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Volume 12, Issue 44 Friday, October 21, 2011 PLUS: A New General in Town Meet JTFs incoming deputy commander A look inside the JTF detainee library In the Library: Birthday Bash Navy celebrates in sophisticated style
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 PerryContact 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: A Sailor works inside the Joint Task Force Guantanamo detainee library. More than 25,000 books, movies and video games are available on request to the detainees. photo by Mass Communication Specialist Kilho Park The theme of this article is about our personal and services values based system that is the bedrock of our being, our existence, the military we serve. If you have read the Command Corner articles over the past several weeks, the themes are quite clear. Just as a reminder, these themes are: 1) Mission (First) people are our most important assets always. 2) Band of Brothers and Sisters we need to take care of each other. 3) Standard Operating Procedures being a transitional and rotational force we need to follow our processes and proceduresto (e.g., no discrimination, no sexual harassment, no drugs). Look at the consequences of alcohol and dont cut corners. lives instilled a set of morals and values in us, which have shaped our character, our lives. We need to do what is right is all the time or we will embarrass our team, our nation, our families and ourselves. As compassionate people, we are taught it is admirable to protect the poor, weak and disadvantaged. It is our responsibility, duty and of government. We all took this calling to defend our nation freely without hesitation. We all understand in doing so we may have to lay down our lives for our families, friends and the great people of this nation. We serve this great nation not for personal gain, but to honor our Founding Fathers and their ideas of keeping this nation secure and its people free. Even when the conditions surrounding our lives are at their very worst, we will give our very best in life. our respective families and personal relationships. We treat everyone with dignity and respect. Whenever we are called to serve, we will always be there. I am but a mere human being, mortal in all sense of the word, but strong in my resolve and belief to serve. I am truly committed to my family, friends and country. I believe in and respect all people, races, religion and their existence on this earth. It is my duty to protect these freedoms granted by the Constitution, regardless of others beliefs. devotion to duty and commitment. I am particularly grateful, to your families and friends, who allow you to serve. For truly their service important life events birthdays, birth of children, anniversaries, graduations and deaths of special people in your lives. I want to say thank you to my family, to your family and all our friends and the people of this great nation for allowing me to serve serving may not be the same as yours, but each of us should be able to explain (at least to ourselves) our motivation for our way of life and the profession we have chosen. May God bless this command and may God bless the United States Trooper to Trooper featuring Master Sgt. Gregg RamsdellOften I hear the horror stories of the Veterans Administration and the health care system. Since the inception of Public Law 110-81, National Defense Authorization Act of 2008, things have become better. I am not going to lie to you there are many things that need to be enhanced but when it comes to health care, the VA is constantly improving. Any servicemember discharged from military service with a general discharge knowing they can sign up for medical care. This can save you money. You as a veteran can use the VA as a primary care provider if you need to. Many do, especially retired veterans. The VA offers numerous services: medical care, mental health, pregnancy services, trauma care, dental and non-combat services. Even Reserve force members including National Guard are eligible for services. There are a few minor caveats that must be followed: 1: Must have been discharged with nothing less than a general discharge. 2: To obtain Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Unfortunately, these services are only for the veteran and not the families, although when it comes to counseling for the families, they are eligible as well. If various medical services are not available at your medical center, the VA will contract out to an appropriate specialist with no cost to the veteran. Not only is the VA helpful with medical and dental care, they can also can be a challenging system so sitting together with a representative of a national support agency to assist you in completing your disability claim would be wise. Sometimes it is hard to put your ego in check and apply for disability, but the longer you wait, the longer it will take and the more reasons to put on any medical application with the VA, or any claim, is that you are an OIF/OEF veteran. We are given priority over all. THE WIRE | PAGE 3 | TROOPER T O TROOPER PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO!The Color PurpleEver wonder why a purple dragon is associated with OPSEC? In Vietnam we discovered that there was overwhelming evidence that a relatively unsophisticated adversary had foreknowledge of our intentions. Counterintelligence couldnt find any indications or information that we had spies, or that classified information was leaked in anyway. This is when the Purple Dragon team was formed. They conducted OPSEC surveys in South Vietnam throughout the conflict and made very interesting findings. Some of their conclusions found that our operations were very predictable to the enemy, and that no secret can be kept forever. Because of the success of the Purple Dragon team President Ronald Reagan in 1988 issued National Security Decision Directive 298, formally establishing OPSEC as a national policy. J2 Operations Non-commissioned Officer in Charge hand the complications the VA can produce to servicemembers and their as much information to assist others as I can. I worked for three general fortunate enough to have spent some time with my old boss, who is the new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, about the transition program that has been instituted between the Armed Forces and Department of Veterans Affairs. I would be more than happy to sit down with anyone to assist them with any questions they may have, or guide them through the preliminary steps if they plan on leaving the service.
