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Compiled by Sgt. Erin Crawley Spc. Sarah Holler, 438th Military Police Company When I think about what it means to be an American, I think about being a mother. I have a seven-year old daughter and I can let her play outside without worry for her safety. She tells me what she wants to be when she grows up and she changes her mind everyday. But no matter what she chooses in the end, I know that if she strives to succeed, the opportunity will be there for her. I had the same feelings about myself growing up. My parents let me take off with my friends to do things and they did nt have to keep me confined to the house because they knew I would be safe. Ive worked in several different job fields because I wasnt sure exactly what I wanted to do, but I had those options. Anything that I had interest in, I could jump right into to. Inside the Wire... P P AGE AGE 11 11 P P AGE AGE 9 9 P P USHING USHING TO TO THE THE TOP TOP G G OLF OLF EQUIPMENT EQUIPMENT MOVES MOVES N N O O MORE MORE DIRT DIRT AND AND GRIME GRIME P P AGE AGE 6 6 More proud Americans on page 4 Photo By Sgt. Erin Crawley Spc. Sarah Holler of the 438th Military Police Company says one of the best things about being an American is that we have the freedom to choose what we want to do with our lives. Why they are proud to be Americans...
As we cele brate the fourth of July this year, I ask everyone to pause for a moment and think about what it means to be an American, living free and enjoy ing the fruits of our labor. We Americans enjoy the freedom to make decisions about our own lives, the freedom to practice the religion of our choice, the freedom to communicate what we think-whether through speaking or writing, and the freedom to pursue any goal we can set. The Declaration of Independence states: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Lib erty and the pursuit of Happiness." America is a melting pot filled with peo ple from all walks of life. Different cul tures, religions, ethnic backgrounds. Although we are a diverse group, one thing is common, they all will stand up and say they are proud to be an Ameri can. America is a strong Nation. It has abundant resources and a dynamic and productive population. It wields enor mous political power and has the world's strongest economy. But without a strong military to protect its enduring interest, America's strength would soon wither. No need to go any further than Guan tanamo Bay to see the capabilities of a strong military. The troopers of JTF and NAVBASE demonstrate everyday what it means to be a proud American. Amer ican troopers here and all over the world consistently demonstrate the strength of liberty, justice, and hope. Despite dan ger, hardship, and separation from fam ily, troopers of the JTF treasure what they do for their country. Being a proud American serving in the military means encouraging each other to treat everyone with dignity and respect; to serve out of a sense of duty, honor, country not love of entitlements or comfort; to strive to do the right thing everyday; and to protect "Old Glory" because of what the flag stands for. As you enjoy all the social events that accompany July fourth, spend some time looking at the American flag and remem bering all those who helped secure it's freedom. John F. Kennedy once said: "The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission." Words Americans live and die for. Honor Bound! Friday, July 4, 2003 Page 2 CSM George L. Nieves Joint Task Force CSM 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 Lee 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. There are a variety of federal benefits available to veterans and their dependents. The Department of Veterans Affairs maintains a web site (www.va.gov) that is consistently updated to present the most current information. The VA home page contains links to sections on compensation and pension benefits, health care bene fits, burial and memorial benefits, home loan guarantees and other information. Eligibility depends on the individual circumstances. To deter mine eligibility for health care, contact the Health Benefits Ser vice Center at 1-877-222-8387. For VA benefits eligibility, contact a VA benefits office at 1-800-827-100 from any location in the United States. VA facilities are also listed in the federal govern ment section of telephone directories under Department of Veter ans Affairs. Eligibility for most VA benefits is based on discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions. Active service means full-time service as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. For more information on VA benefits, call the toll free number, 1-800-827-1000, or visit the VA web site at www.va.gov. References: www.va.gov; Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents, 2003 Edition. What veterans benefits are available to me when I return home? Question from the Field Message from the Top
Page 3 Friday, July 4, 2003 Story & photo by Sgt. Benari Poulten The reason that we are here is to fight for freedom and to prevent others from hurting our own people, the people that we love, asserts Spc. Joselin Benitez of the 240th Military Company, out of Puerto Rico. As part of the JTFs Joint Detention Operations Group, Benitez has a clear grasp of how important the JTF mission is, working hard to ensure that Camp Delta remains safe and secure. Sometimes a thankless job, Benitez maintains an upbeat and positive attitude, focusing on the camaraderie in the JTF. Everybodys helping each other out, no matter what unit youre in, he says. Every situation has its solution. We always improve ourselves and try to adapt and work with each other, especially in the camp, where you need teamwork. Thats the key in the camp. Recently married to his high school sweetheart, Benitez was deployed shortly thereafter to serve in the Global War on Terrorism as a member of JTF Guan tanamo. Back home, Benitez was work ing in construction and as a part-time mechanic, and although this deployment his first has disrupted his civilian life, he sees his service to his country as being well worth the sacrifice. All of a sudden, here I am, he exclaims. I got married August 10th, 2002, and three weeks after, Im deployed But, it has affected me positively because financially, it has helped me. And, as an individual it has helped me build character and discipline, and to better understand the Army and what the Army does. As we approach the 4th of July and Americas celebration of independence, Benitez recognizes the sacrifices of all those who have come before him, demon strating a commitment to the values that we hold so dear. A lot of people gave their lives, back in the day, for the freedom that we are enjoying right now. Freedom is the key. Our country is land of the free, home of the brave, like the National Anthem says. And if his dedication to American ideals inspired his initial decision to join the military, his wife clearly acts his inspi ration while he serves on active duty. My wife is my motivation shes the one whos always giving me support. I talk to her now and then, and she just backs me up, 100 percent, no matter what I do. So, thats what keeps me going here every day. Benitez is obviously very proud of his role as a soldier in the U.S. Army, viewing his time in the service as a unique opportu nity to gain some valuable experience and knowledge. Its an exciting adventure. This is not paradise, but you didnt join the Army to be in paradise, you joined the Army to work for your country. And here, you came to work, no matter what the condi tions are. Its your job and you just gotta make sure you do it, and do it well. Proud of all we have done, fighting til the battles won Spc. Joselin Benitez of the 240th MP Co., defends freedom every day and is proud to serve as a soldier in the United States Army. Story by Sgt. Benari Poulten Monty Python has a flying circus and Monty Hall has what evers behind door number two on Lets Make a Deal, but the Joint Interrogation Groups Monty has something he feels is more important: tremendous pride in his country. I take pride in America, just knowing that we have the great est fighting force in the world and that Im a part of it, explains Monty. Knowing that, me serving my country not only provides safety for my family, but for those that are less capable of provid ing for their own safety thats what inspires me. Monty cannot reveal his real name or what it is he specifically does as a member of JTF Guantanamos Joint Interrogation Group, but he discussed other aspects of his military service and his life. Happily married for 16 years with three children, Monty has proudly served in the United States Air Force for more than 17 years. Before this deployment, he has served on active duty around the globe, including tours in Korea, Germany, England, and Saudi Arabia, and he looks forward to his retirement in three years, after a long and distinguished career. Military service runs in his family and Monty credits his uncle, a retired Air Force colonel, with inspiring him to join in the first place. He sums up his love of the military in one word: Togeth erness. Theres a very diverse cohesiveness in the military, and I enjoy that. Its structured, and you have a great group of people that I enjoy working with. Monty also enjoys his work here, citing the dedication and the hard work of JTF troopers as setting a prime example of what it means to serve with honor and dignity. Im happy to be a part of this mission, because its a once in a lifetime experience Im just excited to be a part of it, I really am. Just having the satisfaction of knowing that the buck stops here, with terrorists. Montys family also keeps him going, as he explains. We keep each other encouraged. I know that [my wife] has a tough job taking care of three children shes just keeping it together until I get home. Monty remains proud of his mission here, but he does not hide his enthusiasm when discussing his post-deployment plans. Where will this high-speed trooper be going with his family once he finishes defending freedom here in Guantanamo Bay? Were going to Disney World! JIG trooper reveals the full Monty
Pvt. Arturo Chavez, Bravo Company 2116th Infantry Its really simple. I think we have more freedoms than other countries, and we have more opportunity than any other country. The secret, though, is to take advantage of the opportunities that we have. Im first generation American in my family. My mom came to the States from Mexico, and I thought it was really impor tant for me to actually give back to the country that gave opportunity to my fam ily. Im just glad to be here and proud, really proud to be an American. Coast Guardsman ET3 Steve Lindh, PACAREA, PSU Detachment Doing my job down here is what makes me proud to be an American. It gives me the opportunity to provide free dom for my fiance back home in Seattle. It is something that she wouldnt be able to have in some other countries where women dont have the types of freedoms that they have in the United States. Wher ever I get stationed, I know Im helping in the job that the President sees fit to do. Thats why I am here to help protect and secure our freedom. Air Force Sgt. Tania Boyce, J-4 I value my freedom to be an American. I value my freedom to pray to my God. I value my freedom to live without fear. For the 25 years that I have been living, Ive been tied into the military. I grew up as an Army child and then enlisted in the Air Force to give my country what it has given me freedom. Many soldiers, airmen, Marines have died so that I can have this freedom. I am a single mother of a twoyear old boy and I want him to be able to have everything that I have and more. When he gets older he will understand why we fight so hard for freedom and why we are the land of the free, the home of the brave. Other countries cannot say the same. Why am I proud to be an American you ask, I am proud to be free. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Sil versmith, Mobile Inshore Undersea War fare Unit 212 Why am I proud to be an American well, I think it dates back to my grandfa ther. He was a Navajo Code Talker for the Marine Corps during World War II. I really look up to my grandfather not only because he was a Code Talker, but because of the sacrifices he made for our country. He did a lot for our country. Im proud that our language, the Navajo language, played a vital role in helping us win in the war in the Pacific [during WWII]. My grandfa ther said they saved countless lives. That is why I am proud to be an American because I can say that my family has a his tory of being in the military and for that Im thankful for him [my grandfather] for what he did. Lance Cpl. Sovann Sam, Marine Secu rity Forces GTMO What it means to be an American, well, I learned from my parents. They were raised in Cambodia during the war. They had no freedom. They had no school. Their parents and other members of their family were killed off. After that, they left and came to the United States. So, I learned to appreciate the freedoms of our country from my parents. For example, I got to go to school for free. I can do things that they could never do back in Cambodia. Religion is another freedom I appreci ate as a U.S. citizen. Buddhism is the reli gion in Cambodia. Thats all you can be. If you dont choose the Buddhism religion, you can be killed or you could be deported out of the country. I also appreciate the freedoms given to women. The leader of Cambodia didnt want any females to go to school. The only jobs for females were to stay home and take care of the kids. In the U.S., females have the same rights as men. Page 4 Friday, July 4, 2003 Proud Americans from page 1
Friday, July 4, 2003 Page 5 Story & photo by Spc. Delaney Jackson Guantanamo Bay bid a fond farewell to Navy Capt. Albert Shimkus and his wife Elizabeth, in a change of command ceremony at the Guantanamo Naval Hospital Tuesday. Shimkus, who has been the commanding offi cer of the Naval Hospital for the past 35 months and JTF surgeon since its inception in January 2002, had high praise for those under his command. The component of the medical piece that were responsible for has had sig nificant challenges and opportunities and every one of those challenges and opportunities has been met successfully by our health care team across the spectrum, said Shimkus. Taking care of our soldiers as they come on board Guantanamo, and every element of their needs are taken care of by superb Army medical soldiers, physi cians, and physician assistants. And the care for the detainee population is superb every need that the detainees exhibited weve met on Guantanamo. When asked about his time here, Shimkus said, Its been the best tour in my career in that everything it seems that Ive done in my career has prepared me for this mission, in working in a joint environ ment, working with complex issues and working with the media. All those things have come to pass to allow this mission piece to be successful. Shimkus also men tioned that his family has been blessed by having their daughter, Air Force 1st Lt. Kathryne Shimkus, here as a member of the JTF team. Shimkus handed over his command to Navy Capt. John Edmonson and expressed his full confidence in his ability to take on the mission. We look forward to turning over the medical leadership reigns to Capt. Edmonson who will also be the hospital commander and JTF sur geon. He is ready and will take what we have done and make it even better. Capt. Edmondson comes to Guantanamo from the Naval War College in New port Rhode Island as a Navy physician with a specialty in emergency medicine, and number of notable achieve ments under his belt. Shimkus offered a bit of advice to Edmondson per taining to the mission here in Guantanamo: Be ready to be challenged be an element of calm in a some times sea of chaos keep a steady eye on the end state to allow mission accom plishment allow people to do the jobs in which they are part of the mission. Shimkuss dedication to the Naval Hospital and the Joint Task Force mission was noted by MG Geoffrey Miller who stated, Capt. Shimkus was an essential part of the JTF. As the JTF Sur geon and Base Hospital Commander, Capt. Shimkus made a difference everyday in the lives of both our JTF troopers and in ensur ing the quality care provided by the Detainee Hospital he and his wife will be missed immensely. Capt. Shimkus will be heading to Wash ington, D.C., as the leading medical spokesman for Joint Task Force B.R.A.C. (Base Realignment and Closure.) Naval Hospital, Joint Task Force bid farewell to Capt. Shimkus Capt. Les McCoy, NAVBAS Commanding Officer, right, presents Capt. Albert Shimkus, Jr., Naval Hospital Commander and JTF Surgeon, with the Legion of Merit during the Naval Hospital Change of Command Ceremony. By Sgt. Benari Poulten The shot heard round the world may have kicked off the American Revolution, but it was the Second Continental Con gress unanimous approval of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776 that formally gave birth to the United States of America. We hold these truths to be self-evident, wrote Thomas Jeffer son in that hallowed document, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Hap piness. These words have defined America, shaping her rich his tory and guiding her into the future with the strength of their conviction. Each year, on the Fourth of July, Americans celebrate the birth of our nation and 227 years later, we continue to honor Americas revolutionary fight for independence. As a part of JTF Guan tanamo, troopers struggle to combat the evil of terrorism and uphold the core principles of our nation, protecting all those who value those inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. JTF troopers will commemorate 227 years of Ameri can independence with a number of festive events, including an Independence Day Celebration at the Bayview Restaurant, Tiki Bar, and Sailing Center beginning at 4 p.m., and fireworks at 9 p.m. Letting freedom ring for 227 years
Page 6 Friday, July 4, 2003 Story by Spc. Jared Mulloy Most Reserve and National Guard troopers will soon be head ing home and transitioning back into their civilian jobs. Some troopers, on the other hand, may be looking to change careers when they get back. The Fleet and Family Support Centers Career Center makes it easy to do that with their Transitional Assistance Program (TAP) and many extensive resources. According to Mr. William Barber, TAP Manager, the program makes your transition back to the civilian work force as comfort able as possible. The four-day program, taught by various volun teers, teaches you to plan for your future. After the fourth day, a resume writing class is offered to anyone wanting extra help. Currently, TAP is offered four times a year in GTMO. The Career Centers Information Center also has many useful tools for finding the right career for you. We have just about anything service members could possibly need to find a job, says Barber. Internet service, e-mail, photo copiers, and fax machines are all available for your use. They also offer workshops on employment issues, educational information, and self-employ ment. The Career Center makes it hard to have an excuse for not having a job when you get home. The center offers many different training programs to help you become more marketable to your employer. These programs are divided into veteran specific, job specific, general public, and spe cialty programs, to best suit your needs. Along with career services, the Fleet and Family Support Cen ter also provides information in various veterans services avail able. Some of the services include vocational guidance and testing, and labor market information. For those of you who are interested in continuing your educa tion, the Career Center provides many resources for finding the right school. Theres even assistance offered for finding grants and financial aid. The Fleet and Family Support Center is located in building 2135 behind the MWR Building. For more information about planning your future, or enrolling in TAP, call the career center at 4141. Some helpful job finding websites are Americas Job Bank = www.ajb.dni.us Federal OPM Jobs = www.usajobs.opm.gov Government Jobs = www.govtjobs.com State Jobs = www.state.**.us (all states) (Replace ** with your state abbreviation for state specific jobs.) Career Center can help you land your next job By Sgt. Benari Poulten All JTF Guantanamo personnel sending equipment back to the United States must participate in an agricul tural wash down to ensure the removal of all potential pests, soil, and foreign vegetation prior to entry into the U.S., according to the guidance set forth by the J-4 section for redeployment oper ations. Army Sgt. Albert Lamont, of the 785th MP Bn./J-4 Motor Pool, explained the procedures for cleaning vehicles before they are loaded on the barge. Vehicles will be power washed. We have a power washer out there for them. They will be scrubbed down and all oils will be removed off the engine block. All grease will be removed off of the grease fittings. You will drain your tanks down to one quarter of a tank before we ship them out, he continued. There wont be any oil on the bottom of the drip pan because you cant have any class three leaks at all, anywhere on the vehicle. A class three leak is any liquid that is dripping on the ground. Lamont further explained that all dirt needs to be removed from the vehicle, including the undercarriage, so a strong power wash is essential for ensuring that vehicles pass the inspec tion. Marine Sgt. Sherry Zayas, out of J4, will conduct the final inspection on the vehicles, making sure theyre clean and ready to be shipped back to the States. If she finds anything wrong, says Lamont, shell let you have a day to wash them again and shell inspect it the next day. Troopers must also take care of maintenance issues before sending the vehicles home. If you do have any problems, elaborated Lamont, the maintenance section can go ahead and fix these before they go out on the barge, because if we have any defects on the vehicle, we cant ship it. If troopers have any additional questions or concerns regarding wash ing the vehicles, they can contact Zayas at 5163. Vehicles get the white glove inspection Photo By Sgt. Erin Crawley Sgt. Brian Blair of the 344th Military Police Company, thoroughly washes down the fan of their High Mobility Multi-purppose Wheeled Vehicle in preparation for the vehicle's redeployment inspection.
This weeks question: What makes you proud to be a member of the United States Armed Forces? Page 7 Friday, July 4, 2003 Man on the Street Spc. Holly Kelly, 384th MP Bn. Spc. Mario Veliz, 300th MP Bde. Army Staff Sgt. Michael Kish 303rd MP Co. "That I have an opportunity to serve my country and keep it free from those who would threaten it. PN1 Todd Timlake, MIUWU 212 Compiled by Spc. Delaney Jackson "Knowing that we make a difference in the world and carrying on a tradition of military service in my fam ily." Because we get to make a difference in matters of global importance, making this more than just another job. "What makes me proud is doing my part to defend this great nation from terrorists. Army Sgt. Stephen Tol liver Protocol I'm proud to be able to serve my country. Over the years I've kept myself physically and mentally fit. After an eight-year break in service I'm able to come in and use my prior expe rience to help teach and motivate the younger sol diers. By Sgt. Benari Poulten Depression is a serious mental illness that can affect individuals in numerous ways, but it is a common mood disorder that can be treated, if properly diagnosed. Depression affects a persons thoughts, feelings, and behavior and, if untreated, can cause serious psychological harm for individuals and their families. Afflicting nearly 20 million adults and approxi mately five million children in the U.S., depression costs the country around $44 billion per year in efforts to combat the disease. There are various types of mood dis orders, as recognized by the Diagnostic Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR), says Army Staff Sgt. Latashia Kuhl, the Mental Health non commissioned officer with the 85th Med ical Detachment Combat Stress Team. Major depressive disorder, bipolar disor der, cyclothymic disorder, seasonal affec tive disorder, and dysthymic disorder, to name some. Kuhl explains the distinctions between the various forms of depression. Bipolar disorder is classified as a manic depres sive illness that causes severe mood swings, emphasized by recurring episodes of mania and depression. Dys thymic disorder is characterized by a depressed mood during most of the day over the duration of two years or more, with symptoms being present for more than two months. Cyclothymic disorder presents with recurring episodes of hypo manic (moderate levels of manic symp toms) and depressive symptoms for at least two years. Kuhl advises troopers to watch out for common signs of depression, which may include: severe sadness; lack of interest in previously enjoyable activities; disturbances in sleep patterns, such as insomnia; changes in appetite; fatigue; irritability; lack of motivation; social iso lation; feelings of worthlessness or hope lessness; recurrent suicidal thoughts and suicidal gestures; and difficulty concen trating. Depression can be caused by both internal and external stressors, says Kuhl. Effective treatment of depression is dependent upon the identification of such stressors. Common causes of depression include: work-related stress; biological or hormonal imbalances, such as pregnancies, menstrual cycles, or nutri tional deficiencies; marital or relationship conflicts; use of certain medications; genetics; relocation; death of a loved one; divorce; unemployment; illness; and use of alcohol or illegal drugs. If you recognize any of the symptoms of depression, contact the 85th Medical Detachment Combat Stress Control team at extension 3566, or visit them at Camp America in building A3206. Recognizing and dealing with stress
Friday, July 4, 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 Over the years I have had many oppor tunities to travel to many different coun tries. Even as a young person growing up in Michigan going to a foreign country seemed like no big deal because we could cross into Canada anytime we desired. Later as a young enlisted airman I had the opportunity of traveling to the Republic of Panama. Through the months of my tour of duty there I soon learned that being an American was a most positive advantage. Nothing against living in Panama, it was and is a beautiful country with many great people; however, it was not the same as living in the United States. The customs were different, the food was different, even the way of life seemed dramatically different than what I normally experienced back home. For members of the military and civilians alike, there was no lacking of pride in being an American. In those days, the license plate on the rear of your vehi cle said something like, "Panama Canal Zone". But on the front plate-you could have a license plate from your home state. That was one clear means of demonstrat ing pride in America. In more recent years I have had a num ber of additional experiences that have taken me outside of the continental United States. I was deployed to Germany for nearly a year about eight years ago. Dur ing that tour I was able to make very short trips to some of the surrounding small countries. It did not take long to discover how different life is when you are on for eign soil, thousands of miles away from home. The one thing that I saw demon strated more frequently than anything else during that time was an overwhelming sense of pride in being an American. When you are stationed in Europe you receive a type of license plate that reveals your current country of residence. But in the interior of the car, normally hanging on the rear view mirror would be a tapes try with bright colors indicating your home state back in the U.S. That was another clear means of demonstrating not only pride in America, but also pride in your state of residence. Now I am living in another foreign country, Cuba. Even though we know that we live on a military installation, most of us are very aware that we technically reside on Cuban soil. When we go back to the U.S., we have to go through customs. When the vehicles we brought with us are prepared for shipment back to our home stations, they will have to be sterilized. That means that they will have to be thor oughly cleaned so that literally no Cuban dirt or plants or bugs can be transported to the United States. Here too, there remains that real pride in being an American. We are proud of who we are and of what we represent. I believe that God understands that pride. God established a very special peo ple who became a great nation. They were a great nation, but they were also great people. God's people were proud of who they were. Today, we all have the privilege of being a part of His extended family. It is almost like we have been invited to be special citizens of His great nation. We can bear the banner of His love on our lives, just like those license plates or tap estries proudly revealed that the owner of the car was an American. Don't hide your pride in being an American; it still is a part of who you are and what you represent. Likewise, don't hide your pride in being a part of God's family. That too is part of who you are and what you represent. God bless every mem ber of His family, and God bless America on this great holiday! In consideration of the needs and concerns of smokers and non-smokers alike, smoking is not permitted in the Hospital or on the Hospital compound. Individuals who wish to smoke must smoke at the gazebo located north of building H21, Man agement Information Department. Charlie Papa! Naval Hospital Smoking Policy
Page 9 Friday, July 4, 2003 R ECREATION & L EISURE Camp Bulkeley Fri., July 4 8 p.m. Showtime PG13 95 min 10 p.m. Jason X R 93 min Sat., July 5 8 p.m. Global Heresy R 106 min 10 p.m. True Lies R 141 min Sun., July 6 8 p.m. Traffic R 147 min Mon., July 7 8 p.m. Snatch R 103 min Tues., July 8 8 p.m. The Rock R 129 min Wed., July 9 8 p.m. Speed R 116 min Thurs., July 10 8 p.m. Big Trouble in Little China PG13 99 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., July 4 8 p.m. Holes PG 117 min 10 p.m. Bulletproof Monk PG13 104 min Sat., July 5 8 p.m. Finding Nemo G 100 min 10 p.m. Identity R 90 min Sun., July 6 8 p.m. The Matrix Reloaded R 138 min Mon., July 7 8 p.m. X2-Xmen United PG13 120 min Tues., July 8 8 p.m. Identity R 90 min Wed., July 9 8 p.m. Anger Management R 90 min Thurs., July 10 8 p.m. The Matrix Reloaded R 138 min Schedule of 4th of July Events Date Time Event Location July 4-6 6 a.m. Fishing Tournament Marina July 4 6:30 a.m. Independence Day Run Gym July 4 7 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 Bar/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 Story & photo by Spc. Alan L. Knesek In the past few weeks, Guantanamo Bays MWR has been streamlining pro cedures for renting golf equipment and bicycles. Now, instead of renting golf clubs and a golf cart at the G.J. Denich Gym, all equipment is rented at the newly renovated golf shack located at the Yatera Seca Golf Course. The reason behind the move was to make it more conven ient for golfers and to allow more room for more equipment at the gym. The golf shack also has a new range ball machine where golfers can get a bucket of balls for 50 cents. At the new golf shack located at the Yatera Seca Golf Course, clubs carts, and bicycles can be rented. For more information call 2193. Keeping equipment rentals up to par July 11th, 2003 at 5:30 p.m. across from the Seaside Galley in Camp America. Therell be -Door Prizes, food, music, volleyball, horseshoes, and fun for all. (Looking for volunteers to paint a mural for the club, for more information contact Sgt. Erin Crawley at 5241 or 8117) Club Survivors Grand Opening
Spc. Greg Dalton Charlie Co., 2-116th Infantry The Dallas Cowboys are going to be a much better team next year. Jerry Jones brought in Bill Parcells in January to help resurrect the franchise. Parcells is a tough, hardnosed football coach who makes every player he coaches better. Dallas is my favorite team and Bill Parcells is the man who will coach them to greatness once again. Sgt. Brian Wilkes 384th MP Bn. Dallas is def initely not in the playoff picture. They are too young, too weak, have no depth. Parcells is also over the hill. To add to the problem, Jerry Jones will microman age the team, once again, into medioc rity. The Cowboys may get back up again on their high horse, but it wont happen this year, he said. Look for Cincinnati to rise up again. They have the eye of the tiger and the talent to make some noise in the playoffs. Page 10 Friday, July 4, 2003 N ATIONAL S PORTS Story by Jason Whitlock ESPN Page 2 columnist The motorcycle accident that apparently has cut short Jay Williams promising NBA career wont stop a single professional athlete from engaging in high-risk activity that is expressly forbidden in his/her contract. A contract cant stop a talented, handsome, young man or woman from feeling invincible. Invincibility is both the blessing and the curse of youth. Being fearless is what made Williams a future NBA star. Coaches preach it all the time. No fear! Thats what it takes to win. Thats what it takes for a slippery, 185pound point guard to throw himself into the lane, bounce off a 335-pound Shaquille ONeal and tear-drop the ball over Karl Malones men acing paw and lethal forearm. Fear a bike? Or skydiving? Or any of the other dangerous activities ruled off limits by an NBA contract? No chance. Not when Jay Williams earns a living playing pinball against men 100 pounds heavier and six inches taller. Jay Williams quit being scared a long time ago. So did his peers in professional athletics. Jay Williams, 21, had everything he needed to make the right decision. He couldnt make the right decision, because youth and his occu pation made him feel invincible. Those same ingredients will trick other athletes into making the same mistake. Part of me says it shouldnt be the teams business what legal activities Jay Williams partakes in during his free time. He shouldve known better. He didnt have the proper license. He allegedly had received several driving citations. His teammate, Marcus Fizer, had warned him the morning of the acci dent about the dangers of riding a motorcycle. Now Im not suggesting that pro sports teams shouldnt protect themselves. The Chicago Bulls have every right to back out of their contract obligations with Jay Williams. He breached his contract. The Bulls wouldnt be heartless if they cut their ties with Williams once he got through these initial medical proce dures. Reprinted with permission of ESPN.com Sports Highlights J-Will caught in vicious cycle Head to head ... Which NFL team will be the biggest surprise? Summary by Sgt. Bob Mitchell With the July 31 trading deadline drawing near, the big leagues promise to be busy as a beehive for the next few weeks. The wheeling and dealing kicked off Tuesday when the New York Mets shipped second baseman Roberto Alomar off to the Chicago White Sox for a trio of minor leaguers. The only major league team that doesnt appear to be shopping is the Atlanta Braves which own the best record in the National League and have talent and depth at every position. Backup safety Keith Davis of the Dallas Cowboys was admitted to a hospital Monday with pain in his left hip and right arm. However, the injuries were not the result of a collision on the gridiron. Davis had been shot twice recently outside a topless club. Davis agent, Byron Boston, said the defensive back should be ready when training camp kicks off July 26 in San Antonio. On the college gridiron, it cant be said that Miami s motives are all about money. The Hurricanes have jumped from the Big East Conference to the Atlantic Coast Conference despite a better financial offer from the Big East to stay there. Miami is the second Big East school to jump ship recently. Perennial powerhouse Virginia Tech defected to the ACC last month. The marquee match-up between the two fastest American sprinters was can celled because of an early arrival. Deji Aliu of Nigeria defeated Bernard Williams and Maurice Greene in the 100-meter dash at the Athletissima meet Tuesday. The track meet was advertised as a face-off between Green, the Olympic and world champion, and world record holder Tim Montgomery However, Mont gomery flew back to the U.S. to be with Marion Jones an Olympic champion her self. Jones gave birth to Montgomerys son who, to no ones surprise, arrived early. Sports highlights compiled from ESPN.com.
Friday, July 4, 2003 Page 11 JTF S PORTS & F ITNESS Story & photo by Spc. Alan Lee Knesek The pressure was on and so were the weights during Saturdays MWR Power Lifting Competition at the G. J. Denich Gym. The competition included three events: the dead lift, the squat and the bench press. The winners were determined by their weight lifted to body weight ratio. After all three events, JTF service members placed in every event, taking first in the mens dead lift; second in the mens squat lift; third in the mens bench press and a first place finish and second place finish in the womens dead lift, squat lift and bench press. I think it was a good time. I think everyone came here to win and have a good time too, said Spc. Jerrod Hester, 438th MP. Co. Hester took first place in the dead lift and third place in the bench press. Hester, weighing in at 152lbs, won the dead lift competition by lifting 380lbs. (Ratio: 2.5). A close second went to Mike Rodriguez, weighing in at 164lbs., who lifted 405lbs. (Ratio: 2.45). Third place went to Myreon Grant who weighed in at 225lbs. and lifted 545lbs. (Ratio: 2.42). For the women, Maj. Jo Irby, weighing in at 156lbs., took first place by lifting 255lbs. (Ratio: 1.63). In second place was Sgt. 1st Class Jacque Swanton, 785th MP Bn. (weight: 126lbs.) who lifted 135lbs. (Ratio: 1.07). The competition con tinued with the squat lift. First place went to Rodriguez with a lift of 335lbs. (Ratio: 2.03). Second place went to Maj. Cliff Buttram, 300th MP Bde., weigh ing in at 170lbs., who lifted 315lbs. (Ratio: 1.85). And third place went to Grant with a lift of 365lbs. (Ratio: 1.62). Once again, Irby took first place for the womens squat by lifting 165lbs. (Ratio: 1.06). Swanton took second place for the womens squat lift by lifting 75lbs. (Ratio: .59). The bench press was the third and final event of the competition. First place went to Mike DeLeon, weighing in at 196lbs., with an amazing lift of 405lbs. (Ratio: 2.07). Closely behind was Grant, with a lift of 410lbs. (Ratio: 1.82). Third pace went to Hester with a lift of 275lbs. (Ratio: 1.81). Irby swept the womens bench press with a first place lift of 155lbs. (Ratio: .99). And second place was once more awarded to Swanton with a lift of 85lbs. (Ratio: .67). Spc. Jerrod Hester, 438th MP Co., lifts an amazing 380lbs. during the dead lift event at Saturday's MWR Power Lifting Competition at the G.J. Denich Gym. Story & photo by Spc. Alan Lee Knesek The kegler steps into the alley and tosses his apple. It turns into a creeper and leaves a barmaid standing in the mid dle of the alley. His fires out, but he might be able to get the remaining maples with one more shot. He plays it wrong and throws a poodle. His winning streak is over and he wont be leaving the house today with a deuce. Troopers participating in the Captains Cup Bowling League know exactly what this means! The bowler threw a slow rolling bowling ball down the lane and left two pins standing, one behind the other. His streak of strikes is over and when he tried to get the remainder of the pins, he threw a gutter ball. He wont finish with a score of 200 points at the bowling alley this time. Of course! The Captains Cup Bowling League started and there is going to be some tough competition over the coveted Captains Cup this year. The J8 Budgeteers are second to none and even though were here to have fun, were taking home the cup, said Staff Sgt. Nakia Royal, J8. Of the 18 teams competing, three are JTF teams. The games are held every Tuesday at 6 p.m. for the next eight weeks. If these keglers want to take home the Captains Cup this year, they are going to have to make sure they bring their best games to the house. Keglers compete for the Captains Cup Army Sgt. Tracey Hughes, 'The J8 Budgeteers,' bowls the first game of the season in the Captain's Cup Bowling League. Power lifting their way to the top
Page 12 Friday, July 4, 2003 15 Minutes of Fame... Airman First Class Omar Phillips J-3 section New Yorker aims high in the War on Terrorism Interview and photo by Sgt. Dan Johnson Airman 1st Class Omar Phillips, of Offut Air Force Bases 97th Intel ligence Squadron, Nebraska, works as an administrative clerk in the J-3 section. Phillips, who calls Brooklyn, N.Y., home, hopes to resume college in pur suit of a degree in radi ology when he gets back in the States. Q: What do you like about your job here? A: I've had the chance to use the things that I've learned in the Air Force and apply them to the JTF. It's worked out pretty well. It gives me a certain amount of sat isfaction seeing other people using the things that I've brought to the table. Join ing the military has made it all worthwhile. Now I feel like I'm actually doing some thing to help the United States. Being a part of the fight against our opposition gives me an overwhelming sense of pride. Q: Have you been to college? A: I had one year of college at Fayetteville Technical Community College. When I was in school, I was also working three jobs and I ended up putting school on the back burner. That's why I joined the Air Force so I could have more time to actu ally go to school and focus. I'm going back into radiology when I get back because I enjoy working in the medical field. I was a housekeeper in a hospital as one of my odd jobs and I really liked the medical environ ment. Q: What makes you proud to be an American? A: Being able to travel from state to state, going overseas, and seeing the unity that we have and to be able to enjoy the options that we fight for every day. When you go overseas, people know that you're an Amer ican and that you're from the greatest coun try in the world and that's a good feeling. Q: How did the attacks of September 11th make you feel about being an Amer ican? A: It really hit home because I'm from Brooklyn, N.Y. It made me realize that we have to be aware that terrorism is a real thing. It makes me proud to know that I'm doing something for that cause and I'm doing something about it right here in the JTF; to make sure that September 11th never repeats itself. It makes me very proud. Q: What does Inde pendence Day mean to you? A: It means a lot to me, now more than ever. Initially, it was a war with the British, but now it's terrorism. Now, we're celebrating an ongoing battle and how we've risen above the situation. We're still independent and we're still free. We're still the land of opportunity, and we're still the greatest, most powerful country on earth and no one can take that away from us. We're still celebrating something that we've fought for and that we're still fighting for to this day over in the desert, here in Guan tanamo, and all over the world. Q: Do patriotic holidays mean more to you now? A: Definitely. Before, I never really knew the meaning. But as I've grown up and made the choice to join the U.S. Air Force, anyone can tell you that I'm a patriot. I find myself reading the paper more to find out what's going on in the world and how it pertains to us. I'm more of a patriot now than ever before. Q: What does freedom mean to you? A: Freedom means everything to me just knowing where this country came from. We have our freedoms and we have our rights and no one can take them away from us. It's definitely something that I'm proud of and thankful for. Airman 1st Class Omar Phillips puts the finishing touches on some documents. Phillips, who grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., has realized the importance of what it means to be an American and is taking an active role in the Global War on Terror following the September 11th attacks.