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Volume 12, Issue 33 Friday, August 5, 2011 JTFs one and only female Marine leaves the island A Marines goodbye Savings plan Whats in your wallet? PLUS: Tang Soo Do Troopers learn an ancient martial art
C 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. 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 Erica Gardner Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Ebalo Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry Spc. Kelly Gary Yeoman 3rd Class Britney EppsContact 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: Joint Task Force Guantanamos lone female Marine, Lance Cpl. Britney Thomas, leaves the island this month. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand In case you did not see the all hands email I sent on Monday, I expect Rear Admiral David Woods to arrive in a few weeks and for our change of command ceremony to be held on or about August 24. Adding this event to our already busy schedule will be challenging so I ask for your continued support as we work through this transition together. Before responding to some more of your recent questions, I want to personally thank you for your continued dedication to our mission which remains of strategic importance to our Nation. Question: Can we expand the hours of the courtesy patrol? Troopers are often walking home in the dark down Kittery Beach Road through the Roosevelt Gate. Answer : The JTF courtesy patrol offers safe rides at no cost Sunday through Thursday night from 2200 to midnight. On Friday and Saturday night, the patrol runs from 2200 to 0230. The schedule ensures that Troopers can arrive home safely after the MWR facilities close. Troopers must plan their off-duty time accordingly. Drink when necessary. Question: Why is it that only select personnel on TDY orders receive $2/day for dry cleaning? Answer : Per chapter 4 of the Joint Federal Travel Regulations (JFTR) the cost incurred during TDY travel for personal laundry/ dry-cleaning and pressing of clothing is not a reimbursable expense for OCONUS travel and is part of the Incidental Expenses included within your TDY orders if you have further questions. The JFTR is available at http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/Docs/perdiem/JTR(Ch1-7).pdf Question: The Camp America mini-NEX seems to be the Answer : We have addressed this issue with the NEX manager and efforts are underway to improve the selection and quantity of uniform items at the Main Exchange. The focus of effort will be on the more perishable items like socks, t-shirts, rank insignia, covers (or hats), and boots. Please allow the NEX a few weeks to restock their uniform items and reorganize their displays. Question: Any possibility of getting an ATM machine in the TK mini-NEX? Answer : The JTF J4 is working with representatives from the Naval Station, Community Bank and Fleet Industrial Supply CenterJacksonville to determine the feasibility of installing an ATM machine in the TK mini-NEX. Efforts are underway to submit the necessary becomes available. COMMAND CORNER | THE WIRE | PAGE 2
Trooper to Trooper featuring Command Sgt. Maj., Joint Task Force Guantanamo Sgt. Maj. Mark PorrettMost companies and products are pretty good, but only a few turn out to be great. These great companies and products stand the test of time, earning a respected reputation by cornering the market and creating a monopoly. Some great companies that come to mind are Mercedes, Apple, BMW, Boeing and even Wal-Mart. Units and individuals can reach greatness by using the same business principles. There is no way of being great if you cannot build a strong team. No one person does anything by themselves. It takes a team to do any task you can think of. Someone always has a special skill others may not, and that skill should be utilized. Its up to the leader and others to determine the best way to use that team member. Only when the right person is placed in the right position will the team take a step forward to being great. Initiative is one of the driving factors of being great. Not settling for the status quo, but always striving to be better or have a better product. You know you have a great product or idea when others try to imitate it. all been let down by buying a generic product expecting it to perform like the name brand product. When a company comes up with an outstanding product, they take the initiative and continue to improve it. We, too, should never be content with things the way they are we must develop leaders, units and individuals. Along with greatness comes failure. Thomas Edison was attempting But he kept at it, saying only that when you fail, fail better next time. His teachers said he was, too stupid to learn anything. Few of us today would consider him a failure. Now we remember him as a visionary, a world-class inventor who was way before his time. We often learn more by failing than being right all the time. Positive environments allow individuals and teams to fail without it being a catastrophic event. I cant imagine what the world would be like if Edisons boss had a zero-defect mentality. We need everyone to help build a climate where mistakes are a learning opportunity. As you go about your daily business and duties, do a personal check to see whether you are just going through the motions, or actually improving the unit, individuals and morale. The collective effort to take issues and objectives from good to great depends on the effort, cooperation and desire to be more than just mediocre. We may not all be great, but each of us has the potential. To break this message down to its simplest form: greatness is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical and expecting more than others think is possible. Honor Bound! THE WIRE | PAGE 3 | TROOPER T O TROOPER PSEC ALERT THINK BEFORE YOU POST!Keep your personal life personal. How many times have you seen someone online share places they have checked into? Social Media can be a great tool for staying connected with friends and family while youre deployed, but there is a limit to what you should put online, especially when it comes to your personal life. Telling the online community your whereabouts at all times by checking in at places might not be the best idea. Especially if your smart phone does it automatically. Make sure you know what youre sharing online and what the settings on your mobile devices are. Stay safe. Think before you post. Use OPSEC.
NEWS FROM T HE BAY | THE WIRE | PAGE 4 Boots on the GroundWhat do you do to save money?News from the Bay Stories and reporting by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin AngebrandNEGB Chiefs host car wash to raise money Dont wash your car, instead, let the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion Chief Petty at the Downtown Lyceum car wash port from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We like to support special events and have to raise money to do that, said Chief Culinary Specialist Alfonzo Greene, NEGB supply chief. We have the new chiefs induction coming up, so we will do stuff with them as well. There is no set price to get a wash donations only. Troopers can choose from hot dogs, hamburgers and a variety of drinks while waiting under shaded tents as their vehicle is washed.Coffeehouse series brings artist Nellys Echo Wind down the week with Morale, Welfare and Recreations Coffeehouse series featuring Nellys Echo on Friday at the Triple C patio from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday at OKellys from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday on the Bayview patio from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist Nelson Emokpae, also known as Nelly, originally hails from Nigeria, Africa. He draws from his multi-cultural background and experiences to tell his story in music and lyrics. Emokpaes skillful blend of soul, reggae and blues coupled with infectious hook lines and tremendous vocal abilities transport listeners into a musical story being told. He has been compared to Seal and Sting, with a tad of John Mayer thrown in as he mixes a little calypso, a little Afro-beat and a lot of Troopers redeem free hotel accommodations Thanks to the Asian American Hotel Owners Associations Proud and Patriotic Salute to Soldiers program, Troopers can get a free hotel room upon returning from a de ployment. The program, sponsored by the United Services Organization and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, provides a voucher good for a free room at participat ing hotels. To reserve a room, Troopers can visit www.salutetosoldiers.com and then call or email the contact person to redeem their voucher. Investing in myself and diversifying my network. Senior Airman Karie Quenette By transferring money from checking to my savings every month for larger future purchases. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Kyle Coven Spc. Anya Genoval My chief told me when I get promoted save the difference of my paychecks each month and live off of what I was making before. Use multiple savings accounts, so if theres an emergency I wont use more than Ive saved. Aviation Adminstrationman 2nd Class Michael Damazo association car wash, Greene said, adding sparks to the age-old rivalry between chiefs experience washing cars than they do! soul into a winning and charming style that is always a crowd pleaser. For more information, call x4882.
Troopers redeem free hotel accommodations trooper Spc. Kelly Gary Bullet Bio TIME IN SERVICE: 13 years HOBBIES: PE T P EEVES: NEX T GOAL: ADVICE T O JUNIOR TROO P ERS: | NE W STHE WIRE | PAGE 5 At a young age, Sgt.1st Class Timothy combat boots of his grandfather, father and older brother and become a Soldier. He did just that and now Sersig is the one his children look up to. When I drop [my kids] off at school they are always proud to be seen with me in my uniform, said the father of four. Sersig, anti-terrorism force protection believes his family is the backbone to his determination and being away from them is one of the hardest obstacles he has to overcome. Sersig had to part from his family when he deployed to Afghanistan 2005-2006 as part of a civil affairs team. He since has traveled to Ethiopia, Guatemala and Egypt. Sersig now monitors personnel and property here on Guantanamo Bay. He ensures all Department of Defense military, family members, civilians and military assets are protected. Im the guy out there making sure everyone is following correct procedures, consistent. Sersigs command said he is a solid, impressive NCO who is acquainted with all the standard operation procedures and regulations. [Sersig] knows the standard, follows the standard and helps to set the standard, said Army Maj. Gary Brewer, Sersig sets the bar high for junior Troopers but regrets he does not have any Soldiers directly under him to mentor. To better perform his role as an NCO, Sersig decided to assist with remedial physical training. He helps many Joint Task Force them to improve their Army Physical Fitness Test, Physical Readiness Test or just their overall performance. Working out is Sersigs number one solution to dealing with stress. He provides a source of motivation and presents a good Sersig leads by example, said Brewer. make him an NCO lower enlisted personnel can look up to. If he is not training by himself or with fellow Troopers, Sersig enjoys many riding motorcycles. While on the island, much of Sersigs time is occupied making sure Troopers and assets are in order at all times. He is a hard worker, said Brewer, working after hours until the job and ultimately the mission gets done. Over the past 13 years, Sersig has grown as a Soldier and as a leader. Brewer believes the sergeant belongs with his Soldiers and continuing to move as far up the chain as he can with hopes of one day reaching the top. To reach the rank of command sergeant major is a goal of mine, said Sersig. I started as an E-1 and I have always wanted help Soldiers. Asked what he dreamed of being as a child, Sersig replied, Youre looking at it I am living my dream. focus Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Sersig
NEWS | THE WIRE | PAGE 6 Marines host annual leeward bike rideStory and photos by Army Sgt. Mathieu PerryMore than 25 cyclists from Joint Task Force and Naval Station Guantanamo Bay as well as civilian members of the community participated in the Marine Corps Security Force Co. Leeward Bike Ride, Saturday. The 22-mile roundtrip event was hosted by the MCSF Co. as an annual fundraiser for the Marine Corps Ball in November. Marine Cpl. Sheldon Curtis, treasurer for the Marine Corps Ball, said this was the first time the event, which serves as one of many fundraisers for the Marine Corps, has taken place since he has been on the island. We hold all sorts of events like half marathons, decathlons, moonlight runs, fence line runs a whole bunch, said Curtis. Its the first time Ive seen the bike ride on Leeward side. Participants saw a part of Naval Station Guantanamo very few people get the opportunity to, as well as benefit from the obvious physical demands of exercise, said 1st Sgt. Richard Anderson, MCSF Co. first sergeant. MCSF Co.s expectations were met and I believe the event went well, said Anderson. We had a lot of participants and some even asked about the opportunity to do the ride again or more often in the future. The route began and ended at Marine observation post 20, with Leeward ferry landing serving as the half-way point, said Curtis. Riders enjoyed the chance to bike along the fence line and the overall reaction was positive Ive asked a few people (afterwards) and they said they enjoyed it. Not really the hills, he chuckled. But they enjoyed it. Staff Sgt. Luis Torres, a Soldier assigned to the Joint Detention Group, took part in the same event when he was stationed here four years ago. Although the length of the ride did not change, he noticed there were still some differences. This time the ride was about the same distance as before, said Torres. But this was more difficult because the route was round-trip. Sevag Khatchadou, a civilian contractor with Joint Task Force Guantanamo, enjoyed the ride but wished more people attended. On a scale of one to ten, this was a ten, exclaimed Khatchadou. I would like to have seen three to four times the amount of people out here today. Its a great experience for people who are going to be here a year. Having completed the ride before, Torres said he appreciated the opportunity to do something most people never have the chance to do. They do it [the Leeward bike ride] just once a year, said Torres. They dont open that road for anybody, so you have just one chance to do it. Joint Task Force Guantanamo Commander Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson (left) and Jane Merkel, a supply technician for the Naval Station hospital, cross a section of the Guantanamo River during the Marine Corps Security Force Co. Leeward Bike Ride, Saturday. More than 20 participants rode their bicycles approximately 22 miles as part of a fund-raising effort for the Marine Corps Birthday Ball, scheduled in November.
THE WIRE | PAGE 7 | NEWSGetting your With the recent and ongoing debate over our nations debt, perhaps its time to take a look inside our own wallets, as well. For Troopers looking for ways to save or eliminate debt in a time of turmoil, Army Chaplain Capt. Daniel Price said its never too late to start. Price currently facilitates The Total Money Makeover, a 13-week course designed by often forgotten. Participating Troopers are currently into week nine of the course. Its the things like how much money we throw away in debt payments that surprise me, Price said. Its amazing how much is available for living when you cut out debts! The program offers cash-opposed-to-credit as an alternative way of spending. Dont spend what you dont have, Price noted. Save up to pay for something in cash. Ramseys program and bestselling book explain how consumers learn to buy what society tells them to and how worth is based on property. Its about image, said Price, and not understanding the consequences of our spending habits. We need to learn the In the beginning of his book, Ramsey offers a disclaimer about what the book is not makeovers, writes Ramsey, start with you. Look in the mirror, the author challenges. Winning at money is 80 percent behavior and 20 percent knowledge. If this is the case, why are so many people in debt? We often rationalize about money, answered Price, and buy things on a want basis rather than a need basis. The fact is that opportunity costs, said Price. If you spend money on this, then you dont have money to spend on something else. Prices class meets twice a week for two hours and listens as Ramseys 13-week videobased program dispels common money myths. Myth: If no one used debt, our economy Money$would collapse. Truth: Nope, it would prosper. Ramsey explained if everyone stopped buying on credit for one year it would be a Americans stopped buying on credit the gradual money makeover the economy would prosper. People would save, says Ramsey, they would spend, [and] not support banks. Americans tend to act like a kid in a store begging their parent to buy them something now! When the parent doesnt deliver, the child breaks out in a tantrum. getting the things we want immediately, said Price. We can begin to buy more often with cash. Ramsey takes a less polished approach instead and reminds students he, too has been in debt and twice pulled himself and his family out of it. We buy things we dont need with money we dont have, explains Ramsey, to impress the people we dont like. Its the overspending that does not feel like overspending that gets people in trouble, warns Ramsey. In other words, dont live at a maximum spending limit; instead, live below your means. Or as Ramsey puts it, if you live like no one else, later you can live like no one else! For more information on Ramseys 13-week copy of the book or check it out at the library. Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand
Story and photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin AngebrandFEA T URE | THE WIRE | PAGE 8 THE ART OFTHE K N I F E H A N D
KNIFEHAN D THE WIRE | PAGE 9 | FEA T URE Tang Soo Do: Art of the Knife (Empty) Hand. Also known as the Grandfather of Tae Kwan Do, Tang Soo Do, is mainly a self-defense method of martial arts. Derived from the Tang Dynasty of China more than 2,000 years ago, this seemingly unknown art has made its way to Guantanamo Bay and into the hearts of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers by way of eager instructor Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Chris Fern, attached to Naval Station security. The blood-pumping, action-packed defensive techniques class is not a sport and has no rules. Fern, who has 19 years experience with the art, teaches it twice a week at the Marine Hill Fitness center. I enjoy being able to teach what has been taught to me, Fern shared. I also like to feel the accomplishment of knowing that one of my students has succeeded in passing a test. Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class Clayton Whitman has attended the class for more than seven months and stressed the uniqueness of Tang Soo Do when compared to other martial arts. Tang Soo Do is not a martial sport it is Do is designed for combat, whereas Tae Kwon Do is designed to look pretty for competitions. No offense to Tae Kwon Do; theres no way I could do a fraction of those moves. The art, still used by the Republic Of Koreas Army, is a viable military hand-tohand combat method, said Whitman, making Ferns practical way of teaching it all the more impressive. Mr. Fern doesnt sugarcoat anything, Whitman noted. He tells it how it is and he shows how certain moves are applied in realworld situations. When were learning a simple move, hell show us how to make it more complex by adding in more strikes here and there, or by extending the move to completely neutralize the opponent. Fern not only gets involved in demonstrating the moves, but shares his personal experience along the way as well. Almost every class hell be telling a story while were learning something new or reviewing something old, Whitman said. He always makes a class fun. His philosophy, from what Ive determined, is if you learn something when its not fun, youre not going to remember it. Do. Whitman enjoys the hop sidekick most. While its not as practical as, say, a punch in explained. Depending if you use a thrust kick or a blade kick, you can either push an opponent back or over, probably knocking the wind out of them, or you could possibly break a couple ribs. Do instructor, said Whitman came to the class with prior experience and has since earned his orange belt, level two out of the six basic belts before the black belt series. Whitman is very driven, Fern commended. He came to me and did not hold anything back. He also has the technique, and is always working to become better and learn more. Hes a superb student! Despite a common misconception about martial arts, prospective students do not have to be in tip-top shape, but being healthy and If youre completely out of shape and cant walk a quarter mile without taking a break then yeah, you might want to work on your Whitman himself only weighs 124 pounds, giving his approach both an advantage and a liability. It makes most of the moves easier for easier, transition from one technique to the next without stopping but when we get to I need to twist and utilize different techniques to compensate. At the end of the day, Tang Soo Do is based on survival and, most of all, knowing ones own strengths and weaknesses. Tang Soo Do is about you going home that night, safe and sound, Whitman emphasized, while your enemies do not! For more information about taking the next Tang Soo Do class starting in August, contact Morale, Welfare and Recreation at x2010. (opposite page) Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class Clayton Whitman simulates a stabbing move during a Tang Soo Do class at the Marine Fitness Center, Tuesday. The class teaches self defense techniques as opposed to competition technique. Tang Soo Do Instructor Masterat-Arms 2nd Class Chris Vern demonstrates a self-defense technique on student Cryptologic Technician 3rd Class John Daniels during a class, Thursday, July 25.
MISSION | THE WIRE | PAGE 10 Joint Task Force Guantanamo is populated with servicemembers from every branch Navy, Army, Marine, Coast Guard and Air Force making the experience here a unique one. There is, however, a notable shortage of Marines on the JTF side. Only four Marines are attached to the JTF, and just one of them puts her hair in a bun. We (Marines) stand out a lot more than anybody else, says Lance Cpl. Britney Thomas, a telecommunications specialist with J6 and the only female Marine with JTF. And a female stands out even more! Thomas is set to leave the island soon, leaving the task force with an all-male Marine population. While she is ready to embark on a new chapter of her career, she must also say goodbye to the relationships she has cultivated over the past months. [I will miss] all the people who Ive met here, she says sadly. The ones who are truly my friends will be my friends for a long time. I consider them my family more than friends. Arriving in January, Thomas realized Guantanamo Bay was going to be an environment completely different than her home station, where she only worked alongside fellow Marines. Everybody does everything differently, she says. Learning how to work with other branches and services, Ive never done that before. Becoming a valued member of the J6 staff, Thomas impressed not only her work leadership, but also her Marine seniors. I thought she was driven and very inspirational, said Marine Maj. Charles Koch, JTF executive assistant. She came here and didnt let herself become distracted. She set her goals and achieved them. More than anything, Thomas was determined to score a first class on her next physical fitness test. She worked for months, often with friends, and eventually was rewarded for her commitment. I could not get that smile off my face for days, she laughs, describing her exhilaration after netting the needed score. I worked damn hard. Arguably, Thomas smile is what she will be remembered most for. Her positive attitude and ability to make others around her perk up is part of what will make her an outstanding leader, says Koch. She is a refreshing personality, and because shes achieved so much here, I think shell always remember this deployment and the people here, he says. Its always hard to see a really good Marine leave because watching them be successful is such a great thing. Koch, who has been in the Marine Corps for more than 19 years, says he Farewell M arine Story by Spc. Meredith Vincent Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand
THE WIRE | PAGE 11 | MISSION believes Thomas shows promise for the future of the Corps. As long as she continues on the path shes on, I think she will have a lot of opportunities come by that shes prepared for, he explains. I think thats whats going to make her successful; if she continues to strive to be the best Marine she can be, everything else will fall into place. For her part, Thomas is taking notes and waiting for the day when she holds a leadership position. She said thanks to this deployment, her idea of what true leadership is has been sculpted even more. Since Ive been here, theres been a lot of different leadership and they all lead differently, she shrugs. Ive had good experiences and bad ones. But when Im ready to lead my younger Marines, Ill now know what not to do and what to do. Thomas ultimate goal is to become a drill instructor, a desire fueled mostly by her own instructors who left a lasting impression with the young Marine. They were just so strong, she remembers, recalling the women who led her through boot camp on Parris Island. They let nothing get to them, nothing. That resiliency is echoed as Thomas gives her advice to female Marines just getting started. You better work your ass off, she says plainly. There will be a lot of challenges and youve got to be strong enough to handle it. Youre going to work ten times harder than you think you will. I think shes ready to lead Marines, commends Koch. Although shes not an NCO, I would say shes already leading by example. Thomas knows there is more to learn beyond Guantanamo Bay. She is aware that, despite her own words, she can sometimes take peoples helpful words too hard. I take constructive criticism with a heavy heart, she admits. But Ive gotten a lot better. I cant let a lot of things get to me like they have before. Ive got to be as strong mentally as I am now physically. As she prepares to board the ferry for the very last time, Thomas will be thinking ahead, to her home station, to possibly a promotion, to her future. And as she sails away, Joint Task Force Guantanamo will say goodbye to their only female Marine, the lance corporal with the wide, sunny smile. I cant let a lot of things get to me like they have before. Ive got to be as strong mentally as I am now physically.
FEA T URE | THE WIRE | PAGE 12 A Night Out Members of Joint Task Force Guantanamos Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration Team intrigue onlookers with blowing bubbles and balloons as a way to relieve stressors during a demonstration held at the 28th Annual National Night Out, Tuesday.N annual National Night Out Tuesday evening, in an effort to heighten awareness, strengthen participation in local anticrime efforts and build neighborhood camaraderie. For Master-at-Arms 2nd Class John Lewis, who joined NAVSTA Security in 2009, it was a personal goal to coordinate this years event and include as many commands and community organizations as possible. It is good to see everyone in a mellow climate interacting with clerk. While more than an estimated 300 people participated in last years NNO event, Lewis believes the addition of the Navy Dive Locker, Navy Federal Credit Union and music by Sounds Like Chicken drew more people this year. Also on hand at the 28th Annual NNO were personnel from Joint Task Force Guantanamos Emergency Medical Team; The American Red Cross; Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration Team; the FBI; Marine Security Force Guantanamo; NAVSTAs Fire Fighting Department; and Navy Federal Credit Union. Refreshments were served by members of the NAVSTA Security Department. environment instead of during an emergency gives the community a sense of calm, said Lewis. NAVSTAs Fire Department provided several stations to demonstrate was an effort to increase community awareness of both emergency Were here to show the community what we do on a day-to-day Another showstopper of the evening was a performance by Securitys Redman. A member of the Security department donned the Redman suit and challenged children to attack him with batons dipped in lightweight foam. The interaction with the Redman intended to show the community how security members simulate situational training. I have lived in Guantanamo since 2008 with my four daughters and this is a celebration of the community becoming one, said Andrew DeLaRocha, Guantanamo FBI director. The days of people staying in their homes and not getting involved in the community are over. With the celebrations like these we can learn to take care of each other.Story and photos by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Erica Gardner
A Night Out THE WIRE | PAGE 13 | FEA T URE A Naval Station Guantanamo Security member dons the Redman suit and takes blows from community children during a demonstration held at the 28th Annual National Night Out, Tuesday, while (above left) Naval Station Guantanamo Fire Fighter Andre Hemans assists a young member of the community
On The Deck Inside the JarLOS ANGELES Nearly 40,000 baseball fans watched the Leap Frogs, the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, perform during the opening cer emony of a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game as part of Los Angeles inaugural Navy Week, Saturday. The Leap Frogs, composed of parachuting experts from Naval Special Warfare, also per formed at Santa Monica Pier and Knotts Berry Farm July 31 and made an appearance at the Summer X-Games in support of Navy Week. The Dodgers welcomed approximately 1,000 Sailors into the stadium to celebrate the Dodgers Navy Appreciation Day, which included the Leap Frogs, the Navy Band, a local sea cadet unit, Sailors from several Navy ships and a special appearance by the Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert. Special Warfare Operator 1st Class (SEAL) Isaiah Maring, assigned to the Leap Frogs, carried the game ball as he parachuted in and presented it to Greenert, who threw out the It was fabulous! said Heather Herndon, a Dodgers baseball fan. It was really exciting watching them come down and the stream of colors was really fun. Its great to see all of the (Navy dress white uniforms) sitting in the stadium all in one place. It makes you really proud. The Leap Frogs presented a signed, framed photograph of the team to former Dodg-By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michelle TurnerDELARAM II, Afghanistan Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 turned up the heat for new Afghan National course at Forward Operating Base Delaram II, Afghanistan, Friday. Throughout the course, the Marines instructed the Afghan saw techniques. The course was taught in three classes, spread over three weeks. Each class covered a different portion of the training. we showed them how to use all and gave them hands-on time, to better learn how to use it. There are a lot of different switches and gauges to operate both inside said Sgt. Justin D. Rankin, the MWSS-272s noncommissioned operating base. We would teach erations and then they would go back and practice what they had learned. July 26, two different stations were prepared to test the new tion, the Afghan National Army Afghan soldiers used a rescue saw to cut through a large piece of metal to simulate possible real world scenarios. ing by experience. Youll get the basic courses but then you just have to do it to get better at it, said Cpl. Kevin A. Johnson, an MWSS-272 who helped instruct the course, and a native of Rust burg, Va. From what I saw today they have got a really good start and theyre going to do great. Rankin, a native of Spring Delaram district and surround ing areas located in southwestern Afghanistans Nimruz province. They did really well on the will be able to perform the skills we taught them. With the course complete, Rankin explained the Afghan perience and knowledge theyve obtained during the training and share it with other Afghan troops. Ive learned a lot and I want to say thank you to the Marines for all the time they spent here with us, said Sgt. Abdul Kitaliq, National Army. We are learning these trades for the future and the good of Afghanistan. Well make sure to use teamwork and share these skills with the others. the nationality, are all a band of brothers. We understand each other and we work together greatly, said Rankin. It boiled down to just that. The brother between us all. Connect with 2nd Ma rine Aircraft Wing (Forward) throughout the deployment. Stay up to date with the latest 2nd MAW (Fwd.) news, photos and videos at http://www.facebook. com/2ndmawfwd.By Cpl. Samantha ArringtonAT YOUR SERVI C E | THE WIRE | PAGE 14 ers manager and Baseball Hall of Famer, Tommy Lasorda. Lasorda took time to chat with the team after the presentation and expressed his deep appreciation for the military and everything its members do for Americans every day. The Leap Frogs performances at Santa Monica Pier and Knotts Berry Farm were just as exciting and the team was met by a cheer ing crowd of spectators at both venues. Sea cadets from two local units provided security at Santa Monica Pier event and helped the Leap Frogs pack their parachutes after the jump. It was a great opportunity for young, future Sailors to meet veteran Sailors some with more than 20 years of Naval service. cer-in-charge, said that having the opportunity to meet people and show them appreciation is a great part about Navy Weeks. The variety of jump locations allowed us to get out and meet thousands of people all over Los Angeles, said Pritchett. Its about the people and showing them who their Navy men and women are. Los Angeles Navy Week is one of 21 Navy Weeks scheduled across the country this year. Navy Weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they make in their Navy and increase awareness in cities that do ence. The Leap Frogs are based in San Diego and perform aerial parachute demonstrations across America in support of Naval Special Warfare and Navy Re cruiting.
On the WingLOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Afghan National Army soldiers partnered with Czech Republic and U.S. Soldiers for a two-day mission in the Charkh district of Logar province, July 13-14. The U.S. contingent is composed of Soldiers from Company D, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiments Task Force Storm. Charkh district had been busy with insurgent activity, so the Soldiers knew what to expect going into the mission. The goal for the operation was to conduct a movement to clear known NAIs (Named Areas of Interest), interrogate some possible cache sites and engage the population in an area that coalition forces do not frequent, said Capt. Morgan Maier, D Co. commander. Afghan National Army, or ANA, soldiers helped coalition forces with talking to villagers as they cleared houses in Qai-a-i-Amruddin and Argan. ANA 2nd Lt. Pakita Zaher of Headquarters Company, 1st Kandak, 4th Brigade, 203rd ANA corps, said his men were ready for the tough mission because of past experience. All of my soldiers have a lot of experience with searching houses and talking to people. Between my sergeant and my battalion commander, they have a lot of experience, said Zaher. When we went into the village (Argon), all of the ANA (soldiers) knew who were the bad guys and who we needed to talk to get information. They said, I see no one, there is no Taliban. Having to work around obstacles is nothing new for Maier and his Soldiers. Knowing what to ask to get the right answers helps in keeping villagers and his people safe. Typically in most villages that I have gone into they will mention that everyone is a farmer and that nothing is going on in the village, said Maier. In some cases, I think it is fear of reprisals. They think if they say something, the Taliban are going to come and kill them in the night. Its pretty common. They speak in metaphors a lot, using analogies, and you have to read through them. With some locals living in fear, they were relieved with the work of ANA and coalition forces when it came to searching houses and treating the local people with respect. The villagers are happy and talk to us when they see we are the ones leading mission(s), said Zaher. When we were searching today, the civilians said we are their brothers. You can come in and search our houses. When we searched the house, the U.S. and ANA (Soldiers) worked together, which was good for the villagers to see, continued Zaher. Maier was pleased with the efforts of all the forces involved during the mission -the ANA, the Czechs and his own Soldiers. From an ANA standpoint, the mission was a success because By Spc. Brian Glasswe were partnered. There are certain things that occurred during the mission that hadnt really successfully occurred before now, said Maier. We partnered platoon for platoon. Maier said he thought his Soldiers performed well during the partnered mission. Given their vast experience operating within Logar province, Co. D Soldiers adeptness should come as no surprise. Delta Company is the only company in this battalion that has fought in every battle space in each of the four districts Baraki Barak, Charkh, they need to do. Were also really pleased with the combined effort between us and the Czechs, continued Maier. I think, in Afghanistan, we have a really good working relationship when we go out on operations. They are Maier came away from the mission knowing the operation pushed the ANA farther along the road to being successful in taking the lead and securing Afghanistan for the long term. A lot of what we were trying to do is build ANSF (Afghan National Security Forces) capacity, so you can build the army and just little things like teaching them little steps so they can stand on their own, said Maier. U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. The Air Force Academy received top-10 rankings in most available professors, low drug and alcohol use, and best school administration, according to The Best 376 Colleges book, released today by Princeton Review. in the nation in most accessible professors and ranked the Academys administration as No. 9 in the nation in School Runs Like Butter. At the U.S. Air Force Academy, the student-faculty ratio is 8:1, average class size is 20, 100 percent of the faculty are full-time and no classes are taught by teaching assistants. Several academic departments here also staff extra instruction laboratories throughout the academic day, with at least one professor available each class period to help cadets tackle questions arising from their latest lessons. The Princeton Review ranked the Air Force Academy number one in professor availability in By USAF Public Affairsits 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Best Colleges editions, and number four in the same category for its 2010 Best Colleges edition. The Academy also came out in several other top-20 rankings in the nation, including: Dont Inhale 1st Got Milk? 4th Scotch and Soda, Hold The Scotch 5th School Runs Like Butter 9th Stone-Cold Sober Schools 13th The Air Force Academy was also selected as one of the Best Western Colleges on the books regional college list. The Princeton Review features the Air Force Academy and other local colleges in The Best 376 Colleges, the new 2012 edition of its annual best colleges guide. The guide utilizes online student surveys in 62 categories to assess the academic, administrative, social, extracurricular and qualityof-life aspects at American colleges. In The Trenches THE WIRE | PAGE 15 | AT YOUR SERVI C E Afghan National Army 2nd Lt. Pakita Zaher (left), commander of Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Kandak, talks to the village elder of Argan in Charkh district during a partnered operation that included ANA, U.S. and Czech Republic Soldiers, July 13-14. -photo by Spc. Brian Glass
AT T HE MOVIES | THE WIRE | PAGE 16Movie Review 05 09 08 07 06 10 11Call MWR at ext. 2010 for more information. Movie Hotline call 4880. Priest (last showing) (PG-13) 8 p.m. The Conspirator (PG-13) 10 p.m. Mr. Poppers Penguins (PG) 8 p.m. Captain America (PG13) 8 p.m. Horrible Bosses (R) 8 p.m. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (last showing) (PG-13) 8 p.m. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (PG-13) 8 p.m. Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley Judy Moody (PG) 8 p.m. Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13) 10 p.m. FRI.SA T.SUN.MON.T UES.WED.TH URS. pleasure) who thinks hes nothing but a circus act, a Nazi psycho in dire need of a facial (The Matrixs Mr. Smith, Hugo Weaving, who has made a career out of being a gnarly villain) and, perhaps most frightening of all, beautiful newcomer Hayley Atwell. Even as refreshing as Evans is, Atwell is more so. Those of you who scorned my Transformers 3 review: listen up. This is what a superheros lady friend is supposed to be like. Tough, alluring, with brains as well as beauty, she demonstrates female leads in maledriven blockbusters dont have to be all bosom and Botox. Scoff if you must, but shes a hell of a lot more captivating than Rosie PosieWhatsherface. Ive said my peace. and wit that Iron Man did? No. Does it have the grit and emotional wallop that The But it also doesnt make me want to vomit up my popcorn like The Green Lantern did, making it a middle-dweller a satisfying, oldfashion audience pleaser that marks another chapter closer to the spectacle that is The Avengers. And to that I say, Yes, please! A healthy three and a half banana rats for you, Captain America. Godspeed. Spc. Meredith VincentPG-13 Mr. Poppers Penguins (PG) 8 p.m. Horrible Bosses (R) 10 p.m. Cowboys & Aliens (PG13) 8 p.m. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (last showing) (PG-13) 10 p.m. Priest (last showing) (PG-13) 8 p.m. The Conspirator (PG-13) 8 p.m. Captain America ( PG-13) 8 p.m. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (PG-13) 8 p.m. Super 8 (PG-13) 8 p.m.Lets be honest the most thrilling part of Captain America: The First Avenger doesnt actually take place during the movie. Its after the credits have rolled and fanboys are given movie, featuring not one, not two, but at least half a dozen drool-worthy superheroes. The group I was sitting next to had a collective geek-spasm afterward. It was partly enduring, partly bemusing and one hundred percent entertaining. Geeks are so adorable. Thats not to say Captain America isnt a fully realized, solid superhero movie, because it is. However, its like the chocolate part of an Oreo its a necessary, albeit delicious, part of the comic book cookie. I remember the geekdom stratosphere was hesitant to crown Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, the Soldier wannabe who goes from meek to mighty thanks to an experimental procedure during World War II. Of course, moviegoers didnt have much to go on when sizing Evans up, save for his participation in the very unfantastic Fantastic Four movies as the Human Torch. Their doubts were needless, fortunately, as Evans is warm, funny and resilient in his cutting edge technology, Evans face is melded onto what appears to be a prepubescent 10 transformation into a beefed-up hunk of muscle much more believable. Along his journey into superhero legend, Troopers redeem free hotel accommodations
WASHINGTON While Iraqs government dithers over whether American troops should stay beyond the end of this year, the accelerating pace of the drawdown THE WIRE | PAGE 17 | NEWS YOU C AN USE United States to reverse course if called on to maintain operations in the country. Theres a momentum in the process once you start closing sites down ... and you start moving troops and contractors out of Iraq, Army Maj. Gen. Thomas Richardson, who oversees logistics for U.S. Forces Iraq, Stars and StripesThe United States has made public documents on the failed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, describing U.S. negotiations with some other regional governments on support for the botched mission. The documents were released this week by George Washington Universitys National Security The documents detail U.S. efforts to maintain Guatemalas cooperation for the mission. The CIA used Guatemala to train Cuban exiles for the invasion, which was aimed at toppling thenCuban President Fidel Castro. Two years ago, Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom apologized to Cuba for his countrys involvement in the invasion. The Archive also says the documents detail information regarding CIA negotiations with Nicaragua and Panama for the invasion. They describe the agencys efforts to obtain a Nicaraguan air base and port facility from which to launch the anti-Castro strike force against Cuba. The documents also say Panama was involved marginally in the anti-Castro effort. On April 17, 1961, about 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles landed on Cubas southern coast in hopes of sparking an uprising. Mr. Castro was warned of the pending invasion and had ample time to prepare his forces. Most of the exiles were arrested and spent time in prison on the island. Then-U.S. President John F. Kennedy took responsibility for the disastrous invasion. Many Cuban exiles blamed the botched operation on President Kennedy, saying he did not provide enough support. Separately, the newly-released documents describe how in 1960, the government of thenGuatemalan President Miguel Ydigoras Fuentes faced a series of attacks from Guatemalan rebel forces and asked the United States for napalm to wipe out the rebels. The request was refused for Voice of America News Service told reporters Wednesday. About half of 94 U.S. military sites slated for closure at the start of Operation New Dawn in September 2010 have already been shut down, while another seven will be closed this month, he said. The site closures schedule isnt designed to preserve bases needed if the U.S. stays. The mission now is simply to be out of the country by the yearend deadline. Were on a glide path based on drawing everything down to zero, because thats the orders weve been given, he said. The pace of equipment disposal is also picking up, Richardson said. Prior to September 2010, the military had given Iraq $157 million dollars of excess materiel commercial equipment like desks, vehicles and electrical generators. In the 11 months since then, $247 million worth of equipment has been handed over to Iraqi authorities. Excess equipment, Richardson said, is elsewhere within U.S. Central Command or given to other U.S. government entities in Iraq. The State Department, for instance, has so far received $78 million worth of equipment that is in better shape that the materiel transferred to Iraq. The longer Iraq waits to answer the U.S. on troop presence, the more sites are closed down. That means more free equipment for the U.S. to fully equip its own forces that might ultimately remain in the country. Thousands of vehicles and equipment that have returned from Iraq wait to be retrograded in a 3rd Army lot in Kuwait. The base receives hundreds of trailer-sized U.S. Army photo by Spc. Monte Swift Troopers redeem free hotel accommodations
Mind Body & Soul On the path to superdom 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 ChapelMIND, 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 2323 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 ChapelAir Force Tech Sgt. Casey GlassArmy, Air Force, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard each servicemember independently vowed to guarantee truth, justice, freedom and the American way for the average citizen, no matter the cost. That is the essence of an American Superhero: selfless, valiant, excellent and courageous. The Superhero must be willing and able to leap tall buildings, pull an injured comrade stand up against all adversaries. Readiness and it must be integrated into daily life. WHAT IS MY TASK? or goal? Overall the common goal is to protect. With that in mind, how does the Superhero effectively arrive at his or her goal? SCENARIO: The average human male weighs between 165 and 175 pounds without a kit. Add a kit to that and you have roughly 220 pounds. You may, in your Superhero career, have to drag 220 or more pounds through mud, debris and the onslaught of enemy laser beams. PREPARATION: Preparing for such an adventure gives way neither for the weary nor the weakminded. However, I encourage you to begin your adventure by visiting one of To the average eye these items appear dull and drab, but to the Superhero they are treasures to unfold unlimited amounts of strength. All young Superheroes need a mentor. Likewise, every old Superhero needs a protg. Do not be afraid to ask questions will be able to assist you on your journey. Remember, pain does not equal progress. Pain in any aspect causes the body to produce cortisol. Cortisol, although an extremely vital hormone, will only hinder progress. Stress-free weight lifting will have you pulling 220 pounds in no time. CHALLENGE: Remember: the Superhero is a special breed, placed on this planet to take on what the average citizen can or will not. Ready at a moments notice, protector of the American way, humble, strong and valiant challenge yourself to be the Superhero the American people need you to be.
THE WIRE | PAGE 19 | THE LAS T WORD Snapshot: Inside the campsLeft: Detainees at Camp 6, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, participate in the afternoon group prayer, Saturday. JTF Guantanamo supports individual and group prayer in accordance to Muslim tradition for all detainees. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park Below: A Hospital Corpsman attached to the Joint Medical Group reviews his supply inventory at the medical facility inside Camp 5, Monday. photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry
FIRE TEAMS Marines attached to Marine Corps Security Force Company C, 5th Platoon, Range on Guantanamo Bay, Wednesday. photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry BEAUTY ABOVE The sun rises over Camp Delta, Thursday. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park SKY HIGH Cryptologic Technician Interpretive Chief Andrew Meyer works his way to the top of the last challenge on the Marine obstacle course, Thursday. Marines pushed J2 personnel through the two hours of obstacles to challenge their strength, agility and endurance. photo by Army Spc. Kelly Gary TACKLING OBSTACLES Sailors attached to the Joint Information Group pull a tire on the Marine Hill obstacle course at Naval Station Guantanamo, Thursday. photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry