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Volume 16, Issue 14 May 23, 2014 GTMOs Captains CupDenich Gymrenovations complete spend some time craftingCeramics Shop


2 CORRECTIONS Photo by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes/The Wire of the week FEATURES12 Beauty in the crafts Guantanamo residents can reduce stress and produce something unique at the Arts and 10 Denich Gym unveiled 8 Cover Story Sgt. Richard Rowe JTF J4 Supply NCO Spc. Joel Goodwater 346th MP Company Around the BayLegal assistance available Cover photo:


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 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 OIC/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 thru 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


4 the bananas and goes for the ladder. Before the ice cold water starts spraying, the other four monkeys jump on the new monkey and beat him up. Thus, the new guy learns no going for the ladder and no bananas period, without even knowing why or ever getting wet! This pattern is repeated until all the original monkeys have been replaced with new monkeys. By that time, the sprinkler system has been disabled (because the part needed was on the barge) and none of the new monkeys know why you cannot reach for the ba nanas! All they know is thats the way we do things around here. Although I do not know if that experiment ever happened, the intended message is clear. We must never cease to improve and evaluate why we do things the way we do. Is there a better way? The only thing that is constant in the world is change. Whether it is how we process administrative matters, expend our budget, or how we execute our SOPs, we must always seek to become more efficient especially in a time of ever decreasing and austere resources. Like it or not, the military is often a bureaucracy and bureaucracies destroy initiative. We must resist the downward spiral of bureaucracy. I often hear that one of our limita tions is the constant change of personnel rotations. While a high rotational tempo can be a severe limitation if not ade quately managed, it can also be a hidden strength. The constant influx of new personnel and diverse perspectives can lead to the new ideas and innovations of a fresh set of eyes on old problems. I encourage each of you to challenge the norms of the way we have always done things around here and ask yourself how we can improve our operations. GTMO sports standings 1. Chaos 8-0 2. Fight'n 66 7-0 3. Mercenaries 6-1 4. Team 907 6-3 5. GTMO Latinos 5-3 6. Outcasts 3-2 7. BEEF Sticks 5-4 8. The Gorillas 4-4 9. Sunbursts 4-4 10. Misfits 4-4 11. J2 Ghosts 4-5 12. Hell Hounds 3-6 13. Inglorious Batters 3-6 14. JMG 2-7 15. Dream Killers 1-8 16. Ghost Writers 0-8 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. Boyz from Illinoise 7-1 2. Georgia Boys 4-1 3. GTMO Mustangs 6-2 4. CLO 5-2 5. USNH GTMO 3-2 6. GTMO Latinos 4-3 7. Team Shaker 2-2 8. Smokers 3-5 9. Bunches of Fun 2-4 10. The Great Kozub 0-6 11. The Shamers 0-6Softball Basketball Soccer GolfMens Soccer League 1. Asquad 2-0-0 2. Manchester City 2-0-1 3. Nex United 2-0-0 4. Wolverines 2-0-2 5. Fightin 66 1-2-1 6. Boston Beaners 0-2-1 7. Road House 0-3-1 8. Smash Bois 0-2-0 Womens Soccer League 1. One Love 2-0-0 2. Barcelona 1-1-0 3. Soccer Bombers 0-2-0 The way we have always done things around hereAs chief of staff, one of my challenges is to support the JTF mission while at the same time looking for ways to become more efficient. It is definitely a team effort. Being part of the GTMO team reminded me of a story one of my commanding officers once relayed to me. As the story goes, there is an experiment involving five monkeys locked in a room. A bunch of bananas were hung from the ceiling, and a ladder was placed right underneath it. As predicted, one of the monkeys would race towards the ladder to grab the bananas. However, as soon as he would start to climb, sprinklers would turn on and soak all the monkeys with ice-cold water. When a second monkey tried to climb the ladder, the sprinklers would again soak the monkeys with ice cold water. Eventually the monkeys learned their lesson: Climbing the ladder for the bananas leads to ice cold misery for EV ERYONE, so no one climbs the ladder. After the five original monkeys had learned the lesson, one of the monkeys was replaced with a new inexperienced one. As expected, the new monkey spots News Feed REGION By Navy Capt. Eric Venema Joint Task Force, Chief of Staff


5 Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The WireWhile deployed, some of the smallest things can make a big impact on us at any particular time, like when your units mail orderly tells you that a package is for you. For Troopers deployed here, Joint Task Force Guantanamos Camp America post office services the mail needs of all JTF Troopers. You can tell when someone is excited about a package, said Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Baldaramos, the post offices noncommissioned officer in charge. Even when we are already closed and are leaving, and they have that little slip in their hand, and they say, awe are you closed? You know they work different hours. They work 12-hour shifts. So, well come back in and open it for them. Ensuring JTF Troopers get their mail, which can serve as a huge morale boost, is the pinnacle of the post offices respon sibility, though their duty doesnt stop there. Spc. Kelly Rojas, from the 40th Infantry Division, is a postal clerk at the office. According to Rojas, her colleague and fellow postal clerk Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Enobong Udoh paid, out of his own pocket, for a package to get to the correct recipient. There was a package that kept getting sent back here, said Rojas. It got sent back here about two or three times. The initial sender had since left GTMO, so Udoh took the initia tive to send the package to the rightful party, who was located in Europe. She sent him a care package back here thanking him for everything because she didnt know where her package was, said Rojas. She thought it was lost. Because of the influx of incoming and outgoing Troopers here, Baldaramos, Rojas and Udoh see times of hectic mail activity flow into slower moments. According to Baldaramos, mainly due to the departure of two large units, April was an example of the former. We had over 485 customers, and we processed 26,000 pounds of incoming mail and over 10,000 pounds of out going mail, said Baldaramos of Aprils activity. During other months, there can be a third of that, he added. To deal with that fluctuation for me feels like a little bit of a challenge. Another special element of JTF GTMOs postal operations is each units appointed package handler, known as a mail orderly. Mail orderlies, they make our days, said Baldaramos. They come you get to see the same faces. Most orderlies make our days for sure. And they are a great help too when we are short of staff or when we get a lot of mail, said Rojas. Mail orderlies come and volunteer. Staying true to the old adage what you give is what you get perhaps the amount of mail you send will be in direct proportion to what you receive. So, come see the postal workers of JTF GTMOs post office to proliferate your postal experience. If you are uncertain about anything, come by here first and talk to us, said Baldaramos to ensure that your visit will be easy and successful and your package will be sent off properly. Wed be more than happy to help you. Story by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Webmaster,


6 OCULUSYou see what it wants you to see Review by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Webmaster, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milGODZILLA Review by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach Editor, A fantastic throwback in all the right ways, the new Godzilla movie debuted with a scorching 93 million dollar weekend. Far exceeding critic estimations that put it in the 70 mil lion dollar range; its safe to say that the iconic monster reboot has not only exceeded expectations at the box office, it surpassed them here at Naval Station Guantanamos Downtown Lyceum theater too. Fifteen years after a reactor meltdown at a Japanese power plant, an ancient monster awakens with an unknown purpose and a devastating amount of power. Godzilla is drawn out and begins to follow the new menace who, with cataclysmic results, makes a beeline for the continental United States. The cre ators do a phenomenal job on weaving creative cinematography to heighten suspense and forward the action of the movie, giving many scenes in the film a near artistic visual appeal. With A-list actors such as Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Savages), characters are given an emotional credibility not present in most monster movies. The physical and emotional crisis of the characters makes the impending doom seem more relatable, without focusing on it so much as to distract from the main purpose of the movie: Godzilla being awesome. With wide-angle shots of the city landscapes and monsters who dwarf their surroundings, a trait present in almost every original film starring the iconic lizard, the original creators would been pleased with this new rendi tion. Viewers who are fans of, or have at least seen the original Godzilla movies will appreci ate this classic reboot just a little bit more. Four banana rats for Godzilla. In most recent years, the Wayans brothers have been responsible for a slew of satire films ridiculing the absurdity of horror flicks, beginning with Scary Movie in 2000. Their first was actually entertaining, cheesy and dripping with innuendos and potty humor, but still a riot. Apparently the rest of the siblings abandoned the futile exercise a few films back before things got out of hand. Written solely by Marlon Wayans, Haunted House 2 is the latest install ment of the most recent absurd ly crude franchise. Wayans stars as Malcolm who, after the death and haunting of his wife in the last film, starts fresh with his new girlfriend Megan, played by Jaime Pressly, and her two children. After moving in together, Malcolm is once again plagued by creepy paranormal events. Meant to parody of recent chillers like Insidious, The Possession and The Conjuring, the intent is lost in the muck of potty jokes, and tasteless, racist and sexually explicit, obscenity-ridden dialog. At this point, these satires must have gained a specific following, as the previous installment grossed $40 million last year. So someone must be enjoying them; perhaps that one frat guy that likes to snap other dudes with a wet towel and laugh hysteri cally or the oblivious producers that bring us such vomit-inducing entertainment as Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Up until recently, no film has been awarded half a banana rat. It seemed like a type of animal cruelty, sacrificing the life of a cartoon rodent for the sake of a hard-hitting re view. If any one particular piece of cinematography warranted such an action however, it is A Haunted House 2. Oculus terrified the heck out of me. I am always a skeptic in regards to scary movies, but this film had me both interested and frightened throughout. The plot employed an effective oscillating timeline. It took the viewer back and forth from a brother and sisters childhood decimated by a mirror inhabited by an evil spirit to when they were adults attempting to destroy the mirror. We learn that the mirror and its malevolent agenda has wreaked havoc for centuries, the most recent victims being the childrens mother, father, and Id be remiss to neglect, their golden retriever. A great positive of Oculus was its creators didnt rely on advanced special effects to make this films horror spark. There were flashes of spooky, shiny-eyed ghouls and scenes that had a lot of suspense and fright due to smart cinematography, but there was never a dependency on it. The plot carried the movie well enough on its own, especially towards the end when things became nail biting ly intense. Perhaps best of all was what was omitted from Oculus. To my relief, there wasnt a prevalence of someone absentmindedly venturing into a dark place to investigate a mysterious noise after they saw their best friend get eaten by a ghastly monster. I never once said to myself, Run you idiot! This created a good respect for the mirror and its evil tricks and avoided generating an overly apathetic view of its victims. For some of us mirrors are scary enough, but if you want a truly haunted accentuation of everyones favorite flat, reflective surface, have some fun with your fears and check out Oculus. Because I enjoy a well-done scary film, especially one that doesnt create ridiculous disdain for the stupidity of its characters, this movie gets four banana rats. Review by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Copy Editor,


7 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 X-Men: Days of Future Past (New) PG13, 8 p.m.Brick Mansions (New) PG13, 10:30 p.m.The Grand Budapest Hotel(LS) R, 8 p.m.Godzilla PG13, 8 p.m.Oculus R, 8 p.m.Captain America 2: Winter Soldier(LS) PG13, 8 p.m.Haunted House 2R, 8 p.m. Godzilla PG13, 8 p.m.Haunted House 2R, 10:15 p.m.Heaven is for Real (New) PG, 8 p.m.The Other Woman (New) R, 10:15 p.m. Heaven is for Real(New) PG, 8 p.m.The Other Woman (New) PG13, 10:00 p.m.Oculus (New) R, 8 p.m.Captain America 2: Winter Soldier(LS) PG13, 8 p.m.X-Men: Days of Future Past (New) PG13, 8 p.m.Brick Mansions (New) PG13, 10:30 p.m.Godzilla PG13, 8 p.m. Review by Sgt. Kenneth TucceriWebmaster, GTMO Runs to RememberPhoto Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard In 2011, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Brian Bruns ran 100 miles from Key Largo to Key West to remember Coast Guards men who have fallen in the line of duty after 9/11. It is now a global event, one that was carried out on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay by Joint Task Force GTMO Port Security Unit 312 from San Francisco, Sunday, May 18 at Cooper Field. The 312th, who are recent arrivals to GTMO, committed to the Run to Remember in 2013 and wanted to keep the tradition alive while they were deployed. PSU 312 commanding officer, U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Tiffany Danko, says its not the first time theyve done the Run to Remember. This was all the work and effort of my petty officers, with Petty Officer 1st Class Mike Canning being the driving force behind the organization of the event, said Danko. After organizing the run last year, Petty Officer Mike Canning was asked if he wanted to organize the Run to Remember in GTMO too. He said to prepare for the event he had to coordinate with the MWR, who provided the supplies, canopies, and the scoreboard. Regardless of how many ran at one time, only one runner carried the Run to Remember baton, which had to travel 100 miles. Oftentimes whoever ran with the baton would have someone run with them for support. Most of the people here for the beginning of it are from the night shift, so most of them ran first, after we all ran the first mile together, said Canning. An event like this takes a whole day, with the PSU 312 setting things off at 7 a.m. and not ending until after 9 p.m. Success of the event depend ed not on the Coast Guard members who stayed throughout the day, but with the volunteers who trickled in through out the afternoon; of those volunteers, one group was crucial to making the 100 miles achievable. Marine Staff Sgt. Melbin Medina, with the Naval Station Guantanamos Marine Security Force Station, heard the initial announcement a few weeks prior over the radio, and called into the radio that the Marines would dedicate at least 25 miles for the Run to Remember. After that, I put the information out about the run for volunteers to sign up. Theyre always looking for something to do, said Medina. Initially, he wasnt sure how many would volunteer, but by the time it came to run, they landed at Cooper Field with Story and photos by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Copy Editor, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil33 runners. They brought almost a whole pla toon out and just ran a ton of miles for us. They ran 76 miles total, with 35 of them going towards the 100 mile goal. It was great, said Danko. Canning explained that they had a waiting list to run because the Marines ran all their miles at once. They ran in teams of two, with one runner carrying the unit guidon and the other carrying the official baton. As a result, two separate mileage trackers were kept: one that told how far the baton had traveled, and one to account for total miles run which included the support runners or guidon runners. After their lengthy contribution was finished, those on the waiting list would start traveling with the baton. In cluding the support runners throughout the day, a total of 290 miles were run. Whats left of the unit back home did this run yesterday with about 40 people. They did 101 miles total, said Canning.


8 roopers of every service were giving it their all at Guan tanamo Bays second annual Captains Cup held in cele bration of Armed Forces Day, Friday and Saturday at Cooper Field and other locations on base. For the trophy, services competed in 10 different events including: a 5k run, bowling tournament, three-point shoot out, home-run derby; punt, pass and kick; golf, softball, flag football, tug of war and a swim meet. Those selected to compete for each service in each event earned points depending on their final ranking. The service with the most points by the end of the second day was crowned the winner of GTMOs Captains Cup. A true Captains Cup is only Navy. It is a whole year and broken down by com mands, said Jim Holbert, an MWR sports coordinator and the events organizer. Unlike a traditional Captains Cup, GTMOs version had each service join together to compete against other branches in a series of physically demanding events over a span of nearly 13 hours in just one weekend. The two day, multievent Captains Cup began early Friday morning with a 5k that started and ended at Cooper Field. Service members from every branch raced in this leg of the competition. Taking first place and foreshadowing an overall win was Spc. Tyler Neier, with the 346th Military Police Company. Neier crossed the finish line at 18:14, scoring 11 points. Friday evening, participants competed in a home-run derby; punt, pass and kick; three-point shootout and a bowling tournament. The Navy took the first place spot for the home-run derby, earning nine points for their team. Despite their small pool of Service members on the island, GTMOs Coast Guardsmen pulled together a noteworthy team that received first place in the punt, pass and kick giving them nine points for the scoreboard. Coast Guard Port Security Unit 312 has only been on island about a month but was able to contribute by having participants in T Competition Competition builds builds cohesion cohesionStory and photos by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Staff Writer,


9 every event. We left it in the outfield. We left it in the pool, said Coast Guard Petty Of ficer 3rd Class Travis Markowski, with PSU 312, the Joint Task Force Maritime Security Detachment. The new unit gave the Captains Cup their all and cherished the opportunity to get out and compete as a team against other services. We all wear the uniform and when all five branches get a chance to play against each other and you have sports manship, we can all come out and play together, said Coast Guard Petty Offi cer 2nd Class Kyle Joseph attached to the Naval Station Aviation Detachment. Joseph has been on island for three years and competed in last years Captains Cup. This year he competed in football, basketball and softball. Earning its evening points in two events, the Army team placed first in the three point basketball shootout and the bowling tournament. Day one finished out with a full board of scores showing Army in first place with 39 points and following in second with 23 points was the Navy team. An event-filled day two began at the Lateral Hazard golf course where Navy took first place, put ting 11 points on the board. Soon after teeoff, other participants gathered at the softball fields to begin the first of six soft ball games that would run through the afternoon. For this event there were two teams for both the Navy and the Army. GTMOs softball leagues consist of mostly Army and Navy participants, where they often play against other com mands in the same service. It gave the branches a chance to play with each other as a service rather than against each other for once, said Holbert. The flag football event started at 10 a.m. and eventually closed out the Cap tains Cup with a championship game that gave the Navy their final points for the day. Beating the Army, 21 to 9, the Navy team took a strong second place overall with 59 points. Despite its loss in flag football, the Army took the Captains Cup with 78 points and earned the years trophy. This event catered to the ebb and flow of GTMO personnel and the special circumstances that allow every branch to be represented. We have a unique base, a unique situation, so here we can do it with all the branches, said Holbert. GTMO is comprised of many commands of different sizes in each service, which would make a traditional, com mand-based Captains Cup difficult. Here we have smaller commands, so it wouldnt work for smaller units like the radio station who have less than 10 people, said Holbert. The event is still changing considering last year the competition included three on three basketball and corn hole, and this year it was replaced with swimming and the punt, pass and kick. Its still evolving into what we want it to be, said Holbert.


10 A multi-million dollar construction endeavor that began five years ago has finally reached completion. Much to the excitement of Naval Station Guantana mo Bay residents and Joint Task Force GTMO Troopers alike, the renovation and new construction for improving Denich Gym has been unveiled and is ready to support the needs of its fit ness-seeking patrons. While the two full-sized basketball courts are the true new construction, they have up until recently been serving as a free weight and aerobic fitness area during the renovation. The unveiled area has been remodeled to allow for a lot more storage. All in all, an addi tional 19,636 square feet was added to the existing structure, allowing Service members and their families a lot more room to get moving. The updates are not merely cosmetic however, as the renovation called for environmental improvements as well. One of the bigger updates is the power, said MWR Fitness Director Alec Culpepper. The energy is all supplanted from a solar array system behind the high school. All the lights are motion censored, so if no one is in, theyll shut down. There are many environmental savings. Electricity savings is only the begin ning. The space has a lot of new updates all with the goal in mind of customer convenience. We are moving everything towards a central location, and this is consid ered the downtown area. Its going to benefit everyone. Its going to benefit Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach Editor, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milMWR because now we can worry about one central location. It was a challenge before being responsible for more than one location, especially for manning, said Culpepper. Previously, the majority of group exercise classes were held at Marine Hill. Now with the two modular group exercise rooms, the workouts that locals enjoy, like kickboxing, Zumba and step classes will take place at Denich Gym. Additionally, there is a spinning room that holds rows of stationary cycles. In the main fitness area, two racquetball courts line the back wall. Seeking more solace for your sweat session? There is also an extensive cardio section with treadmills, elipticals, cross training items like rowers and climbers, all surrounded by a multitude renovations unveiled


11 of televisions. For lifting, quad stations and an Olympic lift platform has been installed across from the traditional strength area thats lined with varying levels of free weights. With plenty of space to bulk up, another room was created with some younger residents in mind. Theres a family fitness area where you can bring your kids, set them down and run the treadmills, said Joseph Belt, MWR fitness coordinator. While all of the equipment is brand new, the previously used items will be placed in various unmanned fitness areas on the base, such as the Marine Hill gym. Full access to cardio and strength training will be much more convenient, with the 24-hours a day, seven days a week schedule. Patrons can now get ready for work, post-workout in the new locker rooms complete with a sauna, multiple individual showers and lockers available for daily and monthly check out. Fitness personnel can enjoy some improvements as well, such as classrooms, a personal training office where they can measure heart rate, blood pressure, and perform assessments. Behind the front desk, employees have easy access to a controlled storage area that streamlines the sports and fitness equipment checkout that teams and units can utilize. MWR hopes to have Denich Gym fully operational and open for business this weekend. renovations unveiled


12Story by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Staff Writer, Paint crusted fingers dip a paintfilled brush into murky, rinsing water while another set of hands is molding wet clay as it spins on a pottery wheel. These hands-on activities are what many MWR patrons find themselves doing at Guantanamo Bays Arts and Craft Shop throughout the weekend. The shop is open to all who have a desire to paint ceramics, make their own pottery and paint it as well. For the cost of supplies, everything needed to create Color Sculpt Mold Paint Design Build a unique piece of art is available to those who aspire to find an outlet for their artistic abilities. Pottery is my thing, said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Cynthia Holland, Deputy J1, Joint Task Force GTMO. She has made hundreds of pieces during her time here at GTMO. Holland spends a bulk of her free time in the Arts and Crafts Shop relieving stress in the pottery room where she brings her artwork to life.Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The Wire Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The WireThis is my Liberty Center, said Holland. Throughout her time spent over clay, her favorite piece was a starfish sculp ture she made by hand. Its striking, said Holland. Its completely hand built. Utilizing the time she has here, Holland took on the task of painting a massive stein. This piece took her the longest to make, a total of three months from start to finish. Create something new at the Cra Shop


13 Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire Another regular at the Arts and Crafts Shop is Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Honeycutt, a hospital corpsman with the Joint Medical Group. He often visits the craft shop after work to let off some steam. You can use your imagination; put your mind at ease. At the end of the day its a good way to take your mind off the stress in your life. Helping the familiar faces of the craft shop is Franki Allbritton, an employee and ceramics enthusiast. Allbritton joined the shop in February after taking the job because it sounded fun. I did ceramics with my mom when I was a kid, and I liked it. She [her moth er] also worked at a ceramics shop when she was younger, said Allbritton. While working in the shop, Allbrit ton sees kids and their mothers in the shop often but her favorite thing about working in the shop is seeing everyone elses artistic abilities and what they can create. Outside of those who have discovered all that the craft shop has to offer, Allbritton encourages those who are skeptical of coming to just give the shop a chance. Just try it. Just come and try it, said Allbritton. The activities offered at the shop are different than anything else on the island. For those who dont want to go fishing or diving, it gives them another option, said Allbritton. The shop offers classes in beginner and advanced pottery, canvas paint ing, childrens mosaics and woodshop. GTMOs Arts and Craft Shop is open Thursday and Friday from 5-9 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday from noon9 p.m. Create something new at the Cra Shop


14 Story and photo by Sgt. Debra Cook Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milA group of Troopers are finishing up their deployment here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo so they cleaned out their fridges and cooked all the food they had left. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Christo pher Busby sat at the picnic table outside his room and put together one of his specialties, cheesy jalapeo sausage. Busby is leaving GTMO having accomplished his goal of saving money. Now Im able to focus on finishing school when I return home, said Busby. Farewell cook-offTime travel to accomplish your goalsThe opening of Rickys Tavern was one day to remember! I can remember painting, cleaning and stocking items in my store just for the opening day. I surprised myself with all the hard work I put into making this place successful to make my dream come true. I had to spend over $ 200,000 to open my store but I made it back in profit by the second week of opening. Owning my store has been wonderful for my self esteem. It is great to meet all kinds of people and provide a service to the community . but the most rewarding thing about running my store is the total autonomy and control of the business and the ability to tailor it to my lifestyle. It is such a creative outlet! This is a letter by Ricardo Alvaranga, a 24-year-old contractor that came to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay from Jamaica to save money and open a business back home. The content of Ricardos letter is fiction. Its something he hopes for, so he sat in the future men tally, watched it happen in his mind and then wrote it down as if it took place already. It was a struggle to imagine something that has not happened yet and write it down, said Alvaranga. Its documented that successful people focus on their goals. Writing them down as if youve already achieved them is one way to sharpen up that focus. Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People said, All things are created twice. Theres a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things. A popular tip usually given for achieving goals is to write them down. Its also often suggested to visualize them in your mind. Another powerful technique to add to your arsenal is called writing as if. Travel to the future and write down how wonderful your goal was to accomplish like Alvaranga did, seeing it in your mind and being specific in your descriptions. You can do this with any goal from physical fitness to financial goals. Your possibilities are endless. Mark Twain lived an amazing life full of accomplishment. He wrote, years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didnt do than by the ones you did. So throw off the blow lines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain RecipeIngredients: Polska kielbasa, jalapenos (jarred or fresh), cheddar cheese Directions: Cut up kielbasa in sections. Slice half way down middle of each section. Fill with jalapenos and cheese. Use toothpick to hold together. Grill for approximately 10 minutes. Cheesy jalapeno sausage Story by Sgt. Debra Cook Staff Writer,


15 By Army Col. Mike Lembke U.S. Southern Command chaplain haplains olumn Spot TheJSMART /jointtaskforceguantanamo Facebook Oh give thanks unto the Lord for He is good. His mercy endures forever! Psalm 118:1 Im learning Spanish. Its slow but fun. The first phrases I learned were how to say please and thank you. The words in Spanish sound a lot like favor and grace. Many of you already know the difference between a good and bad interaction with someone is please and thank you. Each word communicates fa vor and grace. A willingness to acknowledge what is best in people. And so I want to say thank you to all of you who do your part to make NAVSTA and JTF GTMO run with respect, honor and mission accomplish ment. I was hosted for four days by Chaplain Stephen Gammon and his JTF religious support team colleagues. I was very impressed and inspired by their spirit, enthusiasm and pastoral presence. I met all the chaplains and assistants, most of the commanders, and many troopers and civilians that sum up the GTMO mission. I saw favor and grace in the attitudes, leadership, guard force, support personnel, and I leave this place with a greater appreciation for the joys and sorrows of the mission. I enjoyed seeing Army National Guard and reserve and active duty forces of all services working together, appreciating the uniqueness of each components culture and bringing it all together into a cohesive structure. Each of us has the opportunity to say thanks with favor and grace to people we meet every day. After all, there is much for which to be thankful. JSMART Advertising Coordinator This weeks stinkin thinkin topic is the mental filter (not to be confused with the mind to mouth filter many of us wish we had). The mental filter involves picking out a single negative detail and dwelling on it exclusively so that your vi sion of the situation becomes darkened, like a drop of ink that discolors an entire beaker of water. Examples of the mental filter include getting a traffic ticket and thinking everyone believes you are a criminal, or making a minor error while working and believing that your chain of command sees you as a screw-up, and they all dislike you. One way to combat this is to speak to others privately and get their points of view. Multiple perspectives can clear your own perception on the issue and help you under stand the real situation, which is often not as bad as you thought. For more on stinkin thinkin or anything else that may trouble you stop by JSMART. We are ready to assist you. May 1994, Operation Sea Signal began and the naval base was tasked to support Joint Task Force 160, providing humanitarian assistance to thousands of Haitian and Cuban migrants. In late August and early September 1994, 2,200 family members and civilian employees were evacuated from the base as the migrant population climbed to more than 45,000. The Pentagon began preparing to house up to 60,000 mi grants on the base. The last Haitian mi grants departed here Nov. 1, 1995. The last of the Cuban migrants left the base Jan. 31, 1996. Family members were authorized to return in October 1995, marking an end to family separations. An immediate effort began to restore base facilities for family use, including reopening the child development center, youth center, two schools and Sunday school. Additionally, the revitalization of Boy and Girl Scout camps and the Guantanamo Bay Youth Activities (a free sports program for children) was initiated. Since Sea Signal, Guantanamo Bay has retained a migrant operations mission with a steady state migrant population of less than 30. The base has also conducted two contingency migrant operations: Operation Marathon in October 1996 and Present Haven in February 1997. Both of these shortfused events involved the interception of Chinese migrants being smuggled into the United States. How about now! Courtesy Wikimedia Commons


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