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Volume 12, Issue 25 Thursday, June 9, 2011 Torrential rains break 63-year-old record Down came the rain... GTMO launches new photography club Shutterbugs The Hangover: Part 2 The Wolfpack is back!


THE WIRE | PAGE 2Trooper to Trooperfeaturing The WIRE is the official news magazine of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It is produced by the JTF Public Affairs Office to inform and educate the Troopers of JTF Guantanamo through news, features, command guidance, sports and entertainment. The WIRE seeks to provide maximum disclosure with minimum delay with regard to security, accuracy, propriety and policy. This DoD news magazine is an authorized publication for the members of the Department of Defense. Contents of The WIRE are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It is printed by the Defense Logistics Agency Document Services with a circulation of 1,000.TROO P ER T O TROO P ER | JTF GuantanamoCommander Navy Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson Command Master Chief Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Porrett Office of Public Affairs Director Navy Cmdr. Tamsen Reese: 9928 Deputy Director Air Force Maj. Amy A. Oliver: 9927 Operations Officer CW2 Raymond Chapman: 3649 Senior Enlisted Leader Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel: 3499 The WireExecutive 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 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: As rain continues to poor on Guantanamo Bay, a Joint Task Force member takes the plunge in NEGB Command Master Chief Command Master ChiefThe power of positive leadership is an initiative created to support growing a positive culture throughout the military. In all situations we are confronted with in life, there is a perceived positive or negative impact. How you approach each of these situations can determine how you learn from, adapt to or overcome these challenges. Never forget positive leadership is infectious. Also, always keep in mind negative leadership is just as infectious. Leadership matters The Mission to encourage everyone to understand the importance, use and demonstration of positive leadership traits. At each level of leadership, we must understand our leadership expectations. The Vision to create a culture in which we grow professionally and personally due to positive leadership and the example we project. Jason WallisGuiding Principles 1. Power of Positive 2. Passion with Compassion 3. Pride Projection 4. Empowerment 5. Projecting a Positive Attitude 6. Success Education Principle 1: Power of Positive: Always remember those who have supported you through positive leadership and provided you mentorship, enabling your success. Bring this leadership trait forward by ensuring juniors are afforded the same opportunities through effective leadership, education and communication Principle 2: Passion with Compassion: Exercise positive leadership by showing others how they are valued. Always display a passion for what you do as a leader by educating others on positive leadership traits. Develop in them today what they will need for success in the future. Principle 3: Pride Projection: Read books on your heritage, then discuss them with your peers. Make sure they understand how proud you are of your heritage and they will emulate what they see. Principal 4: Empowerment : Our juniors seek the approval of you as their leader. It is important to provide each of them the a very valuable tool our future leaders. As they see you developing Principle 5: Projecting a Positive Image: Always be proud of who you are and ensure your peers and juniors see this. On bad days, seek out a peer or a mentor to discuss problems. Maintain both your physical and mental health so your people see the power of your positive attitude. Principle 6: Success Education: Educate others by using success stories to show them how they can achieve success. If only the negatives are discussed, that is all they will understand. If you want them to emulate a positive behavior, you have to show them success to emulate. As you grow future leaders, ensure you are also supporting those who you work for so they, too, will grow. Followership is also an important leadership trait


Kevin Baron Star and Stripesat them in the context of where weve been in recent years, the trends are very, very positive. Yet on Monday, in addition to the U.S. troops killed 13 Iraqis died in a suicide car bombing in Tikrit. On Friday, 19 people were killed there when suicide bombers hit a mosque and then detonated another explosion in the hospital treating the victims. On May 19, a triple bombing at a Kirkuk police station killed there in the previous 10 days. Police also have been attacked in Mosul. Buchanan three biggest threats in Iraq as al-Qaida and terrorists; militias and their illegal arms; and crime. Yet, most military assistance the U.S. suggests could help to Iraqs 200,000 defense ministry forces and 450,000 interior ministry forces is largely aimed at external threats. training such as combined artillery and tank warfare, air-to-air capabilities and maintenance. The defense ministry provided just 10 percent of the estimated necessary equipment maintenance over the last two years, Buchanan said. Additionally, Iraq has virtually no independent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support. If more attacks come, it could become harder for al-Maliki to plead for American help and for President Barack Obama to break his campaign promise to bring troops home. On both sides, the politics are pretty dicey for an extension, Mansoor said. The cost of the mission plus the occasional casualty, as we saw today, and the lack of support in Iraq coupled with the lack of support among the American people make this pretty problematical. Even if, strategically, it makes sense to stay. believe Iraqs request will come at the last minute. Meanwhile, they are trying to determine what Iraqis need, what Iraqi laws allow, and what the U.S. wants to happen. Washington that Iraqis will come together in time. I think if there is going to be a deal, its going to be a very last-minute thing, he said. The U.S. needs about two months to complete a total withdrawal of bases and equipment, Mansoor estimated. By the end of October, if no request has come, he said, termination of the mission. Convincing Iraqis to let Americans stay, THE WIRE | PAGE 3 | NEWS YOU CA N USEAs more U.S. troops die in Iraq, end of the mission there remains unclear he said, may require the U.S. to complete the pullout, then wait for Iraqis to realize they need additional security assistance, before asking Americans to return in limited roles. That idea may give U.S. logisticians headaches, but it highlights the uncertainty months of the eight-year mission, during which 4,459 American troops have died, according to iCasualties.org. Until recently, Shiite militias this year have targeted mostly Iraqi government centers and hospitals. While some attacks also have targeted Americans at outposts in southern Iraq and elsewhere, none have been as brazen as Mondays truck-mounted direct assault on the joint U.S.-Iraqi Forward Operating Base Loyalty, near Baghdads Sadr City. violence as desperate, infrequent episodes unable to spark sectarian chaos of years past and rarely directed at U.S. forces. We do still have violent actions, or violent activities through the country, and sometimes theyre very heinous, said USFI spokesman Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan in a May 27 conference call with reporters. But overall when you look are closer to asking Americans to extend their stay beyond Dec. 31, even as Mondays triple Baghdad punctuated a recent increase in violence. I couldnt tell you the internal state of deliberations in the Iraqi government, but we have not gotten that request, Col. David Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, said Monday. With the deadline less than seven months away, 46,000 U.S. troops advising Iraqi Security Forces and hoping to be home by New Years Day are left waiting for politics in Baghdad and Washington to determine their fate. This spring, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Mike Mullen and U.S. Forces-Iraq commander Gen. Lloyd Austin began publicly pronouncing that U.S. troops could assist Iraqi Security Forces for years to come, but said Baghdad needs to ask quickly. should a request emerge from the Iraqis, but Monday. Last month, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri alMaliki said he would decide by August whether to support a U.S. extension if a majority in parliament agreed. But it would require he break from some of the supporters who kept him in power after last years elections. With no Iraqi defense or interior minister yet appointed to facilitate any security recommendations to parliament, its unclear how that recommendation process would play out. I dont think the Iraqis are any closer to asking for an extension, said retired Army Col. Peter Mansoor, who served as Gen. David a professor of military history at Ohio State University.


NEWS FROM THE BAY | THE WIRE | PAGE 4 Boots on the GroundWho are you rooting for in the NBA Championships? Figgers because Im not a big fan of Equipment Operator Seasons open for disc golf, sand volleyballSign up now for the upcoming summer outdoor sports leagues disc golf and sand volleyball. Meet new people, exercise and have a good time every Thursday at the disc golf course, located across the street from the Lateral Hazard Golf Course. The golf shop also provides discs for free and sells new ones for those interested. Sand volleyball league registrations take News from the Bay Stories and reporting by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin AngebrandListen to the Chicken local band at Tiki Bar Enjoy free, live music performed by Guantanamo Bays local band Sounds Like Chicken every Wednesday at the Tiki Bar starting at 9 p.m. A tropical rock band, Sounds Like Chicken performs a mix of originals as well as cover songs by Jack Johnson, Jimmy Buffet, Train, Barenaked Ladies and more. The songs they cover have their own Morale, Welfare and Recreation outdoor activities coordinator. They are really good at interacting with the crowd and very laid back. Performances of Prometheus in Prison The Joint Task Force Guantanamo Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration Team present performances of Prometheus in Prison June 22 starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Camp Buckely Lyceum. Another performance titled Theater of War will take place June 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Camp Buckley Lyceum. Attendees will witness scenes from Prometheus Bound an ancient play about an angry and rebellious prisoner town hall discussions about the challenges of supervising detainees and maintaining order within the camps. The Theater of War performance will depict scenes from Ajax and Philoctetes, place now until Tuesday at the Denich Gym. Get your team of four players together for either the mens or womens division. A coaches meeting is scheduled for June trophies. For more information call Alana Morrison, MWR sports director, at x2113. two historic plays displaying wounds of war as a way of introducing a discussion about challenges faced by servicemembers, veterans and their family members. Following each performance, local community members will help facilitate the town hall style audience discussions about challenges military members face during war. For more information contact JSMART at x3566. Tang Soo Do Martial Arts classes to start Morale Welfare, and Recreations presents Tang Soo Do Martial Arts classes starting Tuesday at at the Marine Hill Group Exercise building. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. for adults ages 16 and up with youth class starting at 7 p.m. Cost is $80 for adults and $60 for youth. For more information call about the martial arts classes, contact x77262.


trooper Spc. Kelly Gary Bullet Bio Time in service: 12 years Hobbies: playing guitar Pet peeves: bad coffee Next goal: get masters degree Advice to junior Troopers: Keep yourself informed. When he joined the Navy twelve years ago, Navy Councelor 1st Class Jonathan C. Dingler was searching for direction. Drawn into enlisting by the promise of attaining an education, he is well on his way to getting his masters degree in human resource management. Dingler, command career councelor for Naval Expeditionary Guard Battalion, takes full advantage of on his fourth enlistment. Dingler said being able to counsel and assist Sailors in their job progression is a rewarding experience. My reasons for coming in the Navy and staying in the Navy are completely different, said Dingler. Dingler originally enlisted as an Aviation Ordinaceman. After becoming the department career councelor for the rate however, he decided helping Sailors was his calling. He transferred to his current rate while staying on the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Dingler was the last command career counselor on the ship before it deployment on shore, Dingler helps Sailors at Guantanamo Bay in many aspects of their careers. I love my job, Dingler said. I love being able to help out as many people as I can. Dingler not only enjoys what he does, he is good at it as well. In addition to being devoted to his Sailors, Command Master Chief Jason Wallis, command master chief for NEGB, said Dingler proves himself each day to be dedicated to his command and the Navy. He is squared away, said Wallis. He does what he can to take care of the Sailors which is exactly what we want in a Navy councilor. Even though Dingler does what he can to help each Sailor, ultimately it is up to the individual to advance. He said getting Sailors to realize how they are part of a whole is an obstacle for his position. If people dont understand why we work these hours or why we are on this mission, I use that opportunity to hopefully make them realize what their part is in the big picture, he said. One of his personal obstacles is being away from family. Even though the absence of his children is a source of melancholy, he said they also serve as a source of inspiration. [My] kids, they inspire me to do what I do, said the father of two. I want to be the best role model I can be for them. Dingler has shown to his command he is, indeed, a good role model and he tries to lead by example. be a leader, Wallis said. As far as the mentorship portion, he always wants to talk to Sailors no matter what their issues, even if they are not related to the NC world. When he is not helping Sailors with their evaluations or advancement exams, Dingler PSEC ALERT OPSEC MITIGATES RISK, PROTECTS THE MISSION!What am I willing to risk?What level of risk are you willing to accept? Because there is risk in everything that we do, we prioritize what is acceptable and what is not. Some people choose not to wear their seat belt, even though its the law. They risk a getting a ticket or being injured in a crash. Some people choose to post information online about themselves, their families, even about their job. With OPSEC, what risk are you willing to take? With todays technology, small pieces of information have never been more dangerous. So mitigate the risk. Protect your information. THE WIRE | PAGE 5 | TROOPER FOCUSlikes to play guitar but said most of his free time goes toward getting his degree. In addition to attaining his masters, pinning on chief is a goal also close at hand. I see him putting on anchors, said Wallis. I would take him in my chiefs mess any day. focus Navy Councelor 1st Class Jonathan Dingler


