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Volume 14, Issue 13 Friday, December 14, 2012


FREE COLLEGE! Sounds like an adver tisement that you would see in the back of the Army or Navy Times. However, here at GTMO, free college is not a gimmick, but it can be a reality if you choose to invest some of your off time. So in this weeks Command Corner, I would like to take the cant fact: It does not take 10 to 15 or even 30 years to get your degree. I started college some 30 years ago while I was still in high school. I had the oppor tunity to attend a summer semester at Penn State between my junior and senior years. Had I been able to come up with the money degree before I entered the Marine Corps, but I believe everything happens for a reason. Over the following years, I have sporadically taken some college courses but was never assigned to a unit or duty station long enough of my excuses), until my last assignment in Hawaii. Dec.15, 2011 was a day I will always remember, as I walked across the stage at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu with a diploma from Hawaii Pacific University in hand, thinking, Why the heck did this take so long to accomplish? The answer was very easy: because I kept making excuses to put with the family, long work hours, any excuse going back to class. As I looked back over ous two years were well worth the end state. So, as I walk around and talk to Troopers of the JTF I am amazed that a number of you are already pursuing a degree. However, what at GTMO to work on your degree? are the typical answers of work schedules and slow as molasses in January internet. So then my follow up question is, Have you gone to the Navy College Office over by the NAVSTA chapel and asked about College Level Examination Program Standardized Subject mal reply to this question goes something like this: I didnt know there was a Navy College Office and what is CLEP and DANTES? This past spoke to Mr. Julio M. Garcia, the director of some GREAT information along to me: College credits can be earned in a nontraditional way, outside the classroom, by Level Examination Program) and DSST exams offered at GTMO. These exams are free of cost to active duty personnel and are administered every month at the National Testing Center located on Chapel Hill, room 10. There are 33 CLEP and 38 DSST exam titles available. With these exams, it would be tion requirements common to an associates and/or bachelors degree nationwide. These requirements include English, math, natu ral sciences, social sciences, humanities and history. There are approximately 3,000 colleges in the United States that accept these exams. Once you take the exam, if you get a passing score, you could be waived from taking the actual college course. This saves time and money. Preparing for a CLEP or DSST exam can seem a little intimidating if youve never experienced earning credit-by-exam before, but there are a lot of study material and practice exams available online through the Petersons DoD/MWR Libraries for service members and study guides that can be checked out at the MWR GTMO Community Library. Education Center information for the Navy College Office at Guantanamo Bay is located in Room 11 of the Chapel Hill complex. Being the sole education center on base, all service branches explore diverse voluntary education opportunities while stationed here. The services offered include academic planning and counseling, career interests testing services and more. Mr. Garcia can be reached at 2227. GTMO can end up paying huge dividends in your quest to obtain your college degree. You just have to seize the opportunities that exist. Lastly and as always, continue to take care of one another and do the right thing even when no one is looking.COMMAND from page 2 Capture the SantaDo you like paintball? How about captureGTMOs MWR is hosting Capture the Santa, Saturday at the Ground Zero paintball course. Players will attempt to capture Santa and p.m. and goes to 8 p.m. Players can sign up for this event at the marina. This event is free of charge and open to all ages. FMI call 2345.Reading bingoWhen was the last time you got a prize for reading a book? Elementary school? The MWR Community Library is hosting the Reading Bingo event to promote reading. The contest is open to adults and teens and runs through March. For more information call 4700 or pick up your reading bingo card at the library today. Start reading and winning prizes. Cooking classThe MWR Liberty program is offer ing a free holiday cooking class at the CBQ kitchen. The class will be held Thursday, Dec. 20 and starts at 4:30 p.m. This class is for unaccompanied service members. A new way to danceWant to learn salsa? Lessons are held every Saturday at the W.T. Sampson Elementary School gymnasium. There is a beginner class from 7 to 8 p.m. and an intermediate class from 8 to 9 p.m. For more information, contact gtmosalsa@yahoo.com or 84093. ReservationsPreparing for parties and events can be very stressful. Wouldnt it be nice to be able to not have to worry about the big stuff? The Bayview and the MWR have you covered. They can provide tables, bounce houses, catering, or DJ equipment. For more infor mation or to make your reservation, contact A new way to bowlWant to liven up your bowling experience? Come out and enjoy all-new Cosmic Bowling, now playing at Marblehead Lanes Bowling Center every Friday and Saturday night from 9 to 11:30 p.m. The scene features new cosmic lights and sound system, and attendees can request music on four new big screens. The $13 cost includes two and a half hours of bowling and a shoe rental. Only at GTMO by Spc. Brian Godette Sgt. Maj. Scott SmithSergeant Major, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Ccommand orner COMMAND CORNER THE WIRE | PAGE 2 THE WIRE | PAGE 3 JTF GuantanamoCommander Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr. Deputy Commander Army Brig. Gen. James Lettko Sergeant Major Marine Sgt. Maj. Scott Smith Office of Public Affairs Director Navy Capt. Robert Durand: 9928 Deputy Director Army Capt. Alvin Phillips: 9927 Senior Enlisted Leader Sgt. 1st Class Steven Petibone: 3383 Command Information NCOIC Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr.: 3499The WireSenior Editor Army Sgt. Jonathan Monfiletto Layout Editor Spc. Raechel Haynes Copy Editor Spc. Brian Godette Assistant Editor/Webmaster Army Sgt. Trisha PinczesContact usEditors Desk: 3651 Commercial: 011-5399-3651 DSN: 660-3651 E-mail: thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/wire.html Joint Task Force Guantanamo Safe Humane Legal Transparent Cover: Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, the new commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) stand tall on the top of Camp VI at Joint Task Force Guantanamo on Dec. 7 while talking with Army Col. John V. Bogdan, the Joint Detention Group commander, not pictured. During his visit to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Kelly toured the detention facilities, housing areas, and other places around both sides of the base. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr.COMMAND on page 3 INDEXThe Wire December 14, 2012Movie review: Here Comes the BoomReading Bingo Army vs. Navy Game General Kelly Visits Trooper Focus Holiday Cantata Hanukkah Cooking ClassThe 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 1,200.4 5 8 10 12 15 16 NEWS FROM THE BAY


Here Comes the Boom, brought the boom! Finally making its way back to the Downtown Lyceum after failing its first pre mier due to technical difficulties, this fun-filled sports comedy definitely brought tear-splashing laughs to the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay community. This lively comical entertainment not only made my abdominal muscles contract from all of the hysterical crack-ups, but it also brought childhood education awareness and inspiration through the big screen. Scott Voss (Kevin James, Zookeeper), former collegiate wrestler and now a 42-yearold high school biology teacher, looks to become a mixed-martial arts (MMA) fighter in an effort to raise money to keep the music class and other extra-curricular activities from being terminated. Scott Voss starts out as a good-for-nothing teacher who cares more about his vacation days than his students. He constantly comes to work late, has numerous debates with Principal Betcher (Greg Germann, Im Not Dead Yet) and allows his students to do whatever they want while he takes a nap. However, all of this slowly changes when he visits the music teacher, Marty Streb (Henry Winkler, Click), and experiences the beautiful sounds of a score played by the students and orchestrated by Streb. Voss is flabber gasted and astounded by Strebs teaching methods and techniques of inspiring the kids, but that still doesnt stop him from imposing a traffic duty job on Streb that was given to him by Principal Betcher. Streb also shares a life-changing event with him, but Voss doesnt have a sympathetic reac tion because his sentimental values left him when the kids stopped playing. Strebs family news doesnt affect him until the faculty has a meeting about budget cutbacks, starting with putting an end to the music program and resulting in Streb getting laid off and not being able to support his recently pregnant wife. Voss sort of feels bad for him, and in an attempt to prove their principal wrong, he takes a stand for Streb and tells Principal Betcher that he and the rest of the of the faculty will raise the $48,000 needed to save the music class and Strebs job. However, since Voss came up with that idea, the other faculty members look to him to come up with the ideas of how to raise the money on his own. The only people who were really on Voss side were Streb and Bella Flores (Salma Hayek, Savages), a fellow colleague who Voss has a crush on. He tries numerous times to win her heart and fails to do so humorously. Other hysterical moments and people in the film include his brother Eric Voss (Gary Valentine, Jack and Jill) and his family of many kids with different personalities and his wife who he often fights with. Gary Valentine happens to be Kevin James brother in real life (if you didnt already know that). Another separate story that adds flavor to the film is Voss second job as a night instruc tor for a citizenship class. Voss previously taught English to a diverse group such as the citizenship class but felt he needed to teach it again to help him raise money to save the school. Voss gets the idea about fighting MMA when he reluctantly offers extra time to help Niko (Bas Rutten, Sinners and Saints), one of his immigrant students, get his citizenship. Rutten happens to be an actual MMA fighter who made a name for himself outside the ring as an actor. Voss arrives at Nikos house in the midst of him watching an MMA fight, and Voss learns that one of the fighters earned $10,000 just for losing. Now with the help of Streb and Niko as one of his trainers, Voss has his mind set on enduring pain and losing fights to help him raise the money. Voss concern grows even more for the kids when Malia (Charice, TV Episode Glee), one of his smartest students, comes to him crying because her father wants her to quit music to work with him in his restaurant. She