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Volume 12, Issue 42 Friday, October 7, 2011 PLUS: Just Breathe Yoga instructor shows Troopers how to relax JTF Trooper chosen for All Navy Track & Field the Need for Speed Lie to Me Award-winning liar entertains GTMO
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 Jon Dasbach Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marquis Whitehead pFC. jUSTIN pIERCEContact usEditors Desk: 3651 From the continental United States Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651 E-mail: email@example.com Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.milCOVER: Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 3rd Class Jackie Wilson sprints down the track at Cooper Field, Tuesday evening. photo illustration by Spc. Kelly Gary produced by Frank Capra and based on the short story The Greatest as George Bailey, a man whose thoughts of suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody. Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and the contribution he has made to his community. Now, you may be asking yourself, Why is the general writing about a 65-year-old movie? Its simple: the life you live truly is a wonderful life. Real life is a better example than this movie; people touch our lives on many levels and we all make contributions in our relationships, work place and communities. The most important thing we do in life is about our relationships with people. Guantanamo Bay has impacted my life and I want to share some of my relationship experiences. It will become clear as mud why I wrote this article. I am very humbled to have met the people I mention in this article and it illustrates how our relationships are important to our every day living. I met a great person and his wonderfully gracious wife, learned about their three children, visited their house and learned about how passionate they are about their children and their schooling and careers. passionate about the people hes been in charge of and especially proud of unit/collective awards. I will always cherish the Christmas holiday caroling, going from neighborhood to neighborhood. In particular, I will remember a special visit to the Cuban nursing home, bringing joy to another human being not knowing it was for the last time. The next time we saw her was at her funeral. It goes to show you life is really fragile. I will always cherish our friendship. Now, theres another great person kind of from my home state who loves Blue & Gold and may be called a Bengal tiger (growl) by any name and me being a proud Bulldog, can only say, Bow-wow. Its all in fun! Then theres the Trooper who raised siblings in the toughest of times in a family, just a teen who saw the military as the way for a better life. This Troopers story is one that I want told to my children so they I recently met a Trooper who has been to GTMO several times and matured from the beginning of their military career and learned from situations to become a great Trooper. I know they could tell a story that would help a lot of our Troopers see life in a different vein. Once again, more. Most recently, I met another great individual with over three decades his wings also to Aim High for the future. His wife and family are precious to him, especially the two big dogs (smile). I could tell right off learned a lot from him in a very short time and certainly wish him well. see COMMAND, page 5
Trooper to Trooper featuring Command Sgt. Maj. Mark PorrettI will never leave a fallen comrade... This piece of the Armys Warrior Ethos and Soldiers Creed goes beyond the single-service mentality and extends to all others. The term comrade refers not just to those Troopers with whom we share our mission and experiences. They are the uniformed They stand beside us and support us in all we do. Our comrades surround us on and off-duty, on and off the installation. Its our duty to be there for each other, whether labeled as a battle buddy, shipmate or wingman. It is nonshare the privilege and burden of being a comrade. right, front and back. You know the command, control and communications structure. There is never a question of what you must do if your comrade falls. Falling can mean a lot more than stumbling in the dirt and dust. Falling can be closely related to follow procedures, failing to do what is expected can all have catastrophic results. Its our comrades who keep us from falling and failing. important. This is where our comrades need to be vigilant in recognizing and mitigating risks. Its the bad habits we dismiss as We rarely do anything by ourselves. I cant think of any one activity that doesnt have someone else in on the action. There always seems to be someone who can see when you are doing are surrounded by comrades who will be quick to let you know whether you are about to fall. It may not be welcome, but is necessary. So what does all this mean? I will never leave a fallen THE WIRE | PAGE 3 | TROOPER T O TROOPER PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO!What is social engineering?Social engineering is the art of manipulating people into performing actions or divulging confidential information, rather than by breaking in or using technical cracking techniques. While similar to a confidence trick or simple fraud, the term typically applies to trickery or deception for the purpose of information gathering, fraud or computer system access; in most cases the attacker never comes face-to-face with the victim. Social engineering using impersonation (e.g. to gain information over the phone, or to gate-crash) is known informally as blagging In addition to criminal purposes, social engineering has also been employed by debt collectors, skip tracers, private investigators, bounty hunters and tabloid journalists. A study by Google researchers found that up to 90 percent of all domains involved in distributing fake antivirus software used social engineering techniques. Senior Enlisted Leader, Joint Detention Group judgment. I challenge you to be the comrade who steps up and makes a stand to bring everyone home and keep them safe, no designated driver, or grabbing a stranger about to do something stupid, its our duty to protect all our comrades before a situation becomes personally catastrophic. You rarely get second chances and most of the time you wish you did. We need you to have the courage to be the conscience of those you see falling. As you see Honor Bound on signs each day, dont forget that it is the comrades you keep from falling that preserves that honor. You are honorable in taking care of them and seeing that they return home.
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 Hendricks MWR starts restricting age limit for bars, clubs CFC coordinators now available for pledges MWR softball season returns to Guantanamo Domestic violence awareness 5k run Guantanamo Bays Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Fleet and Family Services ,in conjunction with the Naval Hospital Team, are hosting a 5K run, Saturday, at 8 a.m. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, observed every year all over the United States. The DVAM supports the rights of all individuals to live in peace and dignity, said Carol Leaphart, Fleet and Family Services Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate. She continued to explain this walk and run is designed to bring attention to the victimization of women and men as well as boys and girls and the pattern of violence that is transmitted to the next generation. Its time to end the silence on domestic violence, said Leaphart. We would like to invite everybody on GTMO to come out for this walk and run and make a difference. There is no registration required for this a free T-shirt. For more information, call Leaphart at x4243. Camp America post changing locations, Saturday. 2514b1, approximately 75 yards west of the Trooper Chapel. A grand opening ceremony is scheduled Commander Rear Adm. David Woods. After the speeches, there will be a tour of the facility, followed by Woods raising Refreshments will follow.Oktoberfest brings entertainment, food Pledges to the Combined Federal Campaign can be made during the campaign season, Sept. 1 through Dec. 15. CFC is the worlds largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign. Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors support eligible nonworld. The CFC coordinators for Guantanamo For more information, contact Prince or Guantanamo Bays Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Fleet and Family Services softball season resumes Oct. 11. A coachs meeting is Oct. 6. Registration ended Tuesday, so Alana Morrison, MWR sports coordinator, already handed up the seasons schedule. Teams are open to anyone, stated Morrison. This season we will have open rec. so games will be played by mens [softball] rules. There are approximately eight weeks of games to be played. Teams and individual Effective Oct. 1, Morale, Welfare and Recreation clubs will be open to 21-years old and up only. This includes the Tiki Bar, Ricks Lounge, the Windjammer, Club Survivor and Pirates Cove. OKellys Pub will not allow minors under 21 after 9 p.m. Saturday of each month, OKellys and the Windjammer will be open to 18 and up. The MWR director may authorize special events, such as concerts and festivals open to all ages., For more information, contact MWR players deadline passed but teams can accept new players with 24-hour prior notice. Softball is our most popular sport among active duty members, said Morrison, adding she would like to see even more active duty participants. The league is open to 16-year-olds, although 16 to 18 year olds must submit a waiver to play on an adult team. Trophies will be given out to the top teams. For more information, call Morrison at x2113. Morale, Welfare and Recreation is having an Oktoberfest celebration, Saturday, from Swinging Barvarians, a German band from central Florida, will be performing live for the event. We are excited to bring a little taste of fall to GTMO despite the heat, said Amiee Mac Donnell, MWR community activities director. Food will be available for purchase, including bratwurst, sauerkraut, brown beer chicken, German potato salad and apple strudel. Customers will receive a free souvenir ceramic beer stein with their Oktoberfest beer purchase, one per customer, while supplies last. Choose from Sam Adam's Oktoberfest, Warsteiner's Oktoberfest or In addition, the MWR is hosting a costume contest during the festival. All contestants will receive a free Oktoberfest T-shirt for participating. All ages can look forward to great music and dancing, food and plenty of fun! Mac Donnell said. For more information, contact Mac Donnell at x4882. For more information, contact Breaux at x2331.
| NE W STHE WIRE | PAGE 5 Boots on the GroundWhat is your favorite song to work out to and why?My favorite song to workout to is John by Little Wand and Rick Ross. It amps me up.Staff Sgt. Gilbert RubioI like Down and Out by Tantric. It gets me motivated.Staff Sgt. Albert Coronado Yeoman 3rd Class Jade FitzwaterI just really love any kind of rock music. I like it all. I love anything by 2 Unlimited. Their songs get my juices going. I love that fast techno beat.Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Fred Scott Story by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin CosselSpreading from September Force Guantanamo once again. Trooper Clinic and a two-week strategy to immunize the entire task force. So far weve administered Army Staff Sgt. Darol Burdge, Wednesday. Citing the importance of a healthy workforce, Burdge explained the purpose behind the vaccinations. We dont want Troopers getting sick needlessly, he said. When Troopers are healthy and mission. Each year a new vaccine is generated using medical data compiled by the Center for Disease Control and vaccine manufacturers in an effort to produce the most effective shot possible. The goal here is to vaccinate everyone against the most Burdge. During the two-week span, total of six locations ranging from the 525th Military Police Battalions Headquarters Company classroom to the Trooper Chapel. Recognizing the round-the-clock nature of the guard force, Burdge said his Troopers have even set up different times to accommodate. We have a team available at working shifts can get their shots, he said. Burdge advised those who miss their appointed time should receive the shot to piggy back onto. Otherwise, the clinic will offer vaccinations beginning sick call hours. This is actually one of the few immunizations people actually want to get, said Burdge. Finally, theres a special woman I miss dearly everyday. I thank God for her caring and wise counsel. Shes constantly reminding me what my purpose is in life: To make a difference. I constantly tell her; Im trying to do what Ive been charged to do in life, to make things a little better and to always treat all people with dignity and respect. Now, lets ask ourselves several important questions: How can we make a difference in someones life?; How do we make things a little better for those we come in contact the way we want to be treated with dignity and respect? These are all great questions. How will you answer them? I think we all want to in our relationships. I think the human spirit in you wants to treat all people you come in contact with as youd want to be treated, with dignity and respect. given us our charge in how he wants us to act in COMMAND cont. our environment. He has told us; People are our most important asset! The mission requires both focus and determination. We are a team and we will succeed as a team. Distracters will prevent mission focus and effectiveness. I think this guidance is very simple and spot on. Discrimination in any form, illegal drug use, alcohol abuse and anything else that are distracters are unwanted by all of us in our environment. It up to us to foster those personal relationships, learn what we need to know about each other so we can serve each other, have each others back, protect each other and be there when our (shipmate, battle buddy, wingman, Marine) needs us most, like what Clarence was to George in Its a Wonderful Life. We are all a part of this wonderful family and we all have our roles to be proud of; (e.g., mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and children). You dont want your sister or brother to get in trouble so provide that guidance to prevent it. You want to nurture your children, help them learn and be productive citizens in our society. You want to provide guidance to those youre in charge of and see them mature and grow into the best they can be so you can be proud of their accomplishments. We all have important jobs and were up to the task to make our environment the best it can be. Finally, all of us can take a lesson from our movie. As Clarence saves George from his calamity, Georges brother Harry arrives at the house to help his brother and leads the townspeople in singing Auld Lang Syne Clarence, a copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer with the inscription: Dear George: Remember no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the wings! Love, Clarence It just goes to show, we can do all things if we truly are here to do what we are charged to do; help our fellow man whenever and wherever were needed. If were committed to always doing the right thing, we will always be winners in life. Honor Bound.
NEWS | THE WIRE | PAGE 6AGE 8 (above) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Renee Hoyle, external reads a story her group of second and third graders concocted during Bil Lepps workshop at the Windjammer Ballroom, Sept. 30. (right, top right opposite page) Storyteller Lepp illustrates his stories with animated gestures and expressions. (opposite page, bottom right) Lepp leads the adult group during the storytelling workshop.
| NEWS THE WIRE | PAGE 7Story and photos by Spc. Kelly Garysee LEPP, pg. 19 LIAR LIAR storyteller Bil Lepp spun yarn after yarn ranging from his manic father to his dog with the body of a German shepherd but legs of a basset hound during his show sponsored by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation in collaboration with the Child Youth Program. Award-winning humorist, author and recording artist, Lepp is famous for his tall tales of the West Virginia Liars Contest, he has spent 21 years in the profession while visiting 39 states. Storytelling may be as old as time but today the art is not widely understood. Lepp said when people hear he is a storyteller or a liar, many have misconceptions about what the two really mean and about what his stories entail. A lot of people think storytelling is for children, said Lepp, but I am not going to tell Little Red Riding Hood. When Chris Dickson, volunteer, was searching for a guest to invite to the island he said he wanted someone who would appeal to everyone. When I was looking to bring down a speaker, said Dickson, I [wanted] someone who could bring something to GTMO for the whole family. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Lepp held a workshop for kids and adults to come together to use their imaginations. The children
THE WIRE | PAGE 8 FEA T URE | see TRACK, pg. 19 Built for SPEEDIn the world of sports, training, dedication and natural talent are required to make it to the collegiate talent has been there since day one, but it took the Navy to bring the rest to light. Wilson, an aviation maintenance administrationman 3rd class, comes from a family built for speed; his father ran as an that his younger sister plans on becoming a sprinter for the Air Force and younger brother will soon transfer to the University of Central Florida for football. My dad still has a whole wall full of medals and awards from when he ran in school and for the military in Germany, said Wilson. I also have another cousin whos playing college football for Florida University and hes one of the fastest players in college football today. a passion since middle school, but the fundamentals never seemed to match his raw talent. After seeing his speed during the Captains Cup, a competition of many different sports and relays among divisions a week prior to graduating from basic training, his command decided to give him that drive. In high school I was naturally fast, so I ran with a lot of the top sprinters in the area, said Wilson. I didnt take it serious until I got in the military and found out all the opportunities that were available. Upon graduating from basic training, Wilson was hard-pressed by one of his advanced school instructors to try out for the All Navy Track and Field team. Shortly after joining, he broke mid-east area by running it in Wilson continued to train in the hopes of making the Armed Forces Track and Field team comprised of the best runners from all branches to compete in the track meets held all over the world. The majority of these contests are hosted by the International Council for Military Sports. When you try out for the Armed Forces Track and Field Team, the coaches form Team A, and Team B, Wilson explained. If you make the Team A you automatically compete worldwide; the best times of the Team B will also make the trip. ICMS also hosts the Military World Games, which takes place every four years and is the equivalent to the Olympics for military personnel according to the organizations The Military World Games was held earlier this year in Brazil, said Wilson. By the time I found out I made the team, I was unable to attend because I had already committed to forward deploying to Guantanamo Bay. While stationed on Guantanamo Bay, Wilson continues to train and recently competed in a local track meet held on Shortly after breaking the record for the States Naval Academy Team head coach Stephen Cooksey. Cooksey called and talked to me and was telling me all the opportunities of becoming an the Naval Academy until that time. Studying and taking SAT and ACT practice tests consistently, Wilson is making sure his classes are all relevant to his major. If accepted to the academy, he will pursue a career in political science and become a judge advocate Throughout all the success and opportunities available to Wilson, he continues to train and remains grounded. He explained if a sprinter isnt training without fail theyre leaving opportunity for other runners to pass them. It takes two weeks to get in shape, and only a day or two to get out of shape, said Wilson. You have to be consistent, because could catch you on your worst day. Since being deployed, Wilson tries to keep a strict regiment when it comes to training. The the most unlikely place Wilsons current as a cashier in the galleys. I work six days a week, so I dont get to long run one day I saw Wilson training and asked if I could give him a few pointers. sprint. Wilson said it didnt take much for him sport. I was training and ONeal came to me and started talking to me about my block starts, said Wilson. He started saying a lot of things I heard from my other coaches in the states, so I knew he was someone I could listen to. Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 3rd Class Jackie Wilson trains Tuesday evening at Cooper Field. Wilson was chosen to be a part of the All Navy Track and Field Team this year.photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jon Dasbach Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marquis Whitehead
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SPOR T S | THE WIRE | PAGE 10 PAGE 8 Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers, Naval Station Sailors and community residents compete in MWRs One-Mile Swim at Marine Hill pool, Saturday. The competition featured more than 20 competitors swimming 17 laps each. (top left) Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jay Haddock was one of the competitors in Saturdays swimming race. (top right) Anthony Roberts (right), MWR aquatics director, presents Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Just Keep Swimming!
| SPOR T S THE WIRE | PAGE 11Story and photos by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry Just Keep Swimming!This years event saw a better than average attendance the top athletes in each class, said Anthony Roberts, Morale, Welfare and Recreation aquatics director. We didnt break the categories down into age groups, explained Roberts. We simply had a womens and a mens class with awards for the top three individuals in each class. Roberts noted the increase in the number of people who turned out to compete made it necessary to split the group in half. We had two heats because there werent enough lanes to accommodate all the swimmers at once, he said. Every contestant swam a mile which equals seventeen and a half laps First place winner in the mens category was Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Miguel Mejiacontreras with a time of 27 minutes, 46 seconds; in the womens category was Dawn Reiff-Santicola with a time of 32:55. Reiff-Santicola, a Guantanamo Bay resident, said her favorite part of the contest was the number of competitors. I was impressed with how many people came; I wanted to beat more boys, laughed ReiffSanticola. But the matchup was good. Reiff-Santicola admitted she but a particularly loyal fan talked her into it by promising to act as her cheering squad. My husband was like well bring signs, you should go! she recalled. either athlete competed in a pool. I raced competitively back in Honduras and I just got here on island, said Mejiacontreras. I have been swimming every other day and snorkeling for the past three weeks to train up for this. Mejiacontreras desire in attending the event was to inspire others to swim. It is one of the greatest sports and its good for people to get in shape, he said. I just want to help motivate people to swim because it is one of the events in the Navy PRT and you can swim if you are not able to run. Reiff-Santicola appreciated the event for a similar reason. They (MWR) have a lot of sponsored runs and 5Ks and I am glad they have swimming events for people who cant run very fast or very well, she said. The next event will be the Swim across the Bay, scheduled to take place in mid-November. For more information, call More than 20 Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers, Naval Station Guantanamo Sailors, and base residents competed in a onemile swim, Saturday morning, at the Marine Hill pool.
Story and photos by Spc. Kelly Gary THE WIRE | PAGE 12 FEA T URE | see YOGA, pg. 19 Down tempo music, orange citrus aromas and dimmed lights provide a perfect atmosphere to destress. Complete relaxation, however, is only at the beginning and end of Myah Masons yoga sessions. In between is a full-body workout that demands endurance, strength and agility. Here on Guantanamo Bay, Morale, Welfare and Recreation offers civilians, contractors and Troopers alike these levels and agendas are reaping the is one of the trainers presenting the opportunity. A Morale, Welfare and Recreation a variety of classes from pilates to dynamic strength to stability ball and true passion is yoga. Yoga provides Troopers in the states as well as on Guantanamo Bay the opportunity to wind down while, at the same time, getting a solid workout. In addition, the exercise is used to strengthen and rehabilitate sport players as well as Troopers with disabilities of the body or mind. was looking to tone and strengthen pounds, she felt it was time for the next step. While helping her keep in shape physically, yoga served as a form of solace during her husbands two deployments. She says that as a wife on the home front it is one of the best stress relievers. After earning her the other side of the studio and witnesses the transformations in her students. It is so encouraging to be able to play a role in peoples lives that is for the positive, she exclaims. Masons class is non-purist, meaning it has nothing to do with religion the yoga her main class is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, she providing a great opportunity for Troopers on night shifts to wind down. In addition, Mason teaches command physical training upon request. It is this factor that offers unlikely candidates with a new experience. People who have never stepped onto a yoga mat will walk up and say to me, That was not what I expected, that was a great workout, she says. Tranquil tunes, meditation and yoga blocks dont sound like standard physical training components but low impact and strength training classes such as yoga are becoming increasingly popular among the general public and within the various services. Mason military with the misconception that yoga is simply stretching or that it is meant for hippies. Many people think of yoga and think of chanting or Cirque du Soleil girls, says Mason. That or they dont think they can even touch their toes. In reality, yoga can be an intense agility. Still, there is an emphasis on atmosphere. Mason bookends her classes with a clearing of the mind and a steady warm up or cool down. Cryptologic Technician Interpreter 3rd Class Meredith Mox, a regular attendee, says she particularly likes the way the class is conducted. I love Myahs style of teaching, admits Mox. Its ideally how Ive always thought yoga should be. Each session begins by encompassing the class with the music and only a string of lights to emit a soft glow. She then offers each pupil a scented oil if wanted and has YOGAthe power of
YOGA THE WIRE | PAGE 13 | FEA T URE Myah Mason stretches into a yoga pose during her Monday morning class at the Marine Hill gym. Mason is a Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay spouse and has been teaching yoga on the base for approximately nine months.
On The Deck Inside the JarKEY WEST, Fla. USS Spruance became the newest commission during a sunset ceremony at Naval Air Station Key West Saturday. The new destroyer honors legendary Adm. Raymond Spruance, whose calm and decisive leadership at the Battle of Midway contributed to a pivotal American victory during World War II. Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III delivered the ceremonys principal address. We welcome the USS Spruance Ferguson. Wherever she sails, this ship will honor Admiral Spruances legacy as the quiet warrior who displayed uncompromising integrity and a powerful intellect, while giving the nation victories at sea in time of war. Ellen Spruance-Holscher, the ships sponsor and granddaughter of the ships namesake, gave the order to man our ship and bring her to life prompting enlisted personnel to run ships life. Simultaneously, the ships systems were activated. Movement of the ships CloseIn Weapons System (CIWS) gun, sounding of alarms, USS Spruance commissioned as Navys newest destroyer By David L. HostetlerAs Marines participating in Exercise Dawn Blitz continue to get their sea legs, Combat Logistics Regiment 17 military their weapons aboard USS Bonhomme Richard, Oct. 1. The differences may have been minor to an outside observer, but looking down the sights, the Marines could see their targets moving with the ship. It was an experience, MP with CLR-17. Its a little different than solid ground with the boat rocking on the waves. The shooting was similar to growing their sea legs, Marine Military Police shoot to kill aboard shipsomething they have done time aboard ship for many of the Marines. Marines at every level used this chance at sea embark and operate at sea, with the emphasis on a large-scale amphibious landing. Its good training, said Nelson. Im enjoying it so far because its different and its new. Bonhomme Richard since they left San Diego, Sept. 28. It was a good chance to throw rounds downrange, said company gunnery sergeant, MP Company. Shooting on ship is different than shooting on land. While the Marines shot their portside. The leaders of MP Company had little trouble coordinating the shoot with their Navy counterparts who run the ship. We literally said Hey, this is what we want to do, said very supportive of our training needs.Story and photo by Cpl. Kenneth JasikAT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 14 and a prolonged whistle blast guests in attendance that the ship was ready for service to the Navy and our country. Cmdr. Tate Westbrook, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., is the and spoke of the advanced weapons systems on Spruance and credited his Sailors with an outstanding effort preparing to operate them. Spruances crew has trained for years to sharpen their skills to employ those capabilities, said Westbrook. On board Spruance, through many long hours, they have sharpened their swords. Spruance, the 61st Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and the second Navy ship to bear the name, will be able to conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection. Spruance will contain myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime warfare surface and subsurface battles simultaneously. built by Bath Iron Works in Bath, length, has a waterline beam of 59 feet, and a navigational draft of 31 feet. Four gas turbine engines will power the ship to Spruance will proceed to her initial homeport of San Diego Oct. 3 as the newest member of Destroyer Squadron 23. Bonhomme, Saturday.
USS Spruance commissioned as Navys newest destroyer Marine Military Police shoot to kill aboard ship On the WingFORT LEE, Va. Twenty-six motivated Soldiers began their pursuit of of the Army-sponsored event that culminates with two Soldiers being Soldier of the Year. on Sunday during a special dinner that featured Army Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III. At 5 a.m. Monday, they were standing individual training students cheering them on from the stands as they prepared for the Army Physical Fitness Test. Sgt. Guy Mellor, the NCO of the Year candidate representing the Army National Guard, would later describe that moment as a once-in-alifetime opportunity. To prepare for the physical demands of Best Warrior, Mellor, a cannon crewmember assigned to the 145th Field Artillery Battalion, Salt Lake City, said he maintained a steady workout regimen -six hours a week and at least one hour each day -with lots of running, pushups and sit-ups. It takes a lot of dedication, he said. You have to set goals and meet those goals. You have to push yourself. minute rest breaks between each event, the stadium vibrated with a cacophony of cadences, unit songs and loud cheers. Its overwhelming at times, said Sgt. Douglas McBroom, the NCO of the Year candidate for the Army Materiel Command. Im so glad to be here. Ive been training for an entire year to be here, and Im just ecstatic. Va., McBroom said he received a lot of good advice on his way to Best Warrior. Fellow leaders and Soldiers encouraged him to stay motivated and to keep a positive attitude regardless of whether he did well or poorly at an event. Its important to keep driving forward and focus on the next event, hope you come out on top. While those words of encouragement were helpful, McBroom said something much more personal is pushing him to win. I get my biggest motivation from my mother and my grandmother, Best warriors battle at Ft. Lee for top Army titlesStory and photo by Patrick Buffett metal bracelet inscribed with two names: Michelle McBroom and Bessie Goode. Theyre currently battling breast cancer, but theyre doing OK, keeping strong and their strength give me strength. It keeps me moving forward. Winning would mean so much to my Soldiers, my unit, my family and my community back home, McBroom said. But its my mom and my grandmother who are really pushing me forward to exceed all expectations. Im just really glad to be here for them and to take all of this in while getting some of the best training in the world. With the APFT is now behind the competitors, the remainder of Best Warrior week includes events that will test their knowledge, endurance and technical expertise. On Monday, they completed a written test and essay, followed by a training session focused on the new Army Physical Readiness Test that will soon replace the current APFT. Other events in the week include a Soldier board where the competitors will face a panel of command sergeants major from several key organizations throughout the Army, an urban orienteering event where the candidates will demonstrate their knowledge of common Soldiers will face mock enemies in an urban environment.Air Force leaders issue Energy Awareness messageFrom www.af.mil In The Trenches THE WIRE | PAGE 15 | AT YOUR SERVICE Staff Sgt. Raymond Santiago powers through the pushup event during the 2011 Best Warrior Army Physical Fitness Test Monday, at Williams Stadium, Fort Lee, Va.energy awareness through education and action. The theme for Energy Awareness Month this year is "Power the Force Fuel the Fight." This theme seeks to highlight energy as a critical resource to capabilities and reminds us to focus on the impact our day-to-day energy decisions have on the mission. Energy awareness strengthens our capabilities and reinforces the pillars of the Air Force Energy Strategy: Reduce Demand, Increase Supply, and Change Culture. WASHINGTON Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz sent the following message regarding energy awareness month to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force and their families: Global Vigilance, Reach, and Power at home and abroad require vast amounts of energy whether it is fuel for aircraft, gas for our vehicles, or electricity for space and cyberspace efforts. As the largest energy user in the federal government, t energy consumption, especially given the current economic environment. To ensure Airmen always have reliable, secure access to energy when and where the mission requires, we will pursue an energy posture that is resilient, robust, and ready to support global missions. Improving our energy posture requires us to be smart about how energy is consumed in the air and on the ground. October is Energy Awareness Month and the Air Force remains committed to promoting
AT T HE MOVIES | THE WIRE | PAGE 16Movie Review 30 4 3 2 1 5 6Call MWR at ext. 2010 for more information. Movie Hotline call 4880. The Smurfs (last showing) (G) 8 p.m. Fright Night (R) 10 p.m. Crazy, Stupid, Love (last showing) (PG-13) 8 p.m. The Help (PG-13) 10 p.m. Cowboys & Aliens (last showing) (PG-13) 8 p.m. 30 Minutes or Less (R) 8 p.m. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) 8 p.m. Final Destination 5 (R) 8 p.m. Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley Dolphin Tale (PG) 8 p.m. The Help (PG-13) 10 p.m. FRI.SAT.SUN.MON.TUES.WED.THURS.Army Sgt. Meredith VincentR 112 min.Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) 8 p.m. Fright Night (R) 10 p.m. Crazy, Stupid, Love (last showing) (PG-13) 8 p.m. The Help (PG-13) 10 p.m. Final Destination 5 (R) 8 p.m. Dolphin Tale (G) 8 p.m. Cowboys & Aliens (last showing) (PG-13) 8 p.m. The Change-Up (R) 8 p.m. 30 Minutes or Less (R) 8 p.m.What happens when you add the screenwriters of The Hangover with the director from Wedding Crashers, toss in the drunk chick who barfs up pia colada and top it off with two of the most hilarious, snappy and overall humongously talented comedic actors working right now? couldve been worse but had the potential to be much better. The story isnt original, by any means: Two boyhood pals who couldnt be more different - Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) Bateman) is the buttoned-up, polished lawyer with the perfect wife to match his perfect themselves magically transferred into each others bodies after a night of consumption and peeing in a nearby outdoor fountain whilst simultaneously wishing for each others lives. Presto Freaky Friday! Body switching comedies consistently rely on the same formula for wackiness: the freak out, the hilarity, the complications, then giving too much away, The Change-Up most above, it amps up the gross factor to Farrelly brother-esque status. Honestly, the most enticing thing this movie has going for it are its stars. Yours truly probably would never have given a second look had it not been for the double billing of Bateman and Reynolds. And the beauty here is that you have each actor both masters of the deadpan, biting retort, both known for their original delivery techniques doing his best to imitate the other. And doing a heck of a job! Bravo to Reynolds for reigning his Van Wilder schtick in just enough to let the struggling, regretful Dave shine through, especially in scenes with Daves neglected wife, Leslie Mann. Reynolds gets the unique opportunity to play the straight man for man himself is no easy chore, but Reynolds pulls it off. The movie, however, belongs to Bateman. After years of playing the best friend, and like a champ, hes tearing it up. Watch as the usually-reserved, understated actor goes for broke in some of the movies most unforgettable scenes (My favorite in particular is at Daves daughters dance recital). As we watch Mitch morph from a soulless bad boy into a lovable guy-with-plans-and-stuff, so to are we watching Bateman transform from second banana to dynamic leading man. And I for one couldnt be happier.
THE WIRE | PAGE 17 | NEWS YOU CA N USE THE WIRE | PAGE 17 | NEWS YOU CA N USE Thousands of anti-Wall Street demonstrators, backed by organized labor, have massed in New York Citys financial district, in a protest against what they see as inequality in the U.S. economy. Labor unions and community organizers joined the protest Wednesday to denounce unemployment, corporate moneys influence in politics, and the In other parts of the United States, students at several colleges walked out of classes in solidarity. Protesters say the United States is becoming a country ruled by a tiny financial elite, and that all but 1 percent of Americans are finding it difficult to find jobs or pay the rent. The protest movement, known as Occupy Wall Street, began September 17 with a few dozen demonstrators and have since spread to cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. were arrested last Saturday when they blocked traffic for several hours on the Brooklyn Bridge. Most were issued citations for disorderly conduct and released.Unions, students join antiWall Street protestVoice of America News ServiceApple Computer co-founder Steve illness. Tributes have been pouring in entrepreneur and innovator who changed several industries. Apple chief executive Tim Cook visionary and a creative genius. With his trademark black turtleneck shirt and business leader and an innovator. We just try to build products we think are really wonderful and that people might want. And, sometimes we are right problems since surgery for a rare form of to work. He took a leave of absence problems started, but he announced in August he was stepping down as Apples chief executive. He stayed on as chairman of the board.Apple co-founder Steve Jobs diesVoice of America News ServiceU.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the international community has a moral obligation to prevent further bloodshed in Syria, a day after a European-drafted resolution aimed at curbing the violence failed at the U.N. Security Council. A spokesman said Wednesday that Mr. Ban sees the violence as unacceptable and regrets that the Security Council has not come to an agreement on how to end it. Russia and China vetoed a resolution draft written by France, Britain, Germany and Portugal Tuesday, sparking U.S. and European outrage. The measure contained possible references to sanctions against Syria if its leader pursues a crackdown on opposition protesters. Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a speech in South Africa Wednesday his government will impose its own sanctions on Syria, despite the resolutions failure at the U.N. Security Council. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the vote does not change U.S. commitment to increase pressure on the Syrian government. She said countries will have to take responsibility for the decisions made Tuesday and any impact it may have on the ground in Syria.UN chief: End Syrian bloodshedVoice of America News Service France and others tried everything possible everyones concerns about what he called the massacring of the Syrian people. He said Tuesday was a sad day for the Syrian people and the U.N. Security Council. However, a senior aide to the Syrian president told the French news agency that Tuesday was a historic day. Bouthaina Shaaban told AFP in Damascus that Russia and China stood with the Syrian people and provided the time needed for the government to enforce and enhance reforms. Syria has been using military force to crush almost seven months of opposition protests demanding an end to Syrian President Bashar al-Assads 11-year autocratic rule. people have been killed in the crackdown against protesters and other dissidents. Turkey has provided refuge for several Syrian dissidents. A Syrian colonel who found refuge there and heads the armed opposition force called the Free Syrian Army said a brutal crackdown last week in Rastan was an operation to capture him. Colonel Riad al-Asaad says he defected government orders to shoot protesters. He says his opposition group now has more than U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged members of the Security Council to take action to end the recent spate of bloodshed in Syria after a European led effort was vetoed by China and Russia Wednesday. photo by AP
Mind Body & SoulKeeping your intensity: A key factor to a great workout GTMO Religious Services Tues. Fri. 5:30 p.m. Main Chapel Vigil Mass Saturday 5 p.m. Main Chapel Mass Main Chapel Saturday 5:30 p.m. Troopers ChapelMI N D, BODY & SOUL | THE WIRE | PAGE 18 Troopers Chapel Islamic Service Friday 1:15 p.m. Room C Friday 7 p.m. Chapel Annex LDS Service Sunday 10 a.m. Room A Saturday 11 a.m. Room B 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 Call x2323 for information General Protestant Sunday 11 a.m. Main Chapel United Jamaican Sunday 11 a.m. Sanctuary B Gospel Service Sunday 1 p.m. Main Chapel Sunday 6 p.m. Main ChapelMaking it through a good workout always leaves me with a sense of accomplishment. I know by the end of it, physically, Ive kicked my own tail, (generally noted by the sweat sloshing around in my shoes) mentally, I feel focused for the rest of the day; and emotionally, a hearty workout makes me feel good about myself. So what constitutes a good workout in my book? Intensity. For me, no better path exists than going full bore and getting the most out of every second of my time in the gym. Intensity keeps my motivation, throughout my routines. Maintaining a high level of motivation isnt always easy. Whether Im sore, tired or maybe just not feeling up to the challenge, I always tell myself one thing: Youll feel better once you get going and youll feel great once youre done. For me, this mantra holds true time and time again. Intensity Yes, I may start slow, but I keep active, jumping rope or doing any other form of light cardio between sets. The next thing I You can do a couple more reps, Pfc. Justin Piercesee BODY, pg. 19 add another plate, run faster and then I do. Pushing myself to be as active as possible in the gym also keeps my heart rate up during my workouts. This is especially day into an interval-training day. Quite a few folks will say they spent an hour or even two hours lifting in the gym, but rarely does that translate into one or two hours of actual work. Instead of just sitting on a bench between sets, get up and be active. If youre lifting for upper body, jump rope between sets. Your chest will still recoup and be ready for the
THE WIRE | PAGE 19 | THE LAS T WORD BODY cont. LEPP cont. YOGA cont. next set. Furthermore, keeping active means your bloods still pumping and your bodys staying warm and limber. Ill invigorated on my second and third sets just because I didnt go into them cold. bearing down on an intense workout also increases my feel good endorphins, keeping everything in a positive light. that little voice comes from Hey, youve got this, add more weight, knock out an extra set, concentrate on your movement, and so on. Beyond just encouraging me throughout could out of myself. Lingering lifting regrets never follow me out of the gym. While it isnt always easy to maintain a high level of intensity, it always pays off in the end. Know your limits and know to push them (safely of enjoying the time you spend in the gym or on the track more it. every week and monitors his progress on his day off. He admires that, though Wilson is a fast runner, he continues to listen and strives to improve. He always comes to me on my off day or calls me excited, ready to show me what hes improved him where he can get better even though he is getting faster. regiment of dieting, running and weight training, followed by long runs to keep his endurance up. He enjoys the fact that Wilson takes in all the advice and criticism. Wilson has a hard time TRACK cont. focusing sometimes, said it no matter how good he does, because once he can focus better, hell be even faster. Wilson is set to go to Annapolis soon for a recruit day where he will spend time with someone from the track team as well as learn more about becoming a midshipman. But when he returns, he will continue to train and remain focused. Its all about consistency, motivation and maintaining your focus, said Wilson. Because even though there may not be a track meet coming up, doesnt mean you cant get faster in the meantime. were divided into groups and with the help of volunteers, tasked with compiling a story of was given to create the story but by the end, the groups came up with elaborate tales of giant teacher-eating hot dogs and sleep walking banana rats. Lepp said he has performed at a variety of locations ranging from elementary schools to nursing homes. He explained he them to cater to his different audiences. In the end, he just wants all in attendance to walk away entertained. I want everyone to have a good time, get a couple laughs and relieve some stress from the day, said Lepp. Following the workshop, Lepp performed for a general audience and civilians. The aim was for each person to relax for an hour. Its good to listen to a guy with a microphone tell some great stories, said Dickson. Everyone can use their imagination and laugh its a good time everyone needs. Dickson explained MWR guests provide an opportunity for Troopers to have a temporary escape from the day-to-day routine and enjoy themselves. GTMO can be a challenging place to work, said Dickson. When someone comes down, be it a band or circus or story teller, it adds to the quality of life. everyone slowly work their way into the work out all-the-while focusing on breathing. The base of yoga is breathing. Mason swears simply learning to master breathing control, in conjunction with the strength and agility training, enhances all other forms of physical training, she says. It improves PT, explains Mason, fuller stride when they run and helps them recover afterwards. Running is not the only area yoga can aide. For all the sports players on island, Mason says yoga will enhance performance no matter the activity. She vows it will help the runners run faster, basketball players jump higher and cyclists ride harder. She highly encourages scuba divers to consider attending as well. If you dive, it is a must, she stresses. It will help you save money on your air because you will be able to master your breathing, you will have the muscle memory for when you are diving and it will help with cramping. The Wednesday night class sign-in sheet a large number of them from the 525th Military Police Battalion. Army Chaplain Capt. Garland Mason, 525th MP Battalion chaplain and Myahs husband, hears nothing but positive things from many Soldiers who attend. Based on peoples feedback, they love it, he said. Many Troopers here have long strenuous days in the camps and several of them carry over stress from previous deployments but long before Guantanamo Bay adopted the program. Nationwide yoga has been helping vets with and Post Traumatic Stress Reed Army Medical Centers effort to help servicemembers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan leave their wartime experiences behind; it also assists in rehabilitating amputees. While Troopers here dont face the same dangers as in combat zones, the daily endure calls for a catharsis. It is the very antithesis of the camps, explains Chaplain Mason. It is the opposite of what they have to do and see for 12 hours. Chaplain Mason sees the class as an opportunity to be in a quiet place away from the uniform, drama and stress of everyday life. In his eyes, what someone does with their free time affects all other areas. A comprehensive take, he says, is vital to being physically, mentally and spiritually healthy. All areas of home, work and off-time affect each other, he says. So what you do on your off-time impacts how you perform at work and your family at home. For Mox, she says yoga helps her connect with herself on a new level and let go of tensions built up through the week. describes. Its a healthy, alternative way for me to relax instead of using cigarettes or alcohol. others and is enjoying Guantanamo Bay thus far. She has great expectations for the rest of her time here and is hoping to be able to offer more yoga classes in the future and maybe create a DVD. I am not sure what the future holds, she says. Maybe I will open a studio when I get back to the states, but for now I will give what I have to offer and hope everyone gives it a try.
STAYING AFLOAT United States Coast Guardsmen, attached to the Maritime Safety and Security pool, Tuesday. photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry FENCELINE TREK Company, runs the Leeward fenceline during the Marine Security Force Company half-marathon, Saturday. photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry TUNING UP Army Sgt. Vernon Harley, a power generator mechanic assigned to 525th Military Police Battalion, performs maintenance on a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle at 525th MP Bn. motor pool, Thursday. photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry ITS A T HREE! Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Christopher Brooks takes a jump shot during an intramural basketball game between Omega Red and Team Shottaz at photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park