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Volume 12, Issue 21 Thursday, May 12, 2011 Losers Go Home Righteous Music Trooper Chapel, Sunday Nights Be There! The Waltons No, not the TV show Football season enters playoffs


Trooper to Trooperfeaturing The WIRE is the official news magazine of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It is produced by the JTF Public Affairs Office to inform and educate the Troopers of JTF Guantanamo through news, features, command guidance, sports and entertainment. The WIRE seeks to provide maximum disclosure with minimum delay with regard to security, accuracy, propriety and policy. This DoD news magazine is an authorized publication for the members of the Department of Defense. Contents of The WIRE are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It is printed by the Defense Logistics Agency Document Services with a circulation of 1,000. 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 WireCommand Information NCIOC: Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel: 3499 Executive Editor: Spc. Meredith Vincent: 3651 Photojournalists: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Ebalo Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry 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 COVER: Joint Medical Group, Senior Enlisted Leader Senior Chief Petty OfficerToday I would like to talk about living a healthy lifestyle. With such beautiful and exercise should play an integral role in our general health. Daily physical activity can re-energize those long, arduous dutydays of Troopers, motivate local residents, and of course, help improve health, body is well-documented. While any exercise is good, running is considered to be one of the most invigorating. By starting with a light jog, you can improve your motivation and reduce tiredness immediately. Other ways to improve your inner core strength is through aerobics and weight-lifting exercises. These activities promote healthy muscles and will assist in burning fat cells and increasing healthy weight loss. When deciding to exercise, you must not only consider the immediate affects but the long-term ones as well including hereditary diseases and injuries. Those with family history concerns need to take extra care by evaluate your condition prior to beginning any physical regime. After checking in with your health care provider and planting yourself on an exercise path, there are plenty of resources available to keep you focused on your goals. Current health articles and websites can provide help indentifying potential dangers associated with particular exercises and recommend rewarding work-out plans, mentor support and proper exercise attire goals. To achieve your goal, there is no need to work out 60 minutes a day, 7 days a week. Large gains can be made with a small investment. Working out as little as 20 minutes a day, 3-4 times a week is more than enough to attain any goal. Another key to success is changing up your routine. After a while, just running can become redundant and boring. I highly encourage riding a bike, elliptical, or swimming. Allowing yourself a variety of opportunities with exercising. Here on Guantanamo Bay, there are by MWR: yoga, aerobics, kickboxing, 5k fun runs, weight-lifting and so much more. It is up to you to explore the available you while you are here on the island but will also get you through the everyday stressors of work, your energy levels, improve your posture, strengthen your immune system and make you look and feel better. Brian Domino Cuban dissidents push for death probeVoice of America News ServiceCuban dissidents are calling for an international forensic investigation into the recent death of fellow dissident Juan Wilfredo Soto, who they say died after being arrested and beaten by police. The dissidents issued the call Tuesday, two days after Soto died at the age of 46. They say Soto died in a hospital in the central Cuban city of Santa Clara, where he was taken following the altercation with police in a park last Thursday. Cubas government has denied that Soto was beaten. It says he died of natural causes. The dissidents have acknowledged that Soto had health problems, but they have accused the government of lying about the cause of his death. Fifteen months ago, imprisoned dissident Orlando Zapata died following a nearly three-month hunger strike to protest Cuban prison conditions. Zapatas mother blamed Cuban authorities for his death.Regional commander: bin Ladens death Chris Carroll Stars and StripesWASHINGTON, D.C. The death of of Afghan insurgents, but theres also no sign its spurring them to new heights of violence commander for Afghanistans eastern region said Tuesday. Bin Laden was certainly the leader of al-Qaida, [and] certainly an important man to that organization, but one man does not make this war on terrorism, said Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, commander of Regional Command-East. Coalition and Afghan forces face a complex threat in the region, he said, ranging from homegrown Taliban to the PakistanAfghan civilians that has a great ability to killed. About 4,000 insurgents of all stripes have been killed or captured in the eastern region since summer 2010, and several hundred into Afghan society, he said. With a troop drawdown set to begin this year, Campbell said that in the mountainous east, where insurgents slip in and out of the country from Pakistans tribal region, time is needed for the troop surge to take reduction in troop numbers would be made by his superiors. Were just now being able to see the effect of having the coalition surge over the last several months, he said. Weve got to let this counterinsurgency our operations here take effect, and its going to take some time. When he sent 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan last year to stabilize the country, President Barack Obama said he would begin a pullout in July. The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday published a story detailing preliminary plans for 5,000 troops to be withdrawn in July and another 5,000 to leave by years end. The Pentagon, however, dismissed the story. General [David] Petraeus is the four-star what General Petraeus is working on is just that: speculation, said Col. David Lapan, Defense Department spokesman. Its not as Lapan said Petraeus is working directly with Central Command chief Gen. James Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who then will pass the recommendation to the president. was to be his last as head of RC-East. The Army 1st Cavalry Division, led by Maj. Gen. Daniel Allyn, is scheduled to take over command next week, he said. more attacksVoice of America News ServiceThe leader of al-Qaida in Yemen is in retaliation for last