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IntegrityPAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010 COVER:Army Capt. John Barbee goes up for a catch during the Army Navy game at Cooper Field in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Dec 11. The Navy team won the game 18-15. JTF Guantanamo photo by Senior Airman Gino Reyes BACK COVER: Members of the Company B, 1/296 Infantry Regiment of the Puerto Rico National Guard patrol the perimeter around Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Dec 8. JTF Guantanamo photo by 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. Value of the Week Air Force Chief Master Sergeant David Castro474th ECES Chief Enlisted Manager 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 Air Force Lt. Col. Don Langley: 9927 Operations Officer: CW2 Raymond Chapman: 3649 Supervisor: Air Force Master Sgt. Andrew Leonhard: 3649 The WireExecutive Editor Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin Cossel: 3499 Assistant Editor Spc. Meridith Vincent Photojournalists: Navy Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss Marine Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Navy Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class David P. Coleman Navy Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry Air Force Senior Airman Gino Reyes Contact us Editors Desk: 3499 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3499 DSN: 660-3499 E-mail: email@example.com Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.milIntegrity, a primary core value of the Air Force, and Army is comparable to the core value of Honor celebrated by the Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard. The Air Force views Integrity as an the inner voice; the voice of selfcontrol; the basis for the trust imperative in todays military. It is much more than a minimum standard for us to abide, it is a lofty goal only to be achieved by continued determination and dedication to doing what is right any and every time without fail. To quote former Secretary of the Air Force Sheila Widnall, the values make the military what it is; without them, we cannot respect, and create willing followers. They are the values that that buttress mental and physical courage when we enter combat. In essence, they are the pillars of professionalism that provide the foundation for military leadership at every level. Growing up our parents, family, and community, through actions and mentoring, instilled in each of us a sense of right and wrong. These value traits became the foundation of our personal principles used to make constructive choices for the rest of our lives. Similarly, the Core Values of our respective branches of service also create an unquestionable moral rubric, which if lived by ensures that all decisions, no matter how important or trivial, will be decided properly and without compromise. The ability to consistently make proper decisions allows us to be unsurpassed in mission completion and excellence here in the Joint Task Force. All troopers must remember that they are living, breathing representations of their particular branch of service, and at the same time a member of the Joint Task Force. Being a trooper adds an extra layer all decisions, as no one wants to do any action that they will later regret and which will disgrace not only themselves, but their branch of service and the Joint Task Force as a whole. the fate of all. Though this quote was said thousands of years ago, it has never been truer than here in the Joint Task Force. We must exemplify, through the integrity of our actions and the quality of our deeds, that we are unquestionably here to serve our mission, our fellow trooper and our country as a whole. Integrity, the willingness to do what is right even when no one is looking. The value that reminds us that completing a mission without moral compromise is just as important as the mission itself.
FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010 | NE W S THE WIRE | PAGE 3Mr. Tony Beltran JTF Guantanamo Operations Security Program Manager_________________________WikiLeaks is a hot topic in the news lately with near wallto-wall coverage on all the major news outlets. The Joint Task Force Detention Group, JTF Guantanamo and its detainees are also frequent targets of WikiLeaks information releases. submissions of otherwise unavailable documents from anonymous news sources and news leaks. the site, issuing guidance to all military members, federal employees and contractors about accessing WikiLeaks and the released information. So what does this mean for our troopers and operations here in JTF Guantanamo? and contractor personnel not to not the WikiLeaks web site. Despite rumors and speculation, information released by the WikiLeaks website still requires handling appropriate to its by an appropriate authority and therefore requires continued safeguarding by federal employees. When It Comes to WikiLeaks ... Just Say No In addition to the guidance provided by the DoD, agencies cases regarding troopers accessing the WikiLeaks website. cautioned JTF Guantanamo alternate security manager, Paige jail time, cash penalty and loss of security clearance. Military members could also face disciplinary actions under The documents being released all fall under the category data protected using operations security. The need to know policy, its just common sense. The bottom line -do not access Wikileaks from any personal, government or MWR computer.Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Julian Paul Assange is the spokesperson and editor-in-chief for WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website that has been making headlines. Assange has won magazine. He is currently in custody in a U.K. jail after his arrest by British police for a sex-crimes warrant in Sweden.
MISSION | FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE ------------------------------Joint Task Force Guantanamo Barracks have a responsibility to maintain a clean environment inside the laundry room. hard to give our troops the best facility that we can in terms of quality of life, said JTF Command Master Chief Scott A. Fleming. Broken washers and dryers, missing door handles and misplaced items are just some of the issues regarding the laundry facilities. In addition to the damage, cleanliness can be a problem. bage cans add to the mess while During recent all hands calls, subpar conditions of the laun-Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins JTF Guantanamo Public Affairsphoto by Mass Communication 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins/The Wire load into the dryer at the Cuzco Barracks laundry room, Dec. 2. Mundo is assigned to Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91114 Miami.dry facilities was raised by several Troopers. JTF Guantanamo commander, Rear Adm. Jeffry Harbeson acknowledged issues do exist but senior leadership was the facilities. Harbeson then noted proper maintenance and cleanliness of trooper laundry rooms was a two-way street, a notion reinforced by Fleming. Fleming explained whilework was being done to improve laundy facilities their wasnt an expected quick turn around time for ages in his department. ter grade of products designed to handle the constant demand, Fleming said. Fleming then reiterated the need for mutual respectwhen one uses the washers and dyrers. respect others and to demonstrate the right amount of care while using the machines, Fleming said. ally prolong the life of the equipment, and for others to use it afterwards. A common practice is for an individual to remove laundry from the machine, not knowing who it belongs to, but residents should not take offense to this action. There are many other indifferent hours and duties. To prevent further frustration Troopers should monitor the time a load is placed in the machine using your watch and check frequently until they are done. Key steps to ensuring reliable working machines are to remember to shut the door properly before starting the machine. To prevent spilling of water from the washer, monitor the amount of clothes you place in. Too much clothes or detergent in a washer liquid or powder will greatly contribute to water leakage. This also applies to the amount of clothes you place in the dryer because too large of a load requires more time to dry, or clothes will dry disproportionately. The laundry rooms are located at the front of J Block and rear of E and I units. The machines are quick and easy to use and to power on or off. There are mops and brooms inside the laundry room for use as needed. no questions asked, its our job, supply for the JTF Troopers and we certainly want people to have access to the washers and dryers. Just show simple courtesy. laundry room. Lets keep Guantanamo and our living quarters clean so we can enjoy the beautiful sunshine and beaches. If there are maintenance issues or problems please report it. There are usually two designated block captains on each housing unit who are E-7 or above. Or you can Army Sgt. Maj. Rivera Jacques at extension 3145.
FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010 |FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 5photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss/The Wire.Army Staff Sgt. Arturo Emmanulli from Sergeant of the Guard (SOG) refuels his Mule vehicle while Army Spc. Migdalia Torres annotates in the fuel log the quantity of fuel dispensed. The newly refurbished Gator and Mule fuel station provides a convenient service to troopers in Camp America. Feeding Gators and Mules Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs_________________________The Joint Detention Group S-4 acquired control of a newly refurbished fueling station exclusively for Gator and Mule vehicles in Camp America, Nov. 18. The fuel station has a maximum capacity of 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 1,000 gallons of mogas with the convenience of servicing two vehicles simultaneously. station is $17,000. Fuel is dispensed from lever on each pump. This lever is to be moved into the on position to begin the process of transferring fuel. troopers and their Gators, said Puerto Rico Army National Guard Major Orlando JDG S-4 Supply of the 124th Military Police forward detachment. The new fuel station provides a convenient refueling point for all Gators and Mules within the JTF compound. After each customer dispenses fuel into their vehicle, Spc. Migdalia Torres of JDG S-4 annotates the quantity, vehicle Proper record keeping is important to maintain control of fuel supplies. fuel station is a big responsibility because of the everyday service checks and dangers of gasoline. Fuel spills can damage the environment by contaminating the Fire extinguishers are available on site and, as with any emergency, fuel spill or station. station and protecting the environment, The station is replenished by a service truck. After a month of operation, supply to occur. The Maytag civilian contractor has primary responsibility of delivering the gas to the fuel station from their storage facility at the request of JDG S-4 personnel. The hours of operation for the fuel station are 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Monday thru Saturday. Torres is the main point of contact for the station at extension 3206 and located on the right side of Windmill beach road near the JTF Guantanamo Troopers chapel.
THE WIRE | PAGE 6 FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010 | MOVIE REVIE W The Origin of Facebookv. Saverin, Zuckerbergs best friend. What occurs in the next few scenes really brings the movie together and you begin to understand exactly why Zuckerbergs best friend sues him. There is a slight soap opera feel to this movie with all the backstabbing and scheming going on between characters, but despite it all you never grow hatred toward Zuckerberg. The movie really shows the lack of social skills Zuckerberg had. However, with this missing character trait we would have no Facebook and more than 500 million people worldwide would not be able to connect at the click of a mouse. hard work put into bringing a vision to Network; it just may give you an idea of your own. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr. JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs__________________________________ Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history, all because of a social network named Facebook. the rough and arduous journey Zuckerberg and his group of friends went through to create this gangbuster of a site. Zuckerberg is played by Jesse Eisenberg who really captures the awkwardness of Zuckerberg. Throughout the movie, Zuckerberg comes off as a bit arrogant, but what do you expect from a man who scored a perfect 1600 on his SATs. The entire idea of Facebook evolves from a drunken night of blogging. After breaking up with his girlfriend, Zuckerberg returned to his dorm room to consume a few beers and blog about the nights events, which he does all night. Simultaneously he gets an idea to hack Harvard, retrieve photos of each female and create a website allowing people to rate which woman is more attractive. In order to create the actual website, he is given an algorithm by his best friend Eduardo writing the algorithm on Zuckerbergs bedroom window. FaceMash.com is online the entire time Zuckerberg is ranting and raving digitally until the server is shut down. In six hours FaceMash.com registered more than 22,000 users, an astonishing number. After doing such a feat while slightly intoxicated, Zuckerberg gains some on six months academic probation. After receiving his sentencing, Zuckerberg is approached by Cameron wealthy twin brothers who have an idea. They propose Zuckerberg become the programmer for their website, Harvard Connection. At this point, I became slightly skeptical of whose side to be on. Harvard Connection called for students who possess a Harvard. edu email address to sign up to meet and communicate online. Facebook calls for social networking on a much higher scale than just Harvard. Another thing that begins to happen is a change in framing. The movie begins to between two current lawsuit depositions: Zuckerberg v. Winklevoss and Zuckerberg
FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010 | N E W S THE WIRE | PAGE 7 (Above) Joint Task Force Guantanamo Commander, Navy Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson (second from the left) and J-4 Director Navy Cmdr. Joseph Greenwood cuts the ribbon together for the opening of the newly renovated J-4 and J-8 J-4 Director Cmdr. Joseph Greenwood (right) goes over one of the many sections inside the newly renovated J-4 and J-8 Force Guantanamo Commander Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson, Dec. 8. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss. A New Home for J-4 and J-8 Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs_________________________After several months of renovating the old Naval Base photo lab by Joint Task Force Engineering, Naval Facilities and local contractors, J-4 and J-8 were presented their new building during a ribbon cutting ceremony, Dec. 10. Joint Task Force Guantanamo Commander Navy Rear Adm. Jeffery Harbeson and J-4 director Navy Cmdr. Joseph Greenwood cut the ribbon together at the main entrance signifying the openning of the new building. The building that once housed the Naval Base photo lab was not designed for poor ventilation systems and chemical burns throughout the renovations visible from inside the new building. New furniture The renovation is the result of JTF Engineering, NAVFAC, and local contractors working together. The work began on July personnel. environment than the previous building, said J-8 director of the Administration Review for the Detention of Enemy Combatants during renovations. Army Lt. Col. Patricia Charles, deputy commander of J4
PAGE 8 | THE WIREFRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 ARMY 9 Navy 0 ARMY 15 Navy 18 Army/Navy Male Flag Football Game ~ Dec. 11, 2010 Army/Navy Female Flag Football Game ~ Dec. 11, 2010 photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr /The Wire football game.photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins/The WireJoint Task Force Army Capt. John Barbee (13) runs the ball during a game against the Navy at Cooper Field. Photo by Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward/The WireNavy Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson receives the championship trophy from the coach of the male football game, Dec. 11 (18-15). Photo by Senior Airman Gino Reyes/The WireArmy Staff Sgt. Chavon Salter (42) goes up for a pass during the Army Navy game at Cooper Field in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Photo by Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward/The WireMembers of the Armys female team pose with the trophy after winning their Army vs. photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry/The Wire escapes the clutches of Private First Class Tiffany Byers in the Photo by Senior Airman Gino Reyes/The WireSeaman Melanie Fabre (30) runs the ball during the Army Navy game at Cooper Field.photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry/The Wire launches the football to a teammate in the mens Army Navy football game.
PAGE 8 | THE WIREFRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 ARMY 9 Navy 0 ARMY 15 Navy 18 Army/Navy Male Flag Football Game ~ Dec. 11, 2010 Army/Navy Female Flag Football Game ~ Dec. 11, 2010 photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr /The Wire football game. photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins/The WireJoint Task Force Army Capt. John Barbee (13) runs the ball during a game against the Navy at Cooper Field. Photo by Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward/The WireNavy Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson receives the championship trophy from the coach of the male football game, Dec. 11 (18-15).Photo by Senior Airman Gino Reyes/The WireArmy Staff Sgt. Chavon Salter (42) goes up for a pass during the Army Navy game at Cooper Field in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Photo by Lance Cpl. Anthony Ward/The WireMembers of the Armys female team pose with the trophy after winning their Army vs. photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry/The Wire escapes the clutches of Private First Class Tiffany Byers in the Photo by Senior Airman Gino Reyes/The WireSeaman Melanie Fabre (30) runs the ball during the Army Navy game at Cooper Field. photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry/The Wire launches the football to a teammate in the mens Army Navy football game.
THE WIRE | PAGE 10 FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010 | FEA T URE The holiday spirit was in full bloom Saturday night as residents of Guantanamo Bay descended on the MWR Marina for this seasons Holiday Boat Parade. The parade has been a holiday event for almost 15 years, said Cory Geiger, outdoor recreation director for MWR. This year, there were twenty boats participating, an increase from 14 in 2009. Weve got a whole new crew pretty much of managers whove been on the island over the last year, so weve been doing much more programming especially on the outdoor rec side. The marketing paid off, according to Gail Ward, systems administrator for people around work, Do you guys want to decorate the boat? and pretty soon I waiting list! Todd Jordon, an information assurance specialist with J-6, was one of the lucky few that boarded Wards boat when the time came to set sail. Jordon is a returning resident to GTMO; he lived here previously from 2004 through 2009. Ive been to seven of these, its good times. Participants arrive to decorate their boats around 3pm. They have roughly three hours before the parade kicks off to be as creative as they can with Christmas ats n PaeB Cpl. Lisa Graff, an administration chief, decorates a boat participating in the Holiday Boat Parade Dec. 11, 2010. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Meredith VincentArmy Spc. Meredith Vincent JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs_________________________
FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010 | F EA T URE THE WIRE | PAGE 11 deemed the best decorated, but most people just want to have fun. said Capt. Monty Bible, Joint Medical Group commander and is a hometown environment. There are people who have been here for quite some time or have left and come back. Its quite the closeknit community with very friendly people. Geiger is hoping that the boost in participants this year is a forecast of future involvement. lot of not having a lot to do, but if you like being outside, we have stuff for you. Gail Ward, a civilian Systems Administrator for J6, stands aboard her decorated boat. Ward encouraged so much enthusiasm for the project, she eventually had to turn volunteers away. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Meredith Vincent Julia Salois, 9, holds Brealynn Clark, 6 months, next to their families boat during the Holiday Boat Parade, Dec. 11, 2010.. Braelynns two older brothers also helped with the decorating. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Meredith Vincent Alexia Davenport stands next to her mother in a boat during the Holiday Boat Parade at the MWR Marina. The MWR hosts many family events during the holiday season. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Meredith Vincent Participants begin to show up to decorate their boats at the MWR Marina, Dec. 11, 2010. The MWR has been hosting the Holiday Boat Parade for close to 15 years. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Meredith Vincent Members from the Base Emergency Engineer Force admire their decorations during the Holiday Boat Parade. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Meredith Vincent
THE WIRE | PAGE 12 FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010 | FEA T UREArmy Staff Sgt. Benjamin Cossel JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs_________________________Think military PT and invariably ones mind will drift to long runs, plenty of push-ups and sit-ups until your abdominal muscles feel like they are ready to explode. If youre looking for something beyond the normal onetwo-three PT grind, make your way to the Marine Hill Fitness Center Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. and if you have the courage, give belly dancing a whirl. a good workout and a chance to learn about other cultures, said Petty Officer Second Class Traci Walker. Walker, a Sacramento, Calif. resident, said the session was harder then she expected but it was only her first time taking the class her friends convinced her to give belly dancing a try. said Walker, who works at the JTF Guantanamo Joint Intelligence Group. Sundays class held a special treat for those in attendance. Renowned belly dancing teacher and certified fitness Belly Dancing Brings Exotic Flair to PTinstructor Amira Mor made the journey from her home in Fort Lee, New Jersey to Guantanamo Bay to bring her love and experience of belly dancing to the island. An instructor at the Broadway Dance Center in New York, Mor has taught her unique style of belly dancing to such stars as Britney Spears and worked with the likes of Sting, John Mellencamp and the Spin Doctors in addition to making appearances in several movies and television shows. dancing to everyone: male, female, Army, Marines, everyone, Mor added sumo wrestlers often add elements of belly dancing to their normal workout routines. Turning to show off her back, Mor displayed a rapid series of dance sequences. The muscles in her arms, shoulders and back rippled with a fluid grace and the explosive power of a lioness as she moved to the rhythm of a mental soundtrack. dancing, she said as a smile spread across her face. Mors visit to the island began with the classs normal instructor Al Elbanna. A civilian contractor, Elbanna came to Guantanamo Bay nearly two years ago. Palestinian by birth, Elbanna said a love of his adopted country and a desire to serve brought him here. dance, Elbanna said of his desire to bring Mor to the island. years old at the Middle East Club in Elbanna explained the process Those in attendance Sunday were treated to a special guest photo by Army Staff Sgt. Benujamin Cossel/The Wire the Marine Hill Fitness Center to instruct students on different belly dancing techniques. Mor was brought to Guantanamo Bay by the class regular instructor, Al Elbanna. A group of nearly thirty service members
FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010 | F EA T URE THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Only in America would a Palestinian be bringing in an Israeli to teach dance. Amira Morof getting Mor to Guantanamo Bay was fraught with challenges. of hard work to make this happen, Elbanna said. sure I was who I said I was and had all the proper certification to be an instructor, Mor explained. Mor, an Israeli born to Iraqi parents, and Elbanna both commented on the unusual nature of the two working together. Palestinian be bringing in an Israeli to teach dance. Bay. In addition to the physical aspects of dancing, Mor said there is another, often overlooked side. dance to, its very emotional and passionate, Mor said. body and soul connection, its very therapeutic. For those perhaps a little reticent about belly dancing in front of other people, Mor offers a series of training DVDs at her website, www.amiramor.com But, if youre ready to dive in and give belly dancing a try, Elbannan said he is always looking for more students. night.
Hitting it Hard to Stay in Shape photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David P. Coleman/The Wire to stay in shape and promote his health and wellness. THE WIRE | PAGE 14 FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010 |BOOTS ON THE GROUND Boots on the GroundHow do you plan to spend Christmas at GTMO? Class Ayanna Wright Hang out with some friends. Skyping with my son. Christmas Dinner at the Chiefs Mess. Exchanging presents with friends. Navy Senior Chief Petty Army Spc. Anthony Spires Class John Sullivan
THE WIRE | PAGE 15 FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010 | FEA T URE 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 Liturgical Service Sunday 11 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 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 JTF Guantanamo Chaplain ________________________________________________________________ I heard a great analogy on perspectives from the former 1300 Gospel Service pastor through the current Gospel Service lay leader that I would like to share with you. It goes like this; generally speaking, there are three approaches for a myriad of reasons stops short of enjoying it any further. They are in the same boat as all of the people who hate body surf, or boogie board, even possibly snorkel. Finally, there are those who enjoy everything the ocean has to offer because they scuba dive. In this analogy, the ocean is the Word of God, the people are really just people and their interaction with the ocean is how they approach the Bible. There are those who dismiss the Bible altogether and want nothing to do with it. They believe that it was authored have ever read falls into that same category. They will speak out against it though they have never read it. Then there most accurate historical accounts. However, beyond that they dont put a lot of stock in it. Then there are those who know some of the Word. They acknowledge it to be the Word of God. They can quote parts of it and hold it apart from all other literature. These are the people who would believe that they are okay with God because they perhaps have read the scriptures. They are only mildly interested at what the Bible has to say. Their They acknowledge the authorship to be Gods and therefore, perfect. They immerse themselves in it, letting it cleanse them as they go deeper and deeper. It nourishes their souls. They hear the message of the love letter from God. They instruction, examples, and knowledge of Gods plan of salvation, meaning and purpose in living. All of these groups enjoy of the oceans bounty. They all refresh and nourish themselves from its wealth of food. those of us who do it intentionally and with abandon. A quick poll of these groups will reveal that those who have the greatest quality of life, joy and happiness are those who have humbled themselves to acknowledge God. Three Perspectives
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