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Cover Volume 11, Issue 34 Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 115th transfers authority PR provides external security Military Polices birthday 69 years of service THE A JTF Journal
Trooper to Trooper Army Master Sgt. Grant P. Henne J2 NCOIC________________________________Integrity is a value we look for in all of our Troopers and especially our leaders. Integrity is important to every member of every service and is the value that we speak of when we want to describe trustworthiness and responsible. what is right, legally and morally. It is being willing to do what is right even when no one is looking. It is our "moral compass" and inner voice. Its by having integrity that we are able to earn credit among our peers. We are judged by others during our whole career on whether we have the integrity to complete a mission or a task. Exhibiting integrity allows others to trust us to lead with the assurance that the job will be done and it will be done right. Integrity is like interest earned on a bank account. Every time we take on a job or responsibility and accomplish that task without a supervisor looking over our shoulder, then we have added interest to our integrity account. A Troopers personal integrity also reIts important all service members have a high degree of personal and professional integrity. This is because of the militarys tradition of making sure everyone within a unit can assume the responsibilities of the person placed above him; the mantle of leadership can fall on any one of us at any time. Its paramount all Troopers be able to feel and know they can trust their leaders to be responsible enough to make the right decisions that will ensure accomplish ment of the mission and the welfare of the troops they lead. As leaders, we look for that special Trooper who is willing to step forward and do the right thing. We also know that the per son who takes the moral high ground and follows his or her moral compass is not always the most popular person in the group. These Troopers need to be cultivated and mentored because they have chosen to make the right choice and show they have the integrity to do what is right. The biggest challenge to integrity is peer pressure. Sometimes fellow Troopers can put great pressure on each other. This may be illustrated when a job is done to mini unnecessary or risky shortcuts. A person with integrity will step forward and convince the others to do the right thing no matter how unpopular that may be. If you wish to be that go-to person, then I urge you to know your job and your Troopers, and always have the integrity to do what you have been entrusted to do and accept responsibility for your actions in everything you do. Integrity counts PAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, OC T. 1, 2010 COVER:Army 1st Sgt. Melvin Torres of B Co., 1/296th Infantry Regiment raises the Puerto Rican Sept. 20 JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua R. Nistas BACK COVER: 2nd Class Katie Embleton, Master-at-Arms, Sept. 27. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Senior Airman Gino Reyes 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. 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. Andrew Leonhard: 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: Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins Army Spc. Juanita Philip Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas Air Force Senior Airman Gino Reyes Contact us Editors Desk: 3499 or 3594 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3499 DSN: 660-3499 E-mail: email@example.com Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil
FRIDAY, OC T. 1, 2010 | MISSIONTHE WIRE | PAGE 3 Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs________________________________________________The Puerto Rico Army National Guards B Co. 1/296th Infantry Regiment relieved the Rhode Island Army National Guards 115th Military Police Battalion of its responsibility of providing external security to Joint Task Force Guantanamo during a transfer of authority ceremony, Sept. 22. Capt. Nicholas Pacheco, 115th MP Battalion commander, said he is proud of the job his Soldiers have done this past year. The accomplishments of the 115th are many, too long to list, Pacheco said. We believe that we have raised the bar for our mission and completed a number of different tasks to improve our readiness. Providing external security to JTF Guantanamo is a complex mission. and manning specialized security forces within the detention facilities. Capt. Roberto Dekony, B 1/296th commander, said he is proud to take on the mission the 115th has so diligently carried out the past year. Dekony, like Pacheco when he and his Soldiers began carrying out their We hope to accomplish new standards and raise the bar, Dekony said. I have no doubt that my Soldiers will accomplish that mission. We will keep supporting the Overseas Contingency Operations here, and enforce the SOPs [Standard Operating Procedures] and regulations at JTF Guantanamo. Until the last detainee is released or transferred, providing external security is critical to ensuring the safety of everyone within the gates of JTF Guantanamo. Dekony said he looks forward to providing this safety for the next year. New Troopers, same mission Army Capt. Roberto Dekony, B Co. 1/296th Infantry Regiment commander, stands in formation with his Soldiers for the transfer of authority between the 1/296th and the 115th Military Police Battalion, Sept. 22. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Juanita Philip Army Capt. Nicholas Pacheco, 115th Military Police Battalion commander, rolls the guidon signifying completion of their mission for JTF Guantanamo, Sept. 22. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Juanita PhilipMission 1
Mission 2MISSION | FRIDAY, OC T. 1, 2010 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE Army Staff Sgt. Shereen Grouby JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs ____________________________Birthdays and anniversaries are special occasions. The 525th Military Police Battalion celebrated the Military Police Corps Regiments 69th anniversary at Troopers Chapel, Sept. 24. Joint Detention Group Commander Col. Donnie Thomas offered his appreciation to the fellow military police in the audience. Thanks to all the great soldiers who are here they are a small token of MPs that we have. We have nearly 50,000 military police throughout the global war on terrorism, said Thomas. This birthday celebration is all about you and what you do for our military police corps to make it successful. You do a great job. The ceremony centered on the theme of this years anniversary, The Armys Triple Strand of Strength, Military Police Corps Regiment. The military polices triple strand is comprised of the military occupational specialties of 31B, Military Police; 31D, Criminal Investigations Special Agent; and 31E, Internment/Resettlement Specialist. These military occupational specialties were showcased during a slideshow. The photos presented military police of the past and present. It showed what military police are doing at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, offering insight to the challenges of being a military police here. It also showcased the JTF Guantanamo Army team who Competition. The grueling 12-event competition, held at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., started with 36 teams and by the second day was down to 22 teams. The three-day event included a road march, obstacle course, maintenance test, written exam and an oral board for the The miracle of this competition is that it stayed on focus with the triple strand. You would be inspired to watch soldiers after completing a 15-mile road march run out and cheer their peers in, said 525th Military Police Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Borrero. They honored the JTF and the JDG and individual warriors, Army wide. The Military Police Corps is one of the youngest branches of the United September 26, 1941. It can trace its lineage and history back to the American Revolution. This corps has participated in all current military operations within the last decade and is instrumental in operations here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. 69th MP Corps birthday (From left to right) Army Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Borrero, Pvt. Timothy Porter and Col. Donnie Thomas, Joint Detention Group commander, cut a cake to celebrate the 69th birthday of the Military Police Corps, Sept. 24 JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins. Army Col. Donnie Thomas, Joint Detention Group commander, speaks during the 69th Military Police Corps birthday celebration ceremony, Sept. 24 JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins.
Movie Review FRIDAY, OC T. 1, 2010 | MOVIE REVIE W THE WIRE | PAGE 5 Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs ____________________________The Other Guys is the perfect mix of old school cop movie and comedy sketch. If Lethal Weapon and Saturday Night Live got together, this movie would be their baby. Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) and arrogant peers. Gamble, a former accountant, is perfectly OK with sitting at his desk, but Hoitz wants to atone for a terrible past mistake and get out on the streets to become a hero. This movie is nuts. Any time Gamble and Hoitz situation that would be serious in any other movie, they do or say something completely off the wall that leaves you either laughing or shaking your head in disbelief. Early in the movie Hoitzs dark secret is revealed. It took him from being next in line to head the homicide department to sitting at a desk with an accountant for a partner. If a real cop had done what he did, a gang of crazy New Yorkers would have thrown him into the Hudson River with a cement block tied to his feet. It takes some ridiculous gun battles, homeless orgies and the meeting of Gambles gorgeous wife (Eva Mendez) for Gambles secret to come out, but reaction to Gambles wife continues to be a source of laughs throughout the movie. In typical alpha male attitude, he simply cannot comprehend how the geeky accountant married someone so attractive. The relationship between Gamble and his wife also continues to be a great source of comedy throughout the movie. movie reviews is the temptation to say too much. As Im writing this I keep picturing and hearing funny scenes and quotes that I want to type, because they are hilarious. Quotes like Im like a Viagra pill with a face! and Ay, ay, ay, if I want to hear you talk I will shove my arm up your [butt] and work your mouth like a puppet. will keep you laughing from beginning to end. falls into the category of stupid-funny, the characters are interesting, the writing fresh, and the story, while slightly weak, keeps your attention through sheer ridiculousness. Its no Anchorman or Talladega Nights, but the Ferrall/Wahlberg team does not disappoint.
Center Spread PAGE 6 | THE WIRE FRIDAY, OC T. 1 2010 THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Transfer of Authority The Rhode Island Army National Guards 115th Military Police Battalion passed the responsibility of providing external security for Joint Task Force Guantanamo to the Puerto Rico Army National Guards B Co. 1/296th Infantry Regiment during a Transfer of Authority ceremony, Sept. 22. JTF Guantanamo photos by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins and Army Spc. Juanita Philip
Feature 1generally reaching 20-30 years-old; however, the lifespan has Resources National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries. because most people do not dive that deep, said Derek Fredrick from the NAVSTA scuba shop. He added, There are many varieties of conches at Guantanamo Bay. Conch are prized both for their edible meat and attractive shell. Conch shells are sometimes used as decorative planters and in cameo making. Some South American aboriginals used cylindrical conch beads as part of breastplates and other personal adornment. In some Caribbean countries, Queen Conch shells are occasionally used as a building material, either in place of bricks or as bulk for According to the NOAA Fisheries website, the Queen Conch is not listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), but is recognized under Annex II of the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife Protocol (SPAW) and appendix II of Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). MWR provides a link on the JTF-GTMO intranet to a Naval Station guide on marine life commonly seen in Guantananmo Bay. The guide includes limits on conches, size restrictions and prohibited marine life. So enjoy conch season for most of the year at Guantanamo Bay, but always be safe, know the regulations and NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION || FRIDAY, OC T. 1, 2010 PAGE 8 | THE WIRE The Queen Conch is a large, marine, gastropod mollusk. Mollusks (from the Latin word molluscus, meaning soft) are a phylum of invertebrates with more than 100,000 known species. It has a spiral-shaped shell with a glossy pink or orange interior. Conch season, what to know Wesley Kreiss JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________________________For many stationed at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, it gather seashells as a memento of their time spent at the beaches, and frequently that shell is a conch shell. But one must know the rules for acquiring such treasured shells. A conch (pronounced konk) is a common name which is applied to a number of different species of medium to large-sized mollusks or their shells, which generally are large and have a high spire and a siphoned canal. Conch season here is all year round except for three months: March, April and May. COMMNAVBASEGTMOINST 1710.10 is the base regulation regarding marine life, conches, shells and reefs at Guantanamo be imposed for removing immature conches from the ocean. The Queen Conch, also referred to as the pink conch, has a bright pink sheen on the smooth inside of its shell. The shell itself grows into a spiral design with protruding spikes. A Queen Conch can grow to be 12 inches long and weigh more than four pounds. Nine-inch conch usually show maturity. Maturity means it had a chance to reproduce, thus replenishing the population. Conch season was setup to let the Queen Conch breed. When they are three-and-a-half to four-years-old, they will go into
GTMO Ink tattoos TroopersFeature 2 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FRIDAY, OC T. 1, 2010 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION Army Spc. Juanita Philip JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs___________________________________One of the many good things about serving overseas or even at stateside locations in the military, is the local art scene. Service members sample the regions style by sometimes getting tattoos at the port of call or installation at which they are stationed. At Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, the base, so entertainment or art have to come here. Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsored GTMO Ink. Tyler, Rich, Guapo, Dee, Miho, Shoe and Kevin, are a group of tattoo artists from Massachusetts and Colorado who get together once a year to provide tattoos to residents at Guantanamo Bay. The group has traveled to GTMO for seven years to tattoo personnel here. MWR has a contract with the tattoo artists to provide services here at GTMO through Oct. 1, said Amiee Mac Donnell, the MWR community activities director. Tyler Green and his brother, Rich, have become regular visitors to Guantanamo Bay. They provide their unique services to Troopers at GTMO in the hopes their services help relieve the stresses of service members jobs. The tattoo artists arrived on island Sept. 19, and thus far have been working 15-hour days to accommodate as many customers as possible. We have 12 working days on island, Green said. We start at 9 a.m. and work continuously to midnight. Its tough but its what I can do to say thanks. Many of the JTF-GTMO service members visited the tattoo artists to have mementos of their time here permanently inked on their skin. of Military Commissions as a court reporter, visited GTMO Ink before leaving the island for another assignment. I wanted something from Guantanamo Bay that I could keep forever, she said. The group is contracted to provide tattoos that meet Department of Defense military grooming standards. An excerpted copy of the grooming where the services are performed. I am very thorough about following the regulations. Im briefed down here I was given a two-inch book to read, and I was only on island condensed to one or two pages for every branch, and we keep a copy on-site all the time. Tattoos are regulated in the military; here are some examples of the following regulations: Naval Administrative Message 110/06 stipulates that any tattoo/body art/brand that is obscene, sexually explicit or advocates discrimination of any sort is prohibited. Administrative separation could result for personnel disregarding this guidance. Army Regulation 670-1, Paragraph 1-8, section e, states that tattoos or brands on the head, face and neck are prohibited, as well as any indecent, racial extremism and ethnic hatred designs. This list is very extensive and for the other services can be found at Air Force Instruction 36-2903 and Marine Administrative Message 29/10. Green went on to say that many times he unfortunately has to say no to a lot of people who come with tattoo ideas that he feels will cause a problem with regards to the regulations. allow this to happen, I dont want to disrespect anybody or prohibit someone from doing their job. (Below) To keep his tattoo dry and clean for 24 hours, Intelligence Group, gets his tattoo wrapped in plastic wrap by GTMO Ink tattoo artist, Dee, Sept. 23. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Juanita Philip Army Pvt. Tim Passet, a guard with the 189th Military Police Company, gets inked by tattoo artist Guapo, while his friend, Army Pfc. Andy Bestor, also a guard with the 189th MP Co. lends moral support, Sept. 23. JTF Guantanamo photos by Army Spc. Juanita Philip
Stand Alone/Boots on Ground VOICE O F T HE FORCE | FRIDAY, OC T. 1, 2010 PAGE 10 | THE WIREBoots on the GroundWhat is your favorite form of entertainment or activity here at GTMO?by Army Spc. Juanita PhilipNavy Information Technician 2nd Class Stephanie Blakovick Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Al Gonzales The movies. They always have all the new ones and at different times, so I can see them all. Boating, snorkeling and preparing home-cooked meals all weekend long. I do it all. Sports programs it is a build camaraderie, and its healthy competition. Playing sports and deejaying because of the competitiveness, and to see people enjoy themselves and de-stress. Army Sgt. Keith Chambers Coast Guard Cmdr. Adrian WestKeeping well stockedArmy Sgt. Joyce Richardson of the Joint Visitors Bureau, and Army Spc. Lindon Dagou of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Command Element, stock cases of water in the JVBs storage container. The water is used during distinguished visitor tours of JTF Guantanamo facilities, Sept. 24. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Juanita Philip
Chaplains Page FRIDAY, OC T. 1, 2010 | LI F E & SP IRI TTHE WIRE | PAGE 11 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 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 Army Capt. Eric Bey 525th JDG Battalion Chaplain____________________________________________Lately I am hearing a lot about the Total Soldier Concept, which includes family, emotional, physical, social and spiritual aspects. Since the birth of our great nation, we have recognized that we are spiritual beings. The need for spiritual expression and growth is essential, yet we neglect it from time to time. I wondered why that might be. Perhaps it is personal prejudices against religion in general. tenants for each individual faith group, or perhaps it is a simple matter of time restraints. I would venture to say that because we have neglected the spiritual element of the human condition, we are where we are today. In the United States a growing number have thrown the sanctity of human life to the wind without regard to any consequences. Suicidal ideations and attempts are at alarming rates, addiction to technology and keeping up with the Jones are causing people to live beyond their means. Personal debt is spiraling out of control, promiscuity, pornography, violent crime, drug addiction, and alcoholism are also growing problems. It seems that justice can be bought. The number of good role models and heroes seems to be dwindling. Things are getting worse, not better. Have we allowed those who have no fear of God to ravage our nation? Throughout history, when nations have awakened from their sleep and turned to God in their despair and disrepair and said, enough is enough, God has granted them revival and blessing. Let us once again become the shining beacon of hope to a lost and dying world. In order to address the whole person concept the spiritual must not be ignored! Take time to reacquaint yourself with God, read the Bible, attend a worship service and let your voice be heard about the social, moral and ethical problems of the day and I will see you on the high ground!
AJTF AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, SE PT. 10, 2010 Tats for Troopers GTMO Ink tattoo artist Rich Green inks Navy Master-atArms 2nd Class Katie Embleton, Sept. 27. GTMO Ink comes to Guantanamo Bay annually to provide Naval Station Guantanamo Bay residents and Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers the opportunity to get tattoos. JTF Guantanamo photos by Air Force Senior Airman Gino Reyes AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, OC T. 1, 2010