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Universal OrlandoGTMOs Information, Tickets, and Travtary Salute tickets to GTMO Troopers and retirees. Military Salute tickets are three-day end of June. If you want to pick up your free Tax assistance centerIRS-trained volunteers to help people until ule an appointment call 4692. New zip code9998. However, the previous zip code, APO phase. Water restrictionsNaval Station Guantanamo Bay is exResidents should conserve water as much as possible. A few ways residents can conserve leaks to the Public Works Department. Only at GTMO by Spc. Brian Godette COMMAND from page 3 and confront the wolf. If you have no capacity for violence, then you are a healthy, productive citizen, a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you But what if you have a capacity for violence and a deep love for your fellow citizens? Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed. These people, the ones who have been blessed and the capacity for violence. The difference, not and will not ever harm the sheep. Any est little lamb will be punished and removed. The world cannot work any other way, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours. wolves that exist in this world and in whatever mission that you are tasked. Lastly, continue to Sgt. Maj. Scott SmithSergeant Major, 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 Lt. Col. Sam House: 9927 Operations Officer Army Maj. Alvin Phillips 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: Joint Task Force Guantanamo commander Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr. (left) and deputy commander Army Brig. Gen. James Lettko (right) cut the cake at the Black Heritage Organization Guantanamo Bays Black & Gold Ball. Smith also delivered the keynote speech at the event, which celebrated Black History Month with music and a show of traditional African clothing. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr.COMMAND on page 3 INDEXThe Wire March 1, 2013Movie review: The Last Stand Dog days of GTMO NEGB disestablishment Black and Gold Ball Trooper Focus Triathalon Joint Personnel CenterThe 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 6 8 10 12 15 16 NEWS FROM THE BAY Outdoor recreationSome of MWRs outdoor recreation cen paintball course is now open Saturdays from closed Sundays and Wednesdays. On Mon shop is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Wednesdays. On Saturdays and Sundays, the Marina is open from 6 a.m. to 8p.m. On from 8a.m. to 8p.m. The Lateral Hazard (ext. For all of the various reasons why you joined the military, at some point you realized that you had made a promise to the your life so that others may live and enjoy all the freedoms that we share is a monumental feat. Our nation must have individuals like you our way of life even when some of those of whom you protect do not care or appreciate what you do. Nowhere in the two tenants of leadership (mission accomplishment and appreciated. So, as I often do when I write the Command Corner, I take the opportunity to of others, and this week provides me another need for us to serve. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman. One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to me: Most of the people in our society are creatures who can only hurt one another by accident. This is true. Remember, the mur year. What this means is that the vast major ity of Americans are not inclined to hurt one another. Some estimates say that two million Americans are victims of violent crimes haps an all-time record rate of violent crime. which means that the odds lent crime is considerably less than one in a hunviolent crimes are commit ted by repeat offenders, the actual number of violent citizens is considerably less than two million. Thus there is a paradox, ends of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurt extreme provocation. They are sheep. sheep. To me, it is like the pretty, blue robins are like that shell, and someday the civilization protect them from the predators. Then there are the wolves, the old war veteran said, and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy. Do you believe there are evil men in this world and they are capable or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.
