The wire
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Title: The wire
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Around the A Sailor from detainee programs distributes a book from the detainee library in Camp Five, photo Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jordan MillerSteelers fans show enthusiasm during a recorded shout-out for the Super Bowl at Cooper Field Tuesday. The Green Bay Packers will face off against the Pittsburg Steelers during Sundays game. photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross Steelworker 3rd Class Blake John (left) and Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Chris Covas screed wet concrete for the construction of a k-span near the Windjammer caf, Feb. 2. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jordan J. Miller Volume 12, Issue 07 Friday, February 4, 2011 Navy VCNO visits JTF Troopers Game On Softball season starts Hot, hot hot! Learning Latin Dancing The Kaplan Public Service Foundation hosted a beach barbecue for servicemembers of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Jan 31. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins


THE WIRE | PAGE 2 TROO P ER T O TROO P ER | Trooper to Trooperfeaturing 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. JTF GuantanamoCommander 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 Air Force Lt. Col. Don Langley: 9927 Operations Officer CW2 Raymond Chapman: 3649 Supervisor Air Force Master Sgt. Andrew Leonhard: 3649 The WireExecutive Editor Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin Cossel: 3499 Assistant Editor Spc. Meredith Vincent: 3651 Photojournalists: Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class David P. Coleman Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jordon Miller Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry Army. Spc. Kelly Gary Contact usEditors Desk: 3499 From the continental United States Commercial: 011-53-99-3499 DSN: 660-3499 E-mail: thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.milJoint Medical Group, Leading Chief Petty Officer Chief Hospital CorpsmanPatrick UpdegraffBACK COVER: Marines from Marine Corps Security Force Company Guantanamo led the 42nd Guantanamo CubanAmerican Friendship 5k fun run, Jan. 28. photo by Navy Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins COVER: The Morale, Welfare and Recreation departments winter softball league got underway with a series of games, Jan. 24. The regular season will continue through the second week of March. photo by Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin CosselAll branches within the Armed Forces have established Core Values. Common throughout our military is the value of honor. Honor is used in many different senses. We speak of a persons honor and we talk about giving honor to another. A persons honor is his or her integrity. It is the idea of doing what is right in all situations. Taking the time to legitimately get to know my people is something I take great pride in. Getting out from behind the desk and walking through my work centers is the best way to get to know my people and show them I have a direct interest in how they are doing and that I truly care about them. Honesty and integrity in a leadership position go a long way in earning the trust of our troops. I have, unfortunately, found through trial and error, people will work for you either because they want to, or because they have to. Leadership is not a perfect science, and I had to learn the hard way many years ago how to treat Sailors honorably. Just because I was in a position of authority, didnt mean I always had the best approach, or I was always right. Earning the respect of Sailors was the keystone to them consistently producing quality work. We as servicemembers and leaders strive daily to do our best, especially here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. The separation from friends and family only adds to the challenges we face in this unique working environment. Consistency is we should strive to maintain. Troopers should know what to expect from us on a daily basis. Our leadership style should not change because we are having a bad day. Offering sound leadership and good counsel is something I seek to do at every opportunity. As leaders, we have the honor of showing our people the door to success while steering them clear of pitfalls and distractions that can derail their careers. At the end of the day, it is you who must live with your decisions and actions. There is no worse feeling than being unable to sleep at night because of poor decisions made throughout the day. A wise man once said The decisions you make today, will impact you tomorrow. Will your choices be honorable ones? THE WIRE | PAGE 3 | NE W S YOU CAN USE Joint Task Force Guantanamo announced today that a detainee died of apparent natural causes late Tuesday Awal Gul, a 48-year-old Afghan. He arrived at Guantanamo in October 2002. Gul was housed in Camp 6, which provides communal living areas for up to 20 detainees. He collapsed in the shower after exercising on an elliptical machine. Other detainees in his cell block then assisted Gul to the guard station for medical attention. The guards immediately alerted medical personnel, who upon arriving at the cell block found him unresponsive. He was immediately transported to the Camp 6 medical bay, and subsequently transferred to the U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay. After extensive lifesaving measures had been exhausted, the detainee was pronounced dead. Per standard procedure, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service has initiated an investigation of the incident to determine the cause and manner of the death. The remains of the deceased detainee were treated with the utmost respect. A Muslim chaplain assisted the Joint Task Force to ensure that the remains were handled in a culturally sensitive and religiously appropriate manner. The remains were autopsied by a pathologist from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Upon completion of the autopsy, the remains were repatriated. Awal Gul was an admitted Taliban recruiter and commander of a military base in Jalalabad. While in Jalalabad, Awal Gul associated with senior members of Hezb-e-Islami Khalis and operated an al-Qaida guesthouse. Gul also admitted to meeting with Usama Bin Laden and providing him with operational assistance on several occasions. Joint Task Force Guantanamo continues to provide safe, humane, legal, and transparent care and custody of detainees. This mission is being performed professionally by the men and women of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Editors Note: Public questions concerning the detainee death should be directed them to 2130.Detainee dies of apparent natural causes at Guantanamo U.S. Southern Command United Nations Evacuates Staff From Egypt Voice of America News ServiceAs the security situation in Egypt worsens, the United Nations has begun to withdraw its staff from Egypt, with around 600 personnel and their families being evacuated to Cyprus. Those being evacuated represent U.N. agencies, including the World Health Organization, the U.N. Educational, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Spokesman Rolando Gomez said staff and their families had been given the option The U.N. in Cyprus has made arrangements to receive a number of U.N. staff and their family members who are based in Egypt, who will be temporarily relocated to Cyprus, he said. We have made preparations for up to four U.N. airport. arrived mid-afternoon Thursday, despite some calls from within Egypt for the United Nations to keep its presence there. However, the increasingly volatile situation led U.N. decision-makers to call for a pullout of less essential personnel. A number of U.N. staff members are remaining behind in Egypt to carry out essential tasks, so this isnt a full evacuation it is a relocation of a number of staff who will be received by the UNFICYP (United Nations Force in Cyprus) members at the airport. In a separate development, the United States says more than 1,900 Americans have been evacuated since Monday, with For those that had spent days of uncertainty at Cairo airport, the relief at haven airports such as Cyprus is evident and everyone has a different story to tell. Reports suggest that around 5,200 passengers of various nationalities were at Cairo airport on Thursday, waiting for commercial or government-chartered An estimated 50,000 Americans live and work in Egypt, many of whom have been calling their embassy requesting assistance to leave. The unrest is also harming the lucrative tourism industry, which attracts more than $10 million visitors a year and up to $11 billion in revenues. UN soldiers escort UN staff based in Egypt after they arrive in Cyprus Larnaca airport, February 3, 2011. AP Photo


NE W S FROM T HE BAY | THE WIRE | PAGE 4News from the Bay 525th hosts Pig Bowl football tournament Morale, Welfare and Recreation for Guantanamo Bay will be introducing a Coffeehouse Series, featuring singer/ songwriter Kari Nicole, beginning today, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Triple C patio. MWR has not hosted a Coffeehouse Series since I have been in GTMO, said Coffeehouse Series begins this weekendSpc. Meredith Vincent Cheerleaders visit GTMO for Super BowlThis Saturday, a long-standing tradition will continue as the 525th Military Police the Pig Bowl. a.m. This a double-elimination tournament, 1st Class Matt Chowen, battalion operations chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear Morale, Recreation and Welfare will sponsor a Punt, Pass and Kick competition at 1 p.m., with the championship game following directly after. Spc. Meredith VincentSuper Bowl Sunday will have some very cheerleaders visit Guantanamo Bay, Sunday at the Windjammer Patio. Before the game, Morale, Welfare and Recreation is scheduled to host a few football-related events at Cooper Field, starting with a Youth Cheerleading Clinic at 2 p.m. Following will be a Punt, Pass and Kick competition and then a live performance by Having the cheerleaders here for Super Bowl Sunday is one more way people can have fun and watch the game in good company, activities director for MWR. (We) welcome the community to come out and meet and greet with (them) for autographs and photos.Spc. Meredith VincentUpon arriving to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in mid-October, six members of Joint Task Force Guantanamos J-8 section found Travel System had more than 100 travel vouchers in queue waiting to be paid. accounting system, processing time was taking three to four months a few cases were pending for almost a year. Many steps have to work in order for the process to go smoothly and that was not The result was Troopers were not getting paid and travel cards were going over due. Rolling up their sleeves, the J-8 staff worked to get the back-logged travel vouchers current. To get it under control, we had to work nights and weekends, said Isler. Now, as long as users manage it correctly we will be able to handle it during our regular work week. In addition to technical problems, Army Staff Sgt. Heather Elias explained another wrench in the machine was users inexperience with the system, especially reserve component Troopers. National Guard and Reserves, said Elias, J-8 of the Troopers in those organizations who use it are commanders, senior leadership or full-time active guard. Most reserve Troopers do not travel enough in their military capacity to use this system, Elias explained. reimbursement process. did an audit on the travel system and found more than 30 percent of the overall cost the government was spending for us to travel was being eaten up by administrative costs, he said. When submitted correctly, Troopers should receive payment in a more timely manner versus the delay typical of the old system. approved, you complete your travel, come added. You should have your payment in the bank within 72 hours instead of 30 days like it used to be. Isler said if individuals dont submit their voucher properly or upload their supporting documents such as receipts, it will be rejected. This is what we need everyone to understand, said Isler. If they travel, make sure they have their authorization before their voucher within three days and upload their supporting documents and we will have them paid within 3-5 days.J-8 smoothes out, speeds up DTS process Army Sgt. Mathieu Perrydirector for MWR. The idea is that the venues will provide a small, intimate, relaxed setting with live acoustic music that you might actually hear at a coffee shop or lowkey bar. Nicole is a regionally recorded artist who has written and recorded a mixture of pop, rock and country music. She has opened for Lisa Marie Presley and Bad Company as part of their Toledo, Ohio Tour, and her latest release, A Walk in the Park, has found Nicole her own audience. event. We expect to have a great turnout this weekend and continue the Coffeehouse Series on a quarterly basis, she explained. Overall, we want to provide the GTMO community with an unique experience to relax, enjoy time with friends, and even meet new people. The series will continue into the weekend, with performances scheduled Saturday, from 9 p.m. to midnight at OKellys and Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Bayview Patio. For more information, call x4882. THE WIRE | PAGE 5 | FEATURES While Swim At Your Own Risk is a warning most Troopers are used to seeing along the beaches of Guantanamo Bay, a group of dedicated Sailors stand at-the-ready to assist anyone who the water. If there is something that goes wrong and you lose your swimming, snorkeling or diving buddy, then we would be the central hub to call, said Boatswains Mate 1st Class Lisa Alkire of Naval Station Guantanamo Bays port operations. Alkire said approximately twice a year, port operations is called to handle such emergencies. When the call does come, nearly everything else in the water halts. Alkire stressed similar situation, port operations should call. The number is 4188. We have all the emergency contacts on speed dial in order to facilitate the rescue efforts, she explained. Alkire said the next step is to call security, the hospital so everyone is aware of the situation. If they are on a boat, we will get the signs and symptoms, Alkire said. That way we can gauge time and have an ambulance meet them at the shore. Providing emergency services is just one piece of a very large pie baked by port operations. The organization also handles such tasks as receiving mail, managing ferry service and handling all aspects of incoming and outgoing ships. We are the center of information for all boats, diving Quartermaster 2nd Class Carlton Jones elaborated on Alkires description. Civilian and military vessels that come in and out have to communicate with port control so all the other vessels in the bay know who is entering or exiting, Jones said. In addition to serving as bay large vessels, Alkire said port operations also monitors recreational, boats noting number of passengers, destination and expected activity time is all tracked. Alkire said the bottom line was everyone should have fun and enjoy the amazing waterways available to Guantanamo Bay residents. But, she said. We also want them to be safe.Port control has eyes on GTMO beachesJoint Task Force Guantanamo Public Affairs Quartermaster Second Class Carlton Jones radios instructions while Boatswains Mate 1st Class Donovan Henderson waves to the USCG Vigorous as it pulls up to pier Alpha for refueling, waste removal and fresh water. -photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry Quartermaster Second Class Carlton Jones looks over the manning roster Saturday at pier Alpha. -photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry


MISSION | THE WIRE | PAGE 6 The galleys of Guantanamo Bay were acknowledged Jan. 27 with the Capt. Edward F. Ney Memorial Award, recognizing their performance and dedication to the mission here. The Ney Award was established in 1958 by the secretary of the Navy and cosponsored by the International Food Service of America to improve and recognize the quality of food service in the Navy. This is the most prestigious food service award in the Navy, said Lt. j.g. tells you that you are the best of the best. Theres no other food service operation better. Maner was quick to explain the award is is made up of seven servicemembers and 125 contractors, without whom, she said, this accomplishment would not have been possible. Its not just one person (who deserves this), she stated. We all work together to accomplish one goal, and that goal was met. In fact, Pentad contractors have in particular become an essential part of what makes the galleys here so unique. Maner said the people she works with are a constant reminder of why she enjoys her work. (The contractors) love what they do and take pride in it, she said. They are happy, spirited people and I love working with them. They go to heights unknown to get any task done. Going the distance is a goal Maner is continually striving for. When people suggest or complain about not having a particular item in the galleys, Maner is the one to track it down. However, considering Guantanamo Bays remote location, this Anything they ask for, I research, she explained. I will try to get it on the island. Thats what separates us from other places. This dedication to detail is what is sending Maners team to Illinois in March to not only accept the award, but also attend several training seminars offered by IFSEA. Training is a very big part of this award as well, explained Maner. Training is knowledge and no one can ever take that away from you. The team will go to the Coastal Culinary Institute in Florida and the Culinary Institute of America in New York. The classes will teach junior Sailors a variety of techniques, from cake decorating to current culinary trends, to the production of various foods. Looking back, Maner said she is overwhelmed by the teams accomplishment. Working in food services for 18 years now, On a scale of one to ten of personal achievement, this is a ten for me, she said with a smile. Im truly blessed by being here. This operation is top notch and Im very grateful. GTMO galleys garner grand prize Ney Award recognizes food service team as best in the Navy Story by Spc. Meredith VincentEver sat at a table in the galley and wondered if the food was safe and healthy? Thanks to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay food inspectors, there is no need to worry. Our mission is the prevention of food-borne illness said Army charge of food inspection for Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While most food preparation for Troopers is relatively standard fare, the detainees require special considerations for a host of reasons. It [detainee food] is not much different from the Trooper detainee food manager for Pentad Corporation. The meat is Halal, so we dont want to mix it up with the regular Trooper meals. If they get anything but the Halal meat that can be an issue. strict food-preparation method widely practiced in Islamic culture. Animals must be butchered in strict accordance with Muslim law. Also, detainees are not served any form of pork. Whether meat or any other kind of food, all of it is required to meet certain standards in order to create balanced meals. every product for quantity and quality. They are responsible by regulation for surveillance-type inspection of all goods stored and issued.This procedure ensures hygiene, safety, food defense and quality assurance. I ensure the product looks the national stock description. Were checking for identity, amount and expiration date of food, said Spc. Ria Couts, a Naval Station Guantanamo food safety inspector. Only the topquality products are supposed to come to us. Couts explained that food safety also protects children and elderly. Children, elderly persons and pregnant women are at higher risk for communicable diseases such as salmonella, E.coli and listeria mono cycytogenes poisoning, she added. No matter the disease immune system is low. The food safety team also performs daily, weekly, monthly Inspectors provide safe and healthy food to Troopers Story and photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins A food handler prepares tuna for the detainees lunch meal, Jan. 28. see FOOD, pg. 15. THE WIRE | PAGE 7 | NEWS Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert spoke with Troopers of Joint Task Force Guantanamo during a visit to the island, Monday. Greenert visited the task force three years ago and said a return to see some of the changes was in order. It was time to come back and see what is really the face of America and our battle with al-Qaeda, Greenert said. This is an important mission, maybe not one we talk about everyday, but amazingly important. Following a command discussion with JTF Guantanamo Commander Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson, Greenert held an All Hands call for Sailors of the task force. Greenert said he was impressed by the thoughtfulness of the Sailors and the It wasnt just about whats wrong with me or my lot I didnt get a lot of complaints, he said. What I got a lot of was whats the future of the Navy and the mission here? implementation plan. soon trickle down the chain of command Vice Chief of Naval Operations speaks with SailorsStory by Staff Sgt. Benjamin CosselNavy-wide. This will be a tiered approach to implementation, Greenert said concerning the repeal. Greenert explained tier one will involve training chaplains, master-at-arms and other such personnel while tier two will train leadership, culminating in full implementation with tier three. No matter how we do this, we must always treat everyone with the dignity and respect we are all owed, Greenert said. Noting todays high operations tempo, Greenert emphasized the need to deal with stress in a healthy manner. The family programs available today have come a long way in the three years since my last visit, Greenert said. Take advantage of the programs available to you; stress is something you must deal with in a healthy manner. Following the All Hands call, Greenert and his staff toured different detention camps around the task force where the vice chief spent time talking with guards working at the facilities. Many of the Sailors who make up the guard staff are individual augmentees, typically working outside of their rate. These guys were motivated, they were focused on the job at hand even though they were hooked into something that was different from what they signed on to do, Greenert said. This is a joint solution and they were very much engaged in that. Greenert said one of the biggest differences between his past visit and today is the integration of the services. Greenert noted the different branches comprising the JTF seem to work more seamlessly today. It was a little bit different back then, said Greenert. They [the Sailors] werent nearly as comfortable working in a joint environment. Vigilance is the key here and theyre all doing a great job.Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert addresses the crowd in the Trooper Chapel at Camp America, Monday. Greenert was last here at Guantanamo Bay three years ago. -photo by Mass Communication Specialist MC2 Jason TrossThis is an important mission, maybe not one we talk about everyday, but amazingly important. Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert Vice Chief of Naval Operations


THE WIRE | P AGE 9 | COVER ST ORYCOVER STORY | THE WIRE | PAGE 8 Latin F u s i o nThe Windjammer ballroom heated up Jan. 20 with a spicy mix of salsa, bachata and meringue dances. These fast-paced Latin dances are performed with a partner and are often characterized by sensual hip movement. Lessons were provided for all three forms but participants were encouraged to bring their dance instructor and administrative assistant for Joint Task Force J6 Helpdesk. It brings people together and provides a good way to pass the time. Gonzales said dancing is about meeting people, socializing and learning about a new language and culture. National Guard also taught others some moves. She said dancing is about having a good time but its just one advantage. It is good for people working on the JTF side, said Flores. This is a good way to relieve stress, through dance and music. Also from the Puerto Rican National Guard, Staff Sgt. Ruiz Natanael agreed dancing helps to wind down after the work week. exercise, Natanael said. Gonzales, Flores and Natanael are Puerto Rican natives. All three felt dancing plays a huge role in their Hispanic heritage. said Flores. In Puerto Rico, people dance from Monday to Sunday. Gonzales explained for him and his fellow Puerto Ricans it is important to keep the tradition alive. We are here deployed; being able to dance is like bringing a piece of home here, Gonzales said. I am reminded of home dancing with my wife, he reminisced. Latin dancing brings a piece of Puerto Rico to the troops as well as an entirely new experience to others. Coming from Suffolk, Va., Operations Specialist 2 nd Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security time. Im used to country and hip-hop so it adding he had a great time and he plans on returning. Although the majority of the dancers were did well and had a good time. I think tonight was a lot of fun, people mistakes and challenges we did our best. We aspects of life. soul, concluded Flores. I can be me and express myself. Story and photos by Spc. Kelly Gary (above) Matt Gonzales, dance instructor and administrative assistant for Joint Task Force J6 Helpdesk, demonstrates the basic form of bachata at the Windjammer ballroom Jan. 30. Gonzales teaches salsa and meringue as well as bachata during Latin night. Dancers practice the salsa during Latin dance night at the Windjammer ballroom Jan. 30. Salsa is a fusion of Mambo, Guaguanco and other Afro-Cuban folkloric dances.


SPORTS | THE WIRE | PAGE 10 Six teams took to Cooper Field Jan. 24 as the 2011 winter coed softball league commenced regular season play. following, Juice Box prevailed over USCG easily overcame the 124th MP Battalion 28-1. For participating military members and civilians, the softball league yields many We can get out of our minds and our for the 124th MP Battalion. If we win, we win. If we lose, we lose. We just want to have fun. The league also offers a way for servicemembers to spend time with different branches and come together with people they would normally not meet. Its a great opportunity for the Troopers to share time with other Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, said Maj. Edward Toro, third baseman for the 124th MP Battalion. Karen Simon, MWR child and youth program administrator, likewise sees value in time spent socializing with others, especially co-workers. Getting together with co-workers builds teamwork and morale, said Simon, . to get to know people outside of work Participating also offers an avenue for fellowship regardless of occupational Batter Up!Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Damon Roark prepares to pitch the ball for the El Diablo and the Magic Man, Tuesday night at Cooper Field. El Diablo won 20-9. -photo by Spc. Meredith Vincent Batting for El Diablo and the Magic Man, Inteligence Specialist 2nd Class Benny Salazar takes a swing. -photo by Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin CosselStory by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jordan Miller Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Daisy Estevez, with the GTMO Latinos, hits a double against SEMPERLEX Tuesday night. -photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jordan Miller THE WIRE | P AGE 11 | SP OR T S I really like the camaraderie throughout the league, said Maritime Enforcement Specialist 2nd Class Kyle Snow, third baseman for the Rebels. It doesnt matter the command or what part of the base youre from; we can come together and everyone is having a good time. Softball regularly sees the biggest turnout of the sports offered by MWR Guantanamo and this season is no different. There are three more teams in the league than last season, totaling 16 teams and equaling more than 320 players, said Alana Morrison, MWR Guantanamo sports coordinator. Last season, games were played four Subsequently, with additional teams competing, this seasons games are scheduled for every day of the work week, more proof of the sports popularity at Guantanamo said Morrison. Whether its a hobby, stress reliever or a means for establishing or strengthening relationships, softball is providing to those playing an edifying outlet. (right) Pfc. Alvin Roman, catcher for SEMPERLEX, homeplate Jan. 24 at Cooper Field. -photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jordan Miller Man reaches for the ball. photo by Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin Cossel


TROO P ER FOCUS | THE WIRE | PAGE 12 Approaching 20 years of service, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Paulus Wyche has achieved a simple but confounding goal, especially for military members: he has never yelled at anyone. Im kind of soft-spoken, Wyche explained. I stay away from the salt and use sugar. Ive never yelled in my whole career at (junior enlisted). And for me, its worked, because Ive never had to. Wyches unique way with junior Sailors has not escaped the notice of his own leadership, said Senior Chief Hospital leader of the Joint Medical Group. HM1 Wyche is a natural leader, mentor and all around Sailor who practices what he is his work ethnic; he can adapt to any situation while staying level-headed and getting the job done. Chief Hospital Corpsman Patrick dedication. He has provided career development junior enlisted, helping them establish both personal and professional goals, Updegraff said. (He) is most certainly one of our most valuable assets here within the Joint Medical Group. Wyche was inspired to sign up by his mother, who had her own dreams of joining the military. I did it for my mom, he explained. She wanted to join, but then she had me when she was really young ... and couldnt. So I did it for her. His decision to enlist was met with several deployments over the years, including time favorite experience. There are so many different cultures that you are immersed into and you see ... their way of life, he said. It opens you up ... and said Guantanamo Bay has been its own unique venture. mostly because of the people he sees every day. The people we work with are really close knit so its more like an extended family, he said. Most of them are younger, so as leaders we have a chance to mold them in the right direction. Boots on the GroundWhat are your plans for the Super Bowl?Hanging out by my room, watching the game on the big screen. Religious Program Specialist 3rd Class Jeffrey Laubertrooper Bullet Bio Time in service: 19 years Hobbies: photography and Capoeira, a form of martial arts Education: graduated from the University of Maryland Pet peeves: l ack of respect for leadership Advice to junior Soldiers: learn as much as you can and have a passion for it. Hospital Corpsman 1st Class focus Paulus Wyche Barbecuing and relaxing. Spc. Eric Hus Fire Control Technician 2nd Class Mike Argenio Hanging out with friends and watching the Steelers. Having a barbecue and some adult beverages. Go Steelers! Spc. Jonathan Williams | AT THE MOVIESTHE WIRE | PAGE 13 TUESDAY WEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY MONDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY 21 25 24 23 22 26 27Call MWR at ext. 2010 for more information. Movie Hotline call 4880. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (PG) 7 p.m. Last Showing The Next 3 Days (PG13) 9 p.m. Last Showing Burlesque (PG13) 7 p.m. True Grit (PG13) 7 p.m. Green Hornet (PG13) 7 p.m. Tangled (PG) 7 p.m. Love & Other Drugs (R) 7 p.m. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (PG13) 7 p.m. True Grit (PG13) 10 p.m. The Tourist (PG13) 8 p.m. Burlesque (PG13) 8 p.m. True Grit (PG13) 8 p.m. Green Hornet (PG13) 8 p.m. Chronicles of Narnia Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG) 8 p.m. Love and Other Drugs (R) 10 p.m. Green Hornet (PG13) 8 p.m.Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley Clipper ClubChronicles of Narnia Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG) 7 p.m. The Tourist (PG13) 9 p.m. want to be a commentary on this countrys of the pharmaceutical takeover? Meeting Maggie is supposed to humanize Jamie and show what kind of mushy soul his has under all that testosterone. And it does. But by the time it happens, we dont really care. We just want to see them naked again. Spc. Meredith VincentMovie Review to in polite company as that naked Anne Hathaway movie? I was skeptical going in, and her equally easy-on-the-eyes co-star Jake Gyllenhaal spend a good portion of the movie sans clothes, which seems to make what happens in between those scenes almost irrelevant. To be fair, I will say I was tickled by fame, she has stripped (no pun intended) her Hathaway plays Maggie, a free spirit with early onset Parkinsons. While open about her disease, Maggie understandably has a physical-contact-only rule when it comes to the opposite sex. Shes cautious and paranoid and refuses to feel for anyone on any profound level. Enter Jamie. As Jamie Randall, Gyllenhaal has never been more charismatic or as unlikeable. Im a longtime fan of Gyllenhaal, (the actor, not the abs) and was disappointed in his onenote performance. His eyes are practically popping out of his head as he desperately tries to maintain his leading-man status. Working opposite someone like Hathaway, who obviously doesnt have to try so hard, must be frustrating, but the poor guy needs to take a breath and calm down. Jamie is a med-school dropout black sheep who wants nothing more than to get it on with as many chicks as the day will allow. A gig as a pharmaceutical rep leads him to Maggie, who not only shares his carnal instincts, but matches them tenfold. The major thorn in this movies side is it R 112 minutes Rating:


MIND, BODY & SOUL || PAGE 14 | THE WIRE 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 10 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 Church of Christ Sunday 10 a.m. Chapel Annex Room 17 Mind Body & SoulWhat is sleep? Sleep is the natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored. In short, sleep is when your body and mind heal and strengthen. Simple right? So why are so many of us struggling to get those Zzzs? On these busy deployments with so many stressors missing family, shift work, working with detainees daily impossible to sleep. Regardless of what rank, position or problem. So what do you do? You adjust the factors you can control. This is sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene is the controlling of all behavioral and environmental factors that precede sleep and may interfere with sleep. There are many simple adjustments you can make starting tonight. First, use your bed only for sleep or sex. This means you should not be sitting in bed watching TV, on your laptop or even talking on your phone. Try to keep the room as dark as possible. Have a nightly routine. If you do the exact routine (i.e. take a shower, brush your teeth, then sit down in a dimly lit room and read) every night before bed, your body will respond to these cues and prepare itself for sleep. No caffeine after 2 p.m. Caffeine blocks key receptors in your brain that trigger sleep. Try to exercise daily but not three to four Hospitalman Michael Hashek hours before bed. If the problem is you just cant stop thinking about the stressors in your life right now, a great tool is a piece of paper and a pen. Write down your top five stressors, make a short list of anything important you may have to do the next day and then simply set the paper on a dresser and dont look at it again. This way you know all those stressors are right there for tomorrow and there is no reason to dwell on them anymore tonight. All these tips are just one set of tools to help you have more restful sleep. If you find you still cannot sleep, you may need to speak one-on-one with a professional to find the right tools for you. You can contact JSMART at x3566. Thank you and have a JSMART day! On busy deployments with so many stressors, it is THE WIRE | PAGE 15 | THE LAST WORD participating in the Capstone program during a camp tour at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. The program doctrine, interoperability and key allied nation issues. -photo by Mass Communication 1st Class David P. ColemanLearning the ropes and quarterly facility inspections, ensuring clean and safe food preparation conditions. Joint Medical Group preventive medicine department assists with this task to ensure the best sanitation in places where food is stored and cooked. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Joshua health inspectors is guaranteeing compliance of food sanitation with regulations set forth in manual of naval preventive medicine reference. We make sure proper temperature is maintained for both stored and cooked food, Maintaining a high level of cleanliness in the food establishment is essential to safety. This is accomplished through the inspection of hand contact with ready to eat foods and hand washing. Foods for Troopers and detainees are make sure its handled safely from storage to customer. Having the correct temperature will prevent food-borne illness and management control of cross contamination. Proper sanitation is required by all food handlers. Each handler receives an annual four hour food sanitation class. This includes personal hygiene and health requirements, using thermometers and keeping temperatures logs in addition to inspection and storage of food, preparation, serving and cleanliness. Inspections are unscheduled in the FOOD cont. facility from top to bottom for sanitation, appropriate hand washing and food handling. Together the food departments provide the detention facilities and galleys throughout the base the safest and healthiest food possible for all of their customers.


Around the A Sailor from detainee programs distributes a book from the detainee library in Camp Five, photo Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jordan MillerSteelers fans show enthusiasm during a recorded shout-out for the Super Bowl at Cooper Field Tuesday. The Green Bay Packers will face off against the Pittsburg Steelers during Sundays game. photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross Steelworker 3rd Class Blake John (left) and Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Chris Covas screed wet concrete for the construction of a k-span near the Windjammer caf, Feb. 2. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jordan J. Miller Volume 12, Issue 07 Friday, February 4, 2011 Navy VCNO visits JTF Troopers Game On Softball season starts Hot, hot hot! Learning Latin Dancing The Kaplan Public Service Foundation hosted a beach barbecue for servicemembers of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Jan 31. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins