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Volume 13, Issue 43 Friday, August 31, 2012
INDEX The Wire August 31, 2012 The Weekly Westhoven Breaking the language barrier GTMO meets Michael Bay Tropical Storm Isaac Bay of Pigskins Trooper Focus Movie: The Bourne Legacy The 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 12 14 18 NEWS FROM THE BAY Capt. W. Andrew Docherty Chief of Staff, JTF Guantanamo C c ommand orner Now is the time for us to reflect, not just on the lessons of war, but on who we are and what we do. We are a Profession of Arms, guardians of the Constitution who Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff With a room full of Commanders, Deputy ter chiefs and senior enlisted leaders, I attended an excellent training session on sexual assault pre vention earlier this week, during which we looked at the problem from a slightly different angle and worked to identify the vari ous shades of wrong that enable this devastating crime to continue pervading our ranks. It was called Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Triad train ing, and the session was designed to help us kick off a campaign in which well work together as a Joint Force to increase sexual assault awareness, reinvigorate efforts to encour age open communication and timely reporting, appropriately hold offenders accountable, and provide responsive victim services. Weve all been through some level of sexual assault prevention training in the past, and I believe we are a better force because of it. The training, awareness, and leadership efforts we have made so far have helped prevent count less incidents and have led to immeasurable improvements in trust, respect, and communi cation in our workplaces and across our units. But we have so much further to go in order to completely eradicate this criminal behavior which is destroying cohesiveness, crushing morale, and leaving so many devastated lives in its wake. Only by working together can we bring the number of assaults down to zero and free our ranks from the grip of this insidious crime which victimizes individuals, units, and our entire force. For units, efforts start with training to ensure members fully understand the crime, recognize inappropriate behavior, and are aware of the various tools available to help stop potential assailants before they have the chance to victim ize a shipmate, a battle buddy, a family member, a friend, or a stranger. For individuals, most of us were equipped with the most fundamental tools for sexual assault prevention at a very young age: a moral compass, the understanding of right and wrong, and a desire to treat oth ers with the dignity and respect with which we would like to be treated in return. Those tools are exceptionally impor tant, and when used correctly, they can make all the difference in the world. Please keep these basic tools in mind during training and discussions regarding sexual assault prevention. Every one of us knows what is right and what is not right. We all can recognize criminal behavior when we see it. And we serve and sac called to do what we know to be honorable and right. Over the coming months we will come together in a campaign to heighten our aware ness of this continuing scourge and to hone our skills in applying every available resource to stamp out sexual assault once and for all. COMMAND CORNER THE WIRE | PAGE 2 THE WIRE | PAGE 3 Dont get eaten alive! As the bites on my legs can attest, all the rain weve been having has created ideal mos quito breeding conditions. If youd like to see fewer mosquitoes, drain as much standing water as you can, turn over unused containers that can collect water, and do not disturb any mosquito trap ping equipment that might be in use. You can also avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk, wear pants and long-sleeved shirts, and use insect repellent containing DEET. If you experience headaches, body aches, and have numerous bites, call 72944. Your health could depend on it! Safe Ride! Out drinking? Thinking about driving? Put the keys down! Save your life, the lives of others, and your career. Call 84913/84781. Enrich yourself! CLEP and DSST testing have returned. You can earn college credit for free! Register at www.ccis.edu/guantanamo. Learn to read music! Want to learn what all of those weird arcane symbols on sheet music mean? Theres a class for that! An eight-week basic music theory for adults class begins Sept. 14 at the W.T. Sampson High School band room. Class runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and costs $120. Register by Sept. 7 at the Child Development Center to secure your seat. For more information, call 77302. I need a damage report, Mr. Scott! To report any weather-related damage, please call the Public Works Trouble Desk at 4424. Use J-4 for all your how to do it? Dont sweat it! You have people for that! such as emergency leave, temporary duty, permanent change of station, R&R leave, Williams, J-4s passenger/embarkation chief, at 3011 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. J-4 is located in Building 906, Room 101. For Space A travel, call the NAVSTA Air Terminal at 6204. Display good Mule or Gator etiquette! How would you like to receive a smile and a friendly wave from other drivers? Practice good etiquette when driving a Gator or Mule. That doesnt mean a gator reading Emily Post and wearing a monocle; it means thinking about others on the road. Pull over for faster-moving vehicles and you will receive a friendly wave. Consideration of others on GTMO roadways is part of defensive driving. Do your part! Red Cross closed The American Red Cross office will be closed until September 10. Red Cross mes sages can still be sent to 1-877-272-7337. Ladies Night at the Windjammer Every girl needs a night out with her friends. What better way than with cocktails, snacks, music, prizes and Magic Mike? MWR will host the Live Laugh Love ladies night tomorrow from 5:30 to 7:40 p.m. at the Windjammer Ballroom. Catch a bus from there to the Downtown Lyceum to watch the premiere of Magic Mike at 8 p.m. For more information, call 75351. Filter in concert Looking for excitement this Sunday? Come out and see alternative band Filter, known for their song Hey Man, Nice Shot, performing at the Tiki Bar from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. This is a free event for all hands 21 and up. For more information, call 4882. Report your storm damage to Public Works! JTF Guantanamo Commander 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: 8141 The Wire Senior 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 Simmons Contact us Editors Desk: 3499 Commercial: 011-5399-3499 DSN: 660-3499 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.html Joint Task Force Guantanamo Safe Humane Legal Transparent Cover: The lighthouse at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay quietly overlooks the ocean as the last hint of bright sky is slowly enveloped by Tropical Storm Isaacs encroaching storm clouds on the evening of Aug. 24. photo by Spc. Vanessa Davila Only by working together can we bring the number of as saults down to zero.
COMMAND INFORMATION THE WIRE | PAGE 5 By Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven F or more than 45 years service members stationed around the world have taken advantage of the opportunity to purchase a new car, truck or motorcycle at discounted prices. That tradition of providing a unique service overseas is offered by the Exchange Exchange plaza at Guantanamo Bay. The ENCS is similar to web-based carbuying services offered by USAA and Navy Federal with one big difference. You get to work directly with a person. We are an elevated form of a liaison, said Amy Duley, ENCS consultant. A drawback is if you wanted to buy a Chevrolet Silverado or Cadillac Escalade, youre out of luck. ENCS only offers vehi cles from Chrysler, with the Dodge and Jeep brands, and Ford, along with its luxury brand of Lincoln. If you are looking for a two-wheel mode of transportation, this is one of a few ways to purchase a Harley-Davidson motorcycle at a discount. Using the vehicle manufactures websites, decide from the myriad of options and col ors to get a MSRP (Manufacturers Suggested offered by the car makers. The ability to customize the vehicle is one of the most popular comments made by customers to the www.encs.com website. Youre starting from scratch, noted Duley. Consumers are not restricted to what is avail able on a dealers lot. A total customized purchase can add time to stateside delivery. It is recommended that you start the process a month before your scheduled return to the U.S. If the exact color or options for the vehicle are not available at local dealers, the ENCS can view inventories out a form to outline the vehicle and options you want. The customer service representa tive starts the process by going through each available choice or package of options for that vehicle. The conversation will go into optional warranties and vehicle protection services, but there is no pressure from the ENCS representative. Instead they provide infor mation on the services so the consumer can make a thoughtful decision. Review the Order Acceptance paperwork to make sure it is everything you want and all possible rebates have been applied. The order sheet shows the pre-negotiated price versus the MSRP to highlight the savings. Sign the papers and provide a $1,000 cashiers check as a deposit. Consumers now have to secure the financing for the vehicle. Visit your finan cial institution either online or in person for the required loan. If for any reason you do order, ENCS will refund your deposit. The lender will need to provide a Letter of Intent once the loan is approved. Refunds are another plus with purchasing through ENCS. If a change in your PCS or TDY orders affects the delivery of your new car, the customer has the right to cancel your order and receive a full refund. Additional customer protection is pro vided in the guarantee your vehicle will be delivered exactly as specified on your Order Acceptance, or ECNS gives you a full refund. This protects consumers against fac tory increases in the price of the vehicle and changes in rebates before delivery. When it comes to rebates if the amount increases from the date of Order Acceptance until higher rebate. When it comes to price ENCS guarantees the lowest price or you get a refund for the difference. You have 14 days after delivery to get the refund. Speak to the ENCS consul tant for the details on the program. Take your Letter of Intent from the lender to the ENCS office. Confirm the deliv ery date and the dealer where you will pick up the vehicle. ENCS guarantees that your vehicle will be delivered at the exact location and time promised on the Order Acceptance. Buyers can track the order through the ENCS website or speak with their consultant. Finally, get to the dealership on the deliv ery date to pick up the exact vehicle you ordered. The buyer should be in contact with dealer to make sure the delivery date is good and everything will be ready. We just want people to have good deal, added Duley. A smart consumer can get just that and a good deal more from the Exchange New Car Sales program exclusive rebates and discounts. 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 74227 to see how busy they are before you stop in. Buy a brand new set of wheels with ENCS! TROOPER TO TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 4 I moved boxes of MREs for the MPs. Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Andrew Burns How did you prepare for the tropical storm? Boots on the Ground I checked my SGLI and emergency contact data. Most of all, I listened to the advice of our fantastic leadership. Spc. John Dupree I issued out a lot of commu nications equipment and then followed the hurricane prepared ness checklist. Cpl. Jeremy Risner I stayed in a K-Span (steel build ing) overnight. Steelworker 2nd Class William Jenkins A s members of the United States military, we hear words like integrity, honor, com mitment and responsibility every day. Of these, perhaps the most confusing idea to grasp is integrity. Is it a complicated set of ethics that can vary according to a particular moral con it abiding by the laws in the civilian world and by military orders without causing problems or complaining, or is it simply doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do? I have always believed that the concept of integrity collectively encompasses many of the other beliefs and ideas that we as military mem bers hold as our core values. One way to think of integrity is the quality of having principles, of being responsible, reliable, and trustworthy. ence to a code of especially moral values; an unimpaired condition ; the quality or state of being complete or undivided I know the concept of integrity can be quite frustrating in this day and age, and at times dis heartening. It seems that every other day we see in the news where another investment banker has cheated clients; where a doctor is found bill ing the government for Medicare treatments that may not have been needed. And as a group, our elected lead ers are losing the American people because they say one thing and do another, and as a group, we the people are being so conditioned and inundated by it that we hardly notice anymore. But, who are you when no one is watching? What type of person do you want to be? As you become increasingly self-aware of who you are, of the quality of job you do, and of how you are seen by those around you, the question then becomes, how much do you care? right thing when nobody knows or even notices, then you understand the concept more than you might think. Doing your job to the best of your abilities everyday not only makes you a better Soldier, Sailor, Marine, Airman or Coast Guardsman, it makes you a better person. By acting and behaving consistently, being reli able, and trustworthy, and by using your own principles (and not those of people around you), you will begin to find that those close someone they trust. It is a description that is earned, and one that should be valued. Whether it is military leaders, business lead themselves at the expense of those they lead, or themselves and their respective organizations. Their actions enrage us, and at the same time, disappoint us greatly. Why? Because they failed to do the right thing. It need not be any more complicated than that. So, what does integrity mean to you? Chief Petty Officer Glen Powell MSST Security Division NCOIC What does integrity mean to you? Trooper to Trooper
COMMAND INFORMATION THE WIRE | PAGE 6 By Army Sgt. Saul Rosa Breaking through the language barrier COMMAND INFORMATION THE WIRE | PAGE 6 Service guidelines for language in the workplace Because there are many Troopers who are bilingual in the modern military, there are times when one language needs to be used to enhance communication for the group and every branch has set up regula tions to help leaders establish this. ers may issue an order that only English may be spoken in a work place when they have a legitimate, non-discriminatory rea son for the rule, such as ensuring everyone on the bridge understands the orders to the helm. Guard follow the Equal Employment Federal Regulations. Rule 1606.7 explains that commanders can issue rules requiring cial duties. tain sufficient proficiency in English to their military duties. Their operational communications must be understood by their content, and, therefore, must nor mally be in English. C ommunication is a leading factor to success in any work environment. But, when a group is hindered by bar would consider language one of those barriers. munication and understanding is the key to success. speaker. The teamwork here is really good and most of us are fully bilingual. ers strengthen the office through their diverse backgrounds and experiences. wanted more opportunities. proud of being part of it. learned English as a second language in school. English, because we learn how to write it and read it before speaking it, said accents. her English, she spoke with people who knew the language well and watched mov speakers slip into their native language out of habit and comfort. place. Troopers who are deployed use many bering her home and family. and a way to connect to others in basic training and advanced individual train were upset by not being able to under stand what she was saying. spoke with them about the conversations rules for speaking other languages in the He told us they are on their free explained that they can speak the lan getting more diverse so Troops need to respect other cultures. Language may be viewed as an obsta identity and, like the Trooper, adds to team morale and success. They really add a lot to the team, ferences and everyone benefits. This sign can be bilingual. Why should your workplace be any different?
Controlled Chaos: EOD disintegrates old ordnance E xplosions could be heard throughout the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Wednesday and Thursday. But this was the sound of controlled chaos as the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Weapons Department disposed of expired explosive ordnance. People dont believe, but even explosives have shelf lives, said weapons department. During the weapons departments explosive ordnance disposal nition, and an 80 mm mortar were detonated. explosive ordnance disposal technicians from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 6 Detachment 6, Mayport to detonate the expired munitions. They come down and assist in the demolition of all ordnance, said Small. Its a lot more cost effective for the military to bring EOD down here and, in conjunction with the Weapons Department, blow everything up. Small explained that the alternative would be loading the muni Were saving about $560,000 for each one of these events that in charge. Transport costs for hazardous materials are excruciatingly ignated for explosive ordnance. The Weapons Department controls all the ranges on base, said Small. One of our facilities is the EOD range. Its the only place where were approved to do this. Its out of harms way, away from the civilians and the housing, so nothing is really bothered and there is not a hazard. In addition to the operation, the Weapons Department used this as a training opportunity. Proctor explained that this gives the Weapons Departments gun ners mates an opportunity to come down and work alongside the EOD technicians. They also brought Navy divers, because they work closely with the EOD personnel, and this gives them a chance to do a training event with the EOD. a Navy diver. Every time we get to come and work with them, we learn new skills. and conducted the safety checks in between the detonations. We enjoyed working with Navy divers and gunners mates, said but whenever youre dealing with explosive ordnance, its best to play it safe and follow the procedures. FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 8 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FEATURE Explosive Ordnance Disposal Chief Jack Hanson watches as a member of the navy divers detonated the explosion. photo by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa This operation saved the military more than $500,000 in hazardous material shipping costs. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Chief Jack Hanson sets up C-4 explosives for detonation. photo by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit 6 Detachment Mayport assisted in the disposal of more than 60 satchels of C-4 explosives and other expired ordnance. Video captions of explosion by Army Sgt. Brett Perkins By Army Sgt. Saul Rosa
FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 10 THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FEATURE HURRICANE ISAAC By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Jeffries Aint No Such ings As Halfway Hurricanes The weather gods are watching By Army 1st Lt. Amelia Thatcher U nderwhelming as Cubas Tropical Storm Isaac experience was, one can never be too safe. As a precaution, Joint Task Force Guantanamo lead ers moved Troopers to higher ground prior to the storm making landfall, and that included Soldiers of the 755th Military Police Co. Long before U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay sounded the all-clear, Maggie, Jackelyn, and Yenixa were ready to go back to Camp America to wait out the storm, which swung much further northeast than earlier weather models predicted. Were used to this, Maggie said. Were from Puerto Rico. The evacuated Soldiers bunked down with cots and three days worth of bottled water and Meals Ready to Eat. They sweetened the deal with Hawaiian bread and Nutella. Thankfully, they only needed it for one (rainless) night. They loaded up their gear and moved to the rally point where upon the rain began. Put on your wet weather gear, Maggie, a non class. You should have your tops. They dug through their duffel bags and put on their jackets. The rain promptly stopped. Jackelyn started unzipping her plastic coat. No, dont take it off! Maggie exclaimed. The weather gods know! Itll start again! Sure enough, a few hours later the tail end of Tropical Storm Isaac grazed Cuba, dumping 2 inches of rain overnight. Though Murphys Law of disaster preparedness prevailed (this time), both JTF Guantanamo and the Naval Station were well-prepared for the alter native. Now, its back to work. Mission dictates, Maggie said simply. Photo by Army Pvt. Loren Cook Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Hammond Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Hammond Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Hammond Photo by Navy Capt. Robert Durand U .S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay erred on the side of caution in prepa ration for Tropical Storm Isaac last Friday. Commissions proceedings were rescheduled and media personnel were evacuated. Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) and bottled water were passed out, and Camp America residents found more durable accommodations in the Windward Loop residential area. The entire island banded together and came to a com plete halt, leaving nothing to chance and respecting the potential for disaster. Tropical Storm Isaac didnt quite live up came. In my opinion, it became the great est nonhappening since Y2K. Even though there was no natural disaster, Isaacs antici pated hit on the island led to an impromptu training exercise. Soldiers and Sailors who reside in Camp America were relocated to during the storm. Senior enlisted person nel and officers were voluntold to open their homes for a couple of days for the evacuated personnel. The homes there are safer and dont have to be evacuated until the threat of a Category 3 or higher hurricane is imminent. While Camp America was being evacu ated, the inhabitants of the Cuzcos were making provisions themselves. By pass ing out MREs and bottled water for their resident, the service members there would be better prepared for whatever the storm had to offer. As the Cuzcos can withstand up to a Category 1 hurricane, they were not evacuated. I knocked on doors until the person answered or until someone told me where Simmons, M Block Captain. This was just another step in order to ensure everyones safety. Shortly after the island was deemed all clear of any sufficient wind or rain, Isaac unleashed its wrath. It swept through Guantanamo Bay throughout the night of August 25, about 24 hours after it was originally anticipated. Its fury however only puddles. Even though my lawn chair with stood the storm, its presence was enough. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their outstanding efforts for the last four days in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac, said the Naval Station Commander, Capt. John Nettleton, in refer ence to the bases cooperation preparing for the storm. I know that many of you have been here for much longer than I have, and although you have been through this before it is extremely important that one does not become complacent. Being as though it is hurricane season, I am sure that we will go through this pro cess again over the next couple of months. We should all thank Tropical Storm Isaac for giving us something for nothing: a little training without the natural disaster. Stay classy, GTMO! Nettleton added, asking Guantanamo Bay residents to keep up the good work. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Hammond Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Hammond
FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 14 THE WIRE | PAGE 13 FEATURE T he entire group has been spontaneously uprooted from the comfort of our own home and relocated here. The move has forced us into a unique living arrangement: cohabitating with people we should relate to easily, yet we dont. Many years of dif fered customs, traditions, practices, and well, just an overall different way of life, has lead us to misunderstand each other. However, the people in charge, who make the big decisions, decided that the combination of our diverse skill sets might actually create a stronger unit. Out of necessity, our new team is born. It is dark outside when the newly formed squad begins the first days practice. The looming haze is so thick you could cut it with a Ka-bar. The entire team is already in a state of exhaustion, and our coach hasnt even blown the whistle to initiate our work out. We refuse to acknowledge the strangers as our teammates, and the group still has no sense of cohesion, yet we are collectively dreading the upcoming practice. The workout takes us to our physical limits. We become so preoccupied with the burning acid in our muscles, the cotton in our mouths, and the perspiration soaking our skin, that we lose awareness of our surroundings. As our bodies reach muscle us a much needed rest. He has purposely guided our workout to this historically sig As we stand side by side on the grounds of this military field, our leader proposes a thought. We are no different than those before us, required to serve here and make come together, put aside our differences, and stand as a unit, we will fall as individuals. Despite our mental and physical exhaustion, the coachs valid point is taken. We are all gasping for air, but a sense of focus and determination overcomes our bodies. The squad accepts our mission. A football team is born. Wait, wait, wait. Time out. Isnt that the beginning of Remember the Titans? Wasnt that Coach Herman Boones process for integrating two segregated teams into one championship football powerhouse? There between the two establishments. Replace Academy Award winning actor Denzel Washington with generic service member, college dormitories with Cuzcos and T.K.s, and Gettysburg with Guantanamo Bay, and you have the setting for the summer 2012 season. The program offers two options for play. There is a nine-on-nine mens league as well as 7-on-7 alternative for women. The sea son starts on Sept. 3, following a mandatory coaches meeting and roster submission. Trophies will be awarded to the first and second place teams. Though the season is still a few weeks out, there is already a buzz starting around the base. It is hard to deny military members love of the game. When I asked Petty Officer 2nd Class Javier Martinez from the Camp excitement in his voice. We are all kids at heart. When I was younger I wanted to be just like the guys on T.V. doing all those amazing things on the field. I might be 29 years old, but it isnt any different now. I wanna go out there and make exciting things happen for my team, Martinez said. It also helps to keep there to have fun, Im also there to beat the If you should decide to participate in few small suggestions. First, do not under estimate the Rudy Ruettigers. Athletic ability does not always match ones physical appearance. An undersized player with heart is capable of outperforming a stereotypical, muscular adversary. If you underestimate your opponent, you lose. Next, bring your A game to every competition. Flag football players are trying to win the High School Championship, Heisman Trophy, BCS Bowl Championship, and Lombardi Trophy on every play. Match their enthusiasm, and put your all into every down, for yourself and your team. Lastly, have fun. Ignore your inclinations to let the testosterone and adrenaline control you and practice good sportsmanship. In the cult classic college football movie The Program, the coach asks maniac defensive end Steve Lattimer why he loves playing football. He emotionally responds that its the battle, the going to war with the other guys. To me, this metaphor high lights why military members love football. The parallels have always existed. Elements such as courage, strength, determination, and teamwork are necessary in both arenas. So whether you play flag football for the exercise, the camaraderie, the competition, or just plain old fun, get your team together and well see you on the gridiron. We refuse to acknowledge the strangers as our teammates, and the group still has no sense of cohesion, yet we are collectively dreading the upcoming practice. Story and photo illustration by Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Brett Custer
TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 15 Sta Sgt. V olunteerism takes a special kind of commitment. You dont get monetary compensation when youre done. You are often donating your spare time: the few hours you have to yourself after work or on the weekends. Sometimes all you get is a pat on the back. None of this matters to Army Staff Sgt. Katherine Baker of the 193rd Military Police Co. Shes been volunteering her entire military career. Soldier at Pensacola, in like 30 years, to receive the STRAC award which is an award where you have like a high GPA, you have to serve in a leadership position, you have to have no negative counselings, and you have to do over 100 hours of volunteer service while youre in [Advanced Individual Training]. Baker went the extra mile during her time in AIT and started the Blind Assistance Program where she and sev eral other volunteers took blind children on activities that they wouldnt normally engage in because of their disability swimming, bowling, and driving golf carts, just to name a few. When I was 18 years old I volun teered for everything on the face of the planet, said Baker about her time in AIT. I actually [volunteered for] Saturday scholars where you go into inner city schools and you help children that have poor grade averages whether in math, English, science, whatever. You sit there on your Saturdays and you tutor them. Baker is still friends with the then 8-yearold boy she tutored every Saturday. Its not just about exceeding volunteer hours for her. Its something more personal. Like when Baker and a number of others Soldiers from the 193rd MP Co. volunteered to cook breakfast for service members visiting Guantanamo to participate in the Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba program. That was my proudest volunteering moment here at Guantanamo Bay, said Baker. It was early in the morning on a Saturday. It wasnt an organized volunteer function. It wasnt something put out by the battalion. It was Soldiers who just wanted to give back to service members who had sac us will ever do. Helping others is just about that helping others. Baker has even used her own vaca tion time to go on volunteering adventures. While she was stationed at Joint Base LewisMcChord, Wa. (JBLM) she took leave to volunteer for the Warrior Adventure Quest, or WAQ. According to the Army Morale, Welfare, and Recreation website, WAQ is designed to introduce Soldiers to activities that serve as alternatives to aberrant behaviors often associated with accidents involving recently re-deployed Soldiers. This tool presents cop ing outlets to help Soldiers realize their own new level of normal after deployment and move on with their lives . Bakers passion is the Army and its Soldiers, so using her earned leave time to help fellow Soldiers was an easy decision. She loves being around Soldiers and helping them so much so that after leaving the military as a staff sergeant in 2007 and taking a job with a military contractor she soon realized that shed rather be a Soldier again. Its a really satisfying career but its weird going in for set hours, said Baker about her civilian job at Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE) school in Fort Rucker, Ala. When you go in and you just punch a clock, and at the end of the day its the end of your day, its a weird feeling. It made me miss the military; it made me miss being 100 percent involved all the time so thats why I came back on active duty. Baker re-entered the military at the begin ning of 2010 as a specialist and quickly made her way back up the ranks to staff sergeant. During her second stint with the Army she met her husband, Sgt. Matthew Baker, who some of you might remember from a previ ous Trooper Focus. The duo is lucky enough to be stationed here at the same time and in the same MP company. The Bakers met at Joint Base Lewis-McChord while what else? Volunteering. In between taking leave to help WAQ, Katherine drove back to JBLM to volunteer at that years Army Ball. He was going to be the SpanishAmerican War Soldier, said Katherine band. He needed black leather boots for his uniform. I met teaching him how to spit shine black leather boots at a vol unteer function that neither of us was supposed to be at! The couple fuels each other to do better. They are always trying to oneup each other, in a good way. Katherine pushed Matthew to go to the U.S. Army South Best Warrior Competition, which you might recall he won, and Mr. Baker supports Mrs. Baker in whatever she does, like going to Joint Task Force Guantanamos NCO of the Quarter board, which she won. Theyre both very competitive, and they want to try to push each other the best they can, said 1st Sgt. David Taylor of the 193rd MP Co. The ones who benefit from that are the Soldiers that fall under them, because as theyre working harder and harder to be better than each other, theyre pushing their Soldiers to be better and better. NCO and some of her Soldiers fear her for them she wants them to live up to their full potential. When they get that, they stop being afraid. Shell do whatever she can for her Soldiers, said Taylor. You talk to her Soldiers and her Soldiers love her to death. They would do anything for her; follow her anywhere. Troope r Focus Story By Spc. Vanessa Davila Photos By Staff Sgt. Lewis Hilburn STAFF SGT. KATHERINE bAKER
THE WIRE | PAGE 16 COMMAND INFORMA TION re: information assurance Keep your SIPR updated! Hi, Im Gert the IA Buzzard. Whenever Im not eating carcasses along the road I like to help the JTF better secure its information. Today Im scuba diving at Kittery Beach to see one of my favorite friends of the ocean Clyde the Conch! Hi Clyde, whats been going on here on the bottom of the ocean? Hey Gert! Im hiding in my shell using my SIPR computer to catch up on a bunch of e-mails I havent gotten around to for a week or so conches are very slooow, as you know. on your computer? Ya, Gert, what else did you expect from a giant sea slug like myself? I just like being slooow and gooey while wearing an awesome shell. Sure, Clyde, but did you know that if you dont insert your hard drive into your SIPR computer and power it up on a regular basis, your computer misses out on regularly scheduled updates it needs to run correctly on the network? If you forget to turn on a computer for a really long time, it wont get any updates and then might be quarantined from working on the network. Your account may be deactivated over time as well for lack of use. All these are precautions to keep the network safe and in good work ing order but can cause users a lot of headaches and lost work hours if they dont use their computers often. So make sure you turn on ALL your NIPR and SIPR computers regularly, even the ones you think nobody uses, so your computer will work correctly and stay current on its security posture. Wow, Gert, thanks! I guess Id better go tell all the other conchs! I have to go, the nearest conch I need to tell is three feet away so it will take me a day to get there! Hey, by the way, Gert... how are you talking underwater anyway? Uh, dont ask Anyway folks, just remember follow J6s guidance to make sure your computers are powered on when they need critical updates. Well, Im swimming back to the beach to eat a dead crab now toodles! Cyber criminals want your information! Dont give it to them! Make sure you safeguard your passwords. Dont use the same passwords or login names for multiple websites. Dont use obvious passwords like names of pets or children. Do not use birthdays or social security numbers as passwords either. Make unique and strong passwords for all your online accounts. Dont make it easy for cyber criminals to access your accounts or personal information! Use OPSEC! PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! CYBER-SECURITY MIND, BODY & SPIRIT THE WIRE | PAGE 17 T his is it! I said to myself. Im tired of being a skinny little girly-man. Im going to become the strong guy that Ive always wanted to be! Notice I said skinny, not weak. I couldnt say I was weak. I had enough muscular strength and endurance to accomplish my and while I didnt have a stellar PT score, I always passed my PT test. I even had unit PT entary lifestyle like so many Americans back home. That wasnt enough for me, though, and it shouldnt be enough for you either. I wanted to reinvent my body image, and I was bound and determined that I wouldnt stop until I had the body I wanted. So I started to work for it in my spare time. I tend to dislike working out in the gym since it looks like everyone there is smug gling cantaloupes in their arms and I feel like theyre laughing at me behind my back, so I try to do as much as I can in my room. In my room, I can watch whatever I want on TV and actually hear it, and Im safely away from the prying eyes of the gorilla/human hybrids who spend their evenings in the gym grunting and comparing the size of their arm-cantaloupes, or whatever it is they do in there. the NEX, including some rotating pushup stands, a pull-up bar for my doorframe, a jump rope, a yoga mat (for sit-ups), and a shake-weight. (Hey, it came with the pull-up bar and the pushup stands.) Soon, I was on the road to the body I wanted. The road is really more of a mountain, with a mod erate slope leading up to a plateau. I began my pro by climbing the moderate slope. I pushed up with all of my strength; I pulled up with all of my heart, I jumped rope with all of my spirit, I sat up with all of my core, and I (rather sheepishly) shook a weight while I watched TV. When I was done, I would take a supplement containing branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) to help growth of more muscle mass. Soon, a transformation was evident. I looked better, I felt better, I slept better, and I had more energy. Things were going great! It hadnt been easy to reach this point, but it hadnt been that hard, either. If this was all it took, I thought, Ill be there in no time. That was how I felt, but intellectually, I knew that wasnt the case, and soon enough, I reached the plateau. Suddenly, what had worked so well for me recently didnt work anymore. Sure, it was doing something and any physical activity that doesnt result in injury is ultimately good for you, but I wasnt getting the rapid (and sexy) results to which I had grown accustomed anymore. Something needed to change. The marketers of the P90X program would say that I needed muscle confusion, but thats just marketing. Its true that your muscles will adapt to the workout youve been giving them, but the way to break them out of their comfortable state of affairs isnt to confuse them. Theyre muscles! They dont get bored with your workout and seek something to shake up their routine. simpler than that. You just increase your rep etitions, or, if youre weightlifting, you lift more weight. Thats all there is to it! Its not By Army Pvt. Loren Cook Climbing past the plateau Mind, Body & Spirit Only at GTMO by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Keith Simmons See BODY Page 19 Noted cantaloupe-smuggler and future governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger had to break through the plateau. Why cant I?
rocket science! If you were about to pay BODY from page 17 MOVIE REVIEW THE WIRE | PAGE 18 I Movie Review By Army 1st Lt. Amelia Thatcher TED PG-13 135 min. BULLETIN BOARD THE WIRE | PAGE 19 GTMO Religious Services NAVSTA Main Chapel Daily Catholic Mass Tues.-Fri. 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass Saturday 5 p.m. Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Spanish-language Mass Sunday 4:35 p.m. General Protestant Sunday 11 a.m. Gospel Service Sunday 1 p.m. Christian Fellowship Sunday 6 p.m. Chapel Annexes Protestant Communion Sunday 9:30 a.m. Room B Pentecostal Gospel Sunday 8 a.m. & 5 p.m. Room D LDS Service Sunday 10 a.m. Room A Islamic Service Friday 1 p.m. Room C Protestant Worship Sunday 9 a.m. Bible Study Wednesday 6 p.m. JTF Trooper Chapel For other services, contact the NAVSTA For more information, contact the JTF Chaplains Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley FRI SAT SUN MON TUE WED THU 1 Call the movie hotline at 4880 or visit the MWR Facebook page for more information. 31 2 3 4 6 5 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (NEW) The Campaign Magic Mike (NEW) People Like Us (NEW) CLOSED CLOSED The Bourne Legacy The Amazing Spider-Man CLOSED The Expendables 2 CLOSED Brave CLOSED Total Recall Ted CLOSED CLOSED Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley Camp America :00 :20 :40 Gazebo :02 :22 :42 NEX Trailer :03 :23 :43 Camp Delta 2 :06 :26 :46 KB 373 :10 :30 :50 TK 4 :12 :32 :52 JAS :13 :33 :53 TK 3 :14 :34 :54 TK 2 :15 :35 :55 TK 1 :16 :36 :56 West Iguana :18 :38 :58 Windjammer / Gym :21 :41 :01 Gold Hill Galley :24 :44 :04 NEX :26 :46 :16 96 Man Camp :31 :51 :11 NEX :33 :53 :13 Gold Hill Galley :37 :57 :17 Windjammer / Gym :36 :56 :16 West Iguana :39 :59 :19 TK 1 :40 :00 :20 TK 2 :43 :03 :23 TK 3 :45 :05 :25 TK 4 :47 :07 :27 KB 373 :50 :10 :30 Camp Delta 1 :54 :14 :32 IOF :54 :14 :34 NEX Trailer :57 :17 :37 Gazebo :58 :18 :38 Camp America :00 :20 :40 Guantanamo Bay Bus Schedule All buses run on the hour, 7 days/week from 5 a.m. 1 a.m. SAFE RIDE 84781
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