The wire
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JTF AROUND THE Volume 9, Issue 21 Friday, July 18, 2008


PAGE 2 | THE WIREJTF-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 CMC: Navy Command Master Chief Brad LeVault Office of Public Affairs: Director: Navy Cmdr. Pauline Storum: 9928 Deputy: Army Maj. Richard Morehouse: 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: 2171 Army Sgt. Gretel Sharpee: 3594 Staff Writers: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jayme Pastoric: 3499 Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathaniel Moger: 3592 Army Spc. Megan Burnham: 3589 Army Pfc. Eric Liesse: 3589Contact 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:Members of the U.S. Naval Station Security Force receive training in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, July 15. The Security force provides law enforcement for U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Erica Isaacson TROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008Experiences... dont forget themAir Force Master Sgt. Scott Clarkson474th Expeditionary Civil Engineers Squadron___________________________________________ day of basic training. From day one, I knew I was a changed man. By the time I graduated from training, goose bumps were constantly present when I would hear patriotic songs and the That was over 20 years ago and the experiences I have gained in the Air Force have helped me make fast, strong, and more importantly, correct decisions in my life. As a young airman, I was placed on a team only known to me as Prime BEEF (Base Engineer Emergency Force). I thought it was cool that I was chosen to represent my unit on this elite team, even though I had no clue what I was doing until 1986 when we were all recalled and placed on stand-by during the Libyan Air Raid. Anxiety and fear ran through our team when we heard an air strike was being leveled on Libya, and if necessary, we would repair the runway if our birds needed to land. Thankfully, we stood down and the operation was a success. From this experience I learned and remembered to hope for the best but, always plan and prepare for the worst. Next, I applied for the special duty position of training instructor. Within four months, I was accepted and ready to move to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, for my new career path. Upon arriving at Lackland, a chief master sergeant approached me and asked how long I had been doing this? I replied I just started pushing troops a month ago. He smiled and walked saw, but they want to know if you are willing to transfer to the United States Air Force Academy and the position. From this experience, I learned if you do your best always and be true, people will notice and good things can come. On Sept. 11, 2001, I worked as the activities lieutenant at the penitentiary when my phone rang and it me that it was strange that Nigal Ayad was watching TV, him and keep me posted. That is how my day started on that terrible day. By evening, I was speeding toward the Pentagon where I would be until February 23, 2002 assisting with search and rescue. The worst four months of my life; I learned to appreciate everything I have and to be thankful everyday. From Sept. 11 until now, I have deployed four times, I have been to many places and have seen many things. I always take something away with me each and every deployment. I am honored to be part of this historic mission here at the JTF. My experiences here will be is crucial to our country. Anyone should be proud to be a part of it and never, never get complacent or stop reaching Shirt Out


FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008 | MISSION THE WIRE | PAGE 3See COMMANDER/10The excitement that I felt four months ago when I found out I was coming down has been replaced by an amazing sense of humility after seeing the Troopers in action everyday. Rear Adm. David M. Thomas, Jr. nd Class Nat MogerJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ the commander of Joint Task Force Thomas, Jr. has walked the blocks and seen the armed services conduct their business. In a sit-down interview with The Wire, the admiral laid out the state of the JTF, the importance of mission accomplishment on you. First and foremost, the admiral stressed We do four things, said Thomas. We provide safe and humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detained number one. We perform intelligence collection operations to ensure the safety of detainees and detainee guards, and, if Military Commissions and we are prepared to support migration operations in the Caribbean. execution by the 2,000 plus people here. That includes Troopers, my staff, incredible contractors and some truly professional government employees. The highlight of my day is seeing that well-oiled machine executing the mission. Despite the command-message tone of the four mission area descriptions, Thomas insists that truly thinking about what comprises the mission is essential to making the task force better. think about every activity that we do, then sense, said Thomas. Ask yourself, why supports OMC or one of the other mission raise your hand and say Why are we doing stop doing it. The JTF certainly does not operate in a vacuum, and Thomas recognizes that Troopers will read about their actions in the media. Thomas draws upon his own experience of setting aside his personal feelings while performing an emotionally charged mission. A detainee guard asked me right after I got here, Hey, I heard you were in the the Pentagon on 9/11, said Thomas. A lot of people were in New York City on 9/11. People have feelings about that day and activities going on around the world, but the fact of the matter is, when I think about the job here, what I feel about 9/11 or the War important is doing the job correctly. Thomas also looks at the upcoming year and sees it as an exciting time to be down here. The world moves pretty fast, and the older I get, the faster it seems to move, a new administration which will affect our Department of Defense and possibly The Admirals VisionJTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell


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MISSION | FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE Navy Chief Petty JTF Engineering noncharge, discusses the layout of the Bay Hill Senior Enlisted Housing project with Mike Willis, operations manager of Prime Projects International. JTF senior enlisted receive new housing opportunityArmy Spc. Megan BurnhamJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ forward to the date when the Bay Hill Senior Enlisted Housing project will be completed Cuba. This means that they will be able to move into a spacious 462-square-foot trailer that they can call their very own. Currently, construction continues on Bay Hill to create a new housing area that will consist of 40 new units. Due to Bay Hill being a previous housing area where some facilities and infrastructures were already in place and the prime geographical location, JTF engineers and the facilities engineering acquisition division felt this would be the best area for this project. Engineering NCO in-charge. The Navy walking distance and the cleaners is right down the street. The issue of additional living space arose as more JTF personnel continued to deploy apartments and Camp America. and Cuzco, so we needed more. While one of the most noticeable differences are the larger dimensions of the trailer, 462 square feet as compared to the roughly 290-square-foot trailer in Cuzco, there is, in fact, much more that makes these homes a hot commodity. When a resident walks into their trailer they will see a washer and dryer of their very own. To the right of the entry way will be their bedroom and bathroom area and to the left will be the living/dining/kitchen area. According to Marino, residents can expect the same rules and regulations as International will continue to provide any maintenance on appliance problems and getting a room unlocked. Marino. To have someone on call, and The original completion date for this project was July 21. However, with the ground being harder than expected and having to extract an in-ground pool, it has taken a bit longer to put all the utilities in. Project managers have decided to push the expected completion date to the 24th of this month. It was going to be a couple weeks before people would move in even if it was the 21st going to cause any inconvenience or delays of folks moving in. Construction on the new housing is underway and is expected to be


THE WIRE | PAGE 5 FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008 | MISSION nd Class Nat MogerJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ Sheikh Mohammed and three other alleged co-conspirators returned to the Expeditionary Legal Complex here to address accusations of intimidation regarding their elections of counsel, July 9-10, 2008. Mohammed and four others had been previously arraigned on multiple counts of terrorism-related activities June 5, 2008. At the simultaneous arraignment, Mohammed and the other accused spoke across the courtroom amongst themselves before the arrival of the detailed military judge, Following comments by Army Maj. Jon Jackson, defense counsel for alleged al-Qaeda member Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi, alleging intimidation by hearings to discuss the matter with each separate sessions where each of the accused will appear outside the presence of the other accused in an order dated July 1, 2008. Mohammed, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin Attash and Ali Abdul Aziz Ali had elected to proceed pro se as their own counsel during the arraignment, and represented themselves during the latest round of hearings. The four hearings proceeded similarly, statements and questions to the accused, apprising each of the accused of the pitfalls of self-representation. He noted that trained motions and make arguments, due to the fact that they are not detained and possess proper security clearances, both during a potential trial and, if convicted, a potential sentencing. that the right of self-representation is not a license to abuse the dignity of the courtroom, nor is it a license not to comply with the relevant rules and procedures of substantive law, and that, in the case of an appeal, the accused cannot later complain about the quality of his defense or the denial of effective assistance of counsel. translators, methodically addressed each issue with all four, before asking each for their choice of representation. Mohammed, Ali and Bin Attash chose retaining their detailed military defense counsel as standby counsel, along with civilian defense attorneys as advisers. lieutenant, denied claims of intimidation and denied that Mohammed had pressured al Hawsawi to dismiss detailed military counsel in favor of proceeding pro se by asking him if he was in the Army. We might say something as a joke and they might think it is an order. Mr. Mohammed was joking to Mr. Hawsawi just joking because he was wearing white, said Ali of the similarities in color between Al Hawsawi chose not to make an made a decision. Speaking slowly and clearly for the military attorneys have been detailed to represent you and the rules from the commissions state that each of the accused will be represented by counsel unless they waive that right and choose to go pro I understand that you are still making up your mind and I do not want to rush time as you make up your mind or make a to act as detailed defense counsel. al Shibh, did not appear pending the completion of a competency board ordered by the judge earlier in July. R O U N D 2 Navy Capt. Prescott Prince, standby defense counsel for alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, addresses media in McCalla Hangar following a hearing here, July 10, 2008.


The Shockers spike the ball in a game against Wall-E, a preview to the skill that was needed to win the tournament. LOCAL SP OR T S | FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008 PAGE 6 | THE WIRE Wallyball heats up the courtsArmy Sgt. Gretel SharpeeJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Inside two small racquet ball courts usually meant for two people, up to eight Troopers swarmed inside in an echoing resonance of cheers. In a game not for the faint of heart, the claustrophobic or anyone The rules for Wallyball set it apart from volleyball, but otherwise it is mostly the same. Since the game is played in a racquet ball court, hitting and playing the ball off the wall is allowed; however, the serve cannot. The ball cannot hit the ceiling and servers must stand at least 3 feet from the back wall when serving. To make it even more challenging, players must hit the ball twice before it returns over the net, and it cannot hit more then two walls in a row. All of these rules might sound easy, but when the game is played with a ball that seems to be a smaller version of a cross between a volleyball and a basketball, any The tournament consisted of six teams of three to four players. In each match, three games were played to a rally score of 11. The winner of two of the three games advanced to the next round. The Wallyball tournament was organized by the Morale Welfare and Recreation department. For more information on upcoming 77262. Wallyball Tournament Results 1st Place The Shockers 2nd Place Wall-E 3rd Place No PAO team Yellow Cab and the Shockers battle it out.


FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008 | MOVIE RECON THE WIRE | PAGE 7 With guns blazing...Army Pfc. Eric LiesseJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Comic book movies and stylized action However, few come as unapologetic and relentless as Wanted. almost unfair. By doing so, you will be bending action sequences, and you will be disappointed by the intentionally predictable and clichd plot. Wanted never lets up on the mood or the perception that assassinations are for the who becomes a world-class assassin. Angelina Jolie as an assassin of few words. Jolie plays up her sultry side, and her solely because she can. With the pair is Morgan Freeman in his also amazingly talented with a gun. who starts out working a tedious, cubiclebound job. His boss is an overweight and cursing hag, continually badgering Wesley into submission. Right from her know she will get her comeuppance. On a fateful trip to his local pharmacy for panic attack medication, Wesley is approached by Jolie as Fox, a straighttalking and hardlined assassin. In a few words, she tells Wesley the father he never knew was a legendary assassin in her league and was murdered the day before by a rogue killer. chase from the pharmacy ensues. Jolie pulls lies on the hood of the car while steering their pursuer. faces. Fox to a humble textile factory. The plant serves as the front and training ground of the Fraternity, a 1,000-year-old league of assassins. by Freeman, tells Wesley he must join the take up a gun to bend bullets and run on trains in the name of fate. Bekmambetov helmed the movie with an eye for action with outlandish style. The story is an adaptation of a comic book miniseries by the legendary Mark Millar. cult classics like Fight Club and The Matrix. Although both comparisons are Club and the slow motion action The From the Danny Elfman score to the stunts that defy all logic, the movie has The special effects in Wanted are stunning and yet subtle. When Wesley quits his job after telling off his boss, he walks out with keyboard in hand. As he passes his once good friend, who Wesley knew was sleeping his girlfriend, Wesley slams the keyboard into his face, knocking keys and teeth toward the screen to literally spell out his sentiment. The story and plot elements in Wanted are nothing new. There are twists and turns and ups and downs that are all in line with the genre. shows through in the animated action scenes as well as the story. For instance, the Fraternity kills those predicted to commit evil by the Loom of Fate a massive, self-running loom that stitches messages of destiny into its fabric. You can wax philosophical about the concept after the credits roll. During the movie, just sit back and let the pure coolness of the characters take you away. This thrill to make you think. Wanted is escapism at its best.


NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008 PAGE 10 | THE WIREMission areas in focusthe future direction of all kinds of programs in our military, including, regardless of all that political activity, we have a very important mission to accomplish and executing the a lot about our nation. None of this can be done without the boots on the ground and Troopers roaming the deckplates. I map everything around our four mission areas, and I was looking at my meeting schedule one day, said Thomas. I thought to myself, you foundation of those mission areas is people. The quality of life and quality of work of our Troopers are linked, continued Thomas. So, I took out a clean sheet of paper and rebuilt my whole battle rhythm around a weekly quality of service got a Morale, Welfare and Recreation representative, a travel rep, a housing rep, a food service rep, a chaplain and others that play a role in the quality of life down here. Where we live, how we eat, how we recreate and how we and our families get on and off the island all those pieces have fall apart. In order to make life better for JTF Troopers, Thomas has put in motion plans to create programs which will pass along experience from one cycle of Troopers to the next. Unlike many duty stations where people are there for two to three years, our Troops people are only here for a year, all anyone COMMANDER from 3 on whether things are getting better or worse. I ask myself, is it good enough for to build a sense of continuity, looking give us perspective on those questions of Two months into his tour of duty, Thomas may be the happiest Trooper in the task force. When I got word I was coming down to going back to commanding and getting the opportunity to lead Sailors, Soldiers, in this very important mission, said Thomas. Obviously, this mission is under incredible our nation to get it right. Exactly right. So, the excitement that I felt four months ago when I found out I was coming down has been replaced by an amazing sense of humility after seeing the Troopers in action everyday. such a tough, tough mission. Joint Task Force Guantanamo has four main mission areas. JTF Troopers provide safe and humane, legal and transparent, care and custody of detained enemy combatants. Actionable intelligence gathered here is analyzed and disseminated to the front lines of the War on Terror. JTF Military Commissions. JTF patrols the waters around Guantanamo Bay and is logistically prepared in the event of a large scale migration operation.


FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION THE WIRE | PAGE 11See Joint Medical Supportst Class Daniel Kline rests comfortably during a minor dental procedure. Joint Task Force Guantanamos Joint Troop Clinic is a full-service medical and dental facility. Prescriptions and over the counter medications are available for Troopers from the onsite pharmacy. for injuries. Attention to detail is key when properly diagnosing a patients problem.No matter whats wrong, its important to us.nd nd Class Jayme PastoricJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________All Joint Task Force Troopers can rest assured that their medical needs will be Joint Troop Clinic. The aid station offers all medical services to Troopers ranging from medical and dental procedures. Michael Smith. It is really important to offer quality medical services to the hard working Troopers. They are under a lot of stress and we give them the care that they need. The troop clinic is a dual service operated clinic. Army and Navy work side by side, learning from each other, streamlining the operation and giving troopers quality care. injured they might not end up with Army medics and Army surgeons. It might be Navy medical staff, said Navy Petty nd good opportunity for our two branches to work together and get on the same page. statement, the vision of the troop clinic is superior readiness through excellence


NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008 PAGE 12 | THE WIRE Clinic combines strengths of two services25 can save lives (and points)MEDICAL from 11 PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT Source: Army Sgt. Cesar Nubla returns medical records to the record archive at the Joint Troop Clinic. in health care services. Their belief is that health is a state of physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being, not simply the absence of disease. I want Troopers to feel important when a headache or a broken ankle, we take all ailments seriously, said Arnold. The troop clinic has seen a lot of common injuries that are preventable, most of them dealing with musculo-skeletal injuries. On your feet for 12 hours a day will give you feet, knee and back problems, said Smith. Some recommendations Smith has for preventing common injuries are to stretch throughout the day and to always drink water. Even the small stuff can make a big difference in the long run. The troop clinic relies on the unique talents and strengths of its diverse staff. Working side by side this Army and Navy ability for the mission to carry on. are Monday-Saturday, 7am-10am, and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1pm-3pm. For more information, call the clinic at 3395.


FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Boots on the GroundDo you think the Green Bay Packers should release Brett Favre from his contract to play elsewhere? Why or why not?by Army Pfc. Eric Liesse nd Class S. Hock nd Class O. Rock Army Spc. Marc Adams rd Class Francis Pizarro Im not a Packers fan, so I dont care. I dont really watch professional football because all they care about is the money. I like college football. Yes, because hes un happy, feels he isnt treated right, and he should be able to move on to another team. Yes. He should go to the Carolina Panthers. Go to a real team. Keeping scoreEd Lutsky, a civilian contractor who works for Joint Task Force Guantanamo, sits high above the action while JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell


LI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE Friends JTF CHAPEL SCHEDULED PROGRAMSCatholic Mass Sunday: 7 a.m. Confession 7:30 Mass Wednesday: 11 a.m. Mass Protestant Worship Sunday: 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Spanish Protestant Worship Sunday: NoonWithout a doubt, one of the great treasures on this island is our friends. Army Capt. Scott C. BrillJDG Chaplain____________________________While talking to my youngest son about some of my favorite people and was anyone or anything I did not like. I told him that I could only think of one crabby person on the whole Island, and about the challenge of living in the same sentence were too much for him, and he burst out laughing. Once said, Dad, you live in Bikini Bottom. Then, I started laughing. (For those of you that do not know, Bikini Bottom is where SpongeBob Square Pants and his friends live). A deployment is a lot more challenging than the cartoon life in place where friends for life are made every day. I am so grateful for all of the friends that I have made here. One of the most common responses that outgoing Troopers make about their mission here is about the friendships they made. Without a doubt, one of the great treasures on this island is our friends. A story that illustrates the value of friendship, and the role we play in the lives of our fellow shipmates and battle An old man was walking along the beach. In the distance he saw someone who seemed to be dancing along the waves. As he got closer, he saw a young them back into the ocean. What are you doing? the old man asked. The sun is coming up and the tide is going out. If I dont throw them in they will die. But young man, there are miles and You cant possibly make a difference. The young man bent down, picked breaking waves. It made a difference to that one. In this story, the young man did something that I see Troopers do every life. We are all gifted with the ability to lift and build others. One of the best ways to help the time go by fast, and shrink personal problems, is to forget ourselves by serving others. It is my hope that we continue to look for the good in others, in ourselves, and in life.


FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008 | 15 MINU T ES O F FA M ETHE WIRE | PAGE 15Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. RussellJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Building a program from the ground up and the leadership skills of a professional. For Army Staff Sgt. Steven Barthmaier, it was coordinating necessary resources to set the wheels in motion. Barthmaier served as the senior human 193rd Military Police Company. However, during his tour, the need for help in the training and operations section became apparent, and he was selected to support the mission. I helped out operations while I continued to oversee the administrative portion, said Barthmaier. organizing Soldier re-enlistments, to coordinating weapons ranges and building the combatives program while overseeing it and teaching Troopers the basics of the program. I faced some challenges. Networking was tough. I had to go through a lot of areas to resource things like ranges not just dealing with Joint Task Force lot of different agencies that you have to go through just to get a range together standard, said Barthmaier. I overcame those challenges by networking within those agencies and getting key points of contact, he continued. he was a drill sergeant. While attending the drill sergeant school, he was required to go through level one combatives. After the school, he was selected to attend levels level one combatives. Bay, Barthmaier was one of two Soldiers trained in level three combatives on the island. program because he saw how the end result instilled the Warrior Ethos in Troopers, Dedication to dutysaid Barthmaier. He saw it was a really good program so with the guidelines he brought from Ft. Bragg he laid the foundation for it. For Army Soldiers, the Warrior Ethos is a set of principles that challenges every Soldier to rise to their greatest potential both professionally and personally. that I could take one week per month to have readily available in the states, but not here, was tough, Barthmaier continued. I really want to say thank you to everyone who helped me out along the way. The 525th Military Police Battalion and the 193rd Military Police Company were very supportive of the combatives program, and allowed me to run things they way I wanted on both the admin side, and training, said Barthmaier. With a stong inner drive and dedication to duty, Barthmaier built a successful program, not just for Soldiers, but for any Trooper stationed here. which branch of service they were from, it was good training for everyone. Barthmaier understands the concept of motivating Troopers from his own experience as a drill sergeant. The hours, hardship and time away as a drill sergeant was life changing, said Barthmaier. Looking at the big picture, you can lives by affecting just one. Making a difference for one person can have an awe inspiring, he said. pursue his next duty station with the Old section, though I would love to serve as a guard for the Tomb of the Unknown. It is such a prestigious honor, guarding those who have given their life in the line of duty. I feel humbled to be joining such a Army Staff Sgt. Steven Barthmaier interrupts an achieve the clinch exercise to check on a Trooper after a strong punch left him seeing stars. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Megan Burnham


AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2008 AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008 JTF AROUND THE An Army guard from the 525 th Military Police Battalion looks at a mock up of a detainee holding cell. Detainees are provided all necessary hygiene items for their daily needs. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 2 nd Class Jayme Pastoric st Class Curtis Biasi washes his government-issued vehicle at the car wash, July 15. Biasi, a member of Joint Task Force Guantanamos Information Operations division, maintains a clean vehicle to combat the dusty environment here. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty Officer 2 nd Class Nat Moger rd Class James Reeves gets a workout throwing punches at the th Port Security Unit, serves with the boats that patrol the waters as part of the Joint Task Force security mission. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell Army Pfc. Victor Payne pours a cup of coffee at the Camp America mini-Navy Exchange, July 15. The mini-NEX was opened in Camp America to better serve Joint Task Force Troopers who live in Camp America. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Gretel Sharpee Volume 9, Issue 21 Friday, July 18, 2008