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Title: The wire
Uniform Title: Wire (Guantánamo Bay, Cuba)
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Language: English
Creator: United States -- Joint Task Force Guantánamo
Publisher: 362nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Joint Task Force Guantanamo
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Publication Date: 01-15-2010
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Volume 10, Issue 47 Friday, January 15, 2010 A JTF Journal Tax season approaches Do you have your documents ready? Providing transparency Camp media tours THE

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PAGE 2 | THE WIRE Around the JTF-GTMO Commander: Navy Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby Joint Task Force CMC: Navy Command Master Chief Brad LeVault Office of Public Affairs: Director: Navy Cmdr. Rick Haupt: 9928 Deputy: Army Lt. Col. Edward Bush: 9927 Supervisor: Army 1st Sgt. Patrick Sellen: 3649The WireEditor: Army Staff Sgt. Paul Meeker: 3651 Assistant Editor: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeff Johnstone: 3594 Layout and Design: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Gary Keen: 3594 Army Sgt. Scott Griffin: 3594 Army Sgt. Jody Metzger: 3592 Web Design: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Wolff: 8154 Staff Writers: Army Sgt. Jody Metzger: 3592 Army Spc. Shanita Simmons: 3589 Army Spc. Daniel Welch: 3589Contact us:Base Information: 2000 Public Affairs Office: 3651 or 3596 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651Cover Photo By:Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert ClowneyOnline:www.jtfgtmo.southcom.milJointTaskForce-Guantanamo, produces The Wire, which is printed under the provisions of Department of Defense Instruction 5120.4 The Public Affairs OfficeJTF GUANTANAMO Commander: Navy Rear Adm. David M. Thomas, Jr. Joint Task Force Command Master Chief: Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian T. Schexnaydre Office of Public Affairs: Director: Navy Cmdr. Pauline Storum: 9928 Deputy Director: 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: Army Spc. Megan Burnham: 2171 Army Spc. Eric Liesse: 3499Contact usEditors Desk: 3651 or 3596 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651 Email: thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil 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: JTF-GTMO Commander: Navy Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby Joint Task Force CMC: Navy Command Master Chief Brad LeVault Office of Public Affairs: Director: Navy Cmdr. Rick Haupt: 9928 Deputy: Army Lt. Col. Edward Bush: 9927 Supervisor: Army 1st Sgt. Patrick Sellen: 3649The WireEditor: Army Staff Sgt. Paul Meeker: 3651 Assistant Editor: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeff Johnstone: 3594 Layout and Design: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Gary Keen: 3594 Army Sgt. Scott Griffin: 3594 Army Sgt. Jody Metzger: 3592 Web Design: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Wolff: 8154 Staff Writers: Army Sgt. Jody Metzger: 3592 Army Spc. Shanita Simmons: 3589 Army Spc. Daniel Welch: 3589Contact us:Base Information: 2000 Public Affairs Office: 3651 or 3596 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651Cover Photo By:Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert ClowneyOnline:www.jtfgtmo.southcom.milJointTaskForce-Guantanamo, produces The Wire, which is printed under the provisions of Department of Defense Instruction 5120.4 The Public Affairs Office JTF GUANTANAMO Commander: Navy Rear Adm. Tom Copeman Command Master Chief: Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Scott A. Fleming Office of Public Affairs Director: Navy Cmdr. Brook DeWalt: 9928 Deputy Director: Army Maj. Diana Haynie: 9927 Supervisor: Army 1st Sgt. Shellie Lewis: 3649The WireExecutive Editor: Army 1st Lt. Christopher Cudney: 2171 Command Information NCOIC:Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Gholston: 3651Editor: Army Staff Sgt. Blair Heusdens: 3594 Assistant Editor: Army Sgt. Michael Baltz Staff Writers: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Edward Flynn Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Marcos T. Hernandez Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Nistas Army Sgt. David McLean Army Pfc. Christopher Vann Contact usEditors Desk: 3594 or 2171 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3594 DSN: 660-3594 E-mail: thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil 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 1,000. COVER:Coast Guardsmen with Joint Task Force Guantanamos Maritime Safety and Grenadillo Range, Jan. 8. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Emily Greene BACK COVER:A foosball table is available to detainees for recreation. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Cody Black Christopher ThomasMSST 91103 Command Chief/Engineering ________________________In the armed forces, the advancement to the pay grade of E-7 is monumental. This is and can have a positive or negative impact at a unit. Its not just one more rank to wear on your collar and more money in the bank. You will be looked at differently and your advice will positions by having to push back and provide the ground truth. Your command will depend on you to manage the work and, although you may have a different opinion from them, it is important to be on the same page at the end of the day. You need to show support for your leadership and enforce their directives as if they were your own. It is important that you not show frustration or disagreement with your seniors in front of your Troopers. This could lead to poor morale and a dysfunctional unit. Keep the pulse of the Troops and relay this up the chain of command to keep your unit meeting the requirements to make mission. You are expected to be a mentor to junior and assist them to make informed and calculated decisions. Leadership doesnt start at the E-7 level. It Sometimes we learn from other peoples mistakes and must incorporate those lessons to help others in their career. Always remember the road and the people that got you where you are today. Use those experiences to make good choices for your Troops. Leaders must take care of their people. Sometimes the junior person may not agree. An example could be an unfavorable recommendation for the next pay grade if they truly are not ready or deserving. Another example may be counseling members about a less than desirable their career in the long term but may be unpleasant in the short term. Set them and the service up for success. Leadership is important and its never too early to start learning to become a better leader. How many times have you said to yourself, I would do that differently if I were in charge? With that said, you are in charge. TROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010You are in charge

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able to get their information directly from the source, said Starken. Since the media relations team is with the media at all times while they have to constantly maintain their awareness. My team members are consummate professionals. They have a tough job; theyre always on the front lines of everyones opinions both negative and positive. They have to always be on and constantly have to maintain their conversation and demeanor, keeping things on a professional level, said Lovelace. Of course keeping the media than just casual conversation. It also handles on any given tour. One of the challenges that we face are the last minute schedule changes that are beyond our control. We also strive to make each visit meaningful, said Lovelace. FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010 | MISSION THE WIRE | PAGE 3 Army Sgt. Andrew HillegassJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________________________Since opening in 2002, Joint Task Force Guantanamo has been at the forefront of an intense debate about foreign policy. If you turn on any major news network, it is not uncommon to hear something being mentioned about the detention facility. So how does all this information that ends up in the news, make timely information to the media concerning Guantanamo falls on JTF public affairs media relations. The media relations team makes sure that news outlets from around the world have the opportunity to see for themselves the JTFs mission in action. They ensure outlets are vetted and coordinate all logistics for media prior to their arrival on island, along with escorting media while they are on island. The media relations team is responsible for escorting the media through the camps, JTF facilities, and in and out of interviews with the Joint Task Force, Joint Detention Group and Joint Medical Groups senior leadership, said Army Sgt. 1st Class Veshannah In 2009, the group facilitated more than 80 different media tours ranging from newspaper organizations such as Associated Press, whose news stories are viewed by millions around the world. Our mission directly supports the JTFs transparency mission. detention here at Guantanamo, added Lovelace. It is that transparency that takes some members of the media by surprise. There have been instances where the media realize what they environment and operations that really take place here, said Army 1st A typical tour takes media through the detainee library, detainee hospital, and Camps 4, 5 and 6. It also includes interview opportunities with camp guards and senior JTF leadership. These interviews allow the media to get their information in the camps and have daily interaction with detainees. Media are Showing our mission to the world charge during a recent media tour at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Emily Greene during a recent media tour at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Emily Greene