weeks killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. In a statement posted on the Internet Wednesday, Nasser al-Wahishi tells Americans that the ember of jihad is brighter following bin Ladens death and that what is coming is greater and worse. The warning from the leader of al-Qaida Senator John Kerry announced he will travel to Pakistan next week to try and put relations with that country back on track after bin Ladens death. leader during a May 2 raid on a compound in Pakistans garrison city of Abbottabad. The discovery of bin Ladens hideout raid has further strained relations between Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters in Washington he plans to discuss bilateral Islamabad. Earlier this week, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani rejected allegations that Pakistans military and spy agency were complicit or incompetent in failing to detect bin Ladens lair. The Pakistani leader also criticized the from such unilateral actions. | NEWS YOU CA N USETHE WIRE | PAGE 3 THE WIRE | PAGE 2 TROO P ER T O TROO P ER |


News from the Bay Stories and reporting by Spc. Meredith Vincent and Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin AngebrandFrisbee tournament registration begins Registration for Morale, Recreation and Tuesday at Denich Gym. There will be a coaches meeting May 19 and league play is scheduled to start May 23. Each team will have seven players. Games will be played two to three times per week for a total of eight weeks at Cooper Field. Alana Morrison, MWR sports coordinator, encourages Troopers to join the league for the football and soccer, she said. It incorporates a lot of cardio, making it a great workout for everyone. Referees will call the games based on found online. Other Guantanamo Bay bylaws and league rules will apply. Registration is free and open to all Guantanamo Bay residents. For more information regarding sign up and rules, call Morrison at x2113.NEX, MWR co-sponser Morale Recreation and Welfare is partnering with the Navy Exchange to bring you a Family Fun and Fitness Day, Saturday, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m at the NEX. information about healthy lifestyles and a bounce house for the kids. There will also be a run for kids hosted by the Child and Youth Programs team starting at 8:30 a.m. A push-up contest will be conducted with prizes for both participants and winners. MWR staff members will demonstrate belly dancing, Fitness is a huge part of well-being and builds morale for the active duty members We offer command PT and group exercise as here in GTMO. also be available with MWR staff members For more information contact Norton at x2157.Marina offering next boat license test prep NEWS FROM THE BAY | THE WIRE | PAGE 4 Boots on the GroundShould females be allowed in combat arms? Morale Welfare and Recreations Marina staff is offering a free boat license preparation course, May 18, at 5 p.m. The class is scheduled to last 20 minutes and prepares Troopers for the process of obtaining a boat license. Instructor Cory Geiger, MWR outdoor recreation director, highlights how to get your boat license, how to be safe and how to have fun out on the water. Geiger said he started the sessions because people kept asking him about the process of getting a license. I had people coming up to me and saying I need to come down and see you, I have been on island for 3 months and havent got my boat license, said Geiger. Troopers will get all the information they need before taking to the seas. We are here to help you feel comfortable on the water, said Geiger. If you havent driven a boat in a while or have never driven one before, we will teach you how to so that you can enjoy the water. For more information about the boat preparation course, call Geiger at x2345. trooperSpc. Kelly Gary Bullet Bio Time in service: 7 years Hobbies: softball, football, Pet peeves: Troops Next goal: Troopers: Several years ago, Army Staff Sgt. Kellie J. Bell lost her grandmother, who served as Bells surrogate mother, role model and best friend. It wasnt long after that she decided to join the Army. I realized I needed to do something not only to better myself but to bring back my my grandma proud and [enlisting] seemed like the best thing. accountability for hundreds of assets. She will never leave work without making sure that her tasks are complete or have a plan of action for completing it the next day, said Sgt. 1st Class Yesenia S. Cooper, J6 superintendent. For Bell, working hard is only one trait a leader should possess. Helping junior Troopers is key as well. Being a good leader and providing the lower enlisted with a path they want to go down is important, she said, adding she is always happy and willing to help others. Cooper sees her sergeants eagerness to give her Troopers a boost. promotions or classes she is always helping others, Cooper said. Bells contribution to her colleagues and community goes beyond the duty day. Her leadership skills and ability to work in a team environment show in her afterhours activities. She is outstanding not only in uniform, but out of uniform as well, said Cooper. When out of uniform, Bell can be found When she was four years old, her mother signed her up for T-ball. Although the age of her talent. She has loved softball ever since. The most comfortable I have ever felt in dont have to think, just react. Bell played on the intramural softball team the Beach Bums this past season and is currently I am very competitive, Bell said. I love the adrenaline, trying to anticipate the next play and of course the camaraderie. In her seven years in the Army, Bell said the comradeship she has found through work and play is most important. The best part is the people I meet, said Bell. The connection, the relationships and the friendships that I have built are the most rewarding. These connections mean the world to her, she continued, adding the positive leadership and companionship she has experienced since being on Guantanamo Bay surpasses any previous. wouldnt trade this for anything. belt but this deployment has given her deeper friendships than the previous two. Having seen the very examples of the kind of NCO she did not want to be, she now wants to be sure she gives more care to the people around her. Bells compassion and genuine concern for others are just two aspects contributing to see FOCUS, page 7 PSEC ALERT USE OPSEC! PROTECT YOUR TRAVEL PLANS!Would you tell a stranger when youre not home?Have you ever left a light on at your house when youre not home? When youre on vacation do you have a friend pick up your mail, or take the paper off the lawn so it looks as if someone is home? If you did, then you used OPSEC. We do these things to keep ourselves and our things safe from people who mean to harm us. So why would you post your travel plans online? Putting travel plans online is the same as putting a sign in front of your house that says, Im not home. Stay safe. Protect your travel plans. THE WIRE | PAGE 5 | TROOPER FOCUSher future as a senior NCO. Her peers and seniors believe Bell has what it takes to focus Staff Sgt. Kellie Bell


Story and photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph EbaloNFL draft forgotten as GTMO football playoffs begin Anxious American football fans all over the world gathered around their television sets as the National Football League held their annual 2011 College Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Some teams needed a help on defense or special teams. At the conclusion of the threeday event, more than 200 college into the NFL and received professional contracts to step Many fans are already strategizing and deciding on how their teams should use their new additions to generate victories and ultimately win the with a looming NFL players lock-out and strike, fans might not get to see the upcoming seasons action as early as they think. For many hard-core football players and fans stationed on Guantanamo Bay, the draft was an intense, nail-biting ordeal as they awaited news on their favorite teams. For others, the NFL is the farthest thing from their mind as there is plenty of football going on right here and playoffs are just around the corner. I love the NFL and, deployed or not, I rarely miss the details of a game or any big news, said Jamal Doc Jones, wide-receiver for the defending Morale Welfare and Recreation Spartans. But honestly, I cant worry about the NFL right now because were trying to go backSPORTS | THE WIRE | PAGE 6 to-back and win another one. MWRs 2011 Flag Football League is in week 7 of an 8-week regularly scheduled season, with a two-week playoff. All 10 continue on. The season is counting down and you can tell by how to win, said Alana Morrison, sports coordinator for MWR. For some it might be too little, too late for others they just might barely make the cut. The truth is some teams just arent going to make it. Six of the original 10 teams will compete in the tournamentstyle, double-elimination playoff season where they will get another chance to face off against some of the teams they may have lost to in the regular season. Once youre in the playoffs its a whole different ball game, said Craig Smith, tight-end for the Black Knights. It doesnt matter if you were the best or the worst team in the regular season because thats all behind you. Its all about who takes their game up a notch to get the victory. lineman for the Sharks, agrees the playoffs are a clean slate. Once you get into the playoffs, you know what to do against certain teams because youve seen their strengths and weaknesses, said Paddy. Hopefully you know how to take advantage, because thats what were planning to do go hard or go home. For more information about Denich Gym at x77262. Readying GTMO for refugees, sudden population increaseStory and photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross FOCUS cont. Caribbean nations, Guantanamo places they come. As displaced refugees arrive on base, Joint Task Force Guantanamo react. Migrant Operations or Mig Ops is the islands designated response to a sudden population increase and have played a Station Guantanamo Bays long history. Army Capt. Dave Rodriguez, of contact for MIG OPS said, what was a large component of the JTF is now just himself and only goes into action when the need arises. There is no JTF MIG OPS unless we get an executive order from the President, said Rodriguez. Its just a plan right now because there is no mass migration happening here. We just make sure this base can handle it when it does happen. The Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security employ MIG OPS when refugees leave their home nations. Many refugees most notably from Haiti and Cuba end up on Guantanamo Bay. Just last year, Guantanamo was prepared to host hundreds of thousands of Haitian refugees in the wake of the 7.0 an estimated 200,000 thousand people and left nearly one million homeless, according to demonstration of preparedness THE WIRE | PAGE 7 | MISSIO Nexcel. She is a very strong female, said Cooper. She has a heart of gold and she is an outstanding leader. Bell is competing for Trooper of the Quarter a goal she said can be reached with the help of her NCOIC and friends. It is something that I never thought I could do but with [Coopers] support and the support of the people here I know it is possible, she said. In addition to the award, Bell hopes to earn her bachelors in Logistics and Transportation from excel all the way to the top, and sees her moving forward with great momentum. I honestly see Bell as a command sergeant major, said Cooper. I think she has it in her to lead troops. At the bottom of her email, from former president John Quincy Adams: If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. Cooper said Cooper. is the result of previous migrations and population problems on the base. The largest migrant operation to date for the JTF was Operation Sea Signal, Haiti and Cuba seeking refuge were intercepted and brought to Guantanamo Bay. We had 45 to 50,000 migrants here on Guantanamo Bay back in the early 90s during Operation Sea Signal, said Rodriguez. They ended up staying on the base from early 1994 to mid 1996. There were so many people, they were living on the golf course and where the JTF is now. Servicemembers families had to be evacuated because there were just too many people. to assume responsibility for all future MIG OPS on Guantanamo Bay. However, that will not completely take JTF Guantanamo or Rodriguez will remain the JTF Guantanamo initial phases of a large-scale migration and serve as a liaison to Army South for the phases following. My job is to get our Migrant Operations Center on the leeward side [of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay] up and running and make sure we are of people, said Rodriguez. That swell in population is not limited to refugees. Planning support upwards of 10,000 at full capacity. Rodriguez has locations across both the leeward and windward sides of Naval Station Guantanamo where tent cities, much like the one currently at Camp Justice, can be erected to house refugees and servicemembers separately. Hosting more than 50,000 immigrants, often povertystricken and in dire need of medical attention, may seem like a daunting and overwhelming task. For Rodriguez, having this plan in place and being able to successfully execute it is essential. This plan is here for a very good reason, said Rodriguez. If we dont respond, thousands of people will die. We are not going to let that happen.


omething Sto S ing about My biggest concern while traveling to Guantanamo Bay was getting my guitar here safely. In transit my luggage was lost, but thankfully the guitar stayed safe and snug at my side. I actually play the drums; however, transporting an entire drum set here seemed improbable, so I decided to make learning something new a priority. I didnt expect to see a drum set anytime soon. photographing an Army sergeant reading Reading Program in the Trooper Chapel when I noticed a glimmering gold drum set in the corner. I was itchin to make noise, but managed to patiently wait until my subject After the shoot, I jumped behind the set and took to the tom toms like a kid in a candy store. Religious Programs Specialist 3 rd Class Jeffery Lauber heard and informed me the drummer for the praise band was leaving soon. Lucky for me, they were looking for a replacement! He got me in touch with the bands bass guitarist, Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 1 st Class Sam White also a Joint Task Force member. Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin AngebrandFEATURE | THE WIRE | PAGE 8 When I talked to White, he invited me to practice the following frozen behind the drum set. I had never played with a praise band before. My experience was with my high school band and playing various beats on friends drum sets growing up. these guys a bit and realized this was a story needing to be told volunteering to do this every Sunday regardless of 12 hour shifts, lack of sleep and inevitable exhaustion convinced me to start writing. White assured me and understood my nervousness. He said he had grown as a bassist here and that I, too, would develop as a drummer. We are blessed to have you with us, he told me. Its kind of ironic how our last drummer left no more than two weeks ago and we found you a week after. White was sitting at an indoctrination too, noticed the drum set. I asked one of the chaplains [at the brief] if they had a praise service here, said White, Later on he emailed me to ask if I would like to play with them. During his time on Guantanamo Bay, White has seen many players come and go and said it is all part of life on deployment. At one point, we had a band member from each branch of service, including a DOD civilian, said White. But, thats what we do we adapt and are blessed to have new players show up just as other players are leaving. Coincidentally, when lead guitarist and vocalist Machinist Mate 3 rd Class Daniel Kurtz arrived on the base his Just as I fell into place, so has the rest of the band, said White. Daniel ended up moving into my house and I asked him if he knew anyone who played guitar and he said, I used to play in a traveling praise band. Kurtz, also a JTF member, shares vocalist duty with White. He said he has been musically intrigued since the age of seven when he began playing the violin. Later, he picked up a guitar his brother left behind and was immediately hooked. see BAND, page 19 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 | FEATURE


Story and photos by Spc. Meredith Vincent Standing in the hallway at the famed White House that sits atop Marine Hill, Robert G. Walton looks down at his feet. same. Its been a little more than 50 years since Robert stood in that hallway. The last time he was just a boy, a senior in high school, of the Marine barracks. Col. Robert C. Walton led the Guantanamo Bay chapter of Marines from 1958 to 1960. His wife and three sons lived on the base with him during that time. And today, there is a family reunion of sorts happening on the island. Not just father and son, but three generations of Guantanamo Bay residents. Its kind of a nice continuity, said Navy Lt. Cmdr. R. Howard Walton, son of Robert G., grandson of Col. Walton and the assistant staff judge advocate for Joint Task Force Guantanamo who is now deployed here. It really brings a new dimension to my experience here. When Howard learned he could bring his father back to a major site of his youth, he seized the opportunity. Showing both his father and mother, Barbara Walton, around the base was a family trip down memory lane, led by the elder Walton. My wife says Im walking around in a daze, he chuckled. Robert G.s father originally enlisted as a Sailor in the Reserves when he was 17. After his commission, Robert C. transferred to the Marine Corps, where he retired as a full-bird colonel. In the gate was open, Robert G. recalled. You could go into Caimanera or Guantanamo City. Then in January of the revolution took over and things changed. Robert G. was in high school at the time. He was putting radios together and racing sailboats. Looking back, he understands here afforded him. I watched Cuban gun boats sail up the center of the harbor, he said. I woke up to the sound of .50 calibers and mortars and all the rest of it. The Walton family found themselves in the middle of a historic period for both the unchanged. When we arrived [to Guantanamo Bay], Father had command of an understrength company, essentially the gate guards around the post, explained Robert G. When we left, he had a reinforced battalion with tanks and armor and artillery and all kinds of things. It was a whole different ball game. The community around him changed, too. What was once a peaceful town-like the Cold War. It changed, he said, remembering his boyhood home. It went from being this sleepy little place to being a place on the front page of all the newspapers. father has come back to his high school alma mater. A former Marine himself, Robert G. did a short stint as a Reservist from 1961 to 1965. There is, predictably, plenty of goodnatured ribbing between father and son over why the lieutenant commander chose the Navy over the Marines. I say it was because the Navy made him a better deal, said Robert G., patting his son lightly on the back. Actually, I just liked the uniforms better, FAMILYall in theFEATURE | THE WIRE | PAGE 10 THE WIRE | PAGE 11 | FEATURE see WALTONS, page 19


AT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 12 In The Trenches What the Army has done? implemented an expansion strategy on April 1, 2011, to deploy an augmentation team comprised of activated Reserve Component Soldiers and TRICARE Management Activity support contractors to Dwight. D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Ga. The augmentation team supplements existing resources at the medical personnel and resources available to process MEB cases and enhance initiative the Army, Department of Defense and Department of The IDES, which began as a pilot program in the National Capitol Medical Command Public Affairs Region in 2007, combines the separate rating systems used by the Army and VA into a single disability rating that the VA prepares for use by both departments. The Army will deploy IDES to all of its military treatment a new Reserve Component Soldier Medical Support Center in Pinellas Park, Fla., to transform and improve the disability evaluation process for Reserve Component Soldiers. What does the Army have planned for the future? initiative the Army recently implemented to enhance the MEB process for Soldiers. In the future, an Electronic Physical Evaluation Board more to allow for the seamless transfer of Soldiers medical information between the Army and VA. Why is improving the MEB process important to the Army? The Army and MEDCOM want wounded, ill and injured Soldiers to get the care they need at the right time and right place. The improvements streamline the MEB process; helps Army meet current and future for Soldiers; promotes and supports readiness and the Army mission To Conserve the Fighting Strength.Pentagon stone dedicated at Fort McNairWASHINGTON, D.C. A stone recovered from the Pentagon after the Sept. 11, 2001, attack was dedicated Monday in commemoration of actions taken by of Washington following the attack.Grace Ohlhaut, JFHQNCR/MDW Public AffairsMaj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, the Joint Force commanding general, spoke at the ceremony held at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. Soldiers from the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company played an integral role in the ceremony, assisting with the unveiling of the stone and presenting the accompanying For 10 days following the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks, the unit, then called the Military District of Washington Engineer Company, was engaged in rescue and recovery operations for which the unit and Soldiers assigned were Also recognized at the ceremony were the servicemembers and employees of Military District of Washington who were with the command on 9/11. Maj. Gen. James T. Jackson, who was the commanding general of Military District of Washington during the attack, also participated in the ceremony. The limestone block, marked DB849 and weighing 225 pounds, was recovered from the west facade of the Pentagon, about 50 meters crashed into the building nearly 10 years ago. The stone will serve as a tribute to the 184 people who perished and to those who assisted in the rescue and recovery efforts at the Pentagon; and the lives lost in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at the World Trade Center. It also serves as a daily reminder of just how much we have grown as a command since Sept. 11, 2001, said Horst during the dedication. ceremony recognizing the rescue and relief efforts held over the past three months. MDW presented pieces of stone recovered from the Pentagon to the Arlington County Fire Department on March 24, 2011; the FBI the Fire Department of New York City on May 6, 2011. in a place of honor within the JFHQ-NCR/ McNair. On The Deck THE WIRE | PAGE 13 | AT YOUR SERVICEWASHINGTON, D.C. In an effort to provide conversion opportunities ahead of the Enlisted Retention Board, NAVADMIN 160/11 was released May 9, to waive some standard with the guidelines for submitting applications. The goal of the ERB is to re-balance manning in 31 overmanned ratings, improve advancement rates, and increase Perform to Leadership respects and values the service of our Sailors, explained Rear Admiral Tony Kurta, head of personnel policy. By providing increased opportunity to convert to undermanned rates, our goal is to keep high performing Sailors in the Navy while increasing competition and advancement opportunity in those overmanned ratings. As part of Navy efforts to increase conversion opportunities for ERB eligible applicants, some Years of Service: Personnel with greater than 12 years of service will be considered for conversion. Paygrade: All personnel, regardless of paygrade, will be considered for conversion. Personnel who are more than 12 months from their rotation date will be considered for conversion. waived. Personnel in receipt of PCS orders will be considered for conversion. incurred as a result of reenlistment, training, or other programs are waived.Chief of Naval Personnel Public AffairsSailors who desire a conversion will need to submit, by June 15, a NAVPERS 1306/7 in charge, a signed memorandum prioritizing for the previous three years, a PRIMS printout showing PFA scores for the previous four conversion ratings. To learn more about the ERB, including 129/11 on Navy Personnel Commands website at, www.npc.navy.mil. To learn more about the conversion opportunities available, to include a list of the eligible undermanned ratings, read NAVADMIN 160/11 at www.npc.navy.mil. George H.W. Bush strike group to deployNORFOLK, Va. The George H.W. Bush depart for its maiden combat deployment May 11. The strike group, which includes the of responsibility. This deployment is part of an ongoing security operations in international waters around the globe. Working with allied and Commander U.S. 2nd Fleet Public Affairspartner maritime forces, GHWB CSG units will focus heavily on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts which help establish conditions for regional stability. The George H.W. Bush Strike Group is ready to go, said Rear Adm. Nora Tyson, commander, GHWB CSG. These Sailors have worked extremely hard over the last year, and we are fully prepared to execute any and all tasking in support of the nations Maritime Strategy. of GHWB CSG consist of approximately 6,000 Sailors who have spent the last year conducting establish a safe, cohesive organization capable of performing a wide variety of missions across the globe, ranging from anti-piracy and ground support operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The George H.W. Bush Strike Group is Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Norfolk-based


On the Wing the Air Forces recent implementation of the new Citibank controlled spend account travel cards, funding for lodging costs will be pre-loaded on the card once authorization is approved in the Defense Travel System. As a result, Air Force Inns guests paying with the new CSA travel card will be charged the total room charges up to a long-term stay of 30 days upon check-in. Guests staying longer than 30 days will have their credit card charged on day 31 to cover previous miscellaneous charges and room charges to cover up to another 30 day stay. According to Capt. Bruce Staufer, the chief of lodging at the Air Force Services Agency, the new payment procedure will help avoid authorized for the travelers lodging stay. is speedier check-out times. The elimination of the need to preauthorize charges means guests dont have to return at the end of their stay to pay the bill, Captain Staufer said. For more information about Air Force visit www.usafservices.com. changes lodging billing THE WIRE | PAGE 14 AT YOUR SERVICE | should take from recent military operations capabilities is the best defense for the nation, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here May 6. a perfect record in forecasting where America is going to use military power next: We have never once gotten it right, Secretary Gates said to about 450 Airmen in a hangar at this F-15 Strike Eagle base. We just dont know, and thats why we have to be prepared, he said. Given that record, Secretary Gates said, capabilities it develops must be broad-based. Especially in a time of budget constraints, he said, we need to buy capabilities that have Americans should be cautious about Secretary Gates said. Four times in the last its military capabilities after a war: World War I, World War II, Vietnam and the Cold War. Each time it was because people thought the world had changed, that challenges had gone away. Human nature hasnt changed, he said. There will always be despots out there, there will always be aggressors and tyrants. capabilities strong as it look to the future, because we cant tell what the future will hold, he said. The federal debt crisis is dire, but that seems to be the only time a democracy will confront a problem, the secretary said. All through our history, people will try and put off dealing with a crisis for as long as they can, until it cannot be put off any longer, he said. If there is a consensus in Washington on one thing, it is that we cannot put off dealing with this crisis any longer. A strong defense needs a strong economy, and the Defense Department has a role to said. There are more savings to be made, particularly in infrastructure and medical coverage, which is eating away at the defense budget, he said. What I have been trying to do in dealing with the Congress and the White House is say, Lets not do this as math, as opposed to strategy, he said. Lets take a look at our capabilities; lets take a look at scenario-based force planning and see where we can take additional risk. The country needs a process that provides the president and Congress options that make sense, the secretary said. The options would be realistic and convey, if you want to reduce Defense by this much, these are the changes in assumptions you have to make, and here is the added risk you face if you head in that direction, he said. If the country has the time to adopt this budget strategy, and plans for reductions, and do it intelligently, we can do our part without weakening our national security, he said. model Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II The signing of formal documents for the jet, known as AF-7, took place at Lockheed to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on Friday Naval Air power and for our coalition partners around the world, said Larry Lawson, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and F-35 program general manager. The F-35 family of aircraft will bring an incredible increase in capability that our men and women defending us deserve. Today we and international customers. F-35s have completed more than 865 In addition to AF-7, eight more productionmodel F-35s have rolled out and are being prepared for delivery. Inside the Jar THE WIRE | PAGE 15 | AT YOUR SERVICECAMP DWYER, Afghanistan The Marine Corps believes it has found the right dog for the military working dog. Its a Labrador Retriever, and it resembles Old Yeller more closely than Rin Tin Tin. carefully bred to herd sheep and fend off predators, the Labrador Retriever was bred to go fetch. Originally created to help Canadian hunters catch game, todays typical Labrador is catching Frisbees. The energetic yet even-tempered canine has become arguably the most common household pet in the world. Yet the Labrador remains an able hunter, and therefore a competent aid to Marines conducting the delicate search for makeshift explosives, say those familiar with the Marine Corps counter IED efforts. Sgt. Steven Basham, the kennel supervisor with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, said the Marine Corps began taking more interest study highlighted the breeds hunting instinct, disposition and controllability, or how you could control the dogs with whistles and arm signals. Bomb dogs were mainly created for the urban terrain, whereas the [Labradors] were meant to work off leash, explained Basham, from Hawesville, Kentucky. Typically, Marines push the Labradors out front during patrols, Basham said. Labradors can smell 17 different odors associated with homemade explosives, and the dogs noses can sometimes detect what the Marines combat metal detectors cant, he explained. created a tactical niche for itself within the Corps counter-IED strategy. The trained Dogs, and Marine Corps Systems Command has designated a program manager to further incorporate the IDDs into counterinsurgency operations. Lt. Col. Kenneth Burger, the program manager, said the IDD force is already slated to increase from 315 to 647 dogs. increase in IDDs started April 9, 2011, but will not be realized in-theater until September 2011, number of dogs, said Burger, from Tacoma, Wash. The number of IDDs deployed will go for some 130 to approximately 285. A typical infantry battalion that used to get 13 dogs will now get 34. Not only is the program increasing in size, its increasing in sophistication. Burger said the Marine Corps is signing on more Field Service Representatives to provide Sgt. Jesse Stence Regimental Combat Team 1ongoing training to the IDDs and their handlers. In conjunction with the increase in IDDs, Burger said, each unit receiving IDDs will also be given a FSR who will not only train in the but will deploy with them as well. The FSRs are necessary because IDD handlers receive limited training, Burger said. Traditional dog handlers attend a formalized Department of Defense school to earn a secondary military occupational specialty, weeks of basic instruction and four weeks of integration training with their unit. The IDD training is simply designed to give the handlers basic skills without interfering with their predeployment training, he said. Due to the limited training the IDD handlers receive, Burger said, FSRs become very important, as they provide oversight on in-theater training and can conduct in-theater homemade explosive imprinting. dramatically, added Burger. Where we once had three FSRs in theater supporting the IDD program, well now grow to 12: one per unit with IDDs, and two at [each Regimental Combat Team]. This increase in FSRs will not go into effect until Sept. 11, on par with the increase of IDDs in theater. Currently, two private contracting companies conduct the IDD training: American K-9 Interdiction, based out of Carrsville, Va.; and K2 Solutions, Inc., Southern Pines, N.C. The IDDs undergo 14 weeks of training continually undergo sustainment training to said. The training for the handlers is also continuous, he said. Full unit integration training occurs during the units participation at Enhanced Mojave Viper, [Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.], Burger said. Prior to deployment, handlers will also participate in one week of refresher training. According to Burger, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to show the program is We have just recently begun to receive a correlation between the number of patrols with We continue to try to improve the reporting success. Basham said Marines should remember that there is no perfect solution to IEDs. Just as metal detectors cant detect non-metallic bomb parts, dogs may not be able to smell trouble every time. the Corps has yet another weapon to unleash. ARLINGTON, Va. Recent changes in reenlistment procedures will help the Marine Corps identify and retain only the through selection boards. Marine Corps Administrative Message 273/11, guidance to all Marines implemented May 5, outline new competitive reenlistment procedures, which can affect Marines in both First and the system will change from the standard commanders recommendation to a career planners tool with four ratings, which will allow commanders to evaluate the Marines based on their performance and eligibility to take on a boatspace, or designated specialties. The highest rating, Tier 1, is for Marines with outstanding performance records, whereas Tier 4 is for Marines closer to the minimum standards for reenlistment. Marines will be evaluated against others in the same military occupational specialty and year group.Lance Cpl. Christofer P. Baines Headquarters Marine Corps


Coast to coastAT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 16 CHEBOYGAN, Mich. Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw are preparing for a busy summer, including participation in upcoming events such as the 103rd Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race, and the 2011 Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, Mich., where the cutter is scheduled to hold its change-of-command ceremony. Cmdr. Scott J. Smith, approaches the end of his third year on board, he will pass the mantle of command to Cmdr. Michael J. Davanzo during a formal change-ofcommand ceremony Aug. 3, 2011, at the Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven. The ceremony is scheduled to take place at Escanaba Memorial Park at 1:30 p.m. BOSTON The Coast Guard rescued two people Tuesday, 120 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass., after their sailboat lost its mast and began taking on water. The two-man crew of the sailing vessel Eva contacted the Coast Guard Command Center in Boston via satellite telephone at 1:45 p.m. stating that their 45-foot sailboat had lost its mast and was taking on water. They also stated the vessels dewatering pumps were not operating. Weather on scene at the time of the report was 25-35 knot winds with 12-foot seas. The vessel was They two men were hoisted by an Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 helicopter crew and are en route the Coast Guard air station in Bourne, Mass. Both men are reported to be in good condition summer, upcoming change of commandDavanzo will be reporting aboard Davanzo is no stranger to the Great Lakes; his previous commands include the Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock, based in Port Huron, Mich., and the Coast Guard Cutters Rambler and James Rankin. Davanzo has had an array of other assignments including tours aboard several other cutters, small boat stations, training centers and Coast Following the change of command, Smith and his family will head to Washington, D.C., where he will assume duties as the Coast Guards program manager for visual aids to navigation. NEW ORLEANS The Coast Guard has stood up a Maritime Transportation System operations who work with stakeholders to restore the commercial capacity of a waterway following a natural or manmade disruption. As a result of high water in the Inland River System, the Coast Guard has established multiple safety zones and implemented vessel restrictions in several locations. vary according to geographic Captain of the Port zones. Information on these restrictions can be found on the Coast Guards Homeport site. Mariners are urged to take caution, proceed at a safe speed and adhere to established safety zones and restrictions, which will decrease wake impact to levees and other established search and rescue crew from Air Station Barbers Point has joined the search for six young people missing in Tuesday. Aboard the canoe were two men, age 19, four girls ages eight, nine, 12 and 14. The canoe was collecting palm Tarawa. They were last seen at 8 p.m., May 5, Hawaii Standard Time. The canoe was spotted adrift and swamped by local towing a 7-foot aluminum skiff which was no longer attached to the swamped canoe. The New Zealand Rescue Coordination Center personnel reported the vessels were believed to have drifted out of a lagoon and into the open sea. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of the Republic of assistance Monday at approximately 8 p.m. The Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules rescue crew arrived on scene approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. A vessel from Tarawa has been designated as the surface recovery asset. engaged in search efforts. The crew has days. | MI N D, BOD Y & SOULTHE WIRE | PAGE 17Spc. Justin Pierce Mind Body & SoulShake it like a salt shaker: Healthy food myths bedunked GTMO Religious ServicesDaily Catholic Mass Main Chapel Vigil Mass Main Chapel Mass Main Chapel Catholic Mass Troopers Chapel Troopers Chapel Church of Christ Chapel Annex Room 17 Seventh Day Adventist Room B Iglesia Ni Christo Room A Pentecostal Gospel Room D Liturgical Service Room B General Protestant Main Chapel United Jamaican Fellowship Building 1036 Gospel Service Main Chapel GTMO Bay Christian Fellowship Main Chapel Bible Study Troopers Chapel The Truth Project Troopers Chapel Protestant Worship Troopers Chapel Islamic Service Room C Jewish Service Chapel Annex LORIMI Gospel Room D LDS Service Room A see BODY page 19 Salt lovers may have noticed a recently published study touting the glories of their beloved condiment. This study, published in the May issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, strikes back against long held beliefs that salt intake and heart problems correlate. As with most nutritional studies, the exciting stuff is all results still leave us without the anticipated earth-shattering kaboom. The study only regurgitates what we already knew with a little more leeway for healthy adults under the age of 60. Findings from this study suggest that folks from the previously mentioned they do not have a genetic history of heart disease. Moderation is still the key. Studies like this do prove one thing very clearly: when it comes to nutrition, the general public is prone to hype. We fail ourselves when we forego the underlying logic in favor of fad notions. In light of salts new-found fame, here are some other food misconceptions where logic often is kicked to the curb. 1. Fat Free = Good: Theres some sense to this statement in that lowering your fat intake is good. The problem with fat free foods isnt that they dont have fat, but how they keep than not, fat free foods use highly processed the calorie count, but trading it for relatively worthless calories in processed sweeteners. Whats more, the general consensus on fat free foods runs something like this Since it has less/no fat, I can eat more of it. This Essentially, promoting fat free foods is like saying its better to drink two beers than eat two slices of bread. Sure theres less calories, but youll still want that sandwich. 2. Protein = Muscle Gain: For those wanting to bulk up, this may come as a bit of a disappointment. Eating protein doesnt recycling center of sorts. I like to call this strange contraption a digestive system. No matter what you force down your throat, your bodys recycling center breaks it down to the smallest element before beginning to use it. This doesnt mean you shouldnt eat protein after all, no two sources of food process the same way and there are certain simple carbohydrates. At the end of the day though, 52 grams of protein in a shake just means roughly 300 calories of energy for your body to use. 3. Salads = Healthy: Heres the nutritional info for Iceberg lettuce: Nutrition FactsServing Size 72 g Amount Per Serving Calories 10 Calories from Fat 1 % Daily Value* Total Fat 0g 0% Saturated Fat 0g 0% Trans Fat Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 7mg 0% Total Carbohydrate 2g 1% Dietary Fiber 1g 3% Sugars 1g Protein 1g Vitamin A 7%Vitamin C3% Calcium1%Iron 2%*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.NutritionData.com


AT THE MOVIES | THE WIRE | PAGE 18Movie Review Call MWR at ext. 2010 for more information. Movie Hotline call 4880. Rio (G) 8 p.m. Limitless(PG-13) 10 p.m.Take Me Home Tonight (R) 8 p.m. Adjustment Bureau (PG-13) 8 p.m. *last showing* Fast Five (PG-13) 8 p.m. Red Riding Hood (PG-13) 8 p.m. Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13) 8 p.m. Rango (PG) 8 p.m. Limitless (PG-13) 10 p.m. Take Me Home Tonight (R) 8 p.m. *last showing* Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13) 8 p.m. Fast Five (PG-13) 8 p.m. Red Riding Hood (PG-13) 8 p.m. Thor (PG-13) 8 p.m. Paul (R) 10 p.m. The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13) 8 p.m. *last showing*Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley Thor (PG-13) 8 p.m. Paul (R) 10 p.m FRI.SAT.SUN.MON.TUES.WED.THURS. Lets just put this out there right away: the Fast and Furious franchise is not meant to be high art. In place of intelligent dialogue or distinguishable plot lines, these movies are, instead, judged on crumpled steel, body counts and of course, how good Vin Diesel looks in a wife beater. Awards season is over, ladies and gentleman, and summers popcorn blockbusters are beginning their descent. And for my next admission: I didnt watch F & Fs second, third or fourth installments. Oops. However, I promise to remain as unbiased and impartial as I can. After all, I am a professional. Having said that, Fast Five is a pretty horrible movie. But its a good horrible this car-racing saga is and has always been that it doesnt pretend to be something its not. Director Justin Lin, who helmed the last two movies as well, knows his audience intimately and serves up heaping bumping action after all, why else would you come to see a movie like this? street-racing alphadog Dominic Toretto, Diesel again does his best impression of a tree stump, mistaking empty stares for partner-in-crime, Paul Walker, is as bland as ever, but its ok cause when he furrows his eyebrows over those sorrowful baby blues, we know hes really worried or concerned or mad about something. Theres other people in the movie, too, but all you need to know about them is that theyre all really tan, greasy and look good both behind the wheel and cocking a gun. Especially the chicks. To its credit, with shout-out to hot brunettes all over the world. Word. Not that it matters in the least, but and Mia Doms sister and Matts preggo true love, played by Jordana Brewster head to Brazil to steal ridiculous cars off a train. Eventually they cross the one guy in Rio you dont want to piss off and naturally decide to rob him of millions of dollars. So what once was a high-octane narrative on street-racing now morphs into a heist movie comparable to Oceans Eleven, with Diesel and Walker in the George Clooney and Brad Pitt roles, respectively. Not something I think the world needed, but oh well. And did you know The Rock is in this?! I didnt! But, boy, am I glad someone told Spc. Meredith Vincent see MOVIES page 19 WALTONS cont. me, because skies parted, galaxies collided and the stars aligned just perfectly in all their bald, biceped, beefed-up glory. much frenzied fun chewing the scenery; Im pretty sure I saw his goatee twitching. phenomenon is the very same thing keeping As you can see theres not a lot there. But who eats a salad of just lettuce? Smothered in dressing, meat, cheese, nuts and croutons, salads generally turn into a cholesterol sneak attack. Compare a McDonalds Big Mac with any of their gourmet salads and this point becomes abundantly clear. Also, keep in mind, the salad nutritional info is sans dressing. The biggest danger all three of these examples show is when we select our food, we go into auto-pilot. The box says X so X must be right. And usually this X health claim is true. Granola bars do contain healthy whole grains. The unspoken Y Its uplifting for me, said Kurtz, who sometimes must play in his uniform before returning to work. I enjoy playing for the service its a great way to give back and is fun and rewarding. As a praise band, we supplement the Sunday 9 a.m service inside the Trooper Chapel, where Trooper and spirituality unite. For many, it is a place to escape from the routines and stressors of deployment. Its important because it helps the Troopers get away from work, said White. Its good for your soul to just have something to do outside of work and be able to escape and give a little back to God. After playing at the Sunday service for about escape. I was clear-minded and relaxed by the atmosphere of the music and service combined. Being a part of the praise band is a way of giving back to the Navy and God its really a blessing. I hope we can bring joy to the Troopers who attend the service and I hope they see we are playing for them. The trip has been an eye-opener for the small family, said Howard. Robert G. found some of his old high school classmates through to bring plenty of pictures for them to see. In a graduating class of 16, he said the relationships remain strong. Robert G. visited both his old Navy College occupy it now and the new high school, where he related to teens growing up in a similar environment. I was talking to seniors at the school and said, Just remember, these people are going to be your friends for the rest of your life, he said. Being a service brat can be challenging at times, but it also has its rewards. Comparing then-and-now perspectives of the naval station produces excited conversations. Both father and son are aware they are being given a gift not many receive. Laughter breaks out over Guantanamo Bay wildlife. Banana rats barely exsisted! revealed Robert G. And we would see iguanas wandering around the hills but not [on base]. They were treats for the Cubans so the populations were held in check. Its hard to imagine GTMO without the banana rats, Howard pondered. But he didnt even know what one was. Banana rats aside, Howard often contemplates the two different worlds he, his father and his grandfather have known. Its just fascinating to think about what this place mustve been like when it was open and you could go into Cuba, he mused. Sometimes driving down Sherman Ave., I think about how Im driving down the same street my grandfather and my father drove down many times. I didnt drive on it! his dad interrupted. I was on a bicycle! is the problem though. Granola bars also contain heaps of corn syrup. Purely healthy grains taste remarkably like cardboard, so its pallets. The best advice for eating healthy in the modern world is to revamp your hunter/ gatherer instincts. We no longer need to stalk our prey in the wilderness, but we must stay vigilant when selecting. When you see % whats taking the place of that 35 percent. Be cognizant of what youre putting into your with good things. us fascinated with Snooki, The Situation and the rest of the Jersey Shore crew. Its a combination of self-indulgent escapism and over-the-top cheese, and it sucks us in so that the very reasons why we should hate it turns out to be part of its charm. Fast Five was not for me. I watched it because it is my weekly duty and pleasure to report this review to you, the reader. And Im here to tell you, it was not that good. But it was just the right kind of awful. BODY cont. BAND cont. MOVIE cont. | THE LAS T WORDTHE WIRE | PAGE 19


THATS A BIG RING! TOPPING IT OFF UP AND OVER Cinco de Mayo Fun Run Residents of Guantanamo Bay competed in Morale, Welfare and Recreations Cinco de Mayo 5k Fun Run, Friday. Following the race, runners enjoyed food and drinks provided by MWR. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross