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2 CORRECTIONS Page 5: Photo by Sgt. Christopher Vann/ The WirePoetry Contest Results Soldiers from the 342nd Military Police Company stand at parade rest during the transfer of authority ceremony held at Bulkeley Field, June 11. The 342nd have taken over command from the 491st MPs. of the week FEATURES10 Olympic TriathlonNearly 60 MWR patrons swam, biked and Saturday morning in the MWR hosted Olympic Triathlon.9 Dependable Care The Soldiers and Sailors at the Joint Troop Clinic are responsibile for ensuring the health of JTF Troopers. What are they doing to accomplish this mission? 6 Cover Story smoothly. SSgt Augustine TuliaoBase Emergency Engineering ForcePFC Blake Smith 339th Military Police Company Around the BayCover photo: A C-130J Super Hercules taxis in to Naval from the 391st Military Police Company here June 10. These soldiers will be on the front line providing safe and humane care and custody of detainees in the Joint Task Force. Photo by Maj. Jon Quinlan First place poem found on page 4.
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. David Kirtland Army Sgt. Debra Cook Army Pvt. Kourtney GrimesStaff Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Commercial: 011-5399-3651 DSN: 660-3651 E-mail: email@example.com www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.htmlCommand 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 2000 Cuzco block J Wednesday and Friday 1900 New Troopers ChapelChapel AnnexesCont. Liturgical Protestant Sunday: 0930, Room 1 BUS 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 0630/0730/0930/1030/1130/1330/1530 Leeward 0700/0800/1000/1100/1200/1400/1600 UTILITY BOAT Windward 1630/1730/1830/2030/2230 2330 Friday and Saturdays only Leeward 1700/1800/1900/2100/2300 0000 Friday and Saturdays only Sunday & Holidays FERRY Windward 0730/1030/1330 Leeward 0800/1000/1200/1400 UTILITY BOAT Windward 1530/1730/1830/2030/2230 Leeward 1600/1800/1900/2100/2300
4 Life knocks you down You better take the hit champ because regardless of the circumstance, Youve only got one chance to get back up. Its not like you to just stay down. Ive the seen the fire in your eye its time to take this moment to realize that you are the MOMENT. This is your life and I know you wont settle, you will not quit, because you have a gift, and that gift is persistence. You will rise above the negativity to use your mistakes to be the constant cre ativity that motivates you to go harder than you ever thought possible. You dont let your mind play tricks on you, your emotions dont get the best of you, you never once settled to be average because you werent born average you were born YOU. People out there are going to tell you, you wont make it man, and I know you just smile back and say yes I can. You dont rely on success to fulfill your happiness you look to your journey where you started and what Ive become and then you ask yourself will I be remembered for what Ive done. You dont know the meaning of easy, of course champ life gets hard but you always remember that it was the little things that have gotten you this far. It may have been bad back then but it could have been worse, some scars never fade champ I know it hurts, yet Ive never heard you complain. So when you hit rock bottom stay the same precede to rise because its a person like you that makes people really alive. Cmdr. John FilostratWebsters dictionary defines conti nuity as an uninterrupted connection, succession, or union. With the steady rotation of units and personnel at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, we all must strive for continuity. Last weeks transfer of authority from the 491st Military Police Company to the 342nd MP Company highlights this important fact. The vital work per formed by these units and others here at JTF GTMO highlights the importance of a good pass-down. If its important enough to do, write it down and make sure to give your replacement a proper and complete turnover. Since most of the tours of duty at JTF By Navy Cmdr. John Filostrat Director, JTF GTMO Public Affairs GTMO are typically six to 12 months, continuity is an important ingredient in our mission of safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of the detainees. We must remain vigilant and steadfast in this mission for as long as were tasked with this important job. Thats our challenge and it involves everyone at JTF GTMO. Being consis tent with the application of standard operating procedures is vital on the road to continuity. Finally, make every effort to apply best practices and be sure to write it down for your replacements. While we strive for continuity, change is inevitable. Certain processes can always be improved upon so look for ways to get better in order to be part of the solution. We work in a challenging environment, sometimes under stressful circumstanc es. I have been impressed with the professionalism and dedication of the Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen and women during my time at JTF GTMO so Im confident were up to the task. I am proud to be serving with you. Honor bound!Poem by Army Pfc. James Gilchrest 297th Military Police Company News Feed 12TH WAR CRIMES SUSPECT FORMALLY CHARGED AT GUANTANAMO By Terri Moon Cronk, American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON -The 12th suspect to be charged for alleged war crimes against the United States was arraigned today before a military commission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Abd al Hadi al-Iraqi was arraigned on the non capital charges of terrorism, denying quarter, using attacking protected property, attacking civilians, attacking civilian objects, and employing poison or similar weapons to force the United States, its allies, and non-Muslims out of the Arabian Peninsula, Afghanistan and Iraq, court documents indicated. As an alleged senior member of al-Qaida, documents note, Hadi conspired with and led others in a series of deadly attacks and related offenses in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere from 2001 to 2006. Hadi did not enter a plea to the charges. His defense team spoke for him and said Hadi would do that at a later undetermined date. AIR FORCE READY IF CALLED UPON FOR IRAQ, JAMES SAYS By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr., American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON -The Air Force is fully engaged in planning efforts to provide options for the situation in Iraq and is ready to provide its capabilities if necessary, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said here today. Speaking to the Defense Writers Group, the Air the situation in Iraq. to say the least, James said. Our top leaders from the president to the [defense] secretary [and] Joint Chiefs of Staff -everybody is very, very focused on this. The president, she said, has asked his national security team to provide options, including military options, for the situation. Military planners, of course, are always planning for a variety of contingencies, James said, so that planning is ongoing. VA BEGINS MONTHLY INSPECTIONS TO RESTORE SCHEDULING INTEGRITY From a Department of Veterans Affairs News Release WASHINGTON -Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan D. Gibson today directed all of the depart ments medical center and health care system directors to conduct monthly in-person reviews of scheduling practices in every clinic within their jurisdiction. Site inspections will include observing daily scheduling processes and interacting with schedul ing staff to ensure all policies are being followed to deliver veterans the timely care they have earned, Our top priority is getting veterans off of wait lists and into clinics, Gibson said. We need our folks in the facilities to work directly with staff, answer all questions, and ensure our veterans receive the timely care they have earned.
5 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 For those who havent seen the first How to train your Dragon film, its safe to say those viewers are missing out on a future animated classic. A claim that is only reiterated with an aesthet ically pleasing and articulately written sequel that grows with the characters as they age, lending a continuity to the film that is often lacking in the world of sequels. The story takes place five years after the original movie and the communi ty of Berk is a far different and more open minded place than it had been just a short time ago. Hiccup the dragon continues to fly out to far places with Toothless, his dragon and close friend, mapping new lands that he comes across. While doing so he encounters an ominous commander who is creating an army of dragons that are under impul sive obedience due to a leviathan-sized dragon; the latter is one of the many visual highlights of the movie, indisput ably setting a standard for a new generation of classic animated films. As is expected, the heroes are successful but to avoid spoilers, we wont indulge further speculation on the storyline. Whereas the first movie was centered around prepubescent kids surrounded by adults who do not see the credibility in their thoughts, an emotional David and Goliath for Hiccup, the sequel projects the storyline of the denizens of Berk as a coming of age or rite of passage type tale where Hiccup must come to terms with his expected place in the community. This film attains this goal without compromising what viewers loved in the last movie: humor, action, dragons and exceedingly satis fying animation. This is what a sequel is supposed to look like. The film gets four banana rats, as it will most likely take the award for best animated film of the year. Review by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Copy Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org Malecent(New) PG, 8 p.m.Million Dollar Arm PG, 10 p.m.The Quiet Ones(LS) PG13, 8 p.m.Neighbors R, 8 p.m.Godzilla PG13, 8 p.m.Moms Night Out PG, 8 p.m.Blended (New) PG13, 8 p.m.Moms Night Out PG, 10:15 p.m.Jersey Boys (New) R, 8 p.m.Blended (New) PG13, 8 p.m.How to Train Your Dragon 2 PG, 10:15 p.m.Malecent(New) PG, 8 p.m.Jersey Boys (New) R, 10 p.m.The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (LS) PG13, 8 p.m.The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (LS) PG13, 8 p.m.Godzilla PG13, 8 p.m. Over the years, the Disney conglom erate has released many heartwarming tales, some true or loosely based on a true story, others strategically designed in a fiction lab to invoke the most feels possible. Often times, it is a real life tale that truly engages an audience, creating a memorable movie-going experience and allows them to feel a close connec tion to the characters. Unfortunately this was not the case with Million Dollar Arm. Just like you shouldnt judge a book by its cover, a movie clearly shouldnt be judged by its title, since the tale is not in fact about the future of bionics, but instead a reference to a reality show searching for the next Major League pitcher. Down-and-out professional sports agent, J.B. Bernsteain (Mad Mens Jon Hamm) created this India-based contest in hopes of grooming cricket players into baseball stars. When two young locals, Rinku Singh (Slum dog Millionaires Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh Patel (Life of Pi Star Madhur Mittal), are selected, the crew heads back to Los Angeles. The story should center around the struggle of the pair to not only learn an entirely new sport in just a few short weeks, but how to integrate into Amer ican culture as well. Instead the focus sticks to J.B. and his callous ness. The model-chasing, money grubber shows little interest in the players and is very difficult to cheer for, until inexplicably (true to Disney tale fashion), he sees the error of his ways and becomes a lovable mentor and family man. Sadly, Hamm is also outshone by the all-star supporting cast as well, including Alan Arkin as witty baseball scout Ray Poitevint who can measure the speed a pitch solely by sound, the ever-versatile Billy Paxton as a baseball trainer and Lake Bell, as a loving, next door neighbor that helps add some sensitivity to J.Bs personality. The best performances however, were given by the non-American actors. If the plot focused more on their plight and brilliant talent, this film would get a Remember the Titans or Bend-it Like Beckham gold-star rating, instead of the 3 banana rats it warrants. Review by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach Editor, email@example.com ARM
6 Movement in and out of Guantanamo Bay is a process that involves lots of moving parts; to include aircraft, logistics, cargo, country clearances and more. The process can be a unique experience for a new arrival. However, most dont realize all the background actions and work occurring by a large group of professionals across Naval Station Guantanamo and the Joint Task Force to get everything in place. This complex movement of troops and equipment is partially run by the Air Oper ations Section of the JTF Operations Direc torate (J3). The role of Army Staff Sgt. Tara Reppert, Air Operations NCO, is to be the liai son between JTF sections, NAVSTA Airfield, Port Authority and Coast Guard to get troops and equipment in and out of Guantanamo efficiently and safely. Its not only being the liaison and dealing with the Naval Air Station but its working all the moving parts of the airfield and all the moving parts of the foreign governments, U.S. Transportation Command, contractors, and more, Reppert said. That all becomes really important when working a movement. Other responsibility of the Air Operations section is coordinating and approving Aircraft and Personnel Automated Clearance System (APACS) country clearances for Guantanamo Bay; coordinating the movement of units and equipment on and off the island; tracking flights for operational purposes; assisting flight crews and air traffic control operations during missions. It takes a lot of discussion, coordination, keeping people informed and maintaining good working relationships, said Army Maj. Jeffrey Rosenberg, Future Operations OIC. Its a pretty good process we have with the Naval Air Station as far as the relationship [we coordinate] with Air Traffic Control, J1 (Manpower and personnel directorate), the terminal, security and even the dining facilities on the Leeward side. At the airfield, NAVSTA personnel are busy coordinating and putting all the processes in place to move Troopers, contractors and other Guantanamo Bay residents. On an average month, the air terminal processes 60 aircraft, 2,800 passengers, and 750,000 lbs of cargo, mail and equipment, said Drew Lasseter, Naval Station Airfield Manager. Story and photos by Maj. Jon Quinlan Deputy PAO, firstname.lastname@example.orgAir operations: keeping troops and equipment moving
7 The coordination between the JTF and the airfield is extensive according to Lasseter. His teams mission is to maintain a safe and operational airfield, ensure passengers are processed profes sionally, safely and as quickly as possi ble. Lasseter also added that ridership percentages spike to over 85 percent in late June and during the holidays which leads to some limited space-available Army Staff Sgt. Tara Reppert, Air Operations NCO, sorts in-processing paperwork during a troop movement here June 10. Air Operations is the Guard to get troops and equipment in and out of Guantanamo.flights during those time frames. According to JTF operations person nel, they work diligently to get everyone on and off the island while always trying to make the process seamless. We help each other out a great deal. It can be stressful at times, Reppert said. Sometimes the biggest obstacle is dealing with all the different services, different rules and standards. It takes a lot of effort from everyone to accomplish our mission here. I am just a small part of a very large team. Passengers should plan early when traveling or bringing guests to GTMO. Reservations for leisure travel can be made by stopping by the Windward Air Terminal Annex located next to the Downtown Lyceum. For more information, call 6204 or 6408. Navy Seaman Anthony Pinckney, Master at Arms walks the hall in the air terminal here June 10. Pinckneys role is to ensure accountability and awareness of all personnel and equipment moving onto Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Guantanamo Bay, selects radio frequencies in the air trafSuper Hercules here June 10.
8 Story by Capt. Jesse Manzano PAO Operations OICWhat a great start to the World Cup! Not only have we already witnessed historic moments, like the defeat of the reigning champions, Spain, in a scandal-ous manner against the Netherlands five to one, but we have also experienced the first-time use of the much lauded goal line technology in the France vs. Honduras match. Unfortunately, it didnt really clear up the controversy surrounding Frances Benzemas second goal /Honduras own goal, leaving fans stupefied, commentators unconvinced and an entire country fuming against FIFA. But we have also been mesmerized by the Italy-England match, one of the best technical games so far in the compe-tition, where the Italians completed an astounding 93% of all their passes, and the Netherlands Van Persies spectacu-lar, superman-like header in their match against Spain. If that wasnt enough, with an average of 3.36 goals per game they have also been regaled with more goals per game in Brazil that in any other World Cup since 1958! And then we have team USA. In a gritty match against Ghana, the team that has eliminated the US from the last two World Cups, a determined U.S. team snatched a very important two-to-one victory that puts them in position to make it to the next round. Surprised by their victory? Dont be. This team showed a lot of heart in their first match and sometimes thats all you really need. As the tournament wraps up its second week, we can already see the different level at which the historic contenders for the World Cup are performing: on the Euro-pean side, Germany, Italy and France have played exceedingly well, dominating their opponents in their first matches. While on the South America side, Brazil and Argen-tina have won theirs, but not convincingly, and Uruguay, a two-time World Champi-on, was ignominiously defeated by Costa Rica. We still have three more weeks of World Cup matches ahead of us, so nothing is set in stone. What is certain, however, is that at this rate, Brazil 2014 is becoming the best World Cup in recent memory. Story and photos by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Staff writer, email@example.comWhat constitutes a good photograph?Photography is a talent that thrives in creativity, passion and technical skill. A great photograph is comprised of a number of elements that work together to show a story and evoke emotion. Getting to know your camera and learning how to compose a good photo can make photography art as you, the photographer, begin to capture life from behind the lens. These criteria, in short, are what make or break photos. Rule of thirdsThis element of pho tography is the easiest to tackle. Imagine your frame is split horizontally and vertically into thirds. The space where the lines intersect are the prime spot to place your subject. Remember to always face your subject to the empty section of the frame. This will help tell a story. This shows the rule of thirds as the apple is located on the intersection of the lines. Composition Are the elements in your photo placed to lead you to the focus of the image? In a good photo, the subject is obvious and usually in focus. Leading lines, framing, symmetry, viewpoint, patterns and repetition are examples of composition techniques that traditionally make good photos and are easy to master. ExposureThe best exposure will allow the truest forms of whites and blacks in the shadows or highlights to show wwithout losing any detail. Over exposure can be seen when a white shirt looks bright, but the wrinkles or curves of the shirt cannot be seen. Selective FocusWhats important? The focus of your image can set apart the subject from things that arent vital to the image or show a vast landscape in all its glory. This can be seen by having two objects near each other and only fo cusing on one of them. The one in focus will be clear whereas the second object will be blurry. This can lend a different tone to your photo. LightingA well lit photo can bring an intensity to the photo that is purely based on what you decide to make im portant. Ask yourself if the lighting has improved or worsened your photo. Subject/ContentA good photo graph has something to say and to do so it must showcase at least one of the following: show action, convey emotion or illustrate detail. **Disclaimer: this is where selfies are disqualified in the photography world from making the cut. Tackling the many elements of photography can be difficult but it is easy to address the criteria one by one. Try adding what youve learned here to make outstanding photo. The Wire would love to see your progress! Submit your newly enhanced photographs for Photo of the Week to firstname.lastname@example.org.
9 In recent years, many programs have been set in place throughout the military to combat negative connotations asso ciated with seeking help for an issue, a concern or illness. Awareness has been raised for sexual assault victims and Warriors can now recognize the symp toms and assist their battle buddies and wingmen with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. With all of these programs and preventative measures in place to encourage Service members to take action when it comes to their health and well-being, there should be no reason to postpone seeking treatment for medical concerns. For members of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, the Joint Troop Clinic is here to help. One of the best areas of medicine is the early detection and prevention of disease, said Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Columbo, the clinics lead petty officer. At the JTC one of our main focuses is wellness. The more aware a Service member is about their risk factors, the healthier they will be and the healthier lifestyle they will lead. Clinic personnel are available to treat any injury or medical concern Troopers may have. Even treating minor com plaints from cold and flu-like symptoms to migraines, the JTC offers medications that are usually purchased elsewhere. They can use our over-the-counter program for simple aches and pains and they can get over-the-counter medica tions without an appointment, said Army Maj. Craigreon Wallace, a physi cian assistant at the clinic. Through this particular program, Troopers can receive certain medications that can be found at the Navy Exhange at no cost. Members simply need to fill out a request form, and the medications will be filled. Screeners and physicians at the JTC recognize that the most common com plaint on GTMO appears to be sports related injuries. While fitness and exercise are components of a healthy lifestyle, it is still recommended that individuals stretch prior to any type of physical activity, and gradually increase exercise over time, rather than trying to push their limits all at once. By tracking some of the upcoming events and educating JTF personnel on proper fitness habits, a majority of injuries can be prevented. We try and focus on the safety aspect of the MWR, said Columbo. We put out a monthly calendar of their events and have a wellness wall here at the clinicjust to bring awareness of what you can do to lead a healthier lifestyle and how to do it safely. Not all injuries and illnesses can be prevented however, and it is recom mended that all concerns be fielded by a physician, rather than providing self-treatment. In the event that an issue cannot be treated at the JTC or Naval Hospital there are several policies in place to assure quality healthcare and treatment. Having some limitations for specialty service, if its not something that the hospital can handle and its something severe enough that requires imme diate medical attention, then we do whats call a routine off-island movement, and send you somewhere in the U.S. for that particular kind of care, said Spc. Bryan Reader, routine off-island NCOIC, with 525th MP Battalions Headquarters and Headquarters Company. The health and well-being of the men and women that carryout the JTF mis sion of safe, humane, legal and trans parent care and custody of detainees is of upmost importance. Whether minor, or more serious, any medical concern should be addressed as soon as possible. Joint Troop Clinic Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach Editor, email@example.com dependable deployment care O ur main focus is wellness. The caring Soldiers and Sailors of Joint Task Force Guantanamos Joint Troop Clinic gather for a group photo.
10 female category competes in the second event: the 40-kilometer bike ride. All of the top competitors, male and female individual participants and teams, pose for a group photo in front individuals with a final time of 2:30:47, 13 minutes ahead of the second place competitor. Despite the difficulty of the physi cal demands of the event, signing up and attending the triathlon was mostly hassle-free. Nine out of 10 races are free and if we do charge, its because we are gonna give out a t-shirt and even then the charge is going to be like 10 or 15 bucks. Mostly, theyre free to do and theyre fun, said Jim Holbert, MWR sports coordinator. This accessibility that is unique to GTMO is one thing that enticed Doblar to participate in these MWR races. Its easy here. You show up, sign up, its 10 bucks, said Doblar. You come over here, its a few miles, you didnt have to drive halfway around the city and its not $400 a race. For whatever reason you decide to partake in the events offered here at GTMO, it just takes getting out and trying it. No matter what youre doing, it always starts with going up and at tempting it, said Doblar. It might be a thousand miles but youve still got to take that first step. No matter how you do, if you show up and try, were gonna cheer you on. First place in the individual female category was Spc. Andi Nein, with a time of 2:44:51. The male team top spot was taken by Army Sgt. Craig Rose, Navy Cdr. Kevin Kincaid and Army Cpt. Kenneth MacKay with a group time of 2:28:18. For the females, the team comprised of Army Brig. Gen. Marion Garcia, a fellow team member and Army Cpt. Leicia Grant finished first with a time of 3:21:33, and in the co-ed division, Casey Gore, Mark Gettel and Elena Granaina finished with a time of 2:33:49. Congratulations to all the competitors. Nearly 60 MWR patrons swam, biked and ran around Naval Station Guantanamo Saturday morning in the MWR hosted Olympic Triathlon. Teams of three and individuals tackled the lengthy parts that comprised the triathlon, which included a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 40-kilometer bike and a 10-kilometer run. Events like this arent new to GTMO and they are similarly familiar to Army 1st Lt. Peter Doblar, a Joint Detention Group Engineer. I got here in November and the day after I got here I did the Turkey Trot halfmarathon, said Doblar. In January was the 50-mile bike race, then I did the sprint triathlon, and then I did the full marathon. I did the ridgeline run and I did this one. Doblars participation in these kind of events began when he got on island but hes no novice. Improving from his last triathlon, Doblar took first place for the N Story and photos by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
11 By Army Cpt. Brady Frederick 525th MP Battalion Chaplain haplains olumn Spot TheJSMART SOCCER SOFTBALL BASKETBALL GTMO sports standings 1. Chaos 13-1 2. Fight'n 66 11-1 3. Mercenaries 10-2 4. Team 907 10-4 5. BEEF Sticks 8-5 6. Outcasts 6-5 7. The Gorillas 7-6 8. Outcasts 6-5 9. Sunbursts 7-6 10. J2 Ghosts 6-8 11. MisFits 5-9 12. Hellhounds 5-10 13. Inglorious Batters 4-9 14. JMG 4-10 15. Dream Killers 2-12 1. Get Buckets 8-1 2. OOH Killen 6-1 3. JMG 6-2 4. Avengers 5-3 5. Ball uh Rinas 4-3 6. The Rascals 4-4 7. BEEF 4-5 8. 93rd MP Co 4-5 9. The Pirates! 4-7 10. Shottas 3-6 11. Ghosts 2-6 12. Vicious & Delicious 1-8 Womens Soccer League 1. One Love 4-0-2 2. Soccer Bombers 4-1-2 3. Barcelona 1-1-5 Mens Soccer League 1. NEX United 8-0-0 2. Manchester City 5-2-0 3. Wolverines 5-2-2 4. Asquad 4-2-0 5. Fightn 66 3-0-4 6. Boston Beaners 2-0-6 7. Smash Bois 1-1-8 8. Road house 0-1-8"Helen"3 rounds for time: 400m run 53lb kettle bell swing x 21 reps Pullups x 12 reps JSMART Advertising Coordinator Information gathered from: historyofcuba.com and loc.gov Four hundred years after Christopher Columbus second voyage to the New World, he sailed into Guantnamo and named it Puerto Grande, or Great Port. He described it in his diary as a broad bay with dark water, of unsuspect ed dimensions. On June 10, 1898 U.S. Marines land ed at Guantnamo Bay, and for the next month, American troops fought a land war in Cuba that resulted in the end of Spanish colonial rule in the Western Hemisphere. Cuban rebels had gained the sympathy of the American public while the explosion and sinking of the U.S.S. Maine, widely blamed on the Spanish despite the absence of conclusive evidence, further boosted American nationalistic fervor. Popular demand for intervention in the Cuban-Spanish conflict led Congress to pass resolutions demanding the with drawal of Spanish armed forces from Cuba, authorizing U.S. aid to affect this, and promising American support for Cuban self-rule. On June 14, 2002 at the United Na tions General Assembly, Cuba demanded that the Guantanamo territory be returned to the island. Did you know that many famous artists and writers such as Ludwig Van Beethoven, Vincent Van Gogh, and Edgar Allen Poe all lived with mental health disorders as common as anxiety and depression? Some of you may have felt these symptoms as well. The way these three inspi rational people overcame the challenges they faced was with the music, art, and literature they produced. You can follow their examples by writing, drawing, making music or even creating something in the ceramic/woodshop facility right here on island. GTMO provides an excellent op portunity to be creativity and creativity promotes emotional and mental health. JSMART challenges you to create something and submit it to our office. All entries receive a JSMART prize. The top three artists will win a JSMART swag bag (includes; bag, pt belt, stress ball of choice, and back scratcher). Bring us your best drawing, short story, poem or creation for a chance to win and be featured on the JSMART wall of fame. Submitted by GITMOFitGetting ready? Today is just another day, another Iguana. If you have seen one, you have seen them all. I used to think this way, but I have been here for over 18 months and I can now tell some of them apart. Some are docile, some are aggressive. Some are fat and some are morbidly obese. Like Taco, who manages to sustain his existence on Taco Bell. Doesnt he know the health risks associ ated with eating too much fast food? There is something about putting on a uniform that hundreds around you are wearing that makes you think I am just one of many. You can be standing in formation and still feel totally alone. Most of us desire to be understood. We can long for people to not just know us, but really get us to understand us. I believe that each of us is known in a very unique way by our Creator. In fact, God knows me better than I know myself. You may not realize it yet, but you are already known and loved more than you can imagine. But there is also a difference between being known by God and knowing God. The former has already happened; the latter is what profoundly changes us and fills our life with an unspeakable joy. Photo illustration by Maj. Reinaldo Montero/The Wire
An anenome photgraphed off Girl Scout Beach. Photo submitted by Senior Airman Austin Denigan. Send your best photos to email@example.com Sandy beaches my foot! Book Fairlocated in the NEX Atrium Hosted by the California Army National Guard 40th IDSaturday, June 28 9:00 a.m. noonBring your items and swap them out! No buying or selling, just sharing. Do you have old or unwanted books, magazines, DVDs or CDs lying around? Free books and DVDs open to the GTMO community