The wire


Material Information

The wire
Uniform Title:
Wire (Guantánamo Bay, Cuba)
Physical Description:
United States -- Joint Task Force Guantánamo
362nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Joint Task Force Guantanamo
Place of Publication:
Guanta´namo Bay Cuba
Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
Publication Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Navy-yards and naval stations, American -- Newspapers -- Cuba   ( lcsh )
Prisoners of war -- Newspapers -- Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base   ( lcsh )
Military prisons -- Newspapers -- Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base   ( lcsh )
Detention of persons -- Newspapers -- Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base   ( lcsh )
Detention of persons -- Newspapers -- United States   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base (Cuba)   ( lcsh )
federal government publication   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )


System Details:
Mode of access: Internet at the NAVY NSGTMO web site. Address as of 9/15/05:; current access is available via PURL.
General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 3, issue 5 (Jan. 3, 2003); title from caption (publisher Web site PDF, viewed on Sept. 15, 2005) .

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
oclc - 52777640
lccn - 2005230299
System ID:

This item is only available as the following downloads:

Full Text


Seabees celebrateVolume 16, Issue 4 March 14, 2014LEADonLeaders attend skills trainingLove without LimitsSacred Marriage seminar


2 Paint a plateExpress your creativity and make a beautiful keep-sake to send back home or add some charm to your home away from home. Paint a plate at the Arts & Crafts Shop Saturday, March 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Learn a new languageA native Russian instructor will help you learn how to read, speak and write this most difficult and beautiful language. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Windjammer Conference Room. Create some artMWR offers pottery classes at the Cereamics Shop. The next basic class is March 16 beginning at 6:00 p.m. A $40 fee covers clay, tools and instruction. No registration necessary. 7 10 AND IN OUR PAGES Around the BayOther Stories11 12 15 Bay Wire Report1614CORRECTIONS Page 9: The 339th Military Police Company is an Army Reserve unit. The 591st MP Co. is a U.S. Army unit from Fort Bliss, Texas. 6 Navy Seabees celebrate engineering milestones at annual ball Cover photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes of the week HM2 Victoria NewberryJoint Medical GroupSPC Francisco Hernandez357th Military Police Company


3 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 Sgt. Christopher Vann Army Sgt. Debra Cook Army Pvt. Kourtney GrimesStaffGuantanamo 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 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 19:55 a.m. 7:55 p.m.Camp America :55, :48 TK 1 :05, :36 Denich Gym/Windjammer :11, :31 Gold Hill Galley :14, :29 NEX :16, :27 Downtown Lyceum :17, :25The 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: Commander 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. THE WIRE


4 Ttrooper to rooper What is sacrifice? Sacrifice for some can be defined simply as, the willing ness to give up something for nothing in return. We have all sacrificed intention ally and unintentionally at some point in our lives. We are all aware of the different levels of sacrifice that people can make. Sacrifice can be as simple and innocent as offering the last morsel of cheesecake to your significant other so your loved one can savor the last bite. Sacrifice can also be complicated and fleeting when in a split second you must choose to surrender your life to save the life of a stranger. Both examples of sacrifice stated previously would be categorized as honorable. However, there are sacrifices made that are dishonorable as well. Sacrifice can also be defined as, the destruction of something valuable. As military professionals we are often reminded of the importance of honorable sacrifices; for our families, for our service and for our country. Yet, when faced with lifes complexities many make un necessary and ultimately bad decisions. Those bad decisions like stealing, lying, drinking in excess, fraternization, sexual harassment, etc. have consequences and those conse quences lead to dishonorable sacrifice. When a person does something illegal or dishonor able they will ultimately sacrifice and destroy their careers, their families and possibly their unit and even their country. While assigned here at Guantanamo, if you choose to sacrifice, sacrifice and commit to higher education, the job, fitness or volunteer events. Remember, sacrifices should be honorable like the one made by Army Sgt. Dennis Weichel while deployed to Afghanistan. Without hesitation, Weichel, a father of three young children, in a split sec ond decided to jump in front of a moving armored vehicle and pushed a young Afghan child to safety. Weichel died performing this heroic act; he made the ultimate sacri fice for a stranger. Choose to sacrifice to better yourself, to better the lives of your family and to better the life of a stranger. May we all return home safely with honor, and may we all get to savor another morsel of cheesecake with our loved ones back home. By Master Sgt. Jason A. Blaisdell Joint Task Force, J6 Superintendent By Cmdr. Stephen A. Gammon JTF Command Chaplain Some flowers demand particular conditions to bloom, while others bloom more easily. People are similar, as I have noticed here at GTMO. I have had conversations with people who love serving here and with others who are misera ble. For most of us our life experience includes a balance of joys and struggles. Sometimes we have little choice over where we are planted or the circum stances around us, but we always have choices about attitudes and aims. I want to encourage applying this proactive decision in every life assign ment: determine to bloom where you are planted. I entered the Navy 25 years ago after nine years as a local church pastor. I was 34 years old and entirely unfamiliar with military life. After training at Chaplain School I reported to USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) in Norfolk, Va. I was out of my comfort zone. I did not know port from starboard or bow from stern, and being tall I was forever bumping my head on the bulkhead. I felt like a fresh water fish in a salt water pond. The ship was a Submarine Tender with a crew of 1600 men and women. I was the junior of two chaplains aboard. Sights and sounds of shipboard life were all strange to me, but from my first day aboard people lined up to see me because of life stresses. Being in an uncomfortable environ ment I found myself longing for the world I once knew. It was especially hard when we lifted anchor and I kissed Helen and our children goodbye. I wondered if I had made a mistake. But my faith reminded me God was with me, so I began adapting to my surroundings and shifting focus from myself to people around me. I saw that I could make a positive impact where I was by bloom ing where I was planted. When Operation Desert Storm was launched to liberate Kuwait, we were in wartime mode. Our crew worked long days and stress was high. On one horrible day just three months after I reported aboard and two members of our crew committed suicide on the same day without any connection to the other. This shocked me and our entire crew with vivid awareness of the life-anddeath importance of suicide prevention, which requires leaders knowing their troops well and troopers actively looking out for each other. Suddenly my days were filled with supporting crew members through a process of grief and healing. It was not always easy, but I was determined to be a positive influence. Leadership in one word is influence, and every one of us is a leader. In your remaining days here, for however long, and in every chapter of life to follow, will you aim to be a positive leader? Determine every day to bloom where you are planted, positively influencing people around you. When many people do that, deserts become gardens. Honor Bound! ommandCCorner


5 Information Assurance Trained to be a LEADer Dr. Steve WIlke Great teams are evolving and changing. ey are never static. Story by Sgt. Christopher Vann Staff Writer, Photo by Sgt. Christopher Vann/The WireCourtesy Photo Joint Task Force Guantanamo hosted renowned author and motivational speaker, Dr. Steve Wilke, at the new Troopers Chapel at Naval Station Guantanamo, March 5. Dr. Wilke, principle at LEADon Inc., heads the organization focused on incorporating performance enhancement through leadership development. LEADon has assisted organizations, executives and their teams with their visions to increase productivity and profitability through its principle-based approach. About 15 years ago, I had a group of business leaders come to me saying that they spend a lot of money on lead ership and its not getting them any where, do you have any ideas? I have plenty of ideas, said Wilke. And thats when I set out to solve this dilemma, and what came of that was our consult ing firm LEADon. LEADon Inc. has a multitude of professionals with a wide range of expertise in individual, organizational and systems psychology, business man agement and non-profit organizations. Some of their services include: individu al leadership development, organization al leadership and high impact workshops and keynotes, to name a few. Wilke has been a public speaker for many years and has written multiple books, including The Leading Edge: 9 Strategies for Improving Internal and Intentional Leadership. One of the stages entitled Developing and Maintaining High Performance Teams, served as the basis for his poignant lecture during his time on the island. Wilke said, One of the keys to building a high perfor mance team is to realize that great teams are evolving and changing, theyre never static. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Eno bong Udoh, a mail services specialist, stated that everyone, no matter your status, rank or duty, can take something away from the training. A person who takes initiative and responsibility has qualities that that will carry them through the rest of their career, said Udoh. Those are elements of leadership. Navy Cmdr. Steven Gammon, an attendee of the presentation said, The most important part of leadership isnt just on the intellectual agreement, but to have a passion for unity and what it is that youre doing. Wilke has lectured and coached numerous businesses, including Fortune 500 companies. Leadership is not foreign to the military, theres manuals and training, said Wilke. The bottom line is: can this help improve a persons personal and professional life? If it does, you have a friend for life. Secure your email! Surf smart.


6 You can teach an old dog new tricksReview by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milTeen romance void of drama : Rise of an Empire, fall of a movie Review by Staff Sgt. Patrick Ponder Media Relations, Review by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Webmaster, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milNo doubt about it, every dog should have a boy, said Mr. Peabody, a prodi gious time-traveling beagle and co-star of the film, Mr. Peabody and Sher man. If you remember the original cartoon, you are pretty old, because it initially appeared in the s on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. It was about Mr. Peabody and his human son, Sherman (it was an adoptive relationship), traveling through time in their wayback machine. In the film, the duo takes the viewer to iconic times such as Ancient Egypt and Renaissance Italy. During their wild travels, they also encounter many char acters of note. One worth mentioning is Agamemnon, the Grecian king during the Trojan Wars, voiced by David Puddy from Seinfeld. This was one of the many delightful surprises in this 3D animated film. Other surprises, aside from the prevalence of unexpectedly hilarious puns delivered by the nerdsmart pooch, were some great tunes. Peabody bangs on his baby grand in one scene, playing George Gershwin. And before that, John Lennons Beautiful Boy played during a touching montage! On top of all this, the graphics and colors were wicked awesome (whats up Boston!) throughout the film. I would definitely give this four ba nana rats, but my fellow staff members would probably make fun of me more than they already do for liking a cartoon so much. But they will make fun of me regardless, so four banana rats it is. Endless Love, a remake of a lesser-known s teen ro mance, echoes a toned down, high school version of The Notebook. Summer romance: the uptown girl falling for the boy from the wrong side of the tracks, sporadically placed emo-style music and slow motion kissing scenes. David and Jade (Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde), both former models with limited acting experience that shows, play the starcrossed lovers breaking the rules of her violently over-protective father to continue their relationship. Jade spent most of her adolescence mourning the loss of her brother, so she fell hard at the ap pearance of David and went a little wild the sneaking drinks and making out in the back of a truck kind of wild. With a PG-13 rating however, the high school partying and drama seemed subdued. In fact, the over-the-top antics of her father Hugh (Bruce Greenwood) provided the majority of raw feeling. The director, Shana Feste, opts instead for pretty bod ies and pretty scenery. The moonlight bounces off the water, to the delight of the lovers that look like theyre starring in a commercial for Pac Sun. In short, if you are looking for something that breaks the mold or pushes the envelope, keep scanning your movie selections. If you enjoy a beach-side paperback that evokes bubbly feelings and less thought-pro voking scenarios, Endless Love is the film equivalent. I give this film two banana rats. The 2007 version of was full of action; imaginative and innovative. Sadly, the much awaited follow-up, : Rise of an Empire, fell short in all aspects. Director Noam Murros makes his debut in the action genre and it shows in the worst way. Filled with epic fight scenes, that were cluttered with bodies and excessive camera movement causing it to look chaotic and hard to follow. Eva Greens character, Artemisia, takes the prize as most interesting. Commander of the Persian Navy, she is born a Greek but raised a Persian. Saved from slavery by the Persians as a small girl, she has a deep loathing for the Greeks. Im pretty sure the saying Hell hath no fury, like a woman scorned, was about her. Sullivan Stapleton adequately portrays Athenian General Themistokles, leader of the Greek forces, but fails to match the convincing portrayal of Gerard Butlers King Leonidas. During the movie, peace-talks take place between Themistok les and his nemesis Artemisia, whose interpretation of the term negotiation is apparently a violent and extended sex scene with the Athenian general, who fails to leave an impression. Its sad since its the toughest Themis tokles looked in the entire movie. The fierce Spartan queen comes in at the tail end of the movie with the Spartan army to avenge King Leonidas and save the day, giving the appearance of a possible third movie in the works. Despite its shortcomings in living up to the original, the somewhat entertaining action saves this movie from scoring lower. Three banana rats, and thats just because I cant give half points. Photo Courtesy Concept Arts Photo Courtesy P + A


7 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 *Note: Children under 17 require accompanying parent or adult guardian for this lm. Mr. Peabody & Sherman PG, 8 p.m.Need for Speed (New) PG13, 10 p.m.Winters Tale (New)PG13, 8 p.m.300: Rise of an Empire*R, 10:15 p.m.Endless LovePG13, 8 p.m.Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (LS) PG13, 8 p.m.The Monuments Men PG13, 8 p.m.I, Frankenstein (LS)PG13, 8 p.m.Her (LS) R, 8 p.m.Winters Tale (New)PG13, 8 p.m.300: Rise of an Empire*R, 10:15 p.m.Endless LovePG13, 8 p.m.Need for Speed (New)PG13, 10 p.m.RobocopPG13, 8 p.m.Her (LS)R, 8 p.m.LEGO MoviePG, 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.D D D D D D D New scenery and growth is a common sight during the spring season, and so its fitting that this be the season Joint Task Force and Naval Station Guanta namo Service members will also see new fitness classes from the Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Monday marks the second class of the new weekly Mixed Martial Arts circuit fitness training, an afternoon workout taught by Carl Heron, a trainer with the MWR, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at the Marine Hill Fitness Center. A high intensity class involving martial art oriented stations; it is part of an effort by Joseph Belt, the new MWR fitness director, to bring more people in during the day. Since its a brand new workout, not many people have caught onto it yet. Kristine Davis, a Department of Defense contractor with Public Works, is one the new attendees and finds herself to be quite a fan. Davis explains that she spent the first half of last year in chemotherapy. Having beaten cancer, she has spent the past six months recovering and getting back into shape. If I can do this after going through that, anyone can get in here and do it, said Davis. I came to the first class and was sore for a week, so I decided this was definitely where I needed to be. With the gymnasium under con struction, it does affect the turnout for some classes offered by the MWR. There are showers at the gyms, but they arent particularly accommodating for a whole entire class of people trying to get back to work. Belt hopes when the new facility opens, it will encourage more people to come back during the day, since there are still quite a few people who still look to find their exercise during the lunch hour. Like Davis, Jamie Bodlovic, a contractor with Ratcliff Construction at GTMO prefers to go to whatever class is offered during the day. I was doing spin classes during the day, but it was cancelled, so this was the next option. A lot of people dont want to come and work out during the day, but thats my time to go to the gym, said Bodlovic. As he transitioned into his new posi tion with the MWR, Belt says he waited a little while, getting used to what was already in place, before he added any thing to the schedule. Having spent five years coaching high school football and utilizing different workouts like speed and agility training, using what has worked well for him in different areas in the past, he brings new ideas and experience to those looking to get fit while at GTMO. You dont want to change everything, you look to enhance it, said Belt. So I added what I was good at and have experience with. Story and photos by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Copy Editor, SFPorts eed MMA mid-day workout packs a punch.

PAGE 8 said Cmdr. Ronald Jenkins, Master Public Works Officer for the Naval Facilities Engi neering Command Southeast, Public Works Department, Guantanamo Bay. Sailors and their spouses, JTF Troopers, Department of Defense civilians and contractors gathered to celebrate the 72nd birth day of the U.S. Navys Seabees Saturday, March 8 at the Bayview Club. Tonight we are celebrating three birthdays: the 172nd birthday of Naval Facilities Engineering Com mand, 147th Birthday of the Civil Engineer Corps and, of course we all know we came to the Seabee Ball tonight, the 72nd birth day of the United States Seabees, said Jenkins. Seabees are a special kind of hard working sailor who are found throughout the U.S. Navy working diligently as construction mechanics, equipment operators, utilities men, construction electricians, builders, steelworkers and engineering aides. From Midway Island to Iwo Jima, from Germanys Rhine River to Koreas Incheon shore, from the Quonset huts of Vietnam and the airstrips of the Middle East to the public works of homeport and the FOBS of foreign shores, Seabees have been the Navys builders, fighters and good-will ambassadors, said Navy Lt. Baron Miller, chaplain, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. The celebratory nights events includ ed: the presentation of the colors, the singing of the national anthem by Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Owens, a remembrance ceremony for the lost and fallen, the recognition of the youngest and oldest Seabees and remarks from Rear Admiral Richard Butler, Commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay. Im really honored to be here for this celebration and have the opportunity to speak with you. I would especially like to extend a warm welcome to all the spouses, family and loved ones here this evening, said Butler. Your support and contributions to the military and our mission cannot be overstated. Events like this provide the troopers with a chance to build camaraderie and time to learn about one another with different services coming together under different commands, said Jenkins. The ability to work alongside Troopers of different services, DoD civilians and contractors is imperative to com-A busy Ball for GMTOs SeabeesStory and photos by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milWe are all gathered tonight to honor and celebrate the unique can-do heritage of the Navy Seabees,


9 pleting the mission. The diversity is all good, said Butler. Its strength among the United States Armed Forces. No other country can really do it the way we do. Take people who may think a little bit differ ently and work side by side every day to accomplish the mission. Really, nobody else can do that. The Seabees here at Naval Station Guantanamo are vital to the upkeep, repair and construction that keeps this base running smoothly, said Jenkins. The Seabees here are currently working on improvements to the utility systems and finishing up a lot of military construction projects like the new gymnasium and child development center. While the Seabees have been tirelessly working to continually make progress with the vast list of construction projects awaiting their attention, they still have a lot on their plates. We just turned over 22 new homes on Friday to the housing department, 124 more to go, said Jenkins. About a week ago there was a ribbon cutting ceremony at the New Trooper chapel in the Camp America area and of course, Public Works, along with the help of others, had a hand in that, said Butler. Sometimes we get frustrated by the pace of things in GTMO, but we are making progress and that was one sign of it up there, said Butler. At the end of his speech, Butler quoted Gen. Doug las MacArthur, The only trouble with your Seabees is that you dont have enough of them. With projects and main tenance keeping GTMOs Seabees busy, the only worry for the industrious Troopers is what they can do next. Seabees continue to an swer out nations call to build and fight, provide needed humanitarian assistance and win the hearts and minds of local communities, governments and organizations through communities rela tions projects worldwide, said Butler. This truly does underscore that our great Navy continues to be a global force for good.


10lbife in oots Service members, spouses attend Sacred Marriage seminarStory by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach Editor, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milAny seasoned matrimonial veteran will tell you that a marriage takes work, and no one understands this more than military members and their spouses. Gary Thomas, best-selling author and international speaker, recently hosted a three-day Sacred Marriage Conference for those stationed and deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While some attended with their wives or husbands, others, who are separated for the length of their stay in GTMO, attended without their partner. For one Joint Task Force Trooper, her deployment means spending nine months apart from her husband. She attended the seminar to learn ways to keep the love alive while separated by distance. Its really good to focus energy and thoughts on him (my husband), said a Navy personnel assigned to the Joint Medical Group. Ive learned ways to grow our marriage-ways to connect. For Thomas, his decision to speak to Troopers in GTMO was fueled by his pro found respect for Ser vice members and their families. He described, in memorable detail, seeing a group of Soldiers at an airport in the beginning of the Iraq war. Wives were seeing off husbands. There were tears and pain, said Thomas. I see the sacrifice that mil itary members make. You see names and ages in the paper, but seeing them in person, it was like my kids going to Iraq. I was so moved seeing them. Thomas contin ued to say that often during his tours spous es approach him and ask how do we handle this? For one Trooper attend ing the marriage workshop, a deployment provided a way for him and his wife to strengthen their bond and work through smaller problems they were experiencing. We were having marital issues, said a Soldier assigned to the 613th Military Police Company. Now, my greatest need is not to be loved, but to love her. I learned not to bring up the past, and just let it be. While the first two nights of the seminar were focused on strengthening the bonds of marriage, there was also a segment for singles focusing on planning ahead for a future soul mate. Thomas even distributed free copies of his newest book for singles, Sacred Search. Courtesy Photo Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire


11 God will be worshipped here. Prayers here. Truth will be spoken here. Burdens will be lifted here. Strength will be given here. Peace will be known here. Joy will be found here. Comfort will be given here. Grace will be received here. Hope will be restored here. Love will be present here. And when such things happen, this will be holy ground.Cmdr. Stephen Gammon Story and photos by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milLong awaited chapel dedicatedAfter much anticipation, the ribbon was cut on the new Trooper Chapel at the Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Feb. 27. We stand in this building today, the doors of which are open for the first time, said Cmdr. Terry Edding er, JTF chaplain.The new Trooper Chapel on Radio Road replaced the temporary structure that was the old Trooper Chapel on Kittery Beach Road which took nearly two years from start to finish. This event seemed to unfold slowly but there was anticipation of a time when we would have something more permanent and here we are, said Cmdr. Stephen Gammon, JTF chap lain. Now that the chapel is open, the seats are quickly being filled as the freshly furnished building is being used for events on days other than just Sunday. The facility was used for a three day leadership seminar not long after its official opening. This building will be used for a lot of events, said Gammon. Whatever occurs in this place, may it bring Troopers, families, staff and friends together. May those who enter here find peace. May they enjoy learning, may they become stronger and more prepared for the challenges of life and service. As a place of worship on a military base, the opening of this structure reiterates the freedoms which we work to protect every day. People of various faiths will gather here and they will celebrate one of the freedoms that every one of us defends and that is our religious lib erty, said Gammon. That is a priceless treasure that we celebrate in America and that we celebrate here.


12eadership, education & cigars Staff Sgt. Donald Mason, training noncommissioned officer in charge for Joint Task Force Guantanamo and an Army Peer-to-Peer counselor, can often be found outside his personal abode in the Cuzcos, smoking a cigar and talking with troops around him. It may seem like a normal scene in the neigh borhood, but when the time is taken to pause and talk, troops will often discover a highly knowledgeable mentor who, quite literally, has an open-door policy to anyone and everyone who believes they could use some help, especially when it comes to education. What will my daughter think of me ten years from now? is the question Mason asked himself after he arrived at a personal low point. He explains that college had not always been something he considered an option, having always been told that it wasnt for him, and that he would not do well were he to try. It was his personal inquiry as he stared at his recently newborn daughters photo that changed everything. Almost 15 years later, Mason now holds three associate degrees, one bachelors degree, two graduate degrees, one Ph.D. in public administration, and Story and photos by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Copy Editor, ocusTFrooper


13 is halfway through another doctorate degree in psychology. Going through school he often maintained two jobs, took classes from two different colleges and still picked his daughter up from school. In the end, every second of lost sleep while pursuing success, he believes was worth it. A notion he does his best to convey to others. Things going on in life are not a good reason to not apply to school. Its cause to do the exact opposite, said Mason. If you personally feel you put in the most you can, and youve been the most you can be in that class despite circumstances that popped up in your life, it doesnt matter if you finished with a 4.0 GPA or not, because you have a degree. There is no one out there who cant or shouldnt go to school. Doesnt matter how. Just do it. Its not just college, but the education of resources in a persons life and helping them pursue a better version of themselves that he enjoys doing. Its commonplace to find Mason, who on top of everything, is a part time professor with Ashford University, helping troops above and below him who come to him for assis tance with school. You ask him for help with writing or school and hell drop things to review what you have and help you, said Army Sgt. Maj. Abra ham Hinojosa, senior enlisted leader for JTF Operations. Ive seen a variety of rank, up and down, come to him for assistance with school issues. According to Mason, even if no one does anything with the information he offers, hes still all about improving the information a person has at their disposal. Hell even use cigars to bridge the gap if he doesnt know someone to help build rapport. It takes awhile to smoke a cigar sometimes, so thats that much more time to help them. Taking two hours to talk or assist someone now, instead of going out, could help them better themselves, whether they are a parent, student or a non-commissioned officer leader. Thats the most important thing. Halfway through talking, Mason yells out at a Soldier walking by the open door to his room. Spc. Steven Bou dreaux, a young Soldier with the 2228th MP Company walks through the door to the question: How often do I end up talking about civilian education? Boudreaux tells him he talks about it all the time, a response that is echoed by two other Soldiers with him, standing outside Staff Sgt. Masons room. Before he leaves, Mason asks him what he gave him after they talked for the first time. Beaudreaux laughs, A cigar. Staff Sgt. Donald Mason ere is no one out there who shouldnt or cant go to school. Doesnt matter how. Just do it. Military Career


14 Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire RecipeFried Red Snapper Ingredients: Red Snapper, 1/4 tsp. season salt, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder. Directions: Pour vegetable oil into electric skillet. Preheat electric skillet to 350 F Grill 5 minutes on each side for only head and tail Grill 10 minutes on each for entire fish NASA Courtesy Photo Story by Sgt. Debra Cook Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milStory by Sgt. Debra Cook Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milJust want itA 12-year-old boy wheeled his wagon down the crowded streets of Berlin looking for the perfect spot to deto nate the fireworks hed strapped to the back of it. In the midst of a crowd he stopped, lit the fuses and watched the wagon speed off leaving a trail of fire behind. That boy was Dr. Werner von Braun who grew up to become the director for NASA and the chief architect for the Saturn V launch vehicle making it possible for Americans to land on the moon. Hes credited as being the father of rocket science. Von Braun believed, Man belongs where he wants to go. Recently, when getting my initial counseling that defines my roles and responsibilities in a new position, my sergeant and I were deciding what goals Id set to achieve in the coming year. He suggested I go for a 300 on my Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) which is the maximum score that can be achieved. I shrunk back at his suggestion because Id tried my entire military career to get 300 and failed. I remembered my first APFT in Basic Combat Training. The Soldiers asked the drill sergeant how many situps and pushups they needed to pass. He slammed the APFT regulation book on the desk and glared at us in his Chicago street-style way. You know what your problem is? he snarled, Youve settled all your life Soldier, and you dont know how to do anything else. He paced the room and picked the regulations up again. One by one he read each of us only the numbers we needed in all categories to max our APFT scores. Nothing less than a maximum score on your APFT should satisfy you, he said. Youre a Soldier in the U.S. Army now. You dont settle for second best anymore. My initial counseling and stirred up memories from BCT wrote a new recipe for success in my life because I remem ber where I belong and no less than a 300 on my APFT will do. Where do you belong? Man belongs where he wants to go. Petty Officer 2nd Class Ailyn Torres Smiths friend suggested she cook during her first deployment so she wouldnt be depressed or miss home. Smith took that advice and today shes spoiling her fellow corpsman, Petty Officer 1st Class Jacquline Harris, with her favorite meal. Out of every other deployment Ive been on, Harris said, this is the first one where Ive had someone cook for me. Smiths grilling up snapper she caught at the MWR fishing night. As she seasons the fish, Harris kicks back and watches with an ice water in her hand. Back home, sometimes well invite friends and family over and have a big fish fry so when Smith told me she was cooking fish today Ive been waiting all morning for it. Its kind of like that comfort of home. Smith leaves the entire fish intact. The head and tail are the best part, she said, and you dont want too much seasoning or it will overpower the good flavor the snapper already has. While we watched the fish fry Smith said, I never leave cooking unat tended. Even if Im boiling water in my microwave I dont leave the room until its done and I turn it off. Shes from the Philippines and cooks lots of recipes from back home. When it was time to eat, something was missing from the table. Um, wherere the forks? I asked. She laughed, Why would I use a fork? While the world uses utensils, the Fil ipinos have a century old practice called kamayan of eating some foods with their bare hands. As we peeled the meat from the fish head it felt nice not having the hindrance of utensils. When you make this recipe, try to eat the kamayan way and leave your forks at home!


15 By CDR Stephen Gammon JTF Command Chaplain /jointtaskforceguantanamo Facebook Here at GTMO most of us miss and appreciate family from a distance, so while here we need to be as family to one another. Families are designed to support each other in good times and bad. Though all families experience some degree of dysfunction, Gods design has always been for families to be people we know we can count on no matter what. My parents had six children in six and a half years, three sons followed by three daughters, and sibling rivalry was often present in our home. My older brother David and I battled. He was stronger but I was bigger so we were pretty evenly matched. We didnt always agree but we loved each other as brothers. I recall a day in the schoolyard of the Lee, Maine elementary school when a playground bully was picking on me and threatening to beat me up. On the other side of the playground my big brother saw what was going on and suddenly he was standing between me and that bully, warning him to leave me alone or he would regret it! I was entirely shocked but incredibly thankful. It was not the last time a brother or sister looked out for me, or I for them, but it was a vivid example to me of what families can do. Families are to insure none of us feels alone in this world. If you are a person of faith, I hope you will connect with a faith family here. However far away your family is now, find ways to let them know you love and support them. While at GTMO lets be as family to each other, so no one among us feels alone. Womens Equality Integration MovementWindjammerAuditorium March 22, 2014 1800 1900Free Food Live Music Real Talk Family Support Photo Courtesy Red Ant Studios


Conch Season is Closed Taking Starfish is Prohibited at all times Report violations to 4105 or VHS channel 12 By Maj. Reinaldo MonteroBB ack urner Send your best photos to