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Inside the Wire ... P P AGE AGE 10 10 Y Y OU OU RE RE ON ON GTMO GTMO CAMERA CAMERA J-4 J-4 ROLLS ROLLS ALONG ALONG R R EGISTERING EGISTERING YOUR YOUR CAR CAR Friday, January 9, 2004 Volume 4, Issue 17 www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo P P AGE AGE 5 5 P P AGE AGE 6 6 By SrA. Thomas J. Doscher The sun was just beginning to rise Dec. 30 when a yellow bus came to a stop near Windward Ranges pistol range and mem bers of the 463rd Military Police Company piled out, beginning to set up ammunition tents and weapon cleaning areas. The 463rd MP Co., from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., one of only two active-duty MP companies assigned to JTF Guan tanamo, were taking advantage of their training cycle to take part in weapons qual ification. Just another day in the Army, said SSG Thomas Johnson, 2nd squad leader. Like any other day. Everyone has a job to do and a role to play. Some set up tents while others load 9mm ammunition into magazines. Some set up targets, and some, like SGT Jason Scoggins, team leader, set up the 463rds OE-254 field antenna. Its something greatly different, Scoggins said of his deployment to Guan tanamo Bay. Ninety percent of my career Ive been a garrison soldier. Its definitely a learning experience. One difference Scoggins has noticed is how the unit pulls together. The camaraderie is much higher than in a garrison unit, he said. We have to rely more on each other. The final touch comes when 1LT Sean Burleson, 3rd platoon leader, plants the 463rd MP Company excels at Guantanamo Bay See 463rd, page 4 Photo by SrA. Thomas J. Doscher SGT. Juanita Rico, 463rd Military Police Company, reloads her 9mm pistol during weapons qualification at Wind ward Range Dec. 30.
Page 2 Friday, January 9, 2004 JTF-GTMO Comman d Commander: MG Geoffrey D. Miller Joint Task Force CSM: CSM George L. Nieves Public Affairs Officer: LTC Pamela L. Hart Deputy PAO LCDR Robert W. Mulac 70th MPAD Commander: CPT David Kolarik Command Information Officer / Editor: 1LT Tracy L. Saucy Circulation: 2,100 copies The Wire Staff The Wire NCOIC: SSG Patrick Cloward Editor: SPC Rick Fahr Staff writers and design team: SGT Jolene Staker SrA. Thomas J. Doscher SPC William D. Ingram SPC Katherine L.. Collins Contact us: From Guantanamo: 5239/5241 (Local phone) 5426 (Local fax) From CONUS: Com: 011-53-99-5239 DSN: 660-5239 Public Affairs Office Online: http://www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo The Wire is produced by the 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment assigned to the Joint Information Bureau at Joint Task Force Guan tanamo. This publication is printed under the provisions provided in Army Regulation 360-1 and does not reflect the views of the Depart ment of Defense or the personnel within. This month marks the two-year anniversary of the detainee operation in Guantanamo. Every day, JTF Troopers are making a difference in the Global War on Terrorism gathering intelligence from enemy combatants, providing security for Camp America and Camp Delta, and ensuring the JTF has the necessary equip ment, supplies and personnel to keep win ning. The Global War on Terrorism has changed the way we live as a country and the way we fight as a military. It has chal lenged us to reinvent the way we do busi ness and we have risen to that challenge. We must be at the top of our game every day, taking the responsibility to stay trained and ready. Our JTF team is stronger than it was three months ago. We have gotten better day by day at everything we do. I have watched as this group of Troopers has developed into a powerful, winning team that continues to meet every mission that is the hallmark of a unit and Troopers who know what right looks like. Take each day this year as a new chal lenge. We must be one step faster than the enemy your part of winning is to push yourself and your Troopers to run a little faster and push a little harder. Pay greater attention to detail in you daily duties. If you notice something that needs fixed, make it happen. Leaders and Troopers of the JTF do not walk by mistakes without fixing them. I want each of us to stride into this year with a renewed sense of commitment. Commitment to serve your country, com mitment to get the job done, commitment to improve yourself personally and a com mitment to get home safely to your family and loved ones. Great units win by making excellence the standard in everything they do and taking the responsibility for winning. I want you look at your buddy and commit to helping him get better. Support your leaders and commit to helping them accomplish the mission because it is the right thing to do. Look to your family and loved ones and commit to thanking them daily for supporting you they make a sacrifice that allows us to keep the Nation safe. But most of all, I want you to look in the mirror and commit to making your self stronger, more motivated and even better at what you do. And thanks for making a difference as we serve this great Nation. Honor bound. Trooper to Trooper MG Geoffrey D Miller Commander JTF Guantanamo JTF GTMOs 2-year anniversary a time for recommitment If common sense were common, every one would have it. JTF Guantanamo OPSEC message of the week
Friday, January 9, 2004 Page 3 By SGT Jolene Staker Members of B Company, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regi ment are working every day to protect and provide security for the JTF mission. Theyre doing it well, act ing professionally and getting the job done, said SSG Kevin Kneeland, 1st squad, 2nd pla toon leader of B Co. 1/181st Inf. Regt. B Co. has a rich history of service protecting and caring for those it serves. Their nick name the Heywood Guards comes from the original mem bers of the unit. Many worked for the Heywood furniture fac tory and considerable money for the units start-up in 1889 came from this factory. Not able to rest on past accomplishments the unit has had to face the challenges of this deployment. Our goal is to leave here a better unit t han we came and get everyone home, said SFC Clyde Sanger, B Co. 1/181st Inf. Regt. acting first sergeant. 1LT Luis Rodriguez, B. Co. 1/181st Inf. Regt. company commander, said he tells his men, lets be professional, do our mission, maintain disci pline, follow the general orders and policy letters and go home. Rodriguez puts his family first. He has the picture of his niece and nephews up for everyone to see. He works to make sure his men are taking care of their families. If their family situa tion is messed up they cant focus on the mission, he said. He credits having the best family readiness group with being instrumental in helping his men stay on top of things at home. Weve been able to partici pate in four Video Teleconfer ences (VTC) already and have another one planned for Valen tines Day. It works out well that Valentines Day fell on a Satur day so that the families can get to the VTC facility, said Rodriguez. Its not the same as being home, but its the best we can do for our soldiers here, he said. SFC Scott Sheridans wife has contributed much to keep ing the families in contact with their soldiers. Shes phenomenal. Shes a godsend. I cant thank her enough. I wish I could, said Rodriguez. In addition to organizing the VTCs she also has put a Bravo Company Family Readiness Group website up. It has a newsletter, chat room and mes sage board. She helps me so much, said Rodriguez. When soldiers on the way back from leave to Guan tanamo ran into problems with their flights, family members contacted Sheridan who emailed Rodriguez. The situa tion was resolved quickly with out any soldier being AWOL due to her quick thinking and action. Members of B Co. will con tinue to ruck the hills, do patrols, secure the gates and watch from the towers. The FRG will continue to take care of each other and sup port their men. B Co. is part of the infantry regiment that was founded as a militia back in the 1600s. Their incentive then was protecting their own towns and families. The same is true today. Every day infantryman are making the sacrifice of being away from their families, work ing long and grueling schedules so that the JTF can continue the business of gathering informa tion to fight terrorists groups all over the world. Heywood Guards serving professionally to provide security for the JTF mission Photo by SGT Jolene Staker SPC Brian Hurd, of B Co., 1/181st Inf. Regt., searches under the van with a mir ror before letting the vehicle proceed into Camp America. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker PFC Brian Major, B Co., 1/181st Inf. Regt. checks inside a van before letting it go into Camp America. He works hard at all his duties but admits that he enjoys rid ing in the turret of the Maverick behind the 50 Cal. the best.
Friday, January 9, 2004 Page 4 platoons guidon into the ground near the ammunition tent. You couldnt ask for a better group of soldiers in a demanding mission, Burleson said of his troops. Weve done some great things, met some demanding requirements and have been chosen for crucial missions in the wire. The commander of the 463rd MP Co., CPT Michael Hunter, said the 463rds efforts have an important impact worldwide. My soldiers make contributions daily that lead to breakthroughs in winning the war on terror, Hunter said. My soldiers take this mission very seriously and have a solid understanding of why we do what we do. Hunters troops also feel their mission is important. Some of the things that have come out of Delta have helped overseas, Scoggins said. Scoggins said he thinks the mission at Guantanamo Bay is every bit as important as the one in Iraq. In importance they run about the same level, he said. Ive read in Army Times that GTMOs a vacation for soldiers. Were not getting shot at here like our fel low soldiers in Iraq, but theres still stress here. 2LT Sean Uchima, platoon leader, said one part of the Guantanamo Bay experi ence is conducting missions they never would have at their home station. What we do here is very much removed from anything we would ever experience back at Fort Leonard Wood, Uchima said. This mission is a first in a very long time. Uchima said the company also benefits from working with other branches and mil itary components. It puts us in a joint environment, he said. Giving us exposure to how the other service branches operate and allows us to work hand in hand with our reserve com ponent counterparts. Despite being one of the few active duty units in the JTF, Uchima said there is no working difference between the 463rd and any other MP company. While here at JTF-GTMO, we are no different than any of the guard force com panies in Camp Delta, he said. There are no distinctions here as far as the mission here is concerned. Burleson said the active duty, Reserve and National Guard units work well together, and try to help each other out whenever they can. Sometimes the National Guard units come to us for guidance, Burleson said. We work well with them. Hunter said the 463rd could not have done a better job here than what theyre doing now. By simply doing their job with a high degree of discipline and professionalism, my soldiers, who are my family, have met and surpassed all the expectations that I had, Hunter said. They exemplify what Army soldiers are, and have made my job here very easy. 463rd from page 1 Photos by SrA. Thomas J. Doscher PFC David Melendez fires a Squad Assault Weapon during weapons practice at Grenadillo Range Dec. 31 while SGT Mark Trujillo monitors his progress. PFC Jared Miller cleans his 9mm pistol after weapons qualification at Windward Range Dec. 30. SGT Michael Strand sets up pistol targets before training at Windward Range Dec. 30.
Friday, January 9 2004 Page 5 By SPC Katherine L. Collins Purchasing personal vehicles is increas ingly popular in Guantanamo Bay. The Naval base offers a wide variety of new automobiles and GTMO specials as a means of commuting around the island each day. After purchasing your personal set of wheels here, registering your vehicle is one central responsibility in owning that automobile, but a fairly simple one with just a few brief steps. Within three days of obtaining a vehicle you, as a new owner, must apply for a transfer of the registration by presenting three basic items to the Motor Vehicle Registration Office. First, you must show proof of ownership, such as a bill of sale or title, which is issued in your name. Sec ond, you must display a valid drivers license in your name. In addition, the law requires you pro vide proof of liability meeting the mini mum coverage requirement of $25,000 per person and $50,000 per incident for per sonal injury and $25,000 per incident for property damage. If you are registering a motorcycle you must complete one further step, which is displaying a valid motorcycle safety card. If you are the person relinquishing own ership of the vehicle, note that you must return the Guantanamo Bay license plate over to the registration office after the ownership transfer. JTF troopers and personnel, if you plan on purchasing a personal vehicle here on the island please be mindful to register it in accordance with the listed requirements and timeframe following your purchase. You face the danger of seeing your per sonal transportation impounded. If you have any questions regarding the registration procedure, please contact the Vehicle Registration Office at ext. 3730. Registering vehicles in Guantanamo Bay By Air Force Lt. Col. Bruce G. Medaugh, Inspector General and SPC Katherine L. Collins In the next few weeks fami lies world-wide will be receiving bills for Christmas presents as well as the typically higher sea sonal costs. The Inspector Generals office reminds all JTF troopers responsible for family support payments that this is an espe cially important time of year to care for your familys reoccur ring needs. They encourage service members to fulfill finan cial responsibilities to families in full and on time. Your assistance may play a significant role in meeting the costs of your fam ilys annual holiday celebration. If your family needs support, and you are not fulfilling your financial role, they may seek the help of the IGs office by filing a non-support complaint. The IG will work in conjunction with your commander to ensure you meet the standard agreed to by your family or the court and you. The holiday season can be a joyous time for family, but also difficult when families are sepa rated. As service members of a military family we know the importance of doing our part in the mission at hand. The role we each play in our own familys life bears equal honor. We must do all we can to ensure we still meet our responsibilities within that family framework while serving apart from our loved ones and those entrusted to our care. If you have any questions about financial family support or any other matter you can't solve with your chain of command, please contact the IGs office at ext. 5399 or stop by Room 204 of the Commissions building, Monday through Saturday, or Building 7200 at Camp Amer ica, Tuesday from 9-10 a.m. and Friday 3-4 p.m. Each IG team member is ready to assist you with any issue you may experience during this deployment. IG assistance is available anytime by appoint ment. Caring for your familys holiday needs A 1978 Datsun pick-up truck, one of the vehicles commonly referred to as a GTMO Special. Within three days of obtaining a vehicle, the owner must apply for a transfer of registration. GTMO Specials frequently change hands as troopers leave the island and new personnel rotate in. Photo by SrA. Thomas J. Doscher Lt. Col. Bruce Medaugh, JTF Inspector General. Photo by SrA. Thomas J. Doscher
Friday, January 9, 2004 Page 6 (Above) SSG Chester Sanders (left) of the 217th MP Co. receives recognition from LTC Joseph Noonan, 1/181st Inf. Regt. battation commander, and CSM Gre gory Hurlburt, 1/181st Inf. Regt. command sergeant major, for his contribution in keeping the infantry vehicles mission capable. (Right) Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Resler out of Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, La., changes the half shaft seal on the geared hub of an infantry Humvee. (Below) SSG Charles Nance of the 216th MP Co. is per forming the annual mainte nance of checking and changing fluids in the gear hub on an infantry Humvee. J-4 Maintenance keeps JTF mission rolling along Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Tammy Harper and Sandy Grajales would like to express their gratitude for all the support contributed by the following people listed below who made the Waiting for Santa party happen: LCDR Frankie Hand MAJ Michael Nied MSG Randolph Hay CPT James Sharich MAJ John Kajander CPT Narciso Lopez MAJ James Rogers LTC Steven Westphal LTC Thaddeus Kozlowski By SGT Jolene Staker When JTF troopers get from one place to another in a mili tary vehicle they can thank the J-4 Maintenance section. The J-4 Maintenance section is made up of mechanics from the 384th Military Police Bat talion, 217th Military Police Company, 216th Military Police Company, 258th Mili tary Police Company, 177th Military Police Brigade, 463rd Military Police Company, 273rd Military Police Company and Air Force Personnel. J-4 Maintenance maintains regular services and repairs over 300 civilian vehicles as well as all of the military vehi cles brought here by individual units. The 1/181st Infantry Regi ment has the most military vehicles here. Keeping them running is imperative for mis sion success. Without the support of the J-4 Maintenance to our vehicles we would be non-mission capa ble. They are vital to our suc cess, said LTC Joseph Noonan, Battalion commander of 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment. Regular shop hours are from 7-6 p.m., but mechanics will work as long as it takes to ensure that vehicles are kept running. We stay as late as mission dictates, said SFC Kenneth Sobecki. Keeping the vehicles run ning can be challenging. Some of our vehicles are over 19 years old, said CSM Gre gory Hurlburt, 1/181st Inf. Regt. command sergeant major. If it wasnt for the dedication of the J-4 Maintenance section we would not be able to do our mission. Each operator of a military vehicle has an important part to play in keeping the vehicles mission capable. Its important to dispatch the vehicles properly so that the maintenance section can keep the services up-to-date, said Sobecki. They are supposed to be re-dispatched every two weeks. Two factors that play into J-4 Maintenances ability to keep the vehicles running is their experience and dedication. Knowing that Im part of the team and that Im contribut ing something to America is my favorite part of this mission. Ive been in maintenance for 20 years. said SSG Charles Nance of the 216th MP Co. I didnt know what the assignment was, I just raised my hand to go wherever it was, said Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Resler.
Friday, January 9, 2004 Page 7 The 2004 elections are coming up fast and the JTF wants to make sure you have all the information you need to do your constitutional duty. For more information on voting, call SFC Ted Zaroff at 3564. n The 2004 elections officially begin with the District of Columbia Presidential Preference Primary Tuesday and the New Hampshire Presi dential Primary Jan. 27. n Primaries are spread throughout the year. The 2004 Election Calen dar has election dates for your state and is available in Appendices A and B of the 2004-05 Voting Assistance Guide which can be found at http://www.fvap.gov. n Internet voting will be available for some U.S. citizens and troops overseas using the Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment. To find out if you are eligible, log onto the SERVE website at http://www.serveusa.gov. n The Voting Information Center is there to help and can be accessed toll-free from over 60 countries. The VIC can be reached at 1-800-438VOTE or DSN 425-1343. n Voting assistance is available through email at email@example.com. Elections are on the way How to make your vote count Trooper on the Street This weeks question: What is your New Years resolution? By SPC Will Ingram SPC James Polk, J-4 Maintenance SFC Zanny Bogan, 216th MP Co. SPC Rafael Delgado, 1-65th Infantry Regiment "My resolution is to take more advantage of my military benefits as in college." Air Force SSgt Arlene George, J-4 Transportation "My resolution is to be a better father, hus band and to lose weight." "To better myself as an Airman and keep my soldiers motivated in J4 Transportation." "My New Year resolu tion is to be a better soldier, grow mentally, physically and spiritu ally." SrA Bianca Acevedo, J-4 Supply "To keep the 216th Military Police Company on a positive note here at Guantanamo."
Friday, January 9, 2004 Page 8 Worship Services Catholic Main Chapel Wed. 5 p.m. Holy Hour and Rosary 6:00-6:25 p.m. Confessions 6:30 p.m. RCIA (Chaplains office) 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 7:30 p.m. Mass Protestant Main Chapel Mon. 7 p.m. Prayer Group Fellowship* Wed. 7 p.m. Mens Bible Study* 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Service/Sunday School Fellowship Hall located in Chapel Complex Camp America Tues. 7 p.m. Alpha Wed. 7 p.m. Soul Survivor (Club Survivor) Fri. 7 p.m. Alpha Sun. 7:30 a.m. Collective Protestant 9 a.m. Protestant New Life Fellowship Main Chapel Sun. 1 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 Call 2323 for more information Camp America Church Bus schedule: Sun. 8 a.m. Windward Loop 8:15 a.m. Tierra Kay The bus will return following worship. New Protestant morning service JTFs Chaplaincy announces the start of a new collec tive protestant service. Join Chaplain Paul Minor this Sunday at 7:30 a.m. to renew your spirit through wor ship and fellowship after your days labor or begin your days walk with Christ early that you might enjoy a Sunday full of Gods blessings and joy. <>< Join Chaplain Daniel Odean and other JTF troopers for music and fellowship during Soul Survivor. 7 p.m. every Wednesday at Club Survivor. Continuing a six-week series on Our Identity in Christ. Part two: The Workmanship of Christ Thursday Ticket Seeking to help one another find moral direction in life? Join the Chaplain and fel low troopers on Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m. in Troopers Chapel at Camp America for the viewing and lively ethical discussion of a contemporary movie. Continuing the Band of Brothers series By SPC Katherine L. Collins JTF announces the expansion of its spiritual leadership as CPT Khallid Shabazz joins Guantanamos joint task force as the chaplaincys newest member. I accepted the call to serve in Guantanamo, and I anticipate being an asset to the mission in whatever way I can, said Shabazz. Shabazz described his mission here as serving as an advisor to the JTF com mander on Islamic and cultural affairs. Furthermore, he explained that his mission is to serve all troopers and explained the nature of how he envisions serving them in a personal capacity. I am not just here to serve Islamic [troopers], but all military members who are looking for counseling and encouragement as they endure difficult life situations while here. I prefer to identify myself as a chaplain who hap pens to be Islamic rather than an Islamic chaplain. Its neither my per sonality nor my mission to talk just with Islamic [troopers]. Shabazz arrived just prior to Christ mas, but already Guantanamo has wit nessed his finesse and sportsmanship on the basketball court and down-to-earth personality in the galley and on the street corner. Daily he interacts with troopers on a level of camaraderie, an aspect he sees as central to his ministry. Chaplains are friends, in the true sense of the word. Thats what Im here for," said Shabazz. "I serve my [troop ers] by using my knowledge and expe rience in balance with just being myself as I relate to them. As people see me as a human being they will feel more comfortable in seeing me as a chaplain, not necessarily an Islamic chaplain." Shabazz said of himself, "I love to laugh. I love to smile. I love people. I have to admit too, I also absolutely love sports. I love just getting out and interacting with the troops competitively and things of that nature." He said the message he will strive to teach and exemplify to troopers is to "always seek to have inner peace." CPT Khallid Shabazz Chaplain JTF Guantanamo A guide, a friend: JTFs newest chaplain See Shabazz, page 11
Friday, January 9, 2004 Page 9 Tierra Kay Joint Aid Station will close Jan. 10 in preparation for its move to the new Kittery Beach medical building. During the period of Jan. 10-16, all troopers requiring medical attention must seek aid at the Camp America North JAS. All sick call appointments are tentatively scheduled to revert to Kittery Beach JAS as of Jan. 17. R ECREATION & L EISURE Camp Bulkeley Fri., Jan. 9 8 p.m. My Bosss Daughter PG13 86 min 10 p.m. Underworld R 121 min Sat., Jan. 10 8 p.m. The Fighting Temptations PG13 123 min 10 p.m. Suddenly Naked R 105 min Sun., Jan. 11 8 p.m. Beyond Borders R 127 min Mon., Jan. 12 8 p.m. Runaway Jury PG13 128 min Tues., Jan. 13 8 p.m. Cold Creek Manor R 119 min Wed., Jan. 14 8 p.m. Out of Time R 105 min Thurs., Jan. 15 8 p.m. Mr. Bones PG 110 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., Jan. 9 7 p.m. Looney Tunes: Back in Action PG 90 min 9 p.m. Scary Movie 3 PG13 83 min Sat., Jan. 10 7 p.m. Dr. Seuss: The Cat In The Hat PG 82 min 9 p.m. Something Gotta Give PG13 123 min Sun., Jan. 11 7 p.m. The Matrix Revolutions R 129 min Mon., Jan. 12 7 p.m. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King PG13 201 min Tues., Jan. 13 7 p.m. Scary Movie 3 PG13 83 min Wed., Jan. 14 7 p.m. The Last Samurai R 144 min Thurs., Jan. 15 7 p.m. Love Actually R 135 min Movie Schedule JAS Announcement: Wild Gypsy (left) jammed a repertoire of blues num bers as well as popular songs by artists including John Mellancamp and Bryan Adams. One soldier added his own bit of talent and flare to the evenings. Local harmonica legend Sgt. Ronald Leger, A Com pany 1st Battalion 181st Infantry Brigade, (right) known to his friends and fans as "Blue," jams on his blues harp harmonica with Dot Wilder. Ringing in the New Year As part of the holiday festivities, JTF troopers relaxed to the live sounds of rock, blues and jazz while enjoy ing their favorite drink at Club Survivor. Dot Wilder and her band (above) returned to Guantanamo to grace the stage Jan. 1 with soothing melodies from such master jazz vocalists as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Hol iday. Playing a mix of rock tunes, Guantanamos very own Least Worst Band (below) performed Dec. 30. Completing the holiday musical line-up, on Jan. 2 Dot Wilder and Wild Gypsy delivered other perform ances throughout Guantanamo Bay during their holiday tour. Join your friends this weekend at Club Survivor. Photos by SPC Katherine L. Collins
Friday, January 9, 2004 Page 10 By SPC Will Ingram Football season is coming to an end. This season has been very up and down with teams losing big games and teams playing with all the heart of a lion and the soul of a dreamer. The Titans squeaked by with a victory over the Ravens NFC career scoring leader Gary Anderson kicked a 46-yard field goal with 29 seconds left after an injured Steve McNair gave the Titans a 20-17 victory Saturday in a wild card first round playoff game. The Panthers ended the Cowboys and Bill Parcels season by picking apart the Dallas number one defense in a 29-10 vic tory Saturday night. The question will remains: Will Bill Parcels change the Dal las offense for next season with a new QB or running back? We will see! The Green Bay Packers passed the Seattle Seahawks 33-27 Sunday in the first round NFC playoff game. Once again the Packers have proven themselves as a playoff team. Without the defense of Al Harris picking off Matt Hassleback pass, the overtime game would have gone bad for the Packers Peyton Manning had something to prove and that is what he did. He should have been the MVP and that is the FINAL word. The Indianapolis Colts 41-10 vic tory over Denver on Sunday continues the Colts playoff hopes. Manning was sending out the message that he does have the abil ity to win the big game. This season has had some unusual upsets. Kansas Citys perfect season put an end to the Bengals Tampa Bay will not be returning to the Super Bowl or even making the playoffsending the season with a record of 7-9. With the Super Bowl right down the road, does anyone know for sure who will win? **** A very heart-felt college football sea son has finally ended. Here are all the scores of the BCS bowl games. Motor City Bowling Green over Northwestern 28-24. Insight Bowl California over Virginia Tech 52-48. Continental Tire Virginia over Pitts burgh 23-16. MasterCard Alamo Nebraska over Michigan State 17-3. EV1.Net Houston Texas Tech over Navy 38-14. Pacific Life Holiday Washington State over Texas 28-20. Silicon Valley Football Classic Fresno State over UCLA 17-9. Gaylord Hotels Music City Auburn over Wisconsin 28-14. Wells Fargo Sun Minnesota over Ore gon 31-30. Axa Liberty Utah over Southern Miss 17-0. Mainstay Independence Arkansas over Missouri 27-14. Diamond Walnut SF Boston College over Colorado State 35-21. Outback Iowa over Florida 37-17. Toyota Gator Maryland over West Virginia 41-7. Capital One Georgia over Purdue 3427. Rose USC over Michigan 28-14. FedEx Orange Miami over Florida State 16-14. SBC, Mississippi over Oklahoma State 31-28. Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, Clemson over Tennessee 27-14. Tostitos Fiesta, Ohio State over Kansas State 35-28. Humanitarian Bowl, Georgia Tech over Tulsa 52-10. New Orleans Bowl, Memphis over North Texas 27-17. GMAC Bowl, Miami over Louisville 49-28. Mazda Bowl, N.C. State over Kansas 56-26. Plains Capital, Boise State over TCU 34-31. Las Vegas, Oregon State over New Mexico 55-14. Sheraton, Hawaii over Houston 54-48. For the National Championship at the Nokia Sugar Bowl, LSU over the Okla homa Sooners 21-14. Compiled from www.espn.com GI phone home Sports highlights Titans squeak by Ravens 20-17 Sgt. 1st Class Robert Hill, 177th Military Police Brigade, speaks with his wife (not pic tured) through video telecon ferencing available to members of the JTF. The service comes with no cost to the individual, but the base being called must have the ability to hold video telecon ferencing. Units can make arrange ments to use the Video Tele conference Center for morale calls by submitting a request through the JTF Guantanamo website at http://www.jtfgtmo.south com.mil. Photo by SrA. Thomas J. Doscher
Friday, January 9, 2004 Page 11 JTF S PORTS & F ITNESS MWR Provides New Year Fitness Programs It is his mission to help foster that peace in troopers too, he said. "Staying busy helps maintain inner peace," said Shabazz. "I can help the troops maintain that inner peace by coun seling them but also by encouraging them to stay active by staying active with them." Shabazz's education and experience have prepared him well for his Guantanamo mis sion. He comes with 13 years military expe rience, four of which have been as a chaplain. Joining as an artilleryman, Shabazz served as an enlisted soldier in Ger many from 1991-1995 and Fort Polk, La., from 1995-1997. He attended the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences from 1997-1999. Shabazz graduated into the chaplain officer corps in 1997, when he completed the Chaplain Officer Basic Course. He is currently assigned to the 313th Infantry Battalion at Fort Jackson, S.C. In addition to his military experience, Shabazz brings extensive religious knowl edge allowing him to serve "dual-handed." In addition to his Islamic education, he studied at Jarvis Christian College and served as a Lutheran minister prior to his conversion to Islam. His years of training in Christianity provide him with the tools to counsel troopers in the Christian faith. Furthermore, Shabazz carries knowledge and wisdom from his education in counsel ing and from his own life experience. As a family-oriented husband and father, he acknowledges the challenges he himself faces as he serves away from his family. Serving actively, often apart from his wife and children, Shabazz has learned to cope with maintaining his own inner peace. Shabazz expressed enthusiasm for his Guantanamo mission as a spiritual guide as he draws on his own inner peace and on each of his resources from his educational and life experience. "I just want to let people know that I am here to help anyone. I hold great pride in being an American citizen and soldier and in being a chaplain. I view these roles very seriously," he said. "I came in during Desert Storm because I wanted to serve my country. I'm thrilled to still be doing the same thing today. I'm especially excited that I am serving in a capacity where I can help people from all walks in a personable way, since I just love people. I love to guide them, and just love to be a friend to them." By SSG Patrick Cloward The new year is here and its time for those new years resolutions to get back in shape. For members of the JTF, getting in shape has been a primary focus since the start of the rotation to the island. Kittery Beach road has been so full of runners and walkers that sidewalks are being built to help keep traffic from backing up. Some of us have seen some great success in our effort to improve physically. But now that the new year has begun, the old routine just isnt as exciting as it was when we first started, and variety is essential to enjoying any physical exercise. The Denich and Marine Hill gyms have been supplying JTF members a wonderful choice of organized activities for a change in routine. The Denich Gym, for instance, offers a spinning class Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and at 6:15 to 7:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Fri day. This class is led by Rosa Mays, a very energetic and fun instructor. Aerobic kickboxing classes are held Monday through Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. at both the Denich Gym and the Marine Hill aerobics room, kitty-corner to the Liberty Center. Unlike competitive kick boxing, these classes focus more on the repetitive moves associated with the sport. Some have called it something similar to the recently popular Tae-Bo exercise pro gram. Though these are the more popular classes, step aerobics is also available at the Marine Hill aerobics room from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., while Yoga classes are held four times a week, on Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. One way to start out your exercise reg imen is the Microfit evaluation, which determines which types of exercises you need for a more complete fitness program. So start anytime, but start soon for a more physically fit you. Photo from JTF Archive A great way to start out a new fitness program is to assess your physical needs with the Microfit evalua tion. Chaplain Shabazz on the basketball court with mem bers of the JTF. Shabazz, from page 8 Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins
Friday, January 9, 2004 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... With SPC George W. MacMasters, B Co. 1/181st Inf. Regt. By SGT Jolene Staker SPC George MacMasters has been serv ing in the Army National Guard for just a little over a year. He served 10 years in the Marine Corps first as an enlisted man working as a jet engine mechanic with an attack squadron, and later as an infantry officer. Family obligations caused him to leave the Marine Corps. Fifteen years later after the attacks on our nation on 9/11, he decided to go down to his local armory and volun teer as an infantryman. Even though Im a bit of an old man I believed I still had some thing to contribute and wanted to offer my experience to todays fight. Q: Why did you join the Marines? A: My father was in the Marine Corps during the Korean War so that influenced me. I was young and bored, looking for adventure and excitement. I found both in the Marine Corps. It was a great time. My son has also followed in our footsteps and joined the Marine Corps. Q: Did your son share with you why he joined the Marine Corps? A: I think he was looking for a little adventure also. Im proud of him. My father, myself and my son all went through Parris Island. Its a rite of passage. Q: Is it true you joined the National Guard after the terrorists attacks on 9/11? A: Yes, I was traveling in Central Asia when the 9/11 attacks happened. When I got home I decided to go down to my local National Guard Armory and volunteer. Q: How has that worked out? A: Ive enjoyed myself immensely. Its great to see the young soldiers and their high motivation. In just the past six months Ive seen our unit grow and mature. Q: You actually serve with soldiers your sons ages. How has that been? A: A lot of them refer to me as Mac Daddy or Daddy Mac. I am thrilled that they are really kind and encouraging to me. They seem to appreciate me being around. I was surprised at that. I thought they might be put out by a gray haired man hanging out in their squad, but theyve been nothing but terrific. I get a kick out of them, and I think they get a kick out of me. Q: What had you traveling in Central Asia? A: I was there swimming the Caspian Sea. I do a lot of swimmingits one of my hobbies and what I do as a living. I was traveling in Azerbaijan and Dagestan trac ing some of the old silk trade routes. Q: What do you do in your civilian career? A: I am the aquatics director at Harvard University where I teach swimming and oversee the competitive water events swim ming, diving, water polo and the lifeguard staff. Q: What other interesting places have you been swimming? A: I was fortunate to get across the Eng lish Channel in 1984. It took me 12 hours and 10 minutes to cross the 26 miles of rough, cold water. Also I swam in the World Championship down the Nile River and down the Suez Canal which was a 30km race in 1995. I swam in China in the Anza Canal. Q: What do you plan for your military career after Guantanamo? A: I personally hope to be deployed to Iraq. I speak Arabic, and I would like to use my skills. Q: When did you learn Arabic? A: Ive been studying comparative liter ature at Harvard for the past few years, and Ive been studying Arabic for three of those years. I find it a fascinating language. As an undergraduate I studied Latin and Greek which were ancient languages. Arabic is also an ancient language. A lot of Latin and Greek texts were translated to Arabic during the dark ages and then retranslated into Greek and Latin so I thought it was only natural to study Arabic so I could work more in the field of comparitive literature. Q: Why so many different languages? A: One of my professors said with every language you learn its like another eye with which to view the world. If you want to understand another culture its best to learn their language. Q: What undergraduate degree did you obtain? A: Bachelor of arts in philosophy and ancient languages from the University of Massachusetts. Im working on my masters at Harvard. Q: If people could only remember one thing about you during your time at Guan tanamo, what would you want it to be? A: That I always had a smile on my face and a word of encouragement for all sol diers. Ive tried to live by my motto of when the going gets tough the tough gets going. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker SPC George MacMasters of B Company, 1st Battal ion, 181st Infantry Regiment, stands at Wooster Gate to check vehicles entering Camp America. Marine Corps veteran who swam the English Channel and teaches at Harvard answers the call to serve