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Cover Volume 11, Issue 25 Friday, July 30, 2010 Librarians behind the wire Distributing an array of books JSMART Providing an important service THE A JTF Journal
Trooper to Trooper The true value of educationPAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010 JTF GUANTANAMO Commander: Navy Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson 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 Master Sgt. John Asselin: 3649 The Wire Executive Editor, Command Information NCOIC, Photojournalist: Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Edward Flynn: 3592 Editor, Photojournalist: Army Sgt. Tiffany Addair: 3499 Photojournalists: Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss Army Spc. Juanita Philip Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua R. Nistas Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr. 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 Lt. Kenneth Brooks of Joint Task Force Guantanamos Cool Guys intramural soccer team holds off a defender from the Fire Department while playing a match at Cooper Field, July 23. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth BACK COVER: Concertina wire lines a fence at Camp Justice. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua R. Nistas 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. JIG Senior Enlisted Leader______________________________________Today, its very common for Troopers to get college degrees. Some already have them, while others have yet to start. However, what concerns all Troopers here in GTMO, when it comes to education, is the knowledge that it will take time, hard work and perseverance to get a degree. of money available that enables Troopers to earn their degree. Getting an education should be a vital part of everyones life. It isnt just the type of job that you could get after your enlistment; its a change in how you perceive the world. Oh, and by the way, its mostly free. I like free. Getting an education is basically learning how to learn. An education provides Troopers a different perspective, with regards to their surroundings, in a way that helps themselves, their mates and the organization as a whole. Ive heard many times that a degree doesnt help with military advancement except in regards to the point values granted by each service. I disagree. The trials a Trooper goes through to obtain a degree guides the Trooper into understanding how to assimilate large volumes of new information into their surroundings. It is interesting to me how a Trooper will complain that he or she cannot memorize a military regulation, but just received an A for reading 150 pages of history or literature. By learning how to memorize, or at least be familiar with that information, that Trooper is learning how to learn. That being said, when it comes to understanding the publication, instruction or policy, the same rules apply. Understanding how to research, analyze, interpret, assimilate and associate new information is a trait in every successful Trooper. This allows Troopers to understand more of their surroundings, and how their job relates to the job of the Trooper next to them. Many state that belonging to something larger than themselves is an important factor of service. Knowing how is even more important. Even though getting an education is not a requirement for advancement, nothing replaces what is gained from doing so. The only thing I recommend to Troopers is that the degree they seek is something they are willing to defend. I have seen people attempt like Aunt Ednas college for underwater bingo playing. A college education stays with you for the rest of your life. You should be proud of the result gained from the effort. And for those of you who havent started, start soon. If you dont have time for classes, try CLEP, DANTES or any number of technical or professional will realize you should have, because you could have used it. So pick up those books and start studying.
FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010 | MISSIONTHE WIRE | PAGE 3 JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Joint Task Force Guantanamo is made up of Troopers from every military branch and a great many professions. Some of the as public affairs, supply and intelligence example is the guards who work inside the facility that houses JTF Guantanamo detainees. The majority of those going outside their comfort zone are those from the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion, made up of who end up doing something new. The job we do here is very important, said Navy Lt. Robert Collett, director of detainee programs. The guards who are with the detainees daily, the ones who work as librarians and programs specialists, all A day in the life of JTF librarians Navy Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 2nd Class Matthew Barnes logs a returned book, July 15. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington Navy Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 2nd Class Matthew Barnes shows the days selection of books to detainees, July 15. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington The special duty assignment of librarian is one that plays a greater role than many may think. Navy Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 2nd Class Matthew Barnes, a guard and librarian, says its I started out as a regular guard, Barnes said. After spending many months out on the blocks, I had the opportunity to come here and be a librarian. I didnt know what As a librarian, Barnes directly contributes to the JTFs mission of humane care and custody of the detainees. Bringing literature to the detainees is certainly humane, and judging from the librarys popularity with the detainees, the service is appreciated. Each detainee is allowed to have a certain number of books at a time that depends on his level of compliance, with the majority allowed the max allotted eight. Barnes estimates he and his fellow librarians give out 200 to 300 books a week. We distribute books to different camps on different days, Barnes said. A typical day starts off with us loading the books into the vehicle. We head out at our scheduled times and retrieve borrowed books and give out new ones. Barnes said after a while, he started to which camps. Some like language books, some comics, Barnes said. In some camps, for instance, religious books are the most popular. Once all the old books are retrieved and the new ones are distributed, Barnes and his fellow librarians head back to the take them back into the library, scan them into the database and put them back on the shelves. The library has a great system in place, according to Barnes. A computer database catalogs all the librarys holdings. Once everything is put away, the librarians start preparing for their next run. Barnes says in the library.
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Movie Review FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010 | MOVIE REVIE W THE WIRE | PAGE 5 Rocks JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________I went into Get Him to the Greek fully expecting it to be one of those stupidly funny movies that I could enjoy, laugh at, and still not saying it wasnt stupidly funny, because it was, but it was also intelligently written, more funny than stupid, and not a bad way to spend a couple hours. Greek tells the story of Aaron Green Pinnacle Records, who comes up with the idea of setting up an anniversary concert for his idol, rocker Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), to make the money needed to bring Pinnacle back to the top. The only catch is Aldous hasnt been in the spotlight for years, and after being dumped by his every second with women, booze and drugs. Aarons job is simple: get Aldous from his home in London to the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. This simple job takes a ridiculous amount of twists and turns, most Aldous and Aaron at a new party with new drugs and new women. After London and New York, the duo takes a detour to another party spot, Las Vegas. Its here that the head of Pinnacle, Sergio (Sean P. Diddy Combs), comes to put his foot down to get Aldous to the Greek. Sergio decides laying down the law with Aldous obviously is not working, so he sets up a plan to party him into submission. The main event during this part is the Jeffrey. The Jeffrey is a concoction of a bunch of drugs, all rolled into one paper and smoked. Aaron, not a rock star who is used to this level of high, predictably begins to freak out. Aldous, the veteran partier that is he, directs Aaron to a furry wall and says When the world slips you a Jeffrey, stroke the furry wall. Apparently this is a wonderful cure to freaking out, so Troopers, The gang eventually makes it to Los Angles, and eventually to the Greek Theater for the show. While the journey is full of shenanigans, it is a journey that helps Aldous realize how much he misses the music. Again, I wont try and convince you this movie wasnt full of stupidly funny humor, but I promise it will surprise you with its moments of depth, as few and far in between as they are. Jonah Hill does a great job pulling of the serious character, which is different than his normal role as the funny sidekick, and once again Russell Brand rocks his character originally from Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Center Spread PAGE 6 | THE WIREFRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010 THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Delivering cookie goodnessGirl Scout cookies were delivered to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, July 20. The cookies came from the Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast, Fla., through a program called Mints for the Military. There were 1,550 cases flown down to distribute. JTF Guantanamo photos by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth
NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION || FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010 PAGE 8 | THE WIRE JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________________________For service members, a certain amount of stress is common. To those deployed or assigned to a more stressful environment, it is a lot more prevalent. With stress having such a great presence throughout the military, each individual unit has steps in place to help their fellow Troopers. At Joint Task Force Guantanamo, it is the Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration Team. JSMART is tasked with the job of aiding Troopers stationed at GTMO and helping them deal with various levels and types of stress. We do more than just hand out toys, said Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Arthur Manning, referring to a variety of JSMART keeps in stock. Manning and the other Sailors with JSMART tend to use the toys as a way to relax Troopers. We know the stigma behind going to medical or seeking help, Manning said. That is why we come to you, and hand out the gifts to break the ice and maybe get you to talk. Receiving help for problems that a person is having can come in many different forms. JSMART understands that, and offers other means of relief for those stresses. Therapy can come in many different forms, from just coming in Depression, phobias and anger problems are also some of the things JSMART is equipped to handle. They also offer relaxation classes every Thursday. Hospital corpsman bring their expertise to JSMART and also All of the corpsmen are psychology technicians, which is training received after going through basic training and corpsman school, said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Christopher Parker. for more than 18 years, and has dealt with members of all services and ranks. that outlet, Parker said. The mission here in Guantanamo Bay is a very stressful one and the Troopers here need stress relief. Parker has seen the highs and lows of the human psyche throughout his career, and can attest to the wonders that just talking to someone or just having a good laugh with a group of friends has. Many people do not believe in the power of psychological help because it is not like a broken arm you cant see the pain, Parker said. It takes a certain type of individual to assess this pain and realize it is a problem and become part of the solution. For any questions or additional information on the services offered by JSMART, contact the team at ext. 3566. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Arthur Manning works diligently at the Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration Guantanamo. JTF Guantanamo photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr.
THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T IONBeginning of the JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs___________________________________________The Manhattan Project was the code name for a project Designated the Manhattan Engineering District (MED), this refers to a period of time for the project dating from 1942 to 1945. The Manhattan Project began as a small research program in 1939, and today that would come to approximately $22 billion. All It was widely believed that the Manhattan Projects name was simply a code name. The fact is the project was named after Manhattan Island, N.Y., as that was the location where many of its early operations were conducted. With the need for secrecy in the Robert Oppenheimer, and the overall project was under the authority of General Leslie Groves, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Research took place at more than 300 sites. The three primary enrichment facilities at Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the weapons research and design laboratory at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. By 1940, there were still many unknown factors in the development of a nuclear bomb; however, it was considered theoretically possible. One of those factors was the properties of discovered in February of 1941. In June 1942, many theorists such as Hans Beth, John Van Vleck, Edward Teller, Felix Bloch, Emil Konopinski, Robert Site, July 16, 1945, near Alamogordo, N.M. The Trinity detonation produced an explosive equivalent to the explosive power of approximately 20 kilotons of Trinitrotoluene (TNT) explosive. This date is usually considered the beginning of the Atomic Age. The Manhattan Project produced the Aug. 6, 1945, Hiroshima the Aug. 9, 1945, Nagasaki bomb, Fat Man, which was made
FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE THE WIRE | PAGE 10 Boots on the GroundArmy Spc. Renee Thomas Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Jacqueline Bethel I was a perfume samples saleswoman at a perfume store when I was 16. A sales associate at a sporting goods store when I was 16. I was a linen clerk at a hospital when I was 18. Landscaping when I was 15 for $2 an hour. Army Capt. Eric Bey Marine Corps Cpl. Jose Reyes interoperability and key allied nation issues. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth
LI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010 PAGE 11 | THE WIRE GTMO Religious Services Mon. Fri. 5:30 p.m. Main Chapel Vigil Mass Saturday 5 p.m. Main Chapel Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Main Chapel Saturday 7:30 p.m. Troopers Chapel Sunday 7:30 a.m. Troopers Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Saturday 11 a.m. Room B Iglesia Ni Christo Sunday 5:30 a.m. Room A Sunday 8 a.m. Room D Sunday 10 a.m. Room A Sunday 10 a.m. Room B Sunday 11 a.m. Main Chapel Sunday 11 a.m. Building 1036 Sunday 1 p.m. Main Chapel Sunday 6 p.m. Main Chapel Bible Study Wednesday 7 p.m. Troopers Chapel Bible study Sunday 6 p.m. Troopers Chapel Sunday 9 a.m. Troopers Chapel Friday 1:15 p.m. Room C FMI call 2628 Sunday 8 a.m. Room D Non Denominational Sunday 10 a.m. Chapel Annex Room 17 Stress management JTF Guantanamo Command Chaplain_________________________________________Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you havent fallen asleep yet. Hopefully none of us will ever have that experience. Every deployment is unique and some of the stressors may be unique along with those that are common to all. Stress is a fact of life, and it can be the spice that keeps it from being boring, but too much stress can cause problems. Channing Bete put out a booklet that says stress can contribute to allergies, muscle tension, upset stomach, tension headaches, sleep disorder and high blood pressure. Emotional symptoms can include anger, anxiety and being easily upset. The causes daily hassles, like misplacing something. You have the power to stop stress by accepting what you cannot change and choosing to be optimistic. Laughter and humor can help you relax. Watch a good comedy or comedian. Some other things you can do to reduce stress include planning ahead, getting organized, getting plenty of sleep, physical exercise, taking up a new hobby, learning to say no and listening to soothing music. My favorite relaxation technique, as a chaplain, is meditation in a quiet place away from all the noise and distractions and to focus my mind on one thing; for example, the words to the 23rd Psalm. The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. In the ageless Middle Eastern profession of shepherding, the shepherds care for the most basic needs of their sheep, like health, water, rest, food and safety. They know each one by name. In the middle of stress, we can be sure that God cares about us in the same way. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. Sometimes the shepherd would have to push the sheep to the ground so they would lie down and rest. fear and terror from worries and concerns. In the middle of must let God lead us into stillness and tranquility, and just relax through meditation. He restores my soul. Restore means to return to the way God originally created our souls to be: peaceful, prosperous and that model. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; You comfort me. If youre going through hell dont stop. God can comfort us and strengthen us with his promises and His word if we meditate on them. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in house of the Lord forever. Let meditation develop into a daily stress buster and attend a place of worship of your choosing on a regular basis. Thats a small commercial to attend services at the Trooper Chapel or the Naval Station Chapel. Dont worry, be happy!
AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010 Navy guards from the Joint Task Force Guantanamos Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion load bags onto a truck, July 26, as a group of Sailors prepare to depart GTMO after a year-long deployment. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua R. Nistas Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Dominique Navarro, a dental technician with the Joint Troop Clinic, practices cardio pulmonary resuscitation on a CPR dummy, July 23. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua R. Nistas Military Police Battalion, and Army Sgt. 1st Class Olson Christian, Hill housing area, July 22. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua R. Nistas Around the