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Volume 11, Issue 18 Friday, June 11, 2010 A JTF Journal THE A JTF Journal THE Guardians of the rock New commander and senior enlisted leader take charge of 193rd Alcohol abuse The dangers and consequences A JTF Journal THE


Dont get caught by complacencyPAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010 JTF GUANTANAMO Commander: Navy Rear Adm. Tom Copeman Command Master Chief: Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Scott A. Fleming Office of Public Affairs Director: Navy Cmdr. Brad Fagan: 9928 Deputy Director: Navy Lt. John Ferrari: 9927 Operations Officer: Army Capt. Robert Settles: 3649 Supervisor: Air Force Master Sgt. John Asselin: 3649 The Wire Executive Editor, Command Information NCOIC, Photojournalist: Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Edward Flynn: 3592 Editor, Photojournalist: Army Sgt. Tiffany Addair: 3499 Photojournalists: Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth Army Sgt. Athneil Thomas Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Harris Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler Contact us Editors Desk: 3499 or 3594 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3499 DSN: 660-3499 E-mail: thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil COVER:Army 1st Sgt. Michael L. Baker Jr. and Soldiers of the 193rd Military Police Company stand in formation during the conclusion of the 193rd MP Co. change of command and responsibility ceremony, June 4. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth BACK COVER: Bay. JTF Guantanamo contributed photo The 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 regard 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 1,000.Air Force Master Sgt. John Asselin JTF Public Affairs Senior Enlisted Leader_______________________________Complacency is a disease. It wont just cause harm to you in Southwest Asia, it will come after you here in Guantanamo Bay, or even in your home. It will sneak up on you if youre not watching for it. We tend to go on autopilot when we do the same tasks for a period of time. Thats not all a bad thing you want that muscle memory to quickly react to normal situations while doing those tasks. It turns bad when you get so used to the tasks that you lose your focus and arent ready to quickly react to an unusual situation. Thats when you have become complacent. The dangers of complacency are obvious in Afghanistan and Iraq, but maybe not so much at JTF-GTMO. No matter how calm and under control a situation is, it always has the potential to erupt. Usually, calm situations make us less likely to expect the worst, making complacency much more likely at JTF-GTMO. When you have a well-oiled machine running and everything seems like it is going great, thats when you need to start watching around you. It doesnt take a lot of heat and debris to shut down that well-oiled machine. Complacency also affects morale some people call it the daily grind. Its usually not a lot of fun doing the same thing day after day, and if you focus on that, it will eat you up inside. Throw complacency out the window, and the daily grind will go with it. Combating complacency is not a when they use clichs like keep your head on a swivel, or check your six. It just means to pay attention to whats going on around you whether you are in combat, guarding detainees or driving down the highway. You need to stay focused on the task, but you also need to pay attention to what could be coming up behind you. Paying attention to what is outside your normal focus looking at your surroundings with a fresh set of eyes helps make your job more interesting and less of a grind. Work with other people in your team to identify what situations could arise and how to prepare for them the complacency of others is just as much a threat to you. Youre doing an outstanding job here at JTF-GTMO providing safe and humane care and custody of detainees; lets all make sure we dont get caught by complacency.


SOUTHCOM transitions Haiti efforts Photo courtesy of Army Spc. Jesse Jean FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010 | MISSIONTHE WIRE | PAGE 3 U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs____________________________The U.S. Southern Commands Joint mission on June 1, marking the end of months after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake Jan. 12 devastated the country. However, Southcoms commitment to Haiti continues with engineering projects as part of New Horizons, as well as visits by medical assistance teams. Additionally, the medical staff aboard the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima will provide basic medical care and perform specialized surgeries during a visit to the Caribbean nation this summer. According to Gen. Douglas Fraser, commander, U.S. Southern Command, These engineering projects and medical services were coordinated and approved by the Government of Haiti and United States Agency for International Development and demonstrate our continued support to the people of Haiti. We also have a robust capability to rapidly respond to any future disaster situation in Haiti. New Horizons is a humanitarian assistance exercise involving approximately 500 National Guard troops, and will take place in various locations in Haiti outside the countrys capital, Port au Prince, from June to September and includes the construction of schools, clinics, and community centers that can also serve as hurricane shelters. USS Iwo Jima is scheduled to arrive at the Port de Paix area in July. In addition to these New Horizons activities, U.S. Southern Command will fund $13 million in disaster preparedness and humanitarian assistance projects designed to enhance the capacity of the Government of Haiti to provide essential services to its citizens. The projects include the construction of four emergency operations centers and four disaster response warehouses that will increase the Haitian governments ability to respond to future natural and man-made disasters. accomplishments achieved by JTF-Haiti during its tenure in Haiti. U.S. military medical professionals evaluated and treated thousands of earthquake survivors and military surgeons conducted nearly 1,000 surgeries. The majority of the surgeries were performed onboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort. U.S. military forces delivered more than 2.6 million bottles of water, 2.2 million food rations, 17 million pounds of bulk food and 149,000 pounds of medical supplies into Haiti. Specialized units also improved and increased the capacity at the south pier at the Port au Princes main port facility. Further, U.S. troops looked ahead by assisting the Haitian government and the international community in planning for the next stage of the humanitarian response. For example, JTF Haiti assessments teams evaluated public health requirements, the structural integrity of critical infrastructure, and longer-term food and nutrition needs throughout their tour. Perhaps the most renowned U.S. military contribution to Haitis recovery was the reopening and operation of Toussaint au Prince by the airmen of the 1st Special Operations Wing. Within 30 hours of the earthquake and less than 30 minutes after from a card table and used hand-held radios to safely land and take-off hundreds of aircrafts. I am proud of Joint Task Force Haitis accomplishments and the men and women We could not have done our mission, however, without the collaborative support and interaction with the Government of Haiti, MINUSTAH, other agencies of our government; especially Department of State and USAID and numerous NGOs all of whom were dedicated to helping the people of Haiti recover from this disaster. New Horizons missions began in the mid-1980s as an annual series of joint and combined humanitarian assistance exercises that Southcom conducts with The exercises typically last several months, providing medical and infrastructure projects. These missions give deployed U.S. military forces invaluable training opportunities to work with partner nations. USS Iwo Jima is part of Continuing Promise 2010, an annual humanitarian civic assistance exercise supported by U.S. and international military medical personnel, U.S. government agencies, regional health ministries, NGOs and U.S. academic institutions. In addition to Haiti, USS Iwo Jima will also visit ports in other countries in the region over the course of the summer and fall.


See CHANGE/12MISSION | FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010 PAGE 4 | THE WIREArmy Lt. Col. Alex Conyers, 525th MP Battalion commander, passes the 193rd MP Co. guidon to Army Capt. Nick S. Francois, incoming commander of the 193rd MP Co., during a change of command ceremony, June 4. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth193rd changes command, responsibility Army Sgt. Tiffany Addair JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ the 193rd Military Police Company at Joint Task Force Guantanamo changed hands during a change of command ceremony at Bulkeley Field in Camp America, June 4. Army Capt. Nick S. Francois and Army commander and senior enlisted leader for the 193rd MP Co., replaced Army Capt. Pedro E. Vasquez, outgoing commander, outgoing senior enlisted leader. The 193rd MP Co. was established at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in October commander to serve two years in this tough environment. Over the past 24 months, Captain Vasquez has led this unit with distinction charge during some of our most challenging 525th MP Battalion commander. You met every challenge from detainees, a constant turnover of Soldiers and balancing our daily capabilities and skill sets head on. Francois brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership to this command. He joined the Army in June 2000 and later 2004. His most recent assignment was as States Army Forces Central Command at Fort McPherson, Ga. His previous assignments have served him well as he tackles the unique challenges within this demanding environment, will ensure the Soldiers of the 193rd will remain ever vigilant and will create an even greater synergy within this command, while taking it to new heights. Following the change of command ceremony, a change of responsibility between Gamble and Baker took place. Gamble enlisted in 1985 and has served in several corrections capacities. Army 525th MP Battalion senior enlisted leader, spoke highly of Gamble and his important role. You have upheld the traditions said. Over a year ago, I told you it would be tough and demanding, but very rewarding. You displayed technical and


FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010 | MISSION THE WIRE | PAGE 5Ensuring physical readiness electrotherapy machine at the physical therapy clinic, June 7. JTF Guantanamo photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________Deployment to Joint Task Force Guantanamo is physically and mentally strenuous and can cause damage to muscles or bones. The JTF Guantanamo physical therapy clinic ensures that injured Troopers receive recovery. Were here for the convenience of JTF Troopers and detainee operations, said Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Allen clinic provides physical therapy care for detainees and Troopers Physical therapy helps to heal a wide variety of injuries caused by aging, disease or environmental factors, and is intended to increase patients overall physical quality of life. For Army Master Sgt. John Espinosa, 525th Military Police Battalion S-6 and the physical therapy clinics services will I was very impressed with the initial assessment and their recovery process the continuation of that plan. Throughout the morning, afternoon and sometimes evening, the physical therapy clinic receives patients with physical recovery needs. and works toward helping them with recovery exercises. working within the physical therapy injuries are common among his patients: ankle, knee or lower back injuries, and sometimes shoulder injuries. One of the main reasons you see lower extremity injuries is because of the amount Since the sports season began, weve received a lot of injuries from that alone. These problems persist, because of a lack of warm-up and stretching, he said. The idea behind a warm-up is to prepare your muscles for the physical Whenever you stretch the warm muscles, youll have a much better stretch than without warm-up exercises. When working out, you may overstretch a muscle or pull a muscle. Pulled hamstrings are especially common. The warm-up could be anything from jumping jacks to running in place, as long as it increases the heart rate with muscle lighter exercises to compensate for that warm-up and maintain Troopers physical the services of the physical therapy clinic. The Camp America physical therapy clinic is providing excellent service for Troopers to return to the mission, Espinosa said. They provide us with the [support needed to complete] the mission without that daily pain or discomfort. The physical therapy clinic is also placed within Camp America for the convenience of JTF Troopers. If the physical therapy shop was on the Naval Station Guantanamo side of the base, then JTF Troopers would spend an hour or more to travel back and forth to are placed close to the majority of our patients. The physical therapy clinic can be reached at ext. 2309.


LOCA L SP OR T S | FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010 PAGE 6 | THE WIRE Finest, rounds the corner after tagging home during the championship game, June 3. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Harris JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs_________________________________________On a balmy night in Guantanamo Bay, two teams that had begun the season as one went head-to-head in the womens softball championship, June 3. The tensions were high, and the battled it out during seven innings, with the Finest coming out on top. The Divas came out strong taking an early lead, but after a major rally, the Finest took an 11-run lead. It was awesome, said Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Victoria Ferguson, Joint Task Force Guantanamos Joint for the Finest. We made a good comeback. Our pitcher got hurt and missed a game, but she came back to play, still hurt. We went out there and gave it our all, said Army Spc. Shalia Moolenaar, Joint Visitor Bureau driver and GTMOs do. Moolenaar said the tension was running high during the [The hardest part was] keeping our nerves down when we were up against the Divas, Moolenaar said. They are the champion for the league, but that doesnt matter because we are the champions of the championship. She also thought that while the Divas are a great team, they did not play as hard as they could have. I think they came out and tried hard and showed good teamwork, Moolenaar said. But, it wasnt their best, they needed a little more [oomph]. With the softball tournament, and other Morale, Welfare and is to give Troopers a way to relax and blow off steam in a was important to the victory. We stayed calm, cool and collected the whole time [during the game], she said. We talked to each other [out there] and we just had fun. In the end, the victors lived up to their team name with the Finest coming out on top 14-9. [The GTMO Divas] were competitive, but it just wasnt Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas


FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010 | MOVIE REVIE W THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Harris JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs___________________________________________ more narcissistic humor and over-the-top action in Iron Man 2, the sequel to the 2008 blockbuster Iron Man based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name. The sequel picks up where the last movie left off: Stark announcing that he is, in fact, the hero Iron Man. As the press conference is being televised, it is being viewed of his success as the worlds newest solution to war, Anton dies in the arms of Ivan. This prompts Ivan to seek revenge on Stark and avenge his fathers death, which is presumed to be the indirect effect of Starks success. Over the next six months, Ivan constructs his own exoskeleton based on the design of Starks Iron Man suit. own problems in America. The U.S. government wants to take possession of the Iron Man weapon, which Stark is vehemently against. While Stark appears before a Senate sub-committee on the are taken out of context and are manipulated to do harm to Starks industry competitor to Stark Industries, claims to be able to deliver the same weapons systems as the now defunct arms wing of the Stark Empire. Hammer appears to have underhanded dealings with foreign governments as Stark displays video of Hammers failed attempts at recreating the highly sought-after suit. To top this all off, the arc reactor that helps keep Stark alive is slowly poisoning him. So what does Stark do to combat the stress of all of this? He starts to become a rampant alcoholic, which does nothing to help any of his issues. He also begins a streak of highrisk behavior including an impromptu Formula One race while in Monaco. It is here that he is confronted by Ivan and the fruits of his labors, an exoskeleton powered by an arc reactor with electrical whips that are capable of mass destruction. After seeing this, the U.S. government becomes adamant in its goal of obtaining the Iron Man suit from Stark. to maintain the quick-witted spontaneity of his character and still delivers in a fresh way that feels completely natural. In this The Avengers, the former of the two movies being referenced Favreau does an excellent job in his role as Starks chauffeur and friend, Happy Hogan. Gwyneth Paltrow also appears again as Pepper Pots, Starks faithful assistant and love interest. Sam a controversial move when the cast of this sequel was originally announced. However, he is perfectly suited to portray him and does justice to the legacy that Terrence Howard, who played the Overall, this movie is an excellent addition to the original Iron allusions to other characters of the Marvel Comics Universe, most predominantly The Avengers, it is inevitable that we will get to see Iron Man in action again.


PAGE 8 | THE WIRE FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 JTF Guantanamo photos by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua NistasTrail clean-up Navy Chief Intelligence Specialist Jared Pringle, Navy Master-at-Arms 1st Class Laryl Helberg and Navy Yeoman 3rd Class Brian Logan pick up trash as they clean up a nature trail near the marina, June 2. The clean-up is the first of many events the JTF Guantanamos First Class Petty Officer Association will host this summer in an effort to get more service members out on the trails.


NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010 PAGE 10 | THE WIREThe powerful grip of alcohol Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Edward Flynn JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs___________________________________Alcohol abuse and illegal drug use continues to wreck havoc in todays society; the U.S. military is no exception. From failed marriages and destroyed careers to heartache, suffering and lives cut short, alcohol does not discriminate. It is also important to consider the dangers and drugs. On average, someone is killed by a drunk driver every 45 minutes, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Additionally, about three in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related accident at some point in their lives. The pain from one wrong decision can, and often does, last a life time. Being deployed to a remote area such as Naval Station Guantanamo Bay can be stressful. Family separation and isolation can increase alcoholism. Fortunately, living and working is not something you have to experience alone. While deployed to JTF, help is available to any individual seeking alcohol counseling or just someone with whom to talk. Providing service members with the needed support system has been the cornerstone of the Joint Stress alcohol awareness assistance and help arrange counseling through Program, said Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Arthur Manning, a neuropsychiatric technician and member of that help is available and they are not alone. This alcohol counseling program provides focused education on the negative aspects of drinking and drugs. Additionally, individual counseling from JTF chaplains and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are also readily available to JTF Troopers. The JTF chaplains provide exceptional counseling and support, especially during Program Specialist 3rd Class Tania Gedeon. Id encourage anyone dealing with this issue to seek professional assistance. Another key component to living a healthy a variety of sports and recreation. healthy recreation activities, such as sports and many outdoor recreation opportunities, said alcohol and tobacco use. social cohesion and is a great stress reliever. It is a great source of relaxation, improves the quality of life and contributes to a healthier lifestyle. Although alcohol abuse is often a lonely and painful road, help is available here at JTF and throughout the base. Help is readily avaliable for Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers


THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION Army Sgt. Tiffany Addair JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs________________________________The battle of Normandy was fought between Allied nations and German forces occupying Western Europe during the summer of 1944. As the 66th anniversary of the watershed event D-Day passes, we honor veterans and keep alive the principles and lessons learned from World War II. The United States and Allies joined forces to end the German occupation of France on June 6, 1944. With the territory more favorable to the defenders than to the invaders, the United States would have to contend with several obstacles in order to be victorious. The amount of time, effort and training necessary to prepare for an invasion of this magnitude is almost unimaginable. Training exercises began as early as September of 1943. Troops were well-trained and large numbers of ships were accumulated. Clever deceptions confused the enemy of when and where the forces would strike. The operation was carefully calculated and then executed. After careful groundwork and planning, the eve was upon the U.S. troops and Allied forces. Soldiers of six divisions (three American, two main landing areas, named Utah, Omaha, especially on Omaha Beach, by days end a foothold was well established. The commanders of the German forces began to take the invasion seriously late on the night of June 7, but it was too late. The D-day landings had various meanings for different people and different countries. For the Americans, the D-Day landings were an opportunity to demonstrate their forces could be highly effective in providing the majority of the strength needed to carry out a massive invasion. D-Day also demonstrated the strength and success of the United States alliance with Great Britain. For the Americans, the D-Day landings were considered to be instrumental in the defeat of Nazi Germany, and the restoration of democracy throughout Western Europe. In a larger strategic sense, the successful Allied landing in France was a psychological blow to the German occupation of Europe. It gave credibility to questioning whether or not the German Army could control Western Europe. The balance of power on the continent was tipped into Allied favor. From that point on, the Allies would begin the drive into Germany that ultimately shattered the Nazi regime and led to the German surrender on May 7, 1945. Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, in France. AP photo/Army Signal Corps


CHANGE from 4 outgoing 193rd MP Co. senior enlisted leader, calls the company to attention during the change of command and responsibility ceremony, June 4. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010 PAGE 12 | THE WIREtactical knowledge that was unsurpassed. You provided immeasurable leadership by example to more than 124 Soldiers who provided safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees assigned to three separate detention facilities. It was a pleasure serving with you. Baker joined the Army in January 1995 and has a rich background in shaping and he is no stranger to detention operations Baker with keeping his head on a swivel and spared few details on how tough and demanding his new position would be. This is no easy job and one that should will be long days and hard decisions that you will have to make, these decisions will not just affect Soldiers lives, but also have an adverse and positive affect on their families as well. I know you are up to the challenge and will serve the Soldiers of the 193rd MP Co. well. After the company guidon was passed from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander and the passing Conyers expressed his gratitude to the Soldiers of the 193rd MP Co. Thanks for being the true professionals while under the national and international spotlight, Conyers said. Thanks to each of you for what you do every single day. Although the key on our coin of excellence is symbolic of the key used on the blocks, each of you is the real key to our success.


FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Boots on the GroundWhat is your favorite beach?by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin R. Wheeler Specialist 2nd Class Ellyse Corbeil relaxing. Kittery Beach. It is an amazing snorkeling spot. other beaches usually are. Technician 3rd Class Mindy Fendley Air Force Airman 1st Class Justin MillenderHonoring Herron JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth


Perspective from an optimistLI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE Navy Lt. Anthony T. Carr NEGB Command Chaplain____________________________After being on a few deployments, I understand that what you put into it is what you get out of it. You can get in great shape, take some classes, get out of debt, save up for a family vacation, learn to dive or take up a new hobby. Along with the challenges of family separation and the stressors of work, a good attitude helps you go a long way. I think I was born an optimist. My mom said that as a baby I didnt cry very much, and I was never the type of person who let hardships get me down. I remember a song from the s performed by Matthew Wilder called Break My Stride, sampled by Puff Daddy in the s: Nobodys going to break my stride. Nobodys going to slow me down, oh no, Ive got to keep on moving. That has been a song that has helped me in the worst of situations. The military attracts a lot of stern people. A lot of people radiate a faux military bearing to look grim and miserable to be taken seriously. If you are naturally a pessimist there is nothing wrong with that. A world of optimists would actually be pretty annoying. It is important to have people to tell us if the sky is falling and we need to move out of the way. But being a pessimist doesnt mean you have to be miserable. Actually some pessimists are pretty funny and make a great living out of seeing the bad sides of situations. Misery is a choice. You can choose to mope, whine and complain, or you can choose to see the bright side of a situation. Being an optimist doesnt mean that you dont have to live with sorrow, discouragement and pain; those things are part of life and have to be taken seriously, but you dont have to let negative circumstances rule your life. I am an optimist, I can see the silver lining of the cloud, but that does not mean I dont see the cloud. And if you are living under a cloud it doesnt mean you shouldnt look for a silver lining. One of the fruits of the spirit found in Christian scripture, Galatians 5:22, is joy. Joy is not based on emotion, but is a choice we all have to make in looking at situations. How are you going to choose to spend your time here in Guantanamo? GTMO Religious ServicesDaily Catholic Mass Mon. Fri. 5:30 p.m. Main Chapel Vigil Mass Saturday 5 p.m. Main Chapel Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Main Chapel Catholic Mass Saturday 7:30 p.m. Troopers Chapel Sunday 7:30 a.m. Troopers Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Saturday 11 a.m. Room B Iglesia Ni Christo Sunday 5:30 a.m. Room A Pentecostal Gospel Sunday 8 a.m. Room D LDS Service Sunday 9 a.m. Room A Liturgical Service Sunday 10 a.m. Room B General Protestant Sunday 11 a.m. Main Chapel United Jamaican Fellowship Sunday 11 a.m. Building 1036 Gospel Service Sunday 1 p.m. Main Chapel GTMO Bay Christian Fellowship Sunday 6 p.m. Main Chapel Bible Study Wednesday 7 p.m. Troopers Chapel The Truth Project Bible study Sunday 6 p.m. Troopers Chapel Protestant Worship Sunday 9 a.m. Troopers Chapel Islamic Service Friday 1:15 p.m. Room C Jewish Service FMI call 2628 LORIMI Gospel Sunday 8 a.m. Room D


Battalion, May 12. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Athneil Thomas THE WIRE | PAGE 15 FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010 | 15 MINU T ES O F FA M EArmy Sgt. Athneil Thomas JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ believes all-out is the only way to go. This engines and most other activities in his life. For his full-throttle spirit of achievement, Chung has earned his 15 minutes of fame. Whether serving as the J-4 motor pool transportation non-commissioned Guantanamo, or as a mechanic with the Virgin Islands National Guard Combined Services Maintenance Shop, Chung stays committed to excellence in performance. For me its always all or nothing, Chung said. Anything Im involved in I give it my all and work hard, and I expect those around me to excel as well. More than 10 years of Army physical commitment to excellence as he has earned the right to wear the APFT badge on his physical training uniforms. I wear my badge proudly by living up to it, Chung said. Once I earned it, I had to keep performing at the same level. The badge is awarded to those who score and maintain 270 or higher, out of a possible 300 points on their APFT. Committed to excelknowledge as to how committed he is to Wescott started training with Chung for the rigors of serious Army training. After my operation, I was back at zero, Wescott said of her level of conditioning. For two months he worked with me during his lunch break and after Candidate School. Its rare for someone to be so willing to give of their own time and go out of their way to help someone else. In this instance, Chung helped a colleague become his boss. Wescott at the time was a staff sergeant before attending WOCS. Here at JTF Guantanamo, Wescott perfect score on her APFT. Chung not only puts his all into his dedication into jet skiing while back home in the Virgin Islands. After purchasing and tweaking a personal watercraft to the tune of more than $25,000, Chung now stands alone as the leader of 2-cycle engine class for PWC racing in the Virgin Islands. According to Chung, his heavily enhanced PWC has to run on aviationgrade fuel because any other fuel will cause catastrophic engine failure. All of the enhancements cause the engines to run super hot and regular gasoline would ignite Chung to race in a higher class because he has no competition in his class. His all-out attitude has even pushed him to riding his PWC 40 miles across the Caribbean Sea from St. Thomas to St. Croix and of course he had to come back home. Chung credits his discipline for commitment back to his father, who instilled discipline in all of his children. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in the early 1960s. Currently, Chung has a sister in the Air Force and a brother each in the Army, Navy and Marines. Hopefully, the other Chung siblings are just as passionate about their full-throttle spirit throughout their branch of uniformed service. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Sgt. Athneil Thomas


by Camp Delta, June 3. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010 spring softball championship game, June3. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas Army Capt. Nick S. Francois, 193rd MP Co. commander, passes the nonMichael L. Baker Jr., incoming 193rd MP Co. senior enlisted leader, signifying his acceptance of the responsibility of authority, June 4. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth Around the