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Volume 11, Issue 11 Friday, April 23, 2010 Are you ready? Troopers prepare for harsh weather Get checked! JTC provides invaluable service A JTF Journal THE
Dedication to dutyPAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, AP RIL 23, 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. Brad Fagan: 9928 Deputy Director: Navy Lt. John Ferrari: 9927 Operations Officer: Army Capt. Robert Settles: 3649 Supervisor: Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Randy Dunham: 3649 The Wire Executive Editor, Command Information NCOIC, Photojournalist: Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1 st Class Edward Flynn: 3592 Editor, Photojournalist: Army Spc. Tiffany Addair: 3499 Photojournalists: Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2 nd Class Zachary Harris Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2 nd Class Shane Arrington Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3 rd Class Joshua Nistas Army Spc. Archie Corbitt III Army Spc. Juanita Philip 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:Army Sgt. Ardicio Galvao (left), Army Spc. Carlos Baptista (middle) and Navy Machinist Mate 3rd Class Jo Kurosu (right), salute the Windmill Beach, April 19. The ceremony was JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington BACK COVER: at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Tiffany Addair 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.Navy Senior Chief Master-at-Arms John Otis NEGB Senior Chief Master-at-Arms______________________________________Dedication is to devote yourself completely and earnestly to a person, purpose or goal. I feel you must dedicate yourself fully to be successful in any endeavor. Everyone has a purpose in life, whether its raising a family, getting a college degree or advancing in the military. dedicated myself to my job to achieve my goal. I have seen a lot of former shipmates who are still E-6s and even E5s who say, I wish I would have dedicated myself more to my job or worked harder, and maybe I would be a chief by now, like you. Someone told me when I was a young sailor, Dedication has no working hours; demonstrate not only to your superiors, but peers as well that you will do what is needed to get the job done. I remember rigorous and demanding. We worked around the clock with little time off and I never complained. I always strived to do things that made me better, even though it cost me time away from my family. It paid off for me in the long run. Here in Guantanamo many Troopers perform duties outside command, you must dedicate yourself to stand out among your peers. This means dedicating yourself to your job, accepting challenging duties and preparing yourself for advancement to the next pay grade. In todays military, retention is high and advancements are low. Junior troops can lose motivation to study because it may seem impossible to advance to the next rank. You can never predict the advancement percentages, but you can set yourself up for success by studying hard and exhibiting sustained superior and awards. This will give you more leverage to advance over others. As leaders we must demonstrate 100 percent dedication to our people. Senior leaders have an obligation a sacred duty to ensure their troops are motivated and prepared to complete the mission. We are vocal representatives to the chain of command, for our people, to ensure they get the recognition they deserve for their efforts. Leaders play a vital role in the professional and personal development of their Troopers, and must prepare them for life after GTMO, whether its transferring or leaving the service.
Keeping you connected JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Harris FRIDAY, AP RIL 23, 2010 | MISSIONTHE WIRE | PAGE 3 Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Harris JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Youre sitting at your computer reading through your e-mails. You reply to one, hit send and it zooms off into cyberspace. Then you attempt to reply to another. You receive an error message, stare blankly at the screen, at your computers tower and back to the screen. What now? If you are like the rest of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, you dial the J-6 helpdesk the days end. What you probably fail to realize, however, is the complexity behind troubleshooting such issues. We are responsible for all communications, said Air Force Lt. Col. Joseph Tichich, J-6 director. That includes radios, internet and telephones. Communication is one of the main tools used by all Troopers. Whether its the radios the guards use to communicate within the detention facilities or even just sending an e-mail to a family member back home, its a big part of our daily lives. The mission of J-6 is important to the JTF because they support all communication issues. According to Tichich, because the Troopers assigned to J-6 rotate out routinely, contractors are relied on heavily to maintain network functionality. Our contractors are our lifelines, Tichich said. [They] are doing the stuff behind the scenes, providing continuity. The J-6 doesnt face anything too challenging that they cant handle when dealing wiht the techinical aspect of their to service such a large group of people and an array of daily problems with a relatively small group of on-site technicians. Theres nothing really hard to deal with, said Brian Hutchinson, J-6 helpdesk technician. Satisfying everyone at once For members of J-6 that service the Commissions Support Group (CSG), connectivity can mean the difference between smooth operations that maintain JTFs mission or possible complications that will negatively affect mission success. Commissions, CSG and trial personnel. We coordinate all [technology] aspects for commissions, said Air Force Capt. James Gorsuch, information technology becomes a big issue when a lawyer needs it. While all of this may seem like a job that is larger than life, Tichich brags about his people, touting their intelligence and technical savvy. Theyre smart, Tichich said. [The personnel] in J-6 are true, hard-working professionals that Im proud of. Next week, JTF-GTMO will undergo an Information Assurance Review (IAR) performed by Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). During this time, the DISA team will ensure that JTF-GTMO is meeting requirements for will be inspecting personal workspaces for compliance with the rule specifying three Internet Protocol Router (NIPR) and Secure Internet Protocol Router (SIPR) systems. If you have any questions or suggestions about information assurance, contact the jtfgtmo.southcom.mil.
MISSION | FRIDAY, AP RIL 23, 2010 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE 2,000 pounds of detainee laundry per week. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Archie Corbitt IIIUnique service provided Army Spc. Archie Corbitt III JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________The average person at Guantanamo Bay probably does a load or two of laundry each week. Imagine washing 61 tons of socks, shirts and other clothing items. Thats the mountain of clothes washed each year by the Navy Exchange laundry and dry cleaning service here arguably the most unique in the Navy. The laundry service here mainly supports the troops in terms of uniform preparation, said Gregory Hunter, services supervisor for NEX laundry. We take care of dry cleaning needs for all branches of services and perform tailoring for dress uniforms. However, in addition to that mission, the laundry services the Joint Detention Group in the care and cleaning of detainee laundry. There is a devoted group of employees here that focus mainly on the preparation and cleaning of clothing for the detainees, Hunter said. We have separate machines that are used [strictly] for detainee laundry. Army Sgt. Jordan Wheeler, laundry said its nice to have such a capable laundry facility aboard the naval station. Its good for us, because we can take our stuff to the NEX laundry and have it back in two days, Wheeler said. We drop off about 1,500 pounds of clothes per drop twice, a week. That amounts to approximately 132,000 pounds of detainee laundry a year for the JDG alone, said Kathryn Kirkwood, NEX operations services manager. The JTF accounts for more than half of the total workload of the laundry, she said. in addition to taking care of dry cleaning service, the NEX laundry also manages tailor services and car rentals. The odd combination is necessary, according to Kirkwood, because Guantanamo is considered a remote duty location. In most cases, we would contract out for laundry service and other services, Kirkwood said. Here we dont have the option of going into the community, so we are the only NEX outside the continental United States that owns and operates its own services. Kirkwood said the laundry operates 15 washers and dryers to support the massive amounts of laundry. She said the prices are comparable to those of laundry service providers in the states. Monday to Saturday. For any information on services provided and prices, contact the NEX personnel to retrieve, April 19. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Archie Corbitt III
See PREVENT/12FRIDAY, AP RIL 23, 2010 | MISSION THE WIRE | PAGE 5Army Spc. Tiffany Addair JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Many things are necessary to maintain health-care needs, and the Joint Troop Clinic at Joint Task Force Guantanamo is available for those needs to be met. While deployed to JTF Guantanamo women have the opportunity to receive a womens wellness exam. This exam is required annually upon entry to the military, regardless of age, and is offered at the JTC on Tuesday afternoons. In deployed environment, this service is not always afforded to women. In Iraq the annual requirement to get the womens wellness exam is waived, said Army Capt. David L. Muhler, physicians assistant at the JTC. It is a good service we provide here in a deployed status. Unfortunately, statistics have shed light on the importance of screenings and catching any problems early. The second leading cause of mortality in women in the United States is breast cancer, said Army charge. The third leading cause is cervical cancer. The clinic provides breast and pelvic exams, a pap smear and tests for some sexually transmitted diseases. During the exam, additional time is spent on educating women on how to properly conduct a self breast exams, which increase the chances of early detection. Some tumors are benign, meaning not cancerous, but some are malignant, which are cancerous. Malignant tumors have the ability to spread to other parts of the breast and body and disrupt normal function in those areas. Being aware of your body and noticing abnormalities can be life-saving. Teaching the patient how to examine her own body yields a more abnormal, Muhler said. Women know their own bodies better than anyone else, Muhler added. Damasco emphasized the importance of focusing on the education, because it increases the chances of catching something atypical. The earlier you catch something, the easier it is to treat, Damasco said. If it spreads or becomes malignant its too late. Approximately a month and a JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Tiffany AddairEarly detection, preventionhalf ago Muhler joined the JTC team. With the addition of a physicians assistant, the JTC is able to add additional appointment times if the demand spikes. His presence helps a lot, Damasco said. With another provider it gives us the
A game of precision, powerLOCAL SP OR T S | FRIDAY, AP RIL 23, 2010 PAGE 6 | THE WIRE Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs______________________________________________Troopers at Joint Task Force Guantanamo show off their skills in a sport that requires precision, power and practice. This is a cue sport, known as pool or pocket billiards. Liberty centers throughout Naval Station Guantanamo Bay grant service members access to free pool tables. At the liberty center in Camp America around 25 people come and play pool each day, according to John Hackett, a recreation aid assistant with Morale, Welfare and Recreation. The pool players like the competition, Hackett said. They want to see who is best. Hackett believes that MWR provides the pool tables to help Troopers relax during their off time. Its a good way of relieving stress for the troops, Hackett said. I even play with them sometimes. Im here for the troops. For Navy Missile Technician 2nd Class Kenneth Pickett, Joint Detention Group, playing pool puts him in a zone. When youre playing, you focus on each move, Pickett said. It takes you out of the real world for a moment. Some service members sharpen their skills daily. Navy Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Jesse Sharpe, Radio GTMO, has played pool since he was 13, and continues to play at GTMO. Sometimes Sharpe uses a meaningful cue, or pool stick, when he plays. said. I still play with that cue every once and a while Army Pfc. Terrell Tardys pool playing adventure began when he arrived at GTMO. Since then, he has worked to get better and win games. When I started here, I was getting coached, said Tardy, with S-1 personnel and administration, 525th Military Police Battalion. Its enough to say that Im around the skill level of a semi-pro [player]. a unique goal required to win. However, with each game general principle is applied. your shot, Tardy said. Its just like math. shots. Its like aiming down the barrel of a gun, Sharpe said. When you shoot that far and actually land the ball into the pocket, its a good feeling. Tardy prefers shooting at alternate angles to score. I like trick shots the most, Tardy said. I especially like banking my shots off the wall. Even after GTMO, Tardy plans to continue playing and getting better at pool. My goal is to become a better player and beat the best of the best, Tardy said. Ill possibly go play in a league. I plan on buying a pool table for my house and teaching my wife how to play. With pool tables spread around the base and Troopers love for the game, service members here will have something relaxing and competitive to do during off-time.
FRIDAY, AP RIL 23, 2010 | MOVIE REVIE W THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Harris JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs___________________________________________The twists and turns of Shutter Island make it impossible to predict the outcome of the story. If the viewer is patient and takes in the small details, however, he or she will be rewarded with a a U.S. Marshal who has been called in to investigate the disappearance of a patient from an asylum for the criminally insane at Bostons Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. Daniels is an odd character who seems to have inner turmoil that drives him through the course of his investigation. He is plagued with memories of his service to the country during World War II, hallucinations of his wife and the dead children of the escaped patient. Teddys new partner, Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), appears to be concerned with Daniels stability during the opening scenes of the movie. He seems to be merely going along with the investigation while Teddy is border-line obsessed. Daniels is willing to do whatever it takes to get the answers hes looking for, and Aule is more laid back while maintaining his suspicions of the staff at the hospital. Dr. Crawley, played chillingly by Sir Ben Kingsley, makes the viewer skeptical of what is actually happening at this facility. Hes compliant with the investigation, to a certain extent, and answers Daniels and Aules questions with half-truths that will make you wonder And you thought your life was oddwhats really happening at the asylum. Crawley adds to the overall oddity of Shutter Island, from his appearance in the movie, all the way until the climax. His colleague, Dr. Naehring (Max von Sydow) is almost his opposite. Naehring answers most of the investigators questions with a psychological diagnosis or another question. His overall persona is reminiscent of a mad scientist; a controlled imbalance of sanity that appears to be teetering at all times. When a hurricane hits the island, things begin to take a turn for the strange. Numerous patients escape during the storm, which gives Daniels and Aule the cover they need to investigate previously restricted wards of the hospital. When the pair becomes separated, Daniels is confronted by a patient, George Noyce, played perfectly by Jackie Earle Haley, who sends the marshal off the edge of reason pursuing his investigation with confused with insanity. From this point of the movie until the end, the viewer is treated to some wonderfully played out twists and turns that are constructed perfectly into the movie. It isnt until the climax of the movie that you get the full scope of whats happening at Shutter Island. The plot twists are straightened out and everything begins to make sense. The overall experience of this movie is amazing. From the soundtrack to cinematography to the amazing cast, Shutter Island will not fail to draw in the viewer and keep him or her guessing until the very end.
PAGE 8 | THE WIRE FRIDAY, AP RIL 16, 2010 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 Physical fitness is a priority for Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers. Soldiers of the 525th Military Police Battalion took that to heart recently with a battalion fun run. Soldiers gathered at sunrise at Windmill Beach and took off on a four-mile formation run through Camp America. The 525th MP Battalion provide various security operations at JTF, and keeping in shape is one of the many ways they stay focused on their mission. Participating in the fun-runs is also a great morale boost for the Soldiers. Easy run just for fun JTF Guantanamo photos by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3 rd Class Joshua Nistas
NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, AP RIL 23, 2010 PAGE 10 | THE WIREDestructive weather planning Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Units from Joint Task Force Guantanamo held an annual DxWx, a destructive weather joint interactive exercise, April 12. The drill, named Citadel Gale, was designed to help prepare Troopers of JTF-GTMO for destructive weather in upcoming months. The tropical winds and cyclones affecting the Southeast region normally occur June 1 through Nov. 30, with September being the peak month for storm activity, said Army Lt. Col. Jorge role. These roles ensure the safety of Troopers, detainees and any JTF visitors. After the training, some units felt more prepared. and used an accelerated timeline to gauge response time, said Air Force Capt. Olivia Moss, J-1 personnel, JTF-GTMO. I believe leadership is now more prepared to respond quickly. Roles have been clearly scenario. The drill was broken into three phases. The preparation phase, execution phase and recovery operations. While the phases persisted, each JTF Trooper gained insight of the process. E-mails were sent to all JTF personnel, indicating each step taken by individual units, as well as, an elaborate description of the turn of events. In the Citadel Gales scenario, a category three hurricane slightly misses GTMO, said Marine Corps 1st Lt. Christopher Richardson, J-3 operations, JTF-GTMO. What happens after that is completely up to what we want to test. We provide [factors into the situation] to steer the drill how we want it to go. For example, JMG wants to test their reaction time with an injured Trooper the JMG will then go through the steps to giving him medical attention. For the future, there is always room for improvement during these drills. We would like to implement a more complete roster of mayors and wardens in order to gain quicker accountability and give Troopers a point of contact for questions, Moss said. We would also like to look at alternatives for shelter locations, Altogether, the drill was handled more knowledgeable and prepared for future weather disasters, according to Moss. There is another DxWx drill, coordinated with NAVSTA, called Citadel Gale 3. After heavy rain, large puddles JTF Guantanamo photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler JTF Guantanamo photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler
THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FRIDAY, AP RIL 23, 2010 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION Army Spc. Juanita Philip JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs___________________________________________ regardless of where you live. Taking time to review tips about living environment for you and your fellow Troopers. While service members are here on deployment, many decide to try new hobbies and activities. These can include scuba diving, swimming, Pilates, kickboxing, or even cooking. With every activity, there is a degree of risk, and those for cooking have been well documented. in Joint Task Force Guantanamo housing, said Steven Deida, assigned to the Windward Station. Most of them occurred in Tierra unattended stoves. Any burner that is unsupervised or [someone has] walked away from it for longer than a minute is not recommended, Deida said. Many times, residents go upstairs to do something else and forget about what was on the stove cooking. Adding to the hazard is the fact that many JTF Troopers are shift workers, so they often cook at odd hours. Those odd hours sometimes coincide with power outages, so they leave to do result of an unsupervised burner. that smoke detectors may have been disabled to prevent them from going off when service members are cooking. Department. As a result, they cannot alert the occupants of the see them, or if the alarm cannot alert the service members to them, they go unnoticed. The inspector and assistant chief both agreed that there are signs that the detector has been disabled when they are investigating a Not all of the housing communities here are like that, though. Cuzco Barracks, for example, are not equipped with kitchens in every room so there is less chance of unsupervised cooking. Also, the smoke detectors there are attached to a panel and an alarm is sent whenever the detector is tampered with. Never leave a stove unattended; that is the most important thing to remember. Practice good housekeeping; grease left to accumulate on in good working order. alcohol impairs reaction time; keep countertops clear many times combustibles like plastics or paper towels are within inches Every deployment or duty station has risks, but one of them should not be a new activity that is meant to help the service member unwind, Deida said. When all is said and done, any activity or hobby that is done here should be low risk. Your service is appreciated, DiGiovanni said. To have one service member go home without extremities or peace of mind is a comes here should leave here in the same health. The number one goal in mind is after [Troopers] tours are JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Juanita Philip
PREVENT from 5NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, AP RIL 23, 2010 PAGE 12 | THE WIREMuhler has enjoyed his experience at the JTC thus far and gave praise to the staff. They are a good group of people, he said. They are the best group of corpsman and medics I have ever worked with. Coupled with annual exams, safe sex Weekly Information Security UpdateInformation is very valuable to the enemy, especially at a place like JTF-GTMO. Every day JTF-GTMO gets bombarded with malicious and potentially destructive attacks. Cyberspace is in the new war front and it is a battle that changes rapidly. You might think no one cares about your personal information, but the truth is there are thousands of instances of potential intrusions on a daily basis. Next week JTF-GTMO will under go an Information Assurance Review (IAR) preformed by Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). During this time, the DISA team will ensure that JTF-GTMO is meeting requirements for securing Router (NIPR) and Secure Internet Protocol Router (SIPR) systems. Please help us by doing your part. Thanks! If you have any question or suggestions about information assurance, contact the Troopers that can help prevent pregnancy. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Tiffany Addair is another measure that should be taken to ensure your safety and health. If you are having sex or plan to in the near future, it is imperative that you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. Safe sex is not only important to prevent disease, but also to prevent pregnancy for those who are not ready for parenthood. Complimenting the physical exam, the JTC has an array of items available to women that can help prevent pregnancy. We have contraception pills, the NuvaRing, the DepoProvera shot and birth control patches, Damasco said. We also have condoms littered all over. If there is some type of emergency, such as a condom breaking, there is a pill available at the JTC called the morning after pill. This pill can be used after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy, but does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases. It needs to be taken within 72 hours to be effective. The JTC works closely with obstetrics and gynecology at the naval station hospital to meet the needs of Troopers. They work hand-in-hand with the Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration Team (JSMART) and the Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention (SAVI) team, providing Troopers with whatever resources needed. For more information on services provided or to make an appointment,
FRIDAY, AP RIL 23, 2010 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Boots on the GroundWho is your favorite cartoon character of all time?by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. WheelerArmy Sgt. Rosalyn AndersonNavy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Arthur Manning Z, hes always doing what was right for mankind. was a funny character. Courage, from Courage was hilarious. Mutant Ninja Turtles, awesome.Coast Guard Maritime Enforcement Specialist 2nd Class Zachary HaughtonAir Force Airman 1st Open wide Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas
LI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, AP RIL 23, 2010 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE GTMO Religious ServicesDaily Catholic Mass Main Chapel Vigil Mass Main Chapel Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Main Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Saturday 11 a.m. Room B Iglesia Ni Christo Room A Pentecostal Gospel Sunday 8 a.m. Room D LDS Service Sunday 9 a.m. Room A Liturgical Service Sunday 10 a.m. Room B General Protestant Sunday 11 a.m. Main Chapel United Jamaican Fellowship Sunday 11 a.m. Building 1036 Gospel Service Sunday 1 p.m. Main Chapel GTMO Bay Christian Fellowship Main Chapel Bible Study Troopers Chapel The Truth Project Troopers Chapel Protestant Worship Sunday 9 a.m. Troopers Chapel Islamic Service Room C Jewish Service FMI call 2628 LORIMI Gospel Sunday 8 a.m. Room D Air Force Maj. William S. Wiecher JTF Deputy Command Chaplain____________________________For many in our society, even fellow Christians, Easter is just one day that fades away as soon as the chocolate bunnies are consumed or have melted. However, as members of the age-old Eucharistic community, the celebration of Easter liturgically lasts for 50 days; seven Sundays, with each Sunday being a continuation of the Easter celebration. Christians are called and anointed with the power of the Holy Spirit to boldly proclaim one message and one message Christ will come again. This is precisely the witness we give each time we come together for worship; each time we gather together around the ministry of Word and Sacrament. In fellowship with one another, through the hearing of the Word and the breaking of the bread, our Lord reveals Himself to us. And, in response, we cannot help but saying, Christ is Risen indeed, and He has appeared to us! Alleluia!! Unfortunately, though we see Christ in our midst when we worship together, much gets in the way of seeing Him during the week. Personal sadness, disappointments in life, mistrust in Gods promises, anger, resentment, fears of tomorrow, attitudes of gloom and doom all this and much more hinder us from seeing the face of Christ in our everyday lives. For us Christians, its a spiritual challenge to recognize Christ on a daily basis. I recently came across a story that shares this thought. Once upon a time, the story goes, a preacher ran through the streets of the city shouting, We must put God into our lives. We must put God into our lives. And hearing him, an old monk rose up in the city plaza to say, No, sir, you are wrong. You see, God is already in our lives. Our task is simply to recognize that. the Holy in our everyday lives because we are looking in all the wrong places or looking right past Him. We may keep waiting for that lightening bolt experience when, in fact, the Holy comes to us in the far more ordinary moments of life. Through faith, He can be recognized when courage is given, patience is granted, daily means are provided for and thanksgiving rendered. His face can be seen in the hungry mouth waiting to be fed, the needs of a neighbor addressed, the stranger in our midst welcomed. We see Him by means of a hug, a comforting word, a reassuring glance and an I love you, too. When sins are absolved, reconciliation offered and peace is shared we look upon the face of the Lord. When hope is renewed, trust too, the risen Christ is seen. Indeed Christ is risen and He comes to us still every day. This Easter season may we be among those who, by faith, recognize God who is already in our lives waiting only to be seen. Then, each day, we can boldly proclaim the acclamation that will not cease for Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!! Easter continues
THE WIRE | PAGE 15 FRIDAY, AP RIL 23, 2010 | 15 MINU T ES O F FA M E Army Spc. Carlos Baptista receives a folded American ceremony, April 19. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington Soldier to citizenNavy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Army Spc. Carlos Baptista, with the 115th Military Police Company from the Rhode Island Army National Guard, and his family have dreamt of him becoming an America citizen since he left the island country of Cape Verde, off the coast of Twenty years later that dream became a reality when he took the United States Oath of Allegiance while deployed at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Completing many steps to receive his citizenship, Baptista has earned his 15 minutes of fame. Through this accomplishment not only has Baptista made himself proud, but his parents too. I know this brings a big smile to my parents faces, Baptista said, with a smile of his own shortly after taking the oath that hed already sworn to support and defend almost four years ago. Along with Baptista, Army Sgt. Ardicio Galvao and Navy Machinist Mate 3rd Class Jo Kurosu also received their citizenship Baptista joined the Rhode Island Army National Guard Sept. 11, 2006, and he made it clear it was no coincidence he joined on that date. While getting his citizenship has always been a goal, it was easier said than done. Army Spc. Carlos Baptista (middle), with the Island Army National Guard, takes the United States Oath of Allegiance at Windmill Beach, April 19. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Shane Arrington Ive always been very busy, but I needed to start working on my citizenship, Baptista said. [I had to] get it while in Cuba to come on this deployment. I was really lucky to have so many people help me. My command gave me the time I needed to study and prepare. Army Capt. Nicolas Pacheco, 115th MP Company commander, said hes glad to see He was very passionate and dedicated, Pacheco said. We were all proud to see naturalization ceremony in Guantanamo Bay. There were others from outside his battalion that Baptista constantly mentioned, saying how instrumental they were to achieve his goal. Army Maj. Samuel Maldonado and Army Capt. Alex Arroyo, mentors for Baptista, helped helped him through the process immensely. They gave a lot of their spare time to help me get everything done properly, Baptista said. They didnt have to help, but Im glad they did. Baptista never went too long without looking down at he was presented during the ceremony. A respected. Now that hes an American citizen, Baptista said hes glad he can now do things that he couldnt before, such as a security clearance, an American passport and the opportunity to bring more of his family to the country hes called home for most of his life. I always felt like something was missing, Baptista said. But now that Im an American citizen, I feel complete.
AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, AP RIL 23, 2010 at the Joint Troop Clinic to ensure tests are completed on JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas 2nd Class Tyler Hammon, a shoreside securityman with Maritime Safety and Security Team 91103, a M240B after a gun JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas Around the