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PTSD Help starts when you ask for it Change of Command NEGB brings new asset to the mission PTSD Help starts when you ask for it Volume 9, Issue 29 Friday, September 12, 2008 Change of Command New NEGB commander up to the challenge
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 Staff 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: 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:Residents of U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo, including the Joint Task Force, buttoned down for Hurricane Ike Sept. 6-8. The hurricane brought heavy rains and winds gusting up to at least 45 knots per hour Sunday and Monday, resulting in minor damage. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. Larson TROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 12, 2008What makes a leader? Army 1st Sergeant Mark A. Tillman525th MP Battalion 1st Sergeant________________________________________ One that leads or guides. by providing purpose, direction, and motivation while operating to accomplish the mission and improving the organization.
FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 12, 2008 | MI SS ION THE WIRE | PAGE 3 New NEGB CO up to challengeNavy Cmdr. Michael Fulgham (left) is given the NEGB CO nameplate and commander mobile phone from Navy Cmdr. Jeffery Hayhurst during Change of Command ceremony for the NEGB at the Troopers Chapel Friday, Sept. 5. Navy Rear Adm. David M. Thomas, Jr., gives a short speech during the NEGB Change of Command ceremony at the Troopers Chapel Friday, Sept. 5. Army Pfc. Eric LiesseJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________
MISSION | FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 12, 2008 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE Facing forwardArmy Staff Sgt. Gretel SharpeeJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs_________________________________ In 2003-2004 I went to Iraq where I worked the counter-bomber mission. My job entailed long trips to postblast sites and working with the Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams and Combined Explosive Exploitation Cell. While there I lost one friend to an Improvised Explosive Device and another to a mortar round. I also came close on 22 occasions to being killedto include one close encounter with an Improvised Explosive Device, a vehicle crash in the Green Zone and being blown out of my rack by a 107mm rocket the night before I left Iraq. I left that mission with some back issues, some tinnitus and feeling unsure about what I wanted to do when I got back to the states. From the states I took a job in Guantanamo Bay; where I became pretty much sedimentary. I allowed my experience in Iraq to haunt my daily life and sour me to the point where I worked non-stop. And if not working, I was in front of the TV eating all the wrong stuff with at least six-12 sodas a day. Worse still, I was becoming increasingly distant from my wife and children, and on the verge of throwing it all away for no real reason other than I could not seem to clear my head. Then in November 2007 I hit a wall, due to work stress and other things that removed some of the defensive barriers I had built in my mind. I ended up having a rather vivid facility here, and at that point I knew it was time to seek outside assistance. I called the Joint Stress Mediation and Relife Techniques team here, but told them any medications whatsoever, which I was What I found out was I had the start of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which was not full-blown yet, but needed to be addressed. I knew that I was developing some rather bad avoidance habits: Crowded areas made me nervous and tense, and for what ever bizarre reason I could not tolerate left me extremely tense. the help the combat stress team offered and not really sure if it would work, but I wanted to stick with it. I recognized the problems I had, all of which were bad for my physical and mental health. By that time in December, my weight had gone up over 280 pounds and was pushing 290, and was having issues of left me out of breath. Basically I had all the signs of trouble ahead if I did not change my ways, which was made worse by the fact that I was still not sleeping well and still working as hard as ever. Often, I would get to work between was enrolled in school on top of it. I had used my back injury as an excuse not to work out at all. The doctor of course suggested losing the weight to help alleviate the stresssomething I already knew, but did not want to face. One morning I missed my alarm. Even by waking up on my own, I still had plenty of time to get to work at a normal time. I realized that I needed this time to make changes to my life. In the next few months I made subtle but major changes to my diet. I quit soda cold turkey, but compensated with green tea to avoid caffeine-withdrawal headaches. With time, I was also able to wean off that as well. I also started walking in the mornings means fast, but within weeks I was up to four-to-six miles. It was at this time I also came to the most important revelation of allI had wanted to do this for me and no one else. I found the internal change had to come from me and I had to want to do it. With that knowledge in hand, I motivated myself and decided I needed to make the changes into habits. Through changing my eating habits, I lost four inches off my waistline and, more importantly, lowered my blood pressure to an acceptable range. Now I love running and run every other morning, rain or shine. I credit my physical and mental turnaround and improvements bothering me and ask for help. The best part about the past few months has been the number of people that have told me I have been an inspiration to them to start working out again, to go to the gym, to start running, swimming, and to improve their health. That is one-side effect I never thought possible, but one that feels good and adds to the motivation to keep going and never look back. By Chris.
THE WIRE | PAGE 5 FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 12, 2008 | MI SS ION J3 and J4 working behind the scenesAir Force 1st Matthew Cho while Air Force 1st Lt. Frederick Puskar observes. Fredrick will be Chos replacement in the J4 strategic mobility department. Army Spc. Megan BurnhamJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________
LOCA L SP OR TS | FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 12, 2008 PAGE 6 | THE WIRE Running to show support the inaugural 9.11 Mile Freedom Run and 5.6 Mile Run/Walk Sept. 5, starting at Windmill Beach. JTF Guantanamo photos by Army Pfc. Eric LiesseArmy Spc. Megan BurnhamJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ th Derrick Johnson (left) receives his prize for among males from Navy Master Chief Petty McVeay.
FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 12, 2008 | MOVIE RECON THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Redeeming value lost in space Army Pfc. Eric LiesseJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________
FRIDAY, SEPTERBER 12, 2008 PAGE 8 | THE WIRE THE WIRE | PAGE 99.11 Mile Freedom Run in GTMO JTF Guantanamo photos by Army Pfc. Eric Liesse A few motivated Guantanamo Bay residents spent their Saturday morning, Sept. 6, either running 9.11 miles or running/walking 9.11 kilometers (5.6 miles) as part of the first 9.11 Mile Freedom Run held on base. This run was founded by Dirk Beveridge of the We Do Care organization in Chicago, Ill., as a way to honor those affected by Sept. 11 attacks as well as to show support for those currently stationed overseas. For more information on the run, see Local Sports on page 6. Guantanamo Bay Chief Petty Ofbefore marching the 5.6 mile section of the 9.11 Freedom Run. Participants push off from the start of the 9.11 Freedom Run. Kimberly ing female, run strong. Craig McVeay, assistant coordinator, briefs participants on the route for the start of the run. Top FinishersMalesDerek Johnson 57:06 Jason Snyder 58.46FemalesKimberly Higdon 1:09 Megan Burnham 1:16
NE WS & IN F ORMA T ION | FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 12, 2008 PAGE 10 | THE WIRE Army Pfc. Eric LiesseJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________________________ Keeping accountability at home
FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 12, 2008 | NE WS & IN F ORMA T ION THE WIRE | PAGE 11 years in the Wild Blue Yonder Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. LarsonJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________
NE WS & IN F ORMA T ION | FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 12, 2008 PAGE 12 | THE WIRE Fraud Prevent and report all fraud, waste and abuse Waste Abuse Intermission priority, Dula said. The movies scheduled to run at the Bulkeley Lyceum will not be rescheduled, due to a playdate contract with production companies. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. Larson
FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 12, 2008 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Boots on the GroundWhat did you do while we were at Condition of Readiness One for Hurricane Ike?by Army Staff Sgt. Gretel Sharpee rd Class Jason Lail Army Spc. Lionel Bonilla Seaman Glenn Rians Army Staff Sgt. Dennis RodriguezBrought support with my section to the Troopers in the JDG S4. Played Rummy and ate MREs. I was in my room watching movies and watching the roller for updates. movies on the AFN movie channel. Trooper is young poets muse You might miss my birthday, or the tooth fairy. And now I ask you, what are you going to be doing? Sorry that I may be mad, I may be upset and angry. But I love you and I am proud of you and I know you love me too. These are my feelings, I know you feel the same. But this is your job, and we all understand, even bigger when you come home. My life will be better then. We will make new memories and not forget the old. I can see the smile on your face already when you read this.
LI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 12, 2008 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE Teach us to number our days JTF CHAPEL SCHEDULED PROGRAMSCatholic Mass Sunday: 7 a.m. Confession 7:30 Mass Wednesday: 11 a.m. Spanish Mass Protestant Worship Sunday: 9 a.m. Spanish Protestant Worship Sunday: Noon Navy Lt. Cmdr. Clint PickettJTF Command Chaplain____________________________
FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 12, 2008 | 15 MINU T E S O F FAMETHE WIRE | PAGE 15 Keeping the Hutia population healthyArmy Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. LarsonJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ nd Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory Becherer, shown here after receiving the Joint Service Accommodation Medal and the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal at the Joint Task Force Headquarters last November. Wire file photo
AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, SE PT EMBER 12, 2008 Not even Hurricane Ike can keep this Bay Hill resident from grabbing a breath of fresh air Monday morning, Sept. 8. An umbrella provides some level of cover during a break in the heavy winds and rain. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn Larson Air Force Staff Sgt. Wilmer Rodriguez, a Joint Task the temperature of detainee food to be served. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Erica Isaacson A Guantanamo Bay resident spends his afternoon playing Frisbee Golf before Hurricane Ike was expected to hit the base. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Megan Burnham Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Booth, Master-atArms for U.S. Naval Security Force Harbor Defense, breaks apart debris collected out of Guantanamo Bay during the clean up after Hurricane Ike. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Erica IsaacsonAround the PTSD Help starts when you ask for it Volume 9, Issue 29 Friday, September 12, 2008 Change of Command New NEGB commander up to the challenge