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Volume 12, Issue 43 Friday, October 14, 2011 PLUS: GTMO gets German Oktoberfest is a hit at the Windjammer Fire Prevention Week sweeps Guantanamo Bay Heatin Up! Degree bound Columbia College registration in session
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 2nd Class Kilho Park Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry Pfc. Justin PierceContact 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: at the Naval Exchange as part of Naval Station Guantanamos Fire Prevention Week training evolutions. photo by Mass Communication Specialist Kilho ParkIm now starting my fourth month here with Joint Task Force Guantanamo and continue to be amazed at how we are able to successfully function with the rotational forces that make up the JTF. It seems we are continuously bringing a new unit (or two) along with many new individuals. This kind of turnover is something most of us havent experienced before. Yet there are some advantages new faces bring, if we manage it properly. Every new arrival brings a fresh perspective a perspective which is usually based on common sense (since the new person wont Common sense often highlights procedures which simply dont meet the true need anymore. If we old-timers cant explain why were doing things a certain way to the newcomers, then maybe theres a methods. However, there are often good reasons WHY we perform procedures in a certain way. These reasons are usually spelled out reasons which means we need to do our homework and actually up the organization for failure. If we dont understand WHY we are doing certain procedures, then our reliefs may change (or delete) those procedures not realizing there was a good reason WHY those procedures were originally established. We should all be encouraged to ask why things are done, or why somewhere and that documentation should be an important part of your next turnover. If this is done, it can help prevent the common occurrence of new people making changes just because. Weve all seen this in the past and have probably criticized it. Yet, if the new people arent taught why things are being done and how those actions interact with other activities, then they may naturally feel a need to make changes changes which could later prove to be counter-productive. While youre new, please start making your turnover list. Dont just plan to explain to your relief what you do, but also explain why youre doing it. If the why is not clearly documented somewhere, then make the effort to document it. This documentation is a vital basis for training our reliefs. We should all strive to leave the organization stronger than we found it and properly training our
THE WIRE | PAGE 3 | TROOPER T O TROOPER PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO!Dumpster Diving 101Dumpster diving is performed randomly at the JTF to see what information people might have let slip through and thrown away. Personal information is most commonly tossed out in the form of unwanted mail or envelopes with addresses, along with tidbits of work info. Schedules, calendar events and phone numbers jotted down on sticky-notes are also easy to forget. We have a 100% shred policy that needs to be followed for everyones protection. If your name or information is found in the trash you could be subject to UCMJ punishment. Dont let a simple thing like trash get you in hot water, use OPSEC and shred all paper! Trooper to Trooper featuring Chief Master Sgt. Kirk Rhame What does going above and beyond mean? in a degree or amount surpassing. To recognize what constitutes going above and beyond, it is necessary to understand the baseline performance expected of us all. To do that, we need to look at our core values. Each service established a set of values to guide their members Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence In All We Do. Guard believes in Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty. Each of the services, through their core values, set a benchmark for the performance of their personnel. As a leader it is important to know and internalize the core values of your service. In doing so, you can set a threshold and its time to take action. How do you do it? Volunteer your off-duty Bay. Assist fellow Troopers in need. Work beyond the normal duty hours without being asked. The options are endless but its limited to your job performance. Its about taking the extra step to do more than whats expected from you, no matter the occasion. We should always encourage our Troopers to go above and beyond. However, for leaders, our role doesnt end there. As leaders, we have to remember to recognize our Troopers when they rise to the occasion. We must make it our duty to highlight the accomplishments of our Troopers in any way we can verbal award of a decoration. When we do recognize our outstanding performers, we should always strive to do it in front of their peers. The public acknowledgement of their outstanding performance reinforce our service core values to our team and to demonstrate not only build morale, it will also improve a units performance. When we understand our service core values, we understand Coast Guardsmen. I encourage you to look for opportunities to you feel good about it, your teammates will too. Chief Enlisted Manager, 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron
NEWS FROM T HE BAY | THE WIRE | PAGE 4News from the Bay Stories and reporting by Spc. Kelly Gary and Pfc. Justin Pierce Youth cheerleading camp registration New times for video news stories on roller Eagle Scouts looking to come together Navy Birthday Ball at Windjammer Ballroom Birthday Ball at the Windjammer Ballroom. p.m. Station Guantanamo Bay. It is open to all why it was established. and above and civilians. Uniform for the ball for active duty personnel will be dinner dress white. Guard Battalion personnel are authorized to wear clean and pressed uniforms and civilian attire will be formal. All attendees will be given a commemorative glass and coin. football league at gym Gym. A mandatory coaches meeting will be ing [football] on TV but they enjoy playing and Recreation sports coordinator. Since we are not authorized to play tackle foot whereas womens teams will have seven. She added if there are not at least three Marine Corps off-road tour now cancelled broadcast team has changed the play times for their video news stories on the roller channel. The Wire Update will now play JTF, said this change came about to better facilitate the schedules of the viewer audience. Instead of trying to catch a story while getting ready for work, the stories will play once the work day has begun., later playing times will allow everyone a chance to get home and settled after their work day is over. Running these video news stories on the roller channel is still a new process. The JTF broadcast team said they appreciate the support the community gives them and would love to hear feedback on their products and the scheduling of air times. to share stories with current scouts about how earning their Eagle badge has helped them and how scouting has impacted their lives. The event is projected to be in January. The exact date, time and place will be announced when decided. Chris Hileman, coordinator for the event, urges those interested to not wait and get in contact with him as soon as possible. willing to get together to share stories and support the troop. You can go to the Boy Scouts web site and mation on the award, the association and notable Eagles. For more information, contact Hileman at and eight to twelve to attend a cheerleading Registration is at the Youth Center from There are a total of ten slots available for the former age group and twenty for volunteer coaches. They said experience is appreciated but not a must. For more information, contact the female teams registered, the league will move to open recreation which means females will be allowed to play on mens teams under mens rules. The exception is if a fe male scores, the team will be allotted more points. The league will last eight weeks with post season play. post season game but allow for our top teams to move into a double elimination format, so we can really see who our top team is. said For more information, contact Staff
trooper Bullet Bio Time in service: 20 years Hobbies: snorkeling, collecting sea glass, studying Pet peeves: not paying attention to detail Next goal: bachelors degree Advice to junior Troopers: Make sure you keep copies of everything the military gives you.| NE W STHE WIRE | PAGE 5 In the early nineties, Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Casteel was nineteen years old and fresh out of high school. Inspired by the Gulf War, he decided to join the Army. By the time he was done with training, however, the war had ended. Fortunately Casteel had found something he enjoyed so he stuck with it. Guard after meeting and building a strong camaraderie with some Airmen during his Jump Start. unit brings an exceptionally larger array of abilities to the table on missions such as this one on Guantanamo Bay. so many different skills they bring from the outside, said Casteel. So when you bring everyone together, you not only have their specialties from their military jobs, you also get the experience of their education and skills from the civilian side. Back in the states, Casteel is a health and safety inspector for a telecommunications company. Health and safety is not merely a job to Casteel it is his passion and one he has brought with him to the island. Casteel is taking the former safety program up to industrial standards, which is no simple task. That is his strongest point, said Rhame. Trying to keep everyone safe in the Casteel recently received his associate Boots on the GroundWhat was your favorite Halloween costume?My gypsy costume is my favorite because my son always says, Mommy looks pretty when I wear it.Steel Worker 2nd Class Rejuny CaswellBatman. He is just awesome.Sgt. 1st Class Antonio White Marine Cpl. Gerardo AboytesPharoah I liked the robes and the head piece. Also, I liked being When I wore a hanbok, a like a princess.Air Force Master Sgt. Carnita Farve see FOCUS pg. 19 focus Staff Sgt. Christopher CasteelSpc. Kelly Gary
Story by Army Sgt. Mathieu PerryRunners raise awareness for domestic abuse, violenceSPOR T S| THE WIRE | PAGE 6 the local community participated in the Recreation and Fleet and Family Services Center, Saturday morning. at Denich Gym and proceeded past the golf a series of events on Guantanamo Bay. advocate for Guantanamo Bay, said these events are designed to encourage discussion and promote victim safety. All over the U.S., towns, cities and communities are coming together to bring greater awareness of violence in domestic relationships, teen dating Relational aggression of any kind will not be tolerated the silence on domestic violence. uneven power struggle. The whole purpose is to control the imbalance in the relationship that occurs when one demands total power and the other one is left powerless. Talking about domestic violence is The key is letting people know they can report it and there is help, she said. There is no shame and its not their fault. support from the community. have been represented in this event here today and it speaks to those who are still trapped in domestic violence, said these people are willing to come out and walk for them, they can perhaps now make a phone call and seek help. 3rd Class Thoran Evans said the run was It is part of my goal to run every 5k during my deployment here, said Evans. Its part of my personal training to help get into Basic Underwater Demolition so this should help. Evans said the run wasnt as easy as he anticipated, but was proud of his placement. I wasnt sure of how I was going to do today, but second place isnt bad, he said. In addition to better awareness on an important social cause, running is also an th Running is a great get away from the stressors of work and everyday life, said Fish. Its better than drinking and it doesnt cloud your mind like alcohol. to those who need to speak up, she said. Its important for all of us who came out here today to represent people who need to speak up, especially women out there, and to give them the voice to come forward, others who are going to protect them and stand up with them and make sure that the abuse stops. Its a terrible thing and no one should have to put up with it. Run. Participants wore purple ribbons to show their support and advocacy for domestic violence victims.
Story by Spc. Kelly Gary THE WIRE | PAGE 7 | NEWS HIGHER LEARNINGSome Troopers believe they do not have time for higher education during a deployment. However, there are many who, even with busy and unpredictable work schedules, manage to complete their classes and secure their degrees, exhibiting dedication and commitment for future employers. Here on Guantanamo Bay, Columbia College offers military, civilians and contractors an opportunity to work toward a degree or simply better themselves through education, be it in math, science or art. and productive while stationed here. going. In addition, Columbia offers hundreds of online courses in all subjects as well junior year, White is using her time here to complete four courses and recently to master sergeant and aid in getting a good job after retirement, it also offers a different pace while here. It keeps your mind stimulated and yourself occupied, said White, and it gives you a break from the deployment. The courses themselves are at no cost for active duty military such an opportunity would be foolish. I advise all Soldiers to take advantage of the free education she said. The Army pays for it; there is no reason not to get a degree. Books for the classes are at the students expense but most students offer their books for an extremely low price or for free, after their course is complete. and classroom facilities. All of these provide an authentic college environment. see COLLEGE, page 19
THE WIRE | PAGE 8 FEA T URE | Oh Captain, My CaptainStory by Army Pfc. Justin Pierce Photos by Army Sgt. Mathieu PerryWith any career, participation is a sliding scale. Some people perform to what is accepted and others to whats expected. Beyond this, few folks their performance can only be described Station Guantanamos workforce provide exceptional service, only a select few measure Hinds displays. By no means is this to the detriment of anyone else Hinds is simply that exceptional. Hinds history of exemplary service doesnt start on Guantanamo Bay; it begins in his home country of Jamaica. Early on in his professional life, Hinds found himself driven to serve people. And thats what he did, as an infantrymen and later a medic. Its also what he still does, having recently celebrated Fire Department. The transition from soldier For the most part, I was at a medical center and when I got here, part of being a Hinds background in emergency medical care might have made his transition into met him, I could tell something more than skill makes up this man. Hinds didnt start a career With a warm smile and a genuine concern for his men, he demonstrates the kind of leader we should all aspire to be. of the captains demeanor. Watching him at work with his men paints a clear picture of their respect for Hinds. They look to him for Guantanamo Bay commits his life to helping others Captain Maurice Hinds, assigned to the Leeward Fire Station Three at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, looks over the scene as his team conducts response and suppression exercises, Oct. 7. (right) Hinds observes a hose after performing a routine monthly inspection. (opposite page) Hinds gives crew members of their performance.
THE WIRE | PAGE 9 | FEA T URE superb leadership he is capable of providing. Whether going through the basic rigmarole of inspecting Hinds is a dedicated, hard worker. His commitment to his men doesnt end with the workday. His off-duty time highlights another facet of what makes Hinds an extraordinary leader. While everyone else is winding down from work, Hinds is gearing up for one of his many other duties. Whether working part-time liaison between the Jamaican Employment Hinds constantly seeks out new ways to help those around him. It may sound like a lot of extra work, but for Hinds, this is his fun. I just cant sit back and do nothing, he says. This is my way of giving a contribution back. I have been so blessed, so I think I need to give back to the community. Giving back is exactly what Hinds does. plans the Firemens Ball and takes on countless other tasks to ease the lives of his men. I work with the greatest set of guys ever, Hinds boasts. When I go home to be with my family, Im still thinking about the guys that I leave back here. So the motivation is just coming back and hanging out with the guys. just the responsibilities it places upon him. He sees it as his surrogate family, and he cares for his men just as he does his two daughters back Hinds spends only a small amount of his time every six weeks. While these visits give Hinds some family time, he also uses them for work, setting up interviews and giving inspirational speeches to Jamaicas youth. While Hinds he also acknowledges that its a necessary evil. When I just got here, it was extremely wife and girls, because they are just the best family ever, they have grown to understand that Dad and in the case of my wife, her husband is just doing something that I have to do at this time. being away from his family, Hinds grants him an opportunity to serve his community, and helping others is something he holds a strong passion for. job. he says. This is family, this is home, this is where its at. Hinds may exceed the standards because he loves his job, but his efforts havent gone unnoticed. A brief conversation with some of Hes a good leader, working with him on a regular basis he helps me to motivate myself and build up my esteem level. commended and I love working with him. Hinds superiors have also noticed his be submitted for a Department of Defense to say about it, you can bet Hinds would be receiving it. As it is, only time will tell, but continue to provide outstanding service to his men and our Guantanamo Bay community.My motivation is just love for my job. This is family, this is home, this is where its at.
NEWS | THE WIRE | PAGE 10 PAGE 8 FIRE PREVENTION WEEK Fire Department held a variety of exercises around Guantanamo Bay. Despite the main event being postponed due to rain, the team proceeded to spread and handing out informational pamphlets and novelty items with awareness messages. commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the While the Great Chicago Fire is the two-day stretch, it wasnt the largest. That observed with a new theme this years Fire. The United States, Canada, and all Department of Defense facilities across Story and photo by Spc. Kelly Gary
| NEWS THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel THE WIRE | PAGE 12 FEA T URE | see OKTOBERFEST, pg. 19 reschedule for Sunday night at the Windjammer. It really was a last minute decision to reschedule it for Sunday, band and wanting people to come out. the band was scheduled to leave Sunday. The guys down at air ops really came through for us, said beer stein. clearly those waiting in line were waiting to get a stein as soon as the steins were gone, the line went away. libations and music for the evening was provided by the Florida(bandleader) Bill Schoenfeldt, the band led the crowd through an array of traditional Bavarian tunes, along with some reinvented close friends of Schoenfeldt, whos performed this style of music Rain or Shine:Despite rescheduling, Oktoberfest brings crowds, dancing and plenty of beverages to the Windjammer.
THE WIRE | PAGE 13 | FEA T URE (left) Band members Krissy Schoenfeldt-Vavrek and Starr Vavrek perform a traditional slap-dance. (top) The Florida-based Swinging Bavarians provided the musical soundtrack Sunday during Morale, Welfare and Recreations Oktoberfest celebration. The band played a mix of traditional Bavarian music as well as several more recent, chart-topping songs. (bottom) Morale, Welfare and Recreation Activities the Oktoberfest costume contest.
On The Deck Inside the Jar families, As we honor the birth of the ago, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all Sailors, civilians and family members for their service and dedication efforts and the many nontraditional missions we have adopted in support of overseas contingency operations are making a difference every day. submarines underway, and lets not forget about our Sailors who are boots on ground. Sailors who are deployed, on station around the world MCPON expresses 236th Navy birthday messageMarines ready to answer call for next natural disasterAT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 14 capabilities of the maritime strategy. with just six frigates to our modern Fleet with a total remained steadfast and ready for 236 years, and we continue to be ready to answer every call our nation makes thanks to your outstanding dedication I also want to say thank you and express my sincere families for your continued love and support of your the cornerstone of a Sailors readiness and your role is vitally important. remember the thousands of our Shipmates who are deployed around the world vigilantly standing the watch, and those who have gone before us in service to our great nation. Happy birthday shipmates ... you look pretty darn good to Lance Cpl. Neil Unzuete, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, begins the construction of a support unit that would help in earthquakes, hurricanes or other natural disasters, Oct. 7. Story and photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Lenzous t o be knowledgeable in these little things, said Sgt. Ryan Cheramie, a department gave us some insights, so if there is a disaster and someones life needs to be saved, we actually have those The San Francisco Fire Department good, solid base of understanding of today, said Sanchez. If there was ever a disaster relief in the United States, if we have a working wed know exactly what they would need and how they operate, said Sanchez. With the tsunamis in eastern Asia peoples minds, combined with relief efforts happening all over the world, the opportunity. I think the training was phenomenal, said Sanchez. Even though it was a crash course, and we just got a little segment of what they do, we walked away knowing these guys were giving all their effort to ensure that we learn what they were providing. took on an unorthodox exercise in San T responders in urban search and rescue as part of a continued focus on humanitarian disaster relief, which also provided a relationships with the emergency services of San Francisco. with members of the San Francisco Fire Department for the four-hour demonstration and practical application. be called upon to provide some kind of disaster relief or humanitarian effort, said hurricane, many of the local emergency to help the relief efforts of a natural disaster. Todays objective was to train the an director of Homeland Security Division, San Francisco Fire Department. Sanchez said the demonstration was and a vital tool for their tool kit. of the Navy Rick D. West
On the Wing Army has seen a growing population of medically non-ready Soldiers. to one of the panelist, while the Guard and Reserve deployability level is Schoomaker pointed out that the reserve-component number is have brought concern, Schoomaker said, adding that having so many Schoomaker said with the loss of the Army temporary end strength, We begin to see a growing number of medically non-ready Soldiers with a smaller population of Soldiers overall available for continued demand for deployment. Soldiers recovering from wounds or transitioning out of the military through Warrior Transition Units across the country. It is clear that whatever end-strength increase that weve been given, weve used up in wounded, ill and injured and transitioning Soldiers through a cumbersome bureaucracy, he said. And we have continued to see escalating numbers of medically non-deployable Soldiers, with combat team moves forward. You began to understand the scope of the problem that we are faced with. percent. Army wants more Soldiers back on deployable statusBy Army Master Sgt. Doug Samplemedical evaluation or physical evaluation board that are not complex enough to go into a Warrior Transition Unit. Those who are returning from deployment who have medical issues to be taken care of. And Soldiers who are available for deployment by Army regulation, but who have a medical condition that prohibits them from entering a combat theater. The general warned that if the non-deployable status remains at the levels in the future. If we dont get our arms around the non-deployable population, and the biggest population is the medically non-deployable population, to go downrange, he said. The Soldier is the center of our formations, so if the Soldier is not ready to go, then the unit is not ready to go. The good news is that the Army may have found a way to determine which Soldiers are prone to musculoskeletal injuries. Stone explained researchers are studying new ways of measuring, among other abilities, a Soldiers agility, strength, arch, height, sprint and endurance. You can actually predict, based on the upcoming mission, what the you can test an entire brigade combat team and then predict for the commander their injury rate. Armed with that information, Stone said that he soon expects to see changes in everything from the way Soldiers train for deployment, to the types of boots they wear. Any of these improvements can lessen the impact of musculoskeletal injuries to Soldiers health and readiness. medical readiness issues plaguing the Army. Schoomaker said a top ten campaign the command put together targets everything from good eating habits that emphasize less consumption of sugary drinks, medical recording keeping. Soldiers to be available in a deployable force, he said. We feel this will be a successful campaign if all of us work in concert.Medical codes no longer prevent some deploymentsBy Jon Hanson In The Trenches THE WIRE | PAGE 15 | AT YOUR SERVICE individuals is relatively new, said Wanda Davies, the deputy chief of scheduling It is usually done by sourcing to the unit The key is for those Airmen with medical DAV codes, and their supervisors, to understand they might be selected for stateside taskings and to be prepared, Davies said. These Airmen will either work in the training detachments. This new selection the deployment opportunities for Airmen who typically had limited opportunities to deploy in support of air and space expeditionary force operations. began accepting Airmen with restrictive in its operations center and at training detachments. The overarching intent is to support 2nd Air Force without reducing the Air Forces ability to meet combatant commander accomplish this by sourcing to a name those Airmen who would otherwise not be able to deploy. attending Army combat skills training, combat Airman skills training and the basic prepare them for their deployment and meet the needs of the combatant commander. The to source those individuals with deployment availability codes which makes them normally unavailable for worldwide deployments.
AT T HE MOVIES | THE WIRE | PAGE 16Movie Review 14 18 17 16 15 19 20Call MWR at ext. 2010 for more information. Movie Hotline call 4880. A Dolphin Tale (PG) 8 p.m. Conan the Barbarian (R) 10 p.m. The Help (PG-13) 8 p.m. The Change-Up (last showing) (R) 10 p.m. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (last showing) (PG-13) 8 p.m. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (PG) 8 p.m. Fright Night (R) 8 p.m. Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley Columbiana (PG-13) 8 p.m. Our Idiot Brother (R) 10 p.m. FRI.SAT.SUN.MON.TUES.WED.THURS.Army Sgt. Meredith VincentR 83 min.The Help (PG-13) 8 p.m. Conan the Barbarian (R) 10 p.m. Columbiana (PG-13) 8 p.m. Our Idiot Brother (R) 10 p.m. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) 8 p.m. Fright Night (R) 8 p.m. The Change-Up (last showing) (R) 8 p.m. A Dolphin Tale (PG) 8 p.m. 30 Minutes or Less (R) 8 p.m. shouldnt work. Everything about the movie, from the chilling real-life story it is loosely based on, to the go-for-broke manic political environment in todays society, should land it at the bottom of the straightto-DVD pile where it would never have the chance to see the light of day. Thankfully, someone was feeling risky, a slacker pizza delivery guy whos having hostage (of sorts) when criminally stupid rob a bank or hes in pieces. Dwayne needs the money to hire a hitman to kill his father (Fred Ward) so he can inherit said fathers crime by their respective best bros, Travis none of this sounds particularly funny, its ok, youre not alone. It shouldnt be. But as the hijinks ensue, so does the hilarity. So why does this movie work so well? I chalk it up to the right cast plus the right director at the right time. Eisenberg got his start playing awkward, mumbling losers. It was only after his breakout performance anyone realized the kids got range. With Eisenberg reteams with his Zombieland director and essentially plays the same type as before, only now hes looser with actually replies to a friend, I dont check While Eisenberg is the centerpiece, none of it would be possible without his tremendously talented costars. Ansari has been slowly moving up the comedy food chain with roles on TVs Scrubs became a key player in many Judd Apatow this funny little man is ready for some serious screen time of his own. Ansari has developed a delivery that is part deadpan, part surprise and always unexpected. Hes an unconventional choice here, to be sure, perfectly paired. is the relationship between Dwayne and praises all day. For me, he is as original and innovative as comedy has to offer right now. Even the sourest of comedians He offers no apologies nor empathy as see MOVIES, pg. 19
THE WIRE | PAGE 17 | NEWS YOU CA N USEThe United States and Saudi Arabia have international response to the alleged plot by elements of the Iranian government to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington. spoke by telephone Wednesday and agreed of international norms and vowed to hold those responsible accountable for their actions. Iran has denied the allegations. The calling the scenario absurd and urging Saudi Arabia to be wary of U.S. efforts to damage relations of countries in the region. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the thwarted scheme a dangerous escalation in Irans long-standing use of political violence and sponsorship of Voice of America News Serviceterrorism. She said the U.S. will work closely with its international partners to increase Irans isolation and the pressure on its government. The tough response came a day after the U.S. Justice Department announced it had citizen, and Gholam Shakuri, a member of an elite Iranian military unit, with conspiring to carry out a bomb attack on Saudi envoy Adel al-Jubeir. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the plot was conceived, sponsored and directed from Iran. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the plot involved top members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, a group that operates outside of Iran. He called that Washington is taking no options off the table in its response to the alleged scheme. of terrorist-related activities in Tehran. The under U.S. jurisdiction. alleged assassination attempt an outrageous act. The U.S. State Department has issued a worldwide alert for American citizens about possible anti-U.S. actions following charges against the two Iranians. It said the scheme may indicate Irans government could be taking a more aggressive focus on terrorist activity. hired an informant of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to carry out the plot, believing the informant had ties the Saudi ambassador. They say Arbabsiar payment on the scheme with a price tag of US Defense chief says painful changes coming painful changes are coming to the U.S. military, over the past decade. Washington Wednesday the future U.S. military will have to deal with the reality of being smaller. Tough decisions await us all, he said. He said the nation needs an army strong enough to deal with conventional threats. If an enemy does challenge us in a conventional land war, we need an army that the enemy by the nose and kick them in the ass, At the same time, he said the military must be smarter and more versatile to deal with terrorist threats that he says are not going away. Still, the reality is there are not a lot of countries out there building massive tank armies, he said. It is unlikely that we will be I see both state and non-state actors arming with high-tech weaponry that is easier both to buy and to operate, weapons that frustrate our traditional advantage. The U.S. Army alone may reduce its force by Voice of America News Service have been made on where to cut. Secretary to start discussing places where they believe reductions can be made. A defense policy expert at the Center for Defense Information in Washington, Winslow Wheeler, believes the cuts could result in a corrective process that will eliminate what he says has been wasteful spending. everybody in the political system in our country wanted to do everything they could to assist our armed forces, said Wheeler. But some of them fell over themselves in terms of trying to just throw money at the issue rather than selectively and smartly. Heritage Foundation, a research organization, wasteful projects, inevitably will result in the loss of essential capabilities. waste therefore you can cut defense argument is that defense cuts dont work like that, said Eaglen. This isnt a laser where we are taking out the fat that is marbled inside a piece of meat, for example. These tend to be salami-sliced, budget axe, across-the-board cuts that dont have targeted focus. of the US Army in Washington, Wednesday. photo by AP
Mind Body & SoulGod is talking: Are you listening? GTMO Religious ServicesDaily Catholic Mass Main Chapel Vigil Mass Main Chapel Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Main Chapel Catholic Mass Troopers ChapelMI N D, BODY & SOUL | THE WIRE | PAGE 18Protestant Worship Sunday 9 a.m. Troopers Chapel Islamic Service Room C Jewish Service Friday 7 p.m. Chapel Annex LDS Service Sunday 10 a.m. Room A Seventh Day Adventist Saturday 11 a.m. Room B Iglesia Ni Christo 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 ChapelA man tells a story of the day he was driving along a country road and realized he was lost. He stopped by a small farmhouse to ask for directions and saw an elderly woman sitting on the porch. An elderly man was working in the front yard whistling nonstop. The whistling was loud and clear but seemed to be aimless and purposeless. There was no tune, just whistling. When he walked up to the man, he said, I see youre fond of whistling. nature to me now. explained the woman was his wife and they had been happily became blind. Coming as it did, so late in life, it was very frightening for her and she still Air Force Lt. Col Gary Bertsch Joint Task Force Guantanamo Command Chaplain felt a deep-seated insecurity. if I just keep whistling while Im outside the house, shell have the security of knowing Im still with her. I like this story as a parable of Gods presence with us. Sometimes it might seem God is distant, far removed or that we dont have a sense of Gods in the story, there are times when we become blind. But we need to remember Gods promise to always be with us through anything, including deployments. We only need to listen to Gods whistling to us. It might be on the lips of a friend, loved one or coworker. It might be in whatever devotion time you have. It might be in worship or reading of scripture. It could even be in moments of silence. Dont be afraid. God is present with
THE WIRE | PAGE 19 | THE LAS T WORD MOVIES cont. he barrels through some of the movies more distasteful scenes and you somehow get the sense that hes just getting started. And with Swardson at his side, the two shameless humility. How does this movie work? I have no idea. But it does, at a breakneck pace that makes you forget the real-life, fatal Dwaynes twisted world. And, surprisingly, we kinda like it there. FOCUS cont. degree in occupational health and safety and is currently working toward his bachelors. Eventually, he wants to attain his masters over the next few years. His military bearing is outstanding, Rhame said. And as far as work ethic, he goes above and beyond. When he isnt trying to better the safety program or studying for his next exam, Casteel said he enjoys snorkeling and collecting sea glass for his family back home. Casteels military career certainly particular one is also an Airman and the Training Corps program. Rhame said he sees only good things in Casteels future a successful military and civilian career and a wonderful family. [Casteel] has helped out a lot of making a positive impact. OKTOBERFEST cont. The band really made the night, said and really got the crowd into things. 3rd sentiments. Fox said shes attended one other the musicians here made all the difference. better, Fox said. They seemed to be more involved with the crowd. Fox added one of her favorite moments from the evening came when Schoenfeldt strategically changed the words to the song Doe, A Deer, from the musical, The It was a lot of fun and I think the guys got a kick out of it, she said. As Schoenfeldt walked through the crowd inspiring raised steins and swaying crowds, lead the room in multiple raucous renditions alike. As part of the celebration, attendees were who signed up stood in front of the stage as audience members chose the best costume as measured by applause. Taking the contest Welsh, who was rewarded a commemorative I was pleasantly surprised we were able the overwhelming success of the evening something well do again next year. White said the college takes the time to walk every student through each step. The who is interested should stop by and the personnel will go over what is needed. We have a supportive staff to answer process of discovering career and degree interests, college admissions and class registration, he said. In addition to helpful staff members, COLLEGE cont. support students as well and offer assistance in everything from the application process degree selection and career exploration as well as placement testing. White encourages all Troopers to take a look at their futures and expand their horizons. Education is the best way to selfregistered, it is smooth sailing. A NEW BEGINNING (From left to right) Rear Adm. David Woods, Joint Task Force Guantanamo commander; Air Force Maj. Patrick Shanahan, Base Emergency Engineering Force commander; Army Maj. Thomas Tuttle, project manager; Navy ribbon during the opening ceremony of the Media Operations Center, Wednesday afternoon. The MOC recently underwent renovations, including the addition of two new buildings inside MaCalla Hanger to facilitate upcoming military commissions. photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry
SPICING IT UP Command Master Chief Reynaldo Tiong samples authentic Mexican cuisine during the 525th Military Police Battalions Hispanic Heritage celebration at the Windjammer Ballroom, Wednesday. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park UNIT SUCCESS Joint Task Force Guantanamo Commander Rear Adm. David Woods and Marine pose with the Integritas Award during the Senior Enlisted Leader meeting, Wednesday. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park LOOK OUT Gate guards scan nearby Windmill Beach during routine checks Wednesday at Houston gate photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park HAVING A BALL Hospital Corpsman J.E. Perjusa practices his half volley during soccer practice at Bulkeley Field, Wednesday. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park