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Friday, January 13, 2012 Volume 13, Issue 10 Were back: five JDG Soldiers reflect on their first JTF deployment Command Climate Survey participation needed Johnny cake! A taste of home for some, a taste of new culture for others (with free recipe cards!)
| NEWS FROM THE BAY THE WIRE | PAGE 3 Are you about to separate from the military? Go to Bulkeley Hall Auditorium Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. and make sure you get the required pre-separation counseling you need. This counseling will be held every third Thursday of the month. For more information, call the Command companied active duty servicemembers. Bait and snacks are provided. Are you signed up for winter soccer or attends the coaches meeting on Jan 17. The Golf cart rentals will be half price every Tuesday in the month of January. A rental for Additionally, boat rentals will be half price every Wednesday this month. Prices vary ac cording to the type of boat. lice Battalion. Registration will be held the register will receive a free t-shirt. 7 a.m. with musical acts and cheering sections be no same-day registration. This event is open to anyone 16 years and older. Hit the beaches on Guantanamo Bay at Challenge. Join the competition with a donaother categories. The scoring station will be ties, including diving, snorkeling and swimming, are now permitted. Grab some friends and some sunscreen ball tournament. The tournament will run There will be a coaches meeting Feb. years of age. via myPay. Dont wait until the last minute to The Guantanamo Bay Black History and proceed to the naval station main chapel. is the guest speaker for the event. The next bowling league meeting will be Participation does not require a full team. MLK Jr. run/walk Sand volleyball tournament INDEXThe Wire january 13, 2012 Its Tebow time! 5 Meet the new NAVSTA chaps 7 Command Climate Survey info 7 CG trains with MCSFCO 8 Delicious Johnny cakes 10 Five JDG Soldiers return 12 Cartoon: Only at GTMO 17 Movie review: Immortals 18 Winter sports coaches meeting Pre-separation counseling Tax season begins MLK Jr. memorial march Jan. 16 GTMO Rock & Roll Half Marathon Challenge Half price recreation in January Girl Scout Beach reopens Bowling meetingCOMMA N D COR N ER | THE WIRE | PAGE 2 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 Assistant Editor: 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 Army Sgt. Landis Andrews Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Jon Dasbach Mass Communication Spc. 3rd Class Marquis WhiteheadContact usEditors Desk: 3651 Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651 E-mail: email@example.com Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.htmlThe 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.Joint Task Force Guantanamo will once again host a military commissions event during the upcoming week and media, victim family members, and have been to Guantanamo Bay several times over the past few years, yet some visitors. All will be intently focused on the court proceedings: in this case, a series of motions hearings which will pave the way for a trial. As hosts, we play a key role in supporting the military commissions process. Primarily, we serve to resolve any issues which could detract from the legal proceedings. Essentially we provide logistics, security, and support. Although that might sound simple, it I want to describe some aspects of the teamwork well need to demonstrate. Advance planning and rehearsals by all participants. In order to effectively coordinate our various responsibilities, we need to understand how our actions impact the overall process. This situational awareness is key particularly because the visitors expect each of us to be able to help. This doesnt mean that each of us must have all of the answers to any potential question. But each of us should be able to quickly contact someone who can help. In order to do that, we all need to know each other and know who does what. We want to avoid anyone on our team being asked for assistance from a visitor, and not know who to contact. Each of us knowing our individual the Nov. 9 al-Nashiri arraignment, it was impressive to see how professionally everyone conducted their duties. But arraignments are very straightforward. As we progress into the motions hearings well need to be able changing demand. This responsiveness requires each of us to have a big picture view of the interactions between the various members of our team. For example, if a motions hearing goes into recess, asked about what routes or means of dont know, because thats not part of Bottom line: military commission events will continue to get more to prepare ourselves to adapt to various changes and schedule revisions. Take the time to understand how each part of the team depends on each other. We performed superbly during the arraignment, and want to continue to provide outstanding support.We play a key role in supporting the military commissions process. In order to effectively coordinate our various responsibilities, we need to understand not just our individual roles, but also how our actions impact the overall process. C. P RC S, J T F G Cover: Morale Welfare and Recreations Cooking from Around the World class Jan. 10 featured Jamaican cuisine. Volunteer chefs cooked curry goat and Johnny cake, a famous fried bread treat. Cooking from Around the World plans to showcase a different cultures foods each month, with Lebanese dishes coming up next. photo by Army Sgt. Saul RosaC
TROOPER TO TROOPER | THE WIRE | PAGE 4 Failure is not an option. How many times have you heard that statement? If failure were one of your options, would you choose to fail? I dont think you would, and neither would I. No rational person would choose to fail. The statement failure is not an option implies that your two options are success and failure. to fail, why do we sometimes fail anyway? We fail to advance, we fail to do our best, we fail to plan for retirement, we fail to take advantage of the opportunities afforded to us, and we fail in so many other ways. We fail because of poor choices we make in life. I really feel that life is about choices. We dont overtly choose to fail; we succeed in life by making good choices and fail when declaring, I want to succeed, and it happens. There are many choices, opportunities, and circumstances along the way that determine the course of our lives. We were all born with free will. We are all adults and we are free to make big boy and big girl decisions about how we live based on the choices, circumstances and opportunities given us. or great wealth, or else we may choose to be somewhere else doing something else. Each that we are all here because we chose to be here, what are we going to make of it? The American people, our family, our friends, and our brothers and sisters in arms expect that we are making good choices regarding military. promotion. What choices have you made to better your opportunity for advancement? Do you spend your time going to movies, the beach, or drinking or do you choose to spend your time preparing for your advancement? Ill offer the observation that those among us who have advanced or promoted to the highest ranks in their respective service have made choices that led to their advancement. They chose not to fail; rather, they chose a course of action that led to success. They to their success. I submit to you that there is no failure in reaching for E-9 and peaking at E-6. Put forth the honest effort and make the hard choices in the attempt. The failure is not in choosing to make the attempt, to make the reach to be all you can be. I could go on and on about the choices We cant always control what happens to us but we can control how we react to those circumstances. We have the opportunity, the right, and the obligation to make choices about whether we are going to make good choices that better our station in life and put us on the path of success or poor choices that leave failure as our only option. and beyond!Trooper to Trooper S C K DJr S Ef L Dont send work related material to personal email accounts! Free email accounts are a great thing to have when used properly. Have you ever wondered why they are free? Those companies make money by signing up as many people as possible, not by providing secure email. Other companies spend millions of dollars to thwart hackers. Do you think free email websites do? Dont send sensitive or work-related material via personal email accounts because they are not secure. USE OPSEC!PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! failure is not an option! | STUDE N T OF THE GAME THE WIRE | PAGE 5 Chicken may know best, but I think I know a little something. I think I can prove to you that Tim Tebow, quarterback for the Denver Broncos, and his success is not a product of divine trying to make an advertising dollar off of him is offering an ark load of evidence against my case, but have faiI mean, trust me. recent piece of kindle. Im not talking about your poor excuse for an iPad. Im talking about the wood that is keeping this Tebow bush burning. In the unlikely victory over threw for 316 yards. What is his favorite Bible verse? John turn it back over because it gets means he averaged 31.6 yards per Dont mind that stupid zero. Its quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, normally as cool as a cucumber, threw an interception on 3rd and 16 giving everlastingsorry, Bowl hopes. An additional piece of evidence for divine intervention came when it was reported that Demaryius Thomas, the receiver who scored the overtime touchdown, was running 13.6 miles per hour the moment he made the game winning catch. Ok, its not quite 316, but its too close to ignore. Can all this be coincidence? cycle, viral video, Twittertrending society taking an overdoing it? We would never do that. Just ask Justin Bieber. amount of certainty, that Tim Tebow isnt Jesus. But, what I do know is that Tebow is my homeboy. With religious views as subtle chow, Tebow has people of all ages and races hitting their knees in exaltation. Passengers on the Tebow Bandwagon who sing his praises call themselves Believers. And, the lack of spiral on most of his passes leave spectators saying, Oh my God. Whether his success is attributed to reading the Bible or the playbook, his results are undeniable. He takes public beatings from men much larger than he is in the name of his riding this wave of emotion, if he doesnt get the ultimate win this year, headlines in Denver will undoubtedly read, Timmy wept.By Army Sgt. Landis Andrews Tebow is my homeboy STUDENT OF THE GAME
| NEWS THE WIRE | PAGE 7 welcomed two new chaplains to the are taking the helm of naval station facilities Force Guantanamo Troopers, civilians and their families. Guantanamo Bays new resident Catholic feels he can identify with all of Guantanamo Bays audience, and hopes to be of service to the general populace. There is nothing new under the sun, Father Tran said. The only thing I can supplement Team Guantanamo with is a renewed expectation and a fresh face. I feel very comfortable here. I am a young priest, but I am old school. I think I have something to offer young and old here. Chaplain Jones hopes to strengthen the programs already in place at Guantanamo Jones believes the current structure of the divinity program here is good and wants to reinforce the spiritual guidance provided. I promise to provide continual pastoral care, Chaplain Jones said. I will enhance what is in place, bringing in my thought processes and supplementing what we have. As the new gospel service pastor, Chaplain Jones hopes to pool together Troopers and their resources. He encourages younger Troopers especially to support the Chapel and its events. Jones said there are things for Troopers with variable skill sets to do. We are always in need of Troopers with new spiritual gifts; Troopers with the ability to speak to youth, Jones said. Older people are valuable and have seasoned leadership, and younger Troopers can be role models by volunteering, mentorship and discipleship in the faith. In this ever-changing world, Chaplain Tran believes now, more than ever, there is an imperative need to support and guide Troopers through the hardships of life. Father Tran understands with new progress comes new trials and hopes to help Troopers in their progression throughout life. New and changing events present new circumstances, Father Tran said. I hope Troopers and their families see us as a valuable asset, not only in their spiritual lives but their personal lives as well.by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Louis Batchelor New Guantanamo chaplains provide fresh faces to faith From left: Chaplains Lt. Tung Tran and Lt. Larry Jones recently arrived to the Guantanamo Bay community. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Louis Batchelor All commands should conduct a ComJoint Task Force Guantanamo is no exception, despite the rotational nature of our manning. In completing the survey, you will have the opportunity to provide opinions on many serious issues that you response will be key to the completeness and integrity of the results. The survey will ask you to provide demographic information such as your rank, race, and sex. De mographic information is used to ensure we have a proper representation of partici pants. No attempt will be made to identify you, so please respond openly and frankly. In addition to seeking your opinion about human relations and unit cohesion, your perceptions are valuable because they give me and other key leaders insight into the general climate of our entire command. For your answers to be useful, you must be honest. Do not tell me what you think I want to hear, or say what others might say; tell it as you see it. Even though every military command, youll notice that lored to highlight conditions at JTF. I need you to complete the survey no less hectic. Again please be thoughtful and have adequate time to write comments for only need to complete the survey once. To begin the survey you must connect to the Internet. The survey can be found at the following site: Once you log in, youll be asked for an access code. Consult your chain of command for this code. If you have questions concerning the tine Espinola at 9717. Thank you and your opinion counts!JTF Command Climate Survey available online By Rear Adm. David Woods JTF Guantanamo Commander TROOPER FO C US | THE WIRE | PAGE 6 Time in service: 9 years Hobbies: Basketball, reading, watching movies T he boss says: He is highly motivated and does an allAdvice to junior T roopers: As you look forward, dont forget to look back. Take care of your fellow Troopers.By Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Louis Batchelor all business when it comes to pecially when it comes to their gan native promotes educational responsibility and believes Troopers should take owner ship of their future educational endeavors. Regardless of your branch of service, or even if you are National Guard or Reserve, make the most of the oppor tunities and situations put in Army puts a lot of emphasis on there should be more aware ness about the educational opportunities out there. takes care of Army equipment and believes, and believes JTF good care of their careers and educational futures. A lot of the time we get into what I call a Privates down and listen to orders expecting for others to take care for a while, but you have to be your own biggest fan and career promoter. level of professionalism is rivaled only by his pursuit of knowledge and his mentorship Im very impressed with the cational programs and oppor tunities in the Army. bachelor of arts in paralegal studies. He has recently applied to law school programs. resources afforded to him by the military is what has brought him this far, and he believes evprogram of interest to pursue. There are too many re sources at your disposal not to dont want to do four or more years in the military and waste is not for everyone, but there are also trade schools out there that are ready and willing success, whether you choose to get out after this term or stay in for a whole career. ers to take a proactive approach to their professional and educational careers while they are still young. He said Troopers should want to have intangible skills and experiences alongside their military tenure. The information we are afsaid. We can parlay this infor mation in other venues. Educational opportunities are out there, no matter who you are. What advice would you give to someone new to the island?Get out of your room and find something to do! Pfc. Jonathan Williams There are plenty of extracurricular activities. Petty Officer 2nd Class Kacey Nyberg Go to Morale Welfare and Recreation events. Petty Officer 2nd Class Leroy Smith Take full advantage of what is offered to you here. Sgt. Jamie Colvin BOOTS ON THE GROUND
THE WIRE | PAGE 8 Background: The United States Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) San Diego and the Marine Corps Security Forces (MCSF) Company simulate the egress of injured personnel onto a Coast Guard fast boat during a casualty evacuation exercise. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho ParkFEATURE | Its not quite 3 a.m. and all is quiet at the Coastie boathouse in Guantanamo Bay. The air is dense and salty and the stars sparkle like a handful of diamonds thrown into the night sky. cleaning and maintaining their weapons and gear trying to get through another night. An infomercial about tile caulk can be heard on the television in the background when the phone rings. maam? What is your location? What is your equipment? How many... the boathouse. port security fast boats are deployed and the quiet waters of Guantanamo Bay give way to the wake and roar of the engines cutting through it training evolutions, testing expeditious reactionary time for insertion and extraction; mobilization; testing communications and researching and elements into one real-world scenario. at the farthest point from the Coast Guard boathouse to the fence line for the worst of operations. in Guantanamo late last fall. The importance of getting the mission done safely, properly and expeditiously are the contributing factors to successful interoperable missions here. We always do a risk assessment before we get underway, said Petty Jared Campbell, the lead coxswain and crew leader) for We mitigate certain risks and evaluate the situation. the safety of the crew, passengers and the boat. Getting there safe is my top priority. thought the entire process was a success. It went extremely well, he said. We found some gaps in the system and corrected them and now were establishing a standard operating THE WIRE | PAGE 9 | FEATURE with Marines for training exerciseBy Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park
DIRECTIONS 1. Mix dry ingredients together. 2. Add water a little at a time and knead dough. Dough should be so but not sticky. 3. Pinch o golf ball-size pieces and roll into a ball. 4. Heat frying pan; add oil (keep at low temperature). 5. Put each Johnny cake in frying pan. When brown, ip to other side. 6. Remove from pan when each side is golden brown. INGREDIENTS 3 c. our c. cornmeal (optional) 3 tsp. baking powder 1 c. water tsp. salt Oil (for frying) Johnny Cakes INGREDIENTS 2 lbs. carrots 1 lb. grapes 1 small pineapple or 1 qt. pineapple juice 4 limes or cup lime juice lbs. ginger 1 qt. water 2 c. sugar or to taste Ice cubes DIRECTIONS 1. Wash carrots, fruit and ginger. Dice in small pieces to t in blender. 2. Add to blender with a cup of water. (Do not overload blender) 3. Blend for 3 minutes. 4. Have container and ne strainer ready. Pour puree into strainer and squeeze out as much juice possible. Discard pulp. 5. Cut limes, squeeze into a container and add to juice with sugar. 6. Mix until all ingredients are combined. 7. Serve over ice. Jamaican Homemade Fruit Punch DIRECTIONS 1. Season goat meat with salt, pepper, and thyme. Mix well and marinate in refrigerator for at least 2 hours. 2. In a coated pot on medium/high heat, saut onion and garlic. 3. Add the pepper and curry powder and cook about two minutes until thick. 4. Add cup water and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Keep stirring. 5. Raise heat and add goat, stirring to coat the meat. Cover and simmer. 6. Stir every few minutes for about 25 minutes, remove lid and turn up heat. Gradually add 3 cups of water. Bring to boil, turn heat to low. 7. Cover and cook for about 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. If needed, turn up heat or stir in corn starch to thicken gravy. Be careful not to burn. INGREDIENTS 2 lbs. goat meat, cut in inch pieces 1 medium onion, diced 3 crushed garlic cloves, 1 tsp. thyme 3 pieces green onion, tsp. curry powder, for seasoning meat 1 tbsp. curry powder, for cooking 3 c. water 1 tbsp. corn starch (optional) Jamaican Curry Goat Left to right: Army Sgt. Bill Allen squeezes limes for Jamaican homemade fruit punch. chhauer prepares Johnny cakes for frying. Sgt. 1st Class Meta Bailey stirs the goat dients. eat after preparing traditional Jamaican dishes. Jamaican homemade fruit punch for Cooking from Around the World volunteer chefs. photos by Army Sgt. Saul RosaThe smell of spicy curry and The head chef for the evenings Welfare and Recreation assistant who hails from Jamaica. Johnson taught fellow volunteer chefs how to prepare dishes from his home nation. a lot from her, said Johnson. We made curry goat, a salad, a fruit drink and Johnny cakes. Jan. 9s Cooking from Around the World featured Jamaican food. their comfort zone to try the differ ent dishes that were prepared. Curry goat, a traditional Jamaican dish, is prepared with onions, crushed garlic, thyme, curry powder and various other spices and pressure cooked to tender perfection. It was a different experience, never had goat before. It was similar to beef but had a more pungent taste. Although cooking a success ful Jamaican meal was the primary goal, it was the insight into a differ ent culture that was the highlight of the evening. Through preparing and eating a Jamaican meal, I tasted their tradidale. This was a great introduction to the Jamaican culture. This is the second iteration of the monthly Cooking from Around the World program; last months dishes were Filipino. Our goal is to get Troopers out of their rooms and involved in the community, while introducing them to cultures of the people on base, sistant. the community. We tell people what culture we are going to highlight, and most people know somebody who is a capable cook, said Chief Petty OfNavy Chef and the volunteer head chef for the program. Once we I meet with them and go through menu development, recipes and how to teach a class. Bay community are able to step into the kitchen and be a head chef for a night. We want to give other people a chance to come into the kitchen, develop a menu and teach them how to cook on a large scale while at the same time share their culture with everybody, said Ferrell. Ferrell explained that the recipes had to be quick and easy, so Troop ers would be able to replicate them at home. Troopers had the opportunity to learn how to cook on island, but this event had a different approach then in the past. Before, chefs did a lot of watched, said Ferrell. We wanted to change that. We wanted engage Continuing to provide new cul tures and dishes to sample, Cooking from Around the World will month. class say this is the best-kept secret in Guantanamo Bay, said Ferrell. We are totally invested in this pro gram and hopefully this year well Guantanamo. By Army Sgt. Saul Rosa Would you like some Johnny cake? THE WIRE | PAGE 11 | FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 10 FEATURE |
Background: Camp Delta, which once housed several hundred detainees as Camps 1-4, now library, medical clinic, and classrooms. photo by Mass Communication Spc. Kilho Park FEATURE | THE WIRE | PAGE 12 Ten Years LaterBy Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant Five JDG leaders look back on their first deployment | FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 13 second deployment here at Joint Task Force are evident. detainee single-cells and lived in tents. They containers. They look back at that time now and are impressed with the improvements made over the last decade. It is certainly a different perspective for much lower in rank then. Joshua Conwell, the detainee admin NCOIC detention operations and detainee movement a month later than everyone else because he exist, said White, and the J3 conference center was a horseshoe-shaped building that had a laundry facility in it. We all did our laundry there. The soldiers noted that the living conditions improved for everyone at the Joint Task Force: as well. The Cuzcos didnt exist, White explained. down the tents which the guards lived in near Camp X-Ray. The Trooper housing that started off as tents next to Camp X-ray transitioned to have expanded to include Camp America, the weve got Trail Blazers improving them. We werent able to get to the other side of the island very much, he added. There are now. There was very limited Internet, about three or four computers with a sign-up sheet in the housing either. their second arrival here late last year was the knowledge that none of the detainees were actually housed in Camp Delta anymore. still under construction, Adams explained. Detainees were still being transferred when when we left. The construction of the state-of-the-art facilities which comprise Camps 5 and 6 allow Camp 6 as the communal camp, and the in detainee behavior is largely due to the Delta they guarded, todays detainee population In addition to the everyday outdoor recreation center, detainees in communal privileges including television and movies, Xbox and Playstation, reading material, and the opportunity to eat and pray together. There wasnt a climate-controlled Everything was outdoors. If you were working in the blocks, you were for the most part in the elements. There might be a little shade for a break, but you were outside. days on, two off; and four on, two off, said White. Every other month we would rotate working on the block to working detainee movement, and monitoring. There were only the time you were out in the sun, in the heat and the rain. guard interaction. The communal living allows detainees to shower, enter recreation areas, and go to prayer and eating areas without needing escorts. The reasons for detention seemed a lot more clear back then, Adams said. We were function, but to say clearly what the future of for the guard force. But the one consistency we have had as a guard force is the safe care and custody of the detainees.
AT YOUR SERVI C E | THE WIRE | PAGE 14 O N T HE WING ployment can be hard on a family. It can be even harder for a service member who would normally read their children a bedtime story but are not around to do so. However, the Pat tion here offers a service to help close that gap. The program is a cooperative effort be ganization United Through Reading. It allows overseas personnel to read to their loved ones back home through recorded video. Cathe Ganley, the United Through Reading coordinator here, said the mission of the or away from their family. One way we do that is by providing some of these comforts include free phone calls to home, free computers and free WiFi. With the United Through Reading Program, we record service members reading a book and send both the book and DVD home to the states so the children, mom, dad, grandma or whomever can read with them whenever they want. choose from the selection provided. They can and mail the book and disc. every three days. Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, took the opportunity to read to his two daughters. reading a book over the phone, Fish said. reading program, so now I have a good reason to use the program and read with her. the Puerto Rico Air National Guard, read a ish to his two children. Belen has also shipped DVDs via United Through Reading program. us to reach out to our families back home, Belen said. IN THE FIGHT Comics 4 Heroes auction to aid Wounded Warrior Project swer is simple: they both helped inspire the creation of a new kind of charity event taking une, N.C. This particular event combines the love of comic books with the desire to help Reconnaissance Battalion and founder of vel comic books and get them into the hands of artists who create their own rendition of the character from the comic book theyve chosen, which will be auctioned off. All proceeds will be going to the Wounded Warrior direct programs and services to meet their tary veterans with rehabilitated shelter dogs. Navy corpsman who died in Afghanistan dur During our last deployment we lost six who are involved with these programs, said Although the program is in its early stages, the artists who are taking part. I was instantly interested in the idea, said Division. The fact that I could use my art to sold me on the idea. roes through word-of-mouth and come from dence in the abilities of the numerous artists who are kind enough to donate their time and efforts to this worthwhile cause. volved with the program and use their artistic ington, N.C.AT THE READYBy Lance Cpl. Joshua Hines 2nd Marine Division in support of the war. Already participating in combat operations in Afghanistan, the National Guard lived up to its motto of Always Ready, Always There, and answered the call in January stages of what would later be known as Operation Iraqi Freedom. counterparts until the last Guard member came home, the Army National Guard de Providing air support missions throughout the world for Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, the Air National Guard de ments by the Army and Air National Guard, Guard members back in America answered ing the National Guards domestic mission. The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs would not be anywhere close to where we are in terms of our execution of mission without the National Guard. NG completes more than By Tech. Sgt. Vernon Cunningham 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs By Tech. Sgt. John Orrell USO connects families through reading | AT YOUR SERVI C E THE WIRE | PAGE 15 suspected pirate skiff alongside the Iranianously, a distress call was received from the held captive by pirates. A visit, board, search and seizure team tained 15 suspected pirates who had been holding a 13-member Iranian crew hostage rated and used as a mother ship for pirate operations throughout the Persian Gulf, according to members of the Iranian vessels crew. The pirates did not resist the boarding and surrendered quickly. were held hostage, with limited rations, and we believe were forced against their will to assist the pirates with other piracy opera tions. boarding party, the Iranian crew said they were forced by the pirates to live in harsh conditions, under the threat of violence with limited supplies and medical aid. When we boarded, we gave them food, They had been through a lot. We went out kindness and respect. After securing the ship and ensuring the safety of all persons on board, we began distributing food and water to both the crew and the suspected criminals as is our standard practice in counter-piracy operations, ON THE DECK Pirates captured in Arabian Sea process of issuing regular election-year guidance to remind military and Defense Depart lating their involvement in political activities. members of the armed forces, whether they serve on active duty, as members of the re serve components not on active duty, as National Guard members in a nonfederal status and military retirees. In addition, the Hatch Act applies to federal civilian employees, and employees also are that discusses participation in political campaigns and elections. These rules are designed to prevent military members or federal civilian employees participation in political activities that imply The concern, they explained, is that actual or perceived partisanship could undermine the legitimacy of the military profession and de partment. Thats not to imply, however, that military members and civilian employees cant participate in politics. In fact, DOD has a longstanding policy of encouraging members to carry said. DOD encourages its military and civilian members to register to vote and vote as they choose, they said. Both groups can sign nominating petitions for candidates and express their personal opinions about candidates and issues. so only if they dont act as or arent perceived as representatives of the armed forces in car rying out these activities. Beyond that, the list of dos and donts differs depending on whether the employee is a member of the armed forces, a career civil service employee, a political appointee or a political meetings or rallies only as spectators and not in uniform. Theyre not permitted to make public political speeches, serve in any ofin partisan political campaigns or conventions. They also are barred from engaging in any political activities while in uniform. political activities are governed by the Hatch Act, are permitted to be active in and speak said. These activities, however, cannot involve fundraising. Civilian employees also are permitted to manage campaigns, distribute literature, write political articles or serve as a spokesperson for aparty or candidate. There are, however, exceptions to this, inWhile the dos and donts concerning political activity may vary, the basic tenets hold true for all DOD employees. should steer clear of any activity that may be reasonably viewed as directly or indirectly associating DOD or the military with a partisan political activity, or that is otherwise contrary to the spirit or intent of the rules described. Rules restrict political activity by DOD personnelBy Donna Miles American Forces Press Service M ISSION FIRST during the USS Kidds counter-piracy and maritime see PIRATES next page
| MI N D, BODY & SPIRIT THE WIRE | PAGE 17 Mind Body & Spirit by Army Maj. Jon Powers Eve that brings out the optimist in all of us. is it the permission to stop beating yourself up and turn your back on the mistakes and wasted opportunities of the year gone by? this moment in a similar way. We create daily planner or to not waste another chance at success. These are goals to make us look, feel or act like the person we truly want to be. But sadly, most of us are terrible at keeping champagne toast to yet another set of goals, this time we really, really mean it! We are told goals must be tangible, manageable, measurable and sustainable. is a goal is not a plan. Good plans require balance, and are realistic in their demands on your time, energy and resources. If you can with coworkers, family and friends. Be there for them and they will keep you on track as well. Understand yourself, grasshopper. Are you have to include this trait in your goal setting to be sure you stay on the correct path. Very large goals must be broken down into smaller sections and given their own timeframe. The procrastinator in you will wait until the last minute to act. If the planned interim goals take that into account you can be your old procrastinating self and still hit the mark. As the interim goals come and go, hey look at youyou are succeeding with your goal setting. Nothing succeeds like success! When you think about the next thing you should, dont let yourself think later. Do it now. Pick the phone and make that call now. Get out of your chair and shred that paper now. Call your college and request your transcripts now. Close Facebook and write the article nowlike I did. Anything can be accomplished with effort and it will be done much sooner if you start now. Do not accept you are being a pathetic whiner. Do it now and be done with it! Action is a habit. Practice taking action when a thought occurs to you and you will slowly erode your desire to procrastinate. Goals are much easier to attain when you do something, doing nothing results in, well, nothing getting done. Funny how that works. by the second week of January. Half of the meets or exceeds their own expectations by years end. If someone told you there was a would play. But when theres a one in ten chance of being a better, happier person for the rest of your life, you throw up their hands in defeat? Come on. Goals are not something to take lightly, of yearly celebration with a drink in hand. if they are well planned and pursued diligently, goals are guaranteed to bring more champagne year really, really mean it and make a plan to meet your goals. I bet you a bottle of bubbly youll be glad you did.Goals: Scoring in the game of life Only at GTMO by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Louis Batchelor For more guidance on how to stay on track throughout the year, consult the Fleet and Family Support Center and their pamphlet on Effective Goal Setting, available at JSMART. AROU N D THE WORLD | THE WIRE | PAGE 16 ghanistan In an area with an illiteracy rate of approximately tion can be critical when sharing news and current events in Paktya province of Afghanistan. The Paktya Provincial Recon struction Team recently part nered with local radio announcers in the unveiling of Caravan Radio, an Afghan-run radio station, focused on providing timely and accurate information to provincial residents. Wakil Ahmad Hamdar and Javed Dardman are Caravan Radio announcers at a station that has airing one month ago. Our most popular program is a call-in segment, with more wal Jan said. We receive endless song requests, poetry submis sions and general questions from our listeners. The announcers use a radio system provided by coalition forces, known as a radio in a box or RIAB. The RIAB is an organic, self-sustaining radio sta tion complete with the necessary components to transmit voice The coverage of the station is dependent on the terrain of burn, the Paktya PRT informathe rugged mountains prevalent radius. In the coming months, a new tower is scheduled to be erected, expanding Caravan Radios reach even farther, Ozburn said. During Taliban rule, music was restricted from radio sta tions. Now, playing music for for one announcer, as he recalls heard music playing from a ra dio. surprised, happy and laughing. in fear of listening to the radio. The Taliban can no longer keep music from us. The announcers said their goal is to maintain a positive message of peace for their audience, in order to counter the negative, threatening words the Taliban frequently release. Our messages focus on said. Through our radio station, Afghans learn peace is attainable through cooperation and support of the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.Afghan announcers broadcast peaceBy 1st Lt. Cammie Quinn Paktya PRT Public Affairs rack Obama signed a bill into law Jan. 3 to streamline airport screening procedures for service members and their families travArmed Forces Act gives the istration six months to develop and implement a plan to expedite screening services for ser vice members on orders and in uniform and, to the extent possible, any accompanying family member. The act, in part, calls for the agency to establish standard guidelines for the screening of military uniform items, such as combat boots. In a statement released Jan. in the process of reviewing options for these new procedures in consultation with the Defense Department. Even before this law, the agency had several measures in place to aid troops through the screening process. For example, troops in uniform with a military to remove their boots or shoes unless they set off an alarm, according to the agencys website. The agency also seeks to accommodate family members. Families who would like to accompany a deploying service member to the boarding gate or greet them upon their return may receive passes to enter the secure area of the airport, the site said. cials advise, should contact their air carrier representative at the airport for local procedures. The agency also expedites the screening process for Hon or Flight veterans, and partners with the Defense Department to expedite screening for wounded warriors and their families. The Honor Flight Network organization transports veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit their war memorials. Also aimed at expediting screening procedures, the agency is testing a new program at the mid-November, troops travel Airport began presenting their ment checker for card-reader scanning. The pilot program is designed to test the technology to verify service members status. If suc cessful, it could pave the way for service members to be included in the agencys expedited screen said, enabling them to use spe cial lanes at participating airports to pass more quickly through airport security. These expedited procedures could involve not having to remove their shoes, from bags. Programs such as this one explaining that separating out low-risk people, such as mem bers of the armed forces, allows the agency to focus its resources on travelers who present a higher risk. New law eases airport screening for familiesBy Elaine Sanchez American Forces Press Service The pirates were detained boarding party until the next morning when they could be reviewed for prosecution. The pirates currently remain on the expressed his sincere gratitude that we came to assist them. He was afraid that without our help, they could have been there for Piracy is an international problem that requires an inter national solution and a threat to all mariners. The presence of promotes freedom of navigation and protects the safety of those who transit the sea. maritime security operations in tions while supporting Opera tion Enduring Freedom. PIRATES cont.
MOVIE REVIEW | THE WIRE | PAGE 18 Over the last decade, there has been a substantial increase in live-action CGI-heavy hyper-reality how this kind of picture is made right. That movie offered up a great story, interesting characters, and great visuals with enough balance to play off each other to successfully create a fascinating world in genre. When its done wrong, all these elements are squandered and the whole picture caves in under its own weight. The Wrestler) attacking and pillaging holy sites. He is seeking the mighty Eprius Bow, a supernatural weapon lost by the gods somewhere on Earth during a battle with the Titans. Hyperion kidnaps the virgin the Eprius Bow and conquer all of Greece. For a young man of limited means, he has a Charles Atlas body and unparalleled combat skills. It also helps being the illegitimate son of the god Poseidon and in Zeus good graces, who in the guise of a wise Hallows) has mentored Theseus on the art of war chiseled good looks and combat skills will increase your earning potential! Theseus is alone when he begins his campaign against Hyperion. Eventually Theseus accrues allies to aid in his quest. There is no shortage of battles as Theseus thunders on to take down his man. All spearings, beheadings and other acts of mass carnage. Judging by their inadequacies, Hyperions minions obviously had combat training at the same theirs. Theseus liberates the exquisite Phaedra and the importance of Theseus life and helps him to achieve what he set out to do for the good of her people. Theres no denying Immortals is one of Through CGI and elaborate sets the backdrops, locations and set dressings are rich in complexity at them, an exception to the tendency of modern ADD. The costuming is top notch. Who cares if the look cool. However, apart from the eye candy, Immortals doesnt give you anything else. Characters with hardto-pronounce names seem to show up at random and then vanish. Why were they even on the screen there only to showcase their exotic costumes. I also couldnt help but wonder why all of Greece appears to be carved alongside a cliff thousands of feet in the air. Characters are shown strolling along the edge without the slightest regard to gravity or without fear of plummeting to the rocky shoreline of the ocean thousands of feet below. I dont think Immortals will generate the kind of business or word of mouth interest in the movie the studio was hoping for. Its incoherent and almost torturous to watch. The story is fragmented at best. But one thing is for sure, it will look great on Blufor. It sure isnt good for anything else. abdominald Theseus) and Freida Pinto (as hair extensiond Phaedra) lament recent career moves. Movie ReviewR 110 min.By Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson IMMORTALSDowntown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley GTMO Quick Reference Bayview Club 75605 Wed.-Fri. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. & Holidays 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Bowling Center 2118 Mon.-Fri. 6-11 p.m. Fri. 6 p.m.-12 a.m Sat. 1 p.m.-12 a.m. Sun. & Holidays 1-11 p.m. Caribbean Coffee 77859 Mon.-Sat. 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. 1-10 p.m. Jerk House 2532 Sun.-Th. 5-9 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 5-10 p.m. KFC and A&W Express 75653 Daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. MWR Liberty Centers 2010 Mon.-Th. 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Fri. 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sun. 9 a.m.-12 a.m. Sat. & Holidays 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Library 4700 Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. & Holidays 12-9 p.m. Pizza Hut 77995 Mon.-Th. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 12-9 p.m. Windjammer Cafe Mon.-Th. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. 5-10 p.m. Sun. 5-9 p.m. Windjammer Club 77252 Fri. & Sat. 5 p.m. 2 a.m. Windjammer Sports Bar Mon.-Th. 5-9 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Sun. 5-9 p.m.Safe Ride 84781 | BULLETI N BOARD THE WIRE | PAGE 19 14 Call the movie hotline at 4880 or see the MWR GTMO Facebook page for more information. 13 15 16 17 19 18 A lvin & the Chipmunks (free popcorn!) Immortals I n T ime (last showing) J. Edgar (NEW) T ower H eist (free popcorn!) J. Edgar (NEW) T he R um Diary M ission: Impossible Puss in Boots (last showing) In Time (last showing) T ower Heist Immortals T wilight W e Bought a Zoo T he R um Diary Jack and Jill W ar Horse T wilight Downtown Lyceum Camp BulkeleyGTMO Religious Services JTF Trooper ChapelDaily Catholic Mass Tues.-Fri. 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass Saturday 5 p.m. Mass Sunday 9 a.m. General Protestant Sunday 11 a.m. Gospel Service Sunday 1 p.m. Christian Fellowship Sunday 6 p.m. Iglesia Ni Cristo Sunday 5:30 a.m. Room A LDS Service Sunday 10 a.m. Room A Pentecostal Gospel Sunday 8 a.m. & 5 p.m. Room D Islamic Service Friday 1 p.m. Room C United Jamaican Fellowship Sunday 11 a.m. Room B Liturgical Service Sunday 10 a.m. Room B For other services, Chaplains Protestant Worship Sunday 9 a.m. Bible Study Wednesday 6 p.m. For more information, contact the JTF at 2305.NAVSTA Main Chapel
Background: The halo-ringed moon over Guantanamo Bay late on Jan. 6 lasted photo by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park Renovations made to U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bays primary care clinic will improve services to all residents Force Guantanamo Troopers. From left to right: JTF deputy commander Brig. Station commander Capt. mander Rear Adm. David Richard Stoltz cut the ribbon Jan. 9. The renovations include more treatment U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs Maj. Gen. commanding general visited Joint Task Force Guantanamo and members of the 525th Military Police Battalion Jan. 10. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park