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Cover Volume 11, Issue 36 Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 Supplying JTF Purchasing it all Dont be left behind Ordinary leave and AMC flights THE A JTF Journal
Trooper to Trooper The Concept of USPAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, OC T. 15, 2010 COVER:Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Assistant Fire JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss BACK COVER: Army Spc. Alex Lopez (back), a member of the B Co. 1/296th Infantry Regiment performs maintenance on a Humvee, Oct. 4. 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. Tamsen Reese: 9928 Deputy Director/ Operations Officer: Army Capt. Robert Settles: 9927, 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 Army Spc. Juanita Philip Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins Air ForceTech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil Army Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Borrero 525th Military Police Battalion__________________________________________We have all heard slogans or one-liners like, There is no I in team, One Team, One Fight and Teamwork is the key to success. Well how about, No one of US is as good as ALL of US or simply The Concept of US. What does it mean to you the Sailor, Airmen, Marine, Coast Guardsmen or Soldier when we talk about being a part of a team or how do we promote this concept of US? When the battalion commander and I meet with all the newly we talk about. The foundation of any strong organization rides on the shoulders of all its members understanding this simple concept. So lets start with a quick scenario. If any Trooper saw the any senior leader in their organization getting at a local establishment, would those actions represent US here at the JTF well? I suspect that we would all agree the answer would be a loud resounding NO. If that is so, then how do we ensure as a team that no one person within the JTF makes US look bad? This is the challenge leaders face everyday in getting the message out when we ask young Troopers to take care of and look out for one another. Perhaps it is as simple as engaged leaders enforcing standards and maintaining discipline. For the Soldiers in the 525th Military Police Battalion the acronym used is L-S-D meaning Leadership what I would like to share is that these three simple words are key. As a JTF, these three words can help the junior Trooper to the senior leader remain successful. In another scenario, lets take the junior Trooper who demonstrated leadership amongst his or her peers when he stopped them from doing something they all knew was wrong. That Trooper not only took charge of the situation but also enforced the standards outlined in policy, regulation or instruction and helped US all to maintain discipline within OUR ranks. Or that young NCO who goes over to the Tierra Kays or Cuzcos and leads those who live in that area to conduct a police call of the immediate area. Once again a Trooper demonstrated leadership, enforced a standard, and maintained discipline all the while taking care of you the Trooper and helping all of US, including the wider community. Or the Troopers who diligently coordinated, organized and executed the many volunteer events to better the community, again taking care of US. Or how about that Trooper who stands by his or her battle buddy after they identify their shipmate is just down and may need someone to talk to or may need to be escorted to JSMART. These are just a few examples of No one of US is as good as ALL of US. We take care of US by being engaged leaders, enforcing standards and maintaining discipline. So I encourage all Troopers to subscribe to the concept of US, by being an engaged leader, taking care of US, enforcing standards, helping US to maintain discipline and just being a positive impact on the entire JTF family. Remember no matter how good you think your leaders are, they can not be everywhere at every time so we need your help to make ALL of US just that much better. Everyone counts. Assist Protect Defend; Honor Bound to Defend Freedom; Vigilant Warriors. Vigilant Seven Out.
Mission 1Supplying Joint Task ForceFRIDAY, OC T. 15, 2010 | MISSIONTHE WIRE | PAGE 3 Army Spc. Juanita Philip JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs ____________________________When Joint Task Force Guantanamo staffers print multiple copies of a document, load ink into printers, stock up on pens and pencils, or even have a drink of the bottled water that is stocked in all JTF sections not much thought goes into how those supplies get to the supply cabinet, much less the island. are constantly on the go ordering, tracking, picking up and distributing supplies to ensure that JTF-GTMO operates smoothly on a day-to-day basis. maintains items that are commonly used and are not necessarily accountable items. We make legal government purchases for items and supplies, anything that is mission critical for each section under JTF, said Army Spc. Renee Thomas, the I purchase just about everything; supplies, and security materials, Thomas said, giving examples of some of the items that are requested from JTF sections. The She is responsible for purchases on behalf of JTF-GTMO, with a limit on her a month. agent works on behalf of the entire JTF and all its J codes, Thomas said. Thomas explained when a purchase pertinent information is there. Then the Anything greater than $3,000 also requires In the event that Thomas is not available, there is an alternate purchase agent. Sgt. 1st Class Olson Christian, the the operations and ensures things run smoothly, a challange for either of them. I am responsible for the day-to-day said. The biggest challenge of my job is when orders are not coming in a timely manner and the vendors cannot be contacted by phone or email, Thomas said. After the items are sorted and stored requested the items picks them up at the warehouse, Thomas said. Thomas is closing out old accounts and processing new purchase requests. The because I know what I am working with, Thomas said. year it is a little bit harder to determine our funds so it is harder to send off orders. ordering supplies for the day-to-day operation at JTF-GTMO. Army Spc. Renee Thomas, the J-4 transaction with vendor Marlon Prendergrast, a Navy Exchange employee, Oct. 13. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Juanita Philip.
Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs__________________________________________________________________________________________ mandatory for all service members, unless waived due to allergies, age or religion. Weve already taken care of the majority of the Joint Task Force, said Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Elliott, JTC non-commissioned it is very important to complete the mission of inoculating all Troopers. The vaccination is mandatory for a reason, said Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Edwin Albino, JTC acting leading chief petty the job done. MISSION | FRIDAY, OC T. 15, 2010 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Nickki Gowing receives an intranasal mist of the JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha DawkinsMission 2
Movie Review FRIDAY, OC T. 15, 2010 | MOVIE REVIE W THE WIRE | PAGE 5 Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs_________________________________There is only word to describe Scott Pilgrim vs. the World epic. Boasting a fresh directing style, amazing effects and great acting, this movie has it all. Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is your typical soft-voiced, geeky dude who plays bass in an aspiring rock band. While he doesnt seem to have that he is quite the ladies man I guess its the dorky emo boy charm or something. At a party he is confronted with the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). This meeting sets off a series of events involving a stalker ex-girlfriend and seven evil exes that can be described as nothing less than epic. Every scene in this movie reminds viewers of its comic book roots. The quick edits, the arcade game style effects and the crazy awesome clothes and hairstyles come together to create what is easily the most unique movie of the year. I have to focus more on the arcade game style effects. Most of the effects are something almost anyone can create on a mid-level effects program, but the way they are weaved together in this movie creates an effects tapestry of awesome. legendary than others, all of them leave nothing oh snap moments. There are movies that have realistic effects, but that is not the point with Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The epic fantasy feel of this movie is the main appeal. It is so off the wall awesome that you cant help but to love it. If this movie does not turn out to be a cult classic I will lose all faith in humanity. Scott Pilgrim DEFEATS the world
Center Spread PAGE 6 | THE WIRE FRIDAY, OC T. 15 2010 THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Fire Prevention Week Navy Mass Communication Specialists 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins and Wesley Kreiss
Feature 1 NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION || FRIDAY, OC T. 15, 2010 PAGE 8 | THE WIRE Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________________________Taking Leave? J-1, Trooper One Stop can help with the processing for all types of leave, including Rest and Recuperation (R&R) leave travel. All Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers are eligible to take R&R leave if stationed for a 365-day deployment. However, Troopers must schedule their leave after 30 days into their deployment or before 30 days of departure. A maximum of 17 days can be taken if eligible. According to Army Sgt. Jenelle Looby, do not have to take all 17 days at once, but the maximum number is still 17 days. granted in execution of a commands leave program chargeable to the service members leave account. All service members receive 2.5 days of ordinary leave per month. emergency situation (personal or family) that requires the service members presence. It is also chargeable to the service members leave account. where operational military considerations prevent the full use of ordinary annual leave. R&R programs are established in areas in connection with authorized R&R programs is chargeable to the service members leave account. Ordinary leave requires paperwork to be submitted seven calendar days prior to leave period and R&R leave requires 21 calendar days prior to the period. A late Leave Request Form memorandum can be obtained from J-1 if leave paperwork is submitted past required days. of the R&R program, Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Gardner, NCOIC of R&R programs. The current leave policy is Policy #1.5 Leave and Pass, dated Sept. 29, 2010. The leave policy references DOD Inst. 1327.06, AR 600-8-10, and several other regulations. Leave forms for Army (DA Form 31), Navy (NAVCOMPT Form 3065), Air Force (AF Form 988), Marines (NAVMC 3) and on the JTF-GTMO intranet. In addition, the Ordinary Late Leave Request form, Leave Routing Slip and Ordinary Leave Exception to Policy can also be found there. Summer and holiday season (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years) tend to be the busiest time for leave. Troopers need to plan accordingly if they wish to request leave during those times. So Troopers need to check the schedules periodically before their GTMO that can be viewed on the JTF Guantanamo intranet naval station roller link. Troopers that are thinking about taking leave should plan accordingly, use the correct forms and submit the request in the required calendar days with approval from your local chain of command. This will make your leave that much more enjoyable and stress free. Dont be left behind about leave Army Sgt. Jenelle Looby, nonleave and pass, updates the leave and schedules database, Oct. 1. JTF Guantanamo photos by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss
Feature 2personnel within the military with a venue to assist them in enhancing leadership skills and preparing them for promotion. We get together to hold events, raise money and volunteer around Guantanamo Bay, Davis said. The JSA also offers junior service members the ability to use the support of their peers during deployment. The JSA serves the community and other organizations. W.T. Sampson Elementary School, and the local Red Cross Organization to name a few, said Navy Yeoman 2nd Class Arnibba Williams, the president of the JSA. Weve also helped out with Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba, Hug-A-Hero and the militarys version of Toys for Tots, treasurer. Despite long hours and different schedules, the JSA members try to meet socially as well. We are not just all work and no play, Williams said. The JSA is also a social organization geared to promote camaraderie amongst the Armed Forces community. members to broaden their personal and professional networks while exchanging ideas, said Williams. It has also made me proud to be a senior junior Sailor when Ive had the opportunity to play a part in the advancement of a junior Sailors military career, she added. The members extend an invitation to all service members who want to know more about the association. If youre looking for a way to enhance your tour here, the JSA is the organization for you, Williams said. We are always looking for creative and exciting ideas for the JSA to participate in, support and host. Come join us in our meeting, and tell or bring a friend. The association meets every other Tuesday at OKellys Pub at THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FRIDAY, OC T. 15, 2010 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION Army Spc. Juanita Philip JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________________________While at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force Guantanamo, there are many ways personnel can get involved with the community. One way Joint Task Force Troopers can get involved is through volunteering with the Junior Servicemembers Association. The JSA is a serviceoriented organization that provides support to its members and gives back to the JTF-GTMO community. The JSA is for all service members Army, Air Force, Marines NAVSTA, JTF or [Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion]. According to Davis, the association provides support to junior Servicemembers Association discuss upcoming events and fundraisers during a bimonthly meeting. The JSA welcomes personnel from all branches, Aug. 24. JTF Guantanamo photos by Army Spc. Juanita Philip Burroughs (center), a member of the JSA, volunteers with wounded veterans during a recent Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba visit, Aug 28. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. HolzworthCommunity service, career enhancement
Stand Alone/Boots on Ground Boots on the Groundby Army Spc. Juanita PhilipMarine Cpl. Ammon Bogle Army Sgt. Jessica Sonson After I barbecue, I douse the charcoal with water. I turn off my curling iron I make sure that electrical appliances are plugged in, and water is not dripping on them. I smoke at the smoke pit, and I dont throw my cigarette out of the car. Navy Master-at-Arms Paul Joya Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason GardnerCat careArmy Sgt. Galvao Ardicio of U.S. Army South Atlantic District Veterinary Command, Guantanamo Bay Section, listens for breath sounds, respiration and pulse of Tiger, a Bengal. The veterinary clinics mission is to prevent zoonotic diseases of service members and civilians. Sept. 6 JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins. PAGE 10 | THE WIRE VOICE O F T HE FORCE | FRIDAY, OC T. 15, 2010
Chaplains Page 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 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 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 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 Purpose driven TroopersFRIDAY, OC T. 15, 2010 | LI F E & SP IRI T THE WIRE | PAGE 11Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel L. Figueroa JTF Guantanamo Command Chaplain____________________________________________Through the ages the million dollar question for most human beings on the planet has become, Why am I here? Am I simply taking up space and oxygen on this planet hurtling through space? Were we sent to GTMO without a purpose? Both questions are absurd and of course the answer is NO. Thomas Carlyle said, The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder, and yet it is easy to lose focus on our purpose when the deployment is on an island surrounded by beaches. and contributes to the big picture in the greater JTF mission then there is purpose, focus and intentionality. The daily routine may is to be honor bound in our collective humane care for dangerous men, and to keep them off the streets so they are not a threat to the United States and the rest of the world. For those who ask the question, Why bother? the answer lies There is a soap opera called The Days of Our Lives and the opening scene shows an hourglass and the announcer says, like the sands through an hourglass, so are the days of our lives. Psalm sands began dropping through the hourglass. You have also heard so as a chaplain I believe we must move along with the plan or the course-of-action God has laid out for our life and live each day In the movie based on a true story, Saving Private Ryan, Capt. John H. Miller, played by Tom Hanks, tells Pvt. Ryan in his dying breath, Earn this! At the end of the movie Pvt. Ryan visiting the grave of Capt. Miller says, I tried to live my life the best I could. Rick Warren in his book, The Purpose Driven Life says if you live a purpose driven life then this perspective will reduce your stress, simplify your decisions and increase your satisfaction. What each one of you contributes to the mission is important and your existence does matter. There is a purpose for your life. One of my favorite movies is the old black and white Its A Wonderful Life. The movie portrays a person who does not see a purpose for living but when he asks God for help an angel is sent to allow him to see how his actions throughout his life had a purpose and the positive impact of the sum total. Lets not just exist. Daily let us consult with The Creator for that purpose and live purpose driven honor bound lives.
AJTF AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, SE PT. 10, 2010 Army Sgt. Robert Smith (center left) and Army Sgt. Oscar Tovar (center right) assemble a .50-caliber machine gun during familiarization training, Oct. 6. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Senior Airman Gino Reyes Lt. Col. Christopher Wynder, 525th Military Police Battalion commander, congratulates newly promoted members of the 193rd Military Police Company, Oct. 4. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins Coast Guard Boatswains Mate 3rd Class Matthew Bufford, Maritime Safety and Security Team 91104 member provides security while on patrol, Oct. 4. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins Around the