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Reboot and reconnect Rock you like a hurricaneNew Internet servers coming to Guantanamo Getting prepared for hurricane season 2013 Celebrating Liberty!Volume 15, Issue 6 July 12, 2013
2http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html Life in BootsJTFs J4 gets Task Force ready for hurricane season 8 Trooper Focus 12 18 AND IN OUR PAGES Around the BayOther Stories4 6 15Troopers and U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo celebrate Independence with a bang. PAGE 10 Cover photo by Spc. Lerone Simmons Bay Wire Report Fair Winds and Following SeasJoint Task Force Guantanamo will sendoff Rear Adm. John W. Boomer Smith Jr., and his wife, Maple, July 16, in a formal ceremony at the Windjammer. On behalf of all Troopers stationed at JTFGTMO, thank you sir, and Godspeed. It was a pleasure following your lead. Patrick Wharburton coming to GTMOUSO brings Patrick Wharburton from Family Guy and Rules of Engagement to Guantanamo Bay for a hand-shake tour. Check the MWR GTMO Facebook page for details on the July 16, event. 19Water outage Friday July 12A planned water outage is scheduled for Friday July 12 begining at 8 a.m. and will affect those in Camp America. Water will be restored upon completion of maintenance and should take approximately two hours. CORRECTIONSPage 11: Worship Musicians NeededThe Chaplains Office is looking for worship musicians keyboards, guitars, bass, trumpet, drums, and vocals to help bring worship to life during services. Contact a chaplain or chaplains assistant to sign up. Get much-needed musical experience and help others worship. Call 2218 for more information. Sorry! The ink didnt come in on the barge last week, so The Wire was in black and white. You can see it in color on the Web!
The Wire July 123 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. Sunday 7 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 Return to Oce 0940, 1240, 1540 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: email@example.com 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. Oce of Public Aairs Director Navy Capt. Robert Durand Deputy Director Army Lt. Col. Samuel House Command Information Ocer 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 Sta Sgt. Aaron Hiler Photo Editor Army Sgt. Darron Salzer Sta Writers Army Sta Sgt. Lorne Ne Army Sgt. Cassandra Monroe 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 THE WIRE Joint Task ForceSafe Humane Legal TransparentGuantanamo Look for us on your favorite Social Media: /jointtaskforceguantanamo /photos/jtf gtmo /jtf gtmo @jtf gtmo IOF Building, Camp America
As you drive through the Joint Task Force Guantanamo area of operation, you will see signs that display one of the seven Army Values of the week. Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. Our brothers and sisters in the Marines, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force also share these values with us for this mission, in addition to their own core values not already mentioned above: commitment, devotion to duty, service before self and excellence in all we do. These values provide a foundation for the level of excellence that each and every one of us should be continuously striving for. They must be acknowledged for their true importance. If you display these values in everything you do, you will prove to be the best Soldier, Sailor, Marine, Airman or Coast Guardsman you can be. On this deployment, it is imperative you live these values for our mission success. We are in a highly visible AO with a very important mission that includes the safe and humane treatment of detainees. This is how we successfully honor and defend our country, and whether you realize it or not, we use each of these values every day when we conduct our duties. When each of you walk through the sally port for your guard duty, open a medical record for a detainee or fellow Trooper, assist someone with their paperwork or restock a pallet of water, your values should be leading you. When you are off duty, enjoying the MWR facilities or interacting socially with your buddies, your values should be leading you. Our values provide us with an oppor tunity to be the best Trooper we can be, but also to be role models who set a higher standard of moral code for all those we come in contact with wheth er its our brothers and sisters in arms or civilians at home. If you live the values and strive to uphold them each day, you will be suc cessful and you will achieve excellence in your career. By 1st Sgt. Daniel Kalagian By Col. John V. Bogdan Joint Detention Group commander4http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html We all experience challenges in our life both professionally and personally. Sometimes that challenge presents itself as the enemy assaulting our unit its times like these that our metal is truly tested and we gain a respect for the meaning of fight or flight. This, Warriors, is adversity. The first time I was in a true firefight, I was serving as a platoon leader in Somalia. My platoon was just engaged, and as we took cover, I lay there for what seemed like hours, but was only seconds. I realized somebody has to do something; somebody has to get these Soldiers to fight back. Thats when I realized that somebody was me. With more than just a little trepidation I mustered my strength, stood up and began to shout commands to get my platoon to reorganize and return fire. My NCOs jumped in and we took the fight back to the enemy. As professional Warriors, we are trained to react to situations like these, but until you are in the crucible you really dont know how you might react. But often, in our daily lives, the crucible isnt an enemy ambush; if only we could run headlong into our problems shouting and shooting that would be an easy answer. But life just isnt that easy and the problems we face on a daily basis are often much more complex. Often, our challenges seem much larger and more difficult to handle than those of our peers but that is simply bias based on our own view of the problem. The fact is that Warriors, young and old, face challenges daily and find the strength to succeed. The difference between the successful Warriors, the successful leaders and those still struggling is often the core of their response. When your metal is tested and youre faced with a difficult decision. The braches of service have taught us that we MUST draw on our core values to succeed. For example, it takes true personal courage to make an on-the-spot correction. This can be as simple as a uniform or haircut violation, your integrity is on the line. You must realize that to not take action would be a win for the enemy, so you muster strength and speak up. So the next time youre faced with a situation, one that would be easier to walk away from, ignore or go along with, remember your service creed. Often I find it helps to ask myself, would I want to write a letter to my mom telling her how I responded to a difficult situation. If that answer is yes, than Im certain the Army would agree. Draw on guiding principles and remember that to succeed as a team we must not allow anyone or anything to degrade that team. ommandCCorner Ttrooper to rooper
If sequestration continues into fiscal year 2014, the Defense Department will be forced to consider involuntary reductions-in-force for the civilian workforce, draconian cuts to military personnel accounts and a vir tual halt to military modernization, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a letter to Senate leaders July 10. The senators requested detailed information on how continued sequestration could affect the military. In the letter, Hagel detailed the Plan B the department must confront if Congress does not pass legislation that averts sequestration in fiscal 2014. If the process continues, DOD will be forced to cut $52 billion more from the budget that year. Hagel stressed in the letter that he fully supports President Barack Obamas fiscal 2014 budget request and noted that if sequestration remains in effect, the size, readiness and technological superiority of our military will be reduced, placing at much greater risk the countrys ability to meet our current national security commitments. Congress gave DOD some flexibility to handle the cuts need for fiscal 2013, but more than 650,000 DOD civilians must still be furloughed without pay for 11 days. However, the cuts in 2014 are too great even for flexibility within accounts to handle. DOD hopes to avoid furloughs in 2014, the defense secretary said, but if sequestration remains in effect, DOD will have to consider involuntary reductions-in-force to reduce civilian personnel costs. Readiness has already been diminished this year, Hagel said, and it will continue to decline if sequestration continues in 2014. Hiring freezes will also continue and facilities mainte nance funds will further erode, he added. If the sequestration mechanism is applied to military person nel funding, DOD could accommodate the required reduc tions only by putting into place an extremely severe package of military personnel actions including halting all accessions, ending all permanent-change-of-station moves, stopping dis cretionary bonuses and freezing all promotions, Hagel wrote. He called on Congress to work with the department to avoid sequestration in fiscal 2014 and to approve the presidents defense budget request. The presidents budget request slows military pay raises and raises fees for some military retirees health care. It also looks to retire older Air Force and Navy assets and calls for a new base realignment and closure program. If the cuts continue, the department will have to make sharp cuts with far-reaching consequences, including limiting combat power, reducing readiness and undermining the na tional security interests of the United States, Hagel said. Plan B: By Jim Garamone Armed Forces Press Service Photo by Marine Sgt. Aaron Hostutler, DOD Cuba in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Photo by Sgt. David Bolton/The Wire The Wire July 12 5PIrofessional nsight
By Staff Sgt. Lorne Neff Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.orgNot a remake of an old TV show like The Lone Ranger, but nothing you havent seen before. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn team up once again as out-of-work salesmen who are selected to compete for full-time employment at Google against hoards of other, younger hopefuls. The movie is sort of a modern-day revenge of the nerds. Wilson and Vaughn work with a group of rejects and are constantly one-upped by the cool nerd and his team. Will Vaughn and Wilson fit in? Will the rejects overcome their individual social awkwardness and learn to work as a team? If youve seen any film ever made, you know the answer. If you are a Vaughn or Wilson fan, this should be enjoyable, otherwise, maybe you can better spend the time on the InternetGoogling something. I give the movie two banana rats. OH NO Silver! Lone Ranger rides into the sunset with 3 ratsBy Sgt. Katherine M. Forbes JTF-PAO, email@example.com Hollywood loves to remake old TV shows, even though theyre bad at it. I hoped The Lone Ranger was an exception. After all, it was made by the same team that turned Disneys Pirates of the Caribbean ride into a four-movie franchise. The movie has all the right elements: action, villains, a girl and Johnny Depp. It functions as an origin story for the Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer), told to us through the memories of Tonto (Depp). Youre taken back to the building of the trans-continental railroad. Train tracks are being built to forge our great country together. For the first half of the film I was onboard, but somewhere in the middle, the movie loses steam. This would have been a decent summer film if the plot hadnt become so plotting. For running out of track halfway through, I give this film three banana rats. Wilson & Vaughn too predictable in When I say thoroughly despicable, I mean that in a good way. Despicable Me 2, the sequel to the wildly popular debut, is a truly wonderful film. The devious Gru (Steve Carell) and his host of hilarious minions join the supersecretive Anti-Villain League to help locate a stolen secret formula. Meanwhile, Grus three adopted daughters are pressing him to find them a mother. What follows is a great story filled with more of the hilarious goings-on of the original film. I would even say this film is better than the original. I havent laughed this hard in a quite some time. I give Despicable Me 2 five wellearned minions... errr... I mean, five banana rats. Story by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler Graphics Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org Thoroughly Despicable 6http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html Courtesy Universal and Illumination Entertainment Courtesy Walt Disney Courtesy 20th Century Fox
FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY at the Downtown and Camp Bulkeley LyceumsStay classy, GTMO! No ALCOHOL or TOBACCO at the Lyceums!Call the Movie Hotline at 4880 or visit the MWR Facebook page for more information This weeks Workout of the Week focuses on the heart and lungs. The only equipment needed is a stop watch, treadmill (optional) and good running shoes. Troopers get stuck in physical training ruts; they cant seem to score above 85 percent on their run. Troopers will run more miles, but they still cant break through the training plateau, eventually leading to burnout. In order to get past this, you must stimulate your system. An amazing way to accomplish this is to conduct interval training. The goal is to keep moving, but push yourself as hard as you can during the sprint phases of this workout. If you want, you can get similar effects by riding a bike and really spinning during each interval. Some people have heard of this method as the 60-120s. I prefer 45-second sprint intervals with 1 minute walk periods. If you keep moving for 26:15 minutes (a total of three intervals), you will surely be forced outside of your comfort zone. If you feel you still need more pain, do a fourth or fifth cycle. In addition to the conditioning, this workout will increase your resting metabolism, causing your body to be a fat-burning furnace. Dont forget to hydrate, warmup and cool-down properly. I hear Morale, Welfare and Recration has some new Yoga classes that would help you get that perfect stretch after this type of training. If youre not accustomed to a rigorous plan, talk with a medical professional to make sure the workout is safe for you. Intensity runs focus on heart and lungs Intensity runs focus on heart and lungsBy 1st Lt. Brian Pennington Command Information OIC, email@example.comGraphic by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler/The Wire12 13 14 15 16 17 18This is The End (New)R, 8 p.m.The PurgeR, 10 p.m.Pacic Rim (New)PG13, 8 p.m.The Lone RangerPG13, 10:30 p.m.Despicable Me 2PG, 8 p.m.The Hangover III (LS)R, 8 p.m.The InternshipPG13, 8 p.m.Mosters University*G, 8 p.m. *Family Night at Downtown LyceumFast & Furious 6 (LS)PG13, 8 p.m.Pacic Rim (New)PG13, 8 p.m.The Lone RangerPG13, 10:30 p.m.This is The End (New)R, 8 p.m.World War ZPG13, 10 p.m.The InternshipPG13, 8 p.m.CLOSEDNote: Concessions at Camp Bulkeley are also closed every night until further notice.CLOSEDNote: Concessions at Camp Bulkeley are also closed every night until further notice.CLOSEDNote: Concessions at Camp Bulkeley are also closed every night until further notice.The PurgeR, 8 p.m. (LS) = Last ShowingGraphic by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler/The Wire The Wire July 127
and other essentials in preparation for Tropical Storm Chantal. http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html lbife in oots 8
Hunkering downStory by Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgWhen Tropical Storm Chantal churned towards Cuba earlier this week, the Joint Task Force Guantanamo operations center and logistics division kicked into full-steam-ahead preparations to protect the Troopers, JTF civilians and detainees who work and live within the JTF-GTMO, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Right now, were preparing for this storm, but we are prepared for the long term too, said Master Sgt. Albert Rockhold, J4 warehouse noncommissioned officer in charge, 177th Military Police Brigade. The hurricane season runs from June to November, so we are prepared to do what we have to do to make sure the Troopers are safe, he said. On July 9-10, Rockhold and other logisticians from throughout the JTF moved pallets of water, Meals Ready to Eat, cots and other provisions to ensure Troopers are ready for the worst. Rockhold and his Soldiers moved shelter-in-place packages throughout Camp America and other locations in anticipation of the storm. The packages are meant to sustain personnel for three days. Ive been using my two trucks to help get water, MREs, flashlights, trash bags and other general supplies that are going to be needed if we shelter in place or evacuate to certain areas, said Sgt. Lindsay Ruska, J4 administrative noncommissioned officer and Camp America commandant, 177th MP Bde. Weve had rehearsals for weather disasters, she said. This is the first time weve had to load up the supplies and take it to places. Ruska said that even if Chantal turns or loses strength before reaching Guantanamo Bay, the movement of the thousands of pounds of supplies was a good test of the JTFs abilities. Its good that we go through this process, she said. Even if the storm avoids us all together, its better to be safe than sorry. And while the JTF J4 has bases covered with shelter areas, it is up to individual Troopers to also remain prepared. In the event that Troopers are required to evacuate to a designated shelter, food and water will be provided. But Troopers must come prepared with three-days-worth of clothing, hygiene products, medicine and comfort items. Troopers must bring their JTF Badge and their military I.D., said 1st Lt. Edward B. Thompson, JTF chief meteorologist. He said it is a good idea to pack a bag or backpack with your gear, have a pillow and sleeping bag or blanket ready for quick movement. Weve had everything from a tropical storm to a category 3 hurricane, he said. In your spare time, I would definitely advise coming up to speed on your knowledge about hurricanes and find out as much as you can because you are in the midst of hurricane season, he said. Its most important to listen to your chain of command, he said. Listen to your leadership and take all of their instructions. Graphic by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler/The Wire Limit your survival gear to one bag Bring your TV to the of a 3-day supply of clothing, hygiene shelter and medicine Keep bottled water and non-perishable Wander alone in food in your quarters for shelter-in-place storms Keep important papers, I.D.s and other necessary documents in one area and in your survival bag Get a ashlight with extra batteries Bring your pillow and blanket or sleeping bag to the shelter LISTEN TO INSTRUCTIONS FROM LEADERSHIP The Wire July 12 9
http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html 10Service members, families and friends celebrated Independence Day by taking a trip back in time; enjoying music from the legendary rock group AC/DCs coverband Thunderstruck, during their 4th of July concert at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This is what we do to say thanks to the military, said Dyna Shirasaki, lead singer of Thunderstruck. We try to show that we respect and appreciate the service that the military provides by playing these concerts. This comes as part of the bands annual military concert tour and was sponsored by Armed Forces People back home dont usually get to see the good, all you hear is the bad. The band was given a tour of the naval station where they went to the Northeast Gate, which serves as the formal division line between the U.S. and Cuba. They also were able to partake in some of the restaurant services provided on base. The band received a special form of notoriety in 2006 when Chris Slade, AC/DC drummer for five years, filled in and toured with them, playing in Afghanistan. When not on tour, each member has their own avenues of employment ranging from; running a guitar shop, songwriting, bookkeeping and personal assistant, working at a candy company, and biochemist. They usually perform weekends in the U.S. when not doing their military tour. The Bahamas, Greenland, Honduras and Curacao remain on their tour. A little Story and photos by Spc. Lerone Simmons Staff Writer, email@example.comEntertainment, USAA bank, United Service Organizations, and the Morale, Welfare and Recreation program. The band shares its name with one of AC/DCs chart-topping songs, Thunderstruck. This time around Thunderstruck, usually known as Thund-HER-struck, for being all female, had a slight change due to their lead drummer not being able to make it, opening the door for Carlos Villalobos to fill-in, becoming their token male. Since its inception in 2002, they have played on bases in Japan, Germany, Belgium, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Qatar and El Salvador, and have many memorable moments from being on tour. Our usual crowd surfing became contagious to others while performing at a concert in Camp Sharana, Afghanistan, leading to everyone else joining in, said Tina Wood, lead guitarist.
The Wire July 1211Guantanamo Bay families gathered at Deer Pointe July 4, for the GTMO Freedom Festival 2013 at the park. Sponsored by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation office, children were treated to a fair-like atmosphere with bouncy houses, inflatable games, face-painting and family-centered fun. Events like this bring the community together to help celebrate the Fourth of July, said Master Sgt. Chris Fick, 189th Military Police Company, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, who celebrated with his son at the festival. Military kids have a hard time as it is with always moving around, and this event helps bring them out, he said. Even though Guantanamo is miles away from the mainland, that didnt stop the military and contracting communities from enjoying the weather, festivities and food to celebrate America. That was the goal of the MWR for the days activities. Its important to enjoy the holiday with one another because everyone here is fighting for Americas freedoms, said Stephen Prestesater, community activities director for MWR. Today was about relaxing and enjoying our independence, he said. It is important for the kids to be able to have a good time just the same way they wouldve if they were in the U.S. It helps them forget they are in a different country. Family Fun at festival Story and photo by Sgt. Cassandra Monroe Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Coast Guardsman attemps and wins GTMO triathlon Pushing the limitsStory and photos by Spc. Lerone Simmons Staff Writer, email@example.comTFrooper ocus http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Kuhn puts in a long day at the office. With shifts of 12 hours six on a boat and six on land his days as a machin ery technician assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo are laborious. Hes responsible for driving the boat, line handling and scanning his sector. Each member on patrol is expected to do their job, whether at the bow or the stern, and it takes a physically and emotionally fit Coast Guardsman to get the job done. Working on a boat can get fatigu ing, so being in shape is huge part of our job, said Kuhn. Its also a lifestyle. A lifestyle that Kuhn, a California native, is used to. Hes been active his whole life, he said, swimming and surfing the coastline of his home state. He has his parents, Steve and Nancy, to thank for starting him at an early age with physical activities. My mom and dad are really active, they made sure I was fit while growing up, he said. And now, years later along a different coastline, Kuhn has found himself maintaining the lifestyle his parents pushed him toward. Lifes a race, you have to show up and participate, because if you dont, youll never win, he said. And win he did. Kuhn recently medaled as the champion of the male entrants in the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cubas Morale, Welfare and Recreation Olympic Triathlon, June 29. While most Service members simply work on their fitness to pass the required physical fitness tests, Kuhn pushed to see just what he could do. Its here, when else are you going to do it? he asked. Its hard to do a tri athlon back at home; I have all the time here, so thats why I decided to do it. He trained for three months to pre pare for the grueling course that winded the roads of the naval station and cut through the choppy bay waters. Using strength and interval-cardio training, he put events together as he went along to ensure he would be ready. After pushing himself in the 1.5km swim, 25km bike ride and 10km run, Kuhn finished with a time of 2:24:44 in his first-ever triathlon attempt. Looking back now, the training that I went through was hard work, but defi nitely worth it, he said. His mom is also proud of his hard work. She found out that I won on Facebook, and commented that she was very proud, he said. Dennis Anthony, MWR fitness coor dinator, encouraged Kuhn to sign up for the triathlon and test himself. Tyler has had great training, so I was confident in him, said Dennis Anthony, MWR fitness coordinator. He always trained with some of our staff and had that drive to win. His mindset was there, he said. For Kuhn, his next plans are to remain active, and he said MWR is a good way for any Trooper to stay physically fit and to challenge yourself. Staying active by playing sports, espe cially with MWR is a great way to stay in shape, he said.
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By Sgt. David Bolton Copy Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgStreet Sweepers More than two dozen Troopers took to the streets of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, July 6, to pick up cigarette butts, McDonalds cups and bags, metal brackets, plastic bottles, tissue paper and soda cans in an effort to clean up trash. The clean up was part of an Adopt-a-Road initiative set up by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kenneth Spry, an administration specialist with Periodic Review Secretariat. Adopt a Road is a way to get the community involved and keep the community clean, said Spry. Youre helping your community out, youre helping the environment by taking trash off the streets. Volunteers were surprised to see the amount of trash they collected during the clean up. Many of their garbage bags were filled within the first half hour of the refuse roundup. Judging by the amount of trash in my bag, there is obviously a need, said Sgt. Christian Hiner, Leeward point of contact driver with the Joint Visitors Bureau. It just makes the place look nicer and more enjoyable for everyone who runs along this path. Picking up trash is a simple task, but the implications and repercussions of engaging in such an activity, can have a very encouraging effect on the population of a given area. By helping to clean up the environment we live in, it creates a positive atmosphere for the people who live here, said Army Sgt. Lindsay Hruska, J4 housing office. Picking up trash is one small thing I can do to boost morale. Volunteers stationed at GTMO were also keen to point out that, although there isnt much here, what they had was worth putting in the extra effort to make it look nicer and be more environmentally conscious. This is all we have, so if were walking around with trash everywhere, its not as good as it should be, said Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Thayne Thomas, a cryptologic technician interpretive with JTF-GTMO. Adopt-a-Road isnt about convincing people not to throw out trash along the road because it probably wont happen. However, with volunteers picking up trash, drivers may think twice before they throw that soda can or plastic bottle out the window. At the end of the day, being at GTMO, its taking responsibility for the base, said Spry. Its having pride in where you live and where you stay. Well clean up the roads at GTMO one street at a time. cleanup effort. Photo by Sgt. David Bolton/The Wirenews eed 14http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html F
Spc. Christopher Bowser visits the Camp America liberty center almost every day to hop on the Internet. The military police officer with the 357th Military Police Company said he uses it to keep in touch with his family back in the states, but thats not always possible because, often times, the Internet is down. The recent outages upset a couple Soldiers, but I figure having access to the Internet is a bonus, so if it goes down, its not a problem for me, said Bowser. But the frustrations sweeping across Camp America and other places around the Joint Task Force Guantanamo and Naval Station Guantanamo are something that leadership and the Morale, Welfare and Recreation office has taken note of. We know that is very frustrating for everyone, it is frustrating for us, said Tara Culbertson, MWR director. Weve purchased a new $25,000 server we hope to have up-and-running by August, she said. The old server was designed for a place like a hotel with multiple locations located nearby one another, but we have out-grown that. The new server is modeled off a college campus because we have more than 30 wireless hotspots here at Guantanamo, she said. The new server is designed to improve the service to Troopers rotating in and out. Leadership, Culbertson said, knows how much Troopers rely on the Internet to stay in touch with friends and family. The new server is really going to help us so that you can use it to Facebook or for Skype, she said. But I do want to caution our customers, that I dont have any expectation that it is going to improve the speed, but it is going to improve the reliability. According to Culbertson, speed is a separate issue. We are buying well over $500,000 in Internet bandwidth per fiscal year, said Culbertson. Thats pretty incredible and expensive, but its also the numberone issue for morale for our troops, so its incredibly important for us to provide that. Culbertson says MWR on base shares 12 megabytes per second. She said the base is buying as much connectivity as is available currently, but its not just iTunes or Skype that steals bandwidth. Its not just the Wi-Fi and the computers in the liberty centers, its shared with the credit cards in the clubs and how we run our warehouse network. Its a large and complex network that we run, she said. MWR started purchasing bandwidth from SCSI about two years ago. They previously used a satellite service, but were able to get more bandwidth for less money through SCSI. There was a rumor that we were snatching Internet capabilities from people who purchase it in their barracks or their homes, said Culbertson. But that is not the case, its a separate pipe that we use. Currently, theres not much you can do if the Internet goes down, but MWR says you can help mitigate the lag time. Everyone wants to get on at the same time in the evening and it gets very slow, said Culbertson. If you can time your call over lunchtime or during your break you will probably get higher speeds. GTMO 2.0 : new servers to hit by AugustBy Staff Sgt. Lorne Neff Staff Writer, email@example.com Photo by Staff Sgt. Lorne Neff/The Wire Tara Culbertson The Wire July 1215
The Wire hear this from me ... OPSEC. And you may be fueling the rumor mill. Whether youre in uniform, around family, friends, media or other base visitors, you are a Trooper 100 been entrusted with and you wont be the casual chaos starter. Casual Chaos LTife On he Bay16http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html The WiresJoinTeamThe Wire is always looking for story ideas, writers, and photographers to help us bring JTF Guantanamo to life. Do you have a story that GTMO needs to hear? Did you snap a photo that you want to share? Drop us a line firstname.lastname@example.org let us know!
Casual Chaos 17The Wire June 28 Do NOT try this at GTMO. NARMY Da Marque8 Do you ever look up at the stars, seeking answers to lifes questions? NARMY Da Ma r q u e8 No. Chaplains Word of the week: Saying Goodbye to friends is more than just uttering a word it is a way of saying thank you for being a part of your life. Its saying Im a better person for having you in my life, and hopefully you are a better person because I was a part of yours. Goodbye
Sluggers winThere is nothing more quintessentially American than going to the ballpark over the Fourth of July holiday. The crack of the bats rang across Cooper Field as the Guantanamo Bay Morale, Welfare and Recreation department-sponsored softball tournament took over Saturday, July 6. Im thrilled about this years turnout, said Jim Holbert, MWR Sports Coordinator. Where I expected to get a maximum of around 10 teams for this years tournament, we actually got 13 teams participating. Softball teams from every service branch and many of the civilian support offices around GTMO fought the heat and strong winds for a full day of sportsmanship. The championship match took place around 10:30 p.m. between the Alabama Assassins of the Alabama National Guards 128th Military Police Company and The Sluggers of the Army Reserves 602nd and 428th Military Police Companies out of Bossier, La., and South Bend, Ind. This has been a great experience for us, said Spc. Jason Participation knocked out of the park at MWR tournamentStory and photos by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler Graphics Editor, email@example.comPolovich, who coached The Sluggers. Polovich and his fellow Soldiers have been regular participants in the MWR sports leagues and tournaments, but had not made it into the finals until tonight. Their patience and perseverance has been rewarded. With a final score of 16-4, The Sluggers prevailed over the Alabama Assassins and claimed the tournament trophy. We are so excited to have finally won a tournament here, said Army Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Whitacre, another member of the Sluggers team. This is particularly important to us as we start returning home this next week. Whitacre will receive another honor later this fall after returning home. He has been asked to sing the national anthem at the Cincinnati Reds baseball game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Trophy in hand, the Soldiers of the 602nd and 428th MP Companies will leave Guantanamo Bay and return home. The Sluggers softball team lifts the Independence Day Softball Tournament trophy at home plate July 6. Soldiers from the Army Reserves 602nd Military Police Company and 428th Military Police Company made up the championship team. Independence Softball Tournament. Spc. Lee Newville of The Sluggers bats during the championship game of the Independence Softball Tournament. 18http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html
The Wire July 1219This recipe was adapted from www.foodnetwork.com, and originally called for lamb meat. One thing I will say with this recipe is that traditionally, smaller or average-sized eggplants work better than the ones sold here at the Navy Exchange. So that being said, I would probably switch this recipe to work with smaller stuffed peppers. This works well paired with rice pilaf, greek yogurt and a tomato, pepper, cucumber and vinaigrette side salad. Peel 4 eggplants lengthwise in 1/2-inch strips, zebra-style, leav ing a 1/2-inch strip of skin between each peel. Trim off long stems so 1 cup vegetable oil in a large, deep frying pan. In batches, fry eggplant until golden all over and beginning to soften, turning frequently. Transfer eggplant to a baking dish, placing them side by side, and cut a deep slit lengthwise in each eggplant. Set aside. 2 tablespoons butter in the skillet, add onions and saut until soft, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add 1 pound of seasoned ground beef and cook for 10 minutes. Add 3 peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes, 2 seeded and 2 chopped and seeded bell peppers and salt (to taste), and saut until all the juices are absorbed or about 5 more minutes. Adjust seasonings if needed and remove from heat. Preheat oven to 350 F then stuff the eggplants tightly with the ground beef mixture, enlarging the opening with your hand. Add a little water to the baking dish, cover, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until eggplants are very tender. I added a little bit of warm tomato sauce on top of the stuffed STUFFED EGGPLANTS 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! firstname.lastname@example.org
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