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Inside the Wire ... P P AGE AGE 10 10 E E YE YE ON ON THE THE MARK MARK D D RINK RINK TO TO STAY STAY FIT FIT R R UNNING UNNING S S MOOTH MOOTH Friday, May 14, 2004 Volume 4, Issue 35 www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo P P AGE AGE 3 3 P P AGE AGE 8 8 By SGT Jolene Staker Members of the J-4 mainte nance section have been work ing to improve their operation every day. These improvements have led to a decrease of reliance on contract mainte nance. The JTF used to have to send out about 80 percent of the repairs on the vehicles, now we send out about 10 percent, said CW3 Ralph Bird, Maintenance officer for the JTF. Contracting less mainte nance not only saves the JTF money, but it also decreases the amount of time that vehicles are non-mission capable. Adding tools and equipment has been the major factor in allowing JTF mechanics to do more of the work in-house. When Bird took over the main tenance shop, they were operat ing out of three general mechanic toolboxes with a scat tered array of tools that had been left over from other shops. They now have an entire room dedicated to tools and equipment with a full-time per son, SGT Amilia Kline of the 384th Military Police Battalion. She is assigned to ensure that storage room contents are organized and inventoried on a regular basis. Kline started out working on vehicles, which was not that much of a challenge for her since she worked as a diesel mechanic to put herself through nursing school. After being assigned to control the tool room, she faced a big learning curve. Kline took on the chal lenge and is now very knowl edgeable about tools. I know every tool in here, and I know where it is, said Kline. I know who has what tools, and they dont go home until they are turned in. Snap-on toolboxes, tire machines, scanners to read codes on civilian vehicles and an assortment of hardware is just a small example of the equipment upgrades made to the maintenance shop. Many of the Army personnel and especially those who are not civilian mechanics faced a large learning curve when beginning See Maintenance, page 4 J-4 maintenance improves shop performance Photo by SGT Jolene Staker SGT Kenneth Clark of the 177th Military Police Brigade pulls a tire out of the warehouse. Getting the equipment to change tires and ordering tires is one of the many ways that the maintenance section is saving the JTF money.
Page 2 Friday, May 14, 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: MAJ 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. Since my arrival five days ago, I have been exposed to almost every aspect of training taking place on Guantanamo. If first impressions are lasting ones, I am deeply impressed by the professionalism and motivation of all of the troopers I have seen and met. Clearly, the sense of pride, dedication, and commitment in the JTF Guantanamo community is evi dent. I wish to take this opportunity to thank all of the troopers who took time away from their mission in order to get me up to speed. I have much to learn, but with the unselfishness and enthusi asm I have observed, I am confident that my transition into the role of Deputy Commander of JTF Guantanamo will be seamless. During my short tenure on board, I have come to appreciate both the beau ties of the island, and the demands of the mission. While the MWR activities remain outstanding, the OPTEMPO of the mission remains high. I came here with the advance team from the 50th Brigade of the New Jersey Army National Guard. The 50th Brigade is a part of the 42nd Infantry Division to which I was previously assigned as the deputy commander (maneuver) based out of The Vermont Army National Guard. Each National Guard soldier from the 50th Brigade holds a personal stake in contributing to the Global War on Terrorism as a result of 9/11. They have been on the bridges and tunnels of New York and New Jersey during Oper ation Noble Eagle, and bared witness to the aftermath and devastation of ground zero. They come to Guantanamo Bay with a sense of purpose and commitment towards defending the freedoms from those who would take them away. You will come to know them by their sense of patriotism, dedication, and willingness to excel towards the goals of the mis sion. To those who have served before us, and continue to assist us during the GTMO 5 rotation, I wish to extend a sin cere Thank You from the Jersey Blues. Your efforts will ensure our suc cess. I look forward to meeting all of the troopers that make this joint military community so successful. In an effort towards improving community service I intend to play an active role. I encour age all troopers to do their part as I hold quality of life and welfare of the troopers in high regard. The challenge to all troopers is to remain diligent towards the mission. This mission is about our fam ilies and their way of life and the ability of our children to pursue their dreams. Honor Bound. Brigadier General Lucenti comes to the JTF from the Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver) of the 42nd Infantry "Rainbow" Division (Mecha nized) headquartered in Troy, New York. This assignment follows a tour of duty as Assistant Division Com mander (Support) from September 2000 through September 2002. On August 1, 2000 Brigadier General Lucenti completed a one-year tour of duty as the Team Chief for the Mili tary Liaison Team (MLT) in Macedo nia, Joint Contact Team Program (JCTP), United States European Com mand (EUCOM/J5). Trooper to Trooper BG Martin J. Lucenti Sr. Deputy Commander JTF Guantanamo JTF GTMO 5 welcomes new deputy commander
