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Friday, April 13, 2012 Volume 13, Issue 23 On your mark... CPO triathlon tests Troopers mettle Also in this issue: Commissions report JSMART: Dealing with loss Ghost Rider sequel reviewed (blerg)


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 at the NEX Atrium. Registration fee is $11. For more information, call Larissa Pillay at 3252 or Joshua Conwell at 84507. Listen to some of your favorite oldschool classics as well as new school funk April 20 at the Windjammer Ballroom. For more information, call 75503. Reggae/hip hop artist Rayvon will per form Apri1 21 at 10 p.m. at the Windjammer Ballroom with Miamis own DJ Epps. For more information, call 2157 or 75237. All hands are invited to participate in 30 minute intervals of GTMO Moves, cir cuit training kickboxing and yoga at Denich Gym. The workout runs April 25 from 5:307:30 p.m. For more information, call 2113. 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. Want to learn the history 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. Put on your PJs and enjoy free popcorn, beverages and a movie at the Marine Hill Liberty Center, Sunday at 8 p.m. This oppor tunity is available for active duty, unaccom panied personnel. For more information, call 2010. 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. Watch Jones v. Evans April 21 at 9 p.m. For more information, call 75503. | NEWS FROM THE BAY THE WIRE | PAGE 3 MWR Liberty is looking for fun facilita tors. Do you have your captains license? Volunteers are needed to take boats out on Texas Holdem poker? Pool? What about ping-pong? Call MWR Liberty at 2010 and volunteer to teach others the your favorite games. All hands are invited to a free community event April 28, 2-6 p.m. featuring a perfor mance by the Dirty Sock Funtime Band. For more information, call 84616. 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. The Community Library renovations are complete and normal hours have resumed! Revisit your favorite comfy chair, WiFi almost forgot about. For more information, call 75237 INDEXThe Wire April 13, 2012 Commissions report TSP doesnt have to be a PITA Get set... Hes a lumberjack and hes ok The grieving process Movie review: Ghost Rider IIThe 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 1,300.5 5 6 8 9 10 History hike sequel Volunteer everywhere Trail Blazers Theres another independence day North East Gate tour 5K run/walk for Haiti Library reopened Pajama party UFC at OKellys Day at the Bay Fitness Aerobathon Play that funky music, and reggae/hip hop too This is LTs dream library, minus the ugly Spring is in the air! Even in Guantanamo Bay, where the temperature rarely dips into the mid-60s, we have signs of spring. Trees are budding after taking on a dead appearance for several months. Brown plants are showing iguana mating season is apparently in full quite a while over the weekend. Even Joint Task Force Sailors uniforms will change from tan to green on Monday. Yes, all the signs of spring are showing in Guantanamo. Spring traditionally signals change, resurrection, rededication and at times the feeling of hope as we shed the gray (at Guantanamo, the brown or tan) of winter. I personally enjoy the trappings of spring (maybe not the iguana mating, but everything else). Change is ultimately good if the energy required to generate change is applied correctly. Change is the foundation of progress and I do subscribe to the notion that if you are not progressing forward then you are destined to backslide. Sometimes we get into a comfort zone where we just want to hold what weve got or dont touch vehicle, one must make constant adjustments to maintain the intended elements of direction to get where we want to go. We are in the process of change and progress at the JTF. April 6 marked the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion (NEBG) turnover of the Guard Force in the third of three detention camps. Until recently, our Guard Force was about evenly split between Soldiers and Sailors. As our Joint Force demands changed with the conclusion of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn at the end of 2011, the supply that resourced that demand was available to be reapportioned and remissioned. JTF Guantanamo was the Military Police (MP) forces. In December, we embarked on the transition of the duties being performed by the NEGB Individual Augmentee Sailors, which for a number of years have been drawn from across the active and reserve Fleet, to Army MPs. Army is the Department of Defense executive agent for military detention operations; as such the Army Active, Reserve and National Guard components maintain in their ranks a Military Police force which is in part designed to perform both detention and security operations. We currently have active, reserve and guard Army MP Companies performing the detention and security mission at Guantanamo. By the end of April our Guard Force ratio will have changed to roughly 85% Army and 15% Navy. The impressive aspect of this change is that it has progressed without a hitch in our professional execution of the unique detention mission we perform at JTF Guantanamo. It is a true testament to our Joint Force in the United States military piece of a