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Volume 15, Issue 14 September 6, 2013Cupcake HeavenPastry celebrity visits GTMO Changes in the Alcohol PolicyWhat are they and how will they affect you? Pinning on History
2http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html Life in Boots 8 Sweet Treats 13 Home-spun treasures 15 AND IN OUR PAGES Around the BayOther Stories4 6 18Marion Garcia makes history as JTF-GTMOs rst female deputy commander and brigadier general. PAGE 10 Cover photo by Staff Sgt. Lorne Neff Bay Wire Report 19CORRECTIONS Running to remember Join your fellow brothers and sisters in arms and commemo rate Patriots Day with the 9/11mile and 5K run Sept. 11. Runs begin at 5 p.m., at Cooper Field. For more information call ext. 77262. Calling all disc golfers The Morale, Welfare and Recreation office will host a Disc Golf Doubles tournament Monday Sept. 16, at 6 p.m., at the Lateral Hazards disc golf course off of Sherman Ave. For more information call ext. 2010. For the love of food Already a chef? Want to learn new recipes or trade some? Join the GTMO Cooking Club, which meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 4-5 p.m. Call MWR at ext. 2010 for more information.
The Wire September 63 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: email@example.com www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.htmlCommander Rear Adm. Richard W. Butler Deputy Commander Army Brig. Gen. 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 Sgt. 1st Class 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 assigned to the Joint Task Force and is published online. THE WIRE Joint Task ForceSafe Humane Legal TransparentGuantanamo Look for us on your favorite Social Media: /jointtaskforceguantanamo /photos/jtf gtmo /jtf gtmo @jtf gtmo HQ Building, Camp America
Let me start by saying: Good morning, and in case I dont see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night! Ok, so most of you may remember what movie that was from. It came out 15 years ago, so maybe not. The quote comes from Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) in the movie The Truman Show. As I walk to the Galley, through the Cuzcos and the NEX I am passed by many but greeted by few. If Im not mistaken the greeting of the day is still in order. This goes for junior enlisted to senior enlisted and enlisted to officers. For detailed information pertaining to the greeting of the day as well as other customs and courtesies review FM 7-21.13; Ch. 4. As I read through the regulation I take note of a couple things. For example it states in chapter 4-6 of FM 7-21.13, Military Courtesy is not a one-way street. Enlisted personnel are expected to be courteous to officers and likewise officers are expected to return the courtesy. Mutual respect is a vital part of military courtesy. Another example refers to the Hand Salute. In chapter 4-9 of FM 7-21.13 it states, The salute is an expression that recognizes each other as a member of the profession of arms; that they have made a personal commitment of self-sacrifice to preserve our way of life. The fact that the junior extends the greeting first is merely a point of etiquette-a salute extended or returned makes the same statement. As a reminder here are a few more courtesies that we tend to forget or are unaware of: -When talking to an officer of superior rank, stand at attention until ordered otherwise -When you are dismissed, or when the officer departs, come to attention and salute -When speaking to or being addressed by a noncommissioned officer of superior rank, stands at parade rest until ordered otherwise -When outdoors and approached by an NCO (or officer), you greet the NCO by saying Good morning, INSERT RANK or TITLE Coming from the Reserve forces I too, tend to forget or let slide some of the customs and courtesies. However, when I attend a military school, visit an installation, or start yet another deployment I am reminded of the passion and romance our country has with the longstanding traditions of the military; coming to attention for the raising or lowering of the flag, the sound of taps being played in the distance and the playing of the service songs at a ceremony just to name a few. Service to my country, respect for the flag and respect for each other displayed through the many customs and courtesies of the armed forces makes me proud to be a Trooper, a veteran, an American. By Brig. Gen. Marion Garcia JTF-GTMO Deputy CommanderThis is September, the last month of the major league baseball regular season. Starting Oct. 1, we will witness the best in baseball slug it out to see who will be the best TEAM of the year. What defines baseball for me is teamwork. More than any other sport, baseball is about how nine individuals work to win together. I recently ran across an article by Dave Kerpen that really hit home with me. Heres some pieces of it, with commentary: Its more about the team than about any one superstar. Even a dominant pitcher only plays once every five days. Team GTMO runs on the talents of a great diversity of individuals: from doctors to dirt boys, from perimeter security to port security, everybody is a position player and we all need each other for the mission to get accomplished. Keep your eye on the ball. Hitting a major league pitch is one of the most difficult tasks in sports. Players must be laser focused on the ball coming at them at 80-100 miles per hour. Some of our GTMO teammates have other things coming at them at high speeds. Being alert is a must. Dont go down looking. Its important as a hitter to be patient and wait for your pitchbut with two strikes against you, youve got to swing the bat. Dont take that second part literally! Stay focused, stay calm, and 1) for the guards and medics, dont let them get to you 2) for the maintainers, you can make it work 3) for the security forces, your vigilance makes a difference. Be ready for a curve ball or a change up. Key players can knock a fastball out of the park, but they are also prepared for the unexpected whether its a curveball or change up, it wont matter. Commissions, DMOs, CODELs. . and this morning I heard CSM Borlin remind everyone to be ready for destructive weather. We are a responsive and adaptive organization. We are ready. You cant hit a home run unless you swing for the fences. Always start by thinking big. This is where the staff makes the play. The public affairs team sending the right message, the legal team keeping it real, the logisticians making it happen, the signalers getting everyone connected on a single radio net. Just some examples. Talent wins games, but team chemistry wins championships. You can have the best players in the league and the smartest, most strategic manager and coaches and that might even win a lot of games. But if the players dont get along well if the team doesnt gel if the entire group doesnt have great chemistry they wont win a championship. Team GTMO, we must continue to believe in each other and in the organization. This, more than anything, is what must define us and it is how we will bring home the pennant.4http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html ommandCCorner TtBy Sgt. 1st Class Jon Goke Joint Visitors Bureau, NCOICrooper to rooper
The Wire September 6 5 PIrofessional nsight the NEX. if you really need some NEX. In order to promote a much you can have in your residence and also Mini-Mart.If youve been wandering the aisles of your local Mini-Mart, youve probably noticed that something is missing. In an effort to deglamorize alcohol and combat cases of sexual assualt related to alcohol use, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert ordered the reduction of floor space for alcohol to 10 percent at Navy Exchanges, and the removal of distilled spirits from NEX Mini-Marts world-wide, including the Tierra Kay, Marine Hill and Camp America stores here. While beer is still available at the Mini-Marts, alcohol sales are banned between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. We are finding that somewhere between six out of 10 and seven out of 10 sexual assaults as reported, involves alcohol, Greenert said during a Pentagon press briefing July 18. We are also emphasizing other programs like Keep What You Earn and Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions to help our people understand the negative impact that alcohol can have on their lives and how they can support and help their shipmates make good decisions, he said. David Jernigan, Johns Hopkins Universitys director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth, told the Navy Times that the underlying theme in the change is to deglamorize the use of alcohol among younger individuals who show an increasing preference for liquor over beer and wine. Its not going to fix everything, but it is a real step in the right direction, he said. main NEX on base. Drier than the desertStory and photos by Sgt. David Bolton Copy Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org Human Resources Specialist Spc. Justin Hill Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic Machinery Technician Generator Mechanic It gives Soldiers less opportunity to be drunk all the time. There have been some alcohol related incidents and I guess theyre trying to minimize that.
Starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, Guns blazed onto the Lyceum screens at Guantanamo Bay this Labor Day weekend. Flying bullets, quick-whitted barbs and jokes kept the action rolling. Petty criminals and drug runners Bobby Trench (Washington) and Michael Stig Stigman (Wahlberg) hatch a plan to rob a bank in a small Mexican town while they work on brokering a drug buy. When the bank job is done, Bobby and Stig are both left with several surprises you wont believe. I was completely in love with this film from the moment it started. The witty banter between Washington and Wahlberg reminded me of the amazing screen chemistry shared between fellow action stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the Lethal Weapon film series. The humor was well-timed and expertly delivered. Additionally, the cinematography was gorgeous even though the film was set in a dry and desolate Mexican countryside. What I didnt particularly care for were a couple of misrepresentations that are unfortunately frequent in Hollywood. First was the portrayal of corruption within the military (an admiral who turns his back on a shady operation within his command because its easier than doing the right thing) and second, the tired and overused portrayal of the CIA as the shadowy, corrupt boogeyman. Regardless of your opinions of the CIA, it is an organization that is overused as a bad guy in the cinema world. For me, it just showed a lack of creativity on the producers part. All of that said, I still loved Guns, and I will probably go see it again. I give Guns four banana rats with guns blazing. Guns packs a serious punchBy Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Hiler Graphics Editor, email@example.comPhoto courtesy of Universal Pictures Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures
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 06 07 08 09 10 11 12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (New)PG, 8 p.m.Red 2PG13, 10 p.m.Were the Millers (New)R, 8 p.m.2 GunsR, 10 p.m.PlanesPG, 8 p.m.R.I.P.D.PG13, 8 p.m.Turbo (LS)PG, 8 p.m.The Conjuring (LS)R, 8 p.m.Smurfs 2PG, 8 p.m.Were the Millers (New)R, 8 p.m.2 GunsR, 10 p.m.Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (New)PG, 8 p.m.The WolverinePG13, 10 p.m.R.I.P.D.PG13, 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.Turbo (LS)PG, 8 p.m.The Conjuring (LS)R, 8 p.m. (LS) = Last Showing Guns packs a serious punch Four weeks to a better 5KBy Capt. Brian Pennington Command Information OIC, firstname.lastname@example.orgAs we continue to train there are times when it doesnt matter how hard we workout our fitness objectives never come to fruition. We run mile upon mile, sweating in the hot sun for hours, for what? In the end, we only improve minimally. To counteract this we have to change our workout routine and break through to the next level. This week we focus on improving our 5K time. Now, to understand this workout you must understand the training paces. An easy run is done at a pace that you can converse with someone while running. It should go without saying, but this is slower than your normal race pace. On Tuesday of weeks one and three, the workout calls for 400 meter repeats. This is when you run one lap around a track (400 meters) rest for two minutes then repeat. This should be done at a pace much faster than your race pace. This will help you develop strong lungs to carry you through the later part of the 5K. The medium pace training sessions should be completed at a pace where conversation is difficult, but not strenuous. You should be working harder than the easy day, but lighter than your nor mal race tempo. Thursday of week two is a hard run, meaning you should be training a pace similar to your intended race time. Rest when its required. The weekends are designated as such, so take advantage of the break. Go at the pace the workout calls for, because certain easier days are preparing you for more difficult workouts. 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. MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY Easy Run, 3 mi. 5 x 400m Run Easy Run, 3 mi. Easy Run, 3.5 mi. Easy Run, 5 mi. WEEK 1 Easy Run, 3 mi. 30 min. Med Pace Easy Run, 4 mi. HARD Run, 3 mi. Easy Run, 5 mi. WEEK 2 Easy Run, 4 mi. 6 x 400m Run Easy Run, 3 mi. Easy Run, 4 mi. Easy Run, 6 mi. WEEK 3 Easy Run, 3 mi. WEEK 4 35 min., Med Pace Easy Run, 3 mi. REST5K RACE The Wire September 67