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st Class JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________________________ their new environment. At GTMO, Troopers have to do more than to adjust to these new reptile saturated surroundings. Troopers assigned to the Joint Task Force also have to adjust to working in a joint environment. As with all units on island, this too is the case with the Virgin Islands National Guards 786th Combat Service and the Joint Task Force Guantanamos Headquarters and Headquarters Company. Comprised of approximately 70 Troopers, their mission consists of many peripheral support activities. Their duties encompass responsibilities such as Morale, Welfare and Recreation, courtesy patrol and safe ride, camp commandant for Camp America, JTF armory, administration, supply, watch duty rosters and Kittery We have adjusted very well. Just last Saturday night, we had st HHC. notes, This is a great learning environment because all service branches are meshed together here. I think it is important to understand each others service culture and to be able to not only recognize what is internal to yours, but also to be able to work as a team. The HHC handles many different taskings, including property accountability, system improvements and communications, which more seasoned and higher ranking NCOs. Ive spoken to various me they are learning new skills and receiving a lot of support from the Joint Task Force, states Despite adjusting to transitions and the stress brought forth by deployments, there are plenty of constructive activities at GTMO to balance out these factors. Many troopers of HHC opt to enjoy the weather and participate in sporting activities such as volleyball, basketball, going to the gym, The transition went very smoothly and the weather here is very similar to the weather in the Virgin Islands, said Army Capt. Josephine Hector-Murphy, JTF HHC commander. In the fast-paced environment that is trademark of JTF daily operations, Troopers from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces work together to keep the machine going. I see a lot of cohesiveness in the JTF. I know my Troops are enjoying working as a team with the different branches. Everyone has different styles and input, but what matters is that it culminates the end, states Hector-Murphy. MISSION | FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE JTF HHC adjusts to transition team with the different branches. Capt. Josephine Hector-Murphy Members of Joint Task Force Guantanamos Headquarters and Jan. 13. JTF Guantanamo photo st Class Marcos Hernandez

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THE WIRE | PAGE 5 FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010 | MISSION Army Sgt. JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Tax season is right around the corner, and taxes. While stationed at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Troopers have a few options Service with help from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. VITA is a program that is recognized by the IRS and the Armed Forces Tax Council to help military personnel and their provide free tax advice, tax preparation and assistance as they are trained and equipped VITA staff consists of volunteers and military, who tackle the toughest tax problems in an effort to get a Troopers return correct. They are educated using the latest tax software and IRS training to prepare the 1040s for submission, and returns are double checked by legal professionals to make sure any potential errors are eliminated. a legalman with Naval Station Guantanamo coordinate the efforts of VITA staff for both JTF Guantanamo and NAVSTA. Her teams prepared roughly 800 returns last year, and are looking forward to helping residents of the base this tax season. Our volunteers go through an extensive training program, Alston said. They are publications to handle most situations. They are ready to help. The staff ranges from E-5s to O-4s, and are enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve Troopers this year. I enjoy doing taxes, said a lieutenant commander with JTF Guantanamo who volunteered this year. It is a nice service, especially for deployed people. It makes it easier for them to get their taxes done so they can focus on the mission here. be opening Jan. 20 and on the JTF side on Jan. 30. Normal hours will be from 0800 to 1900, but appointments are strongly encouraged to make sure staff will be available to help. Remember to bring all important tax appointment as smooth as possible, Alston said. For more information call ext. 4692 on the NAVSTA side, and ext. 8115 on the JTF side. When you go, make sure you have: Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents and/or a letter issued by the Social Security Administration and dependents on the tax return Current years tax package if you received one Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099) A copy of last years federal and state returns if available numbers for Direct Deposit Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare providers tax identifying number (the providers Social Security Number or the providers Number) spouses must be present to sign the required forms (or a power of attorney must be presented.) Get ready; tax times a-coming

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LOCA L SP OR T S | FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010 PAGE 6 | THE WIRE st Class Edward FlynnJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs______________________________________As Troopers and residents of Naval Station exciting opportunities on the island, Morale, Welfare and G. J. Denich Gym, Jan. 11. From softball to bowling, golf recreation, social and community support activities that contribute to the retention, readiness and physical and emotional well-being of military members. Like all MWR-sponsored events, the Captains Cup Neuman, the MWR sports coordinator. We stress sportsmanship, uncompromising integrity and fair play. Personnel from Joint Task Force Guantanamo and military members, are participating in the thirteen-team league. Although a womens league was originally announced, it was canceled due to a lack of participation. However, there will be a womens team playing in the mens For some Troopers with the recently arrived Rhode Island National Guard and the U.S. Virgin Islands National an MWR-sponsored sporting event on the island. Playing in the basketball league is a tremendous opportunity to build esprit de corps while maintaining physical it takes my mind off work while getting some good exercise, said Navy Petty rd Class Rayshaun Cole. This is a team sport and working together is important.Even though this was the opening GTMO basketball fever is back competition and determination was clearly evident by the players. Like all MWR athletic events, the cornerstone of the game is treating your opponent with respect, which was evident from the opening jump ball to camaraderie among Troopers, said Navy Lt. Nick Rizzuto. Prior to the start of the league, a representative from each team submitted player rosters, met with MWR staff and was briefed on the rules and regulations of the basketball league. The league will run through March 2010. All basketball games will be played at the gymnasium, Monday through Friday, beginning at 7:00 p.m. For additional information on upcoming athletic activities, please contact the season, Jan. 11. JTF Guantanamo photo by st Class Edward Flynn Army Brig. Gen Timothy Lake, JTF Guantanamo to take a free throw shot. JTF Guantanamo photo by st Class Edward Flynn during a baseketball game, Jan. 11. JTF Guantanamo st Class Edward Flynn

