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Volume 12, Issue 27 Thursday, June 23, 2011 Roosevelts Guardians Soldiers of the 296th protect JTF entrance Thrift store expands hours MWRs summer softball begins
THE WIRE | PAGE 2Trooper to Trooper featuring 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 1,200.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 Maj. Amy A. Oliver: 9927 Operations Officer CW2 Raymond Chapman: 3649 Senior Enlisted Leader Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel: 3499 The WireExecutive Editor Spc. Meredith Vincent: 3651 Photojournalists: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sally Hendricks Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Ebalo Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry Spc. Kelly Gary Army Pfc. Justin PierceContact usEditors Desk: 3651 From the continental United States Commercial: 011-53-99-3499 DSN: 660-3499 E-mail: email@example.com Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil COVER: Command Sgt. Maj., Joint Task Force Guantanamo Command Sgt. Maj. Mark PorrettLately there has been a rise in the alcohol-related incidents on base and in the Joint Task Force. I have seen more careers end over alcohol than any other one contributing factor and heard every reason to excessively drink while here none really pass the common sense test. Weve all seen the silly drunk who tries to really do is embarrass themselves and others. This is not how we want to be known or remembered. We all recognize the movie stars whose mug shots become plastered on TV after they are arrested for an alcohol-related incident. Our Troopers often look just as bad. Leaders, formal and informal, must help de-glamorize the consumption of alcohol. I cant imagine our highest military leaders drunk and trying to represent the military we wouldnt expect this either. Often, overdrinking is due to immaturity, a dare, a drinking game or blaming it on geographical location. None of these are legitimate excuses drinking is a personal choice. So if you dont drink, what do you do? There are many alternatives alive, you cannot legally drink. You make it that far having fun and learning, so it cant be that bad to be abstinent. Consuming alcohol disease and remains high on the list of reasons why families and careers suffer. Society recognizes alcohol as part of our lifestyle we have agencies ready to assist Troopers when they think they need help, hopefully before an incident occurs. It is everyones responsibility to intervene when they see too often, leaders come forward and say how good the Trooper who got into trouble has been. My usual question is, what systems were in place to prevent the situation? Good commands have good systems. The best system of prevention is having caring leaders who know their Troopers. They know who is most at risk. They know who is disciplined enough to be a designated driver and not just have one. I have a challenge for the JTF: while alcohol is the most abused legal drug in our society, it doesnt have to be here. Can you go 30 days without consuming any alcohol? If not, how come? I think that if you can meet this 30-day challenge, youll see more money in your pocket, your career still intact and you feeling better. You will also be there for anyone who is drinking and can help them before they get into a problem. Honor Bound! to nothing, Wednesday. The current director Defense Secretary Robert Gates. to get longer. The onetime congressman, White will oversee the military as the United States winds down two wars and engages in a limited mission over Libya. Chairman Carl Levin called him a wise and solid choice. dedicated service to this nation, and we should all be grateful that he is once again willing to answer the call and take the helm of the Department of Defense. He is going to bring a reassuring level of continuity and in-depth experience. The Department of Defense will navigate the extraordinarily-complex set of challenges in the years ahead, Levin said. experience in matters of state. career of public service. He served in the House of Representatives, representing his California district for eight terms. He served in the White THE WIRE | PAGE 3 | NEWS YOU CA N USE on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Armed Service Committee, June 9. photo by AP increasing concern about the involvement in simultaneous wars in By various government and private accounts, the U.S. has spent more and already more than $700 million in against troops loyal to Libyan leader U.S. troop withdrawals from the war address Wednesday night, and the U.S. involvement in Iraq is winding down weary of a decade of warfare spawned U.S., are saying that with the sluggish national economy, the money spent on the wars instead should be spent on domestic needs. The U.S. Conference of Mayors this week approved a resolution calling for an early end to the U.S. and requesting the savings be spent at U.S. troops are stationed, the war tab this year. One freshman U.S. senator, Joe Manchin of the eastern state of West Virginia, is a Democrat, as is the president. But on Tuesday, he called for a substantial troop withdrawal from appears ready to endorse. Manchin of political thought in the U.S., some of the most conservative Republican lawmakers have called for a diminished U.S. military force overseas, as have some of the countrys most liberal Democrats who normally would be aligned with Obama on other issues. Yet Senator John McCain, the Republican Obama defeated in the Manchins call for a quick reduction in a U.S. Navy veteran once held as a prisoner of war in the Vietnam War, said Manchins comments were indicative of the isolationist-withdrawal, lackof-knowledge-of-history attitude that Michael Bowman Voice of America News that agency and forging positive relationships, McCain said. troops in the country beyond the end of this year. He endorsed a draw-down of U.S. forces be based on ground conditions there. He said critical, if frustrating U.S. ally. years as defense secretary, spanning both the Bush and Obama administrations. Senators also lauded Gates for having overseen U.S. efforts to stabilize Iraq, refocused the U.S. campaign Senator McCain described Gates as one Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois put it this way: remarkable term as secretary, and a remarkable career in public service, Durbin said. who has commanded in both Iraq and Voice of America News
NEWS FROM THE BAY | THE WIRE | PAGE 4 Boots on the GroundWhat is your favorite summer song?News from the Bay JTF broadcasters bring news, stories to roller The Wire Magazine is making its way to your local Roller Channel! Hear and see more of your favorite stories during meal hours in The Wire Update. Joint Task Force Guantanamo broadcasters will be taking their journalistic talents to new heights, researching and answering your questions about day-to-day happenings on Guantanamo Bay. Every time the broadcast team puts together a story, it can be hard for the people involved to see themselves on FaceBook broadcaster for JTF public affairs. By broadcasting on the roller channel, well still be able to reach stateside markets, but the Troopers and families here will also be able to enjoy them.Fishing class offers bait and troll basics Learn the basics of baiting and trolling at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Marina Fishing Workshop Wednesday, at 5 p.m. own trolling rigs and proper trolling techniques, said Cory Geiger MWRs outdoor activities coordinator. The water in GTMO provides the Troopers a great way to relax, have fun and not only pass the time, but make great memories, said an awesome pastime and the rental rates here Boat rental in Key West, Fla. from MWR is We have boats for $6 an hour or $30 all day or night. We also have half price days, Geiger free hours for that as well. Rigs and parts will be available to practice with and Geiger said the class will give participants the know how to go home and make their own rigs. Rock sensation Saving Abel comes to GTMO International rock sensation Saving hands of producer Jason Flom, the band was signed days later. Our goals are always to concentrate on the song, not just one cool part to make a kid bop his head, said Jason Null, lead guitarist for Saving song of ours. With a radio-ready sound combining big riffs polished sound sure to reach any audience. Summertime by a country singer. I cant think of the name. Army Sgt. Pedro Navarro Sisqos Thong Song. Thats funny. Spc. Brandon Cummings Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Gernando Wright Pump It Up by Joe Budden, it makes me think of summer. Hotel California, by The Eagles, makes me feel like sumertime! Navy Lt. Lindsey Gleason MWR Liberty hosts fun day at Windmill Beach Morale, Welfare and Recreations Liberty Snorkel gear and rafts will be provided. Sand volleyball, corn hole and horseshoes will also be offered, as well as burgers and beverages. It is just a fun, free day at the beach, said Jill Lynch, MWR Liberty representative. I am offering rides for anyone who needs one as well! To coordinate a ride or receive more For more information, call or e-mail PSEC ALERT NEED TO KNOW IS HOW TO GO!Who has the need to know?Have you ever had someone ask you questions you thought were unusual or a bit too personal? Questions from strangers about your job, family or private life can feel uncomfortable. So how do we know what to say? How much information do we give about ourselves? Use the Need to Know principle. Ask yourself, why this person might be looking for information? Then ask yourself, do they have the need to know? Some people do need to know things about us our work supervisors, doctors, even security personnel might need to know things as part of their jobs. But does the person next to you in line need to know how you do your job? Does the guy at the laundromat, or the next door neighbor? Think before you speak. Dont just give out information because someone asks for it. A view of the ocean from Windmill Beach during the record-breaking rainstorms, June 7. Beaches were temporarily closed on Guantanamo Bay due to increased levels of E. coli caused by the rainfall. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand A microscopic image of the E. coli bacteria. low-lying buildings, it also played a key role in shutting down Guantanamo Bays beaches. During post rainfall testing, water from Windmill Beach to Cable Beach was found contamination and more than three times an acceptable level, said Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Commander, Capt. Kirk Hibbert in a prepared statement. highlighted unacceptably high levels of E.coli. Hibbert explained Guantanamo Bays normal level of E.coli is around 30 milliliters the Naval Station hospitals preventative medicine department performed water quality tests following the rains, E. coli levels at Windmill Beach topped 360 mL Story by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel preventative medicine staff checks water quality at the beaches on a regular, biweekly basis. I know that several hundred Guantanamo residents swim, dive and snorkel in the water every weekend, it is my job to protect residents from harm when possible. Hibbert said with the information provided him, he ultimately decided to shut down all beaches until normal contamination levels returned. I closed the beaches to keep residents, especially our small children, from becoming sick with E. coli I did not want to see any of our residents, who work so hard to keep the base operationally sound and missionready, to become ill because I had not taken action. Following water quality tests this past weekend, Hibbert said all beaches have been reopened with the exception of two. Beach and Chapman Beach will be closed everyone informed of any changes through the roller, Gazette, marquee signs and the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Facebook page. | NE W STHE WIRE | PAGE 5
Story by Spc. Meredith Vincent Blistur brings big beats, classic covers to Tiki BarStory and photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Ebalo Jacksonville, Fla. alternative metal trio Blistur brought their brand of rock n roll to Guantanamo Bay this weekend, both Friday and Saturday nights at the Tiki Bar. activities director for Morale, Welfare and Recreation, said both shows were a success, mostly due to the bands williness to play audience requests. I heard great feedback from the community, saying they were pleased with the quality of music... each night and their talent in accommodating a variety of song requests, said MacDonnell. Blistur consists of drummer Neal Gupton, guitarist/vocalist Chris Kellam and bassist/ vocalist Bart Hammond. The trio followed by a full-lenth album the same year with the cheekily-titled their albums boast original music, it is the bands ability to cover radio hits with eerie accuracy that has helped them make their mark on the Florida rock scene. The shows here on Guantanamo Bay were not their audience, having previously performed at the Mayport Gupton, said hes pleased with the relationship the band has developed with the MWR. The people are great, praised Gupton. Everybodys been very, very kind and the hospitality from MWR has been fantastic. The Blistur show was just the latest in MWRs Summer Concert Series. The Fourth of July will offer more oppotunities to rock, Leaf from Richmond, Va., and Down, from Raleigh, N.C. Morale, Welfare and Recreation kicked off their annual summer softball league last week on Guantanamo Bay as a dozen teams made up of Joint Task Force and Naval Station Guantanamo personnel took to the The two-month long sports league schedules back-to-back games almost every evening of the work week at Cooper Field and Sports Complex, starting at 6 p.m. and sometimes ending late into the night. Growing up, I played baseball every summer at the local park and the lights didnt turn off back then, said Rich Buenaventura, job here is pretty tough, but when Im out of forget that Im even in GTMO, Im just playing ball. Out of all the MWR sports leagues held on Guantanamo Bay, softball attracts the players from the base community signing Morrrison. Im excited with the turnout and I think its awesome that our players are so into the games that they lose themselves in it, exclaimed Morrison. It just makes me love my job more when I hear that our events are helping our Troopers have fun and relieve stress. It is important for players to leave their I played a lot of baseball growing up too, but everyone was really good so you had to play extra hard if you wanted to win, said Daisy Estevez, third baseman with the GTMO Latinos. Its pretty much the same here because the competition is tough and even the best teams can get beat. Last seasons defending champions the GTMO Crush, did not enter to defend their title. Even though the Crush isnt playing, many of their players have been picked up by other teams, said Morrison. Now the teams that were already good are even better with some of the added players every team has a chance to win. For more information on Guantanamo Bays sports leagues, activities and schedules, NEWS | THE WIRE | PAGE 6 Chris Kellam (left) and Bart Hammond of the rock group Blistur melt faces Friday night at the Tiki Bar. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand sizes up an incoming pitch during an MWR Summer Softball League night game at the Cooper Field and Sports Complex, Monday. THE WIRE | PAGE 7 | FEATURE where THRIFTY meets CRAFTYW Marine spouse, moved here she didnt plan on working full time in front of a cash register. Having worked a lot in the States she wanted to take a part-time position and have more free time to support her husbands surprise. She found her time invested in the Guantanamo Bay community more than expected after accepting a management position at the I have people who come in at lunch and those who can only come to customers. going to be. serves as the Spouses Club main fund-raiser, providing the community with scholarships and assistance as requested. If an organization on this island needs a little help, they can submit Like the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, we are able to help them out, for example. Guantanamo Bay with her husband, said she was happy to take what impact Treasures and Trivia has on the Guantanamo Bay community. Once I came in and realized how much it gave back to the I leave the island. I see the more work I put in, just like anything else, the more the community gets from it. spends Mondays sorting and organizing donations, which are placed on a new arrivals rack for quick access by customers. Luckily, she has the help of volunteers who donate their time to assist with the store upkeep. The volunteers are the one thing that keep us running, praised They come in and do those daily tasks that, because Im up here working the register, I cant do. a small white board and log their time before leaving. They perform tasks such as retrieving hangers from the clothing racks or organizing sections of the store. nd Class Walter Rappel works in the JTF behavioral need, said Rappel. Its part of giving back to the community and represents the Navy too. wonderful; hell do anything I need him to do. Treasures and Trivia even sells slightly used uniform items, but only that is always secured, so you have to ask and show valid military ID to purchase these items. $5-Fill-a-Bag-Sale. Shoppers receive a small bag and pay only $5 for all the inventory and also clears out the store for new merchandise. pants are $3. just second hand stuff. The best treasures may be found after an hour of searching, that treasure. them when the item comes in. With hundreds of items such as books, clothes and household items donated weekly, Treasures and Trivia is the place where thrifty Story and photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand
FEATURE | THE WIRE | PAGE 8 visitors when they enter Joint Task Force th Infantry Guard have a sometimes tedious and always essential mission. To combat the long days, th use this battle cry, reminding them to focus on their tasks at hand. !Dejate llvar! The simple phrase is their way of dealing with the stress and pressure that come with not only being a guard, but with most any job within the JTF. Working in the heat with high-ranking said Spc. Jose Montalvo. You may want to do something your way, but you just have to listen and do the right thing. Montalvo said he enjoys meeting and as they come through the gate and likes to learn about different cultures within the JTF. will speak to us in Spanish when passing through, said Montalvo. We get a sense of being home because were in the tropical weather here, too. monotonous at the gate, said Montalvo, but thinking about his future helps to pass the time. through the ROTC program, said Montalvo. people under you are going through. Spc. John Morales agrees time at the gate tends to go slow at times. We are always looking for entertainment and most of us have a good imagination, said Morales. We will call the other posts for radio checks and look around for different animals or the one deer we call Bambi. this deployment and said Dejate llavar! can help when things are tough. You know sometimes we question things, said Morales, like why do we have to do this or that, but then we say just go about the little things. Story and photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand Sgt. Aljady Soto assigned to Company B, 296th Infantry Regiment, Puerto Rico Army National Guard waves a familiar hand signal letting the next driver know it is OK to move forward at Roosevelt Gate, Friday. THE WIRE | PAGE 9 | FEATURE see GATE, page 11 th, said he wanted to join the military since he was a kid and is now thankful for the I got my masters degree, said Bringas. me, too. Im very happy because of that. I thank them for the opportunity and help theyve given me. Bringas, who works as a car part salesman as a civilian, said his experience with both jobs compliment each other well. people and learn to have a good customer relationship, he said. You have to smile at people all the time. I can use that here when Its nice because a lot of people speak to us in Spanish when passing through... we get a sense of being home. Staff Sgt. Arturo Emmanuelli, assigned to Company B, 296th Infantry Regiment, Puerto Rico Army National Guard stands guard duty awaiting
FEATURE | THE WIRE | PAGE 10Photo by Brian Margavich Staff Sgt. Arturo Emmanuelli, assigned to Company B, 296th Infantry Regiment, Puerto Rico Army National Guard, conducts a radio check during his guard duty at Roosevelt Gate, Monday night. THE WIRE | PAGE 11 | FEATURE faces people see we have to make a good impression and be professional at all times. GATE cont. Im on post to make it easier. I challenge myself to stay in a good mood. To Bringas, being a gate guard is a small piece of a larger puzzle. Everyone has a mission here that is very important and sometimes you do something that looks very small, but when you put it all together you see the big picture, explained Bringas. Here I do my part, other people do their part and together we make it better. th will pass on positivity to the next group of guards to keep their part of the mission alive. JTF, said Gringas. We have to make a good impression and be professional at all times. I like it, because I serve my country and I serve the JTF. I put my grain of sand in the War on Terror. enter Roosevelt Gate during his guard duty, Friday.
AT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 12In The Trenches several insurgents, including a senior Haqqani leader, during a nighttime security operation The deceased leader, Yasin, was the preeminent source of roadside bomb attacks in the Zurmat and Gardez districts. He was a bomb expert who constructed and facilitated explosive weapon systems throughout the coalition forces. found themselves under attack by several armed insurgents shortly after arriving at the the security force responded by killing several insurgents, including Yasin. force discovered and destroyed a rocket-propelled grenade launcher with three warheads, several grenades, a machine and numerous rounds of ammunition. The force also detained several suspects. In other operations in detained several suspects during an overnight security operation at a Taliban leaders Kunduz province. The target is a leader with the Kunduz attack network and is responsible for planning and conducting suicide attacks the district. leader was the Taliban-appointed governing force in Kandahar province captured a Taliban district. The facilitator was responsible for the movement of lethal materials for other Taliban networks. and coalition force captured a Taliban facilitator and an associate during a nighttime security operation in the Nahr-e Saraj district. The facilitator was a key transfer agent, smuggling materials and resources from Iran for senior Taliban leaders in Helmand. captured a Taliban leader during a security operation in the Qalat district of Zabul province. The leader was responsible for civilians. operation in the Tarnak wa Jaldak district of associates during a nighttime security search. The facilitator purchased, sold and transported weapons and ammunition in support of Haqqani operations. and coalition force detained two individuals for questioning during an overnight security search in the Chak-e Wardak district. The and logistical support to insurgents within the Onkhai Valley area. the capture of a Haqqani security operation in the Sabari district of Khost province. The facilitator was responsible for the purchase and sale of weapons and supplies to Haqqani insurgents in the district. He also prepared homemade bombs for attacks against the coalition security forces discovered two caches in different districts of Farah province. In Farah district, a combined force patrol discovered a weapons cache consisting of nine mines, in Bakwa district discovered a drug cache drugs and weapons will be destroyed. discovered a drug cache in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province. The cache consisted In the Zharay district of Kandahar force discovered a drugs cache consisting of security operation in the Sangin district of Helmand province discovered a weapons one rocket-propelled grenade and several improvised explosive device components. In the Sabari district of Khost province, a coalition force discovered a weapons cache improvised explosive device components. security forces. B, 1st Battalion, 6th Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, pull security and discuss possible enemy locations while in Katalai village, Khowst province, Afghanistan, June 15, 2011.Zabul province. The facilitator assisted in the transfer of Uzbeks and Farsi-speaking foreign killed two insurgents and detained another during an overnight operation in the Mota of the operation was a Haqqani leader who conducts, coordinates and directs roadside forces. The security force provided medical aid for a wounded insurgent and transported chest racks. Khost province captured a Haqqani network leader and a network facilitator during separate security searches in the Sabari district. The Haqqani operations in the district and was actively involved in building roadside bombs. coalition security force captured a Haqqani network facilitator and detained several Coast to coast State and federal marine law be working together during blood alcohol content exceeds Operation Dry Water will include increased patrols, breathalyzer tests, and boater education. Boaters found to be impaired can expect penalties to be severe. During the nationwide handed out. Studies conducted by the overuse of alcohol over the past nine years. In the reported number of boating fatalities, were not wearing a life jacket. In of victims were found to have a percent were found to have a hazardous on the water than on land. The marine environment motion, vibration, engine noise, sun, wind and spray accelerates a drinkers impairment. These stressors cause fatigue that makes a boat operators coordination, judgment and reaction time decline even faster when using alcohol. Operation Dry Water is a multi-agency, education and enforcement initiative launched of State Boating Law with the Coast Guard, putting thousands of local, state and federal marine law enforcement the last weekend in June to give BUI enforcement high visibility during the peak boating season. THE WIRE | PAGE 13 | AT YOUR SERVICE responded to a dive accident involving a 60-year-old man southeast of Beaufort Inlet, N.C., Tuesday. boat Olympus contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina a.m., reporting that a diver was recovered from the bottom of and not breathing. immediately started Motor Lifeboat crew was dispatched from Station Fort Macon with a Coast Guard EMT aboard. Upon arrival, the EMT was transferred to the Olympus and both boats returned to Fort Macon to await emergency medical service personnel. The diver was then transported to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, N.C. where he was declared deceased. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident. This is the fourth diving accident in eastern North Carolina in the last two months, said Lt. Kevin Sullivan, of Sector North Carolina. Cases like this are a reminder that diving is an inherently dangerous sport. Those participating are encouraged to exercise all due caution. For more information visit www.coastguardd5publicaffairs. com CAPE MAY, N.J. Boater David Wetten hands Coast Guard Auxiliary member Jim Kight his boat registration documents during his free, no-fault vessel safety exam at Snug Harbor Marina, May, 21.
Inside the JarST. LOUIS Every Marine is instilled with a warrior ethos, always poised and ready Boxing Event Monday, Marines participating in Marine Week St. Louis, were invited to The Scottrade Center was packed with supporters of both the Marines and local boxers. Some of the crowd sat at tables around the ring, eating, drinking and cheering rows of the arena. entertaining, was not the focus of the night. Tots, Backstoppers and the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis, organizations that support the Lance Cpl. Chelsea Flowers Headquarters Marine Corpsrespectively. fun doing it, said Sgt. Seth Forbes, a boxer in the competition and a motor transport mechanic with 3rd Battalion, Regiment, Special Force Marine Week. Each Marine boxer was pitted against departments for three rounds or a knockMarine boxers had never boxed professionally and jumped on this unique opportunity at the last minute. Who doesnt want to box a police AT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 14 Lance Cpl. Dennis Wiatt, a data technician specialist with 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Marine Week, uses fast footwork to defend himself against his opponent during the amateur boxing tournament in St. Louis, Monday. Wiatt raising money for charity. photo by Lance Cpl. Chelsea Flowersand get away with it? said Lance Cpl. Dennis Wiatt, a competitor and a data technician what sold me over. Throughout the course of the evening, there were enough blows to the head, hooks, knockdowns and even one near topple over the ropes to keep the crowd roaring all night. While the Marines came out victorious, the amateur boxing event gave Marines and St. Louisans a chance to engage in some friendly competition while giving back to the families of those who were lost or injured protecting them. The Marine Corps and the people of St. Louis will never forget the dedication and Who doesnt want to box a police officer and get away with it? Lance Cpl. Dennis Wiatt On the Wing depicting the evolution of air and space, Force Station technical support building The paintings were rescued years ago after being abandoned inside a storage closet at the Chidlaw Building, the thencloset again. some heritage, so it doesnt get lost, said The paintings will be assigned inventory numbers with instructions that they are not If we didnt accession them, they could be put in a closet and be forgotten, Kirk said. With accession numbers, if someone were remodeling and didnt want those paintings anymore, they would come back to us. For years, the paintings have been a source of conversation and mystery, Wilson said. The only clue about the paintings Beyond that, the paintings are not dated and We still ask the question, where did these paintings come from? he said. sergeant and retired Department of Defense civilian, found the discarded paintings in the paintings were covered in dust, but he liked them, he said. I knew those paintings were something special, he said. Marthaller asked around and no one objected, so he took them up to the mountain and put them up in the conference room. The paintings run as a series that begin with Greek mythology and the depiction of Icarus, the Greek man who made wings of feathers and wax to escape Crete. However, THE WIRE | PAGE 15 | AT YOUR SERVICE A painting by T. Patterson, an unknown artist, is now on display at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, in Colorado Springs Colo. The art will be adopted into the Air Force Art Program in 2011. (Courtesy photo)wings causing his crash to earth. Each painting has a number of faces or Richthofen, also known as the Red Barron, and in a separate painting to Valentina Terskova, a The paintings also treat viewers to the Flying E-3 Sentry, which would indicate the paintings introduced. transition of air power, Wilson said. There are a lot of famous people in the paintings its fun, a lot of folks will stop here and try to The paintings have been examined by Command historians, but neither had ever seen the paintings or knew anything about the artist, Wilson said. I heard comments and rumors that the painter was a Vietnam veteran doing some art control operations chief. I would like to know who he is. professional because of the detail and quality control division chief. Last year, Wilson bought new frames for the paintings and invited a representative at them. Force commissions a cadre of artists from Illustrators and works with the nations top aviation artists. Not just any art gets accepted into the program, Kirk said. have never found any news of an artist by that name. artist. I would like to set up a little plaque that a little bit about the artist, and if he is still with us, maybe we could get him to paint another one to continue the series, Wilson said. displayed the paintings. Its about time, he said. They are historic in their own way.
On The DeckNORFOLK, Va. USS Dwight D. marking another milestone in the warships long and storied career. During the sea trials, the aircraft carrier engaged in high-speed turns and various and its equipment, Sailors participated in drills ranging from man overboard to general quarters, as well as various other evolutions. it was proven that IKE can withstand the rigors of at-sea operations following a ninemonth pierside shipyard availability period. to see the way the crew and this ship have longterm maintenance of IKE, and the shipyard did an outstanding job. IKEs crew accomplished nearly 300 Board of Inspection and Survey items in three days. Whatever needed to be done was done at the end of the day, said Quartermaster 3rd Class Taquia Stokes from IKEs navigation department. Im looking forward to getting to do the job I joined the Navy to do, Stokes added. The sea trials tested IKE materially and physically, said Beckley. It is a testament to the crew that we were able to do this safely and with pride, he added. Eisenhowers crew enhanced many of Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Marshallthe communication systems, ships radio systems, telephone systems and combat systems suites. Basic maintenance and habitability upkeep, tiling, lagging and painting were done as well. During the availability, more than training spaces, main coolant check valve replacement and a brand new media center. We came out of the shipyard in better shape than when we entered it, Hernandez, of IKEs deck department. The crews extensive training during the availability, was key in preparing themselves for the arduous task of getting IKE underway after a long layoff. Sailors training during the planned incremental availability prepared them to to being operational mainly by preparing and conducting general quarters drills, reviewing all watchbills, and performing additional medical, navigation, and air drills, said Lt. Cmdr. Brock Miller, IKEs Now that IKE has successfully sea operations, working toward becoming surge ready. Her next major milestone will be along with on-loading ammunition and preparing for INSURV, will allow IKE to increase its combat readiness. For more news from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, visit www.navy.mil/local/ by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gregory N. JudayBRIDGETOWN, Barbados U.S. Navy divers from Mobile Dive and a two-week training evolution with multinational Caribbean divers in Barbados, Friday. from seven Caribbean countries on basic dive medicine, anti-terrorism force protection diving, lift bag procedures and chamber operations. It was an overall great experience working with the Caribbean divers, enjoyed the exchange of knowledge amongst each other. working in different countries. One of the most prominent is cultural differences. Dealing with cultural differences was great to see everything smooth-out and come together in the end. For many of the divers, U.S. and Caribbean, this is there second venture together. It is a wonderful experience for the Caribbean divers, learning the different equipment and technology that U.S. divers allows us to work together safely as a team, sharing tactics in the water. The Barbados coast guard hosted a closing ceremony in celebration of the event and continued the camaraderie with U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command Command joint and combined fullspectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower conducts rudder turns during sea trials, June 14. Dwight D. Eisenhower completed a nine-month planned incremental availability at Norfolk Naval Ship Yard, June 10 and is scheduled to resume underway operations this summer. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher StoltzAT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 16 | MI N D, BODY & SOULTHE WIRE | PAGE 17 Mind Body & Soul GTMO Religious ServicesDaily Catholic Mass Mon. Fri. 5:30 p.m. Main Chapel Vigil Mass Saturday 5 p.m. Main Chapel Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Main Chapel Catholic Mass Saturday 7:30 p.m. Troopers Chapel Sunday 7:30 a.m. Troopers Chapel Church of Christ Sunday 10 a.m. Chapel Annex Room 17 Seventh Day Adventist Saturday 11 a.m. Room B Iglesia Ni Christo Sunday 5:30 a.m. Room A Pentecostal Gospel Sunday 8 a.m. Room D 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 Sunday 9 a.m. Troopers Chapel Islamic Service Friday 1:15 p.m. Room C Jewish Service Friday 7 p.m. Chapel Annex LORIMI Gospel Sunday 8 a.m. Room D LDS Service Sunday 10 a.m. Room A very simple fact here on Naval Station Guantanamo: alcohol use is a common activity for most weekend events. Whether dancing at the club, barbecuing out back or just conversing with friends, many Guantanamo residents also choose to add alcohol to their mix of fun and revelry. By no means am I condemning the use of alcohol title suggests, this article is meant purely for and like any other drug, it has positive and negative effects along with potential hazards with overuse. Lets start with a closer look at what alcohol is and how your body treats it. If youre familiar with the term drinking your dinner, it should come as no surprise alcohol contains calories just like any other food. Medicine.net notes the ratio of calorie to substance for alcohol at seven calories to every one gram of alcohol. Comparably, proteins and carbohydrates hold four calories to every one gram and fats contain nine calories per every one gram. So right off, it is clear alcohol acts as a more concentrated food source than proteins or carbs, nearly twice as much. In itself, this should not cause too much concern but there is a deeper problem in the relative emptiness of these calories. Unlike proteins, carbs and even fats, alcohol contains nearly nothing in the way of essential vitamins, minerals, acids or really anything your body actually needs to sustain itself. Over consumption of alcohol becomes Pfc. Justin Pierce problematic as it gets in the way of delivering more useful food sources to your body, and this emptiness can lead to overeating when it comes time to sit down for a real meal. This is especially the case with hard liquors, which Ninety calories per ounce of hard liquor may set your internal calculator reeling, leaving you to wonder how on earth alcohol moderate limits. The Department of Health and Human Services considers moderate consumption to be not more than four drinks per day for men, three for women due primarily to a lower relative body weight friend here). With these responsible limits, a weight-watching gentleman would be consuming only 360 calories with two double moderate level, alcohol doesnt look so bad see BODY page 19
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STAY HYDRATED Task Force Guantanamo and Sgt. Shawn Kirk, warehouse noncommissioned Sgt. Mathieu Perry CORPSMAN BALL The Joint Medical Group Guantanamo Color Guard presents the colors during the 113th Hospital Corpsman Ball at Windjammer Ballroom, Friday. More than 100 Hospital Corpsman stationed at Joint Task Force and Naval Station Guantanamo attended the event. photo by Sgt. Mathieu Perry SAYING GOODBYE Sailors attached to the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion Guantanamo load duffel bags and luggage onto a cattle truck near the Naval Exchange store in after completing a year-long deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. photo by Sgt. Mathieu Perry FORM IT UP 1st Sgt. Phillip Dietz, of the 189th Military Police Company, salutes his commander, Capt. Christopher McCann, before leading his unit on a 2.7-mile company run, Monday. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sally Hendricks