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Volume 14, Issue 14 Friday, December 21, 2012


Tradition: the handing down of beliefs, legends, customs, from generation to generation; a long-established or inherited way of thinking or acting. The holidays are all about family and traditions just like the military. We are steeped in traditions that create and identify the culture of each unique service. Just like Troopers in the individual services, the tradition of service to nation is rich in American families. My parents were children of Polish immigrants, so our tradition my family landed in America. My grandfather was an infantryman with the 319th Infantry Regiment, part of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I. My father, who spent 30 years in the Navy, was drafted during World War II and 6, 1983 when I raised my right hand and enlisted in the U.S. Army. As I was contemplating services, I recall my father saying, You dont have to join the Navy just because I was in the Navy. Service to nation is important. We owe it to all Americans to do our part to protect, defend, and improve our Nation. Four years later, my brother Jim conMarine Division in Desert Storm. Today, my son Jake is the latest addition in a long line of similar family stories, as he serves with the 1st Ranger Battalion. It is quite amazing to see four generations of military members so dearly. Then there are the families, over a cenat home supporting their Warriors as they world. As I consider this, I am overwhelmed by the thought that my family tradition is but a tiny piece of the greater whole. We serve with all of those who serve our nation, the millions of men and women before and after us, the multitudes of families doing their part to support us in our quest. Some people dont understand our tradition and ask why, whats the big deal? To that I can only partly explain the raw emotion that wells up inside me when I think of the fact that less than one percent of our great nation has ever raised their hand and sworn to protect and defend it. It brings to mind when I was talking to the mother of a Soldier in my battalion who was killed in combat. As I fought back young man he was. She said, He was doing what he loved with people he was proud to be with, doing what he was supposed to be doing. And she could live with that! Amazing, truly awe-inspiring. I am inspired to walk among the ranks of such great patriots every day of my life. We do this because we believe in our nation, because we are called to serve. Being a Soldier, a Sailor, an Airmen, a Marine, isnt a job its a calling, a calling as divine as any. You were called to be a part of something unique and timeless, a tradition as old as the medieval knights and Roman legions that we draw many of our current traditions from even today. So, no matter what your motivation was to join, today you serve among the very best that our nation has to offer. We are all part of this living and growing tradition of service. Why do you serve? Whats your story? Share your story, your tradition, with your brothers and sisters in arms and with the rest of the nation so they might better appreciate the true meaning of tradition. Birthday ExtravaganzaThe National Guard is celebrating its 376th birthday! The National Guard Birthday Committee is hosting the National Guard Birthday Extravaganza at Phillips Dive Park on Friday. The party starts at 4 p.m. This is a free event for all National Guard personnel. Come out and celebrate 376 years of military history.Motorcycle courseHave you ever wanted to ride a motorcy Station Guantanamo Bay has a solution. Basic Rider Motorcycle Safety Course to all GTMO residents. For more information or to sign up for the course, contact the Safety Lyceum re-openedAfter Hurricane Sandys visit, the Camp Bulkley Lyceum sustained some damage. lyceum is now open for business. Call the movie hotline for current listings at 4880. 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 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 information or to make your reservation, contact Ging at 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. Merry Christmas from the Wire staff Only at GTMO by Spc. Brian Godette Col. John BogdanCommander, joint Detention Group 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: The Navy SecDet team members gather around the trophy they earned for winning the 525th Military Police Battalwas an Ultimate Frisbee tournament with teams playing games in a single elimination format. Photo by Spc. Brian Godette INDEXThe Wire December 21, 2012Movie review: Flight Gold Hill Galley closing Cuban commuters retire Navy SecDet wins Pig Bowl Trooper Focus MWR half marathon Ugly X-Mas Sweater PartyThe 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 9 10 12 15 16 NEWS FROM THE BAY


FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 5 Robert Zemeckis is back on the scene, or rather back behind the camera, and has recently directed another serious and character-driven film since Cast Away. Not taking any seriousness away from A Christmas Carol, Beowulf, and The Polar Express, but the tone of his new movie Flight says it brought out the true filmmaking artist in him as once seen in Forrest Gump. In Zemeckis new actionpacked drama, Academy Award winner Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot who miraculously crash-lands and saves almost every soul on board after a midair malfunction. However, his heroism quickly becomes questioned when alcohol is found in his system from a blood sample and an investigation is established. The synopsis alone is intrigu ing, but there is so much more to the plot of this film. Flight has Zemeckis stamp printed all over it with his Back to the Future quirky comedy and his Forrest Gump dramatic tone of music. However, he does exhibit a different and bit of a dark art in this film Ive never seen him create before that I think like it. The first scene of the film is set in a hotel room revealing a nude female, Katerina Marquez (Nadine Velazquez, War), getting dressed and Whip waking up and answer ing a phone call from his ex-wife. They discuss matters regarding their son, who he hasnt seen in years. Trying to recover from a hangover, Whip and the now half-dressed Katerina, whom we later learn is one of his planes stewardesses, have minimal flirtatious conversation. He then sniffs a line of cocaine to wake up and sober up before he goes to fly SouthJet flight 227. Just as he snorts and lifts his head, the camera jerks back in the same motion and we see Whip looking up facing the camera followed by a loud high beat style of music. The next shot shows him walking with dark sun glasses on, as if everything is fine, before he boards the plane. What a great way to introduce the char acters and show what type of person Whip is. In that scene alone, I thought the light ing and camera composition choices were good. There werent a lot of close-up shots to emphasize the naked female, like most movies do, and the lighting wasnt too bright in attempt to showcase Denzel Washington, the star actor. With the collaboration of John Gatins, the writer, and Zemeckis directing skills, the rest of the film blossomed through the acting and dialogue, allowing you to get per sonal with every single character who had a line, even if you didnt agree with their views. Whether it was Whips other stewardess, Margaret Thomason (Tamara Tunie, Missed Connections), and her religious views and love for her son Trevor, or Ken Evans (Brian Geraghty, Hurt Locker), his co-pilots, frantic moments in the middle of the mid-air plane catastrophe, or even the guy Whip meets in the stairwell who is dying from cancer but just wants to smoke a cigarette with Whip, they all displayed such moving performances where you could relate them to someone you know. John Goodman (The Artist), Whips drug dealer Harling Mays, and Bruce Greenwood (Super 8), Whips friend and union representative Charlie Anderson, were also great supporting actors in the film All of the actors were good, but to me, Denzel takes the spotlight with his amazing performance throughout the film. He has played many roles in many films, but this time he plays the role of a man who has fulfilled his dream of flying airplanes but has a major drinking problem. It wasnt a regular staggering, slurred speech, drunken role either. His acting abilities added to his characters bio of a man who had an addiction, a denial issue and a serious problem. His alcoholism interfered with his affectionate relationship with Nicole (Kelly Reilly, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), a recovering heroin addict who he met in the stairwell with the guy who has cancer, his bonding with his son, Will (Justin Martin, The Soloist), and his career that may end with possible jail time. This film was definitely character driven. I found it funny because Don Cheadle, who played the role of his lawyer, Hugh Lang, and who tried his hardest to keep Whip sober, was the drunken character in Devil in the Blue Dress, the last movie he and Denzel played in together. On top of the great acting, Zemeckis used great shots to tell stories within the actual scenes that were going on. I can tell that his directing has progressed over the years, and I can also tell he put a lot into this film besides the fact that it was three years since he directed his last film. Another sub-plot that I enjoyed about the movie that added to the great shots, plot and character development was the spiritual mes sages that were in it. The contrast between Whips lustful addiction and his miraculous action of saving many lives allowed divine content to be in the film, causing Whip to struggle within himself and to arouse questions in the other characters lives in regard to the catastrophic event. To me, the film has Oscar buzz written all over it from the directors artistry I mentioned earlier. I definitely give Flight four and a half banana rats. Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Steven PetiboneBy Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. Have you ever taken a moment while standing in line at the Gold Hill Galley to see what kind of floor youre standing on? The Gold Hill Galley, also known as the Iggy Cafe, has serviced Sailors, Soldiers, Airman, Marines, and Coast Guardsman for the bet ter part of 40 years with their daily meals and a place to relax after a long duty day. Since 1971, when the Galley was con structed, the red tile floor has seen better days. Starting Wednesday, the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay eatery will commence a complete renovation of its red tile floor. The multi-million-dollar project is funded by Naval Facilities-Southeast Region to renovate and upgrade energy efficiency at both the Leeward and Gold Hill Galleys. The decision to move forward with the renovations was a collaboration between Naval Station commander Navy Capt. John Nettleton, Joint Task Force Guantanmo commander Rear Adm. John W. Smith and JTF deputy commander Army Brig. Gen. James Lettko. The Gold Hill renovation is the last-half of the total project that began with the Leeward Galley, which is now in the final completion stage. The Leeward Galley was selected because of its smaller service area and thus was the test project to ensure that if there were any flaws in the application of the flooring that it would be addressed then. According to Navy Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Clarida, naval station food service officer, the funding for the project is for the sustainment of the quality of life for the military personnel and employees that it serves. For health reasons, we are required to close the galley while repairs are being made, Clarida said. The amount of dust particles and vapors from the epoxy flooring that will get into the air ducts prevents us from keeping the Galley fully operational. So, what kind of flooring will one see while standing in the serving line when the Gold Hill reopens on Jan. 27? The project is subcontracted through the Burns, Roe and DCK Corp. here at Gauantamo Bay, said Mary Alber, J4 assistant site director. They will pour an epoxy type of floor that will be seamless, preventing water damage and repair for approximately 15 to 20 years. You may be asking yourself, what does that blue meal card you hold get you now? Answer: a new place to dine for breakfast, lunch and dinner (no mid-rats) on the Naval Station side. While renovations are under way, meals will be transported from the Leeward Galley to a make-shift dining room in the Windjammer Ballroom. The first 350 bearers of the meal card and a military ID will be served a balanced, nutritious meal consisting of two entrees, potatoes or rice, and choice of two vegetables and a dessert. What you wont find are deli selections or short order items. The days of buffet-style are temporarily over. If youre a non-card holder with cash, Morale, Welfare and Recreation will also augment meals in the Windjammer with a $7.99 buffet-style meal. All meals will be eaten on-site with no carry-outs. Normal business hours will continue to apply for dining times. The project is expected to be finished in the first three weeks, with the last week to ensure that the new flooring is secured and no problems exist. In addition to the new flooring, energyefficient windows and entry doors will also be replaced. The decision to close Gold Hill for Food service management and project personnel at Gold Hill Galley are, from left, Movie Review THE WIRE | PAGE 4 MOVIE REVIEW Gold Hill to close for renovations


FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 6 Warriors, Gladiators, Devil Dogs! Just a few nicknames used to describe those who serve in the Marine Corps, just like those who serve here at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Ensuring that all Troopers are physically fit to meet the needs of the military is a crucial aspect in military life and in maintaining combat readiness. On Friday morning at Cooper Field, Marines gathered alongside a few Airmen, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen to conduct their semi-annual Combat Fitness Test. This is the Combat Fitness Test that the Marine Corps requires us to do, said Marine 1st Sgt. Jonathan Martin, senior enlisted leader of the Marine Corps Security Force Company. It consist of running 880 meters, 97 ammo can lifts, and then 100 yards down and back, all the way from zig zagging in between cones to carrying individuals and then carrying two 30lb ammo cans followed by a grenade toss. Troopers were dressed in combat uniform, minus the blouse and hat, ready to take on the upcoming test with high aspirations. Our goal is for every Marine to be achieving a score of 270 or above out of 300 on the CFT, Martin said. look of readiness, but they are continually trained to be so according to Martin. The Marine Corps requires us to do physical training (PT) five days a week in ing, he said The amount of training and testing done by the Marines not only adds to their physical durability and combat readiness, but it helps when going for promotions as well. For junior Marines, the points add to their eligibility to be promoted and for senior for boards. One by one, each Marine, as well as the other Troopers taking part in the CFT, pushed their bodies to the limit and gutted through each event. The most impressive The event, which started off at 7 a.m., reached its third event around 8 a.m., with clear skies and a brighter coned course was laid out previously, as a walkthrough of the course was detailed to the participating Troopers. Two at a time, Troopers would start on at this point, in the down front leaning rest position. On the signal of go, they popped up and sprinted a distance before dropping and low crawling to another marker where they would then high crawl. Up from that position, they zigged and zagged through cones that led them to a mock fallen Marine, whom they had to drag a distance before inithem back towards the start point to safety. Done, right? Negative. Once safely releasing their fallen comrade, the Troopers pick up two 30-pound ammo cans and sprinted once themselves at a placed grenade that was to be thrown accurately enough into a designated area. While the grenade is in the air, three push-ups are done and the Trooper then zigs his way back to the original starting point in this timed course. HOO-RAH! Story and photos by Spc. Brian Godette Marines sprint their legs off at Fridays Combat Fitness Test. The Combat Fitness Test was held at Cooper Field and was comprised of a variety of events designed to test the strength and stamina of the participants, while focusing on their combat readiness. Marines put their strength to the test during the ammo can lift, another of the combat-oriented tests held during the Combat Fitness Test on Friday at Cooper Field. January, 5 2012 09001100 Register by Jan. 2, 2013 at the Marina Race starts at the parking lot across from the BOQ and ends by Tierra Kay Housing. This is a FREE event, open to riders of all ages FMI, call 2345 This is an individual, time based race that will encompass the entire Ridgeline Trail. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers receive a prize Combat Fitness Test pushes Marine muscle to the limit


FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 8 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FEATURE Harry Henry and Luis LaRosa, the last two Cuban commuter Naval Station Guantanamo Bay employees, were honored during a retirement ceremony Dec. 14. As dawn breaks each morning, these two employees take a cab from Guantanamo City, Cuba and make the hour-long commute to the naval stations Northeast Gate. At the gate, the workers are stopped and checked by the Cuban frontier brigade, after which they pass through a gate beneath a sign that says Republica de Cuba. They then walk across a 50-yard open stretch, divided by a painted white line that demarcates Cuban and American territory. At the second gate, marked U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, U.S. Marines cards for naval station badges. LaRosa is then given the keys to a blue Ford truck and drives approximately eight miles to drop off his co-worker before ending his commute at the Cuban Community Center, where he serves as a maintenance man. They repeat this same process at the conclusion of each day. This is all just routine for us, but some times you feel like you are living in two worlds, Henry said. They are two systems any way you look at it. But we are used to it. Their unique commute is quickly draw ing to an end. The two will cross through the gate one last time Dec. 31. Both men brought their wives and family members to the base for Fridays ceremony, visit the installation. GTMOs commanding officer, Navy Capt. J.R. Nettleton, welcomed the retirees and their families at the event. I would like to take a moment to recognize some of our special guests. First and foremost, to our retirees and their families, you have given so much to this base and are truly part of the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay family, Nettleton said. Your years of dedication and support will always be honored and remembered here. The guest speaker, Cuban-born retired Cmdr. Carlos Del Toro, honored the two in his speech. It is often the case that the first to achieve success is often the one who receives the recognition. Today we honor two differ ent but equally important individuals. The last of a breed a duo of hard-working Cuban commuters venturing day-in and dayout, across no-mans land and through fenced borders to go to work every day, Del Toro said. To Mr. Henry and Mr. LaRosa, your distinguished career is cherished by those of us who have come to know you as peers and friends. We wish you wonderful retirement. Youve earned it. Congratulations. Muchas felicidades. Following Del Toros speech, Nettleton and Navy Capt. Kevin Head, the commanding Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville, presented Henry and LaRosa with the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal and their retirement certificates. Nettleton then presented the walking stick to both men. The passing of the walking stick is a tradition that was started by the commuters in the 1960s, and the walking stick has been passed along to the most senior commuter throughout the years. These men have not only served as gov ernment employees, they have also served as an important conduit for the Special Category Residents, often referred to as 1950s and were permitted to settle on the base. Many of these exiles communicate with their family members who remained in Cuba by passing messages and pictures to Henry and LaRosa, who then deliver it to their family members. Henry began working on the base at the age of 17 and throughout his long and distinguished career held numerous positions to include duplication equipment operator, property supply clerk and stock control clerk on Dec. 31, Mr. Henry will have served a total of 61 years, eight months and one day to the U.S. Government. LaRosa began working on the base in 1957 and held numerous positions to include a bodyworker, plumber, sheet metal worker, maintenance man and most notably as a he will have served 53 years, 10 months and 10 days to the U.S. Government. Retiring is bittersweet, La Rosa said. I have a lot of pieces of my life here. My heart is sad about leaving, but I know it is time. Story by Kelly A. Wirfel Army Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Benton Jr. leaps for a pass and makes the grab over a defender. Naval Station Guantanamo Bays last two Cuban commuters, Harry Henry and Luis LaRosa, cut their cake following a retirement ceremony honoring their nearly 120 years of combined service to the base and U.S. government. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Justin Ailes GTMO says farewell to remaining Cuban workers


THE WIRE | PAGE 10 FEA TURE FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 11 This isnt your grandfathers Frisbee. Its time for Ultimate Frisbee, and the championship trophy is on the line. On Saturday morning, hundreds of Troopers occupied Cooper Field ready to build morale and wage war war of the Frisbee in the 2012 Pig Bowl. This is the Frisbee football competition, and its a tradition for military police organizations to have what we call a Pig Bowl, said Army Sgt. Maj. Michael L. Baker, sergeant major of the 525th Military Police Battalion. For this one, besides the battalion, we reached out to our Navy friends, security forces like the masters-ofarms here, to compete also for the coveted 525 trophy. So this is how it works: Several teams compete in a bracketed tournament with single game eliminations. Each team plays two periods of football-style Frisbee, gaining one point per score in the end zone, a huge team effort seeing as movement with the Frisbee in-hand is limited. The teams battle it out in back-to-back games until the championship game, in which the winner is crowned and takes home the trophy. Excitement can barely describe the feeling on the field at 8 a.m., when the individual companies got into military formation with their representing guidons blowing in the wind in front of them. Baker introduced Army Lt. Col. Darcy L. Overbey, commander of the 525th MP Battalion, who gave the opening remarks. the concession stand opened for speakers carried the already abundant energy, keeping the crowd and players amped. With the field cleared of all teams and opening remarks came over the speakers. It was HHC versus 193rd, and they sprinted onto the field. It was a close game, full of highlight grabs and amazing teamwork. The 193rd Frisbee team fell short to HHC in a nail biter game with a Im feeling pretty good. 193rd has about twice as many people as we (HHC) have, so it feels good to beat them, said Army Master Sgt. Fredrico Kirksey, an HHC team member. We have a small team, but we have good nitely motivate us and push us into the next round. The games continued at intervals of approximately 45 minutes per game. Soldier after Soldier stepped up onto that field, and having fun together. The biggest surprise came when the Navy SecDet team took 189th. The Navy, who appeared for the first time in the 525thMP BN Pig Bowl games, was viewed as that newcomers. This is an invitation that was given to us by Sgt. Maj. Baker, and he invited us out to the Pig Bowl, which you guys do every quarter, and he said we will get that invitation every quarter and were here, said Eduardo Perez, a Navy SecDet team member. Good competition and at the same time were here to have fun with other assisted services, Perez said. Its awesome. These guys are enthusiastic about being out here and being invited to something you guys have had going on for a long time. Its great and builds that relationship on base. The Navy team not only went on to win that game but to advance another round, The championship game became more of a suspenseful build up with HHC versus SecDet. It was on, and the Navy team came out the gate strong, putting up several unanswered Class Benjamin Jaster led much of the offensive charge for the SecDet team. The yellow headband he sported could be seen at the receiving end or the starting point of several Navy touchdowns. The game was looking all Navy going into the half, but a resurgent HHC team came back strong in the second half and brought the game within one point. Unfortunately for HHC, the Navy team collected themselves as well, widening the scoring gap slightly and holding off for the victory and championship title. end, and the Navy SecDet was awarded the 525th MP BN trophy. Baker and Overbey both thanked all participants for what turned out to be a great day of fun, competition, and team The Navy victory is a good way to continue to have the Navy and other forces continue to come out and participate in team building functions, according to Baker.Story and photos by Spc. Brian Godette Pig Bowl heats up friendly competition The Pig Bowl champions, the Navy SecDet, pose for a team photo after a hard fought win. The Navy SecDet team was the only Navy team in the competition


Are we learning together? Are we growing together? As a Trooper working alongside other service members in this joint environment here in Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, who wouldnt want to adhere to such questions? These motivating, encouraging, and stimulating questions are attributed to Spc. Ardell Henderson, a unit supply specialist with the 193rd Military Police Company. His military occupational specialty allows him to supply material items to his company, but his higher calling as an evangelist and teacher allows him to supply spiritual values to whoever wants it. He is Spc. Henderson to some, but Minister Henderson to many others. Ive been preaching and teaching for 11 years, Henderson said. Initially a minister of music, Henderson didnt always think he was called to preach and teach. It wasnt until he and other ministers were watching a T.D. Jakes preaching video and a fellow minister told him that he could see him preaching. We were at a brother hood meeting watching the T.D. Jakes video, and he just looked at me and said, Brother Henderson can you picture yourself doing that? I started laughing, I was like, no I couldnt see myself, Henderson said. That same minister said he saw him beside his wife preaching in a big stadium in front of thousands of people. That big stadium has yet to come, but his preaching and teaching have been delivered throughout his military career. Not taking away from a chaplains duties of ministering to military personnel, Henderson said he had the opportunity to help them spread Gods word to the armed forces community. Ive been very fortunate everywhere Ive gone. Whether overseas, deployed, or state side, Ive been very fortunate to work with a lot of chaplains that have allowed me to do that, Henderson said. Now at GTMO, Henderson has the opportunity to work with Navy Lt. Larry L. Jones, a naval station chaplain, with his mission of spiritually edifying the community. Its always helpful to a pastor and very encouraging to have someone that is very capable of carrying the word of God, under stand the word of God and teach the word of God so that people can receive the mes sage, Jones said. Jones also said he and Henderson are common in regards to having the same enthusiasm and passion to share their belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have a like spirit and the same heart when it comes down to making sure people understand the scriptures and that theyre walking in the fullness of the scriptures and to have him here has been such an enhance ment to not just my life but to our services as well, Jones said. Jones and Hendersons constant smiles give away their spiritual satisfaction and happiness. It is probably the most enjoyable thing Ive ever done in my life, Henderson said, explaining how he feels about teaching and preaching the word of God. Every single time that I get the opportunity to do it, its to do because for me, according to what I believe, its my opportunity to let God func tion and do what he wants to do in me and through me for the people. Even though Henderson is in charge of the choir and loves to sing and play the piano at the Sunday afternoon Gospel service, he has had the opportunity to preach as well. He teaches every Thursday at the chapel annex, room 17 at 6:30 p.m., where he expresses more of his passion and enthusiasm. Just as energetic as a football coach toward his players, or as rigorous as a drill sergeant is toward his new Troopers, Henderson teaches his class with vitality and is full of life. We not only have a different person but a dynamic person, in personality, in energy, in passion, and that all adds to the package of preaching, Jones said. People think its just the word, but the delivery of the word has an impact as well. Are we learning together? Are we grow ing together? Henderson asked in the middle of teaching his Life in the Word Bible Study class. Henderson said he thanks God for allowing him to have a demeanor that allows people to feel comfortable enough to guidance not only in his class but outside as well. They want to come talk to me about their different issues. Some of them ask for prayer, some of them who have never heard me preach or teach or anything, never attended any function that Ive been blessed to lead, will still come with that because, I believe, they under stand that there is something different about me, and according to what I believe, I know thats nothing but the Lord, got nothing to do with Henderson at all, he said. Despite his many years of preaching and teaching, he is very modest but feels ones spiritual development or growth is impor tant. He said he is learning himself every time he preaches and teaches. I think its one of the most instrumental and effective tools that God uses to estab lish some of the most basic principles of himself and his word amongst his people. This enables believers, whether young or old, to live more disciplined, more power ful, more victorious lives than what they may have experienced in the past, so I think its extremely vital and its fun, Henderson said. TrooperFocus TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 13 TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 12 Story and photos by Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. Supply specialist Spc. Ardell Henderson supplies Gods word


FEATURE Up before the sun on Saturday morning, 51 runners took off from the bus stop across from the Navy Exchange with the command of Get ready, get set, go! as part of a half marathon hosted by Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Morale, Welfare and Recreation. The starting line was at the bus stop, the Downtown Lyceum. In between was a 13-mile challenge for 46 men and 5 women that was eventually won by Air Force Lt. Col Elmer Norvell. Before the participants got on their way, MWR Fitness Coordinator Dennis Anthony went over the race course with them. Starting from the bus stop, they would run down Sherman Avenue to Knob Hill, and then from Knob Hill they would go to Kittery Beach Road. From Kittery Beach Road, they would run to Recreation Road, past the Windjammer and the edge of Cooper Field, and then down the road that leads past the Cuban Club to the Downtown Lyceum. Once there, Anthony said, runners would be able to see a race volunteer directing them into the parking lot and toward the finish line. Then youll be home, Anthony said. ing in with an official time of 1 hour, 39 competition. Such is usually the case for the Base Emergency Engineer Force (BEEF) commander dubbed The Marathon Man for his hobby of running marathons and even 100-mile ultra-marathons. I feel great, he said, noting he runs 7 to 15 miles every day depending on his schedule. I do this every morning ... I could run this course again. He said he was shooting to run the 13 miles in one hour, 30 minutes on track for a three-hour marathon but came in just a few minutes above that mark. There were nine people in front of him at the beginning of I never saw anybody after that, Norvell said. Im glad we had aid stations or I wouldve thought I was lost. The longer races are to his advantage, he were eight miles or less and he was getting beaten. However, he said, most people fall off after 10 miles, so once the races got longer, he just started winning them all. Weve got some fast guys here, though, Norvell said, adding a mild temperature that reached just 66 degrees when he crossed the finish line kept the all of the runners refreshed. I am loving this cool weather. Norvell pointed to Anthonys creativity in coming up with the race routes, which Anthony said are made in the week leading up the race just by getting out in car and checking out the roads around GTMO. The goal is always a different route. As a runner, I know it gets boring running the same route all the time, Anthony said, pointing out GTMO hosted four-mile run in March and added a mile each month leading up to Saturdays half marathon. We could just add a mile to the route. That would be easy, but it wouldnt be fun. Aiming for perfection every time, Anthony said it took him and the MWR crew the half marathon. Soon, theyll be setting which is slated for April. While Anthony said one half of one percent of people run marathons meaning about 20 to 25 people for GTMO he people at GTMO always seem willing to try something new. Ive had a lot of people tell me theyre excited about the marathon, he said. There are not very many bases that have a marathon right on the base. Also coming up for MWR-sponsored events are a triathlon in February and a 15-kilometer run in March that will coincide with the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Fla., the countrys largest 15K that serves as the USA 15K Championship. Anthony said he has run the Gate River Run the past 10 years, and now he has been in contact with its directors to get t-shirts, medals and other items for those who par ticipate in the GTMO version. Theyll have us live on the Jumbotron there, and well have them live on the TV here, he said. Well both start at the same time. As far as Saturdays half marathon, there was just one thing wrong with the event that otherwise went off without a hitch, Anthony pointed out. I was just sad this morning that I wasnt out there chasing anybody, he said. As race director, you dont get to run these. On the other hand, Norvell has participated in every race since he arrived at GTMO and he has enjoyed having that recreational opportunity, as have the Airmen he leads. I love it. I think this is great, not just for me but for my guys, he said, noting that one Airman lost 30 pounds by taking advantage of the opportunity to run, work out, and eat right. Thats a testament to what you can do at GTMO if you put your mind to it. THE WIRE | PAGE 15 And theyre off! Runners compete in GTMO MWR half marathon


THE WIRE | PAGE 16 FEA TURE Story and photos by Army Sgt. Trisha PinczesMiles from home, in a land far away, was a night to dress up in sweaters of old. The Ugly Christmas sweaters worn carried on a tradition started in Vancouver, BC Canada Christmas 2002 where the party of all parties is held every year. As it grew even larger throughout the years now over 1,000 people attend the annual night said to be the biggest and boldest eyesore ever wit nessed. Trademarked to the original fathers of the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, here at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on a warm winters night, the tradition carried on. While many could not obtain an ugly Christmas sweater in time, others made sweaters and even polo shirts into perfect abominations with cut out placemats, Christmas ornaments, garlands and even books. With not much else to do on a weekend here, why not make an ugly sweater and wear it to the Windjammer, said Avery Gadberry, the Joint Task Force. We even went as far as to get a large group of us to wear the onesie footie pajamas one weekend; its the little things you do here that keep it fun. While many didnt participate due to an unexplained shortage of ugly Christmas attire here at GTMO, those that did certainly enjoyed themselves, including the winner of the contest Chris Stitt who is visiting his par ents while on leave from Virginia. I had to wear this sweater, he said. Its the ugliest one EVER. First Lt. Christopher Beruty and Capt. Thomasina Scudere, Joint Ugly Christmas Sweaters Abound FEA TURE By Lara M. Tur, Education Services Facilitator, Fleet and Family Support CenterAs we continue to count down the shopping days this holiday season, here are some helpful hints to assist in creating cost-effective strategies from Military Saves. 1. See whats in your supply drawer: You may have more wrapping paper, ribbons, unused cards and gift boxes stored away from last season than you down the amount youll have to buy this season. 2. Understand how layaway programs work: An old holiday standby is store layaway programs, which have re-emerged this holiday season, allow ing consumers to put items on hold at the store and pay for them over time. Before deciding to use layaway, know the payment schedule and read the will fit into your spending plan and what you can really afford. Understand the layaway policy, including time between payments and schedule of payments, service fees, late and cancellation fee policies, and refund and exchange policies. fees compared to several years ago, but those who print. If you get a gift card, use it sooner rather than later to avoid forgetting about unused balances on the card or forgetting about the card altogether. If you still have gift cards you received from others last year, use them to shop this year. Its a smart way to reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. 4. Pay attention to the return policy: Some stores have tighter policies. Pay attention to the return policy when you make a purchase. Keep receipts and note time limits, restocking fees, and other factors that may affect your recipient. 5. Find some lowor no-cost ways to celebrate: Adding a few changes can ease the strain on your spending budget. For example, draw names to limit the number of people for whom you pur chase gifts. Give homemade items. Make your own gift wrap. Organize a potluck rather than try ing to make, and pay for, the entire holiday meal. Additional tools and resources regarding these 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 Often, when one thinks of leadership in the Army, the famous words BE, KNOW, DO come to mind. The Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard all differ for each branch of service, one fact remains true regardless of the branch. Our armed forces strive to continuously display the very essence of leadership in all that we say and do. Troopers utilize the military means to be a leader in our own words. To me, a leader is a person of great IMPACT. A leader of IMPACT has the ability to Inspire Many People to Accomplish Collective Tasks. A true leader is a person of action, so there are two verbs in this acronym IMPACT. is one of the greatest keys to effective leadership. So, how does a good leader inspire? First of all, they must set the example someone who leads from the front and allows his actions to speak louder than (or just as loud as) his words. Secondly, the leader must show a true concern for the well being of Troopers. I often say, People dont care how much you know until they know how much you care. This simply means that being eager to share a wealth of knowledge is of little use if others are not as eager to listen. Theres usually a greater tendency for Troopers to earnestly listen to someone who they feel truly cares about them personally. Something as simple as remembering a birth day or attending a special event can speak volumes. Actions such as these will motivate Troopers through a source of inspiration, not dictation. Always remember that there is a difference between being in charge and leading. The second verb in this acronym is the word Accomplish. In the military, our primary goal is to protect and defend our great country. To accomplish this goal, it is absolutely vital that we maintain a missionfocused mindset. That focus comes from our leaders ability to provide clear direction. Leaders develop plans for the accomplishment of each objective with the under standing that successful execution will require motivated and disciplined troops. In todays military, motivation can be provided when leaders are willing to answer the why questions of their troops. These questions are not an attempt to be disrespectful or challenge authority but rather an attempt to receive a better understanding. Answering questions and addressing concerns will help Troopers realize their level of importance and instill a since of purpose in them. It is that very purpose that will compel them to increase their level of performance and execute the mission with the highest standards of professionalism. Leaders are placed in a privileged position to IMPACT others in a positive manner. We must take full advantage of this opportunity when it comes to our Troopers. The ripple effect will produce a new generation of out standing leaders able to carry our military into the future and ensure that we remain IMPACT will you have as a leader? PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! Complacency... 1. Self-satisfaction, especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies. 2. A feeling of being satisfied with how things are and not wanting to try to make them better. Keep your eyes wide open and your head on a swivel. Fight complacency! Protect sensitive information. Use OPSEC! Theres usually a greater tendency for Troopers to earnestly listen to someone who they feel truly cares about them personally ... Actions such as these will motivate Troopers through a source of inspiration, not dictation. Always remember that there is a difference between being in charge and leading. Master Sgt. Fredrico KirkseyFinancial Management NCOIC HHC, th Military Police Battalion A leader of IMPACTTrooper to Trooper 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 :52 :12 :32 IOF :54 :14 :34 NEX Trailer :57 :17 :37 Gazebo :58 :18 :38 Camp America :00 :20 :40Guantanamo Bay Bus ScheduleAll buses run on the hour, 7 days/week, from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. GTMO Religious Services NAVSTA MAIN CHAPEL Daily 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 2 JTF TROOPER CHAPEL Protestant Worship Sunday 9 a.m. Bible Study Wednesday 6 p.m. SAFE RIDE 84781Downtown LyceumCamp Bulkeley FRI SAT SUN MON TUE WED THU 22 Call the movie hotline at 4880 or visit the MWR Facebook page for more information. 21 23 24 25 27 26Jack Reacher (NEW) (PG-13) 7 p.m. Man with the Iron Fists (NEW) (R) 9 p.m. Lincoln (NEW) (PG13) 7 p.m. Skyfall (PG13) 9:30 p.m. Man with the Iron Fists (NEW) (R) 7 p.m. Fun Size (PG13) 9 p.m. Jack Reacher (NEW) (PG-13) 7 p.m. Lincoln (NEW) (PG13) 9 p.m. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG13) 7 p.m. Cloud Atlas (R) 7 p.m. Wreck It Ralph (PG) 7 p.m. Cloud Atlas (R) 9 p.m. Alex Cross (last showing) (PG13) 7 p.m. Rise of the Guardians (PG) 7 p.m. Flight (R) 9 p.m. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG13) 7 p.m. Alex Cross (last showing) (PG13) 7 p.m. Paranormal Activity 4 (last showing) (R) 7 p.m. Paranormal Activity 4 (last showing) (R) 7 p.m. Flight (R) 7 p.m.Downtown LyceumCamp Bulkeley