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010 | MOVIE RECON THE WIRE | PAGE 7 rd Class Joshua NistasJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________In the future, man has traveled across the expanses of space and found a world ripe with resources, adventure and an alien race so protective of their way of life that they will die in the hopes of saving it. Pandora, home to the Navi, holds a mineral called Unobtamium, which brings the forces of Earth to the small moon to mine the material, no matter the cost to the inhabitants. Jake Sullys (Sam Worthington) arrival to Pandora is with mixed feelings from the human base. Sully is taking the place of his brother who was killed in battle to become a member of the Avatar Program, which allows humans to link with hybrid bodies brothers shoes with no experience is simple: they are genetic matches. Sullys avatar resembles his brother, and by extension, himself. Even though Sully, a former Marine, was left a paraplegic from the war, he is able to walk again through the interactions with his avatar. This idea made me think about all of those people playing World of Warcraft. The world of Pandora seems like something straight out of a video game, with people entering into the bodies of Avatars; the most extreme version of playing a video game. While watching this movie, I thought of some other movies that held similarities. with Wolves. Jake Sully is the outsider who arrives into the unknown and gets adopted into the tribe after having to learn all their different ways. He falls for the tribe girl, and with her help, gets a grasp of the new language, traditions, and way of life. Of course, this can also go for the story of Pocahontas. One of the other movies from the early s is FernGully: The Last Rainforest. from my childhood, the idea holds true characters are transformed and deal with persecution from the natives, but in the end, they try to stop the destruction of the world around them. One of the main things that made me see this movie twice, is the world in which the characters live. I bet the movie would be great in 3D, but even seeing it here, the way the forests stand out is awe inspiring. You would think that it couldnt get much better to see the forests during the daylight, but once Pandora goes dark, with the planet Polyphemus and its other moons looming in the night sky, things becoming more breathtaking. Its like everything in the forest is lit with black lights, glowing with bright neon colors. The creatures that make Pandora their home are like something from Dr. Seusss nightmares. From horse-like animals with six legs, to the bat-like creatures the Navi people have something in common a way to connect with each other as well as to the planet for a deeper understanding than anything previously thought possible. Everything about the movie was impressive to me, from the way the computer graphics seemed so lifelike, to the storyline and the characters, this movie has me wanting to come back again and again. Id advise seeing the movie and bringing others with you to enjoy it. Avatar graphics capture audience

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Members of Naval Station Guantanamo Bays Chief Petty Officers Association volunteer to clean up trash and debris at Girl Scout Beach, Jan. 9. The CPOA is open to all servicemembers in the pay grade of E-7 through E-9. The association participates in various community service projects monthly ranging from reading to elementary school children to cleanup projects around the base. The CPOA meets every first and third Wednesday to discuss upcoming events. For more information, contact Rich Vargas at ext. 2156 or Jillian Easley at ext. 3145. Starting the year with a clean slate FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010 PAGE 8 | THE WIRE THE WIRE | PAGE 9 JTF Guantanamo Bay photos by Army Spc. Christopher Vann

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NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010 PAGE 10 | THE WIRE ... if youre out there know the regulations. Mike McCordrd Class Joshua NistasJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Many different types of wildlife slither, aspect of variety not easily found on other naval bases. With the different species of amphibians, are reminded to take care in what they do, both at work and during their recreational time, to ensure the safety of these species for years to come. The most well-known native animal Rock Iguana, is thriving on the island. They are the largest group of iguanas in the Caribbean, consisting of 20 percent of the population in Cuba. Cuban Rock Iguanas are protected under the Endangered Species Act, and Troopers and residents could be the iguanas on base. One of the biggest threats to the iguanas is people hitting them while driving. The problem is failure to notice, which proves to be a problem for pedestrians, said Michael McCord, Naval Station McCord said that people should not feed the iguanas, because the iguanas will get used to humans, and then become aggressive. Signs are posted throughout the base, warning residents not to feed iguanas or any wildlife at GTMO. Another one of the native animal species at Guantanamo is the Cuban hutia, also known as the banana rat. Though the name implies rodent, banana rats have more in common with a porcupine than a rat. The reason for the nickname is due to the fact that the hutias feces looks like bananas. The naval station provides a safe habitat for these species, which are often consumed as food on mainland Cuba. The hutia can sometimes prove to be a pest on the island, according to McCord. They can damage lawns and even chew through wires under cars. We have a permit with Cuba to maintain the hutia population, said Jos manager. It is one of the few permits that the naval station has with the Cuban government.Stray, or feral cats are some of the more dangerous animals found on the island. Although they may look like friendly pets, especially to Troopers who are away from their own pets back home, feral cats can be carriers of disease and may lash out unexpectedly. One of the things to remember, McCord said, is that cats are vectors for rabies. Any person who is bitten by a cat on base will be started on the rabies vaccination series immediately. in-charge of GTMO veterinary services, said that there is always a health risk with unvaccinated animals, which are not allowed in peoples rooms. If people bring in strays, and theyre healthy and friendly, well try to adopt them out to a certain extent, said Army Sgt. Jamie Murphy, the animal care nonveterinarian clinic. If theyre untamable, well have to euthanize them for humane reasons. McCord said it is important that people not feed any stray cats. I recommend for health reasons and population control, to spay and neuter your pets in general, French said. For further information on veterinary services, call the veterinarian clinic at ext. 2212. One animal species to be on the lookout for is the mongoose that was brought to GTMO from India back in the 18th century, McCord said. The Cuban government reported two cases of mongooses with rabies approximately a year ago, and the Marines at the Cuban border were given pictures of mongooses to watch out for them. McCord said not to try to catch a mongoose, but to call the natural resources mongooses. With all wildlife at GTMO, be continues to provide an environment where endangered and threatened species can develop and prosper. The biggest thing is that if youre out there enjoying the wildlife, know the regulations, McCord said. Theres no excuse for taking something because you dont know what it is. Be cautious of GTMOs critters The hutia, or banana rat, is a common creature found on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Emily Russell

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THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T IONArmy Sgt. JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Every year, people all over the world make a list of their New Years resolutions, and it is no different for Troopers assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo. In order to stick with a New Years rd Class Woodrow Scott, a psychiatric technician with the Joint Medical Group. You have to ask yourself; am I making a goal just to have one? Is it something I really want to accomplish? Is it realistic? If you are able to answer yes to your questions, then you should be able to stick with your goal. Regardless of your goal, Scott says, be prepared to make mistakes. Everyone is going to make mistakes, Scott said. There are going to be days where you dont want to go for that run, want to pick up that cigarette or forget to days get you down. You have to know that life is like practice; the more you do it, the better you get. As long as you can realize you made a mistake, you can keep on going, Scott continued. who has the same goal as you, to make it easier for when you are looking for support. Along with the countless resolution ideas, whether it is learning Chinese, getting out of debt or getting promoted, there are two resolutions that stand out above the rest. According to www.usa.gov and www.about.com, the two most common resolutions are to get instructor, Everton Hylton, knows how Some people have the mindset that the same manner, and that is not the case, Hylton explained. For most people, there will be a lot of trials and errors. Discipline is key, he added. You have to adapt to do it, if you want to see the results. Along with discipline, knowledge of what you should eat will help Troopers meet their goals successfully. All food can be bad and good, Hylton lot of choices for [Troopers] to eat. They have the fast food places and the galley, but many of them dont have the ability to cook on their own. Nutrition plays a vital role in accomplishing your goals. The key is eating based on your blood group and staying away from processed foods, because they are loaded with preservatives, which harm the body. will help you toward the goal of losing weight as well. you must make sure you are training your heart in the target heart rate zone, which is 60 to 80 percent of your max heart rate, Hylton explained. Training should be from 20 to 30 minutes, and not longer than 45 minutes. According to Hylton, it is also very At any rate, Scott and Hylton advise you to keep at it and not to quit. Everton Hylton Sticking to your resolutions

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arrived, and medical personnel and relief supplies are arriving. In the best of times, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The country suffers from extreme poverty, deforestation, a lack of infrastructure and political instability. Obama pledged not to forsake the people of Haiti in their hour of need. American stands with you. The world stands with you, he said. We know you are a strong and resilient people. You have endured a history of slavery and struggle and natural disaster and recovery. Through it all, your spirit has been unbroken and your faith unwavering. Today, you must know that help is arriving and much more help is on the way. NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010 PAGE 12 | THE WIRE Obama makes Haiti response top U.S. priority Bill Mesta Jim GaramoreArmed Force Press Service___________________________ said hes made helping Haiti in the wake of a crippling earthquake the top priority of every U.S. government agency. Speaking from the White House, Obama called the quake an unimaginable tragedy, and said the United States has launched a swift, coordinated and aggressive effort to help. Flanked by his national security team, the president said the U.S. response will require help from every government agency and the compassion of Americans. and government agency heads] that Haiti must be a top priority for their departments and agencies right now, Obama said. This is one of those moments that call out for American leadership. American service members are deploying to the area, the president said. Several Coast Guard cutters are already there, providing everything from basic services like water to vital technical support for this massive logistical operation, he said. Elements of the Armys 82nd Airborne Division will arrive today. The United States also is deploying a Marine expeditionary unit, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and the hospital ship USNS Comfort. relief effort are on the ground and at work, the president said. An airlift has been set up to deliver highpriority items like water and medicine, Obama said. The United States is working closely with the Haitian government, the United Nations and relief organizations to deliver supplies, but it will take some time for supplies, personnel and equipment to arrive in Haiti, he added. Right now in Haiti, roads are impassible, the main port is damaged and communications are just beginning to come online, and aftershocks continue, he said. None of this will seem quick enough, but its important that everyone in Haiti understand that one of the largest relief efforts in our recent history is moving toward Haiti. The earthquake struck the evening of Jan. 12 near the capital of Port-au-Prince. areas of the city. Port-au-Prince is one of the largest cities in the Caribbean, and people may be dead. American assets are pouring into the country. U.S. search and rescue teams have

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 13Troopers promotion a family affair Army Staff Sgt. JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ Promotions are an important part of any military career and an important event to share with friends and family. For Navy Capt. Robert Elrod, stationed at Naval Task Force Guantanamo, his promotion to the rank of captain was one more milestone in his Navy career in which his family played an important role. Elrods parents, Alvon Sr. and Ruby Elrod, his wife, Shannon, his eldest brother, Alvon Jr. and his wife Maureen, all traveled to GTMO for the ceremony, which was held Jan. 4. Like several of his previous promotions in the Navy, Elrod chose to have his father, an Air Force veteran, participate. This promotion, however, was special because Alvon Sr., who retired after 30 years as a Colonel, was able to promote his son to the equivalent rank in the Navy. As one of six children growing up, Robert Elrod followed the example of his parents his mother a teacher and his father a professor at Clemson University and pursued a degree in mechanical engineering before being commissioned into the Navy his siblings to follow in his fathers military footsteps; his younger brother, Harold, is My experience with the military growing up made me realize that it was something I wanted to be a part of one day, Robert said.When Robert found out he would be promoted at GTMO, he began making plans a program allowing family and friends of service members stationed at Naval Station said the opportunity to have family visit is one of the things that makes a deployment at JTF Guantanamo more family-friendly than a regular combat deployment. Were overjoyed to be here and very appreciative of the invitation, Alvon Sr. said. Boots on the GroundWhat is your favorite winter Olympic event? Why?by Army Spc. Cody Black 3rd Class John Oh Air Force Staff Sgt. Curling, because it is fun for young or old. The downhill skiing slalom, because my roommate was on the Army ski team. Ice hockey, because I time. During the ceremony, Roberts father read the oath of reenlistment, and his wife and mother pinned his new rank on his they felt for their sons accomplishments. Im still trying to hold the buttons on my clothes, said Ruby. Im very proud of him. For Robert, the presence of family, friends, his superiors and co-workers made the event more memorable. The fact that my friends, family and coworkers could all be part of the ceremony made it extremely special, said Robert. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Emily Greene

