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Inside the Wire ... P P AGE AGE 12 12 S S MALL MALL -T -T OWN OWN F F RIEND RIEND S S WINGING WINGING FOR FOR THE THE FENCE FENCE A R A R ELATIVE ELATIVE D D UTY UTY Friday, November 14, 2003 Volume 4, Issue 10 www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo P P AGE AGE 4 4 P P AGE AGE 10 10 By SPC Katherine L. Collins Serving as a unit for the first time, the Army Reserves Detachment 15, 368th Military Intel ligence Battalion arrived in Guantanamo Nov. 7 to continue the mission of gathering intelli gence to win the war on terrorism. The team of interrogators and analysts joined from locations throughout the United States to replace the out going 260th MI Bn. Im excited to be here, commented one unit member. I work in law enforcement, and this is a different side of what Ive been trained to do. I expect to learn a great deal from this mission. Another member added, Knowing that Im getting the chance to perform the job for which I joined definitely helped soften the shock of being mobilized. This is an extremely important mission. I am at the halfway point in my career, and this is definitely the highest point so far, expressed a third soldier from the 368th MI Bn. The unit arrived in Guantanamo seeming to bear the military experience, teamwork, train ing and mental focus needed to succeed. The 368th MI Bn. first learned in July 2003 of its intent to mobilize. At that point, many sol diers who would later become part of the deploying unit had already trained together building their unit cohesion. Our collective four-day training period in May, which con sisted of weapons qualification and a soldiers skills competition, helped immensely in build ing camaraderie and teamwork, said unit com mander, MAJ Bjorn Hauerbach. As the California-based unit learned more about its Guantanamo mission, it sought the assistance of other interrogators and analysts from throughout the United States. Various mil itary intelligence soldiers joined the unit, creat ing Detachment 15, 368th MI Bn. For the first time in history, the battalion also called active Guard Reserve soldiers to mobilize, due to its limited number of part-time interrogators and analysts who were not yet deployed. Although the unit is a collection of inter rogators and analysts from throughout the United States, we are now very much one unit because weve been able to maintain unit integrity through the mobilization and training process, said Hauerbach. According to Hauer bach, the unit was the first military intelligence unit to actually mobilize directly to Guan tanamo Bay from Fort Huachuca after complet See 368th MI Bn., page 4. Photo by Spc. Katherine L. Collins "Vanguard of the Pacific, Pirates of the Caribbean," Det. 15, 368th Military Intelligence Battalion joins JTF Guantanamo to fight terrorism in Operation Enduring Freedom. The mission of this California-based unit is to gather and analyze all intelligence, a major key leading to the destruction of terrorism and spread of world peace. Teaming up for success: 368th MI Bn. joins Guantanamo
Page 2 Friday, November 14, 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: Staff Sgt. Patrick Cloward Editor: Spc. Rick Fahr Layout Editor: Spc. Tommi Meyer 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 Out with the old, in with the new. The JTF is constantly going through person nel changes. Units are rotating through the JTF on a regular basis. As the new members from the 368th Military Intelli gence Battalion and members from the Air Force arrive on Guantanamo, we want to welcome them and thank them for join ing the JTF-GTMO team. Troopers who are being replaced can see that their time in GTMO is coming to an end. Soon these members of the JTF who have served their tour will go back to the states and reunite themselves with family and friends. However, there is still some work to be done. They must ensure their replacements are ready to assume the mission. The process the JTF is using to get newly arrived personnel prepared is the right seat/left seat ride program. I ask all leaders to supervise the execution of this program so that we do not take a step backwards as the changeover occurs. A heartfelt thanks from all the troopers of the JTF goes out to those who will soon depart Guantanamo Bay. Your time here has made a difference as we continue to win the war on terrorism. The dedica tion shown has laid the foundation for others to follow. Soldiers from the 368th and the airmen from different staff sec tions have made a valuable contribution to the JTF and improved the way we do business. Since 9/11, the nation has been at war with a new foe, and the challenges con fronting our military are more complex and varied than at any time in its history. Do not forget what you have learned here, because your experience and leadership will be needed again as we continue this fight. This week our nation observed Veter ans Day. Id like everyone to keep in mind that our successes today and in the future are a reflection of our past. Our veterans and retirees left the military bet ter than they found it. We must endeavor to do the same. It is also important we take time to remember our heritage and pay tribute to our fallen comrades. We cannot forget their contributions and sac rifices. The willingness to pay the ulti mate price for our way of life is some thing we can never take for granted. We all have to energize our efforts to not pass by mistakes. Deficiencies need to be cor rected. Training needs to be realistic and hard. Soldiers need to be inspected. Height and weight standards must be met. Force protection must remain rigid. I am not talking about a revolutionary way of doing business. These are the basics and thats how we make our military and this JTF better each day. All of you are doing an absolutely great job, and I hope you would share that with every trooper in the JTF. The JTF is moving at a tremendous pace these days, and I'm not seeing any evidence of the "toad-in-the-road" syndrome. Our troop ers are genuinely excited about the direc tion our military is traveling, and we remain the best fighting force in the world. My confidence in the JTF is rewarded daily when I view the caliber, enthusiasm and dedication of the troopers of this organization. I can't thank you enough for the help you give me in taking care of them each and every day of the week. HONOR BOUND CSM George Nieves Joint Task Force CSM JTF Guantanamo By CSM George Nieves
Friday, November 14, 2003 Page 3 The JTF has veteran troopers who are following in the footsteps of other military members in their family. Serving in the military is truly a family affair for some. Father served in Guantanamo in late 40s COL Nelson Cannon, Vietnam veteran and JDOG commander, finds himself serving in the same place his father, retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Regis Cannon, World War II veteran, served during the late 40s. He did this as a young man and here I am walking in the same places. Of course with his passing it makes it that much more real for me. I wonder if he ever thought his kid would be here, said COL Cannon. Regis Cannon passed away while COL Cannon was serving here at Guantanamo. When my dad passed I took my boys down the street from the funeral home in my Dads hometown to a monument about the World War II, Korea and Vietnam guys. Its not just those who died but those who served. All the boys in my Dads family served. COL Cannon credits his Dad with mak ing him want to join the military. He instilled in us the sense that you have to serve your country. Its an honor and priv ilege to serve, he said. COL Cannon served with the Marines for three years and with the Michigan Army National Guard for 26 years. COL Cannons brother, David Regis Cannon, also served in the military. The family tradition continues on with the next generation as well. COL Cannons son, Nelson Cannon Jr., served four years in the Michigan Army National Guard. Another son, Joseph Cannon, an ROTC candidate, will graduate from Michigan Tech University as an engineer and be commissioned into the active Army Dec. 13. COL Cannon said, We dont encour age or discourage our sons in their choices about the military. But he added, I think everyone should serve their country in some way, shape or form. Theres some thing you can do. As far as his own career he said, Im going to stay as long as theyll have me; I thoroughly enjoy this; its important to me. Two brothers, two branches of the military, two fates 2LT Charles Caruana, of the 177th MP Bde. and a Gulf War veteran, joined the Marines because his brother, retired SPC Mike Caruana, joined the Army. Joining a different branch of the service did not keep 2LT Caruana from ending up within 30 miles of his brother while both were serv ing in the Gulf War. 2LT Caruana was a Marine corporal intelligence analyst, and SPC Caruana was a Bradley driver for the Tiger brigade. Although geographically close they were logistically separated due to missions. They never saw each other. It was in a phone call home that 2LT Caruana learned that his brother had been injured when the truck he was riding in the back of hit a land mine. He went directly from the phone tent to his chain of com mand to let them know he had to find his brother. They took him to the Red Cross. 2LT Caruana borrowed the chaplains vehicle and started looking for him. Everywhere he went he was one day behind his brother until his brother left. My original intention was to fly home with him. Thats what my parents wanted, 2LT Caruana said. 2LT Caruana stayed in country for about another month to finish the mission. He suf fered from survivor guilt for awhile. My brother got hurt, and I couldnt do anything, he said. While the accident shattered both his heels, SPC Caruana is walking again even though doctors originally told him he would nt. He would like to get back in the military. 2LT Caruana is working on that for him. 2LT Caruana got out of the Marines and then joined the Army National Guard. His brother now jokes with him about being in the Army and tells him its good he finally came around. Even though 2LT Caruana served 15 years as an enlisted member, he plans to serve a full 20 as an officer. I can get out in four years if I want, but in four years will I have accom plished the goals that I want to accomplish as an officer, I doubt it. 2LT Caruana admitted that at times he does feel that he is serving for both he and his brother, but there is still some sibling rivalry. I tell him I have to stay in until I have a medal higher than his purple heart. Father and son both serve in Global War on Terrorism SPC Anthony Wynands the III, Task Force Falcon-Kosovo veteran of the 169th MP Co., attached to the 217th MP Co., joined the military because of his fathers See Tradition on page 4 Photo by SGT Jolene Staker COL Nelson Cannon pauses before the stained glass window of a sailor in the chapel to remember his dad, retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Regis Can non, World War II veteran. Regis Cannon had told COL Cannon about this stained glass window he remembered from serving here in the late 40s and asked him to see if it was still here. I tell him I have to stay in until I have a medal higher than his purple heart. 2LT Charles Caruana Military service: Its a family tradition By SGT Jolene Staker
ing its training. This helped a lot in keeping the team together and simplifying and streamlining the whole mobilization and train-up phase, he said. Hauerbach praised the units unifying efforts. Weve tried to focus on teamwork and selfless service, and our accomplish ments are evident. This unit has demonstrated more integrity and esprit de corps than units weve mobilized that were 100 percent internal. Im very proud of that, he said. This team work has pulled us through every step of our journey, and I totally expect it to continue, pushing us forward on our path of success. In addition to these soldiers experience together as a team, the unit boasts individual expe rience that will serve as a great asset. The 368th MI Bn. served in Bosnia in 1996, and Det. 15 contains a few Desert Storm veterans as well. As a group of reservists, the unit also carries a set of civilian skills benefiting the unit in its mission. According to Hauer bach, many of the interrogators hold law enforcement back grounds. Others who have done well through the training program thus far have market ing and sales type jobs, he added. Both involve social skills, which is necessary in interrogating. In further preparation, the unit underwent extensive train ing at Fort Huachuca, readying it for Guantanamos important world mission. As the unit begins its mis sion in Guantanamo, it will undergo the standard rightseat/left-seat program with the 260th MI Bn. Each interroga tion team has already put together a right-seat/left-seat schedule, in which they will observe, then be observed, and the schedules vary by job func tion. This training will really just be an extension of what they learned at the ISCT school but now in a live environment, Hauerbach said. Hauerbach commented on the units goals for itself while in Guantanamo. The first and primary goal is to maintain unit integrity without letting that get in the way of the fact that our soldiers will be split up into dif ferent sections with different missions and have different [officers in charge], he said. I think its one that we can do because we anticipated this even before we arrived here. We plan to informally gather once each week at Club Survivor and gather once each month for a more formal time of sharing about how the mission is going. 1SG Aaron Calvert, 368th first sergeant, added his vision for the unit. Our unit faces the challenge of having a com mander and first sergeant that will hold positions outside the unit as well as within, he said. They will oversee the joint interrogation group (JIG) as well as their unit. Mentally Ive got my soldiers mixed in the big picture of the JIG, and its my goal, my job, to make sure all the soldiers are getting the same equal treatment, Calvert said. In addition, as the acting first sergeant, the key thing Ive been telling them since we mobilized is that theres a lot of important work to be done here, so we just need to stay focused, said Calvert. I tell them, Our goal is to mix in some fun activities while main taining technical proficiency in our jobs. The war may not be over by the time we leave here. If our country calls us to further duty elsewhere after here, we must be ready to go with full force, he said. Another goal I have is to keep their morale up by focus ing them on the fact that this mission is a great growth oppor tunity for them in their military professions. It is the first big show for most of the unit mem bers, and they can learn a great deal from it, added Calvert. Hauerbach said he views the units greatest challenges in Guantanamo as accomplishing more with fewer personnel. Well definitely overcome both challenges, he assured. Some of Hauerbachs confi dence is rooted in his predeces sors Guantanamo experience. Our battalion has quite a bit of experience here. We are the third rotation. Another reason Det. 15 has been able to pull together so quickly and easily is because our other battalion members have returned able to explain all the little nuances of the mission in Guantanamo that take a while to learn, he said. Weve got many assets to work with, and we received the best training we could get. Were ready to get the job done. Well build on our predecessors accomplishments. Then, when the time comes, well pass the torch and all weve learned to the next rotation, and so on until the mission is complete. Friday, November 14, 2003 Page 4 influence. Now father and son are both away from home serving their country during the Global War on Terrorism. Wynands III said of his dad, He motivated me to do it by giv ing a lot of advice and showing me his armory and how things work. He let me know what to expect and what to be hesitant of. SFC Anthony Wynands Jr., of B Co., 368th Combat Engineer Battalion, is the motor sergeant serving in Kuwait. Wynands, Jr. left for his tour of duty while Wynands III was still stationed in Korea. Due to an illness he was home on convalescent leave, so father and son had some time to visit before Wynands Jr. returned to Kuwait and Wynands III came to Guantanamo. Wynands Jr. and Wynands III got more from Anthony Wynands Sr. than just their name. Wynands Sr. also served in the Navy. Wynands III mother, Dawn Waites, has served in the army as a ballistic meteorologist. She got out soon after Wynands IIIs birth. She is proud of me. She is happy because she wishes she was in my shoes again, still in the military, said Wynands III. Wynands III is pro ud of his heritage and the mens steps he walks in. He knows he is cut from the same cloth as his grandfather and father. Its so Photo by SGT Jolene Staker SPC Anthony Wynands III writes his dad, SFC Anthony Wynands Jr., who is serving in Kuwait as a motor sergeant for B Co., 368th Combat Engineer Battal ion. Wynands III also has three younger sisters, mom, and stepmom to write. 368th from page 1 Tradition from page 3
Friday, November 14, 2003 Page 5 LTC Kathy Platoni, Psy.D. OIC, 1972nd Medical Detachment (CSC) Stress: Can't live with it, can't live without it. To be stress-free, one must also be dead. This is not a recommended route. Each of us requires a certain amount of stress simply to remain sufficiently awake and alert to function. In its more pos itive aspects, stress does permit us to focus and to attend to infor mation. Positive stress can enhance performance and lead to operating at peak efficiency. No Olympiad can win the race without some degree of pressure to perform. Positive stress or eustress allows the body to meet immediate and rec ognizable challenges and then to decompress from these stressors once the challenge has been met or the task, completed. Many of us do our best work under pres sure. Just ask any procrastinator. With positive stress, one can relax and enjoy what has been achieved after the test has been passed and the threat or stressful event, confronted and overcome. This allows the individual to develop the necessary physical and emotional reserves to tackle whatever stressful life events may follow; a key element of eustress. Stress takes on a far more negative connotation when an individual stays stuck on high alert status, unable to unwind after the stressor has been met head-on. In today's society and even more so, during deploy ments, there are a multitude of extraordinarily stressful events and situations that exact a tremendous toll and "push our buttons" to the point that our resources rapidly deplete them selves. Living life in a continu ous state of high gear has become the norm in this pickle; business as usual. Negative stress or dis tress can become a deadly state of affairs and seriously damage our health, welfare, and quality of life. Left untreated, stress can kill. Medical researchers esti mate that 50 to 80 percent of all illnesses and disease processes are stress-related. These are stag gering figures. That familiar and unremitting bombardment with endless stres sors can readily lead to any num ber of physical or psychological ailments. Cumulative stress, which occurs over a prolonged period of time, can be a setup for burnout; a state of complete physical and mental exhaustion. Over the long hall and without medical and/or psychological intervention, an individual may expect to experience feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and powerlessness. The desire to seek a "geographic cure" may become overwhelming, but swimming to Miami is not the best option. Burnout frequently leads to clinical depression and consideration of self-destructive acts or the intent to self-harm. Although the burden of stress may be equivalent to that relent less 500 pound gorilla on your back, there are other alternatives for casting off the beast. Stress management is a choice and burnout is not a sealed fate. Make a bargain with yourself to become adept at more effective coping. Practice relaxation strategies in your everyday life. Make this a creative art form. Genuine, bona fide relaxation calls for an acute awareness of your own basic and personal needs for quiet reflection and finding a peaceful sanctuary in your own mind. Forget pretending that the need for decompression from stress does not exist. Seek social supports. Ride a bike. Take a Tae Kwon Do class. Learn salsa dancing. Realize that this deployment IS time-limited and will come to an end. And most of all, remember that the Combat Stress Police are watch ing. How to deal with the gorilla on your back obvious. You see our picture together. Its the same face its just a younger, middle age, and older version, he said. Third generation veteran is proud of his heritage SGT Stephen Dennis, Dynamic Response Operation veteran, of the 169th MP Co. attached to the 217th MP Co., is the third gen eration veteran in his family. Both Norman Dennis, grandfather and World War II veteran, and Michael Dennis, father and Vietnam veteran, were in the Army. SGT Dennis joined the Marine Corps first and then the Army National Guard. Admitting that his grandfather and fathers service motivated him to join, he said, I felt like I needed to prove to them that I could do it as well. Norman Dennis was in the cavalry when it still had horses and then he served under Gen. George S. Patton in Africa. About his grand fathers stories SGT Dennis said, I love talk ing to him. Hes like my best friend. Michael Dennis could have played triple A baseball with the Pawtucket Red Sox. His thinking was he wasnt tall enough to make it in the majors so hed just waste his time so he joined the Army. SGT Dennis credits his grandfathers and fathers military bearing for motivating him to respect the military lifestyle. If I got in trouble in high school I would stack wood when I got home. There was always a conse quence for my actions and always structure, he said. They raised me well. Always means more to me when I go home to my grandparents and see my grand father, my dad, and myself up on the top of the mantle, he said. Thats when my her itage hits home. The men they are made me the man I am today, he said. Photo by Angela Dennis SGT Stephen Dennis, Dynamic Response Opera tion veteran with father (left), former SSG Michael Dennis, Vietnam veteran, and grandfather, former SSG Norman Dennis, World War II veteran pose after SGT Denniss promotion ceremony where both father and grandfather pinned him. Norman Dennis reminded his grandson, I still outrank you. Tradition from page 4
A handful of Air Force troopers, sup porting Joint Task Force Guantanamo, will be giving us a fond farewell in the near future. The small, but important contingent of enlisted and officers deployed from vari ous air bases around the United States will be finishing up their deployment times to make room for their replacements. The Air Force is a contributing service like the other services, said MG Geoffrey Miller. They bring a special skill set. Theyre part of our intelligence capabil ity. One of those serving is Master Sgt. Andy Davis, NCOIC of the Strategic Mobility Office. Coming from Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina, he has noth ing but good things to say about his time here. The unit rotations were the highlights of my time here, he said, of the more than 2000 military service members coming and going during the transfer of JTF GTMOs rotations three and four in the past few months. The amount of work load was amazing. Living and working in a joint environ ment is a new experience for many of the airmen. You get to learn a lot about the other services, said Staff Sgt. Todd Cook, who is deployed from Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. His job is to in-process newcomers as part of the Joint Personnel Reception Center. You get to see how what you do in the Air Force compares to the other serv ices and how they go about their day-today business. 1st Lt. Imelda LeMasters, Strategic Mobility Officer and Logistics Readiness Officer for the Strategic Mobility Office, has found that the change in workload has been invigorating. Ive loved it here. Its been amazing, she said. Ive learned things here that Ive never had a chance to learn at my home base [in Travis, Air Force Base, Ca.]. While the work for most is more than satisfying, many task force troopers are enjoying the conditions off duty. Tents have given way to hardened structures, including some renovated Navy family housing units, and there are plenty of activities on the island to keep people busy. Quality living is one benefit Miller said he believes the people deserve. Due to his influence, task force operations have come a long way since starting in January 2002 with hasty built structures. We worked very hard to ensure that our commitment to the (troopers mirrored) their commitment to winning the global war on terror, Miller said. The more than 40 Air Force troops at Guantanamo Bay who are helping develop intelligence and detaining enemy combat ants are earning that support by making the mission a success. We get to see real product from our job, said Davis, who coordinates the movement of all JTF members in and off base. We usually dont get to see the fruits of our job, so it was great to be able to see how we affect the people that transfer in and out of here. They have deployed to the fight. They are a great team and they have made a huge difference, Miller said to Air Force personnel deploying back to the U.S. Whether they are in the J-4 or the J-1. Whatever helm you have come to do, you have made a difference, and we are proud to have had you in the JTF. Youre part of the family. The great news is youre always to feel welcome to come back to this organization. Friday, November 14, 2003 Page 6 A Special Thanks to Air Force Troopers Photo By SSG Patrick Cloward Master Sgt. Andy Davis, NCOIC of the Strategic Mobility Office, comes from Pope AFB, N.C., to work as the Logistics Readiness NCO for JTF GTMO By SSG Patrick Cloward and MSGT Tammy Cournoyer Photo by SGT Jolene Staker SGT William Reed of B Co., 1st Bn., 181st Inf. Regt., readies his weapon during rifle qualification at Guantanamo Bay. This type of training is invaluable to the infantry troopers. "If we came into enemy contact, this training is definitely valuable," Reed said. Training conditions here have been shown to offer a variety of experiences for troopers deployed. Its good to be able to train in a different environ ment, said SPC Jeff Chartier of B Co., 1st Bn., 181st Inf. Regt., Ive never shot at a range with an ocean in the background. Taking aim for training success
Friday, November 14, 2003 Page 7 Trooper on the Street SPC Cheryl Kingham 177th MP Bde. J-4 Maintenance SPC Daniel Crouch 463rd MP Co. J-DOG Air Force SSG Charles Ballard J-4 Supply "Getting myself physical ly and mentally in shape to perform my Job to the best of my abilities Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Virginio Torres J-4 Supply "Learning there is more than one way to complete a mission, and that all branch of service have similar ways to complete a mission." "How to work with differ ent branches of the mili tary, and that no matter what the difference is, we are doing the same job." "How to work with different branches of the military. SPC Desiree Timothy 14th Finance Det. J-8 Finance "This deployment is the only place I will ever get the type of training needed to help with the JTF mis sion. By SGT Jolene Staker While the 216th MP Com pany out of West Memphis, Ark., is a fairly new MP com pany, the troopers are definitely not the new kids on the block. Even though this unit formed in September 1999, its mem bers have been continually serving since 9/11, giving them the experience of seasoned MPs. Their success at Guan tanamo has been a combination of training, experience and plain ole Arkansas pride. I think the troops are doing an outstanding job. I think that weve come a long way since we are a new MP company. Everybody has pulled together and they are performing the mission outstanding they are doing a great job, said CPT Betty Anderson, company commander. The unit was activated six days after 9/11 to provide secu rity at Camp Robinson, the Arkansas National Guard head quarters located in North Little Rock. The unit provided MPs to the Little Rock National Air port and Arkansas Nuclear One, a nuclear plant. Some unit members were on active duty up until three months before they were activated to go to Fort Leonard Wood. In October of 2002, the unit was activated to provide home land defense at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., From there they went home for a short leave, trained at Fort. Dix, N.J., and then forward mobilized to Guantanamo in August. The guys are doing a fan tastic job, especially since this is a second deployment. Its hard to stay motivated, but they are. They know what they are doing is important to our nation, and they give their best, said SFC Terry Robin son, unit first sergeant. Training has been ongoing for the 216th since its begin ning. We started from scratch with no MP-qualified folks at all. Everybody had to go through training, said SGT Jeff Shehan, JDOG S-2. While at Fort Leonard Wood the unit picked up 95C as a secondary MOS. They trained at Fort Dix on the mock detention facility, which gave them the realistic feel of what they would be doing at Camp Delta. Experience has also been a vital role in the 216ths suc cess. While the unit has only been a MP Company since 1999, there has been a unit at West Memphis since 1959. About 33 percent of the unit members were in the unit when it was field artillery. What these members couldnt con tribute in MP experience they offer in military experience and the experience of knowing how to grow and adapt. SGT William Suggs, B team leader in 1st squad, 2nd pla toon, is one of these seasoned unit members. Being on this mission has given us the oppor tunity to bond as a unit and show the military and the rest of the world that the 216th is a National Guard unit that is totally mission capable and proud to serve, he said. Unit members are proud to serve and excited to be a part of history. Other than being away from family, I feel good about being down here. Im glad I have this opportunity to serve my country and be a part of history, said 2LT Derrick Williams, 1st platoon leader. As proud as they are to be here they are also ready to get back to their loved ones. If you notice that the razorback on their unit headquarters is faced a different direction than their unit patch, it is because the razorback on the building is headed home. I want to make sure I take care of my troops, accomplish the mission and return home safely, said SSG Tony Robinson, training, plans and operation NCO. Razorbacks: proud to serve This weeks question: What have you learned since deploying to JTF Guantanamo? By SPC William Ingram Photo by SGT Jolene Staker SSG Doug Newsom worked a month on the unit headquarters sign. I just wanted people to know that Arkansas is here on the ground, he said.
Friday, November 14, 2003 Page 8 Worship Services Catholic Main Chapel Wed. 5 p.m. R.C.I.A. (Cobre Chapel) Fri. 5 p.m. Rosary Sat. 4:15 p.m. Confession 5:30 p.m. Vigil 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 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 New Life Community Fellowship Main Chapel Sun. 12:45 p.m. Service* Penecostal Gospel Sun. 8 a.m. Service (Sanc C) 5 p.m. Service (Sanc C) 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. T HANKSGIVING W ORSHIP S CHEDULE Christian Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service Nov. 26, 7 p.m. at Seaside Galley Thanksgiving Day Mass (Catholic) Thanksgiving Day 9 a.m. at TFS-2 (the clam shell tent) Serving members of the JTF com munity here at Guantanamo, Chaplain Felix Abreu has taken his new calling seriously. An ordained Catholic priest since 1989 and a chaplain for the Puerto Rico National Guard since January 1993, Chaplain Abreu speaks only in the hum blest of terms about his life and service. I never expected to be at GTMO doing this job that I was trained for, said Abreu. It is just an amazing opportunity. Opportunities have been many that Abreu has participated in. Serving as a missionary in Brazil, Guyana, France, Haiti and the Dominican Republic have been part of his dedication to spreading the word. He has been able to take these experiences and apply them here. I have been in service twenty-one years practicing to do a job, he said. For me it represents the amazing things of the Army. You do your best while practicing and sometimes you think you will never use some skills. Suddenly you find yourself somewhere doing what you never expected; but it feels good knowing that I am ready for it. As one of the newer members of the JTF chaplaincy, Abreu sees his contri bution as a significant one. The high points are being able to apply all the knowledge that I have, military and civilian, and put them to work with my fellow soldiers and civil ians, he said. I can contribute with them because as a civilian religious person and military chaplain I posses a big knowledge on spiritual and family matters that can help soldiers if they come to face any of these situations. As a counselor to many here on base, he understands the stresses and emo tional strains many troopers experience being separated from their loved ones. As we have stated before, one of the big challenges is being away from the family. I have been able to address it by having a strong and well-organ ized mind supported by my beliefs and moral values, he said. Taking care of my family by preparing them prior to my departure and following up. I always make sure I do the things in a way that keeps me out of trouble. Abreu sees JTF as amazing opportunity Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins Chaplain Felix Abreu readies his equipment just prior to the chaplains ruck march. We will survive! Need a spiritual lift? Join Chaplain Daniel Odean and other JTF troopers for music and fellowship during Soul Survivor. Soul Survivor is at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at Club Survivor. Join the fun! By SSG Patrick Cloward Survey Reminder Survey forms were distrib uted to section heads and unit commanders last weekend. YOUR FEEDBACK IS IMPORTANT Completed forms should be returned to any collection box no later than Friday, 21 NOV 03, located at the galleys, motorpool and JTF HQ
Friday, November 14, 2003 Page 9 R ECREATION & L EISURE Camp Bulkeley Fri., Nov. 14 8 p. m. How to Deal PG13 102 min 10 p.m. Bad Boys 2 R 146 min Sat., Nov. 15 8 p.m. Batman Returns PG13 118 min 10 p.m. S.W.A.T. PG13 116 min Sun., Nov. 16 8 p.m. Pirates of the Carribean PG13 143 min Mon., Nov. 17 8 p.m. Demolition Man R 115 min Tues., Nov. 18 8 p.m. Open Range R 139 min Wed., Nov. 19 8 p.m. Dirty Harry R 103 min Thurs., Nov. 20 8 p.m. American Wedding R 102 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., Nov. 14 8 p.m. Secondhand Lion PG 107 min 10 p.m. Intolerable Cruelty PG13 95 min Sat., Nov. 15 8 p.m. Brother Bear G 80 min 10 p.m. Once Upon a Time in Mexico R 97 min Sun., Nov. 16 8 p.m. Cabin Fever R 94 min Mon., Nov. 17 8 p.m. Secondhand Lion R 107 min Tues., Nov. 18 8 p.m. Once Upon a Time in Mexico R 97 min Wed., Nov. 19 8 p.m. Matchstick Men PG13 120 min Thurs., Nov. 20 8 p.m. Runaway Jury PG13 128 min Movie Schedule MNF at Club Survivor 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 refresh ments will be available. Club Survivor also offers weekly Friday night karaoke for those wishing to stretch their vocal cords! JTF troopers have a tasty Thanks giving meal in store. The appetizer will be shrimp cock tail with cocktail sauce and a salad bar. Main courses will be roast turkey and giblet gravy, baked Virginia ham and prime rib with au jus. Side items will be glazed sweet potatoes, snowflake potatoes, corn bread dressing, seasoned green beans, OBrien corn, pineapple raisin sauce, natural gravy, chilled cranberry sauce, chilled horseradish, smoked salmon salad and Parkerhouse rolls. Deserts will be fruit cake, pumpkin pie and whipped topping, pecan pie, apple pie, assorted fruit pies a la mode and assorted mixed nuts and candies. Beverages will include egg nog, cof fee, tea and beverage counter drinks. The meal will be available at four locations Leeward Galley, Quick Hall, Seaside Galley and the troop feeding tent inside the wire. The meal will be available at any time from lunch through dinner. The dining facility inside the wire, how ever, will close from 3 to 5 p.m. Special Thanksgiving meal planned at four locations Basketball outreach Photo by Spc. Rick Fahr JTF chaplain LTC Michael Britton defends a shot by SSG Reeve Winters of JTF HHQ during a three-on-three basketball game Monday night. Britton uses such games as a unique way to minister to troopers.
Friday, November 14, 2003 Page 10 A Veterans Day softball tournament featured a number of JTF troopers. Pictured are: (top, right) SFC Danny Johns of the 177th MP Brigade prepares to pitch while MAJ Ray Roldan of the JIG stands on second base; (bottom right) SSG Duane Pike of the 177th runs to first base; (bottom) SSG Lee Arnold of the 177th takes a big swing and (below) Roldan lofts a ball to the outfield;The double-elimi nation tournament began Tuesday morning and culminated in the early eveing at Cooper Field. More than half a dozen teams participated. Photos by Spc. Rick Fahr 5K winners Photo by Sgt. Jolene Staker Winners of Saturdays JTF 5K run at Camp America were: (females from left) third place, CPT Betty Anderson of the 216th MP Company; second place, SGT Amy Ruggero of the 177th MP Brigade; first place, Jill Nel son, FBI; (males from left) first place, SPC Tom Collins of 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regi ment; second place, LTC Steven Westphal, J-3 headquarters; third place, CPT John Crohan, 1st Bn., 181st Inf. Regt. Pictured with the winners are BG Mitchell LeClaire (right), JTF deputy commander of operations, and CSM George Nieves, JTF command sergeant major. Troopers compete in tourney
Friday, November 14, 2003 Page 11 Sports highlights Chiefs continue roll to perfection Trooper picks JTF personnels predictions for this weeks games Air Force at New Mexico Houston at Army BYU at Notre Dame Auburn at Georgia Texas Tech at Texas Packers at Bucs Cowboys at Patriots Lions at Seahawks Ravens at Dolphins Jaguars at Titans 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. Air Force Houston BYU Georgia Texas Bucs Cowboys Seahawks Ravens Titans 7-3 41-25 Air Force Houston Notre Dame Georgia Texas Bucs Patriots Seahawks Ravens Jaguars 5-5 39-27 Air Force Houston Notre Dame Georgia Texas Bucs Cowboys Seahawks Dolphins Titans 8-2 45-21 Air Force Houston BYU Georgia Texas Bucs Cowboys Seahawks Dolphins Titans 7-3 43-23 Games Compiled by Spc. Rick Fahr Its safe to say that Bob Griese wont be inviting any of the Kansas City Chiefs over for a cookout anytime soon. Sitting at 9-0 and looking at a fairly weak November sched ule, the Chiefs are probably the least-favorite current NFL team of any of the 1972 Miami Dol phins the only NFL team to complete a perfect season. Its no secret that those Dol phins covet their place in his tory, and they dont like to see unbeaten teams this late into an NFL season. That hardly seems to matter to Dick Vermeil s Chiefs. Kansas City thumped the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, 41-20, and could be 12-0 when they go to Denver on Dec. 7. If the Chiefs can make it to Dec. 20 unbeaten, theyll have the Minnesota Vikings standing between them and perfection. In other action on Sunday, several teams pulled off upset victories. Washington beat Seattle San Diego outlasted Minnesota and Jacksonville edged Indianapolis *** It took one game for NBA phenom LeBron James to prove he can play at the highest level. It took six games for his team, the Cleveland Cava liers to win. The Cavs outlasted the Washington Wizards on Satur day night to give the team its first win of the young season. Through six games, James aver aged 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Carmelo Anthony the Denver Nuggets heralded rookie, has put up 17 points per game, while grabbing five rebounds and handing out about three assists. For all the turmoil on and off the court, the Los Angeles Lakers won five of their first six games. Whod a thunk it? *** In the college football world, the Oklahoma Sooners have basically begun the countdown to the national title game in the Sugar Bowl. Three teams USC LSU and Ohio State have inside tracks to join the Sooners. Which of those teams has the easiest schedule remaining? LSU travels to No. 19 Ole Miss and hosts Arkansas before perhaps playing in the Southeastern Conference championship game. Ohio State hosts No. 10 Purdue and travels to No. 5 Michigan USC, though, has three games remaining. None are against ranked opponents. Compiled from www. espn.com 661st making volleyball push More than a dozen games into the Captains Cup volleyball season, the 661st MP Co. is two games out of first place in the mens division. The teams record is 113. The only team with a better record is Hospital Dos, which has posted a 12-1 mark. JTF MP 38th is in third place with a record of 8-5, while NEX is at 8-6. MCSF is 7-6, with one for feit, and W.T. Sampson is 6-8. Hospital Uno is 5-7, with one forfeit. In the womens division, the 661st MP Co. team is in last place with a record of 2-6, with one forfeit. Hospital leads the divi sion at 8-0. P.W.D. is in second place at 5-3, with one record, and W.T. Sampson is in third at 4-4.
Friday, November 14, 2003 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... With SGT Kevin Wallace, 216 th Military Police Company Husband, father and small-town friend, Wallace is a trooper looking to represent his family and fellow citizens in Guantanamo as he fights for freedom from behind the scenes. As an administrative specialist, he also seeks to make his children proud as he helps to better their future and the future of all mankind. Q: What inspired you to join the military? A: When I was in high school some of the older gentle men in the 216th inspired me to join. I looked up to them, and their National Guard experience sounded like something I wanted to do. Q: What do you recall as your best military experience? A: When my first-line supervisor taught me a number of things that have really helped me in my military job, such as creating databases on the computer. These skills have greatly benefited me in my civilian career as well. Q: How has your military service impacted and molded you as a service member and a person? A: Foremost, its given me a lot of patience. In my job I have to listen to and help a number of soldiers with pay and family issues, trying to help them as best as I can. I also do other tasks such as mail runs. Learn ing to fit every task into my schedule has also taught me time management. These are the two biggest benefits, and theyve impacted me all around. Q: In what ways have your family, friends and civilian employer supported you in your active military career? A: Theyve all been behind me the whole time. It was hard for my family and employer to see me leave for Cuba right after serving at Fort Leonard Wood [for 10 months], but they under stood I had to go. My hometown has shown great support too. It ran a piece in the paper about my deployment service. Q: In what ways have you kept in contact with your fam ily while here? A: We have a computer at home, so we instant message each other, and Ive tried the Dial Pad. My daughter also sends me cards and pictures that shes drawn. She sent me a card the other day that asked me, why wont I come home. That was nice. Q: What experiences and personal qualities do you believe have benefited you most professionally and per sonally on this deployment? A: I draw on my college experience of dealing with lots of different kinds of people. I also use thoughts of my family to get me through each day. I have pictures of my wife and children as my screensaver. So I look at them every day as I am working. It reminds me to keep my mind focused on doing the mission and getting back home to them. Q: What do you do to relax at home and on deployment? A: At home I play video games and basketball and hang out with my fraternity brothers. As a family, we take trips to visit relatives in northeastern Arkansas. Here I play my PlayStation and watch movies. I also bowled for the first time. Q: What goals do you hope to accomplish while in Guan tanamo? A: One goal is to become very physically fit before I leave. My other goal is to finish my masters in my double major of human resource management and human resource develop ment. I have just 18 hours left. Q: What do you find most rewarding about this mission? A: This is a high profile mission. Its great to just be a part of it. I am helping to make history even though I am not working directly with the detainees. Q: How do you think this mission will impact you when you leave Guantanamo? A: First, it will help me understand what our nations goals are for freedom. Also, my biggest growth will be in regards to my family. When I return home it will have been almost two years that we have been apart. Still, it will be an adjust ment when we become a family again. Daddy will actually be there, not just on the other end of a phone. Q: Looking back on your overall military experience, what makes you most proud to serve? A: The way my family and the people in my town react to my service, especially my daughter. Shes very, very proud of me serving. Around the house she likes to play army and walk around like daddy does. That makes me feel good. Also, I feel like I am representing my town and Im helping my childrens future by fighting for freedom here. Photo by Spc. Katherine L. Collins SGT Kevin Wallace, of the 216th Military Police Company, serves with JTF Guan tanamo as an administrative specialist. His military service consists of nine years in this field with the Arkansas Army National Guard. Wallace has been married for two years, and he is the father of two. By SPC Katherine L. Collins