Denich gym construction scheduled to complete in 2012Story and photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason TrossDirt is being moved, cement is being laid and Denich gym a nearly two-year expansion and renovation process, taking the aged facility into the 21st century. Denich Gym is just part of the overhaul. Plans for more sports Field Sports Complex are also expected to be completed later this year, said Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports Director Jen Norton. Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers can expect to start enjoying these updates and changes in the fall of this year, when the current basketball/ volleyball courts become the new free weight and cardio area with increased capacity and new equipment. These improvements will come at a brief inconvenience for current gym users. It wont look like what people NEWS | THE WIRE | PAGE 6 are used to during the transition, but were sure it will be worth it in the long run, said Norton. This improvement is due. The buildings are old. If you just take a quick walk around this facility, youll notice things are pretty out of date. More than 2,000 JTF Troopers use the Denich gym and Cooper Field Sports Complex facilities. That number does not include families, government contractors or Naval Station Guantanamo personnel. This improvement affects a lot of people, said Norton. reserved Monday through Friday between command PT and sports games, were fully booked, but thats what we want. This expansion means we can support even more activity. The renovation and expansion tennis courts and multi-purpose reserved for command PT or other sports that dont require a Our goal is to make this [Cooper Field Sports Complex] Norton. Most people here are unaccompanied. Rather than going back to their rooms and doing whatever they do there, we have something going on over here every night. And now well have even more! construction should end and new spaces become operational this fall, the entire renovation project is scheduled to be completed around October 2012. Norton advises of minor inconveniences, but hopes gym users remember the longWere not going to have everything we normally do here for a bit, but we know its going to be great in the long-run, said Norton. Im excited about it!


THE WIRE | PAGE 7 | MISSIO N In an effort to keep Troopers and others here on Guantanamo Bay safe, Joint Task Force Guantanamo is encouraging members to use the Courtesy Patrol Safe Ride program to get home after a night out with friends. The program was created to reduce drinking and driving and also replace the old taxicab service, which Troopers had to pay for. Safe Ride is free and operates seven days a week from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Army 1st Sgt. Kevin Stapleton, a member of JTFs J3 department, coordinates the program watchbill, which requires each JTF unit to participate in the program. The Courtesy Patrol protects the Troopers by giving them a ride from a club, bar or beach, said Stapleton. This ensures the Trooper gets back to their living quarters safely without a DUI. Although senior enlisted members are not required to be on the courtesy patrol watchbill, Stapleton steps up and takes the patrol on certain nights. He said some people are surprised to see him on patrol. Courtesy Patrol/Safe Ride, everyone should try it once to see what goes on during a weekend, shared Stapleton. My taking care of Troopers. Being on Courtesy Patrol shows I care to take the time out of my weekend to make sure they are safe. The program is also supported by the Naval Expeditionary Guard Battalion command Drug and Alcohol Programs Advisor, Chief Damage Controlman Darrick Hayes, who said there is no reason for anyone to get behind a wheel and drive after drinking alcohol. It is up to us to be responsible and monitor our intake of alcohol, said Hayes. If we do see a shipmate or battle buddy that has drank too much, we should take care of them, try to prevent them from consuming more and get them home safely. It is easy to do with resources like Courtesy Patrol/Safe Ride. Hayes also assured Troopers there is help for those who think they may have a problem with drinking. Anybody who feels they are not capable of drinking responsibly should quit drinking altogether and talk to someone to see if maybe they need help, said Hayes. Nobody ever gets in trouble for getting help before something bad happens. Stapleton advised Troopers to have a plan when going out, adding Courtesy Patrol or Safe Ride is not just a free ride it is also a consistent way of monitoring the bars and nightlife. Safe Ride drivers cruise around base, making their presence known among the crowds and offering free rides to Troopers leaving bars or events. Troopers on patrol each have a cell phone to take calls and communicate back and forth between the two vans, which have magnetic signs on either side that read, Free Safe Ride Courtesy Patrol. To make a smart choice, call Safe Ride at x84781. To volunteer for patrols, contact Stapleton at x84799. Protecting Troopers one ride at a timeStory by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand


NEWS | THE WIRE | PAGE 8 Photo by Brian Margavich CHASING THE STO MStory and photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand RSunny Guantanamo Bay lost its shine this week due to recordstreets, muddy walkways and wet boots. The last drenching rainfall for the month of June was recorded in 1948 with a hefty total of 17.56 inches, said Will Corless, a weather reporter stationed at the Guantanamo Bay alone, Guantanamo Bay logged over 10 inches of rainfall for June. The downpour caused low visibility and Security also closed a section of Sherman Avenue due to excess debris, gravel, mud and branches blocking the driving area. When the weather is worse, drive slower, cautioned Chief Master-at-Arms James Lloyd, Naval Station Security operations chief. The speed limit is set for dry, sunny weather, so people need to tone down their driving. Watch closer for pedestrians and give yourself more time to get to work. Naval Station Security requires all patrolling security members report safety hazards caused by heavy rainfall, such as falling debris, downed power lines and rising waterways. These safety hazards also affect the beaches, which are currently closed until dangerous wind gusts. Flooding in the access ways of these beaches wouldnt allow you to get out if you did enter, Lloyd explained. Additionally, coastal beaches in this weather create many dangers and make rescue efforts more Guantanamo Bays typical climate includes June as one of the hottest months of the year, calling for rain in the later months of the year. GTMO hasnt seen this much rain in a long time, said Corless. I remember a lot of rain last September, but it didnt last near this long. The current condition is considered thunderstorm condition two, meaning the storm is either within 25 minutes of base or six miles off the coast. Condition one is more severe and is used to identify a much faster-moving storm. Fortunately, the recent weather is not considered a tropical storm or hurricane activity, said Corless. The rain and thunder is a result of a large low pressure area to the west of us, which is dragging in the rain and wind gusts, he explained. Joint Task Force member Richard Sode works in the J2 department and monitors the weather to assist in planning JTF operations. In Sodes eight years of living here, he is most surprised at the timing of the current rainfall, noting it usually comes around September and October. This seems a little early in the year for this much rain and it makes taking the dog a place with no mud holes. I take him to the Back at the weather station, Corless receives multiple phone calls from base residents wondering when they can run again and go to the beaches. The good news, Corless said, is the storm is expected to move out Sunday.


STO M THE WIRE | PAGE 9 | NEWS A determined Trooper rucks in the rain, Tuesday morning, as Guantanamo


FEATURE | THE WIRE | PAGE 10 Capturing CubaNew photography club sees GTMO through the lens.Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maddelin Angebrand Photo by Heidi Lowery Photo by Heidi Lowery Photo by Heidi Lowery Photo by Shawn Kirk Photo by Brian Margavich Photo by Brian Margavich


THE WIRE | PAGE 11 | FEATURE I gaze at the sunset with the woman I love and think, F/8 at 1/250 of a second. These are the words displayed in the foreground of a breathtaking orange-hued sunset on a Canon advertisement for their EOS 40D camera. To some Troopers, this quote might not make sense, but to the newly formed Guantanamo Bay Photography Club the numbers in this quote ring true to the basics of photography. Otherwise known as aperture and shutter speed, these are two of the key elements photographers use when exposing a photograph. The club started out as photography class in January this year and was taught by a resident working on the Naval Station. It has now become a haven for photography lovers here on Guantanamo Bay to include members of the Joint Task Force. Army Sgt. Shawn Kirk, a member of JTF logistics, joined the club a few months ago when it was still a class and said he enjoys photographing wildlife and nature. The club is a great resource, said Kirk. Others interested in learning more about their camera and how to get certain effects should join and meet other photographers as a way to improve their photography skills. Club president Heidi Lowery, a Naval Station resident and photography lover, said she was the kid hanging out the bus window with a camera. She has been studying photography ever since. We try to do something once a week as a group, said Lowery. It gives you something to do and were enabling each other to take interesting pictures. dues or other obligations to become a member. All we ask is that you have some sort of interest in photography, Lowery suggested. We want to help each other become better photographers with more people the more knowledge we can share. The club has designed a logo, made access badges and plans to order T-shirts in the near future. The badges will be worn by members shooting an event to show they were given permission or requested Lowery has also made contact with Morale, Welfare and Recreation, The Gazette and the Youth Center to offer the clubs willingness to provide photography coverage for events and social gatherings. It gets us that experience and helps them out as well, said Lowery. If I get a request, I offer it to all the members and if they want to cover it they go. The club currently has seven active members and invites all who of every month at 2 p.m. For more information contact Lowery at heidilowery@atouchofmagicphotography.com. Capturing CubaPhoto by Heidi Lowery Photo by Heidi Lowery Photo by Heidi Lowery Photo by Alicia Peterman


AT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 12In The Trenches American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, About 300 U.S. Soldiers, most of them combat veterans themselves, joined their British, French and German counterparts World War II veterans who conducted the D-Day invasion 67 years ago Monday. The troops spent the last few days visiting key battle sites during the mission code-named Operation Overlord: the beaches 160,000 troops stormed on June 6, 1944, during the largest amphibious invasion in world history; and St. Mere 82nd and 101st Airborne Division Soldiers, among them. Throughout the visit, where they received forces faced, the troops participated in D-Day commemorative ceremonies and met veterans of the invasion. On Monday, they took part in ceremonies at Ponte du Hoc, the formidable cliff-top perch west of Omaha Beach that U.S. Rangers assaulted; and landing beaches. Getting the chance to be here has been an amazing opportunity, Capt. Ted Jacobs, executive Psychological Operations Company in Dallas said by phone as he waited for the Utah Beach ceremony to begin. Seeing what these veterans had to go up against -the terrain, the weather situation, the wet, the cold, being in fear of their lives all the time -it really does help you understand the challenges they had to deal with. Jacobs is among about 150 Army Reserve paratroopers with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, with headquarters at Fort Bragg, N.C., participating in Operation Airborne Normandy, a mission that is bringing together U.S. and European forces for commemorations and interoperability training. Other U.S. participants include active-duty Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg; 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team at Vicenza, Italy; 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky.; and riggers from the Army Reserves 824th, 421st and 861st Quartermaster Companies and U.S. Army Europes 5th Quartermaster Detachment. One planned event, a combined jump involving more than 700 U.S., British, German and French paratroopers, has been canceled twice due to bad weather. Participants are hoping the event may take place tomorrow, conditions permitting, to enable every paratrooper who jumps with another countrys jumpmaster to receive that countrys jump wings. Meanwhile, the Soldiers called the chance to meet with veterans of the D-Day invasion the highlight of the visit. I feel honored to have the opportunity to come out here and meet them face to face and shake their hands and say thank you, said Sgt. Nathaniel Bier, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom serving with the 301st Psychological Operations Company. That is one of the best things I will always remember about this trip. With two combat deployments in Afghanistan under his belt, Jacobs said, he gained a new appreciation for the odds the Allied forces -including his own father -faced during Operation Overlord. Then-Sgt. Thomas Jacobs jumped into Normandy during the D-Day invasion, but has spoken little of the experience except to describe it as godawful until recent years. We grew up basically with the understanding that we didnt ask questions about that, his son said. He was one of those veterans who just wanted to forget. Bier shares Jacobs personal connection to the D-Day visit: his great-grandfather, who died before Bier was born, took part in the invasion. My father really looked up to him, Bier said of his great-grandfather. So he was even more excited to hear that I was coming here than I was. Walking the beaches, seeing the formidable terrain and standing the ground his greatgrandfather helped to liberate has given Bier a special appreciation of the magnitude of what he admitted, I had to stop myself from tearing up, because its so powerful just to be here. Bier said hes been particularly struck by the courageous leadership the D-Day face of adversity. I dont know how some of those sergeants kept going, how they kept their people motivated as they were coming off the boats, and how they kept them moving forward, he said. My hat is really off to those sergeants. Jacobs said he, too, stands in awe of what the D-Day veterans accomplished, and declined to compare it with anything he has experienced in combat. I wouldnt even dare to hold a candle to what those guys did, he said. Certainly, what we are dangerous. But what these guys went through, there is no comparison. Ours is a counterterrorism nothing to even come close to the scale of events that happened here. Walking the hallowed grounds where many appreciation for the legacy that has been left to us by the greatest generation by these Soldiers who came over here and did what they did, Jacobs said. to betray that kind of legacy, and want to continue to build it and maintain what they have carved out for us. A high school math teacher in the Dallas public schools in his civilian life, Jacobs said he intends to share the experiences hes gained at Normandy, like those from Afghanistan, with his students. All these values from the military are just common core good-citizenship skills and behaviors that these children desperately need, particularly those from the inner city, he said. What it means to serve instead of always looking out for yourself or putting yourself yourself and service to the community and country, he said. That is just a core theme in my classroom. Paratroopers commemorate D-Day anniversary


Coast to coastThe following blog was posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of Adm. Bob Papp. not only in Coast Guard history, but in American history. This morning Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz assumed command as the United States Coast superintendent. This also makes any U.S. service academy. A 1982 Coast Guard Academy graduate and a surface of sea duty, Stosz has plotted a course that includes many Her performance in previous assignments as commanding Patrick Kelley Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., the Director of Reserve and Leadership, and two cutters, has demonstrated a commitment to building a diverse workforce without boundaries. With this appointment, Stosz opens what I hope is one of the few remaining doors to women in uniform. This is a tribute not only to our countrys rich history of dynamic leaders and trailblazers but also our Services ongoing commitment to providing limitless opportunities for every man and woman who wears the uniform. Stosz takes over a world class institution of higher learning and leadership development that continues to see increases in minority admissions. On June 27, the class of 2015 reports aboard and will be the most diverse class in history. Of the 290 offered appointments, 33 percent will be from underrepresented minority groups and 32 percent will be women. that Admiral Stoszs watch will of Captain John Henriques 38 others, including outgoing superintendent Rear Admiral Scott Burhoe. She will increase the prestige, quality of education and, most importantly, the character of the leaders who as commissioned Coast Guard Service while protecting the Nation from threats on the sea, protecting people who use the sea, and protecting the sea itself.Coast Guard admiral makes history as THE WIRE | PAGE 13 | AT YOUR SERVICEOver the past eight years, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has helped hundreds of people, including nearly two dozen military families, by transforming their homes in an effort to improve their lives. But the shows producers arent stopping there. They are currently looking to provide a makeover for more military families. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is more than a show, its about recognizing deserving families and helping them to re-build their homes and their lives, said Ian Young, casting producer. It is a show dedicated to volunteerism and helping your neighbor. It relies on the very moral compass that implores every one of our servicemen and women, who defend this country for perfect strangers just because its the right thing to do. It is always a blessing to help military families, who support all of us day after day, year after year. Previous seasons have included episodes highlighting military families from the other four armed services. In support of 2011 as Year of the Coast Guard Family, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition hopes to highlight a Coast Guard family for an entire episode. Do you know a Coast Guard family that puts their own needs aside to help others and serve as role models in their community? Does their home need major alterations or repair that affects the quality of life of their family? If so, nominations are open until July 10, 2011. Click here to nominate a family and here for more information.Extreme Makeover provides support for Year of the Coast Guard Family


Inside the JarKADENA AIR BASE, OKINAWA, Japan The War Dogs of Twentynine Palms, Calif., have begun arriving here to join the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit as the new battalion landing Second Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, known as the War Dogs, based out of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., is coming in with more than 1,200 Marines and Sailors. They now become the new ground combat element of the 31st MEU, and are scheduled to participate in the upcoming We have had a lot of good training in 29 Palms and Camp Pendleton over the past months, all to get us ready to come out here to the MEU, said Lt. Col. Donald Tomich, worked hard to get here and we are looking forward to the deployment with the 31st MEU. 2/7 comes to the MEU with attached artillery, Amphibious Assault Vehicles, and Light Armored Vehicles, enhancing the ability of the MEU to conduct the wide range of missions assigned. to get out of the United States, so we are War Dogs arrive to join 31st MEUCapt. Caleb D. Eames 31st MEUanticipating doing training with other nations militaries to gain shared experiences, said Tomich. We want to continue to contribute to the tradition of excellence that has gone before us here with the 31st MEU. 2/7s previous deployment with the 31st MEU was last year, and before then, the battalion was deployed to support Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The battalions deployed experiences will be put to good use as they have a busy schedule over the next several months preparing for a wide range of possible missions in every imaginable climate. There is a huge difference in the climate here, said Sgt. Jacob Hawken, Personal Security Detail platoon sergeant, Headquarters and Service Company, 2/7. As soon as we got here it was raining. We just came from a very dry climate in 29 Palms, and as soon as we got off the plane we got soaked. The Marines and Sailors of 2/7 are expected to participate in exercises designed to enhance bilateral teamwork and build theater security cooperation, as well as conducting training together with partner nations in the AsiaAs the Marines of 2/7 travel and experience foreign environments, for many it will not be I have been deployed with the 31st MEU before, and I am looking forward to training with other countries again, new experiences and getting to know other the other nations militaries, said Cpl. Jordan Layton, a cannoneer with Battery K, 3rd Battalion, 11 Marines, attached to 2/7 for the MEU deployment. It is always good to train in different areas. 29 Palms is always dry and hot, and Okinawa or countries in Asia tend to be wetter and humid, so it is good to have those different environments to work in to always be ready for anything. About 20 percent of the battalion is combat-experienced, said Tomich, and those them ready for any eventuality. I have deployed to Iraq before but have not been out on a MEU yet, so Im pretty excited, said Hawken. There will be a lot of different countries to explore and a lot of good training with our partner nations in Asia. In addition to scheduled exercises, 2/7 is prepared, with the rest of the MEU, to respond to any humanitarian or contingency crises that may arise. The Marine Corps is the nations sea-based crisis response force, and the 31st MEU and newly arrived 2/7 Marines represent power In the past 20 years, U.S. amphibious forces have responded to crises and contingencies more than 120 times, such as Afghanistan in 2001, Beirut in 2006 and Haiti in 2010. This rate is more than twice that of the Cold War period, according to Marine Corps Operating Concepts 2010. The 31st MEU responded to four humanitarian crises in 2009 and 2010 alone, including operations in Taiwan, the Republic of Indonesia, and the Republic of the Philippines. Most recently the 31st MEU was sent to assist in mainland Japan in March and April of this year, after the 9.0 Great East Japan Earthquake and following tsunami devastated huge areas of the coast. 2/7 is replacing 2/5, whose Marines are now headed back home to Calif., after completing a successful spring deployment with the 31st MEU. The deployment of 2/7 to Okinawa, Japan is part of the Marine Corps Unit Deployment Program, which was established by the Commandant of the Marine Corps in 1977 to provide for the deployment of units to the six months. The newly arrived battalion of Marines will begin training with the 31st MEU and integrating with other elements almost immediately in preparation for the upcoming deployment. The Marines and Sailors of 2/7 leave behind family and friends as they deploy to their nation. AT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 14


On the Wing enlistment bonus Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol Air Mobility Command Public AffairsRANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas Enlisted members now have 77 Air Force specialties from which they can receive a selective re-enlistment bonus. Officials said this fiscal years program retains a heavy emphasis on retaining Airmen with 17 months to six years of service, and made adjustments in the 6 to 10 and 10 to 14 years-of-service zones. There were no adjustments in the 18 to 20 years-of-service zone. Balancing the enlisted force is a constant challenge; using SRBs is certainly one of the most effective retention tools the Air Force can employ to retain our number one priority ... our Airmen, said Michael McLaughlin, the chief of Air Force re-enlistments at the Air Force Personnel Center here. Officials added no Air Force specialty codes to the list and increased 13 AFSCs in at least one zone. Thirtysix AFSCs had a zone eliminated or decreased and 13 AFSCs were removed from the program. All increases and additions went into effect May 16 and all decreases and deletions will go into effect June 15. Any re-enlistments or extensions of any length completed prior to the official message release will remain valid. Airmen who are eligible for reenlistment and are affected by decreases or removals should re-enlist before June 14 to receive the previously approved bonus. These bonuses do not apply to Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard members. To determine eligibility for reenlistment with an SRB entitlement, members should contact the career development element at their local military personnel section. For a complete SRB listing and more information about the program, do a keyword search for SRB on Air Force personnel services website at https:// gum-crm.csd.disa.mil. THE WIRE | PAGE 15 | AT YOUR SERVICE KWANGJU AIR BASE, Republic of Korea The South Korean and U.S. air forces hosted a joint exercise here recently to sharpen their ability to work together in a simulated wartime environment. The exercise, held annually, provided bilateral training to more than 320 personnel from the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base and the 51st Fighter Wing and 7th Air Force at Osan Air Base. It is the largest on the Korean peninsula. Max Thunder is the only exercise we have on the peninsula that allows for both (Korean) and U.S. airmen to not only together, said Maj. Bill Maclin, the 7th Air Force chief of training. This really allows the alliance to grow stronger to enhance all of our operational capabilities as well as enhance the interoperability and communication among our air forces. Over the last few years, the U.S. has really gotten used to hosting large force exercises like Red Flag, said Maj. T.J. Lowe, 36th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations at Osan AB. Max Thunder allows ROKAF the experience in hosting international exercises. They can see how the U.S. operates on a much bigger scale, Lowe said. It enhances our ability if we ever have to go north. Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Members of the Royal Australian Air Force attended to observe operations between the Koreans and Americans. We were invited to take a look at this world-class exercise hosted by the ROKAF, said Sq. Ldr. Anthony DAlessandro, the HQ RAAF Air Command exercise exceptional interactions and high caliber of professionalism between the Air Force and ROKAF. Its clear the process is similar to what we use back home. Our mission here is to help them understand how to accept follow on forces, said Master Sgt. Jerry Thomas, the 8th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron night shift production supervisor. This gives them the best equipment and training to help them succeed. Though our mission is the same as back home -to make sure jets are ready to launch at a moments notice. Working alongside their Kunsan brothers and sisters, Airmen from Osan AB assigned to the 621st Air Control Squadron said the exercise meant greater communication of operational capabilities and helped facilitate professional development and growth. I think its a great opportunity for ROKAF and Air Force personnel to practice exactly what we would do in case of a real world threat, said Tech. Sgt. Michael Harris, the 621st ACS weapons director at Osan AB. If we dont practice real world event were to happen.


On The DeckPEARL HARBOR Representatives of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam marked the 69th anniversary of the World War II Battle of Midway with a solemn wreath laying ceremony at the USS Arizona Memorial, June 3. Capt. Lawrence Hill, deputy commander, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, served as master of ceremonies, while Gary Jackson of the National Park Service also assisted with narration during the historical boat tour. As a representative of the hundreds of shipyard workers in 1942 who helped make and representing the many thousands of men and women who have served at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in the years since, I am honored to serve as your emcee for todays ceremony as we commemorate the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, Hill said. In memory of the historic naval victory at Midway, Capt. Nicholas Mongillo, Facility, Barking Sands, and Col. Dann Carlson, Deputy Joint Base Commander, Pearl Harbor-Hickam, 647th Air Base Group, presented wreaths. As Mongillo and Carlson walked to offer the wreaths aboard the Arizona Memorial, Hill said, These wreaths and wreaths being presented around the world are in honor of our Midway veterans. We pause Pearl Harbor remembers Battle of Don Robbins, Commander Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairsto remember and honor the spirit of the Midway victory in our Navy and our nation. We also pause to honor all those who have served and are serving with honor, courage and commitment. Navy bugler Musician 2nd Class Bryan Parmann played taps in memory of the veterans at the Arizona Memorial. Rear Adm. Dixon R. Smith, commander, Navy Region Hawaii emphasized in his remarks that the Battle of Midway served as a turning point, perhaps the major one, in World War II. What makes this commemoration so special, compared with the dozens of related ceremonies held across the nation this week, is that we are here at Pearl Harbor, where the Cmdr. Joe Rochefort and his team at Midway as the target, and fooled the enemy. Adm. Chester Nimitz had unimpeachable intelligence, exceptional ships and aviators, United States Marines and Army bombers, and superior leadership, Smith noted. coincides with the Centennial of Naval aviation. In this centennial year of naval aviation, we remember that the Battle of Midway forward presence in a decisive victory, Smith said. We salute the warriors of the Battle of Midway of 1942. They helped us win the peace we preserve in 2011. Africa Partnership Station training hub visits CameroonMass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gary A. Prill, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/ Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Public AffairsDOUALA, Cameroon Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa personnel kicked off the Africa Partnership Station 2011 training hub in Cameroon, with a ceremony aboard the Douala Naval Base, June 7. APS is a multinational initiative developed by CNE-CNA and is comprised of 34 nations which aim to work cooperatively to enhance maritime safety and security on the African continent. This APS hub will take place during the next 11 days and began with an opening speech by Capt. Lawrence Rollo, Welcome to APS 2011 Doula, said Rollo. I want to thank the government of Cameroon for hosting this hub, and the continued support of APS. APS was a concept instituted several years step. Now we have more hubs focused on more training, and international and multinational exercises at sea together. Following Rollos speech, Gen. Mohammad Sali, Cameroon navy chief of naval operations, shared a few words welcoming Italian, Somali, and American training teams, and requested the students to perform at their best during APS 2011. Its an honor for me to [be] presiding over the opening ceremony of APS 2011, said Sali. I would like to wish all of you, teachers and students from outside of Cameroon, a warm welcome to Douala. I am asking this group of students to make them selves available and be disciplined APS brings together an international team of expert trainers in a variety of military capabilities, and a handful of addressing cross-service training in law at sea, port security, maritime interdiction operations, small boat maintenance, medical training and more. AT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 16


| MIND, BODY & SOULTHE WIRE | PAGE 17 Mind Body & Soul 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 AO ver the past six months, I have written articles focusing on a variety of subjects dealing with the course of life. In those articles I outlined ways to chart a course for living successfully. Today I want to take a brief of life common to everyone how we transform our struggles into triumph. By tackling this subject, I believe we can explore strategies for tapping into the secrets of life. As you have done throughout my tenure at the Joint Task Force, I ask that you journey with me down this road called life. Who knows, you to negotiate the next step along your path. Let me start with a simple and very basic truth: life is full of struggles. No one is exempt from lifes struggles they are and have nothing to do with socioeconomic status, family lineage or ethnicity. No matter what your religious persuasion is, no one can escape the nature of life. Even if religious devotion is not your cup of tea, you are subject to life struggles because its a human dynamicpart of a larger process for growth. Air Force Lt. Col Marvin Williams Joint Task Force Command ChaplainTransforming struggles into triumph: Struggles are struggles no matter how small or great. Everyone life in one way or another. At times, some struggles seem more there are moments I feel the struggles tugging at the very essence of my being. Essential to navigating successfully through life is the recognition of at least two types of struggles: inner and outer struggles. To keep it simple, inner struggles tend to deal with the human soul and other spiritual ideas while outer struggles deal with things of a physical nature. It is possible to have both inner and outer struggles as one type impacts the other. Thus, inner and outer struggles are inextricably woven together. Whether the struggle is inner or outer, it is important to remember struggles are part and parcel of what it means to be human. When struggling with situations in life, sometimes we are forced into tough decisions between poor alternatives. I really believe some decisions are not simply win-win or lose-lose. Life is far too complex to narrow it down to absolute categories. Some situations are so grave we have to make the best decision for the moment and trust things will eventually work out in our favor. Some people call this level of trust faith. There are those who say trust is a matter of believing in yourself and your abilities, while others contend trust means accentuating positive aspects of life. Perhaps the truth about trust lies in each view, because ultimately life is about see SOUL page 19


AT THE MOVIES | THE WIRE | PAGE 18Movie Review 10 14 13 12 11 15 16Call MWR at ext. 2010 for more information. Movie Hotline call 4880. X-Men: First Class (PG-13) 8 p.m. The Hangover: Part 2(R) 10 p.m.Soul Surfer (PG) 8 p.m. Lincoln Lawyer (R) 8 p.m. *last showing* Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13) 8 p.m. Thor (PG-13) 8 p.m. *last showing* Arthur (R) 8 p.m. Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG) 8 p.m. Sucker Punch (PG-13) 10 p.m *last showing* FRI.SAT.SUN.MON.TUES.WED.THURS.It is a testament to the phenomenal drawing power of its three breakout stars that myself and dozens of other Guantanamo Bay residents sat through what can only be described as a torrential downpour to Hangover: Part 2. Even more impressive: it was worth every rain-soaked minute. Director Todd Philips once again assembles his wolfpack the effortlessly rakish Phil (Bradley Cooper), repressed dentist Stu (Ed Helms), and, of course, sending them this time to exotic Thailand for Stus upcoming wedding. The curious thing about this sequel is it the former movies Vegas, a chain-smoking monkey takes the place of the pepper-loving tiger and instead of a missing incisor, Stu wakes up with a bleeding face tattoo. Even Mr. Chow, the outrageously over-the-top, metrosexual Asian gangster, is back for more (Ken Jeong with a slightly racist, all-out manic performance). You know those guys in college who dont really have to have a reason for a party, they just make one up? Thats The Hangover: Part 2. But oh, what a party! Refusing to let his friends throw him a bachelor party before he gets hitched to wife-to-be Lauren (Jamie Laurens father wholly disapproves of her meek groom, preferring to dote on prodigal son Teddy, sixteen-year-old Stanford student and cellist to boot, who joins the wolfpack much to Allans obvious and hilarious displeasure. As night falls and the camera goes into hyper speed, we know the fun isnt seeing what happened in the wee hours of the night -its watching our blitzed and blundering heroes attempt to piece it all back together. Waking up in a grimy motel room with no idea where they are, how they got there and missing Laurens golden child brother oh nasty case of amnesia. Philips is a talented director, responsible for comedy classics Road Trip and Old School. Hes developed a mix of raunchy storytelling with a sweet, gooey center, making us choke on our popcorn with laughter, while at the same time feeling a deep, sentimental connection to the characters. Philips real triumph in The Hangover, however, is his casting instinct. Cooper, developed a rare and true chemistry and it Spc. Meredith VincentR 102 min. see MOVIES page 19 Your Highness (R) 8 p.m. Soul Surfer (PG) 10 p.m Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG) 8 p.m. Lincoln Lawyer (R) 10 p.m *last showing* X-Men: First Class (PG-13) 8 p.m. The Hangover: Part 2 (R) 10 p.m Sucker Punch (PG-13) 8 p.m. *last showing* Arthur (PG-13) 8 p.m. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13) 8 p.m.


THE WIRE | PAGE 19 | THE LA ST WORDelevates everybodys game. Ive been a fan of Cooper since he was Jennifer Garners lovesick second banana on TVs Alias., (Which means, him achieve his rightfully-deserved leading-man status. As the frustrated but always amused Phil, Cooper is a true guys guy hes the dude other dudes want to be. Stu, meanwhile, is the guy most guys are. Neurotic and panicked with a dark, drunken tendency to fall for the wrong kind of stripper, Helms plays Stu with a constant look of desperate horror. As Laurens father humiliatingly compares him to bland white rice during the rehearsal dinner, he merely manages a half-smile and sad stare. But as we trace the threesomes steps throughout the night, we come to learn Stu can be quite the instigator, and Helms plays the discovery of his inner demon with honest dismay. And then theres Allen. I dont believe since 2004s Napoleon Dynamite have we seen such a universally loved, but ultimately socially ingeniously molds Allen from an amusing punchline factory to a fully-realized, three-dimensional man child still unstable, still riotously random but also with a genuine longing for kinship with what Johnny Depps Jack Sparrow now lacks the ability to startle the audience. Expectations for a movie as highlyanticipated as The Hangover: Part 2 can sometimes foster backlash and lead to its downfall, especially when said movie barely inches from its original formula. Philips and the boys manage to pull it off, however, as their second night of bullet-diving debauchery hits the sequel mark dead center. Because even as the rain and wind kicked into high gear and my popcorn turned soggy, I was still laughing. pe rseverance and the ability to push through your decision-making paradigm, it is certain you will need to use trust as a vehicle to carry you through the process of negotiating the steps of life. In thinking about the struggles we face, I want to share with you the purpose of struggles and how we can turn painful experiences into avenues of triumph. Struggles are not something we should seek challenges. We have to work through them because therein lies the process of life the keys to success. Struggles do have a purpose in life. They enable us to understand ways in which we can achieve. Without struggles there are no achievements. For example, I struggle with relationships I have with family members, as we all do. Naturally, that pushed me into making some critical decisions about how I interface with my family. Of course, I cannot choose my family members or force them to support my efforts, but I can change struggling through those situations that will make my life more productive and satisfying. leading to happiness. Furthermore, struggles impact the human spirit by producing perseverance, character and hope. With each struggle we and ready to take the next step toward living abundantly. It is the struggle that shapes us and gives us a fresh perspective on how to develop the best practices for daily living. Without the struggles in life, there is no MOVIES cont. SOUL cont. personal growth. As we navigate through the the most productive path, if not the easiest. The purpose behind struggles, therefore, is not to experience failure but to help us tap into resources for achievement. Before departing the island this weekend, I want to leave you with three steps toward achieving best practices in life. Following these steps will allow you to turn your of purpose in life. Until our paths cross again! Step 1: Living by principles Develop a set of principles by which to live. These principles will govern what you will or will not do. Dont compromise your principles to suit someone elses behavior. Always remain open to change and development. Step 2: Chart a path for success be intentional Success is intentional. Dont leave your success up to haphazardness or happenstance. Plan your life and develop strategies to accomplish your goals. Adjust You dont need a perfect plan you need one that is practical and doable. Step 3 No regrets Live without regrets. Life is too precious and short to spend time second guessing yourself. Plus, theres no need to beat yourself up there will be plenty of people willing to beat up on you. Learn from bad decisions and make a concerted effort to live a life of transformation that means always developing and growing.


OPEN WIDE HAND SALUTE CHILI SHOWDOWN Naval Station Guantanamo Command Master Chief J.D. McKinney dishes up chili during the Navy Ball Committees Chili Cook-off, Saturday at the Windjammer. photo by Boatswains Mate 3rd Class Andre Jackson NOT QUITE A DOUBLE RAINBOW