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Inside the Wire... P P AGE AGE 12 12 P P AGE AGE 9 9 T T IME IME FLIES FLIES AT AT G G UANTANAMO UANTANAMO 9/11: I 9/11: I N N REMEMBRANCE REMEMBRANCE O O N N PATROL PATROL FOR FOR THE THE NATION NATION P P AGE AGE 9 9 Photo by Spc. George Allen Pfc. Johnson Juarez (left) and Pfc. Christopher Myers (right) mount a 50 Caliber machine gun on a Humvee during pre-range training. "Ever Forward," 2-116th Inf. steps it up By Spc. Katherine L. Collins Marching in the footsteps of Stonewall himself, and their forbearing infantrymen, the 2nd Bn., 116th Inf. Regt. excels to new heights. These Virginia troopers arrived in Guan tanamo early last December ready to per form their mission of securing Camp Delta. Since their arrival, they have continued to aim at the target of success, hitting the mark repeatedly as a battalion and as individuals. We do what we call guarding the guards, which is controlling the check points, conducting mounted and dismounted patrols, and keeping watch from the towers, said Sgt. Jason T. Wilkins, of Co. B. This is just the basic 2-116th mission. Upon arrival here and throughout the mission, the 2-116th set many goals for themselves. According to Wilkins, the troop ers have grown stronger and wiser as indi viduals and as a battalion from striving to reach them all. See 2-116th, page 4
Page 2 Friday, September 12, 2003 We have completed the rotation of our units and Troopers for our JTF. This is a great unit who will become even better with the energy and commitment of our newly arrived leaders and troop ers. Welcome to the two thousand new troopers who have joined our new Team. We are glad to have you aboard. Our leaders in the JTF have been given a great opportunity and take on a great responsibility. The opportunity is to lead from the front, being a standard setter in every thing we do. The respon sibility is teaching, training, and mentoring this JTF and our peo ple to continue to accept excel lence as our standard of performance. These two missions are the heart of what I believe is leader business. We are all about getting better each day, building on the strong foundation of mission accom plishment that is the hallmark of our JTF. Leaders corporals, ser geants, chiefs, and our officer corps make the difference between being good and being great. They live their personal and professional standards each day, demonstrating what right looks like, being role models for all of us to compare our performance and improve how we accomplish our part of the mission. Great leaders help us see what is possi ble and coach us to make it hap pen in all we do. As we all settle into the rhythm of accomplishing the mission of JTF Guantanamo I see our units and troopers pulling together to ensure we remain a centerpiece in our nations fight to win the war on terrorism. We have a difficult and demanding mission, whether it is working in cellblocks and interrogation booths in Camp Delta, walking patrol on the ridgelines, guarding our coastline or working in one of our many support facilities. It is all about leaders and troopers committing to giving their best each day, tak ing responsibility for winning at everything we do. Thanks for joining our Team and committing to excellence. Together we will win this fight our nation is depending on us. HONOR BOUND! MG Geoffrey D. Miller Commander JTF Guantanamo JTF-GTMO Comman d Commander: MG Geoffrey D. Miller Joint Task Force CSM: CSM George L. Nieves Public Affairs Officer: Lt. Col. Pamela L. Hart Deputy PAO Lt. Cmdr. Robert W. Mulac 70th MPAD Commander: Maj. Jonathan P. Dolan Command Information Officer / Editor: 1st Lt. Tracy L. Saucy Circulation: 2,100 copies The Wire Staff The Wire NCOIC / Editor Staff Sgt. Patrick Cloward Layout Editor Spc. Tommi Meyer Sports Editor: Spc. Rick Fahr Staff writers and design team: Staff Sgt. David Davis Sgt. Jolene Staker Spc. Katherine L. Collins Contact us: From Guantanamo: 5239/5241 (Local phone) 5426 (Local fax) From CONUS: Com: 011-53-99-5239 DSN: 660-5239 Public Affairs Office Online: http://www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo The Wire is produced by the 70th 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. How many sea huts are located in Camp America? Message from the Top Trivia Question of the Week: Last week's question: What is the total weight lost by the JTF troopers since arriving at JTF Guantanamo? Answer: Over 5,000 pounds Please send your answers to the JTF Public Affairs Office, email address: firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, Sep. 16.
Friday, September 12, 2003 Page 3 By Spc. Rick Fahr They came as individuals with varying levels of experience and knowledge. Theyre leaving as a versatile team of skilled journalists, broad casters and media operations per sonnel. Members of the 362nd Public Affairs Detachment of the U.S. Army Reserve are preparing to leave Guantanamo Bay after about 10 months on the island. Reflecting upon their service as part of Operation Enduring Free dom, unit members agreed that the deployment changed them in many ways. When we came here, we were a young team with not a lot of experience. We are going out of here to do any broadcast mis sion that comes our way, said Sgt. Dan Johnson, who serves as non-commissioned officer in charge of the unit's broadcast sec tion. Weve grown and matured and became better broadcasters, better soldiers and better people. The unit, based in New Hampshire and comprised of troopers from that state and Massachusetts, consists of three groups of personnel, each with different responsibilities. Some of the troopers serve in more than one group, evidence of the flexi ble nature of the unit. One person is strong in one thing. Another person is strong in something else. Those two peo ple can pair up and synergize and become greater than their sum, so to speak, Johnson said. The units commander, Maj. Paul Caruso, said producing quality media products involved educating troopers on the units mission. When we first hit the ground, my soldiers had to train up the JTF troopers on what we do and especially not to be afraid of PAO journalists. Dont confuse us with the media. Our mission was to tell the JTF story and send good news stories of Guard and Reserve soldiers doing their part in fighting the global war on ter rorism. We did just that and more, he explained. I couldnt be more proud of my soldiers and what theyve accomplished over the past 10 months. There were some hurdles to get over at first, but they operated like a finely tuned machine. In some ways, its too bad we have to go home. Were just getting started. The broadcast section Johnson, Sgt. Benari Poulten, Sgt. Bob Mitchell, Spc. Mark Leone, Spc. Jared Mulloy, Spc. Justin Cornish and Spc. Lisa Gordon was responsible for developing videos to highlight each unit and record various spe cial events. Johnson explained that the broadcast mission included work with the Naval Base Media Cen ters radio station, 103.1 The Blitz, as well as setting up techni cal equipment in numerous locales. The sergeant said that the units public affairs missions gave the soldiers a unique view of the breadth of military jobs. Something that has always been a treat is that you get to go out and experience what the infantry does. You get to go out and experience what engineers and MPs and medics and aviators and tankers do, he said. The print sections primary function was to publish the Joint Task Forces newspaper, The Wire each week. Staff Sgt. Stephen Lewald headed the sec tion. Other members were Sgt. Erin Crawley, Spc. Alan Knesek, Spc. Delaney Jackson, Gordon, Mulloy, Poulten and Mitchell. Knesek a staff writer, pho tographer and page designer noted that working in the print section allowed him to hone his skills. I came down here with three years of experience in the Reserve, no real deployments. One weekend a month, you cant really get enough time to get the experience you need for the job, he said. After 11 months here, I can go home and feel confident enough to jump right in on any other deployment and function fully. Capt. Linda Spillane reported that the journalists received an honorable mention in the 2002 MG Keith L. Ware Journalism Awards Competition. Our journalists have done an outstanding job telling JTF Guantanamos story. Since weve been here, they have produced 40 issues of The Wire , she said. In June 2003, the Department of the Army named two of the journal ists as outstanding Army writers. Im very proud of all our journal ists. Media relations personnel serve as liaisons between the JTF and civilian media and perform various other tasks. Capt. Michael Moss leads the group, which includes 1st Lt. Jessa Cosio, Sgt. 1st Class Lillian Falco, Sgt. Keith Johnson and Leone. Moss said that the sections top priority was helping shape perceptions of the militarys mis sion at Guantanamo. I feel that our biggest accom plishment dealt with successful media visits that changed the per ception of Camp Delta. We hosted international media from all continents during the 28 media visits we planned and exe cuted. Every media visit was a success. This was from the hard work and dedication of our sec tion, he commented, adding that the sections members received Army Achievement medals for work with media representatives of Minutes II. Moss said another aspect of the sections work involves traveling to escort civilian media members to the base and monitor their inter views. Beyond the ways in which the soldiers grew professionally, they grew together as a group, a fam ily away from family. Several soldiers explained that long deployments compel soldiers to develop bonds with those around them. We were very lucky because we all get along very well, Poul ten commented. I dont think it would have mattered where we were sent. This unit has a great time working together. We are always willing to help our bud dies out one team, one fight, that sort of thing. Even more than that, these are people we enjoy helping out and enjoy seeing them succeed. 362nd PA Det. finishes public affairs mission Photo by Spc. Rick Fahr Members of the 362nd Mobile Public Affairs Det. -(from left) Sgt. Benari Poulten, Spc. Delaney Jackson and Spc. Alan Knesek -examine a layout from a recent edition of The Wire.
Friday, September 12, 2003 Page 4 Outside its primary mission, the battalion focused on its Mission Essential Task list. This consisted, first, of engag ing in live-fire scenarios up to the platoon level, incorporating mortar fires, and conducting several Command Direct Live Fires, of which the 2-116th was the first infantry unit to do so in Guantanamo. The 2-116th also pushed to increase its annual physical fit ness test (APFT) scores while here and succeeded. Co. A earned a Gold PT streamer, while the other three compa nies achieved Bronze PT Streamers. To achieve a streamer, a company must score the average correspon ding points for that banner on the APFT. For example, it must score 250 points or more for the gold streamer. In addition, three soldiers completed the 500-mile run ning achievement, earning a four-day pass to Puerto Rico. To earn this pass, a runner must document running 500 miles in the Run for Life Program. This is a great incentive, and Im proud that many of our soldiers took advantage of the opportunity and a few achieved the goal, said 1st Sgt. Stephen Shields of Co. A. Finally, the battalion com pleted the Expert Infantrymans Badge (EIB) test. This is signif icant because, in the past, National Guard soldiers have been provided few opportuni ties to test for this award. At Guantanamo, 100 sol diers stepped up to test. Thirtyone met the prerequisites for the test, and 12 achieved the badge. These were the first 12 EIBs awarded in Guantanamo. According to Shields, earn ing the badge is a challenge. In order to test, a soldier must meet four prerequisites. He must fire expert on the M16, finish a 12-mile march carrying 35 pounds, pass a day and night land-navigation course, and achieve a minimum of 70 per cent in each of the three APFT categories. My greatest experience here was my first attempt at my Expert Infantrymans Badge, said Wilkins. I made it through the first day, which was a real accomplishment. I understand it takes most sol diers multiple tries to finally achieve the badge. Ill make it there too, he said. Wilkins explained the initial outlook he possessed about the JTF mission and the 2-116th capability and the expectations he had of the mission. On the whole, I pretty much knew what to expect coming on this deployment. I was deployed to Bosnia in 1997-98 with the 116th, so I learned what a deployment is like then. I knew our battalion would succeed here. Many who are in the unit now served together in Bosnia when I was there. We have a lot of experi ence working together. Wilkins said this mindset helped him deal with his great challenges. My top challenges have been enduring the extreme heat and dealing with the everyday changes, he said. Like Wilkins, Sgt. Zachary Woods, of Headquarters Head quarters Co., said his two prior deployments prepared him for JTF. I knew what to expect on active duty, he said. Such as what the standards would be. I was able to answer questions of those soldiers who had never been on deployments before and my job here as a communi cation chief in the TOC (Tacti cal Operations Center) allowed me to inform others of what is going on and how things oper ate, such as the arms room and the ranges. Woods said, I was aware of what my job would be like here, particularly because of my deployment experience, but the job here did branch off. At times we assisted the Navy and Marines with their communica tions equipment. It allowed us to cross-train on their equip ment. Wilkins said, the 2-116th grew close in Bosnia, but JTF Guantanamo has brought the battalion to a higher level of functioning. As individuals and as a whole, we are a great deal better at our job now, he said. Wilkins said the mission also impacted himself as an individual. I became better at my job, particularly as a leader. The squad leaders passed on responsibilities to the team leaders, giving them the oppor tunity to grow in their leader ship skills, he said. They also had advice for those just arriving. The best advice I can pass on is to always keep a cool mind, said Wilkins. Stuff can always go wrong and things change all the time. Just go with the flow. My advice is, just take each day at time, said Woods. The 2-116ths JTF experi ence indeed reveals the great opportunities the Guantanamo mission provides, and it demonstrates how adhering to such wisdom helps one hit the mark. They serve as a great example of excellence. 2-116th, from page 1 Photo by Spc. George Allen Spc. Richard Bergeron 2nd Bn., 116th Inf. Regt. prepares a range card during a training exercise here at Guantanamo Bay.
Friday, September 12, 2003 Page 5 Two units: small in size, large in impact By Sgt. Jolene Staker We have all heard that dynamite comes in small packages. This proved true on the evening of Aug. 26, when two small units set foot on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The 14th Finance Detachment arrived with nine soldiers, and the 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment (MPAD) came in 19 soldiers strong. While the units arrival may have been fairly low key, the impact they have on the daily lives of the troopers serving in Guan tanamo is substantial. The 14th Finance Company out of New York, N.Y., is responsible for making sure troopers get the pay they have coming and benefits such as hardship pay. The unit is commanded by Capt. Kim Chow and their Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) is Sgt. 1st Class Arthur Kudzin. The unit has five soldiers in the military pay section, three soldiers in the budget section, and one soldier working with the comptroller. Sgt. 1st Class Ernesto Ramos, NCOIC of military pay, sums up his units mission by saying, What is important is serving the soldiers and their families. He remembers when finance was far from the field, but now they are close to the troop ers they serve. One example of this is sending two representatives from the 14th to Camp America twice a week. Spc. Juan Disen says that he is, just going to concentrate on the job so I can take it back to my unit and teach others. The 70th MPAD out of Missouri and Arkansas produces the Wire escorts civil ian media, produces video products as well as filling in on the occasional spot on NAVBASE radio. The unit is commanded by Maj. Jonathan Dolan and their NCOIC is Master Sgt. John Campbell. The unit has seven soldiers on the Wire staff, four in media relations, two in public information, three in broadcast, and three in administration. Dolan summarizes his units mission by saying, Our mission is to make the JTF and its troopers look good. The quality of the JTF troopers and the competence of my soldiers will make that task easy. Campbell says, I expect we will do our best to continue on the work of the 362nd and where possible make improvements. When Sgt. Jeff Wells is asked what the deployment means to him, he says, I feel I am standing on the brink of history and few people get that opportunity. The troopers are not thinking all about work. Kudzin sees it as an opportunity to spend a lot more time in the gym. Wells, being a certified scuba diver, admits that off-duty activities interest him as well. 2-116th FRG welcomes soldiers back with enthusiasm By Sgt. Jolene Staker Pat Wilkinson, lead volunteer for the Family Readiness Group (FRG) of the 2nd Bn. 116th Inf. Regt., wife of Lt. Col. Tom Wilkinson, Battalion Commander of the 2116th, has families as her first priority. The FRG goal is to welcome the sol diers home with all the fanfare we can manage and thank them for their dedica tion and service to our country, she said. Without our heroes stationed across the globe, we would not have the freedoms we so easily enjoy. They deserve the best when they get home. The FRG has no small task ahead of them to accomplish their goal. They have many soldiers returning at the same time to different locations. Wilkinson said that one must be flexible to be a military wife. She learned this first hand when her husband was deployed to the first Gulf War. She had young children and had to do a permanent change of sta tion move by herself. You grow with deployments or you wont make it, she says. The deployment here can be a strain for these families because they are used to being married to citizen soldiers. Drill once a month and the two-week annual training periods were the longest they were used to being separated. Spouses have to learn to be both mom and dad as well as cut the grass, balance the checkbook, and do all the household chores. Many have given birth alone and others have gone through family tragedies without the personal support of those they needed the most. Its been challenging but also strength building, said Wilkinson. She added that this is where the FRG has been there, to offer friendship and support. Many have made new friends across the state. Its this strength and network of friends that the soldiers of 2-116th will return to. Family members and spouses have also found new friends and support from others who share similar difficulties. By involv ing themselves in the network established by the FRG, spouses and children were able to find associations and possibly set up support networks for times when family or close friends may not have had the insight military families have. For those who may not have needed, or used the resources available by the FRG, its availability will still be a constant pres ence. Families never know when sudden unexpected emergencies may arise. Wilkinson sums it up by saying, My life isnt easy, but we support Tom and think he is the greatest. Not everyone has a real life hero in their family. Without our heroes stationed across the globe, we would not have the freedoms we so easily enjoy. Pat Wilkinson
Friday, September 12, 2003 Page 6 By Sgt. Jolene Staker Everyone knows what all work and no play does. The Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) department works tire lessly to keep troopers active and engaged while they are off-duty in Guantanamo. The liberty centers are just one exam ple. The main liberty center is at Marine Hill with satellite locations at Winward Loop, Tierra Kay, Hospital Barracks, Camp America, and on the Leeward Side. Each location has computers available for internet access with web-cams and a tele vision viewing area. The Marine Hill Liberty Center has 18 computers for internet access. Addition ally, six networked computers are reserved for games that may be played competi tively between fellow troopers. Playsta tion-2, video game machines, and a variety of board and table games are available, including ping-pong and pool. There are free magazines to pick up and a selection of magazines to read on site. The large screen television is used for movie nights and snacks are provided. The benefit of the Marine Hill Liberty Center to troopers can be summarized best by Norris Brown, recreational aide. He said, "Any one who comes in with a long face goes out smiling." MWR sponsors a wide variety of activ ities such as night fishing, bowling parties, Nine Ball and nine-pin No Tap bowling tournaments, chess tournaments plus many more-check out the bulletin boards at the NEX, the gyms, or watch Channel 4 for more information. Flag football teams are now competing for the Captain's Cup. After that will be soccer and volleyball matches, which will begin in October. The Downtown Lyceum and the Camp Bulkeley Lyceum provide movies each night with double features on Friday and Saturday. These movies are fairly current and troopers do not need to worry if they miss a movie they really want to see-the movies cycle through a few times to give everyone a chance to see them. There are three gymsG. J. Denich, Marine Hill and Camp Bulkeley. Various classes are available for no charge to include kickboxing, step aerobics, yoga, and spinning. Tae Kwon Do is available for $20 a month. If the scheduled events don't fit in your schedule, or you are more of a free spirit, the MWR also provides individualized programs so troopers can win awards for exercises. These programs include, but are not limited to, aerobics, racquetball, walk ing, golf, sailing, cardiovascular machines, running, tennis, weight lifting, swimming, bicycling and nautilus circuit training. The awards include mugs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and sports bags. The JTF MWR offers its troopers the chance to earn a four-day pass to Puerto Rico. It is called the JTF GTMO MWR 500 mile Run Achievement. Interested troopers can get more information at build ing 2300 in Camp America. MWR Ceramics & Pottery is available for group classes and Birthday parties. If troopers enjoy the water, the MWR Marina Sailing Center has powerboats, sailboats, pontoon boats, and kayaks for rent. Should a trooper decide to have a din ing experience outside of the galley sev eral options are available. The Windjammer, Pizza Hut, the Bayview, the Jerk House, KFC, McDonalds, and A&W are here. Though some restaurant are more specialized, most can find something to cater to their taste. If troops just need a place to hang out and relax, there is the Tiki Bar, Club Sur vivor, the Windjammer Club, the Acey Duecy Club (for E-5 and E-6 grades), the Chief Petty Officers Club (for E-7 grades and above), Rick's Lounge (for commis sioned officers and the civilian equiva lent), and the Clipper Club (located on Leeward side-open to all hands). Abundance of activities keep JTF troopers busy Petty Officer 1st Class James Seay, of the JTF Detention Hospital and Second Place Winner, faces off to Spc. Kenneth Nellum, Sr. of 2nd Bn., 116th Inf. Regt. who finished third place in the chess tournament held at the Marine Hill Liberty Center. Photo by Sgt. Jolene Staker Anyone who comes in with a long face goes out smiling. Norris Brown R ECREATION & L EISURE
Friday, September 12, 2003 Page 7 Man on the Street Compiled by Staff Sgt. David Davis By Staff Sgt. David Davis Some troopers are born to lead. Sgt. Shurn A. Davis of the 2nd Bn., 116th Inf. Regt. is rec ognized for his leadership in the gym, his own physical fit ness test improvement, and his overall professional better ment. In the gym, Davis prefers to workout with his team and says his is a good one. "Our guys are physically fit," he said. Davis is a fitness leader, continually implementing his workout and health plan. He says he obtains higher levels of success and continues to climb, thus improving his perform ance on the job. "Being physi cally fit helps us patrol up and down the big hills without fatiguing," he said. "There is a lot of dedication here." That dedication also affects those who work with him. "Get up off your couch potato butts," he demands. "Get those nasty lazy bodies up to the gym and do some kind of workout." He found that many of them took his advice and some were already working out with him. Taking advantage of his tour here, Davis improved his 225 pounds bench lift to 360 pounds. The increase in strength even helped him lose 15 pounds. This is reflective of Davis plan of action that includes some good advice and common sense. His two-front approach includes attention to exercise and diet. "We try to do something everyday," said Davis about his teams workout schedule. "Upper body one day, lower body the next." Their routine is both strength building and car dio improving, an example being his run improved by two minutes since he first arrived. At mealtime, Davis tries to fill up with vegetables and avoid greasy foods, eating desert sparingly. "I watch what I eat," he said. "But sometimes tempta tion pulls at you. We should cut back (on consumption). Eat a salad. Stay away from the main food line and drink plenty of water." Davis, who originally served on active duty with the Army from 1987 until 1995, said he enlisted in the reserves to keep in touch with his mili tary inclinations. "I like the military," said Davis. He also said it allows him the opportunity to develop his civilian career as a federal police officer. Working on the chain (link) gang . Sgt. Shurn. A. Davis, 2nd Bn. 116th Inf. Regt., prepares to workout at Camp Bulkeley Gym, affectionately referring to it as the Banana Rat Trap. Photo by Staff Sgt. David Davis This weeks question : As a newer member of JTF Guantanamo, what personal or professional goals do you plan on achieving during the deployment? Air Force Staff Sgt. David J. Robinson J4 My personal goal is to be able to run 10 miles. A pro fessional goal is to develop a better understanding of how all the different (mili tary) services work together in their joint missions. Senior Airman Whitney E. Scott Joint Information Group Linguist (JIGL) My personal goal is to lose weight, get in shape! Army Sgt. Kevin A. Wallace 216th MP Co. A personal goal is to learn as much as possible about my actual Army job in admin. Senior Airman Karen Ezell J6 Help Desk My personal goal is to learn as much about com puters as I can and go back to my unit and apply the knowledge. Army Staff Sgt. Melvin L. Robinson 216th MP Co. My professional goal is to make sure that all of my unit gets the logistical sup port they need. A personal goal is to complete the mis sion and arrive back home safely.
Friday, September 12, 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 Service 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 Chapel Complex 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 Ltc. Col Stephen E. Feehan JTF Guantanamo Chaplain I was watching one of the news channels the other day and they were remembering the events of Septem ber 11th. One thought seemed to be the theme of the program, 9-11 changed everything. Subsequently, I have seen several brief portions of other programs on the same news channel with the same theme, how the events of 9-11 have changed everything for us. To be sure, the attack on the United States has changed many things. Travel, tourism, the economy, our individual lives have all changed significantly. Who would have thought we would be in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba today? The more I thought about these pro grams and their theme everything has changed the more I began thinking of things that have not changed. We Americans love freedom. We have always loved freedom. We want it for ourselves and we want it for everyone. We are unwilling to allow any tyrant or terrorist to take our freedom. This has not changed. JTF Guantanamo is a relatively new organization. It was brought into existence because of the Global War on Terrorism. However, our motto is not new at all. I seem to remember that our founding fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes and their personal honor in the defense of freedom. We stand in a very long line of those who follow our tradition and legacy, Honor Bound to Defend Freedom. Another thing that has not changed is Gods love. Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his loves endures forever. Psalm 106:1 No matter how much things change. No matter how much we change. We can always be assured that the love of God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He always loves us. He also loves freedom because without freedom it is impossible to choose. Without freedom it is impossible to love. Love is a choice. We choose to love our country. We choose to love each other. We choose to love God. We choose to love freedom. We choose to defend what we love. Honor Bound to Defend Freedom! NavSta GTMO will be improving the Siren System starting on the 25th of September. Improvements will include computerized enhance ments enabling the system to provide "self-tests" on Wednesdays, play colors each morning and evening and also will provide COM NAVBASE with a Public Address capability for voice announcements. You can expect to hear the improved system tested as these improve ment are implemented. Changes to the siren system Lt. Col. Steve Feehan Joint Task Force Chaplain JTF Guantanamo
Friday, September 12, 2003 Page 9 R ECREATION & L EISURE continued Camp Bulkeley Fri., Sept. 12 8 p.m. Juwanna Man PG 13 91 min 10 p.m. Stripes R 101 min Sat., Sept. 13 8 p.m. Drumline PG13 119 min 10 p.m. 8 Mile R 111 min Sun., Sept. 14 8 p.m. Spiderman PG13 121 min Mon., Sept. 15 8 p.m. Accidental Spy PG13 101 min Tues., Sept. 16 8 p.m. Eraser R 101 min Wed., Sept. 17 8 p.m. Die Another Day PG13 129 min Thurs., Sept. 18 8 p.m. Enough PG13 111 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., Sept. 12 8p.m. Johnny English PG 88 min 10 p.m. How to Deal PG13 102 min Sat., Sept. 13 8 p.m. Sinbad Land of the Seven Seas PG 86 min 10 p.m. Bad Boys PG13 102 min Sun., Sept. 14 8 p.m. Pirates of the Caribbean PG13 105 min Mon., Sept. 15 8 p.m. Johnny English R 102 min Tues., Sept. 16 8 p.m. The League of Extraordinary Gentleman PG13 110 min Wed., Sept. 17 8 p.m. Legally Blonde 2 PG13 94 min Thurs., Sept. 18 8 p.m. How to Deal PG13 102 min 9/11: In Remembrance ... By Spc. Tommi Meyer Young people are compelled to join the military for many different rea sons: college money, patriotism, family tradition or maybe just to be part of a team. Sgt. Howard Buck Ni, of Co. B, 2nd Bn. 116th Inf. Regt. had a compelling reason by any standard. I just wanted to give something back to the coun try, said Ni, an immigrant from China who moved to the United States in childhood, becom ing a U.S. citizen as an adult. Ni, a graduate of Virginia Military Institute (VMI), said he has a sense of gratitude for the opportunities that were afforded to him after moving to the United States. I have so much more in the States than I would have in China, he said. The chance to go to VMI, a car; just a lot more. The Guard even helped me with tuition. Ni plans to take every opportunity to further his educa tion, hoping to con tinue on to graduate school at George town University in Washington D.C., to study Foreign Service. I hope to use my language skills and to travel after I finish school, he said. While here at Guantanamo, when he isnt on perime ter patrol at Camp Delta or working other duty, Ni has tried to keep up his study habits. I have spent a lot of time studying for the entrance exam to graduate school, he said, I am trying to stay kind of in study mode. Ni said his tour here at Guantanamo has been rewarding and challenging. I do feel like [the deployment to Guantanamo] is a contribution to every thing going on, he said. Its been a good experience, but I am ready to get to the next phase of my life. Citizen soldier: an opportunity to serve Photo by Spc. Tommi Meyer Sgt. Howard Buck Ni, Co. B, 2nd Bn. 116th Inf. Regt. gets ready to roll out on patrol. Club Survivor Jamie Buckley Jamie Buckley at Club Survivor Camp America Sept. 12 8 P.M. Troopers, JTF employees and family members joined in prayer and remembrance on the anniver sary of the Sept. 11, 2001 Thursday at Camp America. As the narrator reminded all pres ent of the three tragic sites where so many lost their lives, the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93 the bell tolled three solemn times. On Sept. 11, 2001 American freedom was attacked ... We will not forget, said MG Geoffrey D. Miller, JTF Guantanamo com mander, a sentiment echoed by many Americans over the past two years. CANCELLED New Date and Time TBA
Friday, September 12, 2003 Page 10 Summary by Spc. Rick Fahr A Michael Vickless Atlanta Falcons squad ruined the Tunas coaching debut for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. The Fal cons roared back in the second half to win, 27-13, but Cowboys fans shouldnt despair, yet. Bill Parcells has only won one of his four NFL debuts. Troy Hambrick Emmitt Smiths replacement, rushed for an under whelming 53 yards on 144 carries. Speaking of Emmitt, his new team, the Arizona Cardinals fell to the Detroit Lions in Head Coach Steve Mariuccis debut. Smith gained 64 yards on 13 carries, but the Cardinals couldnt keep pace, 42-24. The Miami Dolphins had won a dozen openers in a row. Hosting the second-year Houston Texans the Fish had to feel pretty good about their chances of extending their streak to 13. Someone forgot to tell the Tex ans, who won 21-20 when Kris Brown kicked his fifth field goal with only 25 sec onds left. Looking ahead to Sundays games, the San Francisco 49ers travel to the St. Louis Rams and look to even their record at 1-1; the Tennessee Titans take their 1-0 record to Indianapolis for possibly a playoff pre view with the Colts ; and in the Monday night game, the Cowboys head to the Meadowlands for an NFC showdown with the New York Giants The fourth sign of the apocalypse: The Chicago Cubs are in first place in the National League Central. Behind the arm of Kerry Wood, the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-2 on Sunday to pull a half-game ahead. But all is not topsy-turvy in the diamond world. The New York Yankees remain 2 1/2 games ahead of their perennial fol lower, the Boston Red Sox in the Ameri can League East. Edging the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1, the Atlanta Braves became the first Major League team to notch 90 wins this season. On the college gridiron, Miami Hurri canes quarterback Brock Berlin threw for 340 yards as Miami came back from a 23point deficit to beat the Florida Gators in Miami, 38-33. The win boosted the Hurri canes to No. 2 in the weeks AP poll. Sitting at No. 1, though, is Oklahoma fresh off a big win in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Sooners squeaked past the Alabama Crimson Tide 20-13. The coming weekend has no dearth of games with national title implications and bragging rights hanging in the balance: Notre Dame takes on Michigan (3:30 p.m., ABC); Penn State travels to Nebraska (8 p.m., ABC); Oregon visits Arizona (10 p.m., TBS) and the Texas Longhorns host their old Southwest Conference foe, the Arkansas Razorbacks (noon, ABC). Sports Highlights compiled from CNNSI.com By Spc. Rick Fahr Perhaps in no other sport do rivalries play as important a role than in college football. Teams hinge their seasons against one opponent. Fans wait an entire year for one game. Success or failure comes in one final score. A rivalry that has spanned generations will renew itself at noon Saturday, as the Univer sity of Texas (UT) Longhorns host their one-time conference antagonist, the University of Arkansas (UA) Razorbacks. From the days of the 1969 Shootout, which pitted the top two teams in the land, to the 2000 Cotton Bowl, the Long horns and Hogs have met each other on the field many times. For fans, those games represent more than football con tests. I was at the Shootout in 1969, right out of boot camp, said Sgt. 1st Class Tom Gumin sky, Media Chief for the 70th Mobile Public Affairs here. Needless to say, Ive had a bad taste in my mouth ever since. ... If you grow up in Arkansas and youve been around as long as I have, you just hate burnt orange and the state of Texas. Guminsky, a long-time Razorback supporter, noted that UA has a two-game winning streak going against UT. We beat them the last time they played in Little Rock, and we beat them in the 2000 Cot ton Bowl, he commented. I think itll be close, 15-14 or somewhere in there. He predicted the UA running back Cedric Cobbs, this weeks Southeastern Conference player of the week, will give UA the edge. On the other end of the fan spectrum is Pfc. Mickey Miller, also of the 70th and a Texas native who now lives in Arkansas. Its as much a rivalry in Texas as it is in Arkansas, said Miller. People live and br-eathe it in Arkansas, and they live and breathe it in Texas. Miller contended the highly ranked Longhorns would stifle the Hogs offense. Theyre ranked Number five in the nation, and theyre Number five in the nation for a reason, he said. I think proba bly the defense will stop Arkansas offense. And thats how you win all games: defense. Sports Sports highlights NFL football begins; baseball races wind down Head to head Longhorns, Razorbacks renew rivalry Sgt. 1st Class Tom Guminsky 70th MPAD Pfc. Mickey Miller 70th MPAD
Friday, September 12, 2003 Page 11 By Spc. Rick Fahr One of the first things that becomes apparent to troopers arriving at Guantanamo Bay is that the base has its own lan guage. Thats not unique. Rural Arkansas, where I grew up, has its culture-specific words, phrases and jargon. Fixin to do something means Im getting ready to do that. Hes a ham sandwich shy of a picnic means that someones mental capacity is somewhat in question. And taters are what Momma mashes up for supper, not homeruns hit by a baseball player. Guantanamo special words and phrases may not be univer sally understood, but they cer tainly cut to the heart of the matter. GTMO special refers to a rolling deathtrap of a vehi cle that wouldnt be allowed in a landfill in the United States. These vehicles pass through many rotations of troopers, and they seem to rise in value as the years pass. Where else would a 1972 sedan of indeterminable lineage, a paint scheme that consists of rust and mold and an engine that runs on a mixture of gasoline and smoke sell for $1,500? These belching, door less wonders are generally from the Ford era (Henry, not Gerald) but are worth their considerable weight in gold because ... A half mile thats the standard distance measurement on the island. Oh, that building is just a half mile down the road. In the United States, the measurements for the distances described here as a half mile would range anywhere from a half mile to go to nowhere and turn left, then go a half mile. Local wildlife the terra firma literally abounds with odd animals. Banana rats look like big possums that leave their little calling cards all over. Land crabs will draw blood if you let them pinch your finger. (Dont ask.) And the iguanas. Oh, the iguanas. A big, surly one spit at and made threaten ing gestures toward me the other day. Dont laugh. Its fairly frightening to be hassled by a lizard. I pointed to its hide and then my boots, trying to make a point, but I dont think it under stood. You cant really reason with a reptile. Bus stop a bench that always faces the sun, even at night, where tired, sweating troopers wait for buses that came by two minutes ago and will return in no more than three days. NEX everyone knows what the NEX is. Its the social epicenter of the island. It has food, shopping and an ATM. What else could anyone want? Men who wouldnt otherwise visit a mall if their life depended on it now look forward to a NEX run like Sally Struthers looks for ward to a pizza buffet. No one ever turns down a chance to go to the NEX. Besides, its only a half mile away. Learning the Guantanamo language By Spc. Rick Fahr Aspiring Serenas or Annikas should make plans to be at Yatera Seca Golf Club on Monday for the first in a series of golf clinics. Available to females age 16 and older, the clinics will begin at 6 p.m. at the golf course driving range, located behind the golf shed (WR34). There is no charge for the instruction. Yatera Seca Golf Association volunteers will be conducting the clinics, which will focus on golf funda mentals (grip, stance, swing posture). Michael Weathers, vice president of the golf associ ation, said that participants should bring a 7-iron, if possible. Clubs will be available, though, for partici pants who do not have access to them he added. Weathers noted that females who want to attend the clinics should be at the first session Well be focusing on the basics, things to help these ladies who might be just getting started, he said. For more information, contact Weathers at 4526 or 7683 or Darnell Davis at 5571 or 84231. Sports Volunteers plan free golf clinics for islands females Photo by Spc. Rick Fahr Pat Weathers receives a lesson on a proper golf grip from her husband, Michael Weathers, vice president of the Yatera Seca Golf Association. Michael Weath ers and other volunteers will begin a series of golf clinics for females on Monday. Flag football begins season ; JTF fields teams In early flag football action, the Captains Cup is up for grabs and two JTF teams are vying for the championship. JTF JIG lost its first game. Hospital defeated JIG 34-6 Fri day night. On Monday night, JTF 661 1st picked up a forfeit win over JTF Detroit Dawgs. In upcoming play, JTF JIG will play league-leading NEX tonight at 6 p.m. and MCSF Co. Monday at 7 p.m. JTF 661 1st will play NAVSTA on Mon day at 6 p.m. All games are at Cooper Field, located next to G.J. Denich Gymnasium. Fahr game
Friday, September 12, 2003 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... With Sgt. Tim McLaren, C Co., 2nd. Bn. 116th Inf. Regt. Working at Guantanamo: Time will fly fast. Interview and photo by Staff Sgt. David Davis Sgt. Tim McLaren is a machine gunner with the 2nd Bn., 116th Inf Regt. of Har risonburg, Va. He is originally from Michigan but currently lives and works in the Virginia area. McLaren, deployed since December and anxious to return home, has benefited greatly from his deployment. Q: What is your JTF job? A: Infantry ... our job is to protect detainees from all foreign and domestic forces. Q: Why did you enlist in the Army Reserve? A: I had been a young soldier with a desk job in the Air Force waiting to go to war. I joined the Reserves to be in the infantry. Q: What have been your goals at JTF? A: Everybody came down here with per sonal goals. One of mine was to get back in shape. I had a desk job working for NASA and was not having a lot of physical activity. [I wanted to] become more knowledgeable about the different lanes necessary to get promoted. I was promoted three weeks ago. Q: How do you find time to workout? A: We work about 14-hour days. We started out wondering how we would man age with that time and work schedule, but now almost all of us have the ability to find time in addition to 14-hours of work, to get to the gym for an hour or two, get emails out, make a couple of meals a day [and] get plenty of rest. Q: What is it like living at Camp America? A: Living here has been very interesting. We live inside of what most of us know as a storage shed. The room is very sparse. We have some wall lockers and bunks but other than that, we make it our home and fix it up. It has bonded us in a large way for both work reasons and for friendship reasons down the road. Q: What have you learned about your self during this deployment? A: I definitely learned that patience is a virtue. We are told to hurry up and get ready and then the event doesn't happen or it gets changed. Change itself has been almost a daily word. Planning is only as good as the change that came before it and the change that will come notably after it. Q: How has this experience changed your life? A: I think everyone that comes here grows. While they are here, they experience a lot of loneliness and hardship [and] isola tion. Once you learn that this is not the worst thing in life, you feel stronger and you know that you can conquer things that others who have not been through that fire can't con quer. Just foraging through the year of lone liness and separation from family and friends has made me a lot stronger. Q: What are your greatest achievements here? A: [It's] hard to say because we had a number of young gentle men that I work with, and the leadership, that have provided so many examples of greatness. We have done really well in the infantry and we are proud. Q: What will you miss when you go home? A: No question, the sunsets, the beach, the weather. I will be traveling back to Michigan to see family and friends. It will be cooler in temperature. There is going to be a lot more traffic. The normal 'hubub' of the city that all of us seem to come from. Down here we don't have the crime. I will miss the solitude of GTMO. Q: What have been your favorite things to do in your free time? A: I enjoyed the pool and the gym. Between those two things I have had a really good time getting myself back in shape. And getting myself into a nice tan situation so when I go back, all of my friends that are not as tan will have to envy me. Q: What advice do you have for newly deploying troopers? A: Listen to your chain of command. Be patient. Things will work out. Time will fly fast. Take advantage of what you have here to have fun. Going to the beach, especially if you are not from a state where there is ocean beachfront. Most everybody that I know here came from stressful situations, and you have a good chance to relieve some stress, lower your blood pressure and have a good time. Enjoy life. Sgt. Tim McLaren, machine gunner for the 2nd Bn., 116th Inf. Regt. at Camp America, appears to be content. Going home doesn't seem to hurt either.