Thttp://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html 8he daily life of an average Trooper during a deployment may get tedious and can be monotonous at times. The day-to-day schedules may often become repetitive, but is part of their job supporting Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay. Cupcake guru Hollis Wilder recognizes the amount of effort those Troopers put into their work, and wanted to show her appreciation for Service members by sharing her sweet treats. After two customers, who have worked at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, stopped by her shop in Jacksonville, Fla., the conversation of Wilder visiting the Troops began. Here you all are, sacrificing an extraordinary amount to be here so that other people can go after their dreams and live freely and not give a second thought about their safety, said Wilder, the Sweet! by Holly store owner and three-time champion of Food Networks Cupcake Wars. I was humbled by their service and grateful, she said. Wilder toured the sprawling hills of Guantanamo Bay, making several stops throughout the base to visit with Troopers including the Coast Guard marina and the galleys. She made an appearance at the Mongoliancuisine themed night at the Bayview restaurant on base, handing out her sought-after cupcakes to Troopers as well as spouses and children. Troopers tasted hit flavors such as PBJ, a peanut butter cake base with grape jelly topped with peanut butter frosting; s mores, a graham crackercrusted chocolate cake based cupcake filled with marshmallow filling and topped with vanilla frosting; and classic favorites like red velvet. For some Troopers, having Wilder visit the base served as a morale booster. [The guests are] lively spirits, theyre not in the day-to-day mix down here and it brightens everyones day a little bit to have such a personality to come down, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Demore, a boatswains mate with the 301st Port Security Unit, Maritime Security Detachment. Demore, who said he thoroughly enjoyed a PBJ cupcake himself, also said the cupcakes reminded him of home and is a reminder of why he strives to work so hard. Its great, it makes me feel like Im in touch with the same things that my loved ones back at home are seeing, said Demore. Its a reminder that what were working for here is all worthwhile. People can enjoy delicious cupcakes because were doing our job down here. Wilder finished her tour of Guantanamo Bay with a cupcake decorating contest that was fashioned after the show Cupcake Wars, complete with a 30-minute time limit. After visiting Guantanamo Bay and putting faces to the Troopers on base, Wilder said she thinks her cupcakes bring a taste of home to them and gives them a rush a memories. The cupcake levels the playing field, she said. The cupcake is a mighty force in small package. It doesnt matter if youre on the front lines, or working in corporate America, or youre a mother, the cupcake levels the playing field because its a tiny package that makes them feel like theyre coming home. My job is to be of service through food, and you get to peoples hearts through their stomachs. Sweet treats Story by Sgt. Cassandra Monroe Staff Writer, email@example.comPhoto by Sgt. Cassandra Monroe/The Wire
9 The Wire September 6 a boxed cupcake from Hollis Holly cupcake stores and three-time champion of Food Photo by Sgt. Cassandra Monroe/The Wire Sugar sticky sweet stuff
http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html 10 1987Marion Garcia Graduates U.S. Military Academy at West Point, seven years Michie Stadium. She Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Military Police Corps. 1988 at the gate of U.S. Army Garrison Daegu, South Korea during the Summer Olympics. A cool thing for a young lieutenant, she recounted.1989Berlin Wall came tumbling Garcias time at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart. 1990-1991 MP Brigade in Operations Desert Shield and Storm. When she came back to Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Marion Garcia wanted to make something clear. Shes been here before, she knows how long and hard Troopers assigned here work, and as the JTF-GTMO deputy commander, she was ready to listen to Troopers needs. Placing her Soldiers needs before her own has always been her mantra. She lives and works for her Troops, making sure they are taken care of and the mission is a success, oftentimes paying little attention to her own accomplishments. On Aug. 30, with little pomp and circumstance, just in a down-tobusiness sort of way, Garcia made JTF-GTMO history when she was pinned the first female brigadier general to support the Task Force. Its still a little surreal, she said. What a responsibility. But when you ask her about her historical debut as JTF-GTMOs first female brigadier general, Garcia will quickly tell you shes no different than any other Soldier who has worked hard to get where she is. In the MP corps, I dont think of myself as a woman in the Army. I dont think of myself as a Hispanic woman in the Army, she said, although I am. But the opportunities are beyond that. I think that we have such important work to do, that we look at how we are going to work together -how we will get the job done, she said. I just feel like part of the team, she said. That attitude, and her experiences in the Military Police Corps has defined her as a person and leader. After graduating from West Point, Garcia commissioned into the Army and as a junior officer, she traveled the world with each new set of orders. In the early 90s, she experienced back-to-back deployments, first in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, then Operation New Hope in Somalia. In 1993, after six years of active duty, two deployments and two overseas assignments, Garcia transferred to the U.S. Army Reserves to concentrate on a new career. Leaving the Army was hard, but I always wanted to be a veterinarian, she said. I was one of those kids who grew up saying I wanted to be a veternarian someday. She transferred to the Reserves and enrolled at Colorado State and set off to fulfill her childhood dream. Today, she works for Adams Land & Cattle, an innovative and progressive cattle feeding operation, as a veternarian. She said she always wanted to to work with animals destined for the food chain. I help farmers prevent problems before they happen, she said. Helping manage their herds or flocks so that they do not have health problems and so they can be managers of productive farming facilities, she said. Garcia said there are parallels between her civilian employment and her JTF-GTMO mission. Both operations have come under scrutiny in the recent past. These Soldiers are awesome, and those farmers are awesome. These Soldiers want to do a good job, and those farmers want to do a good job, she said. You become a farmer because Garcia makes JTF history,Story by Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wire September 611 1989 1990-1991 1992-1993As company commander, MPs to Somalia in support of 2006-2007 2003-2004 Camp Delta and the buliding of Camp 5 as Joint Detentions Group Operations Military Police Battalion in the opening of closed. Aug. 30, 2013 you want to raise animals, and I think the American farmer does a great job and is really undersold by the natural food movement, she said. Her concerns are of negative implications that the farmers her company supports, and the Soldiers who carry out missions here at GTMO, are doing something wrong. Garcia says that couldnt be farther from the truth. Same with our Soldiers here. We have orders, we have a mission, she said. The men and women in the uniform carrying out those orders want to complete their mission, do a good job and get home. A job that Garcia is very familiar with. As the former Joint Detentions Group Operations Offcer and executive officer, Continued on next page Garciapins rank of brigadier general Photo by Staff Sgt. Lorne Neff/The Wire
, from previous page Garcia recognizes improvementsin 2003-2004, Garcia was here when detainees had recently moved from Camp X-Ray to Camp Delta, and for the construction of Camp 5. Its pretty wonderful to see all the great things that have happened in the past 10 years, she said. I knew there were new facilities for the detainees, but I had no idea how new, and how mondern and appropriate they are. The Troopers quality of life, Garcia said, was also a welcomed improvement. Ten years ago our work schedule was something like six days on, one day off in 12-hour shifts. That one day off really consisted of doing laundry, sleeping and doing more laundry. Now, she said, Soldiers are on a five-two schedule, five days on, two days off. Its still 12-hour shifts for them, but they are able to get out and do things. In addition to the ammenities offered, and better living conditions than in 2003 when Camp America was just sea huts, the protective gear for guards has improved leaps and bounds, she said. At Camp Delta, there was just wire mesh between the detainees and the guards, and actually between the detainees and each other, she said, so they were able to communicate and organize, and they were able to splash our guards and there was not much we could do about it. This was all new then, she said. We didnt know what their techniques were, so we didnt have coveralls, we didnt have splash shields for our Soldiers faces and we didnt have Plexiglas up. It was definitely a learning process, she said. And its a learning process that continues today. Whats great about the military is we are a learning organization, she said. We do AARs and we ask everyone, whether you are a 19-year-old private or a general, you get input, she said, and everyones input is taken seriously, then we learn from it. I think thats how we were able to get so far ahead of where we were 10 years ago, she said. Because we looked at ourselves critically, and we said were going to change that. Im so proud of what we do. Our folks who work in the facilities are facing the enemy ever day, up close and personal, face-to-face, and that enemy is still in the fight, she said. This is my third time doing detention operations and every time, I look at these young Troopers and I think wow. Thank you for going into that facility every day. JTF-GTMO Troopers have taken notice of Garcias leadership and caring nature, only 60-days into her tenure as deputy commander. During the All Hands Call last month, General Garcia briefly discussed her previous tour here at Guantanamo, said Staff Sgt. Nina Hamlette-Wells, training noncommissioned officer, 525th MP Battalion. I believe her previous tour most definitely puts her in a position to understand how we as Troopers deal with the dayto-day stresses here at JTF. Having a leader who can relate to what you are going through is priceless; they havent forgotten that they were once where you are, she said. Hamlette-Wells also pointed out that as a female, Garcia is someone that other female Troopers can learn from, and look up to as a role model. Its an awesome feeling, she said of Garcias promotion to brigadier general. It just proves to all of us (females) that times have changed and the sky is the limit for women serving in the military, she said. But for Garcia, while shes humbled to be viewed as a role model, her real job, she said, is to be a Troopers Trooper a leader who leaves things better than the way she found it -even for a second time. I look at all of you in uniform, and I owe you a lot, she said. I owe you a lot, and Im not going to let you down. As long as you keep talking to me, well be alright. Army Reserves VeterinarianGreyhound Military Police12http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html
Sixteen fierce competitors of the 525th Military Police Battalion pushed themselves, and each other through the quarterly Vigilant Warrior challenge Aug. 30. The event allows Soldiers to showcase and maintain battle readiness while gauging their individual fitness levels and recognizing their achievements by earning a gold, silver or bronze award based on their performance in eight events. The challenge gives Soldiers and leaders the opportu nity to compete, said Sgt. Ronnie Patrick, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 525th MP Bn., training noncommissioned officer. There is no overall winner, its like challenging yourself, he said. Soldiers began the challenge with heats of 100-meter sprints followed by pull-ups/flexed-arm hang, bench press, long jump, sit-ups and pushups at the Bulkeley Gym. The gladiators then moved to Denich Gym for a 5k run and ended with Assessing of a Casulaty Warrior Task at Cooper field. Its great to have someone to motivate you, and also keep you on your toes, said Sgt. Freddy Santos, Joint Troop Clinic-floor noncommissioned officer in charge, HHC, 525th MP Bn. Santos and Patrick trained together for the challenge. Santos went on to win the 5k-run and said the hills and heat were the most challenging aspects of the race. SFC Fernando Maldonado, the Operations NCOIC, 525th MP Bn., made sure that the event went ahead as scheduled and also ensured the safety of each Soldier by providing water and dispatching vehicles to shadow the runners. The challenge is a way for Troopers to keep in shape and stay motivated during their time here, he said. Seeing their leadership supporting them shows that their leadership cares. First Sgt. Roland A. Ellis, 591st MP Co., showed up to support his three Soldiers who competed for the first time after being at Guantanamo for only 86 days. This is their way to gauge themselves, he said. This is a very competitive battalion and I look forward to sup porting more of my Troopers next quarter. Story and photos by Spc. Lerone Simmons Staff Writer, email@example.com Vigilant warrior Joint Trooper Clinic The Wire September 613
14 http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html Keeping the beaches at Guantanamo Bay clean and in immaculate condition doesnt happen by chance. Picking up left-over trash falls to environmentally conscious volunteers who dedicate their spare time to making sure the natural beauty of the beaches is kept up. Without these hard-working, dedicated men and women, the shores that Troopers and civilians enjoy would quickly become cluttered. Every month, at least one beach is cleaned, said Latoya Stewart, Liberty recreation assistant. Sept. 2, as people enjoyed the many Labor Day festivities here, 11 volunteers each gave three hours of their morning to ensure everyone gets to enjoy a trash-free Cable Beach. It feels good to see people taking pride in their local beaches, said Stewart. Cable Beach wasnt as dirty as past trash collections. Some cleanups require dozens of personnel and collect as many as 22 bags of trash, according to Stewart. It was good to see so many participants come to clean up Cable Beach on that hot, Labor Day morning, said Army Lt. Col. Eric M. Pless, command inspector general, Joint Task Force Guantanamo. I was proud to have been able to help leave Cable Beach in better shape than it was when we arrived. Pless, a certified diver, frequents many of the GTMO coastlines in his free time to enjoy the water. Being part of the cleanup initiative was a way for me to do my part in keeping the environment clean and pristine, so future personnel can enjoy it for years to come, said Pless. By Capt. Brian Pennington Command Information OIC, firstname.lastname@example.orgBeaches at GTMO stay clean thanks to volunteers picking up trash /jointtaskforceguantanamoFollow us onFacebook The WiresJoin Teamthewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milWriters & Photographers Wanted! Photo by Capt. Brian Pennington/The Wire
Its time to put on your creative hat and head down to the Arts and Crafts Center to make something special. There are a variety of activities to give you the opportunity to design some unforgettable pieces and bring your creative side out. For Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers, Liberty Sunday is an island secret where unaccompanied active duty personnel can select a piece worth up to five dollars, and paint it for free. Liberty Ceramic Sunday is one of the most popular pro grams, where 20 to 40 people may show up, said Michelle Maynard, Arts and Crafts Center manager. Navy Lt. O. Dionyza, Be havioral Health Unit officer in charge with the Joint Medical Group, said the crafts center is relaxing and therapeutic. It is a great way to take care of yourself, said Dionyza, the MWR events, we rely on them, its something we cant do without. Other activities include monthly canvas painting class, which is offered the first Friday of the month, and stein night, the craft that sells out quickly, and is offered every other month. The classes must be paid for at the time of registration to secure your seat. For those Troopers with the talent or desire to be real creative, MWR also offers beginners and advanced pottery classes. Maynard said to work in the pottery room you are required take the beginners class to ensure all equipment is used properly; classes are offered monthly. Blossom Neyra, recreational aid at the shop, has worked for the cen ter for almost 25 years. Affection ately known as Miss Blossom, she pours the molds for the ceramics and teaches an airbrushing class. Its fun helping the Service members, especially during Liberty Sunday, because many of them have never done this before. Next door to the ceramics and pottery shop is the wood shop. It offers an introductory class, which familiarizes students with the equipment there. Once completed you are free to use the woodworking machines. It lets you get your feet wet, said Maynard. Right now it is not a requirement to take the class, but Maynard said that may change in the future. If you cant get enough of the Arts & Crafts Center, there are always volunteer opportunities. For more information on these opportunities please call or email Maynard at ext. 4882. To check for times and dates of events call ext. 74795. The Wire September 6 15 Making Memories Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Lasima Packett JTF-PAO, email@example.com ceramic sea horse ready for painting at the Liberty Ceramic Sunday Aug. 4.
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Sports eed F10-Miles Down to GTMO streets Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Hiler Graphics Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgAs dawn broke over the hills surrounding Cooper Field Aug. 31, 87 runners stood at the starting line for the Morale, Welfare and Recreation offices annual 10-mile race. Runners from each of the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamos tenant units lined up at 6:30 a.m., to begin this years race. The course took the racers from Cooper Field out past the U.S. Naval Hospital, then along the Ridge Line Trail to Kittery Beach Road, toward Joint Task Force Guantanamo to the Windmill Beach access road before heading back to Cooper Field once more. Competitors circled Cooper Field twice before crossing the finish line. I just happened to be visiting a friend here at the JTF and heard about the race, said Army Capt. Joshua Neves, who finished first in this years race. Capt. Neves crossed the finish line first in 1 hour, 7 minutes and 3 seconds. I hadnt been expecting to run a 10-mile race when I got here, he said, but I really enjoyed the challenge. Age 19 & UnderMale: Kyle French 1:29:03First Place Second PlaceMale: Joshua Neves 1:07:03 Female: Merissa Alcala 1:20:58 Darring White 1:17:31 Janet Hunt 1:34:13Age 20-29Male: Carlos Riley 1:16:59 Female: Christy Montana-Lee 1:31:48 Benjamin Roodmouse 1:18:31 Erin Driver 1:42:32Age 30-39Male: Casey Gore 1:13:53 Female: Lauren Evans 2:08:29.68 Manuel Urbina 1:20:07 Patrice Fant 2:08:29.92Age 40-49Male: Jose Bautista 1:40:03 Female: Jozy Smarth 1:51:37Age 50+ Graphic by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler/The Wire18http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html
The Wire September 619 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 Heres another idea for an easy weeknight meal. Try these sweet corn and black bean quesadillas. I did, and I loved them. I paired mine with some quick, homemade pico de gallo. The nice thing about quesadillas though is that you can adjust the ingredients and substitute as much as you want. Enjoy! For this recipe, youll need some tortillas, 1 can of black beans, 1 can of corn, a few pinches of diced onions, and a pinch of cilantro. Spread the ingredients onto one of the tortillas, then top with the other tortilla. Put on a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees F for about 10-to-15 minutes. (Side note: at the time I made these, I didnt have access to an oven, so I used my griddle and worked just as well. I put it on 350-400 degrees F and just kept an eye the tortillas.) Once some sour cream or plain greek yogurt mixed with Sriracha sauce. To build the perfect quesadilla, try these other add-ons: -Breakfast Quesadillas: combine eggs, cheese, your choice of meat (bacon or sausage,) and spinach and grill. Add beef, chicken, or steak, peppers, onions, cheese and tomatoes. SWEET CORN & BEAN QUESADILLAS
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