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Volunteers needed The U.S. Geological Survey is looking for Troopers to volunteer for the USGS/GTMO Manatee Project. Studies will be conducted Nov. 9-14. Volunteers are needed for the net boat crew and manatee handling, spotters for land and boat-based observers and the manatee assessment team. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Power Down There will be a scheduled power outage at Denich Gym Nov. 2, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. and Nov. 3, 6 a.m. 2 p.m. Denich Gym will be the only affected facility for this outage. Marine Hill Gym and Camp Bulkeley Gym will not be affected and will remain open during the outage. AMC rotator flight rates have changed for fiscal year 2014. Check the JTF-GTMO Sharepoint for new prices on air travel to and from Guantanamo Bay or talk to your admin NCO. 2http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html Reef Raiders hosts underwater pumpkin carving 8 Life in Boots 13 14 AND IN OUR PAGES Around the BayCommand Corner/Trooper to Trooper4 6Reviews of the latest movies on base Chaplains Word of the Week and comic17GTMO residents decorate vehicles and themselves for Halloween festivities PAGE 10 Cover photo by Sgt. Cassandra Monroe Bay Wire Report Meals with Monroe19Vet clinic puts a spring in the step of GTMOs petsCORRECTIONS 5 Time to Rewind1 hourBe sure to set your clocks backDaylight Savings Time endsSunday, Nov. 3, 2 a.m.
The Wire November 13 Catholic Mass Mon.-ur. 5:30 p.m. Saturday 5 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. Protestant Services General Protestant Sunday 11 a.m. Gospel Worship Sunday 1 p.m. Protestant Worship Sunday 6:40 a.m. Sunday 9 a.m. Sunday 7 p.m. Pentecostal Gospel Sunday 8 a.m. & 5 p.m., Room D LDS Service Sunday 10 a.m., Room 19 Islamic Service Friday, 1:15 p.m., Room 2 Seventh Day AdventistFriday, 7 p.m., Room 1 Sabbath School: Saturday 9:30 a.m., Room 1 Sabbath Service: Saturday 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 Cmdr. John Filostrat Deputy Director Air Force Maj. Christian P. Hodge 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 Camp America :00, :20, :40 Gazebo :01, :21, :41 Camp America NEX :02, :22, :42 Camp Delta :04; :24, :44 Camp 6 :07, :27, :47 TK 4 :13, :33, :53 JAS :14, :34, : 54 TK 3 :15, :35, :55 TK 2 :16, :36, :56 TK 1 :17, :37, :57 CC :19, :39, :59 Windjammer/Gym :22, :42, :02 Gold Hill Galley :24, :44, :04 NEX :26, :46, :06 NEX Laundry :27, :47, :07 C Pool :30, :50, :10 Downtown Lyceum :31, :51, :11 NEX :33, :53, :13 Gold Hill Galley :35, :55, :15 Windjammer/Gym :37, :57, :17 CC :40, :00, :20 TK 1 :41, :01, :21 TK 2 :42, :02, :22 TK 3:43, :03, :23 TK 4 :44, :04, :24 Camp 6:50, :10, :30 Camp Delta :53, :13, :33 HQ Building :55, :15, :35 Camp America NEX :57, :17, :37 Gazebo :58, :18, :38 Camp America :00, :20, :40 Sat. and Sun. only Location #1-4 Windward Loop 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m. East Caravella SBOQ/Marina 9:05 a.m., 12:05 p.m., 3:05 p.m. NEX 9:08 a.m., 12:08 p.m., 3:08 p.m., 6:08 p.m. Phillips Park 9:14 a.m., 12:14 p.m. 3:14 p.m. Cable Beach 9:17 a.m., 12:17 p.m., 3:17 p.m. Windward Loop 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. NEX 9:25 a.m., 12:25 p.m., 3:25 p.m., 6:25 p.m. SBOQ/MARINA 9:35 a.m., 12:35 p.m., 3:35 p.m. Return to Oce 9:40 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 3:40 p.m. Camp America :55, :48 TK 1 :05, :36 Denich Gym/Windjammer :11, :31 Gold Hill Galley :14, :29 NEX :16, :27 Downtown Lyceum :17, :25NEX Express Bus9:55 a.m. 7:55 p.m.
