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Volume 12, Issue 17 Thursday, April 14, 2011 Season Served GTMOs most popular sport returns JTF implements DADT repeal training 525th brings home New Mexico glory
THE WIRE | PAGE 2Trooper to Trooperfeaturing 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 Defense Logistics Agency Document Services with a circulation of 1,000.TROO P ER T O TROO P ER | JTF GuantanamoCommander Navy Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson Command Master Chief Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Porrett 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 Senior Enlisted Leader Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sally Hendricks: 3649The WireExecutive Editor Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin Cossel: 3499 Assistant Editor Spc. Meredith Vincent: 3651 Photojournalists: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Ebalo Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand Spc. Kelly GaryContact 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 COVER: Anthony Tydingo spikes the ball as Salim Rahmanzai goes for the block during a volleyball scrimmage Tuesday night at Denich Gym. photo by Army Sgt. Benjamin Cossel Operations Sergeant Major, J3 Sgt. Maj. Today I would like to talk about Troopers commitment in the day-to-day operations here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay. Many will say it is no big deal to do our jobs day in and day out; but I beg to differ. Doing your job every day, all day takes a special kind of commitment. It takes dedicated commitment of all Troopers to face the same grind each day. Some of our jobs here have excitement in them from time to time and some are the same old thing. But one thing always remains the same the job must get done. Troopers are not always granted the choice of what they want to do; nevertheless they must do what they are told to do. I must say that I am very proud of the Troopers here at GTMO because they have that dedication I am talking about. I see everyday the commitment in their eyes and in their smiles. I see an important mission with a no-fail demand can have success. That success comes from our Troopers through their dedication everyday. From the lowestranking Trooper to the most senior-ranking Trooper, everybody works to do their best to make the mission happen. What headlines we get here are focused on policy, rather than the efforts of those who serve. That is beyond our power to change. Still, everyone wants to be recognized for their effort. Many leaders have different views on recognizing Troopers. I believe everybody is entitled to recognition when they work hard to make the mission happen. It should not matter what rank they hold or who they know it should be based on their merit. This type of commitment is called commitment to doing what is right . All leaders need to remember a little recognition will go a long way to getting the job done. All leaders must remember if it were not for their Troopers who support them everyday, they would not have a job themselves. Way too often I hear someone say, Well, they just did their job. Why should they get recognized? Why shouldnt they get recognized for doing that job? I also hear, Well, they are just a lowerenlisted, their time will come later. Why should they have to wait just because you did? We as leaders must remember it is our job and our duty to be committed to making things better and not make the same mistakes that were made at our expense. Commitment of leaders to their Troopers well-being should always be the uppermost important objective in our word and deeds. Leaders need to always understand and keep in front of them a commitment to charge of before you serve yourself. Every or is it self-serving to me only? Are you taking care of Troopers, the needs of the Mission and the Country; or is it really only must ask ourselves if we are truly leaders. This leaders and as a great nation of people. I am not saying it is easy. It is, in fact, very easy to stray from the path of commitment. We must stay the course and always remember to be committed to our Troopers and the mission. Harold Bodenschatz
THE WIRE | PAGE 3 | NE W S YOU CA N USEObama Wants Defense Review, $400 Billion in CutsVoice of America News ServiceThe Pentagon says President Barack next 12 years in additional defense spending cuts will result in reductions in U.S. military capabilities. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is launching a comprehensive review to develop options for the president to consider. In his budget speech Wednesday, President amount of cuts again. We need to not only eliminate waste and conduct a fundamental review of Americas missions, capabilities, and our role in a changing world. I intend to work with Secretary Gates and the Joint Chiefs on this review, and I will complete. Obama said. that the president wants to hold defense Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell says the cuts would affect the defense departments the current spending rate that would be a cut of about 6 1/2 per cent per year. The cuts would not affect funding for the current wars. Still, Morrell says reductions of that magnitude will have a real impact on U.S. defense capabilities, and will be considered carefully during the review the president ordered. The secretary has been clear that accomplished without reducing force structure and military capability. The comprehensive review of missions, capabilities and Americas role in the world will identify alternatives for the presidents consideration. The secretary believes this process must be about managing risk associated with future threats and national security challenges, and identifying missions that the country is willing to have the military forego. Morrell said. Morrell says Secretary Gates was not aware the president wanted the review until Tuesday, and is still putting together a plan with other public Wednesday, but at a news conference in February he urged members of congress not but rather only based on the strategic and operational realities of todays world. Suggestions to cut defense by this or that large number have largely become exercises in simple math, divorced from serious considerations of capabilities, risk, and the level of resources needed to protect this countrys security and vital interests around the world, Gates said. The press secretary, Geoff Morrell, says the Pentagons review of threats and capabilities coming debate over the budget for next year. Rather, he says, any strategy-based reductions will be part of the presidents budget proposal Final Haiti run-off election results delayed until Monday the countrys recent runoff elections will be announced next Monday, instead of this coming Saturday as originally planned. A government source close to the matter tells the French news agency conditions have Saturday as scheduled. Word of the delay comes as President-elect Michel Martelly prepares to Preval. Mr. Martelly was initially excluded from international observers reviewed those results and recommended he advance to the second round instead of the ruling party candidate, Jude Celestin. The observers cited fraud and Meanwhile, the president-elect says his new government will be all-inclusive and that he plans to make his selections based on interview with VOA Mr. Martelly also said he is deciding whom to pick as prime minister to help implement his vision for Haiti. The presidentelect says his goals include free tuition for all children nationwide, housing for people living in tent camps following last years earthquake, and strengthening the agricultural sector so The president-elect was not clear on whether he planned to renew the mandate of the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission after its expiration this coming October. Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and former U.S. Voice of America News ServicePresident Bill Clinton co-chair the commission, which is overseeing assistance to the Caribbean dead. The number of people still living in tent camps as a result of the quake has fallen by epidemic that started in Haiti last October appears to have stabilized. Millions of people, however, continue to rely on non-governmental organizations to meet their basic needs. Haitis justice system is dysfunctional, and the prison system is dangerously overcrowded. Haiti is the Western Hemispheres poorest country.
News from the Bay Servicemembers to be paid in full tomorrow Boots on the GroundWhat motivates you?My country, my Corps, my family. Gunnery Sgt. Chet Smith A nice, relaxing evening hanging out at Hardhoagmers Place. Spc. Migdalia Torres Hospital Corpsman Jay Patty The new opportunities God gives me each day. My family. The impending government shutdown the threat is over, many servicemembers are asking themselves, How am I getting paid? DFAS will pay the military in full at the services detachment. However, there will be two bank deposits for each member. Both deposits will go into member accounts on Parks explained that, facing the shutdown, DFAS ran the payday for the period of April 1 through 8. Interim leave and earning statements were generated for that time period. Over the weekend, the decision was made to run a second, semi-manual pay for the period back and re-booting the entire thing. The current military system is reliable but programmers thought it very risky to start over. The semi-manual run will not automatically update the LES. Therefore, the mid-month LES will only show pay for April 1 8. The month-end LES, however, will be complete for the entire month. The bottom line servicemembers should bear in mind is this: You are getting paid. Look Stories and reporting by Spc. Meredith Vincent and Mass Communiction Specialist 2nd Class Jason TrossReligious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Jeffery Lauber base-wide Fun Day Engineers from around Joint Task Force Bay traded their tools for sports and barbecue April 2 during the inaugural basewide Engineer Day. Prime Base Engineering Emergency Force, entire Friday to play volleyball, basketball, Marblehead Lanes Bowling Center. Its great to get everyone together especially from the different branches, said Tech Sgt. Chris Dallas, work order assignment manager for the BEEF. We all work very hard and now we get to play hard together. This sort of thing breeds camaraderie and unity which helps us work together. Army Maj. Thomas Knott, of JTF Guantanamo engineering, spent the day behind the grill cooking steaks, bratwurst, burgers, hot dogs and baked beans all seasoned with his personal marinade recipe. Good things happen around a dinner of JTF Guantanamo engineering. I believe you sit at the table, break some bread and talk about things and pass on the word. Its a great way to get things done. Throughout the day, some people took to the bay for diving while others scattered their respective sports. I played the heck out of some volleyball a row, exclaimed Army Staff Sgt. Tasha Cooper, a carpenter and mason with the th Military Police Battalion and Engineer Day sports coordinator. Everything went great. Hopefully theyll do it again this time next year. for two LESs. Marines host night run along northeast gate Marine Corps Security Forces Company is sponsoring a Moonlight Run along the northeast gate April 22. Check-in begins at 6 p.m. departure Sign up at the Marine Hill Whitehouse, sign up will receive a free T-shirt. For more information, contact Staff Sgt. NEWS FROM THE BAY | THE WIRE | PAGE 4
THE WIRE | PAGE 5 | TROOPER FOCUS trooper Spc. Kelly Gary Bullet Bio Time in service: 13 years Hobbies: watching basketball and movies Pet peeves: annoying people Next goal: to make staff sergeant Advice to junior Troopers: Do the best you can do with any task you are given. spread across active duty, inactive and said he has learned a lot since swearing in more than a decade ago. When I was in high school I couldnt see myself working in fast food, said Ocampo. I had more skills than that, so I joined the military. Since joining, Ocampo has attained two military occupational specialties. He is primarily shower/laundry, clothing repair specialist. For Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay however, he employs his secondary skillserthuman resource specialist. He performs an array of administrative duties Sgt. Ocampo is a very mature young man, said Sgt. Maj. Harold J. Bodenschatz, taking on every task that he does. Administrative specialists are unsung heroes. They often do a great deal of behind the scenes missions that keep sections in order. I wish people could really see how hard we work, said Ocampo. Ocampos leadership has noticed the effort he has put forth. He takes on every task with zeal, said Bodenschatz. He completes it in a timely manner or even ahead of schedule. Bodenschatz said he believes Ocampo personal courage is one of his strongest traits. He has the personal courage to always do the right thing, Bodenschatz said. I can always count on him to take care of business and it will be done the right way. When he is not taking care of business, Ocampo said he likes to watch movies and basketball. Hopefully I can get some tickets with my friends and go to the playoffs, he said. Yet, there doesnt appear to be much extra time for Ocampo to watch basketball games. He works very long hours but always has a smile on his face, Bodenschatz said. He is always there to assist anybody that needs help. Army Sgt. Eric Ocampo focusStory and photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason TrossThe Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force power production engineers with Joint Task Force Guantanamo packed up and sent off their last MEPThis effectively hands over backup electrical power for Guantanamo Bay Public Works Department and civilian contractors, Burns and Roe. BEEF power production and electrical engineers see this as a bittersweet moment. The MEP-Backup power responsibilities exchanged with bittersweet goodbye down from unit-to-unit at Camp to provide emergency power during military commissions at the facility. Today we are reluctantly sending off our last MEP12 electrical generator, said Air Force Master Sgt. Frank Valls de Los Reyes, assistant charge of power production. Anytime you have something around for this long you take ownership and have a lot of work invested in it. Its something to be proud of. Camp Justice was built with eight of these large-capacity generators as its initial backup power plan. The trailer-based V12 Cummins Diesel motor to That is plenty of power, but too much weight for most standard vehicles. Air Force Master Sgt. Lyn Jamison said the greatest challenge handing this unit over was simply getting it from Camp Guantanamo Bay Port. see BEEF, page 19 We had to plan an easy slope route and travel at a low speed with a police escort to make sure this thing didnt get away from us, said Jamison. Its not really a problem getting the generator rolling. Its getting it to stop thats such a risk. BEEF engineers borrowed Air Station Guantanamo Bay gradual slope down toward the docks where the unit will be see FOCUS, page 19
FEA T URE | THE WIRE | PAGE 6 Being away from loved ones is something every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine and Coast Guardsmen understands when he or she takes the oath of enlistment. Only on deployment do servicemembers truly come to grips with the mental strength it takes to endure time away from family. These emotions are familiar to Army th Military Police Company, Puerto Rico from his wife and two sons for nearly six months. Aside from using Skype to talk to his family each night, Castro was elated to learn about Joint Task Force Guantanamos United Through Reading program. United Through Reading records a deployed parent, aunt, uncle or sibling reading a storybook to a child back home. The disc and the book are then sent to the child so he or she can read along with their family member. This allows the child to make powerful connections and helps deployed personnel parent from afar. It also reassures the child mom or dad is safe and thinking of home while deployed. I had no idea that this was available. I heard some friends talking about it, and I thought what better way to surprise my boys, Castro expressed. A native of Puerto Rico, Castro said hes written in Spanish. Instead, he resorted to translating a Disneys Peter Pan book from English to Spanish. My sons are learning both English and Spanish, said Castro. So this will be good for them to hear an Englishwritten story translated for them. I cant describe what their faces will look like seeing me, but I know they will be excited. Castro attended a Yellow Ribbon predeployment brief with his wife prior to deployment and said the program really helped prepare his family. My wife took charge and shared this Sesame Street pre-deployment book with our sons, which showed them that Elmos dad is also deployed and what to expect, he said. the book so literally, Castro was surprised at his sons most recent request. He said, Daddy, I want to meet Elmos father, laughed Castro. So I had to tell him that Elmos father is on leave, because he thinks that Elmos father is my boss. Although Castros son will not be meeting Elmos father, he will see his dad on video making voices and sound effects to the tune of a Disney classic- Peter Pan. We adults always try to explain life, but children just live everything with great imagination and passion, said Castro. Trying to describe or explain how my sons will feel with this storytelling is impossible. rd Class Jeffery Lauber, attached to JTF facilitator for the program by setting up and recording the readings. videos have been recorded and delivered to families across the country. Lauber explained the recorded tape is made into a DVD and formatted to play in a computer or DVD player. Then the member mails the book and DVD to family members. It gives the family back home a chance to see their Trooper as often as they want, Lauber shared. I have heard from people who use this program, how their kids or grandkids watch the video on a nightly basis. If you are interested in uniting with your family through reading contact Lauber Reading program links children with deployed family membersStory and photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand Army Sgt. Nazario Castro, reads a Peter Pan book to his two sons while being recorded as part of the United Through Reading program, at the Trooper Chapel on Guantanamo Bay, April 4.
DADT repeal training beginsStory by Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin Cossel Story and photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross see POKER, page 19 see DADT, page 16 THE WIRE | PAGE 7 | NEWS Station Guantanamo Bay turned out to participate in Morale Welfare and Recreations Poker Ride bicycle event Saturday. stops around the base during a two-hour span, taking a card at each stop. Riders then compiled their hand and met at the MWR Marina for the last two cards to Specialist 1 st Class Christina Guantanamos command career counselor, won with four sevens. She got to choose her prize from one of four beach cruiser prizes from Camelback and the with a new Camelback. to win this, said Reaves, who rode alongside her eight-year-old daughter. We rode our bikes around base this morning just to do something healthy together. She was with me through most of the ride before I had to drop her off at ballet. I think she would have made the whole thing with me [otherwise]. MWR Marina Director Cory Geiger explained this poker ride was less about winning and more about having a good time. It literally doesnt matter Its a true game of chance all day. The nice part is that this is not a race. We just want to make Longtime Ricks Lounge DJ says goodbyeBon Jovis Blaze of Glory and Boyz II Mens End of the Road were robustly belted out by a few of the regulars at Ricks Lounge in honor of disc jockey Jeffrey Omar Campbells last karaoke night Wednesday. After more than a year of moonlighting at Ricks, Campbell, hazardous material inspector substantial employment to better help his family in Jamaica. Many customers expressed sincere regret Campbell will no longer be there to create customized playlists or promote and facilitate karaoke on Wednesday and Saturday nights. [These nights] are a time in and let their hair down, said Marine 1st Lt. Robert M. Collinsworth, Joint Task Force Guantanamo anti-terrorism to Ricks to have a good time and Story and photo by Spc. Kelly GaryCampbell is there to keep the tunes rolling. Jeffrey is the glue that holds everything together, Collinsworth said. He knows exactly when to put on the right song. Throughout his time as the In December, Congress voted to repeal a 17-year policy of banning openly homosexual individuals from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, commonly known as Dont Ask, Dont Tell. For the moment, the policy remains in effect. Since December, the Department of Defense has been charged with reviewing whether or how implementation of the repeal could impact military readiness, and with preparing the force for the change. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said before the law a military-wide education campaign will take place. Once the chiefs of the individual training is complete, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of Defense and the President must certify repeal of the law will not negatively impact combat readiness. Following after which gay and lesbian servicemembers will be allowed to serve openly. room interview following President Obama signing the repeal legislation into law, Gates said the entire process could take up to a year but the Pentagon would not drag its feet on the implementation process. To that end, training has already begun at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. The key takeaway from this training is that all personnel are needed to accomplish the mission and that we must treat everyone with dignity and respect, said Rear Admiral Jeffrey Harbeson, Joint Task Force Guantanamo commander. We each come from different backgrounds, see DJ, page 19 receive their playing cards and information at the beginning of the Poker Run, Saturday morning. Ricks Lounge. He spent his last night as Ricks disc jockey singing, dancing and entertaining the customers.
THE WIRE | PAGE 8 SP OR T S | For almost two weeks straight, Guantanamo has been filled with hundreds of servicemembers, families and sports fans alike cheering on their favorite teams. But sports lovers havent been coming out three evenings a week to watch the volleyball championship series or even the playoffs, as the season just started. Volleyball is by far the most popular sports league here in Guantanamo, said Alana Morrison, Morale Welfare and Recreation sports director. If you come out on a Monday or Wednesday night to watch the games youll see why. The energy from the players on the court is great and the fans love it. Co-ed Indoor Volleyball League with four games scheduled back-to-back, Guantanamo joined up with families and players from the military community to Dozens of Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Coastguardsmen play for their command teams as a way to build team work and camaraderie in their units outside of the workplace as well as to participate in friendly competition with other departments. The games are intense, but not as physical as football or other sports, said Morrison. I think thats another reason why volleyball has such a big following -its a co-ed league so at all times there needs to be at least two females on the court. Believe me, the ball still gets hit very hard and fast. Fe Reyes, a member of one of the volleyball teams in the league, agrees. We always have fun and that counts more than the outcome of the match, said Reyes. But we all try our best out there on the court so its always nice to get the win. During the two-month regular season and month-long playoff tournament for the championship, teams are schedule to play each other at least once and offered a chance to forfeit a game or reschedule due to mission requirements. We understand many of the teams have players that might not be able to play for work reasons, so we try to adjust the game scheduled as needed for the teams as long as we have prior notification, Morrison said. We know the mission comes first and we fully support our teams. Morrison said her main goals for the league are good sportsmanship, safety and continuing to attract more fans. We want to foster a competitive, but healthy and fair environment for all our sports leagues and events, she explained. Come out and support your local volleyball players, and if you think you got game, sign up for the next league and serve it up.MWR serves up league volleyballStory by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Ebalo
THE WIRE | PAGE 9 | SPORTS Opposite page: Gilbert Saenz and Tony Gul battle over the net during a volleyball scrimmage Tuesday evening. Top left: Katie Graske, captain and coach of the Legal team, sets up the ball. Bottom right: Zahi Abi Chaker tips the ball over the net as Brie Kreutzfeldt looks on. Top right: Salim Rahmanzai goes up for the block as Burch tips the ball over the net. Photos by Spc. Meredith Vincent
NEWS | THE WIRE | PAGE 10 Back in January, the Wire brought you the story of Guantanamo Bays Bataan Memorial Death th Military Police for the opportunity to travel to White Sands, times would then compete in the national Bataan March. Guantanamo Bay, after placing fourth out of experience none of them will soon forget. rd MP Company, explained his motivations for putting his team together. said. And two, because there was a goal at the end of it, not just a PT test with pushups and sit-ups. There was, of course, a deeper meaning to the event, and Stuckey made sure his Soldiers never forgot it. For those who dont know the story, it goes like this: thousands of American and Filipino servicemembers were surrendered to Japanese forces. Through the miserably hot Philippine jungles, the prisoners marched for several days under deadly supervision. Those who fell, stopped, talked or tried to help another prisoner were executed. The incident is now one of legend in the United University began sponsoring the memorial th Coast Artillery was among the prisoners at Bataan. parts of the country to join. And, in an emotional whollop, it has become tradition for survivors of the original Bataan march to greet participants at the beginning and end of the race. The reason we were there was the best and being able to shake the hands of the individuals who were actually in the Bataan March by gunpoint, forcibly, for hundreds of miles. That was the epitome of it that made the whole march worthwhile. The history of the event hit the mark for his young Soldiers as well. The day we went to register, we passed one of the vets and I immediately got emotional, said Pfc. Tiffany Byers, th Headquarters and Headquarters Company. I was so amazed at the will to live they had and the turmoil they survived. I was just thankful to be there and represent the vets who didnt make it. The road to White Sands was not an easy one. After the qualifying march, Stuckey set about training his newly acquired team. For two and a half months, they trained three hours a day, Monday through Friday and every other Saturday. We knew what we were getting into, explained Stuckey. We talked to people who had been there before, but just to physically get out and march with that weight on your and we probably shouldve done more of it. st Sgt. Stuckey did a really good job Robert Carroll, a corrections specialist with rd MP Company. We knew we had to train hard to be competitive, Byers said. We were more or so, it was all about what we had inside that pushed us to the end. Aside from the physical training, Stuckey had to bring the group together as a team. Only two of the Soldiers knew each other before the qualifying march now they were would have to trust and rely on each other. We would try once a week to have team building time and get breakfast together, other, but by the time we left, it was like, this is our family. Our group had such a good dynamic, explained Byers. During training we were march, we were all on one page. It was all about the team. the team placed fourth out of 23 in their event. It felt like all our hard work paid off, said Byers, second from right. Stuckey leads his Soldiers down the road on their 26.2 mile journey. Stuckey and Spires weigh their ruck sacks prior to the march. Depending on the category one was competing in, each bag had to weigh a certain amount.
THE WIRE | PAGE 11 | NEWS I thought God should be there, waiting for us. Soldiers from the 525th journey to New MexicoByers had a singular obstacle to overcome was the lone female. Being the only female in the group was a lot of pressure, she admitted. I never wanted to be the weak female. I stayed strong and did what I had to do. Stuckey watched Byers perform and said own weight. [She] never faltered, he said. There was a goal, she set it in her mind and she did it. As part of his motivational strategy, Find something in your heart, he told them from the beginning. Theres got to be something thats going to carry you over that edge, thats going to keep you moving. For a few of his Soldiers, that inspiration came from the veterans who brought them Thats all you can think about while youre doing the ruck, is how those guys actually did it, said Sgt. Axel Cardona, with the 296th MP company. They didnt have people giving them water or anything like I kept trying to motivate myself with thoughts of the survivors, agreed Carroll. I just had to keep reminding myself of them. 22 and continued to train. The march itself was held on the March 27, with teams stepping out at 7 a.m. With an assortment of military, civilians, families and children, the group described the scene as chaotic. It was time to put all their training to the test. The altitude was ungodly compared to what we trained with here, remembered level. That was pretty overwhelming. The altitude combined with the wind to make the experience even more unpleasant. winds, continued Stuckey. They said that was the worst theyve ever had it. The wind .. was pushing against us, recalled Spc. Anthony Spires, a human Story by Spc. Meredith Vincent Photos provided by the 525th Vigilant Warriors Bataan Memorial Death March Team see BATAAN, page 16 from left to right: Pfc. Robert Carroll, Pfc. Tiffany Byers, Spc. Anthony 27, with 1st Sgt. Brian Stuckey to compete in the Bataan Memorial Death March.
AT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 12 In The Trenches shaping of the force, the Army will adjust retention-control points for Soldiers this fall. Chandler III discussed the Armys temporary end-strength initiative and ensuing force reductions before the House Appropriations Committee, defense subcommittee. Soldiers for the active Army. This temporary end-strength increase reduced stress and strain on the force by ensuring all deploying units were One of the things weve taken in to account is, that in order to draw the Army down and reduce that temporary end-strength initiative, were going to have to do some right-shaping, or shaping of the force, Chandler said. The Armys senior enlisted adviser told lawmakers the service had accelerated promotions to create the noncommissioned years while prosecuting war on two fronts. We accelerated promotions and we were way ahead of our normal promotion rates, Chandler said. Were now starting to see those slow down. Which is actually a good thing for us, because it helps us to better develop that leader Sgt. Maj. of Army says retention-control points to shape forceat their current grade instead of being put in a position where we have to accept some risk and move them ahead to be able to properly man the force. In the fall, Chandler told lawmakers, the Army would implement the force-shaping tools needed to help reduce the size of the Army by We will actually introduce some retentionactually reduce the amount of time they can serve in the force, Chandler said. Retention control points specify how long a Soldier may stay in the Army at a particular rank before having to either leave the Army or get selected for promotion. Chandler also said the Army would take early-release boards. Some of our marginal achievers will be looked at and considered for separation from the service, he explained. Those efforts will help the Army get the right Soldier at the right time promoted to be in the right job, Chandler said. Were very interested in ensuring we do this in a deliberate the Armys requirements, but just as importantly (those) Soldier and family requirements. Lawmakers also asked Chandler about the Armys use of mental-health providers, and of availability of mental-health care. Chandler told them he had used those programs himself.C. Todd Lopez Armed Forces Press Service Armys behavioral-health program, Chandler said. I myself have had the last two years of behavioral health treatment and it has made a difference in my life and my wife, Jeanne, who is with me today. an increase in mental-health providers. I believe without the increases weve had over the last several years, that we would be in much worse shape than we are now, he said. Though the service faces a shortfall in providers, he said the Army is continuing to recruit. It has made a difference in my life and I know in Soldiers lives, Chandler said. Lawmakers also asked Chandler and other service senior-enlisted advisers at the hearing about how the services would be equipped to Chandler said. We all know that where ever the nation calls us to go is where we are going to go and do the best we possibly can. Chandler said the Armys force generation the current demand, and that changes in demand for forces is going to obviously cause the Army to have to reassess what it is doing and where we are sending Soldiers and the commitment of the Guard and Reserve as an operational fore. he Army will do everything the nation needs it to do.New physical training test to get at least 6-month trial phase the new Army Physical Readiness Test has only been conducted at Fort Jackson, S.C., where the Army Physical Fitness School is located. This week, however, the new Army Physical Readiness Test, or APRT, will be given to a pilot unit at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Scheduled to take it with them was Maj. Gen. Richard Longo, deputy commanding general for initial military training at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. Longo said with a smile after his sergeants performed a demonstration at the Pentagon, April 7. A lot of people ask, hey, whats the standard, how many push-ups do I have to do? We have no idea at this stage, Longo explained. Were Soldiers between now and September -all age groups, male and female, Active Component and Reserve Component, and Soldier-just-enteredthe-Army and Soldier-been-in-the-Army.Rob McIlvaine Armed Forces Press ServiceWe really need this data so we know what excellence looks like, what average looks like, and what not meeting the standard looks like, Longo said. The new test will still be given twice a year, according to current plans, and the new Army Combat Readiness Test -run in battle gear with weapon -may be used as a pre-deployment measurement tool for commanders. Short duration does not necessarily equate to easy. Especially when performing push-ups for the Armys new APRT. Theres a reason why we teach precision of movement, said Frank Palkoska, director of U.S. Army Physical Fitness School at Fort Jackson, S.C. In the past, we didnt enforce much precision and exercise prescription as we do today. Theres an important aspect of that we teach the correct motor pattern in a controlled environment so when Soldiers have to execute that same motor pattern in an uncontrolled environment that we call combat, they have a proper motor pattern to revert back to. This also helps us avoid injury, which has been a big problem for our Army in the past, Palkoska said. To illustrate the difference, Sgt. 1st Class Amanda Kokkonen, Advanced Individual Training Platoon Sergeant of the Year, told how she used to perform the PT test. During the two minutes of push-ups of 29 push-ups in one minute. It sounds like a big difference but for me, the biggest difference is the fact that I cant move my hands and use different muscle groups. Also, not being able to take a break, or sag or bow my back said.. Under the new test, the Soldier must place their hands in an anatomically correct position. This exhibits the maximum force by virtue of the hand placement, Palkoska said. Were testing their ability for one-minutes worth of muscular endurance and this becomes a true muscular endurance assessment. In the old APFT, the two minutes of push-ups wasnt a true muscular endurance assessment because we allowed you to rest, Pakoska said.
THE WIRE | PAGE 13 | AT YOUR SERVICE On The DeckChief Mass Communication Specialist Sonya Ansarov of the Senate Armed Services Committee April the other top enlisted leaders from the Marines, Army and Air Force, appeared before the committee to discuss the health of their forces, quality of life programs, family readiness, continuum of care, Reserve force, and family housing. Current operational demands and high operating tempo have placed added stress on the force, said West. Our many personnel and famhighest priorities. tinuum of Care were important issues that were brought up to the congressional subcommittee. pact on quality of life for our families that I feel the need to highlight is the Continuing Resolution West detailed for the committee how the spending restrictions under the CR resulted in considerable delays in permanent-change-of-staorders were deferred. He said under the CR, the to allow for normal lead times for Sailors to re ceive PCS orders, and the result is the average lead times have been reduced from four to six months to two months or less. While relief is on the way, lingering effects of the CR will continue to place emotional and economic strain on our Sailors and their families as they attempt to sell homes, seek follow on employment for family members, enroll children in schools, and complete necessary screening and training requirements prior to transfer, said West. West continued to explain that though our leadership continues to be resourceful in mitigat ing the impact, the CR has affected funding for new construction and facility sustainment in bar racks and base operating support. West gave the committee a global snapshot of cent being on deployment worldwide, and more in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in support of operations in Iraq and Afghaniof ongoing operations in the Mediterranean Sea, executing counter-piracy missions off the coast of Africa, and continuing to provide humanitar ian assistance and disaster relief to the people of Japan. longer deployments and shorter dwell, or turnaround times, which increases strain on Sailors, sent to war, the families they leave behind and those wounded and retired shipmates are supDespite these challenges, our leadership re mains focused on providing support to our Sailors and their families to foster resiliency as well as family readiness, said West. In closing, West thanked the subcommittee for their steadfast support of our men and women in uniform. Congress along with the senior enlisted leaders ance before the Senate Committee on Armed Services. Sources: Predator Drone may have killed Navy, Marine medics from a U.S. drone. The investigation is looking into the deaths they apparently were mistaken for insurgents in southern Afghanistan last week, two senior spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. Unmanned aircraft have proven to be powerful weapons in Afghanistan and Iraq and their use have expanded to new areas and drones are used for surveillance and some, such as the drone in this case, are armed and have been used to hunt and kill militants. of in which a drone may have been involved were killed, and they are trying to determine how it happened. Marine Staff Sgt. Jeremy Smith of Arlington, Tex., and Seaman Benjamin D. Helmand province. provide any details, saying only that it was a will determine the circumstances that led to the incident, the International Security Assistance Force said in a statement last week. the Marines who were under attack mistook Smith and Rast for militants heading their way and called in a strike from a U.S. Air Force unit in Houston. Smiths father, Jerry, said he didnt want to place blame for what happened. Whoever that young man or woman was, they didnt send that drone over there to kill my son or Doc Rast, Jerry Smith told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. If it was a royal screw up, it was a royal screw up. Make corrections because I dont want another family to have to go through this. He said trying to put a bigger burden something I would do. I guarantee you if he was standing in front of me, hed be asking for forgiveness, and I would give it to him, Jerry Smith said. in the south, battling insurgents in key Taliban sanctuaries such as Sangin, a militant stronghold. Currently, Air Force Predators and The aircraft are prized for their intelligence targets, reducing the risk to U.S. pilots and other personnel. Under pressure from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the Air Force has dramatically increased the number of armed and unarmed drones in the war zones over the past three years. Other military services have their own drones, ranging from the Armys smaller shoulder-launched Ravens to the sophisticated, high-altitude Global Hawks, which are used for surveillance missions and do not carry weapons.
THE WIRE | PAGE 14 AT YOUR SERVI C E | of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos announced the next Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps April 11. Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett, 1st Marine Divisions sergeant major, is set to take charge as the senior enlisted Marine in the Marine Corps. Hes scheduled to succeed Sgt. Maj. Carlton Kent, the current Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, during an appointment and relief ceremony, and Kents retirement ceremony held at Marine Barracks Washington June 9. Barrett recently returned from a deployment to Helmand province, Afghanistan, where he served as Regional Command Southwests sergeant major. Amos said Barrett is the best of the best, and will continue to serve the Corps as Amos senior enlisted advisor. Sgt. Maj. Barrett, through his long and distinguished service to our nation, has demonstrated that he is particularly wellsuited to serve as my senior enlisted advisor Inside the JarSgt. Michael S. Cifuentes Headquarters Marine Corps through the challenges ahead, said Amos. Barrett enlisted as an infantryman in March 1981. In addition to Afghanistan, his combat deployments include serving in Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, and two tours in Iraq as battalion sergeant major of 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. Kent has served as the Sergeant Major He graduated recruit training March 1976 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Marines in various billets to include senior drill instructor and battalion drill master at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, in Pensacola, Fla., and sergeant major of I Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. My time on active duty is coming to an end, and Im honored to pass the sword of is a true warrior and will continue the great legacy our Corps. Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos announced Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett as his selection for the next Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. The relief and appointment ceremony and retirement of Kent is scheduled for June 9 at Marine photo by Sgt. Ben J. FloresLance Cpl. William J. Jackson Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms commissioned Marines, along with a handful Tactics and Operations Group classroom for Chief Course and Tactical Marine Air Ground Task Force Integration Course graduation April 8. In January, Gen. James F. Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, signed into effect the Operations & Tactics Training instructors before assuming an operations leadership billet. The newly-integrated course prepared the Class 2-11 ground combat element operations chiefs for operational planning, regimental level, said Master Gunnery Sgt. Dennis Stieber, chief instructor for the Ground Operations Chief Course, out of Each class now incorporates non-infantry subject matter experts to craft a well-rounded operations chief, capable of taking charge of a ground combat element with a more sharpened skill set. [The Marines] will be comfortable with taking the lead. They should be able to emplace and displace the [Combat Operations Center], and they should be able to take the lead on training the COC battle staff, said Steiber, before the graduation ceremony began. Steiber said the training staff dismantled the old operations chief course and essentially built the new integrated course from scratch. Theres more practical application than there is classroom time. They spend the majority of the seven weeks actually doing what theyre supposed to be doing, added the Marathon, Wisc., native. allowing them to work under similar conditions they will face while serving as part of a unit. Each gained the knowledge it will take to work together as ops chiefs and It was all valuable and pertinent training, said Capt. Quinci D. Martin, about the two courses. Id recommend it for anyone. for the 8th Communications Battalion at I have been paying attention to this particular course, said Brig. Gen. H. Stacy Clardy, III, the Combat Centers commanding general. Its important to me personally, as a Marine, as the commanding general here, a former director of Expeditionary Warfare School, but more importantly its important to the Commandant of the Marine Corps and therefore imperative that this [course] goes well. complicated, more complex, said Clardy. We need skilled operators who understand understand how training should be conducted in a sophisticated manner, and just as importantly, how to plan and execute operations.
THE WIRE | PAGE 15 | AT YOUR SERVI C EChanges to AF leave policy take effect On the Wing U.S. military personnel plus from Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, Canada, Guyana, and Suriname gathered here April 8 to participate in Fuerzas Alidas Humanitarias. The annual event is also called Allied Forces Humanitarian Exercise. to enhance a nations response capabilities and interoperability with international military forces and humanitarian assistance agencies. This years two-week exercise simulates a catastrophic earthquake in Trinidad and Tobago, requiring outside illustrates U.S. commitment to work with regional partners in ways that strengthen friendships, bolster partner nation capacity, expands cooperation between nations and enhances regional chargeable leave, emergency leave requests, permissive temporary duty and educational leave of absence. was changed to align Air Force procedures with Department of Defense guidance, according to Lt. Col. Jodi Riley, Air Force Military Pay, Entitlements and Allowances Policy chief. The colonel explained that if a member is starting leave or signing up for space-available travel on a non-duty day, then the member is on leave and that day will be chargeable. If a member returns from leave on a non-duty day, that day will not be charged as leave. For example, if an Airman who works a typical Monday through day of leave, the colonel said. However, if the Airman starts leave during the work week and returns from leave on a Saturday, the last day of chargeable leave is Friday. In addition, if the Airman starts leave during the work week and returns from leave on a Sunday, the last day of chargeable leave is Saturday. If the Airman returns from leave on a Sunday or holiday, that day is not charged as leave. of chargeable leave have been reversed, Colonel Riley said. There was nothing wrong with the way the Air Force implemented its leave policy, the colonel noted. The change was made so the Air Force is consistent with the DoD leave policy. There is no need to Airmen hone relief skills in Trinidad and Tobago correct anyones records. between the last day of leave and the last chargeable day of leave, Airmen and supervisors will be responsible to input the correct chargeable days into the program based on an Airmans duty schedule. requests under the revised guidelines. Other leave policy changes include: -Expanding the conditions under which a member may request emergency leave, to include when the member or someone in the members or spouses immediate family is admitted into an intensive care unit in critical condition due to a major illness or accident is taken in conjunction with permissive temporary duty as well authorize permissive TDY in conjunction with an adoption -Members granted an educational leave of absence will now be charged leave for scheduled school breaks and extended holiday periods unless they return to duty with their units of assignment during the break. Airmen and supervisors with questions about changes in the leave policy may contact their servicing military personnel section or the stability. Weve received great support from the host nation, said Col. Group deputy commander at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The Trinidad military has been superb in meeting our needs. Our focus is to support the host nation. Fifteen volunteers from the 1st Engineer Battalion from the Trinidad military acted as exercise, with the emergency room team treating them within Once receiving life-saving medical care, patients are transferred to civilian hospitals, facility cannot hold many patients because it does not have the in-patient beds to do so. This is why partnerships with the host nations are so important. The purpose of a Health Response Team is to stabilize Lt. Col. Jerry Cline, Expeditionary Medical Support Health Response Team, gives oxygen to a mock patient at Cumuto Barracks April 8 as part of the Allied Forces Humanitarian Exercise/Fuerzas Aliadas. (U.S. Air Force photo / 2nd Lt Joel BanjoJohnson) Medical Operations Division at Headquarters, Air Combat Command. We started planning about a year ago and have coordinated with the Trinidad army and air guard to ensure rapid transport of equipment. The government of Trinidad is exercising to evaluate their ability to respond to a disaster, in order to increase their readiness. patients, stop bleeding, stabilize limbs and work with the host nation to transfer patients to more long-term facilities. We are working with the Ministry of Health in Trinidad, the Trinidad military, the U.S. Embassy assigned here and several other agencies, said Lt. Col. Michael Bruhn, the deputy chief of the Expeditionary
AT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 16 rd. It got so strong sometimes, I couldnt even walk. Spires in particular was battling that day. In an unfortunate turn of events, he fell ill in the days before and was still recovering as they began the march. Stuckey said the young Soldiers determination was a motivator for all. Spires didnt eat for three days prior because he got sick, Stuckey explained. [He] we did. Because he kept on and didnt let it affect him. Thats my motivation, seeing my guys push through stuff like that. Blood and guts they spilled it all. In the middle of the 26.2 mile march was an uphill climb of about seven miles. It was at that point the team had to dig down deep and decide, individually, what they were capable of. I didnt think it was going to end, Spires remembered. Cardona summed it up succinctly. Walking up that hill, I thought God should be up there, waiting for us. Doubting their reasons for volunteering during the march, as the team neared the end and realized they were almost home, everyone agreed it was worth it. bigger picture, Byers said. The march wasnt about us it was about the survivors, those who didnt make it and the history [of the event.] Stuckey especially was proud of his group. the goal, he said. Underlying that, we wanted to do good. We wanted to represent the battalion. They had faith in us. Represent they did, with a fourth place We went into it with high expectations, Stuckey acknowledged. The training really spoke for itself by [placing fourth.] recovered from their adventures, everyone agrees they would not hesitate to do it all again. Spires said he would run it as a civilian, while Cardona wants to take his son. And of I would do it again in a heartbeat, Stuckey cool, but to know why you did it, made it even better. What an experience! experiences, and perspectives but we have one common bond we have all volunteered to defend our nation. This professional training began with because we are the ones who set the example for implementation, the Admiral continued. It is also important to standardize the instruction among the leadership to ensure our training is consistent and understood by each of those individuals who will serve as the future trainers in the task force. While each service is responsible for they all follow a similar model. Broken down into three tiers, level 1 trains experts (e.g. chaplains, law enforcement, public affairs and others) likely to deal with issues related to the policys repeal. Tier 2 training provides of the policy change and the expectations of for all military personnel, with a focus on emphasizing professional conduct and personal respect for all. Training at all levels is mandatory and is being arranged through individual service channels. series of All-Hands meetings. Lt.j.g Lauryn Dempsey, the service representative, said the training sessions will be scheduled beginning in May, after the arrival of the new Joint Task Force Command Master Chief. Air Force Lt. Col. Marvin Williams, JTF Guantanamo command chaplain, is coordinating that services training. Air Force personnel must complete an online training module via the Air Forces Advanced Distributed Learning Service. Access to ADLS is available through the Air Force Portal. All Airmen are required The chaplain said he hopes Airmen will take away from the training that leadership, professionalism, discipline and respect remain the top focus and a persons sexual orientation remains a personal and private matter. Army personnel will have several opportunities to receive training, said Army Master Sgt. Alfonso Smith. Two sessions Three additional sessions take place Apr. E-8 and E-9s will receive the training. The bottom line here is respect, Smith said. Respect the Soldiers privacy and keep in mind what they are here for to accomplish the mission. One branch is already mission complete regarding the initial training. said Marine 1st Lt. Rob Collinsworth, who served as that branchs point person. Collinsworth said one of the key training messages was the Marine Corps would not change how they promote individuals. The Marine Corps has always been a meritocracy -we only promote the best Marines, Collinsworth said. That wont change regardless of a persons sexual orientation. BATAAN cont. DADT cont. Coast Guard News Service Coast to coastTen migrants repatriated to Bahia de Cabaas, Cuba, Wednesday. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant located a rustic vessel with six Cuban migrants aboard in the Straits of Florida Sunday. The crew of the cutter Kodiak Island was diverted and, once on scene, safely embarked the Cuban migrants. Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., good Samaritan that they were on scene with a rustic vessel south of Florida Friday. The were brought aboard a Coast Guard Station Marathon smallboat and later transferred to the cutter Kodiak Island. One Cuban migrant is awaiting further disposition.Coast Guard News ServiceCutter locates missing sailors located two adult males this morning at overdue from a sailing trip, Tuesday. The boaters and sailboat were located south of Catalina Island, Calif., in good condition and in no distress. Coast Guard Cutter Sea Otter, an 87foot patrol boat homeported in San Diego, escorted the boaters to Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island. aircraft were involved in the nearly 11 hour search. Two Baywatch units and Dana Point Harbor Patrol also conducted mutliple search patterns.
| MI N D, BOD Y & SOULTHE WIRE | PAGE 17Hospital Corpsman Justin Atha, JSMART Psychiatric Technician Mind Body & SoulHave you ever heard or said, Only crazy people go to see psych? This sentiment is not uncommon among servicemembers throughout the armed forces. I have heard this spoken many times, on many fronts, in many ways. This is what is called a stigma. Stigma was originally a word used to describe the brand or mark of a Greek slave. This conceptual symbol of negativity and separation is one that is constantly connected with psychology the Stigma of Psych. People dont want to be crazy and, whats more, they dont want other people to think they are crazy. They believe by talking to a psychiatric technician, psychologist or psychiatrist they will embody this label of crazy. Others even think they actually need to BE crazy to use these outlets. Crazy means different things to different people but is a negative term that should never be used in For Joint Task Force Guantanamo personnel, psych is the Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration Team, a group Psych or Psyched Out?currently comprised of one technicians and one general to popular belief, psych is not a looney group of diagnosers and shrinks. We are, in fact, professionals who take our job and our commitment to the well-being of Troopers very seriously. On so many occasions we downplay or altogether avoid and ignore anything suspected of being a psych problem. Pride, fear of ridicule and misunderstandings play into peoples uncertainty about JSMART. We often fear what we do not understand, but JSMART is a place you can go to talk about what is on your mind, away from your work space. Simply being in the military can be stressful, let alone being where mission readiness is top priority and our conviction lies in the arms of suck it up, for the betterment of ourselves, our unit and our country. This approach, despite its attempts at nobility, can mask, contort or amplify many internal problems. Everyone feels the collateral pressure of these The Chaplains Religious Empowerment Development Operation provides a series of events to help military and Department of Defense employees and their families develop personal and spiritual resources in order to be more successful at meeting the unique challenges of military life. Several types of activities will be offered in May:PersonalGrowth Retreat: Free meals and lodging on the Leeward side of the base are included. The event is geared to increase participants knowledge of themselves and others. A PGR is a great way to defrag from the stresses the things that are really important. May 9-11 Single/ Unaccompanied Personal Growth Retreat: held on Leeward side. (Permissible TDY) (16 Slots) Monday 1 p.m. to Wednesday 1 p.m.Workshops: Workshop activity is designed to help commands, work spaces, divisions or departments in developing an interdependent and cooperative spirit. Participants come away with a better understanding of themselves, appreciation of the differences between people, and more respect for personal dignity and diversity. The team building workshop is designed to enhance readiness and team cohesiveness. Two workshops each day 8 Main Chapel. Two types of workshops offered: Team Building and Myers Briggs.MarriageRetreat/ Seminar: The setting for this two-day retreat will be the Bayview. Activities are designed to increase a couples ability to understand one another better and communicate on a more intimate level. During the retreat breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all provided free of charge. Retreat/Seminar: (Permissible TDY) (18 Couples Slots) p.m. May 6-7 Couples Marriage Retreat/Seminar: (Permissible TDY) (18 Couple slots) To register contact call later than Apr. 28. series of retreats, workshopsfactors; no one is immune to stress. JSMART can help to identify, manage and relieve those problems, stressors or unknowns in a safe and If you know anyone who exhibits signs of depression or anxiety, talk to them about making a JSMART visit. If you begin to have feelings of anxiety or become overwhelmed dont information. Thank you and have a JSMART day!
AT THE MOVIES | THE WIRE | PAGE 18Movie Review 15 19 18 17 16 20 21Call MWR at ext. 2010 for more information. Movie Hotline call 4880. Gnomeo and Juliet (G) 8 p.m. Hall Pass(R) 10 p.m.I Am Number Four (PG-13) 8 p.m. The Roommate (PG-13) 8 p.m. *last showing* Justin Beiber: Never Say Never (G) 8 p.m. Unknown (PG-13) 8 p.m. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) 8 p.m. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) 8 p.m. Hall Pass (R) 10 p.m. The Eagle (PG-13) 8 p.m. Sanctum (R) 8 p.m. *last showing* Just Go With It (PG-13) 8 p.m. Gnomeo and Juliet (G) 8 p.m. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (PG-13) 8 p.m. I Am Number Four (PG-13) 10 p.m. Hop (PG) 10 p.m.Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley Hop (PG) 8 p.m. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (PG-13) 10 p.m FRI.SAT.SUN.MON.TUES.WED.THURS. Recently, a few people commented that I rarely give a good review. This is not that review. something worthy of three, four or even Four is probably the worst yet, so if you dont enjoy reading a good-old fashioned beat down, I suggest you move on to the next page. teeny-bopper drivel. Honestly, sometimes I can hang with teenager angst, if its done either in this humorless, painfully derivative offering directed by D.J. Caruso. The only the time you throw away your popcorn, you wont remember anything about it its that unremarkable. Actually, the entire plot is simply a microwaved, rehashed version of yesterdays leftovers. Hunky dude in this case Alex Pettyfer lands in random small town in this case Paradise, Ohio and begins making googly-eyes at sweet, artsy chick in this case Glees Dianna Agron. Eventually we discover he has special powers and is an alien. This story was awesome when it was Superman and Lois Lane. It was barely tolerable when it was Edward and Bella. It bad nobody told the cast. Pettyfer, a former model, shouldve stuck to what he was good at standing around and being really, really, ridiculously goodlooking. Watching him try to emote is so painful, Im sure I actually winced a couple of times. Unfortunately, the same can be said of his leading lady. Agron proves she is a one-trick pony. There is not one shred of difference between the movies Sarah and her alter ego as Glees Quinn. (Thats not entirely true Quinn would never be caught in that awful beret.) Doing my best not to be a hater, Im going to give it one banana rat. At one point there was a puppy. Im a sucker for a cute puppy. About the MWR Movie ProgramMWR offers the GTMO community recently released movies at the Downtown Lyceum and Camp Bulkeley Lyceum. The which has been in existence since circa and the dates authorized to play each movie based on license agreements held with the movie studio. The program is operated Spc. Meredith Vincent PG-13 109 min.
THE WIRE | PAGE 19 | THE LAS T WORD displays good leadership with fellow servicemembers, said Bodenschatz. mentor Soldiers he sees on a day-to-day basis. Ocampo said there are many different guidance is key. Being a leader does not necessarily mean knowing everything, said Ocampo. Yet, [a leader] should know enough so they can guide their subordinates along the right path. The Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force power production engineers with Joint Task Force Guantanamo packed up and sent This effectively hands over backup Station Guantanamo Bay Public Works Department and civilian contractors, Burns and Roe. BEEF power production and electrical engineers see this as a bittersweet moment. down from unit-to-unit at Camp Justice since power during military commissions at the facility. Today we are reluctantly sending off our last MEP-12 electrical generator, said Air Force Master Sgt. Frank Valls de Los Reyes, of power production. Anytime you have something around for this long you take ownership and have a lot of work invested in it. Its something to be proud of. Camp Justice was built with eight of these large-capacity generators as its initial backup power plan. The trailer-based unit weighs That is plenty of power, but too much weight for most standard vehicles. Air Force Master Sgt. Lyn Jamison said the greatest challenge handing this unit over was simply getting it from Camp Justice to We had to plan an easy slope route and travel at a low speed with a police escort to sure were having fun and being extra safe. both fun and safe by helping set up at the MWR Marina, manning card stops, providing water and acting as dealers for the riders. We had a ton of volunteers this time, percent of the volunteers came from that side of the house. For many participants, the MWR Poker Ride served as an opportunity to catch up with fellow Troopers and do something fun on a weekend. This was a great way to get some good PT on a Saturday morning, said Army Sgt. Joey Diaz of JTF Guantanamos Bravo Company 1 st 296. We try to get out whenever we can to MWR events like this. Our work makes it tough so we take advantage whenever we can. Other participants, like Reaves, felt the DJ, Campbell has played and experienced all kinds of new music. As a foreign national coming here I knew nothing about country or rock or pop, said Campbell. Back home in Jamaica I thought everyone in America listened to country music. Getting here I now know most people hate country music. As well as learning more about music, Campbell made the effort to learn the customers and what music they listen to. I study each and every one of my customers who come into Ricks, said Jeffrey. I can tell you what each customer likes. Campbell goes out of his way to make each newcomer comfortable and play what they want to hear. If you walk into Ricks and its your Campbell. I will go to you and I will ask how you are doing and what kinds of music do you like. Once he learns what a persons taste is he will not forget. If you come back in two months or three years, I will still remember, he claimed. Two men walked up to the table and Campbell instantly recognizes them. This is Blue, he is an Elvis fan, then turned to the other and added, This guy here is an old school hip hop and old school rock kind of guy, like Ottis Reddings Dock on the Bay. Campbell described the music each person in the vicinity preferred to listen and sing to. Jeffrey always has a great attitude, said Army Col. George M. Bryan, Joint Visitors Bureau Director. He is always willing to help, always trying to get people involved. He is like the JSMART (Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration Team) of Ricks. Many people are nervous to sing but Campbell manages to ease them into it. He will get up and sing when no one else will, Bryan said. That encourages people to want to come up. The departure was deeply felt by Campbell as well as by the patrons. Im going to miss my customers like crazy, Campbell said. If I wanted to stay, not even management could get me out of here because these guys wouldnt allow it. Campbell said while it is hard to move on it is also necessary. It hurts to leave, he said. These guys really make me feel at home, Various customers were sure it just wouldnt be the same without Campbell keeping the beat and hope he will return in the future. After a night at Ricks with Jeffrey your moral is up and you are ready for another day on JTF, said Bryan. Jeffrey has always carried the party, said Collinsworth. I am really going to miss him. event was more about spending family time to show her daughter how to live a healthy lifestyle. If Im making her stay healthy, I need to make sure Im doing it too, said Reaves. I dont want to be one of those parents whos pushing their kids to be active while they sit at home watching TV. This was a great way to do that. Based on attendance and the smiles and laughter among riders and volunteers alike, Geiger felt the MWR Poker Ride was a popular success. To get a turnout like we did were again, said Gieger. It takes about two months to plan and get everything in for safety and security. So well probably start new locations and possibly a little bit longer. Maybe well make it a two-and-a-half-hour longer stops between. Ocampo said he is not sure what the future holds but his own path looks promising. I see him making staff sergeant here very shortly, said Bodenschatz. Ocampo said he hopes to make E-6 and then go from there. If I do retire in the military, hopefully I will be an E-7, said Ocampo. Bodenschatz predicts Ocampo might just exceed his own expectations. He could become a sergeant major easily if he wants to stay in the military, said Bodenschatz. The sky is the limit for him. DJ cont. BEEF cont. POKER cont. FOCUS cont.
MOON OVER GUANTANAMO A recent full moon waxes over Guantanamo Bays historic lighthouse photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian Margavich WATCHING FROM THE REAR VIEW Machinist Mate 1st Class Christopher Coleman drives a 44passenger bus while Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Manoah Zurn supervises from the rear view mirror during a driving class on Naval Station Guantanamo, April 12. Both Sailors are assigned to the Joint Detention Group photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand. A FOND FAREWELL A crowd gathers at ferry landing Saturday to see off the latest group of island escapees. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand. STAY OUT OF THE GUTTER Engineers from around the base participated in Engineer Fun Day, April 8. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross