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Cover Volume 11, Issue 41 Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 MSST Transfer of Authority Miami replaces Galveston Paintball Turkey Shoot Take aim for Thanksgiving THE A JTF Journal
Trooper to TrooperRear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson Commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo ___________________________Its always somewhat surprising how quickly the holiday season sneaks up on us. Every year, right around this same time strangely enough, were suddenly staring at Thanksgiving and six weeks of festivity. Here in the Caribbean, we dont get clues like trees changing colors or dropping temperatures to remind us tis the season to be jolly. Instead, we see catchy AFN commercials promoting winter safety tips and big sales on electronics at the Exchange. Either way, ready or not, it all means were days away from too much food, countless command celebrations, and a parade of personal memories from yuletide past. Honestly, I cant imagine a more privileged place to spend this time than I have been continuously impressed by your spirit, sincerity and commitment to each other. This is a demanding mission around the clock and across the calendar one that doesnt stop because carols are playing on the radio or the ball is falling in Times Square. But I know that same contagious spirit and shared sense of duty youve shown every day will undoubtedly make the coming weeks both memorable and joyous for our team. Many of you have spent previous holidays away from home. While there is camaraderie and compassion that make the occasion equally distinctive . even in the midst of combat, sailing on a ship at sea, or standing tower watch over some remote outpost. It comes with the uniform; the indomitable idea that home is a state of mind and those around us are, really and truly, family. There will be a lot to do in Guantanamo. Starting with a traditional feast at the Seaside Galley on Nov. 25, through a holiday parade down Sherman Avenue, and concluding with live bands on New Years Eve, the community opens it arms to make the season special. The JTF is even starting choir practice soon rumor has it, singing ability is not required to go caroling; just a desire to make others smile. You all deserve wonderful holidays and the chance to celebrate not only the season but your successes. Please do so responsibly and safely. Most of us will sit through briefs on the potential pitfalls we face at this time of year and thats for good reason inevitably our armed forces will lose heroes during the holidays, not just in war zones but on highways after driving exhausted in poor weather or on main streets following a few too many drinks. Every member of this Joint Task Force is a precious commodity to our nation . so stay focused when your NCO is talking about how alcohol effects the brain or why stringing 25 sets of twinkling lights on a single frayed extension cord is bad business. We have a lot of resources to prevent accidents and to get people home without risking their lives or careers. Look out for each other just as you always do. Leaders always lead and friends keep friends from making bad decisions. Pay close attention to our junior troops and those that seem to be missing home to the point of prolonged sadness. You can make a huge difference in how they remember this time. I could not be prouder of each of you for the work you do here every day. You are inspiring and professional and resilient truly a blessing to your country, your service in the world. I am sincerely thankful for the opportunity to serve as your commander. Maria and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at events in the weeks ahead. Happy holidays Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Holiday GreetingsPAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010 COVER:Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Bryan E. Clampitt and Miami 91114 render salutes during the playing of the National Anthem at the transfer of authority, Nov. 12. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Juanita Philip BACK COVER: Nov. 10. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins 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 Photojournalists: Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss Army Spc. Juanita Philip Marine Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins 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
Mission 1FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010 | MISSIO NTHE WIRE | PAGE 3Army Spc. Juanita Philip JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs ____________________________Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Miami 91114 replaced Maritime Safety and Security Team Galveston, Texas, 91104 at Joint Task Force Guantanamo during a transfer of authority ceremony, Nov.12. As part of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, the MSST is not only responsible for securing the waterways, but also has a land-side security mission while military commissions are underway. the units accomplishments. My crews were able to consistently perform at a high level, said Coast Guard Lt. George Adams of MSST Galveston 91104. They responded to emergent situations, just as they had been trained to do, and they displayed exceptional the motivation to stay focused and best represent both the Coast Guard and its part of this war effort. The overall mission for the newly assigned Miami unit is to provide enhanced port safety and security, and law enforcement capabilities to the economic based. The incoming unit is excited about being a part of the JTF mission. Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Caitlin Quinn, explained the incoming units mission. Our mission is two-fold, support the waterside, which is the Maritime Security Detachment and augment the land-side security team for JTF commissions and the [Expeditionary Legal Complex] mission, Quinn said. We are looking forward to working alongside our partners from the Department of Defense and learning what the policies and procedures are, as well as sharing with them the Coast Guard side in regards to the Department of Homeland Security. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Bryan E. Clampitt, commander of MSST Miami 91114, acknowledged the transition from the Galveston unit to the Miami unit. Thank you very much for all your help, said Clampitt. To my staff and crew, continue to be good shipmates to one another, look out for each other on and off duty. We have to stay sharp especially through those long watches. the unit hopes to gain a new perspective on their partner agencies and the role they play in the JTF mission. In addition, they hope to educate others on the MSSTs other missions. We would also like to enlighten our partners to the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team mission and skill sets we possess, Quinn said. The Maritime Safety and Security Teams were created under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, and are a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Securitys layered strategy directed at protecting seaports and waterways. MSST Miami continues CGs mission transfers authority to Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Bryan Clampitt, from MSST Galveston 91104 to Miami 91114 at the end of the JTF Guantanamo photos by Navy Mass Communication 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins
Mission 2and things of that nature. Any legal issue that deals with the Uniform Code of Military Justice or adverse action such as Article 15s, for the Army, court-martial or Non-Judicial Punishment [NJP], for the Navy, is referred to the Legal We mainly give legal advice to Troopers who have a reading coming up. We advise them on what their rights are, what the process is going to be like and what theyre facing, Gordon-Tennant said. Sometimes the service member will come to us after they have had their Army Article 15 reading or their NJP. If their punishment is too unjust or disproportionate to the offense, we help draft appeal letters. the legal process of an Article 15. gets a chance to review his charge sheet. The Military Justice paralegal goes over the charge sheet with the member and also reads the member his or her Article 32 rights. At that point, the Soldier has the option of electing his right to speak with counsel. After the member has met with counsel, he or she will get his second reading, Alston said. At that reading the Military Justice paralegal again will go over the charge sheet and ask the member whether or not he or she wants to elect trial by court-martial or Non-Judicial Punishment or Article 15. recommends appointments, but Troopers can walk-in if there is a limit to time. We would prefer if the service member had a defense issue to make an appointment, they can just walk-in. Appointment or not, we will take them, Alston said. We dont want the Army Soldiers to think that were not here for them as well as any other branch of the military. Most military members who come into is very rewarding to be able to put a smile back on their face by answering their questions and letting them know about all of their options, she said that they are welcome to make appointments on the Naval Station side. They also offer help with any type of Servicemembers Civil Relief Act issue or court proceeding. services, Alston said. MISSION | FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010 PAGE 4 | THE WIREArmy Spc. Juanita Philip JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs__________________________________ Station Guantanamo Bay is very much like Force Guantanamo with one exception, it handles defense assistance. Every Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. the staff of two is at the Trooper One Stop, available to help JTF GTMO personnel. We provide legal assistance to service members, this includes active duty, reservists and retirees, said Navy Lt. Courtney Gordon-Tennant, the Naval Legal we are overseas were also allowed to provide service to Department of Defense civilians, and we can provide limited service to contractors as well. Navy Legal Man 2nd Class Sarah Kellyoffers. We are here [at JTF GTMO] mainly that provides defense assistance to the Naval Station, JTF GTMO and the Naval Hospital, Alston said. Many times Troopers who are facing a punishment are worried, they do not have help here. JTF GTMO Troopers, who are not in the Navy, may not be aware that the on the NAVSTA side. Regardless of the staff can help. Navy personnel know they can come to us for help in legal matters, because we received training to deal with issues from all branches, were well aware of how we can help the Troopers as well. We can do anything from notaries, bills of sale, last wills and testaments, powers of attorney, Navy Lt. Courtney Gordon-Tennant, Naval Navy Legal Man 2nd Class Sarah Kelly-Alston, Nov. 17. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Junaita Philip For more information call 4692 or Thursday, at Trooper One-Stop, 8116. For an emergency contact 84486.
Movie Review FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010 | MOVIE REVIE W THE WIRE | PAGE 5 Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr. JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________The Town takes place in Charlestown, the bank robbery capital of the world, which is a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. There is an air about this place throughout the entire movie that makes it seem as though you cannot escape this city. In Charlestown, crime is a way of life. Most families past down heirlooms or hand over businesses to run, but in Charlestown the path of wrongdoing is paved by the father and, followed faithfully, by their offspring. his role in Gigli, or his awesome performance in DareDevil. However, he plays his part pretty well in The Town. Doug, like his father, has embraced and excelled in the life of criminal activity. He and his gang have made a name for themselves by robbing numerous locations and venues around the Boston area and each job was a decent payday. During a robbery, the gang takes a female hostage, Claire Keesey (Rebecca her on the beach to walk until she feels the water between her toes. Cut to next scene. After a few more jobs, the gang comes to the attention of law enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation gets involved. The FBI investigation is lead by Special you may recognize as Donald Draper from the television series Mad Men. Frawley refuses to rest until he has apprehended those responsible for committing such crimes against the city of Boston. Meanwhile, MacRay is falling for Claire, who he meets at a Laundromat, after a little light stalking. Claire is completely oblivious to who MacRay is, what he has done to her or how he really earns a living. She believes his cover as a Fred Flintstonesque rock breaker. MacRay gets caught up in his feelings for her and decides he wants out. He is then forced into doing one more big job. The headline of this review should clue was surprised that they were even allowed to do it or even hint at it. The rest of the movie plays out like you would expect. However there are a few twists and turns you wouldnt expect. Baby Gone is critically acclaimed. Ben is a decent actor, but if he continues to direct movies like this, he could follow in the steps of Clint Eastwood. better movies during this horrible season of The Town it will be sure to entertain.
Center Spread PAGE 6 | THE WIREFRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010 THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Around the Navy Master at Arms 1st Class Arthur Stoddard is presented the Senior Trooper of the Quarter Award from Navy Rear Admiral Jeffrey Harbeson, Nov. 16. Troopers are nominated by their JTF organization each quarter to determine who the best JTF service member of that quarter is. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Senior Airman Gino Reyes Soldiers from the 525th Military Police Battalion Headquarters, battle focused physical training, Nov 9. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Capt. Jean Georges a Joint Intelligence Group (JIG) Christmas fundraiser, Nov. 12. Troopers paid money to throw pies in the faces of JIG leadership. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Senior Airman Gino Reyes A Cuban Boa leisurely slithers across the road at the Camp America tombstones, Nov. 10. The boa, which mainly come out at night, but sometimes come out during the day spanned a little over one lane of JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Capt. Jean Georges Members of the 525th Military Police Battalion Headquarters, Headquarters Company and other Troopers participated in a kickboxing session at the G.J. Dennich Gym, Nov. 10. The unit requested that morningss physical training. MWR instructors are available upon request. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Capt. Jean Georges
Feature 1 NE W S & INF OR M A T IO N || FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010 PAGE 8 | THE WIRE Army Sgt. Tiffany Addair JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________________________Troopers deployed to Joint Task Force Guantanamo and stationed at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay are gearing up for the holiday season. Usually the season is celebrated by getting together with family and friends to share in the spirit of the holiday. But what if you cannot be together for the holidays? At JTF Guantanamo, Troopers may not have the opportunity to be with immediate family and close friends, but they have their military family to lean on, and a very supportive base, which strives to provide the many comforts of home during this time of the year. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the majority of Troopers will celebrate the holiday here, while a few others will be able to make it home. Navy Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Daniel E. Rodriguez, with the Joint Intelligence Group, will be home for the holiday. This fellow Trooper is spending his Turkey Day back home reenlisting in a unique setting. Rodriguez debated whether or not to get out of the Navy, but decided to stay in after talking it over with his wife. Once he decided to stay in he wanted to do something out of the ordinary for his reenlistment ceremony. not try to reenlist near Thanksgiving in the one place that offers me a glimpse of home, no matter where Im at overseas, Rodriguez said. Rodriguez did some research and found out that Chip Kelly, University of Oregon head coach, participated in a United Service Organization tour previously. Rodriguez knew that Kelly was very Stadium, where the Oregon Ducks play football. I went online and found out that the University of Oregon has said. They were the only military branch at the university, so I decided to contact them. Army Capt. Darren McMahon was Rodriguezs main point of contact throughout the planning stages. Through him, Rodriguez was able to set up his reenlistment at the stadium. According to McMahon, having the reenlistment on game day I spoke with Lt. Col. Thomas Lingle, professor of military science at the University of Oregon, and he would be more than happy to read the oath, McMahon said. McMahon was very helpful from the beginning to make Rodriguezs reenlistment special. He even went one step further to keep in touch with Rodriguezs family in Oregon, and made special arrangements for his younger sister who is mentally disabled to attend. Wildcats for their last home game of the season, Rodriguez said. Seven out of the past 10 years Rodriguez has been either overseas or deployed for the holidays. Coming home for the holidays is a rare event, Rodriguez said. Every time I am home, holidays or not, its always special, but to be home for the holidays is amazing. For Thanksgiving I am giving thanks to everyone who is making my reenlistment 2006, I will be in the United States to celebrate it.For Thanksgiving I am giving my reenlistment possible -family, friends and the Army. Navy Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Daniel E. Rodriguez
Feature 2 available selection. A participant will be selected at random to begin each shoot and in their paintball gun hopper. Targets are placed at different stages, heights and locations throughout the range. Points are added with each successful paintball gun hit. The event is scheduled to be a single elimination tournament, but may change to a double elimination depending on the number of participants. The highest score wins the event. The main purpose of this event is to boost morale of the GTMO community, said Cory Geiger, the MWR Outdoor Recreation Director at GTMO. This event gets the service member or civilian to try something new. the turkey shoot at 9 a.m. Equipment rental fees will also be waived during the open play. Participants must register by Nov. 19. For more information on the MWR Paintball Turkey Shoot or any other MWR activity, call extension 2345. THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010 | NE W S & INF OR M A T IO N MWR Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs___________________________________________ the paintball range Nov. 20 at 8 a.m. The shoot offers Troopers an opportunity to build sharpshooter skills and enjoy the challenge of the game. There is no age limit and military and civilian players are welcome. The event is free, and everything is supplied, from the paintball guns to the safety equipment. safety, operation and techniques. The shootout is scheduled for one hour, but could take longer depending on the amount of participants. Main prizes include three Thanksgiving Day turkeys, paintball masks, pod packs, pods and paint balls. Prizes will be awarded to the person with the top score of each round. Then, the winning shooter of each round can pick their prize from the
Stand Alone/Boots on Ground Boots on the GroundWhat are your plans for Thanksgiving?by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr.Army 1st Lt. Mark Wise Army Sgt. David King Thanksgiving meal to the single Troops. I plan to spend Thanksgiving in East friends. building. help serve a meal to the single Troops and spend it Army 1st Sgt. Kevin P. Stapleton Marine Corps Cpl. Ammon BogleArmy Staff Sgt. Tim Brooks videotapes his Fort Bragg, N.C. Sustainment Support Battalion, deployed from Phoeniz, Ariz. and friends via video The program provides the opportunity for a home to family or friends. book read to him or her played. For further information on this program or to Navy Religious Program JTF Guantanamo photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins PAGE 10 | THE WIRE VOICE O F T HE FORCE | FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010
Chaplains Page GTMO Religious Services Main Chapel Main Chapel Sunday 9 a.m. Main Chapel Troopers Chapel Troopers Chapel Saturday 11 a.m. Room B Room A Sunday 8 a.m. Room D Sunday 10 a.m. Room A Sunday 11 a.m. Room B Sunday 11 a.m. Main Chapel Sunday 11 a.m. Building 1036 Sunday 1 p.m. Main Chapel Main Chapel Wednesday 7 p.m. Troopers Chapel Bible study Troopers Chapel Sunday 9 a.m. Troopers Chapel Room C FMI call 2628 Sunday 8 a.m. Room D Sunday 10 a.m. Chapel Annex Room 17 FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010 | LI F E & SP IRI T THE WIRE | PAGE 11 Air Force Maj. Kenneth Brown JTF Guantanamo Deputy Command Chaplain_______________________________________________As I bid farewell to GTMO, I offer the following words from the New Testament book of Galatians: Do not grow weary in well doing. I hope that each person here understands they have an important task; whether it is to keep watch over the detainees and insure their custody and safe treatment, while surveilling the harbor on patrol, or perhaps to insure the maintenance and upkeep of facilities. Each of us serves a role in keeping this place functioning. Sometimes in the day-to-day grind, it is easy to allow our immediate surroundings to block the view of the big picture. When our tasks seem to lose their appeal and the monotony of our job overwhelms us, never forget the big pictureour job helps keep the world safe from terrorists. Never underestimate the impact you have in serving your country honorably. Remember there will come a day when you will leave Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and return to the life you have back home. Stay focused, strong and do not engage in any activity that will damage your integrity and reputation. In our relationship with God we encounter the same struggle. A time will come when the enthusiasm of our faith and the fatigue brought about by spiritual warfare may overwhelm us. We begin to wonder if it is worth the spiritual discipline to remain envelopes us, it is important to recall the words that the Apostle Paul penned nearly 2,000 years ago. personal development. Faith is a necessary ingredient in living life to the fullest. Being obedient to God does not only improve our character and integrity, but that of those around us as well. I encourage those of you growing weary in your spiritual journey to stay strong and spend time daily relationship with God. My closing prayer for those of you who remain: May the LORD bless you and keep you, May the LORD make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, May The LORD lift up His countenance May God bless you all and may God bless America.
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