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INDEXThe Wire May 3, 2013Movie review: TemptationDay at the Bay Orthodox Holy Week Sports Byline 525th OC Training Trooper Focus Tuition AssistanceThe 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 JTF GuantanamoCommander Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr. Deputy Commander Army Brig. Gen. James Lettko JTF Senior Enlisted Leader 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 JTF PAO Senior Enlisted Leader Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr.: 3499The WireSenior Editor Army Sgt. Jonathan Monfiletto Assistant Editor Spc. Raechel Haynes Photo Editor Army Sgt. Ferdinand Thomas Layout Editor Spc. Cody Campana Webmaster/Copy Editor Spc. Chalon Hutson Photojournalist 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: Spc. Logan Miller, a legal specialist with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 525th Military Police Battalion, reacts with a facial expression after getting sprayed in the face with Oleoresin Capsicum. The 525th MP Battalion conducted non-lethal self-defense training on April 24, with an unarmed selfdefense class followed by an O.C. spray exercise and detention scenarios. Photo by Spc. Cody CampanaCcommand orner THE WIRE | PAGE 3 COMMAND CORNER THE WIRE | PAGE 2 Photo Of The Weekby SGT Ferdinand Thomas Costume contestAre you excited about the GTMO premier of Iron Man 3? Well, the excitement just went up a notch. Tonight at Downtown Lyceum, Morale, Welfare and Recreation is hosting a costume contest. Show up to the movie dressed up as your favorite superhero or villian and compete for prizes. For more information, call the movie hotline at 4880.Inspirational WordFrom your JTF Chaplains OceUNDERSTANDINGTo comprehend the intended meaning of a group of words.English is a weird language. Some words sound alike but have dierent meanings, such as to, two, and too. Some words have multiple meanings depending on how one uses them. No wonder we have trouble understanding each other, even when we speak the same language. Take, for example, the phrase Secure the building. Each of the military services understands this phrase dierently. Given this command, the Marines will storm the building and take it by force, the Army will put up a barrier around it and defend it, the Air Force will nd the owner and get a lease for it, and the Navy and the Coast Guard will turn out the lights, lock the doors, and leave. Wow! All that from just three words. As leaders, we must ensure our subordinates understand what we want them to do in carrying out our orders. Repeating verbatim the words given does not indicate understanding. Putting orders in ones own words does. Ensuring understanding will make all our jobs much easier and more ecient. Captains CupAthletes, want to take the challenge? MWR is hosting the Captains Cup Sports Challenge with 10 total events from May 17 to 18. Teams must register at Denich Gym by May 14. There will be an meeting at Denich Gym on May 9 for players and coaches. Competition will be service versus service. For more information call 2113. GTMO JOE by Spc. David Marquis Brig. Gen. James LettkoDeputy Commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Fellow Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers: You are part of a one-of-akind organization composed of all of the services, components, civilians who are contractors or government civilians, all focused on a very important tactical mission that has strategic consequences. We all rotate to JTF-GTMO on different cycles depending on our service, status or contract. We have six-, nineand 12-month military rotations, and we have some civilians that have been here several years providing that continuity that we all depend on. Have you ever thought of why we are able to accomplish our mission every day with a group of professionals thrown together into the JTF-GTMO melting pot? Yes, standard operating procedure, patience and training have a lot to do with how we conduct our business. Our military competence, profes sionalism and can do attitude also have a tremendous impact on our ability to conduct our mission. From my position, I see our ability to conduct our mission every day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week whether it be the guard force, medical staff, translators, analysts, IT staff and our service providers is a direct result of our diversity. When you look across the JTF, you will services represented, and within those services, we have the active and reserve components. We have units and Troopers land to the East Coast and from as far north as Michigan to as far south as Puerto Rico. This JTF is unique in several ways. One of the most evident ways is that the composition of the JTF leverages the strengths of each service towards accomplishing its mission and the overall mission. Our con tractor and civilian force is probably the most diverse part of the JTF. Our contrac tor and civilian staff represents over a dozen countries of origin. These team members are all U.S. citizens who are here contributing to the total team effort. We cant accomplish our mission without all of us working together and leveraging those special skills toward mission accomplishment every day. We are truly a joint and diverse group of professionals all contribut ing in a multitude of ways to accomplish our no-fail mission. I urge you to take the time while at JTFGTMO to learn something new about the many diverse groups of people that make up our great team. Next Sunday is Mothers Day. Mothers Day celebrates the contribution that mothchildrens lives. The idea for official celebration of suggested by Julia W. Howe. Ms. Howe drafted a proclamation in 1870 calling for mothers to celebrate peace and mother hood. Despite her attempts, this day was not overly celebrated. It wasnt until 1908, when Mothers Day. On May 10, 1908 the first official Mothers Day celebration took place in a small community in West Virginia. Many times, Mothers Day gets overshadowed by other events or celebrations. Dont let that be an excuse for not concharge of yourself and contact your mother for their guidance and direction. If your mother has passed away, take a few minutes to remember her in a manner that only you can. Honor Bound!
Two words describe my state of mind while viewing this film torture. Wait, thats one word. Anyhow, all of the words in the dictionary couldnt explain how horrible this movie is. I hate to say it, but someone should to tell Tyler Perry that its about quality, not quantity. Hes made a couple of films that did well at the box office, hes hit the success meter by establishing ownership of a motion picture studio and hes created an unforgettable and hilarious character named Madea, so I guess the ideal thing to do is keep making films right after the previous one. That would sound like a great idea, but everyone knows that value is in the worth, not the amount. Ever wonder why it takes great direc tors like Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) at least two years to make a film? One of the reasons is because he takes his time crafting and polishing a masterpiece. Clearly, Perry did not take heed to such strategy for his latest film, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. Like most of Perrys films, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor has an important message in the plot that eventually gives a serious moral at the end of the story. An ambitious married womans temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal and, ultimately, havoc in her life. The film is based on his play of the same name. The irony of the synopsis, which I found very interesting, is that this mar ried woman, Judith (Jurnee Smollett-Bell, The Defenders TV series) is a therapist working at a matchmaking agency owned by Janice (Vanessa Williams, 6 Park Avenue TV series) and strives to become a marriage counselor herself. The film starts off in present time with Judith now a marriage counselor counseling a young couple. The husband doesnt understand what he is doing wrong, and the wife seems to get annoyed by everything he does. The husband leaves after a little argument, and the wife stays and shares to Judith that he deserves a better wife. Judith comes to the conclusion that the wife has found someone else who fills her voids. Judith tells her a story about how her sister (really her) fell into the same trap. The film then transitions to a huge flashback of her life that goes on throughout the rest of the film. We all know what the movie is about, but from the point where Judith and her secret lover, Harley (Robbie Jones, Necessary Roughness TV series), meet and going forward in the film, Perry makes every thing so obvious and predictable for the audience. There was no, Wow, I wonder how Harley is going to beguile her? or I wonder what kind of game he is going to spit to her to make her leave her hus band? Every question you had, if any, was answered within 15 minutes of the movie. I think I would have felt more excitement and unexpectedness if I watched a mouse snif fling toward a trap full of cheese. There was nothing unforeseen about this film at all. However, there is a surprise at the end of the film, but it was very predictable from the way she chose to live her life. That boy is going to hurt you something bad, said her God-fearing mother (Ella Joyce, Belles TV series). In Perrys unique way of writing dialogue, now we know this movie will not have a happy ending. Judiths mother added a lot of spiritual themes to the film, as most characters do in Perrys films, but the messages in this film seem more like a parody of Christian teachings. Everything was horrible about the film. I didnt know whether I should laugh during a scene or take it seriously. Whether I laughed or not, the whole movie was a laughingstock, especially the acting. Why would Perry put Kim Kardashian (Drop Dead Diva TV series) in the film? Her role in the film was just to chastise Judith on how she dressed, and you heard every syllable when she spoke. Oh.. my.. God.. jud.. ith.. that.. dress.. is.. so.. hor.. ri.. ble. Looks dont always do a film justice. She needs to stick with reality TV. Im just very disappointed in Perry and this film. Im giving this movie one and a half banana rats zombie banana rats, that is, the ones that scare the other banana rats into running onto the road so they could get hit by a Humvee and eaten by turkey vultures. Movie Review PG-13 111 min. THE WIRE | PAGE 4 MOVIE REVIEW By Army Staff Sgt. Michael E. Davis Jr. Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 5 Fun under the sun was the motto for the third annual Day at the Bay festivities held on Saturday at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The event was held at the ferry landing area and began at 4 p.m. as food vendors, provided by different military com up their grills and brought out their sweets to woo the crowd. The dif fer ent foods featured included funnel cakes, gourmet cupcakes, deep fried Oreos, cotton candy, as well as a variety of dinner plates. The thing I like most is the food, the funnel cakes and fried Oreos, said Tech Sgt. Elliot Session. Food wasnt the only thing this There were many activities for everyone to enjoy and participate in. With everything from a cardboard regatta to a sand castle contest, no one was left out. Other activities included a surfboard decorating contest, kayaking, paddleboating, swimming, balloon bouncing, water sliding and tours well as a Marine Humvee and that wasnt all there was to offer. This celebration also brought out 25 craft tables, allowing people to showcase their creativity and spectators to purchase their artwork and enjoy themselves. This is our way of giving back for the month of the military child, said Tyronisha Milton, Child and Youth Programs Lead, explaining the focus of this years celebration. And with the celebration being in honor of military children, the High School dance team was able to come out and show off their skills on stage, showcasing two dance routines for event goers. You have everybody getting together and enjoying each others company, and bring out the kids and just having a good time, said Army Pfc Gerald Austin. Day at the Bay ran until 6 p.m. ensur ing everyone had plenty of food and fun. Regardless if people went for the food, the activities or the crafts, theres no doubt that this Day at the Bay celebration was a hit here at GTMO this year. And with all the activities for kids to participate in, parents probably had no trouble getting everyone to bed. A day full of fun under the sun will surely send everyone in for a good nights rest. Coast Guard allows families to tour one of its many boats. Event goers took time on Saturday to check out the items for sale at the cra tables that were set up for the Day at the Bay celebration. Designed suroards are lined for judging for the best decorated suroard contest. Spending a Day at the Bay...GTMO Style!Story and Photos by Spc. Jessica Randon
THE WIRE | PAGE 6 FEA TURE Followers of the Eastern Orthodox faith at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay celebrated the Orthodox Holy Week this week with the help of an Orthodox chaplain brought to the island just for the occasion. Similar to the Christian Holy Week at the end of March, the Orthodox Holy Week began with a Palm Sunday service on Sunday morning and continues through Saturday night with a Paschal service. In between was a series of services to prepare followers for the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Navy Lt. William Butts, who normally serves as a basic training chaplain through Navy Recruit Training Command, came to GTMO this week to help Orthodox followers here celebrate the week. While the Christian Holy Week already took place, Butts explained that the two faiths use different calendars, so the Orthodox Holy Week can sometimes fall at a different time than its Christian counterpart. For the Orthodoxy, the Holy Week is almost a Passion play in one sense, he said. Some parts of that play include the Palm Sunday service, which was followed by bridegroom matins that evening. That service focuses on the second coming of Jesus Christ, and bridegroom matins were hosted again on Tuesday. Wednesday was the holy unction, in which Butts said people are anointed with holy oil for their physical and spiritual health. Thursday was the 12 Gospels service, which tells the story of Jesus Christs crucifixion and is similar to the Catholic Stations of the Cross. Today, Butts, said followers will gather around Jesus Christs tomb, similar to Good Friday. They will take him off the cross, wrap him in a shroud, and bury him. On Saturday night, followers will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and enjoy a big feast afterward. Weve been fasting for almost 40 days from meat and dairy, he said. We have a big supper, a holy supper, together, and we break the fast and eat meat and cheese and drink and do all the other things we havent been able to do all Lent. Just as the Catholic season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, Butts said the Orthodox Lent begins with Forgiveness Sunday in which followers ask each other for forgiveness and offer the kiss of peace to start Lent off right. Lent is basically a time where we focus more on prayer and going to church, so theres a lot more church services in Lent, Butts said. Its a time to increase our alms giving, our church attendance, our prayer life, to help us turn away from ourselves but to turn to Christ and serving our fellow humans. Eastern Orthodoxy is notably very similar to Catholicism because the two faiths used to be one united religion under the Roman Empire up until the 11th century. Through different political and religious reasons, the church experienced a split, known as the Great Schism, and became the two churches that exist today. Were the Eastern part of the Roman Empire, Butts said of the Orthodox faith. He said churches of the faith are spread throughout Eastern Europe, Asia Minor, and even the Middle East. A lot of [Eastern bloc] still remain to be Orthodox. Like Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy holds Jesus Christ as the foundation of its faith. The biggest difference today and the main issue in the split is that Eastern Orthodoxy has bishops who are all equal to each other, while Catholicism has the pope as the supreme leader. Another big difference, Butts said, is that Eastern Orthodoxy focuses on liturgical readings, while Catholicism focuses more on monastic traditions. He also said Orthodox seminaries are more practically based, while Catholic seminaries tend to be more academic in nature. Were a very worship-centered church, he said. Our theology is done in worship. Butts said Orthodoxy is the fourth-largest Christian denomination. He estimated there are between two and three million Orthodox followers in the United States and about 30 to 40 here at GTMO. Its a great opportunity to come and provide services for people, Butts said, adding this was his first trip to GTMO. Some of them havent had services for five years. Some of them were in tears. Its been that long since theyve been in church, so its a great opportunity. Visiting chaplain celebrates Orthodox Holy Week with GTMO followers Navy Lt. William Butts, an Eastern Orthodox chaplain with Navy Recruit Training Command, leads the congregation in prayer during a holy unction service at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay chapel annex Wednesday evening. Butts visited GTMO this week to help Orthodox followers here celebrate the Holy Week, which included a Palm Sunday service on Sunday and a Paschal service on Saturday. Navy Lt. William Butts, an Eastern Orthodox chaplain, makes the sign of the cross during a holy unction service that was part of Orthodox Holy Week at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay chapel annex Wednesday evening.
FEATUREFEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 9 THE WIRE | PAGE 8 Story by Spc. Jessica Randon Photos by Army Sgt. Ferdinand ThomasRaiders, Cardinals, and Bears oh my! Just a few of the teams mentioned on the Sports Byline USA radio show that broadcasted live from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay this week. American Sports Byline is a sports radio broadcasting network that has been around for 25 years with Armed Forces Network actively participating with the Byline for 24 of those 25 years. Sports Byline USAs chairman and host, Ron Barr, has dedicated more than 40 years of his career to radio broadcasting, traveling nationwide to many military bases, as well as overseas in both Afghanistan and Iraq. This was the first time Barr had the privilege of bringing the Byline here to GTMO, along with two of his closest friends. Adonal Foyle was one of the co-hosts for the Byline USA GTMO premier. Being a retired NBA player, his expertise is one that is regularly welcome on this Byline program. Foyle spent 10 years playing for the Golden State Warriors followed by three years with the Orlando Magic. Once he retired, he began helping the players by becoming the director of player development for the Magic. Following his retirement, Foyle wanted to really focus on other things, such as publishing Foyle Finds His Game, which Foyle explained what is it that you want to do with your life. He is also working on his second book, this time for professional athletes who have never handled a lot of money and dont know exactly what to do with it once they finally get it. This book informs athletes and others who responsibilities and growth. having so many years of playing basketball, I wanted to have something where I can really hang out with some friends and do something for the troops. So, coming here and seeing how everyone is doing, taking the year off and just enjoying everything, Foyle said about why he decided to go on the road with Sports Byline television and radio, and Ron has really been great letting me come in and get a feel for everything. bers, and he took the time to share why he was so honored. gency and no higher national issue than taking care of the people who protect our home every day, said Foyle. Also showing his appreciation was the other assistant coach for the Minnesota Vikings back in 1992 and then became the head coach of coach to take the Ravens to the Super Bowl and led them to the victory in 2000. Not only does he have the NFL experience to be considered a subject matter expert on the topic, but Sports Byline USA isnt his first sports broadcast. He has also been on the NFL Networks The Coaches Show, as well as the NFL Networks signature show, Total Access. out and show our appreciation to the troops, and in my case, thats by talking about the NFL, Billick said when asked about broadcasting from GTMO. During the shows here at GTMO, Barr, Foyle, and Billick werent the only ones to speak on the air. There were multiple guests who called into the show, ranging from well known basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale to well known major league baseball manager Tony LaRussa. And thats not all. Morale, Welfare and Recreation also allowed Troopers to come on the air and speak with each of the Byline co-hosts as well as ask questions to the individuals calling in. me. I enjoyed it very much, being a huge fan of college basketball and Dick Vitale. I was honored to have the opportunity to speak with him and be thanked for my service. I have my eyes set on new profession once I retire, Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Williams said about how much he enjoyed his time on Sports Byline USA. With 1,200 interviews in the Sports Byline library, which was recently licensed by the Library of Congress, Barr explains how each of the interviews came about. them, it works in their schedule, and some of them, they have to ask their wives, who reply with, Over my dead body. Now, with the first live broadcasts from GTMO to add to the collection, Troopers out to the guys for coming down and sharing their sports knowledge with everyone here at GTMO and on the airwaves, with a closing message from Barr. to walking through the door every day at the studio. I always got somebody new, and theres always something new, like Jason Collins coming out, and thats what makes it interesting. Live on the AirWith Americas Sports Talk Network From NFL Networks Total Access, Brian Billick joins the Sports Byline USA crew for
The 525th Military Police Battalion conducted non-lethal self-defense training at Cooper Field and Camp Deltas Caf Caribe April 24. The training was a requirement for all Soldiers who permanently changed duty stations to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in support of the Joint Detention Group mission. as the Sun was rising, as usual for those in the Army, with an extensive unarmed selfdefense class that would put each Soldier as detainees. today was to show the Soldiers how to properly defend themselves and their battle buddies while they work over the next year Richard Delgado, 525th MP Battalion plans and operations non-commissioned officer and non-lethal self-defense training instruc tor. The training teaches the Soldiers how, if needed, to create and maintain distance from This course either refreshes skills already A few hours later, the Soldiers were preparing for the second phase of the training, which includes one of the most dreaded training exercises in the entire Army, the Oleoresin Capsicum, or pepper spray, training. This training requires all of the par ticipating Soldiers to get sprayed in the face with the O.C. spray and then make their way through different detention scenarios while suffering through blind anxiety. This course is designed for each Soldier and perform their duties while under the said. The course begins with each Soldier being exposed to O.C., then they have to perform numerous unarmed self-defense techniques in order to move through the course. After each Soldier completes all assigned tasks, they are taken to a decontaminating station where with the help of a medic The second phase of the training is over training day. would have to be the O.C. exposure. No matter how many times you receive this training in the past, O.C. will still challenge you both physical part is performing the actions under the effects, and the mental part is convincing yourself that the pain is temporary and that Though the training only takes a single day to complete, the experience it provides Troopers can be the sole difference between a detention officers mission success and failure. This type of training is paramount in our line of work. Being correction/detention specialists for the United States Army, we have the potential to be exposed to O.C. said. Its important that each Soldier fully understands the effects of O.C. and that they know they can continue to soldier on and accomplish the mission after being exposed to it. This type of training allows the Soldiers to properly defend themselves and their [coworkers]. After the nine-hour training day, the Soldiers walk off with the knowledge and for the Soldiers but for all detention opera the non-lethal self-defense in the role of the detainee, along with the direct use of pep per spray on each Trooper, the participants become more knowledgeable about the escalation of force in a detention environment. is actually doing the hands-on [portion]. You it on someone unless you absolutely have to, legal specialist with the 525th Headquarters and Headquarters Company. They sprayed me [with the O.C.] and it didnt hurt for as [the feeling] hit me, my eyes slammed shut and I wasnt moving after that. Its a good learning experience. You get to know what it feels like so you dont use it on anyone unless Story and Photo by Spc. Cody Campana FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FEATURETHE WIRE | PAGE 10 525th MP Battalionnon-lethal weapons training A Soldier with the 525th Military Police Battalion handcuffs a simulated detainee, while he is blinded by O.C. spray, at Camp Deltas Cafe Caribe April 24.
Trooper Focus TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 12 TROOPER FOCUS Senior Trooper of the Quarter I knew I had the right mindset and the right motivation to come here and work hard.Its all about doing something different and standing out. Thats what led Marine Staff Sgt. Alfredo Hernandez to join the Marine Corps his brother joined the Army, and Hernandez wanted to try to outdo him. Thats what led Hernandez to volunteer for the mission at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, where he works for J2 and is in charge of a staff of civilian linguists. And now thats what led Hernandez one of only a handful of Marines at JTF GTMO to be recognized as the Senior Trooper of the Quarter. Im glad Im able to make a difference, Hernandez said, noting that he feels some extra pressure being one of the few JTF Marines. Ive got a lot of eyes looking upon me, so Ive got to make sure Im a good rep resentation. Im very, very glad to be able to To be selected as the Senior Trooper of the Quarter, Hernandez had to top his fellow nominees in a board made up of the JTF chain of command. Before that, he had to be nominated by one of his superiors and deemed worthy enough to compete for the honor. Hernandez said he feels he was nominated because he has shown a positive attitude through volunteering for the mission and car rying out his job to the best of his ability. I knew that I had the right mindset and the right motivation to come here and work hard, he said. To be quite honest, I just did my job, day in, day out. That job includes overseeing a staff of linguists who work inside the camps and around JTF doing translations. Prior to coming here, Hernandez was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, N.C., where he worked in a role similar to his role here except that he was working more with his fellow Marines. Im used to managing people, he said. Its a different way of managing people here. Im glad to be able to learn from experience of doing something else different. After he volunteered for the mission at GTMO, though, he had to earn his place here through a selection board similar to the one he used to earn Senior Trooper of the Quarter recognition. I was able to win a mini board to come over to GTMO and get this deployment, so I knew that I came over here with the mindset of, Im going to make a positive difference and work real hard, Hernandez said. at GTMO, Hernandez has stood out for hav ing that mindset and for being one of the few JTF Marines. He said that fact keeps him motivated to do his job to the best of his ability. I know there are a lot of eyes upon me, Hernandez said. My brothers in the Army, and its always a challenge between him and me. Its just a constant competition between me and my brother, so I think that keeps me pretty motivated to do well. That constant competition is a big factor in what led Hernandez to enlist in the Marine He and his brother were born and raised in California near Naval Base San Diego, so Hernandez said he saw Sailors frequently dur him want to join the military someday. I grew up seeing a bunch of Navy personthe military, he said. Seeing the Navy ships and whatnot, that was pretty amazing. But, he wanted to do something differ ent and knew he wasnt meant to be in the Navy. Then, his brother, who is 10 years older, enlisted in the Army, and Hernandez knew he couldnt go that route either. He started going to college, but then he decided to join the military so he would have money to finish his degree. Joining the Marines, it turns out, was part of that competition. My brothers always challenging me, he said. I have to try to outdo him, one way or another, it doesnt mat ter. Ive got to be differ ent from him, and its been great. I love my brother to death. He keeps me motivated. I want to keep pushing myself and live up to his standards. After a 10-year career in the Marines that includes previous deployments mostly around Asia places like Thailand, the Philippines and Okinawa and as he prepares for a promotion next year, Hernandez said he has enjoyed his time in GTMO and appreciates getting the chance to come here. I just love this place, Hernandez said. I love my job here. I love the people that I work with. Its a great experience. I like GTMO. As Hernandez was doing this interview, he was also getting ready to do something dif ferent again leave the island on his four-day pass and return home to see his family. That family, which includes sons who are 5 and 1, keeps him motivated and focused on his mission here. Its only a 96 [hour leave], but any break you can get to visit your family counts, Hernandez said. I would take two hours if thats all I was allowed to do, but Ill take any days. Im really excited. As much as he loves his job in GTMO, though, he loves his family more. He said he looked forward to seeing them and wishes they could be with him. If I could bring my family here, I would extend, Hernandez said. I already know my job here. My command seems to like me. The only thing that would keep me from extending is just not having my family here. I need them as much as Im pretty sure they need me. I love my job. I love what Im doing here. This is great. The place is nice. Its just that one important fact missing. Marine Staff Sgt. Alfredo Hernandez
THE WIRE | PAGE 15 FEA TURE Congress has voted to restore the militarys tuition assistance program but has left the Coast Guard behind. The 2013 government funding bill passed Thursday by the House and now on its way to the White House ordered the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to keep paying tuition assistance through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. The Army, Air Force and Marine Corps had all announced that they suspended their programs in a move that would save between $250 million and $300 million this year. The Navy had not suspended its program. Congress does not give the services extra money to pay for benefits, requiring them to restart their programs by making other cuts. What this does is reverse the decision from the Department of Defense that took away some of the abilities of our troops, when they are brought into the service, have in terms of subsidizing their tuition, said Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., who led the charge to save the program after receiving thousands of complaints. This would return it to the way it was before. The amendment orders the services to carry out tuition assistance programs for the remainder of fiscal 2013, spending the amount allocated in the budget for the program minus the 9.4 percent cut required under sequestration. It is worded as an order, giving the services no flexibility. The U.S. Coast Guard announced that tuition assistance is reinstated for the remainder of fiscal 2013 but with revised eligibility requirements. The Coast Guard revised eligibility requirements for members seeking assistance in order to ensure the $4.6 million set aside for the program is enough to sustain it to the end of the fiscal year. The new requirements for eligibility include the member must be on active duty at the rank of petty officer 1st class or below and pursuing undergraduate courses, only. Reservist members on extended active duty also qualify. For eligible members, benefits are restored to pre-suspension levels of $250 per individual credit hour and an annual cap of $4500. The U.S. Coast Guard has averaged nearly 10,000 enrollees a year for the last three years and expected around the same number this year. 7,000 members had par ticipated this year prior to suspension. The Coast Guard joins the other military services in reinstating tuition assistance after an amendment to the Appropriations Bill directed all military services to do so. The initial decision to suspend tuition assistance was a result of the services attempt to meet the provisions of the Budget Control Act. Story from armytimes.com Story from military.com Congress reinstates tuition assistance for troops
THE WIRE | PAGE 16 FEA TURE GTMO Says... Who made out best in the NFL draft and why? Spc. Alban Bonilla- The Ravens. They lost a lot of defense and replen ished with newer talent. Their coach, John Harbaugh is a great teacher and they have a lot of young great potential especially with a wide range of veterans. Sgt. Alvin Allen- The Jets. They got a fresh quarterback and got rid of Tebow. Coach Brian Billickdown the line, but I think the Vikings did an excel lent job with using their three picks to address their needs. Ron Barr- The San Francisco 49ers did because they had 13 Prosvs. FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 17 Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and wel come back to Phils Grill and anoth er edition of Whits BBQ Pit! I have to ad mit that grilling season is my favorite part of the year and one of my favorite things to do on the island. GTMO provides great weather, great people, and many great locations to barbecue! This week at Whits BBQ Pit, we will be making Killer Bacon Cheddar Dogs. From experience, these hot dogs are amazing! The Killer Bacon Cheddar Dogs are very simple to make and total time from prep to chow is only 30 minutes. BBQ Tip of the Week: Grilling and smoking require some clear thinking, espe cially when its time to pull it all together. Please keep a clear head and save that adult one else is dealing with the dishes. Grilling this up is a walk is over the top good! Try it with brats as well! Be looking for Whits BBQ Pit in The Wire for new grilling and cooking tricks, tips and recipes! Until next time, GO, FIGHT, WIN! 8 bacon slices 8 hot dogs 8 buns 8 slices of cheese (your choice) 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce (varies according to taste) 1 small red onion (diced) 1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat. Lightly oil grate, and set four inches from the heat (charcoal grill). 2. Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over mediumhigh heat until evenly brown. Drain paper towels. 3. Place hot dogs on grill; mnutes, turning once, or until done to suit your taste. Lightly grill hot dog buns. 4. To assemble hot dogs place a slice of cheese and bacon on each roll. Add a hot dog, top each with one tablespoon barbeque sauce, or desired amount, and red onion.As told by Spc. Phil Whitaker Photo by Spc. Chalon Hutson Killer Bacon Cheddar Dogs courtesy of www.allrecipes.comWhits BB PitSubmit your recipes & photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
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