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Cover Volume 11, Issue 33 Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 DRMO Managing JTF assets Hurricane preparedness Are you ready? THE A JTF Journal
Trooper to Trooper PAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, SE PT. 24, 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: Army Staff Sgt. Shereen Grouby: 3499 Assistant Editor, Photojournalist: Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington: 3594 Photojournalists: Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth Army Spc. Juanita Philip Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas 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 Sgt. Melinda Gibson, J6 warehouse NCOIC, and Rene De Vera, warehouse man, record asset numbers for equipment scheduled for turn-in to the Defense JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Juanita Philip BACK COVER:Runners make their way along part of the Cuban/ American fenceline, Sept. 17. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Tech Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth 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 ___________________________________An Air Force Chief Master Sergeant told me something years ago that may not have made much sense to me as a young Airman, but has helped me immensely in my leadership positions. He It doesnt just mean let your young troops go in front at the chow line; it means take care of your young Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen. Too often Ive heard people say their troops are dumb and lazy and they cant seem to learn the tasks. If thats the case, its usually our fault as leaders. Some people in your unit are going to be superstars, some are going to catch on a little slower and some are going to need a little more motivation motivates them and use it to get them to perform at a higher level. Everybody wants to do a good job; they just need direction. We are teachers, we are advisors and we are mentors. The performance of your troops is dont take good care of your troops, they will rarely take good care of the mission. Some of the older leaders may remember be interesting or prestigious duty, temporary duty to a great location, or recognition from just thank you for doing a good job; they were motivators for us to perform at a higher level. today as they used to be. People seem to be too busy with their daily operations to give proper recognition to their troops. When this happens, we all need to step back and realize that our troops are part of our daily operations and we need to take care of them as well. Recognition doesnt require a quarterly award package; recognition can be a letter from the commander or senior enlisted person. Recognition can be as simple as thanking someone for their hard work. Take a look at your young troops. They are technologically more advanced than us older folks to say they arent dedicated they all joined the military during war time. They all have a fresh set of eyes on what we do to accomplish the mission and ideas to do things better; you dont improve without change. Get to know your troops, take care of them and remember: your young troops go through Through the chow line
Mission 1FRIDAY, SE PT. 24, 2010 | MI SS IONTHE WIRE | PAGE 3Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Wesley Kreiss JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs ____________________________Every year most Caribbean Islands are battered and soaked by the wind and water forced upon them during hurricane season. While those at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba are fortunate enough to have natural barriers surrounding the bay, which protect them from the brunt of most storms, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers, and everyone stationed at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, should be prepared in case the worst should occur. According to studies by the Naval Research Laboratory, the geographic location of the Guantanamo Bay area and surrounding terrain give the area some protection from both high winds and stormy seas, but this protection is limited. It is the responsibility of all Troopers to be prepared for disasters. Familiarization with base policy and procedures is key for this preparation. JTF Troopers should also identify the Unit Warden and Mayor of their housing area. Unit Wardens will be a senior unit representative, in a given area, responsible for keeping unit accountability in the housing area and report that number to the Mayor. While it has been many years since a to base infrastructure, residents should not delude themselves with the belief that the base is invincible. All it takes is one storm with the right set of conditions to break the streak. Not being properly prepared can be deadly. We are not likely to be hit since geography works in our favor, but it is still Naval Station Guantanamo Bay annually, is the bases destructive weather plan. It outlines procedures and measures to be followed to reduce the effects of destructive weather impacting the base. Five Conditions of Readiness (COR) exist for various stages of weather: COR 5 or greater are expected within 72 hours. To notify its residents, NAVSTA has a siren warning system. The siren system is tested each Wednesday at noon to ensure the equipment is functioning. During destructive or threatening weather, sirens will notify the base of changes to CORs. on NAVSTAs established CORs. The base remains at COR 5 during hurricane season, which runs from July through November. Peak season is August through September. Troopers need to know where their designated destructive weather shelter is and have a supply kit on hand with enough food, water and essential sure they have enough fuel in their vehicles in the event fuel stations close. time and know personnel accountability procedures, according to Langer. Gathering those necessary items before you need them and becoming familiar with your responsibilities can offer some peace of mind. all galleys and fuel stations will close. All usage will cease, and all personnel who will be directed to report to their assigned hurricane shelters when sirens are sounded. Once there, they will remain inside until JTF Headquarters, Headquarters, company commander, and a U.S. Virgin Islands resident, is no stranger to preparing for hurricanes. I make sure I have one months supply Murphy. She added that even as a seasoned hurricane veteran, one can never be too prepared. When a hurricane happens, its include: Paola Point, Deer Point, Marine Site, Camp America, Bay Hill, Tierra Key and Cuzco Barracks. Troopers in these housing areas should check with their chain of command to determine which emergency shelter they are assigned to. threat to personnel, ships, aircraft, installations and other resources. Adequate and timely weather warnings, coupled with prompt and effective action will minimize loss of life and property damage.
Mission 2MISSION | FRIDAY, SE PT. 24, 2010 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE Army Staff Sgt. Jahmel Leonard turned in for storage in preparation of the next DRMO visit, Sept. 20. JTF Guantanamo photo by Spc. Juanita PhilipArmy Spc. Juanita Philip JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs ____________________________The Defense Reutilization and Marketing at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay during DRMO representatives were on island within Joint Task Force Guantanamo, was three months, DRMO visits the island so that organizations have the opportunity to use their service. ducted inventories in preparation of DRMOs visit. Army Staff Sgt. Jahmel R. Leonard, the JTF Headquarters and Headquarters Company supply sergeant, was very busy various sections for which he acts as a supply sergeant. Prior to DRMO arriving on island, many of the sections were busy making sure that all the equipment to be turned in was in a ready state for DRMO. Every time DRMO is on island I have a Leonard holds hand receipts of supplies for (personnel) section to the JTF motor pool. Another section that has a lot of work to and warehouse manager, conducted an reviewed their lists and conducted inventories to ascertain what needed to be kept on island and what was to be turned in. was inventoried for all the sections that I If a section had no need for any particular item on their hand receipt, I removed the item from their charge and turned it over to another section that had a need for it. If it is not needed anymore, then I keep it in storage During this DRMO visit, Leonard of equipment, to include shredders, TVs, VCRs, converters, keyboards, cameras equipment. Some items were not able to be turned during this visit because they were not serviced by the appropriate sections. I have several central processing units, laptops and an external drive that were not turned in due to the hard drives not being removed or In order to have the hard drives removed or formatted, an Information Technology helpdesk. I also have several air conditioning units that were not turned in. They needed to be drained by BREMCOR technicians Leonard added. Leonard offered a helpful tip to ease the sometimes hectic process of inventory has to have their paperwork in order prior to Gibson also gave helpful hints from the It is important when DRMO is on ground said. Lots of times, they [items] are out of warranty and have been removed from the Furthermore, when [information technology] assets are to be turned in they must be cleared by the helpdesk for removal of hard drives and a determination of reissue conducted, both Gibson and Leonard are back to their daily tasks of managing their assets, purchasing items for their JTF sections and with any gains or losses of property until it Managing JTF assets
Movie ReviewFRIDAY, SE PT. 24, 2010 | MOVIE REVIE W THE WIRE | PAGE 5 PREDATORS Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs ____________________________ the movie wasted the next two hours of my life. Seriously, Adrien Brody won an Academy Award for his amazing portrayal and now he is starring, and I use that word lightly, in a movie that is a very poor adaptation of Richard Connells The Most The movie opens up with Royce (Brody) falling from the sky with a parachute that does not want to open. I wont lie, it is an awesome way to open a movie sadly, the rest of the movie does not live up to the he is not the only one who crashed into the jungle with no knowledge of how he got there. There are seven other people: smoking government agent Isabelle (Alice Braga), death row inmate Stans (Walton Goggins), Russian soldier Nikolai (Oleg Taktarov), Mexican thug Cuchillo (Danny Trejo), Yakuza thug Hanzo (Louis Ozawa Changchien), Sierra Leone soldier Mombasa (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali), and Dr. Edwin (Topher Grace). After trekking around the jungle for hunted by alien creatures. They spend the next hour and a half running from the creatures, with members of the group getting picked off along the way. I know at this point there is not an original plot left in Hollywood, but with the millions of dollars that went into this movie, you would like to think they would at least attempt to make the movie slightly interesting and not overly predictable and boring well you can think that all you want, but you would be horribly wrong. During all this running around, the crew shoots approximately a million bullets OK, perhaps that is exaggerating a bit, but it is close. This hailstorm of bullets does little in slowing down anything, but at some point one of the crew takes down a Predator with a few slashes of a sword a human and an alien has the potential to be awesome. While everyone expects things that current science says is not possible full of very basic things that just made no sense. There is nothing creative about this movie. The characters are boring, the story is boring and the cinematography is boring. While the characters are meant to be military and criminal geniuses, the tactics they employ are less effective than something a person would use playing a
Center Spread PAGE 6 | THE WIRE FRIDAY, SE PT. 24 2010 THE WIRE | PAGE 7 An Army C-23 Sherpa landed at Guantanamo Bay to receive the 786th Combat Sustainment Support Battalions equipment, Sept. 20. The 786th will soon be departing after a one-year tour of manning Joint Task Force Guantanamos Headquarters, Headquarters Command. JTF Guantanamo photos by Army Spc. Juanita Philip 786th CSSB Equipment Movement
Feature 1 NE WS & IN F OR M A T ION || FRIDAY, SE PT. 24, 2010 PAGE 8 | THE WIRE Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________________________There are many quirks that come with being in the military. Some things are inherently military, whether it is the service member slamming his coin on the bar in challenge, standing up at the movie theater while the National Anthem plays, or showing off a shadow to the service member. At Guantanamo Bay, the Camp Delta Flag Program run by the Force Guantanamo for this program have the distinction of being According to Army Master Sgt. Glen DeCecco, it feels good to have a keepsake to document his time at JTF Guantanamo. the commander and senior enlisted leader of the JDG will sign a C amp FLAG PROGRAM D elta said they have never had to turn down a request. DeCecco was full of praise for those involved in the program. The current JDG EA (executive assistant) does a fantastic recommended that you submit your request three days prior to the the JDG has received at any given time. Its not just Troopers and civilians stationed at JTF Guantanamo many organizations back in the States. Weve gotten requests from schools, Senators, VA groups and Porrett also wants to ensure everyone knows that they can submit a request, whether they are JTF Troopers, civilians, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay service members or civilians. To receive more information on the Camp Delta Flag Program, call the JDG PREDATORS
Feature 2 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FRIDAY, SE PT. 24, 2010 | NE WS & IN F OR M A T ION Hispanic-American to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics.National Hispanic Heritage Month Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs_____________________________________________The United States Armed Services have come a long way since also advanced socially. Today, men and women from a melting pot defend this nation. Throughout the year, the military recognizes how each has played their part in its history. This month begins Hispanic Heritage Month. This years Hispanic Heritage Month theme is Heritage, People of Hispanic heritage are some of those who have contributed a great deal to making America the military power it is today. In recognition of their efforts, President Lyndon Johnson President Ronald Reagan expanded the observance to cover Sept. Territory, Hernandez switched his allegiance to the United States and was eventually elected as a Delegate to the Seventeenth awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the synthesis of ribonucleic acid (RNA). Just under a decade later, receive the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discoveries involving subatomic particles. Alvarez, after receiving a personal offer from Robert Oppenheimer, eventually came to be one of the scientists involved with the Manhattan Project, the project conducted to develop the atomic bomb. Around the time Alvarez was working on the atomic bomb, Marines during the landings of Guadalcanal, Marshall Islands, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was awarded the Bronze Star with country during the Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis and the Americans have contributed to the very foundation of what the United States is today.
Stand Alone/Boots on Ground PAGE 10 | THE WIRE VOICE O F T HE FORCE | FRIDAY, SE PT. 24, Boots on the Groundby Army Spc. Juanita PhilipAir Force Capt. Renee Rivera Army Sgt. 1st Class David Peltier before, so why are we getting the nation straightened out, not putting so As long as you can save my country and doing your Navy Seaman Michael Vanfossen Coast Guard Chief David HougPuerto Rico transitions into JTF-GTMO transition of authority from the Rhode Island unit to the Puerto Rican unit, Sept. 20. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Nistas
Chaplains Page FRIDAY, SE PT. 24, 2010 | LI F E & SP IRI T THE WIRE | PAGE 11 GTMO Religious ServicesDaily Catholic Mass Main Chapel Vigil Mass Main Chapel Mass 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 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 Troopers Chapel The Truth Project Bible study Sunday 6 p.m. Troopers Chapel Protestant Worship Troopers Chapel Islamic Service 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 Major Kenneth Brown JTF Guantanamo Deputy Command Chaplain____________________________________________ No era in human history has seen such a proliferation of information as this present generation. Our technologically oriented society prizes the accumulation and processing of information as one of the most important skills for being productive. According determined by our level of production. It then follows that our value is determined by how well we assimilate information. But First of all, the Biblical idea of the worth of a person is not based upon any level of economic performance, but is rooted in the fact that each person is a creation of God, and all that God has created is good. Second, there is a failure to distinguish between It never reaches the heart. Knowledge is when the thoughts in view of the world, the information revolution results in misplaced priorities. C.S. Lewis writes, You cant get second things by putting Lewis did not write this in a vacuum. He wrote this in June War, death and tragedy tend to remind us that life is fragile and that one day we must all encounter death. We narrow the focus of life to those priorities which are most Jesus cause us to focus on exactly this. We spend so much time attempting to satisfy our desire for the second things of life we fail things right, we can never get the second things right, no matter how much effort we may exert in attempting to do so. things in life are. Jesus tells us that when we spend so much time on material matters we have misplaced our priorities. Once we seek the kingdom values which God desires us to have and place them in their proper place, the remaining matters will take care of themselves. We somehow fall into the trap of believing that unless we can make our faith acceptable to a world system, which rejects our beliefs and ideas, that our faith is incomplete. The truth is that shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might
AJTF AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, SE PT. 24, 2010 Around the (Right) A runner makes his way along part of the Cuban/American fenceline during a Marine Security Forces Company sponsored moonlight run, Sept. 17. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Tech Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth Joint Detention Group engineers receive backhoe equipment operation training, Sept. 16. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss (Top) A Soldier stands watch over a cell block occupied by JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua R. Nistas