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Toxic LeadershipPAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, MAY 21, 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. Bradley Fagan: 9928 Deputy Director: Navy Lt. John Ferrari: 9927 Operations Officer: Army Capt. Robert Settles: 3596 The Wire Executive Editor, Command Information NCOIC, Photojournalist: Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Edward Flynn: 3592 Editor, Photojournalist: Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Harris: 3651 Photojournalists: Army Sgt. Derrol Fulghum Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington Army Sgt. Cody Black Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil COVER:JTF Navy personnel participate in an orleoresin capsicum spray qualifaction in Camp America. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kellie Bliss BACK COVER: An iguana sits on a rock at Kittery Beach. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington 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 Master Sgt. Deborah Storm JDG S1 NCOIC____________________________________ A toxic leader is someone who has responsibility over a group of people or an organization, and abuses the leader-follower relationship by leaving the group or organization in a worse condition than it was in when he or she arrived. The United States Army War College Strategy Research Project Toxic Leadership in the U.S. Army eighteen different types of toxic leaders; The Absentee Leader, The Incompetent Leader, The Codependent Leader, The Passive Aggressive Leader, The Busybody Leader, The Paranoid Leader, The Rigid Leader, The Controller Leader; The Compulsive Leader, The Intemperate Leader, The Enforcer Leader, The Narcissistic Leader, The Callous Leader, The Street Fighter Leader, The Insular Leader, The Bully Leader and the Evil Leader. I knew these types of leaders existed, but it was not until I read Williams report that I my 16 year career Ive experienced six out of the 18 toxic leadership styles and what Ive noticed is that more often than not, this behavior is tolerated by their superiors. According to Craig Bullis and George E. Reeds report to the Secretary of the Army (February 2003) titled Assessing Leaders to Establish and Maintain Positive Command Climate, Destructive leaders are focused on visible short-term mission accomplishment. They provide superiors with impressive, articulate presentations and enthusiastic responses to missions. But they are unconcerned about, or oblivious to, staff or Troop morale and/ or climate. They are seen by the majority of subordinates as arrogant, self-serving, toxic leaders have not addressed basic human needs such as safety, love, belonging, esteem their personal characteristics. The effects of these types of leaders can be detrimental, and destructive to an individual and/or organization. There are three key elements to toxic leader for the well-being of subordinates; second is a personality or interpersonal technique that negatively affects organizational climate and third is a conviction by subordinates that the leader is motivated primarily by self-interest. How can positive leaders make a difference? According to Bullis and Reed, We have a system that is totally supervisor-centric in terms of incentives, rewards, and punishments. The only person whose evaluation report. No one believes that he or she are a toxic leader, so I think its important that supervisors of leadership traits. Once the signs of a toxic leader are recognizable to leaders, they will avoid these traits and act to correct these characteristics in subordinate leaders.
MSST 91104s overall mission is to provide enhanced port safety and security and law enforcement capabilities to JTF Guantanamo. As part of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, the MSST is not only responsible for securing the waterways, but also provides some landside security while Commissions proceedings for detainees are underway.FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010 | MISSION THE WIRE | PAGE 3 Galveston guards GTMO A U.S. Coast Guard vessel patrols Guantanamo Bay. Marine Safety and Security Team 91104 performs maritime anti-terrorism and force protection duties for Joint Task Force Guantanamo JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua NistasMass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________When thinking of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, many focus on the detention facility and the men and women who stand the watch every day inside the wire. Less thought of, but no less important, are those who stand the watch outside the wire and on the water. The job of protecting JTF Guantanamos waters currently falls to Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Galveston (MSST 91104). Before arriving in Cuba, members of MSST 91104 spent the majority of their time performing training exercises. Only a month ago, they were off the coast of Texas conducting advanced onwater tactical boat-handling training in preparation for their mission of supporting JTF Guantanamo and U.S. Southern Command. Were here to provide waterside security for the JTF, said Coast Guard Lt. George Adams, MSST 91104 Operations myself and my guys feel great to be a part of the larger effort. Created under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, the Maritime Safety and Security Teams are a part of the United States Department of Homeland Securitys multi-leveled strategy focused on protecting U.S. ports and waterways. Its not all about riding in boats equipped with big guns. According to Coast Guard Maritime Enforcement Specialist 1st Class Johnny Roach, there are a lot of things to cram into a 12 hour-shift. We have to eat, said Roach with a chuckle. We also have a little down time to e-mail and do online classes. Mostly though, when were not out, were cleaning our weapons, cleaning the boat and making sure everything is ready to go for the next crew. Class Ryan Lewis mans a .50-caliber while patroling Guantanamo Bay. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas.
MISSION | FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010 PAGE 4 | THE WIRETrooper teaches others to save lives Army Specialist Edward L. Jones, a combat medic from the 525th MP Batallion attached to the Joint Trooper Clinic checks the blood pressure of Navy Operations Specialist 1st Class Don L. McGowan JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Cody Black.Army Sgt. Derrol Fulghum JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________________________Army Specialist Edward Jones has only been in the Army for three-and-a-half years, but hes already made his mark. Newly assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Jones is a 525th Military Police Battalion Soldier attached to Joint Medical Group at the Joint Trooper Clinic. Jones has become essential to the JTF mission through his knowledge. advanced cardiovascular life support and pediatric advanced life support. Jones is able to run a live medical code, which is basically a heart attack. When the real emergencies happen, theyre not quite like an hearts that have stopped due to cardiac arrest with an electric shock, while the pacer slows down the heart beat. rewarding, said Jones. Theres nothing like saving lives. Jones goal is to get everybody in the JTC trained on all the equipment and make sure theyre prepared for the worst case scenario. Being new to the JTF, Jones wants to help lead, and gain the trust and respect of his fellow Soldiers. Jones hopes to pick up sergeant soon, and is working toward his Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting. Jones provides the JTC a daily check list for tools and utilities. Sometimes it can be challenging, said Jones, having for this program to help Troopers learn to save lives. However, Jones added he was happy to do so. One of the major contributions Jones is ready to bring to the JTF is getting as Combat Lifesavers. Hes looking to offer week-long training and weekend classes. Training NCOs will let their Troopers know when this program begins. Army Specialist Edward L. Jones, a combat medic from the 525th MP Batallion attached to the Joint Trooper Clinic conducts a routine medical check-up on Navy Operations Specialist 1st Class Don L. McGowan JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Cody Black.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs________________________________________Without electricity, Camp Justice would be a hot and humid collection of tents with little to no operations and productivity. The electrical shop of the Base Emergency Engineering Force, or BEEF, maintains the basis for the livelihood of operations in Camp Justice. If we werent here, we wouldnt have power, said Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Larry McQueen, the electrical superintendant of the electrical shop. No one would be able to do their work. The shop generates and maintains the electric power in Camp Justice by conducting periodic maintenance. It also supports the Expeditionary Legal Complex. BEEF Trooper duties generally consist of performing maintenance on high-voltage equipment, expanding existing electrical systems and providing raceways, which protect communication cables from damage, as well as other periodic tasks. troops when conducting these duties. Ive spent my whole career in the electrical shop and this is one of the best groups Ive worked with, McQueen said. They do an outstanding job. However, integrating new additions to the team can be a challenge. One of the biggest obstacles is working with people youve never worked with before, said McQueen. Weve overcome that by being patient, working together and by setting a standard. After experiencing the job as an electrician with the Air National Guard, Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Moore, an electrician with the BEEF, decided to become a full-time electrician as a civilian as well. I love what I do, said Moore. Im a full-time highvoltage electrician and its helped me out a lot in the Air Guard. Because of his experience, Moore can conduct some aspects of the job more quickly than his peers. He hopes to become more experienced in Guantanamo Bay before returning to his home state of Mississippi. Other than developing more experience, the reward for doing this job is the end result. as the lights are on, said McQueen. Its just our job. We dont look for any recognition.The electricians of Tent CityAir Force Senior Airman Christopher Moore checks the status of one of the generators inside Camp Justice May 18. JTF Guantanamo photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010 | MISSIONTHE WIRE | PAGE 5 Air Force Senior Airman Elizabeth A. Rodriguez grounds the high voltage electricity on a generator in Camp Justice, May 18. JTF Guantanamo photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler
want, either. Riggs warns that people can potentially overlook dietary excesses like hydrogenated fats, sodium, sugar and protein because they feel a vitamin or weight loss supplement is equal to a free pass. Creatine is popular supplement taken among weightlifters to increase muscle mass and energy during a workout, though supplementation may not be necessary. The body has the ability to make adequate amounts of creatine, said Riggs. So there are no dietary requirements for it. Riggs pointed out that there is some evidence that creatine supplements may increase muscular strength and power during short bouts of intense exercise. She stated that while no serious adverse effects have been reported in cited research, there are no studies testing the safety of creatine supplementation for longer than eight weeks. Individuals using the substance should be careful to hydrate adequately to decrease the risk of dehydration. While trying to lose weight, some may opt to use thermogenic fat-burners. The term is most often used to describe weight loss formulas. Riggs said the term is more of a marketing ploy than an Keep in mind these products are not tested by the Food and Drug Administration, said Riggs. [Companies who make the products] do not have to back up there claims with research. If you are in doubt of the validity of a supplements claims or LOCA L SP OR T S | FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010 PAGE 6 | THE WIRE Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Harris JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________________________Its that time of year again: people are trying to get their taken by men and women alike. Sometimes, in the rush to attain the highly sought after beach body, people forego the age-old idea of proper nutrition and exercise and seek out a short cut in the form of a nutritional supplement. National surveys show that 40% of Americans take some form of dietary supplement for various reasons, said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Tiniska Riggs, a nutritionist at Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay. This includes making up for a poor diet and to gain an edge in athletics. According to Riggs, not all supplements are bad, if taken as directed. It is recommended that a person always check with his or her healthcare provider before taking any form of supplementation. Stick with the recommended daily intake, RDI, for vitamins and minerals, said Riggs. This will ensure that you get adequate levels of these nutrients. She cautioned the side effects of exceeding the RDI for certain minerals. could be dangerous. For instance, vitamin A can be toxic if taken in excess. A supplement is not a free pass to eat and drink whatever you Supplementing Performance There are numerous supplements available for nutritional and performance purposes. To learn about a certain Courtesy photo
Overall, Repo Men is worth watching. Viewers will be compelled by the design of its action and violence, but Repo Men lacks the stimulating complexity that its premise has the potential to present.FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010 | MOVIE REVIE W THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs_____________________________In this futuristic world, killing is OK at least for the sake of repossessing mechanical organs from customers with overdue bills. Repo Men presents a great concept and held high expectations for viewers; however, it is not executed to its full potential. In yet another technologically advanced world, people are exploited by corruption. A company by the name of Union has made a breakthrough in science and technology prosthetic eyes to a prosthetic heart. The two main characters, Remy (Jude Law) and Jake (Forest Whitaker), are repo organs of people with overdue payments. According to the contract customers sign, the repo men can retrieve the Unions merchandise by any means necessary, even if it means killing the customer. Repo men bend the boundaries of modern ethics and make murdering a daily occurrence. Remy and Jake take their business seriously, often saying a job is a job. Throughout several early scenes, they tell comedic stories of how they mutilated overdue clients and discuss the necessity of their work within society. Remys whole perspective comes into question however, when he becomes the subject of his own work. Repo Men has a stellar cast of characters that keeps the quality from collapsing completely. Law does an outstanding job in playing the role of a troubled father and skilled repossession themselves laughing at the funny stories about his adventures with Jake and the comedic aspects of his work. Whitaker is very convincing in his role as a crazed repossession/killing machine and often does whatever it takes to complete his task at hand. Frank (Liev Schreiber), Remys superior, could easily be considered a wellplayed unsavory corporate boss. Alice Braga, who plays an important role in the later half of the story, increases the level of dramatic quality while adding a slight romantic twist to the plot. Throughout the story, there are hints that the conclusion will be far from gratifying. By the end, many questions will remain unanswered. Why isnt there an apparent government perspective about the repo men? Can they just kill people without any it focuses on repossession of its property? The viewer can expect scene after scene of action, violence and gore with a small addition of comedy and romance. Many scenes showcase well-choreographed brilliant. It was choreographed elegantly to music that corresponds especially well with its action. This scene and some others were so satisfying that the viewer would want to view the scene again and again. Late on bills?
PAGE 8 | THE WIRE FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 JTF Guantanamo photos by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua NistasThe U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Galveston (MSST 91104) is tasked with protecting the waters surrounding Guantanamo Bay and supplying waterside security for Joint Task Force Guantanamo. The MSST also play a role in landside security during Military Commissions proceedings. Maritime Safety and Security Team
JTF Guantanamo Photos By Navy Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010 PAGE 10 | THE WIRENavy Nurse Corps BirthdayMarine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ For over 100 years, theyve invested blood, sweat and tears into the titanic battles of the 20th century and continue to today. The Navy Nurse Corps was established by the U.S. Congress in 1908, and corpsman from the Joint Task Force Guantanamo celebrated the 102nd birthday of the Corps, May 13. During the ceremony, four Navy Ensigns were promoted to the rank of Lt. j.g. and afterward the lowest and highest ranking nurse conducted the traditional cake cutting ceremony. The nurses today still carry out the traditions of the nurses throughout history. established, 20 women were selected and became known as The Sacred Twenty. The Corps was greatly expanded when World War I began. Four Navy Crosses were awarded to nurses during the war, three of which were given to nurses who Were the ones who are within the midst of it all, said Navy Lt. Patricia Bartlatta, an emergency room nurse at Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay. Its imperative that the nurses were and are there for their service members. With each large scale war, nurses were alongside deployed infantrymen. In World War II, some nurses graduated from the then-newly established Navy Flight Nurse School. The school produced nurses who were capable of swimming a mile, transporting a victim over 200 yards and swimming over 400 yards in around 10 minutes, thus making them even more dependable in combat. If something happens, we are the ones to support you, said Bartlatta. In any deployment, wherever you travel, we are there. By the Korean War, reserve nurses were recalled to expand the Corps, and civilian nurses became eligible for a commission. Nurses continued to participate in Vietnam, the on Terror in more recent years. Many nurses served aboard the United States Navys hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) assisting Haiti after the earthquake this year, Response. The Nurse Corps today represents provides consistent medical care to patients and families and teaches Hospital Corpsman quality patient care. The enthusiasm for helping wounded service members represents the Navy nurses of the past and continues today. Its the feeling I get when Im helping the wounded, said Bartlatta. It is rewarding.
Legal protection for reservists THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Edward Flynn JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs__________________________________________As a Reservist recalled to active duty, leaving your civilian job can present many challenges, and potential problems for you and your employer. While many companies and businesses provide exceptional support to members of the Guard and Reserve forces, Reservists also are protected under state and federal law. Its important for Reservists and National Guardsmen to know that there are federal laws in place to ensure that they will not be disadvantaged in their civilian careers or discriminated against because of their service, said Navy Lt. Geraldo Padilla, Detachment Guantanamo Bay. In most cases, they must be reemployed in their civilian jobs upon their return from duty. protection; the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act guarantees reemployment rights to those returning from active duty service. the employer by the employee, said Army Capt. Steven R. Cuckler, Joint Task Force Trooper and Chief, Military Justice. Moreover, if the employer is in the loop at all time regarding drill weekends, annual training, alerts and possible future mobilizations, they can more readily plan for the employees absence. The three most important practical things Reservists and Guardsmen need to do in regards to their employer is communicate, communicate, and communicate, Cuckler said. Employers do not like surprises and if they feel involved in your Reservist/Guard experience, it is more likely they will support you when you are deployed, according to Cuckler. Notice should be timely and not last minute, said Army Maj. Marise James, a Joint Task Force Trooper and Chief, Legal Assistance. Commanders should send a letter to each and every employer notifying them of the rights of the service member, how they can obtain information about USERRA, and thanking them for their support of the employee/service member. This federal legislation has many employment protections for returning service members. Several of these rights include: Employers may not deny employment, re-employment, employment because of past or present membership in the U.S. military. Employers must provide time off for service members for military duties and upon completion of this service, Reservists must be given their civilian job back. Other provisions include automatic reinstatement of health insurance after returning from military service. Additionally, as part of this communication and outreach effort, a Reservist also has certain responsibilities as well, such as reporting back to work when released from service within time limits established by law. Employees must also provide prior written notice of military service activities to their employer. The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Defense Department agency, also relies on several thousand volunteers to help answer questions and refer Reservists to various resources throughout the country. For additional information, please contact 800-336-4590 or www.esgr.mil
NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010 PAGE 12 | THE WIRE The Windjammer club complex, including Pizza Hut, OKellys, Bingo and the Wind Jammer Ballroom, will be closed to the general public beginning on May 23 as a result of an HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) renovation project. The complex is scheduled to re-open on Sept. 1. will still be running at the Bay View every Monday through Friday beginning June 3, just as they did at the Windjammer. ing weeks move over to building #1111 across from Triple C. During the Windjammer renovation, there will be limited seating of 140 persons in the new bingo hall and the doors will open one hour prior to the games beginning. Please be considerate of your table mates as seating is limited. delivery beginning June 7 (we cant deliver to JTF). Call 2535. Bar or Bayview. For more info or any questions, please call or email Maggie or Jon at #75604 or 2046 or email Marjorie.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Windjammer complex closing
FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Boots on the GroundWhat is the best comic book movie?by Navy Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Joshua NistasArmy Pfc. Chadelle Sappa Class Melanie Acevedo because Spiderman rocks! because no one could mess with that chick in it. Joker was intriguing. the Man of Steel. Air Force Capt. Nate Williams Army Pfc. Vincent DelaneyTransfer of Authority authority between the units at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, May 19, 2010. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas
Spiritual FitnessLI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE GTMO Religious ServicesDaily Catholic Mass Main Chapel Vigil Mass Saturday 5 p.m. 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 Sunday 6 p.m. Main Chapel Bible Study Wednesday 7 p.m. Troopers Chapel The Truth Project Bible study Sunday 6 p.m. Troopers Chapel Protestant Worship Sunday 9 a.m. Troopers Chapel Islamic Service Friday 1:15 p.m. Room C Jewish Service FMI call 2628 LORIMI Gospel Sunday 8 a.m. Room D Army Capt. Eric Bey 525th MP Battalion Chaplain ____________________________________________It is probably no secret that I am a good racquetball player. The fact is that I won six tournaments since being here on the island. Most people would challenge me or accept a challenge from me, because what people see is an unimposing, middleaged, overweight, balding guy who doesnt appear to be able to play the game all that well or at least not to the level that I do. What they dont know or see is all of the hours, bruises, cramps, twisted ankles and sore muscles that it took to get where I am. I started playing handball in junior high school. I moved racquet sports. When I joined the Army I played some racquetball and failed miserably. But I loved the sport. I began to play a lot and over time progressed to a level where I could beat most intermediate players frequently. There was a group of people who invited me up to play with them and I realized that I couldnt beat them. I tried to get better and dedicated more time only to end up very frustrated that I had a Saturday, and what I learned was that I had never learned the proper techniques and fundamentals of the game. I had to relearn how to play the game of racquetball. My game went down the toilet quickly. In all fairness, I was told that would be the case, but it wasnt too long before I reached the level I was at before the clinic. What I found was that I was able to quickly pass that level. There is no level of play I cant reach now if I put in the time to practice. All of this came with a price. Scripture talks about the discipline athletes have in training and links it to the training that Christians ought to undergo to excel and succeed in life (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). There are people, Christians that are totally OK with where they are at in their relationship with the Lord. The problem with most is that we are at the beginner or intermediate level and we have hit a plateau. We are complacent. We know nothing of the discipline it takes to get to the next level. We all want to get there, but are unwilling or ignorant of the steps to get there. We are not reading our Bibles, we dont kneel to pray anymore, we arent going to church like we used to, and we dont appear to have a healthy fear of the Lord anymore. We need to get back to the basics. We need to want to get to the next level. We need to exercise strict
A mechanics mechanic Army Spc. Joseph Pine repairs a shock absorber on a Gator 4-by-4 vehicle. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Harris THE WIRE | PAGE 15 FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010 | 15 MINU T ES O F FA M E Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Harris JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs___________________________________________For some people, looking at the engine of a car is as foreign as looking at the human brain. For Army Spc. Joseph Pine though, its just another day. Pine is the lone mechanic responsible for the proper maintenance and upkeep of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Joint Detention Groups fleet of 58 Gator and Mule four-byfour vehicles. This is nothing new to him: he grew up in his familys autobody and fender repair shop, tinkering with cars since the age of 10. Ive been doing this most of my life, Pine said. I absolutely love it. Pine serves as a mechanic with 115th Military Police Company of the Rhode Island National Guard. Coming from his full-time job as a federal technician servicing the Rhode Island National Guards fleet of vehicles, his deployment to the JTF is not far from the norm especially considering the fact that in his spare time, Pine likes to restore classic cars, such as his prized 1949 Dodge Wayfarer. Because he is the definition of the saying mechanics mechanic, and his vital service to the JTF and JDG mission, Army Spc. Joseph Pine has earned his 15 minutes of fame. When he was given the opportunity to take on the sizable task of maintaining these mission-essential vehicles, Pine jumped at the chance. I happened to be the guy in the right place at the right time, he said. If I didnt have the support of my chain-ofcommand, this wouldnt be possible. Every 100 hours, the specialty vehicles come into the maintenance facility that Pine built from the ground up. Before establishing the repair shop, the Gators and Mules were turned over to government-contracted civilians for regular maintenance. This process could take a vehicle off the road for weeks, even months. After spearheading the maintenance program, Pines goal is to keep the turn-around time on the vehicles to an absolute minimum. If I can service and fix it, theres no reason for [anyone in JDG] to walk, Pine said. These are too valuable not to have a [maintenance] program in place. Pines not a one-trick pony though. He learned to how to weld from his familys business, but the Armys Welding School at Fort Stewart, Ga. helped him refine his abilities. Because of his increased capabilities, he was able to get more vehicles back out on the road in a timely fashion by welding shock brackets back onto the frame of one Gator and repairing the push bar bumper of another. I try to bring more to the party, said Pine. I hate having to say I cant do that. Performing everything from the simple changing of a tire to the changing of an entire engine, it would seem that there is not much this mechanic cannot accomplish.
AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010 Bay Veterinary Treatment Facility before the insertion of a tracking chip. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas Tech Sgt. Eddie Morgan, with the Base Emergency Engineering Force, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, replaces the tie-down patches on tents within Camp Justice. JTF Guantanamo photo by Marine Lance Cpl. Justin Wheeler Around the competition. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Harris
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