The wire
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Title: The wire
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Publication Date: 11-28-2003
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Inside the Wire ... P P AGE AGE 9 9 T T EAMS EAMS VYING VYING FOR FOR PR PR PASS PASS N N ATIVE ATIVE A A MERICAN MERICAN HERITAGE HERITAGE H H OLIDAY OLIDAY SHOPPING SHOPPING TIME TIME Friday, November 28, 2003 Volume 4, Issue 12 www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo P P AGE AGE 5 5 P P AGE AGE 6 6 By SGT Jolene Staker The 273rd Military Police Company out of Washington, D.C., is the only federal National Guard unit that answers directly to the presi dent of the United States. They brought valuable expe rience both civilian and mili tary to Guantanamo that has allowed them to excel in their responsibilities here. Theyre doing outstanding, said CPT Roland Lane, 273rd MP Co. commander. Members of the 273rd MP Co. have been on active duty since 9/11. First they aug mented the Capitol Hill Police, and then they had a Pentagon mission. Their next stop was Guantanamo Bay, where they put their experience gained on their previous deployments, annual trainings with real life missions out of country and their civilian backgrounds to work for the JTF. There is nothing we cant handle, said 1SG Sandra Adams-Jones, company first sergeant. This became the units motto while serving at the Pen tagon providing perimeter secu rity. We get called for a mission, and we do it to the best of our ability, she said. During their Capitol Hill mission the 273rd MPs had the same duties as any Capitol Hill police officer. They guarded barricaded entrances into Capi tol Hill and directed traffic. The State of the Union address was one high profile event they pro vided security for. The 273rd MP Co. also served about eight months dur ing the Gulf War providing security for Al Khobar Towers, operating an enemy prisoner of war mission, and working in Customs and Agriculture. They also provided law enforcement support in Ger many for about seven months as part of Joint Endeavor. Law enforcement includes anything a police officer would do, such as responding to domestic dis turbances and traffic stops. The 273rd MP Co. members have been to Italy, Honduras, Panama and Turkey for annual training where they had actual missions they were not just training. They did everything from security, law enforcement and Customs and Agriculture. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker From Capitol Hill to Guantanamo Bay JTF SFC Anthony Atkinson, 273rd Military Police Company 2nd platoon sergeant, holds formation to perform pre-guard mount checks and assign guards to their shifts. See 273rd, page 4


It is hard to imagine that November has slipped by and December and the Holi days loom in the immediate future. Time has a way of passing quickly at Guan tanamo. The OPTEMPO is fast paced and complex. Now is an excellent time to not only take stock in what we have accom plished but to look ahead as the mission continues. The majority of us have been here for some time and we are settling in so to speak. Let us not become complacent in what we do. We must constantly strive to be better. If you havent been conducting good After Action Reviews its past the time to start. TC 25-20, A Leaders Guide to After Action Reviews is the reference. Dont forget to plan training to correct deficiencies. And remember that AARs get everyone involved and that everyones input is necessary. Your training should be well planned, well executed and focused upon the mission. All of this relates to doing things right. Again, know the stan dard! Over the past few months I have been able to visit with many of you. Whether it be in the dining facility or galley, the fit ness center, on dismounted patrol or inside the wire, it has been great to meet the troopers of the JTF. We come from all walks of life and various backgrounds and from all branches of the Service. More amazing is how we have formed into a cohesive team focused upon the mission. As we progress, the troopers may change, but the mission remains constant. Along those lines I think it is appropriate for leaders to develop a continuity book that will assist our follow on personnel in quickly understanding their role within the Joint Task Force community. JTF Guan tanamo Regulation 10-1 Organization and Functions Headquarters, JTF describes the major staff roles and functions, but leaders need to go beyond this in order to fully describe the inner workings of the job that you perform. Troopers, you work hard. We expect you to work hard. We also thank you and appreciate what you do. Honor Bound! Page 2 Friday, November 28, 2003 Trooper to Trooper BG Mitch LeClaire Deputy Joint Task Force Commander for Operations JTF Guantanamo JTF-GTMO Comman d Commander: MG Geoffrey D. Miller Joint Task Force CSM: CSM George L. Nieves Public Affairs Officer: Lt. Col. Pamela L. Hart Deputy PAO Lt. Cmdr. Robert W. Mulac 70th MPAD Commander: Maj. Jonathan P. Dolan Command Information Officer / Editor: 1st Lt. Tracy L. Saucy Circulation: 2,100 copies The Wire Staff The Wire NCOIC: Staff Sgt. Patrick Cloward Editor: Spc. Rick Fahr Staff writers and design team: Sgt. Jolene Staker Spc. Katherine L. Collins Senior Airman Thomas J. Doscher Spc. William D. Ingram Spc. Tommi Meyer 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. Command climate survey due Saturday JTF troopers may still complete the command climate survey. Collection boxes will be available at the Headquarters and Commissions buildings, all galleys and the TK and Windward Loop MWR locations until 4 p.m. Saturday. Dont miss this opportunity to have your voice heard. Time comes to look forward, backward


