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Volume 14, Issue 35 Friday, May 17, 2013
INDEXThe Wire May 17, 2013Movie review: The Great Gatsby Who was John Paul Jones? Farewell, Sgt. Maj. Smith! Mr. & Ms. GTMO competition Relief and appointment Trooper Focus Encounter Womens RetreatThe 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. Juan Hidalgo Jr. 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: no more than 90 seconds. Photo illustration by Army Sgt. Ferdinand Thomas. It is hard to believe I have already completed more than half of my deployment as the chief of staff of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It is even harder to believe how much the only in personnel, in which there seems to be a constant turnover, but also in the day-to-day operations, and as we are all aware by now, the attention we are receiving from outside the command. Everyone in the command should be proud of the mission we accomplish every day in a focused on your job and how you can do it to the best of your ability every day. Look out for each other. Leaders now more than ever need to get out and visit their spaces and talk to their Troopers. At the risk of preaching to the choir, there are several items that I would like for the command to renew focus on to ensure that we all can accomplish our mission and complete our deployments at GTMO with our careers and reputations intact. fortunate that with current technology we are able to keep in regular contact with family and friends. The technology also allows those outside the command to search for operational information that Troopers may innocently or inadvertently post because they do not under anything that you wouldnt send directly to the adversary. Remember also, 100 percent shredtion of alcohol if you are driving any vehicle, age drinking. Do not drink and drive. Remove your battle buddies from a possibly damaging situation if they have had too much to drink. Excessive alcohol is more times than not the common denominator of incidents with JTF Troopers that result in disciplinary action. Recreational Activities. As summer approaches and the heat and humidity increase, ensure you hydrate and use sun protection. Diving is a popular pastime but can be dan gerous and even deadly if the proper safety precautions are not followed. Organized sporting events do not relieve you of your responsibility to behave with appropriate military bearing. Do not let your competiveness cause you to do or say something that can be Justice. overload vehicles with passengers. To repeat: Dont drink and drive. I realize that the majority of the command is diligent and professional and my points do not apply. Unfortunately, the entire command can be detrimentally perceived because of the actions of a few. Please look out after each other and thank you for your outstanding service. I am proud to be a part of the JTF GTMO team. As I look around GTMO, I cant help but see the forest of cacti on the hillsides. These plants stand tall in an adverse climate through hurricanes, winds, drought, and high heat. A person of good charac ter is similar. They stand strong in difficult times and weather adversity. CACTUS Ccommand orner THE WIRE | PAGE 3 COMMAND CORNER THE WIRE | PAGE 2 Photo Of The Weekby Michael FabunanAny day now, billions of cicadas with bulging red eyes will crawl out of the earth after 17 years underground and overrun the 600-to-1. Maybe more. for the infestation: Brood II. But as ominous as that sounds, the insects are harmless. They wont hurt you or other animals. At worst, they might damage a few saplings or young shrubs. Mostly they will blanket certain pockets of the region, though lots of people wont ever see them. Its not like these hordes of cicadas suck blood or zombify people, says May Berenbaum, a University of Illinois entomologist. Theyre looking for just one thing: sex. wingless nymph form, has been a few feet underground, sucking on tree roots and biding their time. They will emerge only when the ground temperature reaches precisely 64 degrees. After a few weeks up in the trees, they will die and their offspring will go under ground, not to return until 2030. Its just an amazing accomplishment, Berenbaum says. How can anyone not be impressed? And they will make a big racket, too. The noise all the male cicadas make when they sing for sex can drown out your own thoughts, and maybe even rival a rock concert. In 2004, There are ordinary cicadas that come out every year around the world, but these are different. Theyre called magicicadas as in magic and are red-eyed. And these magicicadas are seen only in the eastern half of the United 13 or 17 years, so that nearly every year, some place is overrun. Last year it was a small area, mostly around the Blue Ridge Mountains of year, two places get hit: Iowa into Illinois and Missouri; and Louisiana and Mississippi. And its possible to live in these locations and actually never see them.Cicada invasion coming soon to U.S. East CoastStory by Seth Borenstein, Associated Press GTMO JOE by Spc. David Marquis Capt. John SchommerChief of Staff, Joint Task Force Guantanamo
The latest rendition of The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann (director of other movies youve never heard of like Moulin Rouge and Australia) was a relentless attempt to make a piece of American literature written during the 1920s appealing to a modern generation. The movie was filled with music that literally mixed hip-hop with classics of that time, which only makes sense when you realize that Jay-Z was an executive producer on the film (Yes, the same Jay-Z who visited Cuba with Beyonce but conveniently for got to make a stop at GTMO. But Im not bitter or anything). Whether you liked the modernization of the music comes down to preference, but it didnt work for me. The movie was also filled with lavish Manhattan parties, portraying New Yorkers of the roaring 20s as immoral, corrupt, and myopic party-goers who only care about having a good time at the expense of others. So, I guess the city hasnt changed (Just kidding to all those from New York). All of this was able to keep the tempo up and help separate the movie from that boring reading assignment you were given in the 7th grade, but I suppose if you were to add sex, drugs, and Alicia Keys to The Picture of Dorian Gray that could become interesting too. Never having read F. Scott Fitzgeralds novel, I think it had a great storyline, which was complimented by most of the lead actors giving a great performance. Leonardo DiCaprio, as always, played a great Jay Gatsby, along with his opposite, Carey Mulligan (Wall Street 2 and Drive) as Daisy Buchanan. However, I wanted to tell the narrator and co-star of the film, Tobey McGuire, playing Gatsbys friend Nick Carraway, to take off his Spiderman mask the entire time, only to realize it was just his face. Like in all his movies, he gave a performance equal to that of Kristen Stewart, only showing one convincing emotion: crying like a little girl. There were also appearances by Joel Edgerton (The SEAL team leader in Zero Dark Thirty) as Daisys husband, Tom Buchanan, along with Jason Clarke (Dan from Zero Dark Thirty) and Isla Fisher (you know, that hot red-headed chick from Wedding Crashers) as George and Myrtle Wilson, who all did a great job in their roles. The film kept up a good pace, until about halfway when it slowed down and actually told the story. The pace once again picked up as it approached its exceptional ending. So, in my opinion, if you can get past the unnec essary made-for-3D visual effects, the soundtrack and Tobey McGuire, The Great Gatsby was actually an exceptional story told in a way, that even without modern music, was appealing to todays audience. Overall it was an above average film, deserving of three, wellearned, banana rats. Movie Review PG-13 142 min. Weekend Domestic Box Office (May 10-12) Iron Man 3 The Great Gatsby Pain & Gain $72.5 Million $50.1 Million $5 Million THE WIRE | PAGE 4 MOVIE REVIEW by Spc. Chalon HutsonThe Great Gatsby FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 5 A walk up GTMOs John Paul Jones Hill gives anyone a view of the vast expanse of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. But, the view doesnt give credit to the life of one of the most famous naval figures in U.S. history, whom the hill is named after. John Paul Jones was born as John Paul to a gardener and began serving as a merchant sailor at the age of 13, when he discovered a knack for the sea. While living a seafaring life, he became friends with Allen Jones and Willie Jones, who lived in Halifax, N.C. He had a profound respect for the Jones brothers, so much that after the death of John Pauls brother, he chose to take the name of his friends from Halifax and become John Paul Jones. This is the name that would become profound in the history of the American Revolution. During the Revolution, he would eventually become the commander of a sloop, the USS Providence, as he gained the rank of captain. Aboard the Providence, Jones captured many British commercial ships and acquired supplies for the Continental Army. After commanding the Providence, he would sail to Europe as the commander of the USS Ranger. While sailing around Great Britain and Ireland, the Ranger successfully raided the British port of Whitehaven and planned to capture the Earl of Selkirk, Thomas Douglas, in Scotland. However, Douglas had the opportunity to flee and avoid capture before the Americans got there. On April 24, 1778, Captain Jones and the Ranger encountered the British HMS Drake, and the two ships battled it out for an hour. Drake became the first British warship to be defeated by a ship of the Continental Navy. This was a large step for the United States and for John Paul Jones himself. Jones would later become the commander of the USS Bonhomme Richard, and on Sept. 23, 1779, as the head of a squadron of five ships, he encountered the HMS Serapis and the HMS Countess of Scarborough of the British Navy. It was during this battle that John Paul Jones is believed to have responded to a British demand of sur render, supposedly saying I have not yet begun to fight! It is not fully agreed upon whether this quote is accurate, but it does not neglect the fact that his ship came back during the battle and defeated the Serapis. The other ships under his command would eventually capture the Countess of Scarborough on Sept. 25. The naval victories under the command of John Paul Jones gave him the reputation in the U.S. Navy that many consider equal to George Washington and the Army. His efforts during the American Revolution forced the British to create propaganda char acterizing him as a pirate and earned him the rank of chevalier by French King Louis XVI. His efforts gave him the experience to also serve under Catherine the Great of Russia after being discharged from the Continental Navy. Jones continued his naval career and retired in France. He died in 1792, and his remains are interred in the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. John Paul Jones lived a life of dedication and service and is often remembered today as the father of the U.S. Navy. by Spc. Chalon Hutson Who was John Paul Jones? An oil painting by David Cartwright of the Battle of Flamborough Head, where John Paul Jones led the USS Bonhomme Richard and four ships to engage the HMS Serapis and HMS Countess of Scarborough. John Paul Jones is often referred to as the father of Americas Navy.
THE WIRE | PAGE 6 FEA TURE As Marine Sgt. Maj. Scott Smith prepared last week to step down as Joint Task Force Guantanamos senior enlisted leader and end a 31-year career in the Marine Corps, he said his greatest accomplishment here was not one of his own but one for all of the Troopers. For us, for the senior enlisted leadership, nobody died and nobody got killed, Smith said in an interview last week. Nothing for me. I dont believe in single, individual accomplishments. No members of JTF-GTMO died. Thats a team effort. We accomplished our mission. That team effort is what led Smith one of the few Marines at JTF-GTMO and argu ably the most visible one to request the SEL position here, along with the opportunity to serve in a joint command after working exclusively with Marines for most of his career. Now, after a year at GTMO and three decades in the military, Smith will hang up the uniform one last time and said he has mixed feelings about both an assignment he has really enjoyed and the career he has known his whole adult life. Mixed, in that this has been a great tour, Smith said on how he felt about leaving GTMO. Very few Marines get the opportunity to be in a joint command, and part of this is were brainwashed to be Marine only. Thats why I put in to come to JTF. I wanted to see something different. Something different is what Smith will experience as he closes a career that began in 1982 when he needed money for college and one that he expected would last just four years. Despite staying in 27 years longer than he originally planned, Smith is thankful for having been a part of the military. All my adult life, all Ive known is the Marine Corps, he said. Ive gotten to see a lot of the world and meet some interesting folks. Im blessed. Im grateful for the opportunity given by being in the Marine Corps to see the world and see a lot of differ ent cultures. I guess I was always bitten by the get out and see the world bug. Still, he said he realizes its just simply time for him to go and let the future sergeants major take his place. Looking at a calendar, Smith pinpointed Nov. 8, 2013 as the date when his replace ment the Marine who will eventually move up the ranks and become a sergeant major will graduate from Marine boot camp. Smith graduated from boot camp on Nov. 9, 1982, so he said the date nearly 31 years later best correlates to when he began his career and his replacement will likely begin his own career around the same time. Its time to allow the Marines who are junior to me, to give them an opportunity to move up and get promoted, Smith said. Im holding that up. While his replacement prepares to go to boot camp without even realizing what the future may hold, Smith said he too never gave any thought when he enlisted that one day he would hold the highest enlisted rank. Not even a sliver, he said. My expectation was to do four years, get out and go to college, but everything happens for a reason. Theres a reason, for example, that he became a drill instructor, a reason he chose to become a first sergeant instead of a master sergeant, and a reason he was selected to be the JTF-GTMO senior enlisted leader. Whatever the reasons that carried him to ending his career at JTF-GTMO, Smith said he will miss most of all the opportunity he had here to work at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels all at once. Just in one day, he can be down in the dirt at the tactical level in the detention facilities, then just a few minutes later be in the operational level at Joint Detention Group headquarters, and finally at the strategic level in the admirals office a short while after that. Working among those three levels and with all five branches of the military being part of team at JTF-GTMO has helped Smith end his career with a unique opportunity, espe cially as one of the few JTF Marines. I enjoy serving with other services, Smith said. It doesnt matter what service, youre here on this team. Its not the individual ser vice that gets the job done. Its the team that gets the job done. Every day when I get up and put on this uniform, Im reminded that Im the senior enlisted leader for JTF, but Im a Marine and I represent the Marine Corps. As far as any parting advice to the Troopers, Smith kept it pretty simple, and he said he didnt have any particular advice for his successor, Marine Sgt. Maj. Juan Hidalgo Jr., because hes got it. Just continue to take care and watch out for each other, he said. I wish him [Hidalgo] the best of luck. I know he is going to have a rewarding, enjoyable tour. All my adult life, all Ive known is the Marine Corps. Ive gotten to see a lot of the world and meet some interest-ing folks. Im blessed ... Im grateful for the opportunity given by being in the Marine Corps to see the world and see a lot of different cultures.Marine Sgt. Maj. Scott Smith,former senior enlisted leader, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Sgt. Maj. Scott Smith closes out GTMO tour, ends Marine Corps career Marine Sgt. Maj. Scott Smith, former senior enlisted leader of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, addresses a group of Troopers during a visit to one of the detention camps. As he prepared to step down last week, Smith said one of his favorite aspects of his job was getting down in the dirt at the tactical level and meeting with Troopers working inside the camps. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Lewis Hilburn
MR. & MS. G MO FITNESS (Top Left) Female competitors pose from the front. (Top Right) Male competitors pose Class Sean Dickinson poses. (Above) Dancers from Roxy and Dance Company open up the competition with a performance. Service members and civilians throughout the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay community showed up Saturday to view the 2nd annual Mr. & Ms. GTMO Figure & Fitness competition. Lots of cheers and various other displays of appreciation echoed through the Windjammer Ballroom as the competitors showed their best assets. The Navy Fitness and Morale, Welfare and Recreation-sponsored event showcased six males and four females. This was a first-time experience for most of the males and all of the females. Ive never done anything like this before, but I really enjoyed it and look forward to entering another one in the future, the male 18-29 year old first-place finisher, Navy said. Even though this was an individual competition, one would think it was a team sport. The competitors were very tures of praise rang through the backstage area as each contestant completed his or her poses and routines. Some were even inspecting their fellow man and woman erly worn and displayed, before coming on the stage. While out on the stage, all the competitors donned big smiles on their faces, and again and again the sounds of quarter turn left, quarter turn right and quarter turn back were commanded by the judges. The fatigue showed on most of them as they were holdchance to rest. The competition, which lasted almost three hours, consisted of four age groups in 18-29, up. Each contestant exercised four official poses and performed a their muscles to music. Others choreographed a dance performance for the crowd. The more creative the routine, the louder the crowd roared. I was so nervous performing my routine and posing in front of all those people, but it was so much fun, the fully, took the crown for the competitor at his age. Many people in the audience yelled Blue like the character from the movie Old School in support of his efforts. The competitions highlight was a motivational speaker. He gave some encouraging words about the MWR and Navy Fitness for him motivated and helping him to continue achieving his goals. You all saved my life. No, really. I dont think youll understand humbly.Story and photos by Army Sgt. Ferdinand Thomas THE WIRE | PAGE 8 FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FEA TURE
detention camps to talk to and engage with the Troopers working there. For the sergeant major, Rear Adm. Smith emphasized, it was all about showing his concern for both their mission and their well-being. He does that because he cares, Rear Adm. Smith said. I can see they truly believe he cares about them. Thats what a senior enlisted advisor is all about. He doesnt tell me what I want to know. He tells me what I need to know. Hidalgo followed Rear Adm. Smith, thanking the admiral and the commandant his ability to lead JTF-GTMO and telling Sgt. Maj. Smith that he realizes he has quite the tradition to carry on. Ive got big shoes to fill. I got it, measure up to. Thank you for setting the bar. My goal is to provide that leadership that the Joint Task Force has already been given. I look forward to serving you. My job is to serve each and every one of you that is part of this Joint Task Force. When it was his turn, Sgt. Maj. Smith took the time to thank the admiral and the rest of the chain of command for your guidance, your leadership, but most of all, your patience during his term as their senior enlisted leader. What people from JTF dont get to see is what youve got going, Sgt. Maj. Smith said. Youre spinning multiple plates at any job, and we appreciate it. He also noted that Lettko was there for him any time he needed to ask a question or seek advice on anything related to GTMO. In his remarks, Sgt. Maj. Smith acknowl edged each and every one of the commands that make up the JTF-GTMO team, from the JDG and JMG, to PSU 311 and the BEEF, to the NAVSTA side, and to MCSFCO. The mission conducted here is as differ ent and unique as anything else our nation has ever known, Sgt. Maj. Smith said. Its all about mission accomplishment. He also thanked his wife and three children for their service in the past year. While not GTMO residents, his family was present at Tuesdays ceremony. Over the past year, this hasnt been easi est on them, Sgt. Maj. Smith said. Theyve given this more than what anybody should be required to give, and Im humbly thankful. In a separate interview before the cer emony, Hidalgo spoke about his excitement about working in a fully joint command for both an advisor to the JTF-GTMO chain of command and a leader to all of the Troopers and civilians around the JTF. He described his style as humble leader ship and said he is here not just to serve the admiral and the general but to serve all of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and civilians who make up the JTF-GTMO team. My goal is to take care of the Joint Task Force, to provide them positive, outstanding leadership, Hidalgo said. I look forward to being their sergeant major and seeing how I can serve best. Thats my job serve everybody. I work for everybody here.What would you find if you searched senior enlisted advisor on the internet? If you were to ask Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr., the commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, he would tell you that ful service, outstanding leadership, and true concern for those both under and over him. In fact, Rear Adm. Smith told those gathered at the Camp Bulkeley Lyceum on Tuesday morning, you would find Marine Sgt. Maj. Scott Smith, the former senior enlisted leader of JTF-GTMO. Smith was honored and his successor, Marine Sgt. Maj. Juan Hidalgo Jr., welcomed at a relief and appointment ceremony hosted at the lyceum on Tuesday for the out going and incoming sergeants major. Among the attendees were Rear Adm. Smith, JTF-GTMO deputy commander Army Brig. Gen. James Lettko, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay commander Navy Capt. J.R. Nettleton, and the commanders and senior enlisted leaders of the Joint Detention Group, Joint Medical Group, 525th Military Police Battalion, Port Security Unit 311, Base Emergency Engineer Force, and Marine Corps Security Force Company, as well as numerous other leaders, Troopers and civilians from around GTMO. To start the ceremony, Cmdr. Terry Eddinger, the JTF-GTMO command chap lain, delivered the invocation in which he asked blessings for Sgt. Maj. Smith as he leaves GTMO and begins his retirement from the Marine Corps and for Hidalgo as he arrives at GTMO and begins his tour as senior enlisted leader. After the playing of the national anthem to honor the nation and Ruffles and Flourishes to honor the admiral, Rear Adm. Smith took center stage while both sergeants major marched to the stage, with Hidalgo at the lead, to report to the admiral. First, Sgt. Maj. Smith reported as the old sergeant major, handing off to the admiral the noncommissioned officer sword that is symbolic of the leadership of a Marine Corps sergeant major. As in Tuesdays ceremony, the sword is passed from the outgoing to the incoming leader to represent the transfer of authority. Once Sgt. Maj. Smith handed the sword to the admiral, he stepped to the side of the stage and then Hidalgo reported as the new sergeant major. He received the sword from the senior enlisted leader for JTF-GTMO. Then, Hidalgo stepped to the side of the stage next to Sgt. Maj. Smith and Rear Adm. Smith. The two sergeants major then departed the stage, while the admiral delivered his remarks for the ceremony. The admiral spoke metaphorically of looking up senior enlisted advisor in the dictionary and on the internet and said he found Sgt. Maj. Smith both times. Sgt. Maj. Smith is the epitome of a Marine Corps senior enlisted advisor, Rear Adm. Smith said. Hes given 30 years of faithful service to this nation and to other nations that he has happened to cross paths with, as well as to this organization we have here today. The last year of his service falls on my watch, your watch, our watch. The admiral reminded the audience the Marine Corps tradition at GTMO began in 1898 with the Spanish-American War that led to the establishment of the naval station and continues today with the Marine sergeants major that serve as the JTF-GTMO senior enlisted leaders. He [Sgt. Maj. Smith] is part of that history, Rear Adm. Smith said. Theres no need to tell you what he does. You already realize each and every day what he brings to this organization. I dont have to ask him to do anything. He knows exactly what he needs to do. As senior enlisted leader, the admiral said Sgt. Maj. Smith went above and beyond to take care of the chain of command and regular Troopers and civilians alike because he truly believed that was his duty. The admiral said the sergeant major FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FEATURETHE WIRE | PAGE 10 Relief and appointment JTF-GTMO honors Sgt. Maj. Smith, welcomes Sgt. Maj. Hidalgo at ceremony From left, Joint Task Force Guantanamo commander Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr., JTF-GTMO senior enlisted leader Marine Sgt. Maj. Juan Hidalgo Jr., and former senior Marine Sgt. Maj. Scott Smith, Smith Jr. as the outgoing Joint Task Force Guantanamo senior enlisted Marine Sgt. Maj. Juan Hidalgo Jr., Smith Jr. as the incoming Joint Task Force Guantanamo senior enlisted
TROOPER FOCUS TROOPER FOCUS Interview and Photo by Army Sgt. Ferdinand ThomasQ. Where are you from? A. New York City, The Bronx Q. How many years have you been in the military? A. Five years Q. What is alopecia? A. Alopecia is a disease. Basically you can lose your hair in certain places or case, I have alopecia areata universalis. because I was so young and my family My body cannot support the hair vitamin. Other people get it throughout the year cause theyre stressed and Q. Were you born with alopecia? A. years old. This year will make 20 years with the disease. It was tough. It was tough at six years old watching my mom cry. One day you have hair and the next day youre bald. Q. What was life like as an adolescent with this disease? A. It was tough. I grew up in New York mean. They are mean. Of course very few people understood alopecia then because the disease was very fresh. At that there was like 5000 cases world wide that people knew of. Now there kinds of literature to educate people case. People thought I had AIDs. Some people thought I was dying. A lot of Q&A people thought I had cancer growing up. Q. How did you overcome? A. Close family and friends supported me. They used to tell me, Your hair doesnt make you. You make you. At tells you and you dont listen. For a while I wore hats, sun glasses and tried to hide it. One day I was like 16 years old and I woke up out of it. Im beauin the suit and thought thats a good Q. How does your experience help you in being a Soldier? A. Being in the military is about con the answer, but you believe you know gonna believe you. Obviously youre its. Having this experience with the disease helped me make military train believe I could accomplish tough ob stacles. pecia being in the military? A. I was coming from court, going through a green light down Central Ave in a marked unit. A young lady made try to beat the light and thats what she did. She t-boned me. My car spun Col. Robinson here, Sgt. Robinson back home, heard my vehicle number on when I came to. I broke bones in both of my legs, four bones in my neck and had a contusion on my head from hit nine and a half months. Here I am now walking, talking and shortly here Ill be Q. How have all of these experiences A. I dont have to shave so I dont have to worry about senior leaders worrying about my appearance. I dont have to Q. What are you doing to give back to people who werent as fortunate as you with this disease who have not A. My mom made me join it when I was of the places, I saw the kids and talk ed to them. They were crying. They in. Mommy and daddy didnt under stand. The kids think they are one in a million but they dont know there are many more. I come in and show them able, making them laugh and things of that nature. I showed the kids that Im a Soldier. Of course they had lots of who was 25 years old. She went completely bald. She called me to a corner to talk to me about the disease. I told her that shes got to live her life love herself. Thats how I make it through my everyday.army spc. alban bonilla, a human resource specialist, grew up with a very uncommon disease in the streets of n.y.c. and brings his story to life here.Trooper Focus THE WIRE | PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 12
THE WIRE | PAGE 15 FEA TURE Uncommon. Merriam-Webster defines uncommon as not ordinarily encountered, unusual, remarkable, or exceptional. Some treat being uncommon as a bad thing. Others treat it as a desired thing. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay saw an uncommon occurrence at the base chapel on May 9 and 10 a womens retreat. The Encounter womens retreat was hosted by the Command Chaplains Office. The retreat was the first womens retreat held in GTMO in a long time. Organizers and chaplaincy staff couldnt recall when the last womens retreat was held, if at all. It is important here because there are not a lot of opportunities to attend these sorts of events like we would get to in the states, retreat organizer Keli Caraveo said. I think it is a great opportunity to grow in the Lord and get to know one another and have community. The service opened with a prayer from naval station command chaplain Navy Capt. John Dickens, followed by a meet and greet with the women. A worship session was held before the beginning of the message. After the message, women were invited to the fellowship hall after the service for snacks and social time. Saturday morning, the retreat began with a fellowship breakfast then worship to start the service. The retreat focused on being an uncommon woman of God and was taught by guest speaker Jamie Tanner, Caraveos mother. Tanner said the whole retreat started as a simple plan for a visit. When I decided to come see Keli, we talked about doing a Bible study, Tanner said. Ive done Bible studies before, Sunday schools before, and womens retreats before. We were talking about a Bible study, but then it turned into a womens retreat. Keli talked to Chaplain Dickens, and he asked to see my notes and talked to Keli about it. Before long, what started as an idea became a wom ens retreat. It was a lot of fun to plan, and when God is in the middle of something, he makes things clear and opens doors that would otherwise be shut. Those doors were opened for us, so we walked through. Tanners gift for teaching started in her mid-20s, and it is a passion she has continued throughout her life. Her gift is teaching, hands down, Caraveo said. She is passionate about the word of God. She is passionate about teaching it and making it real and applicable for everyday life. To the point that women can come and they will walk away from the retreat having learned something. Women from all over GTMO walked away with something from the retreat. The retreat was open to all female residents, no matter what age or denomination. It is important to bring together denominations across the board, Tanner said. When women get together, those lines in the sand become diminished and we have a lot in common that we can share. What we can learn when we come together helps us become better individuals and have more for our families in our walk with the Lord. Women love fellowship, and women thrive when there are friendships. When women find that unity in Christ, there is a strength and a confidence that when the enemy comes at them, they stand together and dont let the enemy win.Story and photos by Spc. Raechel Haynes GTMO encounters uncommon women of God Women socialize at the fellowship breakfast during the Encounter womens retreat. Women from all walks of life were welcomed to the retreat. The retreat was held at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay chapel and fellowship hall on May 9 and 10. Encounter womens retreat guest speaker, Jamie Tanner, teaches about being an uncommon woman of God. 4vs.4 Outdoor Outdoor Basketball Court May 25, 2013REGISTRATION DUE: Tuesday, May 21 to Denich Gym COACHES MEETING: Wednesday May 22 at Denich Gym at 6:30 pm O u t d o o r May 25, 2013COACHES MEETING: Wed., May 22 at Denich Gym at 6:30 pm REGISTRATION DUE: Tuesday, May 21 at Denich Gym Brackets will be drawn immediately before the tournament. This is a free tournament, open to ages 16+. FMI, call 2113.
TROOPER T O TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 17 THE WIRE | PAGE 16 FEA TURE PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! Do you Yahoo? After Sept. 11, 2001, I decided to return to the military service as a member of the military police corps, changing my military occupation specialty from medic. I wanted to serve in a field in which I had civilian experience, and since I was a police Upon my return into the service, I immediately requested leadership schools. I Course and had plans for my other career courses. I was determined to advance my career and become a senior leader within stayed there for just over a year. I was promoted to staff sergeant while on the deployment. I served in combat as team leader, squad leader and mentor. I have discovered the most important role that I had as an NCO was to be a mentor. If, as a leader, I dont take anyone with me to the top, then I have failed as a leader. As a leader, one of your professional goals should be to never leave any of your Soldiers behind. I serve my Soldiers, and part of that service is to mentor them to become suc cessful leaders and to take my place when had a Soldier who came to me as a private E-2. She was quite new to the military. It required a lot of patience and mentoring, but I was able to mentor her into becoming an NCO. After my deployment was over and I returned to my civilian career, I had a goal for that career as well. As my goal in the Army was to make sergeant and move up as a leader there, my ultimate goal for my civilian career is to be the chief of police one day. I hope to get there by studying hard and learning the ins and outs of the profession. As a leader, I never stop reaching for the stars for myself and for my Soldiers. I planned out my NCO education system and had successfully completed all required NCOES for my current grade. I have also attended battle staff training to better myself as a battalion plans NCO. I close on this note: If you fail to plan your career, you will fail in your career. Set goals for yourself and try hard to attain those goals. Always remember to never give up on your goals and never quit. Never walk on any of your Soldiers to achieve your goals, but take them with you as you succeed. Whatever your reason is for seeking those personal and professional goals, I believe you should never leave God out of your goals and always ask the Lord to help you.As a leader, I never stop reaching for the stars for myself or my Soldiers. I planned out my NCO education system and successfully completed all required NCOES for my current grade. ... I close on this note: If you fail to plan your career, you will fail in your career. Set goals for yourself and try hard to attain those goals. Always remember to never give up on your goals and never quit. Never walk on any of your Soldiers to achieve your goals, but take them with you as you succeed. Do you use Gmail or Hotmail? Is the email account you use one that you got for free just for signing up? If so, remember that things obtained for free may not be all theyre cracked up to be. Most free email accounts are not encrypted and do not have very strong security. Make sure that you are careful and avoid sendsafe to email. Hackers have been known to target personal email accounts of miliMaster Sgt. Hugh WAdeOperations Sergeant, nd MP Company Personal and professional goalsTrooper to Trooper GTMO Says.....What is the best way that people show you appreciation for your service? Spc. Malcolm Geans says..... Staff Sgt. Karla Gonzalez says..... Master Sgt. Anthony ONeal says..... Maj. Gordon Czajka says..... Personnel receptionist, Joint Personnel CenterSuperintendant, Joint Personnel CenterInspector general, Joint Task ForceDeputy engineer, Joint Task ForceHuman resources 193rd Military Police CompanyI prefer a simple handshake and ank you for your service, particularly from fellow veterans or their families. Anything more, while appreciated, seems excessive. When complete strangers walk up to me, and say ank you for your service, by shaking my hand. Its a very simple gesture, but it adds a very personal touch for me.A handshake and a thank you for my service when people see me in uniform. Sometimes they are veterans that didnt get that when they returned, and other times its just at my local Veterans of Foreign Wars or American Legion and you know they really mean it in their heart because they once walked in your shoes. When a stranger shakes your hand or when blessings are sent to us for the sacrices that we make and they realize what our family put up with while we are away from home. Especially as a single parent; its just a great feeling to know that there are people who really see and appreciate what we do. e thank you they give you and the handshakes. Just meeting people who really appreciate what we do and meeting people who have done what we have done.
THE BACK PAGE THE WIRE | PAGE 19 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 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. Prayer Time Wednesday 6 p.m.Downtown LyceumCamp Bulkeley FRI SAT SUN MON TUE WED THU 18 Call the movie hotline at 4880 or visit the MWR Facebook page for more information. 17 19 20 21 23 22Stark Trek Into Darkness (NEW) (PG-13) 8 p.m. Evil Dead (R) 10:30 p.m. Scary Movie 5 (NEW) (PG-13) 8 p.m. The Great Gatsby (PG-13) 10 p.m. Scary Movie 5 (NEW) (PG-13) 8 p.m. Iron Man 3 (PG-13) 10 p.m. Stark Trek Into Darkness (NEW) (PG-13) 8 p.m. Evil Dead (R) 10:30 p.m. Iron Man 3 (PG-13) 10 p.m. The Great Gatsby (PG-13) 8 p.m. Temptation (Last showing) (PG-13) 8p.m. CLOSEDNote: Concessions at Camp Bulkeley are also closed every night until further noticed.The Host (Last showing) (PG-13) 8p.m. CLOSEDNote: Concessions at Camp Bulkeley are also closed every night until further noticed.42 (PG-13) 8 p.m. Oblivion (PG-13) 8 p.m. CLOSEDNote: Concessions at Camp Bulkeley are also closed every night until further noticed.G.I. Joe: Retaliation (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 FEA TURETHE WIRE | PAGE 18 Happy Friday GTMO and welcome back to Whits BBQ Pit! This week I thought that we could stay on the lighter side of grilling and put an island feel to a BBQ classic. If you have never had a shish kabob before then you are in for a treat. For those of you who have had kabobs before, this recipe will quickly become one of your favorites. Citrus Chicken Kabobs are a very simple barbecue meal but the combination favorites. In my opinion, the best part of grilling shish kabobs is the assembly. From choosing the color of peppers and fruit to making patterns on the skewers, this meal can be fun for the whole family! So without further ado, lets light those coals and grill up some Citrus Chicken Kabobs! This dish is very easy to make and this recipe serves eight. BBQ Tip of the Week: Dont cook cold meat! Always bring your meat back to room temperature before cooking. The biggest struggle with cooking on the grill is to get the heat from the outside of your food into the middle without burning the surface to a crisp. The warmer things are in the middle to win the battle. Once again, eating healthy does not mean that you have to eat bland, basic, boring food. Avoid the three Bs of healthy eating by dusting off your grill your Citrus Chicken Kabobs and until next time GO, FIGHT, WIN! Orange Juice 1 Pineapple 2 Bell peppers (your color choice) 1/4 cup Olive Oil 1 teaspoon Chili Powder 1 Orange 3 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts 1. Marinate thawed chicken in orange juice overnight. 2. Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces. 3. Pour olive oil into a gallon sized, zip top plastic bag, add chili powder and squish to combine. Add chicken, seal bag, and turn until chicken is covered in mixture. 4. Assemble the kabobs by placing chicken, peppers and fruit on skewers (I used 10 inch skewers) in any pattern that you like. 5. Coat the grill with a nonstick cooking spray. Cook kabobs on medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side. Spray with fresh juice from the orange and serve immediately. Grilling on low heat keeps the chicken tender and juicy while still cooking thoroughly.As told by Spc. Phil Whitaker Photo by Spc. Chalon HutsonWhits BB PitSubmit your recipes & photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Adm. John W. Smith Jr. during Tuesdays relief and appointment ceremony at the Camp Bulkeley Lyceum. Marine Sgt. Maj. Scott Smith stands in the background after Volume 14, Issue 35 Friday, May 17, 2013