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Volume 9, Issue 32 Friday, October 3, 2008 A JTF Journal Seabees at work Improving JTF living Commissions continue KSM motions
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 Staff Sgt. Gretel Sharpee: 3594 Staff Writers: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jayme Pastoric: 3499 Army Spc. Megan Burnham: 3592 Army Pfc. Eric Liesse: 3589Contact usEditors Desk: 3651 or 3596 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: Army Brig. Gen. Gregory Zanetti pins rank on Army Capt. Shane Lauritzen Saturday, Sept. 27 during an underwater promotion ceremony at Windmill Beach. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army 1st Lt. Adam Bradley TROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 3, 2008 Army 1st Sgt. Rodney Sanchez525th Military Police Battalion________________________________________________________Leadership is keeping your young Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen alive and never leaving wounded behind. Leadership allows for no compromise in the integrity of ones word, deed or signature. Setting high standards and seeing that they are met; applying intelligence, and drive for self-improvement these are key factors in leadership. Spontaneous enthusiasm is contagious. Leadership is rewarding a Soldier, Marine, Airman, Sailor, Coast Guardsman or civilian with the appropriate recognition immediately after exceptional service. Leadership is commanding and managing with professionalism and establishing and meeting, by priority, Trusting the ideas and decisions of well-trained Troopers is leadership. Leadership is treating men and women equally without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age or custom. Giving sound professional advice to a superior, even when you know he or she does not want to hear it thats leadership. If you have given your best advice and followed all legal, moral and ethical orders even when you do not agree with them you have accomplished effective leadership. Remembering that the past is our heritage, the present is our challenge, and the future is our responsibility that is leadership. Staying in top physical condition maintaining your weight, not smoking, saying no to drugs, and not drinking alcohol in excess is leadership. Delegating respect and accepting full responsibility for your actions is leadership. Ingenuity, sociability, tact and tenacity are leadership. Leadership is not being right all the time, and it is certainly not being wrong most of the time. Leadership does not Leadership is caring, compassion, understanding and leading by example. Leaders look you in the eye, kick you in place on the most dangerous missions. Leadership is admitting mistakes and learning from them. Eating last is leadership. Practicing servant leadership and sharing the pains of heat, dirt, sand, cold, wet, insects and other harsh environmental conditions is leadership. Leadership comes from experience, but experience comes from making mistakes. Leaders ensure that their troops always have the tactical advantage, the best training and equipment, the highest morale and plenty of food and water. Leaders work hard to ensure that the workload is distributed equally among all troops. Leadership can be learned and taught, but it cannot be forgotten or bought. Finally, a leader is so in love with life that he or she is willing to die for the lives and freedom of others and our great Nation!
FRIDAY, OC T OBER 3, 2008 | MISSION THE WIRE | PAGE 3 Above Navy Petty nd Class Rachel Thompson and Navy nd Class Mario Perez shovel and spread fresh concrete as it pours from the chute of a cement truck. 2nd Class Harry Drake screeds concrete to ensure it is level within the forms.See SEABEES/13Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. RussellJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Saving time, money and resources for the Joint Task Force is the name of the game for the Seabee-operated Public Works SelfHelp department. This self-help department, a naval station when the JTF needed help with some larger tasks that required construction equipment and more time, the Seabees were ready to rise to the challenge. charge, contacted public works self-help to request support for building the new Tierra Kay Liberty Center. would have had to contract it, said Marino. It would have taken a long period of time to get it through contracting, then order the Seabees were willing to do the work-it st the self-help department. Basically, give us the scope of work, materials and equipment self-help department has taken on, largely because it is more labor intensive. From digging and compacting soil, laying gravel and placing cement, the six-person work crew has had their hands full. Were not equipped to do that kind of work, said Pagan. But having been here [three years] and networking [with other departments], the team was able to get the Seabees save JTF assets
MISSION | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 3, 2008 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE Happy 67th Birthday MPs!Army Spc. Megan BurnhamJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Celebrating a birthday, no matter the recipient, is always an occasion to look forward to with excitement and remembrance. The 525th Military Police Battalion celebrated their own Military Police Regimental birthday Sept. 26 and recognized distinguished Soldiers during their end-of-the-month ceremony at Troopers Chapel. It has been 67 years since the U.S. established the Military Police Corps, youngest branches. In addition, it has now been recognized as the most deployed branch of the services outside of the Special Forces. The Soldiers have a lot to be proud of, of the 525th Military Police Battalion. For Soldiers who were unable to attend the ceremony due to work, senior leadership prepared a birthday cake and met with them at Caf Caribe for lunch. We [senior leadership] brought the Soldiers the birthday cake and during lunch interacted and mingled with them, said Fowler. We wished them well and gave them a little about the Military Police history. thrd battalions, members of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company National Guard all that make up the 525th Military Police Battalion. The ceremony included the welcome speech, the singing of the National Anthem and the invocation. A slide show gave viewers an overview of the history of the regiment and missions that military police Soldiers have conducted. We wanted to take the time and opportunity to recognize the history of the Military Police Corps, said Army Lt. Col. Alex Conyers, Commander of the 525th Military Police Battalion. We want to remind the Soldiers of their past and the linkage with their past. That is what the video was about. The slide show ended with a moment of silence as names of fallen comrades were listed on the screen. It reminds us daily of the mission we do, the awesome responsibilities that we carry and sometimes the price we pay, said Conyers. After Army Col. Bruce Vargo spoke to the Troops, recognition and awards were given to distinguished individuals. Staff Sgt. Phillips and Sgt. Ancona received recognition for their The conclusion of the 67th Military Police Regimental Birthday ceremony at Troopers Chapel consisted of members with the 525th Military Police Battalion singing the MP Regimental March and the Army Song, Sept. 26. At left, Army Col. Bruce Vargo and Army Pfc. Joshua Spelas participated in the cake cutting ceremony during the Military Police Regimental Birthday ceremony Friday, Sept. 26. months, and eight Soldiers were presented a Joint Task Force Coin of Excellence from Navy Rear Adm. David M. Thomas, Jr. for their exceptional daily contribution to the mission of the JTF. The traditional cake cutting ceremony followed with the highest ranking Soldier, Vargo, and the youngest soldier in attendance cutting the cake, symbolizing the continuation of the history and traditions of the Military Police to the next generation. The singing of the Regimental March and the Army Song concluded the ceremony. Even though we werent able to host a formal ball, given the mission, said Conyers, we did celebrate and will continue to celebrate our history in the
THE WIRE | PAGE 5 FRIDAY, OC T OBER 3, 2008 | MISSION Attending to detailsSee MOTIONS/13Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. LarsonJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________The menu has already been announced: A war crimes trial for the alleged mastermind alleged co-conspirators. But before the main course can be served, the table must be set. Continuing with that metaphor, court proceedings here last week for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid Muhammed Salih Mubarek bin Attash, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, Ramzi bin al Shibh, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi helped clear that table. The proceedings were delayed, however, when one of the defendants refused to be Concerns addressed as Sept. 11 co-conspirator war crimes case proceedsseated at the table. Defendant bin al Shibh would not leave his detention cell Monday morning, prompting Prosecutor Robert Swann Ralph Kohlmann, to order bin al Shibhs extraction. Kohlmann directed bin al Shibh to be brought to court the next morning, voluntarily or involuntarily. He also allowed the other defendants, on a recommendation from Mohammed, to draft letters encouraging bin al Shibh to appear in court. Bin al Shibh later appeared in court voluntarily and protested his detailed counsel, saying the military and civilian attorneys did not represent him and that he wished to represent himself. Wednesday. I have to be given the right to defend myself. When will I be given this right? Kohlmann said he understood and appreciated bin al Shibhs frustration, but explained that because bin al Shibhs mental competency to stand trial was questioned, measures must be taken to resolve that question. If bin al Shibh is found to be competent, Kohlmann would then ask bin al Shibh about defending himself rather than using detailed counsel. I have to go through this process, Kohlmann said. Its unfortunately long, and Im as eager to get it done as anyone. Kohlmann also advised Mohammed, bin Attash and Ali that they needed to follow his courtroom. I will not allow you to act in a way that is disrespectful to this court, he explained. During the second and third days of court proceedings, detainees and their detailed legal counsel took advantage of voir dire, a procedure that in commissions claims of bias against the defendants. One such claim prompted Mohammed, acting KHALID SHEIKH MOHAMMED Courtroom sketches by Janet Hamlin BIN ATTASH BIN AL SHIBH AL HAWSAWI ALI
LOCA L SP OR T S | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 3, 2008 PAGE 6 | THE WIREBowling for camaraderieRaymond Slayton, a member of the team It Dont Matter, watches his ball glide down the lane in hopes of a strike. Slayton ended the evening with 674 points. Murton Gray from It Dont Matter, walks toward lane 6 preparing to lob his bowling ball down the glossy lanes during Monday Night Fun League. Monday Night Fun League is a tournament that tests Gitmo residents bowling skills.Army Pfc. Carlynn M. KnaakJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs__________________________Cuzco Trailer Trash, Rabid names of up-and-coming reality television shows, but teams taking part in the world of competitive bowling League at the Bowling Center. Monday evenings, amateur and skilled bowlers alike convene for a night of strength, accuracy and highRaymond Slayton, a member of team It Dont Matter, has been bowling Navy was on a bowling league close to home. never one here, he said. My highest couple of weeks ago. Slayton and team currently hold the season high scores for scratch game and mens handicap series, along with entered in the tournament. However, not much time remains for teams to move up in the standings. Monday night league, and competition is on the rise for the opposing teams as well as for teammates. Slayton and teammate Murton Gray of their three-game series Monday night after a very close second game. second game nearly defeated Slayton, closed out his tenth frame with three consecutive strikes [known in the bowling community as a Turkey] and It felt good to pick up those three strikes in the last frame, said Gray. But he had a good start so unfortunately I knew he was going to win. If it happens it happens, said Slayton with a quirky smile. Just keep bowling, thats all that matters. bowling balls of It Dont Matters members slid down the polished wooden he got it. [Slayton] won.The night ended with another glorious defeat, yet with no hard feelings. Its all about having fun, said time and sometimes a little friendly competition is a great way to do that. The lanes grew quiet as neon bowling balls were placed back in their bags and smooth-soled shoes were replaced by regular sneakers until the next Monday, when the epic battle between teams and teammates alike commences yet again.
FRIDAY, OC T OBER 3, 2008 | MOVIE RECON THE WIRE | PAGE 7A 21st century love story Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. LarsonJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Hollywood love stories tend to emphasize the improbable, which perhaps makes sense. Real love grows over time and is nourished by acts both grand and small, whereas most Hollywood romances erupt in a sudden blaze of passion. In Nights in Rodanthe, Hollywood tries to have it both ways. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, Nights is the story of two wounded souls who cross paths under a looming Willis (Diane Lane) is the mother of two, separated for the past seven months from her unfaithful husband Jack. When he picks up the children for a vacation in Orlando, Jack unexpectedly asks to move back home. Reeling, Adrienne puts off her decision until she returns from housesitting her best friends seaside inn at the coastal town of Rodanthe, N.C. Enter Dr. Paul Flanner (Richard Gere), haunted by a routine surgical procedure gone wrong, resulting in the patients death. Paul is also estranged from his son, a doctor as well. He books a stay at the inn, despite warnings of an approaching hurricane. This pairing of tormented souls, though formulaic, is almost poetic knowing the rhythm of the cadence does not lessen the anticipation or satisfaction. Personal pain, wine, isolation and severe weather combine for a potent love potion, realized as the inn shudders under the unrelenting elements. Like typical Hollywood love stories, the passion begins unexpectedly. There is no talk of love, but there is a deep sense of happiness never mind that Adrienne is when she happens upon physical bliss. At least we are spared any bodice-ripping, or a shirtless Paul laboring in the sun. But then, having grown from this amorous encounter, Paul and Adrienne express the word love, though their actions have suggested as much. This is probably a fair assessment of love today surrendering to your feelings, and then exploring where those feelings lead. The movie also validates the belief in a second chance for romance. Such stories can have happy or sad endings. I wont reveal the ending, other than to note the beautiful French horn and cello melodies as the movie winds down. Despite choppy pacing in the opening minutes, the Paul and Adrienne begin a long-distance courtship through love letters. Formerly unable to connect when it matters, Paul now maintains contact via prose women not only long to hear, but need to hear. Adrienne sheds her resignation to a lesser life and embraces the possibility that It is only after the course of several letters and two-thirds of the movie that to watch, and Gere has aged to the point where he cannot coast on charisma alone, though he is still credible as a love interest. I dare any parent to remain unmoved by the developing relationship between Adrienne and her young teenage daughter. This is certainly not a guy movie, but it plays well as a couples movie. While not love in the vintage sense, Lane and Gere succeed in telling a love story for the st century.
FRIDAY, OCT O BER 3, 2008 PAGE 8 | THE WIRE THE WIRE | PAGE 9 JTF Guantanamo photos byArmy Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell The Navy Brass Quintet Southeast played to an audience at the Windjammer Sept. 25. The quintet performed throughout the day too, beginning with the Naval Station change of command ceremony, and following up with grade school and high school performances which included question and answer sessions with the students. The evening concert was a musical buffet of classical, folk, jazz, swing and of course, military marches with songs by Aaron Copland, Gustav Holst and John Phillip Sousa. The evening ended on a high note with the final performance dedicated to all deployed Troopers. The quintet played each branch of services song and encouraged members of the audience to stand and sing.
NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 3, 2008 PAGE 10 | THE WIRE Army Spc. Megan BurnhamJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay residents of the Jewish faith welcomed Navy Chaplain Rabbi Seth Phillips, Sept. 26 as he helped Gitmo chaplains provide Jewish services to celebrate the Jewish New Year. It is the way and how the Navy and the Chaplain Corps work that if you dont have a Chaplain of a particular religion, you try to get one to meet the needs of the folks, said Phillips. As soon as Phillips landed here, he began preparing for a weekly dinner gathering called a Shabbat. This dinner is the seventh day of the Jewish week, which is their day of rest. Friday evening to Saturday evening is a time of community, a time of prayer, a time of fellowship, and a time of rest and relaxation, said Phillips. The dinner ritual is to remind us of Gods graciousness to us as well as opportunities to rest and be restored. The services of the Jewish New Year are known as Rosh Hashanah, meaning head of the year, that start at sundown the night a ceremony of dipping apples in honey to symbolize a sweet new year. The day of the new year started with a synagogue service at the Fellowship Hall service at Cable Beach where bread was thrown into the water to symbolize casting away sins into the depths of the sea. A rams horn, known as Shofar in Hebrew, was blown as a spiritual alarm clock. Blowing the rams horn calls us to repentance, calls us to remember who we want to be in the new year, said Phillips. While Phillips duty here has been accomplished, rituals of the Jewish New Year continue. Ten days after the day of new year is the Day of Atonement. opportunity of the new year to get right with God, said Phillips. But equally, if not more important, this is the time to apologize for the past year and ask for forgiveness from our neighbors, family members, co-workers, shipmates, and battle buddies. Phillips was able to tour the base and keep up his running regimen as he trains for the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C., Oct. 26. My biggest challenge here as I keep up my training are the hills and the humidity, said Phillips. But Ive kept to my running schedule despite it all. When asked what he was most impressed by in his visit to Gitmo, Phillips replied, It was the sense of shared hardship, the sense of reasoning, the sense of the mission, the in meetings and talking to the Troops here. Ringing in the Jewish new year Im in awe of the professionalism, courage, bravery and all the things that are shown here Navy Chaplain Rabbi Seth Phillips
FRIDAY, OC T OBER 3, 2008 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION THE WIRE | PAGE 11Financial cri$i$, in general terms and stock broker to explain to a capacity crowd at Bulkely Auditorium Tuesday Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. LarsonJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Army Brig. Gen. Gregory Zanetti, the Joint Task Force deputy commander, shed some light Tuesday night on the current economic crisis that has Wall Street reeling and the Bush Administration asking Congress to pass a $700 billion rescue plan to stave off a mortgage meltdown and banking collapse. Zanetti, a member of the New Mexico Army National Guard, has been a business. The culprits, Zanetti explained, are of the markets. These all affect consumer dollar, which is the basis for many global markets. currency exceeds the treasure that backs the adding water will increase the amount of drink, but the drink will be weaker. This is the U.S. will likely come up with the $700 billion emergency funding plan, commonly referred to as a bailout. Have you heard anyone say they will raise taxes? he asked the capacity crowd at Bulkeley auditorium. Have you heard anyone say they will cut government programs, like Social Security? the amount of currency produced; velocity, motion; and distribution, or where that currency is put into consumer goods, for trillion, Zanetti said unless unfunded liabilities are factored in, at which point he estimated the debt swells to somewhere debt can be retired by raising the income which is likely. You cant tax enough to pay for it, you cant cut spending enough, so whats the third option? he asked. Print it. wealth, Zanetti said. One source, real assets, includes precious metals, energy, water and commodities. The second source is paper assets such as stocks, bonds and mortgages, the stock market has plateaued, while real assets such as oil have gained in value, suggesting that the U.S. is roughly halfway through a cycle favoring real assets. When trust breaks down, he explained, people tend to invest in gold and other tangible commodities until the practical value of such investments is questioned, prompting the pendulum to swing the other way. The tipping point, Zanetti said, is reached when the Dow Jones average of an ounce of gold. But while the U.S. has been printing the highest in eight years, but still lower because much of that new money went into reservoirs such as retirement accounts and real estate rather than into consumer in the stock market and then real estate prices. But now money is leaving both the stock and housing markets, and if it enters consumer goods, then Zanetti predicted that the price of such goods will go up. He increase in wealth of the average person. prime mortgages, Zanetti said. Mortgages made to consumers with good credit are trillion in mortgages could be at risk. sparked by abandoning the gold standard and subsequent measures to control the currencys value was reversed by raising interest rates, which in turn curbed spending. While these steps increased the value of currency and slowed the velocity of that currency, it also led to the worst recession since the Great Depression. Zanetti predicted that Congress would pass the $700 billion request, but he was If [Congress does not] do a bailout, he said. Its still coming down the road, but if they dont do it, it will happen sooner rather than later. Id rather have it happen and get it over with. Have we been through this before? Yes, he told the crowd. Will we get through it? Yes, and we will come out better for it. Have we been through this before? Yes.
NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 3, 2008 PAGE 12 | THE WIRE Welcome aboard of his duties by Capt. Blaisdell after three years of service to the Naval Station. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Megan Burnham
Trial issues airedMOTIONS from 5FRIDAY, OC T OBER 3, 2008 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 13 as his own attorney, to ask Kohlmann if he followed the teachings of ministers Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson or Billy Graham. Mohammed alleged that those religious leaders preached intolerance of Islam. Other claims of bias against Kohlmann professional relationship with Marine Col. Lawrence Morris, now chief prosecutor for the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay; his lack of experience with capital cases; his upcoming retirement next April that could expedite court proceedings to the disadvantage of the defense, or disrupt and the allegation that he believed the defendants to be Islamic extremists and disrespected their religion. Kohlmann dismissed all claims of potential bias last Wednesday afternoon as completely wrong. Discussion throughout the three days was marked by repeated requests to talk slowly and complaints about errors in translations. attorney, called the situation troubling during a press conference last Tuesday after court had recessed for the day. One translator is poor, he said. The other two are keeping up. This is not going to work in a trial. Civilian attorney Nina Ginsburg, also a detailed counsel for Hawsawi, said that the court is responsible to provide accurate translation for the accused. She urged the media to play up the issue. to ensure fairness in his courtroom, she said. Boots on the GroundWho do you think will win the World Series this year?rd Class Christopher Little Army Pfc. Jonathan Kratoska nd Class Michael Berry rd Class John Wilke Army Sgt. Michael Im not really a baseball fan, but Im from Baltimore, so how about the Orioles? Im going with the White Sox. They took the game [Tuesday] night. I dont even know who is in it, so ... Boston. Im going with the Cubs. Its been 100 years since theyve won it, so hope fully they can do it this year. Seabees dig in to help JTFSEABEES from 3 Perez, Rachel Thompson, project manager Freddie Pagan and crew leader Harry Drake took on the Tierra Kay Liberty Center project Sept. 25. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell underway its only a matter of time before the center can relocate from the current location into the new building. That will give back some space to the Troopers by moving it out of the TK [housing] area, said Marino. In addition to helping the JTF keep self-help department has had an impact on resource use and monetary savings. All the materials we use are excess exception of the concrete, said Pagan. The contractor was paid to bring it over. department has saved the JTF approximately $26,000. on island so we can expedite everything to help the JTF out, said Marino. If we can use them. The self-help department has worked on sidewalks and roads with gravel to improve safety for walkers and runners, or increasing the physical security of a room to ensure it is compliant with technical requirements, self I have a good crew, Pagan continued. Everybody is willing to learn and do faster. This is the best crew Ive worked with.
Pressure putts 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: NoonLI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 3, 2008 PAGE 14 | THE WIRENavy Lt. Cmdr. Clint PickettJTF Command Chaplain___________________________________________ day I was waiting in the break room for the microwave to heat that I found on the table. That is when I saw a short piece by golf instructor Patti McGowan called Focus for Pressure Putts. Now, I am not really a golfer, but what captured my imagination was that what she said about golf made sense for day-to-day living as well. All of us face situations every day in our relationships and interactions with others that can have consequences that will stay with us for a long time. And very often it is the little things that count. Youll always have your share of pressure putts, McGowan said. How well you handle them could be the difference between an average score and a career best or worst. Then she gave three tips. First, Stay in the present. She says to avoid back-pacing and future-tripping. I like to call it the thing to learn from our mistakes in the past, but it is quite another to dwell on them, and obsess about all the things we could have said, or should have done. We cant change the past, nor can we control the future, no matter how much we worry about it. We need to stay in the present, and do the best we can in the here and now. McGowans second tip is to Think only positive thoughts. Our expectations can have a big impact in our lives. If we expect to see the worst in our partner, for example, very often that is exactly what we will perceive. Imagine hearing the ball dropping in the cup. Think about how you want your relationship to be, or think about where you want to be in your career. And then make sure the words you say or the things you do each day are consistent with your goals. Think positively. Interpret the actions of others around you in the kindest possible way. And then McGowans last tip is Make a decisive stroke. I thought of commitment when I was reading the article. Being committed means knowing what the right thing to do is, and then doing it. Dont second-guess yourself. From what I know about golf, there are too many things going on during a swing, for example, to be able to pay attention to each little step have to let your swing happen. It is much the same in life. Our character is the result of all the little things we do during our lives. If we have been making a habit of doing the right things, we will do the right thing when we encounter the pressure putts of our lives. Stay in the present. Think positive thoughts. Be decisive. I am not sure how much God is involved with or is concerned about cares about how our lives go. Staying in the present is a lot easier if we believe and trust that God does care about how our lives end up. We can be positive when we have faith that God is the Lord of all creation. We can be decisive if we look outside of our own lives and our own desires and wishes. Stay in the present. Think positive thoughts. Be decisive. Great advice for the pressure putts of our daily lives. I am convinced that these simple thoughts can have a positive impact in our lives. And who knows? Maybe even our golf game will be better.
FRIDAY, OC T OBER 3, 2008 | 15 MINU T ES O F FA M ETHE WIRE | PAGE 15I enjoy the time I have had here ... the only thing I have to worry about is dodging iguanas with my truck. Andrew Woodward Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Woodward coordinates with Pentad and the Navy to feed detainees, Joint Task Force and Naval Sta tion personnel. rd Class Benjamin Dennis nd Jayme Pastoric JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs __________________________________ prepared every day, there is one Trooper maintaining the balance, making sure the Troopers are fed. Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Woodward is the Joint Detention Group in charge. I coordinate with Pentad and the Navy to accomplish the detainee, Joint Task Force and Naval Station personnel feeding mission, said Woodward. We see to the transfer and service of food on site, as well per serving period.With a mission as diverse as the meals, Woodward does what he can to keep the process running smoothly. Woodward assists in the setup of the Kittery Caf, the movement of supplies and equipment out during detainee food inspections. Woodward is a hard worker and is known around JTF as someone who accomplishes challenges and builds bridges between accomplished. Obtaining everything we need for the mission has proved to be a challenge. So, my guys and I have to get creative to get lot of networking. I tend to be a bit hardheaded and I dont like to hear no, or it cant be done. Normally, as a cook, we work the long hard hours, but the guards here, I dont envy them one bit, said Woodward. So we do anything to support them. To us, its all about them. for Woodward, with no two days the same. Today I had to move some items from one storage place to another and had various equipment go down both at Seaside and Kittery Caf, said Woodward, I also had a new steamer installed. meals in the dining room, this Trooper orchestrates the personnel and equipment to prepare meals and get them out on time. work in the food industry, long hours and constant prepping and cooking. He takes every day in stride and keeps a positive attitude. Woodward. Plenty of sun and beaches. The only thing I have to worry about is dodging iguanas with my truck. Helping fuel the Trooper
AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 3, 2008 Around the nd Class Honer Villanueva, a Seabee with the Public Works Self-Help Department, shovels cement as it pours out of the cement trucks chute at the new site of the Tierra Kay Liberty Center. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell Army Staff Sgt. Krystal Cole, a member of the 525th Military it at Windward Range. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Brian Jopek Friends and co-workers of Army Cpt. Shane Lauritzen extend their underwater congratulations following his promotion 20 feet under the surface at Windmill Beach, Sept. 27. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army 1st Lt. Adam Bradley during routine maintenance Sept. 30. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Erica Isaacson