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New MPs for JTF339th takes over authority Festive traditionsMardi Gras, 50th anniversary of pipeline cutting Soldiers earn their spursVolume 16, Issue 3 March 7, 2014New MPs for JTF Festive traditions


Joint Task ForceSafe Humane Legal TransparentGuantanamo /jointtaskforceguantanamo /photos/jtf gtmo /jtf gtmo @jtf gtmo Editor Army Sta Sgt. Carmen Steinbach Copy Editor/ Photo Editor Army Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Graphic Designer/Webmaster Army Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Sta Writers Army Sgt. Christopher Vann Army Sgt. Debra Cook Army Pvt. Kourtney GrimesGuantanamo Bay, Cuba Commercial: 011-5399-3651 DSN: 660-3651 E-mail: StaffHQ Building, Camp America Catholic Mass Mon.-ur. 5:30 p.m. Saturday 5:00 p.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m. Protestant Services General Protestant Sunday 11:00 a.m. Gospel Worship Sunday 1:00 p.m. Camp America :00, :20, :40 Gazebo :01, :21, :41 Camp America NEX :02, :22, :42 Camp Delta :04; :24, :44 Camp 6 :07, :27, :47 TK 4 :13, :33, :53 JAS :14, :34, : 54 TK 3 :15, :35, :55 TK 2 :16, :36, :56 TK 1 :17, :37, :57 CC :19, :39, :59 Windjammer/Gym :22, :42, :02 Gold Hill Galley :24, :44, :04 NEX :26, :46, :06 NEX Laundry :27, :47, :07 C Pool :30, :50, :10 Downtown Lyceum :31, :51, :11 NEX :33, :53, :13 Gold Hill Galley :35, :55, :15 Windjammer/Gym :37, :57, :17 CC :40, :00, :20 TK 1 :41, :01, :21 TK 2 :42, :02, :22 TK 3:43, :03, :23 TK 4 :44, :04, :24 Camp 6:50, :10, :30 Camp Delta :53, :13, :33 HQ Building :55, :15, :35 Camp America NEX :57, :17, :37 Gazebo :58, :18, :38 Camp America :00, :20, :40 Sat. and Sun. only Location #1-4 Windward Loop 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m. East Caravella SBOQ/Marina 9:05 a.m., 12:05 p.m., 3:05 p.m. NEX 9:08 a.m., 12:08 p.m., 3:08 p.m., 6:08 p.m. Phillips Park 9:14 a.m., 12:14 p.m. 3:14 p.m. Cable Beach 9:17 a.m., 12:17 p.m., 3:17 p.m. Windward Loop 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. NEX 9:25 a.m., 12:25 p.m., 3:25 p.m., 6:25 p.m. SBOQ/MARINA 9:35 a.m., 12:35 p.m., 3:35 p.m. Return to Oce 9:40 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 3:40 p.m.Pentecostal Gospel Sunday 8:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m., Room D LDS Service Sunday 10 a.m., Room 19 Islamic Service Friday, 1:15 p.m., Room 2 Seventh Day AdventistFriday, 7:00 p.m., Room 1 Sabbath School: Saturday 9:30 a.m., Room 1 Sabbath Service: Saturday 11:00 a.m., Room 1NEX Express Bus9:55 a.m. 7:55 p.m.Camp America :55, :48 TK 1 :05, :36 Denich Gym/Windjammer :11, :31 Gold Hill Galley :14, :29 NEX :16, :27 Downtown Lyceum :17, :25StaffThe Wire is an authorized publication for members of the Department of the Troopers of JTF-GTMO. The contents of The Wire are not necessarily Guard. The editorial content of this publication is the responsibility of the Joint Task Look for us on your favorite Social Media: Looking to volunteer? Help is needed for the manatee caputure and survey, April 5-10. Orientation is fast approaching, so send an email to for more information. Sign up now for the Adult One Mile Swim, 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 15 at the Marine Hill Pool. Register at either pool locations by next Thursday. Cost is $10, and includes a t-shirt for particpants. New MPs in Detainee Ops 591st relinquishes mission to 339th 10 Star light, star bright Astronomy enthusiasts host telescope party12 AND IN OUR PAGES Around the BayOther StoriesThe JSMART Spot11 12GTMO celebrates Mardi Gras Chaplains Corner15 Bay Wire ReportCartoons and upcoming events 16Do you know what not to show?14Mind, Body & Soul Commander Navy Rear Adm. Richard W. Butler Deputy Commander Army Brig. Gen. Marion Garcia Sergeant Major Marine Sgt. Maj. Juan M. Hidalgo, Jr. Oce of Public Aairs Director Navy Cmdr. John Filostrat Deputy Director Air Force Maj. Christian P. Hodge Command Information Ocer Army 1st Lt. Allison Givens Preseason Softball Tournament Register by 3/12 Coaches meeting 3/13 GTMO Gourmet 15 Protestant Worship Sunday 6:40 a.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m. Sunday 7:00 p.m. 5 Soldiers from around the JTF participate in one of the most iconic and greuling events in military history: the Spur Ride. PAGE 7 THE WIRE of the week SGT David Camberos189th Military Police CompanySPC Alyssa RouseStaff Judge Advocate 2 The Wire March 73


DutyRespect Personal CourageFacebook InstagramTumblr. myspace blocklike tag friend requestinstant messageAlertsBlog searchinghostemailmalware Dont gamble on your privacySocial MediaWidgetswiki troll RSS sharing bookmarking By Capt. Daryl K. Daniels Commander, Joint Medical Group By Senior Master Sgt. Edward Armstrong Task Force Platinum, Psych Tech NCOIC Although Black History Month has just concluded, I still want to take a moment to bring attention to someone who did so much to foster the rights of black Americans more than 100 years before Martin Luther King Jr. Maj. Martin Delany. He was an AfricanAmerican abolitionist, writer, editor, doctor and politician. He was also the first black field officer in the U.S. Army, serving as a major during the Civil War. Delaney was born in Virginia in 1882. Although his father was a slave, his mother was a free woman. Because his mother was free, he took her status under slave law. As a child, attempts were made to enslave him and his sister, but his mother went to court and successfully argued for her familys freedom based on her own free birth. At the time, Virginia prohibited the education of slaves. Delaneys mother moved her family to the free state of Pennsylvania, after she was arrested for teaching her son and daughter to read and write. Delaney kept learning and, at the age of 19, journeyed west to Pittsburgh and became a student of Rev. Lewis Woodson of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. He also began attending Jefferson College where he was taught the classics: Latin and Greek. During the national cholera epidemic in 1833, he apprenticed under Dr. Andrew McDowell, an abolitionist doctor, and then continued to study medicine with the help of other abolitionist doctors in the area. In the early 1840s, he began writing on public issues and began publishing The Mystery, a blackcontrolled newspaper, while maintaining his personal medical practice. In 1850 he applied to several medical institutions to further his education, before being accepted to Harvard Medical School, one of the first three black men to be admitted there. Unfortunately, Delany and his two fellow black students were dismissed within three weeks of their admission because a group of white students wrote to the faculty protesting their presence. Furious, he returned to Pittsburgh. In response to Harriet Beecher Stowes Uncle Toms Cabin, a tale that he believed depicted slaves as too passive, Delaney published Blake or The Huts of America. This was the first novel published by a black man in the United States. Due to the military draft in 1862, Delany began recruiting black men for the Union Army. His efforts encouraged thousands of enlistees throughout multiple northern states, many of whom joined the newly formed United States Colored Troops. In 1863, at the age of 51, Delaney was granted an audience with President Lincoln. He proposed a corps of black men led by black officers. Delany was commissioned as a major a few weeks later, becoming the first black field officer in the U.S. Army, achieving the highest rank an African American would reach during the Civil War. He resigned in 1865, a year after the war ended. Delany lived for another 20 years, dying of tuberculosis. He has been named one of the 100 greatest African Americans, and has two separate memorial markers in the city of Pittsburgh to commemorate his historical importance. Maj. Delaney was a man of many remarkable firsts. Despite challenges, he persevered, never deviating from what he thought was right. I think he would be proud to see how todays military has evolved, from those first units of African-American soldiers that he helped recruit, into the integrated, multi-cultural force of diverse men and women that serve in todays all volunteer force. Dont Gamble on your Privacy Ttrooper to rooper Service & Duty Information Assurance Malware is everywhere! Choose a password that is hard to crack.When I enlisted in the Air Force, our involvement in the first Gulf War had ended. I was interested in seeing the world and saving a little money for college. I never thought Id make the military a career but I am glad I did. When I think about my service, and that of all those who I am serving alongside, one of the most amazing things that springs to mind is since 1973, there has been no draft. Our military is made of volunteers. Everyone who now wears the uniform voluntarily took an oath to support and defend the Constitution. ommandCCorner heroism and selflessness on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. I see young men and women every day who exhibit supreme vestiges of loyalty and duty in service to the nation, who came into the military with a mature resolve to serve and became instilled with a powerful sense of honor and integrity. If they decide to leave the service when their tour is over, they undoubtedly carry this resolve and dedication with them and continue to serve in other capacities with the same fervor they gave to their country. For those who find their service as a lifelong calling or decide to stay because they simply enjoy working side by side with Americas best, it comes with an indelible sense of pride for what they, and we, all stand for. While there are minor variations in the oath for officers, enlisted, and National Guardsmen, the most important phrase common to all is: I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States. This symbol embodies all we hold dear and all that has been given to us. These men and women, as all those who have gone before, have chosen of their own free will to serve and defend the ideals set forth by the founding fathers, often in harms way, voluntarily, so that we may continue to live in peace and prosperity. Over the past 13 years alone, there have been countless acts of You walk into the office, knock on the supervisors door, and immediately shout at him, Im so upset! I was supposed to get a raise and I got passed over. My boss is such a jerk! Or perhaps you are headed to a unit function and upon your arrival you tell your squad members, This is so lame. Why do I have to hang out with these losers again? Chances are a person with such a lack of filter and disre gard for professional decorum would be in some trouble for declarations such as that. So why are we so quick to post very similar status updates that the entire world, including senior leaders and peers, can see? Social networks should be seen as an open room, not a private venue. If you wouldnt declare it loudly in a room full of people, then you shouldnt declare it loudly on your personal network page. The average user relies on the strength of their security settings to feel safe about posting inappropriate comments and material, but when it comes to public forums, nothing is truly safe, especially for Service members.Crime and Punishment Military personnel using social media must still abide by the UCMJ at all times and just as they are still subject to punishment out of uniform. The same is true from behind the keys of a keyboard. Commenting, posting or even linking to material that violates the UCMJ is prohibited. Warriors are encouraged to network, keep correspondence with family members back home and even speak freely about their interests and activities; however there could be severe consequences for individuals that talk negatively about their organizations members or fail to protect its sensitive information. Common Sense Before posting on a social media platform, ask how it portrays you. Would you want everyone to see the comment, declaration or photo? Facebook is not a personal journal, the way YouTube is not a movie cabinet in your living room. Protect your privacy. What not to post Specific unit movement information When a family is going on vacation or leaving the house vacant Gossip Information concerning MIA/KIA prior to release by DoD Photos or posts involving criminal activity Content that could suggest fraternization Posting material that displays a dereliction of dutyWhat are good items to post Pride and support for service, units, specialties and Service members Generalizations about service or duty General status of the location of your unit such as operating in southern Afghanistan. Links to published articles about the unit or Service members Any information already in the public domain For more information on good social media practices, review the DoD policies on social media at Story by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach Editor, 4 The Wire March 75


FRIDAYDOWNTOWN CAMP BULKELEYSATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAYat the Downtown and Camp Bulkeley LyceumsStay classy, GTMO! No ALCOHOL or TOBACCO at the Lyceums!Call the Movie Hotline at ext. 4880 or visit the MWR Facebook page for more information Tradition, teamwork celebrated in cavalry spur rideStory by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Webmaster, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milThe cavalry is one of the most iconic organizations of the United States military. Its image and accomplishments are recognizable, widely known and celebrated. From their black campaign hats, now black Stetsons, to the horses that galloped underneath them to, perhaps most of all, the spurs in that kept the horse going case they grew tired from lengthy rides. Missions and assignments from western expansion all the way to World War II, U.S. cavalry squadrons rode horses to defend and grow our nation. Even prior to the birth of our country, Gen. George Washington distinguished the effectiveness of cavalry troopers, initially known as dragoons, during our colonies fight for freedom against the British. With so much history, modern-day cavalry squadrons, which contemporar ily serve with the armor branch, are rife with tradition. One such tradition is the spur ride. A process that initially started with new cavalry troops having to prove themselves deft atop horses before they were granted the privilege to wear spurs. Hours before the rise of the sun on Saturday, March 1, at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 82 spur candi dates amassed at Phillips Dive Park to carry on the tradition and pride of the United States cavalry with the hopes of wearing spurs by completing a day-long spur ride. Though there is no equine element to a contemporary spur ride, todays troops who partake in the tradition to achieve the privilege of wearing their spurs face a broad spectrum of tasks with varying difficulties. GTMOs spur ride was no different. Overall the Spur Ride consisted of a total of 10 miles, which was broken up into 10 different stations, said 1st Lt. Emory Eludui, Alpha Troop, 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment. Each station was focused on a different Soldier task. Eludui was one of the numerous spur holders of the event. These were Soldiers who previously completed a spur ride. They were easily identified during the event as Soldiers wearing ACU bot toms with a black 3-89th Cavalry t-shirt, a traditional black Stetson hat, and of course, their spurs. Today I was one of the spur hold ers, said Eludui, which means throughout the course of the spur ride I was the one who was providing extra motivation, purpose and direction for all of the candidates coming through. The first station was call for fire, added Eludui, ensuring soldiers knew how to perform the basics for this operation. Other stations included 9-line medevac, movement to contact drills and incorporating some of the unique elements of Cuba. At Windmill Beach they were able to perform rescuing a drowning swimmer and basic first aid, JUMPContinues on page 8 Labor DayPG13, 7 p.m.300: Rise of an Empire (New)*R, 10:15 p.m.Endless Love (New)PG13, 8 p.m.That Awkward MomentR, 10 p.m.Mr. Peabody & Sherman (New)PG, 7 p.m.Vampire Academy PG13, 8 p.m.300: Rise of an Empire* R, 8 p.m.The NUT Job (LS) PG, 8 p.m.Ride Along (LS) PG13, 8 p.m.Endless Love (New) PG13, 8 p.m.That Awkward MomentR, 10 p.m.300 Rise of an Empire (New)* R, 8 p.m.Labor DayPG13, 10:30 p.m.Vampire AcademyPG13, 8 p.m.Ride Along (LS) PG13, 8 p.m.I, FrankensteinPG13, 8 p.m.Lyceum closedNote: Concessions at Camp Bulkeley are also closed every night until further notice.Lyceum closedNote: Concessions at Camp Bulkeley are also closed every night until further notice.D D D D D D DTeeming with high-school humor, That Awkward Moment serves as a decent bromantic com edy for a mature audience. The film begins with a typi cal morning after breakup scene fueled by the ominous question So? asked by Jasons (Zac Efron or that kid from High Schoool Musical) hookup from the night before. This opening scene sheds light on the player mentality in the main character and his unwilling ness to be in a steady relationship. Jason, his soon to be divorced friend Mikey (Michael B. Jordan), and his noncommittal buddy Daniel (Miles Teller), vow to compensate for lost time and make a pact to stay single for as long as possible now that Mikey is joining the club of bachelors. Despite their zeal for this new pact, all of the friends ironically find themselves falling for girls but none of them want to give in. The noble theme that relationships are based on being there for each other when its the hardest, eloquently put by Jasons hipster cute not-girlfriend, is overused throughout the story but makes for a picturesque and clich ending. While the plot was predictable at best, the sharp wit and continuous one-liners keep this movie worth watching. Despite its over-scripted dialogue (what man can remain in a back-and-forth conversation for longer than 5 seconds?) and the one-too-many toilet jokes, I give That Awkward Moment three out of five banana rats for its clever GTMO joke and the aesthetically pleasing Efron. Vampire Academy is the story of a half human, half vampire girl named Rose Hatha way, adapted from a best-selling book series by Richelle Mead. Set at St. Vladimirs academy, a private high school that claims to offer higher learning along with higher stakes for vampires, the blend of magic and cheesy sayings is reminiscent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Harry Potter. The low budget feel also begged for the tiny logo on the bottom of the screen that reads: ABC Family. In the first five minutes, three new species of vampires and a princess are introduced. Theres a street fight with ma trix style moves and a dramatic entrance from a man out of the night fog clad in a black leather trench. The next hour or so becomes a mental marathon keeping track of all the blood-thirsty members of the student body, as well as their individual dramatic components to the plot. Clearly a movie designed for tweens, despite some of the adult situations, it did end on a high moral note with the princess giving a tearful speech to her fellow vampire students about bullying. This movie gets two banana rats, although adults should probably just skip this one. Labor Day disappoints despites star castAnother bloody vampire movie Courtesy Big Picture Studio Courtesy BLT Communications, LLC That Awkward Moment when guys talk about their feelings Courtesy WORKS ADV Review by Army Capt. Jesse Manzano PAO Operations OIC, Review by Sgt. Debra Cook Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milReview by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milAfter watching Labor Day, Jason Reit mans latest film, I was left with a sense of disappointment for what this movie could have been. With Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, two of Hollywoods most talented actors playing the lead roles, the movie didnt lack star power. However, it lacked a sense of serious poignan cy, making the plot fall flat and, whats worse, at times seemed even comical. The movie, based on Joyce Maynards 2009 novel, tells the story of how life in a New Hampshire town changes with the arrival of Frank, a stranger played by Brolin, from the perspec tive of a 13-year-old boy named Henry. Over a period of five days, the lives of the boy and his divorced mom are turned over by their unexpected encounter with the stranger who, unbeknownst to them, is actually a fugitive. As Henrys mom and Frank embark on a love affair over Labor Day, what is left of the drama quickly dissipates into the summer heat, and is replaced by an outpouring of senti mentality. I will not go into the peach pie baking scene, so as to not to give away too much of the plot, but I will say that unless you are a diehard fan of Brolin, Winslet, or you really like peach pie, you should skip this movie altogether. The movie gets two banana rats. And thats only because I really like peach pie. Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The Wire 6 The Wire March 77* Parent or guardian required for viewers under the age of 17.


Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The Wire9 Line MEDEVACPhoto by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The Wire Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The Wire Photo by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes/The WirePhoto by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes/The Wire 3 according to Eludui. Every station poses a little bit differ ent of a challenge, said Army Staff Sgt. Bradley Kimball, with Alpha Troop, 3-89th. Some are a little more physi cal than others. Some are a little more knowledge based. Its all about esprit de corps, teamwork, getting through the challenge together and not as an individual and making them work as a unit to achieve a common goal. This is probably one of the hallmark traditional events that we conduct as a cavalry unit, added Kimball. Prior to starting at the first station, the day began in the early morning as spur candidates were put into teams and got familiar with the spur holders. The hardest part was in the morning, said a spur candidate. It was chaos and everybody was trying to work together as a team and they kept telling you contradicting things like dump out your ruck, pack up your ruck, dump it out again, pack it up. It was a pretty long day, said a soldier. We started really early. We had to do some exercises for a little while. Then we picked up our rucks and started rucking. 1st Sgt. Jason Barton, with the 3-89th, who has participated in five prior spur rides, was the senior spur holder for the event. As the senior spur holder youre overall in charge of the spur ride, said Barton. Youre responsible for generating the stations, making sure the task conditions and standards are feasible. There are safety measures in place to reduce and mitigate any risk we might have. Two distinct variables made this spur ride special. Firstly, it very well may be the first here at GTMO. There has only been one or two other cavalry units here, said Eludui, and just because of that statistic I would venture to guess that this has been the first spur ride thats been conducted here at Guantanamo Bay. Second, spur rides usually consist of primarily cavalry members. For this event, there were soldiers from many backgrounds and a wide variety of ranks. The biggest difference was the fact that we got to incorporate a lot of the different type of Army branches, said Eludui. We had MPs, quartermasters. Traditionally it is usually just strictly cav. so I thought adding the greater depth of personnel really added more variety to the spur ride as a whole. After the spur candidates completed the nine prior stations and rucked to station 10, they were required to answer questions from a board of spur holders. The questions focused mainly on cavalry tradition. After the completion of the question portion, the soldiers, now with ACUs caked with mud from the days activity, gathered for the end of the day ceremony. It was here, under dark skies, reminiscent to the darkness the participants were under during the start of the event, that the spur candidates stood in a big formation as their sponsors put their silver spurs on their boots. Do you find your candidate worthy of the spur? was propositioned to the sponsor prior to their application of the earned spurs. After concluding words from the senior spur holder, Barton, the spur candidates joined their motivators and guides of the day as spur holders. This totally made my deployment, said one brand-new spur holder. It was the best and worst day. We all kept together strong as a team and kept motivating each other, added a new spur hold er. So I fed off everyone else. I tried to motivate them as well too. As the troopers wore their new silver spurs, they walked around gingerly with noted fatigue from the long day. There was a triumphant aura of accomplishment that is only achieved by hard work and accomplishing a goal as a team. Im extremely proud, said Barton. This is kind of a bittersweet spur ride for me because Ill be retiring next year. Its good to be a part of this, but at the same time the bittersweet part is this is going to be my last one. Thanks to the effort and pride in tradition from soldiers like Barton, the Army and its cavalrymen can ensure this fine tradition will continue. 8 The Wire March 79 1 4 8 9The Bay Caribbean SeaStartKittery Beach RoadTarawa RoadSherman RoadPhoto by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The Wire 2Vehicle Recovery Litter CarryPhoto by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The Wire 5React to contactPhoto by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes/The Wire 6Movement trainingPhoto by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes/The Wire 7Establish TCPWeapons Rescue and evaluate a casualty Photo by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes/The Wire 10Spur boardPhoto by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The Wire


When transferring to a new location there are a lot of stressors involved. Be it new roommates, different schedules or a whole new work load you havent really had time to prepare for. When you get to a new location and get settled in the first few weeks its important for you to take some time for yourself and unwind and reflect so you can release the overwhelming feelings of stress and anxiety. There are many ways to go about doing this but ultimately its up to you how you relax. If you want some suggestions, come see us at JSMART. We are located behind the JTF Post Office and Chaplains office in Camp America Bldg 2514A. No appointment necessary, walk in for a talk, to use a message chair, or par ticipate in one of our many therapy classes. Our hours are 0600-1700 M-F. The morning is warm and there is obvious excitement for many at the Bulkeley parade field, February 28, as the transfer of authority ceremony between the 591st Military Police Company and the 339th MP Co. comes to a start. Lt. Col. Darcey Overbey, Command er for the 525th MP Battalion in charge of detention center operations, started the ceremony with her assessment of the 591st and their time at Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Overbey noted the enthusiasm and preparedness that came with the 591st when she greeted the newcomers at the airstrip, June 8, 2013. Like most units are when they arrive, the Soldiers of the 591st were motivated and eager to get started. They were also highly disciplined, confident and young. The 591st MP Co. provided operational support to the high risk detainee operations center and set a standard for exemplary conduct, as they started their time in a highly opportune period of the detainee operation. The mission tempo had escalated for the 525th, to a six days on, one day off work schedule. Each work day was around 14 to 15 hours, and this tempo was maintained for nearly two months. With the arrival of the 591st MP Co. for sup port operations, the 525th, which was quickly becoming weary from the work strain, was successfully able to resume its previous five days on, two days off work schedule. At the newcomer briefing for the 591st Spartans, Overbey, gave them three challenges that she hoped to see them accomplish while serving here: to serve with honor, be a part of the team and to make a difference. After completing their challenging tour of duty here, Overbey accedes that they have surpassed expectations in meeting the challenges. They quickly integrated into our operations; their arrival brought much needed relief in the camps as we resumed a five-two work schedule. Their boundless energy and can do attitude however, enhanced all of our operations, and they maintained that attitude for their entire tour. For the past 9 months, the Spartans have surpassed each of my three challenges, said Overbey. With out a doubt the 591st has made a differ ence during their tour. The 591st MP Co. ...they have touched the lives of all vigilant Warriors with their hard work, dedication and even their stories. At the end of the ceremony, the 591st commander, Capt. Osvaldo R. Santiago, commented on how seamlessly the unit took on the obstacles of having their mission change in such a short time period, and into an area of operations so unknown to them. With in weeks of arriving, Santiago said they contributed to improving the detention centers already smooth operation. First sergeant for the 591st, Roland A. Ellis, says he is incredibly proud of the performance of his unit, consider ing the constant change of plans at the beginning of their journey at Fort Bliss, Texas. The Soldiers performance here was nothing short of outstanding once we got here, the guys hit the ground running without missing a step; again, Im immensely proud of them, said Ellis. The 339th has now taken responsi bility of the 591sts area of operations and will continue to do so throughout their deployment here at GTMO. Advertising Coordinator, JSMART Come see me! Titan lbife in oots 591st MP Co. relinquishes mission at Joint Task Force GuantanamoStory by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Copy Editor, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil339th MP Co. continues duties at JTF The Wire March 711 Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The WireAdjusting to JTF Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire SpotTheJSMART


The island was busting with excitement this weekend as many Troopers and families joined together along Sherman Avenue to enjoy the Mardi Gras and Admiral Bulkeleys 50th Anniversary Parade. This community event-filled day began with the parade that departed from the Downtown Lyceum and ran all the way to the Bayview Club where a traditional Mardi Gras feast was later served. The fes tivities concluded at the Tiki Bar where Navy Entertainment stars Erick Baker and Donnie Reis filled the warm evening air with guitar, keyboard and violin melodies. Were looking forward to hanging out with yall, said Eric Baker, a singer and guitarist per forming on the is land a second time. Bakers first visit to GTMO was New Years 2012, where he performed with Edward McCain. While this time of year marks the celebration of Mardi Gras, it also marks the 50th Anniversary of Admiral John D. Bulkeleys historic cutting and sealing of the Cuban water pipe that proved Naval Station Guantanamo was self-sufficient, despite accusations from Fidel Castro about stealing water. The parade was the first of its kind, said Stephen Preste sater, two-year community activities director for the MWR. The parade is a nice way to commemorate him cutting the pipe. Events like this bring the deployed military personnel peace of mind and a feeling like theyre back at home, said Prestesater. Joint Task Force Troopers were eager to help with the parade as they packed their proudly decorated vehicle full of Service members to ride in the procession and throw out candy and beads during the parade. Story by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milFestivities combine with celebration of local hero It was great, said Navy Cmdr. Yvette Costales, a JTF team member here. We had a great time. We threw beads to kids, families and the General. They were cheering us on. The best part was seeing the kids pick up the necklaces, said Chief Petty Officer Wanda Ford, a noncommissioned officer here at the JTF. There were a lot of people involved in making the parade a success, in addition to the MWR employees. We thank the community for coming out, said Preste sater. We thank the command for letting us put it on and the volunteers for helping us clean up. Anticipative eyes gathered near the lighthouse in hopes to gaze upon the stars. Arranged by Lt. Cmdr. Cynthia Holland, Joint Task Forces Deputy J1, the monthly event is attended by a variety of island inhab itants from young children to high-ranking officers. Although the nights observing began doubtful as clouds taunted the viewers with an unclear view, the strong ocean winds dis persed the wispy stragglers giving a window of stargazing that was enjoyed by all. I dont know what it is about GTMO but the stars look like diamonds, said Holland. Holland, a Colombia College professor and star gazing enthusiast, pointed out twinkling stars, constellations, galaxies, and even Jupiter while the eager group sat listening to her insightful descriptions and explanations of the night sky. The same reason that sunsets are red and purple and orange and all that stuff, well it happens to stars too, said Holland. They get this beautiful red and green and orange and purple sparkle and theyre gorgeous. As the sky cleared of clouds, Holland began preparing a telescope, a Celestron 11-inch CPC Shmidt-Cassegrain, to get a closer view of the big mysteries up in the night sky. This MWR asset was, to her knowledge, unused until her arrival on the island in October. She began to input her location and other information into the telescope to engage a function called clock drive, which provides optimal viewing by polar alignment. Due to the rotation of the Earth, using a telescope can become tricky because stars and planets move out of the field of view after a while. Holland explains that her telescope can compensate for that movement by engaging a motor to turn it the opposite direction using the North Pole as a bearing. I just find it so fascinating, Holland said as she pointed out the more visible constellations to her attentive audience. As the fast moving clouds broke for a final moment in the evening, Holland pointed out the constellation Orion. Orion actually has a beautiful nebula in it that on a nice, dark, clear night here in the lighthouse parking lot, Ive seen really pretty blues and whites and grays in that nebula. While the event began as a way for Holland to enjoy her unique hobby, the star gazing event has reeled in other curious Troopers who wish to enjoy the scenery GTMO skies have to offer. Its just amazing how many stars there were, said Capt. Kath ryn Maurer, a JTF team director. There are a lot of good nights here for star gazing. Its so dark [here]. Story by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Staff Writer, Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The WireocusTFrooper The Wire March 713 Rear Admiral John D. Bulkeley, USN, Commander of the Naval Base, (right), and Center, break ground at the start of the bases water desalinization plant, April 1, 1964. Equinox Star Party Friday, March 21 at Phillips Dive Park, 7-9:30 p.m.Come out to see the amazing night sky and learn about astronomy. Look through a telescope and gaze at planets, moons, galaxies, nebulae and stars! Arrive before 6:00 p.m. if you want to watch the sun set over the ocean. Bring a chair and a ashlight (with a red lter if you have one).FMI: Contact LCDR Cynthia Holland at 9717 Photographed by E.P. Hostetler. Courtesy Naval Historical Center Courtesy Photo


Story by Sgt. Debra Cook Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milStory by Sgt. Debra Cook Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milImagine being a child and getting to wake up to the smell of blueberry muffins on Sunday mornings. This was the life of Army Sgt. Spencer Rhodes when he was a boy. His mom didnt make muffins every Sunday, but when she did, shed wrap them up with a hot towel and set them in a basket for the family. Rhodes recalls, Those were the few times we had breakfast together before church. Something as simple as cooking and eating home-cooked meals together can be powerful enough to motivate a Trooper to keep him from giving up. Mitch Albom, author of Tues days with Morrie wrote, I dont know what it is about food your mother makes for you, especially when its something that anyone can make (pancakes, meat loaf, tuna salad) but it carries a certain taste of memory. Army Sgt. Christopher Vann said that he remembers watching old Kung Fu movies on the weekends eating the blueberry muffins his mom made and that blueberry muffins bring back memories of those happy times. Cooking has helped Army Staff Sgt. Erin Ennis get through the holidays here at Guantanamo Bay. Shes been cooking since third grade when she made dinner for her family for the first time. I made fish followed up by strawberry pie. Ennis cooked homemade blueberry muffins from scratch right outside her room in the Cuzco. She placed her standard convection oven on the picnic table to cook them in. For Ennis, baking treats like muffins and desserts is a reminder of her dad who was the baker in her family. As the batter cooked, the smell of fresh, hot, steamy blueberry muffins permeated the block and drew a small group of Troopers returning home after a hard day. What do I smell over here? one asked and another guessed right away, blueberry muffins. I knew it. It smells just like when my mom used to make them. For a few simple moments, smiles, talking and laughter filled the block for some Troopers coming home after a long day, all from the smell of Ennis blueberry muffins. If you have a recipe you would like to share, please contact The Wire office at 8156. Basic Training, Fort Jackson, September 2009. A group of new recruits, about 33 of us in all, sat in the classroom after our first day of training awaiting further instructions from our drill sergeant. Shh I hear someone coming, Private Jones said. Drill Sgt. Scarpulla walked in the room. He stood up front and towered over us with his six foot, tattooed frame. He scanned each Soldier and asked, Which one of you is going to quit? Like a guard on watch, he walked up and down the aisles stopping at different desks to interrogate us, How about you Wolf? You gonna quit on us? How about Smith? Smith looks like a quitter to me. Each one of us denied his accusations. We wont quit drill sergeant! Oh, but some of you in this room will. Its going to get hard here really hard and if you dont remember why you came, youll give up. He asked each one of us why we enlisted and what we wanted out of it. Some of us had answers and some didnt. Tonight, when you get to your bunks, I want you to think hard about why youre here, not just what your goals are, but why you made that goal in the first place. Write that reason down and put it up inside your locker. I promise you this, remembering why you came here will keep you going when you want to quit. Sir Winston Churchill had a speech impediment and tried three times before passing the entrance exam to attend the military college that began his career. The famous quote hes credited for is, Never, never, never give up. In his lifetime he became the Prime Minister of the U.K. and received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Thats never giving up! Most of us have heard the advice to write down our goals and post them where we can see them. Remembering and writing down why you made that goal in the first place can give that technique even more power. Why are you here? Recipe mon. The Wire March 715 he BayLTife On By CH Brian Osborn Task Force Platinum The Golden Gate Bridge was an engineer ing masterpiece at the time it was built in 1935. Eleven construction workers lost their lives while working high above the water of the San Francisco Bay. As a result, the project proceeded slowly until safety precautions were considered to mitigate fur ther losses. A giant moveable safety net was developed and constructed so that when a worker fell, he would not fall to his death but be caught by the net. It was the first time something like this was used. With the $100,000 safety net below, workers were able to move at a faster pace because they knew that if they fell their lives would be spared. The net helped remove the dread of uncertainty and allowed the men to work with a sense of security. A total of 19 workers lives were spared by the giant safety net. Many people of faith believe there is a net beneath us that provides safety and security in life. We may not be able to physically see it, but we know it is there. It is a net that will catch us when we have had a rotten day, receive bad news, or if a relationship is spinning out of control. It is a net that we can trust to save us if ever our inner world becomes dark and dreary. We believe this net is given by a loving God to replace dread of lifes uncertainties with a sense of security and purpose. If you too believe Gods safety net is there for you, I encourage you to take advantage of opportunities to grow in your faith while at GTMO. Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire Courtesy Photo


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