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Volume 9, Issue 39 Friday, November 21, 2008 A JTF Journal Flag Football Your chance to be drafted PSU Reload New faces protecting the waters
PAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008No more Captains MastJTF-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: 3589 Graphics: Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Dollar: 3589/5371Contact 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 weekly circulation of 1000. COVER:Frank Wooten, quarterback of the Warriors, passes the football to a teammate to gain yardage for the from opposing team Young Gunz. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Megan Burnham Navy Senior Chief Gerald RainfordNavy Expeditionary Guard Battalion_____________________________________Although Captains Mast (Article 15) is an effective deterrent to misconduct, I have never met a person who enjoyed being part of the process, whether it was the person suspected of committing the violation. With that said, there seems to be some common ground here no one wants Mast to occur. So what do we do to eliminate the need for this unpopular process? The only way to eliminate the necessity for Mast is to eliminate the reason for Mast: misconduct. I know it is a perfect world scenario to totally eliminate it, but to reduce misconduct would allow for more time to focus on the commands mission and ensure we retain our privileges. The following are a few factors we see in incidents referred to Captains Mast: 1) Alcohol Use Responsible use is a must. Overindulgence and lack of planning when using alcohol are two ways to guarantee a spot in the next Plan of the Week under non-judicial punishment results. If you choose to drink, do so responsibly and know your service and command policies regarding alcohol use. 2) Knowledge Know your job and carry out your responsibilities in accordance with current guidelines. The easy way will get you in trouble, the right way (as per policy) will cover you. Do not be afraid to ask questions if a situation does not feel right. 3) Professionalism It is the way a person acts and presents themselves both on and off duty. Be a positive example for your peers, seniors and subordinates. Assist others when they need help or seem to fall short of the standards. for our junior members. Proper mentorship and selection of friends can help to eliminate the effects of peer pressure. A true friend would not ask you to do something that would get you in trouble or compromise your integrity. 5) Communication Lack of communication causes confusion and frustration. Let someone becomes even more important with the upcoming holiday season. Look out for your fellow troopers. Let the chain of command know of any concerns and do not be the senior man/woman with a secret. The Article 15 process will remain a viable option for the unit commander to use in maintaining good order and discipline within his or her command, but we as the members of the command are able to determine how often it is used. Lets all put our core values to work and see what we can do to put our respective commanders out of the Article 15 business.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 | MISSIO N THE WIRE | PAGE 3 Success through teamwork (From left) Army Sgt. Arthur Pacheco, Spc. Dominic Dominguez, Lt. Col. Joe Romero, 1st Lt. Sonya Montoya, Navy Guantanamos Joint Visitors Bureau. JTFs JVB escorts care for distinguished visitors with close team effortArmy Pfc. Eric LiesseJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs ____________________________Whenever Joint Task Force Guantanamo hand, there are many scheduling and logistic needs required. Handling these tasks is the mission of the tight-knit, sevenperson Joint Visitors Bureau team. a single unit to accomplish its mission of caring for distinguished visitors while they are guests of the JTF. Although the logistics of their tasks can seem overwhelming as some guests have told the JVB personnel the team steps as one to accomplish their massive mission. I cant think of anybody on the island whom we dont work with, said Army 1st works primarily with nongovernmental organizations. Whether working with the Naval Station for additional housing needs, or arranging facility use with Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the JVBs mission is all about logistics. We work with the visitor from the moment their plane hits the island until the moment they leave, Montoya said. The JVB is responsible for all the logistical needs of any DV. They handle the obvious needs: lodging if they stay overnight, transportation between each location, and planning schedules with room for change. However, JVB personnel also have to keep in mind small things such as food allergies while being able to anticipate problems and scheduling stalls. When people take the time to get down here, we pack their schedule with stuff, said Army Lt. Col. Joe Romero, the director of the JVB. Fifteen minutes can make a difference. A huge variety of DVs tour through JTFs facilities. Romero has seen lots Attorney General, many Congressmen, among others. JTF commander Navy Rear Adm. David M. Thomas, Jr. often stresses in his messages that the open transparency of the JTF mission is vital to its success and support back home. The JVB is a critical part of that openness. The admiral is very big on transparency. He said anyone can come down here, whether a four-star admiral or a Hollywood celebrity, Romero said. Montoya often works with NGOs visiting to see the military commissions process and monitor its effectiveness. Representatives from internationally recognized organizations such as the Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union regularly come to watch the proceedings. The International Committee of the Red Cross is also a regular visitor here, coming quarterly to deal almost exclusively with detainee living conditions and environment. The JVB handles many of their needs while they are on island. JTF has also seen celebrities visiting for the Guantanamo Troopers. Even entertainers perspectives are important, as they offer a distinct kind of voice. [Celebrities] can reach a whole different group of people, and have a whole different kind of credibility, said Navy Lt. Brian MWR guests. They get the real message of Gitmo; see what really goes on here. Ive never had anyone come through [the detention camps] and not say Whoa, I didnt know they were treated so well, added Romero. So far this year, the JVB has seen approximately 700 guests over 100 visits not including the steady stream of NGO representatives. For such a small team, the missions of the JTF.
MISSION | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 PAGE 4 | THE WIREMembers of Coast Guard Port Security Unit 307, part of Joint Task Force JTF st Class Joshua Treadwell PSU 307 prepares to return home after completing mission at Guantanamo BayArmy Staff Sgt. Emily J. RussellJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs ____________________________Coast Guard Reserve Port Security Unit 307 will soon say farewell to Guantanamo Bay as they come to the end of their sixmonth tour. Its been a successful mission, said Coast Guard Chief Joseph Tew. All my guys are coming home. To me, thats primary. PSU 307s mission is multi-faceted. Perhaps best known for their waterborne operations and patrolling the waters of Guantanamo, they also secure the shores and play a major role in security during the military commission process. Weve supported approximately 20 military commissions proceedings, including two trials, said Coast Guard Lt. for the 307th. The 307th provided internal security at the commissions site, working directly with the 525th Military Police Battalion, Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion and Naval Station Masters-at-arms.Before we came down here, said Remusat, percent of our force was trained for various scenarios. However, once we got here we learned the Army way of doing things, or how to interact within the practices and policies of the 525. PSU 307 bids farewell Each section of the PSU has played tour, whether supporting communications, waterborne and shoreside operations, or maintaining the equipment necessary to get the job done. The team effort made it a success, added Remusat. Working in a joint atmosphere has Remusat. Some [members] never knew what other branches of service do, and it has interested [them] in pursuing opportunities with other branches. Were leaving here with a positive attitude and a sense of accomplishment in completing our mission, he continued. Everyone understands their piece of the pie and realizes the importance of their role in the overall mission. Weve built a lot of relationships and alliances within JTF and the naval station, one Viper ride at a time, said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Chris Fink. People have a better understanding and appreciation for what the Coast Guard does here, as well as our mission capability and quality of personnel. As the 307th passes the torch to the incoming PSU 305th, they leave knowing that they have succeeded in their mission. We havent had any incidents, nothing said Tew. The guys have been vigilant and stood a good watch. All threats, Always ready! All hazards, Coast Guard Port Security Unit 307 leads an escort for the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa through Guantanamo Bay, June 1. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Pfc. Carlynn M. Knaak
Religious assistants play supporting rolerd Class Jason Lail, a religious programs specialist deployed here in support of the Joint Detention Group, JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Erica Isaacson Army Pfc. Alecia Stevenson, a chaplains assistant for the 525th Military Police Battalion, listens to a Joint Task Force Trooper Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 19. THE WIRE | PAGE 5 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 | MISSIO N Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. LarsonJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Chaplains may be the headliners, but a units religious program is not a one-man show. Chaplains assistants and religious program specialists, all enlisted, play an important role in allowing the chaplain to focus on his or her three main missions counsel, teach and preach, according to rd Class Jason Lail, a religious program specialist for the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion. An RP or CA are the eyes for the chaplain, he explained. I get a sense of the morale. Sometimes its easier for an enlisted [Trooper] to come up to another enlisted rather than the chaplain. Army Pfc. Alecia Stevenson, a chaplains assistant for the 525th Military Police Battalion, agreed. to sit down and talk, were always here.In addition to a friendly ear, assistants can offer Troopers religious literature. If the discussion warrants, Lail said the chaplain can be consulted. Army Staff Sgt. Dilfred Pascual oversees Lail and Stevenson in their duties. One of the most important duties for a chaplains assistant or religious program specialist is to provide security for the chaplains, who do not carry or use weapons. than Guantanamo Bay, but Lail said he escorts chaplains through the pods inside the detainee camps. Assistants also help set up the chapel for worship services and other religious offerings. Im not Catholic, but I know how to set up for small mass and extremely large mass, Lail noted. As a religious practice specialist, you can hold onto your faith, but you have to work with all faiths. You could work for a Jewish chaplain or a Mormon chaplain. You have to know about those faiths. Lail has another duty distributing religious items such as prayer caps, prayer beads and prayer rugs to detainees. Those items are not necessarily sacred in any way, he explained. It assists them with their practice. Its also good for one person to know about why these items are important to [the detainees] the guards have other duties to be concerned with. Lail said that he is mindful of his chaplain section. Assistants are also involved in morale efforts, such as cookouts for Troopers. and Stevenson. While not quite what they expected, both said they have grown into their roles here. Its a good job, Stevenson said. Its good to be here for the Soldiers. I like what I do I like it a lot, Lail said. Im helping people, maybe indirectly. It really is all about the Troops.
LOCA L SP OR T S | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 PAGE 6 | THE WIRE Army Spc. Megan BurnhamJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________There was no better way to begin the football league than the inaugural event at the grand opening of Cooper Field Sports Complex, Nov. 3. From the opening kick-off, football games have commenced every night of the week with the mens division playing Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the womens division playing Tuesday and Thursday. All games begin at 6 p.m. with the men playing three to four games a night and the women playing two games a night. The mens league includes nine teams and the womens league consists of four teams. During any point of the game, only seven players from each team are allowed at the sides; a person in possession of the ball is considered tackled and the play is players body. Each game is comprised of two 20played on a running clock where the time counts down without stopping. The second half of the game is on running clock until the last two minutes when the scorekeeper A way for everyone to playA player of Young Gunz runs the football against the Warriors goal during a game of the mens league, Nov. 17. At this point, time stops whenever there is an incomplete pass or a receiver runs out of bounds. When a touchdown is made, the team is awarded six points with the option to gain another one, two or three points. The onepoint option is a conversion that starts at the three yard line and the two-point option is also a conversion that begins at the 10 yard line and both can be awarded if the team crosses into the end zone. If the three-point option is chosen, the team must succeed in gain the points. Here are the current stats for the top two teams of the mens league: Young Gunz leads with an undefeated record acquiring 152 total points and team Executioners with a 4 win-1 loss record and 124 points. The top two teams in the womens division are the Lady Pirates who are undefeated with 66 points and Lady DOCs with a 3 win-1 loss record and 60 points. The league ends for the womens division on Dec. 9 with the Captains Cup beginning Dec. 11. The mens league will begin Dec. 12. For any information on upcoming MWR activities, contact sports coordinator Robert Newman at 2113. Lady Pirates hike the football and rush played at Cooper Field, Nov. 18. The Pirates beat the Indecisives 12 0 and remain undefeated in the league.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 | MOVIE RECO N THE WIRE | PAGE 7The dead and how to please them Army Pfc. Eric LiesseJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________British star Ricky Gervais has almost perfected playing generally unlikable characters. Whether an incompetent branch manager in the original British TV series actor in Extras, Gervais can play truly spiteful characters that the audience still loves and wants to see succeed. In his new that mantle again. Directed and co-written by David Koepp, Ghost Town stars Gervais as disgruntled dentist Bertram Pincus, who loathes almost every person he has the misfortune of meeting. He stuffs his patients mouths with gauze as quickly as possible to avoid their incessant conversation, closes elevator doors in neighbors faces, and even avoids giving personal information even to his doctors. He quickly becomes wholly unlikable. After Gervais goes in for a colonoscopy and demands general anesthesia, he begins to see and hear people who claim to be ghosts the most hilarious scenes, Gervais returns to the hospital where the doctors begrudgingly tell him he died for approximately seven minutes during the operation due to an anesthesia complication. Thankfully for the hospital, he signed a waiver! Since Gervais is already annoyed with the living people he meets, the dead put him over the edge. Ghosts begin to barrage him with requests to settle issues. They follow crowd around his bed while he sleeps. One tuxedo-clad ghost in particular, Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear), is adamant to get Gervais help. Kinnear believes he will be at rest when his widow, Gwen (Ta Leoni), is stopped from marrying her new before he died. Luckily for Kinnear, Gervais happens to live just above Leoni. After repeated attempts to avoid him, Gervais left alone. The premise of a spiteful dentist helping an adulterous dead man break up his Egyptologist-widows new marriage engagement is hilarious by itself. However, the impeccable dialogue timing of Gervais with Kinnears trademark slyness puts this comedy over the hilarious edge. Although Leoni is in the kind of role she seems to always play, it seems fresh when put against a socially awkward character such as Bertram Pincus. Since Gervais is the only one who can see Kinnear, there is a running joke of Gervais yelling at no one and back-tracking in conversations to explain his outburst to Kinnear. These scenes let Gervais excel with his unique ramblings and pace he has been known for, so those that dislike him pleasing. Gervais is the only British actor in the British dry and sarcastic tone, but his comedic stylings are still there. Luckily, Gervais and the rest of the cast play off each other perfectly and truly knock the audience dead.
JTF Guantanamo photos by SPC Megan Burnham Are you ready for some (Flag) Football? Pirates vs. Indecisives Young Gunz vs. Warriors Warriors vs. Young Gunz Warriors FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 PAGE 8 | THE WIRE THE WIRE | PAGE 9 Lady DOCS Carolina Cajuns
NE W S&INF ORMA T IO N | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 PAGE 10 | THE WIRErd Class Chris LittleJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________One of the greatest assets to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay are the three local radio stations: 103.1 the Blitz, 1340 AM and 102.1 the Mix, better known as Radio GTMO. Both the Blitz and the Mix offer a broad variety of music selections by way of their many different radio shows controlled by local Navy and Army personnel. Radio for you, by youOne of these shows, the Afternoon Overdrive, hosted by Joint Task Force Public Affairs, airs 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday afternoons on 102.1 The Mix beginning Nov. 24. The show is made up of a mixture of news and local information in a program of new and classic rock music. earlier this month with the overall intent of providing JTF information to JTF troops. The show has been geared more towards the events and happenings that affect the JTF troopers the most, such as announcements from the upper chain of command, events that are taking place around the camps, updates on the Commissions trials, reviews of the movies that are being shown at the lyceums, weather updates and general day to day information. If anyone has any information to broadcast to the JTF troopers or if there are any closet disk jockeys out there that would like to volunteer to be on the show they can contact Sgt Sara Roeske at x3304. Monday through Friday afternoons 1600 until 1800
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 | NE W S & INF ORMA T IO N THE WIRE | PAGE 11 Inspiring through words and actions Motivational speaker and solo-yacht racer Neal Petersen Station Guantanamo Bays Windjammer Ballroom, Nov. 16. trans-Atlantic solo yacht races, visited Guantanamo Bay to speak to Naval Station and Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Sarah Stannard Army Staff Sgt. Gretel SharpeeJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs___________________________________In a darkened room with machine-made fog swirling Petersen is shown on the video screen giving thanks during a news broadcast on his completion of the 1998 solo Around the World yacht race. Currently known as Around Alone, the race challenges yachts, 40 feet or longer, to cruise around the world on some of the oceans most treacherous passes, manned only by one. Solo sailing is the ultimate test, said Neal Petersen. You own all of your mistakes and a few of your successes you are all alone. If sailing alone wasnt accomplishment enough, Petersens story of how he came into sailing is what has brought him into the world of motivational speaking. Growing up in segregated Cape Town, South Africa, Petersen was laughed at for even dreaming of sailing. The only yacht club in the city was the Royal Yacht Club, where at that time, black South Africans could only hope of washing the dishes and cleaning the docks where wealthy, white South Africans yachtowners kept their vessels. Not taking no for an answer, ever, Petersen worked his way from laborer work at the dock to a multiple the Around Alone race. all I had to bring to the table was passion, not much more than that, said Petersen, who when starting out, even went as far as designing and building his own boat that the local media promptly nicknamed the The message to Petersens success is, It is not about what you have, its about what you can accomplish and the courage you have. With that message he and his wife have spoken around the world, encouraging adults and children to follow their dreams and never take no for an answer. Sitting in the audience of one of his speeches in South Carolina was Tony Hicks, a high school social studies teacher now working in Guantanamo Bay. He inspired me, said Hicks, who had always wanted to travel and sought out working for the Department of Defense schools after hearing his story. After talking to her students about Christopher Columbus and sailing, Hicks thought she would look up Petersen and see if he could make a stop. By working with the Morale, Welfare and Recreation program director here, Petersen made the trip here to tell his inspiring story to the students and residents of Guantanamo Bay. I believe in role models and dreams, Hicks said when asked what kind of effect she hoped Petersen would have on the students. They sat through his entire one-hour speech, entertained and that is saying something.
NE W S & INF ORMA T IO N | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 PAGE 12 | THE WIRE Building bridgesA Sailor from the Naval Mobile Construction 4th Battalion helps erect a tent over the construction site of a bridge to span the Guantanamo River. The SeaBees are building the bridge for the Joint Task Force. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty nd Class Patrick Thompson
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 13 A cut aboveth Expeditionary 13. The 474th ECES supports the Joint Task Force Guantanamo by maintaining the Expeditionary Legal Complex and Camp Justice facilities and infrastructure. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Erica Isaacson Boots on the GroundWhat is your favorite holiday dessert?nd Class Jayme Pastoric 1st Class Quitasha Simmons st Class Marc Ryan Air Force Maj. Curtis Air Force Lt. Col. Stanley Rogers German Chocolate cake! My moms invention, its called a cherry mess. All hazards,
LI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 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: Noon Patience in the processwishes to accomplish the task the goal is the end result. Could you imagine if you were to give the gold, silver, and precious stones emotions and a voice? Do you process? In case I didnt portray it correctly, its not like a comfortable warm cleansing shower, but more like a dipping in battery acid with a steel wool scrub-down followed Army Capt. Eric Beyth Military Police Battalion____________________________Have you ever considered the process that jewelry has to go through before it is worthy of someone putting it on? Right out of the ground it has intrinsic value for sure, but it is surely nothing that anyone would like to have fashioned into a piece of jewelry and worn. The fact is that it is really kind of ugly. It has all sorts craftsman must begin the Precious metals are subjected it burns more impurities out. As this process continues, the metal become more pliable and its value goes up. It is interesting to note that you must let the metal cure and heal before were to try to burn out all of the impurities in one session, you would destroy the metal. So with the greatest of patience and always with the good of the metal in mind, you must not rush the process. When the purifying process is complete you have precious metal that everyone would love to possess. Its that way with diamonds and precious stones, too. No one would want it right out of the ground. It takes the process to bring out the stones beauty and worth for all to see. The craftsman will use any tool he by an extensive heart surgery! Does that sound like fun? Want to know where to sign up? respond to His call, we are like gold, silver or precious stones right out of the ground. We have intrinsic value but the separating of us from the world. If you are familiar with Biblical history you will be able to recall how it took God a very short time to take the Hebrews out of Egypt but it took him decades to get Egypt out of the Hebrews. Well, its kind of like that. We are talking about I say process because, like metals and stones, we have our limits. If God were to make all the changes in us all at once, we would not be dont get to choose which tools, trials and tribulations he uses to work things out of our character. One thing we can be assured of is that He loves us just as we are, but He also loves us too much to leave us that way. He is transforming us into the image of Christ. He has promised that He will never give you anything that you cant handle and that He works all things together for the good of those who choose Him. So dont lose heart. Dont grow weary in welldoing. Never give up. Remember to have patience in the process.
THE WIRE | PAGE 15 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 | 15 MI N U T ES O F FAME Mission: maintaining the moraleArmy Spc. Megan BurnhamJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________The opportunity for advancement can be obtained in many different situations and found in unexpected places. By how to improve the Joint Task Force Morale Welfare and Recreation program, Army Sgt. Brandin Schumann found his opportunity. Schumann advanced from being the Command Master Chiefs driver to the JTF MWR representative for Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the JTF Guantanamo staff. Im the type of person that likes to stay active and I like to be out doing stuff, said Schumann, a member of the New Mexico Army National Guard. This is a good chance and opportunity to get out and network while meeting more people. When Schumann arrived to Guantanamo Bay in January, he was given the job as Navy Command Master Chief Bradley LeVaults driver. It was after the current MWR representative had left, and no replacement had arrived, that Schumann was provided this new opportunity. I would say what I wanted to do and how I would do things to the master chief, said Schumann. Then one day he offered me the position and I took it. Since then he has been busy advertising MWR events, putting up movie posters, and working as the liaison between the MWR and the military. If anyone has MWR issues or ideas, they come through me and I make the required contacts and try to get the things done with the people that need to be talked to, Schumann said. Schumanns job also entails coming up with creative ways of advertising and getting the information out to Troopers that dont typically have access to the Intranet or the Roller. I like to see people getting involved, and its cool seeing Troopers getting to do what they want while I take care of any issues they have and implement their good ideas to MWR, Schumann said. Its rewarding to be able to help people out when they cant typically do it and thats rewarding right there. Along with staying busy as the JTF/ MWR representative, Schumann also holds the position as the equal opportunity leader for the HHC. As the EOL, Schumann implements the EO policy through training as the subject matter expert and takes care of any issues or concerns that arise in the unit. Schumanns opportunity to work with MWR and Troopers is winding down as the New Mexico National Guard soon completes their year-long mission. Overall, its been a really good experience and Ive met a lot of good people, said Schumann. I think the joint environment is awesome, its cool to see how the how the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard operate. Its cool to see how we are all working together.Army Sgt. Brandin Schumann, Joint Task Force/Morale Welfare and Recreation representative, hands out a pocket-sized Liberty Trips & Tours schedule for November through December to Troopers at the Seaside Galley during lunch.
AROU N D T HE JTF | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 Coast Guard Petty nd Class John Ebert, a machinery 307th Port Security Unit, performs a 500 -hour maintenance inspection on an outboard engine for a Viper boat. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell Around the Prisco Masagca Jr., jumps to nail a serve during a singles tennis tournament Nov. 14. behind Leo Manlutac in the championship game. The tournament and had 14 males competing in one females in the other. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 3 rd Class Christopher Little Air Force Staff Sgt. Chris Johnson, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning sergeant inspects a brace he secured to the underside of a housing deck. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Erica Isaacson