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Volume 9, Issue 38 Friday, November 14, 2008 A JTF Journal THE Veterans Day Weekend Softball and Barbecues Joint Medical Group reload Fresh Sailors for the mission
PAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008Respect for allJTF-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 Capt. Kim Kleiman: 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: 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:Softballs sit ready to be used for the Veterans Day co-ed softball tournament, held on the new -JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Megan Burnham Army 1st Sgt. Jose Perez525th Military Police Battalion____________________________________First I want to give thanks to God for 24 years of service in the Puerto Rico National Guard. I began my military career March 13, 1984 with Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Field Artillery in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. I served 20 years in that unit before being transferred to Alpha Battery of the same battalion. In 2003 I deployed to Vicenza, Italy, home of the 173rd Parachuting Brigade. And now I am in Guantnamo Bay, Cuba. I learned a lot in these two deployments and placed more emphasis on respect to the Soldier. For me, respect is one of the most important things that a Trooper should develop as a leader. The seven Army values are important, but each leader may emphasize one value more than another. I place more emphasis on the value Respect. During this deployment, the respect each other. I emphasize respect among our NCOs most of all. Consideration goes along with respect consideration to individual Soldiers in how we interact with them and our expectations for them. Consideration connects respect to the other Army values, such as Honor. Honor helps each Soldier achieve his commitment to the unit and his country. Soldiers must show respect to their superiors, but superiors can win respect by their professionalism. Leaders must provide the example to help Soldiers avoid mistakes and provide training and correction when mistakes are made. On this deployment I have Soldiers who have known me for 10, 15 and 20 years in the National Guard. These Soldiers know my style and how I work with the unit. There is respect between occasions I have differences of opinion with my captain, but we arrive at a decision that does not impact our respect for each other or the respect of our Troops. God willing, we will complete this deployment without misfortune. It has been a year of considerable learning for all. At present, our relatives in Puerto Rico have of being without loved ones while we serve here, they are the true heroes of the country. I respect all the Soldiers with whom I work every day. We are proud to be part of the Joint Task Force mission at Guantanamo Bay Up to the Hilt, as our unit motto says.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008 | MISSIO N THE WIRE | PAGE 3 New faces, same mission in JMG JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Pfc. Carlynn Knaak JTF Guantanamo st Class Josh TreadwellArmy Spc. Megan BurnhamJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________The Joint Medical Group of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay is currently going through an organization reload as 95 tour and return to their home duty station. The outgoing group has performed in an exceptional manner, improving both here, said Navy Capt. Bruce Meneley. I feel that they have overcome every obstacle that they have been presented and fully succeeded in every aspect of their mission. The JMG staff provides 24/7 medical care including general surgical, dental care, preventive medicine, routine care, mental health services, specialty care, and mass casualty support. The staff also provides general and mental healthcare services to all JTF and active duty service members. The Guantanamo Naval Hospital Meneley. These members not only provide their various services to the patients at the Naval Hospital, but also to the detainees and staff of the JTF. This also includes the commander of the JMG. The JMG is staffed primarily by U.S. Navy individual augmentees; however, it is also supported by members from the Army and the Air Force. The mission of JMG is to provide safe, humane and ethical medical care to detained enemy combatants while also providing a comprehensive standard of care to all JTF staff. I feel the mission of the JMG contributes to the JTF mission in two very important ways, said Meneley. It allows the JTF to focus on their mission knowing that all their medical needs will be met. Additionally, it assures that the detainees receive the appropriate level of medical care enabling the JTF to focus on its mission here. As their replacements arrive in Guantanamo, many of them will be shipmates from the U.S. Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Fla. while others come from both stateside and overseas commands. I have every co incoming group will continue to exceed all expectations and overcome any obstacles that we are presented with, said Meneley. Although the JMG has performed in an exemplary manner, like any other unit or organization, there is always room for future improvement.
MISSION | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008 PAGE 4 | THE WIRELegal counsel for those in need counsel] is to allow the mission, so they dont need to st Class Army Pfc. Eric LiesseJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________For Troopers deployed here to Joint Task mobilization. Some Troopers still have mortgages to pay down, car loans to pay, guidance from learned legal professionals. the military has the personnel those troubled Troopers need. From guidance on Civil Relief Act (SCRA), to help with handling paperwork with a divorce, the assist any JTF Trooper with a large array of issues. We can help on any type of issue [service members] may have on the civilian side, said Army Lt. Col. Alfred Perez, the The purpose of [SJA legal counsel] is to allow the Troopers to focus on their mission, st Class Jacob Richardson, the noncommissioned With the numerous Reservists and National Guardsmen serving the JTF, many situations and employers. These usually fall under the umbrella of issues covered by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and the SCRA, a 2003 expansion and revision Act of 1940. to deployed Troopers by postponing, lessening or eliminating an assortment of Trooper to focus on the mission. It can interest rate, dissolve a home or automotive lease, or even put a stay on civil court proceedings until after a deployment, among many other things. It offers many protections to service members while on active duty, said Perez.However, utilizing the SCRA is not automatic in all cases. Perez said Troopers must present a material effect for their ability to defend themselves to put a stay on legal proceedings. This means the active duty orders must hinder their chance at a SCRA to stay the proceedings. Although the SCRA covers a large number of issues, discussing its legal options on the services of the SJA for Troopers. It also helps other JTF commands by putting together basic presentations on and reviews unit policies drafted by any commander to verify legal language. providing defense guidance and services cases covered under the Uniform Code of the same people as general legal guidance would be.Since I work for the command, services, said Perez. That is why Navy Lt. Geraldo Padilla, who serves as the defense lawyer for service members on Guantanamo, comes to JTF twice each week to provide legal defense counsel. that representation from a member of the command would bring. [Lt. Padilla] does it out of courtesy. to NAVSTA, not to JTF, said Richardson, stressing how helpful Padilla is. There are many services the SJA offers to Troopers, running the entire spectrum gives JTF Troopers the guidance they need to calm their legal woes.
THE WIRE | PAGE 5 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008 | MISSIO N Leaders of today nd Class Jayme PastoricJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs __________________________________Soldiers from the 525th Military Police 7, during a ceremony held at Joint Task Soldiers into the future and setting a standard of excellence for others to follow. U.S. Army is without peer, said 525th have. I would rather be called an NCO then a CEO. According to American Military History, an Army historical series, the tradition of commemorating the passing of a Soldier into an NCO can be traced to the army of Fredrick the Great. Frederick William II, King of the Prussian empire, is considered the best commander of the European Enlightenment. Before a Soldier could be recognized as a NCO, one every four days. the rank of private appeared and claimed a gift of bread and brandy. The company NCOs came to the second watch to share beer and tobacco. his visit for the third watch, where he was presented a glass of wine and a piece of tobacco on a tin plate. It was during the a NCO. During the 525th M.P. ceremony the new NCOs raised their right hand and repeated the NCO creed as read by Fowler. The NCOs then marched on stage and organized into formation to begin their induction process. Fowler presented the inductees with a signed copy of the NCO creed, the NCO charge and the NCO guide. He shook their hands and gave them the challenge of carrying out the two most important missions they have: training and taking care of Soldiers. You are entering into a life of increased responsibilities, increased expectations, increased demands and late night and early morning phone calls, said Fowler. bone in your body will tell you to stay in bed and stay asleep, but that your mind and heart demand you get up and take care of your Soldiers. During the ceremony Staff Sgt. Ingrid Ryan told the new NCOs the history behind the NCO creed. The creed of the NCOs has served as a guiding document for NCOs since its inception in 1973, though its concepts have always been a part of the corps. three letters: N, C and O. These letters and have served as a compass to guide them down the right paths. their commitment to the professionalism of our corps and become a part of the backbone of the Army, said Ryan. Fowler gave the NCOs one last bit of advice: Never believe you have become all you can be, never stop learning, and never stop listening to your Soldiers. thth Fowler recites the NCO creed to new JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Erica Isaacson
LOCA L SP OR T S | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008 PAGE 6 | THE WIREArmy Spc. Megan BurnhamJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ On a day pestered by cloud cover and an occasional drop of rain from the edges of Hurricane Paloma, a crack of thunder softball tournament at the new Cooper Field Sports Complex at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. the tournament undefeated after a the seventh inning, a home run by Matthew I knew the Untouchables were going to be our best competition, said Heath Coulter of NAVSTA Security. They are a great team and I look forward to playing them again. Seven teams participated in the which started at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The action pace and high level of intensity. The one pitch rule can be explained in three words, said Roxanne Gutierrez of team GTMO Untouchables. Pressure is on! only a single pitch to try to get on base. If the pitch is not put into play, then the strike or foul ball means an out for the batter. When a ball is called, it is an immediate then the game plays as normal. gravel. After sliding, Shawn Swiatocha, a Trooper with the 474th Expeditionary Civil feeling of getting a rug burn. get slowed up with friction when sliding, said Swiatocha. But you still need to be wearing long pants or tall socks. The next opportunity to play on the 24 at Denich Gym. For more information, contact Robert Neuman at ext. 2113. NAVSTA secures softball title
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008 | MOVIE RECO N THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Pointless, funny, weird: True Coen Army Pfc. Eric LiesseJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Joel and Ethan Coen have had an odd comedies such as The Big Lebowski, and such as No Country for Old Men. in the middle of this entertainingly weird spectrum. Burn After Reading is about as weird and convoluted as one would expect and hope from the Coen Brothers. It boasts a George Clooney, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand and Brad blood. which he asserts that when compared to his Mormon boss, everyone has a drinking problem. energy, pediatrician wife (Swinton), but and cheating on him with womanizing Treasury Department agent (Clooney). Swinton is planning a divorce behind her time running and getting followed by an ominous black sedan. Malkovich, who already seems unstable, gets thrown over the edge when two unwitting Hardbodies Gym employees get their hands on sensitive CIA intelligence surgery to get herself reinvented enough to land a boyfriend, but needs the cash to cover them. roles yet, though the role is rather small. When he his onscreen, his constant energy, neurotic nature and love for biking will have audience members doubled over laughing. Pitt plays well off McDormand, who is determined to get her money and does not hold back. Like any good ensemble comedy, Burn After Reading has so many intertwining plot points that it sometimes feels convoluted. This almost helps the movie, exactly what is going on from one character to the next. Yet, the confusion adds to the pure craziness of all the characters, making their ideas more interesting. Another aspect of stories like this is that it has a few dry spots. Some scenes seem humor involved. However, these are few Burn After Reading is a dark, twisted, or has a point. Yet, like a good episode of
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008 PAGE 8 | THE WIRE THE WIRE | PAGE 9JTF Guantanamo photos by Pfc. Eric Liesse Ready...set... Still Smokin in Texas Still Smokin in Texas OKellys Irish Pub team The Beef The Beef
NE W S & INF ORMA T IO N | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008 PAGE 10 | THE WIRErd Class Benjamin DennisJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ of authentic Hispanic dancing. Every Friday night at 9 p.m. a Latin American dance class is held in the of instruction in dances ranging from salsa to reggaeton. With a music selection of more then 20,000 songs, Army Sgt. 1st busy with a variety of at least 100 songs a night. Moreira, along with Army Captains Monica Gomez and Lara Nunez, act as teachers and dance partners for beginners and more advanced participants. Dancing is a great way to meet people, have fun and exercise, said Nunez. I think everyone should try to learn at least one new skill while they are here at Gitmo. I like to play, dance and give beginners lessons of salsa because to me it is a way to promote my culture, explained Moreira. I feel that by dancing I can connect with people who otherwise I never would have met. It brings us together. salsa, is named for a type of Latin American music and dance developed in New York City in the 1970s with roots in Cuban and Dominican culture. It was then made popular by artists such as Tito Puente and Celia Cruz. Salsa, mambo, bachata and has become popular around the world from the Americas to Europe, Asia and Australia, often taking on different styles and forms Dance your Fridays away! in each place. mostly front to back motions. Merengue movements, while bachata has a mellow The class not only focuses on Caribbean which originated in Texas and was made popular by singer Salina Quintanilla. accordions and German polka mix to its Mexican roots. The teachers are patient. If you make a mistake you laugh and start up again, says Brig. Gen. Greg Zanetti, deputy commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay and be embarrassed.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008 | NE W S & INF ORMA T IO N THE WIRE | PAGE 11 nd See Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. RussellJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs______________________At some point in a military attending a professional development school becomes necessary in order to advance. However, advancement should not be the only motivating factor or future leader, looking to those you lead and assessing your ability and skills as a leader and motivator can keep you tuned to the needs of your team. Coast Guard Port Security Unit 307 held the Leadership and Management School last week as a training course for enlisted improvement and advancement. for the Coast Guard and mandatory for rank advancement, was open to all service members and attended by members of the Coast Guard, Army, Air Force and Navy. This course is about getting your people to work hard for you, said Coast Guard Chief a LAMS instructor from the Leadership Development Center. Follow the LeaderThere are various stages of group to understand their role during each stage so they can effectively manage their people. different types of leadership and applying the appropriate style is strategic leadership a key concept of the course. Troopers learn to assess the needs of the service member and determine whether they Practical exercises throughout the course helped to demonstrate how various styles of leadership can affect a group of people. When a group of people know how to telling them how to do it, [that] causes service members to lose motivation, said else we want to hang on to good people, but if their supervisor treats them poorly, they may get out [of the military]. We can improve supervision and retain good people. An exercise using Tinker Toys allowed Troopers to experience different forms of leadership. Each group received the Tinker Toys with various instructions, but with the same goal to achieve. The groups were then tasked to build a tower. assessment of different leadership strategies
NE W S & INF ORMA T IO N | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008 PAGE 12 | THE WIRESTRATEGIES used for different tasks, said Coast Guard leadership style when defusing a bomb versus putting together Tinker Toys. This exercise helps [Troopers] see how using the wrong leadership strategy can have a negative impact upon team performance. Communication is another key element emphasized in this course. Knowing how to talk to Troopers, effectively communicate tasks or address behavioral issues is essential to team management. I learned how to communicate better well as how to approach problems, assess member personalities and address issues they may have, said Coast Guard Petty rd Class Brian Jackson. I can help supervisor positions, and hopefully help them personally and professionally with rd Class Cedric Davis. This course should be offered to should start at the lowest level possible. Everyone can be a leader. military, in an effort to reach out to service members and JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Make a hit! JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Megan Burnham Boots on the GroundWhat does Veterans Day mean to you? rd Army 1st st Class Rebecca Provost Navy Seaman Johnathan Silva out of the year to remember those who have those who have made Its my birthday and a
LI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE JTF CHAPEL SCHEDULED PROGRAMSCatholic Mass Sunday: 7 a.m. Confession 7:30 Mass Wednesday: Protestant Worship Sunday: 9 a.m. Spanish Protestant Worship Sunday: St. George Fighting the Dragon Navy Lt. Cmdr. Clint PickettJTF Command Chaplain____________________________Some of the Navy types here at command crest of the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) includes a depiction of St. George, with his horse and his lance. But the rest of us may well be saying, Who in the heck is St. George? A number of English, Greek and Russian year. For most people, St. George is a according to legend, fought and killed a dragon. The legend has it that the city of Silene in Libya was besieged by a instead of trying to destroy the dragon, the people of the city tried to appease the dragon with sheep and goats. Each day the dragon would come and take the hapless sheep or goat. Instead of satisfying the dragon, the daily offerings only served to increase the size and appetite of the dragon. After all the concessions failed, the king decided to offer the princess his own daughter as a to the legend, as the girl was awaiting her fate, St. George happened to be riding by, armed with a lance and a short Roman sword. When the dragon showed up, St. George killed the dragon, and the life of the princess was spared. with the story. Not least, what if there is no such thing as dragons? As an allegory, however, the story shows the lie that evil can be bought off through concessions. Satan thrives on compromise, as churches have discovered throughout history. I thought of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain concession of the Sudetenland to Hitler would lead to peace. But the concessions only emboldened Hitler. Dragon or no, history suggests that St. Emperor Deocletian. George followed 21 had served in campaigns in Egypt and the Imperial Guard, which brought him into contact with the emperor. Emperor Diocletian thought of himself as a god, and saw Christians as a threat to his ambitions. In a time of persecution, St. George set out on a mission to appeal for clemency on behalf of his fellow Christians. He had already resigned from the army because of the killings of Christians in Britain, many of them Roman soldiers. Without compassion, Diocletian had St. George tried and executed in 303 A.D. While there is much we do not know about St. George, his name and his confession against idolatry and evil continue to inspire people today. Dragons that threaten our integrity and character do indeed exist, even here at Guantanamo Bay! The temptation to compromise and make concessions is very real in our lives and our personal relationships. May the example of St. George serve as an inspiration and encouragement in your life!
Taking opportunitiesTHE WIRE | PAGE 15 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008 | 15 MI N U T ES O F FAME Army Staff Sgt. Gretel SharpeeJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ you were told what you were going to do every day of your life, and you had no input. Imagine also that you and your wife were told how many children you could have, when you could have those children and where you were going to live. For Americans this is hard to imagine those decisions for us. But for citizens of China, that is the normal way life carries st Class Xiaoming Guo was 26, that was his life. If I had never been given the freedom not being able to, said Guo, a storekeeper currently supporting Joint Task Force Group. After I came to the U.S. though, I immediately embraced the tremendous freedoms and endless opportunities which were offered to me. Guo came to the U.S. with his wife in understand any English, not even a simple staying with a friend of his family for the off at the U.S. International University with $140 in his pocket. A musician in China, Guo played music in exchange for room and board and English classes. Within a year Guo was able to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language test, which allowed him to apply and be accepted into Coleman College. He was a degree in Information Technology. In 1996, Guo was working at San Diego State University as a library assistant when he saw a Navy Reserve recruiting event taking place on campus. After hearing about the training, education and retirement up, even though he was still a citizen of China. People in the service care for each other that in the civilian world, said Guo. [Being in the Navy] has been a great experience for me I am grateful for everything. Finally in 1999 Guo applied for U.S. paperwork was approved and he participated While reading the pledge, my heart started pounding, there was a lump in my throat, my blood circulated very fast I told said Guo, while recounting the memory. I can serve in the military and have this opportunity to work in the Military here at Guantanamo Bay.
AROU N D T HE JTF | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008 3rd Class Matthew with Naval Mobile Construction under construction JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Erica Isaacson JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Gretel Sharpee Around the st Lt. Adam Bradley Volume 9, Issue 38 Friday, November 14, 2008 A JTF Journal THE Veterans Day Weekend Softball and Barbecues Joint Medical Group reload Fresh Sailors for the mission