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We can! Troopers run 5K for Haiti Girl Scout cookies : a sometimes food and an all-day event SCSI how does it work? TSP investment advice Volume 13, Issue 25 Friday, April 27, 2012


As we close out the month of April and welcome the month of May, we have much to look forward to. May 2012 will be a very busy month here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo on many different fronts. This month we can say thank you for a job well done to our Coast Guard Maritime Security and Safety Team 91109 San Diego, most of our Joint Medical Group, and a rotation from our Naval Expeditionary Guard Battalion, as well as numerous individuals. Thanks for serving as key members of our Joint Task Force. Contributions from all the services allow the JTF to accomplish our no-fail mission every day, 24 hours a day. As you prepare to depart JTF Guantanamo, make the effort to ensure your turnover to your successor is better than what you received. You have gained the experience and understand the mission. Chances are, your successor does not yet! Take the time and ensure your right-seat leftseat ride opportunity is maximized. If you are a leader, look within your organization to ensure the transition of your Troopers is well-synchronized and in-depth. Your ability to provide a quality transition is paramount to the ongoing success of the JTF. That said, welcome to our new units and Troopers! You are now part of a unique Joint Task Force whose mission is not like any other mission in the military. Take the time to learn from your predecessor and ask many questions. Before you know it, you will be carrying the torch and will quickly integrate into our JTF as a key member. Take the time to learn the JTF standard operating procedures and policies, as well as U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay rules and regulations. Next weekend we will once again be in the international media spotlight supporting the military commissions. Commissions will begin the conspirators who are accused of planning the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Each of us has a key role in ensuring these proceedings get started without incident. There will be numerous training events leading up to the actual event. Many will be tasked as escorts or to serve in other positions other than your normal job. Do your best to ensure you understand your role in this important event and to understand the training that you will receive to support this event. Your superior performance and professionalism is expected and the entire JTF is counting on you. The key to our success remains the professionalism and can do attitude of our team. Your attention to detail, commitment to the mission and your fellow Troopers, and leadership is what enables the JTF to continually perform. Whether you are departing after serving your tour here, or just arriving, take pride in the fact that you are part of a one of a kind Joint Task Force that has a no-fail mission and continues to excel in our mission.Ccommand orner Brig. Gen. James LettkoDeputy Commander, JTF Guantanamo Joint Task Force Guantanamo Safe Humane Legal Transparent Cover: U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay personnel and Joint Task Force Troopers raised more than $2,000 for ongoing Haiti relief efforts April 21 by participating in the 170th Military Police Company-sponsored 5K run. photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven 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 Navy Capt. Robert Durand: 9928 Deputy Director Air Force Maj. Michelle Coghill: 9927 Operations Officer Army Maj. Jon Powers: 3649 Senior Enlisted Leader Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant: 8141The 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. 2nd Class Kilho Park Webmaster Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Keith SimmonsContact usEditors Desk: 3499 Commercial: 011-5399-3499 DSN: 660-3499 E-mail: thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.htmlContributions from all the services allow Joint Task Force Guantanamo to accomplish our no-fail mission every day, 24 hours a day. COMMAND CORNER THE WIRE | PAGE 2 All hands are invited to Ferry Landing Beach for a free community event April 28, 2-6 p.m. featuring a performance by the Dirty Sock Funtime Band. For more information, call 84616. The Marine Corps Security Forces Company is hosting a Moonlight Run May 11. Runners will depart Marine Hill at 6:30 p.m., and the route will be from the Northeast Gate to Kittery Beach. Register at the Marine Hill Whitehouse Monday or Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Registration costs $25. rine Corps Birthday Ball. For more information, call Staff Sgt. Tucker at 2643. The Jamaican Independence Day Committee is holding a car wash Saturday from 9 a.m.2 p.m. at the Downtown Lyceum car wash. Auto detailing services are also available. Busy? If you email or call before 8 a.m., you can arrange pickup and delivery of your vehicle without leaving your quarters. Donations are always welcome, and all proceeds go to funding the Jamaican Independence Day celebration this August. For more information, call 2459 or email jicgtmo@yahoo.com. 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. 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 America Red Cross-Guantanamo May 6. If you have an emergency during this MWR Liberty is holding an adult tee ball tournament May 5 at Softball Field 2. Registration is free and open to anyone at Denich Gym. 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. The recompression chamber will be be no civilian and recreational diving during this period. For more information, contact the ComMilitary personnel stationed at Guantanamo Bay are encouraged to exercise their right to vote using absentee ballots. For more information, call Lt. Cmdr. An 18-hole golf tournament will be held May 5-6, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Lateral Haz ard Golf Course. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Register at the golf course by May 1. Reg istration costs $30 and includes two rounds of golf and cart rental for both days. Day at the Bay Fore! Trail Blazers Volunteer everywhere History Hike II: Hike Harder Car wash & detailing NEWS FROM THE BAY THE WIRE | PAGE 3 INDEXThe Wire April 27, 2012 TSP articles forever! What SCSI really stands for Sexual assault awareness I Ran (So Far Away) Nom nom nom cookies MBS: The Dude abides Movie Review: GoneThe 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 1,300.7 8 9 10 12 17 18 Moonlight Run Forget about Tebow! Its time for tee ball! No pressure, man!


Every day we are conducting our mission Safely, Humanely, Legally and in a Transparent manner, because of the dedica Troopers makes on behalf of our great nation. The reasons that each of these Troop ers has decided to serve in uniform or out of uniform vary from person to person, how ever there is one thing that stays the same. Every service member at Joint Task Force Guantanamo has an unsung hero supporting them in one way or another. Those heroes I am talking about are family, friends, and sig port of these unsung heroes, our personnel would not be able to conduct their duties as ily do not ask nor do they expect our thanks for the support they give us each and every day. I make it a point that anytime I am thanked for my service to our great nation that I thank them in return for their support as well. Each service has a set of values that their members are expected to live up to. I will use the Army as an example. The Army values are: Leadership, Duty, Respect, Self less Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage. When you really think about it, values) are already instilled as you grew up. Your friends and family members are the ones who have made you the person you are today. Growing up, we are taught it is our duty to defend our family, treat others as you want to be treated, place the needs of others above your own, be honorable in word and deed, do not lie, and do not be afraid to stand up for what is right. This translates perfectly into military service. Our families and friends have molded and mentored us just as we were molded and mentored by our seniors, just as we mold and mentor those who will follow us once we are gone. Our family and friends are the ones who are running our households, taking the kids to the park, and saying prayers with our children each night before they go to bed. But how often do they get the thank you for the service they are providing parallel to our own? Next time you are about to say, you do not understand the stress or pressure I am dealing with, think about the stress and pressure they are dealing with, without you. I challenge everyone the next time you have a chance, thank your unsung low the JTF team to be successful. Trooper to Trooper unsung heroesMaster Sgt. Phillip Dietzth MP BN Operations Sergeant Major TROOPER T O TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 4 PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! Casual conversation can cause chaos!Have you ever told someone that information was off the record? While you are here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, there is no such thing as off the record. You are a JTF Trooper 100 percent of the time, in or out of uniform, around family, friends, media or other base visitors. Perhaps you said, You didnt hear this from meand then gave out information that you were told not to share. This type of casual conversation is a serious violation of OPSEC and can compromise an operation. If you divulge sensitive information you can be held responsible for your actions and will certainly put your career in serious jeopardy. Ensure sensitive information youve been entrusted with STAYS off the record. Practice rock solid OPSEC! G and F before C, S or I if you are older it sounds like a grammar rule, but unlike I before E except after there are no rules to choosing Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) funds, only facts to help guide you towards a The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board made it even easier for successful investing in 2005 by creating Lifecycle or the L series funds. But before you can put your retirement savings on autopilot, an outline of to make smart choices. The G fund is made up of government securities. It is the fund where all TSP contributions are placed until the investor reallocates the money. The G fund has low risk of loss as the fund is invested solely in U.S. Treasury securities specially issued for the TSP. The federal government guarantees the principal and interest, making for no of return as the leading concern. In 2011, the G fund averaged 2.45 percent growth. Over a decade from 1999 to 2008, the rate of return averages 4.92 percent. The next low or moderate risk fund is F, a bond index fund that purchases government, corporate and mortgage backed securities. is still there, adding risk from market price changes in the share and possible prepayment of the bonds. During periods of declining interest rates the F fund return on investment increases, a 5.99 percent average in 2009 to consider as safe investments. I use the word safebut that doesnt mean that fund cannot be a negative, specialist with the Fleet and Family Support Center at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Anytime you put the word safe with an investment it means you are going to get low growth, added Barrett, who looks at the CSI funds as an opportunity. Youre a player; you are in the stock market. The C or Common Stock Index fund started back in 1988 to invest in stocks of mediumto large-sized U.S. companies represented in the Standard and Poors 500 index, which looks at the stock prices of 500 fund is designed for long-term growth. But as with all investments that might not always be the case. In 2008 the C Fund lost nearly percent the following year. follow the mantra buy low, sell high. When people run scare they do the reverse, he said. Big drops in share values effect investor psyche, the start of the recent recession deeply affected stock prices here and abroad. In 2008, the S fund dropped 38.32 percent thats classifiedClick through the Joint Task Force Guantanamo SharePoint page with the Classified Ads tab and see what your buddies have for sale! Big surprise theres more dive gear available! To place an ad, email webmaster@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil JTF stuff! Risk vs. rewardInvest TSP funds wisely COMMAND INFORMA TION THE WIRE | PAGE 5 see TSP page 7MONEY MATTERSMoney really does matter, especially when it comes to building a nest egg: this is the conclusion of a three-part series on managing Thrift Savings Program funds. WASHINGTON The Department of Defense announced April 19 the transfer of two Uighur detainees from the deten tion facility at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to the Government of El Salvador. These detainees were subject to release from Guantanamo as a result of a court U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and are voluntarily resettling in El Salvador. As directed by President Barack Obamas January 22, 2009 executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of these cases. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, these individuals were designated for transfer by unanimous consent among all six agencies on the task force. In accordance with statutory reporting requirements, the administration informed Congress of its intent to transfer these individuals. The United States coordinated with the government of El Salvador to ensure the transfer took place in accordance with appropriate security and humane treat ment measures. Today, 169 detainees remain at the de tention center in Guantanamo.Two Uighur detainees transferred to El SalvadorDepartment of Defense Press Release HONOR BOUNDBy Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven


TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 6 Whats your favorite kind of cookie?Chocolate chip. They remind me of my grandma. Construction Electrician Constructionman Nicholas Decker Girl Scout Samoas. Theyre delicious, delectable, chewy delights. Capt. Albert Roberts Chocolate chip. For me, the simple cookies are the best. Senior Airman Deonte Turrentine Oreos. Theyre just the best. Period! USMC Sgt. Anthony Olivares Boots on the Ground There are an abundance of junior enlisted service members at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, and each and every one has an important role to play. Pfc. Christopher Parr has become an integral part of the 525th Military Police Battalions S-3 (operations and training) shop in the nine months hes been here. The sergeant major goes to him for many things, said Sgt. Brittany Heizer, Parrs team leader. He just knows that he can go to Pfc. Parr, ask once, and Parr will get it done. Parr is an S-3 representative for the 525th MP Bn. One of his most important assignments is helping with pre-service classes, the 2-week training classes which prepare new personnel for the mission. These new Soldiers often outrank him, but Parr is known when he needs to be, and he always does it with tact. Hes aware of his surroundings, said Heizer. Hes very respectful and he doesnt get complacent. For a young man with so many accomplishments, himself but enjoys talking about his father, a police hero. Parr plans to follow in his footsteps. Growing up I was always good at helping people and making sure people were ok, said Parr. years. I did an internship Just being around that environment it seems like thats what I was born to do. Parr will leave Guantanamo later this summer and head to his next duty station in Kansas. He is looking forward to being closer to his family and friends. By Spc. Vanessa Davila Time in service: 1 year Hobbies: bikes, music T he boss says: You dont have to tell him more than once to do something. We know that if we need to get something important done we can go to Pfc. Parr. Advice to junior T roopers: Enjoy your time here. Go out and have fun, and be smart at the same time. NEWS THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Super Troopers (and NAVSTA Sailors!) Congratulations to the Guantanamo personnel who recently received Joint Task Force commanders coins! LS3 Austin LCDR Brunson LT Byron SGT Diaz SCPO Hanson MCC Mangum CS3 Nieves OS2 Pointer MCPO Roberts SH1 Sutton CSC Valdez CS2 Washington YN3 Woolette prevention is worth a Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers have a great health resource at their convenience, and if you live in the Tierra Kay housing, its quite literally in your backyard. The Joint Troop Clinic is open for all types of ailments, Capt. Jerry Braverman. Unless its a true emergency, this should The JTC is equipped to deal with a wide variety of Trooper issues. No appointment is required for sick call, which is If an issue is outside our scope, we will consult with (U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay) or specialty providers, Braverman said. Seventy percent of people we see are for ortho-related injuries. Braverman recommended that Troopers practice preventive self-care, such as warm-up and cool-down exercises, in order to avoid strains, sprains, and other sports injuries. Twisting an ankle isnt the only avoidable problem a Trooper can have. The hospital (USNH GTMO) also recently issued a report urging Guantanamo residents to prevent staph infections of the skin. Staph germs are present everywhere in any climate. However, the active lifestyle and warm climate of Guantanamo means short sleeves and more opportunities for skin infections, said Cmdr. Bruce Deschere, director of medical/ health services at USNH GTMO. This can lead to staph infections. Clean any injury with soap and water as quickly as possible. For specialized issues, Troopers have a few weeks left to consult with a selection of specialists. A cardiologist, radiologist, urologist, dermatologist, and podiatrist will be on island through May. For more information, or to schedule an appointment for a referral, call 3394. By Army 1st Lt. Amelia Thatcher and the I fund was down 42.43 percent. However, like the C fund, they show healthy gains in 2009 and 2010. Stay the course; as the price goes down you are buying more shares, getting ready for the upturn, added Barrett. The S fund shares the interest in the stocks of medium to large size U.S. companies, but unlike the C fund it follows businesses outside the Standard and Poors 500 index. The S fund follows the Dow Jones Wilshire 4500 Completion Index. The risk is moderate to high and is historically more volatile than the C fund. The volatility is the same for I or International Stock Index fund, a stockbased, global fund invested in companies located in 21 developed countries. The Morgan Stanley EAFE index is the model for the I fund, investing in businesses in Europe, Australasia and Far East. The latest TSP investment vehicle is the mixtures the G,F,C,S, and I funds designed still have the same risk of loss, but to rebalance, and just has to pick a future timeframe of retirement. A Trooper in their early 20s could choose the L 2050 fund, where pulling funds out of the TSP would occur after the year 2045. The money would be aggressively invested in the early years, with interest, earnings and dividends being piled back in as the contributions compound. As you age, so do your investments, which risk. Finally, your money will morph into the L Income Fund. The L fund focuses on capital preservation, with 80 percent invested in the G and F funds and little exposure to the ups and downs of the stock-based funds. For more information, visit www.tsp.gov. Barrett is available every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fleet and Family 4141 to set up an appointment. TSP cont.


As April draws to a close, so does Sexual Assault Awareness Month. However, that doesnt mean sexual assault awareness isnt important all year long. Sexual assault awareness is a year-round process, and it should be treated as one, said intelligence specialist with J-2. What were trying to do is make sure everyone knows about the programs we have in place to help them. Department of Defense policies on sexual assault seek to establish a climate in which: Education and training create an environment in which sexual assault and the attitudes that promote it are not tolerated: Victims of sexual assault receive the care and support they need Offenders are held accountable for their actions. DoD policies educate the victim about his or her options; the offender about the punishment Bystanders about what they can do to help prevent a sexual assault. Here at Guantanamo Bay, Troopers can rely on the support of Ms. Karen Perez, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC). The SARC is the single point of contact to coordinate sexual assault victim care. The SARC number is 4141. A SARC can help a victim decide whether an unrestricted report, the victim receives advocacy, counseling, medical treatment, and stricted reports can choose to change them to unrestricted reports at any time; there is no time limit. The SARC is assisted in her duties by vic tim advocates (VA). Victim advocates pro vide essential care to the victim, as well as non-clinical information on available options and resources to assist the victim in making informed decisions as they progress through resolution and healing. The VA maintains communications and contact with the victim as needed for continuing support. Guantanamo Bay currently has 49 victim advocates. If you would like to become a VA, a victim advocate training course will be held Center. Victims can also utilize the DoD Safe Helpline to receive anonymous information and support. The Safe Helpline can www.safehelpline.org. Sexual assault is a crime that affects every one in our ranks. If it hurts one, it affects all.By Pvt. Loren Cook THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FEA TURE DoD photo So youre sitting in your room on Skype, shooting e-mails home or looking up some videos on YouTube when suddenly the window. Aggravated, you type in your infor mation and reminisce about the blazing internet speeds back home. Most Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers are used to the luxury of highwhen youre more than 90 miles from the replicate. The company which stepped up to the challenge is the Satellite Communication Systems, Inc. (SCSI) Weve been here since 2005, said SCSI manager Mario Flores. Weve been through the rebid process and are starting a new contract. This is a competitive contract where multiple companies bid, and the government selects the best provider. SCSI provides communication connec tions to Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay through satellite, but is most known for its Internet service. SCSI has set up ways to allow equal use of the Fair Access DSL internet bandwidth, such as requiring users to log back in every four hours. This prevents users who are not active from draining valuable resources. Its a shared environment, so everyone is in the pool of bandwidth, said Flores. Heavy users can affect other users. Usually, 5% of your users can affect 50% of your bandwidth. However, SCSI is more than willing to work with customers to meet their individual needs. If a user needs to do something that is beyond four hours, we can open it up for them on a case-by-case basis, said Flores. Its a tool so that everyone can surf freely. To understand the process of satellite communication, just envision a colossal game of tennis between two satellite dishes. One satellite dish serves the ball, or data, to another dish through a geostationary satellite and vice versa. Flores explained the process for SCSI to transfer data via satellite involves the transformation of data through precise pieces of equipment. First, analog message signals and digital data enter a multiplexer and are combined into one circuit. This circuit is fed into the modem that The modem then sends the frequency to an hertz. The frequency then goes into amplito the satellite. The satellite then sends the signal to the receiving antenna, where the process is reversed. It goes through the reverse of the transthe signal is going to hit is the low-noise aming to amplify that signal with as little noise as possible. The received frequency is then sent to a down converter and then to the modem, where it demodulates it back into an analog message signals and digital data circuit. The circuit is then separated by the de-multiplex er and sent to the devices they need to go. The process of bouncing signals through the atmosphere to satellite dishes hundreds of miles away tends to be a more expensive process then the preferred method of runthe only reasonable option. We have to rely on getting everything from the satellite, said Flores. I would compare it to taking the Ferry to the Lee ward side. You cant drive there, although it would be the cheapest and the quickest way to get there, so you have to rely on the ferry. We have to rely on the satellite to get our sig nal here. For Troopers deployed away from home the ability to stay in contact with friends and loved ones is a fair trade for limited Internet speeds. I just could not imagine going to my room everyday and not having that added luxury, said JTF command chaplain assistant Spc. James Johnson. I think having the opportunity to purchase Internet in our rooms is a blessing. By Army Sgt. Saul Rosa How does it work: Satellite communications FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 8


More than 80 participants turned out Saturday to lend their support to the country of Haiti by joining in more than $2,000 for the small Caribbean nation which was little over two years ago. Taking their cue from a number of MWR events they had participated in, Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Conwell and Sgt. Larissa Pillay of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Joint Detention Group decided to put together their own fund raiser to help out the people of Haiti who are still suffering from the massive earthquake that devastated the country and left more than 300,000 dead. One day Sgt. 1st Class Conwell and I were talking and we recognized how people love to run here and collect the amazing T-shirts during the 5k runs that the MWR puts together monthly, said Pillay. We thought, Wouldnt it be awesome to have a 5K run for a great cause? We could raise money from the run and give it to people in need. Pillay and Conwell reached out to several nonGlobal, which sponsors a Haiti recovery initiative, responded. After meeting with representatives of the non-governmental 501(c)3 two then reached out to Jen Norton, the MWR Fitness Director. She told us that because it was a fundraiser that MWR could not have any part in it, according to Pillay. However, Jen advised Sgt. 1st. Class Conwell and myself on all the things that we needed to do to Pillay and Conwell then coordinated with the Staff Judge Advocate, Base Security, and 525th Military Police Battalions. The two are from their unit supported this event from the beginning to end. We had many volunteers even W.T. Sampson middle school and High School, said Pillay. The volunteers were awesome. They were up at 5:30 that morning cutting oranges, setting up tents, setting up tables, arranging T-shirts and motivating others. As with the MWR runs, T-shirts were handed to register, but these shirts were designed by Pillay and Conwell and donated by Lalini Pillay. Although they had hoped to raise about $1,000, the 145 people who signed up for the run ensured that they would double their estimate. After hosting this run, I have learned that people love to help others in need and will help others if they can, noted Pillay. With just a little effort to get things started you get an amazing outcome. The GTMO community is awesome! By Sgt. 1st Class Robert Stephenson GTMO runs to raise funds Haiti 5K MALES1st Brandon Pacheco 20:31 2nd Ryan Hallock 20:48 3rd David Pointras 22:40WINNING RUN TIMESFEMALES 1st Katie Sutton 19:28 2nd Debbie Remele 24:40 3rd Brittany Musleve 25:45 photos by Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven photo courtesy of Army Sgt. Larissa Pillay FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 10 THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FEA TURE


THE WIRE | PAGE 13 FEA TURE Troopers attached to Joint Task Force Guantanamo unloaded more than 10,000 pounds of Girl Scout cookies at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Monday. This is the fourth year in a row cookies were donated as part of the Girl Scouts of a Gulfcoast Florida program called Mints for the Military. This program gives customers the option to purchase a box and donate it to military service members serving around the world. The cookies were unloaded from an MD80 jet airliner, loaded onto waiting trucks, and taken to W.T. Sampson Elementary School, where they will be stored for distribution to JTF units and staff sections. Army Maj. Tom Tuttle, a Trooper assigned to JTF and the cookie project manager for Guantanamo Bay, has coordinated with the Girl Scouts in previous years and is excited to see this years cookie drive be another success. My wife has been active in Girl Scouts for about 35 years as an adult leader, and shes one of the people responsible for the cookie program at the Girl Scout council in Florida, Tuttle said. Tuttle praised the spirit of volunteerism displayed by JTF Troopers. Everyone in this is a volunteer, Tuttle said. We had to coordinate everything: from the bakers who bake the cookies, to the shipping companies who get the cookies over to Andrews Air Force Base, and the Troopers here who volunteer to unload the cookies. Its really a cast of hundreds. Pfc. Tyler Ewert, of the 189th Military Police Company, learned about the opportunity to help out by reading a list of volunteer opportunities posted by his operations sergeant. Ewert came in and volunteered on his day off. I like volunteering. Its a good way to come out, enjoy the weather, and do something to help out, instead of sitting around my quarters, Ewert said. I like cookies, and now Im helping everyone else get some too. Trooper volunteers unloaded 1,244 cases for a total of 14,928 boxes of cookies: a sweet reward for their hard work. Its a little piece of home, said Pfc. Neal Borba of the 189th MP Co. Down here, you cant go out and get all the things you had back home, so getting something like a box of Girl Scout cookies just makes your day better. Above: Pfc. Neal Borba unloaded cookies in support of Operation Mints for the Military Monday. photo by Pvt. Loren Cook By Pvt. Loren Cook FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 12 The Gulfcoast Florida Girl Scouts-sponsored program Mints for the Military donated thousands of boxes of cookies to Guantanamo Bay, which Joint Task Force Troopers helped unload Monday. photos by Pvt. Loren Cook Operation Mints for the Military Lands in GTMO


CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait As the hot sun day of April, a 10-mile road race was about to begin. At that same moment, on the other side of base, a lone runner pushed herself harder and faster around this desert outpost membrance of fellow North Carolinians who have died during the war on terror. That lone runner was Army Sgt. 1st Class Rita Rice, a Soldier stationed in Kuwait with the North Carolina Army National Guards 113th Sustainment Brigade. During those 100 miles, Rice carried her no t-shirts or medals were handed out; and the only cheers and recognition along the way from other Soldiers who took turns running with her. A former member of the 82nd Airborne Division, Rice joined the North Carolina Army National Guard in 2009, and every runner that ran a lap or two with Rice said they felt honored to share the road with her. Its awesome, said Army Sgt 1st Class Lee Klimala. Her superhuman ability and can-do attitude is contagious. Rice is an ultra runner and trains for and participates in endurance races more than 26.2 miles long the length of a marathon. Most or her races these days are between 50 and 100 miles long, but it took many years for her to become the runner she is today. In 2006 she began to slowly pound the pavement and shady wooded trails of North Carolina to keep up with her twin daughters, who had started running track at school. It was a good excuse for me to get back in shape and to be with my girls and bond, Rice said. I had not run seriously for almost four teen years since my days in the 82nd, but my family and friends kept me motivated. Over the following months, Rice was able to complete a two-mile run, then four miles, Rice said the major change in her attitude towards running and her desire not to quit came when a close neighborhood friend, killed in Afghanistan in late 2006. After the news of her friends death, Rice wanted to honor his service, and decided that running was a healthy and challenging way to do it. Rice said she was lucky to have a running mentor, Army Lt. Col. Mike McNeill. A and helped her get past the mental challenges of running long distances. He also taught her how to enjoy the experience of running Rice, now a veteran runner, has completed other fun runs that challenge a person mentally and physically. Army Col. David Jones, commander of the 113th Sustainment Brigade, said, Rice is Steel Soldier, whose determination to suc ceed inspires others and makes the whole unit twice as strong. But above all else, shes proud to be an American Soldier, serving her country, and honoring our fallen heroes, he said. AT T HE READY AT YOUR SERVICE THE WIRE | PAGE 15 By Army Maj. Matthew Devivo North Carolina National Guard Left: Army Staff Sgt. Samuel Joyce of the 113th Sustainment Brigade runs a few laps with Sgt. 1st Class Rita Rice during her 100-mile run around Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Each lap around the base was approximately seven miles, and Rice dedicated every lap of her race to fallen comrades from North Carolina. photo by Sgt. 1st Class Keith Warzon friends on the road, but their supporters are increasing by the minute, as witnessed by their growing fan base on their Facebook page. Bate believes social media is a strong way to gain new followers and keep in contact with the MCG enthusiasts the teams already met. On the units Facebook page, more 1,500 fans track the activities of the MCG and many want to continue following the unit on their travels across the nation. Its incredible to see how well of a job Bate has done with them. He certainly took them and made them a nationally recognized military unit. Im proud of him for what hes been able to do, added McConnell. Bate leaves the MCG in May, returning to Camp Pendletons 1st Marine Division but not before departing Barstow with a message to the Marines hes worked with aboard the base and on the road. Remember, your image to the public is important at all times, Bate stressed. Youre always representing the Corps. HORSES cont. Partnering for a Greener Future WASHINGTON Navy and Marine Corps commands around the globe participated in Earth Day activities throughout the month of April. The Navy carries out numerous pro grams that protect the Earth year-round as we perform our national defense mission, said John Quinn, acting director of the Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division. Earth Day celebrations give us the chance to connect with local communities and inform people about those programs. This years theme, Partnering for a Greener Future, highlighted the Depart ments many successful partnerships with sister military services, government agencies, local schools, non-governmental organiza tions, and the public. Some examples include: Commander Navy Region Southeast is the federal co-lead for both the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic Regional Planning Bodies of the National Ocean Council, which was established under the National Ocean Policy (NOP). At the national level, the NOP provides a high level interagency forum where policy issues can be discussed. At the regional level, the NOP provides the Navy and Marine Corps an avenue for proactively engaging in marine spatial planning with our federal, state, local, and tribal partners. As part of its long-term environmental planning efforts, the Navy has been working with the National Marine Fisheries Service environmental impacts of military training and testing activities conducted in operation The Navy continues to fund millions in research and collaborate with academic institutions to study the ecology of marine mammals and to minimize the potential ef fects of Navy training and testing activities on the marine ecosystem. The Navy is working with government agencies, industry, and local communities to determine how to support renewable energy projects, such as wind projects, while minimizing training impacts. AT YOUR SERVICE THE WIRE | PAGE 14 ON T HE DECKFrom Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division Public Affairs IN T HE FIGHT No horsing around at Barstow Marine baseBARSTOW, Calif. Coming from an ur ban background and having never dealt with horses before, one Marine accepted the daily responsibilities of training, caring for, and showcasing steeds and raised the bar while doing so. Gunnery Sgt. Mike Bate, the staff nonCorps Logistics Base Barstows Mounted Color Guard, will soon be leaving the equestrian unit to continue his duties as a leader elsewhere; but not before taking his color guard to a nationally recognized image of the Corps. Bate came to the MCG after he deployed to Iraq three times as an infantry unit leader with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. Following his last deployment with the unit, Bate received orders to MCLB Bar stows MCG as a cool-down tour. The or ing sent to a nondeployable unit, and the second, working with horses? But the Marine gunnery sergeant didnt look back or think twice. I was really surprised when I found out I was going to Barstow to be with the Mounted Color Guard. I grew up in a city and never rode horses before; it was kind of shocking, said Bate, a native of Philadelphia. I honestly didnt even know the Marine Corps had a mounted color guard, he added. Bates lack of experience with horses didnt hinder his plans and intentions with the MCG. After spending some time with the bases Headquarters Battalion as the company gunnery sergeant, Bate went to work, training with his predecessor. What he lacked in experience, Bate made up for with enthusiasm. Gunny Bate came in with a lot of plans for the Mounted Color Guard. Hes a people person and was looking to use that to his advantage, explained Pete McConnell, a retired Marine gunnery sergeant and the former SNCOIC of the MCG. He wanted to take the Mounted Color Guard to the next level, he added. The next level is exactly where Bate took the MCG. With approval from the base commander, Bate utilized this western or rustic to showcase his Marines and hors es to the public. To do this, Bate took the MCG on the road for more than half the year he was in charge of them, promoting the unit and the Marine Corps as a whole, by participating in dozens of equestrianbased events throughout the country. I told Gunny Bate he had free reign to do what he felt was needed to get the Ma rine Corps image out there to the public as long as he was on the road, explained of MCLB Barstow. If Bate wasnt on the road, he was getting the horses and Marines ready to be on the road again, Ermer added. Not only has Bate traveled the country to exhibit his Marines-on-horseback but hes also helped by diversifying the unit it self. When I came here, the Mounted Color Guard was for infantrymen who were to go on cool down tours after their deploy ments, he explained. I wanted to bring Marines from a broader spectrum. Right now we have Marines whove worked in corrections, communications, and music, along with an infantryman. Bates work to supplement the MCG didnt stop with new faces though. He also urged outstanding Marines stationed at MCLB Barstow to take up reins as well. Ive been working to get Marines at base who are enthusiastic about riding with us to join in for a few events, he explained. I think it works well as an incentive pro gram; its a good way to reward Marines who have done well, he added. His work with the MCG has been noticed by many, both on and off the base. The to be impressed by Bates work ethic as he continues to promote the Marine Corps only mounted color guard. Its incredible how hes handled the job since hes come on board as the SNCOIC of the Mounted Color Guard, said Ermer. Hes planned so many trips, traveled across the country numerous times, and all with horses and never had any problems. Not only has the MCG been makingBy Cpl. Thomas Bricker Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow see HORSES next page


AROUND THE WORLD THE WIRE | PAGE 16 FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. De fense Finance and Accounting Service recently released a statement warning of email scams targeting military members, military retirees, and civilian employees. According to the statement, the most recent email scam indicates that individuals who are receiving disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs may be able to obtain additional funds from the Internal Revenue Service, but only if they send copies of their income tax information. Scammers have even gone so far as to spoof DFAS email addresses so that the recipients would think it was actually coming the scammer makes it appear that the mes sage is coming from a legitimate source. This is to try to lure the reader into believing its genuine. appear legitimate when theyre not, said Edward Peace, the senior cyberwarfare instructor for the 39th Information Opera tions Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla. In some cases, it looks like its from a legitimate source. To fool people, Peace said, the scam artist may create a server so that the URL is close to that of a legitimate site, for example using .mic instead of .mil at the end of the Web address. People can avoid these scams by closely reading the address from which the email was sent. Though these scam artists have found ways to spoof the DFAS email address, this does not mean that customer accounts were compromised. We have not had an incident that has threatened our security or the accounts of our customers, said Steve Burghardt, a ways on the lookout. And were taking steps to (educate) folks. ing pages on their website to highlight their and law enforcement agencies that can initiate an investigation. this information readily available via myPay, Burghardt said. Thats our biggest concern, he said. As long as you keep your login credentials private and to yourself, then your account is pretty much assured a fairly decent amount of security. But if you give that away or give out that information that people can use to get new credentials ... I can always imperson ate you and say, I lost my login credentials, get me a new one. Besides getting their personal information stolen, people can also fall victim to computer attacks by even opening these emails. For example, if there are HTML attachments or links in the email, they can drop malware on the computer, usually a Trojan horse, Peace said. If this happens, the Trojan will call out to wherever they want it to and start to do series of different things, such as loading more malware on the computer or turn the computer into part of a botnet. In the latter scenario, ones computer is taken over by a hacker, made part of a larger net work and used mostly for nefarious purposes. In order to avoid falling victim to these computer viruses and malware, people using commercial email accounts should imme diately erase these scam emails, Peace said. Service members who receive these types of email on their .mil accounts should immedi ately notify their network administrator. By Tech Sgt. Benjamin Rojek Defense Media Activity DFAS warns service members of scam emails LOS ANGELES Fashion experts in the United States say a growing number of American consumers want domesticallymade clothing. Some designers are trying to meet the demand by bringing much of their manufacturing back to the United States. In Los Angeles, clothing manufacturing is one of the largest industries in the region. For decades, U.S. companies, including many in the textile industry, moved production of their products overseas, where labor and other manufacturing costs were lower. It became commonplace to see labels indithe United States. But that trend appears to be changing. In southern California, more than 150,000 people work in one of the largest clothing manufacturing hubs in the United States. Ilse Metchek is president of the California Fashion Association. She says Americans are demanding more U.S.-made apparel, in part because of the perception that some foreign nations engage in poor labor or trade practices. All that stuff going on about China not adhering to the labor laws, China manipulating its currency. People are very, very conscious; they may not know the details, they hear the noise, she said. Another factor driving demand is the U.S. recession and the high rate of unem ployment. Kathleen Hudak, a local shopper, says she hopes buying domestically made products will help put Americans back to work. Especially with the state of our economy and the state of unemployment. I would like to see my money going towards helping workers in our country, she said. A report by the California Fashion Association says Chinese wages are rising due to a shrinking workforce caused by Chinas One Child policy. Apparel workers are also going into other Chinese industries that offer better wages, hours and working conditions. Lonnie Kane, president of the Karen Kane brand, agrees that economic factors in China are having an effect. China as its living standards are moving up, its wages are moving up, he said. That, plus increased shipping costs and problems with quality, prompted Kane to make more of his garments in the United States. Many designers and retailers agree that making products domestically makes doing business easier. Frank Doroff is vice chair man of Bloomingdales, an upscale retail chain. I look for products that are made in the U.S.A. because of the relationship I can develop with the manufacturer and again the speed I can get it into the stores and then the reassurance that hes right here, the quality will be there, he said. But the California Fashion Association says the United States will never again be one of the leaders in manufacturing appar el, in part because too much machinery and skilled labor was lost when the industry left decades ago. So if China gets too expensive, manufac turing will simply move to lower cost countries such as Bangladesh and Cambodia. seek to satisfy demand By Elizabeth Lee Voice of America News Only at GTMO by Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Keith Simmons MIND, BODY & SPIRIT THE WIRE | PAGE 17 Find your EdenEDENSo now I am older than my mother and father when they had their daughter, now what does that say about me? Lyrics from Montezuma by the Seattle folk band Fleet Foxes bring the heaviness of reality back into the foreground of life. Time seems to slip between the cracks of our daily routines, vanishing as we pay our monthly bills. One day we wake up and wonder if this time and place is right for us. Did the last years culminate in something productive, not just adding zeros human spirit? The stresses of deployment can be sifted like Happy Gilmore was able to do. Happy place. This happy place is your Eden. Its a place where the mere thought relaxes your and allows you to realize that things youre worrying about are far from life-threatening. Find your Eden, which will possibly become something unimaginably real one day. Or maybe it will stay a place in your mind; a daydream that can combat any stressful situation throughout what may be your ALASKA Alaska is part of the United States and is my Eden. I will travel there by any means necessary to exist and potentially coexist. I will grow my hair and my beard, naturally for Greek enlightenment and realistically to combat the Artic conditions. To completely engage in this existential slumber, youll need to explore different avenues of metamorphosis. Why Alaska? What am I in search of? Have the pressures and stresses of our daily routines become so heavy on our minds, bodies, and spirits that we need to retreat to a reservation of peace? Maybe it has nothing to do with being overwhelmed and totally due to a lifelong dream of exploring the openness of our planet. Arctic Alaska is a white beach where Charlie dont surf. William H. Seward purchased it in reasoning but maybe he wanted to drain his bank account and retire to the wilderness. He was 66 years old. Moving past speculation, the Alaskan tundra provides a serene sense of solitude. It would be nice for our minds to dwell there instead of on any shortcomings that get put under a magnifying glass only to murkify the source of the original, miniscule problem. Its not my desire to wait until retirement only to go through the motions of essentially entering hibernation. No, moving to Alaska is not about becoming stagnant and allowing time to become obsolete when there is still much life to be lived. Life is about putting your best foot forward without worrying about the consequences of failing. Its about living with the same attitude the Dude from The Big Lebowski lived with: Just take it easy. I woke up one morning and realized happiness is about chopping wood. Its about cutting down trees. Its about leaving work near the back of the pack in a race toward serenity now. Theres something completely blissful about being able to zone out while successfully completing a job, and I think chopping down trees is everything I need: A workout, a source of income, and plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors and daydream about love. Looking at a map, Alaska is at the top of our country. I want to climb the stairway to the top of our country and when I get there I want to look down at life. I want to get high enough where lifes problems seem like grains of sand in a land of rare shells with their sand for arriving at your Eden. DUDEOne day this beautiful military chapter in our lives will transition into the next. Maybe your Eden will stay the same. Maybe it will bounce back between the Arctic tundra of Alaska and the remote plains of Africa. Keep a tight hold of wherever your Eden is and go there when life begins to become redundant. Always know that there is a place out there for you. It could quite possibly be that Guantanamo Bay is your Eden. If you have the opportunity, try to extend! Wherever your Eden is, be sure to visit it often and dont concern yourself with bringing back souvenirs. Just relax, forget about stress and lets go bowling. Mind Body & SpiritBy Spc. Ryan Hallock


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Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. McDonalds 3797 Mon.-Th. 5 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri-Sat. 5 a.m.-2 a.m. Sun. 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Pizza Hut 77995 Mon.-Th. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 12-9 p.m. Windjammer 77252 Fri. & Sat. 5 p.m. 2 a.m. Windjammer Cafe Mon.-Th. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. 5-10 p.m. Sun. 5-9 p.m. OKellys Irish Pub Mon.-Th. 5-9 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Sun. 5-9 p.m. A manda Seyfried seems likable enough. Shes a talented young actress whos been in supporting roles and is now crossing over into headlining territory. Shes got the smarts, acting chops and the good looks to be an engaging actress in the years to come. In my opinion, to a degree, she resembles a young Michelle Pfeiffer. Having noted these things, Im still trying to understand what Seyfried was doing in Gone. for Ms. Seyfried. Im sure there will be other roles for her to shine in, but in Gone she is wallowing in the mire. scouring a forest outside of Portland, Oregon. She alleges she was abducted a year earlier by a lunatic who brought her to the woods and placed her in a hole in the ground with human remains: dead women, to be exact. After all this time, she believes this woman-killer is still on the loose. Her deepest fear is he will come looking sister Molly (Emily Wickersham, I am Number Four) has moved into Jills house to keep an eye on Jill. Their relationship is a symbiotic one. Jill has a mounting paranoia about a supposed loony on the prowl and Molly is a recovered alcoholic. Together, they keep each other in check. After waitressing late one night, Jill returns home to discover her sister has vanished. Mollys disappearance does not jive as she was studying for a test and all her clothes are accounted for except for the night-time garments she was wearing when Jill last saw her. Frantic, Jill searches for her sister. In Jills mind, there is only one possibility for what happened to Molly: the man who kidnapped Jill a year earlier has returned. Jill believes he kidnapped Molly with the intent of killing her as revenge for Jill escaping from him. Now, I realize the movies are generally tall tales to begin with, but for the lunatic to plan over a year to get back at Jill, the one girl to have gotten away, seems an overly ludicrous conclusion for Jill to arrive at. But I digress. There are the obvious questions about this in? Why wasnt the hole in the woods with the human remains ever discovered? Why havent the police found anything to support Jills claims? What is Jills next move? The partial answer to these questions is somewhat Hitchcockian: Jill previously spent some time in a psyche ward. Oh. This hinders Jills credibility as the victim of a madman. The police doubt he was real at all. What about the hole in ground? What hole in the ground? The police were never able to Gone works on the premise that all cops are stupid, unbelieving and inept at doing their jobs. We are introduced to three of them: Lt. Bozeman (Michael Pare, Leverage) who is authoritative and easily agitated (sounds like my high school study hall teacher) ; Detective Lonsdale (Katherine Moenning, The L Word) who looks about as bored as this movies audience (at least she looks sharp in her leather coat and messy straw-like hair) ; and the sympathetic Detective Peter Hood (Wes Bentley, The Hunger Games) who looks like he belongs in a creepy guy edition of GQ. Given Jills past, the police all believe she is crazy. Jill came in on a Friday with her complaint, but as far as they are concerned it can keep until Monday. Feeling that sister and confront the crazed stalker for once and for all. Hmmm If it wasnt for Amanda Seyfrieds charm and good looks, I could not imagine how anybody could make it through this movie. The dialog is horrendous, the situation is preposterous and there are a lot of wasted opportunities with the story. Heres an example of a wasted opportunity: We know why the police dont believe Jills story. Wouldnt it have been interesting if Jill herself had doubt on her own story? What if she questioned if the events of the previous year had happened at all or if the events only took go there. Here is a chance to keep the audience guessing if the threat is even real or imagined. This is just one of many ideas totally blown. If youre concerned about spoilers, read no further . How about the killer? I couldnt help but wonder about this guy. What motivates him to do what he does? Why didnt the police ever anyone else in Portland think it was just a little weird that all these women disappeared? Was anybody looking for them? Surely you cant have a pile of decaying women in a hole in the woods without someone asking questions about their whereabouts. I also found it hard to believe the killer would be a homeless guy who did his handiwork out in the woodland. How could he have had any income to buy materials for his crimes and rent vehicles? The movie doesnt tell you. This guy has no other purpose than to drive the story. There is absolutely no depth to him and there is no real sense of danger either. Heck, just to have said he was the boogeyman would have been at least something. Gone is completely devoid of any real emotion, plausibility and suspense which are the keystones to any effective thriller. If you were to fall asleep under the stars at either Lyceum and miss a movie completely, this would be the one to sleep through. THE WIRE | PAGE 18 MOVIE REVIEW PG-13 94 min.By Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Ty Bjornson Movie Review


Background and right: Rayvon, a reggae artist who collaborates frequently with Shaggy, posed outside of the Windjammer after sharing the Guantanamo Bay stage with DJ Epps April 21. The artists jumped at the opportunity to perform for the troops, something they love to do. photos by Spc. Ryan Hallock Right: Sgt. Joe Martinez and Cpl. Tim Fowler of the 525th Military Police Battalion worked the grill at the motor pool April 23 during a fundraiser for the upcoming June 30 Army ball. photo by Spc. Ryan Hallock