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Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr.Commander, JTF Guantanamo On Monday, I had the honor of assuming duties as the Commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo from Rear Adm. David Woods the second time I have relieved him in my career. For all who worked to help our turnover, with briefings, tours, reports and interviews, I thank you for your time, patience, professionalism and thoroughness. I have much yet to learn, but you did everything in your power to help me be well-prepared to My turnover process underscored a fundamental truth about JTF Guantanamo: as we are in a constant state of rotation, we are in a constant state of teaching, learning, reviewing The operation here is complex and multifaceted, with many moving parts that must work together. While the mission here is ters the old joke is that a helicopter is not actually an aircraft, but a collection of 10,000 JTF Guantanamo is no different. Like a helicopter, the JTF is a complex system of lessly to perform the mission. Each part of each part is dependent upon other parts. We are here performing a no-fail mission of national importance. Our mission is clear: we provide safe, humane, legal and transpar ent care and custody of detainees. We collect intelligence. And we provide support to the We have highly trained, motivated and well-led personnel from all services and components, as well as government civilians and contractors. We have excellent facilities. We are a tenant command on a base which provides an outstanding level of support. In short, the JTF has everything necessary for continued success just as helicopters have what they need to fly. But they dont cleaned, and inspected. Maintenance checks must be accomplished on a regular basis. The crew must maintain qualifications and training to must be monitored to ensure everything is oper ating within the right parameters, from rotor speed to transmission oil temperature. Any warnings must be heeded, corrective measures taken, and root causes investigated. So too with the JTF: this command will not run itself. Each Trooper must maintain per sonal readiness and that means eating right, hydrating, exercising, and getting enough sleep. Each of us must know our jobs and each task. We need to monitor one another leaders, peers and subordinates to look out for a shipmate who may be fatigued, stressed or distracted. We need to know when to slow down, when to stop, and when to call for help. We have a mission. We have each other. Im proud to be your Commander, and look forward to meeting you all in the near future as we work together to carry out our mission safely, humanely, legally and transparently. Honor Bound!Ccommand orner Joint Task Force Guantanamo Safe Humane Legal Transparent JTF GuantanamoCommander Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr. 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 Command Information Officer Army 1st Lt. Amelia Thatcher: 3499 Senior Enlisted Leader Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant: 8141The WireSenior Editor Army Sgt. Saul Rosa Layout Editor Spc. Ryan Hallock Copy Editor Spc. Vanessa Davila Assistant Editor Pvt. Loren Cook Photojournalists Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.html COMMAND CORNER THE WIRE | PAGE 2 Cover: Rear Adm. David B. Woods, former Commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, delivers a speech to Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen during the change of command ceremony for JTF Guantanamo. He was relieved of command by Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr. after Woods completed his one-year tour of duty. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Hammond NEWS FROM THE BAY THE WIRE | PAGE 3 INDEXThe Wire June 29, 2012 Lyceum goes digital Welcome, Rear Adm. Smith! JTF Change of Command Reunion at GTMO Movie: The RavenThe 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 14 Independence Day Fun!Celebrate Independence Day this Zone at the Bayview Club from 6-9 p.m., offering fun events for all ages. Folk rocker Amber Lynn will perform at the Tiki Bar from 7-9 p.m. The night is scheduled to end with a bang... many bangs, in fact, during a 30 For more information, call 4882. Cuban Club returns to normal hoursThe Cuban Club restaurant resumes normal hours today. The club is now open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and closed on Sundays and holidays. For more information, call 75962. Another change of command ceremony! you to its change of command ceremony. Lt. Col. Christopher Wynder will hand command to Lt. Col. Darcy Overbey. The ceremony is scheduled for July 5 uniform. email@example.com. Firecracker 5000!MWR is holding a 5k race July 4th at Cooper Field. The race is scheduled tobegin at 6:30 a.m. Register by Sunday at the Denich Gym; registration is free and open to all hands. free T-shirt. For more information, call 2113. Youll have a ball!The 237th Army Birthday Ball is scheduled for tomorrow 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, or the nicest uniform they have. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Staff Sgt. Baker at 8586 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Think before you actThe Coalition of Sailors against Destructive Actions is looking for new members! CSADD the month at 11 p.m. in the Windjammer Cafe. Sandra.Hosier@usnbgtmo.navy.mil. Selling your vehicle? vehicle? If you buy a vehicle on island, you will need a bill of sale to properly register the vehicle. Current owner has to complete the bill of sale. Vehicle must be registered to cur rent owner (seller).To obtain the bill of sale you are required to show your current registration as proof of ownership. Southeast at 4692. Help the Red CrossThe Red Cross is requesting volunteer instructors to lend support to the community. please call the station manager at 2511. Call Safe Ride!Out drinking? Thinking about driving? of others, and your career. Call 84913/84781. Use travel insurance!If you have friends or family visit Guantanamo recommends you get travel insurance if your visitor is not active duty or an active duty dependent. The average price of an urgent medevac is an option for those who have to be medically evacuated off-station. Like a helicopter, the JTF is a complex system of moving parts which must work together. Happy Independence Day!
A night with no movies: MWR goes digital It is widely accepted that one of the great strengths within the United States military does not lie in high-tech weapons, but in the Marines, Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers, and Coast Guardsmen who serve their nation everyday throughout the world. The foundation for this strength is a military rich in honored customs, courtesies and traditions that symbolize our nations power and instill a sense of pride, particularly in our armed forces. As we approach our nations 236th birthday, all service members should take a moment to recognize our proud heritage. Each of the military branches has its own set of customs, courtesies, ceremonies, and practices that it hands down from generation to generation. It is these military traditions that provide our young service members with a sense of understanding and identity within the military ranks. These traditions also create unity, which ultimately provides the team building skills necessary for individuals to successfully accomplish the mission by working together as a single unit. As Americans, military rituals instill a sense of during reveille and retreat and the National Anthem at sporting events. As leaders, we are responsible for the mental, physical, emotional and character development of our subordinates. Through strong leadership, we develop their sense of belonging within the unit, reinforce trust throughout the Chain of Command and prepare our subordinates to become the outstanding leaders of tomorrow. It is imperative that we continue to teach, coach and mentor our future leaders on the impor tance of military customs, traditions, and courtesies that maintain the rich history of the American fighting forces that defend their nations freedoms. I would like to challenge every Trooper to recall particular military traditions, customs, courtesies, ceremonies or practices that have a special meaning to them and share that with another service member. is the Changing of Guard at Arlington Cemetery, Va. Watching the sentinel of the Old Guard demonstrate the highest military standards every day, no matter the weather conditions, is a powerful experience. It is even more impressive knowing the physical demands, hours of training, and commitment that they have to make in order to be afforded the opportunity to earn one of the highest honors a service member can achieve. Watching that sentinel take 21 steps, face the tomb and pause for 21 seconds, and then continue his walk across the Tomb of the Unknowns is an emotionally charged event. It denotes the 21-gun salute, which tary or foreign dignitary. As you take the time to share your per sonal reflections with others, you will continue to build upon our foundation of strength in rich traditions that qualify the livelihood of every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine and Coast Guardsman for future generations.You may have noticed a slight differ ence in video quality at the movies this weekend, but you were sure to notice that no movies played last week. The reason behind both the video quality improvement and the lack of movies last week is the conversion the local theaters. Command Navy Installation Command Headquarters mandated that all Navy Motion Picture Services must comply with new guidance, said Stephen Prestesater, the Morale Welfare and Recreation Community Activities Director. That was to update all systems to digital. The Downtown Lyceum and Camp Bulkeley movie theaters are now part of those digital-cinema screens. The main reason the CNIC has put out the new guidance to go digital is to keep up with civilian movie theaters. We are updating from the 35 mm to the new digital system to ensure that we are providing the services youd expect and nor Over the past decade, the civilian movie theaters have been converting to digital media. According to David Hancock, Head of Film and Cinema for Information Handling Service, IHS, Screen Digest, there are more digital-cinema screens in the world than 35 mm ones. Hancock described three factors that allowed digital cinema to take over. At a time when the price of silver, a key from its habitual $5 an ounce (stable for almost two decades) to around $25 an ounce plummeting, said Hancock. This industry shift is having an impact across the entire In short, with the increase of cost in natural resources and less demand, film providers are losing money. Kodaks CEO estimates that for every one-dollar rise in the price of silver the company loses $10 to $15 The second factor that Hancock points The main volumes are taken up with bulk release printing, but as digital content cessed is dropping and the two major labs are now in the business of managing decline, said Hancock. Hancock explained that two leading companies are working together to handle 35 mm bulk release and delivery to bring down the cost of operations in line with market demand. In the short to medium term, it is likely that similar cooperation will be necessary in a declining volume-driven business, said Hancock, which could lead to one supplier by region or globally. As a country approaches full digitization of its screen base, say 80 or 90 percent, there is little clear reason to provide 35 mm and maintain a dual-format theatrical sector, said Hancock. Distributors need to look carefully at the economics of providing 35 mm. Task Force Guantanamo and U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay are able to enjoy a new taste of home in the digital theaters. I believe it is a better service and better quality of picture, said Prestesater. We are the unique breed of military thats not allowed off the installation. Those 43 square miles are all we have and so we need to make sure we are providing the best possible product and service we could. I feel that the upgrade is essential to ensure we are meeting our mission statements and goals as MWR. TROOPER T O TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 4 COMMAND INFORMA TION THE WIRE | PAGE 5 PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! Are your Facebook friends really your friends?Do you have over 100 friends on Facebook? Over 200? How about more than 500? It might seem unusual to some of us but there are people with over 1000 friends on social networking sites. Now think about what information you give to these friends, your address, phone number, birthday, names of family members and other friends? This may seem harmless on the surface, but to someone whom you met once and then became friends with, they might have other uses for your information. Crimes could be committed using your information. Your house could be robbed, your identity could be stolen or credit could be obtained in your name. You need to protect yourself and your information. Next time youre online take a good hard look at your friends list and ask yourself if you would really trust all the people on that list with your information. Think before you post. Use OPSEC!Sgt. st Class Arrill WarrenBSCT NCOIC By Army Sgt. Saul RosaTrooper to Trooper Importance of Traditions
I hope to enrich the lives of those around me and those working for me. n Ancient Greece a great poet once watched a banquet hall collapse onto host and guests. The bodies were so severely mangled that the deceaseds families could not identify their loved ones remains. The poet, having been a guest at the banquet hall but a few minutes before the tragedy, called to memory the image of the banquet table with all of thus allowing the mourners to properly bury their dead. Legend has it that Simonides of Ceos call to memory was the moment that the art of memory was created. Sgt. Matthew Baker of the 525th Military Police Battalion had nine days to master the art of memory when he received a call from his platoon sergeant informing him that they wanted to send him to the U.S. Army South Best Warrior Competition (noncommastered it because Baker won, and now hes getting ready to represent Army South in the U.S. Forces Command-level competition. with a proper burial, but it did bring pride to his company, the 193rd, as well as his wife Staff Sgt. Katherine Baker. My wife is the training NCO for the 193rd MP company, said Baker, explain ing how he came to be considered for the competition. She was like hes really good at boards, hes really good, hes very smart you tell him to do this and hes going to do it. Baker says his wife quizzed him nonstop credits wife with much of his success. Its all just repetition. My wife helps me out a lot. Shes the one to really thank for this, said Baker. Shell sit down with me and well study board questions for four hours straight, no break, and shell just drill them into my head one after the other after the other. During breaks Ill go over things like land navigation and STX lanes. Many of those who know Baker compare him to a sponge he retains everything but this NCO was far from cocky going into the challenge. Some of the [Soldiers] actually trained up for a month or two before the competition. I did feel like I was at a disadvantage but when I got there I got the nerves out, said Baker of only having nine days to prepare. It was different events on different days. Like one day was all range and I get to the range and I better [than them]. Baker soundly beat out the competition; he had 494 points and the closest competitor about 420. If he wins FORSCOM NCO of the year he will represent that command in the big one the Army-level competition. TROOPER FOCUS There were two things I would never do, said Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr., Commander Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Join the military or get married. Clearly, Smith is a testament to the idea that you never know what life has to offer years and has been married for 28. Smith comes from humble beginnings; he grew up in Brooklyn, NY; Bedford Stuyvesant on Monday he set his sights on bringing his wealth of experience and knowledge to Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Back in New York and before the Navy, Smith started out as an accountant at Arthur Anderson Accounting before realizing that the Navy, going through Aviation Officer Candidate School, a direct entry program for individuals who already have a degree. Smith began his Navy career as a helicopter pilot, although at the time he had no plans to make it a career; he simply wanted how long he would stay in. The only thing on his mind was the mission and the travel. years later, here I am, said Smith. And 30 years later hes got the same nickname his fellow Sailors gave him when he began his career, Boomer. No epic story here though; he received the moniker because as a helicopter pilot, thats what he hunted Boomer-class submarines. It soon became clear to Smith that a military career was exactly what was com ing to fruition. About 15 years after walking into that recruiting station in Manhattan, Smith started to look at his long-term military options. As a lieutenant commander, Smith was given the chance to command a squadron. That opportunity set his career on track to continue commanding and climbing the corporate ladder, so to speak. Becoming a squadron Commanding Officer had been a goal of mine, Smith said. Once I accomplished it, I was ready to set more goals and achieve them. Smith has learned a lot in his time in the Navy. Transitioning from command to command and country to country, he insists that the most important lesson hes learned is looking out for the people that he are to ensure that the mis sion is completed and his people are taken care of. We can do nothing without well-trained, highly sought after, very talented and very energetic individuals, he said. Otherwise we are just ships, planes and boats. We need the critical skill set that comes with the talented pool of individuals that we have, to ensure that we do our business. Its about the people. Another nugget of knowledge he has acquired throughout his diverse career is that working in a joint situation is good for everyone. Learning how to cooperate with all branches of service makes for better Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and gives true meaning to the phrase one team, one Smith plans to continue the course that was set by Rear Adm. David Woods and his predecessors to provide safe, humane, transparent and legal treatment of all detainees at JTF Guantanamo. I hope to enrich the lives of those around me and those working for me, he said. Outside of the workplace, Smith is a daughter and is very much looking forward to having them visit him and his wife here on island. Smith says he is extremely excited to be here, and he and his wife look forward to becoming an integral piece of the tight-knit community of Guantanamo Bay. Rear Adm. John Smith has come a long way since his modest start in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn but he is far from through as he embarks on the very important mission of commanding Joint Task Force Guantanamo. In the words of the new Commander, Lets get jiggy with it!John Boomer Smith going the distanceI the boss saysSgt. Baker was mentored by some of the best NCO leadership that the MP Corps has to offer and has chosen to emulate their leadership styles, which helped him become one of the best NCOs I have ever had the opportunity to work with. By Spc. Vanessa Davila By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Jeffries TrooperFocus How are you going to celebrate Independence Day?Sgt. Matthew BakerBoots on the Ground Im taking a 96-hour pass the weekend before so I have a long weekend.Senior Airman Sherri SmithIm volunteering in the Firecracker 5k race.Sgt. Sonji BrownIm renting a boat and going wakeboarding with my friend.Yeoman 2nd Class Andres EscobedoIll call my mom. Its her birthday.Sgt. THE WIRE | PAGE 6 FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 7
According to the old axiom, rain at a wedding ceremony brings good luck to the couple. Joint Task Force Guantanamo expe rienced a little rain at the JTF commanders change of command ceremony. Rear Adm. David Woods transferred command of JTF Guantanamo to Rear Adm. John Smith June 25 before a full house at the Downtown Lyceum. Air Force General Douglas M. Fraser, Commander, U.S. Southern Command, oversaw the ceremony. You may say his turnover was a little bit auspicious, said Fraser in regards of last years event. There was a tropical storm that was threatening the region at the time, so I wasnt able to make that ceremony. Woods time as Commander, JTF Guantanamo showed that a little rain can be a sign of good luck as Fraser stressed the suc cesses of his tour. [Woods] has taken very important steps to improve the detention operations here at Guantanamo, enhancing the safe and humane treatment of the detainees, said Fraser. He took an in-depth look at the procedures and made sure they were standardized across the camps. He enhanced ongoing quarterly assessments to ensure compliance with international standards, ensuring people around the world understand the standard of humane detention here at Guantanamo. Fraser also complimented Woods focus on improving Troopers quality of life. He has enacted numerous improvements to the facilities, he has focused on Trooper housing, and he has advocated for personnel support programs, said Fraser. Before Woods took command of JTF Guantanamo last year, he sought the advice from two past commanders, Vice Adm. Harry Harris and Rear Adm. Thomas Copeman. Both commanders stressed two things to Woods. They talked to me about how opera tional and tactical this mission is; how the battle update brief every morning with the Joint Detention Group commander could be a battle update brief from anywhere around the world, said Woods. And both of them talked about the people engaged in this mission. Once Woods took command of the JTF, he soon realized that although he wasnt commanding the same Troopers as Harris and Copeman, there was still that the same level of commitment and professionalism amongst his Troopers. What I found when I got here was that its the same people, just different name tags, said Woods. Theyre all great Americans doing a tough job. Smith also relieved Woods from command in Iraq in 2008. As Gen. Fraser said, hes relieved me twice, said Woods When he got off the air plane on the Leeward side, he said, Woody, Im always relieving you in someplace over seas and someplace hot. command the troopers of JTF Guantanamo. I am extremely honored and blessed to have the opportunity to continue to serve this great nation, said Smith. I will work and conduct myself in a manner to ensure that I secure the trust of the American public as well as that of the international commu nity. But more importantly, I am humbled at the opportunity to lead the great men and women of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. With Tropical Storm Debby bringing a little rain to another change of command, its in the hands of Rear Adm. Smith to make his own luck and continue the success of the mission and the safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of the detainees at JTF Guantanamo. Rear Adm. Woods has provided me with a well trained, knowledgeable, and extremely professional guard force as well as staff and civilian counterparts to accomplish the three pillars of our mission set, said Smith. So long as each and every one of us continues to wear the uniform, even those of us that do not, and we serve our respective services, we will do our utmost best to ensure that we sustain mission excellence. By Army Sgt. Saul Rosa FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 8 FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 9 Joint Task Force GTMO Changes Command Ms. Liana Merrill, a recent graduate of W.T. Sampson High School, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, sings the national anthem at the beginning of the change of command ceremony for Joint Task Force Guantanamo. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Hammond Rear Adm. David Woods is ceremoniously welcomed to the change of command ceremony. Following Navy tradition, the admirals and general were wel comed by boatswains piping the side. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Hammond Rear Adm. David B. Woods salutes Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, Commander, U.S. Southern Command, symbolizing his relinquishing of control of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, while Rear Admiral John W. Smith Jr. awaits his salute from General Fraser, symbolizing his gain of control of JTF-GTMO. Rear Admiral Woods was relieved of his duty by Rear Admiral Smith after he completed his one year tour of duty at JTF-GTMO. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Hammond
Master Sgt. Gregg Ramsdell and his daughter, Faith Marie Ramsdell, catch the sunset at Girl Scout Beach at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba June 25. photo by Spc. Ryan Hallock. His shirt says Ranger: a black longsleeve shirt donning the iconic tears rolling down his cheeks say loving and her for strength whenever things are tough Until her father returns to active-duty Hes a Ranger. Shes a gymnastics state champion. Father and daughter together again at Guantanamo Bay. By Spc. Ryan HallockV acationOF AC hampion Faith Marie Ramsdell, Florida gymnastics state champion, launches off the vault at a Florida state meet. Faith Marie Ramsdell, Florida gymnastics state champion, does a handstand at Cable Beach at Guantanamo Bay. FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 10 THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FEATURE If you dont believe in yourself and youre scared, then theres really no place for you in gymnastics.
Team USA loaded with Soldiers for London Olympic GamesAnger clouds your mindPossess the right thinking. Only then can one receive the gifts of strength, knowledge, and peace. Anger clouds the mind. Turned inward, it is an unconquer able enemy. Master Splinter imparts this wisdom to Raphael when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle tries to face lifes challenges by himself. Emotions undoubtedly get the best of even the toughest from time to time, but its the quickness which one comes to a decision based on emotions that can set you up for failure. What is anger? How can we receive the gifts of life that Master Splinter was talking about? We know anger to be someone cutting us off on the highway, someone disrespecting us or our loved ones, and other minor annoyances that trigger a switch in our brains. Anger clouds our minds. Anger is not necessarily always bad though. Going into beast mode has its advantages. When the opposite team is up 10 runs and throwing harsh words your and win the game. Its adrenaline that starts pumping after one wrong comment that can give you the fuel to succeed. Channeling our anger into something positive is a healthy way to deal with a naturally occurring emotion. The brain is capable of many things. If it formulates the right sentence at the right time, the woman or man you have been admiring might respond back in a friendly manner. An unfriendly response might get your blood pumping; your pulse racing. Chill out. If she or he was really the one for you, you would have said the only thing that could be said to gain their love. Shake off the anger and hit the gym or something. Everything happens for a reason. Strength Buddha says, Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. In Star Wars, the dark side of the Force is very powerful because of anger. What we choose to do with that power is very important. Anger can give you the strength to save a loved one, but it some times takes more strength to bury our anger inside. ble-edged sword. Spouting off to friends, family, or a superior can damage your relationship, career, and reputation. Think about all the times anger has affected you negatively and just move look an offense. Knowledge Jesus says, So dont worry about tomor row, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Todays trouble is enough for today. Dont let your anger build and build throughout the week because something you dread is coming up. What if that despised something never actually occurs and you just spent the whole week snapping at people because of it? There is much knowledge to be gained by avoiding succumbing to anger. If you always react the same way to a frustrating situation, all you learn is that your anger doesnt solve anything. Changing your reaction to the same situations you face daily will leave you with a broadened perspective on what makes you feel better. Does getting angry and or does keeping cool leave you feeling cool? Peace Mick Jagger says, Yesterday dont matter, if its gone. Be at peace with your past. Focusing your time and attention on mistakes of the past leaves your mind clouded in the present. If youre going to get angry about something, at least let it be something that happened today. Place your anger on something you can con trol, because the past is history and history shows doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is insanity. Spc. Justin Lester takes down an opponent in an earlier competition. Lester is presently USA Wrestlings reigning Greco-Roman Wrestler of the Year and is headed to the London Olympic Games.Pentagon June 15. SERVICE NEWS THE WIRE | PAGE 12 MIND, BODY & SPIRIT THE WIRE | PAGE 13 EUGENE, Ore. The U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program will send what it describes as its strongest contingent of athletes and coaches ever to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Eleven WCAP coaches and athletes have are competing for spots on Team USA at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team trials here, which began June 21 and conclude July 1. WCAP provides soldier-athletes the sup port and training needed to successfully compete in Olympic sports on the national and international levels, including the winter and summer Olympics, Pan American Games, world championships and Conseil International du Sport Militaires Military World Games. The soldier-athletes serve as ambassadors for the Army by promoting it to the world and assisting with recruiting and retention efforts. Since 1948, more than 600 soldiers have represented the United States as Olympic athletes and coaches. They have collected more than 140 medals in a variety of sports, including boxing, wrestling, rowing, WCAP wrestling head coach Shon Lewis, a retired staff sergeant who has led the Army to 11 national team titles in Greco-Roman wrestling, will lead three of his wrestlers to London as an assistant coach for Team USA. As a WCAP athlete, Lewis, 45, of Oakland, Calif., is a 12-time armed forces champion and a 10-time national team member. He was times by USA Wrestling, the governing body for wrestling in the United States. Two-time Olympian Sgt. 1st Class Dremiel Byers, 37, of Kings Mountain, N.C., will wrestle in the 120-kilogram/264.5-pound Greco-Roman division. He also is the only American wrestler to win gold at both the open and military world championships. Spc. Justin Lester is a strong medal con tender in the 66-kilogram/145.5 pound Greco-Roman division. Lester, 28, a native of Akron, Ohio, heads to England as USA Wrestlings reigning GrecoRoman Wrestler of the Year. A two-time bronze medalist at the world championships, Lester has more than ample motivation to succeed in London. Ive had two bronze medals, and theyre all right, but I need an Olympic gold medal, he said. Thats eating at me more than anything, that I dont have that gold medal. Two-time Olympian Sgt. Spenser Mango, 25, of St. Louis, will compete in the 55-kilogram/121-pound Greco-Roman class. A four-time national champion, Mango is eager to return to the surprised myself, Mango recalled of his Olympic debut in Beijing. I knew I could do it, but I hadnt done it yet. This time, its all business need to bring home some medals. Four-time Olympian Sgt. 1st Class Daryl Szarenski, 44, of Saginaw, Mich., will compete in both the 50-meter free pistol and 10-meter Athens, Greece, in 2004 and 13th in Beijing in 2008. Hes aiming for a shot at the podium in London. Im hoping to keep wearing them down and get in there and get a medal out of it, Szarenski said. Ive changed a couple technical issues and I think Im heading in the right direction. I feel that Im shooting the best now that Ive ever shot. Two-time Olympian Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson, 37, of San Antonio, will comHe set an Olympic record during the qualification rounds in Beijing but left China without a medal. I remember the excite ment, Sanderson said. That was more than I was ready for. I didnt sleep for two or three days after I competed not a wink from all of the adrenalin. Four-time Olympian Maj. David Johnson, 48, of Hampton, Va., has coached three athletes to Olympic medals and led shooters to 25 medals in World Cup events. He will again Two-time Olympian Staff Sgt. John Nunn, the 50-meter race walk and might attempt to qualify in the 20-kilometer race walk on June 30 at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials in Eugene, Ore. Nunn competed in the 20-kilometer event at the 2004 Olympics in Athens but did not make Team USA for the 2008 Beijing Games. Spc. Dennis Bowsher, 29, of Dallas, sport event that includes fencing, swimming, equestrian show jumping, cross country and laser pistol shooting all in the same day. Staff Sgt. Charles Leverette, 39, of Brent, Ala., will serve as Team USAs assistant box ing coach in London. A former WCAP heavyweight boxer, Leverette was a bronze medalist at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team Trials. Staff Sgt. Joe Guzman, 32, of Eloy, Ariz., will serve as the trainer and help work the corners for Team USAs boxers in London. As a WCAP boxer, Guzman was a three-time armed forces champion. Four-time Olympian Basheer Abdullah, a retired staff sergeant and head coach of the WCAP boxing team from St. Louis, will serve as Team USAs head boxing coach in London. He also led the U.S. boxing team in the 2004 Athens Games and served as a technical advisor for Team USA at the Olympics in 2000 and 2008. Several other WCAP soldiers are vying for Olympic berths at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team trials. WCAP also features a Paralympic program for wounded warriors and expects to qualify at least one soldier for the London Paralympic Games.Only at GTMO by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Keith Simmons THIS WELL DEFEND By Tim Hipps Army Installation Management Command Mind, Body & Spirit By Spc. Ryan Hallock
BULLETIN BOARD THE WIRE | PAGE 15 MOVIE from page 14 allows her to ignore Fiction 101. Jeremy Renner was originally slated to play Inspector Fields, but dropped out to act in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. opening, and did a serviceable job with the material he was given. Unfortunately, the material he was given was completely forgettable. The director, James McTeigue, described this film as like the poem, The Raven, itself, crossed with Se7en. The deaths in Se7en, much like deaths in Edgar Allan Poes stories, had great symbolic meaning. The deaths in this movie meant absolutely nothing beyond shock value. The poem, The Raven, crossed with Se7en, sounds like a great movie. Id watch that movie in a telltale heartbeat. This isnt that movie. Should you watch The Raven? No. Will I ever watch it again? Nevermore!It seems that every high school in America has at least one kid who is a hardcore fan of Edgar Allan Poe. He or she often has a morbid outlook on life, dresses only in somber colors, and idealizes a miserable existence. I was never the hardcore Poe fan, but I do consider myself a casual fan. I havent come anywhere close to reading all of his stories, nor do I intend to do so, but I enjoy the stories that I have read. Poe was clearly a talented wordsmith and spinner of tales, and his living exclusively from writing. Poes death is shrouded in mystery. There are many theories for the cause of his death, running the gamut from mundane natural causes such as cholera; unusual natural causes, including rabies; to suicide or murder. The Raven has its own ideas about what caused Poes death. Hot Tub Time Machine) life in shambles. Hes a penniless drunkard, and his stories havent been published in quite some time. He is surrounded by philistines who fail to recognize his genius. His only relief is found in the bottle, and in the arms of his lover, Eve, Men in Black 3). Emilys father, retired Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) despises Poe to the point of threatening physical violence and forces their romance to be a secret one. Despite the risk, Poe and Emily plan to announce their engagement at Hamiltons upcoming masquerade ball. The next day, Poe is approached by Musketeers), who is investigating a pair of murders seemingly inspired by the story The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Rather than immediately concluding that the double murder was perpetrated by an escaped orangutan, as in the story, Fields brings Poe in for questioning and asks for his assistance in tracking down the killer. Another body is found, this one cut in half by a revolving pendulum, mirroring The Pit and the Pendulum. Another clue alluding to The Masque of the Red Death, is found at the crime scene. Poe and Fields realize that the killer is threatening to strike at which Poe and Emily were to announce their engagement. Fields tells Hamilton his life is endangered and persuades him to allow undercover police at the ball. Despite the precautions, the killer man ages to kidnap Emily at the ball. In a note left at the scene, the killer says he will continue to kill and will leave clues about Emilys location with each body. He will kill Emily unless Poe writes about the brutal murders for the local newspaper. Poe complies, desperate to save her life. A game of cat and mouse ensues. A clue will be found corresponding to one of Poes stories, and Fields and Poe will arrive on the To make a long story short, Poe eventually decides to trade his life for Emilys. The killer agrees to the trade, and in the conclusion of our movie, Poe is found delirious and near-death on a park bench in Baltimore, the real circumstances of his death. I thought this film had a good atmosphere. Environments throughout the movie every horror clich in the book to add to the atmosphere. Unfortunately, atmosphere is great for a travelogue, but this is a suspense movie. A suspense movie is only suspenseful if we care about the characters, and this movie doesnt give us enough character moments to care. this movie, and his performance is uneven. a cynical has-been, and in scenes where hes playing Poe as an unsuccessful eccentric, his performance shines. Unfortunately, these scenes are outnumbered by scenes where hes playing Poe as an amateur detective, where Emily, our heros obligatory love interest, spends most of the film buried alive. She has a grand total of two scenes prior to her kidnapping, and in one of those scenes she pretends to hate Poe. With only one romantic scene in the movie, its difficult to see why shes so important that Poe is willing to trade his life for hers. We are told, rather than shown, that he loves her that much. the writer should show the audience what motivates a character rather than telling them. 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Army Capt. Douglas Bazil, outgoing commander of the 193rd Military Police Company, is one of several motorcyclists to enjoy a nearly 30-mile ride in support of the Marine Corps Ball on Saturday. The group started at Marine Hill, visited the North East Gate, and rolled along the fence line to Kittery Beach and back before taking a U-Boat to the Leeward side and then the ferry back to Windward side. photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kryn P. Westhoven