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2http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html Life in BootsTroopers rely on personnel services 8 Trooper Focus 12 Birthday Run 15 AND IN OUR PAGES Around the BayOther Stories4 7 14Army celebrates its 238th Birthday with retired Gen. George W. Casey Jr. PAGE 10 Cover photo by Sgt. Cassandra Monroe Bay Wire Report The Hospital Cay Beach Brigade will clean up the Hospital Cay beach June 30, at 7 a.m. Call ext. 2010 to sign up. Seeing RED?Bowl a strike when a red head pin is on your lane and win a free game of bowling. Every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Only at Marblehead Lanes. Call ext. 2050 for information. Before you hit the waterIf you dont have your captains license, you wont be able to sail away. Dont forget about the written and water tests to obtain your ticket to relaxation. Call the Marina for more info at ext. 2345. 19 Team building and fun awaitLooking for a good way to have fun with your team or platoon? Contact the Outdoor Rec office at the Marina at ext. 2345 and get the down low on all the fun equipment offered to Troopers. CORRECTIONSPage 8: Page 15: Ladies Flag FootballCalling all Queens of the Gridiron the Womens Flag Football League Games will be held at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Cooper Field Call ext. 2113 or email@example.com for more informatoin Admin keeps 2O saves Recognizing the value of administrative personnel Weathering the heat by staying hydrated
The Wire June 213 Catholic Mass Tues.-Fri. 5:30 p.m. Saturday 5 p.m. 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. Protestant Worship Sunday 9 a.m. Bible Study Wednesday 6 p.m. Camp America :00, :20, :40 Gazebo :02, :22, :42 NEX trailer :03, :23, :43 Camp Delta :02; :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 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 Sat. and Sun. only Location #1-4 Winward Loop 0900, 1200, 1500, 1800 East Caravella SBOQ/Marina 0905, 1205, 1505 NEX 0908, 1208, 1508, 1808 Phillips Park 0914, 1214, 1514 Cable Beach 0917, 1217, 1517 Winward Loop 0930, 1230, 1530 NEX 0925, 1225, 1525, 1825 SBOQ/MARINA 0935, 1235, 1535 0940, 1240, 1540 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 Seventh Day Adventist Friday 7 p.m., Room 1 Sabbath SchoolSaturday 9:15 a.m., Room 1 Sabbath ServiceSaturday 11:15 a.m., Room 1 Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Commercial: 011-5399-3651 DSN: 660-3651 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.htmlCommander Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr. Deputy Commander Army Brig. Gen. James Lettko Sergeant Major Marine Sgt. Maj. Juan M. Hidalgo, Jr. Navy Capt. Robert Durand Deputy Director Army Lt. Col. Samuel House Army 1st Lt. Brian Pennington JTF PAO Senior Enlisted Leader Army 1st Sgt. Patricia Kishman Editor Army Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson Copy Editor Army Sgt. David Bolton Graphic Designer/Webmaster Army Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler Photo Editor Army Sgt. Daron Salzer Staff Writers Army Sgt. Cassandra Monroe Army Staff Sgt. Lorne Neff Army Spc. Lerone SimmonsStaff Command Staff The Wire is an authorized publication for members of the Department of the Troopers of JTF-GTMO. The contents of The Wire are not necessarily Guard. The editorial content of this publication is the responsibility of the Joint Task assigned to the Joint Task Force and is published online. THE WIRE Look for us on your favorite Social Media: /jointtaskforceguantanamo /photos/jtf gtmo /jtf gtmo @jtf gtmo Joint Task ForceSafeHumaneLegalTransparentGuantanamo
ommandCCorner Ttrooper to rooper 4http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html By 1st Sgt. Dean P. Richter Task Force Operations NCOICThings have sure changed in the last 30 years. Our Soldiers and Troopers today are our future and we as senior leaders need to understand the Y Generation which consists of those born between the s and early s. This generation does not respond well to being yelled at or subject to the old military leadership of do as I say. What they want is mentoring and coaching. Sociologists describe Generation Y as the look at me generation, one that seeks fame and fortune as a priority while having fun and experiencing life to the fullest. They tend to be technologically savvy and have a knack for solving problems. Generation Yers will seek immediate feedback from superiors on their performance after completing a task. They are not afraid to personally seek-out and engage senior leaders with their opinions and beliefs, even if it circumvents the chain of command. So, as senior leaders, how do we cope with this Generation Y? First, we must lead by example, making our words correspond with our actions. Begin by actively mentoring and coaching them. Get them involved in the decision making processes, make them feel part of our team that makes an impact on the organization. Next, communicate purpose