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Volume 16, Issue 21 July 11, 2014 JTF Change of Command
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 The Fault in Our Stars (New) PG13, 8 p.m.Transformers: Age of Extinction PG13, 10:15 p.m.Blended(LS) PG13, 8 p.m.Throwback Thursday: GhostbustersPG, 8 p.m.X-Men: Days of Future PastPG13, 8 p.m.Malecent(LS) PG, 8 p.m.Throwback Thursday: The Sandlot PG, 8 p.m.Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (New) PG13, 8 p.m.22 Jump Street R, 10:30p.m.Earth to Echo PG, 8 p.m.Transformers: Age of Extinction PG13, 8 p.m.Malecent(LS) PG, 8 p.m. 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 AmericaThe 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: Around the BayCORRECTIONS FEATURES8 Fireworks light the sky 9 July 4th softball tournament 6 Jimmy Eat World 4 Joint Task Force Change of Command Cover photo: Commander Navy Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad Deputy Commander Army Brig. Gen. Marion Garcia Sergeant Major Marine Sgt. Maj. Juan Hidalgo, Jr. Oce of Public Aairs Director Navy Capt. Tom Gresback Deputy Director Army Maj. Reinaldo Montero Command Information Ocer Army Capt. Allison GivensChanning Tatum. Channing Tatum. Channing Tatum. Now that I got that out of the way, going into the follow up to cop comedy Jump Street, the audience expects primarily two things: side-splitting humor and outrageous, yet still hilarious action scenes (spoiler alert: octopus attack). In this regard, Jump Street does not disappoint. When stepping into their next un dercover drug-bust assignment, Jenko (Tatum) and his partner Schmidt (Jonah Hill), are told by their boss, Parks and Recreations Nick Offer man, that their mission is exactly like last time except now they are college students. With this subtle warning, the film falls into the same rhythm as its predecessor, but with the roles reversed. Jenko is now accepted into a fraternity, with Schmidt feeling like the outcast. The jokes range from taking jabs at their real-life selves to ridiculing bromances and their obvi ous age gap. Whether they are fighting, sleuthing or making up, the laughs keep on coming. Its not until the last 30 min utes of the film where the joke material seems to grow a little stale. The stand-out performance from sup porting actor Ice Cube as Captain Dick son cannot be understated. This is by far his best comedic role in recent memory, especially with his own self deprecating humor, such as working in an office that resembles a giant cube of ice. I give it four banana rats. The prolific director of The Transformers film franchise has failed fans yet again. Filled with potential, as hopeful fans have likely grown up on a TV show based on the alien machines, Michael Bay manages to create a film with all new elements and still make it feel and look exactly like his last three movies. Only a few years after the third movie, Transformers are being violently hunted down, now seen as a threat to humanity. Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), a struggling robotics inventor, discovers and helps restore Optimus Prime who had gone into hiding in the form of a derelict semi-truck. As can be expected, associ ation with Transformers thrusts Yeager and his family into constant peril, facing numerous obstacles, all of them deadly. Explosive ordinance disposal techni cians will love ridiculously frequent and often unnecessary explosions. Bay seemingly refuses to step outside stereotypical gender roles with female characters that dont serve much purpose other than to be in constant distress. The character development was better, and in certain areas, the acting was far and away supe rior to the original ensemble, but a lack of dynamic change in the making of the movie, exceedingly predictable vehicle choices and constant product placement make this movie fall so short of what it could be. Rottentomatoes.com reports that viewers are enjoying it more than critics, and thats because it is entertaining. However, had they gone with a different director, such as Ronald Emmerich, director of The Patriot and Inde pendence Day, who was among those to replace Michael Bay, perhaps the movie would have been more gratifying and less predict able and ostentatious. It gets three banana rats, not because it isnt fun, but because it should have been so much better. http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html2The Wire July 113 of the quarter MSgt Raymond WargelBase Engineer Emergency Force SFC Corry Henton 189th Military Police Company MSK Carl SettePSU 312SFC Matthew Horton3-89th Cavalry RegimentHMC Merico ZanottiJoint Medical Group Back cover photo: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (New) PG13, 8 p.m.22 Jump Street R, 10:30p.m.The Fault in Our Stars (New) PG13, 8 p.m.Earth to Echo PG, 10:15 p.m. Photo courtesy of Concept Arts22 Jump StreetReview by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org Transformers: Age of ExtinctionPhoto courtesy of BLT Communications, LLCReview by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Copy Editor, email@example.com
http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html4The Wire July 115 After I took command last July, it did not take me long to realize that this detention effort is really an all-hands effort by everyone on the island. Your commitment is inspiring, said Navy Rear Adm. Richard Butler, Joint Task Force Guantanamos outgoing commander. JTF GTMO held a change of command ceremony to officially appoint Navy Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad as JTFs new commander Thursday, July 10 at GTMOs Windjammer Ballroom. The event, which filled the ballroom with Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Coastguardsmen featured speeches from Marine Gen. John Kelly, U.S. Southern Commands commander, But ler and Cozad. Cozad, a native of Las Vegas, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1985. His naval service spans all four Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft sites. Addi tionally, he served in the White House where, in his final year there, he was senior director of the White House Sit uation Room. Most recently, he served as Vice Deputy Director, Regional Force Management and Future Operations (J-35), with the Joint Staff in Norfolk, Virginia. Rhett, you leave behind an incredible legacy and some huge shoes to fill, said Cozad. Thanks for the insightful turnover, your incredible professionalism and, on a personal note, for the gracious hosting that you and Lana have leaned into over the past month. Its been great getting to know you and I look forward to continuing our friendship in the future. Both Butler and Cozad touched on the support their spouses, Lana Butler and Amy Cozad, had on their extensive careers. Like many military spous es, Amy serves this great nation and our military with every ounce of her energy in not only supporting my career, but also the service men, women and their families alongside with who we serve, said Cozad. Kellys remarks touched on his pride in Butlers year as JTFs commander, his confi dence in Cozads leadership and the most important people here the men and women that are the joint force at Guantanamo Bay. Loyalty. Duty. Respect. Selfless Service. Honor. Integrity. Personal Courage. These are the truths you all follow here at JTF GTMO, said Kelly. It is who you are. I have commanded troops all over the world, in every clime and place in my career. I have never been prouder of any than I have commanded that I am of you. For your decency, for your approach to duties, ... for your long suffering dedication to a tough but critically important mission; I know Rhett Butler shares this pride, and I also know our president and secretary are proud as well. Butler concluded his speech with parting words for those in the crowd that remain tasked to continue with JTFs operations. You should know your work here is critical to the future of the JTF mission and to our national security, said But ler. I am confident you will continue to do an outstanding job. You have the gratitude and respect of the entire chain of command for your service and for the sacrifice of your families. I thank you for raising your hand to volunteer to serve your country, and Im proud to have served with all of you here. You carry out JTF GTMOs mission of safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of the detainees. Your gallantry and courage stirs the souls of Americans. Your pride and patriotism is deeply felt and through your valor and sacrifice, our country remains strong and free While it is bittersweet to be moving on after only one year, I know Rear Adm. Cozad will do all that needs to be done to keep JTFs commitment to defend freedom. Thank you and honor bound! under newcommand Story by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Webmaster, firstname.lastname@example.orgPhoto by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire
http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html7The Wire July 46 Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire Familiar tunes of the early 2000s blared through the speakers at Naval Station Guantanamo Bays Tiki Bar as Jimmy Eat World, a rock band from Mesa, Arizona, performed for their GTMO fans Saturday. This Fourth of July weekend con cert, paired with dinner catered by GTMOs local restaurant, the Jerk House, was of the many events offered to celebrate freedom in the company of those who most cherish it. With its small start in 1993, the band of teenagers began with the release of a demo tape with a punk rock sound. Since then, Jimmy Eat World has released eight studio albums and numerous chart-topping singles and toured U.S. and Europe. Now, on their first Armed Forces Entertainment tour through the Ca ribbean, which includes stops in the Bahamas, Cuba and Honduras, the band noticed a stark difference between the audiences of previous gigs to their shows for Service members. Theres a different energy than like your typical club, said Jim Adkins, lead singer and guitarist. Everyones really Jimmy Eat Jerk H usepositive, really into it and you can sense that. As a performer, you sort of feed on that. The band took the time to meet and greet those who came early and received Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The Wirerock band puts on a show for residents of GTMOStory by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Staff Writer, email@example.com insight from their fans. Ive talked to a few people whove said theyve seen us in all sorts of dif ferent cities around the U.S. So thats cool, said Tom Linton, guitarist. Joint Task Force Soldier Spc. Andrea Nein fell into the category that Linton spoke of as she saw them in concert while in her home state of Arizona. I was excited and was shocked that they would come to Cuba. Cool that they put on a show for Soldiers, said Nein. It was really good, and I liked that they took the time after the show to talk and sign autographs. Warriors packed into the patio behind the Tiki Bar that night to get a show from the band and among them was Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Baldaramos with the Joint Task Force Post Office who was not disappointed. I think the bands performance was stellar, said Baldaramos. Their energy had the crowd going to the end, and I thought it was awesome that they ended with their popular songs. I think it left a lasting impression.
Story and photos by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Copy Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgAmerica, freedom, sports:MWR hosts weekend softball tournament Story by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Webmaster, email@example.com://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html9The Wire July 48 Festivities could be seen in all different forms over the Fourth of July Weekend at Naval Station Guanta namo Bay as our nations independence was celebrated with fireworks, cookouts, sports tournaments and even a concert. On Saturday, men and women from Joint Task Force Guantanamo and NAVSTA celebrated by competing in an all-day softball tournament hosted by MWR. The tournament was filled with fa miliar faces for those playing in MWRs on-going softball league, albeit not everyone would be claiming their usual allegiances in regards to teams. Many Service members were forced to find room elsewhere if their normal group couldnt produce the requisite players. One such team was AK-Chaos, a combination of the Alaskan softball team and the Chaos softball team; both are normally rivals in the regular softball league. Well, its the Fourth of July weekend so a lot of them wanted to do other things. So we just ended up combining players, said Army Sgt. Maj. Stephen Blair, who normally pitches for Alaska. But so far its worked out really well for us. For The Mercenaries, a continual presence on the field, both in the league and tournaments, they are made up of components from all over the stations. Known for their frequent wins in softball competitions, the team met their match in the fiercely competitive AK-Chaos team, who went undefeated through out the entire competition, beating the Mercenaries in the final game, 8-1. I like the weekend tournaments better because you are able to interact with other teams more during the day and everyone seems much more laid back than usual, said Jim Holbert, sports coordinator for MWR. I know a lot of people like the fact they have the opportunity to play multiple games during the day, and its a great way to spend a Saturday here at GTMO. Since these tournaments are separate from league play everyone has the freedom to create new teams which is fun since everyone is used to playing each other in the league already. It puts a different spin on it. MWR holds tournaments regularly throughout the year, so if anyone has missed a chance to play in the league, or only has enough time to dedicate a single afternoon to a sport, tournaments may just be the perfect way to get in volved. For Spc. Shawn Babin with JTF GTMOs 3-89th Cavalry Regiment, the tournament provided some welcomed nostalgia. I had a great time playing in the tournament. It actually reminded me a lot of playing baseball in high school and traveling to the round-robin tournaments on the weekends, said Babin. The sights and sounds of fireworks delighted the senses and stirred the patriotic pride of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay residents Friday, July 4 to culminate the final hours of Independence Day 2014. I have never seen fireworks go over as well as they do here, said Stephen Prestesater, GTMOs community activities director. Its a little taste of home and, just being out here, I can see everyones faces; they are so excited, and the shows are huge, 20 minute long shows. It really adds a lot of flavor, a lot of something extra to being in GTMO and helping people out. Though there are plenty of vantage points for groups to gather and see the fireworks here, which were shot off in the bay, GTMOs Tiki Bar drew a celebratory and communal crowd who enjoyed patriotic-themed rock tunes that accompanied the visual display. For one Soldier in attendance, the mixture of friends and fireworks inspired a great ambiance that helped assuage the truth that she, along with all the other deployed Service members and residents, is away from family, friends and the places shes familiar with. Its nice to have a family environment when you dont have your actual family, and thats what it kind of felt like tonight, said Spc. Gina Bertelli, a Joint Task Force Soldier with the 747th Military Police Company. It felt like even though I couldnt be home with my family or the places Id want to be watching fireworks, whether its at the local beach or whatever, it still felt like I was surrounded by family and friends that I would be surrounded with back home. The event, which was part of the weekend-long Freedom Fest, was spon sored by USAA. Funds from MWR also assisted in putting the event together, according to Prestesater. Pyro Shows, Inc., a Tennessee-based company, was responsible for the fire works. They are who we contract for the show, said Prestesater, Theyve been coming down and doing it for three years now. We work directly with them to figure out what kind of show we want. We tell them what our budget is going be, how big of a show we want to produce, and they work with us to deter mine whats going to work best, the size of the case, or the size of the explosion you are going to see, and then we kind of team it up with the music thats going to match it. Now the only question remains: Did our Cuban friends on the other side of the bay enjoy the show too? Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The WirePhoto by Maj. Reinaldo Montero/The Wire Photo by Maj. Reinaldo Montero/The Wire Photo by Maj. Reinaldo Montero/The Wire Independence Day fireworks light up GTMOs sky
haplains olumn By Army 1st Lt. Raymond Lowdermilk Joint Detention Group Chaplain The Frederick Snare Corporation began a vast construction program on the base on July 12, 1940 to build up Naval Operating Base Guantanamo Bay. The original contract was for $5 million, and was originally intended for the expansion of Marine and aviation facilities. The contract was subsequently augmented until it reached $34 million. Under the contract the Marine Corps was provided with a new and self-con tained base with all necessary power and water treatment plants, cold-storage, a refrigerated storehouse, garage, maintenance building, laundry, fire house, brig, magazine, mess halls (officer and enlisted), barracks, bakery, administra tion buildings, roads, walks and essential landscaping. The airfield on McCalla Hill was equipped with three asphalt runways, taxiways, land plane hangar, utility building, administration and opera tions buildings, magazines and other assorted facilities. At the Leeward Point airfield (an extension of the air station), taxiways, storage facilities, distribution systems for water, a small power plant, temporary barracks and a small boat landing were also built. In October 1940, the construction of 200 low-cost housing units was added to the con tract, to be built in the area now known as Villamar. From July 1940 through September 1943 the Frederick Snare Corporation employed approximately 9,000 contract workers and almost 4,000 government civilian employees. day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the others, from this time forward forever more. This Fourth of July most of us looked up into the sky as bursts of spectral lights rained down and declared free dom for our country. Troopers said the fireworks were magnificent and inspira tional. To many, being here in Guantanamo Bay is a time to reassess goals, save money, achieve new heights in fitness and more. Let the fireworks mark your time at GTMO as not just a memorable occasion, but to serve as a reminder of your own freedom, and let the powerful force of determination rise up within you to drive towards the direction of your dreams. Its the American way. Story by Sgt. Debra Cook Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.orgFireworks for your freedom Independence Day Trail Run Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach Editor, email@example.com ong before the fireworks lit the sky this Fourth of July, rain clouds loomed over head. Hoping the precipi tation would wait until the completion of the Independence Day Trail Run, just over 100 runners took their place at the starting line in the early morning hours July 4 at Christmas Tree Hill. Dozens of Guantanamo Bay residents and Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers turned out to start the patriotic festivities off with a little physical fitness session a 4.2 mile race along Ridgeline Trail. We planned this run on the Fourth L L of July to celebrate Independence Day as a group and start the day out right with a trail run, said MWR Sports Coordinator Jim Holbert. It was a great turn out and very nice to see this many people coming together to help celebrate Independence Day. One of the participants set out to run the race comfortably and enjoy the great outdoors on Americas birthday. In Fourth of July spirit, we all came out to celebrate the birth of our country, said Senior Airman Austin Denigan, with the 474th Base Engineer Emergency Force. Denigan was not alone in his endeavor, as all members of the BEEF came out to participate together before their return home in the next few weeks. While they usually volunteer for events like this, it is the first time they have all competed together. Weve been here six months, participating, handing out water in a lot of races, and I thought it was time for us to give back to show what the Air Force can do and represent on the run, said BEEF Commander Air Force Lt. Col. Ed Phillips. Despite some members participating in other MWR events and champion ship games the night before, all Airmen tackled the race with great motivation, cheering each other on as their last teammates crossed the finish line. We had softball and basketball last night so those guys gave it heart, then came out here and ran first thing this morning, said Phillips. I cant say Im more proud of the guys than today. Its a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July. http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xwebsite/index.html11The Wire July 410 SOCCER GTMO sports standingsWomens Soccer League 1. Soccer Bombers 7-3-1 2. One Love 5-4-3 3. Barcelona 2-7-3 Mens Soccer League 1. NEX United 10-0-1 2. Asquad 8-1-2 3. Manchester City 7-1-3 4. Wolverines 7-3-2 5. Boston Beaners 4-7-0 6. Fightn 66 3-9-0 7. Boston Beaners 2-7-0 8. Road house 1-1-10 Courtesy Stacey Byington What is most important to you? Ask your coworkers, friends or significant other and theyll tell you. Many will say their faith, family, friends, finances, fitness or future is most important to them. But when you look at how their time is spent and at the choices they make, its clear that other things matter more. GTMO is a great place to work on important things or be distracted from them. You can enjoy the pleasures that GTMO has, but know that many of those things are temporary and lack long-term importance or impact. Instead, they hinder it. So, enjoy GTMO fun without being too preoccupied by it. As a chaplain, its always hard to meet those who say their faith is important, but then do very little or nothing with it here. They did things of faith back home, but when they are here they neglect it. So the question becomes, are they really people of faith? Is it really important? If it is, it will show in their personal time and activities. If not, it will not. What we spend our free time doing is what is most important to us. We spend a great deal of time thinking about it, even when we are working. So, are the important things in your life in alignment with the things you claim are important? Are you accomplishing all that you want to here in GTMO? Its kind of surprising how fast time can go by here. Do whatever you can to leave here without regrets. Take time to write a plan and your goals then com pare it with your everyday life. Use all the resources you have to work on the things you claim are most important to you. Keep refining your plan and do it!Whats most important to you? Upon declaring our countrys in dependence from Great Britain, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail and said it would be the most memora ble epoch in the history of America. He wrote, I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the
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