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Story & photos by Sgt. Benari Poulten When Army Sgt. David Williams left for active duty serv ice in Operation Enduring Freedom with C Co., 2-116th Infantry Regiment, he took a large cut in his pay and left behind a concerned wife and four young children. His nor mal life had been interrupted so that he could defend free dom as a part of JTF Guantanamo, but he did not hesitate to answer his nations call and make some difficult sacrifices in support of his country. Missing my kids birthdays and holidays, thats the hardest part. Id like to be there for them, says Williams. Im missing a whole year of their lives growing up but this is what I signed up to do. Williams understands the importance of his job and he accepts the fact that being a part of the United States Armed Forces carries a tremendous responsibility. Selfless service comes with the job when you join the military. The 785th Military Police Companys 1st Sgt. Joseph Haddad sheds some light on what it means to demonstrate selfless service in the military. Its the type of service that is intended to benefit other individuals or the organization. And, although in some cases you may benefit yourself, your benefit was not the original intent and was not where the drive originated from. Not every task needed to accomplish the mission is written in black and white, in an SOP, or as part of an Operations Plan, Haddad continues. Much of the success of a mission depends on the completion of tasks that have never Published in the interest of personnel assigned to JTF Guantanamo and COMNAV Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Honor Bound to Defend Freedom Volume 3, Issue 30 Friday, June 27, 2003 Inside the Wire... P P AGE AGE 9 9 P P AGE AGE 5 5 S S TAYING TAYING AFLOAT AFLOAT GTMO GTMO S S FIRST FIRST A A RMY RMY B B ALL ALL E E ARNING ARNING THEIR THEIR RIFLES RIFLES P P AGE AGE 3 3 See Selfless Service, page 4 Sgt. David Williams (manning the machine gun) and Spc. James Magnanelli, both with C Co., 2-116th Inf. Regt., prepare for a mounted patrol as part of their regular duties in pro viding security for Camp Delta. Troopers put service before self
Selfless Ser vice is an Army Core Value and deep tradition for all branches of the military. In the Air Force it is Service before self; in the Navy and Marines it is commitment; and, in the Coast Guard it is devotion to duty. Regardless, service is putting the welfare of the Nation, your Service, and your subordinates before your own. Selfless Service is putting the mission, Nation, and team before your personal needs or desires. Selfless Service builds strong character and solid teams; and everyday there are examples of selfless service throughout the JTF team. Every trooper in the JTF demon strates selfless service by the fact that we are here, serving our Nation. When the country called, each of us put our lives on hold, left family and careers behind, and answered the call to duty. That willingness to place a greater need ahead of personal concerns is what has made our Nation great throughout the years. Everyday, each trooper provides selfless service to our mission in many unseen contributions. The Repair and Utilities Section (R&U) works tirelessly performing repairs in the camp and ensuring the Camp Delta is operational. The medical staffs in the JAS, Detention Hospital, and NAVBAS Hospital pro vide state of the art medical care to our troopers, and the detainees, to ensure everyone is physically capable to meet any challenge. Four times per day the Mess Section prepares and delivers food to the camp. And 24-hours a day the Coast Guard, Harbor Defense, Marines, and Infantry patrol our area of opera tions to ensure it is secure. The unseen things our troopers do everyday are a vivid example of selfless service, to our country and our team. Selfless service builds strong, unified teams. The troopers of the JDOG and JIG put aside their doctrinal issues and work with one unified purpose to exploit intelligence that is used in our Global War on Terrorism. Putting the mission first is an example of selfless service. It makes each of us more effec tive and builds better leaders for the future. Selfless service is evident in the support that team members provide each other. That teamwork can be seen everywhere in the JTF, in every facet of our operation. Selfless service is mak ing sure the entire team is successful. And its amazing how much you can accomplish when you dont worry about whom gets the credit. That team approach is what has made us success ful. Our families and employers are also an important part of our team. They provide selfless service by enduring our absence and supporting our service to the Nation. Its important that we remember them, and thank them for their contribution to our Nation and our team. Selfless service also builds strong traditions and high standards. By plac ing the welfare and mission of the Nation, the JTF, and our subordinates ahead of our own, you uphold the timehonored tradition of military service focusing on the larger good rather than our own. The contribution and selfless service of each trooper has set a high standard for those who serve with us, and those that will follow. Your selfless service makes JTF Guantanamo a pre mier organization that fights and wins everyday in our Nations war on terror ism. I want to thank every trooper for your selfless service to our country and the JTF team. The countless unseen contributions you make everyday build the organization into a unified, strong team; and build the character of every trooper that serves with us. Be proud of your team and what you do. You make a difference everyday. Honor Bound! Friday, June 27, 2003 Page 2 BG James E. Payne Deputy Commander of Operations 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. Daniel O. Johnson Sgt. Benari Poulten Sgt. Erin P. Crawley Spc. Delaney T. Jackson Spc. Alan L. Knesek Spc. Mark Leone Spc. Jared Mulloy 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. Message from the Top
Page 3 Friday, June 27, 2003 Story by Spc. Delaney T. Jackson The Expert Infantrymans Badge (EIB) is a simple looking award, 7/16 of an inch in height and three inches long, with a 1795 model Springfield Arsenal musket on a field of blue. Earning the badge, on the other hand, is far from simple. The soldiers of the 2-116th Inf. Regt. became part of history this past week when they put their skills to the test as the EIB test came to Guantanamo Bay for the first time. The test is comprised of infantry tasks and includes qualifying as an expert with the M-16 rifle, passing a day and night land navigation course, achieving 70 percent or better on the Army Physical Fit ness Test and finishing a 12 mile road march in three hours or less. First aid, communications, and calling for indirect fires were among the 35 tasks that were tested. Its the cornerstone of what your MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) is all about, said Spc. David Pattarini, A. Co., 2-116th Infantry. It means that you know every task thats been put forth to you. You know it by heart, it really means youre unlimited in your future, wherever you go. The devotion and dedication it takes to get it shows that youre in a higher echelon of infantry soldier, a higher echelon of mili tary people. I think its what every infantryman wants. It shows what youre made of Its the badge that says, Im an expert. The soldiers of the 2-116th showed they were the epitome of dedication, receiving only four days of train-up instead of the usual two weeks. These guys had four days of train-up. Before that, they were working full time, 16 hours a day, and were only able to train on their own time, said Staff Sgt. Doug Harris, an EIB tester. The best part of this training for me, as an NCO, is seeing guys wanting to train I wish everybody was like that all the time, added Sgt. Joe Lake, another EIB evaluator. With only 31 soldiers out of more than 150 remaining after the prerequisite phase, the test kicked into high gear. Soldiers must complete the 35 tasks to receive a go. Any task in which a soldier received a no go had to be retested. If a soldier received two no gos at the same station, he was out of the running. Likewise, if a soldier received three no-gos at three different tasks, he was also out. Soldiers with two no gos at two dif ferent stations are suitably dubbed bladerunners. Soldiers hop ing to receive sympathy from the EIB testers were terribly disappointed. Its not called the PrettyGood Infantry mans Badge, its called the Expert Infantry mans Badge. It means you per formed all the necessary tasks to perfection, and we demand perfection, Lake said. As soldiers progressed through the 35 evaluated tasks, the stress level increased. The most stressful part is just going through the 35 tasks that youre trying to focus on All that stuff is in your head and youre trying to focus on the one task before you Each time you get a no-go, the stress level goes up a little higher, said Lt. Col. Tom Wilkinson, 2-116th Inf. Com mander, a 1983 EIB recipient. There is no comparison, stated Lake. There is nothing I can equate it to. The stress level is incredible. The longer you stay in the testing process, the greater the stress level becomes. Even though your last task on the last day might be the easi est one, it has just as much pressure as the most difficult task did because that one could put you out. The lucky few who made it all the way through the three-day event to earn their EIB will never forget the struggle and toughness that it took to earn it. And they will be reminded every time they look at their chest. The mark of a true Infantryman Photo by Spc. Delaney T. Jackson Sgt. John Rothman, A Co. 2-116th Inf Regt., hones his disassembly/reassembly skills of the M240B machinegun in the holding area before proceeding to the test area. Photo by Spc. Jared Mulloy The 12 2-116th Inf. Regt. soldiers who earned the Expert Infantryman's Badge stand proudly after receiving the coveted award. EIB recipients: (alphabetically) Pfc. Jerry O. Andes, Pfc. Matthew B. Bulloch, Capt. Joseph A. DiNonno, Spc. Donald E. Evans, 1st Lt. Nathan T. Golden, Spc. Caleb P. Marden, Spc. Micheal G. Mayhew, Spc. Anthony D. Nichols, Spc. Shawn A. Powell, Sgt. John T. Rothman, 1st Lt. Christopher J. Samulski, and Spc. John K. Shillingburg.
been discussed or assigned to a specific individual, but end up being completed by a soldier or a leader who knows it needs to be accomplished, even though its past quitting time and everyone else has gone home. This soldier stays late without reservation and his or her energy and drive are derived from one of our core values we call selfless service. I think we go above and beyond than what we would at home, says Signalman Second Class Shannon Tracey. Tracey, a member of the Mobile Inshore Underwater Warfare Unit 212, has served in the Navy for nine years and has become accustomed to going that extra mile to get the job done. While here, you may stand an eight or a 10-hour watch and then something goes wrong and you have to go back out again. And you dont think twice about it, you just go and you do it. I think that weve all gotten used to knowing that were going to go above and beyond and we dont cry about it, we just get it done. Boatswains Mate Third Class Lisa Griffith has just recently arrived here with the Pacific Area Port Security Detach ment, but she has already demonstrated selfless service by volunteering for this deployment. Interrupting her studies to become a certified biol ogy teacher, she has put her life on hold for some thing she feels is more important. I felt like there was a much greater need and that I was able to do more by going on this deploy ment than by staying at home and finishing my credential program. I just felt that I would get a lot done here and it would be an important job to do. Recently married, Griffith says that by the time she has fin ished her deployment, she will have spent half of her married life here, away from her husband. They are not following a specific plan that has a start and stop time, Haddad says of the JTF troopers. As a matter of fact, the length of their duty days is not measured by a watch or clock; it is meas ured by their accomplishments and what they have done for others. You could say they take a licking and keep on ticking. But if these JTF service members keep on ticking despite the hardships, its because they have made a decision to do what they feel is right. A lot of it is being willing to do some thing that most people wouldnt, explains Griffith. Even though you may not want to do it because you may want to be with your friends and family you want to do it because its the right thing to do. While many troopers put the needs of others before their own, Haddad notes that the leadership must also set an example of unselfish service. Some soldiers come to our great organization with hard work ethics, and selfless service is just another word to describe what they may have been used to calling teamwork On the other hand, for those who are lacking in selfless service, its not because they are not capable, its because they have not been taught yet The leaders in our organization are capable of teaching why selfless service is so important, but it takes more selfless serv ice to teach it because it is in addition to all the other expressed tasks we are required to do in the normal workday. Staff Sgt. Laura Frost of the 785th MP Company is one such leader who sets a strong example for her soldiers, even though she doesnt quite view what she does as being selfless. Shes just being herself. Whether Im in my uniform or not, its just me I treat people how I would want to be treated and I expect the best out of everyone. Selfless service goes hand-in-hand with don ning the uniform, as Frost explains it. You have to be willing to give more of yourself than if you were not in this uniform. This uniform represents a lot of things, selfless service being one of them When I put this uniform on, Im proud to be in it and I want to represent it in a way that would make someone else say, I want to be a part of that. Boatswains Mate Sec ond Class Julian Quiroz of the MIUWU 212 is also proud of the example he can set for others through his own actions and he sums up the power of selfless service. There are actually people out there that are willing to put their lives on the line and leave their families and give a real self sacrifice for the country, reflects Quiroz. Thats the kind of stan dard you want to set for people, for the military, and for this country. Page 4 Friday, June 27, 2003 from Selfless Service, page 1 BM3 Ryan Barr (left) and BM3 Lisa Griffith (right), of the PACAREA PSU Detachment, perform a functions check on one of their machine guns after a harbor patrol. When I put this uniform on, Im proud to be in it and I want to represent it in a way that would make someone else say, I want to be a part of that. Staff Sgt. Laura Frost, 785th Military Police Battalion
Friday, June 27, 2003 Page 5 Celebrating the Armys 228th Birthday in style Story & photo by Sgt. Erin Crawley When one thinks of selfless service, certain images come to mind: A fireman running into a burning building while oth ers are running out Mother Theresa in a remote location, helping the sick and needy Soldiers going off to war. Some thing we often dont think of is the selfless service put forth by people that support them the loved ones, the families, the husbands and wives, the brothers and sis ters. Spc. Dede Reed of 984th Military Police Company thinks about the selfless service of her sister back home, and she thinks about it everyday. Reed arrived in Guantanamo a few months ago, and while her predecessors of the 984th had several months to prepare for their deployment, Reed was given only two days. Reed, a single mother of a two year old, had to figure out in 48 hours who would be taking care of her child. To make matters more complicated, her daughters father had just been deployed to Iraq. One of Reeds sisters stepped up to the plate and offered her help. According to Reed, taking care of a two year old is a full time job, and her sister had to make some sacrifices of her own. Reed said that leaving her daughter was the biggest sacrifice she made to come to JTF Guantanamo and she couldnt have done it without the sacrifices of her sister. Actually, my sister had to withdraw from college to watch my daughter. She gave up going to school, being with her friends, and things like that. She did this not knowing how long Id be out here. My sis ter had to make up her mind to do this in two days. Thats selfless service, said Reed. Spc. Dede Reed of the 984th Military Police Company says she couldn't have made it through this deploy ment with out the selfess service of her sister. (Above, photo by Sgt. Erin Crawley) Marine Capt. Sean A. Wilson tears up the dance floor and gracefully dips his partner, Sydney Holzman. (Top right, photo by Spc. Alan L. Knesek) Director of the Army National Guard, Lt. Gen. Roger C. Schultz, cuts the Army birthday cake with JTF Service members of the second and first quarters, Spc. Anas F. Malkawi (left) and Spc. Jason C. Allen, respectively. (Right, photo by Sgt. Erin Crawley) JTF and NAVBAS members let loose on the dance floor. Selfless sister keeps soldier serving
Page 6 Friday, June 27, 2003 Story & photo by Spc. Jared Mulloy By mid-July, soldiers living in Camp America will have an alternative hot spot where they can kick back and relax. For some time now, the JTF leadership has been ironing out plans for a club to be placed inside Camp America for JTF troopers. The project has been handed down to 1st Sgt. Joseph Haddad, of the 785th MP Bn., to see it through to comple tion. Haddad, who has experience with small businesses in the civilian world, is respon sible for organizing the creation of Club Survivor. Between Seabees, MWR staff, contractors, and volunteers, the club is quickly coming together. Club Survivor was actually named by a group of first grade students in West Bloomfield, Mich. Students from the first grade class have kept in touch with sol diers from the 785th since their deploy ment. They asked what soldiers get to do for fun in the camp and Haddad told them that a club was being built, but it didnt have a name yet. The children started brainstorming immediately and decided on the name Club Survivor. The name seemed obvious to them since all Ameri cans are survivors of 9-11, and the JTF represents that strength. That and the trop ical climate reminded them of the televi sion show Survivor The buildings being renovated for the club are two unused SEAhuts, which were built as temporary housing before the con struction of Camp America North. Thanks to the Seabees, a large patio was built to join the two buildings. The first building is being transformed into a bar resembling the Tiki Bar, but on a much larger scale. The other building is going to be an indoor, air-conditioned lounge where the soldiers can get out of the heat and relax while still being a part of the club atmosphere. Club Survivor is located in some prime real estate, according to Haddad. The volleyball court is a hop, skip, and a jump south, the Seaside Galley is around the corner, and the Caribbean Sea is just out the window. The convenience of the club is the main goal of its creation, so having it near all the other conveniences of Camp America is very important. Starting this week, painting will begin on the two buildings. Staff Sgt. Thallas Johnson, who used to be an Army drafts man, created the general layout of the building and designed the clubs sign. Although Johnson created a general plan, any soldier who would like to come down and paint their unit symbol or add to the tropical theme is encouraged to contact 1st Sgt. Haddad. The club is expected to have a grand opening in mid-July and will serve-up var ious snacks, beers, wines, soft drinks, music, and good times. For more informa tion, or to get in on the painting, contact 1st Sgt. Haddad at 3180. Club Survivor no one gets voted off this Island 1st Sgt. Joseph Haddad of the 785th MP Bn. inspects the on-going construction of the Club Survivor bar. Story & photo by Spc. Jared Mulloy If you work inside Camp Delta, you probably wouldnt expect more than an MRE to cure that rumbling in your tummy, but thanks to the Seaside Galley and some Army inge nuity, JTF personnel inside the wire are guaranteed three square meals a day. The best part is that they get it straight from the Galley without having to walk there. The Camp Delta dining facility was established about a year ago, according to Camp Delta Food Service noncommis sioned officer-in-charge, Staff Sgt. David Sprowl of the 2116th Inf. Regt. Its convenient and the selection is improving every day. The mess hall is a large, air-conditioned tent with most of the features of a standard chow hall. There are even two hand-washing stations located just outside of the tent. The tent contains a salad bar that always has fresh veggies, a freezer for ice cream on those hot days, a rotating dessert case, a hot serving counter, and various drinks and condiments. Most importantly, it gives soldiers a place where they can cool off, sit down, relax and socialize, says Camp Delta Mess Halls new dinner and midnight rations noncommissioned officer-in-charge, Sgt. 1st Class Tecia Molisani, of the 384th MP Bn. According to Sprowl, a more permanent dining facility will be built in September. The new dining facility will be located at the same spot and will most likely still cater from the Seaside Galley, but will offer a larger, more comfortable dining area. Feeding the troopers inside the wire Camp Delta dining facility cook, Army Cpl. Jose Maldonado of the 240th MP Co., serves hungry soldiers inside the wire.
This weeks question: What does selfless service mean to you? Page 7 Friday, June 27, 2003 Man on the Street Army Spc. Bryan Brager, HHC, 384th MP Bn. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Juan Valdez, MIUWU 212 Army Sgt. Kristine Patton, TK Joint Aid Station Basically doing the job you signed up to do. Doing what needs to be done even if you have to make personal sacrifices. Coast Guard Fireman Christopher Renois, PACAREA PSU Det. Compiled by Spc. Delaney Jackson & Sgt. Erin Crawley Selfless service means doing your job and not complaining about it. Selfless service is not worrying about how much you have to do, but worry ing about how you are going to get it done. Its making sure that you are always helping out others and just doing your part basically ... without com plaining. Putting your personal feelings and agendas aside for the greater purpose or good. Army Pvt. Henry Wiles, A. Co., 2-116th Inf. Regt. JTF Guantanamo bid farewell recently to the Coast Guard Mar itime Safety and Security Team 91102, who were instrumental in keeping our waters safe and secure. Here they stand near the JTF Headquarters after being commended for a job well done! The unit has since been replaced by the U.S. Coast Guard's Pacific Area (PACAREA) Port Security Detachment from Alameda, Calif. Photo by Spc. Jared Mulloy JTF Guantanamo says farewell to the MSST To me, selfless service is thinking of others before yourself and providing medical care whenever someone needs it at any time. JTF FORUM You have questions. They have answers. MG Miller and CSM Nieves answer your questions on the "JTF-Forum," the JTF's bi-weekly, live call-in radio talk show! Tune in to FM 103.1, "The Blitz," Wednesday, July 2, between the hours of 5 p.m and 6 p.m. Call in to the "JTF-Forum" at 2300 and 2351 and get the answers you want!
Friday, June 27, 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-Evans 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. Seaside Galley (Temporary location until further notice) 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 By CH (LTC) Herb Heavner JTF Guantanamo Command Chaplin Throughout the history of the world there have been noble examples of selfless service. The list includes famous individu als who have come from all walks of life, and have been involved in all kinds of activities. Military history is full of these kinds of examples. Stories abound that relate how individuals have put their lives literally on the line for the sake of their buddy, or their unit. I believe that those of us who are leaders, and even those who are not in positions of responsibility should emulate the lives of those who have demonstrated the principle of selfless service. It really does not matter where you are or what you are doing, the princi ple of selfless service applies. For example, when you are on the job inside the wire, fulfilling your role in the mission of the JTF, it is possible to fulfill that role in one of two ways. First, you might do exactly what is required of you. You might follow all the SOPs, doing all the right things at the right time. You might get the job done exactly the way in which it was intended, and yet not demon strate the principle of selfless service. On the other hand, you might fulfill your obligation of duty inside the wire, and in so doing look for ways in which you can help your buddies fulfill their responsibilities in an even more effective manner. You might do that in such a way as to make your buddy look really good because you have helped him or her to complete some task in an exemplary man ner. You might do that in a manner in which there is no direct way that it could reflect back on you. You might do that in such a way that no one would ever know that you were a part of the process, but so what? What does it matter? It doesnt mat ter! What does matter is that you have helped someone else to excel, and in the process you both have helped in fulfilling the overall mission. Looking back even further than the his tory of our nation or of our military, there is to be found examples of selfless service. One particular story is told in the scripture of a man who was willing to go way beyond normal concern or protocol in order to help an injured stranger. This stranger was lying out on the side of the road and would no doubt have died were he to be left alone. Many others had already done just that, yet this one individ ual came along and demonstrated the prin ciple of selfless service by offering direct assistance. He did so with no thought of himself, only of the injured man. He tended to the strangers wounds, he took him to a place of safety where he could recuperate, and he provided for his care out of his own pocket. He did all that with no desire to bring laurels or praise to him self. As always I see a spiritual principle involved. I believe that it is important that we live our lives in such a way as to please God, and what better way to do so than to imitate this example of selfless service? Do what you can to help others. Do what you can to help others in a way that is pleasing to God. And do it in a way that is not implicitly self-effacing, but rather in a way that is pleasing to God. Recognition by those around us is not important. What matters most is the eternal reward that will belong to all those who live a life that is pleasing to God! The U.S. Naval Base Hospital and Joint Task Force Guantanamo Surgeon Change of Command Ceremony will be conducted July 1, at 6 p.m., at the Naval Hospital. Navy Capt. Albert J. Shimkus, Jr., will be passing the helm to Navy Capt. John S. Edmondson. All are invited to attend the ceremony. Naval Hospital changes command
Story & photo by Spc. Alan L. Knesek Cardboard dragons, kayaks, harbor patrol boats and an air craft carrier set sail on their maiden voyages last Saturday at the marina during the annual MWR Cardboard Boat Regatta. The concept of the cardboard boat regatta is simple. Build a vessel made of cardboard and (attempt to) race it in the bay. Not only were awards given to the top finishers, but awards also went to the best name, best theme, best looking, and best Titanic sinking. Unfortunately, the one and only JTF vessel, CBC 01 The USS John Henry Quick, received this title. And they did it with style! Page 9 Friday, June 27, 2003 R ECREATION & L EISURE Camp Bulkeley Fri., June 27 8 p.m. The Generals Daughter R 115 min 10 p.m. Harts War R 125 min Sat., June 28 8 p.m. Tears of The Sun R 121 min 10 p.m. Rules of Engagement R 127 min Sun., June 29 8 p.m. Pearl Harbor PG13 240 min Mon., June 30 8 p.m. Enemy at the Gates R 131 min Tues., July 1 8 p.m. We Were Soldiers R 138 min Wed., July 2 8 p.m. Black Hawk Down R 144 min Thurs., July 3 8 p.m. Windtalkers R 133 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., June 27 8 p.m. X2-Xmen United PG13 120 min 10 p.m. Identity R 90 min Sat., June 28 8 p.m. Holes PG 117 min 10 p.m. Anger Management PG13 101 min Sun., June 29 8 p.m. Phone Booth R 81 min Mon., June 30 8 p.m. Finding Nemo G100 min Tues., July 1 8 p.m. Bulletproof Monk PG13 104 min Wed., July 2 8 p.m. Identity R 90 min Thurs., July 3 8 p.m. Bruce Almighty PG13 94 min 10 p.m. X2-Xmen United PG13 120 min Schedule of 4th of July Events Date Time Event Location July 2 8 p.m. Heather Ballentine Camp Bulkeley July 3 8 p.m. Heather Ballentine The Windjammer 5 p.m. Paintball Tournament Cooper Field July 4-6 6 a.m. Fishing Tournament Marina July 4 6:30 a.m. Independence Day Run Gym July 4 7:30 a.m. Independence Day Red, White and Blue Golf Tournament Golf Course July 4 1 p.m. JTF GTMO MWR Social Event Windmill Beach July 4 4 p.m. Independence Day Celebration Bayview/Tiki/Sailing Center July 4 7 p.m. Heather Balletine Bayview/Tiki Bar July 4 9 p.m. Fireworks Bayview/Sailing Center July 5 9 a.m. 3vs3 Basketball Tournament G.J. Denich Gym 5 p.m. One Pitch Softball Tournament Cooper Field Petty Officer 2nd Class John Williams (right), skipper of the "CBC 01 The USS John Henry Quick," and crew, Spc. Charles Womack (left) and Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Nelson (top), erro neously believed their vessel to be unsinkable, much like those who set sail on the Titanic long ago. Sink or swim on GTMO Bay July 2 at the Bulkeley Lyceum at 8 p.m. July 3 at The Windjammer Club at 8 p.m. July 4 at The Bayview Patio at 7 p.m. Ballentines Back! Returning to GTMO for their second tour!
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Ebersole, MIUWU 212 Tennis is a sport whose pop ularity is on the rise day after day. Andre Agassi, Pete Samprass, Ivan Lendl, and John McEnroe paved the way for young play ers of today to succeed in this sport and make it one of the more popular sports in the world. With young players like Lleyton Hewitt, who finished 2002 with the number one ranking, tennis has a fresh young star at 22 years old. Along with the Williams sisters, this sport is gaining a whole new generation of fans. I dont know where Spc. Allen gets his opinions, but maybe he should keep them to himself. Tennis is a sport on the verge of exploding with popularity. Spc Justin Allen, 94th Military Police Co. Tennis has been around since the early 12th century, but didnt gain popu larity in Britain until the 19th century. Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, and Ivan Lendl those are the names that got the public to watch tennis. Now, Lendl and Sampras are retired and Agassis game is on the decline, so the players we can relate to are almost extinct. Its been around a long time, but why is it not as popular as baseball, football or golf for that matter? Tennis greats arent coming along anymore. There arent many young stars, you have the Williams sis ters and thats it. They cant bring the popularity of tennis up by themselves. Page 10 Friday, June 27, 2003 N ATIONAL S PORTS By Brian Murphy, ESPN Sports There is something inherently amusing about Lennox Lewis reign as heavyweight champ never mind his win over Vitaly (The Bleeder) Klitschko and it lies entirely in his accent. No question, Lewis is a bad-ass. But when he talks, you want him to sound more like 50-Cent and less like Queen Elizabeth. The Champ cant shake the fact that he has a British accent, and his reputation as a Bruising Menace to be Feared takes a serious hit when his post-fight interviews sound like Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady. This phenomenon, this curse of the British Fighter, was never on display in more comedic fashion than when Britains last heavyweight threat, the long-forgotten Frank Bruno, recently popped off about another British fighter, a cat named Audley Harrison. Turns out Audley Har risons mettle was being called into question, and the tabloids were calling him Fraudley, even though Harrison had won an Olympic gold medal. Bruno, in enunciating his desire for a fight with Harrison, praised the embattled pugilist with this immortal line: You dont get an Olympic gold medal out of the sweetie shop. I repeat, in case you were napping: You dont get an Olympic gold medal out of the sweetie shop. Contrast this with Mike Tyson, who, if mem ories serves, once said something like this about Evander Holyfield: Listen, %@^#!%$^$%#@, that $^*@% Holyfield is going to go crying his $^*@% @$# after I beat the $#!@ out of his punk #@$. With a lisp, to boot. Bruno, meanwhile, in his proper British accent, didnt stop there. He bragged: I will knock him out, then pick him up, give him a cuddle and tell him: Thats cricket, old bean! Contrast this with Tyson before the Spinks fight, when he said something like: Ill knock his punk @$%*^$, kick him in the #@!%$ and say, Eat my $#!^. What was it George Bernard Shaw once said? England and America two countries, separated by a common language. Thats cricket, old bean. You cant make this stuff up. Reprinted with permission of ESPN.com Sports Highlights Lennox Lewis: the proper heavyweight champ Head to head ... Is tennis dying out ? Summary by Spc. Mark Leone The Atlantic Coast Conference might just be trying to destroy the Big East! After Initially wanting to invite Miami Boston College and Syracuse to join their conference to form a 12 team super-conference, they have decided on another option. The ACC voted 7-2 in favor of inviting Miami and Virginia Tech to join the conference. A conference call on Tuesday was the fifth in two weeks by the schools presidents to finalize expansion. The expansion is driven by a lucrative conference football title game. The Big East filed a lawsuit last month to stop any ACC expansion that involves a Big East team. He rejected a deal to the Yankees in 2000. Now he will likely turn down the Expos The Texas Rangers in an attempt to cut their payroll, are trying to ship slugger Juan Gonzalez to the Montreal Expos for three minor league prospects. The only problem is Gonzalez has a no-trade clause that he will most likely exer cise, which would stop the trade from becoming a reality. With Lleyton Hewitts out of the way after his first round loss at Wimbeldon Andre Agassi is the only former champion still in the field. Agassi defeated his first round opponent, Jamie Delgado, in four sets. Agassi is looking for his second Wimbeldon title and first since 1992. Sports highlights compiled from ESPN.com.
Story by Sgt. Erin Crawley In a few weeks, the NAVBAS Guantanamo mens softball team will be on their way to the Sunshine State to participate in the 2003 South Atlantic Regional Sports (SARS) tournament. The tournament, hosted by NAVSTA Mayport, Fla., will take place July 11-13. This will be the third time the NAVBAS Guan tanamo mens softball team has participated, and the first time that JTF Guantanamo service members have been on the team. More than half the team is made up of JTF troopers, says the teams coach, Chief Travis Adams of Naval Security Forces here. Staff Sgt. Emanuel Mahand, a JTF supply sergeant with 785th Military Police Battalion, is an outfielder with the team. Mahand, who has been playing baseball on and off for the past 20 years, said, It is a great opportunity for JTF to be involved with the Naval Base sailors in maintaining the team effort that has been put forth in this operation here at GTMO! Mahand is also looking forward to the tournament, not only because it is a good opportunity to represent NAVBAS Guan tanamo, the JTF, and the Army, but because he thinks the team has a good chance. We have a strong team! Its difficult to predict if we will win the tournament or not, since Im not familiar with the competition. I was told that the team placed third last year, so with that, I believe we do have a good chance of winning the tour nament, said Mahand. Additionally, Mahand says playing on the team is great for morale. Thats the great thing about sports. It brings about unity, teamwork, pride, and a winning attitude. In return, this attitude becomes contagious! SARS is a part of the Navy Sports Program, which provides voluntary sports opportunities for active duty personnel, allowing participation in a competitive category above that which is offered locally. Friday, June 27, 2003 Page 11 JTF S PORTS & F ITNESS Power Lifting Competition June 28 10a.m. to 2 p.m. at the G. J. Denich Gym The competition is based off of how much weight you can lift in comparison to your body weight. Trophies will be given to the first, second and third place competitors in each category. For more information call 2193. Photo by Spc. Alan L. Knesek Spc. Shawn Powell spikes the ball while teammate Pfc. Matthew Bulloch (both 1st Platoon, A. Co., 2-116th Inf. Regt.) looks on and opponent Spc. David Mays (right), 2nd Platoon, A. Co., 2-116th Inf. Regt., prepares to return the shot. 2nd Platoon went on to win Mondays four-on-four pick-up volleyball match at Windmill Beach 15-7. Infantry soldiers serve it up Troopers partner with NAVBASE for regional tourney Photo by: Sgt. Erin Crawley JTF Guantanamo service members make up more than half of NAVBAS Guan tanamo mens softball team, who will be on their way to the Sunshine State to partic ipate in the 2003 South Atlantic Regional Sports (SARS) Tournament in a few weeks. From left to right: Staff Sgt. Emanuel Mayhand, Cpl. Anthony Hazard, Sgt. Phillip Fry, 2nd Lt Shaw Locke, Staff Sgt. Lance Cunningham, and Staff Sgt. Tim Baker.
Page 12 Friday, June 27, 2003 15 Minutes of Fame... with Army Private First Class Channing Boger J-6 Section Interview and photo by Sgt. Dan Johnson Pfc.Channing Boger of the J-6 section is a mem ber of 518th Tactical Installation and Network (TIN) Company, Fort Gor don, Ga. As part of the J6s customer support center, Boger has spent many hours of the day and night getting anything from servers to printers up and running. Q: What is it that you do for the JTF? A: As part of J-6 sec tion, I work in the cus tomer support center. We answer all calls about problems with computers, printers, or anything that needs attention. Were staffed 24 hours a day because problems can happen 24 hours a day. We strive to provide the best customer service possible. Q: Why did you join the Army? A: To challenge myself. I sat down with my parents and told them I could get a wonderful education, good training, and at the same time, serve my country. They were behind me 100 percent. It was a good decision. I've had some training, I'm in good shape, and it's taught me some of the lessons I need to know about life val ues. It's an everyday challenge it's a good place to learn something new every day. Q: Why did you enlist as an informa tion systems operator? A: It's a good way to learn about the fast-moving world of technology. There's so much that goes on with this field. Growing up as a kid, I always liked to play with computerswhether it was learning how the inside of the computer works or playing games on them. I thought it was a pretty good opportunity to gain some knowledge about it. Q: What does selfless service mean to you? A: You put the job or the mission or the welfare of your comrades above yourself. It can be as simple as coming to work on a day off. To me, it's going beyond the call of duty and taking the initiative to do something that I may not want to do or like to do. It's putting what really matters before your own convenience. It's setting aside your ego and getting the job done. Q: What kind of sacrifices have you had to make in the JTF? A: A few times, I've come to work dur ing emergency situations to "hold down the fort" and keep everything running smoothly and under con trol. You're always mak ing a sacrifice when you'd rather be somewhere else, but you go to work and do what you have to do so the mission keeps moving for ward and you're able to complete your mission. Q: How do these sac rifices make you feel? A: I think it feels pretty good once you get through it and everyone can rest easy knowing that things are running fine. I've yet to turn someone down for help. If there's anything I can do to help someone, I'll be glad to do it. There are few things better than helping someone get something done. That's what drives me to do my best. Q: What have you learned from your experience with JTF Guantanamo? A: It's all about accepting your respon sibilities. Sometimes when the situation calls for it, you have to get your head in the game and go the extra mile. The first full week I worked here, I was working over four extra hours everyday because we were shorthanded. At times, I would have liked to go home, but things still needed to get done ... before leisure. Nobody likes to have less free time. There are some guys that will go the extra mile to ensure that what needs to happen happens. My leader ship and all the civilians that work throughout the J-6 section are really hard working. They're smart and they go out and get beat up everyday. They stay at worker longer than they want to, but they always come back with a smile on their face. I just can't say enough about them. Pfc. Channing Boger, J-6, puts some finishing touches on video teleconferencing equipment. When Boger is not keeping our communications running smoothly, he can be found at Marble head lanes, perfecting his hook. Online with the fourth Army value: Selfless Service