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Volume 9, Issue 23 Friday, August 1, 2008 A JTF Journal
Todays Troopers measure upArmy Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Fowler525th Military Police Battalion CSM______________________________________I enlisted into the Army Nov. 28, 1984. I guess that makes me an old timer or a dinosaur, whatever the current term is for those of us with more than 20 years of service. I often hear from my peers and fellow senior nonTo that I say, They certainly are different. The entire Army is different. As a Military Policeman, I used to drive M151A2 quarter-ton vehicles, commonly referred to as Jeeps. During the late 1980s we switched to the M1025 and M1026 High our equipment, have evolved with the needs of the what I have witnessed. Time and again, day heat, the heavy equipment, the long hours and the constant threat of Improvised Explosive Devices. They face a tenacious see their leaders, peers and friends pay to reenlist and support their country. with on deployment, I am impressed mission is complex and it never stops. The weather is hot and humid, days and nights are long, equipment is heavy and the near zero defect environment, and they do it well. different they are smarter and learn faster. They are resilient and adapt well to any mission. In their own way, they and I once were. measure up. 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 Jayme Pastoric: 3499 Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathaniel Moger: 3592 Army Spc. Megan Burnham: 3589 Army Pfc. Eric Liesse: 3589Contact usEditors Desk: 3651 or 3596 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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:nd Class James JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Pfc. Eric Liesse TROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, AUGUS T 1, 2008
FRIDAY, AUGUS T 1, 2008 | MISSION THE WIRE | PAGE 3 Physically trained makes mission ready Army Sgt. Gretel SharpeeJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ the only things shining in the sky and yet up to do one thingphysical training. the 525th ready for their mission. Physical training is important to our their entire 18-hour day on their feet and good physical conditioning helps with the hours, the stress and helps them look like a professional military police unit, said th mission-related training interrupts, 525th morning, others in the evening for those who work the night shift. session is an opportunity to excel, an opportunity to improve their physical comprised of three events: the push-up, the sit-up and the two-mile run. To max-out their age and gender. display their accomplishment. th is and Headquarters Detachment, 525th MP her PT test applies to her oath as a nonSee PT/12
Guantanamo Bay was a brutal racing ground Saturday, July 26, when 12 co-ed teams of three braved the morning heat and their own twiddling endurance for the Gitmo Ironman Competition. Starting at 6 a.m. at the Marina, the participants shoved off for a 3-mile canoe race which also had them diving for flags at bouys along the route. After returning to shore, the teams trekked a 5-mile mountain bike course along Ridgeline Trail, then returned to the Marina for a 5-mile obstacle run. The run trapezed through the Marine Hill obstacle course, then the Marine Hill pool, then back over Ridgeline Trail, and lastly into a colorful barrage through the paintball range, to finally finish at the Marina. Iron Man st Class Joshua Treadwell, Army Spc. Meghan Burnham and Army Pfc. Eric Liesse
MISSION | FRIDAY, AUGUS T 1, 2008 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE Command Master Chief Brad LeVaultnd Class Nat MogerJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ Excellence. Respect. These are all values shared across all values guide and shape the daily lives of They inform the actions of the proud men and women who participate in the safe and humane, legal and transparent detention of However, some Troopers feel the personifying these values and strive to of the Quarter. in mind: poise. If nothing else, showing poise displays you can answer a question correctly, how you answer the question. the Marines are not currently represented. Eight Troopers, nominated from within A Trooper with a weaker resume than others rarely surpasses his peers due to People have a strong record for a reason Everyone standing out there comes in here stand out. This means answering questions from a ranging from land navigation to military customs and courtesies, the Geneva environment, said 525th Military Police world will help our Troopers understand senior leaders still feel that understanding Each of us has sworn to defend the history is critical for those who are citizens of our nation. The same set of questions is posed to each Junior Trooper candidate and a all come from a standardized study guide. Troopers selected to compete for the Quarter are given a study guide to help are directed to restrict their questions to ensuring fairness for all candidates. interesting phenomenon. during my time down here. I can only unit and they can draw from their civilian P O I S E D
THE WIRE | PAGE 5 FRIDAY, AUGUS T 1, 2008 | MISSION Lawmakers visit JTFSee VISIT/13 Josh TreadwellArmy Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. LarsonJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs______________________________________________ isolation. Thomas agreed, noting that interrogation and isolation are the two Thomas said.
LOCA L SP OR T S | FRIDAY, AUGUS T 1, 2008 PAGE 6 | THE WIREStaff Sgt. Emily J. RussellJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs________________________ most exciting game so far for the Morale, this season. teams in the league would approach me Legs. It put a lot of pressure on the players standings. we made a lineup with the strongest hitters positions where they have shown strength of the game. In sports you always need someone momentum picked up when Martinez tied game. threw a spectacular game. He throws hard and has a good mix of off-speed pitches said Ellis. I struggled with where I placed my pitch most of the game. My defense saved me several times, and when I needed it, game, he said. In it to win it The Red Legs scored three runs in the Going into the sixth inning, knowing winning the game, said Ellis. loaded, and no outs, the Dukes saw the Red Legs changed out their pitcher for If you have good fans to help motivation, it gives the team energy, said Rodriguez. The main thing is having fun and giving
FRIDAY, AUGUS T 1, 2008 | MOVIE RECON THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Why so serious? JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Even with trusted assurances on The Dark Knight, I had a sinking fear Dark Knight continues the story in high appearance as the ringleader who dupes his henchmen into literally shooting each other and superior seems to have gained increasingly powerful and prevalent criminals since our last visit. is a white knight of a district attorney: Harvey Dent. The smooth-talking and second-most important character, who delves deep into the theme of personal ethics. town, making attempt after attempt to stop him. Even when the team gets the crazed clown in custody, his reign of chaos is not over. oriented than they hoped. Also, some will feel the 2 hours-30 minutes running time, as many scenes are very dialogue driven. Ledger, the Joker is the epitome of crazy a psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy, It is evident Nolan knew his actors performances from them especially villain since the likes of Taxi Driver real introduction you know Ledger is not messing around. His posture, his speech dialogue is so effective, the writers deserve a medal. The far more talented Maggie Gyllenhaal is in her place as Rachel Dawes, assistant D.A., Knight is much darker and more adult than the tense ending are especially adult. surrounded the picture and especially for
NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, AUGUS T 1, 2008 PAGE 10 | THE WIRERoom to bring music to troops earsSee MUSIC/13 JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ percussion instruments will soon open for installation program manager. weeks, he added. civilians, the room will have a limited requests for people to have a place to go take up the offered instruments. I think it gives them another outlet, another place they can relax and hang out, unwind and decompress. The new room is set to have three electric guitars, two electric an adequate amount of The room will also include a full electric drum set and a vocal system. The room is set to have recording purchased everything for this room with stressed. That way we could make sure some really nice gear, too. The electric guitars special electric guitars, in and play. sitting outside it on the computers or
They do it... ...for the kids Navy Petty Of William Hunt and Navy Airman sailors volunteer FRIDAY, AUGUS T 1, 2008 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION THE WIRE | PAGE 11nd JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ coffee and their precious meeting reminders volunteer your off time to help a community in need. heart and showed it as they volunteer create a learning garden for the Guantanamo something good everyone should do, said Just seeing the kids having a good a win-win situation to all of us. clearing rocks and overturning soil as they Armed with pick-axes and shovels, the sweat soaked volunteers started shaping the earth and replacing them with the seeds of inspiration. is watching the plants grow, the math is the act of counting how many plants and how much the garden will yield, and then their experiences at the children will harvest the garden for their parents. the resources or personnel to pull from to complete accomplish the things we needed to get done. volunteering is great for a career too. points or earn Troopers awards such as the consistently volunteer over time. These guys will walk away with pride, that they helped.
NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, AUGUS T 1, 2008 PAGE 12 | THE WIRE10 Taking Care of Yourself Pointers important to me. week could get mundane to even the most st sergeant, HHD 525th they are going to go each day. they want to do to work in those areas, said Moreira. th many different positions with the Joint Fitness from 3The only time we are together is when we are training or doing PT, said 1st th doing things as a company does improve morale so we will keep it that way. demanding work schedule to make it to the gym on their own time to make sure they are mission ready. 193rdth can do what ever these guys ask of me with a priority Jones is tested JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Gretel JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Gretel Sharpee Here are a few recommendations from the Joint Troop Clinic on overall personal well being while stationed at Guantanamo Bay.Always stretch before any physical activity and wear proper equipment for recreational sports Remember to use the R.I.C.E. 2. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) method to treat any extremity thats injured. Wear protective sunscreen and 3. eye protection when outdoors. Keep your skin clean and 4. dry, and use anti-bacterial ointments on open wounds. 5. when working or outdoors. On average, you should be drinking 4-6 liters of water per day when in hot weather and even more water during physical activity. Eat three meals a day, balancing 6. your diet with all food groups. Your body can lose electrolytes and salt through sweating and exercise. WATER ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH! All medication and all dietary/7. health supplements dehydrate the body. You should be drinking intake upon use. Though youve been told a 8. thousand times, you should always maintain good personal hygiene. Your daily routine should include washing your hands frequently, showering, and using the proper care products on your hands, feet, mouth, and underarms. Although we are on a tropical 9. island, wearing proper foot protection year-round is vital. Wear shoes/boots when walking over roads and uneven terrain as well as whenever you walk long distances.When lifting, uses the proper mechanics and workout with a buddy. Many injuries occur when improper methods are applied to heavy lifting.
FRIDAY, AUGUS T 1, 2008 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 13Music room strikes chordCongressmen tour JTFMUSIC VISIT from 5 JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Pfc. Eric Liesse Boots on the Groundnd Army 1st Coast Guard Petty rd have that here. Thomas said. These issues go right to the heart of how America is perceived, Some information for this report was provided by the Dayton
LI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, AUGUS T 1, 2008 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE JTF CHAPEL SCHEDULED PROGRAMSCatholic Mass 7 a.m. Confession Wednesday: Protestant Worship 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Spanish Protestant Worship Noon Navy Lt. Cmdr. JTF Command Chaplain____________________________ compulsion to check out the newest, lateto take a glance at some of the various news sites on the Internet a couple of times a day. current events! attention. The article used the war in Any death we suffer over there is tragic, is anything that happened to go right on A hundred good things might occur, touching thousands of lives, and we seldom stream of individual daily events can cause author of the article suggested forgetting perspective of what is going on in our personal lives. How often do we focus on a single event that might happen in our day, event overshadow all the little good things that might have happened on that same day. heard from in a while, a word of praise and Instead of getting lost in the headlines of what is going on in our lives. Looking lives are going. I know that I can see how perspective, instead of getting lost in the If we are working toward a goal, taking particular day. have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a and trust in his guidance, God will set us give us a future with hope, indeed! For the news junkies
THE WIRE | PAGE 15 Versatility: a skill to have in the military Megan BurnhamJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ working as a dining facilities manager and st transferring from a dining facilities manager Leavenworth, Kan., to a platoon sergeant with the 525th an assignment that he was prepared and This is a unique situation, said However, food services are contracted out. It was at this point that directorate of charge Army 1st st evaluation be transfering sergeant with the 525th and work ethic, said Provost. I knew he could easily take on the role of a platoon sergeant. Provost continued, I wanted him here th to the company. main requirement is to have the leadership My role as platoon sergeant is to Also to pass along the knowledge I have professionalism comes from previous assignments as a recruiter and a drill sergeant. He also had prior platoon sergeant experience working for the headquarters supply and administration areas while complete. has demonstrated that taking care of his thought. st
Volume 9, Issue 23 Friday, August 1, 2008 A JTF Journal AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, AUGUS T 1, 2008 JTF AROUND THE stands ready as JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy nd Jayme Pastoric nd JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Erica Isaacson -JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Brian Jopek nd rd Class Kleynia R. McKnight