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Inside the Wire ... P P AGE AGE 9 9 P P AGE AGE 7 7 A A FAMILY FAMILY TRADITION TRADITION T T RAINING RAINING WITH WITH THE THE JAS JAS B B OWLING OWLING FOR FOR FUN FUN P P AGE AGE 6 6 Story and photos by Sgt. Jolene Staker The detention hospital is a unique mis sion providing training not available at any other fixed facility. Within the wire we are everything from 9-1-1 to passing an aspirin and any thing in between, said Petty Officer 1st Class James Seay, hospital corpsman. It is an all-encompassing mission that makes the additional training so intensive. Corpsman are learning things here that they wouldnt learn in any other facility, said Chief Petty Officer William Eby, sen ior enlisted adviser. The detention hospital is a one of a kind full-service operation. It is its own acute care area, minor surgery, and long term recuperating facility, said Master Chief Petty Officer James OBrien, NCOIC of medical plans for the JTF. The only naval fixed medical facility comprised from about 15 different com mands; three physicians, one psychiatrist, one dental officer and one dental techni cian are on staff to be available for almost any medical need. All services needed by staff to make a diagnosis including lab, X-ray, pharmacy and physical therapy are provided by spe cially trained corpsmen. Any time they are unable to provide care it is available through the base hospital and specialists who fly in from the United States. With the most of the detainees it is the first time for many of them to receive this quality of treatment. About 75 percent of the care given to them is for conditions that existed before their detention. I think a lot of them were amazed at the level of care that is actually humanly possi ble to receive when it comes to health care, Eby explained, They had no idea that a bul let wound they may have had ten years ago could actually be repaired and they dont have to suffer from that any longer. Often optometrists are brought in from various naval hospitals to service detainees for eyeglasses who are often getting them for the first time. This is a welcome addi Corpsmen at the detention hospital are able to train and treat patients on capable equipment such as this dentists chair. This helps ensure that each and every detainee has the best possible medical care. Detention corpsmen: training for success See Detention, page 4.
Page 2 Friday, October 10, 2003 Trooper to Trooper The success of the JTF mission and the safety of our troopers are directly related to the quality of training we conduct. Our training philosophy is to train as you fight, keeping in mind that troopers are our most precious resource and safety must be incorporated in everything we do. Simply put, the better the training, the better our chances for winning. With this in mind, the JTF leadership has made it a top priority to maintain units that are trained and ready to handle their missions. We recently issued training guidance for this rota tion. I encourage each JTF trooper to spend a few minutes reviewing this document, to gain a better understanding of what is expected when your unit conducts its training. Your understanding of this guidance will play a great role in the success of your training -on an individual, team, and unit level. On an individual level, each of us has the responsibility to stay trained and be "missionready". Physical Fitness training, ruck marches, and weapons training are essential to our individual readiness, and are a solid foun dation for success as a JTF. Do your best to be prepared in these areas. There are also some challenging individual training events coming up. This coming spring we intend to prepare our Infantryman and Army medics to success fully test for the coveted Expert Infantryman's Badge and Expert Field Medical Badge. We will also conduct Combat Lifesaver training, striving for one Combat Lifesaver per ten per sonnel, to ensure that our troopers can receive immediate and skilled medical care should the emergency need arise. Later this year we will conduct military occupational speciality 95C training for all military police. This week two instructors from the Sergeant Major's Academy will begin teaching sixteen NCOs from our JTF to be qualified as battle staff NCOs. Graduates of this tough course will enhance the command and control of our JTF and will make their units better then they return to home station. The individual training we conduct will set the foundation for success at the team and unit level. It will be important to focus our efforts at this level because it will ultimately be cohe sive teams, squads, and platoons that win our battles. These teams, squads, and platoons have to be more than a group of troopers assigned to the same organization. They must be a group of close-knit, well-trained, and dis ciplined troopers, a "band of brothers," focused on a common goal. I expect to see tough, real istic focused collective training for all units. We will also conduct a monthly Live Fire Exercise (LFX) to test and evaluate our abili ties to coordinate and synchronize those col lective efforts. Training plans must take all of this into account. The best training plans are of no use if there is no time available to execute the training. With this in mind, MP and Infantry units will be rotated out of their mission every few weeks so they can focus on training priorities. Our first line leaders will also be given four hours of Sergeant's Time each week to focus on items they believe need attention. We will also con tinue to develop strong leaders with Officer and NCO development programs each quarter. Effective training management will be criti cal to unit success. We have neither the time, nor the resources to dedicate on training that is not mission essential. Also, I expect us to plan and execute all training to standard, and then evalu ate and assess the training so that we can improve in future training events. Finally, one of the great parts of our JTF training should be After Action Reviews (AARs). These sessions allow us to determine what happened, why it happened, and how we should fix it. Identifying strengths and weaknesses will lead to an updated readiness assessment, which then should become the basis for planning future training. The coming year is not business as usual. We are always on the looking for opportunities to make us one step faster than our enemies. Leaders must demonstrate to JTF units and troopers what right looks like through effective training programs, and leaders and troopers together have to be ready both individually and collectively to fight and win. Fortu nately, our JTF is full of leaders and troopers who are very capable of doing this. I challenge every leader at every level to find new ways to keep us trained and ready. I am confident you will make it happen. Sound Fundamentals + Strong Leadership + Teamwork = Victory 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: 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: 6605239 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 Guan tanamo. This publication is printed under the provisions provided in Army Regulation 360-1 and does not reflect the views of the Depart ment of Defense or the personnel within.
Friday, October 10, 2003 Page 3 By JTF Preventative Medicine The influenza vaccine is a mandatory vaccine given each year to all active duty personnel and reservists on active duty. The vaccine is given to minimize the spread of the flu, a commu nicable disease, which could completely disable a military unit. The medics at the Joint Aid Stations (JAS) will be giving flu shots to JTF Guantanamo troopers this season. The deadline to get your flu shot is Oct. 21. Each unit will be scheduled for specific dates and times for their immunizations. Failure to adhere to the schedule will preclude the mission. Part of our mission is to keep a healthy and fit force. We can do this by immuniz ing our troopers against vac cine preventable diseases like the flu. What is Influenza and why get vaccinated? Influenza is a serious dis ease, caused by a virus that spreads from infected per sons to the nose or throat of others, which can be pre vented by vaccine. It can cause fever, sore throat chills, cough, headache and muscle aches. Anyone can get Influenza and most people are ill for only a few days, but some get much sicker and may need to be hospitalized. Influenza causes an aver age of 36,000 deaths each year, mostly among the eld erly. What is the Flu shot? The flu shot is an inacti vated (dead) influenza vac cine that has been used in the United States for many years. The vaccine is updated annually, because the virus that causes the flu changes often, so you should get a flu shot each year. Protection develops about two weeks after get ting the shot and may last up to a year. Some people who get a flu shot may still get the flu, but they will usually get a milder case than those who did not get the shot. Talk with a doctor before getting a flu shot if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction to eggs or to a pre vious dose of influenza vac cine or have a history of Guillain Barr Syndrome Talk with a doctor if you have a fever or are severely ill at the time the shot is scheduled, you should prob ably wait until you recover before getting influenza vaccine. Talk to your doctor or nurse about whether to reschedule the vaccination. What are the risks from inactivated in-fluenza vac cine? A vaccine, like any medi cine, is capable of causing serious problems such as severe allergic reactions. The risk of a vaccine caus ing serious harm, or death, is extremely small. Serious problems from flu vaccine are very rare. The viruses in inactivated influenza vaccine have been killed, so you cannot get influenza from the vaccine. Mild problems associated with the flu shot are sore ness, redness or swelling where the shot was given, fever and or aches. If these problems occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last one to two days. Severe problems or lifethreatening allergic reac tions are very rare. If they do occur, it is within a few min utes to a few hours after the shot. What is a severe or mod erate reaction and what should I look for? Signs of a serious allergic reaction can include diffi culty breathing, hoarseness or wheezing, hives, pale ness, weakness, a fast heart beat or dizziness. Sings of a moderate reaction can include any unusual condi tion, such as a high fever or behavior changes. What should I do? Call a doctor, or get the person to a doctor right away. Tell your doctor what happened, the date and time it happened, and when the vaccination was given. Ask your doctor, nurse, or health care professional to report the reaction by filing a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) form. Or call VAERS at 1800-822-7967, or visit their website at www.vaers.org. How can I learn more? Ask your doctor or nurse for a vaccine package insert or: Call Preventive Medi cine at 72990; Call 1-800232-2522 (English or 1-800-232-0233 (Espaol); Visit CDC websites at www.cdc.gov/ncicod/dis eases/flu/fluvirus.htm or www.cdc.gov/nip. Information compiled from: n U.S. Department of Health and Human Services n Centers for Disease Control and Prevention n National Immunization Program n Vaccine Information Statement n Inactivated Influenza Vaccine May 6, 2003 Flu shot keeps troopers on their missions MG Geoffrey Miller recieves his influenza vaccine, which is given to every JTF trooper annually. Photo by Spc. Tommi Meyer
tion to this uniquely staffed facility. The detention hospital is very unique in that it is a corpsman-driven facility, said Command Master Chief Petty Officer David Peck, command master chief, Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Hospital. Approximately 80 percent of the deten tion hospital is staffed by enlisted corps men and of those the majority are hospital corpsman or E-3s. Generally they have the least amount of experience with less than two years in the Navy. This lack of expe rience and the magnitude of the task before them requires specialized on the job training standards as well as intensive inservice medical training. Corpsmen are the very first stage of care for the detainees, Eby explained, they have to know more and do more than they would normally have an opportunity of doing. Learning the full spectrum of every thing from primary care, providing direct care, and providing all the tasks necessary, the first things corpsmen do is familiarize themselves with a Personal Qualification Standard (PQS) checklist to measure their proficiency skill level. The checklist includes how to do physical exams, assess ments, ear, nose and throat exams and how to identify and administer medications and IVs. Documenting the treatment prop erly and understanding which acronyms to use is also part of their initial training. The detention hospital conducts an all hands training session weekly, instructed by senior medical officers and nurses. Anything from security training to the flu shot is covered at this time. Each shift leader or team leader also does two classes a week that are specific to emergency response scenarios. We do a lot of emergency response training here, said Seay, If anything additional comes up then well do a class for that as well. The corpsmans pledge states I ded icate my heart, mind and strength to do the work before me. I shall do all within my power to show in myself an example of all that is honorable and good . . Training is an integral part in allowing the detention hospital corpsman to live up to that pledge. Friday, October 10, 2003 Page 4 Detention from Page 1 Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Skipworth (left) and Hospital Corpsman Stephen Peoples ensure that the emergency response bag is properly stocked with needed supplies. Instead of using an ambu lance, they grab these bags and run to the scene. There are backboards, liters, and liter carts staged throughout the camp to use to transport patients. Photo by Sgt. Jolene Staker Aiming for Victory: Implementing training for 2004 JTF Guantanamo's top prior ity in 2004 is fighting terrorism. Ensuring leaders and troopers are prepared to execute interrogation and detention operations and its support missions anytime means training. This training involves all troopers, and training success involves various key tasks. Here are five points to help you train. Mission first, trooper always are the words of MG Geoffrey Miller, JTF commander. It translates as the necessity of the JTF chain-of-command to care for its troopers' needs, enabling them t o successfully perform their duties. This, in turn, means training troopers, as they fight. "Analyze your [Mission Essen tial Task List (METL)], study the conditions you are likely to face, and cross walk this into realistic training," said Miller. Small unit proficiency. A small unit is a "group of closeknit, well-trained, and disci plined troopers focused on a common goal; a 'band of broth ers.'" The success of small units is two-faceted. "First are the abil ities of the individual trooper; second is the leader who is capa ble of bringing the abilities of these individual troopers together to accomplish the mission," Miller explained. Commanders must plan training with the small unit concept in mind. Planning. "To ensure we max imize training we must ensure we are planning long range, short range and near term," Miller said. Also, units should develop and follow training cycles designed to meet their specific needs. In addi tion, units must carefully plan each training day to ensure all its members attain performance stan dards. Finally, units must continu ally post updated training schedules in areas accessible to all unit members, because troopers deserve to know when they will be working hard in the field or in garrison and when they will be off. "Training that is not properly planned will not be conducted," assured Miller. Assessments. Units must con duct them "prior to, during, and after training to capture training deficiencies," Miller said. In doing so, "first, we must evaluate the unit conducting the training to ensure the standard was met. Second, we must evaluate the training event to ensure we are maximizing the resources," he explained. Each unit should con duct After Action Reviews, high lighting what went right and wrong, why it occurred, and how to fix or improve it. Refer to TM 25-20 for AAR guidance. Com manders should plan all future training based on their units' assessments of prior training, and every unit member should partic ipate in each assessment. Cycle Training Brief (CTB). Each unit must create a CTB prior to the start of each training quarter. It covers the commander's METL assessment, individual training assessments, the purpose of these assessments, and a training calen dar outlining the quarter's training events. "The CTB will serve as a contract between the unit com mander and me," Miller said. The United States has called all JTF Guantanamo troopers to defend freedom and help win the War on Terrorism. Training with success enables serving with suc cess. The J3 training office is JTF's main source of coordina tion for all training. For assis tance or further information on planning training call x5174. Information adapted from a memorandum by Miller, dated Sept. 22, 2003. For further training guidance, refer to FM 7-0, Training the Force, and FM 25-101, Battle Focused Training. By Spc. Katherine L. Collins
Friday, October 10, 2003 Page 5 A sailor on board the Pinta sighted land early in the morning of Oct. 12, 1492, and a new era of European exploration and expansion began. The next day, the 90 crewmem bers of Christopher Columbus' threeship fleet ventured onto the Bahamian island of Guanahan (His paniola), possibly less than 100 miles from Guantanamo Bay, ending a voy age begun nearly 10 weeks earlier in Palos, Spain. The widely published report of his voyage of 1492 made Columbus famous throughout Europe and secured for him the title of Admiral of the Ocean Sea and further royal patronage. Columbus, who never abandoned the belief that he had reached Asia, led three more expeditions to the Caribbean. His second voyage found him in Guantanamo Bay April 30, 1494. But intrigue and his own adminis trative failings brought disappoint ment and political obscurity to his final years. The arrival of Europeans proved disastrous for the people of the Caribbean. Within 20 years, it is esti mated that native population of His paniola dropped from one million to 30,000. The Spaniards settled first on the island of Hispaniola and later moved on to Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica, forcing the Tanos and Arawaks to mine for gold. The local population quickly declined as a result of mistreatment, flight, disruption of agriculture, and disease. African slaves were imported as early as 1502 to replace the dwindling labor supply. As mining decreased, the Spanish introduced livestock, crops, and fruit trees. Cattle ranching and sugarcane became important as a stable Spanish society took hold in the large islands. The Caribbean played a crucial role as a staging ground for further exploration and conquest, and as a strategic defensive point for the Spanish empire. The first Columbus Day celebra tion in the United States took place on October 12, 1792, years after his first discovery but it still wasn't an official holiday for another 100 years. Days commemorating special events like Columbus Day or birth days of famous leaders, like Martin Luther King Jr., become national hol idays and help us remember the important contributions these indi viduals made to our country. Holiday celebrates Columbus exploration Christopher Columbus The McCalla Hangar security badge office is open Monday through Friday, 9-11 a.m., by appointment only. To schedule an appointment please call 5393 or 5395. Compiled from the U.S. Library of Congress Straight Talk Coming soon... MG Miller, BG LeClaire and CSM Nieves look forward to tackling the issues that are on the minds of JTF troopers! Watch this space for answers to questions you always wanted to ask, but havent. All you have to do is call 5251 or e-mail your questions to Straight Talk at firstname.lastname@example.org begin ning Friday, Oct. 17. Make Straight Talk part of your regular read and watch for your questions to be answered in future issues of The Wire Submit your questions now! A weekly trooper question and answer session with the leaders of JTF Guantanamo For your information (
Friday, October 10, 2003 Page 6 R ECREATION & L EISURE Camp Bulkeley Fri., Oct. 10 8 p.m. The Watcher R 93 min 10 p.m. Random Hearts R 132 min Sat., Oct. 11 8 p.m. So I married an Axe Murderer R 121 min 10 p.m. Exorcist 2000 R 121 min Sun., Oct. 12 8 p.m. Liberty Heights R 132 min Mon., Oct. 13 8 p.m. The Ninth Gate R 133 min Tues., Oct. 14 8 p.m. Ring of Fire PG13 104 min Wed., Oct. 15 8 p.m. What Lies Beneath PG13 130 min Thurs., Oct. 16 8 p.m. Scream 3 R 116 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., Oct. 10 8 p. m. Spy Kids 3-D PG 85 min 10 p.m. The Rundown PG13 90 min Sat., Oct. 11 8 p.m. Secondhand Lions PG13 107 min 10 p.m. Freddy VS Jason R 92 min Sun., Oct. 12 8 p.m. S.W.A.T. PG13 121 min Mon., Oct. 13 8 p.m. The Rundown PG13 90 min Tues., Oct. 14 8 p.m. Freddy VS Jason R 92 min Wed., Oct. 15 8 p.m. Spy Kids 3-D PG13 116 min Thurs., Oct. 16 8 p.m. Freaky Friday PG 97 min Postal schedules show early dates Postal officials are encouraging troopers to adhere to special holiday mailing dates to ensure timely delivery of cards, letters and packages. All inbound and outbound mail (to and from Guantanamo Bay) should be postmarked by the following dates: Standard mail Nov. 6 First-class mail Nov. 25 Priority Mail Dec. 1 Postal Rule of thumb: Cus tomers can never mail too early when it comes to Christmas mailing. The earlier you mail, the better. For any further questions or concerns, please contact the Postal Officer at 2156 or email email@example.com. Photo by Spc. Tommi Meyer Members of JTF enjoy the ball game, atmosphere and each others company on the deck at club sur vivor during the Monday night football party. Surviving Monday Night Football E for bowling effort Photo by Spc. Tommi Meyer "Thats an e for effort, said Pvt. Lisa Rose after her turn on the lane at Marble Head bowling center during the Oct. 3 bowling tournament. The next bowling tour nament is scheduled for Oct. 15.
Friday, October 10, 2003 Page 7 Man on the Street This weeks question: What are the qualities in a first sergeant or company commander that makes them an effective leader? Interview and Photos by Sgt. Jolene Staker Sgt. 1st Class Milton Collaco 463rd MP Co. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Michelle Gallant PSU Detachment Air Force Master Sgt. Morya Stevens JIG When missions have been accomplished and troops have been taken care of at the same time, then you have an effective leader. Army Pvt. Lisa Rose J4 Food Service I think the one thing that makes a first ser geant and a com mander an effective leader is to ensure that they actively listen to what the troops con cerns are instead of just hearing them. The seven Army val ues, knowledge of his/her job, dedication and supporting their unit through growth potential advancement opportunities. To be an effective leader the first ser geant and company commander have to look out for the welfare of their troops. Staff Sgt. Billy Williams 216th MP Co. I think that good com munication with their troops and confidence makes an effective leader. Story and photo by Sgt. Jolene Staker Training is central to mis sion readiness and the Joint Aid Station (JAS) mission is to ensure that all troopers in the JTF are fit to fight. While these medics came well trained, this mission allows them the opportunity to experience valuable hands-on training under the supervision of physician assistant, 1st Lt. Arkadiy Baumval from the 384th MP Co. Back home at their drill stations, medics don't normally get an opportunity to learn from PAs (Physicians Assis tant) because they don't usually drill with military police units, Baumval said. Sgt. Michael White, the NCOIC of the Tierra Kay JAS, explained the benefit of this type of learning environment by saying, I cant think of any place else we would get better trained, and added that Baum val has them do as much of the examination as possible and then he double checks them to see if they forgot anything or if there was anything else they could have done. We get in our minds better what we should and shouldnt do, White said. Wednesday afternoon is a set training day. They use this time to train more on tech niques of physical examina tion and history taking and plan to have courses for basic life support and advanced life support. The hands-on experience coupled with the training will benefit Spc. Richard Herring of the 217th MP Co. even after he completes this mission as he plans to take this invaluable experience back to Mont gomery, Ala., where he is a nursing student at Troy State University. Ive met a lot of people here that really know what they are doing, he said. This is my first opportu nity to get hands-on experi ence, which should help me in nursing school. Their training benefits them each individually and the mis sion as a whole which improves morale by keeping our troopers healthier. Spc. Yvette Jones, Spc. Anthony Hicks (patient), Cpl. Daniel Ramirez, and Spc. Richard Herring train on the 12-3 lead EKG and defibrillator. The JAS trains continuously to ensure they can handle any medical condition. JAS: always training to provide quality care
Friday, October 10, 2003 Page 8 Worship Services Catholic Main 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 10:15 a.m. Spanish Mass (Sanct. B) M-Fri. 11:30 a.m. Mass (Cobre Chapel) 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 following worship. H ispanic H eritage Month Sept. 15 Oct. 15 By Chaplain Felix Abreu Born in Dominican Republic and chaplain in the Puerto Rico USANG All Latin American countries celebrate The Encounter of Cultures on October 12th. Latin Americans reflect the combination, influence and mixture of European, Spanish, African and Indian cultures, in our customs, styles and ways of life. They are evident in the foods we eat, our clothing styles, dancing and other leisure activities, and in our faith in God. Our music incorporates the use of the African Drum, the Melodic Indian Flute, the European Guitar, Accordion and other instru ments that make our Latin music unique. Its rhythms of Merengue, Salsa, La Cumbia, La Zamba Brasilena and others have a natural effect of causing ones heart to stir and ones whole body to move and dance. Our food is recognized worldwide for its seasoned flavor. Our rice with beans and fired chicken, roasted pork, rice with black frijoles or green pigeon peas or the Dominican Salco cho, together with mashed plantains are repre sentative of our culture. Just to think about them causes my mouth to water. Our clothing incorporates and emphasizes the bright colors of Gods rainbow. The varied dresses common to our women incorporate the bright colors in specific garments designed for the various occacions of life, to include: parties, worship and other religious events, and for the workplace. The site of overflowing crowds in our sta diums and sports complexes attest to our love for team sports such as baseball, football and basketball. It is said that our blood flows with sports from the time of our conception. Our common castellano language is Span ish. Spanish is the second most spoken lan guage in the United States and the fourth in the world. Our poets, authors and musicians have won international fame throughout the world. Some of our most beautiful heritages are found in the expressions of our Christian faith. We recognize God as the center of life and seek to live a life reflective of Gods love, for giveness, justice and peace. Our common faith has served to unite Latin Americans much like our common language. All signifi cant events in our lives, such as birth, mar riage, anniversaries, etc. are understood to have the presence of Christ among us. We also give thanks to our Eternal Father God, for the wonderful blessing to have been born in the beautiful countries of Latin America where God is so evident in nature and creation. We are people of peace who understand the price of freedom, and when duty calls, we are willing to give our a ll to defend and pre serve freedom. It is said that: He who knows a Latino American knows a friend, a good war rior and a good Christian. We feel proud and honor our Hispano American Heritage because we speak and seek to live Gods language of love. I hope you will have the opportunity to get to know us as we get to know you, as members of Gods family and as JTF troopers, Bound to Honor. An expression of faith C HAPLAIN S C ORNER Maj. Felix Abreu Staff Chaplain JTF Guantanamo Alpha: An opportunity to explore the Christian faith Alpha is an 11-week opportunity to explore the validity and relevence of the Christian faith. Meeting times will be on Wednesdays or Fridays at 7 p.m. beginning Oct. 15 and 17 at Chapel A building 3203. For more information call the JTF chaplains office at 3202 or 3203.
Friday, October 10, 2003 Page 9 Esteves: A family heritage Spc. Carlos Esteves, 216th Military Police Co., on his way to duty under the wire at Camp Delta. As translated by Spc. Jorge J. Serralles El pueblo puertorriqueno esta bien ligado con la Guardia Nacional de Puerto Rico, por lo menos para la familia de Esteves. "Soy la tercera generacin en el ejrcito," dijo Spc. Carlos Esteves, un polica de Puerto Rico actualmente asig nado al 216th Military Police, de la Guardia Nacional de Arkansas. "Mi [bisabuelo] era MG Luis Raul Esteves," comenta Esteves. El MG Esteves fue el primer puertorriqueo de graduarse en el West Point Military Academy, el 19 de junio de 1915, informacion obtenida en el website de su familia. Spc. Esteves contina sirviendo con el mismo entusiasmo que ha habido en su familia por varias generaciones. "Me ofreci voluntariamente venir para aca, para asi ser parte de esta importante mision," dijo Esteves que ha estado en otras misiones, inclusive misiones humanitarias en Honduras, la Repblica Dominicana y Kuwait. "Esto es una [rara] oportunidad estar aqu, la infantera que trabaja con MPs, pro tegiendo a estas personas," dijo Esteves. En Puerto Rico, Esteves esta asignado a una unidad anfibia. Antes de estar asignado al 216th, l fue asignado al 165th. Inf. Regt., Puerto Rico. El dijo que hasta ahora la Baha de Guantanamo es como si estuviera en casa, pero ms caliente y sin su esposa y nios. Esteves dijo que su familia lo ha estado soportando y que su hija es probable de seguir en la tradicin de la familia. "Ella me dijo 'quiero ser como tu, yo quiero ser parte del ejrcito. '" Segn el web site de la familia, durante su estadia en el West Point, el MG Esteves dio clases a Dwight D. Eisenhower en espaol, lo ayudo pasar ese curso en la Academia. Eisen hower llego a ser presidente de los Estados Unidos. El MG Esteves fue instrumento en la organizacion de la Guardia Nacional puertor riquea, y sirvi como el adjutant general por casi 20 aos. El primer regimiento de la Guardia Nacional de Puerto Rico, fue reconocido por el nombre, "Primer Regimiento de Infantera", organizado el 2 de Junio del 1920, y reorganizado el 26 de Diciembre del 1922, como el 295 Regimiento de Infantera. Esteves: UNA herencia de la familia Heritage celebration... Carroll Mays and Tyler Benzing par ticipate along with other children from the W.T. Sampson Elementary School in the Dominican Republican Dance during the Hispanic Heritage Dinner. Photo by Sgt. Jolene Staker Story and photo by Spc. Tommi Meyer F amily ties run deep in the Puerto Rico National Guard, at least for the Esteves family. I am the third generation in the military, said Spc. Carlos Esteves, a trooper from Puerto Rico currently attached to the 216th Military Police Co., Arkansas National Guard. My [great-grandfather] was MG Luis Raul Esteves, said Esteves. MG Esteves was the first Puerto Rican to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on June 19, 1915, according to a family website. Spc. Esteves continues to serve with his familys enthusiasm. I asked to be here so I could help on this mission, said Esteves who has been on sev eral other deployments, including humani tarian missions in Honduras, the Dominican Republic and Kuwait. This is a [rare] opportunity being here, infantry working with MPs, guarding these people, said Esteves. In Puerto Rico, Esteves is assigned to a landing craft detachment. Before being attached to the 216th, he was assigned to the 165th Inf. Regt., Puerto Rico. He said that so far Guantanamo Bay is a lot like home, but hotter and without his wife and children. Esteves said his family is very supportive and that his daughter is likely to follow in the family tradition. She says I want to be like you, I want to join the Army. According to a family website, during his stay at West Point, MG Esteves tutored Dwight D. Eisenhower in Spanish, helping him pass that course at the academy. Eisen hower went on to be come president of the United States. MG Esteves was instrumental in organizing the Puerto Rican National Guard, and served as the adjutant general for almost 20 years. The first regiment of the Puerto Rico National Guard, was recognized by the name, "First Infantry Regiment," organized on June 2, 1920, and reorganized on Dec. 26, 1922, as the 295 Infantry Regiment.
Friday, October 10, 2003 Page 10 With the postseason tourna ment in progress the Captains Cup flag football season ended Monday. Representing the JTF, the 661st MP Co. team finished third in regular season standings, post ing a 7-4-2 record. JTF JIG fin ished the season with a 5-8 mark. The Hospital team won the regular season at 10-3. NEX came in second, 9-3. NAVSTA and MCSF Co. tied for fourth place with records of 7-6. The postseason tournament began Wednesday and will con tinue tonight and Saturday. In regular season games, the 661st MP Co. team went 2-1 on the week. The team beat NAVSTA, 18-12, and picked up a forfeit win. However, the team lost to JIG, 20-19. JIGs record improved with a forfeit win, but the team lost to MCSF, 28-20. Football heads to postseason By Spc. Rick Fahr The two-dozen men and women quickly but methodi cally made their way up the hill like ants searching for a picnic pie. Every 30 to 40 meters, the group would spy a treat, a small pile of flour, and then quickly fan out to search for the next pile along the trail. So it goes on and on, across hills and dales of Guantanamo Bay. On this day, the run began at the Sailing Center and quickly moved toward Yatera Seca Golf Club. These groups of men and women gallivanting across the hinterlands in search of piles of flour are hash run ners. They gather each Satur day afternoon at 4:30 for their events. Hash runs date to 1938 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when British men and women began the first hash club. The clubs participate in the runs, which mix physical exercise with social activities, hence the clubs nickname, a drinking club with a running problem. The events begin with a hare who lays out the trail that the runners will try to fol low. Leaving behind piles of flour, or other markings, the hare leads the runners hither and yon, but the hares often trick the runners with false trails. That trickery, which fea tures a number of symbols left on the ground, leads the pack of runners to work as a group, searching an area completely for the true trail. When you come to an intersection, you have options to go in any direction, said Emergency Blow, (aka Navy Chief Petty Officer John Williams) who supervised Sat urdays run. Our goal is to find the true trail, the one theyre still running, and not the false trail. Emergency Blow, explain ed what the various trail sym bols mean and what actions to take after finding them. For instance, a BC plus a number would indicate that the runners had been following a false trail and that they should go back the specified number of dots to look for the true trail. Searching for the true trail involves its own language. The runners communicate with each other by yelling on one or on two and so on to indi cate how many piles of flour theyve been able to follow down a specific path. Once they find the true trail, they shout, on, on, and the group follows. The searches serve two pur poses making the experience more difficult and allowing run ners of all fitness abilities to keep up. Faster runners end up doing much of the searching, while the slower movers catch up. Located throughout the course are beverages of various types, with caches marking the halfway and finish points. The hash runs cost $5, which goes to buy future sup plies, but virgins (those on their first run) may participate free of charge. For more information, con tact Williams at 3071. Photo by Spc. Rick Fahr Emergency Blow (aka Navy Chief Petty Officer John Williams) explains hash run symbols to the group of runners before Saturdays event. Hash runners combine fitness, fun MWR activities coming up: FASE Fitness, Athletics, Strength, Endurance. This obsta cle course-type event will be Sat urday, 6 p.m., at G.J. Denich Gymnasium. Four-member teams will compete against each other for the best time. Columbus Day Fishing Tour nament Starting at 4 p.m. today and lasting through 4 p.m. Monday, the tournament has no entry fee, but participants must sign up by 4 p.m. today. Call 2345 for more information. Horseshoe Challenge On Sunday, the tournament will be at the base gym pits at 3 p.m. No entry fee. 9 Pin, No Tap Bowling Tour nament Beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Marblehead Bowl ing Center, the tournament is lim ited in its number of participants. C OMING UP
Friday, October 10, 2003 Page 11 Compiled by Spc. Rick Fahr For the first time since 1908, the Chicago Cubs won a postseason series, finishing off the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night. The Cubs moved into the National League Championship Series by beating the Braves at Turner Field to claim the bestof-five divisional series and will meet another upstart, the wild card Florida Marlins who upset the San Francisco Giants in their divisional series. *** On the college gridiron, the Oregon Ducks fell out of the Associated Press top 25 poll after losing to Utah 17-13. The big poll movers of the week were the Iowa Hawkeyes who jumped from No. 23 to No. 14 after outlasting the Michigan Wolverines 30-27. Big games this weekend include the Red River Shootout, No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Texas ; No. 2 Miami vs. No. 6 Florida State ; No. 8 Georgia vs. No. 13 Tennessee ; and No. 17 Minnesota vs. No. 20 Michigan *** For the fourth time in four games, Dante Hall of the Kansas City Chiefs returned a kick for a touchdown. Halls NFL record-tying per formance helped the Chiefs move to 5-0 on the season as they beat the Denver Broncos 24-23. Coming up this Sunday: Kansas City Chiefs at Green Bay Packers San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins Buf falo Bills at N.Y. Jets ; and Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys Compiled from www.espn. com Sports highlights Cubs win, head to NLCS Trooper picks JTF personnels predictions for this weeks games Oklahoma at Texas (Dallas) Miami at Florida State Georgia at Tennessee Michigan at Minnesota Army at Louisville Chiefs at Packers 49ers at Seahawks Bucs at Redskins Bills at Jets Eagles at Cowboys Last weeks record Overall record 1st Sgt. Sandra Adams-Jones 273rd MP Co. MWR director Craig Basel Staff Sgt. Deon Lee 216th MP Co. Staff Sgt. Stephanie Nielsen 384th MP Bn. Oklahoma Miami Georgia Michigan Louisville Chiefs Seahawks Redskins Bills Cowboys 4-6 7-9 Texas Miami Georgia Michigan Louisville Chiefs Seahawks Bucs Bills Eagles 6-4 10-6 Oklahoma Miami Tennessee Minnesota Louisville Packers Seahawks Bucs Bills Cowboys 5-5 9-7 Oklahoma Florida State Georgia Minnesota Louisville Chiefs Seahawks Bucs Bills Eagles 4-6 8-8 Games Karina Felices 463rd MP Co. Moses McKinney 463rd MP Co. 463rd MPs take firsts for JTF fun runners By Spc. Rick Fahr About 30 runners came out to support the Navy Ball on Saturday by participating in a 5K fun run. Among JTF personnel run ning in the event, two troopers from the 463rd MP Co. Sgt. 1st Class Karina Felices and Staff Sgt. Moses McKinney were the first to finish.
Friday, October 10, 2003 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... Q. How would you describe your role in the JTF Guantanamo mission? A: I am the senior enlisted advisor to [Maj.] Gen. Miller. I assist him in individ ual training of the troops and inform him of all the troops' needs, such as those related to quality of life and health and welfare. Q: What initially inspired your mili tary service? A: I dropped out of high school but wanted to buy a car. Then one day I was walking by a recruiter station and saw a pic ture of a guy jumping out of an airplane. I said, I want to do that; I can do that. I was doing nothing at the time, so I joined the Army. At the end of three years I had enough money to buy the car, but I had no driver's license, because I never needed one in New York City. So I said, well, let me stay in a little bit longer. Three years turned to six and six turned to nine, and the rest is history. Now Ive been in 29 years. Q: What position did you hold prior to your reassignment to Guantanamo? A: I was the command sergeant major for the 7th Army Training Command in Germany. I oversaw all training conducted in Germany and the Balkans. Q: What personal goals are you aspir ing towards here? A: I want to continually stay in shape and continually learn as much as I can about this job. Also, I want to keep learning what makes the JTF troopers tick, so I can con tinually support them, as far as meeting their needs and expectations and keep them motivated. There are different branches of service and different components here. So there's a lot to learn about each in order for me to better serve all of the JTF troopers. Q: In what ways do you think this deployment will impact you as a trooper and a person? A: This is a very important mission. I am learning quite a bit about detainee opera tions and interrogating enemy combatants. Personally, I'm in this for the long haul. To me, this is just another mission, but it's a great mission, and I am very lucky to have been chosen to serve in it. Q: What interests do you possess? A: I enjoy running, and I golf occasion ally. I also like to go to the gym. Q: What activities do you enjoy with your family in your free time? A: It's nice my family can be here with me. We relax by going to the Downtown Lyceum or out to eat or just relax at home. Q: What do you hope to accomplish after JTF Guantanamo? A: The needs of the Army. I want to serve the Army in whatever capacity it chooses, even if that means retirement. This is the only life I know. Q: What message would you like to deliver to the JTF about yourself? A: I want people to know that I enjoy coming to work and give it my best effort each and every day. Some days are better than others, but that's okay. That I always try to keep a calm head about any decision I have to make or any situation I am in, because if you keep a calm head as a leader you can make the right decision the first time. And that I do make mistakes, but that I learn from them. I continue to grow, not only in this position but as a human being. I want all to know that I take this job very seriously and I dedicate myself to the Army. I will always give it my best. Q: How do you view training as an important element of each trooper's JTF experience? A: Often people ask, "Why do we train down here? We know what our mission here is. It's to detain, interrogate or support those missions." The answer is, we need to continually improve ourselves individually and collectively, by daily practicing our skills on the job, doing hands-on unit training, or just individually hitting the books. Training is the key to getting better at what we do. Q: What is your role in the training? A: I advise the unit commanders on indi vidual training, whereas [Maj.] Gen. Miller oversees the collective training. As troopers master individual tasks, only then are they able to come together as units to conduct collective tasks. Also, it is my job to select the individual tasks from among all those listed in the manuals that are most pertinent to the mission here. My mission in the train ing picture is to coordinate and ensure all troopers are improving their skills that will aid them in mastering the mission at hand. CSM George Nieves, JTF CSM, serves his part in Operation Enduring Freedom by assisting the JTF commander in leading troops in interrogation and detention operations, its support missions, and mis sion-focused training during his two-year tour. Here, Petty Officer 1st Class Russell Degidio gives Nieves his annuual flu shot. With CSM George Nieves, JTF CSM Interview by Spc. Katherine L. Collins Active Army trooper for 29 years, husband and father to two teenage daughters, Nieves always strives to serve his troopers, family and the country he loves. Photo by Spc. Tommi Meyer