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How to save a life Averting disasterRed Cross offers classes to aid, assist How two JTF Soldiers saved the lives of their fellow man GTMO CheerVolume 15, Issue 31 Janury 3, 2014
ACM salutes your service The Academy of Country Music is looking for Service members who can carry a country tune to audition for a Salute to the Military show that will air in May of 2014 on CBS. If youre interested in recording an audition please contact Sgt. Antonio Archer with PAO at ext. 73836 or firstname.lastname@example.org. One Service member from each branch will be selected to represent their service on the show which will be broadcast live on April 7, 2014 from Las Vegas, Nev. Glaze and Bake Ceramics Sunday is back GTMO, and you can get in on the action with some free ceramics painting Sunday, Jan. 5, from 1 4 p.m. at the ceramics shop. Drown some baitThe first Liberty Center night fishing event of 2014 takes place Friday, Jan. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Marina. Call ext. 2010 or email the Liberty Center at email@example.com 24 hours in advance to attend.Life in Boots8 Heroes Among UsJTF Soldiers rescue swimmers from peril10 AND IN OUR PAGES Around the BayOther StoriesCommand Corner and Trooper to Trooper4 5Reviews of the latest movies on base Bay Wire ReportCartoons and Chaplains Word of the Week11 Time for a New Ride? GSA Vehicle Sale Jan. 10-13Go to theVehicles will be on display in the NEX parking lotPlace bids at GSA website For more information contact CW2 Jose Rosario at ext. 3343 and use sale numberwww.gsaauctions.gov 2FFBPI14001 2http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html The festive Christmas tree overlooks the sleepy base of Guantanamo Bay PAGE 6 Cover photo by Sgt. William Sieck CORRECTIONS of the week Sgt. Jeremiah Thurman3/89th Cavalry RegimentSgt. Jordan BragaHHD 93rd Military Police Battalion
JOINT TASK FORCE GUANTANAMO Joint Task ForceSafe Humane Legal TransparentGuantanamo /jointtaskforceguantanamo /photos/jtf gtmo /jtf gtmo @jtf gtmo Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Commercial: 011-5399-3651 DSN: 660-3651 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.htmlCommander Navy 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 KishmanCommand StaffHQ Building, Camp America 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. 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.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 1NEX Express Bus9:55 a.m. 7:55 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, :25 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 Sta Sgt. Darron Salzer Sta Writers Army Sta Sgt. Lorne Ne Army Sgt. Cassandra Monroe Army Spc. Lerone SimmonsStaffThe 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. Look for us on your favorite Social Media: Protestant Worship Sunday 6:40 a.m. Sunday 9 a.m. Sunday 7 p.m. The Wire January 33 THE WIRE
By Capt. Daryl Daniels Commander, Joint Medical Group Preventive Medicine, Joint Medical GroupTtrooper to rooper ommandCCorner Leadership for the future I recently attended a Navy Medicine Commanding Officers conference where the Navy Surgeon General was one of the guest speakers. One of the things he said to us made a great impression on me, and I would like to share his thoughts with my military co-workers. Your leadership has to make a difference, said Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan. We are in a time of great change. The old way of leading, the old way of doing things, needs to change as well. When he said this, he wasnt just talking about my leadership, but the leadership of all of us. Gone are the times when we could make decisions in a vacuum, thinking only about ourselves and our local command. Just as the world is shrinking, thanks to the internet, Navy Medicine and the military as an entity are shrinking as well. We are one command, one base, one region, one Navy, one military, one enterprise, and we all need to start thinking along those lines. Gone are the times where we had local empires our formulas, our rules. We can no longer say, this is how we do it here. We need to find the best way of doing things, whether it is the way we have been doing things locally, or the way some other command or unit does it. Gone are the days when we could make business decisions based on personal preferences. Typically leaders dont like change. One of the dirty secrets of leaders is that they dont really want to change the system because it is that system which helped them become leaders in the first place. But the system has changed while we were becoming leaders. Because of this, every person reading this article has the potential to be part of the next generation of leaders leading your peers and subordinates forward during this time of change. It sounds like an ominous task, but is really very simple be who you are, lean forward, and do what is right. I am sure almost all of you are already doing that every day. As we have just closed out the year 2013, and are embarking on a new year, I urge everyone to take this time to reflect briefly on past deeds and accomplishments, and focus primarily on developing yourselves as leaders providing for, supporting and caring for the troops you lead. Because, as Vice Adm. Nathan said, Your leadership has to make a difference. As we look ahead in 2014, I urge everyone to choose at least one small, achievable goal, or a small bucket list of things you would like to accomplish at some point during the year, and then set your sights on achieving that/those objective(s). As Abraham Lincoln said to Ulysses Grant when he appointed Grant to head the Union Army, I neither ask nor desire to know anything of your plans. Take the responsibility and act. I wish everyone a safe and productive new year! Serving your country in its Armed Forces means striving for excellence at all times. You aggressively seek knowledge and skills that will equip you to do your job with the highest level of expertise. You spend countless hours engaged in one form of training or another because excellence is your goal and failure is not an option. The military provides a wide array of resources to help you along the way, but not all of them are in writing. Some of the most valuable information you can get is not available in books, manuals or online courses. I am referring to the knowledge that comes only from experience. It belongs to those that have it, but is available to all who want it. Though the military maintains various mentoring programs, anyone who serves can be a mentor, and everyone who serves should be a mentor. Mentoring is a developmental relationship in which a more experienced person serves as a guide, teacher or role model for a less experienced person. There are no limits to the information that can be exchanged in a mentoring relationship. It could include guidance on the technical aspects of your job, advice on advancement and career progression, or even how to deal with conflict resolution and interpersonal relationships. When it comes to your job, there is always someone who has been doing it longer than you have, and has the benefit of having experienced both failure and success through trial and error under a diverse variety of conditions. Engaging a mentor for their experience is beneficial to both you and your mentor. After more than 20 years of service, nothing gives me greater pleasure than to advise and guide others through their careers. I want them to succeed in every way, and I know I can help them by sharing my own knowledge and experience. I hope you will always look for such opportunities and participate in mentoring relationships. Whether you are seeking to give or receive knowledge, you will always learn something in the process, and fulfill your commitment to excellence along the way. Find mentors among your seniors, and be a mentor for your juniors. Look to your military brothers and sisters for the answers. They will never let you down. Youll never know everything, but youll always know more than you did yesterday.4http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html
The Story of Mary PoppinsBased on the true story of Walt Disneys (Tom Hanks) pursuit of author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) for rights of her book Mary Poppins; this movie is more about the books back story and a daughters larger-than-life love of her father (Colin Farrell) who, through a childs eyes, can do no wrong. Thompson delivers an award-win ning performance in this film. The score is upbeat and whimsical which either leads into or brings you out of the dark reality of Travers past dealing with the shame ful and sad realization that her heroic father was nothing more than a drunk who she or her Aunt Ellie (Rachel Griffiths) -could not save. Film critics and history buffs love this one and I did too. The sets, costumes and the acting were spot on. Disney delivers in only a way that Disney can. And for that, it gets five banana rats. Courtesy Disney Homefront hits home Homefront is about a former DEA agent, Phil Broker (Jason Statham), who moves to his late wifes hometown in the Louisi ana bayou to start anew with his 10-year-old daughter. Broker and his daughter soon realize how hard it is to adjust to a normal life in a small town. As fate would find it, its the towns desperate, petty drug lord, Gator (James Franco), and his girlfriend, Sheryl (Winona Ryder), who soon do the snitching, while Broker does the running. Its an action film of clichs with every bit of gratification as a movie-goer would expect. Theres even love, comedy and suspense, surprises and twists. Since this film has a little of everything and refuses to hold back, and you cant get much better as an action film, I will easily throw five banana rats at the screen for this film. Courtesy Nu Image FRIDAYDOWNTOWN CAMP BULKELEYSATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAYat the Downtown and Camp Bulkeley LyceumsStay classy, GTMO! No ALCOHOL or TOBACCO at the Lyceums!Call the Movie Hotline at ext. 4880 or visit the MWR Facebook page for more information Its that time of the year again for yet another variation of the nativity scene. Black Nativity is a holiday musical drama that follows Langston (Jacob Latimore) as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his distant rela tives, the Rev., Cornell (Forest Whitaker) and Aretha Cobbs (Angela Bassett). Unknowingly, Langston sets off on a surpris ing and inspiring journey and along with his new friends. With a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family. If you like holiday musical dramas about broken families that settle their differences and get back together, this movie is for you. For a free movie, I give this film two bananas rats. The Wire January 3 5Philomena (New)PG13, 7 p.m.Saving Mr. BanksPG13, 9 p.m.Philomena (New)PG13, 8 p.m. HomefrontR, 10 p.m.Saving Mr. BanksPG13, 8 p.m.Out of the Furnace (New)R, 10:30 p.m.Out of the Furnace (New)R, 7 p.m.Dallas Buyers ClubR, 9:15 p.m.Black Nativity PG, 6 p.m.HomefrontR, 8 p.m.Best Man Holiday (LS)R, 8 p.m.Delivery Man (LS)PG13, 7 p.m.Best Man Holiday (LS)R, 7 p.m.Delivery Man (LS)PG13, 8 p.m.American HustleR, 7 p.m.Anchorman 2: The Legend ContinuesPG13, 7 p.m.Black NativityPG, 8 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.03 04 05 06 07 08 09
6http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html Celebrate Good Times GTMO The Wire of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay delivered. Heres a sample of Island style.
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8 http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html Tucked at the rear of the Center Bargo housing area sits a building much like the others surrounding it, that is except for the big red cross painted on its faade. The location of the American Red Cross station at GTMO may seem distant, but its relationship with the military has always been a close one. The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that works to alleviate and resolve human suffering after natural and man-made disasters, said Roxanne Stevens, the station manager. According to Stevens, there are five branches of the American Red Cross, and branches located on military installations are called Services to the Armed Forces. It is the original off-shoot of Clara Bartons vision back in the Civil War when she was trying to let families know how the Service members were doing and sent nurses into the military hospitals to write letters for the Service members there, said Stevens. Our job on military installations is to take care of emergency communication messages, the ones that we never want to get, Stevens said, and we also act as agents for the relief societies of the different services and dispense the emergency funds requested through those societies. Stevens said the American Red Cross does outreach to Service members before and after deployments through online briefings. We really want to prepare Photo Editor, RED C O S Serves Guantanamo are prepared for emergency situations. of a cardiopulmonary resuscitation training dummy during depending on the victim.lbife in oots
The Wire January 3 9 the communities we serve to be more resilient, a theme that were picking up from the military, by offering classes that have to do with returning from deployments, CPR training, babysitting all to build a resilient community, she said. The unique community that makes up GTMO both permanent party and deployed personnel does not change the services offered by the station according to Stevens. But it does change the makeup of our community with a larger turnover of volunteers than other more formal locations, she said. To combat that issue, Stevens tries to create a balance between opportunities for personnel from both categories through her office, such as very long-term volunteering in leadership roles at the station, and shortterm positions for Troopers who often have irregular hours. We just try to look at what the needs are for such a unique environment as GTMO and try to fulfill them, she said. Many of those opportunities, according to Stevens, are focused heavily on special events throughout the community such as decorating vehicles for the holidays, taking part in the fall health fair sponsored by the Naval Hospital, marching in the Christmas parade, and also the Soldiers Undertaking Disabled SCUBA. The participants in the SUDS program are usually from Walter Reed National Medical Center who have been injured, Stevens said. They come down to complete their diving certification and its a huge community event that takes a lot of volunteers to complete over a very active four or five days. Aside from volunteering, the Red Cross station also offers classes to the GTMO community in areas such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid. We offer two different CPR classes: a basic first aid, CPR and AED class, and also CPR for professional rescuers and healthcare providers, Stevens said. For Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts working on their emergency preparedness badge, we can teach a twohour class on emergency preparedness that also includes a little first aid, Stevens added. Stevens said she partners with the chaplains office and the Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration Team for Troopers within the Joint Task Force. We partner with JSMART by having our canine volunteers go over to the JTF side to visit the Troopers, she said. We have partnered with the chaplains office by donating phone cards to distribute to people who need to get in touch with their families more often. The American Red Cross has a very long history with the military, and its important to keep our military in the forefront of our thoughts and actions, she said. Stevens commented on the small stature of the community at GTMO, adding how amazing it is to see everyone come together when the need arises. You see that particularly with the families that are here because they really support each other, she said. Its that great support from really everybody that makes this place stand out.
10http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html N Fews eed During the holiday season, Troopers assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, gathered with friends and comrades to cele brate at different GTMO locations. On Thanksgiving Day, Army Staff Sgt. Noe PerezMartir and Army Pvt. Ryan Curtis crossed paths during a visit to Windmill Beach. The two, assigned to units serving under the JTF; PerezMartir, an en gineer assigned to the 40th Infantry Division working JTF Logistics, and Curtis, military police assigned to the 66th Military Police Company, sprang into action as they simultane ously spotted two swimmers, separated by a good distance, struggling to stay afloat. With no formal swimming experience, but having 10 years of military training, PerezMartir rushed to the aid the victim, about 50 yards from the shore. I heard the screaming and I just went in, said PerezMartir. Seconds after hearing the first cry for help, Curtis sighted another swimmer, who was already heading toward the first vic tim. He adjusted his course to get to the second swimmer. Curtis, a former competitive swimmer as a student at Uintah High School in Utah, who has only been in the Army for less than a year. I swam a lot in high school and was properly trained, but no matter the situation, its always good to have someone around, especially if something happens in the water. After arriving on shore, they began to assess their casualties; like their military training prepared them to do on a battlefield. Both victims were third country nationals, suffering from leg cramps. Both were thankful and able to walk away, nameless but grateful. The Army mentality is to aide someone who needs help, said PerezMartir. I usually just come to the beach on the weekends, and never expected anything like this to happen. Although unexpected, they consid ered their actions common sense. It was the right thing to do, said Curtis. Im not a hero; Im sure any other person wouldve done the same thing. Curtis was nominated by his com mand and selected to be the Motivator of the Week by Marine Sgt. Maj. Juan M. Hidalgo Jr., senior enlisted leader, JTF GTMO Command, for his actions. Staff Writer, Soldiers Rescue Swimmers
The Wire January 311 /jointtaskforceguantanamo Facebook Chaplains ext. 2218 A new year began a few days ago. This date arbitrarily marks the Earths completion of a journey around the sun. Remember, the journey is what matters in life too. Take time to enjoy being where you are for no one knows his or her journeys length. New Year WAYPOINTSA message from the Commander of Joint Task Force GuantanamoThis message is also available as an audio podcast on the JTF GTMO SharePoint by RizzoHello and welcome to a series of messages designed to keep you informed on matters of importance at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. I want to talk about my priorities for 2014. My number one priority is you. The conditions will be set to give you the opportunity for success, both professionally and personally and I want everyone to leave here proud of their service. I also want everyone to know that you have the support and admiration from the entire chain of command. Second, our mission is vitally important to our nation and we must continue to get it right. While the long-term future of JTF Guantanamo is the subject of political debate, our task is to do our jobs to the best of our abilities. Keeping the guard force and the detainees safe will remain my focus along with supporting the legal and intelligence missions. Most of all I want you all to know that I am proud of the way you are doing this vital job. Keep up the good work and I hope everyone has a successful and prosperous 2014. Honor Bound!
TournamentGet your backhand ready and report to theFor more information call ext.2010 Less talkie-talkie, more ping pong!Marine Hill Liberty Center Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.Ping Pong Kicko is at 8:30 p.m., so get there early. BCS Championship GameKicko is at 8:30 p.m., so get there early. Monday, Jan. 6 at OKellys Pub Send your best photos to email@example.comBB ack urnerhttp://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html