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Volume 12, Issue 38 Friday, September, 9, 2011 Whos got the blues? Bluzapalooza shakes up Ferry Landing Softball championships The Vigilant Warriors vs Team MANAAF: Who came out on top PLUS: Men of Faith Gospel group brings spirituality to the island
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 Kilho ParkContact usEditors Desk: 3651 From the continental United States Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3499 E-mail: email@example.com Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.milCOVER: Memphis-based musicians Billy Gibson and guitarist Elliot Ives helped bring the blues to Naval Station Guantanamo, Saturday, as the musical entertainment for Morale, Welfare and Recreations end of summer blowout, Bluzapalooza. photo by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin CosselCommunication: In our society and in the work place, lack of communication inhibits creativity, ideas and effective practices and relationships. There are three key elements to effective communication: 1. The Sender the person sending the message; 2. The Message the information that is trying to be conveyed; and 3. The Receiver the person receiving the message. The Sender must make sure whats being said is understood correctly by the Receiver. If the Receiver does not understand, they must ask the Sender for clarity in the message. This takes work by both parties. Anonymous Effective two-way communication is essential to any organizations success. In order to consistently accomplish the mission, our subordinates must know what we expect of them I call this Expectations Management. Make your subordinates feel like part of the team by keeping them informed and involved. Write an email to them and ensure there is clarity in your guidance and messages. Allow them to use their initiative. Capitalize on their unique skills and backgrounds. To me, communicating is the start to building a rapport with an individual. Counseling is communicating setting your expectations as a leader. When counseling people, you can give orders, directives and instructions from your position in the organization. However, it is not until the leader goes down into the depths of the organization and facilitates an informal counseling session that he or she will get attention and subordinates and their peers will talk. In this session, you want to start out asking the subordinate the following: Where are you from? Where did you grow up? Find interesting topics you can discuss with your Trooper. We have various techniques from all different services at our disposal, yet they are bureaucratic in nature and basically become a paper drill to say I counseled the individual. This paperwork is nonsense, not leadership! As leaders, we must get in the trenches of our organizations to see whats actually being done. We think we know, but contrary to belief, unless you make that trip, you really dont know what ground truth is. As leaders, we must lead by example. We need to effectively communicate as human beings and work toward the goals established in our organizations. I want to leave you with this quote from the former Secretary of Defense, Mr. Robert M. Gates, presented at the United States Naval Academy Commencement on Friday, May 27, 2011 as follows: treating those around you and, above all, your subordinates with fairness and respect. An acid test of leadership is how you treat those you outrank, or as President Truman once said, how you treat those who cant talk back. Trooper to Trooper featuring Master Chief Petty Officer Dwayne WhiteA man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them. After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. As he stood before it, and the street leading to the gate appeared to be pure gold. As he and the dog walked towards the gate, he saw a man at a desk to one side. When he was close enough, he called out, Excuse me, where are we? This is Heaven, sir, the man answered. Wow! Would you happen to have some water? the man asked. Of course, sir. The man gestured and the gate began to open. Can my friend come in, too? the traveler asked. Im sorry, sir, but we dont accept pets, was the response. The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog. After another long walk he came to a dirt road, which led through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree, reading a book. Excuse me, he called to the reader. Do you have any water? Yeah, sure, theres a pump over there, the man said, pointing to a place that couldnt be seen from outside the gate. Come on in. How about my friend? the traveler gestured to the dog. There should be a bowl by the pump, replied the man. They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it. drink himself. When they both had quenched their thirst, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree waiting for them. What do you call this place? the traveler asked. This is Heaven, he answered. THE WIRE | PAGE 3 | TROOPER T O TROOPER PSEC ALERT THINK BEFORE YOU POST!Are your Facebook friends really your friends?Do you have more than 100 friends on Facebook? More than 200? How about 500? It might seem unusual to some of us but there are people with over 1000 friends on social networking sites. Now think about what information you give to these friends: your address, phone number, birthday, names of family members and other friends. This may seem harmless on the surface but to someone whom you met once and then became friends with, they might have other uses for your information. Crimes could be committed using your information. Your house could be robbed, your identity could be stolen or credit could be obtained in your name. You need to protect yourself and your information. Next time youre online, take a good hard look at your friends list and ask yourself if you would really trust all the people on that list with your information. Senior Enlisted Leader, Task Force PlatinumWell, thats confusing, the traveler said. The man down the road said that was Heaven, too. Oh, you mean the place with the gold streets and pearly gates? Nope, thats Hell, the man said matter-of-factly. Doesnt it make you mad for them to use your name like that, replied the traveler. No. I can see how you might think so, but were just happy they screen out the folks wholl leave their best friends behind.
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 HendricksGolden Monkey newly formed local talent band The newly formed group Golden Monkey will perform every Wednesday at the Tiki Bar. The group is led by Chris Dickson, a multi-talented musician who also organized and played for the band Sounds Like Chicken. The new band will perform popular mainstream songs and Caribbean music. They make their debut Sept. 14. For more information, call x75604.Men and womens fall basketball league Dont forget to register by Sept. 13 for the fall mens and womens basketball league. A coachs meeting will be held Sept. 15 and the league will start the week of Sept. 19. The league is open to ages 16 and up. For more information, call x2113.Marriage enrichment seminar at Chapel Treat your relationship to an informative Marriage Enrichment Seminar at the Trooper Chapel from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday. The event, hosted by the 525th Military Police Battalion, is open to all military and civilian personnel to include married, single and hopeful. Joint Task Forces three chaplains will speak at the seminar, offering insight and guidance on the ups and downs of married life. Army Capt. Garland Mason, 525th chaplain, said marriage is one of his favorite topics to speak about. Almost everything in life works against your marriage, Mason explained. So, if you dont work at keeping your marriage strong and healthy, the natural tendency is for it to weaken and die. Refreshments will be served at the seminar. For more information, contact Mason at x2453.Reef Raiders meeting with chili dinner served Join other dive enthusiasts at the monthly Reef Raiders meeting, Sept. 13, at the Reef Raiders Club located between the Naval Station Hospital and Marine Hill. The gathering will kick off with a chili dinner at 6:30 p.m and will run about for ty-five minutes total. Group members can purchase two $15 air cards and non-paying members can purchase one for $15. Jessie Keenan, the club treasurer, said the club was founded in 1952 and she had the opportunity to meet the original members. Back then they used to actually sell coral to raise money for a compressor, Keenan shared. But, now we are all about conservation and saving the reefs. Keenan said the club is open to everybody and is always looking for new ideas Run for the Fallen 2011 at Denich Gym Remember the fallen by participating in Morale, Welfare and Recreations 5K Freedom Run, Sept. 11 at Denich Gym. 250 people to sign up will receive a free T-shirt. There will be a drawing for a laptop computer and camelbacks sponsored by the Guantanamo Bay Navy Exchange. Cheering stations will be at Deer Point, SCSI and W.T Sampson Elementary School. For more information, call x77262.Yoga offered every Sunday at Marine Hill Guantanamo Bays Youth Center is sponsoring a yoga class on Sundays from 2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. at the Marine Hill for 10 classes. Its a perfect way to relax your mind and body while getting in shape and becoming yoga instructor. A yoga instructor for ten years, Beyatli body but also in most of the students, to include men that attend her sessions. Its not just for women she says. I cant believe how much this class has changed my body and my life. I feel less stress and people have said I look more tone, said Tracey Walker a Guantanamo Bay resident. Beyatlis class is called Yoga for Life. Its a combination of different types of yoga techniques. My class is therapeutic, strengthening, healing and enables your mind to become more focused, explained Beyatli. Yoga is an excellent form of relaxation and exercise to enhance every day life. For more information, call Melissa Voshell at x77491 or the Child Development Center at x3664. and fresh faces. We like the mixture of people and want to do club dives and events together. We sell T-shirts and coins anything to keep diving alive. We want diving to stay in GTMO, no matter what. The club is open Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. 8 p.m., Friday from 6 p.m. 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. 5 a.m.Base belly dancing class temporarily put on hold Guantanamo Bays belly dancing class normally held on Sundays at the Marine Hill break. A date has not yet been set for when classes will resume. Residents should keep an eye out for announcements. For questions, contact Denich Gym at x77262. trooper Army Sgt. Meredith Vincent Bullet Bio Time in service: 7 years Hobbies: golf, soccer, softball, most sports and outdoor activities Pet peeves: people who complain and dont see the big picture Next goal: Masters degree in Management Science Advice to junior Troopers: Never quit, no matter how hard it looks.| NE WSTHE WIRE | PAGE 5 On the opposite side of the island, across the Caribbean Sea, is the northern tip of South America. Occupying most of that space is Venezuela, a Spanish country bordering Colombia, Guyana and Brazil. It was here that Aviation Machinists Mate 2nd Class Dan Reyes was born and raised. And where, as a young man of 20 years, he said goodbye to make his life in the United States. Sometimes people, especially young folks, dont realize the freedoms we enjoy in the states, said Reyes, a control supervisor for Joint Task Force Guantanamo. I do. Determined to overcome the language and cultural barrier, Reyes signed on the dotted line and became an American servicemember. When asked why he chose the Navy, he simply gestures to the great, blue ocean, spread out as far as the eye can see. To a kid with a bleak future, that ocean was all he needed. Reyes has been in the Navy for seven years now. Hes seen places like Greece, France, Dubai and Italy. He said joining the Navy has opened up exciting new opportunities he could never have expected. I traveled when I was a kid, but when youre a kid, you dont know whats going on! he laughed. That upbeat spirit is what impressed his leadership, said Master-At-Arms 1st Class Frankie Knobloch, Camp 6 leading petty Hes a stand-up guy, Knobloch said of Reyes. Hes got a lot of pride in his work. He wants to accomplish things, he doesnt want to just lay back and watch things unfold. Despite a heavy accent denoting his heritage, Reyes is still able to step up when his fellow Troopers need leadership. He takes charge, noted Knobloch. He makes sure that everybody falls in line to get the job done. Boots on the Ground I worked in produce at a grocery store. There is nothing like bringing a smile to a persons face when they pick up that perfect apple that I stacked (stocked) on the shelf. It was great.Sgt. 1st Class Joshua ConwellI worked at 911 dispatching. It was very interesting. I did it for two years and then joined the National Guard. I actually still do that job when Im not deployed. I love it.Gas Turbine System Technician 3rd Class Jon Archuleta Pfc. Megan Adams job. Theres nothing like the smell of a clean carpet. It leaves a fresh smell. I was a carpet master. It was our family business. I was a bag boy at Bilos, a grocery store. I didnt like it so I only stayed for two months and then quit. Electronics Technician 3rd Class Justin Bell focus Petty Officer 2nd Class Dan Reyes see FOCUS pg. 19
NEWS | THE WIRE | PAGE 6Story and photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho ParkOut with the old, in with the new Troopers attached to Joint Task Force Guantanamo attended a barbeque and get together for a Hail and Farewell at the Windjammer Pool, Sept. 2. Hail and farewell ceremonies are informal social gatherings meant to say goodbye to outgoing personnel and to recognize the work they have accomplished as well as introduce and welcome their successors to the deployment and team. We acknowledge those who are going and their accomplishments are recognized, said Army Staff Sgt. Felix Diaz Jr., the new future operations manager for J6. Plus with everyone coming in, you get to put a face with a name. You know who youre going to be working with for the next year and thats pretty exciting. Approximately 60 personnel have come in to replace their counterparts in 14 separate departments. For newcomers to the island, there is a sense of high expectations and being part of something special. Select individuals [civilian and military] were picked for their skills to come over here, said Diaz. They just dont pick anyone to come here, we were screened more than the usual deployments. While turnover in personnel is inevitable, for seasoned JTF veteranss the time to redeploy back home is a welcome new challenge. Its been almost a year away from home, so now you have to turn the switch to the way it was before you got here, said Sgt. 1st Class Stephen A. Burke, protocol charge for the joint visitors bureau. I will miss certain things but at the same time Im ready to say my farewells and move on. Hail, farewell BBQ welcomes new faces, says goodbye to others Joint Task Force Deputy Director Army Brigadier General Samuel Nichols speaks at JTFs Hail and Farewell ceremony, Sept. 2, at the Windjammer Pool. (below) Troopers help themselves to the buffet-style barbecue, provided for all in attendance. THE WIRE | PAGE 7 | NEWSStory and photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin AngebrandMotivated vet tech looks past GTMO Army Staff Sgt. Ardicio Galvao treats a canine patient at Naval Station Guantanamo Veterinary Clinic, Tuesday. Galvao is one of two veterinary technicians in the Army selected for a Ranger assignment. When Army Staff Sgt. Ardicio Galvao arrived from Brazil to the United States at age 14, he spoke zero English and was immersed in an unfamiliar world. Despite the obstacles of learning a foreign language and trying contemplated joining special forces in the military, but wasnt quite sure. After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, he was approached by an Army recruiter and decided enlisting would be a meaningful way to give back. At just 17-years-old, he initially wanted to sign up for infantry. His mother said no. The recruiter persisted and asked Galvao what he enjoyed doing. Without hesitation, he said he had loved wildlife ever since he could remember. Luckily, the Army had a position as a veterinary technician open he nabbed it. Ive always enjoyed working with animals, Galvao says. They had the job so I took it. Im glad it worked out. Eight years later, he now serves as the Station Guantanamo Bays Veterinary Clinic and says its a unique setting compared to working in the states. The difference here is we provide full emergency services, but in the states we dont normally do that type of after-hour service, Galvao explains. Here were on call 24/7, have a cell phone on us and we rotate the duty every week. Pfc. Kerstin Mundy, a veterinary technician, has spent the past 10 months working alongside Galvao and says she is lucky to have such a great teacher in her Hes laid back and always willing to help, Mundy says. If I have a question, hes ready passionate. something to offer no matter what side of base Troopers work on. We are unique because we have a wealth of knowledge about the GTMO wildlife and animals that you dont see everywhere, he points out. We love to share it with everyone. The clinic also works with various researchers who study Guantanamo Bays animal populations a favorite perk of the job for Galvao who wasnt allowed to have pets as a kid. Ive always liked wildlife: snakes, spiders and things like that, Galvao shares. I would go out and grab things and bring them into the house, without my parents knowing dog. Along with his love for animals, Galvao also has a strong desire for continuous achievement and is always looking for his next challenge. My goal when I got here was to get promoted to E-6 and get through the Ranger course, says Galvao. There was no other option for me. I didnt want to leave here with anything less. True to form, Galvao made E-6 and will be leaving soon to Ranger Selection School. However, he isnt casting his love for animals aside. As one of only two veterinary technicians in the Army selected for this type of assignment, he will be a unique combination of Ranger and skilled veterinarian. Its going to be fast-paced, Galvao explains of his new assignment. Lots of deploying and I wont be working in a clinic anymore. My main mission will be to take care of the dogs at the regiment and train handlers to provide emergency care for the dogs. If he passes the intense three-week Ranger training, Galvao will be reassigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment in Ft. Lewis, Wash. I cant see myself getting the same feeling out of doing something in the civilian world that I do being in the military, he admits. Getting to do certain things like Im about to do now keeps me going and motivated!
THE WIRE | PAGE 8 FEA T URE | Story and photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand Guantanamo Bay welcomes a new musical group, but not just any talent. Men of Faith is a six man, all-male Gospel praise team, comprised entirely of Joint Task Force members. The sextet met during the 1 p.m. Gospel Worship Service at the Naval Station Chapel two months ago and have been harmonizing together ever since. Logistics Specialist 3rd form the group when he realized the churchs gospel choir was mainly male members. I started singing when I was really young, said Marco. I come from a line of singers and my dad was a member of my church praise team. Everything Ive learned, Ive learned from my dad and our praise and worship leader. rehearsals and performances. When you get around people who have the same values and morals as you do, easy. But add musical talent and you have Men of Faith. Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Vincent Bradley, says he grew up mixing his own beats and is happy to have found such a diverse group to share his talent. We all have different personalities and blend together so well, said Bradley. You know they say opposites attract we are our own personalities and it helps us give our individuality to make a good blend of sounds. performance and says its one hell always carry with him. My most memorable moment is when in the congregation were like, Wow, these guys are really doing something! Another testament to the groups talent is Chris Dickson, a local musician himself, who heard the guys singing one day outside his They have a nice tight harmony, Dickson commends. They were covering the bass, tenor and lead, not just singing in unison. They have talent and you can see their The shared passion can be hard to come by, said Pvt. Greg Allen, a vocalist for Men of Faith who is currently assigned to the 189th Military Police Company. Things like this dont fall into place out of nowhere, Allen explained. I was one of the original guys and we had a few guys come in and drop out, but after praying and worshiping and having that faith is when it started falling into place and here we are now out of nowhere, it wasnt planned. The bands other members Spc. John Dupree, assigned to the 525th Military Police Battalion, Air Force Staff Sgt. Corey Stokes and Army Capt. Jose Martinez, assigned to the 124th Military Police Company, each agree they couldnt ask for a better group of vocalists and plan to continue working together. This didnt happen by mistake, they say in unison. Amen. singing with a THE WIRE | PAGE 9 | FEA T URE Men of Faith, a six member all-male gospel group, poses in front of the Naval Station Chapel during a rehearsal, Sept. 1. (from left) Air Force Staff Sgt. Corey Stokes, Bradley, Pvt. Greg Allen, Spc. John Dupree and (front) Army Capt. Jose Martinez.
THE WIRE | PAGE 10 THE WIRE | PAGE 11 NEWS | | NEWS Story by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel Gettin Bluesy The Naval Station Guantanamo Bay community turned out in force Saturday for Morale, Welfare and Recreations end of summer bash, Bluzapalooza. Held at Ferry Landing, the event featured more than 30 craft booths with wares for sale, BBQ sandwiches along with all activities for Guantanamo Bays younger residents and down-home Memphis-style blues. We wanted to do something different, to try some different styles of music, explained MWR Community Activities Director Amiee MacDonnell about the departure from the normal rock, hip-hop and country acts that dominate MWRs concerts. I would say it was very successful, an excited MacDonnell stated. You saw plenty of Troopers out there, people walking around with their families and dogs just everyone having a good time. One such person was naval station resident, Lindsey Pullon. Pullon was in attendance with her husband, Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Chris Pullon and their son, Josh. It was really nice to be able to get out and do something as a family, Pullon said. You know MWR is out there for the servicemembers, but to see them putting something together the whole family can get involved in is good. Taking advantage of the diverse offerings at the craft fair, Pullon said she bought a dinner and enjoyed the musical offerings that kicked off around 7 p.m. Providing the hot sounds for the warm night was a collection of musicians from Memphis, Tenn. fronted by legendary harmonica player, Billy Gibson and Candice Ivory. For nearly two hours, the band wowed the crowd with their blues styling toward the end of the show. Following the performance, the band stayed near the stage, signing autographs, passing out T-shirts and commemorative Bluzapalloza coins. In addition to the joint frontmen, the band included Elliott Ives, Pat Fusco, Blake Rhea and Jeff Burch. Coming out here and being able to perform for the Troops is one of the best gigs we can do, Gibson said as he took a few minutes away from the throngs of people seeking autographs. Since taking the helm as the community activity director, MacDonnell said this was station. She hopes to continue bringing a wider variety of acts to the island she said. There used to be an annual jazz festival held here, so thats something were looking into as well as other styles, MacDonnell said. Regardless of what band comes next, MacDonnell was pleased with the evening and the support from both the band and the community.Candice Ivory heated up the already sultry Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Saturday evening as her and other Memphis-based performers brought a bit of the down-home blues to the island during Morale, Welfare and Recreations Bluzapalooza Craft Fair and Concert. photo by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel(opposite page) Following their two-hour performance, members of the Bluzapalooza band took time to sign autographs, pass out T-shirts and offer some music advise to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay residents. photos by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sally Hendricks.
THE WIRE | PAGE 12 PAGE 8 SPOR T S | Players from Team MANNAF celebrate after a game-clinching double play, Thursday at Cooper Field and Sports Complex. Team MANAAF innings, but managed to break ahead to take the championship. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park THE WIRE | PAGE 13 | SPOR T S Head to head: the 525 th Vigilant Warriors and team MANAAF Thursday night at Cooper Field. The Vigilant Warriors started off with a strong 3-0 lead in the MANAAF on guard, and worried they might have to play a second game. We were pretty evenly matched, said Richard Walker, Team MANAAF pitcher and coach. We knew we needed to go to a second. Jeffery Porter, Vigilant Warriors shortstop, said it was the best game all season with some of the best friends hes made on Guantanamo Bay. The best play of the night was when Command Sgt. Major Daniel Borrero jumped up in left a few feet over his head, Porter recalled. I thought for sure it was going over his head. I had already started running out there to take the throw in after it got by him, but he charged to his left really hard, leaped up and came up with the catch! Team MANAAF, which stands for Marines, Army, Navy and Air Force, a diverse team including Joint Task Force and Naval Station members from the various military branches, had a winning 10-week season and were determined not to let that change. We came back in the third with two runs to tie it up and in runners on second and third, said Walker, whos been playing softball and baseball for more than 30 years. One of our guys hit a line drive that fell just inside the line and that put us up 6-3. Vigilant warriors managed to score another run, inching them closer to a tied game but were knocked off by a gamewinning double play made by team MANAAF who claimed the victory with a two-run lead, 6-4. with a great turnout from the troops, said Morale, Welfare and Recreations Lead Recreation Coordinator, OShane Wynter. The game was down to the wire in the last inning and MANAAF made a great comeback when the guy at third base was tagged out at Although they ended the season with a loss, Porter said he wont forget the friendships he made throughout the season. Its a shame we didnt come out on top, but I wouldnt have rather played for any other team than the Vigilant Warriors, Porter had the most fun out there than any other team! Thursday nights championship knuckle-biter pitted the Vigilant Warriors against Team MANAAF in a battle of the bases. CHAMPS Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand
In The Trenches On the WingSOUTHWEST ASIA As U.S. Forces-Iraq members continue to return from Iraq, Airmen here have recently reopened an air base that was closed in 2004. With U.S. servicemembers expected to pull fully out of Iraq by late December, the U.S. Air Force has created a home for some of these units. We are here to provide continuous air coverage of forces pulling out of Iraq, said Lt. Col. Adam Shirriff, the 332nd Air Expeditionary Group deputy Airmen reopen base to support Iraq transitionStory by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri U.S. Air Forces Central Commandcommander. Our goal is to support a smooth transition as forces withdraw. Pre-advanced teams arrived weeks ago in order to set up the necessary sections to get the base to activate the U.S. component aircraft arrived here. We arrived here only weeks ago, and were already able to land planes and bring in personnel, Shirriff said. The (pre-advanced) teams arrived here in order to get the base prepared for follow-on forces to arrive. Now that the initial forces are here and things are setup, conventional forces will soon be able to take over. The members of the preadvanced teams couldnt have done it alone. The standup of this location was a team effort, which included its neighbors. Within 12 hours we increased our capabilities by 100 percent, said Senior Master Sgt. Joe Walsh, from a nearby base volunteered some manpower along with the areas, including inside aircraft. JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. The U.S. Army transitioned to new leadership as it welcomed the 38th Army chief of staff during a change of responsibility ceremony, Wednesday. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno assumed responsibility as the Armys chief of staff from Gen. Martin E. Dempsey as Dempsey begins his transition to serve as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As the new secretary of defense, and as someone who shares the immigrant backgrounds of these distinguished personal privilege for me to honor two of our militarys most talented leaders as they take on new responsibilities, said Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta. Panetta welcomed Dempsey as he prepares to take his position as DODs senior Having worked closely with General Dempsey since becoming the secretary of defense, I can say that the president has made a truly inspiring choice in picking him to serve as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the defense secretary said. years to occupy that post, Panetta said of in the Army, I am truly pleased to have General Dempsey as a partner in running the Department of Defense.Ceremony recognizes Army chief change of responsibility Story by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. American Forces Press ServicePanetta praised Dempsey as a real muddy-boots soldier, and a battlehardened commander who was responsible for transitioning the Army to nine month deployments and 18-month dwell time. As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marty will have the opportunity to work with the service chiefs [and] craft a joint force that can defeat a wide range of complex security threats that we face today, Panetta said. And that we will face into the future, he force in the world. Together, we will work Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh greeted Odierno as he takes his post as Army chief. Ray Odierno brings to this job impressive, even impeccable, credentials as a Soldier and leader, commanding units at every level during a career that spans some three-and-a-half decades, McHugh said. The Army secretary said he was more than familiar with Odierno, having visited Iraq 14 times during Odiernos various commands. AT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 14 theme. The activation of this base setting up at a bare location, there was already a military presence here. facility that I was supposed to set up, the building had nearly a half an inch of dirt and sand in in here, said Tech. Sgt. Reginald Morrison, the U.S. Air Forces Central Command food services manager. Within four days, we took this place and had it ready for service. My goal is that when our follow-on forces arrive, they wont be able to tell how this place looked before we got here. as the outgoing Army chief of staff during a change-of-responsibility ceremony in Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Sept. 7. photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey On The Deck Inside the JarMILLINGTON, Tenn. The U.S. Navy launched an Exceptional Family Member Program enrollment and tracking application on the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System website, Sept. 1. The EFMP application adds an electronic enrollment capability for the Navys Exceptional Family Member Program and allows servicemembers to track the progress of the enrollment process. The initial phase will only allow new enrollees to use the system. The next phase, which is due out by the end of the year, will allow access to all enrollees of the EFMP. This new enrollment and tracking system is based on input from the Fleet and replaces the Navys legacy paperbased enrollment system, said Navy streamlines EFM enrollmentMARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. Before Marines fast rope behind enemy lines, blowup doors, learn to shoot, and shoot well. How well? Firing 15,000 to 22,000 rounds a day, divvied up between 44 Marines and Sailors, over the course of It takes a couple thousand times of doing something before you start doing it on your own without hesitating, said Capt. Quarters Tactics course and Visit Board Search and Seizure course with Special Operations Training Group. Marines and Sailors with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Units Force Reconnaissance Platoon and elements from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment spent Aug. 31, shooting paper targets, on Stone Bays Multipurpose Range. The day of shooting was part of SOTGs of a pipeline of courses, conducted by SOTG, meant to prepare the Marines for any type of mission they may conduct with the 24th MEU where they engage enemy combatants, according to Beyer. The course focuses on enhancing the servicemembers combat marksmanship numerous drills, all while under the constant observation of instructors focused on making them better marksmen.Story by Marine Sgt. Richard Blumenstein, 24th MEU Exceptional Family Member Program. electronic enrollment will determination of enrollment. Case liaisons can track the members non-medical information and referrals more effectively, and electronically log individualized service plans, Story by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class LaTunya Howard, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs The exceptional family module is available online at the NFAAS website at HTTPS:// navyfamily.navy.mil. The NFAAS Navy Family Members user guide is available, after login, under the help tab. Sailors who have additional questions can contact the Navy Personnel Command customer service center at 1-866-U-ASKNPC, visit the NPC website at www.npc.navy.mil, or email CSCMailbox@navy.mil. Daily they are being evaluated by instructors, Beyer said. The instructors evaluate them, talk to them, coach them, and mentor them on their individual techniques and procedures on the range. During the day of training, the Marines stood on a line, each donning a full combatload, and shot their weapons from the They shot in the standing, kneeling, and prone position. They shot moving forwards and backwards. They even trained to shoot impromptu on each others targets if a fellow Marines weapon stopped working. off by an instructor running the range. They received time limits of mere seconds during the drills, forcing them to react quickly. One drill involved them sprinting and kneeling position in 11 seconds. Just in the repetition of week one Ive gotten a lot better at the simple things that were expected to do, said 2nd Lt. Samuel covering each other when guns go down, things like that. The course also emphasizes a number of skills associated with combat shooting. The service members constantly practice weapons transitioning, speed reloading and handling weapons stoppages in the course. THE WIRE | PAGE 15 | AT YOUR SERVICE and kneeling positions in 11 seconds during the Special Operations Training Groups Close Quarters Tactics course Aug. 31, on Stone Bays Multi Purpose Range. photo by Marine Sgt. Richard Blumenstein
AT T HE MOVIES | THE WIRE | PAGE 16Movie Review 9 13 12 11 10 14 15Call MWR at ext. 2010 for more information. Movie Hotline call 4880. Winnie the Pooh (G) 8 p.m. Captain America (PG-13) 10 p.m. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (PG-13) 8 p.m. Larry Crowne (last showing) (PG13) 8 p.m. Transformers 3 (last showing) (PG-13) 8 p.m. Zookeeper (PG) 8 p.m. Horrible Bosses (R) 8 p.m. Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley Monte Carlo (last showing) (PG) 8 p.m. Friends with (R) 10 p.m. FRI.SAT.SUN.MON.TUES.WED.THURS.Army Sgt. Meredith VincentG 63 min.No Movie Live music from TRADOC Rock! 6 p.m. Captain America (PG-13) 10 p.m. Larry Crowne (last showing) (PG-13) 8 p.m. Friends with (R) 10 p.m. Monte Carlo (last showing) (PG) 8 p.m. Transformers (last showing) (PG-13) 8 p.m. Zookeeper (PG) 8 p.m. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (PG-13) 8 p.m. Friends with (R) 8 p.m.This column recently brought you the exploits of bad teachers, horrible bosses, aliens. It even brought you an excitable animated panda and a schizophrenic chameleon. Having lived through all those characters, whether they rated positive or negative banana rats, I am still oh-sotickled to bring you one of literatures most beloved and huggable protagonists Pooh. There is, however, a catch (of course). The problem is, this review is routinely used as an outlet for my love of everything snarky and sarcastic. But how do you write about Winnie the Pooh, and his squeezable group of woodland friends, like I have so many other movies? I have no qualms giving a Transformer a (much deserved) tongue-lashing, but Eeyore? Piglet? I cant talk about Tigger that way! Its a good thing this movie was it immoral to write anything derogatory about Christopher Robins friends. Instead, it is pleasant and pleasing, a sweet antidote to the summer movie blockbuster body count. Its not exactly heavy on plot, but who needs it when youre hanging out with old friends? Eeyore lost his tail, and the gang sets out to get him a new one. The end. But with classic, hand-drawn animation, the movie gently glides along, not in any hurry and certainly not elbowing other movies out of the way for attention. That would be rude. In place of the late Sterling Holloway, Jim Cummings voices Pooh Bear with startling precision. Craig Ferguson of The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson surprises with a spot-on Owl and John Cleese has a merry old time as the Narrator. What is it about A.A. Milnes characters that harks back to a time, before Facebook, Beiber or Britney, and makes us all wish for the golden age once more? Completing the fantasy is Zooey Deschanels twinkling vocals. As a fan of Deschanels indie band, She & Him, I was delighted to realize she appeared on the soundtrack. I really cannot think of any other singer with the daintiness to match Winnie the Poohs charm. Its understandable if you skip on this Pooh most of this base is populated with the male 18-34 demographic and I cant see this being their idea of a raucous Friday night. However, if youre here with small children, if you read Winnie the Pooh as a kid, if youre looking for something to smile at, or just want a quiet evening out, everything else smooth as honey. THE WIRE | PAGE 17 | NEWS YOU CA N USEMore than 17 million American households had trouble affording adequate food in 2010, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Thats basically unchanged from 2009, but up sharply from 13 million in 2007. This report today underscores what we know: that household food insecurity remains a serious problem in the United States, says USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon. The USDA report shows the lingering effects of a bad economy. More people have struggled to afford adequate food ever since the economy crashed in late 2007. About one in ten households had in seven. The new report shows it has stayed there ever since. Slow-moving disaster This is a disaster. Its a slow-moving disaster, says Dave Krepcho, head of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, which provides food for 3.5 million people in six Florida counties. Krepcho knows about disasters. When hurricanes hit the state as they do fairly often Second Harvest helps distribute food to people in need. Four hurricanes struck Florida in 2004. But those were short-term events. For the past two years, he says, our monthly distribution exceeds...our disaster relief after four hurricanes criss-crossed the state. Every single month is beyond that. One relative bright spot in the USDA report is that the number of households in which someone actually went hungry declined slightly last year, from 6.8 million to 6.4 million. Private sector steps up Donations from the private sector have helped food banks take on some of the extra burden, says spokesman Ross Fraser with the Feeding America national network of food banks. Corporate America has really stepped forward and has helped us both with food and with funds, he says. Major supermarket chains, big retailers and food manufacturers have made big donations in the last few years, according to Fraser, and farm groups contributed 270 million kilograms of fresh produce in the last year alone. For a hunger relief organization to be able to provide fresh produce to low-income Americans for whom produce is often out Federal programs grow ... and get cut Aid from the federal government kept the number of hungry people from increasing despite persistent unemployment, says Concannon. nutrition programs that are working as has been intended over many, many years, he says. They are intended to meet the critical needs of families struggling to put food on the table until they can get back on their feet. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the largest of those federal programs, enrolled nearly 19 million households last year. Thats up from almost 12 million in 2007. But advocates are concerned about next year as Congress discusses major cuts to the federal budget. The House of Representatives passed a budget cutting 10 percent from a $6 billion nutrition program for pregnant women and young children. House leaders say the budget Anti-hunger advocates disagree with those choices. We can reduce David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. Its just not right to attack programs who help people that are struggling to feed their kids. The Senate has not passed its version of the bill yet. Beckmann says his group and others are hoping to convince lawmakers to spare social safety net programs from further cuts. But with the federal debt nearing $15 trillion, many in Congress say everything is on the table.By Steve Baragona Voice of America News ServiceOne in seven US households struggles to afford food time gaining ground against a destroyed nearly 800 homes. Authorities reported Wednesday the blaze was 30 percent contained, after burning out of control for several days. helped by lighter winds now that Tropical Storm Lee has moved out of the area. city of Austin is the most destructive of the more than Texas in the past week. Four people died as a result of the blazes, 5,000 residents were driven from their homes and more than 54,650 hectares of land have been burned. The Voice of America News Serviceentire state is suffering through a nearly year-long drought which has made many areas dangerously hot and dry the President Barack Obama Wednesday called Texas Governor Rick Perry to express assure the governor that federal assistance will be available to According to a White House statement, Obama also said the government would quickly assess requests for additional aid, including to help the state extinguished. The White House said the Obama administration has approved seven federal grants to Texas authorities to help with 71 near Smithville, Texas, on September 5. photo by AP
Mind Body & SoulMassage received: The why behind The Chair 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*The following is a dramatization of a very possible, real-life conversation. The very possible, real-life names were changed in accordance with OPSEC.* Trooper 1: Did you hear that JSMART has a massage chair now? Trooper 2 : Yeah, I did. Trooper 1: Why would they have a dang massage chair? So they can relax in their Trooper 2: Actually, I tried it out the other daythe SMO told me toand that thing is really awesome. I walked away feeling so relaxed. I was skeptical, too, but its the real deal. It massages your arms, legs, butt and back. I think I am going to buy one for my room. Trooper 1: I still think that its just so they their backs with their fancy back-scratchers and throw stress balls at each other This hypothetical debate brings up a good pointwhy would JSMART have a massage chair? Hypnosis? Trickery? Personal gain? All feasible answers, but none correct. It is no secret that this writer is, in fact, an employee of the infamous JSMART (heard in an annoying whisper-like noise), so I will speak as such is assumed and now stated. If youre looking for a point, reason or explanation about the meaningless chair over there, then you came to the right article. Hospitalcorpsman 3rd Class Justin Atha First off, we were unaware of any spa on the island and, you know, we got your back! (That pun is cheesy even for cheddarugh, that one was worse.) On the real and in the most plain: a happy body is a happy heart and mind. When stress, whether it be deployment-related, occupational or simply day-to-day, decides it will inhabit your muscles, it does so with a sneaky vigilance. Many of us dont even know it. We are not aware of our festering back knots, our lost lactic acid spots or our hard-to-stretch areas, despite their ugly and very possible real-life existence. These are things the Massage Chairyes, it is now a proper nouncan and will attend to. To get to the real marrow of why JSMART has acquired such a chair, we must look at the it. The most to-the-point description in the most commercial-like fashion, is as follows: It helps relieve stress and aids relaxation. What could be more conducive to a JSMART mission? This chair is exclusively making us more effective at our jobslessening stress and relaxing to restore. But if that doozie of an explanation isnt enough for you, than here are a couple of bullet points as icing: -Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness -Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments -Reduces pain and swelling motion -Reduces blood pressure -Strengthens the immune system -Fosters peace of mind -Helps relieve mental stress -Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity -Fosters a feeling of well-being -Reduces levels of anxiety Everyone has stress, in the hardest of jobs, in the easiest of jobs, in GTMO or in the states. Sometimes, relief is simple and When you get a second, come chill with us and get a massage for your trouble. THE WIRE | PAGE 19 | THE LA ST WORD FOCUS cont. I think you have to lead by example, explained Reyes of his approach to leadership. You cant ask junior guys to do something you wouldnt do. Mostly, Reyes believes in the simple concept of integrity: do what is right. Sometimes people will get mad because you go against what is common, he surmised. But its not right. As a leader, you should do whatever is right, even though its not shared by the masses. Reyes unique background may be a motive for his success, said Knobloch. He has to work harder than everybody else to accomplish the same things, observed Knobloch. That might be his motivational factor. Reyes plans on completing his Masters degree in the near future. While on Guantanamo Bay, he keeps himself busy with a variety of outdoor sports and activities. Knobloch feels that the young Sailor has a promising future. Its on him, he concluded. As long as he keeps up the motivation, the pride in his work and the professionalism, he can accomplish anything. Joint Task Force Guantanamos facilities, accompanied by Joint Detention Group Commander Col. Donnie Thomas, with the JTF. -photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park THE COWBOY STATE
STANDING GUARD The watch commander of detainee Camp 5 stands his watch, August 31. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park THE SELECTED Joint Task Force Commander Rear Adm. David Woods and Command Master photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park SHES CRAFTY The Wire editor Army Sgt. Meredith Vincent sits at The Wires craft table during Morale, Welfare and Recreations Bluzapalooza event, Saturday. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sally Hendricks A DAY AT THE BEACH A Guantanamo Bay Trooper looks out over the water at Cable Beach, Sunday. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park
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