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Volume 15, Issue 10 August 9, 2013Getting to know the senior chief Calling home gets a little easierMahaffey celebrates his 60th birthday Phone bank opens at Camp America New PSU arrives in style
2http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html Life in BootsPostal Ops team keeps morale high with mail 8 Trooper Focus 12 A sprint to the end Troopers take MWRs triathlon challenge 18 AND IN OUR PAGES Around the Bay Other StoriesCommand Corner and Trooper to Trooper4 6Reviews of the latest movies on base Upgrades to Camp America 15Coast Guard Port Security Unit 301 personnel and equipment arrive at GTMO for JTF mission. PAGE 10 Cover photo by Sgt. David Bolton Bay Wire Report Tube the BayThe Liberty Program will sponsor an evening of Tubing Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 5:30 p.m., at the Marina. Call ext. 2010 for more information or to sign up. Meals with Monroe19Dont forget, Treasures and Trivia Thrift Store has new hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop is closed on Tuesday, Thursdays and Sundays. Volunteers and donations are always welcomed. CORRECTIONSPage 15: Get your click on Volume 15, Issue 10 August 9, 2013Getting to know the senior chief Calling home gets a little easierMahaffey celebrates his 60th birthday Phone bank opens at Camp America New PSU arrives in style
The Wire August 9 3 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. Catholic Mass Sunday 7:30 a.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 1:15 p.m., Room 2 Seventh Day Adventist Friday 7 p.m., Room 1 Sabbath SchoolSaturday 9:30 a.m., Room 1 Sabbath ServiceSaturday 11:00 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. Richard W. Butler Deputy Commander Army Col. Marion Garcia 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 Capt. 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 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 Joint Task ForceSafeHumaneLegalTransparentGuantanamo Look for us on your favorite Social Media: /jointtaskforceguantanamo /photos/jtf gtmo /jtf gtmo @jtf gtmo Command Corner and Trooper to Trooper Reviews of the latest movies on base Upgrades to Camp America Meals with Monroe IOF Building, Camp America
By Master Sgt. James J. Lamberson TFP, Camp Operations NCOICBy Capt. John Schommer JTF-GTMO, Chief of StaffThe day Soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. General Colin Powell. For the past nine months that I have served as the Chief of Staff of JTFGTMO, there has been a non-stop stream of emails and phone calls detailing problems. I put the word problems in quotations because I think a better description would be challenges. GTMO is a unique place due to, among other things, our mission, high visibility, geographical location and continuous turnover of Troopers from all services. Some of the challenges we face are new, some are reoccurring and some seem new but have in fact occurred time and again over the last 11 years. The one constant is the level of professionalism executed by our JTF-GTMO team when dealing with the challenges every day. At every level of the command, our Troopers (military and civilian), care about doing what is right and want to do a good job. Our challenge as leaders is providing those who we have the honor to lead with the tools to find a solution and the flexibility to find a different way of doing things. One of the strengths of the U.S. Military is the responsibility we give our NCOs. Good leaders delegate to the lowest level possible and hold those accountable. I have seen it every day here at GTMO and am amazed by the quality of our personnel across all the services. My goal is always to leave a job at least a small degree better than when I was given it. If I have accomplished that goal it is because of the teamwork of all of JTF-GTMO. It has been my privilege to have served with all of you. I am a better person and leader because of it. I will sign off with two Navy phrases: Fair Winds and Following Seas. BZ! 4http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html ommand CCorner Ttrooper to rooper As Troopers we all have the responsibility to adhere to standards and discipline and it does not just apply during duty hours. As leaders we must ensure that our Troopers understand that standards and discipline is a 24 hour 365 day responsibility. Our Troopers too often lose sight of that fact and then make bad choices and decisions. Lets take a look at how ADRP 6-22 defines Standards and Discipline: STANDARDSformal, detailed instructionsdescribable, measurable, and achievable. They provide a mark for performance to assess execution of a task. Leaders, in order for us to use standards effectively, we must be able to recognize the detailed standards in our regulatory and procedural guidance, and then effectively communicate them to our subordinates. The challenge is to enforce them to the highest, but realistic level. An effective leader will explain the standards to subordinates, then empower them to enforce the standards on their own. While standards typically represent the minimum level for satisfactory performance, Troopers should strive to exceed these standards in every facet of their career from physical training to continued education. DISCIPLINEMilitary discipline is founded upon selfdiscipline, respect for properly constituted authority, and the embracing of the professional. Discipline is the accepted practice of our military profession in the conduct of duty, effectively and ethically performed to standards. Often, members of our profession associate discipline only with regulations and the consequences for errors in judgment. However, it is important to understand that our professional discipline is fundamentally about why and how we practice our profession not just about punishment for wrong-doing. Leaders should teach and inspire an understanding of and appreciation for both the meaning and importance of standards and discipline in practicing our profession. Discipline and adherence to standards are hallmarks of military professionals. We as leaders must consistently uphold standards and motivate Troopers to make on the spot corrections, refuse to tolerate bad performance, and drive home to the Troopers not only achieve the standard but to maintain and dont be afraid to exceed. We all need to lead by example and correct those who do not. Senior Leaders need to take an active role in mentoring our junior leadership on how to develop discipline and uphold the standards. We must hold Troopers accountable and teach them how to improve. Dont tolerate unprofessional conduct and dont tolerate substandard performance. When we do, not only do we fail the Trooper, we fail our military as a whole.
The Wire August 9 5PIrofessional nsight If you dont have a Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn account you should probably receive an award for holding out and fighting against the social current that has redeveloped todays society. Congratulations for being one of those Troopers who doesnt have to worry about inadvertently divulging too much information about the Joint Task Force Guantanamo mission. But if you are that social butterfly who needs to stay connected back home and feels the need to share your experiences in Cuba with the world; just remember that with a little common sense, you can complete your mission and still maintain your popularity all in the same breath. Youve got to be smart about using social media, said OPSEC G, JTFs operations security program manager. With todays environment, you have to use common sense. So what exactly does that mean when youre logging in and blasting out that 140-character Tweet or reaching for as many thumbs-up as possible? Just dont friend everybody, said G. If you have 500 friends, youre hooked into just about 1 million people. Potentially youve just told 1 million people where you are or what you are doing. G suggests keeping your online friend bank about the same as your live social network as in if you dont know the person directly, dont friend them. Its dangerous for Department of Defense personnel, he said, adding that scammers, foreigners and possible terrorists use social media outlets to befriend Service members and obtain information about U.S. military activities. Robin Sage is a fake Facebook account, G said. She is actually Thomas Ryan, and she is not a cyber threat analyst, but she has over 2,000 friends from nearly every government organization we have. And because our government is so vast and large, G said it is easy for DoD personnel to friend people who claim to be on the same team. Dont friend someone unless you know them, he said. Do your research. Because GTMO conjures up a lot of feelings for the general public, G said, being associated as a Trooper here could bring up some unintended consequences for Troopers who do not have good privacy settings in place while they surf the Internet. If you put too much information out there, you give identity thieves more ammunition to become you. For instance, with address and phone numbers on Facebook, combined with a picture that is not private, someone could ultimately make a fake identification card with your likeness. If youre tagged as living at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, right now, but your spouse is at home, G said youve welcomed others into knowledge they shouldnt have if youre truly trying to stay under the radar. In todays environment, there is an easy avenue of approach to get your private identifiable information, G said. You must be software savvy and monitor the risks versus the catastrophes. His tips for Troopers are simple: Go to your settings in your external e-mail and social media accounts and make sure your information is only visible to friends. Monitor and maintain your privacy settings often. Remember to leave work at work. Unless you are 100 percent certain of the classification of the information you are about to release, dont put any workrelated information on social media sites, including blogs. Dont tarnish your reputation or your mission with statements made out of haste or anger. When you throw mud on the organization, youre not just affecting you. Youre throwing mud on Rear Admiral (Richard) Butler, all the way to General (John) Kelly, he said. But we are better than that. G understands that in todays society, social media is a way of life and something that Troopers can and do use to stay in touch with friends and family. But, he said, as long as Troopers conduct their business safely and in accordance with OPSEC both on a personal level and at operationally. The bottom line with social media is a lot of the issues are self-inflicted wound activity, he said, meaning that often times, identities are stolen or information misused because of a Troopers inability to maintain OPSEC at all times. Maintain your privacy settings, dont post things you shouldnt and report scams or violations through your leadership, he said. Graphic by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler/The Wire Socially acceptableStory by Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson Editor, email@example.com
Courtesy Sony Pictures FRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAY 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 09 10 11 12 13 14 15Grown Ups 2 (New)PG13, 8 p.m.Elysium (New)R, 10 p.m.Planes (New)PG, 8 p.m.The WolverinePG13, 10 p.m.The HeatR, 8 p.m.Despicable Me 2PG13, 8 p.m.Monsters University (LS)G, 8 p.m.The Smurfs 2*PG, 8 p.m. *Family NightWhite House Down (LS)PG13, 8 p.m.The HeatR, 8 p.m.Pacic RimPG13, 10:15 p.m.Grown Ups 2 (New)PG13, 8 p.m.Elysium (New)R, 10 p.m.The WolverinePG13, 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.Planes (New)PG, 8 p.m. (LS) = Last ShowingReview by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler Graphics Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgA rather un-Smurfy sequelWhen you ask your colleagues, who wants to review The Smurfs 2 for next weeks Wire, and you get a collective groan, its not a good sign. To be fair, a movie like Smurfs is not a Trooper movie. Without even seeing a film trailer you can tell this movie was produced for the 10-and-under crowd. Not having a 10-year-old nearby, I turned to a movie reviewers best friend the Internet. In an attempt to give a fairly accurate handle on this film, I browsed a wide variety of movie review sites IMDB.com, Common Sense Media, Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango.com. The consensus seems to be that The Smurfs 2 is a lackluster film at best. This second Smurfventure received a rating of 70% from Variety.com, the entertainment industry website. Rotten Tomatoes, notorious for its tough stance on most films, gave the film a 12 percent positive rating a green, splattered tomato in their rating scale. But the worst rating of all came from the San Francisco Chronicle 0! It all boils down to the fact that this film is designed to give young children 1 hour and 44 minutes of slapstick humor and shenanigans while their parents catch up on a nap, an e-mail or their social circles at the Downtown Lyceum. Because this film falls so far outside the realm of Trooper fare, I have to give this film a rating of two banana rats out of five. 6 http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html
FRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAY 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 In the military, fitness is a mandatory activity. Its important for our daily lives; decreasing stress levels and overall health. We have been involved with the same old routine; pushups, sit-ups and individ ual or unit runs. How boring. We focus on strengthening our core, improving our cardiovascular system etc., but it can be come mundane, boring or just not worth the effort. The key behind good fitness is your routine planning, goal setting and consistency. We dont need to be locked in a gym for hours to achieve a high level of fitness. Being able to diversify exercise makes it enjoyable and worth while. Below are the seven steps to workout success.No ExcusesThe most important part of getting fit is stop making excuses. All of our time is used with other things; we may be sore for some reason or another or just wanting to hang out in our Cuzcos. Get out and hike, bike, swim, etc.Be FlexibleYou dont have to use one time slot for all your fitness needs. Break it up into two different sessions if possible. You will have plenty of time for the rest of your responsibilities.Do Something If you are like most people you dont have a full hour to devote to your health. Why not? When the duty day is com plete, and you have eaten dinner, what else do you have? Sit in front of a TV or a computer? Take a walk up JPJ hill, inter val train on the track, run one lap, walk one lap etc. Even if you cant fit in 60 minutes, try 20 minutes. Make it a HabitFitness isnt a luxury per say. It is necessary. Devise a plan and a goal. Your fitness will become as necessary as brush ing your teeth. Developing your GoalWhen devising a routine or even main taining a workout, motivation is the key. Make notes in a notebook on what your goal is. Put it on the mirror. Dont weigh in everyday, keep that for the end of your program.No Gear NeededYou dont need a gym membership to establish fitness goals. No need for special equipment. Here at Gitmo we have 42 square miles to exercise in. Be versatile. Start Slowly Rome wasnt built in a day, nor will your body. It is easy to get discour aged if you dont see quick results. Start off slowly, gradually add difficulty to your workouts, and you will feel challenged, not defeated. You will also become very motivated. Your body will thank you for it! & DETERMINATION DRIVEGraphic by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler/The Wire Meet at the Marina. Rent a bike or bring your own. Sign up by Aug. 16. For more info, contact ext. 2010 or email@example.comSaturday, Aug. 17, 8 a.m.Guided Bike Tour Kayak to the CavesSaturday, Aug. 25, 8 a.m.Leaves from the Ferry Landing. Must rent a kayak and have experience. Sign up by Aug. 21. For more info, contact ext. 2010 or firstname.lastname@example.org By Master Sgt. Gregg L. Ramsdell Contributing writer, email@example.com The Wire August 9 7
In June alone, more than 22,000 pounds of mail shuffled through the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay U.S. Postal Office the hub that keeps Troopers assigned to JTF-GTMO connected with the outside world. Whether its a care package, a bill, a letter from home or an Amazon purchase that took a little while to get here, the USPS and the Troopers assigned to it know that deployed Service members rely on mail as a huge morale boost when overseas. Mail orderlies are our first line of defense when it comes to dealing with Troopers finding out about mail, said Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Ras Lowe, postal clerk. We can assist with finding mail and ensuring packages are sent to the right places, he said. First Class mail (13 ounces or less), and priority mail usually take seven to 14 days to get from mainland to Guantanamo. Parcel post, limited to no more than 70 pounds, can take upwards of five weeks. Because the mail here is received via flights to the island, it comes in only on Tuesdays, Saturdays and every other Thursday. FedEx and UPS are not offered at GTMO. To avoid delay in delivery, have your mail addressed correctly, said Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brenda Ponce, noncommissioned officer in charge, JTF-GTMO Post Office. Street names or Cuzco room numbers are not necessary, your unit name tells us where it goes, she said. Each unit or office should have a mail orderly, trained by the Postal Operations team to pick up and distribute mail to Troopers in the section. All insured, certified or registered mail can only be handled by a mail orderly when a DS Form 3849 is given in its place for the owner to pick up. We understand that the mail room is going to be scrutinized, but following proper protocol by checking with mail orderlies is the best course of action, Lowe said. The JTF-GTMO Postal Operations Team reminds Troopers that the office will be closed Aug. 12-16 for system upgrades. Mail orderlies can still conduct mail runs during this time. Mail Call Story and photos by Spc. Lerone Simmons Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org in oots
The Wire August 9 9 Mail Call Graphics by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler/The Wire
http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html 10 New PSU arrives in style Story and photos by Sgt. David Bolton Copy Editor, email@example.comA C-5 aircraft carrying roughly 60 New England Coast Guardsmen from Port Security Unit 301 landed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba August 1. The Cape Cod, Mass.-based unit flew in directly from Cape Cod and will be tasked for the next nine months as part of the Maritime Security Detachment. They will be relieving PSU 311 with the mission of providing port security for defense forces. They are tasked with protecting the port during operations of Joint Task Force, said Coast Guard Lt. Commander Mark A. Stuart, operations officer with Port Security Unit 301 and executive officer with MARSECDET while at GTMO. They provide water-borne security and bay defense to ensure a safe environment is maintained. To assist in this maritime mission, PSU 301 brought some new hardware and communications equipment to ensure they have the most capable and state-of-the-art gear. In the belly of the C-5 were three, 32-foot transportable port security boats. From these platforms sea power can be projected through crew-serve weapons including two M240B and a .50 caliber machine gun. Two of these boats have been introduced in theater by PSU 311 and are to be institutionalized here in conjunction with the JTF mission. Previously, the Coast Guard had been using a 25-foot version of the craft but decided that a new frame was needed in which to operate thus, the 32-foot TPSB came into being. This Platform is much better and stable in a sea state where we can operate off-shore better, said Stuart. What youre seeing is the next generation of state-of-the-art platforms for projecting a port security mission. According to Stuart, the boats reduce fatigue to crewmembers operating in rigorous sea environments by absorbing more shock and allowing them to stay on station for longer periods of time. PSU 301 members said they feel good about this mission because they are exercising their capabilities in a joint environ ment. Prior to their deployment, PSU 301 trained with Army and Marine units to prepare for their work here at GTMO. Were always looking for joint opportunities, said Stuart. When we come down here and work in a joint environment, thats where we belong, thats our home.
The Wire August 9 11 New PSU arrives in style Coast Guardsmen from support the Joint Task Force providing port security for Guantanamo mission.
One day in August 1953, Curtis Mahaffey made the Houston Chronical in Houston, Texas. He was only a few days old he only entered the world Aug. 1. His mothers claim to fame: using the dial phone to contact his dad, a sailor with the U.S. Merchant Marines, via Ship to Shore radio. In 1969, he followed in his father and grandfathers footsteps and went to work as a sailor with the USMM, a fleet of ships that provides both military and commercial transport during war and peace time. At 16-years-old, hed already been working around Deer Park, Texas with odd jobs at restaurants and around the neighborhood. Love, he said, is his passion. Its the driving force that brought him to where he is today and the force that keeps him going. We have a love of family, our fellow man, country, and God he said of the Mahaffey lineage a long line of military history dating back to the Civil War. That lineage and love of his country is what ultimately drove him to enlist in 1988. He joined the Navy Reserves as a quartermaster. Now, after a 25year career, the Commissions and Liaisons Office supporting noncommissioned officer in charge recently celebrated his 60th birthday at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, among fellow Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers who are nearly half his age or some even younger than that. Being able to see and serve with Sailors of today, he said, they come from all walks of life and can be most any age. They are caring, obedient, gentle and loving individuals. None are perfect, but they are doing the best that they can do, he said. It does not take long for you to see the same faces repeatedly while you are stationed here.A in the rough Story by Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org Photo by Spc. Lerone Simmons/The Wire12http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html T Frooperen ocus
As a chief petty officer, Mahaffey is a leader and a mentor who has a love for his extended family here at JTFGTMO. We work like a family at our office we have to, due to the nature of our duties. Remember that for every day you serve here, another gets to spend a day at their home. This is our gift of love to each other, he said. His gift of love is something hes proud of. In 1978, he married his sweetheart Sandra Jean Weber. She grew up down the street, and Mahaffey said its always been love. After 35 years, three daughters and one grandson later, Mahaffey said its hard being away from his family, but he knows that its hard for most Reservists. My reserve and regular job involves always having a bag backed and ready to go at the ring of the phone, he said. thats happened many times and the family is used to it. With a 25-year career in the military, and a 31-year career with the Federal Aviation Administration on the civilian side, Mahaffey knows how to balance work, life and love. Here at GTMO, hes still able to shower Sandra with love and affection even though they are hundreds of miles away. We still write letters the old fashioned way, he said. Just like my grandfather did in the trenches serving in the U.S. Army in World War II. Hes a regular at the Morale Welfare and Recreation Arts & Crafts Center and Woodshop on base, where he makes Sandra presents and sends them home. Youll often see him sitting outside his Cuzcos talking on the phone with her, or his daughters to see how their day was and to remind them he misses them. I have a stable home, my family is already molded, he said. Older guys like me understand how important it is to begin a family. He hopes to help other Troopers realize they can do it too. I remind you to be good to each other and to be ready to do whatever is good, he said. You have a great life ahead of you, stay the course, the benefits are great. A in the rough 4. Mahaffey often makes things at the shop to pass time and meet people. Photo by Spc. Lerone Simmons/The Wire Photo by Spc. Lerone Simmons/The WireThe Wire August 913
Story by Sgt. David Bolton Copy Editor, email@example.comPhoning HomeDSN phone bank links Troopers to StatesThe Camp America Morale Call Center opened Monday, with 10 new DSN lines available for Troopers to keep in touch with family and friends while assigned to the Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Located across from Seaside Galley at the Camp America Liberty Center, and sponsored by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation office and the J6, the phone bank will allow Troopers to use a DSN line rather than spending money on expensive calling cards. The call center is available to Troopers 24 hours a day, according to Master Sgt. Rey Rodriquez, plans and resources noncommissioned officer in charge and J6 senior enlisted leader. We are providing this for them so they can have the opportunity to call home with the morale calls, he said. Rodriquez said call times will be limited to 20 minutes, and Troopers must find a DSN number close to the area code they want to call. We really need the support of our Troopers on this by taking care of the equipment and upholding the time constraints that we are putting out there. Even though I know we would like to give more time, you can at least make phone calls every day, he said. Troopers will be required to show photo ID during their morale call, which will be held at the front desk of the call center until the morale call is completed and the Trooper clears the sign-in desk. Instructions for how to use the DSN lines will be posted at each phone station to help Service members make the connection easier. MWR Liberty Center Director Katie Prestesater said that they want to ensure the phone calls can be more private without others overhearing conversations or seeing video. We are looking to install cubicles for patrons so they can make phone calls, she said. It sucks to call somebody you love and have to do that I love you voice. We want Troopers to have the opportunity to have conversations without someone overhearing it. An MWR assistant will be responsible for running and operating the phone bank; monitoring call times, and ensuring that proper use of the phones is maintained. With more than 1,000 active duty military on the JTF-GTMO side, and only 10 phones, it will be important to try to arrange a time to call where there will not be long lines. Mid-morning, lunch and afternoon are good times to try, according to Prestesater. Our job is to make sure that Troopers are taken care of, said Prestesater. The J6 is in the process of setting up DSN phone lines at the Tierra Kay housing complex TK 58. Katie Prestesater News eed 14http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html F
T he arrival of new MPs has Camp America bulging at the seams, and Joint Task Force Guantanamos housing team has worked overtime to get the newly erected tent city at Camp America ready for the Soldiers of Louisiana National Guards 2228th Military Police Company. The tents are meant for transient housing, but we are full up, so these are permanent right now, said Sgt. Lindsay Hruska, the Camp America commandant. But we are working on more hardened buildings for the Soldiers to live in. JTF-GTMOs housing, logistics and Base Engineer Emergency Force worked feverishly to get the housing ready for the new Troopers. People will be living there for 3 months and then will be rotated to one of the new housing areas, said Chief Petty Officer Bobby Cast, JTF-GTMO facilities manag er. We expect them to move in Septem ber/October time frame, so they will be there for a while. The BEEF moved tents from Camp Jus tice and then worked to connect electricity and air conditioning to the eight person shelters. Meanwhile, the JTF worked to get the rooms ready with wall lockers, beds and mattresses. The biggest challenges are there is only one laundry (on Camp America) right now and we are in surge capacity, said Cast. Getting things to the Island is one of the most challenging parts, but we are doing everything we can. Not having the resources is very challenging, but we go out and talk to the soldiers and address their needs as best we can. According to Hruska, supply has ordered new housing tents and even a laundry supply tent but they have not arrived. The laundry facility did recently receive new equipment. We put in 16 in one iteration and 10 in another for 26 new stackable washers and dryers, said Hruska. We had a lot that were broke or flooded so they need to be replaced. It was a headache because 90 per cent of the time the washers and dryers were broken, said Spc. Robert Harpin, a military policeman with the 602nd Military Police Company. A lot of them wouldnt finish the wash cycle or finish drying the clothes. According to Harpin, trying to do a load of laundry on a work night was terrible because Soldiers would end up staying up an hour or two later trying to finish their laundry. The old washers were deteriorating; they looked old and were damaged, said Jose Espinoza, 591st MP Company. These new ones are very nice. The biggest positive change has been adding the washers and dryers to the laun dry area, said Harpin. Its not the ideal living situation, but my staff knows the concerns of the troopers and we take them to heart, said Cast. And we ask that you bring them (problems) to us. Things could be better but they could be worse. Patience with my staff is appreciated, its just me and two junior enlisted for 2100 bed spaces, but we work as fast and hard as we can. By Staff Sgt. Lorne Neff Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.orgSetting up the Surge his time off doing laundry in the Camp America laundry Photo by Sgt. David Bolton/The WirePhoto by Staff Sgt. Lorne Neff/The Wire The Wire August 9 15
The Wire Welcome to Cuba: the sun, the sand and the OPSEC. much about yourself being gone or your family. Dont photograph places that say NO PHOTOGRAPHY and stay clear of restricted areas. Remember you are in a foreign country stay alert, stay New to JTF-GTMO? LTife Onen he Bay16http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html
d by Sgt. Darron Salzer 17 The Wire August 9 O by Spc. David Marquis NARMY DaMarque8 S.V. No Puns I got a blister from the sailboat. But if thats my biggest complaint, I guess... Dont say it. NARMY DaMarque8 S.V. No Puns IT DONT GITMO BETTER THAN THIS! NARMY DaMarque8 S.V. No Puns Graphic by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler/The Wire is space intentionally le blank* the artist broke his nger. be careful at MWR events *
Sports eed F18http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html Story and photos by Spc. Lerone Simmons Staff Writer, email@example.comU.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bays Morale, Welfare and Recreation office hosted more than 26 base and Joint Task Force Guantanamo participants in the Sprint Triathlon Aug. 3. Participants weathered Guantanamo Bay for a 500 yard swim, an 11 mile bike ride and a 5 km run. This day is the party, said Dennis Anthony, MWR fitness coordinator. Today we celebrate all the hard work and dedication put in by everyone competing in this triathlon. MWR hosts events like these with the intention of sparking public interest and participation, and encouraging good health practices. Our goal is to put something together to bring people out, he said. If you want to get fit; sign up, train, then come out and celebrate your hard work with us by doing a triathlon. Coordinating the triathlon is no easy job and would not be possible on race day without volunteers, Anthony said. Volunteers play a big part in ensuring that everything runs smoothly; from providing competitors with water, setting up the course, safety, directing traffic, timers and encouragement. For Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Gillen, noncommissioned officer in charge of the International Committee of the Red Cross, volunteering for competitions gives him something to do in his spare time, while being a part of the festivities. I volunteered at the Olympic Triathlon several weeks ago and decided to come back and help again because it allows me to support my friends while occupying my time, he said Besides, its very important that we all support activities like these because they highlight fitness around GTMO. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Kuhn, a machinery technician and tactical crewmen, assigned to JTF-GTMO, medaled as the first individual male with a time of 1:06:07. Navy Lt. j.g. Jacqueline Gemme, a nurse assigned to the Joint Medical Group, finished in first place for the individual women with a time of 1:18:45. This was Kuhns second straight triathlon win. He was champion of the MWR Olympic Triathlon in June. Gemme finished third in that race. Another MWR Olympic triathlon is scheduled for October. Individual Male Competition: Individual Female Competition: Team Competition:1st Place: Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler C. Kuhn (1:06:07) 2nd Place: Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler Sojka (1:07:54) 3rd Place: Navy Lt. Cdr. George Massucco (1:10:34) 1st Place: Navy Lt. j.g. Jacqueline Gemme (1:18:45) 2nd Place: Army Maj. Erin Driver (1:22:08) 3rd Place: Navy Lt. Cdr. Anja Dabelic (1:27:00) Co-Ed Team: Army Staff Sgt. Casey Gore, Elena Granina, Richard Berry (1:08:35) Female Team: Navy Lt. Cdr. Janice White, Navy Lt. Jenny Frasco, Sandra Wilson (1:31:08) Male Team: Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Dodge, Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Howard, Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos Riley (1:01:59)Triathlon Winners the Sprint Triathlon.
The Wire August 9 19 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 www.natashaskitchen.com In a medium pot over medium heat, melt together eight ounces of cream cheese 16 ounces of sour cream one stick of butter and one and a half to two cups of shredded parmesan cheese stiring frequently until melted and an even consistency It should start to bubble. Stir in coarsley chopped and drained artichoke hearts (I just bought a 14 ounce can from the Navy Exchange.) Add in some diced jalepeno peppers (I used fresh ones since the NEX didnt have canned ones at the time.) Add in as many as you want, its up to you how spicy you want to get.) Next, add the spinach (a 10 ounce frozen bag works great; make sure you thaw it out and squeeze out the excess water from the spinach leaves.) Finally stir in 2-3 pressed garlic cloves (I actually used minced garlic from a jar.) Serve with tortilla chips or toasted baguettes SPICY SPINACH-ARTICHOKE DIP
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