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Inside the Wire ... P P AGE AGE 12 12 15 15 MINUTES MINUTES OF OF FAME FAME M M ECHANICALLY ECHANICALLY INCLINED INCLINED MSST MSST ON ON MISSION MISSION Friday, March 19, 2004 Volume 4, Issue 27 www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo P P AGE AGE 3 3 P P AGE AGE 5 5 Tax assistance available for JTF Troopers By SGT Jolene Staker Tax time does not have to be taxing for troopers. There is assistance available at the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assis tance) Center in the legal assis tance office located in the former Camp America Joint Aid Station. Weve had troopers walk in with just the question can I get my taxes done? and 30 minutes later they walk out with their taxes done and eight days later they are getting a refund, said MAJ Michael Pelot, chief of legal assistance of the 177th Military Police Brigade. The VITA center is open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are pre ferred, but the center has never turned away a walk-in. Tax volunteers want troopers to bring any documentation they have with them, but if they dont have anything to bring in volun teers can still assist them. The volunteers can help troopers access both their military W-2 and direct deposit information on the Defense Finance Accounting Service website. The VITA is linked to TaxWise, an electronic filing serv ice that has a contract with the IRS. There is usually a 24-hour review, and troopers will know their tax returns have been accepted. On an average 8-10 days later the refund will be in their accounts. SSG Lee Arnold, of the 177th MP Bde., gets the most satisfaction from helping troop ers who dont have all their doc umentation and will do anything she can do to help. I put the word out not to be afraid come on in, she said. I know procrastination costs peo ple. Troopers may have any addi tional information from home Photo by SGT Jolene Staker SPC Jeremiah Sherman, B. Battery, 119th Field Artillery, attached to the 216th Military Police Company helps SSG David Peltier of the 661st Military Police Company with his tax return. Peltier pulls out his wallet to show how much he is going to appreciate having a refund to put in it instead of having to pay taxes. See Tax, page 4
Page 2 Friday, March 19, 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 USAF Staff Sgt. Joshua Gorman 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. Today is a tough day, because I must say farewell to this great JTF. It has been a great ride and a privilege to serve with you for the past 18 months. I am enor mously proud of leaders and Troopers who have come together here at Guan tanamo to make a difference for our nation as we go about winning the Global War On Terrorism. We fight from our foxhole here at Camp Delta, but your reach goes to Afghanistan, Iraq, and many other areas where our country is engaged in defeating the enemies of freedom. You are winning everyday, and our nation, our families, and our loved ones are safe because of your commitment and sacrifice. Great organizations, like this JTF, are about accomplishing the missionrig ging leaders and Troopers for success today, while setting standards that lead to winning in the future. Committed, caring leadership is the glue that brings units together. Our officers have guided the JTF to success, and have invested enor mous quality time in making us better each day. Our non-commissioned officers are the true strength of our services. They have made us competent and every day they teach our junior leaders what Right looks like. They teach how to lead, how to set the example, how to be demanding and establish high standards, yet take the time to be caring and compassionate. The legacy of great, caring leadership is units and individuals who do what is right when no one is looking. Leaders, thanks for taking responsibility for making us win ners. I would like to thank our teammates from the Interagency Task Forcethe CTC, FBI, and CITFand NAVBASE personnel who all bring unique skills and talents to this joint operation. As we know, you cannot get too many friends in this fight and we could not have asked for better support. For me, it has always been about the TroopersSoldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmenbeing with them, being part of a team, the shared experiences, incredible camaraderie; respect for each other; and knowing we would be there for each other no matter what. You can walk into a room full of Troopers who are strangers to you, but be completely comfortable because you know what they stand forbeing so proud to be one of the team. Our Troop ers give life and meaning to our motto Honor Bound to Defend Freedom. It just does not get any better. BG(P) Jay Hood will be taking the reins here shortly. I have known this great warrior leader for many years and he will make a difference. Please give him all your best efforts. I depart the JTF proud of what we have done and confident you will become even better in the future. Our country is depending on you. Fights on. HONOR BOUND! Trooper to Trooper MG Geoffrey D. Miller Commander JTF Guantanamo Saying farewell to Guantanamo The Guantanamo Bay community is cordially invited to a change of command ceremony as BG (P) Jay Hood assumes command of JTF Guantanamo from MG Geoffrey Miller. The event will be held at Bulke ley Field, Wednesday, at 5:15 p.m. dress is duty uniform. JTF Change of Command
Friday, March 19, 2004 Page 3 By SSG Patrick Cloward Recently, a quiet change has taken place in the harbor of Guantanamo Bay. Detachment two of Mar itime Safety and Security Team 91110 has joined the JTF to replace detachment one, who finished their threemonth rotation recently. I knew their expectations, which was a big plus, said Chief Petty Officer Stephen McDonald, operations chief for detachment two. It made it a seamless transfer between the two detachments. Though both teams are part of the same unit, the small, easily mobile groups are sent in various directions depending on the need. We operated around New York City when the threat level was heightened for two weeks in December and Philadelphia back in the states, said Lt. j.g. Paul Casey, executive officer and deployable team leader for detachment two. We serve as a liaison with [Department of Defense] units or Coast Guard units in different areas. Now their time has come to aid the Naval Base Harbor Patrol in keeping the base secure from enemy assault on the water. Though the transfer time window was small, the new team members easily stood up to the task. The biggest challenge was making sure there wasnt any stop in operation [while] swapping teams, said Casey. We had to be getting the guys to understand the new mission and they picked it up quickly. In order to have everyone online, we needed to qualify the crewmen in weapons in a matter of 26 hours. It was daunting but we did it. Ive had a lot of experi ence getting guys qualified on small boats, said McDon ald. A lot of guys in our detachment come from the small boat station side of the house. From a training standpoint, were really good at what we do. That experience paid off as the challenges of working with the JTF came to task. As the personnel officer here, the JTF is different, said Casey. Were used to working with one entity of a team. Here were one piece of a larger puzzle. Casey added that his team hasnt worked with such a large operation until now. Usually MSST units operate in ports like Philadelphia or New York where the civilian population is larger and dif ferent rules of engagement apply. Its a very delicate proce dure, he said. Were still here to defend, but at home were more on edge because there are more civilians to complicate the situation. One challenge is we have new guys just out of A schools, said McDonald. [some] of them recently graduated. They havent been in an operational environ ment a lot, but theyre highly motivated. We still expect a lot out of them. I expect everyone to be qualified on the mission. McDonald even has goals for himself during the next three months. Im definitely going to work on physical fitness, he said. Im the oldest guy on the team so thats always my personal challenge. I know I can say that Im twice your age and Im getting the job MSST 91110 Detachment 2 arrives in Guantanamo Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward Chief Petty Officer Stephen McDonald (center) oversees weapons maintenance with Petty Officers 3rd Class Michael Pugh (left) and Gilberto Blanco (right) after routine operations in Guantanamo Bay. Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward Lt. j.g. Paul Casey looks over Guantanamo Bay during operations with the MSST 91110.
Friday, March 19, 2004 Page 4 faxed to the VITA, and com mercial phone lines are avail able for quick calls home to request information. Married troopers can also get their taxes done. If they do not have a power of attorney for their spouse there is an IRS form that the VITA personnel will either fax or e-mail for sig nature. This form allows the troopers to sign all tax forms. Many troopers have bene fited from advice from VITA volunteers. The tax center did a great job; if I had filed the way I had planned I would have paid, but with their advice I dont owe anything, said SSG David Peltier, of the 661st Military Police Com pany. The tax center saved me $366 of preparation fees com pared to last year and my refund is about double, said CPT Stu Robbins, JTF outbound inspec tions OIC of the 217th Military Police Company. Id advise all JTF troopers to come have their taxes done. It was an easy process, and it was nice to know I didnt have to worry about sending my stuff home to get them done, said SSG Shawn Pulliam, legal assistant NCOIC and member of the 177th MP Bde. The VITA has already served many troopers this year, but vol unteers would like to break last years record. Last year volun teers did 170 returns with a total of $118,000 in refunds while this year they have filed 125 returns with about $133,000 in refunds. The facilities for the VITA center have improved. Last year the office was a small building with two computers, and this year they have four individual offices and four computers. There is more privacy in the new facility. Volunteer tax preparers received intensive training. Pelot went to Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Fla. for a forty-hour course in how to run a VITA. He and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lori Nygard, NAVBASE VITA center, trained the volun teers. Most volunteers had some background with taxes and all had a desire to help troopers. Law school included 12-15 hours of tax classes, said Pelot. And I have always been inter ested in tax code. I have prior experience with taxes, so I decided to volun teer, said PFC Preston Miller, an indi vidual active Army augmentee who works in J-6. SPC Jeremiah Sherman, B Battery, 119th Field Artillery, attached to the 216th Military Police Co., was in his last semester for an accounting degree when he was deployed. He has taken nine hours of tax classes. The personal income tax class helped him the most. He enjoys volunteering, I see troopers getting their taxes taken care of and being excited about a good refund, he said. I want to help troopers to do their taxes. I know I had prob lems doing my taxes and it was a chance to learn something new, said SGT Michael Ross of the 14th Finance Detach ment. Troopers who have used the VITA have been impressed with the volunteers. PFC Raysa Pujols, of the 463rd Military Police Company described the service she received as great work, like an expert. If troopers just cant com plete their taxes by April 15, the VITA center can still help them. Military members are granted a two-month extension just for being deployed. The center will be open through June 15 to help troopers who use this twomonth extension. The tax center is open for troopers and assisting them in any way possible is the volun teers mission. I enjoy when troopers leave with a smile, said Pelot. Tax from page 1 SSG Lee Arnold, tax preparation volunteer (left) and SSG Dawn Pulliam, Legal Office NCOIC, both of the 177th Military Police Brigade work with SGT Michael Ross, tax preparation volunteer of the 14th Finance Detachment to ensure that troopers get the best refund legally possible. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker MAJ Michael Pelot, Chief of Legal Assistance of the 177th Military Police Brigade helps CPT Stu Robbins, JTF Outbound Inspections OIC of the 217th Military Police Company with his tax return. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Christian Carrion from the 91110 MSST sits in the VITC wait ing room. Troopers nor mally do not have to wait long to be seen at the VITA Center, but there is a television to watch as well as a wide variety of magazines to read. Water and coffee are also available. Troopers comfort is a concern to the volunteers.
Friday, March 19, 2004 Page 5 Mechanic uses spare time to build bike By SSG Patrick Cloward SPC David Reeves of the 216th Mili tary Police Company loves to ride bikes. He just likes to relax when he does it. Built from a popular recumbent bicycle model, Reeves took his love of mechanics and used his spare time (and bicycle parts) to create a three-wheel wonder for his unit. Its a real stress reliever, Reeves, whose initial military occupational spe cialty was lightweight vehicle mechanic, said of the time it took to create the machine. I had just come back from leave and spending time with my wife. I realized I had another seven months to go before I get to go home again, so I wanted to keep myself occupied. Reeves had a lot to say about his ideas and aspirations for the bicycle. He talked about the specifications, how he had to fudge and alter what was in his mind to work with the materials he had available here at Guantanamo Bay. I initially wanted to build a gas tur bine engine, said Reeves, with a smile. And I know I could do it, but there would be a lot of machining to be done. It still takes mechanical aptitude and patience to build a bike like this. Reeves added that a few people took rides on the bike and liked it. Reeves took a lot of pride as he went on to talk about his next project, a newer ver sion of the bicycle, which he hopes to begin assembling after his return from his next leave. When asked why he works on these ideas, he said, Its what I do. Photos by SSG Patrick Cloward SPC David Reeves of the 216th MP Co. displays his three-wheel recumbrent bicycle he built during his deployment here to Guantanamo
Friday, March 19, 2004 Page 6 Photos by SGT Jolene Staker Members of the three infantry companies of the 181st Infantry Regi ment take turns providing outer perimeter security for the JTF. The constant patrols are essen tial to ensuring the security of our area of operations, said CPT John Drohan, A Co., 181st Infantry Regi ment Commander. The shifts are long and the work hard, but the infantry soldiers take pride in doing their best to secure the JTF. (top left) SPC Dustin Bonina, of A Co. 1-181st Infantry Regiment, maintains radio contact with the unit headquar ters while on mounted patrol. (top right) SPC Minor Flores of A Co. 1-181st Infantry Regiment walks down a steep hill during a dismounted patrol. Soldiers are subject to all ter rains as they do these patrols. A Co., 1-181st patrols to keep the JTF secure (bottom left) SPC David Shana han of A Co., 181st Infantry Regiment takes a knee during a dismounted patrol. He uses this time to observe and listen. (bottom right) SPC Jonathan Algarin of A Co. 1-181st Imain tains a defensive position while others explore the area during a dismounted patrol.
Friday, March 19, 2004 Page 7 By SPC Katherine L. Collins Looking back on his 11 years of active Army service as a chaplain's assistant, SSG Reeve Winters passes on the lessons he has learned in regard to succeeding as an non-commissioned officer (NCO), drawing his wisdom particularly from his experience in Guantanamo Bay. "Desiring to impact the lives of those with whom you serve is the first key," said Winters. "When I entered the military, I chose a job where I thought I could make a difference in people's lives. I've learned since then that as NCO you can make a difference every day, and that work ing in the chaplaincy is just an added benefit." Winters said he has grown most as an NCO here by observing the parallel between serving as a Christian and an NCO, applying his Christ ian values to his service as an NCO. "I think the roles of an NCO and a Christian are very similar. Christian values are the same values every NCO needs to live out daily to be a good leader; they are the Army values. Also, both roles should serve as examples, bearing positive effects on others," he said. He further explained the parallel, saying, "As a Christian, I strive to be more like Jesus every day in my walk with Him and to assist in creat ing a place where any [trooper] can comfortably worship and grow, regardless of his or her faith. Serving as an example of Christ and of how to share His love plays into being a good leader." In addition, Winters said he has learned to trust the abilities and training of his subordinates through the unexpected incident of breaking his foot while here, saying, "This has been a very hard deployment for me. I prefer to have a handson approach, but my injury forced me to often serve strictly as the supervisor in daily missions. As a result, I learned to trust and rely on the assis tants under me to carry out the tasks at hand." Winters noted that he has also grown as an NCO, in turn, from observing his own leaders in the chaplaincy, asserting, "The chaplains here care deeply about their faith and about passing it on to others. I've definitely learned a lot from them as an NCO and a Christian." Winters also commented on how his Guan tanamo experience has been especially rewarding, as well as serving as an invaluable tool, saying, "The most fulfilling part of being an NCO is work ing with [troopers] and seeing them grow both pro fessionally and personally. That kind of growth I've been able to witness and help create down here." Appreciating all he has learned as an NCO from each of his military assignments, Winters said he looks to life beyond JTF with anticipa tion of discovering more opportunities to further expand and apply this knowledge. In summarizing all he has learned as an NCO, particularly from his Guantanamo experience, Winters leaves this message of encouragement with his fellow JTF NCOs: "NCOs should always be an example of the Army values, being the example of what every [trooper] should want to become. An NCO can define how much or how little [troopers] will positively develop as [service members]. If you are a poor NCO, your troops will simply learn bad traits from you," failing to see an image they can aspire to," he said. "Finally, and most simply, just always look out for your [troopers] and put their welfare ahead of yours." Learning to lead through faith Womens Bible Study Becoming a Vessel God Can Use Join us in fellowship and the study of Gods word. Thursdays / 6:30 p.m./ Fellowship Hall / *except the fourth Thursday of each month -Join us then for our PWOC Dinner, Worship & Fellowship <>< Any questions or need a ride, call Joan at ext. 5700 Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins SSG Reeve Winters, JTF chaplaincy NCOIC, operates the sound system during service at Troopers Chapel. YOU can make a difference By CH (LTC) Steve Feehan Heavenly Bits & Pieces By CH (MAJ) Daniel Odean If you feel far away from God, who moved? Things happen in life. Some things are our fault, some are not. At any rate, when we fall into sin we feel bad and far away from God. Be encouraged; stop looking at your past and start looking at your future. There is hope in Christ! "Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him." Hebrews 9:27, 28 Ever feel insignificant? Ever wonder just what difference you are making? I think we all have these feelings from time to time. We feel we are small cogs in a big machine. Always remember, in God's economy there are no insignificant people. You might be the one person who can reach someone. You may be the one person in the right place at the right time to make an eternal difference. To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.
Friday, March 19, 2004 Page 8 Trooper Appreciation Photos by SFC Thomas Gumminsky JTF Commander MG Geoffrey Miller honors Air Force Maj. Nhung Nguyen with the Meritorious Service Medal for his consistent behind the scenes service to JTF as director for the Joint Visitors Bureau. Procifiency: a JTF goal Photos by SFC Thomas Gumminsky MG Geoffrey Miller presents MSG Randolph Hay, of the 177th Military Police Brigade, with a JTF commander's coin, commending him for his continuous diligent hard work as NCOIC of JTF food service. Photos by SPC Katherine L. Collins Listening and taking notes, 217th Military Police Com pany soldiers learn from the instruction of SFC John Waters during their first day of 31E training. This Alabama National Guard unit is the final currently deployed JTF unit to undergo the corrections MOS training in Guan tanamo Bay. (above left, from left to right) SGT Julius Dancy, SFC James Walton, SSG Rueben Rogers, SPC Darrel Scott and SGT Carl Tarver study materials supplied during the course. (above right) SSG Charles Johnson also reviews what he needs to know to qualify for the 31E MOS. (at left) Instructor SFC Rudolph Smith (left), of the 273rd Military Police Company, and SSG Alvin Winters (right), of the 217th MP Co., demonstrate detention facility inprocessing procedures to the class.
Friday, March 19, 2004 Page 9 R ECREATION & L EISURE Tops in Blue entertains JTF troopers Members of the Joint Intelligence Group (JIG)Volleyball team try to save a hit from the 258th Military Police Co. team at Saturdays volleyball challenge. JIG won the double elimination tournament going undefeated with a 4-0 record. The 258th MPs were knocked out by the JIG with the score of 11 to 1, winning the volleyball tour nament. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins A member of the Tops in Blue performs a soulful classic Stevie Wonder hit. JTF Troopers show skills in the sand Photo by SPC William Ingram Photo by SGT Jolene Staker COL Vaughn Caudill (right), J-8 Comptroller, meets with Tops in Blue performers after the con cert. Caudill was instrumental in arranging their visit. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker SPC Cindy Singer, J-8 finance staff member from the 384th MP Bn. stands as the winner of the AT&T 1000 minutes calling card contest at the concert
Friday, March 19, 2004 Page 10 By SPC Rick Fahr There are few spectacles that can rival the first few days of the NCAA mens basketball tournament each spring. This years tournament promises a ton of excitement in its first rounds. At this point, there are just many questions. n Whos going to win the whole thing? Stanfords gaudy 29-1 record shows them to be a tough cus tomer. The only other team with just a single loss, St. Josephs, doesnt come with the same strength-of-schedule pedigree. The Cardinals road to San Antonio might not be severely tested until it potentially locks up with Connecticut. n Which region has the strongest lineup? Consider that the Southeast has Duke as its top seed, fol lowed by Mississippi State, Texas and Cincinnati. Arizona, a perennial power, is a No. 9 seed in the bracket. Geesh. n Which teams that arent No. 1 or 2 seeds have a chance to go far in the tournament? Look to the East, where St. Josephs and Oklahoma State could fall early, opening the door for a team like Pittsburgh or Wake Forest to make a run to the Final Four. In the Mid west, Michigan State has a chance to upset Gonzagas cart, paving the way for the Spartans or the Ramblin Wreck from Georgia Tech to meet Ken tucky in the regional final. n Biggest upset? St. Josephs might go down in the first round. If Liberty doesnt get the job done, Texas Tech could do so in the second round. F AHR GAME 64 teams go in; 1 comes out March Madness winner NCAA MEN S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT BRACKETS Compiled from http://www.sportsline.com/
Friday, March 19, 2004 Page 11 By USAF Staff Sgt. Joshua Gorman More than eight months ago Michigan National Guardsmen assigned to the 177th Military Police Brigade arrived at Joint Task Force Guantanamo here in Cuba. The 177th MP Bde. Headquarters is located in Taylor, Mich., with the units soldiers sub-divided into three battalions the 210th MP Battalion, 1st Battalion 182nd Field Artillery, and the 156th Signal Battalion, which are spread across the state. Weve become a part of the joint task force, and were filling many staff posi tions, said BG Mitchell LeClaire, deputy commander of operations for JTF Guan tanamo, adding this is the first truly joint assignment that the unit has been a part of before. Examples of positions the soldiers are filling are food service workers at Camp Delta, and staff positions, including the inspector generals office. Weve assigned people to positions pretty close to their home unit jobs, and placed them where they will be most effec tive, he said. One of these individuals is SFC Danny Johns, whos assigned to the IG office. He deals with an array of problems ranging from emotions, moving and square footage requirement complaints. I wish people would put things in per spective here and remember that no one is shooting at us here, said SFC Johns, adding that he has a son leaving for Iraq soon. In Michigan, SFC Johns was assigned to the 156th Signal Bn, and dealt with secure telephone and radio communication as part of the 177th MP Bde. during his 27-year career with the Army. Another trooper assigned to the 177th MP Bde. at JTF Guantanamo is SPC Kurt Witucki, who was also part of the 156th in Michigan. Witucki delivers meals to be provided to detainees. Its an honor to work with the other branches here, he said. If theyve learned as much from me as Ive learned from them, then this was a good experience. We work hard, and we play hard. The 177th MP Bde. has a history dating back to its initial creation and official recognition in the Michigan Army National Guard on July 14, 1921, as the Headquar ters Detachment, 1st Separate Squadron, Cavalry. Following the formation, the 177th reorganized and re-designated more than five times over 60 years, until it finally became known as the 177th MP Bde. on Nov. 7, 1985, and was relocated to Taylor in 1991. The units insignia was originally approved for the 177th Military Police Group in 1977, but was re-designated and had its description updated in 1986, for the military police brigade. The insignia consists of a green back ground with two gold snow-capped moun tain peaks with blue and white waves at the base. Over this is a vertical double-warded gold key bearing a black gear wheel charged with a white five-pointed star, all enclosed by a continuous four-folded gold scroll inscribed at side, top and side "PRO TECT DEFEND PRESERVE" all in green letters. The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved June 29, 1988, and consists of a twelve spoke green gear wheel bearing two yellow keys in bend addorsed, the sinister inverted, and interlaced with two yellow keys in bend sinister addorsed with the sin ister inverted. Green and yellow are the colors associ ated with military police. The gear wheel suggests the heraldic term "embattled" representing a fortress and reflects the unit's involvement in defense. The keys allude to the organization's mission of protection and law enforcement. The gear wheel also represents Detroit, the "Motor City," the present location of the unit. The 177th MP Bde. will leave this sum mer and will leave behind its one-year presence to return to family members, friends, and employers awaiting their arrival. This has been a great assignment and a tremendous learning experience, said BG LeClair. Everyone is proud to serve the nation, and do his or her part in the Global War on Terror. Were part of history, he said. 177th MP Bde. represents 'Motor City' at JTF GTMO SFC Danny Johns, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, researches information as part of his duties in the Inspector General's office here. Sgt. 1st Class Johns is deployed here as part of the 177th MP Bde. Photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Gorman Photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Gorman SPC Kurt Witucki loads food and beverages onto a truck to be provided to detainees here. Spc. Witucki is deployed here as part of the 177th Military Police Brigade.
Friday, March 19, 2004 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... With SGT Amy L. Ruggero, 177th MP Co. By SPC Katherine L. Collins SGT Amy L. Ruggero has maximized her military experience by using it to learn more about her career interests, earn money for college, develop herself socially and physically and, to her great pleasure and surprise, meet her future husband. In return, she serves her part in protecting freedom from behind the scenes, where her mission is to serve JTF troopers through conducting various administrative tasks. She is honored to serve her part in Amer icas mission and proud of herself for all she has become through her Army service. Q: What inspired you to join the mil itary? A: After my recruiter talked to me for about three hours concerning all the Army had to offer, I couldnt believe that every one doesnt join! I mainly did it for the job experience though. I used to want to be an accountant, and I was able to become one for four years on active duty. Q: How many years and in what branches and components have you served? A: I was on active duty at Fort Hood, Texas, for four years. Then, in July 2001, I re-enlisted into the Michigan Army National Guard for four more years, with the 177th MP Bde. Q: Where have you deployed? A: While at Fort Hood, I was deployed to Bosnia for six months. Q: Why did you switch to the National Guard? A: I left active duty and joined the National Guard because I wanted to start my degree in dietetics, eventually becom ing a dietitian for the military as an officer. I changed my mind about studying accounting after working in that MOS. Q: What do you recall as your best military experience? A: Definitely the best thing that has hap pened to me since joining the military is meeting my fianc, Adam. I met him here last August, and we just got engaged Feb. 20. He has made this deployment wonderful for me and so much easier to be away from home. Coming here and meeting him was the best thing that has ever hap pened to me. I am the luckiest girl in the world! Q: How has your military service impacted and molded you as a soldier and person? A: The military has made me more out going and less shy than before. I am still a quiet person but not like I used to be. Q: In what ways has your family sup ported you in your military service? A: My family is always telling me how proud they are of me, and it helps that they e-mail me all the time to let me know whats going on back home. I also call home a few times a week. Q: What is your mission with the JTF and your employment back home? A: Here, I work in the J-1s [Joint Per sonnel Service Center]. I mainly process paperwork involving awards and promo tion boards. Back home I work Active Guard Reserve as the brigade S-1 adminis trative sergeant. There, I [compile] the brigade strength report, [process] brigade orders and review evaluations and dis charge packets. Q: What has been your greatest chal lenge here in Guantanamo? A: The greatest challenge in Cuba has been learning my job. I am still learning new things every day. Q: What personal strengths do you find benefit you most in this mission? A: I think personal strengths that benefit me most are having a lot of patience and being nice to everyone I meet here. Q: What do you do to relax when you deploy? A: I run a lot, but after meeting Adam I have cut down so we can spend a lot of time together. I love that most. Q: What goals have you set for your self while here? A: To bring up my physical fitness test score to 300 plus. I always get 100 points on the run, but I need to work on my push-ups. Ive raised my score a little bit, but I still need more upper body strength. Ill get there. Q: What has been most rewarding about this mission? A: The most rewarding thing about this mission is to know that Im helping keep our country safe. Also, Ive met a lot of great people and made many new friends. Q: Looking back on your overall mil itary experience, what makes you most proud to serve? A: I think I am most proud to have served in the military because I am the only one in my family that has been in the Army and my parents are always telling me how proud they are of me. Q: What are your plans for when you return home? A: When I get back home, Im going to be soooo busy planning for the wedding and then moving to New York with Adam. After that, I will concentrate on finishing my college degree, having completed my military service commitment. Then, maybe well start a family. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins SGT Amy Ruggero, of the 177th Military Police Brigade, serves in J-1's Joint Personnel Service Cen ter, employing her Active Guard Reserve administra tive skills toward JTFs mission success.
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 19 8 p.m. Highlander R 111 min 10 p.m. Highlander: End Game R 85 min Sat., March 20 8 p.m. Goldfinger PG 112 min 10 p.m. Live and Let Die PG 121 min Sun., March 21 8 p.m. For Your Eyes Only PG 128 min Mon., March 22 8 p.m. Die Another Day R 129 min Tues., March 23 8 p.m. Thunderball PG13 130 min Wed., March 24 8 p.m. Never Say Never Again R 134 min Thurs., March 25 8 p.m. Golden Eye PG13 130 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., March 19 7 p.m. Win a Date with Tad Hamilton PG13 96 min 9 p.m. Welcome to Mooseport PG13 115 min Sat., March 20 7 p.m. My Babys Daddy PG13 87 min 9 p.m. Big Fish PG13 126 min Sun., March 21 7 p.m. Cold Mountain R 154 min Mon., March 22 7 p.m. Win a Date with Tad Hamilton PG13 96 min Tues., March 23 7 p.m. My Babys Daddy PG13 87 min Wed., March 24 7 p.m. Big Fish PG13 126 min Thurs., March 25 7 p.m. Cold Mountain R 154 min 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 Having successful interaction with personnel in the inspector generals office involves several important steps. Give your chain of command a chance to solve the problem The chain of command can solve most problems. A soldiers chaplain, congressman, or local inspector gen eral can help on occasions, but they must ultimately work with the chain of command. If you havent informed the chain of command about your issue and given them a chance to work it, in most cases, the inspector general will simply refer you back to your chain of command. Be honest. A great deal of time and effort can be wasted when a soldier only presents half of the story. Very often, soldiers only present the information that they feel is in their favor. Save everyones time and provide all of the facts, even the ones that you don't like, or don't agree with. Understand that the inspector general advises, not takes action. Some soldiers get upset when nothing seems to happen as a result of their complaint. Keep in mind that the IG can advise a commander but cannot order action. You may visit the IG office in Room 204 of the Commis sions Building Monday through Saturday. The phone num ber is 5399. The Camp America office is in Building 7200 and is staffed Monday, Wednesday, Friday afternoons and Tues day, Thursday, and Saturday mornings. The Camp America Office phone is 3501. Assistance is available anytime by appointment. IG action requires preliminary steps Farewell reception for MG Geoffrey Miller The Guantanamo Bay community is cordially invited to attend a farewell reception for MG Geoffrey Miller. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Windjammer Club and will include a Texas barbecue buffet.
Today : Lunch fish almandine; Dinner ribeye and lobster. Saturday : Lunch roast pork loin; Dinner vegetable lasagna. Sunday : Lunch chicken breast with broccoli and cheese; Dinner teriyaki beef strips. Monday : Lunch cajun baked fish; Dinner chicken parmesan. Tuesday : Lunch braised pork chops; Dinner country fried steak. Wednesday: .Lunch roast turkey; Dinner szechwan chicken. Thursday : Lunch beef sauerbraten; Dinner meatloaf. Friday : Lunch BBQ beef cubes; Dinner ribeye and crab legs. 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 A Farewell luncheon honoring Mrs. Pam Miller, will be held in the Bayview Dining Room on Monday at noon. Those interested in attending should call Those interested should call Terri McCoy at 3777 Reef Raiders plan party An Army program will help troopers stationed at Guan tanamo Bay, or anywhere in the world for that matter, par ticipate in election processes back home. The Voting Assistance Pro gram ensures that troopers have access to absentee ballots, which troopers can apply for at the Federal Voting Assistance Program Web site. The applica tion is form 76. The sites address is www.fvap.gov. In addition to generating an absentee ballot, the application process registers troopers to vote in federal, state and local elections. Troopers wishing to vote using an absentee ballot should request it in plenty of advance of the election (primary or gen eral). Election officials gener ally mail the ballots out 30-45 days ahead of an election. The ballots are usually due back to election officials by the close of business on the day of an election. However, some states have exceptions. New York mandates that the ballots be postmarked the day before the election. Louisianas dead line is midnight before the elec tion. North Carolina requires the ballots to be in by 5 p.m. the day before the election. For more information about the program or voting rights, visit the Voting Assistance Pro gram Web site or contact SFC Zaroff, 3563, Bldg. 6208. Your guide to ... Voting Federal program guarantees access to absentee voting Troopers in the JTFs legal assistance office offer a variety of legal services and advice, including help preparing income tax forms. The tax center is located in Bldg. 6208 at Camp America. It is open for busi ness from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat urday. The service will con tinue through April 19. For more information on the tax center or other legal issues, call 3561. Legal office ready to assist Members of the Reef Raiders Dive Club are spon soring a party Saturday at 6 p.m. The party will be at the club and will feature free food and soft drinks. Hot grills will be available for attendees to cook their own favorites. For more information, e-mail harrisonmk@jtfgtmo. southcom.mil.