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Inside the Wire ... P P AGE AGE 10 10 V V OLLEYBALL OLLEYBALL WRAPS WRAPS UP UP E E XERCISE XERCISE HONES HONES SKILLS SKILLS H H OLIDAY OLIDAY MEMORIES MEMORIES Friday, December 19, 2003 Volume 4, Issue 15 www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo P P AGE AGE 3 3 P P AGE AGE 6 6 By SGT Jolene Staker For a place where people can wear shorts to a Christmas party, it may be hard to imag ine how the landscape can look like Christ mas, but with the multiple-tree display at the NEX, the huge light display on CPO hill, lights hanging from the light poles on Sher man Avenue and all of the decorating done by individuals, Guantanamo Bay does look like its ready for the holidays. While some JTF troopers are missing the snow they would have seen at home, and all are missing loved ones, Christmas spirit is alive and well here. Were away from home not too far but far enough so weve got to make the best of it, said SFC Kenneth Sobecki, motor ser geant at the J-4 maintenance shop of the 177th Military Police Brigade. I do Christ mas; its just who I am, and I try to share that with people here. From the troopers at the shop on Sherman Avenue who have decorated their motor pool, to the first sergeant who had soldiers decorate the tree his wife sent him, troopers are finding ways to cope with being away from their fam ilies at home by focusing on the way to sup port their military family here. I just came back from leave where I did Christmas with my family, but Im still going to do Christmas here, said 1LT Joshua Romano, executive officer for B Company, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Reg iment. Theyre my family here my GTMO family. 1LT Mike Paquette, 1st platoon leader of A Company, 1-181st said that his unit will be having several small unit parties of different ethnic backgrounds. This will allow the members to both celebrate their own culture while at the same time learning about other cultures. Many units are having Christmas parties and gift exchanges. Troopers will also have a special Christmas meal at both Seaside Gal ley and Caf Carib. Shrimp cocktail, beef, turkey, ham, potatoes, rice pilaf and fresh din ner rolls are just a small sampling of what will be available. Besides celebrating with their military family here, troopers will also want to get in Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Members of A Company, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment stand under the concertina wire wreath hanging over their unit headquarters. Pic tured are: back (from left) SPC Todd Collins and SGT Allan Raymond; front CPL Philip Trimble, SPC Kenneth Pierce and CPT John Drohan. See Christmas, page 5
Page 2 Friday, December 19, 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 Staff writers and design team: Sgt. Jolene Staker Senior Airman Thomas J. Doscher Spc. William D. Ingram Spc. Katherine Collins Contact us: From Guantanamo: 5239/5241 (Local phone) 5426 (Local fax) From CONUS: Com: 011-53-99-5239 DSN: 660-5239 Public Affairs Office Online: http://www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo The Wire is produced by the 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment assigned to the Joint Information Bureau at Joint Task Force Guan tanamo. This publication is printed under the provisions provided in Army Regulation 360-1 and does not reflect the views of the Depart ment of Defense or the personnel within. Happy holidays. The Christmas season always seems to invoke memories of traditional family gatherings, enjoying peace and solitude and reflecting upon the true meaning of Christmas. During this season a number of our troopers will have the opportunity to take leave and enjoy the holidays with family and friends. I sincerely hope that our troopers with young families have been given the first opportunity for some well deserved time at home. It is indeed a joyous time of year. Many of us however will not have the opportunity to be with family this year during Christmas. For those of us who will be on duty during the holiday season it is important that we maintain the link with those back home. Being away from family is not easy but there is little doubt that we remain fore most in their thoughts and they in ours. There are several ways in which you can stay in touch. Hopefully, many of you have taken the opportunity to wish your loved ones a happy holiday by doing a short video that will be aired on your local television stations back home. Our public affairs office has done a wonderful job compiling footage of our troopers both individually and as units. The MWR facilities offer another way to stay in touch. Utilizing e-mail or the chat features of our computers is defi nitely technology in action. The video cams add visual contact as well. Have you tried Dial Pad? Visiting http://www.dial pad.com will allow you to register for PC to telephone contact back home at very lit tle cost. You will need a headset in order to complete the call, but it offers the ability to utilize the MWR resources in yet another way. Video teleconferences provide another alternative to link up with those back home. If your armories or reserve centers have VTC capability you can arrange a time through your unit. See your first sergeant or commander and schedule a block of time. This is a great way to communicate! Finally, family support groups have been doing great things in our absence. Many of them have established electronic newsletters and have kept family members informed. Ive also heard reports of these organizations providing help to needy families. Hopefully these methods of linking up with hometown America will assist you in contacting your family and friends this holiday season. They are faster than the mail and cheaper than using the telephone. At any rate, please contact your family this holiday season. Your senior leadership of the JTF wishes to take this opportunity to wish all of you and your families a Merry Christ mas and Happy New Year. Honor Bound. Trooper to Trooper BG Mitch LeClaire JTF GTMO deputy commander for operations Use technology to stay in touch this season Holiday fitness events Dec. 20: Jingle Bell Fun Run 7 a.m., G.J. Denich Gymnasium Dec. 27: JTF 5K 6:30 a.m., Camp America Dec. 31: New Years Eve Resolution Run 11:59 p.m., G.J. Denich Gymnasium
Friday, December 19, 2003 Page 3 To: JTF-GTMO personnel From: SGT Joshua Carroll, JTF GTMO PAO Subject: JTF-GTMO Official Com mand Visit. This office has been informed of an official visit by Gen. Santa Claus to the Joint Task Force Guantanamo on 25 December. The following directives will govern activities of personnel during this visit: 1. No creatures will stir without offi cial permission. This will include all native mice and banana rats. Special stir ring permits will be obtained through the Chief of Staff's office. Requests should be sent to Navy Capt. McNeill, acting JTF chief of staff, no later than 20 December. 2. Personnel will settle their brains for a long winter nap prior to 2200 hours on 24 December. Uniform for nap: pajamas, cot ton, light drowsing, with kerchief, general purpose. 3. Personnel will utilize standard ration sugarplums to dance through their heads. This item may be picked up at Seaside Galley. POC is MSG Hay. 4. Stockings, wool, cushion sole, will be hung by chimneys with care. Necessary safety precautions will be taken to avoid fires. Individual sections will submit stocking-hanging plans to Lt. Kringle in Bulkeley Hall by 0800 hours, 22 Decem ber. 5. At first sign of clatter from lawn, all per sonnel will spring from their beds to investi gate and evaluate cause. Immediate action will be taken to tear open shutters and throw open window sashes. Personnel located in Camp America will throw open their doors in lieu of shutters and/or windows. 6. Volunteers are needed to drive one sleigh, miniature, and eight (8) deer, rein, tiny, for use of Gen. Claus. Driver must have current rooftop license or be able to pass a rooftop safety course as given by the J-4 Transportation Office. Interested per sonnel should see SFC Waltenburg to arrange a class time. 7. Gen. Claus will enter all sections through chimneys. Sections without chim neys will draw a Chimney Simulator from the J-4 Warehouse for use during cere monies. Requests must be submitted to SSG Dennie in triplicate prior to 20 December. 8. All personnel will be rehearsed in shouting Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. This shout will be given upon termination of Gen. Claus' visit. Uniformity of shouting is the responsibility of all section chiefs. Any trooper who requires remedial Shout Training should contact any member of the Public Affairs Office no later than 21 December. Memo to JTF troopers: Gen. Claus on the way By SrA. Thomas J. Doscher With Christmas less than a week away, JTF GTMO per sonnel are looking back to fond Christmas memories and look ing forward to making new ones with new friends here on the island. For some people, fond Christmas memories, from childhood or later in life, are about the lights, the tinsel and getting that one special gift. Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Resler, J-4 Maintenance, remembers the first thing he did when he got his first bike one Christmas morning when he was 7 years old. I rode it, he said, despite the snow on the ground in his home town of Bedford, Ind. Resler had never had a bike of his own before that Christ mas. Resler said the troopers in his shop are celebrating Christ mas this year together. Were exchanging gifts, he said. And we just dec orated the shop. SPC Jason Bracht, 384th Military Police Bn. also treasures the Christmas where he got his first bike, but thats not the main reason. I was seven, and my uncle came back from the Marines, he said. Brachts uncle, who was a heli copter mechanic in the Marine Corps, returned from six months at sea to surprise his nephew for Christmas. It was cool, Bracht said. We had football games in the back yard. And snowball fights. We didnt do that kind of stuff when he wasnt around. Bracht said hed try to make the camaraderie he felt at that Christmas felt at this one. My units having some thing at the Community Cen ter, he said. Ill hang out with friends and make it like a fam ily. Petty Officer 1st Class Joe Huttons fondest Christmas memory is from two years ago, the last Christmas she spent with her family. All my family gathered together for my grandmothers Christmas party, Hutton said. Family from all around her sister and her kids and her grandkids got together for a joyous time. Hutton said deployments abroad have prevented her from being with her family for Christmas since then, but she intends to make the best of it. Ill just be hanging out with new friends, she said. Christmas memories return with holidays Photo by SGT Jolene Staker MAJ George Harrington of Headquarters, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment poses with Grinch. Grinch was a gift from a civilian co-worker. Grinch has been to Bosnia and will go on any future deployments as well. Harrington doesn't really qualify as a Grinch since he is one of the officers who will be working the gate on Christmas to give his soldiers extra time off.
Friday, December 19, 2003 Page 4 By SPC William Ingram Some members of the Puerto Rico National Guard are serving on a deploy ment close to home. The 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regi ment, has been attached to the various mil itary police companies at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, working as military police for the Joint Task Force. Their training con sists of various activities relating to opera tions at Camp Delta. This unit consists of soldiers from all over Puerto Rico, which has a long history of National Guard serv ice. The first body of the Puerto Rico National Guard formed for U.S. military service was a battalion of volunteers authorized by Congress in March 1899. After several years of forming several dif ferent regiments, in September 1920 the Puerto Rico Volunteers became the 1-65th Infantry Regiment. The 1-65th unit is home based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., where for five months the unit trained up on their military readi ness before venturing to Guantanamo. Members of the unit have upbeat atti tudes and are motivated to work hard, according to unit leaders. Unit members speak highly of this deployment and are ready to get back to their families once the deployment is over, said SPC Frank Rodriguez. A majority of the troopers are civilian police officers, which gives the unit a great deal of experience that is valuable on this deployment. SFC Rusty Jennings, 463rd Military Police Co. Operations NCO, said that members of the 1-65th Inf. Regt. have worked well with other units. The 1-65th Inf. Regt. has done an excellent job working and training with 463rd military police company, he com mented. We have approximately eight military police companies and all that the 1-65th worked beside stated that working with them has been an honor. Traducido por SFC Ernesto L. Ramos Algunos miembros de la Guardia Nacional de Puerto Rico fueron activados y estn destacados muy cerca de casa. El 1er Batalln del Regimiento 65 de Infantera estn atacha dos a varias compaas de policas militares en la Base Naval de la Baha de Guantnamo. Su entrenamiento consiste en varias actividades relacionadas a las operaciones del Campamento Delta. Este grupo de soldados de Puerto Rico miembros y que tienen una larga historia en el servicio de la Guardia Nacional. El primer contingente de soldados de la Guardia Nacional formados para servir en el Ejrcito de los Estados Unidos fue un Batalln de voluntarios autorizados por el Congreso de los Esta dos Unidos en Marzo de 1899. Despus de muchos aos de for mar diferentes regimientos, en septiembre de 1920, los voluntarios de Puerto Rico vinieron a formar el Regimiento 65 de Infantera. El 1-65th con base en Fuerte Braga, NC, estuvo por espacio de 5 meses entrenando y saliendo a difer entes misiones antes de iniciar su misin en Guant namo. Los miembros de esta unidad son soldados altamente motiva dos y comprometidos a cumplir su misin; segn los lderes de sus respectivas unidades. Los soldados han hablado muy bien de esta movilizacin y ya estn listos para regresar a sus casas junto a su familia y seres queridos, segn afirma el SPC Frank Rodrguez. La gran mayora de ellos son oficiales de la polica en su vida civil, que le da a la unidad un buen equipo con expe riencia esencial para cumplir la los objetivos de esta mis in. SFC Rusty Jennings de la unidad 463 de Policas Militares dijo que los miembros del 1/65 han trabajos excelentemente con sus respectivas unidades. Tenemos aproximadamente 8 compaas de Policas Mil itares en las que el 1/65 de Infantera estn atachados y dijeron que trabajar con ellos es un honor. Puerto Rican Guard unit serving throughout JTF 1/65 de Infantera Orgullo de Puerto Rico SSG Raul Ortiz of 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, Puerto Rico National Guard, assigned to the 216th Military Police Co., closes a sally port gate in Camp Delta. The regiments members have been serving with various units within JTF Guantanamo Bay. Photo courtesy of Navy Photographer's Mate Second Class (AW/SW) Shawn McDonald)
Friday, December 19, 2003 Page 5 touch with family at home. Paquette said that his comrades will try to take it easy for a change and call or e-mail home to talk to loved ones. Because of mission requirements, many troopers will be working on Christmas. Units are working around busy schedules to take the time to celebrate Christmas, and the Com mand Group of the 1-181st are going to step in and work as many schedules for their troops as they can to allow them more time off. I feel its only right as a commander to give our soldiers some extra time off, and one way we can do that is to step in and take a shift, said LTC Joseph Noonan, 1-181st commander. The leadership is not going to take a day off while their soldiers are working on a holiday. While troopers cannot be home for Christ mas they will be surrounded by people dedi cated to ensuring they experience as many Christmas-related events as the mission allows. On behalf of the JDOG staff I would wish that everyone have a safe and meaning ful holiday season, said CSM Steven Short, JDOG Camp Commandant. For religious holiday events please see page 8. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker In the holiday spirit are (from left)SFC Kenneth Sobecki, J-4 motor sergeant from the 177th Military Police Brigade; and SPC Carlos Ortiz, SPC Anthony Magofna and SGT Thomas Miller, J-4 mechanics of the 463rd Military Police Co. The troopers have decorated the motor pool on Sherman Avenue. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Photo by SGT Jolene Staker From the unusual, SSG Jason Girt (from left), SSG Brian Moore and SPC Bryan Brager all of the 384th Mili tary Police Battalion, stand in front of the palm tree they decorated as a Christmas tree. The tree might not be traditional, but the trio said that it will certainly suffice for watching over presents. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker 1LT Mike Paquette (above), 1st platoon leader, B Company, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment, looks at Christmas Cards sent by students of the Immaculate Conception School in Massachusetts. SGT Steve Yablonski (below) of B Company, 1-181st stands by the tree he decorated for unit members, ready Christmas presents. The tree was sent to 1SG David Lavoie by his wife. Having the tree has improved the Christmas spirit for this unit, he said. Christmas from page 1
Friday, December 19, 2003 Page 6 By SSG Patrick Cloward, Senior Airman Thomas Doscher, SGT Jolene Staker and SPC William Ingram Bombs, bus crashes and mortar shells. Joint Task Force Guantanamo underwent Rotation Fours second Routine Integrated Defense Operation last weekend, keeping them ready for the fight in defense against terrorism. SPC Edwin Rosario of the 1st Brigade 181st Infantry Regiment worked with his team, firing mortar shells at a seaside target. He had nothing but positives to say about the training. "I think we did a really good job, he said. You can't beat the gunner that we had. SPC [Chris] Cun ningham was all over it." Sgt. Dan Jones, who was cross training on the mor tars, took value from the time he spent. "I like it a lot. It's really cool, he said. More localized training came from a bus accident earlier. RIDO improves skills, response for JTF troopers See RIDO on next page Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eklund Photo above and inset photo by Senior Airman Thomas Doscher Members of Bravo Co., 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment fire mortar shells at a target boat during Saturdays live fire exercise. SPC Dan Green (below, left) fires a machine gun at a tar get while SSG Sean Maguire assists.
Friday, December 19, 2003 Page 7 RIDO from previous page I wish that we had more training with emergency responses, said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jored Cardona, a Corpsman with the Naval Base hospital. The expe rience we received will help us to improve our ability to work smart, fast and get to the site fast. I believe that we need to train all the time and perfect our skills. Master Chief David Peck, who was on the scene, also saw it as good training experience. The emergency response teams are working hard and fast to their abilities and their training, he said. On the Leeward side, Marine forces had good things to say about their experience. "The live-fire exercise went extremely well, said Marine 1st Lt. Eric Olson of M Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Marine Division. We were able to coordi nate with an adjacent unit and conduct a live exercise with Naval Security Forces and MSST." Though some saw the teaching value in the effort, many saw it for its fun. "All training is serious because it could happen in real life, but it can also be fun because it is training, said MASN James Lawrence of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Security Forces Ground Defense Ele ment. Clockwise from top right: Photo by SPC William Ingram A medical technician evaluates casualties during a mock bus accident scene Friday morning. Photo by SPC William Ingram Emergency response personnel rehearse evacuating casu alties. Photo by Petty Offficer 1st Class Shawn Eklund Medical personnel quickly evacuate a casualty from the scene of an exercise.
Friday, December 19, 2003 Page 8 By SGT Jolene Staker For those wanting to attend chapel services and events during the holiday season there are many to choose from. The first activity in the new Camp America chapel will be the Christmas decorating on Saturday at 7 p.m., which will be followed by caroling practice and then refreshments. Christmas caroling will be on Mon day. Carolers need to meet at the Camp America chapel at 6:30 p.m. and will go to different locations to sing. The first service in the new chapel will be held Sunday morning at 9. There will be a candle-lit service on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. There will be a Catholic Mass by Bishop John Kaising, who is the auxil lary bishop of the Archdiocese of the Military Services, on Christmas Day at 5 p.m. in the Camp America Chapel. A Catholic Advent Penance Service will be held at the NAVBASE Main Chapel at 7 p.m. on Monday There is also a Christmas Eve Catholic vigil at 5:30 p.m. and a Mid night Mass, which will start at 11:55 p.m. On Christmas Day there is a Catholic service at 9 a.m. Chaplains will greet troopers at both the Seaside Galley and Cafe Caribe during the special holiday meal on Christmas day. Chaplain Stephen Feehan, JTF chaplain, is working to take care of troopers special spiritual needs during this season. At Christmas we sing Joy to the world, the Lord is come we celebrate the birth of Christ, the Light of the World, who came to the world to cast out the darkness of evil, Feehan said. He is here today, and He continues that work today. Alpha: an opportunity to explore the meaning of life Tonight: Why and how should I tell others? Dec. 26: Does God heal today? 7-8:30 p.m. Camp America Chapel, Bldg. 3203 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. Members of the JTF choir will join with the United Jamaican Fellowship for a holiday concert tonight. The concert, Voices of Praise, will begin at 7 p.m. and will be at the W.T. Sampson Elementary ampitheater. JTF choir to perform concert Chaplains, staff support troops during busy holiday season SSG Reeve Winters (left), SPC Luis Mar rero and SSG Jeffery Lewis (right), JTF chaplain assis tants browse through the hol iday decora tions at the Nex to prepare to decorate the new Camp America Chapel. December 21st will be the first service in the new building. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker
Friday, December 19, 2003 Page 9 Camp Bulkeley Fri., Dec. 19 8 p.m. Freaky Friday PG 97 min 10 p.m. Once Upon a Time in Mexico R 97 min Sat., Dec. 20 8 p.m. Secondhand Lion PG 107 min 10 p.m. The Medallion PG13 89 min Sun., Dec. 21 8 p.m. Cabin Fever R 94 min Mon., Dec. 22 8 p.m. American Graffiti PG 109 Tues., Dec. 23 8 p.m. Grind PG13 100 min Wed., Dec. 24 8 p.m. Midnight Run R125min Thurs., Dec. 25 8 p.m. Johnny English PG 88 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., Dec. 19 7 p.m. Elf PG 88 min 9 p.m. Texas Chainsaw Massacre PG13 98 min Sat., Dec. 20 7 p.m. Good Boy PG 88 min 9 p.m. Lost in Translation R 102 min Sun., Dec. 21 7 p.m. The Last Samurai R 144 min Mon., Dec. 22 7 p.m. The Runaway Jury PG13 128 min Tues., Dec. 23 7 p.m. Texas Chainsaw Massacre PG13 98 min Wed., Dec. 24 7 p.m. Elf PG 88 min Thurs., Dec. 25 7 p.m. The Last Samurai R 144 min Movie Schedule At Club Survivor ... Dec. 30: The Least Worst Band, rock and roll; Jan. 1: Dot Wilder, jazz; Jan. 2: Wild Gypsy, variety. By Air Force Lt. Col. Bruce Medaugh Sometimes, when an issue has been brought to the Inspector Gen erals (IG) office, it is something that might have been resolved earlier, if leaders follow Policy Letter No. 8. Policy Letter No. 8 established the requirement that both civilian and military personnel receive an initial counseling within 14 days of their arrival at GTMO and can create a win-win situation for everyone. The initial counseling helps lead ers and their troops establish the tasks and performance expectations they are required to meet. For you, the trooper, you will be on your way to successfully doing your job and meet ing your expectations once youve received your initial counseling. The second part of Policy Letter No. 8 requires a performance counsel ing be conducted every 45 days after the initial counseling. This helps the supervisor and the person who works for him or her to talk about how things are going and if necessary, identify any areas that may need to be improved. The supervisor is required to con duct and record each of these ses sions. It is the supervisors responsi bility, but each member should also help track this requirement. It is in everyones interest to do so. If you know your counseling is not meeting this standard, remind your supervisor that it is required. Meeting the requirements set by Policy Letter No. 8 is important because it is a clearly defined standard, which must be met. Most importantly, when the counseling is done right and to standard, the supervisor and mem ber will be able to discuss and resolve issues before they erupt into a problem which may end up in our office. If you have a question about coun seling or any other matter that you cant solve in your chain of command, please feel free to contact the Inspec tor General. Each IG team member is ready to assist you with issues you may be experiencing during their deployment. The IG phone number is 5399. You may visit the IG office in Room 204 of the Commissions building Monday through Saturday. The Camp America IG office is in Building 7200 and is staffed Tuesday, 9-10 a.m., and Fri day, 3-4 p.m. IG assistance is avail able anytime by appointment. Counseling can quelch problems before they start Photo by CW3 Gerald Jordan Parade winners Christmas parade contest winners celebrate their victory. Pictured are 1SG David Folsom (standing), JTF first sergeant, and SFC Kenneth Sobecki (left) and SSG Steve Holman. Coupons for a free 15-minute telephone call will be available to servicemembers in Guantanamo Bay. The calls may be made between tomorrow and Dec. 31. The coupons will be available from troopers command. Free calls available
Friday, December 19, 2003 Page 10 Photo by SPC Rick Fahr SPC Kurt Witucki (above) of the 177th MP Brigade returns a volley during JTF beach volleyball tournament action Saturday. SPC Brian Tivnan (below, right) warms up with teammate Daniel Jones of the 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment team. The 1-181st, seeded first, won the tournament. By SPC Rick Fahr The JTF beach volleyball regular season winners main tained their supremacy in the leagues postseason tourna ment on Saturday. Members of the 1st Battal ion, 181st Infantry Regiment rolled through the four-team event, beating the 177th Mili tary Police Brigade team in the final match. Other teams in the tourna ment were the 384th Military Police Battalion and the 273rd Military Police Co. In the opening round matches of the single-elimina tion tournament, the 1-181st defeated the 273rd in three games 16-14, 11-15 and 15-7. The 177th dispatched the 384th in two games 15-3 and 15-8. In the final, the 181st needed only two games to claim the title 15-4 and 15-3. 1-181st wins beach volleyball tourney 177th, 384th, 273rd also compete in event Photo by SPC Rick Fahr Hash-running complements fitness program By SPC Rick Fahr On Saturday afternoons, its not unusual to see a group of 3050 people scrambling around Guantanamo Bay like theyre looking for something. They are. Theyre trying to find a trail of flour left by hares. Theyre hashers. Hash-running has been around for generations, and its growing in popularity at Guan tanamo Bay. Its a combination of a phys ical fitness event and a social mixer. Hash-running offers physi cal training benefits to just about anyone because the trails have built-in mechanisms to keep the pack of hashers more or less together. Some partici pants run the entire distance. Some walk. Most do both over the courses, which are usually at least 4 miles long. A hash run is sometimes very challenging. Sometimes its a lot longer than I would care to run, said MSG Randolph Hay of the 177th MP Brigade, an avid runner. If youre doing other things going to the gym some, running some then a hash run fits right into that. In addition to the physical aspects of the runs, hashers get a different perspective on the island they inhabit. The great benefit to a hash run is that we have some excite ment, and we see Guantanamo Bay from some very different angles, Hay explained. We just dont see it from the roadway. We see it from the skyline. We see it from the trails. Its a great way to see Guantanamo Bay. See HASH on next page
Friday, December 19, 2003 Page 11 Trooper picks JTF personnels predictions for this weeks games Chiefs at Vikings Lions at Panthers Titans at Texans Redskins at Bears Giants at Cowboys Broncos at Colts 49ers at Eagles Chargers at Steelers Ravens at Browns Dolphins at Bills 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. Chiefs Panthers Titans Bears Cowboys Colts Eagles Chargers Ravens Dolphins 6-4 71-45 Chiefs Panthers Titans Bears Cowboys Colts Eagles Steelers Ravens Dolphins 7-3 70-46 Chiefs Panthers Titans Bears Cowboys Colts Eagles Steelers Ravens Bills 8-2 80-36 Chiefs Panthers Titans Bears Cowboys Colts Eagles Steelers Ravens Bills 9-1 76-40 Games Sports highlights Rams, Chiefs continue winning ways Compiled by SPC Rick Fahr If the Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams continue on their paths, the road to the Super Bowl will be Interstate 70. Both teams have clinched their divisions and are eyeing home field advantage for the playoffs. Other teams that have clinched their divisions are the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers The Philadelphia Eagles and Indi anapolis Colts have clinched playoff berths. Two divisions are still up for grabs In the AFC North, the Cincinnati Bengals and Balti more Ravens are tied with 8-6 records. The Bengals have a tougher road ahead, though, as they travel to St. Louis this weekend. The Ravens play the Cleveland Browns The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings are tied for first place in the NFC North with 8-6 records. The Packers have an edge this week as they play the Oakland Raiders while the Vikings host the Chiefs. Other contenders kept their playoff hopes alive with wins on Sunday. The Tennessee Titans beat the Buffalo Bills 28-26. The Dallas Cowboys pasted the Washington Redskins 27-0, and the Colts thumped the Atlanta Falcons 38-7. *** Quick: Who had the best record in the NBA as of Mon day? The Los Angeles Lakers (18-5). Everybody knows that. But who was a half-game behind the dream team? The Indiana Pacers (18-6). And dont look now, but some other teams have posted surprising early season records. The Sacramento Kings were at 16-5, and New Orleans had romped to a 17-7 mark. *** In the crazy world of mens college basketball, Kentucky and Connecticut are at the top of the rankings. A flurry of oddball losses has shuffled the top teams, but expect Florida Duke Mis souri and Kansas to be in the mix for the national title. *** This weeks football bowl lineup includes: Monday Tangerine N.C. State and Kansas ; Tuesday Fort Worth TCU and Boise State ; Wednesday Las Vegas Ore gon State and New Mexico ; Thursday Hawaii Houston and Hawaii ; Dec. 26 Motor City Northwestern and Bowling Green and Insight Virginia Tech and California Compiled from www.espn.com Photo by SPC Rick Fahr Hashers including MSG Howard J. Kingsley (right) of the 384th Military Police Battalion make their way up one of Guantanamo Bays many hills. Each hash run has its own course, with varying degrees of difficulty and length. HASH from previous page After each run, the hashers most of whom have earned nicknames for participating in the runs gather for a period of food and fun. We have our hash names. We kid each other a lot. Its great fellowship. Its wonderful fellowship, Hay said. For more information, con tact Stanley Hovell, ext. 7606.
Friday, December 19, 2003 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... By SPC William Ingram SPC Frank Rodriguez is a member of the Puerto Rico National Guard on his first deployment. Q. What inspired you to join the military? A. My uncle in the Air Force inspired me. He said a very honorable thing to do is join the military. Q. How many years and in what branches and components have you served? A. I have always served in the Army. I served seven years in the Puerto Rico National Guard. Ive always been an infantry soldier. At home I am an accountant for a hospital, and I really enjoy working there. Q. Where have you deployed? A. This is my very first deployment, and it has been an experience of a life time to finally get the opportunity to use my skill in the National Guard. Q. What do you recall as your best military experience? A. The work that I am doing here has to be my best military experience. I was given the chance to be deploying to another country and have the opportu nity to visit the United States while I was stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey. We were training very hard to learn the skill to be deployed at Guantanamo Bay. 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 person. I will be a better person pro fessionally at my job and at home with my family. Q. In what ways has your family supported 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 proud to continue my career in the military. My family has been there for this deploy ment. My family is supporting each other at home by staying in contact with each other and staying close to each other. Q. In what way have you kept in contact with your family? A. I call my family as much I can. I use the morale calls and LCN to stay in contact with my family. It is very impor tant to stay in contact with your family because this will help keep you moti vated when you are far away from them. Q. What is the greatest challenge you anticipate experiencing here? A. I anticipate getting more experi ence while I am deployed here at Guan tanamo Bay. We are challenged everyday to provide the best support to the Joint Task Force here in Cuba. We are also challenged in learning how to treat peo ple with respect when they are from another country. Trying to keep myself physically and mentally fit, ready for any training that may come up, is a challenge too. The language barrier is not a chal lenge for myself, but some soldiers in my unit do not speak English that well. It is always important to challenge your self. Q. Do you feel that it is important to have more training with the U.S. National Guard and the Puerto Rico National Guard on regular basis? A. It is a really good idea to have the chance to train and learn other skills that the Army National Guard provides for us. It will give us an opportunity to work on some of our language barriers and make the guard more unified. Q. How do you feel your personal experience have equipped you to suc ceed here professionally and person ally? A. Personally you will never see the world in the same way. I have seen a lot of things that I know that I will not again take for granted, like my family and job. Q. Do you feel yourself a role model? A. Yes I do because my family and my friends are proud of me. I am a positive person that believes in working hard and playing hard. Q. What qualities in others assist you here at Guantanamo Bay? A. People have their own qualities here at Guantanamo that help me com plete the mission. My unit here and back home supports each other, and that also is a great quality. With SPC Frank Rodriguez, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment SPC Frank Rodriguez 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment