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Cover Around the Volume 11, Issue 27 Friday, Aug. 13, 2010 Johnson replaces Hess NEGB gains new leadership Crime prevention 27th annual National Night Out A JTF Journal THE
Trooper to Trooper Boost Troopers self-esteem Self-esteemPAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, AUG. 13, 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 Army Spc. Juanita Philip Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua R. Nistas Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kellie Bliss 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil COVER:A Navy color guard parades the colors during Joint Task Force Guantanamos Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion change of command ceremony at the Bayview, Aug. 4. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kellie Bliss BACK COVER:Navy Master-at-Arms Seaman Ike Lee Go, a patrolman for Naval Station Guantanamos security department, stands guard on the pier as the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) prepares to depart Guantanamo Bay after refueling and taking on supplies, Aug. 4. 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.Army Master Sgt. Grant P. Henne Sr. _________________________Recently we all participated in the suicide prevention training program. During this training, you should have learned the value that self-esteem plays in the prevention of suicide. I am bringing up this subject because I believe that a persons self-esteem has a great deal to do with how he or she copes with lifes stresses and the ability to succeed in todays military. Troopers who feel good about themselves, their job and their life are less likely to make decisions that can lead to failure. Troopers who possess high self-esteem face each day with a positive can do attitude. As leaders, we should foster an attitude of positive self-esteem in those whom we lead and mentor. All of our fellow Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen and Marines should know that the way on those with whom we work. If we that others can see, then this attitude of self-assurance will lead to a positive working environment. It is incumbent upon us to enhance our Troops self-esteem through team building, mentoring and discipline. Troopers come to us from every walk of life, and as leaders it is important for us to take the time to learn about their individual strengths and weaknesses. and need only a pat on the back and a go get em to perform up to or above standard. Others will come to us with low self-esteem and feelings, which may hinder their ability to successfully compete with the fast movers. This is why many good Troopers are afraid to step forward and take a chance. It is our job as leaders and future leaders to teach these Troopers that failing is not necessarily a bad thing. Failure teaches us problem. Abraham Lincoln stated, I dont think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. Continuous reinforcement and encouragement will help improve Troopers self-esteem, and this will pay dividends down the road. This time and effort will hopefully give those Troopers who are teetering on forward and say, I want to learn, can you help me? All you can say to that is Absolutely, lets get this done!
Mission 1 Guard Battalion, salutes while passing through sideboys at the NEGB change of command ceremony, Aug. 4. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua R. Nistas FRIDAY, AUG. 13, 2010 | MISSIONTHE WIRE | PAGE 3 NEGB command changes handsNavy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Edward Flynn JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs_________________________Navy Cmdr. William Johnson assumed command of the Navy Navy Cmdr. Richard Hess during a change of command ceremony at large portion of the guard force at the Joint Task Force Guantanamo detention facilities. After he assumed command, Johnson took the opportunity to recognize Hess for his hard work and determined leadership as Johnson also praised the guard force for their professionalism and hard work in how they carry out the mission of the JTF. Navy Rear Adm. Michael P. Tillotson, commander of Navy (NECC), delivered the ceremonys keynote address and thanked Hess for his outstanding leadership and keen insight in this strategic assignment. Hess enforced strict standards in all facets of detention operations. He also played a pivotal role in infrastructure improvement, project development and upgrades within all the camps both for detainee comfort and better work conditions for the guard battalion. In one of the most challenging and highly visible, joint and multi-agency assignments, Hess led the battalion through several company rotations. He led and commanded over 70 percent of the entire Joint Detention Group guard force, and sustained an unprecedented level of despite intense international, political and media scrutiny. Tillotson praised Hess for his ensured detainees were treated with dignity. Hess was instrumental in improving relationships at all levels within the chain of command, obtaining better gear and improving the quality of life and increasing Tillotson. commander, enlisted in the Navy in 1982 (surface electronics) for 17 years. His Naval Personnel as the surface electronics of Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, Va. Johnson completed a tour as the surface assignments PERS-414 branch head. In his departing comments, Hess force. have the privilege of leading such an in this unique and challenging strategic detention mission, Hess said. The [guard force] perseveres and does a tremendous job. They are truly a tribute to our youth, the United States of America and to the United States Navy.
Mission 2 MISSION | FRIDAY, AUG. 13, 2010 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE standards book, Aug. 6. Army Sgt. Tiffany Addair JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Joint Task Force Guantanamo has an interest in keeping Troopers safe. When a workplace is safe, Troopers feel more and ensure commands are in line with safety laws. a safety-conscious culture foremost, said help commands comply with federal safety laws. With only two months since arriving on island Vockroth has hit the ground running, conducting inspections and updating important safety information. One of Vockroths main missions is to make sure commands are in compliance with federal laws. One of the major safety organizations is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA is a proponent of the Department of Labor and Vockroth serves as an OSHA inspector under the DoD. At JTF safety is important. According to Vockroth, every unit should have a safety policies regarding safety. safety council meets quarterly to discuss safety issues and any foreseeable safety a good relationship with the Naval Station them with any questions, and vice versa. closely together, said Joseph J. Perfetto, base safety manager. Vockroth has a good knowledge of safety; however, if he has any questions the base will assist him in any way that we can. A primary concern on everyones minds location, many service members engage in water related activities. Whether you are Vockroth stressed the importance of water safety and gave some tips on how to stay safe. If you are out in the open ocean and you arent diving, just swimming, you A CASUAL attitude toward safeTY = CASUALTY if they grab you, just let the current take ocean is going to win. Make sure you are with a buddy; maybe even have someone on shore to call for help if necessary. Recently the Cost Guard has stepped up to take on rescue missions. The MSST 91104 is starting to take on additional responsibilities they never had, Vockroth said. They are coming up with a memorandum of understanding to support the base for water rescue. New safety updates to the newcomers brief were made and up-to-date information was added on the safety page on the intranet under J1. An important message that Vockroth emphasized was to follow the standard. guy, Vockroth said. Every task and every activity, there is a proper way and a not so proper way to do things. The main root cause to accidents is a violation of a standard or not doing something properly. Safety concerns can be reported free from fear of reprimand from your chain of command. I am bound by OSHA regulations Not only is a chaplain a person that has people report or accident information. If you have any safety concerns or ideas you can e-mail Vockroth at safety@ jtfgtmo.southcom.mil. Check the safety page for resources and updated information at https://intranet/j1/safety.html.
Movie ReviewFRIDAY, AUG. 13, 2010 | MOVIE REVIE W THE WIRE | PAGE 5 Salt shakes it up Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Angelina Jolie is no Matt Damon; Salt stars Jolie as hardcore CIA agent Evelyn Salt. The movie begins in North Korea where Salt is under torture. After a couple minutes of watching a few lackeys have fun poking the nice American spy, Salts fellow agents and her arachnologist boyfriend come to the rescue. Post jailbreak, Salt jumps a bit into man did help save her life after all. As Salt is leaving work to go home and have dinner with her hubby, a Russian man claiming to have top-secret intelligence waltzes into the about pushing back her dinner and tries to get the interrogation over with quickly, and does not do half bad, until he starts to talk. All it takes is for the guy to mention one Russian spy for the movie to turn upside butt, building bombs out of table legs and scaling walls with her bare hands. Not that this movie has scenes that are slightly unbelievable or anything. It takes about 20 minutes to get to this point. That is all the time the director spends establishing the characters, and it is a non-stop roller coaster of action until the end. There is no lack of awesomeness to look at, as Salt is chased by the CIA. One second by continuously setting off the taser in his a bridge onto a moving tractor trailer, and then she spends a few minutes after that jumping from the truck to other vehicles; again, completely unbelievable, but no less amazing to watch. While Salt may not do a good job of providing viewers with believable action, it does do a good job of keeping you guessing just which side Salt is playing for. The movie is more than just a hot chick kicking butt and taking names. Jolie brings great energy and talent to the screen. If anyone else played this role, especially a knock-off. As is, you have high-speed action, great acting and interesting quirks, If you are looking for an engaging, actionpacked spy movie, and do not mind it being over-the-top, Salt is a good way to cure your itch.
Center Spread PAGE 6 | THE WIREFRIDAY, AUG. 13, 2010 THE WIRE | PAGE 7 National Night Out Navy Capt. Steven Blaisdell, commander, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, took time to speak at the event. Active Duty personnel and family members from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force Guantanamo have fun during the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay National Night Out, Aug. 3. The National Night Out compaign involves citizens and law enforcement agencies from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states. JTF Guantanamo photos by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth
Feature 1 NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION || FRIDAY, AUG. 13, 2010 PAGE 8 | THE WIRE Victory Over Japan DayArmy Spc. Juanita Philip JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs __________________________________________________________________A Sailor, a nurse and a kiss. A spur-of-the-moment act in Times Square that was immortalized in an iconic photograph taken Aug. 14, 1945. That is what comes to mind when most people think about Victory Over Japan Day. V-J Day commemorates the anniversary of Japans surrender to the Allied forces in 1945, ending World War II. The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and Nagasaki on Aug. 9, and the Soviet Unions invasion of Manchuria in the previous week, made the surrender inevitable. The Allies, which consisted of the United France, had issued the Potsdam Declaration on July 26, 1945, which served Japan an ultimatum to surrender, or face prompt and utter destruction. When the declaration was ignored, the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The announcement of the surrender by President Harry S. Truman, who said, this is the day we have been waiting for since Pearl Harbor. This is the day when fascism off street celebrations from coast to coast in the United States. In New York City, Times and dancing. until Sept. 2, 1945, when Gen. Douglas MacArthur accepted the Japanese surrender from Gen. Yoshijiro Umezu aboard the USS guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended ... the holy mission has been completed. Many V-J Day celebrations have fallen out of favor over the years due to concerns that they are offensive to Japan, now one of Americas closest allies, and Japanese Americans; as well as opinions about the nuclear devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In 1995, the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, under the administration to as V-J Day, but as the end of the ceremonies. The controversial decision sparked complaints that Clinton was overly deferential to Japan and that the euphemism displayed insensitivity to U.S. veterans who, as prisoners of war, suffered greatly at the hands of Japanese forces. Today, V-J Day is a legal holiday only in the state of Rhode Island, where it is called Victory Day and has been celebrated since 1948. V-J Day parades are held in several other locations across the United States, including Seymour, Ind., Moosup, Conn., and Arma, Kan. Edith Shain, widely believed to be the uniformed nurse whose embrace with the Sailor in Times Square had been photographed, on the 60th anniversary of V-J Day. She took part in numerous commemorative events, serving once as the grand marshal of New York Citys Veterans Day parade. VJ day in Times Square, New York City. This photo was published in Life magazine in 1945. The nurse is believed to be Edith Shain; the sailor Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt (Right) Edith Shain at the 2008 Memorial Day parade in Washington, D.C.
Feature 2 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FRIDAY, AUG. 13, 2010 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Fire Inspector John DiGiovanni gives a hands-on demonstration on how to Army Staff Sgt. Monique Gold at Guantanamos National Night Out Aug. 3. JTF Guantanamo photos by Michael R. Holzworth Navy Master-at-Arms 1st Class Joshua Bright with Joint Task Force Night Out Aug. 3. Michael R. HolzworthMarine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr. JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs___________________________ parking lot of the Downtown Lyceum at the 27th annual National Night Out, Aug. 3. National Night Out is a crimeprevention program with the goal of building police-community partnership. Many different organizations volunteered at the event, and supplied and boats. According to Navy Capt. Steven H. importance in crime and drug prevention on the base. National Night Out provided an easy way for members of Joint Task Force Guantanamo and the base community to come together and interact in an informal environment. This event brings unity to the community, said Master-at-Arms 1st Class Henry T. Alderte, anti-terrorism for Naval Security Forces. Alderte, the director of the event, for one main cause, especially when law enforcement is involved. National Night Out is a different setting; usually when you see a master-at-arms it is in a more professional capacity, such as being pulled over, Alderte said. This event allows us to build a rapport with Troopers and residents and let them see we are here to help, and not just arrest people or write tickets, added Alderte. A rapport with the community may cause the community to open up and begin to discuss problems and crimes with law enforcement that would otherwise go unnoticed. The community showed its support en masse. Many service members from Naval Station GTMO and JTF-GTMO came out to volunteer and support the movement for a safer island. In an effort to move toward a safer GTMO, a neighborhood watch is being established, Alderte said. The community and local law enforcement must come together and show that crime and drug use will not be tolerated. The community of GTMO became a bit more informed after attending National Night Out, a big step toward a safer and more secure GTMO. We just want to reach out and show that we care, Alderte said. We are here for you. National Night Out promotes safety, understanding
Stand Alone/Boots on Ground FRIDAY, AUG. 13, 2010 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE THE WIRE | PAGE 10Continuously providing supportA Coast Guard vessel with Maritime Safety and Security Team 91104 escorts USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) as it arrives at Guantanamo Bay, Aug. 4. USS Iwo Jima docked at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay for a few days to refuel Continuing Promise 2010, a four-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas Boots on the GroundWhat is your favorite type of music? Why?by Army Spc. Juanita PhilipMarine Corps Cpl. James Sullivan Coast Guard Machinery Technician 2nd Class Mindy Fendley R&B/hip hop, country or rock. It depends on my mood. Army Sgt. 1st Class David Peltier Air Force Staff Sgt. Kendrick Calix Classic rock, the songs are good and almost everyone likes it. R&B/hip hop, it is the music of my generation. Jazz/soul, it relaxes me and puts me in a good mood.
Chaplains PageLI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, AUG. 13, 2010 PAGE 11 | THE WIRE GTMO Religious ServicesDaily Catholic Mass Tues. Fri. 5:30 p.m. Main Chapel Vigil Mass Saturday 5 p.m. Main Chapel Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Main Chapel Catholic Mass 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 Pentecostal Gospel Sunday 8 a.m. Room D LDS Service Sunday 10 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. 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 LORIMI Gospel Sunday 8 a.m. Room D Church of Christ Sunday 10 a.m. Chapel Annex Air Force Capt. Sharior Rahman ____________________________Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, will begin on either 10 or 11 Aug. with the sighting of the new moon. One may ask, why the uncertainty of the start and end of Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic calendar, which is based on the lunar system. The months on the lunar calendar begin and end with the sighting beginning of Ramadan rotates throughout every month of the standard Gregorian calendar from year-to-year. Ramadan is a month which Muslims all over the world look forward to. The entire month is spent fasting, praying and reading the Quran. In fact, Ramadan is a month in which Muslims commemorate the Quran. Muhammad as the Messenger of God; (2) Prayer; (3) Alms; (4) Fasting in Ramadan; and (5) Pilgrimage to Makkah, at least once in a lifetime. The Ramadan fast is applicable to all Muslims who have reached the age of puberty. The fast begins daily at dawn and continues until sunset. During the daylight hours, those who are fasting must abstain from food, drink and intimate relationships. Immediately after sunset those observing the fast are required to break the fast by eating and drinking; however, one is not to overindulge in these activities. While the daylight hours are spent fasting, much of the night is spent in prayer and reading the Quran. the total person spiritually, mentally and physically. While fasting, a Muslim is conscious of the need to appreciate and respect both mankind and the outer world as creations of the Almighty God. Three days of celebration and thanksgiving follow the completion of the month of Ramadan. This celebration is known as Eid-al-Fitr. This fast-breaking either 9 or 10 Sept., depending on the sighting of the new moon, with an earlymorning congregational prayer service. For more information on Muslim Aug. 2128, contact the JTF-GTMO chapel Ramadan: The Islamic month of fasting
AJTF AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, AUG. 13, 2010 Two Marines from the Marine Corps Security Force Company check a roster of runners to ensure the safe return of all participants from a 8.7 mile run along the fenceline. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Around the Army Spc. Renee Thomas, with the Virgin Islands Army National Guards 786th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, uses a forklift to organize a shipment of bottled water, Aug. 10. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Service members from Joint Task Force Guantanamo wave goodbye to fellow service members leaving Guantanamo Bay, Aug. 10 JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Tech. Holzworth