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By SSG Patrick Cloward In the early evening darkness, they step from the side of the Coast Guard C-130 to meet MG Geoffrey Miller after their flight from the United States. Soon to replace the Coast Guard Pacific Area Port Security Unit Detach ment (PSU), who will be leaving next week, the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team 91110 (MSST) from Boston have a tough act to follow. Apparently the guys that are here now have done an excellent job, said MSST member Petty Officer 2nd Class Alexis Fair. So we have big shoes to fill. Unlike the PSU who originate as a reserve unit, the MSST are active duty military assigned to varying locations and times depending on the need. For us, this is a unique opportunity to do this kind of mission, said Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Michael Kahle, MSST executive officer. While we are trained for port security this is an unusual opportunity for us, too. We usually serve for a very spe cific time frame. To actually have a 6month deployment for a DoD mission is a unique opportunity, and our role is some thing that our men are very well trained at and practice continually. Friday, December 12, 2003 Volume 4, Issue 14 www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo See MSST, page 4 Inside the Wire... P P AGE AGE 10 10 P P AGE AGE 5 5 B B UILDING UILDING MUSCLE MUSCLE 258 258 TH TH IN IN ACTION ACTION C C HRISTMAS HRISTMAS MEMORIES MEMORIES P P AGE AGE 3 3 MSST Arrive to GTMO to protect and serve Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward MG Geoffrey Miller addressess the members of the MSST 91110 shortly after their arrival at Guantanamo Bay.


The holidays and the New Year are com ing up fast, and as I look back at the past year, its amazing how far weve come to meet the challenges we face. The troopers of JTF-Guantanamo play a critical part in helping our nation win the war on terrorism. Its a tough and important mission, and we must be at the top of our game every day. This year has been a busy one. Weve said good-bye to one rotation and said hello to another. Weve worked hard to get better every day, at everything we do. Weve improved our methods for gather ing intelligence. Weve improved our methods for analyzing the data we gather, to ensure its used in a manner that best serves our country. Weve improved the training process, to ensure troopers have the knowledge and tools needed to com plete their missions effectively. Im especially pleased with all the improvements weve made in the quality of life for troopers. Guards at Camp Delta who were eating meals on the hoods of vehicles last year, can now enjoy their meals in Caf Carbe the dining facility recently opened inside the wire. Troopers who live and work in Camp America can now shop at a NEX that offers 10 times the floor space as the previous store. Improve ments have been made to Tierra Kay hous ing areas, and work will soon be complete on the addition to Camp American North. Club Survivor opened over the past year and offers a wonderful environment for troopers to relax after their work shifts. Of all the investments weve made in improving facilities, the investment that matters most is the one we have made in people. Every trooper down here has a demanding job. Each job provides the JTF with the necessary skills to fight and win the global war on terrorism. Winning on the battlefield takes more than technology and bullets. Winning involves success in a series of small fights. Winning takes plan ning and organizing at every level, to ensure the right people are at the right place at the right time. The contributions of each one of us, in each small fight, make a difference to this JTF and will ulti mately lead to our success. Even with the improvements weve made, more remains to be done. I challenge you to take a hard look at the areas for which you are responsible and make it better. Eval uate your areas, and look for ways to take our mission to the next level of excellence. We are always looking for opportunities to make us one step faster than our enemies. There is nothing routine about what we do in the JTF. There is nothing routine about the war we are waging to protect our families from terrorism. I could not be prouder of what we have accomplished together over the past months. Men and women like you have stepped forward to protect our nation. I am proud of the work you do, and proud to lead this organization. I wish you a very happy and safe holi day, and look forward to working with you as we continue to evolve in 2004. Honor bound! Page 2 Friday, December 12, 2003 Trooper to Trooper MG Geoffrey Miller JTF commander 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 Senior Airman Thomas J. Doscher 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. Happy birthday, National Guard! All the JTF leadership would like to wish the National Guard a happy 367th birthday. The men and women of the National Guard provide valuable service around the world in the defense of freedom. MG Geoffrey Miller, JTF commander BG Mitch LeClaire, JTF deputy commander Holiday greetings from the commander


Friday, December 12, 2003 Page 3 By SrA. Thomas J. Doscher Christmas lights on palm trees and sailboats will cer tainly make for a different Christmas for many JTF troops this year, but for many, it still wont be the most memorable one. Many JTF troops faced with being deployed during the Christmas holiday are looking back toward their most memorable holidays in search of the Christmas spirit. For some, Christmas deployments are nothing new. PFC Jeffrey Stevens, 258th Military Police Company, is spending his second Christ mas away from home. He said his best Christmas memory was of that special gift he did nt expect to find. It was when I first got my first racing snowmobile, Stevens said. It was a sur prise. Christmas morning I woke up and I went into the garage and there it was just sitting there. Stevens, a Michigan native, said there was no problem going outside and trying it out. Luckily, it was a white Christmas; so I could go out there first time, he said. I remember I asked my dad, Wheres the rest of my gear? And he went and got it from under the Christmas tree. Stevens said this years Christmas will be a little dif ferent. I dont know if Im going to be off duty or not, Stevens said. Id like to spend it at the house, cook a big ham and a big dinner. Then call my family and wish them a merry Christmas. For PV2 Shaun Figueiredo, 258th MP Com pany, theres one special Christmas hes keeping close to him during his first deployed holiday. I was 7 years old, Figueiredo said, It was me, my mom and my brother, and it was one of those Christmases where you think nothing good is going to happen, and you wake up and go to the tree and every thing you asked for is there. Figueiredo and his brother both got bicycles for Christ mas, but that wasnt the great est gift. Seeing my moms face when I saw that bike, she was super happy about it, Figueiredo said. Mom taught me to ride a bike on Christmas Day without train ing wheels. I found out later Mom had been saving for two years to earn enough money to buy those bikes. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Paul Burnstein, Joint Aid Station, received a very special gift on Christmas his father. He worked subs, Burn stein said. Hed be gone for six months. I was around nine or 10. He didnt tell us he was coming home, and he just showed up. It was a big sur prise. Burnstein said the arrival of his cousins just made it that much more special. My cousins were down. It was a really good time, he said. Burnstein said hell spend this Christmas calling his family. Lots of phone calls and letters, he said. Ill proba bly buy a fake, little plastic tree and string some lights on it. Although many troops will be away from home this Christmas, the MWR has Christmas activities through out the month of December, including the Holiday Boat Parade Saturday, the Jingle Bell 5K Fun Run Dec. 20 and the Dollar Days Holidays at the Bowling Center Christ mas Day. Thoughts of Christmas past comfort soldiers present Photo by SPC Rick Fahr Petty Officer 3rd Class Paul Burnstein picks out a toy for a young relative. One of Burnsteins favorite Christmas memories involves a surprise visit by his father, a servicemember, and young cousins. JTF troopers recalled their favorite holiday memories as another season quickly approaches. Mom taught me to ride a bike on Christmas Day without training wheels. I found out later Mom had been saving for two years to earn enough money to buy those bikes. PV2 Shaun Figueirido JTF troopers share special memories


Friday, December 12, 2003 Page 4 MSST from Page 1 Many of the Coast Guards assignments cover what they call high-value assets. For instance, if the Golden Gate Bridge were threatened, the Coast Guard could be located there for a certain period of time. For instance, said Kahle. The Democratic national con vention is going to be in Boston this year. We would be doing roaming patrols protect ing hotels and the conference center, protecting any vessels in the area and securing the critical infrastructure. Such would be the typical responsibilities of the unit, originating under the Atlantic Area Unit North. Serving for the JTF, their mission is dif ferent, serving a more tradi tional military need of a rotating task force, protecting troops, civilians and detainees alike. MSST members have been shadowing the PSU, famil iarizing themselves with their newfound duties and responsi bilities, getting ready for the task of patrolling and monitor ing the bay. The sudden expo sure to an integrated JTF has been a new experience for many of them. Every organization Ive met has embraced us with open arms and nothing but warm receptions from everyone weve met, said Kahle. You have so many different organi zations working on one mis sion. With this many command structures and services, it takes some getting used to with so many acronyms. Im not used to being around this many military personnel; so its different, said Fair. Im used to being able to work nine to five if were not deployed. You do your job and you go home at night. You kind of have that separation; its different liv ing with someone that you work with all the time every day. Right now were in migrant housing. Thats inter esting, too, walking a block to the bathroom. With some of the changes in lifestyle, has been the muchappreciated GTMO hospitality. I kind of thought it would be worse but everybody down here has been really, really nice to us, said Fair. Theyve been helping us out, picking us up if were on the street walk ing to chow, really wanting to show us around. For Kahle, the challenges of taking on a mission such as this can only have good out comes. At our parent command I serve as deployable team leader over 25 to 30 people. Here, I serve more than that. My challenge is making sure that administratively, we are maintaining our units profes sional qualifications, he said. Morale, family and other issues are taken care of as Im learning my way around the JTF organiza tion. He added that serving those needs for maintained qualifica tions are limited, as Guan tanamo doesnt have the facilities to serve them. On the flip side, he said, we have far more opportu nity to qualify on small boat qualifications. Our coxswains (pronounced cox-sn) will have far more time to enhance our small boat capabilities than at our home unit in Boston. We just got commissioned in November, said Fair, of her and some other members of her unit. This is our first deployment, so my expectation is getting into the routine, learning my job and getting into the mission; doing as good as we can and doing as good as they are doing now and hope fully be better. Kahle, like many who join the JTF, has personal goals that can be better served by a deployment where responsibil ities of civilian life are less apt to interfere. My personal goal is to develop my leadership style, he said. Ive brought my lead ership texts with me to hone those skills I get in all the training Ive attended. But Id also like to leave here being a tri-athlete. Though stepping from the C-130 into the unfamiliar heat and humidity of Cuba was probably a shock, their wel come has been reflective of the need and thankfulness of JTF forces theyre aiding and replacing. I havent seen a lot yet, but its hot here, said Fair. Theyre really happy that were here, especially the guys that were replacing; theyre really excited that were here. They have high expectations for us to fill. Hopefully well do that. We have a really good team down here, and every body does their job really well and knows their job really well. Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward LT Michael O'Neill, MSST 91110 commander, stands with MG Geoffrey Miller during their arrival breifing at Guantanamo Bay last Tuesday.


Friday, December 12, 2003 Page 5 Grudge match, paintball style SPC Gorge Salono (left) and SPC Casey Lawrence of A Company, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment participated in the Army vs. Navy paintball game on Saturday. While the Navy won the "official" tournament, the Army beat the Navy in two grudge matches held afterward. "Despite the fact we were at a dis advantage it was a great learning experience and a great time," said SPC Nahum Vizakis of A Co. 1/181st Inf Regt. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker 258th MP Co. organizing holiday events Photos by SPC William Ingram Members of the 258th Military Police Co. (left) prepare to have their photographs taken for letters to be sent to their family members. SSG Ronald Gray (above) works to organize vari ous holiday activities for the unit. Members have participated in decorating events and are putting together gift packages to send home, Fort Polk, La. A holiday feast is also in the works.


Friday, December 12, 2003 Page 6 Located in Building 6107 at Camp America, the Legal Assistance Office is available to help the troopers of the JTF in a wide variety of areas. Wills and powers-of-attorney can be drafted, documents can be notarized and letters to creditors can be written to reduce the interest rate on debts to 6 percent. MAJ Michael Pelot is the attorney working at the Legal Assistance Office. He is avail able for advice on any legal matter. Troopers who need to have documents or contracts reviewed can call the office for an appointment. The office is always staffed with a paralegal to answer questions and give out information but if advice from an attorney is required calling ahead is advised. The one area where the Legal Assistance Office cannot offer advice is in Military Jus tice matters. According to MAJ Pelot, The Legal Assistance Office handles civil matters, while Military Justice handles criminal matters. However, the office does provide troopers a film to watch on the Article 15 process. Then personnel can assist the trooper with getting the Article 15 package faxed to the Trial Defense Service at Fort Benning, and they will contact the trooper within 48 hours to offer advice. Two other areas handled by the Legal Assistance Office are voting assistance and income tax preparation. Per sonnel are putting together a plan for this years tax season. More information will be con tained in future articles as the plan is completed. Information on voting will also be pub lished in future editions of The Wire. The Legal Assistance Office will be submitting articles to The Wire on a reg ular basis to inform the troop ers of the JTF on legal matters of general interest. Remember, personnel are here to help you with your legal assistance needs in any way possible. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The office is open on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. SFC Ted Zaroff is our NCOIC and he can be reached at 3564 if you have any questions. Legal Assistance Office is here for JTF Troopers Photo by SGT Jolene Staker SFC Ted Zaroff, JTF staff judge advocate in the Legal Assistance Office, of 177th Military Police Brigade stands ready to give a variety of handouts pertaining to legal situations to troopers. By LTC Bruce Medaugh The Inspector General office had three of the four-person office join the IG team during November. The three new members are SFC Von Bultemeyer, Lt. Cdr. David Kersey and LTC Bruce Medaugh. They are joining JTF/IG veteran SFC Danny Johns. SFC Bultemeyer is from the 384th MP Battalion and has been stationed here for several months. He was selected from the 384th to serve here and then continue as an IG when he returns home. Bultemeyer was the JDOG S-6 before this assignment. Lt. Cdr David Kersey is active duty Navy and is new to both the IG community and GTMO. His last assignment was as an engineering inspector serving US Atlantic Fleet. LTC Medaugh is the Inspector General at the 110th Fighter Wing, Michigan Air National Guard. He has been 110th IG for two years. The IG shop veteran is SFC Dan Johns. SFC Johns is assigned to the 177th MP Brigade. He was chosen to be an IG prior to being deployed. Before his selection as an IG, SFC Johns served as Platoon Sergeant for Delta Company 156th Signal Battalion. Each of these IG Team members stands ready to assist you with issues you may be experiencing during this deployment. The IG phone number is 5399. You may visit the IG office in Room 204 of the Commissions building MondaySaturday. The Camp America IG office is in Building 7200 and is staffed Tuesday 9-10 a.m. and Friday 3-4 p.m.. IG assistance is available any time by appointment. Three recently join Inspector General office for JTF


Friday, December 12, 2003 Page 7 Trooper on the Street This weeks question: What is your favorite part of the holiday season? Compiled by SGT Jolene Staker SPC Audra Vigliotte 169th Military Police Company attached to 217th MP Co. MSG Shawn Smith HQ, 1st Battalion, 181st IInfantry Regiment PFC Aung Aung 384th Military Police Battalion. Seeing my children on Christmas morning this year it will be on the web cam. SGT David Jones C Co., 1st Battalion, 181st IInfantry Regiment At home in Indiana during Christmas time I like the snow. I miss that here. Family. Still get to spend it with family this year, because my brother is here also. Being thankful to have my family and friends to share it with. CPL John Harville 216th Military Police Company Spending time with the family. Snow. Will miss all my family this year. By Paul Walker Financial educator Fleet and Family Support Center Its that time of year when stores dis play holiday decorations, increase inven tory, and gear up for the onset of holiday shoppers. Online holiday shopping has become very popular as well, especially in remote areas such as