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PAGE 2 | THE WIRE TROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008 JTF-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: 3649 The Wire Editor: 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: 3589 Contact us: Base Information: 2000 Public Affairs Office: 3651 or 3596 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651 Cover Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Clowney Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil JointTaskForce-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 1 st Sgt. James Venske: 3649 The Wire Executive Editor: Army 1 st Lt. Adam Bradley: 3596 Editor: Army Sgt. 1 st Class Vaughn R. Larson: 3651 Assistant Editors: Army Staff Sgt. Emily Russell: 2171 Army Sgt. Gretel Sharpee: 3594 Staff Writers: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jayme Pastoric: 3499 Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathaniel Moger: 3592 Army Spc. Megan Burnham: 3589 Army Pfc. Eric Liesse: 3589 Contact us Editors Desk: 3651 or 3596 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651 Email: email@example.com Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil The 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: Fireworks light up the sky over Guantanamo Bay during the Independence Day celebration. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy nd Class Jayme Surviving Family Separation Sgt. Maj. Donald W. Troxler, Jr. th _____________________________________________ Over the past 22 years of military service, I have spent countless periods of time separated from my family. Because of these separations we have learned some survival skills. Here are some tips that led to the success of our family surviving separation. Be consistent. Family practices that occurred when together apply when separated from one another. Use modern technology to your advantage and use the support groups the military has provided for us at home as well as those who are on deployment. We must live what we believe. My wife and I believe that our marriage is blessed and is a bond whether together or temporarily separated. We practice our faith towards one another by seeking and making every opportunity to share in our unity with each other, separated by no one under any circumstance. Family practices that occur when together apply when separated. At the end of the duty day I proceed home and spend productive family time. When separated the same concept applies. Instead of being physically with the family I spend time supporting their activities by assisting in the research of some of their homework assignments and projects. Make sure the telephone calls are more than the hello, how are you. One way we kept the lines of communication open was for us to sit the children in front of the telephone speaker system with their book of the day. I, on my end of the world, would have the same book and would share our story time in nearly the same fashion as if we were at home. Deployment (separation) has a tendency to stimulate worry, undo stress, anxiety, in depth loneliness and sometimes isolation. That is why the military has developed several structured programs such as Family Readiness Groups (FRG), deployment preparation committees for spouses and children that provide the support in time of need and chaplains programs which provide support to all of us. During deployments my wife and I surrounded other committed deployed spouses. The military changes its plans, but it does not excuse us from our commitment and promises we make to our families. Spouses and children look forward to the promises and commitments you make to each other. Not only do they remember, but they will hold you to it until the day you come home. Remember, family practices that occur when together also occur during temporary separations, missions, and/or deployments. Our military journey is far from over and we ask that you pray for the Troxler family as we pray for you and yours, for it is our belief that the last award placed on my chest will not be a military medal, but the hands that I hold and the hugs that I receive from family.
FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008 | MISSION THE WIRE | PAGE 3 Since 9/11, providing security escorts on high value assets became one of our primary missions. st Class Pedro Gonzalez Robert Berg, machinery technician, mans the bow gunner in a transportable port security boat while escorting the USCGC Tampa (WMEC 902) through the bay. PSU 307 keeps Guantanamo Bay secure 902) back to sea July 1. Army Specialist Megan Burnham ____________________________ One month ago the Coast Guard Port Security Unit 307 arrived in Guantanamo Bay and since then they have been busy patrolling the water as part of their AntiTerrorism Force Protection mission. When they are on patrol their mission is to maintain awareness of all vessels and personnel that come in and out of the bay to include swimmers and scuba divers and identify any potential waterborne threats. Along with the duty of maintaining awareness of all vessels, escorting them in and out of the bay is also a priority. PSU teams escorted the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa into Guantanamo Bay as they came in from patrol June 28 to fuel up, obtain provisions and enjoy rest and recreation before returning on patrol. Their mission in the Caribbean is to perform migrant operations and drug interdiction. The PSU escorted the ship as part of ATFP against any waterborne threats in the bay when the boat came in, while in port and as it shipped out three days later. Their job was to keep any vessels out of the reaction zone around the cutter as it moved through the bay. Were protecting the gear and equipment on the front lines, said Coast rd Class Jeff Pires, Boatswains Mate 3 rd Class of the PSU 307. We provide better visibility at the ports. Since 9/11, providing security escorts on high value assets became one of our primary missions, said Coast Guard st Class Pedro Gonzalez, Boatswains Mate 1 st Class. When the cutter was preparing to go back on patrol, two Viper boats constantly patrolled the bay while the cutter conducted skills training. During the training, when any water vessel came within the reaction zone, Coastguardsmen on the viper boat performed a screening of that vessel. This process involves investigating and assessing the who, what, where and why and then redirecting the vessel a safe distance away from the cutter. by the guys in the cutter, said Pires. The viper boats escorted the ship beyond the mouth of Guantanamo Bay and returned back to the boat house, their mission successfully completed.
MISSION | FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE Navy individual augmentees support Public Affairs and Commissions Support Group Navy IAs support where needed nd Class Jesus Uranga escorts civilian media from the commissions media room to the commissions court room Wednesday, July 9. Uranga is one of 10 Navy individual augmentees who came to Guantanamo Bay to assist with commissions support requirements. Army Pfc. Eric Liesse ____________________________ Many personnel are needed to keep the military commissions process working smoothly. Since early May, a group of 10 Navy individual augmentees (IA) have helped keep those wheels turning in Guantanamo Bay. The IA program assists the military commissions process by deploying provide specialized skill sets, according to PAO). Throughout the JTF and its Commissions Support Group (CSG), Navy IAs are slots. The military has relied on IAs for many years now. Originally, [the IA program] was created to assist the Army in areas where they needed [additional] specialized skill sets, Mesta said. The JTFs CSG provides support to the increased pace of commissions proceedings, the Navy was tasked to provide several IAs Along with Mesta, three Sailors were tasked to assist JTF PAO with commissions media relations. The other six Sailors work in other areas to support CSG. I actually worked with the PAO for a week and did the media thing, said Petty department. I guess they didnt need me transportation. So thats why I came to be with the Commissions Support Group. Both Viloria and Mesta play an important role to support the commissions process. I take care of all the scheduling, Military Commissions personnel, judges, lawyers, defense attorneys all those them, Viloria said. We give them their vehicle, [vehicle parking], all that stuff. Mestas media escort position has many factors as well. Commissions media also have interviews, live video feeds and press conferences arranged through Mesta and My primary job is to escort commission media and arrange logistical support for in-coming and out-going media, Mesta explained. I make sure they have what they need to do their job, he added. When dealing with civilian media, the protection of operational security is always needed, Mesta stressed. I make sure the media stays out of trouble when dealing with security issues, Mesta added. He also assists the media to do their job to the best of their abilities within the security constraints. Originally, Mesta said, the group of IA Sailors would form a separate unit to cover the commissions media. But they didnt send down enough of us to be able to be independent, so thats why were falling under PAO, Mesta said. The four public affairs-trained Sailors were attached to JTF PAO. Others in personnel specialist were attached under the CSG, Viloria said. When activated, the group didnt actually come straight to Guantanamo, Viloria said. They activated us, we went and processed in, then they sent us back. They then said Be on a 96-hour tether. When we call you, youll come. Two months of our six-month tour was spent waiting to get the call up, Viloria said. Before arriving at Guantanamo, the small group knew to expect media relations work. However, they came with little other information. You cant have too much in the way of expectations because you dont know what youre getting into until you get there, Mesta added. Although the 10 Sailors came as a group, they hadnt worked together in the past, Mesta said. The folks that I came down here with [have] never worked together before, he said. We never even met each other before. Mesta, who was stationed at Norfolk, Va., on the Navy aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower, said his ship has sent more Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. The IA program has been utilized in the past many times, Mesta said. There are two different types of IAs, he explained. Theres a general security [job], which is a really tough job, and then there are the specialized skill sets that the military asks for. Basically a command will identify a need and then put out a request for media communication specialists, or information systems technician, or [masters-at-arms], depending on the need. Then, the Navy will search for commands that can support the mission and let their folks go for a certain amount of time.
THE WIRE | PAGE 5 FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008 | MISSION nd Class Nat Moger ____________________________ While Troopers from all branches of the armed services are participating in the bootson-the-ground war on terror, contributions to the effort can take many different forms. Ever since the days of loose lips can sink ships during World War II, keeping military activity and planning away from the enemy has been just as important as executing missions properly. In todays war, the enemy can be anywhere, at anytime, traversing internet connections and phone lines much more easily than they ever could over land, sea or air. The Information Assurance managers at Joint Task Force Guantanamo are the overseers and, at times, gatekeepers to the information on JTF networks. We essentially safeguard the networks to ensure that its safe from outside threats, said Air Force Capt. Nicholas Jameson, JTFs IA manager. We also make sure the users know how to be responsible. It overlaps very closely with OPSEC [operations security]. two distinct missions: a strong defense and ensuring compliancy with command policies and procedures. The defensive aspect is the stuff of movies. Terms usually reserved for the computer savvy heroes of futuristic cyberthrillers are bandied about the same way acronyms are in the Pentagon. Were making sure that our network is patched and that users are trained, said Jameson. We implement practices like locking the proxies to protect ourselves from adversaries and any viruses, Trojans or worms that could come through. IAs biggest customer, the JTFs J-6, operates and maintains JTF servers, while virus programs and the intrusion detection system. Jameson equates it to detention operations. There are layers of defense, said Jameson. You cant just walk up and talk to a detainee. You need to go through is one of those layers. When info comes validates whether that info is legal or not. The proxy handles outgoing information and the intrusion detection system monitors the many different currents in the stream of information. [The proxy] is what stops JTF people from going to malicious websites, explained Jameson. And if someone from the outside is trying to access our network through suspicious or unauthorized channels, the intrusion detection system will block it. The anti-virus programs scan incoming information for viruses. The other side of IA is making sure the JTF complies with the Defense Information Systems Agency, the U.S. Army and U.S. Southern Commands information and network policies. We certify and credit networks, saying theyre legal to operate, said Jameson. For instance, a user cant just go in and install an application. We need to make sure its licensed and safe to go on the network. It isnt all constant vigilance and blocking browsing. Dustin Robbins, who originally came to the JTF as a uniformed member of as a J-6 help desk civilian contractor before moving into IA. He thought one of the most interesting aspects of the job is balancing JTF bandwidth to accommodate both work and play. We have to maintain the integrity of the network, ensuring that bandwidth usage stays low enough that the military can conduct their business, said Robbins. In the end, the members of the IA unpopular decisions. However, they know how much IA and OPSEC mean to such a We do have to play the bad guy, the opposite of the yes man, said Jameson, not because its the easy answer, but because no is in the best interest of protecting the government. Cyberdefenders! Access Denied! J-6 Information Assurance runs proxies to protect Joint Task Force Guantanamo servers from malicious websites.
LOCAL SP OR T S | FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008 PAGE 6 | THE WIRE MWR spearDenton Boy Boy Edmond, shows off the two from his catch. The pompano weighed in at 18 pounds, 1 ounce, almost half of the weight for his total catch. they earned for their catch. (From left to right) Shane Lauritzen, Denton Boy Boy Edmond, and Eric Judkins. Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosted the tournament. Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell ____________________________ Stalking the waters of Guantanamo Bay is how some Gitmo residents spent their time July 5, hoping to land the catch that would earn them placement in the spear The event, hosted by Morale, Welfare and Recreation, challenged participants to were counted and weighed at the marina at the end of the day. Winning was based on the total weight to 1600, said Jaron Chapman, manager of the marina. was Denton Boy Boy Edmond, an MWR employee who works at the carpentry shop. Edmond blew away the competition with a whopping total of 38 pounds, 1 ounce. Eighteen pounds of his total came from one I was free diving off the shore near the lighthouse when I saw the pompano. He came to pay me a visit and I had a surprise for him, said Edmond. Easing his way into second place, Joint Task Force member Shane Lauritzen landed a grouper and a jack with a total weight of 4 pounds 12 ounces. Rounding out third place was fellow Joint Task Force member Eric Judkins who secured his spot with a jack, weighing in at 2 pounds, 6 ounces. Thirty-seven people signed up for the event, said Chapman. Some participants chance at winning [because they werent big enough]. Make sure you weigh in all The tournament included awards for the largest lobsters caught as well. Only two lobsters were presented at the by Cy Winter, weighed in at 2 pounds and 15 ounces. Kevin Robarge, nabbed the second place lobster with a weight of 2 pounds, 13 ounces. event, usually the dive shop hosts it. We had great participation. Were still in the planning phase for another event. Hopefully well be able to do it before the end of the year, said Chapman.
FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008 | MOVIE RECON THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Army Pfc. Eric Liesse ____________________________ Pixar Animation Studios continues their latest release, WALL-E. Set hundreds of years in the future, Earth has had no humans for more than 700 years due to severe pollution. The title character WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) is a small robot developed to clean Earth of its piled garbage, one small trash-brick at a time. WALL-E displays real child-like emotion with binocular-like, bulbous eyes set atop a thin hinged arm and a rusty square body attached to a pair of tank tracks. He seems to be the only operating robot left on the planet, and he is starting to get lonely. This longing drives the opening scenes, with WALL-E curiously rummaging through trash heaps for old scraps. One fateful day a robot named EVE (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator) appears to scope out Earth. For WALL-E, to court the graceful, ultra-sleek EVE, but she just continues her directive. After a few seasons on Earth, EVE is retrieved by the Axiom, the mega-spaceship that delivered her. WALL-E, not wanting to lose EVE, hitches a ride on the ship in his relentless effort to save her. current humans mega-company, Buy N consumer goods company grew to become the government. Once the planets trash grew to unlivable extremes, Buy N Large persuaded spaceships while their WALL-E units cleaned the planet. The plan was to be gone The ships captain and the passengers on board are grotesque caricatures of over consumption. They are bound to hoverchairs, have weakened skeletal structures, and are so obese they cant even sit up without robotic assistance. The chair-bound citizens also have holographic television screens in their face. They dont realize the ship has a pool, even while they sit poolside. overreaching societal themes, WALL-E is an exception. The image of overconsumption and automated lives continues throughout. The majority of dialogue. Fluid animations move the plot along so easily the audience rarely realizes they havent heard conventional dialogue in 20 minutes. WALLEs hands alone convey deep isolation when he clasps them longingly, watching an old VHS of Hello, Dolly. WALL-E, written and directed by Andrew Stanton, includes many nods to Odyssey has its famous theme play during one large movement. Also, robots showing almost-human sides have been a staple of animation will dazzle children. Adults especially parents will enjoy the clean content, superb animation and the deeper message of living life rather than automating it. WALL-E innocently shows the ridiculousness of human consumerism by just being simplistically human. With detailed animation and humanized robots, WALL-E will remind why you love
4 th of July Celebrations Photos by Navy Petty Officer 2 nd Class Jayme Pastoric, Navy Petty Officer 1 st Class Joshua Treadwell and Army Spc. Megan Burnham Naval Station Guantanamo Bays 4 th of July celebrations included the 8 th annual Fire works Display that could be viewed from al most anywhere on base. There were also pre formances by The State of Man and Amanda Lynn and Andy Lee. Other Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities were held throughout the weekend to help celebrate the holiday. PAGE 8 | THE WIRE THE WIRE | PAGE 9
NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008 PAGE 10 | THE WIRE Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell ____________________________ After 22 years of military service, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Theodore Trahan is ready to retire from the Military Police Corps, but not without the lessons hes learned throughout his career. I cut my teeth as a young NCO in the 82 nd Airborne Division, Trahan said. [Ft. Bragg] is close to my heart. Some of the styles and attributes I have today Im certain are from growing up there. Work hard, play hard has always been a theme throughout his career. As a Nonnd it was a code Trahan and his peers lived by. It was an environment that made you become stronger as an individual, because if you didnt step up, you wouldnt make it, he explained. If you didnt know how to do something, you checked on it and you practiced it. There was no secondguessing. Trahan spent approximately seven years with the 82 nd During this time he served in numerous positions, from M-60 gunner to team leader, squad leader and platoon sergeant. I held every position within that company, he added. Jay Fowler, Command Sergeant Major of the 525 th Military Police Battalion, and I were squad leaders in the paratroopers for a couple years together, Trahan continued. I always joke, He was the second-best squad leader in the company next to me. [However], he was the best guy, I thought. I learned a lot from him whether he knew it or not. We were both young and arrogant but watched each other from a distance. Its funny how things work out in your career here we are working together again. Trahan didnt always see his stint in the Army as a long-term commitment. Early on I thought, lets just see where this career takes me, he said. There was a point in time where I considered [getting out]. I was levied for recruiter duty. It wasnt what I wanted to do. I didnt want to be a salesman for the Army. It ended up being a great assignment, Trahan continued. I learned about myself, time management and how to talk to people as opposed to talking at people. I was a little rough around the edges in my younger days. Trahan credits his wife as his driving I came into the Army with no college [education] and now I have my masters degree, he noted. When I met [my wife], I had only been in for about four years. I was good at what I did, but I wasnt exceptional. She drove me to do things that made me stronger as an individual, like getting an education. She encouraged me to not accept anything less than the best I can offer. Trahan never experienced a working environment like Guantanamo before. Detainee operations are different here as opposed to down range, said Trahan. [Here] you learn the dynamics of the other services working in a joint environment. Ive come to take the best from each branch. This realization hit Trahan before arriving at Guantanamo. While deployed to Afghanistan, he came across a Navy lieutenant, a submariner, who was working essentially was saving the lives of the Soldiers who used it. I realized this is not just an Army gig. It doesnt matter what service [a Trooper] belongs to were all in this War on Terror together, he said. [Guantanamo] has made me appreciate the Troopers even more and has made me a well-rounded individual. As Trahans duty comes to an end, his a few important lessons hes learned as a Soldier, a leader and most importantly a Be true to yourself and be honest, role model. Lessons from my past
Base from Army Spc. Megan Burnham __________________________ One of the biggest projects the Navy has undergone here, and one of the most noticeable, is the construction of the wind turbines on top of John Paul Jones Hill, Naval Base Station Guantanamo Bay. It has actually been three years since the four, threebladed, turbines have been in use and the effects generated have proven to be useful. power], said Bill Keenan, project manager of Noresco, Inc. They [personnel on base] are not using as much fuel as they would normally use had the wind turbines not been here. The wind turbine project started in 2002 when Keenan, and the project developer for Noresco discussed a possible wind power project. The next step included Noresco asking the base to put up an anemometer, a device used for measuring wind speed, to track the wind on JPJ Hill and at the airport. From the results generated by the device, the data showed the base The anemometer provided an indication that the hill would be a favorable place to build wind turbines, said Keenan. A series of events followed comprising of Noresco putting together a proposal and submitting it to the buy the project. After sealing the deal, construction of the turbines began at the end of 2004 and was completed and operational by July 2005. Investing in energy-saving projects has been increasing military-wide. The wind turbine project It was, at the time, the largest project where you had wind energy working with a diesel generating system, commented Keenan. The turbines are rated to produce 3.8 megawatts of electricity but have produced up to 4.1 megawatts on windy days. Each turbine also generates 950 kilowatts. As the blades are turning, the generated energy travels straight to the main grid at the central avenue substation where it is distributed throughout the base. This means that the energy is being consumed as it is being made and everyone on base enjoys the results. overall, said Keenan. We [Noresco] are glad to be a part of it and be at the forefront of the process. John Paul Jones Hill wind turbines create power as they turn The wind turbines on top of John Paul Jones Hill have been fully operational since July 2005 and have saved the base money and decreased fuel usage. FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION THE WIRE | PAGE 11
NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008 PAGE 12 | THE WIRE th annual Guantanamo nd Saturday, July 19th Event begins at 6:30 am with a N.E. Gate Tour Sign up: Mon-Fri (8 am4 pm) at the USMC White House on Marine Hill Cost: $15 per person Bicycles available at MWR Marina FMI call 2008/ 2642/ 84495 ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE MARINE CORPS BALL FUND 5-Mile Ride/Bike/Run/Walk
FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Boots on the Ground Would you rather have an iguana or a banana rat as a house pet? by Army Spc. Megan Burnham Coast Guard Petty rd Class Pablo Veras Coast Guard Petty rd Class Brian Williams Army Staff Sgt. Steven Barthmaier Army Sgt. Shila Saddler iguana because I like reptiles. I actually have a turtle at home. An iguana how else can you have a $10,000 pet without paying for it? want any pet that has An iguana the banana rat, to me, is a little bit more disgusting. JTF nd
LI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE JTF CHAPEL SCHEDULED PROGRAMS Sunday: 7:30 Mass Wednesday: 11 a.m. Mass Sunday: 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday: Noon Army Cpt. Scott Brill ____________________________ One of my favorite church hymns is called, Choose the Right. In the hymn we sing these inspiring words: Choose the right! Let no spirit of digression Overcome you in the evil hour. Theres the right and the wrong to evry question; Be safe thru inspirations powr. Choose the right! There is peace in righteous doing. Choose the right! Theres safety for the soul. Choose the right in all labors youre pursuing; Let God and heaven be your goal. Text: Joseph L. Townsend, 1849 These words are a reminder of the importance of always doing what is right, no matter the consequences. The following story is from one of my lifes heroes. His name is Joseph B. Wirthlin. And although he may not be known to you, I trust that his story will inspire and encourage you when faced with though choices. Another lesson I learned on the football other players. It was the Rocky Mountain Conference championship game, and the play called for me to run the ball up the middle to score the go-ahead touchdown. I took the handoff and plunged into the line. I knew I was close to the goal line, but I didnt know how close. Although I was pinned at forward a couple of inches and I could feel it. The goal line was two inches away. At that moment I was tempted to push the ball forward. I could have done it. And the pile, I would have been a hero. No one would have ever known. I had dreamed of this moment from the time I was a boy. And it was right there within my reach. But then I remembered the words of my mother. Joseph, she had often said to me, do what is right, no matter the consequence. Do what is right and things will turn out OK. I wanted so desperately to score that touchdown. But more than being a hero in the eyes of my friends, I wanted to be a hero in the eyes of my mother. And so I left the ball where it wastwo inches from the goal line. I didnt know it at the time, but this was ball, I could have been a champion for a moment, but the reward of temporary glory would have carried with it too steep and too lasting a price. It would have engraved upon my conscience a scar that would have stayed with me the remainder of my life. I knew I must do what is right. When we allow temptations to drown out the still voice of our consciencethat My parents taught me to react quickly when temptation comes and to say No! instantly and emphatically. I recommend that same counsel to you. Avoid temptations. Playing sports as a kid was more than just a game, it was a place to learn some of lifes most important lessons. In one of my the football sailing through the air, headed straight for me. As a wide receiver, I had practiced this route a hundred times during summer practice, but now it was for real. All that I had to do was catch the ball, and I was sure to score a touchdown. Moments before the ball reached me, I looked up in the stands, and froze at the sight of the fans. when I took my eyes off the ball, was long enough. Standing alone in the middle of running back to the huddle, I could hear Coach OLeary yelling, Keep your eyes Over the years I have tried to remember the values and lessons learned on the OLeary, and apply them to everyday life, so that I can keep my eye focused on the things that really matter most. I am so grateful for the chance to play on this team. You are an example to me and to the world. It is my prayer for us all that we continue to press forward, honor bound, by choosing what is right, and keeping our eye on the ball. Choose the Right
Tillman points to a possible alternate entry way for a training exercise June 10. THE WIRE | PAGE 15 ? Army Sgt. Gretel Sharpee ____________________________ Everything the Army does involves training from individual skill training Soldiers must complete on a regular basis to ensure mission readiness. But like anything in the Army, training has to be completed to standard and documented to standard otherwise it might be like it didnt happen at all. For one non-commissioned th Military Police Battalion operations center, her job is to make sure that training happens, and happens right. My mission is to support the line units, said Staff Sgt. Tammy Tillman, operations NCO, 525 th MP Bn. [We] ensure training is being done. Were the operational portion of the battalion. Tillman took on the position of operations NCO when arriving here after being desk sergeant at Ft. Knox, Ky. be a guard, Tillman said. Then I found was a little disappointed but you have to try everything once to further your career on. identify training that needs to be completed and set out to contact the units to schedule the training. Once the training event has been scheduled, they also ensure the proper training tools are provided, such as power point presentations or range safeties when Our job is mostly a behind-the-scene thing. We go out there when the training is going on to make sure they have the task, conditions and standards and then come back to enter [the information] in, said New operations NCO takes job to a higher focus FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008 | 15 MINU T ES O F FA M E Tillman. Even though operations might be a behind-the-scene job to Tillman, without it individual units would have to track their individual Soldiers training on their own, taking away time that could have been spent completing their mission. In that respect scenes at all but rather a major hitter in the battalions overall effectiveness. Tillman is a self-starter who seeks out challenges and opportunities, said Sgt. Maj. Donald W. Troxler, Jr., 525 th Observing training for safety is one way Tillman helps ensure the exercise is carried out to standard. S-3 (training and operations) sergeant major. She is a shining example of the warrior ethos, I will never quit and never accept defeat. She accepted this mission a paygrade above hers with enthusiasm, determination and a clear focus that we are all grateful to be part of I expect only great things for her future.
JTF AROUND THE Troopers enjoy a mix of music after a hearty cuisine of authentic Middle Eastern fare Saturday night at the sailing club. Members of the Joint Task Force gathered to enjoy food, music and say goodbye to fellow workers who are nearing the end of their tour. JTF Joint Task Force Command Master Chief Brad LeVault takes a swing during the Longest Yard golf competition held Sunday at the driving range. The event challenged participants to hit the longest drive in three attempts. JTF Guantanamo Soldiers from the 525th Military Police Battalion participate in the Independence Day 4 mile run. The run kicked off in the early morning, marking the beginning of the holiday weekend. Comedian Scotty K imitates rock star Jon Bon Jovi during a raucous and rambling routine, part of a comedy concert held July 1 at the Goat Locker. The Morale, Welfare and sponsored the event for Navy and Joint Task Force personnel. JTF Guantanamo 1 st AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008