The wire
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Title: The wire
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Publication Date: 02-11-2011
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Volume 12, Issue 08 Friday, February 11, 2011 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders The Super Issue The Pig Bowl Joint Task Force Deputy Commander, Brig. Gen. Samuel Nichols shares a light moment with USSOUTHCOM Command Chaplain Capt. Ronnie King and JTF Command Chaplain Lt. Col. Marvin Williams during a prayer breakfast at the Seaside Galley, Monday. photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Sally Hendricks Staff Sgt. Jim Charles (left) examines a screw he fastened into a rafter while Senior Airman Matthew Frost supports the rafter as part of the construction of an awning adjoined to the guard shack at the entrance of the Expeditionary Legal Complex near Camp Justice, Tuesday. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jordan J. Miller Around the The Game The CommercialsCheerleaders from the Miami Dolphins entertained and signed autographs for Troopers of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Sunday. photo by Navy Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins


THE WIRE | PAGE 2 TROO P ER T O TROO P ER | | THE LAS T W ORDTrooper 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 Sally Hendricks Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jordan Miller Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry Spc. Justin Pierce Pfc. Amanda RussellContact 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.mil Back Cover: Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers enjoyed a relaxing day on the day during a kayaking trip sponsored by the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation department. photo by Spc. Meredith VincentCOVER: Spc. Nelson Monic, attached to Joint Task Force Guantanamos 525th Military Police Battalion, throws a football during the inaugural Pig Bowl Football Tournament, Saturday. photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross.February 15 is the anniversary of the 1898 sinking of the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor, which led to the Spanish-American War. This First, the war resulted in a U.S. naval presence at Guantanamo Bay. Second, it provided a stellar example of individual commitment to getting results. As the United States prepared for war, President McKinley needed to ensure coordination with Cuban insurgents already leader, General Garcia, stayed on the move for obvious reasons. The U.S. government had limited knowledge of the island or the Spanish forces there, and only a broad idea where to An Army lieutenant in Washington, D.C., Andrew Rowan, was given a message and a series of questions for Garcia intelligence that could prove vital to the effort in Cuba. He took an overnight train to New York, and the next day was on a steamship to Jamaica to meet his contacts. A handful of interesting adventures later, he delivered his message to Garcia. Rowans recounting of the tale is easily found online through any search engine. assignment, Rowan was left on his own to accomplish it. His superiors had every happen. Its worth noting Lieutenant Rowan ended his career as a Lt. Colonelfew regular rank in the small U.S. military between the Civil War and World War I. His reputation as someone who got things done likely had a lot to do with that. Can you carry a message? Few of us are handed a mission like Rowans. That doesnt mean we have any less opportunity to be a go-to person. Everyone is responsible for a piece of the missions we carry out. Years ago, I heard often the only difference between succeeding and failing is caring. Its easy to territoryor dealing with detainees on a daily basis. Missteps in those cases have obvious consequences. But what about the daily grind in various support roles? It only takes one gear seizing up to throw the whole machine out of commission. Are you committed that wont happen with the part thats entrusted to you, regardless how large or small it may seem? Elbert Hubbard, an author, wrote in 1899 about Rowans accomplishment. His words are My heart goes out to the man who does his work when the boss is away, as well as when he is at home. And the man who, when given a letter for Garcia, quietly takes the missive, without asking any idiotic questions, and with no lurking intention of chucking it into the nearest sewer, or of doing aught else but deliver it, never gets laid off, nor has to go on a strike for higher wages. Civilization is one long anxious search asks shall be granted; his kind is so rare that no employer can afford to let him go. or do you require excessive guidance and course corrections? Will those looking for todays You control the answers to those questions. Deputy Director, JTF Public Affairs Office Air Force Lt. Col. Donald LangleyAndrew Summers Rowan (center, holding his hat) and General Calixico y Inigus Garcia (right). Photo taken in Cuba, 1898. The halftime show may not have entertained, but it made everyone more than eager to watch some more watered-down football. This time it was the Packers turn to disappoint, not seeing sight of the end zone for the entire third quarter. During Green Bays respite, Pittsburg managed one solid touchdown drive, and was even on its way to another as the fourth quarter approached. Unfortunately, Clay Matthews must have noticed there had not been a turnover in the second half yet. Ever willing to oblige, he solved this problem with a clock-cleaning hit on Rashard Mendenhall. As the ball slipped from Mendenhalls grasp, Matthews smothered it, as well as the Steelers last chance at a win. Toward the end, the Steelers began closing the embarrassing gap on the scoreboard, but they never managed to break that hump. it on fourth down, and losing to Green Bay 25-31. Looking through the stats makes a harsh reality for the Steelers; they stayed competitive in passing yards, and blew the Packers away in rushing yards. But they also hit the high mark for turnovers, with two interceptions and one fumble courtesy of Clay Matthews. With the stats and scores so close, and even slightly favoring Pittsburg, the Steelers didnt so much lose to the Packers. They bent over and handed them the game. Admittedly, turnovers are as much a part of football as touchdowns. However, they shouldnt be the reason a champion program like the Pittsburg Steelers goes home crying into their Terrible Towels, while Aaron Rodgers and his cheeseloving compatriots head off to Disney World in all their glory. Super Bowl XLV was by no means mind-blowing, and Id really like to only give it two banana rats. However, the powers that be -my editor -felt Aaron Rodgers rugged charm deserved a banana rat all to itself. BOWL cont. Construction Electrician 1st Class Stewart Dahl points to a control and metering panel used for indicating the measurements of voltage, current and frequency of a generator, Feb. 3. If youre a resident, regardless of where you liveeven if its in a hut, or a tent or a house, she said. (You can) come in and get whatever you need. In order for the nursery to operate without any cost to the customer, volunteerism is essential, said Coganow. said Coganow. Any kind of carpentry they (volunteers) want to do. Maybe they have a better idea for something were doing. Public Works supplies funding and materials when available, but for the most part the nursery relies on physical donations said NeSmith. Sometimes its a bag of potting soil; other times items are recycled from base construction Thanks to a bit of communal effort, Guantanamo Bay residents can escape to a tropical oasis without ever leaving the island. There is something for everybody, said NeSmith. Whether you wish to For those interested in volunteering PLANTS cont. THE WIRE | PAGE 15 capacity of the generators in addition to the number of times the machines have run. This mission is one of many for the group of Seabees. They are also tasked with expeditionary support, cold iron Afghanistan. Our Sailors are go-getters, top notch and selective, said Dahl. We are not working for a retirement or the money but The visiting Seabees will be leaving late February, but the lasting affects of their mission will continue to ensure JTFs safety and operational readiness year round.


THE WIRE | PAGE 3 | NE W S YOU CAN USE AT T HE MOVIES || PAGE 14 | THE WIRE U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the terrorist threat against the United States is evolving and, in some ways, may be at its most heightened state since the September 11, 2001 attacks. Napolitano told the House Homeland Security Committee Wednesday that al-Qaida still poses a threat to the U.S. despite its diminished capabilities. She said the U.S. also faces threats from a number of al-Qaida associated groups, which have shown an increased emphasis on recruiting Americans and other Westerners to carry out attacks. The director of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, Mike Leiter, said he considers the Yemen-based offshoot, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the He said radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, one of the groups leaders, is using the Internet to talk directly to Americans. The U.S. Army psychologist charged in the deadly 2009 shooting at the Fort Malik Hasan ) had been in e-mail contact with the U.S.-born al-Awlaki. Napolitano said her department is working to provide state and local law enforcement with the information and resources they need to combat the threat of violent extremism within their own communities.US Terror Threat Perhaps Most Heightened Since 9/11Voice of America News ServiceEgypt Military: Mubarak to Meet Protesters DemandsVoice of America News Service of the ruling party say that President Hosni Mubarak will meet protesters demands. Egyptians have been demonstrating for 17 days, calling for the ouster of President Mubarak, who has been in power for nearly 30 years. They have been demanding he leave immediately. The militarys supreme council was meeting Thursday without the commander in chief, Mr. Mubarak. The military announced its support of the legitimate demands of the people on state television. A spokesman said the council was exploring what measures could be made to safeguard the nation and its people. Cairos Tahrir Square, a focal point of the protests, erupted into cheers as news spread towards dusk Thursday. Doctors in white lab coats and lawyers Thursday, linking striking workers with antigovernment protesters. In addition to the prolonged protests by thousands in the capital, the opposition has turned to labor actions across Egypt affecting tourism, textiles, railways and the government. Meanwhile, Egypts state prosecutor has launched a corruption investigation against three former government ministers and a member of parliament from Egypts ruling National Democratic party, Media reports Thursday say the investigation is targeting former Commerce Minister Rachid Mohammed Rachid, former Tourism Minister Zuhair Garana, former Housing Minister Ahmed Maghrabi and parliament member Ahmed Ezz. A lone protestor aligns himself against the Egyptian Security Forces as protests in the country continue. Navy cuts some re-enlistment bonusesStars and StripesThe Navy is cutting or eliminating reenlistment bonuses for 31 different skill and experience combinations, according to a Navy Personnel Command memo released Wednesday. Some cryptologists, intelligence specialists and electronics technicians are among those slated to receive either a smaller bonus or nothing at all for reaccording to the memo. Bonus sizes within zone, which is determined by time served in the Navy. The move calls for 19 reductions and 12 eliminations of bonuses, while 105 skill and zone combinations remain unchanged, the memo said. The reduced bonuses are a result of tougher competition to remain in the Navy, according to a Navy news release. Selective re-enlistment bonuses are used to retain sailors with critical skills and tend to vary, depending on which To view the complete list, go to www.npc.navy.mil/ReferenceLibrary/ Messages/.New Military Strategy Calls for Redefined LeadershipJim Garamone American Forces Press Service leadership in a changing world. revision since 2004 of the ways and means that the military will advance U.S. national interests. It builds on the 2010 National Security Strategy Defense Review. Our military power is most effective when employed in support and in concert with other elements of power as part of whole-of-nation approaches to foreign policy, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote in the strategy. This strategy is designed to meet the expectations of the American great nation at home and abroad. Changing leadership in this whole-of-nation concept is key to the strategy. This strategy acknowledges the need for military leadership strategic environment, it says. Military leadership will emphasize mutual responsibility and respect and will require a full spectrum of leadership approaches facilitator, enabler, convener and guarantor. designed to counter violent extremism, deter and defeat aggression, strengthen international and regional security and shape the future force. Violent extremism directly threatens Americans, their way of life, and Americas vital interests, the strategy says. Steelworker 1st Class Shawn Heer of the Port Hueneme, Calif.-based Mobile Utilities Support Equipment Team works on a circuit breaker of a generator, Feb 3. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha DawkinsCramped Quarters What was the most creative thing youve ever done for Valentines Day?Instead of sending roses, her initials. Air Force Maj. Jamison Braun Keep it simple, stupid. Stick with a card and Aviation Structural Mechanic Steven Sillivan Master Sgt. Natalie Mosley-Carter Send valentines and candy home to my husband, daughter and mother. Call the wife and send an e-card Religious Program Specialist 3rd Class Jeffrey Lauber


NE W S FRO M T HE BAY | THE WIRE | PAGE 4 | AT THE MOVIESTHE WIRE | PAGE 13Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin CosselNews from the Bay Marlins and Mermaids swimming ashoreThe Gold Hill Galley will be undergoing The renovation will have two phases and half, the right side of the dining facility will be completely closed for patron usage, said Manor. During phase two, the left side will weeks of phase 2, the indoor wash room facilities will not be in service. Manor said outdoor facilities and handwashing station will be available. During the renovations, the galley will offer to-go meals, due to limitied seating. For more information, contact Manor at x2234 or x2236. Renovations on Gold Hill Galley begin soonArmy Sgt. Mathieu Perry Troopers be aware of CAC card email scamFlorida Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad and hitter Gaby Sanchez are scheduled to visit Guantanamo Bay Monday at the Camp America Liberty Center. Joining the ballplayers will be three Marlins cheerleaders, affectionately coined the Mermaids by Marlins fans. The event, brought here by Armed Forces Entertainment, will feature a meet-and-greet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the group, as well as a pitching demonstration from Volstad. A free lunch will be provided. For more information, call x4882.Spc. Meredith VincentJIG Troopers learn unity through paintball Spc. Meredith VincentBuilding unity and morale within their unit, the Joint Intelligence Group battled each other on the paintball range Feb. 4 On a deployment like this, the nature, said Seaman Marcus Salmon with the JIG. Joint Task Force Troopers often work 55 to 60 hours a week at the JIG in response to requests by senior leadership for intelligence asked to remain anonymous. When he partnered with Morale, Welfare his Troopers. We wanted to build esprit de corps, teamwork and competitive rivalry between Its important to be able to get out of the handle a different set of challenges and to come together as a team. Activities like paintball are a positive way to take out personal frustrations and to escape the monotony of work in Guantanamo Bay. This promotes positive team building in all aspects of the military, said Salmon. Blowing off stress helps us to be able to has an air of authority and consequences should you fail to heed the message all the elements of a successful scam and thats exactly what it is. Making the rounds of the Inbox is a new email scam informing Troopers to click a link to change the length of their common access card PIN. The Subject: IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED: CAC PIN length increases Recent world events have uncovered a potential weakness in DoD Common Access Card (CAC) security systems using a PIN length of less than 10 digits. Therefore a new requirement has been established that calls for PIN length to be at least 10 digits and no more than 14 digits. Security systems DoD wide will begin imposing the new restriction on 10-FEB-2011. In order to handle the high volume of CAC PIN resets, an automated CAC PIN Reset site has been stood up. Please log in to http:// www.activeident.com/ DoD immediately and establish your new PIN with the increased length requirement. NOTE: If you fail to establish your new PIN before the new restrictions are imposed, you will need to visit a CAC issuance location before you will be able to access the network. Joint Task Force Guantanamo Command Master Chief Scott Fleming said the Department of Defense are aware of the scam. Salmon said group activities reinforce the principles of the military. The more people you have working on something, the faster and easier it is to do the task, he said. This is important because the military is based on a team atmosphere. from a mission and use different mental and physical skills is important. If we do things outside of work, we will excellence. The competitive rivalry between us and our sister element helps us to see each other with a greater human element and allows us to cooperate and collaborate. The paintball range is open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment by calling x2010. 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 & SoulWhile taking an undergraduate course in psychology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, I distinctly remember studying Abraham Maslows hierarchy of needs. Although the professor focused on the entire pyramid of human needs, the category that stood out most to me was love and belongingness. At this point I cannot recall why love stood out more than the other needs, principally because I graduated, lets say, a long time ago. However, I do remember the impact of the professors lectures and the passion with which he wanted the class to understand the value of loving and being loved. Interestingly, love is not a sentiment my family used to talk about. In fact, I cannot remember my father ever mentioning love or anything pertaining to love. Of course my grandparents and other relatives constantly talked about love, family networks, and the importance of loving others. In retrospect, maybe this is why the course at ODU struck a chord within me. Although I realized the importance of love and loving others, I am not quite sure when Valentines Day came into focus for me. But I do remember all of a sudden I wanted to celebrate Valentines Day. It was like I woke up out of a dream. I became aware of a day where couples expressed their love for each other. So I became intrigued about the meaning of Valentines Day and its origin. Tracing back through history, Valentines Day, like most holidays in the United States, emerged from a significant event. According to legend, the day is named after a Christian martyr priest named Valentine, thus the original name St. Valentines Day. Another legend contends that Valentines Day dates back to a Roman festival period bringing in the spring season. Whatever the case, Valentines Day is one of the most popular days on the calendar. Ironically, given the popularity of Valentines Day in the United States and throughout the world, it is not a federal holiday. That fact does not change the significance or the desire for people to express love in a variety Chaplain, Air Force Lt Col Marvin Williams JTF-GTMO Command Chaplainof ways. Economic indicators illustrate Valentines Day is second only to Mothers Day in terms of acquiring floral arrangements; second to Christmas in terms of purchasing cards; and a close third behind Christmas and Mothers Day for buying gifts. This demonstrates a need for people to find expressions of love and being loved. In many respects, I think the phenomena of social networking are tools for connecting and a direct response to a sense of companionship. Bottom line, people want to love as much as they want to feel loved. Valentines Day gives way to expressing the desire to love. As a chaplain, one of my roles is helping help military personnel and civilians navigate through the complexities of relationships. Although I believe love is a critical dimension of all relationships, studies have shown that separation can erode the fabric of love. That is why deployments coupled with other factors are particularly stressful for military families. While servicemembers may not be able to change deployment cycles, we can be intentional about managing our relationships. While doing so, we must keep in mind the sense of loving and the need to be loved. In this regard, we can learn some lessons from the celebration of Valentines Day. Valentines Day reminds us that love is essential for all relationships, whether single or married. Keys to building strong, lasting relationships are honesty, commitment, transparency and giving, to name a few. On this Valentines Day, find the means to express your love in a way that is meaningful and heartfelt. And let every day be like Valentines Day an opportunity to tell someone how much you really appreciate them. This will enhance their sense of love and belonging. The level of love and the ability to express that love will determine the quality of the relationship. Happy Valentines Day! Valentines Day and Lessons on Love


TROO P ER FOCUS | THE WIRE | PAGE 12 THE WIRE | PAGE 5 | BOOTS Movie Review As Sundays pageantry dissolves into the monotony of another work week, NFL countless others stockpile hopes for a better season in late 2011. Regardless which side notice a subtle hint of disappointment in the aftertaste of Super Bowl XLV. Much like Christina Aguileras rendition of our national anthem, something was missing from this supposedly epic clash. Big Ben Roethlisberger and his Steelers began inauspiciously, going three and out in less than two minutes not exactly the type of performance expected of a twicecrowned Super Bowl winning quarterback. The Steelers continued to underwhelm thanks to a series of dropped passes, and even a punt on fourth and one. Halfway through the game, I wasnt sure if I was watching the Steelers or some cheap knockoff masquerading in black and yellow. half. Green Bays defense showed up well guys understood this was the Super Bowl. Green Bays secondary made this abundantly clear as free safety Nick Collins not only picked off one of Bens better throws, but also hauled it back 37 yards for a taste of end zone glory. As a whole, Green Bays defense held strong. Whats more impressive, they did so despite a lack of showmanship from their star linebackers. The Thoresque duo of AJ Hawk and Clay Matthews only managed the entirety of the game. Maybe they were to busy planning a trip to the salon. Green Bays offense also came to Texas half, Aaron Rodgers and his brilliant passing game had already tacked up two visits to the end zone. Despite the Steelers plan to keep their hard-hitting safety Troy Polamalu back in the secondary, Rodgers still managed to connect over and OVER completing 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards and hitting pay quarterback, he was the whole offense. Even three beastly sacks couldnt rattle his cage. Rodgers pure platinum-passing game overshadowed the Packers running game. His offense netted only 50 rushing yards all game in contrast to the Steelers 126. Too bad they dont give points for yards. The players werent the only party guilty of offering up lackluster performances. At reminded us all why we stopped buying their albums. Not even a cameo from Guns and Roses guitarist, Slash, and hundreds of suits the gaping, talentless void occupying the gotten any worse would be if Usher showed upTop 5 Best Commercials of the Super Bowl Super Bowl XLVSpc. Justin Pierce 1. Volkswagon 2. Pepsi Max 3. E-trade 4. Car Max 5. Coca-ColaMaybe its not the funniest, but its by far the cutest. Everyone remembers those childhood moments of pretending to have super powers. How fun was it to see that Ah-ha moment on a little Vader?! Pepsi utilized a simple truth here, people getting hit in the face with stuff is funny. And thats what they delivered. Is it wrong I found it strangely erotic when the guys wife shoved soap in his mouth? Both of these were equally great. I do miss the low resolution style from the original E-trade commercials, Shhhh, dont say a word. Youre welcome Yep, they still know funny. It starts fairly simple, then gradually broadens into pitch-perfect outrageousness.I feel like a mermaid at a swim meet! Well, I feel like an knew similes could be so fun? What Coca Cola lacks in nutritional quality, it makes up for with their wholesome ads.. Good on them for taking the moral high ground and promoting harmony while still entertaining. see BOWL, page 15Coffeehouse Series introduces singer/songwriter Kari NicholeStory and photo by Spc. Meredith Vincent Regionally recorded singer/ songwriter Kari Nichole treated Guantanamo Bay residents not once, not twice but three times this weekend with her eclectic mix of pop, country and rock as Morale Welfare and Recreation kicked off its new Coffeehouse Series. in the series, Nichole played at the Tiki Bar and OKellys Pub Friday and Saturday night respectively and at the Bayview Club Sunday morning into the afternoon. She said she was thrilled and honored to perform for Guantanamos Troopers. It has been fantastic nothing like I imagined, said Nichole. Judging from the crowds response at OKellys Pub Saturday night, she was successful. Nichole kept the vibe engaging and fun, covering classics from the likes of Alanis Morissette, Green Day, Tom Petty and Sugarland. She playfully encouraged the audience to sing along with the more wellknown tunes, and occasionally shared her own original songs as well. music, said MWR Community Activities Director Amiee MacDonnell. A few of our customers mentioned going out to hear these acoustic sets was something they would typically do back at home on the weekend. I try to keep it versatile for Nichole said. They were with me the entire night. It meant a lot that Singing since age four, Nichole taught herself to play the guitar ten years ago. Soon after, the Michigan native decided to make a career out of her musical talents. Now a resident of Ohio, she tours the area relentlessly, including a gig opening for Lisa Marie Presley and Bad Company. Her trip to Cuba, however, was a new high point. This has been my favorite experience, she claimed. I feel like Im a part of something really important. Designed to bring a relaxed and intimate atmosphere to various spots around the naval station, MWR hopes to maintain the Coffeehouse Series as MacDonnell said. The three performances were a tremendous success, she said. I received a lot of positive feedback from the attendees and even some suggestion as we continue the Coffeehouse Series on a quarterly basis. Songstress Kari Nichole serenades the crowd at OKellys Saturday night. Nicholes set included classic radio hits coupled with her own original music. 11 15 14 13 12 16 17Call MWR at ext. 2010 for more information. Movie Hotline call 4880. Gullivers Travels (PG) 7 p.m. Last Showing Little Fockers (PG13) 9 p.m. How Do You Know? (PG13) 7 p.m. The Tourist (PG13) 7 p.m. Gullivers Travels (PG13) 7 p.m. Tron Legacy (PG13) 7 p.m. Little Fockers (PG13) 7 p.m. Gullivers Travels (PG13) 7 p.m. Little Fockers (PG13) 10 p.m. Gullivers Travels (PG) 8 p.m. Little Fockers (PG) 8 p.m. The Tourist (PG13) 8 p.m. Chronicles of Narnia Voyage of the Dawn Trader (PG) 8 p.m. Yogi Bear (PG) 8 p.m. How Do You Know? (R) 10 p.m. Tron Legacy (PG13) 8 p.m.Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley Clipper ClubYogi Bear (PG) 7 p.m. Tron Legacy (PG13) 9 p.m.


MISSION | THE WIRE | PAGE 6 THE WIRE | P AGE 11 | SP OR T S Master Sgt. Brian Stuckey, center, with the 189th MP Co., hands off the ball during the Pig Bowl photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross Spc. John Nastvogel, assigned to the 525th Military Police Battalion, leads the 193rd MP Co. to victory over the 189th MP Co. during the PIG Bowl at Cooper Field, Saturday. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross The Navy dive team here at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay plays a critical role in every Joint Task Force Troopers dive by Search and Rescue Capabilities (SAR) for lost swimmers and divers. While the Coast Guard assists during searches, only the Navy currently has search-and-rescue said not every phone call is a diving emergency. Any kind of water incident that happens, we are going to get assess the situation from there. control spurs his six-man team into action. A scuba set prepared for two divers and an alternate is always kept pre-staged and ready to be loaded onto the boat in a Even the boat stays in the water to save us time so we can respond to situations more have to do is load the gear, load the guys and we are gone. Initially, during a missing persons search, the team will the individuals last known location. A lot of times people try to swim from Cable Beach to Girl Scout Beach and depending on the current, it can get pretty Swimmers often become stranded and can end up cutting their feet badly on the sharp rocks aid care, the patient is taken to the hospital. responder care and have a small diving-related, we are the main players. When sending divers into the water, the buddy system is always implemented. I like to send in two divers if I can, especially if I have someone lost or trapped on the requirement to have a standby wrong. If disaster does strike, the reserve diver is deployed to assist the primary divers. The dive team strives for a depending on the distance to the divers location. When you are talking about decompression sickness, the quicker you can get the patient under pressure and treated, the more likely they will make a 100 Navy Diver First Class David Lutz explained decompression sickness, also known as the bends, is a condition caused by gasses going from a liquid state to a gas state and forming air bubbles inside a persons blood stream. The effects vary from minor said Lutz. The only treatment is to recompress the gasses into a liquid by taking the person to the pressures experienced while diving. The longer time goes on before treatment, the more damage can be done to a person such as the bends takes precedence treated before the others. Decompression sickness is life threatening, so we always take care of the other wounds as The Dive Locker has the limited capacity to treat four dive and once the decompression chamber is started all recreational divers must suspend their activities. He explained the dive teams importance goes beyond serving recreational divers. There are no lifeguards on duty at any of the beaches, which means his team also conducts missions related to the safety of Troopers in other capacities. When there are triathlons or sporting events that use the water, we will check the area for sharp One particular recurring problem is not due to the Several times a year, we have medical waste that washes up on I dont know where it comes from, maybe a ship that dumps it or something, but there are used needles and we have to close the beach. We dont want anyone walking in knee-deep water and stepping on a bag full of used needles. life without the Navy dive team. Without their services, more than divers throughout Guantanamo Bay would be immediately impacted. Without us here, there would Lutz said the loss of the Navy dive team would affect more than Our presence is incredibly important, said Lutz. If something goes wrong and they get hurt or get the bends and we are not here, then they are going to die. Despite the dangers, the diving opportunities here are world class, This is some of the best diving that can be done compared to Florida and the rest of the water is so clear and there is enough marine life that you can as you can diving. Navy search-and-rescue team a constant presence on GTMO beachesStory and photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu PerryNavy Diver Third Class Nicholas Barna opens a series of valves to bring the decompression be completely operational in less than ten minutes.


THE WIRE | PAGE 7 | NEWSSPORTS | THE WIRE | PAGE 10 In 2010, Hurricane Tomas wreaked destruction on Haiti, killing several people and causing millions of dollars in damage. Tomas was expected to hit eastern Cuba with strong winds, heavy rains and possible coastal flooding. Fortunately, the damage to Joint Task Force Guantanamo was minimal; however, safety and preparation for any disaster remains integral. Anticipating the upcoming hurricane season, deployed Seabees are inspecting power generators to ensure the task force operates without interuptions in all types of weather. Deploying from the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Port Hueneme, Calif., the Mobile Utilities Support Equipment Team consists of two construction mechanics, one construction electrician and one steelworker. Each member completes a year of mechanical and electrical engineering courses at the Armys Prime Power School in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., said Construction Electrician 1st Class Stewart Dahl, officer in charge. It will be hard for a hurricane to move these units, said Dahl. Each weighs 110,000 pounds. The MUSE teams primary mission is to conduct required maintenance and assessment on each unit. We inspect by operating the generators to maximum capabilities and then conduct systematic checks that can cause the machine to shut down, said Dahl. The generators have the capability of providing electrical power to a quarter of Guantanamo Bay including JTF, Windward Housing and Leeward Airfield. The annual test is essential to both JTF and Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Its important to maintain the eight units used on base to optimize performance, said Cmdr. Wendy Halsey, public works officer for Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Whenever there is a loss in power, any of these generators can be back up if necessary. The Seabees have a strict set of instructions and procedures guiding them during the inspections. We follow the naval manual that instructs us to have deployable power plants no smaller than 750 kilowatts, said Dahl. JTF has three Seabees inspections ensure safety during hurricane seasonStory by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elisha DawkinsWhether its the convenient location or the helpful tips they provide, the Sailors working at the Joint Task Force Guantanamo the task force Troopers. Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Michael Doty Were here to support JTF Guantanamo, he said. Manned by three Navy logistics specialists, organizationally it falls under J1 of JTF Guantanamo. Doty pointed out some information Were open until 1600, later than the Doty said. Were also open for three hours on Saturdays while the naval stations post Customers are grateful for the location of Specialist 2nd Class Tobias Stiewing, nonsource of encouragement to those it serves. sense I helped someone have a better day because they received a package from a loved one. If youre over here for a year and you receive a package, it can lift your spirits. Personnel eager to receive expected mail is not uncommon. A delay in mail receipt can add to a persons solicitude. Mosso related some insight to answer the question to why such delays. York to Atlanta every day transporting mail, said Army 1st. Lt. Michael Mosso, postal times a week. To prevent delays, Stiewing shared a few helpful tips. Make sure the address is right, especially the zip code, said Stiewing. If you put the wrong zip code it could go to an unwanted destination. Kuwaits and Guantanamos zip codes are very similar. Additionally, Stiewing advised customers to ensure proper postage is used so packages dont get returned. He also cautioned against sending particular items. Dont send certain perishables, for example; chocolate, salsa or liquids. If their containers were to break inside the box the postal service would set the package aside, Stiewing said. It would slow down the shipping process. Stiewing also suggested a couple of actions to keep in mind. insure it, he said. Just to make sure what you mail gets to where youre sending it. Also, come in early and give yourself at least three weeks to ship something home prior to departing JTF Guantanamo. their unique task on Guantanamo Bay -delivering Troopers packages, letters, cards and other thoughts from home. In a deployed environment, these seemingly small things can make all the difference. Story and photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jordon Millergenerators. Each generator produces power of 1.5 megawatts. The engines themselves are maintained using the manufacturers recommended guidance, said Halsey. The technicians use the guidance for locating and reporting repairs after the inspection. All entries for each engine are documented, logged and presented to NAVFAC with a closing report upon completion. This report is forwarded to the contractor to correct any deficiencies, explained Halsey. During the inspection I observe for correct procedures and review log books for changing oil, filter and coolant, said Dahl. I also check the Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Michael Doty removes parcels from a mail bag at see INSPECT, page 15 Joint Task Force Guantanamos 525th Military Police Battalion kicked off their inaugural Guantanamo Bay Pig Bowl Saturday at Cooper Field Sports Complex. Each of the 525ths four companies formed individual teams for the day-long intramural football tournament. The 193rd MP Co. came away with the coveted Pig Bowl Trophy after a14-7 championship game win over the 189th MP Co. The 193rd kept on their winning ways and took it all the way through the championship, said 525th Command 189th MP Co. lost their first game, then made it all the way to the championship round. Unfortunately, they werent able to carry it over. The Pig Bowl is a long-standing U.S. Army military police tradition giving units an opportunity to come together and promote esprit de corps and blow off steam in a positive way. The tradition carries from all the various MP units around the world, said Borerro. This [Pig Bowl] is about fellowship and camaraderie. Like Army military police duty locations in Korea and Germany, MP units here dont work in the same geographic area and hardly see each other, explained Borerro. So the Pig Bowl was a way for all of us to have fellowship meet and come back together. And now were doing it here, he added. For many players, the Pig Bowl serves together with battle buddies. We went out and had a good time thats it, said Spc. John Nastvogel, a guard for the 193rd MP Co. I played in so I never had the chance to play in college. Its a lot easier [here] because in high school theres bigger dudes and you can actually hit. Out here its a lot of old play football again, he added. I love the sport, but in reality Im probably never going to play again. So if this all Ive got then this is where Im going to play.Brought to you by the 525th Military Police Battalionwelcome to the Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason TrossTroopers assigned to the 525th football during the inaugural Pig Bowl Football Tournament held Saturday at Cooper Field photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross


THE WIRE | P AGE 9 | COVER ST ORYCOVER STORY | THE WIRE | PAGE 8 Along Sherman Avenue, nestled next to the Lateral Hazard Golf Course, an inconspicuous fenced-in area bursts with a variety of foliage. The only identifying marker Nursery. This hidden treasure may be easy to overlook, but it offers what most new residents expect when arriving on island. Frances NeSmith, work leader at the Guantanamo plant nursery, is used to newcomers disenchanted realities. When they look around GTMO, many of them are disappointed in the lack of the tropical atmosphere they had expected, said NeSmith. Guarantee you, they will not be disappointed when they come into the plant nursery. The nurserys simplistic look is the perfect Sharon Coganow, Guantanamos Red Cross station manager charged with tracking the hours of the nurserys volunteers, takes advantage of the peace that comes with the scenery. They actually have benches sitting around, or if you want to bring your own atmosphere, said Coganow. Dense, green foliage greets customers as they walk through the gate and down a path into the main part of the nursery. sun with their canopies, creating a pleasant, shaded brightness. Placed throughout the inside are rows of different plants in all shapes and colors. These freshly propagated plants are destined for a place in someones home. third Saturday of each month, the nursery opens to the public time visitors are entitled to one free plant per person, while returning customers may receive one plant per household. The nursery is open to each and every person on Guantanamo Bay. NeSmith said she has customers from the Cuzcos and Tierra Kays as well as non-military personnel and third-country nationals. Bl oom In Story by Army Pfc. Amanda Russell Photos by Senior Airman Gino Reyes Frances NeSmith inspects a plant inside the Guantanamo Bay nursery, Jan 15. NeSmith is a volunteer and work leader for the nursery. Donald Loyd, a regular volunteer for the nursery, waters a plant Jan. available for Troopers to take home. The Navy Exchange donated several poinsettias leftover from the holidays to the plant nursery. see PLANTS, page 15


Volume 12, Issue 08 Friday, February 11, 2011 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders The Super Issue The Pig Bowl Joint Task Force Deputy Commander, Brig. Gen. Samuel Nichols shares a light moment with USSOUTHCOM Command Chaplain Capt. Ronnie King and JTF Command Chaplain Lt. Col. Marvin Williams during a prayer breakfast at the Seaside Galley, Monday. photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Sally Hendricks Staff Sgt. Jim Charles (left) examines a screw he fastened into a rafter while Senior Airman Matthew Frost supports the rafter as part of the construction of an awning adjoined to the guard shack at the entrance of the Expeditionary Legal Complex near Camp Justice, Tuesday. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jordan J. Miller Around the The Game The CommercialsCheerleaders from the Miami Dolphins entertained and signed autographs for Troopers of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Sunday. photo by Navy Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins