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Capt. W. Andrew DochertyChief of Staff, JTF Guantanamo Taking care of our people is one of our top priorities. Whether its making sure everyone has shelter during destructive weather or preventing destructive behavior, there are actions we can take to help ensure our team members stay safe. Destructive Weather Today marks the start of hurricane season, so Joint Task Force Guantanamo needs to be ready to respond on short notice if a destructive weather system develops and heads our way. Were currently at Condition of Readiness (COR) V meaning readiness for the arrival of weather with winds exceeding 59 mph within 96 hours (COR IV is 72 hours prior, COR III is 48 hours prior, etc). Larger and stronger storms will also require steps to increase safety for our personnel and reduce damage to our facilities. Anyone whos been through a hurricane knows that even a Category 1 or 2 storm, with winds of up to 110 mph, will be an incredibly destructive force against the expeditionary construction ings, and storage facilities. We need to be ready because of that vulnerability. If a destructive storm approaches, each of us will be assigned preparation-related tasks in accordance with our Destructive Weather Plan until 24 hours prior to the storm (COR II), when all roads will be closed and all personnel will be required to remain in their pre-assigned shelter locations. Before the storm, commands and director ates will be issued shelter assignments, and the mayor/warden system will be used to ensure we maintain 100% personnel accountability throughout the event. Once youre at your assigned shelter location, it will be essential that you remain in place; all hands cane basket now, with extra clothes, hygiene items, prescription medication, snacks, etc. to last up to three days. J4 will ensure all shel ter locations are stocked with water, Meals Ready to Eat, and cots. Destructive Behavior Despite efforts to educate, train, lead, and mentor, JTF is still faced with the very real and very destructive threat of sexual assault. In the past few months alone weve had All Hands briefings by Rear Adm. David Woods, Sex Signals training, newcomers briefs, many hours of unit-level training, and engaged leadership at all levels. Anything other than zero assaults is unsatisfactory. We can and we will get better at protecting Troopers our most important asset and punishing those who perpetrate this criminal behavior. Next week (June 5 to 6) we will hold two very important sexual assault preven tion training sessions called No Zebras/ No Excuses at the Downtown Lyceum. Among other topics, this training will provide an understanding of bystander behavior and what they can do as individuals to reduce incidents of sexual assault. This training is mandatory for all personnel not on watch. All of us have a role in preventing sexual assault and there are no valid excuses for missing this training.Ccommand orner Joint Task Force Guantanamo Safe Humane Legal Transparent JTF GuantanamoCommander Rear Adm. David Woods Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. James Lettko Sergeant Major Sgt. Maj. Scott Smith 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: email@example.com Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.html COMMAND CORNER THE WIRE | PAGE 2 Cover: The Guantanamo Bay community hosted Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba (SUDS) May 24-29, local instructors, the visiting divers use scuba as therapy for their combat injuries. photo by Chris HilemanTaking care of our people is one of our top priorities, and there are actions we can take to help ensure our team members stay safe. NEWS FROM THE BAY THE WIRE | PAGE 3 INDEXThe Wire June 1, 2012 Dont be an anti-Dentite Honoring the fallen S*U*D*S* Carmen Deedy visits Cubans MBS: Chaplain services Movie: BattleshipThe 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 10 12 14 Leeward bicycle rideDo you love to ride your bicycle? Eager to see some parts of the base you dont nor mally get to see? Looking for a bit of exercise on a Saturday morning? Go on a pleasant cycling ride from Marine Observation Post 20 to Marine Observation Post 03! Meet at Marine Hill White House tomorrow at 7 a.m. Transportation to Leeward is provided. For more information, call Staff Sgt. Tucker at 2643. Talent showThe Burns and Roe Leaders League is host ing Kabayan Nights, a talent show featuring singing contests, live bands, good food and more. The talent show is scheduled for June 2, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Mabuhay Garden. For more information, call 90548. Guantanamanian Idol!Do you long for the roar of a cheering crowd? Got an interesting talent? Show it off at GTMOs got Talent! You can even show it off to Simon, Randy and Paula... impersonators, anyway. Auditions are scheduled for June 2 from 5-9 p.m. at the teen center, next to Marblehead p.m. June 3 at the Downtown Lyceum. Jovany Idol, will hold a meet-and-greet at the auditions performing. So start on the road to GTMO stardom and sign up! This free event is open to all ages and acts! For more information, call 77230. Health fairThe U.S. Naval Hospital will hold a Summer Public Health Fair in the NEX Atrium. The fair is scheduled for June 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will provide information on health and safety issues. Varsity BluesLooking for softball stardom? MWRs varsity softball team is looking for players just like you, and will be holding tryouts for the team June 16 at 7 p.m. and June 17 at 9 a.m. Tryouts are open to active duty servicemembers 18 years of age and older. If you are interested, get a registration form from Denich Gym, get it signed by your com14 at 7 p.m. Do not register for tryouts if you wont be able to leave the island June 20-23 for the tournament in Key West. For more information, call 2113. Track meetMWR will hold a track meet June 9 at 7 p.m. Registration is free and open to everyone 13 and Register by June 6 at Denich Gym. For more information, call 2113. Night golf day? The Yatera Golf Association is sponsoring a night of glow-in-the-dark golf June 16. Sign up at the NEX Breezeway June 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $25. Cart and glow-in-the-dark golf balls are included. Dont mail lithium batteriesCustomers may not mail or receive electronic devices containing lithium batteries, including equipment with non-removable batteries, to or from any APO, FPO, and For more information, call 2156. Lets go bowling, dudeThe summer bowling league at Marblehead Lanes will have a meeting June 4 at 6 p.m. to organize the Monday Night Mixed Fun League. Teams consist of four out teams. For more information, call 2188. Relax!Learn to do as Frankie Goes to Hollywood did before you, and relax. The Fleet and Family Support Center is holding a stress manage ment class June 5 from 2-4 p.m at the FFSC building. For more information, call 4153. Join a bowling team!
Trooper to Trooper Encouragement in the WorkforceT all remember a time when we were encour aged more than we were talked down to. at work, we increase morale, give Troopers cooperation, and we spur one another on toward good deeds. At the same time, an encouraging word motivates Troopers heard the saying one word of encouragement in times of failure is worth more than one hour of praise after success. What Troopers need more than anything is a per son to come alongside them in those times of failure or mistake and encourage them for their efforts. This will keep their selfconfidence intact, even though they may have failed. When they know there is some one who truly cares in their corner to urge them on they will strive to do their best in all situations. At some time we have all acted strong or tough to mask our negative emotions and reactions from a mistake or slip-up we have made. This is when we need to help our Troopers persevere. Whether it is a high a handshake, they will believe that they can achieve great things. Seize the opportunity given and make the most of the moment by boosting and lifting that Trooper back up. in any future situations theyll encounter. Here are a few ways to be an encour ager on duty. Recognize Troopers who, after making a mistake, improve their efforts. Reassure those Troopers after a setback or failure with a simple pat on the back or a Troopers as they are. Encourage them and let them know you notice their efforts. Last and maybe most complimentary, if you see someone doing an excellent job, send a note of commendation to their supervisor making them aware of the hard work you have witnessed from their Trooper. Once you have put these techniques into practice, offering encouragement will be more natural. The encourager receives the ing the value in making others feel good. The more you practice the better you will get, and more than likely it will spark a positive environment. Sooner rather than later you will be comfortable offering encour one another succeed. PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! Keep work at the workplaceDo you have a notebook in your pocket that has information about work? Things like watch rotations, important phone numbers or people to notify in the event of an emergency? How about a copy of our standard operating procedures? This information is important to know and studying it can help you to remember. This information is sensitive so its better to read at work and commit it to memory rather than write it down or take a copy with you. The less information you take from the workplace, the less likely it could end up in a trash can, dumpster or be disclosed to people without the need to know. Use OPSEC and keep sensitive work documents at the workplace.Senior Master Sgt. Robert AebersoldBEEF Senior Enlisted Leader TROOPER T O TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 4 By Sgt. 1st Class Kryn P. Westhoven COMMAND INFORMA TION THE WIRE | PAGE 5 Open wide and say wow!GTMO dentists career takes second chance on active dutyMpression of Cmdr. Bruce Green, Navy Dental Corps. Calming would be one of them. Calm is a word not generally associated with dentistry; anxiety might come to mind It is anxiety that breeds fear as you lie on your back staring at the ceiling of the Joint Trooper Clinic. A masked man with a bright light on his forehead approaches with tools most would think should not be in a mouth. Dr. Green knows of this psychological anguish from his youth. It formed the foundation of how he practices dentistry. You could say the tooth pain he experienced as a child has allowed the JTC to gain an excellent dentist. I knew there had to be a different way of doing this [dentistry], and I have spent my ferent way, said Green. I think it has to do with my own personal mindset, to treat patients as I would like to be treated. Green graduated Louisiana State Univer sity in 1988 and entered private practice in New Orleans, a city he has called home since he was six years old. He wanted to join the military coming out of LSU, but family issues serving on active duty. So he opted for parttime blue and joined the Air Force Reserve. Drilling at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in New Orleans for 11 years dental services. After years of lamenting not having served full-time, Greens wife told him if he was serious about working as a full-time Navy dentist then he should sell his practice and join active duty. In 1999 Green sold the comforts of a suc contract dentist for the naval support activity. Probably the greatest risk in life is never having taken one, commented Green on his move towards his dream of serving full-time in uniform. Since he was already drilling with them, Green asked the Air Force about entering ac tive duty. He would be met with disappoint ment as he was told he was too old to join. He shared that disappointment with his Navy boss, who told him to give the Navy a try. Within an hour a recruiter was at his desk. This was the absolute last minute I could do this, said Green. If I missed this oppor tunity, I would never have it again. So in 2001, at age 46, Green made the jump into active duty. I dont look at the Navy as a second choice; that is not the case, said Green. I wanted to serve; I really wanted to serve. This began a new career that has included three years in Okinawa, Japan, whereupon he deployed to Iraq with the 3rd Marine Corps Logistics Group. I always had the deepest admiration for the Marine Corps and I got to live that part of my dream, he said. Green was back in New Orleans as the dental department head at Naval Air Station in Meridian, Mississippi when he got the call from the director of dental services at Pensacola Naval Hospital. The Navy dentist at tached to the JTF had broken an arm, and Green headed to Guantanamo Bay in De on his assignment. Once he returned, Green told his supervisor that JTF was a really necessary mission and several months later that same director recalled that conversation. Green was back on a rotator in September 2011 for a ninemonth deployment. A lot of my mission is caring for patients that have some minor dental problem crop up during their stay, said Green, who be lieves dental care is a quality of life concern. People need to be reassured that their dental health is not deteriorating. and dental cleanings as very important. He is proud that with a limited staff at the Joint those preventive services. Greens chair-side manner shines when he provides a play-by-play description of what he observes during the examination. I just felt like even I in the past had been guilty of not educating my patients, not explaining to my patients in terminology that everybody will understand, said Green. Explain while working and answer a question later is Greens motto. Patients are more at ease and are more motivated, said Green, adding they under stand why to use certain oral hygiene techPeople fear the unknown, said Green, who believes the discussion is an important element. Yes, they may still be a little fearful, but not so much. Green is proud of his tour as leaves the island tomorrow. I kind of get misty-eyed, he said as he spoke about people he worked with and the privilege to provide health care services to Troopers serving here.I feel like one of the luckiest men on the planet I wake up every day knowing that for me, I have the best job in the world. And that job is getting better for Green as his next assignment is dental department chief aboard the U.S.S. Eisenhower. Being underway is another experience on his to-do list. If you do what you love for a living, you will never work a day in your life and that is me, Green said. I am living that. I live that life daily; I really do. Super Troopers Congratulations to the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers who recently received commanders coins! SSG Nickles LS1 Winegar LS2 Refalo
By Pvt. Loren Cook FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Carrying the fallenHonoring the fallen for Memorial Day takes many forms: placing flow ers on graves, attending services in the cemetery, lowering the national flag to half-mast until noon, and so on. Here at Guantanamo Bay, MWR observed Memorial Day in typical GTMO fashion by holding a 10k race. In recognition of Memorial Day, parts of the course were lined with flags honoring Marines, Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen who have died in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Army Sgt. Major Callie Leaver, command sergeant major of the Joint Detention Group, went a step further in observation of Memorial Day. She and four other Georgia National Guardsmen pinned cards to themselves, honoring their fallen comrades. Each card had a picture and a short biography of the Soldier being honored. I saw it being done at the 9/11 run last year, and I thought it was a good idea. Since were here in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, we decided to carry cards honoring those from the Georgia National Guard who have died in Afghanistan, Leaver said. Although the cards were light, those who wore them bore the heavy burden of remembering those who had made the ultimate sacrifice. Army Sgt. Larissa Pillay, an intelligence analyst with the 170th Military Police Company, was eager to honor the fallen during her run and carried two cards; one pinned in front and one in back. I was excited to be able to honor somebody that gave their lives for all of us, said Pillay. Its important that we dont forget about those who gave their lives. Leaver also carried two cards. One honored a Soldier who wasnt in the Georgia National Guard, but whom she knew. Spc. Ryan King was a family friend, Leaver said. His parents went to church with me, and I knew him before he ever joined the military. King, a native of Dallas, Ga., was killed in a firefight in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, in 2009. He was 22 years old. Ryans mother called me immediately after the casualty officer told her, Leaver said. I was at least able to stand by her and hold her hand during the rough times. For Leaver, the dead being honored at Memorial Day are much more than American flags next to old gravestones. They are men and women who had lives and families. If Ryan were alive today, he would have run in a race like this. He was a great young man, said Leaver. He always wanted to be a Soldier, and he died doing what he wanted. So while Memorial Day is a great day for seeing family and friends, having bar becues, and enjoying a three-day-weekend, that is not its purpose. Its not just a day for barbecues. I think everyone should take at least a moment on Memorial Day to think about those who sacrificed so much, and some times everything, to give you the freedom you enjoy, Pillay said. Its great to be able to enjoy some quality time with your family and eat some good food, but its very important to remember the meaning of Memorial Day, Leaver said. This is the time to remember those who have fought for our freedom, and the family and friends who were left behind.Georgia National Guardsmen honor fallen comrades in Memorial Day 10KLeft: Sgt. 1st Class Undrey Bostic, Army 1st Lt. Luis Mendez, Army Sgt. Major Callie Leaver, Army Sgt. Larissa Pillay, and Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Conwell pose with cards honoring fallen comrades from the Georgia National Guard. photo by Pvt. Loren Cook Staff Sgt. Anderson is a great Trooper because he never gives up and keeps striving to get the job done.taff Sgt. Anthony Anderson has lived in the same small Missouri town his entire life. He is the third generation owner of the salvage yard his grandfather opened about 60 years ago. There is noth ing wrong with being a simple man and Anderson doesnt seem to have an issue with being perceived that way but behind the relaxed, soft-spoken man is a smart businessman. Theres a lot involved in the business. Youve got to know a whole lot of stuff, not just only the different types of metals you have to ship out, Anderson said. People; youve got to know people. The businessman has been with the Missouri Air National Guard since 2010 but before that he was with the Army National Guard for almost 10 years. He has been on several deployments and he says the hardest thing about it all has been being away from his family. Anderson is a through-andthrough family man. Everything he does always ties back to his family somehow; including his business. I like being able to plow my own route. The harder you work the better youre going to be off. Youre relying on yourself and not anybody else. I worked in a factory for two yearsI can be more family oriented and take time off when I want [now], said Anderson about going from working for someone to being his own boss. Anderson left his wife with the task of running the business while he is here at Guantanamo. He said she is doing a great job. She didnt know anything about the met als and stuff, but she graduated from college with a business degree, said Anderson about his wife. Shes handled it pretty well. Shes taken it far and beyond what Ive done. Anderson plans to do his 20 years with the military and he also plans to stay in business. Will the salvage yard be inherited by the next generation? Its up to the family mans children. Anderson said he wont pressure them to take over; it will be their decision. TROOPER FOCUS Hobbies: Duck hunting, drag racing, spending time with family Time in service: 11 yearsAdvice to junior Troopers: Keep up on your CDCs (Career Development Courses). It will help you advance in whatever job Bullet Bio By Spc. Vanessa Davila If you could make a movie, what would it be about?Staff Sgt. Anthony AndersonBoots on the Ground An action movie like The Expendables.Pvt. 1st Class Yenixa RivasId make a superhero movie.Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Vanessa Perez creature.Pvt. 1st Class Caleb VelezId make The Real World: GTMO.Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Mariah Brownthe boss saysSTrooperFocus THE WIRE | PAGE 6
Cpl. Eric Bard: Ive been waiting for this moment for a very long time. Im a little nervous right now, but I think its more my excitement than anything. Me: Eric, its gonna change everything you know about diving. Its not the pool, thats for sure. Its gonna blow your mind. Have fun, brother. Eric: Thats what Im hoping for. Bard self checks his buoyancy control device (BCD) as a determined Marine would check his body armor and weapons before leaving the wire, dons his swim mask, takes a few heaping breaths of air from his regulafrom an instructor and gives his prosthetic to the bubbly surface in the azure waters of Phillips Dive Park, turns around and touches his head with his hand, signaling that hes good to go, and then swims to the team of divers waiting for him. With that, the Soldiers Undertaking got underway in Guantanamo Bay. The SUDS team arrived on May 24 and were greeted by the GTMO community with a welcome dinner at the Bayview Officers seven wounded warriors. The dives started Friday morning and didnt end until Monday afternoon. Each day had two scheduled dives at certain dive areas in GTMO: Phillips Dive Park (twice), Blue Beach and Cable Beach. For the wounded warriors it was the for a few it was a chance to get their advanced was a chance to forget about what ails them. In diving terms: to decompress. Water is the great equalizer Depending on their injuries, swimming, manage for these wounded warriors and their instructors. We learned as we went along, each per son is different, said Pat Duffy, one of the team. Its about buoyancy and trim, being able to move through the water and the basics of swimming that is easy for you and me. But once the students adapted to the water and got a better handle on the basics of scuba: the challenge of being in a zero-gravity environment, they embraced and used it for more than just breathing underwater. These are people who want to move through their injury and get on with the rest of their lives, said Duffy. The move from a fundamental to a therapeutic aspect gives dence that they take with them for the rest of their lives. For some SUDS members, being in the water is like a second home. Staff Sgt. Brett Graveline, who suffered spinal and neck injuries in a controlled Chinook crash in Iraq in 2009, grew up around the water. I love the water, its relaxing, he said. To one is down there to bother you. Graveline, who recently found out that he has severe and degenerative nerve damage in just started scuba diving last month. When I was underwater, I never thought about my problems at all, he said. Sgt 1st Class Jeremiah Gursuch, who lost his leg in 2011 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, spent his summers at his grandparents lake as a child, so hes always up for a dive. Being underwater for an extended period of time, its a dream come true, said Gursuch. While appreciative of his ability to dive, he also has other reasons for diving. It helps me keep calm, meditate, relax, said Gursuch. Plus its a physical sport itself. It helps me get back into shape, back into life. Genesis SUDS was started in 2007 at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. by John Thompson, its founder and current president. I went to go see my wife who was work ing at Walter Reed for lunch one day, and I met all these men and women suffering through all these injuries. It was a gut check for me, said Thompson. So Thompson, a former Army National Guardsman and scuba instructor, decided to become a volunteer at the American Red Cross at Walter Reed. They asked me what my background was and I told them I was a dive instructor, so they put me in the aquatic therapy pool, he said. After being in the pool with the wounded warriors, Thompson started thinking about how to incorporate scuba into the rehabilitation regimen. After speaking with the chief physical therapist (who happened to be a cer idea a shot and SUDS was formed. A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm. From the moment the SUDS team cation awards party, the GTMO community came out in droves to provide assistance and show their support. The outpouring of support we see is amazing as is the generosity in donations, time, food, and many other ways, said Chris Hileman, board member of Reef Raiders Dive Club (GTMOs dive chapter). Its the community that helps make these visits possible and the great success that each one is. Aside from the hundreds (too many to personal time, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, the Goat Locker, the Red Cross, Reef Raiders, Ocean Enterprises, Guantanamo Bay Spouses Club, Island Mechanical Construction and the Maytag Aircraft Corporation all had a hand in making this trip a success. We dont get this type of support anywhere else we go, said Thompson. This is our eighth trip down here. Its the signature trip and the one everyone wants to go on because we get the most support. So why dont we go, somewhere only we know Eight dives in four days, with all the local and civic support needed, and in the end the SUDS team were a tired bunch but still had smiles from ear to ear. So congratulations to: CPT David McRaney, USA Rescue SGT Preston Kaplan, USA Advanced Open Water Certifications and training in underwater photography and diver propulsion vehicles CPL Charles Stringer, USMC Advanced Open Water Certifications and training in underwater photography and diver propulsion vehicles SFC Jeremiah Gursuch, USA Open SSG Rubin Gomez, USA Open Water SSG Bret Graveline, ANG Open Water CPL Eric Bard, USMC Open Water This Memorial Day weekend took on a whole new level of meaning of why we honor our nations way of life. There is a saying in the Navy when someone does something well and / or above and beyond the call of duty (and this applies to our SUDS brethren and staff along with the entire GTMO community): Bravo Zulu. Job well done. By Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 8 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FEA TURE SUDS DivingSoldiers Undertaking Disabled ScubaSgt. Preston Kaplan dives at Guantanamo Bay. photo by Chris Hileman Diving gives me peace. Sgt. Preston KaplanLeft: Volunteers assist Cpl. Eric Bard after his dive at Blue Beach. Top: Team SUDS at Blue Beach. Right: Open water students prepare to descend on photos by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park
ast week, 51-year-old Cuban-born writer and storyteller Carmen tous occasion for the naval station. Its not often that award winning writers grace Guantanamo Bay. Deedy visited the high school, middle school and elementary school the day before the curtain went up on her one night only, one woman show. She entertained the students with her stories of growing up Cuban in Decatur, Ga. The full weight of Deedys meaningful trip was realized the after noon before her show on her visit to the Cuban Community Center where the last remaining Cuban residents of Guantanamo Bay anx iously awaited her arrival. When I got here, I had a few people ask me how do you feel? and I thought do not ask me, I dont want to talk about it! I dont know; if I knew Id tell myself; how can I tell you! said Deedy. This afternoon when I was with those old people: that was when I felt like I was home. If the Cuban residents had any doubt about how Cuban Deedy could still be she quickly squashed any doubts through a retelling of her favorite stories about growing up with her mom. She had the residents in stitches within minutes and I soon realized why her Cuban mother is similar to my Colombian mother, and better yet, similar to all our mothers. Good storytelling really is not about culture; its about experience. But experience is universal. If I have a Cuban mother who embar rasses the fool out of me when I am in public and I am eight years old, you could be from Peoria and go oh my God thats my mother! Halfway into Deedys visit with the Cuban residents, the laughter subsided and melancholy dominated the room for a while. Through tears, Deedy told the residents, El aire libre tiene olor diferente, to which many of the residents cried and nodded in gratitude for her understand of their plight. Translated, the words meanfree air has a different scent. Afterward, she became the audience when each resident recounted his or her story to the master storyteller. More tears were shed but they were more sweet than bitter. Many of the residents hadnt spoken to other Cubans, besides themselves, who understood their predicament. Before they said goodbye to one another, one of the residents dared Deedy to recite Cubas national anthem, sure that the longtime Americanized writer didnt know it. Deedy met the Cuban womans challenge and began to sing. The residents couldnt help but join in and soon they were all singing, some in tears once again. Deedy performed to an almost-packed crowd of 228 on Friday night and received a standing ovation. I saw her at the Soggy Bottom native land before her plane took off. I want to come back, Deedy said I want to work with those high school kids I want to teach those kids to tell stories because one of the things that I feel like they have to deal with I know because I was a refugee is a sense of displacement of every where is home and nowhere is home. All of that carries with it a tremendous burden of story. When someone says, well whats freedom, its a philosophical discussion without fear of repercussion. My answer to that is, you know what, but I can tell you what freedom isnt. I can go down a list of things that freedom isnt and I can tell you right now that whats on the other side of that fence isnt. THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FEA TURE By Spc. Vanessa Davila C A RME N D E E D Y RETU RNS TO CUBAphotos by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 10
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama yesterday welsubmariners to the White House as part of a busy Memorial Day schedule. The 24 young women visited the White House, along with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, and Navy Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, as part of a Joining Forces iniVice President Joe Biden, started the Joining Forces campaign last year to rally Americans to honor, recognize and serve military families. As part of the meeting, the first lady accepted Mabus invitation to serve as the sponsor of the future USS Illinois (SSN 786), a Virginia-class submarine -the Navys new est class of attack submarine -being built in Groton, Connecticut and Newport News, in late 2015. In sponsoring USS Illinois, Obama joins a submarines. First Lady Laura Bush is USS Texas (SSN 775) sponsor and christened it in 2004; First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton is USS Columbias (SSN 771) sponsor and christened it in 1994. special link to Illinois, her sailors, and their families that extends throughout the life of the submarine, a White House press release says. Its an honor and a privilege to serve as sponsor of the USS Illinois, the first lady said yesterday. Im always inspired by the of the Navy, as well as the families who support them. This submarine is a tribute to the strength, courage, and determination that our Navy families exhibit every day. Naval tradition holds that a sponsors spirit and presence guide the ship and her crew throughout the life of the ship, Mabus said. Illinois and her crew are blessed to have such a wonderful sponsor and I am grateful Mrs. Obama accepted my invitation to serve as sponsor for this submarine. for the recently commissioned Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, based in Alameda, Calif. The ship is named after Captain Dorothy Stratton, the director of the Coast Guard Womens Reserve during World War II where she oversaw 10,000 enlisted women and 1,000 In 2009, Mabus announced that for the be assigned to the operational submarine force. The 24 women who met with the president nuclear submarine program after completing intensive training. They are serving on ballistic and guided missile submarines throughout the Navy. KEY WEST, Fla. The interdiction of a drug-trafficking speedboat carrying almost 5,000 pounds of cocaine with a street value of more than $363 million played out like a motion-picture thriller. The action followed a carefully choreographed script, from the moment U.S. Customs and Border Protection pilots spotted the speedboat El Kike on May 6 from their P-3 Orion aircraft. They passed the mission to USS Nicholas, a guided-missile frigate patrolling the region with an embarked U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement team. Nicholas dispatched a helicopter to track the speedboat, while maneuvering into position to intercept. El Kikes crew, recognizing their plight, jettisoned half of their cargo, then adjusted course and hit the throttle toward Colombia. Nicholas followed, while calling on the USS McClusky, an Oliver Hazard Perryclass frigate, and the Colombian navy ship ARC 20 de Julio operating nearby for assis tance. McClusky launched a helicopter to maintain surveillance, diverting El Kike it into Colombian territorial waters, where the Colombian navy intercepted it. With the help of some friends, we accom plished what we set out to do: disrupt the drug trade, said Navy Cdr. Stephen Fuller, are challenging, but with the help of McClusky, [U.S.] Customs and the Colombian navy, we executed a successful operation. It was latest in a recent string of opera tional successes for the Joint Interagency Task Force South and its regional partners since they kicked off an aggressive counterdrug effort earlier this year. Last year alone, JIATF South facilitated the interdiction of 117 metric tons of cocaine, Michel reported. organization that I am aware of, by far, Michel said. The taxpayer gets a huge bang for the buck down here, through the inter diction of cocaine, the protection of our neighbors, the stability of the hemisphere and the protection of our citizens on the street. SERVICE NEWS THE WIRE | PAGE 12 By Lisa Daniel American Forces Press ServiceObamas host female submariners ON THE DECK By Donna Miles American Forces Press ServiceJIATF reports success in aggressive counterdrug effort By Navy Capt. Bradley Thom, JTF Command Chaplain By Army 1st Lt. Amelia ThatcherW you? One of the most common objectives Troopers have when arriving in a fiddle when I leave GTMO. That is a pretty admirable goal, but lets slice it and dice it. In 2010 the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, signed the CJCS Instruction on Total Force Fitness. In it, eight areas of Soldier Fitness are identified. They are social, environmental, medical, spiritual, psychological, behavioral, nutritional and physical. To be in shape and balanced one might conpurpose of this column the focus will be couple of different readings might help us. For instance there is one reading that says, He leads me beside still waters depicting a serene and peaceful place in life. In that doing well. Another ancient reading sug gests the opposite, Out of the depths I cry to you. That writer is calling out from a rather dark station in life. Like those writers we all have our times of joy, elation and peace. Going in the opposite direction, we can also encounter periods when we experience a significant amount of pain and anguish which in some instances may lead to despair and possibly anger. Rather depleted and drained. Signs of that might be a lack of purpose, immoral behavior and disrespect of beliefs. Chaplains cannot prescribe ibuprofen and tell their client life will be better tomor row. Rather, chaplains and their enlisted associates are equipped to listen. They do talk with one of our uniformed professionBy making the appointment to see a chaplain youre taking a step toward spiritual health. Following the appointment, you experience among the host of services offered, discussing your particular situ ation with a chaplain will be helpful. So while youre in GTMO give consideration but spiritually as well. Get acquainted with one of your JTF chaplains and allow them Chaplain services are available to all Troopers and members of the military, a young nonreligious Soldier I often felt left out from having this as a useful resource. It appeared to me that those of us who did not ascribe to any particular faith had fewer options should we ever have to seek counseling. A few years prior to commissioning as an This was at a time where the surges into Iraq were ramping up and our military occupational specialty was in high demand. In fact, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) had to stand up an additional MP training battalion at Fort Leonard Wood to meet the need for MPs. While all of us new recruits were well treated and well taken care of, sometimes it seemed like the few hours of weekly religious services as a priority. Even as I left the Military Police affairs, I still asked myself: would I ever be able to get the guidance I needed without the pressure of a particular religious angle? The answer is an emphatic yes. Chaplains dispense spiritual advice, which doesnt necessarily have to be religious. I soon learned I didnt have to worry about discrimination against my abstention from a structured belief system, and could still discuss the intricacies of life without feeling like a conversion class was imminent. I have found each and every one of Joint Task Force Guantanamos chaplains to be personable, receptive, tolerant, and open to discussion of all things, spiritual and temporal. They are an invaluable asset to the JTF. Every command across the military should be so lucky as to have a spiritual support staff so willing and able to assist service members from all faiths or lack thereof. MIND, BODY & SPIRIT THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Mind, Body & Spirit Only at GTMO by Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Keith SimmonsWhat if youre no rel pref?
MOVIE REVIEW THE WIRE | PAGE 14 It never ceases to amaze me how Hollywood studios attempt to turn any thing into a movie. This includes theme park attractions, toys, video games and board games. In the case of Battleship, it is the latter. Can a board game be successfully adapted into a full-length feature? A better question: when it comes to Hollywood tak ing your hard-earned dollar, does it really matter if the movie is good or not? I ask this rhetorically. Battleship, budgeted at over $200 million, has all the elements of a summer its studio, Disney, and resulted in the resignation of their studio head. I only bring this up to show you what Battleship is up against, and Im not talking about aliens with missiles. The characters of Battleship, like the board game grid. The movie opens with the gifted slacker Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch, John Carter) trying to impress the attractive Samantha Shane (Brooklyn Decker, What to Expect When Youre Expecting). She is the daughter of Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson, The Dark Knight Rises), the com the boss of Alexs brother Stone (Alexander Skarsgard, True Blood). In a last ditch effort to become productive, Alex is per suaded by his brother to join the U.S. Navy. Fast forward a few years and Alex cer onboard the destroyer USS John Paul Jones. He is still something of an embarrassment to Stone, who is now the commanding himself in hot water with Admiral Shane, and Hoppers future in the Navy is in doubt. Lo and behold, alien spacecrafts crash middle of the RIMPAC exercise! They are belligerent, with the intention of conquer ing Earth. The alien spacecraft generates a are a handful of ships from the RIMPAC exercise. They take action against the alien threat. Hoppers group decides to use weather buoys to track the underwater movements of the aliens with a grid. Hmmm, this tactic reminds me of a particular board game. There are things in Battleship that do not make sense. I fail to understand why a raft with about three Navy personnel, under the protection of the gun-toting Gunners Mate 2nd Class Raikes (Rhianna), would speed over to an alien craft the size of 20 air craft carriers to assess things. Thats like a mosquito visiting a heavily armed rhinoceros. Why anyone would leave the ship to do this and what they thought they could achieve is beyond me. What did I miss here? Also confusing me was why the alien ships land didnt they land in Washington D.C. or at the Kremlin or somewhere like that? It must have something to do with the satellite dishes in Hawaii that can broadcast into deep space. Oh. Well then, never mind Apart from likable characters and the main action, Battleship actually has a few nice sub-plots. The best one involves Samantha and the amputee Army Lt. Col. Canales (Gregory D. Gadson). He has mechanical legs and he is reluctant to learn how to use them. Samantha coerces him into a nature hike in rural Oahu when the alien invasion takes place. How he rises to the challenge of having to take on a reconnaissance mission to obtain information about the aliens and how he overcomes the adver sity of his new handicap is nice to watch. The original Battleship board game did It was a watered-down naval strategy game. became the bad guys for two reasons. Reason one: Aliens sell movie tickets. In the wake of movies, making the baddies resemble and mimic the ones from Transformers guar interest in Battleship. Reason two: It might not be politically correct to portray a given nation or other groups engaging in an allof world conquest. I should point out that Battleship could have been a period piece set during World War II, which would have see MOVIE page 15 By Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson Movie Review PG-13 131 min. BULLETIN BOARD THE WIRE | PAGE 15 MOVIE from page 14 s been more naval and true to the board game. Oh wait, that might not generate the kind of ticket sales from the teens unless there are aliens on the screen. I guess I can rule out a post-GTMO career in movie marketing. There is a nifty tie-in to WWII during the crowd pleaser. Director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) deserves credit for taking this mate rial and making it as fun as possible for a screen adaptation. Still, the movie is nothing more than bubblegum. It is also funny named Taylor Kitsch. The word Kitsch is a derogatory German word meaning tawdry, vulgarized, or pretentious art, literature, etc, usually with popular or sentimental appeal. I think its ironic that Mr. Kitsch is the lead in both Battleship and John Carter. Ill just leave it at that. Battleship is only somewhat satisfying. I think the script and the editing needed one more polish. Though it is a light and breezy better kitsches out there. 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Navy Capt. Kirk R. Hibbert, commanding of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay honor the fallen during a Memorial Day Ceremony held at Cuzco Wells Cemetery. photo by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa