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Volume 12, Issue 24 Friday, June 3, 2011 Natalie Stovall! Memorial Day weekend concert extravaganza The Frontmen! Yung Joc! BONUS COVER


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 1,200.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 Maj. Amy. A Oliver: 9927 Operations Officer CW2 Raymond Chapman: 3649 Senior Enlisted Leader Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sally Hendricks: 3649The WireCommand Information NCOIC: 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 Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Erica Gardner Sgt. Mathieu PerryContact 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: The Memorial Day Holiday was jammed pack full of music, thanks to the efforts of Naval Station Guantanamo Bays Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department and Navy Entertainment. Keeping residents entertained were Natalie Stovall, Yung Joc and The Frontmen. Command Sgt. Maj., Joint Task Force Command Sgt. Maj.As I speak with many of the newly assigned Joint Task Force leaders, I often ask them what they most want from their Troopers. disciplined and able to qualify within their service and skill set. The one point that drives the other two is discipline. As servicemembers, we are trusted more by the population of the United States than agencies. We earn this trust by having the iron discipline to carry out orders and meet their expectations. Iron discipline is usually found in the workplace when lives, safety and mission are at risk. Strict adherence to procedures and of our values and character are exercised daily with iron discipline by you. There are several informal tests of our discipline. One example regulations is one of the hardest tests of discipline. Its too easy to say everyone is doing it. Going over the speed limit is almost the expectation rather than the exception. Each year we get safety briefs on how speed, fatigue and alcohol are contributing factors in fatal crashes. Yet Troopers continue to break this law several times a day. Do you have the discipline to do what is right? Another test is when given liberty, pass or time-off duty. Its installation discipline. The greatest threat to our military is off-duty activities that take our Troopers from formations. Weve all heard about high-risk activities that take lives. We also have an enemy out there in the form of alcohol abuse that ruins as many lives and careers Mark Porrett We also display discipline by putting on our military uniforms. Wearing the uniform properly and professionally represents your service. Acting in a way veterans relate to is a small piece of how we are evaluated. Ive heard the uniform makes the Trooper. I know the Trooper makes the uniform. The fact is, whether in a uniform or civilian clothes, we still represent our unit, fellow Troopers and the nation. Our war is not with each other, but the forces that break up our team. Just when you think no one is watching, usually there is. The only way to safeguard our nation is with iron discipline from the Troops. Honor bound. House Rejects Vote to Raise US Debt Ceiling Without Spending CutsCindy Saine Voice of America News ServiceThe House of Representatives voted United States statutory debt limit by some $2 trillion. The vote would have raised the debt ceiling without any government spending cuts, which are now supported move Democrats described as political theater. Democrats and Republicans have battled for months in Congress over the U.S. federal budget and over how to get the spiraling national debt under control. U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the government reached its current is using bookkeeping procedures to give Congress until August to pass legislation to prevent the United States from defaulting on its debt obligations. With two months to go until the August deadline, Republican House leaders held a vote Tuesday on a measure that they introduced but also wanted to be defeated a clean bill that would raise the debt ceiling without any spending cuts. The vote was 318 against, 97 in favor, and seven lawmakers voted present. Chairman Dave Camp urged members of his party to vote no on the bill. Today we are making clear that Republicans will not accept an increase in our nations debt limit without substantial spending cuts and real budgetary reforms, he said. Democratic lawmakers accused Republicans of holding the vote as a political stunt to make Democrats go on the record of voting to raise the debt ceiling without cuts in government spending. Democratic Congressman Sander Levin the 2012 elections. Bringing up this bill in this fashion is a ploy so egregious, the Republicans have had to spend the last week pleading with Wall Street not to take it seriously, and risk our economic recovery, he said. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the president and many lawmakers from both parties realize that raising the debt ceiling is a very urgent matter. Gates: U.S. seeks to enhance partnerships in AsiaVoice of America NewsU.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he is looking to build relationships with countries in Asia to address a wide variety of future challenges in the region. Ahead of Fridays opening at Asias most prominent security conference, Gates said that Washington plans to remain a reliable partner for its allies. Gates says he is going into the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore with the message that Washington will continue to build relationships with its Asian allies despite potential budget restrictions. I would say, if anything, these pressures put a premium on multilateral responses to problems. Whether its humanitarian assistance or disaster relief, where we see opportunities with a number of countries out here, including China said Gates. This year China is sending to Singapore the annual security conference. Gates and Liang are expected to hold a bilateral meeting Friday. Speaking to reporters en route to the conference Thursday, Gates said he is very improvement between their two militaries. He says continued dialogue is important to Washington remain at odds about American arms sales to Taiwan. Under those circumstances, there is value in a continuing dialogue by the two sides of issues are and how we might alleviate the concerns on both sides, he said. Gates says Washington remains concerned aircraft. But he says he does not think China aims access in the region. I think the Chinese have learned a powerful lesson from the Soviet experience and they do not intend to try and compete with us across the full range of military capabilities. But, I think they are intending to build capabilities that give them considerable freedom of action in Asia and the opportunity Chinas neighbors and could be a topic of discussion here in Singapore. Since last week, reports of Chinese vessels violating territorial claims in the South China Sea have provoked formal protests from the Philippines and Vietnam. Both countries complained that China allegedly violated their territorial waters by either erecting marker posts on small reefs and islands or chasing away their ships. The Philippine and Vietnamese governments have sent representatives to the Shangri-La Dialogue. Defense Secretary Donald Gates said he will look to build relationships with countries in Asia ahead of the Shanri-La Dialogue in Singapore today. photo by U.S. Army THE WIRE | PAGE 3 | NEWS YOU CA N USE


NEWS FROM THE BAY | THE WIRE | PAGE 4 Boots on the GroundRupunzel from Tangle, because we both have the same personality. Spc. Joel Rodriquez Goofy, because hes just that easy going guy. Army Sgt. David Garcia Chief Damage Controlman Darrick Hays Genie from Aladdin, because he makes things happen. Aladdin, because he goes after what he wants. Hospitalman Kacey Banaszek Golf contest: winner recieves 100 dollarsPut your drive to the test! The Yatera Seca Golf Association invites you to compete in a longest drive contest June 12 from 9 a.m to 1:30 p.m at the Lateral Hazard Golf Course.News from the Bay Stories and reporting by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin AngebrandRun invites commands from your shop at the Flag Day Run, June 14 at the Denich Gym. Sign up at any gym by June 13. Recreation to honor the American Flag. To better localize the symbol of the coordinator. We want commands to run served, are serving and will serve for their command. The run is scheduled to begin at 6:30 a.m, so all commands have the opportunity to participate during PT hours. For more Ceramic shop hosts Explore a world of creativity at the Ceramic Shop Craft Fair Saturday from 12 Crafters can sign up at the ceramic shop for $15 per table to sell their homemade crafts. Artists and crafters will keep 100 Crafts such as ceramics, letter art and Summer heats up new Dig out that old glove and dust off those bats! Its time for the summer softball league Softball is the most involved sport here Welfare and Recreation sports coordinator. The league will stretch out over the entire summer until September. This is a great opportunity for all the Troopers to get active and stay involved in also a great way to meet other people who share an interest and a love of the game. There is still time to get a team together. Registration is open to ages 16 and up. Be sure to sign up by June 7 at the Denich Gym. The season starts June 13. For more infor Sign up will be held Saturday at the NEX atrium from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Event cost is three balls for $10. The participant with the farthest, most accurate drive from hole number one will win $100. All event proceeds will go to the Yatera Seca Golf Association, which holds Wednesday of every month at the Lateral Hazard Golf Course. Dont worry about your skill level, said Yatera Seca Association Vice President Tim Psingsten. We are willing to help you with your swing. For more information about the longest drive contest or about becoming a member, contact Psingsten at x3772 or x90672. pottery will be on sale. Andre Gordon, arts and crafts manager for the ceramic shop, invites Troopers to participate. They can come out and not only buy stuff but also learn how to make things, said Gordon. It takes their mind off of everyday duties. Its a morale thing! For more information call x74795 or x84435. trooper 2nd Class Jason Tross Bullet Bio Hobbies: golf, football, basketball Pet peeves: lazy people Inspirations: family people come and go but family is always there. Advice to junior Troopers: Listen. United Kingdom. Spain. Austria. Then there was Poland, Holland, France, Italy, Norway and Belgium all during one threeyear tour in Germany. With all these stamps in his passport, it is evident Army Staff Sgt. Vonterrell Fredrick doesnt sit around and wait for things to come his way. Fredricks chain of command in Joint Task Force Guatanamos 525th that way. The Army Soldier, who reported to the 525th last October, is recognized in his work center as the go-to person for making things happen. Its all about networking, said Fredrick, with no prior experience and not knowing anyone here, built the relationships we need to get our Soldiers the training they need. He made those relationships away from his desk, traveling to meet people faceto-face. Fredrick is directly responsible for ensuring the more than 400 Troopers assigned to the 525th are either enrolled or attending the schools they need to be range from Army-wide courses like Equal Opportunity Leader to specialized training in the FBI Crisis Negotiator Course and interservice Non-Lethal Individual Weapons Instructor Course. There is a lot of mandatory training you need to have here at JTF, said Fredrick. a new person comes in and needs the same thing. So we start all over again. You have to stay on top of that so you dont lose track of things. a proactive worker and sharp Soldier. He is a leader as well. Hes not going to let anything slide, Whether its a uniform or something that comes up in our work here, he keeps the standard high. Fredricks work ethic and ability to stay on top of things in uniform carries over to his free time. This Trooper loves traveling. Now he has Cuba to add to his list of countries visited. Being in the military gives you the opportunity to go a lot of places you couldnt go otherwise, said Fredrick. Ive met a lot of people who like to stay in a little bubble. I know people whove been stationed at Ft. Bragg for 13 or 14 years and never left. They go down range, come back and then do it again. Thats not me. While his time in Cuba is limited to the base, Fredrick is still taking in as much as he PSEC ALERT OPSEC BLOCKS INDICATORS. THINK OPSEC!What is an indicator?When it comes to OPSEC, our only concern is the protection of unclassified information that has been identified as sensitive or critical information. Have you ever wondered why? Critical information provides the adversary with indicators. Indicators are nothing more than small pieces to a big puzzle that potentially put together classified information. Indicators can range from leaving your light on at night, which indicates youre home, to massive troop movements to a certain location to indicate that an operation or training is being conducted. So be a hard target. Find out how indicators are giving you away. THE WIRE | PAGE 5 | TROOPER FOCUScan. Im glad I came down here, said Fredrick. It helps me see the big picture anywhere else. focus Staff Sgt. Vonterrell FredrickCoast Guard searches for overdue boater on sailing trip off Gulf of Mexico


THE WIRE | PAGE 7 | MISSIO N The Wire introduces first Island Best Trooper contest Regardless of how long the deployment, Guantanamo Bay is now home to hundreds of Troopers. Most servicemembers, just as soon as they arrive to a new duty station, immediately begin the nesting process. Pictures, place in each Tierra Kay room, Camp America trailer or Cuzco tin can. And while some stick to the basics and utilize the usual means to make their mark, others go to extraordinary lengths to transform their dwelling into something personal and unique. The Wire decided it was time to recognize those Troopers who do an outstanding job of bringing home to Guantanamo Bay. The places we inhabit and the people we share a room, trailer, block or house with are all part of what makes time on Guantanamo Bay a oncein-a-lifetime experience. Therefor, we are introducing chance to show off their creativity and ingenuity. The Wire will contain a ballot in which Troopers can write-in nominees for each category at either the TKs, Cuzcos or Camp America. We will accept nominations for two weeks, then tally the votes. Winners, with their permission, will be featured in a future issue of The Wire. We here at The Wire strive to not only inform the Troopers of JTF Guantanamo but also to show our appreciation for all you do by providing some well-crafted hilarity. Consider this upcoming opportunity our thank you card, Guantanamo. Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin AngebrandThe Navy Region Southeast Fire & Emergency Services Fire Prevention Bureau is teaming up with Joint Task Force Guantanamo to ensure work and safe as possible. The bureau implemented the designating a member from each program requires the member take an hour-long course on basic and become responsible for monthly inspections of their building. It helps us out because they become our eyes and ears, said inspector. We can only get to a building once a year to do their warden helps with the basics. The prevention bureau also given to commands and other groups upon request. They also recently participated in the Child Safety Day held at the Downtown Lyceum. If they [Troopers] come workplace or at home, they will have this basic skill to put it out, said Foley. We teach them to aim low and use a sweeping motion. It is important to be proactive in mind: Install smoke detectors in test batteries every six months. In kitchens, never leave cooking unattended. Keep the area grease-free. Turn pot handles away from the front of the stove. Never wear loose, long sleeves while cooking, especially clothes made of synthetic materials. For smokers, dispose cigarettes in proper receptacles and smoke only at designated areas. Finally, have an evacuation plan -know escape routes along with primary and secondary exits and always have a safe muster area for accountability. Barbeques and outdoor activities are a popular way for Troopers to relax on base and photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand see FIRE, page 19 NEWS | THE WIRE | PAGE 6


FEATURE | THE WIRE | PAGE 8 Joint Task Force and U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo servicemembers and civilians engaged in rigorous combat against Coastguardsmen, civilians and family members participated in Thirty-three teams went head to head in basketball, softball and beach volleyball, competing for trophies and bragging rights around the island. Our goal was to give the troops a good way to unwind and Sports Coordinator. Judging by the turnout and the positive comments we received from all the participants Id, say it was a Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe EbaloTournaments success. In three days we had about the same number of athletes we usually have playing in sports leagues that last eight weeks long. twice to win their respective sports and earn the top trophies. Warriors dominated the rest of the competition and won the double-elimination tournament without losing a game. Some of the athletes competed in more than one sport and spent their weekend running back and forth between the basketball happy to get out there and compete against my friends and peers. Its all about having fun. Michael Hoag, small forward for the Average Joes, watches as Mike Brown, power forward, leaps into the air for a slamdunk, Sunday at Denich Gym. photo by Spc. Meredith Vincent Anthony Ryan, player for Fin Awesome, digs for the ball during the sand volleyball tournaments, Sunday. Fin Awesome dominated the tournament, winning every game they played. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Ebalo Mark Jones (right) forward for the Vigilant Warriors basketball team goes up for a layup against the Team Greatness defenders during the MWR GTMO Memorial Day Weekend Basketball Tournament at Denich Gym, Sunday. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Ebalo THE WIRE | PAGE 9 | FEATUREMemorial Day Special Hundreds of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers and Independent and rising country music star Natalie Stovall led off the weekend-long event with a powerful performance for what she calls her favorite audience. Playing for the military is truly playing for the best audience in the world, said Stovall. Theres this great cycle of gratitude and it raises the level of energy in the crowd. For us, were so amazed to be playing for you guys and its so incredible what you do for us. Stovall said she feels a special connection with the military. Her father, a retired Army colonel, served more than 20 years while she was growing up, helping her understand and feel very stage. Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason TrossMWR Concerts I had the opportunity to dance with her [Stovall], said Tech Sgt. Chris Dallas, a JTF Guantanamo engineer assigned to the and I think the crowd got a kick out of it, too. Dallas caught all three artists at various venues this weekend. Like previous performers and guests to visit Guantanamo Bay, he found the shows made life a little better for the people serving As an artist you want what you do to mean something, said Stovall. When we play for military, we can see it in their faces coming up to you after a show and saying, Oh wow, that was cool. They really mean it. Violinist and rising country star Natalie Stovall autographs a poster for a fan after her performance at Naval Station Guantanamo Bays Windjammer Caf Saturday. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross Hip-hop star Yung Joc, joined by his Swag Team entourage, raps for hundreds of cheering fans during his performance at the Windjammer Caf, Saturday. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross Tim Rushlow of the country band Little Texas was one of three performers forming the group The Frontman. The band performed for residents of Guantanamo Bay, Sunday at the Windjammer Patio mixing equal parts originals, covers and audience requests. photo by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel


Day festivities began with the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at Ferry Landing Beach, Saturday. Participants staged their boats on the starting line, paddled beginning line. the course runs parallel to the beach for a few key reasons. The water is shallow for safety, he explained. It also allows spectators to see the boats from the side and up close, so they are closer to the action. and most of the work was done by the competitors. We set up the course and bring out tents for shade and drinks to stay cool, said Geiger. Participants constructed boats strictly using cardboard materials and basic tape. All participants received a rule sheet along with tips. Nails, wood and metal items were prohibited as building materials. The Air Force Base Engineer Emergency Force, also known as Prime BEEF, built a large airplane with a wingspan of about forty feet and an estimated weight of 200 pounds. small model using basic engineering design concepts.Boat RegattaStory by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin AngebrandFEATURE | THE WIRE | PAGE 10 see BOATS, page 19 Troopers from the Base Engineer Emergency Force won best in show for their 200 pound mock up of an airplane. photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry Taking to the high seas, a pirate ship was one of the many colorful designs on display during MWRs annual Cardboard Boat Regatta. photo by Army Sgt. Mathieu Perry Always one of the look-forward-to events amongst the Guantanamo Bay community, MWR Outdoor Recreation Coordinator Cory Geiger said the annual regatta always brings out a crowd. photo by Sgt. Mathieu Perry Memorial Day Special Even the typically hot sun appeared to hold a reverent halfmast, hidden behind a formation of gray clouds as residents of pay their respects to those who gave their all in defense of the United States. Following a prayer by the base chaplain, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Commander, Capt. Kirk Hibbert stood before Every generation must pay the price of freedom, the captain said. We stand here today to acknowledge a bill paid and to say thank you. During his speech, Hibbert paid special homage to the Battle gunship Dolphin during the battle -and noted the special relationship between the cemetery and that battle. Their actions and deeds are more eloquent than I could ever put into words, Hibbert said. Following additional remarks by Naval Station Hospital Commander Capt. Richard Stoltz and Naval Station Command Security Force Company rendered a 21-gun salute. as guests touch headstones and leave small offerings to those departed. Closing out the ceremony, Navy Chaplain Lt. Douglas Holmes asked we never forget the brave men and women who paid the harms way around the world. RemembranceStory and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel THE WIRE | PAGE 11 | FEATURE Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Commander Capt. Kirk Hibbert and Naval Station Hospital Commander Capt. Richard Monday during the Memorial Day service. Marines of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Marine Corps Security Forces Company render honors during the raising of


AT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 12In The Trenches Army News Service Gen. Raymond T. Odierno as the next chief of staff of the Army. Obama also announced he will nominate chief of staff, to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Im announcing my choice for their successors today because its essential that this transition be seamless and that we stay focused on the urgent national security challenges before us, Obama said. If the Senate approves the nominations, Odierno known for overseeing the transition from surge to stability operations in Iraq from September 2008 to September 2010 will replace Dempsey as the chief of the staff. Odierno currently serves as commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command, which is being deactivated no later than Aug. 31, 2011. He entered the Army in 1976 and served as a platoon leader with the 56th Field Artillery Brigade. Gen. David Petraeus, now commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, served together with Odierno in the earliest days of During the recent surge in Iraq, Petraeus commander while Odierno served as the exceptional, his determination was extraordinary, and his drive was legendary, Petraeus said. It was an enormous privilege to have him as a key member of the team during that pivotal period in Iraq. Odierno assumed Petraeus position at through its transition to USF-I. Odierno continued to make a tremendous impact in the land of the two rivers as the overall commander there for another two years, Petraeus said. In October 2010, Odierno took command of U.S. Joint Forces Command, shouldering with great skill and vision, the delicate task of transitioning vital capabilities the disestablishment of that command, Petraeus said. The president himself commented on Odiernos successes in Iraq when making the announcement regarding his nomination to the chief of staff position. In three pivotal deployments to Iraq, he commanded the troops that captured Saddam Hussein, partnered with General Petraeus to help bring down the violence, and then transferred responsibility to Iraqi forces, allowing us to remove some 100,000 American troops and end our combat mission, Obama said. After years on the front lines, Ray understands what the Army must do -to prevail in todays wars, to prepare for the future, and to preserve the readiness of the Soldiers and families who are the strength of Americas families, Obama said. VA expands TSGLI ineligible to receive insurance payments Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom will soon have the opportunity to submit claims for Servicemembers Protection Program. Effective Oct. 1, 2011, servicemembers outside a combat zone who suffered a $25,000 up to a $100,000 maximum total Oct. 7, 2001, and Nov. 30, 2005, regardless The Veterans Administration is charged by law with managing the insurance program, said Stephen Wurtz, VA deputy assistant director for insurance. In 1965 the VA bought a group policy from a commercial insurance company and that company does the day-to-day functions of the programs, whether its paying claims or collecting premiums. Wurtz added that the VA and service branches are notifying individuals who had been turned down due to the previous taken place in theater. He noted that current servicemembers and veterans Oct. 7, 2001, and Nov. 30, 2005, should be 2011. Well work hard to get the word out and to locate as many individuals as possible and to work with the branches of service in collecting the information theyll need, such as the medical evidence to document their claims, Wurtz said, If the individual service determines the the amount of payment. The service next sends the decision to the insurance company, which will generate payment. doesnt meet the criteria, the service will notify the insurance company, which will in turn send a letter to the claimant informing them they are not eligible to receive payment and the reason for that decision.Army News Service On The Deck THE WIRE | PAGE 13 | AT YOUR SERVICE Coast Guardsmen reenlisted at the site of The group met inside Gate 7 on the southwest side of Ground Zero, where together they raised their hands and swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Robert Parker, commander, Atlantic Area led a group Herman Shelanski, commander, Carrier Strike Group 10 led a group of 12 Sailors in reciting their oaths, calling it an opportunity for enlisted service men and women to remind themselves why they serve their country. I have done a couple hundred of these, but its kind of an emotional event here, Parker said. I cant think of a better place to have yet another restart to what are the up through our services. The ground zero reenlistment was Technician 2nd Class Heather Clark, who serves aboard U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York from Fayetteville, N.C. It is a real honor to reenlist here at Servicemembers reenlist at World Trade Center site during Fleet Week Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class W. B. Swoboda, Fleet Week New York Public Affairsground zero, Clark said. I originally enlisted in the Coast Guard after 9/11, myself and I really wanted to help people. Service members in town for Fleet Week had the opportunity to reenlist at some of the citys most popular attractions. By far, the World Trade Center site got the biggest Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, who manages the World Trade Center site and said he receives a number of requests to host military promotion and reenlistment ceremonies. We had an extremely high level of interest in this location, Hurley said. So many want to recommit to their service here, After repeating the oath, Engineman 2nd Class Edward Cooper, stationed on board USS John L. Hall (FFG 32), from Anderson, S.C. Had a chance to take in the sights of the construction going on all around and congratulate the other Sailors who had reenlisted alongside him. It is an amazing experience, everything Cooper said. Reenlisting here at ground zero is an outstanding feeling, theres nothing like it. Services are participating in the 24th Fleet Week New York, which takes place Missouri Sailors Assist Tornado VictimsLt. Jennifer Cragg, Submarine (SSN 780) Sailors departed their homeport in Groton, Conn., for Joplin, efforts following a tornado that tour through city last month. The eight Sailors elected to take voluntary leave for one week to assist victims and with cleanup efforts in Joplin. The real story here is simply Americans helping Americans, said inspiration every day in the commitment of these young men to serve their nation; making a difference in the lives of others. The efforts of these Sailors are consistent with what we see in these type of events. Our Sailors are everyday people taking time away from work and spending their summer vacation budgets to help out where they can. Sailors participating in this relief Kohlhofer; Chief Culinary Specialist (SS) Andy Scott; Electronics Technician 1st 2nd Class (SS/DV) Travis Fitzgerald, Patterson. volunteering with Americorps, the who are providing the Sailors with opportunities to assist with ongoing volunteer efforts. of our ships motto, United We Stand, said Rexrode. In a sign of solidarity, Rexrode and his crew sent their prayers and condolences named in honor of the people of the The amphibious transport dock ship USS New York transits the Hudson River during Fleet Week. New York has 7.5 tons of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center towers forged into her bow and is participating in the 24th annual Fleet Week New York. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric S. Garst


On the Wing shuttle Endeavor touched down at the Kennedy Space Center June 1 at 2:35 a.m. EDT, ending the The Endeavour crew completed four spacewalks and several maintenance upgrades on the International Space Station as Endeavours crew also delivered and installed the $2 billion Alpha detector, which is designed to study dark matter, antimatter and other high-energy phenomena that cannot be detected from installed and is being calibrated for upcoming experiments. Among the crew were two Air Force astronauts, mission pilot Col. Gregory Johnson and mission were thrilled to be part of the Space shuttle Endeavor Air Force News Serviceon it [Endevour], Johnson said. But now getting to be on its true. Finckes sentiments are similar. is amazing, he said. But I could such a historic mission. Fincke made history of his own on the mission, becoming the new record-holder for longest A vapor trail follows space shuttle Endeavour as it approaches Runway 15 on the time. photo by Chuck Tinteratime in space with 381 days. Endeavors landing coincides with the rollout of the shuttle Atlantis, which is scheduled to mission July 8. First C-17 lands on refurbished runway at ShindandAir Force News ServiceKABUL, Afghanistan -A C-17 Globemaster III landed at Shindand aircraft was needed to land at the base since the refurbished runway opened in December 2010. milestone as strategic airlift provides a critical and important capability to mass lethal and nonlethal forces on a global scale. Shindands ability to operate and maintain a C-17 capable supports the U.S. Central Command commanders operational support vision for Western Afghanistan, said Col. Larry Bowers, the 838th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group commander C-17 aircraft, in and sometimes the only military force capable of providing an initial response and volume to a crisis within hours of the need. Located in Herat province, Shindands originally Soviet-built runway, constructed in 1961, was rebuilt at the base after it suffered massive damage by coalition forces during the initiation of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002. The runway was rebuilt in 2009 and since then has supported coalition aircraft as large as a C-130 Hercules. passengers and within 60 days, the to support two C-17s 24-hours a day in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom. distribution for users and increases the systems ability to respond quickly to change which will serve to shorten Shindands logistical timelines and supply lines for personnel, pieces and parts in direct support of OEF, Bowers explained. Airlift is viewed as a foundation of U.S. national security at the strategic level and as a crucial capability for operational commanders within a theater. This landing could not have taken place without the teamwork of many base agencies coming together in a total team effort, said Capt. Billy Wilson, of 838th AEAG operations. AT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 14 Inside the Jar Inside the Jar Europe and the United States, along with about ceremony to honor the dead and missing of the World War I battle of Belleau Wood. Anti-terrorism Security Team Company Europe gathered to remember and honor the 2,289 wardead who are buried at the 42.5-acre cemetery. Just behind me, and over this hill, on a sustained more casualties than it had in its previous 143 years of existence, said Amos in a speech in front of dignitaries and French locals. from simple naval infantry to one of the most Master Sgt. Grady Fontana Marine Forces Europeever known. The ceremony featured remarks by with memorial addresses from both Amos and French Commander of Land Forces Lt. Gen. Herve Charpentier. The laying of wreathes, poetry readings, and performances by the French Army Band, the Commandants Own Corps Silent Drill Platoon were also featured. Belleau Wood is one of those touchstone Corps Forces Africa. Ever since 1918, when we were over here, it was a watershed battle that with both the Army and the nation of France. courage and commitment. the cemetery behind the memorial chapel. At the cemetery, there are 2,039 known buried and 250 unknown whose remains are buried but not inscribed on the walls to remember the missing. Its an honor for me to stand here today said Amos. Belleau Wood is a spiritual place for those of us who are called United States and reminds us of who we truly are. universal. This is my second time here at Belleau Wood, said Paxton. To come back here, you get a sense of the monumental challenge in This was a good experience for me, said Drill Platoon performed very wellthe addition of their performances cemented this experience in my mind. I thought it was a great tribute to those who died here and Im glad I was a part of this trip. The 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps General James F. Amos lays a commemorative coin in front of the Iron Mike monument atop a hill in the heart of the Belleau Wood forest during a private Memorial Day ceremony in front of a formation of Marines and French soldiers. photo by Master Sgt. Grady Fontana THE WIRE | PAGE 15 | AT YOUR SERVICE


Coast to coastAT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 16 Navy/Coast Guard celebrated the end of the total of 27 medals during the games. The medals were won in a variety of events such as archery, cycling, swimming, track and Held annually, Warrior Games is a paralympic-style competition among wounded, When a team manages to double its medal count in one years time, its evidence of two things: training and dedication, said retired James Will Wilson, Team Navy/Coast Guard co-captain and manager of Navy Safe Harbors adaptive athletics program. Our team had the biggest heart, and that carried us through the competition. We are one big extended family, and I couldnt be more proud of what we have accomplished. Games, Team Navy/Coast Guard moved up the ranks this year, seizing second place with took home the Chairmans Cup trophy, Team Navy/Coast Guard bested the Army, Air Force, and Special Operations teams. Using a weighted formula to compensate for team sizes, the Chairmans Cup is awarded to the top-performing service branch. Games were wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. Team Navy/Coast Guard defeated Air Force, 13-12 in wheelchair basketball, earning a bronze medal Friday evening. On Saturday, the Navy/Coast Guards sitting volleyball team lost to the Special Operations team after three tight sets. The Warrior Games are about Navy and Army versus the Air Force; theyre about Charlie Huebner, chief of U.S. Paralympics, during the closing ceremonies. But most importantly, the Warrior Games and the Olympic and Paralympic movement is about one thing: Team USA.Coast Guard searches for overdue boater on sailing trip off Gulf of MexicoNEW ORLEANS The Coast Guard is searching for a man who reportedly did not arrive Tuesday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received an overdue vessel report from Chuck Rumsey at approximately 7 a.m., Tuesday, reporting that aboard the Fairwind, a gray 40foot sailing vessel, that departed from Pensacola, Fla., Thursday. already arrived in either Tarpon Springs, Fla., or St. Petersburg, Fla. The crew of a Coast Guard HC-144 aircraft from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center to mariners to maintain caution in the area. Anyone with information Coast Guard command center at (504) 589-6225. The Coast Guard every time you plan to go out on District. Something as simple as telling a family member or a friend where you are going and when you plan to return can help in a search and rescue case. Cutter Valiant returns Valiant returned home Saturday at 9 a.m. concluding a 50-day deployment in the northern Caribbean. The crew of the cutter Valiant conducted a counter-narcotics deployment in the Caribbean and a 21day shipboard training period focusing on shipboard damage response and cutter navigation out of Naval Station On April 16, the cutter Valiant received a report of a vessel in distress west of Cuba. The cutter conducted a search and located the disabled experienced an engine casualty, and due to a split seam in her hull, was taking on water. The cutter Valiant took the vessel in tow and deployed a rescue and assistance team to dewater the vessel. Dewatering the vessel throughout the night, the cutter towed the vessel 80 morning, Valiants rescue and assistance team made temporary repairs to Capt Nephis split seam and transferred the On April 18, the Valiants watchstanders detected a northbound go-fast vessel off the coast of Honduras. Embedded aboard the cutter Valiant, crewmembers of the Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron Jacksonville and two small boatcrews from the cutter launched stopping the vessel after a 20-minute pursuit. The Valiants crew primarily conducts counter drug and undocumented migrant interdiction patrols. | MIND, BODY & SOULTHE WIRE | PAGE 17 Mind Body & Soul GTMO Religious Services Mon. Fri. 5:30 p.m. Main Chapel Saturday 5 p.m. Main Chapel Sunday 9 a.m. Main Chapel Saturday 7:30 p.m. Troopers Chapel Sunday 7:30 a.m. Troopers Chapel Church of Christ Sunday 10 a.m. Chapel Annex Room 17 Saturday 11 a.m. Room B Sunday 5:30 a.m. Room A Pentecostal Gospel Sunday 8 a.m. Room D Sunday 10 a.m. Room B General Protestant Sunday 11 a.m. Main Chapel United Jamaican Fellowship Sunday 11 a.m. Building 1036 Gospel Service Sunday 1 p.m. Main Chapel Fellowship Sunday 6 p.m. Main Chapel Wednesday 7 p.m. Troopers Chapel The Truth Project Bible study Sunday 6 p.m. Troopers Chapel Protestant Worship Sunday 9 a.m. Troopers Chapel Islamic Service Friday 1:15 p.m. Room C Jewish Service Friday 7 p.m. Chapel Annex Sunday 8 a.m. Room D LDS Service Sunday 10 a.m. Room AI tend to feel pretty good after an intense exercise session. I do not know the medical terminology for my good mood, but the more I work out, the better I feel. Daily stressors such as work, school or family issues can cause feelings of emotional pressure or even depression. It is important to handle our pressure levels to keep our bodies and minds sharp but also to relax so In as few as 30 minutes per day, an intense exercise session can help reduce depression in a person. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that leave a person feeling happier and more tranquil than before the workout. This stimulation enables clear and rational thought processes. Exercising on a regular basis creates a glowing and healthier internal and external appearance. Depression is typically warded off and self worth begins to penetrate the attitude. challenges us as a group to give 100 percent during morning PT. This is not an option for us. Some mornings I feel as if I am not going to make it; other mornings I feel I could continue for hours. Endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine are chemicals released by the brain, working together to make the body feel good. After an exercise session, a feeling of accomplishment helps the muscles relax, easing tension and strain. routines we have each morning. Some days are harder than others but when I accomplish the mission, I feel as if I have conquered a what I am doing and trick my body into continuing the madness. Strenuous workouts engage my no fail trigger encouraging me to give more to accomplish more. Swimming, spinning, running and weight lifting are cardiovascular activities I engage in on a regular basis. These exercises create the intensity level I need to produce a mood enhancing high, which then feeds my positive mood. Yoga and pilates are great exercises known to reduce tension and stress. I have taken a few yoga classes and have been so relaxed, I fell asleep during the session. I dont think this was the purpose of the class but I relaxed and felt great after the session. Finding the right exercises for you may exercises enhancing your mood, you will know it. Your mind, body and sanity will be in alignment.Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Erica Gardner Let exercise help! no exercise


AT THE MOVIES | THE WIRE | PAGE 18Movie Review 3 6 5 4 8 9Call MWR at ext. 2010 for more information. Movie Hotline call 4880. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13) 8 p.m. Arthur(PG-13) 10 p.m.Your Highness (R) 8 p.m. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Ru (PG) 8 p.m. Paul (R) 8 p.m. *last showing* Source Code (PG-13) 8 p.m. Hanna (PG-13) 8 p.m. Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley Hop (PG) 8 p.m. The Hangover 2 (R) 10 p.m. FRI.SAT.SUN.MON.TUES.WED.THURS. Its hard to believe its been eight years since Capt. Jack Sparrow waltzed into theaters and stole the hearts of millions of movie-goers. I remember watching the first Pirates of the Caribbean and being dazzled. It was a cosmic combination of the right movie with the right star at the right moment. Who knew a film based on the idea of a Disneyland adventure ride could be such a good time? And then there was Johnny Depp. After countless years chipping away at more respectable, but very often under-theradar, material, Pirates was the movie that sent him catapulting into megawatt fame. Suddenly, everyone wanted a piece of Johnny. Its worth mentioning Jagger-infused Sparrow to director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaker was originally appalled. To his credit, Verbinski let Depp work his genius and because of it we now have one of the most indelible pop cultures figures of our time. That was then. What was once new and a third sequel. And while Depp is a movie star for the ages, even he cant keep this sinking pirate ship afloat. Verbinski for On Stranger Tides, as Jack and Barbossa (a deliciously hammy Geoffrey Rush) set out to find the Fountain of Youth. (he directed Chicago and Nine), which is a gift and a curse. The action scenes are almost delicately choreographed, especially a pirate vs. mermaid shakedown that will certainly give you chills. He also is skilled at cutting the fat, not only in story and plot, but also in characters. No longer must we watch Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightleys Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann swoon over each other. Instead, Jacks got his own love interest in the comely Angelica (a preggers Penelope Cruz). Angelicas daddy happens to be the notorious pirate Blackbeard, also on the hunt for the Fountain of Youth. Thank God I was sitting with a bunch of Sailors cause I had no idea who Blackbeard was and knew nothing about his ship, The Queen Annes Revenge. Im guessing its a Navy thing. party a little too late, and the instinctive spark that Depp used to infuse into Jack Sparrow is long gone. What made Jack interesting in the first movie was his surprised by what he said and how he said it. His penchant for being unstable, Spc. Meredith VincentPG-13 136 min. see MOVIES page 19 Limitless (PG-13) 8 p.m. *last showing* Arthur (PG-13) 10 p.m. Your Highness (R) 8 p.m. The Hangover 2 (R) 10 p.m. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13) 8 p.m. Paul (R) 10 p.m *last showing* Limitless (PG-13) 8 p.m. Thor (PG-13) 8 p.m. Source Code (PG-13) 8 p.m. THE WIRE | PAGE 19 | THE LA ST WORD FIRE cont. MOVIE cont. BOATS cont. that is when they need to be aware Keep your grill twenty feet away from any building, and never grill in a garage, he warned. hose nearby and even a pair of hot mittens. I know its simple, but people do get careless. offered advice on how to avoid inhaling the toxins emitted by the Smoke is the number one low to the ground, which will help you avoid breathing in hot, toxic They held brainstorming sessions to go over each process and used what they felt was the best idea before they started building. One example was the supposed to be a single part, but due to issues bending the bottom layer of cardboard we decided to split the tail and fold it out which gave the boat a more dramatic look. Winners included 1st place team Black Iguana, coached by William Neimi; 2nd place Sea Cadets and 3rd place went to team Black and Yellow, coached by Kevin Lynch. The Best in Show award went to the BEEF. The Best Titanic award went to the three W.T. Sampson School teams and the team United States Naval Ship The event concluded with award presentations and special thanks from Geiger to the participants for their creative efforts. The boats looked great and the spectators cheered on the winners and clapped for the ones that sunk, Geiger shared. It is one of the most fun events we do every year because of the large crowd out watching people succeed as well as crash and burn! gasses. Two inspectors are responsible for all the buildings on each side of the base and their primary mission is base-wide code enforcement. We want to make sure you guys are safe, said Foley. We are here to be proactive before a public. If people are listening to what we say, ultimately, we will be a safer society. warden program, contact the Guantanamo Bay Fire Prevention Bureau at x4611. surprised by what he said and how he said it. His penchant for being unstable, untrustworthy and his overall haphazard approach to life was fascinating and fresh. He took the part and made it undeniably his own. As a testament to how watered down and recycled this story has become, I listened to the audience guessing Jacks comebacks and one-liners, and most of the time they were right. Sadly, thats how stationary Depps performance has become. This latest addition does not capture the magic that happened so many years ago. However, it does introduce some fun, new characters to the Pirates franchise, Ill never look at Ariel from same way again. So while Jack and Co. may have overstayed their welcome by a few years and a couple movies, at least theres still some fun to be had.


Air force Capt. Zach Waterman (far right) and SFC Robert Kicker (back left) wave farewell with W.T. Sampson students after pushing off from Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Ebalo Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson, Commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, salutes the sideboys during a change of command ceremony for the Joint Task Force-Joint Medical Group at the Naval Station Hospital, May 27. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joe Ebalo Sand volleyball champions team Fin Awesome (left) and runner up team SJA Legal pose for a post-tournament photo after the two-day Memorial Day weekend sand volleyball tournament outside Denich Gym. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos Cepeda Troopers and NAVSTA members swim while watching A Bedtime Story at the Windjammer pool Dive In movie event, April, 28. The event was hosted by Morale, Welfare and Recreation. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand