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Volume 14, Issue 20 Friday, February 1, 2013
Black & Gold GalaThe Black Heritage Organization of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay will be sell ing tickets to its Black & Gold Gala at the NEX atrium on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. To buy tickets on the Joint Task Force Guantanamo side, contact milta.b.dumas. firstname.lastname@example.org. To buy tickets on the NAVSTA side, contact Katalina Laborn at 78096 or any BHO member.New zip codeEffective Feb. 7, Joint Task Force Guantanamos new postal zip code will be APO AE 09522-9998. The current zip code, APO AE 09360, will remain open until Feb. 15. For more information, contact Air Force Maj. Jeff Elliott at 9717 or jeffrey.e.elliott@ jtfgtmo.southcom.mil Colonels food specialDo you really like popcorn chicken? Well, youre in luck! All throughout the month of February, you can buy a large order of popcorn chicken and get a small order for free when dining out at KFC, located at Marblehead Lanes Bowling Center. Its Pig Bowl time!Come out and watch the law enforcement professionals from all around Naval Station Guantanamo Bay battle it out on the gridiron for bragging rights. The Pig Bowl will take place starting at 8 a.m. on Feb. 9 at Cooper Field. The team match-ups will be a single elimination tournament to decide this quar ters champion, hosted by the 525th Military Police Battalion. Holy mackerel!Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Morale, Welfare and Recreation will host the Big Ole Mackerel Fishing Tournament at the marina on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the top male and female for the longest fork length mackerel. The event is open to all hands and is an in bound only lations must be upheld. Doughnut miss this!Its Krispy Kreme time! The 525th Military Police Battalion Family Readiness Group will be seeling Krispy Kreme doughnuts on Friday and Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the NEX. Doughnuts can purchased at that time for $10 a dozen. Only at GTMO by Spc. Brian Godette If you can dodge a banana rat, you can dodge a ball! MWR presents the nine-on-nine Presidents Day Dodgeball Tournament, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the Cooper Field hockey rink. e free event is open to all ages, registration is due Feb. 13 at Denich Gym, and a coaches meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 at Denich Gym. For more information, call 2113. Dodge, dip, dive, duck, and dodge!Capt. Daniel GardCommand Chaplain, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Ccommand orner 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 Maj. Alvin Phillips: 9927 Senior Enlisted Leader Sgt. 1st Class Steven Petibone: 8141 Command Information NCOIC Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr.: 3499The WireSenior Editor Army Sgt. Jonathan Monfiletto Assistant Editor Spc. Raechel Haynes Layout Editor Spc. Cody Campana Copy Editor Army Pfc. Chalon Huston Webmaster Army Sgt. Trisha Pinczes Photojournalists Army Sgt. Ferdinand Thomas Spc. Jessica RandonContact usEditors Desk: 3651 Commercial: 011-5399-3651 DSN: 660-3651 E-mail: email@example.com Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.html Joint Task Force Guantanamo Safe Humane Legal Transparent Cover: Army Pfc. Austin Hunsaker is almost running as he marches down Recreation Road after descending John Paul Jones Hill on Jan. 24, posting the days fastest time during tryouts for the Bataan Memorial Death March. The 525th Military Police Battalion conducted tryouts Jan. 23-25 to select a team for the march on INDEXThe Wire FEBRUary 1, 2013Movie review: This is 40 Bataan Memorial Death March Trooper FocusThe 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 1,250.4 6 8 NEWS FROM THE BAY I have been on the island for seven months now, and I think I am finally beginning to understand and appreciate more deeply the motto of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Honor Bound to Defend Freedom. It has been my privilege to know Troopers from around the country and from every branch of our military, as well as civilians, who come to this place at the call of the United States. Some of those Troopers who I have known have completed their service here and returned home. Others are in the middle of their deployment. Still others are newly arrived and are busy trying to learn new jobs and battle rhythms. We come from differ ent services and are active duty, Reserve or National Guard. We represent different ethnic heritages and even different countries of We are men and women. Some are at the beginning of their careers, and others are at the end. Our individual skills are also quite different here than those of the Troopers who join us in line at the galley. In fact, our skill sets are so diverse as to make the JTF almost a small, self-sustaining city. Yet, we have one purpose and mission: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom. Because of the diversity of who we are and what we do, we each must function as a vital piece of a larger whole. Think of it as a musicians jam session. Now, I have no musical talent whatsoever, but I do love music (espe cially jazz) and have spent many happy days in New Orleans listening to those who do have talent. Once in a while, you hear musicians with various instruments get together and just start spontaneously playing an unplanned and unrehearsed symphony of jazz. Each musician knows his or her instrument and how to contribute his or her own unique sound, and it somehow comes together in unexpected ways. It is not the individual musician who produces the music it is all the musicians playing different instruments in concert with each other. Can you imagine a jam session with just one musician playing a trumpet or even a hundred musicians all playing trumpets? It just would not be the same. So it is with our task here at the JTF. There is a mission to complete, and it can never be done by any one particular person or even a large group of people who are identical to each other. Each of us is impor tant to that mission whether we think of our own role as great or small. I said earlier that I come to understand better the idea of Honor Bound to Defend Freedom. The idea of to the personal honor of each Trooper and the binding effect on the individual by his or her personal honor to the defense of freedom. I have come to believe that it is bigger than that it is also being bound by honor to each other in the defense of freedom. In other words, honor binds us not only to do the right thing as an individual it also binds us to our shipmates and battle buddies as we together defend freedom as one team in all of you to defend freedom. There is a mission to complete, and it can never be done by any one particular person or even a large group of people who are identical to each other. Each of us is important to that mission whether we think of our own role as great or small.
THE WIRE | PAGE 4 MOVIE REVIEW By Army Staff Sgt. Michael E. Davis Jr. Judd Apatow a man who was ranked no. 1 in Entertainment Weeklys The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood, out-shining top industry professionals like Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and many other well known directors, producers and actors has written, co-produced and directed his latest film, This is 40. Having produced nearly 50 films and TV episodes, written 31 and directed 13 of that number, by the age of 45, Apatows resume speaks for itself. Apatow is well known for directing movies such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Funny People and Knocked Up. This is 40 is a spin-off of Knocked Up but has nothing to do with Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) and Allison Scott (Katherine Heigl) and has everything to do with their married couple friends, Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann). It is now five years later from Knocked Up, and the married couple with kids has reached the age of 40. Paul now owns a record label, and Debbie owns her own boutique. The first scene sets in the bathroom where the two are having sex in the shower for an early morning celebration of Debbies 40th birthday. Pete then reveals that he took a Viagra right before having sex, which enrages Debbie and they stop. Shes angry because she thinks he is no longer attracted to her and thinks he has to take a Viagra in order to have sex. However, she is more upset because she is now 40 and continues to deny that fact. They both turn 40 around the same time and usually have a party together, but since she is in so much denial, she doesnt even want to include herself in the birthday party they are planning. This is 40 seems like the perfect title for this movie because everything that Pete and Debbie does focuses mainly on their age. Debbie is worried about her body, so she and her friend, Barb (Annie Mumolo, Bridesmaids) see a private fitness instruc tor named Jason (Jason Segel, The Five-Year Engagement) on a regular basis. Pete is nave about signing other new and hip artists that most young people like because he is so stuck on older artists such as Graham Parker, who he thinks is the greatest. Apatow adds comedic jokes about their age but does so by using very explicit language and body gestures. This is definitely an R-rated film that you dont want to bring your children to, especially if you yourself are not comfortable with such perverse language. A few of the adult jokes were funny until their kids, Sadie (Maude Apatow, Funny People) and Charlotte (Iris Apatow, Funny People), were involved in them. Toward the middle of the film, Sadie, the oldest at 14 years old, starts to curse as well. Hey, if crude humor is your thing, then this movie is for you. I just think its sad that this film is said to symbolize the typical American family. Sure, the movie displays some issues most families face, but I dont think most 40 year olds with kids solve their problems by escaping any chance they get and getting high on drugs and partying. I guess Apatow is OK with the message he brought across the screen if he casted his whole family in this movie. The film never brings any closure to their problems either, except by blaming their parents for why they act the way they act at the age of 40. I dont get it. Pete and Debbies parents are another cause of their adult problems, but I think Apatow draws it out too much. EW can rank him as smart as they want, but it doesnt take a genius to make a 40-year-old married cou ple whine like 10 year olds, curse like pirates when theyve lost their treasure and then blame their parents for how they turned out for two hours and 14 minutes. Theres nothing epic about this film at all, nor memorable. Its just another comedy that I could have waited to see when the DVD came out if even then. There may have been a classic scene when Debbie talks to her employee, Jodi (Charlyne Yi, Cloverfield), about money being unaccounted for in her boutique, but other than that, the film is kind of depressing. I dont know, maybe I need to turn 40 and have an insecure wife to understand and relate to it. Either way, I give this movie two and a half banana rats. This is 40 Movie Review R 134 min.
Guantanamo Death March Soldiers honor fallen heroes, try out for memorial marchOn April 9, 1942, with World War II in full swing, tens of thousands of American and Filipino service members of all branches surrendered to the Japanese forces after attempting to defend the island of Luzon, Corregidor and the harbor of the Philippines. The Japanese captors did not supply any food, and they only allowed prisoners to drink vice members were forced to march a total of 80 miles through the Philippine jungles, enduring harsh conditions and scorching heat. In what became known as the Bataan Death March, hundreds died from exhaustion alone, and those who fell behind or were unable to walk were beaten or bayoneted. Survivors faced the hardships of prisoner of war camps. In honor of this special group of World War II heroes, the Bataan Memorial Death March is hosted at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico every year, and Joint Task Force Guantanamos 525th Military Police Battalion is putting a team together to participate in this years event. To select the co-ed team for the event, which is slated to take place on March 17, the battalion conducted tryouts in the form of a 15.6-mile ruck march from Jan. 23-25. Carrying 35-pound rucksacks, Soldiers marched along a route that started and ended at the battalion headquarters on the JTF side and attempted to finish in the fastest time possible. Soldiers from the 525th MP Battalion and the Joint Detention Group were eligible to participate in the march and try out for the team that will compete in New Mexico. By the Soldiers participating in this, its a way to pay tribute to the Soldiers who per ished on that perilous march in the Philippines in 1942, said Sgt. 1st Class Richard Delgado, operations sergeant with the 525th MP Battalion, who organized the march. Its just a way of honoring their memory. Starting from the headquarters in the darkness of early morning, the Soldiers marched out of Roosevelt Gate and down Kittery Beach Road, turning left past the Windjammer. They then turned left toward John Paul Jones Hill and marched up and down the hill. From there, the Soldiers took a left to go past Cooper Field and then a right on Sherman Avenue before heading onto the Ridgeline Trail at Christmas Tree Hill. Eventually, they crossed over to Tarantula Trail and headed back onto Kittery Beach Road from there. The Soldiers then marched along Kittery Beach Road back toward Roosevelt Gate and then marched back toward the battalion headquarters after crossing through the gate. By and was getting higher in the sky. The route that we have is 15.6 miles, and it incorporates some of the toughest terrain on GTMO, Delgado said, noting the route included both asphalt and off-road paths. Between 40 and 50 total Soldiers were anticipated to participate over the three days of the march, and 23 Soldiers took the 15.6Delgado said the times for the march ranged from about three hours to about four and a half hours to complete the distance. Army Pfc. Remington Kilfoil was one of those 23 Soldiers who took part in the in third from last, he said he was happy with his effort. of myself, he said. It was the first time Ive rucked in over a year. Im a little disappointed in the time, but maybe next time. Army Cpl. Alejandro Azcano posted the second-fastest time on the second day of the march and noted he started off slow but eventually got faster toward the end. In the beginning it was hard. Everyone sped off ... Midway through going toward the gym, I just sped up and got up there, he I had to talk to myself. The top seven Soldiers a minimum of one male and one female were chosen to train with the team, which will eventually be in the Bataan Memorial Death March next month. Delgado said the seven Soldiers would train together up until it is time to head to the march, and then among them, they will compete in the march. The ones who put the most heart into it will be the team that goes, he said, adding and females. The team will head to White Sands Missile Range, and there the Soldiers will participate in a 26.2-mile march as a team. During the event, they will be able to experience, in part, what Soldiers endured during their long, forced trek on the actual Bataan Death March, according to the events website. tually compete in the Bataan Memorial Death March, Delgado said all of the Soldiers who participated in the tryouts had already achieved something by completing the 15.6-mile march. It is an accomplishment, he said. For a 15.6-mile ruck march on this terrain with a 35-pound kit, its pretty impressive some of the scores the Soldiers came in on. Besides that, Delgado said, the Soldiers are internment/resettlement specialists military occupation specialty 31E and they are not used to completing long ruck marches on a regular basis, which makes their times even more impressive. For them to compete the way they did this morning, it shows 31 Echoes are just as trained and just as willing to compete to the Army standard as any other MOS in the Army, he said. Not only are the 31E Soldiers built to train and compete just like any other Soldiers, the Soldiers of the 525th MP Battalion are just as disciplined and dedicated too. Delgado believes the Soldiers of the battalion are more than ready and prepared to tackle the course at White Sands Missile Range next. at the Bataan Memorial Death March will receive awards, but Delgado said the battal ion has never received one. But, he was quick to point out, the battalion won the Military Police Warfighter Competition at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., back in September. Anything is possible for these Soldiers. I expect good things from the 525th team this year, he said. The heart and determination they have is amazing. A group of Soldiers from Joint Task Force Guantanamo participating in tryouts for the Bataan Memorial Death March on Jan. 24 marches past the Joint Troop Clinic after starting out at the 525th Military Police Battalion headquarters in the early morning hours. The battalion conducted tryouts Jan. 23-25 to select a team that will compete in the memorial march at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico on March 17. Army Cpl. Alejandro Azcano hikes up Tarantula Trail with his 35-pound ruck during the Jan. 24 march that was part of three days of tryouts for the Bataan Memorial Death March. on at the end of a 15.6-mile march on Jan. 23 that was part of tryouts for the Bataan Memorial Death March. The battalion conducted tryouts Jan. 23-25 to select a team that will compete in the memorial march at White Sands Missle Range in New Mexico on March 17. Army Pvt. Eric Lubas picks up speed as he Jan. 24 march that was part of three days of tryouts for the Bataan Memorial Death March. FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 7 FEATURETHE WIRE | PAGE 6
Trooper Focus The Wire Quiz:1. Three words I use to describe myself are: 1. Stubborn 2. Hard Headed 3. Passionate 2. My favorite sports teams are: 1. Detroit Lions 2. Notre Dame TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 9 TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 8 Army Staff Sgt. Ashley Wright, a military police officer with the 525th Military Police Battalion here at Joint Task Force that being an MP was the closest a female months. Not long after returning from her make. To reenlist or to not reenlist what gives you the push how the Army gives you service in the Army was not over yet, so in the Army Reserve. On the reserves people is that reservists bring so much to In my unit, there are people with so much experience through their civilian careers in corrections, people count out the reserves because they Overall, Wright has schools to better her self. The schools she training to be a military police officer (military occupation internment/resettle ment specialist (MOS Detachment School, will have in the future. place in the Jingle Bell Run. She also comfront, Wright will assist with improving the Story and Photos by Spc. Jessica Randon
THE BACK PAGE THE WIRE | PAGE 11 TROOPER T O TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 10 PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! Who ya gonna call? Call OPSEC! See T2T on Page 11Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, country music singer Alan Jackson wrote the song, Where Were You (When the World Stop Turning). In the lyrics of the song, he writes Im just a singer of simple songs, Im not a real political man, I watch CNN, but Im not sure I can tell you the difference in Iraq and Iran. Having grown up in the small town of Tifton, Ga., I, much like so many others, was not fully sure of the experience I was about to have when I joined the U.S. Navy. I was and remain a simple man from South Georgia who has had quite a successful career thus far. For my success, I personally give thanks to God. After joining the Navy in June 1991, I homeported at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, for the purpose of this article, noncommis his leadership, mentorship and patience, I learned quickly my duties, responsibili ties and expectations of me in successfully performing my job in the Administrative Department. Coleman ensured I was recognized for my hard work, ensuring my evaluations were well written to highlight my performance during the evaluation reporting period. Additionally, he ensured I was recognized for award decorations. up the ranks, I learned hard work and sus tained superior performance is noticed by your immediate supervisors, your chain of command and others you interact with across your command. As you may note, I said your performance is noticed by these individuals, not brought to their I have been told, will sometimes bring home for their owners trophies, mean ing some sort of rodent they kill and leave for their owners to discover. This gesture would be a reason for rewarding number of our Troopers from across all services believe they should be in the receiving promotion recommendations, stel lar evaluations and award decorations. This is not, nor should it ever be, the case Address on January 20, 1961 stated, Ask not what your country can do for you ask what you can do for your country. We as uni formed service members have our individual reasons for serving within our respective port and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the begin ning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is known the names of those who have paid defense of the United States of America. So, let us not have the attitude that because we enlist, reenlist or receive a com mission that we are entitled to receive what we personally feel we should receive. Instead, be proud in serving your countrys military, for which your hard work, dedication and pride in serving shines so bright that one is recognized. If you truly have good leadership within your commands and you are doing what is expected of you, asked of you, some times exceeding the expectations of others, even your own, the promotion recommenda tions, stellar evaluations, award decorations and all other accolades will come. As Troopers continue to deploy across the globe to foreign countries (Cuba, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa to name Freedom, be reminded that just because you are an individual augmentee or a presiden tial recalled mobilized reservist or this is a permanent change of station assignment that you are not entitled to receive a high promotion recommendation or an award decoration. Sure, we see little league sports teams giving trophies to every kid on the roster, whether they are on the winning team or the losing team. We are adults, some a bit older than others, and through hard work and actions that speak louder than words, we are recognized by the chain of command. So, I encourage each and every one to continue to do your jobs to the best of your ability in ensuring not only the success of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo mission but any mission you support. As leaders, we are accountable to our Troopers, ensuring they are recognized with promotion recommendations, evaluations, award decorations and my favorite, a simple Senior Chief Michael WoodsJ NCOIC Actions speak louder than wordsTrooper to Trooper Bus #1 #2 #3 GTMO 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 2 JTF TROOPER CHAPEL Protestant Worship Sunday 9 a.m. Bible Study Wednesday 6 p.m.Downtown LyceumCamp Bulkeley FRI SAT SUN MON TUE WED THU 2 Call the movie hotline at 4880 or visit the MWR Facebook page for more information. 1 3 4 5 7 6Parental Guidance (NEW) Django Unchained (NEW) (R) 9 p.m. Silver Linings Playbook (NEW) Bullet to the Head (NEW) Silver Linings Playbook (NEW) (R) 8 p.m. Guilt Trip (NEW) Bullet to the Head (NEW) (R) 8 p.m. Django Unchained (NEW) (R) 10 p.m.Guilt Trip (NEW) Playing for Keeps (Last showing) This is 40 Parental Guidance (NEW) Gangster Squad Jack Reacher Playing for Keeps (Last showing) Jack Reacher This is 40 (R) 8 p.m. Gangster Squad (R) 8 p.m.Downtown LyceumCamp BulkeleyLocation Run #1 Run #2 Run #3 Run #4 Windward Loop/ 0900 1200 1500 1800 East Caravella SBOQ/Marina 0905 1205 1505 1805 NEX 0908 1208 1508 1808 Phillips Park 0914 1214 1514 1814 Cable Beach 0917 1217 1517 1817 NEX 0925 1225 1525 1825 Windward Loop/ 0930 1230 1530 1830 East Caravella SBOQ/Marina 0935 1235 1535 1835 Return to Oce 0940 1240 1540 1840GTMO Beach Bus ScheduleSaturdays and Sundays only handshake and kind word. This starts by knowing your people and what they are doing and us making sure we are not in the face of our leadership working on self, ensuring we get our promotion recommendations, evaluations and award decorations we feel we deserve. To each of you within your respective branches, thank you for your service and professionalism. I especially want to thank each and every Trooper that works within the detention facilities here at Guantanamo, as your jobs are quite demanding and stress ful, but you do it and you do it honorably. Thank you for taking the time to read this article, and Ill see you around the island. From T2T on Page 10