Friday, November 28, 2003 Page 3 Lyceum work Troopers can expect some upgrades at Bulkely Lyceum in the future, according to Craig Basel, MWR director. New seats are on the horizon as well as an upgraded 35mm film system. Photo by SPC Tommi Meyer Thanksgiving Guantanamo style We are a nation of many national ities, many races, and religions bound together by a single unity, the unity of freedom and equality. Franklin D. Roosevelt SPC Jason Low (left) of the 258th Military Police Co. selects his lunch from the Thanksgiving offerings at Quick Hall Galley. Marine SSG Jean Wagnac (below) delivers a scripture reading during Wednesday nights Thanksgiving service at Camp Americas Sea side Galley. During the service, MG Geoffrey Miller, JTF com mander, delivered a message of appreciation to JTF troopers and their families for their sacrifices in the name of freedom. Photo by SPC Rick Fahr Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins


Friday, November 28, 2003 Page 4 By SrA. Thomas J. Doscher The JTF is taking steps to address a prob lem common in deployed locations alco hol abuse. The JTF Combat Stress Company and the base hospital are working on ways to limit alcohol abuse in the JTF. It's not a right; it's a privilege to be able to drink, said 1SG David Folsom, JTF first sergeant. Unfortunately, troopers find it a way to decompress. Some methods being put into place are things like limiting the purchase of alcohol to one case of beer per person per day or 1 bottle of liquor and implementing 100 per cent ID checks for alcohol purchases. Alcohol abuse is a common problem in deployed locations, said Chief Petty Officer Charles Jenkins, Substance Abuse Rehabili tation Program alcohol and drug counselor, and JTF GTMO is no exception to the rule. Its normal in deployments, Jenkins said. Being away from a constrained envi ronment gives people a chance to indulge or overindulge. To help combat alcohol abuse, the JTF has appointed Petty Officer 2nd Class Kamesa Albert as the JTF's new Drug and Alcohol Program advisor to act as a liaison between the JTF command and the treat ment center at the hospital. If a person feels they have a problem, they can talk to her and theyll make the determination if they need to come here for screening and counseling, Jenkins said. Jenkins said Albert will also go out to individual units and conduct alcohol abuse prevention briefs. JTF troops who think they might have an alcohol problem have to want help. They dont have to be in trouble, Jenk ins said. They just have to have a con cern. Folsom said its the troopers choice. Were setting up more MWR so troops don't have to use alcohol as decompression, he said. Were trying to get leaders more involved. Troops should be able to trust their lead ers to help and look out for them, Folsom said. They should have the trust in their chain of command to feel free and come to their leadership to present their problem and get the assistance they need, he said. We have the means on the island to help, including the CSC and a great chaplain program. Folsom said his door is always open to JTF troops in trouble. Alcohol is sometimes a sign that they want help, he said. Sometimes they feel they have no one to talk to but the bottle. The JTF is trying to curb that. For more information about alcohol abuse and treatment, call Albert at 7-2090. JTF taking measures against alcohol abuse 273rd from Page 1 Deployments and annual training missions are not the only military experience these MPs brought to Guantanamo. Most people are prior service a lot of former Marines, said SFC William Wells, training and physical security NCO who joined the Marines in 1973. The 273rd MP Co. is also rich with people with civilian experience that adds to the mission. A significant per centage of folks have law enforcement backgrounds, whether it be in corrections, D.C. police officer or county police officer, said Lane. What they bring is a wealth of practical experience. They complement the training mak ing it more effective. Lane said that one of the many things his soldiers with law enforcement experience brought to the mission was the mindset you need when doing corrections or detainee opera tions. They can teach the skills required to enable MPs to safely and effectively stay within the SOP. This is com prised if you lose the mindset. In the civilian world I am a corrections officer, so this gives me a chance to teach my MPs how to do corrections. Gives me a chance to give them some hands on experience of the dos and donts, said SFC Juan Mitchell, 273rd MP Co. 1st platoon sergeant. Our experience makes the mission safer. We know to always be on alert, said SGT Michael Chestnut, 273rd MP Co. 3rd platoon, 3rd squad leader with 10 years experience in law enforcement said. We can teach younger troops to know what to expect and how to protect themselves. Less experienced troops agree that they have benefited from this shared experience. Ive learned how to be more receptive to the dangers of the job, said SPC Marcus T. Cum mings of the 273rd MP Co. Experienced leadership has taught me how to leave the atti tude of retaliation at home. While it may be instinct to react when someone does something to you, Cummings said hes learned to drive on with the job. The 273rd MP Co. members may have come with a lot of experience, but they are adding to that experience each day, so that when it is time for them to go home they will not be going empty handed. The experience Im taking home is dealing with different nationalities and learning other religions and cultures. Ive learned this not only from the detainees but also from the third country nationals around the base, said Cummings. I think the most rewarding experience of being here is the opportunity to work with a task force comprised of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Navy, said SFC Anthony Baker, 273rd MP Co. 3rd Pla toon sergeant. In my 24 years with the Guard this is the first time Ive been part of a joint task force. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker SSG Kirk Douglas, SGT Deron Jenkins and SGT Vanessa Whitley of the 273rd Military Police Company board the bus to go to Camp Delta to begin their shift. Travelling is nothing new to these soldiers who all travel from out of state to drill with their unit in Washington D.C., Douglas travels in from Florida, Jenkins from Georgia and Whitley from North Carolina.


Friday, November 28, 2003 Page 5 By SSG Patrick Cloward Surveying the battle scene, the commander sees there is heavy rifle fire to his left flank; up ahead there are vehicles which he does not recognize, coming toward his position. How can he be sure if theyre friendly forces? Kris Zebra, technical training specialist for command and con trol systems from the Expedi tionary Warfare Training Group-Atlantic, explains, how the Command and Control Per sonal Computer (C2PC) semi nar, which was recently given in a 30-hour instruction course at Camp America, is now being used in the U.S. Armed Forces to help tactical coordination. C2PC applications isnt just an overlay tool, said Zebra of the networked com puter program. Its designed to be the manager of the com mon operation picture. Sup pose units would use it to display infiltrators to cut them off, or it could keep track of my units and help reduce opera tions fratricide. Zebra mentioned that during the Gulf War, there were occa sions of not enough information finding its way to troops in the field. This is a result in a slowed ability to gather informa tion on friendly troop movement and coordinate their position in regard to the position of the enemy. With this system, youre no longer shooting each other, he said. Location information can be routed in digitally or manually to the network, where every one involved can see moment-bymoment changes in the battle field picture, giving the command structure an easier assessment of tactics and secu rity. Advancements like this are a step ahead in battle planning. Airman 1 st Class Carl Cleary, JTF JOC J-3, originating from the Air Force PACAM Com puter Support Squadron based at Hickam AFB in Hawaii, found its ease of use a bonus. This is like a course that helps keep track of everything, said Cleary. Understanding this is not only beneficial for the JTF, but for my Air Force career. CSM Richard Michael of JTF J-3 Plans and Operations also saw its appeal. The program is pretty easy to work with, he said. Every one operating it can have a com plete overview of people on the battlefield. Ive never used it before and had no problems with it. You can take a whole world view and just zoom right in on an area real easy. C2PC course enhances battlefield proficiency Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward With the C2PC software program (above), students can use birds-eye views of tactical situations (bottom-left) to assess troop movement. Main Exchange readies for Christmas rush By SSG Patrick Cloward The Christmas shopping jitters have finally arrived at Guantanamo Bay. In order to serve the frenzied masses, the main Navy Exchange has con tributed to the holiday spirit by partici pating in the post-Thanksgiving early-bird sales teasers were all so used to in the U.S. Every store in the states does this, said Don Mohlman, general manager for the Navy Exchange here on base. So I said, Lets try this. Lets have some fun. Starting at 6 a.m. today, a large inventory of items fresh from the barge were put on display for significant dis counts until 11 a.m. Then we take down the signs and keep up the regular sale items we have that day until 8 p.m., said Mohlman. Tomorrow is no different, except the special sales start at 8 a.m. and go until 1 p.m. after which the regular Thanks giving sale will go on until 8 p.m. Sun day will continue with sales from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The NEX will also be contributing to a special Breakfast With Santa for families at McDonalds from 8 to 10 a.m. on Nov. 29. There will be many more specials and altered business hours to coincide with the holidays. For those interested in fol lowing up on the changes, you can check the front of the main exchange, where specific hours will be posted. Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward Rosamarie Rodgers and Fabian Lopez display an example of what is being offered in the Main Navy Exchange before the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas sales to come in the next few weeks.


Friday, November 28, 2003 Page 6 By SPC Katherine L. Collins They live with a passion, fight with a vision. They are the Native Americans of the U.S. military. Historically, Native Ameri cans have held the highest record of military service per capita compared to other ethnic groups, according to Department of Defense officials. Their cultural values drive them to serve their country, and their warrior spirit becomes one with their military service. The reason behind this disproportionate contribution is that, although Native Americans are no different from others who volunteer for military service, they do, however, have distinctive cultural values that drive them to serve their country. One such value is their proud warrior tradi tion, which is best exemplified by the following qualities said to be inherent to most, if not all, Native American societies: strength, honor, pride, devotion and wis dom. These qualities make a per fect fit with military tradition. To be a Native American warrior is to have physical, men tal and spiritual strength, which means being prepared to over power the enemy and face death head-on. In return for drawing on their strength to fight, Native Americans further develop each form of strength as they battle. To survive the chaos of war is to gain a more intimate knowledge of life. United States military service provides an outlet for Native Americans to fulfill a cultural purpose rooted in traditionto fight and defend their homeland. Native American warriors are devoted to the survival of their people and their homeland. If necessary, warriors will lay down their lives for the preser vation of their culture, for death to the Native American warrior is just another step in the advancement of life. It is under stood that the warrior's spirit lives on eternally. The warrior seeks wisdom. Wisdom, as used in this context, means the sum total of formal learning and worldly experi ences. In wartime, those Native Americans seeing heavy combat had to learn how to survive, often using skills that many unit commanders thought were inherent to the Native Ameri cans cultural background. During the 21st century, the United States military can be expected to provide continuing opportunity for Native Ameri can men and women. For their part, Native Americans can be expected to carry on their cen turies-old warrior tradition serving with pride, courage, and distinction. A long tradition The people of the United States recognize the month of November as Native American Heritage Month. Recently, Pres ident George W. Bush stated, The strength of our Nation comes from its people. As the early inhabitants of this land, the native peoples of North America played a unique role in the shap ing of our Nations history and culture. Native Americans con tinue this warrior mission still today, fighting for freedom throughout the world. JTF hon ors all who served before us and those now serving beside us, in Guantanamo and abroad. American Indians have par ticipated with distinction in U.S. military actions for more than 200 years. At the close of the 20th century, nearly 190,00 Native Americans were recorded as military veterans. Among the greatest of Native American military veterans are the Navajo code talkers, who took part in every assault the U.S. Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. These men transmitted messages by telephone and radio in their native languagea code that the Japanese never broke. Native American military warriors today aspire to the level of excel lence of the these U.S. heroes. JTF warriors Todays Native Americans carry on the heroic warrior tradi tion of their ancestors. Men and women from all tribes have answered the call to defend the United States and their own tribal nations by serving in var ied military capacities through out the world. JTF Guantanamo is among the numerous military operations witnessing Native American military service. From various states and units, JTF Native American troopers fight for freedom in such roles as medics, postal workers, journal ists, supply workers and military police. Among JTFs Native Ameri can service members are SPC Marcus Sepulveda of the 747th Postal Detachment and SSG Kristine Patton of the 384th Mil itary Police Battalion. Sepulveda joined the military in search of discipline. He has served in the Army Reserve in Montana for seven years, first as an ammunitions specialist. Here he serves in Camp Americas post office, using skills quite dif ferent from those of his position as a correctional officer in Mon tanas state prison. Married with four children, Sepulveda draws on his Sioux and Chippewa val ues and experiences to succeed in his military service. He most credits his family. I lived with both my fullblooded Sioux grandmother and full-blooded Chippewa grand mother growing up. One had 13 kids and one had 12. I was pretty close with all my aunts and uncles. They were like my brothers and sisters. Growing up with limited space and lots of people around prepared me well for the typical military living environment, especially on deployments. Having lots of rel atives also taught me how to form close relationships. Some of us in the unit have become so close that we are like a family. It helps us work together better and helps our moral too. Patton is a senior medic at the Camp America joint aid station. She has served in the Army Reserve for six years in Indiana, three of which were with the 337th Combat Support Hospital. She works as a critical care tech nician in Indiana and is engaged to be married. In her effort to defend freedom and heal troop ers, she looks to the values shes been handed from her fullblooded Cherokee grandfather and her full-blooded Sioux great-grandmother. I grew up in the military. My grandpa was in the Army for over 30 years, during which he ran a howitzer division at Fort Custer. This inspired me to join too. Now that Im serving, one great Native American value I look to is that of the tribe, which means fam ily. Our culture teaches that you are to devote yourself only to your tribe. This value helps me care for all my troops assigned to me. I see them as family. Information compiled from Internet sources. Native Americans: Keeping the tradition alive Indians warriors, military warriors Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins SPC Marcus Sepulveda 747th Postal Detachment Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins SSG Kristine Patton 384th Military Police Battalion


Friday, November 28, 2003 Page 7 Trooper on the Street SPC Christopher Collins 181st Infantry Regiment SPC Stephen McGurn 181st Infantry Regiment SPC Domenik Guglielmo 217th Military Police Co. I work out five days a week. ... I have enough self-discipline to not eat desert at the galley. SPC Edgar Torres 463rd Military Police Co I found a partner. We keep each other motivat ed at the gym and on the track. In our free time, we get together and we use the gym for physical stuff [like basketball] to entertain us. I go to Windmill Beach and go snorkeling for hours, and I run in battal ion runs. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kris Goland PSU Detachment Camp Bulkeley gym has been my main source, and Im infantry, so I go patrolling through the hills of GTMO. This weeks question: What unique ways have you found to stay fit here at Guantanamo Bay? By SPC Tommi Meyer By SrA. Thomas J. Doscher The much-awaited move of JTF person nel from Windward Loop to Camp Amer ica II has been delayed, but will continue nonetheless. Citing a desire to ensure that JTF troops would be comfortable in their new sur roundings, JTF leadership said there will be a short delay. Were trying to get some quality furni ture and equipment put in before we move, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Frankie J Hand said. Its still going to happen. At this point its not going to happen in the time frame we originally set. The delay also provides more troop sta bility and convenience during the coming holiday season. Hand said an exact date for the move has not been set. Were working that out, he said. By moving it to the right, it keeps everything on an even plane until after the holidays. The final decision on exactly who in the JTF will be moving has not been made, but Hand said J-4 and the JTF leadership are hard at work developing a fair, quick and efficient move plan. Navy Capt. Paul McNeill, J-4 Director of Logistics, said the move will make the JTF staff a more efficient unit as well as free up NavBase housing for their fami lies. It will cause the JTF HHC to be a more cohesive unit than one where the housing conditions are separated, McNeill said. We are occupying houses meant for NavBase families, so we need to move out of family housing and into something more akin to bachelor quarters. Camp America II has 312 beds, Hand said, and the JTF HHC intends to fill most of them while still leaving some for incom ing personnel. McNeill said the barracks-type quarters fits the role and mission of the JTF. This is field billeting because of the transitory nature of JTF personnel, he said. Its important that we turn over the NavBase housing so they can get more families in there. McNeill said the move will affect only housing and nothing else. This doesnt change a thing with MWR on the base, he said. This has solely to do with housing and billeting. ... The end result will be a better loca tion, better unit cohesion and help us more effectively promote our JTF mis sion. Hand said the move to Camp America II is only the beginning. Details of the final plan for the move to Camp America II will be released in early December. Troopers move to Camp America II delayed; Large project pushed beyond holiday season Were trying to get some quality furniture and equipment put in before we move. ... Its still going to happen. At this point its not going to happen in the timeframe we originally set. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Frankie J Hand, J-4 operations officer


By SGT Jolene Staker Do you have questions about the validity and relevance of the Christian faith in todays world? Chaplain Paul Minor offers troopers a unique 14-week program, Alpha, Tuesday and Friday nights from 7-8:30 that has a 45minute DVD presentation covering the basics of Christianity and then gives troopers the chance to engage in small group dis cussions or debates. Environment is key to the success of the program. Minor said, The big thing is to create a safe environ ment, and I think weve done that. The safe environment makes Alpha ideal for those just wanting to investigate Chris tianity without any pressure, new Christians, those who feel their Christian life needs a jump start, newcomers to church and those just wanting to brush up on the basics. Minor said, The question mark emblem represents that they can participate no matter where they are coming from. They can be a part of the conversation. If they have ques tions; if they arent sure; thats OK. People not necessarily comfortable in church are also encouraged to attend. There can be a lot of social pressure within a church to get on board with a certain belief system, said Minor. Here we try to create an environ ment where whatever faith they are, no mat ter where they are even if they are angry with the church they can bring that. Alpha originated at Holy Trinity Bromp ton, an Anglican church in London, England, over 20 years ago by Reverend Nicky Gum bel. Today, churches of every type and back ground, including Anglican, Baptist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Pentecostal, Salvation Army, Free Church and House Churches, are offering Alpha. Gumbel is the speaker on the DVD used in the program. The way he talks is good for those who may not know anything about God, but its also good for those who have a church back home, said SPC Luis Marrero, chaplain assistant. Alpha is able to cross the denomi national lines because it focuses on the basics of Christianity. The topics cov ered include: week one Who is Jesus?; week two Why did Jesus die?; week three How can I be sure of my faith?; week four Why and how should I read the Bible?; week five Why and how do I pray?; week six Who is the Holy Spirit?; week seven What does the Holy Spirit do?; week eight How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?; week nine How can I resist evil?; week 10 How does God guide us?; week 11 Why and how should I tell others?; week 12 Does God heal today?; week 13 What about the church? and week 14 How can I make the most out of the rest of my life? Even though it is a 14-week program with subjects that are interwoven, each weeks session can stand on its own. Not being able to attend each and every session should not keep anyone from attending when they can, said Minor. Church leaders from all denomina tions have reported the astonishing impact the course has had in their areas. The program has had the same effect here at Guantanamo. Its a great course. It fills me up. It gives me strength, said SPC Irvin Maldonado, of the Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment. Im learning to be better than I am day by day. Friday, November 28, 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 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. Get answers to faith questions at Alpha program Chaplain Paul Minor and SPC Luis Marrero, chaplains assistant, talk with SPC Irvin Maldonado, of Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment, during small group discussion at Alpha. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker


Friday, November 28, 2003 Page 9 Camp Bulkeley Fri., Nov. 28 8 p.m. The Mask PG 13102 min 10 p.m. Love & Action in Chicago R 91 min Sat., Nov. 29 8 p.m. Ring of Fire PG13 104 min 10 p.m. Chain of Command R95 min Sun., Nov. 30 8 p.m. Pitch Black R 107 min Mon., Dec. 1 8 p.m. Lost Souls R 102 min Tues., Dec. 2 8 p.m. Shaft R 100 min Wed., Dec. 3 8 p.m. Mystic Pizza R 104 min Thurs., Dec. 4 8 p.m. Timecop R 98 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., Nov. 28 7 p.m. School of Rock PG13 110 min 9 p.m. Cold Creek Manor R 119 min Sat., Nov. 29 No movie because of Electric Light Holiday Parade Sun., Nov. 30 7 p.m. Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World PG13 138 min Mon., Dec. 1 7 p.m. Under the Tuscan Sun PG13 113 min Tues., Dec. 2 7 p.m. Once Upon a Time in Mexico R 97 min Wed., Dec. 3 7 p.m. The Fighting Temptations PG13 123 min Thurs., Dec. 4 7 p.m. Cold Creek Manor R 119 min Movie Schedule Parade, concert slated for Saturday To get JTF troopers in the Christmas spirit, a holiday parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The parade route is along Sherman Avenue from the LCN parking lot to the Downtown Lyceum. After the parade, Allison and the Wildwood Band will be performing at the Downtown Lyceum. The concert along with predicted snowfall will begin at 8 p.m. Call MWR at extension 2345 for more information. Dunlop golf clubs will be among the prizes at Sun days MWR Thanksgiving golf tournament. The event, in advance of another tournament on Dec. 7, will begin at 8 a.m. and will be an individual stroke play tournament. Players who do not have reg istered handicaps will be handicapped using the Call away handicapping system. The tournament is limited to 36 players, who must be at the golf course no later than 7:15 a.m. on Sunday. Prizes will be awarded in mens and womens divi sions, and other prizes will be given for longest drive and closest shot to the pin. There is no entry fee for the event, but players must furnish their own carts and clubs. For more information, call MWR at 2193. Golf tourney set for Sunday Photo by SPC William Ingram Extreme racing JTF trooper SFC Danny Johns rides a bike dur ing Saturdays extreme adventure race, which consisted of running, biking and kayaking. Ten four-person teams participated in the event, and the NavBase GTMO Dive Locker team won with a time of 3:09:38. Team members were John Theriot, Bill Dorman, Everett Hairston and Cheryl Hairston. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Delta Galley ribbon-cutting JTF officials cut the ribbon to open Cafe Caribe, a new galley at Camp America. Participating in the event were (from left) COL Nelson Cannon; SGM Anthony Mendez; CSM George Nieves, JTF command sergeant major; and MG Geoffrey Miller, JTF commander.


Friday, November 28, 2003 Page 10 By SGT Talal Elkhatib Putting on more rank means accepting more responsibility. Good leadership means a better tomorrow for enlisted troopers and officers, and your appearance has a big influence on your leadership. The way to win soldiers hearts and trust is to lead by example. The first thing that your company or squad sees is your appearance. As a leader, being fit will earn you respect and confidence from your troops. Good health will also take you to victory. Again, your first judgment from your troops is your appearance. You simply cannot order your troops to do physi cal exercise when you are out of shape yourself. You have to practice what you preach. Your troops expect you, as a leader, to know and do all. Active duty personnel should be in this mind-set already. If you are in the National Guard or Reserve, this deployment is a good chance to change your lifestyle and improve your mili tary career. Looking like a sol dier and having a command voice are two essential elements to being a good leader. As a leader, your duty includes ensuring that your sol diers are fit for combat. War is brutal, and being fit will increase your chances for survival. Hav ing endurance can take you through the long day and the exhausting combat movements. When technology fails, your strength will enable you to defeat enemy soldiers coming at you with a bayonet. That rarely hap pens, but we have to train for the worst and hope for the best. How can you, as a leader, possibly train your soldiers for strength and stamina if you are not fit? The future is in the hands of young and upcoming troopers. Remember that your appear ance is the first impression oth ers will have of you. Troopers may execute your commands for fear of punish ment or because they have trust and confidence in you. Your actions and not your words will help troopers in your command accomplish your missions. If your soldiers believe in you, they will do anything you tell them to do without asking ques tions. Get fit. Lead by example and take care of your troops. You never know where tomor row will take you. Honor bound. Coming next week: good and bad workout habits. Leaders should show example through fitness SGT Talal Elkhatib JTF master fitness trainer Photo by SPC William Ingram Spirit run MG Geoffrey Miller, JTF commander, speaks to troopers after a spirit run Wednesday morning. His message to the troopers focused on building a winning team through leadership. The commander also spoke briefly about the many things that troopers and Americans have to be thankful for. He concluded his remarks by telling troopers to pre pare for an attention to detail physical training event coming soon. Volleyball league in full swing Photo by SPC Rick Fahr Volleyball players SSG Bennie Womack (left), SGT Ceonia Jones (center) and SSG Kirk Douglas warm up before their game on Friday morning. Two JTF teams have emerged as division leaders in beach volleyball play. The 384th Military Police Battalion leads the Atlantic Division with a 40 record, while the 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment leads the Caribbean Division with a 3-0 mark. Other Atlantic team records are: J-6, 2-1; 258th Military Police Com pany, 1-2 and J-3 and 217th Military Police Company, 0-1-2. Other Caribbean team records are: 273rd Military Police Company, 2-1; JAS, 2-2; PAO-1 and J-8, 1-2; and PAO-2, 1-3.


Friday, November 28, 2003 Page 11 Sports highlights Oklahoma, USC on collision course Trooper picks JTF personnels predictions for this weeks games Miami (Fla.) at Pittsburgh Notre Dame at Stanford Georgia at Georgia Tech Florida State at Florida Iowa State at Missouri Patriots at Colts Vikings at Rams Broncos at Raiders Falcons at Texans Bengals at Steelers 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. Pittsburgh Notre Dame Georgia Florida State Missouri Colts Vikings Raiders Falcons Bengals 7-3 53-33 Miami Notre Dame Georgia Florida State Missouri Patriots Rams Broncos Texans Steelers 7-3 52-34 Miami Notre Dame Georgia Florida Missouri Colts Rams Broncos Texans Steelers 10-0 62-24 Miami Stanford Georgia Florida Iowa State Patriots Rams Broncos Texans Bengals 6-4 55-31 Games Compiled by SPC Rick Fahr Last weekends college football rivalry matchups ended some teams national title hopes and kept others alive. Michigan rained on Ohio States parade, beating the Buckeyes 35-21 in front of more than 112,000 people. The loss will prevent OSU from defending the title it won in January. TCU s perfect season and Bowl Championship Series game ended at South ern Mississippi when the Horned Frogs lost 40-28. USC is in virtual control of its destiny, needing only to win its remaining game to secure its place in the national title game against, most likely, Oklahoma Look for the four BCS bowls to feature: Sugar Okla homa vs. USC; Rose Michi gan vs. Texas ; Fiesta LSU vs. Florida State ; Orange Miami vs. Ohio State. *** With their 34-27 victory Sunday over the San Diego Chargers the Cincinnati Bengals improved to 6-5 and lead their division. Another surprising team is the Dallas Cowboys who beat the Carolina Panthers on Sunday and have notched an 83 record this year. The Kansas City Chiefs got back on the winning track by outlasting their nemesis, the Oakland Raiders 27-24. Overshadowed by the Chiefs stellar record, the Indianapolis Colts have posted a 9-2 mark and lead their division. *** On the NBA hardwood, the Los Angeles Lakers have con tinued their winning ways, bursting out to a league-best 11-3 record. The Indiana Pacers are hot on their heels, though, with a 10-2 mark. Other division lead ers are the Dallas Mavericks (9-4) and Philadelphia 76ers (7-7). Rookie sensations LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have not disappointed, averag ing 17.4 and 17.2 points per game respectively. *** In baseball news, Alex Rodriguez remains a Texas Ranger, despite the fact that the team has been shopping him around. The MVP shortstop has said that hed consider a trade to either the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox The problem with either scenario is that both teams have all-star shortstops in Derek Jeter and Nomar Gar ciaparra Compiled from www. espn.com F ITNESS ACTIVITIES Scheduled fitness activities include: Tae kwon do Marine Hill multi-fitness center; Monday through Friday, 7-8 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 8-9 p.m.; $20 per month. Yoga G.J. Denich Gym nasium; beginners classes Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 5:15-6:15 p.m.; power class, Saturday, 5:156:15 p.m. Cardio kickboxing G.J. Denich Gymnasium; Tuesday and Thursday, 5-6 p.m. Spinning G.J. Denich Gymnasium; Monday through Friday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Mon day, Wednesday and Friday, 6:15-7:15 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Step aerobics Marine Hill multifitness center; Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.


Friday, November 28, 2003 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... With SPC Edward Brave Thunder, 463 rd MP Co. By SPC Katherine L. Collins Cheyenne River Sioux Edward Brave Thunder grew up on a South Dakota reserva tion. Following in his familys footsteps, he joined the military to serve as a warrior. As a military policeman, Brave Thunder draws on his cultural values and experiences to suc ceed in his military service, and, in turn, serves as a role model to the next American and Native American generation. He has been married for three years and has two daughters. Q: What inspired you to join the mili tary? A: I wanted to be a warrior, but Native American warriors dont exist as they used to. Serving as a soldier was the next closest thing for me. Most of my family is in the military for a similar reason. I am the only one in the Army; the rest are in the Marines. Q: How many years and in what branches and components have you served? A: Ive served four years, all on active duty. I served in Germany, then at Fort Leonard Wood, in Missouri. Q: Where have you deployed? A: I went to Kosovo and Poland, and Ive gone on many short trips to show the unar mored security vehicle for the MPs. Q: What do you recall as your best mili tary experience? A: Meeting a lot of people, from both other cultures and my own. In Kosovo I met another MP who was from the Sioux Nation. Its amazing how small the world seems at times. Q: How has your military service impacted and molded you as a service mem ber and a person? A: Its taught me patience. This is about my fourth deployment in four years. In that time, the longest time Ive spent with my fam ily at once is about five months. I just took leave, and I noticed on leave how much more patient I was with my family than in the past. Time away from them has made me value the time with them and respect them more, so I am more patient with them. Q: In what ways has your family sup ported you in your active military career? A: Since most of my family is military, they are very supportive. I am serving like a warrior. They also support me because they know the medicine man, my uncle, directed me to serve. Q: In what ways have you kept in con tact with your family? A: We try to call a lot. The funny thing is, my family and I usually seem to know when the other is feeling down, even before we talk. Its just the connection between family. So we call. Q: What is the greatest challenge you anticipate experiencing here? A: In the military as a whole, its hard to adjust going from living on a reservation, where youre surrounded by the Indian culture, to living where there is really is no sign of it at all. My uncles ask me how Im doing in adjust ing to the white world. [In Guantanamo] I often miss home because its hard to practice my culture here due to a lack of resources, spir itual guidance for us, and understanding for my culture. Q: How do you feel your personal expe riences have equipped you to succeed here professionally and personally? A: Growing up on a reservation helped me quickly adjust to living in a military structured environment. Their structures have many sim ilarities. Still, the military is very diverse. As I grew up on a reservation, I went to a private school, then to a public school. When I first went to public school I was one of just a few Native Americans. It was hard to fit in. Learn ing to fit in there has helped me adjust to living in an environment where many do not under stand the Indian way and few accommodations exist to practice our Indian culture. Q: What qualities within yourself and what other sources assist you most in over coming lifes challenges? A: I laugh a lot. I try to not take anyones negative comments or actions too seriously. People think that when you join the Army everyone sees you as just another person in green. Thats not true. The militarys diversity is a positive thing. I am proud of who I am, but not everyone sees our culture as we do. I just try to not worry about what others think. Q: What cultural values and beliefs assist you in your military service? A: Back in the day the Indian warrior would go to the top of a hill to the medicine man to seek guidance in life. He and his fam ily would remain for three days and three nights, fasting while there. The Great Spirit would give him direction. The medicine man does the same today. I call my uncle, whos a medicine man, when I feel lost. I guess I can also say I draw on the Indian value of family. It helps me work as a team with my unit. Q: Do you see yourself as a role model to the young Native American population? A: Definitely. Many Native Americans struggle. I joined the Army because the medi cine man guided me to. Theres a lot the Armys done for me, and I am proud of what I do. ... My little godson, who lost his dad, tells me every day, Im going to be just like you. Im going to join the military and be a warrior. But I just want you to come home. Thats all I want. Q: As Americans celebrate Thanksgiv ing this week, explain how you give thanks for all your blessings, including the harvest and bounty of the earth? A: [Native Americans] dont celebrate the traditional November Thanksgiving and dont have a specific day or time of year thats equiv alent to it. Rather, we give thanks throughout the year for the different seasons by perform ing a variety of ceremonies, such as celebra tion dances. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins SPC Edward Brave Thunder displays, for demonstra tion purposes, a dream catcher that he brought with him to Guantanamo Bay. He received the eagleshaped dream catcher, which provides protection, upon graduating high school. In Native American cul ture the medicine man or an elder presents a boy such a feather, with a particular design, when he passes into manhood, enters a new phase in life or achieves a great accomplishment.