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JTF AROUND THE Volume 9, Issue 25 Friday, August 15, 2008 A JTF Journal THE


PAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, AUGUS T 15, 2008 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 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:nd Class abandoned swing set Sunday, JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. Larson Whats at your core? Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Martin D. Cieszlak474th ECES Project Manager______________________________________When I was asked to write an article for the Wire about anything professional or military I thought long and hard. Then, I remembered the last opportunity I had to serve on a military personnel recognition board. The question I remember asking the candidate sitting in front of the panel was, What are the service core values? Working with the Joint Task Force, I have the opportunity to serve with people from all the branches of the military: Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines and the Air Force. Thinking of this article, I did a search on the core values for each of the services. What I found out about the core values of the different services was interesting. For example, the Naval Service, the Coast Guard and the Air Force all have three core values while the Army has seven core values. What I found most interesting was that although some of the words are different, they all mention a to all service members: integrity and honor. According to Dictionary.com, integrity is the adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; and honesty. According to this same source, honor is honesty, fairness or integrity in ones beliefs and action, a reverence, and a high respect. There are a great many more words which integrity and honor, but the bottom line is that they are values which we hold in the highest faith. What does honor and integrity have to do with the military? What does it have to do with us or our families? The answer is everything Integrity and honor means doing what is right, regardless of whether anyone will see you doing it. Integrity and honor are the moral character or principles that guide you to do what you say. It is keeping your word. Do you keep your word to your family, friends and coworkers? Of course you do or at least should. Circumstances happen and every now and then it should be the exception, not the rule. Turn in the report when you say you will. Meet your friends when and where you said, and show up at your kids sporting or school event if you said you would. All of us, whether Soldiers, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Sailors or Airmen are looking for respect from others. Its time for us to respect ourselves by doing whats right. Do what you say youll do. Uphold honor and integrity at all times and in all areas of your life.


FRIDAY, AUGUS T 15, 2008 | MISSION THE WIRE | PAGE 3 See HAMDAN/11 The verdict is in Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. LarsonJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Sixty-six months. Minus 61 months for time already served, and Salim Ahmed Hamdan was months for his conviction last week on a charge of materially supporting terrorism. Hamdan, a Yemeni citizen and the former driver and bodyguard for Osama bin Laden, was given a split verdict at 10:19 a.m. Aug. 6, by a commission of six crimes trial since World War II. Hamdan was found not guilty on the conspiracy charge in other words, playing an active charge of supporting terrorism. The following afternoon, that same commission rejected the prosecutions call for a sentence of 30 years to life. I hope the day comes when you return to your wife and daughter, and your country, Navy Capt. Keith Allred, who presided


FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2008A handful of volunteers dismantled and removed old and unsafe playground equipment behind the Cuzco barracks Sunday afternoon. The effort will allow additional parking for the Joint Task Force housing units. Below, Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jerry Wilson, Navy Lt. Bret Mastronardi, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Sheana Marfo and Navy Seaman Ace Rheaume prepare to move a toppled playground set. At bottom, Mastronardi rigs a chain to remove a slide. Navy Seaman Daniel OBrien and Navy Lt. Bret Mastronardi, center photo, examine a dilapidated bench behind the Cuzco barracks Sunday, Aug. 10.PAGE 8 | THE WIRE THE WIRE | PAGE 9JTF Guantanamo photos by Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. Larson Lost playground


MISSION | FRIDAY, AUGUS T 15, 2008 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Pfc. Carlynn Knaak Army Sgt. Gretel SharpeeJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Equal Opportunity is the foundation of our value system. It is designed to support the values we have in order to complete our missions, said Master Sgt. Leonard J. Pimentel, Equal Opportunity Advisor for the Joint Task Force. For 13 members of the Naval Station, Joint Task Force and U.S.Southern Command, learning how EO impacts their environment was a key element in their training as EO Leaders. The militarys EO program is the basis for fair and balanced treatment of all members of the military and their family members. Its mission statement states, The Equal Opportunity program formulates, directs, and sustains a comprehensive effort to maximize human potential to ensure fair treatment for military personnel, family members, without regard to race, color, gender, religion, or national origin, and provide an environment free of unlawful discrimination and offensive behavior. Each unit commander is responsible for enforcing the EO policy. EOLs are responsible for implementing the commanders program and EOA are advisors to the commanders who can initiate and help process formal and informal EO complaints. After the 60-hour class, each EOL will return to their unit to implement their commanders intent for the EO program through training, being a subject matter expert and a watchdog in the unit to uphold the EO policy. After this class I will be able to set a standard for JTF Troopers and help facilitate EO here on Gitmo, said Sgt. See LEADERS/12 New Equal Opportunity Leaders: Trained to make a difference JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Pfc. Carlynn Knaak


THE WIRE | PAGE 5 FRIDAY, AUGUS T 15, 2008 | MISSION Pump it up! JTF Guantanamo photos by Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. Larson Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. RussellJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ a newer, nicer facility, giving Joint Task Force Troopers a place to sweat indoors. The JTF command decided to build a new facility because the existing one wasnt big [enough]. It was actually three buildings, said Karissa Sandstrom, Recreation. Everything is more accessible and [Troopers] have more room to work out. The old facility wasnt very inviting and with only 10 people working out, it seemed crowded, Sandstrom continued. The equipment is the same, but in the new building with better lighting, everything looks new. With all equipment housed in one building, the MWR staff will be more accessible if a Trooper has a question or needs assistance. At the old gym, if the staff member was [attending to] a problem in another building, they werent at the desk when someone walked in. Now the gym has a more welcoming feel, said Sandstrom. The gym features new drinking fountains and easier access from the cardio machines to the weights. It also has a shower facility, whereas the old gym did not. Having showers makes it easier for [Troopers] to get a quick work out and get back to work, added Sandstrom. center with the same look and feel of any The old one was not. Fitness is important and a modern facility improves a Troopers So far Sandstrom has received positive reviews about the new gym. This gym is better, its bigger and theres more light. The old gym was dark, said Spc. Leslie Acevedo. The gym is more organized and the air conditioning is better. Currently we dont have cable television at the gym but were working cable service, said Sandstrom. Gym hours are 5 a.m. 10 p.m. hours during the week. Weekend hours are noon 8 p.m.


LOCA L SP OR T S | FRIDAY, AUGUS T 15, 2008 PAGE 6 | THE WIRE A run to remember and honor nd Class Jayme PastoricJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs __________________________________ Words like integrity, honor, loyalty and personal courage are used to describe the core values of the men and women in the Armed Services of the United States. These core values also are the foundation for We Do Care, an organization that shares our values and a commitment to honoring those in uniform. This race is all about you who wear the organization president. We want you all to have a fun yet challenging race, knowing that hundreds of individuals will be running right along side you. It just so happens that well be running the same race 1,600 miles away. We Do Care is a non-political grass roots organization that developed the Freedom Run during a trip to Guantanamo with Army Capt. Kim Kleiman and others, asked if it is possible to have a simultaneous run here, as they run the 9.11 miles in the Ill. A key reason we have introduced the Freedom Run this year is to broaden our message and marketing to reach and attract individuals and groups who do not already know about We Do Care and our Freedom Festival, or who are not the early adopters in terms of supporting and reach more people so that we can remind that there are ways that they can support and thank those who wear the uniform. In accordance with the 5th Annual Family Freedom Festival in Chicago, the Freedom Run has a simple mission: run to remember. The Freedom Run is a chance for the JTF to share a positive moment of support and remembrance with family and friends in the states. We are proud of all those that serve and we want them to know that, said back to those who give so much. Chicago and surrounding area will reach out to their families and let them know that they can run the race (either the 9.11 mile or 5.6 mile run/walk) free of charge. not only talk about the global war on terror and what everyone sees on the news, but emphasizes the goodness in the military, the humanitarian work and their role in the global war on terrorism.


FRIDAY, AUGUS T 15, 2008 | MOVIE RECON THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Fast, fun, familiar Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. LarsonJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Imagine you and your better half are minding your own business, trying to get used to a slower lifestyle. Someone appears from your past and asks, Hey, feel like another adventure movie? No, you reply youve already done two, and didnt Indiana Jones just hit the screens a couple months back? associate persists. China, you say? Are there mummies in China? Not really but there are pretty cool terra cotta warriors and a ruthless conqueror who is seeking the waters of immortality to counter a curse put on him more than 2,000 years ago. Did we mention that this wood and metal? All you have to do is return a mystical gem which, if it falls into the conquerors hands, means all kinds of badness await the world. premise behind The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, the latest installment in the Mummy franchise, which dates back to 1999. This is a standard roller-coaster of a movie its a fun ride, it moves quickly, and its over before too long. This bit of summer escapism is certainly not built to challenge your intellect. If you were to document artifacts from Tomb of the Dragon Emperor that appear similar to other cultures or rather, adventure movies then you would probably have Fraser) is healed of a deadly abdominal wound, much like Sean Connerys recovery in the third Indiana Jones movie. And the betrayal of our intrepid band of excavators by a colleague who was secretly in league with the bad guys, a la the last two Indiana In fact, we could also include how the Emperors terra cotta warriors reminds us the plaintive cello music heard as Zi Juan (Michelle Yeoh) expires is reminiscent of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon which, coincidentally, Yeoh starred in. would mean you might miss Jet Li as the on the role of Evelyn OConnell, Luke Ford as the grown-up Alex OConnell, and all that mayhem caused by reanimated clay warriors and revenge-seeking corpses. In other words, you might miss all the fun. Ancient civilizations crumbled when they could not sustain what they had become. Tomb of the Dragon Emperor succeeds by not pretending to be more than what it is.


NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, AUGUS T 15, 2008 PAGE 10 | THE WIRE Back to Gitmo after 45 yearsSee MATLOCK/13 Army Staff Sgt. James L. WagnerJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________To you who have had to leave your homes at Guantanamo I send my deep regrets. I know you do so with sadness, for some of you leave behind your husband, others your father, and you who have been civilian employees are uprooted from your jobs as well as your homes. It is my most earnest hope that circumstances will permit your return. I send my warmest greetings and best wishes to you and those you leave behind. John F. Kennedy, President of the United States, October, 1962 Frances Glasspooles day started out much the same as it had the entire school year. A senior at William T. Sampson High School, she got ready for the day by having breakfast before jumping on the bus. Once she got to school, however, the normalcy of daily life at Guantanamo back on the school bus and return home for evacuation from the island. The abrupt departure from the island, and the chaotic events of the day, were her last memories of the place she called home. Its taken her 45 years to come back. The day that took her from Cuba was Oct. 22, 1962. President John F. Kennedy, acting on intelligence reports of the movements of Cuban and Russian forces, ordered the quarantine of Cuba and the evacuation of all dependents and civilian employees. The days surrounding the evacuation would later become known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. Reports indicated Russia was supplying Cuba with weapons and material that could pose a direct threat to the United States. Satellite photos showed missile sites under construction. This was during the height of the Cold War, when the threat of nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia was an ever-present threat. Glasspoole, who later in life changed her last name to Matlock, knew nothing of these events at the time. Dependents knew next to nothing about U.S. current events, she said; in fact, she knew more about Cuban affairs than events in her country. All we had was the base newspaper, Matlock said with a laugh, and that didnt include any mention of tensions between the U.S. and Cuba. According to Naval Historical Center documents, approximately 1,700 noncombatants from Windward side were loaded into four ships USNS Upshur, USS County. Leeward side hospital patients and noncombatants were evacuated by air. Thats not quite true, Matlock said. We got to the docks and [the ships] were already full, she said. Instead, my mother, brother and I were picked up in a cattle car, put on a C-130 that took us to Norfolk. It wasnt until we got there that we heard [President] Kennedys famous address. From there, they took a commercial for years, although most of her senior class of up to 26 students returned to the island a couple months later. She still keeps in touch with her Gitmo senior class through periodic reunions, but hasnt seen Cuba since that last day. Her father, Harvey Glasspoole, a jet aircraft mechanic, remained on the island. When discussion turns to the sights and of the enthusiasm expected from a 17-yearold girl is displayed in the eyes and features of the 62-year-old. Remembering landmarks and buildings form of recollections after visiting a particular site, she said. I was just a teenager at the time, I didnt remember anything, Matlock said when asked what has changed since the


FRIDAY, AUGUS T 15, 2008 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION THE WIRE | PAGE 11HAMDAN from 3 JTF Commanders Prayer Breakfast Seaside Galley 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18 Speaker: Navy Rear Adm. David M. Thomas Jr. Commander, JTF-GTMO Re-Creation team. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. Larson Hamdan war crimes trial ends in split verdictover the two-week trial, told Hamdan after the sentence was pronounced. Inshallah. Hamdan, who was shaken following the split verdict last Wednesday, was in notably higher spirits Thursday. He shared an emotional hug with retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Swift, who began representing Hamdan in 2002. As he left the courtroom, Hamdan raised both hands in the air to toothy smile. sentencing hearing, chief defense counsel Army Col. Steve David charged that prosecutors overcharged and overreacted. result was a vindication of the military commission system. Quite the contrary, David said. There has only been vindication of the power and reason of six panel members to stand tall, take their oaths seriously and do their duty to do the right thing. What ultimately happened, in spite of the system, was justice, Swift said. Defense attorney Harry Schneider months remaining on Hamdans sentence would likely be served before an appeal could be heard. Fellow defense attorney Joe McMillan cautioned that the team was not abandoning future legal actions, especially if Hamdan was not released after completing his sentence. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Timothy Stone, one of the prosecutors, contended that the verdict and sentencing did in fact vindicate the military commissions system. As a whole, the process worked, he face-to-face press conference of the trial. U.S. Justice Department prosecutor John Murphy agreed. Here is proof that [the military commissions system] operates fairly, he argued. The government gets a conviction, the jury sets the sentence. The sentence isnt always what the prosecution asks for or what the defense asks for, added Air Force Maj. Omar Ashmawy, another member of the prosecution. Thats what makes this a fair system. Even though Hamdans sentence was much shorter than requested, none of the prosecutors claimed that justice was denied. They had claimed that Hamdan was too dangerous to be set free, and asked for a sentence so great so as to deter others from supporting terrorists. We asked for a greater sentence, but we accept the jurys decision, Murphy said. They are the impartial arbiters of this process. Still unanswered is what will happen to Hamdan following the end of his sentence. Hamdan was apprehended in Afghanistan in November of 2001 and has 2002. Two surface-to-air missiles were found in Hamdans vehicle at the time of his capture. He was accused of delivering weapons to al-Qaeda as well as helping bin Laden escape U.S. forces. Hamdans trial, which began July 21 the special tribunals created by the military commissions act of 2006 to prosecute alleged terrorists.


NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, AUGUS T 15, 2008 PAGE 12 | THE WIREUpholding the Army values = enforcing Equal OpportunityLEADERS from 4 I know now how to access the situation and understand when there is an EO violation what my role is. Pimentel, who ran the EOL class here, stresses that the best way to handle most EO violations is through on-the-spot corrections. Also, when EO training is done regularly, Troopers are reminded of the policy and how it affects their work environment. DO YOU THINK BOTTLED WATER GROWS ON TREES? WATER CONSERVATION It doesnt and it costs money! Dont be a drip follow these tips: Trooper! partially empty bottles I believe in a fair and honest system, which does not discriminate, where Soldiers get the opportunities they deserve said Pimentel. Young people see the military as an opportunity, as a way to get away from home: Im here to make sure they get those opportunities. During the EOL class, held at Columbia College, Troopers participated in small group activities where they were asked to share their feelings on several training scenarios focused on identifying personal opinions and values, Troopers could experience the challenges of being third-party-neutrals, something that they will be required to do as EOLs. This class showed me how people view different issues and how to communicate more effectively, said Staff Sgt. Ingrid Ryan, a new EOL. I will know how to take my perspective out of the situation and be a true third JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Pfc. Carlynn Knaak party-neutral in EOL situations. After the completion of the class, most Troopers agreed that while the class brought up some uncomfortable discussions, it was a class they would encourage everyone to go through. I really enjoyed [the class] and it helped me become a better person through improving my listening skills and recognizing my values on things, said Ryan. Its a great class for anyone to go through.


FRIDAY, AUGUS T 15, 2008 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Boots on the GroundWhat is one of your most outrageous claims?by Army 1st nd Army Sgt. I was an alternate for to Gitmo instead. I used to date Pamela After 45 years, Gitmo daughter returnsMATLOCK from 10 Contributed photo early 1960s. The memories she did have of the time are the same as any typical teenage girl, whether they grew up in 1962 or 2008 boys. Our class had maybe six boys and there were thousands of sailors; guess who lost out? she said with a mischievous gleam could take dependents out on dates as long as they had a signed note from the father granting permission.Much has changed in the intervening years, Matlock said. In the s, for example, there were many more clubs catering to the thousands of active duty sailors and Matlock and her friends could visit the Naval Station Corral or the base archery range. A commissary provided food, with a lot of browned-out fruits and vegetables, and there were several Lyceum theaters families only, while nearby Windmill for the approximately 3,000 Cubans who worked on the base at the time as part of an agreement with the Cuban government after the base gates were closed. They were never replaced over the years and today only three remain of that number. Many things remain unchanged, however. In particular, she was able to visit the house she lived in while at Guantanamo thing thats changed, she said, was the replacement of large screened windows with glass replacements to accommodate air conditioning units, which were installed well after she left. While Matlock never returned to Cuba, she said a part of her has always remained here. After a 25-year career as an orthopedic nurse, she attended San Francisco State University and received museum studies in 1995. She is currently working with a writer friend to complete a memoir started by her mother on her personal experiences while living on the island. Matlock said her mother, who is now 88 years old, will not by her father, Matlock expects the book to be published later this year. second time July 15, 2008. This time, she isnt leaving with a cloud of worry to mar her departure, but with a raft of new memories that now sit side-by-side with the ones she already had of Cuba. This place has shaped me for the rest since that memorable day in 1962. This time around, hopefully, she leaves with a more sedate, proper sense of closure.


LI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, AUGUS T 15, 2008 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE The value of things...despite our flaws we are of infinite worth. JTF CHAPEL SCHEDULED PROGRAMSCatholic Mass Sunday: 7 a.m. Confession 7:30 Mass Wednesday: 11 a.m. Mass Protestant Worship Sunday: 9 a.m. Spanish Protestant Worship Sunday: NoonArmy Capt. S.C. BrillJTF Deputy Command Chaplain____________________________There is a lot of talk these days about the value of things. The value of homes, stocks, gold, etc. While these subjects are all important, I wanted to take a moment and write about the value of people. Somewhere along my life I learned about our worth as individuals from a picture in a college text book of a statue and a poem and violins can tell us a lot about the worth of a soul, if we look and listen with eyes to see and ears to hear. The statue I learned about while working to become a teacher is known as From his book, Teach Ye Diligently, fact that the head is gone; both arms are gone; the wings are badly chipped; there are cracks and scrapes here and there; a foot is missing; yet it is regarded as the single most valuable piece of art work existing today. Why? How could this be? Among many other things it is hard rockadamant, undeniable, irrefutable proof that somewhere, sometime, someone with supreme artistic genius took some stone and with his tools fashioned this statue. With all that has been chipped away, with This statue has been a reminder throughout my career as a teacher in the I once observed in a students notebook a cartoon character with the saying, God dont make no junk. Thats the truth. We are all created in His image (Genesis 1:25). What a great thing that this young lady knew that her value did not come from the worlds standard, but from the truth that she was a daughter of God. Another example of the worth of souls is found in the simple poem by Myra the Masters Hand. In this poem we are reminded of what God can make of our lives. Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer Thought it scarcely worth his while To waste much time on the old violin, But held it up with a smile: What am I bidden, good folks, he cried, Wholl start the bidding for me? A dollar, a dollar; then, Two! Only two? Two dollars, and wholl make it three? Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice; Going for three But no, From the room, far back, a gray-haired man Came forward and picked up the bow; Then, wiping the dust from the old violin, And tightening the loose strings, He played a melody pure and sweet As a caroling angel sings. The music ceased, and the auctioneer, With a voice that was quiet and low, Said, What am I bid for the old violin? And he held it up with the bow. A thousand dollars, and wholl make it two? Two thousand! And wholl make it three? Three thousand, once, three thousand, twice, And going, and gone! said he. The people cheered, but some of them cried, We do not quite understand What changed its worth. Swift came the reply: The touch of a masters hand. And many a man with life out of tune, And battered and scarred with sin, Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd, Much like the old violin. A mess of pottage, a glass of wine, A gameand he travels on. Hes going once, and going twice, Hes going and almost gone. But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd Never can quite understand The worth of a soul and the change thats wrought By the touch of the Masters hand. old violin, despite our chips, scrapes, and broken pieces, we are of great worth. Also, it is my testimony, that if we put ourselves in Gods hands, He can make us whole again. That by the touch of the Masters hand, we can be healed. Matthew 11:28-30.


FRIDAY, AUGUS T 15, 2008 | 15 MINU T ES O F FA M ETHE WIRE | PAGE 15 If you cant take the heat, then...nd Class Nat MogerJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ It looked nothing like the Food Network. There was no Emeril Lagasse in front of a studio audience, with six burners, an island and a host of prep cooks who made the task of peeling, slicing, dicing and frying an onion as simple as upending a ramekin of Spanish red into a pan. Neither was Rachel Ray there, with her timesaving techniques and commercial breaks. Instead, there was a man talking to two friends who had shown up to lend a hand. And he was about to get some bad news. What did you just say? he asked. , came the reply. Id say about 40. It was only supposed to be 27. Okay, lets get back to work then. Get one more tray of the artichoke dip out there. st Class Erick Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, has one job during his six-month tour at Joint Task Force Guantanamo: Make sure that when the JTF one goes home hungry. This means, when faced with cooking for dozens already and another dozen show I take my job seriously and that job means making sure the Admiral never has to worry about whats going on back in the kitchen, and that means being ready for anything. If the starting lineup for the New York Giants showed up, looking native with a Dutch name, cut his teeth and earned his salt on the sub tenders USS Simon Lake (AS-33) and USS Emory S. Land (AS39) before becoming a galley captain on the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung Hoon (DDG-93) for 40 is no different than cooking for 300. CSs were paying attention to everything youre working 12 hours a day, and then have to go stand watch on top of all that, you deserve to eat well. Cooking for hundreds of my friends and peers really taught me a lot about taking pride in my profession. follow-up training at the Culinary Institute the extra schooling, personal inventiveness and studying monthly cooking periodicals like Food and Wine and Gourmet Magazine, hes gone from serving trays of turkey a la king to shined silver platters of fried plantains topped with lump crab meat and handmade chimichurri sauce and artichoke dip baked onto crostini. To make food that people will remember, you need to be willing to put in the extra effort. Take this artichoke dip, of bite-sized pieces of bread. Taste that. It would be so easy to just go out and buy a jar of artichoke dip and put it on some and baking it, it comes out light so people can concentrate on the taste. 1st


AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2008 AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, AUGUS T 15, 2008 JTF AROUND THEnd Sunday. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. Larson st JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. Larson JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Erica Isaacson JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. Larson