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Cover Volume 11, Issue 28 Friday, Aug. 20, 2010 GTMOs security force Marines protect fenceline Tasty treat Wi-Fi and ice cream hot spot THE A JTF Journal
Trooper to Trooper PAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, AUG. 20, 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 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:Army Spc. Ivan Tejada, with Joint Task Force Guantanamos 115th Military Police Company, stands guard at the Roosevelt Entry Control Point, July 19. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth BACK COVER: Splinter, a banana rat, enjoys some popcorn while attending a movie at Bulkely Lyceum. 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. Air Force Master Sgt. John Asselin JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs SEL_________________________Back in basic training, T-shirts had to be folded a certain way and all our uniforms and gear had their own place in own wall locker or foot locker. Everyone had the same exact standard, and our drill sergeants or training instructors were seriously focused on our compliance with those standards. The point of this exercise was not to make sure we all kept our undergarments in the same place for the rest of our lives; the point was to get us focused on attention to detail. In fact, most of the exercises in basic training are designed to teach this critical military skill. We have to pay attention to the details every day in our work areas. Standard operating procedures are written to encompass details. We have to follow SOPs to the letter to make sure we do things correctly for the safety and security of ourselves, our teammates and the detainees. Think about how many times your leadership harps on following the SOPs that is attention to detail. This applies outside the camps as well. Ask anyone in the staff judge how something as simple as a misplaced word can cause big problems. Ask the inspector general how a lack of details can affect an investigation. Ask a doctor how a missed detail can mean the difference between a healthy Trooper and a serious medical issue. Details count. Attention to detail is also important in your personal life. A lot of people at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay scuba dive for recreation. If they dont pay attention to the details, they or their dive buddy could drown. When you drive, cook or handle dangerous items, those activities demand strict attention to detail or someone could get injured or killed. The bottom line is to follow the SOPs, know and follow the rules to everything you do, and pay attention to the details.
Mission 1FRIDAY, AUG. 20, 2010 | MISSIONTHE WIRE | PAGE 3 Army Spc. Juanita Philip JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________In its mission of transparency, Joint Task Force Guantanamo accommodates many requests to tour the facilities. As part of the JTF-GTMO team, the Joint Visitors Bureau plays a major part in providing that transparency. The Joint Visitors Bureau plans and executes all distinguished visitor visits to JTF-GTMO, trains all non-governmental protocol hub of the command element, said Navy Lt. Edward A. Valdez, the NGO The seven-member JVB team coordinates all the logistics for visits to JTF-GTMO that are not media related. This includes DV trips to Guantanamo, setting up tours of the base and JTF detention facilities, scheduling informational visitors requests. Tours can be average in size, from 15 to 25 people, or large tours of 65 to 70 people. Visitors usually stay on island for one day. Typically they arrive in the morning and leave late afternoon, said Army Lt. Col. Kevin Entwistle, the deputy director of JVB. However, some DVs require an additional day or two depending on their purpose for coming to GTMO. The team is constantly engaged with mission requests, planning for both current and future missions. This team can be occupied with handling up to four missions a week, not including weekend visits. We sometimes have two missions per day at times, said Army Spc. Shalia Moolenaar, a JVB protocol clerk and driver. It all depends on our mission requests. Team members have driven a wide range of personnel on tours. We have had tours with congressional delegates, high-level Department of Defense delegates, various government and non-government agencies, judges, and Defense Orientation Conference Association members, Valdez said. In addition to civilian agencies, JVB also well as Capstone and Keystone. Capstone is a joint service professional military education course for newly-promoted brigadier general s and rear admiral s, and Keystone is the enlisted version, providing command senior enlisted leaders with tools they need to work in a joint environment. When Military Commissions proceedings are underway, the team also has a hand in providing logistical support. We work with international organizations primarily during the commissions, Valdez said. During commissions, we help with the logistical requests for water, movements for the judges and also provide assistance as requested with ground transportation. JVB members frequently have other duties within the team. Some double as Commissions Support Group personnel. provide escorts for the NGO representatives that will attend commission hearings, ensures that the NGOs are always escorted and that the logistical movements such as transportation, movements to and from the air terminal and housing are all in order. JVB also works closely with the CSG to ensure that they know how many NGOs are present and when they leave the island. According to Valdez, JVB has had approximately 75 visits totaling 820 people for this calendar year. This number represents those DVs who took a JVB tour, it does not count the logistical support we provide to other JTF sections. In order for this team to accommodate those numbers, a lot of assistance from other departments is involved. JVB coordinates with many organizations, both in the JTF and Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Valdez said. During visits we utilize the help of U.S. Southern Command, NAVSTA Port Operations, Maritime Safety and Security Team 91104, Joint Detention Group, Joint and volunteers from all sections when we need additional drivers and helpers, Valdez said. Our mission could not be done without the assistance of so many Troopers and workers, Valdez said. Our mission is ultimately showcasing the professionalism of our Troopers and civilian contractors, by providing safe, humane, legal, and transparent care and custody for the detainees. JVB provides transparency Navy Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson, Joint Task Force Guantanamo commander, greets Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Juan Ayala, Aug. 13. The Joint Visitors Bureau facilitated a tour of JTF facilities for Capstone program participants including Ayala. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Juanita Philip
Mission 2 MISSION | FRIDAY, AUG. 20, 2010 PAGE 4 | THE WIREMarine Corps 1st Lt. Aryn Vastola, 1st platoon commander for Alpha Company with Marine Corps Security Force Company, listens as Swanger briefs him, Aug. 16. JTF Guantanamo photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr.MCSFCO: Around-the-clock securityMarine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr. JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs___________________________Tasked with providing security for all of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Marines of the Marine Corps Security Force Company maintain constant alertness around the clock. The Marines are deployed from the 2nd Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team, Bravo Co., 6th Platoon, and call Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., home. There is nowhere we have defended like this, said Marine Corps 1st Lt. Travis Posey, platoon commander for MCSFCO. There is a lot of history and tradition here. MCSFCO protects the border around the naval station and supports security missions with Joint Task Force Guantanamo. They have maintained a presence on GTMO since 1898 during the Spanish American War. The sense of duty the Marines assume here is felt throughout the unit; many Marines share Poseys feelings about serving in GTMO. Marines have been here for a long time and Medal of Honor recipients have served here, said Marine Sgt. Anthony Hager, sergeant of the guard and platoon guide for MCSFCO. Hager holds an important billet within MCSFCO, not only as the platoon guide, but as the sergeant of the guard, a billet he shares with one other sergeant. His responsibilities include ensuring all Marines who stand guard know their areas of responsibility, checking the fence line to make sure there is no damage or signs of tampering and keeping the corporals of the guard informed. To maintain such order, schedules are kept which allow information to be passed throughout the chain of command. Everything is scheduled, Hager said. The Marines are allotted time for hygiene, food and rest within their schedules. MCSFCO is a highly organized and well-functioning machine that consists of few moving parts. They have four separate security standing posts at one of the many Marine observation posts to acting as the quick reaction force. Preparing for such a demanding job requires extensive training. You have to sign up for this job before boot camp, said Marine Pvt. Caleb McNutt, a post stander for MCSFCO. Once Marines complete boot camp, security force hopefuls head to the School of Infantry for training on standard infantry tactics and then to Basic Security Guard school to receive training on the security guard techniques. Training never ends. There are constant refresher courses that MCSFCO runs, as well as drills to keep the Marines on their toes. Base security is vital, said Posey. A threat is still very prevalent. Due to this fact, the Marines of MCSFCO remain vigilant and alert long after the population of Guantanamo Bay calls it a night and retires to their beds. MCSFCO is truly a necessity to GTMO for the safety and well-being of each and every one of us. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Nate Swanger surveys his area of responsibility. JTF Guantanamo photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr. Marines inspect their gear and count ammunition after coming off duty, Aug. 16. JTF Guantanamo photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr.
