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Military DisciplinePAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010 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: Navy Lt. James Gonzales: 9927 Operations Officer: Army Capt. Robert Settles: 3596 Supervisor: Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Randy Dunham: 3649 The Wire Executive Editor, Command Information NCOIC, Photojournalist: Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Edward Flynn: 3592 Editor, Photojournalist: Army Spc. Tiffany Addair: 3499 Photojournalists: Army Staff Sgt. Shereen Grouby Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Marcos T. Hernandez Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Harris Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington Army Sgt. Athneil Thomas Air Force Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz Army Spc. Archie Corbitt III Army Spc. Cody Black Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kellie Bliss Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler Contact us Editors Desk: 3499 or 3594 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3499 DSN: 660-3499 E-mail: email@example.com Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil COVER:Navy Legalman 2nd Class Rasheeda Smith notarizes a power of attorney for a service member at the Trooper One Stop, March 23. JTF Guantanamo photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler BACK COVER: JTF Guantanamo photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler The 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 regard 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.Army Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Raines 525th Military Police Battalion Senior Enlisted Leader_______________________________________The U.S. Armed Forces is an organization that has been in existence for 235 years, excluding the National Guard militia. It dates back to 1775 when the revolutionary war took place to proclaim our freedom. One particular thing that our much more technologically advanced military has in common with the military of the past is the disciplined Trooper, who the military needs to be strong and successful. General George Patton said, You cannot be disciplined in the great things and undisciplined in the small things. Brave undisciplined men have no chance against the disciplined valor of other men. Well-disciplined Troopers guarantee an increased ability of the unit to successfully accomplish its mission, no matter how great or how small, in a professional manner, and with dignity and pride. Discipline in the military is one of the most make Troopers so well trained they will carry out orders quickly and intelligently even under the day-to-day rigors of accomplishing our mission. Discipline is actually a positive value that protects us from danger and destruction. discipline as training expected to produce especially training that produces moral and mental improvements. The dictionary also says it is a systematic method to obtain obedience. When you initially start talking about discipline, Troopers mostly connect it with punishment or reprimand as a result of violating a policy, procedure or military or civilian law. Both are valuable parts of military discipline; however, it is much more than that. It is the desire It is ensuring that you, the Trooper, continue to do the right thing even when your supervisors are not there and you know you can do the wrong thing or cut a corner and get away with it. It is the desire to accomplish the most simple of tasks to standard, not because of the fear of punishment but the pride in the unit and oneself. Discipline at JTF Guantanamo is even more important because of the stakes involved. In civilian life, a lack of discipline may cause some discomfort, get you sent to the bench, cost you your job, or at worst get you in trouble with the law. Here at JTF, poor discipline by Troopers could have national strategic consequences with a lasting impact on U.S. policy. Or, it could get you or another Trooper seriously injured or killed. That is a price way too high to pay. Disciplined Troopers ensure the safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees, which must remain steadfast. The mission of JTF has to be done right
FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010 | MISSIONTHE WIRE |PAGE 3 Holy Week, holy ritual Air Force Maj. William S. Wiecher JTF Deputy Command Chaplain_______________________________________On Sunday, March 28, Christians will enter into their Beginning with Palm Sunday, this holy time concludes with the three holy days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Great Easter Vigil. The events of Holy Week come to a climax with the celebration of the feast of the resurrection, Easter Sunday. For the Christian tradition, worship and prayer during these days shapes their belief, strengthens their faith and inspires hope. Within the Christian tradition, there is an ancient axiom; lex orandi, lex credindi. The literal translation of this latin phrase is, the law of prayer determines the law of belief. Another way of understanding this axiom is simply; the way we pray, lex orandi, will determine the way we believe, lex credindi. However, an even deeper appreciation of this statement, which describes the power of worship and prayer for the Christian life, is illustrated by the addition of the following phrase; lex vivendi how we will live, how we Time, religious tradition confesses, is a gift of Gods creation. All peoples and cultures order time in various ways based upon the rhythms of nature. In Christianity the natural rhythms take on a new meaning, and time is organized by the church year. The church year or the liturgical calendar tells the story of God, who is beyond time and who acts in history above all through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the Christian narrative story, that we proclaim praise and share every time we gather to worship as a community. Therefore, all Sundays of the year are festivals of the Lord Jesus Christ. also the eighth day of the week the weekly celebration of the day of resurrection is our primary Christian festival. year, our worship takes on a particular shape or form. These central days have come to be known as the Tridium, the Holy See HOLY/14Tridium or the Holy Three Days. The biblical foundation for these three days comes from Jesus words to his disciples, that he would be handed over to death, and that after three days he will rise again, Mark 10:34. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. It is on this day, united with Christians around the world, we mark the triumphant entry of Jesus into the holy city of Jerusalem, with shouts of Hosanna, welcoming him as a king but on this day the passion of Jesus is read setting the tone for the coming week. Thursday of Holy Week, also known as Maundy Thursday, begins the Great Three Days. During this worship service, on this night, we participate in the saving power of Jesus passing over from death into life. Maundy comes from the Latin Word Mandatum meaning to do this or commandment. What Jesus commands this night is to love one another as he loves us. As a sign of our calling to follow Jesus example of humility and service, we may wash one anothers feet as Jesus washed his disciples feet. Finally, on this night we gather around the Lords Supper, the Holy Eucharist, the sacrament of his body and blood, recalling the night in which he gave to his church this sacrament. At the liturgys conclusion, the altar area may be stripped of furnishings, and become barren, as a sign of Jesus abandonment. The next day, Friday, is known as Good Friday. This service continues the journey through the three days of Jesus suffering, death and resurrection. At the center of this liturgy is the passion reading according to St. John which celebrates Christ Jesus victory on the cross. As Jesus draws all people to himself, we pray for the whole world for which, Christians confess, Christ died. In closing of the service we honor the cross as the sign of forgiveness, healing and salvation; proclaiming the mystery On the night before Easter Day, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus Christs passage from death to life, known as the Easter Vigil. Christians have been commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus since
MISSION | FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE525th Soldier of the Quarter (Above and left) Army Spc. Anthony H. Berkowitz, 525th MP Battalion chaplains assistant, receives an Army Achievement Medal from Army Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Raines, 525th MP Battalions senior enlisted leader, March 12. JTF Guantanamo photos by Marine Lance Cpl. Justin R. WheelerMarine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________A person who earns Soldier of the Quarter honors represents the Army motto This Well Defend, referring to our the traits of the ideal Soldier and what the Army is about. Army Spc. Anthony Berkowitz, chaplain assistant for the 525th Military Police Battalion, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, represents the Army as the named Soldier of the 1st Quarter for the 525th MP Battalion. I was happy to meet my goal of becoming Soldier of the Quarter, Berkowitz said. It was my best achievement since Ive come to GTMO. The process of being nominated begins in each individuals work section. A soldier their immediate supervisor. The supervisor then decides whether to recommend the soldier to appear before the company-level board, where they compete against Soldiers from other platoons. Upon being selected as the monthly honoree, the Soldier proceeds to the 525ths quarterly board, where Berkowitz kept himself motivated to stay on top. My drive to stand out helped me, Berkowitz said. I wanted to see where my military bearing, knowledge and professionalism were ranked among my peers. This self-motivation is a major contributor when competing in these boards, he said. Also, having support from NCOs, knowing the job and maintaining bearing play key roles in his success. Knowing your job is important to be recommended for these boards, Berkowitz said. You have to be someone willing to complete or attempt any task. Berkowitz is an example of this in his work environment. When it comes to Army knowledge, he knows all of that material, said Navy Religious Program Specialist 3rd Class Tania Gedeon, chaplains assistant for JTF Guantanamo and Berkowitzs co-worker. He could probably tell you every Army Along with knowledge of his job and the Army, Berkowitz does more than just attitude toward career progression. He tries to progress his Army career in and outside of work by going to school and volunteering, Gedeon said. He takes online classes and he helps with the United Through Reading program. Berkowitz represents the traits of an ideal Soldier and those pursing the title of Soldier of the Quarter. The four winners from respective quarter boards will progress to the U.S. Army Southern Command Soldier of the Year competition to represent the 525th among other battalions. I am lucky to have the chance to represent the 525th in the USARSO board, Berkowitz said. I plan on showing the USARSO board that the 525th MP Battalion is the best battalion in the southern region. With three quarters remaining this opportunity to stand out within the battalion and compete with Berkowitz among other Soldiers in the U.S. Army.
FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010 | MISSION THE WIRE | PAGE 5 Trained to standard Linda Donaldson demonstrates how to apply tamper evident tape to a specimen bottle during the Unit Prevention Leader Training Course held at Columbia College, March 10. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Shereen Grouby Army Staff Sgt. Tammy Reels, with the 115 th Military Police Company, Rhode Island Army National Guard, practices applying tamper evident tape to a specimen bottle during the Unit Prevention Leader Training Course, March 9. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Shereen GroubyArmy Staff Sgt. Shereen Grouby JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Service members of Joint Task Force Guantanamo completed the Unit Prevention Columbia College, March 12. A UPL administers the unit biochemical testing program, commonly known as urinalysis. They are tasked with helping the commander implement the drug and alcohol testing program. Each UPL of substance abuse programs and focused on the unit prevention leaders role. In addition, focus was placed on the mission of the Army Substance Abuse Program effectiveness and readiness of its Soldiers. Each service has its regulation governing how its substance abuse program is developed and implemented. Under a joint task force, however, using multiple regulations would not be effective. JTF Guantanamo has been mandated to use the Army standards for conducting urinalysis, said Army Sgt. 1st Class Ann in charge. It is for all units falling under the JTF, regardless of branch of service. A total of 19 people, 18 Soldiers and one Sailor, completed the 40-hour course which included online training and practical exercises. The weeklong course was one completes the course and is designated on appointment orders by the commander, said Linda Donaldson, the instructor and alcohol and drug abuse specialist from the U.S. Army South Substance Abuse Program. And, they have a background check completed. UPLs collect, handle, store and submit urine specimens to the lab for testing. Therefore, the course focused on the precollection, collection and post collection to ensure specimens are tested at the lab. This job requires you to be focused, Donaldson said. [You have to] follow each step of the process so you do not receive discrepancies or errors on the batches submitted. Because of the strict collection procedures, UPLs should have the respect of their unit and commander. If you are here, you were chosen because you have above and beyond integrity, Donaldson said. You and your commander must have a good working relationship and all aspects of the program must be understood up front. A good working knowledge of the program enables UPLs to meet the strict standards that are required. You must be trained to standard. The role of the UPL requires attention to detail, Donaldson said. knowing the standard and completing the tasks to standard, enable them to accomplish their role as a UPL and enhance the readiness of JTF Troopers.
PAGE 6 | THE WIREMark Massa, member of the GTMO Crush softball team, pitches the ball during the softball finals at Cooper Field, March 17. JTF Guantanamo photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kellie Bliss Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kellie Bliss JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Many Guantanamo residents my have played in the double-elimination softball tournament, but only one team got to take home the big prize the winners trophy. In a high-spirited, energetic game, it boiled down to the GTMO Crush and the place. The GTMO Crush took the win in The softball tournament had 12 teams battling for the ultimate win. for the game and good sportsmanship. Souvenir, says the best thing about the tournament is just having the chance to play softball. It doesnt get any better than being out the ball, playing with your teammates and having a good time, Souvenir said. Theres great sportsmanship, too. Softball gives residents the chance to get out, exercise, and have some fun. Masterat-Arms 2nd Class William Clark coached the GTMO Crush to victory with this in mind. I think these tournaments are a lot of fun, and it brings a lot of people out, Clark said. The best part is meeting a lot of people from all the different branches and it builds a lot of camaraderie between everyone playing. with the way the event unfolded. The tournament is a good morale booster and its a well-organized event, said Army Sgt. Donald Beasley, with the 193rd Military Police Company and the 3rd baseman for the GTMO Crush team. Morale, Welfare and Recreation organized the event, as well as all softball events held year round. And, mother nature added her blessings. softball to be played all year, said Robert Neuman, MWR sports coordinator. Everyone in GTMO has the opportunity to play softball during the upcoming allnight tournament, April 2. Registration for this event ends March 29. The next softball season is scheduled to begin April 19 for both men and women divisions. The registration deadline for the season is April 15. For more information on MWR activities and sporting events, Adam Frame, member of the GTMO Crush softball team, hits the ball at Cooper Field, March 17. JTF Guantanamo photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3 rd Class Kellie Bliss GTMO Crush wins softball tournamentLOCA L SP OR T S | FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010
FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010 | MOVIE REVIE W THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Over the edge Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Harris JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________The power of love given by a father to his children is impenetrable and can drive a man do many things. For detective Thomas Craven, that includes hunting down your daughters murderer with the sole intent of revenge, no matter the cost. Mel Gibson stars as Craven, a good detective with an impeccable record of service to the Boston police force. He also has a solid reputation for his service to his country as a former Army master sergeant. He loves his daughter unconditionally with all of his heart and soul. When she is murdered in cold blood on the porch of his colonial home in a Boston responsible and exact his revenge. While going through his daughters runs the serial number and traces it back to his daughters boyfriend. During his encounter with the boyfriend, Craven learns that the killers got the right person. Emma (Baja Novakovic) was on the verge of unraveling a conspiracy at the research had ties to both the Boston government and the federal government. Jedburgh, played perfectly by Ray handle situations in the most discreet and effective way possible. He is cold-blooded, Craven, he cautions the detective to heed while investigating the people involved. While the individuals who hired Jedburgh would prefer that he kill Craven, he decides to let him continue his investigation. The detective continues to unravel the conspiracy that resulted in his daughters death. Hes threatened at every turn and manages to get out of a few scrapes after encountering the perpetrators button men. He eventually runs down the head of the group responsible and responds to the crime accordingly. Jedburgh also ends up doing what he does best. The situation is smoothed over, presumably to never be brought to light. This was a great movie. Gibson does an extraordinary job of playing the onceout for retribution. Winstone is amazing in his role, managing to be dynamic, cool and collected all at the same time. While the movie centers on Craven and his exploits through the tragedy of his daughters death, the supporting cast lends depth that helps The twists and turns of the movie will keep the viewer guessing throughout. While the movie is a thriller at heart, the director still manages to sprinkle in some comedic relief along the way. While the term edge of your seat is often over-used, this movie will truly keep you on the edge of your seat, wondering what is coming next.
PAGE 8 | THE WIRE FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 JTF Guantanamo photos by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3 rd Class Kellie Bliss1 Runners, escorted by naval station security, take off from the starting point atop Marine Hill. Army Pfc. Raymond Morris (left) and Army Cpl. David K. King, volunteers for the American Red Cross, cheer on participants traveling up John Paul Jones Hill. Participants of the Red Cross JPJ 5k run checkin to receive their numbers. American Red Cross 5k. Runners dash past a water point grabbing water to stay hydrated during the 5k. Air Force 1 st Lt. Andy Kmetz runs up JPJ Hill.
NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010 PAGE 10 | THE WIRE Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________A chance to see the world, the opportunity to serve your country and a steady paycheck in a rough economy; all three are common reasons service members join the military. Theres also a fourth, very common For those on active duty, the Tuition Assistance Program is one of the main ways for service members to pay for their classes. For those whove done their time and moved on, or for drilling Reservist/Guard the Government Issued Bill. In addition, Guard members have a multitude of stateReadjustment Act, the G.I. Bill was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 22, 1944. Over the years, the G.I. Bill has been revamped multiple times, and there are multiple versions. The main two in use today are the Montgomery G.I. Bill and the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. Expanded in 1984 by Mississippi Congressman Gillespie V. Montgomery, the Montgomery G.I. Bill was the poster until the coming of the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill in August 2009. Even with the Post 9/11, the Montgomery still stands strong due to The Active Duty Montgomery G.I. Bill, for veterans who served on Active Duty, pays $1,368 (as of Oct. 2009) each month directly, to the individual for full time student status. The Selected Reserve Montgomery G.I. Bill, for those who have at least a six-year obligation to serve in the Reserves/Guard, the payout is $333 a month. This information and more can be found on the Department of Veterans Affairs Web site. The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill pays, directly to the school, 100 percent tuition based on the highest in-state tuition charged by an educational institution in the state where the school is located. On top of this, individuals are given a housing allowance of an E-5 with dependents. The actual amount is based on zip code. Individuals are also given a book stipend of $1,000 once a year. Which G.I. Bill a person uses is based upon the situation, such as chosen school or current military status some states pay tuition for veterans and guard members. Service members and veterans committing to either option. For example Marshall University, in Huntington, W.Va., has 140 students going into the Spring 2010 semester using the Montgomery and Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. We currently have 73 students using the ADMGIB and 67 using the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, said Lora Varney, Marshall University 54 students using the National Guard and Reserve Select G.I. Bill. Telford Simpson, a former Soldier working for Joint Task Force Guantanamos Joint Intelligence Group, said the number one reason he joined the Army was to serve his country, but as a veteran he didnt miss the G.I. Bill is a great thing, but wants service members to remember that its not always quick and painless. Make sure to save some money, Simpson said. It can take a while before the The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) does its best to make sure the money gets to the veteran, or the educational institution, in the proper time, but sometimes an administrative mistake can happen or things might simply get lost in the mail. To provide assistance in these situations, as well as to give general information and answer any questions a service member or veteran may have, the VA can be contacted through their toll free number 1-888GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) or their Web site, http://www.gibill.va.gov. Trooper to student referred to as the G.I. Bill, has helped service members pay for higher education and training programs since it was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, June 22, 1944. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington
THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T IONArrange special events allows Troopers to send and receive bouquets to and from family and friends for special occasions, while away from home. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Archie Corbitt III Army Spc. Archie Corbitt III JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Roses for true love, carnations for say many things without making a sound. At the Navy Exchange Personalized Services Shop, service members and civilian personnel stationed at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force Guantanamo can send and receive NEX operations services manager, Kathryn Kirkwood, said whenever there is a holiday they get the most JTF Troopers in The best way for them to keep in touch with their loved ones is by sending home touch with family and friends and not miss out on special holidays. Flowers have always been a sign of love and affection between people. When my drivers go out they often come back with smiles on their faces, said how happy the customers were when they received their bouquet. The ability to both send and receive deployments. I think its great that we have the Specialist 3rd Class Megan Rascoe, with JTF Guantanamos Joint Intelligence Group. It gives people a way to express their feelings for each other without having to buy something huge. group of people her family. my favorite relative, Rascoe said. I he turns 50 this year. can go to the Personalized Services Shop or online to www.navy-nex.com. All military members can access the NEX Web site. Family members at home can also access the Web site or order through Florist Transworld Delivery by phone or online at, www.ftd.com. According to Kirkwood, part of the NEX mission is to provide the comforts of home in an isolated and remote duty station. Whether its Mothers Day or telling a friend Im thinking about you or I miss you, our military members can reach out and participate in events even though they cant be there, Kirkwood said.
NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010 PAGE 12 | THE WIRE The meaning of Passover Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Harris JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs___________________________Passover is the Jewish holiday commemorating the Hebrews liberation from slavery in Egypt and the passing over of the forces of destruction, or the when the Lord smote the land of Egypt on the eve of the Exodus. The Hebrews marked their doors with the blood of lambs to show the Angel of Death which houses to avoid. Its a holiday thats celebrated to varying degrees by different families in their homes, said Jeff Einhorn, Jewish Lay Leader. Ive been in some homes where the celebration takes 40 minutes and others where it takes three hours. momentous event in Jewish history. Passover begins on the 15th and ends on the 21st (or, outside of Israel and among Reform Jews, the 22nd) day of the month of Nisan (March or April). This year, Passover will be celebrated from March 30 through April 6. During these eight days all leaven, whether in bread or other mixture, is prohibited, and only unleavened bread, called matzo, may be eaten. The Israelite slaves left in such haste that they had no time to let the bread rise, Einhorn said. The matzo also symbolizes the Hebrews suffering while in bondage. Passover is also sometimes called the Festival of Unleavened Bread. Passover is often celebrated with night, when a special family meal called the seder is held. At the seder, foods of the Hebrews liberation are eaten, and prayers and traditional recitations are performed. Through the course of the dinner, the story of the Israelites exodus from Egypt is told using the items on the table, Einhorn said. Though the festival of Passover is meant to be one of great rejoicing, strict dietary laws must be observed, and special prohibitions restrict work at the beginning and end of the celebration. Water Conservation TIPS Dont use your toilet as a trash can Turn off water as your brushing your teeth or shaving When doing laundry, match the water level to the load size Use a broom, not a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks Using lawn sprinklers is PROHIBITED Washing vehicles at ones residence is PROHIBITED
FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Boots on the GroundWhat is your favorite GTMO wildlife?by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jusitn R. WheelerAir Force Staff Sgt. Curtis Hudnell Navy Religious Program Specialist 3rd Class Adam Donato The iguana, because I like to see them in their natural habitat. The curly tailed lizard, because they come into company. Banana rats, because I like the way they look. I like seeing the road runners, because they are fast. Army Spc. Inez Tauvela Coast Guard Machinery Technician 3rd Class David Reza Open lines of communicationAir Force Staff Sgt. Rodgrick L. Anderson (left) and Senior Airman Christopher K. Moore, both from the 186th Civil Engineering Squadron of the Mississippi Air National Guard deployed to Joint Task Force Guantanamo with the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron, bury wires underground for connectivity to surrounding buildings inside Camp America, March 18. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Cody Black
LI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE GTMO Religious ServicesDaily Catholic Mass Mon. Fri. 5:30 p.m. Main Chapel Mon. Fri. 6:30 p.m.* Troopers Chapel Vigil Mass Saturday 5:00 p.m. Main Chapel Mass Sunday 9:00 a.m. 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 Gospel Service Sunday 1:00 p.m. Main Chapel GTMO Bay Christian Fellowship Sunday 6:00 p.m. Main Chapel Bible Study Troopers Chapel The Truth Project Bible study Sunday 6:00 p.m. Troopers Chapel Protestant Worship Sunday 9:00 a.m. Troopers Chapel Islamic Service Friday 1:15 p.m. Room C Jewish Service FMI call 2628 LORIMI Gospel Sunday 8:00 a.m. Room D *Time Change See insert for Holiday services Easter Sunrise Service When: Sunday, April 4 Where: Windmill Beach Time: 6:45 a.m.HOLY from 3Apostolic times, because his death and resurrection are at the heart of Christian faith and practice. As early as the second century, Christians celebrated the Great Easter Vigil, an event which began the night of Holy Saturday, continuing until dawn on Easter morning. During this vigil, Christians commemorated salvation history, awaited the return of Jesus, and celebrated the resurrection of Jesus at dawn on Easter Sunday. It was at the vigil that catechumens, after a three-year period of catechesis, were The Easter Vigil became in many ways the most important day of the liturgical year. This vigil liturgy includes the following darkness, light spreading form the light of Christ, the water and the Word of baptism meal, the Holy Eucharist. There is also the reading of the powerful words of the great saving stories of the Hebrew Scriptures, and the reading of the the triumphant Christian proclamation and the people respond, He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia. These days are indeed a tremendous time of meaning, faithful conviction and life empowering through the transformation of earthly time. We invite you to share these important days with us. Lex orandi lex credindi, lex vivendi.
THE WIRE | PAGE 15 FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010 | 15 MINU T ES O F FA M ENavy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Marcos T. Hernandez JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________By vocation, Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Watkins, combat cameraman with Joint Task Force Guantanamo, sees the world through a photographers lens. Its his avocation that lets him look at the world from several thousand feet in the air, through the windscreen of an aircraft. and was constantly looking up to the sky, Watkins said. Planes and basically anything with a lot of buttons on it is what called my attention as a kid. Its that extreme hobby that gives Watkins his 15 minutes of fame. Watkins, attached to Combat Camera mate deployed to Joint Task Force Guantanamo. While he has earned the praises of his peers for his excellent photography skills, its his instrument rated private pilots license and the more than When he is at his homeport in San Diego, plane. Piloting an aircraft gives you a sense of freedom that you dont get from everyday life, Watkins said. In fact, its the ultimate freedom. Pilots dont take that freedom for granted. when, at 18, he acquired a student pilots license in his home state of Washington. his private pilots license. By the time he was 20, he was already an instrument rated private pilot. Later in his career in 2007, after returning from a deployment in Iraq, Watkins decided to treat himself by purchasing the plane he had been renting for more than eight years a red and white 1969 Piper Cherokee-140 as Big Bear, Catalina Island and all over Washington State. When at his homeport duty station, combat cameras training department. He is regarded as a professional by many people with whom hes worked. He is one of the most passionate know, said Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Anthony Hayes, a fellow combat camera photographer with JTF Guantanamo. The times Ive worked with him have been very positive. translate perfectly to his future plan to instructor because he has both the experience as an instructor and as a pilot, Hayes said. is different from driving an automobile where the driver can only make singular turns at a given moment while driving in a single direction. Piloting an aircraft on the other hand, provides the pilot with a third dimension in handling. Being able to decrease an aircrafts altitude and make a turn simultaneously, or to tip the wing as the aircrafts altitude increases are examples of factors in handling that yield a third dimension, Watkins said. Many people believe piloting an aircraft is complicated but Watkins thinks otherwise. Flying a plane is easy, land navigation is easy and communications is easy, Watkins said. It is kind of like juggling three balls. You have to manage all three at the same time. Contrary to popular belief, you dont necessarily have to be wealthy to be able to I bought my Cherokee for $25,000 and invested around $17,000 more in avionics upgrades, Watkins said. Thats not much different from buying an expensive car if you think about it. Not long after departing Guantanamo, Flying: A photgraphers dream Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1 st camerman with Joint Task Force Guantanamo, is all smiles as he stands next to his plane. Contributed photo
AROUND THE JTF AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010 Around the Army Sgt. 1 st Class Susanatte N. Grosvenor, incoming shipment with Army Sgt. Melinda B. Gibson, J-6 supply NCOIC, March 17. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Athneil Thomas Army Sgt. Sierra S. Bibbs (left) and Army Spc. Yusef A. Abdul, with the 525 th Military Police Battalion, put new tires on rims at Joint Task Force Guantanamos 525 th MP Battalion motor pool, March 17. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Cody Black Air Force Master Sgt. Curtis Hill (left) America, March 22. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Cody Black