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ALWAYS MOTHERS: HOME OR DEPLOYED Volume 13, Issue 27 Friday, May 11, 2012


Rear Adm. David Woods Commander, JTF Guantanamo There has been a lot going on at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Last week we hosted Gen. Douglas Fraser, Commander, U.S. Southern Command. He brought along Rear Adm. Vincent Atkins, the new J-3 SOUTHCOM Operation Officer. We had the opportunity to showcase all of the preparations, rehearsals and planning we had done in anticipation of the /11 five arraignment. Capt. John Kall, Commissions Liaison Office expeditionary (CLOE) Director, Capt. Michael Barg, J2 Director, and Capt. Robert Durand, JTF GTMO public affairs officer, briefed our Four Star Boss on all of the hard work and dedication our Troopers put into preparing for this major event. He was extremely impressed and confident that we had left no stone unturned. We had the chance to take Gen. Fraser around for a JTF GTMO update. This tour included all of the changes and projects JDG, J2 and JTF Engineers have completed across the Joint Task Force. Also highlighted were the significant contributions of our Missouri United States Air Force Base Emergency Engineering Force team and the Navy Seabees. Again, he indicated his pleasure with all of the forethought that had gone into the conditions-based change undertaken in our operations. The much-publicized arraignment for the /11 Five was next on our plate. CLOE, OMC Forward, J-3 and PAO all prepared to host and escort the visitors coming to the island for the event. Among the visitors were Col. James Pohl, judge, and his staff, Col. J. P. Colwell, OMC Defense Team, Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, OMC prosecution Team, 10 invited observers, six victim family members and 58 national and international media. In total, we had a surge of over 200 people who arrived at various times during the week and departed after the event on Sunday. Waterside security and courtroom security were flawlessly executed by the San Diego Maritime Safety Security Team who was augmented by the New Orleans MSST who was on ground for their right seat left seat. (Note: the MSST Transfer of Authority was conducted on Thursday 10 May in a unique ceremony held at the GTMO Lighthouse and Museum, which San Diego MSST had renovated during their deployment). The 107th Military Police Company along with Naval Station Guantanamo Security provided the external security. All of the security surrounding this event was vigilant and professionally executed. Detainee movement, security and escort were expertly provided by our Navy Guard Force, who with 13 hours of courtroom proceedings ended up working a 21-hour day. They maintained unwavering professionalism as the arraignment was broadcast via close circuit television to the media operations center at Camp Justice and six other sites in Maryland, New Jersey and New York. Also supporting the arraignment were members of our staff judge advocate, JMG and NS GTMO Hospital. All of these activities were conducted like a finetuned world-class orchestra playing every integrated part to perfection! BRAVO ZULU to all who supported this event and made it a success. Truly a job well done! Of course we accomplished all of this while the rest of the JTF GTMO team continued normal operations for the other 164 detainees and prisoners. Again without fanfare or incident, I am blessed to be a part of this professional team that does it all day-in-and-day-out! HONOR BOUND! OBTW: Sunday is Mothers Day! Dont forget Ccommand orner Joint Task Force Guantanamo Safe Humane Legal Transparent Cover: Army Sgt. Maj. Callie Leaver, command sergeant major with the Joint Detention Group, poses with a picture of her daughter. Leaver demonstrates that motherhood doesnt end when deployment begins. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park 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 Navy Capt. Robert Durand: 9928 Deputy Director Air Force Lt. Col. Laurel Tingley: 9927 Operations Officer Army Maj. Jon Powers: 3649 Senior Enlisted Leader Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant: 8141The 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. 2nd Class Kilho Park Webmaster Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Keith SimmonsContact usEditors Desk: 3499 Commercial: 011-5399-3499 DSN: 660-3499 E-mail: thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.html COMMAND CORNER THE WIRE | PAGE 2 I am blessed to be a part of this professional team that does it all day-in-andday-out! HONOR BOUND! NEWS FROM THE BAY THE WIRE | PAGE 3 INDEXThe Wire MAY 11, 2012 Taxes: Plan for 2013 Army Commitment Marine Q&A A Filipino-American: CMC Supermoms: Deployed moms 10 Things: Bike Month Movie: The Lucky One MBS: Equal rightsThe 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 7 8 9 10 12 16 17 Armed Forces Day 5kCelebrate Armed Forces Day by running a free 5k! The run is scheduled for May 19 at 6:45 a.m. at Cooper Field. Register at Denich Gym by May 16. There are free-T-shirts for Follow up the 5K with a run for the kids, aged 4-16. Beginning at 9 a.m.. kids can run a 1/2 mile, 1 mile, or 2 mile race. All partici pants receive a free T-shirt. Register by May 18 at the Youth Center. For more information, call Alana at 2113. North East Gate TourCubans used to shine a spotlight at the Marine barracks at the North East Gate until a large eagle, globe, and anchor was built. Learn more about the history and lineage of the North East Gate and the United States Marines at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Meet at Marine Hill Parade Deck every third Friday of the month at 11 a.m. Summer Sports GaloreAre you eager to get out of your quar ters and be active this summer? Why not play soccer, softball, basketball, tennis, or sand volleyball this summer? The mens and womens soccer and coed softball seasons start May 29. Register to play by May 18. Coed basketball season begins June 4. Register to play by May 24. Mens and womens sand volleyball season begins June 20. Register to play by June 6. Tennis season begins June 24. Register to play by June 14. To register for any of these events, go to Denich Gym. All registrations are free. For more information, call 2113. 6th Street Closed6th Street in the Villamar housing area will be closed until July 9th. Soggy Bottom RegattaAre you a man or woman of constant sorrow? Have you seen trouble all your days? Fight those blues away and register for the Soggy Bottom cardboard boat regatta! To compete in the regatta, you must build a person-powered cardboard boat that can survive two trips around a 100 yard course. Each team will also race their boats for 100 yards. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest, most GTMO, best Titanic, and best in show boats. The event is scheduled for May 26 at Ferry Landing Beach from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register your boat at the marina by May 23. For more information, call 2345. Enrich Yourself!Navy Child and Youth Programs are offering 14 new community classes for all ages. Many classes are free, and cover topics rang ing from basic small engine theory to computer programming to improv comedy. For more information, email Chris.Dickson@usnbgtmo.navy.mil or call 84616. Vacation Bible SchoolThe NAVSTA chapels annual Vacation Bible School is scheduled to be held June 1822 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Chapel Annex. This years theme is Sky: Everything is possible with God. For more information or to register, con7769 (home), or go online to www.groupvb spro.com/vbs/ez/navstagtmochapel. Philippine Cuisine On your way out of the NEX, stop at the fund-raising event for the 114th Philippine Independence Day Celebration. The food sale is scheduled for May 13 and 27 and June 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Traditional Philippine dishes will be served including lumpia, pancit and adobo. Filipino cookbooks are also available for $15. For more information, call Menchie at 74914. Memorial Day 10kCant get enough running? Celebrate Me morial Day by running a free 10k! The race is scheduled for 6:45 a.m. May 26 at Christmas Tree Hill. Register at Denich Gym by May 23. For more information, call 2113. Memorial Day sports!All hands are invited to participate in free sports tournaments over Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28. The schedule includes softball, indoor basketball, and sand volleyball. The events are open to anyone 16 or older. Register by May 18 at Denich Gym. For more information, call Alana at 2113. Cardboard boat regatta May 26


Many of us have heard the phrase The early bird catches the worm! or Haste makes waste! They are meant to inspire us to be successful and produc tive in our work and our lives. Many of us hear these age old adages and think to our selves how true they are or arent based on our own perspective. Then we either forget about them amidst the hustle and bustle of our daily lives or embrace them in an at tempt to guarantee our success. In the military we may hear co-workers complain about still being at work at 4 p.m.; its messing up their plans for the evening. We often forget that we are a profession that is often called on at a moments notice to ac complish a seemingly impossible task under the most discouraging conditions with little assistance. We are asked to work extra hours without getting extra pay to accomplish the mission for the greater good. Sometimes we have to do things that are not within our daily job description to ensure that our units are successful as a whole. All persons who volunteered to join the Armed Forces, re gardless of branch, made a choice to accept all the things that come with the profession. A wise man once shared his insight with job 22 years ago. I had been hired on as a janitor/custodian at an asphalt plant. I had asked why we had to be at work so early and he replied, A man who needs a job cant be picky about when he works. One morning, about an hour into the day, a truck arrived with about a dozen trees that needed to be planted. The manager told me that he was short a worker; it was now my job to get the trees into the ground and watered. It was scorching hot that day, and I complained all day long saying it wasnt my job and asking why I had to do it? I kept mumbling to myself I wish it was quitin time. The man heard me mumbling and complaining and said, Did the boss tell you to plant the trees? I nodded. Its your job then. Besides, if the trees arent planted they will die in this heat, the wise man said. Around working about two hours later. He said, Son, if I teach you only one thing in life then I want it to be this; He who lives by the hand will always be a hand! The wise man was my stepfather. I still live by those words today, and it still helps me to be successful. He who lives by the hand will always be a hand is simple to understand. He who lives by the hand means that you constantly watch the hands of the clock and perform your duties with the expectation of stopping or starting at a certain time. Will always be a hand refers to being hired help, just like the workers on a ranch/farm. If you want to be a leader you cant base your days around the proverbial 9 to 5 job and expect to be suc cessful. There is a difference between being in charge and being a leader. Those that are in charge often tell you what and when they want something done and leave you to you in being successful and will, without question, offer guidance and sometimes assistance to ensure completion of the task. Subordinates work for managers, however, subordinates work for, respect and try to emulate leaders. The branches of service are changing and quality people will be let go. If you want to stay in the service and continue to succeed, you must outperform your peers and excel above the minimum standard. I and ask yourself this question: Are you a manager or leader?Trooper to Trooper manager or leaderArmy st Sgt. Jason M. SchofieldHHC, th Military Police Battalion TROOPER T O TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 4 PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! Cyber crime is real.Cyber criminals are out there. In 2010 there were over 300,000 cases reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Internet scams and identity theft were two of the top three crimes reported. California and Florida are the two states with the highest reports of cyber crime. Beware of websites offering Free Samples if you pay shipping costs, or people from foreign countries offering a reward if you wire them money. There are also scams involving mystery shoppers or make money from home. These scammers ask for your information or credit card numbers only to steal your identity or charge up your credit. Dont fall for it! Be safe and protect yourself from cyber crime, USE OPSEC. By Sgt. 1st Class Kryn P. Westhoven T come tax return was less than a month ago, but it is not too early to start planning for next years taxes according to the Inter nal Revenue Service. The IRS recently released a list of ideas that taxpayers can use this year to make next April 15 easier. Start with your pay stub or Leave and Earning Statement. Verify that your retirement account contributions, charitable payroll deductions and other items are being properly deducted. These payroll adjustments can make a big differ ence in your net pay. Fixing an error in your paycheck now gets you back on track before it becomes a huge hassle. If you owed the IRS or received a large refund, maybe its a new W-4 Employees Withholding Allow allowances based on your exemptions. Common exemptions include your spouse and any dependents. You can also claim yourself as an exemption. The more exemptions you claim, the less money that is withheld from your paycheck. While this could reduce your potential tax refund, it could also increase your net pay. If you owed taxes in 2011, you might want to reduce your exemptions. Having an additional dollar amount withheld from your paycheck is another way of ensuring you dont owe taxes at the end of the year. There is a withholding calculator at www. irs.gov. The website also offers Publication 919, How Do I Adjust My Tax Withholding? as a guide. If your deductible expenses are likely to exceed the itemizing threshold, youll probably be better off itemizing your taxes rather than taking the standard deduction. Identifying extra mortgage payments, predeadline property tax payments, planned donations or strategically paid medical bills early, could equal some tax savings. See the 1040 Schedule A instructions for expenses you can deduct if youre itemizing, and then prepare an approach that works best for you. The American Opportunity Tax Credit, which offsets higher education expenses up to $2,500, will expire after 2012. It may to take full advantage of this tax credit be fore it expires. Refer to IRS Publication 970, education expenses qualify. Organizing your charity receipts and other tax records can reduce stress during ing cabinet, establishing a central location where everyone in your household can put tax-related records all year long can help avoid a scramble for mileage logs or receipts come tax time. Keep an organized and easily accessible way if you receive an IRS notice and need GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, oners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, but the trial wont be starting anytime soon, and both sides said Sunday that the case could continue for years. Defense lawyer James Connell said a tentative trial date of May 2013 is a place holder until a true date can be set for the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the selfdescribed mastermind of the attacks, and his co-defendants. Its going to take time, said the chief prosecutor, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, who said he expects to battle a barrage of defense motions before the case goes to trial. I am getting ready for hundreds of motions because we want them to shoot ev erything they can shoot at us, he said in the wake of Saturdays arraignment, which dragged on for 13 hours due to stalling tac tics by the defendants. Everyone is frustrated by the delay, Martins said. He noted that the civilian trial of convicted Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui took four years, and he pleaded guilty in 2006 before being sentenced to life in prison. On Saturday, Mohammed and his codefendants refused to respond to the judge or use the courts translation system and one of the men demanded a lengthy reading of the charges. Connell called the tactics peaceful resistance to an unjust system. The arraignment, Connell said, demonstrates that this will be a long, hard-fought but peaceful struggle against secrecy, tor ture and the misguided institution of the military commissions. The defendants actions outraged relatives of the victims. Super TroopersCongratulations to the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers who recently received commanders coins! SGT Wilder 1LT Berinstein SGT Ball SGT McCumber SPC Reimer SPC Smith SFC Mower see GTMO page 16 see IRS page 16SSG PhillipsStart planning now for next years tax returnIRS recommends easy steps to take COMMAND INFORMA TION THE WIRE | PAGE 5 predicted in Gitmo Sept. 11 case By Ben Fox The Associated Press MONEY MATTERS


Staff. Sgt. Lewis Purcell the boss saysStaff Sgt. Purcells best trait, in my opinion, is his take charge and accomplish the mission attitude. He doesnt wait to be given guidance and direction if its something he knows needs to be done. He just completes the task. Hobbies: Archery, do-it-yourself remodeling T arget or Wal-Mart: Costco About his mom: I think I got the craziness from her. Honestly, I think my moms a little touched. Advice to junior troopers: Learn something from everybody. Youve got good leaders, youve got bad leaders. You can learn just as much from a bad leader as you can from a good one.Bullet Bio By Spc. Vanessa Davilaccording to MerriamWebster dictionary, a curmudgeon is a crusty, ill-tempered and usually old man. Staff Sgt. Lewis Purcell is all those things except old meet him. Im a negative person, and I focus on the negative; thats just me, Purcell declares within view. I havent changed ever. Im the same as I was when I was 18. Ive always been the same. Honestly Im no different. Im really good at be ing angry. On and on Purcell goes describing himself. You cant help but like him, though. His in-yourface honesty is refreshing in a place where customs and courtesies rule. Some might consider it brazen, but those that do just dont understand Lewis Purcell. A self-described workaholic, he is the human 525th Military Police Battalions Headquarters and Headquarters Company. That wasnt a typo the curmudgeon has been a human resources specialist, a profession that demands he help an array of individuals with human issues, for all 11 years of his Army career. Thats because Pur cell isnt all that cantankerous after all. His favor ite part of the job is helping soldiers, especially the ones who are truly in a bind. If youre an NCO youll spend most of your time dealing with one or two soldiers be cause the good ones dont take up a lot of time, says Purcell. Every once in a while youll have a good soldier that runs into a rough spothelping them through those times I like helping people. senior or junior, saying he isnt great at his job, whether they like his persona or not. Dont confuse Purcells many personality quirks for arrogance though; he is quite modest. Others say he is great at his job; Purcell only declares himself a workaholic. I dont know where they get it from, says Purcell about soldiers who praise him. I care and I try. I dont think Im a good NCO; I think I try. Purcell isnt like many others. He can shock and captivate all at once. He hunts with a bow to the animal hes pursuing, making him with his bow and arrow and the beast with his horns equal opportunists. But its not the adrenaline rush that compels him to use the bow and arrow. Its about fairness. Its not like you go out and just slaughter whatever is running around, says Purcell. You have to keep peeling away the layers when you talk to Purcell. No need to chip away because he will tell you just about everything you just have to take a second to stop disliking him to realize youre enjoying the conversation and you like him after all.A TROOPER FOCUS Trooper Focus Whats your fondest memory of your mother?Boots on the Ground THE WIRE | PAGE 6 By C. Todd Lopez Army News Service NEWS THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Information Assurance SMART PHONES Smart phones, or mobile phones with advanced capabilities like those of personal computers (PCs), are appearing in more peoples pockets, purses, and briefcases. Smart phones popularity and relatively lax security have made them antivirus, and encryption, are uncommon on mobile phones, and mobile phone operating systems are not updated as frequently as those on personal computers. Many users fail to enable the security software that comes with their phones, Some of the vulnerabilities of smart phones Portability of mobile phones and PDAs make them easy to steal. Malicious apps and software. Phishing attacks. Vishing attacks (phishing voice calls). Smishing attacks (phishing SMS/MMS messages). Some tips for users Set a password Download the updates for your phone Use discretion when downloading apps Pay attention to the private data accessed by apps Exercise caution with links in SMS messages Enable the Wipe feature on your phone, so you can clear all the data if you cant get your phone back. WASHINGTON -While the Army has a doesnt mean the service will be unable to meet obligations in the Middle East -if need be, said the Armys chief of staff. Earlier this year, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said the Army will put an increased emphasis emphasis on its partnerships there with allies, including a trilateral partnership between the United States, Korea and Japan. But that renewed emphasis doesnt mean the Army will abandon its roles elsewhere, he said. I dont see us necessarily rebalancing from lawmakers March 8 during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Based on But I dont think that is causing us to have less attention and capability available to use in the Middle East. The general said in other parts of the world the Army may be diminishing its potential to East. what we need to do if necessary, in the Middle East, even though we have now provided some IRAQ The Army recently pulled out of Iraq -today, there are about 150 Soldiers in country there, who now work in support of the Depart ment of State. But al-Qaeda continues to be dence the Iraqi security forces, originally trained by Americans, can defend themselves. There are reports that there has been some increase, especially in Anbar providence, of al-Queda, and also in Baghdad, Odierno forces can handle the violence. The issue be comes that we need the people of Iraq to continue to reject al-Queda and not allow them to get back in and form groups. The general also said that unrest, in places like Syria, could be exploited by al-Qaeda. But in the Middle East, the Army still has Soldiers who can react in Iraq, if called on to do so, Odierno told lawmakers. We have a brigade combat team that came out of Iraq and is now inside of Kuwait, we have some aviation elements that are also inside of Kuwait, he said. We have people in Kuwait that also support Afghanistan. The current number is somewhere between 12,000 and 15,000. It will come down over time, probably to something less than 10,000 in Kuwait. Those Soldiers, he said allow the Army to react with ground forces if necessary, if it was in our best national interest. DRA WDO WN As part of budget cuts, the withdrawal from Iraq and the coming drawdown from Afghanistan -the Army will cut about 80,000 Soldiers from the active force end strength. The service will go from about 570,000 to 490,000. The drawdown will last about six years, Odierno said, and will begin this year. We have developed this ramp, which we be lieve can be accomplished mostly through attrition, Odierno said. And with the rate that were reducing the ramp, we believe that we can continue to meet our commitments in Afghanistan and our other de ployable commitments with rotational forces. Secretary of the Army John McHugh told law makers that nearly half of the Army budget goes to personnel. He told lawmakers that making cuts to the Army budget means balancing personnel needs against other needs, the modernization, the equipping, the family programs, the things that, if you dont support them, youre on a quick path to a hollow Army. McHugh said the Army will try to make the cuts as humanly as possible. Were working as hard as we can to try to manage both our discharges and our accessions in a way so that we dont have to have forced outs, McHugh said. Theyre not something anyone likes to go through, but the reality is, at the end of the day, were probably going to have to ask some Soldiers who have served honorably and who meet at least minimum criteria, to perhaps think about a next challenge in their lives. mean abandoning Middle EastTHIS WELL DEFEND


Interview by Army Sta Sgt. Lewis Hilburn ENTER MA SS C Question: How does that make you feel? Answer: It is denitely dierent. You know the female Marines train just as hard as the males do. Like [ve] percent of Marines are females, so we are looked at that much harder. We are expected to do everything the male Marines do.Question: Being the only Marine female, do you get any weird looks?Answer: Every day I walk into a chow hall and everyone looks up. You just dont see to many female Marines. It kind of gets on my nerves a little bit, because I am an individual. Its a little nerve racking. ere are only four Marines, including myself, on this side (JTF GTMO) so we already get weird looks. Being a female Marine, I stand out even more. I have learned to deal with it and move on. Question: Everyone has a story to tell. So, what is your story?Answer: My cousin Bobby joined the Marine Corps and I pretty much followed in his steps. I enlisted right out of high school. Question: Why was your cousin Bobby such an inuential part in your decision to join the Marines?Answer: Bobby and I were about the same age, and I always looked up to him because he is family. He sold the Marine Corps to me. Whenever you get someone to join you get promoted. Funny thing was, he made it all the way through boot camp and did a switch in service and joined the Navy. I dont know, just growing up he was the one in my family always saying he would go somewhere and do something and Im like I can do that, too. Its more of a competitive type relationship I guess. Question: What was your life like before the Marines?Answer: I grew up on a farm doing a lot of heavy lifting and things like that. We had a bunch of dierent animals. I never really had any girls around growing up. It was just my cousin Bobby and my brother. Its all guys. I was always doing whatever the guys were doing. I found it to be more of a physical challenge; to push myself and see how far I could go. Question: Do you have any siblings?Answer: I have a brother but I really didnt get along with him. Question: Youve been in for eight years. Has anything changed for you in that time?Answer: I have more rank and responsibilities I suppose. Question: Do you still have the same passion as before?Answer: I strive to learn something new everyday. is is actually my rst joint billet, so I am constantly learning new things. I get to see how the other services operate and conduct business. Question: What have you learned from the other services? Answer: Ive learned about the dierent traditions with each service. Ive learned about their rank structure and the way they conduct daily operations. Question: Where do you see yourself in the future?Answer: I plan on doing 20 years and maybe more. Im going to go as far as I can. I denitely do enjoy being a Marine. Question: Do you foresee any obstacles in your way?Answer: e Marine Corps, like all the other services, is downsizing. Before the downsizing, you had up to 13 years to make your E-6; now its 10 years. e average Marine has been in ve years by the time they pick up sergeant. e average time spent as a sergeant is about four to ve years. Right there you are at that 10 year mark. I will possibly be looking at E-6 before my 10 year mark. Its competitive. I know they can extend you until you get looked at. However, if you get passed over you get kicked out. Its that competitive now. Question: How do you set yourself apart from everyone else?Answer: Being a sergeant for three years now, Ive gotten that part down. Now its growing as a leader. Everyone has dierent leadership styles. You just have to nd yours and develop it. Use the tools that you get from your peers and superiors and try to be yourself. On top of that, I have to go to additional schools and take those tougher positions. FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 8 United States Marine Corps Sgt. Rose Coleman Hometown: Slato, Texas Age: 25 Married: Marine Sgt. James Coleman Time in Service: 8 years Height: 5 Weight: 150 poundsQuestion: Are you the only female Marine on GTMO? Answer: I do believe so, yes. Gunnery Sgt. Hurlburt, who just left, told me I was the only female Marine in the Joint Task Force. Nearly thirty years ago, Command Master Chief Reynaldo Tiong raised his right hand and swore to defend the people of the United States. To understand his dedication you must look at his past like looking at the foundation of a house, each brick solidifying his character and adding support to his future. e rst brick in his foundation was placed there by his mother. Tiongs father passed away when he was only four. To support her children, his mother traveled to America to establish a better life. Tiong and his siblings stayed behind and lived with family in the Philippines. She inuenced me by showing me that if you sacrice, if you pursue your goal and youre persistent and work hard towards that goal then you will achieve it, said Tiong. My mother didnt want us to go through what she went through. Tiong grew up immersed in his homelands culture and religion. ere, he gained morals and values that would act like the mortar in his foundation. Moral values are what I gained growing up in the Philippines, said Tiong. I saw the hardship, but if you strive to be better, the best you can be, then you can accomplish your dream. With the base of his foundation started, Tiong, now fteen, and his siblings left the Philippines to live with their mother in America. Tiong faced new challenges that would add more than one brick to his walls as he attended high school and merged his Filipino background with American culture. Growing up during that time was difcult but benecial, said Tiong. I faced the backlash of the racial movements as an Asian-American, but I also reaped in the benets of the new equal opportunities. After high school, Tiong wanted to make a dierence while not being a burden to his family. Inspired by the sacrices that his mother made, he started a new layer in his lifes foundation. I graduated and I didnt know what to do, but I wanted to make a dierence for myself, my family and my mom, said Tiong. Tiongs uncles had served in the United States Navy, so knowing the opportunities that the military oered, Tiong decided to serve. He was mentored by senior Filipino sailors during his rst assignment as a young aviation boatswains mate. Tiong expressed his pride in those sailors for what they sacriced and went through as Filipino sailors so that he could have an equal opportunity to serve and advance in any rate he wanted. I met some Filipino sailors who were proud of what they were doing for the Navy, said Tiong. ose Filipino sailors who mentored me gave me all their wisdom not only as a sailor but as a Filipino-American. ey told me that I should be proud as a Filipino joining one of the best navies in the world. Taking their words to heart, he transferred to a new rate and worked harder than ever to achieve his goals. ese early years completed his foundation for a long military career. With time, Tiong grew in rank and responsibility, settling down and having children. I took their mentorship and made my life better, said Tiong. I joined the Navy because I wanted to see the world, but theres more than that. It is more than just serving my country; I am representing the Filipino Community. A Filipino-American: CMC Tiong By Army Sgt Saul RosaTHINGS I KNOW... THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FEA TURE


FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 10 THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FEA TURE Mention Mothers Day to the average American, and chances are good he or she will think of family dinners, sending heartfelt cards, attending church services, and wearing red or white carnationstraditional ways to celebrate the holiday. Mention Mothers Day to a deployed Trooper, and chances are good he or she will think instead about Facebook messages, Skype chats, cards mailed weeks in advance, 20 minute morale calls, and SCSI phone cards. These are just a few of the options Troopers can use to honor their mothers on Mothers Day. What happens, however, when the kids are at home and their mothers are deployed? Servicemembers are used to making the extra effort to get in contact with their mothers, but what if mothers had to go the extra mile to contact their children instead? What if this wasnt just a problem on Mothers Day, but also on the other 364 days of the year? This is the reality faced by many women in the military; a reality that has become increasingly more common in the past ten years due to the widespread mobilization and deployment of both active-duty and reserve component servicemembers. My daughter is worried. She thinks I missed my birthday in February, and now she thinks Im going to miss Mothers Day too, said Tech. Sgt. Gina Mezzacasa, a resident of Kansas City, Mo., currently deployed as a pest manager with the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron here. Mezzacasa is the proud mother of a 5-year old daughter, Elliana. She thinks her daughter is at an age where she understands that her mother is gone, but cant understand why. If she were older, shed be able to understand a little better why her mother is gone, said Mezzacasa. Shed still miss me, but it would probably be easier. Army Sgt. Maj. Callie Leaver, a resident of Auburn, Ala., an adoptive parent, and the command sergeant major of the Joint Detention Group, thinks age and experience have made a difference. deployment away from her, so shes pretty good at dealing with the separation, Leaver said. Army Capt. Ana Schaus, a resident of JDG, thinks her two boys are young enough to make the separation easier. I have two boys: a 2-year-old and a 1-yearold. Ive been gone more than Ive been home, Schaus said. Theyre with their wonderful, loving father. I dont think they miss me at all. So how can mothers stay in touch with their children back home? Leaver likes to draw pictures and send them to her daughter. Im not gifted in the art department, so living quarters for her, Leaver laughs. Leaver also sends copies of the JDGs newsletter home. Reading the newsletter lets her see what Im doing and I think that makes her feel closer to me, Leaver said. As deployments separated more and more families during the last ten years, technology was improving, allowing for better and more Troopers balance motherhood with defending truth, justice, and the American wayLeft:Tech. Sgt. Gina Mezzacasa proudly poses with a picture of her 5-year-old daughter, Elliana. Right: Army Capt. Ana Schaus shows off her two boys, Leonardo and Sebastian. -photos by Army Pvt. Loren Cook By Pvt. Loren Cookback home. All three of these mothers call home several times a week. Leaver maintains a routine for her phone calls. whenever I feel like it, but I dont think thats the right answer. Before I do something, I need to ask myself Is this going to help my child, Leaver said. By having a schedule for my calls home, I know my daughter isnt sitting around wondering when the next call is going to come. Texting also helps out a lot, Leaver said. It doesnt need to be a long message, but a simple I love you is enough to let my daughter know that Im thinking about her. Skype is a popular option for many servicemembers who are trying to stay in touch with loved ones. These mothers are no different. I try to Skype with my daughter when I can, said Mezzacasa. Skype doesnt work as well as Id like all the time, but I know my daughter likes the face-to-face contact. can talk about on the phone. With Skype, she likes to play, and she can show me when she gets new clothes. Its more like were hanging out, Mezzacasa said. My boys draw pictures and make crafts for me. Theyll show me on Skype, and then send them to me in the mail, Schaus said. I can use Skype to do things I just couldnt do with the phone, Leaver said. I always end phone calls to my daughter by blowing her a kiss. When I do it on Skype, she catches the kiss and puts it in her pocket. Technology has clearly made it easier for mothers to communicate with their children at home. Even so, it cant solve all the challenges deployed mothers face. When you deploy, you remember the kid you left behind. When you come home, you expect to come home to the same kid, Leaver said. Deployment isnt a time warp, though. Your kid continues its life, and its not necessarily going to be the same kid you remember, anymore than youll be the exact same person you were when you left home. Im a single mother, and Im used to making all of the major decisions in my daughters life, Mezzacasa said. Her father has been involved with her life, but now shes living with him. Its just very hard to let go of things back home and focus on the mission here. I had to learn to trust that he would take care of her. I think the greatest challenge Ill face from this deployment is the reintegration when I come home, Schaus said. Since my kids are so young, and Ive been gone so much, theyll have trouble adjusting to this strange woman. Its a challenge Im happy to accept, though! I think the greatest advice I can give to any deployed parent is to listen to your child, said Leaver. Your child will tell you whats going to help. It might not be as obvious as saying Mommy, this is how you can help me, but if you listen, theyll tell you somehow. Its like at the range, when you take all commands from the tower. Now you take all commands from the child.


THINGS I KNOW...10 FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 12 Americans are lagging behind Europeans, literally. Americans use their bikes for less than 1 per cent of urban trips. Europeans on the other hand ride their bikes around cities about 30 times more. streets in the 1860s. Its inventor Pierre Michaux called it the velocipede, but it soon got the nickname boneshaker because of its uncomfortable, boneshaking ride. The bike was made of wood and iron. No study has quanti nias claim of most bicycle friendly town evidence is pretty compelling. There are more bikes than cars in the town and 95 percent of Davis major streets have bike lanes.As Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers, we have all seen our fair share of cyclists around the island. In honor of National Bike Month, here are some facts about bicycles and their riders. The twists and turns you can make with the simple-looking contraption are indicative of its colorful tales. In a little known part of the world, Colombias capital Bogota has a ciclovia every Sunday and national holiday. What is a ciclovia? Well literally translated it means bike path in Spanish, but as an event it means the capital closes down 75 miles of its city roads to motorized vehicles leaving cyclists free to roam.By Spc. Vanessa Davila THE WIRE | PAGE 13 FEA TURE Yankees legend Babe Ruth is known for many baseball feats, but cyclists know him for one that has nothing to do with baseball. Before the Sultan of Swat signed with the Yankees in 1922, cyclists were the highest paid athletes. Cars and cyclists often collide literally and York Times found that cycling is still less The newspaper compiled data in 2007 showing that bike accidents accounted for 762 annual for 59,664 annual deaths. As uncomfortable as the boneshaker was it might just be the earliest documented bike used for police patrols. Reports suggest an Illinois sheriff provided bikes to his deputies in 1869. The average cyclist will probably never exceed 100 mph. Dutch cyclist Fred Rompel berg is not your average cyclist though. He set the world speed record for cycling in 1995, clocking in at a whopping 167.044 mph. He was 50 years old. Copenhagen, Denmark, is one of the most bike-friendly cities. It is no surprise then that Denmarks technical and environmental depart ment says Nrrebrogade is the busiest bicycle street in the world. the 1880s but they wouldnt do much for riders today. They were made of a material called pith and usually came apart on impact. The next generation of helmets didnt improve much as they were made of leather and wool. It wasnt until the mid 1970s that helmets became good at their job.


AT YOUR SERVICE THE WIRE | PAGE 14 ON T HE DECK Naval Research (ONR) will bring its technologically advanced fuel cell vehicle (FCV) Operational Science & Technology (S&T) Conference in Honolulu, March 19-22. for the Navy and Marine Corps, said Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, chief of naval research. Gathering worldwide leaders in S&T at this event to discuss defense, security and energy-related challenges will increase erate delivery of new military capabilities. Klunder speaks during the March 22 Re search and Development Community pan el, along with representatives from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command; Air Force Research Laboratory; Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command; and Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Approximately 400 senior Department of Defense leaders, both military and civilian, as well as leading members of industry and academia from around the world, are expected to attend. The event will focus on how S&T can solve challenges related to regional defense, cyber security, power and energy, communications and maritime security. Representatives from ONR will showcase provide information about the organization and its initiatives in Booth 6 in the exhibit hall. The hydrogen-based FCVs, sponsored by ONR, are designed and manufactured by General Motors for an FCV program at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH). The vehicles are being tested for possible use at Department of the Navy (DoN) installations. At MCBH, plans call for more than 50 native fuels by the end of this year, increasing to 70 percent by 2015. FCV deployment ultimately could help achieve the secretary of the Navys goal of reducing fossil fuel use Additionally, fuel cell technology is being considered as a potential power source for unmanned undersea vehicles, auxiliary power units, pier-side generators and other applications. ONR outreach total force By Walter T. Ham IV Eighth Army Public Affairs By Katherine H. Crawford YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea The U.S. militarys top enlisted leader met with American service mem bers here in South Korea May 1 5. Marine Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia visited with U.S. troops during his week-long visit to military posts across the Korean Peninsula. He also met with senior military leaders, including U.S. Army Gen. James D. Thur man, commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea, and Eighth Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson. since becoming the chairmans senior enlisted advisor. He previously deployed to Korea for an exercise in the early 1980s. A combat veteran with more than 32 years in uniform, Battaglia assumed the duties as the senior enlisted advisor to Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey on Oct. 1, 2011. Its been my honor and privilege to visit with Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and family members here on the Korean Peninsula, said Battaglia. I am very, very proud of their courage and commitment and the relationship especially that the U.S. has with the ROK [Republic of Korea] forces. Battaglia said the bilateral relationship enables the alliance to deter and prevent the daily threat of posEmphasizing the importance of the U.S. presence in Korea, Battaglia said American troops on the Korean Peninsula have to maintain a very high level of readiness. We have potential threats that live very nearby, said Battaglia. Its extremely important for us to maintain a footprint not only in the best interest of our na tional security but in the protection and best interest of this Korean Peninsula. Theres a constant state of readiness here, said Battaglia, who served in al-Anbar Province during the Iraq War. You really have to keep a game face on. As the U.S. military reshapes and downsizes after a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, Battaglia said the De partment of Defense will strike a balance that maintains military readiness. The senior enlisted leader also highlighted the importance of resiliency programs to readiness. They are intertwined, said Battaglia. If I dont have the ability to overcome adversity, Im not ready. Thats simply what resiliency is -the ability to over come adversity. If a family doesnt practice resiliency and is not ready, that causes a service member to not be ready either. Battaglia said that American troops continue to serve with distinc tion in Korea and around the world. We ask more from our troops now than ever before in our history of our armed forces and these troops continue to clear ly answer the call, said Battaglia. Battaglia: U.S. troops in Korea ready and resilient AT YOUR SERVICE THE WIRE | PAGE 15 drives planned Marine moveIN T HE FIGHT WASHINGTON The agreement between the United States and Japan to relocate some 9,000 Marines from Okinawa is an example of how American troops will build a more said today. We need to look at it in the context of enhancing our posture and presence Scher, deputy assistant secretary of defense for plans, told the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service. About 5,000 of the Marines leaving Okirotational, deployed slots in Australia, and the rest will move elsewhere in the region, Scher said. A Marine force spread across more area, made up of self-contained units able to de ploy and perform a range of contingency missions, will increase the U.S. militarys ability to quickly and effectively respond to contingencies, he said. He noted the joint statement the two na tions representatives announced April 26, which outlines the Okinawa realignment, also provides for a more politically sustain able arrangement for basing U.S. troops in Japan. The two nations have agreed that the roughly 10,000 Marines remaining on Okinawa after realignment will move from the highly populated central part of the island to more remote areas in the north, easing conditions for the islands people, Scher said. Based on our conversations with the government of Japan, this is something they would like to see done to help make sure that our posture is sustainable far into the fu ture, he added. Both nations feel its important to accom plish the troop realignment as expeditiously as possible, Scher said, though they have There are a lot of different moving piec es to any of these moves, he said. But very quickly try to move elements of Ma rines off of Okinawa and on to Guam in the next couple of years. Scher emphasized projecting a time line is always difficult, adding, I would hate to predict when that move would be finally finished. Wherever Marines move from Okinawa, he added, the troop presence they establish will be a mix of permanently assigned and rotationally de ployed elements, to make sure that in each location, we have operationally relevant and capable units. One thing troops and their families can count on, he said, is there is no chance that were going to [relocate] Marines permanently where they dont have the services they need to take care of themselves and their families. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced Schers new position this week. Scher previously served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for south and Southeast Asia, within the office of the assistant secretary of de fense for Asian and Pacific security affairs. ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -During a whirlwind trip to East Africa, Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, commander, U.S. Army Africa, and a small group of advisers visited U.S. Army troops at Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, or CJTF-HOA, in Djibouti and attended meetings with African Union mission leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 24-27. Initially, Hogg traveled to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, where he, along with USARAF Command Sgt. Maj. Hu Rhodes, USARAFs Political Adviser Alan Latimer, and Security Cooperagene Haase, deputy commander of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. Following the Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve troops currently working in and around Camp Lemonnier. pose of the trip, known as a senior leader engagement. Senior leader engagements are important tools to establish relationships and begin part nerships with our African Land Force partners, Hogg said. Its critical for us to develop these relationships to open doors for further militaryto-military training and solid partnerships for future operations as they occur. Hogg said the trip to HOA and Ethiopia was unlike other SLEs he has taken. This trip was unique in that we traveled to Djibouti to meet with Army personnel. It falls under our Title 10 missions, [meaning we oversight]. We met with our soldiers to see how they were doing and discuss any needs we can support at the USARAF level. Though these Army units fall under Adm. [Michael] Franklin at CTJF-HOA, our role is to make sure that the Army supports him, Hogg said. Hogg stopped by to meet with members of the U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Battalion who provided more than 5,000 backpacks for school children at 16 schools in the Ali Sabieh area. Additionally, Hogg accompanied the civil affairs personnel to a local library to deliver books and other reading material. U.S. Army civil affairs soldiers have created a relationship with the local library staff, frequent ly arranging donations of English reading and study materials and creating an English language discussion group. Im impressed by the accomplishments of the civil affairs team. They are doing some great things in Ali Sabieh, Hogg said. The next stop on the SLE was Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. in the Ethiopian capital. In Addis Ababa, Hogg and his team met European and African Union representatives. It was an opportunity to get to know the African Union and meet with Ugandan Brig. Gen. Jack Bakasumba, the Eastern Africa Standby Brigade commander, Hogg said. The EASB is made up of personnel from Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda, Mauritius, Madagascar, Eritrea, Djibouti, Seychelles, Somalia and Tanzania, so were looking at ways we can work with them in the future through the CTJF-HOA. In the near future, there may be partner ship events with the EASB as observers for a USARAF exercise and perhaps a command post exercise, its all very positive progress, Hogg said. Hogg engages leaders in Djibouti, Ethiopia By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service By Richard Bartell U.S. Army Africa


Only at GTMO by Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson AROUND THE WORLD THE WIRE | PAGE 16 You can also use it as a helpful guide for next years return. Finally, keep up with changes in tax rules. The IRS offers an email service that will send you information on tax law changes and helpful tips all year. Subscribe to IRS Tax Tips through www.irs.gov or IRS2Go, the mobile application now offered. The IRS emphasizes that each house so its important to fully consider your spe Correction: In last weeks article on the new Roth option, I stated that participants could make withdrawals when certain IRS requirements were met. However, I didnt mention that contributors will face a substantial penalty if they withdrawal monies contribution, but instead they begin on JanuTheyre engaging in jihad in a court room, said Debra Burlingame, whose brother, Charles, was the pilot of the plane that flew into the Pentagon. She watched the proceeding from Brooklyn on one of the closed-circuit video feeds around the United States. A handful of those who lost family members in the attacks were selected by a lottery and flown to watch the proceedings at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, where Mohammed and his co-defendants put off their pleas until a later date. They face 2,976 counts of murder and terrorism in the 2001 attacks that sent hijacked jetliners into New Yorks World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The charges carry the death penalty. The detainees lawyers spent hours questioning the judge, Army Col. James Pohl, about his qualifications to hear the case and suggested their clients were be ing mistreated at the hearing, in a strat egy that could pave the way for future appeals. Mohammed was subjected to a strip search and inflammatory and unnecessary treatment before court, said his at torney, David Nevin. It was the defendants first appearance in more than three years after stalled efforts to try them for the terror attacks. The Obama administration renewed plans to try the men at Guantanamo Bay after a bid to try the men in New York City blocks from the trade center site hit political opposition. Officials adopted new rules with Congress that forbade testimony obtained through torture or cruel treatment, and they now say that defendants could be tried as fairly here as in a civilian court. Nevin said it would be impossible to present testimony against his client that wasnt corrupted by treatment that he says amounted torture. Its not possible to untaint the evidence any more than it is to unring a bell. Eddie Bracken of Staten Island, New York, was one of the victims relatives allowed to attend the hearing, and said it was important to him to see the people ac cused of killing his sister, Lucy Fishman, a Brooklyn mother of two who worked in the World Trade Center. He said he came away with impressed with the military justice system, with de fense lawyers putting up an aggressive de fense. If they had done this another country it would have been a different story, Bracken said Sunday. But this is Amer ica. Human rights groups and defense law yers say the secrecy of Guantanamo and the military tribunals will make it impossible for the defense. They argued the U.S. kept the case out of civilian court to prevent disclosure of the treatment of prisoners like Mohammed, who was waterboarded 183 times. Attorney General Eric Holder announced in 2009 that Mohammed and his co-defendants would be tried blocks from the site of the destroyed trade center in downtown Manhattan, but the plan was shelved after New York officials cited huge costs to secure the neighborhood and family opposition to trying the suspects in the U.S. Congress then blocked the transfer of any prisoners from Guantanamo to the U.S., forcing the Obama administration to refile the charges under a reformed military commission system. Mohammed, a Pakistani citizen who grew up in Kuwait and attended college in Greensboro, N.C., has admitted to military authorities that he was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks from A to Z, as well as about 30 other plots, and that he per sonally killed Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Mohammed was captured in 2003 in Pakistan. Ramzi Binalshibh was allegedly chosen to be a hijacker but couldnt get a U.S. visa and ended up providing assistance such as finding flight schools. Walid bin Attash, also from Yemen, allegedly ran an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan and re searched flight simulators and timetables. Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi is a Saudi ac cused of helping the hijackers with money, Western clothing, travelers checks and credit cards. Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, a Pakistani national and nephew of Mohammed, allegedly provided money to the hijackers. During the failed first effort to prose cute the men at the base in Cuba, Mohammed mocked the tribunal and said he and his co-defendants would plead guilty and welcome execution. The lawyers state ments indicate that plan has changed. GTMO cont. IRS cont. MIND, BODY & SPIRIT THE WIRE | PAGE 17 By Capt. Garland D. Mason III Are you ready for this? The Encyclopedia of Genocide reports that, In total, twentieth century, almost 170 million men, women, and children were shot, beaten, tortured, knifed, burned, starved, frozen, crushed, or worked to death; buried alive, drowned, hanged, bombed, or killed in any other of the myriad other ways governments citizens and foreigners The dead could conceivably be more than 360 million people. It is as though our species has been devastated by a modern Black Plague. This list of grotesque inhumanities could go on and on to include our own history of slavery. These acts are a violation of human rights and dignity. The question I want to consider is simply, but profoundly, Why? On what grounds do we not only feel but know these atrocities are a violation of human dignity? Is it because in most places these things are illegal? No, I think our moral outrage is rooted in something deeper than the question of legality. As Martin Luther King Jr. reminds us in Letter from Birmingham Jail, We can never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal In what then do we ground our idea of human dignity and rights? Why should all people expect to be treated with dignity Immanuel Kant believed human dignity was capacities-based. People have dignity if they possess certain capacities, and the highest capacity is the ability to reason. If you can do certain things like reason, create and communicate, you are due human dignity. Many philosophers have followed in Kants wake. I believe this capacities-based idea is present in the way our culture honors the talented, the beautiful, the powerful and the wealthy. They are the people we are urged to emulate and pay our highest honors and respects to. If you are one of the talented, beautiful, powerful or rich you are in. If you are not, you are pushed to the fringes of society. This is the inevitable outcome of a capacities-based model, and I believe this is one of the dominant drum beats of our culture. Do you see the problem with grounding human dignity in a capacities-based model? What if you lack one of these capacities? What about prematurely delivered babies or Alzheimers patients? What about the poor? What about the outsider? Are we prepared to say that because they lack certain capacities, they lack human dignity? My family and I once attended a Womens Day event, and afterwards I ask my 13 year-old daughter what she thought about the overall message. Her simple answer was, Women matter because we have been astronauts and generals. There it is! Women deserve dignity and respect because of their accomplishments, or should I say capacities. My daughter walked away feeling she must try with all her might to live up to what the culture thought praise worthy. She must be beautiful, make lots of money, become powerful and, above all else, look like that girl on the magazine cover. If she had these capacities, society would count her worthy and valuable. My fear is that society will misconstrue different groups accomplishments as the overriding reason why they are due respect and dignity. There is a better reason for human dignity. I prefer Dr. Kings argument. He did not ground dignity in a capacitiesbased model. He did not give a list of African Americans accomplishments or contributions to humanity and, in virtue of these, demand dignity and respect. Why not? Because he knew the people who held the power determined the acceptable capacities. In other words, if a minority says he or she is due dignity and respect because he or she has accomplished A, the power-holding majority could say A isnt good enough. See the problem? Hitler didnt care what the Jews accomplished. He would have still denied them human dignity. King argued that African Americans are due dignity not because of their capacities but because all people are created in the image of God. He believed that human dignity was grounded in God, because if you ground it in man you are left with only man. If man is a rule unto himself, who is there to adjudicate between competing questions of right and wrong? The late Arthur Leff of Yale Law School summed up the dilemma well in his article Unspeakable Ethics when he wrote, Nevertheless: Napalming babies is bad. Starving the poor is wicked. Buying and selling each other is depraved. Those who stood up to and died resisting Hitler [and] Stalin . have earned salvation. Those who acquiesced deserve to be damned. There is in the world such a thing as evil. All together now: Sez who? Rights do have their reason, and it seems to me Dr. Kings reason in God stands on much model. According to King, my daughter does not have to earn human dignity and rights; she is born with those rights. Do we really want a world where the people with the most power, money and weapons decide who is due Mind Body & SpiritRights have their reason


MOVIE REVIEW THE WIRE | PAGE 18 Do you believe fate brought you to your circle of friends and family? Was it merely coincidence, luck or circumstance that put you there? Heres another question: does it matter how the people in your life came to be in your life? Perhaps it is more important that they are simply there. No whys, buts or ifs. Well, for anyone whos ever read a one of his books, you would be well advised to suspend all your beliefs in reality. Instead, you would have to accept his whimsical envelope people when they least expect it. It is a constant in all his tales, which include Dear John (2010), The Notebook (2004) and A Walk to Remember (2002). Lets not beat around the bush here: the success of Sparks books relies heavily on schmaltz. Not that theres anything wrong with that. Its a little like going into Chuck E. Cheeses and knowing what youre getting yourself into. Did I say cheese? Yes! His novels are quite The Lucky One, is another unapologetic staple in Sparks highly improbable love stories. The Lucky One focuses on young Marine sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Efron), a troubled man who has completed three tours of duty in the Marine Corps. He has a photo in his possession of a beautiful woman that he found in the Middle-East during combat. For whatever reason, he believes that the photo is good luck and that it has saved his life on several occasions. He returns home to Colorado and realizes he he decides to walk to Louisiana in search of the mystery woman. Thats right; hes going to walk to Louisiana and bring his dog too. Are you still following? This is where you check your brain at the door when watching anything based on a Nicholas Sparks book. How does Logan know the woman is in Louisiana? Lets just say, at the very least, he was able to deduce this astronomically. This fact could be construed as creepy, obsessive and stalker-esque, though these matters are relatively ignored. It is a Sparks absolute, and it must be accepted as such. The woman in the photo is Beth (Taylor Schilling), a plucky single mom living at her grandmother Ellies (Blythe Danner) large rural home with a dog kennel business. Logan wants to tell Ellie about the photo and why hes in Louisiana, but the words simply elude him. Through a misunderstanding, Logan agrees to take a job at the kennel. The job conveniently comes with a place to live right on the property. him. Naturally in a story like this, the wise old grandmother knows the potential for young love when she sees it. She believes us forget he is a military drifter like Rambo. He looks like Zac Efron which clearly means hes trustworthy and meant to be with Beth right? Uh, huh. Naturally, Beths young son Ben (Thomas Riley Stewart, How I Met Your Mother) is accepting of Logan. Yes, its a given that Beths ex-husband Keith (Jay R. Ferguson, Mad Men) disapproves of the mysterious drifter having a passionate romance with Beth. It doesnt help the two lovebirds that Keith is a shady sheriffs deputy determined to learn what brought Logan to town. The Lucky One is directed by Scott Hicks who is probably best known for his Oscar nominated bio-pic Shine (1996). life of driven pianist David Helfgott (played by Geoffrey Rush who won the Best Actor heated racial period piece Snow Falling on Cedars (1999), which was also grand in scope. This time, instead of using an One, Scott lets the storys whimsy carry the be, given the premise, and Scott doesnt shy away from being playful with the material intentionally light-hearted and breezy. Though The Lucky One is a romance at heart, it also boasts some impressive visuals. The rural Louisianan vistas are lush and elaborate. Whether it is something as simple as a tree house overlooking a river or sail-boating on the open blue water, this movie is great to look at. Simple shots like sunlight beaming through the treetops are masterfully done. Grandma Ellies home looks idyllic; like a place you would see in a Thomas Kincaid painting. I would be happy to live in Ellies house. The cinematography in this movie is one of its charms. Overall, The Lucky One is a charming, likeable movie. We know its far-fetched, especially when we learn how Beths photo ended up with Logan and the connection he has to the incident that brought it to him. But we dont care. Sure the movie has some honest in its sappiness. Thats what saves it. The Lucky One is nothing grand, but in the right context it is a satisfactory watch. True, there are better Nicholas Sparks movies out there. Nevertheless, this picture has earned the right to be among their ranks. How many of us watch the movies for reality anyway? If youre not expecting too much, The Lucky One is a cute little movie. By Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson The Lucky One Movie Review PG-13 101 min. 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Super perigree moons occur about once a year. During this time the moon is 31,000 miles closer to Earth than when its on its apogee side. Although this years super moon fell about 250 miles short of last years super moon, it was still a sight to behold. photos by Mass Communications Spc. 1st Class Kilho Park