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Inside the Wire ... P P AGE AGE 12 12 O O N N BOARD BOARD WITH WITH THE THE MSST MSST S S INGING INGING PRAISES PRAISES F F INDING INDING THE THE TARGET TARGET Friday, February 6, 2004 Volume 4, Issue 21 www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo P P AGE AGE 6 6 P P AGE AGE 8 8 Communication: cornerstone of the family fortress By SPC Katherine L. Collins February is Military Family Apprecia tion Month. The JTF wishes to honor its military families and the many roles its troopers bear within those sacred struc tures. In recognition of the significance of family, particularly in the morale of those serving apart from loved ones, the JTF also seeks to remind all troopers and their fam ilies of the importance of maintaining fre quent and open communication between the military and home mission fronts dur ing deployment separation. Communication is central to the family bond and to the morale of each family mem ber, said Chaplain Steve Feehan, JTF chap lain. When separated, silence is not golden. Communication within the family is of utmost importance any time, but it bears even a more precious significance during periods of separation, added MAJ Daniel Odean, JTF chaplain. Means of family correspondence varies from trooper to trooper, and in Guan tanamo Bay a spectrum of possibilities exists from which families can choose. E-mails and phone calls are good ways to communicate, and should be used often, but the occasional letter is fantastic to send and receive too, said Feehan. According to Odean, more important than whether loved ones choose to communicate by e-mail, phone, letters or some other means, families must focus on the content of correspondence, as well as its frequency. In all communications be as positive as possible. Share feelings as well as facts. Also, talk about your plans and expecta tion for the future, suggested Feehan. Adequately communicating with fam ily is a challenge in Guantanamo Bay, said Odean, I, too, am separated from my wife and children, so I understand that well. Newlyweds, single parents, grandpar ents, expecting first-time parents, troopers with spouses and children and troopers whove just recently begun life on their own JTF has them all. Throughout Guan tanamo Bay service members are striving to embrace the opportunity to grow as a family through deployment separation by learning to communicate better. Troopers are finding a newfound view of communication as the gem of a healthy family and are creating ways to correspond and grow closer to their loved ones. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins Petty Officer 3rd Class Bobby Johnston, a member of the MSST 91110, often keeps in touch with his expec tant wife and other family and friends by phone. See Communication on page 4
Page 2 Friday, February 6, 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. John Wooden coached the UCLA Bruins basketball team to several NCAA champi onships. The meat of Woodens philosophy revolves around his starting five plus one. Everywhere I go, I find solid examples from our work in the JTF that prove our JTF team is as much or more successful than any of Woodens NCAA champions. Woodens first principle in his starting five plus one emphasizes careful planning and preparation, hard work that overcomes all obstacles. I cant find better examples than right here in our JTF. Caf Caribe and Seaside Galley are successes because of the hard work of our food service teams. Our operational ready rates remain close to 100% due to the hard work of our trans portation and maintenance folks. The new Camp America NEX provides great support a resounding success that is a direct result of listening to trooper desires, and hard work to make their comments a reality. And perseverence meant every NCO passed the battle staff NCO course, a suc cess rate unmaatched acrss the U.S. Army. Wooden also emphasizes the need for enthusiasm, no matter what the situation. Once again, everywhere I go I run into JTF team players with a disciplined, positive mindset. An enthusiastic air of hustle sur rounds our JTF Team of Teams. Wooden also stresses solid mental, moral and physical conditioning. Every where I go I see leaders and troopers men tally preparing, rehearsing, demonstrating solid troop leading procedures that ensure mission success. We are supported by a great new Camp America chapel and a strong religious program. And I see troopers everywhere focusing on physical condition ing day and night, running, working out in our gyms, road marching setting and achieving personal bests. Woodens teams were masters of basket ball fundamentals. Our JTF-GTMO troop ers focus on fundamentals, and have achieved tremendous results. Our detainee movement operations go off without a hitch. Our live fire exercises prove time and again our ability to bring effective fire on enemy threats. And our responsive medical support ensures we can save lives and get our troopers back into the fight quickly. Wooden rounds out his starting five prin ciples with an emphasis on team spirit. Everywhere I see troopers more interested in character than reputation, in team success rather than individual success. And this extends beyond the JTF to our fellow troop ers at the Naval Base, contractors that sup port our efforts, and our families at home. Woodens plus one off-the-bench prin ciple is attention to detail. His principle is evident in all we do. I see this in rehearsals for visits by media and distinguished visi tors, in live fires, in preparation for Com missions, and in detainee movement operations; on the blocks, in the field, everywhere. It is evident in our planning for renovations to show first run movies at the Bulkeley Lyceum and obtain new equipment to improve Bulkeley Gym. And attention to detail is evident in enhance ments we have made to our security sys tems and our information systems modernization program. Future challenges await us, and Woodens principles will be at work in our successes over the next few months. Enthu siastic hard work will support our PLDC and EIB candidates, and our 31E conver sion program. Conditiong will make better every day. Focus on fundamentals and attention to detail will make big things hap pen, such as successful Commissions sup port, planning for the rotation turnover to the GTMO 5 crew, and our safe redeploy ment home to our families. And dedication to the success of the JTF Team will ensure we are all winners, just like John Woodens NCAA champions from long ago. Honor Bound to Defend Freedom. Trooper to Trooper COL Timothy D. Lynch Chief of Staff, JTF Guantanamo JTF-GTMO Champion Team of Teams
Friday, February 6, 2004 Page 3 Do the various shopping spots charge the same prices for similar merchandise? No. Inspector general personnel investigated the matter in response to trooper concerns and found that policies dictate pricing at the various exchanges and commissary. The IG team learned that by law, each installation is authorized to have one commissary. A commis sary is a facility where items, mostly consumable, are discounted. This means you may find the identi cal item at another location, but by law, only the commissary is able to offer the discounted price. The color of the label will tell you if the item is a commissary or exchange item. A yellow label means the item is a commissary item and a blue label means an exchange item. The commissary items are discounted. Price differences did exist between like items, especially food, between exchange locations and the commissary. Troopers may visit the IG office in Room 204 of the Commissions building Monday through Saturday. The IG phone number is 5399. The Camp America IG office is in Bldg. 7200 and is staffed Monday, Wednesday and Friday after noons and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morn ings. The Camp America office Phone is 3501. IG assistance is available anytime by appointment. IG team uncovers quirk in base pricing rules Senior soldier of the quarter SGT Lee Johnson of the 463rd Military Police Co. is the Senior Soldier of the Quarter. Junior soldier of the quarter SPC Jason OLoughlin of B Co., 1-181st Infantry Regiment, is the Junior Soldier of the Quarter. Photo by SPC William Ingram Photo by SPC William Ingram New MOS graduates COL Nelson J. Cannon, JDOG com mander, speaks to JTF's newest grad uating class of the 31E MOS. January 26-29, JTFs military police units partici pated in a four-day conversion course, taught by SFC John Waters, which consisted of lecture, demonstration instruction and hands-on training. Stu dents passing the six-part hands-on exam and written exam earned the mil itary police corrections MOS, which will serve as their primary occupational speciality for as long as they work in corrections. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins
Friday, February 6, 2004 Page 4 Communication from page 1 n n n Petty Officer 3rd Class Bobby Johnston, a member of the Maritime Safety Security Team 91110 who is a young husband and expectant firsttime father, said he finds the deployment beneficial to his marriage. A nearly five-year veteran of the Coast Guard, Johnston served on previous missions away from his wife, but Guantanamo Bay is his most extensive. Through this deployment we are learning to communi cate better and are growing closer, said Johnston. Talk ing is really all we have for a while, since we won't see each other at all during my six months away. My wife and I still do the usual talking about our days but more in-depth now. I generally call her using my morale calls, and she tries to call me. Sometimes I use the webcam. We also send each other packages and pic tures. I just sent her pictures of me on the boat here, and for Valentines Day I arranged to have something delivered to her. n n n Tech Sgt. Rod Baker, a com munications project manager in J-6, is married with young chil dren. He too recognizes the positive effects of his Guan tanamo Bay service on his fam ily. He previously served apart from his family in Saudi Arabia and in Korea. Being apart brings us closer. First, we are learning to listen better, said Baker. I've developed more patience in listening to my wife and chil dren because listening and writing is all we have to express our love since we're not together. We're also learning how much we need each other, he said. Communication with loved ones keeps me sane. We [troopers] must remember that we are going through hard times and so are [our families]. It's a lot harder being the one at home than the one deployed. You have all the responsibility of the household. We [fami lies] need to lean on each other with all that is bothering us, but we [troopers] need to bal ance the truth with striving to keep our families from worry ing about us and us about them. It's a challenge to bal ance this. For the most part we talk about the same things we would if we were together, but we try to focus more on the positive stuff, and we talk in more detail about our days, he explained. I e-mail every day, generally every morning and night. I like to at least say 'good morning' and 'good night' each day. We also try to talk by phone about three times a week. I use my morale calls, and then my wife tries to call me. When I was in Korea I also created audio and video tapes for my family. The fact that we can't talk in person and the difficulties of how little we can call and email makes us realize how good we had it at home, Baker said. n n n SFC Wendy Grooms, 384th Military Police Battalion mem ber and Detention Operation Center NCOIC, is a wife to another service member and a mother to two children and two stepchildren. Married for less than two years, she highlights communication as the strong hold in her family, particularly as her husband now processes to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, after an already extensive amount of family sep aration. Grooms said she attrib utes learning the important factors of communication to her separation experience. Communication is impor tant in every relationship in life. I prioritize who I commu nicate with just as I prioritize my allegiance: my God, my husband, my family, then all else. I've continually learned more about effectively com municating through the time that I've experienced separa tion from my family, said Grooms. My husband was away for 11 months, during which we married, then we were together six months, then I deployed here. My husband and I have discovered how hard it is being a parent away, said Grooms. It hurts know ing I missed my son's first day of kindergarten, his first lost tooth and my daughter's dance recital. I've learned though that as long as you still talk about the events you missed your family knows you care and wish you could have been there. Grooms said regular com munication is important. Your family needs to hear your voice as often as possi ble, she said. We had better communication access when my husband was at Fort Hood, so we talked every day. Here we talk about every other day by e-mailing and calling. Frequently talking is also important because family members must be continually available to support each other, she added. We do talk regular house hold talk, but also we talk about how each other are doing, about how were dealing with our missions. We talk about each others mental state and how the kids are doing, she said. As he listens to me, if there's something Im having an issue with hell give me advice on it, being a first ser geant. As far as rules and regu lations, he gives me great guidance professionally. Hes been such a good mentor for me. In turn, I use my civilian management skills to give him advice on how to handle some difficult situations he has with his troops, like if he needs to counsel a soldier or if he needs to change his leadership style. So we really confide in each other and balance each other out. Grooms said she also finds it important that family members help each other understand what the others are experiencing. We send pictures to each other, and they sent me a video tape. I send photos of things here like the beach and the ani mals, the few things I can share photos of. It helps them experi ence the culture here through me. The kids sent me a tape of my daughters dance recital and other stuff. My son talked about his missing tooth. My exhusband is real supportive too in keeping me involved with the kids. He sends me their report cards, and I also get emails from the teachers letting me know how the kids are doing. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins Tech Sgt. Rod Baker, a communica tions project manager in J-6, talks with his family by phone. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins SFC Wendy Grooms, 384th Military Police Battalion member and DOC NCOIC, e-mails her family a letter.
Friday, February 6, 2004 Page 5 Upcoming menus at Seaside Galley: Today : lunch Caribbean chicken breast; dinner dinner steak and seafood platter. Saturday : lunch roast turkey; dinner assorted pizza. Sunday : lunch chicken enchilada; dinner chicken cordon bleu. Monday : lunch BBQ beef strips; dinner baked chicken. Tuesday : lunch tomato florentine soup; dinner pepper steak. Wednesday: lunch beef/chicken faji tas; dinner lemon pepper fish. Thursday : lunch grilled Italian sausage; dinner fried shrimp. Friday : lunch meatloaf; dinner ribeye steak and lobster. Camp Bulkeley Fri., Feb. 6 8 p.m. RADIO PG 109 min 10 p.m. BASIC R 99 min Sat., Feb. 7 8 p.m. School of Rock PG13 110 min 10 p.m. Wild Things R 113 min Sun., Feb. 8 8 p.m. PATTON PG13 171 min Mon., Feb. 9 8 p.m. Bulletproof Monk PG13 104 min Tues., Feb. 10 8 p.m. Phone Booth R 81 min Wed., Feb. 11 8 p.m. Under the Tuscan Sun PG13 133 min Thurs., Feb. 12 8 p.m. 3,000 Miles to Graceland R 120 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., Feb. 6 7 p.m. HONEY PG13 94 min 9 p.m. The Human Stain R 106 min Sat., Feb. 7 7 p.m. Cheaper by the Dozen PG 99 min 9 p.m. The Last Samurai R 154 min Sun., Feb. 8 7 p.m. Love Dont Cost a Thing PG13 101 min Mon., Feb. 9 7 p.m. Veronica Guerin R 98 min Tues., Feb. 10 9 p.m. The Human Stain R 106 min Wed., Feb. 11 7 p.m. The Missing R 137 min Thurs., Feb. 12 7 p.m. Love Dont Cost a Thing PG13 101 min Movie Schedule Join your friends at Club Survivor A T THE GALLEY The Fleet and Family Support Center will be sponsoring several classes in the coming weeks: n Resume writing Tuesday, 9-11:30 a.m. n Anger management Tuesday, Feb. 17 and 24, 2:30-4:30 p.m., atten dees must attend all three classes. n Stress management Thursday, 2:30-4 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. n Savings and investments Feb. 17, 6:30-8 p.m. All classes will be at the FFSC training room. For more information, call the Fleet and Family Support Center at 4141 or 4153. FFSC announces help classes With the Captains Cup mens pre-season basketball tourney decided, 14 teams are vying for the leagues regular season crown. The Hospital team won the tour nament, defeating Security Five O in the final game. Coming in third was the 216th Military Police Co., by virtue of the team scoring more points than their counterpart in the semifinal matchups. Other teams in the league are the 217th Military Police Co., 661st Mil itary Police Co., JTF TC Squad, 463rd Military Police Co., B&R Ser vice Corp., MCSF Co., Fire Depart ment, Boston Bandits, Contractors, Geo Group and 273rd DC Law dawgs. The leagues games, at G.J. Denich Gymnasium, begin at 6 p.m. on most nights of each week. Each nights play consists of five games, with the final game beginning at 10 p.m. The games feature 20-minute halves, with a continuous clock, except for the final two minutes of the second half. Hospital wins tourney; B-ball season under way
Friday, February 6, 2004 Page 6 Practicing the fight JTF troopers participate in live-fire exercise Just after daybreak Saturday, firing points around Camp America boomed to life as JTF troopers took part in a live-fire exercise that has become a staple of the task forces training regimen. The sounds of small arms, mortar and automatic rifle fire rang out through the hills, signaling that the exercise had begun, with targets located in Guantanamo Bay. Marines (above) prepare to engage their target, floating in Guan tanamo Bay, while SPC Steve McGurn (right) of C Co., 1-181st Infantry Regiment readies his weapon for firing. A number of units participated in the event, which included vari ous activities throughout Friday and Saturday morning. Photos by: Top: SGT Jolene Staker; Bottom: SPC Katherine L. Collins
Friday, February 6, 2004 Page 7 Photos by: Top: Sr.A Thomas Doscher Center: SGT Jolene Staker Bottom: SPC Rick Fahr SPC Dale Robert (top), 1181st Infantry Regiment, moves his weapon into position on top of a bunker during the exercise. PVT Eugene Cassavant (center) fires during the exer cise. He said he enjoys the livefire exercises. It is great. Keep it coming! he said. Members of the 1-181st Infantry Regiment scouted out a firing position overlooking Guantanamo Bay, which allowed Mother Nature to show off some of her firepower.
Friday, February 6, 2004 Page 8 The JTF Guantanamo tax center offi cially opened Monday. In addition to the tax center at the NAVBASE legal assistance office, the center will be located in Camp America at the new legal assistance office, Bldg. 6208. The cen ter will provide free federal and state income tax preparation and electronic tax filing serv ices. This service is provided to troopers and their families. The center will be open for business from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. In order to ensure each return is prop erly filed, customers must bring the fol lowing information: n All 2003 W-2s (wage and tax state ments) forms, and Social Security numbers and dates of birth for each dependent; n 1099-INT forms (reflecting any inter est earned from savings/checking accounts); n 1099-DIV forms (reflecting divi dends, capital gain distributions from mutual funds, stocks, etc.); n Dependent care statement from day care providers, to include their SSN/EIN and address, documenting how much was spent for qualified child care expenses; n Power of attorney, if married filing a joint return and spouse will not be present to sign tax return; n Blank check or bank routing transit number and account number, if you choose to have your refund directly deposited into your account; n Proper documentation confirming any time spent in a tax-free zone (i.e., Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.). Personnel will be able to prepare the following tax forms: Form 1040EZ; Form 1040A with Sch. 1, 2, 3 and EIC; Form 1040 with Sch. A, B, C-EZ, D, EIC, R and SE; Form 2441 (child and dependent care credit); Form 8812 (additional child tax credit); Form 8863 (education credits). The Tax Center is unable to prepare the following forms: Schedule C (profit/loss from business); Complicated and advanced Schedule D (capital gains and losses); Schedule E (rents and royalties); Form SS5 (requests for social security number); Form 2106 (employee and business expense); Form 3903 (moving); Form 8606 (nondeductible IRA); Form 8615 (minor's investment income). Contact personnel at the center for more information. The number is 3454. Calling to make an appointment is recommended. JTF tax center opens to provide trooper help By SGT Jolene Staker One summer day before her senior year she went down to the recruiting station after seeing a commercial advertising the mili tary because she was bored and didn't have anything else to do. "It was obviously God's hand that put me into the Army," said SGT Heather Sittler, Chaplain Daniel Odean's Assistant. Since she was considering going into ministry the chaplain assistant position was the only MOS that caught her eye. The recruiter found her a chaplain assistant posi tion in her hometown, and wanted her to join immediately. Sittler told him that she was going on vacation and would use the time to pray. The recruiter warned that the position would be gone by the end of the day, but Sittler held her ground. After praying and talking to her family she did decide to join and the position was still open. Every once in a while everything falls into place without you doing anything, said Sittler. Thats how God works some times. Almost eight years later after crosstraining as a military policeman, she was told that she was going to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. When she arrived Sittler wasn't sure which role she would be asked to serve in. She trained with the MPs in Fort Dix, did the left seat/right seat ride and worked on the blocks a week before finding out that she would be serving as Chaplain Odean's assistant. Sittler stays busy as a chaplain's assistant just doing the required tasks each day. She works very closely with Odean on Soul Sur vivor and serves on the JDOG Unit Min istry Team (UMT). As a member of the JDOG UMT she helps provide spiritual and moral support to the troopers working in Camp Delta and helps to ensure the religious freedom of the detainees. Her specific role in that is supply ing the detainees with the necessary reli gious items: prayer caps, prayer beads and prayer oil. Even with her busy schedule she recently volunteered to take on the extra project of organizing a praise band for the Sunday morning protestant service. "We've been blessed up to now with great music," said Sittler. "I just see the band augmenting what is already in place." The style of the band will differ from the choir. "There is a lot of talent in the JTF people who play instruments or sing who are looking for an outlet to worship," said Sittler. "This is another opportunity." One of the challenges of a military con gregation is the diversity of backgrounds in one service. Some people are used to singing out of hymnal, some are used to just See Band, page 9 Sittler adds Praise Band to service to use JTF talent Photo by SGT Jolene Staker SGT Heather Sittler prepares music for praise band practice. The name of the praise band is still being decided. Sittlers motto for the band is 1 Corinthians 13:1 -- If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
Friday, February 6, 2004 Page 9 praise choruses and some are used to contemporary music. "By using the talents of everyone in the JTF we can get a little of all of that in a serv ice," said Sittler. She has an extensive background in music. It has never not been a part of my life, said Sittler. My earliest memory is of my mom playing the piano. Sittler started taking piano lessons from her mother, who was a professional music teacher, when she was six-years-old. Her mother also taught her basic musi canship, theory and presentation. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Wood wind Quintet came to her school and played when she was in second grade. I just fell in love. The sound, the way it looked and the way the person played it was just awesome, said Sittler. I ran all the way home to tell my mom that I would play the oboe. Years later Sittler did play the oboe. Sit tler credits her mom with laying the ground work, but says her music career started in the sixth grade. I played the piano, because I had to, said Sittler. I play the oboe because I want to. She started going to professional con tests in the sixth grade. Each year she got the highest award you could get. After one year her oboe teacher told her that she was moving too fast and needed another teacher. She then had the opportunity to take les sons from the principal oboist in the Fort Wayne Phillharmonic. She was awesome, said Sittler. She forced me to be my best. She auditioned for the Fort Wayne Youth Symphony in her freshman year of high school and continued every year until her senior year when she made first chair. She nows performs with the semiprofessional band the Fort Wayne Area Community Band. Sittler has always been active in the music programs at her church including choirs, specials, offerato ries and helping her Dad with the sound system. Between my church background and my personal background it is hard for me to worship without music, said Sittler. The goal of the band is to get people to the point where they are aware that He is looking inside them and they are freely offering all the love and praise in their hearts, said Sittler. Her favorite quote is: Bach gave us Gods word. Mozart gave us Gods laughter. Beethoven gave us Gods fire. God gave us music so that we could pray without words. Anyone who would like to sing or play an instrument in the band should contact Sittler at 3248/3646/3202 or SittlerHM@JTFGTMO.southcom.mil. 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. 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) Sun. 7:30 a.m. Christian Worship 9 a.m. Protestant New Life Fellowship Sun. 1 p.m. Service (Main Chapel) 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. 8:15 a.m. Tierra Kay The bus will return following worship. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker SGT Heather Sittler knew in second grade that she wanted to play the oboe. By Chaplain (MAJ) Daniel Odean, JTF chaplain n Affirm them of your love and faithfulness. They need to hear that you are thinking of them and your love is enduring. You will build trust and security through this. n Seek to encourage and understand them. I praise my wife for all she does. She is amazing and I tell her that she is my hero. n Remember, they are running things back home. So let them. You have to support them, not try to control them. They are growing and changing like you are. Assist in the decision-making process. Dont dictate to them. Ulti mately, support their decisions if at all possible. n Dont argue over the phone. If you feel yourself getting angry for some reason, it is better to end the conversation and call back after you chill out and think things through. n Pray with your spouse and children over the phone. The old saying goes, a family that prays together stays together! Prayer is a powerful means of communication and a way to turn your needs over to the Lord and strengthen your familys faith. Five basics of successful family communication Band from page 8
Friday, February 6, 2004 Page 10 Compiled by SPC Rick Fahr Most of the football talk after Super Bowl XXXVIII focused on unlikely person nel. Kickers. Adam Vinatieri kicker for the New England Patri ots kicked a 41-yard field goal with 0:04 left in regu lation to lift the Pats over the Carolina Panthers 3229. The Patriots were able to get into field goal range by virtue of a miscue in the Pan thers kicking game. After tying the game at 2929, the Panthers needed only to hold the Patriots from scor ing for just a little more than a minute. However, kicker John Kasay booted the kickoff out of bounds, setting the Patriots up at their own 40. Twentynine yards later, Vinatieri won the game. Some are calling it the best Super Bowl of them all. His tory will tell. *** The Sacramento Kings have posted the best record in the NBA, as the league heads toward its All-Star Game. The Kings have a winning percentage of slightly higher than .730, and are comfort ably ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers the only team within 10 games of the division lead ers. In the Western Confer ences Midwest Division, the Minnesota Timberwolves lead the San Antonio Spurs behind the strong play of Kevin Garnett whos aver aging nearly 25 points and 14 rebounds a game. In the Eastern Conference, the New Jersey Nets lead the Atlantic Division, the weak est, recordwise, in the league. The Nets are the only team in the division with a winning record. In the Central Division, the Indiana Pacers are ahead of the Detroit Pistons in another two-team divisional race. *** The weekends college basketball scores featured a common thread: Just about anybody can win at any time, anywhere. Three top 10 teams lost on Saturday to unranked oppo nents. Vanderbilt beat Ken tucky Charlotte beat Cincinnati at Cincinnati, and Marqette dumped Louisville North Carolina and Kansas both top 15 squads, lost, too. What does any of that mean? That March ought to be interesting. *** A date to watch: Feb. 15. Thats when NASCARs Nextel Cup invades Daytona Beach, Fla., for the Daytona 500 Sports highlights com plied from www.espn.com. Kickers win, lose rule Super Bowl Sports highlights F AHR GAME Refs are there for fair play By SPC Rick Fahr I shouldnt be letting this cat out of its bag, but somethings been weighing on my conscience for a long time. The truth must come out. Sports officials, including myself, are cheaters. Thats right. Im merely confirming what many sports fans have known for ages. Many times, fans and players and coaches seem to be under the misguided impression that sports officials are incompetent at best and underhanded at worst. No doubt, blown calls and bad rulings lead to these interpreta tions. Theres one reason officials make bad calls: Theyre human. No one is perfect, and no one should expect perfection, espe cially when it comes to making the proper ruling on the field of play in every occasion. Players are flying around at breakneck speed, and officials are right on the action. It stands to rea son that bam-bam decisions might not always be correct. But instead of blaming the offi cials or questioning their motives, everyone should recognize the mistake for what it was a simple mistake Officials don their whistles and flags and chest protectors because they love the games and want to stay close to them. They seldom know the players, and they dont get paid more for certain outcomes. Fans, coaches and players ought to know better, but their actions often suggest otherwise. The next time you see an offi cial make the wrong call, cut him or her a little slack. Those folks are doing the best they can, per forming a valuable service that not many people would under any cir cumstances. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker PFC Jonathan Algarin (right) and SPC Keith Bean (center) of A Co., 1-181st Infantry Regiment and SPC Gustin J. Saggese II of C Co., 1-181st cheer for the New England Patriots during Sundays Super Bowl, in which the Patriots won, 32-29.
Friday, February 6, 2004 Page 11 By SGT Jolene Staker The Maritime Safety and Security Team 91110 is one of the specialized teams devel oped by the Coast Guard in response to the terrorists attacks on 9/11. The team is real motivated to be here. This is the mission they trained to do, said Lt. j.g. Michael Kahle, detachment executive officer. Were just enjoying being down here and doing our mission every day. The Coast Guard has always guarded harbors and near-shore facilities, but these duties fell on small boat sta tions. These stations would also be responsible for search and rescue and regular law enforcement. Now the Coast Guard is putting specially trained active duty teams together for mar itime domain awareness and homeland security missions. Members of the MSST 91110 arrived at Guantanamo in December while other team members continued working on other missions. The MSSTs provide escorts for high value assets and set up a security zone for a near-shore facility. MSST 91110 provides both of these services for Guan tanamo Bay. Primary training for the MSSTs occurs at Camp Leje une, N.C., for three weeks of training at the Special Mis sions Training Center with a one week Ready for Opera tions exercise. Coxswains and boat crew are trained on tacti cal boat maneuvers while the support crews learned their roles in taking care of the equipment. Tactical training for the coxswains includes learning how to intercept other boats, manuevering to get other ves sels to turn away from the assets they are protecting, tech niques to draw vessels out and put them in a position to engage, if necessary, using high speed manuevers and turns. Boat crewman are respon sible for gunnery, line handling and operations on the deck. They have to understand the electronics on the boat and be prepared to fix any problems while under way. Each MSST is designated to have certain special capabili ties. Training for these capabil ities is an ongoing process. This is what the future is going to be and we're right in at the prime level, said Chief Petty Officer Paul Wells, Oper ations chief. They will fine tune it and find better ways to do it, MSST 91110 is working toward vertical insertion, dive capabilities, K-9s and air borne-designated marksmen. Everyone on the MSST is a member by choice, said Lt. Michael ONeill, detachment commander. They chose to join a challenging operational unit with direct impact on the war on terroism. /11 was my 21st birthday. I was in strictly a support role I thought joining this MSST would be my part to get in and contribute to fighting what happened on 9/11, said Petty Officer 2nd Class David Whit ney. This is what we trained for, said ONeill. We are proud to be members of the team here. Were a new unit and were still evolving, said Senior Chief Eric Geiselhart, command senior chief. The team has put in a lot of hard work and has stayed upbeat. I would like to thank all the commands for all the sup port weve received, said Geiselhart. Anything weve needed weve gotten. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Santalla keeps lookout during his shift. This is a vital part of the Coast Guard mission by both maintaining constant communica tion for the boats and having a birds-eye view of the bay. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Petty Officer 2nd Class David Whitney (left) and Petty Officer 3rd Class Nick Eichman work on the boat. They are part of the team that is responsible for keeping the boats in good working order. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker The Coast Guard boat crew participating in the live-fire exercise on Saturday morning engages the target while speeding through the water doing evasive tac tics. MSST 91110: keeping GTMO safe every day
Friday, February 6, 2004 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... With Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Smith By SGT Jolene Staker Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Smith is a boat crewman in the MSST 91110. His life motto is do the best I can and help everybody who needs it. Q: How long have you been in the Coast Guard? A: Just over a year. I was U.S. Navy for four years active duty and three years three months reserve duty. Q: Why did you join the Navy? A: I joined the Navy because it offered me a chance to do something for my coun try and better myself. It gave me good college opportunities. Q: What was your job in the Navy? A: I was a gunners mate and a sonar technician. I started out as a sonar technician and cross-rated to gunners mate after actually working in the armory most of my active duty time. I made sonar technician second-class working out of the armory on my shift because they were understaffed and the sonar department was over staffed. I fell in love with the job. When I joined the reserves, part of the contract was that I be cross-rated to gunners mate. Q: When you were in the Navy what interesting places did you travel? A: I went on a six-month Mediterranean Cruise on an Arleigh Burke Destroyer through Malaga, Spain; Cannes, France; Haifa, Israel; about seven differ ent ports in Italy and Gibralter. I have also been through a few ports in the United States. Q: If you could go back to just one place where would it be and why? A: Haifa, Israel. It was a beautiful country and the people were good to us. We had a good time with the locals. They were very help ful and really receptive and appreciated American assis tance. Ironically because of terrorist activities between the Israelis and Palestinians I dont believe that I could go back to Haifa now. I think we caught the only time that the Navy could pull into that port. Q: What made you decide to try the Coast Guard? A: The Coast Guard offered me one of the greatest opportu nities to get into the law enforcement field and gave me a great resume builder. Q: How have you taken advantage of the college opportunities the Navy offered? A: I am working toward my bachelors degree in criminal justice. When I get out of the Coast Guard, I would like to get on the police department, maybe in Boston. Q: Why does law enforce ment interest you? A: It has interested me ever since I was a child. Ive always wanted to be a police officer. Q: What part of your duty here do you enjoy the most? A: Operating our boats. Manning and crewing our 25foot Boston Whalers. I love being on the water. Another reason I joined the Coast Guard is they offered many small boat opportunities to a gunners mate. Q: What has the biggest duty related challenge you've faced at Guantanamo? A: Getting used to the dif ferent tempo and the opera tions between Navy and Coast Guard. This is not a traditional Coast Guard Mission. Q: What did you do to meet this challenge? A: Actually I think I was able to bring a lot to the table because of my Navy experience. Ive worked with port units while I was in the Navy and this is more of that type of mission. Q: What do you do in your free time here? A: I take the MWR boats out. I take a lot of our guys water skiing and fishing. Pretty much even on my off time I'm out on the water. Q: What other recre ational activities do you enjoy? A: At home I do recre ational rock climbing all belayed ropes I dont free climb anymore. I usually went twice a month. My high est climb has been 290 feet. I also enjoy my motorcycle at home. I have a Suzuki VS1400 Intruder. I ride every day I can. Q: What has been the hardest part of the deploy ment for you? A: Missing my son growing up. I talk to my wife just about every morning and keep up with what he is doing. Q: If people only remem ber one thing about you from this deployment what do you want them to remem ber? A: That I did everything I could to help out the team. I try to go above and beyond what is expected of me every day. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Smith mans the weapon on a Coast Guard boat during a tactical training exercise.