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By SGT Jolene Staker A change of command is a special day in any military organization, said General James Hill, U.S. Southern Command commander. It not only marks the change in lead ership but it also allows us to reflect and recognize the accomphlishments of the past and renew our commitment to the future. BG Jay Hood, incoming JTF commander, assumed com mand Wednesday evening in front of troopers proudly dis playing their colors. I am truly excited nobody should mistake that excited to be here and excited, honored, humbled, in fact, to be able to serve each and every man and woman in this task force and each and every Amer ican in Guantanamo Bay, said Hood. Hood comes to the JTF highly recommended. Your new commanding general, Jay Hood, is an out standing leader who is fully qualified for this unique com mand opportunity, said Hill. He brings a diverse back ground in leadership positions both in operations and the international arena. Hill cautioned Hood of chal lenges that he will face. This will be a unique lead ership opportunity for you with new challenges, said Hill. Many you can plan and pre pare for; many you simply can not. I look forward to it and I look forward to the challenges, said Hood. I'm confident that his [Hoods] leadership and exten sive operational experience will arm him with the necessary skills to respond to the chal lenges of JTF GTMO, said Hill. "I've had the enormous pleasure to watch Jay Hood command and lead for 20 years. This is an extrodinary leader, said MG Geoffrey Miller. There is no one I know who is better qualified or excited about coming down to be a part of this fight. Hill challenged Hood to take Inside the Wire ... P P AGE AGE 12 12 C C HALOUX HALOUX IN IN THE THE SPOTLIGHT SPOTLIGHT O O N N PATROL PATROL WITH WITH THE THE INFANTRY INFANTRY S S TEARNS TEARNS JUMPS JUMPS INTO INTO WORK WORK Friday, March 26, 2004 Volume 4, Issue 28 www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo P P AGE AGE 4 4 P P AGE AGE 10 10 See Command on page 3 BG Hood assumes command of JTF Guantanamo Photo by SGT Jolene Staker MG Geoffrey Miller, former JTF commander (left); General James Hill, U.S. Southern Command commander; and BG Jay Hood, incoming JTF commander, salute while the National Anthem is played during the change of command cere mony.
Page 2 Friday, March 26, 2004 JTF-GTMO Comman d Commander: BG Jay W. Hood Joint Task Force CSM: CSM Angel Febles Public Affairs Officer: LTC Leon H. Sumpter Deputy PAO: LCDR Robert W. Mulac 70th MPAD Commander: CPT David S. Kolarik Command Information Officer / Editor: CPT 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 AF Staff Sgt. Joshua Gorman SPC Katherine L. Collins SPC William Ingram 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. JTF Troopers, To MG and Mrs. Miller: I would like to extend my thanks to MG and Mrs. Miller for their leadership of the JTF and all their help during our transition. Lynne and I wish them all the best in their future endeavors and remind them that we are here for them if they need us. To the men and women of Joint Task Force Guantanamo: I am glad to be a member of such a great joint team. The Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen of this Joint Task Force demonstrate the high est of standards in everything they do every day as they contribute to victory in the Global War on Terrorism. I look for ward to serving with each of you and our intra-agency and naval base partners in this critical mission. And I know that each of us is commit ted to the sacrifices necessary to defeat the enemies of freedom so that our nation, our families, and our loved ones remain safe. In that mission, we will always remain, Honor Bound to Defend Freedom. BG Jay Hood *** BG Jay W. Hood, a distinguished mili tary graduate of Pittsburgh State Univer sity, was commissioned in the field artillery in 1975. After attending airborne school and the Field Artillery Basic Course, his initial duty assignment was with 1st Battalion, 75th Field Artillery in Bamberg, Germany. Following graduation from the Field Artillery Officers Advanced Course at Fort Sill in 1979, he began his first tour with the 82nd Airborne Division as a fire support officer for 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 508th Infantry, and then served as commander, Battery A, 2nd Bat talion (Airborne), 321st Field Artillery. In 1981, Hood returned to Europe to command Battery D, 1st Battalion (Air borne), 509th Infantry in Vicenza, Italy. He served first as an assistant Secretary of the General Staff at Headquarters, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, and was later selected as Aide de Camp to CINCUSAREUR. Upon his return to the United States in 1987, Hood attended the Armys Com mand and General Staff College. Hood served at Fort Bragg as the 82nd Airborne Division Artillery S-3 during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and then as Commander, 3rd Battalion, 319th Air borne Field Artillery Regiment. Hood then attended the Naval War Col lege in Newport, R.I., earning a masters degree in strategic studies and national security affairs. He then was assigned to the United States Central Command, Plans and Policy Directorate, MacDill AFB, Fla. Following this assignment, he assumed command of the 82nd Airborne Division Artillery in June 1997. In June 1999, Hood assumed duty as chief of staff for the 82nd Airborne Division. Upon pro motion to Brigadier General, he assumed duty as chief of staff, operations, for KFOR in October 2001. Hood assumed duties as the assistant division com mander (Forward), 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and deputy commanding general (South), First United States Army on 23 August 2002. Hoods awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritori ous Service Medal, four awards of the Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with campaign stars and the Master Parachutist Badge. He is married to Lynne Hood. They have two children. Trooper to Trooper BG Jay W. Hood Commander JTF Guantanamo BG Jay Hood joins JTF GTMO
Friday, March 26, 2004 Page 3 Photos by SGT Jolene Staker, SSG Patrick Cloward, SFC Tom Guminsky Colors play an important role in the rich tradition of the change of command ceremony (Below, left) MG Geoffrey Miller, former JTF commander, passed the JTF colors to General James Hill, U.S. Southern Command commander, which signified his reliquishment of command. Hill then passed them to BG Jay Hood, incoming JTF commander, charging him with responsibility of mission accomplishment and welfare of his forces. Hood then passed them to CSM Angel Febles signifying his acceptance of command responsibilities and continuation of the mission. (Above and below, right) JTF Troopers stand proudly with their colors which show the diversity of the JTF while also showing unity and loyalty. the JTF to the next level. Take this great unit and make it even better, said Hill. They deserve it and American people expect nothing less. Chaplain Feehan prayed for Hood at the beginning of the ceremony. As General Hood takes command, give him a vision for Joint Task Force Guan tanamo, empower him with every trait he will need to lead these great troopers to a worthy goal, said Feehan. Hood shares with troopers that he will continue to follow the chart that General Miller set. That chart is based on two things, said Hood. accomplishment of every mission assigned this joint task force and taking care of one another. We will do both together. During his final remarks Miller addressed the troopers. Troopers on the field you look great, said Miller. We can't predict the future, but it is our privilege to defend it. Thank you for letting me be your coach. Honor bound! Hill also had words of encouragement for troopers. To the men and women who make up the Joint Task Force Guantanamo, stand tall and stand proud, said Hill. You are on the frontline of defense in the war on terror and you are performing that role magnifi cently. Hood shared final thoughts with JTF Troopers. Each one of you should be extrodinar ily proud of the professionalism that you demonstrate in this most critical mission for our nation every day, said Hood. I look forward to serving with you. Thank you for every thing you do and every day you do it. Honor bound!
By SSG Patrick Cloward If anyone ever said that MSG Cheryl Stearns has her head in the clouds, they might just be right. Stearns is an airline pilot ... flying Boeing 757/767s and was originally part of the Army Parachute Team with the United States Special Operations Command. She currently works at the J-4 sup ply warehouse as the supply first sergeant. Working for the JTF as an augmentee, Stearns considers her six-month deployment as her Caribbean vacation. Ive been flying and jump ing out of planes for 32 years without a break, Stearns said of her career as the 21 time US womens skydiving champion. [My duty here] will be rewarding because Im accom plishing something, but its a different sort of challenge. None of this is work for me. I cant believe theyre paying me to do this. Stearns describes her life as one goal after another. But she takes the most pride in being a role model for other women who want to achieve something that might not have been open to them in the beginning. She is the consummate example of what you can do, given enough drive and determination. Cheryl Stearns is the most decorated skydiver in the world and holds the record for most jumps in 24 hours of any woman in the world. She is the U.S. and world record holder in womens accuracy parachuting and has broken 30 world records. She has more jumps than any other woman in the world; and has held four differ ent world records simultane ously a feat no man or woman has ever matched. Thirty years ago the doors werent open for competitive skydiving for women, Stearns said. Of course over the years a lot of things have changed because of what I did and what I was, Stearns said of the tremendous persistence and patience she needed to finally be accepted on the Armys parachute team, The Golden Knights. It takes six weeks for tryouts, she said. Mine was two years long. During the process you have to be selected among 100 people and there were only five slots that year. I had to break barriers and con vince people to be on the team. But I didnt just want to be on the team. I came there to be a world champion. Since winning her first world championship of Style and Accuracy Skydiving in 1978 at age 23, Stearns proved she was still the worlds best by repeating as womens cham pion at the biannual champi onship 16 years later. Along the way she has also won the over all womens title at the military world championships in 1991, 1995, and 1996. Stearns is the most success ful competitive skydiver in the world. Most women [who are parachuting now] arent at the age Ive been in the Army, said Stearns Through my military career, Ive mostly been on special duty assignments including serving in the National Guard and Reserves. When she first joined the Army her original skill was working as a photography lab technician, but most of the mil itary has done away with chemical developing. So for now she works in supply. They ask why dont I get commissioned, said Stearns. The bottom line is that all I want to do is jump and give myself back into opening more doors for those who follow me. I want to fig ure out how to get back on the parachute team as a reservist. So thats why I stayed enlisted, because I wanted to finish my career jumping. Stearns seems far from fin ishing anything. A fitness fanatic, she has described an average jumping day, where she runs five miles, jumps out of planes eight to ten times, does a 30-mile, two-hour outdoor bike ride and then lifts weights for fifteen minutes. If the weather is bad, she works out indoors for at least two hours. If I can find a great gym while on the road, I'll work out for three hours if I have nothing else to do, she says. Of course, Id prefer to be outside hiking and biking all day, but Id be a happy camper to just work out all day too. During her deployment, the JTF benefits from her constant vitality. Im doing a job Ive never done in my entire life, said Stearns. This job has been challenging because there were some difficulties with the way things were done. I came in to fix a broken system and get a working system in place so it can continue on after I leave. I always find something that makes it more challeng ing. Friday, March 26, 2004 Page 4 J-4 supply MSG jumps into her work Photo courtesy of www.stratoquest.com MSG Cheryl Stearns superseded her own lifetime achievements by com pleting the HALO (High Altitude, Low Opening) World Record Skydive, free falling from 130,000 feet. Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward MSG Cheryl Stearns, the first woman to compete with the Army parachute team, works as an augmentee for J-4 supply.
Friday, March 26, 2004 Page 5 Trooper on the Street By SPC Katherine L. Collins This weeks question: Which line of the Soldiers Creed means the most to you and why? SPC Scott Menard, 169th MP Co. 1LT David Cox, 216th MP Co. SPC Juan Disen, 14th Finance Det. SGT M. Todd Wheat, 217th MP Co. SGT Joseph Ciaramitaro, 384th MP Bn. "I will never accept defeat. This mindset has caused our nation and its service members to never give up throughout America's history, mak ing it all it is today." "I am a guardian of free dom and the American way of life. Our sacrifices protect our nation's free doms for future genera tions to bear." "I am an American sol dier. It encompasses the rest. When people think of us every line of the creed should come to mind, identifying who we are and all we stand for." "I will never accept defeat. If we gave up so easily, we wouldn't be the free and strong nation we are today, serving as an example to the world." "I am a guardian of free dom and the American way of life. We must pre serve these for the next generation so my daughter can grow up with the same opportunities I've enjoyed. NGB CSM visits, encourages JTF troopers National Guard Bureau command sergeant major, CSM A. Frank Lever III (left) addresses the JTF's newest graduating Primary Leadership Development Course class. He stressed the importance of shadowing the Army's excellent experienced NCOs and living out the Army values and Soldier's Creed to all service members they lead and with whom they serve. Lever, and (right, stand ing) Massachusetts Army National Guard state command sergeant major, CSM Richard Belanger, briefly visit with a selection of soldiers from the 1-181st Infantry Regiment. Lever spoke with (left to right, sitting) SPC Brian McCarty, SGT Scott Boutell, SGT Ronald Bozsar and SPC Christopher Cunningham, focusing on pre-mission training, mission goals, successes and concerns; fam ily and employer support and the unit's redeployment. He encouraged them to closely assess all they have learned from this mission, conducting individual after action reviews when they depart Guantanamo Bay. He also related the challenges they will likely face in regards to their families and employers when redeploying, offering advice on how to overcome them. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins
Friday, March 26, 2004 Page 6 Photo by SPC Rick Fahr Mull honored LTC Henry Mull receives the Defense Meritorious Service Medal from BG Mitch LeClaire, JTF GTMO deptuy commander of operations. Mull was the director of intelligence for the JTF. CSM Angel Febles (at right) assumed responsibility as command sergeant major of JTF Guantanamo at a ceremony Wednesday morning. (Above left) Transferring responsibility to Febles was CSM Stephen Short (left) and MG Geoffrey Miller (center), former JTF commander. Febles joins the JTF after serving as command sergeant major of the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La. Febles assumes JTF CSM post Photo by SPC Rick Fahr Photo by SFC Tom Guminsky
Friday, March 26, 2004 Page 7 Chaplains Corner Womens Bible Study Becoming a vessel God can use <>< Join us in fellowship and the study of Gods word. The Bible study will be held at Fellowship Hall every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Note: Bible study will not be held the fourth Thursday of each month For more information, or if transportation is needed, call Joan at ext. 5700 Heavenly Bits and Pieces By CH (MAJ) Daniel Odean Why not stop trying to figure God out and start trying to figure Him in? We hear a lot of talk about God and trying to explain Him. The human intel lect cannot fully explain God, but, when you surrender your life to Him, then life all of a sudden makes com plete sense. The problem is, we have trouble let ting go and letting God in. It's time to surrender. 2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" Spiritual Growth CH (LTC) Steve Feehan conducts the Sunday morning Protestant worship service here. Some things the service includes are: praise and worship, contemporary spirutual music and the pastoral prayer. The JTF Troopers Chapel Worship Services are held every Sunday with Protestant Worship at 9 a.m. and Catholic Mass at 7:30 p.m. 2004 Catholic Lenten and Holy Week Schedule Every Friday of Lent Stations of the Cross and Benediction Feb. 27 to Apr. 2 from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday Adult Christian Lenten Series How Does Christ Work in the World Today? Tuesday at 7 p.m. Lenten Penance Service Apr. 5 at 7 p.m. Holy Thursday Mass of the Lords Supper Apr. 8 at 7 p.m. Good Friday Good Friday Service Apr. 9 at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass Apr. 10 at 8 p.m. Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service (Not a Mass) Apr. 11 at 6 a.m. Easter Sunday Mass of the Resurrection Apr. 11 at 9 a.m. All services held at the Naval Station Main Chapel Worship services and Programs: Alpha Course A discussion forum designed to answer questions about Christianity. Held at Camp America North, room L001, every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Soul Survivor Listen to contemporary Christian music and dynamic preaching. Held at the Club Survivor deck every Wednes day at 7 p.m. Thursday Ticket Each week a contemporary movie is played and afterwards, viewers dis cuss the morals and ethics introduced in the film. Held at Camp America North, room L001, every Thursday at 7 p.m. Photo by Staff. Sgt. Joshua Gorman The Importance of Little Things By CH (LTC) Steve Feehan Sometimes we get the feeling that we are only involved in little things. Someone else accomplishes the big projects. The great opportunities of service are given to some one else. We are left to do the little things. Never underestimate the importance of little things. As the old saying goes: For lack of a nail, a horseshoe was lost. For lack of a horseshoe, a horse was lost. For lack of a horse, a leader was lost. For lack of a leader, a battle was lost. For lack of a battle, a war was lost. For lack of a war, a country was lost. All for the lack of a nail. We need only to be faithful in the things that are ours to accomplish.
Friday, March 26, 2004 Page 8 By SGT Jolene Staker Guantanamo Bay residents bid farewell to MG Geoffrey and Pam Miller Tuesday at a lunch eon for her and a farewell dinner honoring them both. Mrs. Miller was recognized for her contributions to the Guan tanamo Bay community. She worked with the Ameri can Red Cross and served on its advisory council, the home school education network, the Protestant Women of the Chapel, Civilian Spouses Organization, spouses seminar committee and was advisor and member of the Hospital Spouses Organization and advisor to the Officer and Civilian Spouses Organization. On a weekly basis, Mrs. Miller delivered baked goods to the Camp America chapel, checkpoints, various offices and to each incoming JTF trooper. People representing the NEX joked that they would miss Mrs. Millers support more than any one. MG Miller was recognized for the leadership that he pro vided to the JTF troopers and civilians. MG Miller has made phrases such as getting better everyday and fights on a daily part of JTF life. Each organization under his command presented him with gifts and tokens of appreciation for the guidance and motivation that he provided while JTF com mander. On his next assignment, MG Miller will continue his part in the global war on terrorism, but those in the JTF assured him that all future accomplishments and successes of the JTF would be in part because of his leadership and the difference he made while serving as the JTF Commander. Participants in the event said that both MG and Mrs. Miller will be missed at Guantanamo. GTMO bids MG and Mrs. Miller farewell (Top) MG Miller and Mrs. Miller wear the Texas hats provided for them during the farewell and roast. (Left center) MG Geoffrey Miller (standing) spoke during the farewell dinner promising that, while they may have to leave Guantanamo, he and Mrs. Miller will take those at GTMO with them in their hearts. (Right center) Mrs. Miller cuts the cake at the luncheon held at the Bayview Club in her honor where she was recognized for her many contri butions to the Guantanamo Bay com munity including but not limited to the JTF. (Bottom) Navy Capt. Les McCoy, NAVBASE commander, thanks MG Miller for his service and jokes with him about having more time at sea than any Army general. Photos by SGT Jolene Staker
Friday, March 26, 2004 Page 9 By SPC Rick Fahr As the nation watched Thursday night, the Duke Blue Devils demolished Alabama State, 96-61. The game was the primetime match-up on opening day of the NCAA Division 1 mens basketball tournament. When the Blue Devils played on Saturday, their game was the first one to tipoff, and a captive audience endured another thrashing, as Duke thumped Sisters of the Poor or whoever it was. Instead of the folks running CBS tournament coverage switching to more competitive games, viewers had no choice but to watch every second of Dukes games. I dont have anything against Duke, but I, unlike tele vision executives around the world, havent sworn alle giance to the Dukies. Its not just during this tour nament they might as well call it the Duke Invitational that were spoonfed a buffet of Durham blue. Every one of Dukes regular season games seems to be on TV. Im quite certain Ive watched them practice on regional broadcasts. If a trio of Duke players are playing a game of H-O-R-S-E, theyll be on the tube. OK, maybe ESPN2, but still The Blue Devils arent the only media darlings. Baseballs New York Yan kees have a similar strangle hold on TV broadcasts. On a summer weekend with all sorts of intriguing games from which to choose, which game will viewers get to see as the national game of the week? The Yankees against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Cant you just cut the tension with a tooth pick? Then there is college football. Lots of networks and confer ences have devised exclusive agreements, but one goes beyond making any sense. The Notre Dame Broadcast Corp., NBC, forces football fans to endure the Fighting Irish no matter their record (57 in 2003) or opponent (Stan ford, Syracuse, Navy, Boston College). On a Saturday when top 25 teams will be playing left and right, NBC stays with the Irish as they get shellacked by the few legitimate teams on their schedule (Michigan, 38-0; Florida State, 37-0). I understand television net works hitching their wagons to successful programs, but that allegiance can go too far. Broadcasting the final half hour of a Duke 35-point blowout while Texas Tech and St. Josephs are battling tooth and nail is doing just that. F AHR GAME 16 teams left in Big Dance; Duke rolling Sports highlights Allegiance to chosen few comes at high cost to fans Compiled by SPC Rick Fahr From 64 (OK, 65) down to 16, the NCAA Division 1 mens basketball tour nament featured just what fans have come to expect from March Madness. Perhaps the tournaments biggest upset to date came Sunday night as the Univer sity of Alabama-Birmingham squeaked past No. 1 seed Kentucky 76-75. Earlier in the day, another SEC power lost as well. Xavier dispatched No. 2 seed Mississippi State by 15 points, 89-74. Staying with an SEC theme, Vander bilt edged No. 3 seed N.C. State 75-73. The Commodores overcame a 10-point deficit with less than three minutes remain ing. The Crimson Tide of Alabama ousted No. 1 seed Stanford on Saturday, winning 70-67. Shaking things up in the St. Louis region was Nevada which beat Michigan State in the first round and ended Gon zagas run (91-72) to earn a berth in the Sweet 16. Not all underdogs won. No. 1 seed Duke has looked awfully strong, winning its first-round game by 35 and then downing Seton Hall by 28 to advance to the next round. The remaining No. 1 seed, St. Josephs has earned a Sweet 16 berth, too, beating Texas Tech by five points in the second round. Other than Duke, which team has looked like a Final Four candidate? Look no further than Eddie Suttons Oklahoma State Cowboys who have won their two games by a combined total of 36 points. The tournament cranked up again Thursday, with games continuing through Sunday, at which point the Final Four will be set for San Antonio. Todays games will pit UAB and Kansas Georgia Tech and Nevada Duke and Illinois and Texas and Xavier *** Basketball isnt the only sport hitting an exciting time. Baseballs spring training is in full swing, with opening day just around the corner. Who wont be around for the game? Nomar Garciaparra of the Boston Red Sox may well miss some time with an Achilles tendon problem. Teammate Trot Nixon is likely out until May with a herni ated disk. Baltimore Orioles Mark McLemore will miss six to eight weeks after having surgery on his right knee. Larry Walker of the Colorado Rock ies aggravated a groin injury, and his status is uncertain. St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Rick Ankiel is still working on an elbow problem and wont be ready until perhaps August. Not a who, but a what, Veteran Sta dium in Philadelphia imploded in a cloud of dust Sunday, making way for a parking lot for new Citizens Bank Park *** On the racetrack, Jimmie Johnsons pit crew gave him an advantage late in the race, and the driver was able to withstand the charging Bobby Labonte to win the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington, S.C. The win boosted Johnson into sixth place in Nextel Cup standings. Matt Kenseth last years champion, currently leads Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 21 points. Tony Stewart is third. Compiled from www.espn.com.
Friday, March 26, 2004 Page 10 Walking more than a mile in infantry boots By SGT Jolene Staker Its one thing to do an inter view to get information, but this week I had the opportunity to get firsthand experience of how the infantry performs their patrols. I met members of B Co., 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regi ment early one morning at their Command Post (CP). The soldiers had already drawn their weapons, and I had brought mine with me my camera. SGT Scott Boutell, team leader in B Co., 1-181st Regiment ensured that every one had water and all their equipment. The patrol members took a few minutes to give me pointers on how to carry my equipment and to warn me of some of the terrain challenges I would be facing. Boutell then explained the hand signals for the different formations the patrol would use and showed me where to stand for each one. He gave me the quick run down that their job was to notice anything that was out of the ordinary. This included boats on the water, airplanes in the sky and people in areas where they were not supposed to be. We started on the patrol. Just as I was about to decide that patrolling wasnt that hard, I twisted my ankle. Twisted ankles are something the infantryman deal with on a reg ular basis because of the terrain. I was determined to finish the patrol. Thats what an infantry man would do. We would walk a distance and then stop. Each time we stopped, one patrol member would provide forward security and one would provide rear security. The patrol leader would get with the radio trans mitter operator (RTO) and call in to the CP. While walking, the infantry man diligently look and listen for anything out of the ordi nary. If they come across some thing on the ground they look at it, first to make sure that they didnt accidentally drop a map or other information and sec ond that it is not evidence of someone being in the area who shouldnt be. The RTO has the burden of carrying the radio so members of the patrol will switch roles throughout the patrol. This evens the workload as well as breaking up their routine. I couldnt perform rear or front security since I did not have a weapon, but I was able to call in one time to the CP. I shadowed all positions during the patrol and tried to see through their eyes. The infantryman already had my respect, but I understand more clearly now what they go through each day to ensure the safety of the JTF. I went on one leg of the patrol which lasted for about three hours. This is just a small taste of what the infantry do every day. My next patrol was a mounted patrol. I cant lie and say that I didnt think that the vehicle was a welcome sight. While on the dismounted patrol infantryman can observe more, the mounted patrol has the advantage of moving faster and covering more ground. The challenge is to maintain vigilance and scan your sector, said SPC Robert Medeiros. Communication is a key part of the patrol. If the patrol mem bers see anything out of the ordinary they call it in to the CP. If the mounted patrol members see something questionable but cant get to it, the dismounted patrol members go check it out. All of the patrols work hand in hand. Both patrols are also con ducted at night. The advantage to these patrols is it is normally cooler at night, and the disad vantage is the lack of visibility. SPC David Duhart, B Co. 1181st Inf. Regt. summed up the infantrys mission when he said, The road we walk is hard, but freedom requires our stride. Photos by SGT Jolene Staker (Above) SPC Robert Medeiros of B Company, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment is the gunner during a mounted patrol. (Right) SPC Guillarmo Rojas, B Co. 1-181st Inf. Regt. watches and lis tens during a dis mounted patrol. I like knowing that I am doing something for my coun try, he said. (Below) SGT Robert Holmes, B Co. 1-181st Inf. Regt., pulls rear security while the dis mounted patrol stops to call in to the command post. I keep an eye out for anything that is not supposed to be going on, he said. Holmes volunteered out of food service to come to the JTF as an add-on to B Co.
Friday, March 26, 2004 Page 11 Long history accompanies 169th MP Co. to JTF By SPC William Ingram The 169th Military Police Co., founded in 1755, is the oldest unit in the Rhode Island Army National Guard. Here with JTF Guantanamo, the com panys members are maintaining their his tory of service. Since its founding, the company has been activated eight times and has seen active service during seven wars. Until 1993, it was based in the town of Westerly but has since moved to Warren. The com pany was first chartered by the Rhode Island General Assembly during the Janu ary session of 1755. Its original name was the Artillery Company in the Towns of Westerly and Charlestown. Although the unit was not activated during Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990-91, several of its members volun teered to serve with the military police units of the Rhode Island Guard that were mobilized. Their service continues as of today, as unit members serve as augmentees in the global war on terrorism here and in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 169th MP Co. members, attached to the 217th MP Co., work inside Camp Delta. Troopers of the 169th work beside several units in detainee operations as block NCOs and block specialists. SGT Michael Peacock, a new NCO who just graduated from the Primary Leadership Development Course, received his new responsibility as a block NCO. After serv ing 13 years in the Army National Guard, Peacock became an MP after serving with the 133rd Engineer Battalion and also serving with the 3-16th Infantry Battalion with an 11-B MOS during his first four years in the military. Peacock said that taking care of the troopers in his charge and ensuring their safety are his top responsibilities as an NCO. Peacock takes his civil experience to work every day. That experience includes the ability to read individuals personalities. He also said that respecting the detainees and expecting respect in return is important. In his spare time, Peacock goes fishing and to the gym and also does his best to stay in contact with his family and friends. SSG Yvette Trapani is serving here as part of an inspection team for the Joint Task Force. As an inspector team mem ber, she ensures that sensitive items are not removed from the island. Several members of the team served in different locations across the island, such as detainee opera tions inside the wire. The units consist of several detachments in the areas of Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire. Several augmentees served in Bosnia in 1996 as convoy patrol, ensuring the safety of all soldiers and ensuring law enforcement in Tulza, Hungary, in 2000, said Trapani. SGT Stephen Dennis of the 169th and another new NCO graduate of PLDC at Guantanamo Bay, began his career in 1994, joining the Marine Corps as a cus toms inspector. This is not his first deployment and probably not his last as a soldier for the Army National Guard. In 1998, he became a transportation specialist. In the beginning of 2003, he went to MP school after the 169th found out he had civilian experience as a state police officer. Shortly afterward, he was deployed to Cuba. Dennis said that the most important things to remember are to stay focused on the mission and task and to ensure the safety of everyone from detainees to troop ers. My job is not to cause problems for my soldiers or myself; it is to run the block with professionalism, he noted. In his spare time, Dennis likes to go to the gym and go fishing. Dennis said that he encourages his troopers to maintain their physical fitness. Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward SPC Anthony Wynands shakes hands with MG Reginald Centracchio, adjutant general of Rhode Island, dur ing a recent visit. Photo by SPC William Ingram SSG Yvette Trapani verifies the flight schedules for upcoming flights for departing troopers.
Friday, March 26, 2004 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... With SGT Jason Chaloux, 169 th MP Co. SGT Jason Chaloux, of the 169th Military Police Com pany, enjoys in Guantanamo Bay the same military training and adventure that first appealed to him as a boy. He looks forward to applying his collection of new knowledge to his next 14 years of service as a citizen soldier in Maine. Q: What inspired you to join the military? A: I was always drawn to the military for the training and adventure it offers. I joined the Army National Guard right out of high school. That was seven years ago. Q: Where have you deployed? A: JTF Guantanamo is my first deployment. I volunteered to come, and I appreciate the training and adventure this mission provides. Q: What do you recall as your best military experi ence? A: In 1998, I was activated to help the state of Maine recover from the effects of a great ice storm in New Eng land. The teamwork I wit nessed during that mission was exciting to be a part of and watch. Q: How has your military service impacted and molded you as a soldier and person? A: Its taught me to think fast on my feet and to succeed at teamwork. Also, meeting all different kinds of people has tested and improved my ability to adapt. Q: In what ways has your family supported you in your active service? A: Ive been married just a year and a half, so its hard being away from family. My family often sends letters, keeping me updated with whats going on in the family and back home and saying that theyre proud of me. Q: What is your mission with JTF and your employ ment back home? A: Here I work in the wire. Back home I am a guard in the county jail, working minimum to maximum security. My job in corrections as a civilian and as a soldier really compliment each other. What I learn from one I bring to the other. Q: What goals are you try ing to attain while in Guan tanamo Bay? A: Just to take all the knowledge and experience I can from this deployment, to apply to my future missions and to teach others in another time and place. I also hoped to accomplish all the basic soldier skill testing here, such as the ruck march, and to attend [the primary leadership develop ment course]. I have completed all events with success, includ ing PLDC. My other goal was to be promoted, and I did that too. Q: What has been your greatest challenge here? A: Just working inside the wire, because not one day has been the same. Things can change real fast, so you have to be able to quickly adapt as sit uations change. Q: What personal strengths do you find benefit you most in this mission? A: My greatest strength is probably my good communica tion skills. Thats important to have when dealing with those you are guarding and also with your co-workers and subordi nates. Q: What do you do to relax at home and here? A: Here I usually just e-mail family, work out at the gym or go hang at someones house to play PlayStation anything to just get your mind off the days work. I did try snorkeling a few times, too that has been an adventure. Q: What has been most rewarding about this mis sion? A: Just knowing that I am serving the United States, pro tecting freedom. Q: Looking back on your overall military experience, what makes you most proud to serve? A: Id have to say, all the support and encouragement I get from people back home. Q: What are your plans for when you return home? A: Initially I plan to relax for two weeks. Then I hope to take part in a state mission that may still be in progress. As for my military career overall, I plan to continue being an MP, and I hope to complete 20 years of service in the Maine Army National Guard. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins SGT Jason Chaloux, of the 169th Military Police Company, serves JTF Guan tanamo in corrections, augmenting the 217th Military Police Co. By SPC Katherine L. Collins
After five years of inopera tion, Gold Hill Galley has reopened its doors. Located at Gold Hill, across Sherman Avenue from McDonalds, the galley can accommodate 350 people and will have a separate dining area for senior enlisted person nel and officers. There is also a separate facility for families on Friday nights. Navy Warrant Officer Ken neth Nall led the effort to reopen the galley, which will replace Quick Hall at Marine Hill. The last meal at Quick Hall was Thursday night. Starting today, Gold Hill will be serving four meals daily. By LTC Bruce Medaugh Computers, video cameras and headsets were identified in recent sensing sessions as an important quality of life issue among JTF troopers. Leader ship has responded by installing additional equipment to meet that request. Now it is each troopers turn to help maintain the equipment and be sure that it is available on an equal basis. Heres what you can do: Keep food and beverages away from the computers. Sign in and respect the posted time limits. Ensure that headsets and video cameras are handled with care and not removed from the computer room. If you have a question or any other matter that you cant solve in your chain of com mand, please feel free to con tact the Inspector General. Each IG team member is ready to assist you with issues you may be experiencing dur ing this deployment. You may visit the IG office in Room 204 of the Commis sions Building Monday through Saturday. The IG phone num ber is 5399. The Camp America IG office is in Building 7200 and is staffed Monday, Wednes day, Friday afternoons and Tuesday, Thursday, and Satur day mornings. The Camp America Office phone is 3501. IG assistance is available any time 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 26 8 p.m. Scary Movie 3 PG13 83 min 10 p.m. The Human Stain R 106 min Sat., March 27 8 p.m. Stuck on You PG 112 min 10 p.m.GothiKa R 95 min Sun., March 28 8 p.m. The Last Samurai R 144 min Mon., March 29 8 p.m. Crime Spree R 99 min Tues., March 30 8 p.m. House of Sand & Fog R 126 min Wed., March 31 8 p.m. Timeline PG13 116 min Thurs., April 1 8 p.m. Love Actually R 125 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., March 26 7 p.m. Catch that Kid PG 92 min 9 p.m. Torque PG13 81 min Sat., March 27 7 p.m. The Perfect Score PG13 93 min 9 p.m. The Butterfly Effect R 113 min Sun., March 28 7 p.m. The Big Bounce PG13 89 min Mon., March 29 7 p.m. Catch that Kid PG 92 min Tues., March 30 7 p.m. The Perfect Score PG13 93 min Wed., March 31 7 p.m. My Babys Daddy PG13 87 min Thurs., April 1 7 p.m. The Big Bounce PG13 89 min Your guide to ... IG .. Equipments condition rests with trooper responsibility Your guide to ... Galleys .. Gold Hill Galley to serve troopers, other personnel Have an event to announce? Contact The GTMO Guide email@example.com Swim meet planned Marine Hill Pool will host a swim meet April 3 at 10 a.m. Sign up day of the meet For more information, call 2193 Army beat Navy on Saturday in the St. Pattys Day Basketball Extravaganza at G.J. Denich Gymnasium. After trailing at halftime, Army roared back in the second half to win 70-52. Army wins hoops contest
Today : Lunch BBQ beef cubes; Dinner ribeye and crab legs. Saturday : Lunch fried catfish; Dinner veal parmesan. Sunday : Lunch roast pork loin; Dinner creole macaroni. Monday : Lunch lemon baked fish; Dinner creole pork chops. Tuesday : Lunch beef pot pie; Dinner chicken fajita. Wednesday : Lunch pineapple chicken; Dinner beef stir fry. Thursday : Lunch Mexican baked chicken; Dinner beef stroganoff Friday : Lunch fish almandine; Dinner T-bone 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 troopers within 90 days of redeploying. The next class is April 6-9. Supervisors should call J-3 at 5040 to sign troopers up. The Combat Stress Teams main office is located at Build ing 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 Satur days. 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 management, command consultation and suicide aware ness and prevention. Combat stress ready to solve problems Run, race, fun scheduled Upcoming 5k runs and bike races will give JTF troopers a chance to log some physical training time will competing against their comrades. A bike race is set for May 2, with a fun ride planned for noon that day to conclude at Windmill Beach. The events will coincide with the quarterly JTF MWR social. At the Spring into Spring 5K run, Todd Collins came in first with a time of 17:51. David Duplin was second, 21:48. Third was Tre Sutherlund, 23:38. Amy Ruggero was top female runner. Another run is set for late April. 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 America :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