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of the week Mardi Gras Saturday, March 1& Admiral Bulkeley Parade Tour the Northeast Gate The Marine Corps Security Forces Company offers tours of Guantanamos Northeast Gate every third Friday of the month at 11 a.m. Sign up at the Marine Hill Whitehouse. Space for the tour is limited to the first 100 people who register. For more information, call the MCSFCO Operations Department at ext. 2279.Hook, line and sinker Guantanamo Bays Liberty Center will host a night fishing trip Friday, Feb. 21, at the marina beginning at 6 p.m. Dont miss your chance to reel in the big one. Pre-registration required. Sign up for the trip by contacting the Liberty Center at ext. 77421 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Everyones a winner Marblehead Lanes will have gifts for the ladies Saturday, Feb. 15, from 6:30-9 p.m. just for enjoying a game of bowling. If she can break 100 in a single game, the bowling alley will give her a free box of chocolates. Army welcomes new NCOsInductees join the backbone of the U.S. ArmyGen. Dempsey visits Troopers 7 Marching in memorialSoldiers pay homage to Bataan Death March10 AND IN OUR PAGES Around the BayOther StoriesCommand Corner4 5 Reviews of the latest movies on base Troopers keep in stride with sweethearts Meals with Monroe14 Bay Wire ReportCartoons and Chaplains Word of the Week1512 SSgt. Amanda WatsonJoint Personnel Center Sgt. Terrence Robinson189th Military Police Company2http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html 6 UFC stars give base residents the chance to put their skills to the test PAGE 8 Cover photo by Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Hiler CORRECTIONS
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: email@example.com 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 February 143 THE WIRE
By Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Borlin SEL, Joint Detention GroupSo there I was, 1983 Fort McClellan, Ala., going through basic training on the road to becoming an MP Soldier. I was not the only MP wannabe. I was with about 40 others who were looking forward to some cool helmet liners that read MP, carrying a baton and a Colt 1911 .45 automatic. We had two drill sergeants assigned to the platoon, and it was their duty to get us through Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training. Somehow, our training always included pushing the Alabama red dirt on a regular basis. Many times, when we were blessed with such attention, it seemed the drill sergeants thought we wanted to be friends with them. They would always say: Oh, you think were fishing buddies, What do I look like, your fishing buddy, or Oh, were fishing buddies now, uh? I never understood why the drill sergeants continued with these comments; we were never issued fishing poles, tackle or bait. Looking back at this, their message was simple: I am not your buddy, I am not here to be liked, I am here to lead and train you to fight and win our nations wars. So what defines a leader? We often hear through various sources that leaders are born. We have heard the phrase: He/she is a born leader. However, what is a born leader? Each branch of service has their definition of Leadership: U.S. Army Influencing people by providing purpose, direction and motivation, while operating to accomplish the mission and improve the organization. U.S. Marines 14 Leadership traits, Justice, Judgment, Dependability, Initiative, Decisiveness, Tact, Integrity, Enthusiasm, Bearing, Unselfishness, Courage, Knowledge, Loyalty and Endurance aka J.J. DID TIE BUCKLE. U.S. Navy The art, science, or gift by which a person is enabled and privileged to direct the thoughts, plans, and actions of others in such a manner as to obtain and command their obedience, their confidence, their respect, and their loyal cooperation. U.S. Air Force The art and science of influencing and directing people to accomplish the assigned mission. U.S. Coast Guard The ability to influence others to obtain their obedience, respect, confidence, and loyal cooperation. None of these definitions indicates you are born with leadership skills. Seniors, peers and subordinates develop the skills that define a leader through education, experience and development. We educate our leaders to enable them to respond effectively and operate independently in an uncertain, dynamic, and politically sensitive environment. Leaders must maintain technical and tactical competence as applicable in their career fields, keep informed of, and remain proficient in advances in information technology, and maintain their knowledge of the standards of conduct, policy, law, rules of engagement and the Geneva Conventions. Leaders must be competent professionals who understand the strategic implications of their actions as well as their subordinates actions, and how those actions affect strategic goals of the Department of Defense and our nation. Leaders are not fishing buddies. Too much has been invested in leader development to allow leaders to become a fishing buddy. When leaders go down the road of worrying about whether or not their subordinates like them we get into the business of likership and not leadership. There are times we see leaders use likership as a tool because they do not want their subordinates to think badly of them. Likership often fails to understand or enforce standards, which in itself, is a direct indicator of their capability to lead. We see likership pass by deficiencies or allow small standards to slip in their subordinates. Small slippages only lead to larger slides until half the mountain has slid. When small standards slip, i.e. unbuttoned buttons on uniforms, needing haircuts, trash in living areas, no headgear in uniform while in the housing areas, unauthorized sunglasses, etc; then what is the standard(s) that is the breaking point the likership leader will enforce? Likership has also been known to use someone elses rank or position to take the burden off themselves to carry out the order, i.e.First Sergeant said we have to do it, instead of using their own authority to execute and enforce the order or standard. Likership will never take the hill, put steel on target, effectively operate to accomplish the mission, and will never earn a subordinates respect. Eventually subordinates grow into their own leadership roles and they remember the leaders that effectively led and mentored them into the leaders they are, and will be. If you effectively practice likership, then you will simply be an afterthought in those subordinates you liked. On the other hand, leadership is not effective when carried out with terrorism or creating a toxic environment. On 11 August 1879, Major General John M. Schofield addressed Cadets on this matter and summed it up perfectly. The discipline which makes the Soldiers of a free country reliable in battle is not to be gained by harsh or tyrannical treatment. On the contrary, such treatment is far more likely to destroy than to make an army. It is possible to impart instruction and to give commands in such manner and such a tone of voice to inspire in ommandCCorner Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Borlin 4http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html
Paula Claudio was recently awarded the U.S. Army Contracting Commands Outstanding Contingency Contracting Civilian Award for excellence in acquisition and contracting in support of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented five Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers with the Joint Service Achievement Medal Feb. 11, for their efforts in support of the JTF-GT MO mission. Petty Officer 3rd Class Azzaria Diaz, Spc. Charles Guray, Spc. Clinton Nosbish, Spc. Damond Robinson and Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Van Buskirk were honored in a ceremony outside of Camp 6. I couldnt express more, my appreciation, for the fact that you do extraordinarily challenging and important jobs with such professionalism everyday, Dempsey told the awardees and the JTF-GTMO Troopers in attendance. I am very proud to be the chairman of the joint chiefs, when I know that I have men and women like you out here for our nation, he said. Van Buskirk, a hospital corpsman for the Joint Trooper Clinic said he was completely surprised to receive the award from such a high-ranking official. This is not so much my medal, this represents everyone Ive worked with, everyone who has accomplished the mission down here, he said. Van Buskirk said Dempseys visit and awards presentation provided an air of legitimacy to the important mission here. It increases the importance and shows there are higher levels watching down on us, he said. The JSAM is presented for outstanding achievement or meritorious service and takes precedence before the achievement medals of the military services. Dempsey recognizes TroopersNFews eed Story by Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org Photo by Sgt. Cassandra Monroe/The WireClaudio awarded for excellence Staff Report email@example.com Information Assurance When you get up to make a run to the printer, the head, the cube work space, and take your CAC with you. only could that mean youve given access to personnel who arent on that need-to-know basis, but youve opened yourself up for others to visit unauthorized sites using your log-in. Be security aware, and control your access. puzzle pieces, are called indicators. While they may seem from place to place and other indicators could provide Recognize and control your indicators. Be a hard target, and always use OPSEC.Indicators reveal the whole story Control access to your work space The Wire February 14 5the Soldier no feeling but an intense desire to obey, while the opposite manner and tone of voice cannot fail to excite strong resentment and a desire to disobey. Remember that in the military, not everybody gets a trophy. Leaders are called upon to make the tough decisions. Leadership isnt about being everyones buddy or creating a toxic environment. Leaders must be direct and upfront and enforce all standards with everyone and themselves. If a subordinate isnt carrying their weight and meeting standards, its in the subordinates best interest to know and improve on their shortcomings and this in itself is the responsibility of the leader. We cannot afford to have Service members stumbling along their career thinking they are meeting set standards; eventually they will be called to task and when they cannot perform, then the whining with cheese and finger pointing really starts. Properly led and trained warriors are the greatest tool in our nations arsenal. Good leaders recognize this and keep our warriors sharp and ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat. Hooah! Warrior 7
As an art lover, and fan of military history films, George Clooneys The Monument Men, seemed like a good view. I mean, it has Bill Mur ray in more than just a cameo so that right there earned it two rats. Alas, I expected too much. Too much from Clooney to direct and act; and too much of history to cram into one hour and 52 minutes. Its based on a true story. Of seven artists and art historians picked to serve the United States military, and the worlds interest, by stealing back stolen artwork from the Nazis. Filled with one-liners, and a few action scenes, the film tries to cover entirely too much of the war, the art and the Soldiers lives. There is a terrific cast, but it falls short of delivering anything more than an awkward look into this mission. But, its got Bill Murray. And its pretty historical. So for that, it gets three banana rats. Lego builds a world for all agesThe LEGO Movie pits the main character, Emmet Brick owoski (Chris Pratt), against the struggle of being lost in a sea of yellow faces. Throughout the film, Emmet slowly realizes his full potential and dis covers what it means to be the special -a generic theme to most kid-friendly animation films. Honestly, I really didnt have too many hopes for this movie. I figured, no pun intended, it would be a kids flick with stop-mo tion animation. I could not have been more pleased to be wrong. Yes, there were some parts meant just for children, but the situational humor of the film is what really sold it. Between the amazing structures, Batmans (Will Arnett) great one-liners, and the Millennium Falcon swooping in, this movie was a true feast for the eyes. For rebuilding my faith in the plastic cubes, I give this movie five banana rats. Courtesy Warner Brothers Streep shines in a movie that couldve been made at your kitchen table Courtesy Columbia PicturesReview by Sgt. Katherine Forbes JTF-PAO, firstname.lastname@example.orgReview by Sgt. David Bolton Copy Editor, email@example.com://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html Courtesy Relativity MediaReview by Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org Monuments Men offers awkward look at WWII history Beverly Weston (Sam Shepard) opens August: Osage County with a mono logue about how life is long. He accepts the wounds he and his wife Violet (Meryl Streep) have inflicted on each other. Then, he disappears. The rest of the movie centers around the reunion of his three daughters who come home to help find their dad. The past is drudged up. Secrets are exposed. Guilt and love intermingle throughout the well-crafted dialogue. An academy-nominated cast fills the screen with funny, sad and crazy scenes. The strangest thing about this film is the writer, Tracy Letts, seems to have snuck into our own family reunions. Its a film that lets us see our own lives through different eyes, and hopefully we can walk away wiser and with a better sense of humor. For making me smarter, or at least feel smarter, I give this film five banana rats. Hercules is nothing more than muscles and a few good scenesCourtesy Lions Gate Films Review by Sgt. Cody Stagner JTF-PAO, email@example.comIn The Legend of Hercules, mythical Greek hero Hercules (Kellan Lutz) is exiled by his stepfather, Amphitryon (Scott Adkins), a tyrannical king, for being in love with Princess Hebe (Gaia Weiss), who is already betrothed to the rulers first-born son, Iphicles (Liam Garrigan). I enjoyed the computer-generated imagery of epic battles and landscapes, but the CGI was more on par with yesterdays video games rather than todays feature films. The script seemed forced, unwitting and awkward. Youll find several moments that mistakenly add comedic value instead of sympathy, fear or suspense as the scene intended. I give this one two banana rats.
Army NCOs inducted at GTMO 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 Ride Along (New)PG13, 7 p.m.The NotebookR, 9 p.m.Robocop (New)PG13, 7 p.m.August: Osage CountyR, 9:15 p.m.The Nut JobPG, 6:30 p.m.The Lego MoviePG, 8:15 p.m.47 Ronin (LS)R, 7 p.m.The Legend of Hercules PG13, 7 p.m.The Monuments Men PG13, 7 p.m.Grudge Match (LS)PG13, 7 p.m.Robocop (New)PG13, 8 p.m.When Harry Met SallyR, 10:15 p.m.Ride Along (New)PG13, 8 p.m.August: Osage CountyR, 10 p.m.47 Ronin (LS)PG13, 8 p.m.The Legend of HerculesPG13, 8 p.m.The Monuments MenPG13, 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.14 15 16 17 18 19 20 The Wire February 147The Joint Detention Group held their quarterly Army noncommissioned officer induction ceremony in the Windjammer Ballroom Feb. 7, at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The ceremony included 32 Soldiers from Joint Task Force Guantanamo units with featured guest speaker Army Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Borlin, JDG command sergeant major. According to Sgt. 1st Class Llorito Todd, 591st Military Police company, and event organizer, the ceremony is for those who recently became an NCO, and is a historic ceremony designed to introduce them to the public. This is a tradition-rich ceremony, said Todd. There are some Soldier requests and charges during the ceremony where the Soldier is asked to be awesome. Then you have first sergeant charges where they ask the NCO to take charge. Yes, they may be lines, but they have meaning, and if they take them seriously, it is the outline of how an NCO should be. Each Soldier stepped forward during the ceremony, walking through the NCO archway for recognition. Borlin, during his speech, challenged the NCOs to renew and commit to the profession of arms, quoting from speeches by former Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Army Gen. John Schofield. He noted how his first NCO, his team leader, took him under his wing and pushed him to go to boards, lead physical training and get his education, so that he was soon surpassing his peers. He asked the inductees to do the same for their Soldiers. Its a good feeling, said Army Sgt Jay Lenderman military police with the 189th MP Co. Ive always considered myself a leader, even when I was a private, and now that I get to wear the stripes and be called an NCO. It feels good to be recognized by senior leadership. Its a proud moment for these guys, just like anyone who goes through an NCOES school, or basic and Advanced Individual Training, this is a ceremonial rite of passage to say I am an NCO, said Todd. The ceremony concluded with all NCOs in the crowd reciting the Army NCO Creed, singing the military police regimental march and Army song. Story and photos By Staff Sgt. Lorne Neff Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org the Joint Task Force. Army sergeants from the Joint Task Force.
Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Hiler/The Wire Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Hiler/The Wire Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Hiler/The Wire grapples for a better hold during a demonstration of combatives techniques at Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Hiler/The Wire Story by Maj. Christian Hodge Deputy Director, PAO, email@example.com The Octagon comes to GTMO If you hit me ten times and I can hit you once, thats a good trade, said veteran mixed martial artist Nate Quarry to a potential rookie at a jiu-jitsu rolling clinic at the Denich Gym, Feb. 4. Armed Forces Entertainment, in association with Naval Air Station Guantanamo Morale, Welfare and Recreation, sponsored a Fighters for Fighters tour Feb. 3-Feb. 5 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with Quarry, current light heavyweight fighter, Kyle Kingsbury and welterweight contender Mike Peirce. Fifteen months after I had a spinal fusion proce dure, I was back in the cage and fought six times in the UFC, two of them Fight of the Night performances, said Quarry. And you know, to get a Fight of the Night you are not fighting with an elusive style. Mixed martial arts, or MMA, is a relatively new martial arts discipline that combines elements of boxing, wrestling, karate, kick-boxing, jiu-jitsu and judo into its own unique sport. Fighters meet in a steel cage, nor mally for three, five minute rounds, and attempt to win either by knockout, technical knockout, submission, or the judges decision. The UFC is by far the worlds largest MMA organization; essentially what the NFL is to professional football. The sport is growing, as evidenced by the UFC signing a television deal with FOX Sports last year. Moreover, MMA gyms are popping up all over the country and supplanting traditional Tae-Kwon-Do and other karate dojos for the attention of young people, and their parents dollars. Approximately 50 Troopers showed up for the event at Denich Gym to greet and roll with profes sional cage fighters. For the clinic part of it, we do some jiu-jit su, some fighting, and then well practice those techniques, said Steven Josephy, the Fighters for Fighters tour director and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. Then well get with the troops and actually live roll with them. Its because we appreciate what the troops are doing. Thats why we are here. Mixed martial arts, like with many sports, is really what the individual learns about competition and his or herself. I got into MMA because I saw the UFC on TV and was just blown away by the athleticism, by the camaraderie by the respect and honor they showed one another, said Quarry. Seeing Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie, this was kind of my dream, and wanted to see what I was capable of as a man, really. MMA has taught me so much. Respect and honor for others. About my own limitations. And not to be afraid of my own limitations. For many UFC fans the chance to practice fight ing with a UFC fighter was a bucket list item now checked complete. It was something distinctive that fans of other sports do not typically get to do during similar professional athlete tours. If an NFL player comes here, hes not gonna throw a pass to you. If an NBA player comes here, hes not gonna shoot hoops with you, said light heavyweight fighter Kyle Kingsbury. We are here to roll with you guys. For everyone that gets on the mat with us, you will get one these shiny black t-shirts. If you can submit Nate Quarry, he will give you the shirt of his back. 8http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html
Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Hiler/The Wire grapples for a better hold during a demonstration of combatives techniques at Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Hiler/The Wire The Octagon comes to GTMO There are some parallels between but you guys are the real deal. You guys are in war zones, you are dealing with serious bad guys. Were just locked in a cage for 15 heads, just punches and kicks. Mike Pierce for others. About my own limitations. And not to be afraid of my own limitations. For many UFC fans the chance to practice fight ing with a UFC fighter was a bucket list item now checked complete. It was something distinctive that fans of other sports do not typically get to do during similar professional athlete tours. If an NFL player comes here, hes not gonna throw a pass to you. If an NBA player comes here, hes not gonna shoot hoops with you, said light heavyweight fighter Kyle Kingsbury. We are here to roll with you guys. For everyone that gets on the mat with us, you will get one these shiny black t-shirts. If you can submit Nate Quarry, he will give you the shirt of his back. The Wire February 149
10http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html Soldiers with the 525th Military Police Battalion ruck marched their way through the hills of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Feb. 5-7, during the 525ths Bataan Memorial Death March tryouts. The tryouts were held in order to put together a team of five to send to the march held March 23, in White Sands, N.M. The Bataan Memorial Death March is held once a year and consists of a 26.2 mile course and a 14.2 mile route. The course is a challenging march through difficult desert terrain and is conducted in honor of the heroic actions made by Service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, many of which sacrificed their freedom and their lives. I think that this event pays tribute to the fallen men that suffered at the Bataan so many years ago, said Sgt. 1st Class Craig Webb, operations noncommissioned officer for Head quarters and Headquarters Company, 525th MP BN. For Soldiers to go out knowing a little bit of the history of this, and the why, makes it even more important. The 525th Soldiers took a trek through the base, starting and ending at the 525th headquarters. Throughout the route the participants marched to the top of John Paul Jones hill, across the ridgeline trail, and along the winding road to Windmill beach. Planning the route took time and a lot of thought and effort, said Webb. I wanted to make the course challeng ing and tough enough to weed out the Soldiers that were not serious about this. I walked this course four times prior to the event and its tough. The goal for the tryouts was to see which Soldiers would finish the race the fastest and place in the first five slots. The weight of their ruck also went into the determining factor. The weight of the ruck must pass as the same weight before the march began. Thirty total Soldiers, 28 male and two female, participated in the march. The Soldiers that placed and will be sent to the death march in New Mexico are as follows: From first place to fifth place, Sgt. Ryan Padgett, HHC, 525th MP BN; Staff Sgt. Michael Ovalles, 491st Military Police Company; First Lt. Daniel Baker, HHC, 525th MP BN; 2nd Lt. Cody Simula (female), 189th MP Co.; and Sgt. Terrence Robinson, 189th MP Co. Soldiers compete for spot at Bataan Memorial Death March Marching through the GTMO hillsStory and photos by Sgt. Cassandra Monroe Staff writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wire February 1411 A previous team from the 525th placed first in the military co-ed heavyweight (ruck) division. This new team will be competing in the same category this year. For Padgett, placing first in the tryouts meant representing his company positively. It makes me feel proud, I was glad I was able to [place first,] he said. Hopefully we can win again this year. Its a good chance to meet other people from our organization, other officers, noncommissioned officers, and Soldiers of different MOSs and skill sets. I think its a unique experience to be able to go especially from somewhere like Guanta namo Bay, Cuba.
Thirty runners pressed foot to pavement the morning of Feb. 7, to run four miles around Joint Task Force Guantanamo. As fun runs go, this was a sweetheart of a race. The run was coordinated by Navy Lt. Cmdr. Cynthia Holland, deputy director for personnel and manpower. Her husband, Guy, ran the Fredericksburg, Va., Sweethearts 4ever 4 mile runthe same day. I wanted to open it up to couples and others who are separated and enjoy running, said Holland. I just thought it would be a special tribute to all the sweethearts who are separated by the deployment. Holland said doing the run was actually her husbands idea, but it blossomed to a community-wide event for the JTF. This is my second deployment and Im running with my daughter who is an Army nurse, said Coast Guard reservist, Lt. Cmdr. James Lovenstein, engineering officer for the Marine Security Detachment. His daughter, Olivia, is a nursing student at the University of New Hampshire. She ran the campus. Being able to do a race together, although many miles away, it was a great experience to know that we were doing something together, said Olivia, via e-mail. I sure wish I was running in the warm sunshine. I had to deal with the 20 degrees, snow and slush-filled streets of New Hampshire, she said. Not everyones Valentine had to run in the cold weather. I told my husband I signed up for it; hes my sweetheart and told him that he could walk it if he wanted to, said Navy reservist, Petty Officer 2nd Class Janice Mason, a request for information manager for the JTF. They have an inside track at Little Rock Air Force Base, so hes walking the four miles with me. Hes with me in spirit. Scott Mace, a JTF team member, didnt have to be separated from his family; he ran with his 10-year-old daughter, Sydney. I came out to support the troops and do the run with her, shes my sweetheart, said Mace. Even the winner, Coast Guard Reservist, Lt. Josue W Roman, a support officer with the MARSECDET, had long distance support. His friend and her sister said they would run four miles in upstate New Hampshire. Roman finished the race in 27 minutes. Finishing behind Roman, in second place, was Air Force Capt. Preston Goodrich, officer in charge for the Joint Personnel Center, with a time of 29:13, and Marine Sgt. Maj. Juan Hidalgo Jr., JTF GTMO senior enlisted leader, finished third with a time of 29:28. This was a true joint experience, said Holland, who noted that the fourth and fifth place finishers were Navy and Army, marking all five services in the top five spots. Holland gave the top finishers ceramic medals she made herself. By Staff Sgt. Lorne Neff Staff Writer, email@example.comTroopers share heart-healthy dates from afar12http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html eedSFports Photo by Staff Sgt. Lorne Neff/The Wire
Guardsmen represent U.S. at Sochi OlympicsStaff Report Compiled by reports from DoD News Services With 230 athletes picked to represent the United States Olympic Team, nine of them also wear the U.S. Army uniform. And of that small team of Warriors, eight are Citizen Soldiers assigned to National Guard units in New York, Kentucky, Utah and South Carolina. When the American bobsled barrels down the ice this weekend, it will carry New York Guardsmen Sgt. Justin Olsen, 26, a 2010 bobsledder and gold medalist; 2010 Olympic bobsledder Sgt. Nick Cunningham, 27, and Kentucky National Guardsman Sgt. Dallas Robinson, 31. The sled will also have 2010 Olympic bobsledder Capt. Christopher Fogt, 30, on board. The luge team includes 2006 Olympic luger Sgt Preston Griffall, 29, a Utah National Guardsman and Sgt. Matt Mortenson, 28, a New York Guardsman. The coaching staff includes New Yorkers Staff Sgt. Bill Tavares, who will make his sixth Olympic appearance; Virginia National Guardsman 1st Lt. Michael Kohn, a two-time competitor and debut as assistant bobsled coach; and skeleton coach Sgt. 1st Class Tuffield Tuffy Latour of the Vermont National Guard. For Mortensen, the journey to the Olympics has taken more than half of his life. I have been actively trying to make this Olympic team for 16 years now, he said. Mortensen credits his military training with helping him reach his goal of becoming an Olympian. Being competitive at this level of sport takes commitment, motivation, and hard work, Mortensen said. And he was up to that challenge. As a soldier, an athlete, and as an individual, it is an incredible honor to be representing the United States in the Olympics, he said. The Wire February 1413
Loaded Hasselback Baked Potatoes Preheat oven to 400 F. Using a sharp knife, make crosswise cuts in each potato, (youll need 4 russet potatoes,) about 1/8-inch apart, stopping about 1/4 inch from the bottom. Add butter slices to between the cuts; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer potatoes to a baking sheet. Place into oven and bake until the outsides are browned and crisp, about 1 hour. Spread 1 cup of shredded cheese between all of the potatoes, and bake until melted, an additional 5 minutes. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 4 slices bacon, and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. After theyre cool, dice the bacon into bits. Serve potatoes immediately, topped with sour cream, diced bacon and chivesor add extra cheese, like I do. Cheese is the best! Whos looking for a delicious side dish? These Loaded Hasselback Potatoes make a perfect side dish for your weeknight dinner (or are just as delicious on their own, for you carb-o-holics.) I used ChungAhs recipe at www.damndelicious. com (GREAT website for really simple but delicious recipes) for inspiration for each delightful loaded bite of these potatoes. I want to hear from you! Did you try my recipe and loved it? Did you try my recipe and hated it? Well... thats too bad but email me anyways! If you have a recipe youd like for me to try, contact me! cassandra.l.monroe@ jtfgtmo.southcom.mil p.s. (one last thing) As my deployment comes to a close, I just want to thank the Guantanamo Bay community for all of their support for these meals! It was a really fun column to write and take part of. As I redeploy home, twitter and follow my journey with food and recipes! 14http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html
Chaplains ext. 2218 Time is a limited and precious commodity given to each of us. We have no guarantee of a certain amount of it. Make the most of every minute, every hour, every day. Time /jointtaskforceguantanamo Facebook Air Force photo by David Bedard/DVIDS Happy Valentines Day Iggy. I love you! I love you too B. Rat! Happy Valentines Day. Two years later... Seriously mom and dad? What the heck! THE DIVEBy Army Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri e sta of e Wire would like to thank all the Service members who have allowed us into their lives. We have enjoyed watching your dedication and appreciate being able to tell your story. ank you!Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Hiler Staff Sgt. Lorne Neff Capt. Brian Pennington Sgt. David Bolton Sgt. Cassandra Monroe Spc. Lerone Simmons he BayLTife On 15The Wire February 14
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