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Volume 16, Issue 6 March 28, 2014


2 Mustache March is Over!NMCRS fundraising drive presents Save It or Shave It! Do you know someone who should shave that old crumb catcher but refuses to? Heres your chance to make it go away. Donate money to get them to shave it, BUT they can match your donation to keep it. Contact BM1 Thompson at mil with your nominations. Color Me GTMO 5k Concert Sitting In Nowhere will be live in concert this Friday night at the Windjammer. Those that have signed up for the Color Me 5k can pick up their run T-shirts at 5:00 p.m. Concert begins at 8:00 p.m. Sexual Assault Candlelight Vigil Avenger Troop, 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment will host a one-mile walk and candlelight vigil to remember and honor those affected by sexual assault. Meet at Pirates Cove, Tuesday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. MUSE perform system checks Seabees inspect GTMOs power supply United Through Reading 11 Swim. Bike. Run. Not just a race, its a triathalon 12 AND IN OUR PAGES Around the BayOther StoriesSoldier goes for speed 7 13Trooper Focus Chaplains Corner 15 Bay Wire ReportCartoons and upcoming events 16Program brings deployed parents and children together14Mind, Body & Soul CORRECTIONS 10 Guantanamo celebrates Womens History Month by recognizing impactful heroines past and present. Cover graphic by Maj. Reinaldo Montero Page 11: of the quarter SFC Christin Aldrete491st Military Police CompanySFC Timothy Gruber93rd Miltary Police Battalion ETC Derek Chase MARSECDETHMC Cesar Othon Joint Medical Group MSgt JeanFrancois JeanBase Engineer Emergency Force


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 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


4Ttrooper to rooper Development through readingWhat are you reading? Are you actively involved in your personal and professional development? The military maps out a career path that includes professional education. In between pro grammed courses, we have a responsibil ity to continue to grow as leaders. This includes staying physically, spiritually and morally fit. It also includes being mentally fit. The Chief of Staff of the Armys professional reading list is organized under the headings: The Army Profes sion, The Force of Decisive Action, Broadening Leaders and The Strategic Environment. The Chief of Staff of the Air Force has included blogs and Think, Exchange, Debate talks on his list of professional development resources. The Marine Corps reading list includes both required and recommended books. The Commandant of the Coast Guard annually selects one book as the com mandants choice. The Chief of Naval Operations divides the list into essential and recommended titles. Some of the books are found in all of the chiefs lists, while others are unique to their service. These lists are a great starting point; they are also a great resource to check back in on every now and again to make sure that your reading is keeping with our military. We are all busy. We all have commitments and responsibilities. But one of those responsibilities is to find time to read. What are you reading? It should be a question we ask each other. Often, we find that we have a common experience in having read the same book and the question leads to a conversation about how we reacted to the book, what ideas we developed as a consequence of the book. Talk to each other about what youre reading. Share ideas about what youve read. Prepare yourselves for tomorrows challenges by reading today.By Army Brig. Gen. Marion Garcia Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Military service provides us with opportunities that the average person is not privy to. In the right environment, our service can make us as much of a family as blood and kinship can be and sometimes more. This is the true wealth of the world, and its value is captured in our memories. Ive unhappily noticed that Troops place a great deal of personal and professional value in awards and other recognitions. From a senior leaders per spective, having seen the great orchestrations involved in acquiring these trifles, I can tell you with certainty that the value of a persons contribution to the mis sion or their team cannot be articulated in an award form or a challenge coin. Years from now, no one will know or care what great deeds you accomplished in order to earn them. In many cases, poor standards and differing opinions on merit have already devalued those items for everyone whos attained them. Whats far more important is rec ognizing the impact youve made on the people around you. Can you walk away from this place with a head full of positive memories and friendships that will endure beyond the scope of this mo ment? Will anyone admire you enough to emulate your behavior? If you live to old age, your time in the military will only represent a brief span of your lifes endeavors. Nothing has greater value than fellowship and affection of those you leave behind. That is your legacy and the best recognition you can hope to earn.By Army Master Sgt. Sean Conwell J2 Senior Enlisted Leader, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Sean Conwell Graduated from West Point Holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College Stationed in Korea and Germany while on Active Duty for 6 years Battle Captain for 14th MP Brigade during Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm Now serves in Army Reserves Commander 324th MP BN during Operation Iraqi Freedom Previously was JDG S3 and XO in GTMO Deputy Commander, 200th MP Command in Ft. Meade, MD As a civilian worked with Defense reat Reduction Agency in the Republic of Georgia and as an advisor to reconstruction eorts with the USMC in Anbar Province, Iraq ommandCCorner


5 Ocial Photos take a look before you book Story by Sgt. Christopher Vann Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milThe Department of the Army photo is used to quickly determine a Soldiers professionalism and military bearing while conducting a board or in a situation where the Solider is not physically present. As with all first impressions the DA photo can be used as a positive or negative. Soldiers should check their records before having their photo taken to ensure all medals, badges, ribbons etc. are properly recorded. AR 640-30 (Photographs for Military Human Resources Records) states that photos are valid for five years and can only be taken at authorized Visual Information (VI) activities, as required by AR 640-30. Be sure to arrive early for your appointment, and if possi ble, bring the branch specific pamphlet or printout, denoting the order and placements of ribbons and awards. If you are coming with another person, you both should be doing an in spection on each others uniform. The intent of the DA photo studio is to provide you with quality service that is an accurate representation of who you are. According to AR 640-30, the following Soldiers will have an initial photograph taken within 60 days of: Selection of promotion to brigadier general or higher Promotion to first lieutenant or higher (includes officers accessed into active duty as first lieutenant or higher grade) Promotion to chief warrant officer 2 or higher Initial appointment to command sergeant major Promotion to staff sergeant or higher All other photographs will be taken as needed for an nounced by selection board zones of consideration Soldiers will update their photograph at a minimum per the following schedule: General officers: every third year Officers and noncommissioned officers: every fifth year (encouraged every third year) Reserve component officers will be photographed during their respective training: Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) Phase III, Captains Career Course (CCC) and Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC) A new photograph is required when there is an award of the Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM) or above. Female Soldiers who are pregnant are required to accomplish this action within six months after the pregnancy. Currently the Public Affairs Office does NOT have the capabilities for DA photos but are taking command photos for all branches every Thursday by appointment only. Please contact the Command Information NCOIC at 3651 to schedule. The studio is located at Bldg. 2525, next to Camp Delta. Courtesy photoeed toNKnow


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 Photo courtesy Concept Arts Photo courtesy BLT Communications, LLC Review by Army Capt. Jesse Manzano PAO Operations OIC, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milWhat About Last Night?Review by Spc. Nancy Mizzell Media Relations, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milIn 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius in southern Italy erupted and destroyed the town of Pompeii in one of historys best known natural disas ters. In Pompeii, director Paul Andersons latest film, we get a rendition of what that eruption must have been like, thanks to visually impressive computer-generated special effects. Unfortunately, the eruption and destruction scenes at the end of the movie, albeit extraordinary, do not carry this film for almost two hours. When the ending of a movie is not a secret to anyone in the audience, the plot structure needs to transcend beyond visual effects and engage the viewer or reader, for that matter in a way that makes them question whether the conclu sion of the story is indeed what they thought it would be when they walked into the movie theater. The characters in Pompeii are ste reotypical and flat the bad guy (Kiefer Sutherland) is truly evil, the good guy (Kit Harrington) means well, but is forced to do wrong to avenge his fathers death, and the girl (Emily Browning), is coveted by both villian and hero. Conflict ensues until Mount Vesuvi us mercifully puts an end to all of this squabbling by wreaking havoc on the town and its inhabitants. After watching this disastrous film it is fair to say that, like the residents of that doomed city, fortune has once again failed to smile on those associated with it. This movie gets two banana rats. In Non-Stop, Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is a U.S. Federal Air Marshall, oh yeah, and hes an alcoholic. After being let go from the police force, he en rolled in the Federal Air Marshal Service, despite being scared of airplane take-offs. You have a drunk, angry and scared Liam Neeson this movie is going to entertain. On a flight from New York to London, Jen Summers (Julianne Moore) trades seats with cellphone programmer Zack White (Nate Parker). Smoking in the lavatory, fighting on a plane and making it look cool are some things that not too many people can do, but Neeson pulls it off. Although some of the scenes are a little exaggerated, it makes for a visually awesome movie. Without being CGI heavy, this movie keeps you interested and wondering, who is going to be the culprit? With an all-star cast that includes Neeson, Moore and Academy Award winner Lupita Nyongo, their talents raised the film to soaring levels. Not to say that the movie needed them to provide an award-winning performance, but the writers could have done a better job with the dialogue. With that being said, I still give this movie four banana rats.Review by Sgt. Christopher Vann Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milNon-Stop action at 20,000 ft Courtesy photo Opening with James Browns famous hit Sex Machine told me what to expect from About Last Night before I even saw a character. Filled with comedic and steamy love scenes for the first 30 minutes, About Last Night appears to be another romantic comedy with mediocre plot relying on the comic turned-actor Kevin Hart to carry the movie to success. Luckily, for producer Will Packer, this idea worked. Kevin Hart brings a raw reality to his character Bernie, which is matched by Regina Hall who plays his love interest Joan. From day one Bernie and Joan have a relationship that even confuses them. So they drag their best friends Danny (Micheal Ealy) and Debbie (Joy Bryant) along to dinner to help smooth things over. Bernie and Joan continue their relationship based on alcohol, fighting and sex while Danny and Debbie are on their way to bliss. Holding true to the irony of life, Danny and Debbies love for each other is put to the test when exes come back into their lives wanting them like never before. As you might imagine, things start to get serious when this happens, but then as you might not imagine, a chicken saves the day, and you are laughing again before you know it. Confused? I was too, but that didnt stop me from laughing, and for that this romantic comedy gets three banana rats. The latest Muppets installment picks up right after the end of the last movie. The Muppets have just reunited and the film starts off with the question of now what? They quickly embark on a musical number which sets the tone of the movie and off their adventure starts. The plot is simple, relying on a tried and tested formula. An evil doppelganger replaces Kermit early on in the film. Kermit is then sent to prison as the rest of the Muppets tour Europe with the imposter. True to Muppet form, the film is brimming with the usual Muppet antics and slapstick humor mixed with updated refer ences. The amount of cheesy jokes sometimes makes you cringe, but never gets out of hand.The list of guest stars is huge and range from pop icons to various actors making fun of themselves. The film leaves a good message about how doing what ever you want isnt always the best thing and that family will always be there for you. While a couple of scenes are a bit much and do leave you wondering what the writers where thinking, the movie holds together very well. All in all, the movie should appeal to a wide range of audiences and, while predict able, is a fun movie for the whole family. Three banana rats.CGI fails to raise Pompeii from ashes The lovers, the dreamers & cheeseReview by Staff Sgt. Kenneth Edel Media Relations,


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 Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The WireStory by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Webmaster, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milGet out and run!Divergent (New)PG13, 8 p.m.Noah (New)PG13, 10 :35 p.m.The LEGO Movie (LS)PG, 8 p.m.Son of God (New)PG13, 10 p.m.PompeiiPG13, 8 p.m.No movie due to concert stage set up. Act of ValorHappy birthday, Navy Chiefs! R, 8 p.m.Join us at the lyceum for Step Afrika! Show is open to all ages! Monuments Men (LS)PG13, 8 p.m.Son of God (New) PG13, 8 p.m.Divergent (New) PG13, 10 p.m.Non-StopPG13, 8 p.m.Noah (New)PG13, 10:15 p.m.About Last NightR, 8 p.m.PompeiiPG13, 8 p.m.Need for Speed PG13, 8 p.m.Lyceum closedNote: Concessions at Camp Bulkeley are also closed every night until further notice.Lyceum closedNote: Concessions at Camp Bulkeley are also closed every night until further notice.D D D D D D D I believe its jogging or yogging, said Ron Burgundy in the film Anchorman. It might be a soft j. Im not sure, but apparently you just run for an extended period of time. Its supposed to be wild. If you, like Ron Burgundy, are into running, Naval Station Guantanamo is a perfect place to keep it up. Theres the track, good sidewalks, light traffic, sunny weather, MWR events, and if you are into punishing yourself, John Paul Jones Hill is waiting for you. For those who have never been an avid runner, or even despise the activity, GTMO is an excellent place to begin incorporating this beneficial pastime into your daily routine. If you have participated in an MWR run here, there is a good chance you saw Army Staff Sgt. Casey Gore, stationed here with the Public Health Command, Region South, Fort Gordon, running ahead of you. Ive been here for 19 months now, said Gore. I love to run. Gore has done 5ks, 10ks, 10-milers, 12-milers, half marathons and full marathons since hes been here. Ive got first and second in almost all of them. (Dont act like youre not impressed.) Like many runners, Gore doesnt recall his wins as well as he remembers his losses. One instance was during a half marathon here. I was in first all the way up to mile eight, said Gore. Then, by Windmill Beach, the oth er runner just ran by me like I was nothing; I ran out of energy. Gore took that experience and learned from it. It kind of motivated me to train better. It motivated me to set my pace, and it motivated me to keep some gas in my engine. Gore praised the idea to sign up for races and train for that specific event. This will be a good way to motivate yourself and gauge your progress, but it is nothing you should rush into, espe cially if it is a distance your body has never experienced before. Set aside the necessary time to prepare. The norm for a half marathon, depending on the shape of your body, depending on the shape that youre in, should be two months, said Gore. For a full marathon, up to four months should be adequate. That gives you a chance to run at a pace, preventing injuries, getting your diet down. Practice for whatever goal you are trying to meet, said Gore. Whether it takes four or five months to prepare for a half marathon, just do it. This is your body. This is what you want to do. This is your goal. Just do it. On top of the enjoyment of completing MWR runs and your own recreational runs at GTMO, there are many benefits to running and jogging, according to Gore. It is good for weight loss, improves your cardiovascular and respi ratory health, reduces total cholesterol, improves your immune system, strength ens bones and builds self-esteem. As JTF personnel, the benefits can make you perform better on the job, no matter what your specific duty is on the island. It sharpens your memory, said Gore. It sharpens your response time. It just overall makes you a sharper Sol dier versus that Soldier or that military person that sits on the couch all the timeget out there and do something with yourself! If you still need motivation to get out and run, just think: everyones favorite San Diegan jogs (or yogs), and so should you!


8Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach Editor, Army Sgt. Carla Baron performs before Troopers and Naval Station Guantanamo personnel at the Womens Equality and March is Womens History Month, a time when historic female figures are honored and their accomplishments of paving the way for womens equality are celebrated. What better way to truly show our ap preciation than by continuing their just and noble cause. It is with this mission in mind that a Sailor with Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Ian Beard, created the Womens Equality and Integration Movement or WE AIM. Tying in closely with Womens History Month, Beard and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Megan Bacon decided to host a womens equality night focused on integration, Saturday, March 22. The evening featured a real talk with a panel of leaders from around the JTF. Womens equality is the main purpose of this event, said Beard. I believe integration is important because even if they might achieve equality, if we dont integrate them into society and have them work side-by-side with their male counterparts, then theres no point. The first step in preparation for this event was to poll Service members around GTMO about what issues they have faced and what questions would they like answered by their leadership regarding womens equality. There are more women serving in leadership positions than ever before, said Bacon, the host for the evening. Who better to ask about these issues than leaders here? Brig. Gen. Garcia is the first female brigadier general here and is a part of history. What a great opportunity! Air Force Master Sgt. Murray Taylor, the JTF equal opportunity officer was the first speaker and explained how he has had several women in his life to look up to: including his mother, and his wife of 26 years and an aunt who went from Army service to being a back-up singer for James Brown and now manages the Apollo Theatre in New York. There are people out there that still believe women should not receive equal compensation, said Taylor. Its hard to tell why people like that dont think women can achieve the same as men. Like Taylor, Marine Sgt. Maj. Juan M. Hidalgo also had strong female influences in his life, and although he did not


9 ere are more women serving in leadership positions than ever before. Petty Ocer 2nd Class Megan Bacon always have women under his command during his extensive career in the Marine Corps. He learned that they are just the same as any Warriors in his care. Dont treat them any differently. Treat them all the same, said Hidalgo. Thats what we need to do. Young Troopers will always impress you. Hidalgo went on to say that he disagreed with the term empower, because it implies that females need assistance and are lacking something. We have some bright, outstanding Warriors, he said. They dont need anything from us. Theres nothing they cannot do. The final member of the discussion panel was Army Brig. Gen. Marion Garcia, JTF GTMOs current and first female deputy commander making her a monumental figure in womens history. She responded to a question about what challenges women in the military face. They are meeting timelines, staying in shape, going to school and balanc ing a life, said Garcia. They have the same challenges as anyone else. As a part-time Soldier herself, she also had some tips for maintaining this balance as a member of the reserves or National Guard. Take care of yourself first, said Garcia. Then your family. They are in it for the long haul. Concentrate on your civilian job, because thats your main paycheck and then worry about the Army. Following the interviews, the floor was open to Service members for questions. When asked why some members of society are hesitant to accept females as equals in the work place, there was no clear answer, only hope that this mindset can be changed. These individuals might not be on board perhaps because they didnt have the same strong figures we had grown up with, said Garcia. It is our job to help them get there. Hidalgo continued, If they dont un derstand it, they can get over it. Women are doing great things for our military. The night concluded with food and live music by Iguana Glue, a local band comprised of JTF Troopers from across multiple branches of service. One of the singers decided to get involved because she too has a stake in the progression of females in military service. In the small amount of time Ive been in, I can see an improvement in womens equality said Army Sgt. Iannetta Pratt, a Soldier with the 339th Military Police Co. and performer at the evenings event. We still have a long way to go but the progress has been made, and we will continue to take steps in the right direction. In the future, WE AIM hopes to host many other events and projects that con tinues to fight for womens integration and equality. Information obtained from a Colonial WIlliamsburg


10lbife in oots One of the most difficult challenges a deployed Service member encounters is separation from family. To help bridge the distance between the Troopers and their loves ones, the chaplains office here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo offers a unique program, United Through Reading. This USO spon sored program will not only help ease the stress of separation, but it will allow you to build a connection with your child while you are away. This program was created by a nonprofit organization that offers Service members an opportunity to be video-recorded reading books to their children at home. A wide range of books are available for you to choose from, or you have the option of bringing in your own book to read. There are no restrictions when it comes to reading to your own child or to a niece, nephew, grandchild or just an important child in your life. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randy Griggs, leading petty officer for the JTF chaplains office said, The program helps Service members to stay connected with families at home especially with those who have small children and like to read to them at night. According to Griggs, they have an average of 15 to 20 Service members a month who take advantage of the United Through Reading program. In celebration of Dr. Seuss birthday, the United Through Reading program partnered with the National Education Association to host Read Across America Day. Army Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach took advantage of the celebration by reading a Dr. Seuss book and several others after hitting the record button. Steinbach usually reads several books to her three-year-old son before bed and while deployed misses that opportunity. Its one of our nightly routines, said Steinbach. Being able to share this treasured pastime even while we are apart helps make the deployment more bearable on both of us. The United Through Reading program gave her the chance to send a DVD back home for her son to watch over and over again. Story by 1st Lt. Allison Givens Command Information OIC, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milHow to participate: 1. Contact the JTF chaplains office at 2218 to sign up or stop by to get more information. 2. Service members read a book aloud in a private room while being recorded. 3. The video will be recorded on a DVD so you can send it home to the child. Builds family resiliency and family morale Allows the deployed parent, aunt, uncle, or sibling and the child to make powerful connections Helps deployed military personnel parent from afar Reassures the child that mom or dad is safe and think ing of home Provides support to the parent to send to her son back home. Service members assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo can take Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire Connections made through reading Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire


11 We are the Navys 911 for critical power. Story and photos by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Copy Editor, MUSE technicians support GTMOIf you look hard enough, youll often see unique career fields in the military that you never even knew existed. A prime example is the Mobile Utilities Support Equipment, a group within the Navy Seabees that specialize in power plant operations. MUSE tech nicians are sent out in small teams to different military power stations around the globe. This past week a four-man team came to facilitate multiple support roles for Naval Station Guantanamo and Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Sanders, one of four Seabee MUSE technicians from Port Hueneme, Calif., to come to GTMO, explained that various missions were required here and all fell within the same time window allowing them to facilitate multiple operations. Since imminent renovations are planned for U.S. Naval Hospital Guan tanamo, it was important to make sure that a worst case scenario was already planned for; the hospital has its own backup power generators already in place, but as a secondary measure, two additional generators with 7,500-gallon tanks were installed as well. Because Guantanamo is a high profile area and the naval hospital is prepping for its joint-effort renovation, we were sent here as a proactive effort to stay ahead of the renovations, so complete power is never an issue. Its an important mission. said Sanders. This isnt the job of your everyday mechanic or air-conditioning repairman. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class An thony Biondo said to be sent to MUSE training, you must be selected by your command or put forth an extensive application that proves youre already highly capable in your field. Only then are you sent to the rigorous one-year course at the Army Prime Power School at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., followed by an additional four-month Navy course on branch specific operations within MUSE. There are only 28 people who are in house: Sailors that arent permanently stationed somewhere to do a job, those travel the globe and do what we do, said Biondo. To put that into perspec tive, the Army is said to have over 600 people trained to do what MUSE techs do. Their mis sion wasnt complete with the hospital. With multiple power substations on the island, many in support of JTF GTMO operations, annual inspections are a crit ical requirement and help alleviate the chances of power emergencies occurring in the future. Checking all areas is one of the first steps taken by the specialized team so an assessment can be made for priorities and work needs. The first thing we do is familiarize ourselves with our mission environ ment, said Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Atit Gurung, so we have a personal knowledge of the needs and mission tempo of what youre working with, while providing critical inspections of power units and operations at the same time. The teams assessments and work doesnt take long, and after a few days they are flying back to California where they will set off for their next travel mission. With such a small number in their forces designated for constant travel, time at home is brief before they are sent elsewhere within the country or across the seas. We are the Navys 911 for critical power, said Sanders. The constant travels of MUSE technicians will bring them back to JTF GTMO later on in the year to place a single, newer engine to replace the two that reside here currently. facility.


12 5k Run 20k Bikeride Sprint Triathalon GTMO gives its best TRIStory and photos by Sgt. Christopher Vann Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milNaval Station Guantanamo residents participated in this years sprint triathlon, Saturday March 22. If you dont know what a sprint triathlon is, it is a battle of endurance, willpower and pride. The inaugural event con sisted of three events: a 750m swim starting at Ferry Landing, a 20k bike ride mainly up and down Sherman Ave., and con cluded with a w5k run that ended at the Downtown Lyceum. With nearly 80 participants and volunteers present, the triathlon never lacked excitement. This was such a great event, said Angel Parsons, a triathlete. It means a lot for me to be able to do this with my 11-year-old daughter. Im so proud of her. Parsons daughter, Mia, shared her joy for the triathlon experience, This is my first time doing something like this, and it was really fun. I enjoyed it! Medals were awarded to the first, second and third place teams in multiple categories. One participant, Air Force Capt. John Bone, a member of the first-place mens team was nearing the finish line of the run portion with only 50 yards to go when the National Anthem started playing. When asked about what was going through his mind while running during the music, Bone stated, America would want me to win the triathlon more than they would want me to stand for the colors. I won this race for America! Indoor Volleyball Football GTMO sports standings Warriors 9-2 Step Brothers 10-3 Louisianimals 8-5 Confusions 7-5 BEEF 6-6 JTF-14 6-6 Fight'n 66 4-9 Team Rogue 3-9 Boston Strong 2-9 Playmakers 11-1 Smokin' Aces 11-1 The Ricans 11-1 Kill Seekers 9-2 W.T. Sampson 9-4 Gold Diggers 6-4 Boston Strong 7-5 War Eagle 5-5 BEEF 6-6 Side Out 5-7 Sierra 2 3-8 Cuba Libre 1-12 Illustration by Maj. Reinaldo Montero/The Wire


13 Courtesy Photo The smell of motor oil, tires and exhaust filled the open garage as tunes of everything from classic rock to modern pop filled the air. Tools filled the workbenches and walls defining the space of one where things get done. While at home, this atmosphere is where Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Aleson Bill ington found herself working part-time at a privately owned shop in Plainview, Texas. This environment is far different from where she worked during her deployment here at the Joint Task Force. Day to day, she works as the leading petty officer in supply with the Joint Medical Group, JTF Guanta namo. Beginning in the mechanic shop owned by her parents, Billington has enjoyed working on cars for all of her adult life. Ive always worked on my own cars, said Billington. Ive been going to dirt track races half of my life, and Ive always liked it. After high school, Billington worked at an OReilly Auto Parts store for about three years learning how to rebuild show cars from the ground up. Here she made connections with many of the local mechanics. One of those mechanics happened to be the owner of a local and well-known shop that builds and works on racecars modified to the standards of the International Motor Contest Association. Not long after meeting him, the mechanic who has a reputation in a four state radius, hired Billington to work part time at his shop during race season. During her time in auto shops she has learned how to perform many difficult and specific tasks that are necessary for rebuilds. I can install pistons, hone valves, grind valves, hone cylinders, bore the cylinders out in the heads, explained Billington, listing a few of the many things she does to get a car to peak performance. Her job in the shop is very hands on, doing the grunt work that makes the fine tun ing possible. I dont even really look at it as a job, ya know? It just brings me peace, especially the tear down process. Its therapeutic. Story by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Staff Writer, A change of paceCourtesy PhotoocusTFrooper


14 RecipeMartha Washingtons Crab Soup Ingredients: 1/2 pound fresh crab meat (or 1 cup canned or frozen), 1 tablespoon butter, 1 1/2 tablespoons flour, 3 hard boiled eggs (mashed), mashed grated zest of 1 lemon, 4 cups milk, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup sherry, dash Worcestershire sauce Directions: Boil crabs in salted water to get meat (if using fresh). In a large saucepan, combine butter, flour, eggs, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Boil on low heat and pour milk in slowly. Add crabmeat to milk mixture and gently cook for 5 minutes. Add cream and remove from heat before it reaches a full boil. Add sherry and Worcestershire sauce. In honor of Womens History Month, from the treasure trove of recipes made by famous women in history comes Martha Washingtons crab soup. Its said to be a White House favorite. You can make it from scratch here on the island if youre lucky enough to catch fresh crab! In last weeks article the question posed was: What will you do with your priceless time here that you cant get back? People responded by asking for productive solutions on how to spend their time. For those looking for ideas, there is GTMO Life (a monthly social calendar of events), ad vertisements on the back of The Wire and friends to help you choose. The question of how you will spend your time was actually a challenge to Troopers because despite all the resourc es available, some still struggle with free time on Guantanamo Bay. Time can feel slower here, a phenomenon known as island time. Maybe a better question is: When you are faced with free time will it be productive or will it be destructive? One master sergeant said he felt safer being shot at in Afghanistan than he does here because a lot of his Troopers distract themselves with infidelity and alcoholism. I could sleep better in Afghani stan than here on this island, another Trooper said, because its too quiet here. Some get depressed and just stay in their rooms until island time passes away. Its surprising how some men and women are more comfortable with the threat of dying than dealing with the loudness of their thoughts. Indeed the silence can be more frightful than war and can drive people to do things they would never do anywhere else. Since its Womens History Month, I found an extraordinary woman whos life pursuit was learning to live in the moment. Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh, was the first women in America to earn a first class pilots gliders license and lived her latter days as a best-selling author. Tragically, after losing her son she was able to write, Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what it was, nor forward to what it might be, but living in the present and accepting it as it is now. In her book, Gift from the Sea, Lindbergh describes how many peo ple get content with work, family and chores and how easy it is to fill our time with distractions, never having to listen to our own thoughts. She wrote, Women need solitude in order to find again the true essence of themselves. In the book, Lindbergh uses differ ent sea shells as metaphors to describe phases of life we go through. I wonder what shed see in GTMOs sea glass. Would she have seen Troopers as the shards of glass that have been tumbled by the sea, smashed against rocks, taken out by the waves and brought in again? There is a silent, subtle beauty that represents our lives in the sea glass each individual piece representing a transpar ent broken life sparkling on the sand. While writing this I solicited thoughts from Troopers around me, Maybe mastering your time is to become a master of silence and to discover yourself in that silence, I said. A female soldier laughed, I dont think guys have that need. Three men were with us so we asked if this was true. Petty Officer 3rd Class Antonio Mar tin, a hospital management Sailor with Joint Medical Group said, Actually, I meditate every day. He was afraid of it at first because he felt like it was religious, but then he realized it wasnt hard. Its become his habit to reflect on things important to him each day. Martin focuses on what he wants to accomplish, what he can do to be a bet ter person and how he can help people around him. First I do affirmations and just recite things that I believe then read a couple of scriptures. Sometimes I listen to music. Sometimes I dont. I try to focus on today and things I can control, said Martin. The same day I wrote this I ran into three men on their way to yoga. Each one said how much they needed it in their week and how it helped them find their center. It would appear that men equally need this solitude to find the true essence of themselves. I see the sparkling sea glass that covers GTMOs beaches representing every Trooper thats been churned by the waves of life. Dear Trooper, it is you who are a gift from the sea being forged from the island time of Guantanamo Bay. May each of you find that gift in yourself and discover its treasure. Story by Sgt. Debra Cook Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milStory by Sgt. Debra Cook Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milIsland Time


15 he BayLTife On /jointtaskforceguantanamo Facebook For more information about these or other religious ministries contact JTF chaplains oce (x2218) or NAVSTA chaplains oce (x2323).Orthodox Chaplain at GTMO for Holy WeekNavy Lt. William Butts, an Orthodox chaplain, will be here April 11-25. He will be available through the following Orthodox worship services at the Palm Sunday Service April 13 10:00 a.m. Holy Unction April 16 7:00 p.m. 12 Gospels Service April 17 7:00 p.m. Lamentation Matins April 18 7:00 p.m. Pascha Service/Easter Service April 19 10:00 p.m. Bright Wednesday Service April 23 7:00 p.m. GTMO Amazing RaceSaturday April 26, 8:00 a.m. noonFor team registraion contact Staff Sgt. Mark Kuyper at 8020 or mark.h.kuyper@jtfgtmo.southcom.milEventsM16A2 disassembly, assembly and functions check Golng at Lateral Hazard Basketball free throws Sandbag carry Swimming U.S. Military history quiz Football eld goal U.S. ag folding Running BowlingDetailsTeam fee $40.00 for four t-shirts. Fee is due no late than April 10. 10 teams, four persons each. Teams must have at least two military members. Each team member must compete in at least two events U.S. civil service, U.S. contractors and U.S. dependents may participate Team reservations held until April 5 for JTF, JDG, JMG, 525th MP BN, 93rd MP BN, PSU, BEEF, NAVSTA/MWR, OMC/OGA and Marine Corps SECFOR. Open reservations (if needed) April 6-10. Teams sign-in between 7:30 a.m. 7:55 a.m. on race day. Awards, food and fun at Marblehead Lanes Bowling Alley from noon 1:00 p.m. For race information call Spc. Bello at 8098 or 84787 What does one person ask of another? In a word: faithful ness. All around us are people we rely on in our work, living and recreational places. What do we ask of them that they also ask of us? For faithfulness! Faithfulness is about a correct consistency; doing what we are supposed to do without com promise even if we have to make sacrifices. Service members live by core values, regulations, orders, SOPs and the Uniformed Code of Military Justice among oth er documents and creeds. Whenever there is failure, compromise or complacency, we are likely to bring discredit upon our character and we are likely to hurt others. Evade failure and improve on the direction you need to go. Marriage too is about being faithful in every way. Wedding rings are generally exchanged as a symbol of promised faithfulness. Rings are circles representing permanent and unbroken commitment, but such promises require us to live that way. There are several ways to maintain marital faithful ness while apart. I recommend avoiding any compromising situations where temptations could be carried out. If it is predictable, its preventable, and it is simply not worth the risk or cost. Deployments are hard for married couples because of distance, time, communication and interaction, all added together. In these circumstances, faithfulness requires extra in tentionality. Discuss with your spouse the decisions you make here and how you each spend your resources (time, money, etc.) and with whom. This communicates your commitment and works out your different expectations and goals. While in GTMO, you can find ways to grow your marriage. If your marriage is struggling, ask for help. Chaplains and other lead ers are ready and willing to assist. Be faithful! Story by Army 1st Lt. Raymond Lowdermilk Joint Detention Group Chaplain and in marriage


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