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Ramadan beginsMP BattalionTOA Happy birthday America Happy birthday AmericaVolume 16, Issue 20 July 4, 2014


CORRECTIONS Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/ The Wire 2 Marine Gen. John F. Kelly presents Mrs. Christine Bogdan, wife of Army Col. John Bogdan, outgoing commander of the Joint Detention Group, with the Commanders Award for Public Service during a change of command ceremony June 24. of the week FEATURES10 93rd Battalion ToA8 JDG Change of Command 12 Ramadan ME3 Brennen DuckPort Security Unit 312 SPC Natasha Thomas66th Military Police Company Around the BayGreatest race coming soon U.S. Military, Civil Service, contractors and dependents may participate with two to six member teams. Events include firemans carry, bicycle ride to Cable Beach, a Military and U.S. history quiz, billiard shot and more. Event will be held Saturday, July 12 from 7:30 a.m. noon at Cooper Field. To register, call 8020. Dont be a target!Learn to deter, detect and defend against identify theft during this free seminar facilitated by Navy Federal Credit Union and Hosted by the Fleet and Family Support Center in bldg. 2135, Wednesday from 2 3 p.m. To register, call 4141 or 4153. Cover photo:


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: 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 0630/0730/0930/1030/1130/1330/1530/1630 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


What are your goals? Leaders ask Service members about goals countless times in counseling sessions, board appearances or general conversation. How many of these Service members really sit down and plan their goals? The answer is only a few. Goal setting isnt something you should do because its a new year or a leader asks you. It is a continuous process requiring frequent attention and revision. Anyone can say I want to graduate college, I want to leave the military at a certain rank or I want to save money. Reaching the goal requires a map and a plan. The first step in goal setting is to brainstorm the final goal of what you want to accomplish. Goals can be in any area of your job or personal life. Some examples related to employment are increase job skills, advance to higher rank or obtain more job related school ing. Personal goals can include deciding to learn a new skill, find a spouse, buy a car or house, make a trip around the world, lose weight, increase fitness or make any plan that gets you excited and will make you happy in the end. Now you need to set the deadlines for the goal by setting a date you want to have the goal complete. Next comes the part that will create problems for most Service members, the action plan. An action plan is a specific list of actions that will lead to your goal. One of the most effective ways is to think from the end; visualize your outcome as completed and think backward to where you are now. What steps have you taken to get there? Write them down and bring them into a logical order. Keep in mind your deadlines. It may be necessary to change some goals or adjust the deadline if there are a lot of steps required to reach your goal. Once you are complete, start with the first step from your action plan. It is very important to do at least one step as soon as possible to build momen tum toward your goal. The more steps you complete towards the end result will help you finish the process. There are things in life that happen which we cannot control like changing duty stations, deployment and unexpected bills. This might hinder the completion of your goals, but dont give up! If something changes, rework and revise your plan to take into account the new circumstances so that you can continue working toward your goal. Instead of dreaming about what youll have someday, make a plan and start working towards the things you want in life. Today we celebrate our nations independence and this Fourth of July marks the 238th anniversary of the birth of our country. Its a day when brave and dedicated patriots made visible their love of liberty and estab lished a homeland based on freedom. The declara tion was heard around the world and roused fathers and sons, who left farms and stores and homes, to fight for our independence. The declaration compelled mothers and daughters to keep family, community and businesses together when there was no assurance there would be a tomorrow. On this day, let us remember that the price for our freedom was a costly one, but a price our forefathers willingly paid. So, on the Fourth of July, we mark more than a birthday. We celebrate our God-given rights to liberty and life, and we honor all those who, over the centuries, have been willing to fight and die to keep our country free. As we celebrate the founding of our nation, we honor you the men and women of the U.S. Military who volunteer to serve our country. You have chosen to be here to defend freedom with honor. You carry out Joint Task Force Guantanamos mission of safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of the detainees. Your gallantry and courage has stirred the souls of all Americans. Your pride and patriotism are deeply felt and through your valor and sacrifice, our country remains strong and free. As I get ready to turn over command to Navy Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, the job that all of you are doing is important and Rear Adm. Cozad knows the very same. Your work here going forward is critical to the future of the JTF mission and to the national security of our coun try. I am confident that you will contin ue to do an outstanding job. You have the gratitude and respect of the entire chain of command for your service and sacrifice and for the service and sacrifice of your families. I thank you for raising your hand to volunteer to serve your country, and Im proud to serve with all of you here at the JTF. 4 Rear Adm. Richard Butler Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Horton By Rear Adm. Richard Butler Commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo By Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Horton Platoon sergeant, Avenger Troop, 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment


The Horse in Motion, an equine study by famed photographer Eadweard Muybridge taken on June 19, 1878, shows a horse named Sally Gardner galloping to illustrate the horses various positions while in movement. Muybridge used cameras that were triggered by strings to achieve the images. Waves at Girl Scout Beach are captured with a 1/4 shutter speed and f/10 aperture. A slow shutter speed illustrates the movements of the waves, creating a soft, almost ethereal effect. Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire Photo courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Story by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Webmaster, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milA great variable in still photography is the portrayal and representation of motion in ones image. Many times the subject of an image is standing still, maybe even smil ing back at you, but when the subject is running, flying or moving rapidly, cognizance of motion can create an exciting and successful composition. A great example of motion photog raphy in history is the tale of Eadweard Muybridge, a pioneer of this photo genre. So prominent was his reputation in this field, in 1872 he was hired by then governor of California, Leland Stanford, to settle a debate concerning whether all four of a horses hooves leave the ground at the same time while galloping. It was undetectable to the hu man eye, so Muybridge put his camera to work, capturing an image of Stan fords horse Occident in a gallop with its hooves completely off the ground, set tling the debate. He went on to further his studies in motion utilizing subjects from humans to bison to completing other analyses of the equine variety. Luckily for us, cameras have advanced tremendously since the 19th century, though motion photography can still be challenging. If you set out to take a photograph while the subject is in motion, during a sporting event or other moment with dynamic motion, your shutter speed is a critical variable in getting the desired effect. Your shutter speed, as implied by the name, indicates how long your cameras shutter stays open. If your shutter speed is quick, like a speed of 1/3200 of a second, motion is probably not going to be detected. Therefore, a moving subject will appear frozen in its place. Yet if you set your shutter speed to a slower time, such as 1/60, blurs indicating motion will be present if the subject is moving, which can create a nice effect. An additional variable to keep note of is the longer the shutter is open, the more light is let in. To prevent overexposure when your photo is too bright a small f/stop, or aperture, is required in normal lighting conditions with a slow shutter speed. Conversely, a large aperture is usually required with a quick shutter speed. Awareness of this will reward good exposure. Just be careful though, a large aperture limits your depth of field, limiting what will be in focus. To optimize your success in taking good motion photos, a good tip is to anticipate the movement of your subject. Guess or predict the movement or moment you wish to capture and be ahead, ready for the shot, of the subject. This will produce a greater percentage of quality images when using slower shutter speeds. Additionally, with slow shutter speeds, camera stability is a factor. A tripod or solid technique of keeping your camera still will help. Though you may want to see blur in an image, there should be elements in clear focus to complement the motion. Many of you probably shoot with an automatic setting, which works, but you are limited to what the camera allows you to manipulate. Yet dont fret if you are not shooting with a camera that has the bells and whistles, as great images are still attainable using an iPhone with a little practice and a steady hand. If that fact doesnt cheer you up, just think of the hours our buddy Muybridge spent in the darkroom that we all avoid due to the advent of digital photography. Happy shooting!Motion Photography: how to capture action 5


6 Review by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Webmaster, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milWe should all wear coffins as clothes, said Seth MacFarlanes character, Albert, confessed in the film A Million Ways to Die in the West. The movie, as the title infers, highlights the perilous life that the brave and not so brave souls of Americas western expansion faced. Think Oregon Trail. Cholera, typhoid, rat tlesnake bites, dysentery and even, as the film mentions, really sharp tumbleweeds. If the plot was delivered from a six-shot revolver in an old western stand-off at high noon, the bullets would be poop jokes, sexual innuendos, sharp wit, spontaneous fatalities, bizarre Family Guy humor and for the last shot, a little oldschool western flavor. The movie concentrates on Alberts heros quest from a meek sheep farmer with a broken heart who was in constant fear of the innumerable things that could take his life at any moment even a trip to the outhouse could be his last action to a man who becomes champion of his predica ment through acts of bravery, tons of fart jokes and a vision initiated from an Indian shamans potion. If MacFarlanes character is the operator of the movies vehicle, the engine would be the movies two protagonists Neil Patrick Harris and Liam Neeson. Harris plays a hilarious mustachioed entrepreneur, Foy, which gives Albert the gamut of harassment. Neesons character, Clinch, is the areas bad boy, the toughest and nasti est man around. Charlize Therons character, Anna, Clinchs wife, was one of the films highlights. Her interactions with Albert were some of the funniest moments in the movie. In some scenes, when Anna laughed, her reaction seemed so genuine it added nicely to the humor of the jokes. It also created some apathy towards these characters that faced seemingly narrow odds at happiness. Other noteworthy performances were Amanda Seyfried, who played Louise, Alberts girlfriend in the film. Sarah Silverman, who played Ruth, also stole some scenes. She was employed in a house of ill repute, yet remained faithful to her boyfriend, Edward, who was played by Giovanni Ribisi. Throughout the juxtaposition of hilarity coupled with death that permeated during the entirety of the film, this movie made me laugh at the ridiculous situations the charac ters found themselves in. I was happy the movie didnt have an overabundance of a Family Guy vibe, but still had some signature MacFarlane humor. All said and done, I walked away from the Lyceum pleased with the film and especially happy with one truly hilarious pop-culture reference that I am still chuckling at. Ill give this movie three banana rats for its humorous reminder that it is nice to be alive in 2014 opposed to the 19th century Wild West where any moment can be your last. Courtesy BLT Communications, LLC Courtesy BLT Communications, LLC


7 In a deployed environment, Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Air men and Coast Guardsmen are often told to make the best of their time away from home, use downtime productively to keep a journal, learn to play guitar or perhaps practice a new sport. Several female Troopers and Naval Station Guantanamo Bay residents increase their physical fitness and relieve stress by hitting the soccer field. Their new coach, a fellow member of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, has the skills to take the local female soccer team, Barcelona, from entry level to excellent. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Peter Bergum with JTF Engineering has coached his childrens soccer teams for many years back home. In fact, he has a U.S. soccer coaching certifi cation, called an E-license, and coaches in Iowa. When word of his experience reached a Barcelona player, he was recruited to help bring them together and unite a team that includes both those have never set foot on the field and more experi enced players as well. Theyre great. Theyre fun, said Bergum. Its fun to practice and see an improvement in the couple of games weve had together. Most recently, the team has been working on foot skills and run drills to improve passing, shooting and ball handling. Were trying to get everybody a little bit better because we have all different experience levels on the team those that have played for years and years, and those that have never played before getting here, so thats kind of a fun challenge, said Bergum. Army Sgt. Rebecca Rickrode, a JTF Soldier with the 420th Military Police Company who plays forward for Barcelona, is one of the players that brings a lot of experience to the table, being a player back home. She said training with those that have never played before has been an interesting challenge, but she has seen a vast improvement in the team as a whole since Coach Bergum has come on board. He is a very positive coach, and hes very helpful, she said. Hes encouraging but he also teaches us a lot of good techniques and helps out people who play at all different levels. While the female soccer league ends next week, the ladies of team Barcelona will never forget the skills they learned and the feeling of camaraderie they felt during the season, and for a brief moment enjoyed a positive distraction from being away from their loved ones. [Playing] just brings a little bit of home back to deployments, said Rickrode. You can do something thats fun and not just do PT all the time. Sailor steps up as volunteer soccer coach Story by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach Editor, Coach of Naval Station Guantanamo Bays female soccer team, Barcelona, Navy Senior during a match at Cooper Field Friday. Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The Wire 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 Million Dollar Arm(LS) PG, 8 p.m.Jersey Boys R, 10:15 p.m.How to Train Your Dragon 2PG, 8 p.m.BlendedPG13, 8 p.m.A Million Ways to Die in the WestR, 8 p.m.Earth to Echo (New) PG, 8 p.m.How to Train Your Dragon 2 PG, 8 p.m.Godzilla (LS) PG13, 8 p.m.Transformers: Age of Extinction PG13, 10:30 p.m.22 Jump Street (New) R, 8 p.m.Godzilla(LS) PG13, 8 p.m.Earth to Echo PG, 10:15 p.m.Transformers: Age of Extinction PG13, 8:00 p.m..Jersey Boys R, 10:45 p.m.A Million Ways to Die in the WestR, 8 p.m.22 Jump Street(New) R, 8 p.m.Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The Wire


8 Members of the Joint Detention Group stood fired up at Joint Task Force Guantanamos Windward Range during the JDG Change of Command and Change of Responsibility Ceremony June 24. Teeming with tradition, the mornings ceremony included an inspection of troops, the passing of the battalion col ors and the pass in review. The reviewing officer for the change of command was JTF Commander, Navy Rear Adm. Richard Butler. I really am honored to be apart of this occasion where we transfer com mand responsibility from one outstand ing leader to another and really reflect on what the vigilant Warriors of the Joint Detention Group have achieved over the past two years, said Butler. As the JTFs mission is to provide the safe, humane, legal, transparent care and custody of detainees is the mission of the JDG, their success in it relies on numerous aspects. A hallmark of the Joint Detention Group has always been the professional ism and uncompromising standards of the dedicated personnel and at the high est caliber, these Warriors provide a vital mission, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, representing the pride and fidelity of the Joint Detention Group and Joint Task Force Guantanamo, said Butler. The change of responsibility ceremo ny welcomed the new leadership for the JDG which included Army Col. David Heath, incoming commander who took Story and photos by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milSoldiers stand in brigade formation at Windward Range during the change of command and change of responsibility ceremony for Joint Task Force Guantanamos Joint Detention Group June 24. The traditional ceremony welcomed the incoming leadership, Army Col. David Heath, commander, and Navy Rear Adm. Richard Butler, Joint Task Force Guantanamo commander, and Army Col. John Bogdan, outgoing commander of the JDG, render hand salutes at the JDG Change of Command Ceremony June 24.


9 JTF Commander, Navy Rear Adm. Richard Butler, hands incoming JDG commander, Army Col. David Heath the brigade guidon during the change of command ceremony June 24.over for Army Col. John Bogdan, out going commander and Army Command Sgt. Maj. Shawn McLeod, incoming JDG command sergeant major, who took the seat of Army Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Borlin, outgoing com mand sergeant major. Col. Heath, Dave youre getting a hell of a team, said Bodgan. I know you will continue to push them further and faster than I have. Best of luck I could not have asked for a better team of leaders and Warriors to accomplish this mission. As the JDG commander, the roles and responsibilities Bogdan asked of his Troops was simple. Over the past two years, Ive asked each and every Soldier on this field to do one thing to give a damn to take care of your unit, to take pride in your unit, yourself and your Army, said Bogdan. Visiting official and guest speaker Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, commander, U.S. Southern Command, voiced to the Soldiers of the JDG why he is thorough ly proud of the professionalism exemplified at the JTF. At the end of the day, people like us, in uniform, the U.S. Military, always de liver our country a win, said Kelly. We always do, and you deliver our country a win every day here in Guantanamo. You are doing a magnificent job down here. The leadership that spoke at the cer emony all had one thing in common to say. Rather than giving the credit of the JDGs success to themselves and their peers, they directed the attention to the Soldiers in the formation that stood in front of them. You walk the blocks, stand the posts, man the perimeter, guard the sally ports and access points in order to safeguard and protect the worst our enemy has to offer. You spend over half your time here in constant contact with the enemy, looking evil in the eyes without blinking and, regardless of what they do, you respond with dignified professionalism be cause we are American Soldiers. This is what we do. This is what we believe. Its about who we are not who they are and you understand that and set the example for the world to see, said Bogdan.Soldiers of the 93rd Military Police Battalion march past Navy Rear Adm. Richard Butler, JTF Commander, Army Col. David Heath, incoming JDG commander, and Army Col. John Bogdan, outgoing JDG commander during the ceremonys pass in review. Marine Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, and Rear Adm, Richard Butler, commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, share a conversation.


10Story and photos by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Copy Editor, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil93rd Military Police Battalion Transfer of AuthorityAn end to a journey and the passing of a legacyWednesday, June 25 marked the final days on island for Soldiers in the 93rd Military Police Battalion as they handed over the authority of their mission to the incoming 391st MP Battalion. With a storied past of participation in nearly every conflict since WWII to Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 93rd has done its best to live up to its past by completing their deployment here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Joint Detention Group commander, Army Col. David Heath expressed his gratitude towards the 93rd MP Battalion and pointed out how they played a vital role in the formal establishment of the joint area of operations, I have been continually impressed with the performance displayed by the outgoing unit. -Army Col. David Heath the Expedition ary Legal Complex. In addition to this role, they were responsi ble for the security of military commissions and contributed secured, escorted and assisted in the custody transfer of detainees to their countries of origin or third party nations. The 93rd Military Police Battalion, under the magnificent leadership of [Army Lt. Col.] Rich Ball, racked up an impressive list of accomplishments during their deployment to Guantana mo Bay, said Heath. Following the assumption of their mission to conduct detention and security operations within the JTF area of responsi bility, Rich and his team established the first ever battalion tactical opera tions center within JTF Guantanamo, which en sured mission command situational understanding throughout the battalions area of operations. A slew of transfer of authority cer emonies has been going on as a large rotation of MP commands have departed. Heaths own assumption of command for the Joint Detention Group The outgoing 93rd Military Police Battalion and the incoming 391st MP Battalion form up on Windward Range at the Transfer of Authority Ceremony June 25.


11 Army Capt. Benjamin Neeley, commander of Alpha Troop, 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, stands at the head of his formation during a transfer of authority ceremony June 25. The 391st MP Battalion is taking over from the outgoing 93rd MP Battalion. June 25. lice Battalion, stands ready to unfurl the colors of his guidon at the transfer of authority ceremony at Windward Range. took place the day before on June 24th, with his time at JTF GTMO still able to be counted in the single digits. Despite his brief tenure here so far, Heath says he is impressed with the performance displayed by the outgoing unit. Although I have only been on ground for a few days, I have been continually impressed by the professionalism and dedication of the Soldiers and units under the 93rd. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the things you have done for the mission, and the nation, said Heath. As the Transfer of Authority ceremony and its traditions began to come to a close, the commander of the incoming 391st MP battalion, Army Lt. Col. Roger Glenn, thanked the 93rd for their dedication and professionalism in the mission thus far and the relationship they gained with each other in the short period they worked together. To the 391st MP Battalion, I would ask you to simply take a moment and think forward some eight-and-a-half months, said Glenn, as we will be standing upon this field again and be in a position in which we will be relinquishing the guidon to our successors. It will take a deliberate effort to end the race with your intended goals. The 93rd Military Police Battalion commander and command Sgt. Maj., the unit guidon at the June 25 Transfer of Authority Ceremony. The 391st MP Battalion will assume the mission at JTF GTMO.


12 Facilitating the food needs of both the Joint Task Force Guantanamo detention facility and the Camp America Galley is a busy task. The galley provides a nutritionist who specifically helps prepare eight different meals for detainees; the needs of vegetarians and even diabetics are also taken into account. Taking on the additional needs of Ramadan adds yet another challenge to the already demanding routine, but after 10 years of accommodating the additional sched uling, the kitchen continues on like a well-oiled machine. Sam Scott, systems projects manager at the Camp America Galley for the last decade, explains that the kitchen has to be divided into multiple sections to separate the food prep from the halal meat (a specific way of preparing it for those observing Ramadan) and the normal food prep provided for the daily galley menu. We have to make sure we order halal beef, chicken and lamb from the U.S. for all the Ramadan meals... said Scott. The meals change a little during Rama dan, said Scott. For example, Monday we have a chicken curry, and Friday we have a fish menu, but during Ramadan we may not serve it like that. Friday we are going to have a shish kabob, and youll have the normal substituted for the kosher lamb. Scott says that in addition to the different cooking areas, the kitchen must be compartmentalized in a way that prevents JDG food supply from mixing with the daily galley supply. The most important reason for this is so that non-kosher foods are not mixed in with the kosher items for the month of Ramadan. Not everyone is fasting, so food prep continues 24 hours a day to accommodate the needs of both parties in addi tion to the normal food prep. Fasting is essentially from sun up to sun down, so meals are prepared for normal times and additional times to accommodate eating after dark, including a midnight meal and snack. I have some people who dont come in until 3 oclock in the morning. Twenty-four hours a day I run my kitchen during Ramadan, said Scott. My job here is to make sure that when any changes happen or any problems occur that directions are followed correctly. Usually every year I let the whole command staff know what meals we are going to serve. Often they will come and taste the food so they know what the food is like and what exactly is differ ent. Naval Station Guantanamo Bays large and small galleys, to include the Camp America Galley, were recently given the highest scores in the 2014 Gal ley Assessments. They have now been nominated for the NEY award, which is given to galleys with a 5 star rating. Ramadan food preparationThe additional preparations involved with fasting Story and photos by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Copy Editor, Special lamb shish kabobs are grilled for the Joint Task Force Guantanamo detention facility at the Camp America Galley. Halal prepared meat has to be ordered from the U.S. for those observing Ramadan.


13 Across the nation Service members are reminded to be tolerant and respect ful of those around them and those they work with; the military is a melting pot of cultural and spiritual backgrounds that often requires simple awareness in accommodating those differences. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and all its inhabitants are no different. The month of Ramadan has begun and for those of the Muslim faith their work schedule may appear different than usual. Its important to just keep this in mind as you may unknowingly work with someone who is observing Rama dan. Oftentimes people can get caught up on learning about Ramadan, but fail to remember that they may know or work with someone who is participating in the month of fasting. There are Service members on JTF and NAVSTA who are Muslim, and we dont want them to be forgotten in this either, said Zak, the Joint Task Force Guantanamo cultural advisor. According to him, the process of fasting will often affect the daily routine or schedule of an individual. Fasting for Ramadan is not eating or drinking from sun up to sun down, not even water, said Zak. But it is also A Camp America Galley nutritionist prepares meals for display, June 17, before the Joint Detention Group com mand staff comes to review what preparations look like and what meals consist of for those who are and are not fasting. The kitchen staff must adapt to a 24-hour rotation during Ramadan to facilitate the adjusted meal times.RAMADAN: Story and photos by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Copy Editor, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milsupposed to prepare the individual for the rest of the year, not just those 30 days. Its not just your appetite, but your senses as well that are supposed to fast. It is a test of discipline. You should not look at things that will cause you to do something you shouldnt, your mouth should not speak words that are harmful. Some may have been told that it is im polite or taboo to eat or drink in front of someone who is observing Ramadan. In an atmosphere like the militarys, even if you are a civilian contractor, this may not always be possible. Dont be afraid to ask a co-worker if theyre OK, or if they need water or food if you see that something has changed or is different. If they say theyre fasting, then you can just leave it at that. Most will not be offended at all, youve been as accommodating as their practices will allow, said Zak. In addition to the five prayer times throughout the day, there is a sixth prayer immediately following 9 p.m. The sixth prayer is called Taraweeh, and will be conducted for the troops everyday at the Naval Station chapel, room 2. The usual Friday prayer will always be conducted at 1 p.m., also in room 2. Story by Capt. Jesse Manzano PAO Operations OICAs we move into the World Cup Quarterfinals this weekend, I wanted to go over a few things we have learned about soccer during the games in Brazil so far. 1) Water breaks will not bring forth the downfall of the sport as we know it. For the first time in soccer history, water breaks or time outs have been imple mented. Very few will argue with their need in the heat and humidity of Brazil, but prior to this World Cup, they had been very controversial. Some commentators went as far as arguing that their implementation had more to do with FIFAs goal of capturing a larger share of U.S. TV audiences. With all due respect to the naysayers, the game has not lost a thing with the breaks. Instead, it has given all of us watching an extra opportunity to bring our heart rates back down. 2) Social media and the World Cup are taking over the world. How do we know this? Here are some facts first, Twitter. The Brazil-Chile game this past weekend became the most tweeted real-time event ever with 16.4 million tweets during the game. With 389,000 tweets per minute, this game also beat Super Bowl 48 as the most tweeted sporting event to date. Facebook is not far behind with a billion interactions on the social network, the World Cup has become the most talked about event in the networks history. 3) Soccer is truly unmatched in its ability to stir passions across the Unit ed States? Yes! It has been amazing to see crowds all over the country supporting the national team and, contrary to popular belief, more and more of them will remain soccer fans long after this World Cup is over. I not only believe we will win, but also that we will become a nation obsessed with soccer. Who knows? Years from now we may be even thanking FIFA and those contentious water breaks for our newly found appreciation for the worlds most beautiful sport. considerations for the workplace


14 Story by Sgt. Debra Cook Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milHappy feetpositive steps A few of us were sitting around the bench outside our rooms at the Cuzco talking about our day. Ive just been in such a bad mood lately, I said, I cant seem to get out of it. OK, I know this is gonna sound sil ly, said Army Staff Sgt. Carmen Stein bach, but a guy at my work suggested I do what he does to put me in a good mood in the morning. Laughing, she said, OK, what he does is when he wakes up in the mornings, from the moment his feet hit the floor, with each step he says out loud, happy, happy, happy, and by the time he hits the bathroom hes smiling. She admitted to trying it herself, I dont know why, said Steinbach, but it works. I still do it sometimes. I decided to join the ranks of those that do the happy feet tactic (HFT) and have even passed it on to my daughter. It really does work. It makes sense because our feet are what carry us through life. But along with Steinbach, I too was curious about why the technique was so effective. Abraham Lincoln said, People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be. In an article in Scientific American, dated August 1, 2009, Melinda Werner writes that the way we feel emotions isnt just restricted to our brain. There are parts of our bodies that help and reinforce the feelings were having. Esentially, your body can tell your mind to be happy. Happiness doesnt depend on any external conditions, said Dale Carnegie, bestselling self-help author, it is governed by our mental attitude. If the HFT is too strange for you then try smiling when you dont feel like it. Studies have been done on Botox patients and the facial expressions we make appear to play a big role in our emotions and how we feel. Theres evidence that a smile alone can boost your immune system. I bet when no one is looking youll put your feet on the floor and with those first few steps utter the words, happy, happy, happy. Get a double bang for your buck and smile too, even if you dont feel it. Go ahead, no one is look ing. HAPPY President Abraham LincolnPeople are just as as they make up their minds to be. For Muslims, during Ramadan there is a fasting period from sun up to sun down. Every sun down, they eat, break ing their fast. For the month of July, The Wire will be bringing you a series of delicious dishes that our Muslim friends would eat during this time from Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Amy, with Joint Task Force Guantanamo is Chaldean. Shes from Iraq and cooks various dishes that will be used during Ramadan. Theres 22 Arab countries in the middle east, Amy said. Muslims are spread out all over and everyone has their own culture and their own traditional food they eat during Ramadan. Naz, from the JTF owned her own Afghan Restaurant in Sacramento, California for three years. The recipe shes sharing is Mixed Vegetable Pokoura. Its a dish that would be served in Afghanistan. Before we eat rice and meat we eat appetizers that we make for ourselves and guests when they come. We have many appetizers. This is only one thing but its easy for people to make fast. Mixed Vegetable Pokoura Story by Sgt. Debra Cook Staff Writer, Ingredients: Onion, potato, cilantro, tomato, cauliower, green pepper, our, water. Amounts are a personal preference. 3/4 cup chopped for each vegetable yields approx. 10 Pokoura. Directions: Chop raw vegetables very small. Chop onion in slivers. Add turmeric, salt and pepper to your liking. Mix together. Add enough our to coat the vegetables. Add enough water to make moist (about to 1 cup) stir. Drop by tablespoon in frying pan with oil for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Eat while hot and enjoy! Optional Sauce: Combine cilantro, garlic, vanilla, green pepper, walnut (amounts as desired). in mixer or blender and serve on the side for a dip.


15 haplains olumn SpotTheJSMART By Navy Cmdr. Thomas Taylor Joint Task Force Chaplain JSMART Advertising CoordinatorOur religious independence Honor bound to defend freedomAfter 52 years of service, Guantanamo Bays largest tenant command, Fleet Training Group, relocated to Mayport, Florida, in July 1995. One month later, the naval base lost another major tenant command when the bases Shore Inter mediate Maintenance Activity disestab lished after 92 years of service here. The grand-opening of the Windjammer Club was held on July 1, 1972. Constructed by Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 71, 74, 60 and 40, it was reported to have been the largest single structure built by a mobile construction battalion. On July 2, 1972 Navy Ensign Carol Ann Closky, the bases first unaccom panied female officer arrived, and she was assigned to the Communications Department. Mrs. Don Struck arrived on base on July 3, 1942. She was the first dependant wife to arrive, following the evacuation of all dependants in January 1942. The Strucks were the first residents of Newtown (old Villamar housing which has now been torn down). She led other arriving dependants by about one week. In 1620, the British ship Mayflower departed England, destined for the New World. On board there were 102 English Puritans, a religious group which had separated from the Church of England. The laws at the time severely restricted the practice of free religion, and the Puritans or Pilgrims as they came to be known fled in order to find a place where they could practice their religion. They risked their lives on a tiny ship to find religious freedom. They arrived in Massachusetts in the late fall of 1620 and established the Plymouth Colony. One hundred and fifty-six years later, our nation was ready to declare our independence from the government of England. In doing so, our founders affirmed that men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. When they set about writing our Constitution some twenty years later, the founders very first amendment said, Congress shall make no law restricting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. As we gather this weekend to cel ebrate our independence, we should remember the important role religious freedom had in the efforts to bring about our country. It is a right which we have fought hard to protect even when our enemies have fought to impose their will on others. The right we have to worship as we see fit is a blessing for which we should all give thanks. This weekend, as we celebrate our freedoms, I encourage you to remember this blessing. Take an hour away from the barbecues, boating and fireworks to worship as you see fit. There are at least 10 worship ser vices here each weekend. Find one that speaks to you, and celebrate the inde pendence we have to worship God. SOCCER BASKETBALLGTMO sports standings1. Get Buckets 10-1 2. OOH Killen 8-3 3. JMG 8-3 4. Avengers 7-3 5. BEEF 6-5 6. The Rascals 5-6 7. 93rd MP Co. 4-7 8. Ball uh Rinas 4-7 9. Shottas 4-7 10. Ghosts 4-7 11. Vicious & Delicious 1-9 Womens Soccer League 1. Soccer Bombers 6-3-1 2. One Love 5-4-2 3. Barcelona 2-6-3 Mens Soccer League 1. NEX United 10-0-1 2. Manchester City 7-1-3 3. Asquad 6-1-2 4. Wolverines 6-3-2 5. Fightn 66 3-7-0 6. Smash Bois 2-9-1 7. Boston Beaners 2-7-0 8. Road house 1-1-9 Death by Burpees:1st min: 1 burpee 2nd min: 2 burpees 3rd min: 3 burpees Keep going until you can no longer perform as many burpees as mins. Run 800m Provided by GitmoFit Fair winds and following seas. Thank you for your motivation. Independence Day is this week and it makes one think about our motto for JTF GTMO, Honor Bound to De fend Freedom. Prosperous cultures throughout time have held themselves to similar principals. Vikings believed in the importance of worth not birth in their warriors. Samurai had a strict code of honor known as Bushido. Our own forefathers convictions are documented in the Declaration of Independence and their fight against oppression from the crown gave us the freedoms we defend today. We took an oath to defend freedom, our own and those who cannot de fend themselves. Remember why you chose to become a member of the U.S. Military this weekend. Its important to focus on the mission and why you serve. Find meaning in your work and it will be less stressful and you will feel more appreciated. We have an important task to ensure that our freedoms are never hindered by those who would take them from you. What does the JTF GTMO motto mean to you? How can you use it to make meaning and value in your work? We want to hear your opinions, please email us at


A local horn-tailed lizard rests on a tree limb at Windmill Beach. Photo taken by Army Staff Sgt. Donald Mason, Joint Task Force training NCOIC. Send your best photos to Saturday, July 19 Meet MMA/UFC Fighters 1:00 p.m. in the NEX Atrium & 5:00 p.m. in the Denich Fitness Center Jeremy Stephens & Timmy Gorman Sand Volleyball League Register by July 16 Register by July 16Coaches meeting July 17 in the Denich classroom WHO: ALL E 5 and Junior WHEN: July 4th 2014 FREE FOOD, Drinks & GUARANTEED FUN! Sam the Eagle says have a safe Independence Day weekend & rock out to Jimmy Eat World! Saturday, 8 p.m. @ the Tiki Bar