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Volume 14, Issue 27 Friday, March 22, 2013
Military spousesThe application period for the 2013 Fi nancial Industry Regulatory Authority Military Spouse Fellowship is now open, and applications are due by midnight on March 31. The program is open to current or surviving spouses of active duty or retired service members. For more information, visit www. saveandinvest.org/military center. Liberty eventsLooking for some fun new activities to members can check out this months Liberty coming events include Wood Shop Sunday, ing, and a nine-ball pool tournament. For more information or to sign up, call 2010. Hours of operationDue to sequestration and necessary cuts, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay has changed the hours of operation at several Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs. The new hours were chosen based on hour patron counts and align to when the most active duty customers used the facilities. Effec new hours are as follows: Auto Skills Center, Thursday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Marina, Monday to Friday (closed Wednesday) 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Denich Gym, Monday to Friday 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Marine Hill Gym, Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat urday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Windjammer Pool, Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesday) 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Marine Hill Pool, Monday to Friday 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Camp Bulkeley Gym, open 24 hours; MWR Community Library, Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday) 12 to 9 p.m.; Deer Point Liberty Center, Saturday to Sunday 12 to 10 p.m.; Marine Hill Liberty Center, Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Tierra Kay Liberty Center, Monday to Friday 12 to 11 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Camp America Liberty Center, open 24 hours; Downtown Lyceum, open seven nights a week; Camp Bulkeley Lyceum, open Thursday to Sunday; Ceramics & Wood Shop, Thursday to Sunday 5 to 9 p.m. In some cases, there will be small fees for programs that were once free, such as outdoor recre ation trips. The Liberty Programs bowling night will remain free, though pizza and snacks will now be available for sale. Photo Of The Weekby Sgt. 1st Class Jose Zayas Only at GTMO by Army Sgt. Brian Godette Brig. Gen. James LettkoDeputy Commander, 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 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 Spc. 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: Elwood Stone performs a song requested by an audience member during the Dueling Pianos St. Patricks Day celebration hosted by Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Morale, Welfare and Recreation Saturday evening at the Windjammer Ballroom. Stone and Leon Sarao joined together to play audience requests in exchange for tips, decided when and if to play the song depending on the amount of the tip. Photo by Spc. Jessica Randon INDEXThe Wire March 22, 2013Movie review: Beautiful Creatures Plant nursery New Trooper Chapel Dueling Pianos Softball tournamentThe 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 5 6 8 10 12 15 NEWS FROM THE BAY As we work through the busy month of March, we have much to look forward to. These next several weeks will be very busy here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo on many different fronts. This month, we can say thank you for a job well done to our Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion (NEGB), which will depart us after many years of dedicated service to our mission and our great nation. The NEGB was comprised of active and reserve sailors form a very important detention mission and, in most cases, perform out of their regular rating. The NEGB was recently relieved in place by the 191st Military Police Company. A few weeks ago, we saw the relief in place of our Joint Medical Group. Our Quebec wave departed after performing its mission in a superior manner during their nine-month rotation. Our current Romeo wave took over and has had several weeks to learn and develop in performing its critical mission. This week, we see a lot of new faces as the 177th Military Police Brigade Headquarters deployed to relieve the 191st Regional Support Group as the primary Army component that makes up the JTF Headquarters. The 191st RSG is redeploying after nine months of performing a variety of critical service and support positions and performThis weekend, we also saw the arrival of the 372nd Military Police Battalion, which is replacing the 125th Military Police Battalion as the Joint Detention Group Headquarters. The 125th MP Battalion is redeploying after their nine-month rotation where they per formed very well. Finally, this past month, we saw the depar ture of the 755th Military Police Company, which was replaced by the 128th Military Police Company. The 755th MP Company redeployed after its nine-month rotation of providing exceptional external security to our area of operations. Job well done to all departed and departing units. Thanks for serving as key members of our JTF. It is your contribution, and that from all of the services, that allows the JTF to accomplish our no-fail mission every day, 24 hours a day. As you prepare to depart JTF-GTMO, make the effort to ensure your turnover to your successor is better than what you received. You have gained the experience and understand the mission. Chances are your successor does not. Take the time and ensure your right seat left seat ride opportunity is maximized. If you are a leader, look within your organization to ensure the transition of your Troopers is well synchronized and in-depth. Your ability to provide a quality transition is paramount to the ongoing suc cess of the JTF. Welcome, our new units and Troopers. You are now part of a unique JTF whose mission is not like any other mission in the military. Take the time to learn from your predecessor and ask many questions. Before you know it, you will be carrying the torch and will quickly integrate into our JTF as a key member. Take the time to learn the JTF standard operating procedures and policies, as well as the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay rules. The key to our success remains the profes sionalism and can do attitude of our team. Your attention to detail, commitment to the mission and your fellow Troopers, and leadership is what enables the JTF to continually perform. Whether you are departing after serving your tour here or just arriving, take pride in the fact that you are part of a one of a kind Joint Task Force that has a no-fail mission and continues to excel in our mission.
Many Troopers look for volunteering opportunities here at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay for various reasons. What may surprise them to find out is that an opportunity to help out the community, learn a new trade, and be creative is literally just down the road. Every Saturday, Troopers have an opportu nity to volunteer at the NAVSTA Morale, Welfare, and Recreation plant nursery, which is next to the golf course. While volunteer ing is open to everyone every weekend, the first and third weekends of the month offer an opportunity to receive a free plant. The nursery is currently by volunteers and donations alone. Anyone can donate plants, pots, dirt, materials or anything else that could be helpful. [When] we started coming it was in pretty rough shape, said Army Master Sgt. Luis Olmo, an operations sergeant with the 189th Military Police Company. I started becoming one of the lead volunteers, and by word-of-mouth, more people starting showing up. At the end of the day, this is an open volunteer place. The nursery has several ways for someone to help out, whether handling hibiscus plants, turning branches into mulch, planting a flower bed, or performing any other maintenance. Now we tell people, if they want to help, we try to pair up people with what they are good at, Olmo said. Removing stumps or making a flower bed looks easier than it is, so they can learn these skills while they volunteer. Olmo said that the nursery is a very family friendly place. There is not only a large variety of plants but also wildlife, including iguanas, spiders, and insects. He also said he believes that spending time working with plants can help one relieve stress and wind down from the week. At the same time, when you plant something and come back the next week, you will see it has grown, Olmo said. For some, volunteering at the nursery started as a way to earn volunteer hours but turned into a habit. It doesnt matter if they are volunteer ing at the auto craft shop or the nursery or the Iguana Caf or helping with the MWR runs. It doesnt matter as long as they are giving back to the community, and then it gets paid back to them later on, said Army Lt. Col. Darcy Overbey, commander of the 525th Military Police Battalion. Some of them have already earned all their volunteer hours, but they keep coming out here because it is part of their routine. The nursery is open to the public to come and get a free plant from 8 to 11:30 a.m. the first and third Saturday of the month and is open for volunteers every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until around noon. For somebody that has never been here, they can stop by and see what its all about, Overbey said. Whether they want to come get a plant, volunteer or make a donation, there is always something that someone can do for the nursery and the nursery can do for them.Story by Spc. Chalon Hutson GTMO nursery offers volunteer opportunities Troopers have the opportunity to give back to their community by volunteering at the NAVSTA Morale, Welfare, and Recreation plant nursery, here at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until around noon. e nursery is run solely by volunteers and through donations. (Photo by Spc. Cody Campana) FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 5 There is a common phrase, You never judge a book by its cover. Well, the same thing goes for films you never judge a movie by its poster. This statement holds true for Beautiful Creatures. The movie poster doesnt entice you, nor does its title. However, the film itself is fun, visually attracting and interesting. Beautiful Creatures is a supernatural love story set in the South that tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich, Stoker), a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena (Alice Englert, In Fear), a witch, or rather a scarlet, wanting to escape her expected malevolent destiny. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their families, their history and their town. Even though the film is based on the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Beautiful Creatures has a noticeable Twilight feel to it. However, instead of a female fall ing in love with a male supernatural being, its the other way around. Also, opposite of the teen-loving, romantic fantasy film, Beautiful Creatures has a decent cast of actors, a witty script and a story line worth following. The film mainly focuses on the love story, but I thought it wasnt like the usual puppy-dog love you see in most movies that portray young adult lovers. The reasons why they fell in love and why they wanted to stay together kept my attention. Sure, it might have been their fate that allowed them to fall in love, but just their desire to escape their current reality and make something out of their lives would have enabled their paths to cross eventually. I thought Richard LaGravenese (Freedom Writers), the writer and direc tor, did a good job of showing their love and aspirations as well. He used objects, scenery and people that surrounded them to portray exactly how much they needed each other to go for whatever they wanted in life. For instance, one of the places they always met was near the only road that went in and out of the small town. It was as if they were so close yet so far. LaGravenese used some of those objects and scenery as familiar images to keep you aware of what was going on with the char acters in the film, but he also didnt give you all of the information in just one scene that would give away the whole story. The key plot of the film that kept it going forward was what was going to happen when Lena turned 16. She and her supernatural family were born with magical powers, but whether that individual family member was going to turn good or evil happened when he or she turned 16. The males had a choice, but the females didnt. No matter how good or angel-like the girls wanted to be, they didnt have a choice in the force they would possess. Heres where the real conflict comes in. Besides the Bible-Belt townspeople who disregarded anyone who wasnt a Christian and the family members who tried to separate the two lovebirds, they were in jeopardy of not having a future together anyway because of the evil Lena might possibly possess. And because of a family curse that involved humans falling in love with scarlets, their love seemed to be heading toward destruction. Other than the intense, dramatic love scenes, the film possessed a lot of dark magic. It wasnt an Exorcist type of film, but there were a couple of scenes that will make you jump out of your sit (didnt happen to me though, I only jumped because of the banana rats in Camp Bulkeley Lyceum). The visual effects, in general, were really good, even though some of the effects may have looked a little cheesy. All Im saying is its very difficult to show fake snow if youre not using green screen. However, the other visual effects were great and complimented the movie lovely. The other cast of actors was great in the film as well. Some of the supporting actors were Jeremy Irons (The Words), Viola Davis (Wont Back Down), Emmy Rossum (Poseidon) and Emma Thompson (Men in Black 3). I think Beautiful Creatures would have been another teen romance film you would label side-by-side with the Twilight series if LaGravenese had not directed it. Just from the message in Freedom Writers, one can tell that he likes to entertain the audience but is more concerned with the content in the film. Beautiful Creatures is not an epic film, but it will definitely surprise you. I give this film three banana rats. Movie Review PG-13 124 min. THE WIRE | PAGE 4 MOVIE REVIEW By Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis
THE WIRE | PAGE 6 FEA TURE A new Trooper Chapel is being built near the Camp Bulkeley Gym at Joint Task Force Guantanamo to replace the Trooper Chapel that currently operates across from the Camp America Post Office. Construction of the new chapel began in early January, said Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel Zulli, the JTF deputy command chaplain, though Zulli did not have a specific time line on the new buildings completion. He noted the exterior of the building should go up fairly quickly, while the interior such things as electrical and flooring work will take longer to complete. Zulli said the old structure has taken a beating over its existence from a combination of weather and mold, so it is being replaced with a whole new building. Basically, its a mold-infested health hazard, Zulli said of the current building. Its got the nastiest smell of any building here in JTF, and everyone comments on it when its first been opened in the morning. While the nearby Seaside Galley and Camp America Liberty Center are of the same building type, so likely of the same era, as the Trooper Chapel, Zulli said he doesnt understand why the chapel has been more impacted by mold than the other buildings. Its just moisture next to the ocean get ting into the system thats made it real hard to be in [the chapel] when its really bad, Zulli said. Its just pure nastiness. The new chapel will actually be a bit smaller than the current building, but the space in each structure will end up being about the same, Zulli said. The current chapel has two small additions on either end of the building, one serving as a foyer and the other being a storage space. Both of those aspects will be incorpo rated into the new structure, which will be about the same size as the main body of the current building. The new chapel will also have an updated sound board with a streamlined, more efficient system. That will include a projector in the back of the room so that a speaker can see his presentation without having to look behind him. There will be a little less seating, though the new chapel will include bathrooms, which the current building does not have. When you have a blueprint and when you get to the final product may be two different things because of costs, Zulli said, adding the project has a budget of about $750,000 with actual costs at about $600,000 right now. We can say what we want, but it may not happen because this factor may impact this factor. You have to balance all of the factors out. The new chapel will have all new equip ment since a lot of the current equipment has been damaged by mold. Zulli said, however, many of the wooden items, such as the altar and the pulpit, are being cleaned up and will be used when services take place at their new home. With the JTF Chaplains Office staff rotating out just as often as the rest of the JTF, Zulli said the decision to build a new chapel likely came several rotations before he arrived, meaning construction has been planned for several months. The command chaplain then probably convinced the JTF commander to invest money in a new chapel, Zulli said. That is a decision he is grateful for, he said, especially with other sections of the base potentially vying for construction money to build new facilities. The gym could very easily have said, We need a new gym. ... This building couldve said, We need a new galley. ... Well, some body said, We need a new chapel, and they said, OK, Zulli said. Thats a tremendous win for chapel programs. I dont know how it happened, but Im glad it did. With two months left in his tour at JTF GTMO, Zulli wont get to see the finished Trooper Chapel, but he is never theless excited about its construction and completion. I wont be here to see it. Id love to, he said. Id love to be here to see the grand opening, but its for future generations. I hope were designing it well so that its everything they need it to be. Contractors work on the construction of the new Trooper Chapel, near the Camp Bulkeley Gym recently. The project began in early January to replace the New Trooper Chapel going upAnnual Consumer Confidence Report on the Quality of Drinking Water, U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, March 2013What is the purpose of this report? This is an annual report on the quality of water delivered by the U. S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay (GTMO). A requirement for this was brought about when Congress amended the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1996. It added a provision requiring all community water systems to deliver a brief annual water quality report to their customers. Included in this report is pertinent infor mation about the source of our water, any contaminants detected and possible sources of contaminants for the calendar year 2012. What is the source of our water and the basic treatment process? Our raw water supply is drawn from Guantanamo Bay, approximately 160 feet north of the DESAL Water & Power Plant Compound. This is our source water and in our case, it is salt water. The source water is turned into drinking water through a process called reverse osmosis. A textbook definition of reverse osmosis (RO) is: The application of pressure to a concentrated solution that causes the passage of a liquid from the concentrated solution to a weaker solution across a semi-permeable membrane. The membrane allows the passage of water (solvent); but does not allow the passage of the dissolved solids (solutes). The RO plant is currently capable of producing about 1.6 million gallons per day. Water produced from the RO plant is transferred to treated water storage tanks before being processed through the water treatment plant. At the treatment plant, water is held in large storage tanks before entering the distribution system to the customers tap. Is our water system meeting the rules that govern our operations? The quality of drinking water at GTMO is in compliance with the Final Governing Standards (FGS) for Cuba. The FGS establishes monitoring frequencies for possible contaminants and requires us to keep records of all water quality tests. We are in compliance with the FGS. How can I get involved? If you have any questions about the quality of water at GTMO or would like more information on the Drinking Water Program at GTMO; please contact Public Works Environmental Office at 4662. Do I need to take any special precautions? Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons (such as those with cancer undergoing chemotherapy; persons who have undergone organ transplants; people with HIV / AIDS or other immune system disorders; some elderly and infants) can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791). Are there contaminants in my drinking water and why? Drinking water (including bottled water) may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of contaminants. Their presence does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agencys Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791). Contaminants that may be present in source waters include: Microbial Contaminants: such as viruses and bacteria that may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife. Inorganic Contaminants: such as salts and metals that can be naturally occurring or result from urban storm water runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming. Pesticide & Herbicide Contaminants: may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture storm water runoff and residential uses. Organic Chemical Contaminants: may include synthetic and volatile organic chemicals that may be by-products of industrial processes or petroleum production; and can also come from gas station, urban storm water runoff and septic systems. Radioactive Contaminants: can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities. Glossary: The definitions and abbreviations below give a better understanding to the meaning of terms and abbreviations concerning contaminants found in our drinking water as indicated in the table below. AL: Action Level. The concentration of a contaminant (which, if found to be exceeded) will trigger further treatment or other procedures that the water system must follow to lower the level. MCL: Maximum (allowable) Contaminant Level. The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water (by regulation). MCLG: Maximum Contaminant Level Goal. The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. mg/L: milligrams per liter, equivalent to parts per million. ND: Not detectable. A value below the detectable limit by the lab test procedure. NPDWR: National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: legally enforceable standards that apply to public water supply systems. Primary standards aim at protecting drinking water quality by setting limits on the levels of specific contaminants that can adversely affect public health and are known or anticipated to occur in public water systems. NSDWR: National Secondary Drinking Water Regulations: non-enforceable guidelines regulating contaminants that may cause cosmetic effects (such as skin or tooth discoloration) or aesthetic effects (such as taste, odor, or color) in drinking water. EPA recommends secondary standards to water systems but does not require systems to comply. NTU: Nephelometric Turbidity Units -a measure of the clarity of water. Turbidity is measured with an instrument called a nephelometer, which measures the intensity of light scatted by suspended matter in the water. Turbidity in excess of 5 NTU is just noticeable to the average person. pCi/L: picocuries per liter -a measure of radioactivity in water. Turbidity: A measure of the cloudiness of water. We measure turbidity because it is a good indicator of the effectiveness of the water treatment system.
FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 17 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 THE WIRE | PAGE 8 FEATURE St. Patricks Day weekend is a big weekend whether youre in the United States or here at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. The spot to be this past Saturday night was the Windjammer Ballroom for the Dueling Pianos showcase featuring two piano players, Leon Sarao and Elwood Stone. The atmosphere was great and many people came out dressed in green with plenty of St. Patricks Day spirit. The ballroom was full of decorations and fun items for the audience to enjoy, includ ing top hats and horns. Not many people were aware of what a Dueling Pianos show was, but as the night took off, many people seemed to be pleased with the performance. Youre not giving people everything you can unless you inter act with them, and thats what I love about this job, Stone said referring to why he enjoys performing dueling shows. So, what is a Dueling Pianos show? There are two important steps when it comes to having a good show. One, you take two piano players who are usually pretty comical as well as good singers, and then you take a live audience and their requests and plenty of their participation. The audience members are responsible for requesting any song they want to hear and from any genre. Once you have your request written down, you take it to the stage and set it on one of the pianos. Depending how big of a tip, if any, that you lay down with your request, the piano players decide when and if to perform it. You learn to play what the audience wants, Stone said. Stone went on describing how one request worked out on Saturday. Someone gave me a 20 [dollar bill] to play Tiny Dancer by Elton John, then someone gave me a 20 to stop playing it, and thats just how it works, Stone said. Having such a diverse audience can be tricky at times because you always want to keep everybody happy and ensure everyone is having a good time. I love working for the military because theres almost like an unwritten code: Dont go dogging people because of where theyre from, Stone said on why its never an issue for him to perform for service members. You have to respect where people are from, and thats what the military has always been good about: bringing in people from different cultures and making them get along whether they want to or not This show was something new for GTMO. It was different from the usual bands and music artists that visit from time to time, but theres no doubt that the night was a success. Overall, the show was what I expected and then some. Sober or not, listening to the two pianists go back and forth, performing their own renditions of songs, was great, said Spc. Michael Lawrence. Cheers, laughter and good tunes has St. Patricks Day 2013 going Story and Photos By Spc. Jessica Randon Let the Good Times Roll Sarao smiles for the camera while backing up Stone on the keys. Elwood Stone gets down on the keys. Audience members become backup dancers during the pianists rendition of Baby Got Back. Audience members show off their St. Pattys day pride. festivities. After this audience member sang for the audience, the pianist got the chance to serenade him. Audience members enjoy singing along to the tunes covered by the pianists.
FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FEATURETHE WIRE | PAGE 10 The Coast Guardsman looked down the reflex sight of his Remington M870 pump-action shotgun. The firing coach instructed him, Two rounds, 10 seconds, ing slug rounds he was instructed to fire two standing, three kneeling, the last round Several Coast Guardsmen from Port Security Unit 311 conducted semi-annual qualifications on various weapons at the Station Guantanamo Bay on March 13 through 15. stance. were using was not the Baretta model, which action pistol which has two internal safeties and no external safeties. safe. All of the Troopers had qualified on techniques and everyone worked on improving their skills. They have their own personal goals, ous stances, such as kneeling and reactionary stances, from distances of three yards up to higher scores closer to center-mass. After of 250, and a minimum qualifying score of 187. it is fast paced, and there are many differ Burkhardt said he had some very talented marksmen in his group, when it came to the pistol range, and that marksmanship in that In the Coast Guard, our primary of these guys are reservists, and many of them are law enforcement in the civilian sector. After everyone had an opportunity to qualify with the pistol, they all went to qualqualifying on the M16A2 is essential as well. some great pistol shooters in the Coast Guard, Burkhardt said. For units like this, it is equally as important that they are qualiqualify using the tactical shotgun as well. Burkhardt said. The different types of rounds have different purposes, he said. A Burkhardt coached Coast Guard Petty ery technician with PSU 311, through the various stages of the shotgun course while giving him advice from his personal experi ence with the weapon. I hope that they can work on muscle memory and have retained some of the lesthe past, Burkhardt said. Really, I also want weapons. It serves the purpose of them Station Guantanamo Bay on March 14. 14. March 14. Ready, Set FIREStory and photos by Spc. Chalon Hutson
Interview and Photos By Spc. Cody CampanaThe FastestMan in GTMO TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 13 TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 12
GuardiansThings heated up quick Saturday morning as the Softball Tournament began. Beginning at eight in the morning teams gathered to show off their best skills on Overall, the tournament featured 10 teams that all performed fantastically as the day rolled on. But only one team could be called the champions. midnight the following day as the Mercenaries faced off against the Guardians of the 193rd Military Police Company. In the end, The Guardians became the new softball tourney champions. This teams success is made up of our desire to win and be the best at everything we do, said 1st Sgt. David Taylor, senior enlisted leader of the 193rd MP Company. Taylor also shared that this team has been together since summer of last year and since then, they have won multiple championships and plan on continuing the winning streak. Will they be able to hold onto the title throughout the spring softball season? Story by Spc. Jessica Randon FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 15 Courtesy photo by Mercenaries team member Play Ball
FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 16 Rosario Dawson, Meagan Fox, and Sophia Vegara. -Spc. Alvin Allen Eva Mendes, Kate Beckinsale, and Zoe Saldana. Petty Ocer 1st Class Melissa Crespo Scarlett Johanson, Meagan Good, and Emma Stone. Tech. Sgt. Lynn Gutierrez Kirstie Alley, Melissa McCar thy, and Darlene Cates. Tech. Sgt. Clinton Stallard Or... Scarlett Johanson Rosario Dawson Eva Mendes Melissa Mcarthy Darlene Cates Kirstie Alley FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 17 T GTMO SAYS... Who would you cast as the next Charlies Angels? This is SpartaColumn By Spc. Jessica Randon
THE BACK PAGE THE WIRE | PAGE 19 TROOPER T O TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 18 PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! Tell your family about OPSEC Late in 2002, I was a drilling reservist and a member of Port Security Unit 313 out of Tacoma, Wash. I had a fantastic civilian job that I just loved, was newly married and had just bought a wonderful house in a great town. I was living my version of the American Dream. There was a darkness brewing, though the Iraq War was looming in the distance. I think everyone knew that eventually it was going to happen, but I chose to ignore that. I really didnt want to go. Then the phone rang. My Port Security Unit was being mobilized and sent to Kuwait, pre-deployed in the event of war. I was devastated. I felt like my entire world was crashing to an end. I was convinced that I would lose my job, my wife would divorce me and my house would not be my house any longer. I didnt sleep for a situation to change. It didnt. check. My supervisor was an active duty E6, gunners mate first class, and a fantastic leader. He called me and everyone else who worked in the armory a few days before our orders began. He said that he wanted to get us all together for a gut check. I was hop ing that GM1 was going to tell me that he didnt really need me to go, that I was free to continue living the dream. What he told us, however, was quite the opposite. He said that all of us were trained for this. In fact, this is what we have been training for. This was an opportunity to test the skills we had learned, and we would play a very large role in history and will be able to tell our children that we were a part of it. He then explained that our attitude was going to affect our suc cess. You will be over there for at least six months. You can decide right now what sort of deployment you are going to have. No matter what happens, you will either enjoy it or hate it. I want all of you to decide right now. The truth to his words was undeniable. This is going to happen: You are going to either be miserable every day or you are day. I chose to be positive, and that paid off. Dont get me wrong Although the choice was easy, the practice was hard and my newfound attitude did not make every day a ball of sunshine and roses. Some days were just plain awful. On those days GM1 would tell us, This right here is going to be a crazy story! That would always get us laughing. Bad day reversed! I was able to grasp every moment of that deployment, good, bad or otherwise. Now, what remain are fantastic memories, stories (only slightly enhanced) and friends that I will have for the rest of my life. Ever since that moment, I have treated every deployment the same way. I know that the friends I will make, the knowledge I will gain and the experience I will have will last a lifetime. I choose to be positive. I choose to surround myself with others who are positive. I accept that not every day is going to be full of unicorns, Santa Claus and rainbows. I know that those hard days are the days that will teach me the most and that those are the days that build the stories I will tell for the rest of my life. The choice to be positive is easy for me now, and the only thing that I wonder is why on earth would someone choose to be miserable? Chief Petty Officer Joel BurkhardtPort Security Unit Choose to be positiveTrooper 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 23 Call the movie hotline at 4880 or visit the MWR Facebook page for more information. 22 24 25 26 28 27The Croods (NEW) (PG) 8 p.m. Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13) 10 p.m. Safe Haven (NEW) (PG-13) 8 p.m. Side Effects (R) 10 p.m. Safe Haven (NEW) (PG-13) 8 p.m. Side Effects (R) 10 p.m. The Croods (NEW) (PG) 8 p.m. Identity Thief (R) 10 p.m. Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) 8 p.m. A Good Day to Die Hard (R) 8 p.m. Beautiful Creatures (PG-13) 8 p.m. CLOSEDNote: Concessions at Camp Bulkeley are also closed every night until further noticed.Parker (Last showing) (R) 8 p.m. CLOSEDNote: Concessions at Camp Bulkeley are also closed every night until further noticed.The Impossible (Last showing) (PG-13) 8 p.m. Hansel & Gretel (Last showing) (PG-13) 8 p.m. CLOSEDNote: Concessions at Camp Bulkeley are also closed every night until further noticed.Warm Bodies (PG-13) 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