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Inside the Wire ... P P AGE AGE 12 12 F F OLLOWING OLLOWING A A DREAM DREAM S S URVIVING URVIVING WITH WITH SOUL SOUL T T RAINING RAINING WITH WITH THE THE 217 217 TH TH Friday, November 21, 2003 Volume 4, Issue 11 www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo P P AGE AGE 3 3 P P AGE AGE 8 8 By SGT Jolene Staker JTF troopers work long hours doing demanding work, often in the heat, to make the JTF mission successful. Their efforts have an effect not only here at Guantanamo but around the world and also reach back home to the United States. I can assure you that the detention opera tions mission we are conducting here in Camp Delta is invaluable because we are operating in the epicenter of the Global War on Terrorism, said LTC James Young, of the 384th Military Police Battalion, deputy com mander of the JDOG. We have firm control over them here. These enemy combatants are no longer free to attack Americans. Troopers made sacrifices to be here. Many left careers where they made more money than they do here. Several delayed their col lege educations. All left some type of family and friend support group. They have made these sacrifices to defend freedom. Everybody likes freedom, but not every one will put on the uniform to defend that freedom, said CSM George Nieves, com mand sergeant major of the JTF. Those that have taken the step forward to join this mis sion; we cant thank them enough. While the sacrifices are great, troopers are willing to make those sacrifices. Often the loved ones they miss the most are their main motivation for being here. Theyve deployed down here to Guantanamo, separated from their families, to help us win the global war on terrorism, said MG Geoffrey Miller, JTF commander. It increases the safety net of their families, because we are keeping the nations enemies detained here in Guan tanamo. Its that type of commitment that pays enormous dividends to their family back home. PV2 Brian Cannaday, of the 258th Mili tary Police Company, will tell his son when he gets older that it was hard because I was away from his mother and him, but its a job that had to be done, and it was worth it. SFC Ronnie Adkins, second platoon ser geant in the 217th Military Police Company said, It makes life better at home simply by the fact that my kids, and all kids, are safer at night because of what we do here. SGT Carl Tarver, training NCO for the 217th MP Co., said he will tell his daughters See JTF Troopers, page 4 Photo by SGT Jolene Staker JTF Troopersmaking a difference every day SPC John Lynch, of B Company, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment, mans the M2 50 Cal machine gun during a mounted patrol.
Page 2 Friday, November 21, 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 Spc. William D. Ingram 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 As we continue in our mission here at JTF Guantanamo, the holidays are fast approaching. Next week troopers, we will all share Thanksgiving together. We will have an opportunity to give thanks for each other, for our families and friends at home, for our success here at the JTF and for the chance that we have been given to be part of a mission that is vital to the safety and security of the entire world. We are providing a service here that will forever impact world peace. When you climb up the ladder into your tower, when you get behind the wheel of your Humvee, when you provide some trooper with the care he or she needs to continue the mission, you contribute to that impact. It is a privilege to serve our country, a country that offers freedom greater than any otherwhere people have the right to attend the church of their choosing, elect their own leaders, speak freely and stand up for what they believe to be important. It is an honor to put on a uniform, one that many before you have worn proudly, into training and into battle. Be thankful. You are blessed because of their sacrifices, and many others will be blessed because of yours. During this holiday season, I urge each one of you to look at your fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard members and be thankful that you are serving with the finest men and women you have ever met. Look at the pictures of your friends and family and know that it is because of each and every one of you that they are able to celebrate their holidays in freedom and safety. Your tireless efforts, your commit ment to serve and your dedication to duty make that happen. As you pass by on your way to Seaside Galley or the Delta Galley for dinner on Thursday, look at the national colors proudly displayed and know that your country is grateful for your service. Know that you make a difference each and every day. We are winning the fight. I am proud of the work you do and thankful to serve along side of you. I wish you a bountiful and happy Thanksgiving. Honor Bound MG Geoffrey D. Miller Commander JTF Guantanamo Did you know? A N INTERESTING T HANKSGIVING FACT Today, each of the four branches of the U.S. Armed Services creates their own Thanksgiving day menus from the same recipes. There are 1500 recipes and guidelines in the Armed Forces Recipe Service File which is maintained and developed to meet the nutritional requirements and consumer preferences of the military population. The Thanksgiving menu of today remains surprisingly unchanged from those of the past. An analysis of 100 military menus showed that 100 percent of the menus offer turkey, 98 percent offer dressing, 92 percent offer cranberry sauce, and 89 percent offer gravy. 96 percent of the menus offer pie, with 81 percent offering pumpkin pie. In the grand military Thanksgiving Day tradition, some things do remain the same!
Friday, November 21, 2003 Page 3 217th MP Co. delivers and develops profes sional skills in Guantanamo Bay By SPC Katherine L. Collins Alabama National Guards 217th Military Police Company is a unit driven to offer its best in each mission it faces and return home stronger and wiser for it. These MPs view training as the direct catalyst of its mission success and unit development. They trained intensely in preparation for their Guantanamo service, and seize every method and opportu nity to train while here. The United States breeds the highest quality of life. We are fighting cultures that are raised to destroy that way of life. Our unit is full of soldiers who wont let that happen. We are well-trained and continue to train every day, on and off the block, said 1SG Ronald Claunch, 217th MP Co. first sergeant. Prior to coming to Guantanamo the unit enhanced its corrections skills by training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. There it completed hands-on training in such skills as defensive tactics. It also underwent briefings, which included such topics as how to communicate with detainees. Upon arriving here the unit engaged in a left seat/right seat ride, further developing its corrections skills. Now the 217th MP Co. strives to refine its skills by training formally and informally using its mission essential task list (METL). SSG Eugene Parker, who is also trained as a civilian city police officer, commented on the units prior training. The defensive tactic training at Fort Dix was especially awesome, he said. SPC Matt Glassford also commended the training. This mission is very interesting. All the training weve received and have yet to receive is very beneficial to our job success. The training at Fort Dix prepared us for the major aspects of the mission. Then the left seat/right seat ride training addressed the minor ones, he said. According to SGT Carl Tarver, 217th MP Co. training NCO, the units training is battlefocused. In Guantanamo the unit focuses on detainee operations and block training. Formal types of this training include hand-to-hand com bat. Formal training indirectly assisting the battle mission includes physical training (PT), common task training (CTT) and ruck marches. The unit has previously collectively con ducted some of these training exercises during its mission here, and it engages in other forms of training on a regular basis as a unit or as platoons. In October every member of the 217th MP Co. successfully completed a six-mile ruck march. Daily the unit members participate in PT at the platoon level at the time their work shifts permit. Some unit members participate in these types of training on their personal time as well, said Tarver. Some do ruck marches every week as a form of personal PT. Others run on their own time, and some compete in the road races. Also 10 soldiers are logging their running in hopes of earning the trip to Puerto Rico. Any METL training the unit has not yet com pleted it plans to conduct at some point during its mission here. In December the unit plans to engage in a diagnostic PT test and CTT. In Janu ary it plans to conduct a record PT test, make-up CTT and possible hand-to-hand combat training. As part of its training and unit development, the 217th MP Co. also plans to prioritize sending its soldiers to leadership schools and assisting all unit members in acquiring the corrections military occupational specialty while here. According to Claunch, none of the future training plans are definite. Rather, the unit cre ated a flexible training plan, one the unit can modify to accommodate the missions chang ing needs. We change our training to accom modate any situation we face, he said. Although the 217th MP Co.s formal train ing is essential to its JTF mission, the informal training the unit receives on the block is a great benefit as well, expressed Claunch. Working in a detention facility is new to most of us. Corrections is very different from the role we play in a battlefield envi ronment. In this mission with ever-increas ing significance, the on-the job training can be what you want it to be, he said. Working alongside the infantry is just one part of the good training the mission itself pro vides, commented Tarver. Here the infantry does what we would normally do at a base gate duty and patrols and so forth, he said. Another way the mission serves as training is it teaches us to remain flexible, said Claunch. No two days are alike. As the mission changes, we continually modify our [standard operating procedure] to improve performance. In both its formal and informal training, the 217th MP Co. draws heavily on its own person nel as training assets. Approximately 25 percent of the 217th MP Co. consists of experienced civil ian police officers, stated Tarver. Our unit has a high caliber of MPs. Many are professionals bringing experience to this mission from every area of law enforcement, said Claunch. They are able to help informally train the eager-to-learn unit, as we also undergo the for mal military police training, in which some also serve as instructors. They have a great impact on the success of our mission here. SGT Jay Penton, a state trooper serving with the unit, shared his view of the role experienced unit members play in training. Here we utilize the civilian experience of all our personnel well. Still, there are so many serving here who have a great deal to teach the MPs, he said. We need to focus on using all our assets as best as we can. We can teach each other. For example, I could certify everyone in pressure point control tactics. Tarver concluded by explaining that just as training is central to mission success and unit growth, after action reviews (AARs) are key to training. AARs are a must if we are to maximize our training opportunities and assets. The first ser geant is in on the block at least six days each week. Through his own observations and talking with the MPs and their platoon sergeants, he assesses the kinds of training needed, said Tarver. It then is my job to coordinate with J-3 and the platoon sergeants to make that training happen. With hearts and minds focused on defend ing the United States and all she exemplifies to the world, the 217th MP Co. soldiers join hands with each other and with all the JTF as they battle terrorism in Operation Enduring Freedom. These law enforcement troopers train as they fight and fight as they train, envisioning how the two also serve hand in hand. Molding the missions future and suc cess with their own skills and experience, they serve proudly with the promise that the mis sion will also better mold them. This is our units second year of being on active duty. This detention mission is enhanc ing us as MPs, individuals and as a unit, and better preparing us for whatever task our nation calls us to next, said Claunch. Even those of us who are experienced from our civilian careers are learning a great deal here. I will be even better equipped for my next mission because of the knowledge Ive gained, added Penton. Training-focused in war and peace: Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins Members of Alabama National Guard's 2nd Platoon, 217th Military Police Com pany, conduct physical train ing after their daily shift in Guantanamo Bay. Physical fitness is an important part of the 217th MP's training, assist ing them in successfully per forming their duties inside the JTF detention facility. It also enhances their mental fitness and builds teamwork and unit cohesion, which are key assets to the mission.
