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Sgt. Maj. Scott SmithSergeant Major, JTF Guantanamo Compared to our brothers and sisters that served in Vietnam, those of us who wear the uniform today enjoy tremendous support from the American people. The veterans who and those same veterans have led the effort to ensure that todays troops are welcomed, honored and cared for. Today in America you low ribbons and the Thank You for Your port across our country. This support cannot be than one percent of our fellow citizens serve in the military. the draft, many people simply have no direct connection to their nations armed forces. How do we instill in the next military service? Sometimes, it takes a little creativity to make a point. In September of 2005, on Cothren, a social studies school teacher room with no desks. at a desk. at a desk. By early afternoon, television news classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room. Cothren opened her classroom door, and in walked 27 U.S. veterans, all in uniform, each the school desks in rows, and then formed time in their lives, just how the been earned. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, its up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to We who wear the uniform pay the price of freedom today, but we owe a debt of honor to those who went before us. They not only place of honor for us in our society. are the standard bearers today. That not only we serve, its HOW we serve that counts. As always, continue to take care of each 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 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 Mass Communication Seaman Hannah Wilhide 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: Army 1st Lt. Haby Ramirez, Joint Task Force Guantanamo J2 logistics, ascends a 15-foot rope during a 31-minute, CrossFit workout at Guantanamo Bay, Aug. 4 to raise money for the families of the 31 heroes killed in a Chinook helicopter crash, Aug. 6, 2011. The event is part of the 31 Heroes Project which more than 430 gyms participate in around the world. photo by Army Sgt. Ryan HallockIts not just THAT we serve, its HOW we serve that counts. THE WIRE | PAGE 3 INDEXThe Wire August 10, 2012 Michael W. Smith visits GTMO Sgt. Maj. Barnes says farewell Hook a Snook 31 Heroes GTMO Goals Movie: Chernobyl DiariesThe 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 1,200.5 6 8 10 15 18 Feds Feed FamiliesThe 2012 Feds Feed Families food drive cash donations will be located in the NEX Atrium from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays able food items is located inside the NEX. NDC Bolen at 4444. tickets or more information, call 4577. Safe Ride! others, and your career. Call 84913/84781. 16 and older. First and second place teams in each For more information, call Alana at 2113. For more information on how to volunteer, contact Andrea at 84435. NEWS FROM THE BAY Rise, all R/C fans! full refundsPersonnel who purchased tickets to Air the airlines recent suspension can request a refund. International Airport. For more information, email queries Henriques at 74915. Want to learn what all of those weird arcane symbols on sheet music mean? runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and costs $120. Development Center to secure your seat. For more information, call 77302. Reserve a cabana or pavilion in person at Windmill Beach, Chapman Beach, Ferry For more information, call 2345. Pottery instructors needed! Want to learn about the history and lin11 a.m. on the third Friday of every month For more information, call 2344.
Our leaders personalities play a huge role in how a unit progresses. Ones per sonality especially one in senior leadership greatly affects how people view that per sons unit and how that senior leaders peers and subordinates act and react. If a leader is approachable, people are more likely to seek out that person for guidance with questions and concerns. If a leader is rigid and over bearing, then people will go elsewhere for the questions and guidance they need. In saying this, though, some may think, Oh, well lets all just be kinder and gentler, but that is not the point. A good leader with an approachable per sonality is a leader who will be trusted to advise without bias. Individuals who seek assistance from such a leader know they will receive a straight answer that is given with respect, not retribution. Such leader ship allows those persons to progress with the assistance of a good mentor. As lead ers, we need to understand that new service members may not have been raised on the same values we were, so the my way or the highway mentality does not always work. The caveat is that when the time comes for a trusted leader to take such an approach, it will be accepted as something that needs to be done with urgency and without question. The person who consistently portrays the my way mentality will be less respected as a person. One trusted leader who comes to mind is Sir Ernest Shackleton, an Antarctic explorer in the early 1900s. This man was not known just for crossing Antarctica, but more for the fact that his ship became frozen in the ice on his second crossing. He managed to keep his crew alive in a desperate situation for 21 months without losing a single man. Shackletons personality played a huge role in how the men reacted to him and saw him as a person and a leader, ultimately allowing them to keep the utmost faith in his abilities. Newcomers will quickly recognize who they can and cannot approach. This recognition will be formed through both their own perception and through their peers perception of the units leadership. We as leaders should strive every day to have a personality that makes us approachable but not gullible. Peers and subordinates should be able to request assistance and guidance without fear of retribution or persecution for their ideas or questions. This will create a unity and trust among the leadership that is seen by junior personnel and will be emulated throughout the unit. I have experienced the effectiveness different units I have been fortunate enough to serve in. When a unit progresses in this manner, its servicemembers are seen by higher commands as stellar performers. TROOPER T O TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 4 FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 5 By Sgt. 1st Class Jerome GrantSenior Chief Charles CanadayCommand Senior Chief, MSST Personalities and ProgressTrooper to Trooper Troopers from Joint Task Force Guantanamo, along with personnel and residents of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, gathered in the Windjammer Ballroom Aug. 6 to see Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Michael W. Smith conduct Armed Forces Entertainment tour. Smith, who is between shows from a world tour that started in Brazil, went to Australia, Europe twice and will include a trip to South Africa a couple of weeks after the Guantanamo Bay visit, is a big fan of Americas armed forces. Our nations troops and military famipeople I know, said Smith. We as a nation, owe them not only our respect and gratitude, but also our time. I am just honored for the opportunity to travel to Guantanamo Bay with the USO and extend our nations thanks for their service. The crowd was treated to the instrumental song The Patriot inspired by Smiths admiration of servicemembers and an instru mental tribute called Heroes in honor of Sept. 11, 2001. Among the other songs Smith performed during the hour long concert were his hits I Will Be Here For You, Friends, and Place in this World. The concert was awesome, said Spc. Leslie Almanza from the 314th Military Police Company. There were so many songs I wanted to cry; there were moments when felt like I wanted to surrender all over again. His music has been a blessing to my church, explained Spc. Jeremy Maddux, also of the 314th MP Company. I have always loved his style of worship. To be able to see [Smith] live and in person and having a spiri tual pick-me-up here is awesome. USO President Sloan Gibson was pleased to bring Smith to Guantanamo Bay. It is a real privilege to be working with Michael W. Smith, who has accomplished so much in music and is beloved by millions of people around the world for his spirit lifting music and literary works, Gibson said. I know there have been other USO events here, Maddux said. But having something like this really helps us spiritually. Id love to see other Christian bands here as well. Christian artist rocks the bay Grammy Award winning singer/writer teams up with USO to entertain Guantanamo Bay wife down here with me for Thanksgiving.Staff Sgt. Michael Acosta What has been your best time on island?Boots on the Ground Enjoying my off time playing all the different sports.Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Javier MartinezScreaming while watching scary movies outside at the base movie theaterSpc. Jasmine MejiaJoining my units basketball team and playing on the weekends.Sgt. Jasmine Wells
FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 6 Any service member who has spent time in the 525th Military Police Battalion area knows Sgt. Maj. Mike Barnes. According to Lt. Col. Darcy Overbey, 525th commander, If there were troops in the area, Sgt. Maj. Barnes was close by. As command sergeant major of the military police battalion, Barnes took a stake in the care of his Vigilant Warriors. He referred to them as the lifeblood of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay mission. Whether his troops were standing guard in the scorching sun, he emphasized the impor tance of remaining professional at all times, because in this environment a mistake is not an option. For them its a no-fail mission, Barnes said. This is one of the few places where night are briefed to the President of the United States on Saturday morning. With a mission as demanding as theirs, Barnes was always vigilant when it came to stress in his battalion. As the command ser geant major for more than 900 troops, he his eyes and ears and charged them to take care of the troops. I think we are in a world of micromanagement, and I allowed my subordinate leaders to manage their Soldiers as they mentorship, Barnes said. Barnes preached one overall theme and believes that in this place the mottos intent needs to be met. Being away from family, we have become a family, Barnes said. He passionately stated that being part of a family, you have to give your all, and he did. From sporting events to barbecues, and everything in between, Barnes was always there. On several occasions Barnes surprised Troopers by throwing them the football he always seemed to have in hand. There is no greater reward than being provided the privilege to care for the sons and daughters of this great nation, Barnes said. Like the troops in his battalion and across the services, he left his family in service of the nation. With each deployment, he appreciates the role that military spouses play. These Soldiers who come down here on a hardship tour, and their families [who] stay home and maintain the home front, I have a special appreciation for them, said Barnes. They take care of the home front so well that it allows these Soldiers to focus on the mission. For Barnes, this mission was not the same old song and dance. This mission brought new challenges. A military police Soldier by trade, Barnes took charge of a battalion full of military correction specialists. He devoted time to getting to know the job and the troops that performed it day in and day out. During his change of responsibility cere mony, Overbey stated during her speech, He was not an expert in corrections, but through his drive and determination to take care of Soldiers, he learned the standard operating procedures for detention operations. [Soldiers] strive to do their best no mat ter what they do, and they do it each and every time, said Barnes. At the end of the day, Barnes feels that his Troopers work, train, and play hard. With a professionalism echoed throughout the entire Army, Barnes is very proud of the Soldiers of the 525th Military Police Battalion. THE VIGILANT Sgt. Maj. Mike Barnes WARRIOR By Staff Sgt. Lewis Hilburn COMMAND INFORMATION THE WIRE | PAGE 7 It could be called the silent killer of dreams and aspirations. Identity theft cial health, especially if it goes undetected. Declined: the one word to tell you your They would apply for credit and that a problem, said Walter Barrett, personal Support Center at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay. So your identity was hijacked by some cretin working in a dank basement in a computer whiz kid nearby who retrieves online passwords from your unsecured wireless router.) Whoever the thief is, time is of the essence when your credit has been compromised. Immediately contact one of the three credit reporting agencies TransUnion, Experian or Equifax to place a Fraud Alert. That fraud alert will be shared with all three, but Barrett encourages victims to contact each agency directly to speed up the process. File a police report to show due diligence. It also gives you a document with dates to prove how quickly you responded to the ID theft. Make sure your chain of command is aware that youve been a victim, because all of us need a security clearance these days, Barrett added. It is much better to be up front. Finally, file a Fraud ID affidavit with the Federal Trade Commission by your branch of service at www.ftc.gov/sentinel/ military/index.shtml. This is the military specific portion of the FTCs Consumer Sentinel Network, a secure online database of millions of consumer complaints. The FTC website collects complaints and makes them available to law enforcement. This is part of the effort to identify and to target problems that affect service members. While the FTC doesn't resolve individual disputes, the data is used to target cases for prosecution, shut down scammers, and spot patterns of fraud that could affect the military community. Troopers can avoid this identify theft with the three Ds: deter, detect and defend. The defend part is everything mentioned above, with the addition of closing any has been violated. Call the security or fraud departments for each account and follow up with written documentation, like the police report. To deter is simply to protect your per sonal financial information. Shred all are not needed. Safeguard your military ID and social security card, and dont write your social security number on checks. Do not give out personal information over the phone, the web or through the mail unless youre sure of who youre dealing with. With more ID thievery happening via the Internet, it is advisable to use more sophisticated passwords. A combination of letters and numbers is better than a birth date, phone number or dogs name. To detect possible ID theft, Barrett encourages review of all financial state ments every month. Unfortunately a lot of people dont, because they feel I havent charged so I am not even going to look at it, he said. Once someone gets hold of the credit card or checking account, the thieves can change statement preferences and have those documents ship to a new address. Barrett suggests pulling credit reports through www.annualcreditreport.com from all three agencies each year. This is the webput in place nearly a decade ago to help Requesting one credit report from each agency every three to four months will snapshots. It is no-cost credit monitoring with a few mouse clicks. Active Duty alert at no charge. Potential creditors would have to take extra steps to identify a service member. The program is designed for uniformed personnel who are away from their usual duty station. Contact any one of the agencies, and they will inform the other two of the Active Duty alert request. For additional protection, a freeze of your credit report is offered for a fee. Ultimate protection, in my mind, is to put a freeze on your credit report, noted Barrett. Besides the cost, consumers will need to safeguard a PIN number in order to thaw their credit reports. Just like your body, a little prevenfuture healthy. By Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven
H ook a Sn oo kAfter being closed for three months, snook season is finally open at Guantanamo Bay, and its time to cast our lines for some of the best sport fishing around. ing enthusiasts to legally keep three snook per person per day. A minimum length of 22 inches is required, and individuals are only allowed to keep one snook longer than 40 snook per day at the same length limit. The season has been closed since the beginning of May to allow the species time to spawn. Anticipation of the reopening has been on many anglers minds. ably one of the seasons I look forward to the most, said Michael McCord, U.S. Naval tiful, good to eat and theyre fun to catch. snook can be hooked with similar methods. Snook is a bass on steroids, said McCord. Theyre ambush feeders, so they like to hide. The traditional place to catch snook is the mangroves in the river. Also like a bass, snook will feed on local means mullet, pinfish and herring. Where these species are found, snook will be close by. You dont have to catch bait to catch As with fishing anywhere in the world, we all share one resource. Its important that everyone adhere to the rules and limitations placed on each species so we allow them to Force personnel can view it on the SharePoint Local Instructions. By Mass Communication Seaman Hannah Wilhide By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Keith Simmons PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! What to do with old uniforms... Dont throw them away! First thing, sanitize them! Remove your name tape and rank, warfare insignia and any other patches. Next, look inside: Did you write your name or last 4 on the tag so you could claim it from the laundry? If you did, remove the tag or blacken out your info. Then take a good look at the uniform. Is it still useable? If it is, take it to the thrift shop or ask your shipmates or battle buddies if they could use it. Otherwise make it un-wearable by cutting it in half down the back and cutting the sleeves off. For pants, rip them in two. Dont throw whole uniforms away; first of all they are valuable and second a whole uniform could be used by an adversary to try to access places they shouldnt. So take care of your uniforms, and protect your personal information. USE OPSEC! COMMAND INFORMATION THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 8 The world according toWilhideHey yall, Im Seaman Hannah Wilhide. And since Im new here and have no friends or life down here yet, I just Facebook creep. Ive been here about a month now, since lot of people, very unique. Which is why I have decided to Facebook stalk. I decided to start with a certain Sailor here in public affairs. fishing with some people from work over the weekend and he was among the people but one was too small to keep, so we threw it back. ANYWAY, my great catch, which was the biggest catch of the day for our little group by the way, was blamed on beginners on the lack of resources, because bears need nothing but their paws. Another thing, how didnt have fancy bobbers or ten different kinds of bait. Well, thats all in the World According to watch what you post on Facebook, because
FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 10 THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FEATURE On August 6, 2011, a Chinook helicopter carrying 31 Americans was shot down by insurgents in the Wardak province in Afghanistan. 30 service members and one military dog were killed in the crash. More than a year has passed since 31 of our nations heroes paid the ultimate a special operations mission to reinforce an engaged unit of Army Rangers. uniform, but for the families who lost their fathers, brothers, friends, soul mates, and loved ones, life will never be the same. in the wake of the tragedy. She and one of her partners, Amanda Justus, knew they had to act to show their support for the 30 families and used their CrossFit backgrounds for with two other partners who served in the Navy co-founded the 31 Heroes Project. Four weeks after the day of the crash, the an international event and was held at more than 430 gyms worldwide with more than 10,000 participants from the CrossFit community. $300,000 was raised and given directly to the 30 families. pride in either their direct service, or that of gyms all around the world, and now to Guantanamo Bay for the second annual event honoring our fallen. Coast Guard took the reigns and organized the 31 Heroes unit approached him to bring the event to life. directly support the families who have a machinery technician from the Maritime raises will now get divided to further support even more families who have lost loved ones. One third of the donations will go to the memorial fund for the 30 families, one third and one third will go to the Snowball Express, foundations whose mission is to assist the families of fallen heroes. Hendersons 31 Heroes Project at workout enthusiasts together to support the cause and raised $951 when the workout was known in the CrossFit community involves a rigorous 31-minute, high-intensity, cant-quit, as many repetitions as possible workout. and breathed throughout the military is the same motto for the 31 Heroes Project. the sun beat down upon their faces. Each aspect of the 31 Heroes workout bears spe the course everything they had, knowing that each minute of the workout symbolized one of the 31 fallen heroes. While one partner ran 400 meters car rying a 25 or 45-pound sand bag, the other began the 8-6-11-repetition scheme participant lifts a weighted bar, squats down, ish one repetition. Veins were left bulging as they headed into the next portion of the within, the one begging them quit, to give up minutes of CrossFit is pretty from the sidelines and remembering what youre doing it for helps push you through it. hear about, who put their lives on the line were six 15-foot rope climbs followed by 11 the blazing sun, which dared those strong hearted enough to reach the top. Whichever partner was on the ropes, weights, or boxes, the other was embracing the suck on the run. teamwork displayed by all those who have defended the freedoms of the United States. the sweat pouring out of their bodies, cooling them down as the temperature approached a competition against their inner resistance, to see how many cycles they can complete or 15, each team knows the ultimate prize is raising money for families who have lost loved ones to this profession. nity to honor and remember the incredible service members who have made unbelievcan all come together to show, through our sweat, blood, and sometimes tears, that we Blood, sweat, tears, emotions; everything said Master Sgt. Gregg Ramsdell, who has served with the special operations commu nity his entire career and was out tearing up the CrossFit course with the best of them. Not everybody really knows who goes tion to all those wishing to honor our fallen military heroes past, present and future, register online at www.31heroes.com. without the wonderful people who support This event provides us all the opportunity to honor and remember the incredible service members who have made Story and photos by Army Sgt. Ryan Hallock Mackenzie Tobin, co-founder of 31 Heroes
FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 10 t is easy to conclude that Air Force Staff Sgt. Chinon Thome exists in two different worlds: the one at work and the one at home. She keeps them both very separate, with those at work likely not know ing much about who Chinon is but thinking they knowing a lot about what kind of Airman Staff Sgt. Thome is. Theres two people. Theres Sergeant Thome and then theres Chinon Thome. Were two different people, said Thome. When Im away from work, Im a totally different person. She says most people, they dont think Im approachable, they dont think Im nice they say I look mean, said Master Sgt. Tila Barrino, Thomes supervisor. She says its hard for her to either make friend sometimes or come out of her shell, so shell often have a set group of people shell be comfortable with in a group setting. Thome is the way she is because of the sor. The soon-to-be technical sergeant joined the military at the young age of 17. With youth comes a natural navet, and Thome said she soon saw that being open about her home life at work was working to her detriment; she remembers wondering why her supervisor disliked her so much, and so she made the decision to leave every piece of her personal life at home. I think I kind of didnt have that divide, and it would kind of hurt me in a way, because my supervisor didnt really agree with my work ethic and the way I did things. So I guess I just changed because I thought that was the way I needed to be, said Thome of the experience. At work its business; nothing more. I mean, you have friends while youre at work too, butbusiness is business. When you go home, thats when its time to relax and play and have your fun. Her strictly professional rule isnt as rigid as some may think; even as Thome herself may think. Barrino says once you peel back the layers you get to learn things about Chinon that you didnt know about Staff Sgt. Thome. There are many sides to Thome. Even though she admits that she sees the world in black and white, she also admits that impulse often rules her life. Much of where Thome is in her life right now is owed to impulsive decisions she has made throughout her life. Joining the Air Force was just that kind of decision. Her intention was to do her time and take her education money and run. Eleven years in the military later, she hasnt run very far. When offered her a tour in Germany, and on a whim she took it simply because she wanted to live in Europe. She hasnt looked back since and is now intent on doing her full 20 and then retiring. Barrino believes the Air Force is better for having her. She has seen Thome grow while in Guantanamo and thinks that Thome has the potential to be an excellent leader. Thome doesnt let personal feelings get in the way of doing her job; thats why its not so bad seeing some things as only black and white. I may not like every single Airman that I worked with, I may not like their personality but business is business, said Thome. Theyre an Airman, youre a [noncommisthem, you still have to take care of them. Its not personal. Here at Guantanamo, Thome has the heavy responsibility of keeping accountability of all the Troopers in the Joint Task Force. She reports directly to the Chief of Staff. Barrino says Thome hit the ground running from the very beginning. I cant always have my hands in all of [the ever, knowing that shell do her job without me sitting right there next to her. Shell run with it, without anybody telling her she has to. Gray entered Thomes life not too long ago: her daughter. Things with the 19-monthold arent so black and white. The only black and white present is the unconditional love Thome has for her child and the knowledge that shed do anything for her baby. Its gray because Thome is a softy for her daughters every action; shes very rarely a softy for any one. Gray because, even at such a young age, Thome sees her daughter being just like her: assertive and set in her ways. What do you do when your daughter is as stubborn as you are? has taught mother patience. I want to say it was a month before I had to come here. Thats when it really started sinking in, said Thome. I was rocking her one night I remember, and just thinking about leaving her made me want to cry. Although thoughts of leaving military life so she doesnt have to be away from her daughter have entered Thomes head, she says staying in is as much for her daughter as it is for herself. She wants to continue excelling in the Air Force and she also wants to provide a good example for her daughter. Thome is looking forward to returning home to Texas and seeing her husband and daughter again. TROOPER FOCUS I THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Story by Spc. Vanessa Davila Photos by Army Staff Sgt. Lewis HilburnStaff Sgt. TrooperFocus
When I arrived at Guantanamo, I weighed in at a hardy 215 pounds. Not too bad, but nothing I was extremely proud of. Being that Im 6 feet 2 inches tall, 215 isnt as bad of a number as it seems, but it could be better. My two bad knees and shins only to manage, but I had a few ideas in mind to drop 25 pounds and get back to a weight I could be proud of. working out with bands every morning while most other people would run. This worked stale and I lost interest. Waking up to roll out of bed, turning on the music and trying to in the morning. Next I thought maybe I could bike. Its cardio and I used to love it as a kid. I loved as a kid arent as much fun at 30, and I dont ever remember bike seats being so uncomfortable. I rode it for about a month. The small hills around GTMO felt like the Adirondack Mountains, and after I was passed by a runner going up a hill, I parked it in my room. Its sat there ever since. Now Im on my current method swimming. Surprisingly, its stuck; its especially surprising because Im so bad at it. Every lap feels like Im drowning, and swim. Yes, Ive tried a nose plug, but it just falls off. I get passed by women years older than me on my right and left. Marines jump in, swim laps, and then superset them with pushups, and I just keep pushing on. So far Ive lost 17 pounds and Im still working on the other eight. I guess its not so much as I enjoy regardless of how bad I am at it and driving on through the suck.I goal to accomplish during my time at Guantanamo Bay. Prior to my deployment, I designed a new product for the outdoor sporting goods market. An unexpected jump from the Navy to accelerate my creative process. However, I still managed to complete the concept and have a few tangible examples manufactured. Currently I am working very hard to produce a business proposal to market my design to larger corporations. I have written up a letter and graphically portrayed my idea; paired with these companies existing products. I realize that this description of my goal might sound a little vague to the reader, but it is a necessary precaution. Though I do hold copyrights for a few variations of my invention, one can never be too careful. As soon as my proposal and graphics have been peer edited by a few of my I can barely remember a time when I had absolutely no debt to my name. My money troubles started the same time as most credit card. When I was 18, Best Buy was my best friend. I shopped there, day-dreamed there and, at the time, they decided I was worth $300 in credit; I even worked there. $300! Oh, the possibilities! I could buy a light saber replica! Or movies! Or games! Even better, all three! Thats exactly what I did, too. Soon enough, through negligence and irresponsibility, among other things, that $300 turned into an $800 debt, and so began my troubles with credit and money. It didnt stop there; over the years I racked up several thousand dollars in credit card debt. Each purchase felt better than the last, for a time anyway. I usually started regretting the minute I walked out of the store, but no matter, I didnt have to worry about paying for it until later. THAT day, I enjoyed myself and my purchases. Debt wasnt the reason I joined the Navy, but it played a part. I had about $830 when I graduated from boot camp at Great Lakes, Ill. $800 went to that initial Best Buy credit card. Over the years, Ive lived and learned, but hardly ever at the same time it seems. Before I arrived at Guantanamo Bay, I had just over $8,500 in credit card debt. That had huge mental and psychological implications. Half the reason I took this individual augmentee billet was to pay off debt, and I am happy to say that by the time this is printed, all that Deployments offer different opportunities for everyone. For me, it offered a chance to recalibrate my life. Prior to deploying, a lot of things in my life unfolded all at once and I needed to step away to better understand them. Being able to focus on the mission and dedicate myself to a cause gave me that opportunity. As a National Guardsman, I am a civilian and a Soldier, and I face the challenges of a civilian and a Soldier. I was laid off from my job back home in New Jersey, so I had to deal breadwinner faces. However, I took the layoff very poorly and felt defeated. But shortly deploying. This deployment became the focus in my life that held me together. While trying to keep my life stable, I was given the opportunity to go back to Fort Meade, Md. for additional training for the upcoming deployment. I eagerly accepted and that was the start to my recalibration. I gained the time I reconnected with my unit to deploy, I was a stronger Soldier and individual. rience during the past year deployed to Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Sometimes when life turns to the worst, you need the oppor tunity to be able to step aside and dedicate yourself to something greater, so you can recalibrate your life. GTMO I life that I have planned and re-planned for the last two decades, and not being able to coordinate wedding details in New York presents a few obstacles. Coordinating those details from Guantanamo Bay determined to involve him! So my goal while I am at GTMO is to make thousands of little decisions: cake, centerpieces and on and on. With Matts input of course. overwhelmed at the options available. Every time I come across some charming idea, I jump from my seat and yell through my computer to Matt, We must have this. Then I immediately add it to my Pinterest page. I draw doodles of reception centerpieces; collect photos of things I love. Plan a perfect wedding! THE WIRE | PAGE 14 FEA TURE Trim the fat! Pay my credit card debt!debt will have been entirely paid off. For the debt free, and it feels amazing. Ill continue to save during the remainder of my deployment. GTMO is where, at least always hold a special place in my heart. 1. Get Idea. 2. ???? 3. Profit. 4. Live life of ease.business savvy friends, the presentations will will be nicely packaged with one of the aforementioned tangible items. approach with my concept is Nike. It is obvious that I am swinging for the fences, and yes, I might be out of my league, but when it comes to personal goals, why not strive for greatness? Fine-tune my life! By Army Sgt. Saul Rosa FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 15 myself day dreaming of things like is it OK for bridesmaids not to wear matching dresses and its not controlling of me to have a no-music play list for the reception. As for Matt, I received a few objections about some of my grand ideas, and I conceded that I wont loudly voice my opinion about what the groomsmen will wear. I (well, Matt and I) have made a lot of progress. Being epically in love operations order to include Excel spreadsheets to keep us organized. They help us manage spending, payment deadlines, the guest list, RSVPs, and it includes a four-page detailed timeline of events for Jan. 19. We now have the right invitation design registered for wedding gifts. There are a few more things to cross off the to-do list. Im an impatient person; Im sure well have everything complete very soon. GOALS By Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kyle Steckler By Army Capt. Jennifer Palmeri By Sgt. 1st Class Rick McNamara By Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Brett Custer
Think like an OlympianMost of us have no issue with a sugar cookie, and if youre anything like me, youd appreciate it even more with a tall glass of milk. Several Olympic teams would beg to differ. Prior to this years Games, U.S. Olympians trained with the Navy SEALs to step up their training. What do sugar cookies have to do with that? Go for a dip in 40 degree water and then roll in the sand, and you become your very own sugar cookie. Its what the Olympians did, with the help of some Navy SEALs, to change up their training routine. As we approach the end of the 2012 Olympic Games, Im forced to think of how much work the athletes had to put in to make it to London. Gold, silver, bronze or empty handed, each one of the athletes can leave London knowing that theyre better than most and are part of an elite group that can call themselves Olympians. Military members arent Olympians, for the most part although we do have a few in the Games but we are part of a small section of the population that has the drive to stay a step ahead of most, physically, mentally, and spiritually. That doesnt mean that we all have it in us to be Olympians, because we simply dont. However, we can dedicate a little more time training to reach a physical goal. Most of us spend 12 to 16 hours a day dedicated to our job. Whether its working as a guard, an administrative specialist, or a commander, we all have a job we need to do, and we need to do it well. Our mornings are dedicated to perfecting our selves physically, much the way the Olympians do except thats their job. Some of us need more than the mornings to stay at our physical peak, and others need more just to meet the standards of their service. This isnt to degrade anyone or any thing they do, but actually to explain the struggles that some of us face. A lot of us so we can start the rest of our day, while others go to sleep and see morning workouts as the best part of their day. Neither is wrong; one is the twist its actually easier to look forward to morning workouts than it is to dread them. Its easy, just change the way you think about it. Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter, director of Performing Edge Coaching International Association says only one person can push yourself when youre tired and alone, or work out despite countless distractions. Thats you. Dr. Dahlkoetter, who also coaches five Olympic gold medalists, states that self motivation is the key to success and to pushing yourself to become better than the rest physically. Not all military members who score per workouts, and on the opposite end, not every body who loves morning workouts is going to do great on their test. Body type, genetics, and diet have a lot to do with it. I dont list any of those to provide excuses, but rather to offer motivation to those like me whose body has broken down faster than I wouldve liked. Or maybe to those people who arent fast runners but go out every day and push themselves to stay up with the rest of the group. Those excuses didnt work for Oscar Pistorius, otherwise known as Blade Runner, who competed in the Olympics with two your shin splints seem trivial, doesnt it? Sometimes, all we need to improve our at each morning as an opportunity to be like an Olympian. Leave it all on the track, in the pool, or on the pull-up bars, and walk away knowing you did your best. It doesnt matter if youre the weakest or slowest now; change your mindset, and in a month you wont be the slowest or weakest anymore. Think like an Olympian and look for ways to separate yourself physically from the rest. Change up your routine, set a goal, get out of your bedroom and achieve that goal. You dont need a sugar cookie and a glass of milk to get there. By Sgt. 1st Class Rick McNamara I spent more time picking out which craft supplies I wanted to deploy with than any other item on the packing list. Army gear was easy its all stored in one spot in my house. Picking civilian clothes was easy too I have a small wardrobe. But the yarn? Tears were shed over how much stash yarn I would have to leave behind. If you cant tell by now, Im a knitter and lifelong crafter. I spend lots of time turning to deployment to Joint Task Force Guantanamo, my skill level limited my project prospects me were mostly destined to become throw of boring really fast, and not because its a sedentary activity usually ascribed to grandmas. I giraffe-print hat complete with ears and horns: proof positive that there is more to knitting on edgings! Sweater construction! Short rows! Piecing! All of these things at the same time! I still havent broached socks though. Not to mention a deadline loomed. A dear friends child was about to enter this chilly realm, and good golly if he wasnt going to be spoiled with warm and snuggly handmade stuff from me, the favorite auntie. I had just fallen in love with a pattern which used cables in abundance, and absolutely had to make this Cables are the intricate braids and knot work and crisscrossing details one usually sees on heavy winter sweaters and cardigans. As a still-novice knitter upon my arrival here, their construction eluded all comprehension. So I it out. The written instructions were slightly wonky and the YouTube tutorial took three times longer than normal to download, but in one afternoon, I was cabling! Within a month, I had a fancy blankie for a tiny squalling human! Sometimes you just have to sit down and muscle through a challenge, even if its just a matter of overcoming the mental gymnastics of a complicated set of instructions. You have the time between assignments and shifts here to get things done what better time than the present? Knitknitknit Met your GTMO Goal? Get mo! Have no GTMO Goals? Get some! FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 16 MIND, BODY & SPIRIT THE WIRE | PAGE 17 Only at GTMO by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Keith SimmonsMind, Body & Spirit By Army 1st Lt. Amelia Thatcher
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