Is it possible for a movie to have you sitting on the edge of your seat with suspense and falling out of your seat with laughter, all at the same time, in the same scene? I didnt think it was possible until now, and it didnt take MythBusters to figure this one out. Instead, it took a small-town sheriff and an FBI agent, as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Forest Whitaker team up in The Last Stand, an action thriller that is surely going to become a classic. I will tell you right now that I am giving this film five banana rats, but only because thats as high as I can go on our scale here at The Wire. This film deserves to be crawl ing with banana rats like Camp Bulkeley on a Saturday night its just that awesome of a movie. Schwarzenegger, in his first starring role since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, plays Sheriff Ray Owens, the lead cop in the sleepy little town of Sommerton Junction, Ariz., where the biggest crime is the mayor parking his shiny, red Camaro in the fire lane. The sleepy little town is about to be woken up big time, as drug lord Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega, Vantage Point) is on the run in a one-of-a-kind Corvette after escaping police custody while being brought to death row. At the beginning of the movie, we see scenes involving Owens and lead FBI agent John Bannister (Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland) running parallel to each other, but we see the lines beginning to intersect when Cortez flees and takes agent Ellen Richards (Genesis Rodriguez, Identity Thief) hostage. They are racing toward the Mexican border at nearly 200 mph, and they may be heading for an almost unknown cross ing that happens to be in the backyard of Sommertons beloved farmer, Mr. Parsons (Harry Dean Stanton, The Avengers). Owens and his deputies, Sarah Torrance (Jaimie Alexander, Thor), Mike Figgy Figuerola (Luis Guzman, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) and Jerry Bailey (Zach Gilford, In Our Nature), are on Parsons property investigating the farmers mysterious murder when they happen upon a mobile assault bridge set up across the canyon that marks the border. They also happen upon henchman Thomas Burrell (Peter Stormare, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) and his mercenaries, and Jerry is killed in the ensuing firefight. Its clear now that Cortez plans to cross the border at Sommerton, and its also clear that Owens and his deputies may be the only ones who can stop him. Through phone conversations between Bannister and Owens, it appears a SWAT team is either too far away to make it in time or not coming at all, so Owens and his deputies really are on their own. In need of some big-time help, Owens deputizes Sarahs exboyfriend and jail resident Frank Martinez (Rodrigo Santoro, What to Expect When Youre Expecting) after he asks to join the fight to avenge his friends death with his military expertise. After realizing they only have some pis tols and shotguns among them, the team next tracks down Lewis Dinkum (Johnny Knoxville, Jackass), the operator of the towns gun museum and the owner of quite the stash of assault weapons, including an old machine gun he affectionately calls Vickie. After loading their armory in a fleet of vehicles that includes a truck named Henrietta and a school bus, which are part of two of the movies comedic punch lines, the team is ready to set up a barricade in town, fight off Burrell and his mercenaries and stop Cortez from making his way into Mexico. Will Owens and his ragtag team of deputies be able to hold back the mercenar ies, who are determined to blast a path for Cortez through town no matter how many deaths it takes, before the infamous drug lord shows up on the street? Will Cortez be able to outsmart and outgun the law enforcement agencies chasing him and make his way back across the border and back to a life as the most powerful and infamous drug lord? Will Harry and Sam be able to finish their omelets at Irvs Diner (yet another of the movies jokes) in peace before the morning is over? I could tell you, but that wouldnt be any fun. What would be fun is you taking yourself down to the Downtown or Camp Bulkeley lyceums to check out The Last Stand the next time it comes around. Get yourself some popcorn and a soda if you want, but be careful not to spill them as you fall out of your seat with laughter after sitting on the edge in suspense. The critics seem to be deeming this film as just another action film good but not great and pretty much the same as every other action, particularly Schwarzenegger, film that has come before it. With big guns and fast cars mixed in a typical good guys versus bad guys plot line, I would have to concede that the critics have it mostly right. The acting and the scenes arent all that different from anything weve ever seen before, and even Schwarzenegger seems out of place with his Austrian accent in small-town Arizona. But, there is just something about how it all comes together that makes it a great action film. And the addition of small yet hilarious bits among the intense, suspenseful action such as a seemingly mild-mannered old lady disposing of a bad guy with a shotgun after he ignored her No trespassing! warning makes the movie all the more memorable. Then theres the mayor coming back to town and wondering what happened Told you not to park on the fire lane, the sher iff tells him. By now, youre wondering what happened too, so go see this movie already! I repeat, it gets a solid five out of five banana rats! The Last Stand Movie Review R 107 min. THE WIRE | PAGE 4 MOVIE REVIEWFEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 5 The Joint Task Force Guantanamo Chaplains Office, here at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, is currently sponsoring a financial education course within the JTF called the Financial Peace University. The 13-week course is run through the Dave Ramsey Institute and is strongly based on the original version of Dave Ramseys Financial Peace University. The purpose of the course is to help enlighten the 35 Troopers and Department of Defense employees participating on how to become more financially successful. The course itself is two hours once a week and there are 13 sessions. Each session is about an hour of video, said Army Master Sgt. Luis Cora, class facilitator and non-commissioned officer-in-charge of the Joint Detention Groups S3. Currently, we are running three full courses. We have a Monday class, a Tuesday class and an acceler ated class that meets twice a week. Students taking part in the course may find the training FPU contains to be very useful to them in particular. It is actually the Financial Peace Universitys military edition, so it makes reference to the military community and makes reference to our regulations, Cora said. It is geared toward a military mindset. The material is presented and struc tured in a way that will allow service members a more comfortable experience while helping them to reduce their financial stress. In the military, we are so used to learning by things being structured, and this course is structured on a step-by-step process, Cora said. The course is designed to reduce stress. We know that a financial burden in a military career could be a real downfall, especially with your security clearance and the divorce rate being so high. Much like the original version of the course, the military edition is broken down into seven baby steps, Cora explained. Step one is saving a one thousand dollar emergency fund, step two is the debt snowball, how to pay off all your debt, three is build that emergency fund from three to six months of your income, step four is save 15 percent in investments for retirement, step five is start funding a college fund for your kids, step six is pay off your mort gage, and then step seven is build your wealth and give it away, Cora said. Though the seven steps of the course are its main structure, students may find each other most beneficial. The real learning for the military comes from the discussion at the end of the video, Cora said. We pose questions and discussions, and then people build off of each others experiences. Participants may also have the chance to examine their individual finances and learn to complete important paperwork during homework. There is quite a bit of homework. As a matter of fact, every night there is homework, Cora said. There are certain forms that you fill out based on your financial status, your family status and your goals. The importance of the class may not seem particular for military members, but finances can play a large role in a Troopers career. If your financial arena is in good standing, you will probably be a more productive [Trooper], Cora said. Many people may underestimate the time required to reach a monetary goal, get out of debt, or become wealthy like the Monopoly guy, but enrolling in a future FPU course can get you on your way. The course is designed to change your life, and if youre going to change your life, its going to take some time, Cora said. The class may be quite long and immersive, but participants can expect a quality block of instruction that may be a life changing experience. Story by Spc. Cody Campana, Army Master Sgt. Luis Cora (far right), a class facilitator, poses with his students during a military Financial Peace University class Feb. 5.
If youve ever seen a statue of Buddha, you know he wears the same serene, congenial smile all the time. He always looks calm and happy. Joint Task Force Guantanamo has its own Buddha-like being, a yellow Labrador Retriever named Austin. Many Troopers, deployed or stationed here, cant bring their own pets with them. Most pet owners will say that there is a cer tain comfort that comes in the form of a dog. They are always happy to see their people and love unconditionally. Some are happy no mat ter who they are with. On the right day of the week, a Trooper can walk into GTMOs Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration Team, or JSMART, and four legs. JSMART offers a variety of methods for Troopers to deal with stress, and one of the methods available are Red Cross volunteer dogs. Austin is one of those volunteers. Austin provides a comfort and service that no human can duplicate. He is there when Troopers need someone to listen, when they need comfort or when they just need some puppy love. He lets people speak freely to him, Austins owner, Army Maj. Matthew Perry said. He just sits down and listens, and you can pour out all your troubles to him. He is a great listener. He reminds people of their pets at home. Austin provides a calm presence with whoever he shares his time with, content to just sit with a person until they feel like speaking or doing something. Since they are away from home, they miss the comfort their pets bring, said Petty leading petty officer. Most of the time, people dont come here to see us. They come to see Austin. Austin is their comfort. He helps them get over situations and ease their minds a little bit. Austin was adopted by Perry, officer in charge of preventative medicine for the 525th Military Police Battalion, from a rescue in Austin, Texas, from which he takes his name. Even at a young age, Austin showed an aptitude for therapy work, with his calm demeanor and friendly, people-oriented personality. It is amazing because he is just so good at being a therapy dog, Perry said. He doesnt really have any training. He is the same calm him. Austin is not the only canine therapist available to Troopers. Austin is great for some people because he is calm, Perry said. But some people are looking for the jump-up-and-lick-you ener getic dog, and thats what Trixie is good at. If you need to feel uplifted and excited, then Trixie is good for that because she is always excited. If you just need to sit and love on something and relax, then Austin is good at that. For Troopers who cant always get over to JSMART, Austin makes the rounds with the JSMART team visiting Troopers where they work. While Austin may not be the actual Buddha, he shares his friendly personality and inner calm with whoever needs it. Whether you just want to take him for a walk, throw a tennis ball or just sit quietly, he is there and just seems to know what you need. Story and photos by Spc. Raechel Haynes THE WIRE | PAGE 6 Red Cross volunteer dog, Austin provides Troopers with the comfort of a pets presence. Austin volunteers each week at Joint Task Force Guantanamos JSMART. Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jason Mcgee and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sean Dickinson try to convince Austin to do a trick.
Almost a decade has passed since the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion was established to take responsibility of all detainees and camps at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. January 2004 brought what is now known as the NEGB, but all good things eventually must come to an end. The same holds true for the NEGB. Rear Adm. Michael Tillotson, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command commander, visited GTMO and spoke at the NEGB Disestablishment Ceremony Feb. 21 at the naval station chapel. Some of his points were about the great job the Sailors have done during this mission and about the mission coming to a close. Outstanding leadership helped to guide and mentor quality Sailors, which resulted in excellent mission results. Im proud of each and every one of you, Tillotson said. You all are part of history. Were closing this chapter. However, never forget the role you played in it. Throughout the past few years, the Navy has been gradually transferring authority of the detainee camps to the Army. There were once hundreds of Sailors guarding the camps throughout the Joint Task Force. Today less than 80 Sailors stand watch. It is now almost all Soldiers. We used to have an average of 600 Sailors guarding and helping maintain the Jeremy McCall said. Over time we brought that number down little by little to help the Army have a smooth transition into maintaining the majority of this mission. The NEGB is entirely made up of individual augmentees from different parts of the nation. When they depart the island soon, theyll go back to their respective homes and integrate back into American society. Many of the Sailors will step back into law enforcement positions. Being [a guard battalion, a majority of the Sailors] are border patrol, state cops, county cops, detention center guards because 1st Class Eric Painter, NEGB leading petty to about the same thing. That extensive amount of experience is part of the reason this mission has had great success and helped the NEGB push through the challenges. Time, logistics and communication from time to time were barriers. NEGB Sailors guarded the camps 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That responsibility left each Sailor with 12-hour guard shifts. This shortage of time forced the NEGB to work together, communicate bet ter and coordinate ways to accomplish all goals while saving as much time as possible. We are doing the guard duty every day, all day. Communication, from time to time, was a challenge, Painter said. We had to push through that to accomplish our goals and simultaneously keep up morale. Another challenge for many of the Sailors was the splashes, Painter added. Im sure all of them will not mind not having to deal with that anymore. Splashing, I would imagine, made it hard for some of the guards to mentally cope with their work environment, he said. Splashing is a form of malicious protest on various guards. Reports average splashes happening at least once a week. All of our Sailors are professionals. We go through lots of training. We even sit down and discuss the things that are about to happen, McCall said. Of course youre never really prepared until you experience it and then have to deal with it again. However, weve tried to prepare each Sailor to the best of our ability for this mission. They prepared each Sailor for the mission well. Safety was top priority and it showed. There were zero incidents of guards being injured by detainees or each other, McCall added. Youre standing here with these detainees, caring for them, making sure they arent harmed by each other or by anyone on the outside. I let the Sailors know theyre a part of history. I think they take a lot of pride in knowing they were a part of this, he said. FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 8 NEGB disestablishes, hands Army mission
FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FEATURETHE WIRE | PAGE 10 There are many reasons why people celebrate. Tasting freedom after being enslaved for nearly 300 years, obtaining civil rights from years of segregation, and achieving goals that were once not an option are more than enough reasons why African Americans celebrate. African American culture and accomplishments are celebrated nationwide throughout the month of February for Black History Month. The Black Heritage Organization here at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay held a Black & Gold Ball to remember and celebrate the achievements of African Americans at the Windjammer Ballroom Saturday. We honor those who faced and over came the crossroads of our society, BHO President Darrell Sarge Laborn said as he gave his opening remarks. Heritage is what guests saw when they gazed upon a decorated collage displaying African American culture right before enter ing the ballroom. BHO members and guests also showed an appreciation heritage as they arrived to the ball dressed in their best. Models also dressed to impress as they made their way to the stage wearing African and Middle Eastern clothing. And the program will begin with the beautiful Middle East and North Africa fashion show, Laborn said as he kicked off the event. A feeling of African American culture spread throughout the ballroom as the mod audience clapped and demonstrated their support while the models put on a cultural show. The event shifted from dancing and modeling as the keynote speaker, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Commander Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr., took the stage. This is such a great time to get together, Smith said. Smith spoke about African American his tory from slavery to the present and even gave a personal encounter of his experiences as a 14 year old in South Carolina involving rac ism, but the majority of his speech focused on the Emancipation Proclamation, the March on Washington and the essence of moving forward. These events are based on the theme today, and the theme really is at the crossroads of free dom and equality, said Smith, comparing the two events that changed the history for African Americans. Smith said the acts of those events tie together even though they happened a century apart. The Emancipation Proclamation took place in 1863 and the March on Washington 100 years later dom, the second about equality, and they both are unparalleled. Freedom had Giving an explanation as to why he thought freedom the very concept of owning another human being is at odds with the statement declaring that all men are created equal. Abraham Lincoln, the man who historians call the savior of the union, considered the Emancipation Proclamation the crowning achievement of his presidency. And Lincoln wrote, and I quote, I never in my life felt certain that I was doing right signing this piece of paper. If my name ever goes into the history books, it will be for this act. My whole soul is in, Smith said. Smith then talked about how Lincoln did what he could when he could. Smith said Lincoln could have established the Emancipation Proclamation earlier than he did, but he didnt have the right resources to do so. As a military officer, Ive learned long ago that you do what you can, when you can, with what you have. And you know what, you dont let perfect be the enemy of good, Smith said. Smith praised Lincoln for what he did, for the Union and for Africans Americans at that time but expressed how African Americans needed more than the Emancipation Proclamation to break the mental bondage they endured during slavery. Unfortunately, equality didnt come with that freedom. One hundred years later, Black Americans had come far from the days of slavery, Smith said. Blacks served with distinction in World War II. Black inventors and scientists have made great contributions to the world, but even after slavery was abolished, many obstacles remained. Blacks faced trouble in the streets, as well as in the court rooms of America. Smith explained how, with the help of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., President John F. Kennedy declared a second Emancipation Proclamation to outlaw segregation. By June of 1963, Kennedy was composing new civil rights legislations. And I quote, Next week, I shall ask the Congress of the United States to act, to make a commitment it has not fully made in this century to the proposition that race has no place in American life or law, Smith said. Smith also said Kennedys words were the legal version of Kings I Have a Dream speech. A vision of Kings dream about equality and what he spoke into existence were seen manifested there at the ball. GTMO residents of different races and cultures all came together that night to celebrate Black History Month. Laborn and his BHO team continued to entertain the guest with a praise dancer and another fashion show, and Spc. Ardell Henderson also blessed the audience with two and many of the guests won cool prizes. Everyone ate and danced the night away in unity. We learn from our past, Smith said. Be inspired by it. Dont dwell on it. We are taught that history means understanding the present and a guide to security for a whole some future. So, on this historic anniversary, its right for us to pause at the crossroads of how far weve come but not standing still so that we slide back. Story by Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. Joint Task Force Guantanamo Commander Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr., keynote speaker of the Black & Gold Ball, delivers his speech at the Windjammer Ballroom Saturday. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. Spc. Ardell Henderson plays and sings uplifting songs during the Black & Gold Ball. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. Fashion show models walk down the runway showing off North African and Middle Eastern clothing during the Black & Gold Ball. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. Fashion show models and guests of the Black & Gold Ball dance down the Soul Train Line. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. A few Black Heritage Organization Guantanamo Bay members stand in the spotlight to be recognized for their work in organizing the Black & Gold Ball. Photo by Spc. Brian Godette. fashion show that was held during the Black & Gold Ball. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. A decorated street sign honoring the theme of the Black & Gold Ball, which honored Black History Month, stands upright in front of the Windjammer Ballroom Saturday. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. A decorated collage honoring Black History Month is displayed in front of the Windjammer Ballroom during the Black & Gold Ball. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. Black Heritage Organization Guantanamo Bay President Darrell Sarge Laborn delivers his opening remarks during the Black & Gold Ball. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. Black Heritage Organization Guantanamo Bay Vice President Wanda Robinson reads notes partaining to one of the fashion shows that took place during the Black & Gold Ball. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. Pauline Thompson performs a prayer dance during the Black & Gold Ball. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. The Color Guard stands at the position of attention at start of the Black & Gold Ball. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. BHO GTMO celebrates Black History Month with Black & Gold Ball
TrooperFocus TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 13 TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 12 In the military, everyone has the opportunity to be a leader, whether they realize it or not. During World War II, thousands of Americans were forced to march through the Philippine jungle after surrendering to the Japanese. Hundreds died because of the harsh conditions, and hundreds of people now complete the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range in New which helped inspire many people even today. While here at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Army Sgt. James Blake, with the 428th Military Police Company, was inter ested in competing in the march. He saw that GTMOs Bataan Memorial Death March was the tryout for the nationwide competition. As a motivated Soldier and team leader with the 428th MP Company, he realized it would demonstrate a great amount of leadership to complete the event. The march seemed like an event that was up my alley. I am really into physical try to see what it was like, he said. It was pretty intense. After halfway, I had to push myself. It really comes down to how bad the march, earning himself the opportunity to compete in the longer march in New Mexico. He, along with other Soldiers in the 428th MP Company and the 525th MP Battalion, will go to represent their com panies, the battalion, and Joint Task Force Guantanamo. and fifteen minutes, Blake said. They took the top four male Soldiers and the top female Soldier, and we made a team to compete in the Co-ed Heavy event, which includes a 35-pound ruck. The one here was 15.6 miles, and the one there will be 26.2 miles. It will be a full marathon. Blake was a team leader, in the 428th dur ing the march and encouraged the Soldiers underneath him to compete in the march as well. Everyone within his team was able to complete the march. Blake sees the future march as a challenge that will test him, but regardless of the results he will be better for the experience. At the end of the 15-miler, it was very tough to even walk, and now we are adding another 11 miles to it, Blake said. I am excited but a little nervous at the same time. Blake was inspired by the memory of World War II service members who were forced to march 80 miles through the Philippine jungles. Looking back to those during World War II who were actually forced to march, its a testament to their strength and their courage to be able to push through all that, he said. I want to do this for their memory and in part for my company. We might be reservists, but we are the strongest company out here. Now after looking into the event myself and what it represents, it meant a lot to try to go out there and make the team. As team leader, within his company, he had the opportunity to lead by example. Now I know that when Soldiers are motivated, they are willing to push them selves harder, Blake said. My biggest thing on leadership is to lead from the front and take care of Soldiers. Regardless of what I have to do, those two values I will Just as those who marched in the Philippines demonstrated leadership has an opportunity, in his own way, to demonstrate his leadership with the Bataan Memorial Death March coming up. Looking back at history has inspired him to lead from the frontArmy Staff Sgt. James Blake Story and photos by Army Pfc. Chalon Hutson My biggest thing on leadership is to lead from the front and take care of Soldiers. Regardless of what I have to do, those two values I will
THE WIRE | PAGE 15 FEA TURE Troopers and civilians throughout Naval Station Guantanamo Bay competed in a triathlon sponsored by GTMOs Morale, Welfare, and Recreation staff on Saturday. The event included a 500-yard swim, followed by an 11-mile bike ride, finished with a 5k run. The competition did not have to be an individual one, as there was a separate bracket for teams of three to compete and share each leg of the event. The winning team was made up of two Sailors and a Soldier with a winning time of 1 hour, 5 minutes, 13 seconds. Army 1st Lt. Haby Ramirez did the swimming portion, and Navy Lt. Scott Thorpe completed the biking portion of the race. It was definitely a team effort. Our swimmer was kicked a couple times in the water, and he still beat probably 95 percent of the field, Thorpe said as his teammates celebrated after their win. It was a great experience. The weather was great. I have always been a good swimmer. I just had to work on the bike and the run, said Gavola, around the ocean. It feels good. I came out here to win. competition meant that Gavola received no breaks in between each leg of the triathlon. look back on. I am looking forward to the other triathlons too, Gavola said. I might not do the whole thing. I might do teams. It was pretty brutal. This will not be the last oppor tunity for Troopers to compete in a contest such as this. MWR holds many competitions for athletes to compete in year-round. We try to mix events up and make it so there is something for everybody, said Dennis Anthony, the fitness director with MWR. I often see a lot of the same people coming out here, which means that no matter what you throw at them, they are willing to come out and take on the challenge. requires constant physical fitness and training. The MWR gives notice so Troopers know which competition will be held next. We advertise it in advance, so some people train for this, Anthony said. I know some people that train for every single event. They will sometimes ask me what the course will be ahead of time so they can run it five or six times before the competition. Almost all of these events are open to all Troopers throughout GTMO who are up for the challenge, and there is never a shortage of those who are. We usually have very junior enlisted people come out here, and sometimes get the commander of the naval base as well, Anthony said. Almost 100 people from GTMO, from all walks of life, came out to have a fun day of exercise and competition. Story by Army Pfc. Chalon Hutson SWIM BIKE RUN MWR holds GTMOs own triathlon
THE WIRE | PAGE 16 FEA TURE Their faces are the first faces you see when you first arrive at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, and their faces are the last faces you see when you leave GTMO after your tour at Joint Task Force Guantanamo is complete. They are the Troopers of the Joint Personnel Command. From inprocessing to outprocessing and most everything in between dur ing a Troopers months-long tour at JTF GTMO, the JPC is the face behind the scenes of the JTF but is nevertheless an important face for Troopers whether they realize it or not. When new Troopers arrive on the Leeward side of base, the JPC staffers are there to handle their inprocessing before Windward side. When Troopers leave the island for the final time, the JPC staff members are there yet again to take care of their outprocessing. Besides conducting inprocessing and outprocessing when Troopers arrive at and depart from GTMO, Air Force 1st of the JPC, said the office also helps Troopers with leave requests, visitations, evaluations, accountability, and meal cards, as well as their imminent danger pay and hostile duty pay (IDP and HDP) The JPC also handles releases from active duty (REFRADs), casualties, extensions, Red Cross messages and accountability, among a few other items around JTF GTMO. Pretty much anything personnel that needs to be done, you can come to us and well help you guys out, Tagatac said. The one stop we hold true to our name. The Troopers in the JPC work six days, and sometimes seven days, a week meet ing the personnel needs of their fellow Troopers. Tagatac said each JPC worker handles one particular program that falls under the scope of the JPC, and some workers handle two, depending on how involved each program is. Each person has a program that theyre responsible for, Tagatac said. So, if someone comes in for visitation, well be like, Go to Specialist So-and-so. If hes not here, then either myself, the NCOIC, or the superintendent can help them out. Besides working out of the building across from the 525th Military Police Battalions headquarters on the JTF side, the Troopers also spend every Saturday and every other Tuesday working out of side. As part of the JPCs leave program, the workers check Troopers in and out when they go on and come back from leave. They also take accountability of new units when they arrive and then take them to the upstairs of the terminal for inprocessing. Tagatac said the inprocessing includes getting new Troopers information, giving them a safety brief, handing out meal cards, and explaining about life on the island. want to make a good impression, she said. The JPC workers are also the last people Troopers see when they outprothat process includes collecting Troopers completed outprocessing checklists and meal cards and getting them signed in at the terminal. Its bittersweet sometimes, she said. Sometimes youll see people that you worked with, and youre like, Im going to miss you. Being that the Troopers of the JPC when they enter and exit GTMO, Tagatac said the JPC workers get to see every body who comes through the JTF. That is what she loves most about the duties of the JPC, along with working in a joint environment. After checking in new Troopers, she said she will often run into them at the galley or the NEX and, though she wont they will say hi and remind her that they recently arrived at GTMO. You pretty much do meet everyone. You see everyones face, she said. I love it. Meeting new people, interacting with them, seeing them exciting to go home or when their families are visiting. morale go up. Its a good thing.Story and photo by Army Sgt. Jonathan Monletto Joint Personnel Center: FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 17 As many may know or not know, March is Womens History Month. A month that is dedicated to acknowledging the suc So, lets talk about feminism. I know what youre thinking. Youre thinking, Great, shes getting ready to rant and rave about inequality and womens rights. Well, be happy, because Im actually going to do the opposite. Feminism is defined as the advocacy of womens rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. For me growing up, when I heard the word feminist, I thought of a radical woman bent on arguing the issues and mistreatments of women in society. I pictured an angry woman yelling into a megaphone on the steps of the nations capitol arguing for equal pay and treatment in the work place. Now, no longer just a girl but a woman myself, my views on feminism have changed entirely. I can say that I too am a feminist but definitely not the type that I pictured growing up. So, what makes me different? In my freshman year of college, I took a course called Women of Different Cultures. As you could imagine, this class was comprised of women to include the instructor. We discussed issues from salary earnings to household responsibilities, all the way to female circumcision. We watched video after video about women from around the world who suffered from discrimination or abuse all because of their gender. Many of the things we discussed I found very interesting, but the way the instructor delivered her arguments did nothing more than turn me off. This class made feminism come across as a form of victimizing women, which I do understand to an extent. But I also believe in independence and self-actualization. So, I would say that the difference between me and many of the women who took this class was that I was not bent on blaming gender. I felt as if no one else in this class was willing to take responsibility for their own actions or outcomes. So, what makes me a feminist? I believe in the strength of all women and our ability to open eyes and mend hearts, our ability to care and to kick butt. The bottom line is we do have the capability to do all things that men can do and then some. Now, will we do as well? Maybe not. Can we do just as well? Of course, if our minds and efforts are in the right place and we are doing it for the right reasons. A big topic right now is women in infantry. To be or not to be? Well, I spoke with a noncommissioned officer who I recently interviewed for an article. The question was, How do you feel about women in the infantry? Her response, I thought, was amazing. She said she felt that if women were going to be allowed into the infantry that all of the standards required for combat should be on a required of the male Soldiers. And her reasoning for this was that by meeting the standards, the women who made it, were doing it for the right reasons, and they would be more likely to actually have a passion for the infantry. I too, agree with her thoughts. I am not going to be a victim or say that my lack of success is due to societys broken thoughts. Instead, I look at it as a challenge. You say I cant, and I will prove that I can. You say Im not strong enough, and I will work my butt off until I am stronger than you. I will not blame others, and instead I will accept responsibility and I will accept the challenge. your success, or lack thereof, belongs to no one other than you. Do not be a victim of anothers ideas. Instead, be a verdict of your own. So again, from me to you, be you, be true, be beautiful. TO BE OR NOT TO BE Column By Spc. Jessica Randon
THE BACK PAGE THE WIRE | PAGE 19 TROOPER T O TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 18 PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! When you combine all three aspects of the SAW, you get what I consider the complete Soldier: the scholar who will be able to adapt and outthink the enemy, the athlete who will will bring the skill sets neces sary to complete the mission. During my last deployment, I was having a conversation with my first sergeant. He was in a Ranger battalion for eight years, and he was explaining an acronym they use to describe what a Ranger should be. That acronym was RAW Ranger, Athlete, Warrior. I decided that that acronym could be modimember should be and came up with SAW Scholar, Athlete, Warrior. I use SAW to describe my expectations of my Soldiers and how they need to view and conduct themselves during their mission. war with our enemy. Our Troopers can no longer afford to rely solely on tactical training and equipment to win battles. In order to be to be able to think, adapt and overcome in do this, Troopers need to continuously educate themselves. I am not referring to only formal military education but also extracurric ular education, such as asymmetrical warfare, counter insurgency (COIN), and civil military operations. Our Troopers need to be able to think as well as they can shoot, move and communicate. We can become better, more well-rounded Troopers by seeking out for mal education, cultural awareness training and language schools. This provides our Troopers with additional tools and enhanced skill sets to combat our enemies at the scholastic level. Athlete: As U.S. service members, I consider us as professional athletes. That is to say that we get paid to be in good physical condition and we are evaluated on our physilead. Organizations such as the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL hold their players to very high standards. If players do not meet these standards. then they could lose their jobs. I encourage my Soldiers to think of their physical training as part of their job, not something they need to get done or simply check the block on. The physical fitness test (PFT) should not be the sole reason to conduct physical training. The test should be viewed as nothing more than a formal assessment on how he or she is doing as an individual and as a leader. Too often, I feel our Troopers view the PFT as the end game. Therefore, they get the test out of the way and relax again until the next one. Continual progress and continuing to raise the bar is something I instill in my Soldiers and something that should be at the forefront of their goals. Warrior: My other military occupational specialty (MOS) is civil affairs specialist. This MOS has provided me opportunities to work and train with units inside the special opera tions community. While on a reflexive fire range with a buddy of mine from the 3rd Special Forces Group, I asked him what he felt made a special forces Soldier elite when compared to a traditional Soldier. He told me that there was nothing special about him or his team. Sure, they get more schools and advanced training opportunities than typical Soldiers, but that comes with the level they are expected to perform at. He told me the special in Special Forces meant mas tering the basics of being an operator and philosophy has always been to master your craft. I instill this message in my Soldiers and Troopers must master the basic skills that are or her individual job, and the basics of being a professional. When you combine all three aspects of the SAW, you get what I consider to be the complete Soldier: the scholar who will be able to adapt to and outthink the enemy, the athlete and the warrior who will bring the skill sets necessary to complete the mission.Sgt. st Class Eric Burghardtth Military Police Co. Scholar, athlete, warriorTrooper to Trooper Bus #1 #2 #3 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 :40GTMO 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 6Jack the Giant Slayer (NEW) (PG-13) 7 p.m. Hansel & Gretel (NEW) (R) 9 p.m. The Impossible (NEW) (PG-13) 7 p.m. Parker (NEW) (R) 9 p.m. Parker (NEW) (R) 8 p.m. The Impossible (NEW) (PG-13) 10 p.m. Hansel & Gretel (NEW) (R) 8 p.m. Jack the Giant Slayer (NEW) (PG-13) 10 p.m. Broken City (R) 7 p.m. Zero Dark Thirty (R) 8 p.m. The Last Stand (R) 7 p.m. Broken City (R) 8 p.m. Broken City (NEW) (R) 7 p.m. Les Miserables (Last showing) (PG-13) 8p.m. Les Miserables (Last showing) (PG-13) 7 p.m. Mama (PG-13) 7 p.m. Mama (PG-13) 8 p.m. The Last Stand (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 SAFE RIDE 84781