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Pirates Cove now open for businessCome out to Pirates Cove for their grand re-opening this Friday night! There will be a ribbon cutting at 5:00 p.m., then free burgers, karaoke and more. Located across from Camp America. Do it all at the Sprint TriathlonBike for 20k, run for 5k and swim for 750m as an individual or in a three-person team. The event starts at Ferry Landing and finishes at the Downtown Lyceum, this Saturday at 6:00 a.m. Come out and support the competitors! Come celebrate Womens Equality Enjoy a night of free food, live music and real talk with key leaders and influential women around Guantanamo. The evening kicks off at 6:00 p.m. this Saturday in the Windjammer Auditorium. Luck o the IrishAerobathon pumps you up! 10 Something to smile about12 AND IN OUR PAGES Around the BayOther Stories5 13 15 Bay Wire Report1614CORRECTIONS 7 GTMO celebrate St. Patricks Day Cover photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri of the week SSgt Joshua SlaughterBase Emergency Engineering Force Sgt Faisal Elkantar Command Element/J2 2
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: firstname.lastname@example.org www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.htmlCommand 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 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, :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 assigned to the Joint Task Force and is published online. 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. Bible Studies Monday 8:30 p.m., Cuzco block E Friday 7:00 p.m., Old Trooper Chapel THE WIRE 3
Ttrooper to rooper Aside from being the convenient first letter of our Army Values acronym, loyalty is the mustard seed from which a just and honorable career is planted. My father always told me that as long as you are doing the right thing, you will never have anything to worry about. You may piss people off along the way, and the going may get rough, but in the end youll be the last one holding your head high. Loyalty is my favorite Army Value. By saying that, I can honestly say to you that loyalty, as a value, started with my childhood in my household environ ment as I grew up. I am number ten of eleven children that my mother had, and I was very loyal to all of my brothers and sisters; especially to my father and mother. They both passed away, by the way, around seven years ago, and I am still loyal to their upbringing, teaching and memories. Throughout my upbringing stages, from elementary to high school and college, I always kept myself loyal to my teachers and peers, especially my math teacher since I love math. It had been my favorite subject in my schooling years. Moving on to my thirty-plus working years in different places such as the private sector and a Department of Defense job as a military technician, I have been loyal to my bosses. When speaking about my extensive military career, I can honestly say that I have combined my upbringings loyalty trends that I learned in my household environment with my family and love ones, in school with my teachers and peers and in my jobs with my co-workers. I have incorporated all of those experiences into the United State Army as a Soldier. In the United State Army I have learned that LEAD ERSHIP is an acronym for the seven basic values of the United State Army. Focusing on loyalty, bearing true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, my unit and other Soldiers has not been at all difficult, because loyalty for me has been a way of life. Honestly speaking, based on my personal and military years of experi ences, loyalty comes from within and it has to be displayed in actions not worn around the neck or on an identification tag. Bottom line up front is that we need to live the Army Values on a day-by-day basis. Loyalty is the faithful adherence to a person, unit or Army. It is the thread that binds our actions together and causes us to support each other, our superiors, our family and our country. By 1st Sgt. Daniel Navedo Joint Task Force, J6 Superintendent Each year the United States desig nates March as Womens History Month and the theme for this years observance is, Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment. During the month of March, the nation is remind ed of victories, struggles and stories of American women who have made our country what it is today. From the battlefields of the Revolutionary War to the deserts of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan, women have served with great honor and valor in defense of our nation. Through the true grit and sacrifice of generations, women have led movements for social and economic justice, pioneered scientific discoveries, enhanced our culture with stunning works of art and literature, and charted bold directions within our government and military branches. Here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, nearly 15 percent of the military and civilian forces are women; extraordinary women who continue to influence, impact and make history within our ranks with their spirited leadership and courageous efforts. Across the JTF, female enlisted and officer leaders are performing their demanding jobs at remarkable levels. As we honor the many women who have shaped our history, let us also celebrate the women who continue to pave the way. On Saturday, March 22nd at 6:00 p.m., we will recognize the many contributions of women in a special ceremony at the Windjammer Ballroom. I personally invite you to attend this great event. Special guest speakers will be in attendance, free food for all and live music. I am proud to serve with each and every one of you and especially honored to work alongside the talented women of JTF GTMO. Your steadfast contri butions reflect greatly upon our mission to provide high levels of safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees. Lets maintain our focus to this degree as we continue to march through 2014. Honor Bound! This is message is also available as an audio podcast on the JTF GTMO Sharepoint. By Rear Adm. Richard Butler Commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo ommandCCorner 4
Leaders, The Army Publishing Directorate will publish an updated AR 670-1 and a new accompanying DA Pam within the next few weeks. These long-awaited uniform policy publications will replace more than 50 ALARACT messages and include new policies on many topics such as tattoos, fingernail polish, and general uniform wear. Some of the contents will also be punitive. The Army is a profession. Policies within these publications give Soldiers and leaders the responsibility for ensuring our appearance reflects the highest level of professionalism. All adjustments made within these regulations went through an extensive decision-making process with continuous input from various levels of Army leaders. Leaders at all levels will play a vital role in educating subordinates and enforcing standards set forth in these publications. I ask every leader to take a common sense approach to the new policies and set aside time to ensure Soldiers understand the policies. A training package with other helpful information will be available for download upon release. Also, a forthcoming ALARACT message will release the effective dates of significant changes. We are dedicated to ensuring Soldiers and leaders have easy access to policies to ensure our Army maintains a professional, neat, and Soldierly appearance, which is the foundation of our profession. Army Strong! LTG Howard Bromberg As daylight saving time recently went into effect, the Ma rines did their annual change of uniforms from winter to des ert but this year the uniform swap came with a bigger change. Effective March 9, the previous regulation regarding the wear of the Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform (MC CUU) was revoked by Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos. According to MARADMIN 078/14, the desert MCCUU will be worn during the summer uniform period with the sleeves rolled up at local commanders direction while sleeves will continue to be rolled down in combat and field environments. Here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Troopers continue to adhere to the standing JTF Policy #1.14, JTF-GTMO Uni form, Civilian Attire, and Grooming Standards dated Dec. 16, 2013. So, for Marines working at the JTF, that means no more suns out, guns out. Wearing this uniform correctly is more than just following regulations; it is a valuable insight of the moral fiber of a Trooper. It sets the standard, said Sgt. Maj. Juan M. Hidalgo Jr., JTF Senior Enlisted Leader. The proper wear of military uni forms enforces good order and discipline while giving a sneak peak at the character of the Trooper wearing it. If he cant take care of his uniform, how can we trust him with a weapon? is the question posed by Hidalgo. We take a lot of pride in this uniform, said Hidalgo. Many have died in this uniform and we must wear it proudly to carry on the tradition. It is our duty in order to serve our country and corps. Military Uniform changes the low down, or up for Marines? Story by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Staff Writer, email@example.com JSMART Advertising Coordinator Greetings Troopers! The time many of you have been waiting for has finally come. I am pleased to announce the return of our therapy dog, Titan. You can come by and see him Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in JSMART. Animal Therapy has become an integral part of recovery. JSMART has taken it one step closer and is bringing Titan to you while you are deployed here in GTMO. Contact with an ani mal has helped many Service members with feelings of stress, loneliness and homesickness while stationed here. Wilsons biophilia hypothesis suggests that, if we see animals at rest or in a peaceful state, this may signal to us safety, security and feelings of well-being which in turn may trigger a state where personal change and healing are possible. Open weekdays 6:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Puppy Love SpotTheJSMART Come get some puppy love! -Titan eed toNKnow 5
Courtesy Photo Photo Courtesy Ignition Print While measuring up to the romance requirements, Winters Tale is a win in the acting category. Colin Farrell is in his most touching role ever as thief Peter Lake and Russell Crowe (doing what he does best) playing the perusing antago nist. There are also powerful supporting performances by William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint, and a surprisingly well-executed portrayal by Will Smith as Satan. The slogan of the film reads This is not a true story. It is a love story. When Will Smith plays the devil, you realize nothing in the film will be based on re ality. The visual aspects of the mystical drama are stunning, somewhat allowing the viewer to forgive several aspects of the impossible developments. Perhaps living in a cynical society has decreased our ability to appreciate fantasy that isnt linked to sparkly vampires or teen witchcraft, but A Winters Tale is definitely worth the chill of abandoning reason and worthy of four banana rats. Findlay) dying of consumption, aka Tuberculosis (thank you Google). The two begin a love affair that is heart-warming and genuine, however shortly lived as Lake is spirited away to the year 2014 on his flying horse. This is where things get weird. The film continues with the time jumping, revealing Soames to be a demon tasked by the devil to destroy Lake before he can fulfill his destiny of performing a miracle. In present day New York, he meets a mother (Jennifer Con nely) distraught over her daughter slowly dying of cancer. The genuine emotions of these characters remain just as powerful as the love story. However, the scenes become so extraordinary that they become mildly laughable. In this day and age, a good romance is hard to find. To even be considered something of value the film must possess star-quality acting, mind-blowing cinematography and an iron-clad plot devoid of any holes or implausibility. For Winters Tale, two out of three aint bad. Based on the fan tastical novel by Mark Helprin, the story begins in the 1800s with a burglar (Colin Farrells Peter Lake) fleeing from his old boss, a despicable and seemingly unearthly man named Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe). Amidst the drama, Lake manages to stumble upon a young heiress (played by Downtown Abbeys Jessica Brown Winters Tale delivers chills The most successful racing video game franchise ever crashes onto the big screen. Need for Speed captures the greatness of the game without forcing reality and fantasy to race each other. Set in small-town USA, Tobey Marshal (Aaron Paul), garage owner and street racer, is framed by childhood rival Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper) for killing Tobeys best friend and ex-girlfriends brother Little Pete (Harrison Gilbertson) in a street race. After serving time, Tobey struggles to make ends meet and keep his garage afloat. He agrees to build a car for Dino against the advice of his friends. Dino has left the small town behind him and all its clichs yet remains connected if only to add insult to the car crash. Dino is, however, dating Tobeys ex-girlfriend. Fast cars and ex-girlfriends, do I smell a plot? The film is reminiscent of the 1973 coming of age classic American Graffiti only with lesser know actors and todays technology for visual stimulation. While the film couldnt burn a doughnut for the O in Oscar, it is very entertaining, and after all thats what movies are, entertainment. Three banana rats and some glass packs for Need for Speed! Review by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgRevenge at high speed Review by Maj. Reinaldo Montero Commander, 107th MPAD, email@example.com 6
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 Pompeii (New)PG13, 8 p.m.About Last Night (New)R, 10:15 p.m.Muppets Most Wanted (New)PG, 8 p.m.Non-Stop (New)PG-13, 10:15 p.m.Need for SpeedPG13, 8 p.m.That Awkward Moment (LS) R, 8 p.m.The LEGO Movie PG, 8 p.m.Robocop PG13, 8 p.m.Labor Day (LS) PG13, 8 p.m.Muppets Most Wanted (New)PG, 8 p.m.Non-Stop (New)PG13, 10:15 p.m.Pompeii (New) PG13, 8 p.m.About Last Night (New)R, 10:15 p.m.That Awkward Moment (LS) R, 8 p.m.Need for Speed PG13, 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.relieve some stress. Fitness classes build community, said Belt. Groups of friends or co-workers can link up to relieve the days stress by going to a group cycling session. By the reactions of the patrons who attended, it is evident that the Aerobathon was successful. It was really challenging, said Lt. Cmdr. Temperance Huffstetler, Staff Judge Advocate, Naval Station Guantana mo. It was a great way to see all of the classes they offer. I hope they continue to offer the variety and number of classes offered here. Belt is planning to continue this class again in the summer. Its a great way to get units exercising together outside of the gym. It shows them [Troopers] that we are here to support the mission, and fitness is the mission, said Belt. An active unit is a great unit. Physical fitness is an important asset that keeps the forces in top shape to complete any mission. two, three, four and kick, two, three, four, echoed off the walls at Denich Gym alongside upbeat music, Tuesday at the MWRs Aerobathon. This heart-pump ing event, open to all MWR patrons, featured some of the exercise classes offered at the gyms on post every week but in a marathon style. This intense workout session wasnt the first of its kind here at GTMO. The evenings agenda consisted of 20-minute sessions of Zumba, step aerobics and kickboxing, giving the participants a good idea of what the classes are really like. We host Aerobathons each quarter, said Joseph Belt, MWR coordinator. It provides the community a taste of what we offer on our group exercise schedule. It helps answer any questions about class descriptions. While some are op posed to exercise classes and stick to the gym, Belt explains that because the classes are composed of traditional exercise they are sweat-in ducing workouts that leave you sore for days. For example, movements like curls, bench presses and jumping jacks are often incorporated into power training classes. Beyond being a great workout, the sessions are a good way for colleagues to hang out away from the workplace and Aerobathon gets blood pumping Step, Story and photos by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org MWR patrons enjoy the fast-paced exercise of the step 7
St. Patricks Day is indeed a global event. Yes, it is a day to celebrate Irelands patron saint, but all around Gods green earth, no matter what nationality or location, festive participants eat corn beef and cabbage, decorate with shamrocks (it is said St. Patrick used the shamrock to illustrate the holy trini ty),wear green shirts and hats, and listen to Irish music. As a global day of celebration, it was very fitting that on Saturday, March 15 at Naval Station Guantanamo Bays Wind jammer, a band from Wales played Irish music to U.S. troops. The band, a five-piece ensemble named The Wee Bag Band, played an assortment of music for those present to dance to, enjoy and encourage the old adage that everyone is Irish on St. Patricks Day. The stuff we play is a mixture of the traditional tunes well-known with Irish music, said Rory McGough, who played the mandolin, whistle, harmonica and sang. We throw in some contemporary stuff too. Its not strictly Irish. Their two-set performance, that beck oned a full dance floor at times and had those who were sitting down tapping their feet and bopping their heads, included songs such as the traditional Irish-folk song Whiskey in the Jar, Van Morrisons Brown-Eyed Girl and an instrumental version of The Beatles Hey Jude that sped up at the end with the recognizable Irish musical tempo that can provoke even the least likely to dance to get up and shuf fle their feet. The Wee Bag Band is in the midst of a four-base tour to bring Irish music to Service members. Their stops, aside from GTMO, include Greenland, the Baha mas and Honduras. When they were first contacted to do the gigs on the four bases, McGough admitted that he thought it was a prank. The first email we saw come through from the Pentagon, we thought it was spam, said McGough. The band has a website tracker. Their skepticism led them to check and see if the Pentagon had Story and photos by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Webmaster, email@example.comSt. Patricks Daycelebrates GTMO 8 deployed Service members.
visited the site, and sure enough it had. So McGough thought, Maybe there is some truth to it. We feel really privileged to be here, to be honest, said McGough, because we are the only band that we are aware of that theyve asked outside the United States to come and play.A thought that puts into focus how fortunate the Troopers of GTMO were to hear these fine foreign musicians play for almost two hours. In past St. Pattys Days, the band had brought their musical Irish brogue to areas across Europe. We go touring on the French ski resorts and they go bananas for St. Patricks Day, said McGough. The French, the Dutch, the Swiss. They all get sucked into it. Its what you make of it really. McGough went on to add that places like New York and Boston were locations of prominent celebration around March 17 (the recorded date of St. Patricks death) every year due to their large Irish communities. McGough explains that their style of music, the Irish/Celtic theme, is appealing to listeners of all ages. From a 10-year-old to an 80-year-old, all generations have a chance to enjoy it. So as a result, feet are bopping, and lads are enjoying it, said McGough. Thats great. We just have a ball with it, and thats all we can ask. A St. Patricks Day in Cuba? Many Troopers probably never figured theyd see the day. Yet those who came and celebrated with The Wee Bag Band gained a truly Irish memory from a Caribbean island during one of historys most widespread of celebrations. 9 ment during a concert at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.
Anyone who is familiar with college football knows that 2013 was a year of upsets. At the beginning of the season, Alabama could not be stopped. Some sports analysts compared them to a pro team. And then out of nowhere came the Seminoles from the lesspraised ACC and the Auburn Tigers that had one loss when they took down the Crimson Tide. Here in Guantanamo, during the St. Patricks Day softball tournament March 15th, the tide had quickly changed as well. In the last competition, the Outcasts came in dead last. Over the course of nine-hour battle, however, they avenged their name and took down six other teams to clinch the sec ond place spot. We went two-andout last tournament, said a Soldier from the 342nd Military Police Company. Today we just threw a team togeth er to cut loose and have fun working together. While the team was composed of members from both the 2228th and 342nd MP Companies, two of the players had been reunited on this deployment after Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org Troopers hold luck o the Irish in Softball Tourney lbife in oots 10
completing Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training together in 2005. The Army is small, said the Soldier from the 342nd MP Company. The MP Corps is even smaller. Another team of Joint Task Force members were the War Eagles. For its team members, it was just a nice day away from the daily stress of deployment. These tournaments help build unit morale and bring people together, said Spc. Timothy Reyes, a Soldier from the 66th MP Company. Seniors and peers are out here cooperating and bonding together. Every sporting event has to have a triumphant victor, and for the St. Pattys bout the victors were no stranger to the limelight. The infamous GTMO Merce naries, comprised of a group of NAVSTA personnel including Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, Department of Defense civilians and contractors took the top spot once again. March 31 marks the beginning of the next Guantanamo Bay softball tournament and were going to keep all the players we had, said Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Joseph, coach of the Mercenaries. We won the last three tournaments, and were going to keep on going. For those looking for an upset, be sure to sign up with MWR soon. Registration ends March 26. 11
Just because of the myth that George Washington had wooden teeth, doesnt mean you dont have to brush yours. Im willing to bet Martha would have preferred to have a husband with pearly whites. Also, Washington didnt exactly have the dental advancements that are available today, so he sort of had an excuse. Sort of. So why are there so many Service members with avoidable dental issues coming in to see Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Henson, Joint Task Force Guantanamos dentist? Somewhere Martha is shaking her head in disapproval. I am the sole dentist here that treats basically all the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guard and Marines for JTF, said Henson. I provide all their dental care, sick call emergency care and any kind of specialty needs they have. The dental clinics duty is significant because dental readi ness is a crucial aspect to mission success. Patients that are not ready in terms of dental status, you have to worry about them potentially coming off the front lines and needing emergency treatment, said Henson. This creates possible problems, said Henson. It creates the need to cover down on the absent Troopers responsibili ties and puts avoidable stress on the unit. This could lead to a potentially life threatening scenario, all because a Service member didnt take the necessary steps to be dentally ready. Henson mentioned that a large majority of what he treats is preventable, and it is the everyday upkeep that will keep you dentally ready and healthy. Brushing twice a day, flossing before you go to bed, com ing to your exams every year, its the simple things that people kind of neglect, said Henson. You only brush the teeth you want to keep. Henson has been treating JTF Troopers at GTMO for nine months and applauded the good attendance of his patients here. The reasons were here is to take care of you guys, said Henson. The dental clinic is located in the Joint Troop Clinic on Kittery Beach Road. JTF Troops have something to smile about sanitation of its equipment. Story and photos by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Webmaster, email@example.com 12
Pikulas peculiar predicament Story by Sgt. Christopher Vann Staff writer, firstname.lastname@example.orgArmy Spc. Derick Pikula, a supply specialist with the 40th Infantry Division, is the man with a plan when it comes to initial entry and one of the first steps for units turning in equipment prior to leaving Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Pikula, a Los Angeles native working for the J4 Property Book Office at JTF GTMO, works closely with Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Disposition Services (formerly known as the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service or DRMO). They handle the intake and delivery for the reuse, transfer, donation, sale or disposal of excess property. Through DLA, Pikula was able to turn in over $1 million worth of materials to be requisitioned within the first month of working. Aside from DLA, he handles over 120 sub-hand receipts, that range from the Joint Medical Group, Joint Detention Group and the Public Affairs Office. All supply personnel come through him and do their monthly validations at J4. Theres over 42,000 separate pieces of equipment, valued at over $35 million that are sub-hand receipted. Im the main liaison when it comes to that property, making sure everybodys squared away, said Pikula. Im just putting out small fires every day. Property accountability is one of his major roles. He created a database using the program called Wasp. Wasp is an asset tracking system that makes it more simplistic to manage a businesss valuable assets, varying from software and IT assets, to vehicles, tools and medical devices. In his civilian job as a technolo gy educator for a private school, he uses Wasp to help the education staff track their equipment. Pikula, who considers himself an extrovert, enjoys the opportunity of being able to interact with the sub-hand receipt holders. I love the social aspect of this job and just getting to meet everyone. Recently Pikula was coined by the Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler III, during a visit to GTMO, for his hard work and dedication to his job. Concerning turn-in, he experiences some bumps in the road when units dont manage their property books correctly. We had appointments almost every single day when DLA was on the island and leaving, we had units asking if they could turn their stuff in, said Pikula. Even though they were late, as long as they worked in a timely manner, we were able to get them taken care of. Pikula has only been at GTMO since November, but with the help of Army Staff Sgt. Erin Ennis and Warrant Of ficer Remar Yabes, they helped remove the deer in the headlights moment for him. I got here in November and found out about a big turn-in in December, and was freaked out, but because they have prior experience in this, they helped guide me through the process, said Pikula. So now, Ill be ready and better prepared for the next time. Time is of the essence. Pikula stated that DLA will not accept items unless they are completely cleaned out and free of any debris. There was a time when a unit turned in over 100 printers and all of them had the ink inside, so the staff and I had to grab a bunch of trash bags and remove the ink cartridges before DLA would accept the items. This is why we send out emails to units ahead of time to ensure a timely turn-in, on their part and ours. One of the hardest parts of this job is remembering the points of contacts, due to the big changeovers here. So remembering to keep adequate track of your property books is essential to a smooth turn in, says Pikula. Courtesy Photo Courtesy PhotoocusTFrooper 13
Story by Sgt. Debra Cook Staff Writer, email@example.comStory and photo by Sgt. Debra Cook Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.orgAfter a 24-hour journey, Id finally arrived at what would be home for the next nine months the Cuzco in Guan tanamo Bay, Cuba. I threw my gear on the bed and stepped out my door onto the great wide open block ready to meet new people. A group of Troopers were sitting at a bench and there I met a woman who was going home in a couple of weeks. Wanting to hear what other people had accomplished here, I asked her what shed done. She paused and looked down, her blue eyes scaled the cross-hatch wires of the picnic table. Looking back up at me she said, I feel like my time here was a complete waste. That woman was almost fifty years old. Time is free, but its priceless, said Harvey MacKay, the best-selling author of Swim with Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive. You cant own it, but you can use it. You cant keep it, but you can spend it. Many successful people believe time to be their greatest commodity, not money, because you can never get time back. Extraordinary people learn to master their time. According to Inc. Magazine, average people allow time to impose its will on them; remarkable people impose their will on their time. Time goes fast. In the course of the 60 seconds its taken you to read this, an F-22 couldve reached its supercruise speed of 1,140 miles per hour, a Formula One pit crew couldve changed out four tires on a BMW Sauber. The com petitive eater, Joey Chestnut, wouldve already downed six hotdogs and Just Born Candy Company couldve made 2,916 peeps. In fact, while youve read this, light has circled the earth 450 times. According to the 2010 world population data sheet from 2010, an average of 267 babies have been born and it may be morose to say but, considering the topic of losing time, its necessary to add that an average of 108 people have died. How will you use your priceless time here that you cant get back?Sgt. 1st Class Lissette Salinas brought the extension cord outside her room at the Cuzco to plug in the elec-tric skillet shed gotten at the NEX. When Salinas was stationed in Wa-tertown, New York, shed get off work so late she was forced to find a way to make cheap, easy meals for her daugh-ter that were still healthy. Salinas laughed, I had to find things that wouldnt make her say, ewww Mommy I dont want that. She remembered not being able to afford taking her daughter out to eat, so she made cooking with her daughter fun. One day she really wanted fast food so I thought for a minute, pulled her up from the couch and said, come on, lets go look in the fridge and see what we can find to make together. Salinas started with egg noodles, which you can put anything with, she said. Then they sifted through the fridge together looking for things to add to their noodle surprise. My daughter even picked out vegetables to put in and sprinkled the cheese on all by herself. To this day when Salinas daughter visits, even though shes 20 years old, she still likes to go through the fridge and find things to make with mom. This recipe is flexible because you can use any kind of meat, creamy soup or brand chicken you like. When buying the ingredients she looks for whats on sale. Thats the key to saving money, Salinas said. While we were waiting for the casserole to warm Salinas exclaimed, Theres my little eater! I looked up and saw an Airman patting his belly. Whats on the menu for tonight? asked Staff Sgt. Miguel Regalado, one of Salinass neighbors in the Cuzco. Were having chicken parmesan casserole, said Salinas. Smiling she remembered the joy of cooking it with her daughter. Regalado said Salinass cooking is a welcome change for him from eating at the galley.Burning Time 14 RecipeChicken parmesan casserole Ingredients: Recipe: 1, 10 oz can cream soup (mushroom, celery or chicken depending on the flavor you want), 2, 10 oz cans chicken breast, 2 cups cooked egg noodles, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 tsp. pepper, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (optional) Directions: Preheat skillet to 350. Pour chicken, soup and milk directly in skillet. Boil noodles in microwavable dish. Drain and add to mixture. Stir together, add pepper and top with cheese.
I was in a traffic jam the other day. You know the kind where Mr. Iguana decides now would be a good time to take a leisurely stroll out into the road and faceoff with a Hum vee. I think we know who won. GT MOs Iguanas crawl around this island like they own the place. Can you blame them? GTMO is their home. Unless you are a special resident, GTMO is just a temporary duty station for us. Even my son, who was born here, will get booted off this island. For me, I consider my whole life to be just a temporary duty station before eternity begins. It helps keep life in perspective. I believe we were not made exclusively for this world, which is why our souls have trouble being completely satisfied by all the things it offers. Compared to eternity, GTMO is a grain of sand on a beach, if GTMO had beaches with sand. The challenges here are real. The troubles we face can be difficult and devastating. But, I heard a quote once that said, If life on Earth is tempo raryWhat makes you think that your problems are permanent? 15 he BayLTife On By Army Cpt. Brady Frederick 525th MP Battalion Chaplain /jointtaskforceguantanamo Facebook Photo by Maj. Reinaldo Montero/The Wire Manatee Capture & SurveyScheduled for:April 5-10Orientation:April 3-4Volenteers NeededFor more information email: GTMOmanatee@gmail.com
Book FairLocated in the court yard next to the Triple C and Jerk HouseHosted by the California Army National Guard 40th IDSunday, March 30 9:00 a.m. noonHardbacks and paperbacks from Nicholas Sparks, James Patterson, Amy Tan, James Balducci and more! DVDs include Zero Dark Thirty, Inside Man, Pride and Prejudice and The Notebook!Free books and DVDs open to the GTMO community One Fish Two Fish Blue Fish Red Fish BB ack urner By Sgt. Kenneth TucceriSend your best photos to email@example.com