and meaning to them. Dont just expect them to do what you ask when they dont know why. When they have a question, actively listen and give an honest answer. Dont be afraid to give them more responsibility, they are great multitaskers and are always looking to be challenged. When they do a good job, tell them. They want to be rewarded both verbally and with more responsibility. As senior leaders the bottom line is: lead by example, get your Generation Y subordinates involved in the organization, be a great listener, treat them with dignity and respect and dont be afraid to reward them. Then, watch them flourish. Whether you are new to Joint Task Force Guantanamo or have been here for some time, you may have noticed one particular aspect of our JTF that stands out from everything else. Integrity. Integrity was the word of the week this past week. As I walk thru all of our various operations this past week, I see integrity as a key value we all share. Integrity is what sets you as an individual, and as a team member of the Joint Task Force, apart from anything else in American society. The dictionary defines integrity as a firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values. Id like to focus on the moral values our military demands and expects from each of us. Those of you who have daily contact with the detainees know you have to follow specific instructions or standard operating procedures in dealing with every aspect of a detainee. We know that the guards, medical professional and many others conduct themselves in a professional manner ensuring the detainees are provided for in a safe and humane manner. It can be very challenging to maintain your cool and treat the detainees in a safe and humane manner. Why are you able to conduct yourselves appropriately? Because you have integrity. You have been taught to respect others. By joining the greatest military in the world, you have committed yourselves to following the rules of the military and to obey orders. The orders you have been issued are moral and ethical. Therefore, you have an obligation by virtue of your military standing to treat the detainees in a safe and humane manner even though they may taunt you. Most of us see the importance of the mission and understand we cannot allow ourselves or team mates to fail. Integrity gives us the energy to follow the SOPs and orders regardless of what you think as an individual. It doesnt matter if you are a guard, medical professional, finance specialist, external security guard, supply specialist, admin assistant or mechanic it takes a special person, a special Trooper, to perform your duties with integrity. Our leaders expect and depend on you performing in your rate/MOS/AFC every day contributing to our successful mission. Your teammates depend on you performing your duties on duty and even off duty by checking on your fellow Troopers. I appreciate your dedication to our mission. We have an incredibly talented team here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. The Commander, Sergeant Major and I see it every day. We see the professionalism, integrity and initiative that fuel our Joint Task Force. Keep up the great attitude and work ethic. Your teammates are depending on you and I am depending on you to ensure our continued mission success. By Brig. Gen. James C. Lettko Joint Task Force Deputy Commander
PIrofessional nsight The block Photo by Staff Sgt. Lorne Neff/The Wire The Wire June 21 5Air Force publishes new development guide for boardsStaff Report email@example.comJOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) -The new Professional Development Guide, or PDG, AFPAM 36-2241, is now available at www.e-publishing.af.mil. Printed guides will be distributed to all promotioneligible active duty Airmen in the grades of E-4 through E-8 and airmen first class with at least two years in service. Base and unit Weighted Airman Promotion System monitors will assist with the distribution of printed guides slated for early fall. Effective date of the new guide is Oct. 1, 2013. Master sergeants testing this December will be the first examinees to use the guide to prepare for promotion testing. To assist Airmen studying for promotion, PDG study tools including audio files, interactive exercises, smart phone and computer applications, e-Reader files and Military Knowledge and Testing System, or MKTS, survey results are also available. Airmen can access these tools on the Airman Advancement Divisions website at http://pdg.af.edu. New interactive exercises will be posted monthly on the site to enhance Airmens knowledge of the PDG. Additional information and updates can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AFP362241 Graphic by Sylvia Saab/U.S. Air Force
Warner Brothers 6http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html I remember as a child standing on the front porch of my familys house; a small red blanket fastened around my neck, fists firmly planted on my hips, head held high as a slew of imagined bullets ricocheted off my chest. I flew down the country road with a large red S taped to my chest and my arms outstretched. I WAS Superman. With my first Superman comic under my belt, I was enamored from the start. With a sense of awe and wonder, Superman has always been a part of my life. That same feeling held me transfixed to the Downtown Lyceum movie screen Friday evening for Man of Steel. My personal hype surrounding this film has been overloaded since it was announced the Superman franchise would return to the big screen. I wasnt impressed with the 2006 Superman Returns, it didnt meet my expectations for a super bang not since Christopher Reeve. As I watched Man of Steel, I once again felt the childhood wonder of the iconic American hero. But in this instance, both Superman and his alter ego, Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), were very humanized and relatable. I was thoroughly impressed by the performance. I was wondering where the opening Kryptonian scene was headed, but I sat back and watched the backstory unfold as Kal-Els home world spiraled towards destruction. I knew as I watched Kryptons last son rocket off into space towards Earth that the plot would be highly enjoyable. The father-son relationship that was portrayed between Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), and Clark was impressive. Seeing Jonathan teach the young Clark to hide his powers from a world that would never understand him and watching that relationship tear into the young super hero was a display that many fathers and sons have exchanged throughout life. Via the restraint that Jonathan instilled in the young Clark, he developed a strong moral core in the future Superman, entrusting him with the awesome sense of responsibility that comes with such incredible powers. Man of Steel was a beautifully shot film. The pace of some early scenes was a little rushed, but it evened out as the movie played on. The use of flashback scenes added to the development of Clark/Superman as a character. Typically, you cant have both an action-filled movie as well as a well-told story but Man of Steel accomplished this admirably. At the end of the film, I was transported back to my own youth as the film flashed back to Jonathan watching his young son wearing a jacket that had slipped off his shoulders and hung as a cape around the boys neck. Once again, I was flying above the Downtown Lyceum, chest thrust forward filled with wonder and excitement, just the same as at least one little boy in the crowd proudly displaying his S. Man of Steel earned every one of the five Banana Rats that I have given it. Man of Steel Story by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler Graphics Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org 22 21 23 24 25 27 26 FRI SAT SUN MON TUE WED THU Call the movie hotline at 4880 or visit the MWR Facebook page for more information.World War Z (NEW) (PG13) 8 p.m. The Hangover III (R) 10:15 p.m. Monsters University (NEW) (G) 8 p.m. Man of Steel (PG13) 10 p.m. Monsters University (NEW) (G) 8 p.m. Man of Steel (PG13) 10 p.m. World War Z (NEW) (PG-13) 8 p.m. Tyle Perrys Peeples (PG-13) 10:45 p.m. Now You See Me (PG13) 8 p.m. Fast & Furious 6 (PG13) 8 p.m. Tyler Perrys Peeples (PG13) 8 p.m. CLOSEDNote: Concessions at Camp Bulkeley are also closed every night until further noticed.Fast & Furious 6 (PG13) 8 p.m. CLOSEDNote: Concessions at Camp Bulkeley are also closed every night until further noticed.Iron Man 3 (Last Showing) (PG13) 8 p.m. Mud (Last Showing) (PG13) 8 p.m. CLOSEDNote: Concessions at Camp Bulkeley are also closed every night until further noticed.Star Trek: Into Darkness (PG13) 8 p.m.Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley
The Wire June 217This weeks workout focuses on conditioning the heart and lungs. Troopers can run mile after mile, but if they dont dedicate time to strengthening their heart and lungs they wont maximize their potential. First, you must understand and be able to recognize varying levels of intensity. The scale ranges from 1 to 10, with one being a normal walk and 10 a full sprint. This can seem a little confusing when you are trying to achieve intensity level five or seven and you arent sure how hard to work. If youre running at an intensity level seven and the workout calls for an increase to 8, you should ask yourself this question: will I be at a sprint in two intensity levels? If the answer is yes, then maintain your stride. If the answer is no, increase it. The bottom line is to run at a pace that allows you to work your heart and lungs and work outside of your comfort level. This is how you improve that physical fitness test score. As always, let your level of conditioning be your guide. If you need a challenge and are able, increase the work-out difficulty by adding an extra five minutes and completing the hardcore session. If it is too intense try replacing the higher levels of intensity with intensity levels of five to incorporate more rest. I incorporate this workout several weeks before a physical training test to increase lung capacity and overall improvement of my run time. Try it and let me know what you think. And dont forget that you can vary this exercise with the stationary bike or elliptical to give yourself a harder workout on those machines. Its not limited to a treadmill. Dont forget to hydrate, and if youre not used to a rigorous plan, talk with a medical professional to make sure the workout is safe for you. Do you have a workout youd like to share with everyone? If so, email me at brian.a.pennington@jtfgtmo. southcom.mil. Ill perform the workout, give my personal feedback and give you credit for your submission. Just remember, try to only include equipment that the majority of Troopers have access to. Minute 1: level 4 Minute 2: level 5 Minute 3: level 6 Minute 4: level 7 Minute 5: level 8 Minute 6: level 9 Minute 7: level 5 Minute 8: level 6 Minute 9: level 7 Minute 10: level 8 Minute 11: level 9 Minute 12: level 5 Minute 13: level 6 Minute 14: level 7 Minute 15: level 8 Minute 16: level 9 Minute 17: level 10 Minute 18: level 6 Minute 19: level 5 Minute 20: level 4 By 1st Lt. Brian Pennington Command Information OIC, email@example.comMinute by minute: Graphic by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler/The Wire
http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html lbife in oots 8Daily routines make or break most days for Troopers stationed here at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Routines such as eating a meal at the galley, for which a meal card is needed; paying off credit card bills, which a paycheck with the right amount is needed; and confirming awards for an upcoming board. But behind the scenes of these daily routines lies the Joint Task Force Joint Personnel Center, a team that ensures that the inner workings of the administrative side of a Troopers life is well maintained. The Joint Personnel Center, or JPC, takes care of all visitations, leaves, sponsorships, as well as both the urine analysis and awards programs, said Master Sgt. Darlene Weidmayer, the personnel services noncommissioned officer in charge for JTF-GTMO JPC. According to Weidmayer, the team meets rotators to ensure initial welcome briefs are conducted, verify incoming personnels records and manages meal card distribution. And once on ground, its the JPC that ensures Troopers are being paid correctly, files personnel records and coordinates leave and passes. Sgt. Thaddeus Spalding, personnel services non commissioned officer, 177th Military Police Brigade, assists Troopers with visitation packets as well as unit accountability. When Troopers would like to have family or friends visit the island, they come to him for help. Everyones visitations packets come through me and I get them processed, he said. For me, visitation is a pretty busy part because people bring in visitation packets every day. For Spalding, the day-to-day routine of assisting administrative specialists and Troopers around the base proves to be a good fit for him and his goals for his redeployment back home. Spalding, who is serving on his first deployment, is originally a military policeman but has switched roles as a personnel specialist. I like the environment I work in, he said. Im learning a lot and hopefully I can take this back home, he said. Since Im National Guard, Ive been applying to a lot of AGR (Active Guard Reserve) jobs, so Ive been taking what Im doing here and putting my knowledge toward an active duty job at home. Although Spalding knows his job is demanding, he knows the mission is worthwhile and beneficial to the Troopers stationed here. This job is important, Spaulding said. The JPC helps build the morale of the Troopers, whether its helping them get approval to fly home or bring people here. It boosts their spirit up. Admin section organizes JTF-GTMO Story and photo by Sgt. Cassandra Monroe Staff writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wire June 14 9 Admin section organizes JTF-GTMO 30 years and counting Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay Joint Detention Group When he was a young boy, his father held up a wrench and asked him to read it. Craftsman the boy replied. His father told him it would be the only one he would ever have to buy because Craftsman backs-up their tools with a lifetime guarantee. Years later, that same boy, Col. John V. Bogdan, commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bays Joint Detention Group, tells his Soldiers the same story to inspire them to be the best and bind themselves to the honor of defending freedom. As the U.S. force down here, we are responsible for the safe, secure, humane treatment of the detainees, said Bogdan. Our treatment and our success of that mission is our honor and we are bound to secure that honor. Excellence can be measured through tests and numbers, weapons qualification and physical training tests as well as scores on promotion boards. When he took command of the JDG in June 2012, Bogdan promised to strive for excellence in his new position. A year later, celebrating his 30th Army anniversary at Guantanamo Bay, Bogdan looked back on how hes measured that excellence. Our integrity, our unit, what we stand for as a nation is on the line down here, said Bogdan. You can measure it through a generally focused attitude and determination. That attitude and determination comes from the Service members who put in long hours and long days for what some would call a thankless job. Bogdan notes that the Soldiers of the brigade do it professionally, however. You cant ever really nail down in a clear statement how good they are or how hard they work. Im honored and privileged to be serving everyday with such great men and women, he said. Much like the wrench his father showed him as a child, the JDG commander, aka the camp warden, believes the Soldiers of the U.S. Army represent a trademark guarantee on their work. You want something so good you can stamp your name on it and say because it has my name on it, because it has our units name on it, we stand behind it for the rest of our life, said Bogdan. Its done right and were proud of it, thats excellence. Story and photos by Sgt. David Bolton Copy Editor, email@example.com
http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html 10 from the units in attendace cut the cake together. A group of Soldiers deployed in support of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo pose for a honored fallen Soldiers during his remarks.
The Wire June 2111Shoulder to shoulder with veterans, comrades, friends and family Soldiers assigned to the Joint Task Force Guantanamo, celebrated the Armys 238th Birthday with a birthday ball, rich in honor, traditions and strength at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. For Army Reserve Spc. Kaylee Jones, currently serving her first deployment, attending her first Army ball was an honor in and of itself. As the youngest GTMO Soldier in attendance, Jones was chosen to cut the Army birthday cake with Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Borlin and Brig. Gen. James Lettko. I decided to go to the Army Ball because it would be a good experience, she said. Being in the Reserves, you dont get an opportunity like this. Surrounded by hundreds of her brothers and sisters in arms from each of the Service branches, each bringing their own experiences to the table, Jones took away the meaning of camaraderie. Being in the Army is important to me mainly because of the people who you stand beside, she said. You help them and they help you, and theyre the people that get you through the day. This sentiment was a running theme for this years ball. The distinguished guest of honor, retired Gen. George W. Casey Jr., was invited to the ball by an old buddy one who served with him in Iraq as a member of his security detail. How lucky we are as a country to have generation after generation who believe so strongly for what this country stands for that theyre willing to put their lives on the line for America, Casey said. I was invited here by a former member of my security detail when I was in Iraq and when someone who has had your back in combat asks you to do something, you dont say no, he said. I realized that I had the opportunity to spend the Army birthday with the Army I love, and I couldnt pass it up. During his stay, the general visited Troopers serving at the detention facilities as well as the Marine Security Detachment which supports the security mission along the base and Cuban territory borders. What Ive seen is the magnificent job in the diverse variety of missions that the men and women stationed here do every day for our country, said Casey. I was just amazed at the professionalism and the discipline of the men and women who work there. The 525th Military Police Battalion hosted the birthday ball at the Windjammer for a crowd of more than 200. Tickets to the event sold out within two days of being on sale. In addition to Caseys remarks, attendees joined together for dinner, drinks and dancing. In the end, leadership of the 525th MP Bn., hope that Caseys remarks and the overall experience help Troopers maintain their level of military bearing, values and appreciation for their own service. This is something special and whatever he can say to the Soldiers to continue on with their motivation through his trials and tribulations in his long, historic career is greatly appreciated, said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Baker, 525th MP Bn. Island StyleStory and photos by Sgt. Cassandra Monroe Staff writer, firstname.lastname@example.org Island Style
His deployments have taken him around the world a total of five times since 9/11. He has adventures and stories that can be summonsed with one challenge coin, and its a guarantee that they will keep you engaged for quite a bit of time. After all, he is the reason why retired Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., celebrated the Armys 238th Birthday here at Guantanamo Bay June 14. I was assigned as his personal security detachment NCOIC, said Army Reserve 1st Sgt. Thomas M. Patrick II, first sergeant of the 428th Military Police Company, 525th Military Police Battalion Internment/Resettlment. When the Birthday Ball committee didnt have a guest speaker, Patrick said he instantly thought of Casey, and sent him an e-mail request to be the guest of honor. General Casey told me to make it happen, he said. He told me it would be an honor to attend for me and my Soldiers. As Caseys PSDNCOIC and convoy commander, Patrick was responsible for the safe transport of Casey throughout Iraq from 2005 to 2006 while he was assigned to the 377th Military Police Company, an Army Reserve Unit based in Cincinnati, Ohio. He wanted to get boots on ground with the Soldiers and accurately assess the progress being made, Patrick said. He wanted to understand the issues from the commanders and Soldiers in the field. Working with a Soldiers leader, Patrick said schedules were tight and the mission was like a baptism by fire for the then-staff sergeant and the rest of his team. The mission was the experience of a lifetime, he said. His travels took him from Iraq to Greece, England and Washington D.C. During the missions, Casey met with key leaders including former President George W. Bush, all with the detail led by Patrick in tow. The stress level and OPTEMPO was intense, said Patrick. Seriously, the general did not take a day off in the 12 months I was on ground with him in Iraq. Thats because Casey was committed to establishing democracy, security and turning over the country of Iraq back to its people. And he was also sure of one thing during this mission that Patricks team had his back. He gave me the chance to lead his team and trusted us with his life, Patrick said. His gratitude for that relationship has created a bond that will last a lifetime. That bond is something that Patrick tries to emulate with his own Troopers. I learned that its always about those you lead and never about your own agenda, he said. The general really listened to Soldiers and commanders in the field. When he promised them help, he delivered. I remember how approachable he was as a four-star commanding general. The Soldiers loved him. He mentored me in his actions and words. He inspired me to be the leader I knew I could be. While Patrick knows that not every Trooper or Soldier will have the ability to work so closely with the next Army Chief of Staff, networking with leadership and finding a solid mentor is important to any junior enlisted or junior officer and just as important, he said, for leaders to fill that role. Great mentors and great coaches invest in you and take the time to ensure you have the right tools and experiences to be successful, he said. My philosophy on leadership is simple. Your success as a leader wont come from your particular leadership style itself. It comes from your ability to empower and influence those around you to accomplish great things. A bond that spans the globe12TFrooper ocus 1st Sgt. Thomas Patrick and retired Gen. George W. Casey, 238th Army Birthday Ball Guantanamo Bay, Cuba June 15, 2013http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html Story by Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson Editor, email@example.com
The Wire June 2113 March 2006 Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Patrick and Gen. George W. Casey Bagram, Afghanistan 2008 Sgt. Stephen Bower, Staff Sgt. Thomas Patrick and Spc. Clifton Pettyjohn prepared for a mission
news eed 14http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html F Hospital corpsman relays hydration tipsStory by Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org Graphic by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler/The WireAs if temperatures in the 90s werent enough, by the time this edition of The Wire hits your nearest newsstand, its Friday June 21, and that means its the first day of summer. For many Troopers, this isnt exactly how you expected to spend your summer 2013. Yes, youre close enough to beaches, but spending it in uniform all day and bunking in a 10-by-11-foot room isnt really all that to write home about. If youre not schooled up on your geography, Cuba sits just south of the Tropic of Cancer and during the summer solstice (June 21), the sun is at the highest point over the Tropic of Cancer. Typically its the hottest and longest day of the year. Traditionally, August is the hottest month here on the island, but from now until then we can expect hotter temperatures thanks to the season change (and hurricanes too but thats an article for another week). As you drive along the main roads on the Naval Station and Joint Task Force areas of operation, youll notice flags of a single color flapping in the wind. When these white, green, yellow, red or black flags change colors, you should be changing some behaviors. Each flag represents the current temperature and humidity changes as well as the authorization to do physical activity in the heat, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Jacobson, Hospital Corpsman, Joint Medical Group. With increasing temperatures and humidity, he said, we should always increase our water intake. The human body is roughly 60-65 percent water and requires a daily intake of at least two-to-three litersper-day. However, with the combination of strenuous activities such as physical training, our regular duties as Troopers and the GTMO heat and humidity those liters can be gone before you know it. Thats why Jacobson said its important to increase your water intake on this deployment. The first thing I would suggest is to always carry a water bottle with you wherever you go, he said. The humidity, he said, acts as a hindrance to the bodys natural coolant system sweat. When the temperature of the surrounding air is high and full of water moisture, the bodys cooling system has a more difficult time staying cool. Drinking water in high humidity will keep your sweat going and help you out, he said, adding that exercise or other strenuous activity should be limited when humidity is at its peak. And for those who enjoy the occasional soda or cup of coffee, thats okay too. For an avid fan of soda, like myself, I personally drink two bottles of water per can of sweet Dr. Pepper, he said. It keeps me hydrated and safe in the Gitmo sun. Energy drinks, however, should be avoided, according to Jacobson. They flood your system with sugar, caffeine and many other substances, he said. The same substances common in diet pills and appetite suppressants another big no-no when exposed to extreme heat and humidity. You do feel more energized, but you are also suffering side effects, he said. They include restlessness, headaches, heart palpitations, suppressed appetite, muscle tension, insomnia, light-headedness and dehydration. Though energy drinks, supplements, alcohol and excessive salt intake can exacerbate dehydration and its symptoms, accord-
The Wire June 2115ing to the popular website WebMD, other causes are: fever, infections, diabetes and injuries to skin such as burns including sun burn. The signs of dehydration are a lot more subtle than first thought, Jacobson said. Watch out for thirst, dry mouth, tiredness, lightheadedness, headache and weakness or reduced urinary output. These are usually the first signs of dehydration, he said. Jacobson recommended relaxing in a cool area, calming your activity level and drinking water if you feel those symptoms. But Jacobson warned that extreme thirst, dry mouth, lack of perspiration, fever, rapid heartbeat and confusion should be taken very seriously. If you have serious symptoms of dehydration, you should seek medical help as soon as possible, he said. Even Troopers who are comfortable with their current water intake could be at risk for dehydration. It depends on your level of activity, the weather and how much you lose throughout the day. The equation is one only you have the answer to. Dehydration is easily preventable, he said. Use your head, plan ahead and know your body. If you are currently not drinking enough water, amend your behaviors and start drinking more now. Story and photo by Spc. Lerone Simmons Staff Writer, email@example.com Awarded to: For: JTF Troopers Outstanding Volunteer ServiceTroopers who volunteered service hours to the W.T. Sampson Elementary School during the 2012-2013 school year were honored at a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the school June 14, by the local Parent Teacher Organization. Our events would not take place without our volunteers, said Lisa Pecci, PTO vice president 2012-2013. Pecci said Troopers spent time with students by walking them to school, playing and exercising as well as assisting with other PTO-sponsored activities. I have a daughter back home, and volunteering is a way to help fill that temporary void, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Huffman, a Trooper assigned to the Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It doesnt take much time and both parties share positive benefits, he said. It shows the kids that people care. Huffman and the other volunteers from the 2012-2013 school year were treated to a luncheon with sandwiches, cookies, chips and drinks and also received a certificate of appreciation for their efforts. Michelle Beverly, PTO president, said volunteer opportunities are available for Troopers in need of hours. Working seperately from the school and base, the PTO is a non-profit organization that works to generate monies for extra-cirricular activities and programs. For more information on volunteering with the PTO in the future, call Lisa Pecci at ext. 2025 or wtsampsonpto@ gmail.com. Elementary students enrolled at the W.T. Sampson Elementary School at Naval Station Guantanamo luncheon at the school.
The Wire mission. When youre out and about, consider the Need to Know principles of each area for which you operate. Do the patrons at OKelleys NEED to Know everything you did today while on duty? while on the beach, at the NEX or on your block. countermeasures such as leaving work at work, then you wont have to worry Youre never off the record LTife On he Bay16http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html Fleet & Family Support CenterThis week at theFleet & Family Support CenterNew to GTMO orientation Thurs., June 27, 8:15-11:15 a.m.Call ext 4141
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18http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html The 525th Military Police Battalion conducted a battalion run June 14. The run was meant to build camaraderie and Esprit De Corps amongst the Soldiers, as well as celebrate the U.S. Armys 238th birthday. Throughout the three-and-a-half-mile-run, Soldiers assigned to the battalion and other participating units took turns carrying the battalion colors; trading off every half mile. Following the 525th colors was the individual companies guidon. After the last Soldiers crossed the finish line, the battalion gathered around the 525th Commander, Lt. Col. Darcy Overbey and battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Barnes. The two leaders spoke about the importance of tradition and strength in the Army. At no time do we want to lose our history and traditions, said Barnes. Thats what a battalion run does, it strengthens those traditions. We survive and succeed as a team, said Overbey. Our strength is in one Army. The run was the kick-off for the Army Birthday celebration weekend, followed by a visit from retired Gen. George W. Casey Jr., and a formal ball. It was an experience that Soldiers in the 525th were happy to participate in. Amongst the high-fives and fist bumps, members of the 525th recounted their own experiences with the run. It was really fun, said Pfc. Winnifred Kennedy, a supply specialist with the 602nd Military Police Company. Im excited about this weekend and the Army Ball. Seven companies participated in the run that consisted of approximately 400 Soldiers. The route took the battalion from the Downtown Lyceum, up to the Naval Station Headquarters, back around to the U.S. Coast Guard Master of Arms Station, around the Naval Exchange, and finishing where the run began. Story by Sgt. David Bolton Copy Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgEsprit de CorpsFun run celebrates tradition, honor Photo by Spc. Lerone Simmons/The Wire
The Wire June 2119*This yellow cake recipe was sent in by Staff Sgt. Lasima Packett I want to hear from you! Did you try my recipe and loved it? Did you try my recipe and hated it? Well... thats too bad, but email me anyways! If you have a recipe youd like for me to try, contact me! email@example.com This recipe was a personalized take on the original boxed-cake recipe, making these cupcakes extra moist. Although I mostly make my cupcakes from scratch, I really liked this recipe because it was very easy to make, but still had more substance than the regular box mix. (This is a great recipe if youre just starting out as a baker too.) SIMAS YELLOW CUPCAKESPreheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist Yellow Cake Mix, 1 box Vanilla Pudding 1/2 tsp. 1 cup milk, 1 stick butter (melted) and 4 eggs. After items are combined, oil a For cake, bake for 35-40 minutes; for cupcakes, bake for 18-20 minutes. For icing: Any store-bought icing is good, but if you prefer made-from-scratch icing, try this recipe from Annie at AnniesEats. com (This is my usual go-to cream cheese icing). Combine 10-ounces cream cheese and 6-and-a-half tbsp. unsalted butter about two to three minutes in a bowl. (This is where a Kitchen Aid electric mixer comes in handy, but a hand mixer works too.) Add in 3 and 1/4 cups confectioners sugar on low speed until blended. Increase speed to medium-high and beat 2-3 minutes more. Blend in 4 tsp. vanilla extract, then frost your cakes!
Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Come to the the Marine Hill Pool for a 100m swim meet. Sign up and pay at Denich Gym. Every finisher receives a t-shirt. Open to all hands, 18 years and older. Cost: $10 for registration.Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. POOL TOURNAMENTCamp America Liberty Center Monday, June 24, 7 p.m. Send your best photos to firstname.lastname@example.org 20BB ack urner http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html