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JTFAROUNDTHE Volume 9, Issue 19 Thursday, July 3, 2008 Liberty prevails at Tierra Kay Liberty prevails at Tierra Kay Seaside Galley supports JTF Seaside Galley supports JTF Engineers: Gitmos lifeline Engineers: Gitmos lifeline Reef Raiders stay afloat Reef Raiders stay afloat A JTF Journal A JTF Journal A JTF Journal THE
PAGE 2 | THE WIREJTF-GTMO Commander: Navy Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby Joint Task Force CMC: Navy Command Master Chief Brad LeVault Office of Public Affairs: Director: Navy Cmdr. Rick Haupt: 9928 Deputy: Army Lt. Col. Edward Bush: 9927 Supervisor: Army 1st Sgt. Patrick Sellen: 3649The WireEditor: Army Staff Sgt. Paul Meeker: 3651 Assistant Editor: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeff Johnstone: 3594 Layout and Design: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Gary Keen: 3594 Army Sgt. Scott Griffin: 3594 Army Sgt. Jody Metzger: 3592 Web Design: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Wolff: 8154 Staff Writers: Army Sgt. Jody Metzger: 3592 Army Spc. Shanita Simmons: 3589 Army Spc. Daniel Welch: 3589Contact us:Base Information: 2000 Public Affairs Office: 3651 or 3596 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651Cover Photo By:Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert ClowneyOnline:www.jtfgtmo.southcom.milJointTaskForce-Guantanamo, produces The Wire, which is printed under the provisions of Department of Defense Instruction 5120.4 The Public Affairs Office JTF GUANTANAMO Commander: Navy Rear Adm. David M. Thomas, Jr. Joint Task Force CMC: Navy Command Master Chief Brad LeVault Office of Public Affairs: Director: Navy Cmdr. Pauline Storum: 9928 Deputy: Army Maj. Richard Morehouse: 9927 Supervisor: Army 1st Sgt. James Venske: 3649The WireExecutive Editor: Army 1st Lt. Adam Bradley: 3596 Editor:Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. Larson: 3651Assistant Editors: Army Staff Sgt. Emily Russell: 2171 Army Sgt. Gretel Sharpee: 3594 Staff Writers: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Cheryl Dilgard: 3499 Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathaniel Moger: 3592 Army Spc. Megan Burnham: 3589 Army Pfc. Eric Liesse: 3589Contact usPublic Affairs Office: 3651 or 3596 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651 Email: email@example.com Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.milThe WIRE is the official news magazine of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It is produced by the JTF Public Affairs Office to inform and educate the Troopers of JTF Guantanamo through news, features, command guidance, sports and entertainment. The WIRE seeks to provide maximum disclosure with minimum delay with regards to security, accuracy, propriety and policy. This DoD news magazine is an authorized publication for the members of the Department of Defense. Contents of The WIRE are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It is printed by the Document Automation & Production Service with a circulation of 1000. COVER:st Class Rex Viloria June 30. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Emily Russell Bad apples, sour grapes can spoil a team TROOPER-TO-TROOPER | THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008Army Master Sgt. Jackie LujanJTF J-4 Logistics Chief_______________________________No one section can operate with only one individual it has to be a team effort. As the saying goes, There is no I in team. You should always recognize your team. Since Jan. 28 I have been logistics chief for like any other team, you need to get along and work with each other to get a job done right. get along? Its not easy. Did you ever work where one or two people are doing all the work and the other part of the team is not pulling its weight? It starts to wear on you. What about when you do the work and someone else says, I did this and I did that, but you are the one that did the work? All of these things make your team weaker. It brings morale down. In a good work environment everyone gets along, everyone pulls their weight and you get credit for the job you do. One more thing what about the pessimistic employee? The employee that complains about everything, the employee that thinks he is a victim. I was reading a book recently entitled, How to be Totally Miserable, and it explains this employee perfectly. This section is entitled Blame Everyone and Everything. The section reads: Miserable people are medalists at the annual Blame games. They are world-class winners in whining, bronze medalists in buck-passing, and victors in victimhood. They hurdle their classes and blame their teachers for their grades; they javelin their jobs and blame their genes; they backstroke through their blessings and blame their background. They say, Its the schools fault, my birth-orders fault, my beds fault (I got up on the wrong side of it). They run an its not my fault marathon, and at the closing ceremony they close their minds. Their national anthem says, Oer the land of the free (free from responsibility) and the home of the blame. What I am trying to say is that if one of your team players is this pessimistic person, then your team isnt happy. This coworker brings everyone down, including themselves. Wouldnt you rather have a team player who was happy and optimistic? To have a dream team, you want all of your team to get along, everyone working and pulling their own weight, to give credit where credit is due and have optimistic team players. Are you a good team member?
THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008 | MISSION THE WIRE | PAGE 3 rd Recreation builds better TroopsArmy Sgt. Gretel SharpeeJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ A place to relax, a place to get away from your roommates, a place to chat with your family and a place to play the latest video game wouldnt that be nice? For Tierra Kay residents, a new, free standing Liberty Center is arriving within the next few weeks. We do need more housing so a new building would be great for our Liberty Center, said Army Pfc. Chris Jones, a Soldier in the 525th Military Police Battalion, who says he uses the current Liberty Center when ever he needs to print. The current Tierra Kay Liberty Center is located in housing unit TK57 and moving the center to a free standing building would make TK57 available for housing. The new building will provide a more comfortable environment to meet the needs of the Troopers, said Jeffery Shaw, Liberty Center coordinator. Even though construction at the site hasnt started yet, since the building is pre-fabricated, once the cement foundation is poured, putting the building in place is relatively simple. The thing Shaw speculates that could take time is transferring the Internet connections from TK57 to the new building. The Internet connections, the DVDs, screen TV and satellite cable will all be transferred into the new building; which will provide all of the recreational items in one open area. The center will also be open 24 hours, seven days a week, just like the current one. Right now, the current TK Liberty Center is spread out onto two levels of a housing unit and our constantly move around in order to monitor all of the areas, explained Shaw. The new center will be easier to see and ensure that only Active Duty military personnel are using the facility. The need for a new center was partially due to the high-volume of Soldiers accessing Camp Americas Liberty Center. The hope is that the new TK Liberty Center will provide an additional and comparable Liberty Center to the Troopers to ensure everyone can access the centers assets equally. This is a good thing all the way around, said Navy Command Master Chief Bradley LeVault, command master chief for the Joint Task Force. A well recreated Trooper has better focus and a better attitude.
1988 Dodge Bat-mobileThough it goes by many call-signs and is similar to the A-Team van, the Batman logo seals the deal for its name. New to the island, the Wisconsin native, Andrew Stemple, quickly snapped up this one-of-a-kind van to get himself and his shipmates around. PAGE 8 | THE WIRE THE WIRE | PAGE 9 Gitmo RidesPhotos by 1 st Lt. Adam Bradley 1978 International Harvester Scout IIThis was purchased in Texas and has been Ian Underwoods primary driver for the last 1986 Jeep CJ-7Dave Evans wife didnt like the Jeeps original color and this was their answer. After spending three years with Public Works on island, Dave and his wife will be heading four grandchildren and 4WD. 1960 Willys CJ-5One of the most recognizable vehicles on island, this original Willys has earned the right for salutes. Often passers-by will render a quick salute, which owner months to complete for the award-winning morning show radio personality. 1994 Dodge Mystery Machine 1968 Volkswagen Posy MobileIf youve spent any amount of time at Gitmo youll quickly come to realize that a unique island calls for unique automobiles. Many diehard auto-buffs whove landed on this rock have taken this opportunity to modify their own and distinctive Gitmo Ride. Though there are many honorable mentions, this is a small collection that stands out from the hundreds of white government vehicles. history in it than all the islander vehicles combined. Until recently, the rear-engine span, each base XO added unique characteristics to the car creating what it is today and has become affectionately known as the Posey Mobile.
MISSION | THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE See SEASIDE/13 Seaside Galley supporting more than the military Army Specialist Megan BurnhamJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________What people see when they walk into the Seaside Galley at Camp America is professional employees and a clean atmosphere where quality food is prepared and served four times a day. This kind of work ethic is dedicated towards more than just the military personnel, contractors and civilians. Our mission is to make sure we have good quality and quantity of food, said Nathaniel Ward, manager of Seaside Galley. We make sure we have the highest expectation as far as professional food. The cooks and food service workers of the Seaside Galley have more on their plates than regular food preparation and service; they are assigned the task of providing full-course meals to the detainees in the camps. This is a very good yet challenging job, commented Ion McCurdy, assistant manager. Experience in food service The galley has always been the food provider to the detainees and the process the galley is required to follow is very strict. is trying to obtain as much food from the vendors that is requested by the detainees. We try to make sure they get what they want, said Ward. That is what were here for, to support. is brought in for a particular meal. The lunch menu for June 30 was spaghetti with marinara sauce, a side salad and baklava for desert with juice to drink. Meals are prepared differently to accommodate the health factors of each detainee. Some will receive regular meals while others will receive vegetarian, bland, soft or diabetic meals. The preparation of the military and detainee meals are nowhere similar to each other, commented Ward. We have separate cooks for the detainees and cooks for the regular meals. Ward went on to comment that the main difference between military and detainee meals are the spices that are used in preparation. The process normally takes about two hours to cook the meals. However, prepping for each meal is started many hours before the due time. Prepping is the key to the operation, said Ward. Once prepped, it doesnt take place. When the main meal has been cooked, it is placed on the serving line and put into clam shells (to-go boxes) for easier transportation.
THE WIRE | PAGE 5 THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008 | MISSION Cmdr. Jeff Johnston, U.S. Naval Station nd Class Nat MogerJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________There are more than 2,000 Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers. This means there are 2,000 beds. Nearly as many refrigerators. Hopefully as many bathrooms. And, it being the 21st century, thousands of Internet connections. However, no one sleeps, drinks a cold soda, takes a shower or checks their e-mail without a roof over their head, electricity through pipes or bytes of information The construction and maintenance of the physical structure that allows the JTF to exist comes from the cooperation between the JTF engineers and U.S. Naval Station Guantanamos Department of Public Works. JTF engineers support the JTF in the areas of detainee ops, intelligence gathering, Commissions and migrant ops, said Navy Capt. Greg Rismiller, JTFs engineer. All of the work getting done gets contracted out by the DPW. It helps that were in the same building. Despite the fact that DPW is part of the naval station and not the JTF, they are the mechanism through which inception turns into execution. Ive only got a small construction force of six to eight Seabees at any given time to swing hammers, so we rely on contracts, said Navy Cmdr. Jeff Johnston, public get done and decide what type of contract needs to be drawn up: planning, service, design, construction. Prospective construction ideas that begin in the JTF make their way through a number of construction professionals before turning into brick and mortar to ensure that the highest level of quality is being maintained. Say the Joint Detention Group has an idea, said Rismiller. They come to us with a request. We write up the work request and it goes to me, continued Johnston. Well build a project package and come up with an initial take on what type of contract we want to use. Then well send it back to JTF with an estimate. At that point, Rismillers team has the project. We send it back to DPW with money attached, said Rismiller. Johnstons Seabees then typically contract the project out to companies ranging from Bremcor, Burns and Roe Service Corporation, Island Mechanical Contracts and others. After that, we monitor the quality, safety and schedule and provide updates to JTF, said Johnston. If things change, then we have to juggle. This juggling act requires managerial dexterity uncommon in most professional arenas. Even with all the different service and construction entities on the island, there are still limitations. At any given time weve only got X number of hammer swingers, said Johnston. Each day, decisions will be made as to which projects will move forward and which wont. We have to understand what each project means to the overall mission. It falls back upon JTF engineers to make some of these qualifying decisions. the JTF operates in a political vacuum. Times change, personnel change and so do mission goals. Because people in the JTF rotate through so often, theres always someone who wants to change projects, said Rismiller. I have to make sure these changes happen for a legitimate reason. Communication has been the key to making so many different moving parts operate on a small naval station with big plans for the future. In the last two years, the Naval Station and JTF have rewritten their master plans. The plans were developed separately, but coordinated, said Johnston. These two to-fenceline picture. Recent and future developments resulting from the master plans include the new Cuzco phase III trailers, a sewage treatment plant on Leeward and the Bay Hill living area for senior enlisted JTF Troopers. About 15 to 20 million dollars a year comes from the JTF, said Johnston. Thats about half of the whole naval station construction budget. DPW has a concrete reason to make sure the quality of JTF structures is of the highest degree one day everything will belong to the naval station. This encourages different organizations to chip in to build structures Take the new terminal annex, said Johnston of the new rotator check-in station across from the Navy Exchange. Naval station paid for some, JTF paid for some and Air Mobility Command paid for some. When the opportunity exists to help each other out, we take it. JTF and NAVSTA engineers: building up the base
LOCAL SP OR T S | THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008 PAGE 6 | THE WIRE Army Sgt. Gretel SharpeeJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Teams of two, on each side of the court, dotted the Deer Point Tennis courts in last weekends Doubles Tennis Tournament. I met [doubles partner] during the last singles tennis tournament, said Christopher Staphylaris, competitor at both the singles and doubles tournaments. The Doubles Tournament, held June 27 28, followed the singles tournament that was held two weeks earlier. Morale, Welfare and Recreation coordinators say they try and hold these tournaments at least every three months since the personnel rotations on the island are so frequent. We started with seven teams but one because of a calf injury, said Audrey With only six teams competing in the tournament till the end, the play on both Friday and Saturday night ended before nightfall. teams competed in a Pro 8 set and advanced Doubles Tennis: Same game, twice the fun! competed in a Pro 8 set, but the winners 3 sets. The championship game between team Prisco Masagca and Gary Belch and team Leo Manlutac and Robert Faurillo was carried out as a Pro 8 set and distinguished I thought playing in this tournament would be fun and a great chance for cardio, said Staphylaris. I had a very good time the tournament was run well and the people involved were great.Look for the next tennis tournaments to be held again in three to four months, or more information at: x4490. Doubles Tennis Tournament Results 1st Place Prisco Masagca Gary Belch 2nd Place Leo Manlutac Robert Faurillo 3rd Place Cornelio Doculan Marcelo Barnigo Reef Raiders come clean
THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008 | MOVIE RECON THE WIRE | PAGE 7 PG-13 Smart, not intelligent, comedyArmy Pfc. Eric LiesseJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________In the 1960s, Mel Brooks and Buck Henry created Get Smart, which has since become a fondly remembered espionagewith unique gadgets, zany one-liners, and Don Adams as Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 of the ultra-secret government spy agency CONTROL, bee-lined through highly secured corridors and missed many dangers only by that much, becoming TV legend. Now, as is the norm these days, Get Smart has come to the silver screen. Although the movie is far from revolutionary and may be down right pointless to some movie-goers, its a prime example of what popcorn cinema should be. Mega-funnyman Steve Carell stars as Max, keeping the trademark ineptitude that Adams embodied in the s. Along with Carell is super-sleek beauty Agent 99, Anne Hathaway, keeping Max in line and in check while theyre out on mission. with Max as an intelligence analyst for CONTROL as it continues its decades-long feud with KAOS, a ruthless international criminal group. After KAOS breaks into CONTROL headquarters in Washington, D.C., compromising all the agents identities, Max gets his life-long dream: a Paired with newly returned Agent 99, they set out across the world to stop KAOS from its latest evil plot. As head of CONTROL (and aptly named Chief), Alan Arkin plays a hothigher-ups, yet is the level-headed leader the ins-and-outs of playing subtle comedy whites and muscles as Agent 23, the big man on the campus of CONTROL. As the model agent, Max repeatedly throws potshots at 99 over how 23 would do things, even though shes the one with the experience and Max is the one who carries Carell and Hathaway play very well together, keeping Max and 99 at odds throughout their mission. Hathaway is the brains, beauty and kicks of the operation, playing the straight woman to Carells sporadic incompetence. Max isnt all pitfalls and fumbled weapons, however. As a former top-tier analyst, Max uses his ears and deduction whats-what in all situations. He even seems to perform better without 99 near. Much like the original TV show was set against the backdrop of the Cold War, the majority of the movie takes place in Russia as Max and 99 covertly crisscross the landscape, avoiding the nefarious KAOS as they pursue evidence. A few scenes do move quickly and arbitrarily, with Max even asking at one point, How did I get here? 99 comes back bluntly, It doesnt matter. These loose transitions detract from the caper, but they are few. Though many would compare Max to Austin Powers, there are vast differences. Get Smart is not a spy spoof its a funny spy movie; the jokes are part of the movies for those that remember it, whether original airings or its many Nick at Night runs. the movie hits the easy-going mark. The plot isnt hard to follow, the action is silly yet engaging, and the gadgets usually double as something else like Maxs trademark shoe-phone, for instance. seasons this light movie is one phonebooth-elevator ride thats worth taking.
PAGE 10 | THE WIRE rd Class Nyto Griffen helps nd Class Nat MogerJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the completion of their appointed rounds. The men and women of the United States Postal Service mark these words by the Greek philosopher Herodotus as an accurate description of their dedication to getting mail into the hands of its rightful owner. the way the Navy postal clerks in in Joint Task Force Guantanamo view their job. We are responsible for the movement of incoming and outgoing mail for JTF personnel, st Class Before care packages from loved ones, auto insurance bills and Amazon.com packages make it into the hands of departmental mail clerks, they take a long journey wrought with treacherous sorting rooms, massive warehouses and water. Mail gets sent through USPS channels and ends up at the Norfolk, Va., air terminal, explained Barbosa. Then its consolidated sort the mail into different zip codes corresponding with different entities on base. JTF mail is sent to McCalla Hangar. McCalla Hangar splits it up by workcenter, said Barbosa, counting off the different three-letter designations, JIG, JDG, JMG, before continuing, and its delivered here presorted. At that point they hold a mail call and departmental representatives take the pieces of mail to their ultimate destinations. However, for these postal clerks, making sure the mail gets delivered is more than just a job. It makes me feel good, said Navy rd Class Clarence Knight. To me its just a piece of mail, but when I see the smile on their faces, I know to them its something else. It also means strange hours, with fate as their boss. Every Saturday we go down to the sorting site to help out, said Barbosa. Were also on call for Sundays. If the plane comes in, we go to work. Besides the logistical work that goes into a successful mailroom, Barbosa and his team perform a juggling act, balancing their budget between cash and stamps. We send out between $1,500 and $2,000 in postage per week and all of it is in stamps, said Barbosa. We have to keep perfect accountability of all the cash and stamps we use. Due to the deployed nature of stamps instead of electronically administered methods. However, the naval station has expanded capabilities. For more information, call Barbosa at 3873. The mailroom is planning a location change to the current Camp America gym in early September. Rain, Sleet or Snow: The Mailman Always Delivers 1 st Class Alexis rd rd Class Nyto Griffen move mail into NEWS & INFORMATION | THURSDAY JULY 3, 2008
THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008 | NEWS & INFORMATION THE WIRE | PAGE 11 of the Reef Raiders after a ful spearPhoto by Locky Brown See RAIDERS/13 Reef Raiders come clean Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. RussellJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________The Reef Raiders, Guantanamo Bays only organized dive club, was once notorious for the divers who earned their name from the prizes they claimed from the waters of the bay. The club, established in 1952, was formed by a group of free divers who dove for pieces of coral which were sold to raise money for the club. The club sponsored a couple of at Windmill Beach, said Locky Brown, an early member of the dive club, who was stationed here with the Navy in 1958. It was a close-knit group of civilians and [military personnel]attached to various commands on the base, he added. To launch the club, experienced members held a class on the basic principles and hazards of scuba diving. The 45-minute pool session taught new divers how to clear in water, and to exhale when ascending from deeper water. We thought we were safe, informed divers, Brown said. Today I think back and have pangs of guilt knowing that the Today, the Reef Raiders goals and diver education are completely different. Back then, they broke off pieces of coral and raided the reef, said Bill Keenan, Reef Raiders co-president. Over time, weve learned that its not good for the [underwater ecosystem] so we do the opposite now. We work through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) as well as Project AWARE [a group that promotes environmental conservation through education, advocacy and action], and clean up the beaches as a club. Project Aware does a world-wide clean up every year through PADI, he continued. through Ocean Enterprises, the local dive shop, we try to support it every September. Over the last 14 years, the reef systems have become a lot cleaner than they were years ago, Keenan all the time. We have removed thousands of pounds of garbage from the ocean to dispose of at the Of the many unusual items found in the water, a hand-made canoe and a 200-year-old anchor were the most interesting. During the Cuban Exile in 1994-1995, the refugees used any available materials to construct lobster traps. [The Cubans] used copper fabricate the traps, Keenan said. Weve pulled a lot of old traps off the reef. Reef Raiders also maintain the many buoys in the bay. Over time, weather and salt water have left their mark; two or three times per year, members of the dive club bring the buoys to shore for cleaning and maintenance, and replace them in the bay. Its a mission the club is proud to support. The base usually funds the cost of materials and as a club, we volunteer to do the work, at no cost to the government, said Keenan. We like to teach folks the technical aspects behind [maintaining the buoys]. We get a lot of help and its a great learning experience. The club is active and currently averages as providing a facility where members can meet and host events. The Reef Raiders facility is where our diving classes take place, said Rudy Rudolph, co-president and dive instructor. We have a classroom there so we can take care of all the [out of water] instruction. Rudolph and Keenan have logged more than 6,000 dives combined the majority here at Guantanamo Bay. Its someplace to hang out, Rudolph continued. We have Internet down there, and when we have our meetings on the second Tuesday of every month, we barbeque. All member have access to the club if they want to host a party there, they can, said Keenan. We try to host events periodically, Keenan continued. At the end of the summer were looking at scuba olympics. We also do underwater bowling, pumpkin carving and we decorate a Christmas tree all underwater. To get involved, just come down and sign up its a free membership, said
NE W S & INFOR M A T ION | THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008 PAGE 12 | THE WIRE1. Dont cool the great outdoors. When your air conditioning is on make sure your windows and exterior doors are closed. 2. Turn off lights when you are not in the room. 3. Do not leave doors to refrigerator or freezers open. 4. Keep curtains and blinds closed to keep cold air in and heat out. 5. Dont overload refrigerator or freezer. Overloading prevents appliance have to work harder to keep items cool. 6. When washing clothes, only wash full loads and use cold water. 7. Dont over dry your laundry. 8. Dont leave PC and laptops on, put them in sleep mode. conditioning units to keep them working properly. 10. Use the microwave instead of using an oven when possible. Microwaves use 20% less energy. www.consumerreports.org www.energyquest.ca.gov www.alliantenergygeothermal. com Energy Conservation tips for summer Maintenancend JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Erika Isaacson
THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008 | VOICE OF THE FORCE PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Boots on the GroundWhere is the most unusual place you have spent the 4th of July?nd Class Cheryl Dilgard Christopher Sandoval rd Class 4th stationed there. Chile is the most spent 4th th of July. Raiders of the seaRAIDERS from 11 SEASIDE from 4Once the food has been cooked and thoroughly prepared, inspected and packed into insulated food containers, the next step of the process is to transport the food to the camps. Navy personnel are waiting to assist in unloading the meals and getting them ready to take into the camps. We make sure everything is there, said a Navy Seaman involved in the meal distribution process. We also make sure everything is right before giving the food to the detainees. As the food was being placed into the individual clam shells for Camp 5 and Camp 6, a Joint Detention Group Preventative Medicine Technician was checking the sanitation level of the food by making sure the process was proper and the temperature level was accurate. This is a random monitoring process that is conducted each month to observe what the Seaside Galley is doing and to ensure theyre preparing everything to standard. We want to make sure bacteria growth is limited and the detainees are receiving fresh products, said the JDG PM technician. We want to make sure they get safe food. The result of the inspection was that the Seaside received a satisfactory standing which means a good overall job and all the temperatures of the food were at the appropriate levels. The people here [at Seaside Galley] work hard and do an outstanding job, said Ward. They all know what they are supposed to do.Meals to order Rudolph. Once youve done that youre welcome to come down to have your tank In addition to the free membership, participants also have the option to upgrade to a paid membership, which provides in November. Paying members also get two air compressors. Reef Raiders is currently open seven days a week. For more information, call 77315.
LIFE & SPIRIT | THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE Independence JTF CHAPEL SCHEDULED PROGRAMSCatholic Mass Sunday: 7 a.m. Confession 7:30 Mass 11 a.m. Mass Protestant Worship Sunday: 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Spanish Protestant Worship Sunday: NoonArmy Capt. Y.J. Kim525th MP Battalion Chaplain____________________________Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs 14:34)This week, we are celebrating the 4thof July: Independence Day! Americas the 232nd birthday of this great nation. Isnt America a great place to live? Yes, it is. While its not a perfect place (like heaven), its a lot better than most other nations in the world today. How can we keep our country great? First, remember and appreciate the and pray. The groundwork for the freedom we enjoy today has been laid over the past 232 years. We enjoy this freedom because of what our founding fathers, our fathers, our brothers and sisters have done to preserve this freedom. Our freedom didnt come cheap. These patriots fought and died to give us our freedom to keep God-given rights, such as Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. And also, at this very moment many of our young men and women in uniform are voluntarily serving for this great nation, and, as we know, willing to make the 56 brave men signed our Declaration of Independence. Among those of the original the British before they died; 12 of them had their homes ransacked and burned to the ground; and nine of them fought and died from wounds suffered during the Revolutionary War. Our founding fathers were committed to obtaining freedom for future generations. These men, and hundreds more, paid a price to give us a nation of freedom and opportunity. Should we do any less than to pray for America? From a Christian perspective, it is a solemn duty to pray for the nation and its leaders (1Timothy 2:1-2). It should not only be a prayer of thanks for our founders high ideals, but also for service men and women quest. They deserve our constant support of prayer. If we are going to continue to see good come from America, we need to pray. What makes a nation strong? Physical prosperity might be good evidence of a only does not ensure a great nation. Thousands of years ago, the wise man Solomon wrote these thought provoking words: Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs 14:34) When our founding fathers stood up appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the morality of their intentions, this nation didnt have military might nor economic domination on the world stage. But it was so evident that our founders stood up on higher ground to build this nation upon a moral cornerstone. The Continental Congress, just a month before declaring independence, passed an urged its fellow citizens to confess and bewail our manifold sins and transgressions, and by a sincere repentance and amendment of life, appease his [Gods] righteous displeasure (May 17, 1776). A strong suit of morality makes a nation strong. If we want to keep our country great, we need to live our lives on the moral high ground. Our lives of righteousness exalt our nation. America is great, in part because of its ideals and its economic and military might, but mostly because of its citizens who by their beliefs and actions embody commitment to keeping this nation great. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. (Psalm 33:12)
THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008 | 15 MINU T ES OF FA M ETHE WIRE | PAGE 15th Army Pfc. Eric LiesseJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________With a pitch-perfect, ring announcerlike voice, Army Staff Sgt. Joseph Lobban prepares the crowd for the evening, insisting all cell phones and pagers be turned off. Momentarily, he commands the ceremony to begin and welcomes the audience to the evenings preceding. Though Lobban said he considers this just an additional tasking, he has become the resident emcee for all 525th Military Police Battalion ceremonies, be it an awards presentation, a change of command, or a retirement celebration. charge of the battalions S-6, Lobban is the main hub for the 525th, Camp 5, Camp Echo and Camp Iguana; for any of their computer and network capabilities. However, being the battalions emcee doesnt divert much time from his primary job, Lobban said. During his emcee duties, Lobban is the man in control of a very different network. As an emcee, you are what keeps the ceremony together, Lobban said. You have your certain parts like when music has to play, when somebody has to speak, when certain actions need to take place. Everything comes up on the queue of when the narrator says so. For instance, when Lobban announces the chaplains invocation and playing of the Voice of 525 thnational anthem, he would motion to the chaplain as well as cue a Trooper to handle the sound system. Of course, Im double and triple checking and giving the head-nod of when to execute everything. Lobban said. Lobban has done a few ceremonies thus far, including two awards ceremonies, the change of responsibility for Sgt. Maj. Donald Troxler, and the Army Birthday celebration. The big one of the big ones, and I feel kind of honored to do it, is Command Sgt. Maj. [Theodore] Trahans retirement ceremony, Lobban said of the Thursday, July 3, ceremony. The ceremony was held to both honor and retire Trahan from his time as the senior enlisted leader of the 525th. to have full writing privileges on, Lobban continued. After taking from past retirement examples, Lobban tweaked and for Trahan. To make a ceremonys script, Lobban it accordingly. When you start taking a look at it, it Ill just go over it and make it run a little smoother as well as keep the professional appearance of the ceremonies that we do. liking, Lobban will spend about a half hour before the ceremony begins repeatedly going over the narration, making any last minute changes needed for sound. With a full run through before hand, the ceremony begins with Lobban at the helm. Before coming to Guantanamo, Lobban had public speaking experience by way of 1450AM ESPN Radio WFAY out of Fayetteville, N.C., for about three weeks in spring, 2006. However, Lobban said he never had the job he was a guest announcer due to calling in so often. The day he went to secure his contract, the station closed for business due to low ratings. However, Lobban said they never informed him, letting him walk up to locked doors. Lobban said the time on the radio also without a problem. If youre talking in front of a microphone and almost 100,000 people can hear you, whats wrong with talking in front of a microphone in front a smaller Even though ceremonies are at his whim, he refuses to get a big head over it. I can take my job very seriously, but I never take myself seriously, Lobban said. If you take yourself seriously, youre going to let the best things in life pass you by. But my job I take more serious that anything else, except for my marriage and my kids.
AROUND THE JTF | THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008 JTF JTF AROUND JTF JTF THE nd June 28 JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell Raymond Slayton, a the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion, prepares to June 30 at Center. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. 1 st Class Vaughn R. Larson JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Pfc. Eric Liesse Coast Guard rd Tuesday, July 1. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Megan Burnham