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Universal ResortGTMOs Information, Tickets, and Military Salute Tickets to GTMO Troopers and retirees. Military Salute tickets are 3-day end of June. If you want to pick up your New zip codetanamos new postal zip code will be APO more information, contact Air Force Maj. Liberty events variety of fun activities for unaccompanied Only at GTMO by Spc. Brian Godette Capt. Richard StoltzCommander, Joint Medical 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 Lt. Col. Sam House: 9927 Operations Officer Army Maj. Alvin Phillips Senior Enlisted Leader Sgt. 1st Class Steven Petibone: 8141 Command Information NCOIC Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr.: 3499The WireSenior Editor Army Sgt. Jonathan Monfiletto Assistant Editor Spc. Raechel Haynes Layout Editor Spc. Cody Campana Copy Editor Army Pfc. Chalon Huston Webmaster Army Sgt. Trisha Pinczes Photojournalists Army Sgt. Ferdinand Thomas Spc. Jessica RandonContact 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: Kittery Galley while taking a tour of Joint Task Force Guantanamo on Feb. 14. The senior enlisted leader of the Navy visited Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on Feb. 14 and 15 and spent time talking to Sailors on both sides, including answering questions at an All Hands gathering. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis Jr. INDEXThe Wire February 22, 2013Movie review: Zero Dark Thirty SHARP training Mardi Gras MCPON visit Trooper Focus Surf and Turf Dodgeball tournamentThe 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 6 8 10 12 15 16 NEWS FROM THE BAY Outdoor recreation Zero paintball course is now open Saturdays from 4:30p.m. to 8p.m. and Sundays from Marina is open from 6a.m. to 8p.m. MonA new way to bowl Early in my professional career, I was ener dential treatment facility for emotionally in my neck. Fortunately, I I obviously made mistakes, ultimately I survived my professional baptism troubled teens. inner peace. always easy. For many of us at JTF GTMO, unique aspects to our All of us make mistakes. Its a pleasure and pain. Maybe our parents were abusive, No matter what, all of us at JTF GTMO have the ers we can be honest with. get honest with ourselves.


The greatest manhunt in history was expounded through the greatest medium in the world film. Ive come to the realization that to explain a successful synopsis, in most cases its not what you say, but how you say it. Its not the words you pitch, but how dramatically you pitch it. And its not the story you tell, but how you tell it. Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) tells a story to which we all know the ending, but how she tells it puts Zero Dark Thirty in a nomination for Best Picture in the 85th Academy Awards. Since the successful award-winning outcome of the 2008 film The Hurt Locker, Bigelow reunites with Oscarwinning writer-producer Mark Boal to tell the story in a chronological format of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terror ist leader Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks. The film also portrays Osamas death at the hands of the NAVY SEAL Team 6 in May 2011. The film immediately gets your attention with an interrogation scene set in a black site back in 2003 in which Maya (Jessica Chastain, Lawless), a young Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer, takes part. A fellow CIA officer, Dan (Jason Clarke, Lawless), leads the interrogation of Ammar a detainee with suspected links to several Saudi terrorists. After taking a break from the interrogation, the young CIA officer, who first comes off as innocent, suggests to Dan that they go back in and interrogate even more. Her urge to go back in without a mask sets off a passion, a yearning and a determination that we see in her throughout the rest of the film. If you lie to me, I hurt you, says Dan to Ammar in a calm but intimidating tone. Ammar doesnt give Dan the information that he wants, so water-boarding follows. In the midst of covering the detainees face with a cloth and pouring water down his mouth until he almost drowns, Maya does her best at stomaching the disturbing act in the hope of getting information. How the film was shot and directed provided a mood similar to The Hurt Locker, and because Zero Dark Thirty showed here at GTMO, Troopers watching the film seemed to relate to it as well. GTMO was referenced a couple of times in the film, which even showed news clips of President Barack Obama addressing his no-torture policy as the time progressed in the film. Being a part of JTF GTMOs missions of conducting safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees, I could also relate to the film and the political changes that were occurring during its chronological format. Zero Dark Thirty was shot similar to a documentary with the heavy use of handheld camera movements and the segments that were displayed by title cards on the screen. Many may have thought the title cards were a bold decision made by Bigelow and Boal, but I thought they were unique and a great tool to keep the audience up to speed on what was going on in the film. Like I said before, many people know the history because we are in tune with the news, but I thought Bigelow and Boal were successful in making this film because it shows us how history unfolded and kept the viewers attention with the sporadic action scenes and wonderful acting performances. Chastain, who already won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role in Zero Dark Thirty, is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress as well. With the help of Bigelows direction, she definitely gives a human feel to the film, as she displayed such a dramatic and heart-felt performance. At the point of the film where the CIA gives its mid-range percent confidence in Osama bin Ladens whereabouts and Maya gives her with-out-a-doubt 95 per cent leaving the other five percent off just to satisfy her counterparts the film goes into act three and introduces Patrick (Joel Edgerton, The Odd Life of Timothy Green) squadron team leader for Navy SEAL Team 6. As the actual hunt for Osama bin Laden begins in the early morning at a large urban compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, we get a sense of why the film is actually called Zero Dark Thirty. Bigelow supports the title as she displays most of the raid sequence in nearly total darkness. The sequence reminded me of the short scene in the movie The Silence of the Lambs when Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is trying to track down serial killer James Buffalo Bill Gumb (Ted Levine) in the dark and random green tinted point of view shots of night vision goggles are shown. Bigelow doesnt really glorify the killing of Osama bin Laden and rather portrays him as sort of a dark figure. She doesnt even reveal his face. Zero Dark Thirty is a must-see. How Bigelow portrayed history is just amazing. I give this film four and a half banana rats. Kathryn Bigelow Jessica Chastain Mark Boal Joel Edgerton Movie Review R 157 min. THE WIRE | PAGE 4 MOVIE REVIEWFEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 5 By Army Staff Sgt. Michael E. Davis Jr. Military Saves Week will be Feb. 25 to March 2 this year throughout the Department of Defense. Designated the last week of February each year, Military Saves Week is a DOD-sponsored program based off of the Consumer Federation of Americas social networking program called America Saves, which focuses on education to improve the financial situations of American households through saving. Saving should be a year around goal. The DODs intent is to highlight and focus attention on saving during this dedicated week, said Walter Barrett, the financial education specialist with the Fleet and Family Support Center. At the command level, the goal is to enlighten, encourage and educate the military community in the various ways to save. This years theme is titled Set a Goal, Make a Plan, Save Automatically. Setting a goal and making a plan are extremely simple tasks, but not many people can say they know how to save automatically. According to Barrett, there is an easy way to save money without ever missing it. Many financial institutions allow you to divide your pay check into differ ent accounts. Take advantage by putting part of your pay into a savings account or other designated account (CD, money market), Barrett said. You can start small and save $20 a week or month, or you can try and save more. Many troopers can save money on their own easily, but the automatic savings plan can make it even easier and help that urge to run to the NEX and spend your petty cash. Saving automatically makes it easier to save because your money is saved with each pay check. You dont have to think about how much to save or take any additional steps, Barrett said. Its tempting to spend money when its readily available. If you dont see the money, you are less likely to miss it. That old Benjamin Franklin saying a penny saved is a penny earned is a great representation of how Troopers with tight budgets can put away a little at a time because every little addition to a savings will eventually add up to your goal. Everyone has the ability to save. America Saves motto is Start Small, Think Big, Barrett said. You can start with only $10 a week or payday. You have to start somewhere. When you get extra income, you can add that money to your account as well. Over time, your deposits will add up. Even small amounts of savings can help you in the future. Saving and making financial manoeuvres can be stressful, but the FFSC can help Troopers and family members regain their financial fortitude with information and education to start saving immediately. The FFSC can provide educational assistance. Primarily this is done on a one-on-one basis by making an appointment or through group presentations, Barrett said. If you would like more information on this, visit www.militarysaves.org or contact Barrett at the Fleet and Family Support Center at x4141. Story by Spc. Cody Campana How to save your money Put a portion of your tax return money into savings. Put birthday or holi day money into sav ings. Hold a garage sale and put that money into savings Buy other than brand name products and put the extra money into savings Save your change and put it into savings


Since basic training, Troopers are taught to Story and photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael E. Davis Jr. Ms Bridget B. Washington (far left) and Dr. Rubin L. Cockrell (far right) stand with students who participated in their two-week, 80 hour Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) class Feb. 5 FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 6 GTMO SHARPens skills


FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 8 THE WIRE | PAGE 9 FEATURE GTMO Gets Down... ... Cajun Style! Bands, and Good Times was the motto for the Mardi Gras celebration that took place Saturday evening at Naval Station Guantanamo Bays Tiki Bar. Helping to bring to life this festive celebration was Beth McKee and her Cajun band treating the audience to lovely sounds of what they like to call swamp roots music. What I call it is swamp roots or Southern roots, and when I say that people look at me like, What does that mean? McKee said while breaking down her genre. Its blues and soul, and theres a little gospel in our sound and a little rock n roll too. McKee, being originally from Mississippi, fell in love with the Cajun sound and the Mardi Gras celebration during the period of time in which she lived in New Orleans. McKee was excited to bring this Cajun culture she fell in love with so much here to GTMO. Technically, Mardi Gras is the last day before Lent, so it represents everybody getting real wild before they drop everything for Lent, McKee said. But its now become more of a season of celebration, and I like to see where everything else is just put aside, so all your stresses and your daily grind is traded for reveling. McKees Cajun band includes a total of five band members, including Juan Perez, Beths husband, who plays the drums, Charles DeChant, who plays the saxophone, Gerald Wilhelm, who plays the bass guitar, and Thomas Calton, on the electric guitar. While the band members collectively create the unique Cajun sounds, Beth adds to the mix while playing both the key board and a little accordion and of course by adding in her fantastic deep yet soulful vocals. We are so excited to be here, McKee said. She explained what her goals were for this performance, together. I hope to bring a little joy and relaxation and fun and get to know everybody and just have a good time, McKee said. Event goers were welcomed with beads and Mardi Gras masks to wear throughout the night, featuring signature Mardi Gras colors of gold, green and purple. The guests were also welcome to purchase a traditional Mardi Gras drink called a hurricane, which is a mixture of three differ ent types of rum and a sugary juice. The hurricane was served in a glass that read Mardi Gras 2013, GTMO, followed by the theme for the night Beads, Bands, and Good Times. The festivities kicked off at 8 p.m. McKee and her band took the stage around 10 p.m. and performed until midnight. The audience was full of cheers, and there was plenty of singing along. Beads bands and good times is a perfect description for this Mardi Gras celebration. Story and Photos by Spc. Jessica Randon


MCPON Mike D. Stevens gives GTMO Sailors words of wisdomNoncommissioned officers are con sidered the backbone of the military. As a result of an ongoing Joint Task Force mission here at Naval Station Guantanamo are symbolized as a strong spinal column that supports the whole human body. Although the spine supports the entire body or NCOs and petty officers supis said that the neck is the most important part. According to military rank structure, it is safe to say that the neck of the backbone corresponds to a senior enlisted leader of a The neck of the Navy, Master Chief Petty his support to fellow master chiefs, senior he toured GTMO from Feb. 14 to 15 giving words of wisdom. Im going to ask you to do three things, Stevens said while speaking to a group of young Sailors who all crowded around him with enthusiasm on their faces. Continue to work hard, stay out of trouble, and be a good and decent person. The MCPON told the Sailors if they abide by those three standards, they will not only be successful in the Navy but will be prosperous in life. I live by this motto, Stevens said. He also encouraged the Troopers to take care of themselves and their shipmates and to continue to reach out to their loved ones at home. Emphasizing more on home for these Sailors, Stevens shared a story with the Sailors about how he didnt call home for four years when was stationed overseas. He mentioned that his father grew concerned and reached out to him through the American Red Cross. The Sailors gave the MCPON their full attention and had questions of their own. Some of the Sailors had basic questions about Navy uniforms, but most of the inquiries were about growth and leadership advancement opportunities. Since most promotions in the Navy require getting high scores on exams, he encouraged all of them to study, study and study some more. You dont want to take the test and say, I dont know man, Stevens said in a joking manner but seriously expressing to the young Sailors how crucial it is to devote time in acquiring knowledge for advancement. The questions the Sailors had on advancement gave Stevens the opportunity to talk about his letters about Zeroing on Excellence. MCPONs Zeroing on Excellence theme focuses on three areas that solidify each Sailors line of operation: developing leaders, good order and discipline and controlling what you own. Stevens believes Zeroing on Excellence is a universal theme all Sailors can apply in their respective positions. He elaborated a little more on his theme aimed at building an environment where the entire Navy gets stronger at the All to hear the concerns of more Sailors. Many of the Sailors, both enlisted and officer, asked the MCPON questions and despite the sun that beamed down on their heads, most of them seemed to enjoy the time he spent with them. It was a nice visit, Senior Chief Michael Woods said. Woods is the J2 non the Sailors who asked an advancement ques tion to the MCPON. After the All Hands, the MCPON took another opportunity to sit and talk with many of the senior enlisted here at GTMO. I actually got to sit with him at dinner, Woods said. He's a very personable guy and easy to talk to. The MCPON was not only easy to talk to, but he also got down on the deck plates, so to speak, with his Sailors in a 5K run the following day. Stevens didnt spend his time here at GTMO in meetings discussing political matters. Instead, he spent it talking to young Sailors and listening to their concerns. What an honor it is to be here, Stevens said. What an honor it is to serve as your is an honor of a lifetime. I truly enjoy these you. I am very, very proud of each and every one of you and your spouses and your family members, for everything that you do for our Navy and for our nation each day. I am thrilled beyond words to tell you what an honor it is to serve alongside of you. Story and photos by Army Staff Sgt. Michael E. Davis Jr. FEATURE THE WIRE | PAGE 11 FEATURETHE WIRE | PAGE 10


Airman 1st ClassTy Brown,B.E.E.F. ElectricianI played high school ball in L.A. and Sacramento. TrooperFocus Story and photos by Army Sgt. Ferdinand Thomas TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 13 TROOPER FOCUS THE WIRE | PAGE 12 Q. How old are you? Q. Where do you get your basketball experience from? I played high school ball in L.A. and Sacra-mento. Q. As the only undefeated team in GTMOs basketball league, what are some challeng-es your team faces? We have three things: defense im-provements, reducing emotional outbursts and remembering our respective roles. Q. What has been the secret to winning all your games this season? I think we have a lot of confidence on our team. A lot of people overlook the importance of team-work and we use that to our advantage. Q. What is your role with the team? I fill in where I fit in and do whatever coach asks of me. I do whatever I can do to help my team win. I definitely try to keep everyone hype though. Q. You ever play any other sports besides basketball? Used to play football in high school too. Q. What are your teams goals? We just wanna bring the champion-ship home and represent for the BEEF.


Bayview Club T o Go Orders........................x75604Thu 5:30-9pm / Fri-Sat 6-9pm / Sun 10am-2pm Mongolian Night Thursdays, 6-9pm Friday Night Seafood Fridays, 6-9pm Prime Rib Dinner Saturdays, 6-9pm Sunday Brunch Sundays, 10am-2pm Chateaubriand Special Chateaubriand Special Fri & Sat Nights ONL Y Dinner for two prepared tableside. A vailable Friday & Saturday nights only Reservation required at least 24-hours in advance. THE WIRE | PAGE 15 FEA TURE One thing a Trooper can really miss on a deployment or at a duty station is a favorite restaurant or a favorite meal. For some, its something they really look for ward to when they return home. Whether its a home-cooked meal or a favorite dish in a nice restaurant, a good meal can make one feel a little bit closer to home. Naval Station Guantanamo Bays galleys featured the popular Surf and Turf meal Sunday afternoon. The galleys occasionally feature favorite meals like Surf and Turf or holiday meals like Thanksgiving. For these meals the galleys go all out to make it great. At Seaside Galley, diners were treated to freshly cooked lobster tails, crab legs, and shrimp cake. That covers the surf, now for the turf. Diners looking for the turf portion of their meal were directed to a window in the dining room where they could order a steak however they wanted it. Side dishes included baked potatoes, fried rice, corn on the cob, seasoned green beans, and sauted onions and mushrooms for the steak. Its really good. I was sur prised, said Lt. Cmdr. Eric Pacheco, Joint itd be nice to kick back in shorts, t-shirt and flip flops, but for a deployment it is still really good. Its nice to be able to enjoy a good meal like this. Surf and Turf meals are not held on a regu lar basis, but are highly anticipated by Troopers. For those who are new to GTMO, it was a nice surprise. It was a great meal, Army Sgt. David Golden of the 128th Military Police Company said. Weve only been here a to be really good. The Surf and Turf meal drew quite a crowd to Seaside Galley, as diners struggled over GTMO, from family members to civilian contractors to Troopers. No diner left any of the four galleys hungry. Portions were generous, and the atmosphere was comfortable. While it may not be a favorite restaurant or a home cooked meal, the Surf and Turf meal at GTMO is one of the most popular meals served here. Story and photos by Spc. Raechel Haynes GTMO galleys serve up Surf & Turf


THE WIRE | PAGE 16 FEA TURE The smallest branch got the biggest win. That is how Coast Guard Petty his teams victory in Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Morale, Welfare and Recreations Presidents Day 9-on-9 Dodgeball Tournament held at the Cooper Field hockey rink Monday night. LBC, a team made up of Coast Guardsmen from the Maritime Security Detachment, beat the Bees, a group of in the finals two times to defeat them overall and take home the trophy. The Bees were undefeated in the double-elimination tournament going into the finals, and LBC had one loss. As a result, LBC had to hand the Bees two losses in order to claim the overall victory. It feels great, Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Huffman said after MWR sented the LBC team members with the trophy. We had a lot of hard work and determination. ... [Having to win twice] was a little tough, but they played well. We had good teamwork. We came back, and we did it. Besides winning the tournament, Huffman said he and his fellow Coast Guardsmen enjoyed being able to com pete against Troopers of other military services. It was a great event, he said. We all work on the water, so its nice to come out and play with the other branches. To earn their way into the championship game, the Bees won every one of their games and took out Ghost Pro to easy, though, as the Bees were close to elimination when they fought their way back. LBC suffered a loss early in the tour nament, but this team too fought its way back, reeling off three wins to face Ghost Pro for the top spot in the losers bracket. LBC got past Ghost Pro to move into facing the Bees for the championship without a break. looked tired as they headed out on the rink to battle it out for the trophy. The game play was tough enough on the players, but it was just as tough on the referees who were trying to stay on top of the action and make the right calls as to who was in and who was out. You cant have eyes everywhere, said Air Force Staff Sgt. Asia Bailey, one of the referees for the tournament. The referees looked on as the players hurled rubber balls at each other in two it was a battle simply to outlast the other team, as the players from each side took turns setting up attacks on each other and then scrambling to gather up balls for another skirmish. In the end, LBC won simply by wear ing down the Bees and doing that twice in a row. LBC claimed the winners trophy, while the Bees grabbed the second-place trophy. hosted a dodgeball tournament since he came on as sports coordinator, but he said it has hosted such tournaments in the past and wanted to put on another one for the long weekend. It gives you something to do, some dodgeball. Well do it again. Though there seemed to be some confusion from players and referees alike as to the rules of the game at the beginning of the tournament, Holbert said everything seemed to run smoothly after that point. there were no issues after that, he said. Overall, things went pretty well.Story and photos by Army Sgt. Jonathan Monletto Members of LBC, a team made up of Coast Guardsmen from the Maritime Security Detachment, prepare to launch an attack against the Bees, a group of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Seabees, during the championship round of the Presidents Day 9-on-9 Dodgeball Tournament, staged at the Cooper Field hockey rink Monday. LBC and the Coast Guard team shines in 9-on-9 dodgeball tourney FEA TURE THE WIRE | PAGE 17 It dont matter if your black or white words sung by Michael about being black and white? Its Black History Month, as most My mother is white and my father is black, which makes me biraidentity. Being surrounded by two totally opposite cultures, morals and beliefs was more than confusing. You know when you take a standardized test in school, you have to identify what ethnicity you are. So, when I was in elementary through middle school, I was always told to mark African Ameri can, being that that was the dominant ethnicity in my genes. At that time, I never thought of it as anything more than something got older and the box selections changed and now added Two or More Races and the high school I attended tended to be more segregated, I realized that I wasnt just black and I wasnt just white. In most cases, even within my own family, I was forced to choose who I was depending on who I was around. Many would call that fake, but for me it was survival. There was no such thing as being Me, and I always felt pressured into be ing what one race wanted me to be out of Sounds silly, right? On many occasions I found myself being called out for dating a white guy in high school, which some of my friends would say was not OK because it was outside half black, so technically I can date either or. Or, one day in my child development class, a group of students and I were discussing my home town, every MLK Day. During this discussion, I was told that my opinion didnt matter because I was not black. Or, in my senior year of high school, we had a school election for the 2008 presidential electio, in my government and economics class. For the election, we had to select a candidate to campaign for. And because I selected to campaign for McCain, I was told I must not like black people. Then, I have the times when even being around uniformed service members, I become categorized as the typical African American. Typical African American. Sketchy to say, right? Well, allow me to explain. When Im in a vehicle listening to the radio and a rap song comes on, Ive been singled out and told that it was known how much I like rap. These individuals just couldnt listen to it, so they were going to have to change the station. For all they knew, I didnt even like the song that was on, and I actually favor all genres. Within my very own family, racism exists. My mothers parents have openly admitted to the fact that if my mother didnt have biracial children, they would have never been forced to get to know the African-American culture and they still would have disapproved of biracial relationships. On many occasions when I was a child, they would make racial comments that offended me, but I was taught to respect my elders so I would never say anything in response. I am not trying to offend anyone by writing this column, nor am I trying to make any accusations. The situations I have spoken of are things that really did occur and ultimately affected how I identify myself. Over time, Ive become less confused with who I am and more annoyed with the fact that I have to explain it to people. When asked what race I am, I say I am biracial, which is never good enough. That response tends to be followed with, Well, what are you mixed with? I respond with, Im half white and half black, which is usually followed by a state of shock, being that most people I meet believe that I am every race except what I actually am. I actively participate in Black History Month every year, not because I think, feel, or act like I am black, but because its a part of my culture. As a matter of fact, my mother and father fought racism and prejudice so that my siblings and I could live a better life. My mother tells stories of when she was pregnant with my oldest brother and how people would not let her into their homes, vehicles, or establishments because they knew she was pregnant by a black man and how many people used to tell her shed be better off aborting the child. In spite of falling victim to the racism of many, my mother and father stood alone in the strength within themselves and gave us all a chance at life. I am not black, and I am not white. I am two or more races and involved. When someone asks what I am, I respond with, I am Whether thats one or two or three different cultures, enjoy them. No matter how people choose to stereotype you, the only thing that can truly represent you is YOU. So, as usual, from me to you, be you, be true, be beautiful. Race is like gender most of the time, people see it and as struggles with his or her gender Stephanie GeorgopulosColumn by Spc. Jessica Randon It Doesnt Matter if Youre Black or White


THE BACK PAGE THE WIRE | PAGE 19 TROOPER T O TROOPER THE WIRE | PAGE 18 PSEC ALERT PROTECT YOUR INFO! New to Joint Task Force Guantanamo? Welcome to Cuba! There are a few things you will need to keep in mind to have a successful tour of duty here. First when making phone calls or using email. Always remember that you are now living and working in a foreign country. This can be a great place to work, so be smart, be safe, be alert and always use OPSEC! Changes come and go, but some things last forever. It was November 1, 2002, and I was seeing time. Coming in for the hard right turn landthings I noticed after I landed this time. They of the vehicles were often missing. In fact, the JDOG, battalion commander had a rather old vehicle, and even the Battalion command 10 years, many things have changed and some have remained the same. In 2002, housing was limited and every available area was used. Tierra Kay housing not much has changed there. The bowling the addition of fast-food restaurants. Patience ery. Yes, much has changed. tent used for teaching the Military Police of The Pirates Cove and closer to the ocean and the beach volleyball courts. Time often GTMO. Not all changes are bad, and here at GTMO there have been some good ones. new boats, recreational events, and the inter net. In 2002, one internet caf was available, mailroom is. The internet then was scarce, access seems to be everywhere. Denich Gym There have been many changes over the last 10 years, many units rotating through old windward run way, and today it is located include hybrids and alternative energy ones. Torres was 1st Sgt. Torres of the 240th MP of the JDG staff. Even with all the changes, service members and the GTMO community.Sgt. First Class William DeMaireTraining Sergeant, th Military Police Co. Some things never changeTrooper to Trooper Bus #1 #2 #3 GTMO 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.Downtown LyceumCamp Bulkeley FRI SAT SUN MON TUE WED THU 23 Call the movie hotline at 4880 or visit the MWR Facebook page for more information. 22 24 25 26 28 27Escape from Planet Earth A Good Day to Die Hard The Last Stand (NEW) Django Unchained (Last showing) Zero Dark Thirty A Good Day to Die Hard Broken City (NEW) The Last Stand (NEW) Mama (NEW) Django Unchained (Last showing) Silver Linings Playbook (Last showing) Mama (NEW) Broken City (NEW) Jack Reacher (Last showing) Zero Dark Thirty Jack Reacher (Last showing) Silver Linings Playbook (Last showing) Identity Thief Downtown LyceumCamp BulkeleyLocation Run #1 Run #2 Run #3 Run #4 Windward Loop/ 0900 1200 1500 1800 East Caravella SBOQ/Marina 0905 1205 1505 1805 NEX 0908 1208 1508 1808 Phillips Park 0914 1214 1514 1814 Cable Beach 0917 1217 1517 1817 NEX 0925 1225 1525 1825 Windward Loop/ 0930 1230 1530 1830 East Caravella SBOQ/Marina 0935 1235 1535 1835 Return to Oce 0940 1240 1540 1840GTMO Beach Bus ScheduleSaturdays and Sundays only SAFE RIDE 84781