The wire
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Friday, March 30, 2012 Volume 13, Issue 21 They see me rollin Gitmo Specials demystified also, build your own! Vroom vroom Meet the new Chief of Staff SharePoint, you got some splainin to do


Help keep the trails of Gitmo beautiful and clean. The Trail Blazers are looking for volunteers to help cut grass, trim tree limbs, remove trash and anything else it takes to keep your hikes, trail runs and bike rides fun and easy. For more information, call Martin Sullivan at 8243 or 8242 or email him at Martin.E.Sullivan@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil. Upset about the outcome of your brackets? Let the stress go and enjoy the champi onship game at any one of the four Liberty Centers. The game starts at 8 p.m. All of the televisions will show it and MWR Liberty will provide pizza. For more information, call 2010. MWR needs to know what you want from the movie program at Guantanamo Bay. Help out by logging onto: www.surveymonkey.com/GTMOMovieSurvey Answer a few questions that will help de termine the future of movies on base. MWR is currently trying to arrange for 3D movies at the Windjammer Ballroom. Are you craving sushi? Learn how to make it on your own on Apr. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Community Center. MWR Liberty will show you how to prepare delicious sushi from beginning to end, and teach some cul tural knowledge as you prepare the food. For more information, call 2010. INDEXThe Wire March 30, 2012 Pope visits Cuba Meet the new CoS Aprils medical specialists A BRAND NEW CAR! (not) SharePoint pointers Yet another sports superstar MBS: Fresh guest writer Movie review: Chronicle 5 8 9 10 12 13 18 19Grab a friend and go to the mini golf course at Denich Gym at 5 p.m. and enjoy a game or two of putt-putt golf and a chance to win prizes. For more information, call 2010. MWR will be offering swimming lesson to the community. The classes begin April 16 and end October 12. The lessons cost $30 per student for one 2-week session. There infant and preschool level. For more information call 84968 or 2205. The Jamaica Independence Day committee invites all hands to volunteer for a multitude of fundraising events to include a car wash, T-shirt sale, sporting events, beach party, multicultural cook-off, Jamaican cooking class, gospel concert, chef auction and much more. Jamaican Independence Day is Aug. 6, and all fundraising event dates are TBD. To volunteer, call 4822. All lawn watering at residences and car washing at the Lyceum is suspended until further notice. Troopers needing legal assistance should cated in Bldg 760. For more information, call 4692. Conch season is now closed and will reprohibited at all times. To report violations, or for more infor mation, call 4105 or VHS channel 12. | NEWS FROM THE BAY THE WIRE | PAGE 3 Looking for a new hobby? Make your way to the ceramics shop Apr. 1 at 1 p.m., and the sponsored by MWR Liberty. You will be able to select a pre-made ceramics piece and glaze it for free! For more information, call 2010. Take advantage of the opportunity to go Liberty. Boats leave the dock at 6 p.m. so make sure you show up early. Bait, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. For more information, or to reserve a spot, call 2010. Step up your pool game by watching How to Play Pool Right in the movie room at the Marine Hill Liberty Center on Apr. 6 at 6 p.m. Watch as master instructor Jerry Briesath teaches the fundamentals of stance, grip, bridge, and stroke as well as advanced techniques of English, position play, and pat terns. For more information, call 2010. Specialty care providers will be available for appointments at U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo in the month of April: ear, nose, and throat (ENT); audiology; dermatology; podiatry; and urology. For a referral, NAVSTA personnel can schedule an appointment with Primary Care Clinic at 72110. JTF personnel can call 3394. NCAA championship Want 3D movies? Trail Blazers April: specialty care providers at USNH Attention divers and snorkelers Billiards tutorial Free ceramics Sushi workshop Putt-putt golf Swimming lessons Attention all GTMO residents Volunteers neededThis Sunday marks the beginning of April, a month associated with many different themes that focus on transition and planning. April 1 marks the beginning of the month and one of my favorite days of the year: April Fools Day. Its a day we can have fun with each other in a good-natured, harmless way. It helps us break from the norm and pretend the unbelievable is believable, especially if you plan it right. Many people associate April with the changing of the seasons. Depending on what part of the world you come from, changing seasons can have different meanings. In the northern hemisphere it means transitioning from a cold winter to a warmer spring. Here at Guantanamo Bay, the climates changes from warm and dry, to hotter and humid. As most people acclimate to the changing of the seasons, they usually reorganize their wardrobe, conduct spring cleaning, and begin landscaping. All of these spring related activities also require planning. This month is also associated with a few your income taxes. This year your returns must be postmarked by April 17. If you reside in a state that collects income taxes, those taxes are usually due on the same date as the information in order and meeting that deadline requires appropriate planning. On a larger budgetary scale, April marks is the time of the year the Department of Defense and Joint Task Force Guantanamo must evaluate our requirements and resources and determine what is needed to successfully April is also Sexual Assault Awareness month. We all need to take care of our battle buddies and shipmates to protect each other against sexual assault. This is something we can plan for. Sexual assault is not tolerated at JTF Guantanamo or anywhere within the United States military. This Sunday and Monday at the Windjammer Ballroom, a presentation called Sex Signals will use theater, humor, education and audience interaction to provide important training. The U.S. military and hundreds of college campuses around the world have used this presentation with great success. Shows are Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and Monday at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sexual assault is not okay, and we need to eliminate it. Recognizing we are a rotational force, we know that Troopers will return to their home units and the civilian world. We continuously plan to equip our Troopers with effective tools to help them with planning and making appropriate life choices. In an effort to assist our Troopers in planning for their next phase of their life after their Joint Task Force Guantanamo tour, we have developed a redeployment seminar to assist them with thinking about the next phase. This redeployment event will be conducted on April 4 at the Windjammer for Coast Guard MSST and NEGB Troopers. We plan to routinely conduct these events to help all Troopers plan for the next phase after serving here. Think carefully about planning and being deliberate in what you do. Some things in life happen by chance, but you can plan for most things. Taking charge of your affairs and planning for the future is a healthy way to ensure your health and happiness. Take the time now to plan for your future. COMMAND CORNER | THE WIRE | PAGE 2 JTF GuantanamoCommander Rear Adm. David Woods Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. James Lettko 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 Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Keith Simmons Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park Army Sgt. Landis AndrewsContact usEditors Desk: 3651 Commercial: 011-5399-3651 DSN: 660-3651 E-mail: thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil 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. 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 1,300.From April Fools Day, to tax time, to redeployment, you can plan for most things. Take the time now. Brig. Gen. James LettkoDeputy Commander, JTF Guantanamo parking lot Wednesday. But keep in mind: this is a really nice car and doesnt represent the typical Guantanamo Bay vehicle market offering. photo by Army Sgt. Saul RosaCcommand orner Joint Task Force Guantanamo Safe Humane Legal Transparent


Keep your personal life personalHow many times have you seen someone online share places they have checked into? Social media can be a great tool for staying connected with friends and family while youre deployed, but there is a limit to what you should put online, especially when it comes to your personal life. Telling the online community your whereabouts at all times by checking in at places might not be the best idea, especially if your smart phone does it automatically. Make sure you know what youre sharing online and what the settings on your mobile devices are. Stay safe. Think before you post. Use OPSEC! PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! TROOPER TO TROOPER | THE WIRE | PAGE 4 Trooper to Trooper Sgt. st Class Sharlene DownerJVB Protocol Chief maintaining a positive attitudetitude? This is a question I had to ask my self within the last 48 hours, among a few others. For instance, why is it important to display a positive attitude? And what role does having appositive attitude play in your daily responsibilities? Lastly, how does your attitude impact others around you? These are questions we should all be asking ourselves. Not one individual can say he or she does not upset someones day during the week; from the senior enlisted leader down to the lowest ranking Trooper. Lets face it: it hap pens to the best of us because no one individual is perfect in any way, shape, or form; at least not currently living on this earth. As leaders, our attitude will either motivate our subordinates to develop into the leaders we envision them to be, or it will tear through the very fabric of their developmental pro cess. Who takes responsibility at this point? Yes, it is still us, the leaders. It is our job to start the day with sunshine on one shoulder and a smile on the other. Does this happen every day? No, it doesnt, but we can surely take a few minutes out of our day to break the monotony of Facebook, and get a good belly laugh from the other side of the wall with our coworkers. Whatever gets your day started! I know it works for me because I have been told that when I am happy others around me are happy. There are times when I have a thundercloud hanging over my head, as we all do, but I still have to mainting a senior leader. That is the expectation! How do we combat the issue of problem atic distracters bent on raining on your parade? We try our best to overlook them in order to do our jobs. Or, better yet, work around them in order to build a rapport with someone else. There have been several individuals that have told me not to allow someone to steal my joy. This is hard to overcome at times because of the stressors involved in your daily duties. There has to be an outlet in order to maintain that positive attitude everyone is looking for each day. Maybe exercising, playing MWR sports, hiking on trails, journaling, listening to music, etc. could serve as a healthy outlet, to help maintain a positive attitude. Allowing ourselves to become vulnerable to the devils of the day will only hinder any positive outcome you attempt to maintain. For me, my duties and responsibilities am deployed. Giving 100% of my time is what I came to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to do. Knowing I have made a positive impact on the Joint Visitors Bureau when I re-deploy will be the icing on the cake. Surrounding yourself with goal seekers is the key. As leaders, we are the motivators of a positive attitude in our subordinates and our selves. Trust and perseverance will always be a shining light at the end of the tunnel; ridding ourselves of distracters is the ultimate goal. ALCONKittery Beach closed Mon-Fri Due to ongoing training events, Kittery Beach is closed on weekdays. Refer to posted signs for all beach openings and closures. | COMMAND INFORMATION THE WIRE | PAGE 5 WASHINGTON Service members and vet erans whose military service was involuntarily extended under the Stop Loss program between the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Sept. 30, 2009, are eligible for special retroactive pay, and they now have more time to apply for it. Eligible service members, veterans and to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Even with extensive outreach efforts and tremendous support from the president, Congress, the [Veterans Affairs Depart ment], veteran and military service organizations, and friends and family around the yet applied, said Juliet Beyler, the Defense enlisted personnel management. We highly encourage anyone who may be eligible to apply for this pay. You have earned it. The special pay is compensation for the hardships the involuntary extensions caused, military service to receive $500 for each full or partial month served in a Stop Loss status. When the special pay began on Oct. 21, 2009, the services estimated 145,000 service of those eligible had separated from the miliin extensive and persistent outreach efforts, such as multiple direct mailings, public ser vice announcements and continuous engage ments with military and veteran service organizations, social networks and media outlets. To apply for the pay, or for more infor mation on submission requirements and fense.gov/stoploss.From American Forces Press Service Stop-loss application period extended The Joint Task Force Intranet has classified ads! Click through the new SharePoint page with the Intranet tab. Scroll down to classifieds under useful JTF links and see what your buddies have for sale! New this week: someone is trying to unload a ton of video games! JTF stuff MAJ Hopkins MSG Rodriguez Master Chief Roberts MAJ Snider Super Troopers Congratulations to the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers who recently received commanders coins!


TROOPER FOCUS | THE WIRE | PAGE 6 By Army Sgt. Saul Rosa After nearly 35 years, Army Staff Sgt. Guillermo Diaz-Hidalgo returned to his home nation of Cuba. But this wasnt a trip to see relatives. Staff Sgt. Diaz is currently deployed to Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Diazs main role on island is duty driver for distinguished visitors. They range from VIPs and foreign dignitaries to high ranking visiting Diaz was born in Cuba, but at the age of four his parents left moving to America. In America the family settled in Miami. I was born in in Havana, said Diaz. But I spent my youth in Miami until I was 20, when I joined the Marines. Diaz spent four years in the Marine Corps and left as a corporal. After a yearlong break in service, he joined the Army Reserve. During his time as a reservist in Florida, Diaz has deployed to Kuwait for two years, Afghanistan for one year, and now Cuba. I came here partly because I wanted to come back to home soil, said Diaz. Its very odd, because its been 35 years since I touched Cuban soil. I would love to visit the other side of the fence. Eighteen years of service provides a lot of insight that Diaz is more than willing to share with younger Troopers. My advice to younger Troopers is to perform your jobs in a timely manner, said Diaz. When you see something wrong correct it and dont always wait to be told what to do. As a member of one of the last units in the Army to receive a one year tour, Diaz has learned how to stay entertained and active on island. Find something you like and stick with anywhere. One of the activities that keeps Diaz busy during his days off is coaching. Diaz currently helps coach girls football on island. I coach soccer back home for youth kids, said Diaz. Coaching offers a very unique opportunity. You get to deal with many different personalities and its a lot like being an NCO. You get to mentor, mold and teach people. Which vehicle would you choose as your Gitmo Special?I would bring a higher quality Gator, one that can go faster than 20 miles per hour. Thats all you need down here. Spc. Francisco Sibrian Just something to get me from point A to point B. Construction Electricians Mate 2nd Class Michael Pascuzzo I would bring the General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard. Hospitalman Jay Cherluck I would bring a Porsche 9-11 Turbo and take it down the abandoned airstrip. Hospitalman 3rd Class Marcelo Gomez Boots on the Ground Time in service: 4 years in the Marine Corps, 14 in the Army Reserve Hobbies: Every sport available on island, especially soccer and diving The boss says: Hes active in the community and is a hard worker. Advice to junior Troopers: Main tain a positive attitude, and always be Pope Benedict XVI has arrived in communist Cuba with the aim of awakening state. Benedict was greeted Monday by President Raul Castro at an airport in Cubas second largest city, Santiago. His visit marks the 400th anniversary of the religious icon, the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre, venerated by many Cubans regardless of their faith. The pontiff said he came to Cuba as a pilgrim of charity, and he made a veiled reference to Cubas political prisoners. I carry in my heart the just aspirations and legitimate desires of all Cubans, wherever they may be, their sufferings and their joys, their concerns and their noblest desires, those of the young and the elderly, of adolescents and children, of the sick and workers, of prisoners and their families, and of the poor and those in need, he said. He also said change is in Cubas future. I am convinced that Cuba, at this moment of particular importance in its history, is already looking to the future and thus is striving to renew and broaden its horizons. Of great help spiritual and moral values which fashioned the nations true identity and which stand out in the work and the life of many distinguished fathers of the country, he said. The pope arrives at time when churchstate relations are warming. The Roman Catholic Church has grown to become state from 1959 until a constitutional change in 1992 abolished atheism as the state creed and called for separation of church and state. At that time, the Communist Party also lifted its ban on members with religious beliefs. Pope Benedict set the tone for his trip Friday when he said the Catholic Church is ready to help Cuba move away from communism. He said the Marxist ideology no longer corresponds to reality, and he offered the Churchs help to move Cuba ahead without trauma. Cuban dissidents hope they will be able to present the pope with their views about the government. In Santiago, at least 15 members of the Ladies in White, a prominent dissident group, have been detained. The group is comprised of wives and mothers of 75 dissidents jailed in a 2003 crackdown on opponents of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Each week, the women, dressed in white, march in Havana to demand the release of political prisoners. The Ladies in White, along with many other people, have asked for an audience with the pope during his visit. But the Archbishop of Santiago says the popes time is limited. Many people came to give us lots of requests, lots, you cant imagine how many, he said. One said: Im having problems with my home, and I believe the Holy Father can help me. Others have participated in this call from the Ladies in White. We have channeled these requests. day Latin American trip that began last week in Mexico. | NEWS THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Benedict XVI visits Santiago, Havana Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Santiago, Cuba, Monday, and led a Mass in honor of a national religious icon that is venerated by both Roman Catholics and followers of Afro-Cuban traditions. The pope led hundreds of thousands in prayer in Santiago and gave his homily in a German-accented Spanish. The pope stood on a platform that was erected against the stark backdrop of a Cuban independence monument that consists of 23 giant rusted spikes. In an apparent allusion to the decade and state, he said that when God is put aside, the world becomes an inhospitable place for man. It is touching to see how God not only respects human freedom, he almost seems to require it, the pope said. The pope spoke from a platform where of El Cobre, was encased in a plexiglass box. The Mass was a celebration of the discovery of the statue 400 years ago by two brothers and a slave boy. Benedict said he was deeply touched by the outpouring of fervor when the statue was recently taken on an unprecedented tour of this communist country. But the pontiff neglected to mention that goddess Oshun in a syncretistic Afro-Cuban worship known as Santeria that is widely followed here. Earlier, on arrival at the airport, the pope said he came to give hope to the people of Cuba. I carry in my heart the just aspirations and legitimate desires of all Cubans, wherever they may be, their sufferings and their joys, their concerns and their noblest desires, he said. Pope Benedict will visit the sanctuary the capital for a meeting with President Raul Castro and a Mass in Revolution Square.Pope leads Mass in honor of Cuban iconBy Jerome Socolovsky


The medical professionals at the Joint Trooper Clinic can diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions and illnesses, but sometimes a specialist in one medical branch will provide the best care possible. That is where the U.S. Naval Hospital, Guantanamo Bay helps Troopers providing medical specialty clinics. In April, specialists in audiology, der matology, podiatry, urology and ENT (ear, nose and throat) will be available by a pri mary care provider referral. We need to bring the care here, said Cmdr. Bruce Deschere, Navy Medical Corps, director of Medical Services at the Guantanamo Bay hospital. Deshere has been a family doctor for 32 years. He consults with senior hospital staff to determine what specialties are needed, how often a specialist will visit and the length of stay to treat patients. Patients understand the limitations, added Deschere, when it comes to the length and frequency of the specialist vis its. Most doctors rotate on a three-month schedule and stay for up to two weeks. The specialty clinic doctors schedules are adjusted to provide the best patient care, with Deschere citing the example of the Ear, Nose and Throat doctor, who is comfortable in taking out tonsils, but would like to follow up ten days post-sur gery. With that prudent follow-on care in mind, the specialist would be scheduled for a longer time, about three weeks; but would rotate out less frequently, about every three to four months. Also, part of the equation considers treatments which the hospital can support, noted Deschere. Without an operating room to perform heart surgery, there is no support for a coronary specialist. Patients are sent stateside for medical issues that cannot be treated locally. Whether doctors have come in for per to evaluate and treat detainees at Joint Task Force camps, the goal is the same: to pro vide health services. They almost always from the care, said Navy Capt. Richard Stoltz, commander, Joint Medical Group. That is a primary mission, Deschere added, discussing how the medical special ists are requested for detainee care and then serve the greater Guantanamo population. at the Joint Troop Clinic to be evaluated, where the primary care provider can de termine the medical specialty clinic for the best treatment. The primary care provider has an important role, said Deschere, to help guide you through the medical pro cess. Use that guide to better health and well ness: it is Trooper responsibility, as part of the team.By Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven THE WIRE | PAGE 9 | FEATURE Hospital Guantanamo Bay community, as well as Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers. Specialty care is available on a rotational basis. photo by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa FEATURE | THE WIRE | PAGE 8 Attention on deckIt would have been hard to avoid the positive images of serving in the Navy with and Top Gun in the early to mid 1980s. The movie stars portrayed men of honor and courage, and of course there was the allure many a young person. One of the moviegoers enticed by the images and the story of being a naval aviator was Capt. W. Andrew Docherty. It was 1986, Colby College in Waterville, Maine, when he and buddy decided to join the Navy. That looks pretty cool. Thats what I really want to do, said Docherty of that particular career decision nearly 26 years ago. I can say that I have loved it. Not that every day has been perfect: that is not the expectation as he begins his time as the Chief of Staff for Joint Task Force Guantanamo. I have not enjoyed every day, but I have enjoyed every week, he said, looking back at his assignments since he earned Distinguished Naval Graduate at Aviation There have been some bad days. Lose an aircraft or lose a shipmate, there are bad days out there, added Docherty, who believes it is what you learn and how you heal from bad experiences that make you better. He speaks passionately about the Navy We have to take care of our people, he said. For example, Docherty sees housing as a focus to keep Trooper morale up. Whether it is the washers and dryers at Camp America, or better lighting at the Cuzcos, he see these issues as areas that can be improved. Working with the JTF staff and senior enlisted leaders Docherty will strive for decent housing and to provide Troopers with the tools to excel in their careers. To that end, he wants senior leaders to serve as the models and set the right example. He looks at every assignment as an opportunity for personal and professional growth. I am going to grow from you and hopefully as you grow from me, we can do better together, he said. He is encouraged to meet so many to be assigned here, it is the type of working environment he enjoys. Whatever job you are assigned, do the best job you can. That is what I hope to do here, said Docherty. Work as best you can, till the last day youre asked to do it. He used Capt. Patrick Rabun, the leader he replaced, as best example he ever saw of that work ethic. He cared, he cared a lot and he cared till the day he left, it was amazing. How we do the tactical job is very important. But more than anywhere, here a tactical mistake can have strategic consequences, he said. We can not afford to make any mistakes. That strategic mindset comes from Dochertys previous assignment as chief of staff for the Interagency Coordination Division of U.S. Strategic Commands Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction at Fort Belvoir, Va.JTF all ahead full with the new Chief of Staff Capt. W. Andrew Docherty assumed his role as chief of staff of Joint Task Force Guantanamo March 22. He recently arrived on island from Fort Belvoir, Va., where he served as a chief of staff at U.S. Strategic Command. photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven By Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven


FEATURE | THE WIRE | PAGE 10 THE WIRE | PAGE 11 | FEATURE Maybe youre frustrated that your plans are shackled by the bus schedule, or youre tired of being bound by the availability of the guy or gal who has control of your sections GSA. Either way, you may have already begun cars and scanning the Gitmo Specials rotating through the Navy Exchange parking lot, looking for your way to break the travel bondage. But you hesitate on making an offer because getting a set of wheels has got to be a pain here. Well wait no more, your freedom is just a few simple steps away! Yes, gaining access to your tropical island dream ride is way easier than you might think! want and have negotiated the price, you need to To do this, both you and the seller need to building 760 during normal business hours and sign a bill of sale. Its too easy, said Navy Lt. Courtney Whoever is selling the vehicle just needs to bring in any one of three documents to get a bill of sale. They bring in the vehicle title, vehicle registration, or proof of insurance. Both seller and buyer need to have an ID card. The document must have the name of the current owner on it. Again, only one of the three documents with the sellers name on it is (The owner) must make sure to do a power of attorney before leaving the island or theyre out of luck, said Gordon-Tennant. A power of attorney authorizes the designated person to make a transaction, such as a sale or shipment. in the sale price and date. Both the seller and buyer sign the document in front of the legal representative at the desk who notarizes it on the spot. Once the buyer has the notarized bill of sale, the buyer needs to take before they can legally engage the keys to freedom: the car has to be insured and registered. I insured my Gitmo Special within minutes and its way cheaper to insure a car here than in the States. After you get the bill of sale, you need to bring it, your drivers license, and the old registration along with the proof of insurance to the Vehicle Class Stacey Wilson, Vehicle Registration Petty bring a copy of the insurance binder or policy that shows coverage for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with the right amount of coverage. The minimums for each occurrence here, added Wilson, are $25,000 for bodily injury, $50,000 for liability, and $25,000 property damage. When registering your vehicle, make sure the basic safety features all work. The horn, windshield wipers, all lights, and side and rearview mirrors have to be present, said Wilson. Other issues to watch are to make present and operational, and that fenders and bumpers are properly secured to the vehicle. Wilson said, I can give a temporary registration so the work can be completed and then grant a regular registration once the problems are addressed. Seller Beware: Once you have gotten your money and the bill of sale, you need to make sure that the new owner registers the vehicle in their name. Take a copy of the bill of sale to the to show that youve sold the vehicle and clear your name off the registration. If you dont get your name off the registration and the buyer doesnt take care of it for you, your name will remain on the registration and you could be held liable if the vehicle gets ticketed or is involved in an incident or accident. Buyer Beware: Make sure to check that the vehicle is registered to the person you are buying it from OR that they have power of attorney to sell the vehicle. If you dont, you may not be able to register the vehicle and secure a license plate for it. You may not be able to get your money back or sell the vehicle when youre done with it. If you follow these steps, you could be the proud owner of a Gitmo Special in as quickly as one day! 760 is open for walk-ins Monday and Wednesday 8:30-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm; Tuesday 9:0011:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm; Thursday 1:00-3:00 pm; Friday 8:30-11:00 am. The phone number is 4692. the NEX Plaza across from the Personalize Shop is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and is closed for lunch each day from 1-2 p.m. The phone number is 2249. If you have questions about selling or registering your vehicle, dont be shy or afraid to stop in and ask at NLSO or the Vehicle you may not like than it is to get ripped off or get a ticket for something you didnt know about when you bought your special. GTMO Freedom By Sgt. First Class Jerome Grant Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant uses his Toyota 4Runner as a mobile dive locker. photos by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa How Does it Work? The Gitmo Special


THE WIRE | PAGE 12 Have you noticed that the web browser home page has been replaced? Are you wondering where weird new site that looks like it came straight out of 1996? The new home page was constructed using Microsoft SharePoint and what it lacks in aesthetics, it more than makes up in functionality. It is a tool to help improve communication and collaboration, said 1st Lt. Chad Maurice, the project manager who coordinates Joint Task Force Guantanamos SharePoint rollout. If you have something to share there is a place for it on SharePoint. Does your before they can perform a certain task? How about an idea for improvements? SharePoint promotes team collaboration because it gives everyone access to and ownership of the piece of the website representing your unit or shop. The days of emailing the JTF webmaster requesting an update are over. With SharePoint, sections will be able to update their site with just a few clicks of a button. Each organizations ITO (information technol respective section, said Maurice. The ITOs are viewed as a power user that has a slightly higher level permission set compared to a normal user. If J1 has an updated version of a leave and pass form, they can post it themselves. If the chaplains have a daily message, they can reach every Trooper who visits the site. If J2 wants to make a new operations security advisory they can go straight to the force by updating the SharePoint site. David McGee, the SharePoint architect, said the site is not limited to hanging forms and posting command messages. The capabilities of SharePoint is only limited to the creativity and imagination of the organization and the developers, McGee said. I envision JTF Guantanamo transitioning many of the more than 100 external applications and rolling them into a single platform, creating savings in time and money. I believe JTF Guantanamo can be the model other commands follow. The external applications McGee speaks about are the processes your shop has in place to get your job done. Maurice provides an example. There are several SOPs (standard operating pro cedures) and continuity documents that my section uses on a daily basis but had to recreate after personnel rotated out, he said. By housing all of these items within SharePoint, it takes a lot of the guess-SharePoint,By Army Sgt. Landis Andrews FEATURE | does it work? How does it work?Are you curious about how things happen at GTMO? Write to The Wire and we will try to find out! Fill out a comment card or email thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil THE WIRE | PAGE 13 | FEATURE how does it work?work out of continuity by allowing a single place for knowledge to be located. SharePoint might seem confusing now, but the more you work with it, the more you will understand it. The more you understand it, the more you can tailor the possibilities become endless. Over the next several years there is the potential for a major expansion on the foundation that has been rolled out, Maurice said. The only major limitation on what JTF Guantanamo as a whole does with this system is our own imagination on how we can bet ter communicate and share information with one another. Be a part of that expansion by poking around the site. Its still in the beta test version so changes are on the horizon. If you see an opportunity for a community to share knowledge, bring it up to your SharePoint representative. If there is something that the intranet website offered that you think is missing on the SharePoint page, inform your ITO. Your input will be an integral part the future of JTF Guantanamos commube found on the intranet webpage link located at the top left of the new page.


MISSION FIRST WASHINGTON The Defense Depart ments request for two new rounds of base realignments and closures should be comfour BRAC rounds, not those done in 2005 to transform installations to match force The math is straightforward, Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, told a Senate panel. BRAC is the single most ef fective thing the department has ever done savings. At a Pentagon news conference today, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said the two rounds are being proposed as part of We thought it was important to at least put BRAC on the table, Little said. Were aware of the concerns raised about BRAC, to look at additional cost savings through this process. Robyn and other defense leaders say the budgets. She reiterated those needs today to the Senate Armed Services Committees subcommittee on readiness and management support. Ranking members of the subcom mittee said they oppose more BRAC rounds, mostly in light of the 2005 process, which slower return on savings than expected. The $11.2 billion DOD installations and environment budget request is down from $13 billion appropriated for the current year. The budget request -which includes $4 billion for environmental work, mostly installation clean-up and pollution prevention, and $4 billion for installations energy use -does The department receives about $4 billion in annual savings from the 2005 BRAC, Robyn said, but she acknowledged those realignments and closures wont yield a net savings until 2018. By contrast, she said, the department has reaped $8 billion in annual of BRAC, which occurred from 1989 to 1995, Robyn said. Thats the equivalent of buying three Apache attack helicopters or four Virginiaclass submarines, she said. The 2005 BRAC is not the right compari son because it was designed more for transforming installations to meet military needs during wartime than for savings and elimi nating excess capacity, Robyn said. That was a period of growth in the needs of that time, she said. It was not about saving money and space. Today, the military needs to reduce its installation space to match downsizing plans, she added. The BRAC process gives a six-year window for implementing realignments and closures. Then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld broke with past practice and de layed the 2005 BRAC implementation for six years because of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Robyn said. AT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 14 IN THE FIGHT Corps: Cutbacks, but no involuntary separationsYOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan The Marine Corps plans to trim its ranks by 20,000 over of the service early, according to the Marine Corps deputy commandant for combat de velopment and integration. Marines who raised their hands in a time of war can serve out their commitment, Marine Lt. Gen. Richard Mills told reporters during a Thursday morning teleconference to discuss plans to shrink the Corps. The force reductions are part of the Pentagons overall plan to trim more than 100,000 ground troops in the face of pending budget cuts. Earlier this year, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress the Army end strength would gradually fall from roughly 570,000 to 490,000 soldiers while the Marine Corps would shrink from just more than 202,000 to 182,000 troops. As part of that plan, the Corps will cut infantry and artillery battalions, tank companies, aircraft squadrons, headquarters ele ments, explosive ordnance disposal and support units, but it will add more than 1,000 personnel to cyber warfare and special opWe looked at lessons learned in the past 10 years, Mills said of the plans to reshape the Corps. It is not going to be your fathers Marine Corps. Mills, who also heads the Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Va., said Marines serving with units that are inactivated under the cuts but who have yet to reach the end of their service contracts will be transferred to active units. The ones who leave will leave on their own terms and when they expect to leave, he said. The Marines approach to downsizing is in stark contrast to the Army and Navy, which are trimming thousands from the rolls through involuntary separation processes. Still, it will be harder to stay in the Corps, if thats the path a Marine chooses. Every Marine will be offered a chance to compete for re-enlistment, Mills said, but he added that bonuses will likely be cut and re-enlist ment options will be tougher. Marines will need to bring their A game every day, he said. Marines will need to be force. There are some Marines serving very well now and doing the best they can who wont stay in. Measures such as offering retirement to some Marines or buying out their contracts to meet force-reduction goals are not anticipated, Mills said. Transition assistance programs will offer Marines help writing resumes, entering apprenticeship programs, job networking, getting an education or looking for public sector jobs such as police work, he said. It is a focus on the individual Marine to ensure he understands how he goes about selling his skills on the civilian market so they receive all the help they possibly can to set themselves up for success, he said. The cuts will not impact the jobs of ci vilians supporting the Marine Corps, Mills said. About 10 percent of 21,000 Marine civilbut the civilian reductions will be achieved ians who retire, he said. There is no civilian who needs to be worried about losing his job, he said.By Seth Robson Stars and Stripes By Lisa Daniel American Forces Press Service see BRAC next page ON THE DECK WASHINGTON Master Chief Petty OfMCPON appeared before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel on Hazing in the Military, along with top enlisted leaders from the Marines, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard to discuss hazing prevention in the Navy and respective military branches. People are absolutely our most precious asset, said West. Their individual success and Navys collective mission accomplishment lie in our ability to provide an environ ment that promotes inclusiveness and a validated sense of value to the team. Hazing is not tolerated in the Navy due to its demoralizing and destructive nature to an individuals self-esteem and detrimental impact on unit cohesion. The secretary of the Navys instruc tion on hazing is the cornerstone of our approach to education, prevention, enforce ment and accountability, said West. Train ing on hazing, equal opportunity, and core values begins with recruits at boot camp and is reinforced regularly in a variety of forums throughout a Sailors service. Since 2009, 46 hazing incidents have been reported with 20 of these resulting in punitive, administrative or disciplinary action. Navy policy requires Commanders to formally report every suspected incident of hazing to the chain of command as soon as possible, said West. Every Sailor has the responsibility to make the appropriate authorities aware of hazing. Those who commit violations of the policy and those in leadership positions who may tolerate such acts are held accountable. MCPON pointed to the deck plate leaders aboard the ships and on the ground throughout the Navy as the pinnacle of success or failure of the Navys hazing prevention policies and corrective measures. We understand people are truly the singular measure of your Navys success, added West. We appreciate your passionate interest in protecting their welfare and stand committed to meeting your expectations. | AT YOUR SERVICE THE WIRE | PAGE 15 All services leaders denounce hazing By Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Thomas Rosprim House Armed Services Subcommitte on Military Personnel. The Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army, Air Force, photo by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Thomas Rosprim That turned out to be a problem, because delay always is more expensive, she costs due to Hurricane Katrina and a global demand for construction materials as fac tors. We were putting out bids at the worst possible time, she said. The lesson from that is Do not delay the implementation of BRAC rounds, beAlso, Robyn said, the Army spent additional money during the 2005 BRAC pro cess by using new construction instead of renovations. Over and over again, they de cided to do more than they had planned beit, she said. Katherine G. Hammack, assistant secre tary of the Army for installations and environment, agreed that the 2005 round was a very different BRAC. The Army closed 11 installations and realigned 53, spending $18 billion in construction costs, she said. How ever, she said, the process improved the National Guard and Army Reserve, and made The Army has been doing its own BRAC-like process for downsizing over seas, where the process is not required, Hammack said, noting it has closed 97 sites in Europe ,and plans to close another 23, mostly in Germany. It has closed 34 sites in South Korea, and plans to close 20 more sites there, she added. Terry A. Yonkers, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics, said the 2005 BRAC process did not meet the services expectations of reducing its footprint. The Air Force had about the same 24 percent excess capacity that it has now, he said. BRAC cont.


One Troopers lesson in spiritual resilienceA spiritually resilient Trooper has hope when those around him have lost hope. He strength when others are giving up. Consider this quote from 2 Corinthians 4: But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Viewed from the outside, the person described here appears to be wasting away, but inside they are being renewed day by day. This is spiritual resilience. The military has given great attention to developing Troopers who can confront and overcome any obstacle. The last 10 years our military: we can go anywhere in the world to accomplish any mission against any shed light on our weaknesses: high suicide rates, substance abuse, and stress disorders are now common in every branch of service. Because of this trend, there is a new focus on developing resiliency. bounce back. The most obvious example is physical resilience, which is developed through physical training. A trained athlete has a greater physical capacity and can bounce back from an injury faster than a couch potato. Every service has set a basic standard for the next deployment. Spiritual resiliency is not so easy to measure and is often overlooked. The truth is that spiritual strength, just like physical strength, can be increased through training. 1 Timothy 4:7-8 says: Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life few times a year, but tests of your spiritual are wasting away, you need to become spiritually strong. Take the time every day are doing. Spiritual strength is developed through a daily relationship with God. A daily routine of praying (talking to God) and reading scripture (listening to God) will slowly and steadily increase spiritual strength. As you you have a new hope, a new meaning, and a new strength that will renew you day by day. Only at GTMO by Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Keith Simmons | MIND, BODY & SPIRIT THE WIRE | PAGE 17 Mind Body & Spirit by Army Capt. Douglas Bazil 193rd Military Police Company Resilience is the ability to bounce back. Spiritual strength, just like physical strength, can be increased through training. Take the time every Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow and West Point Cadet Andrew Rodriguez. You know have dominated the sports pages, broadcast reports and websites in recent days. At the same time, most news media passed over the Associated Press story with the headline Army linebacker Rodriguez wins Sullivan Award. The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) James E. Sullivan Award honors outstanding amateur athletes using the values of character, leadership and sportsmanship. Presented annually since 1930, past recipients of the Sullivan Award include Mark Spitz, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Michael Phelps. You can mention Manning, Tebow and Rodriguez all in the same breath, as this trio shares something very rare in amateur sports. These are the only college athletes to have earned the AAU Sullivan Award and the National Football Foundations Campbell Trophy. The NFF Campbell Trophy recognizes an individual for a combination of academic achievement, football performance and outstanding community leadership. Unlike the two NFL quarterbacks with whom he shares this rare distinction, Rodriguezs abilities on the gridiron are not setting NCAA records. Coming to the United States Military Academy in the fall of 2008, Rodriguez did not play that year for the Black Knights, even as a former three-time all-state linebacker selection from Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Va. In 2009 with an injury to another player, Rodriguez was promoted to starting linebacker and excelled, leading the team with 85 tackles. Fifteen of those tackles came against Navy. The cadet grabbed a pair of interceptions and made two fumble recoveries during the season. High hopes for the 2010 football season were dashed by a near career-ending back injury. Rodriguez trained vigorously to return and was picked by teammates to be opportunity to wear the black and gold, Rodriguez accounted for a team-leading three takeaways and recorded 59 tackles during the 2011 season. His statistics for only two years of play are commendable, but Rodriguezs stats off A 4.12 grade point average as mechanical engineering major; he earned 21 A-plus grades; placement on the Deans List six times and is ranked third out of 1,052 cadets in West Points Class of 2012. His family background could help explain his drive to excel. His dad, Gen. David Rodriguez, is commanding general of U.S. Forces Command and the former commander of the International Security Assistance Joint Command in Afghanistan. His sister, Amy, recently returned from a deployment to Iraq since her graduation from West point in 2006. Dad is a member of the U.S. Military Academy Class of 1976 and Cadet Rodriguez will be the next family graduate in May. It was the troops overseas that Rodriguez was thinking about when he accepted the AAU Sullivan Award at the New York Athletic Club, New York on March 20. I had the opportunity to play for all the servicemen and servicewomen around the world. Thats who my teammates and I played for, and this award goes out to them. The video of Rodriguezs acceptance speech on the Army Athletics website shows a young man in the cadet uniform who is other scholar-athletes. At dinner I told my mom (Ginny) I didnt even write a speech. There is no way I am going to win, said Rodriguez. This is an incredible honor to win this award, noting he was surrounded by players of the year candidates. Jupiter (volleyball), Jason Read (rowing), Katherine Reutter (speedskating) and Jordyn Weiber (gymnastics). Rodriguez is the shining example of what collegiate sports should be all about; he was selected for these national awards based on his athleticism and sportsmanship in collegiate football, as well as for his exemplary Good news for the Army, at 6 3 and 217 pounds Rodriguez is not what you would consider a prime NFL linebacker prospect. So he will probably stay in the family business, leading troops and protecting this great nation. Cadet wins Sullivan Award West Point Cadet Andrew Rodriguez joined an elite list of athletes, to include several Olympians, by winning the SPORTS COMMENTARY | THE WIRE | PAGE 16 By Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven


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Good examples would be the supposed lost NASA archival footage of Apollo 18 (2011) or the supposed discovered camera of the ill-fated college students of the witch-in-the woods creep-fest The Blair Witch Project (1999). The actors in these movies are usually unknowns to aid in their believability as the ordinary people they portray. The sound grainy to appear as actual stock footage, right down to framing for the medium. It is necessary to establish this before going right into my review of Chronicle and for the context in which I have graded this picture. This is a movie intentionally designed to appear being pieced together from multiple video camera footage, cellular telephone videos, a surveillance video and a live news broadcast feed. Chronicle starts off simplistic Andrew Detmer (Dane DeHaan, True Blood), a socially awkward teen, videotaping his abusive alcoholic father pounding on his this is a defensive tactic to ward off the father, but we soon realize theres more to Andrews need to videotape the moments in life. His camera now goes everywhere he goes as he documents his and his loving mother is dying of cancer. Andrews cousin Matt Garetty (Alex Russell, Almost Kings) has been absent for a while. He likes to quote Plato and is asking deep questions. Matt and Andrew link up and attend a rave outside of Seattle. Thats when popular Steve Montgomery (Michael B. Jordan, Red Tails), whos running for class president, enlists Andrews aid in taking some video of the mysterious cavern in the woods and what is inside. After the trio is exposed to a glowing crystal in the cave, they develop telekinetic abilities. That is, they are able to move objects a novelty to them. Its good for hijinks with a hackysack and skipping rocks on a lake. They discover telekinesis is also fun to play pranks at school and at a shopping mall. The moments in the parking lot and the toy store are some of the funniest Ive seen in a movie this year. The part with the young girl with the teddy bear had me in an uproar. After theorizing the use of a muscle, the three friends The footage of them playing football in the clouds together is what youd expect newly superpowered youths to do in real life. To them, their new found powers are the means to goof off and have a little fun. Sadly, as is often the case, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Not everyone can possess super-human abilities and keep their tempers in check. For those who can do so, it might have something to do with moral rearmament and their upbringing. Chronicle are an absolute delight. The three friends act just like ordinary high school kids would act as they test their new powers. The problems they face and their good humor comes like a legitimate home video. Even when the extraordinary happens to these guys, they still act as teens probably would act in this kind of situation. Theres an authenticity throughout the picture that really makes everything feel believable and true. This includes Matts courtship of the cute Casey (Ashley Hinsaw, Gossip Girl) to the extraordinary show-down in downtown Seattle toward the climax of the picture. shunned Andrew, whose problems at home and school are universal. Andrews repressed anger issues are to be expected. He is sweet and reserved until his personal demons get the better of him. What starts off as an unassuming movie with good cheer turns a very dark page. Though this transition seems a little abrupt, it also makes sense. The last act plays out well. Chronicle has the ingredients of a comic book origin story, decide to keep this movie in the real world as much as possible. The overall effect is one of sincerity. Some will argue that the camcorder/found footage telling is a gimmick. Maybe it is, but so what? In this case, it helps make Chronicle work. Chronicle is written by Max Landis, who is the son of in writing teen dialog and making lines that seem nonsensical come across as real and true. All of the characters are genuine. I can only review Chronicle in the context of what it is: the camcorder/found footage picture. For those who dont care for this kind of picture, there is I respect where youre coming from. On its own merits, I think Chronicle did what it set out to do. For that, I appreciated and enjoyed it. I didnt expect much when I sat down, but I did have fun as I watched it. By Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson Movie Review PG-13 83 min. MOVIE REVIEW |


Above: Army Capt. Joyce Louden took command of the 189th Military Police Company March 23. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson Below: Congratulations to the J3 Joint Operations Center for earning the March Integritas Award! photo by Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kyle Steckler Above and background: The Red Cross Hike took Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers around the trails Saturday morning in appreciation of the 170th Military Police Companys Trail Blazer efforts. photo by Mass Communication Spc. 1st ClassTy Bjornson