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Volume 12, Issue 40 Friday, September 23, 2011 No Ordinary Saturday Morning: PLUS: Beacon of Light Therapy pup offers comfort to Troopers MCSF Co. triathlon tempts, tests GTMO athletes Bees from the Sea Checking in with the new Seabees
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: Spc. Kelly Gary Photojournalists: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sally Hendricks Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jon Dasbach Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marquis WhiteheadContact usEditors Desk: 3651 From the continental United States Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.milCOVER: Teri Wanger makes her way through the obstacle course during the Marine Corps Security Force Companys triathlon, Saturday, to complete the last leg for Team Girl Power. photo by Spc. Kelly GaryWHAT ARE YOUR GOALS? This may be a tough question for most of us to answer honestly. Sure, we all can come up with a list of goals that sound commendable. And we may even actually believe we are working toward achieving those goals. But, if we truly examine our actions This external guidance consists largely of rules and most rules tell us what not to do (e.g. dont drink and drive; dont do drugs; dont lie, cheat, or steal; etc). Its easy to become too focused on what not to do. Many people take pride in not breaking rules and/or criticize those who do. Likewise, some of us are overly driven by external guidance which tells us what to do. This can be especially true in the military as we generally have a career path laid out for us, describing what actions are required to advance and succeed. Following the rules is not bad! I hope we can all follow all the rules. But we should attempt more. Dont settle for simply Make a difference! Leave things better than you found them. Help a friend (or a stranger) when able. Develop an improved process. Life can be compared to sailing. Simply following the rules is like maintaining the same tack (sail setting) no matter how the wind changes you may make good speed, but youll end up driven goals, youll be more like the helmsman who adjusts sails as necessary (always keeping them trimmed properly) to get to a particular destination. Endeavor to do more than to simply follow the rules. Set (and live up to) personal goals that will truly make a difference. Trooper to Trooper featuring Senior Chief Petty Officer Steven HaigToday I would like to take a minute or two drinking alcohol in excess. Command parties, family gatherings family take place in abundance throughout the summer season. Most people enjoy the opportunity to attend social gatherings away from the work place, but it can lead to a potential for alcohol overconsumption and increase the risk of impaired driving. Of course, the majority of our Troopers do the right thing and manage the risk by drinking responsibly and designating sober drivers. But, we cannot become complacent. We need to take what weve learned and build on that so we can continue to move in the right direction. Everyone needs to stop and think about how they han dle alcohol. There are going to be parties, and typically, theres alcohol involved. Pay attention, and remember that you dont need to drink, or drink excessively, to have a good time. Its important to plan for success if you do choose to drink alcohol at a party. That plan should be in place before make smart decisions, even if youre under take to minimize the risk of driving under transportation or utilize your commands THE WIRE | PAGE 3 | TROOPER T O TROOPER PSEC ALERT THINK BEFORE YOU SEND!Do you Yahoo?How about Gmail or Hotmail? Is the e-mail account you use one that you got for free just for signing up? If so, remember things acquired for free may not be all theyre cracked up to be. Most free e-mail accounts do not use very strong security. Make sure you are careful and avoid sending sensitive information via e-mail. Hackers are known to target personal e-mail accounts of military people, looking for sensitive, personal information or information about military operations. Do not send work information on an unsecured free e-mail account. Think before you hit the send button. Be safe, use OPSEC! Senior Enlisted Leader, MSST Boston courtesy patrol/safe ride program (x84781) and be accountable to yourself and your fellow servicemembers. When it comes to accountability, everyone plays a part. Bystander intervention is a concept that empow ers Troopers, up and down the chain of command, to step in tion, such as a shipmate who wants to drive after a night of drinking. When commands hold parties, remember some Troopers who dont ordinar ily drink might get carried away which could lead to excessive drinking. Leaders need to talk about responsible consumption before a rides home for anyone whos had too much. This is risk management on duty. In an operational environment, we train our people in advance to get the job done safely. A social environment should be no different when it comes to risk management. Its still vitally important, because it doesnt matter duty mishap it remains a tragedy for the team and diminishes our readiness. While a lot of effort is expended to eliminate drunk driving, many fatalities and injuries reported have nothing to do with motor vehicles, but do involve Troopers who made bad decisions because they were drunk. activity without proper training or personal protective equipment are common in mishap reports involving alcohol. Alcohol is also implicated in a number of sexual assault cases, so its important servicemembers know they are accountable for their actions and that intoxication is no excuse for bad or even criminal behavior. To our leaders, clearly communicate the com mands expectations. Dont beat them down talk to them and foster an environment where Troopers can talk to each other. Give them ownership of the risk management process. To our Troopers, take care of each other. do whats right.
NEWS FROM T HE BAY | THE WIRE | PAGE 4News from the Bay Stories and reporting by Spc. Kelly Gary and Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sally HendricksCome clean up the Slot...and then dive it If you love diving the Slot but are tired of worrying whether or not your tetanus shot is up to date, now is the time for action! Come join Reef Raiders as they clean up one of the best dive sites on Guantanamo Bay. Cleaning will be on Saturday at 8 a.m. until the beach sparkles...and then a dive. The person who collects the most receive a door prize. For more information, contact Reef Raiders at x77315.MWR Pirates Day Fun Run at Ferry Landing Avast, me hearties! Morale, Welfare and Recreation is sponsoring a Pirates Day Fun Run, Saturday, at Ferry Landing. There is no need to register, show up time It will be brief but fun, matey! enough, walking the plank is on the agenda. Henigman remembered Sept. 19 was Pirates Day and said she wanted to put on an activity that would be appropriate. After searching through the internet, she discovered the history of Pirates Day and felt it would be something the community would enjoy. I thought this was the perfect place to do a pirates run, said Henigman. This is where all of those scallywags sailed their boats. Where do you think all of that sea glass came from? For more information, call Henigman at x2113 or Denich Gym at x77262. Flu vaccinations in time for season Flu season is coming up and the Joint Trooper Clinic is giving out the vaccines beginning Sept 22 at various locations. UFC: Jackson versus Jones at OKellys Pub OKellys pub will be showing the UFC There is usually a core group of people Jim Estep, Morale, Welfare and Recreations director of hospitality. They look forward to For more information, call Jim Estep at Vaughn Anthony sings blues at the Tiki Bar Morale, Welfare and Recreation is bringing some rhythm and blues to the Anthony performs at the Tiki Bar. Anthony was born into a very talented musical family. His brother is John Legend, who also bares his soul through music. MWR continues to attract talent to entertain the Guantanamo Bay population. Anthonys soulful sound will bring a fresh, new rhythm ot the island. For more information, call Ebony at Boots on the GroundWhere in the world would you travel and why? I want to go to Japan. It sounds like a very exotic place to me. I have always been fascinated with the culture. It seems so interesting. Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Yanbin KuangI would go to Peru. I want to climb Macchu Pichu. My husband and I want to climb it together next year after our deployments.Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Peter Torres Army Sgt. Veronica Arquette I would travel to Rio. I heard the women there are great! I think that would be a wonderful trip. What better reason could there be? I want to go to Australia for scuba diving. I heard its awesome. I love the scuba diving here so I know it will be fantastic there.Spc. Christyal Murray vaccinations this week. They will be traveling to different areas to accommodate everyone. This way we can better assure that everyone will get the vaccination, said Burdge. We will accommodate everyone this way for a couple of weeks and then Flu shots this year will protect against It is the same vaccine given last year and no shortages are expected. It takes approximately so be cautious. For more information, contact the JTC at x3395. trooper Bullet Bio Time in service: 6 years Hobbies: volleyball, running, playing drums, reading Pet peeves: negative attitudes Next goal: Advice to junior Troopers: Something my volleyball coach always said: Never say, I cant.| TROO P ER FO CUSTHE WIRE | PAGE 5 After six months of writing feature stories for The Wire conversational. When my editor asked if Id be interested in writing a farewell column, you better believe I jumped at the opportunity. I learned the hard way (by the wrath of many red hash marks during the editing process of my stories) that I doesnt belong in feature stories only in a few regular columns of The Wire like the Trooper to Trooper or the movie review. So, here I am, at last, writing from my perspective! Let me introduce myself; Im Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand, also known as that girl who writes for the Wire. Its been a wonderful adventure telling the stories mission happen. I cant tell you enough how much Ive learned from all of you as you opened your hearts to my pen and lens. Ive interviewed and photographed countless Troopers on this deployment in an effort to share with my audience real stories about real Troopers doing what they love. One had a passion for swimming, another for leather working, BMX riding the list goes on and I can truly say its been a blast and each of you touched my life by letting me into yours. There were weeks where I wondered what my next story would be and magically Id get a phone call or email asking me to highlight another Troopers journey. Many of the stories found their way to me, as if I were destined to meet these people and share their lives with others. It often amazed me how people opened up and talked about their dreams, struggles and families. I must admit though, I couldnt have told these tales if it werent for my two wonderful editors, Army Sgt. Meredith st Class Benjamin Cossel. Thank you both for every single correction made to each story I wrote. If it werent for the both of you, there would be no Wire. Lastly, as I look back on all the stories, I see a common trend a deep desire to be heard and understood, along with an even stronger longing to reach families back home. I can only hope the Troopers I was fortunate enough to meet and talk with feel I did their stories justice. As for the readers, I will leave you with this embrace your story, share it with others and teach from your experiences. I believe we all have something to offer, but can only do this by looking back on our lives at the good, the bad and the ugly to with our peers. So, let your story be told! It could be the one that motivates someone to live their life differently. focus Petty Officer 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand
Story and photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3nd Class Marquis WhiteheadCompetition heats up as MWRs basketball season gets underwayother as well as volunteer male teams on Fridays. clock that only stops when there is two minutes left in the second half. Good sportsmanship is emphasized in all MWR sports leagues and programs and is incorporated at every coach and staff meeting. Coach of Team Militia, Jason Oprien said team unity and control will help them win. Im going to let my team know that arguing wont do anything but divide us, said Oprien. Just stick by each other and we will succeed. Of the teams returning from the previous Medical team are considered very strong. Army Division Team 525 are the defending champions of the winter/spring season; Servicemembers attached to Joint Task participated in a Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsored Fall singles and doubles tennis tournament, Sept. 17. personnel present at the base tennis courts. All we did was set up a draw and reserve the courts, said Alana Morrison, MWR athletic director. The rest was up to the players. More than 15 Troopers, civilians and family members competed in the but for pure sport and challenge. Many of the participants were at beginner or intermediate skill levels while others had extensive experience and training in the game, but the main point was to improve their playing ability. Tennis is different from most of the sports leagues we host because, often times, the players know the rules and regulations better than we do, said Morrison. Because they are such a tight knit group with a shared love for the game, it just makes sense for them to host a tournament by and for the local players. During the event, competitors and teams played two out of three sets per match in both the singles and doubles divisions. The tournament was double elimination, giving everyone at least two chances to make it to the championships. For Patricia Charles and Ed Limonta, the doubles section. It was a learning experience for us and a lot of fun, said Charles. We didnt have to wait for a referee or try to cram our matches into our workdays and that really helped us play at ease and enjoy ourselves. I love tennis, but I just havent played at a competitive level in years, agreed me to go out there and play hard, then rest when I needed to. One of the youngest players in the tournament, Edward Belch, said he learned a valuable lesson when it comes to tournament play. It is not the same as just coming out and just hitting around, said Belch. I played singles and doubles and in all of my matches everybody played really hard almost every point I hope we have more tournaments because I want to improve my game!Players host two-weeklong tennis tournamentStory by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Ebalo The center for Team You Dont Want None attempts to score over opposing Team Lights Outon Tuesday at Denich Gym on the second day of the fall basketball season. SPOR T S | THE WIRE | PAGE 6 Basketball season is back on Guantanamo Bay for only the second time this year. Usually having three full seasons a year, basketball had a lengthy drought due to a lack tournament. As a result, the Morale, Welfare and Recreation department worked around the a new season of basketball highlights. The fall league consists of eight male teams and two female teams. Alana Morrison, sports coordinator for MWR said that the renewal of the female basketball teams is a top priority for her. We have enough females for three teams, but since were in a rebuilding phase of female basketball, were only going with two, said Morrison. The females will play against each see BASKETBALL pg. 19Story and photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe EbaloRetired Navy chiefs transport TroopersMore than 100 years experience between THE WIRE | PAGE 7 | NEWS All servicemembers and civilians on Guantanamo Bay have at one time or another made their way from the Leeward side of the base to the Windward side and back by way of the islands ferry. For some, being on a large boat transiting across the bay might be a enjoyable and relaxing. All should know they are in good hands while taking the ferry or any other water transportation in the Guantanamo Bay Harbor. Craftmasters boat captains have piloted ferries, tugboats and small boat Station Guantanamo community. Each of Boatswains Mates and a few of them even Operations while on active duty. Retired Sailors Martin Bryant, Jack Tomlin, John Walker, Mike Spiker and J.R. Owens are responsible for manning all ferry routes on Guantanamo Bay, seven days a week. years of experience behind the helm. They are an incredibly weathered crew and were lucky to have them, said Senior Chief Boatswains Mate Carelton Jakebec, the boats and the weather the community couldnt have better ferry pilots. a position as a civilian Craftmaster at port operations. As soon as the command opened up the job for civilians, I applied and Im happy it was available, because I love what I do, said Bryant. It has been more than Bryant said the local knowledge and experience the Craftmasters have is invaluable. More than half of our team has worked here in GTMO as an active duty outstanding safety record, Bryant said. It is critical for us to be up to speed on all the factors that can affect us out there. To qualify for civilian employment, Craftmasters must have worked with the ferry operations. They are also required such as radar navigation, close quarter maneuvering and precision anchoring as well as an overall charge of the vessel. In addition to their duties as boat captains, Bryant and Tomlin are also in this capacity, they are responsible for visiting ships, advising them on weather and water conditions, supervising tugboats, dock masters and line handlers mooring the ship to the pier. We are all here because we love being on the water and taking care of the harbor, said Tomlin. Even more than that, we want to support our troops and give back to the military community in the best way we know on the water. Boat Captains Martin Bryant (right), Jack Tomlin (center) and J.R. Owens (left) pilot a ferry into the Naval Station Guantanamo pier, U.S. Navy Chief Boatswains Mates who are responsible for manning all the ferry routes on Guantanamo Bay, seven days a week.
Story by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park THE WIRE | PAGE 8 FEA T URE | see BEACON, pg. 19 Puppy LoveRed Cross volunteer, Beacon, sheds light on animal-assisted therapy, stress relief.Like so many Troopers, when the call came, Spc. Amanda Russell put away her belongings, said goodbye to friends and family, kissed her beloved dog on the head mobilization to Joint Task Force Guantanamo. But, unlike so many, Russell, a broadcaster for JTFs public a member of her family her with her. And she didnt stop there. Before deploying, Russell and how to get Beacon into the program; her deployment brought those thoughts to an end. But the idea stuck with me, Russell explained. When we got here, I reached out to the American Red Cross to see if there was a need or desire for a therapy animal. Russell said the American Red Cross was enthusiastic about the Beacon was still in the states. After a somewhat arduous process, Russell found a Guantanamo Bay to shelter Beacon and while on leave, drove him to Florida and loaded him on Guantanamo Bay. Beacon is a road warrior, airplane trip. Before Beacon could bring Station veterinarian put him through a rigorous series of stress and temperament tests. They poked him, prodded him, scared him, she said, describing the scenario, Trying to see how he would react, Beacon Russell said shed like to take credit for Beacons great behavior and while she did spend time training him, she credits most of it to the pup himself. Hes just a really good, lovable dog with a great temperament, she said. Lt. Lindsay Gleason learned of Russell and Beacon. Already well Gleason, Joint Stress Mitigation charge, said she was very keen on using Beacon as an additional tool at JSMART. I wish I had found out about him sooner, Gleason admitted. Gleason has already worked Beacon into part of one patients showing. She detailed one session THE WIRE | PAGE 9 | FEA T URE assisted therapy dog, has a calm, soothing temperament, says his owner, Spc. Amanda Russell (pictured with Beacon on opposite page), making him perfect for the job.
NEWS | | NEWS Gunnery Sgt. Roberto Ortiz pedals up an incline on Marine Hill during the second leg of the Marine Corps. Security Force Company triathlon plus obstacle course, Saturday morning. (opposite page, top) Navy Lt. Henry Pollock crawls across one of the various obstacles on the last event in the triathlon. (opposite page, middle) Maritime Enforcement Specialist 2nd Class Christopher French jumps over one of the barriers in the obstacle course during the Marine Corps Security Force Company triathlon.(opposite page, bottom) A participant in the Marine Corps Security Force Company triathlon plus obstacle THE WIRE | PAGE 10 THE WIRE | PAGE 11 STRENGTH ENDURANCE &ATHLETES SHOW THEIR STUFF IN MARINE CORPS TRIATHLON As the sun peeked over the water, competitors prepared for the challenge ahead. Unlike the typical triathlon, this mornings events would have partakers aiming for the shore and the Swimmers donned their goggles, leapt off the pier and the race began. Hearts raced and sweat poured as 24 athletes competed in the Marine Corps Security Force Companys second annual triathlon plus obstacle course, Saturday morning. Individuals as well as teams of four from competed in the four events. A total of four teams and 12 individuals raced against the clock, their contenders and themselves. MCSFCO Supply Chief Staff Sgt. Aaron Tucker, outlined reasons why the triathlon and obstacle course were chosen as a fund raiser for the Marine Corps birthday ball. Tucker said the aim was not only to raise [The whole course] is challenging, said Tucker. It offers individuals the opportunity to prepare themselves, which will ultimately put them in better shape before making the commitment. swim in the bay alongside Marine Hill. Through salt water and the occasional jelly After surfacing, participants went straight from the water to their bicycles, pedaling a 12.1 mile loop to Windmill Beach and back. Following the ride was a 3.1 mile run along Sherman Avenue, and to complete the course, they jumped, scaled and climbed their way through the obstacle course behind the Marine Corps Security Forces headquarters building. Construction Battalion 25, the course was a new addition to the Marine triathlon. As soon as the Seabees got the obstacle part of the event, said Tucker. Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class three legs of the competition, Ryan said he was tired, with nearly no energy to complete the last portion. Doing the entire triathlon and then doing the obstacle course at the end was the most challenging part, said Ryan. With the additional feat, the competitors Story by Spc. Kelly Garysee TRIATHLON, pg. 19
Story and photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand THE WIRE | PAGE 12 FEA T URE | Sea b eesLEAVE THEIR MARK ever reach down to pick up a coin from the ground only to realize that its, in fact, stuck there? Be weary of this scenario near the Joint Battalion 23 has left their mark by way of two dimes and three pennies held snuggly in place by concrete. This hardworking group of men and women are sprucing up the JTF one project at a time. This foot stretch of broken asphalt, that has been creating a bumpy, Seabees dug out the old, broken inch deep area to begin rebuilding a new surface. The road was really bad here where the asphalt meets the sidewalk and could have caused accidents, said Builder 1st 23 project leader. Weve had some problems with potholes in the roads, so its important that can. Before new concrete could be poured, the team followed proper procedures to ensure the new road portion could withstand Sprout explained. This is to help with strength of the concrete and prevents cracking. Steel Worker 1st Class Adam 23, said the most important part of not only laying concrete, but for any Seabee project, is coming together as a whole to get the job done. Its just a huge team effort out here from the most senior guy all the way down to the We work hard and help each other out. One guy might do this every day in their civilian job and the other might not, so we teach each other. Having a great leader to motivate the group is also important to the success of Sprout is a great project guidance and lets the guys do their jobs. He knows if he does everything for them, they wont learn. As the new concrete was poured each Seabee had a job THE WIRE | PAGE 13 | FEA T URE to do; some shoveled the heavy mixture as it rolled out of the truck, while others scraped excess from the edges and seams of the newly dug area. Once the thick, gritty substance began setting, Seabees worked quickly spraying water onto the surface to assist in the smoothing process, which helps of effort by their team, asked around for two dimes and three pennies. It seemed like an odd request, but the others knew what they meant. They needed 23 cents to We didnt have a battalion coin with us so we thought it was a unique way to represent This way were not actually more professional. represent the units ownership in their work and willingness to set a good example for other battalions deployed here. We take great pride in our can see from the result today, its why we like to leave our mark, that way people know what we are all about.(top) Builder 1st Class Dave Sprout (left) and Steel Worker 1st Class Adam McNamara, both attached to Navy Mobile Construction Batallion 23, lay coins in newly laid concrete, Friday, to represent NMCB 23. (right) Equipment Operatorman Justin foot area of concrete for a construction project near Seaside Galley. (opposite page) Builder 2nd Class Phillip Grindstaff (center), Holden and McNamara level out the concrete of the newly reconstructed parking lot entrance.
In The Trenches On the Wing The chief master sergeant of the Air Force discussed his enlisted perspective during the Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 21. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy shared with the audience what he feels are some of the most pressing issues for Airmen today and what Air Force leaders are doing to address them. Roy said, during his travels around the Air Force, Airmen have brought several concerns to his attention, including the transition to electronic study materials and possibly losing budget cuts.Chief master sergeant of Air Force shares enlisted perspectiveBy Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes Defense Media Activity materials) was one of those secondary effects of an and didnt look at all the way through, he said. Thats the lesson. We cannot simply cut something without looking at what the effects are going to be. Roy reiterated points recently made by the secretary of defense and Air Force chief of staff regarding changes in In my tenure in our Air Force, personnel costs have risen over 65 percent, while the end strength has come down well over 45 percent, he said. Theres something going on that we need to address. Although senior leaders are exploring ways to address personnel costs, the chief stressed the need to take care of todays Airmen. We have a commitment to said. We need to stick with that commitment. While military retirement some programs will need to be adjustedin the future. Our program and our force structure will change, Roy said. It has to change. We are looking at this as a program, rather than just a force structure change. Airmen can expect to see is the way Airmen deploy. They will be assigned to Air Power Teams and deploy as a unit, instead of individually. This is a little bit different than what we do today, Roy are like little birds. They get up into the highest mountains, and they say, Feed me, feed me, As a logistician, how do you get the stuff that they need to them when they are in the most inaccessible spot, where there are frequently no roads? asked Lt. Col. Paul Youve got to learn to use the third dimension, he said. During a Large Package Week exercise, paratroopers with 1BCT and air crews from a number of Air Force units learned to coordinate parachute drops of vehicles, artillery pieces, supplies and troops. Soldiers practice supporting fast, furious light infantryBy Sgt. Michael J. MacLeoddelivery system, or CDS, bundles to support the training objectives of the Air Force, he said. Each CDS bundle can be loaded with up The nice thing about a CDS bundle is that the original team that developed whats known its worth in Afghanistan during his last tour there with 4th Brigade Combat Teams 782nd Brigade Support Battalion. Based on my combat experience, my primary method of resupply is always by air, he said. I will ensure that the staff maximizes trucks to get out on the road. If we can do it in a dimension that wont get interdicted by the enemy and put our paratroopers at most risk, and furious light infantry. The important thing about the way the his strength. If hes strong along the road, then we cant send a convoy up the road. If we get a force into his rear area, how do we resupply them? Youve got to have that agility and familiarity with things like air drop and sling load and use those to our advantage. enemy faced by the Army in recent years has capabilities, making airdrops and slingloads at night highly advantageous. AT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 14 said. Is that good? Absolutely. (To) fall in with your own sergeant and superintendent that. Other issues Roy addressed were training, professional military education opportunities, personnel compensation and the Comprehensive Airman Fitness program. He assured Airmen, the issues that concern them are issues that concern Air Force leaders. There are a number of items that are certainly on Air Force leaders minds and some of those issues are controversial, he said. But at the end of the force in the entire world and part of the best military that has ever existed. Why (is it the best)? Because of the Airmen. THE WIRE | PAGE 15 | AT YOUR SERVICE On The Deck Transition Assistance Management array of services and opportunities to servicemembers preparing to transition out of the military. TAMP helps Sailors get ready for civilian life, said Margarita Mason, transition manager, Joint and Family Support Center. For TAMP helps these Sailors who have no clue how to adjust to the civilian world and acts as a stepping stone to ensure they are well prepared. Although every Sailor must complete DD Form 2648 prior to separating, the form is just a small part of the over arching Transition Assistance Management Program. While completing the form with a command career counselor, servicemembers will be offered the opportunity to receive counseling on a range of but not limited to, the transition assistance program, employment assistance, relocation assistance, education and training, health and life insurance and developing an individual transition plan. DD Form 2648 should be completed one year prior to separation or two years prior to retirement.TAMP helps prepare Sailors for civilian lifeMany military members think that TAMP and TAP are the same thing, but theyre not, said Mason. TAP is a U.S. Department of Labor workshop typically held at Fleet and Family Support Centers. FFSCs own TAMP program goes far beyond just TAP and provides Sailors with opportunities to as little or as much as they need, whether they come once or every day, so that they are as prepared as possible to depart the military and enter the civilian workforce. Once the checklist is complete, servicemembers will use the options they have selected to develop an individual transition plan. This plan is not a military By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Monique K. Hilley Navy Installations Command Public Affairsform, it is a plan developed by the Sailor, for the Sailor. The ITP can be used to identify educational, training and employment objectives and to develop a plan to help the servicemember achieve these objectives. Many times, a large part of that plan should be to visit the local FFSC to obtain counseling and receive assistance with things such as job fairs, resume writing, counseling, questions about Mason reiterated whatever successful transition from the military is to start early and plan well. Inside the Jar by the neon glow of chem lights, Lance Cpl. Jared Honeyman escapes from his day into a sanctuary of spades. Seated in his tent on a box of MREs, he draws a deck of cards from the cargo pocket of his utility trousers. He deals cards out to three friends seated around him, and in return, receives an equal number of sarcastic comments. A balmy desert heat permeates the air, ignoring the fact the sun has long since disappeared below the horizon. Honeymans days are long and often boring. He rotates through a tedious cycle of standing post, picking up trash and practicing infantry skills. Playing spades is his escape from the grind of grunt life. After training and working in the heat all day, its a good mental break from the stress and monotony of being here, Honeyman said. Everything were doing has a purpose, but there is always down time. Sleeping gets old. Though Honeyman sits among infantrymen, grunt with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiments the grunts affectionate name for personnel bridge. By opening conversation over spades, he steps into their daily lives. sanctuary of spades By Cpl. Reece Lodder Even if we only have a few minutes, we throw down a game, open up and break the ice that barrier, Honeyman said. A simple card game builds a common bond and gives us a chance to compete. Were Marines; in Tulsa, Okla., a short while ago, the 26 year old was near completing a bachelors degree and managing his successful lawn maintenance business. But he knew money and book knowledge didnt equal life experience. starched uniform, hes experiencing life. Honeyman doesnt say it, but he knows hes somewhat crazy to have left what he had. He wanted a challenge, and in this moment, its those around him hes been wearing sunscreen. A toothy grin and leathery red face kill his argument. In the desert, Honeymans been humbled menial tasks have adjusted his perspective. Theyve helped him relate to the boiling pot of Marines he lives and works with. Weve come from different walks of life, been thrown into this platoon and are expected to ace our mission, he said. Simple things like playing cards help us build trust, so when crap hits the fan, you know the other Marines will lives or on patrol. The days leading up to his deployment are long, but the weeks go fast and Honeymans key to relaxation is only a cargo pocket away. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment catch some down time and enjoy a game of spades. photo by Marine Cpl. Reece Lodder
AT T HE MOVIES | THE WIRE | PAGE 16Movie Review 23 27 26 25 24 28 29Call MWR at ext. 2010 for more information. Movie Hotline call 4880. The Smurfs (G) 8 p.m. Captain America (PG-13) 10 p.m. Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13) 8 p.m. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (last showing) (PG13) 8 p.m. Winnie the Pooh (last showing) (G) 8 p.m. Crazy, Stupid, Love (PG-13) 8 p.m. Friends with (R) 8 p.m. Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley Planet of the Apes (PG-13) 8 p.m. The Change-Up (R) 10 p.m. FRI.SAT.SUN.MON.TUES.WED.THURS.Army Sgt. Meredith VincentPG-13 118 min.Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (last showing) (PG-13) 8 p.m. Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13) 10 p.m. Planet of the Apes (PG-13) 8 p.m. The Change-Up (R) 10 p.m. The Smurfs (G) 8 p.m. Friends with (R) 8 p.m. Crazy, Stupid, Love (PG-13) 8 p.m. Captain America (PG-13) 8 p.m. Planet of the Apes (PG-13) 8 p.m.There is a scene a little more than halfway through in the sweet and delightful Crazy, Stupid, Love that plays between Steve Carell and Julianne Moore. As the newly separated Cal and Emily Weaver, the two sit in a hallway waiting for a parent/teacher conference. The dialog is bittersweet as the two reminisce. The longing is still there, the history and the affection still palpable. And just as the audience settles in a little too comfortably, hoping and waiting for the main couple to get their act together, hilarity ensues. Im a big believer in keeping spoilers sacred, so I will not divulge the reasons for said hilarity. Youll just have to trust me when I tell you that Crazy, Stupid, Love is a fantastic movie for all genders, all ages (well, 13 and up, per the MPAA rating) and all walks of life. The movie opens as Cal, a typically square, average kind of fellow, learns his wife has been cheating on him and now wants a divorce. loneliness. night club, a place where no one expects to leave with who they came with. In his misery, Cal drinks himself into a senseless stupor, telling anyone within shouting distance all the details of his impending split. It is this unsightly display that attracts Jacob Palmer, a regular playboy at the bar, played by the increasingly talented Ryan Gosling. Jacob sees something in the pitiful Cal that urges him is nothing new to cinema Will Smith had the it just a month or so ago in Larry Crowne. But the key to Crazy, Stupid, Love is that the makeover and bonds of dudehood are only the Along for the crazy, stupid ride of love is Cals teenage son, Robbie (sincerely adorable the family babysitter, Jessica (a lovely Analeigh Tipton remember that name, this girls amazing) who in turn has the hots for Cal. Ruh roh, awkward much? And dont forget about Emily, who, now that shes pulled the plug on her marriage, is wistful about dating again. Or Hannah (Emma Stone) a law student who rejects Jacobs advances early on, only to realize she doesnt want to play it safe when it comes to her heart. At 22, the poised and beautiful Stone is as bright a rising star as there can be shes what Lindsey Lohan couldve been but never was. Shes also the perfect match for Ryan Gosling, who tossed off the serious actor other end with surprising comedic chops. Weve known about Goslings talents as an actor (hes see MOVIES, pg. 19 THE WIRE | PAGE 17 | NEWS YOU CA N USEAfter more than two decades of legal appeals and delays, condemned inmate Troy Davis was executed late Wednesday night in Georgia for the 1989 shooting death of attracted growing international attention, but rejected. Troy Davis had been scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday evening, but the execution was delayed while the U.S. Supreme to the execution. Atlanta radio reporter Jon Lewis was an he spoke to reporters. The warden, while we were there, read the order from the Chatham county judge, asked Troy Davis if he had any statement, Davis made his statement. They ordered the procedure to go on, he explained. He response, [the] warden stepped out of the death chamber and then it started. Davis was convicted for killing Mark MacPhail in the city of Savannah, Georgia in 1989, after MacPhail rushed to the defense of a homeless man prosecutors say Davis was beating in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant. But doubts about his guilt grew after several witnesses stepped forward to change or even renounce their initial testimony. There was also no physical evidence linking As Davis fought against the conviction, winning three separate reprieves from execution, he gained support both in the United States and around the world. Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Pope Benedict issued personal pleas on Daviss behalf, urging state authorities to spare his life. But the Georgia pardons board turned down his appeal, earlier this week.By Richard Green Voice of America News ServiceInmate executed despite global calls for mercyDavis maintained his innocence until the I dont believe he did have a last meal when he was being given the opportunity to record one. But he did make the statement, as we said, while he was strapped to the chair, strapped to the gurney, and again addressed know that he said, [claimed] he was innocent, said Lewis. Amnesty International immediately criticized Daviss execution, calling it a catastrophic failure of the justice system. The Republican leadership of the House of Representatives supported a continuing resolution bill that would have extended funding against, with 48 Republican members rebelling against their leaders. that, just like last April, the House and the Senate have failed to pass appropriation bills to fund the various departments of the federal for current funding to end, which would force a partial government shutdown if action is not taken before that date. funding for essential government services will run out, she said. passage of the temporary funding measure, saying it is line with the cuts to government spending agreed on by both houses of Congress and President Barack Obama to avert a default on the nations debt in early August. Republican Congressman Rob Wooddall of Georgia urges lawmakers to pass the measure. Consider this continuing resolution, that for just really one and a of the government, he said. But the continuing resolution included what some Democrats referred to as a poison pill, which caused 189 Democrats to vote against it, and only 6 Democrats to vote for it. Democrats were furious over House fails to extend funding for US federal government spending a provision in the bill that said federal funding for disaster relief must be offset by cuts in government spending elsewhere. A number of Democrats listed a number of major disasters that have hit the United East Coast. who have lost everything in a disaster should worry about whether their government will help them in their time of need, when the Congress has passed plenty of other bills without stipulating that they be paid for by cuts in the budget elsewhere. We never paid for the tax cuts for rich, they never were paid for, she said. We never paid for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, they were never paid for. House Republicans wanted to cut by $1.5 billion a program cost of funding emergency relief programs. Democrats rejected this proposal, saying the program for green cars created jobs, at a time of soaring national unemployment. Some Republican lawmakers, especially Tea Party supporters, said they would vote against the bill because they want deeper cuts to government spending than those agreed on in the August debt ceiling showdown. from both parties in both the House and the Senate were hoping to quickly pass a measure to fund the government because they plan to be in recess next week, when current funding expires. By Cindy Saine Voice of America News Service Vizion Jones, center, holds Mercedes Binns, left, after hearing the news of the execution of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis in photo by AP
Mind Body & SoulCultural diversity: Accepting more than one idea GTMO Religious ServicesDaily Catholic Mass Main Chapel Vigil Mass Main Chapel Mass Main Chapel Catholic Mass Troopers ChapelMI N D, BODY & SOUL | THE WIRE | PAGE 18Protestant Worship Troopers Chapel Islamic Service Room C Jewish Service Chapel Annex LDS Service Sunday 10 a.m. Room A Seventh Day Adventist Saturday 11 a.m. Room B Iglesia Ni Christo Room A Pentecostal Gospel 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 ChapelUnder a cultural exchange program in Roanaoke, Texas, a Jewish family were hosts to a rabbi over Christmastime. They decided to take him to dinner to their favorite Chinese restaurant, which was owned by a Buddist family. waiter brought the check and presented each of them a small brass Christmas ornament as a seasonal gift. They all laughed as the host pointed out the ornaments were stamped, Made in India. The laughter subsided when they saw tears streaming down the rabbis cheeks. They were concerned if he was offended he had been given a gift for a Christian holiday. He smiled, shook his shedding tears of joy for I am in a wonderful country in which a Buddhist gives a Jew a Christmas gift made by a Air Force Lt. Col. Gary Bertsch, Command Chaplain Hindu. This true story illustrates the wonderful strength Americans exhibit as we share not only religious diversity, but cultural Hispanic Heritage month and we celebrate the countless contributions our Hispanic brothers and sisters have added to our nations cultural landscape. This month has many opportunities to celebrate the wonderful kaleidoscope of history, important pioneers, food, culture and the positive impact they have made upon our nations cultural heritage. I hope youll take the time to celebrate at some of the events. It makes us all stronger. THE WIRE | PAGE 19 | THE LA ST WORD MOVIES cont. so ruefully? He delivers several, in fact, and a whole lot more. (I blacked out for a couple Im not proud of it.) The thing that really impressed me was the movies lack of any real protagonists. Even as she admits to having an affair, we still feel for Emily and her frustration at what her marriage and her husband had become. Marisa Cals rebound conquests and, of course, theres Kevin Bacon as the smarmy accountant who is that they are not portrayed as monsters just in its depiction of modern day love there are no villains in real life... unless you count Lindsey Lohan. Im always more paranoid writing positive reviews in these pages than negative ones. however, new teams are showing they are formidable as well. I watched a few other teams this week and Omega Red is very dangerous, they have a great team, said Oprien. Team Omega Red made an early statement by scoring 67 BASKETBALL cont. disassociating, slipping back into a traumatic memory and without prompting, Beacon helped bring him back. Beacon sensed something was wrong, went over to the Trooper and laid down at his feet, Gleason explained. The Trooper began petting Beacon and began working his way back from that painful memory. therapy is used frequently in the United States and is a large component used by the U.S. militarys Wounded Warrior program. Im surprised there arent more therapy animals in use on GTMO, she said. end at JSMART. Russell often walks Beacon through the Cuzco living quarters together and says the response the pair receives almost always bring a smile to her face. You see these big tough guys in their uniforms and within two seconds of meeting Beacon they forget all about that and are loving up on him and petting him, she laughs, Its funny really. Whenever I see someone new walking toward us, I make sure to tell Beacon to go say hi, Russell explained. That way the person knows hes friendly. glance, the bull mastiff can seem a little intimidating. That is until the to someone and offers an ear to scratch or his belly to rub. Hes actually fairly small by mastiff standards, Russell mastif. In addition to the Cuzcos, on Saturdays. Russell said shes convinced part of the reason the is because of Beacon. said. As he walks around, people navigated through various obstacles testing participants in more than just speed and endurance. said Ryan. The obstacle course challenges upper body strength they may not have. Ryan used the last dredges of his energy to complete all four tasks in 1 hour and 24 minutes. Coming in only ten minutes later was Teri Wanger, the fourth member in team Girl Power. As the winning team, Girl Power also included Marty Bledsoe, Kristin I think most people who came here had personal goals, said Ryan. My personal BEACON cont. Mostly because I really want people to go see this movie, and Im at a loss for what I need to say to make that happen. Crazy, Stupid, Love is for anyone whos felt the rush of falling in love, and for anyone whos ever felt the pain of losing it. It elevates itself above all greatness in the smaller details. It will make you squirm, make you cry and make you think. But most of all, it will make you laugh. And it will most certainly anger all the Transformers 3 fans when I give it four and a half banana rats! TRIATHLON cont. half, and I did it! Whether the aim was to place under passing out, each individual showed grit place. Tucker wished he could have taken part himself but expressed his respect for all those who did. It takes a special kind of person to sign up for an event like this and then to complete it, said Tucker. First or last, everyone should be proud they participated because there are thousands of other people on this base who didnt. He said he enjoyed the good competition the event fostered and trusted everyone felt similar. Were trying to promote exercise, good health and good fun, said Tierney. I hope everyone had some fun and that everyone was challenged. After the completion of the competition, and team, congratulating them on their effort and vigor. Tucker and Tierney agreed the event was successful and they believe it will continue to be an annual tradition. I hope everyone had a good time, said Tierney, and walked away with a sense of camaraderie and community. pet him and it just sort of adds to the relaxed atmosphere. with the JTF, Russell said she intends to continue on with Beacon My aunt had a therapy dog she used to take all over upstate hospitals, Russell said. Id really like to follow in her footsteps. The young specialist hopes someone will follow in her footsteps and bring a therapy animal to replace her Beacon. Its totally worth it, she said. I mean, this is a small base and with everyone you come in contact with why not? Were all in this together. night and holding the opposing Rule was enforced. Oprien said defense is essential for the success of Team Militia. Ive been with Militia for two seasons, he shared. I played and due to injury now Im coaching. Our defense is what Im going to bank on for us winning. Our offense isnt as strong so we have to rely on defense to help us through. Games are held at Denich Gym on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays starting at 7 p.m. and the last at 9 p.m. There are a lot of strong teams out there and as the season progresses, theyre only going to get better, said Morrison. Its anybodys game.
ARMY BACKBONE Joint Detention Group Commander Col. Donnie Thomas congratulates newly Thursday, at the Windjammer Ballroom. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park ALL HANDS Joint Task Force Commander Rear Adm. David Woods addresses Troopers at photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry ALL CLEANED UP Boatswains Mate 3rd Class Jacob Fischer makes sure Maritime Safety and Security Team Bostons weapons and gear are clean and operational at the Coast Guard Boathouse, Wednesday. MOVING UP ceremony, Friday, at Joint Task Force headquarters. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park