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Storms a-brewin (with a chance of zombies) Inside: Your no-kidding guide to hurricane preparedness Volume 13, Issue 31 Friday, June 8, 2012 Zebras! Conch! Did we mention more zombies?
Marine Sgt. Maj. Scott SmithSergeant Major, JTF Guantanamo In one wordWow! I have been on deck for 22 days, and over this short period of time I have found myself completely over whelmed by the performance of the men and women assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Having had a chance to get around and see the mission that you accomplish on a daily and nightly basis reminds me that we continue to have the premier military force on the globe. There is no other nation on earth that could even come close to replicating the mission that is undertaken by you here at Guantanamo Bay. I am truly proud to be your Sergeant Major! As your JTF Senior Enlisted Leader, and being one of the newest members of this newness, at least in my case. I can only best equate it to the start of a new relationship, and you cant wait to see each otherfor me anyhow, as I am not always sure that you are that excited to see me. And so it goes, as we become more comfortable with one another however, some surprises will still occur but It would normally be this point in the article where the (new) Senior Enlisted Leader would list his or her expectations of the unit. These could be the dos and donts, perfor mance and conduct both on and off duty, and your ability to stay out of trouble and to not bring discredit to Joint Task Force Guantanamo or your service. We must work together as a joint team, and also realize that without the support of the Naval Station we would not be able to accomplish our mission. But I am not going to list my expectations, because I feel this is information that you already possess. I thought that I would take a crack at your expectations of me. You expect me to be your voice to the Commander in all issues concerning operations and your quality of life. Mission accomplishment and Trooper welfare are the primary tenets of leadership; we get the job done and we take care of our number one resource: you. You expect me to reinforce the Commanders intent and relay his policies as they are currently stated. You expect that the Senior Enlisted Leader leads from the front, sets the example both professionally and personally, maintains the standards, and encourages those of you in the command to go beyond the minimum requirements. You expect me to lead, train, mentor, educate, motivate and inspire; counsel in private and praise in public. Most importantly though, you expect me to be a good listener and observer which helps me to understand what it is like to be in your position (your piece of the JTF pie), so I am better able to ensure our mission is accomplished and people are taken care of. Every unit that I have ever served in has been a family, and JTF Guantanamo is no different. You treat people the way you expect to be treated. In this organization, we nity and compassion at all times. We do the right thing, even when no one is looking, so your expectations are identical to mine. As I learned a few years ago from a very sage I truly look forward to this opportunity to work with and for you as your JTF Guantanamo Sergeant Major!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 Joshua Hammond 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: A zombie apocalypse may be the stuff of Hollywood B-movies, but hurricane preparedness is no joke in the Caribbean. Find your guide and list of essential items on pages 101. satellite photo by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA.gov) NEWS FROM THE BAY THE WIRE | PAGE 3 INDEXThe Wire June 8, 2012 Protect your conch Sailors frocked Bogdan assumes command Prep for the zombie apocalypse MBS: Wake up happy Movie: Men in Black 3The 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 13 14 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. Dont mail lithium batteriesCustomers may not mail or receive electronic devices containing lithium batteries, including equipment with non-removable batteries, to or remains useful, as always, for treating bipolar musicians. For more information about shipping restric tions, call 2156. Summer dance showMWR Child and Youth Programs will present a summer dance show featuring perfor mances by Caribbean Energy Dance and CYP dance clinic participants. The event is scheduled for June 15 at Denich Gym from 6 to 7 p.m. This is a free show for all ages! For more information, call 55346. North East Gate tourWant to learn the history of the North East Gate and the United States Marines at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay? Meet at the Marine Hill Parade Deck at 11 a.m. on the third Friday of every month for the North East Gate tour. For more information, call 2334. Youll have a ball!The 237th Army Birthday Ball is scheduled for June 30 at the Windjammer Ballroom. Cocktail hour will begin at 5:15 p.m. shrimp skewers or vegetable lasagna. Tickets are $40 for E-7 and above or civilians, $35 for E-5 and E-6, and $30 for E-4 and below. This is a formal event, and the attire for civilians is formal evening wear or black tie. Military personnel should wear dress uniform. For more information or to buy tickets, call Staff Sgt. Baker at 8586. Fathers Day fun!Navy Child and Youth Programs will be hosting paintball and a pool party on June 17. Paintball runs from 2 to 4 p.m. at the paintball range and is open to anyone 10 or older. The pool party runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Windjammer Pool. Both of these events are free, and no registration is required. For more information, call 2005. Think before you actThe Coalition of Sailors against Destructive Actions is looking for new members! CSADD holds meetings every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 11 p.m. in the Windjammer Cafe. For more information, contact RP2 Hosier at Sandra.Hosier@usnbgtmo.navy.mil. Volunteer everywhere! Looking to help out your local commu nity for volunteer hours, or just for the warm fuzzies? W.T. Sampson Elementary School is looking for volunteers to assist in their sum mer cleaning on June 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help inventory old furniture and reorganize storage rooms. Come out and build up your volunteer hours. Please contact Master Sgt. Arier Santiago at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 8526 to register. Help the Red CrossThe Red Cross is requesting volunteer instructors to lend support to the community. If call the station manager at 2511. Lets go bowling, dude!Summer bowling season begins June 14. Four-person mixed teams can still join the fun by registering before Sunday afternoon. For more information, call 2188. Join the softball team!
Every military branch has their own customs and courtesies, but there are some simple ones that every Trooper should know. For example: when I walk by a young Trooper and they give me the greeting of the day, or when I see them walking into the exchange and they pick up some trash on the ground, I smile inside because I know that they have a squared away noncommissioned officer who instills discipline and pride in them on a daily basis. I have lost count of how many Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines I have initiated the greeting of the day to as they walk by me around Guantanamo Bay. I learned in basic training that when passing someone of a higher rank than you, you give the greeting of the day and they should respond back. I am not only addressing this issue to our lower ranks but also to our seniors. It would not hurt for our senior ranks to initiate the greeting of the day. I have told my Soldiers past and present that I would not ask them to do anything that I am not willing to do or have not done in the past. I regularly give the greeting of the day to anyone I walk by no matter if they are subordinate, peer, or senior. lecturing, I point out that not only is this military courtesy, but it is also being polite. How many times does a piece of trash get walked by before being picked up and put in the proper disposal can? This is another simple custom (and common sense action) which often goes by the wayside. Again, it is something I learned in basic training, and I continue to train not only my Soldiers but my kids on it as well. These are just two simple customs and courtesies among many others. By applying just these two, we are not just keeping basic discipline among our Soldiers, but teaching them for future leadership. Young Troopers, if you want to prove yourself to your super visors and seniors, go back to the basics and practice what you were trained to do. Young leaders, you need to take a few minutes out of your busy and hectic work schedule to train and teach our young Troopers customs and courtesies and the importance of prac ticing them. PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! Keep your personal life personalHow many times have you seen someone online share places they have checked into? Social Media can be a great tool for staying connected with friends and family while youre deployed, but there is a limit to what you should put online, especially when it comes to your personal life. Telling the online community your whereabouts at all times by checking in at places might not be the best idea. Especially if your smart phone does it automatically. Make sure you know what youre sharing online and what the settings on your mobile devices are. Stay safe. Think before you post. Use OPSEC. First Sgt. Chris FickFirst Sergeant, th MP company TROOPER T O TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 4 Trooper to Trooper Practice Customs and Courtesies I have told my Soldiers past and present that I would not ask them to do anything that I am not willing to do or have not done in the past. The incredible, edible, musical, decorative Queen Conch. It has been a while since we saw anyone coming out of the ocean with a conch in their catch bag. Good thing too, since Queen Conch are protected in Guantanamo Bay waters from March 1 through to May 31. With the season now reopened, some new divers on the island may be looking forward to bringing home their first gastropodean prize. We know we can eat them, display their shells and even make a horn recognized by naval signaling device. But how much do we really understand about this amazing animal? Conch live throughout the warm Caribbean Sea from depths of 1 to 70 feet, yet can descend as deep as 500 feet. They are conch hunting grounds exist offshore from any GTMO beach as well as in the bay. Every Caribbean island participates in some sort of blackout period to restore the conch shell population. They have to. Because of the importance to local economies, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) lists Caribbean Queen Conch as species that are not necessarily now threatened with extinction but that may according to Appendix II (www.cites.org). Contrary to rumor, our local blackout does not specifically coincide with conch mating season, since conch mate continu ously throughout the summer and fall. In relation to other Caribbean islands regula tions, Guantanamo is generous with its rule adult conch per diver per day. Many of the countries which harvest conch rely on the income brought in from the export of conch. Those local governments have banned scuba as a means for collecting the Queen Conch to protect the retail shell sales. Conch are an important food source to many of the locals and they have Taino Indians use the conch for tribal tools, musical instruments and many use the shells for decoration. It is the variety and value of conch which have placed them in such danger. From coffee tables to cold conch salads all around GTMO, our attraction to conch is evident. But without care and good stewardship, we may find that measures like those in Key West are needed. In Florida, it is illegal and punishable by time in prison to take a conch from the ocean. Simply said, GTMO loves its conch. It is up to each of us to protect this animal by strictly adhering to the rules and letting others know that you intend to do your part to keep our conch population healthy. CONCH PER DIVER PER DAY! The Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) is a marine snail or gastropod (Latin for belly-foot). The heavy shell, formed by the buildup of calcium carbonate, is glossy pink, orange, or yellow on its interior and reaches its full size at around 3 years of age. Adults can be ues to thicken throughout the conchs life. Looking at the pointed crown, the spiral shell coils to the right. They can grow to 12 inches and 5 pounds and reach sexual maturity in about 3 to 5 years. Queen Conch can live 40 years, but the normal life span is estimated at between 20 and 30 years. Conch may wander for miles foraging on algae, sea grasses, sand, and dead mate rial. Tagging studies show that queen conch may travel up to 1 mile in a 2-month period and more than 700 yards in a week. Queen Conch blood contains hemocyanin, a copper containing molecule. When the hemocyanin interacts with oxygen dur ing the process of respiration, it turns blue, Egg cases are gelatinous tubes that can contain as many as 400,000 embryos. Tube strands of from 70 to 120 feet in length may Embryos emerge after 4 to 6 days as larval veligers, traveling great distances They start their development after settling to the ocean floor. Few survive to adult hood, instead becoming food for many other ocean organisms. Adult queen conch are eaten by logger head sea turtles, horse conch, and humans. The edible meat comes from the single, long foot common to all snails. Facts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Background photo by Army Maj. Jon PowersConch Facts COMMAND INFORMA TION THE WIRE | PAGE 5 Assist, protect, defend our conch! By Army Maj. Jon Powers WE MUST PROTECT THIS CACre: information assurance
ery little is known of Bub the Zombies life. What we have instead are guesses based on behaviors he has exhibited during his unlife. It is possible that Bub was an actor named Sherman Howard in life, but that is conjectural at best. During the zombie apocalypse, Bub was captured by the Army and used in behavioral studies. A scientist named Dr. Matthew Logan was studying zombies in an (ultimately successful) attempt to condition their behavior. Logan had great success conditioning Bub, whom he named after his father. Bub showed signs of human behaviorhe he stripped down and reassembled a pistol; he leafed through a book, although he was unable to read it; he attempted to apologize after scaring someone; and he showed emotional responses while listening to music. It is very likely Bub served in the military during his life, and he continued to serve in his unlife by calmly cooperating with Dr. Logan. Bub was directly responsible for many breakthroughs in Logans work. Unfortunately, Logan was also a metaphor for mans inhumanity to man, and could only achieve his breakthroughs in studying the punishment for his ways, Logan was killed by those whom he was trying to save. When Bub found Dr. Logans body, his reaction vindicated Logans work. Rather than feasting on the body, he cried over it instead (to the extent crying is possible for a zombie, anyway). Bub then sought vengeance on the man who had killed his only friend. Bub found the killer as he was running away from a ravenous horde of mindless zombies, and shot him with a pistol, slowing him down enough that he was caught by the zombies. Bub then abstained from the ensuing feast; he had acted from a desire for revenge and not from hunger. That was the last anyone ever saw of Bub. No one can say whence he wandered afterward. What we do know, from Bubs example, is that even as humans became more savage dur ing the zombie apocalypse, zombies became more human. TROOPER FOCUS V the boss saysBubs been responding so well that I let him live But is he alive or dead? Well, thats the question nowadays, isnt it? Lets just say I let him continue to exist. Hobbies: Listening to classical music, vengeance Time since death: UnknownAdvice to junior zombies: Think! You may be a zombie, but you dont have to be Bullet Bio By Pvt. Loren Cook What motivates you to rise from your grave and hunt the living?Bub the ZombieZombies on the Ground BRAAAAAINS!The living-impaired Yeoman 3rd Class Jade FitzwaterThe late Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Robert SchmidtI hate the living, with their pulses and their rap music and their The not-at-all-well Army Pvt. Loren CookArea zombieZombieFocus THE WIRE | PAGE 6 Recently the results for the Navy-wide advancement exam were released, and this week Joint Task Force Guantanamo and Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion (NEGB) Sailors were frocked, proving their success. Unlike other branches of service, Navy enlisted personnel put on the rank and assume responsibilities beyond their actual pay grade. Its considered an honor to be a part of the Navys longstanding tradition of frocking. Those frocked at the ceremony included Seaman Brian Jeffries, who advanced to Petty Officer Third Class; Petty Officers Third Class Thoran Evans, Mark Fierro, Kenneth Maldonado, Jason Matias, Zachary Hackert, Matthew Downing, and Kevin Owens, who Petty Officer Second Class Patrick Craven, like to get paid (as E-5), but Im very proud to Sailors pay grades catch up about 1-6 months after frocking, depending on how well they do on the exam. The waiting time serves as a probationary period and even though one advances, if nonjudicial punishment comes into play, a Sailor could easily lose two pay grades. Im not really too concerned about havThough these newly-frocked Sailors will not yet receive the monetary raise, they have assumed the title and increased responsibility in their selected advancement and continue to serve the Navy as leaders in their respective The advancement exam is administered every six months (March and September) and results come out about three months later. Above: Sailors wait to be frocked during a frocking ceremony at the Bayview June 6. Though they must wait for their pay grades to catch up, Sailors have long con sidered the additional responsibilities as frockees to be an honor. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson By Mass Communication Spc. 3rd Class Brian Jeffries FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 7 NEGB, JTF Troopers assume new titles, responsibilities at frocking ceremony Super Troopers Congratulations to the newly-frocked Troopers who recently received commanders coins! ET1 Craven IT2 Downing PS2 Evans MA2 Fierro OS2 Hackert MC3 Jeffries AZ2 Matias YN2 Owens
Story by Staff Sgt. Lewis Hilburn Photos by Staff Sgt. Lewis Hilburn and Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Joshua HammondWarrior SixSigning Off On Thursday, Troopers and civilians of Joint Task Force Guantanamo gathered for the change of command of the Joint Detention Group. Col. Donnie Thomas handed over his command to incoming commander Col. John Bogdan. They watched as Thomas passed the JDG guidon to Rear Adm. David Woods, commander of the JTF, who then handed it off to Bogdan, signify ing the change of command. (Thomas) has done a lot of great miral assumed command of the JTF nearly one year ago. Woods lauded Thomas steady, Those in attendance saw the passion that drove Thomas every day as he fought back tears during his farewell speech. Above all, he thanked his family who proudly served and supported him, the Troopers, and civilians, family members of the brigade, the community and the nation every day. Your commitment and dedication is often said. I have learned a lot during this assignment and have many takeaways. However, my single greatest takeaway said. Heroes who post watch 24/7 in the towers, maverick patrol, QRF (quick reaction force) and at our access control posts fully prepared for the unThomas was also proud to serve with the people behind the scenes as well. He stated that the assistance of the service members and civilians in sources, and medical helped his Troop ers inside the camps maintain focus on the mission. This was vital according to him: Every action in the camps is dissected or scrutinized intensely. One second too soon can be seen as causing a situ ation, while one second too late can be Thomas quoted former President Ronald Reagan: Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in JDG do not have that problem. You have made a difference in our nation and our world and I am proud to have commander, Bogdan spoke with conviction. I promise to strive for excellence in all that I do, and ask only the same forward to working with his new shipa memorable experience. Top: Col. Donnie Thomas exits through the sideboys while departing command of the Joint Detention Group. Bottom right: Rear Adm. David Woods, Col. John Bogdan, and Col. Donnie Thomas render salutes as the the colors pass by during the change of command ceremony June 7. Left: Sgt. Maj. Callie Lever hands the Joint Detention Group guidon to outgoing commander Col. Thomas during the change of command ceremony June 7. FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 8 FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 9
50 AMMO 100% HEALTH 15% ARMOR 1 2 3 4 5 6 ARMS Surviving Disasters:from zombies to hurricanes JTF is ready. INVENTORY As zombies overran the Downtown Lyceum last week, many Cuzco Barracks or went back to the Tierra Kay housing area. To the hordes and the crisis was over as night fell. list of rules to follow in order to survive in the post apocalypse zombie infested world. However, many of the rules can be applied to real emergencies that residents of Guantanamo Bay face such as hurricanes. The Rules (abridged): # 7 Travel Light Columbus advises traveling light, carrying only the most essen tial supplies. When facing either a hoard of the undead or the wind and rain of hurricane, what you carry on you will be a major factor in your safety. In the event of a natural disaster, J3 has put together a packing list that every resident of Guantanamo Bay should have. # 12 Paper Towels When facing the undead, things can get pretty dirty and thats why Columbus advises all survivors to bring along paper towels. In the case of natural disasters, Troopers need to be aware of personal hygiene and have the appropriate items available. # 22 When in doubt, know your way out As the minority in a zombie world, having a safe escape route can prove valuable when things go wrong. Escape routes can prove just as valuable in a natural disaster, but in addition to knowing where to go its important to know when to go. Fortunately, theres already a system in place for Guantanamo Bay residents. J3 has designated certain areas as safety zones for Troopers to go when alerted by the siren system. There are five different siren wails that Troopers should be aware of. Pulse Wail General alert to signal Troopers turn on channel 4 for TV or tune the radio to FM 103.1 or FM 102.1 for additional information. This tone is intended as a non-emergency alert. Alternate Wail Signals Troopers to take cover. Return to quarters and stay put until further notice. This tone is for a nonimmediate threat. Wail Signals Troopers to take cover and that immediate threat is inbound. Return to nearest secure location and take cover. This alert will be used when immediate danger threatens such as a tor nado or hurricane. Pulse Steady Signals all Recover Disaster teams to report to duty. All non-essential personnel remain in Quarter. Steady Signals all clear and to resume normal activities. # 29 The Buddy System Ever notice zombies dont attack each other? Columbus notes that current thinking supports zombies have a herd instinct which prevents them from attacking each other. Troopers can use this thinking to help each other during emergencies or natural disasters. When facing an undead horde or the eye of hurricane, being prepared and following safety guidelines is the best way to ensure your safety. By Army Sgt. Saul Rosa Hurricane Packing List Rolls of toilet paper Flashlight with batteries Packs of baby wipes Trash bags First aid kit Personal hygiene supplies Pillow Blanket Towel Snacks/juices Books/magazine Playing cards Important documents Prescription medication Gortex gear Extra clothing Quantity 2 1 1 5 1 as needed 1 1 Optional 3 days 1 1 as needed as needed 1 1 FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 10 THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FEA TURE
SERVICE NEWS THE WIRE | PAGE 12 By Jennifer Hlad Stars and StripesServicemembers letters from Vietnam to be returned to family THIS WELL DEFEND By Donna Miles American Forces Press ServiceVietnam opens sites to joint POW/MIA investigatorsHANOI, Vietnam On the day he died more than 40 years ago, Army Sgt. Steve Flaherty carried with him a stack of letters hed written but not yet sent to loved ones back home. In one, addressed to his mother, he grimly before his death. We couldnt retrieve the bodies of our men or ruck sacks and when we brought air strikes, jets dropped napalm and explosives wrote. After he was killed on March 25, 1969, the letters were taken from him and used as propaganda by Vietnamese forces during the war. last written words. Vietnamese Minister of National Defense Gen. Phung Quang Thanh gave the letters along with two other sets of letters that may have belonged to other American servicemembers to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday. In return, Panetta presented the diary of a Vietnamese soldier, which had been taken after a firefight in March 1966 by an American Marine. The historic exchange of documents at the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense underscores how the relationship between the two countries has progressed in the 17 years since the normalization of diplomatic relations, said George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs. States places on people-to-people ties with Flaherty, of Columbia, S.C., was serving with the 101st Airborne Division in northern South Vietnam when he was killed, according to background information provided by to present the letters to Flahertys surviving family. unsent letters are different from anything he had ever sent home, his sister-in-law said. We knew he was in a dangerous area, but in all his communications he always tried to be The situation must have been terrible, because Steve, a star athlete who enlisted in the Army rather than try to pursue a professional baseball career, wouldnt complain or shrink from a challenge, said his uncle, Kenneth L. Cannon, of Prosperity, S.C. He was quite a person, and his death devWar veteran who served in the Navy. In one unsent letter to someone named dragged more bodies of dead and wounded rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns tore his rucksack. In another letter to his mother, he wrote he was going to take R&R and didnt care where, so long as I get a rest, wrote that his company and Alpha Company toon leader was killed and I was the temporary platoon leader until we got the replacement. Nothing seems to go well for us but well take Flaherty, of mixed Japanese-American ancestry, was adopted from an orphanage in Japan in the 1950s, where he had been befriended by his eventual brother, Ronald Flaherty, who was serving in the Army there. Rons mother made him a deal. She would legally adopt him but Ron would be primarily married Ronald Flaherty and became some thing of an older sister to Steve. The family doesnt know wholl take possession of the trove of letters now, but Cannon said he expects the family will soon gather to read them. said. I dont know what he had on his mind when he wrote those, and I dont know who theyre addressed to. But whether theyre to me or to any member of my family, I want HANOI, Vietnam The Vietnamese government will open three areas to help resolve the fate of Americans missing in action from the Following a meeting at the Defense Ministry, Vietnamese Defense Minister Phoung Quang Thanh announced his government would allow American personnel to examine three areas once off limits. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta thanked the Vietnamese leader for all the support Vietnam has provided over the years. The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Commands Detachment 2 based in Hanoi has conducted Vietnam. The Vietnamese government has fully supported these efforts with personnel and information, said Ron Ward, a casualty resolution specialist with the detachment. The three sites Vietnam opened to exploration are in the central part of the country. involves the crash of an Air Force F-4C Phantom II jet in 1967 with two personnel aboard. Detachment specialists located the site in 2008, but now they will be allowed to examine it, Ward said. The second site is in Kontum province and in January 1968 during the Tet Offensive. The third site is in Quang Tri province and involves the loss of a Marine F-4J Wild Weasel aircraft. One of the crew of two punched out of the aircraft and was rescued. Panetta said these efforts are important to troops serving today, because they know the military means that it will leave no man behind. To date, the command has repatriated and 1,284 Americans remain missing. Of these, 586 cases are in the category of no fur evidence the individual perished but it not possible to recover remains. By Spc. Ryan HallockQuit being a baby when you wake up When you wake up in the morning, I say, I wonder whats going to happen Pooh nodded thoughtfully. Its the The Wake up Contrary to its counterpart, the fall daunting exercise; possibly the only exer cise all day for some. Waking up in a sour mood like a baby who has been woken dur ing the middle of the night is the setup for a bad day. Waking up this way is asking to be called a baby. Youre not a baby, are you? Babies wake up crying and whining about everything that is wrong instead of appreciating everything that is great. Whether your alarm goes off at 5 a.m. for physical training or 7 a.m. for chow, another beautiful day awaits all those willing to consider it so. Each day is more precious than the last. Each is another chance to make up for lost time, accomplish a goal, and be more grateful than you were yesterday. So if life is so great, why is it so tempting to be a grump in the morning? Many factors contribute to the botched wake up. Despising work, despising working out, being away from loved ones, or earning junior enlisted pay can all be attributed to waking up unmotivated. Despising work You wake up and you hate work. There is no quitting in the military so forget about hating work. If you have exhausted all pos sibilities of improving your situation at work then think about the cushiness of your job. Think about all the opportu nities the military offers, most notably college. Every day leaders are encouraging Troopers to pursue their education. If you have no love for your current occupation, learn a new one. Think about about the beach. Despising working out You wake up and hate working out. The military is working out so forget about being a fat body and embrace being a hard body. Physical training makes you sexy. Physical training adds years on to your life. Physical training gets you promotion points. Find ways around what you hate about it and embrace the suck. Think about breakfast cake. Being away from loved ones Possibly the toughest challenge during a deployment is dealing with being separated from friends, family, and loved ones. Skype can never replicate or replace a big kiss, a little kiss, or a big hug. It can help you miss the most. Think of our brothers in arms in Afghanistan and how their families feel during their deployment when you start to get down on this deployment. People are different and their reasons for waking up grumpy are tailored to their lives. Waking up in a sour mood can deter mine the rest of your day. It can also be contagious, so if personal reasons dont tip the scale to waking up fresh and positive, think of those around you and how your attitude can affect friends, family, and even people you dont like. Be cool. Waking up happy and ready to seize ing it too. Its a cake wake up. Eating cake is euphoric and so is waking up, especially after getting the proper amount your body needs to function without much error. So wake up with a smile on your face, put on some music as you get ready for PT, and start the day like a champion! MIND, BODY & SPIRIT THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Mind, Body & SpiritOnly at GTMO by Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson
MOVIE REVIEW THE WIRE | PAGE 14 After 16 years, we are still experienc ing a particular Hollywood trend. I will call it The Big-Budget Will Smith ing up with such a long name for this trend, but it sure seems to ring true, doesnt it? Since 1996s Independence what I just described. Back then, I did not realize Will Smith would have that kind of staying power. Here we are 15 years after plexes and Will Smith is still going strong. based on an early s comic book series about a secret government organization which monitors supernatural phenomena, alien activities and safeguards against alien threats. These premises must have been in vogue in the early s, as at the same time there was a television series similar in structure that had the tagline Trust No for additional sex appeal). For the Men been dropped in favor of staying focused on alien matters only. contained adventures and the interest of a third installment really wasnt in demand. actually a decent continuation. The movie opens with the escape of the intergalactic criminal Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement, Dinner for in the Lunar-Max Penitentiary. He is one volatile, mean and ugly hombre. He is also the last survivor of his conquering race of Boglodites that destroy worlds. He was at Cape Canaveral during the Apollo 11 launch. In the pursuit, Boris lost his left arm and swore revenge on Agent K at all costs. The plan Boris has is a fairly simple one: he will go back in time to the events that lead to his apprehension and kill Agent K. To do so would have a catastrophic effect on the future. In the original timeline, Agent K is also responsible for placing a special global shield on the tip of the Apollo 11 module that was activated in orbit to protect Earth from the imminent invasion of the Boglodites. Without Agent K to put the shield in place the world is in one heck of a predicament. Boris the Animal has a run-in with Agents K and his partner Agent J (Will eling to the past. His parting words to K are You are already dead. You just dont line is changed the moment Boris goes back. The only person unaffected by the changes is Agent J. He is aware of the timeline changes. He did not change with it because he is believed to have been present at the events in 1969. Therefore, we have a time paradox, and it is now necessary for Agent J to venture to the past. travel on several fronts, the best one involving meeting the younger Special Agent K in 1969. Hes played by Josh look like actor Tommy Lee Jones. Thats easy enough to do with a little make-up and combing his hair a certain way. Brolin stands out in the role by his posture, mannerisms and speech patterns. He is so uncannily like Tommy Lee Jones in his performance. Allegedly the films direc tor Barry Sonnenfeld (who directed all the movies in this series) shed tears of relief during Brolins audition. Having Brolin cast is better than any of the over-thetop special effects that could have made Tommy Lee Jones look younger. An interesting addition to this picture is the alien Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg, and engaging characters Ive seen in years of his race and living on Earth. He dresses like the video camera kid from American By Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson Men in Black 3 Movie Review PG-13 106 min. see MOVIE page 15 BULLETIN BOARD THE WIRE | PAGE 15 MOVIE from page 14 the futures of various possible outcomes which he sees in his mind. He is humble and wise as he delights in the simple things, like the outcome of a baseball game that hasnt happened yet. How he aids Agents K & J in their mission is one of the movies charms. is special effects laden, mostly involving the various alien races that reside on Earth in hiding. They are creative in appearance and at times surprising in their individual functions. Take Boris the Animal for instance. He is symbiotic with parasitic creatures that live in his palm. Too weird. In keeping with Whether it is an alien being splattered or movies love their goo. Im not sure why these movies adhere to this prerequisite. No doubt this. It is light and easy to get into. The Bigclosure there is new light shed on the K and J dynamic. Its unexpected and touching. A third movie in a series seldom has originality and heart. This one does. GTMO Religious ServicesNAVSTA Main ChapelDaily Catholic Mass Tues.-Fri. 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass Saturday 5 p.m. Mass Sunday 9 a.m. General Protestant Sunday 11 a.m. Gospel Service Sunday 1 p.m. Christian Fellowship Sunday 6 p.m. Iglesia Ni Cristo Sunday 5:30 a.m. Room A Pentecostal Gospel Sunday 8 a.m. & 5 p.m. Room D LDS Service Sunday 10 a.m. Room A Islamic Service Friday 1 p.m. Room C Intense Spiritual Fitness Power Lunch! 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ceum on Tuesday and Wednesday night to consider the No Ze The 90-minute presentation featured skits including a Jeopardy-themed segment to bring the message to the audience in a thought-provoking and engaging show. Between the skits performed by the ten recent college graduates, speakers were featured including Steve Thompson, direc tor of sexual aggression services at Central Michigan University. career of coaching college football to devoting his professional life to working with victims of sexual assault. herd of zebras will watch as one of their own is attacked and killed by a lion. This inaction is what the program looks to cor rect. In one skit, this lack of action comes from friends, and por trays a male service member who drugs a girls drink as a friend watches. Later, a room full of friends, after seeing the girls condition, lets that same guy take her home where she is assaulted. Sexual assault happens to one out of three female service members, a higher rate than the general population. Approximately 25 percent of American women will suffer some sort of sexual assault or harassment. This is not just an issue for women, as it will happen one out six male service members. The program looks to instill what they call Bystander Intervention Philosophy 101 and in order to reduce incidence of sexual assault Troopers must do three things. First, notice the behavior, and then interpret what they are witnessing, followed by purposeful action. The solution to preventing sexual assaults is black and white: dont be a Zebra.By Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven no more zebras