expresses to Voss that music helps her memorize her schoolwork, and she wouldnt know what to do if she didnt have music in her life. He now realizes music plays a major role in the intellectual development of a child. Voss quickly transforms from a bum to a role model with one punch and body slam at a time when his passion for helping Streb and the kids grows. This is an all around great movie for everyone to enjoy. A lot of people give little credit to comedies (including myself), but this comedy deserves all of the credit it deserves. I expected this movie to be funny from seeing Kevin James act in movies such as Paul Blart: Mall Cop, but I didnt expect to be entertained the way I was. Kevin James, who played a major part in producing and writing the film, successfully helped put this film together. I thought this film was constructed very well from beginning to end and left me with no questions. From a writing and film production standpoint, I know that it is very difficult to have three or four mini stories in one big story and explain them well enough to keep the focus on the main objective. I may have had a few disbeliefs at the end but totally bypassed them because of the way act three made me feel. Here Comes the Boom left me laughing in one scene of the film and had me emotionally connected with an actor in another scene. Sometimes it was the scene right after, allow ing the audience to go for a roller coaster ride while watching the film which I think most films should be like, whether its a comedy, drama, action or suspense. Like I said earlier, this film is really funny and also inspirational to not only kids but adults as well. One of the lessons I took from this film is you always have to go for your dreams, even if you run into a brick wall in the process or a punch in the face like Voss did. The movie also had a couple of Christian values in it that I personally liked. And last but certainly not least, I have to give credit to the director, Frank Coraci, who has only directed eight films but is widely known for directing the classic Water Boy. I always say, There is a thin line between funny and corny, but with Coracis direction and help of the actors I thought most of the lines were authentic. I enjoyed this film so much I think I will buy the Blu ray and watch the special features to learn more about how Kevin James started physically preparing for the role 14 months before filming and losing 70-80 pounds in the process. I give this great film four banana rats! By Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. Movie Review PG-13 105 min. THE WIRE | PAGE 4 MOVIE REVIEWFEA TURE Story by Army Sgt. Trisha PinczesFrom now until March 31, 2013, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation and Amy Roumell, the librarian for Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, are encouraging others with a reading bingo event. Anyone wanting to participate can simply pick up the form at the MWR Community Library and begin reading. At the end of every month, anyone who has brought in their stub for completing a bingo will be entered into a drawing for an MWR gift certificate, Roumell said. In March, anyone who has gotten all four bingos will be entered to win the $100 gift certificate. While many people read different genres of books, the contest includes a little some thing for everyone as well as an opportunity to continue growing. The bingo categories are so varied with categories where you can choose what you want and other categories to help you explore different genres, she said. Even for those people that do read a lot, it helps to expand their reading horizons. Many have different levels of reading, which can discourage many from participating. However, this contest is over an extended period of time and allows for all to be able to meet their goals. It gives everyone a chance to participate, whether they are fast readers or not, Roumell said. Some people can read four books in a month, and others will read four books out of the whole four month period, and neither is wrong. While the library has a summer reading program for children, many have been look ing for something geared towards the adults and teens, she said. Its a way to get people to read, Roumell said. Our summer reading program for kids is really popular, but I have a lot of adults say to me that they want to win prizes and have an organized reading program to. The bingo contest is also a way to spread the word and draw others into the library to find out everything they have to offer. People dont know the number of things that we do have. We have over 22,000 items in the library, she said. We have DVDs, audio books, fiction and non-fiction books, and a childrens collection so that we have something for everyone and every age. While there is no specific way to track how many people are participating in the reading bingo, the library does keep track of how many forms they have gone through. Weve had at least 50 or so people that have already picked up the cards, Roumell said. Now we will see how many we get back at the end of each month. The library is open 365 days a year, includ ing holidays and weekends, in order to be there for people living here no matter if they are foreign nationals, contractors, civilians, or family members, she said. THE WIRE | PAGE 5


FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 6 Since Naval Station Guantanamo Bay is on an island and bordered by water, what better way to celebrate the holiday with a boat? With the holiday season in full swing and Christmas fast approaching, GTMO has already seen a traditional parade, tree light ing and decorating, and a holiday concert, to bring some cheer to the water. That is just what the naval stations Morale, Welfare and Recreation Marina did on Saturday night hosting its annual boat parade as approximately 15 boats of all kinds cruised around Guantanamo Bay while dressed up in lights, trees and other decorations. The parade kicked off shortly after 6 p.m. with a few boats taking off from the marina to meet up with some boats already out on the water. Participants could decorate their own boat or rent a boat from the marina to decorate. They brought out pontoons, speedboats, and even a couple of yachts. The route for the parade was two or three loops around the bay, between the homes of Navy Capt. J.R. Nettleton, naval station commander, and Rear Adm. John Smith, the Joint Task Force Guantanamo commander. its voyage out one end of the bay, turned and went across the water, and then turned around again and crossed in front of the marina. This routine took place a couple of more times before the boats heading back to their landings. An audience of mostly parents with young children looked on from the patio of the marina or ventured out on the docks, perhaps to take a spot on one of the boats still tied down. They kept watching as a couple of the boats drifted back into the marina at the start of the second loop. During the parade, the on-lookers enjoyed some hot cocoa and cookies, and the enjoyment of refreshments continued with those docking and bringing boats back to the marina. Some of the parade watchers trickled out of the marina area as the boats started trickling in. A tree, lights and decorations are already up on Christmas Tree Hill on Sherman Avenue, and the light poles have been decorated for several weeks now, but the boat parade unique to Guantanamo Bay shows GTMO really is in holiday spirit now. A festive pontoon decked out in a Christmas tree and white lights is piloted back to the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Marina after its passengers participated in Naval Station Guantanamo Bays annual holiday boat parade. About 15 boats took part in the celebration on water. watching from the MWR Marina during the annual holiday boat parade. A pontoon covered in wreaths and lights is steered back into the MWR Marina at the end of Naval Station Guantanamo Bays annual holiday boat parade on Saturday night.Deck the boats: Marina hosts parade


FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 8 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FEATURE The time now was 8:30 p.m., and the crowd was full of anticipation to see the next match-up of the mens Army versus Navy the Army and the Troopers in the stands on the faces of the play ers, however, depicted a level of control and a will to win. The atmosphere as Rear Adm. John Smith, commander of Guantanamo, officiated the coin toss and on! West added that the win would provide Class Brian Jeffries said. touchdown. Jeffries. The first half saw an assortment of into the second half. Jeffries, who led Navy Its crunch time. Time to leave it all out I feel its pretty even This rivalry is important. A lot of rich history, and its a tradition. its competition, its all in The closeness of the ated an even more tense and rowdy where the in the second half, it wasnt until the fourth to hold onto a lead. In a reversal of the Victory Army. T nation watched as the Midshipmen in the Commander in Chief tournament, one of the most anticiyear, the Navy Midshipmen pulled out a victory over the attitude towards the military rivalry. The respectful military rivalry Navy was shown here at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on Dec. 6 in no lesser focus a few days prior to the Army and a lot of people are out here. Im ready Recliner seats on the sideline were set up for As the ladies from each respective team met at center field for the coin toss, roars The womens Army and Navy team showed the power of a other scoreless for three quarters a solid offensive a few minutes left in the fourth quarter, the womens Navy team found the six points on the womens Army team had one last fell short despite a tremendous effort. Victory Navy. Story and photos by Spc. Brian Godette


THE WIRE | PAGE 10 FEA TURE FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 11 Forty-one years ago, 1971 to be exact, a young devil dog set foot on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. This Marine private island and then moved on. He was later discharged as a sergeant in 1972 after serving in an infantry company with the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was commissioned in 1976 after graduating from the University of Massachusetts, and his career continued to progress. He returned to the 2nd Marine and weapons platoon commander, company executive officer, assistant operations commander. He would continue to take his career higher by completing military schools such as the U.S. Armys Infantry Officer Advance Course in Fort Benning, Ga., the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the School for Advanced Warfare and the National War College in Washington, D.C. He took on such positions as commander of a rifle and weapons company, head of the offensive tactics section, director of the for the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, commandants liaison officer to the U.S. House of Representatives, special assistant to the supreme allied commander, assistant chief of staff G-3, commanding general and senior military advisor to the Secretary of Defense, just to name a few, all the while moving up to the rank of general. As of Nov. 19, he assumed command of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), relieving Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser. He is now responsible for commanding one direct reporting unit and three task forces to include Joint Task Force Guantanamo. This man is Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, and on Friday, he came back to GTMO to visit the Troopers and to take an in-depth tour guided by JTFs command element. Coming off the airplane, he and his Commander Rear Adm. John Smith Jr. Briefly stopping for group photos with alongside the American flag in the background, the entourage made its way to the Windward Side. Kellys wife, Karen, and other GTMO commanders wives parted ways, taking their own tour around the island. was set up so he could visit his fellow devil dogs at Marine Hill. Without hesitation, Kelly approached the platoon of Marines and Marine 1st. Sgt. Jonathan D. Martin, senior enlisted leader for Marine Corps Security Forces Company, rendered his salute to the four-star general and stepped to the side so Kelly could talk to the Troopers. The general is a busy man, Martin said. So for him to take the time out to talk to the Marines says a lot about his character. Martin emphasized how none of the Marines standing tall in the platoon were lower enlisted. Kelly could relate to them even more, explaining to them that he was once here as a born, Kelly said, making the young Marines feel comfortable. Martin said his Marines loved the time they spent with Kelly. Its not too many times a devil dog gets time to talk to a four-star, Martin said. After Kelly spoke a few words with the Marines, Martin assumed his previous position in front of the platoon and rendered a salute to the general to take over the formation again. Next, the general was given a birds eye view of Camp X-Ray. Smith, alongside Brig. Gen. James C. Lettko, deputy commander of JTF Guantanamo, explained the origins of the camp and its previous purpose in connection with the detainees. Next stop would be the Tierra Kay (TK) housing area to see how one of the rooms looked and to visit some of the Soldiers in the 525th Military Police Battalion. When Kelly approached the TKs, standing afar at the position of attention was Army Cpl. Amanda V. Rajkumar, human resource specialist, and Army Cpl. Francis A. Pallone, information technology specialist. The general was supposed to see a vacant room in the housing area, but he wanted to see a room that a Trooper actually stayed in. Sure, why not, Pallone said after Kelly asked if he would mind showing his room. Pallone said he anticipated the general seeing his room so he made sure his room was clean. On the way there, Kelly held a conversation with Rajkumar. He asked us where were from, about our living conditions around here, if we like it, she said. For the most part, he was asking us about our family. Rajkumar said she told him that she was from New York City, and Kelly was concerned about her familys well being from Hurricane Sandys aftermath. When they all reached Pallones living quarters, Pallone let him in and Kelly held a conversation right in Pallones shared kitchen area. Kelly was impressed about how neat Pallones room and living area was and joked around with Army Sgt. Maj. Eric J. Geressy, SOUTHCOM command senior enlisted advisor, about how their rooms were when they were around Pallones age. I expected him to be stern, Pallone said. He ended up being cool. They were both cool. Both of the corporals were nervous at four-star general before but thought his visit was exciting and were glad their company chose them. After Kelly left Rajkumar and Pallone, he went to visit a couple of more Troopers who live in the Camp America housing area. He wanted to know how we live in Camp America and how our chain of command treats us, said Spc. Anyermar Zapata, Police Company. Zapata also had a chance to meet Kellys wife and she said her concerns were similar to the generals and wanted to know things like how often she gets to speak to her family. Kelly had conversations with another Soldier in the 755th as well Spc. Caleb Velez who is a health care specialist (combat medic). Lunch was next on the itinerary at the Seaside Galley, where Kelly and Geressy ate and talked with Troopers. After lunch, the Joint Detention Group V and VI gave him a tour around the detention facilities, letting him know how the detainees are being treated and what standard of procedures they follow for their stay. And the hospital corpsmen who work for the Joint Medical Group explained to the general how they medically treat the detainees. Kelly received a thorough tour around both camps and got to see how the two function. The rest of his journey consisted of how the rest of GTMO works, to include the Expeditionary Legal Complex. Kelly spoke with a few Troopers and some of the command element wives that were with Karen before he departed to the Leeward Side. Gen. John F. Kelly, the new commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), exits the airplane before setting foot on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Friday. Rear Adm. John Smith Jr., Joint Task Force Guantanamo commander, waits to greet him and show him around the base. Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, the SOUTHCOM in charge before entering the detention facility. Rear Adm. John Smith Jr., Joint Task Force Guantanamo commander, talks with Marine Gen. John F. Kelly while Smith and Army Brig. Gen. James Lettko give the new SOUTHCOM commander a tour of the JTF during his visit to the base. Spc. Caleb Velez shows Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, the SOUTHCOM commander, his room at the Camp America housing area as part of the generals tour of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, the SOUTHCOM commander, talks with Army Cpl. Amanda V. Rajkumer and Army Cpl. Francis A. Pallone. Both Troopers are with the 525th Military Police Battalion. Story and photos by Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. New SOUTHCOM commander Gen. John F. Kelly visits GTMO


Mastering an art or skill can take years of dedicated learning and practice. In this trends fade and people can lose interest. This of the 125th Military Police Battalion of the dedication and discipline and brings it to his life He has a Masters degree in finance for 12 years, and has a black belt in aikido. All these his lap. He worked worked towards his bachelors ing. Once he had earned his degree, he on his Masters degree. He started learning career. their self-discipline. to find space and After checking if he was offered a bigger space he ger class. a disciplined lifeily. Many people in grandfather, and He was born with cerebral palsy and he cant wait to see how his son has progressed in learning to walk. Together they both will TrooperFocus Trooper draws discipline from passion TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 13 TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 12 Spc. Raymundo Figueroa Spc. Raymundo Figueroa demonstrates aikido techniques on Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis. Figueroa is a member of the 125th Military Police Battalion deployed to Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Story by Spc. Raechel Haynes Photos by Army Sgt. Trisha Pinczes


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I was a minuteman at Concord Bridge e shot heard round the world and I was there on Bunker Hill When Old Glory was unfurled And when my country called me From within or from afar Ill be rst to answer Proud to be the Guard Defending freedom protecting dreams is is the spirit of what it means to me For my God and my home that I love I GUARD AMERICA And in the eyes of my enemies Or the eye of a storm I face the dangers as they come In any shape or form I am your sons, your friends, your fathers snd your daughters working hard To be the best and keep us strong Proud to be the Guard Defending freedom protecting dreams is is the spirit of what it means to me For my God and my home that I love I GUARD AMERICA Defending freedom protecting dreams is is the spirit of what it means to me For my God and my home that I love I GUARD AMERICA Guarding AMERICA AMERICA O we go into the wild blue yonder, Climbing high into the sun; Here they come zooming to meet our thunder, At em boys, Give er the gun! (Give er the gun now!) Down we dive, spouting our ame from under, O with one helluva roar! We live in fame or go down in ame. Hey! Nothingll stop the U.S. Air Force! Minds of men fashioned a crate of thunder, Sent it high into the blue; Hands of men blasted the world asunder; How they lived God only knew! (God only knew then!) Souls of men dreaming of skies to conquer Gave us wings, ever to soar! With scouts before And bombers galore. Hey! Nothingll stop the U.S. Air Force! Heres a toast to the host Of those who love the vastness of the sky, To a friend we send a message of his brother men who y. We drink to those who gave their all of old, en down we roar to score the rainbows pot of gold. A toast to the host of men we boast, the U.S. Air Force! Zoom! O we go into the wild sky yonder, Keep the wings level and true; If youd live to be a grey-haired wonder Keep the nose out of the blue! (Out of the blue, boy!) Flying men, guarding the nations border, Well be there, followed by more! In echelon we carry on. Hey! Nothingll stop the U.S. Air Force! e Army Song e National Guard Song e Air Force Song376th National Guard Birthday Extravaganza FEATURE A variety of cultures and denominations came together at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Chapel on Dec. 6 to celebrate the meaning of Christmas through a number of songs and performances. It was the 2012 Holiday Cantata hosted by the naval station Command Religious Program, and it featured groups from the different services hosted by the chapel spreading the holiday spirit by presenting a night of holiday songs. Navy Lt. Tung Tran, a naval station chaplain, started the night off by welcoming the audience, which included Troopers from the naval station and Joint Task Force Guantanamo, civilians, and other community members. We wish you an enjoyable evening, he said, before Cmdr. John Dickens, the naval station command chaplain, delivered the opening prayer. First up for performances was the childrens chapel services choir singing Friendly Christmas night, with some of the young members wearing angel wings and halos and others wearing masks to look like barn animals. Next, Tran led the audience in singing the traditional Christmas song O Come All Ye Faithful. Then, the 1300 Gospel Choir, which included some JTF Troopers, performed an upbeat number called Emmanuel. The group included Army 2nd Lt. Dugan Turnbow on guitar and Spc. Ardell Henderson on piano, with Navy Lt. Fagwenlanida Walker, Spc. Juan Serrano, Spc. Heida Diaz, Army Sgt. Paula Felder, and Army Sgt. LeKensha Wilson providing vocals. Henderson said he enjoyed seeing the Holiday Cantata and also enjoyed being a part of the musical night. It was awesome. It was great to see everybody come together. It was a great per formance, he said, adding that his group had been rehearsing for only the past two weeks. Everybody came together. Weve got a great group of people. Turnbow said he is new to playing at the GTMO worship services, something he does when he is at home, and said he enjoys doing that as well as playing at events such as the Holiday Cantata. It was fun, he said. This is a really good event to try some different things. It gets me back to what Im used to. I really am having fun. Lord Reigns International followed with a rousing interpretive dance to the song You, You are God, and then Pentecostal Gospel Temple performed the hymn Long Time Ago in Bethlehem with accompaniment from guitar and drums. Next, Our Lady of Cobre Choir sang Holy Darkness. After that, Tran once again led the audience in a song, this time Silent Night. Then Hospitalman Melody Smith sang a solo to Salvation is Born with a guitar player backing her up. Next up was Guantanamo Bay Christian Fellowship singing Born that We May Have Life, and then United Jamaican Fellowship performing Christ Came to Earth Born in a Manger with members putting a spin on the rhythm taken from their own culture. The Seventh Day Adventists delivered another cultural touch by performing the African-American spiritual Go Tell It on the Mountain. Tran closed out the evening by leading the audience in Joy to the World. Before he delivered the benediction, Tran reminded the audience that the songs they just heard represent the true meaning of Christmas and the holiday season. And those are the reasons for the season, he said. Those are the reasons for our joy. Following the Holiday Cantata, audience members and performers were invited to the chapels fellowship hall for refreshments. THE WIRE | PAGE 15 Cantata spreads cheer with songs The 1300 Gospel Choir performs Emmanuel during the 2012 Holiday Cantata, which featured a variety of groups performing Christmas songs and was held at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay chapel on Dec. 6. From left are Navy Lt. Fagwenlanida Walker, Spc. Juan Serrano, Spc. Heida Diaz, Army Sgt. Paula Felda and Army Sgt. LaKensha Wilson, and in the back are Army 2nd Lt. Dugan Turnbow on guitar and Spc. Ardell Henderson on piano. Navy Lt. Tung Tran, a naval station chaplain, leads the audience in singing O Come All Ye Faithful during the 2012 Holiday Cantata.


THE WIRE | PAGE 16 FEA TURE Story and photo by Spc. Raechel Haynes In your minds eye, what do you see when you think of a cooking class? Do you see a professional kitchen with a couple of tables and chairs and a live band, like Emeril Lagasse? Or do you see a stainless steel classroom kitchen and aprons? Here at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, things are done a little differently. If you were to walk into the Liberty Programs Hanukkah cooking class, you might think you are in your grandmothers kitchen watching your family prepare a meal together. While it may not be your grandmothers kitchen, it is your extended military family preparing a meal together. The GTMO Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Liberty Program hosted a Hanukkah cooking class Tuesday evening at the Marine Hill Liberty Center. The class was taught by MWR Liberty Program Manager Katie Stanley. Stanley taught participants how to make potato latkes and homemade applesauce. Participants peeled and cut apples, peeled and grated potatoes, chopped onions and fried their own latkes. Latkes are somewhere between a potato pancake and hashbrowns. They can be served with sour cream, applesauce or whatever toppings seem appropriate to the dinner. I happen to know how to make potato latkes, Stanley said. I learned from my mother. She loved making them because we all got to help and it became a family event. The family-like atmosphere became slightly competitive as the participants tried to make the best latkes. In the end, it didnt matter who won as everyone just had a good time. It was a good experience, Army 1st Lt. latkes. It was interesting to learn about the culture. Everything tastes better when you make it yourself. Program has hosted. Stanley said that their Puerto Rican cooking class was nearly full. Next Tuesday, they will host another holiday cooking class where participants will learn how to make a buche de Noel or a Yule log as its commonly called. We are focused on the 12 days of Christmas and didnt want to skip those who celebrate other holidays, Stanley said. We try to bring in awareness of all cultures. We were looking at our calendar, and we had cooking class geared towards Christmas. Why not do one geared towards Hanukkah? Hanukkah is one of the more well known Jewish holidays and latkes are popular Hanukkah fare. The oil in which they are cooked is symbolic of the oil that lit the Second Temple of Israel for eight days. GTMO as a whole may not celebrate Hanukkah for the full eight days, but the Liberty Program provided Troopers a peek into the culture of Hanukkah and a chance to enjoy a family-like atmosphere. The Liberty Program as a whole is geared towards giving unaccompanied service members opportunities to enjoy their time in GTMO. I got to meet some cool people, Army Capt. David Plotke said. I cant wait for the next holiday cooking class. Liberty Progam Manager Katie Stanley, far right, shows participants in Tuesdays Hanukkah cooking Liberty Program is offering to unaccompanied Troopers during the holiday season. From left, Army Capt. David Plotke and Army 1st Lt. David Tu wring the moisture out of the latke mix during Tuesdays cooking class. by the Liberty Program. All the leftovers were sent home with the participants. Liberty class adds a pinch of Hanukkah FEA TURE Making a Budget and Checking it TwiceBy Lara M. Tur, Education Services Facilitator, Fleet and Family Support CenterThe holiday season is here! Military Saves would like to offer helpful ways to keep and avoid the overindulging when it comes to our wallets: 1. Make a budget and a list: Right now, decide how much you can afford to spend and stay within that budget. Staying within budget will be much easier if you make a price list of all gifts and other holiday items you plan to purchase. Even if its a more general rather than detailed list, it will still help you avoid overspending and impulse buys. 2. Check it twice: Make sure your list includes not only gift or gift recipients, but also all the projects and activities that make up your holiday. Its easy to overlook extra expenses for holiday foods, party clothes, holiday dcor and postage. Examine each item and ask your self, Does it earn its place in our celebration? You might discover how much youre doing just out of habit or perceived expectation. 3. Comparison shop: You can easily save more than 10 percent on most items, sometimes considerably more, by comparing prices at different stores. The Internet and smart phones have made comparison shopping that much easier. But when shopping online, shop wisely. Be sure you are purchasing from a secure site and review emailed statements for accuracy as you receive them. 4. Make time your ally: The reason to start sooner rather than later is that when you delay, you pay. At last minute, you have to settle for something, and it might cost more than you wanted or planned to pay. After Christmas is a good time to shop for next years presents. the holidays. Then tuck those gifts away until next season (just dont forget about them!). Another sions, which too often leave you less happy with your purchase. 5. Pay off debts quickly: Youre less likely to overdo it if you pay in cash. If you must make holiday purchases using credit, use a lower-inter union cards) and pay off this debt as soon as possible early next year. Dont borrow more than you can repay in several months. Remember that credit card debt is relativelyexpensive, and if you only make the required minimum monthly payment, you may never pay off the debt.Additional tools and resources regarding these ideas (and other financial tools) can be found at www. militarysaves.org. THE WIRE | PAGE 17


THE BACK PAGE THE WIRE | PAGE 19 TROOPER T O TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 18 Being in the military, we constantly hear about leadership and what it means to our organizations. We also hear a lot about what it takes to be a leader. Often, we are challenged to emulate positive leadership qualities that we see in those we work with or to identify less desirable traits and make conscious efforts to stamp them out. Now, a lot of time, this advice comes to us as encouragement from our senior leader ship, mostly in the form of a pass-down. It is hard, especially for junior members, to know how to integrate these ideals when there exists effective leadership. Experience helps, but leadership does not simply mean being in charge. Rather, it means being accountable. For instance, if all have our particular strengths, and on the we come to rely on each other is what sets us apart, particularly during times of duress. Good leadership doesnt begin with the from supervisor to subordinate. We also know that rank is no guarantee of leadership. So what does good leadership accomplish? Thats simple enough getting the mission done the right way. The harder question to ask is how do we do it, and that means engaging each other. This requires stamina, patience and under standing because what follows will require extra effort on your part at some point in your career. Good leaders go the extra step, and great leaders take the next steps with their members. Active listening. This is one of the ways we engage our fellow Troopers, but where many fall short is asking the question. Personal differences aside, it is a leaders job to be involved in the lives of those we work with and to ask questions so we can hear the answers. Patience. We dont always have the answers, and many problems or situations cant be resolved overnight. Most issues we face arent to do items to be crossed off a list. Instead, the completion of one task is just the beginning of another. Subsequently, part of being patient is humility. A humble leader knows when he does not have the answer but is resolved to find it. This may also mean relying on the council of subordinates. These are the instances that build trust in teamwork. Stamina and sacrifice. This is where devotion to duty comes into play. We have all had to sacrifice per sonal time and energy, sometimes by direc tion of our superiors, but real leaders dont have to be asked. Real leaders dont shy away from the challenge or responsibility, and they do it repeatedly. For instance, a Trooper might strug gle with mastering advancement materials, sion, injury, etc. A good leader might direct a Trooper to a base resource. Great leaders will engage, listen, discuss, and patiently see the thing through to resolution with their fellow Trooper. By doing this, one not only sets the example for those he helps but also others around him. When we are there for others, they will be there for us. This is what keeps us mission ready, sets the standard, and sets us apart. I challenge you to take the next steps and see things through for your fellow Troopers. 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 me and 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 that youve been entrusted with STAYS off the record. Practice rock solid OPSEC! 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