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Inside the Wire... P P AGE AGE 11 11 P P AGE AGE 9 9 A A RMY RMY VS VS N N AVY AVY ... ... C C LUB LUB S S URVIVOR URVIVOR HEATS HEATS UP UP T T AKING AKING A A DIP DIP TO TO COOL COOL DOWN DOWN P P AGE AGE 7 7 Friday, August 15, 2003 Friday, August 15, 2003 Volume 3, Issue 37 Volume 3, Issue 37 By Sgt. Erin Crawley If JTF Guantanamo were giving out superlatives, the 438th would most likely get Best Personality. This is because the 438th brings to this mis sion not only their dedication and pro fessionalism, but some unique characteristics that make them stand out among the rest. For starters, most of the senior non commissioned officers, to include all of the platoon sergeants, the first ser geant, the Nuclear Biological and Chemical NCO, and two squad lead ers, bring to the table a total of more than 160 combined years of service in the military. One of the major contrib utors to that statistic is 1st Sgt. Ronald England, who not only has served for more than 20 years, but is also the old est first sergeant of JTF Guantanamo. Approximately 18 percent of the 438th is female, which is also fairly unique for MP companies. In addi tion, Capt. Judith Brown is the only 438th MPs : Youve got personality! See 438th, page 4. Soldiers of the 438th Military Police Company of Murray, Ky. finish their shift inside the wire. In front, from left to right, Spc. Michael Weatherford, Spc. Michael Suddath, and Spc. Matthew Thomas.
Excellence, innovation and creativity are all signs of a great organization and reflects what the sol diers have brought to JTFGTMO. Over the last nine months, ideas and designs have flourished from our young soldiers and service members within this organization. From the 806th, Postal Detachment 1. Spc. D. Walls revamped the existing postal supply system and built a comput erized database for tracking, ordering and maintaining stamp supplies. Sgt. Padilla and Spc. A. Rios established the Camp America Post Office. The Camp America Post Office takes in more than $500 in business per day and has sold more than $15,000 of stamps since its opening. The 806th Postal Detachment is also responsi ble for streamlining the process of detainee mail and processing more than 13,000 pieces. The enthusiastic pride of the young soldiers from the 806th is transparent through the accomplishments they have made. Their perspectives of this Joint Task Force is clear and reflects on their leadership daily. Soon the 806th will depart the JTF and the soldiers will take with them the products of success. The 438th Military Police Company is another story of selfless service, dedica tion and commitment by all. The Ken tucky based unit took the JTF by storm last November when it arrived in Guan tanamo Bay. The term Granite as in Granite Rock can be used to describe the 438th. The bonds of the company are woven so tightly when one soldier hurts they all hurt. This one team of soldiers is a reflection on the experiences of the lead ers from the company and how they bal ance mission and soldiers always. Capt. Brown, Commander of the 438th is the center piece of the stabilizing base that has fastened this company together. Capt. Brown takes on objectives that will promote the mission and enhance the lives of the soldiers. Given a mission, she will formulate and generate ideas using the decision making process and choose a course of action. 1st Sgt. Ronnie England is a wise, abstract thought provoking leader will tell soldiers what right is. His leadership style is like a salesmen who takes a charis matic approach of resolving the mission at hand. 1st Sgt. England holds his sol diers to the highest standards, teaches them new responsibilities and takes pride in their integrity. The pillars of this organization would not be complete if we failed to mention Sgt. 1st Class Riley, Sgt. 1st Class Tubbs, Sgt. 1st Class Schroader, Staff Sgt. Laster and Staff Sgt. Duke. They surround the two leaders and take on the task of strengthening the company bond through inner actions with all the soldiers of the 438th. The soldiers who arrived for this mis sion over nine months ago seized the opportunities to build this Joint Task Force through Army values, leadership and dedication. The soldiers have scari fied their lives and families for the Global War on Terrorism and their accomplish ments are immeasurable. We thank them and wish them God Speed for the future. Friday, August 15, 2003 Page 2 Command Sgt. Maj. Gregg E. Hissong, 300th MP Bde. JTF Guantanamo JTF-GTMO Comman d Commander: MG Geoffrey D. Miller Joint Task Force CSM: CSM George L. Nieves Public Affairs Officer: Lt. Col. Pamela Hart 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. What international organization, with headquarters located in Geneva, Switzerland, maintains a regular presence at JTF Guantanamo? Message from the Top Trivia Question of the Week: Spc. Joshua D. Wise of the 303rd MP Co. correctly answered the question and was selected as the winner! Last week's question: What is the name of the tower inside Camp 4? Answer: Liberty Tower. Please send your answers to the JTF Public Affairs Office, email address: firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, Aug. 19th. A name will be drawn from all who get it correct for a JTF T-shirt or hat.
Page 3 Friday, August 15, 2003 By Spc. Jared Mulloy A small, 14-soldier detachment from the 806th AG Co. (Postal), of Moreno Valley, Ca., was responsible for establish ing the JTF Army Post Office (APO) here and mastering the system by which detainees send and receive mail. And like so many other troopers, the 806th will soon be leav ing Guantanamo Bay for home. When the 806th arrived in GTMO, they were divided into differ ent sections. Eight of the 14 soldiers worked in the JTF mail room handling trooper mail while the other six worked inside Camp Delta processing incoming and out going detainee mail. Our mission was to basically start from scratch and get everyones mail moving, said APO postal clerk Spc. Andrew Rios. We provided the detainees with a connection to the outside world, said non-commissioned officer in charge of the incoming mail section of the Detainee Mail Processing Center, Staff Sgt. Montgomery Miller. The unit before us processed about 1,500 pieces of detainee mail. In the same amount of time we have tripled that amount to 5,000 pieces. 806th squad leader Spc. Brian Ellis, of the incoming mail sec tion, along with the help of his fellow soldiers, has also been working on a new system of mail processing that will make the 806ths replace ments even more efficient. The improvements made by the 806th will echo in rota tions to come. And all along, most importantly, the 806th has been making sure JTF troopers receive their mail as quickly and effi ciently as possible. Although this deployment gave the 806th a chance to improve the JTF, being part of the JTF has had its share of improve ments on the 806th. Our unit has gotten a lot closer, and [we] learned a lot about each other. Its hard to really know people that you only get to see once a month, said Ellis. Ive also had a chance to raise my PT score from a 194 to a 275, and when I get home Ill be able to put a down-payment on a house. We had a chance to learn a whole new job, said noncommis sioned officer-in-charge of the outgoing detainee mail section, Staff Sgt. Ernie Carranza. Not to mention, we gained a wealth of experience on working with the intelligence community. The 806th will definitely leave their mark on the JTF when they leave, and may have proven that good things do come in small packages. JTF Army Post Office Post! Photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen E. Lewald Members of the 806th AG Co. (Postal) from Moreno Valley, Ca., stand proudly atop McCalla Hill near the JTF Guantanamo Headquarters. The 806th were responsible for JTF postal operations. By Tech. Sgt. Theo McNamara The 216th Military Police Company arrived Wednesday after completing the mobilization process at Fort Dix and before they re-deploy, they may change history. We believe were the only National Guard unit in recent history to be deployed for such a long period of time, said Capt. Betty Anderson, 216th MP company com mander. The 216th was deployed in October to back-fill for Fort Leonard Woods 463rd Military Police Company, which deployed to Qatar. The Arkansas National Guard unit worked access control and handled law and order responsibilities. While deployed there, they learned they were slated to replace troops at JTF Guan tanamo. When we discovered we were coming here, we coordinated with the Fort Leonard Wood to get 95 Charlie training, said Anderson. We wanted to be prepared and ready for the mission here, so weve been continuously deployed since leaving our home station in West Memphis, Ark. in October. Many of the troops admit that its been a long time since theyve been able to spend time with family and friends, but theyre ready to do their part. This is the first time were actually going to do what weve been trained to do, so its very excit ing for us, for all of us, said Anderson. Before we get back to our home station well have been deployed for much more than a year and a half. Weve got some highly motivated peo ple were bringing in here. Were a team thats made up of troops from every corner of Arkansas, she bragged. /11 hurt all of us and if it wouldnt have happened, none of us would be here This is our place to give something back, to do some thing for America. 216th arrives, poised to make National Guard history
Page 4 Friday, August 15, 2003 female company commander of an MP unit here. To add to the mix, the average age of this company is 25. The younger leader ship has had the luxury of learning from a small group of soon-to-be retiring soldiers, rich with many years of law enforcement and military experience, which has proved most helpful during this mission. In addi tion, the younger soldiers have been able to bring some fresh ideas and approaches to the mission. Both groups have had a major impact on how successful the unit, as a whole, has performed their mission here. But to be successful in this world, you need a lot more than a good personality, and the 438th fits the bill here as well. You have to have skill, drive, and a strong sense of duty. England said he was very impressed with how the 438th came together as a team to get this mission done and how many members of the 438th grew as soldiers and as people. There were many lessons learned and many challenges met all done so with a purpose, as a part of the Global War on Terrorism. Im proud of their dedication to each other and to their work, England said. Each soldier has grown in experience and maturity. Each has learned to be team members and how to depend on their buddy, explained England. Spc. Rebecca Brun joined the Army three years ago for college money, but now realizes there are even more benefits. This deployment has really made me grow up. Ive seen a lot of different things. I feel like Im a much better soldier. Get ting this experience first hand, I feel like I can actually do more. I feel like I can make a better noncommis sioned officer now, Brun said. Brun feels that the 438th had a positive impact on the mis sion here. I think our unit has done a good job of being firm and fair. The orders might be tough to take sometimes. We might not want to do it, but I think we do a good job of doing what we are suppose to do, Brun said. This deployment changed Spc. Robert Elders life in a way he didnt expect. I look at things a lot differently now. I have more patience and I have more respect for other peoples reli gion besides my own. Im more open minded now, Elder said. Elder got back home from a peace keeping mission in Bosnia about a year before he deployed to Cuba. With the exception of know ing that he would miss his children dearly, he was more than ready to serve again. I think this mission here is very important because we can gather information from these detainees and that information can possi bly stop anything from happening in the future, which we have already seen with the warnings they put out every day on tel evision. I have a pretty good feeling that it probably directly relates to what we do here every day, Elder said. Sgt. 1st Class Teresa Rae, the noncom missioned officer-in-charge of the Deten tion Operations Center, said the soldiers of the 438th worked as a team with other branches and members of other units to streamline the critical operation in the DOC. It was challenging at first. But I learned a lot from the lower enlisted sol diers in my unit. They taught me how to use Excel, create spreadsheets, reports and how to track things, Rae said. Their efforts in streamlining the process helped to eliminate 90 percent of the paperwork, according to Rae. Through thick and thin, the 438th pulled together as a team and as a family, making this deployment a very successful one. The soldiers of the 438th learned that they can do just about anything they set their minds to, said England. 438th, from page 1. This deployment has really made me grow up. Ive seen a lot of different things. I feel like Im a much better soldier. Getting this experi ence first hand, I feel like I can actually do more . Spc. Rebecca Brun 438th Military Police Company Photo by Sgt. Erin Crawley Spc. Michael Laster of the 438th Military Police Company uses the high pressure water hose to clean the inte rior of this HMMWV so that it can be sent back to his home station in Kentucky.
Friday, August 15, 2003 Page 5 Members of Fort Polks Warrior Brigade soon to arrive at GTMO Blue Grass State welcomes JTF MPs By Sgt. Erin Crawley The 438th Family Support Group is working with the Murray Tourism Commission for a community wide, Welcome Home Celebration, according to Terry Laster, 438th MP Co. Family Support Group Coordinator. The celebration is intended for the entire community and will be sponsored by local businesses. Laster explained that although the plans are not yet finalized, one thing they would really like to do is have a fish-fry cook-out at the city park so that the whole community can come by and show their support. An important aspect of dealing with homecomings of this sort is to let soldiers settle in with their families for a while. With that in mind, the 438th plans to have a combined welcome home and Christmas festivities cele bration in December. It was going to be difficult to find a good time when the entire unit would be together again, so we decided to do it during December. We plan to have a Patriotic Christmas, with a Christmas party and a family day. Well have food and are also planning to have a DJ so that people can dance. The next day will be the family day with a meal and a visit from Santa for the kids, Laster said. The 438th FSG is also making an effort to help the families prepare for their soldiers homecoming. There is a Family Reunion Briefing being held this week at the National Guard Armory in Murray, Ky. and another one being held the following week at the Fairgrounds Armory in Louisville, Ky. Individuals from Fort Camp bell and Fort Knox are conducting these briefings, Laster said. Throughout this deployment, the FSG of the 438th has continually supported their troops deployed here as well as each other back home. Laster added, If the sol diers know that their loved ones back home are being taken care of, then they can do their job. Photo by Spc. Delaney T. Jackson Army Sgt. Melissa Obermiller cuts the cake at the finale of the 984th MP Co.'s Victory Din ner at Seaside Galley last week. Held in honor of the 984th's accomplishments while deployed to Guantanamo Bay, the dinner, which included an awards ceremony and a view ing of the 984ths' unit video, followed a Transfer of Authority ceremony in Camp Delta where the 463rd MP Co. assumed the responsibilities of the 984th. By Sgt. Erin Crawley The 258th Military Police Company of Fort Polk, La. will soon be arriving in Guantanamo to support Operation Enduring Free dom as the replacement unit for the 438th MP Company. As part of the 519th MP Battalion, also known as the Warrior Brigade, the soldiers of the 258th are prepared take on this tough mission. Earlier this year, the 258th MPs supported Operation Noble Eagle for the U.S. Armys Military District of Washington, finishing that mission at the end of February. 1st Sgt. Ronald England of the 438th MP Co. said his unit is looking forward to meeting their new replacements. We will open the door, bring them in, and give them everything weve got on the positive side to help them continue the mission. We will give them any information they need to help them meet the chal lenges of the mission here, England said. According to Col. Donn Richards, acting Warrior Brigade commander, the 258th is well trained and more than ready to take on the JTF Guantanamo mission. While Richards understands this is a difficult mission, he said his soldiers are excited about it and want to make a difference. Of course, the first difference they will make will be to relieve the very deserving 438th. With that in mind, England joked, We are willing to share any secrets we have with them as long as they take our place and stay. 984ths farewell dinner
Page 6 Friday, August 15, 2003 1. I am concerned about what hap pens to my job when I go home. What happens if my position is either filled or eliminated? Your employer must provide you with a position similar to what you had when you left. If that exact job is no longer available they are required to give you a position with no loss in pay or status. 2. Can I collect unemployment dur ing the 90 days that are allowed before I have to go back to work? No you cannot, unless you do not have a job at all. In that case you may in some states collect unemployment as long as you are actively pursuing employment. 3. Who is responsible for my health insurance from the time the deploy ment is over until I am required to go back to work? If you have been in the military less than six years you qualify for Tri-Care coverage from the military for 60 days after your Refrad date. If you have more than six years you qualify for 120 days of coverage. Otherwise you must rely on whatever civilian insurance you have through your employer. Depending on your employer, you may have to be back at work before coverage is reinstated. 5. Why do we have decompression training? The highest levels in the military have mandated the requirement. It is designed to give every service member the optimum training in preparation to return home. 6. When will the reserves/guard begin to attend drill? The final decision is up to the unit commander but most units will return for drill in 60-90 days after re-deployment. Many will be offered to return to drill sooner if they so desire. 7. Am I likely to have left over prob lems with diseases like TB and hepatitis after I return home? No. You are much more likely to get TB on a cross-country plane trip or in your local Wal-Mart, and even those are highly unlikely. You will be tested for TB within six months of your return to home station. See DCSP, page 8 Photo by Sgt. Benari Poulten You dont need to serve in the United States military to meet women but it helps! For both Sgt. Steven Sparks and Sgt. John Sokolik, the pen was mightier than the sword when it came to meeting their future wives, as they both met their significant others by striking up pen-pal correspondences. If it werent for a determined first sergeant while Sparks was serving in the Texas Air National Guard, he never would have met his wife. Forced to participate in an international pen-pal program, Sparks sent out his contact information on a post card, which was subsequently sent to a random person. After sending out his post card, he switched over to the Army, going on active duty. While on Christmas exodus from his Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, Sparks returned home to find a letter from Lithua nia. I thought to myself, I dont know anyone from Lithuania, he said. And then it hit me the postcard! Sparks credits long fire-guard duties with helping spark the ini tial correspondence from there, as he would write to his pen-pal Daiva during those lengthy hours. After getting to know each other via mail, Sparks traveled to Lithuania to meet her in person and in 1993, they were married in the small town of Anyksciani, Lithuania. They now live in Radcliffe, Ky., near Fort Knox, where Sparks works as a federal technician. Sokolik picked his future wifes name out of a box literally. Choosing from an open grab-bag of mail while serving on active duty in the first Gulf War, Sokolik hoped to make some pen pals. There were shoeboxes full of [mail], he explained. I just picked out three or four of them and started pen-palling them. And it just so hap pened that she was one of my penpals. Originally hailing from California, he and Rhonda now live in her hometown of Paducah, Ky., with their two children, Monica and Shelby. Having met their wives under long-distance circumstances has helped make this current deployment a little easier for these two soldiers, as Sparks pointed out. Weve been apart from each other for long times before this deployment, so I guess we can nat urally stand to be away; we can deal with it better than most. As for their plans when they get back from serving in JTF Guantanamo, they both look forward to catching up with their families in person. Sgt. Steven Sparks writes a letter home to his wife, as he prepares to depart JTF Guantanamo. From mail call to wedding vows DCS Program Top 10 FAQs
Page 7 Friday, August 15, 2003 Man on the Street This weeks question: Five years from now, who in the JTF will stand out in the forefront of your memory and why? Compiled by Staff Sgt. Stephen E. Lewald By Sgt. Benari Poulten Theres plenty to do here, but you have to be an active person, explained Staff Sgt. James Garner. Garner would definitely qualify as an active person, as he has taken advan tage of his time here as part of JTF Guantanamo to maintain a healthy workout schedule. Garner has already seen an improvement during this deployment. Since Ive started this mission, Ive lost 28 pounds, he said. My PT has improved by about 60 to 70 points, so Ive just been doing what I can Ive been using the time here to improve myself. He maintains a pretty dedicated sched ule of running on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while fitting in weight train ing on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To help burn calories and keep his muscles limber, he also runs to and from the gym for these workouts, even squeezing in some laps at the pool. Ill run down to the pool and Ill do around one to two laps and that helps me loosen up my muscles after the run and being in that heat really dehydrates you, so Ill drink a quart of water [as well]. He also noted the benefits of swimming a few laps in the pool. According to Gar ner, it not only helps him cool down after a strenuous workout session, but it also allows him to work some other muscle groups while giving him an opportu nity relax at the same time. And on a hot afternoon, the pool can be a refreshing way to finish a run. After a run, it helps you loosen up and cool down, because a lot of times I was run ning in the heat of the day. Garner continues to work on trim ming the calories, so he can return home in excellent shape and make a significant difference in his Army Physical Fitness Test. Im trying to keep myself lean and actually work on the areas that would help me in my PT, he noted. As the deployment comes to a close, Garner does not expect to give up his exer cise routine, hoping to keep himself in tiptop shape. Since Ive seen how Ive improved here, I will probably take this with me because I know in future deploy ments, I will need this physical fitness, so I will probably try to keep this going. Soldier makes a splash in his fitness routine Photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen E. Lewald Staff Sgt. James Garner, 438th MP Co., takes a few laps in the Windjammer Pool during his dialy workout session. PO3 Chris L. McDiffitt MIUWU 212 Pfc. Julio A. Arredondo 806th AG, Postal Det. Spc. Dudley A. Fabio 661st MP Co. "My squad will always be in my memories of JTF, because of all the time we spend on patrol, doing check points, and up in the guard towers." Pfc. Maya A. Lyubimova 300th MP Bde. Ill always remember the Puerto Rican unit, and how they enjoyed getting together and to party. "As I look back, it would be my room mates; all the things we shared, and all the fun things we did together, will be well remembered." Ill always remember the men and women in my unit I served with, because of the impor tant job of first line defense for the JTF and NAVBASE. Army Sgt. Robert A. Vanderveer A Co., 2-116th Inf. Bn. Ill remember the peo ple in my unit, and how their dedication helped to improve the JTF Postal Service.
Friday, August 15, 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 Chaplain Transition training. That is what they call it when you try to learn what you have been doing right, and try to apply it to the job that lies ahead of you in another loca tion. It can apply to jobs inside the mili tary or in the civilian sector. It involves learning valuable lessons from both your successes and your failures. It involves looking ahead and making a commitment to do your new job better than ever. It involves your leadership chain and it can even involve your family. Most everyone wants to do better in the present and future than they did in the past. It is for that rea son that we use transition training to learn how best to facilitate that process. Notice that this can involve any posi tion, inside or outside of the military. For many members of the JTF, coming to Guantanamo called for high quality transi tion training. Making the change to a new location, a new climate and a totally new working environment were all goals that each of us had to confront. Now many new members of the Joint Task Force face that same challenge as they come to the island to carry on the good work that we have done. Our goal should be to help them do the very best they can do to meet the goal of a successful transition. In fact, our goal should be to help them do even better than we did ourselves. Most members of the current JTF now face this transition process in reverse as we prepare to go back to our homes and to our jobs. For some of us this change will seem nearly as foreign as does the change for our replacements. The person in the office next to us may be a stranger. The supervisor at the plant may be some guy or gal from the west coast. Even family members will be changed. I believe that the important thing for all of us to remember, on whatever side of the transition process you may be found, is to not let it get the best of you. Rely upon those forces for good that you have always found helpful. Look to the power of God to assist you in this process. Allow Him to guide you in the transition process. The ancient scripture writer wrote: "Be trans formed by the renewing of your mind . ." The writer referred to the power of God to do the renewing. Let God do this for you, and your transition will be more of a suc cess than you ever thought possible. WANTED: Piano Player... ... for the general Protestant Worship service at the Camp America Chapel. Should be able to play church music out of a hymnal and provide back-up for choral and other special singers. Would need to be available from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m on Sunday, and one other hour per week, time to be determined. Please give the JTF Command Chaplains office a call at 3202, 3203. 8. Will GTMO be granted taxexempt status and if so, will it be retroactive? The consideration of this is still at the discussion level in congress. If it does pass before the end of this year it would most likely be made retroactive to January. 9. Can I get prescription medications after I return to reserve or guard status? Yes, you should be able to get a 90-day supply at your demobilization station. 10. How long will we be at our mobi lization station and can my family come there? The goal is to spend no more than three five days at your MOB site. Families are discouraged from coming because every one will be busily engaged in a rapid return to the home station. From DCSP, page 6
If youre looking for fun and excitement, look no further than Club Survivor, JTFs newest hotspot. Nes tled in the middle of Camp America, Club Survivor is conveniently located for troops living in Tierra Kay and Camp America North. Club Survivor offers troopers a chance to unwind after a long work day in a comfortable setting along the cool waters of the Caribbean. Folks can pull up a chair, kick back, relax, and hang out with friends where the drinks are cold and the mood cant be beat. Its a fun atmosphere, raves J4s Spc. Nick Davis. The views beautiful and its a great chance to meet people from other units. The club also boasts a familiar look, giving it a down-home atmos phere. It reminds me of a bar back home called the South Shore Grill, on the shores of Lake Erie, Davis noted. Capturing the unique feel of the island while offering troopers a taste of home, Club Survivor offers some thing for everyone. And for those of you who love to belt out a few tunes, the club hosts karaoke every Friday night. Page 9 Friday, August 15, 2003 R ECREATION & L EISURE Camp Bulkeley Fri., Aug. 15 8p.m. Malibus Most Wanted PG13 86min 10 p.m. Bulletproof Monk PG13 104min Sat., Aug. 16 8 p.m. Daddy Day Care PG 94min 10 p.m. A Man Apart R 109min Sun., Aug. 17 8 p.m. Life of David Gale R 130min Mon., Aug. 18 8 p.m. The Hunted R 131min Tues., Aug. 19 8 p.m. Minority Report R 140min Wed., Aug. 20 8 p.m. Dreamcatcher R 134min Thurs., Aug. 21 8 p.m. Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever R 144min Downtown Lyceum Fri., Aug. 15 8 p.m. Dumb & Dumberer PG13 85min 10 p.m. Alex & Emma PG13 96min Sat., Aug. 16 8 p.m. Hulk PG13 116min 10 p.m. Tomb Raider II PG13 110min Sun., Aug. 17 8 p.m. American Wedding R 102min Mon., Aug. 18 8 p.m. Seabiscuit PG13 130min Tues., Aug. 19 8 p.m. Hollywood Homicide PG13 108min Wed., Aug. 20 8 p.m. American Wedding R 102min Thurs., Aug. 21 8 p.m. 2 Fast 2 Furious R 108min Located at Camp America Thursday thru Saturday 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Open to all NAVBASE and JTF per sonnel of all ranks. Club Survivor Movie Movie Schedule Schedule By Spc. Jared Mulloy Most JTF troopers who have taken advantage of a four-day Special Pass to Puerto Rico have realized how expensive a trip out of Guantanamo Bay can be. So, for those who would like to go on a pass to relax, without spending a lot of money or a lot of time traveling, theres another option. Special Passes, not exceeding 72 hours may be granted to troopers for excep tional performance or following periods of continuous duty of excessive dura tion. Taking advantage of this pass is a great idea if you need to get away with out spending a lot of money, says noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the Joint Personnel Reception Center, Sgt. 1st Class Leona Hunter-Wade. You can get a private room on the Leeward side, theres free access to lots of beaches, a mess hall, and plenty of space to stretch out. Hunter-Wade also mentioned that this special pass should be treated like regular leave, meaning that you have to sign-out when you start your pass, and sign-in when its over. Club Survivor you wont want to be voted off THIS island! Dont pass up a chance to relax By Sgt. Benari Poulten
Summary by Sgt. Bob Mitchell The Green Bay Packers were dealt a potentially disastrous blow to their title hopes when defensive lineman Gilbert Brown tore a bicep muscle in the Pack's win over the Atlanta Fal cons last Saturday. Brown was a key to the team's run defense. Team officials say his come back may depend on his ability to endure pain. On the links, Davis Love III has not had to endure much pain while playing golf. He picked up win number four Sunday at the International to bring him to the top spot on the PGA money list with $5.1 million. Off the course, Love is still coping with the suicide death of his wife's brother, who had been under federal investigation for allegedly taking more than a half million dollars of Love's money from a bank account. Triple plays are few and far between, but an unassisted triple play is the most rare play in all of baseball. Atlanta Braves' shortstop Rafael Furcal became the 12th player in major league history to pull off the feat. In the fifth inning of the Braves' game with the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, Furcal snagged a line drive off the bat of Woody Williams stepped on sec ond base to double up Mike Matheny then ran down Orlando Palmeiro who was trying to make it back to first base. Furcal's heroics weren't enough, though, as the Braves lost the game, 3-2. There's a new name at the top of the women's tennis rankings, and it isn't Williams. Kim Clijsters took the number one spot with her victory in the JP Morgan Chase Open The win was her sixth title of the year. Serena Williams had a lock on the top spot for the past 57 weeks, but underwent knee surgery on August 1. Sports Highlights compiled from ESPN.com Page 10 Friday, August 15, 2003 N ATIONAL S PORTS Sports High lights On the Mark Tis the season By Sgt. Bob Mitchell Well, here we are again. Every one seems to be getting into the spirit. You can see a little more bounce in peoples steps. Last minute shoppers scramble to pur chase presents. You can feel the anticipation in the air. Christmas time? Hardly. Its football season! The earliest NCAA games begin on August 23, while the NFL kicks off on September 4. I hope my wife remembers my hat size. After all, true fans get fit ted hats. None of this one size fits all nonsense. My preference? The Notre Dame cap in the schools col ors (navy blue and gold) with the interwoven ND on the front with Irish underneath. Its not a requirement for any football fan to have attended the associated school. In addition, it is not mandatory for a fan to live in the NFL city in which his/her favorite team plays. All it really takes is love of the sport and, of course, the proper fan attire. Mandatory items include headgear, T-shirt (or sweat shirt) and, for the love of Mike, knowl edge of your team. If you are just starting out as a fan, at least know the teams nickname and be dressed properly. It will be very difficult for many of us here at Guantanamo Bay to make it to our favorite teams games. No problemo. All you have to do is wear the right stuff. If you have already ordered your favorite teams game day gear, you have defeated commercialism and cap tured the spirit of the season. Keep these vital facts in mind, and when you get older, with children antici pating the countdown to kickoff, you wont have to say, It doesnt seem like football season anymore. By Spc. Mark Leone Jump into those recliners, get the coolers ready, and have that surround sound bumping because the NFL season is here! Pre-season is under way and we have Football on Sunday, Sunday night and Monday night to look for ward to! What else can fans ask for? Their team to win the Super Bowl, thats what! The Oakland Raiders are the team to beat this year, said Petty Officer 2nd Class Evan Horner of the JTF Detention Hospital. They have come up short the last couple years but they have one of the most explosive offenses in the league. Rich Gannon is a top quarterback in the league and with Tim Brown on the receiving end, its a perfect match. Although Evan is a Raiders fan, that doesnt mean he likes everyone on the team. I hate Jerry Rice because he was a 49er. Spc. Charles Wells of the 785th MP Battalion believes the Detroit Lions have just as much of a chance as any of the other teams. The Lions will be a solid team this year under new head coach Steve Mariucci. They also have second year quarterback Joey Harring ton, strong running backs, and a powerful offensive line. They are not as strong as Oak land, but now-a-days in the NFL you dont have to be a powerhouse to win it all. All you need is a little luck. Spc. Charles Wells, 785th MP Bn. Petty Officer 2nd Class Evan Horner, Detention Hospital Head to head ... Who will win the Super Bowl this year?
Story & photo by Spc. Alan Lee Knesek This weekend was the Big Stick Battle of the Bay. It was Army vs. Navy in an E7 and above softball tournament. After claiming two victories, the Army sunk the Navy's hopes of taking home the sought after trophy. The first game started off slow, but the Army picked up the pace and began to run away with the game, taking the lead in the late innings with a score of 13 to 10. Army had a one-win lead over Navy at the beginning of the second game, but their lead would come to an end soon enough. Navy came back from their game one loss to defeat Army 15 to 2. It was down to the line. One game left, one team goes home with the trophy while one team just goes home. It was anyones ballgame in the third and final game of the series. Both teams took the field and played their hearts out. There was a sense of intense competitiveness between the two services throughout the tournament, and by the third and final game, it was do or die for all. Navy made a valiant effort to take the trophy home, but Army came on like a tidal wave, capsizing Navy and sending them back to port wanting. Army clinched the victory over Navy with a final score of 20 to 5. Friday, August 15, 2003 Page 11 JTF S PORTS & F ITNESS Army beats Navy at the Big Stick Battle of the Bay Army 2nd Lt. Shaw Locke shows the Navy how big the Armys sticks are during the first of three games during last Saturdays Big Stick Battle of the Bay. August 18 Captains Cup Flag Football Season: Games are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night starting at 6 p.m. Come root for your team under the lights at Cooper Field. August 29 & 30 Labor Day Tennis Tournament: There will be first, second and third place awards for Mens and Womens Divisions. Starts at 6 p.m. on the 29th and 10 a.m. on the 30th at the BEQ Tennis Courts. Sign ups are at the Base Gym and the deadline is August 26 at 4 p.m. There will be a meeting at the Base Gym on the 27th at 2 p.m. for all par ticipants. August 30 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament: There will be first, second and third place awards for Mens and Womens Divisions. The tournament begins at 10 a.m. Sign up deadline is August 28th at 4 p.m. August 30 Labor Day 5K Fun Run: The race starts at 6:30 a.m. at the Base Gym. For more information call 2193. August 30 Labor Day Coed 1 Pitch Softball Tournament: Starts at 5 p.m. at Cooper Softball Fields #2, #3 and #4. Teams must have two women on the field at all times. Rosters are due by August 27 at 4 p.m. For more infor mation call 2193. August 31 Labor Day 3 on 3 Beach Volleyball Coed Tournament: The tournament begins at 1 p.m. at windmill Beach. For more information all 2193. September 1 Xtreme Curtain 9 Pin No Tap Bowling Tournament: Starts at 6 p.m. at the Bowling Center. There is a $10 entry fee. Each participant bowls three games. There will be prizes for the first, second and third place participants. For more information call Robbie at 2118. Future JTF/NAVBAS sporting events and tournaments
Page 12 Friday, August 15, 2003 15 Minutes of Fame... Staff Sgt. Phillip Freeman, Sr. 438th MP Co. 21-year corrections veteran leads with experience Interview and photo by Sgt. Dan Johnson Staff Sgt. Phillip Freeman Sr., who hails from Radcliff, Ky., oversees the care and security of the detainees at Camp Iguana. With 21 years of active duty and National Guard service, and 21 years of corrections experience in both the civilian and military sec tors, Freeman has brought enor mous experience to his squad, his company, and the JTF. Q: In what ways does your civil ian career benefit your job here at the JTF? A: Well, Ive worked in correc tions (military and civilian) for 21 years now. When I got down here, I was able to spread the knowl edge that I gained from past expe rience around so the other soldiers who had never done anything like this could benefit. Q: In what ways has your expe rience helped? A: Before we left Murray, I taught some classes on how to search individuals, cells, and other basics of corrections from both a military point of view and a civilian point of view. I helped the soldiers by teaching them the basics. I love to instruct the sol diers. Q: What was your objective while teach ing this? A: My objective was to ensure that they had confidence in themselves so when they're doing their job, they're not nervous, scared, or intimidated. When they're more comfortable in their job, they have a better chance of succeeding. Q: How did your soldiers benefit from this? A: I think they've done quite well. We've had very few incidents, and a lot of that comes from their confidence in themselves, which gave them a better chance to suc ceed. Q: What brought you to the National Guard? A: Well, when I got off active duty, I had to serve two years in the National Guard as part of the contract. I really like being in the National Guard because I can be a civil ian and belong to the military at the same time. I love the military. I never would have stayed in this long if I didn't enjoy being a part of it. Q: What kinds of goals have you set for yourself during this deployment? A: As a squad leader, if I came down with 10 soldiers, my goal was to ensure that 10 soldiers go back home with as little hurt, harm, or danger as possible. When those 10 soldiers fly out of here in the same mental and physical condi tion as when they came down here, then I know I will have accomplished my goal. Q: What do you think youll miss most about the JTF? A: I'll miss the camaraderie of the soldiers. When I was on active duty, that's what I liked most ... being able to come together and have cookouts and just talk and laugh and joke the soldiers. That's the reason why I stay in the National Guard. Q: What's unique about his deployment? A: The living conditions here are a lot better than any other deploy ment I've ever been on. This is great you can't beat this. As far as the mission, I've never dealt with international detainees before. Q: How has your experience with the JTF changed your life? A: I lost a friend that I went to school with in the September 11th attacks on America, and I'm doing my little part to help ensure that this never happens to anybody again. I've also learned a lot about the Muslim religion since I've been here, and I've learned to appreciate it. Q: What has been your most significant achievement here? A: My soldiers. Training someone who's never even seen a jail before, and seeing them follow the procedures with confi dence with no problem at all, and knowing that I played a part in that by training them. Staff Sgt. Phillip Freeman Sr., of the 438th MP Co., set out to become more phys ically fit during this deployment. After nine months with the JTF, Freeman, 44, has shaved nearly a minute off of his two-mile run, which now only takes him 12:44.