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Volume 12, Issue 36 Friday, August 26, 2011 Woods takes the helm JTF welcomes new commander Chronicling the reef Part 2 of last weeks in-depth science feature PLUS: Razzle, dazzle Cirque Odessey delights GTMO audiences
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.COMMAND CORNER JTF GuantanamoCommander Navy Rear Adm. David Woods 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: Army Sgt. 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 Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marquis Whitehead Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry Spc. Kelly Gary Pfc. Justin PierceContact 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: Rear Adms. David Woods and Jeffrey Harbeson render hand salutes during the playing of the national anthem at the Joint Task Force Guantanamo change of command ceremony, Wednesday. Harbeson was relieved by Woods as commander of the JTF.As I assume command of JTF Guantanamo, I am extremely impressed with both the warm welcome I have received and the professionalism I have seen in the past few days. It is apparent to me there is broad understanding of the importance of this critical mission. Leadership throughout the chain of command is engaged to ensure the safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of the detainees entrusted to us. They are equally focused and engaged to ensure our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Guardsmen, civilians and contractors are taken care of in both quality of life and career development. I assure you that during my tour we will maintain this focus and strive to make incremental improvements to remove distractions. This is a unique command, and I will work hard to build my situational awareness across the JTF and engage on issues quickly, but thoughtfully. We will consider appropriate changes that are condition-based and fully vetted and will implement only those in which we understand the associated risk. I do not intend to start a countdown calendar, but do intend to drive down issues that divert our focus. joint command tour. Each of my previous commands came with challenges, and JTF GTMO is no different in that respect. We will the Department of Defense which will affect our command. I want each member of the JTF to stay locked on to our mission and let me deal with these external factors to minimize their impact on you. Again, I want to say thank you for the warm welcome from each of you and from Naval Station Guantanamo. You are all true professionals and I am honored to be joining such a diverse and mission which we will continue without fail. Our motto Honor Bound to Defend Freedom is just as meaningful today as the day it was adopted. The nation expects our success and we will not disappoint. Honor Bound! Trooper to Trooper featuring Senior Chief Petty Officer Robin GuyThis week Joint Task Force Guantanamo said farewell to Rear Adm. Harbeson and hailed the arrival of Rear Adm. Woods. With the arrivals and departures of military members, the Navy traditionally takes the time to hold ceremonies and celebrations to commemorate this change. We show our enthusiasm and acceptance of the new arrival and let the departing member know we appreciate a job well done. The Navy Chiefs Mess has a responsibility to teach and pass along these Navy traditions. In keeping with that sentiment, let me provide this wisdom to you: Hail and Farewell is a translation of ave atque vale, the last words of the poem Catullus 101, written by the Latin poet, Gaius Valerius Catullus (ca. 84 BC ca. 54 BC). The Hail and Farewell is a traditional military event whereby those coming to and departing from an organization are celebrated by those who served with them. This may coincide with a change of command, be scheduled on an annual basis or be prompted by any momentous organizational change. This celebration builds organizational camaraderie, esprit de corps and supports a sense of continuity through change. These events are often an emotional time for military members as we say goodbye to those who made an impact on our lives and we look forward to opening the door for the next exciting adventure awaiting us. When I started this article, I focused on the arrival and departure of our leadership. I realize we are all in a time of transition at JTF GTMO. As I look around the JTF today, I notice many new faces and am saddened by the memory of the familiar faces who recently left the island. This article is for all those who have recently arrived; we hail you and look forward to working with you. For all who have moved on to meet the next challenge, it has been an honor and privilege to serve with you, farewell. On behalf of the JTF GTMO team: Rear Adm. Harbeson, we THE WIRE | PAGE 3 | TROOPER T O TROOPER PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOURSELF FROM IDENTITY THEFT!The Math of Risk Have you ever wondered how we calculate risk? Risk is the probability an adversary will gain knowledge of your critical information and the impact if the adversary is successful. To have any type of risk you must have three things: threat, vulnerability and impact. If any one of those are missing, then there is no risk. So with this information we can use the following equations: Threat x Vulnerability x Impact = Risk, or Probability x Impact = Risk. So use these equations in calculating risk. You might be higher in risk than you think. Senior Enlisted Leader, J2 salute you. Farewell and following seas, Sir, we will see you in the Bound to Defend Freedom.
NEWS FROM T HE BAY | THE WIRE | PAGE 4News from the Bay Stories and reporting by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand and Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sally HendricksGroup exercise class incentive program Now, reap more benefits to working out than ever before with Morale, Welfare and Recreations new group exercise incentive program. The program gives each participant a exercise card for a designated prize. Once the card is filled up by attending fitness classes, the member will receive a gift. For each class they attend, the instructor will put his or her initials on the card, said Tanya Henigman, MWR fitness coordinator. Once that prize card is filled, the Trooper will bring the card to Denich Gym, receive their prize and get the next level card. This is a win/win program not only can you get in the best shape ever attending classes, you get prizes now, too, Henigman explained. Henigman hopes the program will get more patrons interested in attending classes and let those who do attend know that MWR appreciates their attendance. We want to provide the best we can for the Troopers who give 100%, she added. For more information, call x4113.Liberty hosts Ferry Landing Beach Day Morale, Welfare and Recreations Liberty team is hosting a fun day at Ferry Landing Beach, Saturday starting at 10 a.m. MWRs Liberty Program Coordinator for all unaccompanied active duty military members. The event is free and snacks, drinks, rafts and beach games will be available. Its a great way to unwind after a long week at work, Lynch concluded. For more information, call MWR Liberty at x2010.MWR offers free sailing classes try it Morale, Welfare and Recreation offers free sailing lessons at the marina to all Guantanamo Bay residents. Anthony Henry, sailing instructor at the MWR Marina, has been giving sailing lessons for the past eight years to those brave enough to give sailing a try. Dont miss the opportunity while stationed on the island. You dont need any qualifications to begin taking lessons, said Cory Geiger, MWR business manager. We will teach an avid boater or someone who has never stepped foot on a boat before. Sailing is a skill to learn, but is also a good way to relax. It may be just the thing to alleviate a chaotic work week. This is a good way to relieve stress, explained Henry. There is no engine to make noise. Its very peaceful. While sailing, participants will see marine life and other sites of interest. We see turtles, manatees, dolphins and even sharks, said Henry. Its so quiet they dont even hear us and its easy to see them. For more information, or to make a reservation, call Henry at x2345.Be a youth soccer coach for GTMO community Guantanamo Bays youth. The local soccer league is looking for volunteer coaches. Troopers interested can pick up a volunteer packet at the Youth Center from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers should enjoy working with children, have some soccer knowledge and should plan on attending all training and coaches meetings. Be a leader and develop the next generation of USA Soccer and earn hours toward community service at the same time. For more information on becoming a coach, call x55346.Calling all talented musicians: turn it up Guantanamo Bay is looking for the musically inclined, in particular those that play country, rock and R&B styles of music. Musicians must have their own equipment and instruments. Auditions are required for the selection process. Contact Jim Estep at x55102 for more information or email ron@parkerandparker. com.Dont forget to sign up for softball all-nighter Sign up by Aug. 30 for the Labor Day weekend One-Pitch, All-Night Softball Tournament taking place Sep. 2. Space is limited to 12 teams and rosters are open to ages 16 and up. This One-Pitch, All Night tournament is a great opportunity for those Troopers who are usually up all night on shift work to relax and have some fun, said Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports Coordinator Alana Morrison. If a Trooper does not have a team, they are more than welcome to sign up on our players pool and we will place them on a team for the tournament. Softball is one of the most popular sports on the island, Morrison added. Softball is a great sport to have in GTMO, because it is not only fun but it is a great way to socialize with your teammates and also get to know new people here on base. If you have wanted a more competitive softball game, this tournament is a great opportunity since it is only One-Pitch and you either hit or you are out! Morrison who has been involved with softball and baseball since she can remember also shared her personal feelings toward the sport. I love this sport because it is a little slower pace and it gives me a chance to get my mind off all the behind the scene work it takes to put a sporting program on. I really get the chance to hear from not only my team but from other teams what they like and what they dont like about the sport. For more information, call x4113. trooper Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel Bullet Bio Time in service: 2.5 years Hobbies: motorcycles, playing pool and paintball Pet peeves: drama Next goal: make 2nd class Advice to junior Troopers: Show initiative, never tell someone no and compete with yourself.| NE WSTHE WIRE | PAGE 5 Since his days in elementary school when he penned the words on a piece of paper, Marcus Salmon wanted to be a Sailor. Enlisting in the Navy in 2009, he followed his life-long dream and the footprints left by a sibling. My older brother has been in for nine years as an AWF2 (naval aircrewman, mechanical 2nd class), Salmon said. Originally, the Cryptologic Technician, Maintenance, 3rd Class wanted to follow his brothers chosen rate as an aircraft mechanic but problems with his initial enlistment put him on a different career path. Im actually really happy things worked out this way, the east Texas native said. Theres more you can do (in the civilian sector) coming from my rate. Since starting work for Joint Task Force Guantanamos J2 section, Salmons leading Interpretive Chief Andrew Meyer said hes been impressed with the young Sailors willingness to ask for assistance without fear. If he (Salmon) doesnt know something, hes willing to ask, the chief said. Thats an important characteristic for a future leader. Meyer said he remembers when Salmon had his concerns. I look at this Sailor with a broken foot, taking over the job of a second class and Im thinking to myself, What did Norfolk (Va.) send me? Meyer recalled. Fortunately, Salmon quickly put any fears to rest. Since hes taken over maintenance of our equipment, weve had about a 98 percent uptime, he said. And that last two percent were things beyond his control. Looking at his Sailors future, Meyer said he expects Salmon to eventually overtake his brother in rank. Salmon attributes much of that to his upbringing. I may not have always agreed with my parents, but they raised me right, said the softspoken Sailor with a slight Texas draw, who stressed the manners and work ethic instilled in him has been instrumental to his success. Fact, I actually got in trouble while in boot camp for calling someone maam, he said. Salmon said while hes still undecided, a Boots on the GroundWhat is your favorite song to sing or listen to at Wednesday night Karaoke?What I Got by Sublime is what I like. Most people remember the words to that song and then they can all sing along. Senior Chief Master-at-Arms Cecil McQuain I dont think I sing great but I would like to perform. I like Jamie Foxs song Fall for you.Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Dunn Spc. William Barnett I would like to sing Cant Tame Me by Hannah Montana. If you just look at this face of mine then youll know why I like this song so much. Deeper than the Holler by Randy Travis. Thats the song that I sang to my wife when I asked her to marry me.Army Staff Sgt. Tim Brooks focus Petty Officer 3rd Class Marcus Salmoncareer in the Navy is a possibility. Whatever course this 3rd take, the qualities that have carried him this far will continue moving him forward.
SPOR T S | THE WIRE | PAGE 6Story and photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Ebalo Summer soccer season kicks off Morale, Welfare and Recreation kicked off their annual mens and womens summer soccer leagues this week as two dozen teams made up of Joint Task Force and Naval Station Guantanamo personnel took to the The two-month sports league schedules matches two to three evenings a week at Cooper Field and Sports Complex, starting at 6 p.m. and sometimes ending late into the night. Growing up, I played soccer every day with my family and friends, said Arturo Diaz, a forward with the Joint Medical Group Strikers. I just got to the island from what I understand the job here is pretty tough. Im happy to have a little piece of home to look forward to after work. Out of all the MWR sports leagues held on Guantanamo Bay, soccer is the only one with a year-round following, drawing more than 50 players from the base community regularly said, MWR Sports Coordinator Alana Morrrison. Im excited with the amount of participation and I think its great that some of our new Troopers have already signed up to play, exclaimed Morrison. It just makes me love my job more when I hear that our sports events are helping our Troopers have fun and relieve stress. It is important for players to leave their to bring their best performances onto the playing ground. I played a lot of soccer growing up too, but the recreational league at my last duty station was very competitive, said Edwin Garza, a goalie with the Joint Medical Group Strikers. I feel like its going to be the same here because there are a lot of teams signed up and the military community is very diverse. Last seasons defending champions, the Fire Station, did not enter to defend their title. isnt playing, many of their players have been picked up by other teams, Morrison said. Now the teams that were already good are even better with some of the added players every team has a chance to win. For more information on Guantanamo Bays sports leagues, activities and schedules, contact the Denich Gym at x77262. Troopers commemorate Womens Equality DayStory by Spc. Kelly GaryThe words of suffragist Alice Paul, spokeswoman Susan B. Anthony and poet Maya Angelou echoed through the Trooper Chapel, Friday, as eight female servicemembers delivered speeches to commemorate Womens Equality Day. To offer a variety of perspectives, the speakers ranged in ages, ranks and services, from Army Pfc. Amanda Russell to Air Force Capt. Coulette Swiggette. Many of the speakers began with quotes from past heroines whose legends have stood the test of time. Air Force Master Sgt. Chrystal DavisVails a multitude of challenges women have overcome throughout history and in the military in particular. We always need to remember our past to appreciate our present and future, said superintendent. DavisVails said she believes recognizing womens equality is especially important to Joint Task Force Guantanamo. [Our] mission deals with detainee traditionally has been male-dominated, explained DavisVails. Having women here doing their part shows that it takes a team women and men to get the job done. After Coast Guard Maritime Enforcement Specialist 3rd Class Desirae Villa gave the last of the eight speeches, guest speaker Army Col. Linda Ross, director of the Behavioral Science Consultant Team, delivered a narration of her experience in the military and what womens equality means to her. Ross said she was glad to see such a varied audience taking time out of their day to witness the presentation. I appreciate the turnout and hope that those who came were able to stop for a said Ross. Despite whatever personal challenges each of us face everyday, we are a part of something much larger. No part is too small, she continued. We need everyones contribution to be successful in our mission here in GTMO. DavisVails agreed women play a large role in succeeding in operations here as well as abroad. As the mother of two girls, she believes in the example she is setting as a female servicemember. It means that I have a place in history, said DavisVails. It shows my daughters that they can, that their mother did things a mother, woman and Airman. Justin Abayor, a striker for the Stingers soccer team, kicks the ball off the pitch during warm-ups for their Recreation Summer Soccer League at the Cooper Field Sports Complex, Tuesday. THE WIRE | PAGE 7 | NEWSStory by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marquis Whitehead Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho ParkNaval Expeditionary Guard Battalion changes over Navy Cmdr. Bill Johnson relinquished command of the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion to Navy Cmdr. Alan Dorrbecker during a change-of-command ceremony, Wednesday, at the Windjammer Cafe. Guest speaker Army Col. Donnie Thomas, commander of Joint Task Forces Joint Detention Group, gave a few encouraging words as well as expressed his gratitude for Johnsons work ethic and diligence. He was focused on the right thing Sailors welfare, the mission and readiness, said Thomas. He is a true hero to the very Sailors who stand before us. Johnson was in charge of more than 500 Sailors and oversaw the consolidation of two JTFs detention camps. Johnson helped improve communal living for detainees by 40 percent and drastically reduced the number of assaults against the guard force by 30 percent. He went on to improve working and living conditions for Troopers and reduced disciplinary infractions by nearly 50 percent. During his speech, Johnson thanked many of the fellow Soldiers, Sailors and contractors attached to NEGB for their unwavering support and diligent work ethic. Johnson also stressed how this command, among others, is one of the toughest and he could not have been as successful without his Troopers. The dynamic and the speed here, you cant replace it. You have to learn a lot on the job, and the level of responsibility is huge, he said. Im departing ready to see my family, but not ready to give up command because of the great Sailors who work for me. Incoming NEGB Commander Dorrbecker expressed his appreciation for group of servicemembers, but acknowledges the task ahead of him will be challenging. Im looking forward to it, Dorrbecker said. I know its tough to be away from family but its the job and I have a lot of good Sailors working for me Im ready to go forth and complete the mission. The NEGB provides security inside Joint Task Force Guantanamos detention of seven detention facilities. For his next assignment, Johnson will assume command of the Combat Systems Department aboard aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). Ive met a lot of great Sailors, concluded Johnson. Were always striving good 500 to 600 reliefs for me; its always sad to see a company leave but great to see a company come in. Expeditionary Guard Battalion, stands with his chain of command, Second Fleet sets sortie condition Alpha for hurricaneUlchi Freedom Gaurdian Marines reset after typhoon passes
THE WIRE | PAGE 8 FEA T URE | journey with Cirque Cirque Odessey performers (from left) Devon Gery, a trapeze artist, Olga Karmansky, contortionist and hand-to-hand balancers Scott Loeser and partner entertain the crowd Friday night at the Downtown Lyseum. More than 1,500 Joint Task Force Guantanamo sponsored by Guantanamo Bay Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Story by Army Sgt. Meredith Vincent Photos by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry THE WIRE | PAGE 9 | FEA T URE M orale, Welfare and Recreation treated Guantanamo Bay residents to the razzle, dazzle and excitement of Cirque Odessey, Friday night, at the Downtown Lyceum. MWR teamed up with Peyton Entertainment from Orlando, Fla., to offer the naval station something new. Other bases I have worked at sold tickets for attractions to concerts and shows like Cirque, said Amiee MacDonnell, MWR community activities director. Knowing that we don't have the ability to go out in town to a show like this, we decided to bring the show to the GTMO community. The event featured dancers, contortionists, acrobats, hand-balancing strongmen and an aerial chiffon performer. After the show, audience members were encouraged to approach the stage to get pictures with the crew. We received an overwhelming positive response from the audience after the show, MacDonnell said. We are always looking for diverse entertainment to bring to the troops and community and this proved to be a fantastic choice. Scott Loeser, hand-balancer for the Cirque show, said despite being with the group for he has performed for a military audience. Its a very memorable time, exclaimed Loeser, to be able to come here and not only interact with the troops, but to perform for them as well. With an estimated 1,500 spectators, Loeser and his colleagues consider their stop to Guantanamo Bay a success. Being able to put a smile on peoples faces, shared Loeser, doing what we love to do its a win/win situation for us.
SPOR T S | THE WIRE | PAGE 11 | SPOR T S see JTF, page 19 THE WIRE | PAGE 10 JOINT TASK FORCE Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park Story by Army Sgt. Mathieu PerryRear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson relinquished command of Joint Task Force Guantanamo to Rear Adm. David Woods during a change of command ceremony at the Bayview Air Force Lt. Col. Gary Bertsch, JTF chaplain, opened the ceremony with a few encouraging words. We thank you for your dedication to duty, your focus for keeping the mission on course and unwavering amidst the ever-changing challenges unique to this command, said Bertsch. As you transition from this command, may you do so knowing its future Harbeson expressed his thanks to key individuals and groups involved with the success of JTF Guantanamos mission, including Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, commander of United States Southern Command, and his staff. Their [Southern Commands] support, (bottom left) Ceremonial sideboys stand in formation, Wednesday, during the Joint Task Force Guantanamo change of command. (top left) The Ceremonial color guard present colors during the playing of the national anthem. Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson and Incoming JTF the ceremonial change of command cake. JTF Commander, is piped aboard during the JTF change of command ceremony. of Staff, emcees the JTF change of command ceremony.
THE WIRE | PAGE 12 FEA T URE | The World Below: Part 2 of our science featureIn January 1998, more than 1,600 scientists worldwide declared the other marine resources became recognized as serious environmental issues. Compounding these strains is a lack of understanding about the extent and variety of marine species. According to the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences website, Marine biodiversity is a critical component of ecosystem function, global balance and, ultimately, human existence. Because of the inaccessibility and vastness of the oceans, a description of marine biodiversity is limited even though there is a greater diversity in the marine environment than in the world above water. BIOS mission is to document marine biodiversity globally to enhance expertise and understanding of this ecosystems function environments, rather than fragments within a system. This is why BIOS researchers teamed up with Navy Facilities Engineering Command to study coral reef beds in Guantanamo Bay. Last week, researchers from NAVFAC collected sediment samples in and around the bay as part of the collaborative study. The teams research will help track the life span of the reef beds over time. Dr. Eric Hochberg, a BIOS scientist, was the chief investigator for the study. We are evaluating the reef ecosystem, said Hochberg. A lot trying to get a picture of the entire reef scape and what condition its in. To gather the data needed to fully evaluate Guantanamo Bays reef life, the team used various methods, including one called photoquadrates. Using an underwater tripod with a camera attached, a diver swims along and takes a series of nine images at each reef site. At the same time, other team members take written observations. We would swim up to a site and mark it with a GPS, Hochberg data sheet underwater and count the species he could see. [Before leaving the site,] he would hammer a rebar in and make a permanent marker there. The rebar combined with GPS coordinates provides the team with a pinpoint location to accurately return to in the future for continuous studying. With the looming notion that corals around the Caribbean are declining in health, researchers are looking for particular signs of loss. When you have an increase in sea-surface temperature, sometimes the warming of the water will cause bleaching, said Don Marx, one of only two NAVFAC divers with a marine biology background. If you see a colony of coral thats white, thats what has happened. There are other stressors to look for, like disease and unusual amounts of algae that may not necessarily be a bad thing; it could just be a cycle during that time of year, Marx said. Students from the University of Miami were also present testing a new technology that combines a camera and software to create a photo mosaic of the ocean. Its a faster way to do it, said Kevin Franz, who works in technology integration for NAVFAC. The software recognizes these frames and puts them together so you can just see it quickly instead of someone sitting for days and days trying to match a puzzle together. The new technology, if adopted by the Navy, will give researchers a quicker method of data gathering. For now, head researcher Hochberg has his work cut out for him when he returns to Bermuda to sift through the data. Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand Photos by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perrysee REEF, pg. 19 Brooke Gintert, a post doctoral coral reef ecologist from the University of Miami, marks the reef monitoring site number on an underwater slate before photographing the surrounding area. The photos will be stitched together in a photo mosaic using cutting edge software and then used as a historical reference to monitor the health of the reef. THE WIRE | PAGE 13 | FEA T URE around Guantanamo Bay, Aug. 16. The photographs will be stitched together and used for future comparisons to measure the health of the reef around the naval station.
On The Deck Inside the JarNORFOLK, Va. Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet ordered all U.S. Navy ships in the Hampton Roads, Va., area to set Sortie Condition Alpha, Wednesday. preparations overnight in anticipation of getting underway early Aug. 25. The setting of Sortie Condition Alpha does not mean the actual sortie is inevitable. Should overnight weather forecasts indicate a decrease in the strength or change in the track of the storm, the sortie condition may be downgraded. Vice Adm. Daniel Holloway, commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, said that the decision to sortie the ships from Hampton Roads is based on Hurricane Irenes current track that indicates the storm will produce at least seven foot storm surge, which meets the criteria for getting storm damage. Our ships can better weather storms of this magnitude when they are underway, said Holloway. The forecasted destructive winds and tidal surge is too great to keep the ships in port. There is a much greater potential of not only the ships being damaged, but also the pier infrastructure. Having the ships underway also makes them ready and available to respond to any national tasking, including any needed Second Fleet sets sortie condition Alpha for hurricaneBy U.S. 2nd Fleet Public AffairsCENTRAL TRAINING AREA, OKINAWA, Japan Marines with 7th Communication Battalion reestabished communications Aug. 8 for Exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian, immediately after Typhoon Muifas passing. UFG is an annual joint/ combined command post exercise which demonstrates the U.S. commitment to the ROK-U.S. alliance. UFG is a defense-oriented, routine exercise that enhances the ability of the ROKU.S. alliance to defend the ROK, deter against external aggression, and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula. More than 530,000 troops Ulchi Freedom Gaurdian Marines reset after typhoon passesfrom the Republic of Korea, the U.S. and seven nations from the United Nations Command are participating both in the Republic of Korea and at U.S. military headquarters in the The exercise is designed to improve the alliances ability to defend the Republic of Korea by exercising senior leaders decision-making abilities and by training commanders and staffs from both nations in planning, command and control operations, intelligence, logistics and personnel procedures. It is challenging and realistic training focused on preparing, preventing and prevailing against the full range of current and future external threats to the Republic of Korea and the region, said Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of Combined Forces Command. We are applying lessons learned out of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as those garnered by the alliances recent experiences with North Korea provocations on the peninsula and past exercises, Thurman said. On Okinawa, Marines were preparing for the exercise but had to retrograde to their respective camps before Typhoon Muifa hit the island Aug. 5. When the all clear was issued Aug. 6, Marines with 7th Comm. Bn., III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF, began reestablishing communications at Kin Blue, while other Marines with III MEF Headquarters Group prepared for the exercise on Camps Courtney and Schwab Aug. 7. The Marines worked through the night to set up tents, barriers and communications equipment. This is 7th Communication Battalions biggest exercise of the year. Its important that we set up in a timely manner to not waste time, said Cpl. Chelsea Sanchez, satellite operator and maintainer with 7th Comm. Bn. The storm caused a (temporary) delay to the communication mission in support of UFG, said 1st Lt. Dustin Dvorak, platoon commander, with 7th Comm. Bn., but these Marines are committed to this exercise and strengthening our relationship with our South Korean allies.By Lance Cpl. Tyler Vernaza, Marine Corps Base JapanAT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 14 disaster response efforts in the local area after the storm has passed. Foul weather preparations start with Sortie Condition Charlie, with ships prepared to get underway in 48 hours. At Sortie Condition Bravo, ships must be prepared to get underway within 24 hours. Sortie Condition Alpha indicates the execution of the sortie. A variety of information is available in support of family readiness during hurricane season including: Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System, http://go.usa.gov/kQ4, which provides a standardized method for the Navy to account, manage and monitor the recovery process for personnel and their families affected and/ or scattered by a wide-spread catastrophic event. State of Virginia Emergency Management, http://www.vaemergency. gov/readyvirginia, which has many resources for planning and preparing emergency kits, developing evacuation plans needs for children, the elderly and others. Virginia Department of Transportation Hurricane Evacuation Guide, http:// www.virginiadot.org/travel/ hurricane_defauLT.asp, which provides more detailed information for preparing for a hurricane, hurricane evacuation and public shelters in Virginia. TAMPA, Fla. Transforming Cyber While at War set the theme as LandWarNet 2011 launched Tuesday, with the Armys chief information information technology. The Army must not only close the technology gap, but eliminate it, said Lt. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence to the crowd at the Tampa Convention Center. She said the bottom line was to keep a committed partnership then bring that technology to the force simultaneously with the civilian sector. Lawrence also told the audience the Armys network must be a single, secure standard-based network. She said the network was about taking a Soldier with a single identity -a common access card -and being able to communicate on any government computer around the world and getting to their data. Whether hes sitting at home, TDY or forward deployed, its all about up; where do we store this information; how do we tag it and how do we get access to it, she said, challenging the audience. She then introduced Maj. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, commander of the Army Signal Center of Excellence, who said big changes were coming in equipment, training, education and the way signal forces were employed. While Lynn didnt elaborate, he did say that avatars were coming to the Army and when future Soldiers join the Army, avatars will be made of the individuals which will have their characteristics and emulate their real performance. of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association which sponsors the conference, said that to save the Army travel funding, the format for 2012 will be changed to three regional programs. It will be called TechNetReenforces and brings the Marine Corps and joint pieces as well. Lawrence then introduced Sgt. Joel Tavera and singer-songwriter Theresa Sareo who was performing at her fourth LandWarNet Annual info-tech conference kicks off in TampaBy J.D. Leipold conference and speaks regularly for the Army and wounded warriors. She lost her right leg when a drunk driver ran into her in 2002. Sareo dedicated her song Through a Soldiers Eyes to Tavera whose suffered 60 percent third-degree burns over his body as well as severe head trauma. The audience gave Tavera and Sareo a standing ovation. Vincent Viola, founder of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, N.Y., was then introduced by Lawrence. Viola, a graduate of West Point and Ranger School, served with the 101st Airborne Division, then later served as a major in the Army Reserve. When he left the Army he became a trader on the stock exchange and an eventual entrepreneur, launching a number of successful businesses, including Pioneer Futures, one of the top 50 futures commission merchants in the U.S. Im not a businessman and Im not a technologist, what I really am in my heart and soul is a Soldier and that is the approach Ive taken in my business career, he said. He noted that innovation, staying six or seven steps ahead in technology, was an absolute to the U.S. military. He also encouraged buying off-the-shelf products and equipment and hiring personnel who are driven by passion in their work rather than a paycheck. Following track sessions covering computer hardware enterprise software and solutions, or CHESS, and forums on Army enterprise email, as well as sessions on information technology security, Lawrence hosted an awards luncheon where she served as the keynote speaker. Information Assurance Awards were presented to Lt. Col. Terry McGraw of the Army Cyber Operations and Integration Center and Dwayne Tanner of Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Enterprise Systems and Services. Capt. Joseph Clar of the 650th Army Regional Support Group and Dwayne Smith of the Army Signal Network Enterprise Center received Information Assurance Professional of the Year awards. Most Innovative Information Assurance Project and Implementation awards went to the Information Assurance Division of the Cyber Leader College and Chris Hwang from the 1st Signal Brigade, Korea. In The Trenches THE WIRE | PAGE 15 | AT YOUR SERVICE On the WingYOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan Vice President Joe Biden spoke before approximately 1,000 military and civilian personnel from the Kanto plains Wednesday at Yokota Air Base, Japan, thanking them for their role during Operation Tomodachi. Ive visited military bases all over the world and what you did here in Japan over the past few months is nothing short of astounding, Biden said. In his speech, the vice president shared his pride in the service members for their role in aiding the people of Japan. All the American people are in awe of what you do day in and day Biden said. The vice president closed by remarking on the partnership between the U.S. and Japan. The role you all play is going to become increasingly important, the vice president said. And our alliance with Japan will be more important Biden visits Yokota, thanks members for role in Operation TomodachiBy Airman 1st Class Earlandez M. Young 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairsthan in the past. It continues to be absolutely critical, and you are the glue that holds this all together. Youre the ones ensuring this alliance remains effective. personnel at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Wednesday. -photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse
AT T HE MOVIES | THE WIRE | PAGE 16Movie Review 26 30 29 28 27 31 1Call MWR at ext. 2010 for more information. Movie Hotline call 4880. Monte Carlo (PG) 8 p.m. Bad Teacher (R) 10 p.m. Larry Crowne (PG-13) 8 p.m. Super 8 (last showing) (PG13) 8 p.m. Mr. Poppers Penguins (last showing) (PG) 8 p.m. Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13) 8 p.m. Horrible Bosses (R) 8 p.m. Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley Zookeeper (PG) 8 p.m. Transformers 3 (PG-13) 10 p.m. FRI.SAT.SUN.MON.TUES.WED.THURS.Army Sgt. Meredith VincentPG-13 98 min.Cars 2 (G) 8 p.m. Larry Crowne (R) 10 p.m. Super 8 (last showing) (PG-13) 8 p.m. Horrible Bosses (R) 10 p.m. Transformers 3 (PG-13) 8 p.m. Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13) 8 p.m. Monte Carlo (PG) 8 p.m. Bad Teacher (R) 8 p.m. Zookeeper (PG) 8 p.m.In Larry Crowne, a coming-of-middleage story co-written and directed by its star, Tom Hanks, we are supposed to believe that the title character, a likeable, hard-working having a college education and thus making him unpromotable. We are also asked to believe that someone with Julia Roberts smile could be a lonely, embittered lush. Despite its humble yet polished exterior, this is, after all, a fantasy and try as you might, you can never quite forget it. Perhaps if lower-watt actors were attached, the story would ring with some level of authenticity. But come on, American audiences cannot be fooled that easily. These are two of our hugest, most gigantic Hollywood stars! Its Forest Gump and Erin Brockovich! Short of Brad and that other Tom, youd be wandering the streets of Los Angeles. The shine gleaming off either of them causes the viewer to squint, and whatever realism the Its the worst for Julia. While Hanks still displays the features and mannerisms of a commoner, Roberts wattage cannot balance. No longer just a pretty woman, the mother of three including twins is positively luminous. Why is this a problem? Because shes supposed to be Mercedes Tainot, a joyless, jaded college professor who makes a whiskey slushy the moment she walks in the front door. Does that sound like the Julia you know? While Hanks and Roberts battle with their own fame, its the supporting players Hanks for collecting possibly the most random and eclectic group of actors to keep the action moving. Cedric the Entertainer and Taraji P. Henson are Larrys mouthy, adorable neighbors (Hanks actually shows more chemistry with Cedric than he does his leading lady odd). Once at college, Larry falls in with a scooter mob seriously and is promptly adopted by Talia (Gugu MbathaRaw), an edgy all-around sweetheart who sees potential in Larry despite his tucked in polo shirts. Wilmer Valderrama (Fez!) stops by as Talias harmless boyfriend, and Pam Grier is inexplicably cast as Roberts friend and colleague. But nothing nothing! can top the movies ace-in-the-hole guest star. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you... Mr.. Sulu! George Takei (or, as my movie sidekick said it about a dozen times during the movie GEORGE TAKEI!) is wonderfully hilarious as Larrys economics prof. Dripping with deadpan sarcasm, his wry delivery and sadistic smile punch up every scene. Bravo, Hanks, for reminding us about George Takei. Wait I mean, GEORGE TAKEI! Overall, Larry Crowne was a pleasant enough experience. Sweet, sappy and not at all realistic, its like a Hallmark greeting card: Its kind of pointless, but its the thought that counts. Plus... GEORGE TAKEI! THE WIRE | PAGE 17 | NEWS YOU CA N USE Hurricane Irene has strengthened as it bears down on the Bahamas on a path toward the eastern United States. The National Hurricane Center said in its latest bulletin Wednesday that Irenes sustained winds are nearly 185 kilometers an hour, making it a category three storm Irene could become a category four hurricane by Thursday. The storms center is forecast to move across the southeastern and central Bahamas Wednesday, and over the northwestern Bahamas on Thursday. The hurricane centers director, Bill Read, says tropical storm force winds could approach the U.S. state of North Carolina as soon as early Saturday morning. Evacuations were already under way in parts of the state. Read says the storm could become a big threat on Sunday to the northeast United States, including New Yorks Long Island. threaten the United States in three years. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says that emergency personnel are preparing all along the coast. At last report, forecasters said the storm was about 460 kilometers southeast of Nassau, Bahamas, moving northwest at 19 kilometers per hour. The storm lashed the British territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands Tuesday. Authorities say Irene could cause England regions, where soil is saturated from recent heavy rains. They say Irenes tropical storm-force winds extend 335 kilometers from the center. The U.S. State Department has warned Americans to carefully consider the risk of traveling to the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos due to the hurricane.Hurricane Irene strengthens on path toward U.S. coastVoice of America News Service akistans foreign minister is denying her country had anything to do with ter rorist attacks late last month in Xinjiang, in Chinas far west. At the end of July, two bombs exploded in the streets of Kashgar, in Chinas farwestern Xinjiang region. The blasts were followed by deadly mayhem. The violence attackers, and injured more than 40 others. At the time, the Kashgar government issued a statement saying the terrorist ringleader received training from a Pakistanbased camp of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a banned organization that seeks independence for Xinjiang. Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani her country of being behind the Xinjiang terrorist attacks. The statement, vis--vis Pakistans involvement of any sort, was misconstrued, was not from the Chinese government, said Khar. At the same time, she said Pakistan has worked with China regarding the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and is ready to do more. If you are saying, Does it [ETIM] have any base in Pakistan? We do not know. And if there is any such issue, as far as this particular group is concerned, then as I have said clearly, we would like to cooper ate further to ensure and we have already cooperated on this particular group within Pakistan, added Khar. The East Turkestan Islamic Movement is made up of ethnic Uighurs, a Chinese minority group that calls Xinjiang its home land. Barnard College Political Science Professor Alexander Cooley said he thinks any ETIM presence in Pakistan is not likely to be a top priority for Pakistani authorities. My sense is you do not have the same kind of ties between the Pakistani military and the intelligence services, with the Uighur groups, that you do with some of the other Islamic groups, where they [Pakistan] maintain connections, noted Cooley. istan-China relationship as going beyond any two governments. She said the friendship has withstood the pressures of time, and especially has adapted to the changing global and regional environment. an to be Pakistans foreign minister, and, at 33 years old, the youngest. She met Wednesday with Chinese Pre mier Wen Jiabao and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. This year is the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and Pakistan. The Chinese foreign minister hailed the two countries relationship as a high-quality strategic cooperative partnership and an all-weather friendshipBy Stephanie Ho Voice of America News ServicePakistan denies link to Chinese terror group Embassy in Beijing, China, Wednesday.
Mind Body & SoulSuspension training: 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 Chapel many challenges for the armed services. While every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine and Coast Guardian is expected to maintain a high standard of physical readiness, the abilities of each individual within any command may vary widely. Creating a strengths and weaknesses of each individual. in bridging this gap is suspension training. Suspension training is a simple concept, using a strap attached to an anchor point along with your own bodyweight as resistance to create a work out. Across the board, suspension training pours forth a multitude of to all abilities, focuses on core strength, can be conducted virtually anywhere and, One of the biggest advantages to suspension training is it uses bodyweight in conjunction with leverage for all of its exercises. In doing so, suspension training opens the doors, not just for the weak and the strong, but also for those recovering from injuries. Everyone can vary their own resistance level based upon the leverage created with a suspension system. Even a servicemember recovering from injury can perform all exercises simply by reducing Pfc. Justin Pierce see BODY, pg. 19photos by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sally Hendricks THE WIRE | PAGE 19 | THE LA ST WORD BODY cont. JTF cont. REEF cont. guidance and willingness to assist in the JTF Guantanamo to be prepared to respond to the day-to-day challenges of detention operations, said Harbeson. Additionally, Harbeson included the said their willingness to share insight and perspective on detention policy here on the island helped provide greater understanding of how operations were viewed at the Capitol. constant support, allowing us to ensure mission success, said Harbeson. The phrase detention operations is very deceptive. It sounds so simple, yet it belies the complexities inherent in this mission. on what he learned during his 14 months on the island. Your performance was inspiring to me and to all who have witnessed it and your service reminds me that the future of our country is in good hands as our future leaders will come from your ranks, said Harbeson. The efforts made by JTF Troopers make a difference and are a part of history, he said. No doubt, we will continue to draw world-wide attention, but the unique talents and contributions of our servicemembers will ensure continued success in the future, he continued. Being in command of JTF Guantanamo has been an honor beyond description and you are all heroes to so many people and to me; I will treasure these memories for as long as I live. Incoming JTF Guantanamo commander Woods continued the momentum of the ceremony with a brief overview of Navy slogans. The latest branding for the Navy The photomosaicing was only done as a demonstration and will not be used in the analysis portion of the study, said Hochberg, who will ultimately view 2,000 individual photos from the teams two-week study. I go through every photo and analyze them for all the corals, types of algae, some of the other invertebrates like and make notes, Hochberg explained. I have to identify everything in every photo. We will be able to look at trends up and down the reef, and thats whats important ecologically. The team concluded the reefs in Guantanamo Bay look youthful and show signs of good health, but only time will tell. The GTMO coral has been the gold standard for the longest time in this region, Marx shared. Compared to other areas, I would say it looks as good or better the diversitys better here and they are bigger coral. As far as algae goes, there are so many variables going on that we dont know enough yet and thats why were doing these studies. the impact that bodyweight plays on the exercise. Aside from taking all levels this type of training relies on suspended body weight resistance, every single workout engages core strength and stability. Core strength rarely gets the look it deserves even though its crucial to our dayto-day actions. This type of strengthening makes repetitive actions like moving sand bags, boxes or even just the additional weight of armor less taxing on the body. It also encourages good biomechanics, making a well-strengthened individual less prone to occupational injuries. probably captures the essence of the mission here, said Woods. A global force for good. We are truly global and a force for good in both senses of the word. Upcoming events will be challenging, Woods warned, and will put JTF Guantanamo on center stage for the entire world to see. After my short time here with our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast ourselves appropriately to show exactly how safe, humane, legal and transparent we are as a nation with the custody of detainees here, Woods stated. Before leaving, Harbeson said JTF Guantanamo has the talent, level of professionalism and energy that is unmatched at any command. with the status quo, said Harbeson. Lead change and delay the future. As far as mobility is concerned, suspension training is hard to beat. Since its based on body weight, you carry the resistance needed for it everywhere you go. All the accessories you need to conduct a good suspension training workout can be easily improvised with rope, tow straps, etc., and an elevated anchor point at least six feet above the ground. Some companies have even begun to sell specialized suspension training equipment that is extremely portable. TRX is an example of this, and was designed by former Navy Seals, so Ill let that just speak for itself as far as portability and effectiveness. core strength and portability, suspension training holds a forces. It should come as no surprise then, to learn that recreation team has bought into this remarkably useful system, installing a TRX suspension early as next week, suspension training classes will be offered to Guantanamo Bays Troopers. Having this equipment at the ready will allow base residents a chance to try a new type of physical training, one that will engage a wide group of participants equally, while also
STAYING FIT basket on the Lateral Hazard Disk Golf Course, Friday. photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu WOMENS EQUALITY Maritime Enforcement Specialist 3rd Class Desirae Villa delivers her speech in honor of Womens Equality Day, Friday at the Trooper Chapel. She was joined by seven other women in the commemoration. photo by Spc. Kelly Gary BOB THE BUILDER Tech Sgt. Antonio Canuto, a builder attached to the Base Emergency Engineering Force known as BEEF, places a hook on a forklift during a project at the media operations center, Wednesday. THROUGH CLOUDS The sun sets over Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Sunday.