GTMO. Holiday parties and travel to distant places add to the financial burden. Ideally, youve planned and budgeted for the holi days all year long. But for many of us, its not until the decorations go up that we start thinking about how much we are going to spend and where the money will come from. Credit card balances skyrocket. Some delay pay ing bills for the month. The result? Seasonal expenses that strain our personal finances and create stress during what is supposed be a joyful time of year. The over commercialization of the hol idays contributes to this problem. The media tries to guilt us into believing we need the latest hot item toy for our chil dren or expensive gifts for our loved ones to show our affection. According to experts, many people overspend because they feel trapped by holiday traditions and expectations. Some times people need to break traditions and change expectations, especially when those traditions leave you debt-ridden in the New Year. You can avoid this stress by following these tips on holiday money management from the Federal Consumer Information Center: Draw names. If your list of family and friends is long, suggest this approach to gift giving. Set a price limit for purchased gifts. Stay within a budget. Give a gift from one family to another family, rather than individual gifts for all. Pass on a family heirloom. These often are cherished forever. Take advantage of seasonal bargains. Consider giving priority to gifts that cant be boughtsuch as time or self -made items. Use credit wisely. Keep track of the total amount of credit used. Its best to stay within a budgeted amount that can be paid off before incurring finance charges. Its not too early to begin thinking about next year. Consider joining an interestpaying holiday savings club at your bank or credit union. Taking control of your holiday spend ing helps you avoid seasonal stress, allow ing you to enjoy this time of year with family and friends. For additional information or assistance give me a call at ext. 4243 Holiday shopping can lead to increased debt; taking control of spending requires discipline


Alpha: an opportunity to explore the meaning of life Tonight: How does God guide us? Dec. 19: Why and how should I tell others? 7-8:30 p.m. Camp America Chapel, Bldg. 3203 Friday, December 12, 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. Need a spiritual lift? Join Chaplain Daniel Odean and other JTF troopers for music and fellowship during Soul Survivor. 7 p.m. every Wednesday at Club Survivor. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Photo by SGT Jolene Staker New chapel rounding into shape Contractors have the lights and duct-work up and are starting to lay tile in the new Camp America Chapel. JTF members will be celebrating Christmas in the new chapel, which is on target to be com pleted by Dec. 19. Members of the JTF choir will join with the United Jamaican Fellowship for a holiday concert on Dec. 19. The concert, Voices of Praise, will begin at 7 p.m. and will be at the J.T. Sampson Elementary ampitheatre. JTF choir to perform concert


Friday, December 12, 2003 Page 9 Camp Bulkeley Fri., Dec. 12 8 p.m. A Man Apart R 109 min 10 p.m. Tears of the Sun R 118 min Sat., Dec. 13 8 p.m. Training Day R 120 min 10 p.m. The Hunted R 94 min Sun., Dec. 14 8 p.m. Braveheart R 177 min Mon., Dec. 15 8 p.m. Pirates of the Caribbean PG13 150 Tues., Dec. 16 8 p.m. Black Hawk Down R 144 min Wed., Dec. 17 8 p.m. We Were Soldiers R138min Thurs., Dec. 18 8 p.m. Windtalkers R 133 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., Dec. 12 7 p.m. Good Boy PG 88 min 9 p.m. The Rundown PG13 104 min Sat., Dec. 13 7 p.m. The Haunted Mansion PG 88 min 9 p.m. Love Actually R 125 min Sun., Dec. 14 7 p.m. Beyond Borders R 127 min Mon., Dec. 15 7 p.m. Out of Time PG13 105 min Tues., Dec. 16 7 p.m. Intolerable Cruelty PG13 95 min Wed., Dec. 17 7 p.m. Good Boy PG 88 min Thurs., Dec. 18 7 p.m. The Haunted Mansion PG 88 min Movie Schedule To see an unusual holiday parade, visit the marina, Tiki Bar or Bayview Restaurant at 6 p.m. Saturday. From those vantage points, observe festive boats adorned with lights and holiday messages and featur ing music the most glamorous show on the water, according to organizers. Refreshments and participating awards will be available at the marina afterward. For more information, contact the marina at ext. 2345. Holiday boat parade set for Saturday near marina Volleyball players will have yet another opportunity to participte in a tour nament. This event will be a twilight tournament, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 21 at the Marine Hill pit. Trophies will be awarded for first-, secondand third-place teams. Teams may sign up for the tournament at the main Liberty Center at Marine Hill. There is no entry fee, and refreshments will be available. For more information, call ext. 2010. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Enjoying the game, Club Survivor MSG Michael Davis (from left), SFC William Wells, 1SG Sandra Adams-Jones and MSG Roland Kinley, all of the 273rd Military Police Co., watch the Army-Navy football game Satur day with SGM Dian Hager (far right) of the 384th Military Police Battalion at Club Survivor. Volleyball tournament planned Photo by Senior Airman Thomas Doscher Enjoying the game, Club Survivor CSM Gregory Hurlburt (left), 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment command sergeant major, and Commander LTC Joseph Noonan pose for the cake cutting, celebrating the 367th birthday of the Army National Guard at Seaside Gallery in Guantanamo Bay.


Friday, December 12, 2003 Page 10 JTF troopers came from various units to form an Army football team to take on representatives from the Navy on Dec. 5. Pictured with MG Geoffery Miller (center), JTF com mander; BG Mitch LeClaire, JTF deputy commander; and CSM George Nieves, JTF command sergeant major; are team mem bers Jason Pittman, Rance Williams, Chuck Crouch, Kurt Witucki, Claro Rocha, Derrick Williams, Aaron Calvert, Brent Davis, Zach Marney, Dave Vicini, Brian Moore, Richard Herring, Jason Girt, Collie Polk,Abraham Clark, Walter Henson, Lance Ostrom, Renaldo Roldan, Dwayne Datton. Navys offense began firing on all cylinders early in the game and never stopped, rolling up a 6518 win. Photo by SPC Rick Fahr By SGT Talal Elkhatib JTF master fitness trainer Benching 315 pounds and having basketballs for biceps muscle growth -is what men care about. LT Ken Arlinghaus, JTF nutritionist, simplified the con cept: Working out simply means the scarring of muscle tissue and having the body build new muscle tissue that can handle the weight. Muscle growth includes several factors, including rou tine, rest and environment. You have to learn about these things so you can use them later on. If youre a beginner, I suggest that you spend some time work ing with machines until you develop correct form and develop some strength. For every exercise, do three sets of 10-12 repetitions each. The sets should be at 50, 75 and 90 per cent effort. Notice, I didnt say 100 percent effort, because doing your max once or twice is use less. Concentrate on exercising with your body weight, such as doing dips, pushups and pullups. Focus on exercising the entire body, because the growth of your lower body is a contributor to your upper. Take your time mov ing up with the weights. In order for your body to build new muscle tissue, youll have to use heavier weight. If you start the 80-pound dumbbell press with four guys trying to help you, then youre simply achieving nothing. More than likely, youll not have good form doing the exercise, plus youll have to use heavier weight next time to build muscle. Its not a competition. Be realistic. Most of the guys who bench press 225 pounds or more have been exercising for a while. Lift weights three times a week with a day of rest in between. Doing pushups, pullups and dips with every upper body workout will get you strength and upper body size quick. Youll also have to raise your calorie intake, while keeping fat intake low. LT Arlinghaus is the person to talk to on that subject. Make sure that you do enough cardiovascular work to maintain, but dont do too much, as too much will result in burn ing muscle mass. Thirty minutes four times a week is plenty. Getting enough rest is essential to muscle growth. Your body needs time to build stronger muscle tissue. Make sure that you get enough sleep, at least six hours. Being in Guantanamo Bay might not be the best place for muscle growth, simply because you might not get enough sleep, your nutrition is limited to the mess hall or you might be doing lots of cardio with your unit. Stress is also a factor to losing size or gaining fat. The military is more focused on your ability to handle your own body weight and your abil ity to move on the battlefield. Most of the airborne rangers and special forces troopers are medium build with low body fat percentages. Their focus is being lean with lots of stamina. With a muscle growth work out, you might gain a little bit of body fat and lose speed because of size. This is not the place to do that. I suggest that you maintain until you go home. Being troop ers, we can learn to adapt to our environment. Body size does not matter in combat. Strength, speed and endurance are what matter. Stay fit. Stay alive. Honor bound. Building muscles takes commitment, knowledge Photo by SPC Rick Fahr SGT Marlon Smith (left) and SGT Kenneth Clark, both of the 177th Military Police Brigade, work on lunges, exercises that develop leg muscles, during a recent workout. According to SGT Talal Elkhatib, JTF master fitness trainer, building muscles requires proper routine, rest and environment.


Friday, December 12, 2003 Page 11 Trooper picks JTF personnels predictions for this weeks games Giants at Saints Seahawks at Rams Cowboys at Redskins 49ers at Bengals Ravens at Raiders Browns at Broncos Bills at Titans Steelers at Jets Jaguars at Patriots Panthers at Cardinals 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. Saints Rams Cowboys 49ers Ravens Broncos Titans Steelers Patriots Cardinals 7-3 65-41 Saints Seahawks Cowboys Bengals Ravens Browns Titans Jets Patriots Panthers 2-8 63-43 Saints Rams Cowboys 49ers Ravens Broncos Titans Jets Patriots Panthers 3-7 72-34 Saints Rams Cowboys Bengals Ravens Broncos Titans Jets Patriots Panthers 5-5 67-39 Games Sports highlights Sooners loss wreaks havoc with BCS lineup Compiled by SPC Rick Fahr Kansas States win in the Big 12 cham pionship game did more than end Okla homas unbeaten streak. It set up a potential split national title picture. Southern California which grabbed the No. 1 ranking in the latest Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches polls, will not be playing in the Bowl Championship Series national champi onship game, the Nokia Sugar Bowl. That game will feature third-ranked Oklahoma and second-ranked Louisiana State USC will play in the Rose Bowl against fourth-ranked Michigan Should USC beat Michigan, it will likely retain the AP top spot, no matter what hap pens in the Sugar Bowl, but it wont get the BCS title. Confused? So is USC. Other interesting bowl matchups announced Sunday include: PlainsCapital Fort Worth TCU vs. Boise State one of the teams will likely finish the season ranked near the top 10; EV1.net Houston Navy vs. Texas Tech Navys power run ning game against the high-octane Tech passing game; FedEx Orange Miami vs. Florida State the rematch. *** With wins on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots locked up playoff positions. The Eagles spanked the Dallas Cow boys 36-10, and the Patriots outlasted the Miami Dolphins 12-0. Heading in the seasons 15th week, the leagues playoff picture shows the top six AFC teams to be the Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs Indianapolis Colts Baltimore Ravens Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos In the NFC, the top teams are the Eagles, St. Louis Rams Minnesota Vikings Carolina Panthers Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks Still alive in the playoff hunt in the AFC are the Dolphins and the Cinncinati Ben gals In the NFC, the Green Bay Packers New Orleans Saints San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have outside chances to make the playoffs. *** The Atlanta Braves will have a new look next year, as the payroll-cutting team will not feature Greg Maddux Gary Sheffield or Javy Lopez The team did not offer arbitration to any of the stars, effectively ending their tenure in Atlanta. In other baseball news, Kazuo Little Matsui will be a New York Met next year, after agreeing to a three-year contract worth $6.7 million. Free agents on the market include Vladimir Guerrero likely to sign with the Baltimore Orioles ; Bartolo Colon rumored to be heading to the New York Yankees ; and Miguel Tejada who might leave the Oakland As for the Los Angeles Dodgers *** Oh, to be playing in the Atlantic Divi sion of the NBAs Eastern Conference. Win one, lose one, lead the division. With a record of 11-10, the Philadelphia 76ers were ahead of the New Jersey Nets (9-11) one-quarter of the way through the season. That kind of performance wouldnt cut much ice elsewhere around the league. Other division leaders are the Indiana Pacers (16-5); Dallas Mavericks (13-7); and Los Angeles Lakers (17-3).


Friday, December 12, 2003 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... By SPC William Ingram SGT Bryan Lewis of the 258th Military Police Co. brings a wealth of experience to his service at JTF Guantanamo Bay. Fur ther, his military training is helping him pursue a career in law enforcement. Q. What inspired you to join the mil itary? A. I was really impressed with the mili tary because it was giving me the opportu nity to go to college, and the military provides me with the professionalism to become a better person and to help protect myself and the United States and the American people. Most of my life I wanted to be a part of the police department, and the military provides an opportunity to do that job. Q. How many years and in what branches and components have you served? A. I have always served in the Army. I served two years in the Army Reserve and seven years on active duty. I have been in the service for nine years total. I've always been a military policeman, but my goal is to become a homicide detective for the police department. Q. Where have you deployed? A. I have been deployed to Bosnia and Kosovo, and I've been doing in-state, highprofile security for the Army. When I was deployed to Kosovo I had the opportunity to train with Serbia and Muslim counter parts in force protection. Working in NATO command had provided me with some great experience. Q. What do you recall as your best military experience? A. The work that I did in Kosovo has to be my best military experience. I was given the chance to provide security for the Serbians and force protection to this nation. We were ... helping people that really need our help. Q. How has your military service impacted and molded you as a service member and a person? A. The service has impacted me a lot. As a service member, I worked for several great officers and civilians. ... The service also changes my life by providing me with education benefits and lifelong benefits that are necessary to have in life. The camaraderie that you get from your follow soldiers and team mates in your unit also helps make you a better soldier. Q. In what ways has your family sup ported you in your military career? A. My family has supported me in my decision to join the military. Without their support I would not be so motivated to continue my career in the military. My family has been there for me every deploy ment. I have a deal with my sister to get all the currency for the countries I visited. My mother is a school teacher, and when I get the chance to, I share my experiences with her classes. I also go out to a local high school and show students some of things that I have seen and done while I have been in the military. Q. I n what way have you kept in con tact with your family? A. I call my family three times a week. I feel that it is important to stay in contact with your family and friends. I e-mail as much I can because it is important to stay in contact with your family when you are away from home. I requested to get sta tioned closer to home because your family is the most important thing that you have in life. Q. What is the greatest challenge you anticipate experiencing here? A. I anticipate getting more experi ence in the military police field, provid ing my squad with more training and experience to take with them back to the unit at home station. I want to get more rank on their collar because they deserve it. We are challenged every day to pro vide the best support to the Joint Task Force here in Cuba. Trying to keep my squad physically and mentally ready for any challenge that they may see down the road as a soldier and a person, I have to challenge myself and my sol diers on basic soldier readiness to try to improve. Q. How do you feel your personal experiences have equipped you to suc ceed here professionally and personally? A. I brought a lot of experience to the table with the training I have received from pervious deployments. I can share the knowledge with my peers and sol diers of the things I have learned. It is important to share all that you have learned with others, because that is how things get accomplished when a mission is given. Always remember: Completing the mission is one of the most important things that a soldier needs to do. As long as I can help the mission I am proud to be a soldier. Q. Do you see yourself as a role model? A. Yes, I do because we as soldiers have to provide a positive outlook on the military being a role model. Being a role model helps me at home with mothers stu dents and the high school that I mentor. SGT Bryan Lewis 258th Military Police Co. With SGT Bryan Lewis, 258th Military Police Co.