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Inside the Wire ... P P AGE AGE 12 12 15 15 MINUTES MINUTES OF OF FAME FAME PACAREA PSU PACAREA PSU ARRIVES ARRIVES 463 463 RD RD HEADS HEADS HOME HOME Friday, June 11, 2004 Volume 4, Issue 39 www.nsgtmo.navy.mil/jtfgtmo P P AGE AGE 5 5 P P AGE AGE 10 10 By SGT Jolene Staker Members of D Co. of the 2nd Battalion, 102nd Armor have arrived to the JTF ready to get to work augmenting military police companies and taking advantage of all the opportunities Guantanamo has to offer. "I am confident that the soldiers of D Co. 2-102 Armor will not only meet, but exceed, the standards set forth by the Joint Task Force. I have no doubt that they will execute this mission in full accordance with the JTF mission statement, said 2LT Noel Lyn-Kew, company commander. "I fully expect the soldiers to grow as indi vidual soldiers as well as a team following the successful conclusion to this mission." Members of D Co. trained hard to pre pare for the JTF mission. SPC Robert Guarino who originally trained in supply completed the infantryman military occu pation skill (MOS) training. This training is required for anyone without a combat arms MOS. Guarino felt this training prepared him. I definitely feel ready, he said. SPC Joseph Wilson has been in the mil itary for about 11 years and held a combat arms MOS several years ago, but he still went through the training to refresh his infantry skills. It was good training, said Wilson. I got to learn new things that have been added. All unit members went through the spe cialized military police training at Fort Dix, N.J. The training at Fort Dix more than prepared us for what our mission here is, said PFC Brian Perry. Part of being successful in their mis sion is identifying what challenges they will be facing and strategizing on how to meet those challenges. SPC John Wells identified one chal lenge unit members will face. I think we need to learn to separate whatever emotions we may have about 9/11 or what we see on TV, so that when we go on the block we dont take that with us, said Wells. This is a new day. Were moving forward and showing the detainees the same respect we would show See Growth, page 4 D Co., 2-102nd Armor seeks growth opporunities Photo by SGT Jolene Staker SPC Joseph Wilson of D Co., 2-102nd Armor uses the radio while working at the sally port.
Friday, June 11, 2004 Page 3 Page 2 Friday, June 11, 2004 Summer time is coming and safety issues will be more abundant. I cant stress to you enough the importance of ensuring that safety issues are aggres sively managed and minimized. Unit commanders are the safety managers for their units. Ultimately, commanders or section chiefs must provide the leader ship necessary to prevent incidents and accidents. Off-duty activities are likely the greatest safety issues to be consid ered. Clearly, however, we need to remain vigilant at work also. Safety issues at Guantanamo are unique to this environment. To mention a few: water activities (scuba diving, sailing, swimming, snorkeling, fishing), walking and jogging (off trail animal encounters, and rough trail leg/foot injuries); outdoor athletic activities (heat exposure and over exertion); sun bathing (prolonged exposure to the sun); and other activities which can cause dehydra tion. Each of these activities can be enjoyed safely, but it requires thinking about the risks that need to be managed. This means setting boundaries and limitations, and taking precautions that must be complied with, to mitigate risks, to ensure safety. Even driving at 25 MPH, and the complacency which occurs at that speed, needs to be consid ered in your unit safety programs. If you don't have a unit safety program, now is the time to start one. Command empha sis will be placed on having effective programs. Our mission is important and our sol diers are just as important. Leadership makes a difference in the prevention of accidents. Establish a command environ ment that recognizes the safety risks that are associated with living at Guan tanamo Bay. It is a responsibility that leaders must take seriously for your troopers sake. Standards here at Guan tanamo are high. We all take pride in those standards. Safety standards should be just as high they are just as impor tant. I encourage all troopers to enjoy the summer and relax in the company of troopers and friends. Just be safe. Noth ing ruins what could have been an enjoy able experience more quickly than an avoidable accident. Safety is not some thing the command will talk about just once you will hear a lot more the topic is so important. Complacency in the area of safety is the enemy, and increasing awareness to the safety issues that exist along with sharing best prac tices, should be a recurring theme at unit/section meetings. Honor bound. Trooper to Trooper BG Martin Lucenti Deputy Commander JTF GTMO Operations Safety begins with you 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. Beach volleyball tournament JTF troopers will have a chance to find out who has the best volleyball team. A tournament will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at Club Survivor. To sign up, call 3640 or 3670. By SGT Jolene Staker When its time to wish his Dad a Happy Fathers Day, SPC Terry Geer Jr. will have it easier than most. His Dad, 1SG Terry Geer is serving with him in Guantanamo. When Geer Jr. was a senior in high school his Dad told him that they were going car shop ping but really took him to the recruiting office. He talked me into it, and I went for it, said Geer Jr. I enjoyed it. His Dad admits to encour aging his son to join the mili tary for the college money. It seemed silly to spend money on college when he could earn it, said Geer Sr. After three years active duty in the Army, Geer Jr. came home and joined the unit that his Dad had been in while he was growing up. It was a more comfortable environment than serving with people I didn't know at all like I had to on active duty, said Geer, Jr. Serving in the military is a Geer family tradition. Geer, Sr.'s father was a career Coast guardsman. Geer Sr. first joined the Coast Guard for six years and then joined the Army National Guard after a sevenyear break in service. I missed the camaraderie that we try to pretend isnt there but know it is, said Geer Sr. Geer, Sr.s younger son also serves in the military. He didn't have to encourage this son to join. He was going to be an air borne ranger for most of his life and then when he turned 17 he had a sudden change of heart and joined the Coast Guard, said Geer Sr. Both men are anticipating that their brother/son will join B Battery after release from active duty. When asked how he feels about having two sons follow in his footsteps, Geer Sr. said I'm very proud, more than I could ever express. Geer Sr.s wife works as their batterys family support person. The men have no doubt that she is OK with them being deployed together. The first thing she told me was to take care of your Dad over there. She likes the idea of us coming over together, said Geer Jr. Ive been over seas by myself, and this time I have my Dad with me which is pretty cool so shes happy. Shes glad that we are here to be each others support sys tem, said Geer Sr. Shes real proud of us. Shes been a military wife for 23 years so she knows how to handle the stress, said Geer Jr. Geer Jr. credits joining the military with improving his relationship with his Dad. Our relationship has gotten better since Ive been in the military. We can relate to each other better. Geer Jr. realized the reason his Dad did things in a certain way after joining his unit. Back when I was a teenager we had the father-son conflict. I was bull-headed and thought I knew everything, said Geer, Jr. The first time I saw him run ning Bravo battery, the light went on. He runs everything like that. Its just his nature. I understand him better now. While at home they would be deer hunting, bird hunting and going to tractor pulls and gun shows, because of duty and position within the unit, Geer Jr. and Geer Sr. just man age to get together for an occa sional father-son dinner. It can be challenging to keep the roles straight. Right after joining Bravo Battery Geer Sr. dropped Geer Jr. for calling him Dad. Ive called him that my entire life, it was the first thing out of my mouth, said Geer Jr. After three years, Geer Jr. is used to keeping the roles sepa rated. When Im with my Dad, hes my Dad. When Im in uni form hes my First Sergeant first and my Dad second, and when Im not in uniform hes my Dad first and first sergeant second, said Geer, Jr. Geer Sr. admits that there have been challenges being the first sergeant in his sons unit. Its interesting. Sometimes it causes conflicting view points from my perspective, said Geer Sr. But he is a good kid and a good soldier. Geer Jr. gets personal pride from serving in the military. Its a good feeling, because Im doing something, said Geer Jr. Geer Jr. will enroll in ROTC when he gets home and pursue a degree in history with a minor in computers and may teach down the road. Geer Sr. will stay busy tak ing care of everyone. From the time I was a sen ior squad leader I realized I had someone elses kids, said Geer Sr. I have to take care of all my soldiers the same way I would take care of my son. Father, son serve together in JTF Guantanamo Photo by SGT Jolene Staker 1SG Terry Geer (left) and SPC Terry Geer, JR both of B Battery, 1-119th Field Artillery attached to the 216th Military Police Company have made serving a fam ily affair.
anyone. Another challenge that unit members will face is not get ting complacent in their job. If they can focus on other goals such as PT, losing weight or education it will keep their minds working and break up their routine so that they can go on shift with a fresh mind, said SFC Matthew Cornine. Cornine has been proactive in assuring that his soldiers find outside interests to keep them busy. I talk to them and ask them what they can walk away from here with that will improve their personal lives, he said. Then we discuss it and break it out into the months they will be here so they know what they need to do and when to get what they are working toward. SFC David Van Gorden has similar plans for those under his leadership. I plan to keep their morale up by having them do things to keep their minds occupied instead of sitting around dwelling on their prob lems and by also helping them solve their problems. Several soldiers from D Co. have already identified some things they would like to accomplish while here. My overall goal is per sonal growth, said Wells. Im definitely looking at this mission as a way to better myself and to become stronger. When I go home I want to be a better man. One way Wells intends to do this is to work on his crimi nal justice degree. PFC Jeffrey McNeil plans to start working on his college degree while he is here. Some day he would like to teach high school. Working on his degree will give him something to do to take his mind off missing his family. The hardest part of this mission is leaving my family Im very close with my fam ily, he said. Cornine knows that being deployed is hard for his sol diers, because it is hard for him. Its something I want to do and proud to be doing, but at the same time there is diffi culty in doing it, said Cor nine. Missing his daughters graduation and having to leave his business, just as he was in the middle of starting it, are just two examples of the sacrifices Cornine made to be here. This deployment is the first time Cornine has been away from his wife and four children this long, but that is just one thing that he is having to adjust to. A month and a half ago I was a project manager for a major company, and now I am working with detainees, said Cornine. Its a fast transition to something I have never done before. Even with the quick transi tion, members of D Co. feel prepared for their mission. I feel like we are doing a good job, said McNeil. Were well prepared and work together well as a team. The fact that they work together so well as a team may surprise those who know this unit was reorganized right before being deployed. But in the time they have been together they have bonded. Were more of a family than we are a unit and we all know that we can count on each other, said Murphy. My motivation has gone up every day just from the guys around me. Members of D Co. are direct descendants of the Essex Troop of the New Jer sey Calvary, but for one mem ber of the company the link to the past is even more direct. Van Gordan was in C Co. before this deployment, and he had been a member of that unit for 20 years. His father joined the same company the first year the Newton Armory opened. Unit members have partici pated in homeland security missions, guarding bridges, power plants and tunnels going into New York City during times that the threat l e vel was escalated. The JTF mission is the first time this unit has deployed overseas since World War II. I believe in what we are doing. I believe it is the right thing to do, said Cornine. I am proud to be making a con tribution and years from now I will still take pride in knowing I stood up and did what I have to do for my country. This unit is going to focus on balancing mission, personal development and recreation. I want to work on physical training, go to the beach and have fun and do the mission were here to do, said Perry. It is an exciting and chal lenging assignment to act as the commander of D Co. 2102nd Armor, said Lyn-Kew. The soldiers have shown me that they are professionals, not only in their assigned jobs but in everything they do. Friday, June 11, 2004 Page 5 Friday, June 11, 2004 Page 4 Growth from page 1 463rd Military Police Company Freedoms Guardian The 463rd Military Police Company was constituted Nov. 30, 1943, in the Army of the United States as the 63rd Mil itary Police Company and activated on Dec. 1, 1943, in North Africa. The unit was later inactivated Septem ber 17, 1945, at Camp Kilmer, N.J., and then reactivated Aug. 25, 1947, in the Philippine Islands as the 63rd Military Police Company (Philippine Scouts). In June 1, 1965, it was again inactivated in the Philippine Islands before being redes ignated June 24, 1965, as the 463rd MP Co. Then it was allotted to the Regular Army and activated June 25, 1965, in Ger many. The 463rd MP Company has served with honor and distinction in many of our nations campaigns. Particularly notewor thy are World War II, specifically in Rome Arno; Panama, Operation Promote Lib erty; Task Force Bravo, Honduras; Guan tanamo Bay Cuba; Sea Signal; and U.S. Military Training Missions in Southwest Asia. The 463rd has been awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Award for Maintenance Excellence in 1995, Army Supply Excellence Award, was a Macarthur Award nominee, and was also the III CORPS nominee for the BG J.P. Holland Award and the Macarthur Award. The 463rd, whose home station is at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. has had the unique opportunity to perform the full spectrum of military police jobs, which are available at Fort Wood. During peace time operations, the 463rd provides daily law enforcement support and community assistance to the soldiers, civilian work force, families and visitors to the base. This includes criminal investigations, traf fic enforcement, accident investigation, community education, crime prevention, physical security, support to the U.S. Cus toms, a Special Reaction Team, confine ment and prisoner escort, police patrols, police reports and military working dog operations. The 463rd is currently serving as a part of the Joint Detention Operations Group, Joint Task Force Guantanamo in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at Guan tanamo Bay, Cuba. Photos by SGT Jolene Staker Above: (from left) SFC David Van Gorden, SFC Matthew Cornine and 2LT Noel Lyn-Kew all of D Co., 2-102nd Armor plan shift operations. Below: (from left) PFC Jeffrey McNeil, PFC Brian Perry, SPC Robert Guarino and SPC Sean Murphy take a short break inside Camp Delta.
Friday, June 11, 2004 Page 6 Friday, June 11, 2004 Page 7 There is no mission too large and nothing too small that you did not do well. -CPT Michael A. Hunter 463rd Military Police Company Joint Task Force Guantanamo Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward Photo by SPC Katherine Collins Photo by SRA Thomas Doscher Photo by SRA Thomas Doscher Photo by SPC Katherine Collins Photo by SSG Patrick Cloward
By SPC Rick Fahr I like word games as much as the next person, but acronyms just arent my thing. Problem is, alphabet soup is the mili tarys thing. I can understand the rationale for boiling down some long terms or phrases to a few simple letters DoD (Department of Defense) or HMMWV (highly mobile mul tipurpose vehicle) or AAR (after-action review), but some folks take acronyms a lit tle too far. Judging by the eight military acronyms that begin with the letters PMC, its obvious that some people would prefer to talk in all caps, with no actual words, just letters, numbers and punctuation. Foxtrot Echo Charlie zero fife, recon coordinate echo golf eight six two fife tree zero for R&E and MAA. Then begin BADD to determine MAD and BAV, over Geesh. Its enough to drive someone to consider SMBBHAW (self-mutilation by beating head against wall). Its difficult enough keeping track of the most popular acronyms, but many of them have multiple meanings. AARP? Thats not even a military term, is it? Thats a group of older people, right? Yes and no. In the military an AARP is an Apple Talk Address Resolution Protocol, whatever that is. PMCS? We all know what PMCS is preventive maintenance checks and serv ices. But it also can mean partially mission capable, supply and Program Manage ment Control System. Who knew? Im sure there are folks out there who think theyre high-speed, low-drag when it comes to military acronyms. How about a quiz? Guess what these acronyms mean. The answers are at the bottom of this col umn. 1. MACOM. 2. PERSCOM. 3. NAAS. 4. BCL. 5. TOC. 6. NVVTLC4R. 7. OOEAIU. 8. GOOFy. Wow, that was fun. Not as much fun as a TOCEX (tactical operation control exer cise) but more fun than a WAP (work assignment procedure). Acronyms can be helpful, but they can also be unwieldy and ineffective if over used. The next time you consider whether to use a phrase or an acronym, remember to OUAAITMWBC (only use an acronym if the meaning will be clear). Friday, June 11, 2004 Page 8 Friday, June 11, 2004 Page 9 Two months into playoffs, NBA finals begin Sports highlights F AHR GAME Quiz answers 1. Major command. That was easy. 2. Personnel command. This is a cinch, huh? 3. Did you guess Naval auxiliary air station? If so, thats right, but so is NORAD Attack Alert System. Extra points if you know what NORAD stands for. 4. Basic contour line is one of several meanings. Computer people may have submitted binary closed loop. 5. Tactical operations center. Yeah, OK, fine. But only give full credit if you knew at least one other meaning technical order compliance, tactical air forces oper ations center, theory of constraint, total ownership cost, theater of operations com mand. 6. I just made that up. 7. That, too. 8. And that one. Some acronyms easy to understand; others clear as mud Compiled by SPC Rick Fahr After losing Game 1 of the NBA Finals to the Detroit Pis tons, the Los Angeles Lakers bounced back to take Game Two. Thursday nights game shifted from Los Angeles to Detroit, where the Pistons will host three games in the sevengame set. Game 4 will be Sunday, with Game 5 on Tuesday. Game 6, if necessary, will be Thursday back on the West Coast. *** Tampa Bay used its home court advantage to win Mon day nights Stanley Cup finale over Calgary *** In what has become a sideshow to the circus that is Major League Baseball, inter league play began this week. As American and National League teams square off this weekend, a few interesting matchups are worthy of note, while the majority of the slate will feature ho-hum battles. The surprising Los Angeles Dodgers invade Fenway Park, taking on the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs travel to Anaheim to take on the Angels in what could be a preview of the World Series. Other than those two series, though, the pickins are fairly slim. Consider these series: Colorado at Tampa Bay Florida at Detroit and St. Louis at Texas Ick. The only redeeming factor of the Cincinnati-Cleveland series is the intrastate rivalry, but thats barely enough to make those games worth watching. The only reason to watch those games would be to catch Ken Griffey Jr. slam his 500th homer. *** Last weeks Nextel Cup win by Mark Martin adds a little intrigue to that series. The win at Dover was Mar tins first in 73 series starts. This week, the NASCAR racers will be at Pocono. *** Ernie Els held off Fred Couples and Tiger Woods to win last weeks Memorial PGA event, and hell likely see a strong Tiger again this week. Woods will most likely be playing hard at the Buick Clas sic for two reasons. One, he needs to tune up his game for next weeks U.S. Open. Two, Buick has paid Woods mil lions for his endorsements. The carmaker would love to see a strong showing from Woods as a return on its investment. Compiled from www.espn. com. To the members of the 463rd Military Police Company Its hard to believe that this time is here. I can remember when I was first got on the ground looking at the departing units editions of the Wire many months ago. Now its my turn to say good-bye to Guantanamo Bay. To my soldiers of the 463rd MPs and those of the 1st of the 119th Field Artillery, I say it has been a long, tough, yet rewarding deploy ment here. You all have grown together into a cohesive fighting unit and a family. I stand in awe of the many accomplishments under your belt. You are the premiere MP Com pany in the Corps today. There is no mission too large and nothing too small that you did not do well. I extend my deepest thanks for your hard work, every day inside Camp Delta. It wasnt easy, but most days you did it with smiles. You were smiling on Christmas when we worked; you were smil ing on New Years Eve and New Years Day when we also worked. Setting the standard, and adhering to the standard was business as usual. Just remember, its not the medals on your chests, or the coins in your pockets that tell the story of what you did here, its the mem ories and the ability to look back and say that you did everything right, and were the best. You will leave a legacy of professionalism, dedication, and mission accom plishment; a legacy that all good units leave behind them. To my crew of Field Artillery guys, stay the course and continue what you are doing. You will be remem bered as soldiers of the 463rd, always. Solid Warriors! Honor Bound! To the members of the 463rd Mil itary Police Company. All of the 463rd Solid Warriors can be proud of their accomplishments over the last eleven months. They can hold their heads high, knowing that their leaders, their families, and the nation are proud of each one of them. The lives of many of 463rd warriors have been changed because of this deployment. Many understand that they have given more to this mission than they could have ever imagined and our soldiers will take back with them a sense of responsibility and pride in ownership for a job well done. Our soldiers lives have been changed because of what they have learned and accomplished. Many of our junior leaders have grown and matured during this deployment and they will take back with them the confidence that no mission is too great for them to handle. As the JTF contin ues to transform from GTMO 4 to GTMO 5 let it be known that it is the soldiers discipline, backed by solid leadership, which is what gets the mis sion done. As leaders we have to remember, we are theirs, and they are ours. They are a reflection of us, and we are what they have made us. Those leaders who consider themselves a suc cess should never forget that they are a product of successful soldiers with whom they served and led. Thank you 463rd, for making me a success. To those war fighters, whom we are leaving behind, and especially the 1st Brigade, 119th Field Artillery, it has been a pleasure serving with you. To those who have just assumed the mis sion, you are in for a life altering expe rience. Solid Warrior Out 463rd MP Company Commander CPT Michael A. Hunter 463rd MP Company First Sergeant SFC Gys J. Moore
By SPC Rick Fahr The terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, heightened aware ness of the need for security, and a by-product of that aware ness has been an expansion of the duties of the U.S. Coast Guard. One of those duties involves providing harbor security at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and a new unit has just taken over those responsibilities. PACAREA Port Security Unit Detachment, commanded by CMDR Jack Laufer, recently assumed command and has begun its tour. Laufer explained that the unit consists of several active-duty Coast Guardsmen but mostly consists of Reservists. He said the group hails from all areas of the Pacific, including Guam, Hawaii and Alaska. Port secu rity units are highly mobile, he noted, saying that the crew members and equipment can be deployed anywhere there is a security need. The commander explained that the groups mission focuses on providing security from the water. We provide harbor security and port security for high-value units in a small, enclosed har bor area, Laufer said. Our main mission here is to deny any enemy uncontested access to Guantanamo Bay. The commander said that the Coast Guard has played an integral part in the nations ongoing war on terrorism, esti mating that nearly three out of four Coast Guard Reservists has served on active duty in the past couple of years. Master Chief J.R. Stafford, command master chief for the unit, said that crew members underwent various types of training prior to deploying. He added that the units previous deployment experience is help ing the group raise their per formance bar. Most of our people have small-boat experience in the continental United States. Sev eral of our boat crew members have done duty in the Middle East, in Korea and in other areas of the world where the Coast Guard provides port security services, he said. We certainly turned it up a notch in the last month of our training and here. Stafford noted that the Coast Guards mission has evolved in recent years. I think that our primary mission as seen by the Ameri can public has always been search and rescue and the like. We have gone since 9-11 from about 2 to 4 percent of our time in port security-type activities to almost 50 percent of our time. The unit leaders said that the Coast Guard has implemented a number of security programs that the general public may not be aware of and that those pro grams have grown the services need for personnel and equip ment. It takes personnel and assets, bodies and bullets to put, as they say, metal on tar get, and our target now has grown quite large, Stafford quipped. Laufer added that the Coast Guards mission will continue to involve high-profile events in coming months, including providing port security at both the Democratic and Republican presidential nominating con ventions later this year. Were expecting full employment for the Coast Guard, Laufer laughed. While many units deployed to JTF Guantanamo have an opportunity to integrate train ing opportunities with their day-to-day missions, the PSU will not likely be able to partic ipate in regular training sched ules, Laufer said. Our mission takes our full attention, 24-7, the com mander noted. Everybody weve got down her has fulltime jobs to do, but we will look to take advantage of training opportunities as we can. The master chief said that the units goals for this deploy ment are simple but important. I think the goal of our deployment is that everybody comes back safely and every body takes care of everybody, he commented. We take our safety especially seriously and thats everything from sun burns to water safety. I think everybody is looking forward to six months of physical exer cise. I dont think too many people in the unit havent said that they want to go back home better trained in their job and better able to do the Coast Guard mission. Friday, June 11, 2004 Page 11 Friday, June 11, 2004 Page 10 MSU team assumes bay duties Photo by SPC Rick Fahr CMDR Jack Laufer (right), PACAREA PSU Detachment commander, and Master Chief J.R. Stafford, command master chief, examine one of the units boats. The unit recently assumed harbor patrol duties. Chaplains Corner The Top Five Reasons Not to Worship God at GTMO By CH (MAJ) Paul Minor 1 The chaplains don't know God, they just are here to collect a paycheck. Response: We have a team of dedicated and Godly chaplains here in the JTF and at the Naval Station. Make an appointment to get to know a chaplain so that you won't be guilty of bearing false witness. 2. My work hours prevent me from worship. Response: Are you kidding? Look at the worship schedule in the Wire and you will see worship services at many different times, places and days of the week. 3. The worship here is not like home. Response: You are right. You are not at home. Why not make a worship home away from home so that you can feed your soul during this challenging time? Maybe you will experience new and deepening faith as you move out of the familiar and comfortable. 4. My command won't let me worship. Subject to the needs of the mission most commanders are all too happy to ensure that their soldiers constitutional rights to the free exercise of religion are upheld. Give advance notice so that plans can be made. Work with your chain. 5. Okay, Okay, I'll go in a few weeks. Answer: There's no time like the present. Don't put it off. We need to worship God. That is part of what we are created to do. We need to worship in a community so that we can be a blessing to each other and support each other. Humans were not created to be in isolation. There are blessings waiting for you if you make worship a priority right now. Start this deployment on the right foot. Heavenly Bits and Pieces By CH (MAJ) Daniel Odean I'd rather be a fool in the eyes of men, than in the eyes of God. You know, think about it, when your physical life is over it isn't going to matter what anybody thought of you except God. The value the world puts on priorities, achievement and success are not the same if God is left out of the picture. Are you striving to please God or the world? The Bibles states, "For the mes sage of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God" (I Cor. 1:18 NIV). Think about it. JTF GTMO welcomes in first of new chaplains A new member has arrived in the Joint Task Force Guantanamo community from the Illinois area and his name is CPT Kent Svendsen, the new Joint Detention Opera tions Group chaplain. I live in northwestern Illinois, where my civilian job is a senior pastor of a two church cooperative, said Svendsen. Its a small country community, where early in the morning the farmers drink coffee at the local farmers restaurant, which is actu ally named the Farmers Restaurant. Until the time he was put on alert for deployment, Svendsen was serving in the 961st Engineers, headquartered in Milwau kee. One night I got a call from my battal ion commander, who said I was needed to serve with the 783rd Military Police on their deployment to Guantanamo Bay, he said. Ive had an interesting military career. As a chaplain, Ive served in medical, air defense artillery, air assault infantry, artillery, engineer, and now a military police battalion. Chaplain Svendsens primary mission here is to serve on the JTF chaplain staff, which could include anything from preach ing at a worship service, to singing and playing music. I could also be tasked to occasionally lead one of the on-going programs such as Soul Survivor, Alpha Course, or Thursday Ticket, he said, adding that he can also be assigned at times to perform the chaplains section unit inbriefings and training provided for soldiers who are returning home at the end of their mobilization. A significant amout of my time, how ever, is spent serving as the chaplain inside Camp Delta, said Svendsen. One of his roles there is to serve on the commanders staff and handling adminis trative issues as they relate to the chap laincy. My current short term goals are to take care of business here at GTMO, and if I occasionally get a day off, Id like to do a little scuba diving, he said, adding he also plans to lead seminars on various themes such as marriage enrichment, suicide pre vention, and relationship building. By AF Staff Sgt. Joshua Gorman CH (CPT) Kent Svendsen JDOG Chaplain Photo by AF Staff Sgt. Joshua Gorman
As JTF troopers explore recreational opportunities on the water, they should keep safety in mind. When diving, for instance, a number of rules apply, espe cially for diving at night. Divers must file a night div ing form with NAVBASE Security prior to making their first night dive. Night diving requires a pri mary light, a second back-up light, as well as a chemical light marker on the buoyancy regulator or person. Divers must call in a night dive-plan with NAVBASE Security prior to entering the water and again after exiting water. NAVBASE Security can be reached at x4105. For more information on night diving, please contact Reef Raiders Dive Club, x7315, or Ocean Enterprises Dive Shop, x5336. Friday, June 11, 2004 Page 12 Camp Bulkeley Notice: The Bulkeley Lyceum will be closed this week to make repairs on the projector. 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 Your guide to ... Safety Downtown Lyceum Fri., June 11 8 p.m. Connie & Carla PG13 98 min 10 p.m.The Day after Tomorrow PG13 124 min Sat., June 12 8 p.m. Shrek 2 PG 105 min 10 p.m. Johnson Family Vacation PG13 97 min Sun., June 13 8 p.m. The Alamo PG13 137 min Mon., June 14 8 p.m. Johnson Family Vacation PG13 97 min Tues., June 15 8 p.m. Troy R 165 min Wed., June 16 8 p.m. The Whole Ten Yards PG13 99 min Thurs., June 17 8 p.m. Hell boy PG13 122 min Night diving requires various safety rules Former President Ronald Reagan passed away over the weekend, ending a long battle with Alzheimers Disease. Reagan, 93, served two terms in office and is largely credited with helping end the Cold War by rejuvenating the military and containing com munism around the globe. At that point in time, Presi dent Reagan gave the military the biggest raise that we had ever seen, and that was huge. For the pay scale at the time, it was def initely needed, recalled 1SG George Davis, 1st Battalion, 119th FA. He was definitely pro-military, and that meant a lot. It went a long way as far as relations between the military and the civilian populace. CMDR Edward Conti agreed. I think his best attribute was his ability to bring people of all parties together for the common good of the United States and the way he brought back the pride of being an American, he said. In remembrance, flags are flying at half-mast, and a twice-hourly cannon blast hon ored Reagan on Monday. Pres ident George W. Bush proclaimed today a national day of mourning. Photo by SPC David Duhart The flag at McCalla Hill flies at half-mast in symbolism of a nation in mourning. Flags all over Guantanamo Bay have been flying at half-mast recently. Former President Reagan passes away over weekend 15 Minutes of Fame... With SPC Jordan Eggleston, 463rd MP Co. By SPC Katherine L. Collins As a high school student, SPC Jordan Eggleston joined the Armys 463rd Mili tary Police Company to fulfill his inspira tion of serving people and to better himself and his future. Almost four years later, he continues to maximize on his Guantanamo Bay experience by further developing him self and those around him, sharing bits of wisdom he learns along the way. Q: What inspired you to join the mil itary? A: Working in fast food, I knew I wanted to accomplish more, so I joined the military. I felt developing a solid founda tion in the Army would help me progress faster and better in life. It has, and it will. Im glad for the time Ive served. Now I look towards moving on to create a better life for my wife and myself beyond the military. Q: Where have you deployed? A: I deployed to Honduras for six months, and later to Qatar for about a month. I had to redeploy back to the rear for kidney surgery. During both missions we performed tasks including base secu rity and convoys. Q: What do you recall as your best military experience? A: The Baton Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M, which involved going 26.2 miles in the desert. It kicked my butt but was an awesome bond ing experience, especially in getting to know my commander and a couple senior NCOs. Q: In what ways has your family sup ported you in your military service? A: Although separated, my parents can unite in the fact that they both tell me theyre very proud of what I do. My wifes also been a huge support. She writes and emails me and cant wait for me to come home. Q: What have been your greatest challenges here? A: One, constantly adapting to changes; two, being responsible for training every one who comes to detainee operations, and, three, being away from my wife, whom I married just two months before I deployed here. I was single during my last two deployments, and that is 100 percent different and is easier than being married. We try to communicate as much as possi ble, but it is a greater challenge here than Id experienced in the past. Q: What personal strengths do you find benefit you most in this mission? A: I guess the ability to control stress at least thats what people tell me. Also, the values of respect and responsibility, which the military taught me. Q: What have you learned from working with the reserve components? A: Ive gained a respect for their sacri fices. They did not sign up to serve in the military full time, but they did volunteer to be called up to defend freedom at any time. I see the struggle it is for them to leave behind a whole different job and life, in hopes of keeping them in tact while deployed. Q: What do you do to relax at home and when you deploy? A: At home I spend as much time as I can with my wife, just doing anything. We are best friends. Here I talk with her by email and phone, and I watch movies or play games when Im not working or sleeping, sometimes with my friends, including two guys from basic training I reunited with here. Q: What has been most rewarding about this mission? A: Meeting all kinds of people and expanding my knowledge of law enforce ment. MPs like to say that MP stands for multi-purpose. We do not typically work in corrections, but we do whatever tasks are assigned. I feel more well-rounded from this mission and better prepared to seek a career in civilian law enforcement. Q: What advice from your deploy ment experiences have you shared with those deploying for the first time? A: Just take advantage of all you can learn from the mission here and people you work with. Then optimize on your free time. Use it to focus on where you want to grow, personally and profession ally, such as taking college courses or scuba lessons. Q: Looking back on your overall mil itary experience, what makes you most proud to serve? A: First, Im proud seeing myself per form a job well that the Armys tasked me, making a difference somehow. Im proud to be strengthening myself and my future by protecting freedoms I too can enjoy and by gaining skills I can use later on in life, professionally and personally. Im proud of the accomplishments and goals I gained through the Army compared to those of some friends back home. Q: What are your immediate and long-term plans for when you return home? A: First, Ill vacation with my wife somewhere shes never been before but wants to go. Then, Ill be a hermit inside the house with her, pampering her and just spending lots of time together. Long-term, I plan to transition out of military service into college full-time, studying psychol ogy. Id then like to join the U.S. Marshals, but there are few vacancies right now. So, initially, Ill aim to join a high paying security company. Photo by SPC Katherine L. Collins SPC Jordan Eggleston, of the 463rd MP Co., works in the detention operations center in Camp Delta. Army marks birthday JTF Guantanamo will celebrate the Armys birthday on June 14 by building esprit de corps with a 6 a.m. Army Birthday Run, beginning at Bulkeley Soccer Field, and a 11:30 a.m. cake-cutting ceremony and lunch at Seaside Galley.
Today : Lunch BBQ beef cubes; Dinner crab legs. Saturday : Lunch catfish fillet; Dinner veal parmesan. Sunday : Lunch roast pork; Dinner baked chicken. Monday : Lunch pepper steak; dinner roast turkey. Tuesday : Lunch baked tandouri chicken ; Dinner chicken fajitas. Wednesday: Lunch pineapple chicken; Dinner sweet and sour pork. Thursday : Lunch Caribbean chicken; Dinner salisbury steak. Friday : Lunch parmesan fish; Dinner T-bone steak. Your guide to ... Galleys Catholic Main Chapel Wed. 5 p.m. Holy Hour and Rosary 6:00-6:25 p.m. Confessions 6:30 p.m. RCIA (Chaplains office) Sat. 4:15 p.m. Confession 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass Sun. 9 a.m. Mass 10:15 a.m. Spanish Mass (Sanct. B) M-Fri. 11:30 a.m. Mass (Cobre Chapel) Camp America Sun. 5:30 p.m. Episcopal Mass 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. 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 Deployed guardsmen (both Army and Air) have another way to keep in touch with their state-side loved ones, relatives, and friends. Its the Morale Call option on the Automated Directory Assistance System (ADAS) installed on several Army installations throughout CONUS. Phone calls placed by deployed guardsmen to these ADAS sites, will be connected to an automated call attendant and its voice-recognition Morale Call sub-system. Guardsmen can access the ADAS by Defense Switch Net work (DSN) phone line. Once connected to an ADAS auto mated call attendant, they need only follow the systems morale-call instructions. Guardsmen reply to the Morale-Call prompts to make their local or long-distance con nection. Morale calls placed to par ties outside the local calling area will incur the usual state side long-distance fees. The same applies for collect-calls and credit/phone card calls. Calls should be placed only during normal nonduty hours at routine precedence and should not exceed 15 minutes in duration. Most installations have a time turned on to limit the call to 15 minutes. DSN phone numbers for the various ADAS locations are: Dugway PG (312) 789-2151 Ft. Benning (312) 835-2011 Ft. Bliss (312) 978-2121 Fort Bragg (312) 236-0001 Fort Campbell (312) 635-2151 Fort Dix (312) 944-1011 Fort Drum (312) 772-3672 Fort Eustis (312) 826-1212 Fort Gordon (312) 780-0110 Fort Hamilton (312) 232-1110 Fort Hood (312) 737-1110 Ft. Huachuca (312) 879-7111 Fort Irwin (312) 470-1111 Fort Jackson (312) 734-7511 Fort Knox (312) 464-1000 Ft. Leavenwth. (312) 552-4021 Fort Lee (312) 539-3101 Ft. Lnrd. Wd. (312) 581-0131 Fort Lewis (312) 357-1994 Ft. McPherson (312) 367-4663 Fort Meade (312) 622-6261 Fort Riley (312) 856-1110 Fort Sill (312) 639-7090 Fort Stewart (312) 870-4663 Morale call system eases communication Hispanic Heritage needs you The Hispanic American Heritage Committee meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. to discuss plans for fundraising, parties, etc. We need more volunteers in order to reach great success and finalize with a HAHC Ball. All interested persons wishing to lend a hand can meet us in the Department of Homeland Security, BCIS, ORAIO (Lupe Beltran's Office; second floor across from MWR offices) Building 760, heading toward Bulkeley Hall. For more information, contact OS1(SW) David Flores J3 Plans NCO 5076/5155