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Inside the Wire ... P P AGE AGE 8 8 E E ARLY ARLY MORNING MORNING MARCH MARCH T T RAINING RAINING DAY DAY TAG TAG VISITS VISITS A A RKANSAS RKANSAS TROOPS TROOPS Friday, January 23, 2004 Volume 4, Issue 19 www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo P P AGE AGE 3 3 P P AGE AGE 5 5 By SGT Jolene Staker Members of the B and C batteries, 1119th Field Artillery Battalion recently arrived at Guantanamo Bay to replace the 165th Infantry Regiment. People can relax a little because the King of Battle is here to help take care of business, said 1SG George Davis of C Bat tery. The business unit members will be taking care of is augmenting military police person nel inside the wire. Its about time we do something, said 2LT Philip Morris. Its not artillery, but I dont mind doing what I can to help out. Morris brings his experience of being a prior service Navy sailor in the Persian Gulf right after Desert Storm ended. B and C batteries are actually compos ite batteries formed from the combat arms personnel of three batteries A, B and C from the Michigan locales of Alma, Charlotte, Albion, Lansing and Port Huron. Members of the 1-119th Field Artillery found out at the end of October that they were going to be given this mission. They were ready. Over the last year and a half we watched others deploy and wondered when we would get our chance, said CPT Larry Kniffin, B Battery commander. Were excited to be here. They went to training at Fort Dix, N.J., for specialized military police training mis sion-specific training for Guantanamo. The training they gave the guys was excellent. The trainers really knew their material, said 1SG Terry Geer of B Battery. They did a very good replication of the facility down here, Geer said. During the training we learned moves, holds, said SGT Don Klein. The members backgrounds in combat arms prepared them well for this mission. Some noncombat arms members were allowed to come because of civilian experi ence as corrections or law enforcement offi cers. Guantanamo welcomes the 1-119th Field Artillery See Artillery on page 4 Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Members of C Battery, 1-119th Field Artillery Battal ion (from front) SGT Kevin Painter, SPC Kenneth Dams and SPC Sean Wyrick deplane upon arriv ing at Guantanamo.
Page 2 Friday, January 23, 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. To all whom I have had the privilege and honor to work with, I thank you. As I depart this great command and won derful community, I take with me the knowl edge and friendship gained from having the opportunity to share a tour of duty with some of the most dedicated troopers, civilians and family members the military has to offer. It has truly been a wonderful experience for my family and me. There are few military com munities that can compare to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Everyone has touched our lives in one form or manner during the past 14 months. I can only hope that we have done likewise. There are so many people who have made the past 14 months so enjoyable; of course I cannot name them all. However, I would like to thank a few people I had the pleasure of working for and with. First of all, my appreciation goes to MG Geoffrey Miller, who has established a command climate that offers leaders and junior troopers the opportu nity to make mistakes and grow in their pro fession. Not only has he been my battle buddy, but also a friend who truly cares about the NCO corps. To the NCOs who lead our most precious resource, our troopers, thank you for arriving at work each day with your game face on ready to meet the daily chal lenges head on. Ive experienced just about every possible emotion during my tour here. But it has always been our troopers who picked me up when I was down and kept my spirits high when I was troubled. You have always been there for me, but more importantly, for our nation. No matter how tough the situation, no matter the circumstances or the hardships, you were there. This mission in Guantanamo is a tough one, be proud of your accomplish ments. Its never easy being away from fam ily and friends. This mission is filled with sacrifices no matter where you deployed from. Everyone assigned to JTF-GTMO has endured many challenges while serving dur ing Operation Enduring Freedom. Because of your hard work and determination, this nation sleeps better at night knowing you are on point protecting their freedom. On behalf of a grateful nation, I thank you for your dedica tion and selfless service to our country. I have truly enjoyed my time in Guan tanamo Bay, and I have no regrets. At the end of the day, I can look back at my tour here and honestly say that I am proud to have served my country as a member of JTF-GTMO. I simply cannot think of anything more fulfill ing than a life of service to this great nation. The next time you pass by the elementary school, please read the message on the fence: AmericaLand of the freebecause of the Brave. Those brave men and women are you. Thank you and HONOR BOUND. Trooper to Trooper CSM George Nieves command sergeant major JTF Guantanamo CSM Nieves bids farewell to JTFGTMO Set up duress words with your friends, family and coworkers. It will let you warn them of danger if you are ever being coerced. JTF Guantanamo OPSEC message of the week
Friday, January 23, 2004 Page 3 Arkansas TAG visits with states troopers Photo by SPC William Ingram MG Don C. Morrow (center), Arkansas Army National Guard adjutant general, and members of the states senior leadership recently visited two Arkansas units the 216th Military Police Co. and Det. 1, 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment here at Guantamano Bay, Cuba. With Morrow are (from left) 2LT James D. Cox, COL Carlon Smith, 1LT Tracy Saucy and Sgt. Joshua Carroll. MG Morrow tells MPs, PAO to continue fighting mission (Left) MG Don C. Morrow visits with members of the 216th Military Police Co. (from left) CPL Timo thy D. Echols, SGt Christopher Chambliss, SGT Ricky Beckwith and SGT Rodney Wade during a recent visit. (Bottom left) MG Don C. Morrow (second from left) prepares to eat lunch at Seaside Galley with CPT Betty Anderson, commander of the 216th Military Police Company and SSG Deon Lee (third from left). (Bottom right) SPC Rick Fahr, 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, demonstrates technigues involving publication of The Wire to COL Carlon Smith (left), state CSM Deborah J. Collins and MG Don C. Morrow. Photo by SPC William Ingram Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward Photo by SPC William Ingram
Friday, January 23, 2004 Page 4 During the mission orien tation, CSM Stephen Short told the unit, Welcome to the Global War on Terrorism. You are now troopers, which refers to every branch of the military serving here Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. ... Theres a rainbow out there, that has to be a good omen. Im proud to serve with you. Once at Guantanamo, the JTF commander welcomed the group and explained a simple goal. All we ask is that you do your best every day, said MG Geoffrey Miller. The rainbow is the 1-119th members uniform patch. They are part of the 42nd Infantry Division. The Rainbow Division actually dates back to World War I. It was organized in New York City. There were all walks of life represented because of New York being a cosmopolitan melting pot. The division was organized by Douglas MacArthur. Offi cials called it the Rainbow Division to signify the diver sity of life represented. The patch is actually half a rainbow, because during bat tle, one of the commanding generals lost half of his divi sion. When he was given an order to move his division, he told his command that he only had half a division. Those soldiers cut half the rainbow off their uniform to honor those they lost. One of the challenges that the 1-119th Field Artillery Battalion faces during the JTF mission is being a com posite unit made up specifi cally for this mission. That fact already had some members feeling the effects of being split up. The unit members who are here will now be split up between vari ous groups of military police. CPT Ryder Russell is ready to face this challenge by how he makes use of the batteries off time. Well keep camaraderie and battery identity by some of our off-duty activities, Russell said. It will also be more foot work for the first sergeants to check on their guys. ... Ultimately it will also be each individuals responsi bility to get in there with the people they are supporting and make new friends. While the unit may face challenges the 1-119th Field Artillery Battalion hit the ground ready to get to work. Our soldiers are extremely happy to be doing something worthwhile, said Geer. Its a job we have to do and well do it to the best of our capabilities, said Klein. Im looking forward to it, said SGT Lupe Ramereiz, B Battery, 1-119th Field Artillery Battalion. I wanted to come here and have one more expe rience before I retire. SGT Don Markham of B Battery, expressed a common sentiment: Im loving it. I cant wait to get busy. Kniffin explained that being here is a two-edged sword. You miss your fam ily at home and dont want to leave them, but youre in the military to serve, and you welcome the chance to get to do that. Im proud to be here with the 1-119th guys. Theyve sacrificed time with their family, said Russell. Theyre here and I know theyll do well. I want them to make their battery and their state proud. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Photo by SGT Jolene Staker (Above) MG Geof frey Miller JTF commander, wel comes SSG Brian Clinton of C Battery, 1st Battalion-119th Field Artillery Battal ion. (Center) SPC James Berg of B Battery, 1st Battalion, 119th Field Artillery Battalion, is welcomed to Guan tanamo shortly after arriving by BG Mitchell LeClaire. (Below) The mem bers of the 1-119th Field Artillery Battal ion go into the hangar where they will be briefed by MG Geoffrey Miller, CSM Stephen Short and Chaplain Steven Feehan. Artillery, from page 1 Photo by SGT Jolene Staker
Friday, January 23, 2004 Page 5 By SSG Patrick Cloward What do members of the 216th Military Police Company say about getting deployed twice in two years? Weve become better soldiers more like a team. Thats the comment CPT Betty Anderson, commander, said of the units recent assign ment to assist in detainee operations here at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After spending almost a year at Fort Leonard Wood, some people got comfort able, she said. So we didnt know what to expect when we got here. Not knowing how to perform, people were nervous. Nervousness turned to action as members of the 216th adjusted fire to their new assign ment, guarding detainees as part of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Here you can grow a lot professionally as an NCO, said SGT Matthew Jira, squad leader and NCO for the Immediate Reaction Force Team. Some of the benefits are that, as a National Guardsman, youre only an NCO just two days a month. Thats not enough time to really develop any leadership skills. Now that he does it on a daily basis he said it has given him opportunity to grow as a leader. I didnt realize how much being an E-5 cuts into your personal time and time off, added Jira. But thats the job I do. I spend a lot of time counseling subordinates and talk ing with leaders, working on their overall improvement. Its true when they say that leaders arent made, theyre trained. Honing personal and professional skills has been one of the greatest opportunities granted during deployment to the JTF. Many members have also been working on physical fitness. Our company just took a PT test the other day and the whole company has made drastic improvements, said Jira. Anderson agreed that members of the company have lost weight and increased their physical training level. More profoundly, many are gaining a true appreciation for the importance of good relations with family and co-workers. Being here has brought us together closer, said Anderson. If there were soldiers having problems, like losing a loved one or personal problems, everyone gathers together and pro vides them support and tells them its OK. That has only improved on their ability to achieve the mission here. Some of the biggest benefits theyve found is that its their time to give something back to their country, said Anderson. Every day we train to do the mission. This is the first time we actually perform a wartime mission. When it comes to what we do, things are never routine. There are always some new changes in policy and procedure. If there arent, you can lose attention to detail. I would say my biggest benefit is knowing that this is my opportunity to support the war on terrorism, taking a part in history. 216th MPs put their skills to long-term test Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward CPL John Harville of the 216 Military Police Co. exam ines his equipment before a recent training exericse in which the military police responded rapidly to a mock distur bance. By Navy Lt. Ken Arlinghaus JTF nutritionist Many studies suggest that a moderate amount of red wine, (one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men,) low ers the risk of heart attack for middle-aged people by 30 to 50 percent, and may prevent addi tional heart attacks if you have already suffered from one. Other studies also indicated that red wine can raise HDL (good) cholesterol and prevent LDL (bad) cholesterol from forming. Red wine may help prevent blood clots and reduce the blood vessel damage caused by fat deposits. Most of this research can be attributed to the French Paradox. Even though the French eat a relatively high fat diet, they have a 50 percent lower rate of heart disease com pared to people in the United States. However, the French have other lifestyle differences than just wine consumption, such as a higher physical activ ity level, smaller meal portion sizes and higher consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables and fish. Red wine has properties that are good for the heart. It is a par ticularly rich source of flavonoid phenolics. Resveratrol, found in grape skins and seeds, increases HDL cholesterol and prevents blood clotting. Fermentation of wine amplifies resveratrol, mak ing it a better source than grape juice. Flavonoids, on the other hand, have antioxidant properties that help prevent blood clots and plaque formation in arteries. Red wine, how ever, is not as healthy as it sounds. Studies show that alcohol drinking may increase triglyc erides, other bad blood lipids and result in weight gain due to its empty calories. Other studies sug gest that alcohol consumption is associated with cancer risk. The American Heart Association cautions people to not start drinking if they do not already drink alcohol. If you already drink alcohol, do so in mod eration. The AHA recommends one to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. A drink is one 12 oz. beer, 4 oz. of wine, 1.5 oz. of 80-proof spir its, or 1 oz. of 100proof spirits. For more information, call Lt. Ken Arlinghaus at 72270. Red wine and your heart, to drink or not to drink?
Friday, January 23, 2004 Page 6 LTC Kathy Platoni, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist OIC, 1972nd Medical Detachment (CSC) The big move to Camp America North, moving from a more home-like atmosphere to something reminiscent of college dorm life, is going to require a period of adjustment for all who are involved. Adaptation is ours to accom plish. If we make an effort to keep a pos itive outlook about the living situation, it cant help but become easier. The alter native is to be miserable. Relationships with roommates will become the foundation for the develop ment of the Camp America North com munity, even though many of us may be unfamiliar with the folks sleeping in bunks across the way. We may never become best friends with them, but it is essential to acquire a healthy respect one anothers rights and feelings, especially when living in such close quarters. Take time to get to know those in your midst in order to generate successful and mutu ally rewarding relationships. Do this by asking questions to learn about the paral lels and similarities between you. Learn about each others backgrounds, fami lies, what their lives are like back home in the states, interests, hobbies, jobs, military duties, and life experiences. It is vital to discuss the expectations we have for roommates, as this may avoid problems down the line and before conflicts and arguments occur. Set guidelines for your quarters as early on as possible and be open to discussing what is most significant or even critical to each of you. There are some relatively common issues that roommates routinely differ and disagree about, most of which call for a willingness and readiness to compromise: alcohol use, music and noise decibels, use of possessions and property, cleanliness, the presence of guests, television and computer usage, sleep and work schedules, and safety/security issues among them. Privacy, or the lack of it, may easily become a core issue in a place that offers so little sanctuary from the madding crowds. Communication is an absolute here. Address and discuss issues before they become problem areas. Utilize opportunities to resolve differences before conflicts become battlefields. Do so openly and honestly and without assigning when possible. Dont wait until the food in your refrigerator turns to Penicillin. Be open to generating solu tions and agreements. Make a genuine commitment to making these adjust ments work for all concerned. When all else fails and solutions exceed the grasp of the living situation and the people in it, do seek the assistance of your chain of command. Never lose sight of the Golden Rule in dealing with those we live with: treat our roommates as we would like them to treat us. Think about what it feels like to be at the receiving ends of our demands upon them. What is it like to walk six miles in their boots? Always remain open to negotiation. Before considering drastic measures (including supergluing your roommates to the insides of their wall lockers) we recommend contacting the 1972nd CSC for our not-to-bemissed Roommate Contracting Class. Call us at 3566. Making the move CAN be a smooth one Photo by SPC Rick Fahr Utilize opportunities to resolve differences before conflicts become battlefields Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward Contributing members of the new Kittery Beach Joint Aid Station staff stand with MG Geof fery Miller, commanding general for the JTF, outside its front doors during the opening cer emony held last Monday. 2LT Aaron Rall, JAS officer in charge, revealed some of the new benefits the facility will be able to provide to members of the JTF. The new facility will have specialty clinics that include a dental surgeon, physical therapy, dermatology counsel ing and orthopedic counseling, with a greater ability to serve more troops, he said. Our goal is to accomodate the needs of the soldier here to the best of our ability. The phone numbers for the Kittery Beach JAS are 3496 and 3497. Kittery Beach JAS opens its doors for troopers
Friday, January 23, 2004 Page 7 Trooper on the Street This weeks question: What past military or civilian training is benefiting you the most for this JTF mission? By SrA. Thomas J. Doscher Army SGT Lando Shuler 747th Postal Detachment Army SGT Terrell Reese 258th Military Police Company Army 2LT Philip Morris 1-119th Field Artillery Battalion My training in the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Its helped me with the operations portion and with training. SPC Amanda Hill 384th Military Police Battalion I used to work at a place where kids had emotional trouble. It taught me a lot about patience, like when dealing with detainees. All the training we did before we mobilized. The senior leadership in our unit really helped us a lot. High school classes on keyboarding. I do a lot of administrative stuff. Im one of those guys who sits in front of a computer eight hours a day. SFC William Wells 273rd Military Police Company When we first deployed, we got training at Fort Dix. They had a little camp set up to show us what to expect here. That helped us out a lot. By Air Force Lt. Col. Bruce G. Medaugh inspector general Troopers everywhere, including here at Guantanamo Bay, often have questions about if, when and how they might bring an issue to the attention of the inspector general. These are five frequently asked queations. 1. Who can go to the inspector gen eral? Anyone can bring an issue to a mili tary inspector general: any military mem ber, DOD civilians, family members, anonymous sources, the chain-of com mand, anyone. 2. What types of issues may troopers take to the inspector general? You can bring any issue to an inspec tor general. However, the inspector gen eral will determine whether the issue should be dealt with by the inspector general or if another agency should deal with the issue. For example, Equal Opportunity (EO) complaints are usually referred to an EO representative. Dis agreements over evaluations are dealt with using the existing Officer Evalua tion Report or Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Report appeals process. 3. When can I go to the inspector general? You may visit the inspector general any time with some exceptions. Your chainofcommand should not stop you from visiting the inspector general, but you must continue to perform your required duties and missions. In other words, you shouldnt try to use a trip to the inspector generals office to try to get out of something you don't wish to do. 4. Why would I come to the inspec tor general? Again, you may bring any issue to the IG, including requests for help, information as well as complaints. Usually, the inspector general can help if youve tried to use the systems in place but those systems havent worked. One frequent question concerns promotions. Troopers frequently believe that they have been denied a promotion that theyve earned. The inspector general is able to research the matter thoroughly and either explain why the promotion wasnt awarded or show the chainofcommand where an error was made. 5. Where and how do I contact an inspector general? You may visit the inspector general office at two locations. The main office is in Rm. 204 of the Commissions Building and is staffed Monday through Saturday. The Camp America office is in Bldg. 7200 and is staffed 9-10 a.m. Tuesday and 3-4 p.m. Friday. Assistance is avail able any time by appointment. The phone number is 5399. Each IG team member is ready to assist you with issues troopers may be experiencing during this deployment. Please dont hesitate to ask for assis tance. Your JTF Inspector General team is here to help. IG Q & A: Five common inspector general questions
Friday, January 23, 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. Alpha: an opportunity to explore the meaning of life Jan. 27: Christianity: Bor ing, untrue and irrelevant? 7-8:30 p.m. Pizza, refreshments. Bldg. L1, Camp America North 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 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 Need a spiritual lift? Rucking it together in GTMO and in life But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today. Hebrews 3:13a (NIV) If we value success, we will value teamwork. Working together is at the heart of accomplishment, said chaplain assistant SSG Reeve Winters. Looking toward the upcoming JTF ruck march, in which troopers will strive to meet and exceed the stan dards, members of the JTF chaplaincy reflected on their own ruck march experience from November. They shared words of inspiration, citing teamwork, encouragement and reliance on God as valuable tools of success in completing ruck marches and facing all lifes challenges. Ruck marches arent easy. They require a great deal of sweat and endurance, physically and mentally, said LTC Steve Feehan, JTF chaplain. The ruck march is an individual timed event, but on top of individual attitude, encouragement from others plays a big in role in a persons ultimate success. Encouragement is central to teamwork, and if we all have teamwork, we will all succeed. The chaplaincys 30-pound ruck march began at 4 a.m. on Nov. 8 at the Kittery Beach Joint Aid Station and concluded six miles later in front of the G.J. Denich Gym. Each members goal was to complete the march in 100 or fewer minutes, in accordance with JTF standards. Teamwork and encouragement were our focus in aiming for suc cess, said Winters. According to LTC Michael Britton, JTF chaplain, Winters epitomized the Chaplain Corp values of teamwork and encouragement by sacrificing his own effort to complete the march within the time limit in order to march beside and encourage a fellow trooper in her effort to complete the march. The fact that SSG Winters walked beside me until the end definitely helped me finish the march, said chaplain assistant SGT Heather Sittler. Winters commented on his efforts of encouragement. As an NCO, its my job to make sure I care for all my troops before myself, such as ensuring they fin ish the march. Thats what its all about to care for them and inspire them. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More. Chaplain assistants SSG Reeve Winters and SGT Heather Sittler ruck beside one another, as Winters encourages Sittler in her effort to com plete the march. By SPC Katherine L. Collins See Rucking, page 10
Upcoming menus at Seaside Galley: Today : lunch breaded shrimp; dinner surf and turf. Saturday : lunch fried catfish; dinner Italian night. Sunday : lunch BBQ ribs; dinner baked chicken. Monday : lunch lemon baked fish; dinner roast turkey. Tuesday : lunch potato/bacon soup; dinner chicken enchiladas. Wednesday: lunch baked chicken; dinner herb baked chicken. Thursday : lunch Caribbean chicken breast; dinner salisbury steak. Friday : lunch fried catfish; dinner surf and turf. Friday, January 23, 2004 Page 9 Camp Bulkeley Fri., Jan. 23 8 p.m. BAIT R 119 min 10 p.m. 3,000 Miles to Graceland R 120 min Sat., Jan. 24 8 p.m. TOMCATS R 95 min 10 p.m. Along Came a Spider R 103 min Sun., Jan. 25 8 p.m. Delta Force R 129 min Mon., Jan. 26 8 p.m. Bounty Hunters R 96 min Tues., Jan. 27 8 p.m. The Forsaken R 91 min Wed., Jan. 28 8 p.m. The Watcher R 93 min Thurs., Jan. 29 8 p.m. Mission Impossible PG13 109 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., Jan. 23 7 p.m. The Haunted Mansion PG 88 min 9 p.m. Timeline PG13 116 min Sat., Jan. 24 7 p.m. Dr. Seuss: The Cat In The Hat PG 82 min 9 p.m. Veronica Guerin R 98 min Sun., Jan. 25 7 p.m. Love Actually R 125 min Mon., Jan. 26 7 p.m. Looney Tunes: Back in Action PG 90 min Tues., Jan. 27 7 p.m. Timeline PG13 116 min Wed., Jan. 28 7 p.m. Veronica Guerin R 98 min Thurs., Jan. 29 7 p.m. The Haunted Mansion PG 88 min Movie Schedule Join your friends at Club Survivor. Events to highlight Cuban-American day A number of special events will highlight todays annual Cuban-American Friendship Day. A noon luncheon will feature Navy Cmdr. Carlos Del Toro, commis sioning commanding officer of the USS Bulkeley. The event will be at the Windjammer Club and will include a $6.50 Cuban buffet, limited to the first 400 attendees. Entertainment will include live music and danc ing. Earlier in the day, a Friendship Relay Run traversed from the North east Gate to Ferry Landing and then on to the Windjammer. Represen tavies of the various communities on the base participated in the run. MWR ACTIVITIES MWR personnel are planning a variety of upcoming activities: n Chess tournament: Sunday, Marine Hill Liberty Center; 3 p.m.; no entry fee. Trophies will be awarded for top three finishers. n Blue pin bowling: Feb. 8 and 22, 7 p.m., Marblehead Lanes Bowling Center. Entry fee is $6. Blue pin must be in head position to win. Prizes include a three-game gift certificate with a natural strike. For more informa tion, call Nancy or Robbie at 2118. n Valentines Day lunch: Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Bayview Restaurant. Cost is $30 per couple, and the lunch will consist of soup, salad, tenderloin, shrimp, vegetable of choice or fries, rice or baked potato and dessert. Call 5604 to make a reservation. n St. Valentines Day Massacre Xtreme Biathalon: Feb. 14 at the sailing center; 1.5-mile swim and 20-mile bike ride; two-person relay team or indi vidual competition. Sign up at the marina. Trophies will be awarded to five winners in each age group (19-29; 30-49; 50+). For more information on these or other MWR events, call 2345. A T THE GALLEY Super Bowl party on Feb. 1 Club will open 30 minutes before kickoff
Friday, January 23, 2004 Page 10 Hopefully the success of our march will inspire other troopers to be able to complete their ruck march as well, said Britton. MAJ Paul Minor, JTF chaplain, said he wises to pass on the key of encouragement as the key to success in all we do. Everyone needs encouragement to get the job done. God encourages us and calls us to be like Him. So, in turn, we must encourage others. God blesses us with the ability to walk beside one another, putting one foot in front of the other as we proceed toward the mark in ruck marches and in life. ... Respect is also a key in success. It is a central ele ment of teamwork. We must respect other people enough to view them as worthy of reaching that goal with success before we can ever help them. SPC Luis Morero, chaplain assistant, explained his own motivational technique for success. Even before looking to others for encouragement, I look to God for strength. When Im in the midst of a chal lenge, whether its physical or spiritual or a mix of both, I just keep saying to myself, Praise God. God always fills me with physical and spiritual strength. He helps me give all Ive got, then carries me further with His strength; and even if I dont meet the standards, I am still at peace, because God reminds me that He still loves me. He then helps me work hard toward meeting those standards in the future. Minor said, If everyone just works together, looking to God for strength and encouraging one another along the way, all will finish with success. All may not meet the standard in the first try, but then troopers must help each other improve toward the goal. This is true for ruck marches and everything we do in life every day. The Lord is the everlasting God ... He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40: 28b-31 (NIV) Rucking from page 8 LTC Michael Brit ton pushes on toward the finish line with the encouragement of his fellow chap lains and chaplain assistants. Hope fully the success of our march will inspire other troopers to be able to complete their ruck march as well, he said. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins Compiled by SPC Rick Fahr Just a few weeks ago, the upcoming Super Bowl could have included a number of intriguing storylines. Bill Parcells Dallas Cow boys could have taken their turnaround story all the way to Houston. Or was this the year that Steve McNairs Ten nessee Titans gained the final yard to NFL paydirt? Or could Dante Hall run back another kick for a touchdown, giving the Kansas City Chiefs the league title? Interesting questions, but after Sundays conference championship games, football fans are left with a Feb. 1 Super Bowl that has about as much star power as a Partridge fam ily reunion. The New England Patriots behind the arm of quarterback Tom Brady will meet the Carolina Panthers and quar terback Jake Delhomme The Panthers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 14-3, by taking the ball away five times, including four interceptions of Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb Ricky Manning Jr. picked off three passes. In snowy New England, the Patriots outlasted the Indi anapolis Colts 24-14. Colts passer Peyton Manning who had been virtually unstoppable during the playoffs and shared the leagues most valuable player award with McNair, threw four interceptions in the loss. Who will win the Super Bowl? Oddsmakers like the Patriots, installing them as early seven-point favorites. *** Mens college basketball is two months away from March Madness but the weekly rank ings shuffle reflects the games topsy-turvy nature. Duke sits atop the polls by virtue of its impressive win over then-fourth-ranked Wake Forest while Connecticut has fallen behind Stanford who is yet to lose. Dont look now, but Roy Williams North Carolina Tar Heels are nosing around the top 10. On the womens court, many of the usual suspects are vying for top rankings. Perennial powers Duke Connecticut and Tennessee join Texas Tech and Texas as teams to beat. *** With spring training just around the corner, baseball trades and nondeals are as prevalent as hot dogs and peanuts at a ball park. The St. Louis Cardinals have been at the center of talk recently as rumors link them to at attempt to sign pitcher Greg Maddux The Cardinals also face the possibility of losing a gigantic arbitration case to young phenom Albert Pujols In Boston, Nomar Garcia parra appears to be the Red Sox shortstop for the near future, as Alex Rodriguez is looking less likely to move from Texas to New England. The Chicago Cubs have signed pitcher Kerry Wood to a one-year deal, ostensibly to give both sides time to hammer out a long-term deal. *** The New York Knicks have reeled off a number of wins in a row for new coach Lenny Wilkens but theyre not on a Detroit Pistons roll yet. As of Tuesday, the Pistons had won 13 in a row. Not going anywhere fast are the Los Angeles Lakers who have slid to nearly a half dozen games behind the Sacramento Kings in the West. Compiled from www.espn .com. Sports highlights Patriots, Panthers not packing star power to Houston
Friday, January 23, 2004 Page 11 Trooper picks The Wire would like to thank the participants in its predictions contest. Final 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. 78-51 77-52 86-43 82-47 The Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office will open Wednes day through Feb. 3 to allow troopers to turn in excess and unserviceable equipment. To turn in information technology equipment computers, monitors, printers, scanners, cameras, etc. troopers must clear the equipment with the J-6 office and the JTF prop erty book office. Unserviceable refrigeration equip ment must be serviced by Kvaerner prior to turning it in, and troopers must have removed all hazardous chemicals from any turn-in equip ment. All turn-in materials must be accompanied by a DD Form 13481A. Property book office personnel can assist with the forms. JTF sections wanting to pull items from DMRO must contact the office for signature approval per DRMO guidelines. On Feb. 4-5, DRMO will conduct a cash and carry sale beginning at 8 a.m. each day. For more information, contact the property book office at 2240 or DRMO at 4184. DRMO plans turn-in, sale next week MLK 5K draws crowd Photo by SPC Rick Fahr More than 100 men, women and chil dren including MSG Randolph Hay (center) and Air Force Cpt. Keith Waid (second from right) of the 177th MP Brigade turned out in a drizzling rain Monday morning to pariticpate in a 5K run on the occasion of Martin Luther King Day. Jensen earns promotion Air Force Capt. Betsy Jensen accepts promotion from Navy Capt. Paul McNeill, JTF J-4 officer. Jensen is J-4 supply officer. Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward
Friday, January 23, 2004 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... With CPL Janice Williams, 216th Military Police Co. By SPC William Ingram CPL Janice Williams is a member of the 216 th Military Police Co., based in Arkansas, who hopes to one day become a leader other troopers will admire and fol low. Q: How many years have you been in the service and in what components have you served? A : I have been in for 10 years off and on. I joined in 1991 as a 92Y in supply in the 39th Infantry Brigade. Then I got out in 1994, and in 1996 I felt it was time to join again as an MP. Q: What do you do in your civilian profession? A : I am a bookkeeper for a bank. I start ed out as a teller then eventually moved up in the company as a loan officer. Now I am a bookkeeper, and I want to continue to move up in the company. Q: What are you doing to accomplish your goal to move up at the Bank? A : I am going to college to get my bach elors degree in business. I am currently taking three classes here at Guantanamo Bay. I believe that you must work hard to achieve your goals if you want success. Q: Do you plan on furthering your career in the military? A : Yes, I do plan on furthering my career in the military. I plan on after return ing to the states going to officer candidate school and continue my career in the mili tary. Q: What do like to do in your spare time? A : I like to go to church and to sing. Singing is one of my most favorite things to do. I sing for the church. I also like tak ing care of my family. Since I have been here, working out, singing and going to church are still the things I do in my spare time. Q: How do you stay in contact with your family? A : I try to call as much as I can I use Dial Pad to stay in contact with my fam ily. I believe that my family is the most important thing in the world to me. I only use LCN for emergences or if there is something that my husband and me need to discuss in private. Staying in contact helps me stay centered here at Cuba. Q: What are some the goals that you set before coming to Guantanamo Bay? A : I want to get a Physical Fitness Patch. I want to go to Primary Leader Development Course or PLDC. I want to make sergeant before I go to OCS. Q: What is your advice to someone wanting to get a PT patch? A : One thing that improves me on my PT score is working on your weakest events on the test. I believe that working hard and trying your best to motivate your self to get the patch will help you achieve that goal. Most importantly you must work out and work out. Q: Do you set goals for yourself in your personnel and professional life at home? A : I believe in that you have to. If you want to achieve in anything in life, you will have to set personal goals for yourself and do you best to accomplish them. Q: Do you feel that your family is very supportive? A : Yes, my family is very supportive and tries to stay in contact with each other. My mother helps out a lot, and she and my family are the most important things. Them getting along are the reason why I am making it here at Guantanamo Bay. My husband and my children said that they are proud of me. Q: What are you planning on doing when you leave Guantanamo Bay? A : Being here I have realized the things that I took for granted. I plan on spending more time with my family and giving my daughters more of my time to raise them the proper way. Q: What are some of the experiences that you have received here that you can take back home personally and profes sionally? A : Being put on the spot to provide and show leadership in the unit. The leadership put me in charge of PT formation. That leads me to believe that being prepared is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself. Photo by SPC William Ingram CPL Janice Williams studies for college courses while deployed here at Guantanamo Bay.