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Volume 9, Issue 34 Friday, October 17, 2008 A JTF Journal THE Comptrollers Office JTFs budget police JTF Voting Drive One last chance to make your vote count


Duty, honor, countryWhat is Duty, Honor, Country? To me it is the professional code or the ethos spirit, and according to some it is a calling in which one professes to have acquired special knowledge used by way of instructing, guiding or advising others. The honor bound Troopers of the Joint Task Force and Joint Detention Group also have their own professional code and ethos spirit, and that is Honor Bound, which is an obligation of serving with honor to the United States of America, JTF and JDG. The ethics of all Trooper professionals should place the duty of their profession ahead of and beyond all personal interest. The obligation of a professional is to devote ones life to acquiring the professional knowledge to lead, advise and instruct others. The life of the true professional is a life which, in addition to performing his or her duties, is spent in constant study of the profession. The professional strives to perfect the capacity to lead and guide others and to assume greater responsibilities. should be focused on and committed to mission accomplishment. The Troopers, therefore, should always strive for higher levels of operational effectiveness and readiness, and be willing to engage in and support JTF and JDG operations without hesitation. It instills the moral, physical and intellectual qualities necessary to operate in conditions of extreme danger, to endure hardship and to approach to succeed. Discipline plays a major role in maintaining a high standard of military professionalism. Discipline helps build the cohesion that enables individuals and units to achieve objectives that could not be attained by military skills alone. Military ethos places a high value on teamwork. Teamwork builds cohesion, while the individual talent and skills of team members execution of tasks. Teamwork must also involve non-military organizations and individuals. This kind of teamwork is needed to leverage knowledge while permitting military members and organizations to prevail in the most complex and dangerous situations. The U.S. military ethos is not just a statement of values or a checklist of idealized beliefs to be written and hung on a wall. It is through the conduct of members of the profession of arms. Ethos holds that armed forces are not lifeless things to be continually reconstructed and remodeled. Rather, professional armed forces rely heavily on the human dimension for success. Functioning on this basis, the Troopers ethos beliefs leads to a unique style of military operations one in which U.S. Armed Forces and its members perform their mission and tasks to the highest professional standards, meeting the expectations of their leadership and Americans at large. To the Troopers, you have a mission to accomplish. Accomplish it with honor and dignity and no person or news article can say any different if you know in your heart you have given 110 percent to the mission here on Gitmo. Thanks to all of you Troopers and leaders in the world. Duty, Honor, and Country Honor Bound. PAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 17, 2008JTF-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 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 J. Russell: 3592 Army Staff Sgt. Gretel Sharpee: 3594 Staff Writers: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jayme Pastoric: 3499 Army Spc. Megan Burnham: 2171 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: A Trooper lines up a shot during a 3-point shoot-out event held Saturday, Oct. 11 in front of the main Navy Exchange. For additional photos, turn to pages 8-9. JTF Guantanamo Army Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sweeneyth_______________________


FRIDAY, OC T OBER 17, 2008 | THE WIRE | PAGE 3 Budget bossesArmy Staff Sgt. Gretel Sharpee____________________________Handling the $122 million budget for the Joint Task Force is no small task, but for the three members of the comptrollers of JTF are submitted, recorded and obtained correctly. The budget includes every organization in the Joint Task Force, said Ken Gurne, deputy comptroller. reporting within an organization making it Gurnes responsibility to see that all of the money is used correctly. budget, we can give that money back to Army South so they can use the money for equal or higher priority missions, said Gurne, who also ensures that all expenditure records are being kept to standard. Of the $122 million, $51 million is from U.S. Southern Command and $71 million is from U.S. Army South for operations and maintenance. In last years budget, $8.1 million was allocated for construction projects related to Tierra Kay, and this year many projects the Joint Detention Group proposed were successfully funded. It is great to support the Troops and get the mission done, said Gurne, who has been working on Guantanamo Bay for almost one year. The JTF budget also covers the Troopers Rest and Recuperation Leave program as well as emergency leave. Part of these two programs is ensuring Troopers know the When Soldiers receive their orders for a an approval signature and red stamp by funded. The R&R program is entitled to all Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, and sometimes extended to civilians, as a port of entry into the states, said Lefty Wright, management analyst. Another responsibility of the J8 control program. The management control program makes sure our organization rules, regulations and [standard operating procedures], said Wright. We work closely with the [Inspector General] to see the systems are being followed. Sometimes called the budget is here to ensure all funds are handled properly. under budget, we can give that money back to Army South so they can use the money for equal or higher priority missions. Ken Gurne


MISSION | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 17, 2008 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE greet your family. Troopers should understand that things work differently back home you cant give your family orders like your would a Trooper, said Pascual. We give tools that can be used in situations back home to de-escalate problems associated with homecoming. When Troopers get home, programs are help on militaryonesource.com. Decompression session nd __________________________________ When nearing the end of deployment, Troopers need to take time to organize a game plan for the transition back to the states. While they complete necessary checklist requirements, hit the gym for a last minute workout, and visit the beach to catch a few more rays, the physical requirement is complete, but what checklist is there for the mental health of the Troopers? The decompression sessions are for the and are going back to civilian life, said Army Staff Sgt. Difred Pascual, Chaplains Charge. We want them to go back home and have a smooth transition back so they can take care of their family. Decompression Sessions are classes that deal with the mental health of the Trooper and make sure that Troopers are mentally At Guantanamo Bay it can be stressful, said Pascual. Working in the camps or just being stuck on this base without your family can also make it very stressful. Pascual continued by saying that deployment stress is inevitable. Worrying about your family and thinking about how you are away from them makes it tough. here. We will provide feedback and work with them one on one, said Pascual. Pascual recommends exploring positive avenues to relieve pent up stress. Activities such as reading can redirect your mind from stressful issues. According to the American Institute of Stress, jogging and other aerobic exercises are great for reducing stress. Different types of meditation, prayer, yoga and tai chi are also great stress outlets for many people. With every deployment, Troopers are exposed to certain challenges and hurdles to overcome. Reminding them that having some stress is healthy, and dealing with it properly prior to making the transition is the healthiest way to to say. Army Staff Sgt. Difred Pascual helps Troopers with the transition back to their families.


THE WIRE | PAGE 5 FRIDAY, OC T OBER 17, 2008 | MISSION Megan Burnham____________________________It is the mission of the Joint Task Force Detainee Programs Department to provide media materials and literacy classes to detained enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay. This is part of the privileges and special programs that are made available to detainees based on their compliancy status with camp rules. We are basically Morale Welfare and Recreation for them, said Army Pfc. Phillip Allen, a library technician. The two main sections of the Detainee Programs Department are the library program and the literacy program. Since it began in 2003, the library program has obtained almost 7,000 media materials comprised of more than 6,000 books in 18 different languages, as well as magazines and DVDs. In addition, almost 100 new books arrive each month to keep the inventory of books fresh and up to date.We are always looking for new materials, said Navy Lt. Cmdr Brian Leep, languages are donated by the International Community of the Red Cross. Based on compliancy status, a detainee is given the opportunity once a week to check out material that can be kept for up to two weeks. They can either select from a variety of materials off the cart or request a Other media material offered twice a week is USA Today and an Arabic newspaper called the Al Ahram. The literacy program gives detainees the opportunity to take classes to improve their literacy and grammar skills in their native language as well as in English. I think its a great program for two reasons, Leep said. Number one is that it allows detainees the opportunities to expand their thoughts outside of the local community and to educate them about other cultures in the world. The other reason is that it provides a better way to occupy their time and to be productive. These sections are manned by a 12person work team consisting of both military personnel and civilians. They do an outstanding job working together as a team to make sure each camp still receives their weekly service despite hurricane warnings and holidays, Leep said. The Detainee Programs Department continues to maintain and increase their media inventory, and they also plan to expand the literacy program by offering it to all camps as well as introducing humanities classes. Providing MWR in the camps Navy guards of the Joint Task Force, attached to the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion, provide a variety of reading material from religious books to leisure magazines at Camp 6. An Arabic library technician of the Detainee Programs Department prepares a Quran request for a detainee.


LOCA L SP OR T S | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 17, 2008 PAGE 6 | THE WIREIf you build it, they will comeMembers of The Pirates join in a huddle to strategize against the opposing team during their Tuesday evening practice for Carlynn M. Knaak____________________________Fall has arrived at Guantanamo Bay and though it does not come with changing leaves or chilly air, Gitmo residents are gearing up to keep the American tradition of tossing around the old pigskin alive. Men and women alike have begun to meet nightly under the bright lights of Zaiser colored strips of fabric and scrimmage on the turf. American football tends to bring to mind a vision of a massive 300 pound linebacker, ready to slam as hard as he can into anyone standing in his way. While a human freight train remains one of the mainstays of football, it is also one of the leading causes of injuries. established as a less detrimental version of football to allow military members to have fun and remain in top combat shape. world, by service members and civilians alike. Flag footballs basic rules are related to those of the professional game, but instead of tackling players to the ground, from the member of the opposing team in possession of the ball, ending the down. Each game is 60 minutes long, consisting of four quarters of 15 minutes each, with teams switching goals at the start of the second and fourth quarters. Pre-season practice is underway, and expectations for a superior season are high. Im very excited for the upcoming season and cant wait to go undefeated, joked Bradley Nations, a member of the Pirates. I heard my team might have some NFL scouts trying to sign that big contract deal. The only thing that stands between the is the opening of the Cooper Field Complex next to G.J. Denich gym. football enthusiast. I wish the season would hurry up and start! Fingers are crossed and hopes are high for the opening of Cooper Field in Gitmo residents eagerly wait for completion of Cooper Field Complex


FRIDAY, OC T OBER 17, 2008 | MOVIE RECON THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Train kept a-rollin ____________________________________________Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen made an outlandish comedy once again. However, in Pineapple Express, written by Apatow, Rogen and Evan Goldberg, not all the jokes are Rogens subtle entire ridiculous show. Staring current comedic it-boy Rogen and a surprisingly funny James Franco, Pineapple Express tells a simple story of wrong place, wrong time just with more guns, chases and buddycomedy humor. Rogen plays Dale Denton, a marijuana-loving 25-year-old who dates a high school girl and delivers court summonses for a living. During a break in one of his shifts, he visits his long-time dealer, Saul Silver (Franco). Saul shows him an ultra-rare and ultra-potent strain that only he deals: Pineapple Express. After testing the product, Dales buys some and sets off. While enjoying his new purchase, he stops in front of the house of Ted Jones (Gary Cole), a drug lord who happens to be Sauls marches into the home and assists Ted in the murder of an Asian man in front of the large picture window. Dale freaks out, tosses his weed out the window, crashes into two cars, and makes a beeline back to Sauls apartment. Dale quickly realizes that, since Ted supplies only Saul with Pineapple Express, Ted could easily trace the stash back to Saul. Ted has police help, they make attempts to drop off the grid, while impossible by playing a funny pot-head while not being completely one-dimensional. The character has just as much action as Rogens Dale, while Franco makes Saul the real emotional anchor for the Rogen and Franco worked together previously on Apatows (regrettably) short-lived television series Freaks and Geeks, after which Franco did several underwhelming movies. It is refreshing to see Franco not being the good-leading-man-in-bad-movies again. Although lots of action does happen especially the climactic, almost-overdone ending the back-and-forth between Rogen Pineapple Express seems to drag on a bit long, and most of the jokes dont pull laughs as big as Rogen and Apatows previous works. However, Franco as Saul and the duos meeting with Sauls friend Red (Danny McBride) are good enough alone to see the movie. You just need to be able to get past all the weed jokes. Ted uses a pair of ruthless two stoners to eliminate all witnesses. Rogen and Franco come across great as stoned-out buddies on the run. Rogen has the usual straight-guy, subtle comments he has come to be known for. Many weed jokes drive the opening, but are few once the story gets going. Franco does the


FRIDAY, OCT O BER 17, 2008 PAGE 8 | THE WIRE THE WIRE | PAGE 9JTF Guantanamo photos byNavy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jayme Pastoric Tr pers f r Threeeeeeeee! Troopers laced up their shoes and made it rain three point shots Saturday for the three-point shoot out at the Navy Exchange. JTF Guantanamo graphic by Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Chris Dollar Army Pvt. Roger Plants rd Class Ronnel Ramos Army Maj. Jamie Herrera Rebounding missed shots Steve Holder, 3-point contest winner (second from left)


NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 17, 2008 PAGE 10 | THE WIRE Another way to travelrd Class _________________________________________ Space-A, is a unique privilege provided to service members, retirees and their families. unused seats on Department of Defense owned or controlled aircrafts once all the space-required passengers and cargo have seats open up because of no-show passengers. Just because a Operations Manager. Space-A can be a great asset if your travel schedule is However, many factors could make buying a commercial ticket your best or only option. According to Air Force Tech. Sgt. Rodney Patterson, the an option to check the availability of seating up to 48-hours prior the date of travel, and if there is available seating, cancel Space-A pricing can vary, however, depending on where $221, the Space-A rate would be $15.40, but the return trip rate would be $27.40. Your travel success also depends on which of the six categories of travel you fall into, ranging anywhere from emergency leave to being a retiree looking at some vacation time. Another key to success is to be sure the proper paperwork is ready when you arrive at the terminal. If you are active paperwork. However, if a dependent is trying to visit you, they a sponsorship letter. The one thing people need to remember is that they have the correct paperwork, and if youre active duty you need to be says Veditz. Another key point to remember regarding Space-A is that the continental United States. This has been especially true since Sept. 11. Id say the biggest advantage would be the monetary the schedules, says Patterson. back late from leave, so plan extra travel time when traveling Space-A. A good recommendation would be to add at least two days to your plans for any contingencies which may delay your departure, return, or both. Space-A passengers can check two pieces of baggage totaling 140 pounds. Air Mobility Command limits the size of each item to 62-linear inches. This measurement is obtained by adding together the items length, width and height. For more information on Space-A traveling, go to www.spacea.info/faq.html or call ext. 6204 or 6408.


FRIDAY, OC T OBER 17, 2008 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION THE WIRE | PAGE 11Effort continues to get out the voteArmy Sgt. 1st Class ____________________________The general election is less than three weeks away, youve registered to vote but your absentee ballot still has not arrived in the mail. What do you do? To have more than a prayer of a chance to participate in this historic presidential election, visit the voting drive Tuesday, Oct. 21 in the Troopers Chapel, hosted by the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Voting Assistance Team. st Class J. Jacob Richardson, the JTF the drive will receive a federal write-in absentee ballot. This ballot is good for all president, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Depending upon the state, this ballot may also be used for state and local elections. Information about the six party tickets for president will be available at the drive. However, Richardson encouraged Troopers to research their candidates for Congress, as well as state or local candidates if applicable. The drive next Tuesday is not a registration event, he cautioned. percent of voters who have not already registered by Oct. 21 will not he urged Troopers to check the website www.fvap.gov (Federal Voting Assistance Program) to determine the registration cutoff for their state. In some cases, voters may still be able to register but not at the voting drive. This is only for voters who have registered, Richardson emphasized. drive, he explained, because local election absentee ballots upon receipt. If the voter is not registered in their home district, the absentee ballot is discarded. Richardson said there will be 900 absentee ballots and seven voting assistance to 6 p.m. He stressed that the ballots will be After the event the ballots will be delivered by special courier to the United States to circumvent the slower pace of the military postal service. Richardson said the ballots should be delivered to local election or roughly one week before election day. The federal write-in absentee ballots include a mailing envelope which is labeled for prompt delivery. Richardson warned against wearing any items that endorse a particular candidate. This violates Department of Defense guidelines and will guarantee the offender is removed from the voting drive. Voters can return to cast their absentee ballot once the offending items are removed. Richardson also cautioned that DoD regulations prohibit partisan election parties. You cant use military assets for election parties, and you certainly cant do it on a military post, he explained. You can have a gathering to celebrate election day, but it has to be non-partisan. Richardson encouraged Troopers to research available tools on their local he receives from concerned deployed voters can be answered by the voters doing the legwork themselves. For more information, contact Richardson at 8113. The federal write-in absentee ballot, reproduced at left, can help Troopers ensure their vote is received in time for the Nov. 4 election. Some states may accept write-in candidates for state or local Addendum portion of the ballot. Navy Petty st Class J. Jacob Richardson encourages voters to contact their local election or www. fvap.gov to learn what their state election rules allow.




FRIDAY, OC T OBER 17, 2008 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Boots on the GroundWhat are you going to be for Halloween?nd Class Jayme Pastoric Army Sgt. Jowey Diaz Marine Corps Sgt. Tim Brake st Class Alexis BarbosaArmy Spc. Meghan Phillips and Army Spc. Christina BeermanGuess. Capt. Barbosa, captain of the Gitmo Queen. Marine, because no one else call pull it off. Im going as the Crow. True blue volunteerCoast Guard Lt. Todd Remusat of Port Security Unit 307 volunteered his Sunday afternoon painting the trim of the Treasures and Trivia store at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Oct. 12.


LI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 17, 2008 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE Finding joy in the journey LI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 17, 2008 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE JTF CHAPEL SCHEDULED PROGRAMSCatholic Mass Sunday: Wednesday: Protestant Worship Sunday: Spanish Protestant Worship Sunday: Noon Army Capt. ____________________________My 12-year-old recently asked her mother, Mom, what would happen if the economy collapsed, and we lost everything? To this question came the reassuring reply, Since the things that matter most are not bought with money, we can never lose everything. The following remarks are some words of wisdom from someone who means the family and home, today is a great day to write a letter or call, and leave no doubt in the heart and minds of those that matter most how much they are needed, believed in and loved. My sincere prayer for all of us is that we may adapt to the changes in our lives, that we may realize what is most important, that we may express our journey.


FRIDAY, OC T OBER 17, 2008 | 15 MINU T ES O F FA M ETHE WIRE | PAGE 15Army Spc. James Villa proudly displays the gold medals he earned while boxing with the All Army and the Armed Forces teams. The more you sweat, the less you bleedArmy Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell____________________________Joint Task Force Trooper Army Spc. James Jimmie Villa didnt just grow up in the school of hard knocks, he took some heavy hits too jabs, hooks and uppercuts, Villa, raised by his grandmother, whom he describes as old-school Brooklyn, took responsibility for him and his brother when they were very young. My grandmother is my hero, said Villa. She raised me and was always there. Despite grandmothers tough love, Villa and his brother still got into trouble at school, scrapping with other kids. My grandfather got my twin [brother] and me into boxing, against my mothers wishes, when we were six years old, said Villa. My brother and I would bully kids at school. If they looked at us the wrong way it didnt matter how big or strong they were they were gonna get it because there were two of us. Villas grandfather, tired of picking the to take them to see his friend Arthur Ramalho at West End Gym.My brother and I were scared all we heard was leather on leather, said Villa of the grown men that were at the gym boxing.My grandfather said, Arthur, I want you to suit these guys up, Villa recalled. [My brother and I] other. I remember that daywe got our butts whupped! Villa was paired up with Luis Ayala, a 10-year-old at the time, who already had a couple years of boxing experience under his belt. I learned a lesson [that day] and I fell in love [with the sport], said Villa. [Ayala] beat the crap out of me until I was 18, he became my role model. Villa graduated from high school and received a boxing scholarship to Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. From 2000 until 2004, Villa was the East Texas Golden Gloves champion. My degree is in criminal law, with a minor in kinesiology, said Villa. I had job opportunities, but I wanted to join the Army. I joined the Army to box, and for a few other reasons, said Villa. I wanted to serve my country. I didnt want to be a punk [anymore]. Villa took a position as an internment specialist and went to Fort Lewis, Wash. My chain of command knew I boxed, and the coach from the All Army [Sports Golden Gloves, said Villa. Soon Villa had temporary duty orders to Fort Huachca, Ariz., where he would train with the goal of getting into the World Class Athlete Program. Korea, Iraq I didnt know anyone, I was The month-long camp had Villa working out constantly. He trained daily and sparred three times a week. I fought at All Army, and then it was on to the Armed Forces [Sports Program], said Villa. I beat the guy from the Air Force by 19 points. Villa received orders to a new duty station and moved to Fort Carson, Colo., to continue boxing and participate in the World Class Athlete Program. However, his orders were declined. I stayed in the game, said Villa. Then in 2007 and won gold at All Army and gold at Armed Forces. a slot at the Olympic trials. out of eight boxers. I lost to the champion who went on to represent the United States at the Olympics. My mission was to make the Olympic team; I didnt. With a new mission and a new set of orders, Villa came to Guantanamo Bay. You gotta be tough and have thick skin [to work here], said Villa. Its hard. Im proud to be here [though], added Villa. Were gathering intelligence and saving lives. According to Villa, the Army has instilled discipline within him, as did boxing. The WCAP has asked Villa to return to the program in 2009; however, currently he is undecided as it would require him to reenlist. Maybe one day, Ill be a world champ, said Villa. Boxing is a true sport. When you lose, you lose with valor, and when you win you celebrate, said Villa. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kendy Peguero throws a punch at Army Spc. James Villa while sparring at J.G. Denich Gym, Oct. 12.


AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2008 AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, OC T OBER 10, 2008 Navy Sailors position the Navy birthday cake during the Navy Ball Saturday evening, Oct. 11. The event, marking the 233rd birthday of the U.S. Navy, was held at the Windjammer Ballroom and included members of the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force Guantanamo. JTF Guantanamo st Class Comedian Edwin San Juan entertained Troopers and residents of Guantanamo Bay, Oct. 9 at the Bayview Club. San Juan, joined by Gitmo regular Patrick DeGuire and newcomers Steve Wilson and Chris Porter, had the audience rolling with laughter four nights in a row. JTF Guantanamo photo by Cody Marks, a rock-country singer and guitarist, croons her soulful tunes during a Columbus Day concert at the Tiki Bar the evening of Oct. 13, 2008. For her show, open to all Guantanamo Bay residents, Marks played some original music, as well as classic covers of Johnny Cash and Tom Petty.