Friday, November 21, 2003 Page 4 that he came to maintain the standards at home; give us a bet ter way of living a safer way of living. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Carl Brown said, Id rather face this today than save it for my son. Theres no reason to let it sim mer. Im proud to make the sacri fice. I am willing to be away from my daughter because I am a soldier defending freedom for Americans its my job, said SGT Jennifer McWilliams, of the 169th Military Police Company attached to the 217th MP Co., working as the JDOG Comman der assistant. Troopers remember military members serving in more hostile areas as well. I would hope that the intelligence gathered here will make things better for our brother and sister soldiers that we have in Iraq and Afghanistan, said SGT Jay Penton, of the 217th MP Co. They are the ones in the hard stuff. Hopefully what we learn here can help them stay out of harms way. Prevention of future terrorist acts is also on troopers minds. There are so many people that died because of the terrorist acts and we have soldiers dying every day in Iraq, said SPC John Lynch, B Company, 1st Battalion of the 181st Infantry Regiment. When they see that our dedica tion and determination are going to stop at nothing then maybe it will keep someone from commit ting those types of acts. SPC Michael Gardner, B Co., 1/181st Inf. Regt., credits intelli gence gathered here for saving lives. He said, There has been a lot of stuff stopped that Amer icans dont know about. More could have happened after 9/11. Troopers serve because their country called them. Coast Guard missions often bring our members far from home and away from loved ones. We take pride in the fact that when the alarm sounds, we launch in any kind of weather, for as long as it takes to complete the mission, said Coast Guard Lt. Rick Evans, executive officer for the Port Security Unit. Our crews have launched, and we will stand by this mission for as long as it takes and do whatever it takes to win. I am here to support my country by doing my best as a U.S. Marine serving here on GTMO with the JTF, said Marine Staff Sgt. Jean Wagnac. When the country called, the troopers brought both their mili tary training and civilian skills to the JTF mission. Each person with the unique contribution they bring is vital to the success of the Global War on Terrorism. We have people here doing every kind of job. What they contribute to the JTF is part of a much bigger picture, said Nieves. Everyone has their own fight. Our fighting position is the JTF. I think its important for everybody to take their turn to bring forth whatever skills they have to help in the mission to detain possible enemy combat ants and gain intelligence that will be useful to the United States in the Global War on Terrorism, said Air Force Lt. Col. Kathy Moene, J-1 Director. It takes each and every trooper giving their best each and every day in whatever role they have been asked to fill to make the JTF part of the Global War on Terrorism successful. Some of the benefits of their service will be evident, and others will be intangible. Perhaps the best statement relative to our mission here and the daily sacrifices made by our troopers can be summed up in what SGM John Vannetta said during his award ceremony. In effect he said, every drop of sweat expended by our troopers here has saved a drop of Ameri can blood at home, said BG Mitchell LeClaire, deputy JTF commander. By detaining the enemy combatants we are reduc ing the risk to our fellow Ameri cans at home and abroad. And although the Joint Task Force is many faceted and each trooper has a key role, we have a com mon focus. JTF Troopers from page 1 SGT Jennifer McWilliams (above) of the 169th Mili tary Police Company attached to the 217th Mili tary Police Company, works as the JDOG Com mander's Assistant. She originally worked in Camp Delta as an MP, but she now puts her civilian skills and secondary military occupation skill to work doing administrative type work for the JDOG.. SFC Ronnie Adkins, 2nd platoon sergeant, of the 217th Military Police Com pany and SGT Carl Tarver, Training NCO of the 217th MP Co. (left) discuss train ing after coming off shift inside the wire. PV2 Brian Cannaday (below) of the 258th MP Co. works out at the gym during some down time. "Coming to the gym and working out is how I relieve my stress," he said. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Photo by SGT Jolene Staker
Friday, November 21, 2003 Page 5 By SGT Talal Elkhatib JTF master fitness trainer In the United States, we have the No. 1 military, the No. 1 community and the No. 1 obesity rate. Being a former personal fit ness trainer, whenever people ask me how to help them lose weight and get in shape, I always answer with questions of my own. What did you eat today? How many times did you work out this week? How many beers have you con sumed this week? Most people always expect a miracle answer, but you cant slack all of your life and then expect to get fit overnight. If you come up with a solution that you can not follow for the rest of your life, then do not do it. For example, the Atkins diet restricts your body from con suming carbohydrates. Its a diet that you simply cannot fol low for the rest of your life. This diet will result in loss of muscle mass, fatigue and the gain of the weight right back. There is only one nutritionist in the JTF, and that is Lt. Kenneth Arlinghaus. He, not your friends, is the man to ask about nutrition. The first step to getting fit ness results is a hard one. You have to stop lying to yourself and admit that you need to make a lifestyle change. In order to fix a problem, you must realize its existence. Most people let their big egos get in the way of having a better life. For some reason, all humans are experts in all areas, and they are always right. Or, peo ple dont ask for help because they are too shy or too good to get help or not willing to pay money for help. I have good news the JTF chain of com mand has provided you with one-on-one sessions for nutri tion, exercise and the microfit, all for free. All those things would cost you a bundle elsewhere. A fit lifestyle is a complete package that consists of mental fitness, nutrition, strength training and cardiovascular work. If you lack one, you lack the rest. Lifting weights without car dio will result in no loss of fat. Doing cardio without lifting or doing strength exercises will result in loss of muscle mass and weakness. A bad nutrition plan will put on the fat pounds. Alcohol has lots of calories, poisons your blood and destroys some brain cells. Thats why people act stupid when theyre drunk. Exercise is the best form of stress relief and has benefits such as living longer, gaining respect and confidence. Of course, there is always the benefit of looking good, but who really works out for that? The biggest part of fitness is mental fitness. People always get sucked into bad habits like eating fast food everyday, smoking, drinking and not making time to take care of their own health. Bulkeley Gym is open 24 hours a day. If you had time to go out drink ing, you had time to work out. Get your priorities right and set goals. Dont be one of the people who only talk about their goals but dont even attempt to pur sue them. Im not telling you to stop having fun, eating the food you love and stop drinking. Just do it in moderation. I had one beer three weeks ago, and I ate one McDonalds meal two months ago. Those stats show two things. One, Im human. Two, I have control of my life. SPC Irvin Maldonado leads the way in dedication and pur suing goals. He began exercis ing at Fort Dix, without knowing a lot about fitness. When he arrived here, he came to LT Arlinghaus and me for help. He put up with the experts shark attack and has lost 40 pounds. Our JTF bite has taken him from 356 pounds to 316 pounds, and counting. The 39-year-old man is sup ported by an outstanding and flexible first sergeant, SFC Joseph Petrone of 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment. SFC Petrone has shown a great example of leadership by giv ing his soldiers time and sup port to improve. Another shark attack vic tim is SPC Jason Pilkington of the 216th MP Company. He just started working on his fit ness level, but he started with his war face on. He chases me from one gym to another to get more instruction and work. He is also supported by a great squad leader, SSG Robinson, who went out of his way to check on his soldiers and encourage them. Two more dedicated sol diers are Spc. Janice Williams and Spc. Luis Marrero. They usually try to get under my skin to make me give them harder workouts. Many JTF troopers have begun working on specific fit ness regimens, and I see good things in them. Our com mander and deputy com mander, MG Miller and BG LeClaire, lead by example. MAJ Theresa Brown has improved her leg strength. SFC Ford Shillingord is learning good techniques. SGT Carlton Davy gives 100 percent. The list goes on and on. These peo ple are achieving a better lifestyle. *** Coming articles will focus on leadership and fitness, good and bad gym habits, muscle growth and toning, women and fitness, nutrition and cardio vascular exercise. Maintaining fitness requires lifestyle changes Photo by SPC Rick Fahr SPC Irvin Maldonado (right) of the 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment, speaks with MAJ Paul Minor, JTF chaplain. According to SGT Talal Elkhatib, JTF master fitness trainer, adhering to an organized fitness program has allowed Maldonado to lose 40 pounds while in Guantanamo Bay.
Friday, November 21, 2003 Page 6 By SPC Tommi Meyer On Thursday, troops around the world will celebrate Thanks giving together, in tents in Iraq and Afghanistan, on ships in the Persian Gulf and behind the wire in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In fact, throughout history, whether at a stateside active loca tion or around the world serving in peace keeping operations or on the battle field, soldiers have paused to share some kind of Thanksgiving meal. According to the Pilgram Hall Museum website, troops were celebrating the holiday as early as the Civil War. Though the first national annual Thanksgiving of 1863 was not officially observed by the United States military, individual units did find their own ways to celebrate the day. Special dinners were organized, and toasts to absent family and friends were made. Providing a special meal to the troops was simply beyond the capabilities of the commissary. Since that time, the U.S. mili tary has continued to pursue ways to improve the holiday for service members away from home. During World War I, soldiers and sailors from all over the United States gathered at forward loca tions on foreign soil to celebrate a day the was uniquely American. According to Pilgram Hall, the military Thanksgiving menu that centered almost entirely on tradi tional New England food empha sized this unifying patriotic holiday. World War II posed great challenges for the United States when it came to feeding troops. Overseas units depended largely on canned food, dehydrated fruits and powdered eggs, except on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Though food rationing was hap pening at home, Americans went to extraordinary lengths to get holiday food to combat areas. During both Korea and Viet nam conflicts troops were served an improved version of World War II rations. Even for the front line troops, however, combat rations were not served at Thanksgiving. Troops were rotated off the front so that they could enjoy a full, hot Thanks giving dinner behind the lines. On Thanksgiving 1990, Presi dent George Bush traveled to the Persian Gulf to share a Thanks giving meal with American troops. According to the Air Force print news, that meal included turkey, ham, dressing, pumpkin pies and various other traditional Thanksgiving fare. According to a statement by the Department of Defense in November 2002, the Thanksgiv ing meal in Afghanistan last year included 201,847 pounds of turkey; 131,720 pounds of beef and 114,036 pounds of ham. On the side were 16,954 cans of sweet potatoes, 67,089 pounds of vegetables, 8,035 cans of cran berry sauce and 67,895 pies. What a meal! Today preparations are being made for a holiday meal to be shipped and cooked to many locations around the globe. Hun dreds of thousands of troops though away from home, will sit down together, break bread, share memories and give thanks for a multitude of blessings. Information for this article com piled from several Internet sources. A historic look at Thanksgiving with the troops Graphics courtesy of Pilgram Hall Museum Examples of souvenir Thanksgiving menus given to troops in 1933, 1943 and 1966. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker COL Nelson Cannon, JDOG commander, receives the second piece of cake during the cake cutting ceremony at the Marine Ball for being the oldest Marine present. Cannon served as a Marine in the Vietnam War. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker The contractors are working 7 days a week in an effort to complete the new Camp America Chapel prior to Christmas so JTF personnel can cele brate holiday services in the new facility, said CPT Linda Schwarz, JDOG facility engineer. Happy 228th Birthday Marines New Camp America Chapel
Friday, November 21, 2003 Page 7 Trooper on the Street Senior Airman Brandi Wyatt J-6 Army SGT Sean Flynn B Company 181st Infantry Regt. Army SSG Steven Fontes A Company 181st Infantry I want to give thanks for the hard work of the units, soldiers, families and friends. Army SPC Rafael Delgado 216th Military Police I like to give thanks to my fellow soldiers and family members. I thank God for a won derful wife and two chil dren. I am thankful for the things I do here to keep my family and friends safe. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Orlando Perry J-6 I like to give thanks to my unit 181st Bravo Company for keeping our families informed and giving us a way to contact them back home. This weeks question: What will you give thanks for this Thanksgiving holiday? By SPC William Ingram 384th MPs find civilian skills an asset By SSG Patrick Cloward After a bumpy beginning, members of the 384th Military Police Battalion have settled well into the roles needed for them here at JTF Guantanamo. Specializing in internment and resettle ment camp administration, members of this force have found their stay here to be much better than they expected. I have enjoyed it, said Sgt. 1st Class Samuel Wireman, 384th member and NCOIC of medium security operations. Every deployment is what you make of it. For me, time has gone quickly. A lot of it is mentality and attitude. Time will drag if you want to go home. A few months ago, time seemed to drag for the 384th when they were weeks away from deployment to Iraq. Suddenly, assign ments changed, and they were sent to Guantanamo Bay to help with the JTF. Here, they departed from their traditional organizational structure of a battalion-level unit and now include people in all the staff sections of the companies below them. We have specialization from the S1 to the S4, including internment resettlement, said Command Sgt. Maj. Dian Hager, oper ations sergeant major for the 384th. We also work in special missions or in deten tion operations. Since their deployment here, those spe cializations have dipped into the civilian resources many members here possess. For some members of the 384th, their skills and abilities have led them to work where oth ers could not. The 384th works in two special areas of the camp, a medium security facility designed for communal living and the juve nile detention facility. The detainees are allowed to eat in a cultural-type setting and in groups instead of single cells, said Wireman. With this kind of setting fewer restric tions and more individual decisions made based on immediate circumstances, a type of independence was needed for MPs working in the medium security facility. Their quarters are in a community set ting, and it attracts more VIPs and civil ians, said Wireman of the types of visitors who tour the facility. He also explained how it requires flexi bility and an ability to make decisions to control the situation. Because of the nature of the reward system and its independence from the other camps, all soldiers, includ ing those from the 384th, are hand-selected to work at the medium security facility. Command sends them here and then theyre trained in a short period for work ing in this environment, said Wireman. If the make the cut, they stay. If not, theyre sent back, and we ask for a replacement. It takes a different personality to work here, and the soldiers like working here. That difference has paid off for other members of the 384th as well. We have an all-star team out here, said SSG P, the NCOIC of Camp Iguana. Everyone out here has been hand selected for their experience with juveniles, and they all have skills in working with youth. Besides running media tours of the facility and daily operations, for which he was trained before his deployment, his civilian skills as a middle school teacher have come to be a great asset to him and others who work under him during his time here. Were basically running an independ ent facility, he said. And Ive got out standing people to work with. P explained how skills members of his team gained working with youth in the civilian world have paid off here at Guantanamo. As far as dealing with juveniles, its been similar, said P. Its made things a lot easier. Working with kids who are at risk, and the training helped out immensely. Even junior enlisted personnel have found that their experience with other youth has paid off. One trooper working in Camp Iguana said, I love working there. Its kind of like I help with their education.
Friday, November 21, 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 Pentecostal 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. Soul Survivor: Dont vote your spirit off the island By SGT Jolene Staker Get within earshot of Club Survivor Wednesday night from 7-9 and you will hear people singing praises and Chaplain Daniel ODean preaching the word as part of Soul Survivor. Looking forward to going helps me get through the week, said SSG Lee Arnold of HHC,177th MP Brigade who works at J-4 Transportation as the Opera tion Sergeant. I know the language and the attitude is going to be positive. This group is for those who want to OUTLOVE, OUTPRAY, OUTLIVE. There is no tribal council, and you wont get voted off the island. But you will be taught tools to make your time on the island more productive. The music is upbeat. Its good for the young people. Im older, and I like it too, said SSG Jeffery Lewis, chaplain assistant for Chaplain Michael Britton. Singing the music relaxes me. It allows me to forget for a moment that Im a soldier and lets me focus on my spiritual side, said Arnold. The theme is how to be a spiritual soul survivor while serving with the JTF and beyond, said ODean. The format is to be upbeat, inspiring, challenging, and life changing. The anointing of the Holy Spirit is a soul-surviving emphasis. Another goal for Soul Survivor is to have a comfortable atmosphere where troopers can relax. Unlike a worship service, participants are urged to grab a cold drink and some food before, during and after the service, said SGT Heather Sittler, ODeans chaplain assistant. We strive to make it a comfortable place filled with the Holy Spirit. This unique program had a unique beginning. ODean was walking and pray ing one night when he looked up and saw the sign Club Survivor. He imagined it said Soul Survivor, and this was beginning of his plan for ministering to JTF troopers in a new way. His spirits cry had been Lord, here I am; you have sent me, now what? he said. Wanting confirmation that this was the right thing to do, he did not immediately act upon the idea. Within a few days MG Geoffrey Miller mentioned during a chap lains breakfast that Club Survivor could and should be used for positive trooper outreach. This was the confirmation ODean needed to present the proposal for Soul Survivor. I see my ministry and this Soul Sur vivor ministry as one to assist troopers to lead a victorious, overcoming life in Christ Jesus, said ODean. Spiritual defeat is not an option. There are spiritual battles to be fought and a spiritual war to be won, we all have to enter into this fight through the power of the Holy Spirit, said ODean. This war cant be won on our terms, it has to be won by the Lords terms. His desire is for everyone to be victorious. The messages by Chaplain ODean are positive, and Ive been able to apply them. Soul Survivor has set me up for suc cess its a tool, said Arnold. Where are you today? Do you want to be a Soul Survivor? Take the first step and the Lord will meet you there, said ODean. Troopers gather on the deck of Club Survivor during Soul Survivor. Music, fellowship, food, and preaching make the program inspirational and relaxing. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker 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)
Friday, November 21, 2003 Page 9 R ECREATION & L EISURE Camp Bulkeley Fri., Nov. 21 8 p. m. Extreme Ops PG13 93 min 10 p.m. Red Dragon R 125 min Sat., Nov. 22 8 p.m. Uptown Girls PG13 93 min 10 p.m. Darkness Falls PG13 85 min Sun., Nov. 23 8 p.m. Seabiscuit PG13 141 min Mon., Nov. 24 8 p.m. Empire R 100 min Tues., Nov. 25 8 p.m. Spy Kids 3-D PG 85 min Wed., Nov. 26 10 p.m. Adaptation R 114 min Thurs., Nov. 27 8 p.m. Cradle 2 the Grave R 101 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., Nov. 21 7 p.m. Brother Bear G 80 min 9 p.m. Duplex PG13 89 min Sat., Nov. 22 7 p.m. ELF PG 97 min 9 p.m. Underworld R 121 min Sun., Nov. 23 7 p.m. Matrix Revolutions R 130 min Mon., Nov. 24 7 p.m. Once Upon a Time in Mexico R 97 min Tues., Nov. 25 7 p.m. Underworld R 121 min Wed., Nov. 26 8 p.m. ELF PG 97 min 9 p.m. Matrix Revolutions R 130 min Thurs., Nov. 27 7 p.m. The Fighting Temptations PG13 128 min Movie Schedule By SPC Tommi Meyer Been to Club Survivor lately? If not, you may want to. From sitting out on the deck and watching the beautiful Caribbean surf pound the coast to playing darts and watching Monday Night Football, troopers continue to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere that Club Survivor has to offer. Club Survivors regular hours are Thursday through Saturday from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. and during the pre-game and game of Monday Night Foot ball. Units may also schedule Sur vivor for unit functions and fun days. Improvements are on the way according to Tim Moore, Guantanamo MWR food and beverage manager. Beginning Nov. 28, and continuing on a regular basis, MWR will be bringing in pizza to be sold from 5:30 p.m. until it is gone. If you are looking for entertain ment, Club Survivor will present Ali son and the Wildwood Band Nov. 30 at 8 p.m., said Craig Basel, Guantanamo MWR director. Army and Navy football fans will want to get their game face on as the Dec. 6 Army/Navy game will be broadcast on the big screen at Club Survivor and as with Monday Night Football, snacks will be provided. For information on how to book Club Survivor for your special occa sion or unit activity call MWR at 2345 or email Craig Basel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Relaxing at Club Survivor 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 Camp Delta Galley inside the wire. The meal will be available at any time from lunch at 11 a.m through 6 p.m. The dining facility inside the wire, however, will close from 3 to 5 p.m. Special Thanksgiving meal planned at four locations Be a part of making a difference Completed command climate survey forms are due today. Your feedback is important, so please return yours to any survey collection box located at the galleys, motor pool and JTF headquarters. Get to the NEX for early, after-Thanksgiving shopping sales and specials for your Christmas gift-giving advantage. Friday Nov 28 6 11 a.m. Saturday Nov 29 8 11 a.m. Holiday NEX Hrs.
Friday, November 21, 2003 Page 10 By Spc. Rick Fahr I understand the NBAs ille gal defense, baseballs infield fly rule and what the football term crack-back block means. I know the difference between emerald, forest and John Deere green. I can chew Levi Garrett and drink a cold beverage at the same time. What Im saying is, Im not exactly an effeminate guy. But because I need to shed a few pounds, I found myself in uncharted territory Friday morning. Surrounded by a dozen women standing behind four-inch-high platforms, I pre pared to do something Id have never thought Id do step aer obics. Go ahead. Get that laugh out of your system. Go ahead. Finished? OK. Now we can get down to the point, and there is one (other than I couldnt help but feel like Richard Simmons as I step-step-kicked and grapevined to some sort of 80s rock covers). Step-aerobics is no joke. Its an hourlong total workout. The program combines about 40 minutes of heart-pumping car diovascular work with 20 min utes of strength and endurance weightlifting. The stepping part of the workout is like a jinga game, with the instructor beginning with simple steps and then adding pieces to the routine until it finally becomes a 30part hop, twirl, lunge-filled extravaganza. I never did quite get the hang of the whole deal, but nobody seemed to laugh. Its impossible to laugh and con centrate on stepovers and knee repeaters at the same time. When it came time to do all sorts of things with the dumb bell weights, the instructor told us to get one heavy set and one light set. Of course, I told myself that Id just get the heaviest set and do all of the exercises with them. About the time we got around to the second set of tri cep presses, I was regretting that bit of bravado. And then there was the plank. No, that should probably be The Plank. It consists of propping yourself up on your elbows and toes and holding your body rigid for a couple weeks. Bru tal. I havent even mentioned the flutter kicks and oddball crunches and on and on and on. About halfway into the gru eling punishment, the instruc tor seemed to morph from a pleasant, encouraging mentor to Attilla the Hun with a hang over, somehow compelling me to torture myself to the point of death. Maybe it was just me. After we completed our challenge set, I felt the need to shed my jazzercising ways and go fishing or hunting or rassle somebody. If I could have raised my arms above my waist, I would have. *** Step aerobics begins at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Marine Hill, in the building to the left of the Liberty Center. For more information, contact MWR at 2193. F AHR GAME Step aerobics not exactly manliest of fitness regimens Photo by SPC Tommi Meyer 1SG Sandra Adams-Jones, 273rd Military Police Company first sergeant, serves during Monday's JTF volleyball league game. The 273rd MP Co. volleyball team won two out of three games against the 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. JIG to sponsor golf event A unique type of mulligan will spice up JTF JIGs fourperson scramble golf tourna ment on Dec. 7. Instead of the normal extraswing mulligan, tournament organizers will offer mulligan string, 10-foot-long sections of string, to each team. Cost of the string will be $10. Teams may then use portions of the string to stretch between their ball and the hole or the edge of a hazard or the inbounds line or wherever moving their ball would save strokes or improve their position. For example, if all four players miss a putt and the ball closest to the hole is one foot away, the team may elect to cut off one foot of string to stretch between the ball and the hole, thus mak ing the putt. According to LTC Canning Kraft, JIG deputy commander, the event will begin at 1 p.m., with showtime set at noon. Winners will receive tro phies, and the first 20 people to sign up will receive free golf balls. There will also be refreshments. There is no entry fee for the tournament, but reg ular course fees for club and cart rentals apply. Sign-up sheets are available at G.J. Denich Gymnasium, and the tournament is limited to the first 36 entrants. For more information, con tact Kraft at 3120.
Friday, November 21, 2003 Page 11 Sports highlights Bengals end Chiefs perfect run Trooper picks JTF personnels predictions for this weeks games Air Force at San Diego State Army at Hawaii Ohio State at Michigan Auburn at Alabama UCLA at USC Raiders at Chiefs Seahawks at Ravens 49ers at Packers Bengals at Chargers Panthers at Cowboys Last weeks record Overall record 1st SGT Sandra Adams-Jones 273rd MP Co. Craig Basel MWR director SSG Deon Lee 216th MP Co. SSG Stephanie Nielsen 384th MP Bn. Air Force Hawaii Michigan Auburn USC Chiefs Seahawks Packers Bengals Panthers 5-5 46-30 Air Force Hawaii Michigan Auburn USC Chiefs Seahawks Packers Chargers Cowboys 6-4 45-31 San Diego State Hawaii Michigan Auburn USC Chiefs Ravens Packers Bengals Cowboys 7-3 52-24 Air Force Hawaii Ohio State Auburn USC Chiefs Seahawks 49ers Bengals Cowboys 6-4 49-27 Games Compiled by SPC Rick Fahr The lone unbeaten team in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs fell to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, days after Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson guaranteed a win. Dont feel too sorry for the Chiefs, though. Theyre 9-1 and leading their division by three games. Speaking of division lead ers, the Bengals sit atop the AFC North with a 5-5 mark. Theyre tied for first with the Baltimore Ravens Other AFC division leaders are the New England Patriots and Ten nessee Titans In the NFC, leaders are the Saint Louis Rams Carolina Panthers Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys *** In the college ranks, there were few surprises over the weekend. The big surprise didnt come on the field. It came in the form of the latest Bowl Championship Series rankings, which showed Ohio State leapfrogging Southern Cali fornia despite USCs 45-0 pasting of Arizona USC isnt the only team with BCS concerns. TCU unbeaten on the season, has fallen out of the BCS top six. Being in that elite company was the only guarantee that TCU would earn a BCS bowl invitation. As it stands now, the Horned Frogs may be on the outside looking in at Georgia or Tennessee both teams on the BCS bubble. The only team not worried about all this hoopla? The con sensus No. 1 team in the land, the Oklahoma Sooners College football fans should lay in a supply of videotapes and get their VCRs ready for this weekends rivalry action Michigan vs. Ohio State Auburn vs. Alabama and UCLA vs. USC are among the offerings. *** Two weeks into the young NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers have put their consid erable troubles behind them. At the least, theyre not letting their off-the-court issues get in the way of winning basketball games. The Lakers are 8-2 and lead the Pacific Division. Other division leaders are the Boston Celtics Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets Allen Iverson is leading the league in points, averaging 29.7 per game. Tracy McGrady is second, with 25.6 per game. Compiled from www. espn.com. Hoops tourney set for Nov. 29 Male and female hoop sters should mark Nov. 29 on their calendar. Beginning at 9 a.m. on that day will be the MWR Holiday Hoops Turkey Style 3-on-3 Roundball Classic. The tournament will include mens and womens divisions and will take place at G.J. Denich Gymnasium. Teams will consist of only three people, with no substitutes allowed, and rosters are due at the gym nasium. The teams may be male, female or co-ed. The tournament will feature a double-elimina tion format. Trophies will be awarded for first, sec ond and third places. In addition, MWR gift certifi cates $15, $10 and $5 will also be included. For more information, contact MWR, 2193.
Friday, November 21, 2003 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... With SPC Brian Wilson, 217 th MP Co Alabama guardsman SGT Brian Wilson entered the military in hopes of attaining his dream of becoming a police officer. His 13 years of service has taught him many lessons he uses to give his best to his family, country and fellow human beings around the world. Wilson serves as a military policeman in Guantanamo Bay. By SPC Katherine L. Collins Q: What inspired you to join the mili tary? A: I always wanted to be a police officer, and I figured the best experience I could get was hands-on through the military police corps, using it as a stepping stone. Plus, I knew Id get the benefits for college. It helped pay for my police academy training. Q: Where have you deployed? A: Ive been to Bosnia and Croatia. Also, I used to work in customs, and we served mis sions in Saudi Arabia. In customs, I also trav eled to nearly every place containing troops. It was my job to help clear them to return home or back to Germany. Q: What do you recall as your best mili tary experience? A: Customs was the most fun as far as see ing the world and learning a different aspect of law enforcement that I never would have learned as a regular MP. Serving in Bosnia was best though. You dont always see exactly how you are helping people when you are working in the back of the mission. In Bosnia we did humanitarian work after we stabilized things. We saw families able to walk around with each other again as we kept the peace. That was def initely a rewarding experience. Q: How has your military service impacted and molded you as a service mem ber and a person? A: It gives you more confidence to strive for excellence. Back home Im on a SWAT team. The experience I have from the military is a benefit, because it gives me the endurance to carry on. Q: Who is your family? A: I am married. Weve been on the list to adopt for six years. If this adoption succeeds, we plan to adopt more children. We just want to help children who never had a chance to start with. Q: In what ways have your family, friends and civilian employer supported you in your active military career? A: My family is very supportive, loving, caring and always praying for me. Friends are very positive too. My employer has really been a blessing with me being gone for two years, first serving in Georgia and now here. Theyve helped me in every way they can. I know its hard being in my employers shoes. Q: In what ways have you kept in contact with your family? A: I use the computer, and I will try a web cam I got for Christmas. I also call home every day on Dialpad. We also exchange pictures. My wife sends pictures of our little angel. Q: What experiences and personal quali ties do you believe have benefited you most in this deployment professionally and person ally? A: My faith. God provides me the peace of mind, focus and right attitude needed to perform my job with the detainees here and to interact with my fellow soldiers and chain of command. I also trust God to bring me home safely to my wife and to watch over [our little girls] future. Friends also help me get through this mission. Good friends are a gold mine. One of my best friends from my hometown is also here. When I get off work I go talk with my friends. I read a lot too. Im trying to read the Bible in a Year. Thats helping a lot. Q: What do you do to relax at home and on deployment? A: At home I hunt and fish, and I just started woodworking. I built a dining room table for my wife. Here I fish out in the bay some, and I tie fly fishing flies. This has been one of the most relaxing and rewarding hobbies here. Q: What goals have you set for yourself while in Guantanamo? A: I would like to lose weight and improve my physical fitness. I would like to max my fit ness test at the police department when I get back. I had aimed to max my test here, but Im still overcoming a dislocated shoulder injury. Q: How do you think this mission will impact you as you leave Guantanamo? A: Ive become very humble in performing the work we must do as MPs to take special care of the detainees. In this job you learn patience, a skill used all through your life and in every area of your life. Career-wise, you learn lessons from anything you do. Ive learned lessons here I can use back on the street. Q: Looking back on your overall military experience, what makes you most proud to serve? A: The times that I have been able to see the fruits of our labor in helping people. Its not about the thanks. Its about knowing Ive made a difference. Having been all over the world with the military, Ive learned just how much I have in comparison to people in other nations. Serving in the military is one way I can share that wealth of freedom, opportunity and mate rial abundance with others. Also, the military is full of outstanding people who serve for the same reasons as me. Knowing them and serving alongside them is an added benefit. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins SGT Brian Wilson, of the 217th Military Police Com pany, opens the front gate of the Camp Delta deten tion facility. Wilson brings his civilian experience as a federal police officer to the Guantanamo mission. In return, he finds his experience here rewarding, teach ing him such lessons as humility and patience.