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Volume 9, Issue 35 Friday, October 24, 2008 Trooper Appreciation Thanks for the hard work Gitmo Ghosts Were not alone
PAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 24, 2008Make goals realityJTF-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 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: 3592 Army Staff Sgt. Gretel Sharpee: 3594 Staff Writers: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jayme Pastoric: 3499 Army Spc. Megan Burnham: 2171 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:Navy Master Chief Petty the fence line of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay as part of the Marine Corps Security Force Company Tour de Fence, Oct. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty _____________________________________________Many times in our military careers we are asked to serve in locations that are remote, dangerous and far away from loved ones and family. It doesnt matter whether we are Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or Air Force. We all make personal improve our personal lives. My personal goals while at Gitmo were to retake calculus, pre-calculus, pass the Florida state junior and senior high goals and very close to accomplishing the other two. Despite the long working hours, frequent deployments give many of us more time individually to accomplish personal goals. Let us denominations to practice ones faith. Being away from love ones is always a good time to pray for our friends our lives. deployment. Especially since some of us are receiving cheaper than the lives we live in the United States. Despite the cost of gas here, our transportation costs are minimal. Lunch meals are cheaper due to the fact that in the States, we tend to eat-out for lunch I personally know of a young sailor that saved over Whether your intention is to stay in the military or depart the Armed Services, a college or vocational education is a worthy pursuit. When I joined the Navy, the main reason was for the college education. vocational studies as well. Tuition assistance can convert over in the civilian world without certain ones personal goals. professional goals as well as personal goals. Make your time in Gitmo productive. Good luck to all of you and may
FRIDAY, OC T OBER 24, 2008 | MISSION THE WIRE | PAGE 3See QUALITY/11 Attention to detail Commander Navy Rear Adm. Dave Thomas, frequently visits the detention camps to observe daily operationsand ____________________________Since taking command of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Navy Rear Adm. David M. Thomas, Jr. has kept an eye on all aspects of the JTF, from quality of life for the Troopers working in the detention camps to the quality of service provided to all JTF Troopers. Nothing goes unnoticed, trash. focus areas when I got here. Thomas listed the areas of focus as: Trooper and JTF staff quality of service, strategic communication and security. The mission remains the same for JTF Guantanamo Safe, humane, legal, transparent care and custody of detained the mission with high standards and maintaining the morale of the Troopers in a challenging environment, Thomas takes a closer look at what really holds the mission together people, process and planning. Everyone has a right to a work environment conducive to high morale and high productivity, said Thomas. While everyone has the right to that, everyone from me down to the most junior [Trooper] the attention of their chain of command environment. In addition to enforcing a safe and Thomas looks at the physical aspects of where Troopers work, and assesses what improve. As I got [around] the JTF, I was seeing a need for processes that arent inherent to force is not typically a long term sustained organization. In the case of JTF Guantanamo infrastructure, sustainment, phased maintenance and repair processes are key to keeping the JTF running smoothly. The Joint Detention Group and JTF engineers have created plans for routine care of the JTF physical plant. This includes JTF area. In addition there is a focus to maintain Were updating the [regulations] on importance of personal privacy and the Aside from the quality of life and services, Thomas has scrutinized the processes of the JTF day-to-day work environment. Some folks are here for four months We have a high turnover so there is no corporate knowledge. What you know managed to infuse in a short turnover period. So, theres a lot of myth and folk group of [Troopers] turned up here. Thomas point emphasizes the need for standard operating procedures. In certain areas were great at that, said Thomas. The JDG detainee operations to update. When its updated the changes are approved at the right level, and then its trained to the guard force. Theyve perfect. Over time, some of the processes that
MISSION | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 24, 2008 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE A day for Joe the Trooper Navy Rear Adm. Dave. Thomas, JTFs commander, free barbecue at Windmill Beach Saturday, Oct. 18. of the 525th Military Police Battalion receives a trophy from JTF commander Navy Rear Adm. Dave Thomas, for JTF Trooper Appreciation Oct. 18. Also pictured is the 525th 525th Col. Alexander Conyers 1st Class Christopher the run.See ____________________________Joint Task Force Guantanamo receives in support of the War on Terror. Although Navy Rear Adm. David M. Thomas, Jr. leads the show, he understands that his Troopers are the ones who make the whole production a success. For this, he gave some words to the Trooper Appreciation Day festivities at We all swore the same oath to the same constitution, said Thomas in his personnel, from the senior enlisted to the junior Troopers. of the nation doesnt see the amazing effort and professionalism throughout the JTF, he does and he appreciates all of it. Thomas speech kicked off the afternoons Troopers manned the grills, while the attending Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen enjoyed the festivities. The day also included a tournament, horseshoes and disc jockeys Blitz. This is important so Troopers can come light, said Army Sgt. Brandin Schumann, JTFs Morale, Welfare and Recreation liaison and one of the days organizers. The event was put on after the Troopers Ball was canceled. The senior leadership still wanted some large event for the Troopers to show their appreciation. commander Army Col. Bruce Vargo also spoke, sending his thanks to his senior and quipped that stepping aside to allow NCOs
THE WIRE | PAGE 5 FRIDAY, OC T OBER 24, 2008 | MISSION Injured no more! ____________________________Its Guantanamo Bay in the fall, the air is ever-so-slightly less humid and the ago, making outside team sport activities a great way to pass the time. can turn that fun into something that can affect your performance as a Trooper? An injury. the Joint Task Force and Naval Station dislocation as well as knee pain. small, once it happens in can take weeks or from completing your mission at work. [Troopers] should train for players lift weights not to get injuries. Along with recommending a weight training program, the after each activity and listening means paying attention to if you as well as if you are in the right condition to play at the level of intensity the sport requires. occur or if you notice a persistent pain with normal everyday encourages Troopers to seek medical attention. Ice, Compression and Elevation. more Troopers outside to have fun, just make sure the fun doesnt keep you from completing your mission.
Battle on the beachLOCA L SP OR T S | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 24, 2008 PAGE 6 | THE WIRE nd ____________________________ with. The Joint Task Force team The winners of the Trooper Appreciation Day Nestled into a packed day of events in honor of the JTF Trooper, The Trooper Appreciation Day provides JTF Troopers with different activities and tournaments allowing them to get together and share with each other, said tournament organizer st Lt. Eli Torres. It also provides an opportunity for the senior enlisted to spend some time with their troops. eight teams faced off on the court. Teams like the GTMO Assassins, Team X and Sets on the Beach will advance. X, felt the competition was fair and the tournament ran smoothly. My team played strong. We could have getting good serves and returns. To make sure all teams were enjoyed the level of competition and felt There were some great teams out there and the competition was great, said Zapf. The GTMO Assassins gave us a run for they are a great team. The recipe for team success according to Zapf was teamwork and smart plays. I was very surprised on how well we played this weekend we played together as a team, factor in winning the tournament was overall hustle and smart play. Zapf and his team were very thankful to Torres for organizing a great tournament. I thought Torres and his crew running the tournament, said Zapf. the tournament a success. We are already day of fun.
FRIDAY, OC T OBER 24, 2008 | MOVIE RECON THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Same song, different tune ____________________________With stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Scott, it takes a special effort to make a dud Yet with Body of Lies, dud is a partially times than anyone can count. release poster, you can deduce that DiCaprio involving copious amounts of lies. Ive seen too. a hot-headed CIA operative in Iraq attempting to capture terrorist leader Al-Saleem. After his local contact in Iraq is killed, he is sent to a known Al-Saleem safe-house in Jordan. Jordanian General Intelligence Department. sharing intelligence makes up the majority of movie in Washington, D.C., using a telescope to watch Roger run around getting shot at in Rogers dealings, even when Roger swears off the whole operation. Crowes performance, while perfectly to DiCaprio. That little microphone he uses has enough screen time and use to make it operative in most missions. Thankfully DiCaprio has the acting chops this one would have no legs to stand on. The movie has an episodic feel as it occasionally changes to different countries, following different leads to capture AlSaleem. Near the end, however, it all starts By the end, enjoying the movie is easy each other, as well as the action around it, the cinematography and settings make the named retread.
FRIDAY, OCT O BER 24, 2008 Whether on foot, bike or Jeep, the Marine Corps Tour de Fence event was a challenge for residents of Guantanamo Bay. For runners, walkers and bicyclists, an eight-mile course beginning at Kittery Beach, winding past the Northeast Gate, and to the waters edge on the Windward side, was enough. For some, it was just the beginning. With a quick boat ride across the water to the Leeward side of the bay, the race continued to the finish line and a total distance of 22 miles. For the off-road enthusiast, the Jeep tour to North Toro Cay put drivers skills and transfer cases to the test as the Jeeps climbed steep hills, dodged washouts and conquered rocky terrain. PAGE 8 | THE WIRE THE WIRE | PAGE 9 Tour de Fence JTF Guantanamo photos by Navy Petty Officer 3 rd Class Christopher Little, Navy Petty Officer 3 rd Class Benjamin Dennis and Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell
See GHOSTS/11 NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 24, 2008 PAGE 10 | THE WIRE ____________________________You are never alone in the Bayview The shadows arent just shadows, the goers at least not from this decade. Marlene Diaz, former manager of the certain shes seen someone or something lurking in the upstairs windows, moving chairs and impishly turning lights on and off. Though it is not the only place at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay with stories of lingering spirits and accounts of known for its weird tales of ghost sightings and strange phenomena. The legends have over late-night cocktails for generations recounted in hushed voices, on the off listening. The Terrace Room played host to grand parties, which anyone who was anyone in Guantanamo Bay, would attend. These latest, and most elegant, party wear. It is in frightening folklore is set. I really think someone had the time of their life here, said Diaz. If you can The parties here were elegant, with food time! the early part of the decade, serving as a major refueling station for the allied forces of World War II as they passed though the I think the couple is from right around [the time of World War II], Diaz said. They stand in one of the windows and look down on the patio like they are watching a party. She is dressed in a party dress and hes in a suit, said Diaz, pointing up to one of the Bayviews second story windows. These phantoms are relatively holding one another reliving one of their was converted to a distinguished visitors quarters and then later to the Naval Stations for the director of the SSO. Many people came and went through the Bayviews guest it is rumored there is one woman whose spirit has made these transient quarters a permanent home. her, Diaz said, as she walked into the appear as though there was a haze hanging in the air. She was the wife of the [special as I know there was nothing [medically] up dead, said Diaz, motioning toward the
FRIDAY, OC T OBER 24, 2008 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION THE WIRE | PAGE 11 down without proper documentation. By process that supports the mission, Troopers can ensure continued success. control practices and that the aspects of proved successful. impact the JTF for future rotations of Troopers. With a push for personal among those who live and work here, Troopers can take pride in not only their I am so proud of the folks at Gitmo. as we are, said Thomas. We dont take ethical and moral shortcuts [here], and I if they really understood what goes on here.QUALITY Diaz calls this apparition The Lady in white nightgown as she sits in a rocking chair looking out one of the Bayviews upstairs windows. were up here then, Diaz said. The crew all left for lunch, and swore they turned I dont think anyone has actually seen matter of fact, I dont know if it really looks The downstairs ghost doesnt have a Diaz also reports strange temperature changes near her desk. Sometimes, in the middle of the day desk, she said. There is no reason in the The Bayviews tales of the supernatural evidence. Rather, they are perpetuated presence, heard them moving around, or have seen them sitting in a window. These are good stories for the season. GHOSTS
NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 24, 2008 PAGE 12 | THE WIRE 525th Military Police Battalion, Appreciation Day Saturday, Oct. 18 at Windmill Beach. JTF st Trooper Appreciation Day Males: st nd rd Females: st nd rd Fastest Overall Command: th ever did. Edward Moreno, JDG Command Master Chief, stressed that the work of the events st Class Christopher Thompson did not go unnoticed. I just want to make sure [people know] theyre the ones who were the main organizers of this whole day, Moreno theyre the ones who did the work. The fun run, starting at Windmill Beach th seconds. Schumann said he hopes he can continue spend a day at JTFs Kittery Caf dining
FRIDAY, OC T OBER 24, 2008 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Pros vs. GI Joes st on. st What is one issue the new president should address immediately? nd Class Jayme Pastoric Boose nd Class Jeromy Romriell Army 1st Navy Seaman Toni Garefalos raises and more ben
Would you Change or die? LI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 24, 2008 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE JTF CHAPEL SCHEDULED PROGRAMSCatholic Mass Sunday: Wednesday: Protestant Worship Sunday: Spanish Protestant Worship Sunday: Noon ____________________________What if you were given that choice Alan Deutschman in his article on change titled Change or Die. What if you had, for real, that choice when it mattered most? Yes, you say? with coronary disease, Deutschman shows how people who have undergone coronarywho, even after going through pretty major have not changed their lifestyles. Studies have shown this over and over again. Change or die. Does this mean that much powerless in making changes in our lives? Dr. Dean Ornish, a professor of change a lot more likely. Using a holistic program focused around a vegetarian diet heart disease without surgery or drugs. support sessions and took instruction in surprising 77 percent of the patients had stuck with their lifestyle changes, and One of the insights I got out of the article is that radical, sweeping, comprehensive changes are often easier for people than small, incremental ones. When we see positive results quickly, we are more motivated to stick with our changes. to our spiritual lifestyles. Do you want to make some changes? Do you want more more radical. Years ago my family gave up TV in the house. We watch movies and the what we do with our time at home. It has Another insight that was highlighted in the article is that it is vital to give people support as they make and sustain change. heart patients cant change their lifestyles them maintain. Alcoholics Anonymous understands this and that is why the meetings are so important. Jesus understood this, as he never sent out his disciples alone. Think what a difference it makes to have a workout partner versus going it alone. Change or die. Most of the change we face is not that dramatic. But there are our spiritual lives, our relationships or our career paths. steps. And it is a whole lot easier to make changes when you have company and support. One of our roles as chaplains is to or any of your chaplains know if you ever need a hand in making the changes you want to make in your life!
Setting the standardTHE WIRE | PAGE 15 FRIDAY, OC T OBER 24, 2008 | 15 MINU T ES O F FA M E nd __________________________________Seven Army core values seven ways to measure the progression of Soldiers. These core values are loyalty, duty, and personal courage, taught to new Soldiers when they arrive in the Army and throughout their career. The Army values, when arranged form the acronym or leadership. honored as Soldiers of the Quarter. Detention Group preventative medicine health hazards and monitors the purity of the water. I collect mosquitoes from around the Romero. We do this to make sure there as no mosquitoes with any diseases. Romero takes pride in setting the a guide. Commitment means following through with something that you have said you service is the willingness to help others, put on hold, said Romero. apart from the rest of the group in some treating everyone with fairness and dignity, to prepare for the Solider of the Quarter the JDG, she credits her non-commissioned The competition was nerve-wracking. what our scores were, so we were all left wondering, said Romero. four questions in various categories, and I cant honestly recall what any of them were since I was so nervous. willing to help anyone, said Romero. A lot of my success is due to him. Army Spc. Angel Benitez works directly th his Troopers. st Sgt. Rodney Sanchez says They studied hard, conducted their own physical training, and prepared their uniform during their off time, said Sanchez. It takes a lot of dedication and the time to prepare themselves. sure all of our paper work and training is in fan of the Army and uses his actions, rather a standard in all areas of the Army core values, junior Soldiers have a level of honored as Soldiers of the Quarter.
AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 24, 2008 Sandoval, a Trooper Mexico National Guard, transports a pallet of supplies here, Oct. 21 JTF Guantanamo photo Army Master Appreciation Day, held Oct. 18. JTF Guantanamo photo st JTF