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LI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE GTMO Religious ServicesDaily Catholic Mass Main Chapel Vigil Mass Main Chapel Mass Sunday 9:00 a.m. Main Chapel Gospel Service Main Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Saturday 11:00 a.m. Room B Iglesia Ni Christo Sunday 5:30 a.m. Room A Pentecostal Gospel Sunday 8:00 a.m. Room D LDS Service Sunday 9:00 a.m. Room A Liturgical Service Sunday 10:00 a.m. Room B General Protestant Sunday 11:00 a.m. Main Chapel United Jamaican Fellowship Sunday 11:00 a.m. Building 1036 GTMO Bay Christian Fellowship Main Chapel Bible Study Troopers Chapel The Truth Project Bible study Troopers Chapel Protestant Worship Sunday 9:00 a.m. Troopers Chapel Islamic Service Room C Jewish Service FMI call 2628 LORIMI Gospel Sunday 8:00 a.m. Room D NEGB Chaplain____________________________A chaplain lecturing to an audience of chaplains attending a Navy professional development training course years ago used a visual aide to describe stress management by holding up a glass of water and asking, How heavy is this glass of water? Answers called out from the audience ranged from The lecturer replied, The absolute weight doesnt matter. It depends on how long I try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, thats not a problem. If I try to hold it for a quarter hour, Ill have an ache in my right arm. If I try to hold it for a longer period, I will probably need medical attention due to lack of circulation. In each case, the glass of water weighs the same and in a normal situation is not a burden at all, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it seems. He continued, Thats the way it is with stress, and why we need to manage it. You see, if we try to carry our burdens continuously, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we wont be able to carry on and achieve what is expected of us. As with the glass of water, we have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it up again. When were refreshed, we can carry on with any burden or demand placed upon us.So, when you get off duty today, put down the burden of the work day. Dont carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. It will still be there. Whatever burdens youre carrying now, let them down for a moment. Dont pick them up again until after youve rested a lessen the weight of that burden pressing down upon you. Often, looking at things from a different to talk with someone who can offer a different point of view and help you to think differently about a particular situation. Often, recreational activity will help ease our burdens when they become increasingly heavier. We re-create ourselves, refresh our spirit and relax our minds through recreation. If you need someone to talk with about things, remember that your chaplains are always available. If you come to talk with me, I will show you how long I can hold up a glass of water. Stress management

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Soldiers to its highest level in the last 22 said Army 1st Sgt. Mark Tillman, the 189th every chance she gets, asking them how they are doing and if they have talked with their family lately. Her time as a commander has already taught her some valuable lessons, especially in patience. Redente says she has matured as a leader and improved her interpersonal communication skills. Ive learned that when things happen, to take a minute, rationalize, and then make a solution, Redente said. I understand that nobodys perfect. We try to look at why the problem happened and what we learned. sergeant, She is not afraid to make the quick decision, yet she also realizes to research all courses of action when necessary. She has a full understanding that a leader never wants to rush to failure.THE WIRE | PAGE 15 FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010 | 15 MINU T ES O F FA M E Army Staff Sgt. JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs__________________________________After approximately seven months as commander of the 189th Military Police Company of the 525th Force Guantanamo, Army Capt. Suzanne Redente is gaining valuable leadership experience and of Camp 5. Im here to make sure the detainees, as well as the Soldiers, are getting support and the standard operating procedures in the camps are being followed, said Redente. among the junior company commanders of the 525th to provide them with an experience in detainee operations at GTMO, a unique opportunity for Redente received training in the camps upon arrival at the JTF and that training proved to be a valuable asset when she recently assumed the position. The systems are the same; Ive just had to get to know the different personnel who are here, said Redente. Redente is adjusting to her new responsibilities and appreciates spending more time interacting with her Soldiers and watching them perform their duties. keeping the camp running is also a full-time job, said Redente. Her leadership style has been noticed by not only her superiors, but also the Soldiers she works with day to day. Capt. Redente has raised the morale of the New role, new challenges JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Cody Black JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Cody Black

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Around the AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, JANUARYY 15, 2010 Tax season approaches Do you have your documents ready? a government vehicle at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Jan. 11. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Emily Greene bag to stay fit during his off time, Jan. 12. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Chirstopher Vann Army Sgt. Kevin Foley, a for assembly at a Joint Task Force Guantanamo warehouse, Jan. 13. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Emily Greene Around the