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Volume 12, Issue 32 Friday, July 29, 2011 CATCHING AIR WITH BMX BADASS Ramadan: What every Trooper needs to know PLUS: Eight-legged freaks: GTMOs arachnid population studied
C THE WIRE | PAGE 2 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.COMMANDERS CORNER JTF GuantanamoCommander Navy Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson Command Master Chief Command Master Chief Reynaldo Tiong Office of Public Affairs Director Navy Cmdr. Tamsen Reese: 9928 Deputy Director Air Force Maj. Amy A. Oliver: 9927 Operations Officer CW2 Scott Chapman: 3649 Senior Enlisted Leader Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel: 3499 The WireExecutive Editor: Spc. Meredith Vincent: 3651 Layout Assistant: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand Photojournalists: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sally Hendricks Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Ebalo Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry Spc. Kelly GaryContact usEditors Desk: 3651 From the continental United States Commercial: 011-53-99-3499 DSN: 660-3499 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.milCOVER: Yeoman 3rd Class David Gates performs tricks at the skate park next to Denich Gym, Thursday. See inside for a feature interview with Gates about his adrenalinecharged hobby. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand JTF Troopers, As we continue to research and provide answers to your questions raised during the all hands call, I encourage each of you to continue to ask questions and push forth your thoughts and ideas through your chain of command. You can also reach out to me through the Commanders suggestion at the Kittery Cafe and Seaside Galley or at email@example.com l. Question: Are we ever going to be tax free here in GTMO? Answer: Per Department of Defense (DoD) Instruction 1340.25, to qualify as a tax exclusion zone, a given area must be designated either a (1) combat zone (CZ) by the President in an executive order, the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. While JTF Troopers qualify for imminent danger pay, our area of operations does not presently qualify for the CZTE. Nevertheless, we are in the process of requesting designation as an mind that this is a lengthy process and approval is not guaranteed. We will keep you informed as more information becomes available. The DoD Instruction is available at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/ directives/corres/pdf/134025p.pdf Question: Can the policy be changed to allow service members on 9-month orders to take R&R leave? Answer : We are presently reviewing the JTFs R&R leave program We will keep you informed on our request for an exception to this policy. In the meantime, Troopers on orders for at least 365 days remain eligible for up to 15 days of chargeable R&R leave. Troopers are also authorized a second R&R leave period if they extend for 365 days. The JTF Leave and Pass policy is available on the JTF Intranet at https://intranet/j1/leave/Leave%20Policy.pdf Follow-up: I mentioned last week that the NEX general manager was exploring our request to discount the rental rate for their older st, the NEX will lower the daily rental
Trooper to Trooper featuring JTF Housing Facility Manager Sgt. Maj. Rivers JacquesRespect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it. It has truly amazed me just how diverse Joint Task Force forces, DoD civilians and other support personnel and bring them together under a single banner focused on a common goal. Second, we ask people from all walks of life, cultural backgrounds, personalities and experiences to live, eat, work and play together. common goal is not an easy undertaking. It requires commitment, dedication, discipline and loyalty on the part of each individual. I have seen when we have disagreed with each other and refused individuals put aside their differences in a collaborative effort toward achieving our collective mission objectives. This to me is what teamwork is all about putting our differences aside and working together toward a common goal. Collaboration, cooperation and leadership are the essential ingredients required for any team to be successful. For many of us it has just begun. this unique team you were a part of. Cherish the friendships we fostered, the life experiences we gained and the history we made. For those of you who recently arrived, remember your time here is short and the team is only as strong as you make it. I, for one, have come to understand just how unique a team we are. The saying here will always be a part of my personal and professional life. THE WIRE | PAGE 3 | TROOPER T O TROOPER PSEC ALERT KEEP WORK AT WORK! USE OPSEC!Keep work at the workplace.Do you have a notebook in your pocket that has information about work? Things like watch rotations, important phone numbers or people to notify in the event of an emergency? How about a copy of our standard operating procedures? This information is important to know and studying it can help you to remember. But this information is sensitive and could be used by an adversary, so its better to read at work and commit it to memory rather than write it down or take a copy with you. The less information you take from the workplace, the less likely it could end up in a trash can, dumpster or be disclosed to people without the need to know. Use OPSEC and keep sensitive work documents at the workplace.
NEWS FROM T HE BAY | THE WIRE | PAGE 4 Boots on the GroundIf MWR could bring one band to the Island who would it be?News from the Bay Stories and reporting by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin AngebrandNew to GTMOstand-up paddleboarding sport Welfare and Recreations Outdoor Recreation Department.Womens running group at Cooper Field Sundays Looking for a running partner? Well, look no further than the new and now forming womens running group. at 7 a.m. every Sunday starting August at Cooper Field. The club requires no obligations or with other Troopers. For more information, contact Jen Norton at x2157.Country music night every Saturday at Windjammer might hear the echoes of a favorite country song. The sound is likely coming from the Windjammer where Country Night takes center stage, every Saturday from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Joint Task Forces very own Trooper, Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class Cody Kretschmer, is the man behind the music, taking requests and introducing new songs. Patrons of country night usually walk Kretschmer. Either the atmosphere or sounds of their hometown, or the excitement of trying Kretschmer plays a mixture of hits and older classics, offering an opportunity for Troopers This allows people to loosen up and For more information, call x75503. Metallica would be awesome. Theyre the only band that can truly rock in Fidels backyard. Army Sgt. Rachael Allen I like Don Omar; hes a famous Spanish singer. He is great. Machinist Mate 1st Class Christopher Coleman Spc. Diego Torres Im a huge Ozzie fan. Ozzie Osbourne is the man. I think everyone on the island would come to see him. I would probably have to go with Young Money. If you ask enough people who they would want, thats probably who they would say too. Army Staff Sgt. Tim Brooks SUPing is popular in warm coastal climates and resorts, gaining recognition as celebrities training with it. Cory Geiger. SUPing is a great complete body workout and is very easy to learn. Within one hour you can become very comfortable in The sport has been spotted around the globe, in places with easy access to safe waters, clear water in the mornings will allow SUPers to see much deeper than when kayaking due to big wave surfer in the world, and Dave paddleboarding to the modern water sports world. For more information about the equipment arrival, contact Geiger at x2345.
Country music night every Saturday at Windjammer trooper Bullet Bio Time in service: 2 years Hobbies: Pet peeves: Next goal: Advice to junior Troopers: | TROO P ER FO C USTHE WIRE | PAGE 5 focus Army Sgt. Roy Vasel only recently was promoted to sergeant after only two years in the Army Reserves. And despite his impressive career trajectory, this was not what he had in mind when he signed up. would switch when I got to my home unit. As one of only four people in his responsibility of supplies and purchasing Troopers and shops need something not typically found in the supply warehouse, the request falls to him. All supplies that are not stocked in the warehouse and cannot be ordered through attitude, is highly active and motivated in his newly minted sergeant has proved himself worthy of. Promoted on April 1st of this year, responsibilities. admitted. ability to guide his customers through the ins and outs of purchasing. and father to drastically change his and his familys future by joining the Army? recalled. I had been out of work, and to be brutally honest the Army recruiter was the his chosen path has changed his life. wanted to do it when I was much younger. Who wouldve thought at 40 I wouldve gone to basic training in the Army. Its kind of Although it put a lurch in his commissioning group, the 336th Combat Sustainment found something the west doesnt offer much of. With little time left on his deployment, toward his future off the island. While still Active Guard and Reserve program. Regardless of what he decides to do afterward, the lasting impression of will he miss most about the island?
EOD blows away extra ammunitionStory by Sgt. First Class Benjamin CosselNEWS | THE WIRE | PAGE 6 The ninth month of the Islamic Calendar is nearly upon us Ramadan. world refrain from eating or drinking from sun up to sun down. Joint Task Force Guantanamo cultural advisor, Zak, who declined to give his last name for security reasons, explained because the Islamic calendar is based exact start of Ramadan changes. Zak said Ramadan should begin on or near August 1. he said. during the time of fasting also teaches Ninth month in Islamic lunar calendar approachesStory and photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu PerryThree Sailors with the Explosive more than 3,000 pounds of explosives and ammunition on Naval Station Guantanamo, July 20. Our mission was to support the US Navy in reducing the amount of explosives Senior Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Army Reserve Maj. Sam Mum, attached to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 6 Detachment from Mayport, Fla., gives scale to the crater at the Guantanamo Naval Station EOD Range, Thursday.The EOD team is the Navys regional response unit. Their area of responsibility is and Puerto Rico. shipping the explosives back to the states, the group was directed to dispose of them locally. Todays goal was to safely get rid of the customs fees and drivers or pilots needed to specialist, said the life span of ordnance depends on its type. Ammunition has a shelf life of anywhere from 18 months to somewhere around our shelf life and was under a directive to be destroyed since it lacked taggants. Taggants are chemical markers introduced to the materials during the manufacturing the ammunition has been expended and The two main safety risks are falling The Naval Station roller will carry more information concerning the next ordnance disposal dates and times. less fortunate, thus encouraging acts of generosity and charity. Of particular focus for the JTF, Zak explained during the month of Ramadan, detainees in the camps might be slightly more irritable as they go without food or drink the entire day. I would expect things to be a little more quiet during the day and for there Zak said. Taking into account their sensitive diet during the period, food preparation during the month has been altered. In addition to serving breakfast before sunrise, Zak meal of a date with honey will be served at sunset along with a midnight meal. pointed out. We dont say Its Ramadan, theres no lunch meal today. If a detainee Zak said it will be easy to identify detainees who are fasting and those who are not. If theyre drinking water during Leading up to the month of Ramadan, Zak spent countless hours training the guard force and leadership about the and how they should act during the holy month. Ive been really impressed with the learn as much as they can how they should conduct themselves and how they Acknowledging detainees could become more irritable during fasting times, Zak said he didnt expect any guards. the end of the fasting period during the is marked with grand celebrations and donations of food to the poor.
THE WIRE | PAGE 7 | NEWS after dark last week to stalk and capture one creatures. Not the banana rat or the iguanas they were looking for big, hairy spiders. Two Sailors and a Soldier stationed with Group walked the streets of the base hunting down tarantula spiders, July 20. The group collected the spiders for the and if they are harmful to the Guantanamo In the last two weeks I started noticing them crawling around in the streets everywhere nd workers and chain of command about it and Story and photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Ebalo we decided to go out there and get some tarantulas in the name of science, hopefully with missions like testing for drinking water quality or conducting inspections on base eating facilities. This mission had to be handled a little bit differently than what they are used to. I dont like spiders, so this wasnt the To maintain cleanliness, preventative health technicians wore gloves and used Tupperware and Ziploc bags with punctured breathing holes to catch and hold the captured spiders. rd Class They were hairy and about the size of an adult hand when spread out. Its not something I would ever do in my department, but I volunteered and Im glad I did because At the end of the night, the Troopers and will be released when completed. One of the strongest tools we have in information on common and uncommon things that are likely to cause injury or illness, we can empower our community to make Perry said he could not be more proud of his Troopers for taking the initiative and following up on the unique opportunity. I am amazed by the great work my team of Sailors and Soldiers do each day to Creepy crawlers Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jeremy Runnels, Preventative the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Medical Group, lifts up the leg of Monday. (top right) Army Sgt. Ashley Chandler (left), and Runnels, examine a captured spider in
MISSIO N | THE WIRE | PAGE 8 B ood, swea & L T
B ood, swea & no ear THE WIRE | PAGE 9 | MISSIO N Whether for the Naval Station or Joint Task Force Guantanamo, manual labor is how Seabees get the job done. Its nothing new for a Seabee to dig, hammer and sweat all in the same day. This is especially true for has been building a brand new restroom older, smaller building. Were expanding it and putting in Electrician 1st the challenges faced along the way. The assignment seemed simple at first tear down the old building and erect a new one. It didnt turn out quite that easy. The biggest challenge is that 3rd Class Jon Guillemagudelo. The old building came flush with it, so we actually to the Army and Air Force engineers to borrow the gear. A lot of the equipment on Guantanamo The hoses have a tendency to break; the from the ocean also take their toll on the heavy equipment. As the crew leader for smoothly regardless of these challenges. I make sure I have enough material to keep my guys busy, make my deadlines on the project schedule and make sure we are doing what we are supposed to per day and per week to get things done in a timely Getting things done on time means working together as a team, something Guillemagudelo sees in his fellow Seabees daily and said its what keeps him motivated. lot together. Its kind of like a brotherhood and its cool because you get close with Due to the equipment and other challenges on this project, the partially complete restroom will be turned over to The plumbing is going in today and were from there its just the walls, ceiling and The finished facility, expected to open in early August, will include handicap accessibility, more space and separate male and female entrances. F Utilitiesman 2nd Class Tracy Troxell and Utilitiesman 2nd Class Sam Neal, both attached to Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 28, measure a pipe while installing plumbing for a new restroom facility at Windmill Beach on Guantanamo Bay, July 21.
FEA T URE | THE WIRE | PAGE 10 Adrenaline junkie
THE WIRE | PAGE 11 | FEA T URE Most people dont discover their passion until late in life. Some, however, are like Yeoman 3rd Class David seven. Gates, known to his friends young boy watching the big kids ride their bikes in a sand pit not far from his house in Intrigued and wanting to learn more, he started out with a dirt bike perfect for trail riding. Despite being covered with bumps and bruises at the end of each ride, he kept practicing and the thrill of every jump, to this day, keeps him begging for another set. Yeoman 3rd Class David Gates completes a 360 degree turn jump while practicing tricks at the skate park next to Denich Gym, July 21. Gates works in the JTF escorts department and spends his free time perfecting jumps on his bike.Story and photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin AngebrandAdrenaline junkie
FEA T URE | THE WIRE | PAGE 12 Yeoman 3rd Class David Gates rides his bike performing various tricks at the skate park next to Denich Gym, Thursday. Gates, a husband and father, has been riding since he was seven years old.
I never thought I would break a bone I thought I was invincible. Now, I go up to something and, if it seems sketchy, I give it deep thought. A set is a term riders use combining a jump and a landing. Gates says he and his buddies built their own sets carving, packing and digging dirt to create perfect jumps and smooth landings. friends. We were a team, but not in competition. We rode everywhere together and would pay our parents to take us to different parks across Gates says the toughest part about riding is learning when to give up on completing a trick about to go wrong. You hit a jump and think, will I have to bail? Can I throw a spin or takes over. I was invincible. Now, I go up to something, and if it seems sketchy I give it deep thought and give it a try or practice run, just to see how its Gates ability to think outside the box is also apparent in his everyday work says, Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class John Riggs, Gates supervisor. to us and volunteered to help out with the detainee movements. During From then on, Gates jumped right into training new escort personnel. Riggs, also Gates roommate, says hes always receiving parts for his bike and working on it outside another aspect of Gates desire to learn and grow not only in his work, but also in his passion for riding. For Gates, it took many mistakes to develop his sixth sense for the bike the ability to know when a trick is going bad before it actually just a smidge, or a ridge in a platform throwing his body weight to one side a bit all signs of a near crash landing. These are Gates thoughts as he lunges his weight into the pedals of his bike and glides to the ramps edge performing a 360 degree turn at the bikes highest point in the air just before jetting back down the ramp into a smooth landing. Each mental calculation amounts to split seconds of time and ultimately determines his survival. The dangerous nature of his hobby is always a concern for his family. When at home, Gates wife bites her nails as he rides while his son, If Im riding my bike and he sees me through a window or if hes outside and he hears my back rim spinning, hell try looking around for Gates would like his son to follow in his footsteps and plans to get As he pursues his Navy career, Gates plans to keep riding. When not working, hes at the skate park perfecting new tricks and jumps. Even after 17 years, Gates still chases the trill of his passion. THE WIRE | PAGE 13 | FEA T URE
On The Deck Inside the JarLOS ANGELES The U.S. week to celebrate the inaugural Los Angeles Navy Week 2011. into the Port of Los Angeles. Shoemaker, commander, Carrier ships and Navy personnel were eager to interact with the people of Southern California. Were excited to be here in Los Angeles to participate Shoemaker said. Were looking forward to showing the people here how much pride we have in our Navy and what we do in international trade travels by sea, Shoemaker said the visit to L.A. would highlight two complementary aspects that make the United States great. port is one of the biggest in Its an incredibly important part of Americas economy, and the Navy ensures sea lanes remain secure, open and While in Los Angeles, Sailors will take part in a variety of Southern California activities, including attending Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games, and visiting Disneyland Navy steams into Los Angeles to celebrate Navy Week Specialist Steve Johnson Just about every night around dusk, two opponents meet in the open fog. They back up about 50 feet, ammunition chief with Ammo Company, Greenville, S.C Thats for that matter, but they do have dirt road impassible in anything end of what cant be considered a road at all, is the work place of The ammo supply point, little more than a series of storage containers stitched together with speck swallowed up by the hilly green expanse of the 6th South Training Area. There they pass out rounds to the approximately National Defense Force soldiers training together as part of an and humanitarian mission Exercise Shared Accord 2011. The blesbok, a type of roam free across the training area and routinely lock horns this time of year. The ASP, it seems, Its basically so that the stronger ones have the mate and the territory and the weaker ones Armor Lt. Col. Chris Putter. The lighter, more agile springbok, prominently displayed on the South African also commonly seen. Together, the two species number in the hundreds in and around the training area. On all of our ranges there is game and we have to protect Wild animals like the antelope manage to thrive in and around SA training areas, explosions, because the SA run and follow strict environmental rules, Kemp explained. tasked as the environmental manager and individual troops are issued environmental conduct cards upon entering different training areas. It is a soldiers responsibility Kemp added. controller with D Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance from the ammo point in one that dot the camp stretched out behind the units row of Light remember seeing a string of springbok attempt to jump the wire fence a hundred yards out from the tents in the dead third ran full tilt into the fence before backing up and trying again, remembering to jump and successfully joining the others. They jump over it like its The springbok get plenty of practice during the South African spring and summer months when they bounce around in apparent celebration of their new offspring. laughed Kemp. The training area is also home to warthogs and jackals. It even hosts monkeys known in the Afrikaans because of their distinctly colored genitals. None number as high as the antelope, and none come as One of the things we have all been struck by is how bold and Dean. They kind of look at you like, what are you doing here? like By Cpl. Jad Sleiman, Marine Forces ReserveAT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 14 In addition to enjoying the California sunshine, Sailors are also scheduled to participate in community relations projects, such as building houses for local residents in cooperation Capt. John D. Alexander, expects Lincoln Sailors will make a favorable impression on the people of L.A. We have some incredibly personnel serving aboard this day, our Sailors positively contribute to the American way of life by serving in this great organization. No matter how remarkable the people our ships, theyll be even more impressed by the pride and professionalism of our Also participating in L.A. Navy Week 2011 are Carrier Air Wing 2, and personnel from Carrier Strike Group Expeditionary Security Squadron 3, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit 1. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is in Los of a deployment scheduled for the end of the year. For more information and a schedule of L.A. Navy Week 2011 events, visit www. navyweek.org/losangeles2011.
On the Wing here to receive a French award roughly equivalent to the Silver Star. ceremony at the French Ambassadors Residence attended by senior Gen. Timothy Kadavy, deputy director of the Army National Guard. I am deeply honored to pay tribute to six most outstanding American Soldiers from the United States Army and the Army National Guard Through their outstanding bravery and engagement in combat, they fought at the risk of their own lives to assist French Soldiers, their in the same region a year earlier. We prevented that from happening, allowing them to conduct their deeds of bravery carried out as part of security and law enforcement Delattre said. Group (Airborne). Your courage honors you as well as your country. Your exemplary Nuemer, Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Ahern, Staff Sgt. Casey Roberts and Sgt. Delattre told them. You distinguished yourselves. Your outstanding French government honors Special Forces Soldiers By Army Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhillconduct alongside French forces, your remarkable bravery in the face of danger in the combat zone, and your superb combatant qualities deserve member who has been on Active Duty most of the last decade and overwhelmed. We dont normally look for this kind of recognition. I dont contributions to the total force, Dempsey said. The last three award ceremonies Ive been to happen to have been I couldnt be more proud of our Army in general, but tonight is a night Subcommittee on Readiness Tuesday. Im pleased to report that Americas Air Force continues to provide the nation with unmatched global vigilance, reach and power as a part evidenced by the 40,000 American Airmen deployed to 285 locations a continually rotating basis to directly contribute to operations in U.S. By Mitch GettleAdditionally, 57,000 Airmen stationed in overseas locations provide capabilities in direct support of combatant commands, he added. The operations tempo for many Airmen, based on the ratio of time spent deployed and the time spent at home station, is stretching some although extensive use in contingency operations is testing the aging In The Trenches THE WIRE | PAGE 15 | AT YOUR SERVICE French Ambassador Francois Delattre awards the Croix de la Valeur Militaire, roughly equivalent to the Silver Star, to Army National Guard Sgt. Ryan Meister during a private ceremony at the French ambassadors residence in Washington, D.C., Monday.
AT T HE MOVIES | THE WIRE | PAGE 16Movie Review 29 02 01 31 30 03 04Call MWR at ext. 2010 for more information. Movie Hotline call 4880. Captain America (PG-13) 8 p.m. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (PG-13) 10 p.m. Judy Moody (PG) 8 p.m. Bridesmaids (R) 8 p.m. *last showing* No movie: Join us at the National Night Out 6 p.m. 9 p.m. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (PG-13) 8 p.m. Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG) 8 p.m. Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley The Conspirator (PG-13) 8 p.m. Jumping the Broom (PG-13) 10 p.m. *last showing* FRI.SAT.SUN.MON.TUES.WED.THURS. ending with the sure and steady directing of David Yates, the series matured and developed as rapidly as its audience. The eighth and ultimately satisfying of them all and rightfully so. Just as the ads and posters cruelly remind should be noted how beautifully the three the shadow of the most successful movie a one of them pulled a Lohan? Grint, with his naturally red hair and sheepishly rakish grin, was always a pitch perfect Ron. Loyal, Watson, amazingly, under the glare of young woman who quickly became the heart and moral compass of the entire series. her two best friends together in the face of certain disaster, but also the entire story. Spc. Meredith VincentPG-13 130 min.Judy Moody (PG) 8 p.m. Bridesmaids (R) 10 p.m. *last showing* The Conspirator (PG13) 8 p.m. Jumping the Broom (PG-13) 10 p.m. *last showing* Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (PG-13) 8 p.m. Captain America (PG-13) 8 p.m. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (PG-13) 8 p.m. X-Men: First Class (PG-13) 8 p.m. Zookeeper (PG-13) 8 p.m.In the seven months I have been writing reviews for you, never before have I written about a movie, character or story that means nerd, through and through. Ive read the books most of them not twice but three times. Ive stood for hours in numerous lines, waiting for midnight premiers of the fourth, over a decade, I have loved the characters born of J.K. Rowlings imagination and watching this movie is almost the equivalent of saying goodbye to dear and beloved for the biggest weekend debut, the story of shaping phenomenon. Even haters cant deny out for a spin has a movie saga touched the hearts and minds of so many fans in so many the know, know better. Its remarkable, really, that in the process see MOVIES, page 19
Voice of America News start of the fall semester, Congress has approved will be paid in an effort to prevent thousands of veterans from facing a steep drop in tuition payouts. veterans enrolled in classes will receive at least as much tuition funding from the education The president is expected to sign the bill into law in coming days. On Aug. 1, changes approved by Congress last fall will set the maximum yearly tuition not be affected. The private college payout changes will mean thousands more annually for most veterans, but theyll hurt students from seven states where the reimbursement rates were higher than the private colleges petitioned Congress in recent months to grandfather them in at their old rates until graduation, to ensure they didnt face new at private colleges. That should help about 6,000 students who meet that criteria, but not a few THE WIRE | PAGE 17 | NEWS YOU CA N USE The U.N. World Food Program has begun emergency airlifts of food to A WFP official has confirmed to more than 14 tons of food, landed Wednesday in the Somali capital, This is believed to be the first airlift of food to Somalia since the U.N. declared a famine in two southern regions of the country last week. Additional aid flights are expected to go this week to eastern Ethiopia and northern Kenya, near the Somali border. The airlifts were due to begin Tuesday but were delayed by what the WFP described as logistical problems in Kenya. U.N. officials have said more than Africa are in need of emergency aid. The U.N. is holding a donors conference Wednesday in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, with the goal of the famine over the next 12 months. WFP Director Josette Sheeran described Somalia as the epicenter of population there is facing starvation. last week, and said she had spoke to one woman who lost three children during a desperate walk to the capital, trying to find food. On Tuesday, the U.N. refugee agency said 100,000 Somalis have the past two months, and continue to come at a rate of 1,000 per day. Thousands more are streaming across the border to camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. On Wednesday, the U.N. Childrens Fund said it aims to vaccinate over 300,000 children in Kenya to prevent new outbreaks of disease. U.N. access to southern Somalia where the U.N. formally declared hampered by the militant Islamist large sections of the region and has denied that a famine is taking place, dismissing international assistance as political interference.UN begins food airlifts to Somalia public universities. Tom Tarantino, senior legislative associate said his group is still concerned about that population and the potential debt they could face, but Congress should get credit for getting this far when its clear there isnt the mood for more than 6,000 veterans would have been affected. our promise to Americas student veterans enabling them to stay in the school of their Affairs had said earlier that changes the tuition payout rules this late in the summer could throw potential disrupting payouts to the nearly 800,000 in recent days, instead saying that it will likely only affected veterans. Tarantino said his group will continue to but they are also hopeful that schools will step in this fall with tuition assistance packages to keep those veterans in class.Stars and Stripes Democratic Party allies in Congress and opposition Republicans are still haggling over competing plans to raise the government borrowing limit as an August 2 deadline draws closer. Without an agreement, Washington could default on some of its obligations. Uncertainty caused by the bitter partisan debate and the lack of apparent progress toward a compromise have worried investors. That is why many stock markets investments like gold and the Swiss Franc have hit record highs against the U.S. dollar. Experts say rival plans put forward by Senate Democrats will cut expenses less than thought. trillion over 10 years, overstates savings by embrace his plan because it is a compromise that incorporates many spending cuts Republicans have supported and does not include tax increases they strongly oppose. interviewers that there are a lot of debt reduction plans on the table and everyone is stressed as the August 2 deadline approaches. what is right.Voice of America News House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, at podium, accompanied by members of the House Republican leadership, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. July 26. photo by AP
Mind Body & SoulClose encounters: The alien concept of embracing diversity GTMO Religious ServicesDaily Catholic Mass Tues. 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 5:30 p.m. Troopers ChapelMI N D, BODY & SOUL | THE WIRE | PAGE 18Protestant Worship Sunday 9 a.m. Troopers Chapel Islamic Service Friday 1:15 p.m. Room C Jewish Service Friday 7 p.m. Chapel Annex LDS Service Sunday 10 a.m. Room A 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. & 5 p.m. Room D Liturgical Service Sunday 10 a.m. Room B Church of the Sacred Well Call x2323 for information General Protestant Sunday 11 a.m. Main Chapel United Jamaican Fellowship Sunday 11 a.m. Sanctuary B Gospel Service Sunday 1 p.m. Main Chapel GTMO Bay Christian Fellowship Sunday 6 p.m. Main ChapelIf a big, horrible alien landed a spaceship near you, and walked into your work space holding what appeared to be a weapon, what would you do? Would you run? Would you be afraid? Would you want to harm it? be a good idea to get to know this alien come from another planet to provide us our economy. Often times, when people choose to dislike or ignore others simply because they are different, they miss out on great friendships, opportunities, or insightful information. Well okay, if a big alien walked into unfortunate reality is, there could be people you serve with in your unit being alienated eye, share the same views or because you is a product of miscommunication and miscommunication in a unit causes chaos and tension in the workplace. In order to form a successful team it is vital to have group cohesion. One team, one strong cohesive group is sometimes related to personal differences among Troopers. In our diverse military you are expected to cultural backgrounds and beliefs. This can a culture that surrounds a person. What is the norm for you may not be the same for everyone. Although some believe diversity is a weakness, it is actually one of the many strengths of our military. Diversity provides us with a unique perspective and new ideas. With diversity, different opinions are Different thought processes allow the team to approach issues from many different angles, thus increasing problem solving as a whole. Realistically, a unit will not be in perfect harmony all the time, but the ability to unite people of different backgrounds around shared principles is a common language necessary to reach any goal. So embrace diversity and learn to understand who you serve with. You might from your battle buddy. Until we can relate to one another on a basic, human level, it is adjusting to this new atmosphere, support at x3566. You can also reach out to your chaplain or leadership. It is never too late to seek support and guidance. Hospitalman Edward Jones
THE WIRE | PAGE 19 | THE LAS T WORD MOVIES cont. as the boy wizard. Now 22, he clearly is in control of his performance, giving the battle right to his arch enemy, Lord Ralph Fiennes has literally made my skin effectively erasing his nose to create the likeness of a snake, Fiennes ability to bring the same time. The biggest reason to not dismiss these movies as simple childs play is the caliber of actors willing to do smaller, supporting actors has always been a respectful nod certainly paid off. This movie is owned by two epic scenes featuring veteran as Dumbledores loyal number two, Smith, her moment of brilliance squaring off against the shifty Professor Snape (well get to Alan Rickman in a minute). And in the best line of the series, Julie Walters, as impossible not to cheer out loud. a reunion of past Potter characters. Everybodys back to say goodbye. The out the action hero in perpetual sadsack worthy scene. at some of the changes from the book. it. There are always bound to be nixed subplots, scene relocations and different perspectives. Ever since visionary Alfonso Cuaron took over the directing reins for series has made a knowing effort to place Rowlings story in the hands of true artists. This means instead of creating a cookie cutter version of the books, the directors used their own creative resources to add depth and realism to the story. In bringing with the result. The lasting themes of love, friendship and loyalty are still profound, as are the potential political undertones. Think of everything that has happened in your life in the last ten years. Think of the things you have seen, the friendships youve formed, the lives youve touched. for legions of devoted fans, myself among If anything, its a bittersweet two hours, because once the credits roll, it really is The End.
DEEP DIVING Navy Diver 1st Class Justin Porretti (left) attached to Naval Station Guantanamo Navy Dive Locker waits for a signal to begin his dive of the day, July 20. photo by Sgt. Mathieu Perry BEEF ROAST A PIG Air Force 1st Sgt. Derrick Hildebrandt with the Base Emergency Engineers Force roasts a pig during a change of command celebration, Wednesday. photo by Sgt. Mathieu Perry GOT AIM? Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher Stevens, from Marine Corps Security Forces, Company C, 5th Platoon, demonstrates aiming his M203 grenade launcher down range during a simulated attack at Grenadilo Gun Range, Tuesday. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park PAINT BALLIN A team of Troopers take to the paintball course Saturday, as part of a teambuilding exercise. photo by Sgt. Mathieu Perry