class going with a few kicks thrown into the routine while Lu Charboneau (far left) keeps up during Tues day mornings class at the Marine Hill facilities. Story and photo by Spc. Alan L. Knesek Softball season has quietly come to an end. After the double elimination playoff season, three teams remained, and only one team came out with the Captains Cup, Security. The Security team was unstoppable, going unchallenged and advancing into the final round of playoff games after shutting down the 303rd MP Co. in the first round, the Hospital team in the second round, and PWD (Public Works Department) in the third round. The 303rd MP Co. climbed their way out of the second bracket to become one of the top teams with a playoff record of three wins and one loss, sending W.T. Sampson, NAVSTA and the Hospital team back to the locker rooms after a first round loss to the Security team. PWD made their way to the third round after defeating the 344th MP Co. in round one and NAVSTA in round two. They were shut down in the third round by the Security team, sending them into the second bracket to face the 303rd MP Co. in one last game before the championship. PWD defeated the 303rd MP Co., send ing them home with a final score of 16 to 10, but the time for the celebrating hadnt come yet. PWD advanced into the final round where the Security team awaited their arrival. After losing to Security in round three of the playoff season this game was sure to test the skills of the PWD. Security teams perfect record was defended when they defeated PWD with a final score of 9 to 5 making Security the Mens Captains Cup Softball Champions. Captains Cup; Security wins 9 to 5 Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Glover sends the ball flying dur ing Tuesday nights championship game against PWD. Story by Spc. Alan L. Knesek A new Shotokan Karate martial arts class will soon be offered to JTF service members and NAVBASE personnel. The instructor, Caesar Garcia, is a fourth degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and a second degree black belt in Jujitsu. His background in martial arts extends through 30 years and several different martial arts styles. The class he will be teaching will be Shotokan Karate with Jujitsu applications and will be open to all Guantanamo resi dents above the age of 14. The class will be tentatively held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The class will include full contact and equipment can be purchased once the stu dent joins. Fees for the class are not yet determined, but the plan is that troops E-4 and below will be free. If you hold a black belt in any tradi tional Karate style and are interested in training and/or teaching, call 7482 for more information. Shotokan Karate hits the streets
Page 12 Friday, May 30, 2003 15 Minutes of Fame... with Staff Sgt. James Foley 132nd Military Police Company Interview and photo by Sgt. Dan Johnson Staff Sgt. James Foley of the 132nd Mil itary Police Company out of Columbia, S.C., plays an integral role as the supply sergeant. Foley, who also calls Columbia, S.C., home, works closely with his com pany's leadership and has aspirations to one day become a first sergeant. Q: What is your job for the JTF? A: I support the 132nd MP Company's logistical needs. Whether it's supplying Gatorade, replacing torn uniforms, provid ing training aids, or helping them conduct their missions in Camp Delta. Q: What made you want to join the Army? A: Money for college, but then it went beyond that. I spent almost seven years on active duty, ETSed (Ended Term of Ser vice) in 1999, joined the S.C. National Guard, and three months later I was Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) and had no break in service. Q: What do you like about being in the military? A: Being technically proficient with a job. I know I can do the same thing on the out side [civilian sector] and probably make more money, but I like being in charge and taking care of a lot of people. Over a hun dred people depend on me to get certain things like uniforms, vehicles, fuel, and food. Q: Where did you learn your leadership style? A: It took until my seventh year in the mil itary for me to find it. I learned it from my mentor, a former first sergeant of mine, Roger Shelley (retired). He taught me about supervisory skills and leadership. He always had the moral courage to do what was right in any situation. Hed do any thing to help anybody, and I try to emulate that. Q: Where do you see yourself in the Army in four to five years? A: I hope to be a first sergeant. I want to make a difference. As an E-6, I take care of a lot of soldiers' basic needs. As a first ser geant, I would be able to help platoon ser geants keep their soldiers ready and pointed in the right direction. Q: What do you feel makes a good first sergeant? A: A good first sergent has a genuine con cern for the individual soldiers needs. A first sergeant helps assure good communi cation up and down the chain of command ... making sure the right information gets to the right people at the right time. First ser geants have high energy, work efficiently, and know where to get answers for their subordinates. Q: What do you get out of working for the JTF on the frontline of the War on Terror? A: It's a great experience. You hear a lot about it, but until you're here and see that it's not just people from Afghanistan, it's people from all over the world. It's very serious, but I'm glad I'm here. It's a really good feeling knowing my family's safer at home. Q: What sort of things do you do in your spare time? A: I run four times a week and I also take classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. When Im relaxing, I love to fish...it doesnt mat ter with who. If theyll let me go, Ill go! Q: How do you stay in touch with your family? A: I call my wife a couple of times a week, but Internet is the best thing the JTF could have done. More computers at Tierra Kay thumbs up! Webcams even better! It's not the same as being able to talk to someone face-to-face, but I get to see my family. Q: How do you think this deployment has impacted you ? A: It's not bad. Nobody held my hand up for me, I knew this could happen. My biggest concern is my family. I'm making good money and providing for my family, but if I got sent somewhere else, I feel I'd be making a contribution there too. I feel safe with our Army. Staff Sgt. James Foley of the 132nd MP Co. is getting brand new boots ready for the feet of the South Car olina National Guard's finest. Mission first, soldiers always ( fishing a close third)