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Inside the Wire... P P AGE AGE 11 11 P P AGE AGE 9 9 T T RAINING RAINING THE THE BODY BODY & & MIND MIND S S ENATORS ENATORS STRIKE STRIKE BACK BACK W W HO HO S S THAT THAT RUNNING RUNNING MAN MAN ? ? P P AGE AGE 7 7 Friday, August 29, 2003 Friday, August 29, 2003 Volume 3, Issue 39 Volume 3, Issue 39 By Sgt. Benari Poulten Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, the Wizard of Oz famously exclaimed in the film of the same name. With the hectic pace and responsibilities of the critical mission here, paying little attention to the peo ple behind the JTFs curtain is not uncommon. It can sometimes be easy to miss the hard work and dedication of the people behind the scenes of the JTF who have helped us all set and exceed high standards. We have all heard by now of the amazing accomplishments of the diverse troopers laboring every day to make a difference as a part of JTF Guantanamo. Yet, joint task forces dont just pop up over night. It takes planning, coordination, and leadership to make a successful joint task force run smoothly and effectively. And thats where the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 300th Mili tary Police Brigade comes in they See 300th, page 4. Photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen Lewald 1st Sgt. Richard Petrowski salutes 1st Lt. David Kerr during an awards ceremony for the 300th MP Bde., as the unit soldiers stand at attention. 300th Military Police Brigade bids farewell
By way of introduction, I am BG Mitch LeClaire, commander of the 177th MP Brigade assigned as the Deputy Joint Task Force Commander for Operations and will replace BG James E. Payne. I bring with me a talented staff that is energetic and enthusiastic and ready to accept the mission. With the transfer of authority from the 300th MP Brigade to the 177th MP Brigade another transition nears comple tion. The 300th has done a yeoman's job to establish the policies and procedures in order to continue our fight against the Global War on Terrorism. My thanks to BG Payne and his staff for their excel lent work in establishing the baseline. We have a number of units that are new to the mission. The training you received at the MOB Site will be of great value as you apply it here. With the magnitude of this Joint Force operation it takes a Herculean effort to make it work just right. The key to success is in meeting the standards. Defined as an accepted measure for quantitative and qualitative value, standards are a meas ure of performance. In MG Geoffrey D. Miller's terms, standards are indicative of "what right looks like." If the stan dards are not being met, we're not doing it right. Therefore, know the standard! Know the Commander's intent. It is up to each and every one of us to ensure that we first know what the standards are then to enforce them. Average is not good enough! Never walk by a mistake. Officers and Non Commissioned Officers are directing and leading but they must set the standards and then reinforce them. Along with standards, the Army Values also guide us. Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage all spell "Leadership." During my travels I am continually impressed with the professionalism exhibited by our troopers in the conduct of their day-to-day missions. We have some fine troops who are working hard. I look forward to working with each and every one of you as we continue the fight against terrorism. Honor Bound! Friday, August 29, 2003 Page 2 BG Mitch LeClaire Deputy Joint Task Force Commander for Operations JTF Guantanamo JTF-GTMO Comman d Commander: MG Geoffrey D. Miller Joint Task Force CSM: CSM George L. Nieves Public Affairs Officer: Lt. Col. 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 city in western Saudi Arabia is the center of pilgrimage for Muslims, and the focal point of their daily prayers? Message from the Top Trivia Question of the Week: Last week's question: How many detention blocks make up the maximum security portion of Camp Delta? Answer: Three Please send your answers to the JTF Public Affairs Office, email address: firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, Sep. 2. A name will be drawn from all who get it correct for a JTF T-shirt or hat.
