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Inside the Wire ... P P AGE AGE 11 11 E E MPLOYER MPLOYER S S UPPORT UPPORT R R OTATING OTATING O O UT UT T T OP OP JDOG JDOG Friday, March 12, 2004 Volume 4, Issue 26 www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo P P AGE AGE 6 6 P P AGE AGE 9 9 661st leads the Virgin Island National Guard By SGT Jolene Staker The 661st Military Police Company has been a trailblazer for the Virgin Island National Guard as unit members have expe rienced notable firsts and the Guantanamo mission adds to that list. The 661st MP Co was the Army National Guard unit estab lished in the Virgin Islands. Unit members participated in the first call to duty when Gover nor Melvin Evans activated them in November of 1974 when torren tial rains caused flooding. Guantanamo is the units first federal mis sion, and they are the first Virgin Island unit to deploy. This was a chance for the 661st to get real world experience, said 1SG Emil James, company first sergeant. The unit has been based in the islands with only a minimal exposure during annual trainings. This gives them a chance to see how all that training can be applied. Unit members have performed annual training in Germany, Panama, Nicagura, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Fort Bragg, N.C., Camp Shelby, Miss., Fort Dix, N.J., Fort McClellan, Ala. and Fort Polk, La. They have done law enforcement, base security, convoy security and humanitarian mis sions. We dug wells and built schools in El Salvador, said CPT Donald Woodley, company com mander. While troopers in the 661st MP Co. may have had the least adjustment to make in terms of climate, there have been other adjustments for them to make. The military environment is much different from the laidback environment we came from in the islands, said SSG Enrique San tos. Its a good learning experi ence for every one of us. SFC Leonard Frett, mess sergeant at Caf Caribe, has been in the 661st MP Co. for 27 years. This mission has been a good chal lenge, said Frett. It has opened my eyes on what it takes to run a new dining facility. SPC Sylvester John has found the mission rewarding. Ive been able to accomplish a lot See 661st, page 4 Photo by SGT Jolene Staker SPC Saidah Cowan attached to the 661st from the 384th MP Co. fires her weapon at range qualification.
Page 2 Friday, March 12, 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. Id like to take the opportunity this week to thank the employers of our reserve component troopers who are on duty here and around the world in sup port of the Global War on Terror. I think we all appreciate the sacrifices that our families make while we are deployed but for those who also hold jobs in the civilian sector it is a sacrifice for your employers as well. It is particularly bur densome for the small companies who depend upon their employees to keep the business afloat. And lets face it; the military has given us a lot of leadership training and experience. Consequently, I find that our troopers usually hold positions of responsibility in their civil ian jobs as well. Not long after 9/11 one of my subor dinate military police battalions and two line Companies deployed in sup port of Operation Noble Eagle. Upon their return, the active duty higher headquarters commander for one of these units took four days from his busy schedule and visited many of the employers in the hometown area of that unit. It was a noteworthy tribute to the sacrifices made by those employers. You can also recognize your employer. The National Committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) sponsors an awards program. This program is designed to recognize employers for employment policies and practices that are support ive of their employees participation in the National Guard and Reserve. Their website is located at http://www.esgr.org One of the most common awards is the Patriot Award. ESGR awards a certificate and a Patriot lapel pin on behalf of the Department of Defense. An online form is available on the website and you can nominate your employer for the award. By the way, all states have a branch of ESGR who will be more than happy to assist you in your efforts. On another note, the Uniformed Ser vices Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 guarantees reemployment rights to troopers. The act states that you can expect to resume your civilian career as if you had never left provided you meet five guidelines: You must have left a full-time civilian job. You must have given notice that you were leaving to perform military service. In most cases, the total period of service must not exceed five years. You must be released from service under honorable or general conditions. You must report back to work or apply for re-employment within the period prescribed by law. Working through your chain of com mand on issues such as these is recom mended. Hopefully you are also keeping in contact with your employer while you are here. An occasional note is often appreciated. We need the support of employers to be able to protect our Nation. They have made tremendous sacrifices over the past few years. Please let them know how much we appreciate their support. Honor Bound! Trooper to Trooper BG Mitchell LeClaire Deputy Commander JTF GTMO Operations Thanks to the employers
Friday, March 12, 2004 Page 3 By SSG Patrick Cloward Have you ever thought about what awards you might be eligi ble for during your tour at JTF Guantanamo but werent sure if researching it was worth the has sle? Though figuring out the awards process might seem daunting to some people, often times its the appropriate thing to recommend for your subordi nates as a finishing touch on their service with the JTF. But how do you go about fig uring out which one is which? Well, theres a lot of paperwork to look through since there are so many selections and variations of which award is appropriate for each individual. So, in order to help you with your selection, here is some information to break down your confusion into more manageable points. Two Types of Medals Generally speaking, there are two medal categories that most service members fall into here at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Service-specific Awards Service awards are given only to service-unique units assigned and/or attached to a joint task force such as this one. Who is that you may ask? That would include JDOG personnel, the infantry battalion, and all Military Police companies, including, the JDOGs MP head quarters. That means that personnel in these groups can qualify for Army Achievement Medals, Army Commendation Medals and Meritorious Service Medals during their stay here. Joint Awards Joint awards are given to a JTF staff, and other Service members assigned and/or attached to a JTF as individuals. This also includes individuals assigned to a JTF Headquarters Company. Contrary to what many believe, Joint awards do not have a higher status than the Army awards that JDOG per sonnel are awarded. Joint awards and Army awards have equal status. Impact Award Impact awards are recom mended or awarded to individu als who perform well in a single specific act or accomplishment, separate and distinct from regu larly assigned duties, such as a special project. Impact awards are not limited to a certain num ber allowable for the duration of a tour, but, the more impact awards an individual gets takes away from the content in their service award at the end of their tour. Term of Service Award Term of Service awards are given to individuals at the end of their tour. Only one service award is permitted for an indi viduals entire tour at GTMO. Army Superior Unit Award Units can also receive awards. One such example is the Army Superior Unit Award (ASUA). The ASUA is given by the Secretary of the Army, for outstanding performance over a specific period of time, while serving in a U.S. Army Joint Meritorious Unit Medal Troopers who do not qualify for a service unit award can still qualify for joint unit awards like the Joint Meritori ous Unit Medal (JMUA), given by the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, for outstanding per formance over a specific period of time while serving in a joint unit, in a joint billet. Just like individual joint awards, the JMUA applies only to those assigned or attached to a JTF Headquarters as individ uals, not as members of a serv ice unit. The operative word is "individuals" since individual augmentees (IAs) typically qualify. The JMUA was cre ated for just this purpose, and is equal in status to a service unit award. Another example may apply to you. An infantryman, origi nally brought down to serve with his battalion could get a JMUA. To do so, he would have to be reassigned to the JTF Headquarters Company, and listed on a specific joint duty position. This happens mostly to combat service sup port personnel such as medics or maintenance personnel. Terror war medal The Defense Department just announced final approval of the Global War on Terrorism Expe ditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. In consideration of new military roles in a post-September 11th environment, the Defense Department developed these awards for military members to provide tangible recognition for those serving in the current war against terrorism, a war that spans the globe and includes many diverse campaigns. The SOUTHCOM Commander will be looking at JTF-GTMO trooper eligibility for these awards in the near future. What about GTMO? So what kind of awards could each trooper get while at GTMO? First, you have to assume that you meet height/weight stan dards, pass your service PT test, and serve honorably during your entire tour at GTMO. If you dont meet those prerequisites, you will probably only get a counseling statement. But if you do meet those stan dards, chances are you could end up with four awards: an impact award for a spectacular job on a single project; a term of service award for your overall tour here at GTMO; a unit award for being a part of a unit that performs well; and a Global War on Ter rorism Service Medal. Although we dont really serve for the awards, it is nice to know that we can be recognized for our individual and unit efforts in support of our mission here in Guantanamo. JTF GTMO offers prestigious awards War on Terrorism Service Medal
such as PLDC and 31E training, he said. This with the training I have received from the mission has enhanced my military career. SPC Misha Jones who has only been in the National Guard for about a year and with this unit for seven months has experienced growth in areas other than just her military development. I have been able to experience different views, attitudes and personalities of different people, she said. This has been very cru cial to my personal development. Meeting people with different religious backgrounds has contributed to my spiritual growth as well, said Jones. It also offers her some practical experi ence for her upcoming college career. I am working on a criminology degree and this has given me hands-on experience, she said. Training for the national mission is important to unit members, but they also have a territorial mission. They hone their rescue and evacuation, communication, medical and security skills so that they may aid the civilian populace during hurricanes, government strikes, fires, threats of violence and assisting the Virgin Islands Police Department. SSG David Peltier has done several terri torial missions with the 661st to include Hur ricane Maryland, Hurricane Hugo and a few rough depressions which are downgraded hurricanes. As the military police we are basically the last people out there getting people to hurricane shelters, said Peltier. We were the ones out in harms way. The 661st MP Co. has had a great history and most of the officer and enlisted leader ship in the Virgin Island National Guard have served in the 661st MP Co. sometime during their careers. The unit has been awarded the Best Unit Award for its participation in the Military Police Prisoner of War Exercise Golden Pistol 78 at Fort McClellan in 1983 and the Virgin Island Meritorious Unit Citation for outstanding performance in Exercise Ocean Venture 82. The members of the 661st MP Co. carry on the proud traditions of those who served before them and they stand ready to answer the call to defend the nation or provide emer gency services to the residents of the Virgin Islands. Friday, March 12, 2004 Page 4 661st from page 1 (from right, clockwise) SPC Granville Simmonds, of the 661st Military Police Company, heads off the range to turn in his score card after qualifying with his rifle. SPC Misha Jones runs through Tierra Kay hous ing. She runs regularly to relieve stress as well as pre pare for the upcoming physical training test. SGT Eddie Stout of the 661st prepares ammuni tion magazines for troopers qualifying with their weapons. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker SFC Leonard Frett, mess sergeant at Cafe Caribe, works on paperwork. He is a long-time member of the 661st MP Co. and has seen many changes over the years. Photo by SPC Katherine Collins Photo by SPC Katherine Collins Photo by SPC Katherine Collins
Friday, March 12, 2004 Page 5 Trooper on the Street By SPC Katherine L. Collins This Weeks Question: What one message or lesson would you like your civilian employer to grasp from your deployment? SGT Robert Cavender, A Co. 1-181st Inf. Bn. MSG Edward McCurdy, 217th MP Co. SSG David Dion, C Co. 1-181st Inf. Bn. SPC Jemeel Washington, Joint Visitors Bureau SSG David Peltier, 661st MP Co. "Employers as a whole should realize that we come out here as a frac tion of the Army of One to work together to accom plish the mission at hand." "You'll always find that military members get the job done, in their military and civilian missions." "That everyone has to play their role in the fight for freedom, whether or not they're in the military." "Thank you to all my [fel low firefighters] for all you do for me. You are my biggest supporter while on active duty, fighting for our nations freedom. Im deeply indebted. "Continue to support your military employees and keep them updated while they are away, because there will be more deploy ments." Training tomorrows leaders today (at left) SGT Heather Best (right), of the 177th Military Police Brigade, receives her certifi cate from MG Geoffrey Miller, JTF commander, during the PLDC graduation ceremony. Best was recognized for scoring over 270 on her PT test and was on the Commandant's list. (above) Graduates of JTF Guantanamos second PLDC class pose for a group photo. (right) SGT Amos Brown, of the 384th Military Police Battalion, gives a short speech at the ceremony after being recognized as the classs honor graduate. JTF graduates PLDC class two Photos by SGT Jolene Staker
Friday, March 12, 2004 Page 6 258th soldier named Top JDOG for February SSG Robert Stearns, 258th Military Police Company, led a 14-soldier detach ment from the Joint Task Force Guan tanamo on a special mission for the Joint Detention Operations Group (JDOG). A grueling 29-hour mission that required all participants to step up to the plate and go the extra mile, Stearns lead ership was instrumental in this endeavor. Stearns further showed his leadership and care for the soldiers at one of the stops at McGuire AFB, N.J., on the return leg of the flight. His soldiers were informed that they would spend the night in an air hanger instead of in billeting. Stearns stepped for ward and offered, at his own expense, to put soldiers up in billeting. This issue was brought to the attention of the OIC and with his and Stearns lead ership, soldiers were properly cared for and given a proper place to sleep and recover from the mission. Stearns also willingly accepted an addi tional expense when he learned that the flight would not depart until after check out time. Stearns instructed all soldiers to move their baggage and equipment into his room and he then incurred the additional cost. Stearns leadership and care for the sol diers under his charge are in keeping with the tradition and standards of the NCO Corps and the Joint Detention Operations Group. For his selfless service and will ingness to take care of the soldiers Stearns is the February Top JDOG. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker SSG Robert Stearns, 258th Military Police Company, shakes hands with BG Mitch LeClaire after receiving a coin from LeClaire for being named the Joint Detention Operation Groups Top JDOG for February. By SrA. Thomas J. Doscher JTF troopers know all about the training they had to com plete to get to Guantanamo Bay, but what about the training they need to get back? Deployment Cycle Support training is a three-day seminar that all JTF troopers from every branch of the service are required to attend for them to outprocess. The main objective of the DCS program is the successful reintegration of our men and women into their families and communities, said Georgina Frisbee, Fleet and Family Sup port Center JTF liaison. Over the course of three days, troopers are briefed on a variety of subjects and attend panel discussions. The first day is spent learning about what to expect during a troopers return and reunion with family, pre venting domestic abuse, coping with change, personal relation ships, personal safety, finance, and transition information such as veterans issues and job search information. The second day consists of briefings from the Combat Stress Control Team and TRI CARE representatives. The top ics include stress management techniques, suicide awareness and prevention, crisis manage ment and conflict resolution. On the third day, troopers participate in two panel discus sions. The first is a medical panel to discuss health issues. The second panel lets troopers speak directly with representa tives from the legal office, the Fleet and Family Support Cen ter, the American Red Cross, J-1 for awards and leave issues, J-8 for pay issues and the Joint Per sonnel and Readiness Center to discuss outprocessing. Frisbee said troopers should have the information they need to confront problems before they leave Guantanamo Bay. Returning troops need to be aware of the emotional issues as well as the practical issues involved in redeployment, she said. DCS presents an opportu nity to gather information and find answers while here where services are easily accessible. Air Force SrA. Katy Krekel berg, J-3 current operations, went to DCS training in midFebruary. She said it gave her something to think about. We all learned some things that Im sure we wouldnt have thought of if we hadnt attended the class, Krekelberg said. Krekelberg said the class helped prepare her for her trip home. I think this class prepared me for redeployment by helping me understand the stress levels that we will all encounter and try to avoid the repercussions that could happen if we take the stress of everything back into our homes. Frisbee said the key to get ting the most out of DCS train ing is to have a positive attitude. Active participation in DCS is a great opportunity for learn ing or receiving healthy reminders about the redeploy ment experience, Frisbee said. When service members com plete this three-day seminar, reunion with family members and significant others will not be far away. They will be more aware and better prepared for their immediate future. The next DCS seminar is slated for March 23-25. For more information, call J-3 at 5040. DCS training prepares troopers for return home
Friday, March 12, 2004 Page 7 Investigating the passion of Jesus With the release of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" people are asking questions about the crucifix ion of Jesus. Get in on the discussion, exploring both the biblical account and the personal impact of the pas sion of Jesus. Mondays/ 7PM/ The Living Room (L001 CANN) Heavenly Bits & Pieces By CH (MAJ) Daniel Odean Never give the Devil a ride; he'll want to do all the driving! We have to take responsi bility for our choices and actions in life. The enemy of your soul will make sure he puts things in your way to keep you dis tracted from God. He wants to wreck your life! Turn to God. The words of Jesus are recorded in John 10:10 "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." By CH (LTC) Steve Feehan We pray for a lot of things. The problem usually is that we think we know the right answer. We usually want what we want, and we want it now. We forget that God's answers are always wiser than our prayers. New Navy chaplains assistant delivers diligence and inspiration to JTFs spiritual ministry. By SPC Katherine Collins Serving God through military service is noth ing new to Navy Petty Officer First Class Deneen Moore, but as the most recent chaplain's assistant joining JTF's spiritual ministry team, she focuses ahead with joy and anticipation to discovering the many ways God will use her tal ents and deep-rooted desire to serve Him in Guantanamo Bay. Moore's military service began 18 years ago, when she stepped forward to follow in the foot steps of her father, who had served in the Navy during WWII, and two of her sisters, who cur rently serve on active duty in the Navy. Prior to becoming a chaplain's assistant, she served as a mechanical calibration technician during her first 12 years in the Navy. With the news that the Navy planned to disestablish this duty position, Moore began exploring her other career field options. I chose to become a religious programs spe cialist, which is what the Navy calls it, so I could serve the Lord and be in His presence full time, she said. Reflecting back to the day she learned of the Operation Enduring Freedom mission here, Moore shared the excitement she experienced then, saying, When I was presented with the opportunity to come here and work with the JTF, I immediately said, Yes. Knowing that God's will for her service could deliver her anywhere, she expressed thanksgiv ing to God for choosing Guantanamo Bay, because of its beauty and the joint service aspect of the mission. I was excited about coming to the sunny Caribbean be near the beautiful ocean, she said. Also, this is my first time serving this closely with other branches of the military. Moore said she is striving to do all she can to serve God inside and outside the framework of her position, as she discovers the needs of all JTF's service members. While I am learning more about other branches of service, I am finding that all people have similar needs when it comes to their faith. Serving God and the military in the chapel is a blessing because I am able to help others in the expression of their faith, she said. On a daily basis, Moore assists JTF's chap lains in whatever ways possible. Among her duties, she helps prepare the chapel for worship services, operates the sound system and audiovi sual equipment during services and provides religious literature to personnel. In addition, Moore said she focuses on sim ply loving and living for her Lord while in Guantanamo Bay, looking only peripherally to where He may lead her next. She cited her fam ily her husband, a wonderful man of God, and three marvelous 'children of the King' as one source of strength God continues to provide to encourage and strengthen her in her faith and ministry here. Philippians 4:13, which states, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,' is my favorite scripture, she added. It's one I look to as a guiding principle to renew me phys ically, mentally and spiritually. It is a scripture reminding me that whatever it is that I need to do here in my work at JTF and in life overall, Jesus will give me the strength to be successful. According to Moore, it is through simple ways, such as living out this verse to others through all she says and does, that she prays she'll be effective in God's ministry here. Through my words and actions, I try to share [the verse's truth] with everyone I encounter, she said. I also try to point the way to God by sharing all the evidence I witness of His active presence here. [In Guantanamo] we have the opportunity to see His beauty in the ocean breaking against the rocks, the beautiful sunsets, the stars shinning at night and the igua nas that walk up to us every day. That's part of what I like to share with others. Moore said she plans to retire from the Navy in two years, returning to her home state of Vir ginia. She also desires to travel all 50 states with her husband at some point in the future, seeing God's beauty throughout the nation He continues to so greatly bless. Seeing and serving God everywhere Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins Navy Petty Officer First Class Deneen Moore prepares Troopers Chapel for Sunday morning morship.
Friday, March 12 2004 Page 8 By SrA. Thomas J. Doscher One shot, one kill... but not without a lot of practice. Like the other infantry and military police units at JTF Guantanamo, snipers with the 1181st Infantry Regiment practice like they fight. Though not as numerous as the other specialties, snipers play an important role in JTF security. It augments the infantry, said Jon, a 1-181st Infantry Regiment sniper. We have a better view than the regular infantry. Jon, a sniper since 1990, said having them in the JTF makes sense. Its low intensity warfare, he said. It makes sense. You can discreetly reduce the threat. Instead of shooting a machine gun into a crowd to get one per son, you can get him with one shot from 700 meters away. Its the smart way of fighting. Army regulations require snipers to qualify every three months, but Jon said its better to shoot more often. Its better to shoot a little a lot, he said. Jim, another 1-181st Infantry Regiment sniper, said snipers offer the JTF more than just an extra shooter. Theres more to sniping than shooting, Jim said. Were trained in observation and intelli gence. We can get in, get ranges and make observations and get out without being seen. One of the ways they remain hidden is by wearing a Ghillie suit, a camouflage suit used to make the shooter all but invisible against his surroundings. Snipers traditionally make their own Ghillie suits, a process that can take 80 hours of labor, Thomp son said. Ken, a 1-181st Infantry Regiment infantryman will learn how to make one in the course of his sniper training. Ken decided to become one of the specialized marksmen after shooting with some of the 1-181s snipers. I shot with a couple of these guys before, Ken said. When the opportunity came up to be a spotter, they put my name in. Ken said being a sniper is much different than what hes been trained for. Its a totally different kind of operation, he said. Its observ ing and studying, not just shoot ing. Jon said that despite what the movies say, sniping is never done alone. Its very much a two-man team, Jon said. One of the misnomers of snipers is that its a lone individual. We always work in two-man teams, he added. Jim said snipers at Guan tanamo are necessary and valu able. They have the big guns, he said. But Id rather have one shot from 700 yards. 1-181st snipers hone skills at Grenadillo Photo by SrA. Thomas J. Doscher Jon, a 1-181st Infantry Regiment sniper, looks through the scope of his sniper rifle during training at Grenadillo Range March 5. Snipers augment the infantry in providing security and force protection for the JTF. Photo by SrA. Thomas J. Doscher Jon, takes up a firing position in the grass at Grenadillo Range. His Ghillie suit camouflages him and allows him to blend in with the grass around him.
Friday, March 12, 2004 Page 9 F ITNESS AND R ECOGNITION By SGT Talal Elkhatib There are plenty of exercises for every muscle group. Some people prefer machines and some prefer free weights. Today, well discuss the benefits and advantages of both. Whats better? The honest answer is free-weights are better. Free-weights help out the mind and body in different ways. Even though a free-weight workout is very exhausting, its better. When using freeweights, youre using additional stabilizer muscles to balance and correct your form. Youre also developing your mind because free-weights help improve your connective muscle tissue, therefore improving the speed of neurotransmitters (messengers that carry signals of move ment ) from your brain to your muscles, making a better mind-to-muscle coordina tion. Machines do the same in a less pow erful way. You can do physical training almost everywhere regardless of the equipment provided, but from a personal perspective, beginners should start on machines first to perfect their form and breathing before moving on to free-weights. Free-weights can also build strength if used correctly. The mistake most commit is trying to use too much weight too quickly. Muscle maturity is the improvement of muscle development with age, and that maturity varies from person to person. Believe it or not, men and women develop significant muscle tissue during their 30s to 40s. This is why those who have been work ing out for a while can exercise using heav ier weight with correct form. Those of us who are younger need to learn to be patient and develop our body and not our ego. So why use weight machines? Weight machines are good for beginner to interme diate weight trainers. Beginners should uti lize machines to get familiar with the exer cises and slowly get stronger until they feel comfortable to use free-weights. Machines can also be used by people who need a routine change or dont have a workout partner to spot them. Machines are also good for group or squad training such as station training. If you are training for strength and size and want to gain as much muscle mass as you can, start out using machines, and then move to freeweights. Knowledge is power. Talk to each oth ers into fitness and dont be shy to ask other weight trainers questions. Talk to the following veterans about muscle building: SFC Jerome Wren of the 177th MP Brigade., SGT Derek Acosta of the 384th MP Battalion, SGT Marcus Bowden, SGT Rob White, SPC Nahum Vizakis, and SPC Michael Burnes, of the 1-181st Infantry Regiment. Differing weight programs spur successes Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward Comings and Goings... During a visit to Guantanamo Bay, (above) members of the Committee for Homeland Security met with members of the 661st MP Co. (left to right) SPC Donell Samuel, SGT Terrance Bryan, SSG Enrique Santos, Donna Christansen, delegate to congress from the Virgin Islands, 661st Commander MAJ Kai Schjang, Spc Enisha Jones and SFC Glenwood David. (right) Coast Guard LT Michael ONeill addresses members of the MSST 91110 during the rotation victory dinner. Up to 75 percent of the MSST will rotate home and be replaced by personnel from the same unit, enabling most members to be in Guantanamo little more than three months. Photo by SPC Katherine Collins
Friday, March 12, 2004 Page 10 S PORTS R ECREATION AND L ESIURE Compiled by SSG Patrick Cloward In basketball news, Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damon Stoudamire took a drug test for a Portland newspaper columnist on Friday in an attempt to clear his name, the Oregonian reported Sunday. Last year, Stoudamire apologized to fans after being charged with possession of marijuana following a search at an air port. Stoudamire reportedly tested negative for five different drugs, including mari juana. According to the paper, marijuana can be detected if used up to 28 days prior to the test. In Hockey, the Philadelphia Flyers shook up their defense Monday, acquir ing Vladimir Malakhov from the New York Rangers and trading Chris Therien to the Dallas Stars Therien had spent his entire 10-year NHL career with the Flyers. He was the longest-tenured active athlete on any professional sports team in Philadelphia. In football news, for the second time in four days, the New York Giants have added a starting linebacker, as the club reached an agreement Monday night with unrestricted veteran Barrett Green Green, 26, spent his first four seasons with the Detroit Lions In New York, hell take over the starting weak-side position, a spot vacated when Dhani Jones opted to test the free-agent market. In baseball news, San Diego Padres first baseman Phil Nevin has a strained left shoulder and is expected to miss about four weeks. Nevin was hurt in a spring training game against Anaheim on Sunday night, a year to the day he dislocated the same shoulder, which kept him out until July 23 last season. Nevin is expected to have his arm in a sling for seven to 10 days, then begin his rehabilitation. Going by the teams timetable, he could be back by opening day April 5 at Los Angeles. The Padres open their new ballpark April 8 against San Francisco. In College football, Colorado State is tightening its football recruiting policies amid scandals at the University of Col orado and elsewhere. Changes proposed by a committee headed by athletic director Mark Driscoll have been given to coaches to review. The changes will take effect after the coaches respond, Colorado State spokesman Gary Ozzello said. Ozzello said many of the changes deal specifically with drug and alcohol use and sexual harassment and assault. The changes specifically ban underage drink ing, illegal drug use and taking a recruit to a bar or party where strippers are pres ent. In Golf, Craig Parry flipped his 6iron across the 18th fairway, kicked his leg as high as he could and then swung his Popeye forearm through the air. Parry holed out from 176 yards to beat Scott Verplank on the first playoff hole Sunday in the Ford Championship at Doral His ball landed 8 feet in front of the pin, bounced twice and then rolled in for eagle on the par-4 finishing hole. His 298-yard drive landed in the cen ter of the fairway. Verplank, who shot a bogey-free 67 in the final round to send it to extra holes, hit his tee shot in the right rough. His second shot was rolling toward a bunker when it turned left and stopped on the edge of the green. Compiled from ESPN.com New York Giants add Barrett Green Sports highlights Photos by SGT Jolene Staker Form and Fitness... (above) SGT Heather Sittler (left) of the 384th Military Police Battalion tests for her green belt in combat martial arts by demonstrating a move with Marine Cpl. Gabriel Valdez. (at right) SPC Katherine Turner out of Fort Bragg, N.C. (left) and SGT Car rie Ziemba out of Fort Sam Houston, Texas, test for their tan belt in combat martial arts.
Friday, March 12, 2004 Page 11 Employer, employee find different roles on deployment By SGT Jolene Staker For most troopers, deploy ment has taken them away from their employers, but SPC James Berg of B Battery, 119th Field Artillery, came to Guan tanamo with his boss. SFC Michael Ross also of B Battery, 119th FA and his father own the family construction business where Berg is employed in Michigan. Ross is the project manager and Berg had worked his way up to labor foreman. Berg joined the Army National Guard eight years ago to use the education benefits available. He was put in Rosss section. Over the years Ross came to appreciate Bergs work habits. When an opening became available in his com pany Ross recruited Berg to work for him. He was steady and depend able, said Ross. I prefer to hire veterans. They dont mind the dirt and the water. When Ross convinced his Dad to hire Berg, they knew it would present challenges. Weve always worked around annual training and drill week ends, said Ross. Its always been an inconvenience. But when Ross and Berg were deployed, it went from an inconvenience to a hardship. The family business is a small construction company. Now 25 percent of the company is here in Guantanamo. While it may be an incon venience to have them deployed, Ross said his Dad has never complained. Dad has always supported me, said Ross. My parents had to sign to let me join the active Army when I was 17. He has never asked me to get out of the mili tary. Ross has been in the Army for 15 years. He served two years in the active Army and then transferred to the Army Reserves. In 1993, he trans ferred to the Army National Guard. Berg is three classes away from a bachelor degree in business management. When Ross gets back to his company and has a chance to reorganize he plans to offer Berg a chance to learn to be a project man ager. He is a core employee, said Ross. I consider it life long employment as long as he wants to be there. We will do whatever we can to help him grow in the business. This deployment has only reinforced the potential Ross sees in Berg. Seeing what he is doing on this deployment only gives me more confidence in him, said Ross. As far as the business at home, Ross and Berg wonder how it is going but know they have to focus on the mission here. I would like to thank everyone back home, both the company and our families, said Ross. Everyone has stepped in to fill the gap. Berg too appreciates the support the entire battery has experienced. I remember the day we left and how it felt to look out and see all the families there, said Berg. I didnt expect that much support. Our family support group and everyone was wonderful. Photo by SGT Staker SFC Michael Ross (left) and SPC James Berg both of B Battery, 119th FA review Bergs leave form. If a soldier has a problem, he [Ross] will put in the extra effort to take care of it, said Berg. By SGT Jolene Staker Reserve military members usually leave a civilian career to serve during deploy ment. The Uniformed Services Employ ment and Reemployment Rights Act protect their jobs, but they may still run into prob lems or have questions about these rights. There is a place reservists can go for answers and assistance. The National Com mittee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation between Reserve component members and their civilian employers and assist in the resolution of conflicts that may arise from the employees military service. A reservist who leaves a civilian job for voluntary or involuntary military service is entitled to reemployment in the civilian job with accrued seniority if he or she meets certain criteria. The reservist must have left the job for the purpose of performing military service and have given prior oral or written notice to the civilian employer. Prior notice is not required only if it is precluded by military necessity or otherwise impossible or unrea sonable. The cumulative period of service or peri ods of service must not exceed the five-year limit. All involuntary service and some vol untary service are exempted from this fiveyear limit. See 38 U.S.C. 4312 (c). Reservists must be released from their military service without receiving a punitive or other-than-honorable discharge. They must report back to work in a timely man ner or have submitted a timely application for reemployment. If the period of service is 31-180 days the application for reemployment must be submitted 14 days after the end of the serv ice. For a period of service of over 180 days, reservists have 90 days to submit the application. These deadlines can be extended by up to two years if the reservist is hospitalized for or convalescing from a service-connected injury or illness. Reservists may contact the ESGR at NCESGR-OMBUD@osd.mil or 1-800336-4590. Reservists have assistance for civilan employment issues
Friday, March 12, 2004 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... With SPC Jendayi K. K. Albert, 661 st MP Co. Spc. Katherine L. Collins SPC Jendayi K.K. Albert left her home in the Virgin Islands to join the Army as a means to pay for college. In addition to advancing her education to level of actively pursuing her masters degree, she completed the six-year travel adventure of her life. Albert is proud to lead the way as the first member of her family to serve in the military. Q: What inspired you to join the mil itary? A: I joined for the same reason many people join for the college money. My mom has three kids, and Im the oldest. Earning college money by serving in the military seemed the best thing to do. Q: How many years and in what branches and components have you served? A: Ive served six years total five, Active Army, and this is my first year in the National Guard. Q: Where have you deployed? A: Ive served at duty stations in Italy, Japan, Alaska and Virginia, and Ive deployed to Iran, Kuwait, Senegal, Ghana, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and now Cuba. Q: Why did you switch to the National Guard? A: I loved all the traveling I was doing, but I needed a break. I was looking for ward to getting back home to serve in the V.I. until called to deploy with that unit; however, after only a month and a half of joining my unit, we deployed to Cuba. Q: What do you recall as your best military experience? A: Theres so many to pick from. Ill just say all the travel in general. I really enjoyed seeing different countries and learning about their cultures. One thing I learned from all I saw is that my life is not all that hard. There are many people around the world that are far worse off. Q: How has your military service impacted and molded you as a soldier and person? A: Its given me a lot of discipline, and its allowed me to appreciate other people and their talents and abilities. Q: In what ways has your family sup ported you in your military service? A: My immediate family my mom and two sisters has supported me a lot, because I havent been home more than three weeks out of the year for the last six years. Theyre always there for me. My mother calls me every morning. My sisters also call me all the time. We e-mail often too. Q: What is your employment back home? A: I am a crisis counselor, working in domestic violence for a non-profit organiza tion. I did earn my college degree in busi ness management. I began working for the center as a budget analyst, but I thought the counseling seemed interesting. So, after train ing, I began doing that. I plan to continue on in the field of business management though. Q: What has been your greatest chal lenge here in Guantanamo? A: Working with other branches of service and all three components. We each have a different way of doing things, but we must pull together to work as a team to accomplish the mission. Q: What personal strengths do you find benefit you most in this mission? A: From my job as a sexual assault counselor, Ive learned a lot of patience, which has greatly helped me here. Q: How do you relax when you deploy? A: During my other deployments I mostly traveled in my free time around the countries I was in and to the near by countries. Its a lit tle different in Cuba, being on an island and all. So I sleep, watch T.V. and I go to college. Im trying to complete courses toward my masters degree in business management. Q: What goals have you set for your self while here? A: Im trying to complete at least seven or eight courses toward my masters degree. Q: What has been most rewarding about this mission? A: All the friends I made here in my unit. I didnt really get to know them until we came to Cuba, because I had just joined the unit. Also, since Id been away from home for six years, they were able to really fill me in on all that was happening and changing back in the V.I. Q: Looking back on your overall mil itary experience, what makes you most proud to serve? A: Im the first person in my family, from even generations back, to ever consider actu ally joining the military. No one ever imag ined Id make it this far and do all I did. So that makes me proud to be where I am today. Q: What are your plans for when you return home? A: Im going to relax for a whole month or two before I go back to work. Im going to take a cruise to Venezuela, the Cayman Islands and maybe Mexico with my mom and sisters. Then Im going to visit my dad, who I havent seen in six years. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins SPC Jendayi K.K. Albert, an administrative special ist with the 661st Military Police Company, works on her computer in the units command post.
Recently, the inspector geral hosted sensing sessions where troopers were able to voice their concerns over issues of their choice. Many sessions were recently con ducted with all the companies in the JTF. Some of the troop ers said that more computers in Camp America North would make life better. In response to this query, the information was shared with JTF leadership and the J-6 staff, who worked together with Morale Welfare and Recreation personnel to deter mine how many computers could be added and when. Twenty new computers arrived, were inventoried, and put on line for troopers to use within three weeks following. This is a great example of the JTF leadership team respond ing to what troopers said will improve their time at Guan tanamo Bay. The Inspector General is here to assist you with various concerns or issues that you feel may apply. If you believe the IG might be able to assist you, please contact us in Room 204 of the Commissions Building Monday through Saturday or in the Camp America IG office at Building 7200 Monday, Wednesday, Friday afternoons and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings. You can reach us by tele phone at 5399 or 3501. IG assistance is available anytime by appointment. 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 12 8 p.m. The Mask PG13 102 min 10 p.m. Gone in 60 Seconds PG13 113 min Sat., March 13 8 p.m. Mission Impossible PG13 109 min 10 p.m.Bounty Hunters R 96 min Sun., March 14 8 p.m. Charlies Angels PG13 98 min Mon., March 15 8 p.m. Super Cop 2 R 94 min Tues., March 16 8 p.m. Tomb Raider PG13 101 min Wed., March 17 8 p.m. Speed R 116 min Thurs., March 18 8 p.m. The One PG13 86 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., March 12 7 p.m. Along Came Polly PG 90 min 9 p.m.Fellowship of the Ring PG13 178 min Sat., March 13 7 p.m. Chasing Liberty PG13 111 min 9 p.m. The Two Towers PG13 175 min Sun., March 14 7 p.m. Welcome to Mooseport PG13 115 min Mon., March 15 7 p.m. Torque PG13 81 min Tues., March 16 7 p.m. Chasing Liberty PG13 111 min Wed., March 17 7 p.m. Along Came Polly PG 90 min Thurs., March 18 7 p.m. The Butterfly Effect R 113 min Your guide to ... IG .. RUGBY is back! Practices are every Tues & Thurs, 1800-1930, Cooper Field. No experience necessary, beginners welcome. Bring your rugby boots and water. FMI-contact JOC Puello 4520 IG helps bring more computers to Camp America North labs 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 ..
Today : Lunch fried shrimp; Dinner Teriyaki steak and seafood platter. Saturday : Lunch Stuffed Flounder; Dinner Italian Sausage Sunday : Lunch Chicken Fajita; Dinner Chicken Cordon Bleu Monday : Lunch Teriyaki Beef Strips; Dinner Savory Baked Chicken Tuesday : Lunch Ginger Pot Roast; Dinner Roast Turkey Wednesday: .Lunch Shrimp Chop Suey; Dinner Irish Pot Roast Thursday : Lunch Mexican Baked Chicken; Dinner Beef Stroganoff Friday : Lunch Fish Almandine; Dinner Ribeye and Lobster 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) Protestant Main Chapel Mon. 7 p.m. Prayer Group Fellowship* Tue. 7 p.m. Mens Bible Study* Wed. 9:30 a.m. Sunday School Thurs 11 a.m. Service/Sunday School 6:30 p.m. Womens Bible Study* Fellowship Hall located in Chapel Complex Camp America Mon. 7 p.m. Passion Study 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. 9 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 D eployment Cycle Support Program is open to troops within 90 days of redeploying. The next class is March 23 25 Supervisors should call J-3 at 5040 to sign troopers up. 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 Operations changes at the Roosevelt Roads naval base are prompting rotator flight changes for Guantanamo Bay. Roosevelt Roads will be closing soon, and that has forced rota tor flights to move to Tuesday and Friday through the end of April. Beginning in May, the flights will revert back to Tuesdays and Saturdays, according to 1LT Jeremy Paden, JTF J-4. Paden encouraged troopers to check with the Strategic Mobil ity Office, Commissions Building room 205, before making defi nite travel plans. For more information, call 5154 or 5164 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday. Flight schedule changes continuing through May Thursday Ticket Seeking to help one another find moral direction in life? Join the chaplain and fellow troopers on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. in the Living room (L001 CANN) for the viewing and lively discussion of a con temporary movie. 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, 2323 or contact Barbara Olsen, 2359 or 7685 On Saturday, March 13th Club Survivor will be hosting the B Company 1st Battalion, 181st Inf. Regt. Volleyball Challenge Team sign up is Saturday at 1800 Play begins at 1830.