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The wire

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Title:
The wire
Uniform Title:
Wire (Guantánamo Bay, Cuba)
Creator:
United States -- Joint Task Force Guantánamo
Place of Publication:
Guanta´namo Bay Cuba
Guantánamo Bay Cuba
Publisher:
362nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Joint Task Force Guantanamo
Publication Date:
Copyright Date:
2009
Frequency:
Weekly
regular
Language:
English

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Navy-yards and naval stations, American -- Newspapers -- Cuba ( lcsh )
Prisoners of war -- Newspapers -- Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base ( lcsh )
Military prisons -- Newspapers -- Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base ( lcsh )
Detention of persons -- Newspapers -- Cuba -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base ( lcsh )
Detention of persons -- Newspapers -- United States ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Guantánamo Bay Naval Base (Cuba) ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper ( marcgt )
newspaper ( sobekcm )
federal government publication ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
Cuba -- Guant�namo -- Guant�namo Bay -- Guant�namo Bay Naval Base
Coordinates:
19.9 x -75.15 ( Place of Publication )

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Mode of access: Internet at the NAVY NSGTMO web site. Address as of 9/15/05: http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire.asp; current access is available via PURL.
General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 3, issue 5 (Jan. 3, 2003); title from caption (publisher Web site PDF, viewed on Sept. 15, 2005) .

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from all of the services.
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in Texas, Panama and Florida, I realized
they are all similar because you have the
Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines
Corps working together for the support
of Troopers who are stationed in harm's
way. The experiences Troopers get from
each other vary because none of the
services work or train in the same manner
Promotion systems are different, yet all
Troopers strive to better themselves with
the same goal.
I feelvery proud to serve with Troopers
from all services. After spending nearly
30 years in the military, I think back to
all the units I was a part of and all the
Troopers I have met and wonder what
happened to them, how are they doing or
if they are still in the military. When you
are part of a team you always make that
effort to find out.
I have personally had a great
experience here. Capt. Eric Bey,
chaplain of the 525t Military Police
Battalion, and I were stationed together
in Panama in 1987. Who would have
thought that after so many years we
would be stationed together again, and in
such a different environment?
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A Navy combat cameraman with Joint Task Force
Guantanamo cleans his camera gear in preparation
for a mission. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff
Sgt. Blair Heusdens
FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009 I MISSION


Army Staff Sgt.
Blair Heusdens
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

All the world's eyes have been on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
since the detention facilities opened in 2002. Another set of eyes have
constantly been on the facilities as well, silently documenting the daily
activities in the camps to serve as a permanent record of the care and
custody of those who have been detained here.
Navy combat cameramen document daily life at the detention facilities
for Joint Task Force Guantanamo using still and video imagery. Made
up of both active duty and Reserve component Sailors, the JTF combat
camera section, or COMCAM, is responsible for the complete and
objective recording of actions of the detainees and guards who oversee
their custody.
"This mission has taught me that it is important to always pay attention
no matter how repetitive ajob canbe. If we miss a shot or get complacent,
it could ruin the credibility we've worked hard to earn," said one combat
cameraman with the JTF.
Combat camera imagery provides commanders and decision-makers
with essential battlefield information in support of strategic, operational
and tactical mission objectives. Up-to-date imagery can be used for
planning, intelligence and operational purposes.
"What we do helps decision makers make more informed decisions,"
the section's non-commissioned officer-in-charge said.
Combat camera assets often have the ability to cover an event or
situation as it is happening or immediately afterward, to provide real-time
imagery of fast-breaking events. Images and video can then be fed to
news organizations
"Some news organizations cannot get to places as quickly as we can,"
the NCOIC said.
The imagery also serves an important archival and historical purpose.
As the detention facilities will prepare to close, this documentation
remains to serve as a historical record and archive of what happens on
a daily basis. The cameramen must be as inconspicuous as possible to
document events without becoming a distraction. After being a feature in
the camps for so long, the cameraman's presence doesn't attract as much
attention and they are allowed to document the scene as it is.
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Army Spc.
April D. de Armas
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs


Are you looking for a way to get
involved and bring a smile to the residents
of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay? The
Trooper Volunteer Program of the 525th
Military Police Battalion of Joint Task
Force Guantanamo is a great way to do just
that.
The volunteer program is a new concept
put together by the officers and senior
enlisted personnel from the 5259 and has
only been in action for a month.
Army Staff Sgt. Rene Salazar is the
operations and training non-commissioned
officer for the 525th's 193rd Military Police
Company and volunteers his time to clean
up the beaches.
"The program gives Troopers a
way of becoming involved with their
community and it's a great way to get out
and see something other than their rooms,
while doing something positive for the
community," said Salazar. "The command
felt it would give Troopers other options
for their time."
Anyone can get involved with the
volunteer program and there are incentives
for Troopers who do. Not only do they get
the satisfaction of a cleaner community, but
Troopers can earn the Military Outstanding
Volunteer Service Medal for every 100
hours of service logged through the
program.


"Troopers can earn a service
award for giving their time, however
this is not our focus," said Salazar.
"We feel it is important to have a
clean environment and cleanbeaches
for our Troopers and residents here
in GTMO."
The volunteer program focuses
on cleaning up the beaches around
the naval station by picking up trash
and debris.
Army 2nd Lt. Joshua Frye,
assistant officer-in-charge for the
193rd, has been volunteering his
time since the program's inception
and said he was very happy to be
involved.
"The beaches are the most
important asset and are the main
source of recreation for Troopers
and residents at GTMO," said Frye.
"I am a diver and always wanted
to clean up the beaches, so I was
very excited when this program was
enacted."
Salazar said the response from
Troopers has been very good and the
number of volunteers has steadily
increased since the beginning.
Army Sgt. John Norris, a military
policeman with the 193rd, is one
Trooper who spends some of his
off-duty time volunteering with the
program.
"I come to the beaches a lot and
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Army Pfc. Dana Eltaher with the 193rd
Military Police Company finds sea glass
while conducting trash pick-up at Girl Scout
Beach, May 9. JTF Guantanamo photo by
Army Spc. April D. deArmas
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Army Capt. Stephanie Hall, the Veterinary Detachment officer-in-charge, performs surgery on a Joint Task Force
Guantanamo civilian's cat. The cat, Aries, was spayed, which, according to Hall, is a routine procedure. JTF Guantanamo
photo by Army Sgt. Michael Baltz


Army Sgt.
Michael Baltz
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs


The U.S. Army Veterinary Corps was formally established by
an Act of Congress on June 3, 1916. However, recognition of the
need for veterinary expertise had been evolving since 1776 when
General George Washington directed that a "regiment horse with a
farrier" be raised, according to the veterinary service's Web site.
The veterinary corps continues its mission in support of Joint
Task Force Guantanamo.
"Allowing [Troopers] to have their pets, since they are in an
isolated area, brings up their morale," said Army Capt. Stephanie
Hall, the Veterinary Detachment officer in-charge. "[They] are
their friends and it makes people happy to have their own pets here
or to be able to come into contact with them."
The Army Veterinary Service is responsible forfood inspections,
veterinarian programs and providing full medical care to animals,
including the care of military dogs and Troopers' pets.
They also care for the local wildlife by working with the San
Diego Reproduction Center for Endangered Species on critical
reptile species management.
FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009 | MISSION


The clinic offers medical, dental and surgical care. The VTF
is well equipped with the following: an in-house laboratory,
radiology machine, operating room, ultrasound machine and a
dental unit.
"I enjoy performing surgery," Hall said. "With surgery you are
able to see immediate results."
In some cases the VTF lacks certain specialized capabilities and
cannot perform all tasks on island.
"If it is a bone surgery that I am not comfortable with or
something I cannot do, I'll send it off island," Hall said.
Hall enjoys herjob even though it can be difficult at times.
"You can become very attached to your patients because you see
them a lot toward the terminal end," Hall said. "You can become
emotionally attached and you have to be strong for the [owner], so
they [will] do what is best for the patient."
Hall also said, "People are understanding and do not want [the
animals] to feel any pain, so they understand when it comes to the
point where the animal is ready."
Regardless Hall enjoys her job and ability to support the
Troopers.
"I am defiantly here to help the [Trooper] out," said Hall, whose
Veterinary Treatment Facility has 24-hour emergency services. O
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Army Spc.
David William McLean
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

A group assembles and boards a pontoon boat as the sun
slowly dips down into the horizon, May 7. The boat captain gives
final instructions before they embark on their evening activity.
The group readies poles and baits hooks in an attempt to catch
anything that will bite.
Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers can fish Guantanamo
Bay and enjoy the outdoors at no cost through the Morale, Welfare
and Recreation Liberty Tours. The free fishing trips happen twice
a month; once during the day, and once during the evening.
Navy Seaman Randy Comeau, a master-at-arms with the base
police, captains some of these trips in search of watery game.
"There is no typical fishing trip," Comeau said. "Leave the
docks at 7 p.m. and you never know what's going to happen from
there. Sometimes it will be a beautiful day and you'll catch a lot
offish. Sometimes it will be windy, and all you'll catch is a cold
and some disappointment. But you never know unless you get
out there and try."
Three Troopers were trying the blue waters of Guantanamo
Bay for the first time on this night trip. Navy Lt. John Rankin
and Navy Lt. Rich Ryan with the Navy Expeditionary Guard
Battalion and a Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class with Joint Medical
Group were trying to land some fish for the first time, and would
not be disappointed by coming up empty-handed. It took Rankin
364 days here to finally come out and fish.
"[I have] no expectations, just wanted to come out and do
some night fishing," Rankin said. "I wish I could have done it
more often. It's very relaxing."
The quiet waters help add to the relaxing environment, said
Romeo.
"I enjoy it. It's nice, calming," the petty officer said. "It's an
adventure. It's stuff you can do to just get out of work, relax and
not worry about what you went through during the day."
The day is quickly forgotten as the activity of tending lines and
baiting hooks with shrimp, squid or the occasional baitfish takes
the place of a rough day at work. The only work to look forward
to is reeling in one of the bay's many
different types of fish.
"Snapper, barracuda, croaker, a
little bit of everything," said Comeau.
"You never know what you're going to
catch till you get out here."
Most of the catch that evening
were croakers, but a small puffer
fish, juvenile tarpon, and an eerie
ribbonfish made it into the mix as well.
The tackle for catching these fish was
a simple weight-and-hook rig on
equipment supplied by the fisherman
and the MWR site facilities. MWR
also supplies the bait, drinking water,
boat, some food, gas for the boat and
the captain.
"I get to go fishing for free,"
Comeau said. "They provide some
tackle, a free trip out, food, water, and
hopefully a good time."
"We'll just go back home and have
enjoyed saying that we got out and
went fishing," Ryan said.
For more information about fishing
trips, the Liberty Tour schedule on
the intranet provides trip dates, and a
reservations can be made by calling a. a
ext. 2010. 0 e. i
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Bromance brings laughs to big screen


Army Pfc.
Rebecca Robinson
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

What happens when the average person
reaches the point in life when they're
ready to walk down the aisle? For Peter
Klaven (Paul Rudd of "Role Models"),
it's not the usual fear of commitment that
plagues him, but instead the realization that
all of his friends are women. This strange
predicament forces the Los Angeles realtor
to search hastily for a best man. The stress
involved leaves almost no time for tux
shopping, family cohesion, or ceremony
planning. This situation has an enormous
effect on Peter's self-perception and places
a new spin on the average wedding crisis.
This year's latest romance flick,
"I Love You, Man," picks up as Peter
adventures out on a comedic man-hunt for
Mr. Right. After many man-on-man dates
and one misunderstood candlelit evening,
his fiance Zooey (Rashida Jones from
NBC's "The Office") notice's his struggle
and, in an attempt to help, enlists Peter in
a fun-filled night of poker and drinks with
the dudes. Unfortunately, the male bonding
inadvertently concludes with disastrous
drunken results. Through his many
missteps, Peter realizes that neither his
fiance, his brother, a gay personal trainer,

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nor he could assist him in this quest.
Just as Peter has given up hope he meets
the laid back, brutally uncensored scooter-
riding hipster named Sydney (Jason Segel,
"Forgetting Sarah Marshall"). The pair first
meet while he's scoping for rich divorces
and scoring free Paninis at one of Peter's
open houses. Sydney is a nightmare to
those who are blissfully into adult life he
instead enjoys hanging out with his homes
and chillaxing in his apartment garage,
appropriately referred to as "the man
cave"- where no woman has ever and will
never place foot.
While falling deeper into the haphazard
adventures of Sydney, Peter encounters
a hulky choke-hold, winds up nude on a
billboard and gets engulfed in "slappin' the
bass."
Comically portraying the ins and outs of
true friendship, Jason Segal and Paul Rudd
keep the audience blushing and rolling
throughout one of the best-made romance
flicks of all time. This movie should be
watched by all who are insecure, unsure
and confused about manly relationships. It
should not however, be viewed by youngsters
or those who are easily offended.
Even though the male bonding is off
the wall, and often cringe-worthy, this
film should give every man the urge to add
some romance to his life and seek out that
Mr. Right. 0
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Army Sgt.
Emily Greene
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs


Called the "Pearl of the Antilles,"
Guantanamo Bay's wonders are little-
known to the rest of the world. Once a
frequent port of call in Spanish colonial
days, this community on the southeast
corner of communist Cuba is now a closed
port where only a few experience the beauty
it has to offer.
One of the hidden beauties of
Guantanamo Bay is Glass Beach. Nestled
between Ferry Landing and Girl Scout
Beach, this small stretch of sand and rock is
cloaked in local legend. From pirate ships
to long-dead Sailors, the stories abound
to explain the namesake of this particular
beach. Famous for the sea glass that washes
up on the shore, Glass Beach is a favorite
spot for anyone who appreciates these
gems and who wants to get away from the
inherent stressors of life on this particular
island.
Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Johnston, director of
public works, Naval Station Guantanamo
Bay is familiar with the stories about Glass
Beach.
"Like so many things at Guantanamo, the
lines between story and truth are somewhat
hazy," Johnston said. "Everyone wants to
believe something exotic about the glass
that washes up here. There isn't a house in
Guantanamo that doesn't have a jar of sea
glass from here on their windowsill."
Johnston said one of the main stories
involves the Enlisted Men's Club that
used to be located overlooking the beach.
Known as the "White Hat Club," because
of the headgear worn by enlisted men in
the early part of the twentieth century, the
recreational facility was a place for enlisted
men to let off steam after a long day of
work.
"It has been said that Sailors would
chuck their empty bottles into the bay and
this is what washes up on the beach now,"
said Johnston. "Some bottles probably did
end up in the drink, but not nearly enough
to explain the volume of glass that washes
up here."
The true origin of the glass that gives
the beach its name is something much less
pleasant to the sensibilities of today.
"Prior to any sort of environmental
awareness, the naval station used to dump
trash directly into the bay," Johnston said.
"That, and the landfill just down from
the beach. The waves from the bay and
inclement weather loosen the old trash
and wash it out into the bay with the


rest. Eventually, it washes back up on the
shore."
The reason Glass Beach has the most
glass on its shore lies in the way the land is
shaped. The beach is set back a little from
the rest of the shoreline and is protected
from the rough waters.
"There is really no other place for glass
to wash up," said Johnston. "This beach
is the only real place that sediment is
able to remain on. This is due to a large
storm drain that empties at this beach. The
storm drain washes the sandy soil onto the
shoreline here, creating the sandy beach
and mixing with the sediments from the


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bay."
While the sea glass that glistens in the
sand of Glass Beach may not have the
most romantic origins, it is unique in its
sheer volume. Also known as "mermaid's
tears" or "lucky tears," sea glass is rare
in most places around the world. But, in
Guantanamo Bay anyone can visit Glass
Beach and take home a handful.
In his book, "Pure Sea Glass," Richard
LaMotte describes these semi-natural gems
as "castaway glass" that has been naturally
tumbled by sand and sea before washing
ashore.
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FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009 I NEWS & INFORMATION


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igious award

Army Sgt.
Carmen Gibson
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
There's no greater professional compliment than
receiving a prestigious award for completing your daily
mission. For one Army officer, the fact that the award was
presented by the Army Chief of Staff at the Pentagon made
the honor even more rewarding.
Army Capt. Christopher Hodl, Commander of the 189th
Military Police Company, assigned to Joint Task Force
Guantanamo, received the MacArthur Leadership Award at
a ceremony held at the Pentagon Auditorium in Washington
D.C., May 8.
Capt. Hodl said he was very humbled by the
experience.
"I got to meet the Chief of Staff and senior generals,"
said Hodl. "It was also interesting to meet my peers who
also received the award. Many were very accomplished."
Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., Chief of Staff of the U.S.
Army, and Mr. Henry U. Harris, III, representing the
General Douglas MacArthur Foundation, presented Hodl
and his fellow recipients with the award.
Each year the MacArthur Leadership Award, an engraved
15-pound bronze bust of Gen. MacArthur, is presented to
25 U.S. Army officers and three U.S. Army warrant officers
for demonstrating the qualities that Gen. MacArthur strived
to exemplify duty, honor and loyalty to one's country.
MacArthur award recipients demonstrate the ability to
influence others to accomplish the mission by providing
purpose, direction and motivation; are technically
and tactically proficient in their positions; and exhibit
outstanding team-building and
interpersonal skills.
The U.S. Army Southern
Command nominated Hodl
for the award based on his
performance during the past
16 months of his tour at Naval
Station Guantanamo Bay.
With more than one-third of
his six-year military career spent
overseas, Capt. Hodl responded
with genuine surprise.
"All I did was come to work
everyday and take care of my
Soldiers," said Hodl, who sees
his nomination and other junior
non-commissioned officer
awards that have been presented
during his deployment as just
another, "validation for the
caliber of people deployed to
Guantanamo Bay."
Officers and enlisted
personnel assigned to Joint
Task Force Guantanamo, like
Hodl, strive to place the safe
and humane care and custody
of detainees at the forefront of
their mission. 0
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Unique treasure

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"Each piece is unique with its own story
behind it, and can date from ancient times
to the present," LaMotte writes. "One can
only imagine where the glass originated
and how long it has been bobbing in the
sea."
Rebecca Bayless has spent much time
combing the beaches for sea glass and
fashioning it into wearable art.
"I never saw sea glass until I came here
a few years ago," Bayless said. "I was
amazed at how pretty it was and began to
learn about the different kinds of glass."
Bayless said she has found even the
rarest colors of sea glass on Glass Beach.
"Black is the most rare color world-
wide," Bayless said. "It dates from the
mid to late 1800s, before the naval station.
It is really green or purple glass that has
darkened to almost black over time. The
most likely origin of the black glass is
probably rum bottles from the pirate ships
that were known to be in this area."
Here in Guantanamo Bay there are
other colors of sea glass that are even less
common, said Bayless.
"Here, I would say orange, yellow and


red are the hardest to find. And then, of
course, there is the coveted cobalt blue that
you have to really look for," Bayless said.
Bayless said she has seen an increased
interest in sea glass from the time she first
arrived on the island to the present.
"There used to be more," Bayless said.
"Since that time more people have become
aware of the special nature of sea glass."


Whether from pirate revels, tipsy
Sailors, or the less-romantic trash dump
into the bay, Glass Beach undoubtedly
holds a beauty unique to Guantanamo Bay.
It is a place alive with legend, that glitters
when the sun hits it just right. Enjoyed by
everyone on the island, the beach is part of
what makes Guantanamo Bay the "Pearl of
the Antilles." 0


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The history of JTF Guantanamo, through the eyes of a lens


CAMERA from 3
"We have to be an unbiased party,
strictly there to document what happens,"
the combat camera NCOIC said.
Navy Combat Camera is a command
that deploys around the world in support
of various missions. Photographers
must be trained and ready to go into
different situations at a moment's notice.
From humanitarian missions to combat
operations, combat cameramen document
military operations to support commanders
in the field.
With units based in Norfolk, Va., and
SanDiego, Calif., Navy combat cameramen
cover surface, subsurface, air and ground


operations of armed forces engaged in
combat, combat support operations,
humanitarian efforts, scientific research and
other peacetime activities. The cameramen
are trained to provide still photography and
video documentation which can be quickly
uploaded in the field to commanders around
the world.
In addition to photographic training,
combat cameramen also receive additional
combat, weapons and aircraft safety
training, as well as other specialized training
to prepare them for deployment and
insertion into hostile and remote $
areas, often embedding on the front
lines with combat units.


"We train for whatever force we deploy
with," said the section's NCOIC.
This additional training helps the
cameramen to seamlessly integrate with
whatever forces they deploy with and not
become a liability.
"The training we receive allows me
to go through my job with confidence,"
a combat cameraman said. "I know that
I am properly trained so I can eventually
get home to my family once my mission
is done." Q
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Clean-up makes positive impact


VOLUNTEER from 4
I always get mad about the trash," said
Norris.
Norris said he was glad to get involved
with the clean-up efforts and feels it has a
positive effect on the living conditions for
everyone on the island.
"If we don't keep it clean, no one else
will," said Norris.
Army Pfc. Dana Eltaher and Army
Sgt. Joshua Boyer, both administrative
specialists with the 193r1, said they both
feel it is a great way to get to see all the
beaches on the island.
"I get to see all the beaches and the view
is breathtaking," said Eltaher.
Eltaher said she feels volunteering is a
great way to make the best of her time at
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.
"I enjoy doing something positive for
the community I share with others during
my deployment here," said Eltaher. "I have


already gotten to see several beaches
since I started volunteering in the last
three weeks."
Salazar said the volunteers have
been to Windmill, Cable and Girl
Scout beaches thus far and plan
on making the rounds to all of the
beaches located on the base.
"We meet every Saturday at the
basketball goal inside the Tierra Kay
housing community at 7:45 a.m. and
welcome anyone who would like to
join us," said Salazar.
"We are looking to get the word
out and hope that more Troopers
will get involved with the program,"
said Salazar. "Not only can we make
a difference, we can also build new
friendships during our time here."
For more information about the
volunteer program, please contact Staff
Sgt. Rene Salazar at extension 2314. 0


Boots on the Ground by Army Sgt. Derrol Fulghum

What is the best or most interesting thing you've received here in a package?


Navy Petty Officer 31d Class Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class
Evan Hill Zachary Harris


"I received a pack of "I received photos of my
Tarot cards." niece."


Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Air Force Staff Sgt.
Ashley Griffith Adam Hensley
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"I got my Nintendo Wii "I enjoyed the homemade
with the 'Zelda: Twilight fortune cookies with
Princess' game." messages from my family
and friends."


FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009 I VOICE OF THE FORCE


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Mission first, people always

Army Capt.
Scott Brill
JTF Guantanamo Deputy Command Chaplain
"Man Down!" When that cry sounds, Troopers selflessly move toward the
sound. They will ignore danger and move toward their injured battle buddy
or shipmate. The man or woman down knows that help will come. Whatever
the risk, someone will run or low crawl to get there in time to protect and give
aid. U.S. military history is full of stories of brave men and women who were
determined that no one would be left behind. It is part of the Soldier's Creed,
and at the very heart of what, "Mission First, People Always" is all about.
Most of us have seen the movie or read the book "Black Hawk Down."
This is part of that heroic account from a talk given by religious leader Henry
B. Eyring.


"During fighting in Somalia in October of 1993, two United States Army
Rangers in a helicopter during the firefight learned that two other helicopters
near them had fallen to the earth. The two rangers, in their relative safety
aloft, learned by radio that no ground forces were available to rescue one of
the downed aircrews. Growing numbers of the enemy were closing in on the
crash site.
The two men watching from above volunteered to go down to the ground
to protect their critically wounded comrades. Their request was denied
because the situation was so dangerous. They asked a second time. Permission
was again denied. Only after their third request were they put down on the
ground.
Armed only with their personal weapons, they fought their way to the
crashed helicopter and the injured fliers. They moved through intense small
arms fire as enemies converged on the crash site. They pulled the wounded
from the wreckage. They put themselves in a perimeter around the wounded,
placing themselves in the most dangerous positions. They protected their
comrades until their ammunition was depleted and they were fatally wounded.
Their bravery and their sacrifice saved the life of a pilot who would have been
lost.
They were each awarded posthumously the Medal of Honor. The citation
reads that what they did was "above and beyond the call of duty."
But I wonder if they saw it that way as they moved to the downed airmen.
Out of loyalty they felt a duty to stand by their fellow Soldiers, whatever the
cost. The courage to act and their selfless service came from feeling that they
were responsible for the lives and the safety of comrades."
What these Army Rangers did that day is a leadership lesson like no other.
Their valor will never be forgotten. When I heard this story in church I thought
to myself, I must do more for those I am called to serve. "Mission First, People
Always," is everyone's responsibility.
Jesus said, "Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even
so to them." (Matt. 7:12.)
We also need to take care of ourselves. I do not know of anyone who has
not been or is not in some kind of mental, physical or spiritual firefight. We
all need help at times. Too often, out of fear or pride, we keep our problems a
secret, and the rescue team flying overhead does not know where to land. Be
assured, there is help all around us at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. There
is no shortage of caring people, worship space in the chapels or classroom
seating at the Fleet and Family Support Center. The doors are open and the
seats are plenty. O


Army Sgt. 1st Class Randall Shughart and Army
Master Sgt. Gary Gordon were both members of a
Delta Force sniper team. During a raid in Mogadishu
October 3, 1993, both men were providing precision
and suppresive fire from helicopters above two
helicopter crash sites. Learning that no ground forces
were available to rescue one of the downed aircrews,
Shughart and Gordon volunteered to be inserted to
protect their wounded comrades. After requesting
and being denied permission twice because of the
danger of the situation, the two fought their way to the
downed helicopters through intense small arms fire
and established a perimeter to defend the wounded.
They continued to protect their comrades until they
were fatally wounded. Their actions saved the life of
Army Chief Warrant Officer Michael Durant.


SI i II I 'I 1 l 'S


Catholic Mass
Sunday: 7 a.m. Confession
7:30 a.m. Mass
Wednesday: 11 a.m.
Spanish Mass


Protestant Worship
Sunday: 9 a.m.

Spanish Protestant
Worship
Sunday: 11 a.m.


Bible Study
Sunday: 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 p.m.


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Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Austin Humphries poses in a photo after reenlisting in the Navy for six more years, April 30.
- JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Michael Baltz


Army Sgt.
Michael Baltz
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs


Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Austin
Humphries is a guard at the Joint Task
Force Guantanamo detention facilities who
maintains a positive outlook by living the
Navy values and the JTF Guantanamo-
coined phrase, "honor bound to defend
freedom."
"He wasn't even in charge of the
block," said Navy Lt. Richard Ryan, when
explaining how Humphries earned his Navy
Achievement Medal. "He just happened to
be walking down the block and noticed a
detainee trying to commit self-harm."
The JTF Guantanamo missionisto ensure
the safe, humane, legal and transparent care
and custody of detainees.
Humphries took control of the situation,
ordering the cell door to be opened. He then
restrained the detainee and prevented him
from causing additional self-harm. As a
result, Humphries saved the detainee's life
and was awarded the Navy Achievement
Medal
When Humphries and his unit came
together for pre-mobilization in Gulfport,
Miss., Humphries immediately stood out,
according to Ryan.
"His commitment is shown by always
having a positive military bearing in this
dynamic environment," Ryan said. "He
shows courage by the particular incident


[above] and based on his performance in
those situations, he shows he has a lot of
honor by carrying out the mission."
Ryan noted that, "Humphries also lives
by the JTF GTMO phrase 'Honor Bound.'
It isn't just a phrase for him. It is a way of
life."
In almost 10 months, Humphries has
been called on to
assist in many
situations inside the
camps. Though his
job is often stressful,
Humphries keeps a
positive attitude.
"I have been
stationed at several
beautiful places,"
Humphries said.
"My positive outlook
isn't going to change
just because I am
here."
When Humphries
arrived at JTF
Guantanamo, he was
a petty officer third
class and weighed
235 pounds. Since
then he has been
promoted and
dropped a few
pounds.
"I work out six
days a week. I love


FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009 I 15 MINUTES OF FAME


it," said Humphries. "I was 235 when I got
here and now I am about 186 pounds."
The gym is something that helps relieve
stress during a deployment for Humphries.
He said he also enjoys snorkeling and
participating in Morale, Welfare and
Recreation events.
Humphries credits his leadership for
supporting him. He said
that Ryan's actions, by
helping him square-
away personal issues
and by maintaining
a strong presence on
the cell block with the
Troopers, helps him
maintain his positive
outlook.
"I would be
happy to serve with
[Humphries] again
because he is the
epitome of a sailor,"
Ryan said. 0

Navy Petty Officer
2nd Class Austin
Humphries walks
through one of the
detention facilities
at Joint Task Force
Guantanamo.- JTF
Guantanamo photo
by Army Sgt. Michael
Ba Itz
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Volume 10, Issue 12 Friday, May 15, 2009 A JTF Journal GTMO through the lens Combat camera: photos for the future Keeping GTMO beaches clean 525 th volunteers picks up trash THE

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PAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009JTF-GTMO Commander: Navy Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby Joint Task Force CMC: Navy Command Master Chief Brad LeVault Office of Public Affairs: Director: Navy Cmdr. Rick Haupt: 9928 Deputy: Army Lt. Col. Edward Bush: 9927 Supervisor: Army 1st Sgt. Patrick Sellen: 3649The WireEditor: Army Staff Sgt. Paul Meeker: 3651 Assistant Editor: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeff Johnstone: 3594 Layout and Design: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Gary Keen: 3594 Army Sgt. Scott Griffin: 3594 Army Sgt. Jody Metzger: 3592 Web Design: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Wolff: 8154 Staff Writers: Army Sgt. Jody Metzger: 3592 Army Spc. Shanita Simmons: 3589 Army Spc. Daniel Welch: 3589Contact us:Base Information: 2000 Public Affairs Office: 3651 or 3596 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651Cover Photo By:Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert ClowneyOnline:www.jtfgtmo.southcom.milJointTaskForce-Guantanamo, produces The Wire, which is printed under the provisions of Department of Defense Instruction 5120.4 The Public Affairs OfficeJTF GUANTANAMO Commander: Navy Rear Adm. David M. Thomas, Jr. Joint Task Force Command Master Chief: Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian T. Schexnaydre Office of Public Affairs: Director: Navy Cmdr. Pauline Storum: 9928 Deputy Director: Army Capt. Kim Kleiman: 9927 Supervisor: Army 1st Sgt. James Venske: 3649The WireExecutive Editor: Army 1st Lt. Adam Bradley: 3596 Editor:Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. Larson: 3651Assistant Editors: Army Staff Sgt. Emily Russell: 3592 Army Staff Sgt. Gretel Sharpee: 3594 Staff Writers: Army Spc. Megan Burnham: 2171 Army Spc. Eric Liesse: 3499Contact usEditors Desk: 3651 or 3596 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651 Email: thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.milThe WIRE is the official news magazine of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It is produced by the JTF Public Affairs Office to inform and educate the Troopers of JTF Guantanamo through news, features, command guidance, sports and entertainment. The WIRE seeks to provide maximum disclosure with minimum delay with regards to security, accuracy, propriety and policy. This DoD news magazine is an authorized publication for the members of the Department of Defense. Contents of The WIRE are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It is printed by the Document Automation & Production Service with a circulation of 1000. COVER: JTF-GTMO Commander: Navy Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby Joint Task Force CMC: Navy Command Master Chief Brad LeVault Office of Public Affairs: Director: Navy Cmdr. Rick Haupt: 9928 Deputy: Army Lt. Col. Edward Bush: 9927 Supervisor: Army 1st Sgt. Patrick Sellen: 3649The WireEditor: Army Staff Sgt. Paul Meeker: 3651 Assistant Editor: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeff Johnstone: 3594 Layout and Design: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Gary Keen: 3594 Army Sgt. Scott Griffin: 3594 Army Sgt. Jody Metzger: 3592 Web Design: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Wolff: 8154 Staff Writers: Army Sgt. Jody Metzger: 3592 Army Spc. Shanita Simmons: 3589 Army Spc. Daniel Welch: 3589Contact us:Base Information: 2000 Public Affairs Office: 3651 or 3596 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651Cover Photo By:Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert ClowneyOnline:www.jtfgtmo.southcom.milJointTaskForce-Guantanamo, produces The Wire, which is printed under the provisions of Department of Defense Instruction 5120.4 The Public Affairs Office JTF GUANTANAMO Commander: Navy Rear Adm. David M. Thomas, Jr. Joint Task Force Command Master Chief (acting): Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Michael A. Withrow Office of Public Affairs: Director: Navy Lt. Cmdr. Brook DeWalt: 9928 Deputy Director: Army Maj. Diana Haynie: 9927 Supervisor: Army 1st Sgt. Shellie Lewis: 3649The WireExecutive Editor: Army 1st Lt. Chris Cudney: 2171 Command Information NCOIC:Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Gholston: 3651Editor: Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell: 3592 Associate Editor: Army Staff Sgt. Blair Heusdens: 3594 Staff Writers: Army Sgt. Michael Baltz: 3589 Army Sgt. Emily Greene: 3589 Army Spc. April de Armas: 3304 Army Spc. David McLean: 3304 Contact usEditors Desk: 3651 or 2171 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651 Email: thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.milThe WIRE is the official news magazine of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It is produced by the JTF Public Affairs Office to inform and educate the Troopers of JTF Guantanamo through news, features, command guidance, sports and entertainment. The WIRE seeks to provide maximum disclosure with minimum delay with regards to security, accuracy, propriety and policy. This DoD news magazine is an authorized publication for the members of the Department of Defense. Contents of The WIRE are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It is printed by the Document Automation & Production Service with a circulation of 1,000. COVER:Navy Cmdr. George Sellock, a dentist at the Joint Troop Clinic, May 13. Joint Task Force Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Cody Black What is Teamwork? Army Master Sgt. Michael AliceaJTF Guantanamo Housing Commandant__________________________________The word teamwork has many meanings. In the military, it refers to two or more Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen or Marines working together for a common goal. Here at Joint Task Force ourselves working with members of different services and we need to work together to make the mission a successful one. Being in a small community like GTMO, we time with Troopers from all services. Where else tour is a great opportunity to make friends from all of the services. After spending time at duty stations in Texas, Panama and Florida, I realized they are all similar because you have the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines Corps working together for the support of Troopers who are stationed in harms way. The experiences Troopers get from each other vary because none of the services work or train in the same manner. Promotion systems are different, yet all Troopers strive to better themselves with the same goal. I feel very proud to serve with Troopers from all services. After spending nearly 30 years in the military, I think back to all the units I was a part of and all the Troopers I have met and wonder what happened to them, how are they doing or if they are still in the military. When you are part of a team you always make that I have personally had a great experience here. Capt. Eric Bey, chaplain of the 525th Military Police Battalion, and I were stationed together in Panama in 1987. Who would have thought that after so many years we would be stationed together again, and in This deployment has taught me that a team is truly a group of people in a collaborative relationship working toward a mutual goal a goal that dominates all other individual and sub-group goals a goal for which every team member is mutually accountable. Joint environment provides opportunity for development

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FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009 | MISSION THE WIRE | PAGE 3See CAMERA/13 Keeping a visual recordArmy Staff Sgt. Blair HeusdensJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs________________________________________________All the worlds eyes have been on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay since the detention facilities opened in 2002. Another set of eyes have constantly been on the facilities as well, silently documenting the daily activities in the camps to serve as a permanent record of the care and custody of those who have been detained here. Navy combat cameramen document daily life at the detention facilities for Joint Task Force Guantanamo using still and video imagery. Made up of both active duty and Reserve component Sailors, the JTF combat camera section, or COMCAM, is responsible for the complete and objective recording of actions of the detainees and guards who oversee their custody. This mission has taught me that it is important to always pay attention no matter how repetitive a job can be. If we miss a shot or get complacent, it could ruin the credibility weve worked hard to earn, said one combat cameraman with the JTF. Combat camera imagery provides commanders and decision-makers and tactical mission objectives. Up-to-date imagery can be used for planning, intelligence and operational purposes. What we do helps decision makers make more informed decisions, Combat camera assets often have the ability to cover an event or situation as it is happening or immediately afterward, to provide real-time imagery of fast-breaking events. Images and video can then be fed to news organizations the NCOIC said. The imagery also serves an important archival and historical purpose. As the detention facilities will prepare to close, this documentation remains to serve as a historical record and archive of what happens on a daily basis. The cameramen must be as inconspicuous as possible to document events without becoming a distraction. After being a feature in the camps for so long, the cameramans presence doesnt attract as much attention and they are allowed to document the scene as it is. A Navy combat Joint Task Force uses a video camera to document a training U.S. Coast Guard and JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. April D. deArmas Guantanamo cleans his camera gear in preparation JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Blair Heusdens

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MISSION | FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009 PAGE 4 | THE WIRESee VOLUNTEER/13 Army Spc. April D. de ArmasJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Are you looking for a way to get involved and bring a smile to the residents Trooper Volunteer Program of the 525th Military Police Battalion of Joint Task Force Guantanamo is a great way to do just that. The volunteer program is a new concept enlisted personnel from the 525th and has only been in action for a month. Army Staff Sgt. Rene Salazar is the operations and training non-commissioned ths 193rd Military Police Company and volunteers his time to clean up the beaches. The program gives Troopers a way of becoming involved with their community and its a great way to get out and see something other than their rooms, while doing something positive for the community, said Salazar. The command felt it would give Troopers other options for their time. Anyone can get involved with the volunteer program and there are incentives for Troopers who do. Not only do they get the satisfaction of a cleaner community, but Troopers can earn the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for every 100 hours of service logged through the program. Troopers can earn a service award for giving their time, however this is not our focus, said Salazar. We feel it is important to have a clean environment and clean beaches for our Troopers and residents here in GTMO. The volunteer program focuses on cleaning up the beaches around the naval station by picking up trash and debris.Army 2nd Lt. Joshua Frye, 193rd, has been volunteering his time since the programs inception and said he was very happy to be involved.The beaches are the most important asset and are the main source of recreation for Troopers and residents at GTMO, said Frye. I am a diver and always wanted to clean up the beaches, so I was very excited when this program was enacted. Salazar said the response from Troopers has been very good and the number of volunteers has steadily increased since the beginning. Army Sgt. John Norris, a military policeman with the 193rd, is one Trooper who spends some of his off-duty time volunteering with the program. I come to the beaches a lot and Army Sgt. Joshua Boyer and Army 2 nd rd Military Police Company, remove a large chunk JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. April D. deArmas rd Beach, May 9. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. April D. deArmas Cleaner beaches thanks to volunteers

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THE WIRE | PAGE 5 FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009 | MISSION JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Michael BaltzArmy Sgt. Michael BaltzJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs___________________________________________The U.S. Army Veterinary Corps was formally established by an Act of Congress on June 3, 1916. However, recognition of the need for veterinary expertise had been evolving since 1776 when General George Washington directed that a regiment horse with a farrier be raised, according to the veterinary services Web site. The veterinary corps continues its mission in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Allowing [Troopers] to have their pets, since they are in an isolated area, brings up their morale, said Army Capt. Stephanie their friends and it makes people happy to have their own pets here or to be able to come into contact with them. The Army Veterinary Service is responsible for food inspections, veterinarian programs and providing full medical care to animals, including the care of military dogs and Troopers pets. They also care for the local wildlife by working with the San Diego Reproduction Center for Endangered Species on critical reptile species management. The clinic offers medical, dental and surgical care. The VTF radiology machine, operating room, ultrasound machine and a dental unit. I enjoy performing surgery, Hall said. With surgery you are able to see immediate results. In some cases the VTF lacks certain specialized capabilities and cannot perform all tasks on island. If it is a bone surgery that I am not comfortable with or something I cannot do, Ill send it off island, Hall said. You can become very attached to your patients because you see them a lot toward the terminal end, Hall said. You can become emotionally attached and you have to be strong for the [owner], so they [will] do what is best for the patient. Hall also said, People are understanding and do not want [the animals] to feel any pain, so they understand when it comes to the point where the animal is ready. Regardless Hall enjoys her job and ability to support the Troopers. Veterinary Treatment Facility has 24-hour emergency services. Taking care of pets who take care of Troopers

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LOCA L SP OR T S | FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009 PAGE 6 | THE WIRE Groupers for Troopers nd JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. David William McLeanArmy Spc. David William McLeanJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs__________________________________________ A group assembles and boards a pontoon boat as the sun slowly dips down into the horizon, May 7. The boat captain gives The group readies poles and baits hooks in an attempt to catch anything that will bite. Bay and enjoy the outdoors at no cost through the Morale, Welfare a month; once during the day, and once during the evening. Navy Seaman Randy Comeau, a master-at-arms with the base police, captains some of these trips in search of watery game. docks at 7 p.m. and you never know whats going to happen from there. Sometimes it will be a beautiful day and youll catch a lot and some disappointment. But you never know unless you get out there and try. Three Troopers were trying the blue waters of Guantanamo and Navy Lt. Rich Ryan with the Navy Expeditionary Guard nd Class with Joint Medical not be disappointed by coming up empty-handed. It took Rankin [I have] no expectations, just wanted to come out and do more often. Its very relaxing. Romeo. adventure. Its stuff you can do to just get out of work, relax and not worry about what you went through during the day. the place of a rough day at work. The only work to look forward to is reeling in one of the bays many Snapper, barracuda, croaker, a little bit of everything, said Comeau. You never know what youre going to catch till you get out here. Most of the catch that evening were croakers, but a small puffer a simple weight-and-hook rig on and the MWR site facilities. MWR also supplies the bait, drinking water, boat, some food, gas for the boat and the captain. Comeau said. They provide some tackle, a free trip out, food, water, and hopefully a good time. Well just go back home and have enjoyed saying that we got out and trips, the Liberty Tour schedule on the intranet provides trip dates, and reservations can be made by calling ext. 2010. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. David William McLean

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FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009 | MOVIE RECON THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Bromance brings laughs to big screen Army Pfc. Rebecca RobinsonJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________What happens when the average person reaches the point in life when theyre Klaven (Paul Rudd of Role Models), its not the usual fear of commitment that plagues him, but instead the realization that all of his friends are women. This strange predicament forces the Los Angeles realtor to search hastily for a best man. The stress involved leaves almost no time for tux shopping, family cohesion, or ceremony planning. This situation has an enormous effect on Peters self-perception and places a new spin on the average wedding crisis. I Love You, Man, picks up as Peter adventures out on a comedic man-hunt for Mr. Right. After many man-on-man dates and one misunderstood candlelit evening, and, in an attempt to help, enlists Peter in the dudes. Unfortunately, the male bonding inadvertently concludes with disastrous drunken results. Through his many missteps, Peter realizes that neither his Just as Peter has given up hope he meets the laid back, brutally uncensored scooterriding hipster named Sydney (Jason Segel, and scoring free Paninis at one of Peters open houses. Sydney is a nightmare to those who are blissfully into adult life he instead enjoys hanging out with his homies and chillaxing in his apartment garage, appropriately referred to as the man cave where no woman has ever and will never place foot. While falling deeper into the haphazard adventures of Sydney, Peter encounters a hulky choke-hold, winds up nude on a billboard and gets engulfed in slappin the bass. Comically portraying the ins and outs of true friendship, Jason Segal and Paul Rudd keep the audience blushing and rolling throughout one of the best-made bromance watched by all who are insecure, unsure and confused about manly relationships. It should not however, be viewed by youngsters or those who are easily offended. Even though the male bonding is off the wall, and often cringe-worthy, this some bromance to his life and seek out that Mr. Right.

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NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009 PAGE 10 | THE WIRESee GLASS/12 Army Sgt. Emily GreeneJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Called the Pearl of the Antilles, Guantanamo Bays wonders are littleknown to the rest of the world. Once a days, this community on the southeast corner of communist Cuba is now a closed port where only a few experience the beauty it has to offer. One of the hidden beauties of Guantanamo Bay is Glass Beach. Nestled between Ferry Landing and Girl Scout Beach, this small stretch of sand and rock is cloaked in local legend. From pirate ships to long-dead Sailors, the stories abound to explain the namesake of this particular beach. Famous for the sea glass that washes up on the shore, Glass Beach is a favorite spot for anyone who appreciates these gems and who wants to get away from the inherent stressors of life on this particular island. Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Johnston, director of public works, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay is familiar with the stories about Glass Beach. Like so many things at Guantanamo, the lines between story and truth are somewhat hazy, Johnston said. Everyone wants to believe something exotic about the glass that washes up here. There isnt a house in Guantanamo that doesnt have a jar of sea glass from here on their windowsill. Johnston said one of the main stories involves the Enlisted Mens Club that used to be located overlooking the beach. Known as the White Hat Club, because of the headgear worn by enlisted men in the early part of the twentieth century, the recreational facility was a place for enlisted men to let off steam after a long day of work. It has been said that Sailors would chuck their empty bottles into the bay and this is what washes up on the beach now, said Johnston. Some bottles probably did end up in the drink, but not nearly enough to explain the volume of glass that washes up here. The true origin of the glass that gives the beach its name is something much less pleasant to the sensibilities of today. Prior to any sort of environmental awareness, the naval station used to dump trash directly into the bay, Johnston said. the beach. The waves from the bay and inclement weather loosen the old trash and wash it out into the bay with the Glass Beach: Guantanamos gemrest. Eventually, it washes back up on the shore. The reason Glass Beach has the most glass on its shore lies in the way the land is shaped. The beach is set back a little from the rest of the shoreline and is protected from the rough waters. There is really no other place for glass to wash up, said Johnston. This beach is the only real place that sediment is able to remain on. This is due to a large storm drain that empties at this beach. The storm drain washes the sandy soil onto the shoreline here, creating the sandy beach and mixing with the sediments from the bay.While the sea glass that glistens in the sand of Glass Beach may not have the sheer volume. Also known as mermaids tears or lucky tears, sea glass is rare in most places around the world. But, in Guantanamo Bay anyone can visit Glass Beach and take home a handful. In his book, Pure Sea Glass, Richard LaMotte describes these semi-natural gems as castaway glass that has been naturally tumbled by sand and sea before washing ashore. Bays Glass Beach. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Emily Greene

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THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION Army Sgt. Carmen GibsonJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs_______________________________________Theres no greater professional compliment than receiving a prestigious award for completing your daily presented by the Army Chief of Staff at the Pentagon made the honor even more rewarding. Army Capt. Christopher Hodl, Commander of the 189th Military Police Company, assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo, received the MacArthur Leadership Award at a ceremony held at the Pentagon Auditorium in Washington D.C., May 8. Capt. Hodl said he was very humbled by the experience. I got to meet the Chief of Staff and senior generals, said Hodl. It was also interesting to meet my peers who also received the award. Many were very accomplished. Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, and Mr. Henry U. Harris, III, representing the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation, presented Hodl and his fellow recipients with the award. Each year the MacArthur Leadership Award, an engraved 15-pound bronze bust of Gen. MacArthur, is presented to to exemplify duty, honor and loyalty to ones country. MacArthur award recipients demonstrate the ability to purpose, direction and motivation; are technically outstanding team-building and interpersonal skills. The U.S. Army Southern Command nominated Hodl for the award based on his performance during the past 16 months of his tour at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. With more than one-third of his six-year military career spent overseas, Capt. Hodl responded with genuine surprise. All I did was come to work everyday and take care of my Soldiers, said Hodl, who sees his nomination and other junior awards that have been presented during his deployment as just another, validation for the caliber of people deployed to Guantanamo Bay. personnel assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo, like Hodl, strive to place the safe and humane care and custody of detainees at the forefront of their mission. JTF Trooper receives prestigious award th Military JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Carmen Gibson th Military Police Company, receives JTF Guantanamo photo courtesy of Capt. Christopher Hodl

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NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009 PAGE 12 | THE WIREGLASS from 10 Unique treasures to be found at GTMO behind it, and can date from ancient times to the present, LaMotte writes. One can only imagine where the glass originated and how long it has been bobbing in the sea. Rebecca Bayless has spent much time combing the beaches for sea glass and fashioning it into wearable art. I never saw sea glass until I came here a few years ago, Bayless said. I was amazed at how pretty it was and began to learn about the different kinds of glass. Bayless said she has found even the rarest colors of sea glass on Glass Beach. Black is the most rare color worldwide, Bayless said. It dates from the mid to late 1800s, before the naval station. It is really green or purple glass that has darkened to almost black over time. The most likely origin of the black glass is probably rum bottles from the pirate ships that were known to be in this area. Here in Guantanamo Bay there are other colors of sea glass that are even less common, said Bayless. Here, I would say orange, yellow and course, there is the coveted cobalt blue that you have to really look for, Bayless said. Bayless said she has seen an increased arrived on the island to the present. There used to be more, Bayless said. Since that time more people have become aware of the special nature of sea glass. Whether from pirate revels, tipsy Sailors, or the less-romantic trash dump into the bay, Glass Beach undoubtedly It is a place alive with legend, that glitters when the sun hits it just right. Enjoyed by everyone on the island, the beach is part of what makes Guantanamo Bay the Pearl of the Antilles. JTF Guantanamo photo by Harriot Johnston

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FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 13 CAMERA from 3We have to be an unbiased party, strictly there to document what happens, the combat camera NCOIC said. Navy Combat Camera is a command that deploys around the world in support of various missions. Photographers must be trained and ready to go into different situations at a moments notice. From humanitarian missions to combat operations, combat cameramen document military operations to support commanders With units based in Norfolk, Va., and San Diego, Calif., Navy combat cameramen cover surface, subsurface, air and ground VOLUNTEER from 4The history of JTF Guantanamo, through the eyes of a lensoperations of armed forces engaged in combat, combat support operations, other peacetime activities. The cameramen are trained to provide still photography and the world. In addition to photographic training, combat cameramen also receive additional combat, weapons and aircraft safety training, as well as other specialized training to prepare them for deployment and insertion into hostile and remote areas, often embedding on the front lines with combat units. We train for whatever force we deploy with, said the sections NCOIC. This additional training helps the cameramen to seamlessly integrate with whatever forces they deploy with and not become a liability.The training we receive allows me a combat cameraman said. I know that I am properly trained so I can eventually get home to my family once my mission is done.Clean-up makes positive impactI always get mad about the trash, said Norris. Norris said he was glad to get involved with the clean-up efforts and feels it has a positive effect on the living conditions for everyone on the island. If we dont keep it clean, no one else will, said Norris. Army Pfc. Dana Eltaher and Army Sgt. Joshua Boyer, both administrative specialists with the 193rd, said they both feel it is a great way to get to see all the beaches on the island. I get to see all the beaches and the view is breathtaking, said Eltaher. Eltaher said she feels volunteering is a great way to make the best of her time at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. I enjoy doing something positive for the community I share with others during my deployment here, said Eltaher. I have already gotten to see several beaches since I started volunteering in the last three weeks. Salazar said the volunteers have been to Windmill, Cable and Girl Scout beaches thus far and plan on making the rounds to all of the beaches located on the base. We meet every Saturday at the basketball goal inside the Tierra Kay welcome anyone who would like to join us, said Salazar. We are looking to get the word out and hope that more Troopers will get involved with the program, said Salazar. Not only can we make a difference, we can also build new friendships during our time here.For more information about the volunteer program, please contact Staff Sgt. Rene Salazar at extension 2314. Military Police Company removes an May 9. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. April D. deArmas Boots on the GroundWhat is the best or most interesting thing youve received here in a package?by Army Sgt. Derrol Fulghumrd Class Evan Hill nd Class Zachary Harris nd Class Adam Hensley I enjoyed the homemade

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LI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE JTF CHAPEL SCHEDULED PROGRAMSCatholic Mass Sunday: 7 a.m. Confession 7:30 a.m. Mass 11 a.m. Spanish Mass Protestant Worship Sunday: 9 a.m. Spanish Protestant Worship Sunday: 11 a.m. Bible Study Sunday: 6 p.m. 7 p.m.Mission first, people alwaysArmy Sgt. 1st Class Randall Shughart and Army Shughart and Gordon volunteered to be inserted to They continued to protect their comrades until they Army Capt. Scott BrillJTF Guantanamo Deputy Command Chaplain_________________________________________________ sound. They will ignore danger and move toward their injured battle buddy or shipmate. The man or woman down knows that help will come. Whatever the risk, someone will run or low crawl to get there in time to protect and give aid. U.S. military history is full of stories of brave men and women who were determined that no one would be left behind. It is part of the Soldiers Creed, and at the very heart of what, Mission First, People Always is all about. Most of us have seen the movie or read the book Black Hawk Down. This is part of that heroic account from a talk given by religious leader Henry B. Eyring. near them had fallen to the earth. The two rangers, in their relative safety aloft, learned by radio that no ground forces were available to rescue one of the downed aircrews. Growing numbers of the enemy were closing in on the crash site. The two men watching from above volunteered to go down to the ground because the situation was so dangerous. They asked a second time. Permission ground. Armed only with their personal weapons, they fought their way to the from the wreckage. They put themselves in a perimeter around the wounded, placing themselves in the most dangerous positions. They protected their comrades until their ammunition was depleted and they were fatally wounded. lost. They were each awarded posthumously the Medal of Honor. The citation reads that what they did was above and beyond the call of duty. But I wonder if they saw it that way as they moved to the downed airmen. Out of loyalty they felt a duty to stand by their fellow Soldiers, whatever the were responsible for the lives and the safety of comrades. What these Army Rangers did that day is a leadership lesson like no other. Their valor will never be forgotten. When I heard this story in church I thought to myself, I must do more for those I am called to serve. Mission First, People Always, is everyones responsibility. Jesus said, Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them. ( 2.) We also need to take care of ourselves. I do not know of anyone who has all need help at times. Too often, out of fear or pride, we keep our problems a assured, there is help all around us at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. There is no shortage of caring people, worship space in the chapels or classroom seating at the Fleet and Family Support Center. The doors are open and the seats are plenty.

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THE WIRE | PAGE 15 FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009 | 15 MINU T ES O F FA M E Army Sgt. Michael BaltzJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________nd Class Austin Humphries is a guard at the Joint Task Force Guantanamo detention facilities who maintains a positive outlook by living the Navy values and the JTF Guantanamocoined phrase, honor bound to defend freedom. He wasnt even in charge of the block, said Navy Lt. Richard Ryan, when explaining how Humphries earned his Navy Achievement Medal. He just happened to be walking down the block and noticed a detainee trying to commit self-harm. The JTF Guantanamo mission is to ensure the safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees. Humphries took control of the situation, ordering the cell door to be opened. He then restrained the detainee and prevented him from causing additional self-harm. As a result, Humphries saved the detainees life and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal When Humphries and his unit came together for pre-mobilization in Gulfport, Miss., Humphries immediately stood out, according to Ryan. His commitment is shown by always having a positive military bearing in this dynamic environment, Ryan said. He shows courage by the particular incident [above] and based on his performance in those situations, he shows he has a lot of honor by carrying out the mission. Ryan noted that, Humphries also lives by the JTF GTMO phrase Honor Bound. It isnt just a phrase for him. It is a way of life. In almost 10 months, Humphries has been called on to assist in many situations inside the camps. Though his job is often stressful, Humphries keeps a positive attitude. I have been stationed at several beautiful places, Humphries said. My positive outlook isnt going to change just because I am here. When Humphries arrived at JTF Guantanamo, he was class and weighed 235 pounds. Since then he has been promoted and dropped a few pounds. I work out six days a week. I love it, said Humphries. I was 235 when I got here and now I am about 186 pounds. The gym is something that helps relieve stress during a deployment for Humphries. He said he also enjoys snorkeling and participating in Morale, Welfare and Recreation events. Humphries credits his leadership for supporting him. He said that Ryans actions, by away personal issues and by maintaining a strong presence on the cell block with the Troopers, helps him maintain his positive outlook. I would be happy to serve with [Humphries] again because he is the epitome of a sailor, Ryan said. Positive outlook, values-driven 2nd Class Austin at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Michael Baltz nd JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Michael Baltz

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