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Inside the Wire ... P P AGE AGE 11 11 O O N N GUARD GUARD WITH WITH THE THE 258 258 TH TH W W ILDLIFE ILDLIFE UP UP CLOSE CLOSE H H ONORING ONORING MILITARY MILITARY CHILDREN CHILDREN Friday, April 2, 2004 Volume 4, Issue 29 www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo P P AGE AGE 6 6 P P AGE AGE 10 10 By SGT Jolene Staker Coxswains yell coming up to let all on board know to hang on because the boat is picking up speed. While this is now my favorite phrase because it sig nifies the beginning of an exciting ride, I learned while on patrol with the Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91110 that those fast rides are a very small part of the daily duties of Coast Guardsmen patrolling Guan tanamo Bay. Our primary responsibility is to deny the enemy uncon tested access to Guantanamo Bay, said Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin DeBoth. This is a responsibility that the MSST 91110 members take very seriously. To protect Guantanamo Bay, they are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each shift faces chal lenges from the weather to darkness and even sometimes boredom. Not every day is the same, you never know what is going to happen during your watch anything can happen, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas Pease, coxswain. MSST members provide escorts for incoming and out going vessels, ensure that morale boats stay within the boundaries, ensure that unwanted vessels do not come in past those boundaries, trans fer people from windward to leeward, investigate anything suspicious and be on call for additional tasks as they occur. While I was out with them Sunday afternoon, we were called to clear some people out of an offshore area where they were not supposed to be. Although this is not normally a Coast Guard function, we were the only boat within the vicin ity, and the crewmembers were happy to help. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Coming up and patrolling with the MSST (from left) Petty Officer 2nd Class Josh Worrell, Petty Officer Mike Goguen and Petty Officer 3rd Class Christian Carrion of the Maritime Safety and Security Team 91110 escort a Coast Guard cutter out of the bay. See MSST, page 4
Page 2 Friday, April 2, 2004 About three weeks ago I received a short notification by the Department of the Army that I was selected to serve as the new JTF Guantanamo command sergeant major, replacing CSM George Nieves. As your new JTF-GTMO CSM, I am extremely privileged and honored to serve this great team of professionals. First my many thanks to MG Geoffrey Miller for my selection. Shortly thereafter, he was selected to serve in Iraq and continue the Global War on Terrorism. It is a com mon term for sailors to say may the wind be at your back for a paratrooper it is the opposite in order to have a soft landing, you must face into the wind thereby slowing your vertical and horizontal speed, having said that I wish him many soft landings. The new commander BG Jay Hood has a similar background; he comes with a well-earned reputation. He is a great leader and paratrooper, serving in the very best and elite units in the Army and we both feel ecstatic to continue the great work of the previous command team. I feel privileged and absolutely honored to serve him and the joint task force. I want to personally thank all of you for the great reception and warm welcome. I will return to my previous duty station for a couple of weeks to outprocess and reset tle my family in another home; they will join me here next year as my daughter graduates from college and my spouses civil service transfer is complete. This past week weve attended command briefings with focus on mission, capabilities and accomplishments. My immediate impression and observation is summed in one word impressive. I am absolutely proud of the great professionalism and dedi cation to mission demonstrated throughout the whole task force. This is truly a joint task force, comprised of Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, Coast guardsmen, governmental agencies, and civilian work force a one team effort, and, again, I feel privileged to serve everyone. I will continue to support the programs that relate to the health and welfare of all our service members, families and civilian work force. This team works hard and should have the very best morale and wel fare programs and facilities we can muster. I truly expect everyone to take advantage of the many activities available at Guan tanamo and have fun and do it safely. I have been asked on my leadership and training philosophies; the commanding gen eral issued a great command philosophy, which I truly support. His philosophy is our philosophy. Upon my return, I plan to meet with all the senior noncommissioned officer leadership and talk several key points, with the intent to reiterate mission, training, force protection, standards, and basic leadership fundamentals. Lastly, I cannot reiterate enough the importance of the one team concept at all levels. I will approach everything as a joint task force not an individual service, because we cannot afford to be divided, our mission is too important. This is going to be a great year, with historical significance and I have no doubt we will all achieve success. Everyone in this joint task force plays a vital role on the Global War on Terrorism and when your duties culminate, all should leave with a sense of accomplishment, pride, and satisfaction of the service rendered to our great nation. Honor bound! Trooper to Trooper CSM Angel Febles JTF GTMO Command Sergeant Major Febles ready to start work at JTF GTMO 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 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.
Friday, April 2, 2004 Page 3 CSM Angel Febles By SGT Jolene Staker The new JTF Command Sergeant Major, CSM Angel Febles, does not plan on spending much time in his office. I want to meet as many troopers as I can. I want to meet the team, said Febles. I want to see how they do business and what I can do for them. Febles joined the military to become a medical officer, but after being exposed to the infantry he couldnt wait to become an infantryman. His combat mindset makes for high standards of leadership, training and taking care of troopers. I expect the Non-Commissioned Offi cers to do their job to ensure that troopers welfare, mission and training are first, said Febles. Just as the NCO Creed states, Febles expects the NCOs to take care of business so that officers do not have to do the NCOs jobs. Febles says that he has seen absolute professionalism as he has gone around meeting JTF Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsman. We have the best, said Febles. Febles will focus on continuing the pro grams that CSM George Nieves, former JTF Command Sergeant Major, started. Many of these programs deal with morale and welfare as well as NCO training and education. Ill be the CGs eyes and ears through out the command to be sure everyone understands his intent, said Febles. Febles assignments throughout his career have exposed him to the Armys elite -the very best NCOs and officers, he said. I was initially trained by post Vietnam veterans and they had uncomprising stan dards, said Febles. He continues to uphold these standards. Feebles believes in some ways it is harder to be an NCO today. Junior leaders today have to be able to think quick on their feet and work decen tralized, said Febles. I want the troopers of the JTF to know that what they do here is honorable and important said Febles. I want them to leave here with their chests held high and very proud of what theyve done, said Febles. BG Jay Hood By SGT Jolene Staker The JTF is operating under a new com mander, BG Jay Hood. JTF Troopers will not see much of an immediate change in the daily conducting of business, but with new leadership comes specific philosphies and expectations. There are three things I would like to see in every leader -every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, and Coast Guardsman, said Hood. I want all JTF troopers to be technically competent, willing to lead and dedicated to taking care of people, he said. In order to be technically competent it takes individual effort. Its not the leader ship training the troopers -its the troopers willing to constantly study, practice and do critical self-evaluation, said Hood. It is asking every day am I doing the best I can do and more importantly what can I do better, he said. I expect all JTF Troopers to be willing to stand up and get out front and lead, said Hood. Hood believes that communication is critical to effective leadership. You have to be able to communicate up, down and sideways, he said. Troopers need to be able to tell their leadership what is good and what isnt good. They need to talk to their peers to learn better ways to do their jobs. It is cru cial that leaders can communicate to their subordinates what they expect them to do, when they expect them to do it and what standard they expect to be met. Dedication to each other is another area that Hood believes to be vital to the success of the JTF. Some call it taking care of people, said Hood. Every single one of us can do something to demonstrate taking care of each other. One of the things I will do over the next two years is to seek out ways to improve life for JTF Troopers as well as those who serve on the NAVBASE and their families, said Hood. If we will strive to be technically compe tent, step out to be leaders and dedicate our selves to taking care of people, we will continue to be a great organization fighting the war on terrorism everyday, said Hood. Getting to know the new JTF command team Photo by SFC Tom Guminsky Photo by SGT Jolene Staker BG Jay Hood, JTF commander, addresses troopers during the Change of Command Ceremony, March 25. CSM Angel Febles, JTF command sergeant major, addresses troopers during the Transfer of Responsi bility Ceremony, March 25.
Friday, April 2, 2004 Page 4 And while anything can happen, there are hours on end that actually nothing happens. This can make the shift long and boring on the water. Maintaining vigilance when there is not much going on can be a challenge, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Tom Petro, crewman. Members of the MSST face this challenge head-on by doing tactical training and maintaining their boats during down times. Petty Officer 3rd Class David Johnson said that the favorite part of his job is keep ing the weapons and ammuni tion clean. Hes a gunners mate, so he takes particular pride in taking care of the weapons, but he also knows he has to maintain his focus and always be look ing for surface contacts. When I asked Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Richardson what the responsibility of crewmen included, he was quick to say that they load weapons, tie up the line and act as extra eyes and ears for the coxswain. But the most impor tant part Being aware at all times and knowing what your mission is, he said. Anything can happen. Petty Officer 3rd Class Gilberto Blancho echoes Richardson. I man the weapons and maintain lookout, he said. While the MSST members job is challenging at anytime, I think the most challenging would be at night. When I went out with them I couldnt see at all. I was grateful that it wasnt my responsibility to keep Guantanamo safe. We sweep our zone and tactically drift all night, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Albert Herrington. I got to drive the boat a short distance on night patrol. I think my driving may have been making the coxswain a little nervous. He asked me if I liked coun try music and if I knew the Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buf fet song Its 5:00 Some where. When I told him that I did know the song he reminded me of the last part of the song where it talks about keep it between the navigation bea cons and asked me to do that. I didnt keep the wheel long and felt much better when it was back in his able hands. When I was out with the patrol during the day I got some hands on experience with the lines and learned how to tie one knot used for stowing them. I learned a lot from my time on the water with the MSST. Doing anything while youre out on the water is a challenge, and I used both hands to hang on the majority of the time. The crew is required to per form many tasks which dont allow them to hold on with both hands. They have to be diligent to ensure personal safety and safety for anyone else who is in the bay with them. This is another area that MSST mem bers take seriously. The MSST works hard at keeping us safe. Photos by SGT Jolene Staker Top left: Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Schrader (left) and Petty Officer 3rd Class Jim mel Villanueva check the instrument panel. Top center: Petty Officer 3rd Class David Johnson keeps an eye out during a recent patrol. Top right: Petty Officer 3rd Class Warren Mitchell looks through night vision goggles during night patrol. Bottom right: Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin DeBoth, coxswain, calls in status report. Bottom left: Petty Officer 3rd Class Tom Petro mans the M2 50 Caliber weapon. MSST from page 1
Friday, April 2, 2004 Page 5 Class 384-04 graduates 31E MP conversion course Class 384-04 listens to the opening comments from Joint Detention Operations Group Commander Col. Nelson Cannon at graduation on March 24. The 384-04 31E graduation ended with the cutting of a cake, emblazoned with the JTF slogan, Honor Bound to Defend Freedom. (Left) SFC John Waters, course instructor, speaks to the graduates after receiving a Joint Service Com mendation Medal on March 24. (Right) BG Mitch LeClaire awards the class 384-04 honor graduate SFC Samuel Wireman with the Army Achievement Medal at the graduation. Photos by AF Staff Sgt. Joshua Gorman A JTF trooper recently stated that she had been directed to appear for an investigation. The trooper wondered why the IG wasn't involved. The short answer is Inspector General integrity. Integrity is the cornerstone of the Inspector General program. This integrity is made up of two parts. These are the personal integrity of the Inspector General team members and Inspector General functional integrity. All IG team members are subject to careful scrutiny before they are selected. Personal integrity is the first factor considered. AR 20-1, the IG directive, protects functional integrity. It states that the IGs may not be assigned to any non-IG assistance or eval uation function, be appointed as investigating officers for UCMJ or AR 15-6 investigations, or ANY duty that may subsequently dis qualify them from being impartial fact finders in IG matters. These restrictions are intended to preclude any conflict of interest, protect impartially, and defend the integrity of the IG System. IGs do not do anything that may jeopardize the distinc tion between the extension of the commander and a fair and impartial fact finder. This trooper's question is an example of what we are frequently asked, and are always glad to answer. The IG office can be found at the Commissions Building, Room 204, Monday through Saturday. The IG phone number is 5399. The Camp America IG office is in Building 7200 and is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday afternoons and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings. The Camp America Office phone number is 3501. IG assistance is available anytime by appointment. Courtesy of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo IG office Inspector Generals office places integrity first
Friday, April 2, 2004 Page 6 JTF connects during Month of the Military Child By SSG Patrick Cloward Being a military child has its rewards but also its share of dif ficulties. As a military child, you get to travel the nation and sometimes the world. For children of members of the JTF, it means being sepa rated from them for a signifi cant amount of time. This can be difficult for both parties, the parent, as well as the child. So, to honor our military children and recognize the important role they play in our community, the Department of Defense has named the month of April to be the Month of the Military Child. For active-duty bases, that means MWR activi ties that focus more on familyoriented activities as well as fun that caters to young kids. For members of the JTF, it can be an opportunity to reflect on the relationships that are strength ened as parents leave home to support our nations fight against terrorism. I do miss them, but its about having your children step up to the plate, said SSG Clif ford A. Jones of the 177th MP Bde. Jones works as the JTF J3 NCOIC. When hes not assist ing other training NCOs with equipment or coordinating range control with the NAVBASE, to enable JTF members to practice the skills necessary to maintain proper defense of Guantanamo Bay, he tries to focus on the person nel that matter most to him, his children. My oldest son has really stepped up in helping his mom, said Jones. He under stands why I instill certain things. My daughters are older and see what I really do. It really hit home at first and they appreciate what their dad sacri fices for them. On his last visit home during leave, he said the experience brought his oldest daughter closer to him. I really think my time with them let them know their dad really loves them and made me appreciate my fam ily. Jones said, in order to con tinue to connect with his kids, he always remembers to ask how theyre doing and speak to them when he gets an opportu nity. It makes me realize what I havent done and what Im going to do when I get back home, he said. It helps me be a better husband and father. Of course Jones loves to brag about his children and how theyre doing. The former Marine talks about the new understanding between him and his oldest son. Just hearing from my son to say, I love you, means a lot, he said. Hes doing so well. Jones speaks fondly of his oldest daughter, who is from a previous marriage. Shes going to be having a baby soon, he said. My oldest daughter and I, were develop ing a closer relationship, so it makes me more assertive for my job. I want my grandchild to have good memories of me that I served in the military. That pride is also reflected in the relationship CPT Donald Woodley, commander of the 661st MP Company has for his son. This is my first deployment and he was OK with it, said Woodley. Being as young as he is, he didnt have a real reac tion. Woodley, who often spent short periods of time away from his home in the Virgin Islands at his civilian job, feels his son has taken it all in stride. I was in Captains Course for six months before I got deployed; so I think hes gotten a little used to it, he said. I basically just told him that I have to go again. To compen sate for the separation, Wood ley says he calls home around five to six days a week. I know that what I say he remembers because one time I said some thing, and he wasnt listening at school for two days, he said. I dont know what I said, but it must have really affected him, other than that, theres no real negative reactions. To give him a last thought before the end of the day, Woodley calls in the evening before he goes to bed. If I miss it, then Ill call before he goes to school real quickly, said Woodley. Woodley thinks fondly of those rare moments when he hears of his sons true feelings. Sometimes hell say to his mom, I miss my daddy, he said. So I call as often as pos sible. I dont think its changed the closeness. When I went home on leave, we picked up right where we left off. When Woodley calls, he says that its like he never left. I dont speak to him signifi cantly different. I ask him more about school, and stress that he behave himself, his teachers and his mom. Hell say, Hey dad, what you doing? Woodley added that some days his son talks like a river flowing with things to say, and he just listens. Other times See Child, page 8 Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward 1SG Sandra Adams-Jones works as the 273rd MP Co. first sergeant says she emails her children almost every day.
Friday, April 2, 2004 Page 7 Chaplains Corner Heavenly Bits and Pieces By CH (MAJ) Daniel Odean Jesus is an equal opportunity Savior Jesus is the Savior of the world. He made that completely clear. God came to us when we could not get to Him. He made the way. Therefore, there is no other way. He gives us the opportunity to have peace with God---will you receive it? Romans 5:10 "For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!" 2004 Catholic Lenten and Holy Week Schedule Every Friday of Lent Stations of the Cross and Benediction tonight from 6 to 7 p.m. Lenten Penance Service Apr. 6 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 Photos by AF Staff. Sgt. Joshua Gorman (Above) SPC Luis Marrero, SSG Steve Drake, and CH (LTC) Steve Feehan watch Sgt. York March 25 as the Thursday Ticket movie. This weeks film was The Book of Days. (Right) CH (MAJ) Daniel Odean joins in the viewing of Sgt. York. starring Gary Cooper, who portrays a drafted pacifist who becomes a World War I hero. Thursday Ticket Attempting the impossible By CH (LTC) Steve Feehan We all experience times when every thing seems to go exceptionally well and times when everything seems to go wrong. We are all challenged with things that seem impossible. Yet, if we are seeking to do God's will and we keep asking, seeking and knocking we can all be winners. As Edgar A. Guest wrote: Somebody said that it couldn't be done, But he with a chuckle replied That maybe it couldn't, but he would be one Who wouldn't say so 'till he tried. So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin on his face. If he worried, he hid it He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldnt be done, and he did it. Remember, With God, all things are possible. Chaplain Bulletins Celebration of Passover Passover will be celebrated April 6, at the Chapel Hill Fellowship Hall. Please arrive at the chapel by 5:45 p.m. for the sundown service (approx. 6:15 p.m.). For more information, call 2323 or 2843. Resurrection Run A 5-K fun run will be held April 12, at 6:30 a.m. It begins at the base gym and ends at Iguana Crossing Coffee House on Chapel Hill. The first 100 participants to sign up will receive a T-shirt. For more information or to volunteer to help, call 2323 or 2843. Womens Fellowship The Protestant Women of the Chapel Guantanamo Bay Fellowship meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. for dinner, worship, and fellowship. For more information, call Joan Feehan at 5700 or SPC Katrina Collins at 5241. Maundy Thursday Service A Maundy Thursday Service is scheduled April 8 at Troopers Chapel in Camp America at 6 p.m. Good Friday A Good Friday Service is scheduled for April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Troopers Chapel in Camp America. Easter Vigil Service An Easter Vigil Service will be held April 10 at 6 p.m. at the Troopers Chapel in Camp America. Easter Sunrise Service An Easter Sunrise Service will be held April 11 at 6 a.m. Between Seaside Galley and the ocean Resurrection Run April 12, 6:30 a.m. First 100 runners receive T-shirts. Continental breakfast afterward. For more information, call 2323.
I have to pull it out of him, he said. And other times he wont talk. Right now hed probably give me a whole other book of the Bible. I feel like hes adjusted to it. Hes used to me leaving for short periods of time. I think he is somewhat prepared for me leaving home, but hopefully not much longer. What does a mother of a family do when she gets deployed? I keep what I do here sepa rate. I dont mix the two, says 1SG Sandra Adams-Jones of the 273rd MP Co. Adams-Jones, whose unit was assigned to Pentagon guard duty before being deployed to Guantanamo feels shes lucky to have the children she has. They do well in school without me being there, she said. Theres no stress with me being absent. My strong family, my mother, their father and my sisters help me out. Theyre there to support them too. They dont feel the pressure of the children. I dont have some of the problems being away from family. In the beginning, the transi tion was gradual, but still a strain on her family. At the Pentagon they saw me on the weekends. I got to see their functions, she said. My sister said my fourteenyear-old misses me the most. He tells everyone hes a mommas boy. Im used to looking around and seeing you in the stands to say shhh, be quiet. He misses my support in everything he does. Now that shes been deployed to Guantanamo Bay, the concerns from her children were a little deeper. At first, they asked me a lot of questions, she said. Why you got to go? But they knew this is my job and that I would go sooner or later. She said that when they were younger her time away didnt seem to affect them as much. Now theyre older it bothers them more. When I first told them where I was going they said GTMO? Wheres that? Can we come see you? Are you going to come back? All I could say was I dont know. Being separated seemed to have more an effect on her chil dren, so she compensates by frequently talking to them on the phone and through email and cards. We e-mail every day, she said. We talk on the phone twice a week, and I send them cards and letters and sou venirs. Shes also found that often, her kids are able to share with her things that they might not have shared, had she been with them at home. The questions are more mom-daughter talk, like she would ask me what I would do in certain situations, she said. I think weve gotten closer. Theyre more open with out me because I have less of a chance of getting upset. A lot of things they ask or say if I was there. Though members of the JTF have their duty, they still can keep their children with them in their hearts. Friday, April 2, 2004 Page 8 From Child, page 6 Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward SSG Clifford Jones of the 177th MP Bde. and J-3 training NCOIC has found his relationship with his children has been strengthened during his deployment to JTF Guantanamo The questions are more mom-daughter talk, like she would ask me what I would do in cer tain situations, she said. I think weve gotten closer. Theyre more open without me because I have less of a chance of getting upset. A lot of things they ask or say as if I was there. 1SG Sandra Adams-Jones
Friday, April 2, 2004 Page 9 ACC flexes tourney muscles; Busch wins Sports highlights Compiled by SPC Rick Fahr Wholl win the next battle at the Alamo? Any of the four combatants in the NCAA mens basketball tournament Duke Connecti cut Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech has a legiti mate shot, but the winner, regardless of the final score, will be the Atlantic Coast Conference The ACC perennially boasts one of the strongest basketball conferences in the nation, and this year is no different. Half the Final Four teams hail from the ACC. The semifinal games are Saturday, with the champi onship set for Monday. *** With just 10 games left in the regular season, both divi sion leaders in the NBAs East ern Conference have all but sewn up their division crowns. New Jersey and Indiana both have solid leads of about seven games on their nearest competitors, while Detroit has also clinched a playoff berth in the conference. In the West both division races may go down to the wire. Minnesota and San Anto nio are battling in the Mid west while Sacramento and Los Angeles (Lakers) are alive in the Pacific *** As Major League Baseball cranks up its 2004 campaign, the season promises to feature a number of intriguing story lines. Houston will host the AllStar Game and two home town heroes could play prominent roles in the exhibi tion. Roger Clemens and Andy Petitte both jumped to the Astros from the New York Yankees in the offseason, mak ing for a hot summer in Texas. Nomar Garciaparra will most likely miss the opening portion of the season with an injured Achilles tendon. Team officials wont rush his return. If the Philadelphia Phillies can hold late-inning leads, their new closer, Billy Wagner may give them just the boost they need to win the National League East but Wagner has nt looked sharp in spring train ing, posting an ERA of more than 10 in his last three games. *** Kurt Busch maintained his winning ways at Bristol in Sun days Food City 500 He held off Rusty Wallace to win his third straight NASCAR Nextel Cup race. The win was his fourth in his last five tries at the short Ten nessee track. *** From the fairways Adam Scott led the Players Championship wire to wire, although he nearly stumbled on the final hole. Sitting perfectly in the fair way on the 18th hole, with a two-shot lead, Scott pulled his approach into the water hazard. He then chipped to 10 feet, needing to hole the putt to avoid a playoff. The ball touched nothing but the bottom of the cup. The Australian, who grew up idolizing Greg Norman earned a cool $1.4 million for the win. Compiled from www. espn.com By SPC Rick Fahr From the day I found out that Id be deploying to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, I had all sorts of questions. To this day, they keep coming. I imagine everybody deployed here has questions about their mission, their life, their hooch. Maybe I can share a few answers that Ive gleaned over the months. Answer : Yes. Question : Do smokeless tobacco prod ucts count as food and drink, in the context of whether they're allowed in the computer rooms? *** Answer : Computer lab cubicles. Question : Wheres one place I should nt store my spit-filled soda bottles? *** Answer : No. Question : Is lassooing iguanas an MWR-sanctioned sport? *** Answer : Nine per hour. Question : What is the average number of near-miss accidents between vehicles and pedestrians and vehicles and other vehicles at Gold Hill Galley? *** Answer : No. Folks three doors down might not want your MTV. Question : Should I always play my radio/television/whatever at its highest vol ume? *** Answer : Twenty minutes. Thats 20 minutes total. Not 20 minutes of e-mailing and then 20 minutes of Dialpadding and then 20 minutes of online poker. Question : How long should I use the MWR computers before allowing that guy waiting patiently a chance to visit with his loved ones? *** Answer : A weak car battery during a Minnesota winter. Question : Whats more reliable than the electricity grid at Camp America North? *** Answer : Those little reddish-brown, stand-looking things every few feet out at Camp America North. Question : Where should smokers put their cigarette butts, instead of dropping them on the ground for folks on cleaning detail to pick up? *** Answer : Rodney King and the Los Angeles Police Department. Question : What are two things less likely to cause a riot than removing Dial pad software from MWR computers? *** Answer :A rabid banana rat. Question : Whats the only thing on the island to avoid more than a patrolling infantryman if I left my identification badge back at the hooch? *** Answer : Maybe not. Same. Question : Will I get caught if I ignore the posted speed limits? Do I really want to take that chance? *** Answer : Snoring Question : Fill in the blank. If _______ were an Olympic event, Guantanamo Bays team would hands down take gold. *** Answer : Nothing in this world. Question : Whats the only thing louder than my roommates alarm clock going off an hour before I have to get up? F AHR GAME You have questions? I have answers -kinda, sorta
Friday, April 2, 2004 Page 10 By SPC Rick Fahr It was a muggy evening, with rain clouds gathering around and darkness nearly surrounding Camp America North. Troopers were finding their way back from the galley. Some were changing patrol shifts. Others were on their way to the exchange. Following a familiar path, a number of troopers walked out side the camps fenced perime ter, between the graveled and sidewalked areas and the undergrowth down a small hill on the camps eastern edge. Little did they know or expect that along their path, coiled up in a circle the size of a manhole cover, was an 8foot-long snake. The snake, a Cuban boa, was about 8 inches in diameter and lay virtually motionless while a number of troopers gathered to peer at the reptile. While posing no imminent threat, the snakes mere pres ence underscored the fact that many locales within the base remain habitat for various species of wildlife. While the snake-spotting may have been unusual, it was by no means unheard of. Cuba is home to more than a dozen types of snakes. They reach lengths of more than 15 feet, but none of Cubas indigenous snakes are poisonous. Thats not to say that theyre not dangerous. At the very least, an ill-placed snake could certainly cause a trooper a fair amount of con sternation and alarm, perhaps even a twisted ankle or broken leg suffered, while beating a hasty retreat. According to Paul Schoen feld, natural resources manager for the naval base, troopers should pay attention to their surroundings and avoid areas that might harbor snakes, Its real important that peo ple dont mess with them, he said. Any of these reptiles and amphibians can potentially transmit salmonella. Its real important that they just stay away from them. If the animal is a nuisance or its health is in jeopardy, call us and well come get it. Schoenfeld said that about five types of snakes are com mon in the base area. The Cuban racer can reach lengths of 4 feet. There are two species of garden snakes present, and two types of boas are common. The blind snake is small and usually found underground. The dwarf boa may grow to about 3 feet long, and the largest Cuban boa found on the base was 15 feet, 9 inches long. Schoenfeld noted that each type of snake is beneficial, eat ing pests of various types, and none of them are aggressive. If one of them bites you, it means you were messing with it, he noted. Researchers are studying the Cuban boa and have outfit ted several with radiotransmit ting devices. Schoenfeld says the research is ongoing. If a trooper gets bitten by a snake, first aid guidelines would include washing the bite with soap and water and apply ing an over-the-counter antibi otic to the wound. The trooper should seek medical attention if other symptoms develop or the bite begins to look infected (redness, swelling, warmth, tender to the touch or red streaks). To report a nuisance snake, contact the base game warden at 4105; Schoenfeld at 4493 or 84258; or Les Popham, wildlife technican, 84259. Unexpected guest visits Camp America North Boa one of several snake types around Photo by SGT Jolene Staker SPC Katherine L. Collins of the JTF Public Affairs office gives scale to a Cuban Boa discovered recently just outside the fence of Camp America North. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins Although menacing, Cuban boas are not poisonous. The animals, however, can still carry salmonella, and officials caution troopers against coming into contact with them.
Friday, April 2, 2004 Page 11 By SSG Patrick Cloward Moving from Kosovo to Washington, D.C., members of the 258th MP Co. have seen their share of locations. Since their redeployment here to Guan tanamo Bay, not only has their location changed, but their role as military police. This mission isnt a lot like law enforcement at Fort Polk, [La.], said 1SG Gregory Funderburk, first sergeant for the 258th. But all deployments have unique properties. At Fort Polk, members of the 258th worked in law enforcement of about 35,000 soldiers and civilians. We did road patrols, traffic stops, any fights at the bar, that kind of thing, said CPT Michael Crane, commander of the 258th. We also monitored the access control points at Fort Polk. But the environment here is very differ ent from what they expected. Were really impressed on the hous ing, said Crane. We knew they started out in tents so the housing turned out to be the best part of the deployment. Everything is different. Theres good and bad about everything we have, like the shopette, said SPC Steven Finch, also of the 258th, who saw the benefits as com pared to his six-month Kosovo deploy ment. You have freedom of movement here. You can go snorkeling and scuba div ing when you have time. I would say I have less stress here than any other place. Other differences included some chal lenges. Were an active-duty unit, said Crane. This is the fourth deployment for me and we had just deployed to the military dis trict of Washington. In 2000 we went to Kosovo, so we are always training for future operations. We didnt have a lot of information before we came here, so we came prepared to conduct 24-hour opera tions and found out we would do shift work. There are different locations for the soldiers each day, said Funderburk. One day they work with a team leader, the other they may not see him until next week. The soldiers are spread out because of the uniqueness of this mission. Every day, at the end of our shift, we give the camp to another company, so we are able to work real close as a group, team, squad and at the platoon level. We have soldiers on special missions; so its hard to keep them informed, said SGT Robert Choi, a block NCO for the 258th. But the hardest thing is keeping some of the soldiers motivated. The senior leadership crank down when they see them get a little complacent, but most NCOs are professional enough to know that they need to lead. They do real well on training, Fun derburk said. They are receptive to the information they receive and put it into action. After the unit received training at Fort Dix, N.J., we were in the wire [only] a day and were immediately taking charge. Now that theyve been in charge for more than half of their deployment, mem bers of the 258th now work on maintaining focus before their return to the states. Getting motivated wasnt difficult when they were focus-oriented, said Crane It helped me to deal with a lot of different soldier issues. Now, were trying to keep soldiers heads in the game. Crane added that sometimes, soldiers find they want to get complacent when theyre nearing the end of their deployment. We try to keep them involved, he said. Dur ing our training weeks, we try to have company gatherings or social events to keep them involved with what theyre doing in the camp and make sure theyre doing OK. I feel the 258th is the finest company, said Funderburk. Its not hard to figure out. They have outstanding NCOs who enforce the standard. We have enlisted sol diers who continue on every day. When I hear them say, Another day in the wire, Thats another testament of the American spirit of the soldier. 258th MPs adjust fire for new mission within JTF Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward SPC Steven Finch of the 258th MPs said he enjoys the freedom of movement living at Guantanamo Bay affords the troops
Friday, April 2, 2004 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... With PFC Rachel Edwards, 258th MP Co. Attracted to the military for its competi tiveness, training and adventure, PFC Rachel Edwards joined the Army, full-time, to her familys surprise. Excited about the many ways she continues to grow as a sol dier and person and the new people, places and cultures she encounters, Edwards finds her greatest inspiration to serve through the support and pride of her No. 1 fans her mom, dad and six siblings. Q: What inspired you to join the mil itary? A: I learned about the military, in part, from my grandfathers, aunt and uncles who served. I liked the experience I saw, loving different kinds of weapons, competitiveness and travel. I joined when my family and I were ready. I was 21 then. Q: What do you recall as your best military experience? A: Guantanamo Bay is my first over seas deployment and best military experi ence so far. Prior to coming here, my unit finished serving in Washington D.C., which was good, but I wanted to experi ence an overseas mission. Here I am. Q: How has this deployment impacted and molded you as a soldier and person? A: Ive learned a lot about being an MP. At Fort Polk, I performed basic MP work. Here I work in corrections. Its great to gain experience in two separate aspects of the job. Here Ive also experienced how the different branches of service function in themselves and work together as a joint task force. Per sonally, Ive become a stronger person. Theres a lot you have to deal with on a deployment, and you have to adapt to it with out the direct support of family and friends. Q: In what ways has your family sup ported you in your military service? A: Thank God for my family; they are amazing! I was supposed to just talk to a recruiter about joining the reserves. Then I said to myself, why not join full-time instead of just part time? My dad said it was the best thing I could do with my life. Moms initial reaction was more that of shock, but she and everyone else got used to the idea and support me now. Here, I talk to my family on a regu lar basis, and they always ask for and send whatever I need, as well as taking care of things for me at home. They make this deployment a whole lot easier. Q: What has been your greatest chal lenge here in Guantanamo? A: Keeping the deployment from getting to me. Our mission is tiresome and often repetitive. We have to keep a sound mind about what we do as a mission and then about coming home every day to live so close to the same peers we work alongside. Its hard at the end of the day when youre all stressed and have only each other to talk to. We created a rule where we will talk about work for no more than one hour at the end of each shift. Then we do whatever we can to relax. Q: What personal strengths do you find benefit you most in this mission? A: I interact well with others. This helps me in talking well with so many different types of personalities. I get this strength from my family. My youngest brother and I are the only two alike. So I grew up learning to interact well with many personalities. Q: How do you relax when deployed? A: We have water balloon fights, go to the beach and, as squads, we play sports against each other, like soccer. We love to go to the Windjammer to sing karaoke, and we love to go shopping and just buy the craziest things like coloring books and magazines. We all pretty much hang out at one house here, playing darts, making model cars, playing [Lego] and stuff like that. There really is a lot to do here; you just have to look for it. Q: What goals are you striving to accomplish in Guantanamo? A: Be promoted to specialist and see how far up the chain of boards I can go. I won the soldier of the month board. Now I must do the soldier of the quarter board and so on. No matter how far I make it, I hope to take all I can from the many people who have helped me prepare for the boards. I have some great NCOs, and all the females in my house are a great support to me. They do whatever it takes to show me how to do the things Ive never done before, working with me until they think Im ready. Q: What has been most rewarding about this mission? A: Ive learned an amazing amount, personally and professionally, through many unexpected friendships and the cor rections training and certification. I am a better person, friend and soldier now. Ive also appreciated this deployment for all the ways Ive been able to prove myself, by simply showing what I can do every day on the block and by going before boards. Q: Looking back on your overall mil itary experience, what makes you most proud to serve? A: My family. Every time I call home, they tell me how proud they are of me. As long as my parents are proud, I am proud. My service is special to one of my sisters as well. She volunteered to serve, but it did not work out for medical reasons. I can feel like I serve for us both now. Q: What are your plans when you return home? A: Initially Ill return to Fort Polk, then do a road trip to visit my family, stopping in every state we drive through. Military-wise, I look forward to doing all the training I havent done with my unit yet. Theres so much I still want to experience and learn. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins Having served in the Army just one and one-half years, PFC Rachel Edwards joins the JTF with the 258th Military Police Company, from her first duty sta tion at Fort Polk, La. By SPC Katherine L. Collins
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., April 2 8 p.m. Mona Lisa Smile PG13 117 min 10 p.m. Kill Bill: Volume 1 R 111 min Sat., April 3 8 p.m. The Medallion PG13 89 min 10 p.m. Wild Things R 113 min Sun., April 4 8 p.m. Somethings Gotta Give PG13 117 min Mon., April 5 8 p.m. K2 R 118 min Tues., April 6 8 p.m. The Italian Job PG13 103 min Wed., April 7 8 p.m. Hope Springs PG13 92 min Thurs., April 8 8 p.m. The Haunted Mansion PG13 88 min Downtown Lyceum Fri., April 2 7 p.m. My Babys Daddy PG13 87 min 9 p.m. You Got Served PG13 95 min Sat., April 3 7 p.m. Catch that Kid PG 92 min 9 p.m. Barbershop 2 PG13 106 min Sun., April 4 7 p.m. Starsky & Hutch PG13 97 min Mon., April 5 7 p.m. Miracle PG 135 min Tues., April 6 7 p.m. You Got Served PG13 95 min Wed., April 7 7 p.m. Barbershop 2 PG13 106 min Thurs., April 8 7 p.m. Starsky & Hutch PG13 97 min Daylight Savings Time starts Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night D eployment Cycle Support Program is open to troopers within 90 days of redeploying. April classes are 6-8, 13-15, 20-22 and 27-29. Supervisors should call J-3 at 5040 to sign up troopers. In response to charge-card fraud cases, officials have pre pared a list of tips to help card holders avoid thefts. n Do not give out account information in response to email solicitations purporting to be from charge card compa nies. Many of these solicitations note that the cardholder must reactivate his account or that the information is needed for a technical security update. Those perpetrating the thefts have the ability to create fake Web sites that cardholders may mistake for official charge card sites. Entering personal information into these sites allows the perpetrators to use that information to fraudu lently obtain funds and/or mer chandise. Officials note that charge card company representatives will not request personal information over the phone or in an e-mail. n Another scam involves telephone calls supposedly from government charge card programs. Again, in this scam, the per petrators ask cardholders for various information account numbers, Social Security num bers, etc. Cardholders should not give this information to anyone other than the program manager. Cardholders should report any attempts to retrieve their personal information to their bank or charge card company using the toll-free number on their card. For more information, con tact the legal assistance office at 3561 or visit the Camp America office, Bldg. 6208. Charge card scams becoming prevalent Your guide to ... Security 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
Underscoring the impor tance of voting, LTG F.L. Hagenbeck encouraged troop ers to research their rights and take part in this years electoral processes. In a memo, Hagenbeck, Department of the Army deputy chief of staff, G-1, noted that troopers around the world have a right to vote and should be involved. Its your future. Vote for it, he said, quoting a familiar voting theme of the season. The process they use is absentee voting, which requires that troopers request a ballot and return it to the proper authorities within a specified timeframe. Registering for an absentee ballot requires troopers to con form to state regulations, and unit voting assistance officers are available to help troopers navigate the rules. Troopers should see their chain of com mand for more information on voting. Troopers may also visit a Web site that allows them to register online for an absentee ballot. The federal Voting Assis tance Program ensures that troopers have access to absen tee ballots. The application is form 76. The sites address is www.fvap.gov. For more information about the program or voting rights, visit the Voting Assistance Pro gram Web site or contact SFC Zaroff, 3563, Bldg. 6208. Today : Lunch barbecue beef cubes; Dinner ribeye and crab legs. Saturday : Lunch fried catfish; Dinner veal parmesan. Sunday : Lunch roast pork loin; Dinner creole macaroni. Monday : Lunch pepper steak; Dinner roast turkey. Tuesday : Lunch chicken tandouri; Dinner beef fajitas. Wednesday: .Lunch country fried steak; Dinner sweet and sour pork. Thursday : Lunch Caribbean chicken; Dinner salisbury steak. Friday : Lunch beef stroganoff; Dinner T-bone steak. 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* Wed. 7 p.m. Mens Bible Study* Wed. 9:30 a.m. Sunday School Thurs 6:30 p.m. Womens Bible Study* Sun. 9:30 a.m. Sunday school 11 a.m. Service 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 Swim meet planned Marine Hill Pool will host a swim meet Saturday at 10 a.m. Sign up day of the meet For more information, call 2193 Your guide to ... Voting Army official touts voting assistance Have any experience officiating or keeping official score for softball games? If so, MWR needs you for the upcoming season. The positions are paid, and interested persons should contact MWR at 2193 or SSG Freddie Greene at 3670. Softball officials needed Army Rock Band coming to GTMO The band will be performing four concerts: Monday-Tuesday, 7 p.m., Club Survivor; Wednesday, 8 p.m., Windjammer; Thurs day, 7 p.m., Bayview patio. Artists meeting There will be a meeting for all artists who will have art on display at the upcoming Art Show. The meeting will be Monday, at 6pm in the upstairs classroom in the Windjammer. For more information, call 4795