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Friday, April 6, 2012 Volume 13, Issue 22 Deckplate leadership CPOs celebrate 119 years Do try a yoga class Dont miss your flight Dont confuse the Signals JTF dos and donts:


Its said that perceptions are reality if someone perceives something to be good, then to that person the thing is good; and if that same person perceives something to be bad, from his point of view the thing is the perceptions of others to make them align more closely with the way we perceive things to be. And it is through our actions, our words and our attitudes that we have the ability to affect the way others perceive things every day. We have an extremely important, high-visibility mission and each of us has the ability to affect the way our mission is viewed either positively or negatively by the international community, the American public, visitors, media, family, friends and our fellow Troopers. More importantly, we have the ability to affect the way those audiences perceive the way in which we accomplish that mission. of you has helped shape my perception of the way we accomplish our mission and the reality Ive seen is one in which we can all take a great deal of pride. Weve been given and our execution of that mission has been consistently marked by professionalism, discipline, competence, and pride. I hope that each of you also has the perception that Joint Task Force Guantanamo is doing an outstanding job providing safe, humane, transparent, and legal care and custody of detainees. We do our mission and we do it well. We know this to be a fact. lasting, and those lasting impressions are extremely important to the way our mission is perceived by those who are learning about In the short time Ive been here, Ive been impression we present is a good one one our professionalism, our patriotism and our unwavering commitment to service with honor. From the way in which we receive newlyreporting personnel to the way we host distinguished visitors, Ive seen nothing but absolute professionalism, positive attitude, and an energy that shows how much we care about doing our mission right and presenting ourselves in a way that creates a positive perception. During my travels throughout the JTF, I have been continually amazed by the professionalism, competence, and attitude of Troopers at every level of the command. Military courtesies are exchanged, SOPs are followed, detainees are treated with fairness and respect, and there is a universal understanding that the work we are doing is important and it is important that we do it right. Last week, Brig. Gen. Robert Arthur from U.S. Southern Command visited the JTF and we had the opportunity to make a of the way JTF Guantanamo performs. He toured the camps, saw our facilities, saw the way we execute our mission and he was impressed. Thanks to all of you, he now better understands how we operate and every one of you helped shape that lasting 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.In the short time Ive been here, I have been continually amazed by the professionalism, competence, and attitude of Troopers at every level of command. Ccommand orner Joint Task Force Guantanamo Safe Humane Legal Transparent Capt. W. Andrew DochertyChief of Staff, JTF Guantanamo see COMMAND next page The Ceramics Shop will host an airbrush painting instructional class Apr. 14. It will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Ceramics Shop, building AV81. There is a $20 registration fee to cover the cost of supplies and instructions. Sign up by Apr. 11. For more information, call 84475. Celebrate National Poetry Month and National Library Week by sharing your poetry and talent with the Guantanamo community at the Caribbean Coffee & Cream (Starbucks) Patio on Apr. 11 at 7 p.m.. Sign up and pick up the rules at the Teen Center by Apr. 10. For more information, call 2096. The following medical specialists will be available for appointments at U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo: 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. INDEXThe Wire March 23, 2012 Be your own budget god Assure your information Are you reading closely? Happy birthday, CPOs! Spaced out on Space A GTMO travel tips Snarkfest 2: The snarkening Movie review: Hunger Games Welcome, 20th Public Affairs Detachment! 5 7 8 10 12 13 17 18 | NEWS FROM THE BAY THE WIRE | PAGE 3 Help raise money to transform Haiti. Take part in the 5K on Apr. 21 at 7 a.m. outside Denich Gym. Register for the event tomorrow and Apr. 14 at the NEX Atrium. Registration fee is $11. For more information, call Larissa Pillay at 3252 or Joshua Conwell at 84507. Take advantage of the opportunity to go tesy of MWR 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. Want to learn the history and lineage of the North East Gate and the United States Marines at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay? Meet at the Marine Hill Parade Deck at 11 a.m. on the third Friday of every month for the North East Gate tour. For more information, call 2334. MWR needs to know what you want from the movie program at Guantanamo Bay. Help out by logging onto: www.surveymonkey.com/GTMOMovieSurvey FYI... MWR is working on getting 3D movies at the Windjammer Ballroom. Aprils specialty care providers at USNH 5K run/walk for Haiti In glorious Technicolor! Airbrush painting class MWR Liberty is looking for fun facilita tors. Do you have your captains license? Volunteer to take the boat out on day and night poker? Pool? What about ping-pong? Call MWR Liberty at 2010 and volunteer to teach others the your favorite games. MWR Liberty will take Troopers and Guantanamo Bay residents on another history hike on May 5. This time it will be cen tered around Hicacal. Help keep the trails of Gitmo beauti ful 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 8243/8242 or email Martin.E.Sullivan@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil. trip is Apr. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Bait, snacks and juice is provided. Spots on the boat go fast, so call 2010 to reserve your place soon. 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. History hike sequel Volunteer everywhere Trail Blazers Theres another independence day Poetry & Open Mic North East Gate tour impression for which we can be extremely proud. then I am convinced that every visitor who comes to JTF Guantanamo will take away an impression marked by the highest degree of professionalism and pride. And if we can truly shape the perceptions of others to help them better understand the reality of the way we do our mission, then we want them to see, hear and understand the ways in which we provide safe, humane, transparent and legal care and custody during every minute of every day. I hope that each of you knows how much your professionalism, your discipline and your commitment directly support the JTF mission and I encourage each of you to take great pride in knowing that your efforts every day. COMMAND cont.


Gone Phishing?Phishing is a way of trying to get sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card or bank details by using a fake web site. You will get an email asking you to go to the fake web site and enter your information. There might even be a link to the web site in the email. The fake web site will look almost identical to the legitimate one. Phishing is an example of a social engineering technique used to fool people. Targeted versions of phishing have been termed spear phishing. Several recent phishing attacks have been directed specifically at senior executives and other high profile targets. Dont go to a linked web site unless you know for sure it is legitimate! Be aware of phishing attacks. Protect your information: use OPSEC!PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! TROOPER T O TROOPER | THE WIRE | PAGE 4 Trooper to Trooper Master Sgt. Dawn HobeckJ Senior Enlisted Leader a tradition of serviceIt is well known that the power of the United States military does not just come from expensive weapons and machines: it comes from the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who put their lives on the line every day across the world. The personnel in our military are our nations strength. Military tradition teaches us how past warriors were able to succeed. It teaches us about dedication to their unit, branch of ser vice and their country as a whole. Military tradition creates combat warriors, develops them throughout their entire career, and also inspires them to reach their highest capabili ties and performance in combat. Each of the armed services has their own stories, customs, courtesies and way of doing things. Their heritage gets handed down from generation to generation. Heritage provides each service and its members with a means of understanding themselves and their place in American and military society. All United States Armed Forces share certain traditions: mission, a sense of community, leadership, and history. Mission: The mission means everything in the military. The purpose of our military is to support and defend the United States and the Constitution. Every unit in each of the services has a mission which contributes to national defense strategy, and every individual has a purpose. Community: Military members are dependent on community support and teamwork to complete their mission. Once service members develop their skills individually and collectively, the team will succeed. The unit accomplishes its mission by developing its personnels professional skills. Leadership: Good leadership is where the rubber meets the road. Without good leadership the mission will fail. Leaders should display good character and always lead by example. They are responsible for developing their subordinates mentally, physically, and emotionally. They must gain the trust of those under them and above them. History: The military traditions that exist have been in the making for over 200 years. We rely on a lineage built on traditions, cus toms, and courtesies from all our service members past and present. With all these factors in mind, the worlds strongest military is in the hands of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who serve proudly every day, here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo and around the world. That strength comes from military tradition which provides the people of our Armed Forces with a way of life that explains who they are and what their duties are to themselves, to their unit, to their ser vice and to their nation. Hardly a day goes by without the national news media reporting on the budget, topics should be the focus of your personal money strategy every day to ensure a secure Family Support Center at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay. It is easy to talk about it but trying to said as he spoke about how as consumers we are attacked everyday with messages that encourage us to spend. ure out how to get us to part with our money, added Barrett. The plan is simple: budget your takehome pay into three broad categories, referred to as the 70-20-10 principle. If you follow it, according to Barrett, you would Seventy percent of take-home pay goes to living expenses, which include gas, grocer ies, going out to eat, entertainment, insur ance policies for medical, life vehicles; and personal property, whether you rent or are a homeowner. A large chunk of that living expense is taken up by the cost of where you reside, ei ther the rent you pay or monthly mortgage payment. Even though a mortgage is a debt, it considered a living expense because you have to live somewhere, said Barrett. Next is the upwards of 20 percent being applied toward debt, which is vehicle or personal loans and credit cards. For example, a person with a yearly take-home salary of $50,000 should have no more than $10,000 in debt. This is also known as the debt to income institutions to determine if you can handle any additional debt based on your earnings. We like to see it at 15 percent or less, said Barrett who encourages everyone to pay off credit cards because the interest is a drain on Ten percent should go to a savings plan or investment program, Barrett said. That of the income. | COMMAND INFORMA TION THE WIRE | PAGE 5 WASHINGTON The Defense Depart pected 9/11 co-conspirators to a military Wednesday. The charges allege that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi were responsible for the plan ning and execution of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. The convening authority DODs Ofcase to a capital military commission, meandeath if convicted. In keeping with reforms in the Military each has been provided, in addition to their detailed defense counsel, learned counsel with specialized knowledge and experience in death penalty cases to assist in their de fense. jacking aircraft, conspiracy, murder in violation of the law of war, attacking civilians, attacking civilian objects, intentionally caus ing serious bodily injury, and destruction of property in violation of the law of war. The convening authority has referred all charges to a joint trial. have committed offenses punishable under the Military Commissions Act of 2009, and that they are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In accordance with military commis sions rules and procedures, the chief judge of the Military Commissions Trial Judiciary will assign a military judge to the case, and Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within 30 days after theyre served with the referred charges.From American Forces Press Service DoD refers 9/11 charges to military commission did you know... 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! This week, find new GTMO specials! JTF stuff!Balanced budget, balanced lifeMONEY MATTERSBy Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven see BUDGETING page 7


TROOPER FOCUS | THE WIRE | PAGE 6 By Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven Back in the mid 1990s, large desktop computers had all the power and memory that you now carry in your hand with a cell phone or a tablet. This was the time that Staff Sgt. Brendon Van Veldhuizens beguilement with computers was just starting to blossom, a fascination that would lead him to an Air Force career. when I was 13, using some spare parts my neighbor was going to throw away, said Van Veldhuizen. His high school computer club was just Van Veldhuizen and a teacher. College lasted only a year before he decided to enlist in the Air Force as a way to continue his education and move forward towards his goal of working with computers. After technical school Van was with the Airborne Warning and Control System ( AWACS) Air Force Base. Six years later he left the Oklahoma base as an experienced programmer and a staff sergeant. Five and half months ago, he arrived at Joint Task Force Guantanamo to be the J6 project representative. It was a lot more than I was expecting, added Van Veldhuizen, who is working in an E-7 slot. Van Veldhuizen appreciates the opportunity to hone his interpersonal skills on the job as he works closely with contact is awarded, then he monitors and documents the contract until it is completed. As a programmer I really dont have to talk to people have to do, then sit there and do it for three to four months, he said. Here I continuously talk to What did you get out of the Sex Signals performance?It showed different scenarios that were very similar to real-life events. Sgt. Nickolas Simpson Weve all been through the slideshow briefing, but I retained more information from seeing the performance. Sgt. Ebony Davis I learned that stop means stop, no matter what. Airman 1st Class Humberto Hinojosa I learned that alcohol is a negative contributor to problem. Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Ryan Silbaugh Boots on the Ground Time in service: Nearly 8 years in the Air Force; planning to make it a career Hobbies: Disc golf with other J6 staff ers; paintball and computer games T he boss says: He can take a task and run with it. He requires minimal super vision and is a good self-starter . Advice to junior T roopers: The imjob is going to be and then do it. It all goes back to the amount of effort you put in. see FOCUS next page | NEWS THE WIRE | PAGE 7 people. Every day my job is sending emails, talking to people on the phone and setting up meetings, noted Van Veldhuizen looking at this work experience as a boost in preparing for future promotions. The step up to technical sergeant could be later this year, when Van Veldhuizen takes the test for E-6. I want to stay in for the full 20 (years), said 27-year old Airman. I like the Air Force a lot and they have taken good care of me. FOCUS cont. According to a recent study, the average American spends approximately 32 hours on the Internet each month. See below for tips on how to surf the Web safely. re: information assurance Turn on your browsers pop-up blocker. If a pop-up does squeeze through, dont click on it. Close down the window from the Taskbar. Many pop-ups will try to trick you by reproducing the X close-window icon as part of the ad. When you click on it thinking youre closing the window, you actually clicking through to the advertisement. Theres nothing wrong with using your credit card to make online purchases if the site is reputable and uses secure connection. If the site is secure, youll see a lock icon displayed in the lower right corner of your browser window. Turn on your browsers anti-phishing filter to block confirmed phishing sites. Phishing is the act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft. It is also referred to as brandspoofing or carding, and is a variation on fishing, the idea being that bait is thrown out with the hopes that some people may be tempted into biting. Dont be suckered in by shady-looking ads that say youve won money or contests. Its always too good to be true. That 10 percent is easy for service members by taking advantage of the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). The money is automatically deducted and reduces your taxable income for the year. The original funds set aside in your TSP can grow at different rates depending on the level of risk you want to take, and you only pay taxes on the income growth when you remove funds in retirement. and expenses; and then making a budget, hardest, sticking to that budget. People get lackadaisical and say they will catch up tomorrow, Barrett noted as consumers go off their budget plans. We are creatures of habit. It is the small things that add up to big savings, especially when you get back to your home port or station. Think about that the next time youre a ready to plunk latte when you could have brewed coffee at home for a lot less. Barrett is available every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fleet and Fam4050 or 4141 to set up an appointment. BUDGETING cont. Super Troopers Congratulations to the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers who recently received commanders coins! CPO Cruz 1LT Hillyard SFC Jay SPC Leomryno SPC McKee CPO Spivey CPO Zagorski


THE WIRE | PAGE 9 | FEA TURE Left: Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers at the Sex Signals performance FEA TURE | THE WIRE | PAGE 8 Troopers from Joint Task Force Guantanamo reevaluated the importance of sexual assault and harassment prevention with the help of improv skits, a little adult humor and two comedians. Sex Signals visited Guantanamo Bay to explore how topics such as gender ste reotypes, social pressures and unreal expectations contribute to tension in dating. The program then demonstrated how these factors can lead to sexual harassment or assault. We think this training is helpful for ev eryone because it allows them to actually engage in a discussion, said Courtney Abbott, a performer and educator in Sex Signals. Its only when people actually talk to one another can a culture change. Sex Signals uses improvisational act ing and adult humor to immerse the audience into the scenes and create an open dialogue about the myths about sexual assault, coercive versus seductive behavior, and those who are responsible in a sexual assault. Using comedy was part of the initial concept of the show, said Abbott. The fundamental concept of a joke is that when you laugh, you are agreeing with the come dian. Sex Signals was started by Gail Stern and Christian Murphy in early 2000. It has been used by hundreds of college campuses and military installations around the world to educate students and service members. We go everywhere. Ive been to Iraq twice, said Kyle Terry, a performer for Sex Signals. Abbott and Terry of Catharsis Produc tions spoke to the Troopers of Guantanamo Bay April 1 and 2. Abbott has performed in Sex Signals for nearly seven years and is a Northwest ern University graduate. She received her training as a Rape Victim Advocate through Rape Victim Advocates Chicago. Terry earned a bachelor of arts in Theater at the University of Illinois and has performed in Sex Signals for eight years. Our job is to encourage the community to be active in a way that facilitates people to help each other, said Terry. Both actors feel that the militarys unique lifestyle creates unique factors in dealing with sexual harassment and assault prevention. Everyone has agreed to adhere to a code, said Abbott. Because its a closed system and a committed team, people are more willing to make shifts in culture that the mission. Military stereotypes can also play a role in sexual assault. Theres a positive and negative, said Terry. If the idea is that service members are supposed to very gung ho and assertive, then we expect them to be very assertive in stopping something or preventing violence from happening. But if theyre supposed to be stubborn then we expect them not to stop and to be tenacious. Troopers deployed to Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay face many challenges that come along with deployments. One issue is the bases small physical area and remote location. I think one of the challenges living in a place like Guantanamo is that its like that can also be helpful because it means people have the ability to look out for one another. By Army Sgt. Saul Rosa


FEA TURE | THE WIRE | PAGE 10 THE WIRE | PAGE 11 | FEA TUREFEA TURE | THE WIRE | PAGE 10 THE WIRE | PAGE 11 | FEA TURE members from Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, celebrated the 119th on Sunday, April 1. The day began with a breakfast at Seaemony at Camp Delta and barbeque party later in the day at the U.S. Naval Station club. The respected title of the chief petty The birthday is very special to me, Doucette, senior enlisted leader for the JTF J-4. Its an opportunity for chief pet celebrate being a chief. is about being the kind of leader that junior personnel aspire to become and ofWhen the chief spoke, that was it, said Doucette. You looked at chief as problem, the chief always had the answer. Becoming a chief is a goal that the jour ney to and the reward from are life-changing experiences. How do you even describe it, said Joint Detention Group. It was a very emotional moment. I have an uncle whos a retired senior chief and thats one of the motivating things thats driven me for the last 10 years since I decided making chief is what I wanted to do. The U.S. Navy is the only branch of service to distinguish such an exclusive fraternity at the E-7 pay grade, and Spivey said serving in a joint service environment has proved interesting. Ive never worked in a joint environ ment, said Spivey. Working with the Airmen, Marines and Soldiers is a new experience and its really great. The level of professionalism is awesome across the board. Its great that everybody is able to combine and have such a great working environment. The annual day of celebration was a chance for everyone to pause and appre ciate the time-honored traditions, camara derie and brotherhood of the U.S. Navy By Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Keith Simmons Happy Birthday, Chief! to raise the ensign prior to morning colors. 119 yearsMass Communication Spc. 1st Class Keith Simmons


FEA TURE | THE WIRE | PAGE 12 catch Space A if you can (actually, you kind of have to)I was at the terminal with my bags in hand, when I found out I was only an hour everything right. Apparently, I had mistaken the showtime with the departure time. In my leisure state during my R&R leave I must have asked the wrong questions, a mistake that cost my unit and me time and my wallet a few hundred dollars. So you can avoid following in my footsteps, I will educate you on becoming familiar with the pass and leave system at Guantanamo Bay. The way its supposed to go is that if youre going on leave you turn your packet make sure everything is correct and that you have everything you need, said Spc. Rony Michaud, the Joint Personnel Center Leave people because its new to them, so I try to coach them through each step of the way. To start the process you must submit your leave paper work 21 days prior to leaving. Pass paperwork must be submitted 7 days prior to taking the pass. Be sure that youre eligible for R&R leave, regular leave or a pass. Most Troop ers deployed to Guantanamo Bay will not be staying for 12 months or longer and will not be eligible for R&R leave. R&R leave is funded by the government and is reserved for Troopers deployed for at least 12 months, said Michaud. Passes can be awarded to Troopers at a commands discretion. Passes do not consume leave days, but are only 96 hours long. A pass isnt a right, its a reward, said Michaud. Its up to your command if you receive a pass or not, and its usually given to a person who is doing well or for completing a mission as a reward. After you submit your leave or pass paperwork, you should start planning your time off so that you make sure to return to your duty station on time. Michaud explained that if you do not return on time that you will be charged for the days you took for your pass. The Air Mobility Command (AMC)s Space Available program is a great tool for Troopers to use to return to their duty sta tions cheaply, but it does come with some drawbacks. Depending on the time of the year its better that you buy your tickets rather than use Space Available, said Michaud. If its the off-peak time of the year its better to use space available, but around the Christmas timeframe or spring break its better for you to buy your ticket. Otherwise, you might not get a seat. If for any reason you cant return in time, make contact with your chain of command and let them know the situation so they can request an extension. This prevents you from being marked as AWOL. Michaud explained that you can call the AMC to see how many seats are available for any given travel day, the show time for the you can avoid a late return. Leave and passes are designed to relieve the stresses that Troopers face on tour, but without proper planning they can cause as much stress as theyre supposed to ease. Make sure you manage your time and organize your schedule, said Michaud. As long as you do this you can go anywhere you want within reason. a mea culpa (thats Latin for my bad) by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa THE WIRE | PAGE 13 | FEA TURE WHAT CAN DO FOR YOU? can get you to your destination. When can you leave? (yes, standard TSA regulations apply) Every other T uesday the rotator operates out of Baltimore Every Saturday the rotator operates out of Norfolk Note: all rotators stop in Jacksonville, F la. Dont want to lug your bags on the ferry? T ake advantage of early check-in & drop your bags off not to exceed 70 lbs/62 linear inches unless stated by pieces in your orders. Drop off your stuff at the annex by Downtown Lyceum on the Monday before every F riday between 2-7 p.m. When is this ferry? for space required; earlier for space available. When will you be wheels up? It depends on all passengers. Showtime at the air terminal for those who did NOT utilize early check-in and for all space a.m. Who do I call? Not Ghostbusters but Monday through F riday, 8 a.m. 5 p.m. for all space required bookings.


WASHINGTON The Navy announced Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and issued guidance to focus efforts on awareness and prevention of sexual violence through the use of special events and command-level education in NAVADMIN 106/12, released March 28. The Department of Defenses SAAM theme this year is, Hurts One, Affects All. Prevention of Sexual Assault is Everyones Duty. In addition to this overarching theme, the Navy will highlight complementary weekly themes throughout the month. Sexual assault prevention is one key aspect of the Navys 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative to increase the personal readiness of each and every Sailor within our Navy, said Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk, chief of naval personnel and director of the Navys SAAM 2012 initiative. The weekly themes will underscore varying aspects of sexual assault and the Navys efforts to raise awareness in order to eliminate this crime. The four weekly themes are: Hurts One, Affects All, Prevention is Everyones Duty, and We Will Not Tolerate Sexual Assault. Our goal is to foster a command climate in which reporting assault is embraced and encouraged while providing support to victims, said Van Buskirk. We are also demanding a strict zero tolerance policy for sexual assault and accountability of all offenders. Commands will host mandatory education sessions to raise sexual assault aware can either hold a single two-hour stand down or break the discussions into four 30-minute weekly sessions, according to the NAVADMIN. Scripts and videos for each weeks theme help facilitate discussion throughout their commands. These engagement products, in addition to talking points, posters and other tools, will be posted to the Navy Personnel Commands Sexual Assault and Prevention website, http://www.sapr.navy.mil, according to the NAVADMIN. Navy installations and commands around the world will be organizing activities to raise awareness of sexual assault throughout the month. All units are encouraged to participate and promote SAAM events in addition to the two-hour stand down in April, said Van Buskirk. Collectively, we can make a difference in preventing sexual assault by engaging all of our people in a meaningful manner to raise awareness to change behavior, said Van Buskirk. Sexual Assault Prevention and Response is an important element of the readiness area of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department. The Department of the Navy (DoN) is working to aggressively to prevent sexual assaults, to support sexual assault victims, and to hold offenders accountable. ON T HE DECK AT YOUR SERVICE | THE WIRE | PAGE 14 IN T HE FIGHT Marine receives Silver Star for actions in AfghanistanMARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. The parade deck at San as Sgt. Ryan T. Sotelo, a San Mateo, Calif. native, was awarded the Silver Star. He was honored for the actions he took as a squad leader with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment while deployed to Sangin District, Afghanistan, in support of Opera tion Enduring Freedom. Maj. Gen. Ronald L. Bailey, commanding general, 1st Marine Division, presented the medal to Sotelo, who is now a scout sniper with Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The Silver Star Medal is the United States third highprecedence of military awards. It was humbling when the general pinned on the star, said Sotelo. When we perform out in country we dont do it for metals, we do it for the Marine on the right and left of us. On Nov. 25, 2010, Sotelos squad was commander. Without hesitation, Sotelo took charge of the unit and moved them to a nearby canal. He then sprinted through the body of his fallen lieutenant. With the defensive position now unreachable because of intense small arms the squads movement to a nearby compound. As insurgents began to assault the position, he fearlessly led his squad as they repelled the enemy. When one enemy combatant began to in on the insurgent and killed him with a grenade. As soon as we got across, we got lit up and engaged in every direction, said Cpl. Jose Launder, Company K, 3rd Bn., 5th Marines. Sotelo just ran over and threw a grenade. After a reinforcing Marine unit was surgents, Sotelo again disregarded his own safety to engage the enemy machinegun I think a lot of us are here because of his actions that day, added Launder. Realizing that his situation was dire, Sosquad back to friendly lines and safety. Sotelo will continue serving his country as he prepares for the 15th MEUs upcoming deployment scheduled for this summer.By Lance Cpl. Timothy Childers 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Sexual Assault Awareness Month KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South turned over a small arms range and training facilities on Camp Hero to the Afghan National Army in a ceremony held March 31. After cutting the ceremonial ribbon and taking a walking tour of the facility, which ranges plus all the associated infrastructure, the ceremonys attendees sat down to refreshments of chai tea and pastries. Construction on the $5.9 million small arms range began in March 2011 and was completed March 15. Cesar Lopez, the Kangineer, said the project progressed well and that the Afghan National Army will be able to train many soldiers at the facility. I am very pleased to accept this training range and classrooms from the Corps of Engineers, said Gen. Shah, the 205th Atal (Hero) Corps Chief of Staff through an interpreter. He thanked the South District Commander, Air Force Col. Benjamin in charge, and the staff of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or USACE. This facility will provide the soldiers ample training to improve their skills and bring security and peace to the Afghan people. To the Americans present he said, I would love to see all of you return to Afghanistan one day with your families as tour ists and show this facility to your children. ECCI-C METAG Joint Venture, the contractor, was a pleasure to work with, said Lopez, who is deployed from the USACE Philadelphia District. Their performance on the project was excellent. ON T HE GROUNDBy Karla Marshall U.S. Army Corps of Engineers O N THE WINGJOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO RANDOLPH, Texas Air Force civilian hires will soon have access to a new virtual tool that ing for job placement. tool will help reduce the average amount of time it takes to inprocess new civilians before they enter on duty. The tool is part of continuing efforts to move the service closer to an 80-day civilian hiring process initiative directed by the president in 2010. Currently, when new civilians are hired they complete required in-processing docu ments through the Civilian Virtual Inpro cessing system available on the Air Force personnel services website. However, cVIP doesnt meet federal requirements to connect inprocessing data to an employees elec The Air Force has been working with to develop a new on-boarding tool since late 2009 when we found cVIP would not meet Enterprise Human Resources Integrations requirements for the OPM eOPF, said Nancy Tackett, a supervisory human resources specialist with the Air Force Personnel Centechnology. Implementing Onboarding Manager, or OM, will meet this requirement and reduce the number of documents manually pro cessed, she said. OM will still involve a simple inprocessing method that consolidates all documenta tion and helps reduce errors for employees federal requirement to populate data to an employees eOPF will also ensure complete and accurate information in the employees record throughout their career. through a phased-approach starting with a pilot for new hires at Air Force Reserve ComEurope, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Arnold AFB, Tenn., and Eglin AFB, Fla. By August, OM will replace cVIP Air Force-wide. ultimately help the Air Force put the right people in the right place at the right time, Tackett said.By Erin Tindell | AT YOUR SERVICE THE WIRE | PAGE 15 Small arms range turned over to Afghan National Army New tool helps process new civilian employees


I love stretching. Its invigorating and I have informally practiced some type of it most of my life, from scooting around on warrior series repetitions at Chapman Beach. One can look at objective science and personal experience, study empirical data and concur that yes, stretching (and yoga!) is good for you. My boss covered the science angle pretty thoroughly in his March 16 snarkfest, I Hate Stretching! Naturally, he came to the opposite conclusions he sought in the process, and some Guantanamo ears perked up at the headline. Myah Mason (Mrs. 525th Chaplain!), who teaches several group classes through Guantanamo Bays Morale Welfare & Recreation program including Wednesday night yoga, even issued him a challenge on her Facebook page, EpiYoga. Wednesdays class typically attracts at least 30 participants, she said, including plenty of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers. This is one of the best opportunities for the troops here, she said. This can be their escape, their one serenity on island. Mason dubbed the class sweat yoga. Its not hot enough to be Bikram, she said, referring to one form of yoga which brings the room temperature to 104 degrees. But it gets steamy in here. Masons program, YogaFit, is a nonpurist form of yoga, which is focused spiritual. But that doesnt stop Troopers and other participants from getting a full body-mind workout. Its perfect for the JTF environment, Mason added. Between the job stresses and the sports-focused place Guantanamo is, yoga is good for everything. So I experimented on my own body. Yoga just feels good theres nothing like staggering out of ones cubicle after 10 nearstanding up super straight into mountain pose. Hearing every other vertebrae cracking, as well as a knee and an elbow and not to mention my screwy hip popping all over the place at the tender age of 24! is simultaneously alarming and fascinating. What is this physically placid job doing to me? I may not have the time and wherewithal to participate in Guantanamo sports, but even the most stationary of IOF staff can between the cubicle aisles. Even if a certain J1 master sergeant, before he escaped left the island, gave me funny looks as he passed by. Heres my abbreviated, this-is-what-Iremember-from-classes-I-used-to-have Begin in the mountain pose. (Stand straight up with your hands at your sides.) Sweep your arms up over your head without smacking your cube mate in the face. Bring your hands together over your heart and hold for a moment. All yoga poses are done at a slow rate of speed and with controlled motions, unless your phone rings or the boss appears out of nowhere. Drop your hands and sweep your arms straight out at your sides, and slowly forward fold down (also known as a hamstring stretch standing). Place your hands on the cleanest part moment. Step back with your left foot into a lunge. Unfold your torso so your body is straight up and youre looking ahead. Bring your hands up together over your heart, pause, and straighten your arms over your head. Slowly turn your torso to the left and straighten your arms parallel to the ground. Bend forward and place your right hand on the ground, stretching your left arm above you. Return to the previous pose. Bend back and place your left hand on the ground, stretching your right arm straight up. Return to the previous pose, then face forward again, returning to the lunge. Step your left foot up to your right, fold up and sweet your arms up to the sky, place your hands together at your heart, and pause. Repeat this series, but on the other side of your body beginning with your right foot stepping back into a lunge. Try these moves in your cubicle, in your room, on the beach, at sunrise, at sunset, at midnight, or at any other time your body needs to stretch. According to Mason, athletes (and nonathletes too, I guess) who practice yoga become better, faster, stronger. Runners run harder, weightlifters lift more, and boss have to take my and/or her word for it? No. Nor does anyone else, for that matter. But its just one LTs experience that three pain, and three more weeks of pilates (yogas faster, trendy cousin) increased my sit-up count on the Army Physical Fitness Test by 10 a good 15 percent improvement. Your results may vary, but it sure sounds like a good health investment to me! Mind Body & Spirit A quasi-rebuttal by Army 1st Lt. Amelia Thatcher I love stretching! | MIND, BODY & SPIRIT THE WIRE | PAGE 17 AROUND THE WORLD | THE WIRE | PAGE 16 Redeployed... to GTMO Hey Sgt. Boonie! Check out the new Tropiflage the military is testing! Well, sir, if all else fails, you at least have the uniform to work the cruiselines...WASHINGTON The Defense Department is closely monitoring the prospect of a long-range rocket launch this month by North Korea, a senior Pentagon The North Koreans will be violating [United Nations] Security Council resolutions if they move ahead with such a launch, said George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, and we call on them, as other countries have, not to launch the missile. A spokesman for the Korean Committee for Space Technology announced March 16 that North Korea would launch a long-range Unha-3 rocket between April 12 and 16. The rocket would carry a North Koreanmade Kwangmyongsong-3 polar-orbiting observation satellite to mark the 100th birthday of the late President Kim Il Sung on April 15. This is very serious business when North Korea does something like this, Little said. Were monitoring it closely. We understand the impact it could have on regional stability. North Korea tried to launch satellites into space in 1998 and in 2009, but the launches Were working very closely with our Republic of Korea allies as well as our Japanese allies to monitor whats happening with respect to this missile launch, Little said. We hope it doesnt happen. But if it does, well be ready to track it. If launched, the satellite would travel southward from the Sohae satellite launch station in North Phyongan provinces in the statement. that carrier rocket debris to be generated on neighboring countries, they added. strictly abide by relevant international regulations and usage concerning the launch peaceful purposes. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said March 16 that U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874 clearly and unequivocally prohibit North Korea from conducting launches that use ballisticmissile technology. Such a missile launch would pose a threat to regional security, she added, and would also be inconsistent with North Koreas recent undertaking to refrain from long-range missile launches. closely with international partners on next steps, Nuland said. At the Pentagon today, Little said the Defense Department is operating on the assumption that the launch could happen. The North Koreans have indicated that they intend to launch the satellite, he noted. They have done so in the past, Little said, so if history is any guide to the future, we would be remiss if we didnt take those North Korean announcements for what they are. In terms of U.S. allies in the region who could potentially be affected by the launch, Little said, we have an unwavering commitment to the security of both Japan and the Republic of South Korea. Such a launch is unacceptable to the United States and other nations, Little said. I believe we have what we need to track [the launch] and to also work closely with our allies in the region to respond, he added. Pentagon: Prospect of North Korea launch serious business Long-range rocket would destabilize regionBy Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service


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Today it is easier to openly discuss these grand themes without fear of prosecution. People are hungry for these kinds of stories and I suspect they will never be out of vogue. Proving my point, The Hunger Games currently has the third highest grossing (following The Dark Knight [2008] and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II [2011]). Based on the young adult novel of the same name, The Hunger Games takes place in a future that is far beyond its postapocalyptical origins. Where the North American countries once were is now the nation of Panem with a grandiose capital and elite ruling class. Far beyond the city limits are 12 impoverished districts. To keep the districts in check, the ruling class has devised The Hunger Games. They serve as a harsh reminder of the previous world, before the ages ago postnuclear horror, and to quell any potential uprising against the elitist government. Through a lottery, each of the 12 districts must offer both a boy and girl between ages to the death in a woodland arena until only one child remains. This being a form of reality entertainment, tributes require sponsorship endorsements much like NASCAR drivers the viewership helps to foster an interest in the perils of our youthful gamers. Anything for must-see TV, I guess. These gladiatorial games are televised live to the world with cameras hidden throughout the arena to capture every single movement from every single participant. Safeguards and arsenals are in place to keep the tributes on task and prevent their escape. Skilled archer and hunter Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, X-Men: First Class) is very protective of her younger sister Primrose (Willow Shields, R.L. Stines The Haunting Hour). So much in to enter into The Hunger Games in lieu of from District 12 is the dopey-eyed Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson, Journey 2: The Lost Island). The two kids are acquainted with each other, yet Peeta has underlying feelings for Katniss. How will this impact the outcome of this years Hunger Game? President Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland) leads Panem mercilessly, though he projects a public image of calmness and congeniality. He is not too thrilled about how the Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley, Underworld: Awakening) is handling the affection between Katniss and Peeta in front of global viewers. After all, there is world to keep in line. Suzanne Collins wrote the original novel. She was reportedly inspired to write channels. She noted a reality show on one channel and a military invasion on another. able to conjure a story about loss, heroism and also make a social statement on poverty, starvation, oppression and the devastating effects of war on people. The themes from Collins book are present in the screen adaptation and are handled well. The culture of the goalmining District 12 reminded me of Amish communities in terms of plain dress and simple living. It is interesting to note the book is published by Scholastic, which I remember from my childhood were responsible for the books that you used to receive through a grade school book order. Funny to think Scholastic is now behind a teen-aimed fable where young people carve out each others entrails on live TV in return for riches. My, how times have changed. In spite of the positive reviews and Games is drawing criticism on allegations of racism, sexism and unrealistic body image. I dont think the movie intends to be anything more than a commentary on social classes, such as wealth and poverty. These have been absolutes from the dawn of the world. Games feels a little incomplete. The setup is good, but I know there is more to this story. The novel is followed by two sequels Catching Fire and Mockingjay. As of this writing, the second book will be made into a movie and released in late 2013 and I have no doubt a third movie will be made. I suspect when The Hunger Games is viewed in the context with the other two stories it will be more rounded and complete. The Hunger Games is a satisfactory fable with solid performances and good action. Its refreshing to see a movie targeted at teen audiences that is witty and engaging. mind. After all, the themes of war, starvation and poverty are a stark contrast to Does my sparkly vampire boyfriend like me? The Hunger Games does things right and whetted my appetite for more. Im sure the upcoming installments will be the payoff. So far, the trilogy is off to a decent start. By Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson Movie Review PG-13 142 min. MOVIE REVIEW |


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