Julia RobertsEAT PRAY LOVE Movie ReviewFRIDAY, AUG. 20, 2010 | MOVIE REVIE W THE WIRE | PAGE 5 Army Sgt. Tiffany Addair JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs_______________________________Based on Elizabeth Gilberts best-selling 2006 book, Eat Pray Love details a year in which, after a messy divorce, Liz (Julia Roberts) travels needed balance in her life. Eat Pray Love opens in New York City with Liz realizing her life is falling apart. She also realizes that even though she is comfortable in the life she has built, she does not want to be married to her husband (Billy Cruduop) anymore. After her failed marriage, she shacks up with David (James Franco), a young actor who folds her delicates and makes her laugh, but cannot do anything more than function as a band-aid in her life. She will spend four months in Italy studying Italian and eating; four in India, under the guidance of a guru; and four in Indonesia, where on an earlier trip, she befriended a ninth-generation medicine man who invited her to come back and help him improve his English. Liz sets out on a journey of discovery, which the title summarizes well. She eats her way through Italy, prays at an ashram in India and In Italy, Liz celebrates indulgence and joy, and does not care if the pizza, spaghetti or wine makes her gain a few pounds. The India section from Texas (Richard Jenkins) gives Liz bumper sticker-style advice with a brashness she cannot ignore. Eventually, Liz moves on to her third stop, in beautiful Bali, where an ancient medicine man helps with her spiritual journey. Here she meets Filipe (Javier Bardem) and his charm and broken heart coerce her to enter into another relationship. Eat Pray Love is charming and inspirational. It does not have quite the impact of the book, but the performances and scenery allow you to forgive the shortcomings of the movie. Julia Roberts is back with her best role since Erin Brockovich. Roberts has captivated audiences before with Pretty Woman and numerous other movies, but with Eat Pray Love, she is able to convey her serious side. When she breaks down over the confusion of her life, she makes the pain real. She has an indescribable knack to win you over and comes through with The story is told from a female perspective and the main characters desire to escape from labels balance in life and love again, without losing her identity, makes this one of the best movies of the year. Eat Pray Love is about a middle-aged that she is all grown up. Audiences will be glad to accompany her on the road to self-discovery. This is a movie that is beautiful to look at and will leave you with some food for thought, as well.
Center SpreadExternal SecurityThe First Line of DefensePAGE 6 | THE WIREFRIDAY, AUG. 20, 2010 THE WIRE | PAGE 7Soldiers with the Rhode Island National Guards 115th Military Police Company are responsible for Joint Task Force Guantanamos external security. MPs assigned to Roosevelt Gate. These dedicated Soldiers man their post to maintain the security of JTF. The 115th is here on a year-long deploymentJTF Guantanamo photos by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth
Feature 1 NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION || FRIDAY, AUG. 20, 2010 PAGE 8 | THE WIRE Triple C Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs__________________________________________There is not much choice of places to eat or shop at Guantanamo Bay, which means base residents, including Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers, have to go without some of the comforts they are used to. cream. Located beside the Bayview and Tiki Bar, Guantanamos hot spots for dining and night life, Caribbean Coffee and Cream, or Triple C, provides base residents good ol Caribbean coffee and cream well, it is actually proudly brewed Starbucks coffee and regular American ice cream, but one Trooper does not seem to mind. I love ice cream, said Navy Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Megan Rascoe. While day. there is memorizing the ingredients to all the different drinks and specialty ice creams. have the same base, but its the little things that take time to learn. It may look easy, but using the blender and espresso machine properly takes training. Boasting the best variety of ice cream and coffee within the worlds largest gated community, the Triple C does more than just provide residents tasty treats, it also hosts one of GTMOs coveted Wi-Fi hotspots. Its usually packed in here, said a Navy Joint Medical Group physician while updating software on his laptop in the early afternoon the down time between the lunch and dinner crowds. Ive come in for coffee before and seen people on their laptops so I thought Id give it a try, he said. I admit its nice being able to get on the computer in an air conditioned space and enjoy my coffee at the same time. Not only does the Triple C provide coffee, ice cream and Wi-Fi to its customers, it also provides job opportunities for students attending W.T. Sampson High School. Leah Williams, who will be a junior when school starts, says she enjoys working there. Its a lot of fun, Williams said. This is my second year working here and its awesome to be able to show the new people how to make the drinks and different sundaes and milkshakes. The summer hire program is a good program and Im glad to be a part of it. The summer hire program the Triple C and other businesses in GTMO participate in is very important to base teenagers who do not have malls and multiplex theaters to work at, like they would in the states. Ice cream ranging from vanilla to rocky road, black coffee to chai lattes, free Wi-Fi and positive community involvement; the Triple C provides everyone from JTF Troopers to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay residents a break from the heat. Guantanamos restaurants and cannot decide what you want for desert, the Triple C has you covered. Leah Williams, a junior at W.T. Sampson High School, takes an ice cream order for a JTF Trooper, Aug 12. JTF Guantanamo photos by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington
Feature 2 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FRIDAY, AUG. 20, 2010 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION Freedom of Information Act Air Force Capt. Bryant O. Bair and Air Force Staff Sgt. Genniviv T. Herald ____________________________Without a doubt, Joint Task Force Guantanamo is a subject of much public interest. Whether it is for a college research paper or for CNNs latest news story, inquiring minds want to know what goes on in Guantanamo Bay. Many media members obtain information when they visit GTMO; however, it is through the Freedom of Information Act that many request information. What is FOIA and why do you need to know about it? FOIA was signed into law in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. It allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States government. We all maintain records and are stewards of records within our organizations. Records can be your organizations Standard Operating Procedures, work e-mails, or a form used daily for standard procedures. All of these can be requested through FOIA, and by law, we are required to produce the records. and highly sensitive and I do not have to provide those documents, you say? Wrong. By law the government, including any organization in JTFGTMO, is required to produce any documents requested through FOIA. No need to be alarmed, though: there is a formal process for a FOIA request. Although we are required to produce the requested documents, there are nine exemptions and three exclusions that prevent the disclosure of sensitive information. For instance, any intelligence activities, including sources, methods and approaches are redacted from that document. There are several FOIA and unbeknownst to some, there is a FOIA requests pertaining to JTF-GTMO. How does JTF-GTMOs FOIA process work? Anyone can submit a FOIA request media agencies, attorneys and even foreign citizens. This request must specify what types of documents the requestor wants. The life of a FOIA request from a media outlet for GTMO information is as follows: 1) The request is typically submitted forwarded to the JTF-GTMO Staff Judge 2) The request is reviewed and forwarded to the appropriate organizations within JTF-GTMO, such as the Joint Detention Group, Joint Intelligence Group, etc. 3) The organizations FOIA representative either searches the records or tasks others within the organization to search for records that relate to the particular request. 4) Once records are found that match the request, they must then be released to the requestor unless, one of the exemptions or exclusions applies. 5) Before release, the unit FOIA representative reviews every document and redacts (securely covers) any information privacy or threaten operational security. 6) After the unit FOIA representative has reviewed the documents, they are forwarded to the JTF-GTMO SJA FOIA 7) The documents are then forwarded to United States Southern Command and DoD for an additional two levels of review. By statute, the entire FOIA process must be completed in 20 days. Should this timeline not be met, the case may result in a lawsuit. It is a given highly sensitive and that we have a tendency to refrain from providing information to anyone who does not work within our work section. In fact, it is usually a kneejerk reaction to think that we cannot release GTMO documents; however, every request has to be processed to make a release decision. So again, you wonder why does this apply to you? Because as individual Troopers our responsibility is to maintain any records in our control in an orderly manner and to promptly respond to search requests from our unit FOIA representatives. You can be will be thoroughly reviewed and the appropriate balance will be struck between security and openness.
Stand Alone/Boots on Ground FRIDAY, AUG. 20, 2010 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE THE WIRE | PAGE 10Boots on the GroundWhat other branch of military would you join and why?by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr.Army Spc. Sierra Krukowski Air Force Maj. Kenneth Brown The Irish Special Forces, because of their awesome traditional weapons system, which includes the slingshot. The Coast Guard, because there would be a good chance to not be displaced too far from home. I would stay Navy. We have the best homeports and deployment stations, hands down. The Air Force, because they seem to take care of their people the best. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Arthur Manning Navy Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Terry AlexanderCapitalizing on a joint environmentCapstone program participants tour Camp Delta, Aug. 13. Capstone is a joint service professional military education course for newly promoted brigadier generals and rear admirals serving in the United States military. The course ensures senior military leaders understand how military forces and other elements of national power are integrated and used to support national military strategies, and how joint, interagency and multinational operations support strategic national objectives. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth
Chaplains PageLI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, AUG. 20, 2010 PAGE 11 | THE WIRE GTMO Religious ServicesDaily Catholic Mass Mon. 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. 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 Church of Christ Sunday 10 a.m. Chapel Annex Room 17 Air Force Maj. Kenneth D. Brown JTF Guantanamo Deputy Command Chaplain___________________________________________Hurry up and wait. Processing Station in New Orleans for my Air Force entrance physical. I was told to show up no later than 5:30 a.m. I arrived at 5 a.m. and took my place in a large waiting room. 5:30 a.m. passed, then 6 a.m. Soon it became apparent that I would be waiting quite a while. As the day passed I found myself with a handful of other applicants undergoing various short examinations at 30 minute intervals. Though I spent only a small amount of time with the doctors, my presence was required, so that I could receive medical clearance to join the military. Sometimes in our lives it is necessary to spend a long time waiting for certain events. Our mere presence may in itself be important. For all the intensity of combat, much of the time on silence. In fact, sometimes the mere presence of Soldiers in their assigned location can satisfy a military objective. The and civil strife. Waiting serves as a spiritual discipline as well. To be still and wait runs contrary to contemporary thinking. Many people want action and become restless when they sense a lack of activity in their surroundings. But God does His greatest work in us when we are still and listen to His voice. In the Scriptures, some of the most important encounters occurred in Egypt, but in the desert wilderness. When Elijah stood on Mt. the Bible tells us that the LORD was not in the wind storm earthquake. He was found in the silence that followed. We also read in the New Testament that Jesus spent 40 days alone in prayer prior to commencing his earthly ministry, and frequently went away for the night to engage in prayer. Times of waiting and silence allow us an opportunity to prepare our hearts and minds for service to God. Such preparation is an indispensable component of our spiritual to grow spiritually. The quiet time develops maturity and character. Soldiers can not afford to wait until actual battle to learn the skills necessary to emerge victorious. They must incorporate training and preparation into their routine. Similarly, one cannot expect to magically react with spiritual incorporated into our lifestyle. Allow yourself the time needed to spend with God to nurture your spiritual health. You will be richly rewarded for doing so.
AJTF AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, AUG. 20, 2010 Around the Heather Ross (right) throws her Frisbee toward a marker while Lisa Bracken (left) waits to throw her Frisbee during the Frisbee golf tournament, Aug.14. JTF Guantanamo photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr. Christian Blackwood, a technician at the BREMCOR warehouse, pressure washes the underside of a vehicle while Army Spc. Keith Chambers, supervisor Leon McPherson and Army Staff Sgt. Louin Chung look on, Aug. 16. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Juanita Philip Air Force Staff Sgt. Charles Glover, a structures craftsman with the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron, applies water sealant to a structure at Camp Justice, Aug. 17. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua R. Nistas