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Volume 9, Issue 37 Friday, November 7, 2008 A JTF Journal The Vote is in! How our voting drive mattered Preventive Medicine Keeping bugs safe


Making HistoryCoast Guard Senior Chief Charles A. FerranteShoreside Port Security Unit SOG__________________________________ When approached about writing this article, I thought long and hard on how I can give an accurate picture of the duties and responsibility assigned to Port Security Unit 307 Shoreside Security Division. Since the development of the Port Security Units, we have been tasked with several unique missions that have tested our training and abilities. The Shoreside Security Division has always been a visible part of the units mission from the ports in Iraq, to the streets of New Orleans, to the military commissions building here in Cuba. One big thing that comes to mind in everything we do is the teamwork, devotion to duty, and professionalism shown by all those involved. I have been asked on many occasions to describe what the Shoreside Security Division does at the military commissions building, and I can only answer with this: We protect the military commissions process and ensure the safety and security of all the men and women assigned to this process. To give you an accurate background on the men and women assigned to Shoreside Security Division, I will have to start with our responsibilities. I am assigned as the sergeant-of-the-guard, which includes the responsibility of making sure the commissions environment is safe for all those involved. The men and women assigned to these duties are truly dedicated to the whole legal process. Our duties sometimes involve working long hours, having enormous patience events. However, it is an honor to work with such a group of people. Our main focus is accomplishing the mission and providing the best possible protection to all involved. We take this mission seriously and take it as an honor that our country has called upon us to protect what we call Freedom, along with the many other services that keep watch with us. I can truly say that our mission is unique and I am proud of everyone who is involved with this process. So when anyone asks me how our mission is, I can respond with this simple word: Historic. In the 218 years of Coast Guard history, never have we been asked to participate in such a historic event forever and will become an important part of Coast Guard history. PAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 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 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:Army Maj. Jamison Herrera, along with the two other members of team Old School, does his best to pull a humvee, 100 yards, in the fastest time possible during the Navy Exchange Customer Appreciation Weekend, Humvee Pull competition. Old School won the event beating four other teams. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Gretel Sharpee


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2008 | MISSIO N THE WIRE | PAGE 3 The Vote is inArmy Staff Sgt. Gretel SharpeeJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________If in the last few months you connected the line pointing to your party preference with a smudged pencil line, or you wrote in the you voted in the 2008 Presidential election.According to media accounts, this election brought record numbers of voters to the polls. It seemed as though everyone wanted to be heard. For Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers, it was no different. st Class James Richardson, JTF staff voting assistance accolades for assisting in registering more than 650 JTF Troopers and civilians as absentee voters over the past 22 months. Absentee voting for Troopers and civilians stationed here is relatively easy, but requires some prior planning. Each unit or organization in JTF has a voting is willing to help as well. One of the biggest issues I have encountered this year is that Troopers at JTF did not request their absentee ballot by their state deadline or update their absentee mailing address, said Richardson. Upon each [permanent change of station], active duty personnel should submit an absentee ballot request to their local election A voting drive was held Oct. 21 to assist Troopers who hadnt received their absentee ballots within two weeks of the election. Two weeks is the minimum amount of time it would take a ballot mailed from Guantanamo Bay to reach a state voting agency. The ballots available at the voting drive were federal write-in ballots so Troopers needed to know which candidates they wanted to vote for before coming to the drive. They also needed to have statelicense, and they needed to be registered to vote in that state as well. and mailed in the states to ensure timely delivery. their votes on the back-up federal write-in ballot at the voting drive [Oct. 21], said Richardson. In true democratic fashion, voters in the United States cast their ballots just like the Troopers here. The Presidential race ended Nov. 4 with the election of Barack Obama


With the decision to establish a base at Guantanamo Bay, a battalion of Marines awaiting orders at Key West was ordered subsequently ordered to Guantanamo Bay and arrived June 10, force in the vicinity had its headquarters at the Well of Cuzco, two miles southeast of Fishermans Point (now known as Ferry Landing). This Spanish force of about 400 soldiers and guerrillas would constitute the gravest threat to the new U. S. base of operations. The Marine,led by Colonel Robert Huntington proceeded from their base at McCalla Hill to attack the Spanish at Cuzco Wells. The thorny tangle of trees, underbrush, and cacti turned much of the force back, and he was forced to proceed with only one company. By 3 p.m., the enemy Spanish had escaped, but a lieutenant and 17 enlisted men were captured along with 30 Mauser and ammunition. The enemy had 58 men killed and 150 wounded. It was later that the Marines learned 800 enemy troops had been engaged, 500 regulars and 300 were guerrillas, Two Marines were wounded, two Cubans killed. The most serious casualties suffered by the Marines were from The USS Dolphin (PG-24) took these men aboard after the immediate usefulness. Today, Marines are still defending what they seized more than 200 years ago. The Marine security force is the front line of defense, and maintains the highest level of security while patrolling the security fence line around Guantanamo Bay. nd Class JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs ____________________________________________ The U.S. Marine Corps has achieved many milestones and has attained prominence in the 20th century as the accomplishment the Marines can be proud of is their 233rd birthday, celebrated Nov. 10th. Since the birth of our nation, our liberty has been purchased by valiant men and women of deep conviction, great courage and bold action. The cost has often been blood and tremendous James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps. As Americas sentinels of freedom, the United States Marines are counted war. Since 1775, Marines have marched boldly to the sounds of guns honorably defended against the scourge of tyranny and terror; we are Marines-that is what we do. According to Guantanamo Bay historical records published by Rear Adm. M.E. Murphy, former Commander, U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Marines were an integral part of the American presence in Guantanamo Bay and have been since the late 19th century. In 1898, the U.S. was at war with Spain. Relations between the two nations had been strained by American public indignation over the oppression of the Cubans by the Spanish and had progressed to a suspension of diplomatic relations. MISSION | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2008 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE


Keeping JTF from bugging out THE WIRE | PAGE 5 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2008 | MISSIO N JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Troopers deployed to Guantanamo Bays Joint Task Force quickly learn about two natural forces on the island: constant heat and the almost swarm-like mosquitoes. Both can be either just a nuisance or, if left unchecked, a serious health risk. For the mosquitoes, however, Troopers cant just drink more water to avoid the possibility of a serious disease. That is where the Joint Detention Groups Preventive mosquito population for serious diseases, among other things. th Military Police Battalion Soldiers, weekly tracks the local mosquito population to make sure they arent carrying any dangerous illness that could pose a health risk to Troopers, civilians or detainees. Insect test subjects are collected weekly and sent stateside to the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, where they are tested for possible problems. The insect canisters are placed around the JTF and U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and look similar to green vacuum canisters. Propane in the canister attracts insects from a long range, while chemicals mimicking human body scents attract mosquitoes in the immediate area into a fan which sends them inside the canister. The insects are then collected a few times each week. Watching for potential diseased insects is not the only job of the Preventive Medicine with the insect repellant and routinely test drinking water for acceptable bacteria and chemical levels. personnel also give monthly pre-service inthem about proper use of insect repellent and how to safely work in the Guantanamo heat. is monthly inspections of the galleys on here. They check food preparation techniques, all food temperatures, as well as overall cleanliness of the facilities and personnel. Each facility must conform to the regulations for the safety of everyone who eats there. This duty is also shared with NAVSTAs preventive medicine personnel. for JTF Troopers and encourag them to always monitor water intake so theyre not overcome by the heat. They also suggest using some insect repellant while outdoors during personal time, and suggests products with a DEET content of about 31%. Information for this article was provided by personnel of the JDGs Preventive


LOCA L SP OR T S | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2008 PAGE 6 | THE WIREPAGE 6 | THE WIRE The wait is over Spectators and athletes are now able to purchase refreshments at the concession area of the new Cooper Field Sports Complex that opened Monday. Megan BurnhamJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________No longer will Cooper Field be known as a grassless and swampy area behind G.W. Denich Gym. Instead, it will be known throughout U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo where the need to grow grass is no longer an issue. After a long year of renovations and construction, the Cooper Field Sports said Craig Basel, the Morale, Welfare and Recreation installation program director. We had people that came down to watch it and also watch the football games. The different areas that make up the used for games, not so much for practicing, said Basel. A noticeable feature of the sports areas. Not only will the turf be easy to to stay in playable condition despite the weather. [The turf has] got a great draining system, said Basel. Even if we were to get a torrential downpour, we could come back and play in about 20 minutes because is that players and spectators can purchase food and beverages sold at the concession area. It has got hot dogs, popcorn, soda and beer, those kinds of things that people like to have at a sporting event, said Basel. The second phase of the sports Fencing will also be installed to avoid stray balls from being lost in the sewers along Sherman Avenue. The second phase has already begun and should be completed by mid-January. From this point on, all softball, football, soccer and other MWR activities will be held at Cooper Field where NAVSTA, Joint Task Force Troopers and all Guantanamo residents can come out and enjoy playing or watching. you need to join a team and come out and enjoy yourself, said Basel.


FRIDAY, OC T OBER 31, 2008 | MOVIE RECO N THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Aims low, hits mark JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Films often take themselves too seriously and dont aim for their audiences desires. For instance, Transformers was two hours of giant robot-cars being overshadowed by a puny human child. Death Race, however, 1.5 hours of high-powered, gun-blazing, B-movie carnage. Paul W.S. Anderson, of Resident Evil movie set in the year 2012. It stars Jason Statham who by now must be made of only muscle and beard stubble as Jensen Ames, a man framed for his wifes murder. He is sent to an island prison run by a private company that has prisoners compete in a ultimately win their freedom. The races is called Death Race, are pay-per-view events with more than 40 million viewers worldwide, with the prisoners mortality as the main attraction. Jensen soon meets the prisons warden, Hennessey (Joan Allen), who offers him the mantle of a recently killed Death Race star: Frankenstein. Frank, as he was affectionately called, wore a leather jumpsuit and mask, so Hennessey says Jensen just needs to win a few races as Frank to help her ratings and win his own freedom. Soon after getting involved with the (literally) cut-throat games, Jensen realizes who killed his wife and why he was framed. Its a dark and simple revenge story, but it stages of the Death Race takes up the is a steel-plated Ford Mustang with two repeating guns on the hood, oil slick drops, smoke screens and deployable napalm. All get their good use in the movie with tricky space. No one is a notably great actor here, and Jensons rivals love to go out of their way to cause problems for him and his team. The shaking of the hand-held camera gets old quick, and some scenes without isnt much holding back this movie for what it is.B-movies rarely get the respect they deserve, but like a mother with an ugly child, their audience will always love them. Just remember its called Death Race. If you deserve to be disappointed.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2008 Popular country singer John Michael Montgomery plays to a crowd of Troopers and residents of Guantanamo Bay.JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Emily Russell PAGE 8 | THE WIRE THE WIRE | PAGE 9 Customer Appreciation Weekend Two Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers try fencing, Nov. 1, during the fencing demonstration.JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Sarah Stannard Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Zach Harris checks the settings on his video camera as he sets up a shot to record runners completing the Navy Exchange Customer Appreciation 5K run.JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. RussellProfessional skateboarder Josh Border kick-flips off the ramp during the skateboard demonstration.JTF Guantanamo photos by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Clowney


NE W S & INF ORMA T IO N | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2008 PAGE 10 | THE WIRE Our past, our present Veterans DayArmy Staff Sgt. Emily J. RussellJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Veterans Day: a day to remember those as well as to honor all service members, past and present, who served or continue to serve honorably, whether at war or in peace. The day brings to mind community parades, patriotic music and a chance to military. Its a day that invokes words of thanks, often from complete strangers who service to this great country. But what is the history behind Veterans it on November 11, particularly at 11:11 a.m.? Originally known as Armistice Day between Allied nations and Germany during World War I the day was intended to recognize the time and date of the end of hostilities between the nations. The armistice went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. While President Woodrow Wilson commemorated Armistice Day one year later with words of gratitude and pride toward those who died in service, it wasnt until 1938 that it became a federal holiday intended to honor veterans of World War I. In 1954, veterans service organizations urged Congress to amend the act by changing the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day, as recognition to all American a day to honor veterans from all wars. Over the years, Veterans Day has seen its share of revisions affecting the date of observance. In 1968, it was signed under the Uniform Holiday Bill along with Washingtons Birthday, Memorial Day and Columbus Day intended to be celebrated on a Monday to ensure three-day weekends for federal employees in an attempt to stimulate the economy. However, the spirit of patriotism overshadowed that attempt and many states continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The desire to observe Veterans Day on November 11 was too great and the day was restored to promote Veterans Day continues to be a widely celebrated holiday gaining more importance continues. Here, Troopers can look forward to Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities honoring everyone who serves as a way accept the thanks we deserve for a job well done.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2008 | NE W S & INF ORMA T IO N THE WIRE | PAGE 11 Tommy Stanley, a Navy Seaman of the USS Kitty Hawk, performs four original songs during the last concert of the 7th Annual NEX/ MWR Customer Appreciation Weekend at the Navy Exchange, Nov. 2. Rockin the blues in Gitmo Megan BurnhamJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ The opportunity for a Trooper to both dream is one that is hard to come by. time to an already busy schedule, and absolute dedication to achieving success. For Seaman Tommy Stanley, an engineer on the USS Kitty Hawk (CV63), the opportunity to become a serious musician began in February 2008 when he auditioned for the reality television program Nashville Star. The concept of this talent show is similar to American Idol; however, the performers are limited to country-style music. The competition was intense against 45,000 other contestants, but in the end, later voted off in July but placed 8th in the It was during the auditions that Stanley met Bill Marks, athletic footwear buyer Station Guantanamo Bay resident. After Marks witnessed Stanleys talent, he invited Stanley to perform in the 7th Annual NEX and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Customer Appreciation Weekend. Anytime we can tie in someone from the Navy or military, we do it, said Marks. He plays as well as he sings and the type of music he played was something that everyone would enjoy. After Stanley was voted off Nashville Star, he was placed on a temporary Community Outreach in Millington, Tenn. There, he performed in many concerts with the Navy Band Mid-South and the U.S. Fleet Forces Band. During the NEX/MWR Customer Appreciation Weekend, Oct. 31 Nov. 2, Guantanamo residents were given three opportunities to watch Stanley perform on his guitar and sing his original music. Its an alternative type of music, said Stanley. I wanted it to be that style between rock and blues. Stanleys guitar-playing talent is derived from playing the past 12 years and singing feedback and support from his parents kept him motivated to improve as well as help him in his song writing. I want to write about love and life, said Stanley. I received inspiration while underway, watching friends and family and seeing the interaction of love. Stanleys time as a Navy engineer is coming to an end. He auditioned for the Navy Music Program in September and was accepted. He will be decommissioning from the USS Kitty Hawk in early 2009 and begin Navy musician training at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va. Currently, Stanleys album, A Sad Story EP, is available on iTunes with another album being recorded and other music previews offered on his MySpace page, tommystanleymusic.com.


NE W S & INF ORMA T IO N | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2008 PAGE 12 | THE WIRE Dinner ImpossibleChef Robert Irvine, star of the Food Networks Dinner: Impossible, prepares dinner for approximately 400 service members from U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Nov. 1, 2008. Irvine visited Guantanamo Bay as part of the Navy Exchange Customer Appreciation Weekend. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Sarah Stannard


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2008 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Boots on the GroundIf you had a time machine in the form of a DeLorean, [The car from the movie, Back to the Future] where would you go? nd Class Jayme Pastoric nd Class Hilario Lopez Army Chaplain Capt. Eric Bey rd Class Courtney Pickens rd Class Robert Craven Go back and convince Brett Favre to stay with the Green Bay Packers ! Go to the future and get the winning lottery numbers. Id travel back 10 minutes and walk out of my to answer this ques tion.. I would go watch Mar tin Luther Kings I have a dream speech.


The follow-through in lifeLI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2008 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE 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. JTF Deputy command chaplain____________________________Throughout college in the 90s I was a huge Utah Jazz fan. Of course, the toughest part about being a Jazz fan back in those days was the Chicago Bulls. Who can forget the buzzer-beater in Game 1 of the 1997 NBA Finals? It was a magic moment for Bulls fans, and a crushing blow to the rest of us. It went like this: Jordan got the ball, time was running down and he hit a great shot with my hand in his face, said Russell. He did what Michael Jorden is known for -backbreakers. I kept him in front of me, he didnt get past me. He took a jump shot while I had a hand in his face. Hand in his face? And the shot still went in wow. Follow-through my friends. It was follow through that Jordan is famous for, and it is follow-through that determines our mark on this historic mission and our life. Navy Cmdr. Rob Martin shared with me this great observation: Follow-through is a critical part of every sport. Small errors in the follow through will ruin an otherwise good shot in basketball. A golf swing can be ruined by follow through mistakes. Ive heard a football coach screaming, Finish the play! to make a point of how important it is to play hard until the whistle is blown. So many things in life are the same way because people often remember your follow through. I make a point of this concept in my medical practice. A doctor can do a great job gathering a history, doing a thorough, accurate exam and documenting well, but what really matters to the patients is that they are comfortable with the diagnosis and treatment plan. On the way out of the clinic, the patient should know exactly where to go and how to get there. This follow through idea is important in month deployment, a three-year tour or Other than Michael Jordan, who can you my faith. Without his follow-through on the cross, there would be no good news of the Gospel. While serving a church mission in Germany, I remember wanting to give up and go home on many occasions. One evening I read a story of several families who were driven from their homes by an angry mob in the dead of winter. Women and children were forced to cross the frozen Mississippi River. Many died from the harsh cold and disease as they made their way west. What impressed me about this group of pioneers, and encouraged me to keep pressing forward, was the fact that they never stopped. They continued to press forward in faith, with the hope that all their toil and labor would bless them and future generations. And it did. Today, most of us are able to rest in the shade and eat of the fruit of the tree that our ancestors planted with blood, sweat, and provide us so many rich blessing, that we often take for granted. Now it is our turn to do our duty, to do our best, so that those Troopers who follow in our footsteps will be blessed by the fruits of our labor. Remember the words of Paul to Timothy, (2 Timothy 4:7) Paul was able to followthrough because of who he followed. It is not always easy, but by following God and the military values it is a sure way to make the game-wining shots of life, no matter whose hand is in your face.


THE WIRE | PAGE 15 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2008 | 15 MI N U T ES O F FAMEArmy Staff Sgt. Emily J. RussellJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs_______________________________________Members of the National Guard or Reserve forces often face challenges when it comes to deployment. The transition from full-time civilian to full-time service member brings an individual from their day-to-day job in a particular skill set and drops them into their military occupation with the Air Force Senior Airman Albert Leyvas, a liquid fuels apprentice with the 474th Squadron, and member of the North Carolina Air National Guard, rose to the challenge when he came to Guantanamo Im a mail carrier for the city of Charlotte, [N.C], said Leyvas. Ive been in the [Air National Guard] for two years. Air Force Master Sgt. James Butts, who oversees the Leyvas demonstrated the ability to learn and understand the importance of the mission here. His enthusiasm has enabled me to take second chair to our fueling operations, said Butts. Within two weeks of his arrival he could accurately control the dispersion of [more than $200,000] worth of fuel per month to equipment my own, and also raise the standard, said Leyvas. 2,000 gallons of fuel to maintain the functional levels of the fuel bladders, as well as maintaining several 55-gallon drums that support the boilers keeping the latrines and showers functional. I perform daily inspections on valves, fuel hoses and the fuel bladders to make sure there are no leaks, said Leyvas. I dont feel like Im doing anything different; Im just doing a job. During commissions, its Leyvas who ensures power to the guard shacks and court rooms. He has taken the initiative to plan and schedule fueling to the assets supporting the commissions, said of maintaining comfortable environments for the guards, and more importantly, to ensure continued power to the courts in the event of a power failure. In addition to managing fuels and tending to the duties of his own job, Leyvas makes an effort to volunteer for additional projects regularly. time. If I have time on my hands, I dont want believer in working for what you have. [Being here] gives me a chance to support our country and the global war on terror, Leyvas continued. Im proud to be part of it. Every little bit counts and Im just here trying to do my part. Its my way of giving back to the country I love. Air Force Senior Airman Albert Leyvas checks fuel levels on a bladder at Camp Justice and calculates the amount of fuel needed to ensure the bladder is kept at an operational level. Leyvas, a liquid fuels apprentice with the 474 th ECES, inspects the valves and connection of a fuel system prior to operation. Leyvas provides fuel support for the Joint Task Force by ensuring a continous power supply to the Expeditionary Legal Complex, as well as the supporting assets. fuels success


Volume 9, Issue 37 Friday, November 7, 2008 A JTF Journal The Vote is in! How our voting drive mattered Preventive Medicine Keeping bugs safe AROU N D T HE JTF | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2008 The winning runners from the 5-kilometer run, Nov. 1, for the Navy Exchange Appreciation Weekend pose with their newly received trophies. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell Navy Seaman Stephan Blanz practices standing on his surfboard while riding the waves during the surf camp held at Windmill Beach. Instructor and pro surfer Skeeter Zimmerman (left) observes. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Megan Burnham Around the Bruno Andujar stretches for a throw during a Nintendo Wii Bowling video game contest sponsored by Dell during the Navy Exchange Customer Appreciation Weekend, Oct. 31. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Pfc. Eric Liesse