By Rear Adm. Richard W. Butler Joint Task Force Guantanamo CommanderBy Sgt. 1st Class Kristofer Kelley NCOIC, 491st Military Police Co. Det 2Ttrooper to rooper 4http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html Seeing beyond the uniform can reveal invaluable lessonsommandCCorner Honor Bound for a successful mission Thanks to everyone who attended the All Hands this week. We have an outstanding team and I am proud to be a part of it. Allow me to reiterate a couple of the key points I made. First, YOU are the most important asset to the Joint Task Force Guantanamo mission and remain my number one priority. Lets continue to focus on the mission and be vigilant while on the job. Second, our mission remains of critical importance to our Nation. We must continue to care for the detainees in a safe, humane, legal and transparent manner. Im always impressed by the professionalism of those on the front lines and I want you to know that I have your back. Third, my vision is for everyone to have a successful, professionally and personally rewarding tour. I want you to be able to go home and tell your family and friends you served with honor. Some of the keys to that is to remain safe, not only on the job but while on liberty. A majority of reported injuries at JTF happen while on liberty. Whether diving, boating or playing softball, safety must be the focal point of everything we do. Ensure that the proper personal protective equipment is used along with the buddy system. Dont use shortcuts when it comes to proper planning and procedures. Some of the barriers to a successful tour are alcohol abuse, sexual harassment, and improper relationships. While these issues dont apply to most, a very small percentage of JTF troopers continue to stumble. Lets look out for one another and ensure a successful tour for everyone. Another issue relates to some feedback I received lately. Im working hard with the JTF Sergeant Major on quality of life issues such as housing. That being said we must take care of what we have. Lastly, our vital mission will continue leading into the holiday season. Keep looking out for our fellow Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen. I am truly honored to be a part of this mission. Honor Bound! When you look through your ranks do you know what you have? Throughout the world there are many Reserve Troopers and National Guardsmen deployed and activated supporting the War on Terror. Most of the Troopers serving in those units have professional careers back home. They could be anything from civil servants, trade professionals, educators or employees in the retail and service industry. I am guilty of the common, but erroneous, perception of they arent active duty so they dont know as much as I do. When I was a young specialist in Afghanistan, on my second deployment, I was tasked to help train an Army National Guard unit to take over an Entry Control Point (gate). One of the Guardsmen was a specialist in his mid-30s. My first thought of him was, he must not be a good Soldier because he is so much older than me and yet is the same rank as me. After talking to him that day while working on the gate, I learned he was a city K-9 Police Officer with more than ten years of law enforcement experience. He told me he joined the Army National Guard at a later-than-normal age to serve his country after the attacks of 9/11. I was blown away by this specialist and all the life experience and knowledge he had. I am telling you this now because we need to remember to look through our ranks and know our Troopers. You never know what kind of expertise your Troopers might have hidden behind their military uniform. For example, in my own unit, our lieutenant might have only been in the Army for a few years, but if you stop and talk to him about his civilian career, you would learn he is a Deputy District Attorney for San Bernardino County, Calif. So not only is he an Army Reserve military police lieutenant, he is also lawyer with a ton of life and legal experience back home. Ive learned a lot from him as a professional and as a leader. What I would like you to take away from this article is dont judge a book by its cover and learn what kind of experience the Troopers around you have. With the mission always changing, you might need the expertise of a Troopers civilian profession to help accomplish your units mission.
PI rofessional nsight Mailing it in for the holidaysBy Sgt. David Bolton Copy Editor, JTF-GTMO/PAO The Wire November 1 5 With the holidays quickly approaching, Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen may want to send gifts home to family and friends, or get packages from loved ones. The one way for Troopers and family members to make this happen is to use the United States Postal Service. But before you go running off to the post office to mail things home, there are some things you should be aware of. Around this time of year, the USPS usually gets pretty busy and there may be lines for mailing packages and letters back home which should be accounted for. GTMO residents should not show up five minutes before closing time and expect to mail half of their personal possessions back home. Give yourself some time. Also, with the constant turning over of units and individuals PCSing on and off the island, the GTMO post offices can become even busier. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brenda Ponce, a logistics specialist with J1 and Joint Task Force GTMO postal clerk, said when Troopers come to the post office to send mail off, there are some precautions they need to take to make sure their mail gets home as soon as possible. I recommend insurance, said Ponce, If you insure your package, you are guaranteed money back should your package be lost or damaged. Ponce added that, in addition to insurance, people need to mind the details of the mailing address lines on the parcels. Make sure the address line is legible and correct, said Ponce. Mail can, and has been, returned because of something as simple as a wrong zip code. Another very important item that residents need to remember is to make sure that Guantanamo Bay is not spelled out in the address line of packages. If you dont put the APO/AFO address, the parcel will more than likely be sent to that country or area of the country, instead of the military installation. This means your package could be sent to Guantanamo City, Cuba, instead of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. To ensure that packages get to where they need to go, when they need to get there, Ponce recommends getting your post in as soon as possible due to the time it takes to get things back to the U.S. When packages are mailed, it will typically take about 10 days for them to reach their U.S. destinations once they have been loaded onto the cargo plane which leaves Tuesdays and Fridays, said Ponce. Getting your packages turned in before the flights are better bets for getting the mail home in a timely manner. It is important to keep in mind that the USPS is the only postal service offered at GTMO. Residents cannot ship or receive items via UPS Inc., FedEx or DHL. The United States Postal Service limits the weight of parcels to 70 pounds if they are being sent to the U.S. Items sent internationally in priority boxes are limited to 20 pounds If Troopers want to be charged the standard shipping rate, they will need to provide their own boxes, tape and packing material. If they bring their own box and use the priority tape to seal it, they will be charged with the priority price USPS.com provides more information about international regulations on what can be shipped to what country All packages automatically receive insurance of $50 when they are shipped priority Two identification tags are needed for footlockers, duffle bags and suitcases No sending alcohol back to the U.S. Customs forms are required for parcels that weigh 16 ounces or more POSTAL INFOFOR THE HOLIDAYSFor outgoing and incoming mail, use the following address:Rank, Last name, First name JTF-GTMO-[your unit/work section] APO, AE 09522-9998 Photo illustration by Sgt. David Bolton/The Wire
6http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html A new point of view of 11/22/63It has been a while since a movie has left me utterly drained, but after 93 minutes inside Parkland, I left the Lyceum Friday night feeling like I just stepped out of 1963, and I lived through Kennedys assassination. Whether you are a conspiracy theorist, a Camelot know-it-all or someone who slept through American History class, writer-director Peter Landesman recreated Nov. 22, 1963, with the velocity of a drama and the details of a documentary. Sure, you know what happens in the end weve seen the footage, read the accounts. But what sets Parkland aside from other movies made about one of the most traumatic episodes in the 20th century, is it tells the story through the unknowns. From Abraham Zapruders (Paul Giamatti) first reactions to what he captured through the lens of his state-of-the-art 8mm movie camera, to the inside of Parkland Hospital emergency room (a place weve never been), where doctors Jim Carrico (Zac Efron) and Malcom Perry (Colin Hanks), feverishly attempt to save Kennedy; the scenes chaotically switch from person-to-person, showing the raw, traumatic and deplorable hours after Kennedy was shot. What surprised me the most was the attention paid to Robert Oswald (James Badge Dale), the brother of Lee Harvey (Jeremy Strong). The disappointment, the heart ache and embarrassment he felt in his younger brother hits you in your core. The interaction between the two in a visiting room leaves you feeling the anguish. And as his mother Marguerite (Jacki Weaver) spins conspiracy theories, you see the hurt, the aggravation and detriment in his eyes and immediately feel compassion for someone who didnt ask to be in the nations spotlight. At no time do you directly view the assassination, and I appreciate that. One poignant cinematographic event was viewing the footage as a reflection in Zapruders glasses. It was as if I was inside his head, reliving the moment with him, clinching my teeth as tears fell. While other reviewers and bloggers have complained that this movie shows nothing new; has no point or isnt well-rounded at the end, Parkland is well worth a visit to the Lyceum. It will probably find its way into my DVD collection as well. The raw emotion the gut wrenching fear, sadness and trauma will leave you drained. Im a fan of all things Camelot, and I enjoyed this new perspective on something thats already been done. You didnt need acting to tell this story. For that, I give it four banana rats. Courtesy American Film CompanyGood for a date night or Don Jon doesnt fall short Courtesy Voltage Media Command Information OIC, Editor, If you are interested in laughing a lot and being surprised in the end, Don Jon is the movie for you. Producers Ram Bergman and Nicolas Chartier have a twisted way of telling a love story while highlighting the life of a single guy. Jon Martello Jr. (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a pornaddicted, womanizing, confident, brash, arrogant bachelor in his 20s. Known by his buddies as Don Jon, he is a man on a mission. Jon continuously searches for love and finds it in the most random of places. During all this, he pursues his true hobbies: developing his body, working on his apartment and showing off his car. He even focuses a bit more on family, spending time with his friends, romantic interests and yes, porn. The acting is excellent, the storyline is funny but some people might find the material to be a little tasteless. If youre interested in a funny flick, leave the kids at home and arrive prepared to laugh. If you are easily offended, skip this one because it borders on offensive. Overall, I am satisfied with the film. The storyline was surprising and funny. Some of the material seemed to be over-the-top, and lacked that edge of my seat, what will happen next feeling. The producers took a big chance with the storyline, and for that Im giving it four banana rats.
Strong shoulders 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 The Wire November 1 701 02 03 04 05 06 07Free Birds (New)PG, 7 p.m.ParklandPG, 9 p.m.Free Birds (New)PG, 7 p.m.ParklandPG,9 p.m.PrisonersR, 7 p.m.RushR, 9:45 p.m.PrisonersR, 7 p.m.Don JonR, 9:45 p.m.Captain PhillipsPG, 7p.m.Insidious: Chapter 2PG13, 7 p.m.Insidious: Chapter 2 (LS)PG13, 7 p.m.Don JonR, 7 p.m.The Family (LS)R, 7 p.m.The Family (LS)R, 7 p.m.Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (LS)PG, 7 p.m.GravityPG13, 7 p.m.Lyceum closedNote: Concessions at Camp Bulkeley are also closed every night until further notice.Lyceum closedNote: Concessions at Camp Bulkeley are also closed every night until further notice.Weight lifters who possess strong shoulders while maintaining a wellrounded look separate the beginners from the veterans in the gym. A majority of lifters focus their shoulder workout on a lot of varied types of overhead presses. There is nothing necessarily wrong with this from a sports performance perspective however, from a body building stand point, your shoulders will look very unbalanced. Try this program and remember that shoulders require more repetitions in order to gain greater development. For example, trying to max lift lateral raises for three sets of two to three repetitions does not make any sense. But if you follow up that heavy set with a drop set of 10 reps using a lighter weight, you will feel the muscular hypertrophy, aka the pump. For developing the traps, nothing will compare to doing hang-cleans. When you look at football players who appear to have no neck, nine out of 10 times this is because of cleans. Hang-cleans are one of the most important total body exercises which will release a significant amount of testosterone in the body and promote muscle growth. Bent over lateral raises are critical to develop the rear deltoids. Ensure you keep a good forward lean while keeping your abs tight and lift the weight so that your upper body forms a T. Do not forget to squeeze the shoulder blades together when performing this exercise. 357th Military Police Co., Shoulder Shaping 101 Shoulder Shaping 101Hang clean 3x10 Seated overhead press 3x10 Lateral raise 3x15 Front raise 3x15 Bent-over lateral raise 3x10
http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html 8When you enter the veterinary clinic, tucked away off Sherman Avenue at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, you can expect a greeting from a friendly, smiling face; one that happens to have a long tongue, equipped with drool. Dont worry, this isnt a typical greeting from a staff member, but if you pop in when the waiting room is full, you can expect it from one of the clinics patients. On one afternoon it was from Gtmo, a spunky Goldendoodle ready for fun and action as his human checked him out from his appointment. The team behind the clinic strives to maintain healthy pets on the base by ensuring their shots, vaccines, heartworm tests and treatments are up-to-date. As public health, were part of preventative medicine, Staff Writer, lbife in oots Clinic cares for GTMOs furry friends If you will be leaving the island soon or have any of the following items you would like to donate, the Veterinary Clinic is always looking for:Pet food Paper towels Grooming products Old towels or blankets Old toys, balls, etc. Pet carriers
9 The Wire November 1 said Army Capt. Emily Pearman, officer in charge of Public Health Command, Fort Gordon District, Guantanamo Section. This includes basic surgery like dental cleaning because dogs and cats get dental diseases just like humans do. We do basic spaying and neutering to prevent unwanted pet populations as well as certain other surgeries, she said. The other surgeries include abdominal exploratory surgery for pets who ingest foreign objects and orthopedic procedures for ACL tears in dogs. But wellness exams, which allow time for veterinarians to be one-on-one with the pet and owner are the most common visits. Thats when we have conversations with the owners and their concerns, especially if they seem worried about anything specifically, said Army Spc. Andrea Sanchez, animal care specialist with the clinic. At that time we will make sure everything is taken care of. Pearman said that its also important for pet owners to get their animals into an appointment as soon as they arrive on island, so the staff gets to know the pets. Its important to get your pets screened because if your pet gets loose, the only way to identify them is through a microchip we can scan under their skin, she said. Plus, its hard for me to know if somethings wrong if Ive never seen your pet. If I dont know what their normal personality is, its difficult for me to better assess the situation and its a lot easier to do preventative medicine versus letting something linger and it turning into an emergency. In addition to base residents pets, the unit also provides health treatment to the military working dogs on Guantanamo Bay by ensuring they are fit for duty anytime, anywhere. This requires them to see the dogs at least twice a year for full exams. For off-duty hours, the team provides on-call care for the pets of Guantanamo Bay. Pearman advises residents to call ext. 2212 where they will be put in touch with the on-call health care specialist. The specialist will then screen the issue to see if its a true emergency or not, and will forward the call to Pearman. Overall, the team at the veterinary clinic feels that their job is important and that each day brings something different. You never know what any day will bring, said Pearman. You have a schedule but you never know if you may have to end up doing an emergency surgery that day or doing paperwork. It can be days of boredom with bursts of excitement. For Sanchez, the hours spent at the clinic providing care to base animals is worthwhile. Its a lot of hard work but it is so worth it to see them get better again and see them go back home to calling the Red Cross to set up a time and date for volunteer hours. their families, she said. Its really awesome. Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers can also feel that satisfaction of providing care and comfort to the pets of GTMO. The Vet Clinic accepts volunteers through the Red Cross by calling ext. 2511, Monday through Friday to set up your hours. The clinic also accepts donated items for the comfort of animals in their care.
http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html10 From costumes to candy, pumpkins to heart palpitations, there was something for every Trooper and base resident at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo bay Oct. 25-27. The base kicked off Halloween with celebrations sponsored by the 525th Military Police Battalion, Child and Youth Programs, Morale, Welfare and Recreation office and W.T. Sampson High School. Its something special, we dont really have a fall season here so its nice to be able to have fun and carve pumpkins, said Nicole Laban, GTMO resident, who attended the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch sponsored by CYP. It brings the community together, she said. At the patch, families were able to participate in more than just picking pumpkins: there were different tables set up that featured pumpkin decorating, pumpkin carving, a face-painting station, a photo booth, hay rides and story time. Since pumpkins dont grow native in Cuba, CYP had them shipped to the base in order for children to pick their own autumn staple. According to Mike Sombati, CYP director, it took a lot of coordination with the Naval Exchange to get the pumpkins here he said it took ample hoping and praying that the barge would make it in time for the weekends festivities. A lot of families come out and its pretty exciting, Sombati said. The kids get to come out and pick their pumpkins and its a lot of fun to see the littlest kids try to pick the biggest ones. After pumpkins were plucked from CYPs patch, the Downtown Lyceum flooded with goblins, ghosts and cuties for the second annual Trunk-or-Treat Oct. 26. There were people and vehicles decked out to the nines and spooks galore. Ashley Clark, president of the 525th Military Police Battalions Family Readiness Group, said this years Trunk-or-Treat was double the size of last years which was only planned in two weeks. This year, we had more planning time and we wanted to do it again because the feedback was just phenomenal, said Clark. This year, we had 39 people sign up to participate in the event. There were multiple costume contests ranging from ages 0-5, 6-11, 12-17 and 18 and above. There were also contests for group entries, family entries and costumed vehicles. The vehicles were judged on creativity, the materials used and how the vehicle was incorporated into the design. The winner from each category won a Naval Exchange gift card and bragging rights. Air Force Tech Sgt. Aaron Parks, a water fuel systems maintenance technician with the Base Engineer Emergency Force, said events like Trunkor-Treat help boost team building among Troopers. Our guys today took the week to build this monster truck out of a front-end loader, he said. Its pretty good to get the guys together and do an event like this; it brings morale up in the unit. You dont have one section doing the whole thing; you have a bunch of folks from different sections helping out each other to accomplish the same goal. Staff Writer, Naval Station, JTF come together for spooky gathering Halloween GTMO style
The Wire November 111 Readiness Group president of the at the Trunk-or-Treat event base residents and Service members together to celebrate costume category. Halloween GTMO style Overall, Clark said she was proud of the turnout that the event produced and thinks these activities offer Guantanamo Bay residents a chance to get in touch with their community. Im really touched and honored that so many people wanted to participate, said Clark. I think its great for both families and Troopers because theyre having fun, theyre getting out of their rooms and doing something different. Its nice to consolidate our activities and have one great big community event where everybody can flourish. As the sun set over the Lyceum, shrieks from the W.T. Sampson High Schools haunted house filled the muggy air. The hard work of the students and Joint Task Force Guantanamo volunteers proved successful as residents and Troopers alike were scared and entertained at the old Wine Cellar. Having a haunted house at GTMO thats actually scary pumps up the spirit here, because in the states you have haunted houses everywhere, said senior Audrey Sellers, one of the events organizers. To have a haunted house in GTMO brings that homeliness back into the base and allows for people to volunteer, for students to have fun, and allows elementary to high school kids to have that allAmerican spirit experience. It took volunteers nearly a month to construct the project, which Sellers and her family helped design based off of other houses they worked on in the states. My parents were part of professional haunted houses back in Washington State where were from, and we brought the influences from those houses down here, she said. We did different rooms based on what I had seen in the old houses and made it fit to this new house. We even incorporated new rooms. Its intense. The students asked for donations to support the 2014 senior class trip. The class raised more than $1,500 in hopes to travel to Disney World or Jamaica during their spring break vacation. This is a donation-funded organization and we couldnt get on this trip without the support of the community, which we thank everybody, she said.
http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html 12 NFews EED Staff Writer, Whether it was the bratwurst, sauerkraut or weiss in the das boot steins that brought Troopers and U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo residents out for the 2013 Oktoberfest, sponsored by Morale, Welfare and Recreation, one thing is for sure fun was had by all. It turned out to be a great opportunity to interact with co-workers and peers outside of the work environment, said Nikki Robinson, a security management specialist assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo badging. Its important to get out and enjoy celebrations like these, especially for those who are deployed, she said. According to MWR Community Activities Director Stephen Prestesater, the Oktoberfest celebration was important for the entire community. Im really happy that we got a big turnout, he said. We try our best to provide something different for both troops and families here, helping bring a sense of home to the GTMO community. Usually the GTMO Oktoberfest celebration happens earlier in the month along with a band to perform, however, due to the shutdown, we had to pull together to still put this on for those here at GTMO, he said. The evening included a traditional Bavarian feast of wursts, sauerkraut and German potato salad, which is traditionally served hot rather than its American counterpart. It was truly a community event, with the early evening devoted to family fun and games. It was a kid friendly event, said MWR Director Tara Culbertson. Wearing a traditional dirndl for the evening, Culbertson said the focus of the evening is on the community, and bringing new traditions to GTMO. We do this because we care about the all-around morale, she said. The all-around morale is something that Troopers and residents of GTMO, included Marine Sgt. Marquise Dixon, administrative chief, Marine Corps Security Force Company, appreciate. MWR provides different activities for troops to help keep them occupied and this is also a great way to be able to explore another culture, he said, adding he was glad to get one of the limited stein mugs available for purchase. According to History.com, Oktoberfest began as a celebration for a royal wedding uniting Bavarian Crown Prince Louis, later King Louis I of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivals highlight was several popular horse races, which then led to annual repeats around the same time each year in late September going into October creating the Oktoberfest tradition. Several times during the festivities a toast to good health was made, traditionally called Ein Prost. The evening included games, a yodeling contest and keg throw, but as Troopers arrived in costume, it turned into an impromptu costume party as well.
13 The Wire November 1 Carving in the CaribbeanFrom the moment you arrive on island, Troopers tell you all about the must do here at Guantanamo Bay: diving. When you add a pumpkin, knife and dive gear together, you get a fun-filled day of GTMOs finest carving pumpkins under the sea for the 4th annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Hosted by the Reef Raiders, the tradition is just one more way for divers and Troopers to be competitive and creative. This weekend, more than 20 people converged on Windmill Beach to carve away. It was way more challenging than I thought, said Army Spc. Clint Nosbisch, mechanic, 591st Military Police Company, who snorkel-carved his jack-o-lantern. It was hard to balance, especially when the pumpkin began to float; but overall, it was a great experience, he said. In the end, it was Navy Lt. Cmdr. Debra King, facilities engineering acquisition director for Public Works, who took the prize for overall best underwater carved pumpkin. Courtesy of the Reef Raiders, she received a gift card to the Naval Exchange, a scuba tank and other prizes. Staff Writer, Photo by Sgt. David Bolton/The Wire Photo by Sgt. David Bolton/The WireTroopers receive care in packages
14http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html NFews EED Photo Editor, The Fleet and Family Support Center this week released Transition Assistance Program: Goals, Plans and Success, a tool for Troopers and Sailors who will soon transition from the military or active duty. TAPS: GPS is designed to better facilitate transitions from military to civilian life, and is available to all Service members, including Reservists transitioning from deployment, said Angel Holland, work and family life specialist with the FFSC. Holland said emphasis is placed upon the personal life of Service members. Areas we focus on include: situations that may arise in relationships with spouses and family members, coping with stress, adjusting to changing finances, job searches and resume writing, and education, she said. The transitioning program is important for any Service member making the transition to civilian life. Since benefits are most important, the program also focuses heavily on information about whats available through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Most Service members have questions about their veterans benefits, Holland said. But VA benefits are usually the last thing that separating Service members think of when they are leaving the military, so the VA briefing we offer is one of the more vital pieces of information. Calvin Johnson, VA representative, said education benefits are a top priority for separating Service members. The biggest question veterans have is how do they access their Post 9/11 education benefits, Johnson said. I would encourage transitioning Service members to think about their education benefits as early as possible before leaving the military, he said. Think about where you want to go and make sure that school participates in the Yellow Ribbon program if that is something that is important to you. Johnson added that disability benefits and filing a claim with the VA is another top priority. He recommended all Service members should have an eBenefits account set up with the VA prior to. Every member needs to set up their eBenefits account, and I cannot stress enough how important that is to have before you even come to the transitioning assistance class, Johnson said. That is your gateway to accessing all of your benefits, whether its school, disability, home loans, etc. It unlocks everything that Service members are afforded after their service. Service members who attended an Oct. 28, class said the information was helpful. I never realized how helpful the VA is until today, said Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Benjamin Hoffman, command master-at-arms, NAVSTA. I thought that it was really only for disabled veterans, but now I know that there are many more benefits that anyone can take advantage of, especially when it comes to education benefits, He said. For Sailors like Hoffman, who is planning to separate from the Navy, it is recommended to start the process early. Service members who plan on separating from military service need to start that process as soon as possible, and the Department of Defense suggests beginning two years ahead of time, Holland said. This may be as simple as gathering all the information you can about your military service so you can understand what exactly you have to offer once you transition. Holland stressed that TAP: GPS is not just another death-by-power point class. The Individual Transition Plan a 40-page document created through the TAP: GPS class, goes over educational and personal goals, she said. Transitioning from military service is a major milestone in ones lifetime, so Service members should know that you are not just coming to another course, but you are creating a road map for your future that you can look ahead, she said. 1 YEAR 180 DAYS 150 DAYS 120 DAYS 90 DAYS 60 DAYS 30 DAYS Separation/REFRADComplete Preseparation Counseling Checklist (DD form 2648 or 2648-1) Schedule pre-separation counseling with your Transition Oce Develop Individual Transition Plan (ITP) Attend Transition: Goals, Plans, Success workshop (5-day) Establish a nancial plan Assess your job skills and interests Collect your personnel records Begin developing a resume Begin career training/certication Develop your professional networking Research your desired career eld Schedule medical/dental examinations Continue working with Transition Oce Continue working with Transition Oce Continue working with Transition Oce Conduct nal review with Transition Oce Transition OcesArmy Army Career & Alumni Program (ACAP) Marines Career Resource Management Center Navy Fleet & Family Support Center Air Force Airman & Family Readiness Center Coast Guard Worklife Division Transition Assistance Schedule interviews for career opportunities Complete ITP review w/ Transition Oce Finalize your relocation plans Finalize your relocation plans Review your Certicate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD 214) Begin applying for jobs Start buying a wardrobe for interviews Start posting resumes to career websites Aggressively network your resume and seek career opportunities Register for VA Benets using eBenets website www.ebenets.va.gov Research where you intend to live and contact Housing oce for relocation assistance Consider your 8-year service obligation and Reserve Component opportunities Request your Verication of Military Experience and Training (VMET DD2568)
The Wire November 115 Navy chiefs bring breakfast in bed for fundraising drive holidays. Staff Writer, With a goal of hosting the annual Christmas party for junior enlisted Troopers, senior enlisted Sailors held a Breakfast-in-Bed fundraiser at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Oct. 27. Cooking and delivering orders of pancakes, eggs, sausage and bacon at the Main Unaccompanied Housing building, the project was spearheaded by members of the Navys 1st Class Association and Chiefs Association. Flights off the island are scarce and to be able to support troops that will be here for the holiday season means a lot to us, said Navy Chief Petty Officer Bob Didier, leading chief petty officer assigned to port operations, U.S. NAVSTA GTMO. Serving meals is one way for us to fundraise and to be able to look out for our junior Troopers, he said. The breakfast isnt the first fundraiser the chiefs put together to offset costs of a holiday party. Last Sunday we sold spaghetti and made quite a bit of money toward our goal, said Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Olivia Lowery, a command career counselor assigned to U.S. NAVSTA GTMO. Activities like this helps boost morale, especially for junior Troopers seeing senior leadership helping them, she said. Orders were called in and either picked up or delivered to Troopers rooms at a cost of $7. Admiral addresses Troops in a series of All Hands meetings Editor, Rear Adm. Richard Butler, commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, addressed Troopers in a series of All Hands meetings at the Lyceums Oct. 28-29, and outlined results of a recent command climate survey and his vision to correct some of the issues brought to the commanders attention in the anonymous online-based survey. This is an important mission, as important as any other mission in the Global War on Terror, he said. I appreciate your feedback and comments. Leadership sets the tone and I want make sure everybody is on the same page, he said. Some of those issues included quality of life initiatives; Internet connectivity issues and some culturally specific issues. As the admiral touched on each category individually, he expressed to Troopers that the leadership takes these issues seriously. Ive got your back, he said. The other commanders here have your back. As long as we keep communicating and everybody is going in the same direction we will be a success, he said. Butler encouraged each Trooper to learn from the five branches of service represented in the JTF, and not let the diversity of the force cause clashes. Its my job to set the conditions for everyone to succeed, he said. Take the opportunity to learn from one another and we wont fail. Photo by Sgt. David Bolton/The Wire
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18http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html SPorts eed Why do they run? FThrough the eyes and ears of the race photographer Senior Enlisted Leader, At 5:30 a.m., Oct. 26, 55 contestants lined up at Cooper Field to attempt a daunting 12-mile race. While 12-miles is a real challenge for most, even on a flat scenic trail, these runners tackled Knob Hill and Skyline Drive before heading to Windmill Beach and back. I asked myself at every race; why do they run? Of course some, often natural athletes want to run for the competition, they want to win! They train for the current race or use the current race to help them train for more challenging races. Army Sgt. David Bolton, copy editor for The Wire, once told me he runs for the shirt. Obviously he was teasing, because he never misses a race. The Base Engineer Emergency Force runs for the in fluence of one another. Even though races arent a team event, the BEEF represents as one. But at this race, I found Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Janice Mason, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, J2 office. The run was always the event she struggled with on her physical training exam while on active duty. She took a 16-year break in service to raise her children, then went into the Navy Reserves. I decided I wasnt going to let that run beat me this time, she said. She studied running and reached to conquer her PT test. She started participating in the racing to become more fit and prepared for her PT test. This Saturday she received her first medal. She was elated and had plenty to be proud of. She is an inspira tion and evidence that you are never too old to master anything. camaraderie. Bowling em over League Champions: GTMO Strokers Highest Average (Men): Josh Kolenda Highest Average (Women): Alison Staercke Most Improved (Men): Jerome Hurtgen Most Improved (Women): Stephanie BellTuesday Night Fun Runners LeagueBowling em overGraphic by Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Hiler/The Wire Photo SubmittedBowling league announces winners
The Wire November 119This delicious soup was sent in by Staff Sgt. Lasima Packett. I can assure you, this soup will disappear quickly at any gathering you bring it to. The spices from the soup link up well with the sausage, and the texture of the potatoes makes the soup hearty. Try out this Italian-inspired soup today, and make some extra for leftovers. Its easy and delicious! In a large pot, combine 2 cartons of chicken stock, 2cups of water and 4 cans of cream of celery or chicken soup. Boil 4 large potatoes, sliced or chunked, in the soup mixture. Next, chop up 1/2 a bunch of kale and one cup of parsley, then add to the soup mixture to boil with the potatoes. Youll want to season the soup mixture to taste; some of the spices used were pepper, seasoning salt, garlic powder and just a little bit of red pepper powder. While the soup mixture is boiling, in a large pan, brown 2 pounds of Italian sausage (mild or spicy). Once sausage is done cooking, add it to the soup mixture. Once potatoes are cooked, remove the soup from the stove top. Let the soup cool for about 5minutes, then dig in! ZUPPA TOSCANA SOUP 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! cassandra.l.monroe@ jtfgtmo.southcom.mil Through the eyes and ears of the race photographer
Send your best photos to firstname.lastname@example.org Holiday Mailing DeadlinesFrom the U.S. or OCONUS to GTMO Parcel Post Nov. 13 1st Class Mail Dec. 1 Priority Mail Dec. 1 From GTMO to the U.S. or OCONUS Parcel Post Nov. 13 1st Class Mail Dec. 2 Priority Mail Dec. 2In order to ensure timely delivery of holiday mail and packages, please observe the following deadlines:For more information, please contact: NavSta Postal Ocer: ext. 2304 or JTF GTMO Post Oce: ext. 2331 Learn to match personal skills and interests with possible careers and opportunities Wednesday, Nov. 6 1:30-3:30 p.m.Fleet & Family Support Center 20BB ack urnerLooking for something to do this weekend or early next week? Check out these events:http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html