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Volume 16, Issue 13 May 16, 2014 Superhero Field DayGitmoFitGTMOs own brand of CrossFitFitness & Figur e


CORRECTIONS Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire GTMOs third annual Fitness and Figure Competition was held Saturday night, May 10 at the Windjammer Ballroom. Full story on page 10. 2FEATURES13 GitmoFit Club A lot like CrossFit, GitmoFit is a class that primarily focuses on cardiovascular endurance, 12 MPs on Target 8 Cover Story Superheroes of all ages gathered at Cooper of the week YN1 Jessica Tomsic Port Security Unit 312 SSG Jared Clark66th Military Police Company Around the BayThe BEEF is looking for any retired Air Force personnel on either Naval Station or Joint Task Force Guantanamo to attend upcoming social events, cookouts and gettogethers with the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. If you are interested, contact Chief Master Sgt. Chris Crafton at chris.c.crafton@jtfgtmo.southcom. mil. Be polished. Be strategic. Be prepared. Naval Station Guantanamos Fleet and Family Support Center is offering several seminars that can help you land a job in a new career field. Attend the Resume and Cover Letter Workshop, Wednesday, May 21 from 9:30 11:00 a.m. at the FFSC, bldg. 2525. On May 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Joint Task Force Troopers Chapel, get started on the hunt by attending a workshop on job search and networking. Call 4141 to register. event at Cooper Field guides a contestant through


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 Webmaster/Illustrator Army Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Sta Writers Army Sgt. Christopher Vann Army Sgt. Debra Cook Army Pvt. Kourtney GrimesStaff Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Commercial: 011-5399-3651 DSN: 660-3651 E-mail: StaffHQ Building, Camp America The Wire is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. It is produced by the JTF Public Aairs Oce to inform and educate the Troopers of JTF-GTMO. The contents of The Wire are not necessarily the ocial views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard. The editorial content of this publication is the responsibility of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay Public Aairs Oce. The Wire is printed weekly by the Defense Logistics Agency Document Services with a circulation of 1,250. It is distributed free to all personnel 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 Operations/Graphic Designer Army Maj. Reinaldo Montero Command Information Ocer Army Capt. Allison GivensNAVSTA ChapelCatholic Mass Mon.-Thur. 1730 Saturday 1700 Sunday 0900 Protestant Services General Protestant Sunday 1100 Gospel Worship Sunday 1300Chapel AnnexesPentecostal Gospel Sunday 0800 & 1700 Room D LDS Service Sunday 1300 Fellowship Hall Islamic Service Friday 1315 Room 2 Seventh Day Adventist Friday 1900 Room 1 Sabbath School: Saturday 0930 Room 1 Sabbath Service: Saturday 1100 Room 1 Iglesia ni Kristo Thursday: 0500, 1900 Room 1 Sunday: 0530, 1900 Room 1 Tuesday (Bible Study): 2000New Troopers ChapelProtestant Worship Sunday 0640 Sunday 0900 Sunday 1900 Bible Studies Monday 1900 Cuzco block E Wednesday and Friday 1900 New Troopers ChapelBUS ScheduleCamp America :00/:20/:40 Gazebo :01/:18/:21/:38/:41/:58 Camp America NEX :02/:17/:22/:37/:42/:57 Camp Delta :04/:13/:24/:33/:44/:53 Camp 6 :07/10/:27/:30/:47/:50 HQ Building :55/:15/:35 TK 1 :01/:17/:21/:37/:41/:57 TK 2 :02/:16/:22/:36/:42/:56 TK 3 :03/:15/:23/:35/:43/:55 TK 4 :04/:13/:24/:33/:44/:53 CC :00/:19/:20/:39/:40/:59 JAS :14/:34/: 54 Windjammer/Gym :02/:17/:22/:37/:42/:57 Gold Hill Galley :04/:15/:24/:35/:44/:55 NEX :06/:13/:26/:33/:46/:53 NEX Laundry :07/:27:47 C Pool :10/:30/:50 Downtown Lyceum :11/:31/:51NEX Express Bus09:55 19:55 hourly Camp America :48/:55 TK 1 :05/:36 Windjammer/Gym :11/:31 Gold Hill Galley :14/:29 NEX :16/:27 Downtown Lyceum :17/:25BEACH BUS Saturday & Sunday ONLYWindward Loop/East Caravella 0900/0930/1200/1230/1500/1530/1800/1830 SBOQ/Marina 0905/0935/1205/1235/1505/1535/1805/1835 NEX 0908/0925/1208/1225/1508/1525/1808/1825 Phillips Park 0914/ 1214/1514/1814 Cable Beach / Turn Around 0917/1217/1517/1817 Return to Oce 0940/1240/1540/1840FERRY ScheduleMonday through Saturday FERRY Windward 0630/0730/0930/1030/1130/1230/1330/1530/1630 Leeward 0700/0800/1000/1100/1200/1300/1400/1600/1700 UTILITY BOAT Windward 1730/1830/1930/2030/2130/2230 Leeward 1800/1900/2000/2100/2200/2300 Sunday & Holidays FERRY Windward 0730/0930/1130/1330 Leeward 0800/1000/1200/1400 UTILITY BOAT Windward 1530/1730/1830/2000/2230 Leeward 1600/1800/1900/2030/2300 3


ommandCCorner Navy Capt. Daryl DanielsIts something we all go through. We go to the doctor because somethings hurting, were not feeling well or we just need a form filled out so we can move on to our next deployment. We hope its going to be an easy trip to medical, then the doc looks at our record and says he or she needs to have our blood drawn. Most of us dont particularly like having needles poked into our bodies, so the idea of yet another blood draw is not something we relish. But it seems like the first step in any medical treatment for whatever ails us is a trip to the vampires chair, where they put the band around our arm, have us squeeze the ball, and then stick us (hopefully only once!) in the arm. So why do we need to get our blood drawn in the first place? Blood is a tissue, like our muscles and nerves. Usually blood is a liquid, but un der certain circumstances it can become a solid, which we call a blood clot. One of the most important things blood does in our bodies is to transport substances back and forth. The food we eat, the oxygen we breathe, those nasty free rad icals we read about they are all picked up by our blood and taken from one part of our body to another. In fact, the miles of blood vessels we have in our bodies are like a miniature highway system, with our blood acting like millions of tiny cars and trucks carrying things back and forth from one place to another. Our blood also plays a very important role in keeping our body warm and lubricated. It circulates heat to where its needed, or helps cool down places that are getting too hot. It provides nour ishing fluid to joints and tissues. Our blood also plays a pivotal role in fighting infection by rushing in reinforcements to fight unwanted bacteria and viruses. GTMO sports standings 1. Chaos 7-0 2. Fight'n 66 6-0 3. Mercenaries 6-1 4. Team 907 4-2 5. GTMO Latinos 5-3 6. Outcasts 3-2 7. BEEF Sticks 5-4 8. MisFits 4-4 9. The Gorillas 4-4 10. Sunbursts 2-3 11. Hellhounds 3-5 12. J2 Ghosts 3-5 13. Inglorious Batters 3-5 14. JMG 2-6 15. Dream Killers 1-7 16. Ghost Writers 0-7 1. Get Buckets 4-0 2. Avengers 3-1 3. JMG 3-1 4. Ball uh Rinas 2-1 5. BEEF 2-1 6. OOH Killem 2-1 7. The Pirates! 1-2 8. Ghosts 1-2 9. Shottas 1-3 10. 93rd MP Co 1-3 11. The Rascals 1-3 12. Vicious & Delicious 1-4 1. GTMO Mustangs 5-0 2. Boyz from Illinoise 5-1 3. Georgia Boys 3-1 4. Team Shaker 2-1 5. CLO 3-2 6. GTMO Latinos 3-2 7. USNH GTMO 2-2 8. Smokers 2-5 9. Bunches of Fun 1-3 11. Gorillas 0-1 12. The Great Kozub 0-4 13. The Shamers 0-3 Softball Basketball Soccer GolfMens Soccer League 1. Asquad 2-0 2. Manchester City 2-0 3. Nex United 2-0 4. Wolverines 1-0 5. Fightin 66 1-1 6. Boston Beaners 0-2 7. Road House 0-3 8. Smash Bois 0-2 Womens Soccer League 1. One Love 2-0 2. Barcelona 1-1 3. Soccer Bombs 0-2 By Navy Capt. Daryl K. Daniels Commander, Joint Medical Group 4Blood is mostly made up of red cells and white cells. The red cells have iron which carry oxygen. The iron makes them red, just like rust is red. The white cells are the ones that help fight infection. There are also small pieces of cells called platelets which help turn our blood from liquid to solid. Thats important when we cut ourselves and need the clot to stop the bleeding. These three types of cells are all floating in a thick protein-filled liquid called plasma or serum. Blood is a great way to get a birds eye view of whats going on inside us, because our blood is involved in so many important body functions, either directly or indirectly. Its like standing on a bridge over a highway and looking at all the traffic go by. Thats exactly what the doctors are doing when they draw our blood. After getting the sample results, they hypothetically perch themselves on a bridge and take a look at all the traffic going by. Because of the sophisticated machines in the hospital or clinic laboratory, medical people can not only see what cars and trucks go by, but also whats inside them. From the blood sample, medical people can tell if our blood is carrying too much sugar, too much fat or too little so dium. Each one of these may indicate a problem. Too much sugar could indicate a sign of diabetes. Too much fat could indicate hyperlipidemia, and too little sodium could indicate hyponatremia, both of which can lead to death. Doctors may also be able to infer problems elsewhere in the body just by looking at the blood. If they see more white cells than usual that may mean an infection somewhere, like a pneumonia or appendicitis. Too much cholesterol may mean your arteries are getting blocked and setting you up for a heart attack. Too few platelets may mean your body cant make clots to plug up holes in blood vessels, putting a person at risk for bleeding problems. There are other things our blood sam ples reveal to doctors. A limited number of red blood cells could reveal anemia. Too many white cells could lead to a cancer we call leukemia. So although having blood drawn may not be the happiest part of our day, it really does give the doc critical infor mation about whats going on in our bodies. That blood sample can be a big help in making sure we are battle ready, both today and well into the future. All patients should discuss the results of a blood sample with their provider so they understand what the provider learned from that sample. Although they might not like when the phlebotomist (the person who draws the blood) inserts the needle, remember its for a good causethe health of each and every one of us!


Story by Army Maj. Dennis J. Nowicki 5 News Feed PRESIDENT PRESENTS MEDAL OF HONOR TO FORMER ARMY SERGEANT By J.D. Leipold WASHINGTON -Former Army Sgt. Kyle Jerome White was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony yester day, making him the sixth living Army recipient and the 14th from all services to earn the medal in either Iraq or Afghanistan. Obama opened his remarks in the East Room by paying tribute not just to White, but to what he referred to as the /11 generation, all those young citizens who came forth after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States to volunteer their service knowing fully well what the cost could be. HAGEL URGES EXPANDED COOPERATION IN GULF REGION By Claudette Roulo JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -The importance of expanded cooperation in the Gulf region was the theme of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagels remarks here today at the Gulf Cooperation Council defense ministerial conference. Defense ministers from all six member nations -Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates -joined Hagel at the meeting, which was hosted by Saudi Arabia. Noting that this is his third trip to the Gulf in a little over a year, Hagel said the visits all have been aimed at encouraging greater collaboration in the region. I hope [this meeting] becomes an annual securi ty consultation, and the backbone for renewed coop eration among all the nations of the GCC, he said. And despite setbacks and challenges, he added, the Gulf Cooperation Council has fostered a common identity and common interests in the region. DOD OFFICIAL: 16 U.S. TROOPS ON SEARCH TEAM FOR NIGERIAN GIRLS By Cheryl Pellerin WASHINGTON-A total of 16 military personnel from U.S. Africa Command have joined the interdisci plinary team led by the State Department at the hundreds of kidnapped girls, a Pentagon spokesman said today. Members of the extremist group Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls from the Government Secondary boarding school in the town of Chibok on the night of April 14. Several countries, including the United States, have offered help. SALLIE MAE ORDERED TO PAY $96.6M FOR VIOLATING TROOPS RIGHTS American Forces Press Service announced an enforcement action yesterday against the nations largest servicer of federal and private student loans, which was found to be systematically violating the legal rights of U.S. service members. Sallie Mae -also known as Sallie Mae Bank and Navient Solutions -is ordered to pay $96.6 million that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation also reached a settlement with the companies that addresses allegations of student loan servicing misconduct.Unpack your rain gear, its almost hurricane season here at GTMO. The Joint Task Force unofficially kicked off hurricane season by conducting its pre-season hurricane exercise, called Citadel Gale. Outside of the big voice, most Soldiers did not notice anything out of the ordinary. However, the planning teams from the JTF, Joint Detention Group, Joint Medical Group and Naval Station were busy ensuring our accountability and support systems were fully prepared for whatever Mother Nature may throw our way this summer and fall. May 5 kicked off the exercise with NAVSTA announcing a change in the condition of readiness (COR) at GTMO. COR V normally begins June 1 and continues until the all-clear No vember 30. JTF and NAVSTA worked to ensure its accountability rosters for each shelter. In a hurricane, the most important task all of us have here on GTMO is to ensure no Trooper is left behind. By the end of day one, our accountability procedures were 100 percent and we were ready for day two. Each Trooper should do their own mini-exercise by stocking up on the appropri ate shelter items. Three days of water is a minimum, and make sure you have a military issued duffel bag packed with enough clothes to keep you smelling nice for a week. If youre thinking about packing light or packing at the last minute, just remem ber Hurricane Katrina and how long those folks waited. At COR IV, the condition of readiness when landfall is expected in 72 hours, the fragmentation order (FRA GO) with its instructions is sent out and movement begins. When NAVSTA declared COR IV on day two, the JTF staff moved into high gear. The J4 began packaging all of its MREs, water and cots for each of the JTFs shelters. The J6 began testing the communications plan in the case the internet and phones quit working. Also, the most fun part of any military preparedness, sandbag emplacement takes place during this phase. The day was a success all the food and water for the upcoming hurricane season is now packaged and ready to go to each of the shelters. Day four, NAVSTA announced COR III, the COR with the most impact on the JTF and a 48-hour warning to get ready. At COR III, depending on the size of the storm, Troopers begin their movements to the shelters. When COR III is announced, Trooper movement is based on how strong the incoming storm is. The exercises example storm was Tropical Storm Ursula, a storm that would not wreak havoc, but could do enough damage to make life for the unprepared miserable for a couple of weeks. Hopefully by now, everyone knows where their shelters are located. If not, ask your chain of command so they can let you know. Day five was the final day, landfall. COR I means get hunkered down and prepare for a lot of wind and rain! Instead of hunkering down like we would in the case of a real storm, the J4 did a food and water delivery rehearsal to each of the shelters and the J6 was set to conduct its communi cations exercise. With all JTF Troopers accounted for, the exercise was a success and now its time to get ready for what ever may come our direction during this years hurricane season. HURRICANE EXERCISE: CITADEL GALE


Gozilla (New)PG13, 8 p.m.Haunted House 2R, 10:15 p.m. (New) Noah (LS)PG13, 8 p.m.The Amazing SpiderMan 2 PG13, 8 p.m.Sabotage (LS)R, p.m.Oculus (New)R, 8 p.m.The Grand Budapest HotelR, 10 p.m.Sabotage (LS)R, 8 p.m.The Amazing SpiderMan 2PG13, 8 p.m.Rio 2G, 8 p.m.Oculus (New)R,10 p.m. The Grand Budapest Hotel (New) R, 8 p.m. 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 DOWNTOWN CAMP BULKELEY DOWNTOWN CAMP BULKELEY Draft DayPG13, 8 p.m.Godzilla (New)PG13, 8 p.m.Haunted House 2R, 10:15 p.m.Noah (LS)PG13, 8 p.m.Photo courtesy of BLT Communications, LLC 6Review by Capt. Jesse Manzano PAO Operations OIC, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milThe Grand Budapest Hotel: Halfway through The Grand Bu dapest Hotel, Wes Andersons latest film about the adventures of the hotels renowned concierge George H., played by Ralph Fiennes, and his lobby boy sidekick Zero, played by Tony Revolori, I realized that this marvelous movie is Andersons most ambitious film yet. Like a Matryoshka doll, the narrative of The Grand Budapest Hotel con ceals a story within a story that reveals a smaller, sometimes different, yet by no means less complex, version of reality. Starting with a series of flashbacks that take the viewer from the mid 1980s to the 1960s and finally to the 1930s in the fictional, eastern European Republic of Zubrowka, the Deus ex machina plot devices employed by Anderson never stop making us wonder what will await George H. and Zero next. The trigger for the story is the death of a wealthy hotel patron who leaves a valuable painting to George H. instead of to her son and daughters. The reading of her will unleashes a series of almost absurd, but always aesthetically pleas ing, action film sequences that include chases, imaginative prison breakouts and ultimately shootouts. Like other Anderson films, including Rushmore, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Royal Tenen baums and, more recently, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel is imbued with a sense of nos talgia. This characteristic of Andersons unique style rests not only on his visually attractive mise-en-scnes, but in this movie it is highlighted by the flashbacks that clearly mark a contrast between the action in the hotel of the 1930s with the somber and sad facility of the 1960s. Another quality of Andersons films is his penchant for truly clever casting. Actors like Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartz and, lately, Edward Norton, make recurring appearances in his films and are part of The Grand Budapest Hotel cast. They bring with them not only star power, but also the ability to breathe life to all of the movies unique, quirky characters. Ultimately, however, it is Fiennes and Revolori who carry the film, with great on-screen chemistry. Despite the fact that I thor oughly enjoyed this film, I have to admit that The Grand Budapest Hotel is not a movie for everyone. It will either charm its audiences with Andersons mania for continuously orchestrating symmetrical shots and building sets with bright colors or, alas!, drive them to a state of cathartic somnolence. Because of this, I give this movie only three banana rats, although I really wanted to give it four in the hopes of encouraging all of you to see it and turning you into Wes An derson fans.


The headstone shows the burial place of Seaman Athey who was aboard the battleship USS Kearsage (BB-5) and was killed in a blast on April 13, 1906 that ington Times, published on Sunday, April 15, 1906, A close-up of a cross engraved in a headstone highlights the detail of the weather-worn granite at the Cuzco Wells Cemetery. The cemetery is on the site of the Battle of Cuzco Wells that took place in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. A row of headstones from throughout the past century stand in the Cuzco Wells Cemetery at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. According to Byington, the cemetery is still active and is open to the public for two hours ev Cuzco Wellshistory in the hills CEMETERY 7 Of the many hidden historical nooks that lie in the hills of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, perhaps it is the Cuzco Wells Cemetery that is the most fascinating. The cemetery, which sits on a small plain that was the site of the Battle of Cuzco Wells in 1898, is a physical manifestation of the then and now of GTMO history. Walking through the rows of small, white granite headstones, a viewer can see names from an Italian civilian, a Brazilian Sailor, a Merchant Marine, Sailors and their loved ones who were stationed here, and perhaps most infa mously, many newborns whose graves mark their resting places. Numerous tombstones indicate the buried souls of Cuban exiles, many who spent a majority of their lives in GTMO. They left their families behind in Cuba, said Stacey Byington, U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bays public affairs officer, of the exiles, and they couldnt get back. Everybody expected Castro to only last a couple of years, and then theyd all get to go home. Essential ly, they ended up living their lives here. Some headstones mark Sailors who passed away while out at sea that were then taken here to be laid to rest. A lot of them were Sailors on ships, said Byington. They would bring them in [to bury them]. The cemetery is only open to the public for two hours a year, on Memorial Day, for a flag-raising ceremony, according to Byington. It begins right after morning colors. During Memorial Day, the Boy Scouts come in and have flags for all the different countries [represented at the cemetery], said Byington of the ceremony. Story and photos by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Webmaster,


Photo by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes/The Wire Photo by Sgt. Christopher Vann/The Wire Photo by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes/The Wire 8Families and volunteers across Naval Station Guantanamo Bay came out May 10, for a community event intended to highlight Child Abuse Prevention Month. The event, a joint venture between Fleet and Family Support Center and MWR, invited kids across GTMO to come out and compete in different athletic events while dressed as their favorite superhero. According to Kristie Traver, the Family Advocacy program educator for GTMO, Child Abuse Prevention Month is technically a program that is dedicated through the month of April, but because of scheduling conflicts and getting a time that worked for everyone, including the many sports programs that use Cooper Field, the event was hosted just a little later. While not exactly in April, the event was absolutely intended to highlight Child Abuse Prevention Month, said Traver. We have limited venues here, so this worked out well, being able to use the field and not clash with other events. The idea for a superhero-themed fun day evolved through a conversation with Christina Murcin, the FFSC director at GTMO, and it continued to blossom until not only an abnormal amount of volunteers were acquired but a successful day for the GTMO community was implemented. Ted Wiegman, MWR sports coordinator, spent his Masked Vigilantes at Cooper FieldStory by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Copy Editor,


Photo by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes/The Wire Photo by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes/The Wire Photo by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes/The Wire Photo by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes/The Wire Photo by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes/The Wire 9 whole career in the U.S. Air Force and later for the Air Force Academy running youth events just like this one, and was quick to point out that the key was all in the volunteers. We couldnt do these things without the volunteers. I would much rather have more volunteers than necessary than not have enough. GTMO certainly had enough for the weekend Superhero event, with nearly 48 volunteers operating the activities, they almost outnumbered the young vigilante contestants. Even then, its possible spectators may have had a hard time telling apart the contestants from the volunteers, seeing as many of the adults came dressed as superheroes too. Senior Airmen Daniel Henderson, with Joint Task Force Guantanamos Base Engineering Expeditionary Force, is a fan of dressing up in the name of fun. Henderson spent much of his spare time creating four different outfits for himself and three fellow Airmen so they could all attend as the popular Teen Titans. Henderson, who came as Beast Boy (complete with green face paint) is a frequent volunteer who says his only real reason for coming out, aside for the chance to dress up, was because of the kids. My favorite part was definitely the kids reactions as they ran up to the different events in the obstacle course, said Henderson. It was just a lot of fun.


Second place for the female 30 to 39 age group male, 50 plus age group. First place for the male 18 to 29 age group was Sailor Sean Morris. 10From gym to stage:residents show off hard workStory and photos by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milSuntanned skin, oiled muscles and vibrant personalities of Guantanamo Bay strutted across the stage of the Windjammer Ballroom Saturday in GTMOs third annual Fitness & Figure Competition. The MWR-sponsored fitness event brought together residents from different workplaces and areas of GTMO who share another place where they put in work, the gym. The competitors had a chance to show off their chiseled physiques with four predetermined poses and a 90 second routine. Open to all over 18 years of age, the fitness and figure competitors were divided into three different age groups to determine who would prevail with the title of GTMOs fittest body. The audience clearly had its favorites but the judges were solid in making their decisions using only what they saw on the stage, not by what they heard. Spectators filled the seats of the ballroom to cheer on friends and fellow Service members who were competing in the evenings contest. Some of my unit was competing in the fitness competition, and I wanted to come out and show my support, said Navy Chief Petty Officer Caesar Othon, with the Joint Medical Group. Aside from entertainment, the initial and long-term benefits of this event promote the importance of health and fitness through motivation and break ing down the wall between pursuit and success in the gym. Events like this motivate the Troopers to stay in shape, said Othon. It helps recognize the importance of maintaining health and recognizes their efforts at the gym. As a leader, Othon strives to en courage his Troopers to work on their physical fitness by showing his support and leading by example. A competitor that shared this mindset was Army 1st Lt. Lindsay Shababy, Camp Echo area officer in charge from the 346th Military Police Company. Im a platoon leader, and I want my Soldiers to see me in shape and putting fitness as a priority, said Shababy. Shababy spends two hours a day, five


third annual Fitness & Figure Competition May 9. guns in the Windjammer Ballroom May 9. 11 day a week in the gym. With her rigor ous exercise plan, she approaches fitness as a priority rather than an option. The way I look at it is mission first, and my next priority is fitness, said Shababy. Competing in her first fitness and fig ure competition this weekend, Shababy took the first place trophy for her age group. I want to do one of these [competi tions] when I get home, and I thought this would be a good way to start, said Shababy. The event coordinated by the MWR fitness staff was intended to be a morale boost for those who take their physical fitness regimens seriously. Its a reward for those who are working out all the time, said Roxy Bumpus, MWR coordinator. Some of the ladies said theyve always wanted to do these [fitness competitions] but they just havent felt comfortable until now. While preparing for the competition is hard work, and the confidence required is exemplary, Bumpus and the rest of the MWR staff encourage those who work out arduously to attend and compete in these types of event.


Training on target Story by Sgt. Christopher Vann Staff writer, Range, May 8. The range exercise was part of a three day Naval Station Guantanamo Bays Granadillo Range, May 8. Army Military Policemen are required to qualify on their M9 weapon systems every six months.Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The Wire Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The Wire 12enforcement operations, when you are actually doing MP work. While the M9 (9mm Beretta Pistol) is the primary weapon, the M4 serves as the detachments secondary weapon. To qualify with the M4, the task was to hit at least 23 out of 40 stationary, paper targets ranging from 50 to 300 meters in the positions of prone supported, prone unsupported and a kneeling. Depending on how many targets a person hits, determined their marksmanship badge. Trainings going very good, said Perez. Weve had everyone going through, qualifying, trying to get our support MOSs who dont get this type of training. They dont ever get to shoot M9s. First time for everyone is a little different than shooting rifles. Spc. Orlando Givens, a human resource specialist, 93rd MP Battal ion, was not as trained as some of his counterparts, but he enjoyed the famil iarization. Learning and staying familiar with the weapons are vital. Improving my technique was the goal, said Givens. The training reinforced a variety of the Soldiers skills such as accuracy and ability to adapt to environmental conditions. Were working them through it, said Perez, getting them trained so they can also be successful. Army Staff Sgt. Billy Messer, NCOIC for the M4 and M9 qualifications, said that during their qualification, the tem T URN YOUR SELECTOR SWITCH TO FIRE, AND ENGAGE YOUR TARGET . Those were the in structions given to the Soldiers of Joint Task Force Guantanamos 93rd Military Police Battalion as they qualified on their M4 rifles and M9 pistols at Naval Station Guantanamo Bays Granadillo Range, May 6 8. Soldiers spent the first portion of the training adjusting their weapons to the distance and elevation of their targets, a process called zeroing. Once the zeroing adjustments were made, the Soldiers proceeded to the qualification test. Range control NCOs assisted by evaluating Soldiers accuracy and providing instructions on how to improve their shooting. The range NCOs also ensured the safety of the Soldiers by checking their weapons before and after each firing set. Spc. Julian Perez, a JTF Soldier with the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 93rd MP Battalion, feels this training is effective. MPs have to qualify every six months on their M9, said Perez. Qualifying on the M9, it sets you up to be successful when you are working law perature played a major factor. The first day was a hot and partly cloudy day with occasional rain at the range, but the weather simulated real-life mission conditions. The heats really getting to us, said Messer, which means some Soldiers are having more trouble than others, but well get them there. The weather aside, Soldiers were upbeat about the training. This is great being out here, Im really enjoying it, said Givens.


Its early evening, and a group of about 20 are stretching their hamstrings, jumping rope and doing pull-ups. A pulse thumping mix of The Bravery and Rise Against plays over the speaker. Theres a light breeze blowing through Cooper Field, but not enough to cool down this sweat-dripping core warm-up thats about to happen. Spectators will first see it looks a lot like CrossFit, but this group refuses to be called CrossFit ters. They are known as GitmoFit. A lot like CrossFit, Fit is a class that primarily focuses on cardiovascular endurance, strength training, flexibility, power, agility and balance. Exercises range from Olympic-style lifting, gymnastics, tire flips, box jumps, burpees, running sprints up JPJ Hill and everything in-between. At the helm of this group is Spc. Adam Leighty, with the 525th Military Police Battalion. He is what you would call the coach, mentor or ring leader of this group. Leighty comes up with the different variations of exercises, which challenges everyone physically as well as mentally. During the classes, Leighty walks around kind of like a drill sergeant would during corrective physical training, not to yell at you, but to make corrections in your form, ensuring the group is doing the exercises safely and staying motivated. When taking on this project, his primary objective had one main goal in mind. Most importantly were out here to get a good workout and have a good time, said Leighty. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Murray, with the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Sta tion, has been coming to the class for the last two months. In that period, he has shed a total of 25 pounds. Since joining the class I feel better, eat better and I sleep better, said Murray. Each day is a new set of exercises and challenges. You never know what the next days workout is going to be, and this is good, because if we knew prior to coming, we probably wouldnt even show up. When participating in GitmoFit, one of the first things youll notice is the cama raderie of the group. Everyone is eager to assist one another in getting that last repetition or help motivate their fellow service member. Air Force 1st Lt. Sean Coombs, the J6 Information Assurance officer in charge, has been doing these types of workouts for quite some time and says this is one of the best groups hes had the chance to work out with. The community is very close, and the motivation in the group is very high, said Coombs. Adam does a great job with the programming and putting the classes together, plus the price is right. So maybe you are looking to add to your workout routine or try something a little more challenging. Whatever your reasons are, classes are held Monday through Friday at 6:30 p.m. behind the softball fields. We welcome all branches, civilians and ages; doesnt matter what your fitness level is, if you want to get fit, come out, said Leighty. Joint Task Force Guantanamo, participates with the local exercise group GitmoFit Tuesday, May 6. Spc. Adam Leighty leads the warm up for Naval Station Guantanamos workout group GitmoFit Tuesday, May 6. Leighty makes sure that each workout is not only unknown to the participants until arrival, he coaches and supports everyone to make sure each workout is performed safely and correctly. at the Cooper Field Sports Complex with the local workout group, GitmoFit, Tuesday, May 6.Troopers GitmoFit Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Robert Ponder Media Relations, 13


RecipeIngredients: Italian dressing, milk or lemon for marinade Seasonings to flavor: garlic, salt, cayenne, habanero peppers, Louisiana blend Creole seasoning Instructions: Marinade fillets for 2-3 days in Italian dressing, milk or lemon. Rub fillets with mayonnaise prior to putting on the grill. Cook about eight to 12 minutes on each side. The firmness and color will change from transparent to more opaque and firm like a swordfish or steak. 14Shark steaksThe courage musterI would never have the nerve to get up there in a bathing suit, someone in the audience said. People around agreed it would take guts for them to get on stage for Guantanamo Bays third annual Fitness and Figure Competition. Army Brig. Gen. Marion Garcia, during an interview for Womens Histo ry Month, spoke about the topic: women of character, courage and commitment. She said some women have told her, even if they feel confident in what they can do, its the courage to stand up and project confidence that they find most difficult. I decided to ask some of the competi tors to see what gave them their courage to get on stage to see if they had strate gies that would help others have more courage. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ailyn Torres Smith is a mother of five and participated to give herself a gift for Mothers Day. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Diane Wesaws courage came from the desire to show her husband what shes done and encourage him to also move forward in his physical fitness goals. Initially, Navy Chief Petty Officer Cynthia Rivera encouraged her to be in the competition but, after thinking twice about it, she had decided not to participate. Then I talked to Roxy Bumpus, an MWR Coordinator, while I was in class for Command Fitness Leader, said Wesaw. She convinced me that I would be a role model for women my age as well as those younger than me. So, I signed up on the last day for the competition. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nina Pinidi has health as her secret weapon. Most people say when you look good you feel good, but I believe when you feel good you look good. Its all about being healthy. Each one had something different that gave them courage to get on stage and compete. For some it was previous experience, others had a mentor. Another word for courage is daring. Graham Greene in The Heart of the Matter said, A single feat of daring can alter the whole conception of what is possible. Thank you for those of you that dared to do this. For some of us you alter our conceptions of what is possible in our own lives. This weeks recipe is shark with a southern twist from Louisiana given to us compliments of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Paul Cooper. The shark jaw photographed is from a 42-pound blacktip shark he caught here in Guantanamo Bay and so are the shark steaks sitting inside the jaws. He skinned and prepared the teeth himself. The jaws arent actually bone, theyre cartilage, Cooper said. You can bend them while theyre fresh. I propped a stick up in its mouth so it would dry open in the sun after three days. You may see Cooper barbe cuing things he has caught or you may have been a passenger on one of the boats he captains for MWR fishing trips. Cooper says, Cooking gives me a change pace for the galley food, brings me back to home, calms me down and allows my peers to try new items, like shark. Story by Sgt. Debra Cook Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milStory by Sgt. Debra Cook Staff Writer,


haplains olumn 15 Dealing with Disappointments The cannon was named in honor of Charles de Bourbon, the head of the French artillery from 1736 1755. Cast on March 23, 1748, at Douai, France, this large, ornate, bronze, muzzle-loading cannon was the work of a second-generation Swiss gunmaker Jean Martiz. It is an excellent example of the 18th century French Vallier system of artillery, devised by Gen. Jean-Florent de Vallier, the head of the French artillery in 1732, who standardized French gun calibers. The breech of the gun depicts the gaping maw of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. His face, sur rounded by stylized leaves, has a large club extending from his mouth forming a knurled cascabel. The face of Bacchus signifies a gun of the largest caliber a 24-pound siege gun. The image of the sunburst is a reference to the dynasty of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Louis XV was in power when the gun was cast. By Army Cpt. Brady Frederick So there I was, checked into my hotel room in the states. I broke out my laptop ready for the moment Id dreamed about for weeks, streaming a movie from my severely neglected Netflix account. Id been having daydreams about down loading music and apps, even one I didnt want just because I could. The moment came when the webpage finally loaded, and I selected a movie. In one instant all my hopes were dashed. Some how Id booked the one hotel in all of the United States with an internet con nection slower than GTMOs. I couldnt even fathom how that was possible. You have probably noticed that life is full of disappointments, some trivial like GTMOs internet speed and some life altering like missed promotions and the death of a relationship. We long for a life of only happiness, but what if some of the greatest blessings spring from lifes major disappointments? The greatest blessing in my life occurred as a result of an execution 2,000 years ago. Even my diagnosis of cancer at 20 drew me closer to God than Id ever been. It is not always clear why bad things happen. Sometimes it is just a result of human mistakes or destructive intentions. However, sometimes beauty arises from the midst of ashes, like new growth after a fire. Just maybe, lifes greatest disappointments turn into a blessing in disguise. SpotTheJSMART A unique workplace like GTMO brings on a lot of unique stressors such as limited time off, high tension with peers and emotional isolation. Ways to com bat this may be simpler than you think. Positive coping skills that you can utilize include: calling family or friends, going bowling, swimming or any of the other MWR activities on the island. These activities can be done with friends to release the stress in a healthy, fun way. Remember to be cautious in avoiding negative coping strategies like excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, isolating yourself, or engaging in inappropriate relationships. For more positive coping skills come to JSMART to discuss them or anything else that may be effecting you. JSMART Advertising Coordinator It measures 13-feet, 7-inches from the muzzle to the end of the Bacchus clubshaped cascabel, and is nearly 18-inches in diameter at the breech. It weighs approximately 6,184 pounds, more than three tons. The gun, cast by a Swiss gunmak er for the French, eventually served the Spanish and believed to have seen action against the U.S. Navy, is now part of a monument to the dead of the nation against which it fired its last shot. The monument on McCalla Hill was crowned by the ornate siege gun in February 1906, and dedicated to the Marines who lost their lives to gain the land now occupied by one of the U.S.s most famous overseas naval bases. Photo by Maj. Reinaldo Montero/The WirePhoto by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The WireExcerpts from History of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 1494-Present Stacey Byington, USNH GTMO PAO


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