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Volume 16, Issue 32 September 26, 2014POW MIA 24-hour vigil run


2Marine Staff Sgt. Daryl Walker, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Corporals Course NCOIC, calls out the cadence as students perform team push-ups during one of their physical training exercises outside the Windjammer Sept 18.This is the third iteration of students since the course began here earlier this year. Photo by Sgt. Christopher Vann CORRECTIONS of the week FEATURES 13 Engineers can dig it Navy Seabees and members of Joint Task Force Guantanamos Base Engineer Emergency Force work together to make improvements to the Cooper Field Sports Complex. SPC Margret Cobb 342nd Military Police Company SPC James Dailey 342nd Military Police Company Around the BayDoes your team have what it takes to compete in this years Bowl Off? If you think you can beat the competition, come down to the bowling alley and register your team by Oct. 5. A $25 team registration fee is due the day of the tournament. First and 2nd place teams will receive prizes not to mention bragging rights! Join us in our effort to raise funds for what we hope to become the first GTMO Youth Mentorship Program. Main event is held Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 3343 or 2240. Registration for the chili cook-off in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month ends this Friday. Contact Emily Kolenda with the Fleet and Family Support Center for rules and a registration form. The cook-off will be held Oct. 18 in the Windjammer Ballroom. Cover photo: Soldiers of Joint Task Force Guantanamo round Cooper Fields track during the evening hours 24-hour vigil run. Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri 10 New look for LibertyFor deployed military members, the Liberty ones back home and a wide variety of games, 12 Air Force birthday gineering Squadron celebrated the Air Forces 67 years of excellence.


3 Joint Task ForceSafe Humane Legal TransparentGuantanamo /jointtaskforceguantanamo /photos/jtf gtmo /jtf gtmo @jtf gtmo Editor Army Sta Sgt. Carmen Steinbach Copy Editor Army Sgt. Christopher Vann Photo Editor Army Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Webmaster/Illustrator Army Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Sta Writers Army Sgt. David Kirtland Army Sgt. Debra CookStaff 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 1,025. 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: NAVSTA ChapelCatholic Mass Mon.-Thur. 1730 Saturday 1700 Sunday 0900 Protestant Services General Protestant Sunday 1100 Gospel Worship Sunday 1300 Christian Fellowship Worship Service Sunday 1800 Small Group Ministry Sunday 2000, Fellowship Hall Prayer Meeting Tuesday 1900, Room 19 Bible Study Wednesday, 1900, Fellowship HallChapel 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 Cristo Thursday: 0500, 1900 Room 1 Sunday: 0530, 1900 Room 1 Tuesday (Bible Study): 2000New Troopers ChapelProtestant Worship Saturday 1900 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 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 Givens


4By Army Brig. Gen. Marion Garcia Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo (1) Florida State (2) Oregon (3) Alabama (4) Oklahoma (5) Auburn (6) Texas A&M (7) Baylor (8) Notre Dame (9) Michigan State (10) Ole Miss (11) UCLA (12) Georgia (13) South Carolina (14) Mississippi State (15) Arizona State (16) Stanford (17) LSU (18) USC (19) Wisconsin (20) BYU (21) Nebraska (22) Ohio State (23) East Carolina (24) Oklahoma State (25) Kansas State 2 Story by Staff Sgt. Patrick Ponder Media Relations, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milSaturday brought us some ups and downs and for some, near heart attacks. I know if you are a fan of the No.1 Florida State Seminoles or the No. 2 Oregon Ducks, you were probably on the edge of your seat, ready to give up and leave the room. But true to form, winners find a way to win and thats exactly what they did. The Seminoles offense struggled against the No. 22 Clemson Tigers defense the whole game. But even with their Heisman Trophy winning quar terback suspended from the game, they managed to pull it together in a 23-17 win in overtime. The Ducks had a hard time gaining ground against the Washington State Cougars the entire game, but in the end they managed to flock together in a 38-31 victory. Mississippi State Bulldogs came in to Baton Rouge and showed the LSU Tigers that their bite was bigger than their bark by boasting a 34-29 upset in Death Valley. For games to watch this week: we have No.11 University of California, Los Angeles at No. 15 Arizona State, Northwestern against Penn State, and Oregon State at No. 18 University of Southern California. This week doesnt seem to be as action packed as last, but either way its still football season. Brig. Gen. Marion GarciaAs members of the military, we often turn for inspiration to the writings of great military leaders, military histo ry and military doctrine. Sometimes, looking at a completely different type of writing can be refreshing and instructive. With that in mind, heres something a little different for the command corner: The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The tide rises, the tide falls, The twilight darkens, the curlew calls; Along the sea-sands damp and brown The traveller hastens toward the town, And the tide rises, the tide falls. Darkness settles on roofs and walls, But the sea, the sea in the darkness calls; The little waves, with their soft, white hands, Efface the footprints in the sands, And the tide rises, the tide falls. The morning breaks; the steeds in their stalls Stamp and neigh, as the hostler calls; The day returns, but nevermore Returns the traveller to the shore, And the tide rises, the tide falls. I encourage each of you to make the most of your time as a traveller at JTF GTMO. I believe that the waves cant completely erase your footprints you will each leave this place a little bit better than you found it. Its also comforting to know that when you leave, your fellow travellers will carry on and ensure that the mission unfolds successfully (just like the tide will rise and fall). It has been an honor to serve with you.Command Sgt. Maj. William Zaiser, the U.S. Southern Command command sergeant major, spoke before an assembled group of Joint Task Force Guantanamo senior enlisted leaders from across all branches of military service during an all-call held Sept. 18 at the community center.


5 Is it true that I am required to pre serve every document and every email sent from my government computer during my deployment to Joint Task Force Guantanamo? The answer is yes. In accordance with a series of federal court orders issued in 2005, called preservation orders, all government agencies, including JTF GTMO, are required to preserve and maintain all evidence, documents, and information, without limitation, now or ever in their possession, custody, or control regarding certain detainees (the ones identified in the orders) held at Guantanamo Bay. In 2005, a memo from then-De partment of Defense (DoD) General Counsel William J. Haynes applied the preservation order to all detainees. Because the preservation orders did not define all evidence, documents, and information, Haynes instructed DoD personnel to interpret these terms broad to include all documents and recorded information of any kind, electronic records, written records, e-mail, storage devices, handwritten or typed notes ... relating to all detainees held by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba now and in the past. The good news is that the JTF GTMO/J6 directorate plays an important role in the preservation process. J6 backs up all electronic datashared drive data and e-maildaily onto a set of electronic tapes. These tapes are replaced each month and stored in a secured, climate-controlled storage facility. J6 currently maintains almost seven terabytes of information, dating back to 2001. But why do we have to go to all of these efforts to preserve a few old emails, you may ask? A number of detainees are subject to military commissionsa type of criminal trial. Through out this process, JTF GTMO and the U.S. Government are required to turn over certain information and documents to detainee lawyers. If it hasnt been preserved, it cant be turned overnot a good result for the U.S. Government. Additionally, government agencies that oversee JTF GTMO, such as DoD or United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), periodically access information produced here. So whats your role in all of this? According to direction passed down by SOUTHCOM, all JTF GTMO person nel (active duty, U.S. Government civilian or contractor)are prohibited from de stroying any hardcopy detainee-related documents (including memos, briefing slides, and hand-written notes); deleting any electronic files (including emails, briefing slides, and other electronic records); or destroying any electronic media (including video-teleconference records or portable media devices). With respect to the issue of deleting, if you delete from your JTF GTMO computer, the file is not really deleted. The back up process described above, preserves all deleted electronic files. Bottom line, whatever you do on a JTF GTMO com puter, both classified and unclassified systems, is preserved. So who at JTF GTMO is required to preserve documents? Everyone. And what are you required to preserve? Everything, including non-electronic documents, which should be scanned and electronically preserved. Questions regarding where to store these electronic documents should be addressed to your directorate or command leadership who will help you organize this information for preservation purposes. So stay away from that delete button. Litigation Support Section stay away from that Week three was one for the ages in the National Football League. The Washington Redskins and Philadel phia Eagles got a little testy during their game, as tempers flared. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered an embarrassing loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The San Francisco 49ers found yet another way to give away a win in their loss to their division rival Arizona Cardinals. Week three was a good one for backup quarterbacks though. Jacksonville Jaguars Blake Bortles threw for 233 yards, Arizona Cardinals Drew Stanton threw for 244 yards, Washing ton Redskins Kirk Cousins threw for 427 yards and St. Louis Rams Austin Davis threw for 327 yards. Thursdays games Falcons 56, Buccaneers 14 Sundays games Chargers 22, Bills 10 Cowboys 34, Rams 31 Saints 20, Vikings 9 Giants 30, Texans 17 Eagles 37, Redskins 34 Bengals 33, Titans 7 Ravens 23, Browns 21 Lions 19, Packers 7 Colts 44, Jaguars 17 Seahawks 26, Broncos 20 Patriots 16, Raiders 9 Chiefs 34, Dolphins 15 Steelers 37, Panthers 19 Cardinals 23, 49ers 14 Mondays games Bears 27, Jets 19 Story by Sgt. Christopher Vann Copy editor,


6 Staff writer, Editor, Courtesy ARSONAL Courtesy P+ATake Reese Wither spoons lesser-known romantic comedy, Just like Heaven, and tell it from a eerie, depressing perspective reminiscent of The Lovely Bones and you get latest teen sob story If I Stay. Rising star Chlo Grace Moretz takes on her first lead role with gusto, starring as teenaged cellist Mia Hall. At first everything starts out great for Mia: shes dating an edgy rocker named Adam (Jamie Blackley), well on her way to studying at Julliard and has the most laid-back, punk-loving parents a teen could hope for. Unfortu nately, most predictable plot twists dictate that mom and pop must perish. After a car crash, Mia finds herself (glowing and supernatural of course) watching from the sidelines as her body is pulled from the wreckage and rushed to the ICU. Her family is dead but she is in a coma. For the rest of the film she wanders the halls of the hospital, rehashing the events of her life and trying to decide whether or not to live. It is in the hospital moments, under the monotone veil of emo sadness and out of body science fiction, that the film be gins to drag. In fact the real power lies in the flashbacks as the audience learns about the budding romance between Mia and Adam. Their chemistry is spot on and Moretz feels her most genuine in the interactions between her family and her love interest. Although it slightly sets feminism back a few decades by suggesting the main reason this girl should choose to live is because she has a boyfriend. Based on the young adult novel of the same title by Gale Forman, the film makes the time jumps seem more jarring and purgatory dilemma seem more forced. Some things are just better in paperback. Cut out the melodrama, and this film would have soared as a simple coming of age story instead of trying to continue the trend of teen tear flicks. I give it two banana rats. When the Game Stands Tall is based on the true story of football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) and his De La Salle High School Spartans who went from unknowns to achieving the longest winning streak of all time. From 1992 to 2003 the Spartans of Concord, California amassed an unbe lievable 151 straight wins. The film, written by Scott Marshal Smith focuses on the 2004 season following the teams decade on top. Ladouceur, or Coach Lad as he is called, coaches his young players by delivering sermon-like parables rather than being a stereotypical blustery coach. He is a soft spoken and stoic man who preaches the importance of brotherhood and push ing yourself for your team instead of focusing on collecting trophies. This approach is not unexpected due to Coach Lad being a religious studies teacher and De La Salle High School is a Catholic school. After a decade of winning, the Spartans are dealt two painful blows when Coach Lad suffers a life-threatening heart attack and one of the teams brightest young athletes is killed in a random shooting. Without Coach Lad at the helm, the Spartans struggle to regain their focus. The team succumbs to two consecutive losses to open the season before Coach Lad is cleared to return. From this point the film is mostly assembled with workout scenes on the gridiron and game scenes to show the teams newly ignited resolve. Even the gratuitous physicality has failed to resonate with audiences, with some even calling this the worst sports movie of all time. The film borders on overly preachy and underdeveloped. Except for Coach Lad, who the filmmakers spend an enormous amount of time presenting him as a deity, the characters are never really able to shine. Even with Laura Derns portrayal of Coach Lads wife and Michael Chiklis as his assistant, the script just never gives these typically fine actors a chance. The film tries hard to elicit tears but very few moments really grab at the soul. The film is full of clichs and tired emotional ploys. When the Game Stands Tall receives two dryeyed banana rats.


7 Stay classy, GTMO! No ALCOHOL or TOBACCO at the Lyceums!Call the Movie Hotline at ext. 4880 or visit the MWR Facebook page for more information Concessions closed until further noticeDOWNTOWN CAMP BULKELEY DOWNTOWN CAMP BULKELEY The Boxtrolls(New) PG, 8 p.m.As Above, So Below(New) R, 10 p.m.The Hundred Foot Journey(LS) PG, 8 p.m.Lets Be Cops R, 8 p.m.Into the Storm(LS) PG13, 8 p.m.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles(LS) PG13, 8 p.m.The Expendables 3 PG13, 8 p.m.The November Man (New) R, 8 p.m.When the Game Stands Tall PG, 10 p.m.If I StayPG13, 8 p.m.The November Man (New) R, 8 p.m.When the Game Stands Tall PG, 10 p.m.As Above, So Below(New) R, 10 p.m.If I StayPG13, 8 p.m.The Boxtrolls (New) PG, 8 p.m.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles(LS) PG13, 8 p.m. Story and photo by Sgt. Christopher Vann Copy editor, Since its inception in May of 2014, the only joint-service Corporals Course has been held at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, highlighting the leadership skills taught to all Marines. The purpose of the course is to pro vide junior enlisted personnel with the leadership skills and education that will serve them best when its their time to lead. The program of instruction places emphasis on leadership foundations and a working knowledge of general military subjects. Marine Cpl. Kyle Hoek, a member of Marine Corps Security Forces Company, said that this was a great opportunity to interact with other services. It was good to work with the other branches and see how they operate, said Hoek. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Kai Clark, a member of the Maritime Security Detachment, saw it as an opportunity to learn an alternate style of leadership. Its an incredible experience to see how the Marines do things, said Clark. To get their perspective is a unique experience. Its an honor to be in this course. Spc. Brianna Jenson, a Soldier with the 420th Military Police Company, said she was anxious to see the differences and similarities between how the Ma rines teach compared to the Army. Ive never heard of the Army inte grating their leadership course, said Jenson, so this is something that is really good for the military. Im very proud to be one of the few females that have been in this course here, and Im grateful for it. Marine Staff Sgt. Daryl Walker, administrative assistant with J4, expressed his eagerness to help train future leaders. It doesnt matter what uniform they wear, they are all striving to be leaders one day, said Walker. From this inte grated course, I got a better understand ing of leadership that I can take back to my Marines. Students from the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Corporals Course Class 077-14 participate in the team litter carry event Sept. 18. The only joint-service Corporals Course is held at JTF GTMO, highlighting the leadership skills taught to all Marines. The purpose of the course is to provide junior enlisted personnel with the leadership skills and education that will serve them best when its their time to lead.


8 Webmaster, POW MIA 24-hour vigil runFriday, Sept. 19 was National POW MIA Recognition Day. To honor our countrys prisoners of war and those missing in action, Naval Station Guantanamo Bays community came together to support a 24-hour run that brought a POW MIA flag continuously around Cooper Fields track and culminated with a ceremony, led by Navy Capt. John Nettleton, NAVSTAs commander, at the downtown flagpole. Americas history shines with patri ots whove answered the call to serve, said Nettleton while quoting President Barrack Obamas proclamation for National POW MIA Recognition Day 2014. From Minutemen who gath ered on a green in Lexington to a great generation that faced down communism and all those in our military today, their sacrifices have strengthened our nation and helped secure more than two centu ries of freedom. Nettleton went on quoting Obamas proclamation: Today we acknowledge that we owe a profound debt of gratitude to all those who have given of themselves to protect our union and our way of life, and we honor them by working to uphold this sacred trust. The flagpole ceremony, which ended with the raising of the POW MIA flag by U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bays Color Guard, is an annual event, yet the 24-hour run was inaugural to GTMO. Air Force Lt. Col. Patrick Miller, commander of the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, was responsible for setting up the event along with the 474th ECES and the Base Emergency Engineering Force. A large part of our squadron is from Joint Base Charleston, and we do a similar 24-hour vigilant run back there. So I asked the question if NAVSTA was open to us spon soring it, and they were all game, and thats how it all started. The run began immediately after The Star Spangled Banner on Sept. 18. Units and other groups volunteered to fill half hour blocks for the 24 hours. The turnout was great, said Miller. Weve got the youth center signed up for a block. It was open to families, retirees, everybody on NAVSTA So the turnout was good, support was good, and weve got all the blocks filled. U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bays Color Guard and guests present rendered their salute as the The Star Spangled Banner played Sept. U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bays Color


9 Some units ran with ser vice flags that were available and others brought their units guidon. According to Air Force Staff Sgt. Sara Wade, a member of the 474th ECES, who was at Cooper Field almost the entire time keeping track of mileage, the number of participants and other statistics, said units even injected some friendly competition into the event. There were a few Army groups that came back multiple times, said Wade. They were battling each other to see who had the most laps ran. I think they were up into the 600s. She added that was not enough to keep up with the BEEF, as they exceeded 700 laps at that point. From 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m., the bases CrossFit group, with members from a variety of military branches and civilians, signed up to run with the flag, introducing an element relevant to their groups ethos. We will be taking turns with the flag one at a time. While one person is run ning the rest of us will be doing burpees for the whole hour, said Army Staff Sgt. Tara Steranko, a member of the 342nd Military Police Company, prior to participation. At the near conclusion of the 24 hours, a group of Service members, representing all five branches, each carried their services flag along with the POW MIA flag and ran down Sherman Avenue to the flagpole to end the run with NAVSTAs ceremony, appropriately link ing the two commemorative activities. Our POWs and MIAs went through a heck of a lot, said Miller. So there are different ways to say thanks to remember to show appreciation for what they did. This is just an opportunity for folks to keep the POW MIA flag moving around the track out here for a 24 hour period Just time for some reflection, appreciation, a tribute to what those men and women sacrificed during that period. As we all know, some of them didnt come home, and this is a way to say thank you and remember what they did. According to Wade, approximately 323 runners ran 4,416 laps. The total miles ran, including the Service members running the flags to the ceremony, was 1,106.5 miles. Joint Task Force Guantanamos J1 staff near the completion of another lap early in the morning of


10 hether youre getting caught up with whats going on back home, on-line class work or researching the latest news on your favorite celebrity, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force Guantanamo MWR Liberty Centers have got you covered. The MWR information technology department and Lib erty Programs department wanted to provide Liberty Center patrons a better internet service. Liberty Center patrons are not limited to 380KB that other MWR patrons on the base are limited to. The other reason for the upgrade was to ensure only Liberty Center patrons were able to access Liberty Wi-Fi. Because the change happened so fast we had a couple of bumps getting our patrons registered, said Katie Stanley Prestesater, MWR Liberty Program director, but since then it has been smooth sailing. At this time, they are looking into the possibility of changing some of their computer stations, but nothing is confirmed as of yet. Marine Hill Liberty Center will be changing over to Liberty-only Wi-Fi within the next few weeks as they work with all Marine Hill users on accessing the private Liberty Wi-Fi. Army Sgt. Ora Rochelle, an administrative assistant with the JTF J4 warehouse, enjoys the higher speed and quality of the improved internet. I use it to download updates to my computer and some of my games, said Rochelle. I especially like the Marine Hill Liberty Center. Its so quiet and serene when I go. Its a pleasant experience. Recreational activities such as video gaming, billiards, volleyball and ping-pong are available for check-out and with w The Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force Guantanamo MWR Liberty Centers offer a wide array of leisure activities to help patrons and Wi-Fi, a game of billiards or simply sit back, relax and catch up on their favorite TV shows.MWR Liberty Center Photo by Sgt. Christopher Vann/The Wire Photo by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes/The WireStory by Sgt. Christopher Vann Copy editor,


11 To access the Liberty Wi-Fi, patrons can follow these simple steps: 1) Stop by the Camp Justice, Tierra Kaye, Camp America or Deer Point Liberty Center. 2) Connect to the Liberty Wi-Fi 3) Your device should automatically take you to a registration page. 4) Register with a .mil account 5) Access the .mil account and a password will be provided to the email you provided in your registration. 6) Login with your new password and start using your device! Any questions can be forwarded to 77421 Marine Hill Liberty from 1:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Monday-Friday or 12pm midnight Saturday and Sunday or email us at a limited selection of video games, patrons are still able to partake in some of their favorites, whether on Xbox 360, Playstation 4 or Nintendo Wii. While it is possible for people to play games, were not en couraging gaming on the Wi-Fi as it limits the use for Liberty Center patrons and will slow down the system for everyone, said Prestesater. Spc. Eric Hill, a Soldier with the 423rd Military Police Company, is an avid user of the MWR Camp America Liberty Center. I use it just about every day to make a morale call to my family back home, and I Skype with my wife in the evenings, said Hill. Aside from games and computers, the MWR Liberty Cen ters have a plethora of reading materials and offer a serene en vironment for relaxation during your down time. Even when other patrons are enjoying their activities, the noise levels are kept to a minimum to ensure that everyone who enters has the opportunity to maximize their individual stress relief. couches while using the Wi-Fi at any one of the MWR Liberty Centers.keeping you connected Photo by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes/The WirePhoto by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes/The Wire


12Airmen 1st Class Trevor Bitterman watches the edge of the wall as Air Force Staff Sgt. Scott Cross operates a heavy loader to remove the last pile of concrete from Story and photos by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Photo Editor, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milas Motivator of the Week for his hard work ethic, was one of the Airmen at the sports complex helping out when the equipment operator wasnt doing the heavy lifting. All this would have been done already if it hadnt rained so much last week, said Bitterman. Guantanamo Bay, whether its on the Naval Station or at the Joint Task Force, is unlike many military communities in that its an everyday occurrence to see different branches working together. Those who do not get to work with each other all too often, despite the similari ties in occupation are the Navy Seabees and the Air Force Base Engineer Emergency Force. JTF GTMOs BEEF was given the opportunity to lend a hand to the NAVSTA Seabees under the Public Works Department Self-Help, in tearing down the remnants of multiple old base ball dugouts at the Cooper Field Sports Complex over the course of several days in late August and early September. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Harrison, who has had experience working with other branches prior to getting his permanent change of station to GTMO, says the BEEF just has different resources at their disposal than the Seabees. We just dont have the heavy machinery for the project, said Harrison, or the operators for it either. So we asked the BEEF to help out. Its not the first time weve worked with them either. Much of the project was done by Bremcor, however, the actual removal of old fencing and structures was taken on by military personnel. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric Malinski, one of about seven service members assisting with the task said that it wasnt a single day project. From tearing it all down and hauling it off its taken about a week to complete, said Gabriel as he pointed to one of the heavy loaders moving one of the last large piles of concrete. The project required the fencing and dugouts to be torn out and moved to a separate area where it could later be hauled away, much of it requiring heavy machinery that couldnt be done by hand. Airmen 1st Class Trevor Bitter man, who was recognized last week


13 the Air Force birthday cookout at Camp Justice. Those who came to the cookout were able to enjoy fresh prepared food, a game of cornhole or even a rock wall for those who felt daring. Air Force Birthday67Story and photos by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Photo Editor, iting JTF GTMO at the time, made sure to join the Airmen in their birthday celebration. Since arriving in July, the most recent rotation of BEEF Airmen have been heavily involved in GTMO activities, often seen together in large groups, either playing as a Frisbee team or volunteering at various events. Each service has its own sense of pride and owner ship, and then when you dig down into functional special ties, the camaraderie gets tighter and personalities really come out. Given our location within Camp Justice, our size, and the need to work across functional lines, we get to know each other really well both on and off duty, said Miller. We are very big on team building and taking care of each other here and at home. With only a handful of folks, we wanted to celebrate in a relaxed environment, giving everyone a chance to enjoy food and fellowship, said Lt. Col. Patrick Miller, commander of the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. The Air Force Birthday celebration was open to all Airmen assigned to GTMO. As the designated Senior Service Lead, I have a good grasp of the Airmen across the island. We make up less than five percent of Guantanamos population, so we tend to stick out. There are a wide range of responsibil ities that are under the BEEFs purview, keeping the Airmen busy throughout the week. It was awesome to be able to leave work to go eat and relax a bit. A lot of us were able to cut out for the day after that, depending on what we were working on. It let us build camaraderie and meet other JTF Airmen outside the BEEF, said Senior Airman Clifton Nicholas. The JTF command group came out to eat and mingle during the cookout as well; even Army Command Sgt. Maj. William Zaiser, the Southern Command command sergeant major who was vis Its been 67 years since a new branch of the military was created; when the U.S. Air Forces first Secretary of the Air Force, Stuart Symington, and the first Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Carl A. Spaatz, were officially sworn in by Chief Justice Fred Vinson. Since then, the Air Force has continued to set the highest standard possible across the worlds skies. Friday, the USAF celebrated this historic occasion with birthday celebrations across the country and abroad, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. To celebrate, Joint Task Force Guantanamos Base Engineer Emergency Force held a cookout at Camp Justice, the units main area of operations, invit ing all JTF Airmen to come and enjoy freshly cooked food as a break from the work day.


14After a long game is over and everythings said and done, after rival team arguments have ceased, and all the party food is eaten, its time to break out the dessert. Not everybody has a kitchen or the ability to have a homemade brownie. These brownies are made in a mug, in a microwave with very few ingredients in as little as two minutes. Theyre best with a scoop of ice cream on top. Enjoy. Recipe Total time: 2 min. Prep time: 1 min. Cook time: 1 min. Ingredients: 2 tbsp butter, melted, 2 tbsp water, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, 1 dash salt, 4 tbsp granulated sugar, 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 4 tbsp all-purpose flour Directions: 1. In a 12 oz coee mug, add water, butter, vanilla and dash of salt. Whisk well. 2. Add cocoa powder, whisk well. Add sugar, whisk well. Add our, whisk well. 3. Microwave for 60 to 90 seconds. Center should be slightly molten. Careful not to overcook. 4. Enjoy with a spoon. Careful brownie will be hot. Brownie Mug Staff Writer, Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milWhats that picture on the wall? I asked a Soldier in a military police unit here at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Its my mom and me. Whenever deployment gets hard I look at it on my way out the door to work, and it helps me get through my day. If I didnt see it myself, I wouldnt have believed it. Behind the scenes, in a Soldiers heart, whether male or female, is love of family and friends. Thats the connection that gets them through their day. Another Soldier said, For me, its my daughter that keeps me going through this deployment. Theres times on the phone we have nothing to say to each other. We might just sit there and say silly things, or I listen to her talk to her mom the entire time Im on the phone. The lull in conversation doesnt matter to him because he knows its important for his daughter to receive his call and hear his voice. Studies say some of the positive aspects of deployment are increased camaraderie and a sense of family pride. Still, separation from our home bears great difficulties. Thats why were encouraged to make a plan to keep in touch with family. Its what keeps morale up. We leave home behind and meet new people on deployment. Now we share time with our military families. But it is temporary. The reality is that the time we spend away from home will eventu ally end and we will go on to another duty station, another part of the world or back to our home state. The truth will always remain that within our lives some connections we make will eventually fade. We will always be faced with the challenge of letting go and starting over again. As hard as it is, it comes with the life we chose. Mother Teresa said, Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons. Orlando Bloom, an actor best known for his role as Legolas in the Lord of the Rings trilogy said, People come into your life and people leave it you just have to trust that life has a road mapped out for you. In the military we get to learn the valuable lesson of living in the moment and just how precious those moments are. In other words, live like youll deploy tomorrow. May you continue to have the strength and the courage to do just that with your family back home and your extended family during deployment because you never know when a new journey will begin.Photo by Sgt. Debra Cook


15 haplains olumn Joint Task Force command chaplainThe Burden of gnats Option 1 15 minutes 5 Deadlifts 10 Burpees 15 Toes to barOption 2Fran 21-15-9 Pull-ups Thrusters Titan! Teddy! Charlie! Do these names ring a bell? If so, you have probably experienced the joy of the JSMART dogs. It is a common joke by the JSMART staff that the dogs are more popular then the people, and its true. Pets can reduce stress, ease loneliness, promote social interaction and provide love and affection that cannot always be attained in a deployed environment. Studies have found that pet therapy dogs are able to reduce the distress of PTSD symptoms, making them an asset to the military. Human-animal bonding (such as playing with a pet) can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are chemicals in the brain that help us relax. Pet therapy or animal-assisted therapy is a newer field that is growing in size and popularity. JSMART is one of the few places on island where you have access to therapy dogs. So, stop by and check out the JSMART dogs. They will always be happy to see you and are guaranteed to put a smile on your face as well. October 4, 1986 The POW/MIA Memorial, located across from the Downtown Lyceum was dedicated. It is still used in ceremonies today. September 30, 1966 Hurricane Inez struck the base with wind gusts in excess of 100 miles per hour. Damage ran in the millions of dollars. The AFRTS radio station tower was blown down, barracks were flattened, roofs torn off and power and communication lines were ripped from their poles by flying debris. Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Holiday Mailing DeadlinesFrom the U.S. or OCONUS to GTMO Parcel Post Nov. 13 1st Class Mail Dec. 1 Priority Mail Dec. 1 From GTMO to the U.S. or OCONUS Parcel Post Nov. 13 1st Class Mail Dec. 2 Priority Mail Dec. 2In order to ensure timely delivery of holiday mail and packages, please observe the following deadlines:For more information, please contact: NavSta Postal Ocer: ext. 2304 or JTF GTMO Post Oce: ext. 2331 SpotTheJSMART JSMART Advertising Coordinator Courtesy Spc. Crystal Pittman Staff Writer, Courtesy Stacey Byington Generations will remember Guan tanamo Bays Great Gnat Invasion of 2014. For decades grown men will tell their harrowing stories of braving the early morning dawn as thousands of tiny little gnats swarmed their faces. They will speak of those moments when you couldnt tell if you were being waved through the gate or if it was just gnats being shooed away. Troopers of all backgrounds were united in their annoyance and many banded together to create various concoctions to repel the force, but alas the gnats overcame. Resistance was futile. I dont know about you, but lately when it rains I only hear the sound of the gnats second wave being born. I think to myself, Here we go again. I thought wed move past that already. Have you ever felt that way, when some thing you thought was in your past sud denly creeps back up again? Our mind is a recorder and can replay hurtful words, scenes and emotions over and over again. We all have these memories. Thankfully, there is hope. You may never be able to forget, but there is healing and forgiveness. It is not always an easy process; you may need help in getting to that point. As chaplains we are here to help you. We know there is a better way, to be free from your past positions to focus on the bright future God always intended for you. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11: 28-30.


in this photo by Sgt. 1st Class Larry Nilmeier. Send your best photos to U.S. Naval Hospital urges mosquito prevention Contact the USNH GTMO Preventive Medicine Dept. at 72990 with any questions. Be aware of places where standing water accumulates, and remove/drain them as quickly as possible. Wear long-sleeve shirts and pants when going outside and apply repellant containing DEET. As a reminder, please do not disturb mosquito trapping equipment in use as part of the surveillance program.