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Friday, December 9, 2011 JTF Guantanamo marks 70th anniversary Remembering Pearl Harbor Volume 13, Issue 5 Moving up in the world: NEGB frocks Sailors 107th Blazes a Trail
COMMAND CORNER | THE WIRE | PAGE 2 JTF GuantanamoCommander Rear Adm. David Woods Command Master Chief Cmd. Master Chief Reynaldo Tiong Office of Public Affairs Director Cmdr. Tamsen Reese: 9928 Deputy Director Air Force Maj. Michelle Coghill: 9927 Operations Officer Army Maj. Jon Powers: 3649 Senior Enlisted Leader Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant: 3649The WireEditor: Army 1st. Lt. Amelia Thatcher: 3651 Layout Assistant: Army Sgt. Saul Rosa Photojournalists Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park Army Sgt. Landis AndrewsContact usEditors Desk: 3651 Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.milThe 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 Defense Logistics Agency Document Services with a circulation of 1,200.There is a unique dynamic that exists amongst our uniformed service. This dynamic is comprised of elements of intense competition which is contrasted with undeniable camaraderie especially when challenged. This week we observe two events which serve to highlight this dynamic and its elements. On Saturday at FEDEX Field just outside of our nations capital arguably the most pure rivalry in college football will be played for the 112th time. The ArmyNavy Game is played between the Cadets of the US Military Academy at West Point, NY and the Midshipmen of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. The rivalry which started between the two academies in 1890 is steeped in many traditions. Even the mascots can be traced back to The Game. Just before the fourth game in 1893 the crew of the USS New York gave a goat to the Midshipmen who had him on the sidelines presiding over Navys 6-3 victory. Army answered a few years later at the next game in 1899 when an Army Quartermaster in Philadelphia thought four games, needed their own lucky charm in the form of a mule which had long been a logistics mainstay for the Army. The new lucky charm seemed to work as the Cadets were victorious 17-5. Despite this long standing rivalry there is still a large part of our population that think the Army-Navy Game is played between Soldiers from the ranks of the U.S. Army and Sailors from the Fleet in the U.S. Navy. Sad to admit but as a youngster in Utah I was one of the misinformed. So I encourage you to watch The Game on Saturday. Regardless of their records, teams seem to punch above their weight in this game. You will also usually see the least penalties of any game all year. I also recommend you stay tuned at the end of the game to watch as the cadets, midshipmen and their fans come to attention as each academys school hymn is played. Regardless of the excitement, jubilation and celebration when the hymns start to play all of this is abruptly stopped out of honor and respect. It is unlike any other action in college sports. The realization is that although foe on the gridiron it is still just a game and they are truly brothers-in-arms where it counts in defense of our nation. The other event we observed this week was the 70th commemoration of the December 7th attacks on Pearl Harbor where the vast majority of the 2,409 killed were Sailors, Marines and Soldiers. Surely some present when the vicious attacks took place that Sunday morning had listened to the Army-Navy Game the week prior when Navy won 14-6. Some may have even played in The Game a year earlier. The fact is that although they may have cheered for their teams in the inter-service rivalry a week before, that morning these brothers in arms faced an enemy that cemented their camaraderie and showcased truly countless heroic nation which rallied behind the battle cry REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR. This camaraderie led to our nations Here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo we are routinely competitive in sporting events but we are truly Honor Bound by camaraderie in our profession of arms in the defense of our great nation. The As you serve and perform in your part of our mission, embrace our inter-service competition; but more importantly, cherish our inter-service camaraderie. R A D WC, J T F G Cover: A traditional wreath tossed into the Caribbean Sea in remembrance of those lost 70 years agoin the attacks on Pearl Harbor. The ceremony, held Wednesday shortly after an annual prayer breakfast at Seaside Galley, had more than 80 members of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo community in attendance. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho ParkC see COMMAND next page | NE W S FROM T HE BAY THE WIRE | PAGE 3 The Naval Station Intelligence Depart ment will host a 2K-5K walk/run today at 4 p.m. starting at Ridgeline parking lot next to the large Christmas tree on Sher man Ave. Admission for the walk/run is free and participants may donate toys and other small items to the Operation Christ mas Stockings charity drive. For more information, call Staff Sgt. Edwin Latrell at 5111. will operate on an adjusted schedule for the month of December. The Red Cross 23 and Dec. 30. If there is a need related to an emer gency message during the off hours, call 84150 or 1-877-272-7337. Come out for the largest sporting event on Guantanamo Bay when men and women showdown at Cooper Field. The preceremony events begin at 9:30 a.m. Kickoff for the womens game is at 10 a.m. and the mens game starts at 11:20 a.m. Please do not bring beverages in glass bottles. There will be drawings for VIP seating (recliners on the 50 yard line) and MWR goodies; and free Army vs. Navy T-shirts sling-shot into the crowd. For more information call 2113. The MWR is holding a reading bingo game at the library. Pick up your bingo card on the card. Once youve read a book, put the title on the card in the corresponding genre, along with a major event in the book. We have a bingo card you can pick up, said MWR librarian Amy Webster. Each square on the card has a different category and you read a book from that category. When you get bingo, then you come in and ing. Reading bingo will run from now until March 31. Until then there will be drawings held at the end of every month for anyone who has earned bingo. The last drawing will be for a $100 NEX gift card and limited to only those who completed the entire board. For more information, call 4700. NASCAR drivers Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski will visit Guantanamo Bay Dec. 13 on a USO entertainment tour. They will be at the Gold Hill Galley from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and at OKellys Irish Pub from 7-9 p.m. Keselowski (below left) drives the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger in the Sprint Cup Series and the #22 in the Discount Tire Company/Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger in the Nationwide Series for Penske Racing. Logano (below right) drives the #20 Home Depot Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup Series and the #20 GameStop/Sports Clips Toyota Camry in the Nationwide Se ries for Joe Gibbs Racing. For more information, call 4882. Reading bingo in progressThere will be a 3.7 mile run on Dec. 10 from Phillips Dive Park to McCalla Field and back. Register at the NEX Atrium from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 34 or on the day of the run at 6:30 a.m. The top 10 run50 participants get a T-shirt. Registration is $15. For more information, call 84984. Santa is making a stop at the NEX Atrium Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your holiday wishes and a camera. The NEX will open early on Dec. 17, from 8-9 a.m., for kids-only (and parents!) shopping. Pick out your presents before regular NEX hours, and then head over to McDonalds for breakfast with Santa from 9-10 a.m. Get your team together and register by today for dodgeball at Denich Gym. A coaches meeting will be held Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. A prize will be given to the best holiday will receive T-shirts and the winning team will get a trophy. For more information call 2113. Join MWR on a free guided kayak trip Dec. 11 launching from the Marina. Sign up by 3 p.m. today at the Marina or by phone at 2345. Free kayaking trip Red Cross adjusted hours Santa Claus is coming to town Seabee Fun Run INDEXThe Wire December 9, 2011 NEGB frocking ceremony 5 Blazing a Trail 8 Third annual holiday cantata 9 Holiday parade 10 Emerson Drive performs 11 Seaside prayer breakfast 12 Pearl Harbor remembrance 13 Movie review: Real Steel 18 NASCAR drivers visit Guantanamo Bay football Dodgeball tournament attacks of September 11 almost 60 years after Pearl Harbor have had the same galvanizing effects on our nation and its military members. So as you serve and perform your part of our mission, embrace our interservice competition; but more importantly, cherish our inter-service camaraderie which nation on earth. REMEMBER PEARL HARBORNEVER FORGET 9/11. We are Honor Bound to do so! COMMAND cont.
| NE W S THE WIRE | PAGE 5 A Navy Preventive Medicine Technician (PMT) will now be available on a daily basis from 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. at the Joint Troop Clinic to provide clinical preventive medicine to members of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. All visits are on a walk-in basis; no appointment necessary. This includes immunizations, wart removal, sexually transmitted infection (STI) treatment and travel medicine along with any other preventive medicine issues. The PMT is available for treating existing conditions as well as to provide information. You can reach the JTC at extension 3310.Preventive medicine available at the Joint Troop Clinic Special to The Wire Rear Adm. David Woods, commanding frocked a total of 45 JTF Sailors to their next paygrade. The Dec. 2 frocking ceremony held at the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion and their congratulating departments. One of the best things I get to do in the Navy is promote the future of the Navy, said Woods. Theyve been doing great things here (at JTF Guantanamo Bay) and their performance, expertise and knowledge is rewarded by being recognized. I feel proud, said newly frocked Petty all of us worked really hard. The frocking of enlisted Sailors selected for advancement allows these members to wear the insignia of the higher promotion. Though a frocked individual has been selected to advance, they usually wait for their vacancy to become available in their Now I know what it feels like, said newly Its given me what I needed to continue on. Though these newly frocked Sailors will not yet receive the monetary raise for their advanced paygrades, they have assumed the title and increased responsibility in their selected advancement and continue to serve Going above and beyond: Joint Task Force frocks Patrick Vickers (right), were recognized for their nearfuture promotions and outstanding leadership potential during Dec. 2s frocking ceremony at the Navy (below) are now authorized to wear the rank above their paygrade, as they now bear the responsibilities. photos by Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson By Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson TROOPER T O TROOPER | THE WIRE | PAGE 4 Wheres the BEEF? Whats the BEEF? You see us around, you have heard of us, but you might not know what the BEEF is. It is important for those who are new to Joint Task Force Guantanamo, or even those who have been here for awhile, to familiarize themselves with the other units located here and get an idea of what they do. BEEF is an acronym for Base Emergency Engineering Force. The Air Force established the Prime BEEF program in 1964, building teams of engineers to better respond to worldwide contingencies. This was due to aircraft and support personnel being deployed without providing runways, water supply, electricity, housing, and other facilities necessary to support them. The 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron of the California Air National Guard comprises JTF Guantanamos current BEEF. All Air Force civil engineers in a Prime BEEF are rapidly deployable teams of specialized civil engineer units which provide a full range of engineering support required to establish, operate, and maintain garrison and contingency airbases. Our primary mission is to provide civil engineer support for the beddown of personnel and aircraft. mission here at JTF Guantanamo? We are tasked with supporting the Commissions team to maintain facilities at Camp Justice and the facilities in the Expeditionary Legal Complex. Camp Justice provides the basic beddown of Military Commissions, media and other personnel who are traveling to Guantanamo Bay. The camp provides air-conditioned buildings with beds, showers, latrines and Morale Welfare and Recreation facilities. We are on call 24 hours a day to respond to any situation concerning the power, water or air conditioning for the camp area. All units, regardless of primary military occupational specialty or typical mission, must be ready to respond to any task assigned to them. This is particularly important at JTF Guantanamo because of the high-visibility mission, unique location, tropical weather, and all the other qualities which make the units time here critical. The Prime BEEF program ensures the 474th ECES is organized, equipped, and trained to perform any of those roles. Our teams must be able to deploy with little advance warning and perform civil engineering contingency and wartime tasks at any type of base and in all weather conditions. Now that you know what the BEEF is, take some time to learn who else your unit works with or who else might have an impact on your mission. Always consider how your unit interacts with all other pieces of the JTF puzzle and remember that everyone has an important role to play.Trooper to Trooper S M S. S WB E E F Dont send work related material to personal email accounts!Free email accounts are a great thing to have when used properly. Have you ever wondered why they are free? Companies which provide free email accounts make money by signing up as many people as possible, not by providing secure email. The U.S. government employs many people, systems and resources to thwart hackers and ensure the security of email. Free email accounts dont do this, and are not secure. USE OPSEC!PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO!
| MONEY MA TT ERS THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Theres a simple way to accumulate savings without even realizing it. Imagine one day idling about on the Internet, checking all the email, funny sites, news sites, and why not? your USAA account, and bam! Out of nowhere, you have a few grand in the bank. It is possible, it is easy, and all it takes is a little process called automatic transfer. age where it is common and outright blatant practice for large banks to chisel their customers, service members luckily have the option to use military-oriented businesses such as USAA, Navy Federal Credit Union, and the Army and Air Force Exchange Services Military Star Card. These services even make it relatively easy for young people with no credit history to get a credit card without having to piggyback off Mom and Dad. Once your online bank accounts are set up and you become familiarized with the features and settings, look for the function which links your accounts together. This may be found under the same tab or option to set up transfers. Link the account where your direct deposit military pay goes with a separate savings account. USAA Performance First Savings accounts accrue up to .45 percent interest, which according to their site, is double the national average. Alternatively, NFCU offers Share Savings accounts with up to .30 percent interest. NFCU is also now available to members of all branches of the are located in more than two dozen states. Once your accounts are linked, you can set up a transfer. There are two types: single and recurring. You can schedule a sum of money to go from one account to another just one time, or you can move, say, $200 every payday for a whole year into your linked account. Automatic transfers can be canceled or changed at any time, should you need that $200 to be available in your regular direct deposit account. You can also set up multiple transfers to other bank accounts, or even to a PayPal balance. Automatic transfers have some functions in common with the Thrift Savings Plan, a retirement savings program available to service members and federal employees. Like TSP, when you set the payday contribution percentage, you dont have to keep going back every two weeks to add money to the account. But unlike TSP, which locks the savings away until retirement, you can get your money out of a regular savings account in case of an emergency. Set it and forget it and if you budget accordingly, you wont even miss it. Be a real savings champ and check your balances regularly, even if you decide against setting up an automatic transfer. It is perfectly reasonable to want as much of your money as possible available in an easily accessible checking account. However, consider putting some of that money into savings whenever the checking account balance exceeds an amount necessary to cover expenses, bills, and foreseeable emergencies. Have a car? Keep an extra $500 available for tickets and repairs. Have a pet? Keep $1,000 for the veterinarian. For young service members without a mortgage or dependents, this is the time to save those bucks and establish a painless habit of sending money straight into a savings account. Deposit money automatically at every payday, before getting used to having a big cushy balance burning a hole in your pocket. Then one day, when you need a down payment for a house or a car, your stealthy savings will make it possible. For more information, visit: www.tsp.gov www.usaa.com www.navyfederal.org www.shopmyexchange.com/ExchangeCreditNinja bucks: turn your pay into savings so fast, you cant even see it!By Army 1st Lt. Amelia Thatcher MONEY MATTERS TROOPER FO C US | THE WIRE | PAGE 6 With 12 years in the Air Force, Senior Airman Chris Cardoza has both a decades worth of experience and few tons of heavy heavy equipment operator for the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Base Expeditionary Engineering Force (BEEF). Cardoza has been with this and other BEEFs for the past 10 years. Originally a munitions and weapons specialist, Cardoza started working with the BEEF in heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and equipment and has enjoyed his decision ever since. I enjoy just being out in the open, said Cardoza. Its fun working on the equipment as opposed to working behind a desk, stuck inside all day. Cardoza brings a lot of experience to the table, and also a positive attitude and good work ethic. Hes a great asset and he brings a lot to the table, said Air Force Master Sgt. Darren Milner, Cardozas noncommissioned motivated and dedicated. While work takes up much of his time, Cardoza still tries to accomplish some of his own personal goals and enjoy the opportunities available down here. We had a soccer team here at the BEEF, said Cardoza. My goal is to get into better shape, so I try to work out 2-4 times a week. The time Cardoza has spent on the island has been relatively smooth, however a few assignments were exceptionally challenging to his team. here, we had to build two structures and we had a deadline, said Cardoza. It was stressful trying to get it done before that deadline. But we got a sense of accomplishment, because we actually got it done in time and our superiors were happy with our work. With his time in service and go-getter attitude, Cardoza offers this advice to Troopers. When you deploy, you get out of it what you put into it, said Cardoza. It all depends on how hard you work and how focused you are on the missions. Whats your favorite meal at the galley?I like fried chicken because it tastes really good. Army Pfc. Wil Roman I look forward to taco night, because tacos rule! Master-at-Arms 1st Class Michael Moseley I like chicken, because I get it chopped up and I make a salad with it. Staff Sgt. Jamie Espinoza I like spaghetti. I dont know why, I just enjoy it. Culinary Spc. 3rd Class Gregory Burke Time in service: 12 years Hobbies: Working out, snorkling, and going to the beach T he boss says: Hes a team player and Id like to see him move up in the ranks. Advice to junior T roopers: Stay positive and look at each deployment as an opportunity to grow and further your career.By Army Sgt. Saul Rosa BOOTS ON THE GROUND
THE WIRE | PAGE 8By Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant Left: Sgt. 1st Class Martin Sullivan and Sgt. 1st Class James Scott, both of Joint Detention Group Headquarters, 170th Military Police Battalion operate lawn mowers as part of the tasks that were carried out during the improvement of a stretch of Boa Breeze Way between Tarantula Trail and the Boa Bend intersection. photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant unimproved trails, early on Sunday mornings, moving as a loosely formed pack through the thick brush. Nope, Im not talking about Marines or hutias (banana rats!); Im talking about the Trail Blazers. Prior to the Trail Blazers, a group called the Breakfast Club took care of the trails by removing trash. But the Trail Blazers have not only picked up where the Breakfast Club left off: they have gone a big step have become overgrown and making them passable again. a group of us started riding mountain bikes on Ridgeline on Sundays, but it got boring after a while, said Trail Blazers leader Army Sgt. 1st Class Martin Sullivan, of the 170th Military Police Battalion. We tried to ride some of the side trails, but most were overgrown, Sullivan said. And I thought itd be a lot more enjoyable if they were passable. The challenge originally came from Joint Task Force Guantanamo commander, Rear Adm. David Woods. At an AllHands meeting in September the question of who took care of the trails came up. As it happened, the question went unanswered and in October, Woods challenged Troopers to take on this responsibility. With the assessment that care of the trails doesnt belong to any one group, Trail Blazers formed and the core membership is currently comprised of members of the 170th Military Police Battalion and a civilian contractor. We have taken that to heart and are answering the challenge of cleaning up the trails, said Sullivan. We started doing this about mid-October. So far, the Trail Blazers have improved Ridgeline Trail from Racer Run, and all of Racer Run itself. They also cleared Tarantula Trail from the Sherman Avenue and the Sixth Street entrance up to Ridgeline. On Dec. 4, the Trail Blazers from Tarantula Trail to Boa Bend. All the equipment and tools used to reveal the hidden trails Getting in the weeds with the Trail Blazers FEA T URE | Right: Staff Sgt. William Peace of Joint Detention Group Headquarters, 170th Military Police Battalion operates a weed whacker during trail improvements of Boa Breeze Way between Tarantula Trail and the Boa Bend intersection. photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant see TRAIL BLAZERS next page | FEA T URE THE WIRE | PAGE 9 Hark, the Joint Task Force angels singOn Dec. 2, the Naval Station Command Religious Program presented its third Holiday Cantata. A cantata is a composition of various solo, chorus, and choir pieces accompanied by instruments, to all who could hear it: the holiday season is here. This is the third year weve done this and my last, said Navy Chaplain Lt. Douglas Holmes. I wanted to do something for all the Among the 16 performances, Joint Task Force Guantanamo was The Gospel Choir, which sang Joy to the World, was comprised entirely of members of the JTF Guantanamo community. The group Men of Faith, who sang an a cappella version of O Holy Night was also made up of all JTF Troopers. Both singing groups were and sings a lot, so I started too. The performances from the various religious programs on the island, while mostly made of choirs, also included interpretive dance, musical pieces, and solos. The evening was topped off with all participants forming a mixed choir which sang Silent Night. All those different choirs together, smiled Col. Donnie Thomas, JTF Detention Group commander. It all touched my heart. Everyone did a great job. come from a variety of organizations. Detention Group engineers involved when equipment loans now also include tools from Public Works and the Seabees, who have provided more and more equipment as the work has progressed. We started with weed eaters and a bush hog attachment but now they are providing mowers, rakes, shears, and all the personal protective equipment we need, explained Sullivan. Theyve all been great! The Trail Blazers are also very grateful for the support of Jill Lynch, from Morale Welfare and Recreation, and Capt. Ana Schaus, from the Joint Detention Group for providing water, Gatorade, and snacks to them while they are working. And there is still more work to be done. Were hoping to get more people involved, Sutton said. Maybe another unit or group to switch out the work with every other weekend. The Trail Blazers meet every Sunday at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Sullivan at email@example.com or extension 8243.By Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant TRAIL BLAZERS cont. Members of Joint Task Force and Naval Station Guantanamo choirs sing Silent Night to conclude Dec. 2s Holiday Cantata. Of the 16 performances that night, JTF
Lights illuminated the base as a festive parade made its way down Sherman Ave. Dec. 3 at Guantanamo Bay. The Holiday Parade is an annual event to kick off the holiday season. This year some changes were made to festivities. When I came on board it was an annual event, said Amiee Mac Donnell, the Morale Welfare and Recreation community activities director. The one thing we did differently was incorporate the tree lighting on Christmas Tree Hill into the parade rather then hosting a separate event. down the avenue with Santa and Mrs. Claus leading the way in a white wagon pulled by a truck rather then Rudolf. In marchers joined the parade. The parade began at 6 p.m. at the SCSI parking lot, and ended at the Downtown Lyceum where country band Emerson Drive performed at 9 p.m. The 107th (Military Police Battalion) did a said Mac Donnell. They had characters from different Christmas movies. They were The planning process took more than 10 weeks for the evenings events. MWR had to coordinate with security, various commands, and community organizations to ensure safety and to plan out the shows for the holiday parade and concert. It was a good turnout, said Mac Donnell. There were nearly 30 entries. Next year, we may have an award for the most original or creative entry to draw in more participants. Although MWR hosted the event many Troopers volunteered to support the parade and the activities afterwards. We like to keep active in the community, help out and give support, said Petty Welsh, the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion volunteer coordinator. Many Troopers feel that volunteering brings a feeling of being at home. Its just like home, Christian Yambao. It gets our minds off of work and brings a sense of community. For the sense of community or the desire to be helpful, volunteers played an impressive role in the evenings events. Its amazing to see all the servicemembers who want to be involved in the community, said Mac Donnell. After the holiday parade, MWR held a pre-concert show featuring various community groups. There were also free cookies, hot cocoa, and eggnog as well as arts and crafts for children. Santa and Mrs. Claus took time from the busy season to greet the community and listen to all the holiday wishes. Once the community activities ended, the crowd was ready for the holiday concert featuring Emerson Drive, a country music band from Canada. In 2000, Emerson Drive single I Should be Sleeping. The group produced singles such as When I See You Again and Let Your Love Speak. The members include Brad Mates with lead vocals, Dale Wallace on keyboard and background vocals, Danick Dupelle on guitar and background vocals, David Melancon on drums. We did a survey in the summer to see what the community wanted, said Mac Donnell. Country music was in the top three and we havent had a country band in a while. The band played for well over an hour and even threw in something special for the kids. We asked them to do something for the holidays, said Mac Donnell. We had no idea that they were going to ask the children up to the stage to sing Christmas carols with them. We feel great about being here and wish we could stay longer, said Mates. I think the whole idea of being able go to the different bases around the world and put an hour and half show on for people who wouldnt get a chance to see it back home is great. Guantanamo, thanks for having us. Its been a blast and I look forward to seeing everyone again. I think it was great night, we had a blast; its pretty unique to play a venue like this, said Wallace. We played Christmas carols for the kids, had gift openings and I have a hat on that has Christmas all over it. As the lights dimmed down on Sherman Ave. and the crowds dispersed from the Downtown Lyceum, the holiday parade and concert were over and success could be measured by the crowds of people which showed up. successful event for us, said Mac Donnell. We had a great turnout from the community for both watching the parade and viewing the activities and participating in the arts and crafts. G uantanamo B ays H oliday P arade and C oncert: a festive way to kick off the season By Army Sgt. Saul Rosa FEA T URE | | FEA T URE THE WIRE | PAGE 10 THE WIRE | PAGE 11 Members of the 107th Military Police Battalion dress as holiday characters to add a The holiday parade heading down Sherman Ave. as the Guantanamo Bay community kicks off the season photo by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa The Morale Welfare and Recreation golf carts line up in the SCSI parking lot before the holiday parade. photo by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa Santa and Mrs. Claus make an appearance after the parade to listen to holiday wishes from the Guantanamo Bay community. photo by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa
FEA T URE | THE WIRE | PAGE 12 A story of Pearl HarborApproximately 80 people attended a prayer breakfast at the Seaside Galley Dec. 7, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After a unique a cappella rendition of the national anthem sung by the Joint Task Force Guantanamo choral group Men of Faith, and opening remarks by Navy Chaplain Capt. Thom, means for todays Troopers. Honor, Woods said. When you see the value sign at the gate as you drive through, it triggers a thought about what that means. In his remarks regarding honor, Woods made mention of by the 1,117 service members who perished on that ship that day. Being a native of Utah, he shared two little-known stories surrounding the Florida-class battleship bearing the name of his home state. The most poignant of those accounts was of Croatian-born Tomichs job as a watertender was to keep the boilers running and thus keep the ship powered. By Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant PEARL HARBOR continued next page the boiler rooms, but realized if boilers remained running they could explode. So as the ship continued to list, Tomich went back. Tomich was able to shut the boilers down, and his rapid actions are credited with preventing the explosion of the machinery, thus saving many sailors lives. Though Tomichs own life ended that day, his story continued. President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the Medal of Honor to be awarded posthumously and presented to Tomichs family. However, since Tomich was an orphan and his other relatives had left the U.S. almost 20 years earlier, all attempts made to notify family members of the award were unsuccessful. Eventually a destroyer, which was named for Tomich, was awarded the Medal of Honor on his behalf. After the USS Tomich was retired, thenGovernor of Utah Herbert B. Maw adopted Tomich and made him an honorary son of Utah. The award then came under the guardianship of the state of Utah, and was put on display in the state capital. Through the diligence of many in the service of the Navy and Army, more than 64 years after Roosevelt authorized the awarding the Medal of Honor to Tomich, U.S. Naval Forces Europe Adm. Harry Ulrich presented the well-traveled Medal to a relative. Retired Croatian Army Lt. Col Srecko Herceg Tonic, grandson of Tomichs cousin John Tonic, was presented the award in a ceremony held on the USS Enterprise on May 18, 2006. Tomichs actions were honorable, as were the actions of the service Medal of Honor a home. We stand on the shoulders of men like this to continue to carry the stars and stripes, Woods said at the close of his remarks. For at least one person in the audience, Pearl Harbor offered a personal connection. For me this is a very special day, explained Air Force Chaplain Lt. Col. Gary Bertsch, Joint Task Force deputy chaplain. My wifes uncle, Seaman 1st Class Walter E. Koch, was one of the sailors killed on the Arizona that day. Twenty years ago, on the 50th anniversary, a coin was struck to commemorate this day and we were able to get one for my wifes mother to remember her brother, said Bertsch. PEARL HARBOR cont. Above: The USS Utah, sunk in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, nevertheless and in doing so, lost his life to save others. photo courtesy Naval History & Heritage Command Clockwise from bottom left: attendees at Wednesdays prayer breakfast for the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. Joint Task Force Guantanamo Chaplain Capt. Bradley Thom notes not only is 2011 a landmark year for WWII remembrance, but the 10th anniversary of September 11. A traditional wreath is tossed into the Caribbean Sea. While far away from the touched personally by the attacks. A common practice in many parts of the world, particularly during major holidays or military events, naval ceremonies often include a wreath to symbolize a life preserver and commemorate those who have died in service to their country. photos by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park | FEA T URE THE WIRE | PAGE 13
AT YOUR SERVI C E | THE WIRE | PAGE 14By Naval Medical Research Center Public Affairs O N THE WINGRANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas Americas premier air demonstration team, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, is accepting applications for several positions, Air Force PersonThe 138-member unit exhibits Air Force professionalism and skill in support of recruit ing and retention programs to reinforce pubmorale, and support community relations and public image programs, said Bob Cronin, of the AFPC academic and special utilization branch. Serving with the Thunderbirds is a great opportunity to help foster strong relationships with other countries, strengthen pride in our country and service, and see a piece of the Air Force that most Airmen never see, Cronin said. team, while enlisted members serve three or four, Cronin said. The squadron performs up to 75 demonstrations per year in the U.S. and overseas. Activated in 1953, the Thunderbirds are an Air Combat Command unit and, if necessary, all members and equipment can be rapidly integrated into a Available positions include demonstration For full application preparation and submission instructions, or for information about other personnel opportunities and issues, go to the secure Air Force Personnel Services website at https://gum-crm.csd.disa.mil. Air demo team accepting applications IN T HE FIGHTDominican Rep. charity shares holiday joyMARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. Thoughts of a United States Marine in support of a mission are typically associated with hardened individuals that will take naval ships and aircraft platforms in support of humanitarian efforts. However, Marines worldwide are making a difference in other aspects that do not require a weapon. Every year, Quezada Family Charities, a charity run by 1st Lt. Jose Quezada, an air supSquadron 3 and a Santiago, Dominican Re public native, hosts a toy giveaway during the Christmas season for elementary schools in the Dominican Republic. QFC provides hundreds of children with gifts their parents would other wise not be able to afford. You never really know how good your life is until you have seen these places, said Quezada. These families have almost nothing. I will give a little girl a doll, and I can tell by the way that she smiles and squeezes it that she appreciates it a lot. This year, QFC will add San Jose Adentro and Los Cocos, both Dominican Republic schools, to the sponsorship list. As a result, those schools students will receive hundreds of toys, school supplies and uniforms for students, according to QFCs website. I have seen 16-year-olds in third grade, said Quezada. I want to do everything I can to make sure these kids have a better education. QFC established the Quezada Family Scholarship Program as a method of motivating and supporting students and their families. At the end of each school year, three schools participate in the scholarship program for grades four through 11. One boy and girl from each grade receive a plaque and funding based on the highest overall grade point average. We just gave someone a QFC full-ride academic scholarship to medical school, said Quezada. We saw that he was the best in his class and that he deserved it. He will have to school, but as for the schooling itself, he doesnt have to worry about it. The Quezada family collects donations, such as gently used clothing to support the program, but most of the monetary funding comes from the Quezada family, he explained. QFC distributes dozens of uniform items to impoverished students who do not have the funds to purchase them each year. In addition to clothing, toys and school supplies, the Quezada family arranges an annual Christmas food giveaway, providing families with rice, beans, oil, sauces and many more cooking supplies so they can enjoy a great meal with their families. Fresh meat accompanies the cooking supplies. [Marines] are continuing to win hearts and minds around the globe, Quezada said. At the moment, this charity only impacts several hundred, but I hope to continue its growth and eventually have it listed in the Combined Federal Campaign where it can reach tens of thousands. SILVER SPRING, Md. Researchers from the Naval Medical Research Centers (NMRC) Infectious Diseases Directorate announced they are ready to begin a Phase-1 dengue vac cine clinical trial this month. The announcement comes at a critical time with recent outbreaks around the world, including in the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands, where Navy Medicine personnel are currently on the ground assisting the CDC and the World Health Organization. The increase in dengue endemicity worldwide raises the likelihood of multiple exposures for deployed U.S. military personnel, potentially increasing their risk for developing the more severe forms of the disease dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome, said Lt. Cmdr. Janine R. Danko, principle investigator on the study and an Internist and Infectious Diseases Subspecialist. The goal of our dengue vaccine program is to de velop a safe and effective vaccine that protects against dengue. Transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, dengue is one of the most common viral infections deployed personnel can acquire when stationed in tropical areas of the world. Dengue infection can be incapacitating and harmful to DoD missions and no treatment is available to prevent infection; a vaccine is critically needed. An FDA Phase 1 trial is a clinical study in a small number of volunteers to evaluate the safety of a new vaccine. The FDA will provide oversight ensuring the study will produce useful information to assess the safety and efDeveloping a dengue vaccine is a top priority for military infectious disease research, said Capt. Kevin R. Porter, director, NMRC Infectious Diseases Directorate. We are using a vaccine that has shown effectiveness in recent pre-clinical studies. The upcoming Phase 1 clinical trial of this vaccine approach is a critical step toward meeting the need for a tetravalent dengue vaccine to protect deployed military forces against dengue fever. This 12-month study includes forty volunteers who will be assigned to three dose groups and followed through several visits and laboratory assessments with the study team physicians. The research team intends to compare the immune responses between the three groups.ON T HE DECKBy Air Force Col. Bruce Smith 366th Fighter Wing Navy researchers begin dengue vaccine trialBy Lance Cpl. Kevin Crist Marine Corps Air Station New River | AT YOUR SERVI C E THE WIRE | PAGE 15COAST TO COASTSPRINGFIELD, Ill. Before his presidency and before his name became synonymous with the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln slogged his way around the state during the Black Hawk War as a volunteer Soldier with the Illinois Militia, today known as the Illinois National Guard. Lincoln is one of 19 presidents to serve in the National Guard, one of two from Illinois. The other is Gen. Ulysses Grant, who went on to command all Union Armies under President Lincoln. Previously unknown Black Hawk War documents written and signed by Capt. Linsigned by Lincoln in 1855, have recently been discovered at the National Archives in Washby researchers at the Abraham Lincoln PresiIll. Few documents survive that detail Abraham Lincolns service as a company captain in the 4th Illinois Mounted Volunteers in the 1832 frontier disturbances collectively known as the Black Hawk War, said Daniel Stowell, editor of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln at the ALPLM. This discovery reminds us that many U.S. presidents, including Lincoln, answered their countrys call to duty long before becoming the nations chief executive and that service had a formative effect on their future careers, he said. any position he held afterwards, according to Stowell. Anne Musella, a researcher, recently discharge signed by Lincoln to the attention of Papers of Abraham Lincoln staff who are working at the National Archives Building in downtown Washington. That led David Ger leman, an assistant editor, to delve further in of discharge written and signed by Lincoln. Together with other documents previously discovered, it appears that Lincoln, like other they mustered out to return home, the veter ans later submitted these documents as proof of service when they claimed the bounty lands allotted to them by Congress. Archives more than double the number of signed by Capt. Lincoln, and likely others still await discovery. changes in bounty land laws gave several of Lincolns company the chance to claim up to 160 acres of federal land. To do so, they had to provide evidence of their service, and so Lincoln was once again called upon to conpany. An additional document discovered by Gerleman in the Bounty Land Warrant Files as Moffet in 1855 attesting that former 1st Cpl. Charles Pierce had honorably served and therefore was entitled to make a land claim. Like Lincolns service, Soldiers and Air men in the Illinois National Guard have protected their communities during natural disasters and other domestic emergencies, while also answering their nations call during war and national emergencies. From the communities around the state to the sands of Iraq to the mountains of Afghanistan, the Illinois National Guard has made its mark. The echoes of the past live on today in the men and women of the Illinois National Guard, whose Joint Force Headquarters unit patch features a silhouette of Lincoln. Documents from Lincolns Natl Guard service discovered MIAMI With the holiday season upon us, the Coast Guard encourages boaters throughout South Florida and the Florida Keys to consider some potentially life saving stocking stuffers. With a wide range of purposes and prices, the following list of survival gear can truly make a difference during an emergency at sea. Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB): It sends a satellite signal with your position to the Coast Guard during an emergency. Remember to properly regis ter your EPIRB to ensure a swift rescue. Life Jackets: The best life jacket is the one you wear. There are many different life jackets, which are more comfortable and less bulky. VHF Radio: The Coast Guard continuously monitors VHF Channel 16. It is important to understand that cell phones dont always work offshore, and cant be depended on to call for help during an at-sea crisis. Sound Devices: Whistles or air horns are extremely affordable, and can come in quite handy during low-visibility situations. you quickly. Flares, signalling mirrors and other devices can make a huge difference, especially at night. EPIRBs send a satellite signal to the Coast Guard, helping to take the search out of search and rescue. Having an EPIRB onboard your vessel can increase survival chances during boating emergencies. Having a variety of safety devices, however, can exponentially increase survival chances. On Nov. 19, the Coast Guard received both an EPIRB signal and a mayday call over ing on water near the Florida Keys, but the crew was prepared and able to effectively call for help. A helicopter crew and a cutter crew were launched to search, and when the cutter found the distressed boaters. At this point, were recovered with no medical concerns. Due to the boaters having a properly registered EPIRB, a working VHF radio, and rescued and lived to tell the tale. Illinois National Guard Report ON T HE GROUND Coast Guards gift guide for smart boatingBy 7th Coast Guard District Public Affairs Painting of President Abraham Lincoln, who also served as a Citizen Soldier, by Chet Jezierski. photo courtesy National Guard
AROUND T HE WORLD | THE WIRE | PAGE 16 WIESBADEN, Germany About 45,000 residents of the German city of Koblenz, nearly half of the citys population, were under evacuation orders Dec. 4 following the of the largest unexploded bombs ever found, believed to have been dropped by the British Royal Air Force during World War II. The nearly 4,000-pound bomb, packed with more than 3,000 pounds of explosives, as well as other unexploded ordnance, were discovered in the Rhine River, where the water of rain over the past few weeks, according to local authorities. Explosive ordnance disposal troops with the 21st Theater Sustainment Command in Grafenwoehr and Mannheim are ready to provide support if needed, said a 21st TSC spokeswoman. Our EOD guys have not been asked to support, but they are tracking it and stand by to assist if asked, said Lt. Col. Anna Friederich. explosive experts and the German army are expected to take the lead in defusing the bomb, estimated that a bomb this size could cause a crater more than 20 yards wide and six yards deep with a destruction radius of more than 70 yards if it were detonated. It could blow out windows in a half-mile radius. From discussions with the British, it has been known for some time that this type (of bomb) was dropped over Koblenz, wrote plans are under way to evacuate 45,000 city residents in a radius of about a mile, as well as a prison and local hospitals before experts attempt to defuse the bomb on Sunday. Emergency centers are being set up for those who have nowhere else to go. According to German news outlets, the bomb lies in about 16 inches of water, partly the detonation fuse. that they are still in the planning phases of how to defuse the bomb, which they say is one of the largest found in German history. A 275-pound American bomb and a German smoke grenade were also found nearby.German city evacuates for defusing of WWII bomb MOSCOW Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has called for Russias parliament election to be annulled and a new vote held. the people, and authorities must admit to fabrications and rigging. Opposition leaders and international observers say the poll Sunday was marred by widespread allegations of vote-rigging, Pro-government supporters also rallied around the Kremlin. Prime Minister Vladimir Putins United Russia party won Sundays vote, but with a considerably reduced parliamentary majority, at around 50 percent. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday the elections were neither free nor fair, and the results raised serious concerns. Russias Foreign Ministry described Clintons remarks as unacceptable. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev characterized the elections as fair, honest and democratic. Russias ruling party won only half of the votes in elections on Sunday. But opponents say even that poor showing was boosted by widespread fraud. Now they are protesting. Protests against Sundays Duma elections are spreading across Russia. downtown Moscow with dozens of prison trucks and as many as 50,000 police and troops. Despite this show of force, protesters turned out and black helmeted riot police wrestled into detention a total of 300 people, largely off the sidewalks of Tverskaya, the capitals most expensive shopping avenue. Police arrested 200 more in St. Petersburg and dozens more in other cities. Dozhd, a private internet TV channel reported that protests took place in 50 Russian cities.By Mark Patton and Marcus Kloeckner Stars and Stripes Gorbachev calls for new Russian electionVoice of America News Service CAIRO Egypts ruling military council has given some presidential powers to interim Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri. ed Wednesday the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces will maintain control of the army and judiciary as it hands over more power to Mr. Ganzouri. Egypts military rulers said Tuesday they would amend the constitution to give the prime minister more power than his predecessor Essam Sharaf, who quit amid unrest in the country last month. Critics accused the military ruling council of not giving the last Mr. Ganzouri unveiled a new Cabinet minister and some incumbent ministers who will be tasked with governing until the end of the parliamentary election process next year. a ministry veteran who faces the challenge of stabilizing an economy battered by unrest since Februarys ouster of autocratic president Hosni Mubarak. Meanwhile, Egyptians are awaiting ofelections held earlier this week. The election commission says it will announce the results later Wednesday. The Muslim Brotherhood says its political party has won almost two-thirds of the par liamentary seats reserved for individual candidates in the opening rounds of the lower hoods individual seat victories put the move ment on track to become the leading power in the 498-member assembly. In a statement Wednesday, the Islamist groups Freedom and Justice party says it won 36 of the 56 individual seats that were contested in nine provinces, including the two largest cities of Cairo and Alexandria. It says Freedom and Justice candidates won 34 seats in runoff elections on Monday and Tuesday after winning outright victories in two other The Brotherhoods party already had won the largest share of seats reserved for par ties in last weeks vote, securing 37 percent of ballots in the nine provinces, compared to 24 percent for its nearest rival, the ultraeral coalition was a distant third. In the coming weeks, Egyptians in the remaining 18 provinces will join the voting for the lower house of parliament. Elections for parliaments less-powerful upper house will Egyptian prime minister granted some presidential powersBut Muslim Brotherhood claims another victoryVoice of America News Service Protests spread to more cities | MIND, BODY & SPIRI T THE WIRE | PAGE 17 Mind Body & Spirit by Chaplain Lt. Col. Gary Bertsch As my tour is winding down, I was asked at lunch the other day the highlight of my tour, and I said, I think its coming full circle. Let me explain. I enlisted in the Air Force in 1973, so Ive seen the end of the Vietnam War. Then I served in the Guard and Reserve for about 15 years, so I served during the Cold War. I came back on my 20 years (so far) supporting operations downrange with many deployments. During this time Ive served in supporting operations against terrorism. Mostly, Ive been serving Airmen launching aircraft but also Ive done FOB-hopping and have worked with Army and Navy personnel, Marines and even some Coast Guard folks. It was always a view from behind the scenes. I typically saw the secondary effects of our efforts, but seldom the end results. Ive often heard that our mission was all about being at the tip of the spear. Being here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo has made me realize that while combat operations downrange may be the tip of the spear, our mission here truly is the spears tip and more. All we have done, be judged in the camps and in various courtrooms and the judgment of the press for good or bad. For the short amount of time that we are here, we ARE the tip of the spear. We bear honesty, integrity, and the moral high ground regarding the care of the detainees and the demeanor of those who visit here in the interest of transparency. I pray that history will hold that during our slice of time here, that all our actions will be held blameless and above board in all aspects. This is what I mean by coming full circle. Very few of our their loss, their valor. We are in that historical moment of time in the efforts of those who have come before us. What lies ahead in the weve done our duty, exceeded the standard and are honor bound. May God grant each of you peace, strength and courage, and may God hold you loved ones in the palm of his hand until you are once again safe and home. Chaps out! Joint Task Force Guantanamo commander Rear Adm. David Woods presents Chaplain Lt. Col. Gary Bertsch with the Joint Service Commendation Medal. Bertsch completes his tour this week as deputy chaplain for JTF Guantanamo.
Movie ReviewPG-13 127 min.By Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson MOVIE REVIE W | THE WIRE | PAGE 18 Robots sure seem to be in vogue right now. However, the robot since the 1950s. As we progress through the 21st century, real life robots are doing tasks in extreme environments and replacing humans been a reality-based television show about remote-controlled Battle Bots which pummel each other into submission for our entertainment. It was only a matter time before we got a movie that combined these concepts to give us a fresh spin on a familiar world. From its very start, Real Steel is old-fashioned feel-good movie, the kind that you dont see too many of anymore. Sure, this movie has ultra cool robots which battle each other to the death in under IMAX to showcase its cutting edge CGI special effects which compete in quality with the most recent Transformers movie. But this present in so many other recent metallic mash-up blockbusters. This movie is actually about real people with real problems. And, oh-myit get the nerve to offer that in this day and age? Jackman) who travels in his big-rig around the rural midwestern farm country to enter his boxing robot in rodeos and underground robot Existence for Kenton, who is a former boxer, is hinged on making money from betting pools winner take all style. This rootless existence has left him jaded and socially distant as Charlie lives off the grid like a disgruntled carnie never knowing when the big win will be come his way. Even his childhood friend Bailey (Evangeline Lilly, Lost) has a hard time getting though to him. After Charlies robot is demolished by a rodeo bull and escapes from paying his debt, Charlie soon learns the mother of his 11 year old son Max (Dakota Goyo) has died. The boys aunt wants Max to live with her and her wealthy husband, who can better provide for the boy. Charlie, desperate for cash, makes a deal to have Max live with him for three months, after which the aunt gets custody. As you could expect, the estranged father and son are forced to other with apprehension, they soon bond through a mutual appreciation of robotic boxing, which for the most part replaced human boxAtom proves to be the winning ticket gold for the duo. The extremely resilient Atom leads the Kentons in a series of underworld, would have other plans for their continued success. Whats pleasant about Real Steel is the real feel of rural Amerisincere and genuine about its people, places and things. Perhaps this shouldnt be too much of a surprise: Real Steel is loosely based on the 1956 short story by Richard Matheson ( The Twilight Zone, I am Legend) whose writings often focused on ordinary people dealing with ordinary problems in extraordinary situations. The cast does a good job of conveying sorrow, regret and reconciliation. Its nice to see Hugh Jackman play Charlie as a unrelenting boxer who just wants to survive. Newcomer Dakota Goyo is fun as Jackmans estranged son who at times is smarter than Charlie when it comes to patience, understanding and determination. The two actors play off of each other nicely, with Goyo holding his own in all of his scenes. Theres no denying Evangeline Lilly successfully conveys Bailey and her heart of gold. Who wouldnt want her on their side? Real Steel is co-executive produced by Steven Spielberg who is no stranger to family friendly fare. There are a few nods to Spielbergs might also notice a few tips of the hat to the Rocky movies as well. All of these factors help make Real Steel one of the better family story telling about its real people. 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Sgt. Maj. Callie E. Leaver and Staff Sgt. James Kleinheinz, both of Joint Detention Group Headquarters, 170th Military Police Battalion, chat during during a break in the work clearing a portion of Boa Breeze Way Dec. 4. photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant The latest graduates of the week-long bus driver training course are ready to use their new skills. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson Background: The Joint Detention fessional Development session Dec. 2 included a tour of Fisher mans Point. This hill taken by Marines in the Spanish-American War in 1898. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park