Friday, May 14, 2004 Page 3 By SSG Patrick Cloward Supplies are needed, your paycheck wasnt deposited, and the contractor cant get the materials he needs. Who makes it run so much smoother? Like a reservoir supplies the water for a city, so the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Finance Department (J-8) sup plies the needed funds to pay for whatever is needed for the mission against terror. It takes money to do good things, said LTC Lawrence A. Martin, an augmentee assigned as the JTF deputy comptroller for J-8. Martin hails from the 11th Battalion, 6th Brigade, 95th Division in Independence, Mo. Working through SOUTHCOM (Southern Com mand) its part of my duty in advocating funding for the JTF and others. We get them the money. But working for getting that money can be a complicated and tedious process. According to Martin, the JTF gets funds for various needs from three different sources. SOUTHCOM funding is primarily used for intelli gence missions. Base opera tions funding is provided for Base Operations related JTF requirements. The Base Operations includes things like repairing faucets, said Martin. It might include repairing your air con ditioner if it goes out. Basi cally, it provides for services for a little city, including the electricity, utilities, and cutting the grass. Martin calls the United States Army South (USARSO) the JTF banker. This is a fund ing stream that most people would go through for a tour of duty, said Martin. They buy supplies such as your gasoline for cars and trucks. The funds would be used for almost any supplies that would be needed for every-day function of a military machine. Working through the Joint Detention Operations Group, detainee meals, laundry, and transporta tion of incoming and outgoing units would be supplied by this fund. And then we monitor the spending using three differ ent mechanisms for each, said Martin. Monitoring that spending is a full-time job for experts like CPT Kim Chow, budget officer from the 14th Finance Detach ment, New York City, N.Y. We have a system that puts transactions into the sys tem when we need to know how much a section is spend ing, said Chow. Then we can go into the program and find out how much to budget for each section, updating infor mation every month. Covering daily operations, like travel vouchers, emer gency leave orders and how much each section is using, half of the 14th Finance Det. has been here to ensure mis takes are at a minimum. The first challenge after we got here was that there were new people from the rotation, said Chow. As time went on, people learned what they needed for their section. So we were able to adjust their budget according to their needs. Chow added that working in the budget section is easier if youre good at numbers. For him and some of his staff, this is their first deployment. Most of them were only familiar with a classroom environ ment, he said. They had to adjust again to be here. You spend a couple of months in an area and get used to it, said SPC Juan Disen, whose time at Guantanamo marks his third deployment. Then you have to move and adjust to a new environment. Usually we spend most time balancing funds updating spreadsheets in the system. We depend on everyone to give us information to keep things updated. When it comes to keeping records updated, nothing is more personally critical than the Finance section of the J-8. We make sure everyone is receiving their entitlements, said SFC Stephanie Nielsen, finance NCOIC. We research many different pay issues that everyone has and refer other branches to the proper contacts to get pay issues resolved. Everything from monitoring monthly inputs for foreign duty pay, basic allowance for hous ing, direct deposit, taxes, any thing that has to do with pay for the JTF is done in finance, including fixing mistakes. Say a soldiers family at home is needing to get money back from a wrong account, she said. We go through a long process to get it back for them. When it comes to working the system in a timely manner, finance has the most experi ence. One challenge is getting a soldiers pay input correctly and in a timely manner because when a soldier needs pay, they need it now, said Nielsen. We have to research to make sure theyre entitled to what theyve told me theyre expect ing to get and then we ask for documentation. Nielsen recalled how one trooper got kicked out of the pay system and the people back home werent able to help them. We were able to get them started here. One thing she does rec ommend when establishing your pay or fixing a pay prob lem: Make sure they bring the proper documents to make it more expedient so they dont have to keep coming back again and again, she said. If they would call before they come in, they would know what they need. Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward SPC Juan Disen of the 14th Finance Detachment from New York works for the J-8 as a budget clerk for the JTF. JTF finance department keeps things running
this mission. Army personnel usually do not work on non-tactical equipment like the civilian vehicles in the JTF, said Bird. The Air Force personnel really bring in the experi ence of working on the civilian vehicles, and we also have National Guard and Reserve soldiers who are mechanics for their full-time jobs. Air Force personnel have been eager to share their knowledge. Its been fun to help train the Army per sonnel, said Air Force Staff Sgt. Luis Vela of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Ariz. We show them tips and short cuts to work on civilian vehicles; especially the computer controlled vehicles. The learning has been a two-way street, because Army personnel know the tactical vehicles. They know civilian vehicles, and I know tactical vehicles, said SPC Cedric Brown of the 258th Military Police Com pany. We learn from each other. Bodywork and extremely heavy work such as pulling and rebuilding an engine are examples of the types of repairs that still have to be contracted out. Increasing the mechanics ability to repair more vehicles has had a positive affect on trooper morale, said Bird. They are learning a lot of knowledge that they will be able to take home with them and maybe help them get better jobs at home. The dispatch process set up by mainte nance section members is also vital to their success. Vehicles are to be dispatched every two weeks and a preventive maintenance inspection is conducted each time. This helps mechanics identify items that need to be replaced or fixed often saving more major repairs down the road. We can actually keep from deadlining a vehicle if we catch things in time, said Bird. A good example of how this works is tires. If the driver will bring the vehicle in every two weeks we will notice when the tires are starting to go bad and order them. They can be replaced without ever deadlin ing the vehicle. If it is not brought in and tires are not ordered, the vehicle may be non-mission capable for two weeks waiting for tires to come in. The dispatch process is for the vehicle operators benefit and safety. I know 25 miles an hour doesnt seem very fast, said Bird. But it is if something goes wrong and we want to prevent that. One challenge that mechanics face is get ting parts in a timely manner. They have suppliers who work well with getting parts to Norfolk, Va., to make the rotator flight, but often it will still take two weeks to get a part. Operators get frustrated when parts are on order. What takes two or three days at home can take two or three weeks here, said Bird. We are trying to build up our inventory of parts, but there is no way to keep every part for every vehicle on hand. While vehicle maintenance is a large part of J-4 maintenance members job, they are also responsible for all JTF equipment. We dont necessarily fix everything, but we coordinate maintenance on all equip ment to include radios, weapons, night vision equipment and everything else that is out there, said Bird. Members of the maintenance section also work outside the shop when needed. They contributed two members a week to the food service section for about five months when it was short of personnel. This supported the food service section, but it also gave the mechanics a better understanding of the broader JTF mission, said Bird. Maintenance members have also built markers for the ruck marches and target frames for the M-16 range, supplied light sets for JTF runs and helped move both the Red Cross and troopers into Camp America North. Maintenance members say it has been a positive, growing experience for them to be a part of the JTF. This is my first deployment, so when I came here I was excited because I was going to get to do aspects of my job that I dont get to do at my home station, said SGT Ken neth Clark of the 177th Military Police Brigade. The most satisfying part of my job now is teaching the young military members their job and trying to direct them in the right direction, said SSG Charles Nance of the 216th Military Police Company. I tell them not to half-do things peoples lives depend on them making the right deci sions. Being here has made me a better person and a better soldier. It has also taught me how to become a leader, said SGT Erickk Horne of the 384th MP Bn. I feel like the contributions Ive made here will affect me in a positive way for the rest of my life. Friday, May 14, 2004 Page 4 Maintenance from page 1 Photos by SGT Jolene Staker (right) SGT Amilia Kline of the 384th Military Police Battalion inventories tools and equipment. (bottom) left to right: Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Arntz and Air Force Staff Sgt. David Reyna work on one of the JTFs civilian vehicles.
Friday, May 14, 2004 Page 5 Trooper on the Street By SPC Katherine L. Collins This weeks question: How do you think your service here contributed to the Global War on Terrorism? SFC William Wright, 217th MP Co. SPC Neal Bachen, 463rd MP Co., Joint Aid Station Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Enerva, Camp Delta Hospital SFC Ted Zaroff, 177th MP Co. JTF Legal Office Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class James Baggett, MSST 91110 "Maintaining water-born security, we allow JTF troopers to concentrate on their job of securing the detainees and gather ing intelligence without worrying about intrusion." My job is ensuring deten tion blocks are properly staffed and the staff are properly handling any arising situations. Helping the facility run smoothly by properly caring for the detainees shows America is not a nation to be hated and helps us gather intel ligence more quickly." "Providing health care to troopers to prevent and repair injuries, minor and major, we keep them fit to do the mission." "Providing detainees with better medical care than most have ever experi enced displays America's intent to not harm others but to simply protect human life and rights." "Providing legal assis tance to JTF GTMO, we allow the troopers to con centrate on the mission at hand of running a deten tion facility and collecting intelligence instead of worrying about legal mat ters at home." As part of National Sexual Health Awareness Month, U.S. Navy Hospital (USNH) Health Promotion is offering sexual health educa tion to our community. The national month-long campaign is directed as part of a global effort to educate the public about risk and preven tion of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), human immunodefi ciency virus (HIV) infection and Auto Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Unprotected sexual intercourse places persons at risk for STDs, HIV, AIDS and unintended pregnancy. Many people are aware of the most prominent STD, which is HIV; however, many other STDs affect millions of men and women each year. Many STDs initially cause no symptoms, especially in women, but when they do develop, they may be confused with those of other diseases that are not sexu ally transmitted. STDs can still be transmitted person to person even if they do not show symptoms. Also, health problems caused by STDs tend to be more severe for women than for men. STDs affect men and women of all backgrounds and economic levels. Despite the fact that a great deal of progress has been made in STD prevention over the past four decades, the United States has the highest rates of STDs in the industrialized world, being 50-100 times higher here than in other industrial nations. In this country alone, an estimated 15.3 million new cases of STDs are reported each year. STDs disproportionately affect women, infants, young people and minorities. AIDS is an issue for young people because 50 percent of all new STD infections occur among those under the age of 25. STDs are most prevalent among teens and young adults, with college stu dents being the largest group with STD infections. Some contributing factors in the rise of STDs include the facts that young people have become sexu ally active earlier, divorce is more common and sexu ally active people are more likely to have multiple sex partners. What Are Some Health Risks of STD Infection? STDs can result in irreparable lifetime damage, including blind ness, bone deformities, mental retardation and death for infants infected by their mothers during gestation or birth. In women, STDs can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), infertility, potentially fatal ectopic pregnancies and cancer of the reproductive tract. HIV and AIDS are health issues, not moral issues. Getting tested is important, especially if you are sexually active. We hope that our com munity will gain greater awareness of sexual health and be inspired to partake in the effort to be socially responsible when it comes to being sexually active. According to statistics provided by the United Nations' AIDS council, one-quarter of the 850,000-950,000 people living with HIV and AIDS in the United States are unaware they are even infected. If you are sexually active, you owe it to yourself, your partner and your future partners to be checked for STDs. The bottom line is STDs, HIV and AIDS are preventable. It is simple to protect yourself, so get the facts and make sure you are as safe as you can possibly be. For individualized information or testing, schedule an appoint ment with your primary care manager at ext. 7-2110. To schedule group training at your worksite contact Health Promotion Director Lt. Cmdr. Agustin at ext. 7-2110. US Naval Hospital highlights STD safety for JTF
Friday, May 14, 2004 Page 6 177th Military Police Brigade The 177th Military Police Brigade was originally organized and feder ally recognized on June 14, 1921 in the Michigan National Guard at Detroit as Headquarters Detachment, 1st Separate Squadron, Cavalry. It was inducted into Federal service on February 24, 1941 at Detroit before being reorganized and redesignated on February 14, 1944 as Battery A, 593rd Anti-aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion. The unit reorganized and was federally recognized on January 20, 1947 at Detroit as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 46th Division Artillery. It reorganized and was redesignated on April 1, 1960 as Head quarter and Headquarters Battery, 46th Infantry Division Artillery. It was ordered into active federal service on July 24, 1967 at Detroit; and released from active federal service on August 2, 1967 at which point it reverted to state control. It was later reorganized and redesignated on February 1, 1968 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 157th Artillery Group, and relieved from assignment to the 46th Infantry Division. It was then redes ignated on February 1, 1972 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 157th Field Artillery Group. On April 1, 1976 the unit converted and was redesignated as Headquar ters and Headquarters Company, 177th Military Police Group. Finally, it was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 177th Military Police Brigade on November 7, 1985 before relocating on September 1, 1991 to Taylor, Mich.. As our time draws near to the end for our deployment, I want to thank each and every one of you for the very professional job you have done. I am sincerely proud of your efforts and the difference you have made in support of the Joint Task Force. Your accom plishments have been many and the experience you have gained has been immeasureable. Years from now we can all look back and realize that we have been part of history. I also would like to thank all of those who have supported our efforts particularly our families and employ ers back home. They have sacrificed much so that we can defend our free doms. Please insure that you extend your appreciation for their support. Also working behind the scenes has been our Brigade Rear Command Post. They have conducted the day to day business that is so important to insure the mobilization readiness of our peacetime units. Thanks again for a marvelous job. Honor Bound. BG Mitchell LeClaire Commander 177th Military Police Brigade
Friday, May 14, 2004 Page 7 As we near the end of this deploy ment, excitement is evident in the air. Both soldiers and families are excited; anticipating the reunion. And we all have much to catch up on. As I look back over the deployment, I cannot express in words how proud I am of the soldiers and families of the 177th MP Bde. Your sacrifice has allowed the Joint Task Force to con tinue this valuable mission. Also, working behind the scenes has been our brigade-rear command post and family support team. They have conducted the day-to-day busi ness that is important to ensure that our families are taken care of, and brigade business continues concerning mission readiness. It has been an honor and a privilege to be the First Sergeant of the JTF HHC. I am sincerely proud of your efforts and the difference you have made in support of the Joint Task Force. Working in a joint environment has offered many challenges that we were not accustomed to before deploy ing to Guantanamo Bay. The soldiers in the 177th MP Bde. have proven that they could meet these challenges and excel. While deployed to the Joint Task Force, the HHC has earned the Silver Physical Fitness Streamer. It is an accomplishment that has not been attained by any other HHC during the history of the Joint Task Force. Also, being committed to the professional development of the troopers assigned to the HHC, over 25 senior and junior Noncommissioned Officers have been promoted while assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo. In closing, I would like to thank the senior leadership within the Joint Task Force that have taken us in and shown us what right looks like. Also, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the NAVBASE community for the continuing support of the Joint Task Force. Honor Bound! 1SG David L. Folsom First Sergeant 177th Military Police Brigade To the 177th MP Bde. HHC soldiers, 177th Rear Detachment, and Family Sup port Group, it has been an honor and priv ilege to serve as the commander of such a well-rounded and professional unit as the 177th. Over the past two years, it has been an exciting moment in my life to watch the unit grow and become a strong cohesive unit. I would like to thank all of you for the excellent job you have done while deployed to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as part of the JTF. You have all accomplished an outstanding commitment in serving your country that you should be greatly proud of. Each of you has grown to become better soldiers, leaders, and members of an elite fighting force that set out to accomplish a mission in the Nations fight on global terrorism. You performed this mission in a most excellent manner. As we left Taylor, Mich., I thanked all the families for letting me borrow their loved ones. I would like to assure you that this was very much appreciated, and we could not have completed the mission here at the Joint Task Force with out them. I would also like to thank all the employers that sacrificed their employees over the past year. You should be proud of the job they have accomplished and I assure you, we will be returning better employees to you. We could not have done this with out your support. The 177th rear detachment has pro vided integral support behind the scenes as well. They have provided us with as much support as we could have hoped for and then some. Your countless long hours and support have not gone unnoticed. Thank you again. As our time here draws to an end, I would urge you to stay focused until we return to our loved ones from active duty. We have shed a few tears, had raised tem pers, helped each other in time of need, and laughed together. We will look back in a few years and realize thats what makes the Michigan National Guard so strong and our unit so proud! Thanks again for the wonderful job you have done. Honor Bound to Defend Freedom. CPT James R. Sharich HHC Company Commander 177th Military Police Brigade
Friday, May 14, 2004 Page 8 By Navy Lt. Tom Judy Water is one of the most important nutrients in our body. It makes up approximately 70 percent of our muscles, and about 75 percent of our brains. Dehydration is the condition that results from excessive loss of water from the body. Water is both expelled and consumed with normal daily activity, for example just the simple task of breathing every day we lose about two cups of water. Fluids can also be excreted through various other ways, such as strenuous activity, excessive sweating and urine. Additionally, ingesting alcohol or caffeine, having diabetes mellitus or eat ing disorders, and taking diuretics (which can include blood pressure med ication) can also lead to excessive fluid loss thereby increasing risk of dehydra tion. Lets also not forget GTMOs favorite pastime: SCUBA diving. Due to the extremely dry air inside of scuba tanks, air that is taken into the lungs is saturated by its moisture, causing nearly twice the normal amount of water to be lost from the body. Negative pressure breathing causes divers to lose about 350cc per hour from their circulating blood volume, a phenomenon called immersion diuresis. During regular exercise, humidity can also be a factor. The rate of sweating is higher in humid conditions, but the cooling is less. The reason for this is the air is already saturated with water; sweat cant evaporate and therefore does not function in the cooling process, but it still depletes the body of vital water and salt. As dehydration progresses cooling becomes more difficult, ultimately per formance declines, and heat injury becomes an increasing threat. Deaths have been known to occur in temperatures less than 75 degrees, but the relative humidity was above 95 percent. For example: an average person may lose one to two liters of fluid during a normal workout. Athletes can lose up to 2.8 liters of fluid per hour during an intense workout such as running, cycling and strenuous hiking. Signs and symptoms of dehydration can include a dry mouth and tongue, apa thy and lack of energy, muscle cramping, dark yellow urine, nausea, headache and poor performance. R ECREATION & L EISURE Dehydration: How to retain the bodies nutrients Photos by AF Staff Sgt. Joshua Gorman PFC Antwaun Irvin, 1-181st Inf. Regt. B Co. lifts weights at the gym. Weight lifting, along with other forms of exercise require water in the body to avoid dehydration. PFC Antwaun Irvin, takes a break from his workout here to drink some water. Prevention Drink plenty of fluids, on aver age consume at least 8, eight oz glasses of water daily. Avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol Wear light colored, absorbable, loose fitting clothes. Plan workouts that limit expo sure to the sun and humidity.
Friday, May 14, 2004 Page 9 Lakers make a comeback in series against Spurs Sports highlights Compiled by AF Staff Sgt. Joshua Gorman Round two of the NBA play offs continued this week in the west with the Los Angeles Lak ers against the San Antonio Spurs and the Minnesota Timberwolves facing the Sacramento Kings In the east, the Indiana Pacers are facing the Miami Heat and the New Jersey Nets go against the Detroit Pistions. As of Monday, San Antonio has a 2-1 lead over Los Angeles heading into game four in Los Angeles. Indiana leads their series 2-0 going into Miami Monday night. New Jersey is trailing the Pistons 1-2 as that series moves to game four at New Jersey. Minnesota and Sacramento are tied in their series 1-1 going into game three. *** Moving into the fifth week of baseball season, the Ana heim Angels hold the best record this season at 22-10, fol lowed by another west coast team, the Los Angeles Dodgers with a record of 20-10. As of Monday, Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants is stuck in an 0-15 slump and is still recovering from a severe sinus infection that almost had him taken out of a game Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds The Houston Astros defeated the Atlanta Braves Sunday 2-1, with both teams only having a total of 6 hits the entire game. Atlanta left fielder, Chipper Jones is 0-6 with four strikeouts since coming off the disabled list recently. *** Joel Schumacher six-time Formula 1 champ, put another notch on his belt Sunday with a victory at the Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya. Second place went to Rubens Barrichello from Brazil, and third place to Jarno Trulli from Italy. *** In the NHL playoffs, the Stanley Cup Finals are getting closer with only four teams remaining in the conference finals. As of Monday in the east, the Tampa Bay Lightning lead their series 1-0 against the Philadelphia Flyers. In the west, the Calgary Flames lead the series 1-0 against the San Jose Sharks going into the second game Tuesday night at San Jose. Compiled from www.espn. com By AF Staff Sgt. Joshua Gorman To be honest, Ive never written an article of this sort before, and with SPC Fahr on another assignment this week, I decided theres only one way I could write this. Being an Air Force member here, Ive only known SPC Fahr for a short time, but hes a friend of mine now, and his articles always seemed to surprise me. Sometimes I read them and laughed and sometimes I read them and wondered how in the world he comes up with this stuff. Ive decided to construct a compilation of SPC Fahrs commentaries since my time here and see if I can analyze and figure out what exactly hes trying to get across to the rest of us. Lets go to my first Fahr Game March 19. This one was fairly self-explanatory, with a brief look at the NCAA mens basketball tour nament and who might end up going to the Final Four. Now what SPC Fahr didnt tell you is who he thought was going to win and who wasnt going to win, but believe me I heard about it every day in office conversation. The one team he said wasnt going to win was the Duke Blue Devils, who as we all know made it to the semi-finals against the eventual national champs, the University of Connecticut Huskies. Moving onto the next week, March 26, SPC Fahr makes it quite clear that he doesnt like Duke, or the fact that every season game they play, including a fun game of H-O-R-SE, is probably going to be on ESPN. Maybe its just me, but I dont think hes a Duke fan, but Im with him on that topic too. Then he moves to a touchy subject, and that is college football. He mentions that Notre Dames entire football season is run on NBC or the Notre Dame Broadcast Corp. Im going to have to disagree with this one, but thats only because Im a Notre Dame fan. I think hes just jealous of the Irish. Going into my third issue, April 2, Fahr discusses the important questions, ones I think we all had once we found out wed be deploy ing to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. For example; Q: How long should I use the MWR computers before allowing that guy waiting patiently a chance to visit with his loved ones? A: Twenty minutes. Thats 20 minutes total. Not 20 minutes of e-mailing, 20 minutes of online poker, and then 20 minutes of Dial padding. I had to mention that question because I agree with it, but now I have a question of my own. Am I the only one thats noticed the dust bowls running through the computer rooms now that Dialpad is gone? Onto the April 9 issue. Fahr seems a little on edge about his roommates nuclear siren alarm clock. Apparently it was loud enough to shake the hooch every seven minutes. Ive never experienced this, but I have experienced the nuclear hardened alarm clock which you can throw across the room, drive over, and soak in acid and it still goes off every morning on time. We werent given another Fahr Game until two weeks later in the April 23 issue. This week he discussed just how hot it is down here in GTMO. For example, he states, Hot? Guantanamo Bay is hot. Look in the dictionary under hot, and youll find a map of Cuba. Coming from the South myself I can agree with him on this topic as well. Finally, the April 30 article, in which he discussed his absolute fear of sharks. I know this is true because he was telling me about it when I met him on the rotator over here. Well in retrospect, Ive realized four things about SPC Fahr during my time here. One, he doesnt like Duke. Two, he doesnt like alarm clocks. Three, he doesnt like sharks, and four, hes terrible at Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004, at least against me. F AIR GAME Observations over the last 60 days at JTF GTMO
Friday, May 14, 2004 Page 10 Photos by SGT Jolene Staker By SGT Jolene Staker Soldiers of C Company, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment, performed an urban operations manuever live-fire which included: short range marksmanship skills, move ment skills, crossing a linear danger area, and entering and performing precision room clearing. We have to assume that noncombatants are mixed in with combatants, said 1LT Stephen Rooney, company executive officer. Something we are going to see more of in todays world. They got to engage targets that were more lifelike as opposed to a standard sill outette from 25-50 meters, said CPT Robert Michaud, company commander. These targets were within 10 meters with faces, hands and weapons. They had to make a split second decision if they could engage that target and be covered under the rules of engagement. C Co. 1-181st Inf. practice target identification in an urban environment Clockwise, from bottom left: PFC Steven McGurn gets ready to throw a M-67 fragmentation grenade. SGT Rafael Howard leads his team into the room ready to engage targets. (left to right) SGT Dan Goguen, SPC Keith Benichasa, SSG Christ Theopile and CPL Anthony Alexis take cover behind a building and prepare to tactically cross a street. SGT Scott Kennedy, SPC John Roberts, SGT Craig Guertin and PVT David Talcofsky cross the street tac tically, providing cover fire for each other while crossing. (left to right) SGT Ron Dennison, 2LT Chad Cormier and SSG Mark Brower engage enemy targets in a room, taking caution not to engage non-combatants.
Friday, May 14, 2004 Page 11 Chaplains Corner Photos by AF Staff Sgt. Joshua Gorman Mothers Day Service 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 A contemporary movie is played. Afterwards discuss ethics shown in the film. Held at Camp America North, room L001, every Thursday at 7 p.m. (Above) CH (MAJ) Daniel Odean leads prayer prior to receiving the offering at Sundays service at Troopers Chapel. (Right) CH (LTC) Steve Feehan conveys his sermon about the role and importance of mothers during the Sun day morning service at Troopers Chapel. Many years ago, in the city of Philadelphia, there raged a controversy and debate over the value and necessity of streetlights. One local storekeeper weighed into the debate not with words but with action. He simply hung a lantern in front of his shop and left it lighted all night. This one light was so attractive and provided so much security that soon oth ers were following the practice. The proponents of street lighting won the day. The city adopted the practice of lighting the downtown area. "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven" John 5:14-16 Attractive Lights Padre's Corner By CH (LCDR) James Dowds Jesus says: "This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13. Of all the criteria the Lord could have established, LOVE was chosen! Isn't LOVE the most basic desire of all human hearts? All of us want to LOVE and be LOVED! We are not speaking here of the popular notion of love which can have more to do with "getting our needs met," than truly loving another. The Word of God speaks of a very specific kind of LOVE. This is God's LOVE, poured out in Christ Jesus. The paradox is this: it is in serv ing, emptying, sacrificing, and the laying down of our lives, that we find our truest self, are filled up, blessed with deep happiness, and fulfilled. It was fitting that we heard this Gospel proclaimed in the liturgy just last weekend, when we celebrate Mother's Day. Mother's mirror a particularly eloquent version of God's love! Heavenly Bits and Pieces By CH (MAJ) Daniel Odean If God had a wallet, your picture would be in it If you know God as your Heav enly Father through Jesus Christ our Lord, you are a child of God and you are loved more than you can even realize or imagine. Do you have this Father child relationship with God? Is your eternity secure? I John 5:1-3 says, "Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out His com mands. This is love for God: to obey His commands. And His com mands are not burdensome." By CH (LTC) Steve Feehan Chapel Services and Programs
Friday, May 14, 2004 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... With SSG Alfred Valree, 177th MP Bde. By SPC Katherine L. Collins Joining the military as a young draftee during the Vietnam Conflict, SSG Alfred V alree quickly adapted to the military way of life, finding enjoyment and pride in its many challenges. Having served a full career, primarily as a mechanic, he looks to his future beyond his Army expe rience, valuing the time he will spend with his supportive family and ways he will further pursue goals Vietnam helped him create. Q: What inspired you to join the military? A: My first enlistment I was drafted at age 19 for Vietnam. After spending time in combat, I got a liking to the military way of life. It was tough, but I liked the challenge. So I joined the Army National Guard for that same excitement. Q: How many years and in what branches and components have you served? A: I spent six years on active duty, then four years with the Alabama Guard, then 21 with the Michigan Guard. Q: Where have you deployed? A: Ive deployed to Vietnam, Korea, Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Lewis, Wa.; Fort Bragg, N.C. and Cuba. Q: What do you recall as your best military experience? A: Korea, because it was like I was on leave but working. After work Id go explore and experience the country. Q: What is most memorable about serving in Vietnam, and how did the experience mold you? A: The most memorable aspect of Vietnam was the ever-present knowledge that I might not make it home or at least return in good condition. Grasping the possibility of death, I began to take life more seriously, which helped me figure my values in life and think about future dreams and goals. Q: How has your military service impacted and molded you as a soldier and a person? A: It has given me discipline and def initely helped me care more about life and its meaning. Q: In what ways has your family supported you in your military serv ice? A: Theyve taken care of my personal and business affairs while Ive been away my sister has cared for my bills and children. Q: What is your mission with JTF and employment back home? A: I am a mechanic supervisor here and at home. Q: What other MOSs have you held in the military? A: I was an infantry reconnaissance sniper, helicopter crew chief and mechanic, light wheel mechanic and a generator mechanic. Q: How did you come to hold your current job in the military, and what do you enjoy most about it? A: I love mechanics because I love learning what makes different objects tick. So, already a mechanic as a civilian, I chose mechanics in the military too. Q: What has been your greatest challenge here in Guantanamo? A: The six-mile ruck march was tough. Q: What personal strengths do you find benefit you most in this mission? A: I already know the more advanced ways of working on todays new equip ment. Also, the ability to learn the differ ent jobs of others and share minor experiences with them. Q: What do you do to relax at home and when you deploy? A: At home, I go to the movies, plays and concerts. When deployed, I go to the beach. Q: What goals have you set for yourself while here? A: To budget myself as I face the adjusted income between what I earn at home and here. Ive met my goal. Q: What has been most rewarding about this mission? A: Making new friends and working with all the different branches of service. Q: Looking back on your overall military experience, what makes you most proud to serve? A: The challenges that each day brings makes me most proud. Its the opportunity to travel to different coun tries and experience different cultures that most makes me enjoy serving. Q: What are your immediate and long-term plans for when you return home? A: First when I return, I will vacation to Florida with my family, then go on a cruise for a week. I also plan to retire from the military by the end of the year. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins SSG Alfred Valree, of the 177th MP Co., works as a mechanic for JTF, a job providing him the enjoyment of learning what makes different objects tick. Here he looks at a broken radiator hose.
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 Bus stop routes include the following stops. Not all stops are listed. Sherman Avenue First Street :00; :30; East Caravella :03; :33; Marine Hill :05; :35; Post Office :10; :40; Windjammer :11; :41; NEX :14; :44; Bulkeley landing :17; :47; Ferry landing :21; :51; Commissions Building :23; :53; Ordnance :26; :56; Bulkeley landing :28; :58; NEX :32; :02; Windjammer :36; :06; Post Office :37; :07; Marine Hill :41; :11; Hospital :48; :18; Windward Loop 1 :52; :22. Camp America/NEX Camp Alpha :00; :20; :40; NEX trailer :02; :22; :42; Camp Delta 2 :06; :26; :46; TK 4 :12; :32; :52; TK 1 :16; :36; :56; Windjammer/Gym :23; :43; :03; NEX :30; :50; :10; Windjammer Gym :35; :55; :15; TK 1 :40; :00; :20; TK 4 :46; :06; :26; Camp Delta 1 :52; :12; :32; Camp Alpha :00; :20; :40. Your guide to ... Buses Are you a Jeopardy fan? Have strange and random pieces of facts and trivia swirling in your head? Well, now you have the chance to show GTMO how much you know and win some great prizes from MWR, too! The Community Library invites you to be a part of Knowledge Bowl, May 21st at the Windjammer. All departments, divi sions, and commands are invited to send one or more teams of four to compete for prizes and a magnificent tro phy. As teams advance, the competition and questions get more and more difficult, in the end one winning team is crowned The Supreme Keepers of Arcane Knowl edge. Teams will be assigned a number to determine their order in the competition. Our Master of Ceremonies will supply the questions, and answers must come from the team as a whole. A team of three judges will adjudi cate when necessary. Want to show off your smarts? Heres all you do: Organize a team(s) of four to represent your unit Call 4700 or e-mail Max ine Becker at beckerma@ usnbgtmo.navy.mil. Provide the names and contact information for each team member. All teams must register before May 18. Show up at the Windjam mer, May 21. Competition begins at 7pm. Knowledge bowl comes to GTMO Downtown Lyceum Fri., May 14 8 p.m.Scooby Doo 2 PG 87 min 10 p.m. The Ladykillers R 104 min Sat., May 15 8 p.m. Agent Cody Banks 2 PG 100 min 10 p.m. Man on Fire R 146 min Sun., May 16 8 p.m. Never Die Alone R 88 min Mon., May 17 8 p.m. The Ladykillers R 104 min Tues., May 18 8 p.m. Taking Lives R 103 min Wed., May 19 8 p.m. Never Die Alone R 88 min Thurs., May 20 8 p.m. Starsky and Hutch PG13 100 min Camp Bulkeley Notice: The Bulkeley Lyceum will be closed this week to make repairs on the projector. Photo by SGT Jolene Staker Marine Corps Sergeant Major SGM John L. Estrada speaks to JTF Marines dur ing a recent visit to the Marine Corps Security Force at Guantanamo Bay. He reminded the Marine augmentees about the high standards people expect from Marines, no matter what their duty or position.
Today : Lunch Parmesean Fish; Dinner Grilled Steak Saturday : Lunch Baked ham; Dinner Baked Lasagna Sunday : Lunch Chicken Cordon Bleu; Dinner Roast Beef Monday : Lunch Swiss Steak; Dinner Cajun Roast Tuesday : Lunch Pork Adobo; Dinner Salisbury Steak Wednesday: Lunch Lemon Baked Fish; Dinner Jagerschnitzel Thursday : Lunch Steak Ranchero; Dinner Roast Turkey Friday : Lunch French Fried Shrimp; Dinner Seafood Platter Your guide to ... Galleys Catholic Main Chapel Wed. 5 p.m. Holy Hour and Rosary 6:00-6:25 p.m. Confessions 6:30 p.m. RCIA (Chaplains office) Sat. 4:15 p.m. Confession 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass Sun. 9 a.m. Mass 10:15 a.m. Spanish Mass (Sanct. B) M-Fri. 11:30 a.m. Mass (Cobre Chapel) Camp America Sun. 7:30 p.m. Mass Protestant Main Chapel Mon. 7 p.m. Prayer Group Fellowship* Wed. 7 p.m. Mens Bible Study* 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Service/Sunday School Fellowship Hall located in Chapel Complex Camp America Tues. 7 p.m. Alpha Wed. 7 p.m. Soul Survivor (Club Survivor) Sun. 7:30 a.m. Christian Worship 9 a.m. Protestant New Life Fellowship Sun. 1 p.m. Service (Main Chapel) Pentecostal Gospel Sun. 8 a.m. Service (Sanc C) 5 p.m. Service (Sanc C) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Sun. 9 a.m. Sanctuary A Islamic Fri. 1 p.m. Classroom 12, Chapel Complex Jewish Call 2323 for more information Camp America Church Bus schedule: Sun. 8:15 a.m. Tierra Kay The bus will return following worship. Your guide to ... Worship By LTC Anthony Deskis There is a common miscon ception that when a trooper complains about another trooper the Inspector General (IG) will open an investigation. An investigation or inquiry is based on an allegation that specific conduct by a specific trooper violated a specific stan dard. The IG will first conduct a preliminary analysis. This process examines the grounds of the complaint and deter mines if the issue is appropriate for IG action. This process takes time and may involve checking many sources includ ing Federal Law, the UCMJ, regulations, policies, and SOPs. Once the preliminary analysis is complete, the IG will tell the complainant the allegation is founded or unfounded, refer the matter to the appropriate agency or com mand, or conduct an inquiry. Very few matters that are brought to the IG result in an inquiry or investigation. This means that if you believe that someone has filed an IG com plaint against you that the mat ter will be carefully examined before an inquiry is started. 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 Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The IG phone number is 5399. The Camp America IG office is in Building 7200 and is staffed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons 1-4 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings 8-12 a.m. The Camp America Office phone is 3501. IG assistance is available anytime by appoint ment. Your guide to ... IG The IG procedure Troopers are reminded to be aware of standing policies regarding interaction with teenagers and children of Naval Base personnel. General Order number 1 Paragraph 6-j states, Having guests in housing at any time who are below the age of 18, or still a student in high school unaccompanied by a legal guardian is prohibited. This also includes interacting with teenagers for any reason JTF Policy Memo num ber 6, Paragraph 5 states, The possession or con sumption of alcoholic bever ages by persons under 21 years of age is strictly pro hibited. Please remember to refrain sharing any alcoholic beverages with minors on base or co-workers under 21 years of age. Troopers are also reminded to be responsible and control any litter. Naval Base care is as much a JTF responsibility as the Navy. If you see anyone improperly disposing of trash, please remind them to put it in a proper trash container. Troopers reminded to review teen policy; littering
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