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Friday, December 2, 2011 Working off the turkey all weekend long The Sports Pages Volume 13, Issue 4 Also: Thrift Savings Plan MSST San Diego Twilight


COMMAND CORNER | THE WIRE | PAGE 2C JTF GuantanamoCommander Rear Adm. David Woods Command Master Chief Cmd. Master Chief Reynaldo Tiong Office of Public Affairs Director Cmdr. Tamsen Reese: 9928 Deputy Director Air Force Maj. Michelle Coghill: 9927 Operations Officer Army Maj. Jon Powers: 3649 Senior Enlisted Leader Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant: 3649The WireEditor: Army 1st. Lt. Amelia Thatcher: 3651 Layout Assistant: Army Sgt. Saul Rosa Photojournalists Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Louis Batchelor Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Jon Dasbach Army Sgt. Landis AndrewsContact usEditors Desk: 3651 Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651 E-mail: thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.milThe 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 Defense Logistics Agency Document Services with a circulation of 1,200.Fitness is an individual responsibility. How do you balance your professional duties and personal time while maintaining an appropriate level Task Force Guantanamo? Guantanamo opportunities which will challenge you, and that are fun too. Maintaining an appropriate level of our service. Each of us must maintain to our service standards and be prepared to succeed in our service as well as to maintain our height/weight and body mass requirements. Our chosen profession requires us to be There is nothing like getting up early and working out before dawn. The stars are out, the air is still and the humidity lingers in the air. As your workout continues the sun starts to light the early morning sky, the roosters crow and Guantanamo Bay starts to wake. What a great way to start off your day. Evening hours offer opportunities to work out in the gym or outside on your own or with other Troopers participating in organized sports. Morale Welfare and Recreation offers opportunities to indoors. Fitness is one way in which we train and maintain discipline. Each of us decided to become a member of our service because, among other reasons, we wanted to be part of an organization of standards and discipline. Think about it: it takes discipline to maintain your levels out routinely even when you may not feel like it takes discipline. Discipline in a key component of military service. regime plays an important role in stress relief and mental health. It helps you new perspective on issues. Some people like to run and think through issues or concerns. Others like the physical or mental challenge that comes with competitive sports. Regardless of the type of physical the key is to participate on a routine basis. Diet goes hand in hand with Guantanamo Bay, the galleys offer balanced meals that provide the proper nutrients which allow you to take care of your body. Care must be taken not to overindulge, but to balance your intake along with your physical activity. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables, food plenty of water will provide you the proper balance of nutrients. Avoiding tobacco and moderating alcohol consumption will help you perform at your peak. we have a responsibility to maintain our Good eating habits and routine exercise will make you feel better and more and wingman are counting on you to perform at your best. Fitness is one way in which we train and maintain discipline. Each of us decided to become a member of our service because, among other reasons, we wanted to be part of an organization of standards and discipline. B. G. J LD C, J T F G Cover: Army Sgt. James Samples of the Warriors at bat during Nov. 26s all-night softball tournament. He scored a home run for his team, which won overall third place, during that particular game. photo by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa | NE W S FROM T HE BAY THE WIRE | PAGE 3 Females interested in playing in the Army vs. Navy football game on Dec. 10 have one more chance to contact the appropri ate POCs. For Army, contact william.monserrate@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil or jerziboi@ 3rd Class Ollie Howard at 72420, 58356, or cer 1st Class Tanya Rush at 4124 or tanya. rush@usnbgtmo.navy.mil. Remember: last years game was the most-attended Guantanamo Bay sports event of the year! The Fleet and Family Support Center will hold a stress management class Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The class will teach techniques of managing stress by recognizing triggers and signs, learning relaxation mechanisms, and altering the way one thinks about For more information or to register, call 4141. The Naval Station Intelligence Depart ment will host a 2K-5K walk/run on Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. starting at Ridgeline parking lot next to the large Christmas tree on Sherman Ave. Admission for the walk/run is free and participants may donate toys and other small items to the Operation Christmas Stockings charity drive. For more information, call Staff Sgt. Edwin Latrell at 5111. Every Thursday in December will be half price boat rentals at the MWR Marina. For more information, call 2345. Last call: Army vs. Navy femalesThe MWR is holding a reading bingo game at the library. Pick up your bingo card on the card. Once you have read a book, put the title on the card in the corresponding genre, along with a major event in the book. Do this until you have successfully complet ed a row on the bingo card. When youve got Bingo, place the card in the drop box at the library to enter your name into the drawing Grab a buddy and compete in the 12 Days of Fitness at the Denich, Marine Hill or Camp Bulkeley Gyms. The competition begins Dec. 12. Go to any gym, learn the exercise of the day, log your results and track your progress. For more information, call 2113 or 77262. The parade will take place on Sherman Ave. Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. Line up for the parade is a 4:15 p.m. at the SCSI parking lot. All entrants must be parked by 5:45 p.m. The Liberty Center will make golf carts available for decoration at 9 a.m. Some decorations will be provided and participants are highly encouraged to bring their own. For more information, call 2010. There will be a 3.7 mile run on Dec. 10, the morning of the Army vs. Navy game. The run is from Phillips Dive Park to McCalla Field and back. Register at the NEX Atrium from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3 or on the day of the run at 6:30 a.m. The top 10 50 participants get a T-shirt. Registration is $15. For more information, call 84984. Reading bingo in progress unaccompanied Troopers Dec. 3 from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Boats depart from the Marina. For more information, call 2010. Learn how to speak publicly without fear. MWR Libertys version of Toastmasters, called GTMO Toasters, will meet Dec. 6 from 6-8 p.m. in the Community Center. For more information or to sign up, call 2010. The Fleet and Family Support Center will host a series of classes to aid service mem bers who are transitioning out of the military, or anyone who is looking into the civilian job market. To register, or for more information, All classes will be at building 2135: Learn effective job search methods for todays competitive job climate. Navigating Federal Employment class Dec. 7 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Learn guidelines for writing and submitting federal applications. Career Assessment and Skills class Dec. 13 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Learn to match your skills and abilities to an occupational assessments. Stress management class Guantanamo holiday parade and concert Seabee Fun Run Fishing trip INDEXThe Wire December 2, 2011 Sports weekend roundup 5 Smart savings tips 7 Swim Across the Bay 8 JTC revitalized 9 Army/Navy game training 10 Holiday tree event 12 Welcome MSST San Diego 13 Movie review: Twilight 18 Fleet and Family Support Center job classes Half price boat rentals Twelve Days of Fitness GTMO Toasters


TROOPER T O TROOPER | THE WIRE | PAGE 4Trooper to TrooperAs Troopers assigned to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, we are part of a unique team with a no other. In this article, I would like to sit under the proverbial junior enlisted leaders. It does not matter if you are a sergeant the Navy: you are the backbone of this prestigious operation, where leading Troopers is more than just a privilege. who are in our camps, supply rooms, motor pools, and orderly rooms providing purpose, direction, and motivation to thought out, common-sense recommendations to senior each and every day with their orders, intent, and direction. As junior noncommissioned leader tools to guide our Troopers on a day-to-day basis. Initially, leadership guidance from one junior person to another may seem awkward or heavy-handed. However, as time goes on, you will learnthis isnt that sometimes it takes just a few minutes of talking to your Trooper to ensure his or her success. At times we feel that we talk to our Troopers until we are blue in the face; sometimes you just have to listen. As a Sergeant Major, when I look into on all those who have mentored me. As a junior leader, adopting a mentor is important. As we grow in the military, the mentors we have as junior leaders will always be there. As we mature we need to look to those that will guide us to the next level. As a senior NCO, I have had the honor to serve with a vast that have mentored me along the way. There is no greater reward than to lead the sons and daughters of this great nation. Train, prepare, and deploy your Troopers to battle and bring them home. For those who dont make it home, honor them. Honor them every day in both your actions and how you lead. In garrison, ensure your Troopers know and understand their obligations. Vigorously train your team, make them competitive and inculcate esprit de corps. Live by the motto I adopted 21 years ago when I your team to live by our nations values and instill respect for one another. Make them tough, and facing the enemy they know they have been led by the best. S. M. M Brf M P B. All 800 Million people on Facebook are not your friends. Did you know that most people on Facebook are not U.S. citizens? This means that when you post things on Facebook you are communicating to a worldwide audience. Unless you use strict privacy settings, people other than your friends can see everything on your page. Make sure you check your privacy settings and protect your pictures and personal information from inadvertent disclosure. Once youve posted something online, its almost impossible to take it back. Remember: Once online, always online! USE OPSEC!PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! Sgt. Maj. Mike Barnes and Soldiers of the 525th Military Police Battalion discuss leadership techniques, not all of which need include a heavy-handed approach. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson | SPOR T S THE WIRE | PAGE 5 After indulging in a hearty holiday meal, the Morale Welfare and Recreation organizations did their best to help servicemembers and Task Force Guantanamos Thanksgiving dinner. MWR lead a mountain bike ride on Saturday, and MWR Liberty took a group of servicemembers on a kayak outing to a cave. military policeman opted for the off-road bike. month, so this is a great way to burn off that Tim Baugh, the outdoor recreation director for the MWR, led the bike tour from the Marina, up Ridgeline, down through Tierra Kay and back to the Marina. you forgot that youre on a military base for a parts of the base that you dont normally get Baugh said this event wasnt only about about that. Its about getting out there and On the other end of Guantanamo Bay, MWR Libertys kayak trip was a new experience for plenty of troops. Military Police Company, was one of the rookies. The trip launched from Ferry Landing Beach and maneuvered to a cave between Phillips Park and the lighthouse before doubling back to the beach, where they were treated with homemade cookies, brownies and other holiday goodies. a waterproof camera so we got some great Some explorers dismounted and experienced the cave for themselves. They swam in the cave, posed for victorious pictures after scaling large rocks and walked on the miniature shoreline in the very back of the hideaway. glad to offer such a unique Turkey Day experience to Troopers at Guantanamo Bay. kayaked before and I love organizing events Lynch enjoys having a job that causes work and play to coincide. Spending the holidays on a tropical island has been a new experience for most Troopers and many Guantanamo Bay civilians, and that experience includes new ways of burning Thanksgiving calories.Tim Baugh, the outdoor recreation director for Morale Welfare and Recreation, leads the bike tour from the Marina, up Ridgeline, down through Tierra Kay and back to the Marina. photo by Army Sgt. Landis Andrews By Army Sgt. Landis Andrews MWR counters Thanksgiving calories


A primer in smart savingsStart building your nest eggThere is much conversation about our retirement and how the government is try ing to change the way the system currently functions. No matter what option the government decides to take you should still be setting aside funds for the biggest bill you will ever pay: your retirement. Its impossible to start saving too early. Generally, the sooner you start, the more likely youll be to reach your retirement goals with investing less due to the seeming magic of tax-deferred compound interest Back in the day, the military didnt offer the Thrift Savings Plan, but now its a wonderful tax-advantaged way to save for retire tribution, the money grows tax-deferred (no you pay ordinary income taxes on withdraw als once age 59or older. The plan currently does not offer a matching contribution, but I still highly encourage service members to contribute to it and the sooner the better. Time can be your ally. The younger you start saving, the better. Let me provide an example of that theory. Lets say, you start saving in a Roth IRA... At age 31, max it with $416 per month and earn an average annual eight per cent return. At age 60 youll have over $550,000. Thats a nice nest egg. Or, start at age 21, contribute $416 per month and earn an average eight percent return. At age 60wait for ityoull have a whopping $1,336,000! Thats an additional $786,000 even though you saved only an extra $50,000! Finally, theres more great news. Thanks to the HERO Act of 2006, you can contribute tax-free combat pay into a Roth IRA. Its a sweet deal unique to the military, the money goes in tax-free and comes out tax-free after (hopefully) decades of growth. ture. Remember, no matter how things play out with military retirement in the coming months, youre responsible for creating your own retirement paycheck. Once you have made the commitment to start a savings plan, and you have decided into which banking institution to place your money, the crucial question you may ask to save that may help you in your effort to build a substantial nest egg. Have fun! When payday comes around, always was a regular bill. Direct deposit is probably the easiest way to do this. Remember, the amount you deposit is not as important as depositing something on a regular basis. Save all of your change in a jar. Pick a designated date and take it to the bank to deposit into savings. Put any unexpected sums of money into savings (re-enlistment bonuses, tax refunds, birthday checks, year-end bonuses, lottery jackpots!). Scrimp and save one month out of the year! Let your imagination go wild on how you can save as much as possible for one month. Knowing that this episode of frugality will end in 30 days may help add to your motivation. Give up one trip to a fast food restau rant per week and make a sack lunch to eat instead. Put the money you saved into your account! Cut back on utilities (electricity, gas, phone) for a month. If your next bills are less than what you budgeted for, stick the extra money into savings! If you have a family, get everyone involved. Make some family savings goals togeth er (save for vacation, a dinner out, or a trip to an amusement park). Once your management tools are in place, there is another level to emphasize before you start investing and establishing savings. Although you can certainly save and invest at the same time, you should focus on establish ing your savings, especially emergency savings, before you concentrate on the investment levels. Have an emergency fund set up in a safe, easily accessible savings account to provide money for unexsuch as emergency leave, car repairs, or illness. Keep a reserve fund to cover large, less frequent expenses such as car insurance and maintenance. ments, vacations, or buying a car. Think okay to enjoy your earnings too! THE WIRE | PAGE 7 | MONEY MA TT ERSMONEY MATTERS Special to The Wire getting help with a budget, contact Command As a Trooper in the S3, Spc. Task Force Guantanamos 525th Military Police Battalion not only helps take care of all Troopers, he helps motivate them as well. want to jump back in to more school off the bat. This way I get to experience more of what life has to offer and I can still take college courses. I get education and Cummings encourages junior Troopers to take advantage of educational courses. He said it is important to make education a priority, but also to ensure one is getting enough well-rounded experiences. The North Carolina natives S3 department handles training, disseminates operational information and tasking, and assists the 525th commander in getting his message out to Troopers. Cummings said pre-service training is a course provided to all 525th Soldiers to help them get familiarized both with the command and their job specialties. Staff Sgt. Richard Renn is the S3 Plans He said Cummings is always motivated and ready for new and different challenges, such as excelling in all soldiering skills. also stays actively involved with our battalion by doing things such as sports. He does a lot of good things for us and positively Cummings believes camaraderie is what helps junior Troopers reach the next level of NCO leadership. He said those you keep around you make a difference in who you become as a person and family and friends are instrumental in every Troopers future in the military. them, but motivation will get me through. Motivation is key when you are away from What was your best post-Thanksgiving Black Friday purchase?A Guess watch.Sgt. 1st Class Undrey Bostic The new Kindle Fire.Sgt. 1st Class Meta BaileyBeats by Dre headphones.Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Marquette Time in service: 2 years Hobbies: Dancing and new challenges T he boss says: us Advice to junior T roopers: By Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Louis Batchelor TROOPER FO C US | THE WIRE | PAGE 6I bought some scuba gear, because there was a big sale. Air Force Master Sgt. James Reeves


GOIN G ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE BAY FEA T URE | THE WIRE | PAGE 8 By Army Sgt. Saul Rosa 2 Wendy Mathisen the winner of the female swmmers, at the Swim Across the Bay starting point. photo by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa | FEA T URE THE WIRE | PAGE 9 received a renovation inside and out. The renovations focused on improving the structure and creating a more modernized atmosphere. The clinic was originally a duplex in the Kittery Beach housing area and needed to mission. to make it a little more clinical and update it because they plan on keeping it open for the in the hospital to discuss the future of the and not much renovation had been done to it, The renovations started in September and will be completed in December. The improvements included a fresh coat of paint on the building to a new seating arrangement in the lobby. said Burdge. Burdge explained every room had its own challenges and the staff had to adapt to meet the needs of the mission. space, we had the providers working in the treatment rooms with computers in there for a real chore. We actually brought in folding Part of the renovation included new layouts for rooms. Burdge explained that the front desk and laboratory was totally remodeled with new cabinets and storage. Burdge. During the renovation the clinic stayed open room at a time, so we would close one and Although maintaining operations during the renovation was stressful for Burdge and his staff, he explained that overall it was a good investment. was and to what it is now and you can see how The renovations improved many aspects patients and the staff. they are working in a new facility thats more medicine it was better because we have the facilities needed to do various small procedures Joint Trooper Clinic revitalized Facilities, services to Troopers improvedBy Army Sgt. Saul Rosa The renovated Joint Trooper Clinic facility sports a fresh coat of paint and other improvements, meeting Joint Task Force Guantanamos modernization plan to support Troopers and the mission. photo by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa


FEA T URE | | FEA T URE THE WIRE | PAGE 10 THE WIRE | PAGE 11 Naval Station Guantanamos Soldiers, Sailors and families will come together on Dec. 10, in honor of a football rivalry dating back to 1890. The two branches will face off for bragging rights in U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bays annual Army/ Navy football game. Army Master Sgt. Gregg Ramsdell coaches the Army team. He expects to see a show of force from the of command. He encourages the participating service members chains of command to be actively engaged with and supportive of their personnel. come out after working for 12 hours at a time to train been putting in double duty, training for the Army/Navy game on top of practices and games during the regular season. He said he has seen a lot of other Soldiers and Sailors doing the same and believes the community will be treated to a special game, due to both sides work ethic. said. A lot of people are putting in a lot of effort to make Ramsdell encourages Troopers and families to use this game as a time to rest and enjoy each others company, while meeting with old friends and making new ones. for friends and camaraderie. Everyone can get together and have a great time. Only by points is there a loser. In the heat of the moment no one likes to lose but the Provost appreciates having the chance to honor the games institution. He said even though this is not the real game he is honored by the thought of services coming together not only in appreciation of one of footballs oldest rivalries, but also of displaying military cohesion between branches. tradition celebrating out two great services and what we Ramsdell wants everyone to understand the importance of having fun above the thrill of the intermilitary rivalry. He said Troopers playing the game and football fans alike need to remember that we all live and work together. He said we have developed great working relationships between services here that should not be compromised due to a game. at the end of the day we are all a team. We work together, letters on all of our uniforms are U.S. That is important Guantanamo Bay: Game Day, Every DayStory and photo by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Louis Batchelor


FEA T URE | THE WIRE | PAGE 12 Lance Cpl. Noah Gerdes, a designated marksman in the overwatch position with the Marine Corps Security Forces (MCSF) Company, Guantanamo Bay, Alpha Fox 5th Platoon, observes from a rooftop during a site security exercise at Marine Hill. MCSF GTMO is conducting a training evolution reinforcing and securing a United States embassy overseas. MCSF Task Force and Naval Station. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park The Navy Exchange holiday tree decorating competition and tree lighting was held Nov 26. The event featured a variety of performances from the Guantanamo Bay schools, including the middle school and high school band performing Christmas songs and a second grade choral number. Santa Claus made a special guest appearance to help turn on the lights and to check up on the Guantanamo Bay community. photo by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa | FEA T URE THE WIRE | PAGE 13 San Diego MSST prepares for duty members come together as a team to complete the mission every day. One of the mission is learning how to function as one unit, rather than as different branches of military service. its newest Troopers, San Diego Maritime Safety and Security Team. The San Diego MSST takes over for MSST Boston, and they welcome the challenges of a new mission and learning how to work with other services. Internal security is only one facet of the job MSST San Diego undertakes. According to Lt. Andrew Phipps, MSST San Diegos Coast Guard unit is the primary anti-terrorism Guantanamo, and augments Naval Station Guantanamos Maritime Security Force on the waterfront. own logistics group, engineering support element and an armory that maintains our Units may have different obstacles but Phipps said his MSST works into the perfectly. Using his own unit as an example, he recommends effective communication as the driving force behind a smooth transition. adjust to really would be the laws of the sea the Coast Guard is in charge of maritime force protection. Here, [the naval station] takes the lead on all law enforcement issues. I The level of communication here between everyone of every branch is great and Most of all, Phipps and the MSST look Phipps said. By Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Louis Batchelor Safety and Security Team San Diego, adjusts his vest before setting out on patrol. MSST San Diego is responsible for perimeter maritime operations and internal security operations at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Louis Batchelor


AT YOUR SERVI C E | THE WIRE | PAGE 14COAST TO COASTBy 11th District Coast Guard Public Affairs United States Coast Guard O N THE WING IN T HE FIGHTMOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho With the recent announcements from restructuring and continuation of the enlisted date of separation rollback program, there is understandable potential for a feeling of fear about the uncertainty of what the future may hold. While these changes may not directly impact all of us, not one of us is unaffected by these changes we are in this together as Air men, civil servants and wingmen. We need to focus not on what we dont know, but what we do know. We know that our personnel, both military and civilian. We know that in order to move forward boldly into an uncertain future, we need to focus on what makes us great and improve upon it our people. Norton Schwartz, Chief of Staff of the Air It is with this goal in mind we need to stress the importance of resiliency and how the Comprehensive Airman Fitness concept can or physical. The recent news and subsequent engaged in physical combat. on our Airmen and their families, psychological and emotional health are just as important mer commander of Air Combat Command. Some might argue the generals words apply only to Airmen. The generals words ring true for more than just Airmen in ACC. Our Air Force consists ian personnel who all have one thing in common in spite of rank, age, gender location or education they are all humans whose lives are affected by their mental, physical, social Its almost certain that some will look at the news and proverbial writing on the wall and think there is no hope. That hope is not gone. As long as there is an Airman willing to uphold his end of the Airmans Creed, no one will be left behind and we will not fail. We need to be good wingmen, especially today, and watch out for our fellow servants, civilian and military alike. We need to be innovative, conscientious, frugal and resilient as we look to the days ahead. The future may seem bleak, but it is our future. What are we going to make of it? What is certain is that as we forge the way that fear so as not to let it paralyze us, cause us undue stress or even endanger our wellbeing. We must remain resilient. Remaining resilient amid uncertainty Airmen, AF civilians must stay strongMarines support training missions in SpainROTA, Spain As part of the bilateral exercise Lisa Azul, Marines attached to Fleet Antiterror ism Security Team (FAST), Company Europe conducted military operations on urban terrain, or MOUT, training with Marines attached to the Spanish Armada Infantera de Marine. MOUT training, which focuses on urban ers the chance to improve their tactics, techniques and procedures and to conduct mission rehearsals, using blank rounds, man-marker rounds or short-range training ammunition. The training was conducted at Hogans Alley, a staged training site on the naval base. This year 52 U.S. Marines and 72 Spanish marines participated in the training. edgeable as my Marines concerning MOUT During the exercise, FAST Company Marines conducted building searches in full battle dress, and displayed the proper procedures for entering and clearing buildings when placed in a hostile environment. portunity to participate in a joint exercise like rine 2nd Company Commander Capt. Ale experiences that Ive had. This exchange of providing exceptional training to our counter Santa-Eufemia said this training will better prepare the Spanish marines for their future de ployment to various combat areas of responsibility. to other marine battalions throughout Spain and show them that our relationship with the SAN DIEGO A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew from San Diego medically evacuated a 77-year-old woman aboard a cruise ship 230 miles southwest of San Diego Saturday afternoon. The crew of the Carnival Spirit contacted the Coast Guard at 12:30 p.m., requesting a medevac for the woman who they said was experiencing symptoms of a stroke. sulted, and recommended an immediate medevac. launched from Coast Guard Sector San Diego to perform the medevac, and a C-130 Hercules plane from Air Station Sacramento also launched to provide communications support and coordination for the case, and served as an escort for the helicopter. Once on scene, the helicopter crew hoisted the woman and the ships nurse and transported them the Sector San Diego at approximately 6 p.m. The woman was transferred to emergency medical personnel for further care.By Marine Forces Europe By Air Force Col. Bruce Smith 366th Fighter Wing cruise ship passenger | AT YOUR SERVI C E THE WIRE | PAGE 15 PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan With the inhospitable, mountainous terrain sur rounding Forward Operating Base Curry making vehicle maneuver nearly impossible, units have relied heavily on air assets to receive supplies. Soldiers from B Company, 9th Engineer Battalion usually recover water, food, fuel and other classes of supplies from the drop zone, but this delivery was unlike all others and was Enduring Freedom. carrying an all-terrain forklift. It is one of six Lt. Chelsea Craig, the 11th Quartermaster lift dropped in theater and weighing in excess head, the back hatch opened and the crew pushed the platform carrying the historic load from the plane. Within seconds, three parachutes opened and the platform descended onto the drop zone. Upon landing, the platform made a loud cracking noise as it came in contact with the earths surface. Maj. Michael Laporte, the 172nd Infantry Brifrom a tower overlooking the drop zone. Once on the ground, engineer Soldiers ran over and inspected the new piece of equipment. Although the packing material encasing the equipment broke during landing, the forklift remained intact. Every shadow of doubt about the operations success disappeared when the Soldiers were able to start up the forklift and use it to load boxes onto the trucks. it came out, it didnt look good, but we pulled off the drop and they were able to pick up The companys material handling equipment contract expired Nov. 19, so the forklift was necessary to help complete tasks they conduct around Foward Operating Base Cur ry on a daily basis. tasks include picking up supplies from the [he licopter landing zone], recovering container delivery system drops and also moving equipCompany, 9th En. Bn. forklift and heaviest load ever air dropped in theater, it is the added capabilities the forklift brings that made the drop worthwhile. recover bundles that come in, which means they will spend less time on the drop zone and Largest OEF air load dropped in E. Afghanistan powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), took center stage Nov. 28, when Enter prise Sailors performed in a theatrical produc tion for honored guests in attendance for the ships 50th birthday celebration. The production included scenes from the history of all eight ships bearing the Enter prise name, including emotional recreations of events taking place onboard the most decorated ship of World War II, the seventh Enter prise, CV 6. the performance, which featured Enterprise Sailors in roles such as Col. Benedict Arnold, George W. Bush. For Pohnel, bringing 50 years of history to life was no easy task. over 300 hours of research, writing and pre paring Sailors to represent so many important production will inspire Enterprise Sailors, past and present, and remind them why their ser The 45-minute performance took place in the hangar bay and included scenes from historical events such as the Battle of Midway, Cuban Missile Crisis and Sept. 11 terrorist at tacks. terprise (CV 6) during the Battle of Midway. reating such an integral event in our ship and Many of the scenes, especially the recreation video footage of Vietnam with guitar accompaniment, were extremely moving to veterans in the audience who experienced these events especially when I saw how moved the veterans lass, a veteran Enterprise Sailor, who traveled from California to attend the celebration. Pohnels goal for the production was, in hi Enterprise celebrated its 50th birthday Nov. the spring, followed by a deactivation period and decommissioning, currently scheduled for 2015.By Army Sgt. Andrea Merritt ON T HE DECK ON T HE GROUND 50th birthday theater showcases


AROUND T HE WORLD | THE WIRE | PAGE 16 Mind Body & Spirit by Hospitalman 3rd Class Dominique Cannon JSMART Task Force holds something similar to celebrity status here in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. And it comes as no surprise that while we offer a wide range of services to the men and women deployed or stationed here (to include stress management, rest plans, hygiene, smoking cessation, psychotherapy, and peer support), much of our recognition comes from our outreach and the famous stress tools that we provide during our visits to service members throughout the them) actually possess legitimate mental health applications as sources of stress relief while in glitter balls, and pen lights, each of these items have been selected because they provide a toooften-needed distraction from the tedium that can often take hold inside workspaces. As many know, Guantanamo Bays stressors are rather unique. Regardless of the assigned duties detainee operations or an administrative role), anyone can fall victim to overwhelming stress and occupational burnout. an assignment to Guantanamo Bay may cause. With more and more stress related problems reported every day, there is an increasing need for effective stress reducers. Our most highly demanded stress tool that has proven to be effective is the stress ball. Anger and tension (as well as those long, painful stretches at the keyboard for service members in clerical assignments) can be lessened through use of our about the effectiveness of stress balls and whether they really help with alleviating stress. Stress balls help to bring about muscle relaxation. increases to the hand. Releasing the squeeze further relaxes the hand, and, according to StressFocus.com, it may also relax the person. Relaxation is also due to the fact that squeezing a stress ball is fun and helps achieve a positive and happy state anchored with the act of playing. Hence, on subsequent usage of these balls, even if there is no tension to be released from the body, the body will feel calm and relaxed because the positive state of calmness and relaxation has been anchored with the act of squeezing a stress ball. of other stress relieving tools. Some sleep problems can be alleviated by the earplugs and sleep masks we offer. We also have towels, bags, calendars, glow belts, and many more items coming soon. Each item has our 24-hour duty phone number printed, so were always available to service members in need. And should you feel the need to unwind, relax, and relieve some muscle tension, the utilize at their convenience. servicemembers of all branches an outlet for the pressure associated with working at Guantanamo Bay. But should the tools not be enough, needs of military personnel stationed and deployed here. Should you feel that you require assistance in addressing your depressed mood or any other issue that may be affecting you, feel free to stop by or give us a call. We are currently located across the street from the Camp later this month. Feel free to call extension 2321 during clinic hours, which are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and our 24hour duty cell phone will always be manned at extension 3566. Stress and toys its science!Guantanamo Bays stressors are rather unique. Regardless of the assigned duties someone might anyone can fall victim to overwhelming stress and occupational burnout. Put the welfare of the nation, your organization and your subordinates before your own. the commitment of each Joint Task Force Guantanamo team member to go a little further, endure a little longer, and look a little closer to see how he or she can add to the effort. | MIND, BODY & SPIRI T THE WIRE | PAGE 17 KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany Starting in February, commissaries overseas will stop carrying magazines and most newspapers due to declining sales and the expense of airlifting the periodicals from the States, Defense Commissaries in the United States will continue to sell magazines and newspapers, be available at Army and Air Force Exchange Service retail stores. Over the last four years, magazine sales at overseas commissaries have steadily according to information from DeCA. That is due in part to DeCA purchasing fewer magazines, but stores still only were selling about half the magazine inventory, said Kevin Robinson, a DeCA spokesman at the agencys corporate headquarters in Fort Lee, for example, 49 percent of magazines on commissary shelves overseas went unsold, according to DeCA. said. DeCA was also spending over half a million dollars on getting the magazines spent about $673,000 in taxpayer dollars money appropriated by Congress to airlift magazines to commissaries in Europe and With budget cuts looming across the Defense Department, agencies are stopping magazine sales overseas will save money, Robinson said, its also a decision responsibility to be a good steward of taxpayer an agency to drive down our costs and not Brown, DeCA-Europe spokeswoman. She said customers can read magazines online or purchase them at the base exchange. will continue to sell Stars and Stripes newspaper, which is produced overseas and Commissaries overseas will stop selling magazines SAN DIEGO U.S. authorities say they have discovered a drug tunnel between Mexico and California, the second such tunnel found in less than two weeks. A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday the tunnel opened into a California warehouse located in the same San Diego neighborhood not give any other details. On Monday, a Mexican trucker was sentenced to nearly 16 years in a U.S. prison for his role in smuggling drugs through two similar passageways discovered last year. Raids on those two tunnels netted a combined 50 tons of marijuana on both sides of the border. They were equipped with rail systems, lighting and ventilation. The tunnels are among dozens that have been discovered in recent years. Mexico is in the midst of brutal drug gang violence that has claimed an estimated 45,000 lives since President Felipe Calderon took the cartels.By Jennifer H. Svan Stars and Stripes Calif.Mex. border: suspected drug smuggling tunnels foundVoice of America News Service SEOUL U.S. soldiers could be manning the gates at Army bases in South Korea beginning Thursday as hundreds of South Korean security guards are threatening to walk away from their posts rather than work for a new company that is offering them lower pay and longer working hours. The United Kingdom-based G4S will take over security operations at a number of Army bases across the peninsula at midnight Thursday, when the militarys contract with Corp., ends. Many of the estimated 850 guards who outside four bases beginning Thursday Seoul, Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu, Camp Casey in Dongducheon, Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, according to leaders from several labor unions representing the security guards. One union leader said there would also be protests outside Camp Carroll in Waegwan and Camp Walker in Daegu. Though technically not a strike because the guards have not signed a contract with G4S, the protest is expected to leave G4S short of the number of guards it needs to operate entry points at bases. Eighth Army spokesman Col. Andrew Mutter said Wednesday afternoon that gar rison commanders were in the process of determining how many soldiers might be needed to staff entry gates, and whether any gates would be closed. adding that terms of employment were a matter between G4S and the guards. Although G4S was selected through nor mal bidding process, labor union leaders have said the guards will continue protesting until U.S. Forces Korea selects another secu rity company. The U.S. military extended its working for USFK in 2006. leader, Park Deok Seo. In a Nov. 28th letter sent to U.S. Forces der to get back the right to maintain our own down. Security guards distributed letters this week to people entering U.S. Army Garrison Eunho Peck, who leads another labor union, wrote in the Nov. 25 letter that the morale and life quality of those ordinary se curity guards, and in turn it will create the G4S operates in more than 125 countries and has more than 625,000 employees, according to the companys website. Army installations in South Korea use contracted security guards to allow soldiers to focus on their military duties, military ofAs of August 2010, approximately 835 guards monitored 220 access control points at Army installations and the U.S. Marine cards and controlling the entry of people and vehicles 24 hours a day.Labor dispute = more guard duty for Soldiers in S. KoreaBy Ashley Rowland and Yoo Kyong Chang Stars and Stripes


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This series. Next years counterpart will close out the teenvampire love story based on the popular books by Stephenie Meyer. The series centers around high school girl Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) who falls in love with Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a 108 year old vampire teen. He lives with his own vampire family, which doesnt prey on humans. Theyre the good guys. Naturally, any human-vampire romance isnt without complications, especially if youre an ner), who is part of a clan of shape-shifting werewolves: sworn enemies to vampires with extreme prejudice against the Cullens. Bella and his intense hatred of Edward. What girl wouldnt want a love triangle between herself, a walking undead teen who sparkles in the sunlight and an uppity canine shapeshifter who spends much of his time sulking around shirtless? broken and upset. Hes deeply concerned for Bellas safety in both a physical sense (as a wedding night with a vampire could be dangerous) and for her eternal soul, should she become a vampire which would be inevitable in this kind of union. probably everything a teen girls fantasy could be: luxurious location, a secluded tropical getaway and a beautiful full their relationship. I really admired the photography of the South American country and the attention to art direction for this part Then things take a turn. Against all odds, Bella is now pregnant with a human-vampire hybrid. In a daring move, she decides to keep the baby and refuses to consider the adverse effects on her health and life. Bella is carrying a baby whose very existence is the crux of the story. Sure, Bellas life is at great risk, but its about the consequences of having the baby or not. Im reminded of tates inside a human host and bursts through their chest upon coming to term. Another scene that tum to determine the length of the pregnancy. At that moment, other guys chest. Those horror movie clichs are inconceivable in the Twilight world. As far as everyone is concerned, its only a matter of whether Bellas going to have this baby or not. Thats the big dilemma: not only for the Cullens, for war over the whole affair. Why they even care, Im not quite sure. Something about protecting humans and abominations coming to life, I gather. What Ive never understood about these movies is why everyone makes a big deal out of everything. Bellas decided to have the baby. Shes in dire straits with a complicated around her over it. But hey, thats the Twilight universe for you. Everyone has to get huffy and puffy over matters which others would handle with more maturity. Can someone explain to me how Edward, whos more than 100 years old, has the cognitive reasoning of an adolescent with his knee-jerk reaction to Bellas pregnancy? So much for marital support. pirical Virgin Mary, is drawing heat for Bellas decision to keep her baby. Natalie Wilson of the too-frequent motif in popular entertainment whereby pregnancy is the character interaction is preposterous. I guess these observathe twilight sagabreaking dawn~part 1~Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley


pants took to the streets Nov. 26. The Glow-in-the-Dark event for breast cancer nations for pink glow-in-the-dark items went to support the cause which began Kryn P. Westhoven. From left to right: Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Conwell, Sgt. Larissa Pillay, and Staff Sgt. Joseph Hansen from the Joint Detention Group Headquar ters, 170th Military Police Battalion hang garland on their Santawill feature three reindeer pulling a sleigh, Santa Claus, two Mrs. Clauses, a squad of elves, and a big Georgia will be featured in the Guantanamo Bay Holiday Parade. photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant.