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Volume 14, Issue 1 Friday, September 21, 2012
INDEXThe Wire September 21, 2012 Happy birthday, Air Force! Dont get your signals crossed POW/MIA: Never forgotten Trooper Focus Arrr! Walk the plank! Movie: The CampaignThe 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 15 18 NEWS FROM THE BAY Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr.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 Capt. Alvin Phillips: 3649 Senior Enlisted Leader Sgt. 1st Class Rick McNamara: 8141The WireSenior Editor Army Sgt. Ryan Hallock Layout Editor Army Pfc. Loren Cook Copy Editor Spc. Vanessa Davila Assistant Editor Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Jeffries Photojournalists Army Staff Sgt. Lewis Hilburn Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Hammond Army Sgt. Brett Perkins Army Sgt. Dani White Army Sgt. Jonathan Monfiletto Spc. Raechel Haynes Webmaster Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Keith SimmonsContact usEditors Desk: 3499 Commercial: 011-5399-3499 DSN: 660-3499 E-mail: email@example.com Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.html Joint Task Force Guantanamo Safe Humane Legal Transparent Cover: In order to get pinned, chief petty ocer selects go through a rite of passage called Induction. Its a process steeped in tradition; providing knowledge, and training to the selectees. Photo by Stacey J. Byington Sexual assault crimes strike at the health, welfare and dignity of our service members and undermine the readiness of our force. Ccommand orner In my last Wire article, I touched on the four words to describe our detention operation here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo: safe, humane, legal and transparent. I focused my remarks around the word transparent. In this issue I will discuss the word safe. Now those of you who are reading this issue are probably starting to say, the Admiral is using the same format as his last article and just changing his focus word. Truebut please read on! Our mission demands that we conduct safe evolutions even while facing numerous risk and threats due to the nature of our mission. However, lately we have been facing a threat from within; a threat that pre vents us from keeping our own service men and women safe. That threat is sexual assault! Last week, the Chief of Staff, Command Sergeant Major and I attended the Navys Sexual Assault Prevention and ResponseLeadership (SAPR-L) training. SAPR training is a critical ele ment of the Navys campaign to stop sexual assault and promote a culture of respect and professionalism in our force. This training is will then train all Sailors E-6 and below. It will be a critical tool in our tool box to help with the continuing effort to eliminate sexual assaults and promote positive change within programs that are targeting this crime within their ranks. Even though each service has its own completely eliminating this crime that has a disastrous effort on readiness and the safety of our personnel. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, along with all the service chiefs, has signed the Strategic Direction to the Joint Force on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. They all agree that Sexual assault crimes strike at the health, welfare and dignity of our service members and undermine the readiness of our force. As military professionals we must fully understand the destructive nature of these acts, lead our focused efforts to pre vent them, and promote positive command climates and environments that reinforce assault among service members is a problem we face together, one that can only be solved together. In doing so, we will keep faith with our military family; they should expect nothing less. And renew our commitment to the profession of arms; we should demand nothing less. I have had the opportunity to address many of you during the newcomers brief and others during my daily engagements. My message is always the same: our work is important, and I rely on each and every one of you to conduct our operations with integrity, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And in my message I also informed each and every one of you that I will not tolerate any form of sexual assault. Committing sexual assault is a crime that violates professional culture and core values, erodes readiness and team cohesion, and endangers our own. I need your assistance and commitment in ensuring that we eliminate sexual assaults. Remember the word safe is not just a part of our mission statement. It encompasses everything we do here in the JTF and our daily lives. 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? Think again! Put the keys down! Save your life, the lives of others, and your career. Call 84913/84781. Coming soon, JTF Com mand Morale Assess ment! The Inspector General wants to hear from YOU! IG will post morale assessment surveys on the sharepoint next week The Craft (not starring Neve Campbell)Want to learn something new during your time at GTMO? Why not pottery? MWR offers a basic pottery class Oct. 11 for $40, and an advanced class Oct. 25 for $50. Both classes are at 7 p.m. at the ceramics shop and include clay, tools, and instruction. No regis tration is necessary. After youve made something nice in pottery class, why not paint it? MWR has that covered too! Go to an airbrush class Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. or Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. and youll have the skills you need to paint your pottery or even airbrush a rad design on your GTMO spe cial! No registration is necessary, but the class costs $20 and includes instruction, paint, tools, and one piece of pottery to paint. For more information, call 74795.Fisticuffs!Come out to OKellys Irish Pub tomor Belfort for the light-heavyweight championship, followed by Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson squaring off in the World Flyweight Championship at UFC 152. For more information, call 75503. NEX/MWR Customer Appreciation WeekendNext weekend will be a massive celebration of epic proportions as the Naval Exchange teams up with Morale Welfare and Recreation to show their appreciation for the best customers in the world! The Kelly Bell Band will perform Thursday at the Tiki Bar from 8-10 p.m. and Sept. 28 from 9-11 p.m. They will perform Sept. 29 at the Windjammer from 9-11 p.m. The band will also sign autographs Sept. 29 at the NEX from 1:30-2:30 p.m. New Balance will hold an athletic shoe clinic Sept. 28 and 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the NEX. A 5K race will be held at the NEX park ing lot Sept. 29, beginning at 7 a.m. Once the store opens at 9 a.m. the fun really starts, including door prizes, a Humvee pull competition, autograph sessions with celebrity chefs, good food, and prize drawings, includ $2000 NEX gift card. The band Sideswipe will perform at the NEX Atrium from 12-1 p.m., followed by an autograph session until 1:30 p.m. The band will perform again at the Windjammer later that evening from 7-8 p.m. ing derby from 7 a.m.-12 p.m at the Marina. Prizes will be awarded to the men and women who catch the largest snook, barracuda, and shark. Other attractions that day include a dance competition and multicultural perfor mance at the NEX Atrium and celebrity chef tastings at the Bayview. Eat like a Mongol (a little earlier this week)In support of MWR/NEX Customer Appreciation Week, the Bayview Club will be closed on Thursday. Mongolian Night will instead be held Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 6-9 p.m. For more information, call 75604. Humvee pull and more at the NEX Customer Appreciation Weekend!
TROOPER T O TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 4 A .50 caliber machine gun.Army Staff Sgt. Yamil Davila Whats your weapon of choice for the zombie apocalypse?Boots on the Ground My body. I would need to be able to get away and avoid being grabbed.Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Javier Martinez Spc. Jessica MejiaLt. Stephanie Long W phrase back in my day was thrown around quite often. In the past twelve years a lot tions has remained the same. Generation X populates the majority of the senior ranks and Generation Y is moving up behind them are still holding on at the most senior ranks. Generation or the Net Generation born in the 1990s. Generation X and Y. Each generation received as their generation began to move into positions of leadership. Previous generations balk at some of the decisions the new generations generational differences somehow answer why they make their decisions. I fall right on the tail end of Generation X I made it by a month but consider myself remember much about the Cold War other more of a Christmas gift I gave out one year fortunate enough to always have a computer in my house. I joined the military months before the rumors of barbecues for field problems the world fell apart. I remember one of my Drill Sergeants pulling us all together for a sort of pep talk and telling us in a very loud voice how our generation was going type of war. ing to go with this. Generation Z has fallen in on the wars There is no generation more capable of handling the technology that lines almost ideas and ways to conduct that same mission. Generation Z has grown up with the inter information a mouse click away. between the young troops I joined with and the ones we have now. We all pledged to serve our nation; the reasons why hardly matter. The mistakes my generation made growing into leaders are the same mistakes their generation is making. One junior leader may be having a hard time separating themselves See T2T on Page 5Sgt. st Class Rick mcnamaraPublic affairs Chief Generation AlphabetTrooper to Trooper A IR FORCES B IRTHDAY C HALLENGE This week the United States Air Force celebrated its 65th birthday. Instead 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering made the celebration more laid back. The afternoon gave the feeling of a family get together; eating barbeque ribs and burgers while sitting outside enjoying a Service members sat talking amongst themselves while an Airman pulled out his electric guitar and played classic rock tunes. The highlight of the birthday party was the two-lane obstacle course that the and balancing on wooden beams. The obstacle course culminated with participants diving into a shallow pool and low crawling through the warm water. the idea for the course came from wanting to show everyone serving at Guantanamo having just a big birthday cake with every do this obstacle course. I think it is the per fect thing for our Fit to Fight program. building the course using materials they found around Camp Justice. be challenging Spectators that came out to help the coworkers as they raced each other. sergeant major and Rear Adm. John W. the race. to remember where the Air Force came from. Though the Air Force birthday passed; expand the obstacle course. And they plan future races. This could mean a GTMO Fit to Fight obstacle course that shows just who is the best of the best. from their old friends that happened in the past. Another junior leader may be over compensating and bordering on toxic leadership that happened in the past too. What they do have that no other geneducated leaders. Those of us in the senior ranks are completing degrees as we ers earned it before joining. All we need to do is mentor them into the leaders of the future and give them the passion and surpass every expectation with the right motivation and often times surprise us as they do it. The next time you look around and street for the senior and junior leaders. rying about what is wrong with the other generations.By Army Sgt. Dani White T2T from Page 4 Lt. Col. Emanuel Cohan and Lt. Col. Elmer Norvell Staff Sgt. Adrian Baker FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 5 Tech. Sgt. Juan Rackley Tech. Sgt. Yolanda Stoves 1st Lt. Will Sanford
FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 6 Naval Station Guantanamo Bay hosted a Sexual Awareness improvisational show aimed at sexual assault prevention. Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen alike, watched and par ticipated in Catharsis Productions Sex Signals, an interactive play that uses humor and audience participation to empower service members with knowledge they can use to help prevent sexual assault, and sexual harassment. The two-person show was shown three times at GTMO, so all service members split up the shifts evenly in order to leave manageable audiences, so attendees could participate. Sex Signals featured Kristen Pickering and John Mallory. The duo acted out various scenarios for the audience to include situations that Troopers may be familiar with, for example, off-duty overseas at a bar or a get-together in the barracks on base. Pickering and Mallory portrayed gender stereotypes, acted out social pressures, discussed unrealistic fantasies, and participated with the audience in discussion about each scenario. Army Sgt. 1st Class Tawana Young said she thought the show helped to clear up some confusion people have about situations that can lead to sexual assault because the Catharsis crew was in tune with the audience. Its just the way they interacted with the audience, Young said. They really knew how to engage the public and keep everyone involved. The overarching theme of the show was consent, not coercion, to help prevent sexual assault. In addition to that message, the show stressed bystander intervention when a situation looks as if it may take a turn for the worse. The audience participated in those scenarios by holding up stop signs during the skit when they felt the situation needed intervention. The final scenario of the show prompted the most discussion amongst the audiences an interview with a Sailor accused of rape. The scene, played as an interview between Pickering and the accused, a well-liked and professional Sailor. The scenario challenged the audience to rethink what is considered seductive or coercive behavior and to recognize what is truly rape. It also challenged the audience to reconsider the cultures that many times hold victims responsible for sexual assault. Using humor and improvisation to talk about a subject as serious as sexual assault may not seem like a typical day of training, which tends to involve lectures and slide shows, but Young responded positively to the production. It is a lot easier to explain something when everyone can see it first hand, Young said. I feel like espe cially the younger people paid more atten tion [to this type of training] than any train ing I ever had a slide show on. Young said. I thought the show was good and they put out a lot of good infor mation that was much needed. Master Chief Petty out about the awareness and prevention of sexual assault and prevention on several occasions. of the following powerful words; not in our Navy, live with honor, courage, and commit Sex SignalsThe real life funny sort of improv show about sex and stuff Story and Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Jeffries
Somewhere deep underwater and on FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 8 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FEATURE By Army Sgt. Ryan Hallock It is a once in a liftime opportunity to do something beyond the protecting of our nation to bring these service members home.JPAC strives to bring home POW/MIA MAVEA ISLAND, Vanuatu Dr. Denise To, left and Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jacob Wimer, right, excavate a World War II aircraft crash site on the Island of Mavea. THUA THIEN-HUE, Vietnam Tech. Sgt. James Rila, JPAC, excavates a rock with the help of a local worker, while searching for evidence of two Americans listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War.
FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 11 THE WIRE | PAGE 10 FEATURE A nchors A weighChiefs Mess Welcomes 11 More at GTMO With an audience of family, friends and shipmates, 11 new U.S. Navy chief petty officers from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay joined the Chiefs Mess during a chief petty officer pinning cer emony at the Windjammer Ballroom Friday, Sept 14. The ceremony began with chief selectees marching out singing Anchors Aweigh, followed by the NSGB Color Guard parading the colors and the national anthem performed by Senior Chief (retired) Marc Owins. selects go through a rite of passage called induction. Its a process steeped in tradition; providing knowledge, direction, heritage and training to the selectees. Its based on the Master Chief Petty first class petty officers selected to chief understand the importance of transition, the role of the chief, and why it is the pinnacle of an enlisted persons career. This process of induction is also what makes becoming a Navy E-7 different than any other branch, because chiefs and E-7s are two totally different things. The chiefs pinning ceremony is a special Navy tradition that dates back to 1893 when the chief petty officer pay-grade was created. The cere and responsibilities for the Navy. Without the chiefs knowledge, experience and superior leadership, there would be no land of the free and the home of the brave, said Commander John Dickens, while blessing the ceremony by giving the invocation. When the enemy is dead ahead and the gates of hell break open, the response is, was, and always will be, ask the chief, he added. During the ceremony, family members and other chiefs pinned on two gold-fouled anchors to each newly appointed chiefs uniform. I felt and still feel very proud, humBrandon Lalley. NSGB Command Master Chief Ross Cramer praised the NSGB CPO Mess for their leadership and efforts in preparing this years group of chiefs for their new responsibilities and challenges as senior enlisted leaders. He also paid tribute to the many projects and accomplishments that this group of selectees completed in the past six weeks. With a new leadership outlook, a new uniform, and a new way of doing business, the new chiefs received some sound advice from their fellow chiefs through a skit put on during the end of the ceremony. The skit shed light on everyone the new chiefs should be thanking for this wonderful opportunity to serve others. They also made it clear once again that not only is the chief in charge, but his or her actions must uphold the sacred trust required to be a member of this elite corps of leaders in the U.S. Navy. I learned a lot from this induction season, and had a lot of fun with it, Lalley said road to become a chief. I know I wouldnt even have made it this far without the love and support from my family throughout my career. As they acclimate to their new titles and become the face of deckplate leadership, the Chiefs Mess is ready to help them navichief. The fact of the matter is, the U.S. Navy there is NO WAY IN HELL it could oper ate without Chiefs, Tom Clancy, May 1994. Chief Electronics Technician Rolando Roblesnavarro has his gold fouled anchors pinned by his wife and children while he Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Hammond Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Hammond Chief selectees before getting capped start the ceremony off marching while singing Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. Chief Equipment Operator Kermit Tate salutes side boys as he gets rung aboard for the Photo by Stacey J. Byington By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Jeffries
TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Sta Sgt. TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 12 Spc. Heida Diaz You work your whole life to fulfill a dream. No matter how little or how big that dream is, its got to be a disappoint ment when you come to the point in your path where you chose to stop working for that dream, short of fulfilling it, because real life happens: children, mortgages, and a million other responsibilities. Some individu als spiral downward, unable to accept their circumstances. Others, like Spc. Heida Diaz, accept what the being in the sky has planned for their lives and keep living, with a smile. Diaz was graced by the powers that be with a voice worthy of song. She began to sing at her school and local church in Puerto Rico at the age of nine. She went on to sing for a college choir before she even entered college and eventually enrolled in the same university she sang for. She chose to major in music with the goal that she would become a music teacher. Music is a way of expression. I always thought that if you want to say something and you dont know how to say it, [music] is how you say it, said Diaz about her love affair with music. I have a friend whos always telling me the stage is your house. Despite her strong relationship with music, in 2004 Diaz decided she needed a break and stopped singing. That meant leaving the band she joined when she was 21. It was kind of exhausting, said Diaz about her career in music. The break turned into something per manent: life happened. Diazs intention was left to graduate but life happened. She didnt fret over her circumstances and simply continued to live her life, eventually joining the Puerto Rico National Guard when she was 27. I wanted to earn two Grammys at least before I retired, said Diaz. But I think it was not meant for me. Diaz said she wanted to try something new and better her opportunities. She had no idea joining the Army would also bring her back to the stage. Almost as soon as Diaz was done with Advanced Individual Training, the Puerto Rico National Guard band called and asked her to go on a Christmas tour to promote a Christmas recording they made. Diaz accepted and loved every minute of it. She hasnt done much with music since then, until she arrived here on Guantanamo Bay a few months ago. Diaz is part of a church choir that performs every week at the Sunday Gospel service. When it comes to church and I want to worship, thats actually the best way for me to do it, said Diaz. I really feel what Im doing. Cuba has been good to Diaz. Shes singing again and the similarities between the island of Cuba and her homeland of Puerto Rico sometimes quell the home sickness. And her favorite part of Puerto Rico. The warmth of my people, said Diaz. Shes never been away from home for a substantial amount of time except for Army Basic Training and AIT. Familia and home land are entwined like the coils of DNA. For me, family is the biggest thing, because were always together for everything. We grew up together. We ran in the same back yard every Sunday at my grandmothers house, said Diaz. Im blessed with a family that is not looking for each other.Photo and Story by Spc. Vanessa Davila TrooperFocus
When given the task of covering Talk Like a Pirate Day, I had no idea what sort of craziness this was all about. Was it some sort of childrens activity thought up by the library staff? How does one keep interest in talking like a pirate all day? Most importantly of course, how does one pick up the ladies whilst talking like a pirate? of the event. There, several important elements of Talk Like a Pirate Day were impressed upon me. 1) Talk Like a Pirate Day always takes place on the 19th of September. 2) The proper title is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which hints at worldwide acceptance and participation. 3) There is a website dedicated to this strange holiday: http://www.talklikeapirate.com. Loaded with this information, I set sail for the distant port of knowledge. It turns out that the history of International Talk Like a Pirate Day began fairly recently in the early 1990s as a tradition started between two friends. These two brave buccaneers, Mark Summers and John Baur, known also as Capn Slappy and Ol Chumbucket, pillaged and looted around the internet. It was here that they stumbled across the email address of author Dave Barry. Mr. Barry then brought the idea to the attention of the public in 2002. The rest of the tale is, of course, history. Today, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is celebrated across six of the seven continents, and on all seven of the seas. And yes, for those of you pirates out there looking for love, both his and her piratical pick-up lines are available on the website. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay celebrated International Talk Like a Pirate Day at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation library. The event had a less than stellar turn out. Of course all the things that this event may have been lacking notably grog, swashbuckling, and ready access to docks for the tying up of pirate ships were far overshadowed by the troubling thought that perhaps this holiest of pirate holidays had gone largely unnoticed. This troubling thought may have entered the minds of some of GTMOs most notorious pirates, but this of course didnt stop them from offering a slightly salty Arrrr to everyone who entered the library. Amy Black Anne Rackham Roumell, Patricia Jolly Mary Prudence Stewart observed this holiday on GTMO for the second straight year. The notorious pirate lasses had stowed their musketoons and cutlasses for one day and instead made landfall with a motley crew of unsavory jack-tars. The spirit was certainly alive, even if most of the bases residents had missed landfall. So maybe the having the event start during school/duty hours may have been less year, the event was near perfect. Especially since I was the only male pirate in attendance! And now me buckos, raise the anchor, trim the sheets, and hoist the main sail. Until next year, Ill be sailing for ports FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 15 Story and photos by Army Sgt. Brett Bloody McGarritty Perkins
FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 16 Puerto Rico may not be an official U.S. state, but that does not mean the Soldiers that hail from the U.S. territory feel any less patriotic or any less enthusiastic about serving their mother country. I love my job, and I love my uniform, said Army Sgt. Jose Maldonado, who is in his third deployment with the Puerto Rico Army National Guaard. I will always support the Constitution and the American people. Maldonado arrived at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on June 28 for his second tour of duty here after previously being deployed here for a year in December 2009. This time hes a supply sergeant with the he helped handle external security at Camp America as part of an artillery unit. He has a deployment to Afghanistan under his belt as well, a tour that lasted from 2006 to 2008 where he served with an artillery battery. The former active duty Soldier who has served for nine years and works as an Active Puerto Rico said he is not unique. He said his unit is a mix of new and older Soldiers with share his love of the United States, despite calling Puerto Rico home. They come here just because they love what they do, Maldonado said. He pointed to the significant role the Puerto Rico National Guard plays at GTMO and said he estimates a new Puerto Rico unit arrives to support the Joint Task Force mission about once every two rotations. They have been doing their job well, he said. Every time, they [U.S.] ask for the Puerto Rico National Guard. We have some really good Soldiers, professional Soldiers. While they may come from different countries and speak different languages, Maldonado said he and his fellow Soldiers have much in common with their American counterparts they are always ready and willing to do their part and follow their orders. Ill always support this mission and what my superiors say, he said. Ill always be supportive of my chain of command. For Maldonado and his fellow Soldiers, he said the cause for their loyalty is quite simple it is all about supporting a nation that has shown so much support for the people of Puerto Rico. We have a nation that backs us up always, Maldonado said. Were part of their American nation, and we need to support it. Whatever they ask of me Ill give. That does not mean that life and the mission is always easy for Maldonado, Puerto Rican Soldiers and their American counterparts. This place is crazy, Maldonado said. We come here to do a job, which we all do, but some things are crazy. tour at GTMO when a movie was playing at the Camp Bulkeley Lyceum he kept trying to see with no such luck. Finally, he got a free night in which he was able to make it to the theater. Part way through the movie the projector shut off and the movie ended prematurely. Maldonado said a guard came out and said a group of detainees, who were being housed at Camp Delta at the time, had complained that the movie was too loud and they could not sleep, so the movie had to be turned off. Those are the little things that get you, he said, noting that incidents such as that still do not dampen the pride he feels in serving both Puerto Rico and the United States. I know what were doing is important for America. Maldonado illustrated how his job as a supply sergeant here is important not just for the JTF mission but for the American people by pointing out that the equipment he takes care of was paid for by the American taxpayers. We need to keep track of those things, he said. While Maldonado and his fellow Puerto Rico National Guard members share a sense of American pride and patriotism, he said that is not a sentiment shared by all of the citizens of Puerto Rico. Some people, he said, question his commitment to the U.S. and willingness to serve in the U.S. military as a Puerto Rican citizen. Do you love being Puerto Rican? Do you love you your liberty? Im supporting your way of life, Maldonado said he tells his fellow Puerto Ricans who ask about his military service. I love the American way of life, even though we are Puerto Rican. ... I love the way we live.If your body is a temple then why do you eat Ho Hos? Im partial to Hostess Orange Cupcakes. If you are what you eat then why do you order three personal pan pizzas for your consumption every Sunday? Im more a fan of those cheese sticks dipped in an abundance of a viscous sauce called garlic butter, artificially sonal pan pizza. Why does Whole Foods charge an organic banana as opposed to a regular, all-American banana glistening with pesticides? Whole Foods markets are more popular than crack dens where I come from but I never buy organic bananas; Im all over the organic apples though. Balance. Thats the point. Stop it with the absolutes! Cupcakes and pizza and Ho Hos dont kill people. Those whose daily diets consist of fatty cakes for breakfast, burgers for lunch and pizza for dinner are the ones killing themselves. They havent found their balance. Go ahead, consume delicious things that wont shrink your waistline. Just eat more things that will. Find your balance. I say eating salad is like eating tree. I still eat a ton of tree (not with fattylicious dressing) so I can chow down on a double and a single cheeseburger every Saturday. Im a burger addict which just makes me a burger connoisseur in my humble opinion. If I could eat one every day, I would. But I cant! Not unless I want them to cut a hole in my wall big enough to evacuate my 500-pound carcass when I die. Before my chunky friend labeled my burger love an addiction, I was a slave to that drink called soda. Ive been on the wagon for years now, except once or twice a month I fall off and inhale a can or two. I like eating more than I like drinking, so I give over my allotted junk calories to pizza more often than Coke. Oh yeah, thanks Mayor Mike for making those New Yorkers buy more than one cup if they want to chug down more than 16 ounces of high fructose corn syrup. Balance! Sometimes others have to help you balance. My pre-Army days were full of excess, severely lacking any substantial balance. My Hispanic mother piled my plates high with starchy, white rice and whatever fried item was on her kitchens menu, all served with a beer mug full of that delicious concoction: soda. The city that never sleeps always has a joint its dwellers can frequent at all hours of I began to roam the city with my peeps when I grew tired of my moms menu in search of what the diverse city had to offer my belly. I found excess and gladly lathered myself in all the Shack burgers and Venezuelan arepas and pork cheeks the five boroughs proffered. You know there are restaurants who only sell one thing? No, not one thing like Italian or Irish, one thing like meatballs! My palate grew out of adolescence fast food, goodbye! and matured into a pricey thing hello expensive New York City restaurants. But fancy food doesnt ensure balance I found out. It just guarantees a pocket day as I listened to Ace of Bases I Saw the Sign, I opened my eyes and saw the sign: the U.S. Army logo looking right at me as the 7 train pulled into the 82nd Street station. I enlisted and my pockets werent so bare anymore. I was also thrust out of my city into places where the foods not so good in comparison. My new job inadvertently soda and meatballs. You dont need Ace of Base and a U.S. Army logo to find your balance. Balance is being on the wagon and sometimes you might fall off and eat too many Ho Hos. All you need to do is put the Ho Ho down get back on the wagon, and remember this, just because your body is a temple doesnt mean that a Ho Ho cant come to worship you every once in a while. Story and photo by MIND, BODY & SPIRIT THE WIRE | PAGE 17 Mind, Body & SpiritOnly at GTMO Pictured are three soldiers from the Puerto Rico National Guard: Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Rivera, Joint Detention Group J4 nonPuerto Ricans feel American prideIts all about balance
MOVIE REVIEW THE WIRE | PAGE 18 Movie Review R 85 min.Hilarious slapstick comedy. Well-timed political satire. A feel-good story. An all-around fun movie. All that wrapped up into one film is exactly what Will Ferrells new movie, The Campaign, has to offer audiences of both genders, almost all ages, and nearly all tastes who just want to laugh their butts off. And with the presidential campaign in full swing and the 2012 election on the horizon, The Campaign has a very fitting, very timely release and provides a nice, funny commentary on the state of American politics. campaign of North Carolina Congressman tory with an unopposed race. The film begins with Brady announcing his campaign and going over his talking points America, Jesus, and freedom and then meeting with all kinds of groups, telling them all that they are the nations backbone veterans, schools and even Filipino Tilt-aWhirl operators. But, a widely publicized political blunder on the part of Brady leads his opponents to bring in Marty Huggins, the bumbling, timid tourism director from the small town of Hammond, to challenge Brady in hopes of furthering their own interests. With Ferrell as Brady and Zach the two candidates stage their first debate and Huggins makes a weak attempt to trash talk Brady while they shake hands before it begins. Then they duel to win the crowd Brady with his well versed rhetoric and Huggins with his catch phrase, Its a mess. Next, of course, come the political ads and the mudslinging, as Brady and Huggins trade barbs in a vicious, intense campaign that makes the current presidential campaign seem tame and civil. The false accusations from either side are just hilarious. And the competition is fierce babies and dogs get punched, sons get urged to call someone else dad, and wives get slept with and put on TV. Brady gets pulled over for drunk driving, and Huggins nearly relives the act that gave him his childhood nickname. in favor of either Brady or Huggins, depending on which candidate is saying what and doing what on any given day of the week. By Election Day, no one knows who is going to win, and the race is far from being declared. While obviously a Hollywood creation, the movie is given a touch of realness with cameo appearances by Wolf Blitzer, Chris Matthews and several other political commentators, as they talk about the BradyHuggins race on their own news shows. My penchant for comedy alone makes me seems to be one of those actors people either love or hate, and I love him. Hes been a race car driver, a news anchor, one of Santas elves and everything in between. And even as a politician he gives another fantastic performance. I was holding back half a rat because, from the beginning, I felt like the movie was going to have a predictable ending either Huggins was going to win and bask in the triumph, or Brady was going to win and show that the system just wasnt ready for change. I wont tell you how the movie ends what would the fun in that be? Go see it for yourself! but a surprise ending brought the movie to an awesome close and forced me to throw that half a rat high in the air. Four and a half rats it is for Mr. Ferrell and Mr. I will warn you to stay in your seats when the credits start rolling, as there is one more brief scene displaying a congressional hear around to get an extra chuckle or two. I know its not normally part of the review, but I also have to give a full five banana rats to my inaugural experience at the Downtown Lyceum. I arrived on the island just shy of two weeks ago by the time this here that a night at an outdoor movie theater was something I just had to try. Comfortable seats, tasty snacks and a great atmosphere with the warm island evening air made for an enjoyable evening, and I already look forward to going back and catching some more fun at the theater. I hope to be able to see a show at least once a week. When I do go back, though, it will be hard to top The Campaign. It had us nearly falling out of seats with laughter that could probably be heard across the bay. It had the right mixture of pure humor and great stoIt is also shaping up, in my opinion, to become an instant classic along with other such Ferrell films as Anchorman, Elf, Talladega Nights and the like. Movies such as The Campaign are just plain worthy of four and a half rats. PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! Malware is everywhere! Malware continued to proliferate this year with an average of 42 new malware strains created every minute. 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