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Volume 16, Issue 28 August 29, 2014 Back to schoolnew school year, new faces 391st MP Battalion keeps force rolling
CORRECTIONS Army Col. Steve Warren (right), director, Defense Press Operations, and Army Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes 2 of the week FEATURES12 Back to School School-aged residents of GTMO return to school and are greeted by some new faces in the classroom. Welcome back students of W.T. Sampson Elementary and High School. 10 Operation Sea Signal The mayors of Miami and Coral Gables were Miami Medical Team 20 years ago in which they saved the lives of thousands of Cubans and 7 Boot scootin boogieA JTF Soldier takes advantage of the Windjam mers Country Night each Thursday by teaching fellow Service members how to two-step lesson if youre looking to improve your moves.SGT Ferguson342nd Military Police Company SrA Kalia ForemanBase Engineer Emergency Force Around the Bay9/11 Run to remember In remembrance of the lives lost during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, MWR is hosting 9.11k and 5k runs Sept. 11 beginning 6:30 p.m. at Cooper Field. Registration for the event ends at noon the day before the race, and is free and open to all Guantanamo Bay residents. Sign up today at Denich Gym. Call 2113 for more information. With the start of NFL and NCAA football comes the latest pigskin activity. The GTMO flag football starts Sept. 22. Teams must register by Sept. 17 before 8 p.m. Flag football is free and open to ages 16 and older. The coaches meeting is Sept. 18 in the Denich Gym classroom. Cover photo: is one of many that the Soldiers of the motor pool ac turn to page eight.Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes
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Capt. Mark Winter 4By Navy Capt. Mark Winter Joint Task Force Guantanamo Chief of Staff Leadership is about responsibility. As a leader, you are responsible for those under your command, whether a squad, platoon, work center or department. It also means taking respon sibility, even in cases where it might not be a popular decision. When I was a new division of ficer on my first ship, I read the following story about being a leader. It made me understand that with leadership comes responsibility, and that the buck stops with you. As the story goes, a new department head (an O-3) was assigned to a ship that had been having a lot of leadership issues in the senior enlisted and junior officer (E-7 to O-2) ranks. The ship was getting ready for an upcoming inspection and there was a lot to do. An ensign and chief petty officer from one of the divisions came to the department head and asked for part of the next day off so that their division could take care of some things ashore. The de partment head knew that this division still had lots to get done but said that he would check with the executive officer. The XO stated that no one was to leave the ship until all work for the in spection was complete and that inspection preparations were the number one priority. That afternoon, the department head caught up with the di vision officer and told him, the XO said no way, and you guys need to finish up the inspection preps. Just as he said that, the XO walked around the corner. The XO brought the young department head immediately into his office and counseled him (in a very stern and direct manner) about not passing the buck, taking responsibility and owning a decision. This was a lesson the department head never forgot. It stuck with me as well. As a leader, you have to make decisions that are sometimes not popular. Sometimes you have to deliver orders from above that you know will not be well received. But you are the leader you need to own that decision and not pass the buck. It is easy to blame some one else. Dont take the easy way out. Be a leader and take responsibility. If you have concerns about the directions, discuss it with your chain of command. But, in the end, you are in charge of those under your command. Show that you are a strong leader and that the buck stops with you. Joint Medical Group What type of leader are you? Over the years I have heard many philosophies regarding leadership. I believe deckplate leadership can be categorized into two philosophies, the meat eater and the vegetarian. Both are very effective leadership styles. The challenge is to know your people and applying the appropriate style for that particular situation. As a young Sailor I was told to be a meat eater. I know what my chief wanted; I just did not understand the term. What does it take to be a meat eater? You have to be aggressive, find out what your goals are and hunt it down. The best part about being a meat eater is that you benefit from your accomplishment almost instantly. This style of leadership is best utilized in the day to day activity that contributes to the mission. If you procrastinate while utilizing this style of leadership, you will starve. As I grew up in the Navy I realized that being a vegetarian has an impact that is deeply-rooted. As a vegetarian you have to carefully cultivate the soil then plant the seed. If the proper follow-up is not performed, the vegetarian will see his/ her crop wither and die. With patience and nurturing, this style of leadership will blossom and the command will contin uously reap its reward for generations. The answer to the question asked can be both. We are all leaders every day, and we have a duty to each oth er. Know your teammates, practice situational awareness and, above all walk, the deckplate.
5 Its time to grab your Stetson, fasten your buckle and throw on those boots. Now that you look the part, its time to learn the moves. Staff Sgt. Shawn Lehman, a Soldier with Joint Task Force Guantanamo, has brought his style of country western dancing to GTMO and is more than willing to help out the novice dancers and give the more experienced individu als some added variety. I do quite a bit of two-step country dancing back at home as one of my hob bies, said Lehman. A few Soldiers in my unit had asked if I would teach them how to two-step. Lehman discovered when he first got here that there was a country night. That seemed like a perfect opportunity for him to teach those individuals who wanted to learn. After a few country nights, I discovered that many people did not partake in two-stepping because they simply did not know how to, said Lehman. I just wanted to give them an opportunity to learn as much as I know and hope that they get the same enjoyment out of country music and two-stepping that I do. So far Lehman has only set up two classes. The results were not quite what he was hoping for as only a few indi viduals showed up. After speaking with a few people who suggested making flyers, he noticed that the number of people who are showing up for country night was increasing, which he felt was fantastic. Many have learned to two-step as they go, with the help of Lehman and others who donate their time to contrib ute in filling up the dance floor. There are several varieties to two-stepping, said Lehman. The two-stepping that I am currently teaching is just a way and not the only way. The disc jockey for country night does a phenomenal job of playing music, and he tries to help me out as much as he possibly can. The two are coordinating with each other to get something set up to teach both of their varieties of two-stepping Copy Editor, for a boot scootin boogie good time. There are a few individuals that have picked up on Lehmans particular style of dancing and are more than willing to help him teach others with their spins and twists. I am also very willing to open up and learn new dances and techniques from others if they would not mind sharing, said Lehman. Lehman enjoys the benefit of line dancing and how it can be used as a good workout. Right now I currently have set aside Thursday from 7:30 p.m., until either the Windjammer closes or I am physically exhausted from danc ing all night, said Lehman. I under stand that work and time off schedules fluctuate here, and I would really like to accommodate for those schedules. I will be available most evenings to teach if people are interested in learning to twostep and would like to maybe teach two classes per week. So if youre ready to shake your honky tonk badonka donk, rustle up a few partners and head on over to the Windjammer Thursday nights for some heel-kicking fun.is past weekend was lled with some hard hits, amazing plays and the return of the New Orleans Saints Drew Brees, unfortunately football fans, pre-season also witnessed the exit of the St. Louis Rams Sam Bradford, who suered a season-ending knee injury. Aer a hiatus from football, the San Francisco 49ers defensive end Aldon Smith returned to action aer his tumultuous o-season, as well as the incident involving marijuana charges of the Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount. All 32 NFL rosters were trimmed to 75 players or fewer by Tuesday. Here are the nal scores from the past weekend: Eagles 31, Steelers 21 Patriots -30, Panthers 7 Giants 35, Jets 24 Lions 13, Jaguars 12 Packers 31, Raiders 21 Seahawks 34, Bears 6 Buccaneers 27, Bills 14 Dolphins 25, Cowboys 20 Titans 24, Falcons 17 Ravens 23, Redskins 17 Saints 23, Colts 17 Rams 33, Browns 14 Vikings 30, Chiefs 12 Texans 18, Broncos 17 49ers 21, Chargers 7 Bengals 19, Cardinals 13 Copy Editor, Boot kicking good time
Staff Writer, Wire Contributor, Courtesy InSynch + BemisBalkind Courtesy Paramount Pictures 6Forrest GumpIn 1986, at the end of the Cold War, Americans were searching for a hero. Our role models were either a human oid from the future or a body builder shooting bad guys in Vietnam. What we sorely needed was a change of pace. What we got was Tom Cruise and Top Gun. Top Gun centers around a young, cocky fighter pilot named Pete Maverick Mitchell (Tom Cruise) who earns a ticket to the prestigious flight school, Top Gun, in Miramar, California. At the school his brash at titude lands him in the hot seat with his instructor, Viper (Tom Skerritt), and his classmates, specifically the number one ranked pilot at the school, Iceman (Val Kilmer). While trying to prove to himself and his friends that he is indeed the best, Pete falls in love with Charlie, an in structor, played expertly by a young Kelly McGillis, and trades one-liners with his wingman and best friend, Goose (Anthony Edwards). He finally gains respect of his classmates and honors the spirit of his deceased father, also a Top Gun pilot, by putting his relatively brief training to work by defeating a few Rus sian MIG fighters in the head spinning, edge of your seat climatic ending. Although filled with cheesy one-lin ers and a somewhat unrealistic plot, Top Gun hit theaters in the summer of 1986 with a bang. The U.S. Navy reported a five hundred percent increase in young men wanting to be recruited as pilots, even going so far as to have actual recruiters standing outside as moviegoers bought tickets. Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses increased in sales by forty percent, as well. Shot over Fallon, Nevada, retired Navy pilots did all of the actual flight scenes with real F-14 fighter jets, with Paramount paying upwards of $7,800 per hour, as well as filming actual take-offs and landings from the aircraft carrier, USS Eisenhower. It was the number one grossing film of 1986, and brought in $350 million in ticket sales worldwide. The film justifies a respect able four banana rats for its mind-blowing flight scenes, thunderous soundtrack and bringing America the hometown hero it so desperately needed. Its been 20 years since we were first introduced to Forrest Gump, and the world of cinema has never been the same. I still find myself pulled right back into this mans journey regardless of where in the story my channel surfing lands me. The emotional highs and lows are as they were the first time I watched it only now with a bonus of nostalgia. Eric Roths screenplay is masterfully drafted based on the 1986 novel of the same name written by Winston Groom. Roths writing is vastly different than Winstons novel including Gumps personality and much more outlandish events Gump is involved in. The man who breathes life into Gump, Tom Hanks, provides us a dig nified man with an IQ of 75, acciden tally forced into the forefront of almost every major event of the tumultuous times in America between the 1950s to the 1980s. Hanks beautifully balanced performance of optimism and humanity earned him the Oscar for best actor. Growing up in rural Alabama in his mothers boardinghouse, Gump struggles to fit in with the other kids because of his IQ and the leg braces he wears to correct his crooked spine. It isnt long until Gump breaks free of his braces and shows off his ability to run like the wind blows, which eventually lands him a college football scholarship. Forrest Gump, the simple southern boy from Alabama becomes Forrest Gump the Medal of Honor recipient, the shrimp boat captain and eventually the million aire. No matter where life takes Gump, his childhood friend and unlikely sweetheart Jenny remains forever intertwined as she weaves in and out his life.. Director Robert Zemeckis flawless ly inserts Forrest into real footage of historical events using his expertise of special effects. He is placed into archival news footage showing President Lyn don Johnson his wounded backside and telling JFK how bad he has to use the restroom. Forrest Gump was a commercial and critical success earning over $677 million worldwide during its theatrical run and winning Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Zemeckis, Best Actor for Tom Hanks, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects and Best Film Editing. The film is a timeless masterpiece that not only captures a heartfelt story of a simple man in challenging times but is a beautiful retelling of some of the most pivotal events in American history during the last decades of the 20th century. Although this was probably expected, Forrest Gump still gets five enthusiastic banana rats in my book.
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 HerculesPG13, 8 p.m.The Expendables 3 PG13, 10 p.m.Dawn of the Planet of the Apes(LS) R, 8 p.m.Guardians of the Galaxy PG13, 8 p.m.Into the StormPG13, 8 p.m.The Purge: Anarchy(LS) R, 8 p.m.Get on UpPG13, 8 p.m.LucyR, 8 p.m.The Fluy Movie PG13, 10 p.m.Planes: Fire & Rescue PG, 8 p.m.Sex TapeR, 10 p.m.LucyR, 8 p.m.The Fluy MoviePG13, 10:30 p.m.HerculesPG13, 8:00 p.m..The Expendables 3 PG13, 10 p.m.Dawn of the Planet of the ApesPG13, 8 p.m.The Purge: Anarchy(LS) R, 10:30 p.m.Sex TapeR, 8 p.m. 7 For several decades immuniza tions were just a necessity of life. Parents knew that after waiting patiently for 40 weeks, their baby would arrive and at birth would receive their first shot a hepatitis vaccine. This first round of immunizations marked a process that continued periodically for the majority of their childhood, not only ensuring that they would be safe from certain illnesses for the rest of their life, but also preventing them from infecting others. Recently several misconceptions about childhood immunizations began swirling, one for instance, suggesting a link between vaccinations and au tism, causing some parents to skip the required shots all together. August is recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month and Navy Lt. Charles Moore with Joint Task Force Guantanamos Joint Medical Group, says that without vaccines, the U.S. will see an increase in diseases that are already prevalent in other parts of the world. They arent prevalent in the U.S. be cause we have a very robust vaccination system here, said Moore. People take it for granted. If we stop taking vaccines, it wont be overnight we see a problem, but over years, diseases will come back and well have to start all over building immunity to them. Vaccines work because at a young age, children are introduced to antibodies. After a certain number of vaccinations, they develop immunities for life. At two months old, infants should receive their first dose of immunizations called DTaP, which prevents diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. At that time, they also receive the polio, rotavirus and influenza vaccines. Without the DTaP vaccine to prevent contraction, all of these illnesses can cause death. There has never been a recorded case of a vaccination causing death. At 12-15 months, the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine is administered. Since the first signs of autism generally present around ages 15 18 months, question arose about a link between the vaccinations and the development of autism. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Vaccinations our first line of defense Birth1 month 2 months 4 months 6 months12 months 15 months 18 monthsmonths 2-3 years 4-6 years 19-23 Influenza (Yearly) RV DTaP Hib PCV PCV PCV PCV IPV IPV MMR Varicella Varicella HepA MMR IPV IPV Hib Hib Hib DTaP DTaP DTaP RV RV HepB HepB DTaP HepB despite several studies in the U.S. and Europe, there has been no scientific evidence to suggest that vaccinations cause autism. Failure to vaccinate has been proven to lead to an increase in documented cases of diseases. Also according the AAP, in the early s, an epidemic of measles resulted in 11,000 hospitaliza tions and 123 deaths. The majority of these cases were reported in unimmunized preschool children. As military members traveling abroad, Moore says that we have an even bigger obligation to get our children and our selves vaccinated at the required times. We deploy to other countries that have all of these bugs. If not vaccinated, we could bring them home to our fami lies, said Moore. Currently, vaccines are required for any child entering public school and daycares. In order to keep your family and others healthy, stay informed. Visit https://www.aap.org for an immuniza tion schedule. Editor,
8Humvees sit under the shade of tents in the make-shift motor pool near the Camp America Galley here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo while mechanics of the 391st Military Police Battalion work tirelessly to repair their tactical vehicles and equipment. The 391sts consolidated motor pool is made up of Soldiers from the units that fall under the battalion, but they toil together to complete a mission vital to the success of JTF GTMO. Sgt. 1st Class Erick Dietz, battal ion motor sergeant with the 391st MP Battalion, works in the motor pool every day with his Soldiers, helping them accomplish their various daily tasks. Mainly we work on the M1026 Humvees, various sized generators and some other tactical equipment, said Di etz. They work on a company-sized el ement of Humvees. Well do everything from changing tires, headlights and light bulbs all the way up to replacing engines and transmissions out here. A normal day for his Soldiers in the motor pool is usually quite routine. They get here about eight oclock in the morning. They start working on ei ther scheduled or unscheduled services, and they also run the fuel points, said Dietz. While scheduled services are something that would be seen in a civilian auto shop, the unscheduled maintenance can be quite different, especially considering GTMOs terrain and the toll it takes on the vehicles. Our typical unscheduled mainte nance issues are transmissions slipping, flat tires, electrical problems, vehicles not starting properly, said Dietz. Common issues with the terrain on GTMO are the brakes; we do a lot of changing of brake pads and brake systems, trans missions occasionally because going up and down the hills are rough on these Keeping the mission rolling An inside look at the JTFs primary vehicle maintenance force Staff Writer,
9 older vehicles we have here. Just last week an unscheduled repair came into the motor pool. We had an engine go down. We had to pull it out and we had that done in two days, said Spc. Jared Dodds, with the 391st MP Battalion. Dodds had experience in working on engines before his career in the military. Back home, I do work in a mainte nance shop. Its not always vehicles, but its normally small engines, said Dodds. Joining the military I wanted to come in as a mechanic or maybe a carpenter or masonry, but I really enjoy being a mechanic. Like many others in the motor pool, Dodds enjoys doing his job and always has a positive outlook toward the time he spends working. I feel if you cant have a good time and still get work done, theres no point in coming, said Dodds. As battalion motor sergeant, Dietz sees this every day and is proud of what his Soldiers do here. I think the motivation of my Soldiers is incredible because they work, a lot of times, unscheduled hours; some will get called in during the middle of the night, said Dietz. Theyre motivated. They do an awesome job here. The stellar success of those manning the motor pool doesnt go unnoticed. Army Command Sgt. Maj Michael Poll, command sergeant major of the 391st MP Battalion, recognizes what they bring to the table. The guys in the motor pool are an integral part of the battalion. Without these guys, we dont have any vehi cles. They are often unappreciated and underlooked. We very much appreciate them because, in any theater, here in Guantanamo Bay or Afghanistan and Iraq, having vehicles running is the basis of our mission.
Editor, actions. pool. Twenty years ago, when the world saw a mass exodus of Cubans trying to gain freedom, they were brought here to Guantanamo Bay and a few weeks after dozens of Cuban American doctors, nurses, support personnel decided that they wanted to help these people left their families, their jobs. They paid for themselves to come here and for many, many weeks they took care of many thousands of women, children and men that were housed here. These were the opening words given by mayor of Miami, Toms Pedro Regalado, during the Miami Medical Teams commemoration ceremony held Friday at the Naval Station Guantana mo Bay base chapel on the 20th anniversary of Operation Sea Signal. Mayor Regalado served as a journalist during Operation Sea Signal and says he was honored to recognize the heroism displayed by the members of the Miami Medical Team, some of which were present at the ceremony, and to also re member those Cuban refugees that died in search of a better life. Operating under stressful conditions, Sea Signal participants comprised of both active duty military and non-govSea Signal remembered 10
ernmental agencies and volunteers saved more than 60,000 Cuban and Haitian refugees hoping to find freedom and a new way of life. In recognizing the efforts of the doc tors and nurses of the Miami medical community, Regalado was joined by mayor of Coral Gables, the Honorable James Carson, former ambassador to Paraguay, who served as the chief of the U.S. Intersection in Ha vana, Cuba during the crisis in 1994. In May of 1994, a U.S. policy allowed the screening of Hatian refugees on board vessels, rather than immediately returning them to their home country. This decision created a sudden outflow of Hatian migrants. To prevent the loss of life at sea and thwart the illegal im migration into the U.S., Navy and Coast Guard vessels intercepted and rescued migrants. Initially intending to safeguard the migrants in Kingston, Jamaica, once the location was overwhelmed in numbers, Guantanamo became the next alternative to provide temporary shelter. In August the humanitarian effort became further complicated when Fidel Castro revised his internal policy to al low Cubans to leave the island. Approximately 45,000 Cubans took to the straits of Florida with small children, elderly and their families, disregarding the haz ards of the ocean. Those Cuban refugees were also redirected to Guantanamo temporarily until they were either legally brought to the U.S. or returned to their homes. Not everyone survived however, and those that landed here still had to endure lessthan-ideal conditions, needing medical treatment, food and water. Mr. Guarione Diaz, the civilian liaison during Operation Sea Signal, appointed by then President Bill Clin ton to build relationships between the Cuban population and the international community, said that it was hope that urged the immigrants forward. They never lost their hope that they will be able to reach the United States, said Diaz. Once again America extended its arms to the needy, to the help less, to those who were seeking freedom and a better life. Spending enormous resources to make this happen and were very successful at it. By making the jour ney to Guantanamo, the Miami Medical Team saved countless lives that would have otherwise been lost. With their contribution, came much sacrifice. Many of the medical personnel abandoned their practices back home and financed the venture, most often lodging alongside the refugees, dis playing a level of care and selfless service not often associated with the island. The world looks at Guantanamo now and have an impression of what they think Guantanamo is about, said Navy Cmdr. Colin Caswell, Naval Station Guantanamo Bays executive officer. What some people dont realize or remember is that 20 years ago in Guantanamo, the light of humanity, of hope, shown very brightly. Caswell explained that the highlights of his career were providing human itarian missions, and while it was his assigned duty to assist, he applauds those that volunteered to help their fellow man. You never stand taller than when youre helping someone, said Caswell. These represented organizations, they did it because from far away they knew it was the right thing to do to come together to help people. The Miami Medical Team has responded to humanitarian missions all over the world, and they are now apart of Guantanamos history. A plaque commemorating the historical event will be placed here so that the Cuban and Cuban American community will always remember the valiant efforts performed by the Miami Medical Team during Operation Sea Signal. Mayor Toms Pedro Regalado, the mayor of Miami, praises the 20 years ago in Guantanamo, the light of humanity, of hope, shown very brightly. Navy Cmdr. Colin Caswell 11
12As September nears, for young Americans, one annual event is always the same no matter where they call home school is back in session. For the school-age residents of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Monday marked the beginning of their academic year. According to Brian Perry, the prin cipal of the bases two schools: W.T. Sampson Elementary and W.T. Sampson High School, things are not much different here than from a school in the states, aside from the unique location and eclectic student body. Its a diverse group of students with a lot of life experiences, said Perry. Thats how we would differ from a normal school system or from a school system in the states. Theyve been around the world, some are from differ ent countries, and their parents speak a lot of different languages. It is definitely a diverse set of individuals. GTMOs schools are part of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). They support Sure Start through grade 12, said Perry, with 232 total students here, some of them children of Joint Task Force Service members. Of the challenges Perry faced to start the new school year here, one was to fill in the many vacancies created by a large faculty turnover; the other was to ensure the new staff members arrived before the start of school. This was a collective effort from many different levels within DoDEA. The challenge is getting them connected quickly, said Perry. When I first came here, I came without my family for a couple of months, and some teachers have done that as well. So, getting them connected, and getting them to bond as a team is a must. I feel like we have done that during our first days together as a staff, so our challenge is to continue that throughout the school year. Getting teachers to commit to coming to GTMO isnt always an easy thing either, said Perry. Its a selling process, and you have to be honest with people, he said in re gards to recruiting new staff. Ive been here since September, and my family and I love it. It has its challenges, but at the end of the day theres lots to do. The way the base does things, there are always things to do. Perry began his teaching career with DoDEA 14 years ago at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. To Perry, its a great system with excellent training and good support for teachers and administrators. It kind of landed in my lap when I first started teaching, and I kind of fell in love with it, said Perry. I grew up in Montgomery, where Maxwell is, and its kind of a secret, not many people knew they had a school there. I wasnt in the military, so its my way to serve, my way to give back to our military families. Thinking of DoDEA schools may bring to light the vast aspects that help our military succeed in winning the fight. I think we are slated for a phenom enal year, said Perry. We are going to build on what we did the first two days. Its good to bring new ideas into a school, and thats what Im most excited about. Our diverse staff from many different backgrounds and experiences will mesh together and share ideas. We are set for a great school year. Webmaster, Back to school
The armed forces is a community that fosters interaction with all different calibers of athletes. From swimmers to runners to Olympic weight lifters, its safe to say that even if working out isnt an individuals forte, the military is still more of an encouraging environment for those looking to exercise than most. That aspect brings not just various types of athleticism, but an eclectic assembly of experience in the characters who ply their preferred sport. Army Maj. Jason Small, the executive officer for the 391st Military Police Battalion, is one Soldier who fits that description. Those who work with him have christened him Seabiscuit for his exceptional running ability, despite being shorter than most competitive runners. Theyve even gone so far as putting the nickname on his door at work. Recalling the first time someone at work called him that, Small said, I started getting called that because Im shorter than most guys, but I can run pretty fast. A lot of the people you see [run ning] are often a lot taller. A former Division I college athlete on Indiana State Universitys nationally ranked cross country team, Small has competed with the best of them, and while his days of being a student runner have come and gone, his achievements in running now still exceed what some would even consider trying to achieve. In early August he came in first place in the MWRs duathlon race in the individual category with an impressive finish time of one hour, 57 minutes. Running out here, the hard part is the heat, and Ive had trouble with that in the past, said Small. My running approach isnt always the amount of miles I run but making sure the miles I do run really count. I have very specific goals for each run. His workouts dont just take him to the track, which he also frequents when doing sprint workouts, but to the gym, ridgeline trail and any road that presents him with challenging hills to get the most of his workout. My gym workouts revolve around high reps, low weight, calisthenic style workouts. For me its more important to have lean muscle mass than adding a bunch of bulk, said Small. Luckily for him, life on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay is never lacking in runs to compete in. The MWR is plan ning a 5k run and a 12 mile run near the Northeast Gate. As of right now, Small hopes to be able to do both, and already has a goal in mind for the 5k. Small laughs and shakes his head at the mention of the 12 mile run, Part of me doesnt really want to do the 12 mile run, because I know its going to hurt, but Im just going to approach it with a smile and try to enjoy it. As for the 5k, Id really like to have it at 18 and some change, maybe around 18:30. Running isnt all he does though, what spare time he does have on the weekends, the 391st executive officer can probably be found working on his Intermediate Level Education or on the water in one of MWRs kayak. Even when not specifically doing something with the intent of exercising, he finds something that helps keep him fit simultaneously. The people at the Marina pretty much expect me every Saturday and Sunday to get my kayak. I think so far, Ive been everywhere youre allowed to be in the bay, on a kayak, said Small.Seabiscuit: An executive Runner Photo Editor, 13 My running approach isnt always about the amount of miles I run but making sure the miles I do run really count.Army Maj. Jason Small
RecipeIngredients: 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted, divided (can substitute for any nut you like), 8 ounces semisweet chocolate (use chocolate chips they melt well), 1/4 cup butter (use real butter not margarine), 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, 1/4 teaspoon almond extract Directions: Place 24 small foil candy cups in miniature muffin cups or on a baking sheet. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon pecans into each; set cups and remaining pecans aside. In a 2qt. microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate and butter. Microwave at 50% power for 1 minute or until melted. Stir in cream and extract. Beat with an electric mixer until slightly thickened, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Immediately pour into prepared cups. Top with remaining pecans. Refrigerate until set. Yield: 2 dozen. This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave. The Trooper truffleA glance in the mirror 14 I was so down I stayed in my room all weekend. Not one person in my unit reached out to me. Not one person asked how I was doing, said a Soldier. I was feeling sorry for myself, and then I saw another guy and gave him a ride. It ends up he was someone having hard times and talked to me about it. It made me feel good to be able to listen to him, and I made a friend. He realized sitting in his room alone wasnt getting him anywhere. You have to be a friend to have a friend, he said. That Soldier was willing to admit he needed to change himself to make his situation better. As we move forward to achieve our own highest heights, there Historically, truffles have been a gour met food. The term truffles originally referred to underground edible fungi far longer than chocolate confections. In the book, Theophrastus of Eresus, Theo phrastus who was a pupil of Aristotles, referred to truffles as a natural phe nomenon of great complexity, one of the strangest plants, without root, stem, fiber, branch, bud, leaf, or flower. are other successful men and women whose success was paved by looking in the mirror. Self awareness is a huge key to success. Leo Tolstoy, a famous Russian writer said, Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. James Allen, a 19th century En glish writer said, Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves. Its said of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States, that people would not call him a naturally likeable person. Johnson was willing to admit that and change it. Some time before becoming president he made a list to improve by. I think his rules are valuable for all of us and worth reprint ing here. They can be found in the book, The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz. President Johnsons 10 Rules For Success: 1. Learn to remember names. Inef ficiency at this point may indicate that your interest is not sufficiently outgoing. 2. Be a comfortable person so there is no strain in being with you. Be an oldshoe, old-hat kind of individual. 3. Acquire the quality of relaxed easy-going so that things do not ruffle you. 4. Dont be egotistical. Guard against the impression that you know it all. 5. Cultivate the quality of being inter esting so people will get something of value from their association with you. 6. Study to get the scratchy elements out of your personality, even those of which you may be unconscious. 7. Sincerely attempt to heal, on an honest Christian basis, every misun derstanding you have had or now have. Drain off your grievances. 8. Practice liking people until you do so genuinely. 9. Never miss an opportunity to say a word of congratulation upon anyones achievement, or express sympathy in sorrow or disappointment. 10. Give spiritual strength to people, and they will give genuine affection to you. Staff Writer, Staff Writer, Simply put, its a mushroom. Truffles always grow wild beneath the surface of the soil where no one can see them. They have been highly prized in history because no one knows where they will grow, or when. It was discovered truffles could be preserved for some time in brandy. The liquor would absorb some of the truffle aroma and allowed the creation of chocolate shells, into which small quantities of this liquid were poured, then sealed with chocolate. Voila, the birth of chocolate truffles. Truffles are fun, delectable pleasure sensations for your pallet, and so we bring you the Trooper truffle. This recipe is dedicated to all of you who only have a microwave in your room to cook with. This was found on the internet compliments of thetasteofhome.com.
haplains olumn Joint Task Force chaplainSpiritual Labor RecipeIngredients: 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted, divided (can substitute for any nut you like), 8 ounces semisweet chocolate (use chocolate chips they melt well), 1/4 cup butter (use real butter not margarine), 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, 1/4 teaspoon almond extract Directions: Place 24 small foil candy cups in miniature muffin cups or on a baking sheet. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon pecans into each; set cups and remaining pecans aside. In a 2qt. microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate and butter. Microwave at 50% power for 1 minute or until melted. Stir in cream and extract. Beat with an electric mixer until slightly thickened, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Immediately pour into prepared cups. Top with remaining pecans. Refrigerate until set. Yield: 2 dozen. This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave. Labor Day weekend is upon us. Things dont change much here, but at home there is a lot going on. Back to school sales, last chance vacations, closing up the cottage for the winter, FOOTBALL! Over the weekend, there will be picnics, parades and other gath erings to celebrate the role of labor in our countrys history. But did you know there is a spiritual aspect to Labor Day? In 1909, the American Federation of Labor declared the Sunday preceding Labor Day as Labor Sunday, dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement. Spiritual aspect of labor? Not something we often think about, but the word labor appears over 100 times in the Bible. Some of them are familiar. In Exodus, God told his people, Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh dayyou shall not do any work. (Ex 20:8-9) God knew the value of rest, and wanted to make sure we did too. In the Gospel, Jesus said, The harvest is plenty, but la borers are few. (Mt 9:37). He knew that he needed help in order to do his work, and recognized the value of labor. But he also knew we needed him: Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Mt 11:28) Each of us is called to labor in many ways in life. We have tasks which need to be accomplished, which sometimes seem to be too much of a burden. Thats where the spirituality of labor comes in. We should take pride in accomplishing all that we do, as it allows us to use the gifts God has given us. And when things are tough, we should turn to God because he never gives us more than we can handle. How often does someone pass by you and say hows it going? Do you ever wonder if they really mean it? I challenge you to actually listen and care about what they are saying. One of the most important parts of resiliency is having a social support group. The best way to develop that is by using tactical empathy or active listening. The next time you see some one having an off-day, take time out to listen, take a second to focus and try to help them. Ensure you take into account their body language and demeanor. This can tell a lot about how a person actually feels. As you are using tactical empathy, try and show you are paying attention. If the issue seems too much for you to handle on your own, you can always bring in someone else in your chain of command, or bring them to JSMART to get everything worked out. 15 SpotTheJSMART JSMART Advertising Coordinator WOD 1 50 pull ups Rest 2 mins 50 air squats Rest 2 mins 50 toes to bar Rest 2 mins 50 burpees or WOD 25 rounds for time: 15 box jumps 15 push ups 15 toes to bar 15 tire flips Courtesy Spc. Crystal Pittman Beach Volleyball Ultimate Frisbee GTMO sports standings 1. BEEF 6-1 2. Banana Rat 6-1 3. The Guy Plus 1 6-1 4. Hell Hounds 6-2 5. The Team 6-2 6. JMG 5-2 7. Z Team 5-2 8. SOGO 3-3 9. Danger Zone 3-4 10. B. Uglies 3-5 11. Regulators 2-5 12. MisFits 2-4 13. Woosah 2-5 14. PWD 1-6 15. The Chowderheads 1-6 16. CCR 0-7 1. I-guana GTMO 6-0 2. Ridisculousness 5-1 3. PWD 4-3 4. BEEF 4-3 5. Huckaholics 3-3 6. Footballs R2 Heavy 2-4 7. Boston 1-5 8. Dirty Mike & the Boys 0-6 In June 1963, American and Russian representatives agreed to establish a so-called hot line between Moscow and Washing ton. The agreement came just months after the October 1962 Cuban missile crisis, in which the United States and Soviet Union came to the brink of nuclear conflict. In August 1963, the system was ready to be tested. American teletype machines had been installed in the Kremlin to receive messages from Washington; Soviet teletypes were installed in the Pentagon. (Contrary to popular belief, the hot line in the United States is in the Pentagon, not the White House.) On August 30, the United States sent its first message to the Soviet Union over the hot line: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs back 1234567890. The message used every letter and number key on the teletype machine in order to see that each was in working order. The return message from Moscow was in Russian, but it indicat ed that all of the keys on the Soviet teletype were also functioning. Though the Cold War is over, the hot line continues in operation between the United States and Russia. It was supplemented in 1999 by a direct secure telephone connection between the two governments.Courtesy History.com
Send your best photos to firstname.lastname@example.org Marine Corps Security Force Company WINDWARD FENCE LINE 5K Saturday, September 6, 7:00 a.m. $20.00 entry fee Runners receive finishers medal and picnic lunch Spectators will be transported to finish line at Kittery Beach Lunch tickets available for spectators $5.00 FMI call 2554 Register Monday Friday at Marine Hill White House 11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. check in for the run begins at 6:00 a.m. at Marine Hill Parade Deck (ID required) THINK YOUR CHILI IS HOT STUFF? Enter your favorite flavors, craziest concoction, or super -secret salivary surprise into GTMOs first chili cook off in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Troopers Chapel is looking for musicians to join the worship