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Inside the Wire ... P P AGE AGE 11 11 K K ICKBOXING ICKBOXING FOR FOR YOUR YOUR HEALTH HEALTH H H APPY APPY A A NNIVERSARY NNIVERSARY C C OMPANY OMPANY C, C C, C OMPANY OMPANY D D O O Friday, January 16, 2004 Volume 4, Issue 18 www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo P P AGE AGE 3 3 P P AGE AGE 4 4 By SGT Jolene Staker The first rotation of troops in support of Enduring Freedom landed on Guantanamo on Janu ary 6, 2002. The second anniversary finds a mission that has grown, adapted and over come many obstacles. CPT Ken Niles, Aide de Camp for The Adjutant General of the Rhode Island National Guard, was here from April to December of 2002 with the 43rd Military Police Brigade. He recently had the chance to return for a visit with the 169th Military Police Company out of Rhode Island. Things have improved dras tically since I was here, Niles said. Most of our meals were MREs. He noted changes in how the mission was carried out. The equipment has been upgraded, he said. When I was here Camp X-Ray was still set up. Niles noticed more changes during his recent visit. The quality of life has improved here dramatically, Niles said. We ate in a hot, dirty tent and later they finished the Seaside Galley while we were here. Troopers can identify changes and improvements that have occurred in their time on the mission. This place is a work in progress from Cafe Caribe to how we do our mission, said SSG Robert Cook of the 384th Military Police Battalion. Troopers appreciate the efforts made by the chain of command to make their lives in Guantanamo as enjoyable as possible. My room is comfortable, said SPC Robert Batchelder of B Co., 1st Battalion, 181st JTF has come a long way and going further See JTF, page 4 SPC Douglas England helps SPC Kurt Ellestad up one of the many ridges they trek through on a dismounted patrol one year ago. Teamwork such as this has come to symbolize the troopers of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Photo courtesy of JTF archives
Page 2 Friday, January 16, 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. With the approaching anniversary of JTF Guantanamo, we as troopers have a great opportunity to reflect on the changes of the past year. We have made enormous progress in such a short amount of time. Our mission to help win the global war on terrorism began two years ago this month when the first detainees arrived at Camp XRay and has continued with each succeed ing rotation. We have improved how the JTF fights in support of the nation. We added Camps 3, 4 and Echo to improve our detention mis sion. Our Tiger Teams are recognized as the best in the Department of Defense, produc ing high value intelligence each day. Our infantry task force is on point to ensure the defense of the JTF remains rock solid. Your efforts have made our JTF a valuable part of our nations fight against terrorism. We continue to make investments in the quality of life and living conditions of our people. In Tierra Kay, the new Joint Aid Station will soon be open to give better care for troopers. Those working inside the wire can now enjoy hot meals in the cool air of Caf Caribe. The move into Camp America North will open up housing for our NAVBASE neighbors while we continue to achieve our JTF mission. This is a gesture that will keep us on top of our game and show our flexibility and adaptability to our ever-changing roles. Recently, the 1st Battalion, 119th Field Artillery arrived as the first of Rotation Five to assist in detainee operations. They have shown the willingness to work hard on their part of the JTF Mission, showing what we can achieve together when we combine all our unique capabilities and our adaptability to new ones based on the needNavy, Coast Guard, Air Force, Army, and USMC. In order to stay adaptable, our troopers are staying trained and ready. We must be masters of our trade. The Troopers of the JTF Guantanamo Team play a critical part in helping our nation win the war on terror ism. Each of us has the responsibility to stay trained and ready and to keep our skills as honed as a new saber so that we can fight and win anywhere, any time. We are getting better as a team, winning our part of the fight everyday. Just like the 119th, others will come to carry on the mission when it is time for those here now to leave. But nothing could have been accomplished in these two years by one person alone. It has been accom plished by extraordinary individual efforts within the framework of a team. And that is how we will approach this challenge: with the team coming together to provide every individual the tools he or she needs to finish the mission and then to return home with honor. When things run smoothly here in Joint Task Force Guantanamo, we dont always see the intense behind-the-scenes work that our service members and NAVBASE personnel put into ensuring that the JTF succeeds here. THANKS FOR YOUR GREAT EFFORT AND COMMITMENT. We know that you are making a differ ence every day and that I appreciate the time you have invested in defense of your country. You represent the willing hearts and broad shoulders of what America stands for do what is right no matter what the sacrifice. Trooper to Trooper MG Geoffrey D Miller Commander JTF Guantanamo Two years in and still doing great
Friday, January 16, 2004 Page 3 By SPC Katherine L. Collins Tenacious, tight-knit and well-trained, C Company 1st Battalion 181st Infantry Regi ment exceeds the mark in Guantanamo. The company arrived in Guantanamo ready to succeed, drawing on its unit cohe sion, deployment experience and skill mas tery. Most of our unit has trained together for years, and each person has moved up through the ranks, said C Co. commander, CPT Robert Michaud. This has provided us with unit cohesion which is a definite asset to any mission. The experience of working together on another mission enabled us to know each others [leadership] style. In addition, the companys deployment experience also prepared the unit well to suc ceed in Guantanamo. According to Michaud, about 85-90 percent of the company has pre viously been deployed in some form. While here, C Co. continues training as often as it can. The unit strives to ensure its squad and team leaders are tactically and technically proficient in the company METL by conducting the tasks at the squad level. Its really a good way to develop your NCOs. Plus we also try to incorporate our E4s, the people who will be the next team lead ers, said Michaud. We want to just give them a taste of it when we can help them out. We want to further develop them so they are ready when we need them to step into that E5 position. The company also conducts live fires as much as it is able, whether it be individual marksmanship shooting or team live fire exercises. It also continually conducts famil iarization with various weapon types. As long as we have the ammo, we shoot it, said Michaud. Were much less restricted here as far as ammo as opposed to home. Well-prepared and training-focused, C Co. found motivation as its greatest challenge in Guantanamo. Coming here we were well trained and experienced, having just served overseas in 2001. Now were deployed again, said Michaud. So we are well-equipped, but we must remain focused and motivated. Motivating the troops when they must work long hours, conducting 12-hour shifts and physical training on top of that is a neces sity and our top challenge, commented C Co. first sergeant, 1SG Donald Philpot. These guys are smoked by the end of each day. We try to protect the guys down time as much as we can. They really enjoy them selves relaxing together as a unit in a safe environment and manner. Squads do other things together too, said Philpot. Guys will go fishing or rent a boat or go snorkeling. They enjoy the beach and each other. These guys are a pretty tight knit group. More importantly, said Philpot, C Co. strives to stay motivated by focusing on the importance of the mission at hand and the companys role in it. We tell the guys that they have to look at the bigger picture and see that if they werent here, the area would be considered a high value target because of the individuals being contained here. Even just having an infantry presence here is important. Keep that in mind and do the right thing when youre out there standing at the guard posts or doing the ranger or mounted patrols, we tell them. For some C Co. troopers, the mission is about hard work and training to defend free dom now and in the future, but it also has its elements of mere enjoyment. Ive made a bunch of new friends and found pride because I can say I did something great in my military career. I am from a long line of veterans in my family. Its great to carry on the tradition, said SPC Michael Fer rara. A team of value, a team of vision: C Co. 1-181st Inf. Regt. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins SGT Sean Sweeney (gunner) and SGT Johnny Hollywood Saldana (instructor), C Company 1st Battalion 181st Infantry Regiment, fire a Squad Automatic Weapon during weapons training. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins A member of C Company, 1st Battalion ,181st Infantry Regiment, sights his Squad Automatic Weapon.
Friday, January 16, 2004 Page 4 Infantry Regiment. Its nice to have an air-conditioned place to relax and sleep in when Im not working. Even troopers just arriving can recognize the effort that goes into improving the quality of life in the JTF. I love it so far, said SFC William Switzer of Charlie Bat tery, 1-119th Field Artillery. Its far more than I have expected. The guys have already figured out a way to call home on the computer. 1SG Terry Geer of Bravo Bat tery, 1-119th FA said, There are obvious efforts by the command to make things better for the troopers. Without even being here long I can see that. The little NEX is outstanding. Troopers have moved from Freedom Heights, the tent city across from Camp X-Ray, to Camp America and Camp Bulkely and now to Camp Amer ica North, Tierra Kay and Tierra Kay East. Detainees moved from Camp X-Ray to Camp Delta in April 2002. Each and every day some thing is improved upon in the JTF. Average is not good enough, said MG Geoffrey Miller welcoming the 1-119th FA. We have to commit to get ting better every day. Troopers are told that they play a part in the JTF improving. Share your good ideas, said Miller. Well get better by the collective brain power we all bring to the fight. When MG Michael Dunlavey arrived in Guantanamo in March of 2002 he had 28 people, a fold ing table and a laptop computer. Marines established Camp XRay in January of 2002 with Army reservists arriving in April of 2002. Now the operation includes every branch of the military. Two task forces were origi nally formed to handle the deten tion and interrogation missions. In November of 2002, these two task forces officially became one, consolidating under one active duty, permanent-party commander, MG Geoffrey Miller. During his first formation he showed his concern for the wel fare of those under his charge. Ok, everybody in this forma tion, ghead and flex your knees a little bit and well get this cere mony over. He has continued to be con cerned with the welfare of his troopers since. The JTF, under MG Millers guidance, has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life issues for soldiers, said CSM Stephen Short, Joint Detention Operations Group command sergeant major. Club Survivor, Bulkeley gym complex, and the new MiniMart are but a few of great improvements for the troopers, said Short. That effort continues as new plans are being worked to upgrade Club Survivor, the Bulkeley gyms and athletic facil ities, he said. The two year anniversary finds the JTF an active and pro ductive participant in the Global War on Terrorism. The amount of progress accomplished by the JTF over the past two years has been nothing short of phenomenal, said BG Mitchell LeClaire, JTF deputy commander. The intelligence information developed here has not only saved American lives but has given us an edge in the Global War on Terrorism, he said. Emphasis is placed on making the troopers comfortable, because it is a grueling task before them. But they can rest assured that their efforts are paying off. The troopers who have served on duty here are a part of history and Americans are safer because of their efforts, said LeClaire. Construction workers construct seahuts that were first used as living quarters and are now utilized as offices classrooms and storage. Photo by SPC William Ingram Photo courtesy of JTF archives Troopers disassemble Freedom Heights, the tent city that was located across from Camp X-Ray in July 2002. SSG Brian Moore unpacks boxes in one of the new barracks in Camp America North. Troopers share air-conditioned open bays. In addition to the sleeping quarters and wall lockers, they share a half bathroom, kitchenette area, and cable TV. Showers and laundry facilities are close by, and a small NEX is within walking distance. Photo courtesy of JTF archives From JTF, page 1
Friday, January 16, 2004 Page 5 By SrA. Thomas J. Doscher Pack your bags trooper, youre moving out, but youre going no further than a mile down the road. The long anticipated move from Tierra Kay and Windward Loop housing to Camp America North starts Monday. The leaders are supposed to move first so they can welcome the soldiers as they move in, said WO1 Renee Riley, J-4 operations housing officer. A list of move-in dates is being circulated through the chain of command, and J-4 Transportation will provide trucks to help troopers move their belongings. There will be trucks at TK and Windward Loop, Riley said. Troopers will go to the housing office, turn in their old key and a get a new key. The new quarters in Camp America North will house six troopers apiece and be equipped with a refrigerator, table and chairs, a microwave, a TV with either a VCR or DVD player, bunks, wall lockers and foot lockers, but not all the furniture will be ready by the move-in date. The plan had changed and the wall lockers we had ordered were not adequate, Riley said. So I found some furniture so that the soldiers could have close to what theyre supposed to have. Some pieces of furniture will be temporary until new units arrive on the Jan. 29 barge. Wall lockers and refrigerators will be used, and there will be no tables or chairs until the shipment arrives. Riley said J-4 rose to the occasion and scrambled to get what furniture they could so that troops could move in on time. I researched it and found some furniture on base, she said. Wall lockers were taken out of Windward Loop housing Tuesday to meet the require ments, and 52 used refrigerators had to be cleaned out. Myself and five other sol diers had to clean them out, Riley said. SSG Brian Moore, SSG Deneen Murray, SGT Kip Jones, SPC Michael Hall and SPC Sheryl Wilson donated their time to help Riley clean each refrigerator. MG Geoffrey Miller, JTF commander, inspected Camp America North and the Seaside Galley Friday to personally make sure they were ready for JTF troops to move in. Gosh, this is a success, Miller said, looking around Camp America North. The contractors have done right by us. Housing update: Time to move out Photo by SPC William Ingram WO1 Renee Riley, J-4 operations housing officer, takes the styrofoam out of a new microwave in one of the new rooms in Camp America. The new rooms include new microwaves and TVs. By Air Force Lt. Col. Bruce G. Medaugh, Inspector General Recently on ABC, the popular TV police drama Dragnet was revived for fans young and old. In the series, Lieutenant Joe Friday uses his persistence and sense of justice to filter out the facts from deception as he attempts to solve the case. The Inspector General team provides similar service to Joint Task Force Guantanamo personnel in the IG cat egory called assistance. A person who is not able to solve a prob lem using their chain of command often comes to the Inspector General for help. A trooper who contacts the IG office can expect an IG team member to listen care fully to their concern. But just like Friday, its the troopers responsibility to be accu rate and truthful when they present their problem. The IG then searches out and ana lyzes the facts that relate to the troopers concern. Fact-finding requires the IG to gather pertinent documents, research regu lations or conduct interviews. Since the fact-finding process is time consuming the IG team member working with the trooper will explain that they should not expect an answer quickly. The IGs main concern is learning as much as possible about the problem. Teamwork in the IG office contributes to the fact-finding quality. Throughout the fact-finding process the IG team discusses each case. This means that four experi enced military members are sharing thoughts and perspectives to ensure all the important information is examined. A major tenet of the IG world is the IG is not an advocate for the any of the persons connected to the matter being examined. This means that the IG must be neutral and unbiased while gathering and analyzing the facts. When the fact-finding process is com plete the trooper will receive a final answer about their concern. It is not uncommon for the fact-finding process to determine that the original con cern didnt yield the answer the trooper wanted but because of the thoroughness of fact finding and attention to detail the IG is able to give the trooper information that will help him or her. The IG phone number is 5399. You may visit the IG office in Room 204 of the Com missions building Monday Saturday. The Camp America IG office is in Building 7200 and is staffed Tuesday from 9 a.m. and Friday 3 p.m. IG assistance is avail able anytime by appointment. What do Joe Friday and the IG have in common?
Friday, January 16, 2004 Page 6 Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Photo courtesy of JTF archives Troopers enjoy a Catholic service from Father Francis Foley inside the air-condi tioned clam shell facility. Improvements are still being made to the inside each service. Troopers now have a permanent chapel in Camp America. There was a small wooden chapel used for some services and others were held in Seaside Galley. Former base chaplain LTC Raymond Tetreault gives early troopers a catholic service outside. Troopers enjoy a new chapel for worship services and better facilities to keep in touch with loved ones at home. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Photo courtesy of JTF archives (Above) SGT Steve Anronis of the 342nd Military Police Company calls home from the former MWR phone bank. Not only have the phones been updated but many troopers find it easier to communicate with loved ones at home by com puter. (Below) 1SG Terry Geer of Bravo Battery, 1-119th Field Artillery is getting set up on the computer not long after arriving at Guantanamo. The computer access for email is awesome, said Geer.
Friday, January 16, 2004 Page 7 Photo courtesy of JTF archives Troopers enjoy more space and a brighter atmosphere inside Cafe Caribe which opened on Thanksgiving Day 2003. Running water allows for more food items to be served as well as restrooms right in the galley. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Troopers go from eating MREs to getting hot meals three times a day inside an air-conditioned building with running water. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Troopers eat inside a mess tent located in Camp Delta. There was no running water, which limited what could be served and space was limited often making for cramped eating conditions. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Now, Cafe Caribes larger size and permanent facility allow for more space and more comfort for troopers as they take their meal breaks inside the wire. Later, troopers would wash their hands outside at wash stations. This was an improvement from eating MREs outside, but didnt allow for as enjoyable of a meal break as the new facility does. Early troopers ate MREs for most meals and often ate them out in the sun. Dining improves for JTF troopers
Friday, January 16, 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. Christian Worship 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. Begin and end your day with God. JTFs Chaplaincy announces the start of a new Chris tian worship 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 three: The Heirs of Christ 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 New spiritual outreach for JTFs female troopers By SPC Katherine L. Collins Are you missing Moms tasty cook ing or your own touch of spice and craftiness and other feminine comforts of home? Or are you seeking the hugs and laughter found in close female friendships? Enjoy it all as you join other JTF women in a journey of spiri tual empowerment through JTFs new support ministry, Protestant Women of the Chapel. PWOC is a comfortable door for ladies to enter to learn about Christianity and gain support for getting through life. It is a great source of strength, growth and weekly renewal for women, particu larly those facing the challenges of mili tary service away from home, said Joan Feehan, wife to JTF chaplain LTC Stephen Feehan. Sponsored by the Army Chief of Chaplains and recognized by the leader ship of each military branch, PWOC is a national Christ-centered and Spirit-led ministry. It serves as a resource network uniting, training and encouraging women in their spiritual growth through Christian fellowship, prayer, the study of Gods word, praise and worship and stewardship. PWOC is prevalent in the military because every time you move you need to connect with others, said Feehan. When you first attend, its like youve always known each other. Often Ive heard women give testimonies of how they never went to church growing up but that when they first went to PWOC they felt a warm welcome as if they were greeting family. Others have said, what I really first went for was a nice dinner but I found something in these women that Id been missing. Then as women continue coming they more than recognize each others names; they know whats going on in their lives. Women find a strong support group in each other. Serving as a gender minority in the military away from home presents addi tional challenges to women. According to Feehan, current statistics show that the JTF consists of approximately 20 percent women. Feehan said she envi sioned bringing PWOC to Guantanamo for all women, but she recognizes the many ways it can meet the special needs of JTFs female troopers. Come join PWOCs first meeting on Thursday, Jan. 22, in Fellowship Hall at the chapel complex. Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. Future monthly dinners will be at the Naval base community center one Thursday per month. Announcements will be posted. Weekly Bible study will be in Fellow ship Hall on a day to be determined dur ing the ministrys first meeting, in accordance with the schedule needs of those wishing to attend. Need a spiritual lift? Thursday Ticket
Friday, January 16, 2004 Page 9 R ECREATION & L EISURE Camp Bulkeley Fri., Jan. 16 8 p.m. The Tailor of Panama R 109 min 10 p.m. Men of Honor R 129 min Sat., Jan. 17 8 p.m. Shaft R 100 min 10 p.m. Rules of Engagement R 127 min Sun., Jan. 18 8 p.m. Gladiator R 149 min Mon., Jan. 19 8 p.m. Mission Impossible 2 PG13 126 min Tues., Jan. 20 8 p.m. Airborne R 102 min Wed., Jan. 21 8 p.m. Romeo Must Die R 118 min Thurs., Jan. 22 8 p.m. Eye of the Beholder R 107 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., Jan. 16 7 p.m. Radio PG 109 min 9 p.m. Mystic River R 130 min Sat., Jan. 17 7 p.m. Scary Movie 3 PG13 83 min 9 p.m. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King PG13 201 min Sun., Jan. 18 7 p.m. Somethings Gotta Give PG13 123 min 9 p.m. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World PG13 138 min Mon., Jan. 19 7 p.m. Love Actually R 125 min Tues., Jan. 20 7 p.m. Dr. Seuss: The Cat In The Hat PG 82 min Wed., Jan. 21 7 p.m. Looney Tunes: Back In Action PG 90 min Thurs., Jan. 22 7 p.m. The Matrix Revolutions R 138 min Movie Schedule MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY Each year on the third Monday of January, schools, federal offices, post offices and banks across America close as we celebrate the birth, the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Members of the JTF can help celebrate by participating in the Martin Luther King 5K Memorial Run Jan. 19, 6:30 a.m. at the Base Gym. The first 200 participants to sign up by January 18th will recieve a free T-shirt Sign up at the Base Gym. Members of the JTF are invited to participate in activities on Jan. 23 to celebrate continuing relations with our Cuban friends. A Friendship Relay Run Friday starts at 8 a.m. at the North East Gate Register with Lt. j.g. Janice White at 7439. The celebration will continue at the Windjammer Club at noon with a delicious Cuban buffet for $6.50, a guest speaker, Navy Cmdr Carlos Del Toro, and live music and danc ing with a popular Cuban band. Come join in celebrating 35 years of Cuban American friendship!!! JTF Gets Ready for CUBANAMERICAN FRIENDSHIP Club Survivor opens early on Saturday and Sunday for the NFL playoff games. Join your friends watching the Colts vs. Patriots, and the 384th MPs vs. 1st Bn. 181st Inf. Regt. for touch football, as Indiana meets Massachusetts on the New England playing field. Everyone is invited to listen to the groans and the cheers this weekend at Club Sur vivor. The Club opens early at 2:30 p.m. At game-time, which is around 3 p.m., munchies will be provided.
Compiled by SPC William Ingram The National Football League had some of the greatest games of playoff history this past weekend. The St. Louis Rams fell to the Carolina Panthers in a close game. The Panthers led most of game. After blowing an 11-point lead with 2:39 left in the game, the Panthers won the game with a 29 in double overtime. The Tennessee Titans lost a nail bit ing game to the New England Patriots 17. Adam Vinatieri the hero of the 2002 Super Bowl victory for New Eng land, was challenged again this game. His 44-yarder sailed through the uprights with 4:06 left in the fourth quar ter securing the Patriots victory. The National Football Leagues top two offensive teams went head to head. The Kansas City Chiefs were put to a halt Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts were firing on all cylinders. This time the both teams came out fighting, but the Colts had the last laugh with a 38 vic tory over the Chiefs. The Colts were coming off a 41 victory over Denver, but that did not stop them from focusing on the favored Chiefs, who were unde feated at home. The Green Bay Packers saw their playoff hopes come to an end, as the Philadelphia Eagles proved to be the victors Sunday with an amazing 20 overtime victory. With 1:12 in the fourth quarter, a 28yard completion to Freddie Mitchell on a fourth and 26 help set up the gametying field goal by Eagles kicker David Akers Akers also kicked a 31yard field goal to win the game. With the AFC and the NFC champi onship games January 18 the final four teams are geared up for the Super Bowl The Patriots versus the Colts in what could be a bitterly cold battle for the AFC Championship game. The Eagles versus the Panthers in a grid locked battle for the NFC Champi onship Game. After this Sunday, two teams will play for the Super Bowl.Which one will win? *** The season of college basketball is on its way. So far several teams hold the numberone spot. Which team will hold the number one spot the longest? In college basketball there is not one dominant team. Here are weekend scores from the AP Top 25: Stanford over Arizona 82-72 Kentucky over Vanderbilt 75-63 Cincinnati over DePaul 90-65 Wake Forest over Clemson 78-63 Saint Joseph over Duquesne 78-61 Florida over Tennessee 95-57 Louisville over South Florida 85-40 Texas over Baylor 79-57 Wisconsin over Michigan 77-64 Purdue over Illinois 58-54 Oklahoma State over Texas Tech 83-62 Pittsburgh over Miami 84-80 Gonzaga over Loyola Marymont 74-60 Syracuse over Boston College 96-73 Marquette over St. Louis 61-59 Connecticut over Oklahoma 86-59 Duke over Virginia 93-71 Georgia over North Carolina 103-88 Drake over Creighton 78-67 Compiled from www.espn.com Friday, January 16, 2004 Page 10 JTF S PORTS & F ITNESS Trooper picks JTF personnels predictions for this weeks games Games Colt at Patriots in the AFC Panther at Eagles in the NFC Super Bowl XXXVIII Overall record 1st SGT Sandra Adams-Jones 273rd MP Co. Craig Basel MWR director SSG Deon Lee 216th MP Co. SFC Stephanie Nielsen 384th MP Bn. Patriots Eagles Eagles 77-49 Colts Eagles Eagles 77-49 Colts Eagles Eagles 86-40 Colts Eagles Colts 82-44 Sports highlights The Football Season is almost over Now Basketball
Friday, January 16, 2004 Page 11 Gear up for the St. Valentines Day Massacre By SSG Patrick Cloward The St. Valentines Day Xtreme Biathalon will commence Feb. 14. Two events: The 1.5 mile swim and the 20 mile bicycle ride are available for members of the JTF along with naval base members. Trophies will be awarded to five winners in three different age groups. This is a great time to start getting in shape and participate with other troopers. Call 2345 to register. To help get you limbered up for the Xtreme race in February, MWR is sponsor ing the Martin Luther King Jr. 5K memorial run January 19, 6:30 a.m. at the Denich Gym. The first 200 participants to sign up by January 18th will recieve a free T-Shirt! Other Fun Events Every other Friday until April 23rd, troopers can enjoy 9 Pin, No-Tap Singles bowling at Marblehead Lanes. Men and women will compete in one division. Start ing time is at 6 p.m. with an entry fee of $12. Call 7147 for more information. January 21-23, troopers can participate in an adult pottery class where you can learn how to throw your own bowls. The class is $70 per person which includes all tools and supplies. To sign up call 4795. For those into billiards, the Marine Hill Libery Center is sponsoring a nine ball pool tournament for single and unaccompanied troopers Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. There is no entry fee and trophies will be presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker By SrA. Thomas J. Doscher Staying fit to fight is one thing, but fighting to stay fit is what some JTF troopers are doing thanks to a daily class at the Marine Hill aerobics room. Cardio kickboxing class runs 5 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. It works the whole body, tones you and you lose a lot of weight, said Carl Heron, car dio kickboxing instructor. The free class consists of a mix of aerobics, dance and kickboxing and works on abs and glutes. MSG Martin Litwiller, 1181st Infantry Regiment intel ligence sergeant, said he was looking for a kickboxing class since he arrived at Guan tanamo. I do this back home, Litwiller said, So when I got here I was looking to see what fit my schedule. Litwiller said cardio kick boxing fits many of his physi cal training needs. It's a really intense work out for cardiovascular, strength and agility, he said. There's a really good abs workout at the end. SPC Cirra Turpin, 661st Military Police Co., said it was the best fitness class in Guantanamo. There's no better class on the island, Turpin said. You will be hurting. You'll be kicking your own butt. Heron said the intensity of the workout shouldn't scare people away. The way I teach it, they don't have time to think about the pain, he said. Litwiller said he was trying to get other members of his unit, particularly those who may have trouble with their PT scores, to attend. I brought one of my spe cialists, Litwiller said. He couldn't do the run. A couple of weeks of this and he passed. It's a great workout. Heron said all you have to do to participate is show up at the door and have a good time. It's a good class, he said. It's fun. For more information about cardio kickboxing, call Heron at 2193. JTF troopers getting a kick out of fitness Photo by SrA. Thomas J. Doscher SPC Cirra Turpin, 661st Military Police Company, punches during the aerobic warm-up at cardio kickboxing class Monday night.
Friday, January 16, 2004 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... With SPC David Meyer, C Co., 1-181 Inf. Regt. By SPC Katherine L. Collins Set out to defend his nations way of life, build a future for himself and be a role model, SPC David Meyer joined the Mass achusetts Army National Guard as an infantryman just out of high school. With the support of his parents, two older sib lings and friends he finds great pride in his Guantanamo service and views it as a prime opportunity to learn, grow and just have fun. Q: What inspired you to join the mil itary? A: Growing up Id often visit my grandfather, and hed tell me his stories from WWII. That, along with the mili tarys college benefits, interested me. Q: In what branches, components and job fields have you served? A: Ive always been in the Army National Guard as an infantryman. I wanted to serve in military intelligence, but I was only 17 when I joined, which was too young. I wasnt sure what other jobs I would like, so I picked infantry from among my other choices. I have about three and a half years to finish my initial enlistment. At that point I may switch to MI or some other field. Q: What do you recall as your best military experience? A: During my AT at Fort Drum, N.Y., I was attached to A Company, and we did [urban operations] training, where we played war games. We had to defend our city against foreign intrusion. Soldiers from Britain and Trinidad trained with us. I think Trinidad fought against us. Q: In what ways have your family and friends supported you in your active military career? A: Everyones real supportive. My parents helped me get ready for deploy ment. My dad took care of some college paperwork and my car, and my mom helped by making sure he took care of it. She also made sure I did everything I needed to do. My sister was all excited that I was going to Cuba. My friends threw me a party before I left. They talk to me on-line by instant messages too. Q: What career have you been pursu ing since joining the military? A: I joined when I was a senior in high school. The September after I graduated, I went to basic training. So I took a year off from school, then I studied at Salem State College for one year. I was studying com puter science, which I may switch from as a major but may also explore as a career field in the military. Im not sure what I really want to study in school or do in the military yet. Q: How do you feel your personal experiences have equipped you to suc ceed here professionally and person ally? A: Really, my two [annual training periods] and my time at Fort Dix provided great training, and just working alongside experienced people prepared me well for Cuba. Q: What do you find most rewarding about this mission? A: I was glad to deploy because its part of why I joined. Im defending my country here, and I get to do infantry stuff every day. Also, I got to know the other guys in my unit at my [annual training periods], but here I am getting to know them even better. I plan to keep in contact with some outside of drill when we get back. Some plan to go to UMASS Amherst. I might join them there too. Q: What do you do to relax at home and on deployment? A: I like to play video games and sports like basketball and baseball. Q: How do you think this mission will impact you as you leave Guantanamo and strengthen you to better succeed as a soldier and person? A: I think the time off from college is good for me. Having to focus on my mis sion each day will improve my focus for school. Having to live with a bunch of guys here is a help too, because Ive always lived at home, but when I get back Ill probably be living with roommates somewhere. Also, I knew Id deploy some time during my career. Its great to do it now. The veterans status really helps. Now I can take the firefighters or police officers test, and now I wont be the only person at my unit without a veterans license plate. Serving here is just a great life experience for many reasons. Pretty much everything about this deployment is new to me. So Im walking away with a whole lot more than I came with. Q: Looking back on your overall mil itary experience, what makes you most proud to serve? A: Im glad to just fight for freedom for my nation and other countries around the world. I want to help protect our way of life. Also, its a great way to be a role model. Like my grandfather did with me, I will be able to tell my nephews and nieces stories from my service too. Photo by SPC Katherine L.. Collins SPC David Meyer joined the military to mold himself and his future, as well as serve his nation. He views his Guantanamo service as an opportunity to accomplish ing just that and have a little fun and adventure too.