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Title: The wire
Uniform Title: Wire (Guantánamo Bay, Cuba)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Creator: United States -- Joint Task Force Guantánamo
Publisher: 362nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Joint Task Force Guantanamo
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Publication Date: 07-27-2012
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General Note: Description based on: Vol. 3, issue 5 (Jan. 3, 2003); title from caption (publisher Web site PDF, viewed on Sept. 15, 2005) .
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Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr.Commander JTF Guantanamo Its been one month since I assumed command of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, and during that time I have barely scratched the surface in meeting the many outstanding Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and civilians who make up this outstanding Joint Task Force. In this short time frame though, I have engaged with some of you, and I have been truly amazed at the professionalism exhibited by all thus far. Its truly apparent that I have a fantastic team of highly trained, motivated and well-led personnel from all services and components, as well as government civilians and contractors. Each of you brings a unique skill set that not only enhances our mis sion of safe, humane, legal and transparent care of detainees, but are force multipliers as well. My transition as your new Commander reminded me of my days in Brooklyn dur ing the summer months. As young kids, we and stand in front to see if we could withstand the force of the water and not get knocked on our rear. So far I have remained upright here at JTF Guantanamo against I soon realized was that its your professionalism, skill set and can do attitude of mission accomplishment that is keeping me upright: providing me the time needed to ensure Im well abreast of all issues so I can lead this Im running at full stride now, and again, I would like to thank all who had a hand in turnover briefs, tours, reports and inter views. I thank you for your time, patience, professionalism and thoroughness. That said, I realize that its human nature to wonder whats on the horizon when a new leader takes over the helm, so Id like to take this opportunity to share a few thoughts: People are our number one asset and deserve the best we can give them. Motivated personnel have made the difference and have overcome great odds throughout history. You are this organization. This is a core value that must guide our interaction to build mutual trust and respect. We must be able to count on each other to say what we mean and do what we say. We must then be accountable for our actions and decisions. This is the bond that ties us together and to the American people. Each of you brings a particular skill set, and Im counting on your expertise! I also expect you to grow within your service or organiza tionsthe American people deserve nothing less and neither do you! Physical and moral courage are essential to success in any operation. We must be willing to stand up for what we believe is right, even if that stand is unpopular. This is the centerpiece of our operations. Our ultimate success or see RDML next pageCcommand 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 Rick McNamara: 8141The WireSenior Editor Army Sgt. Ryan Hallock Layout Editor Army Pvt. Loren Cook Copy Editor Spc. Vanessa Davila Assistant Editor Mass Communication Spc. 3rd Class Brian Jeffries 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: thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.html COMMAND CORNER THE WIRE | PAGE 2 Covers: Detainees join together for noon prayer during the ninth and holiest month of the Islamic lunar calendar at Camp 6 July 26 at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Ramadan began July 20 and continues until the evening of Aug 18. photo by Army Sgt. Ryan HallockPeople are our number one asset and deserve the best we can give them. THE WIRE | PAGE 3 INDEXThe Wire July 27, 2012 Ramadan begins Whats on your bucket list? The Weekly Westhoven The week of no movies Movie: The Dark Knight RisesThe 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 1,200.9 12 15 16 18 Stripes (not the movie) Sergeants, and Technical Sergeants! JTFis hosting a get-together for E-6s from all services. Go to the pavilion at I Block in the Cuzco Barracks tonight at 7:30 and trade E-6related stories with all of your E-6 comrades! Friday Night Fever! (isnt a movie)Dust off your bell bottoms, buy a gold medallion, grow chest hair (and quick!) and leave the top three buttons of your shirt unbuttoned! Its disco night at the Windjammer Ballroom tonight! Dance to Donna Summer, the Bee-Gees, and all your favorite 70s disco hits from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. For more information, call 75503. Safe Ride!Out drinking? Thinking about driving? Put the keys down! Save your life, the lives of others, and your career. Treasure huntLooking to add variety to your wardrobe, 1997? Treasures and Trivia is the place to look! Cleaning out, redeploying or PCSing? Donations are always welcome! Located across from the MWR Community Library, the volunteer-run Guantanamo Bay thrift shop is open Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 12 to 5:30 p.m. Ultimate Frisbee clinic and scorekeeping clinic tonight at Cooper Field from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The clinic is open to all or just want to learn what makes these frisbees so ultimate. For more information, call Alana at 2113. NEWS FROM THE BAY NLSO hours Detachment is open for walk-in service Monday through Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.; and Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. Services include power of attorney, bill of sale, and notary public. All other services are by appoint ment only. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call 4692. Air Sunshine offers full refundsPersonnel who purchased tickets to Air the airlines recent suspension can request a refund. To get the refund, simply return your Sunshine ticket counter at Fort Lauderdale International Airport. For more information, email queries to email@airsunshine.com, or call Dwight Henriques at 74915.RDML from page 2 failure truly relies on this concept, and I expect all of you to lead by example. We are also part of a larger team that relies on integration and participation; not just support. Teamwork at JTF Guantanamo is our key to success! You need to take advantage of every situation to improve upon it, and strive to be better every day. Standard operation procedures guide daily routine, but we must ensure we follow them or suggest improvements to be more effec tive and/or efficientcomplacency will lead to failure. My focus and yours is our mission. That mission remains clear: we provide safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees; we collect intelof Military Commissions. Together we are Getcha T-shirts heah! NEX Atrium tomorrow and Sunday in order to raise funds for the 2012 Fire Department Ball. Ball tickets and Fire Department coins will also be available for purchase. at 4577 or 8163. Mandatory fun!Is your unit or group having a party? Reserve a cabana or pavilion in person at the Morale Welfare and Recreation Marina! Locations include Hospital Cay, Cable Beach, Windmill Beach, Chapman Beach, Ferry Landing, Ocean View Park, and Phillips Park. For more information, call 2345. Operators are standing by to take your call!Disco Night Tonight!

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My most rewarding position in the military of a military police unit while stationed in Iraq in June 2009. I was handpicked for the position by Brig. Gen. Heidi Brown. The unit had lost their leadership not due to a combat situation, but due to a lack of leadership. Gen. Brown told me, First Sgt. Q., show them what right looks like, and I did just that alongside my unit commander, Capt. Christopher Rivers. Together as a team we brought a unit that did not trust each other and wanted to give up on each other and their mission, to a unit that became one of the strongest security teams in the Balad area. As a leader, if you follow your branchs core values and the values you learned grow ing up, it will be easier to show others how to do the right thing. Here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo we have a mission: a mission where the people of the United States of America and other countries depend on us to do the right thing. So why do we have issues such as sexual assault, drunk driving, and inappropriate relationships? How do you show service members what right looks like? First, I live by values I learned as a child: values I was taught at home, in my church, in my school and in my community. One such value for me was WWJD or What Would Jesus Do? If I know Jesus would not do it, I try my best not to do it either. Yes some times I fall, but that is how I have learned to get back up. As leaders we forget to go to God and ask for wisdom and guidance. King Solomon asked God for the gift of wisdom. God granted him his request; now Solomon will always be known as a wise leader. Second, I live by the Army core values. After the value of integrity. I feel it embodies all the values, however, it is the one that I see broken do whats right legally and morally. Getting drunk and driving or being so intoxicated you do not know what you are doing is not integrity. For me, I want to honor those that have served and died wearing the uniform. I cannot honor them if I disrespect them or the uniform. As leaders we have to set the example of integrity. Our negative actions give junior ser vice members implied permission to break the value of integrity. As choices are made, think about the effect it has on others around you. TROOPER T O TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 4 Master Sgt. Monty QuintanillaOperations NCOIC, th MP CO Show me what right looks likeTrooper to Trooper The iguana. They have spikes!Sgt. Maribel Arroyo If a banana rat fought an iguana, who would win?Boots on the Ground The iguana. They have sharp teeth and Im pretty sure they turn into dragons at night.Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Loyda RiveraThe banana rat would let the iguana win because it doesnt winning.Yeoman 2nd Class Patrick WooletteThe banana rat. Theyre faster and stronger.Spc. Dimas Ruiz

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he thunder and light ning quickly roll in; a coming together of disorder, creating the perfect storm at the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Staff Judge Advocate office. Air Force Master Sgt. Vickie LeBrun and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Rebekah Turner work fast, effectively, and with precision. Still there is chaos its unavoidable. The International Red Cross Committee (ICRC) enters the camps consistently. The SJA is a liaison; there is always much work to accomplish for ICRC visits. Humans arent perfect; we cannot always get everything right. An honest mistake, a simple oversight, it can all breed disarray. If you were to somehow gar ner the ability to look through Army that he sees the chaos the way Neo sees bullets in The Matrix: in slow motion; hes unaffected. In the center of all the chaos that at him and hes just, said LeBrun with the word chillin to describe Griffiths Zen-like attitude amid the bedlam. Hes got crazy all around him, yet hes at the center of it, said LeBrun. sioned officer for the administrative law section of the SJA. Hes a one-man show who has coordinated thousands of the ICRCs detainee messages. In a place as closely scrutinized as JTF Guantanamo, the ICRC program is no exception. Its a program that the Department of Defense feels is important. If hes doing everything right, then we have smooth sailing. us. It is an important job, says Turner about really good, and hes also offered suggestions on how we can improve the program, and Im all for that. I think sometimes your best ideas come from the people who are actually doing the job, not the people who are supervising them. At 21 years young, it is a testament to Griffiths talent and abilities that his supe riors are willing to listen to his proposals. Individuals are often taken aback when they learn of his age; he is the clich wise beyond his years type of man. It becomes clear that acts, even his footsteps. Every step he takes, His parents must have recognized the maturity within their young son; Griffith joined the Army at 17 with his father there every step of the way. I suspect his father, a soon-to-retire Army master sergeant, had something to do with the young mans decision to enlist. so I spent a lot of time with him and his solthe stuff they were able to do, and I said, hey, what a better way to start out my life than serve in the military. His mother, on the other hand, says she still supported him and continues to support him every single day. My mom I dont even know where to begin with her. Shes basically my rock, man, my place of support, said Griffith looking away but with nothing but pride and unconditional love in his eyes. As an Army brat, the closest place Griffith has to call home is the U.S. Virgin Islands where he was born life. As his father endured the suck of Army basic training the unborn no doubt deliberately. The mystery mans place of birth seems to be the place that brought about the Zen; a place barely touched by the chaos and human excess that often marks life in the States. Although he left when he was three, he says he returns almost yearly to the place where he learned to love the water and the serenity that it brings. I love the ocean. Its just a whole different world out there. Its a lot less stressful out there. No people in the If he wasnt doing this, the Army thing, he says hed probably be a marine bioloout already; he knows where hell be when hes 50. The qualities of a deliberate man; its no surprise that he tells me he knows hell knows what he wants no matter the chaos surrounding him. TROOPER FOCUS T By Spc. Vanessa Davila THE WIRE | PAGE 7 TrooperFocus

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NEWS THE WIRE | PAGE 9 e week of no movies!Last Friday, I thought treating myself to a movie without reviewing it would be a still in the meantime, but until the rewiring is By Pvt. Loren Cook Rows of empty seats at the Downtown Lyceum stand in mute testimony to the theaters closure in the past week. The theater is scheduled to reopen tonight. Photo by Pvt. Loren Cook

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RamadanDetainees roll out their prayer rugs holiest month Joint Task Force Guantanamo. of the Islamic lunar calendarThey read from the Quran together The atmosphere is peaceful By Army Sgt. Ryan Hallock FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 10 THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FEATURE Ramadan began July 20 and continues until the evening of Aug 18. Muslims around the world spend the month fasting each day from dawn to sunset. The detainees have been getting used to all the changes and the guards have too. The detainees normal routines adjust to the teachings of the Quran during the month of Ramadan, which affects camp operations. Their sleep patterns change. Their eating habits change. Their outlook also changes. During the month of Ramadan, they tend not to be angry; they tend not to be aggressive, said Zak, JTF-Guantanamo strategic cultural consultant. They understand their fate; they know theyre here in Guantanamo. They know its not our fault theyre still here. During Ramadan the JTF prepares and serves culturally sensitive and culturally appropriate meals that are traditionally eaten during the holiday. The guard force provides them at an adjusted schedule. Instead of the usual breakfast, lunch, dinner rotation, we shifted the meal schedule around to accommodate their cultural prefer ences, said the Camp 5 OIC. Muslims eat their pre-fast meal called Suhoor each day before dawn. Lamb kebob and lamb gyro, among other traditional foods, are served to the detainees. Ramadan is a month that is very impor tant; it prepares you for the rest of the year, said Zak. Fasting in any religion has the same purpose: it teaches you discipline; it teaches you patience. Not all detainees participate in Ramadan. Some are exempt due to health concerns and others simply choose not to. The detainees have the choice of practicing or not, and the guard force is trained to accommodate their needs and preferences. Even though most of the detainees are fasting, those who are not, we still offer them a lunch meal during the normal lunch hour, said the Camp 5 OIC. Muslims break their fast at sundown with a meal known as Iftar. Dates and honey are is traditionally eaten at sundown along with pita bread. Nothing goes through the mouth or the blood system during the daytime hours, which makes us change our procedures in the camps, said Zak. The day shift will be quiet, and the night shift will be busier because the detainees will be more active. The procedural changes, which break up the structured routine of the camps, are planned well in advance to mitigate any mis takes. The major obstacle that stands in the way of excellence is the frequent personnel changes, said the Camp 5 OIC. Were always good at what we do, but reaching that next level can sometimes be a challenge due to the large amount of turnover within the guard force, said the Camp 5 OIC. The guards understanding of Ramadan cantly due to Zaks guidance and the cultural force receives. If we dont respect each other or have patience with each other, we fail, said Zak. They see us at our best; we see them at their best. During Ramadan, detainees recite 1/30 of the Quran each day and can pray together during recreational time. Zak continues to ensure each year that cultural sensitivities are impressed upon the guard force. Each guard carries a Ramadan information card as a quick reference guide containing facts about the month. The back of the card contains dos and donts to include, DO remain sensitive to Islamic practices during the month of Ramadan and DONT eat, drink, dip, or chew gum in front of participating detainees. While its an extremely important part of the year for Muslims observing Ramadan, every day at JTF Guantanamo is extremely important. The guard force is trained and ready to continue to succeed at the mission. Were sticking to the standard, said the Camp 5 OIC. Were following the standard operating procedures and conducting our day-to-day operations the way we always do. I think my guard force has done a great job. They always rise to any challenge thats presented to us on a day-to-day basis with professionalism and cultural sensitivity. Joint Task Force Guantanamo Commander, Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr., and Deputy Commander, Brig. Gen. James Lettko listen to Sam Scott, Pentad assistant project manager, as she explains the differences between meal options normally offered to detainees compared to the selection offered during Ramadan. The menu includes items such as lamb shish kebab, almond raisin rice, garlic almond rice, ground lamb, French green beans, and fried jalapenos. photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Jerome Grant

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By Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Brett CusterBeing a deployed reservist during foot ball season might seem like a negative Having the promise of watching multiple powerhouses collide each weekend presents However, there is one thing better than watching the weekly battles on AFN: competing against other servicemembers on laid eyes on the superior Astroturf sports email home requesting my wife send my would be actually recruiting co-workers who share my enthusiasm for throwing around ing one key bucket list item to accomplish; a We spend months at Guantanamo Bay and we end our tours without the ability to answer the most popular question: What was Cuba like? The closest we get to Cuba-proper is the North East Gate tour every month, the Marine Corps Security Forces Company takes a group of people up to the northern entry point to give us a glimpse of a country we arent allowed to A mom would call me a water rat because she had a hard time getting me to come Sailing came to my attention while watch Watching Hoops McCann (Cusack) and his gang racing in their makeshift sailboat in an epic race appealed to my desire to be Growing up near the Great Lakes and then being stationed at Joint Base Although Guantanamo Bay offers a long list of opportunities and experiences, tant being the continuation of my masters everybody else is diving and playing with room reading about strategic communicaYoure probably thinking that there is no way that college can take up all of my free A GTMO searching for any opportunity As it turns out, this place is a playground Perhaps the most basic of outdoors activities, there are several achievements to check catch a snook, a tarpon, a shark, and a jack The next activity also involves the beau Snorkeling and diving has been the most ible and you have to see them to believe level of expertise (open water, advanced or instructor/master diver); go to every beach see some of the underwater wildlife including a sea turtle, a barracuda, an eel, and a Between dives or snorkeling, while youre resting and catching your breath, look around these to make necklaces or other decorations for your mom, wife, daughter or someone Exploring and hiking the wilderness here is a great way to be active and see the before you leave these private lands: hike every trail; kayak around the bay; explore Hospital Cay, Hicacal Beach, Conde Beach; take the History Hike; see a snake, a deer and a tarantula; and go bird-watching to see a Northern Caracara, a Cuban Pygmy-Owl, an American Kestrel, and a Bee Hummingbird Finally, as an outdoor enthusiast, be trash along your way, pick it up and keep white sails out in the water and watch them myself hoisting up the sail, and running up and down the ship to ensure everything is then steering to whatever destination my to take advantage of the free sailing lesAnd mark my words, there will be a stuffed Odie doll tied to the front of the All aboard the sailboat! GTMOLIST Along with the visuals, the tour guide ken water main that stands as a myth buster from when Fidel Castro said we were stealWe cant all go with the Naval Station captain on his bi-monthly meetings with the head of the Cuban military on the other side of the wire, so you might as well get as close go north east, young man! can compete with my kids for the most noise produced by a person in our house, while at the same time serenading my wife with a Get an education!Things TO DO before you leave GTMO! By Army Sgt. Dani White By Army Sgt. Landis Andrews By Sgt. 1st Class Rick McNamara By Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Keith SimmonsBe a weekend warrior! FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 12 THE WIRE | PAGE 13 FEATURE

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Planning can keep American Dream from becoming a nightmareHunting for Houses COMMAND INFORMATION THE WIRE | PAGE 15 B nition of the American Dream. Without planning, that dream can turn into a nightmare when making the biggest purchase in a lifetime. There are many factors that go into the rent versus buying equation. You have to do a little gut check here, and determine whether renting might be a better option or not, said Walter Barrett, with the Fleet and Family Support Center at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay. It would be very hard for me to advocate [pur chasing] a home, because we dont have the luxury of staying in one spot, Barrett said in response to the question of home buying for an active duty service member. Between PCS orders and owning a home, soft home sales market and declining prices for existing homes has left many homeowners stuck with something they cannot sell, or owing more than the mortgage is worth. The worst case is foreclosure, which would appear on a credit report and could affect a security clearance. With so many military jobs requiring a clearance, Barrett warns a foreclosure could have an adverse effect on remaining in a uniform. Another key factor is ensuring you are Do a realistic, honest budget for your household and determine where you are right now, Barrett said. Pull your credit reports from the three agencies. Go through the process of disputing any errors and check to see what your credit score is. A higher score usually equates to a lower interest rate. The Veteran Administration looks for a credit score of 670 or higher for the VA guaranteed loan program. It is easy to underestimate the cost of homeownership. Many rental units include heat and with base housing, your Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) covers everything. Barrett ran down a list of expenses like water, sewer, garbage, electric, and heat that are all heaped on top of mortgage. There is just a lot of expense in owning a home, said Barrett. Once you have determined youre staynow comes the old real estate axiom location, location, location. There are plenty of questions: commuting distance to work, which areas have better schools, real estate taxes, crime rates, sexual predators and the list goes on. Before finding a home, Barrett recomhomes in your price range and communities that suit your needs. Barrett recommends interviewing several realtors. Do I get a warm fuzzy that we are going to be able to work together, and is this per son going to work for me? he asked. Pre-approval for a mortgage can help a realtor match you to available housing stock. Becoming pre-approved is like having the check in hand, since you now know how much you can spend on a house. If you are getting the loan. With mortgage rates hovering around historic lows, Barrett sees little need to look at Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM). He also recommends staying away from interest-only The VA program helps in two areas: you only need a low down payment or none at all, and save money by not having to pay Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). Other lenders require PMI until youve paid 20 percent of the homes appraised value (this is to protect the lender against outright default), whereas the VA guarantees a loan to avoid needing PMI. It is just money out of your pocket, added Barrett, as PMI is not tax-deductable and it does not lower the principle of the loan. Besides the VA there are many other mortgage programs such as FHA or USDA rural housing. A realtor would know of any state incentives for certain areas. visit the house at different times of the day and during different weather. This can tell you how the sun or shade affects the house and if there are drainage problems. Barrett has two additional recommendations before making the big purchase. Get a home inspection and purchase a CLUE report. A CLUE (Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange) report will show any insurance claims on the property in the was a claimed paid for water damage, there That could lead to higher insurance costs for the new homeowner, or worse, extensive repairs. He also recommends finding a profes sional to help the process along. Make a good decision to pull the trigger and purchase that home, Barrett said. By Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven

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Reduce stress by exercising Why does the military keep telling me to exercise when Im stressed? While each branch of the United States military has its own reasons and mantra related to exercise, we typically hear about mission readiness and setting the example for our troops. These are very relevant and important reasons, but there are evidence which suggests both regular exer respectively. Working out increases production of endorphins: the feel good chemicals in the brain. This feeling is commonly referred to as runners high, but endorphin production can be boosted with any physical activity which increases your heart rate. The amount and intensity of physical activity needed to increase endorphin production will vary by person, and may change over time. Personally, I have to run for at least three miles before I can feel the runners high, and even then it took me a month of regu working out to be a time to forget about the stressors of the day and focus on a game of basketball, softball or another team activity, time to get their thoughts in order and get their good high for the day. In either case, do it consistently to enhance your overall to increase to feel the stress relieving ben rate based on your age. According to a study conducted by University of Texas-Austin, in experienced short-term improved mood with acute exercise. However, improved depression. Acute exercise has been shown to help with feelings of anxiety, poor conthe positive effects of acute exercise on stress may be transient. The bottom line is, working out when you are stressed can help you through a tough day, but regular exercise is recommended as a more permanent stress reliever, or helping one deal with ongoing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Regular exercise is a consistent exercise regimen, as opposed to a single, intense exercise but helps prevent stress accumula tion and the need for acute relief. Along with that, it may also prevent a return of depression or anxiety symptoms. It is also important to remember that the type of exercise chosen may dictate the level of shown to improve mood, but the anaerobic exercises mood improvement may be more temporary. struct a workout plan that will help you attain your fitness and stress relief goals safely should not be your only stress reliever. By focusing on the whole person the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual one can one might consider are speaking with a nutritionist to incorporate healthy eating patterns, speaking with a chaplain, or con5 p.m., or through Behavioral Health at the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Navy Hospital. MIND, BODY & SPIRIT THE WIRE | PAGE 17 SERVICE NEWS THE WIRE | PAGE 16 Only at GTMO by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Keith Simmons By Staff Sgt. Gregory Laffrey JSMART MISSION FIRST a national call to action over a matter of national security, but that is whats happening over Americas obesity problem. Luckily, there is no shortage of resources for all of us to do our part in addressing it. Concerns about the quick rise in obesity some call it an epidemic -and its potential to harm military readiness are not new. Congress to mandate healthy school lunches, military imperative to reverse the fat trend. The report included the services assessvice mostly due to obesity. Those concerns were reiterated last month when the Bipartisan Policy Center released its report, Lots to Lose, which shows alarming trends not only in recruit ing, but also in retention due to overweight problems. The report notes that nutrition concerns for service members and recruits factored into President Harry S. Trumans decision to mandate the federal school lunch program. The focus then, however, was vita In the past two years, the movement has changed from alarm bells to action as publeaders, carry the issue from Washington to cities, towns and military installations across to Philadelphia to announce locally-based public-private initiatives that include things safe play place, challenging residents to a city-wide diet, bringing farmers markets to low-income areas and holding information campaigns about the nutritional content of foods. all of its schools and daycare centers to give tables, restrict TV and computer time, ensure daily exercise and ban sweetened drinks. Also last week, Charles E. Milam, principal deputy assistant secretary for military community and family programs, met with military food and beverage workers for their annual workshop and directed that they ensure that dining facilities and other installation eateries give healthy choices that families. often talks about changing American culture toward healthier living. Thats where families come in. As I talk to military spouses and other parents, most agree that one of our toughest challenges is in challenging the idea fries and chicken nuggets. Changing the culture will mean cutting back on the all-tooeasy and inexpensive drive-through meals. It will mean cooking healthy and encourag ing kids to try new things even when your childs friends are over. Changing the culture means challenging the notion that kids need snacks for every event soccer, Scouts, etc. even when the event only lasts an hour. And it means asking teachers to discourage par ents from bringing cupcakes in the classroom for every birthday, especially when there are Ive had to do all these things in the year and half since my daughter was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. Its not easy to make these kinds of changes that affect the whole family, but it can be done. Now, at age 9, counts of many foods -there are great carb and calorie counters on the market. She also and understands how much better she feels eating eggs for breakfast instead of pancakes or doughnuts. Granted, she would not have learned all this without being forced to, and that is where the campaign against obesity comes in. With the right information and there is plenty out there Americans can change the tide on obesity and its many related problems. Even young children can tell if half of their plate is made up of fruits and vegetables, or count best saved for rare occasions, or if you have dessert at lunch you should skip it at dinner. of will mean they have the information they need and the support of family and friends. Some great websites for information are the National Institute of Healths Health, Lung and Blood Institute. Mind, Body & SpiritLaw enforcement officials say the Colorado movie theater sent a package to a university psychiatrist containing a notebook describing an attack. The package, which reportedly included people, was sent before the shootings. The exact date is unknown. said the postal service delivered a suspicious package Monday, which was turned over to authorities within hours. neuroscience at the university before dropping out of the program last month. Prosecutors expect to formally charge death penalty if convicted. and wounded 58 others. 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Director Christopher Nolans take on Batman has finally come to an end. Nolans third and final bat-offering completes his near-perfect film trilogy of the popular DC Comics character. To say that Nolans take on the Batman, a character rich version of the caped crusader is entirely subjec Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008) genres two best movies. Based on that, will legacy established by its predecessors? Will it conclude the trilogy on a satisfactory note? from other comic book inspired movies is the naturalistic approach to the source material. re-interpreting well known characters in terms of relatability and social relevance. Straight out of todays headlines, The Dark Knight Rises deals heavily with issues of social inequality, class warfare, redistribution of wealth, terror ism and righteous fanaticism. Eight years after The Dark Knight, the Batman (Christian Bale, The Fighter) has not been seen since the fateful night he took the rap for the death of the Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart, Battleground: Los Angeles). He is wanted by the police. His vigilantism will no longer be tolerated. Batman is really the secret identity of billionaire philanthropist and playboy Bruce Wayne. He has also been absent from the public eye, holed up in his restored ancestral home of Wayne Manor. His depression over the death of his beloved Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hysteria) from the previous pic ture, has left him in mental shambles. He is also in a deteriorated physical condition due to his dark defender days. Waynes physician assures him he does not have any cartilage remaining in his knee, there is scar tissue on his kidneys, and there is concussive damage to his brain tissue. Hes not even match enough for the sleek catburglar Selena Kyle (Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs) when she robs him, not once, but twice. Enter Bane (Tom Hardy, Inception). Hes an eco-terrorist with a seeming agenda to punish Gothams wealthy. He initiates his steep toll on western civilization with Gothams his insurmountable armies and resources. His attack on Gothams social elite is eclipsed by a more apocalyptic plot, one of proportions no ting that the hulking, masked Bane resembles a nomad from The Road Warrior (1981) with the most intense cinematic villain voice since Darth Vader. The urging of Police Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II) and rookie beat cop John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, /50) presses the Dark Knight back into service. Wayne Industries CEO Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman, Dolphin Tale) is still a technological ally for Batman. Also offering aid is the environmentally conscious Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard, Contagion). She just might have what it takes to save Wayne with Batmans return is Waynes faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island). He is a loving self-destruction. There arent many scenes between Alfred and Bruce, but the scenes they do have are touching and resonate with you 2008s The Dark Knight was a pitch-per bold in a way comic book movies had never been before its release (though eight months later the Watchmen would also take the genre to new ground). In comparison The Dark Knight Rises, though it is satisfactory entertainment, comes up a little short both as a third part of a trilogy and as a stand-alone movie. But it does deliver. This is a Batman movie that barely has Batman in it. With a running time of less than three hours, Batman makes a few short appear ances and then a longer one during the climax why is he barely in it? This new picture is unusually grim for bigbudget superhero film about a mainstream comic book icon. It is a good feature, though I cannot say that it is much fun. It is bleak and depressing. I felt all of the series regulars (Batman/Wayne, Gordon and Fox) were somewhat restrained from their usual positions of proactivity against adversity. I realize every situation and movie is different. It just felt a little off to me. When the Batman regulars do band together to oppose the terrorism threat, it feels a bit too little, too late. At least theyre trying, though the middle part of the movie seemed to sag. I honestly feel the movies middle section could have been consolidated or re-worked to fix the momentum, or the resolution of all the main characters felt a little rushed and a little forced. This is a minor complaint, as Im sure many people will love the ending and it will be talked about in the years to come. The Dark Knight Rises is at its core a wartime disaster picture. It is an extremely tangible commentary on social inequalities and terrorism of this age. 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