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Friday, February 10, 2012 Volume 13, Issue 14 TOUCHDOWN! February is Black History Month The real thrift shop treasures: JTF Trooper volunteers Punt, Pass & Kick, cheerleaders rally fans
COMMAND CORNER | THE WIRE | PAGE 2 JTF GuantanamoCommander Rear Adm. David Woods Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. James Lettko 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 Assistant Editor: Army Sgt. Saul Rosa Photojournalists Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Louis Batchelor Army Sgt. Landis Andrews Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Jon Dasbach Mass Communication Spc. 3rd Class Marquis WhiteheadContact usEditors Desk: 3651 Commercial: 011-5399-3651 DSN: 660-3651 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.htmlThe 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. 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 1,300.I had to laugh at the Joint Task Force Guantanamo commemoration of Groundhog Day, employing a banana rat as a substitute forecaster of spring weather. Thats something Ill remember long after I leave here. When many of us think about Groundhog Day, we recall the movie starring Bill Murray, in which his character Phil Connors was cursed to keep reliving the same day over and over again. While the movie was entertaining, it also (hopefully) taught us a lesson or two. Our Joint Task Force tour gives us the opportunity to take incremental steps toward achieving a goal much like Phil Connors used each repeated day to take one more piano lesson. By the end of the movie, he was an accomplished piano player. He also learned to speak French and how to create ice sculptures. The skills he developed obviously took many days, and it was probably hard to notice much difference on a day-to-day basis. But the results of his determined persistence were impressive. Although were not stuck re-living Feb. 2 over and over again, we have the chance to improve ourselves during our Guantanamo tour. We also have the ability to use each deployment as a learning experience. Its interesting to observe the lessons that have been picked up by those with several deployments under their belts. As an example, Ill highlight another February holiday: Valentines Day. Many thinking about what to get for their last minute, or mail a card that will arrive late. But the experienced Trooper has been deployed during Valentines Day before (maybe many times). He or she probably planned ahead and left a card or gift hidden somewhere back home or has arranged for a friend/neighbor to deliver a surprise. You can learn quite a few helpful hints from those who have made many deployments. Getting back to the Groundhog Day movie lessons, I want to remind you of what Phil did in addition to improving himself. He helped other people. Of course, he didnt start out helping other several repeated days, he took advantage of his ability to apply his observations all for his personal gain. He robbed an armored truck, seduced women, and generally acted he soon learned that he has gained no real satisfaction from those pursuits. So he began helping people in the town: a tire, a choking man in a restaurant, etc. Most are appreciative; he even repeatedly caught a little boy who never says thanks. We can learn from Phils example. eventually appreciate the value in helping your help. A friendly word to a fellow Trooper can do wonders. Simply having a conversation with someone could break their depression. So even though were not stuck in an endless loop of repeated days, we can still make efforts to improve ourselves and help other people. That was the key to Phil breaking his curse and can also help us not feel like were waking up to the same song every morning.Our Joint Task Force tour gives us the opportunity to take incremental steps toward achieving a goal much like Phil Connors in Groundhog Day used each repeated day to take one more piano lesson. C. P RC S, JTF G Cover: Coast Guard Lt. Andrew Phipps participated in the Punt, Pass & Kick competition prior to Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5. Afterward, the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders performed for Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers. photo by Army Sgt. Saul RosaC | NE W S FROM T HE BAY THE WIRE | PAGE 3 The American Red Cross GTMO will hold a First Aid/CPR training course on Feb. 16 at 9 a.m. at the Red Cross building: CB 1208. The $40 registration fee pays for all materials. Registration closes Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m. Class size is limited, so register now. To register, or for more information, call 2511 or email CoganowS@usa.redcross.org. Bring a friend to any Liberty Center on Feb. 17 and square off on the ping-pong table. The winner will receive a gift from Liberty MWR. For more information, call 2010. to help Guantanamo residences through tax season. The naval station location will be open 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon-Fri., and the Mon.-Fri. Appointments are now available. For more information, call 4692. The Tiki Bar will host a Polynesian Luau Saturday. Events start at 5 p.m. with Luau games! Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and the luau show begins at 8:30 p.m. featuring hula Seating is limited, so purchase tickets at the Bayview during normal business hours. For more information, call 75604. The Black Heritage Organization will put on the Black & White Gala on Feb. 25 at the American Womens history and culture. The dress code is semi-formal, but military attire is acceptable. Tickets are $30 and will be available at the NEX atrium from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the next two weekends. Are you looking for a chance to take the lead on your commands physical training? Enroll in the Command Fitness Leader March 9 at the following address: The course runs from March 26 to March 30. For more information, call 2157. Golf cart rentals will be half price every Wednesday in the month of February. $5 covers one person and $7.50 covers two people. Boat rentals will be 25 percent off every Monday-Thursday this month. Prices vary based on the boat. For more information, call 2345. formed by Sounds Like Chicken, Trop Rock and more. There is a new base telephone directory available. Email the Base usnbgtmo.navy.mil or call 2500 to have it emailed to you. Share your thoughts, words and feelings with the Guantanamo Bay community. The MWR Community Library is holding a Valentines Day poetry contest. From Feb. 14-21 the library will accept submissions. A prize will be awarded for the winners of each group: 2nd-6th grade, 7th-12th grade and adults. The winners will also be published in the Guantanamo Bay Gazette. For more information, call 4700. Not celebrating Valentines Day like everyone else? Come to the Marina at 5 p.m. on Feb. 14 for the Shot through the Heart dart tournament. If you bring a picture of an ex, put it on a board and throw darts at the creep. Snacks will be provided. For more information, call 2010. Stress Management Feb. 13 2-4 p.m. Job Search Feb. 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Savings and Investments Feb. 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Classes are located at the Fleet and Family Services Center conference room. For more information, call 4141. The Marina will lend kayaks for free on Feb. 13. You or someone in your group must have a captains license. For more information, call 2345 INDEXThe Wire February 10, 2012 IDP to be prorated Student of the Game Give me a G-T-M-O! Black History Month A day at the vet (Treasures and) Trivia pursuit Cartoon: Only at GTMO Movie review: Hugo Shot Through the Heart dart tournament Polynesian-style luau5 7 8 10 10 12 17 18 Command Fitness Leader cert course NLSO tax assistance Upcoming FFSC classes Black & White Galaapparently its vintage week at The Wire... Updated Guantanamo Bay telephone directory Discount recreation in February TGI... Wednesday! Free kayak rentals Ping-pong challenge Library poetry contest
What is an indicator?Indicators are small pieces of information that can be put together, like pieces of a puzzle, and can potentially compromise the bigger picture of an operation. Indicators may seem insignificant by themselves, but when many are gathered they can be very revealing. Indicators can range from noticing and keeping track of when lights switch on at night (which can indicate when someone is home), to keeping track of troop movements (to indicate that an operation is underway). Indicators can provide the adversary with critical information. Find out how indicators might be giving you away. Recognize and control your indicators. Be a hard target. OPSEC blocks indicators! OPSEC protects the mission!PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! TROOPER T O TROOPER | THE WIRE | PAGE 4Trooper to Trooper M S. C FrS J Ar S Ef L pay it forward off! Its been a few months since on your holiday purchases, but chances are youre still paying for them. Credit card bills are a potent reminder of the cost of the week before Christmas, its esti mated that Americans spent $44 billion. Much of that last-minute shopping was done in a spending frenzy, without thinking about nance charges that will accrue until the bills are paid. How will you deal with those bills that start arriving in your mailbox this week? Well, dont pile up, hoping to keep the holiday glow alive. Late fees are very costly, and will result in even more interest charges. Open the bills, take a close look and add up what you owe. Joint Task Force Guantanamo, like any other deployment, can afford Troopers a good opportunity to save money by cut ting back on unnecessary pur chases. It can also allow military members to utilize resources such as the Fleet and Family Ser vices Center (FFSC) as a guide standing. Here are three tips for dealing with your credit card bills promptly even if you cant pay the full balance.Paydown planBeware of a deceptively small number the minimum monthly payment. Yes, it keeps your credit in good standing if you pay only that amount, but it leaves such a huge balance that soon youre paying interest not only on your charges from previous months. And the way the minimums are calculated, it could take as long as 30 years to pay off your card if you make only the required minimum monthly payments! Instead, take the current minimum payment, and double it and pay that amount. Then write that number down on your checkbook or a Post-it on your computer screen and keep pay ing that same amount no matter what the next bill says. If you keep paying double the original minimum, and never charge another penny, your balance will be paid off in less than three years! This works, no matter what the size of your current balance.Transfer balancesAnother way to deal with the problem is to transfer the balance to another card. Just dont fool yourself into thinking that by transferring your balance to another card you are making a dent in your obligation. But if you have a high interest rate card, you can save some money by transferring your balance. each offer. When the grace pedramatically. And you may have to pay a balance transfer fee in the month after you transfer so ask about how much that could cost you. And of course, if your credit is already in trouble, no card issuer wants to deal with your balance.Get helpDont be a sucker twice. This is the time of year when all kinds of ads and commercials appear offering to help you negotiate your credit card balances. These companies know that in the next few months consumers will be desperate. One place you can turn to for reliable advice and help is the see TROOPER next page | TROOPER T O TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 5DoD begins prorating imminent danger pay Troops must keep track of their own qualifying duty daysWASHINGTON Service members now will receive imminent danger pay only for days they actually spend in hazardous Feb. 2. The change, which took ef fect Feb. 1, was included in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law Dec. 31. Members will see the pro rated amount in their Feb. 15 pay records, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby said. The act called for DOD to pay service members imminent danger pay only for the time they spend in areas that qualify for the pay. In the past, service members received $225 per month if they spent any time that month in an area where the pay was authorized. This is a more targeted way of handling that pay, Kirby said. Now, service members will receive $7.50 a day for days spent in these areas. Personnel who travel to the designated areas for periods less than 30 days should keep track of the number of days they are in the area to verify that they are paid for the correct The military services are working to waive or remit debts for members who may have cials said. The services can waive this when there is no indication of fraud, fault, misrepresenta tion, or when members were unaware they were overpaid, Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said. Proration is based on a 30day month, which translates into a rate of $7.50 per day. It does not matter if the month is 28 or if service members serve in affected areas for the complete month, they will receive the full rate of $225 per month. The Defense Department eas as places where members are harm or imminent danger because of civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism or wartime conditions. Service members who come tion, will receive the full monthly By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service On Feb. 13, 1906, retiring Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Adna Chaffee, veteran of the United States Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, and the Boxer Rebellion in China, dedicated the McCalla Hill Battle Monument. The monument features a bronze plaque dedicated to the U.S. Marines of the First Marine Battalion, who fought and died on McCalla Hill and at the Battle of Cuzco Wells in June 1898. The cannon atop the McCalla Hill monument is a bronze muzzle-loading 24-pound French siege gun, manufactured by Swiss gunmaker Jean Martiz on March 23, 1748, in Douai, France. This cannon was a gift to the United States from the government of Cuba after the SpanishAmerican War, and was brought to Guantanamo Bay from Santiago de Cuba by the U.S. Navy to be used spement was created by Captain Edward Schultz, US Army Corps of Engineers, who was in charge of defense construction at Guantanamo Bay in 1906.This week in Guantanamo Bay Historycourtesy Sgt. 1st Class Michael Shimer Consumption of alcohol is a privilege at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Dont abuse it! Consequences include: Revocation of units drinking privileges Loss of base driving privileges UCMJ action Separation or discharge Loss of pay, reduction in rank, loss of promotion recommendation Always remember: Take care of your buddies Use a designated driver Underage drinking is prohibited in all circumstances Abstinence from alcohol is a responsible option HALT: dont drink if youre Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired TROOPER cont. can help you make a budget and set up a plan to eliminate your credit card debt. You can make an appointment for a personal visit, or discuss your situation over the phone. The counseling is free. And if best way to handle your situation, there is no record of the counseling on your credit report. If you are truly buried in debt, they will help you by establishing a debt repayment program. This does not go on your credit re port but can help you to a fresh start. Credit card debt is a problem that grows like an untreated disease, if you dont pay attention. Despite bankruptcies and chargeoffs in recent years, Americans still have nearly $1 trillion in outstanding credit card balanc es. You can complain about the banks and card issuers making so much money collecting all that interest and fees. But the best way to get back at them is to use their money for a month and then pay your balance in full. Ask yourself: is it really worth it to charge that $10 stuffed iguana if itll end up costing $20 or more later?
TROOPER FO C US | THE WIRE | PAGE 6 Time in service: 2 years Hobbies: The boss says: Burrows is dedicated to the mission. He has picked up a great deal in his time here and I am pleasantly surprised at his career progression. Advice to junior Troopers: By Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Louis Batchelor Junior Trooper of the Quarter Hospital Corpsman Travis Burrows stays motivated by setting goals and working hard. I am an individual augmentee, from Naval Hospital Pensacola, Florida, said Burrows. I was working MEDSURGE and working with veterans. Supply here has given me a small challenge. It is an entirely different system from what I am used to, but I know and understand it will help me develop as a Corpsman to learn the logistics behind the work. Chief Hospital Corpsman Richard Laxa, Joint Task Force Guantanamos Joint Medical Group Supply Leading supervisor agrees. He said Burrows is systems and has helped build JMGs relationship with J-4 and Naval Station Guantanamo Naval Hospital. He is a rated corpsman: a person who is working out of his trade, Laxa said, But he always makes new strides and works for the success of our division. Burrows said he looks to Laxa and his chain of command for support and inspiration in his primary duties. He said they are a valuable resource in his career progression. I love working with Chief, Burrows said. He is a good leader and he takes care of me. Outside work, Burrows spends his time running, training and swimming. He said he has a core group of good friends who keep him motivated and personally with his training. meeting people and making new friends, Burrows said. I believe friends are a critical part of every mission here. Friends are what keep you going. Laxa said Burrows is instrumental in JMG supply. He said Burrows has been a big through circumstantial supply constraints and keep the mission going. Burrows has a lot of responsibility, Laxa said. We order a lot of special items, depending on our patients situations. We also have logistical complications sometimes, due to our location. Burrows has been learning different ways for us to overcome regional supply obstacles and has been a real help for all of us. Burrows has accomplished a lot in his time here. He is a hard worker and I believe this assignment has opened his eyes to his military professional future. Which celebrity would you want as your Valentine?Jessica Alba. Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Bolinski Jennifer Aniston. Petty Officer 2nd Class Christian Yambao Kim Kardashian. Spc. Jamal Varnerg BOOTS ON THE GROUNDIldris Elba. Spc. Sheriella Nixon If you fail to secure your wireless connection, anyone with a wireless-enabled device can hop a free ride on your Internet. Failure to secure your wireless network could potentially open your Internet connection to a surprising number of users. Some problems include: -Bandwidth shortages: Piggybacking users can eat up your bandwidth and slow down your connection. -Abuse by malicious users: Users piggybacking on your Internet connection might engage in illegal activities that will be traced to you. -Monitoring of your activity: Malicious users may be able to monitor your Internet activity and steal passwords and other sensitive information. -Direct attack on your computer: Malicious users may be able to access files on your computer, install spyware and other malicious programs, or take control of your computer. | ST UDEN T OF T HE GAME THE WIRE | PAGE 7 The National Football League unveiled its new money grab way to reveal the regular season award winners. NFL Honors was the inaugural ceremony that brought the leagues biggest players together to receive the most prestigious annual awards. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton won Offensive Rookie of the Year, Denver Broncos defensive end Von Miller took the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Breaking Dan Marinos 27-year-old passing yards record earned New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees the Offensive Player of the Year. Baltimore Ravens his teammates Ed Reed and Ray Lewis as Defensive Player of the Year recipients. Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was the Comeback Player of the Year season. Jim Harbaugh coached the San Francisco 49ers from an 8-8 season to being one drive away from the Super Bowl, earning him Coach of the Year honors. Tim Tebows last minute heroics made him a shoo-in for the Never Say Never Award. But, the biggest award of the evening, the Most Valuable Player award, went to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He led his team to a 15-1 regular season with no defensive help. Rodgers threw 45 touchdowns and only six interceptions. That gave him a 122.5 passer rating which is the best single season passer rating in NFL history. Those are impressive stats and numbers never lie, but they can be wrong. Matt Flynn tainted Rodgers MVP bid when he started the last game of the season for the Packers and racked up 480 passing yards and six touchdown passes. If the backup can get the same kind of numbers, maybe Rodgers isnt as valuable as you think. If not Rodgers, then whom? Ive got two peculiar options.Tim TebowI know it may seem like Im still on the bandwagon, but if you think about the actual value he brought to his organization it might look different. The Broncs started the season with Kyle Orton and a 1-4 record. Tebow took the reins and turned every Sunday into must-see action. He captivated the fans and put people in the stands of the Mile High stadium. More fans mean more money. More money means more value. Tebows worth reaches Eyed Peas. In fact, when Tebow became the starter, the team By Army Sgt. Landis Andrews ST UDENT OF THE GAME NFL re: information assurance Honors see NFL next pageNot just the obvious choice: Tim Tebow brought more then just his talents as a quarterback to his organization. His performance attracted more fans and his No. 15 jersey sold out. NFL photo
! THE WIRE | PAGE 9 | FEA T URE motivate the team and use their energy and enthusiasm to Guantanamo Bay on a C-12. No, its not a reference to your new supervisors: theyre the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders. The Miami Dolphins cheerleaders arrived Bay community for Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5. The cheerleaders started the day by teaching cheers and signing autographs at Cooper Field. After the cheers, Morale Welfare & Recreation held a small football-focused sports competition that included punting and passing. Coast Guard Lt. Andrew Phipps of the Maritime Safety and Security Team San Diego was one of the competitors in the contest, and placed second overall. It was fun, there was a lot of friendly competition, came out to support me and hold the ball, but he ended up winning it, so I have to give a shout out to him. The cheerleaders then sauntered to OKellys Irish Pub for a meet and greet and a pregame performance. down here and meet the troops, said Lara Ryans. This was the squads second invitation to Guantanamo travel to the base. Jamie Quadrozzi, the Dolphins entertainment and event coordinator, explained that the cheerleaders have done tours for military in the past but theyve never toured the same installation back to back. and have been invited right back the next year, said Quadrozzi. It speaks volumes for what the girls did last year and hopefully to be invited back next year. Its a special privilege for the girls who were chosen. We hand-select the girls who get to travel, said Quedrozzi. There are 39 girls on the team and many will never get to travel, so theyre all very excited to be here. Some of the cheerleaders, like Nicki Boston, had a special connection to the island. Bostons brother was stationed at Guantanamo Bay with the Navy. this experience, to see what the troops go through and to hear it about it from my brother makes this a truly special experience for me, said Boston. Although the Super Bowl was between the Giants and Patriots, many Dolphins fans showed up to support the cheerleaders. One such fan was Joint Detention Group Spc. Justin Collins, who missed the cheerleaders last year. Its a great thing to see them down here having fun with everyone while we watch the Super Bowl, said Collins. They were down here last year for Super Bowl Sunday and I missed them by two days, so it feels good that I get to see them two days before I leave. The Super Bowl ended with a Giants victory and the cheerleaders during the game. But it was a win-win experience for the cheerleaders and Guantanamo Bay. Weve been told everywhere we go thank you for coming, it does so much for our morale, said Quadrozzi. But what they dont understand is that it does so much for us too. We learn so much and meet amazing people who are volunteering time and risking their lives to keep us safe. It works so well both ways. T hey FEA T URE | THE WIRE | PAGE 8 By Army Sgt. Saul Rosa Gray holding the ball during the punt, pass and kick competition Feb. 5. the Super Bowl Feb. 5. photos by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa ! orange gear had to be purchased. All that extra income from a kid that has an $11.25 million contract sounds more valuable than a guy puppeteering the most offensive weapons in the league.Peyton ManningI know. I know. He hasnt suited up since his loss to the Jets in the AFC Wild Card Game in the 2010 season, but what did the Indianapolis Colts do without their commander in chief this season? They went 2-14 and were the 30th ranked offense in the league. In 2010, Mannings last time in uniform, the Colts went 10-6, were the fourth best offense in the NFL and went to the playoffs. pocket. Home attendance fell by 2,147 seats per game. Fewer butts in the seats mean less game day revenue. Not only will drop to get people to come watch a team that started 0-13 and Peyton proved that he, alone, is worth eight victories, franchise stability and thousands of fans. Aaron Rodgers proved he can win games and throw touchdowns against defenses so easy to beat a caveman do it. Some people say the MVP goes to the best player on the best team. Others say it belongs to the person who does the most for the team, win or lose. I think players can prove their value to Tebow and Peyton Manning were valuable assets to their organizations. I would say they were more important to their teams than 2011 MVP Aaron Rodgers was to the Packers. But sports writers didnt think either one was deserving of NFL Honors. NFL cont. Peyton Manning led the Colts to a 10-6 season and was the fourth best offense in the NFL in 2010, the last time he suited up. NFL photo
THE WIRE | PAGE 11 | FEA T UREFEA T URE | THE WIRE | PAGE 101770 Crispus AttucksOn March 5, 1770, Crispus Attucks and several other patriots from Boston protested the British curbing of civil liberties in their Massachusetts colony.1775-1783 American RevolutionThousands of black soldiers, both slave as well as free, from all 13 colonies fought in the Continental Army during Americas war for independence from Great Britain. Many also served in state militias.1812-1815 War of 1812During the War of 1812, black soldiers served in both integrated regiments as well as in all-black regiments. Many black soldiers served with courage and distinction, both on land and at sea. 1814 Men of ColorMany black soldiers fought in the Battle of New Orleans. Slaves, as well as free black soldiers, constructed forts around the city in preparation for the impending British invasion. Also, blacks three companies, collectively referred to as Free Men of Color, as well as serving in integrated Louisiana militia units.1861-1865 Civil WarWhen Union troops invaded Confederate enlist in the Union Army. After President Lincolns Emancipation Proclamation on allowed to participate in the war.1863 Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass, best known as a black orator and abolitionist, helped to establish the all-black 54th Massachusetts Regiment of the Union Army. On Aug. 13, 1863, Douglas was directed by the Secretary of War to travel from his hometown of Rochester, N.Y., to Vicksburg, Miss., to assist in recruiting colored troops.1866-1891 Indian CampaignsAfter the Civil War, settlers moved westward in increasing was often called in to quell the uprisings. In 1866, Congress authorized the formation of regiments of black soldiers: the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments and the 24th, 25th, 38th, 39th, 40th and 41st Infantry infantry regiments were later consolidated into the 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments.1866-1891 Buffalo SoldiersBlack soldiers fought so bravely and ferociously during a battle with Cheyenne warriors in 1867, that the Cheyenne nicknamed them Wild Buffalo. Over time, the term Buffalo Soldiers was used for all black soldiers who served during the Indian wars. Between battles, the Buffalo Soldiers built roads and telegraph lines, escorted supply trains and guarded stage coach and mail routes. Buffalo Soldier she disguised herself as a male. accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, American to be commissioned in the Army, or any other soldiers in the Army when he assumed command of Troop A, 10th Calvary Regiment, also known as the Buffalo Soldiers, at Fort Sill, Okla. Before Flipper took command, all African-American units were commanded 1898 Spanish-American WarBlack soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments and the 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments fought in the Spanish-American War. The four regiments comprised 12 percent of the total force during the invasion of Cuba. Many of these soldiers were veterans of the Indian Wars and some were Civil War veterans. Another 2,000 served in the Navy they comprised 7.6 percent of all sailors. Black History MonthMoments in Timecontinued next pageSafeguarding the health of GTMOs crittersUpon entering the operating room, immediate feelings of sterility and coolness in the cramped surroundings engulf your senses. It smells anesthesia monitor/EKG machine methodically mirrors the patients heart beat with loud beeps. Country music plays in the background. The necessary surgical accoutrements lying on a silver platter in sterile cloth. Nermal, a pet cat, is having a mast cell tumor removed from his neck and back. Staff sergeant, hand me a 3cc syringe please. Im going to poke some more holes in this [fenestrated] catheter and were gonna place it in the wound bed. Well then be able to infuse a local anesthetic over the next 48-72 hours. Right away, sir. On an island base with more than 5,000 personnel, including Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Marine Corps Security Forces Company and all the contracting companies, the Guantanamo Veterinary Treatment Facility (GTMO VTF) is the only veterinary clinic. It serves military working animals, pets for all personnel living on base and works with feral and indigenous wildlife like iguanas, banana rats, cats, snakes and birds. GTMO VTF, staffed by four personnel, is led by Capt. Miriam Lovell, U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. She is the resident in-house veterinarian charge is Staff Sgt. Jamie Jackson and the Animal Care Technician is Spc. Kerstin Mundy. Cari Beltran is the receptionist and manages the day to day pet appointments. On certain occasions, Todd Thomas, U.S. Army Veterinary Corps (Diplomate, American College of Veterinary GTMO VTF is never at a shortage of work, with daily appointments, training and emergency visits. In the last year they also accomplished close to 150 surgical procedures. On the day that I came in to observe there were three operations, one emergency case and one follow up appointment. Both Thomas and Lovell had a week of overlap and had the opportunity to work on pets together. Its always a great opportunity to come down here, see the facilities, see what the case load was like and work with this hard working crew, said Thomas. Its the training aspect as well, so Im glad Capt. Lovell and I got to work on some advanced surgical procedures together, he said. Being the only game in town, Lovell has become very familiar with all the animals on base. I get to know all my client animals. Its like being in a small town where youve been the vet for so many years, said Lovell, who owns two yellow Labrador retrievers herself. Even when I go to the grocery store and get consults there, or answer questions on the ferry coming back from leave. Thats what I love about being here. Nermal, there was a momentary pause from everyone in the OR, including myself, with all eyes on him. He looked good, comfortable and minus a patch of fur, still in deep sleep. Thomas everybody.By Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park Capt. Miriam Lovell and Maj. Todd Thomas (right) removed photos by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park wildlife. Nermal the cat is suspicious nonetheless.
THE WIRE | PAGE 12 FEA T URE | 1917-1918 World War IIn 1917, the United States entered World War I. Despite knowing that freedom to serve their country did not in itself guarantee full participation in American society, thousands of black Americans answered the call to duty through service in the Army. The Army operated under a policy of racial segregation and blacks were commonly relegated to supply and labor made notable contributions.1941-1945 World War IIIn World War II, the U.S. war effort was determined to defeat fascism and to defend freedom. For black Americans, freedom in its fullest form was an ideal that was desired not only abroad, but on the homefront as well. Even though in the U.S., many blacks were treated as secondclass citizens, black soldiers still served unyieldingly for their country.1941 Tuskegee AirmenOn July 19, 1941, the U.S. Army Air Corps began training black pilots. The 926 members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen (comprised initially of the 99th Pursuit Squadron and later the 332nd Fighter Group) were trained for combat in World War II at the Tuskegee Institute Tuskegee Airmen never lost an escorted plane to the enemy during the course of World War II, during which they carried out hundreds of escort missions.1950-1953 Korean WarNew opportunities began to emerge for black soldiers while serving in the Korean War. In October 1951, the all-black 24th Infantry Regiment, which had served during the SpanishAmerican War, World War I, World War II and the beginning of the Korean War, was disbanded. This eliminated the last lingering formal practice of segregation in the Army. Black soldiers now served in all combat service elements and were of United Nations Forces to the Chinese border. By Army 1st Lt. Amelia Thatcher and Troopers! April Anderson, a Marine Corps spouse, two years as Treasures and Trivias manager, Anderson has completely overhauled the store. We put all the clothing in order by size, organized everything, cleaned out everything, and discarded everything which wasnt suitable to sell, she said. Prior to her arrival, the thrift shop operated on a part time only basis. There was no volunteer program either. Now we have too many volunteers to count! Anderson said. Under her leadership, the thrift store has come to support many Guantanamo Bay organizations. In addition to being the main fundraiser for the Spouses Club, Treasures and Trivia proceeds go toward scholarships, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and other organizations as determined by the boards vote. Over the last two years, everyone involved in the shop have set it up for success, Anderson said. Its been really nice to get to know everyone through the store, and I will really, really miss my customers and volunteers. Best of luck, April! photo courtesy Jo Gallagher THE WIRE | PAGE 13 | FEA T URE 1959-1973 Vietnam WarThe 1960s marked a transformation of the realities of discrimination and political equality for blacks with the passing of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Act (1964 and 1965, respectively). The 1960s also marked the full engagement of the United States in the war in Vietnam. In support of this campaign, black soldiers continued the tradition of serving the Army with distinction.1979 Army Brig. Gen. Hazel W. Johnson-BrownBrigadier General Hazel W. Johnson-Brown became black Chief of the Army Nurse Corps.1990-1991 Persian Gulf WarThe Persian Gulf War devel oped out of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990. The international armed intervention followed in January 1991. Black soldiers making up about 22 percent of the total Army followed a rich tradition of honorably serving in the U.S. Forces.2001-2008 Global War on TerrorSince the Armed Forces were integrated in 1948, the Army has been committed to racial diversity and equal opportunity to all soldiers. In the past several years, the Army has become even more proactive to recruit and train a diverse force since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In 2003, there were approximately 254,000 blacks serving the Army as an Active-Duty, Reserves or National of Army Demographics. This was 20.3 percent of the total Army. In the general U.S. population, 12.7 percent of 18 to 55-year-olds are black. 2009-Present Present DayAs of 2008, black soldiers made up 19.8% of the active duty Army, 13.3% of the National Guard and 22.1% of the Army Reserve. Blacks serve in the Army, therefore, at a higher proportion than their representation in the general U.S. population. On Jan. 29, 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. As president, Obama also is commander in chief of all U.S. forces.A history of service continues into the futureTucked in between Air Sunshine and the furniture store, before the Cuban Club and sale. Treasures and Trivia, Guantanamo Bays thrift store, is not only a source of new and different clothing items, but can also be a getaway for Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers. Since we got JTF involved, the volunteer program got so much better, Treasures and Trivia committee chairwoman Jo Gallagher said. Since we added them, we can do so much more. Many Joint Task Force commands require their Troopers to participate in a volunteer program here at Guantanamo Bay, and one actions was to have the thrift shop added to the list of approved organizations. Commands say they have to, Anderson said. We keep track of their hours and it service seems to be the recommendation. of the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion arrived on time for his volunteer shift, which he is all too happy to do for a few hours a week. Our work schedules are such that we cant get to all the MWR events, Arbelaez said. After clocking in on the volunteer board, with clothes and started sorting. Donations mostly consist of clothing, and Gallagher added that items such as housewares sell quickly. He knows what to do, Anderson said. We love, love, love our volunteers. They really get into this. And if we dont have something! Anderson estimated that 80 percent of the thrift shops volunteers are Joint Task Force Troopers. They typically sort, clean, restock, and organize three or four hours per week, and thanks to them, the shop can remain open more than part time. Ive been volunteering since December, Arbelaez said. Its a great way to give back to the community. Treasures and Trivia provides more than look for clothes and discount items. A small selection of military uniforms is available, as operations security guidelines strongly discourage Troopers from simply discarding them. We dont want military items thrown out, Anderson said. We have a locked room in the back and only sell them to someone with an active duty ID. The staff emphasized the variety of items available to Troopers and Guantanamo Bay residents. We rotate our stock all the time. When people PCS, they clean out! Some stuff is new with tags! Anderson said as her replacement, Heather Baugh, held up a pair of brand-new olive green kids Dockers. Treasures and Trivia is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and $5 bag sale Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take more than one look you never the Treasures and Trivia thrift shop after his regular work hours. photo by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa
AT YOUR SERVI C E | THE WIRE | PAGE 14 IN THE FIGHT Marines take gold in 2012 Armed Forces Boxing ChampionshipMARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. The Marine Corps team won the 2012 Armed Forces Boxing Cham pionship Feb. 3, ending the Armys 20-year winning streak. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. hosted the Armed Forces Sports event this year. DeJesus Gardner taking gold against Army Sgt. Marvin Carey became the crux between Marine Corps victory and a tie with Army. Gardners left eye swelled closed early in tinue. The crowds fervor escalated into a frenzy in the third round as Gardner and Carey smashed blows into each other, trading the to a 14-13 win. I told my daughter that daddy would bring her a gold medal, and daddy dont break no promises, said Gardner. Gardner won gold in the 201 lb.-plus weight class and secured the Marines gold for the team award, but each Marine Corps victory was essential. In a rematch from 2011s Champion ships, Marine Cpl. Tommy Roque redeemed himself against Army Sgt. Toribio Ramirez, pummeling his way to a win 35-19. Roque represents the Marine Corps boxing team in the 132 lb. weight class. Lance Cpl. Jonathan Steele won by refer ee stopped contest a minute into the second Class Carlos Moore, who lost his footing National Champion and 2011 Armed Forces Boxing Gold Medalist Marine Sgt. Jamel Herring defended his title against Se nior Airman Adam Hassan, breezing to a 19-5 victory in the 141lb. weight class. The team medal means more to me than any individual medal, said Herring. made history tonight. Two Marine boxers took silver medals. Lance Cpl. Felix Magallanez lost by rethe second round after he took a devastating body blow from Army Pvt. Marquis Moore and couldnt recover. in the 165 lb. weight class, dropping down from last years championship where he fought at 178 lbs. In this years 178 lb. weight class, Lance Cpl. James Morrow got crushed with punishing barrages from Army Spc. Steven Nel son, losing out 20-2. Gold medalists in the Armed Forces 2012 Olympic hopefuls and qualify to compete in the Conseil International du Sport Militaires (CISM) World Military Games.By Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Elliot Fabrizio Marine Corps Headquarters ARLINGTON, Va. President Barack Obama today continued his commitment to improving employment among veterans by introducing an initiative to hire them as the In my State of the Union address, I proposed a new initiative called the Veter ans Jobs Corps to put veterans back to work protecting and rebuilding America, he said. And today, were laying out the details of this proposal. employees, Obama shared the venues sig spond to the attack on the Pentagon. You guys answered this nations call dur ing its hour of need, Obama added. And in the years that followed, as Americans went to war, some of you answered that call, as well. The president encouraged the hiring of veterans to replenish the ranks of the naFirst, we want to help communities hire said. Over the past few years, tight budgets have forced a lot of states, a lot of local comers. The country already has made progress in veterans employment, Obama said. Already, weve helped 600,000 veterans and their family members go back to school on the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, he said. Weve hired over 120,000 veterans to serve in the federal government [and] weve made it easi er for veterans to access all sorts of employ ment services. state and local governments received assis tance through the Recovery Act to avoid lay saved because of the actions we took, he noted. But budgets are still tight, and thats our families and our communities shouldnt should be one of our highest priorities as a nation. Obama emphasized he wants to restore local communities and national parks, noting Interior Secretary Ken Salazars presence. The Department of the Interior manages and sustains the countrys lands, water, wild life, and energy resources, among its other responsibilities. He needs some help, Obama said of Salazar. And our veterans are highly qualilives defending America. They should have the opportunity to rebuild America. Weve got roads and bridges in and around our them. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said in a conference call with reporters yesterday that the new three-part Veterans Job Corps initiative will ensure our veterans home. By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service MISSION FIRST see JOBS page 16 O N THE WING ON THE DECK | AT YOUR SERVI C E THE WIRE | PAGE 15 WASHINGTON President Barack Obama has nominated Lt. Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger to the rank of general, and as commander of Air Force Materiel Command at WrightPatterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Defense Sec retary Leon E. Panetta announced today. The promotion would make Wolfenbarger The secretary strongly supports the presidents nomination, and he believes that General Wolfenbarger is an outstanding Air Force Little said today. The fact that she would be skills, experience and dedication. would become the militarys second female Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commander of Army Materiel Command, who was promot ed to general in 2008. the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition in the Pentagon, Wolfenbarger is responsible for research and development, test, production, and modernization of Air Force programs worth more than $40 billion annually. A 1980 Air Force Academy graduate, Wolfenbarger began her career in acquisitions as an engineer at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. She has held a variety of assignments at headquarters Electronic Security Command and Air Force Systems Command. Wolfenbarger has had oversight of the F-22 program at Wright-Patterson and in the Pentagon, and was program director for the B-2 aeronautical systems at Wright-Patterson. She commanded the Aeronautical Systems Centers C-17 Systems Group, Mobility Systems Wing. Wolfenbarger was director of the Air Force Acquisition Center of Excellence at the Pentagon, then served as director of the Headquarters AFMC Intelligence and Re quirements Directorate at Wright-Patterson. She was the vice commander of Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson be fore taking her current position. Wolfenbarger holds masters degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and in national resource strategy from the National Defense University. Obama nominee could be Air By Lisa Daniel American Forces Press Service serve in the Air Force. Wolfenbarger is the commander of Air Force Materiel Command. AFMC photo SANTA BARBARA, Calif. A USS Califor nia culinary specialist is honing his craft with During a week-long culinary understudy opportunity that began Feb. 4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel here, Navy Seaman Apprentice this opportunity to expand on his skills and how the training provided by the Santa marines crew. This opportunity presents overwhelm when I found out, and for me, it was an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I never imagined I would participate in something like Patricia Westberg, vice president of Santa Barbara Navy League, said the young chef Cramer, but also the USS Californias crew. He will be able to create a West Coast climate on board the boat through menu planning and selections, so the crew will have a taste of our great state several times a month, she said. Executive Chef Luis Martinez will teach Cramer a variety of cooking-related skill sets, such as culinary arts and advanced food preparation. For the next three years, I will have the opportunity to apply what I learned in Santa Barbara, bringing back valuable skills to benary 2011. He said he chose the culinary spe cialist rating from years of experience watchcooks in our family; it made sense for me to come into the U.S. Navy as a culinary special ist, he said. Navy Lt. Angus McCallum, the USS the USS California homeported in Groton, Conn., Cramers opportunity is a way to unite the Virginia-class nuclear submarine and the state for which it is named. Seaman Cramer is going to be the bridge between the recently commissioned California and the Santa Barbara community, McCallum said. With so much of the country between the boat and the city, this tween California and [the submarines] home state. McCallum added that Cramer is a valuable asset to the USS California team. Despite behe said, Cramer was chosen to participate in the understudy opportunity based on his stellar performance since arriving aboard the Navys newest attack submarine. After being on board for one month, watch stations, which led to the selection as the culinary specialist of the fourth quarter in 2011, McCallum added. By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg Submarine Group 2
By Bob Reinert USAGNatick Public Affairs AROUND T HE WORLD | THE WIRE | PAGE 16 NATICK, Mass. Maybe it looks like a camsave Soldiers lives. The new Individual First Aid Kit, or IFAK, being developed at the Natick Soldier Systems Center eventually will be carried by every Soldier in a combat environment. We designed it literally about three or four months ago, said Rich Landry, individual equipment designer with the Load Carriage Prototype Lab, Product Manager Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment, at NSSC. The medical community said, Awesome idea. Lets move out with it. Over whelmingly, they thought this was a huge improvement over the current IFAK. As Landry pointed out, the current IFAK, developed rapidly in the early days of Operahas proved rather unwieldy. side that gets in the way of everything, said Landry of the current bulky IFAK, which was built into an existing Squad Automatic Weapon ammo pouch. It was very, very quick, because they needed them right away. More thought has gone into the new IFAK, a streamlined, two-piece system that features a pouch with an insert that slides out to allow easy access to medical equipment from either side. It supports all the critical items to the individual Soldiers medical needs, Landry said. The beauty of this system, compared to the old one, is that it allows the Soldier to place it on (his or her) body in a spot where it can be easily accessible, which is the critical piece, but also not get in the way of other important tactical pieces of equipment. Landry said 30 new IFAKs recently underwent evaluation at Fort Polk, La., where a platoon of Soldiers carried them through a training rotation. The early feedback has been positive, he added. Were very sure this is the direction the Individual First Aid Kit is going to go, hope fully, for all services, but you never know, Landry said. That would be icing on the cake. The new IFAK carries even more mediCombat Application Tourniquets. Still, its fortably in the small of his or her back under the Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment, or MOLLE, Large or Medium backpack. And thats critical for us, because the big picture in load carriage is the backpack piece, Landry said. Thats where a large percentage of the load and bulk comes from. And its critical that we still have to be able to carry that. All you do is reach back and pull (the IFAK) out, and it doesnt matter what side you pull it out from, Landry said. So if this this (hand) and pull it out, or your buddy can get to it. Such innovation is Landrys calling card at Airborne Division, he began tinkering with outdoor equipment at a young age. My sister taught me how to sew, Landry recalled. Every backpack I got, every piece works. Nothing can be left alone. Nothings perfect in my mind, as far as outdoor equipment, and thats a curse. Its also been a blessing for Soldiers, who have worn equipment all around the world that Landry developed in his lab. The ability to know what they need, as opposed to what they want, is a little bit difIts what I love. Im in a perfect place to do that. under development Shinseki called on employers to enlist veterans in the work of rebuilding our nation. The nation owes those who volunteered to serve in uniform after 9/11 a debt of gratitude, Shinseki said, and we must ensure that veterans who come home from Afghanistan and Iraq get the opportunities they deserve. Obama lauded veterans for their resolve and unparalleled skills and experience. Theyve saved lives in some of the toughest conditions imaginable, he said. Theyve managed convoys and moved tons of equipment over dangerous terrain. Theyve tracked millions of dollars of military assets. Theyve handled pieces of equipment that are worth tens of millions of dollars, he added. They do incredible work. Nobody is more skilled, more precise, more diligent, more disciplined. Obama noted these are challenging times for America, but weve faced challenging times before. On the grounds here youve got a stone from the Pentagon and a beam from the World Trade Center, he said. And that reminds us of our resolve as a people. They remind us that when we come together as one people and as one community, one nation, then we prevail, Obama continued. Thats who we are. America exists because of values and teamwork -generations of Americans working together to build it, the president said. This is a nation where, out of many, we come together as one, Obama said. Those are the values that every veteran understands. JOBS cont. Military kids can apply for scholarships By Elaine Sanchez American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON The deadline is swiftly approaching for the Fisher House Foundations 2012 Scholarships for Military Children Program, conducted at military commissaries worldwide. Applications must be completed and de livered not postmarked, but delivered to a commissary by close of business Feb. 24, according to an agency release. People can pick up applications at their local commis sary or download it from the scholarship programs website. A minimum of one $1,500 scholarship will be awarded at every commissary location where applications are received. The Defense Commissary Agency operates near ly 250 commissaries on military installations around the world, according to its website. The program is open to currently enrolled or college-bound children of active duty, reserve or retired military commissary customers. The scholarships are primarily funded through the manufacturers and suppliers whose products are sold at military commissaries, according to the programs website. The scholarship provides for payment of tuition, books, lab fees and other related expenses. Only at GTMO by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Louis Batchelor Mind Body & Spirit by Hospitalman 3rd Class Dominique Cannon JSMART | MIND, BODY & SPIRI T THE WIRE | PAGE 17 Mens sana in corpore sano is Latin for a sound mind in a sound body. Most people at some point have heard the phrase in some form or another but rarely is it understood. How well you take care of your processes. Such activities as adequate sleep, exercise and a proper diet all contribute to an improved attitude, higher morale and decreased stress. However, if you deprive yourself of these basic needs, your mental health and emotions take the hit. Health magazines and news articles are often full of information about the physical exercise to your body. Few people are aware, however, that physical exercise can In the short-term, physical exercise releases a number of chemicals in the brain called endorphins. In addition to providing you that natural extra kick in your physical training, endorphins also act as mood regulators. That intoxicating calm which washes over you after a hard workout is the result of your brain being saturated with endorphins. And avid long-distance runners would be quick to tell you that their endorphin-induced runners high is what allowed them to push through that last, long stretch. As far as the longsuggests that regular exercise is associated with good cognitive function as you age. exercise can also alleviate the symptoms of depression. This is because in addition to mood regulation, endorphins act as a natural antidepressant. A well balanced and nutritious diet also right provides the brain with the necessary fuel to work at its peak performance. A nutritious meal gives the brain the energy to take on new challenges, handle stress, and make sound decisions. It also gives the brain the building blocks it needs to heal itself and receive more information. However, given the relative diversity of what we can eat and drink here in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, our diets are too often overlooked. Even if we exercise regularly and practice otherwise healthy habits, we can easily deprive ourselves To further improve our mood and mental health, achieving an adequate amount of sleep is crucial. Most people understand the it shouldnt come as a surprise that without it, our emotions go haywire. Lack of sleep not only causes an increase in irritability and pessimism, but also affects memory, attention span, and impairs the executive functions decision making, and risk assessment. Though sleep remains an intensely studied the world, many of its functions remain a medical mystery to this day. What is certain, however, is that an appropriate amount of sleep (6-8 hours on average for an adult) mental functioning. In the stressful Joint Task Force environment, it is easy for us to fall victim to unhealthy habits, from drinking too heavily to living a sedentary lifestyle. By providing our bodies a healthy diet, an active exercise routine, and as much quality sleep as our schedules can permit, we not only reap the health improves as well. Healthy body, healthy mind
MOVIE REVIE W | THE WIRE | PAGE 18 At the end of January, the nominees for the 84th Annual Academy Awards were announced. Leading the pack with 11 nominations is Martin Scorseses Hugo critical acclaim. Unfortunately for the people behind Hugo the movies box Perhaps on Oscar night all will be forgiven and there will be a renewed interest in the picture. On the surface, Hugo appears to be a departure from what movie goers expect from director Martin Scorsese. Over the last 30 years he has made a reputation and a Hollywood career out of gritty hard edged Dont be deceived. Scorsese has been known to make lovely artistic dramas as well. Even now its hard to think that the man who brought us the likes of The Departed (2006) and GoodFellas (1990) is also the same guy who brought us the 19th century Innocence (1993) or Kundun (1997), a To watch Hugo, it is apparent the is celebration of the movies. More importantly, it is about dreamers and the dreams they dream. Who better than Scorsese to bring this story to you? The movie opens in the winter of 1930s Paris. Young Hugo Cabret (Asa Montparnasse train station. He was the ward of his uncle (Ray Winstone) after his father (Jude Law) passed away in a museum several months, leaving no one to wind the clocks in the great station, save for Hugo. He performs his duties daily without fail. Before Hugos father passed away, the father and son had started restoring a dilapidated automaton, which is a mysterious mechanical man that supposedly writes a special message with a pen. Hugo is determined to bring the mechanical man back to life, if only to write Hugo a message which he believes will be from his late father. Everything is a challenge for Hugo. To make ends meet, Hugo steals food to survive and mechanical parts for his machine restoration. He is careful not to get caught by the train station watchman, the inspector Gustav (Sasha Baron Cohen) who is ever vigil and quite experienced in sending orphans into group homes. The at the train station is the toy store owner Georges (Sir Ben Kingsley). Hugo regularly lifts items from his store until a heartbreaking turn of events, Hugos dream of restoring the automaton comes to a bitter end. Hugo has been on his own for so long, hes not too sure how to take the prospect of making a new friend in Georges goddaughter Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz). She has a lively imagination and a love of books. Hugo loves to hear about the stories she reads and he in turn shares with her late father: the cinema. The movies Hugo and his father loved best were the ones rich in imagination where the possibilities of the screen seemed boundless. In fact, one character in Hugo describes the movies as a place where a person could see the dreams from their sleep on the screen. It is pleasant to watch Hugo and Isabelle talk about dreams as if they are an elixir of life. Leave it to true dreamers to see them as such. These are smart kids dealing with the circumstances in their lives on their own terms. You generally dont see kids in the movies with this much passion about what makes them tick. It has been suggested that Hugo is Martin Scorseses autobiography. He has with precise clear vision. Hugo talks about the human drive for visions and imagination. It asks viewers what inspires them and what encourages them to carry on with their daily lives. Sometimes people lose their dreams. When that happens, everything theyve done previous to that can be lost. Hugo also shows us this loss and what it is to reach redemption and become reinvested once again. Hugo easily boasts the best looking visuals used to re-create the past, giving everything a recognizable, yet unearthly quality. The best way to describe it is it looks gritty and feels like something out of a storybook at the same time. All the buildings, machinery, sets and costuming are created in top form. There are a lot of really brilliant metaphors in Hugo that hint about ideas, hopes and dreams. I believe that more than one viewing of this picture can take people to different places with each viewing. Thats an unusual thing to say about a family geared feature. How many features do you know that challenge us to look at ourselves, no matter what our circumstances are, daring us to keep on dreaming? Hugo does the movies and encourages us to celebrate dreaming. HugoBy Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson Movie ReviewR 128 min. Below: Could Hugo be looking for director Martin Scorseses next Academy Award (or 11)? 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made empanadas Tuesday at the February Cooking from Around the World class. Morale Welfare & sample new culture. photo by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa Below: Veterinarian Maj. Todd Thomas of Guantanamo Veterinary Treatment Facility thorough. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park Robin Guy, the J2 senior enlisted leader, reenlisted in the shadow of the Windward Point Lighthouse Feb. 3. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park