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Volume 16, Issue 23 July 25, 2014 Run to Home ase USS AMERICA MMA FIGHTERS Navy ship visits GTMO USO hosts meet and greet


CORRECTIONS 2 Army Capt. Andrew Oliver, commander of C Troop, 1st Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regtheir colors during the transfer of authority ceremony at Naval Station Guantanamo Bays Windjammer Ballroom July 18. For the full story, see page 15.Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri of the week FEATURES12 Sisters in Arms 10 USS America docks 7 HM1 Carl BowenJoint Medical Group SPC Adam Day 339th Military Police Company Around the BayNew hours for NEXs Effective Monday, the mini marts located at Camp America and Tierra Kay have new hours of operation. They will now be open Monday Saturday from 7 a.m. midnight and on Sunday from 7 a.m. 10 p.m. This is a trial operation, if the NEXs are not utilized during the extended hours, normal operation will resume. Registration will begin Monday in the NEX Atrium for the upcoming Snook & Snapper Fishing Tournament, that will be held Aug. 16. The cost is $20 for a single snook or snapper entry and $30 for both. Hours to register are noon 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays prior to the event. You cannot register at the marina. For additional information contact Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Benitez at 84682. Note: contestants are responsible for boat rental fees. Cover photo: Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri


Joint Task ForceSafe Humane Legal TransparentGuantanamo /jointtaskforceguantanamo /photos/jtf gtmo /jtf gtmo @jtf gtmo Editor Army Sta Sgt. Carmen Steinbach Copy Editor Army Sgt. Christopher Vann Photo Editor Army Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Webmaster/Illustrator Army Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Sta Writers Army Sgt. David Kirtland Army Sgt. Debra Cook Army Pvt. Kourtney GrimesStaff Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Commercial: 011-5399-3651 DSN: 660-3651 E-mail: StaffHQ Building, Camp America The Wire is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. It is produced by the JTF Public Aairs Oce to inform and educate the Troopers of JTF-GTMO. The contents of The Wire are not necessarily the ocial views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard. The editorial content of this publication is the responsibility of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay Public Aairs Oce. The Wire is printed weekly by the Defense Logistics Agency Document Services with a circulation of 1,250. It is distributed free to all personnel assigned to the Joint Task Force and is published online. Look for us on your favorite Social Media: NAVSTA ChapelCatholic Mass Mon.-Thur. 1730 Saturday 1700 Sunday 0900 Protestant Services General Protestant Sunday 1100 Gospel Worship Sunday 1300Chapel AnnexesPentecostal Gospel Sunday 0800 & 1700 Room D LDS Service Sunday 1300 Fellowship Hall Islamic Service Friday 1315 Room 2 Seventh Day Adventist Friday 1900 Room 1 Sabbath School: Saturday 0930 Room 1 Sabbath Service: Saturday 1100 Room 1 Iglesia ni Cristo Thursday: 0500, 1900 Room 1 Sunday: 0530, 1900 Room 1 Tuesday (Bible Study): 2000New Troopers ChapelProtestant Worship Sunday 0640 Sunday 0900 Sunday 1900 Bible Studies Monday 2000 Cuzco block J Wednesday and Friday 1900 New Troopers ChapelChapel AnnexesCont. Liturgical Protestant Sunday: 0930, Room 1 BUS ScheduleCamp America :00/:20/:40 Gazebo :01/:18/:21/:38/:41/:58 Camp America NEX :02/:17/:22/:37/:42/:57 Camp Delta :04/:13/:24/:33/:44/:53 Camp 6 :07/10/:27/:30/:47/:50 HQ Building :55/:15/:35 TK 1 :01/:17/:21/:37/:41/:57 TK 2 :02/:16/:22/:36/:42/:56 TK 3 :03/:15/:23/:35/:43/:55 TK 4 :04/:13/:24/:33/:44/:53 CC :00/:19/:20/:39/:40/:59 JAS :14/:34/: 54 Windjammer/Gym :02/:17/:22/:37/:42/:57 Gold Hill Galley :04/:15/:24/:35/:44/:55 NEX :06/:13/:26/:33/:46/:53 NEX Laundry :07/:27:47 C Pool :10/:30/:50 Downtown Lyceum :11/:31/:51NEX Express Bus09:55 19:55 hourly Camp America :48/:55 TK 1 :05/:36 Windjammer/Gym :11/:31 Gold Hill Galley :14/:29 NEX :16/:27 Downtown Lyceum :17/:25BEACH BUS Saturday & Sunday ONLYWindward Loop/East Caravella 0900/0930/1200/1230/1500/1530/1800/1830 SBOQ/Marina 0905/0935/1205/1235/1505/1535/1805/1835 NEX 0908/0925/1208/1225/1508/1525/1808/1825 Phillips Park 0914/ 1214/1514/1814 Cable Beach / Turn Around 0917/1217/1517/1817 Return to Oce 0940/1240/1540/1840FERRY ScheduleMonday thru Saturday FERRY Windward 0630/0730/0930/1030/1130/1330/1530/1630 Leeward 0700/0800/1000/1100/1200/1300/1400/1600/1700 UTILITY BOAT Windward 1730/1830/1930/2030/2130/2230 Leeward 1800/1900/2000/2100/2200/2300 Sunday & Holidays FERRY Windward 0730/0930/1130/1330 Leeward 0800/1000/1200/1400 UTILITY BOAT Windward 1530/1730/1830/2000/2230 Leeward 1600/1800/1900/2030/2300 Commander Navy Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad Deputy Commander Army Brig. Gen. Marion Garcia Sergeant Major Marine Sgt. Maj. Juan Hidalgo, Jr. Oce of Public Aairs Director Navy Capt. Tom Gresback Deputy Director Army Maj. Reinaldo Montero Command Information Ocer Army Capt. Allison Givens 3


Bring your CAC as attendance will be taken MANDATORY ALL-HANDS CALL with Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad 4 News Feed MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT JOINS PENTAGONS HALL OF HEROES By Amaani Lyle, DoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON -A former paratrooper who received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama yesterday for acts of valor against the Taliban in 2008 was inducted into the Pentagons Hall of Heroes during a ceremony here today. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, Army Secretary John M. McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno recognized Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts for single-handedly thwarting enemy access to his fallen fellow soldiers bodies during a grueling battle to defend Observation Post Topside near the village of Wanat in Afghanistans Kunar province. MULTINATIONAL EXERCISE TO TEST SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES DoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON -Security forces from 21 countries will participate in Fuerzas Comando 2014 in Colom bia tomorrow through Aug. 1, Defense Department Fuerzas Comando is a U.S. Southern Com mand-sponsored exercise that has been conducted in Central and South America and the Caribbean GUARDSMEN HELP TO BATTLE NORTHWEST BLAZE By Army Staff Sgt. Darron Salzer and Army Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy, National Guard Bureau ARLINGTON, Va., -Aircrews from the Wyoming Air Hercules aircraft equipped with the Modular Airborne Oregon and Washington state. The aircrews from the 153rd AW join Guard members from four states in assisting state and lightning strikes ignited the blazes July 14. This also FACE OF DEFENSE: AIRMAN SEWS TO KEEP AIRCREWS SAFE By Air Force Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier, 22nd Air Refueling Wing MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan., -The chuka chuka chukka sounds from a needle punching through fabric cease momentarily. The Air Force enlisted man working the sewing machine wipes the sweat off his brow and dives right back into his passion. Air Force Senior Airman Devin Litton, 22nd Oper journeyman, has spent hundreds of hours devel oping his sewing skills since he was introduced to the needle and thread. When he was waiting in the expect running a sewing machine to be part of his job description. For more on this story visit news. MARSECDET, Chief Machinery Technician As enlisted leaders it is imperative we apply these concepts to not only people we may be assisting or our enemies, but also to our troops. Enlisted leaders have the responsibility to deliver world-class leadership to our workforce. The result will be improving the lives and careers of both subordinates and superiors as we create a mission-ready, educated and humane military. Through this concept we will contin ue to shape a culture of dignity and re spect throughout the ranks. Our mission in todays military is in a constant state of flux; we can find the Solider on the battle field today, and to morrow that same Solider can be playing a humanitarian role. This is the dynamic military in todays world, and ensuring every rank is trained and equipped with the tools necessary for mission success is essential. Our ability to always adapt to changing situations the world presents to us will ensure that America will continue to be the premier example of the worlds greatest military, but also as a humane military. As Army Gen. George S. Patton stated, A pint of sweat saves a gallon of blood. This phrase not only applies to warfighting preparation, but to our militarys humanitarian side. We need to continue to work hard, train vigor ously and continue educating ourselves in order to prepare not only us but all personnel on the importance of being a humane war fighter. As the worlds leader with a premier military, one must ask, Are our actions showing compassion or benevolence? In other words: are we humane? As a young Coastguardsman, I was taught the importance of being humane, not only to those the Coast Guard came into contact with while performing our daily missions, like people we were rescuing out of the water, but also being humane when dealing with our nations enemies. It was part of our core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty. It was not until later in my career that I started to understand the bigger picture of this concept and why now, more than ever, we in the armed forces need to reaffirm our commitment to being hu mane. The true meaning of the word confound ed me early in my career. It was not until I broke the word humane down into its basic parts that I could understand how powerful the components of this term were and how to integrate them more directly into my daily routine. The word humane is characterized by terms like compassion, mercy and sympathy. These concepts are not new, and I know they are present in almost everyone; they are the key concepts to every Solider, Marine, Sailor, Airman and Coastguardsmans character.


I would be a GREAT lawyer I always win an ARGUMENT...By Army Capt. Thomas Neumann Deputy, Administrative Law We all know who he is, and we have all run into him at some point the vaulted barracks lawyer, or as the Navy knows him, the sea lawyer. He always has something to add relative to what the UCMJ says and usually cites a section or two in order to put his legal acumen on display for all to appreciate. Most people are impressed when he rattles off a regulation from memory, and the barracks lawyer uses this trick to its fullest extent, like a snake oil sales man in the American west. Step right up; hes got the legal cure for what ails you, bogus legal advice, free of charge. He typically appears as the Soldier or Sailor in the know, the guy who really knows his stuff, the one with all the regulations at his mental fingertips. Our second-string solicitors encyclopedic knowledge of the law is most often cou pled with bluster or arrogance, sufficient to impress, or at least silence, all those who dare disagree. He is the perpetual sophomore of the military, the wise fool. He has picked up a tiny bit of information and expanded it to fill his entire intellectual universe, with the hope that others will look on in awe, and defer to his allegedly sage advice. Remember, JTF Warriors, all that glitters is not gold, and when it comes to the sea lawyer, his tarnished advice only shines brightly in the shadow of his bunk. The truth of the matter is that bar racks and sea lawyers dont know what they are talking about, no matter how much they insist they do. Judge advocates go to school for seven years, take a brain-twisting, two or three-day bar exam and attend military law school for a reason. Make no mistake, if you decide to trust your legal health to Bubbas home legal services, it is a 100% certainty that you are 90% more likely to get into 80% more trouble than you are already in. Statistics dont lie, my uniformed friends, but the sea lawyer does. If you want your train to stay on the rails, stay away from the barracks lawyer attorney wannabe. If you have a legal concern, speak to your chain of command or make an appointment to speak to a legal assis tance attorney. Many people are under the mistaken impression that because you are in the military, you are entitled to free legal advice. The truth of the matter is, you have already paid for it in sweat, blood and tears, and you made those payments in the mud, the sand, the heat, the cold and the rain. You are not getting anything for free, it is not a handout. You have earned the right to consult with a judge advocate, and have already paid for it 10 times over, so take advantage of it. Judge advocates are here to help and we actually under stand the whole law and how it relates to your specific situation, not just the misguided tidbit youll get from that joker practicing law without a license in the barracks. You can find us, as well as the other legal departments, on the JTF home page by clicking on SJA in the JTF GTMO sites dropdown menu. You may also make a legal assistance appoint ment by calling 4692, or by sending an email to: jtfgtmo-sja-legalassistance@ second-string solicitors encyclopedic knowledge of the law is most often coupled with bluster or arrogance, sufficient to impress, or at least silence, all those who dare disagree. 5 LEGAL ADVICE THE LAWYER IS5 IN Illustration by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri


6 Still thinking A new ingredient has been added to the Hollywood hit movie recipe: Kevin Hart! Most recently, Hart stars in Think Like a Man Too. The sequel to 2012s sleeper hit, Think Like a Man, a movie adaptation from the book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, by Steve Harvey. This time around the whole crew is in Las Vegas for the wedding of Michael (Terrance Jenkins) and Candace (Regina Hall) and have made the mistake of making Cedric (Hart) the best man. Cedric is determined to have more fun than the women and has only one rule for the bachelor party, TURN UP! After a series of hilarious and unfortunate events, both groups find themselves at a dance club, with Ced ric trying to recoup some of his mon etary losses and enlisting the help of his reluctant friends, only to add fuel to the already burning fire. After a brief scuffle, both teams wind up in jail, which also happens to be on the day of the wedding. Desperate to get out in time for the nuptials, they each try their hand at making contact with someone who can bail them all out. During this time, Cedrics ignorance is put on full display, and he reminds you why hes one of Americas funni est leading men. All in all, this romantic comedy offers plenty of laughs and moments that might have you rethinking how you handle relationships and the choices you have to make, but has too many dry spells and its during these times that writers just hand the reigns to Hart to save the day. For that, I give this movie three turnt up banana rats. Staff writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milReview by Tyler Murray Age 10 Sunday night I went to see the new movie, Planes: Fire and Rescue with my dad, mom, brother and sister. We got there really early and got really cool seats in the second row. My dad said we should arrive early to get a good seat. He went and got us ice cream, and then after I got mine, I sat in the bleachers with my friends and the movie began. The movie is the second in the Planes series, from Disney studios. It stars Dusty Crophopper, voiced by comedian Dane Cook, as a famous airplane racer who was almost forced to retire when he found out his gearbox was broken, and since it was outdated and cannot be re placed, he was unable to redline his engine (go really, really fast). He decided to race anyway, and in doing so, caused a big accident that almost caused his friend, aging firefighter Mayday (Hal Holbrook from Up) to lose his job. Realizing he might have better luck as a firefight er, he joined forces with the planes at Piston Peak. He had a hard time following directions and was very overconfident but in the end, (spoiler alert!) he learned his lesson, saved Maydays job and also got to race again. Some of the best things I liked about the movie were that there was never a boring part! First his gear box breaks, then he trains to save Maydays job, then a huge fire happened and it raced towards a wooden log. They had to evacuate everyone from the log! Then a train came to help people escape from the fire, but during the escape a huge flaming tree falls! There are hundreds of cars behind the train also so Dusty and his crew came to save the day. What was really cool is at the end of the movie some of the non-flying firefight ers from Piston Peak were dropped out of a plane for a celebration with smoke coming from their ends, and they made some really cool stunts and art with the smoke, then they landed perfectly on some ramps and made more stunts! I give the movie four out of five banana rats! It was full of adventure, awesome animation and tons of fun for the whole family!Courtesy Screen GemsKids


7 Children, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers and other residents of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay stood in line at the Navy Exchange Atrium and at Denich Gym Saturday for the oppor tunity to meet two talented athletes. The Mixed Martial Arts fighters with the Ultimate Fighter Championship, Jeremy Stephens, nicknamed, Lil Heathen and fellow fighter, Tim The Psycho Gorman, arrived at GTMO for a USO-sponsored tour. The bantamweight class fighter was also on season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter. Even though he left the show early due to an injury, he still became a fighter with UFC. While Stephens, a featherweight, says he has done previous events for the Wounded Warrior Project, this is the first USO tour meet and greet for both of the fighters. Its a great experience, said Gorman. We decided to come out here about two weeks ago, and I couldnt turn down the opportunity to come out here and support the troops. It feels good knowing that Im part of a great cause. Stephens added that the residents here were extremely welcoming and that it was a humbling experience being around all the Service members that are away from their families and the com fort of home. One of the Sailors in line who brought his daughter out to receive an autographed photo is a huge UFC fan and was thankful for the opportunity to meet both Gorman and Stephens. Ive been watching UFC since it started Nov. 12, 1992, said Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Murray with the Naval Computer and Telecommuni cations Area Master Station, who used to train with UFC fighters in Tampa, Florida. I think theyre great theyre nice, theyre calm, cool and collected, true professionals. Even in places like GTMO when youre away from your family, having guys coming down and take the time out of their careers to visit us, it really means a lot. Another avid UFC fan, Spc. Tonette Zoutomou, with the 420th Military Police Company, turned out to meet the fighters and hopes to one day see them in a title fight. I think Stephens could take somebody as the top contender in his weight, she said. While Zoutomou noted that the pro fighters were very laid back and ap proachable, she said that their visit was one of the events deployed Soldiers like her look forward to. Its really good that they [USO] brings out fighters and hosts concerts down here; it brings up morale. JTF Soldier Spc. Gunner Thorton, with the 339th MP Company, came out to take advantage of an opportunity that wouldnt be offered to him back home. You dont get the chance that much to meet guys like that, said Thorton. Its great, especially for people that like this kind of stuff. Back at home, if theyre reserve units or National Guard, they [Service members] they dont get to have this opportunity. Fighters visit Guantanamo Editor, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milJTF Soldier, Spc. Tonette Zoutomou gets an autograph Army Sgt. 1st Class Melissa Black, NCOIC of Joint Task Force Guantanamos Joint Visitors Bureau poses with UFC Fighter Jeremy Stephens during a USO tour. squares off with Jeremy Lil Heathen Stephens, a Photo by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach/The Wire Photo by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach/The Wire Photo by Sgt. Christopher Vann/The Wire Stay 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 Concessions closed until further noticeDOWNTOWN CAMP BULKELEY DOWNTOWN CAMP BULKELEY Planes: Fire and RescuePG, 8 p.m.Deliver Us from Evil (New) R, 10 p.m.Edge of Tomorrow(LS) PG13, 8 p.m.Think Like a Man TooPG13, 8 p.m.Dawn of Planet of the ApesPG13, 8 p.m.22 Jump Street(LS) R, 8 p.m.The Fault in Our Stars PG13, 8 p.m.Lucy (New) R, 8 p.m.Hercules (New) R, 10:15 p.m.The Fault in Our Stars PG13, 8 p.m.Deliver Us from Evil(New) R, 8:00 p.m..22 Jump Street(LS) R, 8 p.m.Think Like a Man TooPG13, 8 p.m.Dawn of Planet of the ApesPG13, 8 p.m.Lucy (New) R, 8 p.m.Hercules (New) R, 10:15 p.m.


8Run brings sense of home to Guantanamo Spc. James Oliver and Spc. Michael Whelan, two of Mas sachusetts National Guards 747th MP Company Soldiers, with a mid-air chest bump at Cooper Field Saturday, July Military Police Battalion, takes a victory leap onto the Webmaster, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milRun brings sense of home to Guantanamo Though deployed Service members of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force Guantanamo are away from home for months at a time, that doesnt prevent a part of home from coming down to GTMO. For the Massachusetts National Guards 747th Military Police Company, what could be more iconic than a home plate from Bostons legendary Fenway Park? The plate was brought down as part of the Run to Home Base Shadow Run Saturday, July 19 that took the participants from GTMOs Cooper Field Sports Complex, around the hilly roads here and back to the softball field, where they rounded the bases and finished at Fenways own home plate, similar to Bostons Run to Home Base that has taken place annually since 2009. The 9k run, which was organized by Army Capt. Tyler Field, commander of the 747th based out of Ware, Massachusetts, was intend ed to give the runners a similar experience to those running in the Boston race. It was even held on the same day at the same time. We set up a shadow run of the Run to Home Base that is being held in Boston We tried to start the race off at the same time as the one in Boston, said Field. In setting up the run here, Field was able to bring an event that had a tone of home for his company and create awareness for the charity aspect of Bostons Run to Home Base for the rest of the participants. My company is from Massachusetts, said Field, a native of Bridgewater, Massachusetts. We are from the Massachusetts National Guard. So the fact that it has a Red Sox theme to it, I kind of wanted to do it for the company, but as well I wanted to generate awareness for the Home Base Program that helps veterans back home dealing with things like PTSD and TBI. Home Base Program works with Mass. General Hospital back in Massachusetts and the Red Sox Foundation, which is a charitable organization with the Boston Red Sox. They generate revenue to do treatment and research for TBI and PTSD for veterans. Encouraged by her peers, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Natasha Ortega, a JTF Sailor, said the run marked her first road race. With the Boston runs charity focus, it made for a fitting experi ence that coincided with her civilian life. Im a trauma nurse at home, and I deal with a lot of patients with TBIs, said Ortega. A lot of patients come in from a car accident but have PTSD from a long time ago. So their former PTSD comes into play whenever they


RUN RESULTS 9 B i b N a me T i me 2 Bran d o n Craw f o rd 4 9 : 2 2 3 M o s e D an t z l e r 3 7 : 0 6 4 N at h an J o n e s 5 5 : 4 1 5 Ge rry P e rz e e 1 : 1 2 : 3 9 6 Ry an T a y l o r 5 3 : 2 8 7 W il l iam D u fau lt 5 8 : 1 4 8 J o se p h S o r e n s o n 4 8 : 4 6 9 L o n g L e 4 3 : 2 9 1 0 A aro n C o l e 1 : 0 9 : 5 5 1 1 J o su e G o n z al e z 1 : 0 4 : 1 5 1 2 J o d y M i l l e r 5 6 : 5 9 1 3 N o rm an J o h n so n 4 8 : 5 9 1 4 Ro b e rt Oak s 5 9 : 4 8 1 5 Ge o rg e Be n n e 5 4 : 5 3 1 6 M e rc i o Zan o 5 9 : 1 0 1 7 A n d re D o rtrai t 4 8 : 4 3 1 8 J o n at h an M ad i s o n 4 7 : 4 6 1 9 P e d r o P o n c e 1 : 0 3 : 3 8 2 0 Gi n a Be rt e ll i 5 4 : 0 6 2 1 K im Bai l e y 5 8 : 4 6 2 2 Rac h e l P ro u d f o o t 1 : 0 8 : 3 0 2 3 S t e p h an Bray e l d 4 3 : 3 5 2 4 A u s n Y e ale s 5 9 : 4 4 2 5 Ge n n aro Ro u c c o 5 7 : 4 9 2 7 P e t e r B e rg u m 4 0 : 3 4 2 8 A n d re w Ch rist m an 1 : 0 5 : 0 0 2 9 Crai g Ro s e 4 5 : 5 6 3 0 Cat h e ri n e Ca t an o 1 : 0 7 : 4 4 3 1 Ro b e rt K o p y t k o 5 7 : 0 7 3 2 J am e s Oliv e r 5 6 : 3 7 3 3 T i m V i sli s e l 5 1 : 1 3 3 4 L e i c i a Gran t 5 0 : 1 8 4 8 Ro g e r Gl e n n 4 5 : 1 6 4 9 L u z d e li s R o m an 4 9 : 0 9 5 0 A n d re w P alm 5 8 : 2 4 5 1 K e v in K i n c ai d 5 0 : 2 3 5 2 A sh le e R o b e rt s 1 : 0 6 : 0 0 5 3 D an i e l Gu ad e e 5 6 : 2 6 5 4 J am e s A a ro n 5 3 : 0 9 5 5 D av i d C am ar a 4 7 : 1 8 5 6 J o rd an Barre e 1 : 0 4 : 1 2 5 7 D e n n i s Gr e g o r y 5 1 : 4 4 5 8 D u s n S p e n c e 4 8 : 5 1 5 9 J e re m y W ag o n e r 1 : 0 8 : 0 5 6 0 J e re m y L an e 5 0 : 1 1 6 1 D ari n W e rth 1 : 0 3 : 4 4 6 3 J e re m iah W ash i n g t o n 5 0 : 3 6 6 4 F rag i l e Eale y 1 : 0 1 : 0 4 6 5 Carm e n S t e i n b ac h 4 9 : 4 7 6 6 Eri c Bru g g e r 4 4 : 4 1 6 7 J o n L o p e z 4 6 : 5 5 6 8 D e n n i s Cap i st ran t 5 8 : 1 5 6 9 J aso n S m al l 3 8 : 1 0 7 0 N at ash a Ort e g a 1 : 1 3 : 3 5 7 1 P e t e r D o b l ar 4 2 : 4 7 7 2 J u li a M arsh 5 7 : 4 2 7 3 Ch ri s n e H ay e k 5 7 : 4 2 7 4 Crai g Ch ap m an 1 : 0 9 : 5 5 9 5 J o se p h Ce l e 5 5 : 5 3 9 6 A m b e r Eh in g e r 1 : 1 2 : 3 9 9 7 S h aw n L u d w i g 1 : 0 6 : 0 4 9 8 M ic h ae l W h e l an 5 6 : 3 7 9 9 T h o m as H u 1 : 0 9 : 5 5 1 0 0 M a h e w H asl e 4 9 : 4 2 1 0 1 P at M ar n e z 4 5 : 3 0 1 0 2 M ari c e z S u l l i v an 5 8 : 5 3 1 0 3 J o sh u a T arri ll i o n 4 8 : 3 8 1 0 4 D an B o o t h e 4 8 : 0 0 1 0 5 Bi li u l fo F l o r e s 4 5 : 0 5 1 0 6 A n d re w S p arro w 1 : 1 3 : 0 7 1 0 7 D av i d P e lsn i k 3 8 : 2 3 1 0 8 Ch arl e s M c Elrath 1 : 1 2 : 0 3 1 0 9 A n d re s V all e j o 4 5 : 2 5 1 1 0 Osc ar S ai n z 5 2 : 3 1 1 1 1 Ru sse ll Be z an s o n 5 6 : 2 6 1 1 2 M a h e w K n o w l t o n 5 6 : 2 6 1 1 3 M ic h ae l Cl ark 5 0 : 0 3 1 1 4 M ig u e l Ra m o s 1 : 0 0 : 3 0 1 1 5 Ricard o Cu m b a 5 7 : 0 7 1 1 6 M ari o n Garci a 5 9 : 2 2 1 1 7 Rig e l M ar n e z 1 : 0 4 : 2 3 1 1 8 J am e s P o w e rs 1 : 0 3 : 1 3 Army Staff Sgt. Robert Kopytko, a Soldier from the Massachusetts National Guards 747th MP Company and a Army Staff Sgt. David Camara, with the 747th MP Comthat eclipsed Bostons Run to Home Base. are in a traumatic situation, so I experience at home on a daily basis of what it entails. Though Red Sox shirts and hats were easy to spot, as many of Massachusetts 747th didnt miss the opportunity to place their foot on a home plate sent from iconic Fenway Park, many others deployed here came out to celebrate the cause. Of the almost 100 participants, there were seven Soldiers from 346th MP Company, an Army Reserve unit out of Fort Riley, Kansas. The fact that they actually got a home plate from Fenway Park in Boston, thats cool, said Army Sgt. Gerry Perzee, a Soldier with the 346th. Especially with all the stuff thats been happening in Boston like the bombing with the Boston Marathon, even after that, the following year, everyone was still there doing it. Even the ones that were injured with their prosthetics were still running. That puts a lot of emphasis on that now. And now you got this and thats putting emphasis towards the Soldiers, the Sailors, the Airmen, the Marines and the Coastguardsmen.For Army Staff Sgt. Robert Kopytko, a Soldier from the 747th and a Leicester, Massachusetts native, running in this race was a once in a lifetime opportunity when considering the presence of the home plate and the races cause. The Red Sox are the champions, and the Unit ed States Army are champions, and I think we are all one team, one fight, said Kopytko. Its just a good thing Capt. Field put this together, and the Red Sox, what they do for the community we all miss home, and hopefully the Red Sox win another World Series. With the Red Sox on a recent hot streak and only 8.5 games back in their division as of July 23, its tough to completely rule out that prospect for Bos tons die-hard fans for this year. They certainly have their supporters in GTMO. The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program helps Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their fami lies heal from PTSD and TBIs. To learn more about the program, visit their website: www.


10 Like any other day, the familiar notes of the national anthem rang over Naval Station Guantanamo Bay promptly at 0800. It echoed over the base, blaring from strategically placed speakers, greeting troops with a patri otic start to their workday. At the same time, out beyond the Guantanamo Bay lighthouse, the gray, boxy silhouette of a large U.S. Navy vessel gracefully cut through the Caribbean Sea towards its next port. The future USS America (LHA 6) made a scheduled 24-hour stop at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on Monday, as part of her maiden voyage through the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations, en route to her home port in San Diego. The short visit offered hundreds of military personnel and civilians stationed here the opportunity to tour the pristine warship and catch a glimpse of some of the Navy and Marine Corps new capabilities. The first in the America-class of amphibious assault ships and the fourth to be named after the United States of America, USS America will ultimately embark, deploy and land elements of a Marine Landing Force in operations by helicopter, landing craft, vehicle or any combination thereof. Its motto boldly states, Prepared in war or in peace. Visitors from the naval station and Joint Task Force Guantanamo were welcomed aboard the 844-foot-long vessel by a small gathering of uniformed Sailors into a museum-like cargo bay. Posted Sailors and Marines guided the tour through the bay, up a ramp to the hangar deck and up to the flight deck where guests were free to walk around and explore. Although much smaller than other American aircraft carriers, USS America gave some Service members a chance to see an environment completely foreign to their particular military branches of service while its unique design awed even those most knowledgeable about Navy watercrafts. I have been on ships before, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Canning, a JTF GTMO Maritime Safety and Security guardsman from San Francisco. I came to check it all out, see what all was going on with the new boats. Im surprised, its really nice. Media Relations, America USS


11 Designed for optimal aviation, the America is capable of supporting the Marines new tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey and F-35B Joint Strike Fighter jets. The MV-22s and U.S. Navy MH-60 Sea hawks were two unanimously-favorite attractions to see on the flight deck. The Osprey looks cool and pretty much denies the laws of physics, said Spc. Jeremiah Washington, a JTF Joint Detention Group Soldier from the 66th Military Police Company. Its amazing. Flight crews encouraged visitors to walk through the aircraft and sit in the pilots seat, all while patiently and enthusiastically answering any questions about their jobs, helicopters, USS Amer ica living conditions and their future journey around the continent of South America. While its limited stay at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay was just one of many port calls on the USS Americas inau gural voyage, it definitely left a lasting impression. Being able to freely walk around the hangar and flight deck, talk to the aviation crews and see a ship so new in all its glory, that was a once in a lifetime experience, said Washington.A U.S. Navy Sailor salutes members of Joint Task Force Guantana and offered a grand tour to those stationed at GTMO. through the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. Sailors and Marines man the stern rails as the future amphibious assault ship USS America


12 Several months ago, a few members of the 66th Military Police Company reached out to an officer in Qatar who was able to unite the females in her unit by creating an organization that fostered mentorship and empowerment. Seeing a need here at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, the local chapter of Sisters in Arms was created. Their first event was a paintball excursion for the female Soldiers of the 66th, but membership has grown since then. We started this program to kind of bring women across different branches and different military assets together in a unique environment, being down here in GTMO, said Army 1st Lt. Lindsey Trombley, executive officer for the 66th. Across our unit, it brought us together a little bit closer than when we first got here. We wanted to expand it and make it open to all of the JTF. Aside from the group attending MWR activities together, they have also hosted two panels in which members can pose questions to JTF leaders about struggles they have faced or lessons they have learned throughout their careers. At these panels we like to host a few officers and a noncommissioned officer as well so we can get senior enlisted and senior officer advice about anything that females want to ask, said Army Pfc. Kaylee Schrader, one of the founders of the Guantanamo-based organiza tion. This program was meant to bring females closer together in doing so weve met great females, been able to bond with people, and its a great time. On their most recent panel held July 11, was JTF GTMO Deputy Commander, Army Brig. Gen. Marion Garcia, Army Col. Angie DiCiro, Army Lt. Col. Margaret White and Army Sgt. Maj. Craig Chapman of the 211th Military Police Battalion. Before the audience, composed of men and women from dif ferent branches around the JTF, posed questions to the panel, they each shared their experiences and history. Some of the senior leaders shared their struggles of equality in the early days of their military careers. It then became appar ent to the younger generation that while female Service members are respected much more now than they were in the past, there is still room to grow, especial ly at the lowest level. When youre an NCO, you have to look after all your Troopers, so its generational it has to start with you, said Garcia. You have to be different from the people you dont like. You have to be something better so the ones coming up say I had a great NCO who squared me away SHE was awesome. And he wont even think that youre a she; you were just that NCO that squared him away. One of the questions from the audi ence brought up one of the lesser public ly acknowledged challenges of serving in Guantanamo: the rumor mill. Several of the females in attendance voiced that they had at one point or another been the object of an unwarranted rumor and asked for guidance on how to combat preconceived stereotypes and judgments made about them. DiCiro said that rumors will happen regardless of whether youre at home or serving abroad, but that you cannot let what others say dictate your life. Dont lose yourself, said DiCiro. When you put on the uniform, you dont become someone else. You are the person that you are. The uniform is a choice you made to be a part of the military. You have to figure out how you look at yourself in the mirror, how you sleep at night, what you stand for and where that line is drawn for you. As the original founders from the 66th MP Company prepare to depart, others have stepped forward to keep the organization running. For more infor mation on the Sisters in Arms program and how you can get involved, contact Pfc. Schrader at 3587. SISTERS IN ARMS Army Brig. Gen. Marion Garcia, deputy commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo speaks with Army Capt. Lindsey Gerheim, one of the founding members of the Guantanamo chapter of Sisters in Arms before the leadership panel began at Troopers Chapel, July 11. The purpose of the leadership discussion panel was to inspire discussion and mentorship between Joint Task Force Guantanamo senior leaders and their Troopers. Photo by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach/The Wire Photo by Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach/The Wire Editor,


13 Reading program rebuilt due to generous donations Editor, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milThe United through Reading program has been available to Service members deployed to Joint Task Force Guantanamo for quite some time. This service allows Troopers to record themselves reading a story, and then send that re cording and the book to their child back home. Its another way to connect, and all of us know the excitement of getting something in the mail, said Navy Cmdr. Thomas Taylor, the JTF chap lain. Even if were getting emails all the time it still means something when someone sends us that card in the mail, and this is a way for the parents here to send something home that their kids will enjoy and will keep them connected. With the many Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Coastguardsmen that cycle through the island however, supplies for this invaluable program had begun to dwindle. Someone approached me and said that she had come to read a book to her daughter and was kind of disappointed at the state of the books they were worn, it was slim pickings the last of the last books, said Mrs. Ashley Clark, part of the 525th Military Police Battalions Family Readiness Group. During a round table discussion with Mrs. Kelly, wife of U.S. Southern Command Commander, Marine Gen. John Kelly, Ashley suggested replacing the books as one of the ways to boost mo rale for the Soldiers here. At the change of command for the admiral, the generals wife surprised the FRG with four large bank boxes full of books that she had collected. Additional contributions were also made by the Joint Detention Group Deputy Commander Army Lt. Col. Michael Shoen and his wife, from donations from their hometown, as well as personal donations made by other families on the island to help support the cause. Ashley was happy to help organize the donation effort, as she remembers the joy she felt when her daughter received a book and message in the mail while her husband was deployed. There was an inscription from Dad dy on it, and there was this book by dad read to her, said Ashley. It meant a lot to me that Toby (Army Capt. Tobias Clark, with JDG) took the time to do that for our children. With the generous contributions from military spouses and other Naval Station Guantanamo Bay residents, children of deployed parents and family members can enjoy receiving books that they would recognize, in addition to the loving message they receive from the person they miss. It makes a tremendous difference, said Taylor. It wasnt attractive. The books werent the best that they werent what our Troopers deserved, and not what their kids deserved. Now we got some books that kids are really going to appreciate: the Disney titles and those books from Pixar movies and stuff like that, that kids will really identi fy with an enjoy. The reading area was also revamped and now offers a large leather reading chair and book shelves to create a cozy and quiet sitting area where parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents can read privately to their child back home one-on-one. The Chaplains office is located in Camp America, behind the mail room, staffed between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The reading room can be reserved for a specific time by calling ahead to 2305. Navy Cmdr. Thomas Taylor, the Joint Task Force Guantanamo chaplain, delights in one of the new books provided by generous donations from GTMO residents. Mrs. Karen Kelly, wife of Marine Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, surprised Joint Task Force Guantanamos 525th Military Police Battalions Family Readiness Group with four large bank boxes full of books that she had collected.


14 Staff Writer, Pumpkin Muns Volunteer: its good for the soul Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milTime for a coee breakArmy Brig. Gen. Marion Garcia, Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, sometimes enjoys cooking on the weekends. Its a good way to relax, be creative and watch success hap pen, said Garcia. Garcia continued that since most of our work consists of long term goals, cooking is a way to accomplish something in the short term. These small, energy packed muffins are made with applesauce instead of butter and are a healthy way to start your day. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Wesley Pope with the Joint Medical Group wore long sleeves, sunglasses and a hat to protect himself. He didnt want to get hit in the eye with a wood chip, or get a sunburn on the 92 degree day. Pope threw a handful of branches into the big mouth of the wood chip per. Pope is volunteering his time on the weekend with the Florida Institute for Regional Conservation helping to cut down and haul non-native invasive plants to the dumpster. We only have one earth, said Pope, We do so much to pollute and destroy everything, to come out and give a little bit back is definitely worth my time. Theres a lot of Troopers around Joint Task Force Guantanamo that volunteer their time on weekends to serve the community. Edgar Allen, the founder of Easter Seals, a non-profit charitable organiza tion that helps children and adults with disabilities said, Your life and mine should be valued not by what we take ... but by what we give. By volunteering your time at GTMO you can get the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM). Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth, said author Erma Bombeck, a bestselling au thor, who reflect this nations compassion, unselfish caring, patience and just plain loving one another. The volunteer service performed at Joint Task Force Guantanamo must be of a sustained, direct and conse quential nature. It has to benefit the civilian communi ty and include the military family community. It has to be significant in nature, produce tangible results and reflect favorably to your mili tary department and the DoD. There are, however, more specific re quirements that need to be met in order to attain the award. Details are on the JTF SharePoint drive on the Knowledge Wall under Policy 1.11, Awards and Recognition Policy and Procedures.Edgar Allen, founder of Easter SealsTake Your life and mine should not be valued by what we but by what we Give Ingredients: baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp nutmeg, pumpkin, 1 c. unsweetened applesauce, 1 cup chopped walnuts Directions: soak raisins in hot water for 10 min. to plump, then drain. In a large nutmeg, cinnamon and ground cloves. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, pumpkin and applesauce until smooth. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir thoroughly to make a smooth batter. Stir the raisins and walnuts into the batter. Spoon the batter into the into the center comes out clean.


15 haplains olumn 525th MP Battalion ChaplainTrue North The Week-enderRun 1/2 mile Rest 5 mins 21-15-9 for time 95lb (M) 65lb (F) Back Squats 53lb (M) 35lb (F) Kettle Bell Swing 24-in Box Jumps Rest 5 mins Run 1/2 mile My father, grandfathers and so on proudly bore the title of U.S. Soldier. I dont care if the Navy has beat Army every year since 2002 in the annual Army vs. Navy football game, I still bleed green. However, had my recruiter told me of all the exotic locations of naval bases, like Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, I may have reconsidered. Ive been to enough land-locked Army bases in the middle of nowhere that I can appre ciate an ocean view, even if it is still the middle of nowhere. Living here I have come to understand the draw of the sea on a mans soul. There is an old saying that he who is enslaved to the compass has the freedom of the sea. The truth is you cant really go far in life without a guide indicat ing true north. Otto Rank essentially stated that the degree to which we are unaware of the influences on us, we are controlled by them. Each day as life happens our environment, culture, drive, media, ambition, instincts and so on, impact and control our decisions. Freedom for freedoms sake without boundaries start to look like anarchy, and people end up enslaved to their own passions. Therein lies the rub with modern culture. Many of us are tempted to throw off rigid rules seeking freedom; but if you really want the most out of life, youd do well picking up a guide. So whats your guide? How do you prevent yourself from enslavement all the while seeking freedom? For me, it is the Bible. Within those pages arent rigid rules, but the pathway to independence. In the book is forgiveness and grace that allows me to live my life with nothing to hide and nothing to prove, giving me more freedom than I could ever imagine. On July 26, 1964, the first fresh water was produced by the new desalinization plant, making the base forever indepen dent of the water from the Yatares River located within Cuba. The formal dedication of the desali nization plant took place on July 30, 1964. Mrs. J.D. Bulkeley (wife of the then naval base commander) opened the valve to begin the flow of fresh water. The plant produced 750,000 gallons of fresh water per day. Later on, three flash-type evaporator plants produc ing water at a rate of 750,000 gallons per day replaced the water production duties of the original boiler systems. The plant was then capable of producing 2,250,000 gallons a day operating at full capacity. The plant also maintained two turbine generators that produced a com bined 15,000 kilowatts of electricity.Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The Wire C T, S, Cr Rfnt fDuring a transfer of authority cere mony held at Naval Station Guantana mo Bays Windjammer Ballroom Friday, July 18, C Troop, 1/3 Cav. uncased their colors to signify their mission assump tion from A Troop, 3/89 Cav. The 3rd Cav.s history dates back to May 19, 1846, when it was constituted as the Regiment of Mounted Riflemen at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. They have been involved in 11 major conflicts, including the Spanish-Ameri can War, in which the regiment was sent to Cuba. Crazyhorse Troop, 1/3 Cav. is led by Army Capt. Andrew Oliver, commander, and the Troops first sergeant, Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Robertson.


Photo by Maj. Clarke Rogers Windjammer classroom 7:00 8:30 p.m.Every Monday, Wednesday & Freiday through Oct. 8 FMI call Kate at 84205 presents NEW TO GTMO ORIENTATION July 30 e Fleet & Family Support Center, Bldg. 2135 8:15 11:15 a.m.learn about key base resources tour the base meet other new arrivals call 4141 to register seating is limited Northeast Gate Tours Every third Friday of the month 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Sign up at the Marine Hill Whitehouse For more information call MCSFCO Operations at 2279 Army Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Dembski, 525th Military Police Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, reenlists underwater at Cuzco Beach in this photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Aquino.Send your best photos to