By Sgt. Erin Crawley The JTF medical personnel, who have been running the Joint Aid Stations for the last nine months, will be returning home soon. Made up of JTF service members from Military Police, Infantry and Navy units, they have been an integral part of the JTF mission. The Camp America JAS opened in June of 2002 and the Tierra Kay JAS opened in March of 2003. Both operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and operate much like family practice clinics. On average, each sta tion sees about 15 to 20 patients a day. The mission is to provide healthcare to the troops and, in a location as close to the troops as possible. Sgt. 1st Class Michael Hoye, of the 300th Military Police Bde., and non commissioned officer-in-charge, explained, We are here. We are always open, and we are right around the corner from where the troops live. Hoye said that teamwork has been para mount throughout this deployment and the medical personnel form the different serv ices have worked incredibly well together. Hoye explained how this deployment has been such a worthwhile experience, Honestly, this has been one of the greatest things that has happened to me. Having the opportunity to supervise a platoon size element of medical personnel, running two joint aid stations and providing health care services for our troops, and to actually see the outcomes of the efforts that we have put forth throughout this deployment has been one of the greatest successes that I have had. Spc. Lolita Roberts, a combat medic from the 132nd MP Co. said that she gained some excellent training at the clinic and during the alert exercises. The alerts were very helpful, good training, and very worthwhile. Overall Roberts said this experience gave her more self-confidence in her ability to do her job as a combat medic. Sgt. Joy Haynes-Hawkins, a medic with the 785th MP Bn., said this deployment was a positive experience. This deploy ment has helped me to focus on choices that I need to make for my future military career. Ive had all this theory and now Ive had the chance to put it into practice, said Haynes-Hawkins. Haynes-Hawkins also gained a greater appreciation for working with other units and companies. If I do my job well, then the MPs, that deal directly with the detainees in the camps, and the infantry that watch our parameter constantly then they can do their job. I think that was the biggest part, was to provide them with a certain sense of if anything happens, they know we are here to take care of it and thats a good thing, Haynes-Hawkins said. Soon the Tierra Kay JAS will be incorporated into the Kit tery Beach Medical Clinic. It will be located across the street from the current Tierra Kay JAS, and will house a joint aid station, first aid facilities, as well as other ancillary clinics such as x-ray, mental health and a chaplains unit ministry team. Page 3 Friday, August 29, 2003 By Sgt. Benari Poulten Since its formation in 1998, the 451st Brigade Liaison Detach ment (BLD) had drilled one weekend a month in Inkster, Mich., and two weeks out of the year for annual training until serving on its current deployment in support of Operation Enduring Free dom. According to Sgt. First Class Norm VanSparrentak, a BLD nor mally works with three battalions, coordinating and maintaining maximum efficiency between them, with guidance from the brigade. As part of JTF Guantanamo, however, the 451st was used primarily to augment the needs of the 300th Military Police Brigade, as VanSparrentak explained. We were broken up, and assigned various tasks throughout the JTF, whether down at the camp or in the Headquarters. Comprised of an elite few, the 451st stepped up to the plate and accomplished their mission with a high degree of enthusiasm and professionalism. They also learned some new tricks of the trade while serving here. There is a lot in the decision making process that, until youve experienced working the staff job its hard to comprehend the amount of detail, VanSparrentak pointed out. People up here really do care about the troops down in the wire. When asked about the units greatest asset, he was quick to answer. The cohesion. Its a good group we have seven offi cers and five enlisted. So you have a better class of skilled per sonnel and experience. Although a small unit, the 451st has helped facilitate the needs of the JTF and the nine soldiers who comprise the BLD have worked hard every day to make a difference in the Global War on Terrorism. 451st does what needs to be done for JTF Guantanamo Camp America, Tierra Kay and all that JAS Photo By Staff Sgt. Stephen E. Lewald JTF Medical staff of Joint Aid Stations at Camp America and Tierra Kay
Page 4 Friday, August 29, 2003 have held the reigns as the men and women behind the curtain of the JTF. Our main goal was to leave this place better than when we got here, 1st Sgt. Richard Petrowski asserted. That meant utilizing ways in which to bring all the dif ferent services together, focusing on a uni fied approach to the mission. One such way in which the 300th MP Co. helped bring the different services together was through an integrated PT program, as Petrowski explained. We came in here as the Army, which is by far, the biggest part of the task force. But you also have to consider the other branches that you have with us, so what we did was, we combined our PT program and we brought the different branches into that program. When we did our PT Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the leaders of that PT could be from any branch. Relying on the leadership throughout the other branches, the members of the 300th helped guide the PT program so that every trooper in the JTF, regardless of branch, could meet or exceed their stan dards. We had the senior Non-Commis sioned Officers out there to lead the way and then we had the junior NCOs from all the other branches also take part in that, Petrowski said, praising their efforts. We had great participation, great leadership it really unified the task force that way. Working in a multi-service environ ment also gave the soldiers of the 300th a chance to learn new things, as Sgt. Eliza beth Henderson pointed out. Serving in a Joint Task Force was very interesting. It took the work that you normally do and gave it a twist. Nobody knows how another service works unless you have been in that service yourself or worked alongside. There are not very many opportunities to work in a Joint Task Force, so I consider it an honor to have been part of this one. Spc. William Gray concurred. At first, I thought it was going to be kind of hard, because you have all these different personalities and different branches, and everybody runs things differently. But it surprised me that everything worked out to have a successful mission. Part of what has made this a successful mission so far, has been the 300ths com mitment to taking the initiative and imple menting JTF-wide training programs, such as weapons qualifications. Whats sig nificant about that is, when we came to this task force, not all the troopers came down here with their individual weapons, Petrowski stated. We put into place some preliminary marksmanship instruction, for the M-16 and the 9-millimeter, conducted that, and we took these individuals out and gave them hands-on training and qualifi cation. So they became qualified and familiarized on different weapons sys tems. The soldiers of the 300th not only boned up on their basic military skills, they also picked up some skills that will help them in any environment. Working in Protocol, Sgt. Stephen Tolliver said he learned to use his time wisely. I learned to make the most of my time given, for both civilian and military education, he said. I also learned to pay close attention to those training you, so when they are gone, you will be in a position to suc ceed. With a sly smile, he added, Always take time out for relaxation and rest, it does not come often. Petrowski elaborated on their readiness and their success. We all wear a nametag that says United States Army you have to be ready to meet your standards Once youve met that standard, regardless of what component youve come out of, youre still a part of the Army and you have to be ready 24/7 to deploy at any time and bring the fight on. Period. And that happens through the leadership the leadership of the officer corps and the leadership of the NCO corps. You have to train like you fight, and if you do that, you meet your standards, and that readiness all comes together, at any one given time, youll be called into that fight and you have to be ready for it. Well, actually for me, noted Gray, its a little more high-paced but I do feel good to be over here because I feel like Im actually doing my part. Spc. Joe Roggero also felt that he has done his part in the ongoing Global War on Terrorism, expressing his pride in serv ing his country. At least Im doing some part rather than [those] who are just chill ing and they dont want to get involved because its too dangerous. Im doing my part, so thats pretty good. Although a member of the 300th, Rog gero gained a different perspective on the mission here because he had been attached to the 785th MP Battalion for most of the deployment. Well, I went through the 95C training, so that was an interesting experience, he said, relating some of his positive experiences here. There have been times where the block sergeant has put me in charge of the block. Ill do some of the paperwork that is involved with that stuff like that. Its pretty different from being just a regular private or specialist because you have more responsibilities. Responsibility is a large part of the 300th MP Bde.s role here, not only work ing as a team, but also demonstrating indi vidual skills that help make the JTF a better place, as Petrowski explained. We also bring in those special skills that you dont learn in any of those [professional development courses] we bring some special things to the table and I think the task force has seen that and, not only seen it, theyve benefited from it. As they prepare to finish out their time here and hand over the leadership reigns to the 177th MP Bde., the 300th can look back proudly on their accomplishments, knowing that they answered their nations call with integrity and proficiency. Petrowski takes a moment to personally reflect on his military service, mirroring the units overall rewarding experience as members of JTF Guantanamo. Ever since I was a little kid, Ive always dreamed of being in the Army I dont think theres any greater satisfaction for myself as an individual or as a first ser geant on a major deployment like this than having the opportunity to lead troop ers If my career ended today, I would be totally satisfied in what Ive done. 300th, from page 1. "I also learned to pay close attention to those training you, so when they are gone, you will be in a position to succeed. Sgt. Stephen Tolliver, 300th MP Bde.
Friday, August 29, 2003 Page 5 MG Geoffrey Miller, JTF Commander, praises the mem bers of the 240th MP Co. for their dedication and sacrifices during their deployment to Guantanamo, during a Victory Dinner celebration Friday evening. The 240th MP Co. has been a part of JTF Guantanamo for over nine months. They return home to friends and fam ily, eagerly awaiting them in Puerto Rico. There contribution to JTF Guantanamo will not be forgotten. (Photo by Spc. Delaney Jackson) By Spc. Jared Mulloy As the 300th Military Police Brigade gets ready to return home to Inkster, Mich., their Family Support Group (FSG) is also preparing for their return. Were actually getting together this week to work out the details of their homecoming, said Mrs. Criss Tolliver, who plays an integral role in the 300th FSG phone tree. I help inform the 300ths families of upcoming events and meetings. The 300th FSG has been meeting every two months since the beginning of the 300ths deploy ment. Theyve also held some family events throughout the year. Our biggest event was the Christmas Party. We had a holiday dinner, Santa gave out gifts, there was a magician, and the kids made picture frames to send to the soldiers. We also had a Mary Kay representative doing make-up and there was a masseuse giving massages, said Tol liver. When the 300th returns home they will have some time to settle in before completing their out process ing. According 300th FSG coordinator Delaney Provencher, They will immediately secure their weapons and GO HOME for the night! Two days later well have an impromptu Family Day that will include lunch and the recognition that our soldiers and family members deserve Im just happy that our soldiers are finally coming home and our fami lies will be able to have the comfort of having their soldiers home. 300th families prepare for homecoming By Sgt. Benari Poulten The Headquarters and Headquar ters Company, 177th Military Police Brigade had its humble beginnings in the early 20th Century when it was organized and Federally recog nized on June 14, 1921, in the Michigan National Guard at Detroit as Headquarters Detachment, 1st Separate Squadron, Cavalry. Soon after, it underwent a number of reor ganizations and re-designations until it was it was inducted into Federal service on February 24, 1941, at Detroit before being reorganized and re-designated as Battery A, 593d Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion on Valentines Day, 1944. It was inactivated on November 1, 1944 at Camp Howze, Tx. The unit was then reorganized and Federally recognized in 1947 at Detroit as Headquarters and Head quarters Battery, 46th Division Artillery. After another long series of reorganizations, the unit con verted to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 177th Mili tary Police Group on April 1, 1976 and finally, on November 7, 1985, the unit became Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 177th Mili tary Police Brigade. The unit relo cated to Taylor, Mich. in 1991. According to the 177ths 1st Sgt. David Folsom, this is the 177ths MP Bde.s first major deployment of this nature. Its very impressive that weve had the opportunity to come out here and support this mis sion, he said. The 177th has already hit the ground running and looks forward to working as a unique and integral part of JTF Guantanamo. In fact, as Fol som explained, their experience here could provide them with important experience for future deployments, as the military continues to move toward joint operations. We have the blessing and the opportunity to be a part of the JTF its a once in a career type of thing and you can see that the whole concept of the defense department is to move in this direction, to work in the joint community. Folsom has high praise and high expectations for his soldiers, and he is confident that the HHC, 177th MP Bde. will excel in the JTF while serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Its a tough unit, because basically were very mission oriented, and its a compe tent unit because were profes sional. 177th MP Brigade ready for action 240th MP Co. heads back to Puerto Rico
Page 6 Friday, August 29, 2003 By Sgt. Erin Crawley Back in December 2002, Staff Sgt. Michael Montgomery, Chaplain Assistant with Headquarters Company, 300th Military Police Bde., founded the JTF Choir and it has been going strong ever since. As Choir Director, Montgomery is responsible for teaching music, directing the choir and ministering through music. Choir is a very instrumental part of worship. Music prepares the spirit for worship. I love to sing and I love to direct. I thought it would be a good thing to enhance the Camp America worship services, said Montgomery. The choir practices three to four times a month and performs on the first and third Sunday of the month beginning at 9 a.m. at Camp America and then at 12:45 p.m. at the New Life Fellowship Main Chapel on Chapel Hill. Staff Sgt. Greg Means of the 132nd Military Police Company joined the JTF Choir nine months ago and sings in the tenor section. I enjoy the fellowship and to me it is very motivational. During the week, we are exposed to a lot of pressures on Sundays singing is a release and I enjoy singing, and how it gives people a positive energy flow. Singing draws the spirit in, Means said. Self taught organist, Spc. Kenneth Clement, 132nd MP Co., has also been a member of the JTF Choir since it began. He has seen it get up to 15 members at one point. Clement explained that while the JTF Choir has seen members come and go due to rota tion schedules, there has been a solid group of six choir members who have remained since the beginning. Soon those members will be leaving for home as well. Being in the JTF Choir makes me feel closer to home. Its a stress reliever and it makes me feel good that other soldiers can benefit and enjoy the music that is being played, Clement said. The original choir members certainly have left their mark on JTF. And before they go, they will be participating in one the biggest religious events here in over two years a revival. It will be held this coming Saturday at 7:30 p.m, and Sunday at 12:45 p.m. at the NAVBASE Chapel. According to Montgomery, it is the first revival in more than two and a half years. It is a large worship experience and there are no time constraints. It is for prayer, praises and powerful preaching. GTMO needs to be spiritually revived and that is what this is all about. It is also to bring everyone from all denomina tions together, said Montgomery. JTF choir soothes the soul and raises spirits By Sgt. Erin Crawley Spc. Daniel Druchniak, of the 300th Military Police Bde., was just starting his first year at Schoolcraft Community Col lege in Michigan, studying to become a police officer, when he got activated for JTF Guantanamo. Although Druchniak had to put school on hold for a year, it doesnt mean learning was put on hold. Instead of books and the ory, Druchniak has had the chance to learn from, first hand life experiences during the past nine months. Im very proud of being part of this mission. Ive done a lot of things here. At first, I was a driver and then I moved down inside Camp Delta. Druchniak has learned a lot here. He says this deployment has been an excellent experience, but admits that these nine months have also had their share of chal lenging and trying moments. How has he made it through the rough times? Druchniak gives credit to his family, his friends and his girlfriend back home. He explained how their love and support made all the difference in the world. Being away from your family is one thing, but being away from your identical twin brother who has been your best friend your whole life is even more challenging. It has given Druchniak a greater apprecia tion for his close-knit family. Its very weird being away from my brother for this long. We are best friends and we talk to each other about everything. Being here kind of put a damper on that. But I just talked to him the other day and hes making plans for us to go hunting up in northern Michigan, Druchniak said. If we get a deer, we usually gut it and get it prepared to take it home. Well put it on the roof of the truck and drive it home like that, Druchniak said. His older brother, Eric, is an excellent cook, according to Druchniak, and will mostly likely be the one to cook the deer. Everyone in my family enjoys it, except my two sisters, they dont like deer meat, Druchniak said. Druchniak also looks forward to Erics cooking, come Christmas time. Every Christmas morning Eric cooks us [the whole family] a steak breakfast, he said. To some, being an American is apple pie and baseball games. To others, its having the freedom to go hunting with your brother in the fall, and the privilege to enjoy a steak breakfast on Christmas morn ing with your family. Either way, its a piece of the American dream, and one that Druchniak appreciates more than ever before. American dream revisited Photo by Sgt. Erin Crawley Spc. Daniel Druchniak of the 300th Military Police Bde. says he can't wait to spend some quality time with his friends and family. He has plans to go hunt ing with his brother and his dad in northern Michigan as soon as he gets the chance.
Page 7 Friday, August 29, 2003 Man on the Street This weeks question: Name one must do activity that you have to fit into your schedule before you redeploy? Compiled by Staff Sgt. Stephen E. Lewald Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian L. Korte PACAREA PSU Det. Army Staff Sgt. Jay V. Jernigan JDOG S-1 Pfc. DJ Bortz 785th MP Bn. "I think Id like to go on the Northeast Gate Tour before leaving here. Ive seen photos that friends have taken there, and would like to see the gate firsthand." Pfc. Raysa Pujols 463rd MP Co. Id like to do one last patrol with the 2-116th Inf. Bn. I patrolled with them in the past and really enjoyed it. "Id really like to see Puerto Rico, because it reminds me of my home in the Dominican Republic." "A pass in Puerto Rico, I hear the surfing is excellent." Spc. Shane Rudicil J-4 I would like to climb the highest mountain and look out over Guantanamo and see all the servicemembers my soldiers and I have taken care of. By Spc. Jared Mulloy Its not uncommon to see the same troopers exercising religiously up and down Sherman Ave. again and again. And, if there is one run ner that everyone has seen, it has been Sgt. Gary Swathell of the 300th Military Police Bde. With his unique running style and more than 1,550 miles logged in Guantanamo Bay, Swathell was awarded a pass to Puerto Rico for his accomplishment, and at age 48, can finish a two-mile run in 14 min utes flat. I run at all times of the day during the week, and at least five miles every day. On the week ends, Ill run farther for fun. All together I run about 40 miles a week, said Swathell. Swathell has maintained his steady running routine for more than 12 years and has never sustained an injury while running. According to Swathell, If you dont stop and stretch, youll be in big trouble. I always take time to stretch. He also recommends blister resistant socks and buying new running shoes every six months. I prefer Nike shoes. I wont buy anything else. Swathell also reads Runners World Magazine and keeps a runners diary to remember how far hes run. Swathell says that the key to run ning is believing in yourself. It really is mind over matter. A little bit of dis cipline will take you a long way. During his many years of running, Swathell has run 10 marathons throughout the states and even the globe. Ive run the Motor City, Lin coln, Nebraska, Cleveland, Kansas, and Korea Marathons as well as the Army Ten-Miler In D.C. If youre looking to improve on your annual physical fitness test, Swathell says that sit-ups go hand in hand with running, but youll have to do more than run to improve on your push-ups. For that, he recommends hitting-up the bench press at the gym. When asked why he runs so much, Swathell said its simple, I enjoy running, it keeps me in shape, and every run feels like an accomplishment that makes me feel good. Going 1,500 miles with the Running Man of GTMO Photo By Staff Sgt. Stephen Lewald Sgt. Gary Swathell takes the time out of his day to do his daily run.
Friday, August 29, 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 Transfer of authority. There has been a lot of that going on around here lately. The reigns of leadership for the JTF have steadily been in the process of being trans ferred over to our replacements. The sea soned MPs, infantrymen and others now take on their duties. Those who have been here have performed admirably. We have provided a level of expert support to the mission in Guantanamo that every one of us can be proud of. For most, it has been a good ride. For many there have been chal lenges but they have all been dealt with in a most professional manner. There have been changes so numerous that they could never be accurately recorded. There have been improvements to the ways of doing business. There has been destruction (remember the houses where PAO used to be?) and construction. Even now there are many major projects in process that will open up the doors of new opportunity for JTF GTMO. Every unit that has taken up the respon sibility will do a great job. They will take up where we have left off. They will build on what we built, and they will succeed. Their success will not be just because of what we have done, but that is definitely a part of it. Their success will come because, like us, they are good sailors, air men, Marines, "coasties," and soldiers. The transition is not over yet. Many units are yet to arrive to join in the fight against world terrorism. All of us will continue to be involved in that fight in some way or other, and together we will continue to be a success. The concept of transfer of authority is one that is even included in the ancient scriptures. There was a change of respon sibility between two of the prophets. This change was symbolized by the passing of a cloak, or mantle that had become in a sense the representation of God's blessing and direction. In my humble opinion the mantle of blessing has been upon the serv ice members of the JTF, and it will con tinue to be there. Not only will that blessing continue to be with those who now take over leadership and duties, that blessing will travel with all of us who con tinue to serve. My prayer is that God will continue to keep everyone involved in any capacity, around the world, in this Global War on Terrorism. May God bless you and may God bless America! I want to personally thank the staff of the Wire for their great support to the serv ice members of the JTF, and in particular thank them for their support of the JTF Command Chaplain and Unit Ministry Team. My prayers will continue to be with the entire JTF. It has been a good ride for me personally. I am glad to have known you, and proud to have served with you. Thanks for a job well done! Saturday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, August 31 at 12:45 p.m. NAVBASE Main Chapel Prayer, Praises, and Powerful Preaching New Life Fellowship, Camp America Religious Support Group, and the NAVBASE Religious Support Group For more information contact Staff Sgt. Mike Montgomery or Petty Officer 2nd Class Julie Dennison at 2323. Bridging the Gap
Page 9 Friday, August 29, 2003 R ECREATION & L EISURE Camp Bulkeley Fri., Aug. 29 8p.m. Jurassic Park PG13 92min 10 p.m. Blade 2 PG13 108min Sat., Aug. 30 8 p.m. Godzilla 2000 PG 97min 10 p.m. Independence Day PG13 145min Sun., Aug. 31 8 p.m. The Matrix R 135min Mon., Sept. 1 8 p.m. The Mummy PG13 135min Tues., Sept. 2 8 p.m. The Mummy Returns PG13 125min Wed., Sept. 3 8 p.m. Queen of the Damned R 101min Thurs., Sept. 4 8 p.m. Random Hearts R 132min Downtown Lyceum Fri., Aug. 29 8p.m. Alex & Emma PG13 96min 10 p.m. Legally Blonde 2 PG13 94min Sat., Aug. 30 8 p.m. Rugrats Go Wild PG 81min 10 p.m. Terminator 3 R 108min Sun., Aug. 31 8 p.m. Sinbad: Land of the Seven Seas PG 86min 10 p.m. The Hulk PG13 138min Mon., Sept. 1 8 p.m. Charlies Angels 2 PG13 103min Tues., Sept. 2 8 p.m. Seabiscuit PG13 130min Wed., Sept. 3 8 p.m. Legally Blonde 2 PG13 94min Thurs., Sept. 4 8 p.m. Terminator 3 R 108min Movie Movie Schedule Schedule These Senators are Dyn-o-mite! Group photo & individual photos are being taken of all TKD students, past & present available. Students are encouraged to join in on the group photo and be a part of history. Any student that has a TKD DoBok & trained at GTMO TaeKwonDo is a part of the Dojang for life. Location: The G. J. Denich Gym Day: Sunday 31 Aug 03 Time: 1500 ATTENTION: Tae Kwon Do Students RSVP: email email@example.com or 7981 September 1, 2003 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Downtown Lyceum Register at the Marina before 4 p.m. August 30 For more information call 2345 Labor Day Car Show August 29 & 30 Labor Day Tennis Tournament : 6 p.m. at the BEQ tennis courts. For more infor mation call 2193 August 30 Labor Day 5K Fun Run: 6:30 a.m. at the G. J. Denich Gym. For more information call 2193. August 30 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament: 10 a.m. at the G. J. Denich Gym. For more informa tion call 2193. August 30 Labor Day Co-ed 1 Pitch Softball Tournament: 5 p.m. at the Cooper Softball Fields #2, #3, & #4. For more information call 2193. August 30 Day 3 on 3 Beach Volleyball Co-ed Tournament: 1 p.m. at Windmill Beach. For more information call 2193. Sept. 1 Xtreme Curtain 9 pin no tap Bowling Tournament: 6 p.m. at the Bowling Center. For more information call 2118 Up and coming Labor Day events Photo by Spc. Alan Lee Knesek The All Mighty Senators brought the funk to center stage during their performances at Camp Bulke ley and The Windjammer August 21, 22, and 23. The Senators, a Baltimore based rock/soul band, were requested to perform for the service members stationed here by the JTF.
Summary by Sgt. Bob Mitchell The world of baseball is mourning the loss of Bobby Bonds the father of San Fran cisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds He died Saturday after a long battle with cancer. He was 57. Bonds was one of the first players to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in one season. He belted a total of 332 home runs in a career that spanned 14 seasons and nine teams. The Kansas City Royals have picked up some much needed help for their mound corps. The Royals acquired Brian Anderson from the Cleveland Indians for a pair of minor leaguers plus cold hard cash. Anderson was 9-10 with a 3.71 earned run average. The southpaw has given up a major league leading 27 unearned runs this year. Another NFL quarterback has gone down with an injury. New York Jets signal caller Chad Pennington sustained a broken wrist on his non-throwing arm in a 15-14 pre-sea son loss to the New York Giants Pennington is expected to be out a minimum of 12 weeks. Veteran QB Vinnie Testaverde has replaced Pennington. Ironically, Pennington won the starting role stepping in for Testaverde, who was injured early last season. The college football season kicked off with Kansas State topping California 42-28. Eli Roberts on riddled the Golden Bears' secondary for 205 yards and three touchdowns in the air, and ran for an additional 145 yards. Darren Sproles rushed for a career high 175 yards as the Wildcats racked up 535 yards in total offense. Sports Highlights compiled from ESPN.com Page 10 Friday, August 29, 2003 N ATIONAL S PORTS Sports Highlights By Spc. Mark Leone Sports entertainment is one of the biggest businesses in America and around the world. There is everything from the Super Bowl to Wrestle Mania. Millions of people around the world watch those events year in and year out, but what about other events like football, baseball and basketball? Which sports are most popular among JTF members today? Spc. Jason Win kleman of the 300th MP Brigade likes to watch baseball on television. I grew up watching the Philadelphia Phillies and their great third basemen Mike Schmidt, said Win kleman. Baseball is Americas great pastime. It helped to get the country through some tough times like during World War II. Baseball defi nitely has been a big part of Americas history. I will continue to support it. Although Winkleman makes a great point, hes not the only person in JTF Guantanamo with an opinion. PFC Justin Nelson likes to watch the physi cal intensity of what hockey brings to the ice. I like watching hockey because its physically demanding and exciting, said Nel son. The game is always moving at a blistering pace, and then with a fight thrown in every now and then, its great. Pfc. Justin Nelson 300th MP Bde. Spc. Jason Winkleman 300th MP Bde. Head to head ... Which sports are popular among JTF troopers and why? By Sgt. Bob Mitchell Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vicks recent broken leg is the latest casu alty of the classic NFL coaching blunder: Having your quarterback run as an offen sive weapon like he did in college. Why do teams spend so much time and money protecting their quarterbacks, forming a pocket of protection for them to maximize their passing games, then encourage them to run up field and fight for yardage like Marshall Faulk? It bog gles my mind. When Vick came to the Falcons out of Virginia Tech, he was hailed as the savior of the franchise. He could throw a football the length of the field with authority. And he could run. Holy guacamole he could run. He was the fastest player on the team. I wish his coaches had realized that they drafted him because of his atomic arm. They decided to throw a few new wrinkles into the offense, which featured Vicks prowess as a runner. It worked. Just like previous grand experiments fea turing fleet footed quarterbacks, though, it worked until somebody put the kibosh on it with a tackle somewhere downfield, out side the pocket. Didnt the Atlanta coaches see what happened to Donovan McNabb? Big quarterback. Great arm. Great running ability. He got clocked once too often, which cost him most of a season. How? Running downfield. Now Vick joins the exclusive club of quarterbacks who were encouraged to run and cut short their mobility and/or careers. Steve Young (concussions), Joe Montana (broken back), John Elway (knees) imme diately come to mind. Im not saying quarterbacks shouldnt run. Sometimes they get flushed out of the pocket and have to run for their lives. But when they are encouraged to run, it becomes too easy to take off without the protection of 300-pound linemen. Just like Mike did. Get well soon and be care ful when you come back. Its a jungle out side the pocket. On the Mark Another senseless QB injury
Friday, August 29, 2003 Page 11 JTF S PORTS & F ITNESS By Spc. Alan Lee Knesek For many, going to the gym, playing basketball or lifting weights is a great way to exer cise and stay in shape, but for those who want to look else where for a challenge and a great workout, Tae Kwon Do is waiting for you! Guantanamo Tae Kwon Do has been operating since Oct 15, 2001 and has seen more than 350 students come through the class and leave with knowledge of the sport and the true way of martial arts. Instructor Matt Brittle, Chief Petty Officer for the NAVBASE Post Office, has seen JTF service members come into his Dojang (Korean word for studio) with zero experience, and leave with a high rank in the belt structure to return home to become one of the senior students in a Dojang in the States. Some of the many benefits of this pro gram is the muscle strengthening, the increased endurance, increased self-confi dence, and the fact that students can virtu ally return home after the deployment and continue right where they left off in their training at another Tae Kwon Do studio. There is a fee of $20 a month for the class and there are some other fees to include cost of uniform, and certification with testing if desired. The classes are held every Monday and Friday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Marine Hill aer obics building. If interested in the class, contact the base gym for more information or go to the Marine Hill aero bics building during the class and check it out. Whether the student con tinues their studies of Tae Kwon Do when they return home or not, they will remember and always carry with them the mental and physical training that they endured during their time here. Tae Kwon Do keeps it kickin Photo by Spc. Alan Lee Knesek Members of the Guantanamo Tae Kwon Do Dojang run through kicking drills during Tuesdays class on Marine Hill. By Spc. Alan Lee Knesek Your heart begins to beat faster. Your legs tighten up as you speed towards the finish line. The pack is right behind you and if you dont keep the pace, youll find yourself eating rubber, but then you snap out of it and you realize your not Lance Armstrong. Youre not racing across the countryside of France. Youre at the G. J. Denich Gym and youre in the spinning class. The spinning class is a unique way to burn over 800 calories in 45 minutes and all under the supervision and motivation of spin ning instructor Karissa Sandstrom. With fast pace dance, techno, and pop music in the background, a dozen other spinners in the class and the instructor pushing your body and mind to its limits, there is no wonder why this class has become very popular with those stationed here. The classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the G. J. Denich Gym. This is a great way for JTF troopers to get a tremendous work out. Do it with a few members of your team or section. For more information about the class call 2193 or stop by the base gym. Come join the pack and start spinning away! Photo by Spc. Alan Lee Knesek (right to left) Sgt. 1st Class Karina Felices, 1st Sgt. Stephen Haskins and Capt. Michael Hunter, all with the 463rd MP Co., are repeat visitors to the MWR Spinning class provided at the G. J. Denich Gym. According to Felices, Its a change of pace from doing push-ups, sit-ups and running. Its awesome.
Page 12 Friday, August 29, 2003 15 Minutes of Fame... Spc. Yarnell Rickett 300th MP Bde. Deployment brings Rickett to the ocean ... for the first time Interview and photo by Sgt. Dan Johnson Spc. Yarnell Rickett of the 300th Military Police Bde., out of Inkster, Mich., works for the JTF as a motor transport operator, driving for Brigadier General Payne. Rickett, who calls The motor city, Detroit, home, looks for ward to returning home, teaching kids how to read, and possibly earn ing another stripe. Q: What is it that you do for the JTF? A: I am the Deputy Commander's driver. I make sure that the General gets where he needs to be promptly and securely. Q; What do you do for a civilian job? A: I'm a sixth grade reading teacher in the Detroit Public School system. Q: How does the military benefit you as a school teacher? A: The discipline that I've learned in the military helps me tremendously in the class room. The military has prepared me for dealing with different attitudes and person alities in the classroom. Q: What brought you to the Army Reserve? A: I wanted to do something different. As a child, I always wanted to join the military. I enjoy a challenge too. Q: What kinds of challenges have you seen here at the JTF? A: Learning to manage time better was the biggest challenge when I got here, but once I learned and got into the swing of things, everything fell into place. Q: What kinds of goals have you set for yourself during this deployment? A: My first goal was to get physically fit. Today, I still lift weights, run, and I'm always at the gym playing basketball. My other goal was to get promoted. I've been put on the list, and now, I just have to wait for my name to come up. Q: What have you learned about your self during this deployment? A: I've always been a patient person, but since I've been down here, I've learned to be even more patient. Patience is also very important in the classroom. Whenever you're dealing with children, you must be patient. Q: What will you miss most about being down here in the JTF? A: The people, the friendships I've made, and the camaraderie. I've had a lot of fun down here in the JTF. Being able to work with the other branches has also been fun because I've learned that each branch does things a little differently I'll miss that too. Q: As a future sergeant, what kind of leadership style would you say you have? A: I have the same lead ership style that I use in the classroom I'm pretty laid-back, but strict and firm at the same time. I get this from my mother she's laid-back, but informative too. Q: How would you say your experience here has changed your life? A: I've had a chance to see the Caribbean and do things that I'd never get a chance to do back in the States. Before I got here, I'd never even touched ocean water before, but I went snorkeling a couple times when we got down here, which was pretty cool. Q: What has been your most significant achievement here? A: Networking and meeting people. I've had the unique opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people since I've been here because of my job people I'd never have had the chance to meet. I feel blessed to be in the position that I'm in. Q: What kinds of things have you done in your free time down here? A: I take advantage of the gym, playing a lot of basketball, and the Morale Welfare and Recreation centers down here when I'm not working. Spc. Yarnell Rickett, motor transport operator for 300th MP Bde., pauses for a minute while waiting for Brigadier General Payne.