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Volume 13, Issue 45 Friday, September 14, 2012
INDEXThe Wire September 14, 2012 Detainee death 9/11 coverage Scotland GTMO the Brave LTs pico recipe revealed Cleaning up the beach Movie Review: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 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 1,200.7 8 12 14 15 18 NEWS FROM THE BAY Brig. Gen. James LettkoDeputy Commander, JTF Guantanamo 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.html Joint Task Force Guantanamo Safe Humane Legal Transparent Cover: the Twin Towers, destroyed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Joint Task Force Guantanamo and U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay commemorated the anniversary with a memorial service at the Main Chapel. photo courtesy of Ryan BurkeWhere were you on Sept. 11, 2001? COMMAND on page 3 Ccommand orner This week we observe an anniversary that has changed each of our lives, those of our family and friends, and that of the entire country. The event that triggers the anniversary was not planned or conducted by us. This event ended a seemingly blissful period in American history and touched every American in many different ways. Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001? As the executive officer of the 42nd Infantry Divisions Engineer Brigade, I was participating in the J2 portion of the initial mission analysis brief in the beginning of a tion, the briefer spoke of how the enemy was by distracting us with support ing attacks on the homeland. As he spoke, one by one, the generals aides came into the room, whispered in their ear; both aide and general would leave. Soon it was just staff officers in the room. Finally, the J2 noncommissioned officer in charge explained Center and the Pentagon. The group of us remaining in the room initially thought that cise, but then we quickly found the closest TV and saw for ourselves. The exercise was immediately terminated, to be restarted some time in the future. As a native New Yorker serving in the New York Army National Guard, and used to responding to calls of assistance from our county and state civilian leadership, we anticipated an immediate call-up of Guardsmen. The problem was that most of the senior leadership was at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. at the same exercise I was at, and the Soldiers and Airmen and Ground Zero were in NY. With all commercial planes grounded, we called for commercial busses and extended the rental car contracts. I accompanied the 42nd Infantry Division Commanding General and several senior staff members, for our 16-hour-long ride back to NY. During the ride from the heartland to the east coast, we listened to the news and discussed revolved around our 1,200 New York Citybased Soldiers and Airmen that heard the call to duty and immediately assembled at their armories around the city for immediate response into Ground Zero. Later, we would response support that took several days for the civilian leadership and emergency response managers in NYC to sort out. The National Guard, like so many other response agencies and organizations, provided a host of Emergency Management as well as other NY state agencies supporting the response to the attacks. The level of support went from a high of several thousand Soldiers and Airmen on duty to a battalion-size force providing security to NYCs bridges, tunnels and airports. To this day, 11 years later, the New York and New Jersey National Guards have Soldiers and Airmen on duty, armed every day, supporting our interagency partners in NYCs John F. Kennedy Jr. and LaGuardia airports. Who would have thought that the seemingly individual attacks against us in the 20 years prior to that day would culminate in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001? For the past 11 years, those of us in uniform alongside our civilian law enforcement and intelligence partners have made it our business to 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 mosquito 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 trapping 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. Mosquitoes can leave more than itchiness. They are also vectors for West Nile virus. 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. The next test is Sept. 25 from 6-8 p.m. October tests are scheduled for Oct. 13 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Oct. 23 from 6-8 p.m. For more information, call 75555. Swim FanDo you think you have what it takes to swim competitively? Does your adrenaline get pumping at the thought of winning? Well, get ready, because there is an adult 100-yard swim competition at the Marine Hill Pool tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register at Denich Gym by today if you want the opportunity to be someone great, someone so destined for glory that youre touch the wall. First 45 to register receive a free T-shirt! Outdoor Recreation at the Marina There is also a guided bike trip Sept. 23 at 8 a.m. Register by 3 p.m. Sept. 21. On Sep. 30, MWR will host the MWR/NEX Customer Appreciation Fishing Derby from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration is free, but act fast and register before Sept. 26! Prizes will be awarded for the longest male and female snook, barracuda, and shark. For more information, call the Marina at 2345. Who wants to airbrush?Learn how to paint with airbrush techniques at the ceramics shop! No registration necessary. Class fee is $20 apiece. Price includes instruction, paint and one piece of pottery. Class times are as follows: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m. For more information, call 74795.Mongolian Night is so tasty, it got moved up temporarilyIn support of MWR/NEX Customer Appreciation Week, the Bayview Club will closed on Sept. 27. Mongolian Night will instead be served on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6-9 p.m. For more information, call 75604. combat terrorism. We at Joint Task Force Guantanamo have a special and important role in combating terrorism by conducting our day-to-day mission in a professional and competent manner. Whether you are involved in detention operations, intel ligence collection or support to military commissions, be assured that your role in our mission is critical and we count on you to perform at your best every day. We didnt pick the circumstances under which we work, but we did pick our profession. It mission which enables JTF Guantanamo to continue performing in a professional manner every day.Rock the VoteThe Military Postal Service Agency provides free expedited ballot delivery and ballot your absentee ballot. at 2156. COMMAND from page 2 Welcome, 138th PAD! The Joint Task Force Guantanamo Public Affairs office recently hailed the arrival of the 138th Public Affairs Detachment, New York National Guard. For those of us representing the 444th MPAD, New Jersey National Guard, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your Command Information team. Thus concludes Volume 13 of The Wire. Platypus 6, out!
TROOPER T O TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 4 COMMAND INFORMA TION THE WIRE | PAGE 5 PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! I was getting ready for class at college. Before I left, I saw it on the news.Spc. Heida Diaz Where were you on 9/11?Boots on the Ground I was a sophomore in high school going to math class. Everyone was devastated with what happened.Equipment Operator 2nd Class Adam Feeny The principal came over the loud speaker and gave us the news. That day is the reason I joined the Army.Spc. Christopher HudsonI was in eighth grade, at second period English class.1st Lt. William Burruss Every day, as I drive to work, my morning starts with the phrase Honor Bound, followed by the value of the week. The first thing that came to my mind on a recent morning was that this is election year. Thousands of servicemen and servicewomen serve our great nation with honor. In some form or another, we are bound by a code. A code that was given to us by our ancestors: from the fathers of our country, to those that gave their lives in pursue of our freedom. This is the legacy that is embedded in our traditions and our way of life. Written in our constitution are these words: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. We as servicemen and servicewomen are the People, and we serve the People of the I will vote because I want to see the sun shining every day for my children and my loved ones. Because I want to continue living in a country where we are all equals and living in peace. It is the way I can express my deepest thoughts; protect our culture, traditions and the right of being free. I will vote because I am proud to be an American and because I am bound with honor by those who gave their lives for me. Generation after generation, our profession of arms maintain the highest values of tradition, honor and duty. My message to you is to remember that the right to vote was given and guaranteed to you and me by those that, like us, proudly served our country. If you havent registered to vote, do it now. It is your right. It is your choice. Please vote. By Sgt. 1st Class Jerome GrantMaster Sgt. Luis Olmo-JimenezCamp VI NCOIC Honor Bound to VoteTrooper to Trooper Temperatures were almost as high as the motivation level of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay residents who recently began assisting local Boy Scout Forrest Welsh with the construction of a new monument commemorating the 1898 Battle for Cuzco Wells. The monument construction is the Eagle Scout project for Welsh, son of Navy Capt. Thomas Welsh, the Staff Judge Advocate for Joint Task Force Guantanamo. The idea for the new monument was born as the younger Welsh, looking for an Eagle Scout project, learned that an existing monument to mark the historic battle had not only been constructed on the wrong ridgeline but also had the wrong date. The proper placement of the monu ment is very important, explained Welsh. Two Marines demonstrated exceptional courage and answered the call of duty. It is only right that we honor Sgt. Quick and Pvt. Fitzgerald by building a monument on the correct hill. One on which they were willing to die if necessary, in order to save the lives of their fellow Marines. After a six-mile trek over treacherous terain in a hot tropical environment where heat casualties were mounting, Quick and Fitzgerald stood silhouetted against the sky, given by the USS Dolphin (PG-24). The new obelisk monument, made from rebar-reinforced poured concrete, stands eight feet tall from base to tip and arguably helped prevent the disbanding of the Marine Corps, and instead helped double its size. Just as the taking of Cuzco Wells was no easy task, neither has the construction of the monument. More than 25 volunteers, including Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Marines, and members from all branches of service, have participated in the completion of the project. The construction work ranged from digging a two-foot-deep, four-by-four foot hole in very rocky terrain, to hauling the framing materials and over 500 pounds of cement in plastic buckets up steep, rocky inclines over a distance of about 200 yards. On the side of that huge hill, there are no paths, explained Marine Sgt. Rose Coleman, Joint Task Force Guantanamo medical linguist noncommissioned officer in charge. Everyone had to carry all because the cement truck couldnt climb the road, and the Bobcat with a bucket could only make it up the road to the entry point where we started the climb. Welsh handled all the coordination for the project as part of his Eagle project, including soliciting the donation of materials necessary from local contractors, Burns and Roe (BRDC) and Lakeshore TolTest. When we heard about the plans for the new monument we were inspired, said Mark Howard, Lakeshore TolTest supervisor. We felt it important to not only help Forrest in attaining his goal but to also have Lakeshore TolTest contribute to endeavors that honor the history of Guantanamo Bay by providing all materials and guidance on erecting the monument. This project had a two-fold impact, explained Marine Sgt. Maj. Scott Smith, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Senior Enlisted Leader. First, it was an opportunity to help out a family member of the JTF team in accomplishing his mission of get ting his Eagle Scout. Second, as a Marine, being able to experience the hallowed ground of our beloved Marine Corps history it would be like a Soldier being able to help erect a monument at Normandy. Most of us understand that if someone were to have our name and social security number that we would be susceptible to identity theft. What most people dont know is that people finder websites have made it easy to obtain public information like addresses, phone numbers, names of relatives, etc Before the internet, much research had to be done to gather this information. Now all this information is at the touch of a keyboard. So protect your personal information from people who dont need to know. Use OPSEC to protect your PII.Monumental move on GTMO
FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 6 Increase your net worth with a Thrift Savings PlanBy Spc. Vanessa Davila MIAMI Joint Task Force Guantanamo released the identity of the detainee who died on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. The detainee detained consistent with the law of war. The cause of death. Autopsy results and cause of death determinations take time, and there As a matter of Department of Defense incident to determine the cause and manThe remains of the deceased detainee are a Muslim military chaplain, the Joint Task Joint Task Force Guantanamo continues parent care and custody of detainees. This Guantanamo. News Release U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs COMMAND INFORMATION THE WIRE | PAGE 7 JTF releases name of deceased detaineeWASHINGTON No Easy Day, the Monday. On Sept. 7, the Army & Air Force announced a similar decision. wrote in an email Monday. which detailed the raid that killed Osama We consider the determinations and By Chris Carroll Stars and StripesNavy Exchange, AAFES wont sell bin Laden raid memoirWASHINGTON Military personnel who the promises they made to the United States, tion. This is why the president spoke to the American people when that operation hap made to this country. story, he said. Amaani Lyle contributed to this report. By Claudette Roulo American Forces Press ServicePanetta: SEAL author broke promise to country Honor BoundI retirement without a plan as to how theyre open my eyes, and also a little sound I made an appointment with schooled me on much more than that: he Your Net Worth net worth. Thrift Savings Plan for Service Members Those that a way their new retirement plan, the money they ment also allow participants to transfer their Traditional TSP versus Roth TSP account. unearned income income that Its an Investment which means you can lose money if one of your chosen funds doesnt perform. or 4050.
GTMO unites, remembers 9/11 At 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, dramatically changing our lives, nation, and world. The terrorist attacks which followed on the South Tower, the Pentagon, and United Flight 93 proved to the world that the United States of America was under attack. The buildings that dominated Manhattans skyline collapsed that day, and in the destruction, thousands of American lives were lost. For many it was a complete shock and a time of terror and fear. For many others it was a call to action. It was a call to defend the freedoms that were compromised when ter rorists attacked the nation. That day, many made the decision to raise their hand, don the uniform, and swear an oath to protect this nation. Service members, their families, and the Guantanamo Bay community gathered together on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Main Chapel for a service I remember living in Brooklyn, N.Y., climbing to the rooftop of my apartment building and looking across the water to the end of Manhattan, where two buildings the tallest buildings in the world were reaching for the sky, said Rear Adm. John Smith, Joint Task Force Guantanamo commander, during his remembrance speech. The national anthem resonated throughout the chapel as the audience stood at has fought for, the outstanding obstacles it has overcome, and the way we prevail ers hoisting the flag above the rubble at united the nation. of this world have in common is having a story of where they were early that Tuesday morning in September. Troopers united at the GTMO remembrance and shared their stories of where they were that fateful day. Anthropology Class I was in my freshmen anthropology class, said Air Force Staff Sgt. Mandi Tedeschi, water and fuels maintenance with the Base Emergency Engineer Force (Prime BEEF). Tedeschi joined the military in 2005, focused on furthering her education. She remembers on 9/11 being in the classroom at the University of Wisconsin. Her professor entered the classroom and said something shell never forget. All of a sudden the teacher (for anthro pology, which studies bones) out of nowhere said, So today they are going to need a lot of anthropologists to identify teeth. Tedeschis class ended and she walked into the corridor where TVs were show ing the news. She left for the day and went to her parents home where she lived and watched the news with her family. Nobody really wanted to say anything; we just stared at the TV for hours, she said. those close to her who were affected. Its tough, mainly because now Im mar him, she said. I thought it was a movie I remember I was in Manhattan with my nephew, because I was visiting my sis ter in New Jersey, said Army Sgt. Jose Puerto Rico National Guard. I took a taxi to see the World Trade Center. I never went up because they were so big; I was afraid to go. Maldonado was in New York City four days before 9/11. He traveled back to Puerto Rico after visiting with his family. He woke up on the morning of 9/11 and turned on the TV. ting hit, he said. I thought it was a movie. Every channel was showing the same pic ture, and after five channels, something in my head clicked like, dude thats not a movie, something is going on. Just a few minutes later Maldonado watched the second plane crash into the tower on live TV. This means World War III, he said after seeing the live images. Brand new Airman I was a brand new Airman at my very first base, said Tech. Sgt. Korrine Kargl, aerospace medical services with the Joint Medical Group. Id been there for 30 days. She joined the military in 2001 to see the world and has been to Korea, Germany, Croatia, Pakistan, all over Europe, and now GTMO. Sept. 11, 2001, only 30 days before she swore the oath to defend the United States of America, Kargl was giving two young cadets their physicals. They wanted to fly F-16s one day, and she was testing their vision. She brought one of the cadets to the waiting room and remembers the television was on. I saw smoke coming from a really tall building, she said. I didnt know where, and I didnt know why. Everyone gathered in the waiting room and watched. One of the cadets looked to her and said, I have family who work there. She sat down next to him and held his hand; united together during the morning Americans will never forget. Smith spoke of Americas unity during his speech and remembered when President George W. Bush delivered a strong message to the people in America and across the world. I can hear you, said Bush, standing at Ground Zero, speaking through a megarest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon. Some of those responsible have heard directly from the military, and the Troopers of GTMO are charged with the mission of ing the 9/11 attacks. If you dont think your work is valuable, it is, said Capt. John Nettleton, U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay commander, dur ing his remembrance speech. It means an awful lot to an awful lot of families. The last 11 years have brought many changes for the United States and the world. The war in Iraq was fought and ended. Osama Bin Laden was killed. The new World Trade Center complex is under construction and its completion is scheduled for 2013. Now the nation is at a divide with the upcoming election, but on this day politics hold no weight. This day of remembrance is more powerful than our differences, and it unites people as they gather together to honor the fallen. Yes my skyline has changed but not my faith in humanity nor my faith as an American, said Smith in his closing remarks. When I return to New York and look again at the skyline, Ill be remembering those who Arlington, and Somerset County, Pa.By Army Sgt. Ryan Hallock We remember the extraordinary heroism we saw again and again on that day. Rear Adm. John Smith, Commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 8 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FEATURE Naval Station Guantanamo Bay main chapel. Honoring the eleventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 200l terrorist attacks, Rear Adm. John
Remembering Remembering FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 11 THE WIRE | PAGE 10 FEATURE Part of my duties with the 444th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment was to document what occurred on Sept. 11, 2001 in the area known at that time as Ground Zero. As someone who had lived within the shadow of the World Trade Center throughout the 1990s, this was a particularly poignant mission I was about to undertake. At that time I had been living in Jersey City, NJ, right across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan. I moved to Jersey City in part because of the striking view of the Twin Towers and the other buildings of the World Financial Center, which stood as golden gods in the light of a beautiful sunset; testimony of Americas dominance of the world economy. Liberty State Park, which lies at the foot of Jersey City along the Hudson River, offered spectacular views as well, and in those beautiful summer weeks prior to Sept. 11 I had taken to jogging along the two-mile promenade which stretches from the old NJ Railroad Terminal in the north to the World War II statue directly across from the Statue of Liberty in the south, in preparation for the upcoming Army Physical Fitness Test in October. On weekends I would ride my bike along the same route and then stop to sit on a park bench across the river from the WTC to admire the skyline. Sometimes, if you squinted really hard, you could even see the tourists atop the South Tower. descent into Ground Zero in the company of two New Jersey State Trooper sergeants and a number of chaplains from the New Jersey National Guard and Naval Militia. The chaplains were there to minister to Guardsmen who had been toiling away on the pile since Sept. 13; I was there to doc ument it. It had been over a week since the Twin Towers had collapsed, and only 5 percent of the rubble had already been carted away, and to me the devastation was over whelming. It seems a trite phrase, but it is also an obviously self-evident one: words cannot describe the images you see when you are actually there. As I entered the perimeter that had been closed to all but rescue workers and construction person nel, I immediately focused on the towers skeletons. Jagged shards of what was once the chrome-colored exterior walls jutted up over 100 feet into the air. Im sure you have seen those images on television, but without the ability to compare them to people and objects like the huge cranes that were still dwarfed by the debris, it is hard to tell how massive the devastation really was. It covthe APFT at Fort Dix, NJ. As we gingerly picked our way through the ruins, it occurred to me after 30 minutes that the debris-covered area that I was standing on was once a busy street West Street, which divides the World Trade Center from the World Financial Center. I mobile completely crushed and split open like a sardine can. The odor emanating from under the ruined car told me that there was still one more soul who would eventually be added to the death toll. A week earlier that person might have been walking up West Street on the way to a meeting, a route I had used many times on my way from the World Trade Center subway station as I commuted to downtown Manhattan where I worked on the National Guard Counter Drug Enforcement Team. I wondered if I had ever passed that person as I hurriedly made my way to work. The twin towers were not the only casualties: other buildings completely destroyed included the Marriott Hotel; 4, 5, and 7 World Trade Center; and other smaller buildings. Some of them were still standing, but were completely gutted and burned. As I come to work every morning here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo and see all the Gators and Mules in the parking lot, they always remind me of a time I was taking a break at Ground Zero. I was resting against a Gator, only to be quietly asked to step aside so that a recovery worker could place a body bag on the back of the vehicle. because the body bag contained remains, but not a full body. Every once in a while, all activity would from the pile, which held the body of a life while trying to save others. We would all stop and salute as the body was carried to another gator for transport to the temporary morgue, which consisted of three refrigerated trailers that were parked just up the street. Those three trailers probably wouldnt have held the almost 3,000 victims from 9/11, but they were adequate to the as the towers fell. As we made our way down debris-strewn streets, it was hard to believe what you were seeing. Over four blocks from Ground debris. The door was caved in and windows were broken, but the contents inside were and vinegar stood silently on the shelves, still covered by a thick concrete ash silent testi mony of what had occurred over one week earlier and eerily reminding me of my tour of the ruins of Pompeii years earlier. As we walked along I absently tugged at the identity card that I had been issued Zero. I still carry that ID card today, next to my common access card. Whether here at GTMO or especially when I was in Iraq, I would occasionally look at the card to remind me of why I was there. Back at Ground Zero, everywhere you looked American flags of all shapes and from buildings and light poles. Some were ing on Sept. 11; you could see the rips and debris from the collapsing buildings. They reminded me of the flag which flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. One day the flag from the World Trade Center may reside there as well; another symbol of another kind of war. One that Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Robert Stephenson Words cannot describe the images you see when you are actually there. Every once in a while, all activity would stop and a emerge from the pile, which held the body of a who had lost his life while trying to save others. National Guardsmen from New York and New Jersey descended on ground zero within hours of the catastrophe, working together in support of emergency service workers. Paper masks, seen here, were later replaced with industrial respirators as the air quality was judged to be worse than initially thought. Sgt. 1st Class Robert Stephenson, right, stands alongside 1st Lt. Carmen Lugo-Martinez of the 250th Signal Battalion, New Jersey National Guard. Guardsmen from throughout the tri-state area responded to the disaster for weeks following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Sta Sgt. TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 12 Well, first of all, Im not going to go into a long drawn out introduction to try and build suspense for the actual topic or take you on a winding road of metaphors and similes in order to give the subject more girth or substance. Rather than do all that, Im going to sailor dive right in. Yes, thats right: hands behind the back, head first, right into the life of Joint Task Force Class Andrew Burns. So, without fur ther ado, Im shining the spotlight on a guy who should have one on him more often. Burns is a construction mechanic assigned to the Seabee unit here. Pretty much, when things malfunction on Anything from light plants to gators, things, or being a wrench turner as Burns puts it, isnt anything new. He served during his active duty days as a gas turbine system technician (GS) on multiple ships including the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) out of Yokosuka, Japan. According to Burns, the jump from GS to CM has not been too drastic and he does some of the same things he did at sea. This deployment to Guantanamo Bay is just a piece of what Burns does though, because when hes not serving his country, he in Boston. Best job in the world, Burns said He enjoys his civilian job so much that he tells anyone who gets off of active duty that He is perhaps so passionate about his job because he loves what it entails. He loves to the opportunity to serve his community in a very big way. Whenever something goes wrong, people call you, Burns said. I 100 percent love to help people. Serving the country, check; Serving the veteran from Boston could put on a resume. Being in the Navy Reserve is awesome; I get the best of both worlds, Burns said in reference to the hats that he wears for his occupation. Supporting Americas mission, while also helping those around him, is what Burns says he enjoys the most. Burns story doesnt end there though. He still has talents beyond his everyday work. or making sure a vehicle is working properly here on island; or when hes not waiting diligently for that phone call or alarm to sound indicating its time to go save lives back at somewhere, getting ready to work on his craft of playing the bagpipes. (Records scratching, crickets chirping and whatever other phrases that you want to use to describe the thought of someone playing the bagpipes in their free time who doesnt also wear a kilt.) The bagpipes are a class of musical instruments using enclosed reeds fed from a constant reservoir of air in the form of a bag. Though the Scottish Great Highland Bagpipe and Irish uilleann pipes have the greatest international visibility, bagpipes have been played for centuries throughout large parts of Europe, the Caucasus, around the Persian Gulf, and in Northern Africa. Burns has been playing the bagpipes for four and half years. He got started playing Boston. While the department was trying to band, Burns volunteered to help out as best he could, and here we are. Burns said he just kept practicing in order to get up to pace with the rest of the musicians, falling in love with the instrument immediately. Since being a part of the band Burns has had a great time. He has performed in many ceremonies, ranging from funer I volunteered because I just wanted to help. I didnt know it would become a thing, said Burns. If youre ever cruising around Seaside Galley around lunch time and hear the classical sounds of Amazing Grace bellowing out of a bagpipe, then chances are youre listening to Burns practicing. He is constantly try ing to stay on his game and improve his skills while being away from his band while on deployment. In addition to playing the bag pipes to help pass the time at GTMO, Burns constant urge to help others has sparked a new interest. He is cur rently trying to formulate a group of people to help raise money for people who suffer from muscular dystrophy. There are over 40 different types of muscle related diseases. Burns has to decided to head up this project and wants everyone to tions of when and where fundraisers will be held. Also Burns is searching for anyone willing to help out. Some of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to a summer camp that provides services so that kids with muscular diseases can enjoy the same summer camp have. Even though Burns is far from home, he has not let that stop him from doing what he enjoys. Perhaps Burns can be an inspiration aspect of their lives. TrooperFocus Story and photos by Mass Communication Spc. Brian Jeffries
Barely two hours after the sun rose on Guantanamo Bay, service members around the island congregated on Cable Beach to attack the litter. On a Sunday morning, when many of GTMOs residents were probably sleeping in and recovering from a late Saturday night, dozens of service members showed up to participate in the first ever beach brigade. With trash bags, gloves, and neat contraptions to help them pick up trash, volunteers braved the heat, with some eventually abandoning the neat contraptions in favor of their hands. The beaches are a big part of the community here, said Army Capt. Thomasina Scudere, one of the volunteers. We want to make sure everyones safe and can enjoy them when they have free time. With the Naval Station taking up a mere 45 square miles of land and water, there isnt a whole lot to do around the small island. What there is to do often revolves around the water and GTMOs beaches. I use the beach a lot, so I figured Id just give back and try to clean up as much as possible, because I do see a lot of garbage when Im here using it, said Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Ross. For some volunteers, being awake and on the beach early on a Sunday morning wasnt much of a stretch. I love doing this. I do it on my off time too, you know come over to the beach in the mornings, said Sgt. 1st Class Monica Salamiiyile. So when they brought up the idea of cleaning it up, I said yeah, lets go for it. The cleanup was organized by Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) as part of the Liberty program. Liberty is the single, unaccompanied, active duty enlisted program. Its the E-1 through E-6 program, said Stephen Prestesater, MWR community activities director. Anyone who is on this base that is here unaccompanied, they are all more than welcome to come participate in the Liberty program. treated them to a cookout as a thank you for their hard work. Check with MWR for a list of additional Liberty events happening throughout the month. Prestesater said there are many more beach brigades to come. FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 14 THE WIRE | PAGE 15 FEATURE Story and photos by Spc. Vanessa Davila CABLE BEACHCLEANUP LTs GTMO Kitchen It dont GTMO better than delicious noms! If you are so blessed as to have a kitchen or know someone who will let you borrow theirs, it doesnt hurt to take a night off from the galley and detox with some creative home cookery. Of course, be safe and keep an eye on the oven, dont put forks in the microwave, and know the proper cooking time and temperature for meats and poultry products. Cooking can be a creative outlet and de-stressor, will make you indispensible for unit events (wait a sec), and more attractive to people everywhere (yeah!). Please every party! Appetizers are the way to go. Try one or both of these favorites (some people mix them together) at your next gathering. Canned ingredients are listed for convenience and ease of portioning; fresh ingre dients may be substituted in equal amounts. Stay tasty, GTMO!By Army 1st Lt. Amelia Thatcher Two 8-oz packages cream cheese (switch one or both with Neufchatel cheese, if lower fat delicious deliciousness is the goal) Half a cup ranch dressing One 8-oz package blue cheese crumbles 8 oz. buffalo wing sauce, or to taste About 20 oz. canned chicken Prep time: 25 minutes Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the ingredients together in oven-safe dish, cut ting the cream cheese into pieces to melt. Heat for five-ten minutes or until cream cheese can be stirred in. Add more buffalo sauce or more ranch until it reaches that perfect shade of pinky-orange semiliquid awesome. Stir again and heat for 5-10 more minutes until bubbly-hot. Buffalo Chicken Dip Three cans Rotel brand diced tomatoes, partly drained One medium-to-large onion (depending on how oniony you like your pico) One medium-to-large jalapeno (depending on how face-meltingly hot you like your pico) Cilantro, salt, vinegar, and lime juice to taste Prep time: 15 minutes (I hate picking the dog gone cilantro leaves, but I hate eating the stems even more. If you dont mind stems, feel free to chop them instead and cut your prep time in half.) chopped onion and jalapeno. Add about a teaspoon of salt, a tablespoon of lime juice, and two tablespoons of vinegar. Mix well. Pick the leaves off about half a bunch of cilantro, mix well into the pico. Taste-test with scoopy chips and add more cilantro, salt, vinegar, or lime juice to taste. Chill in fridge for about an hour before serving. Pico de Gallo
BETWEEN WAR AND WORKBy Army Sgt. Dani White MIND, BODY & SPIRIT THE WIRE | PAGE 17 By Navy Lt. Jeremy Selitto Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion Chaplain Mind, Body & SpiritOnly at GTMO by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brett Custer Early one fall Saturday I drove out to the venerable Peaks of Otter in Bedford, Va. It was dark, and I wanted to scurry up the 4,000 foot mountain to catch the sunrise. I made it in time for the sunrise but was treated to a sight I was not expecting. The valley below was shrouded in a thick fog which covered most of the mountain as well. As I sat on the rocky outcrop I watched as the fog began to move slowly and steadily. I never thought of fog moving in that manner. From above it appeared It would ebb down a bit and, to my sur to the valley. Eventually, it was gone. I did knew only that I saw something profoundly new. Love has some similarities to that mountain fog. According to www.weatherquestions.com, fog needs the right conditions if it is to appear. When the right conditions end, so does the fog. For love to appear, the right conditions are also needed: the right mix of personalities, timing, shared experiences, etc: and when the right conditions end, so goes love. Like that fog, it can could see the valley. However, then the fog of love ebbs away and we, for some reason, same about us. Then we deploy and the feelings diminish further. We feel less and less attracted to them. The right conditions for What often happens next is, instead of cultivating the right conditions that continue to attract our spouse to us and us to our spouse, we stop. We stop and only look it in another. Rather than forgive mistakes, overlook faults, and foster the growth in our spouse, we have increasing concern for our own happiness and desires. Somehow we fall out of love. Or do Tennov would say differently. She would say we fell into and out of infatuation. In her research she found that the in love or infatuation period lasts an average of 18 months before the fog lifts. Thus, what we often enjoy initially is infatuation and then worry when it diminishes. We think we are falling out of love. As a Christian, I have found in Jesus an example for cultivating the right conditions for love. In Him we see that love is not a feeling, although feelings can result from love. Love is an act of obedience. Love is a response to truth. Jesus showed love in that He gave His life for the object of His affections. He did not have warm fuzzy feelings about dying on the cross. In response to the mistakes and faults of the world, He offered forgiveness and the ultimate inconvenience: death. He was not happy to die, nor did He desire the experience. As a demonstration of His heartfelt commitment to the world, He gave all of Himself. A heartfelt commitment is not easy. If it were easy, the Scriptures would not have to command us to love our spouse. As a Christian, I show heartfelt commitment to my wife and create the right conditions for love when I am patient and not thinskinned, when I consider her feelings above my own, or when I make her a higher prior ity than my own happiness. I wish I always wanted to do those things and did them consistently. But I do not. However, just the tasks I should physical training, eating right, getting out of bed, and shaving on a day off I still do them. Obedience dictates my actions, not how I feel about them. SELF ASSESSMENT: Use these questions to evaluate the conditions of love in your relationship. 1. What have you done this week to communicate love to your spouse/loved one? 2. What words have you used/gifts have you given/actions have you taken this week to create the conditions to attract them to you? 3. If you are willing to take a bullet for them or run into a burning building for them, what lesser acts of inconvenience are you willing to take on for your spouse? 4. What mistakes need forgiveness or faults need overlooking?The fog of love FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 16 While working in the military, many of us may have worked with a fellow service member who made the work environment feel hostile and uninviting. It can become a slippery slope when either a couple of individuals or the whole group cannot work together. People rotate very quickly, so you might be with individuals that you have not been working with for very long, said Lara Tur, education ser vices facilitator for the Guantanamo Bay Family and Fleet Support Center. For other reasons people have been working together a very long time, and there might be some animosity there. For several months, the GTMO FFSC has been offer ing a class called Working main facility and to individual commands when requested. The hesitations that Tur has noticed from people that have attended the class come from the lack of trust in the group. Another issue is how we communicate. People react very quickly to things that are coming at them. Tur said. People get very defensive, and they want to protect so they react. Her biggest advice to people in a difficult situation at work is to think before you talk. Taking a moment to absorb the situation before we react to the situations when we are working with other individuals may give us an indication of what is really going on, Tur suggested. I know what I want at the end of the day, but I may not know or understand what the other individual wants at the end of the day. It is about helping people focus on the thought that everyone has the same goals, and helping them work together with those individuals to come to the same understanding. This is a voluntary class, so people might bring with them stuff they want to ask questions about, said Tur. Maybe things that they are seeing in their work environment; things that they are identifying with or an area that they just want to ask questions about. One of the topics covered during the class is different personalities you may deal with everyday. The class will also cover how to adjust to these different personalities to help create a peaceful work environment. This is not just for the military in general; it is for life in general. These skills can be applied in per sonal family situations; how you are working with people, said Tur. positive traits so when you have different communication styles, you can work together and achieve the same goal. Tur and the FFSC offer more classes to help individuals at GTMO deal with issues that they may have at work, with themselves or at home. These courses cover anything from working on marital problems to dealing with stress. Classes given at the JTF satelare based on a first come, first serve basis. People interested in coming to any of the GTMO FFSC Life Skill Classes are encouraged reserve their seats. The classes can be requested by individual command if they call the Life Skill Classes, advised Tur. So in the long run, avoid being doing anything in your power to avoid going to your work place. classes to improve your situation!
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Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. McDonalds 3797 Mon.-Th. 5 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri-Sat. 5 a.m.-2 a.m. Sun. 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Windjammer Cafe Mon.-Th. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. 5-10 p.m. Sun. 5-9 p.m. OKellys Irish Pub Mon.-Th. 5-9 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Sun. 5-9 p.m.GTMO Quick Reference Movie Review R 100 min.SEEKING A FRIEND F OR THE END OF THE WORLDIm an optimist when it comes right down to it. I cant help it. I believe that if the world were faced with certain death in 21 days, I would at first be confused. Confusion would give way to sadness, maybe then to despair, after which Id transition to anger. Following anger though: peace, tranquility, maybe even happiness. I believe that Id find my way through the darkness to embrace the end. Id do more, love more, and simply live more; assuming I can avoid the complete and utter chaos going on everywhere else. Faced with three weeks to live, my guess is society would pretty much shut down entirely. In Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, writer and director Lorene Scafaria asked me very politely to ask myself this question; what would you do if you and the rest of the world only had three weeks left to live? This movie had me at hello. Imagine that in the movie Armageddon, the attempt to blow up the asteroid on a collision course with Earth completely failed. Thats where Seeking a Friend for the End of the World opens; our protagonist, Dodge (Steve Carell, Crazy, Stupid, Love), sits in his car with his wife listening to the radio broadcast informing the world that the mission to save the planet from the asteroid Matilda failed. All seems lost. Then, after a quick glance at her husband, Dodges wife promptly gets out of the car and literally runs away. Faced with impending death, Dodge doesnt change his routine up too much. He continues to go to work as an insur ance salesman, fights the language barrier with his overly-optimistic and possibly nave housekeeper, and in general, watches as those around him devolve into the people theyve been all along. Amid the chaos and confusion, Dodge meets his neighbor Penny (Keira Knightley, Never Let Me Go), who is still kicking herself over not flying home to England before flights were grounded. She offers to help Dodge find his first love. He offers to take her to someone who might have access to a plane. The obligatory road trip wasnt one I was expecting. Just when I thought the movie was going to tread down all too familiar territory, it mixes it up all over again. The trip introduces the pair to an onslaught of strange and interesting char acters and off-kilter situations. What truly surprised me, however, was how much of an engaging, unannoying love story Dodge and Pennys journey ends up being. Carell reminded me why I love his movies. He plays the broken man in this dark comedy as if it were a true tragedy, with only the occasional, quick one-liner to bring it all back again. Knightley, in my opinion, steals the show. I felt as if she was truly allowed to explore the charac ter of Penny and bring a good portion of herself to the screen. The two share an onscreen chemistry that I never would have expected. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World started too slowly for me. I would have liked to have seen Penny and Dodges friendship and adventure start just a bit earlier. However, the story of how its never too late to live, love and forgive grew on me as the story progressed, and it got more than a few honest laughs out of me in the process. I saw the ending coming from a mile away, until that ending didnt come. After the credits rolled, I couldnt help asking myself, how did we got to this point? Ultimately it didnt matter; it was quite a ride getting there. MOVIE REVIEW THE WIRE | PAGE 18 By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kyle Steckler