complex, high-visibility mission. Bravo Zulu, not only to the Sailors past and present who have stood and standthe watch so diligently, but also to the Soldiers who have assumed the watch in stride! This is but just one example of change that occurs routinely within our rotational force. My expectation for each and every one of you is that we dont just do change for changes sake but we strive to harness change-energy in a positive direction. Have you improved on what was passed on to you when you arrived at Guantanamo Bay? What is your plan to improve our command now and in the future? together to create the cultural change in this command that will have a lasting impact. This message is the same as we discussed during the All Hands Calls last month continue to turn this message into action! We are Honor Bound to do so! 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 WireCommand Information Officer Army 1st. Lt. Amelia Thatcher Editorial Staff Army Sgt. Saul Rosa Spc. Ryan Hallock Spc. Vanessa Davila Pvt. Loren Cook Photojournalists Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson Army Staff Sgt. Lewis Hilburn Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Keith Simmons Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Kilho Park Army Sgt. Landis AndrewsContact usEditors Desk: 3499 Commercial: 011-5399-3499 DSN: 660-3499 E-mail: thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.htmlRear Adm. David WoodsCommander, JTF Guantanamo team won third place overall April 7. photo by Pvt. Loren CookCcommand orner Joint Task Force Guantanamo Safe Humane Legal Transparent


One of the most important things I have learned in my 18-plus years of service in the Before beginning my career in the military, I stayed in shape because I played a lot of sports and that was fun for me. Because playing sports was my exercise it included a lot of running and throwing movements, I did not use all the muscles needed in the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) pro grams or normal duties. training (PT) in Army basic training, it was very hard. It was not fun and it took some getting used to. I didnt like to do it after basic training either. But I knew if I wanted to stay in the military, I had to do some of my PT Army-style. Growing up in a poorer area of Chicago, I did not learn to look at many challenging things with a positive attitude. I hated to do things that I felt forced to do or that took a lot of work. So because PT was something I was forced to do, it took a while to learn to have a good attitude about it. to stay in accordance Field Manual 21-20 lation 670-1 (wear and appearance of the and as I understood more about exercise, I my overall life. Now I love to do PT because it allows me to stay healthy and strong and have more energy for the sports I love to play. personal activities arent enough, maybe you can be motivated by the way others see you and how you see yourself. Everyone wants to look and feel good about their appearance a better body, you have to get off your butt and do something about it. I dont know too many people who dont like to eat. Without exercise, we have to eat less because we start putting on the pounds ing that tubby person in the mall the kids are making fun of because you got a sandwich in your hand you really dont need. So if you like to eat, PT is a great way to be able to have some good food to give you energy you do need. I went from hating PT to loving it, saying along the way I love PT; it works for me! I and give it a chance, it will work for you too. All branches of the military have men and women who love to do PT and are willing to help people get into a good workout routine. Seek them out, ask for help, and when it Commissions ActivityAs we all know the commissions are upon us. And because of the commissions the eyes of the world are going to be focused on Joint Task Force Guantanamo once again. So with that in mind we would like to make some friendly reminders concerning OPSEC. Remember the need to know principle. Dont talk to individuals about work related material outside the realm of your work environment. Even if who you are about to talk to is in your section, leave work at work. You never know who else might be listening or watching. Use OPSEC!PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! TROOPER TO TROOPER | THE WIRE | PAGE 4 Trooper to Trooper Sgt. st Class Marrio WilliamsJTF Guantanamo Engineer NCOIC make PT work for you FORT MEADE, Md. A military judge ruled Tuesday that a defendant in the USS Cole bombing may meet with his defense attorneys unfettered. Army Col. James L. Pohl deferred several other defense motions in the case of Abd alRahim Hussein Mohammed Abdu al-Nashiri at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The ruling made moot testimony from Nashiri on the effects he felt from his imprisonment prior to arriving at the detention facility in Cuba. That testimony could have Lawyers also argued on constitutional motions, with the defense arguing that neither terrorism nor conspiracy is a crime under accepted international law. They said Nashiri who is alleged to have masterminded the plot that killed 17 sailors aboard the USS Cole during an act of terror in Aden, Yemen, in 2000 cannot be charged with those crimes because they dont exist. Pohl indicated he would rule on these motions later. violation of the law of war, attempted mur der in violation of the law of war, terror ism, conspiracy, intentionally causing serious bodily injury, attacking civilians, attacking ci vilian objects and hazarding a vessel. This is a capital case. The charges arise out of an attempted attack on the USS The Sullivans in January 2000, the actual attack on the USS Cole in October 2000, and an attack on the motor vessel Limburg in October 2002. Nashiri is a Saudi-born member of alpersonal supervision of Osama bin Laden, and that bin Laden personally approved the attacks on the U.S. Navy ships. New York lawyer David Schultz also spoke to the court today, arguing that the peoples right to know trumped security concerns in this trial. Schultz, who represented 10 media organizations including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Fox News, NPR and the Miami Herald, based his argument on the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. He noted that lead prosecutor Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins has been explaining to audiences around the United States how the reformed military commissions system is the best way to advance the rule of law in these cases. Under U.S. law, public attendance of criminal prosecutions is imperative to fair ness, he said. He reached back to the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators in 1865 and the Nuremberg trials after World War II to show that military commissions also hon ored this idea. He admitted the government had a right argued that there are ways to ensure openness while still protecting the information. side lawyers have argued in front of the pan el at Guantanamo. Pohl did not disagree with Schultz. He maintained that the default setting in his court is a public hearing. He said proceed ings should be closed only when the least restrictive measures cannot be imposed.By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service | COMMAND INFORMATION THE WIRE | PAGE 5 By Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven HONOR BOUND This Week in Guantanamo Bay HistoryG.J. Denich, the manForty-nine years ago, U.S. Navy Reserve Seabee George J. Denich, Jr. was killed while driving a bulldozer in the construc Denich died April 10, 1963, when the bulldozer he was operating overturned on what would become known as Denich Hill. He and his fellow Seabees were preparing defensive positions in the tumultuous years after the Cuban Communist Revolution and the severing of diplomatic relations between the Unites States and Cuba. A monument is dedicat ed to Denich, and is located at the base of the hill where he was killed. It is at the end of Kittery Beach Road, just before the Joint Task Force Honor Bound sign. The monument was dedicated on June 26, 1963. The Denich family was present, placing a plaque there to remind everyone of their a new base gym was also named in Denichs honor. A rededication ceremony occurred on March 19, 2007, when Seabees of NMCB-133 unveiled a commemmorative plaque.By Sgt. 1st Class Michael Shimer Saving for retirement is as easy as TSPMONEY MATTERSWith the federal tax deadline fast approaching, this is good time to start thinking about reducing your tax liability for this year and save for your retire ment. For service members, both goals can be accomplished by starting or increasing contributions to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), according to Walter Bar with the Fleet and Family Support Center at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. TSP is your money you take when you go, said Barrett, explaining that contributions are not tied to retirement from the military. The uniformed services reneed to wear the uniform a cer tain number of years to qualify. contribution plan, so the amount you put in and the earnings on those investments will determine what you can redeem. TSP contributions are made from pre-tax earnings, meaning see TSP page 9


| FEATUREFEATURE | THE WIRE | PAGE 6 It was just after dawn in the cool early morning hours of a beautiful Saturday. At Windmill Beach, a light breeze was blowing; just enough to carry the scent of saltwater to your nose. At the waters edge, a crowd of men and women competing in the Triathlon lined up in the sand. Get ready! boomed a voice from a bullhorn, and the line of people on the beach got ready. Get set! A blast from the bullhorn sounded, and the group surged into the Caribbean. The water was relatively calm, Easter bunny, who won third place for individual competitors. Swimmers cut through the water with powerful strokes, heading toward a buoy that marked the edge of their course. Upon reaching it, they turned right and swam to another buoy. After reaching that buoy, they swam back to shore. I have a swimming background, so the hardest part was seeing the buoys, Suriano added. Speed was key, but it was also very important for the swimmers to conserve their energy. This wasnt a race that would be determined only by swimming; swimming was merely swim, participants ran to the road, donned protective helmets, and got on bicycles. Their next task was to cycle 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) over rugged, uneven terrain. It wasnt as fun when the chaplain passed me halfway into it! Suriano groaned. Ten kilometers of cycling later, competitors found themselves with their helmets, got off their bicycles, turned around, and began running a 5K (3.1 miles) on the very road they had been cycling on moments before. Id been fasting for four days, but I felt really good when I started running, said Army Staff Sgt. Augusto Gonzalez, J-4s chief purchasing agent. All I could think about as I ran was that I didnt want to let my team down. Joint Task Force Guantanamo command chaplain, Navy Capt. a time of 1 hour, 7 minutes, 47 seconds. These events give me a reason to train and stay in shape, Thom said. Coming out here is a great way to to come together and meet people you dont normally see, Gonzalez added. Association held the triathlon to raise scholarship money for a W.T. Sampson High School student. In order to earn the scholarship, interested students submit a scholarship packet, including an essay. Packets will be reviewed by student will be announced in midJoey Stephenson, president of the Guantanamo Bay chapter of the CPOA. competitors turned out to test their and embrace the spirit of the chief These events get a lot of people with similar interests together, and Stephenson said.By Pvt. Loren Cook Get Ready... Guantanamo Bay civilians and Joint Task Force Troopers hit the water swimming at Association Triathlon. Participants had the option of competing individually or in teams. photos by Pvt. Loren Cook Get Set... GO! Troopers triumph in CPO Triathlon Winners CircleIndividuals Male 1st Place Bradley Thom 1:07:47 2nd Place Corey Geiger 1:10:17 3rd Place Michael Suriano 1:11:16 Individuals Female 1st Place Karen Guerra 1:18:06 2nd Place Marty Bledsoe 1:18:49 3rd Place Elena Granina 1:32:39 Teams 1st Place Landis Andrews, Joseph Donnelly, and Augusto Gonzalez 1:17:20 2nd Place Ian Browder, Ike Bennett Lee, and Greg Lewis :21:37 3rd Place Erica Gardner, Tamsen Reese, and Katie Sutton 1:22:07 THE WIRE | PAGE 7


TROOPER FOCUS | THE WIRE | PAGE 8 By Army Sgt. Saul Rosa As the Joint Task Force Guantanamo mission continues, buildings need maintenance and new projects emerge. The Trooper who responds to those service calls Anderson of the Joint Task Force Engineers. Anderson has served in the Navy Reserve for 15 years and has worked in many of the traditional Seabee positions ranging from the one swinging the hammer to project supervisor. The job I do on island is different than what I typically do as a builder in the Seabees, said Anderson. I manage the service calls for JTF properties and facilities through facility maintenance representatives throughout the command. Anderson also assists in special projects that require knowledge of construction, such as the 107th Military Police Companys piece in Memorial Field. Memorial Field is where outgoing units place monuments between the JTF Mini NEX and the Trooper Chapel. The monuments typically feature the unit crest, date of deployment and a motto or catchphrase. As a reservist, Anderson must balance his military career with his civilian career back home. I am a squad leader in the reserves, said Anderson. four people. The last time I was deployed, I was prefab shop supervisor and we prefabricated seahuts and other building to minimize the time in construction. When not deployed, Anderson constructs custom furniture. Anderson explained that he came into the business when a friend asked him to work for his company. As the company grew, Anderson began working full time making custom furniture. Well make anything a customer requests us to make, said Anderson. Before deploying to Guantanamo, Anderson and his friend branched out into a new business model. We teamed up Who would you want on your triathlon team?I would bring Staff Sgt. Chapple because hes great at PT. Spc. Cody Kilroy I would bring Lt. Guerra because shes number one and fast. She could fill any role in the Triathlon. Builder 2nd Class Christopher Benton I would bring YN2 Escobedo, because his motivation and drive would make him a valuable member. Yeoman 1st Class Holly Fey I would bring Michael Jordon because hes an all around great athlete. Pfc. DeAngelo Beane Boots on the Ground Time in service: 15 years Hobbies: Snorkeling, woodcrafting, smoking cigars T he boss says: Hes a very bright Sailor who knows his stuff . Advice to junior T roopers: When youre not working, get away from the workplace and explore your surroundings. see FOCUS next page in the course of our lives that can completely change the way we perceive the world and go about our affairs. Some of these events are positive, such as the birth of a child, graduation, and retirement. And some of these events impact us negatively, such as the loss of a job, divorce, and the death of someone close. Grief and loss are inevitable realities that we all must regrettably face throughout the course of our lifetimes. The process of mourning and recovery members deployed abroad, in particular, can experience increased obstacles in accepting such events. No matter where you are, you can overcome grief and loss by identifying and managing your emotions. the meaning of grief, since it can carry a very different meaning individually. In natural response to loss (Smith & Segal, 2012). Though grief associated with death is familiar to many of us, we grieve a wide variety of losses throughout our lives, both physical and symbolic. Whereas we can grieve the tangible loss of a loved one, we also are capable of mourning the loss of intangible things, such as a relationship or For the service member, experiencing loss can have a severe impact upon physical and emotional well-being. Deployments already present us with a wide range of different stressors. The death of a loved one or the loss of something cherished can come as a devastating shock and complicate an already stressful situation. Grieving individuals may exhibit such symptoms as frequent crying spells, irritability, insomnia, hypersomnia functioning on a day to day basis. A large amount of clinical research has been conducted to identify distinct phases of grief. In 1969, Dr. Elizabeth Kubler Ross published her book, On Death and Dying, and mourning. The Kubler Ross model anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance apply to everyone, the model has been used by clinicians and mental health professionals to assist people in getting better. However, the unifying factor for all the phases of grief is time. The path to improvement and accepting loss is dependent upon time. As the old adage goes, time heals all wounds, and so too is the emotional hurt of grief lessened with the passage of time. Mourning is a very personal experience that can take years for someone to recover from. As humans, we are all equipped with a range of coping skills to handle the various accepting the death of a loved one or the loss of something dear can ultimately result in maturing us in a positive way. When confronted with death or loss, we can seek the comfort of company to alleviate the pain. Getting reassurance from family and friends outlook on the situation. Should you be your religion also can make a considerable difference in accepting the loss. While professional counseling and strong social support can assist in reducing the anguish associated with grief, moving onward and accepting the loss is dependent upon the individual. Those attempting to offer assistance to an individual in mourning should understand that grief reactions will not dissipate overnight. Should concern arise regarding their behavior, such as threatening suicide or other destructive acts, emergency Bearing the pain of loss and grief doesnt have to be a lone battle. The Joint Stress Mitigation and Restoration Team is the mental health asset available to Joint Task Force Guantanamo personnel. We are located next to the Camp America post are open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed weekends and federal holidays. Call us during duty hours at extension 2321. | MIND, BODY & SPIRIT THE WIRE | PAGE 9 Mind Body & Spirit Handling grief and loss while deployed by Hospitalman 3rd Class Dominique Cannon, JSMART with another friend of ours and started Tree of Life, said Anderson. We are sourcing the wood for the customer. If a tree is blown over by a storm, we will go and harvest it. Anderson explained that often the trees that are harvested are hundreds of years old and would have been shredded for easy disposal if his company didnt pick them up. Anderson learned how to survive deployments from previous tours overseas and offers this advice to Troopers Take advantage of what is offered, said Anderson. I see people squirreled away in their rooms. Even if this isnt the most exciting place, its a lot better than most deployment sites. FOCUS cont. you do not pay income tax on the money invested. This tax deferment can work well for many people whose retirement income will be lower and could be in a lower tax bracket. TSP was started for federal civilian em ployees in 1986 to provide government workers a retirement plan similar to 401K plans offered in the private sector. The savuniform services in 2001. Three quarters of TSP participants ranked the program ment income in a 2011 survey. Look at it as a retirement vehicle, and leave it alone so it can compound, added Barrett. called the miracle of compounding can be shown in this example: saving $40 per month over a 20-year military career would grow to approximately $21,000. Less than half of the accumulation comes from the actual contributions. Whether it is $40 per month, or 10 per cent of your take-home pay, or the IRS limit of $17,000 for 2012, starting your TSP fund or increasing the contributions an be done several ways. Download the TSP Election form (TSP-U-1) from www.tsp.gov and Or, use the MyPay portal at https://mypay. dfas.mil to start or adjust the percentages of pay you allocate for the savings plan. As long as you place one percent of basic pay into TSP, you then can add a percentage of special pay, incentive pay or bonuses you would like to invest. You can turn TSP off and on without tax penalties, according to Barrett, who added that the only negative thing he had ever heard about the program was about an individuals choice to invest too conservatively. The perceived conservative rates of recore funds of TSP will be discussed next week. Barrett is available every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fleet and Family Sup4141 to set up an appointment. TSP cont.


Oh dear. How should I start? I went to Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and I overheard people during the end credits talk amongst themselves. I couldnt wait to see this movie said one gentleman. His colleague recounted with I couldnt wait for it to end. To be fair, heres another incident: I found myself passing an Air Force captain on the IOF quarterdeck on Monday. Hey MC1, what movie are you going to review this week? I told him it would be Ghost Rider. This was followed by a wincing face while he very softly said Ooooooh! As he shook his head, I knew with certainty this movie would be discussed in hushed tones by those who had seen it. For the uninitiated, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is the indirect sequel to 2007s Ghost Rider. These movies are based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name with the same premise. Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) is a daredevil stunt motorcyclist who made a pact with Mephistopheles (Ciaran Hinds, John Carter) to cure his fathers cancer in exchange for his soul. After a cruel twist of fate, Blaze got burned in the deal, losing his soul and becoming a demonic pawn of dark forces. He now has supernatural abilities and is able change at will into a sense of justice. In this form, he is nearly indestructible and uses eight years after the events of the has left behind his normal life and is living a meager existence in Eastern Europe. In his earthly guise of Rourke, the devil is tracking his own son Danny (Fergus Riordan, I Want to Be a Soldier) in order to inhabit his body. Rourkes current body is dying, as the devil in human form weakens the host. To do Rourkes bidding, the mercenary Ray Carrigan (Johnny Whitworth, Gamer) and his merry band of goons are hot on Dannys trail. The boy and his mother Nadya (Violante Placido) are hiding within a monasterys castle when it is stormed. All the monks are killed and the duo is on the run. The drunken priest Moreau (Idris Elba, Thor) to help protect the boy from the devils insidious plan. Blaze is reluctant to unleash The Rider to defend Danny and make battle with the dark forces pursuing the boy. Moreau makes Blaze an offer he cannot refuse: access to a supernatural sect that can lift Blazes curse and free him from his dark pact. With the prospect to regain his soul, how could he possibly say no to that? Rider leaves Carrigan dead. He is resurrected by Rourke as the dreaded Blackout, complete with supernatural abilities to siphon life and to decay anything he touches. A great example of his newfound powers is handled somewhat amusingly: Blackout touches a sandwich and it decays. Then he touches an apple, it too dissolves. Nothing happens when that a Twinkie will last forever. In this case, the Twinkie can even withstand satanic powers. The Ghost Riders new look is from the previous picture. This time, the skull is charred black, Rider sucks the sole of a baddie force to be reckoned with. Rider like a geyser. The way the Riders leather jacket smolders, bubbles and smokes is a really great detail I havent seen in the movies before. The MTV-like camera work was notably atrocious. Many scenes are presented with animation and other graphics that happen so quickly, when they are over youre not sure linear approach I am sure the completely upstaged by an oversaturation of the medium. The effect is dizzying, unnerving and, quite frankly, amateur looking. How about the sound? I half wondered if I was going to be partially deaf for a day after seeing the movie, much like the day after a Motley Crue concert, due to the non-stop barrage of loud action sequences and earpounding music. If you want to replicate the effect, just put a metal bucket over your head and let a six-year old drum on it with a pair of mallets. Im sure the studio felt there could be no wrong in greenlighting this picture. The 2007 original actually grossed money despite being panned by most critics. This new movie boasts a very impressive screenwriting credit: that of David S. Goyer. He is best known as the man who breathed new life into the Batman revision for the and The Dark Knight (2008). Surely, he was believed to be able to reinvigorate the Ghost Rider franchise after its dismal 2007 start. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is an un-engaging incoherent mess. I cannot fathom why anyone thought making this movie could possibly have been a good idea. Its frantic, chaotic and downright ugly. There is no sense of awe or fun, which is something you would want in a comic book based movie. If someone wanted to write a thesis on why they should stop making comic book movies, look no further than Ghost Rider II. gods will be working overtime this summer with the anticipated releases of The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises (costoried by Goyer). Hopefully any them, can quell the memory of this disaster and save the genre from itself. THE WIRE | PAGE 10 MOVIE REVIEW | By Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson Om nom nom rats Movie Review PG-13 95 min. | BULLETIN BOARD THE WIRE | PAGE 11 GTMO Religious ServicesNAVSTA Main ChapelDaily Catholic Mass Tues.-Fri. 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass Saturday 5 p.m. Mass Sunday 9 a.m. General Protestant Sunday 11 a.m. Gospel Service Sunday 1 p.m. Christian Fellowship Sunday 6 p.m. Islamic Service Friday 1 p.m. Room C Pentecostal Gospel Sunday 8 a.m. & 5 p.m. Room D LDS Service Sunday 10 a.m. Room A Protestant Communion Sunday 10 a.m. Room B Protestant Worship Sunday 9 a.m. Bible Study Wednesday 6 p.m. Intense Spiritual Fitness Power Lunch! 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The Bart Walker Band played a special val Station Guantanamo Bay families and personnel and Joint Task Force Troopers. The country-blues group regularly shares weekly set at photo by Army Sgt. Saul Rosa chaplains led Troopers and residents in song and prayer photo by Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson