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Cover Volume 11, Issue 30 Friday, Sept. 3, 2010THE JTC Dental Services One smile at a time SUDS Volunteers help Wounded Warriors s THE A JTF Journal
Trooper to Trooper MentorshipPAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, SE PT. 3, 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. Cmdr.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:Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard Adcook, the Joint Task JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Juanita Philip. BACK COVER: Soldiers deployed to Joint Task Force Guantanamo with the 525th Military Police 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. Judy Clarke JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs________________________________________ According to leadership and mentoring guides, mentorship refers to a personal developmenta l relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The receiver of mentorship was traditionally referred to as a protg or apprentic e, but with the institutionalization of mentoring, the more neutral word mentee was invented and is widely used today. to choose a mentor. Mentors may be chosen by mentees based on a myriad of reasons. It may be religious beliefs or they may simply work in the same professional environment. Mentors create and inspire new leaders by instilling faith in their current abilities. They develop and teach the leadership skills which help mentees realize their future potential. A responsible mentor also provides guidance that supports the mentees career goals, ensuring that success is based upon the accomplishment of the mission and not just personal desires. Mentors can be trusted to foster a positive working environment by helping Troopers understand their individual roles, as well as the importance of team effectiveness. Some mentors do not realize they are even being looked at as mentors, as they are often being viewed from a distance. That is why it is important that a posture of leadership by example is maintained at all times. A mentor comes with a wealth of knowledge, and experience and acts as a role model. Mentors, as the old clich goes, that have walked the walk, can actually talk the talk. Having this knowledge and experience makes it easer for the mentor and mentee to relate. A good mentor will be able to not only identify strengths, but the weaknesses of a potential leader. By identifying these critical areas, courses of action can be taken to affect A mentor is knowledgeable and focused on accomplishing the mission, yet understands that patience is a necessary virtue in a leader. With changing times and changing mindsets, change is something a mentee must go through. Change is an inevitable part of the process; therefore a certain level of patience is actions, events or missions. Mentors facilitate the very important role of preparing their mentees for upcoming windows of opportunity. Good mentors can provide a great foundation for future leaders, but it is important that we all understand that learning should be put ahead of competition. Although healthy competition is good, accomplishment of the mission is the purpose for which we serve. I know that all mentors are not chosen, but everyone plays an important role in affecting or not affecting change. Have you chosen a mentor? Who are you mentoring?
Mission 1perform surgery. The dentist will evaluate the patient patents name is added to a list of personnel said. When the endodontist is on island, which is about every three months, all service is suspended to accommodate the patients in need of the specialists services. follows a daily routine to ensure they can accommodate the most patients. In the mornings we conduct sick call. I also have on average three cleanings a day, and the dentist sees at least three patients in While many of the services offered are by appointment only, JTF personnel can walk in for dental exams. The dentist reviews the patients dental records to see if the x-rays are up to date and physically examines the patients teeth to determine the patients needs. Walk-ins are for sick call and exams, exam, they can just walk in. The dental clinic walk-in hours are from 7:30 to 10 a.m. every weekday except Thursday. Cleanings are from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is generally not long, so Troopers who need to see the dentist should not worry about spending a lot of time in the waiting room. It is rare that we are booked up. Last month, we had a company leaving and they wanted all the members to see the dentist. One situation that can hinder the staff from offering their services to the Troopers is if the patients dental records are not Troopers need to make sure to bring their records with them if they are not already on For those individuals that do not have records here, we may be able to only treat them for current problems that arise, like pain or infection, Adcook said. With a minimal staff to serve the more than 2,000 GTMO Troopers, Adcook and his staff show their commitment to healthy smiles and personnel. FRIDAY, SE PT. 3, 2010 | MI SS IONTHE WIRE | PAGE 3 preventive care, which includes yearly exams, cleanings, additional applications JTF personnel. While they take care of many things, there are some procedures that the clinics regular staff cannot perform, such as certain types of root canals. The teeth in the back have more than one root so the procedure can become For more complex procedures, like endodontics, a branch of dentistry that deals with diseases of the tooth pulp and the tissues surrounding the root of a tooth, Army Spc Juanita PhilipJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Service members at Joint Task Force Guantanamo do not have to travel far for the promise of a great smile. The Joint Trooper Clinic provides dental services such as canals and extractions to keep Troopers teeth healthy. If a servicemember is part of JTFGTMO, they will be seen here for dental clinic. The staff at the dental clinic offers One smile at a timeNavy Hospitalman 3rd Class Dominique Navarro, a prophylaxis technician at the dental clinic, cleans the teeth of Navy Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class Sekou Baraka of the Navy Expeditionary JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Juanita Philip
Mission 2MISSION | FRIDAY, SE PT. 3, 2010 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Maria BlanchardSoldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba visit GTMO Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs ____________________________Imagine yourself on patrol in Afghanistan explosions surround you. A loud blast goes off near your vehicle and the next thing ready to be medically evacuated to Walter Most of us wouldnt be thinking of scuba diving after this experience, but that is exactly what is waiting for them if they are willing. Wounded service members at Walter opportunity to heal both physically and mentally by learning scuba diving with Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba. SUDS teaches adaptive scuba to service members disabled in Operation Enduring who participate in physical therapy or occupational therapy programs. scuba instructor John Thompson for a four day dive excursion from Aug. 26. Thompson, the president of SUDS, has members since 2007. This continues to be the most rewarding project Ive ever been involved in, Thompson said. These men and women have amazing stories and are great Americans; all I want to do is give them back a sense of normalcy. Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal was defusing an Improvised Explosive Dec. 7, 2007, when a secondary IED leg was amputated, and he was medically Center where he underwent multiple surgeries before meeting Thompson during a physical therapy session at the Walter John was persistent about me learning how to scuba, and before I knew it, I was on my third trip with SUDS.See SUDS/6
Movie Review FRIDAY, SE PT. 3, 2010 | MOVIE REVIE W THE WIRE | PAGE 5 NOT SO lNavy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs_________________________I left The Expendables feeling like Id watched an hour and a half of amazing YouTube clips. The movie has no story to speak of, but the action is awesome. Viewers will leave the movie wondering what the heck just happened, but will also be screaming over one another to say which action scene is their favorite. The movie opens on board a ship in the Gulf of Aden that is being hijacked by Somali pirates. To save the poor shaking civilian sailors, in swoops an eclectic group of mercenaries, the Expendables. The team works well together in creating humorous rapport throughout the movie. The team takes down the pirates with ease, but friction is caused when Yang attempts to stop Jensen from hanging one obviously psychotic Jensen from killing cut Jensen due to his mental instability. organizer extraordinaire Mr. Church (Bruce hops on the chance to take more lives and rack up more property damage. conduct reconnaissance before sending the full team in to overthrow the brutal dictator Sandra, their contact for the mission, meets them and shows them around. The mission shady information that causes him to abort the mission. Getting off the island proves to be way back to their plane and then pull off some spectacular stunts, such as dropping fuel on a pier and setting it ablaze with a Once back stateside, Christmas goes to see his ex-girlfriend Lacy (Charisma is beating her. They drive to a basketball court where the guy and his friends are hits the guy in the chest with a basketball of hardcore manliness, Lacy decides the mystery surrounding Christmas is not so bad anymore. is facing his own woman issues. Even though he scrapped the mission in Vilena, he cannot stop thinking about Sandra. He oppressing her. He tries to do it on his own, as its now a personal issue for him, but the Expendables will not have any of it, so the gang gears up and heads out. Vilena round two goes pretty much the same as round one, with the only difference being the whole gang is there and more things go boom. The Expendables will not win an Oscar for best screenplay any time soon, but if there was a category for most original killing scenes or one for pretty sweet blade work, it would take those easily. The cast is full of talent, and the action reminds you of old school Segal or Van Damme. Even make fun of, subtly of course as to avoid him taking my life, did a good job in his role.
Center SpreadPAGE 6 | THE WIREFRIDAY, SE PT. 3, 2010 THE WIRE | PAGE 7SUDS from/4Diving from the secluded beaches at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay offers a unique look at some of the most pristine dive spots in the Caribbean. The diving is great, youre one-on-one with the volunteers who really know the dive spots, Popp said. The wounded warriors look forward to Guantanamo dive trips, Thompson said. We go on a bunch of trips throughout the year, but this is the trip everyone wants to come on, he said. The people here are so welcoming and helpful, the volunteers are incredible. Volunteers from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force Guantanamo were eager to help the wounded warriors. SUDS is an incredible cause these guys have given everything for this country so its nice to give a little back, said Air Force 1st Lt. Jessica Rapagnani of the Joint Task Force J-1 Directorate. The wounded warriors appreciate the support given to them by all the service members assigned to Guantanamo. I want to personally thank everyone here in Guantanamo. They dont get enough thanks for what they do. They have a tough mission and they have made it really easy for us to dive, said Army Maj. (Ret.) J.D. Greer. All the wounded warriors, who made the trip to Guantanamo dive for their own personal reasons and are very independent people who dont dwell on their disabilities. When you get in the water all of you disabilities go right out the window and Popp said. It is really soothing and really relaxing there are no worries when you are underwater. Army Maj. David Underwood shows perfect form as he enters the water from Phillips Dive Park Aug. 27. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth This is the most rewarding project Ive ever been involved in. -John Thompson (Top) Army Col. Linda Ross (left) and Air Force Capt. Bryant Bair (right) help Army Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Thomas Davis out from the water at Blue Beach and to his wheelchair Aug. 28. (Bottom left) Army Sgt. 1st Class John Borders, Air Force Tech. Sgt. (Ret.) Adam Popp and Army Maj. J.D. Greer check their scuba equipment before diving, Aug. 27. JTF Guantanamo photos by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth
Feature 1 NE WS & IN F OR M A T ION || FRIDAY, SE PT. 3, 2010 PAGE 8 | THE WIRE Muslim chaplain visits GTMO Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________________________ provided Muslim service members and civilians with counseling and religious services during his visit to Joint Task Force members who follow the teachings of Islam, with about 20 of those currently stationed at GTMO. I consider it an honor to be the one to come and hold services for was a base Islam lay leader and spent time helping base chaplains. crescent, the symbol of his faith, on his uniform. level credits, and the classes are very strenuous. His hard work to become one of only two Air Force Muslim chaplains, and one of only 11 in the entire U.S. military, is appreciated by those at GTMO who do not have regular access to an imam. Some people may be uncomfortable being open about their faith, especially in these times, said Zak, JTF-GTMO cultural advisor. Whenever the chaplain comes, it gives the message everyone has the right to practice their religion. The jumuah prayer is mandatory for all Muslim males above the age of puberty and takes place Friday shortly after noon. Those with legitimate reasons for missing jumuah are excused. Service members are a prime example of those who would be too busy to attend jumuah prayer. DoDD-1300.17, the militarys guidance on religious worship, states worship services, holy days and Sabbath observance should be accommodated, expect when precluded by military necessity. holy day is Friday. the camp guards, who spend many hours in the sun. Those fasting should make sure to properly hydrate once the sun goes down. living here, but also to those who have never had the chance to attend an Islamic service or receive information on the religion from one of its leaders. The most important thing we can do as humans is educate ourselves, Zak said. Education and respect will change the world. Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Sharior to service members and civilians JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington
Feature 2 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FRIDAY, SE PT. 3, 2010 | NE WS & IN F OR M A T IONReserve your voteMarine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr. JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________________________Deployment can happen at a moments notice for service members, and it is not uncommon to be deployed thousands of miles from home. reach. Absentee ballots are available to ease the voting process from abroad, including those here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Making your vote count is easy through the Federal Voting mass email which included a link to the site and a brief description of the services offered. are encouraged to exercise their right to vote. enough time for service members to receive their ballots. expedited ballot delivery and tracking beginning Sept. 1. This service is not limited to members of the uniformed services, but is also offered to family members who are also stationed abroad. while out of state. If you have not registered in your home state, it With many moving parts in this process, the possibility of mail not being delivered in a timely fashion depends on how far it has to travel. Oct. 2 and has not received it by then, he or she can use the Federal Write-In Ballot. This ballot acts as a back-up ballot. In order to be respective state no later than 30 days before the general election, not received a regular ballot and be absent for voting in their U.S. place of residence. Dwight D. Eisenhower once said The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter. Take advantage of this opportunity and cast the vote that may decide the an election.
Stand Alone/Boots on Ground MWR Guided Scenic Bike Rides FRIDAY, SE PT. 3, 2010 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE THE WIRE | PAGE 10Boots on the GroundWith the NFL season coming up, which team will you be rooting for? Why?by Army Spc. Juanita Philip Richard Jones Coast Guard Machinery Technician 2nd Class Julian Rossi Dallas Cowboys one of cheerleaders. I am from there. the way. my favorite team. Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle Reniere Army Spc. Will be able to view the museum To Cable, Girl Scout and Glass beaches To Windmill Beach
Chaplains Page LI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, SE PT. 3, 2010 PAGE 11 | THE WIRE GTMO Religious ServicesDaily Catholic Mass Main Chapel Vigil Mass Saturday 5 p.m. Main Chapel Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Main Chapel Catholic Mass Troopers Chapel Troopers Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Saturday 11 a.m. Room B Iglesia Ni Christo Sunday 5:30 a.m. Room A Pentecostal Gospel 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 Main Chapel Bible Study Troopers Chapel The Truth Project Bible study 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 Room D Church of Christ Sunday 10 a.m. Chapel Annex Room 17 Air Force Maj. Kenneth Brown JTF Deputy Command Chaplain_________________________In those daysevery man did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25 A noted broadcaster once stated, I have become convinced there is no one truth, nor two; there are often several truths. While such thinking might be acceptable when attempting to decide whether mountains are more beautiful than beaches, or whether chocolate or vanilla ice cream tastes better, this philosophy leads to the disturbing state of moral relativism. When truth is in the eyes of the beholder, society deteriorates into moral chaos where each individual chooses for himself what is right. In such instances restraint on the vices of society can only be attained through fear and intimidation of the powerful. When the nation of Israel followed this path in the Old Testament the result was lawlessness; period of decline known as the Dark Ages of Israel. Just as the laws of physics and mathematics do not become null and void because they are beyond our ability to comprehend, so should moral absolutes, regardless of our willingness to accept their existence. These truths are not the invention of religious fanatics seeking to impose theocracies on the public, but are Godgiven principles which govern human behavior. God expects us and commands us to do what is right. He does not offer this as an option, but as that which is necessary for a society to function orderly and decently, and for us individually to be happy and coexist with our neighbors. He has told you, O man, what is good. And what does the given to us by God. These should be viewed as nonnegotiable and serve as a foundation of our value systems. Good and evil are not esoteric concepts, but realities which shape human behavior. The best criteria to use, when struggling, with a decision is to ask yourself, What is the right thing to do? This always leads to the best result. Let us we strive to be good in all that we do and say. I sought for the greatness and ge nius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers and it was not there . in her fertile was not there . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce and it was not there . in her demo cratic Congress and her matchless Constitution and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of with righteousness, did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great. Unknown Doing the right thing
AJTF Volume 11, Issue 30 Friday, Sept. 3, 2010THE JTC Dental Services One smile at a time SUDS Volunteers help Wounded Warriors s THE A JTF Journal AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, SE PT. 3, 2010 Around the ( Left) Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Shairor Rahman talks JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth 525th Military Police Battalion, evaluates a simulated JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kellie Bliss