NEWS FROM T HE BAY | THE WIRE | PAGE 4 News from the Bay: Halloween edition Stories and reporting by Spc. Kelly Gary NEX and MWR sand volleyball tournament NEX celebrates 10th customer appreciation Reef Raiders host underwater carving Carving evil pumpkins at Marine Hill and TK Guantanamo Bay Liberty is hosting an evil at both Marine Hill and Tierra Kay Liberty centers. The event is open to unaccompanied active duty servicemembers only. There will be 20 serve. applause and the carvers will recieve an Ipod Exchange for second place and a Camelback for third place. For more information, contact Jill Lynch at x2010.CYP hosts Pumpkin Patch at Youth Center The Navy Youth and Child Program is hosting a Pumpkin Patch event at the Youth Center this Saturday and Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The event is open to all ages and the entire Guantanamo Bay community. Free crafts, snacks and hayrides will be provided. Kenisha Stewart, librarian from the naval station library, will conduct story time at 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Karen Simon, CYP director, said everyone can leave with a free pumpkin. For more information, contact Simon at Joint Trooper Clinic now open evenings The Navy Exchange and Morale, Welfare and Recreation are hosting the 10th Annual Customer Appreciation Weekend Oct. 28 through Oct. 30. The Customer Appreciation event start store manager. It has evolved from a shoe clinic and sale into a full-blown weekend exThere will be a stunt bike and skateboard Oct. 28. Following the skate demo, live music will be performed by John Taglieri at the Tiki Bar at 9 p.m. in front of the NEX, Oct. 29. After the race, the NEX opens at 9 a.m. for a large sale. At 10 a.m. there will be an autograph session in the NEX atrium with Vans athletes. In the afternoon at 2 p.m., an autograph session is scheduled with the chefs from Diners, Drivein and Dives, followed by a Humvee pull at The sales will continue through Oct. 30. with food provided by Diner, Drive-ins and Dives chefs. of gift cards and prizes given away over the weekend and three grand prizes valued at For more information, contact Good at Halloween costume party at OKellys pub Morale, Welfare and Recreation, in Customer Appreciation Weekend, are hosting a Halloween party at OKellys pub, Oct. 29. followed by Blessid Union of Souls at 9 p.m. At approximately 10:30 p.m., prizes will be given out to the best individual and couple costumes. For more information, contact Aimee Mac Guantanamo Bay Liberty is hosting a zomat the paintball range. The event is free but is open to unaccompanied active duty servicemembers only. Sign up in advance at Deer Point liberty center. For more information, contact Jill Lynch at x2010. As part of the Navy Exchange and Morale, Welfare and Recreation weekend, a sand volleyball tournament is scheduled Oct. 29 to Oct. 31. The tournament will be open recreation and four-on-four but the roster cannot exceed six. It will be a double elimination tournament. Patrons should come out to this tournament to play in the last sand volleyball tournament of coordinator. Lets see who has got what it takes For more information, contact Morrison at x2113. Reef Raiders Dive Club is hosting the 3rd Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Windmill Beach. All divers and snorkelers are welcome. All participants are asked to arrive between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. with his or her own equipment. Pumpkins will be available at not bring their own. Judging will be at 11 a.m., followed by a Boy Scouts of America cookout. Participants are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert or their own meat or veggies to be cooked if preferred. All donations will go to Boy Scout Troop Sign up is at Ocean Enterprises Dive Shop or through underwaterpumpkin@ p.m. For more information, contact Chris Hileman at x9831. Beginning Tuesday, the Joint Trooper Clinic will be open Tuesday and Thursday Doors will be open to accomodate servicemembers working shift hours but are for sick call issues only. Ongoing and chronic medical conditions will still need to schedule regular appointments with a provider. For more information, contact the JTC Liberty hosts zombie paintball tournament trooper Bullet Bio Time in service: 11 years Hobbies: Pet peeves: Next goal: Advice to junior Troopers: | NE W STHE WIRE | PAGE 5 Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Cesar Guzman must credit his grandfather for where he is today. At 19 years old, Guzman was working a decent week. That, however, was not good enough for his grandpa. One weekend I took off to visit grandfather my Pop asked me, Hey, what are you doing? Youre not working today? And I said, No, its Saturday. And he looked at me and said, You should get a Pop himself is retired from the Army, and his words had their desired effect. His grandson called the Navy recruiter and 11 years later, is now an essential part of J2s logistics team. without a designator for four years until he is working out of his element. acknowledged, even though I didnt know Army Master Sgt. Gregg Ramsdell, J2 charge, said Guzman took on his new role and never looked back. looking at some serious challenges in regards training, sat with me and we made a game plan. Logistics can be a challenging and sometimes overwhelming dilemma. But without a blink of an eye, he set out to right the ship, as the Navy would say, and hasnt Guzman said hes learned and seen a lot during his time in the Navy. After traveling to almost every foreign country on the other side of the pond and participating in at least three humanitarian missions, he is now grateful for his Pops prodding. Hed be proud of me if I was sweeping see FOCUS pg. 19Sgt. Meredith Vincent focus Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Cesar Guzman That strong sense of family is part of Boots on the GroundWhat is your favorite scary movie?Saw it is terrifying.Master Sgt. Angelia WeldonThe Grudge because unlike other horror movies, the monster cant be killed.Builder 2nd Class Nicholas Fox Hospital Corpsman Catherine RichardsonStrangers it freaked me out. The new Halloween movie because it is so much gorier Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Dominique Cannon
Story and photo by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin CosselJust in time for the upcoming holiday season, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers celebrated the grand opening of ribbon cutting ceremony. NEWS| THE WIRE | PAGE 6 Army Lt. Col. and J1 Director, Pamela Shields explained while the new facility does not offer increased capabilities to the customer, it does provide a morale boost for both the Troopers receiving mail and those working the facility. This new building goes a long way to Shields said. It actually looks like a post In addition to the upgraded building, the new facility features a loading dock, making it easier for postal clerks to load and unload mail. As Logistics Specialist 1st Class Jerome Breaux explained, this was building. Its really nice to be working in an air conditioned facility where the roof doesnt Orderlies picking up the mail on any other members of his staff debloused and still sweating profusely in the old wooden sea hut. the old facility, its possible to see the plastic bags and tarps covering the old building as JTF commander, Navy Rear Adm. David Woods, took to the podium during the ceremony. This new facility would not have happened had it not been for the hard work commended. Woods said in the short time hes been JTF commander, hes already seen the importance of mail and the moral booster it is for his Troopers. During her remarks, Shields noted during her tenure which began in midFollowing the ceremony, a reception was held and guests were encouraged to visit the new facility. on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. see TEN-MILER, page 7Story by Spc. Kelly GaryThe stone likeness of Abraham Lincoln sits in the shade of his memorial as thousands of Troopers and tired under the morning sun. The pack passes the second-mile marker right before the Vietnam Veterans Memorial but they still have eight more to go. Some run for time, others for the personal challenge and still some run for their team, the Army and the nation. Rewind three months and up, down and around the contours of Guantanamo Bay, a group of Soldiers invest their time and sweat into training for an event which will take them through ten miles of downtown Washington D.C., accompanied by runners from across the country. For them the race has less to do with the clock and more to do with being part of a historical event and running with their fellow Soldiers. Approximately 30 thousand Annual Army Ten-Miler Oct. 9 in Washington, D.C. Seven of those Soldiers were from Police Battalion. Produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, the Army Ten-Miler promotes the Army, builds esprit de corps, enhances community relations. All proceeds support Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Its important for Soldiers to Sgt. Tracey Jackson, retention themselves in arenas they might Made up of Jackson, 2nd Lt. Tomas Carbo, Sgt. Derek Smith, Sgt. Shawn Chapple, Spc. William Chapple, Pfc. Chad Morris and Spc. Vincent Delaney, the team trained for nearly three months competing and two alternates. Delaney, assistant training NCO Logistics Specialist 1st Class Jerome Breaux assists Joint Task Force Guantanamo Commander, Rear Adm. David Story and photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry GTMO United faced off against the Soccer Bombers for the Womens Soccer League Championship, Thursday, at Cooper Field and Sports Complex. In the end, the contest wasnt even close as GTMO United shut With only three teams in the league, the matchup brought the familiarity of previous encounters and the opportunity to make up for games lost. We have a close rivalry with Simon, a forward for GTMO United. Rhonda McGee, a forward for GTMO United, said the two season long but everyone put their game faces on for the last matchup of the season. We have been going back McGee. The last time we played them, we lost 3-2, but tonight everyone was motivated because it was the championship and we Several key ingredients made it possible for GTMO United to take the grudge match, retaining their championship title. Our forwards came through and scored for us while our up and the speed brought us the goals thats really our ace-inTeamwork played an important element in the success, said Simon. We have a core group of players who consistently come us to better anticipate how each Simon said the team played as We did a lot of passing and looked for support when we Overcoming the hot, humid climate as well as the speed and endurance needed for the game is a familiar challenge, said Simon. We were fortunate enough to have substitutes and the relief they gave us enabled us to have fresh players waiting on the The other womens team split to form two new teams this season, explained Simon. This left all three groups shorthanded from time to time, making substitutes a scarcity. When the season started, we had three teams and 11 players GTMO Uniteds coach. Id like to see more ladies come out and play because its great exercise and a good way to meet new Mclean said Guantanamo Bay is the perfect place to learn to play soccer because of all the support MWR provides. If people are shy about getting into a sport, now is the time to try it because it doesnt Simon summed up the entire experience by saying the game had heated moments, but at the end of the night everyone walks | SPOR T S THE WIRE | PAGE 7 TEN-MILER cont. Karen Simon, a forward for GTMO United, tries to slow Garona Belchs advance during the lady soccer championships, Monday at Cooper Field. for the 193rd Military Police Company, said he was surprised at how much of a difference the training made. Training on hills around base really all train together and we would Indian run for about eight miles. It takes a lot from you trying to keep an eight mile pace, then passing by D.C. landmarks including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and the Capitol Building. In addition to meeting new people and competing, Delaney time, although he was simply trying to get up when I looked at the sign and it said six Among the competitors he was surrounded by, Delaney took special note of Warrior Transition Command athletes who were competing in visually impaired, blind, amputee, push rim and hand cycle categories. we applauded them and toward the end of The wounded warriors were motivating but Delaney said it was encouraging to see all of the Soldiers taking part in the challenge. We are in a time of war and with the mission we have here, it is good to see fellow Watching your battle buddy out there competing he is competing for you, me, his team, his squad, his platoon, his company, his battalion for that matter. He is out there Out of the tens of thousands of percentile. Jackson agreed events such as the ATM are momentous for a team but also for the individual. The most rewarding part of the whole experience was realizing I had become a part of a historical event in the United States Delaney and Jackson both said even though they may be with different commands, they want to compete in next years race. Delaney encourages anyone interested in the race to start training and commit. I think with proper training its possible for
FEA T URE | a Dayat the L i braryFEA T URE | THE WIRE | PAGE 8 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 | FEA T UREsee LIBRARY, pg. 19 Shelves lined with Agatha Christie novels, Star Wars DVDS or the latest Madden for PlayStation 3 are items typically found in most state-side libraries. These, as any librarys collection. But in the case of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, a large Around JTF Guantanamo, there are a vast assortment of military, civilians and contractors who play an integral part in the success of the mission. One element sometimes overlooked JTF cultural advisor. They have to realize how much we are doing for the guard force by detainees with these selections, the JTF is presenting them with something to occupy their what came to mind when they initially deployed. Most of these Troopers have correctional and law enforcement backgrounds with three Soldiers trained as military police and two seemed a likely possibility. Hunt was unsure when he received his assignment. Story by Spc. Kelly Gary Photos by Spc. Kelly Gary, Army Sgt Mathieu Perry and Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park
NEWS | | NEWS THE WIRE | PAGE 10 PAGE 8 THE WIRE | PAGE 11Story by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel servicemembers and residents of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay celebrated the birth of the U.S. Navy, Saturday, at the Windjammer Ballroom. photo by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Mindy Ballman salutes during the presentation of the table for Sailors lost in battle. photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry Navy Cmdr. Bruce Deschere (left) and Hospitalman Whitney Smith, the oldest and youngest Sailors in the room, cut the birthday cake at the Navy s 236th Birthday celebration, Saturday. photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry Sailors with the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Hospital Color Guard present the colors. photo by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel Happy Birthday Navy!ooking immaculate in dress uniforms, gowns and tuxedos, servicemembers and residents from around Naval Station and Joint Task Force Guantanamo celebrated the The theme of this years celebrations Talking to that, guest speaker Vice Adm. Michael Vitale noted some of the many locations Sailors were currently underway around the globe. Around the globe, our Sailors are out there doing their part for the Global War Installations Command told the assembled crowd. You are the product of many brilliant and dedicated men and women whose decisions said. Our history is chock-full of amazing people whose mark is written in permanent Prior to Vitales remarks, as is tradition, a table was set in remembrance. Boatswains Mate 2nd Class and Navy Ball committee member Chris Pullon said it was an honor to be part of the POW/MIA remembrance ceremony. Its good that we know and remember never forget those who are no longer with Pullon said bringing the ball together took months of planning and the efforts of many. lots of hard work and the efforts of all the Pullon added he was very pleased the ball sold out. As the social hour wore down and dinner was served, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Command Master Chief J.D. McKinney led the room in a reciting of the Sailors Creed and gave a brief history on the tradition of raising a toast. McKinney explained in days of old, Sailors would receive their daily medications in some form of grog and raise their glasses in a toast. As you can imagine, coming up with a toast every night of the week made for some fairly interesting cheers, leading perhaps to And so, around the room the toasts went and on they continued until Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Commander, Capt. Kirk L
Story and photo by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel THE WIRE | PAGE 12 FEA T URE | see GENERAL, pg. 19 Meet the General New ust a few weeks on the ground and Joint Task Force Guantanamos incoming new deputy commander is impressed with what he sees. The professionalism of this task force, especially from the younger Army Brig. Gen. James Lettko. From the gate guards, to those in the camps, the perimeter security personnel everyone has Lettko said while hes been impressed with everyone in the JTF, he couldnt help years of age. They all volunteered after 9/11 whatever their motivation, they all A member of the New York Army National Guard, Lettko served as the Chief prior to assuming his duties with the task force. He said when he learned he was coming to Guantanamo Bay, he immediately began studying for the position. I started corresponding with General Nichols (outgoing JTF deputy commander, Army Brig. Gen. Samuel Nichols) and visited SouthCom several times to help environment intrigued the general. J THE WIRE | PAGE 13 | FEA T URE
On The Deck Inside the JarWASHINGTON The top doctor for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps announced the delivery of two mobile Magnetic Resonance Imaging systems to Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm. Adam M. Robinson Jr. said that the delivery marked the end of an unprecedented medical equipment procurement initiative capability to a combat theater. system arrived on a mega-cargo accompanying supplies were unloaded using a prime mover, Role 3 hospital at Camp Bastion. A second MRI was delivered to the Role 3 hospital in Kandahar prepping and testing. Fielding MRIs into active combat theaters is unprecedented as both logistics and clinical said Robinson. The fact that our team was able to design, acquire and deliver this new than 12 months is a testament to the commitment and creativity AT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 14 Throughout the procurement process, BUMED worked closely with Army and Air Force Medical Departments to address every included resolving engineering, logistical and technical issues while also working the challenges of transportation, personnel, training, shielding and sustainment requirements simultaneously. Headquartered at Fort Detrick, Md., NMLC is the center of logistics expertise for Navy Medicine and designs, executes and administers state-of-the-art solutions to meet customers medical material and healthcare needs. According to NMLC B., Poindexter III, the Navy worked closely with its sister services to for U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan as part of the overall comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating concussive This was a complex and extraordinary acquisition issue and our team worked hard to possible while ensuring it would said Poindexter. Taking care of our men and women in uniform 1st Lt. Mark Lowett, Marine Corps Martial Arts instructor assigned to Iraqi Marine Training Team Three, performs a preliminary visual inspection of the vehicles prior to their departure from Umm Qasr to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Oct. 14. Story and photo by Cpl. Lucas VegaUMM QSAR, Iraq The last 12 United States Marines safely departed Umm Qasr, Iraq to ending the branchs presence in Iraq which began March 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Now Operation New Dawn, the 13 members of Iraqi Marine Training Team Three, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, arrived in Iraq mid-May with the mission of training the Iraqi Marine Corps and Navy. IqMTT-03 also included a United States Navy corpsman. tour, they trained the Iraqi Marines and sailors in vehicle borne search and seizure, entry control point/ vehicle control point procedures, leadership development, Marine Corps Martial Arts, Key Leadership engagements and communications. Prior to the teams departure, the Marine Corps did not have any units left in Iraq, only this small training team. Col. Eric Thomas, the Marine Forces Central Command Marine Coordination ElementKuwait the Marines during an informal ceremony held at the forward operating base. You should all be proud to be a part of this day for the Marine Corps ended in January 2010. Monte Powell, commander, historic event to be a part ofto be the last Marine team here and Powell was in charge of the last Marine operation in Iraq. He described the footprint engraved not only on the nation of Iraq, but the skills and knowledge forever embedded in the Iraqi Marines and sailors. The Marine Corps relationship with the Iraqi Marines will be an everlasting bond, Powell shared in a media release from Third Army public affairs. The Marine Corps warrior ethos and spirit is cemented with the Iraqi Marines and they will continue to improve and defend the country of Iraq against all enemies both foreign The Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor for the Iraqi Marine and sailor training engagement was 1st Lt. Mark Lowett, an air Marine Air Support Squadron Two. Lowett explained that a large not have the opportunity to receive hands on martial arts instruction. However, Lowett and his team of training advisers were forwarded the chance to demonstrate a wide variety of martial arts techniques Its important to make a statement to the Iraqi Marines and the country that we as Marines are leaving a positive image that they The U.S. Marines trained Iraqi military and security forces, ensuring that once the U.S. military presence in Iraq ends, the nation is capable of conducting independent counterinsurgency operations, as well as being tactically, operationally, and From Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs On the WingWASHINGTON Legislation being considered by both houses of Congress could provide the Army Reserve broader authority to call up troops for homeland security and also allow the force to deploy units for operations lasting 120 days or less. Chief of the Army Reserve Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz said last week Reservists per year from all services, for unnamed contingencies, both inside and outside the country. He spoke to reporters about the proposed expansion of Title 10 authority following a seminar Oct. 11 at the Association of the 2011 U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition. For homeland use, current law says you can only use your Title 10 Stultz said, adding that the Army Reserve isnt trying to insert itself or replace the National Guard. local civil authorities respond, then the governor calls up the National Guard and in 90 percent of the cases thats all thats needed but in that other 10 percent where the state needs federal help, wed be available Stultz said the National Governors Association and the National Guard Association felt there were no issues of infringement and they support the Title 10 change as well. Additionally, the Army Reserve has sought the Title 10 change to allow it to support operations that are usually 90-to-120-day deployments and would give each Reserve force commander the authority to send one unit for the entire duration rather than have two or three units cover down in that same period of time. The general also said he was looking at creating an operational reserve ready when the country needed them. This would keep the rotational cycle ideal at one year out, four years back.Legislation could expand role in homeland securitStory by J.D. LeipoldStultz noted as budgets shrink and the force becomes smaller that Soldier standards will be more closely looked at, and he, like the chief of staff of the Army, is concerned with the possibility of automatic If sequestration kicks in, we dont want to end up doing what weve done in the past where we focus on how to get people off the rolls, not We need to upgrade the standards, and if you cant get there, you should have already eliminated, but for lack of a clerk or motor pool sergeant we kept them. Lets process these people out so we can make By Mitch Gettle In The Trenches THE WIRE | PAGE 15 | AT YOUR SERVICE Samoa-based U.S. Army Reservists of Bravo and Charlie Company, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, 9th Mission Support Command, brush establish new baselines for many functions across the Air Force. The Air Force will also focus on providing the essential services members need and taking more advantage of local communities and the valuable services they provide for Airmen and their families. For example, some services commonly available on installations, but are either not consolidated or closed in order to redirect resources to other places where Airman and family needs are greater, he said. These are challenging times, but we have a unique opportunity to shape the future of Americas Air Force, and we are committed to doing everything possible investments in our people and the nations our Airmen will rise to the challenges WASHINGTON Changes are coming to the Department of Defense to prioritize current and future resources as part of a national priority to reduce spending. In the spring of 2010 the Defense Department began a comprehensive effort costs and eliminate redundant functions in order to improve the effectiveness of the DOD enterprise. This effort focused on reprioritizing how DOD can use resources to more effectively support and sustain the total According to the Secretary of the Air Force, Michael Donley, the Air Force is following that guidance. We have been examining the full spectrum of operations from base-level initiatives that streamline and right-size the organization and redirect resources where we need them most to forge a leaner, moreSome of the consolidation and shaping includes organizational changes at the Air Force organizations and installations of the future may not operate the same of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Norton Schwartz. In fact, we are considering a restructure of AFMC our largest employer of civilians to standardize processes, streamline decision making and align missions for more effective operations. The new structure will focus on reducing overhead costs and redundant layers of management while largely protecting the According to Schwartz, the Air Force will
AT T HE MOVIES | THE WIRE | PAGE 16Movie Review 21 25 24 23 22 26 27Call MWR at ext. 2010 for more information. Movie Hotline call 4880. Footloose (PG-13) 8 p.m. Apollo 18 (PG-13) 10 p.m. 30 Minutes or Less (last showing) (R) 8 p.m. Columbiana (PG-13) 10 p.m. Final Destination 5 (last showing) (R) 8 p.m. The Debt (R) 8 p.m. The Help (PG-13) 8 p.m. Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley A Dolphin Tale (last showing) (PG) 8 p.m. Shark Night (PG-13) 10 p.m. FRI.SAT.SUN.MON.TUES.WED.THURS.Army Sgt. Meredith VincentR 90 min.Footloose (PG-13) 8 p.m. Apollo 18 (PG-13) 10 p.m. The Debt (R) 8 p.m. Shark Night (PG-13) 10 p.m. Final Destination 5 (last showing) (R) 8 p.m. Our Idiot Brother (R) 8 p.m. 30 Minutes or Less (last showing) (R) 8 p.m. The Help (PG-13) 8 p.m. Conan the Barbarian (R) 8 p.m.Im gonna go out on a limb here and say Paul Rudd is one of the most likable actors working today. I defy anyone to NOT like Paul Rudd. After proving himself with the bro crowd in comedy classics like he was soon elevated to leading man status and has since become the master of the cameo in credited and uncredited roles alike. Ladies love him, dudes love him and despite producing about two or three stink bomb movies a year, audiences continue to be charmed by the affable and relatable Rudd. So its certainly no surprise hes cast as Ned, a lovable, slightly naive organic farmer whos so trusting and kind that he sells a bad day. Oops. guy and his dog, Willie Nelson, gone. Jobless, homeless and dumped, he turns to his siblings for support. If only those siblings were the supportive type. Unfortunately, Ned is surrounded by of them given equal weight and each of them played by three fantastic actresses who dont shy away from the harsh material. Theres Emily Mortimer as Liz, a squeaky clean housewife and doting mother who refuses to acknowledge her husband (Steve Coogan) is a cheating creep. Theres Elizabeth Banks as Miranda, a cut throat who doesnt have a problem cheating her way to the top. And then theres the adorable beloved, it seems) as lesbian Natalie, whos in love with her equally adorable girlfriend (Rashida Jones) but cant shake an annoying impulse to cheat on her, nonetheless. Ned crashes at each of their homes while he attempts to put his life back together. Trouble is, Ned is so sweet-natured that he hasnt learned to lie, even the necessary ones and soon his truth nuggets start to implode on his sisters carefully crafted lives. Chaos ensues, harsh things are said and lessons on family and love are eventually and tenderly learned. change the world, by any means. However, Rudd, in all his grinning, innocent slacker glory, is a pleasure to watch. Youre bound clueless yet still wholesome and genuine. I certainly do. And the whole time while watching Ned quite accidently set his familys tidy lives ablaze, I kept shaking my As for the sisters, Im so glad I have THE WIRE | PAGE 17 | NEWS YOU CA N USE Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to discuss peace talks and the security transition in Afghanistan when she meets Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other officials on Thursday. Clinton arrived in Kabul late Wednesday on an unannounced visit. U.S. officials say that during talks Thursday, the secretary will press for a binding strategic agreement between Afghanistan and the U.S. that will govern troops are scheduled to return home. Clinton also will preview plans for upcoming conferences on the future of Afghanistan to be held in Istanbul in November and Bonn, Germany in December. She also is expected to discuss ties between Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan. Both U.S. and Afghan officials have accused Pakistan of supporting insurgent groups in Afghanistan, a charge Islamabad denies. The Afghan governments peace talks with the Taliban have stalled since last months killing of former President Burhanuddin Rabbani, who had led President Karzais outreach to the insurgents as head of the High Peace Council. Clinton in Afghanistan for talks on ending warVoice of America News ServiceOne wild animal remains unaccounted for in the central U.S. state of Ohio, after tigers, bears, wolves and other animals were set free from a privately owned exotic animal farm. Sheriff Matt Lutz told reporters animals, including 18 rare Bengal tigers. Six animals were captured and taken to monkey remains missing. The animals were set free Tuesday, when the owner of the farm opened their cages before apparently committing suicide. Deputies with high-powered track down the roaming, dangerous wild animals. The former director of the Columbus and kill the animals. Sheriff Lutz said the shoot-to-kill order was necessary for public safety.US Deputies kill 48 roaming animals in OhioVoice of America News Service government forces on his coastal hometown of Sirte. The prime minister of Libyas National Transitional Council, Mahmoud Jibril, news conference in Tripoli. He also said it is time for Libyans to build a new, united Libya, The United States says it received Footage broadcast on global television networks showed a wounded and bleeding found him hiding in a sewage pipe on the died of gunshot wounds shortly after NTC forces captured him, but it was not clear when he was shot or by whom. The capture of Sirte comes near two months after forces loyal to the NTC took control of the capital Tripoli, forcing leader Muatassim is believed to have been among Voice of America News Service conducted a house to house search of the last areas of resistance. The declaration of victory in Sirte is expected to set in motion a series of political moves leading to elections, a new government and a new constitution a massive undertaking one-man rule. Fighting still continues in southern areas of the country, the vast desert regions bordering Niger, Algeria and Chad. But control of as well as symbolic victory, uniting the main population corridor along the coast from east to west. struggle for survival. of all, they are not politically organized, they are not strategically outlined, and they are Akl. They are simply trying to defend the positions they have and stop the revolution from moving on and this is a timeconstrained photo by AP
Mind Body & SoulAre You Burning Up? GTMO Religious ServicesDaily Catholic Mass Tues. Fri. 5:30 p.m. Main Chapel Vigil Mass Saturday 5 p.m. Main Chapel Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Main Chapel Catholic Mass Saturday 5:30 p.m. Troopers ChapelMI N D, BODY & SOUL | THE WIRE | PAGE 18Protestant Worship Sunday 9 a.m. Troopers Chapel Islamic Service Friday 1:15 p.m. Room C Jewish Service Friday 7 p.m. Chapel Annex LDS Service Sunday 10 a.m. Room A Seventh Day Adventist Saturday 11 a.m. Room B Iglesia Ni Christo Sunday 5:30 a.m. Room A Pentecostal Gospel Sunday 8 a.m. & 5 p.m. Room D Liturgical Service Sunday 10 a.m. Room B Church of the Sacred Well Call x2323 for information General Protestant Sunday 11 a.m. Main Chapel United Jamaican Fellowship Sunday 11 a.m. Sanctuary B Gospel Service Sunday 1 p.m. Main Chapel GTMO Bay Christian Fellowship Sunday 6 p.m. Main ChapelEveryone at some point in their life will experience stress. This is an inevitable feature of the human condition. Moodiness, irritability, agitation, nausea, negativity and excessive worry are all the well-known and recognizable signs of being placed under stress. What many do not understand, however, is that stress isnt always negative. Oftentimes, stress can be positive by providing us the opportunity to adapt to new challenges, driving us to achieve our goals and rewarding us with a deeper sense of accomplishment. An optimal amount of stress can also provide the necessary foundations to undertake future stressors. As much as physical exercise can increase can stress be employed to harden our mental and physical capacity to carry out even the most demanding of challenges. The military affords servicemembers across the globe various unique and stressful experiences not often found in the civilian world. Whether it is a permanent change of station or a deployment, servicemembers are constantly expected to adapt and overcome whatever may be presented to them. Given the competitive environment of the military, personal ambitions to excel or a yearning to prove oneself, many servicemembers willingly place themselves in overly demanding positions and take on work that pushes the limit of their physical and mental capabilities. Although increasing our responsibilities and Hospitalcorpsman 3rd Class Dominique Cannon, Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration Teamsee MIND, pg. 19 careers, placing an extraordinary amount of labor onto ourselves puts us at risk for burnout. Burnout is a psychological phenomenon that occurs in individuals who are assigned (sometimes voluntarily) responsibilities and stressful workloads that negatively impact the individuals mental health. First is sometimes confused as being exclusive to burnout can easily occur in anyone who lacks effective skills in dealing with rigorous and challenging circumstances but continuously accepts increasingly more demanding assignments. Consistently scrambling to at once and working long hours to meet organizational needs can take a serious toll on a person and lead to chronic health problems, both physically and mentally. The symptoms of burnout are identical to that of chronic exposure to stress: anxiety, excessive concern, insomnia, aggressiveness, loss of THE WIRE | PAGE 19 | THE LAS T WORD LIBRARY cont. GENERAL cont. MIND cont. what makes Guzman, also the father of twin boys and a baby girl, an exceptional Sailor, said Ramsdell. Ramsdell said. (Hes) a true family man with great values and his ability to think on his feet, change direction in a moments notice and willingness to actually learn and take what he With less than a year left, Guzman does not background and see where it takes him. As concentration, isolation, etc. In its extreme form, burnout can even impact physical health as well, to include high blood pressure, acne, body aches and pains, rapid heart beat, headaches and constipation. Deployed servicemembers can easily succumb to the effects of a burnout. Long hours, separation from family and friends, lack of peer support, living standards contribute to becoming overwhelmed on a deployment. However, burnout can be managed, if not outright avoided, by recognizing the signs of chronic stress and properly controlling reactions to it. By effectively managing our resources, identifying our capabilities and limitations, building a strong support system, and delegating when possible, we can avoid a burnout while deployed. Easier said than done? The daunting task of controlling stress may seem impossible while deployed, but resources are available to assist anyone who may need it. We here at the Joint Stress Mitigation and resources to assist any servicemember with adapting to the deployed environment. Focusing on prevention through outreach and education, we seek to reduce the pressure of deployment in GTMO. We can come to you during our daily rounds in most cases, our clinic is open Monday no appointment necessary. Whether you need information on managing your stress massage chairs, we are here for you. For more information, call the JSMART Clinic at x2321. For immediate needs, call the JSMART FOCUS cont. will be remembered fondly, he said. Hes made many new friends here, but admits he will remember the experience probably more than the people. Ill miss the times, more than the youve hung out with, sometimes those are Ramsdell knows it will be hard to say goodbye. he said. It will be a sad day in my operation me I was going to be running the library and I asked, Are you sure you got the right Even though it was a surprise, Hunt said he treats the mission with the same ardor as he would any other. I have the same motivation and the said. Army Staff Sgt. William Peace, a detainee programs librarian, said after four deployments he came to the island without expectations. I try to approach a deployment with an what you are going to do until you get there The librarians day entails preparing, delivering, returning and once again preparing items for the camps. In addition, the team does all the paperwork surrounding the items and classes as well as all the various processes that go along with detainee requests. The important role the detainee library and its staff play improves the quality of life for the detainees and the guard force. In addition to the items, classes such as English, computer and art are provided incidents involving assaults upon the guard force has steadily decreased as the library, and then the classes, were implemented. Fireman Technician 2nd Class Jorge Carpio was a camp guard himself for two months before he began working in the library. He said he saw the impact the librarians had from the other side of fence. When the librarians show up, it makes then have less time to focus on the guard All three men agree they want to see the library continue to grow in terms of materials and classes. Despite the different civilians and contractors of the library, they all work together to support the mission. assess, adapt and overcome has helped us I spent ten months in Iraq and two months in Kuwait operating in something Lettko said it was important for Troopers to know one of his key focuses during his tenure will be getting the proper If theyre not successful, were not focused on getting the right tools to my One caveat, the general explained, if he doesnt know about the problems, he cant Many times, even the chain of command doesnt utilize all the tools like quality of life, housing, morale issues should all go through the chain of command who should use all the tools For the last several years, the general has called Albany site of the New York Army National Guards headquarters home but Buffalo and admits to being a Bills fan. Looking into his crystal ball, Lettko said, in his view, the biggest challenge before the task force is equalizing the proper work vs. play balance. This is a no-fail mission and if Troopers take their liberties to excess, they Were only as good as the weakest link, so we have to make sure there is that proper Lettko knows one of his own recreational activities will be taking to the waters of Lettko said he is looking forward to getting in the water and sampling some of what the Caribbean has to offer. Ive got about 30 or so dives in and But, at the end of the day, Lettko said above all else, his focus is the mission.
PAINTING THE TOWN Association combined forces as part of CPO 365 to help prepare the Tierra Kay basketball court, Oct. 14. photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry SNAKE EYES Army Sgt. Ardicio Galvao (left) monitors Pfc. Kerstin Mundy (middle) and Toledo Zoo herpetologist Peter Tolson, Ph.D., inserting a radio transmitter into a male Cuban boa, at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay veterinary treatment facility, October 13. photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry TUNING IN Navy Lt. Danyell Brenner (left) and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jesse Yeager bring awareness about domestic violence to the air waves at Radio GTMO on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, October 14. photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry GETTING SOME AIR Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Dan Collumb, a medic attached to the Naval Hospital at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, catches some air while performing a trick at the Liberty Morale, Welfare and Recreation skate park skills competition, October 14. photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry