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Inside the Wire ... P P AGE AGE 11 11 F F ELLOWSHIP ELLOWSHIP BRUNCH BRUNCH F F OCUS OCUS ON ON MSST MSST J J OINING OINING THE THE JTF JTF Friday, May 28, 2004 Volume 4, Issue 37 www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo P P AGE AGE 3 3 P P AGE AGE 5 5 By SGT Jolene Staker B Co. of the 2nd Battalion, 102nd Armor Battalion headquartered in West Orange, N.J., has arrived to the JTF and is training to augment military police com panies. We are prepared to handle the job, said 1LT Cecil Cuffy, company com mander. My soldiers are confident and ready to take the blocks over. Members of B Co., 2-102nd Armor may have had to leave their tanks behind, but they brought positive attitudes and mission focus to Guantanamo. The mission is important. Its some thing that needs to be done, said SFC Patrick Higgins, platoon sergeant. Were here to do it and well get it done. Company members have already proven that they will do what it takes to accomplish the mission. Support person nel in the company who did not hold a combat arms military occupation specialty (MOS) went through an Infantryman MOS course given by the 250th Training Regiment in Seagirt, N. J. Every soldier who goes through basic training is trained as infantry, said Cuffy. This training just built on that. Every unit member went through mis sion specific military police (MP) training at Fort Dix, N.J. The training was ample. They actually taught more than what is needed, said SFC Ted Ostrowski, company first ser geant. This is the way you want training to be. It was excellent training. The MP training included extensive instruction on how detainees are to be treated. Cuffy thought the training was good, but he said it wouldnt change how he would do business. I personally have always focused on human rights, said Cuffy. The people in our care will be treated with dignity and respect, said Ostrowski. Members of B Co., 2-102nd Armor may be doing a mission outside of what their normal duties and training include, but they are facing the challenge with enthusiasm and thankfulness for being able to participate in the Global War on Terrorism. B Co. of the 2-102nd: Training to make a difference Photo by SGT Jolene Staker SGT David Pitt of B Co., 2-102nd Armor trains on working the sally port. See B Co, page 4


Page 2 Friday, May 28, 2004 Memorial Day, originally called Dec oration Day, is the official day to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our nation's freedom and our way of life. Sadly, many have forgotten or do not know the significance of this most solemn day of remembrance; instead, the major focus is a day off and a weekend of commercialism, etc. To honor those men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice (from the Revolutionary War to the war on ter rorism), I've included the historical sig nificance of Memorial Day and how to observe Memorial Day: Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. There are many ver sions of the overall beginnings, with many cities claiming the location of the birthplace of Memorial Day. In May 1966, President Lyndon Johnson offi cially declared Waterloo, N.Y., as the birthplace of Memorial Day. Previously, Memorial Day was offi cially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his Gen eral Order No. 11. The holiday was first observed on May 30, 1868. This began the placement of flowers on the graves of soldiers and sailors (Union and Con federate) at Arlington National Com mentary. Dating back to the 1950s, the Thurs day prior to Memorial Day, 1,200 sol diers of the 3rd Infantry place small American flags on each of the 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Com mentary. Additionally, they patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend, ensur ing that all flags remain in place. How can we observe Memorial Day? We can do so by visiting cemeteries and memorial sites; (there is one marked with the first casualties in Guantanamo Cuba, dating from the Spanish-Ameri can War. Two American Marines were killed in 1898 by a sniper. By volunteering to place flags on the graves of those who have fallen. By participating in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m., at which time "Taps" is played across our country. By helping the families of our fallen, and aid our fellow disabled veterans etc. "Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o'er, Sleep the sleep that knows not break ing, Dream of battled fields no more. Days of danger, nights of waking." Sir Walter Scott Lastly, as the national anthem is played every morning and whenever I hear "Taps" playing, I cannot forget those who have fallen in order to pre serve the freedoms our nation enjoys today. I am absolutely proud to not only wear a uniform in service to our great nation, but to serve with all our service members here in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Honor bound! Trooper to Trooper CSM Angel Febles Command Sergeant Major JTF Guantanamo Honor comrades on holiday 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.


