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Its a zoo in there! Community library reopens to public 525th Trooper finds solace in rock n roll Chaps, JSMART, MWR, FFSC join forces to help joint forces Volume 13, Issue 24 Friday, April 20, 2012
MWR Liberty is looking for fun facilita tors. Do you have your captains license? Volunteers are needed to take boats out on Texas Holdem poker? Pool? What about ping-pong? Call MWR Liberty at 2010 and volunteer to teach others the your favorite games. Help keep the trails of Gitmo beauti ful and clean. The Trail Blazers are looking for volunteers to help cut grass, trim tree limbs, remove trash and anything else it takes to keep your hikes, trail runs and bike rides fun and easy. For more information, call Martin Sullivan at 8243/8242 or email Martin.E.Sullivan@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil. lenge coins at the NEX Saturday to support wounded military personnel and volunteers. Buy one coin for $10 or three for $25. For more information, call 2511. above, who are interested in the Limited programs are invited to a luncheon at Gold For more information, call Lt. Baldwin at 4650 or Lt. Pecci at 4606. Reggae/hip hop artist Rayvon will per form Saturday at 10 p.m. at the Windjammer Ballroom with Miamis own DJ Epps. minute intervals of GTMO Moves, circuit training kickboxing and yoga at Denich Gym For more information, call 2113. MWR Liberty will take Troopers and Guantanamo Bay residents on another history hike on May 5. This time it will be cen tered around Hicacal. The recompression chamber will be be no civilian and recreational diving during this period. For more information, contact the ComMilitary personnel stationed at Guantanamo Bay are encouraged to exercise their right to vote using absentee ballots. For more information, call Lt. Cdr. Smith Radio GTMO is holding a Radiothon to 4 p.m. Proceeds go to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. For more information, visit www.face book.com/RadioGTMO, or call 3333 or 2100. Record a Guantanamo shout-out to all ones a personalized message this Mothers Monday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, call 8200 or email Robert.W.Stephenson@jtfgtmo.southcom. mil. Watch Jon Bones Jones and Suga RaOKellys Irish Pub. 28, 2-6 p.m. featuring a performance by the Dirty Sock Funtime Band. For more information, call 84616. LDOs who lunch No pressure, man! Radiothon fund drive Fitness Aerobathon I love you, Mom! Trail Blazers Volunteer everywhere Red Cross challenge coin sale DJ! Turn it up! UFC 145 at OKellys History hike sequel Day at the Bay Your vote counts NEWS FROM THE BAY THE WIRE | PAGE 3 INDEXThe Wire April 20, 2012 TSP, part II 193rd Troopers say uncle Nom nom burgers 525th Trooper rocks out Library reopens, with giraffes Cartoon: Batman & Robin Movie Review: WanderlustThe 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 1,300.5 8 9 10 12 17 18Ccommand orner Cmd. Master Chief Reynaldo TiongCommand Master Chief, JTF Guantanamo Joint Task Force Guantanamo Safe Humane Legal Transparent Cover: A watchful giraffe can be seen in the childrens section of the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Community Library, which reopened to the public April 12 after an extensive renovation project. The library serves thousands of Naval Station community members and Joint Task Force Troopers every year. photo by Spc. Ryan Hallock s my tenure here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo comes to an end, interactions I have had with people I have met and worked with in the last 12 months. My experience here has been overwhelmingly positive as I have been blessed to work with two rear admirals, two brigadier generals, and three chiefs of staff. I also have been able to meet many professionals from all branches of service who have had an impact on my life. Even though my overall experience has been great, I have to admit there have been some very challenging times here. So if I could leave you all with some advice based on my experience here this is what the good in each other. Rise above, Troopers. Rise above personality differences. Rise above petty differences. Rise above those who are inconsiderate or rude. Rise above reacting out of frustration or anger. Rise above the critics and naysayers. Remember what Thumper said in the movie Bambi? If you cant say something nice, dont say nothin at all. Start with that simple rule. Make a decision to start being kind to those around you so you can begin to create a positive environment. Sometimes, that kindness starts as simply keeping your mouth shut when you have the opportunity to really stick it to someone you dont really care for. Show respect to one another. Respect isnt only about standing at attention or parade rest, especially when we talk about showing Respect is often shown most clearly in the little things. Dont interrupt people when they are talking. Include everyone in your conversations. Look others in the eye when they are speaking to you. These and other seemingly minor considerations for others can have a major impact on the level of respect in your relationships. Ralph Marston, The Daily Motivator If you do get treated rudely or inconsiderately by another, reach deep in to of you that was willing to and apply it to the individual who slighted you and think but rather be kind, you could be the one who helps them turn their attitude around and maybe even make their day better. Troopers, you are among a special class of citizens who have chosen to serve your of you have volunteered to put yourself in harms way and frequently be separated from loved ones in your call to duty. You deserve each others respect. Look out for each other with kindness. Rise above, Troopers, rise above. 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 WireCommand Information Officer Army 1st. Lt. Amelia Thatcher Editorial Staff Army Sgt. Saul Rosa Spc. Ryan Hallock Spc. Vanessa Davila Pvt. Loren Cook Photojournalists Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson Army Staff Sgt. Lewis Hilburn Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Keith Simmons Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho ParkContact usEditors Desk: 3499 Commercial: 011-5399-3499 DSN: 660-3499 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.htmlRise above, Troopers: all of you have volunteered to put yourself in harms way and frequently be separated from loved ones in your call to duty. You deserve each others respect. COMMAND CORNER THE WIRE | PAGE 2
W the Thrift Savings Program (TSP) is too conservative in the limited offerings of investment funds, those experts must never have spoken to the 4.5 million people who have $308 billion invested. Eighty-six percent of TSP investors were when surveyed in 2011. More than half of the survey participants said TSP competition was above other investment options. That kind of satisfaction could come from not what contributors look upon as a limitation, but more at the simplicity of being able Once you expose your money to (invest ment) risk, you can reap the rewards of it going up in value for you, but you also get the downside if it goes down, according to WalFleet and Family Support Center at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Money contributed to TSP is similar to 401K retirement plans offered by civilian employers. You are leaving the secure and safe deposit and entering uninsured world of investments and the stock market. TSP contributors enter the investment waters more or less on their own, without the aid stick their toes into the water at www.tsp.gov. This is where you begin once you start TSP deductions and you have received your PIN in the mail. Initially, all TSP contributions are allocated to the G Fund, the government securities fund which offers consistent rates that are lower than riskier investments. Last year the G Fund averaged 2.45 percent. That PIN and your social security number allow access to your account whether on the website or through the Thriftline at 1-TSPaccess points allow you to get balance and allocation information, make interfund transfers and change fund allocation percentages. The fund allocation is where choices are made to invest in various individual or life cycle funds. Next week we will go into greater detail about each funds investment goal and how to view the risks versus rewards. The TSP website offers the current rates offered on each fund, which are calculated after stock and bond markets close. The daily net earnings for each investment fund minus fees are divided into the total number of shares. What you will see is a incremental change in share prices, what investors need to focus according to experts is the long term, year after year performance of fund in relationship to your retirement goals. Internal Revenue Services rules govern ticipant may leave their funds in the TSP, but must withdraw the entire balance or receive lowing the year the member reaches the age service members may roll over a TSP account into a qualifying retirement account, either loan provision, but Barrett warns, the money There are two types of TSP loans and a service member can have one of each type active at any one time. The minimum term al loans and up to 15 years for the residence loan. The loans start at $1,000 and the maximum is $50,000, depending on the amount of contributions in the account. Loans are repaid through payroll deduc tion. There is no penalty for pre-payment and the G Fund return rate is the interest rate charged at the time the application is processed. That low interest rate is enticing, but Bar rett warns that money borrowed is losing the ability to earned income and dilutes the power of compounding. Look at it as a retirement vehicle. You need to leave it alone so it can compound, said Barrett. Barrett added that TSP contributors benwith much lower costs to run the program. The expense ratio is .025 percent compared to industry averages that are more than 10 to 25 times higher. For example it costs 25 cents to manage a $1,000 in TSP, while the average expense ratio in 2010 for money market funds would put that cost at $2.80 for that same amount invested. Barrett is available every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fleet and Family Supto set up an appointment. did you know... The Joint Task Force Intranet has classified ads! Click through the new SharePoint page with the Intranet tab. Scroll down to classifieds under useful JTF links and see what your buddies have for sale! Someone here must be going off island soon buy their furniture! JTF stuff!MONEY MATTERS By Sgt. First Class Kryn Westhoven The alphabet soup of TSP funds Make the G fund a viable option NEWS THE WIRE | PAGE 5 Money really does matter, especially when it comes to building a nest egg: this is part two of a three-part series on managing Thrift Savings Program funds. Communication is a tool we use to get others to understand what we expect of them. Effective Communication, on the other hand, ensures that your instructions are understood exactly as you meant it to be understood. Communication is simply the act of giving instructions and not really stat ing your expectations. vide lunch relief for the Quarterdeck today; however, what you really want is for them to provide relief for the entire week. It is truly amazing how the omission of one small word can make such a big difference. Using effective communication would Effective communication is a skill the best leaders possess and they get the most out of their personnel. These leaders are usually tion. They sometimes come across as being overbearing or micromanaging. The bottom line is they get more done with less because of their ability to effectively communicate. When we fail at communication, we fail at the single most important aspect of leading others. We are judged and evaluated by our peers and superiors on how well we communicate up and down the chain of command. Failure to clearly communicate can render catastrophic results and tear an organization down. Effective communication is like a blue print that contractors use when building a house. Each part of the blueprint is spe plumber and the carpenter. Each individual blueprint and it is not effectively communicated, your four bedroom home may now become a three bedroom home instead. Effective communication is critical not only in our place of business; it is also alive and relevant in our everyday life. There is no subwho think they do not need to work on their communication skills could be leading under ten make mistakes, and when I think about what I said versus what I actually wanted, they are sometimes two different things. Effective communication is something for themselves, but for the sake of others as well. Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troop ers of all levels work a no-fail mission, and effective communication is crucial to its suc cess.Trooper to Trooper the power of effective communication Master Sgt. James JohnsonJ NCOIC TROOPER TO TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 4 PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! Identity theft happens every dayIdentity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information, like your name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. The crime takes many forms. Identity thieves may rent an apartment, obtain a credit card, or establish a telephone account in your name. You may not find out about the theft until you review your credit report or a credit card statement and notice charges you didnt make or until youre contacted by a debt collector. Identity theft is serious. Some identity theft victims spend hundreds of dollars and many days repairing damage to their good name and credit record. Some consumers victimized by identity theft may lose out on job opportunities, or be denied loans for education, housing or cars because of negative information on their credit reports. Protect yourself from identity thieves. Practice good OPSEC!
TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 6 If youve arrived at the Naval Station Guantanamo eight months youve probably been greeted by Sgt. Xenia Luna. She is responsible for inprocessing arriving troops, and she does it with a big smile. I get to see everybody plane, she said. I like that. It is no surprise then that the thing Luna has enjoyed the most about her 15 years in service has been the people. Youre only going to meet people for a few months but youll be surprised the friendships you develop in the short time span you know them, she said. It will carry you for years to come. Lunas vibrant personality is present everywhere. It is hard to miss the pink bedazzled stapler and computer mouse Master Sgt. James Johnson says that Lunas warm personality is her greatest trait. Make no mistake though; there are many reasons why she is an asset to her team. Luna is currently serving as a human resources specialist in Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, but she is also MOS (Military Occupation Specialty) and military police Soldier. Back in Florida she is the fullfor her reserve unit, the 641st the majority of the preparations for the units deployment to Guantanamo Bay. The cherry criminal justice. I look at a persons body of work. Not necessarily what they do in one mission. Its what they bring to the table as a whole and I think Sgt. Luna has done exceptionally well, said Johnson. What do you think about the Navys new uniform?The new uniforms look like guacamole! Yeoman 2nd Class Breanna Brown The new uniforms look better than the blues. They look a lot like ours in the Marine Corps. USMC Sgt. Rose Coleman Its great. Its better fitting and cooler-feeling. Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Marijka Temple I didnt like the blues, but these are so much better. Spc. John Demeres Boots on the Ground By Spc. Vanessa Davila Time in service: 15 years Hobbies: Sudoku, crossword puzzles, decorating T he boss says: She has a very warm, pleasant personality. Shes friendly, very outgoing, and always smiling. Advice to junior T roopers: You will make a lot of mistakes; learn from them but also learn from others mistakes. Two Sailors were interviewed about their use of Spice and the consequences it ended their careers in less than two months. brig and separation from the Navy in March, the two Sailors volunteered to come forward and talk about how the use of synthetic drugs affected their names were withheld for the purpose of this story. I was a little bit surprised, but I had a feeling when I got caught my life was going to change, said Joel, who was caught in possession of Spice. In February 2012, two Hawaii-based Sailors, Joel and Bridgette, were arrested after a Spice concealed on their person and inside their vehicle. Spice, a synthetic drug, looks similar to marijuana or oregano and is used for its psychoactive and hallucinogenic effects. The Navy has zero tolerance for drug abuse, including the use of de signer and synthetic compounds such as Spice. the two Sailors were court-mar tialed and sentenced to 30 days thirds pay for one month and reduction to E-1. For both Joel and Bridgette, Spice and other synthetic drugs their peers, the illegal products are falsely marketed by manufac turers in commercial-like packages as a safe way to get high while avoiding drug testing. Stephen Ludwig, the evi dence custodian for the Criminal Investigation Division of Commander Navy Region Hawaii, said the military in Hawaii is the biggest customer of synthetic drug sales. He said the artwork on the packaging can look very attractive, no one would guess that they actually contain illegal substances. It did not take long for Spice to have a negative effect on both Joel and Bridgette. away, I felt groggy, said Joel. I felt tired. I woke up in the morning puking for like 10 minutes at a time. Lt. Jg. John White, a Navy judge advocate assigned at the waii, said that using Spice puts ones career at risk, but there is also the risk to the users health. When on Spice, ones mental faculties are diminished, making it potentially fatal when one is working on military vessels, aircraft or with weaponry, where errors in judgment can cost lives, said White. Joel and Bridgette were both discharged from the Navy at the end of March 2012. The Navys capacity for test ing for designer drugs will conyear 2012 the Navy will invest ic chemical compounds and expects to increase that amount to Theyre going to see Spice everywhere they go because its a bigger problem than people actually realize, said Bridgette. Malware makes numerous system modifications which then make it extremely difficult to terminate unauthorized activities and remove the program. It also causes realistic, interactive security warnings to be displayed to the computer user. Criminals distribute this type of malware using search engines, emails, social networking sites, Internet advertisements and other malware. The presence of pop-ups displaying unusual security warnings and asking for credit card or personal information is the most obvious method of identifying a fake antivirus infection. Fake antivirus software use fake names to mimic real antivirus software. Some examples are Internet Antivirus Pro, Antivirus 360, and Antivirus System PRO. Be cautious when visiting web links or opening attachments from unknown senders. Keep software patched and updated. To purchase or renew software subscriptions, visit the vendor sites directly. Monitor your credit cards for unauthorized activity. COMMAND INFORMATION THE WIRE | PAGE 7 re: information assurance Super Troopers Congratulations to the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers who recently received commanders coins! SPC Cox SCPO Hanson SPC Hayes LTC Holcombe MCPO Roberts TSGT Sprake PFC SwearingenFake antivirus is malicious software (malware) designed to steal information from unsuspecting users by mimicking legitimate security software.The consequences of using SpiceFrom Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs
THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FEATURE The mental health and welfare of Troop ers is one of the many factors in the success of the Joint Task Force Mission. Four organizations stand in the forefront in the battle to ensure Troopers wellbeing, and now theyre located next to one another. The Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration Team, the Troopers Chapel, and Fleet Family and Support Center held a Burger Welfare and Recreation (MWR) to showcase their new facilities and let Troopers know that their services are available. We all worked together to make this happen, said Joint Task Force Command of people pitched in a cooperative spirit. Now that the four organizations share the same buildings, they can cooperate better to identify and help solve Troopers problems. Lets say you came to see me as a chap lain and you have various things going in your life, said Thom I might say your problem isnt a spiritual problem and so Im going to either take you over to the Fleet and Family Each chain of support offers Troopers different services or techniques to address their issues and stresses. The Fleet and Family Support Center offers Troopers deployed to Guantanamo Bay a wide range of services and programs rang education and counseling. We offer counseling and assistance for Troopers and everyone on the island, said Kathy Selves the Licensed Clinical Social Work Director. We are there to help support the Trooper and make sure they can do their job by helping them take care of their personal issues. out to Troopers through one-one and group counseling. Our mission is to support all the JTF and help get them through what their mission is, with co-workers, work or with things going on back home and its getting to their breaking point, were there to support them. moral guidance to deployed Troopers and can be a private channel for Troopers to talk about their personal problems. The Chap lains also offers programs to help Troop ers maintain contact with their loved ones in unconventional ways, such as the United Through Reading. The program lets Troop ers record and send a video message to their families back home. MWR threw their talents into Fridays Burger Burn by grilling chicken and hamburgers for the Troopers who came down most often remembered for the R in their name, the MWR is dedicated to the morale and welfare of Troopers. I think it all goes hand in hand, said Jill Lynch, the MWR Liberty program manager. If you are out there enjoying yourself in the recreational area, your morale and welfare is not at work. With the organizations now collocated next to one another, the cooperative support can be appreciated by all members of the JTF. I have attended several of the classes with the Fleet and Family Support Center, said Tech. Sgt. David Poitras of the Prime Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron. I feel that they all do a lot for the troops here.By Army Sgt. Saul Rosa Cmd. Master Chief Renaldo Tiong, JSMART Lt. Erin Graham, Joint Task Force Chaplain Capt. Bradley Thom, Kathy Selves of the Fleet and Family Support Center, Joint Medical Group Commander Capt. Richard Stoltz, and Joint Task Force Chaplain Lt. Col. Alan Chouest gathered to cut the cake at a Burger Burn on April 13. photo by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa a whole different environment down here at Guantanamo compared to what they may have been trained for at Pre-service training covers a wide variety of different subjects, including behavioral science, cultural awareness training, water survival training, preventive medicine, and unarmed selfdefense. These Soldiers have a complex mission, Renn said. While the training is focused toward detention facility operations, Soldiers in supporting roles receive the same training. were still Soldiers even though were here for support, said Pfc. Edwina Figueroa, a paralegal with the battalion. My favorite part was the water survival training, said Pvt. Breyana Lewis, a food service specialist. device. Pre-service training is an integral part of the battalions commitment to provide tough, realistic training to all Soldiers. Its our job as NCOs to provide these Soldiers with the training they need not just to do their job here, but to tackle any task they may face, Renn said.525th MP Bn. conducts pre-service training Background: Staff Sergeant Richard Renn demonstrates a defensive tactic to Troopers in the 525th Military Police Battalion. New Troopers with the battalion practice Unarmed Self Defense training as part of their pre-service course. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ty Bjornson FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 8 group of Soldiers gathered in a circle in the baseball diamond at Cooper Field. Suddenly, pairs of Soldiers got on their knees, faced each other, and started pushing and pulling one another, trying to force each to the turf, they began rolling around with each other, each trying to get a dominant position. These Soldiers were conducting just one part of the pre-service training conducted by the 525th Military Police Battalion in the past week. Pre-service training is given to all new Troopers when they arrive at the 525th and is designed to put new personnel on an equal footing with veterans of the unit. Troopers newly assigned to the 525th MP Battalion are already trained and drills before they arrive, but the pre-service training they receive upon arrival ensures they are experts at their craft. We give new Soldiers specialized training for a specialized mission, said Staff Sgt. Richard Renn, the battalions Specialized training for a specialized missionBy Pvt. Loren Cook
Top: 525th Military Police Battalions Master Sgt. Vince North rocked out with Genius Kong at the Tiki Bar. 525TH LEADER LETS THE GOOD TIMES ROCK N ROLLW Vince Ollie North ar rived to Guantanamo Bay with the 525th Military Police Battalion, he already knew how he wanted to spend his free time. Self-taught on the electric guitar, North sought out the Gitmo music scene and found a home in rock quintet Genius Kong. I ran into another member of the band and simply mentioned that I play guitar, he said, describing how he met his fellow rockers. North called himself a metal child of the s and a musician by habit. Im not formally trained, he said. I dont read music; Ive been playing by ear for so many years, I just pick up songs. You can develop a lot of musical theory just by listening. Norths music was a staple hobby dur where he played guitar night Thursdays. Now as the lead guitarist for Genius Kong, hes out of the barracks and play ing for audiences at OKellys Irish Pub, 199th Birthday celebration. We do the crowd-pleasers, contem porary rock and old school metal, North said. Pretty much everyone in the world likes the (Red Hot) Chili Peppers. Norths six-string echoed across the Tiki Bar patio into the fading late after 1st Class Mike Braun and rhythm guitarist from U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay; drew Perry and drummer Jamie Bodlovic their set. With three shows now under their belts, the rockers of Genius Kong are here to stay. Mostly. We have some personnel changes coming up, North said, referring to Brauns upcoming departure. But Genius Kong should have no North is around to act as the Pied Piper of musicians. Kryptonite Bad Fish Snuff Like a Stone Lollipop The Kids Arent Alright Simple Man Brain Stew Let the Good Times Roll Twilight Zone By Army 1st. Lt. Amelia Thatcher Photos by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa Genius Kong, left to right Master Sgt. Vince North, guitar Andrew Perry, bass FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 10 THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FEATURE
THE WIRE | PAGE 13 FEATURE By Spc. Ryan HallockThere is no knowledge that is not power. to any motivated Trooper. So where does one obtain knowledge? Where does the quest for enlightenment begin? Let us enter the library. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Community Library at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba enough brain food to feed the entire island. The library closed in February to undergo renovations. It hadnt had any work done to it in at least librarian. The carpet was worn, stained and pink. The walls were really worn down. We get thousands of people a year coming through here and you could really see the wear and tear. With the improvements completed, the librarys new atmosphere provides a relaxing environment and welcomes all those hungry for knowledge and entertainment. The library offers something for all ages with more than 25,000 items to check out. Books, audio books and DVDs are readily available for check key to the untapped knowledge on the shelves. Thats really the beauty of public libraries, the access to information for everyone, said Roumell. Guantanamo Bay to JFK. Sunlight radiates through the library windows and readers paperbacks. That familiar, pleasant booksmell lingers in the air; a smell a reader cant get from his brand new Kindle. The leather recliners are perfect for an afternoon read, and better yet, if one has the luxury of time, a nap. There are 18 brand new computers all updated workstation has a free web cam providing guests with the ability to connect with loved ones across the world. If youre lying in bed late at night wondering what your family and friends are doing, take comfort in the fact that new LED lights and extra electrical outlets were installed outside of the library. Free wireless internet is available between six a.m. and one a.m. for the public to set up camp with their laptops and mobile devices. Seth Bustillos, who uses the librarys WiFi to contact home. Skype works and Im able to see my family. Its nice to see them; I usually contact them about once a week. Roumell expects new items to come in monthly and takes requests for new orders. The library offers free books and many are brand new or newly released. If you havent been to the library since your grandmother took you when you were little, come check out this one. Kick back and let the stress of life deployment as you dive into a new book and mind adventure. Imagination is a wonderful thing, said Roumell. I always like seeing the movie that goes along with Enter the MWR library and gain power from the knowledge within. With much-needed renovations now complete, MWR reopens the library doors FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 12 Library HoursMon.Sat., 8 a.m. p.m. Sun. & Holidays, 12 p.m. p.m. The MWR Community Library boasts more than 25,000 lendable items and serves thousands of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay community members and Joint Task Force Troopers every year. The recently completed renovation replaced worn carpeting, paint, and the wear-and-tear from years of devoted bookworms visits. photos by Spc. Ryan Hallock
O N THE WING ends chapter in aerospace history in Earths orbit, the space shuttle The last moments in the air for Discovery began at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., mounthangar at the Smithsonians Steven F. Udvarthe same spot the shuttle Enterprise occu pied since the centers opening in 2003, according to Dr. Valerie Neal, the curator at Discovery, Enterprise was only a test vehicle and Space Museum in New York. On duty since 1984, Discovery was the third orbiter that was built and is now the all different types of missions shuttles were assigned, said Neal. In our view, its the tell the story of the shuttle era. Most visitors will be shocked by the immense size of the orbiter, which on TV often seemed dwarfed by its external tank and booster rockets, Neal said. Others may wonder about the shuttles outer condition. Its exterior is well worn and the black tiles of its heat shield show the scars that earths terior or repaint it, Neal said. We wanted mission. Changes to the orbiters were minor, Neal said, but included required deinstallation of maneuvering pods, which contained traces of hazardous fuels, and the removal of the ning to reuse in the future. shuttle takes its place among the Enola Gay and other iconic aircraft, it also puts a close missions, civil and military, on the shuttle once it became operational, said Rick Sturdevant, the deputy director of history supposed to become the only launch ve personnel doubted it was a good idea to put all of our eggs in one basket. However, as the shuttle approached, construction of a shuttle launch comlif., and a Shuttle Operations and PlanColo., Sturdevant said. One of the primary reasons for the creation of Space Command was the intention of administrating and planning shuttle operations for the Depart ment of Defense. While much of these installations were never used to full caservices, such as range support during launches and tracking of orbital debris in protection of the shuttle. Sturdevant said he believes the shuttle caused Force leadership to think more operationally about The shuttle was supposed to become essen into orbit. For 30 years, it was the premier aerospace vehicle in the world, said Tom Jones, a former shuttle pilot. It was the most complex machine ever built and had capabilities in space that have yet to be matched, thirty years after it came onto the scene. The shuttle established a semblance of routine space seemed like it was no longer going to be extraordinary, but that it was becoming a normal enter prise of the United States. sister-ships were destroyed dur ing operations. In 1986, Chal lenger exploded shortly after take-off, and in 2003, Columbia was torn apart during re-entry into earths atmosphere. Dur ing both accidents, all seven crew members were lost. In many ways, the orbiter left a bitter taste in the mouth the National Research By Airman 1st Class Alexander Riedel Defense Media Activity AT YOUR SERVICE THE WIRE | PAGE 14 see DISCOVERY next pageSpace shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles. NASA will transfer Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum to begin its new mission to commemorate past achievements in space and to educate and inspire future generations of explorers. NASA photo Council. It helped de velop a number of important technologies, and delivered numer payloads. But the military did not get as much out of the program as hoped, and stopped DoD shuttle operations after the Challenger tragedy. People died in very public ways, said Day, who worked on the Columbia accident investigation board in 2003. There were no ejection seats, no escape pods, Day said. If the vehicle was damaged, the crew was doomed. It was a bad situation. The shuttle educated the military about having a distributed way of getting into or bit, said Jones. Challenger only exposed the vulnerability of having only one way of get ting your payloads into space. broadened its base, said Jones. What the orbiter did gain for the military was cutting-edge experience on human operations in space, explained Jones. Now, full advantage of the lessons learned. It took a lot more maintenance than was anticipated, said Neal, and maintenance took never deployed as routinely as desired. It was a very expensive vehicle, said vehicle. former shuttle pilot, said the shuttle lasting legacy will be its contribution to building the International Space Station. Sixteen different nations are involved, forming what is often called the largest international program since the cooperation of legacy is the Hubble Space telescope, which the shuttle carried into orbit. Force squadron to the astronaut corps, was an easy one. There is real joy in working as a team and experience tremendous teamwork with people that are very dedicated, very much like it crews. It was a talented, educated and disciplined team, that was very passionate about what they do. shuttle operations called for precision, professionalism and complete immersion in the job, said Jones. Memories of experiences with the shut tles will always stay with the astronauts, they said. To look down onto our home this said Jones. It is so lovely that tears came to upon what you are seeing. anything possible on earth. only glide back to earth. There was no way to try the landing again you only got one chance. deputy for the debris recovery operation. While the nation was in shock, he said he lost friends. The community of astronauts is very small. We all know each other. Some even problem and get back to the mission. You cant let it stop you, said Casper. and you cant stop exploring in space. But the shuttle mission is over and new technology is needed to move onto bigger and better things, said Casper. But a certain sadness remains for the astronaut and space enthusiasts alike. Most shuttles have about 25 to 35 Thinking that the shuttles were old and decrepit is a common misconception, said Neal. in 2011 were hardly the same as in 1984, said Neal. It was the same airframe, but a lot of the technology inside was new, said Neal. For Casper, now an assistant for program strong space program is an essential political and military tool of the future, he said. Venturing into space is a demonstration to the world that we have the ability and the will to do so, he said. It is a necessary extenmission. One important mission for the shuttle will continue even at the museum it will continue to inspire. Seeing the U.S. Flag hanging on the hangar wall behind the shuttle, just like it did when it was in its assembly and servicing hangar, you realize that the shuttle is an icon for the United States, Neal said. Neals team wanted to make the arrival at the museum as accessible as possible, she museum and seeing the shuttle will be free to the public -after all it was the public that has all along, Neal insisted. This is the spacecraft of your generayou never made it to a launch or landing, you really owe it to yourself to see how the U.S. went into space during your lifetime. Come and take pride and ownership in it. MISSION FIRST vilians have a unique opportunity to support military hospitals, ships, combat support hospitals and medics on the frontline regardless of where they are stationed by giving blood Blood Program. the United States that provides quality blood products and services to customers worldwide in peace and war. 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iron gate and lets in a group of women who had seen the handwritten Se Vende, or For Sale, sign in the window of his home. He gives them a tour of the dining room, the brightly lit patio and the kitchen, pointing out selling points including high ceilings and colThe women appear unimpressed, but that does not seem to bother Ulloa. He already has several offers for the home in Havana. for 20 years. Because this place is too big for me, he said. I want to downsize, look for a smaller place for me and my son, and have money left over to live on. That is allowed under a law passed last year that permits the sale of real estate in market, with homes being sold at informal street exchanges as well as on websites such as cubisima.com and revolico.com. Recently, President Barack Obama faced criticism from other leaders at the Summit democratic reforms in Cuba before the Unit ed States will lift its 50-year-old economic embargo against the island nation. But Cuba is pushing through economic reforms in the hope of preserving the political status quo. In Cuba, we are updating the Cuban economic model to make our socialism sustion, Vice President of the Council of State Manuel Murillo, told reporters covering Pope Benedict XVIs recent visit. bargain in many other markets, but it needs work. Crumbling Corinthian columns are buttressed by wooden struts. Plaster has crumbled from the ceiling to reveal rusted steel reinforcing bars. Owner Francisco Prats says President Raul Castros reforms are necessary. The world is developing and this society is part of that world and also has to develop, he said. lapidated architecture harks back to a more prosperous era. So do the classic automobiles 1950s Studebakers, Cadillac Fleetwoods and de Villes that now can also be sold by individuals. Since taking over from his brother Fidel, Raul Castro has recognized the need for change, says Philip Peters of the Lexington Institute research group near Washington, D.C. It is an economy that does not produce enough and the government has been very blunt about saying that, he said. Cuba suffered severe shortages and economic crisis. But the farm sector was restructured in the 1990s and markets now teem with the organically grown produce. On the streets, the reforms of the last year-and-a-half have increased the number of small entrepreneurs selling ice cream, eggs and crafts. La Casa is one of a growing number of home restaurants known as paladares that have been around since the 1990s. Co-owner Silvia Cardoso reveals her se cret of success.Lots of work and trying to obtain quality products even if it means less earnings, she said. adares increasingly cater to local clientele. Cardosos husband, Manuel Robaina, worked in restaurants before Cubas communist revolution and says his business is not about profits. I have never looked at it like a capitalist because I have bad memories of that, he said. Cuba reforms economy in effort to preserve political system AROUND THE WORLD THE WIRE | PAGE 16 By Jerome Socolovsky Voice of America News IN T HE FIGHT Moroccans, 24th MEU Marines prep for completion of Exercise Africa Lion 2012 talion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Battalion Landing Team, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit Morocco. Starting at their encampments, Marines and Moroccan soldiers boarded helicopters, erally to eliminate a simulated enemy threat. The entire goal of this exercise is to be able to combine forces, integrate and complete a mission using both countries style of tactics, said Lance Cpl. Samuel-Jesse Landry, a squad automatic weapon gunner with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, BLT, 24th MEU. I think we did that. The multinational force was cooperating days prior to the rehearsal and was able to complete the mission in less than 15 minutes. Landry thought this was important, not only success in future operations. Maybe one day down the road, since were allies, well need to cooperate and lean on the Moroccans expertise in a real world mission, he said. Squad leader Sgt. Justin B. Orange added he would be glad if he had the opportunity to work alongside his Moroccan counterparts in the future. had a good time out here training with them, he said. Theyve picked up quickly on the things weve taught them, and they actually showed us how they embarked and departed from helicopters. Landry said the experience hes had with the Moroccan service members at Cap Draa was a memorable one. Ive never been out of the U.S., Ive never seen big sand dunes, and Ive never communicated with people from another country, so about, Landry said. Not many people can say theyve ever done the things Ive gotten to do here. volving various types of training including peace keeping operations, an intelligence capacity building seminar, aerial refueling/lowdental assistance projects. The annual exercise is designed to improve interoperability and mutual understanding of each nations military tactics, techniques and procedures. By Lance Cpl. Tyler Main Marine Forces Africa Navigating the sandstorms of marriageIn March 2003 coalition forces pressed into Iraq from Kuwait despite a blinding sandstorm of near apocalyptic magnitude deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Like many others he had been married only a few months. His sweetheart anxiously waited for his return home and deployment they had a phone conversation that was formative. The young bride said, I cant take it anymore. I cant do this. a devout Christian he never thought his marriage would fall apart. He loved her. She loved him. They loved God. Why couldnt they make it work? Have you ever found yourself in a relationship sandstorm? Visibility is so low, communication and progress grind to a halt. Tensions run high. For a time it feels like you are never going to make it. Maybe the tensions blow over and the dust settles, but the damage is done. principles for life in the Hebrew and Christian in counseling or premarital counseling is marriage is an equal complimenting half to his or her spouse. Imagine a piece of paper torn in half. Each half has a smooth edge and a jagged edge. Husband and wife bring their own strengths (smooth edges) to the relationship. They also bring their weaknesses (jagged edges) but unlike paper our jagged edges can grow. Lets call them growing edges instead. Your role in marriage is to learn your own strengths and growing edges. Your next role is to learn your spouses strengths and growing edges and become a complement to those growing edges. We encourage them in their growth and try hard not to get upset when they act out of their jagged edge. I am not saying we allow destructive behavior to go unchecked like substance abuse or domestic violence. I am referring to those times of disagreement that with your spouse; not whos right. One not getting my way. When we allow competing goals and dreams, when we have more than one mind, when we see our spouses growing edges as annoying and not an opportunity to show love, when we operate as more than one person, it is not healthy. me. My wife and I made it through that deployment and will celebrate 11 years of marriage this year. In addition to talking and listening to folks with wisdom (e.g. chaplain, counselor, pastor) we also read books. We learned about our own strengths and growing edges. We then learned about each others. In 2003, the dust storm ended and the coalition forces marched successfully to Baghdad. Know that the storms of your marriage will blow over and in years to come you can celebrate the victories. Love. love some more.Only at GTMO by Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson MIND, BODY & SPIRIT THE WIRE | PAGE 17 Mind Body & Spirit by Navy Lt. Jeremy Selitto NEGB Chaplain Chaps recommends the following reading list, for great relationship success: For Men Only: A Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women, by Shaunti Feldhahn For Women Only: What You Need to Know about the Inner Lives of Men, by Shaunti Feldhahn The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, by Gary Chapman
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I couldnt help but think of Lisa as I watched Wanderlust, the latest Paul Rudd and In addition to Lisa, there were many characters in the movie that I could totally relate to. That the people in the movie that reminded me of many people Ive met over the years and still hold friendships with to this very day. Wanderlust opposite end of the spectrum, is a materialistic character of great independent wealth with Wow, do I know my fair share of these guys in real life too. These self-employed businessmen may they might not be happy. I am also sure many do not know what they really want. something yuppie-wannabe couple George (Rudd, I Love The Bounty Hunter), who are trying to make it in New York City. They purchased an overpriced micro-sized apartment believing, no, hoping this is the world for them. They want to be self-sustaining employer goes bankrupt, he Lindas documentary pitch to HBO also didnt pan out. Down and out in todays economy, things look really grim. Georges self-serving brother Rick (Ken Marino, Californication) offers to take George and Linda into his oversized Georgia home and give George a job. On their way, George and Linda take lodging at Elysium, a free-spirited commune off the beaten path. It is here, George and Linda encounter a variety of kind, yet eccentrically open souls. George and Linda immensely enjoy their Elysium stay. They are welcomed by those who dwell there to live with them, but they decide to continue on their way to Georges brothers place. makes it to Ricks enormous a miserable life Rick leads. Hes arrogant, condescending and adulterous. His bored wife Marissa (Michaela Watkins, Enlightened) is perpetually boozed-up to help her cope with loneliness and a virtual nonexistence. Deciding to leave it all behind, George and Linda elect to move into the Elysium commune. out of water story. There are some funny bits about George and Linda trying to grasp the concepts of free-spiritedness. great as the former hippie Carvin who helped to buy this property of societys materialism and regular overindulgences have helped Calvin to remain as the gentle being that he is. Probably one of the most memorable characters in the movie is Wayne (Joe Lo Truglio, Role Models). He is a nudist vintner who likes to write novels and screenplays. It doesnt matter if the material he writes is boring and mundane. Hes a happy camper no matter what. is what will stand out for most people. The sultry Eva (Malin about a free-love encounter with the married George. Meanwhile the maniacal Seth (Justin Theroux, Your Highness) has designs of his own in store for Linda and the fate of the commune. There is an earnest sappiness about those living at Elysium. Each character exhibits a strong dislike and mistrust of the world outside. They are perfectly content with themselves and their spiritual journeys. For them, there is no other way to live. These characters are rather chipper and, unfortunately, contrived. Maybe thats why Im giving this movie a mediocre two and a half banana rats. I felt the subject of a yuppie couple moving to a rural commune was ripe for a comedic Ive heard about what goes on in these places, including how genuine and dear the people who reside in them are, would lend to a very interesting and very humorous movie. However, in the case of Wanderlust, I couldnt help but feel that the characters on the screen are fairly stereotypical ones. They were one-dimensional cookiecutter weirdos, so to speak. Sure, there were some funny bits in this picture, but not enough for me to recommend it. Where were the big laughs? story should have been off the hook with side-splitting laughs. Why werent they there? Wanderlust was directed by David Wain, who also did Models (2008). The cast features some of the usual actors (The 40 Year Old Virgin and Superbad) potty-mouth the makings for a great overthe-top comedy seemed to be in place for Wanderlust, but the to me. With this much talent involved, theres no excuse for Wanderlust to be as pedestrian as it is. with likable folks. It aspires to be more than what it is and it shows. I hope the topic of communal free-spirited living will be willing to do something daring and outrageously funny with the material. Hopefully those sense to talk to Lisa. Man, does she have some great stories. Now any one of those tales would be this movie was.
Left: Troopers with the 525th Military Police Battalion waded out of the Caribbean after completing a water survival training exercise April 11. The exercise was conducted as part of pre-service training for new Troopers with the battalion. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson Background: The sun rose over the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay lighthouse April 18. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park