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THE Volume 12, Issue 02 Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 THE An Award Winning JTF Journal Operation Sea Turtle Exclusive dive park to reopen A night dive turns into a rescue operation Seabees repair Phillips Dive Park Welcome Aboard! 2011 Around the Joint Task Force Guantanamo commander, Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson greets Troopers at the Seaside Galley, Dec. 25. Harbeson and other senior task force leadership were on-hand to serve Christmas dinner and wish Troopers a Merry Christmas. -photo by Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin Cossel/The Wire shingles during the restoration of the Goat Locker Dec. 28. Gardner is attached to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 28. photo by Senior Airmen Gino Reyes/The WireLogistics Specialist Seaman Recruit Louis Delk unloads Joint Task Force Guantanamo mail from pounds of mail per week, supporting the Joint Task Force Guantanamo mission.photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class David P. Coleman/The Wire
PAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, DEC. 31, 2010 COVER: BACK COVER: 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 DLA Document Services with a circulation of 1,000.JTF GuantanamoCommander 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. Meredith Vincent Photojournalists: Navy Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class David P. Coleman Navy Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss Navy Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry Air Force Senior Airman Gino ReyesContact usEditors Desk: 3499 From the continental United States Commercial: 011-53-99-3499 DSN: 660-3499 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Ayanna Wright works on a JTF Trooper, Dec. 28, at the Joint Trooper Clinic. Troopers can receive a wide array of dental care provided by Cmdr. Bruce Green and the dental staff of the JTC. photo by Mass Communications Specialist Second Class Elisha Dawkins/The WireGoodbye 2010, hello 2011! photo illustration by Spc. Meredith Vincent/The Wire What does commitment mean to you? Most would agree commitment is an agreement or promise to do something in the future. In other words something to which one is bound by obligation to perform a duty. As service members we have all made a commitment to serve our country. In our personal and professional lives we make commitments daily. These obligations may be mutual, self-imposed, explicitly stated, or they may not be clear. In relationships, whether married or dating you make a commitment to another person. In religion you make a commitment to your faith and its teachings. In our lives, whether it be military or civilian, we make professional and personal commitments When playing team sports we make a commitment to show up on time and come to practice. You also make a commitment to the team and yourself to give 100 percent. You make the Trooper to TrooperfeaturingArmy Master SergeantNatalie Mosley-CarterNon-commissioned-officer-in-charge, J1moral commitment to cheer and support the team, win or lose. When you make a commitment, you in the way you want. Its often what you have to do, what you feel you should do, or what you are obligated to do by virtue of the commitment. All personnel assigned to Guantanamo Bay have made a commitment to provide safe, human, legal, transparent care and custody of detainees and enemy combatants. As leaders we must be, know and do. A leader must be committed to the mission. A leader must be focused and determined to follow through with goals and objectives to accomplish all assigned and implied tasks to the best of our abilities A leader must be committed. THE WIRE | PAGE 3 FRIDAY, DEC. 31, 2010 | NE W S National Guard Responds to East Coast StormAir Force Tech. Sgt. John Orrell National Guard Bureau____________________About 100 soldiers from the Virginia National Guards 116th Brigade Combat Team were called to state active duty Dec. 25, 2010, in Norfolk, Va., in response to a severe snowstorm that dropped a record amount of snow on the Hampton Roads area. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class A.J. Coyne As of 8 a.m. Dec. 27, 430 National Guard members had been activated in response to an East Coast winter storm that left as much as 2 feet of snow in some ar eas and prompted six governors to activate their National Guard. Guard members from Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Virginia are providing equipment and manpower support to civilian authorities conducting emergency operations throughout their respective states. The key to rapid response for this event is having personnel in place and ready to respond, Army Col. Gerald Caginia Guard, said. We are staging personnel, vehicles and equipment to support missions such as transportation through heavy snow. Massachusetts Guard members are assisting local police to evacuate some by the storms. Maryland Guard members are calling on the lessons they learned during the snowpocalypse earlier in 2010. During the blizzards of earlier 2010, we helped deliver babies and rescue motorists on the highway, Army Maj. Gen. James Adkins, the adjutant general of Maryland, said. Who knows what the next call may be. Virginia Guard members are assisting Virginia State Police and local emergency response organizations in the Eastern Shore by conducting Humvee-mounted route patrols to assess road conditions and assist stranded motorists. At about 4:45 a.m. that day, they transported one adult and two children stranded on a side street and also were scheduled to transport emergency services personnel to work at a local hospital. At about 6:30 a.m. they also rescued three people trapped in their car for more than four hours and transported them to a local shelter for further assistance. Afghan, Coalition Forces Capture Haqqani LeaderDoD News Service____________________ Afghan and coalition forces yesterday captured a Haqqani network leader during a security operation conducted in Khost Intelligence reports indicate that the insurgent leader facilitated movement of improvised explosive device-making materials from Pakistan into Khost province. He also was responsible for IED attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. The security force followed intelligence tips to a compound in Terayzai district to search for the leader. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit peacefully before the combined security force cleared and secured the building. The Haqqani leader questioning at which time he was detained. Two other suspected insurgents also were detained. A search of the insurgents house resulted equipment. The operation was conducted during hours of darkness to minimize risk to local residents. No women or children were injured or detained during this operation. Security forces conducted the operaChavez Dares US to Cut Diplomatic TiesVOA News____________________Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has dared the United States to cut diplomatic relations amid a dispute over the White Houses choice of a new ambassador in Caracas. Mr. Chavez said Tuesday the U.S. can do whatever they want, but diplomat Larry Palmer will not be coming to Venezuela. Palmer was nominated to be U.S. ambassador to Venezuela four months ago. The U.S. State Department has said Venezuelas rejection of his appointment will have consequences for the countries already strained relations. Mr. Chavez said Tuesday that an ambassador coming to Caracas must respect the country. His government has complained about comments Palmer made in Washington in September, saying morale is low in the Venezuelan military and that the government has ties with Colombian rebels.
Mission 2PAGE 4 | THE WIRE NE W S | FRIDAY, DEC. 31, 2010The years change what makes us successful doesntNavy Rear Adm. Jeff Harbeson Commander, JTF-GTMO_________________________Army Brig. Gen. Samuel Nichols Deputy Commander, JTF-GTMO_________________________As 2010 comes to a close, let us take a moment to thank you for your service. Each of you is away from family and friends this holiday season because you answered the call of duty. Make no mistake: the mission here is an impor tant one. Providing safe, humane, legal and transparent care to those in our custody is an essential part of our nations ongoing fight against those who would threaten us. This mission was well executed over the past 12 months by our joint team of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and civilian agency partners. Whether its Sailors and Soldiers standing watch together in the towers, or Airmen and Marines seeing to the logistics and support of 2,000 Troopers, joint isnt just a buzzword here its a way of life. We work well together because despite our different organizations and backgrounds, we share common values. As we move into the New Year, its worth taking a look at what we have in common. The shared commitments that have served us well in the past will continue to provide the foundation for success. Each of our services has specific core values and creeds. These reflect the history and character of the particular service. But it shouldnt be surprising there is significant overlap. All demonstrate a willingness to sacrifice, and a commitment to freedom, our families, and our nation. We also honor those who set the example for us. Air men are faithful to a proud heritage, while Sailors represent the fighting spirit of all who have gone before. The Marines trace their roots to an illustrious line of professionals, while the Coast Guard acknowledges a line of expert Seaman who by their devotion to and sacrifice of self have made it possible for me to be a member of a service honored throughout the world. A comparison of the core values selected by each service also shows a common frame of mind. Integrity, selfless service, striving for excellence no matter how our particular service phrases the characteristics, the truth is we define professionalism the same way. We may wear different uniforms. It may seem at times we even speak different languages. Our values, however, make us one team. But these core values must be more to us than just words. They must be reflected in our actions and how we accomplish our critical, no-fail mission. We must continue to uphold the highest standards in all that we do. The eyes of the world are upon us, and for the sake of our nation we must remain beyond reproach. We can think of no better resolve to have, as we enter 2011. Thank you for your service, and Happy New Year! a New Years Eve concert here in Guantanamo Bay at the Tiki Bar, December 31. The 35-year-old Alabama native and father of three has become known for his husky voice and Southern-fried country sensibility. Bice also plays a variety of instruments, including acoustic and electric guitars, saxophone, harmonica and piano. His music has been shaped by such classic acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bon Jovi and The Allman Brothers Band. countless charity events. When Bice was 14, his family moved to England. There he attended London Central High School, a Department of Defense school primarily for students whose parents are in the military. Perhaps because of that personal tie, he has made two tours to Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. In 2009, Bice was awarded the Lifetime Presidential Volunteer Service Award for volunteering more than 4,000 hours of his time to worthy causes. The concert is scheduled to begin at 2200 hours and end at 0100. For more information, contact Amiee MacDonnell at 4882Idol alum to ring in New Year at Tiki Bar THE WIRE | PAGE 5 FRIDAY, DEC. 31, 2010 | FEA T URE An early December night dive at Windmill Beach left a group of divers with memories for a lifetime, while their actions highlighted the values of military members as unsung everyday heroes. It was a beautiful night, said Army Sgt. David Scotte Yusko, a medic from New Bern, N.C. Calm (water) with good visibility. were on their way to pick up the marker lights on shore when they came upon something rather unusual. I almost stepped on a turtle, said Yusko. He was going the wrong way and was headed toward the road instead of the ocean where he should have been. at Interpretive Operations, said when sea turtles hatch at night, they use light from the moon to navigate to the ocean. Pringle hypothesized because of light pollution at Windmill Beach, the young turtles became confused and headed in the wrong direction. After the dive instructor, who asked to remain anonymous, was alerted to the situation, several members of the group began gathering the baby sea turtles and returning them to their rightful home. We kept picking up turtles and putting them in the ocean, said Pringle. Those little suckers were quick! added Yusko. It was actually fun; we were trying to take them back and theyd try to go the wrong way and wed get them turned around. Yusko said several members of the group went over to the pavilion where the lights were on and found several dozen baby turtles attempting to crawl up the wall away from the water. Pringle said the group spent hours returning the baby turtles to the ocean. Overall, between 80 and 100 hatchlings were found. Because most people would just turn around and walk away from Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs_____________________it, not really care, or want to take them home. Pringle said he was surprised they received so much recognition for doing the right thing. This is a wonderful showcase for showing us doing good work, said Pringle. should be committed to the environment and its resources. Everyone in the outdoors has the obligation to have the mindset to protect our resources, said Pringle, adding that responsibility is the foundation of being a good steward. Regardless of a persons location, said Yusko, all Troopers are responsible for ensuring everyone is able to enjoy the variety nature has to offer. It doesnt matter if it is in my country or another, we should protect it, said Yusko. I am not a conservationist by any means either, but I just think that we should leave something for people to enjoy. This is one of the better things that I have done while I have been down here, concluded Pringle. A lost baby turtle that was redirected back to the ocean by a group of divers at Windmill Beach swims away. -photo by Chief A diver juggles many baby turtles before returning them to the ocean. -photo by A young turtle is held by one of its surprised heroes. -photo by
PAGE 7 | THE WIRE F EA T URE | FRIDAY, DEC. 31, 2010 THE WIRE | PAGE 6 FRIDAY, DEC. 31, 2010 | F EA T URE A naval construction team completed work Monday on a badly damaged dive park destroyed in a recent storm. Troopers from the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 28, or Seabees, spent six days and approximately 100 hours repairing Phillips Dive Park, destroyed by Hurricane Tomas in late October. The storm ravaged through Guantanamo Bay, really damaging Phillips Dive Park and made it unusable to divers, said Operations The damaged park not only denied divers an opportunity to utilize it but also posed a safety hazard for community members inadvertently wandering into the area. Getting the dive park repaired in an expedited manner and making it as safe as possible for divers, and so the community could enjoy it again was a priority for us, said Stokes. With massive rust damage and the diver platform completely performed welding and bracing to a new steel platform, reinforcing it to the concrete. In addition, the crews added more durable hand railings for divers, said Stokes. These improvements will allow divers more stable and secure entry to the water. Its great that its open, said Tech Sgt. Chuck Powell, an engineer with the 474 Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, adding Phillips Dive Park is a preferred spot for open water divers. With the dive park projected to reopen this New Years weekend, Guantanamo Bay community divers can once again enjoy an exclusive spot designed just for them. Story and photos by Senior Airman Gino Reyes beams to a railing at Phillips Dive Park. Class Rex MIller observes Navy Petty John Blake welding during reconstruc tion of a dive spot demolished during a recent hurricane. Seabees lower a ladder into the water at Phillips Dive Park. The Seabees are at tached to Naval Mobile Con struction Bat talion 28, out of Shreveport, La. Geegan bolt a ladder to a platform. The Seabees spent a total of six days and approximately 100 hours on the construction project. Dive Park re-openedPhillips
PAGE 8 | THE WIRE NE W S | FRIDAY, DEC. 31, 2010Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs ________________________________ spiritual support here at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. are some of the many services chaplains offer. These services help ing care of mind, body and spiritual needs. Counseling gives hope, Providing Much to Manypurpose and focus and can eliminate distractions. Services are open to all military personnel, dependants and civilians. without an appointment. formation discussed at a counseling session with a chaplain will never be shared with the Troopers chain-of-command. disclose any and all information without fear it may be revealed to a All chaplains have assistants to help facilitate these services and accomplish the mission, said Williams. Known as the chaplains support team, they perform administrative duties such as assessing pri orities, logistical support and supplies. Chaplains always welcome help from Troopers who wish to volunteer their time. Many volunteers play instruments in the church band, sing in the choir and assist with communion during chapel service. One service that is very popular and tends to boost the morale of native to other off-duty activities. Movies shown will have a positive inspirational message and show core values. X2571 and NCOIC at X3202 in Camp America building 1588 near Sgt. Archie Gerald reviews a list of services available to Troopers with Air Force Lt. Col. Marvin Williams, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Command Chaplain photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss/The Wire Dedicated staff ensure quality care assigned to the detainee hospital in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has a sensitive and unique mission to provide excellent medical care to the detainees here. The staff provides medical care to the 174 detainees 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We do everything from daily visits, sick call opportunities and preventative medicine care, said a senior nurse executive who asked to remain anonymous. We take the best care of our signs and provide medications to detainees with close supervision. The medical staff provides the detainees care no matter the situation and the leadership recognize that professional care. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins JTF Guantanamo Public AffairsDetainee hospital provides top-notch careA detainee repositions his leg during an x-ray for a hospital corpsman petty -photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins/The Wiredetainees, keeping our population as healthy as can be. The medical staff try and see all detainees throughout the year, said the nurse, and are always available to the detainees for their medical needs. Routine treatment for patients involves physical exams and physical assessments, said the nurse. The most common things we will see are related to sports injuries, said the provider, noting detainees play lot of soccer. Patients with such injuries are treated with splinting, rest, ice, casting or elevation. The detainee hospital offers many different kinds of specialty care including cardiology, neurology, dermatology, orthopedics and radiology. are tasked routinely to take vital I would just like to praise our staff, said the nurse. I think weve got the best team of professionals you can its and beyond. THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FRIDAY, DEC. 31, 2010 | LI F E AND SP IRI T GTMO Religious ServicesSeventh 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 Wednesday 7 p.m. Troopers Chapel The Truth Project Bible study Sunday 6 p.m. Troopers Chapel Protestant Worship 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 Life and SpiritDuring the past year our nation experienced wholesale changes in nearly every segment of society. In fact, it is difficult to find anyone who has not been affected by the comprehensive changes we seemingly face on a daily basis. Some changes are so sweeping, many people are looking for a sign good fortune is finally on its way. One of the most notable symbols of change and good fortune is the celebration of the New Year. In cities and counties throughout the country, people will gather in homes, places of worship and other public arenas like Times Square in New York City, to celebrate the traditional bringing in the New Year at midnight. What I find intriguing about New Years Eve celebrations is the concept of midnight. It is not just the turning of the clock from 11:59 p.m. to 12 a.m.; it is the turning of life. It is the celebration of casting away the old and embracing new opportunities waiting and wanting to be grasped. Midnight is an event that embodies an entire process that I call the course of life. On New Years Eve, we find a way of shedding our frustrations, disappointments and pain in an effort to embark upon a new era of hope, dreams and realities not witnessed before. It is taking all of what did not happen last year and finding the determination to make it happen this year. For some, it is about recovering from loss. For others, it is about searching and finding. For all of us, it is about restoring hope and charting a course in line with our destiny. This New Year will certainly mean a lot to me. There are many things about last year I would rather forget. There are events I do not want to repeat in life again, given that I have learned the lessons enabling me to move forward. I know many share that sentiment. But I must also remember without last year, I cannot become what I will be in this New Year. That gives me cause to celebrate the passing of the old and embracing the new. I will not be at Times Square on New Years Eve but I will pause for a moment of celebration and thanksgiving that I have another opportunity to live my purpose in life. Let New Years Day be a time to reassess life and celebrate how far we have come in light of our frustrations and disappointments. Take the time to chart your course in life by looking at your goals and aspirations. Be intentional about building relationships and connecting with people who share your concerns. Never take for granted the moment you are in because there is no time like this time. Enjoy what you are doing and do it to the best of your ability. Remember, the formula for success in life is intentional planning. Now, go and bring in the New Year.Air Force Lt. Col. Marvin Williams Command Chaplain _________________________Daily Catholic Mass Mon. Fri. 5:30 p.m. Main Chapel Vigil Mass Saturday 5 p.m. Main Chapel Mass Main Chapel Catholic Mass Saturday 7:30 p.m. Troopers Chapel Sunday 7:30 a.m. Troopers ChapelFor information on MWR and upcoming events visit our Intranet
PAGE 10 | THE WIRE EN T ER T AINMEN T | FRIDAY, DEC. 31, 2010 New Years Eve Watch Night Service Who : CH (LTC) Williams When : 31 Dec 1 Jan @ 2330 UTC Where : NAVSTA Chapel Please come join us in celebrating the coming New Year with the inspirational words from CH Williams. All faith groups are welcome so please come join us!! Serving Up Christmas Dinner1st Sgt. Kevin Stapleton, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, was one of several senior leadership serving Christmas dinner Dec. 25 to Troopers at the Seaside Galley. Along with Stapleton, JTF Commander Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson and Deputy JTF Commander Brig. Gen. Samuel Nichols and other senior enlisted leadership offered a message of holiday cheer and warmth to Troopers coming to the galley for a special Christmas dinner. photo by Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin Cossel/The Wire View Askew THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FRIDAY, DEC. 31, 2010 | EN T ER T AINMEN T Army Spc. Matthew MuntzerBoots on the GroundHow will you be spending this New Years Eve?Navy HM1 Gilman Fortin Hunting for conch and dinner. Enjoying the company of friends. Hanging out with friends. Having some traditional food (pasteles), music and spending time with my wife. Spc. Jeffrey Cotto Spc. Joel Rodriguez Army Staff Sgt. Thomas JeffersonMovie Review it was a technical marvel. With its then stateof-the-art graphics of an imaginary world inside a computer network with human elements, it captivated the imagination. entered, while still allowing the new fans movie. his son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund), about the mystical world of the Grid and his journey to defeat the Master Control Program. Soon after, Kevin disappears, leaving his son wondering what happened and his company under a new management. Sam avoids the responsibility of being the primary share holder to his fathers company and even rebels against its new CEOs plans for a to Batman, he breaks into his company, stealing his own product and uploading it to the public for free download while ending up on a crane above the city. Without giving away much more of the scenes. They are all over the place: from arena However, this is not just a graphics-ruled show; there is pretty good story-line as well. It plays out more like a drama, with a son to say, it wont leave you asking too many questions. With the aid of computer generated face returns to its youthful appearance, light cycles in a threedimensional track with Daft Punk jamming in the background) there is plenty of graphical eye candy for the geeks in us all.