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Volume 12, Issue 15 Thursday, March 31, 2011 March Madness Gets Hairy The history, the heroes and the horror! UNDERWATER REENLISTMENT PUNCHING FOR FITNESS Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Nancy Mora attached to Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion Joint Task Force Guantanamo practices her boxing routine, March 25. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand. UNITED THROUGH READING Spc. Meredith Vincent reads a book for her children as chaplains assistants record the session as part of the United Through Reading program. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Ebalo. KEEPING A WATCHFUL EYE coxswain attached to U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Detachment Joint Task Force Guantanamo, stands watch aboard a safety vessel during a training exercise with the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Harbor Security team, March 25. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand.


THE WIRE | PAGE 2Trooper 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 Defense Logistics Agency Document Services with a circulation of 1,000.TROO P ER T O TROO P ER | JTF GuantanamoCommander Navy Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson Command Master Chief Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Porrett 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 Senior Enlisted Leader Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sally Hendricks: 3649The WireExecutive Editor Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin Cossel: 3499 Assistant Editor Spc. Meredith Vincent: 3651 Photojournalists: Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Elisha Dawkins Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jordan Miller Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Wesley Kreiss Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Joe Ebalo Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand Spc. Justin Pierce Spc. Kelly GaryContact 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 Senior Enlisted Leader, 525th MP Battalion Command Sgt. Major Daniel BorreroWith each passing moment that we serve there are always challenges to be faced. The challenge can be something as simple as properly wearing your uniform to something more demanding like charging into a out of harms way. The challenges that each of us face each day are all that individual and at times to that unit. Here at JTF-GTMO these anomalies hold just as true. All Troopers here face individual as Coast Guardsmen and Marine to, at times, fall back on what we term Warrior Ethos and/or our own For example: The challenge of standing a post for 12 hours knowing full well that the person you are guarding would harm you at a moments notice. Or the challenge of providing professional medical care to an individual that would use your exceptional skills against you by saying you provided inhumane treatment versus saying, thank you for helping me with my aliment. The challenge of walking away from an individual who has just spit in your face or has thrown feces in your face for the third straight day, yet you still remain professional in all that you do. Clearly, I could go on and on listing the various challenges one individual could face and for some of us we have faced all of the above listed here and maybe even more. for my unit, balancing the mission while keeping a watchful eye on all the individual and unit challenges do this through our subordinate unit leaders. In the Army this starts with the team leader and squad leader and carries on through the platoon sergeants working hand in hand alongside mission happen and take care of our Troopers. Recently, I received an anonymous letter sent to me via the Battalion comment box, of trying to understand why a particular decision was made the way that it was. To this question, a part of my response was, we as a command place the needs of the mission to the forefront; which kind of sounds like I will While doing this we balance the safety of our forces against the resources available which kind of sounds like I will never leave a fallen comrade to ensure mission success which kind of sounds like I will never accept defeat. While we persevere against the enemy and turn their non-compliant behavior toward a compliant status peacefully which kind of sounds like I will never quit. Although my explanations to based on the question, you kind of see where I am heading with this. units to take the time out to talk with their Troopers and explain the why behind decisions made without using the terms They said or They are making us and accept that we the senior leaders are now, They and should hold ownership in decisions made by the respective commands. The Warrior Ethos and our service core values are tools that help us as leaders answer the questions of our Troopers and help us in overcoming our challenges as well. To the Troopers, you are all empowered with these same ethos and core values. I now them when you face adversity or whatever size hurdle comes your assistance and know that your shipmates, battle buddies and friends stand by your side to help you overcome any challenge, and that your leaders stand poised to assist you in anyway possible. THE WIRE | PAGE 3 | NE W S YOU CAN USEGadhafi forces drive rebels from key oil townVoice of America News Service oil port. giving up nearly all the ground they had taken since a weekend push westward. March 30. African nation.Lawmakers, 9-11 Commission Warn U.S. vulnerable to terror threatVoice of America News ServiceThe former leaders of the bi-partisan not done enough to protect itself from the ever evolving terrorist threat. Commission Chairman Thomas Kean, former Republican governor of the eastern attacks. Kean told lawmakers, while the United like those on the World Trade Center and require urgent attention. He said the terrorist threat has become more complex and diverse, making small attacks from groups like al-Qaida more likely. He also warned there is a growing threat from would-be terrorists in the any group. Hamilton said he is concerned the country has not done enough to streamline communication between its intelligence agencies, and it is still not clear which Kean and Hamilton also raised concerns about the emergency command structure for cities and towns across the country, saying many communities have yet to decide who is in charge, if and when there is an attack. committee hearing agreed that more needs to be done. thanks to an inept bomb maker or a faulty fuse.


NE W S FROM T HE BAY | THE WIRE | PAGE 4News from the Bay Elementary school seeking volunteers Boots on the GroundWho are you rooting for in the NCAA Final Four?Im going with Kentucky. Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Virginia. Spc. Chaise Myers Spc. Jonathan Williams Butler I want the underdog to win. Virginia. I have eight sections and having about three people per station has really worked well in case someone needs to take a break, said To give volunteers a run-down of the days vents, Winkler said participants should be at the school no later than 7:45 a.m. Food and drinks will be available in the schools teachers lounge. Anyone interested in volunteering should Air Force Staff Sgt. J.T. Peacock PSEC ALERT DONT BE A VICTIM. USE NEED TO KNOW.Did you know going to the website WikiLeaks is a violation of government policy?Have you ever wondered what is on the website WikiLeaks? The answer is information that should not have been released. If you attempt to visit the Wikileaks website from any computer personal or government you are violating Department of Defense policy and can be punished under article 92 of the UCMJ. If you attempt to gather information to post to Wikileaks or another website, or in any way release information to the public, you can be held accountable for your actions. Dont believe me, ask Pfc. Bradley Manning. THE WIRE | PAGE 5 | NEWS trooper Bullet Bio Time in service: 13 mo. Hobbies: sports, snorkeling Pet peeves: lazy people Next goal: to make E7 in seven yearsWith just more than a year in the Army, Pfc. Robert W. Carroll has already excelled he has what it takes. Carroll, a Guantanamo Bay guard admitted one reason he joined was for the I needed something to do with my life, something to push me in the right direction, said Carroll. The direction the Army took him was straight from basic training to Guantanamo Carrolls platoon sergeant. When Carroll is not working his long shifts, going to the gym or snorkeling, he is training for one of the various competitions he has been selected for. for and been selected for the Army Ten Moore said. from being a part of the team. [The March] made me realize that I can do things I never thought I could, he said. I never thought in my wildest dreams that Participating in these events has driven Carroll to excel. It is a good way to push myself. In the long run it will make me a better leader, Carroll said with conviction. The Army has seven core values; of see GRAD, page 7 2nd Class Ginny Mae Grady did more than just graduate with her associates degree at the milestone and overcame some unique challenges on the way toward achieving her dream of becoming both a nurse and person in my family to graduate, it feels awesome, said Grady. Hopefully next year Ill get accepted to the MECP [Medical Enlisted Commissioning program] and be working on my bachelors. Grady, who currently works Expeditionary Guard Battalion, earned her entire degree on education programs and an internet connection. Ive done everything online and paid for the entire thing with tuition assistance, said Grady. I started taking one class at a time Its been an ongoing process with a few classes here and a few classes there and a few breaks in between. Between erratic work hours in at Guantanamo Bay, Grady faced Trooper reaches education milestone, earns degree Story and photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Trossdiscipline I learned in the military helped me with college, said Grady. Online college isnt easy. Ive lost so many papers due to the Internet kicking me off and having to log back in. I learned the hard way to save my work. Pfc. Robert Carroll focus see FOCUS page 7


FEATURE | THE WIRE | PAGE 6 More than a thousand people Handler, host of E!s late night talk and her comedy team perform, courtesy of Guantanamo Bays Morale, Welfare and Recreation and the This was, by far, the largest turnout I have seen at an event since I arrived in GTMO, said Amiee activities director. We knew there would be a crowd but this even surpassed my expectations. Colonna, Chris Franjola and Josh Wolf, all comics and writers who . The group arrived Friday evening. small tour of Joint Task Force Guantanamo by JTF Guantanamo Commander, Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson, with a stop by Kittery Caf for lunch and autographsigning. The group then traveled to Radio GTMO, where they traded began with insight into Handlers Told Me, but soon veered off the rails into what became a hint of the act that night. Known for her crude behavior and deadpan delivery, Handler and Co. schooled the Radio GTMO crew and a packed-in booth in one-liners and jaw-droppers. That was great radio, exclaimed Mass Communication nd Class Justin Ailes aka The interaction with Troopers was exactly what the group was Chelsea and her team were excited to get out and meet the Troops, she said. [They] made that clear from the time they arrived Friday night. Tackling taboo subjects, raw material and confronting hecklers head on, Handlers team made it clear they meant serious comedy business as well. The shock factor Wolfs set, an unknown individual took to the stage dressed in a full gorilla costume. I can honestly say that has never happened before, laughed An evening with ChelseaStory and photos by Spc. Meredith VincentWolf, who was clearly thrown off by the primates appearance. The comedian had to be reminded by the audience what joke he was in the process of telling before the interruption. pleased with the entire nights turnout. sending celebrity acts of this caliber these really give people something to look forward to. Cheslea Handler gets real with DJ Funkenstein at Radio GTMO, Saturday afternoon. people showed to see Handler perform Saturday night. Handler and her comedy team signed autographs at Kittery Cafe Saturday during the lunch hour, and then again after the show that night. Sarah Colonna shows off her good side during her set at the Josh Wolf monkeys around with an audience member. Wolf said THE WIRE | PAGE 7 | NEWS Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Dominique Johnson, a patrolman stationed at Naval Station Guantanamos Security Department, stands armed sentry watch in front The Caimanera municipality of Cuba is widely known in the Caribbean for its bright, blue skies, calm tropical waters and breathMountains in the northern Guantanamo Province. This sight greets incoming personnel MAs are the primary law enforcement are trained to guard piers and waterways as well as the surrounding areas in a patrol boat or vehicle. However, this small team of with the unique responsibility of protecting personnel, visitors, equipment and facilities. going to be right there to identify them upon arrival. percent of the personnel with access to the airport is authorized to be there and to In addition to monitoring the actual MAs are also responsible for upholding the Administration travel safety guidelines by conducting physical inspections and operating the X-ray machine. They are also required to stay in constant communication with the base Air Operations The most challenging part of the job is Story and photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Ebalobeing in an isolated location away from the rest of the security department and having to deal with changes to different missions at Class Benjamin Eastman. But we are all well-trained and we know we have to stick together and execute as a team. All MAs receive about six months of security and patrol operations training school before taking orders to an assignment. Once general military training. On average, MAs and airport security training, said Eastman. MAs, said she uses her training and relies on her teammates every day on the job. have a conversation with one of our nations decision makers. He asked me about my job and about where Im from. He also thanked me for my service and for my professionalism, said Jimison. On his way out I ran into him again and he told me he was impressed with how sharp all the servicemembers here were, starting and ending with me. Getting the chance to talk with a distinguished visitor like that made me feel more proud GTMO. In the MA community there is commonly known saying: You can tell how a base operates and how well run it is the second you get to the guard shack. The security personnel are the most prominent representatives of an installation and in the case of Guantanamo Bay regardless of making a good impression for the whole military community. GRAD cont. Military members are entitled to various forms of assistance to pursue their higher education be it a high school diploma, undergraduate or beyond. With the abundant Candice Rice feels that number and commitment. It takes a very dedicated person to begin or continue their education while in Guantanamo, said Rice. GTMO students face challenges such as slow internet and not having the capability to view videos due to the [Internet] bandwith and arduous work schedules. Grady confronted these issues head on and remained focused on her long-term goals. I missed part of a mid-term test because I got kicked off [the Internet] half way through, said Grady. But I got through it and still graduated. Aside from studying and There, she practices what she will taking vital statistics, drawing blood and helping develop diagnoses. Ginny is a hard-charging individual who is dedicated to completing the goals she sets in life, said Rice. A year ago when I met Ginny, she was smiling and its great to see she still has that great, upbeat personality a year later.


THE WIRE | PAGE 8 FEATURE | Real Men GrowMUSTACHESGuantanamo Bay residents may have noticed a curious trend sprouting on the lips of some servicemembers these past few weeks. While March Madness has long been associated with college basketball championships, the month now has a new nomenclature, along with a new look. Breath a sigh of relief, GTMO: Mustache March is almost over! The history of Mustache March is surprisingly steeped in military tradition and controversy. It all started with was a triple ace, with a total known for his extravagantly waxed, non-regulation mustache, It was a common superstition among the airmen to grow the bulletproof mustache, but Olds was particularly proud of his. Upon his return home, Olds reported to Air Force Chief of and said Take it off. Olds answered automatically, Yes, sir. It was from this incident that Mustache March was born, as servicemembers from all branches join together in solidarity and grow oftentimes Its going to be weird staring at myself in the mirror again. I dont like to go on the record and my mustache likes it even less. THE WIRE | PAGE 9 | FEATURE hideous mustaches. The mustache did not always enjoy the notoriety it does today. In fact, in simpler times it was a sign of a boy coming into st century, however, mustaches are often associated with the nefarious, the creepy and the reviled. The look has not been able to shake its ties to the over-sexed and over-groomed epitomized by Burt Reynolds lampooned in Will Ferrells Anchorman. As further evidence of the mustaches plight for legitimacy, an organization was established to explain, defend and protect those who bore the look. According to their website, the American Mustache Institute protects the rights against, mustached Americans by promoting the growth, care and culture of the mustache. The AMI sponsors an annual Mustached American of the Year and hosts several mustache competitions and charity events. progress. The mustache is gaining new credibility and along with it, new life. Take a look at Brad Pitts character in Inglourious Basterds. Pitt himself actually dreamed up the look, which rolled with it anyway and Pitts stole a place in Americas heart, mustache and all. out to reclaim mustache glory. In The Glorious Mustache challenged a group of men to grow mustaches for one month no beards, no goatees and save the look from permanent extinction. With a range of ages, ethnicities and professions, these brave souls soon discovered how a sliver of hair on the upper lip can change a mans life, for better or worse. March, servicemembers on Guantanamo Bay learned their share of lessons as well. While many joined the Mustache March challenge begrudgingly, they now admit it was a worthwhile bonding experience. If I could, I would rip it off with my bare hands right now. Mines like polar bear fur its clear but keeps [my lip] really warm! see MUSTACHE, page 19


THE WIRE | PAGE 11 | NEWSNEWS | THE WIRE | PAGE 10 ... Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Christopher ordered over the radio as he engaged his vessels throttle to reach thirty knots, after warning his crewmembers they would be Guard to inform crewmembers that an increase in vessel speed is about to take place. In other words, hang on! As the skies boast a brilliant blue color and the afternoon sun shone through scattered intense tactics, techniques and procedures training, March 25. With four different scenarios about to unfold, the entire crew gathers to review a crucial safety brief, capitalizing on vessel-tobetween the vessels. Communicating is absolutely paramount to the safety of the crew and to the effectiveness of the mission, with the boat crew itself, so each of us needs to be talking to each other. If we see something that isnt safe, everybodys responsible to speak up. Then, we can break from the drill and start again if we need to. crewmembers and all coxswains suited up in Kevlar helmets and safety vests before boarding the vessels. The coxswain on a Coast Guard small boat is in charge of the vessel and all personnel on board. Coxswains, while underway, operate without regard to rank or seniority. The training scenarios posed one vessel as the high value asset to be protected by one reaction vessel and one screening vessel. A fourth vessel posed as the opposing force vessel or OPFOR. both protect and patrol. Upon entering that zone, crewmembers of the reaction and screening vessel must make a warning announcement stating it is getting close to the line. After giving the initial warning announcement, crewmembers follow a four-step approach to intercepting the vessel in order to protect their high value asset, which in a real scenario could be anything Warning shots, warning shots! You are inside the zone, warning shots!...Story and photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Detachment Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay Bay Harbor Security team on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, March 25. tactical training exercise on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, March 25 see TRAINING, page 19Coasties WET with the Navy GET


AT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 12 In The TrenchesDoD announces stationing of two Combat Aviation Brigades Wednesday the stationing of two Army Combat Brigade will be split-based and established at Wainwright, Alaska, using existing aviation units not currently assigned to a combat aviation brigade. A new Combat Aviation Brigade, or CAB, will be activated at Fort Carson, Colo. existing assets resulting in an increase of action for the split-based CAB at Joint Base The Army recognizes Alaska as a strategic aviation presence there. This stationing increases the invaluable medical evacuation strength in and support to the aviation infrastructure through military construction programmed for replacement and upgrade of the aviation facilities. Capt. Christopher Bulson and Capt. Zachariah Gummert, from Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul, step off a CH-47 Chinook in Daychopan, Afghanistan, Mar. 29 photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson.Department of Defense Public Affairs The new CAB activation at Fort Carson, Colo., will result in a total growth in Army forces and 113 helicopters. Fort Carson establishes the The activation of these brigades will increase the capabilities of the active component of aviation units between deployments in support of overseas contingency operations. These combined force structure actions represent integrated changes that support the Armys transformation requirements.Forces kill insurgents in Afghanistan airstrikeInternational Security Assistance Force Joint Command insurgents in the Bermal district of Afghanistans reported. An air weapons team reported insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades massed at two known insurgent outposts, requested permission and launched precision airstrikes on Afghanistan: Force patrol killed several armed insurgents and wounded others after being ambushed in Zharay district captured several suspected insurgents linked to a drug cache. The operations captured numerous Hezb-E Islami Gulbuddin terrorists while searching for one of the groups facilitators responsible for procuring funds and providing the group with intelligence information. Afghan and coalition forces captured several suspected insurgents, including a Taliban bomb expert who is connected to several recent attacks on security forces and Afghan civilians, in the district detained two suspected insurgents while searching for a Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan terrorist from Pakistan. Based on tips from local civilians, security arrested a senior Taliban leader who is linked to other Taliban leaders throughout the province. In Baghlan provinces Baghlan-e Jadid district, troops arrested two high-value Taliban responsible for attacks on security forces, while the other is responsible for assassinating the Kandahar City arrested a Taliban leader responsible for planning and carrying out attacks on security forces after tips from local residents led troops to his location. Afghan and coalition forces found several weapons and drug stockpiles throughout Afghanistan. The operations resulted in seizure banned fertilizer used for explosives -as well as 32 mortars and rockets, 15 machine-gun rounds, six rocket-propelled grenades and assorted bomb-making materials. Forces in Helmand province killed an insurgent and disrupted enemy activity with position. responsible for acquiring and supplying other insurgents with munitions and explosives, in Afghanistans Kabul province. Afghan and coalition forces in Baghlan provinces Baghlan-e Jadid district detained two suspected insurgents, including a senior Taliban leader, after local villagers reported them to security forces. In Kandahar province, troops discovered two weapons stockpiles and a bomb factory during a routine patrol. The operations resulted rigged with explosives and other bomb-making materials. On The Deck THE WIRE | PAGE 13 | AT YOUR SERVICEMCPON: Happy US Navy P-3C, USAF A-10 and USS Barry engage Libyan vessels Orion maritime patrol aircraft, attack aircraft and guided-missile Public Affairs The vessels were engaged merchant vessels in the port of rendering the 12-meter patrol vessel ineffective and forcing it to be beached after multiple explosions were observed in the vicinity of the port. destroying one and forcing the other to be abandoned. the following Chief Petty OfMy fellow chief petty ofOn April 1st, our entire Mess will pause to celebrate and were not just celebrating another year of chiefs serving everything it means to wear the fouled anchors we all cherish. Those anchors are the symbol of a culture and a way of life, representing charac ter, loyalty, a strong commit ment to leadership, our core anchors carry with them a responsibility to live up to the while remembering our proud years building as we look toward our future. Thank you Chiefs! Through your leadership of keep our heritage alive and best it has ever been. Continue to make a positive impact ors, yourself and our Mess. Remember those who have gone before us and those who have paid the ulour great nation. mates! I truly appreciate your leadership and the hard work you do every day. Anchor Up and Hooyah Essex ARG Assists Oshima Island in Restoring Power Force members combined efforts to restore power to Oshima Island, Japan, March 27. Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary for the bilateral crisis action team, used landing craft utility vehicles assigned to Assault Craft Unit 1 to food, water, and health and comfort kits. Getting the vehicles and equipment to their intended destination proved to be a challenge, even before arriving on the island. This mission wasnt as easy as I thought it was going to be, said Electricians Mate 2nd Class Raoul strategy getting them on board. ACU-1 also faced challenges with getting the Eva-Marie Ramsaran designed to do, they pulled into a pier, which was a proved successful. We were the link that was needed to provide the electrical vehicles and supplies for the Japanese workers, in order to restore power back to the island, navigator. Even though this mission wasnt as safe cause. Oshima island residents are suffering greatly. There is no electrical power at all. These vehicles will Infantry Regiment, in charge of disaster response in Kesennuma. Japanese forces and Marines are doing very well in working through this together. At this moment, there is no other option to get these vehicles to Oshima. That is why we are so grateful for your help.


with the grand opening of the new building by cleaning and organizing the new warehouse and color guard performed during the ceremonies. The Marine volunteers came to the warehouse a week before its grand opening to help clean, organize and prepare it for the celebration, explained Cpl. Mason Turner, an aviation ordnance systems technician with If we get one or two Marines here, theyll Turner explained that Marines bring volunteer in community service. We have individuals who are outgoing, Inside the Jar THE WIRE | PAGE 14 | AT YOUR SERVICE Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot Marine Corps Air Station MiramarMarine receives award on behalf of hero mother Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde be in the military to be a hero and ordinary citizens are certainly capable of extraordinary action. The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation recognizes civilian heroes with during a ceremony at the Tomb of the every March 25. Marie Conley, a crossing guard from Boston who was killed in the line of duty when she Conley was seriously hurt after being struck by an automobile while shielding the child with her body to protect him from harm. days later. Receiving the honors in her absence were her three sons including Cpl. Christopher Conley, a crew chief with 2nd Assault Its crazy I cant even think of the right words, explained Conley about his feelings for receiving the award on behalf of his mother. Im just honored its an absolute honor. The day before the ceremony, Medal of Honor recipients approached Conley, giving him their support. These people have gone above and Marie Conley was selected from hundreds of other applicants to be one of three of her heroic actions on that October day over two years ago. I think what this does is, on a national Americans out there who have the courage to do the right thing who will put others president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. After originally learning about the accident and devastated by the sudden news. However he was not at all surprised to learn that his It didnt surprise me to be honest with you, said Conley. Her whole life she always they know what needs to be done and theyre good with timelines, said Turner. We get tasks from [Feeding America] employees and we get it done. This place looked pretty hectic last weekend, said Turner. While Marine volunteers support Feeding America, the organization also supports local military families struggling to put food on the As much as the military contributes to our to more than 175 charitable organizations and week, which includes military families. pounds of food each year, but this feat cannot organized help. Turner explained he believes most service members enlisted to help their communities, and Feeding America is a great local opportunity to support. support for deployed Airmen and inform them about personnel services available focus sessions over eight days with diverse groups of Airmen ranging from general One of the biggest things we wanted to do during our trip was advertise our support squadrons and military personnel sections to get personnel actions Automobile Association via the web, email and through their phones, Airmen can access personnel information and other self-service applications through the same avenues, he added. We spoke to Airmen from various deployment categories who were down range from four to 12 months, the colonel said. One of our key messages was that established deployment cell. assistance. I have contacted them about several issues and usually my issue was resolved immediately or I was given the information I needed within a day, said Condon. to temper their expectations about what we are able to do and how easy it will be constantly improving. area of responsibility. shape reach-back personnel support. For more information about personnel services and self-service applications, log onto https://gum-crm.csd.disa.mil. All active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen will need to create an account to log into the personnel services website using their common access card or a login name and password. Once they have an account created, they will be able to access personnel services, applications and information from home or any military computer. Airmen accessing the information from personal use Web browsers may need services website under My Account using the E-mail Us link on the left side of the Web page. On the WingAT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 15AFPC teams visit deployment bases, promote web-based personnel services of Airmen here labored nonstop March 25-27 to design and create essential components for water pumps to be used at a nuclear power plant in northern Japan. north of here in Fukushima Prefecture, incurred catastrophic damage to its cooling system in an earthquake and subsequent tsunami March 11. To help Japanese crews stabilize the reactors, the help their cause, and the Royal Australian Air Force helped transport them to Yokota Air Base. The points on the pumps. developed the solution. Two teams of four Airmen on 12-hour shifts designed and fabricated the necessary adapters, pressure valves and other pieces so Japanese crews could use the pumps to augment the plants cooling system. The pumps will be used to transport fresh water into the plant instead of ocean water, which leaves corroding salt residue when it evaporates. The project is another way Airmen have supported Operation Tomodachi, the overall relief mission to help the Japanese people in their recovery efforts. We were all wishing we could be a bigger part of everything that was going on, Airman 1st Class Jeremy Hamblin said about Operation Tomodachi. cool the reactors. Its nice to know we were there for them when they needed us. The pieces were delivered March 27, with Japanese crews expected to place the pumps into service that day. Tech. Sgt. John Obermuller and a Japan Ground SelfDefense Force member join two sections of hose March 26, 2011, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The hoses are part of water pump donated by the U.S. government to help the Japanese government stabilize the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Obermuller is assigned to the 374th Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Krystal M. Garrett) Airmen aid Japans effort to stabilize nuclear plant


Coast to coastAT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 16Coast Guard News Service Jones could feel that something just wasnt quite right. I just felt like something had happened was sitting on the table waiting for him, and he never showed, said Jones. Unfortunately Jones was correct. six years. In the early morning hours of March Jones, a machinery technician at Coast Guard had been trained to do: save lives. Jones was honored posthumously in a was held under a crisp fall sky and attended by local dignitaries and Coast Guardsmen from units as far away as Mobile, Ala. an Italian-made marble lighthouse statue, The goal of the memorial is to recognize Jones will continue to save lives through his The tragic chain of events that occurred On that morning, lives were forever changed, a son would never meet his father, a wife would be left raising three children on her own, and the Coast Guard would be void of a dedicated shipmate. chronicled the events leading to the demise that March day was ominous. By Florida with dense fog, the sea temperature hovered advisory. At approximately 5:45 a.m., a man walked was in capsized and one of his crewmembers struggled to shore, but he still required the assistance of the Coast Guard. At 5:55 a.m., the station launched a 41foot utility boat with three crewmembers, return to base because the second survivor from the initial search and rescue case was located safely on the beach. As the UTB crew made its way back to by a wave in seas greater than 15 feet. A second wave struck the UTB, eventually causing the boat to lose power and rudder control, and capsize with three Coast Guard crewmembers aboard. The three crewmembers were swept forward into the passengers compartment of the UTB and found relief in an air pocket allowing the crewmembers to breath. standing in rising water in the forward compartment. It was then that the crewmembers sighted the jetties approximately three broke a side window and attempted to swim to the jetties without a life jacket in over their heads. Two of the crewmembers successfully made the swim, but Petty hypothermia and perished. The surviving two Coast Guard crewmembers were rescued via helicopter where they were treated for hypothermia. was recovered and brought to the local was pronounced dead. The cause of death: that morning Jacqueline Jones received a phone call from two of her husbands friends been in an accident while at work. I asked them if he was OK. They said he was in critical condition, but something still wasnt right, said Jones. When Jones arrived at the hospital, she learned that her husband had passed away, leaving Jones with two young daughters, with our son, said Jones. death, and Jones still misses him very much. For me that was the day my life stopped. I lived for my husband. I have never remarried. My husband was a gentleman and they just dont make men like him anymore, said Jones. Jones described her husband as an outgoing, caring, loving person, who was a jokester. His job in the Coast Guard was very He loved people. He was always helping people because he said thats what made him happy, said Jones. Capt. Peter Troedsson, chief of staff for some kind words to the Jones family during the memorial service, noted that Jones is now part of a long line of distinguished Coast Guardsmen. to the service of the American public. He now follows a long line of heroes, said Troedsson. Jones may be gone, but he is not forgotten. constant reminder for the Guardians who follow that the sea is not forgiving. Etched on that memorial are the words be the lighthouse. Though gone for eternity, Jones will continue to be the light, allowing his legacy to shine, lighting the way for Coasties GTMO Religious ServicesDaily Catholic Mass Mon. 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One word of caution when using bands in a new location, stress test any poles or anchors before you use them too much. A bed leg makes a great anchor for a resistance band, but some seemingly solid table legs may be more moveable than youd think. Connect with the local community: If you never ask, youll never know is the mantra behind this tip. Contact local gyms and explain your situation, most are very accommodating to travelers, especially rate for their facilities then why not take advantage? By calling around Ive received outstanding discounted rates to full-sized facilities to even a couple occasions where I was invited to use the gym for free. while living in transition. Always remember though, exercise is only half the battle. Maintaining a healthy diet is just as important. Combine these suggestions with good eating habits and youll be able Spc. Justin Pierce Mind, Body & SoulWhether youre a reservist, active duty, or even a contracted civilian, travel is a common occurrence in your military life. Attending classes, conferences and just moving around to different jobs can make anyone all too familiar with sub-par hotel gyms and lack of are a few techniques to maintain and even improve physically while on the go. Recon your destination: One of the biggest assets the Internet gives a wayfaring wanderer is the ability to quickly and accurately reconnoiter an area theyve never been to. Websites like Google maps not only allow you to see the roads and land marks topically, you can also use them to plan running routes. Everything from a total distance, to a quick boots on ground glance of the terrain can be obtained with just a little effort. Use your resources: Anyone who spends time traveling from one town to another can become all too familiar with hotel Fitness rooms. Generally these rooms have a very bare minimum of equipment for weight training, a tread mill, and a bike. As the saying goes, however, when life hands you lemons it opens a window rooms are typically poorly furnished. If its there though, why not use it? Running gives a great cardio workout that actually hits pretty much all of your musculature. Throw in some nice isolation exercises decent little workout. Find hotels with pools: Whenever you have the luxury of choice, use it. Any hotel with a pool that still offers a competitive rate is experience for your joints and still gives a good total body workout. The freestyle swim-stroke is a great example for this, your core is heavily worked turning from side to side, and your back, arms, legs and chest also enjoy a consistent use through the strokes. If youre not much of a swimmer, this is a great time to learn and practice; Pack your gym: I dont expect anyone to literally pack dumbbells in that still provide good resistance training. Elastic bands are a great example of mobile gym equipment. These bands have caught on a bit more lately and new styles have emerged to appease both the Fit for Travel


see MOVIE, page 15 AT THE MOVIES | THE WIRE | PAGE 18Movie Review Watching such a military-focused movie on a military base can be tricky business. Its important to be able to look past all of ones militant training and judge it based on the bigger picture. Angeles, the story about a Marine unit battling an alien invasion, I was determined not to listen to all the nitpicking and naysaying is not going to be about what they got right or wrong, but on the larger themes retirement papers. Cue alien invasion. Thats how we roll. is the second-most recognizable face in the movie is tossed into a tight knit unit, complete with a brand new lieutenant. Because of a past incident in combat, the guys dont trust their new staff sergeant and But not before some stuff blows up. Equipped with much better technology and profound knowledge of where the biggest the invaders set about wreaking massive destruction on the human race. Yawn. Things get tricky when the group starts collecting survivors and stragglers. First they stumble on a group of civilians, complete with and some kids. Its important to add children; they up the stakes and make it so much more dramatic. Air Force lass who got separated from her crew. With all due respect to my Air Force compadres, I was disappointed Rodriguez was not a Marine. The actress has made deserved that Marine uniform. pleaser, designed to manipulate movie-goers emotions with cheesy monologues about an after-school special. In a civilian movie theater, the message might be hollow and can be a chilling experience that gives you goosebumps. As with everything in the military, the importance of leadership is front and center. with his own demons. It is the story of the a real leader must make when looking down the barrel of hopelessness. My personal gripe goes back to Rodriguez character and sorry guys, but Im going to get all girl-indignant for a second. Why is it and not only know how to shoot it but be Spc. Meredith VincentPG-13 116 min. 1 5 4 3 2 6 7Call MWR at ext. 2010 for more information. Movie Hotline call 4880. Rango (PG) 8 p.m. Sanctum(R) 10 p.m.Battle: LA (PG-13) 8 p.m. Country Strong (PG-13) 8 p.m. No Strings Attached (R) 8 p.m. The Roommate (PG-13) 8 p.m. The Mechanic (R) 8 p.m. The Roommate (PG-13) 8 p.m. The Mechanic (R) 10 p.m. No Strings Attached (R) 8 p.m. Country Strong (PG-13) 8 p.m. Battle: LA (PG-13) 8 p.m. Sanctum (R) 8 p.m. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (G) 8 p.m. The Eagle (PG-13) 10 p.m. The Rite (PG-13) 10 p.m.Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (G) 8 p.m. The Eagle (PG-13) 10 p.m THE WIRE | PAGE 19 | THE LAS T WORD most to Carroll. It is my duty to work in the camps, he said. I dont like it some days but thats why I signed up and if thats the way I serve my country, thats the way Im going to do it. Carrolls dedication to the Army and his job has set him apart from his peers. He is probably one of the best privates I have ever had work for me, boasted Moore. He is outstanding, very mature. That right there, in itself, will excel him through his career. Although he is new to the military, Carroll is already off to a great start. He is one of our veteran privates, Moore said. The others look to him for guidance. Carroll said he plans on years and hopes to reach the rank of sergeant major. There is no reason why he cant go all the way to the top, said Moore. All you have to do is give him the chance to excel and he will. able to blow E.T. to smithereens? We are in the 21st century. Women have been in the military for decades now and with recent recommendations that females be allowed into combat units, why is this still used as a tool to shock and awe? Arent we at a place where a chick in uniform can just simply kick ass without it being a big deal? Ok, rant over. Remember that little alien invasion movie with Will ratchet things up, said Clampitt. We call it a crawl, walk, run approach to these different scenarios, so that everyone can get in the right mindset and keep that frame of mind before we take things to a higher speed. interactive training is an important part of working alongside the Coast Guard on Guantanamo Bay. Its good for us, because we dont get this kind of hands-on training as much as expressed Master-at-Arms 3rd Rutgers. Our boats are a lot different, but we can still learn how to maneuver with a hostile vessel with our boats just by watching and riding along with them. The Coast Guard also noted how counterparts. Two of their coxswains have gone through school so, its good to train together in order to be able to compare different styles of training, driving techniques, positioning and different were working out there if we have something happen, then we are knowledgeable of their level of training and mechanics. For the last training scenario, the OPFOR posed as a real bad guy allowing both reaction and screening vessels to fully engage and go through all four tactical steps to detect, intercept and interdict the OPFOR. a consistent basis, so its important for us to understand each others TTPor tactics, techniques and procedures, Clampitt said. Thats part of the reason we are out here information and make sure that we understand what to expect if we have something that we need to engage together as a team. same thing, but with way more Angeles is by no means a standout version of a dozen movies before it. But sitting alongside hundreds of servicemembers, its hard not to root for it. After all, TRAINING cont. MUSTACHE cont. MOVIE cont. FOCUS cont. mustache-centric conversations abounded as each individual became used to his were happy with the growth, some were frustrated. Many experienced operational trouble, such as eating and drinking. Each day was full of new discoveries and facial hair adventures. As April quickly approaches, most are looking forward to the eradicate the unwanted growth from their faces. A rare few have decided to keep their mustaches, dedicated growth, parting with it would be too painful. Morale is always a key element to any military operation. To many, Mustache March may seem like a silly stunt by servicemembers with too much time on their hands. But look closer and they might see something more meaningful. They might see Troopers accepting a challenge and joining ranks with their buddies. They might see Troopers standing strong and fast in the face of jeers and ridicule. They might see Troopers who take support of their squad, unit, shop or block and who believe in the importance of bringing some joy into the monotonous daily life of deployment. For 31 days, these men dared to think would be proud. REMEMBER: LEAVE FRED ALONE UNTIL JUNE!


Volume 12, Issue 15 Thursday, March 31, 2011 March Madness Gets Hairy The history, the heroes and the horror! UNDERWATER REENLISTMENT PUNCHING FOR FITNESS Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Nancy Mora attached to Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion Joint Task Force Guantanamo practices her boxing routine, March 25. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand. UNITED THROUGH READING Spc. Meredith Vincent reads a book for her children as chaplains assistants record the session as part of the United Through Reading program. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Ebalo. KEEPING A WATCHFUL EYE coxswain attached to U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Detachment Joint Task Force Guantanamo, stands watch aboard a safety vessel during a training exercise with the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Harbor Security team, March 25. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand.