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Inside the Wire ... GUIDE GUIDE T T OP OP SHUTTERBUGS SHUTTERBUGS 384 384 TH TH LEAVES LEAVES ISLAND ISLAND 783 783 RD RD ARRIVES ARRIVES Friday, June 4, 2004 Volume 4, Issue 38 www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo P P AGE AGE 3 3 P P AGE AGE 5 5 By SGT Jolene Staker Members of A and C Compa nies of the 2nd Battalion, 102nd Armor have faced a lot of unknowns for the JTF mission, but they focus on remaining flexible and doing what is required to perform the mission. Were soldiers first so we adapt to what the mission is, said 2LT Joseph Tipone, 1st pla toon leader of C Co., 2-102nd Armor We can adapt and over come any problems that we have. Members of both companies are training to augment military police companies. Any soldier who didnt have a combat arms military occupa tion speciality (MOS) went through training to pick up the infantryman MOS. All soldiers went through military police training at Fort Dix, N.J. Training at Fort Dix got us prepared for our mission here, said SSG Kelvin Taylor of A Co. Soldiers also got hands-on training during the leftseat/right-seat ride after arriving in Guantanamo. Between the training at Fort Dix and the left-seat/right-seat training here we are 100 percent ready, said SPC Robert Indri of A Company. In addition to training for a mission that is outside their MOS, members of 2-102nd Armor have experienced organi zational changes. The original A through D companies of the battalion were reorganized to develop four individual companies of equal strength for this mission. SPC Soutsakhone Sysou vong, orginally with the Head quarters Co. and now with Charlie Co. says he and his unit members have taken the changes in stride. As far as coming from dif ferent companies, that is part of being in the military, said Sysouvong. Weve got to work and function together. SPC Richard Barbieri origi See Flexible, page 4 A and C Cos. 2-102nd: Flexibility is strength Photo by SGT Jolene Staker SPC Robert Indri, SPC Soutsakhone Sysouvong and SPC Richard Barbieri all of C Co., 2nd Battalion, 102nd Armor in a John Deere Gator used inside Camp Delta to transport people and supplies.
Page 2 Friday, June 4, 2004 To the men and women of the 384 th and 463rd Military Police companies: The numerous duties and missions per formed by you for JTF Guantanamo are earnestly appreciated, and your time and dedication will serve as tribute to your service here. We as leaders have demanded the most from you and you have given all. For that you should be proud. I, as commander, am very proud to have served with you on this joint task force team, and I thank you for your serv ice and sacrifices. Soon you will be home with families and friends and Guantanamo Bay will be a memory. To your families and your friends, I say thank you. Thanks for all the support they have given you. The time they made to write letters or send pack ages, and for all the prayers theyve said. Thank you. Take the good that youve learned hereand use it when mentoring and shaping the soldiers of our future. Thank you, good-bye and God Bless you. To the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who have recently arrived aboard Guan tanamo Bay : Welcome to our joint task force team! You are actively involved in an important transition for Joint Task Force Guan tanamo. This may be the single hardest time during your deployment. You are new to our environment and mission, but have been trained well by those you have replaced. Expect long hours and numer ous demanding tasks. I have every confi dence that you will give your best at all times and look forward to working with you. MPs, you should expect to be signifi cantly challenged in your roles here. We have an important detention mission in Guantanamo Bay and we have the highest standards. I demand professionalism and I will expect the highest from you. Being new to JTF Guantanamo, I ask that you remember these few things: Safety first! Youre new to an environ ment that has many potential hazards, find out about these and counsel your troops on them. For example, make sure every person knows the meaning of each color of PT flag, what it means to them, and where the flags are flown; what plants and animals share the base with us, and how they should be treated; which beaches are off limits for swimmers and which require special gear; where to get medical aid and what locations are off-limits or restricted. I expect you to always put safety first and to keep things in positive perspective. Welcome aboard! Honor Bound! Trooper to Trooper BG Jay Hood Commander JTF Guantanamo 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. New CG Stresses: Saftey First!
Friday, June 4, 2004 Page 3 By SPC Katherine L. Collins As a new force in Operation Enduring Freedom, the 783rd Military Police Battal ion (MP Bn.) Detachment (Det.) joins JTF Guantanamo as a unit of motivated and highly-skilled men and women, ready to serve their best in the United States battle against terrorism. Along with the battalions headquarters and headquarters command, the Michigan Reserve unit replaces the 384th MP Bn., serving as the new Joint Detention Opera tion Group (JDOG). In looking ahead to joining JTF Guan tanamo, the unit formed the goals of assist ing the mission in whatever ways necessary, then returning home safe and stronger as a unit and individuals, and it professionally and personally prepared itself well to meet those goals, said MAJ Quentin Crank, JDOG S-3. We will grow collectively and individually as this mission enhances our teamwork, skills and lives. In meeting our goals, we naturally expect to face challenges, commented SSG Glenn Jenkins. One great challenge well face during our every day job is just being able to successfully think quickly on our feet. Well show our success too by at times using those unexpected challenges to further the mission. Still, other challenges will be more simple things like adjusting from a cold cli mate at home to a hot one here, to bigger ones like bringing the unit together for col lective training, because they will be scat tered here, added Crank. In talking with many of our soldiers, however, you will see that high morale and strong knowledge of the job to be done are in place to aid us in each challenge we face, he said. This is a definite benefit in attaining our goals. In deploying to Macedonia in 1994, I learned that deployments can be a lifelearning experience, said SGT Dan Schlichting. There I learned, for example, how service members pull together to accomplish a mission, as I saw many nations work as a team. I tell our soldiers to take advantage of the time here, looking for the positives they can personally gain, in addition to just knowing they are serving an important mission, because this will be a challenging time, especially being away from family, he said. SFC Charles Johnson added, My goal as an NCO is to help our soldiers return home from this deployment safe and as better people than when they left. As the battalion commander said. My personal goal is to get in shape. PV2 Michael Dibble also commented, The benefits I foresee gaining from this deployment are not only the satisfaction and pride in knowing we are helping to fight ter rorism, but we will grow as a unit and indi viduals. Well have the chance to meet and know all kinds of people and some of us will be able to save money too. In an aim to maintain high morale, John son said he tells his soldiers, This mission is just as important as the ones our fellow sol diers are serving in the Middle East. Be just as proud that you are playing a key role in fighting for freedom here as you would if you were fighting in Iraq or the surrounding area. Crank explained how the unit readied itself for this mission through professional and personal preparation, saying, At our mobilization station many soldiers identi fied the job-skill areas in which they needed to improve. They then took advan tage of the training resources there to ready themselves to do the job successfully here. Personally, they looked ahead to their deployment, anticipating all they could walk away from it with, if they chose to take advantage of the opportunities. Jahnke added that the unit's "diversity of knowledge, deployment experience and the members' intensive military and civilian training in their job fields, augmented by their in-depth training of basic soldier skills have also served to put the unit on the cut ting edge. The soldiers are diversified on the civilian side. He also explained. "Some work in the penal system while others work in law enforcement, and we also have a large number who are students." Photos by SPC Katherine L. Collins (Above) Members of the 783rd MP Bn. Det. arrive on Guantanamo Bay's Winward side for the first time. Pumped and prepared: 783rd MP Bn. Det. joins team in OEF Photo by SPC Katherine Collins Members of the 783rd MP Bn. Det. stand in formation during a welcome briefing by deputy JDOG commander, LTC Bryan Jahnke (right), on their first day in Guanatnamo Bay.
nally with Delta Co. and now with Charlie Co. said that members of all the companies had opportunities to be around each other and the reogranization was not hard. Weve been around each other and weve gelled, said Barbieri. This wasnt the hard part of the mission. Indri echoed, The biggest challenge by far has been leaving my wife and baby-onthe-way. A and B Co. members are focusing on how to get the mission done and how to get the most out of their time here. Our leadership emphasizes do the mis sion, take care of each other while we are here and make sure we get home as well as we came or better, said SSG Myles Stan dish. They also emphasize improving your self mentally and physically by taking advantage of all the things that are here. Members of the 2-102nd Armor have a rich heritage of service, but they have not had any overseas deployments since World War II. They are direct descendants of the famous Essex Troop of the New Jersey Calvary. Members of A and C Cos. of the 2-102nd Armor come to Guantanamo with a rich her itage of military service, mission focus and flexibility. CPT Dave Melendez, A Co. commander and S-3 assistant in charge of plans, chal lenges his soldiers to get in the mindset for the mission. Challenge them challenge them to be soldiers and to do the right thing. And to encourage them that they are doing the right thing. They are doing the right thing by being here, said Melendez. The mission is some thing that is important to the war on terror ism. The people who were here before us did an outstanding job and we are going to pick up where they off and continue doing a good job and do our part to make sure the mission carries on successfully, said SGT Junior Anglon, of A Co. Im ready to do what they tell me to do, said Sysouvong. Its always by the book, take of it and do it the right way, say Barbieri. Friday, June 4, 2004 Page 4 Flexible from page 1 Photos by SGT Jolene Staker Counterclockwise left to right: PV2 Vincent Emperil, SGT Junior Anglon and SSG Kelvin Taylor all of A Co, 2nd Battalion, 102nd Armor Division take advantage of the Camp Bulkeley Gym to work toward fitness goals. I spend most of my spare time in the gym, said Anglon. Im always athletic, and my personal goal is to be as physically fit as possible.
Friday, June 4, 2004 Page 5 384th Military Police Battalion Equality and Justice The 384th Military Police Battalion was constituted October 28, 1944 as the Headquarters and Headquarters Company. It was activated November 3, 1944 in Requiel, France, and then inactivated November 30, 1946 in Austria. In 1947 it was allotted to the Organized Reserves on January 22nd and activated February 3, 1947 in Indianapolis, Ind. The Organized Reserves were later redesignated as the Organized Reserve Corps and then redes ignated as the Army Reserve on July 9, 1952. They were inactivated November 1, 1955 at Indianapolis and reactivated Sep tember 17, 1990 at Fort Wayne, Ind. They were headed for Iraq in support of Opera tion Enduring Freedom until they were remissioned and sent to Fort Dix, N.J. to train in support of Joint Task Force Guan tanamo. The distinctive unit insignia was approved on October 19, 1953. It was amended to revise the description on Janu ary 4, 1991, consisting of a shield bla zoned vertically, on a fret or a fleur-de-lis of the like. Attached below the shield, a gold scroll is inscribed: EQUALITY AND JUSTICE in green letters. Green and yellow are the colors for the Military Police Corps. The fret is used as a symbol of security. The fleur-de-lis represents the organizations service in France during World War II. The U.S. Armys 384th Mil itary Police Battalion was deployed at Mauthausen concentration camp in 1946. During 1999 the 384th MP Bn. spent two weeks of annual training at Fort McCoy, Wis. running an internment camp. They have currently been participating in numerous special missions in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, including assistance with various unit staff and supervisory positions. We bid a fond farewell and thank the 384th for their serv ice to their country in the Global War on Terrorism. Photo from The Wire Archive SSG John Starks of the 384th MP Battalion gets refreshed after a douse of OC spray during MP training
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Friday, June 4, 2004 Page 8 To the soldiers of the 384th Mili tary Police Battalion, I thank each and every one of you for your valuable contribution to our mis sion here in Joint Task Force, Guan tanamo Bay (GTMO), Cuba. Through the course of your work in sections throughout the Joint Task Force and the Joint Detention Operations Group, it did not go unnoticed that the performance each of you contributed was exemplary. You proved to be valuable team mem bers. HHC 384th Military Police (MP) Battalion leaves its mark as being the longest deployed unit ever in Joint Task Force, GTMO. Rest assured, this mission was well worth our while and will soon belong to our units proud history. When soldiers of the future read about the Global War on Terrorism they will see your names listed among those who served. I am sincerely proud of your efforts and the difference you have made. From our MPs serving in the wire, to the adminis tration, to finance, and supply soldiers working with the different departments, our accomplishments have been immeasurable. I would like to thank all who have supported our efforts, particularity our families and employers back home; the Family Readiness Group; and our administration support from the Rear Detachment unit in Fort Wayne, Indi ana. Without the vital support from our families back home, our soldiers could not have accomplished this mission. Working with all of you was a pleas ure and I certainly know why this organization has come to rely on the expertise each of you has demonstrated. On behalf of Headquarters and Head quarters Company, 384th MP Battalion, I thank you for all your efforts and for the commitment each of you have shown as team members dedicated to this mission. I also want to personally express to you my appreciation for the positive outlook you all carried during this deployment. Congratulations on a job well done! Honor Bound! To the soldiers of the 384th Mili tary Police Battalion. As we prepare to depart Guan tanamo Bay and return to our families and loved ones, let us look back and reflect on what the 384th Military Police Battalion soldiers have accom plished since arriving. First and fore most, the soldiers took great strides in adjusting to constant changes, chal lenges, and learning experiences on arrival. Yet, our soldiers have excelled in operations of the Joint Detention Operations Group (JDOG), the Joint Task Force operations, NCOIC posi tions of special missions, graduating 29 newly promoted NCOs from the Pri mary Leadership Development Course, and 1 graduate of Battle Staff Training. The soldiers of the 384th MP Bn. should feel proud of their accomplish ments and know that they truly have excelled as individual soldiers and as a battalion. We have grown into better soldiers, better leaders, and understand the dedi cation it takes to be successful in the Joint Task Force Guantanamo mission and the Nations fight on global terror ism. To the soldiers families and loved ones who wait for our return, we thank you for your unending support through care packages, phone calls, and letters. As the first sergeant of the 384th MP Bn., I am proud of the soldiers who I have served and worked with such a high caliber of professionalism towards this mission. As we prepare to return home remember how we have all shed a few tears, raised tempers, helped each other in a time of need, but most impor tantly we have grown as a stronger unit of professional soldiers who have risen above the challenges and excelled together. Finally, to all the members of JTF and JDOG, I thank you for your professionalism, dedication, and unwa vering support of the 384th MP Bn. Honor Bound! HHC Company Commander CPT Michael F. Rutherford HHC First Sergeant SFC William Graham
Friday, June 4, 2004 Page 9 Rush gives Lakers boost into NBA final Sports highlights Compiled by SPC Rick Fahr Who was the MVP of the NBAs Western Conference Final series-ender? Nope, not Shaquille ONeal No, not Kobe Bryant Not a chance, Kevin Garnett Kareem Rush His six three-pointers lifted the Los Angeles Lakers over the Minnesota Timberwolves in game six, 96-90, earning the team a berth in the champi onship series. *** With baseball season near ing its halfway point, the hot topic of discussion isnt whos leading which division. Its whos on the trading block? Kansas City Royal Carlos Beltran leads that list, but he is by no means the only star likely to be looking for new digs soon. Carlos Delgado Rich Aurilia Freddy Garcia and Bret Boone are among the names being thrown around as possible trade bait. Fifty games iuto the season, the divisional leaders are famil iar names. The New York Yan kees and Boston Red Sox lead the American League East, while the Anaheim Angels are ruling the West. The Chicago White Sox are ahead in the Central. Over in the National League, the defending champs, the Florida Marlins lead the East. Surprising Cincinnati is ahead in the Central, and the goofy West features a firstplace tie between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres As baseball is a game of numbers, a quick look at a few statistics provides an intriguing snapshot of the season. Sean Casey leads in hitting, posting a .394 batting average. Albert Pujols has hit the most home runs, although Barry Bonds is only one behind (with 87 fewer official at-bats). Roger Clemens remains a perfect 7-0 on the hill, and ageless Tom Glavine has posted a 6-3 mark with a 2.17 earned run average. *** Jimmie Johnson defended his Coca-Cola 600 title in style, leading 334 of the races 400 laps. Johnson won last years rain-shortened event and made a loud statement last weekend in Concord, N.H. He took the pole position and seldom looked back, becoming the first Nextel Cup driver to win from the pole this year. He closed the gap with series leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. to five points. *** For all the runners who think they can post a pretty good time, consider that Mau rice Greene ran 100 meters in 9.78 seconds Monday in Stan ford, Calif. Read that again 100 meters in 9.78 seconds. Most of us cant pick a yogurt flavor in 9.78 seconds, but this guy can run the length of a football field. *** ESPN is celebrating 25 years on the air by memorializ ing the greatest 100 sports moments of that period. Michael Jordan s champi onship-clinching jump shot is surely on the list, as is Joe Carters World Series-clinch ing homer of Wild Thing Mitch Williams and Kerri Strug s valiant Olympic moment. Everybody has a favorite sports memory or memories. Which jump out at you? Compiled from www.espn. com. By SPC Rick Fahr As I get older -for the record, I dont consider 33 over the hill quite yet -I put more emphasis on experience than I used to. So, as far as experience goes, Penn States Joe Paterno is off the hizzel, as the kids would say. Hes been at the helm of Linebacker Us football program for going on 40 years. Thats experience out the wazzoo. That experience is what led PSU to give Paterno a four-year contract extension lately. Am I applauding the move? Not exactly. In the harsh light of big-time collegiate athletics, Penn State is not exactly generat ing a lot of fear across the landscape. Coming off a 3-9 season, the Nittany Lions are a whole lot closer to an athletic afterthought than the athletic powerhouse that went undefeated in 1994. And last sea son was no fluke. Paternos detractors say the game has passed him by. Maybe it has. Regardless, its difficult to imagine Paterno resurrecting the program in the time he has left, and thats a shame. It wasnt long ago that he stood atop the football mountain. Now, hes quickly come down to the ground in Happy Valley. And hes not the only one. Thinking about ESPNs 100 most mem orable sports moments led me to think back to Michael Jordans shot to win another world title. The image of Jordans perfect shot would have been a fitting end ing to an amazing career. But he couldnt stay retired. He came back, and some of the luster came off. Or what about Emmitt Smith? In his prime, he was a great running back for the Dallas Cowboys. Past his prime, he was a liability for the hapless Arizona Cardi nals. Why is it that many athletes or coaches lack the internal alarm that tells them when its time to hang up the cleats, glove or whistle? It must have something to do with the ego that helped propel them to lofty heights in the first place. Nonetheless, its sad to see our sports heroes fail, especially when its easy to see that the memories of their greatness are all that remain. Has anyone ever walked away before that time came? Jim Brown. At the time he retired, he was the best football player on the planet. His reputa tion has only grown since he left the game. Maybe he was onto something there. Some sports stars hold on to spotlight too long F AHR GAME
Friday, June 4, 2004 Page 10 By SGT Jolene Staker Guantanamo Bay, Cuba may be well known for the current detainee operations, but there is much more to this small naval base than meets the eye. When people first get here they have a wild west look, said Capt. Les McCoy, commander of Naval Base Guantanmo Bay. They are either pleasantly surprised or utterly shocked. Even people who have been here for a while may not realize the behind the scenes work done and the publicized mis sions and responsibilities. What a lot of people dont realize is that they are coming into a community, said McCoy. The community always has and will continue to support the JTF. There are a few things that McCoy would like to ask of JTF members. Remember that while you may be on deployment away from your families, you are surrounded by families every day. Treat people with the same level of respect that you would in the town or city you are from, said McCoy. We have a large population of children -more than people may realize, McCoy said. JTF troopers need to watch their lan guage and actions while out in the Naval Base community ensuring that they are good role models for the children. Get involved with the community, said McCoy. Realize they are waiting to embrace you. If you coach little league at home, coach little league here. If you work with the boy scouts at home, work with the Boy Scouts here. If you teach drama at home, volunteer at the school here, said McCoy. If you have anything the community can absorb we would love to have you involved. You bring a talent or specialty that we may not have since we are a small community, said McCoy. Share any talents that you have whether it be in the morale, welfare and recreation activities, school, church, library, local col leges or any other area in Guantanamo. This helps us, said McCoy. But it also helps you. Being an active part in the Guantanamo Bay community gives troopers an opportu nity to be around people and activities away from the camp. We opened up the new galley so that troopers did not have to stay in Camp America, said McCoy. If you want to come and go to the exchange and stay for a movie, you have a place to eat. Balancing the needs of the JTF with others on the naval base is a daunting task. McCoy has many commands he moni tors in Guantanamo. The JTF is the largest but it is just one of the many responsi bilites that McCoy monitors daily. Because our staff is so small -trying to keep up with the JTF is a full-time job. Its challenging, said McCoy. Its been a real educational experience. McCoy is the only naval base person who is actually a member of the JTF. I am in a supporting role for the JTF, said McCoy. The JTF has also given support to Guantanamo Bay by giving it new life. Before 9/11 the base was staffed with enough people basically to keep the lights on, said McCoy. Guantanamo Bay has been the site of many migrant operations with the most recent being in October of 1996 and Febru ary of 1997. These two short events involved the interception of Chinese migrants being smuggled into the United States. While there is not currently a large migrant operation, there is an ongoing migrant operation. Those migrants who are deemed to have protective status live in Guantanamo until a third country will accept them. Migrants get their immediate needs met as well as get jobs and work toward longrange goals. They all leave here with a savings account, said McCoy. Care for long-term Cuban residents is also McCoys responsibility. The generation is getting older and we are responsible for their well-being, said McCoy. Taking care of these residents is being accomplished by setting up group homes for their care. Another unique thing that McCoy must balance with the JTF mission is the unique relationship with the Cuban military. Guantanamo Bay is not only the oldest U.S. base located outside the United States, but it is also the only one in a coun try that does not have an open political relationship with the United States. He meets with the Cuban general once a month to maintain working relations. We have a very cordial relationship, said McCoy. We respect one another and work together. Naval Base and the JTF symbiotic relationship Photo by CPT Tracy Saucy BG Jay Hood (center) is assisted by (left) Naval Hospital Commander Capt. Steve Edmundson and (right) Naval Base Commander, Capt. Les McCoy during memorial day services at Cuzco Naval Base Memorial Cemetery.
Friday, June 4, 2004 Page 11 Chaplains Corner (Left to right) Chaplain Paul Minor leads Tuesday night's discussion for "A Life Worth Living" with Navy Petty Officer 1st Class David Flores from J-3 Plans, PFC Glenmark Navarro of the 491st Military Police Co., and SSG Aaron Champagne of J-4 Transportation. "A Life Worth Living" is a follow-up to the Alpha Bible study program that has been on Tuesday nights. Nickey Gumble leads participants through nine sessions that are designed to explain how it is possible to live the Christian life positively, practically and joyfully. Next week's topic will be on New Responsibilities. Photos by SGT Jolene Staker Alpha attendees find enrichment with others. 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. Vitamin C for the Soul By CH (MAJ) Steven Herman The following message once appeared on a church sign "Don't let worry kill you, let the church help!" These well intended words might have sent the wrong message to those passing by the church. Modern medical studies prove that worry and stress can shorten our lives, but how can the church help? In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wearO you of little faith. . ..But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given you as well." When we are stressed and worried about things it is time to exercise our faith, seek God, and believe that God will provide for all our needs, including those things that cause us the most concern. When we think there is no answer to our problems, God is the answer! When we believe in an awesome God who loves us and provides for us, we begin to feel a sense of peace instead of anxiety. May God's peace be with you today. Chapel Services and Programs Heavenly Bits and Pieces By CH (MAJ) Daniel Odean Shadows fall behind us when we walk toward the light. Which direction are you headed? As we allow Him to, the Lord lifts us above the shadows of this world and helps us to see the issues of life from an eternal per spective. Jesus said, "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28 NIV). Give Him your heart as you turn to Him. Padre's Corner By CH (LCDR) James Dowds "Just do it..." There is a clear cultural message out there that tells us we don't need anything outside of ourselves to do what is right and to find happiness. Last week, the churches that follow a common set of Bible Readings cele brated the Great Feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was sent to Mary and the disciples, gathered in the upper room. We read that the doors were locked and that they were assembled in fear! It is God's power that comes upon them and animates them in new and unexpected ways. This group of fright ened disciples is transformed into enthusiastic and effective followers of the Risen Lord. What are your fears? What keeps you from living a happy ad holy life? We do not need to "just do it..." We have an advocate, a power far beyond ours to help, assist, comfort, encourage us in all our endeavors. We pray :"Come Holy Spirit!"
Friday, June 4, 2004 Page 12 15 Minutes of Fame... With SFC Douglas Patrick 384th Military Police Battalion By SSG Patrick Cloward SFC Douglas Patrick currently serves as one of the 384th Military Police Battal ions platoon sergeants. Most of his unit co-workers were attached to companies working in special missions during their time here. When they are finished, they are expected to return to their home base in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Q: What significant accomplishments do you feel you have achieved during your military career? A: Ive worked 11 years with the 384th. I was also an honor graduate at the Basic Non-commissioned Officers Course. Even though I joined the Army Reserve to help me get through college, the most sig nificant effect on me is working with the soldiers. Q: What impresses you most about those you work with? A: They take a licking and keep on tick ing. These men are outstanding individu als. It was good to work with all the soldiers in the JTF. It has been the best. Highlights have been working with these soldiers. The true character of these sol diers is just great. Q: Is there anyone you look up to as an example to follow? A: MSG Terry Longsworth has been a guy Ive worked with forever. Hes really inspired me. I give kudos to a lot of sol diers. He works for the soldiers to help them and make their lives a little better. He cuts out the B.S. SSG Jim Inniger, SSG Chris Sewell, SGT Roderick and SSG Tony Stark. They are all outstanding indi viduals of leadership. Q: What do you feel are some of the benefits of working in the 384th? A: The best part is getting to travel a lot. Ive been on missions to Europe and the Middle East. Q: What do you feel is your motiva tion to serve here at JTF Guantanamo? A: I felt it was my duty. I knew guys whose families were in other wars. I was a history teacher at home. It was my way to give back to my country. Q: What have been some interesting assignments youve done for the 384th? A: Weve done a lot of special honor guards and special missions throughout. Ive hosted things with kids and recruiting. Q: What do you feel is your philoso phy of leadership? A: I never ask a soldier to do something I wont do. I believe a person should always lead from the front. I will still ask a lot of them, but as long as we give to the soldiers, theyll do a lot for you. Q: How has your civilian skills as a teacher benefited you here? A: I definitely enjoy history and consti tutional law. Working with people has taught me many interpersonal skills. Youre working with kids and thats a hand-in-hand relationship. Students are usually the same way. Youd be surprised at what people are capable of. There are things here that I use that Ive learned in counseling and trying to help them with their education. So, I listen to them to bet ter help myself to help the mission. The worst things we can do as leaders are ignore the people were with. Q: What have been some of the chal lenges youve experienced during your deployment here? A: The biggest challenge is remaining positive and driven to take the initiative at all times I believe you should always take the initiative. I always tell my guys that their priorities should be your mission, your men and then yourself. Got to take care of those and then yourself is last. You make sure thats happening and youll always be right. Q: What have you learned about being a leader here? A: If you see a gap in leadership you step in and fill it to the best that you can. Being flexible is a huge part of it. Q: How has your family helped you during your time here? A: Having the support of wife and fam ily has always been good for me. Shes always been the rock to help and one to help me overcome challenges. Q: What do you plan on doing once you return home? A: I plan to continue driving on and doing the best I can. Right now my focus is my family and continue civilian education and career. Im two classes away from get ting a masters degree in education. I also plan to keep in contact with some of the great people in the 384th and the JTF. Q: What advice would you give to those replacing you in Rotation Five? A: Be flexible and take care of each other. Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward SFC Douglas Patrick of the 384th MP serves as the platoon sargeant of last remaining platoon of 384th presently working on the blocks in Camp Delta. Army Reserve unit origninates in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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? Downtown Lyceum Fri., June 4 8 p.m. Shrek 2 PG 105 min 10 p.m. The Whole Ten Yards PG 99 min Sat., June 5 8 p.m Jersey Girl. PG13 103 min 10 p.m. Troy R 165 min Sun., June 6 8 p.m. Hell Boy PG13 122 min Mon., June 7 8 p.m. The Girl Next Door R 109 min Tues., June 8 8 p.m. Shrek 2 PG 105 min Wed., June 9 United States Army Soldiers Show 9 p.m. Thurs., June 10 United States Army Soldiers Show 7 p.m. DRMO opening June 8-18. Call 4184 for more information Your guide to ... Movies Shutterbugs capture GTMO images First place Photo by SPC Tommi Meyer, 70th MPAD. Rounds fall from an automatic weapon in the early morning of a live-fire exercise. Second place Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward, 70th MPAD. Members of the 1-181st Infantry Regt. observe activities during a JTF GTMO live fire exercise in October 2003 Third place Photo by SPC David Duhart, 1-181st Inf. Regt. Windmill Beach basks in the slpendor of the setting sun on a warm evening Out of 19 photos submit ted, these three were judged as the best. Our thanks to BG Jay Hood, BG Martin Lucenti and MWR Director Craig Basel for volunteering as judges.
By LTC Anthony Deskis Having a successful inspec tor general experience requires several steps: n Give the chain of com mand a chance to solve the problem. The chain of command can solve most problems. A sol diers chaplain, congressman, or local IG can help on occa sions, but they must ultimately work with the chain of com mand. If you have not informed the chain of com mand about your issue and given them a chance to work it, in most cases, the IG will sim ply refer you back to your chain of command. The IG is a kind of "court of last resort." If other remedies are available, use them first. If the proper system and/or the chain of command is not able to solve the problem, then the IG is probably appropriate. n Level with the IG from the beginning because the IG will soon find out the rest of the story. The IG and soldier waste a lot of time and effort when the IG only knows half of the story. Very often, soldiers only present the information that they feel is in their favor. The IG can only take action when they have all of the facts about a situation the good, the bad, and the ugly. Save us both some time and provide all of the facts, even the ones that you do not agree with or like. n An IG is not a com mander. An IG can only rec ommend, not order. Some soldiers get upset when nothing seems to happen as a result of their complaint. Keep in mind that the IG can advise a commander but can not order action. Regulations obligate commanders to take action when standards are bro ken, or when a soldier has not been afforded due process. But if a commander has the author ity to make the decision, and the decision does not violate a written procedural, legal, or ethical standard, the comman ders choice may stand. You may visit the IG office in Room 204 of the Commis sions Building Monday Sat urday. The IG phone number is 5399. The Camp America IG office is in Building 7200 and is staffed Monday, Wednesday, Friday afternoons and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morn ings. The Camp America Office phone is 3501. IG assis tance is available anytime by appointment. Today: Lunch Salisbury steak; Dinner shrimp scampi. Saturday: Lunch creole pork chops; Dinner beef reavioli. Sunday : Lunch chicken cordon bleu; Dinner roast turkey. Monday: Lunch roast beef; Dinner roast pork. Tuesday: Lunch baked chicken; Dinner stuffed flounder. Wednesday: Lunch beef pot pie; Dinner Oriental pepper steak. Thursday: Lunch baked chicken; Dinner meat loaf. Friday: Lunch BBQ beef cubes; Dinner crab legs. Your guide to ... Galleys Catholic Main Chapel Wed. 5 p.m. Holy Hour and Rosary 6:00-6:25 p.m. Confessions 6:30 p.m. RCIA (Chaplains office) Sat. 4:15 p.m. Confession 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass Sun. 9 a.m. Mass 10:15 a.m. Spanish Mass (Sanct. B) M-Fri. 11:30 a.m. Mass (Cobre Chapel) Camp America Sun. 5:30 p.m. Episcopal Mass 7:30 p.m. Catholic 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. 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,Cpl. 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 Seeing IG involves simple processes Your guide to ... IG Reef Raiders Dive Club Open Monday-Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at the bottom of Tozer Road, off Sherman Avenue. Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, call Mickey Leonard, 4017 or 5666.