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Volume 14, Issue 4 Friday, October 12, 2012
INDEXThe Wire october 12, 2012 Movie review Fitness Hispanic food Latin band Softball at the bay Trooper Focus Apocalyptic romance Ceramic classThe 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 1,200.4 5 6 8 10 12 16 17 NEWS FROM THE BAY Brig. Gen. James LettkoDeputy Commander, JTF Guantanamo Ccommand orner Whether you are new to Joint Task Force Guantanamo or have been here for some time, you may have noticed one particular aspect of our Joint Task Force that stands out from everything else. Professionalism. Yes, professionalism is what sets this Joint Task Force apart from many other Department of Defense military operations. Im not sure what drives us as a team, or an individual Trooper, to portray the military professionalism that we all see every day. Is it because of the sense of duty, honor and service that drove us into the military? Is it because we have all been sent here to complete a challenging and very important mission? Could it be because most of us see the importance of the mission and under stand we cannot allow ourselves or teammates to fail? Or perhaps it may be the inter-service rivalry that brings out the best from all of the services that collectively provides Joint Task Force the superior Troopers that make up the team? I think all of the above contribute to the professionalism and resulting mission success of the team. Your professionalism, every day, even when no one is looking, contributes greatly to our collective success. Diversity is another component to the Joint Task Force success. Take a look around you. Its not just our ethnic back grounds, that makes us diverse, but other factors such as language, culture, geographic home, marital status, and education to name a few factors. Our Troopers diverse experiences, previous duty assignments, and backgrounds provide the strength of Joint Task Force by providing a wide range of experiences available to learn from. Over the next several months NAVSTA GTMO will host a wide variety of events ranging from the Navy Ball, Marine Ball, Army/Navy football games and other events hosted by units or MWR. Take the opportunity now to learn from your sister services as well as from our civilian employees. Speaking of diversity, next week we all will be engaged in a diverse menu of activities. Well conclude a visit from the International Committee of the Red Cross who visit rou tinely to validate that we are treating the detainees in a safe, humane, legal and transparent manner. Many of you have been and will continue to support the team by being part of that visit. Also, next week, well kick off the beginning of the next round of Military Commissions. Well sup Commissions in supporting the commissions process and will continue to demonstrate our transparency by hosting dozens of media representatives, observers and victim family members. Many of you will be involved as escorts for our guests. This next week will be an all hands event with everyone chipping in to achieve mission success. I have no doubt we will succeed, but success doesnt happen by accident. It is something we train for on a continuous basis, always trying to make each event better than the last. Professionalism and training; I think they go hand in hand. With your positive attitude, professionalism, and training, we are in a bet ter position to execute two very important events and show the world how a group of Troopers and civilians from JTF and our supporting elements from NAVSTA GTMO can work together and succeed in our mission. COMMAND CORNER THE WIRE | PAGE 2 THE WIRE | PAGE 3 JTF GuantanamoCommander Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr. Deputy Commander Army Brig. Gen. James Lettko Sergeant Major Marine Sgt. Maj. Scott Smith Office of Public Affairs Director Navy Capt. Robert Durand: 9928 Deputy Director Army Capt. Alvin Phillips: 9927 Senior Enlisted Leader Sgt. 1st Class Rick McNamara: 8141The WireSenior Editor Army Sgt. Jonathan Monfiletto 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 Spc. Raechel Haynes Webmaster Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Keith SimmonsContact usEditors Desk: 3651 Commercial: 011-5399-3651 DSN: 660-3651 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.html Joint Task Force Guantanamo Safe Humane Legal Transparent Cover: softball tournament. The two-day tournament featured seven teams facing off in double-elimination play with a consolation game, a championship game, and a trophy presentation. Photo by Army Sgt. Brett Perkins Your professionalism, every day, even when no one is looking, contributes greatly to our collective success. Marine Corps birthday ballThe ball is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Nov. 10 with a cocktail hour at 1800, a ceremony at 1900, and dinner and dancing from 2000 to 0200. Tickets are on sale at Marine Hill from 1130-1300 Monday through Friday and at the NEX atrium from 1000-1400 on Saturday. Cost is $35 for E6 and above and civilians, $25 for E4-E5, and $15 for E1-E3. Formal attire only. Attention all pinheads! A 16-week night bowling league starts Monday at 1830. Teams will have four people each. Register by Monday at Marblehead Lanes. Openings are available. For more infor mation, call 2050 or 2118.Bend it like BeckhamThe 2012 fall mens and womens soccer league season is scheduled to begin Oct. 29 at Cooper Field. The league is open to those 16 and up, and a players pool is available. Register for free at Denich Gym by Wednesday. A coaches meeting is planned for Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. Trophies will be awarded information, call 2113. Have a blast at Fire All events are slated to take place at the Downtown Lyceum from 5:30-9 p.m. The schedule is: 5:30-6 p.m. one-mile fun run and barbecue cooking starts; 6-7:30 p.m. key fryer demonstration; 8-9 p.m. mobile Volunteers are needed. Come out and lend a hand. For more information, call 4611, 4179, 4178, or 4614. All events are open to the public. New way for Space-A Going on leave soon? Having trouble getting yourself on the Space-A waiting list? Dont you wish it could be easier? Rest easy, weary soul, because the air ter minal has heard your plaintive cries for help! Effective immediately you may email your leave forms to ATOC@USNBGTMO.navy. mil. Please send only the last four of your SSN. Also include a good contact number so you can be contacted with any questions. Remember you can only sign up the day your leave begins. No alcohol at lyceumsBy order of the Naval Station hol is no longer allowed at the Downtown or Camp Bulkeley Lyceum until further notice. Coolers are also forbidden. Feeding banana rats at Camp Bulkeley remains a no-go. Only at GTMO by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brett Custer
The idealism of the past seems to have given way to the crushing despair of the present, as seen in our respective visions of the future. Confused yet? In the 1960s, despite the widespread fear and the (mistaken) certainty so many felt of seeing a nuclear war in their lifetime, one of the most captivating visions of the future, for them, was a future in which all nations on Earth had turned aside from their petty squabbles and forged a brighter future. Peace, not war, was mankinds new mission as they traveled the stars with likeminded aliens to seek out new life and new civilizations, boldly going where no man had gone before. away from 1960s optimism. I guess science fiction fans have decided that the present is so hopeless that the future is likely to be worse. Either way, Looper goes with the In the future (2044, to be exact), the economy is in shambles and organized crime controls everything. Thirty years into their future, time travel is possible but illegal. Gains in CSI technology and techniques in 2074 have made it almost impossible to hide a body. In response, future crime syndicates get rid of unwanted people by sending them to the past. In 2044, contracted killers called loopers wait at a pre-determined (or actually post-determined, but try not to think about that) time and place and get rid of those sent in the past as soon as they arrive, receiving some silver bars on the body in payment. Joe (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Dark Knight Rises) is just one of many loopers in an unnamed city in Kansas under the control of crime boss Abe (Jeff Daniels, TVs The Newsroom), a man sent from the future to coordinate the loopers. Joe lives a carefree life of sex, drugs, fast cars, crime, ignoring the poor, learning French, and brutally murdering people from the future until a fellow looper comes to him for help after failing to close his loop. Loopers receive their name from the term of their contracts: the last person they kill is always their future self, after which they pocket a severance package of gold bars and try to live their lives as comfortably as they can, knowing exactly how it will end. Killing their future selves is known as closing their loop. Joes friend failed to kill his future self, a huge no-no for a looper, and comes to Joe begging for help. Joe, hardly a bastion of morality, gives him up to Abe but not before learning about The Rainmaker, a nigh-mythical crime boss in the future who is closing all of the loops. Inevitably, the time arrives for Joe to close his own loop. Joe hesitates just long enough to recognize that his quarry is none other than himself and before Joe can complete his mission, Old Joe (Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom) overcomes him and gets away. By the time Joe regains consciousness, Abes enforcers, the Gat Men are already searching for him. Joe has a run-in with Abes goons at his apartment, but Old Joe saves his life. Old Joe tells his younger self about the future and about his wife who was killed when The Rainmakers thugs captured him. He also lets Joe in on his Terminator-esque plan: He has the addresses of three children who could be the Rainmaker, and hell kill each one. The Gat Men interrupt the conversation between the Joes, but younger Joe manages to rip a piece from Old Joes map. Joe heads there and waits to meet his future self, but he must dodge Abes goons and the mother of one of Joes possible Rainmakers (played by the beautiful Emily Blunt, The Five-Year Engagement). Will Old Joe be successful and regain his life? Would it matter if he did? Or will Joe kill him and save his own life at the expense of future happiness? Its a lot to take in. The best advice I can give when watching a movie like this is to listen to the Mystery Science Theater 3000 theme song and Just repeat to yourself, its just a show. I should really just relax. This movie is exciting and imaginative, and a lot of thought went into it. Even more, it asks you to think about it just as much this movie, this time travel crap just fries your brain like an egg. I cant go into all the details without spoiling it, but try not to read too much into the ending if you want to maintain a healthy outlook on life. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is wearing some facial prosthetics to make him look more like Bruce Willis in this movie, but his per formance still shines. By all rights, I should hate Gordon-Levitt, since my wife seems to be in love with him, but I just cant do it. He wins me over with his charisma and through his appearances in movies that I love. This is the third movie in which Bruce Willis travels through time and meets his past self. Bruce Willis isnt an actor known for his acting skills, but this is perhaps a case of being cast in movies that dont need them. He can act if the movie calls for an actor instead of a reactor, and he convinced me of his anguish and desperation in this movie. I highly recommend this movie. Just put down some plastic sheets if you want to think too much about it. Itll make it easier to clean up after your head explodes. MOVIE REVIEW THE WIRE | PAGE 4 By Army Pfc. Loren Cook Movie Review R 118 min. Looper On Marine Hill is a one-story tan building that may go unnoticed by passers-by. ness classes and is nestled behind the Marine Hill pool. They offer classes on a regular basis and run from Monday through Saturday. MWR Fitness Coordinator David Anthony reviews class attendance to see if a class is working or if it needs to be replaced with something that more people would par ticipate in. Every quarter we try to add something new, Anthony said. Then we see how well the class does. Power training is one of the new genres of courses being offered. Everton Hylton, one of the four physical trainers hired by MWR, said the new classes give people more options. People try to shy away from the weight room, said Hylton. And I can assure you that when you spend more time in the weight room you can burn more calories. Anthony said when physical trainers are hired by MWR they must have a degree in fitness, or physical exercise physiology, or complete a trainer certification course. Anthony also looks for people who have the drive to be an instructor. and group instructor you have to have a Hylton, a Jamaican native, shows everyone that attends his classes the energy a He motivates the individuals in his classes to push themselves as hard as they can as he walks around helping his students improve their form. I share my philosophy with everyone, to enjoy life to its fullest, he said. Each one of us has something unique about our to enjoy it. The physical trainers also take requests to lead command physical training. Roxy Bumpus is also a physical trainer on GTMO and is currently working on Fitness Leaders. These are people chosen by their com mands to lead physical training, Bumpus said. I would be able to teach them how to do the proper exercises. The Navy implemented a new physical training program that is designed to a spe One example that Bumpus gives is that of a corpsman properly lifting and carrying a stretcher with a heavy load. Under the Navys new program, corpsmen can be phys ically trained by a CFL on how to properly bend their bodies without causing injuries to themselves. Bumpus is also certified in individual physical assessments which help physical trainers assess where people are currently and where they would like to be. With this information, they can plan a proper diet and workout schedule that suites the needs of the person. People who decide to get back into shape should do it for themselves. Dont do it for a boyfriend or a girlfriend. Do it because you love yourself, Bumpus said. If something happens between you and that other person, you are going to lose the motivation you had to get into shape and then you are going to fail. Currently the MWR physical fitness program offers 56 scheduled classes, 20 com mand PT sessions, 24 martial arts classes, two races and an aerobathon every month. Right now Anthony anticipates the opening of the Denich Gym expansion. I am looking forward to figuring out how to utilize our new space, Anthony said. We want to incorporate new and exciting and stay that way. With the current courses being offered and the new programs being put into place, there is a wide variety for people to experience. I would recommend coming and check ing the classes out, says Everton. Everyone will not enjoy all the courses offered, but at least come out and give it a try. See what you like and stick with it.Story and photos by Army Sgt. Dani White MWR Fitness Class Schedule Monday 4:30-Power Liing 5:30-Zumba 6:30-Cardio Kickboxing Tuesday 6:00-Spin Class 7:00-Pilates Wednesday 4:30-Power Liing 5:30-Cardio Kickboxing 6:30-Yoga ursday 6:00-Spin Class 7:00-Cardio Kickboxing Friday 5:30-Zumba 6:30-Yoga Saturday 9:00-Step Class 10:30-Water Aerobics MWR Fitness Class Schedule Monday 4:30-Power Liing 5:30-Zumba 6:30-Cardio Kickboxing Tuesday 6:00-Spin Class 7:00-Pilates Wednesday 4:30-Power Liing 5:30-Cardio Kickboxing 6:30-Yoga ursday 6:00-Spin Class 7:00-Cardio Kickboxing Friday 5:30-Zumba 6:30-Yoga Saturday 9:00-Step Class 10:30-Water Aerobics Physical trainer Roxy Bumpus goes through dance moves for her Monday evening Zumba class. THE WIRE | PAGE 5
FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 6 Army Master Sgt. Luis Olmo and Marine Cpl. Tyler Truesdale enjoy the Puerto Rican culinary offerings of Tuesday nights cooking class.Latin FlavorFor all the fat kids in this world of ours, you know about that ongoing love affair with food dont you? You plan your family vacations around destinations gastronomic offerings. You love the holidays, not just because you yearn for your family but because secretly you also ache for the gluttonous Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Youre a fat kid on the inside and whether or not it shows on the outside is not the point; there are plenty of skinny fat kids out there. You simply love food and your palate is as diverse as it is insatiable. Then you join the military and get deployed or stationed at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Fear not foodies; the Liberty Program has been trying its best to help you with those pangs of withdrawal. Liberty Program manager Katie Stanley obtained the culinary services of some of the best Puerto Rican chefs on the island to cook for a few lucky unaccompanied service members. We were at the [Joint Task Force] meeting, Stanley said about where the idea for a cooking class began. They had asked, What are you doing for Hispanic Heritage Month? We hadnt really planned anything yet and I [asked], Well what do you do? They were like, Well we can cook! and I [said] Perfect! They offered their expertise and their knowledge. On Tuesday evening, in a small kitchen located inside the Marine Hill Liberty Center, the chef instructor, Army Sgt. Joselito Vicenty, eagerly prepped his ingredients for the class. Vicenty is in GTMO as a member of the Puerto Rico National Guard. I was working one day and since Sergeant Major Torres works with me [he] mentioned [the class] and [he] said they needed a person [to teach it], Vicenty said. I said, Yeah, Ill volunteer. I love cooking. Cooking is my passion. Vicentys passion runs deep; he attended culinary school, for the pastheres another reason he loves food so much; it is a concept intricately woven into the fabric of his culture. Be it Puerto Rico, Mexico or Costa Rica, the native food of every to unify. Families all over come together at the dinner table to enjoy the fruits of their ancestors culinary discoveries. To spend hours slaving When people are away from home, there are certain things that tie you off from home. Like, I cant wait to go home to Puerto Rico to eat, for example, a special dish that my mom makes, said Monday evenings co-chef instructor, Army Master Sgt. Luis Olmo. Even though I can replicate the dish because I can just buy the ingredients, its that special touch from family [that makes the difference]. Olmo wanted to teach the class not only to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month but also to bring those unaccompanied service members together through food in the same way he comes together at the dinner table with his family. And together they did come and at the end of the class they all sat around a makeshift dinner table and enjoyed Vicentys offering. Every day were walking around with so many different people in so many different services [with so many different] backgrounds but there are not very many opportunities to really experience who they are, class attendee Marine Cpl. Tyler Truesdale said. Events like this are a prime example of when we get to really sit down and get personal with other people because we really dont do that on a daily basis. So maybe you arent fat kids. Maybe being a fat kid just means you are passionate about the cultural tradition of food. Story and photos by Spc. Vanessa Davila
FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 8 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FEATURE Latin Vibe Feeling theThe Windjammer Ballroom was brought to life with the energetic sounds of Latin CNergy. The Florida-based band came down to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay after MWR activities coordinator Stephen Prestesater invited them. He scheduled the concert after a previously scheduled comedian fell through. It took me two days to reschedule something, Prestesater said. I pooled all the agencies I used before and was able to da. Latin CNergy manager and musical director Rafael Olmeda started the band a year ago after working in the music business for over 20 years. He wanted to create a musical group that played anything from reggaeton to salsa music, and what separates this band from other Latin bands is that they sing popular Latin songs in Spanish and English. To me, from the musical standpoint, I was always looking for that band with excellence in quality and it wasnt really out there, said Olmeda. After directing music for other bands it came to me that I could do this myself [and] have a band with great quality. Olmeda began contacting musicians he worked with in the past. We have so many connections in the music industry, said Latin CNergy lead singer Sureily Font. When Rafael called people saying he had so-and-so playing in the band he was starting, you said yes instantly. You had worked with that person or heard good things about them through someone else. Once the band members came together they began rehearsing, and Olmeda started contacting different agencies with whom he had worked. When I called them they didnt even come down to hear us rehearse, said Olmeda. They booked us right there on the spot. We have been going strong ever since then. Latin CNergys performance during the Columbus Day three-day weekend marked out looking at the bands schedule, Olmeda booked the trip instantly. I got quite excited when I heard that we were being looked at to come down here, said Olmeda. Nobody in the band believed that we could be going down to Cuba. A week later it was set in stone. Font said she was excited to come down to GTMO, but apprehensive at the same time. The only information I had about this place is what I heard in the news and most of it wasnt good, said Font. But when we got a tour of the entire [base] and got to meet the people that worked here, I realized the notions I had were incorrect. Font said that everyone she met down here left a lasting impression by showing her they were dedicated individuals who were courteous and professional. The GTMO community also showed their fun side when Latin CNergy showed them why they are the best Latin band in Florida. As the uphelp but move to the beat of the music, re gardless of whether they were on the dance Army Staff Sgt. Samuel Solero said he didnt know there was a Latin band playing that night until he came down for dinner. When he heard the band warming up he de cided to stay and enjoy the music. Thats my music; thats my culture, Solero said with intensity. I just get so excited when I listen to my own music. It re vives me. Solero showed his enthusiasm out on the with himself or with a partner. Regardless of the audience members different ethnicities, the music appealed to everyone. enjoy great music with a lively atmosphere. I decided to come down to the Windjammer after seeing advertisements for the joy listening to reggaeton and I cant wait to listen to them play some tonight. He said he wasnt there to dance to the music, but still enjoyed sitting and listening to the band. The evening passed with the members of Latin CNergy and the audience feeding off each others positive energy. The concert lasted an extra hour but the night had to come to an end, and the band had to go back to Florida. Olmeda said anyone in the audience could continue to enjoy the music that Latin CNergy performs; people can visit their website at www.latincnergymusic.com or go to their Facebook page to see videos and listen to their music, as well as track upcoming concerts or schedule the band for a special event. Latin C'Nergy musical director and manager Rafael Olmeda plays the bass guitar during Sunday nights performance. The lead singers from Latin C'Nergy dance along with the music during their concert Sunday night. Lead singer Sureily Font joins the audience on Latin C'Nergy's drummer gave the crowd a lively beat that got everyone moving well until the concert ended at 1 a.m. Story and photos by Army Sgt. Dani White
Story and photos by Army Sgt. Brett PerkinsColumbus Day is a holiday devoted to the memory of a man long-held to be the discoverer of America. This day is especially important at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay because this may well be one of the places where he made landfall. In honor of one of Americas greatest heroes, what better way is there to pay homage than by playing Americas greatest pastime; well not exactly baseball, but softball. MWR hosted a seven game double elimination softkids, and of course all the hot dogs one could care to eat. From the previous MWR events, one would assume the activities are geared more to adults, but by the third game, it became obvious that this was a family event. Children took delight in watching the softball games and prize winners. get the chance to compete. pleased just to be able to get out and play some softball. on the players heads. Neither heat wave nor non-operational scoreboard could stop the players from playing their game; the umpire kept the crowd updated about what inning it was and what team was in the lead. Two to one, bottom of the fourth, he called out. He would continue to provide such updates from time to time. However, it seemed as if the players did not need a scoreboard because teamwork was one of the greatest points on display. During the game between the Mercenaries and Latinos, a member of the Mercenaries called out, Three or two, come on guys lets turn two. The hit was a groundball to the third baseman. After the inning. It was a veritable marathon of softball for some of the teams. Some of them played as many as four games, original seven teams now stood at four. The tournament was over for the GTMO Latinos, the Man Bear-Pig and the Young Guns. The next day proved to be more of the same old Guantanamo Bay weather: sunny and hot. The first game was underway by noon, and Fun Dip was the next team sent home. The second game of the day was the battle between the Maritime Safety and Security Team playing against each other. Watching baseball, one can realize that sometimes games are not measured in innings and outs; sometimes they boil down to contests of inches. This was certainly that type of game. The majority of the innings were either no hitters or runners left stranded. There is always something in my bag of goodies, announced MWR employee Oshane Wynter. The next winner will be 553401! This led to another delighted squeal from one of the kids, as they ran to collect their prize. With little to no cool breeze, the players and fans waters and Gatorades. Through seven innings, the MSST Nola team managed to pick up the win. This sent the Mercenaries into the losers bracket and the MSST team to the championship game. The next game started ten minutes later, which was only enough time to drink a glass of water. Coming to the home stretch, the following game showcased the Guardians and the Mercenaries. Hopefully well win, said Hord. Despite the skills showcased between two of the top three teams at the end, there must be a winner and a loser; in this case the Guardians. the Mercenaries playing a redemption game against the undefeated MSST Nola. This was the Mercenaries third game in a row. Despite being tired, they overcame the fatigue to defeat the MSST team. After that game, they kind of had our backs to the wall, said MSST coach Scott Strong. After a short break, the umpire announced the start of the next game, Play ball! If the earlier matchups of the day had been measured in inches, this one may have been measured in centimeters. Both teams were exhausted by the games they played. Not to mention the unrelenting heat of Cuba, and the constant tug of nerves that games like this are apt to bring. Despite these factors and despite this being the third game of this contest between the top two teams, players seemed to still be in high spir its. They often called out jokes between the teams, and neither side lacked motivation from the crowd or their teammates. It was nice to see everybody coming out here together, you know, just having some fun, said Wynter. The game reached its conclusion with the MSST Nola team defeating the battle weary Mercenaries. t-shirt and trophy presentation ceremony. As the teams gathered for a picture, everyone was tired but still smiled and looked very happy. We recognize that people in hot zones dont have all the MWR opportunities we have, Strong mentioned afterwards. Were always thinking about them, so when we can come out and enjoy something like this, it really lets us know how fortunate we are. For those of you who did not participate (or maybe you did, but this event only served to feed your hunger for more softball) you might want to start looking for a team, as the next season begins on Oct. 14. If the notice for that is too short, look for an all-night one pitch tour nament in November. THE WIRE | PAGE 10 FEA TURE FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 11 Columbus Day Softball Tournament Action T ake M e O ut T o T he B all G ame
TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Sta Sgt. TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 12 TrooperFocus Story and photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Jeries Sit and picture this for a moment Imagine youre running a 50-mile marathon. I know, for most of us thats a farfetched thought, but please bear with me. Imagine youre running this marathon. You have been running through the night, up hills through woods, and with 40 miles already down, you have seen your hardest steps. Your whole body aches, your feet are blistered, but you cant stop now. To go along with this, you are completing the run with 11 other friends. You cant stop because they wont let you, and you wont let any of them stop either. Its the hardest thing any of you have had to endure, but somehow you are able to make it because youre together. Now, out of nowhere, you trip and break line. You cant complete the run. You have to you. How would you feel? Joseph Henry Tolbert felt when he found out that he would need to take emergency leave a week shy of completing his chief induction process. A lot of things were going through my mind when I was told that I would be leav ing right at the end like that. I wasnt really sure what was going to happen, Tolbert said about how he felt right after he was told he may be leaving. He said it was like going from the inducmiles per hour and then running into a brick wall. Almost surreal, he said. The reason for Tolberts quick evacuation was the news that his father had become gravely ill; a tough pill for anyone to swallow. Even tougher for Tolbert, who was in the midst of one of, if not the most important achievements of his naval career. Obviously, I had to take care of my famhow everything was happening I knew I had to leave no matter what the consequence would be, Tolbert said. Tolbert said he truly was able to see the Chiefs Mess work during this experience. The brother and sisterhood that he was being indoctrinated into, the place that he had strived to reach for his whole career, was exactly what he thought. It was a group of people with the same mindset and motiva was evident with how they dealt with his situation. The Mess looked out for me throughout my ordeal. They made me feel a lot more comfortable with the situation by just assur and the family business that I had to handle I really appreciated them for the assurance that they gave me, and it was a huge load off to know that no matter what, I had people in my corner, he added. Even though Tolbert did miss out on the last week of the process and the actual crowning day when the rest of his selectee he was not excluded from his own personal moment in the sun. Proving his strength of character, rather than just coming back and wearing the anchors, Tolbert went through his last week of the indoctrination alone. Tolbert said it wasnt quite the same, but it was something that he felt like he had to do. It was only right, he said. I needed to ish out like that. he missed out on, a small ceremony was held where he was pinned and congratulated by his fellow chiefs and friends. The whole pro cess proves the old phrase that it is always better late than never. Nothing has been more important to Tolbert than making the rank of chief petty through that make us better and stronger. If way to becoming a great leader. Through my career, every decision I have made hasnt been right, and being as though years, I can only attribute my success to my leadership, Tolbert said, explaining how he made it as far as he has. Tolbert also said hes very proud to be in the position hes in now because it gives him the opportunity to give back. He always accepted the help and tutelage from his superiors and has attempted to help the men and women that he has been in charge of. Now as a chief, he will have the greatest opportunity to pay it all forward. So is making chief at the 13-year mark the last step for Tolbert, or will he continue to push forward and strive for further excellence? Tolbert insists that he cant concern himself with senior or master chief right now, being as though he has to take the time to learn how to be the best chief that he can be. He does admit that its in the back of his mind. Just like I didnt expect to make chief so to expect anything now, Tolbert said. Im just going to work as hard as I can and do the best I can. As a chief its not about me anymore, its about my guys, so if they are successful then thats all that matters, he added.
Troopers from Joint Task Force Guantanamo who participated in Saturdays Beach Brigade cleanup at Glass Beach pose for a photo after completing their work. Troopers spent about a half hour Saturday morning picking up trash and debris from one of Naval Station Guantanamo Bays several beaches. Plastic bags that contain trash from Glass Beach sit in the parking lot waiting to be loaded Troopers walk around Glass Beach looking for pieces of garbage and debris to clean up. Troopers pick up trash from both the sand and the water in an effort to clean up Glass Beach. FEATURE The Beach Brigade waged war yet again on Saturday morning, as the volunteer group came together for a second time in Station Guantanamo Bay clean. This time around, Glass Beach was the Different groups descended the stairs at condition. cleanup. care of the area. to meet. unaccompanied active duty service memhere, and Stanley said the Beach Brigade is just one of its offerings. Troopers who are interested in joining Center. log volunteer hours, and after participating giveaways. Troopers stay occupied with a variety of activities during their time at GTMO, helps them get involved in their community as well. We provide that opportunity for them to THE WIRE | PAGE 15 Cleanup just another day at the beach Troopers help make Glass Beach more enjoyable for GTMO residents
FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 16 Story by Chaplain Garland Mason (525 MP BN) FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 17 Story and photos by Spc. Raechel HaynesCeramic Sundays John Newton was a slave ship captain until he came to believe in Christianity and subsequently left the slave business. He is undoubtedly best known for the hymn he wrote, Amazing Grace. He was also a pastor for many years, and in his premarital counseling he would always warn the young couple to be aware of, and be on guard against, the temptation to idolatry. He would tell them, You may think your biggest problem is the prospect of a bad marriage, but just as equally dangerous is the prospect of a good marriage. Why would Newton warn young couples of the dangers of having a good marriage? He would do so because human beings have a tendency to take good things and turn them into ultimate things. Human beings are what philosophers call teleological. That is, people have to have a reason ( telic ) for living. Every human being is living for something. Something must capture your hearts most fundamental alle giance and hope. In other words, ultimate things are whatever you look at and say, If I have that, then Ill feel my life has meaning, cant and secure. The danger of having a good marriage is the tendency to make your spouse your ultimate thing. Enter Apocalyptic Romance: At one time, Tim Keller wrote in his book The Meaning of Marriage: We expected marriage and family to provide love, support, and security. But for meaning in life, hope for the future, moral compass, and self-identity, we looked to God and the afterlife. Today, however, our culture has taught us to believe that no one can be sure of those things, not even whether they exist. often that something is romantic love. We look to sex and romance to give us what we used to get from faith in God. T he late Ernest Becker was an interna tionally known author and lecturer at Berkeley in the fields of psychology, sociology, and anthropology. He wrote in his Pulitzer Prize winning book The Denial of Death that this search for romantic love is actually the search for an apocalyptic romance. Man must build his life on something and if, as Niche said, God is dead then man must transcendentalize something else. Becker put it this way: We still need to feel that our life matters in the scheme of things. We still want to merge ourselves with some higher self-absorbing meaning in trust and in gratitude. But if we no longer have God how are we to do this? modern person was the romantic solution. The being, we now look for in the love partner. What is it that we want when we elevate the love partner to this position? We want to be rid of our faults. We want to be rid of our feeling want to know that our existence hasnt been in vain. We want redemption; nothing less . Needless to say, human beings cant give you that. Apocalyptic romance is the illusion that if we find our one true soul mate, everything wrong with us will be healed, and we will live happily ever after. However, Becker also said that, No human relationship can bear the burden of godhood. In other words, one of the primary reasons so many marriages fail and relationships end in heartbreak is because we demand too much from them. We come looking for a savior in our spouse, and what we find is Apocalyptic romance is a problem because the heart longs for God, and if you try and turn your spouse into Him you will crush her. You will crush her under the weight of cosmically impossible expectations Becker said, The failure of romantic love as a solution to human problems is so much a part of modern mans frustration. Is there a solution to our search for an apocalyptic romance? The Christian answer is we need God. But not just any God, said one theologian. It must be a God who is a lover. Unless you get a God who is a Lover you will make gods out of lovers, or else, out of fear of that, youll have nothing but sexual encounters. Another theologian sums up the Christian solution well when he wrote: The essence of Christianity is that there is a Lover who has declared his devotion by laying his life down for us; who alone fully knows us and, in response to our faith, will the amazement of Gods love for us will we not look to our spouse or potential spouse as a savior, but will be freed and enabled to love in a healthy way.A P O C A L Y P T I C R O M A N C E For some, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay is a deployment; for others its an active duty station. Some are here with their families, and some are here by themselves. Families have each other, but what about the service members who are here without their loved ones? What outlets are there for them to socialize? GTMOs Morale, Welfare and Recreation has a multitude of programs and events that unaccompanied service members can enjoy. One such program is the Liberty Program. The Liberty Program provides a variety of activities for unaccompanied service members. One of those activities is Ceramic Sundays which was added to the Liberty program last year at the GTMO arts and crafts center. From the outside, the base arts and crafts center may not look like much, but on the inside it is an artists haven. On one wall of shelves youll see pre-made statues and ceramic pieces; on another, youll see par tially or fully completed works. There is a table with small tiles that display all the paint and glaze colors available. Inside the glass casing near the door are a variety of funny looking tools and sponges. One section of the shop is full of what looks like white cinder blocks but are actually the molds for all the pre-made ceramic pieces on the shelves. The tables have mugs in the center holding all the brushes while another table holds dark gray pieces that are drying before cook the ceramics. The kiln room is large and warm from the heat of these large ovens that are hot enough to bake the clay. The kilns come in varying sizes meant to accommodate larger or odd-shaped pieces. Another studio room contains three pottery wheels, a slab roller, a coil extruder, and an airbrush hood. In this studio, pieces are made by hand and spring from the imagination of the artist. The arts and crafts center provides a wide variety of craft options, from leatherwork to pottery making to wood carving. Some people may worry that they arent very good at pottery making, but the ceramics shop has provided an alternative. They carry a selection of pre-made ceramic pieces for people to purchase, paint and glaze themselves. Participants in the Liberty Program choose a pre-made piece, the paints and colors they want to use, and the choice of glazing the piece or leaving the piece unglazed. They have as long as they need to work on their piece and can spend time socializing with other unaccompanied service members while they do it. I think its a good program, Petty Officer 3rd Class Vanessa Perez said. It helps us pass the time. Were away from our families [and] its something to do and keeps you busy. It helps the deployment go by faster and it helps people stay out of trouble. Ceramic Sundays are a good way for beginners to learn more about ceramics. It provides the opportunity to learn proper glazing techniques, the different types of It is a good way for them to unwind, MWR Ceramic Aide, Cris Lansang said. A time to just relax. Among all the fun and fast paced activities available here at GTMO, Ceramic Sundays are a creative way to slow down. It is not meant to work the body, but relax the person. A way to release your creativity. Even if you cant create the piece by your own hand, you can still be creative in paint ing it. If ceramics isnt your thing, there are a variety of other crafts available at the arts and crafts center. So if youre an unac companied service member looking to try something new, check out Ceramic Sundays. Two Liberty Program participants select the colors they want to use. Service members spend Sunday afternoon painting ceramics as part of the Liberty Programs Ceramic Sundays. The Liberty Program is part of the MWRs efforts to provide activities for unaccompanied service members. A Liberty program participant carves his name in the base of his ceramic piece.
THE BACK PAGE THE WIRE | PAGE 19 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 :52 :12 :32 IOF :54 :14 :34 NEX Trailer :57 :17 :37 Gazebo :58 :18 :38 Camp America :00 :20 :40Guantanamo Bay Bus ScheduleAll buses run on the hour, 7 days/week, from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. 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 JTF TROOPER CHAPEL Protestant Worship Sunday 9 a.m. Bible Study Wednesday 6 p.m. SAFE RIDE 84781Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley FRI SAT SUN MON TUE WED THU 13 Call the movie hotline at 4880 or visit the MWR Facebook page for more information. 12 14 15 16 18 17 Frankenweenie (NEW) (PG) 8 p.m. Trouble with the Curve (PG-13) 10 p.m. The Watch (NEW) (R) 8 p.m. Looper (R) 10 p.m. The Watch (NEW) (R) 8 p.m. Savages (Last Showing) (R) 10 p.m. Frankenweenie (NEW) (PG) 8 p.m. Trouble with the Curve (PG-13) 10 p.m. Hotel Transylvania (PG) 8 p.m. Looper (R) 8 p.m. Moonrise Kingdom (Last Showing) (PG-13) 8 p.m. Step Up Revolution (PG-13) 8 p.m. Savages (Last Showing) (R) 8 p.m. The Watch (NEW) (R) 8 p.m. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) 8 p.m. Step Up Revolution (PG-13) 8 p.m. Moonrise Kingdom (Last Showing) (PG-13) 8 p.m. Bourne Legacy (PG-13) 8 p.m.Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley TROOPER T O TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 18 It was May 1989 when I went to Boot Camp at Naval Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill., and I first experienced a bond of friendship that could only be built by serving the Armed Forces. Most of us were young kids who had never left home before. The shared experience of confusion, separation anxiety and the complete fear of the unknown bonded us together unconditionally. Toward the end of that experience we were working together as a team. We were all from different backgrounds and of different ethnicities, yet we really werent that much different from each other. We were shipmates! I attribute those friendships we built to unit serving in the military. As a Naval Hospital corpsman, Ive had the fortunate experience of serving most of my career with the United States Marine Corps. Ask a Fleet Marine Force corpsman or a seasoned Marine and they will tell of the very special relationship between Marines and corpsmen. The leadership, structure and trust of one another that I learned from working with the Marines inspired and gave me added model and leader to my Sailors. I will cherish and be ever grateful for the time and energy spent by those who guided me to become a better person and leader for my Sailors. The bonds built within a Fleet Marine Force unit are thicker than I could have ever imagined. I I had the privilege to serve beside and thank NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. accepted into the Chiefs Mess in 2010. Becoming a chief in the United States Navy had been my goal since I joined the Navy and is a position I revere as sacred. To feel the bond with brothers and sisters across the world that may or may not personally know me, but will assist and guide you as a family member would, has me in awe to this day. I am constantly learning how to become a good chief and without the guidance of the Chiefs Mess I could not succeed. The bonds within the Mess are evident every time I see chiefs together, and to be a witness to that unconditional bond gives me an indescribable sense of pride. I may not want to always hear my faults or the defects that I may have in my leadership abilities, or have a decision I have made be scrutinized, but its meant to teach me from their experiences on how to be a better chief for my Sailors. The mentorship I have received worked with within the two years of becoming has been humbling, inspiring and invaluable. Never be ashamed of criticism; we learn from those who have paved the path ahead and those you are paving the path for. assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo and having never really experienced a largescale joint environment like this, I am amazed on how well we work together. I have gone to Ferry Landing on occasion, whether work related or to say goodbye to a friend, and am always enlightened of the support I see of personnel who have built bonds with people from other branches of service saying goodbye, giving hugs or jumping off the pier in their honor. About three weeks ago I spoke with a Soldier, and I asked how they were doing. The Soldier replied, ok, I am going to miss my friend who left today. The friend was an Airman who was retrograding back to the States. On another occasion I was speaking with another Soldier who was sharing with me some of his combat experience in a very mild, humbling manner, and as the conversation transpired his experience was really not so different than that of the Marines and Sailors I worked with. The Soldier and I realized the commonality between us, and it was its own special bond. We are all assigned here to support the mission together, and the bonds we build help accomplish that mission. Realizing that we all are sharing the same experiences such as family separation and work stressors, to name a few, helps us help each other. Please take a moment on your own and reflect on the bonds that you have built. Regardless of how much time in service you have, youll be surprised when the bonds you may have established reveal themselves. The military has an uncanny ability to bring people together. May we always cherish the experiences and people we have met in our careers while serving our country. PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! Commissions OPSEC Commissions are a time of increased focus on both NAVSTA and JTF-GTMO. It is important to remember that we will have an increase in media and other visitors to the base in support of this very impor tant operation. Here are some OPSEC reminders Always use the need to know principle. Do not talk about work related material outside of your work environment. Practice 100-percent shred with paper materials. Remember to stay clear of commission facilities and obey all posted restricted area and no photography signs. Do not engage in personal photography of military vehicles, facilities or operations. Protect our personnel, visitors and base while ensuring safe secure operations. Use OPSEC. Chief Hospital Corpsman Sean Lennon Medical Operations Chief Reflection of building bondsTrooper to Trooper