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Inside the Wire ... P P AGE AGE 10 10 S S ETTING ETTING THE THE STANDARD STANDARD M M INOR INOR SPREADING SPREADING A A MESSAGE MESSAGE T T RAINING RAINING THE THE TROOPS TROOPS Friday, November 7, 2003 Volume 4, Issue 9 www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo P P AGE AGE 5 5 P P AGE AGE 8 8 Story and photos by Sgt. Jolene Staker When it comes to veterans, all gave some, some gave all, and some just keep on giving. The JTF has numerous troopers who have served in many of the nations armed conflicts, including Kosovo and Iraq. The task force also has a few tried and true Viet nam veterans. The veterans experience and dedication play an invalu able role in the success of the JTF. Theres a lot of experi ence that veterans have brought here, said Sgt. 1st Class Robert Hill, Gulf War Veteran and JOC watch chief. Im very proud to be part of the JTF. Veterans Day, originally Armistice Day, celebrated on the anniversary of the end of World War I, was first declared to recognize those veterans, but as other conflicts have occurred it has expanded to recognize all heroes who have maintained the freedom of the country. Veterans pay the price to keep freedom free, said Sgt. Timothy Drake, Gulf War vet eran of the 169th MP Co. attached to the 217th MP Co. He served 10 years in the Marine Corps and then got out. After 9/11 he joined the Army National Guard. I felt I needed to help, and that was the best way I could do that. This is just one example of a JTF veteran trooper giving selflessly to the countrys cause. And this shows the true spirit of Veterans Day. Presi dent Dwight D. Eisenhower said, let us solemnly remem ber the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconse crate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace See Veterans on page 4. Second Lt. Charles Caruana (left), Gulf War veteran of the 177th MP Bde., stands with mentor Master Sgt. Al Gatto, Vietnam and Operation Joint Endeavor veteran and force protection NCOIC at headquarters. Carauna hopes to have Gatto as his first sergeant when he becomes a company commander. It will be a full circle since Gatto was Caraunas platoon sergeant when he was a sergeant. Veterans: Some just keep on giving
Page 2 Friday, November 7, 2003 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: 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 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. Trooper to Trooper In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below Canadian born Maj. John McCrae wrote this poem in the spring of 1915. In Flanders fields remains to this day one of the most memorable war poems ever written. It is a lasting legacy of the terrible battle in the Ypres salient during Word War I, the war to end all wars. More than three years later on Novem ber 11, 1918 the armistice was signed ending World War I. It was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. McCrae died of pneumonia before the war ended. In 1938 an Act of Congress made Armistice Day a national holiday, a day dedicated to the cause of world peace. In 1954 the word armistice was replaced by veterans thus honoring the courage and patriotism of all men and women who have served in the armed services of the United States. Veterans Day is commemorated on the 11th of November. The National Guard played a signifi cant role in World War I in fact, 40 per cent of the combat strength of the American Expeditionary Force was comprised of National Guard divisions organized by state. The greatest num bers of World War I medals of Honor were awarded to National Guard mem bers from Tennessee and the Carolinas. They were members of the 30th Divi sion. Three of the first five Army Divi sions to enter combat were National Guard Divisions. World War II saw 18 National Guard divisions in combat. They were split between the European and Pacific the atres. The 164th Infantry from North Dakota reinforced Marines at Guadal canal and was the first large organization to fight offensively in the war. The 34th from Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota was among the first into combat in North Africa. They claimed more combat days than any other World War II division. The 29th Infantry Division was first ashore at Omaha Beach. More recently National Guard and Army Reserve troops were called to active duty for Operation Desert Storm. In Janu ary 1991 thousands of Reserve troops mostly from combat service and service support units took part in the conflict in Southwest Asia. Their participation brought the war to hometown America. Today, reserve component forces made up of Reserve and National Guard units are again serving with active com ponent units in the Global War on Ter rorism. Operation Iraqi Freedom employed the services of reserve forces as an integral part of the fighting force. Nearly 65 percent of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, is reserve component. As we celebrate Veterans Day this November, take time to reflect upon the more than 25 million veterans this proud country of ours has produced. We owe them and all of you a debt of thanks. The final stanza of McCraes poem sums it all up! Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high Honor Bound! BG Mitch LeClaire Deputy Joint Task Force Commander for Operations JTF Guantanamo
Friday, November 7, 2003 Page 3 Sleigh ride sign-up begins this weekend at the NEX. Sign-ups will be Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proposed dates for the holiday rides are Dec. 20-30 and Dec. 30-Jan. 10. Destinations for the flights include Jacksonville, Fla.; Pensacola, Fla.; Atlanta; Fort Worth, Texas; and Norfolk, Va. Sleigh ride sign-up coming this weekend MG Thomas Cutler (at left, far left), adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard, arrived in Guantanamo Bay to visit the 177 th MP Brigade, also of Michi gan. Accompanying him was BG Mitch LeClaire (center, right), JTF deputy commander of operations, who origi nally served as the commander of the 177 th before both were deployed to serve. Also with Cutler was Com mand Sgt. Major Miner Roth (far right),state command sergeant major. While here, Cut ler visited with troops (below) and toured con struction sites at Camp America. Photos by Spc. William Ingram Michigan adjutant general visits JTF troopers
Friday, November 7, 2003 Page 4 so that their efforts shall not have been in vain. Taking time to remember all veterans and then focusing on the JTF veterans not only hon ors those veterans, living, deceased, and still serving, but it also helps the troopers focus on the footsteps they will leave with their service while in Guantanamo. Every service member, man and woman, wants to do at least one thing significant over the course of their career to look back on and say I was there and I was proud to serve, I did my duty, and Im proud of what Ive done, said Master Chief Petty Officer James OBrien, Gulf War veteran of the JTF Surgeons Office. Knowing that one is making a difference is one motivator for service. Staff Sgt. Yvette Trapani, Operation Joint Endeavor veteran of the 169th MP Co., attached to the 217th MP Co., said, The first time to Bosnia, I saw it at its worst then a few years later I saw the reconstruction, saw the people back out in the street; I saw that life went on. That gave me clo sure. That was our business and we did a good job. Those people are better off because of what we did. When talking about appreci ating veterans, their military service has also made them more appreciative of their blessings. It opened my eyes how poor third world countries actually are. It gave me a greater appreciation of what I have and made me a better per son, said Staff Sgt. Brian Moore, Gulf War veteran of the 384th MP Bn. Serving with, listening to and learning from veterans can help all troopers accom plish goals they can be proud of. When they look back on their service they can echo Master Sgt. Al Gatto, Vietnam veteran and force protection NCOIC when he said, I feel good about being a veteran. I feel good about what Ive done. Part of veterans role in the JTF is to mold the younger or less experienced trooper. The best soldier is the young sol dier, said Gatto. But this young soldier needs the guid ance and leadership only vet eran, experienced leaders can provide. Gatto has provided this type of leadership to 2nd Lt. Charles Caruana, Gulf War veteran of the 177th MP Bde. I look up to sergeant Gatto in a big way, and I keep telling him when I make company commander and he is still around that he is going to be my first sergeant; which I think would be a neat full circle thing since hes known me since I was an E-5, he was my platoon sergeant, said Caruana. Other troopers can also reflect on their careers and know that they have developed and encouraged young soldiers throughout their career. Staff Sgt. Joseph Owens, 273rd MP Co., Vietnam veteran, with 24 years of service, plans to retire after this deployment. Looking back on his career he said, Ive helped a whole lot of younger people in my unit to upgrade themselves to get pro moted. I think Ive done a whole lot for the military, I dont have any regrets. Some veteran JTF troopers dont have any plans to retire soon. As Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Guminsky, Vietnam Era veteran, of the 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment explained, Its still fun. I still enjoy it. When its not fun any more Ill retire. For a veteran to call mili tary service fun reflects the patriotism, love of country, willingness to serve and sacri fice for the common good that veterans model. Not everyone could call leaving home, leav ing the comforts of home and family behind and working diligently each and every day fun. The people of the United States take so many things for granted, including our mili tary services, but Veterans Day is that one time in the year that we slow down enough to focus on their con tributions to our countrys greatness; it should be every day, but at least theres one day that we collectively show our respect. We should be grateful to all veterans; because of their commitment, dedication and sacrifices the United States is the greatest nation in the history of the world, said Col. Nelson Can non, Vietnam veteran and JDOG commander. Sgt. 1st Class Clyde Sanger, (standing) and Staff Sgt. Kevin Kneeland, both Gulf War veterans share their experience with Spc. Brian Hurd (sitting) during daily operations at B Co., 1st Bn. 181st Bde. headquarters. Sanger explains the role of veterans as how to accomplish the mission; how to pass that knowledge on to younger soldiers. Spc. Alexander Maldonado (right), Noble Eagle and Iraqi Freedom veteran of the 1st Bn., 65th Inf. Bde. attached to the 216th MP Co., lets Sgt. Chris Chamblis of the 216th MP Co. in the gate at Camp Delta. Veterans Day is a very good day to say thank you to all the people that helped defend freedom and save lives, said Maldonado. Veterans from Page 1.
Friday, November 7, 2003 Page 5 Trooper on the Street Interview and photos by Spc. Katherine L. Collins Sgt. Matt Ellwein, 747th Postal Det., Camp America post office Sgt 1st Class Leo Engle, 217th MP Co., 4th platoon sergeant Spc. Benjamin Marsee, 384th MP Bn., staff judge advocate "Thank you for your con tribution to freedom. Free dom still stands." Staff Sgt. Deneen Murray, 258th MP Co., supply sergeant "Thank you for all you've done. I, as a soldier, would like to carry on that tradi tion, being as strong, courageous and as much of an impact on our nation and world as you." "Thank you because you are the true heroes. You dedicated your lives for my freedom." "You've made the biggest sacrifice anyone's made for this country and secured freedom for my generation and the next. Thank you" Staff Sgt. Robert Dumont, 1st Bn. 181st Inf. Bde., battalion support "I appreciate all the sacri fices you and your fami lies have made. Thanks." By Spc. Katherine L. Collins From behind the scenes, Maj. John Kajan der and Staff Sgt. Clifford Jones are two keys to JTF trooper training success. Serving as the J-3 training officer and non-commissioned officer, respectively, these soldiers coordinate all JTF training needs. Our job is to bring together all necessary resources to make training ideas happen for all JTF troopers, including other branches of service. These include instructors, classrooms and training aids, said Kajander. Kajander explained the steps of coordinat ing training. First, the general in command and the unit commanders pass training ideas to the J-3 office. J-3 then relays the generals ideas to unit commanders. We explain what each unit should train, but not how it should conduct that training. J-3 also delivers the commanders ideas to the general for his approval before coordinating that training. Next, as J-3 obtains approved training ideas it compiles them to create a yearly train ing schedule. Each schedule is created at the platoon level one year prior to training. A draft is usually drawn in May, and the final schedule is created by October. Then troops begin training from that plan one year later. Kajander ensured all training ideas coordi nated come from each units mission essential task list (METL). Battle-focused training is our goal here, he said. According to Kajander, each units training list differs based on its military occupational specialties (MOS), schedule and available training time. In other words, once J-3 passes approved training ideas to unit commanders, the units prioritize their own training list based on these points. J-3 then coordinates training based on each units prioritized list. It also strives to smoothly merge the training schedule with the operations schedule. Training is a secondary priority as the mis sion surrounding the detainees is the first pri ority, said Kajander. This is also why JTF tries to make all training battle-focused, he explained. The task of merging the schedules is one example of how the J-3 training sec tion works in conjunction with the other J-3 sections, such as operations, he added. To gather the resources needed to conduct training requests, J-3 sends requests up through a channel of command, from its JTF office to the U.S. Army South (USARSO) office, and back down to the JTF units. USARSO assists the JTF J-3 in gathering all required resources. It distributes requests for each specific resource to the appropriate offices. For example, it requests instructors and train ing aids from various locations, depending on the type of training. We must always ensure communication through the channels is clean and correct. We must track the requests as they pass from our office and back, said Kajander. The following are a few examples of the kinds of training J-3 coordinated for JTF troop ers in 2003. The infantry tested for their Expert Infantry Badge and engaged in patrolling exer cises, while many military police completed full training for the 95C MOS, achieving the corrections MOS. MPs also completed train ing, which involving detainee movement. In Training up troopers: Behind the scenes with the JTF Staff This weeks question: Veterans have made many sacrifices to defend our nation and its values. If you could send one message to them today, what would it be? Photo by Spc. Katherine L. Collins J-3 coordinates all training for JTF troopers of each military branch. It works with the JTF command and U.S. Army South to provide troopers with the trainers, facilities and equipment needed to conduct each train ing exercise, such as the mass casualty exercise seen here. See Training on page 9.
Friday, November 7, 2003 Page 6 Cholesterol Heres a Little More to Chew On Lt. Ken Arlinghaus, Registered Dietician JTF Nutritionist US Naval Hospital A few weeks ago, the Gazette published an excellent article concerning cholesterol. After reading it again this past week, I thought a little more information on the subject might prove helpful. As the earlier article stated, high blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for develop ing heart disease, the number one killer of Americans. A per sons diet has a large influence on how high ones blood cho lesterol might go, and here is why. Cholesterol is a waxy sub stance made by all animals, including humans. Cholesterol is necessary for good health as it is used in all cell membranes and to produce Vitamin D, hor mones and bile acids. Choles terol is also used to form lipoproteins in the liver. Lipoproteins are a kind of delivery truck for the body, moving fat (triglycerides) and fat-soluble substances (like vitamins A, D and E) around the body through the blood stream. The blood is mostly water, and you probably know that fat and water dont mix, so the lipoproteins help get the fat to where it needs to go. These lipoproteins go by the names low density lipoproteins (LDL), very low density lipoproteins (VLDL) and high density lipoproteins (HDL), names I believe you recognize. LDL, or bad cholesterol, is the empty delivery truck. VLDL is the full delivery truck, and HDL, or good cho lesterol, is the tow truck that picks up the LDL to take it back to the liver. LDL is called bad cholesterol because it can get stuck in the arteries. This leads to plaque formation over time and may lead to an occluded, or blocked, artery. When the blood cant flow, cells die. If this happens in the arteries around the heart, a heart attack occurs, or if it occurs in the brain a person could have a stroke. So what does this have to do with how we eat? Every time you eat fat, it is broken down by the stomach, absorbed in the intestines and sent to the liver for delivery. The liver produces LDL, connects the fat to form a VLDL, and off it goes to wherever it is needed, and yes the body needs fat. However, the more fat you eat the more LDL is produced. Have you ever heard of satu rated fat or trans-fat? These fats require big delivery trucks because they are harder to move through the body than unsaturated fats. The result is even more LDL. Saturated fat is found mostly in animal prod ucts and oils made from tropi cal plants like coconuts and palms. Trans-fat is made by chemically changing an unsat urated fat into a saturated one. This is how margarine is made out of vegetable oil. Food labels will soon list trans-fat, and you can expect the USDA to publish guidelines on how much trans-fat is safe in the near future. How to keep your choles terol in check: 1. Consume a diet low in total fat. The American Dietetic Association and the USDA recommend no more than 30 percent of calories come from fat. You can use the following formula to get your maximum daily fat grams: Daily calories X 0.3/9. Most healthy adults will do well to keep total fat less than 60 grams per day. By the way, just to gain some perspective, one slice of Pizza Huts meat lovers pan pizza has 21 grams of fat. A Big Mac has 33 grams of fat, and one 2 fluid ounce packet of Newmans Own Ranch Dressing has 30 grams of fat (if you dont believe me just go to the perspective web sites, its where I got the infor mation). 2. Keep saturated and transfat less than 10 percent (same formula, except use 0.1 instead of 0.3). 3. Exercise regularly; it is the best way to increase HDL levels, which can help reduce LDL. 4. Include fiber in your diet, 35 grams a day. Fiber has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels. 5. Have your cholesterol checked and interpreted by a health care professional at least every five years or more often as your physician recom mends. 6. Drink less alcohol, no more than one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. A little planning and some common sense can go a long way to prevent a heart attack. eat smart and stay well. Photo by Spc. Katherine Collins As troopers go through the line at Seaside Galley a little planning and common sense can help cut cholesterol. Photo by Spc. Katherine Collins If troopers will reduce fat intake, that will help prevent heart attacks and strokes
By Spc. Tommi Meyer For millions of Americans, Nov. 11 represents a day off work or school. For some, a long day marching in a parade, and still for others, a day to work out in the yard on belated fall clean-up. Most know it is Veterans Day, and will, if they run into one, say thank you to a veteran or a serv ice member. But, do we know why? Do we understand what we are remembering? In 1921, an unknown Ameri can soldier was buried in Arling ton National Cemetery on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River. Similar ceremonies occurred in France and England, where an unknown soldier was buried in each nations highest place of honor. In England the place was Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe. All of these events took place on Nov. 11, three years after the celebrated ending of World War I that occurred at 11 a.m., Nov. 11, 1918the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Events remembered the war to end all wars, or so was the hope. In 1926 by congressional reso lution, this day would become known at Armistice Day. Twelve years later by a similar action, it became a national holiday. This act stated, Nov. 11 would be a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated at Armistice Day. If not for the break out of World War II, Nov. 11 might still be known as such. However, on Sept. 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan launched a surprise attack at Pearl Harbor. On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States declared war on Japan and once again, the world was at war. More than 16 million Ameri cans took part in World War II,000 died in service to their country; 291,557 in battle. Then there was Korea,789,000 American service members in theater; 33,741 died; 23,615 killed in action; 92,134 wounded; 4,820 missing in action; 7,245 pris oners of war. So, in a proclamation in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared Nov. 11, Veterans Day, in honor of all who have served. On that day, he stated, let us solemnly remember the sacri fices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air and on foreign shores, to pre serve our heritage of freedom. Let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting and endur ing peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain. Since that time American men and women have served and died in conflicts around the world. Vietnam,403,000 served in theater; 58,167 died; 2,266 were reported missing in action. The Persion Gulf,476 served in theater; 382 died; 19 were reported missing in action. As of Nov. 3, eight days prior to Veterans Day, 2003, hundreds of thousands of military men and women are serving in the Global War on Terror, including Opera tions Enduring and Iraqi Free doms. Since the first casualty in Afghanistan Oct. 2001, 466 serv ice members have died to date. Currently there are 17,578,500 living war veterans. Information for this article compiled from internet sources. Friday, November 7, 2003 Page 7 By Spc. Katherine L. Collins It is time again for all troopers to com plete and return a command climate survey, doing their part to better the JTF mission and deployment experience. This survey is the JTF Guantanamo commanders tool to assess the morale and welfare of the com mand. The JTF continues to improve its ability to assess the commands needs. The new survey asks troopers to comment specifically in regard to their JTF experi ence, as opposed to their overall service in the past 12 months. Beginning Nov. 10, section heads and unit commanders will distribute survey forms to each of their troopers, which the inspector general (IG) provided to them. The forms consist of 24 questions with provisions made for write-in comments. The survey is anony mous, so troopers should be as honest as pos sible. To ensure confidentiality, envelopes will accompany survey forms. It is important that troopers do not view the survey as a sim ple sensing session but as a means to assist the JTF command in developing solutions to concerns. Extra forms and collection boxes will also be available in the galleys, commis sion building and at JTF headquarters. All troopers should complete a survey form, seal it in the provided envelope and return it to their commander or a collection box by Nov. 21. The IG will collect all forms and assess the data, with the help of the combat stress team, over the course of the following 10 days. During the previous survey, occurring last March, 66 percent of the JTF command successfully returned their assessment forms. The command asks all troopers to respond to this Novembers survey, exceed ing last Marchs survey success. Important Notice: JTF Command Climate Survey Veterans Day remembered Photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Cloward The Flag flies at the Guantanamo Bay memorial cemetary near Cuzco beach. Civilian as well as military service members are buried here dating as far back as the late 1800s up until 2000.
Friday, November 7, 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. Join the JTF Unit Ministry Team at Survivor Club on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. This weekly program features contemporary Christian praise music, preaching, and fellowship. Soul Survivor By Spc. Rick Fahr Viewing Maj. Paul Minors ministry through the eyes of an observer, its not easy to tell whos learning and receiving more, the minister or the ministered. Minor, JTF staff chaplain, said that building relationships with troopers is one way for him to spread his religious message. He noted that ministering to military personnel often focuses on meeting troopers faith needs wherever they may be, rather than working with an assembled group of believers. My chaplain assistant and I visit with them in the towers and at traffic control points. We go with them on mounted and dismounted patrols. We are there when there is a crisis in a troopers life or if they just want some one to listen, Minor said. Serving military personnel does involve unique situations. The troopers are much more diverse in every way than what I encounter in my Episcopal congregation, which is much more homogenous. That diversity makes the ministry even more enjoyable and exciting, he explained. On the other hand, there is a lot in common. We all wear the uniform and share in the same mission. That creates opportuni ties for intimacy which are much harder to achieve in New England, where I am from. There are also challenges inherent to JTF Guantanamo. Revolving schedules and tropical weather are among them, according to Minor. The Baltimore native has spent seven years in the National Guard, having served as battalion chaplain for the 432nd Forward Support Battalion and as post chaplain at the Army National Guard Training Site, Camp Edwards, Mass. Minor said that his outgoing person ality and perseverance helps him relate to troopers. My passion for Jesus sustains me as I work in my congregation. My contem plative side also helps me continue, he noted. I have to be grounded in the message of the good news of Jesus so that I can share it. I have to be able to communicate that and inspire others to follow Jesus within the context of Chris tian community. A graduate of Boston University and Virginia Theological Seminary, Minor said that he offers the Alpha Course, a worldwide evangelical movement that introduces the Christian faith, to JTF troopers. Minor spreading message where troopers live, work Photo by Sgt. Jolene Staker Maj. Paul Minor (center), JTF staff chaplain, ministers to troopers where they live and work.
Friday, November 7, 2003 Page 9 R ECREATION & L EISURE Camp Bulkeley Fri., Nov. 7 8 p. m. Crocodile Dundee PG13 97 min 10 p.m. Peacemaker R 118 min Sat., Nov. 8 8 p.m. Legally Blonde 2 PG13 95 min 10 p.m. Chinatown R 121 min Sun., Nov. 9 8 p.m. Small Soldiers PG13 109 min Mon., Nov. 10 8 p.m. Gigli R 121 min Tues., Nov. 11 8 p.m. Alex and Emma PG13 96 min Wed., Nov. 12 8 p.m. Ghostbusters PG 105 min Thurs., Nov. 13 8 p.m. Dumb and Dumberer PG13 85 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., Nov. 7 8 p.m. Uptown Girls PG13 93 min 10 p.m. Matchstick Men PG13 120 min Sat., Nov. 8 8 p.m. Medallion PG13 89 min 10 p.m. Cabin Fever R 94 min Sun., Nov. 9 8 p.m. Runaway Jury R 130 min Mon., Nov. 10 8 p.m. Dickie Roberts PG13 92 min 10 p.m. The Order R 106 min Tues., Nov. 11 8 p.m. Jeepers Creepers 2 R 106 min Wed., Nov. 12 8 p.m. Cabin Fever R 94 min Thurs., Nov. 6 8 p.m. Mystic River R 130 min Movie Schedule On November 10, 1775, the Marine Corps was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. addition, J-3 provided training for the Coast Guards Port Security Unit and the Marines Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit. In addition to these types of training, J-3 plans to incorporate other various exercises into its 2004 training plan, including Expert Field Medical Badge testing. According to Kajander, some types of train ing are limited here in Guantanamo. We cant be as flexible as regular Army because of the environment here. For example, we must alert the Cubans before conducting certain forms of training, he said. Nevertheless, J-3 serves to pro vide many forms of important training, from MOS-related to that which every trooper needs. Kajander encouraged anyone who would like to brief or train troopers on a particular topic, such as health awareness or OPSEC, to contact the J-3 training office at ext. 5174/5073. J-3 will coordinate between com manders and those briefing to arrange the training. Training from page 5. Veterans Day paintball tournament Join other JTF troopers and Guantanamo residents for a Veterans Day paint ball tournament at Copper Field on Nov. 11. The five on five tournament begins at 9 a.m. Refreshments will be available. There are no equipment rental fees. Trophies will be awarded. Interested teams may sign up at the paintball range no later than Nov. 10 by noon. For more information call extension 2345. Happy 228th Birthday U.S. Marine Corps Club Survivor invites you! Club Survivor invites you to watch the Monday Night Football game in the company of fellow JTF troopers. The game starts at 9 p.m. and as always refreshments will be available. Club Survivor also offers weekly Friday night karaoke for those wishing to stretch their vocal cords! Photo courtesy of JTF archives
Friday, November 7, 2003 Page 10 By Spc. Rick Fahr Parity in sports leagues is a good thing. Its what makes the National Football League as interesting as it is. On any given Sunday, the Houston Texans or the Chicago Bears or the Cincin nati Bungles, er, Bengals can beat anybody, but sometimes the parity-pushers go over board. Nowhere is this more evi dent than in mens college bas ketball. With the first preseason polls hitting the news and prac tices cranking up, I can almost hear the whining already start ing. In a few months, the midmajor schools will begin their annual bleating about how deserving they are to be in the Big Dance, the NCAA tourna ment. How deserving are they? Not nearly as deserving as upper-tier conference teams that play much more difficult schedules but do not post gaudy win-loss records. To prove the point, examine two teams, Butler and Tennessee. Butler, which complained mightily before the NCAA selections about its predestined right to play in the tourney, got in last year and made a Sweet 16 run. The Bulldogs finished the season at 27-6. That would be a great record if the Bull dogs played in the SEC or the ACC or even the Big 12, but they dont. They play in the Horizon League, which sounds more like a seniors golf circuit than a basketball conference. Its not that difficult beating many of the teams on Butlers conference schedule. If the real basketball season starts in Jan uary, then let Butlers first 10 games in January tell their story: Wright State, WisconsinMilwaukee, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Loyola, Detroit, Youngstown State, Wright State, Cleveland State, Univer sity of Illinois-Chicago and IPFW (whoever they are). Of that powerhouse Horizon League lineup, only Wiscon sin-Milwaukee made the NCAA tournament last year. The rest of Butlers schedule is just as weak, with two possible exceptions, Indiana and Michi gan. Tennessee, which didnt get into the tournament despite a 17-11 overall record and a 9-7 Southeastern Conference mark, faced a significantly more diffi cult lineup last January: New Mexico, Kentucky, Missis sippi, Florida, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Louisville, South Car olina, Auburn and Massachu setts. Looking beyond the names, they represent games against four nationally ranked teams and five tournament teams. For the year, Tennessee played eight games against ranked opponents and three other games against tournament teams. Butler? Nary a ranked oppo nent on its schedule, but just for fun, take Butlers 27-6 record and back out its two NCAA tournament wins and one loss, making the teams record 25-5. Then, lets apply 11 games against ranked/tournament teams. Lets say that Butler may have lost seven of those 11. That brings the teams record to 18-12. Hmmm. Thats fairly close to Tennessees 17-11, but the Volunteers didnt get a sniff of the Big Dance. Seems like maybe some body had a good reason to complain, but it wasnt Butler. F AHR GAME Do mid-majors deserve NCAA tourney respect? An infrantryman and an NCO were the overall winners of the NEX Appreciation Day 5K run held Saturday at the Navy Exchange. Spc. Todd Collins of the 1181st Inf. Regt., Co. A, came in first place for men with a time of 16:29 and Sgt. Amy Rug gero, 177th MP Bde member and JTF J1 Personnel NCO, took first place for women with 21:52. The run was held in con junction with various daylong events at the exchange, which included food and drawings for door prizes. Spirit talk Photo by Sgt. Jolene Staker MG Geoffrey Miller, JTF commander, speaks to troopers after a spirit run on Oct. 31. Miller inspired troopers to work hard during the formation runs, telling them, You can fall down, but you cant fall out. Collins, Ruggero win 5K
Friday, November 7, 2003 Page 11 Sports highlights Hoops polls herald coming season Trooper picks JTF personnels predictions for this weeks games UCLA at Washington State Michigan State at Ohio State Army at Air Force Tennessee at Miami Texas at Oklahoma State Texans at Bengals Dophins at Titans Jets at Raiders Bills at Cowboys Ravens at Rams Last weeks record Overall record 1st Sgt. Sandra Adams-Jones 273rd MP Co. Craig Basel MWR director Staff Sgt. Deon Lee 216th MP Co. Staff Sgt. Stephanie Nielsen 384th MP Bn. Washington St. Michigan St. Air Force Tennessee Oklahoma St. Bengals Titans Jets Cowboys Ravens 4-6 34-22 Washington St. Michigan St. Air Force Miami Oklahoma St. Texans Dolphins Jets Cowboys Rams 3-7 34-22 Washington St. Ohio St. Air Force Miami Texas Bengals Titans Raiders Cowboys Rams 6-4 37-19 Washington St. Ohio St. Air Force Tennessee Oklahoma St. Texans Titans Raiders Cowboys Rams 7-3 36-20 Games Compiled by Spc. Rick Fahr With college football in its waning weeks, some attention has begun to turn to the hard wood. The ESPN/USA Today pre season mens poll shows famil iar names at the top of the nations basketball elite. Connecticut garnered first place in the poll, followed by Duke, Michigan State, Arizona and Kansas On the womens side, Duke is first. Connecticut is second, with Louisiana State, Tennessee and Texas fin ishing the top five. *** Saturday had been dubbed Survival Saturday, as numer ous top 25 matchups would derail some Bowl Champi onship Series hopes and keep others alive. The games proved to do just that. Miami s road to the national title took a major hit as the Hurricanes lost to Vir ginia Tech, 31-7. Georgia also fell, losing to Florida 16-13. Oklahoma, USC and Florida State though, took care of their business. Heading into November, only the Soon ers and TCU remain unbeaten. In the weekends (and the NCAAs) longest game, the Arkansas Razorbacks out lasted the Kentucky Wildcats in seven overtimes, 71-63. *** Two NFL quarterbacks put in gutsy performances Sunday. Green Bays Brett Favre tossed three touchdowns, and the Packers beat Minnesota 30-27. What made Favres play unusual is that he has a broken thumb. Tim Rattay made his first start for the San Francisco 49ers and led the team to a 3010 thumping of the Saint Louis Rams Tampa Bay s slide contin ued as the Bucs lost to the New Orleans Saints 17-14, and the Indianapolis Colts continued their winning way, beating Miami 23-17. *** The World Series may be history, but Major League Baseball continues to make news with the Boston Red Sox making the most headlines. Boston put slugger Manny Ramirez on waivers, but no team claimed the outfielder (or his $100 million contract). The Sox fired manager Grady Little who caught fire for allowing Pedro Martinez to continue to pitch in the sixth game of the league champi onship series. The Sox lost that game, and the series. One person who wont be the next Red Sox skipper is Bobby Valentine who recently inked a deal with a Japanese team. JTF teams compete in sports leagues JTF teams have gotten off to mixed starts in vol leyball and soccer league play. In Captains Cup mens soccer action, the JTF Lin guist team has lost its first two games. The NEX entry leads the standings with a 30 record. Kvaerner has posted a 2-0 record, while the Minute Men stand at 2-1. The Fire Department team has won one and lost one, and the Hospital team is at 12. W.T. Sampson is 0-3. NEX leads mens vol leyball with a perfect 3-0 season. The 661st MP Co. team stands at 2-1, while the JTF MP 38th squad has lost its two games. In the womens volley ball league, the 661st team has won one, lost two and forfeited one. The hospital team leads the league with a 3-0 record.
Friday, November 7, 2003 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... Interview and photo by Spc. Katherine L. Collins Q: What inspired you to join the military? A: Ive always liked to travel. So to travel and see the world, the Army was the best for me. I also like struc ture and rules. I joined the military because it provides that. I know that if I cross the boundaries I will face the consequences, and I always know which consequences go with which boundaries. Q: How many years and in what branches and com ponents have you served? A: I have served the Army for more than 20 years. Four years were with [Active Duty] and the remainder with the Army Reserve. Q: Where have you deployed? A: My overseas service includes Germany, Somolia and now Cuba. In support of Saudi Arabia I served state side as the rear detachment acting first sergeant. I have also traveled around the [United States] in my Army serv ice. Q: What do you recall as your best deployment experience? A: Ive just really enjoyed serving and interacting with all types of people every day. Ive learned that everyone has a story. Often I would perceive people one way then, after talking to them, Id learn that they were actually very different than Id thought. Q: How has your veteran service impacted and molded you as a sol dier and person? A: Serving has developed an inner strength in me and taught me that right is right and wrong is wrong; there are no gray areas. Ive learned to better succeed within a structured society full of rules. It has also made me a more open and atten tive listener, not jumping to prejudge people, and has made me more flexi ble, including in my viewpoint. Its also taught me to stick to my convic tions. These qualities are important to have as a fellow soldier and NCO. I have also applied them to my per sonal life. Q: In what ways have your family and civilian employer supported you in your active service? A: My family always pulls together well to support me when I serve. I have a ... daughter in col lege and a ... grandson. I normally care for my grandson, but one sister cares for him while I am away here. Another sister attends to my house, my brother in-law cares for my vehicle, and my nephew does the yard work. As for my employer, I work in the absent relief section for BF Goodrich. The company is extremely supportive, accommodat ing my military service in many ways. Q: What is your mission with JTF? A: Our main job in S-4 is to see that all JTF troop ers and detainees have all items they need, such as uniforms. We send any JDOG requests to J-4 then track the items as they are distributed to ensure every request is filled. The requests are sometimes new issues and sometimes are replacement items for unusable ones. Our other responsibilities include keeping up the property books. In all we do, we must coordinate between Guantanamos Naval base and the JDOG. Q: What do you do to relax when you deploy? A: Here I read a lot and watch movies. I also play bingo, and I was in a bowling league. Q: Looking back on your overall military experience, what makes you most proud to continue serving? A: Just watching the number and variety of people joining together for one mission is awesome. For example, in Guantanamo we have all five military branches serving and a large number of civilians sup porting the JTF in all types of capacities. With Staff Sgt. Joyce Henderson, 384 th MP Bn. Dedicated soldier for more than 20 years, Henderson is an Army veteran who gleans all she can from her military experience. She is currently a soldier with the Army Reserve in Indiana. In Guantanamo she serves with the Joint Detention Operations Group (JDOG) S-4 Staff Sgt. Joyce Henderson, of the 384th MP Bn., serves in JTFs JDOG S-4, logistics. Here she files and tracks item requests from JTF troopers and detainees.