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Inside the Wire ... P P AGE AGE 11 11 T T EAMING EAMING UP UP ON ON THE THE WATER WATER S S ETTING ETTING THE THE P P ACE ACE FOR FOR THE THE JTF JTF S S ISTERS ISTERS SERVE SERVE TOGETHER TOGETHER Friday, March 5, 2004 Volume 4, Issue 25 www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo P P AGE AGE 4 4 P P AGE AGE 8 8 By SGT Jolene Staker Women have been serving in the military longer than they have been allowed to vote. Womens History Month allows the JTF an opportunity to recognize not only contribu tions that women in military are making every day, but the ones they have made since the Civil War. PFC Jamie Gresham, of the 258th Military Police Com pany, has been in the Army for a year. Her daily goal is to come to work, do what I have to do and go home knowing that I have done something good, she said. Gresham is following in the footsteps of her father who was also a military policeman in the Army. She didnt have to give a second thought to whether she would be allowed to follow this goal women are given almost unlimited opportunities in todays military. Many women throughout history have blazed the trail for military members like Gresham. When PVT Jessica Lynch and SPC Shoshana Johnson were captured in 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom, many thought this was a new experience for women. How ever, women have been prison ers of war (POWs) since the Civil War. Florena Budwin disguised herself as a man to enlist in the Union Army to be near her hus band. They were both captured and imprisoned at Anderson ville Prison where her husband died. Her identity was revealed and she stayed at the prison taking care of the Union sol diers until her death from dis ease in 1865. She was buried at JTF recognizes womens contribution to military See women on page 3 SGM Diann Hager of the 384th Military Police Battalion, JDOG S-3 Operations ser geant major (right) discusses trooper issues with MSG Joseph Singley of the 217th Military Police Company(left), Assistant Camp Commandant, SSG Reginald Hargan of the 384th MP BN, Camp America Key Control NCO and SSG Brian Moore of the 384th MP BN, Transcient Housing NCO. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker
Page 2 Friday, March 5, 2004 JTF-GTMO Comman d Commander: MG Geoffrey D. Miller Joint Task Force CSM: CSM Stephen W. Short Public Affairs Officer: LTC Pamela L. Hart Deputy PAO LCDR Robert W. Mulac 70th MPAD Commander: CPT David S. 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. About eighteen months ago, while eating lunch with a number of Chinese generals from the Peoples Liberation Army, I was asked what I thought were the U.S. military secrets of success. I told them that four fac tors stood out in my mind. These same fac tors apply to the preparation and conduct of our upcoming JTF Live Fire. First, our secret weapon is our non-com missioned officer corps. Having traveled in many countries, I have never found another set of leaders that could make things happen as well as our NCO corps. And solid troop leading procedures support the plan prep execute recock cycle that our NCOs use to make things happen. Troop leading proce dures include receive the mission and allo cate available time; issue a warning order; make a tentative plan; initiate movement; conduct reconnaissance; complete the plan; issue orders; and supervise execution. Second, we are a flexible, creative, adapt able team of teams. Some accuse us of never following our doctrine or our plans. Those folks seem to think doctrine is a set of rules that cant be broken, and that you can never deviate from a plan. I prefer to think we view our doctrine and our plans as guides to help us think through challenges. Our winning solutions are executed by T.E.A.M.s (Together Each Achieves More), teams whos combined effects are greater than the simple sum of their parts. Third, we rehearse. You know the saying, "What you do in practice, you do in the game." Our rehearsals allow us to see if plans are feasible. Rehearsals also allow us to become familiar with the setting of upcom ing operations, create visual impressions of events, and construct lasting mental pictures and practice key action sequences. The last factor that contributes to U.S. military success on the battlefield is the after action review. AARs are professional discus sions conducted immediately after an event, focused on performance standards, that enable troopers and units to discover for themselves what happened, what we should sustain, and what we should improve on. AARs also link performance to follow-on training in order to ensure improved per formance in the future. Informal AARs are usually performed at crew, squad and pla toon level. Formal AARs are usually held at and above company level. All AARs require planning and preparation in order to maxi mize training value and get everyone involved. The factors I discussed with the PLA gen erals 18 months ago can be applied to our prep for any mission, including our upcom ing Live Fire. Ensure you use proper troop leading procedures in the planning, prep, and execution of your missions. Review your battle drills and SOPs. Build rehearsals into your training plans in order to improve your ability to visualize the battlefield, communi cate effectively, and synchronize your actions with those of other units. And con duct solid AARs to ensure you capture les sons learned, and apply them to future training events. See you at the Live Fire. HONOR BOUND TO DEFEND FREEDOM. Trooper to Trooper COL Timothy D. Lynch Chief of Staff JTF Guantanamo Military secrets to success Did you know that 13 percent of all JTF troopers are female? JTF Guantanamo little-known fact
Friday, March 5, 2004 Page 3 the Florence National Cemetery and is believed to be the first woman buried in a national cemetery. SGM Dian Hager, JDOG S-3 Operations sergeant major, also joined the military to be near her husband, but she didnt have to conceal her true identity to do so. Her husband was in the Army Reserves and came home one day in 1974 sharing the opportunity of joining the Reserves as part of the civilian acquired skills program. Hager went in and took the test and became a spec-4 in the Reserve Womens Army Corps (WAC). She did two weeks basic training where she wore a wrap around skirt and bobbysocks for PT. Women were not allowed to fire weapons. It was kind of like going to girl scout camp, said Hager. It was dif ferent. A year after she joined, the WAC went away and she became integrated into the Army Reserves which allowed her to qualify on weapons. She joined an infantry training bat talion so the only place for females was administrative slots. These were filled by spec5 rank so Hager initially believed she would serve 20 years and retire as a spec-5. As the doors opened for women, Hager moved from unit clerk to retention NCO and then to NCOIC of a personnel admin center. Changing to a military police unit gave her the opportu nity to be a platoon sergeant and then first sergeant and eventu ally operations sergeant major. There has been a lot that has changed since Ive come in, said Hager. Theres no doubt about that. LTC Katherine Platoni, Clin ical psychologist and OIC of the 1972nd Medical Detachment Combat Stress Control team, has also experienced change during her 24-year career. Platoni joined the Army as part of the Health Professionals Scholarship Program. She received a direct commission as a second lieutenant and was able to complete her doctoral degree in clinical psychology. After completing an internship, Pla toni served as the Chief Psy chologist at Fort Belvoir, VA. The scholarship required a fouryear commitment, but she extended that to five years. It was during this assignment that Platoni witnessed and was victim to gender discrimination. It was an embittering experi ence, she said. She wrote a paper about it several years later that was published in the Jour nal of Military Medicine. This experience led her to decide to get out of the Army when her time was up, but she soon found that she missed the camaraderie and the chance to serve her country. I missed all the things that go hand in hand with being in the military I missed it much more than I thought I would, said Platoni. I just couldnt stand it so I had to put that uniform back on. So she joined the Army Reserve. During the Gulf War she found herself in almost uncharted territory. I exclu sively provided combat stress control services before this became doctrine and a manda tory part of most deployment missions, said Platoni. I got in on the ground floor. I did a lot of crisis interven tion for families, she said. In 90-91 no one knew what it was like to deploy. Platoni remembers when a friend who joined just two years before her told her that the WAC Photos by SGT Jolene Staker (Upper left) 2LT Beverly Driver, 3rd Platoon leader of the 216th Military Police Company, works administrative issues in the office. (Upper right) LTC Katherine Platoni, Clinical psychologist, looks through one of her many reference books in her office where she serves as the 1972nd Medical Detachment Combat Stress team OIC. (Right) PFC Jamie Gresham, of the 258th Military Police Com pany (left) practices putting handcuffs on fellow unit mem ber PVT Amanda Heath during 31E training. Women from Page 1 See women on page 4
Friday, March 5, 2004 Page 4 By SGT Jolene Staker SPC Marshette Thomas and SPC Renita Thomas both of the 384 th Military Police Battalion joined the Army Reserves together and now serve together at JTF Guantanamo. Renita was the one who decided to join the military. It was during the summer between her college classes. I was bored and I wanted to stay in shape for track season, said Renita. Renita talked Marshette who was a junior in high school to join with her. I was doing some thing different and I didnt want to do it by myself, she said. Marshette doesnt regret let ting her sister talk her into join ing the military. She did say that she got mad at her a few times during basic training for talking her into it, but she is happy that she did join. The military was not new to the sisters. Both their father and mother were in the Army. They dont remember much about their father being in, but their mother served up until their teenage years. The sisters joined the mili tary in the same Military Occu pation Specialty as their mother has served in 71L, Adminis trative Specialist. Both sisters have gone on to add the addi tional skill identifier F5 which allows them to work with the mail. Renita works in the JDOG S1 where she is the administra tive assistant. Marshette works in the detainee mail section as a postal clerk. The sisters do share a room and say that when they are in the room together is about the only time they spend together. Marshette likes going to bas ketball games and working out in the gym as well as going to the clubs, dancing, and being around people. Renita is totally opposite. She stays home and plays video games most of the time. The sisters have another younger sister at home. They keep in touch with her and the rest of their family by email and phone. Both say they call home about every other day. Both sisters say that they are glad to have each other. Im happy to be here, and I didnt mind that we got extended, said Renita. Its easier when you have family with you. Ive never been outside the United States so this has been something different for me, said Marshette. Both sisters plan to attend college after they get home from deployment. Marshette cant decide between being a dentist, lawyer or psychologist. Renita has narrowed it down to being an accountant. The sisters may be opposites but they know they can count on each other. Ive got her back all the way, said Marshette. Whatever she needs Ive got her. I like knowing that Ive got someone here for me, said Renita. gave classes in make-up and how to dress. Now she sees that many career fields have opened up and women receive the same quality of training as the men. 2LT Beverly Driver, 3rd Platoon Leader of the 216th Military Police Company, is in the National Guard to make a differ ence. Her goal is helping soldiers see things from a different view and being more pos itive, she said. She has served 12 years in the military. She joined the Reserves in 1985 as an administrative specialist and after a break in service joined the Guard in 1999. She joined the Guard as a specialist but then went to OCS. Driver believes that it is challenging and rewarding for women to be in the mil itary. Im proud to be female, she said. Women in the military are just as good as any male. The mother of two sons ages 16 and 20 she finds it difficult to be away from home. I love them and miss them, she said. At the same time they are sad because Im not there with them they know I am doing something positive for my country. Women serving today are doing some thing positive for their country just like the women who have served in every war since the Civil War. Many dont realize that 30,000 women served during World War I or that 16 women received the Pur ple heart during World War II and over 700 WACS received medals and citations at the end of the war. WACs, women Marines and women in the Air Force all served in Vietnam. Sisters in arms back each other up in GTMO Photos by SGT Jolene Staker (upper left) SPC Marshette Thomas, 384th Military Police Battalion, familiarizes herself with the computer at the Camp America Post Office. She normally works as a postal clerk in the detainee mail section, but her training qualifies her to work in several capacities. (upper right) SPC Renita Thomas, also of the 384th Military Police Battalion, helps a customer on the phone in the JDOG S-1 office where she serves as an administrative assistant. (above) SPC Marshette Thomas (left) and SPC Renita Thomas play basketball; one of the few activities that the sisters both enjoy. Women from Page 3
Friday, March 5, 2004 Page 5 Brothers serve up quality for Cafe Caribe By SSG Patrick Cloward Did you know theres a family-run restaurant near Camp America? Well, not exactly. But among the hard-working cooks and servers at Caf Caribe, two of them come from the same unit, and family. We understand each other, said SGT Derek Acosta of his brother SPC Chris Acosta. If something needs to be done, I have his back and he has my back. Both from the 384th MP Battalion, these 92G cooks have been serving their first deployment well, working in the heat and dust since way back when the troop tent was the main dining facility for Camp Delta. We worked in a tent set up here, said Derek, comparing it to the newer, more comfortable Caf Caribe. It was just a big blow up air tent with air ducts. We didnt have all this equip ment. Even the drinks were served out of big green juice jugs. It was a challenge for them to transfer to the new caf, said Chris of the work it took to make the transition to the new facility. He said he didnt have the opportunity to help with the move, but he knows what is expected of him no matter what the task. The challenge is to always do a good job for them and do what youre doing, he said. I like the fact that I got to work with my brother, said Derek. People underestimate the job that we do. They used to think cooks dont do any thing. But Derek said that all it takes is a couple of weeks following in his and his brothers footsteps and most understand what hard work it is. Since they had the oppor tunity they say food service will break you, said Derek. It is a strenuous job, but when people come in and theyre hungry, if theres anything I can do to make it better, Ill do whatever I can to do it. By SSG Patrick Cloward For deserving members of the JTFGTMO, the door has opened to spend some time back in the States without using leave time. Troopers can now look for ward to relaxing in Jacksonville, Florida, on a four-day pass. The intent of the 4-Day Pass to Jack sonville, FL is to reward troopers that go above and beyond what is regularly expected of them, said MG Geoffery Miller in his newest policy letter, #22. The pass is not an entitlement. The pass can only be used on the rotator flight departing Guantanamo Bay on Friday and returning on the following Tuesday. The duration of the trip is 4 days with one day allowed for travel back to Guantanamo Bay. To apply for the pass, unit leaders need to write a memo randum stating how his/her trooper gave a superb performance above and beyond their normal duties. This memo, including the desired dates of the pass, and a pass request from the troopers respective service, should be forwarded through their chain of command for final approval. Approval authority for the Jack sonville pass will reside at and above the company level. Now for the nitty gritty: conditions for the pass are simple. Troopers have to fol low the same procedures for the pass as they would for leave. No more than 10% of a unit can be absent at one time. Plan to allow 14-day advance notice for a pass. Troopers can travel Space-A, and must out-process through J-1 the day before they depart. Finally, troopers are responsible for their own expenses. Last but not least, while on pass troopers cannot travel more than 100 miles from Jacksonville, Florida. For more questions, leaders can talk to their chain of command, or contact the JTF-GTMO J-1 at 8050. If a leader feels a trooper deserves some recognition for superb performance, then fill out that pass request today! Four-day pass now available for JTF troopers Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward SGT Derek and SPC Chris Acosta, of the 384th MP Battalion, serve together as cooks at Cafe Caribe in Camp Delta
Friday, March 5, 2004 Page 6 Trooper on the Street This weeks question: What female role model inspires you the most and why? By SPC Katherine L. Collins SSG Michelle Sweitzer, 384th MP Co. Air Force SrA. Jessica Julga JPRC Navy PO1 Deneen Moore JTF chaplaincy My grandmother. No matter how little she had, she had more than enough to give. Coast Guard PO2 Alexis Fair MSST Judge Glenda Hatchett. Shes tough but fairhanded and rules with love in her courtroom. My mom. She lost her mother when she was young and overcame a lot of adversity growing up by developing inde pendence. She then passed on that trait to my siblings and me. Pat Summit, University of Tennessee womens basketball coach. She strives to be the best in all she does personally and professionally. Air Force SrA. Katy Krekelberg J-3 My mom. She is very strong-willed and deter mined. She doesnt let anything stand in her way. Womens Memorial calls for all female service members biographies By SPC Katherine L. Collins The Women In Military Service For America Memorial, the only major national memorial honoring all women who served in our nations defense through history, encourages all female service members to submit their biographies to be recorded as a vital part of our nations history. What we dont record, we lose, asserts the memorial foundation in its web site. The patriotism and bravery of our militarys women are a part of our nations collective heritage. The Memorial, located in Washington D.C., recognizes women who submit their biographies through exhibits, film and the Memorial Register, which guarantees each registered womans individual story a per manent place in Americas history. More than two million women have served in defense of our nation, since its birth more than 220 years ago. The individual his tories of nearly 250,000 of these brave women are catured in the Memoial Register. The register is an interactive computer database that allows Memorial visitors to experience the lives and service of these women through access to military histo ries, photographs and their memorable military experiences. Eligibility as a member includes living or deceased women veterans; Active Duty, Reserve, Guard and US Public Health Service uniformed women; and women in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Civil Air Patrol. Eligibility as a We also served member includes women who served overseas during conflicts, in direct support of the armed forces, in organizations such as the Red Cross, USO and Special Services. Those in the U.S. Public Health Service Cadet Nurse Corps are included in a special honor roll of cadet nurses. All servicewomen, past or present, can help preserve this important, continuous and long overlooked chapter of history by filing a registration form today for them selves or for a family member or friend who has served. Every womans story is important, and any information is better than no informa tion, the foundation assures. It is individ ual experiences that make up Americas collective history. Make sure the story of women serving in defense of our nation is recorded and never forgotten. To check to see if you or someone else is registered with the Memorial, call the regis tration department at 703-533-1155 or 800222-2294. To register, update your record or plan a visit to the Memorial, go to regdept@wom ensmemorial.org.
Friday, March 5, 2004 Page 7 Dinner On the Ground Calling all JTF to a time of pot luck and fellowship following the Sunday 0930 Protestant service at Troopers Chapel. Join us for worship and bring your favorite dish or just a great appetite. Heavenly Bits & Pieces By CH (MAJ) Daniel Odean Jesus built a bridge with two boards and three nails. Man has been very successful at design ing and building some awesome bridges-bridges that bring land masses and objects together. Man has attempted to build bridges to God too. I call these the bridges of reli gion. The fact is, God built the bridge to man that we could never build. Are you ready to go across? Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved. By SPC Katherine L. Collins A hug, smile, listening ear and a plate of cookies, too, can go a long way when you diligently serve far from home. Behind the scenes of JTFs spiritual ministry are the faces and generous hearts and hands of a few godly women like Joan Feehan, Pam Miller and Denise Clark, who provide those gifts to JTF. Mrs. Feehan, wife to LTC Stephen Feehan, JTF chaplain, is known to most as Joan and to some as Mom or in kidding, GTMO Mom. Her everpresent humility and warm hospitality give many troopers a sense of being home. From inviting troop ers to her residence to joining them in worship and fellowship at the weeks various Christian activities, or just eating and talking with them in the galley, she brings to troopers a sense of being special and loved. Its very apparent that the ministry here at GTMO is concerned with the troops spiritual health, said SSG Lee Arnold, 177th Military Police Brigade, And God has blessed [Guantanamo] with female spiritual leaders. I can testify to their Godgiven gift of reaching and touching the human spirit. All along Ive seen my ministry here as just making others feeling loved and welcome, said Feehan. I think God is able to accomplish this through my openness and simplicity. Also, as I build relationships with the troopers I let them know that if they ever need to just get away and talk, I will lis ten. Indeed, Feehan says she listens attentively and confidentially, offering advice from the Bible and her own Christian walk. She enjoys learning the prayers, praises, fears and joys of everyone she befriends, she said. Joan, and every other woman walking with the Lord, has a viable ministry in this particular place, said CH (Lt.) Sharon Shaw, NAVBASE chaplain. The fellowship of the [Protestant Women of the Chapel] and the Womens Bible Study has been a tremendous blessing and a great addition to our Command Religious Program. While Joan is the Mom, Pam Miller, wife of JTF Commander MG Geoffrey Miller is the sweet JTF cookie fairy. Weekly, she bakes cookies, delivering them to the troops with the CG, and bakes banana bread or another goody for the 9 a.m. Sunday Protes tant service, which she and the commander attend weekly. Full of joy and laughter, she brightens any room as she greets troopers with a hug and hello. Clark, a Red Cross employee, is a frequent visi tor, hugger and welcoming spirit to JTF as well. Often you will find her talking with soldiers at the checkpoints, just to see how they are doing. You might even catch her there at 2 a.m. All the troops here engage in hard work every day. Its very hard for them being away from their families too, especially when they need to talk or just know someone cares, said Clark. Ive had soldiers come into my office at Camp America just to get away and sit for a moment. If they need an ear, I lis ten. I let them know my door is always open. Clark is the lady with the treats. You can go shopping at her office any time. She lets troopers know they can come pick from any of the Red Cross donations there, as well as just stop to chat. The services Feehan, Miller and Clark provide impact all JTF and Guantanamo Bay; however, their ministry plays an even greater role in the lives of female troopers. Female fellowship is absolutely essential, said Shaw. Men and women are different, communicat ing differently, a fact I believe every person can read ily agree with. So women have some needs that can only be fulfilled by other women. As the only female chaplain here, I readily welcome all women who desire to talk to me, JTF or NAVSTA. I realized how important it is to be with other women when I attended PWOC, added Arnold. I did feel the spiritual connection but more important at first, was the immediate acceptance which I believe came naturally through the female-to-female bonding experience. Beyond the fellowship, God really is blessing JTF and Guantanamo through the ministry of love and wisdom the mature Christian women here provide. Serving with a hug and a smile: the women behind the scenes of JTFs spiritual ministry Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins Denise Clark, Red Cross employee, thanks troopers for their hard work. Clark said all troopers, enlisted and officers, need to be thanked and encouraged on a continual basis.
Friday, March 5, 2004 Page 8 General Peter Pace, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visits troopers Above right: Gen. Peter Pace (right) presents a coin to Marine Staff Sgt. Jean Wagnac, J-4 Property Book Office NCOIC, on Marine Hill. Above left: Troopers from A. Co, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment pose with Gen. Pace after being coined (from left to right) PFC Christian Lamarche, SGT James Duggan, SSG David Duplin and SPC Todd Collins. Soldiers took a break from duties to participate in a question and answer session with Gen. Pace. Left: Gen. Pace holds a question and answer session for JTF Troopers at Camp America. Bottom left: General Pace (left) stops to coin gate guard SPC Scott Wysk of B Company, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment. Bottom right: During a tour through Camp Delta Gen. Pace stopped to meet MPs waiting to go on shift. (left to right) SPC Steed Scutt, PFC Duane Dreasky and SGT Richard Pulver all of C Battery, 119th Field Artillery and SPC India Bryant of the 273rd Military Police Company pose with Gen. Pace after being coined. Photos by SGT Jolene Staker
Friday, March 5, 2004 Page 9 By SGT Talal Elkhatib Master Fitness Trainer Cardiovascular training is essential to getting fit. Cardio or aerobic exercise is done to improve the workload of your heart and lungs. We use cardio a lot in the military. From a 3-5 second rush to a long distance run. We need to be physically fit all the time. You can improve your training by knowing the intensity of it. Here is a quick formula to calculate your training heart rate. The first thing you need to know is your resting heart rate. Make sure that you are at complete rest before doing this. The best time is right when you wake up. There are two major locations for calculating your pulse, the radial pulse that is on your wrist and the carotid pulse, which is on the side of your neck (preferred). Count the num ber of beats starting with zero for one minute and that is your resting heart rate. Conditioned soldiers have numbers as low as 40-60 beats per minute. For beginners, training should be at 60-70%. For interme diate, training should be at 70-80%. For athletes, training should be at 80-90%. Next, figure out your maximum heart rate which is really simple. 220your age = maximum heart rate which simply means dont go over it tough soldier. Now since you have the needed infor mation, here is your formula: (beginner) 50-60% For minimal intensity: Maximum heart rateresting heart rate= The result x 50% + resting heart rate= For maximal intensity: Maximum heart rateresting heart rate= The result x 60% + resting heart rate = Example: SGT Elkhatibs intermediate level training 70-80% 220-24=196 (maximum heart rate) 19668 (resting heart rate)=128 128x70%= 89.6 +68=157.6 beats per min 220-24=196 196-68=128 128 x 80%=102 + 68= 170 beats per min. For aerobic improvement, you should train at 80-90% of your maximum heart rate. For fat loss, you should do 30-45 minutes at minimal heart rate. The process of burning fat for fuel will usually start after 20 minutes. Your body will more than likely start burning muscle mass or protein after 45 minutes. You can do 30 minutes in the morning and 30 in the afternoon. Tips: if you are overweight, do not run outside; Simply because you are putting too much pressure on your joints. Exercise on the elliptical machine until you lose weight then go outside. Also, if you cant hold a conversation while running, then you are doing too much for your level. Help each other and enjoy your weekend. Cardiovascular Exercise: How much is enough? Navy Lt. Cmdr. Phil Miceli of the JTF detention hospital tees off during last weeks JDOG golf tournament. (Above) Members of the Rumor Mill band captivate audience members during the Fat Tuesday on Friday celebration of Mardis Gras Friday Night at the Windjammer Club. Members included MSST 91110 members (left to right) Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Santalla, Petty Officer 1st Class Fran Berthiaume, Petty Officer 3rd Class Tom Pease, LT Mike ONeill and drummer Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonas Fields. Teed Off P hoto by SPC Rick Fahr Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward A late Fat Tuesday
Friday, March 5, 2004 Page 10 S PORTS R ECREATION AND L ESIURE 62 years of Seebees Photos by SSG Patrick Cloward (Left, clockwise) CPT Sean Wilson enjoys a good laugh. Ens. Anthony Fitzpatrick, resident officer in charge of construction and Mr. Dave Nelson, a retired Seebee and now supervisor of the Base safety office presided as the youngest and oldest See Bees members as they hororarily cut the cake for the event. CPT Linda Schwartz holds a coveted table prize in a drawing during the annual Seebee Ball, held Saturday at the Windjam mer. The celebration marked the 62nd year of the formation of the naval construction battalion. Compiled by SSG Patrick Cloward Baseball legend Barry Bonds received steroids and human growth hormone from a nutritional supplements lab implicated in a steroid-distribution ring, according to information given to federal investigators, the San Francisco Chronicle reported late Monday on its Web site. Bonds investigators also were told that New York Yankees stars Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield as well as three other major leaguers and one NFL player, were given steroids, the newspaper reported. Bonds personal trainer, Greg Ander son, gave the players the drugs from the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, according to information given to the gov ernment and shared with the newspaper. The newspaper stated that its informa tion did not explicitly state that the ath letes used the steroids after obtaining them. *** In college basketball, Northern Iowa senior Matt Schneiderman and David Gruber scored 16 points each in the Mis souri Valley Conference against Southern Illinois and dominated on the boards to lead their team past the 15th-ranked Saluki s 68-52 on Monday night. Northern Iowa beat a top-25 opponent for the third time this season and kept Southern Illinois (24-3, 17-1) from becoming the first team to finish unbeaten in the league since Bradley in 1985-86. *** In football, the Bengals promoted Car son Palmer ahead of quarterback Jon Kitna on Monday, placing their future in the hands of a Heisman Trophy winner who has yet to take a snap in the NFL. Kitna won the Comeback Player of the Year award for leading the Bengals into playoff contention last season, but Palmer has the stronger arm and the much bigger contract. Kitna is under contract for next season and has offered to renegotiate so he could give the team more salary cap flexibility. Lewis said that Kitna was disappointed when informed of the decision to make him a backup. *** In college football, a Northwestern State football player died Monday after collapsing during an off-season workout on campus. Christopher Waddell 18, was a walkon offensive lineman who had been par ticipating in the teams off-season conditioning program since January, foot ball coach Scott Stoker said. A certified athletic trainer was on the field monitoring the workout when the redshirt freshman collapsed, Stoker said. Two more certified athletic trainers attempted to resuscitate Waddell before an ambulance arrived and took him to Natchitoches Parish Hospital, where he died. Coroner Dr. Charles Curtis said an autopsy would be performed. Sports Highlights compiled from www.espn.com. Fate of Bengals in the hands of Heisman winner Sports highlights
Friday, March 5, 2004 Page 11 By SSG Patrick Cloward When an unexpected ship needs to be escorted into the bay, how do the MSST and the COMNAVBASE harbor patrol manage to get it in without running into each other? Working like a well-coordinated troupe, members of the MSST and harbor patrol work a seemingly complicated, but really, very simple philosophy when serving the same mission with two different commands. It was a big problem with a simple fix, said Navy Chief Petty Officer Jeff Williams, harbor defense leading chief petty officer. That was communication. Up until recently, Navy-led harbor patrol and the JTF-led Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team only spoke with their respective commands. We had our zone of the bay and harbor defense had their zone, said Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Paul Wells, operations chief of MSST 91110. We would do a lot of the escorts if the Coast Guard ships came in. But it still was a pretty divided bay. The separation was there because we didnt know what the other was doing, said Williams. We had the same mission, but different bosses. That was also different for the members of the MSST who were accustomed to a dif ferent mission back in the states. At home they deploy us up and down the east coast, said Wells. They deploy us for any assistance. New Years Eve would be a good example where the coastline needed extra security. Other times they would be subject to the orders of the captain of the port they were assigned to. We would do secu rity zones or safety zones, he added. So we would be in charge of protecting a limited access area like a pier they want protected. Working for the JTF has changed their focus. Right now, were working for the JTF, said Wells. The difference is down here we do protection of the bay and fall under the General and whatever his standing rules of engagement are. Everyone knows what side of the bay they worked on, but that knowl edge on how we do things and why, was not passed on to harbor defense. This brought up the need to discuss a change with harbor patrol. Chief Williams and I got together and changed the way we do business down here, said Wells. The two teams just werent working together. If you have an operation you need both sides of the house to brief each other. We really geared up to a joint role, said Williams. We have weekly meetings to dis cuss operation plans and back each other up. That has brought tremendous benefits to both sides of the operation. What we did was decide that every Tuesday we would discuss what was coming up for the week so that both knew what was coming, said Wells. We created our own standard operating procedure for both teams that didnt exist before. Some of those standards included com munications between coxswains (pro nounced cox-sn, another term for driver of the boat) before getting underway at the beginning of each shift, using one person to route radio traffic for both teams instead of the previous two, and most important, a will ingness to assist the other team when the need arises. Its a more seamless partnership with the MSST unit, said Williams. [Ship] Escorts are almost like a water dance. You couldnt tell one team from the other. They communi cate and get it done. Relations are 100% better than when we first got here, said Wells. The job is easier than before and it runs a lot smoother. MSST and Harbor Defense, seamless teamwork Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward Petty Officer 2nd Class Ronald Cooper and Coxswain Petty Officer 2nd Class Maryellen Murdock guide their patrol boat in darkness during night maneuver training. Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward Petty Officer 3rd Class Neil Carlson, Seaman Brandon Henderson and Seaman Jay Scharff of the MSST 91110 practice pursuit maneuvers in a TPSB (Transportable Port Security Boat) during pursuit exercises.
Friday, March 5, 2004 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... With Petty Officer 2nd Class Maryellen Murdock, MSST Petty Officer 2nd Class Maryellen Murdock joined the Coast Guard to gain experience toward becoming an environ mental police officer. Serving as a coxswain, driving boats for the Maritime Safety and Security Team as it secures the shores and waters of Guantanamo, she continues to appreciate and grow from her military service. She attributes her four years of enjoyment and success, in part, to her highly supportive family and fiance. Q: What inspired you to join the military? A: I wanted to be an environmental police officer, and I learned that the Coast Guard would provide great train ing in law enforcement, and that Id be out around the water most of the time. I joined just over four years ago. Q: How has your military experi ence assisted you toward your career goals? A: When I joined, I had the choice of going the law enforcement side or the marine life side. I chose the first. My ini tial assignment out of boot camp was in New Haven, Conn. There we did a lot of law enforcement and search and rescue, which gave me great experience. Serving with the MSST and my mission in Guan tanamo are just other stepping stones of experience. Q: What do you recall as your best military experience? A: I really loved boot camp. The day I became a coxswain was great. I felt like I really accomplished a goal, towards which I had really worked hard. By that point I knew Id really like my job too. Q: How has your military service impacted and molded you as a service member and a person? A: The Coast Guard has been a great way for me to explore my professional interests, so I can have a better idea of what I want to study before I begin col lege. Im not sure if I want to be an envi ronmental police officer anymore. I love what I do now, but during my time in the Coast Guard Ive begun to explore other fields too. Also, its made me realize I can accomplish just about anything I set my mind to. Its made me really deter mined and has further developed my patience. Its also enhanced my adapt ability. Q: How has your family supported you in your active military career? A: I have great family support back home in the Boston area Theres my mom, dad, sister and two brothers, and I have lots of aunts and uncles. My fiance, whos also in the Coast Guard, has been awesome too. They send me packages all the time here anything I want--and they call. I dont have to worry about anything at home. Its all taken care of. Q: What experiences and personal qualities do you believe have benefited you most professionally and person ally during this deployment? A: My ability to adapt to different environments has definitely helped. Q: What goals have you set for yourself while in Guantanamo? A: I didnt set any specific ones, because I really didnt know what to expect. My only goal has been to work towards returning home safe and know ing I served my mission here to the best of my ability. Q: What do you do to relax at home and in Guantanamo Bay? A: I like to talk on the phone with my fiance. Thats relaxing and calming. I like to do crafts too. Here Ive made bird feeders. Now Im painting a wooden model boat and making seashell mag nets. I also love reading magazines and cooking. I started a recipe book here. I love working out too. This is pretty much what I do at home too, except there I do it with my fiance, and at home I also love to shop. Q: What are your plans for when you return home? A: I really just cant wait to get home and be with my fiance, then go to Dunkin Donuts and get a laaaj regula [large regular coffee]. I cant wait to smell the Boston air, cook, shop and use my cell phone. On the serious side, Ill continue my service in Boston. I reen listed for three years in order to come to Guantanamo. I also plan to get married in June 2005. Well have a clambake. And Ill just keep exploring my career options and begin looking towards plan ning a family. Q: Looking back on your overall military experience, what makes you most proud to serve? A: We live in the greatest country in the world. We owe it to the people in the past who have made it the nation that it is. With so much chaos in the world, too, our nation is forever striving to put its best foot forward. I want to help keep that pursuit of freedom and happiness around the world alive, so Im proud to be a part of that success. I was born on July 4 too, so patriotism is in my blood. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins Petty Officer 2nd Class Maryellen Murdock sits at the wheel of an MSST viper boat. By SPC Katherine L. Collins
The Inspector General infor mation network has received a piece of good news for Army National Guard members. The Army National Guard Financial Services Center in Indianapolis is currently in the process of establishing two teams to assist soldiers with pay issues. One team will perform customer service functions for soldiers who have been unable to solve the problem within their command. This team will coor dinate actions to fix the problem. You may contact this team toll free at 1-877-276-4729 or by email at ARNG-MILPAY @ARNG-FSC.NGB. ARMY.MIL. The Second team will be a mobilization team and serve as an advocate for the Guard at the mobilization and demobilization locations. Additionally, they will perform audits on pay accounts to insure pay accuracy and work with Contingency Travel to work out travel voucher issues. This team is expected to be up and running by the end of March and will be available to assist during REFRAD (Release From Active Duty). The IG office in Room 204 of the Commissions Building is open Monday Saturday. The IG phone number is 5399. The Camp America IG office is in Building 7200 and is staffed Monday, Wednesday, Friday afternoons and Tuesday, Thurs day, and Saturday mornings. The Camp America Office phone is 3501. The GTMO Guide: Answers to Your Questions Who can help me? Whats for lunch? What movies playing? Where can I find that? How does this work? Your guide to ... Movies Camp Bulkeley Fri., March 5 8 p.m.Big Fat Liar PG 88 min 10 p.m. The Professional R 110 min Sat., March 6 8 p.m. Barbershop PG13 102 min 10 p.m. Final Destination 2 R 90 min Sun., March 7 8 p.m. The Life of David Gale R 130 min Mon., March 8 8 p.m. Freddy vs. Jason R 92 min Tues., March 9 8 p.m. Shallow Hal PG13 114 min Wed., March 10 8 p.m. The Rookie G 129 min Thurs., March 11 8 p.m. Crazy/Beautiful PG13 135 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., March 5 7 p.m. Stuck On You PG13 119 min 9 p.m. Miracle PG 135 min Sat., March 6 7 p.m. Paycheck PG13 96 min 9 p.m. Shattered Glass PG13 99 min Sun., March 7 7 p.m. The House of Sand and Fog R 126 min Mon., March 8 7 p.m. Cheaper By The Dozen PG 99 min Tues., March 9 Live performance by Tops In Blue 7 p.m. Wed., March 10 7 p.m. The House of Sand and Fog R 126 min Thurs., March 11 7 p.m. 50 First Dates PG13 96 min Your guide to ... IG .. Troopers in the JTFs legal assistance office offer a variety of legal services and advice, including help preparing income tax forms. The center has a talented staff of tax preparers who are doing tax returns for troopers. Most troopers are done in a half hour and see their refund in less than 10 days. The service will continue through April 19. For more information on the tax center or other legal issues, call 3561. Tax center open through April IG announces new National Guard pay support Bus stop routes include the following stops. Not all stops are listed. Sherman Avenue First Street :00; :30; East Caravella :03; :33; Marine Hill :05; :35; Post Office :10; :40; Windjammer :11; :41; NEX :14; :44; Bulkeley landing :17; :47; Ferry landing :21; :51; Commissions Building :23; :53; Ordnance :26; :56; Bulkeley landing :28; :58; NEX :32; :02; Windjammer :36; :06; Post Office :37; :07; Marine Hill :41; :11; Hospital :48; :18; Windward Loop 1 :52; :22. Camp America/NEX Camp Alpha :00; :20; :40; NEX trailer :02; :22; :42; Camp Delta 2 :06; :26; :46; TK 4 :12; :32; :52; TK 1 :16; :36; :56; Windjammer/Gym :23; :43; :03; NEX :30; :50; :10; Windjammer Gym :35; :55; :15; TK 1 :40; :00; :20; TK 4 :46; :06; :26; Camp Delta 1 :52; :12; :32; Camp Alpha :00; :20; :40. Your guide to ... Buses
Tuesday Tops In Blue The United States Air Force Services Agency celebrates 100 years of powered flight with the Air Force Tops In Blue expeditionary enter tainers 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Downtown Lyceum. Today : lunch beef stroganoff; dinner T-bone steak and lob ster. Saturday : lunch baked ham; dinner 5-cheese lasagna. Sunday : lunch stuffed flounder; dinner roast beef. Monday : lunch Swiss steak; dinner parmesan baked fish. Tuesday : lunch baked chicken tandouri; dinner roast pork loin. Wednesday: lunch beef sauer braten; dinner spaghetti and meat sauce. Thursday : lunch steak ranchero; dinner meat loaf. Friday : lunch fried shrimp; dinner Teriyaki steak and seafood platter. Your guide to ... Galleys 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. Your guide to ... Worship Have questions about Stop-Loss? Information about Stop-Loss can be found at www.defenselink.mil Your guide to ... Events The Combat Stress Teams main office is located at Building 3206 in Camp America. Hours are 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays. KB JAS hours are 8:30 a.m. until noon, Monday through Friday. Personnel are on call after duty hours by pager; dial 4084, pager 2337. In an emergency, go to the NAVAL Hospital or to the JAS. Combat stress services include walk-in consultations and triage, brief solutionfocused therapy, crisis interven tion, roommate contracting, anger managament, command consultation and suicide aware ness and prevention. Combat stress ready to solve problems JTF personnel have two joint aid stations at which to seek medical attention. The Kittery Beach station (3496/3497) and the Camp America 2 station (3545) offer sick call hours and a number of special serv ices, such as weight and tape measuring, immunizations, physical therapy and prescriptions. Sick call hours Monday through Saturday are: mornings, 7 10 a.m.; afternoon, 3-5 p.m. (except Wednesday, set aside for JAS training). Saturday sick call is at the Kitter Beach JAS only. The Naval Hospital is available for more intensive services, and troopers who need emergency treatment shoud call 911. Two joint aid stations serving JTF troopers LAVA LAVA ISLAND VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL needs volunteers Directors, station leaders, crew leaders and behind-the-scenes help is needed for the school, which will be June 14-18 To volunteer, please call the Base Chapel at 2323. Deployment Cycle Support Program is open to troops within 90 days of redeploying. The next class is March 23 25 Supervisors should call J3 at 5040 to sign troopers up.