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Cover Volume 11, Issue 38 Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 HHC transfers authority Continuing the JTF mission Fire Safety It starts with the Trooper THE A JTF Journal
Trooper to Trooper PAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, OC T. 29, 2010 COVER:Lt. Col. Christopher Wynder passes the 189th Military Police Company guidon to Capt. Christopher McCann during the change of command ceremony. Capt. McCann is assuming command from Capt. Suzanne Redente, Oct. 28. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Senior Airman Gino Reyes BACK COVER: Air Force Tech Sgt. Scott Dean, member of the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron, pours concrete for a new sidewalk, Oct. 21. JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Senior Airman Gino Reyes 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. Danny J. Bradberry JTF Guantanamo J6 Superintendent___________________________________________ Danny, theres a growth on your spine; we think you have an aggressive type of cancer ... I heard those words as I pulled ear plugs out and climbed down from the MRI machine. I remember thinking hoping I had stumbled into an awkward conversation between some other doctor and his patient, but it was me. specialist and weve scheduled the OR for next week. He ended, Danny, theres a 60-percent chance you wont make it through the surgery. If you make it, theres an 80-percent chance youll be paralyzed. Sergeant Bradberry, theres a 100-percent chance your military career is over Ever face challenges like that? Many of us have and many of us rub elbows each day with people who have. Thousands of Troopers have experienced the manacles of the body or shackles of the mind. They have been bound by unfortunate external circumstances; automobile accidents, disasters, paralyzing grief. My story didnt start far from the bottom. I woke from surgery and couldnt move my legs. My lower body wrapped in foam to prevent bed sores. I felt like I had been cut open from head to toe, and the rest of my body was covered in bruises from the 18-hour surgery. I was miserable, became despondent, I closed myself away. The truth is, I was afraid. I found myself teetering on the edge of eternity and I didnt want anyone to see me the way I saw myself; weak, vulnerable, exposed. What I felt was not that different from countless others. Once wounded by misfortune, many become too insecure to open doors. They turn to alcohol, drugs; they become unfaithful to their wives, husbands, life. These diversions spawn intense feelings of guilt and worthlessness. Some victims ultimately isolate themselves and become dejected. A few commit suicide. My life changed when I found the courage to reach out. The healing began as people lined up to help! I drew particular inspiration from a POW, Charlie Plumb. A resident of the Hanoi Hilton for six years, he was asked how he pulled through that awful time. He said, three things; faith, hope and charity ; faith in his God, hope from his POW brethren, and charity from the fella that packed his parachute. That fella really prepared him for the pivotal moment when Captain Plumb needed help more than ever in his life. When Captain Plumb ejected from his plane he tumbled through the sky, instantly, he was able to hold on to something this guy gave him and fall safely back to earth. So, the philosophical question is, whose parachute are you packing? Who looks to you for strength in times of need? Who are you preparing for those catastrophic life events? Much like that prisoner of war; faith, hope, and charity got me through. Each of these nurtured the others. Combined, they allowed me to endure. One hundred percent chance my military career would be over, but here I stand, a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force. So Troopers, when you feel like those walls are closing in, maybe youre right on the edge, call out on your belief, reach out and hold on, we are coming! Leaders, we have to do more than be on the look out for these troubled Troopers. We need to be on the hunt! So, FOLLOW ME! We have to be keepers of people, packers of parachutes. Look for these souls, reach across the abyss. I am living proof that together, there is NOTHING we cant do! JTF GUANTANAMO Commander: Navy Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson Command Master Chief: Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Scott A. Fleming Office of Public Affairs Director: Navy Cmdr. Tamsen Reese: 9928 Deputy Director/ Operations Officer: Army Capt. Robert Settles: 9927, 3649 Supervisor: Air Force Master Sgt. Andrew Leonhard: 3649 The Wire Executive Editor, Command Information NCOIC, Photojournalist: Army Staff Sgt. Shereen Grouby: 3499 Assistant Editor, Photojournalist: Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington: 3594 Photojournalists: Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Coleman Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins Army Spc. Juanita Philip Air Force Senior Airman Gino Reyes Contact us Editors Desk: 3499 or 3594 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3499 DSN: 660-3499 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.milPacking parachutes
Mission 1Army Spc. Juanita Philip JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs___________________________________________________________Joint Task Force Guantanamo personnel of the 336th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, an Army Reserve unit from Buckeye, Ariz., accepted the transfer of authority from the786th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion of the Virgin Islands National Guard during a ceremony, Oct. 21. During the ceremony, Navy Capt. Sharon Campbell congratulated outgoing commander Army Capt. Josephine Hector-Murphy, on a job well done in overseeing the Troopers appointed under her from all branches of service, volunteering numerous off-duty hours to assist shipmates, and providing 100 percent accountability for more than $40 million of government equipment. Campbell also challenged the incoming 336th CSSB Commander Army Lt. Mark Wise. I charge you with carrying out your responsibilities to the utmost of your ability, The Reserve Soldiers will make up the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of Joint Task Force Guantanamo and will spend their tour acting as the support element to the JTF. They will be responsible for a variety of missions pertaining to JTF operations such as housing, Trooper safety, logistics and tracking, and taking care of JTF Guantanamo personnel. Hector-Murphy praised her Troopers on the outstanding work they performed while here, leaving GTMO a better place, because of their hard work and determination. Each one of you has done your duty with a willingness and enthusiasm that will be hard to match, Hector-Murphy said. Wise acknowledged the importance of continuing to raise the bar that the 786th set. My mission is to support the JTF GTMO mission, Wise said. Expectations are high, but as I told my battalion commander, give me the ball and I will run with it. I look forward to working with you all and having a fruitful and productive year. FRIDAY, OC T. 29, 2010 | MISSIONTHE WIRE | PAGE 3 336th CSSB assumes authority Joint Task Force Guantanamo personnel from the 336th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the 786th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion during the transfer of authority ceremony, Oct. 21. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Juanita Philip Army Lt. Mark Wise passes the JTF HHC guidon to 1st Sgt. Kevin Stapleton during the transfer of authority ceremony at Troopers Chapel, Oct. 21. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Juanita Philip
Mission 2MISSION | FRIDAY, OC T. 29, 2010 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE GTMOs safe harbor A birds eye view of Guantanamo Bay that is used by recreational boaters, divers and swimmers. The Joint Operations Center monitors the bay to ensure the safety of base residents, and to track merchant vessels, Oct. 25. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Juanita PhilipArmy Spc. Juanita PhilipJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs ___________________________At Joint Task Force Guantanamo the J-3 Directorate has many sections. Of those sections, the Joint Operations Center constantly maintains a vigilant posture at all times. posture operating on a 24-hour schedule with a full staff on watch. The staff includes civilians, JTF GTMO Troopers and Naval Station Guantanamo Bay personnel. The watch staff is a true testament of a Joint Task Force environment, said Army Staff Sgt. Lewis. We are the eyes and ears of JTF [GTMO] command. We maintain daily operational status of what goes on here [JTF GTMO]. The JOC watch sends reports to U.S. Southern Command and also can act as a liaison between SOUTHCOM and JTF GTMO. The JOC keeps higher headquarters and local headquarters apprised of activities on said Marine Maj. Rose. Naval Station was used as a staging area for personnel, supplies and cargo going in and out of Haiti. According to Rose, the JOC helped maintain SOUTHCOMs situational awareness. JOC watch is not limited to supporting JTF GTMO operations, the watch personnel also provide support to NAVSTA Port Control. One function for the center is to monitor the bay for the safety of swimmers, divers and recreational boaters. Merchant vessels they do not venture into the boundaries of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. We keep our harbor safe, Rose said. Before any recreational boater or diver can leave the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Marina, they must communicate with watch personnel. When boaters and divers are going on the water, they must contact us on the radio, said Navy Operations Specialist 2nd Class Hale. They communicate the amount of amount of time that they will be on the number, Hale stated. If the boaters should have an emergency like a dead battery or might be in distress, they contact the watch personnel who in In the event of an emergency or destructive weather, the JOC has the capabilities to serve as a command center. The headquarters elements of JTF GTMO can operate out of the JOC, Lewis said. [The JOC] has the full capability to maintain operations for JTF-GTMO, as well as communication to SOUTHCOM.
Movie ReviewFRIDAY, OC T. 29, 2010 | MOVIE REVIE W THE WIRE | PAGE 5 Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs_______________________________________________________Featuring an all-star cast, Red does not fail to deliver a healthy dose of awesome. Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is a retired CIA operative who spends his days service agent Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker). His life gets turned upside-down, and his house demolished when the very agency he used to kill for, sends people to kill him. Realizing Sarah may be in danger due to his phone stalking, he grabs his emergency bag, which every good ex-spy must possess, and heads to Kansas City. Things with Sarah dont go quite as smoothly as Frank anticipated. He ends up taking her bound and gagged to see an old friend of his, retired operative Joe Matheson (Morgan Freeman). After obtaining some information from Joe, Frank realizes the attempt on his life might be part of something larger. His search eventually brings him to a hit list, giving him the names of all those connected with him. He hunts down another CIA retiree, Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich), who helps him connect the dots to a 1981 black ops. mission in Guatemala. This is where the real action and hilarity, begins. The interaction between Frank and Sarah fails to excite, but the complete craziness of Marvin creates a wonderful mix of humor and explosions. I mean, how often do you see an insane assassin carry around a bright pink pig? Another combination of humor and violence comes from yet another CIA retiree, Victoria (Helen Mirren) and Russian secret agent Ivan (Brian Cox). Mirren does a great job portraying a cool, elegant assassin and Cox completely pulls off a slick, charming Russian spy. Their interaction does its part in adding a little romance to the story a job that was meant to be shared with the Frank/Sarah combination, but the latter fails to compare. Red was a bit slow in places, but overall was very entertaining. While Willis was given the top spot in this movie, Malkovich earned it. It still would have been worth watching without him, but was much better with him in it. Actors aside, the script and direction are spot on. The lines are witty, but not cheesy, and the action entertaining without going over the top. Retired, extremely dangerous is the perfect way to describe this collection of insane killers.
Center Spread PAGE 6 | THE WIRE FRIDAY, OC T 29 2010 THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Marine Corps Security Forces Company at the range Marine Corps Security Forces Company (MCSFCO) Marines train on the Squad Automatic Weapon M249 Light Machine Gun at the Grenadillo Range. MCSFCO is responisble for providing perimeter security for Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force Guantanamo. JTF Guantanamo photos by Air Force Senior Airman Gino Reyes
Feature 1 NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION || FRIDAY, OC T. 29, 2010 PAGE 8 | THE WIRE Navy Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________________________________________No matter which housing complex a Trooper lives in, Cuzco Barracks to Windward Loop, October is National Fire Prevention Month, and the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Fire Department wants to use the month to educate people on the importance of smoke alarms National Fire Prevention Month was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire. killed more than 250 people, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. Smoking is prohibited in bachelor quarters. housing units are prohibited. incense, oil lamps, Tiki lanterns, and candles. unattended cooking. Station Guantanamo Fire Prevention Chief. The moisture content of the vegetation around the base is very low. A stray cigarette or airborne ember from a barbeque can cause a many accidental ones, DiGovanni added. unattended cooking. Cuzco Barracks residents should be especially safety conscience. Smoking is permitted only in the designated areas between the blocks and at the end of blocks. Grilling is permitted in the buffer zones on the rocks between the blocks. Cuzco residents should also be aware prohibited. extinguisher and exit the building. at GTMO. Fire Safety
Feature 2 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FRIDAY, OC T. 29, 2010 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T IONBattle of the underdogs Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shane Arrington JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs___________________________________________________________Professional baseball has been one of Americas favorite pastimes for more than a hundred years. The World Series, Major League Baseballs championship game, has started every October since 1903, with the exception of 1904 and 1994, the 2010 World Series started Oct. 27. The World Series is a best-of-seven games matchup between the champions of the American and National Leagues. Both leagues make up the Major League Baseball governing body. Americans, who are known today as the Boston Red Sox. In the 107 years since, 22 of the current 30 franchises have earned the title of World Champions. The World Series has endured, despite two World Wars, the Great Depression and the Loma Prieta earthquake that shook Candlestick Park only 30 minutes before Game Three of the 1989 World Series. and the Boston Americans. The Giants owner, John T. Brush, refused to allow his team to play, claiming the new American League was inferior to the National League. At the time there was no governing body for the World Series and it was not mandatory that the Series criticism, Brush withdrew his complaint and drafted rules for the Series that were adopted in the off season. Ninety years later, the second break occurred when the 1994-1995 Major League Baseball strike caused the 1994 season to end mid-season. Debates of unfair labor practices, most notably the desire for a salary cap, were the main reasons for the strike. After the labor dispute was concluded, the 1995 season started three weeks late on Apr. 25. other franchise. Their 27 titles give them almost three times the amount of their closest challenger, the St. Louis Cardinals. Their latest title was last year, and they were favored to make another appearance this year, but were denied the chance after losing the American League championship to the Texas Rangers. The National League is also represented in the 2010 World Series by an underdog team, the San Francisco Giants. The Giants defeated the 2008 World Series Champions, the Philadelphia Phillies, to play for the title. 1954. Giants 11 Rangers 7 World Series 2010 Schedule If necessary
Stand Alone/Boots on Ground Boots on the GroundWhat are you dressing up as for Halloween?by Army Spc. Juanita PhilipArmy Sgt. 1st Class Maria Limbo Coast Guard Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Andrew Moorhead I actually dont dress up for Halloween; I spend the day playing video games with my kids. A zombie Justin Beiber. I will be E.T. Batman from Batman Begins. Navy Religious Program Specialist 2nd Class Jonathon Jappe Air Force Master Sgt. Doug WeivodaRecognized for service Joint Service Commendation Medal. Cuencas, who deployed here with the Virgin Islands National Guard, served JTF Guantanamo photo by Air Force Senior Airman Gino Reyes PAGE 10 | THE WIRE VOICE O F T HE FORCE | FRIDAY, OC T. 29, 2010
Chaplains Page GTMO Religious ServicesDaily Catholic Mass 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 10 a.m. Room A Liturgical Service Sunday 11 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 Church of Christ Sunday 10 a.m. Chapel Annex Room 17FRIDAY, OC T. 29, 2010 | LI F E & SP IRI T THE WIRE | PAGE 11Army Capt. Eric Bey 525th JDG Battalion Chaplain__________________________________________________________________________________________As a chaplain, I am frequently called upon to give classes. In some of those classes we discuss what depression is and what causes it. about what depresses us. I use the analogy of playing Pictionary. I ask, If depression is the word you have to draw, how could you convey it? Many people answer that they would draw a sad face. I quickly point out that would mean sad. In one class, a brilliant military thinking Soldier said that he would draw a circle and put tick marks pointing in. That is brilliant, but a civilian wouldnt know what that meant. I venture to say that other branches of the military do not stress map reading skills and would not be able to identify the drawing as a depression, one of ten terrain features. The point is that there are a myriad of things that can depress us. There are situations and circumstances that we have no control over; So what is one to do? I suggest two approaches. First, one must remember that while they may not have control over the situation, they have total control over how they let the situation affect them. Those who say they lost control, blacked out, or couldnt control themselves are lacking self-discipline. Sir Winston Churchill said, The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself. People give away too much control over their emotional state to others, way more than they ever intended. Giving this power to others is not wise. The second approach I recommend is a little praise therapy. It starts by praising God in all things. I believe that what happens during a crisis is that people become overly focused on the problem instead of invoking God into the situation. It is tunnel vision in a sense. By invoking the presence of the almighty, transcendent God of creation, you begin to put things into perspective. Somehow you have let your problem grow bigger than everything, but by praising God in His majesty you begin to realize that there are really good things to take its respective, subordinate place. If you are depressed, ask yourself where you have given control to others over your emotional state? Then, ask where God is in the Be aware, help prevent
AJTF AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, OC T. 29, 2010 Around the Service members from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force Guantanamo partake in a cardio kickboxing class at the Marine Hill Fitness Center, Oct. 25. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins A Navy Religious Program Specialist delivers prayer material to Joint Task Force Guantanamo detainees, Oct. 20. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Coleman