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Remembering KingGTMO community celebrates MLK Day Getting personal with the BHUGetting the job done with good people skills Wounded Warriors in the deepVolume 15, Issue 34 January 24, 2014
of the week HM2 Clement LampteyJoint Medical GroupSPC Frank Cruz189th Military Police Company Time for a New Ride? GSA Vehicle SaleJan. 23-27Go 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 Tackle your taxes with Military OneSource If the thought of filing tax paperwork makes your palms sweaty and your knees weak, visit www.militaryonesource.mil to learn about FREE online tax filing service for Service members. Visit www. militaryonesource.mil, for information on eligibility, services provided, required documents and FAQs. Guantanamo Bay House of Pancakes will open Feb. 1, from 8 11 a.m. Delivery available for BEQ/CBQ, BOQ & Marine Hill or carry out. Check the roller for menu, pricing and more information. Navy TA is available to active duty Navy and activated Navy Reservists stationed here. All TA requests must be command approved and funded before classes start. Plan to submit your request at least 30-days in advance. For more information, contact email@example.com or ext. 2227. People skills are key to BHU mission 10 Trooper FocusSailor keeps an even keel on life13 AND IN OUR PAGES Around the BayOther StoriesCommand Corner and Trooper to Trooper4 6Reviews of the latest movies on base Meals with Monroe14 Bay Wire ReportCartoons and Chaplains Word of the Week15Troopers, Base residents honor MLK 72http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html 5 Troopers escort Wounded Warriors below the surface to explore the deep blue. PAGE 8 Cover photo by Spc. Raul Pacheco CORRECTIONS
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 19:55 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 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 243 THE WIRE
By Brig. Gen. Marion Garcia Deputy Commander, JTF-GTMOBy Sgt. Maj. Michael Baker Sergeant Major, 525th Military Police Bn.Ttrooper to rooper Serving in the United States Armed Forces is one of the greatest privileges that we as Americans have the honor to do. We use many terms to describe what we do on a daily basis some call it a job, others call it duty but in the end what we do and what were part of is a profession. Each service has its own way of describing its profession and recently the United States Army launched Stand Strong, a part of the Americas Army-Our Profession program. This campaign is designed to give each Soldier a professional identity while motivating ethical conduct and establish a strong moral character. An Army professional meets the certification criteria of competence, character and commitment. There are five essential characteristics of our profession that enable us to remain legitimate professionals: military expertise, honorable service, trust, esprit de corps and stewardship. Throughout our career, from the moment we volunteer and raise our right hand, through our training and into our daily duties, we use our Army Values and our professional ethics no matter the challenge, obstacle or adversity we may face as Soldiers. Trust is the bedrock of our profession and at no time as professionals can we sacrifice or lose the trust of the Nation that we serve, Soldiers, Army civilians, and the families of those that serve along side of us. Its imperative in a strategic environment, such this Joint Task Force, that is often the focus of negative press, that we enforce and maintain the standard, instill discipline and live the Army Values. It is through these actions we maintain the trust of the American people. If we compromise on our values and conduct ourselves in a manner that violates the trust between the public and the Army, then we have failed. Despite all the harassment, assaults and demeaning behavior our detainees display, we as Soldiers must remain professional and vigilant in order to maintain the trust of the American people. We must ensure we always serve with honor and not allow ourselves to discredit the military or our profession and if we identify someone who is attempting to bring discredit upon us, then we must take action and be a good steward of the profession. As leaders, we must earn the trust of our Warriors. They have an obligation to follow our orders and respect the rank that each of us have earned. However, those obligations to follow orders and respect our rank do not equate to trust. Leaders earn the trust of their subordinates through actions. A leader, who has a strong moral and ethical character, is competent and committed to the mission, and the welfare of the Warrior will be trusted. Leaders, who fail to enforce the standards, lie to their subordinates, display favoritism and those who do not live by the Army Values, Soldiers Creed or Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer will not earn the trust of their subordinates. We must display the highest standards at all times, be available to our Warriors and act on our subordinates behalf when appropriate. Our Warriors dont ask for much, but when they do we, as leaders, must be able to give appropriate and honest feedback and attempt to resolve any issues that arise. When we accomplish this and earn the trust of our Warriors, we are preparing the military for the future and being part of the solution that will enable us to be successful for years to come. ommandCCorner Words for the GTMO marathonersThe marathon. An athletic event steeped in history. The ancient runner Philippedes, following a Greek victory in battle on the plains of Marathon, was sent by his generals to Athens to relay the news of victory and warn the city of approaching enemy warships. He ran the 26 miles in about three hours. Delivered his message. And died. You just signed up to run 26.2 miles. For fun. You likely trained for months ahead of the race. You train until you believe that your body is ready for the brutal run you are about to put it through. This is the point where you believe that you are invincible. But you are not. At some point during the run, maybe around mile 20, youll begin to wonder why you ever signed up for it. What were you thinking? Youre doing this for fun? This is the point where you will want to quit. But you wont. You will be sore the next day; depending on how old you are, maybe for a few more days after that. And its a total-body-sore in an ouch kind of way. That is the point when you should have regrets. But you wont. At some point, maybe weeks or months, or even years afterwards, you will sign up for another one. You will tell your friends and family about it with enthusiasm and begin training for another marathon. This is the point where you should know better. But you wont. Some lessons to take away from the marathon: 1. Decide to try and believe in your abilities 2. Set a goal, make a plan, and stick to it 3. Push yourself to the point of being uncomfortable, and keep going 4. Revel in your accomplishments, dont dwell in the effort it took to get there 5. Try again In your life are you spending any time outside your comfort zone? Are you pushing yourself, or are you just going with the flow? Think about what you can do to stress yourself just a little bit today. If you dont push yourself, you cant grow. 4http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html
NFews EED Story and photos by Sgt. David Bolton Copy Editor, email@example.comA walk to remember Participants end the the Naval Base Chapel The Guantanamo Bay community gathered at the Naval Exchange atrium Jan. 20, to commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a memorial march to the base chapel. The march, sponsored by GTMOs Black Heritage Organization, was meant as a way to remember the life, work and sacrifice of Dr. King. The organization wanted to do something for the community to help them come together because thats what Martin Luther King wanted, said Air Force Master Sgt. Erica Calhoun, information management specialist for the Joint Task Force Staff Judge Advocate Office. He wanted us to be a community and not judge others and do things together in unison. Prior to the march, several speakers addressed those who had gathered to participate in the event. One of these individuals was Joint Task Force Guantanamos Equal Opportunity Manager Air Force Master Sgt. Murray Taylor. People from all walks of life respond to Dr. Kings timeless message, said Taylor. His emphasis on using non-violent actions to achieve positive social change has inspired millions to take efforts into their own hands. As the march began, the crowd began to sing songs about coping with adversity, the promise of hope, and the eventuality of equality. Among the songs sung were: We Shall Overcome, This Little Light of Mine, and Were Marching to Zion. With a base that houses many ethnic and cultural groups, the significance of the Martin Luther King Jr. march cannot be understated. As one of the most notable figureheads of the 20th Century, his work and contribution to the African American community has had a lasting impression. The march is significant because, even though we are deployed, we still recognize him and all the contributions that hes made, said Calhoun.Regardless if were stateside or deployed, we still come together as one, as a community to honor him. Information Assurance The Wire January 245 Engineering the attack Download in 3, 2, ...... NO!
A laugh, a tear, Gangnam on repeat, youll go nutsBookworm and thrill-seeker Shadow RecruitTom Clancys character Jack Ryan was cinematically introduced in 1990 with The Hunt for Red October. Alec Baldwin played him well, but his performance was overshadowed by Sean Connery. Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994), continued the franchise, with Harrison Ford in the role. Like most roles (ala Hans Solo and Indiana Jones), Ford defined it. He brought out the intelligence of Ryan while convincing the audience that if needed, he could kick some serious butt. In 2002, Ben Affleck assumed the role in The Sum of All Fears, but the film suffered. It was released at the same time as The Bourne Identity which introduced audiences to a new kind of action hero, and interest dwindled. But, thee allure of Ryan is that hes the smartest man in the room not the most suave, like Bond, or the most dangerous, like Bourne. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is the first Ryan film not based upon a Clancy novel. Its an origin story, but feels like fan fiction. Youll follow Ryans (Chris Pine) introduction into the CIA, and the story of how he met his wife, Cathy (Keira Knightley). Unfortunately, the script lacks Clancys intelligent and nuanced twists and tensions. Nevertheless, the performances save the scriptPine, Knightley and Kevin Costner all work hard to make this story workfor their three performances, I give this film three banana rats. Courtesy Paramount Pictures Courtesy Open Road Films In this modern reboot, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit follows Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) from the beginning of his school days, studying as an analyst, through to his early career as a CIA field agent. After 9/11, Ryan drops out of school to join the Marines. His duty, as he felt, was best served fighting for his countrys honor, rather than sitting behind a desk. Ryans analytical genius eventually opens the eyes of the CIA and brings him to a meeting with CIA handler Thomas Harper (Kevin Costner). Harper recruits Ryan to thwart terrorism as a covert, financial analyst, where he soon discovers a Russian plot to take down Wall Street and destroy the United States thriving economy. But, since Ryan is the only person who really knows the data, its now up to him to get to Moscow, expose the enemy and, hopefully, save the day. With an A-list crew, including Keira Knightley as Jack Ryans fianc, Cathy, I expected more. The most exciting sequence came out predictable, and the lack of plot twists or fear-provoking villains keeps the characters from a truer imminent danger and a more compelling story. For the lack of high stakes, three banana rats this film takes. Review by Sgt. Cody Stagner JTF PAO, firstname.lastname@example.orgReview by Sgt. Katherine Forbes JTF PAO, email@example.com://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html The bookworms view: The thrill-seekers view: Review by Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgWhat happens when Canadian, American and South Korean creative minds get together? A squirrelly movie, filled with the occasional eh, nutty puns and Psy on repeat for 90 minutes. Im not going to say it makes for an award-winning combination, but it will garner a few laughs. Call it a Nut Job. Its old-school, like 50s era, and the animation team did a fantastic job of setting the scene as such. A lot of the comedy is old school too, animals-flying-through-the-airlanding-on-their-head a la Loony Toons-style. But the plot a simultaneous bank and peanut heist drags on ... and on ... and on, just like Gangnam Style. Ironically, the best part was after the credits, but as a responsible reviewer, I cant give that away. Liam Neeson brings a chill to the air as the voice of Raccoon, the manipulative bully who takes everyones stuff while the unsuspecting hero, Surly (Will Arnett), with his leading lady Andie (Katherine Heigl) save the day. But the real show stealer is the pug, Precious (Maya Rudolph), who is so cute she fetched two banana rats to give this film.
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 Story and photos by Sgt. David Bolton Copy Editor, email@example.comWith little more than a piece of wood, four nails, four plastic wheels and a lot of imagination, 16 Cub Scouts from GTMOs Cub Scout Pack 3401 engineered the same type of pinewood car that thousands of Cub Scouts before them created over the last 61 years. Then, they set their racers at the starting line for a downhill dash that would make Ricky Bobby proud. The themed cars have probably changed since that first Pinewood Derby in 1953, when Don Murphy created the event. He was angry that his younger son couldnt race like the big boys, said Doug Overbey, Cubmaster for Pack 3401. Murphys younger children couldnt participate in the Boy Scouts Box Car Derby, so he solicited sponsorship of a pinewood kit for the younger Scouts. Its a Scouting tradition that to this day promotes ingenuity, creativity and educational sportsmanship. Jan. 18, the NEX Atrium was filled with Scouts and their pit crews, ready for a race that would earn winners bragging rights for the next year. They have to make these cars out of what comes in the initial pinewood box, said Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Michael McIlrath, Naval Station Master at Arms and Pack 3401 Wolf Den leader. As long as you use whats in the kit, you can do what you need to. You can cut the block of wood down into whatever shape you want. McIlrath, said competitors must abide by size and weight restrictions. Cars cant weigh more than five ounces and exceed seven inches. Like any other GTMO event, a slew of volunteers helped make the event successfull, including volunteers from the Joint Task Force. I think its fun to be able to participate and to help out when I can, said Army Spc. Cameron Holt, detainee librarian, Joint Detention Group Detainee Operations. Holt, and other JTF volunteers helped get the Scouts checked in, verified the racing standards and served as judging officials, allowing the parents of Pack 3401, some of whom work for the JTF, the opportunity to enjoy the races. I love kids, so I love to come to help with these events, said Holt. When I was a kid, I had lots of helpers, so I figured if nobody else would volunteer, this event wouldnt happen. With smiles on their faces and medals around their necks, the members of Cub Scout 3401 left the races to go back home and prepare for the next stages in their Scouting career. P newood Derby Grudge Match (New)PG13, 7 p.m.Lone SurvivorR, 9:15 p.m.47 Ronin (New)PG13, 7 p.m.Jack Ryan: Shadow RecruitPG13, 9:15 p.m.Walking with DinosaursPG, 6 p.m.Out of the Furnace (LS)R, 8 p.m.Saving Mr. BanksPG13, 7 p.m.The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug PG13, 7 p.m.The Nut Job PG, 7 p.m.Philomena (LS)PG13, 7 p.m.47 Ronin (New)PG13, 8 p.m.Jack Ryan: Shadow RecruitR, 10:15 p.m.Grudge Match (New)PG13, 8 p.m.Lone SurvivorR, 10:15 p.m.Philomena (LS)PG13, 8 p.m.Out of the FurnaceR, 8 p.m.American HustleR, 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.24 25 26 27 28 29 30 The Wire January 247 The thrill-seekers view:
http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html8 Seven Wounded Warriors with the Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba team visited U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Jan. 16-23. The Warriors, with the help of instructors and hundreds of Joint Task Force volunteers, received their diving certification a personal milestone for some and an experience of a lifetime for all. Established in 2007, SUDS works with Wounded Warriors, who sustained severe injuries in Iraq or Afghanistan, through the use of scuba diving. The program, based at Walter Reed National Military Story by Sgt. Cassandra Monroe Staff writer, firstname.lastname@example.org Photo by Sgt. Cassandra Monroe/The WireMedical Center, helps facilitate their rehabilitation process. The recent trip marked the programs ninth visit to Guantanamo Bay, and is the first time Service members from all three of the military hospitals (Walter Reed, Naval Medical Center San Diego and San Antonio Military Medical Hospital), participated. According to John Thompson, SUDS president, in order to get their dive certifications, SUDS members go through an aquatic therapy process tailored for their abilities. They begin the course through classroom-based academic lessons at the hospital, learning dive theory and the basics of diving. The physical diving journey starts in a pool, testing their buoyancy and emergency skills. After a few quizzes and exams, the Service members are ready to test their skills in open water. Were looking for four check-out dives that theyll do, he said. Two dives one day and two dives the other day, and that completes their certification. Once in the water, the Wounded Warriors can use their prosthetic limbs to swim, but for those amputated lower limbs, SUDS uses motorized underwater scooters to allow easier movement. Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Martinez, a Wounded Warrior, used one during his dive at Blue Beach. I outran everybody, said the Purceville, Va., native. The water is like that one place where everybody is equal. We can go down there and have fun. Especially coming down here to GTMO, its amazing. Not many people have been able to come out here and dive. The groups visit to GTMO included four dives, two from boats and two from the beach. Besides diving, the delegation had the opportunity to tour many of GTMOs most famous sites, including Camp X-Ray and the Northeast Gate, the area where a fence separates the U.S. Diving into recovery
The Wire January 249 Photo by Spc. Raul Pacheco, 55th Signal Company The water is like that one place where Naval Base from Cuban soil. The hospitality is amazing, said Jorge Ortiz, a Marine Corps lance corporal, and San Diego, Calif., native. It feels great. Ortiz said the trip pushed the SUDS team to their mental and physical limits, creating a bond that will last. For us, its still all the military guys going out, talking to each other, doing a little oh so you have one leg, thats a paper cut, and oh you got hit by butterflies, said Martinez. Its an amazing experience coming out here with this group of guys and some amazing instructors who know how to adapt stuff for us so we can be out here and enjoy it like everybody else. And for the instructors, it was just as rewarding. Its not really all about diving, he said. Yes, thats what we do, were a dive program, but SUDS helps give them confidence and help with self esteem. It helps them segue into other challenges in their life. Also, I think its good fellowship. They have similar injuries and similar interests in diving, and they have something they can relate to. I love working with these guys, said Thompson. Hopefully this program is having an impact and helping them get on with their life. To see them evolve and build that confidence, you can see their personality come out more and more, its very gratifying to be a part of that. The program also made an impact on JTF GTMO Troopers who volunteered for the event. This is an amazing opportunity, these guys have sacrificed so much, said 1st. Lt. Steve Jordan, a budgeting staff member with Joint Detention Group, JTF GTMO. For a program like SUDS to come in, it makes you feel like youre a part of a bigger team. It feels really good to give back to the Wounded Warriors. Photo by Sgt. Cassandra Monroe/The Wire Photo by Sgt. Cassandra Monroe/The Wire
10http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html lbife in oots All the small thingsFor a typical day in the life of a detention facility guard at the Behavioral Health Unit, many skills are needed to be successful. Interpersonal communication skills are important, attention to detail is key, and annotation and recordkeeping is mandatory. These skills come handy in everyday life, but are essential out on the tiers. Interpersonal communication skills, or IPCs, are in constant use at the detention facilities here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; whether it be working with visitors or the daily exchange with detainees. For Army Spc. Ryan Fithian, military police, 357th Military Police Company, IPCs are especially essential when it comes to detainee movement. You have to be patient and you have to have good IPC skills to listen, he said. You have to be understanding and be willing to work. Youre here to do a job and to maintain care, custody and control. Thats the job. Fithian, who works at the BHU, often spends time with detainees who need extra care. He feels there are skills needed and tasks to be done in order to maintain the strict standards held at the BHU. Annotations and records of each movement are mandatory at BHU. Detainees must be moved from cells to the bathrooms, recreational rooms, and to appointments they may have. When they are, the logs must be updated to keep track of these details. Even when meals are distributed to the detainees, they are annotated down to the condiments, ensuring distributions are equal across the board. Inventory is key, said Fithian. If anything is missing, you dont sign for the meals. Its really important for you to cross your Ts and dot your Is. You have to be on top of everything. Besides those skills, safety is Story and photos by Sgt. Cassandra Monroe Staff writer, email@example.com
The Wire January 2411 All the small things another big part of the inner workings of the BHU. Standard Operating Procedures are in place to maintain a level of security and safety for those who work on and visit the tier. Following these procedures are essential according to Fithian. There are standards for all parts of the guard force; from maintaining positive control and doing searches to making sure there is no contraband on the detainees or in their cells, down to what uniform and equipment to wear while on the tier. We never let anyone on the tier unless they have face shield and gloves and other equipment, said Fithian. Thats your tier, regardless of rank or branch; youre in charge of the safety. Safety is a big, important part of our job. Fithian knows the work he does on this deployment, his first, for the guard force at the BHU will prove to be beneficial. The skills he has learned here from his job will help him in his future. In my mind, the military police officer job serves me because when Im done with the service, I can use those skills and experience I learned for my civilian career.
Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Rebecca Wood JTF PAO, firstname.lastname@example.orgMore than just a plant nursery12http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html The next time you drive down Sherman Avenue, consider visiting the plant nursery, beside the golf course. There, you will find the entrance to a garden where so many people throughout the years have left their green-thumb mark in some shape or form. Donald Lloyd is a government employee with the information security office at the U.S. Naval Station Hospital. He has taken great pleasure from serving as a volunteer facilities manager for the nursery for seven years. This nursery is completely volunteer and donation driven, said Lloyd. Volunteering here gives you a chance to see things grow, get exercise, and to meet new people. Donations come from all over. Even so, we efficiently use everything we have, even the potting soil. He also stated that civilians and Troopers on the island try to give the nursery a more personal touch than most volunteer projects. People use this place to make Guantanamo feel more like home. The people here always surprise me, said Lloyd. He has plenty of stories from the past. Once Soldiers ventured into the nursery wearing big hats, and asked to use the nursery for a garden tea party. Once, some Sailors turned it into the site for their unit cookout. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Tyson, operations sergeant, 525th Military Police Battalion, spent a lot of time here at the plant nursery. I have been around gardening my whole life, said Tyson. I use it to relax and keep my mind off things. He takes a lot of pride in the work he does. When I first got here, Hurricane Sandy hit and knocked all the trees over. The difference between then and now is amazing. It feels good to know I was part of building it from the ground up again. The plants are mostly tropical, but some are domestic. Plants that are easy to recognize are cacti, plumeria, aloe plants and mahogany trees. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Stacey Shouse, Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration Team said the nursery is where she belonged. Hang in there, lil guy, she said as she repotted a sickly-looking plant. I think it is cool to come to a place where it is shady and green. It reminds me of home. My favorite part is weeding. Who doesnt like playing in the dirt, said Shouse as she let out a contagious laugh. It reminds me of when I was kid. Some units build things and put them in the nursery. Its different than just placing something in the boneyard on the Joint Task Force side, because not only will future units be able to see it, but the whole community will be able to see it, said Tyson.
The Wire January 2413ocusTFrooper Its a mantra that Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Vyktor Cintron, a hospital corpsman assigned to the Joint Medical Group, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Sailor of seven years, lives by. The 40-year-old, Puerto Rican native has a different story to tell; one of twists and turns, that eventually shaped the lens of his view of the world. Some people think that Im somewhat negative at times, he said. Id say its not negative, its just about being better prepared for any situation. As a cyclist for many years, Cintrons riding has taken him on many adventures around the world. Hes raced on streets throughout the United States and Europe on professional teams. Hes lived in Puerto Rico and Spain, but now calls a the rural, mountainous area of California home. Enter major twist number one: a house fire. A lot of people have the urge to be in control of every factor of their lives, he said. But you have to realize that the rug can be pulled out from under you at any time. Its how you react that defines who you are. The fire took his control. And with it, all his tangible evidence of a cycling career memorabilia, pictures, awards were gone. Along with all of his belongings. Shortly after the fire, Cintron then faced the reality of divorce. I ended up losing everything, but to me it meant a new beginning, he said. Now on his first deployment, Cintron is concerned with how younger Sailors carry out their lives and is pleased to impart knowledge when necessary. Most people are worried about not having a vehicle here when all they have to do is take the bus; eventually one will pick you up and take you to the only store on the island, no need to rush, he said. I say sit back and enjoy the ride; youd be surprised where life takes you. Ive learned not to worry about money or possessions, he said. I always plan for the worst, while allowing myself to be as flexible as possible. For all that hes been through, he expects no form of pity, but has grown to accept life for what it is, and that things just happen the way they are meant to. Cintrons way of life shows us we must accept a little realism at times, which allows for more life lessons learned. I wouldnt change a thing about my past, he said. How are you going to learn to deal with tough situations if they never happen? Story and photos by Spc. Lerone Simmons Staff Writer, email@example.com Stormy seas to calm watersIf you fall and get hurt, there is a reason for that.
Tiramisu Cupcakes For the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 F, and line pan with cupcake liners. In a small bowl, sift 1 box of white cake mix and set aside. Next, in a large bowl, gently whisk 2 egg whites, 1 egg, 1/3 cup of oil, 3/4 cup of buttermilk, 3/4 cup of sour cream and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Stir cake mix into wet ingredients. cupcake liners about 1/3 full. With the remaining cake batter, add 1/4 cup of strong coffee and mix. (You may need to add thicken the batter.) You can also use pure coffee extractjust add 3 tablespoons then continue to add to taste. Scoop the coffee cake batter over the regular batter so that each (So you have one layer of vanilla cake and a top layer of coffee cake.) Bake for 16-20 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean. For the frosting: Using a whisk attachment on your stand mixer (or use a hand mixer if you dont have a stand mixer,) beat 8 ounces cream cheese and 1 cup powdered sugar until smooth. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Slowly add in 1 pint heavy cream and beat until stiff peaks form. Pipe your whipped topping over the cupcakes. For garnish, I added some chocolate-hazelnut Pepperidge Farms Pirouettes, cut in thirds. You could also top with chocolate shavings and cocoa powder.Yes, I know, more cupcakes! I actually made these cupcakes for a dinner here on base for the Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba (SUDS) members. I thought I would share the recipe here. (Recipe adapted from www. somekitchenstories.com.)I want to hear from you! Did you try my recipe and loved it? Did you try my recipe and hated it? Well... thats too bad but email me anyways! If you have a recipe youd like for me to try, contact me firstname.lastname@example.org 14http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html
Chaplains ext. 2218 Wounded Warriors visited GTMO this week. Being amputees did not stop them from having great attitudes, a compassion for life, and diving in the sea. Before we get caught up in our own issues, lets remember those who have sacriced far more than we have. Heroes It doesnt rain all the time at GTMO but, when it does, it sounds like a bag of marbles has been dumped on your roof. /jointtaskforceguantanamo Facebook Army photo by Spc. Raul Pacheco/55th Signal Company he BayLTife On 15The Wire January 24
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