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10-mile trail run Runners tackle the rough terrain Luncheon recalls GTMOs history Cuban-Americans honored Volume 16, Issue 2 February 28, 2014


2 The Wire February 283 Joint Task ForceSafe Humane Legal TransparentGuantanamo /jointtaskforceguantanamo /photos/jtf gtmo /jtf gtmo @jtf gtmo Editor Army Sta Sgt. Carmen Steinbach Copy Editor/ Photo Editor Army Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Graphic Designer/Webmaster Army Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Sta Writers Army Spc. Debra Cook Army Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Army Sgt. Christopher VannGuantanamo Bay, Cuba Commercial: 011-5399-3651 DSN: 660-3651 E-mail: StaffHQ Building, Camp America Catholic Mass Mon.-ur. 5:30 p.m. Saturday 5:00 p.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m. Protestant Services General Protestant Sunday 11:00 a.m. Gospel Worship Sunday 1:00 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 8:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m., Room D LDS Service Sunday 10:00 a.m., Room 19 Islamic Service Friday, 1:15 p.m., Room 2 Seventh Day AdventistFriday, 7:00 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, :25StaffThe 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: Sgt. Maj. Juan M. Hidalgo, Joint Task Force Guantanamos Senior Enlisted Advisor and motivator of Warriors, has reason to celebrate; his birthday that is. The Wire staff and all members of the JTF wish Sgt. Maj. Hidalgo a very happy birthday! Sample them all at Aerobathon! Test your endurance at step aerobics, kick boxing, zumba, power training and more. Classes are at Denich Gym, March 12 starting at 6:00 p.m. and last until 8:00 p.m. For more info call 2113. Meal includes soup, salad, appetizer and sushi rolls with your choice spicy tuna, California and salmon. Prices are $22 per person and $44 per couple. Call 75604 for reservations. 9 10 AND IN OUR PAGES Around the Bay4 5 11 Bay Wire Report129Commander 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 1st Lt. Allison Givens Protestant Worship Sunday 6:40 a.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m. Sunday 7:00 p.m. 8 Black Heritage Organization celebrates 50th anniversary of 1964 Civil Rights Act PAGE 6 Tell us what youd like to see in The Wire and what you look forward to seeing the most!Send us your feedback thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milemail us: THE WIRE of the week SSgt Cole FrankBase Emergency Engineering ForceSPC Bobby Regan189th Military Police Company


4 The Wire February 285By Capt. Eric H. Venema JTF Chief of Staff By Sgt. Maj. Randy L. Cheadle HHD 93rd MP BN, TFP Operations Sgt. Maj. 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 I, Frankenstein: monster, movie both in search of souls In Mary Shellys iconic novel, Frankenstein , a mad scientist brings an abomination to life and upon seeing his creation, is absolutely horrified and does his best to abandon and kill it in the woods. Stuart Beattie, director of I, Frankenstein should have followed suit upon viewing the final cut of his shallow and unmemorable spin on a monster classic. The film meanders through a predictable plot, the same way the character meanders through 200 years of Review by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach Editor, Critics have an error: Her doesnt sync Courtesy Ignition Printisolation and bitterness. A feeling shared by viewers as the film lacks any dialogue or story growth that connects the characters to each other, or the people watching it. After killing his creator and his wife, the monster (Aaron Eckhart), is briefly taken in by a holy order of gargoyles, who fight the forces of darkness for the survival of humanity. He wants no part of it, abandoning society to its own devices for 200 years, living in isolation in the northernmost reaches of the globe where no one can find him, armed only with two really big sticks. His solitude ends with demons looking to capture his soulless body, and the monster returning to a modern day determined to find and kill all those who pursue him. The film runs a muck with poor emotional connections, and only manages to keep audience members disconnected from the characters. The action in the movie is honestly entertaining, as the choreography was up to par with its sibling movie franchise, Underworld; it may be the one thing that kept viewers from walking out. While we get a truly new twist on the Frankenstein story, its up to the eye of the beholder whether its a story worth knowing; two banana rats for I, Frankenstein , a film that will be all but forgotten in a few short years. Review by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Copy Editor, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milTo date, Her has been nominated for five Oscars and has already won 42 various film awards. Like its many critically acclaimed predecessors, it is more so the widely publicized excellence claimed by the small community of critics, actors and directors that encourages audiences to flock to their nearest theaters, rather than the appeal of a believable plot, or promise of entertainment. In short, like a book on the dime store shelf, the purchase is fueled by the tiny print on the back that reads Oprahs Book Club. Needless to say, many had high hopes for the film. However, judging from the gasps and awkward laughter ensuing from the audience at downtown Lyceum, the masses and the Hollywood powers-thatbe are on two entirely different wave lengths. The plot is simple enough: a lonely middle-aged divorced man, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), has detached from his social circles and finds a replacement for tangible companionship in a new operating system, (think Siri with a functioning brain). When the OS, named Samantha, voiced by Scarlet Johansson, begins to feel, learn and love, the two begin dating. As with many films about artificial intelligence breaking the laws of science, it is more a social commentary about dependence on technology. That is a given, however a dramatic story about a man dating an app that lives in his phone comes with its own set of cringe-worthy moments, and lengthy, cinematic shots when the plot development hits a lull. Her does possess some redeeming qualities including a stellar supporting performance by Amy Adams, Theodors understanding friend, and although his character may be creepy and difficult to watch in the romantic scenes, his portrayal was absolutely believable. For the stars that pushed the envelope, I give Her two banana rats, and hope I never have to see Her again. Courtesy WORKS ADVVampire Academy (New)PG13, 7 p.m.That Awkward Moment (New)R, 9 p.m.Labor Day (New)PG13, 7 p.m.HerR, 9:15 p.m.The Nut Job PG, 6:30 p.m.I, FrankensteinPG13, 8:15 p.m.Legend of HerculesPG13, 7 p.m.Ride Along PG13, 7 p.m.RobocopPG13, 7 p.m.August: Osage CountyR, 7 p.m.Labor Day (New)PG13, 8 p.m.I, FrankensteinPG13, 10:15 p.m.Vampire Academy (New)PG13, 8 p.m.That Awkward Moment (New)R, 10:15 p.m.HerR, 8 p.m.Ride AlongPG13, 8 p.m.August: Osage County R, 8 p.m.joined the military to become a member of a team and to take part in something bigger than them. Many of our Warriors listen to the National Anthem and get goose bumps, and a knot in their throat as they think about the men and women who have gone before them, and made great sacrifices for this country. I know this because I am very proud to be a part of that team. General George S. Patton once wrote ...It is a proud privilege to be a soldier a good soldier [with] discipline, selfrespect, pride in his unit and his country, a high sense of duty and obligation to comrades and to his superiors, and a What does the word duty mean to you? The Army value definition of duty is fulfill your obligations. Different sources define duty in different ways. My definition is derived from 24 years of experience in the Army and being raised in a good Christian home where nothing was free and everything was earned. I believe duty is defined as an inherent responsibility to strive for excellence in all that we do. Fulfilling obligations is the right thing to do, while going above and beyond should be your duty. It is the leaders duty to motivate their subordinates to be the best. It is the subordinates duty to take pride in their work and do their very best at all times. The majority of our Service members CommandCorner Ttrooper to rooper self confidence born of demonstrated ability. When you see someone driving with their head phones on, when you see trash laying around your area, when you hear someone talking bad about a unit they are assigned to or not taking pride in the military, make the correction. Do your best to make this Joint Task Force and our military the very best by upholding values of honesty and integrity. As Warriors, its our duty to give a damn, to eliminate insider threats, prevent sexual harassment, treat others with dignity and respect, mentor subordinates, grow leaders and to absolutely take pride in everything we do. When we take pride in ourselves and in our work, we will have fulfilled our obligations to ourselves, our units and our nation. Are leaders born or made? Scholars have argued this for ages. Born into royalty, Alexander the Great was only 18 when he succeeded his murdered father as King of Macedonia. Leading over 100,000 men, he crossed into Asia, defeated the Persian Empire and campaigned into India. At its height, Alexanders empire stretched all the way from modern day Italy to the Himalayan Mountains. He died at the age of 32 after conquering much of the known world. By contrast, Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in Abilene, Kansas. He was the third of seven sons in a family of modest beginnings. Despite this, he rose to Supreme Commander, Allied Forces Europe, during World War II and was eventually elected the 34rd President of the United States. As the great Vince Lombardi once said, Leaders arent born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And thats the price well have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal. Good leaders are the result of learning. There are many lessons to be learned from the study of leadership and military schools that teach this leadership. Although they are excellent courses, there is no substitute for the lessons you learn by observing your own leaders, good and bad, as you develop your own leadership styles and techniques. Above all, before you can be a good leader, you must be a good follower. It is your individual experiences, these successes and failures, which form the basis of your future as a leader. Having worked for many excellent leaders, all having a different style, they did share similar traits when it came to being successful. First, they all put their people before themselves, understood their mission and knew how to motivate their people to achieve success. Knowing that their most valuable resource was their people and they took care of them; taking the time to recognize the hard work of those in their charge. One commanding officer once told me, If the first time you say thank you is at your Change of Command, then you are doing it wrong. Second, they clearly communicated the objectives to their subordinates. Most mission failures are the result of failures in communication, which is a failure of leadership. At the same time each strove to provide the resources required to accomplish the mission, not the least of which was effective training. Lastly, they trusted their people to get the job done. Those that did were rewarded with success. There is no single formula success. Each individual must learn what leadership tools work best for him and best in specific situations. The process is never ending. Even leaders in the highest position have the capacity to learn.


6 The Wire February 287 The Black Heritage Organization (BHO) held their annual Black History Month banquet, where residents and military members came together to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the land mark Civil Rights Act of 1964, at Guantanamo Bay, Saturday, Feb. 22. It was a night filled with food, fun and fellowship, starting with the National Anthem sung by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Owens, as the Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay Color Guard posted the colors. Army Col. Larry Campbell, the events keynote speaker, gave a riveting account of past encounters, and encouraged the audience that change is present. In the African-American community, we are better off now than we were 50 years ago, said Campbell, and life experiences teach us that we cant know where were going without [first] look ing back at where weve been. This years theme was Civil Rights in America and the collection of diverse attendees was a testament that America is headed in the right direction. We must not forget or fail to remem ber the lessons learned of the past, said Campbell. Milta Dumas, vice president of the BHO and a woman of Puerto Rican decent, says that in order to help the community, you have to invest in it. Dumas has donated countless hours to assist in charity work and fundraisers. Its all about giving back, said Dumas, no matter your background; we all need to come together for change to work. Campbell maintained that the importance of the gath ering is equality and empha sized that there is still more work to be done. Youve got to have a commitment and the right attitude to continue this journey in life to make it all worthwhile, said Campbell. For information on joining the BHO contact Mr. Caton at 79449 or Milta Dumas 77619. Story and photos by Sgt. Christopher Vann Staff Writer, BLACK HISTORY MONTH


8 The Wire February 289 Mr. Noel West One thing with me: I like freedom. The first edition of The Wire was published in June 2002. Today the Joint Task Forces publication is accessed around the world and has remained the source people use to find out whats going on at Guantanamo Bay. The newest staff members of the Public Affairs Office (PAO) know how important The Wire is and take their jobs seriously. The current rotation of the PAO staff is not new to the island. The 107th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment (MPAD) was here in 2009. The issues they published of The Wire placed 1st in the National Guard Bureau Media Contest. Now theyre back again hoping to continue that same level of quality. There are a few different changes, with the ramp up of commissions, said Army Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach, The Wire editor. However, our mission is still the same to highlight the men and women of Joint Task Force GTMO and all of the amazing things they do on a daily basis. The day the 107th touched down, members of the unit were already documenting history and taking pictures while waiting for the ferryboat to arrive. Ranks and experience vary in the 107th, but theres a good balance of people whove deployed before. We have 10 percent turnover a month here, said Navy Cmdr John Filostrat, director of public affairs for Joint Task Force Guantanamo. The good thing about having an infusion every month is that you get fresh faces, fresh attitudes, fresh ideas and I think thats the key to keeping the command fresh and moving forward in an ever-changing environment. Officer in Charge for The Wire, Army 1st Lt. Allison Givens, has high hopes for the deployment over the next nine months. I look forward to the opportunity to enhance The Wire each and every week and I have the utmost confidence in my team consisting of six talented individuals, said Givens. Writing and producing The Wire isnt the MPADs only job. The other half of the unit runs the media relations portion that schedules and clears civilian media groups to tour the facilities here for the JTF. They also coordinate media visits for military commissions. From events to military news around the island, the 107th MPAD remains steadfast to serve all those who read The Wire. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Lassima Packett, 120th PAD The only constant thing is change, and Jeremy Belt is a part of the change going on at Guantanamo Bay. As the new Morale, Welfare and Recreation fitness coordinator, its Belts job to incorporate new fitness regiments while continuing with the exercises that have already been implemented. As the coordinator, I would like to do more classes, said Belt, and also have a longer lunch schedule so that people can take better advantage of the remodeled facility. Belt, a Florida resident, has previous experience in the physical education department; he has two degrees and is a Marine certified trainer. Recently, he completed work for the Mayport Naval Base and saw the opportunity to bring his expertise to GTMO. I plan to start up a TRX [suspension] class and some speed and agility classes, says Belt. I would also like to get some high-intensity training in there as well. Belt has already held a power lifting competition here and is something he plans to continue and build upon, including a high intensity version. I would like to start up a 1,000 pounds club, says Belt, where you have the three lifts: the bench, squat and dead lift. The Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling Series (NOFFS) is another program Belt plans to implement at GTMO; it is designed to provide the Navy with performance training but is open to all components of the military. With the NOFFS, you have a command fitness leader go through it with the group, with events like push, pull and carry, said Belt. We would like to get spinning classes in there too. For more information and how to get involved, contact Joseph Belt at 2065. Photo by Sgt. Christopher Vann Photo by Staff Sgt. Karen Kozub NFews EED Club highlights Cuban-American Treaty Anniversary Cuban-American residents rally GTMO community as special guestsStory by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Copy Editor, Civilians, high-school students, and Service members trickle in at the popular restaurant, the Bayview Club, Tuesday, Feb. 18, for the GTMO Community Clubs monthly luncheon. As far as luncheons go, this one is different. With the looming anniversary of the Cuban-American treaty only a few days away, Feb. 23, 1903, the Community Club has chosen to honor Cuban-American residents here at Guantanamo Bay as special guests; highlighting the history and progression of time in the life of those who call GTMO home. Ashley Clarke, an Army spouse living here with her family and two dogs, helps organize the luncheon events for the Community Club. The clubs motto: GTMO gives back, is what they try to strive to achieve when they plan activities that provide resident interaction. Clarke explains that it seemed like the best theme for Februarys luncheon. The monthly event has a different focus each time, and it allows for people to interact with a group of residents they may not have ever met or talked to otherwise. The Spanish class at W.T. Sampson High School even used it for a student field trip. The guest speaker for the luncheon, Mr. Noel West, a native of Cuba who first came to GTMO for work in 1955, speaks with slow, thoughtful, and often humorous words; commanding the undivided attention of everyone in the room. His wit gives way to reveal a still sharp and humorous mind, as he tells why leaving his country was worth it and what he did and did not miss about his past home. One thing with meI like freedom. I dont like being told what to do, and where to do it, says West. The gentleman from Cuba, as many of the Cuban-Americans here expressed, has an intense passion for baseball, and missed the Cuban baseball team; the same way he missed the nightclubs, dancing, and doing things I shouldnt have been doing. Despite the fond memories, it did not make him feel inclined to say he missed the culture. West, who became an American citizen in February 1980, pointed out a stark truth in the differences between life here and across the border. Cuban Culture only has one culture: following rules and regulations, said West. While West answers questions, food is delivered to all the tables; CubanAmerican residents seated at each one. The event is filled with small talk and inquisitory conversations about what the different times have brought here. Benito Bennett, who initially came here near the same time as West, said his first job was collecting hats from guests as they entered the Bayview, which in the 1950s was the officers club. Bennett now sat in the same building as a special guest. Both men described scenery very different from what American Service members here see on a daily basis. West recalls destroyers and battleships in the harbor, with squadrons flying overhead doing their target practice, while Bennett speaks of how the only people who were allowed to live on base prior to 1964 when the gate to Cuba was closed, were Navy chiefs and above. Everyone else went across the bay and found housing in the nearest community. As the global climate and military missions changed throughout the decades, so did the amount of personnel and activity here, different scenery came and went, but a special core community remained the same. Possessing personal accounts of history usually only found in a book or The History Channel, they offer Joint Task Force Warriors a rare opportunity to see their temporary home, in a different time, from a different set of eyes. Clarke, who thrives on pulling people together, says near 80 people came out, the highest attendance to date. Luncheons like this help rally everyone for a better sense of being a community. I do it, not just because it makes me feel good, says Clarke, but because I see a need being met. Courtesy U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation Photo by Sgt. Spencer Rhodese WIRE connection remains Story by Spc. Debra Cook Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milBelt has big plans for MWR tness Story by Sgt. Christopher Vann Staff Writer,


The Wire February 2811 10 /jointtaskforceguantanamo Facebook WAYPOINTSA message from the Commander of Joint Task Force GuantanamoThis message is also available as an audio podcast on the JTF GTMO SharePoint JTF Leadership Training For More Information Contact the JTF Chaplains Office x2218Stephen Wilke, PhDPrincipal at LEADon.IncDr. Stephen Wilke is Principal at LEADon.Inc, a company that equips organizations to improve performance through leadership development. A gifted trainer he is also author of several books including: The Leading Edge: 9 Strategies for Improving Internal and Intentional LeadershipMARCH 4, 5, 6 At The New Troopers Chapel Session 1: Leading the Generations: There are 3, perhaps 4, different generations in the workplace/corporate family/military. What are they? If you dont speak 3 or 4 languages you wont lead anyone anywhere! Learn to be a cultural translator.Tuesday March 4: 1500-1630 or 1900-2000Session 2: Developing & Maintaining High Performance Teams: Developing and maintaining High Performance Teams are two separate skill sets, one developing HPTs and the other to maintain them over time once they are achieved. Wednesday March 5: 0700-0800, 1600-1730 or 1900-2000 Session 3: Reading and Relating to Others: Assessing, understanding and responding to people positively and productively in your environment. Thursday March 6: 0700-0800 or 1500-1630 Troopers elevate their Saturday morning with 10-mile trail run Photo by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach/The WirePhoto by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The Wire Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The WireSuffering wellBy CH Raymond Lowdermilk JDG ChaplainJust as the sky commenced the slow gradient from the nights darkness to the mornings transparent blue light, runners gathered at the starting line on top of Christmas Tree Hill to wait for the start of the race. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation department at Guan tanamo Bay Naval Station organized a 10mile trail run through the hills of GTMO Saturday, February 22. Jim Holbert, the sports coordinator with MWR, spent a month putting the race together, which brought runners through some steep passages with a large number of hills and tough terrain. According to Hol bert, there were eight water stations along the route, seven medical stations and two check-ins where volunteers ensured all the participants who received bibs at sign-up made it to these points. Holbert, who plans monthly MWR fitness events, including triathlons, a five-mile run up John Paul Jones Hill and a ridgeline run to name a few, praised the volunteers who took time out of their Saturday mornings to assist in the event. Without their help, we cant do this, said Holbert. Of course the early morning hill run was not without a little fun and military tradition. Being the youngest of ficer with the Joint Med ical Group, Ensign Sam Grantham, a staff nurse with the JMG, was granted the honor of carrying a small plastic boot through out the run. The boot, being consis tent with Navy tradition, also had a utilitarian use during the race. It has honey stingers in it, said Navy Lt. Lin Elias, staff nurse with the JMG, who added that the small honey packets were for the group of JMG participants in case they need a boost of energy during the jaunt. Elias also pointed to Granthams shoes, noting the wear of the soles. The soles of his shoes are falling apart, joked Elias, but hell finish barefoot like in the book Born to Run. With a time of 1:17.24 Army Staff Sgt. Casey Gore, sta tioned here with the Public Health Command, Region South, Fort Gordon, earned first place, as the first three to finish were awarded medals. Fight as you train. Train as you fight, said Gore. Eat right and exercise right and your body will feel right. By Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Webmaster, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milHow do you react when the ring of life knocks you on your rear? There are several ways that life can strike a hard blow; self-induced consequences, injustices and traumas, which often trigger anger, fear, anxiety and disappointment. Inevitably, we encounter relationships, work environments, financial, health and other situations that create adversity in our lives. Suffering is pain found in our mental, emotional, relational and physical well-being. So, how do you return to the ring of life? We must accept that it is a part of our life, if not we are deceiving ourselves and amplify suffering in others (by impatience, blame, minimization, etc.). When suffering occurs, we must remember that we are completely responsible for our actions; our response is not dependent on others or events. Before making things worse with hasty and poor decisions, think through the situation with helpful counsel. It will pass, even when the duration and long-term effects are uncertain. We are not supposed to suffer the burdens of life alone, but in community. Isolation combined with suffering is enemy territory (foreign and painful operating environment). Unfortunately, many we know live there today, even with a spouse or friend nearby. Sometimes they have pulled away, other times they are ignored or pushed away. How dare someone carry the role leader or friend, and watch idly by when someone is suffering. Real leaders and friends do not need the sufferer to make a request for support. You can get help by getting someone else to jump in the ring temporarily. Chaplains, JSMART, mental health professionals and some leaders are trained, available and want to help; its not a burden to us. Leaders need to care for their troopers well-being, which often means seeking assistance or letting others provide aide and relief, in order to accomplish the mission. Youre not alone here, let us know, we will help. he BayLTife On eedSFports Into running and reading? Check out this book!Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never SeenBy: Christopher McDougall Photo by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach/The Wire Welcome to my 4th podcast addressing issues of importance to the command. Today I need to talk about sexual harassment and sexual assault. This unacceptable behavior undermines the strength of our forces and fundamentally goes against our warrior ethos, the civilian corps creed and our military core values. We are all leaders and as leaders there is no such thing as a passive bystander. Each of us should be mindful of the signs of sexual harassment and sexual assault. We must be willing to stand up to stop this kind of behavior. The problem continues to hurt our great military. I am calling on you, the fine Service members and civilians of JTF Guantanamo, to take a stand. Treat all service members and civilians with dignity and respect. Recognize that sexual assault is a crime and will be punished. Sexual assault prevention policies apply without regard to a persons rank, age, gender and sexual orientation. Take ownership for eliminating this serious problem. Encourage your fellow service members to report incidents. Remember the success of the mission can be achieved only in an environment free from sexual harassment and assault. Be a leader and do your part in protecting our greatest asset YOU the Service members and civilians for Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay. Thank you and HONOR BOUND TO DEFEND THE FREEDOM!


will be open Saturday March 1 from 9:00 a.m noon Weekday Hours:Monday Wednesday Friday 1:00 3:00 p.m. Tuesday Thursday 9:00 11:00 a.m. Oh hey cactus. What a beautiful day. How about a high ve? Oh nuts. BB ack urner Send your best photos to By Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri For more information about these or other religious services contact NAVSTA Chaplains office at x2323 or JTF Chaplains office at x2218 Protestant Service: 0700-0730 Catholic: Stations of Cross 1730/ Mass 1800 Protestant Service: 1200-1230 Brief Protestant Observances: 0510,0530,1710,1730