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Volume 16, Issue 9 April 18, 2014TK ribbon cutting Best Warrior competitionRunners crown John Paul Jones Hill Ceremony celebrates renovations 525th MP Battalion Soldiers test their abilitiesKing of the hill


8 JTF Soldiers compete for best Warrior of the year. Cover photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri of the week IS2 Cullen AbernathyJoint Task Force J2SPC Roberto Arias189th MP Company know the signs Active Shooter For more information about these and other religious ministries contact NAVSTA Chaplains office at x2323/ JTF at x2218 Holy WeekProtestant Orthodox Catholic NAVSTA Chapel April 18, 7:30 p.m. Good Friday Service April 20, 11:00 a.m. Easter Sunday/ 1:00 p.m. Gospel Service JTF Troopers Chapel April 18, 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Service April 20 9:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Easter Sunday Service April 18, 5:30 p.m. Good Friday Service April 19, 5:30 p.m. Holy Saturday Vigil Mass April 20, 9:00 a.m. Easter Sunday Mass LT William Butts, an Orthodox Christian Chaplain will be here 11-25 April to officiate the following Worship Services: April 18, 7:00 p.m. Lamentation Matins April 19, 10:00 p.m. Pascha Service/Easter Service April 23, 7:00 p.m.Bright Wednesday Service JTF and NAVSTA Interdenominational Easter Sunrise Service April 20, 6:30 a.m. Easter morning at Windmil Beach. Breakfast following. NAVSTA ChapelServices ServicesNAVSTA Chapel ANNEX Room 14 Services 2GTMOs own Amazing Race will be held next Saturday, April 26 at Cooper Field. Four-person teams will have to navigate a course and complete a series of tasks testing them both mentally and physically. The race begins at 8:00 a.m. Come out and watch the action! Sample the best of Guantanamo at Ferry Landing Beach, Saturday, April 26 from 2:00 6:00 p.m. There will be local cuisine, a craft fair, kayaks, paddle boats, huge water slide and bouncers, dance team and of course, the Cardboard Boat Regatta. Tierra Kay housing complex unveiled 9 Brave runners conquer JPJ Hill 10 AND IN OUR PAGES Around the BayMovies get a new look 5 11JSMART Spot Bay Wire ReportCartoon and upcoming events 12Recognize and report insider threats11Chaplains Corner CORRECTIONS


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 GrimesStaff THE WIRE 3 Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Commercial: 011-5399-3651 DSN: 660-3651 E-mail: StaffHQ Building, Camp America 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.9:55 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 Butler Deputy Commander Army Brig. Gen. Marion Garcia Sergeant Major Marine Sgt. Maj. Juan Hidalgo, Jr. Oce of Public Aairs Director Navy Cmdr. John Filostrat Deputy Director Air Force Maj. Jon Quinlan Command Information Ocer Army Capt. Allison GivensCatholic 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. 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 Adventist Friday 7:00 p.m., Room 1 Sabbath School: Saturday 9:30 a.m., Room 1 Sabbath Service: Saturday 11:00 a.m., Room 1 Protestant Worship Sunday 6:40 a.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m. Sunday 7:00 p.m. Bible Studies Monday 7:00 p.m., Cuzco block E Wednesday and Friday 7:00 p.m., New Troopers ChapelNew Troopers Chapel


Command Sgt. Maj. Borlin Master Sgt. Catherine Catano ommandCCorner 4Ttrooper to rooper By Army Master Sgt. Catherine Catano Operations NCO, 189th Military Police Company A leaders standard By Army Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Borlin Senior Enlisted Leader, Joint Detention GroupWhen I first joined the Army, I wanted nothing to do with going to college. I wish I could go back in time and use the benefits that are available to us as Service members earlier in my career. Since taking advantage of those benefits, I have been able to earn an Associate Degree in General Studies and Im currently working towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. My motivation to first get started was because I was thinking about transitioning out of the Army. I knew in order to be more marketable I would need some type of degree. When I started, I was out of high school for about eight years. I was scared to fail out, so I took the advice of a peer and enrolled in a class that I thought might be interesting to me so I could keep up. After that, I realized I was not as behind as I thought. One class at a time and three years later, I had an associate degree. Make small and realistic goals and you will achieve them. I urge all Warriors to take advantage of the benefits that are offered to us. There is no reason for each Service member to leave the military without some type of education. Depending on your branch of service, Tuition Assistance (TA) will pay a certain amount per semester hour for you to obtain your degree. There is also the chance that the service you are enlisted in will pay up to 100 percent of the tuition and authorized fees charged by a school up to the established per semester hour or yearly cap. TA is available for courses that are offered in the classroom or by distance learning. The courses must be offered by schools that are registered with or your appropriate service branch education al web page, and need to be accredited by agencies that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. If you feel that taking a class is too much due to work stress or fam ily life, you can go to the education center and take a College-Level Examination Program test that is completely free; however, there are certain times and days for schedul ing a CLEP exam so you will want to contact Columbia College. Most likely Columbia College will have you register the day before you take your CLEP exam at guantanamo. Most education centers even have a study guide or book you can study from before taking the test. Warriors, stop making excuses and take advantage of the tools that have been set in front of you. Currently, the Department of Defense is making many cuts, and this will be a good way to separate yourself from your peers for promotions and job opportunities. Take advantage of these benefits while they last. As proud serving members of the profession of arms, we always are held to high standards. Our armed forces place the weight of enforcement of our day-today standards on its noncommissioned officers and petty officers. As a young NCO I had many mentors, one of whom shared with me a story, The Rusty Rifles Incident, that still holds the same value while reading it, as it did when it was a reality. While serving in the Republic of Vietnam, Sgt. 1st Class Jackson was transferred from platoon sergeant of one platoon to platoon leader of another platoon in the same company. His company commander had watched him, was impressed with his competence and leadership, and felt he was the man for the job. Upon sizing up the existing standards in the platoon, Jackson was not pleased to find that one of the most severe problems was a lack of weapon cleanliness; they were rusty and dirty. When Jackson checked back with his squad leaders the next day he found that the rifles were still not up to standard. Having yet again explained the standard and the reason for it, the problem still persisted and it was evident that squad leaders were neglecting their duties. Stricter measures being needed, he explained to his Soldiers that no one would leave for the next days scheduled R&R trip until every rifle was cleaned to standard. Dirty rifles are more likely to jam, and as a leader the success of the mission and the safety of his Soldiers were endangered if rifles did not function. It was his job to not only lead but look out for their well-being in the process. From this point forward, dirty rifles were no longer a problem and his platoon went from problematic to outstanding in a matter of months. This tidbit of a leader in action demonstrates that lead ership and holding our Warriors accountable for their ac tions is still as viable today as it was yesterday. All Service members want to be challenged with the task at hand while being provided strong leadership that holds them individually accountable; they do not want to be coddled. This is true regardless of the rank or position you hold. The individual accomplishment(s) of a Service member develop and establish the pride within that individual. The accomplishment(s) of the team establish the pride in being a member of the team, unit, organization, etc. Here within JTF GTMO we are all part of the collective team and our accomplishments are great. The only way the team comes together to accomplish so much is holding one another accountable and enforcing standards for the collective and individual task at hand that supports the team, both on and off duty.


Stay 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 Concessions closed until further noticeDOWNTOWN CAMP BULKELEY DOWNTOWN CAMP BULKELEY Transcendence (New)PG13, 8 p.m.Draft Day PG13, 10:15 p.m.Rio 2G, 8 p.m.Son of God (LS)PG13, 10 p.m.Captain AmericaPG13, 8 p.m.300: Rise of an Empire*R, 8 p.m.Divergent PG13, 8 p.m.Noah PG13, 8 p.m.3 Days to Kill (LS)PG13, 8 p.m.Review by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Webmaster, Draft DayReview by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Staff Writer, It seems that the theaters have yet again been graced with another childrens film that is being enjoyed by more than just the kids. This musical-filled digital animation is brimming with the recognizable voices of A-list actors and musicians including Bruno Mars, Jamie Foxx,, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan and more! The tale based in Rio de Janeiro stars the character that is thought to be the worlds last blue Macaw, a feathered friend named Blu (Jesse Eisenber), who, upon being raised among humans, has begun to live and act just like them. Blu; his once wild wife, Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and domesticated kids; Tulio, Linda and Bia vacation in the Amazon to pursue rumors of a blue Macaw nesting area. The adventure to the wild is meant to be a time of reintroducing the now civilized kids back into the ways of their natural habitat. The family, aside from Blu, quickly fits into the undomesticated lifestyle found in the Amazon and begin to consider staying there. All is well until their home is threatened by loggers who will stop at nothing to continue with their destructive deforestation. The newly joined families must now ban together to stop the evil men and their powerful machinery before its too late. Teeming with songs that made you want to hop up and shake your tail feather, the film kept up with its predecessor in the area of singablility that en thused younger audiences the first go around. The childrens flick turned blockbuster had noticeably strong character development and humor that utilized it. Four singing banana rats for this movie that kept both children and parents entertained in the theaters. (Children under 17 must be accompanied by adult parent or guardian) 5 Sports movies are fantastic, arent they? Draft Day is the latest film to add to this excitable cinema genre. What made this movie nice was the different take on organized sports. The angle wasnt on the game being played, but the high-pressure decisions that those involved in NFL franchises get paid big bucks to make, especially on Draft Day. NFL draft rooms, often referred to as war rooms, currently get a lot of media attention during that stressful and dramatic time when all 32 NFL teams try to wheel and deal and get the best players for their franchise. The film highlighted the experience of Sonny Weaver Jr., played by Kevin Costner, who was trying to save his team, the Cleveland Browns, and reinvigorate the hopes of a city that has had very poor luck with sports franchises i.e. the infamous mid night departure of the Browns to Baltimore in 1995. It seemed like a fun movie to make with cameos by Chris Berman, Jon Gruden, Deion Sanders and Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, who played a highly touted recruit. The casting was good too; with Denis Leary turning in a fiery performance as the Browns head coach, Jennifer Garner playing a salary cap guru and P. Diddy doing a fair job in his roll as a sports agent. In the end, the movie was fun with a splash of suspense, but not much more. It definitely made me appreciate the fact that I am a New England Patriots fan, and that the boys in Foxboro dont have the chaos and disorder that Costners crew of misfits faced making big-time decisions. To that I thank you Mr. Kraft. This movie receives three banana rats for getting me excited to watch Tom Brady get that fourth ring in 2014! So bring on the real draft in May, and watch this movie if you need a little football appetizer in the interim.


6 Story by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Webmaster, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil525th Military Police Battalion Soldiers show their best in two days of competition Photo by Sgt. Christopher Vann/The Wire Photo by Sgt. Christopher Vann/The Wire Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The Wire Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The Wire performs a combatives position to demonstrate of the rope at the obstacle course Thursday. climbs and pulls himself over a set of bars during


7 The event started early Thurs day, April 10 and didnt end until late the next day. There were portions of the two days that made the Soldiers test their physical fitness in the Cuban heat. Climbing ropes and running through an obstacle course, conducting land navigation in moun tainous terrain, weapons qualification and an Army Physical Fitness Test. There were events that also made Soldiers think and utilize their pre paredness and training. Reassembling weapons and performing a functions check, writing essays, knowing and performing combative maneuvers and a board appearance where Joint Task Force Guantanamo Soldiers were tested on general military knowledge. Selected Soldiers from each of the six units that fall under the 525th Military Police Battalion pushed themselves and put their Warrior tasks to the test at JTF GTMO to see who would come out on top and be named best Warrior of the year for fiscal 2014. Every aspect of their Soldier skills is being tested over these days, said Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Dembski, JTF Headquarters and Headquarters Company S3 noncommissioned officer in charge, who helped organize the event. Its quite long days, it will be grueling, but well worth it. The event began with the selection process. Each unit from the 525th select ed their best Soldiers to represent them. Of the Soldiers selected, two Warriors, an NCO and junior enlisted Trooper, were named victorious over their peers in this intense competition. For Army Sgt. Amio Taylor, a Soldier with the 491st MP Company, this wasnt her first go at an event like this. She also participated in one while stationed in Hawaii. Youre going against Soldiers who are really squared away, said Taylor of the tight competition they all faced, Soldiers who are really physically fit and mentally fit. Though everyone was battling with each other, events like this can bring out much comradery in the 525th. Its a competition but we dont look at it as a competition, said Taylor. We just want everybody to finish every challenge they give us and every course we have to run through. The organizers of the event, who included Dembski and Army Sgt. Maj. Michael Baker, command sergeant major for the 525th, did a good job of keeping the participants on their toes. One of the events was labeled simply as mystery event. We had the mystery event which consisted of assembling and doing a functions check on the SAW [M249], the M16 and M9, said Army Pvt. Kaden Fisher, a Soldier selected to appear in the event from the 189th MP Company. The schedule for Thursday was an APFT at 5:00 a.m. followed by a weighin. After a quick breakfast break, the mystery event occurred. After lunch, the obstacle course at Marine Hill had the Soldiers huffing and puffing. This was followed by land navigation along the hilly Hutia Highway trail. Following dinner the Soldiers were put through a change of pace: writing essays. The essays were written on topics of how to improve the NCO Corps, how to fix problems with the corps and how to be a steward in their profession, said Fisher For the entire day today, Ive been very happy with the outcome, said Dembski of Thursdays efforts. Everybodys been doing really well and pushing themselves. Friday started at 5:00 a.m. with an eight-mile road march. This tough event was followed by the weapons range. Either you make it or you dont, said Dembski. It was a go or no-go at the range, no retries, she said. Combatives came next, followed by more Warrior tasks, and finally, the board. The NCO who won was Army Staff Sgt. Luke Klein, of the 339th MP Com pany. The other victorious Soldier was Spc. Crystal Pittman, from HHC 525th MP Battalion. These two JTF Soldiers will be going off island in May to compete for the honor of being named best Warrior for U.S. Army South during the much larger competition in Joint Base San Antonio. Good luck JTF Warriors!Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The Wire


eed toNKnow Insider threats: see something, say somethingIn recent years, the U.S. Military has not only been targeted from an external enemy, but also from an enemy within. Past incidents, such as media leaks of sensitive information and the September 2013 Washington Navy Yard shooting, have demonstrated a strong need for Department of Defense personnel to report suspicious activity, especially suspicious behavior exhibited by co-workers. On March 18, 2014, Defense Secre tary Chuck Hagel and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus released the results of a final report on the Washington Navy Yard shooting incident, which included a re view that stated the tragedy might have been averted had authorities not missed opportunities for intervention. Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old former Sailor, had a prior record of firearms complaints, reported hearing voices and suffered from insomnia in the weeks leading up to the shooting. Secretary Hagel stated, The reviews identified troubling gaps in DoDs ability to detect, prevent and respond to instances where someone working for us, a government employee, a member of our military or a contractor, decides to inflict harm on this institution and its people. The report also recommended using the Washing ton Navy Yard incident and others as case studies in new training materials to help educate the workforce about insider threats. Unfortunately, there are an abundant number of other incidents to use as case studies. Maj. Nidal Hasan, who was sen tenced to death on August 28, 2013 for killing 13 people and wounding 32 oth ers in a 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, also exhibited behavior which went unreported. He openly op posed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and, after the murder of a Soldier at an Army recruiting station in Little Rock, Ark., stated that more of these types of attacks should be carried out. In June 2007, as a psychiatric resident at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Hasan was sup posed to make a presentation on a medical topic, but instead lec tured on Islam, suicide bombers and threats the military could encounter from Muslims conflicted about fighting in the Muslim countries. None of these suspicious behaviors were reported to counterintelligence authorities. Luckily, there have been several cases where alert individuals have reported suspicious activity and averted possible disaster. One such case involved Army Pfc. Naser Abdo. On July 27, 2011, the employees at a Killeen, Texas gun store noted Abdo, a Fort Campbell, Ky., Soldier who had gone AWOL, bought an unusually large amount of smokeless gunpowder and ammunition. The em ployees notified police, who found Abdo at a local hotel with bomb making ma terial, to include an Al-Qaeda publica tion on bomb making. He had planned on placing a device in a popular local restaurant used by Fort Hood Soldiers. On May 24, 2012, Abdo was convicted of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and sentenced to two life terms plus 60 years. Insider threats do not always involve direct acts of violence against DoD personnel. Ana Montes was a senior Defense Intelligence Agency Cuban analyst. On September 21, 2001, she was arrested for committing espionage for Cuba, reportedly since 1985 when she joined the agency. Montes espionage activities revealed the identities of four U.S. spies and caused the death of one U.S. special operations Soldier in El Salvador. Montes plead guilty and was sen tenced to a 25-year prison term. DoD Instruction 5240.26, Countering Espionage, Inter national Terrorism, and the Counterin telligence Insider Threat, states training will be mandatory and address threats to DoD personnel in accordance with DoD Directive 5240.06, Counterin telligence Awareness and Reporting. Army Counterintelligence, specifically the JTF-GTMO J2 CI Field Office, has jurisdiction over CI and insider threat issues and investi gations within JTF GTMO and is here to serve all Troopers, DoD civilians and contractors. For more information or to arrange for training, call the JTF GTMO CI Field Office at 3690 or 3691 or email convicted of murder for killing Photo Courtesy AP counts of attempting to aid the enemy for providing information to undercover FBI agents posing as Al-Qaeda Photo Courtesy AP Story by Special Agent J. Garcia Joint Task Force Guantanamo 8


NFews EED A renovation long in the making was celebrated March 11 as the ribbon was cut at the Tierra Kay (TK) housing complex here. The development of the billeting built in 1974, which has been in the works for two years now, is finally near total completion. The $7.2 million life safety renovation started in July of 2012, said Air Force Capt. Matthew Dunn, Joint Task Force housing officer. The renovations began with the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems as a part of a life safety project said Dunn. This multi-step restoration of the HVACs fixed all of the air quality con cerns that were previously an issue. As a part of a life safety project, Islands Mechanical Contracting (IMC) was awarded the contract to replace all the ductwork, HVAC systems, install dehumidifiers and added a UV filtration system, said Dunn. New doors and windows were in stalled in the TKs after the repairs to the HVACs were made. This modification began about six months after into the project. Due to the staggered start of the task, Troopers were relocated out of their TKs multiple times in order to allow adequate timing. These are great upgrades, but I want to ensure the Troopers know we appreciate their flexibility, said Dunn. A great deal of the work done to pre pare the TKs relied on the Troopers and their willingness to help. To get these berthing ready, they helped move and replace 150 sets of living room furniture, provided security escorts for IMC workers to occupied units, installed and built 642 new beds in the units and distributed new mattresses said Dunn. Army Sgt. Ronnie Patrick, a training noncommissioned officer with the 525th Military Police Battalion, has been here for almost two years and has seen the bulk of the progress in the TK construction. Upon his arrival, the TKs were in a state of heavy produc tion. When I first got here back in August of 2012, the entire back side where I stay at now was blocked off and under construction limiting space for the Soldiers staying in the TKs, said Patrick. At one point we had five Soldiers staying in my house. The enhancements to the hous ing have had a positive impact on the lives of the Troopers in more ways than one. The improvements have affected me mostly by improving morale, said Patrick. The new beds and mattresses allow more quality sleep which leads to better performance when the Troopers get to work. The quality and progress of the reno vations relied heavily on the support and flexibility of the Troopers. We are very appreciative of all the sweat equity the troopers have on this project, said Dunn, simply put, it would not have happened without Troopers helping out! Story and photos by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Staff Writer, and contractors cut the ribbon at the Tierra Kay housing complex them. 9


10 SFPorts eed Worth the climb: GTMO run tests mettle John Paul Jones Hill, its a place most people try to avoid. If you havent run or even walked up this hill, then you may have some trouble comprehending how difficult it is or the burn it creates in your muscles. This didnt stop Service members and Naval Station Guantanamo Bay residents from volun tarily signing up for the MWR organized run that started at 6:30, Saturday morning. The event took runners from the sports complex, up and down JPJ hill, and then going around to Sherman Avenue, where runners then ran back around the sports complex and Denich Gym, to finish on the track at Cooper Field. Its one of the more challenging runs just because of the hill. Its why we didnt do more than five miles, said Jim Holbert, the MWR sports coordina Story and photos by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Copy Editor, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.miltor for GTMO. The participants ranged from naval station employees and Sailors to Joint Task Force GTMO military police and civilians. In addition to their fellow runners, participants receive a healthy dose of encouragement from the volunteers that assist the MWR. People are encouraged to volunteer for these events, either with organizing and setting up or at the various water points throughout the run. Despite the hill being the physically demanding aspect of the morning run, most agreed that the psychological aspect after the hill was the most challenging. Army Pfc. Tim Vislisel, with the 339th Military Police Company, said the hardest part was maintaining a solid pace for the rest of the run. All you want to do after the hill is walk. Thats it, said Vislisel. Runs like these are frequent, as the MWR does its best to hold runs or sporting events on a regular basis. We try to do a sports event each month, said Holbert. Next month we have a six mile Cable Beach Run, thats on May 24th, and then in June we have an Olympic triathlon. ularly arduous because of the physical demands of going up Naval Station Guantanamo Bays most notorious hill and then maintaining a A runner in the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay MWR sponsored Saturday morning.


he BayLTife On By Navy Cmdr. Stephen Gammon JTF Command Chaplain /jointtaskforceguantanamo Facebook When riding in a crowded subway it is wise to hold on tightly lest you fall when the vehicle jerks. When life jolts you, what do you hold tightly to? On September 12, 2001, I stopped by the hardware store in my hometown and was greeted by my friend Bob who worked there. He informed me that his brother and sister-in-law were passengers on UA Flight 93 which was hijacked and crashed the previous day. Bob was grief-stricken. I prayed with Bob who held tightly to his faith. Three weeks later I was recalled to active duty so I did not see Bob again until the next year. On the one year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I turned on CNN during a lunch break. President and Mrs. Bush were in Shanksville, Pa., greeting family members of UA93 passengers and crew. My TV was on for just two minutes when I saw my friend shaking hands with the president. Returning home a few weeks later I visited the hardware store to see Bob. He recounted meeting the president then described something that impressed him far more. The FAA investigated the crash, pulling together the pieces, but because this plane was flown at full throttle into the ground they said nothing survived intact larger than a dinner plate except one thing. Now Bobs eyes filled with tears but his face expressed pure joy. He asked, Can you guess the one thing that survived the crash intact? I could not. It was my brothers Bible. They re turned it to our family. It smells of fuel and is charred around the edges. Not one page is missing. Bob and I celebrated the joy of holding tightly to our faith. What are you holding tightly to? 11 Holding on tight SpotTheJSMART Positive thoughts JSMART Advertising Coordinator JSMARTGetting you back in the ght! -Titan This segment of The JSMART Spot begins a five part series on stinkin thinkin which is something we all do. Our brains get a little unruly and irrational sometimes, and this creates distress and unpleasant feelings. Psy chologists call these irrational thoughts, hot thoughts, maladaptive thoughts or just stinkin thinkin. Since our emotions and behaviors are controlled by our thoughts it is important we learn how to self-diagnose and correct our own stinkin thinkin. A stinkin thinkin favorite is all or none thinking. Our brains focus on the extremes of a situation and make it either black or white, good or bad, perfect or catastroph ic. This polarized thinking can impact how you judge yourself. If you arent perfect, youre a failure. This is definite ly stinkin thinkin and can be logically argued when one recog nizes it. For more information on stinkin thinkin come to JSMART for a chat, read the next JSMART Spot or pick up the workbook Mind Over Mood by Drs. Greenberger and Padesky. Tune into JSMART Radio every Friday from noon 2:00 p.m. on 102.1 FM. Email any questions about the JSMART Spot or Radio content at


Looking a little shaggy there Phil. Is that scruff in regs? manatee. We regulations. We can all be super heroes in preventing child abuse Volenteers are needed to help make this event a success! sign up to volenteer no later than April 25 Send your best photos to thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milBB ack urner By Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Friday, April 25 Meet at Deer Point 5:00 p.m.For more information call 77421 or email