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Volume 9, Issue 28 Friday, August 5, 2008 A JTF Journal THE Dodgeball If you dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball New Post Office Getting your moms cookies on time
PAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 5, 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: 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 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:Staff Sgt. Chad Rix uses his brute strength to carry two 115-pound dumbbells to a platform. Rix was the winner of Guantanamo Bays Strongest Man contest. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty nd Its all about the guardsNavy Master-at-Arms Senior Chief George Knapp__________________________________I have the distinct privilege of working not only in a military prison, but also here at the detention facility. I can honestly say it is much different. From sunrise to sunrise it is all about the guards. We need to focus on every aspect with our guards, Sometimes with the different missions and taskings we tend to forget about what goes through the minds of the guards for that watch. It could be a bad day on the home front which can lead to rough day on the block or pod, if the guard is not focused. We as senior leaders need to continue to support the guards. The guards have the toughest job here in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sometimes all that is needed is for the senior leadership to take a few minutes just to be a listener and a guide to help them along. It is easy for the Soldiers and Sailors that are not directly on the block or pod to come to work and sit at their desk and leave at the end of the day without stress. But the guards have some sort of stress every day they are at work. The guards are still there the mission. What we do here as leaders is critical in the success of the junior enlisted. The junior personnel are the ones we need to continue to mold to become the future leaders of our Armed Forces. Spending the extra one to two hours talking to them, or coming to the block or pod seeing them will help them. Sometimes it is as simple as saying good morning, or asking how they are doing, to brighten their day. This will bring some understanding that we are all in this together. I personally challenge all leadership in every branch of service to come to the different blocks and pods and tell the guards how much they are appreciated for what they do. I personally want to thank all of the guards from the different branches of service for the job they do everyday. Your job is not easy. Being a senior enlisted leader, I will never forget your hard work and dedication to the mission here at Guantanamo Bay. It truly is all about the guards!
FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 5, 2008 | MI SS ION THE WIRE | PAGE 3 JTF to deliver better post officerd Class Nyto Griffen unloads and organizes mail by placing it in Army Spc. Megan Burnham____________________________ be moving to a new location in response to a remodeling project of the old Camp Bulkeley gym conducted by the Joint Task Force Engineers. There was a need to upgrade the post in charge. We felt it would be a good place Reasons for the upgrade included the overall deterioration of the building where it was no longer valuable to repair insulation. The postal clerks in the building also have to deal with leaks during rain showers on a consistent basis. I think its time for change, said Navy rd Class Nyto Griffen. I think its going to be a great move. st Class Alexis Barbosa added, It is going to improve our in the building. It will also improve the safety and security of the mail.The project is still in the planning stage with plans to move soon to the public works contractors to bid on the project. Not only will the old gym house the new lab. That will consist of 48 computers used as a training area, as well as a location where troopers can use their common access card. Roy Re of the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion Command wanting an empty sea I thought of the old gym still vacant and felt it would work for the space that was required. In a rough layout of the building, the front will consist of the IT lab with a restroom facility and the back portion will house the Our [JTF Engineers] main goal is to eventually get everyone out of Camp have been here longer than most sea huts are meant to last. Even though the project has been set in motion, it is estimated that it will take two to remodeling of the building can begin. The vacant Bulkeley Gymnasium will be the new location of the Camp America Remodeling and construction wont begin for at least two more months.
MISSION | FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 5, 2008 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE See FIREMEN/13 adjusts the water supply on a pumper truck during a Services conduct weekly training drills in preparation for and climbing training. Ready for the callrd Class Kleynia R. McKnight ____________________________________________________ rare but possible position with a team of heroes, the Guantanamo Bay Fire Department. retires or opts to leave the position, or in a worst-case scenario, is If chosen, applicants begin a six-week extensive physical and gear orientation, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), operating techniques and more. The main focus is to train and The intensity of the training assures proper performance in areas spills and life-saving skills skills that may eventually translate into career advancement.
THE WIRE | PAGE 5 FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 5, 2008 | MI SS ION Army Sgt. Gregory Springer, a member of the 525th Military Police Battalion, plans to leave the island with Air Force Tech. Sgt. JTF Guantanamo photo Troopers ticket homend Class Jayme Pastoric____________________________ There comes a time in a deployment when, sadly, Troopers have to return home. Once the checkout sheet is completed and the issued gear is accounted for, there is still one last task to be completed, getting a ride home. The people who issue these golden tickets are, J4 passenger travel, the morale builders of Joint Task Force. Air Force Tech. Sgt Ryan Dixon issues these tickets to Troopers traveling off the island back to the United States. I book Troopers travel arrangements on the rotator going on leave or permanently changing duty stations, said Dixon. Dixon is also responsible for making arrangements for family members traveling to Guantanamo Bay. Dixon is constantly moving people on and off the island. I feel like I help build morale, said Dixon. People get to see their family I feel like I help build morale. People get to see their family whether going home or coming here it gets the mission done. Tech. Sgt. Ryan Dixon whether going home or coming here. It gets the mission done. With hurricane season in full swing, hoping the weather will hold long enough travelers get off the island as soon as possible, said Dixon. I receive a lot of travelers that we are doing everything in Having the proper paperwork when traveling, and making sure your visitors have their entry clearance paperwork or passports, can help alleviate travel headaches. Dixon offers some advice to all future travelers. members] have as military personnel, said Dixon But you need to learn how it works. You can Google Space A and get an abundance of info. We can travel the world for very cheap. Some important information Troopers arrangements is that Troopers need copies of travel orders, leave forms, special or non-command sponsored dependents letter. If you are on rest and recreation or emergency leave, you will need the leave chit/form that has the long accounting number in remarks. Flights on the rotator are every Saturday month.
LOCA L SP OR TS | FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 5, 2008 PAGE 6 | THE WIRE take on the My Commander Made Me Change the Name of this Team, but since any contact with the ball is considered a hit, the tournament was played with double elimination. Dodging for moneyArmy Sgt. Gretel Sharpee____________________________The air was thick and the bugs were ravenous, but as the sun went down hot lights lit the outdoor hockey rink into a dodge balls. For a unique twist on fundraising, a Dodge Ball tournament took place Aug. 29 at the Coopers Field outdoor hockey rink. the tournament with the money going for the upcoming Joint Task Force Troopers Ball. A lot more people participated than we thought, as well as there being a lot of spectators, said Chandradeo Harry, tournament. I just think it went really well. The tournament allowed for double elimination since any contact with the ball, except catching, was considered an out. members, but only six could be on the court at one time. We saw a lot of people trying to bend the rules like putting balls under their shirts on their back so you couldnt see that they had one, said Harry. Despite some slight rule bending, the event raised over -only concession stand. The tournament was also nonalcoholic and it was up to each individual Trooper to ensure it stayed that way. You can plan on it happening again, said Anthony ton of interest and it brought everybody together on a Friday night. Results1st nd 3 Team during the tournament. Each team was allowed six players on the court at one time.
FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 5, 2008 | MOVIE RECON THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Fun doesnt have to be deepArmy Pfc. Eric Liesse____________________________ to the Center of the Earth has seen many incarnations. The newest of these is best described as clich as it is as a rollercoaster of action and fun. There on the overall action or the Saved By the Bell-level one-liners. Second, it requires no more audience thought to follow the plot than to follow the course of any old, wooden Coney Island ride only the willingness to sit down and hang on. For instance, examine the plots premise: his missing brothers belongings, with Immediately, Fraser decides to go with his nephew (Josh Hutcherson) to Iceland to world being sought there. could repeatedly throw the How is this why Fraser takes his teenage nephew overseas in search of a family member lost in the Icelandic mountains makes as much sense as questioning why the priest and rabbi have a beer together in all those jokes. Its happening, so stop thinking and enjoy the pretty moving pictures. In Iceland, the duo is escorted by a local guide (Anita Briem) and travel into the described many years before. As soon as the team enters, they know they need to leave because inside the Earths apparently sometimes-livable center, everything from traps reside. On their journey, our explorers travel on old mine carts over broken tracks, fall down a tunnel Hutcherson calls a water slide, and bounce in a tyrannosaurs skull down a mountainside. These scenes are as close as you can get to rollercoaster-like thrills without actually being at a theme park. This movie sets out to be a no-nonsense family-action rollercoaster ride (there I go again) without much else, but in Gitmo, were not getting the movie in its full glory. This is not just a big-budget B-movie; it is intended to be seen that way. That is the reason the characters look like cardboard cut-outs and lots of action is directed at the camera such as overgrown piranhas jumping from the water or Hutcherson performing yo-yo tricks. It looks as though the effect was executed better than, say, KISS Psycho Circus music video, but we wont know until we can use those nifty disposable glasses. Yes, this movie is almost pointless but that is the point. Going in expecting Star Wars starring Brendan Fraser is your own fault. Children will love it, and its decent enough that parents can justify their time. Everyone else can say what the studio hopes everyone else will say: Oh, why the heck not?
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2008 PAGE 8 | THE WIRE THE WIRE | PAGE 9Gitmos Strongest Man JTF Guantanamo photos byNavy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jayme Pastoric I dont li weights, I dont pull Humvees for practice, I do Army physical training ve days a week.Army Sta Sgt. Chad Rix
NE WS & IN F ORMA T ION | FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 5, 2008 PAGE 10 | THE WIRE A Force Navy Troopers. Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. Larson_______________________ Learning the ropes Bay including three Naval Station Sailors and a member of the U.S. Coast Guard currently participating in a 47-day induction the Navy, and considered vital to developing subject matter experts January of each year. That exam score, combined with the last considered by a board consisting of primarily master chiefs. The consideration civilian education and collateral, or additional, duties as well as duty assignments. induction process is going extremely well. Everything we do is working up to the last 48 hours, the culmination of the induction season, she explained, where the selectees are really tested on military knowledge and physical endurance. It gives all chiefs a chance to bring the selectees into process. every task has a purpose and provides us with tools, he said. Its absolutely rewarding. Selectees will be pinned an act signifying the end of their induction process during a 2 p.m. ceremony at the Windjammer Im sorry I have to leave before seeing all those selectees you have to make sure if you dont have all the answers early in the induction process on what it means to be a chief petty longer all about you its all about your Sailors. st as they seek to gain advancement credentials. Once youre a chief, your focus is no longer on yourself, help each other with Sailor issues. st Class can take an advancement exam in New chief selects perform arm stretches to open a physical training session Aug. 8 at the Windjammer tennis courts. The chief induction training process is designed to prepare selectees for the challenges
FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 5, 2008 | NE WS & IN F ORMA T ION THE WIRE | PAGE 11 Just you and the movie walking distance for all Joint Task Force personnel living in Cuzco Barracks. Army Pfc. Eric Liesse____________________________ suit, a young couple hilariously in love, or a group of animated talking animals saving a park, movies are powerful pieces of popular this and made sure Guantanamo had these unique slices of escapism. Navy Exchange, and Camp Bulkeley, near Joint Task Forces Camp America, theater seating and bleachers. Its most the screen, sound system and seating were updated. However, the projectors were left projectors, adding they would be very pricey. virtually everything was updated because it was unused at the time. Dula added she hears often that, since it has newer projectors, Camp Bulkeley is sometimes personnel including herself. affairs on base. She works through shown on U.S. Navy installations. They go and view upcoming movies for the summer and decide whats best which works directly with big-name movie production companies on contracts, for the showing rights. Hollywood blockbusters are given to none are second-run from civilian theaters. Dula said. That is why some movie copies appear used when shown here. We have a certain window of time we can show the movie, Dula said. It is usually two to three weeks, but sometimes as long as two months, in which Gitmo is allowed to show a movie before it continues its rotation. Although the theaters equipment is is all old-school, said Dula. Dula said. That is why there is a visible cut large to keep on a single projector, so two are switched. delays push back the local schedules. Dula said people would be far more upset if the schedule was wrong rather than a day late especially if it promises a new movie the base didnt actually have. Dula said she meets people at business conferences who are surprised Gitmo has a theater at all let alone two. She likes to also tell them about what she considers a special perk of true island style: they are both outside. It makes it better, said Dula. Youre outside, under the stars. It just really improves the experience, adding it makes movies easier to swallow and adds character to the overall theater experience. [Its] another plus to get movies for free, being overseas, Dula said. With no ticket price and $2 popcorn buckets, any movie can be worth the time, she added.
NE WS & IN F ORMA T ION | FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 5, 2008 PAGE 12 | THE WIRE BICYCLE SAFETYSource: Naval Station Guantanamo Regulation 1710.10 (Aug. 30, 2006) ON ROADS Saving for a rainy dayTroopers assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo unload Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) and water that were staged in Cuzco Barracks and other living areas Sept. 2 in preparation for Hurricane Gustav. The Troopers volunteered to be part of a sand bag crew that was not needed, so they instead helped with cleanup after the storm. JTF
FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 5, 2008 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Boots on the GroundWhat would your rap name be if you went professional?by Army Pfc. Eric LiesseNavy Senior Chief Petty Army Spc. Travis Hayward Navy Seaman Mitchell Blythe Navy Seaman Jorge Jimenez Jay$, because Ive got money in the bank! JJ Strokes, a.k.a. Big Country just because. Haystack, because thats my nickname. Major Pain, because thats what they would be feeling after hearing me rap! The experience and the learning opportunity that has been given to me has been a blessing, said captain, but the opportunity to be a successful one too. Their routines consist of maintenance, equipment validation, community patrols and drilling, and maintaining a 24-hour-a-day emergency response. Constant watch-standing is no limitation to these are in a perpetual remote, meaning their constant presence and active involvement in the Guantanamo community.FIREMEN Guantanamo Bay Fire the climbing of a here, Aug. 2.
LI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 5, 2008 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE A time for everything JTF CHAPEL SCHEDULED PROGRAMSCatholic Mass Sunday: Wednesday: Protestant Worship Sunday: Spanish Protestant Worship Sunday: Noon Chaplain Scott Brill____________________________________________As demonstrated this past week, when world-changing events start to affect the campaign trail, both Presidential candidates put their own interests aside to focus on the state of emergency in inappropriate to do otherwise? The fact is, there is a time and season for everything. A fellow Trooper was inspired by the words of Ecclesiastes, There is a time to be surrounded by friends and family; there is a time to be alone with ourselves. There is a time to be popular; there is a time to be unknown. There is a time to rejoice with others; there is a time to mourn in private. There is a time to be excited when with our friends; there is a time to be disappointed when things dont go our way. There is a time to have fun and drink beer (or other beverages) with our coworkers; there is a time be by ourselves and contemplate life. There is a time to win the game; there is a time to come in last place. There is a time to feel love; there is a time to feel pain. There is a time to sleep restfully throughout the night; there is a time to wake up throughout the night, thinking about how things ought to be and how things can be. There is a time to be rewarded for our work; there is a time for our work to go unnoticed. There is a time to be safe; there is a time to take risks. There is a time to hold on tight; there is a time to gently let go. There is a time to be admired by our friends and colleagues; there is a time to fade into the background. thirsty and want more. There is a time to have our needs met; there is a time to meet the needs of others. There is a time to express our emotions; there is a time to be silent and listen to others express theirs. There is a time to disclose our innermost desires; there is a time to be quiet and listen to the desires of others. There is a time when its all about us; there is a time when its all about them. There is a time to play chess and forget about the world; there is a time to set aside the chess game and help the world around us. There is a time to have things go our way; there is a time to be frustrated when they dont. There is a time for personal pride; there is a time for humility There is a time to be given to; there is a time to give. There is a time to push forward and change the world; there is a time to be still and accept that perhaps-things are exactly the way they should be. There is a time to confront those who persecute us; there is a time to show love, tolerance, and grace. There is a time to ask God to meet our needs; there is a time to thank God for what He has already done. There is a time to be blessed; there is a time to bless others. There is a time to receive Gods mercy; there is a time to give Gods mercy.
FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 5, 2008 | 15 MINU T E S O F FAMETHE WIRE | PAGE 15 Winning ways continueArmy Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. Larson____________________________A quick look in the lobby of the Joint Task Force Headquarters will underscore how dominant the Coast Guard has been in recent Trooper of the Quarter competitions. nd Class William Adams security for the military commissions, maintained the Coast Guards winning streak by being named the Senior Trooper of the Quarter for the fourth quarter. Ive prepared for this my whole career, he explained. You can study for it, but if you dont use the fundamentals on a regular basis, then youre just trying to remember facts. Troopers in the competition were asked questions about former presidents, the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, basic weaponry, hippocket training, the Thrift Savings Plan, TriCare and current events. I looked at it as having a good basic knowledge of why we do what we do, but also how to help your troops, he said. Adams does not view the award as an individual honor, but a shoreside honor. I have a team of people who have assisted me, he said. It was my unit that gave me time to work on this. Adams credited serving with a Coast Guard Reserve unit for his preparation. You have to work hard once a month to retain that knowledge, he pointed out. Prior to serving in the Coast Guard, Army National Guard as a truck driver and a petroleum specialist. That experience helped with questions about weapons, he said. The competition was very good, Adams continued. Everybody looked on top of their game. To rise above that challenge was a great honor. Adams studied three and one-half weeks for the Senior Trooper competition. He said his wife knew that if he didnt call home it was because he had fallen asleep while studying. honor. Shes told everyone in the family.Despite continuing the Coast Guards string of Senior Trooper and junior Trooper of the competition goes beyond bragging rights. This period in time whats going on here, why were here its very important for me to win it here, he said. Its an extreme honor. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class William Adams, who assists with security for the military commissions, was named Joint Task Force Senior Trooper of the Quarter last month.
AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 5, 2008 Army Spc. Christina Beerman and Army Spc. Megan Blitz. displays her GTMO Pottery collection for purchase at Craft Fair held at the Windjammer Ballroom Monday, Sept. 1. JTF Guantanamo Around the of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Joint Visitors Bureau, teaches a night class attended by his fellow JTF Troopers. JTF Guantanamo Army Sgt. Carlos Manchuca, Puerto Rico Army National Guard, instructs a driver on how to properly secure the vehicle during Tropical Storm Gustav.