Friday, May 28, 2004 Page 3 783rd MP Bn. HHC joins JTF as prime asset By SPC Katherine Collins Arriving recently in Guantanamo Bay, the 783rd Military Police (MP) Battalion Headquarters and Headquarters Command (HHC), out of Michigan, eagerly joined JTFs team of freedom fighters as a group of diversified soldiers anxious to do their part to battle terrorism. Replacing the 384th MP Battalion HHC, this Army Reserve units primary mission is to augment the Joint Detention Operation Group (JDOG), while its sec ondary responsibility is to meet the logis tical needs of all the arriving detachments according to MAJ Quentin Crank, JDOG S-3. In looking ahead to joining JTF Guan tanamo, the unit prepared itself profes sionally and personally for this mission, commented Crank. At our mobilization station many sol diers identified the job-skill areas in which they needed to improve. They then took advantage of the training resources there to ready themselves to do the job success fully here, he said. Personally, they looked ahead to their deployment antici pating all they could walk away from it with, if they chose to take advantage of the opportunities. The units diversity of knowledge, deployment experience and the members intensive military and civilian training in their job fields have also served to put the unit on the cutting edge, added LTC Bryan Jahnke, deputy JDOG commander. Theyve been training in this type of mission for about six years through the military, said Jahnke. In addition, they are diversified on the civilian side. Some work in the penal system while others work in law enforcement. We also have a large number of young soldiers who are students. As for training, after Sept. 11, 2001, the unit expanded and focused its training, initially in basic combat skills, according to Jahnke. Then after being placed on alert in Nov. 2003 and later notification of its deployment location, the unit stepped up and further focused its training in detainee operations, mostly during annual training and mobilization at Fort Dix, N.J. As the HHC wraps up its left seat-right seat training with members of the 384th MP Bn., it gains a good sense of what challenges it can expect, goals it aims to achieve and benefits it plans to gain once it returns home. First, let me say, the interaction during the training here has been excellent. Those we are replacing have provided a quick wrap up of what we need to know, and theyve made every attempt to answer any questions we have and work beside us as long is we feel is needed, said Crank. During the introduction to the opera tion here, he added. We have identified that we will face some challenges, from more simple things like adjusting from a cold climate at home to a hot one here, to bigger ones like bringing the unit together for collective training, because they will be scattered here. Speaking of unit goals, Crank said, This is the first time this unit has deployed as a whole in quite a few years. As a result, one goal we have is to bring the soldiers together into a work environ ment that will allow them to master their jobs while gaining a full grasp on how this type of detention operation works. Our goals are: one, the mission first; then two, self-improvement, to not only include leadership and secondary MOS training, said Jahnke. We also encour age the soldiers to take advantage of opportunities here including college edu cation, fitness training and scuba diving. Ive challenged essentially every soldier to create a plan of how they can be a bet ter soldier and person after they return home. To the unit members families, Jahnke leaves these words. I want to thank the families for all the sacrifices theyve made in the past and will continue to make dur ing this deployment. They stood up, cried, saw their loved ones go away and now they must care for the home front as one instead of a team. I want to say too, keep communicating with your soldiers here as much as possible, and maintaining as much normalcy as possible. Likewise, to the soldiers employers he says, You have been great in sending us off, standing up and helping many of us out through things like donating phone cards, dropping off cases of pop and hold ing dinners. It seems you will be a great support when soldiers return home too. We will continue to keep you informed, and we thank you for your support. Photo by SPC Katherine Collins MAJ Quentin Crank, Headquarters and Headquarters Command, 783rd Military Police Company, joins JTF's Joint Detention Operation Group, serving in S-3.


Unit members have participated in homeland security missions, guarding bridges, power plants and tunnels going into New York City during times that the threat level was escalated. The Guan tanamo mission is the first time this unit has deployed overseas since World War II. I thought, in some shape or form, wed be activated to do something. If I cant be directly involved at least Im con tributing by making a difference here, said Cuffy. I am part of what is going on, and Ive wanted to be a part of it since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This is perfect. B Co. has a wide range of experience, from PFC Davis ONeil who has only been in the military about a year, to Hig gins who will celebrate his 30th anniver sary in the military next month. We are here to serve our country, said ONeil. Thats how I see it. Higgins brings not only his 14 years in the Naval Reserve and almost 16 years in the Army National Guard but also valu able civilian experience. He has worked in criminal justice for 32 years both as a New Jersey State Trooper and as a detective for the Sussex County Prosecutors Office. Cuffy credits Higgins with being the unofficial unit historian. Higgins tells that 2-102nd Armor is the last battalion from the old 50th Armor Division. This makes them a direct descendent of the famous Essex Troop of New Jersey Cavalry. The Essex Troop was originally organ ized as a private group to provide mounted honor guards for civic occasions. Quickly recognizing the benefit of an association with the National Guard, the troop was sworn into the New Jersey National Guard on May 17, 1893. In 1913 the troop had the honor of escorting Woodrow Wilson at his inauguration. The troop members had an opportunity to serve was during the Mexican Border Campaign. On July 17, 1917 they were called to federal service and shortly after arriving in France were ordered into the Meuse-Argonne offensive. During World War II they were mus tered into federal service for the third time in their history. They served in England, North Africa, Italy, France, Germany, Aus tria, Belgium and Luxemburg. From June 6, 1944, to May 10, 1945, the regiment traveled 1,874 miles during combat in Europe. The battle streamers earned include D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy. Members of B Co., 2-102nd Armor come to Guantanamo with a rich heritage of military service, positive attitude, mis sion focus, and enthusiasm. They also got to bring their ability to work as a team. We work as a team on the tank, and that is how the MPs are broke down here, said Ostrowski. It may be a different job, but it requires working together and were used to that. The terrorist attacks opened my eyes to what we are up against, said Ostrowski. We cant quit fighting the Global War on Terrorism until we win. My soldiers are ready to just do it. Friday, May 28, 2004 Page 4 B Co. from page 1 Photos by SGT Jolene Staker Above: (left to right) 1LT Cecil Cuffy, company commander of B Co, 2-102nd Armor goes over shift notes with SFC Ted Ostrowski, B Co. first sergeant. Below left: PFC Davis Oneil of B Co., 2-102nd Armor at temporary billets in Camp Bulkeley. Below right: SFC Patrick Higgins of B Co., 2-102nd Armor takes advantage of the laundry facility located close to his billets.


Friday, May 28, 2004 Page 5 MSST 91110 Detect, Intercept, Interdict A new Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST 91110) was commissioned Thursday Oct. 30 at the Coast Guard Integrated Support Com mand in Boston as part of the Coast Guard Atlantic Area. The team is comprised of 76 active-duty personnel augmented by 33 reservists, possessing specialized skills, capabilities, and expertise to perform a broad range of port security and harbor defense missions. MSSTs are domestic mobile units that possess specialized training and capabili ties to perform a broad spectrum of port safety and security operations. They are modeled after the Coast Guards Port Security Units (PSUs) and Law Enforce ment Detachments. Staffed with Coast Guard men and women, they are ready to respond or deploy, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. MSSTs were established to protect mili tary load-outs, enforce security zones, defend critical waterside facilities in strategic ports, stop illegal activities such as narcotics trafficking or illegal migrants, and provide shore side protection. MSST 91110 received initial training at the Special Missions Training Center, Camp Lejune, N.C. The unit offers a complimentary, non-redundant Coast Guard capability that will be able to close significant readiness gaps in our nations strategic ports. MSSTs are trained in tactical boat han dling and advanced Law Enforcement techniques enabling them to augment Coast Guard security forces during major marine events, contingencies, and other operations. MSST 91110 is fully mission ready at all times to conduct operations through all maritime security levels, and is capable of operating under different threats of attack. MSST 91110 is the ninth Coast Guard anti-terrorism/force protection to be estab lished. Previously commissioned MSSTs are located in Seattle, Chesapeake, Va., Los Angeles/Long Beach, Houston, San Francisco, San Diego, New York and St. Marys, Ga. The ports of Honolulu and Alaska are also scheduled to receive MSSTs.


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Friday, May 28, 2004 Page 7 "I wish to have no connec tion with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way." -John Paul Jones


Friday, May 28, 2004 Page 8 To the men and women of MSST 9110 Detachments 1 and 2: Thank you for your focus, your every-day effort and the ownership you have taken in every aspect of the GTMO mission. As our time here comes to a close, take time to reflect on your many accomplishments. During your time here, you have faced many challenges: highmileage/high-maintenance equip ment, high paced operations with minimal time off and operations in weather approaching the safe limits of our boats just to name a few. You met these challenges every day with enthusiasm, always looking out for each other on the water and off. Operationally, you should be proud of what you have accom plished. The many hours of vigilant watch you have stood, whether you realize it or not, have directly con tributed to Americas victory in the Global War on Terrorism. Denying potential aggressors access to Guantanamo Bay started with you. And through it all, you have become a more cohesive, more effective unit. You have earned each others respect, and reaffirmed what draws us all to serve: a com mitment to protect our nation and our way of life. Your professional ism and the ownership you have taken over the past six months have truly set the standard for future detachments. You will leave this mission in much better shape then when you arrived. The credit for that are yours and yours alone. To the Joint Task Force and its many competent men and women, thank you for making MSST 91110 Detachment GTMO feel like part of the team from the moment we reached the island. For the 1-181st Infantry Bn., the Marine Corps Security Force Company and the Harbor Defense Team, thank you for your outstanding support. We wish you the best for future endeavors. Honor Bound! To the members of Maritime Safety and Security Team 91110 detachments One and Two: It has been an honor and a privi lege to serve with you here in GTMO. Throughout this deploy ment you have Denied the enemy uncontested access to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. You should be proud of the job you have accomplished. You have left a lasting impression on those with whom you have worked with here at JTF GTMO. For those that will serve after us, you have left them in great shape to continue doing an outstanding mis sion. Having nearly completed our first joint operation, you have met all challenges with pride and pro fessionalism. Thank you to all the Soldiers, Sailors, Air Force, Marines, and civilians of JTF GTMO for your cooperation and support of our deployment. You are true profes sionals dedicated to the Global War on Terrorism. We leave here with many fond memories of GTMO: the friends we have made, the MWR facilities and events, and the superb diving. Upon your return home please thank your families for their sup port during our deployment, for it is through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion we are able to dedicate our selves to our country. Bravo Zulu for a job well done. Detachment Commander Coast Guard Lt. Michael O'Neill Detachment Command Chief, Senior Chief Petty Officer Eric Geiselhart C OMMAND MESSAGES


Friday, May 28, 2004 Page 9 Finals series taking shape across leagues Sports high Compiled by SPC Rick Fahr After many basketball enthusiasts and a good number of so-called experts had written off the Los Angeles Lakers version of a dream team, the Lakers are on the verge of returning to the NBA finals. Up 2-1 in their Western Conference finals series against the Minnesota Tim berwolves the Lakers are win ning in strange ways. Tuesday nights game was a prime example. Kobe Bryant didnt score in the first half, but Gary Payton picked up the slack, chipping in 18. Shaquille ONeal had his usual doubledouble with 22 points and 17 rebounds. Over in the Eastern Confer ence, the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers are locked in a tight battle, with each team winning a game in their first two matchups. Who will win the whole shebang? According to ESPNs stable of prognosticators, the Lakers are still the favorites to beat the Pistons. *** On the NHL ice, the Cal gary Flames jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals, outlasting the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 in Tampa Bay. *** What a difference a couple weeks can make! Going 8-2 over their last 10 games including a 12-2 past ing of the Oakland As on Tuesday night the Boston Red Sox were 1.5 games ahead of the New York Yankees on Wednesday. The Sox have compiled a 2817 record, one game away from the best record in the American League. That distinction goes to the Anaheim Angels who lead the West at 29-16. In the central, the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins were tied for first at 25-19. Over in the National League, surprising division leaders are the norm. Cincinnati leads the Cen tral, as a rejuvenated Ken Grif fey Jr. is hitting homeruns at a hefty clip. The Los Angeles Dodgers widely thought to be a pretender this year, still lead the West and are in a statistical dead heat with the San Diego Padres The East is the only division with a preseason favorite in the lead. The Philadelphia Phillies and Florida Marlins are nip and tuck, while the reigning divi sional champs, the Atlanta Braves, are slowly fading. *** After winning the first two legs of the Triple Crown, Smarty Jones may win the Belmont Stakes by default. Not many horses as few as five and no more than nine are slated to challenge the unbeaten horse on June 5. *** Buddy Rice will be starting from the pole position in Mon days Indianapolis 500, the 88th running of the iconic event. Rice posted a qualifying speed of 222.024 mph, beating out Dan Wheldon for the top position at the event that unof ficially kicks off summer. By SPC Rick Fahr Reality and pseudo-reality crossed paths this week, with the concept of patri otism caught in the middle. Miracle is the Hollywood version of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that stunned the world by beating the vaunted Russians and then going on to win the gold medal. The feel-good story resonates even today because the shocking upset came at a time when then-President Jimmy Carter said the nation faced a crisis of confidence. That teams victory also touched on the classic American underdog beating long odds. How can you not root for those guys? Even hardcase coach Herb Brooks is a guy you can support, if youd just as soon not go through one of his practices. America embraced that team as its own, and rightfully so. Those boys wore the red, white and blue and overcame huge obsta cles to win. They embodied the American spirit. Flash forward to 2004. Another Olympics is coming up, and America is looking for a few basketball players. Right or wrong, some of the best play ers in the world arent answering the call. Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Karl Malone and Vince Carter are among those invited who wont be going to Athens. The list will probably get longer, with Shaquille ONeal, Tracy McGrady and Reggie Miller not yet saying that theyll play. Should we cheer the hockey players and boo the basketball players who dont show up? It would sure be easy to deride the self ishness of declining an Olympic invitation, wouldnt it? Sure it would. Were a nation of people who seldom pass up a chance to highlight jingoistic patriotism. After all, putting up a flag or pinning on a yellow ribbon are easy things to do. Much harder is not viewing these bas ketball players who want to keep their summer plans open in the harsh light of patriotism-above-all. I cant think of many things that would be more meaningful than wearing a team jersey with U.S.A on the front. Those letters are more than a symbol of a nation, theyre a pledge to a higher stan dard. Im proud of those hockey players who won gold for their country, and I cant con demn anyone who chooses not to play. When patriotism and the sports world collide, ideology often clashes with reality. Thankfully, we live in a country where that clash is mostly figurative. F AHR GAME Miracle: When patriotism, sports world collide


Friday, May 28, 2004 Page 10 661st celebrates successful tour Photos by AF Staff Sgt. Joshua Gorman Members of the 661st Military Police Co. celebrated a successful tour of duty this week with a victory dinner, during which BG Jay Hood, JTF Guantanamo com mander, congratulated the group. Photo by SPC Rick Fahr Honoring job well done BG Mitch LeClaire (center), JTF Guantanamo deputy commander of operations, thanks CPT Linda S. Schwarz, JDOG facilities engineer, and JDOG team members for their work on detainee facilities. LeClaire presented a number of troopers of the repair and utilities sections with coins at a ceremony Saturday.


Friday, May 28, 2004 Page 11 Chaplains Corner Photos by AF Staff Sgt. Joshua Gorman Farewell Brunch 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 by CH Odean. Held at the Club Survivor deck every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Refresh ments available also. Thursday Ticket Each week a contemporary movie is played and afterwards viewers discuss the morals and ethics shown in the film. Held at Camp America North, room L001, every Thursday at 7 p.m. Womens Bible Study Becoming a vessel God can use <>< Join us in fellowship and the study of Gods word. The Bible study will be held at Fellowship Hall every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Note: Bible study will not be held the fourth Thursday of each month. For more information, or if trans portation is needed, call Joan at ext. 5700. (Above) CH (LTC) Steve Feehan speaks to the guests at a brunch welcoming new chapel staff and saying goodbye to ones preparing to leave. (Right) Members of the Protestant chapel wor ship service join in con versation and fellowship at a brunch at the Bayview Club May 23. Padre's Corner By CH (LCDR) James Dowds There is a bumper sticker that says: "You may be the only Bible some people will ever read ..." Two of the Scriptural Readings from the Liturgy of the Ascension point to the commission of Jesus to be His witnesses. Pope Paul VI, wrote some thirty years ago that, "Modern people tend to listen more to witnesses than to teachers and if they listen to teach ers it is because they are first witnesses." We might say: "Walk the talk." It is not terri bly difficult to quote the Scripture, to know the teaching of Christ and be fluent in talking about the doctrines of the faith. It is quite another thing to witness to the Scripture and the teaching of Christ by putting it into action. Would one who does not know Jesus or believe in Him be able to convict us of being His witness? Chapel Services and Programs Heavenly Bits and Pieces By CH (MAJ) Daniel Odean When I do my best, God takes care of the rest. Whether we want to admit it or not, we only can do what the Lord equips and strengthens us to accomplish. He is in control of the past, present and future history, not you or me. The best advice I can give is to seek the Lord while we still can. The Psalmist wrote, "One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple" (Psalms 27:4 NIV).


Friday, May 28, 2004 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... With Petty Officer 2nd Class David Krikorian, MSST By SPC Katherine L. Collins Petty Officer 2nd Class David Kriko rian pledged to serve his nation out of a deep desire to contribute his part to pro tecting the freedoms he so greatly enjoys. Serving with the Coast Guard, he also enhances his own future as a servicemem ber and civilian, while enjoying now the many benefits military life provides; for example, working and cross training with other great servicemembers, including other branches of the military and foreign military members. Q: What inspired you to join the mil itary? A: I wanted to do something to prepare for my future, which meant developing some job skills and finding a way to pay for college. With a great desire to serve my country, the military was the perfect answer. Q: How many years and in what branches and components have you served? A: I served three years on active duty, then one year as a reservist, all in the U.S. Coast Guard. Q: Where have you deployed? A: Prior to GTMO, I served at various places up and down the east coast, includ ing Boston and New York Harbor. Q: What do you recall as your best military experience? A: My first search and rescue case where we saved two lives was the best. After it was over, I looked back feeling true job satisfaction. Q: How has your military service impacted and molded you as a coast guardsman and person? A: It has taught me leadership and to take responsibility for my actions. Its also taught me patience and to work well with others. Q: In what ways has your family sup ported you in your military service? A: At first they didnt, but now my fam ily shows it is proud of what I do by keep ing in touch with me often and by asking questions about what and how I am doing. Q: What is your mission with JTF and your employment back home? A: I am a coxswain, which means I drive the boat as we detect, intercept and deter the enemy. I do the same at home. I am a reservist, but I am attached to this active duty unit under a two-year contract. In the Coast Guard, Ive also served in law enforcement. Q: What do you enjoy most about your current job in the military? A: I enjoy working with a great group of guys and also other military branches. I see the important role each individual plays in the larger task at hand, and how each branch operates differently yet pulls together as one team to perform a mission. Q: What has been your greatest chal lenge here in Guantanamo Bay? A: Being able to adapt to new and inter esting situations. Q: What personal strengths do you find benefit you most in this mission? A: Not letting the small stuff bother me is important. Q: What do you do to relax at home and when you deploy? A: I spear fish in the bay and go out with friends. Q: What goals have you set for your self while here? A: I aim to just perform the mission to the best of my ability. Q: What has been most rewarding about this mission? A: This mission is different than what we are use to, where we typically perform more law enforcement, and the rules of engagement are different here. It was great to see the team come together to learn and perform the new job. The range and MOUNT cross-training with the infantry was a high point too, as were the foot patrols with the Marines. Q: Looking back on your overall mil itary experience, what makes you most proud to serve? A: The fact that I am directly involved with saving peoples lives and now pro tecting them makes me most proud. Q: What are your immediate and long-term plans for when you return home? A: I want to finish out my tour then return to school to finish my double degree in management information systems and human resource management. I have just one year left. After I graduate I will return to the service, possibly as an officer. Im not sure. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins Petty Officer 2nd Class David Krikorian, MSST, serves JTF as a coxswain, driving the boats that defend Guantanamo Bay's waterways. Here he prepares to steer the boat from the boat house dock out to the bay for his days shift.


Camp Bulkeley Notice: The Bulkeley Lyceum will be closed this week to make repairs on the projector. It is important to remember to take care of our families while on deployment. Often when troopers deploy, the vast majority of complaints to the IG are from family members not receiving support or money to run the household. The person who receives your payment may be depend ing on those dollars to meet expenses. Troopers who do not make their payment on time or in full, often find the Inspector General working with their commander to ensure troopers meet the agreed to or court ordered standard. Its all about doing the right thing. The vast majority of troopers do the right thing and take care of their family responsibilities. If you have a question about support or any other matter that you cannot solve in your chain of command, please feel free to contact the Inspector General. Each IG team member is ready to assist you with issues you may be experiencing dur ing this deployment. The IG phone number is 5399. You may visit the IG office in Room 204 of the Commissions building Monday Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Camp America IG office is in Building 7200 and is staffed Tuesday from 9 to 10 a.m. and Friday 3 to 4 p.m. IG assistance is available anytime by appointment. Your guide to ... Movies Your guide to ... IG IG: Avoid a complaint for non-support Bus stop routes include the following stops. Not all stops are listed. Sherman Avenue First Street :00; :30; East Caravella :03; :33; Marine Hill :05; :35; Post Office :10; :40; Windjammer :11; :41; NEX :14; :44; Bulkeley landing :17; :47; Ferry landing :21; :51; Commissions Building :23; :53; Ordnance :26; :56; Bulkeley landing :28; :58; NEX :32; :02; Windjammer :36; :06; Post Office :37; :07; Marine Hill :41; :11; Hospital :48; :18; Windward Loop 1 :52; :22. Camp America/NEX Camp America :00; :20; :40; NEX trailer :02; :22; :42; Camp Delta 2 :06; :26; :46; TK 4 :12; :32; :52; TK 1 :16; :36; :56; Windjammer/Gym :23; :43; :03; NEX :30; :50; :10; Windjammer Gym :35; :55; :15; TK 1 :40; :00; :20; TK 4 :46; :06; :26; Camp Delta 1 :52; :12; :32; Camp Am,erica :00; :20; :40 Your guide to ... Buses Downtown Lyceum Fri., May 28 8 p.m. The Prince and Me PG 111 min 10 p.m. Walking Tall PG13 87 min Sat., May 29 8 p.m. Home on the Range PG 76 min 10 p.m. Man on Fire R 146 min Sun., May 30 8 p.m. Dirty Dancing: Havana Night PG 87 min 10 p.m. Never Die Alone R 88 min Mon., May 31 8 p.m. The Ladykillers R 104 min Tues., June 1 8 p.m. Walking Tall PG13 87 min Wed., June 2 8 p.m. Home on the Range PG 76 min Thurs., June 3 8 p.m. The Passion of the Christ R 127 min Clinic Hours Sick Call Hours Clinic Hours Sick Call Hours Mon-Fri 07:00 to 17:00 *Mon-Fri 07:00 to 10:00 24 Hours / Days Mon-Fri 07:00 to 10:00 Closed Weekends *Mon-Fri 13:00 to 15:00 7 Days / Week Mon-Fri 13:00 to 15:00 *(No Sick Call Wed. From 13:00 to 15:00 Closed For Training) (No Sick Call Wed. From 13:00 to 15:00 Closed For Training) *Closed Weekends Sat 07:00 to 10:00 ~JAS Hours Of Operation~ For Emergencies Call 911 *Camp America JAS* *Kittery Beach JAS* For after hours care go to Kittery Beach Joint Aid Station. Or call 3395 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?


Today : Lunch Fish Amandine; Dinner Prime Ribs Saturday : Lunch Roast Pork Loin; Dinner Baked Lasagna Sunday : Lunch Chicken Broccoli; Dinner Stuffed Flounder Monday : Lunch Chicken Cacciatore; dinner Lemon Pepper fish Tuesday : Lunch Roast Turkey; Dinner Herbed Baked Chicken Wednesday: Lunch Roast Pork; Dinner Honey Glazed Cornish Hen Thursday : Lunch Barbecued Spareribs; Dinner Braised Pork Chops Friday : Lunch Salisbury Steak; Dinner Shirmp Scampi 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. Room 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 Photo by SPC Rick Fahr Troopers honored SFC Carl Waltenburg (right) and Air Force Master SGT Alfred Goer recently received Defense Meritorious Service medals for their service to JTF Guantanamo. Presenting the awards was BG Jay Hood, JTF Guantanamo commander. Safety reminder Remember that reflective belts/vests are required at all times when running, walking or biking.