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OPSEC!Ensuring the safety of every Trooper The Maritime Security DetachmentKeeping a watchful eye on GTMOs waters Volume 15, Issue 35 January 31, 2014 Marathon: stretching yourself


Sunday, Feb. 9, 8 a.m. Camp America Sweethearts 4ever 4-miler Sweethearts 4ever 4-miler Do you have a sweetheart back home who enjoys running? Have them join you in a shadow run between a state-side location at GTMO. For more info, contact Lt. Cmdr. Cynthia Holland at ext. 9717. Open to JTF GTMO personnel only.Sunday, Feb. 9, 8 a.m. Camp America of the week Food for the soul The Guantanamo Bay Black Heritage Organization will host a banquet for Black Heritage month Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Bayview. The event starts at 6 p.m., with the banquet begining at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $35 and valet parking is available. Semi-formal attire is requested. For more information contact Mr. Caton at ext. 79449.Scheduled power outage An upcoming power outage at the Villamar substation will occur Friday, Feb. 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Affected areas include: Bargo (all), East Caravella, Nob Hill, Windward Loop, Caravella, Villamar, Granadillo Point, Lassiter Fuel Farm (including Toltest office), Landfill, Vet Clinic, Housing Self-help Store, Cable Station, TV Station and the BR Compound.Main NEX inventory hours The main NEX will close Saturday, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m., to perform its annual inventory inspection. Please be sure to make all final purchases by 5 p.m.Life in BootsMARSECDET keeps a weathered eye on the water 12 Trooper FocusYoung Soldier already a DJ, producer13 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 Week15What you think you knew and a lot you didnt7OPSEC 2500 informs, inspires2 5 Runners push their limits in the rst full and half marathons of 2014 PAGE 8 Cover photo by Sgt. Cassandra Monroe CORRECTIONS SPC Ian Bartholomew591st Military Police CompanyBM3 Nicholas LeonardPort Security Unit 301


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: 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 313 THE WIRE


By Cmdr. John Filostrat By Sgt. Maj. Michael Baker Sergeant Major, 525th Military Police Bn.Ttrooper to rooper ommandCCorner Fair winds and following seasUnits are constantly rotating in and out of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. In February, your public affairs team will be turning over. The 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment from the Kentucky National Guard and the 120th Public Affairs Detachment from the Indiana National Guard will depart JTF GTMO and the 107th MPAD from the Florida National Guard will join the team. To the professional communicators from Indiana and Kentucky thank you all for a job well done. You can all be proud of the work with the media and The Wire. As we say in the Navy, fair winds and following seas. Welcome to the Soldiers of the 107th MPAD. You are joining a team of professional military men and women who are dedicated to the mission of safe, humane, legal and transparent Unfortunately, in the past, the military has lost the trust and confidence of those we swore to protect by putting ourselves in situations that brought discredit to the United States. Weve endured the Tail Hook scandal, in which our military leaders acted improperly and indecently; the Aberdeen Proving Grounds scandal where officers and noncommissioned officers took advantage of trainees; the mistreatment of detainees and lack of leadership involvement at Abu Ghraib; and most recently, an Air Force General, who was responsible for nuclear missiles, was relieved for inappropriate personal behavior. These are examples of how the trust between the people of the United States and its military can be compromised. We must ensure we always 4 care and custody of the detainees. I know you will be successful during your tour here, and maintain the excellent media and communication support. We have a busy month in February supporting the military commissions, which is a form of military tribunal convened to try individuals for unlawful conduct associated with war. Foreshadowed by military tribunals convened during the American Revolution, the term military commission first became common in the U.S. during the Mexican-American War of the mid-19th century. They are rooted in U.S. law and in the international laws of war. Today, a Convening Authority appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Defense convenes military commissions under the Military Commissions Act of 2009, passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by the President. The process will continue throughout 2014 and the JTF GTMO media team will facilitate the dozens of reporters who cover the military commissions. I am proud to be serving with all of you at JTF GTMO. Honor bound! 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, we must take action and be a good steward of the profession. We do this with the training of our subordinates for the future, and prepare them to eventually take over our duties and responsibilities. Leaders have the long-term responsibility to build and grow our Army and ensure the future development and effectiveness of our Soldiers. We have programs such as the Officer Development Program and Noncommissioned Officer Development Program that ensure the current force, and the force of 2020, is set and prepared for the uncertainties of the future. Lastly, as the stewards of the profession we uphold our immense duties. This sentiment is captured in the last sentence of our oaths, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter. Having the tremendous responsibility to be a steward of the profession is not something anyone can do, but it is something we as military professionals hold true and do on a daily basis. In the Joint Task Force, we are privileged to have one of the most important and historic missions occurring or having occurred in Operation Enduring Freedom and Overseas Contingency Operations (formerly known as The Global War on Terror). We are part of an organization that is trusted and self-policing, which develops and applies expert knowledge and expertise to accomplish the mission. We provide a service to society that has not gone unnoticed, but we have the inherent responsibility to ensure we maintain the trust of society. We do this by being a good steward of our resources and ensure were accomplishing our mission expertly, honorably and ethically. Failing is not an option and we must continue to hold those accountable that dismiss the profession when violating regulations. Having the opportunity to be part of the less than 1 percent of Americans that serve this great nation and to be called a professional is something each of us must take seriously. Its essential for each of us to protect our great profession and ensure each of our Warriors understands their role and responsibilities that guarantee the future of our military is as great, and better, as it was yesterday.


Information Assurance Dumpster Diving 101 Software ImprovementsHave you heard the story of the original marathon race, how Pheidippides ran 25 miles from the Plain of Marathon to Athens to tell the city of the Greek victory, and then he collapsed and died? This isnt the whole story, or even the best part of it. In 490 B.C., the Persians invaded the coastal areas of Greece with an army of more than 25,000 Soldiers (perhaps as many as 100,000), 1,000 cavalry, and 600 ships. The Athenians could only muster about 10,000 Soldiers for the battle. They needed help from the Spartans, a city-state of Warriors, located about 140 miles south of Athens. Around Aug. 5, the Athe nians sent Pheidippides, an Athenian professional mes senger and Warrior, to Sparta to ask for assistance. The Spartans declined due to a re ligious festival, although they agreed to come in about two weeks at the end of the festi val. Pheidippides returned to Athens on foot, delivered the bad news of Spartas refusal, and joined up with the army. The Athenian army marched from Athens to Marathon, about 25 miles, to meet the Persian army on the Plain of Marathon. The Athenian army formed up at two narrow passes and blocked the only roads to Athens. On the morning of Aug. 12, Greeks formed up for battle and ran to meet the Persians. The Greek center intentionally allowed the Persians to pene trate their line while their re inforced flanks held in place. The Persians now found themselves fighting on three sides. The Persians retreated in a panic toward their ships three miles away. The Greeks pursued them, killing as they went. By noon, the fighting was over. The Persians lost. More than 6,400 Persians died, while the Athenians lost 192 and the Plataeans lost 11. Instead of the Persians heading for Asia Minor, their home, they headed around Cape Sounion for Athens. They could sail this distance in eight to 10 hours. The Persian commander intended to attack Athens, which now was undefend ed. The Athenian army commander recognized the Persian tactic and ordered the entire army to run to Athens. Legend has it that Pheidip pides ran to deliver the news of the Athenian victory to the citizens of Athens as well as warn them that the Persian fleet was coming. Pheidip pides died from exhaustion immediately after reporting the news. Imagine walking 25 miles a few days earlier in full battle rattle, fighting an intense bat tle in the morning, and then running a marathon in full battle rattle in the afternoon! Thats what they did. When the Persian fleet reached Athens, they saw warriors standing on the walls and on the beach ready to defend the city. Demoralized and amazed at the presence of the Athenian warriors, the Persians hung around for a few days on their ships. Then they decid ed to head for home. Subse quent generations of Greeks celebrated the Athenian warriors for their heroic efforts at the Battle of Marathon. The celebration focused as much on their running abilities as they did for their fighting skills. This is the story of the first marathon race. It was run not only by one tired messenger, who ran more than 330 miles in less than eight days, but also by a nearly 10,000-per son army in full battle rattle! If you ran the MWR marathon, remember that you are following in the tradition of what a group of Warriors did more than 2,500 years ago. By Cmdr. Terry Eddinger Chaplain, Joint Task Force GuantanamoOrigins of the marathon The Wire January 315


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 Courtesy Universal Pictures Courtesy Warner Bros.The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (New)PG, 7 p.m.47 RoninPG13, 9:15 p.m.Grudge MatchPG13, 7 p.m.Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (New)R, 9:15 p.m.The Nut JobPG, 6 p.m.Anchorman 2: The Legend ContinuesPG13, 8 p.m.The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (LS)PG13, 7 p.m.Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit PG13, 7 p.m.American HustleR, 7 p.m.Lone SurvivorR, 7 p.m.Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (New)R, 8 p.m.Grudge MatchPG13, 10 p.m.The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (New)PG13, 8 p.m.47 RoninPG13, 10:15 p.m.Savings Mr. BanksPG13, 8 p.m.Anchorman 2: The Legend ContinuesPG13, 8 p.m.The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (LS)PG13, 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.31 01 02 03 04 05 0647 disavowed RoninThe storyline of Ronin is steeped in the old ways of Japanese culture; dealing with the ideals of honor, courage and loyalty. The film is very reminiscent of the Kurasawa films of the 1950s in many respects. Whereas other movies of this type, like The Last Samurai, set the western protagonist in the center of a story that revolves around him, Ronin assumes Kai (Keanu Reeves) is already part of the story itself. The movie isnt so much about Kai, as it is the quest he and his ronin are undertaking and the motives that drive them. The CGI images of the film flow flawlessly into the actual sets for a harmonious and visually stunning treat for the eyes. The sets and scenery were meticulously detailed in every way to give the audience a real feel of the world of ancient Japan. The costume design was spot on; even down to the nuances like the facial paint of the Shoguns concubines. For having not made a movie in a while, Reeves really pulled this off with his strong, silent-type performance. For slicing its way through an army of Samurai, demons and magic with a sacred Tengu kitana, I give Ronin five honorable banana rats. Review by Sgt. David Bolton Copy Editor, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milRocky and Raging Bull clash in Grudge MatchIn Grudge Match, Razor (Sylvester Stallone) and Kid (Robert De Niro), two former light-heavyweight champions, come out of boxing retirement to settle the score on a 30-year-old title bout that never happened. Long after hanging up their gloves, Razor and Kids legendary rivalry once again becomes main stream news when witnesses capture a hostile reunion of the two aging boxers and the video goes viral. Its obvious the writers of this film intended to answer a generation-old question: Who would win a match between fictional boxing greats Rocky Balboa (Stallone) and Jake LaMotta (De Niro)? As a big fan of Rocky and Raging Bull, I immediately pictured a dramatic sports movie of epic proportion and multiple tie-ins to former days of Balboa and LaMotta. A little nostalgia never hurt anyone. Unfortunately, the only thing epic within this movie was the age of our stars. I believe this idea would have played much smoother if Stallone and De Niro didnt look like they would break a hip just from entering the ring. Kid vs. Razor falls well short of Rocky vs. LaMotta, but for reminding us why we loved the classics and the occasional elderly joke, I give this film two banana rats. Review by Sgt. Cody Stagner JTF PAO, 6


n Fews eed 1 KEEPING TROOPERS SAFE Operations Security to personnel from Joint Task More than 25 Joint Task Force personnel participated in a four-day Operations Security Analysis and Program Management Course Jan.13, to Jan 16., at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The course was taught by members of the Joint Information Operations Warfare Center from San Antonio, Texas. This course was a great way to for me to iden tify aspects of OPSEC that I wasnt aware of before, said Staff Sgt. Caleb Guillory, an operations noncommissioned officer with the 2228th Military Police Company. I now have policies and proce dures that I can implement back in my unit and make Soldiers fully aware of what OPSEC really means. Operations security is defined as measures that must be taken by the government, organization or individual to identify, control and protect unclas sified information in order to deny or mitigate an adversary or competitors ability to compromise or interrupt an operation or activity. The 40-hour class helped the students understand why they need to protect critical information with the use of examples not normally discussed in common annual OPSEC briefings. The class was very eye opening, said Army 1st Lt. Alex Burton, security manager for the 491st MP Co., it made you think that some of the pleasures we have like smart phonesare not as secure as we were made to believe. I immediately put a password on my phone at the first break to give myself a little protection. Christopher R. Turner Sr., one of JIOWC instructors for the OPSEC course, said throughout the eight years he has been an instructor, he has seen a positive shift in military personnel. We are getting better Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Rebecca Wood JTF PAO, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.miltrained OPSEC program managers who understand that this re sponsibility is not just another collateral duty, said Turner. They strive to run their units OPSEC programs in a more dedicated way. We also are seeing more of the commanders taking ownership of the program, he said. This is amazing because OPSEC, as a practice, simply does not work without the senior leaderships support. Even with the most dedicated OPSEC program manager, the leaders have to set the standard for the rest of the workforce. The senior leadership at Guantanamo Bay views operations security as an important puzzle piece to an even larger picture of what makes up the JTF. JTF Commander, Navy Rear Adm. Richard W. Butler, showed his support by making an appearance on the last day of training to congratulate the troops and to present certificates. OPSEC Gabe, JTF OPSEC program manager, is in charge of the awareness and training of all personnel throughout the JTF as well as managing OPSEC policies and unit assessments. He said he was proud to have 26 new OPSEC practitioners at Guantanamo Bay, but also had another purpose for the class in mind. I wanted to show our personnel that the OPSEC program taught in the school houses is being applied here at the JTF, said Gabe. I wanted to show the command that OPSEC is not only done by the book here, but also growing and expanding according to the needs of each unit rotation and the ever-changing global interest in Guantanamo Bay. If you would like to coordinate unit training or have question regarding OPSEC, contact OPSEC Gabe at ext. 8506. Purple Dragon : This story is part one of a three part series The Wire January 317


Through motivation, runners go the distance8


Within the 13 to 26 long miles that make up both half and full marathon races, you may find sweat dripping down your face as your pace increases; each step getting faster as the beat in your headphones gets louder. You may find yourself lost in thought, making silent reminders to yourself to keep pushing, or slow down, keep pace, as your heart rate monitor warns you with beeps. You may be running solo, trying to achieve your personal-best record, or running with a battle buddy, ensuring your motivation stays with you as you go. After an early start and through the pain, miles and sweat, base residents ran the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Full and Half Marathons, Jan. 25. at U.S. Naval Station Guantana mo Bay, Cuba. The marathon paths took residents up and over hills, to the Northeast Gate and along Kittery Beach Road, right around the time the sun began to rise. For some, the marathon was a way to try something new with a friend close by for motivation. Although the main goal was to complete the run, Army Spc. Marcos Rodriguez, mili tary police, 613th Military Police Company, said the run was a way to support his Soldier and battle buddy. Hes 20 years old and I wanted him to see that he can do things that he has never done before, he said. We just wanted to finish and enjoy it; talk and see the scenery. I wanted to be with him the whole time to ensure he was able to finish it. Army Spc. Kevin Rosario, also military police with the 613th, ran his first half marathon with Rodriguez. First, when you run alone, you think man, how long has it been, he said. But when I ran with him, we just kept talking and talking and then I realized we were already at the finish line. Army Sgt. Kyle Mullinix also had the experience of team work for his half marathon race, although he didnt directly train for the marathon. Ive been training my two-mile run time, but Ive been doing a lot of four-mile runs and treadmill hill work, said Mullinix. But honestly, I knew one of my junior Soldiers was out here doing it and I couldnt let her do it without some sup port. I figured I would do it with her, and we got more people involved. This is Mullinixs first half marathon and he is motivated to do more. I want to do another one, but Im definitely glad with getting through my first one, he said. Army Staff Sgt. Casey Gore, with the Public Health Com mand, took first place in the full marathon, and attributed a positive, but self-challenging, attitude, hard training, and a healthy, balanced diet to his success in running. I usually train as I fight, he said. Make sure you eat properly and drink light fluids. Challenge your body, challenge your mind; your body can do amazing things. Challenge yourself. Story and photos by Sgt. Cassandra Monroe Staff Writer, runners go the distance The Wire January 319


10 Relentless serviceStory and photos by Staff Sgt. Darron Salzer Photo Editor, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milThe men and women of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Maritime Security Detachment, members of Port Security Unit 301, hold watch over the water much like their counterparts do along the wire. But like many things at GTMO, their mission is multi-faceted. Our primary focus is to provide anti-terrorism force protection patrols offshore and to ensure that the area adjacent to the commissions area is secure throughout the duration of commissions, said Coast Guard Master Chief Chief Petty Officer Karl Brobst, senior enlisted leader of the MARSECDET. A secondary mission of ours is providing transportation across the water for any distinguished visitors to GTMO, Brobst said. We try to do that so they dont have to wait for the ferry. Additionally, the MARSECDET escorts ship traffic in and around the bay when necessary. We patrol all over the bay, and most of what we see are boats from the marina, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas lbife in oots


The Wire January 3111Newhall, boatswains mate and tactical crewmember. Occasionally well escort barges moving through the bay to the Cuban villages on the other side of the northern boundary. We also escort Coast Guard cutters coming into port from time to time as well. Since they arrived, the Coast Guardsmen of the MARSECDET have worked to fully integrate themselves into the joint mission of GTMO, working more closely with their landside counterparts toward a better understanding of capabilities. One way we are building this better understanding is by taking members of the guard force within the Joint Detention Group on a patrol with us so that they can see what capabilities we have when they see us out on the water from their fighting posts on shore, Brobst said. They reciprocate by taking our Troopers and placing them in their fighting posts and giving our guys that point of view. By having a working relationship with them, we can better understand the capabilities of one another and how our policies and procedures can function as one, he said. Brobst said the fostered relationship greatly enhances the force protection capabilities of both landside and waterside security elements. Its about building a better team and working closely to better understand one another is a critical aspect of that process, he said. Operating small watercraft near shorelines for over 200 years, Brobst believes it is the Coast Guardsmen of PSU 301 who are uniquely suited for the maritime mission within the Joint Task Force. Currently we operate the 25-foot transportable port security boats, and these watercraft are extremely fast and extremely maneuverable, he said. We also have a couple of the newer 32-foot boats, a more stable platform that has a greater amount of endurance on the sea. We feel that the newer boats will greatly enhance our ability to work here along the coastline, allowing us to stay on-scene for much longer and mitigate crew fatigue from the constant pounding our Troopers take when they are on the water. As a constant concern, Brobst said the Coast Guardsmen of the MARSECDET take numerous measures to combat crew fatigue and complacency while on the water. A lot of times the coxswain will do random training scenarios while underway, he said. It not only breaks up the monotony, but it helps to make the members of the boat crew more proficient in their skills. We train daily for things such as a man overboard, loss of communication drills, and crew casualties, he continued. It becomes second nature after a while, and by continuing to drill and train it makes times of stress in real-world situations manageable. According to Brobst, there are three positions on the small boats used by the MARSECDET: coxswain, engineer and crewmember. All off these positions are attainable through training and testing, he said, and every six months each person has to perform additional tasks to show that they are still proficient in their job. Training is consistent, and we are able to capitalize on the opportunity to not only perform our mission, but to constantly take advantage of the realworld training opportunity afforded us here at GTMO, he said. With a highly-trained, mobile and capable force on the water, the MARSECDET has become an integral part of the JTF mission. If anything were to happen here, us being out on the water as that first line of defense is a pretty important part of the total security mission here, Newhall said. Troopers about the capabilities of the equipment the Maritime Security Detachment uses to secure the Detachment patrols on the bay.


Masonry thrives at TMOAt the top of John Paul Jones hill, overlooking the bay, is a small, concrete monument. Runners often touch it upon reaching the summit of the hill, but how many have ever stopped to read the plaque on it? If you know where to look, and what you are looking for, youll notice there are several distinct markers around the base that bear a particular emblem. It is the seal of an organization that is the oldest fraternity in the western hemisphere the Masons. Despite popular cultures depiction of this group as secretive, subversive and secular, the Caribbean Naval Lodge at Guantanamo Bay is quick to point out that it is charity and wisdom that sets members apart. It boils down to relief, charity and brotherly love, said Richard Vargas, post master for Guantanamo Bay Post Office and secretary of CNL. You try to associate yourself with like-minded individuals who try to better themselves and the community. Neil Mendoza, database admin for Islands Mechanical, and member of CNL echoes this sentiment. Mason means one thing to me, charity, said Mendoza, devoting and giving your time. The Masons have been at GTMO since 1965 when the CNL was first established. Two years later it was constituted. Service members stationed here, some who were already Masons from various lodges, wanted to have a place where they could continue their traditions and customs. It was originally designed as a military lodge, because thats all you had here at that time, it was a way for them to fellowship with other Masons on an installation, said Vargas, a former Navy Chief. The CNL, once governed by the Grand Lodge of Cuba, now operates under the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts of Ancient, Free, and Accepted Masons, and prides itself on benevolence to the GTMO community. Recently, its members assisted local Boy Scouts with building a memorial to honor Christopher Columbus. The Eagle Scouts came to us and asked us for help, said Vargas, so we went out and said of course well help you build your project. Little by little were working on giving back to the community. Since the beginning of the CNL, the Masons at GTMO have openly offered Troopers the promise of friendship, brotherhood and charity. The principles and virtues adhered to by the acolytes of this assemblage, according to Vargas, help make the world a better place; not just for the members, but for all who share this world. What we give people is the wisdom to practice charity, said Mendoza. Once they travel and go to foreign countries, they know what to do and how to treat other people. For more information about the CNL, call ext. 78695 or email Story by Sgt. David Bolton Copy Editor, Courtesy photo 12 Photo illustration by Sgt. David Bolton/The Wire


At the age of 16 he bought his first set of turntables and music equipment. He has performed at every major club in Houston, Texas, including Kryptonite. He once helped run an impromptu event just to see what the turnout would be. More than 300 people showed up. Army Pfc. Alec Normandin, military police, 591st Military Police Company based in Fort Bliss, Texas has a love of music, DJ-ing and producing that began when he was younger and has flourished into, what may end up being, a very successful career. It was something I always wanted to do, said Normandin, I figured it was too expensive and my mom told me it was too expensive. But she made him a deal. If he was still interested in mixing when they moved to Houston, he could continue on that path. And interested he was. Normandin, at one point, said he was working at a local supermarket making little more than minimum wage, but still invested his mon ey into what he loved. I was working at Kroger making $7.25 an hour and spent like $10,000 on all my equipment, said Normandin. He received no formal training in learning how to mix; rather Internet University supplied the basis for his knowledge on DJ-ing. Normandin found others working out mixes on YouTube and decided he would try his hand at mixing some tunes of his own. I was just researching YouTube videos, just trying to figure it out, so I kept looking stuff up and kept teaching myself, said Normandin. Since his early days, Normandins skills have progressed. He said one of the hardest parts of mixing tracks involves knowing the key of a track and how to combine it with others so that there isnt a harmony clash. If you dont get the right chord progression, the music wont sound right, said Normandin. They clash and they dont make the right sound. Certain notes flow with certain notes, others dont. He added that DJ-ing and mixing involves knowing the key of the track; so if two songs arent in the same key, the music will sound off. Keeping everything in balance and in sync goes beyond the music for Normandin. Looking to the future, when he gets back from his current deployment to GTMO, he said he is going to go to college to get a music degree so he can learn and teach new things. Ill probably go into music theory, he said. I know Ill keep making music and keep playing shows and then just try to keep making tracks and send them off to record labels. Two turntables and a microphone ... Story by Sgt. David Bolton Copy Editor, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milCourtesy photos by Army Pfc. Alec Normandin, 591st Military Police Co. Courtesy photos by Army Pfc. Alec Normandin, 591st Military Police Co. The Wire January 3113ocusTFrooper


DADS SWEET N CHUNKY CHILI Youll need a crock pot for this recipe! In a crock pot, combine 2 cans of black beans, 2 cans of Green Giant Mexicorn, 2 cans of pinto beans, 2 cans of Ro*Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies, 2 to 3 cans of V-8 Spicy Hot vegetable juice, 1 can of medium-hot enchilada sauce, and 1 large jar of salsa. Stir all ingredients well. Set the crock pot on the high temperature dial. While the ingredients heat up, brown 1 pound of beef with some chili seasoning from a chili seasoning packet. After beef is browned throughly, add to crock pot and stir. Let ingredients simmer until heated. *You can easily customize this recipe by keeping it strictly vegetarian, or by adding different kids of meat, like shredded or cubed chicken or pork. Although were experiencing the constant heat wave here in Guantanamo Bay, we know some of our folks back at home have it worse. As I scoured the Naval Exchange for a quick, easy meal to make, I remembered my Dads chili recipe he always used to make for my little brother and I. The beans make this chili rich and hearty, while the corn adds a little sweetness and the spicy vegetable juice adds a little bit of heat. 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@ (one last thing)14


I cant believe I locked myself out of my Cuzco again ... /jointtaskforceguantanamo Facebook Chaplains Word of the Week (every Week) WAYPOINTS A message from the Commander of Joint Task Force GuantanamoThis message is also available as an audio podcast on the JTF GTMO SharePoint Chaplains ext. 2218 Running a marathon requires preparation and planning in order to complete the 26.2-mile trek. Stopping at water and fuel stations along the way are vital in order to nish strong. So it is with a long deployment. Be sure you take care of yourself along the way so that you nish your time at GTMO strong. Marathon National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Hiler/The WireHello, this week I want to talk about our role in support of the commissions proceedings. The commissions are a form of military tribunals convened to try individuals for unlawful conduct associated with war. A Convening Authority appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Defense convenes military commissions under the Military Commissions Act of 2009, passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by the President. February will be a busy month for us in support of the commissions. The Commissions Liaison Office, security forces, media team, and the medical and guard force all play vital roles in the process. Many others will need to pitch in to help make the events run smoothly. Thanks to everyone who supports this important mission. Also involved are some of the family members who lost their loved ones on 9/11 and in the USS Cole attack. They travel to GTMO to witness the commissions process. The alleged co-conspirators of September 11 and the self-proclaimed mastermind of the USS Cole bombing are in the middle of pre-motion hearings; with a trial in the near future. No matter the actual trial date, or how many more military commissions we must get through, its safe to say we are heading in the right direction to bring justice to the victims family members and to the American people. he BayLTife On 15The Wire January 31


PIG BOWL PIG BOWLSaturday Feb. 1, 7 a.m. at Cooper Field525th Military Police Battalion Quarterly Watch theat OKellys Irish Pub Sunday, Feb. 2 Looking for something to do this weekend or early next week? Check out these events: Send your best photos to thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milBB ack urner 16