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Volume 14, Issue 2 Friday, September 28, 2012


INDEXThe Wire September 28, 2012 Oktoberfest at GTMO Trooper Focus The 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 1,200.5 8 10 12 15 17 18 NEWS FROM THE BAY Capt. W. Andrew DochertyChief Of Staff, JTF Guantanamo Ccommand orner How will you leave your mark at Joint Task Force Guantanamo when you depart? Whether you know it or not, every one of us will in some way leave an endur ing legacy when we board the rotator for might be within the JTF mission space of detention operations, intelligence, or support the personal or professional development of a fellow Trooper, the continuing spirit of volunteerism with the myriad of causes on the base, or the athletic prowess or exemplary sportsmanship you demonstrated during Legacies dont need to involve major facilities changes, game-changing policy shifts, or monu ments erected to preserve your units role for poster more subtle than that, involving incremental improvements to mission effectiveness, efficiency, quality of life, and the fundamental ways that we take have the ability to make an impact in so many different ways that we often lose focus on just how important your Each action you perform and every decision that you make sets an example for someone Our rotational nature means that we are constantly in a state of evolution, getting better at some things and possibly slipping rely on our leaders at every level across the JTF to hold on to the gains and pass on the hard-learned lessons, so we arent forced to re-learn them again when the next rotation els to ensure that JTF-GTMO maintains the legacy of success that has characterized our ability to excel in the execution of our misLike all months, September has been marked with a great deal months, the units and the individuals that we are losing will leave a series of indelible marks across the landscape of our opera across the staff will cre ate a temporary void as seasoned leaders depart and new ones step into the breach to take their place; but in much the same way as is reflected in turnovers across the JTF, the new team will be stepping into an organization forever changed for the better by those who pride, and engaged leadership these departing Troopers demonstrated throughout their tours has markedly improved the culture and result of their actions in the workplace, on liberty, and at scores of command and noncommand sponsored events the JTF is more COMMAND CORNER THE WIRE | PAGE 2 THE WIRE | PAGE 3 JTF GuantanamoCommander Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr. Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. James Lettko Sergeant Major Sgt. Maj. Scott Smith Office of Public Affairs Director Navy Capt. Robert Durand: 9928 Deputy Director Air Force Lt. Col. Laurel Tingley: 9927 Operations Officer Army Capt. Alvin Phillips: 3649 Senior Enlisted Leader Sgt. 1st Class Rick McNamara: 8141The WireSenior Editor Army Sgt. Jonathan Monfiletto Layout Editor Army Pfc. Loren Cook Copy Editor Spc. Vanessa Davila Assistant Editor Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Jeffries Photojournalists Army Staff Sgt. Lewis Hilburn Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Hammond Army Sgt. Brett Perkins Army Sgt. Dani White Spc. Raechel Haynes Webmaster Mass Communication Specialist 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.html Joint Task Force Guantanamo Safe Humane Legal Transparent Cover: From left, Pfc. Roman Gutierrez, Spc. Danny Aoun, and Sgt. Brandan Walker, all of the 525th Military Police BatPhoto by Army Staff Sgt. Lewis Hilburn We all have the ability to make an impact in so many different ways that we often lose focus on just how important your day-to-day input on the little things can be. Each action you perform and every decisoin that you make sets an example for someone else to either emulate or avoid. Dont get eaten alive! rain weve been having has created ideal mosdrain as much standing water as you can, turn over unused containers that can collect water, and do not disturb any mosquito trapdawn and dusk, wear pants and long-sleeved shirts, and use insect repellent containing you experience headaches, body aches, and could depend on it! Safe Ride!Out drinking? Thinking about driving? Think again! Put the keys down! Save your life, the lives Call 84913/84781. Softball tournament! MWR will host a free tournament at those interested in competing should register The Craft (not starring Neve Campbell)Want to learn something new during your time at GTMO? Why not pottery? MWR tery class, why not paint it? MWR has that skills you need to paint your pottery or even airbrush a rad design on your GTMO spe cial! No registration is necessary, but the class Rock the Votevides free expedited ballot delivery and ballot NEX/MWR Customer Appreciation WeekendThis will be a massive celebration of epic proportions as the Naval Exchange teams up with Morale Welfare and Recreation to show their appreciation for the best customers in the world! perform again Saturday at the Windjammer including door prizes, a Humvee pull competition, autograph sessions with celebrity chefs, good food, and prize drawings, includ The martial arts group Sideswipe will per Windjammer later tomorrow evening from Sundays festivities will kick off with the and women who catch the largest snook, bar include a dance competition and multiculFree swimming lessonsMWR will offer free swimming lessons for active-duty service members beginning For more information, call Tony at 84968 Learn to swim!


TROOPER T O TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 4 re: government phones Dont misuse your JTF phone!Hi, Im Gert the IA Buzzard. When I am not out cruising for fresh roadkill from last night, I am out educating the JTF about Information Assurance. Did you see the crime scene smorgas dining, I ran into Clete, and he showed me his new Android phone he picked up from one of ing long distance calls on it. He had taken the SIM Card out of his JTF Phone and put into his personal phone. Exchanging your JTF SIM card and putting it into your personal phone is not just a Telecom violation; its also misappropriation of government equipments and assets. This is all chargeable under UCMJ and federal law. Not only can you be charged, but you can lose your security clearance and have to pay restitution to the government for your personal phone usage. From what I understand there are a lot of people in about us being in the ocean and invading his space, who would have thought? Thats what happens when I have a guest writer! Until next time Like all the other Armed Forces, the U.S. Coast Guard has a distinct set of core values. Honor, respect, and devotion to duty; these are the words we instill in our members since the day they step off the bus for basic training. These words can be interpreted in many different ways. Respect can be seen as your views towards peers, superiors, and the nation we serve, or as the way people view you and the uniform you represent. I believe at one point or another, we have all made a decision or two that we wish we could take back, whether it be in our per sonal life, or job related. This is nothing to be ashamed of we are human after all. It is what you learn from your mistakes that matter. How did you get into that situation? What could you have done to prevent it? How will you use that experience to help out others in the future? These are things you must take away from mistakes, and have the courage to not repeat them. Why courage? There are many different types of courage. It takes courage to go into battle, to face down a determined enemy, no matter the odds. It also takes courage to make the responsible choices in life. To make an unpopular, but correct, decision among your peers, to do the right thing no matter what peoples views of you will be, to have the will to stand up for others who cannot defend themselves, and to look after your crew through the easy and tough times. Far too often we see and hear of our fellow service members making poor decisions that put their careers, families, and sometimes, lives in jeopardy. And when you look back into the decision making process that put them there, almost certainly in every situation things could have been avoided simply by the member having the courage to ask for help, or a co-worker, friend, or supervisor stepping in when they knew someone needed help. Whether it is calling a taxi or friend when youve had too much to drink, seeking help through the many family advocacy programs, or simply asking for assistance through your chain of command, have the courage to look after yourself and your fellow service members. having the strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage. So the next time you ing to judgment of others, or simply doing something stupid, have the fortitude and morale courage to look deep within yourself and make the right decision. As Ambrose Redmoon once stated, Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.Chief Petty Officer Gregory CramerMarine Security Detachment Waterside chief The Right DecisionTrooper to Trooper Fire Prevention Week coming to GTMOFire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 home less, destroyed more than 17,400 structures began on Oct. 8 but continued into, and did most of its damage on, Oct. 9, 1871. The cause of the fire remains undetermined, though many theories and urban legends While the Great Chicago Fire was the two-day stretch, it wasn't the biggest. That distinction goes to the Peshtigo Fire, the 1871, roared through northeast Wisconsin, burning down 16 towns, killing 1,152 peo ple, and scorching 1.2 million acres before it ended. Historical accounts of the fire say that the blaze began when several railroad workclearing land for tracks. Before long, the fastarea like a tornado. It was the small town of Peshtigo, Wis., that suffered the worst damage. Within an hour, the entire town had been destroyed. Those who survived the Chicago and through; both blazes produced countless also changed the way that firefighters and the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should henceforth be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the public informed about memoration grew incrementally over the years. So on Oct. 9, 1911, FMANA sponIn 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention the National Fire Protection Association has for the national commemoration of Fire Prevention Week, honoring the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire and using the event to increase awareness of the dangers of the United States has signed a proclamation pronouncing a national observance on the Sunday-through-Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running week-long safety edu cation campaign for which all presidents since President Coolidge have issued formal proclamations. When President Calvin Coolidge pro4 through Oct. 10, 1925, he noted that in the previous year some 15,000 lives were loss "startling," President Coolidge's proc lamation stated, "this waste results from conditions which justify a sense of shame and horror; for the greater part of it could and ought to be prevented... It is highly desir able that every effort be made to reform the conditions which have made possible so vast Story by Clifford Foley Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Fire Marshal See Fire Prevention on Page 6 FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 5


FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 6 Fire Prevention from Page 5a destruction of the national wealth. Every year since 1957, Fire Prevention Week is observed with a new theme, and this years Fire Prevention theme is Know 2 Ways Out. The U.S., Canada, and all DoD facilities across the globe observe Fire Prevention Week. Remember these factual statistics and safety practices when youre at home: Home Fires In 2010, 85 percent of all fire deaths Escape Planning Develop and practice an escape plan. Have 2 Ways Out from each bedroom and living space. Establish a meeting place. Never go back into a burning building. Smoke Alarms Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. Never disconnect detectors. Test monthly. Replace batteries every six months or when chirping. Every bedroom and level of a home should have a smoke detector. Home Fire Sprinklers Sprinklers are highly effective because smoke produced, allowing people time to evacuate the home. Never tamper with any part of a sprinkler system or close a shutoff valve. Cooking Cooking equipment is the number one Unattended cooking is the leading cause of area, turn off the stove range and move the food to a cooler spot. Keep pot and pan handles out of the reach of children while cooking. Avoid overheating foods, espeis too large to cover, use an ABC dry chemiHeating Heating equipment is the second lead ing cause of all reported home fires and home fire deaths, particularly during the cooler months. Never leave equipment unattended. Keep equipment at least three feet away from any combustible materials such as furniture, draperies, desks and trash cans. Portable space heaters should be UL-listed with an automatic shut-off safety device such as a tip-over switch and a ther mostat. Never use extension cords and plug it directly into a wall outlet. Smoking Materials Smoking is the number one leading while lying down on a bed or recliner when youre tired so you dont fall asleep with a lit smoking device. Always dispose of the cherry or butts in a non-combustible receptacle or ashtray. Ensure the smoking device is extinguished and cooled. Electrical Electrical fires are tied with cooking fires for being the third leading cause of and non-surge protected power taps are for temporary use only. Avoid overload ing these power distribution devices. For permanent use and for protecting certain equipment, use surge suppressors or have lets. Avoid overloading wall outlets and breakers. Equipment should be in good operating condition with no exposed wires. Always follow the manufacturers recommendations. Housekeeping Keep your home clean and avoid being a packrat. Clean dryer lint traps and elec trical stove ranges from grease and food build-up. Candles Keep candles clear from draperies and at least a foot away from all other combus tibles. Candles should be placed on a solid, stable and non-combustible surface. Keep candles, matches and lighters out of reach are battery operated candles. Use a candle warmer in lieu of a lit wick, or simply use a plug-in air freshener. Candles in bachelor quarters are not authorized to be lit. The NAVSTA Guantanamo Bay Fire Department extends its invitation to all base personnel and families to join us to observe Fire Prevention Week 2012. Check out the roller for scheduled safety tips, call 4179 or 4611 or visit the Fire


Rangers have Best Ranger. MPs have Warfighter. Every MP knows Thats how Sgt. 1st Class James Farish Competition, held recently at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and won this year by a team from Joint Task Force Guantanamos very own 525th Military Police Battalion. Farish, the battalion S4 non-commissioned four other Soldiers from the 525th, received a heros welcome on Tuesday afternoon as they set foot back at the ferry landing on the windward side of Guantanamo Bay. The Fort Leonard Wood and bringing home the trophy following the end of the competition. the 525th, fellow 525th Soldiers and even a few family members greeted them with crisp, hearty claps and loud, enthusiastic cheers. The victors emerged from a chartered boat, paraded down the pier and met their welcoming party. and a multitude of well-wishes before boarding a bus decorated for the celebration. The bus, painted green and decorated with the team members names on one side and led a convoy of personal vehicles around GTMO. Each team member was dropped off at his respective housing area before the bus wound up at the 525th headquarters at JTF GTMO. for that matter the victory also represents tory that it was won by a team made up of 31E Soldiers, or internment resettlement spe cialists, Farish said. said, noting the team, like its battalion, is comprised of both active duty Soldiers who are stationed at GTMO and reservists and National Guardsmen who are deployed here. The competitive team included driver Pfc. Roman Gutierrez, from the 314th MP Co., gunner Spc. Danny Aoun, also from the 314th, and team leader Sgt. Brandan Walker, from the 189th MP Co. Pfc. Austin Hunsaker traveled with the team as an alter nate member. Sgt. Luke Klein and Sgt. Nathan Rupprecht also trained with the team but were unable to make the trip because of a lack of funding. said Walker, who made his third appearance me yet. Ive been trying for three years and the 525th among the greatest soldiers of the MP corps, Gutierrez said. he said. Its awesome. Its good stuff. I remember my drill sergeants used to speak Farish called selecting the team the hardtraining started at the beginning of June. he said of the team he helped put together. the best team represented won, the best over Scoring for the four-day competition started as soon as in-processing began at 5 and in-processed, teams were hustled straight to the first competitive event transition mental capabilities of the Soldiers with events that included an oral board for NCOs and a written test for junior enlisted Soldiers, tests of basic Soldier skills including evidence colives tournament and other competitions. During the ruck march was where we really separated ourselves. We passed about He added that the toughest part of the competition was the fact that there was not a schedule of events. Teams were told of events when they were about to happen. During the competition, you never know The team placed first in reflexive fir ing, second in the ruck march, second in basic Soldier skills and second in the combatives tournament, among other honors. Individually, Aoun won the gunners bracket but lost his second. Aoun said he won his bracket despite not tournament. I pretty much beat guys up based off of While other teams begin training for before the event, Farish said the team started its preparation just three months in advance. That put the team at a disadvantage compared to its opponents, but they were put further behind with a lack of resources for their training performing land navigation on the golf course, using a room at Tierra Kay for room clearing, and practicing movement to contact on the paintball course. Marines stationed here offered use of radio and weapons training, while Troopers from the Joint Troop Clinic hosted medical training lanes for the team. Other venues for practice were not as easy to obtain, Farish said. Getting places and areas to train was difWe were big-time underdogs. ... It means a lot to be able to beat teams that have those The teammates even brought their own expertise into training each other Klein taught combatives, Rupprecht assisted with weapons training, Walker brought his experience, and Hunsaker and Auon helped with weight training and nutrition. That expertise helped pave the way to victory. Being the best prepared team heading into the competition was another key to winning, Aoun said. The easy part is the competition. The he said. Its all about the preparation. We The 31 other teams hailed from Army bases in Germany, Italy and South Korea, Leonard Wood, Fort Bliss and Fort Jackson. The 525th team may have had fewer resources than those teams, but Farish said the team earned its victory on character. Those Soldiers had the most heart out there was somebody there to push them. ... The team members are so self-moti vating, Farish said, that working out at the after being announced as the winners of the competition. He also credited the Soldiers camaraderie and closeness for allowing them to train 14 to 15 hours a day, six days a week with no problems. said. We never had any issues. That was Walker agreed, noting the team members spent every meal together and even hung out on their one day off. The team cohesion was by far the best was what made us win. It was a whole team Instead of resting on their laurels, the 525th Soldiers are already looking toward participating in a competition in which they they are nevertheless willing to prove their character again. FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 8 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FEATURE Soldiers from the 525th Military Police Battalion climb out of a chartered boat at the ferry landing Tuesday afternoon after returning to Naval Station


FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 11 THE WIRE | PAGE 10 FEATURE Story and photos by Spc. Raechel Haynes Guests enjoy performances by the Swinging Bavarians. This is the second time theSwinging Bavarians have performed at GTMOs Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest was held Saturday night at the Windjammer Ballroom. A band member plays a solo on the cowbells. Two band members perform a traditional German dance. the Chicken Dance. Bill Schoenfeldt leads the band in an Oktoberfest song. Guests receive a free beer stein with the purchase of a German brew.Most of the people Ive asked about Oktoberfest dont know much about its history. What do you think of when you hear the word Oktoberfest? Beer, bratwurst, and leiderhosen? Believe it or not, it all started with a royal wedding over two centuries ago on October 12, 1810, with the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig I to Princess Therese of SaxonyHildburghausen. The Crown Prince invited the entire city of Munich to celebrate with Oktoberfest was renamed for the princess and still bears the name of Theresienwiese. The original Oktoberfest involved feasting and horse racing, but thats changed over the years. They no longer have horse races and the crowds are much larger, sometimes numbering in the millions. Modern Oktoberfest is almost like a large county fair, including rides and an agricultural show every three years. When most people think of Naval Station Guantanamo, they think of chain link fences, guard towers, and security cameras but Oktoberfest? On Saturday night MWR transformed the Windjammer Ballroom into a German beer hall. GTMOs Morale Welfare and Recreation worked to make their Oktoberfest as close to the modern Oktoberfest as possible. This was a real challenge since the German Oktoberfest traditionally lasts for 17 days. MWR accepted the challenge and managed to squeeze as many Oktoberfest traditions as possible into four hours. We try to celebrate all different cultures and traditions, MWR Marketing Coordinator, Brittany Hanna said. Oktoberfest is celebrated in the States as a large event, so we thought we would bring it to GTMO. GTMOs Oktoberfest included perfor mances by the Swinging Bavarians from Florida, German food, and the main staple of any Oktoberfest, German beer. Oktoberfest is a time to get together and celebrate, MWR Community Activities Director, Steven Prestesater said. Be with friends, be with family. It just happens to be that here in GTMO we celebrate with steins that are free, lots of food, beer, yodeling, and lots of Chicken Dance. The MWR partnered with the Swinging Bavarians to bring real Oktoberfest activities to GTMO. The Swinging Bavarians band is mainly comprised of the Schoenfeldt family and some close friends from the German American Club. The band is led by their Kappellmeister or band leader, Bill Schoenfeldt. Bill started the band 27 years ago, and Oktoberfest is one of their most popular events. With 40 years worth of musical and dancing experience, they brought a great deal of authenticity and enthusiasm to this event. The Swinging Bavarians really get into it and if youve ever been to Germany, and have seen a German band perform, its very similar, said Hanna. Theyll get people [on ence which is really great. Among the activities on Saturday night were costume classes, a yodeling competition, and traditional German dances. By no means have I ever yodeled before or am a practitioner, but it went extremely well, Marine Cpl. Tyler Truesdale shared. I had an outstanding time. It would be awesome if we had something like this every month of the year. This event was not just for a specific set of people. This was an All Hands event, where everyone from deployed servicemembers to families were welcome. While it may seem odd to celebrate Oktoberfest in Cuba, the MWR worked hard to make this an event to remember. Prestesater said that Oktoberfest will be an annual event, and MWR hopes to outdo themselves next year. GTMO Style


TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Sta Sgt. TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 12 He takes in the lights and the cameras as he slowly breathes in. As he breathes out, a woman yells ACTION! A quick breath back in, and on the out he mumbles something to a man across the room. The man across the room yells back at the mystery man. The mystery mans face speaks a thousand words without his lips ever mumbling another word. As a single tear makes its way down mystery mans left cheek, a woman yells CUT! End scene. Those who perform feel best on the stage, in front of the cameras, or strumming their instrument on a corner of West Hollywood, all in the name of being artists. Performance: it is an act very familiar to Coast Guard Seaman Larry McGhee. Performance and not acting because the guy doesnt just act; he began dancing and playing instruments as a young boy, and that evolved into singing, and singing evolved into acting. There will always though. With dancing I had the ability to be able to reach people a lot more, said McGhee. I also started dancing at my church back home, and that within itself took on a whole other meaning and a whole other levelIt became more of a healing kind of thing for other people. After, they would just say I felt so much bet ter. I felt so moved to see you put so much passion and intensity in dancing. Unfortunately the Brad Pitts and Jaime Foxxes of the world only make up a miniscule fraction of the industry and the title of strug gling dancer, singer, or actor just wasnt paying enough of the bills. Joining the military was, more or less, for being able to take care of my family, said McGhee about his decision to join the Coast Guard in 2005. [My mom was] a single parent taking care of both me and my brother. It felt good to be able to help her out, and it also felt extremely good to be able to provide for my daughter. Just because McGhee became a Coast Guardsman doesnt mean that he stopped being an artist. Performance has been running through McGhees veins since he was a child. There have been many highs in his artistic career even if they were also almosts. In 2003, I went to audition for American Idol and I didnt make it. I didnt even make it past the cattle call, said McGhee. I sang for the judges and everything, and they were just all like you know you have a really nice voice, but youre just not what were looking for right now. Even though McGhee didnt make it on Idol, he used the judges comments to better and went about improving his vocals and gaining some of that confidence he knew was missing. McGhee is like an energetic ball of positivity. The bad and the ugly dont seem to make a dent anywhere in him. It cant be easy being a high school student and dancing ballet. I skipped football camp in order to go to dance camp to better myself, said McGhee. Towards the end of dance camp I went back to my school to try to talk to my football coach, and he was just like it was one of the most hurtful things that I had ever heard look, you have two options. You either come out here and play football or go dance and be a faggot. He didnt let the encounter stop him from doing what he loves. Over the years McGhee has gotten close to getting his break. His almost biggest break came a few months ago, before he deployed to Guantanamo Bay. directed by a guy named Quentin Tarantino and starring a pair of actors you might have heard of: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jaime Foxx. Django Unchained would probably have been his BIG break. He earned a featured extra roll, but unfortunately the start date kept getting pushed back and then it was time for McGhee to deploy to GTMO. The same way McGhee didnt let his American Idol experience stop him; he didnt allow this missed opportunity to negatively affect him. When McGhee heads back home to New Orleans he plans on getting right back into the grind. In the meantime he is trying to enjoy his time at GTMO as much as possible. You can always find him at OKellys Wednesday night karaoke sessions. You might also remember him from the GTMOs Got Talent competition not too long ago. He came in second place and who knows what could have been if he hadnt forgotten the words to TrooperFocus Story by Spc. Vanessa Davila Photos by Army Sta Sgt. Lewis Hilburn


quarters a place they can call home. It provides them with so much more than just a plant. When you get done with work, you want to feel like your coming home, Olmo said. For a lot of people this is their second home, and having plants that you can take pride in having grown, helps give you that feeling. Even having the plants around your door can be important to life here on the island. While the nursery is open every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for volunteers wanting to help, the nursery is also open the the public. their families. One of the prime things in GTMO is to keep busy or youll go stir crazy, Lloyd said. The nursery gives everyone an activity to do if they need to get out. Many GTMO residents use the nursery as a place to unwind after a long or stressful workday. A while back there was a translator from the camps, and he used to come here after working a night shift and do some work around the nursery and then just sit and relax in the rocker before he headed off to bed, Lloyd said. He said it was the greatest therapy. Another great aspect of the nursery is the opportunity for volunteers to get to know people that they not have met otherwise. Getting to meet people that work in other areas on base, that are civilians or from different branches, really makes it feel more like a family, said Army Master Sgt. Luis Olmo-Jimenez, a member of Joint Task Force GTMO and volunteer at the nursery. Being on a relatively small island for a long time can often cause a groundhog day effect. Olmo said watching something grow gives you a sense of accomplishment, making every day a new day. When you grow something its almost like when you have a child, Olmo said. You feel that innate sense of responsibility to take care of them. The nursery is helping service members, civilians and contractors make their living The scent of damp earth hangs heavily in the air as insects hum making their way from one leaf to the next. The visitors, volunteers and iguanas all share a labyrinth of paths that lead to every corner of the plant nursery. Relaxing and therapeutic, the nursery at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba displays a variety of vivid colors, scents, and textures that tell of the care and attention it receives from volunteers every week. With old personnel departing and new personnel arriving constantly, the nursery is lucky enough to have a consistent caretaker in Donald Lloyd, the lead volunteer who has donated over eight hours of time at the with leaves everywhere and trees down, Lloyd said. Weve done a lot of work to try and improve this place. Lloyd has nursed many plants back to health that were dying; its incredible to one such plant steadily creeps up, out and around in all directions, as it forms new branches making for a stunning showcase. This plant was only a foot tall and dying when I got here, and now its over seven feet tall, he said. The chance at seeing some thing grow is just incredible. The garden provides an escape and a memorable experience for those at GTMO who battle with being away from home and FEATURETHE WIRE | PAGE 15 Where The Wild Things GrowStory by Army Sgt. Trisha Pinczes Photos by Army Sgt. Dani White


FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 16 Standing tall and looking good is a motto that Troopers abide by, no matter what branch of the military youre in. However, appearance alone doesnt get the job done. Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and Airmen all know that their professional evaluations are pertinent to career advance ment. But do they know what they will need after they finish serving their country? Resums are an essential tool in the civilian world; they can display what a high speed Trooper you were and what skills you have to offer. Soldiers and Sailors took the first step in improving their resum writing skills at a resum building class offered by the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), Sep. 25. Our main goal is to get service members and their families ready, said work and family life specialist, Angel Holland. We get them ready to find a job, start the job search process, start the resum process and just the employment process as a whole. Holland said the class she teaches allows the Troopers and their family members to mit their resum and assured that they have covered all of the aspects stated in the job announcement. Learning how to build your resum is a valuable skill to know. Resums are great marketing tools when leaving active duty and can put you in the right direction toward get ting that job you want. There are three different types of resum formats: a chronological format that lists a chronological review of employment history starting with your most recent job, a func tional format that is organized by skills and functions clusters (employment omitted), and a combination/hybrid/chrono-func tional format that is a combination of the two formats previously mentioned. According to Holland, writing a great tions, experience bracket, and education and training section can increase your chances in This resum class can help me achieve my goals by pretty much [summarizing] my Class Ollie A. Howard. All of the classes that Ive taken that are provided by military medicine are what Im looking to get into when I get out. Howard has gained valuable skills in his are useful in the civilian world. Holland said she believes veterans already leave the military with certain qualities and skills that will also make their resum stand out. If youre a veteran and you write your resum right, you have the ability to show that youve grown professionally, youve moved up and youre able to show that progression through your resum, Holland said. Holland told the Troopers to give their resums some muscle and suggested they use the acronym FAKTSA. She spoke about F ocusing on the objective, being aware of your resums A ppearance, using K eywords, writing down T ransferable Skills and putting in your Accomplishments. Resums are great tools, but they should never stand alone. A resum is only half of what an employer uses to measure his professional opinion about you. A cover letter is A cover letter is a letter written to an employer that provides additional information. It is a way of creating a positive impression regarding your personality, goals and chances of succeeding on the job. Larry Rinehart taught the cover letter portion of the class. Rinehart is also a work and family life specialist at the FFSC. According to Rinehart, a cover letter usually has four the statement, the selection cation tells the employer why you are writing, the statement abilities, the selection states why you are the right person for that particular position, and the request emphasizes what you want your reader to do for you. Its been a while since Ive done a cover letter, so that part of the class was definitely a good help for me, said Army Sgt. Bill Allen with the 525th Military Police Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Company. Allen said he is getting out of the Army and he took the workshop because he needed help improving his resum. He will now have the knowledge to add a cover letter to it. The resum building workshop is offered through the Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP), but Holland said most of the people who take the class are service members. I thought this class was very informative and up to date, Howard said. Im getting ready to get out and turn to a new chapter in my life, so this was a great class for me, and I think that anybody in my situation who is thinking about or is about to get out needs to take this class. FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 17 By Army Staff Sgt. Michael E. Davis Jr. Story and photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael E. Davis Jr. Resum BuildingService members prepare for civilian world


MOVIE REVIEW THE WIRE | PAGE 18 By Army Pfc. Loren Cook Movie Review PG-13 94 min.After two weeks of guest movie reviews, Only at GTMO by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brett Custer BULLETIN BOARD THE WIRE | PAGE 19 GTMO Religious ServicesNAVSTA Main ChapelDaily Catholic Mass Tues.-Fri. 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass Saturday 5 p.m. Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Spanish-language Mass Sunday 4:35 p.m. General Protestant Sunday 11 a.m. Gospel Service Sunday 1 p.m. Christian Fellowship Sunday 6 p.m. Chapel Annexes Protestant Communion Sunday 9:30 a.m. Room B Pentecostal Gospel Sunday 8 a.m. & 5 p.m. Room D LDS Service Sunday 10 a.m. Room A Islamic Service Friday 1 p.m. Room C Protestant Worship Sunday 9 a.m. Bible Study Wednesday 6 p.m.JTF Trooper ChapelFor other services, contact the NAVSTA For more information, contact the JTF Chaplains Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley FRI SAT SUN MON TUE WED THU 29 Call the movie hotline at 4880 or visit the MWR Facebook page for more information. 28 30 1 2 4 3 Step Up Revolution (NEW) Moonrise Kingdom Trouble with the Curve (NEW) Savages Trouble with the Curve (NEW) Savages Step Up Revolution (NEW) Moonrise Kingdom Trouble with the Curve (NEW) Step Up Revolution (NEW) Madeas Witness Protection (Last Showing) Moonrise Kingdom Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (Last Showing) Madeas Witness Protection The Dark Knight Rises Step Up Revolution (NEW) Trouble with the Curve (NEW) The Dark Knight Rises Downtown Lyceum Camp Bulkeley Camp America :00 :20 :40 Gazebo :02 :22 :42 NEX Trailer :03 :23 :43 Camp Delta 2 :06 :26 :46 KB 373 :10 :30 :50 TK 4 :12 :32 :52 JAS :13 :33 :53 TK 3 :14 :34 :54 TK 2 :15 :35 :55 TK 1 :16 :36 :56 West Iguana :18 :38 :58 Windjammer / Gym :21 :41 :01 Gold Hill Galley :24 :44 :04 NEX :26 :46 :16 96 Man Camp :31 :51 :11 NEX :33 :53 :13 Gold Hill Galley :37 :57 :17 Windjammer / Gym :36 :56 :16 West Iguana :39 :59 :19 TK 1 :40 :00 :20 TK 2 :43 :03 :23 TK 3 :45 :05 :25 TK 4 :47 :07 :27 KB 373 :50 :10 :30 Camp Delta 1 :54 :14 :32 IOF :54 :14 :34 NEX Trailer :57 :17 :37 Gazebo :58 :18 :38 Camp America :00 :20 :40 Guantanamo Bay Bus ScheduleAll buses run on the hour, 7 days/week from 5 a.m. 1 a.m. SAFE RIDE84781