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Photography contestVolume 16, Issue 25 August 8, 2014


CORRECTIONS A food specialist from the USCG Tampa, a cutter ship from Virginia that was in port over the weekend, created a birthday cake celebrating the Coast Guards birthday at Saturdays cookout, hosted by the Port Security Unit 312. Photo by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes/The Wire 2 of the week FEATURES10 Coast Guard birthdayCoast Guardsmen from two separate commands came together to celebrate the Coast and organized weekend cookout. 9 Coast Guard MEDEVAC the bay, the MARSECDET is ready to respond but not without joint training that keeps them on their toes.8 JVB distinguishes itselfThe nature of GTMOs mission requires addi is paramount for the Soldiers of JTFs Joint Visi guests that come to tour GTMO.SPC Joshua MubarakCrazyhorse Troop, 1st Squadron, 3rd Cavalry RegimentSrA Patrick DwightBase Emergency Engineering Force Around the BayGodkin family fundraiserThis family fundraising events proceeds will go towards the Godkin family in honor of Victoria Godkin, who is currently combating osteobatista sarcoma. Put on by the Chief Petty Officers Association, August 9 at 9 a.m. in the Navy Exchange atrium participants can volunteer to get their heads shaved for donations. If you do not want to shave your head, you can donate to pie a Coast Guardsman in the face. Looking to compete with your peers this month? Well, here are some options for you: Sunday, August 10, 6 p.m., 6 v 6 volleyball tournament. Thursday, August 14, 6 p.m., ping pong tournament. Monday, August 25, 6 p.m. pool tournament all at the Camp America Liberty Center. Good Luck! deep red coloring on a light brown-yellow rock is fobay.Photo by Air Force Master Sgt. James Powers


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 1,025. 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 Acting Deputy Director Army Capt. Jesse Manzano Command Information Ocer Army Capt. Allison Givens 3


Capt. Daryl K. Daniels 4Navy Capt. Daryl K. Daniels Commander, Joint Medical Group Sleeping is a basic human, biological need, like breathing, eating and drink ing. Just like these other needs, sleeping is a vital part of the foundation for good health and well-being through a lifetime. Sleep is a bodys weapon, and like any good weapon it must be maintained to operate efficiently. Sleep is critical for sustaining the mental abilities needed for any military member to succeed. The average adult requires seven to eight hours of good quality sleep during every 24-hour period to sustain opera tional readiness. Sleep is also incredibly restorative. It helps the body repair itself, it builds resilience by boosting the immune system, and it gives people a foundation to help them tackle their tasks each day. Getting enough regular sleep also improves learning, memory and performance. Insufficient sleep takes a toll on a persons energy, mood and ability to function during the day. It can lead to physical and mental health problems, injuries, loss of productivity and even a greater risk of death. Lack of sleep may result in slower reaction times, poor con centration, a weakened immune system, negative moods and lack of motivation, and impaired memory and judgment. Most people need seven to eight hours of sleep for maximum sustained alertness and cognitive functioning. However, many people dont get that amount. The body cannot be trained to need less sleep than the normal baseline amount. Many individuals can function well on little sleep for short durations (i.e. one night of restricted sleep) particularly with caffeine or other stimulants but some cannot. However, limited sleep over the long-term will impair function ing. Sleep is not dependent on individual characteristics all individuals who sleep only four to five hours each night will experience some loss of perfor mance. Experts say that after being awake for 18 hours, a persons mental and motor skills deteriorate as much as they do when a person is drunk on alcohol. Sleep deprivation is a condition that occurs when someone does not get enough sleep. With total sleep deprivation, performance typically declines by 25 percent every 24 hours (depending on the type of performance being measured). Sleep deficiency is a broader concept and can occur if a person tries to sleep at the wrong time of day (they get out of sync with their bodys natural clock), if they dont sleep well or dont get the type of sleep their body needs. Exercise is one of the most effective ways of combating sleeplessness. Even stretching and isometric exercises can help. However, experts warn that a vigorous, sweaty workout at the gym within one to three hours of bedtime is not recommended. Many people find it helpful to relax for a period before bedtime. Relaxing activities can be reading, listening to relaxing music, working on a hobby or possibly taking a warm shower. Most importantly, put down the video game, turn off the television, and try to go to sleep at a regular time each night. Here are several tips that will help with getting a good night sleep: Limit daytime naps, they can make sleep at night more difficult. Eat regular, healthy meals, and eat at the same time of day. Three to four small meals are better than one to two large meals. Do not drink coffee, tea, sodas or cocoa after noon. These all contain caffeine and can interfere with normal sleep. Do not drink alcohol after dinner or use over-the-counter sleeping medications. Although a person might fall asleep faster, the sleep is shallower and not as restful. Alcohol and over-thecounter sleeping medications can also make snoring and sleep apnea worse. For those who tend to worry about things or try to plan their next day after going to bed, make a habit of trying to do these things before going to bed. Good sleep hygiene is something we should all practice. For those who might be concerned that they are not getting enough sleep, dont hesitate to reach out to a health professional at the Joint Troop Clinic (3395) or JSMART (2321). Please discuss any sleep concerns with a healthcare provider before begin ning a regiment of supplements or other sleep aids. Sleep is the key to health, good judgment and safety.


Review by Sgt. Christopher Vann Copy Editor, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milReview by Sgt. David Kirtland Staff Writer, 5 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 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (New) PG13, 8 p.m.The Purge (New) R, 10 p.m.Get On UpPG13, 8 p.m.HerculesPG13, 8 p.m.TammyR, 8 p.m.Think Like a Man Too(LS) PG13, 8 p.m.TammyR, 8 p.m.Guardians of the Galaxy (New) PG13, 8 p.m.Into the Storm(New) PG13, 10:15 p.m.How to Train Your Dragon 2 (LS) PG, 8 p.m.Guardians of the Galaxy (New) PG13, 8 p.m.Into the Storm(New) PG13, 10:15 p.m.Get On UpPG13, 8 p.m.Think Like a Man Too(LS) PG13, 8 p.m.Get on Up is the biographical film about the life of James Brown played by Chadwick Boseman from 2013s well received Jackie Robinson biopic, . It gives an insight to the man known as Soul Brotha #1 that the masses would not otherwise have known. Beginning with his very meager beginnings to his rambunc tious early twenties and culminating with the superstar singer that he had become, the audience gets to see the transformation of the man who had music in his veins. Starting as the lead singer of the gospel group Gospel Starlighters, the group would later be called the Famous Flames before Brown parts ways with the group (probably due to their unfortunate name) to pursue his own career. Throughout the movie there were many embellishments and even scenes of James talking to the cam era, breaking the fourth-wall rule, adding some humor to the scenes. However, it is packed with some of his biggest hits and their inspirations. My only gripe about the movie was the fact that Brown only stood 5, and Boseman is 6, but if you were to close your eyes and just listen, you wouldnt be able to distin guish the two. Boseman was pretty dead on with Browns unique style that his fans have come to love. For the memory of the hardest working man in show business and the soul-tastic dance moves, I give this movie three funky banana rats. Tammy is yet another road trip movie to add to Melissa McCarthys resume, and its jumbled assembly over-complicates its painfully simple plot. After totaling her clunker, losing her job at a fast food restaurant and coming home to find her husband cozying up with a neighbor, Tammy, played by McCarthy, searches for a much needed escape. Without resources of her own, Tammys only option is to take her crude, heavy-drink ing grandma, Pearl (Susan Sa randon), and her car to Niagara Falls. Of course, the trip doesnt go as planned causing Tammy and her grandma to get sidetracked with some misadventures. It turns out her grandma is more in need of a baby-sitter than a travel companion. Their journey takes them to find ing love in a bar, robbing a Topper Jack fast food restaurant and even destroying the evidence of the crime in flames with the help of her grandmas wise and wealthy cousin, Lenore (Kathy Bates). The comedic style is as crude as you would expect from McCarthy but the plethora of her trademark snarky one-liners mostly fall flat. There are some incredibly tender moments that seem to suck you in and show off McCarthys surprising acting chops. Even with stars like Toni Collete, Gary Cole and Dan Ak royd rounding out the cast, the material just doesnt dazzle, and for that I give Tammy two banana rats. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (New) PG13, 8 p.m.The Purge (New) R, 10 p.m.


GTMOGalleria delPHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST New Divide By: Andrew Embestro Jr. Lion Fish By: Sgt. 1st Class Larry Nilmeier


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Sgt. 1st Class Melissa Black and the FBIs current director, Mr. James Comey, stand by the bay during a distinguished visitor tour at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Sgt. 1st Class Melissa Black sits aboard a helicop ter on the USS America naval ship that docked at GTMO for a 24-hour stay July 21. JTFs Joint Visitors Bureau distinguishes itself as exemplary 8During Navy Rear Adm. Cozads first all-hands call as Joint Task Force Guantanamos commander last week, he stated, I am incredibly impressed with how the entire team internal and external to the JTF all come together every day to support one joint mission. The nature of the mission here requires additional awareness towards cohesiveness. There is no exception to this for the Soldiers of JTFs Joint Vis itors Bureau who, in coordination with all directorates of JTF, are the liaisons for the distinguished guests that come to tour Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. For Sergeant 1st Class Melissa Black, the JVBs deputy director and noncom missioned officer in charge, the task is nothing new. Prior to arriving at GTMO, she was an enlisted aide to the post com mander at Camp Roberts, California, a training center for the National Guard. I did their tours for them, said Black regarding Camp Roberts. I toured the sergeant major of the army, Ive toured all kinds of congressmen, senators, FBI, anybody and everybody that wants to come train at Camp Roberts. Though Blacks prior experience prepped her for her responsibilities here, GTMO provides a different element for Black and the JVB team. Doing it there, it was a little bit more low key, plus we didnt have the detention facility Here, its not just in your little post, your little state, said Black. This is the world. So its a lot bigger scale. Also, the joint environment, this is the first time Ive ever worked in a joint environment. So learning all the different customs and courtesies of the different branches, that was different for me. Since Blacks time here, visi tors have ranged from Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler to the FBIs current director Mr. James Comey to Navy Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, and other high-profile visitors. The purposes of their visits vary, but one prevalent theme reflects highly on our military and nations leadership. One of the biggest surprises of why some of them come is they want to know how the Soldiers are, the welfare of the Soldiers, and how they are living, if they are getting taken care of, which I never expected to be honest. So a lot of them really care about the Soldiers that are working in the camps and also the staff. An additional observation of Blacks pertains to the remarks of many of the distinguished guests. The majority go through the camps, most of them are just amazed at the professionalism of all the junior Soldiers, said Black. Youve got E-2s, E-3s, E-4s, E-5s, and theyre just amazed at the amount of hours that they work and how professional they are at such a young age. This facet of JVB tours is rewarding for Black and her colleagues, said Black. There is a lot of stuff in the news, a lot of negative press about this place and every single person, not just one, but every single one of them that has come here, has been like, Wow, I did not know it was like this. I am very impressed, and I was very misin formed, said Black. The JVB team is comprised of four personnel. In addition to Black, there are two drivers, Army Sgt. Candice Goode and Spc. Patricia Williams and Army Col. Michael Wise, the groups director. Its a lot of work for four people, said Black. If I had it my way, thered be at least six people in this section it is what it is. You do what you have to do. Winding down her time here, Black is near the point in which she can reflect on lessons learned and begin looking towards her next assignment with the California National Guards 100th Troop Commands G1section in More no Valley, California. You come here on a nine month rotation, and its been very, very busy for me, said Black. I feel like Ive grown a lot more as an NCO, as a leader Ive done a lot, and I feel like when I go back home to California working for the brigade that Ill be able to contribute something to them. Story by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Webmaster,


Story and photos by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milOut on the bay, the list of duties of Joint Task Force Guantanamos Maritime Security Detach ment, Port Security Unit 312 are many. From offshore patrols to emergencies within the bay, the MARSECDET is ready to respond. One of the most important duties of the MARSECDET is responding to medical emergencies that require an escort across the bay. To prepare for these emergencies, the MARSECDET conducts bi-monthly training with the Marine Corps to en sure efficiency. Beginning with a call and ending when the injured Marine is transported to the U.S. Naval Hospital Guantana mo Bay, this high-speed drill is one that must be conducted with the highest level of accuracy. Well receive information from the Marine Corps, usually that will come through our hammerhead and will come via nine-line MEDEVAC, said Coast Guard Lt. Michael Henson, operations officer with the MARSECDET. Once we receive that information we will respond to one of three locations on the Leeward side. So the Marine Corps will take the Marine to one of our landing sites where we can then proceed in. They are placed on a stokes litter when we bring them on board and we will then transport them over to the Navy hospital for care. While the training is necessary for the working experience of responding to a MEDEVAC, it is also crucial to the working relationships of those in the bay. We found many deficiencies when we first arrived at GTMO, primarily our interoperability with the radios. Were now able to communicate directly with the field supervisors with the Marine Corps, said Henson. With that we can respond much quicker with the valued information that we need to respond on. A single drill requires the effort of many Service members from different branches. It takes a crew of four Coast Guardsmen to occupy one boat, the Marine point of contact, his men and a vehicle as well as the Coast Guard logis tics team that works in the hammerhead to successfully accomplish this training exercise, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Curtis Clinton. Because the unit that occupies the MARSECDET is a reserve port security unit, they havent had the chance to do training like this before. Primarily, the training that we do back home is anti-terrorism force pro tection, but were not primarily working with other services. So giving us the opportunity down here to work with the Marine Corps and the Army just gives us a much broader respect to our mission down here, said Henson.Marines carry another injured Marine on a stokes litter to load him onto a MARSECDET Coast ing drill July 31. The MARSECDET does this training bi-monthly with the Marines.A Coast Guardsman with the MARSECDET stands ready on a Port Security boat to support MEDEVAC training in the bay July 31. MARSECDET conducts MEDEVACtraining 9


Coast Guard birthday:Cutter and PSU come together for cookoutStory and photos by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Photo Editor, Military branches celebrate their birthday in a variety of ways, such as dinners or annual 5k runs to commemorate the special day. Joint Task Force Guantanamos Port Security Unit 312 went with a more laid back approach for the United States Coast Guards birth day: a weekend cookout. They werent alone though, as the USCG Tampa, a medium endurance cutter out of Virginia that had arrived shortly before the celebration, combined resources with the 312 for the cookouts festivities. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Canning, who is usually found in the planning or organizing of unit events for the 312 pointed out that the combined efforts resulted in a well attended birthday cookout that was abundant in freshly-grilled food. According to Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Jose Castro, the ships senior enlisted leader, the Tampas morale officer had originally contacted the MWR looking for assistance in setting up a Coast Guard birthday event. That is when they were alerted to JTF GTMOs resident PSU and their own preparations. A short time later the two commands were speaking and agreed to come together and combine their resources to provide the best available celebration. Coast Guardsmen from both missions were found talking and enjoying the Wind jammer pool while waiting on the grill masters to announce that the food was ready. The Coast Guard birthday is about the history of the service, and all the missions that the service does that many dont know we accomplish, said Castro. To see guys from two different commands that have never met each other, and just come together for this and get along so well is awesome. It lets everyone relax and share completely different sea stories. Among the camaraderie building and sea-story swapping, a reminder that the military was a small community occurred as well. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Carl Sette was completely unaware that the commanding officer of the Tampa was Cmdr. Clinton Carlson, who as it turns out, has known Settes family for years from serving in the military. My whole family has been in the Coast Guard, and the military is already a small world. The CO [commanding officer] knows both my dad and my father in-law from past commands. Fourteen years later we get here and we see each other and we have this, hey, I know you! moment, said Sette. Over 50 people were in attendance, many coming and going to stop by and celebrate with food and drinks, including the JTF command staff. As is tradition at many celebrations involving food, the oldest and youngest serving members commemorated the event by cutting the cake. A success for both commands, Saturdays cookout showed what esprit de corps is supposed to look like. Coast Guardsmen play a frisbee game at Saturdays celebratory cookout for the Coast Guards birthday. Port Security 312 combined resources with the crew of the USCG Tampa, who were in port for the weekend, allowing for a very well-attended cookout that was abundant in freshly cooked food and story swapping. Task Force Guantanamos Port Security Unit 312, cuts the cake at the celebratory cookout Saturday in honor of the Coast Guards birthday, which is August 4. The event was co-hosted by the crew of the USCG Tampa, a medium endurance cutter in port for the weekend from Virginia. Naval Station Guantanamo Bays command chief, Master Chief Petty birthday cookout. Both the USCG Tampa and GTMOs resident PSU 312 supplied the food. 10


haplains olumn By Navy Cmdr. Thomas Taylor JTF Command Chaplain ChaplainThe dog daysWe have all heard the term the dog days of summer, and know it refers to the hot, sticky days between the Fourth of July and Labor Day. The origin is celestial; it referred to the period sur rounding the conjunction of the dog star Sirius with the sun (when they rise at the same time). The reference began in the times of the ancient Greeks and is still used today. Especially in the times before air conditioning, the dog days were times when activity was kept to a minimum, especially in hot weather. If you had to do work, it was completed early, and the rest of the day was devoted to trying to stay cool and refreshed. We definitely have dog days, weather wise, at GTMO. Churches experience the dog days of summer too. Attendance typically drops, partly because of vacations and travel plans, and partly because people like to enjoy the laz y days of summer without many plans or commitments (or in some cases, because the church still lacks air conditioning!). Some churches buy into this, by canceling church school classes and other activities, as if acknowledging that people will not come. I prefer instead to challenge it. Summer is a great time for us to refresh ourselves with the word of God, with the fellowship of others who share our faith and with the uplifting message of hope that we usually hear at worship services. It is a time when we should be open to filling our days with good things, and I can think of nothing better than working on our relationship with God. So think about going to church this weekend. Ill be at my usual 9:30 a.m. service at the NAVSTA chapel annex. Ill save a seat for you and the air conditioning works great!Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) recently conducted a fiveday Command Financial Spe cialists (CFS) course that is designed to help command representatives provide financial education and training, coun seling and information referral at their command. The OPNAV instruction 1740.5B is the regulation, which out lines the responsibilities and functions of the CFS. This rigorous and intensive financial training and information course is de signed to help Service members success fully provide financial strategies and en hance the education of their command and their military members. The CFS is the first line of assistance and some times defense for the military member who has questions or is sues concerning their financial readiness. If the CFS cannot assist the military member, they are referred to Mr. Michael Rivera, the Accredited Finan cial Counselor (AFC) and the Personal Financial Counselor and Educator at the naval stations FFSC. Money is one of the main reasons personnel experience stress on the job and it is one of the top things couples fight about. By helping individuals achieve financial success we can foster confidence in facing their finances and alleviate many of these stressors. Also, DoD promotes sound financial practic es, personal integrity and responsibility among its members. PFM is a key Quality of Life (QOL) readiness and retention program. FFSC offers a variety of services and workshops that are free as part of your ben efit while on-board NAVSTA GTMO. These include: One-on-one or couples financial counseling, credit report review, consumer awareness, retirement planning, paying for college, insurance, credit considerations, budgeting, and Command Financial Specialist training; just to name a few. As one of the graduates stated, Finances are a very critical part of life learning. I plan to implement what I have learned within my command and definitely my personal life, specifically my kids to help guide them to financial success. It is our goal at the FFSC to provide personal financial education, training, counseling, and information and referral to active duty/retired/reserve Service members, their families, DoD employees, contractors and third country nationals on NAVSTA GTMO. These courses are FREE to everyone residing on base. The Full Steam section of the elec tronic financial planning worksheet is an amazing tool that uses the members numbers from their indebtedness to find them the greatest savings and knock out those debts quicker and more efficiently. The best part is that the numbers dont lie because it shows the member when, who and how much to pay, said Joint Medical Group Hospital Corpsman Chief Petty Officer Kevin Graham. For additional information on other available financial classes, please contact FFSC at 4141 / 4153. Story and photo by Mike Rivera Personal Financial Manager FFSC, Command Financial Specialists Course NAVSTA GTMOs Fleet & Family Support Center Director with Com mand Personal Financial Specialist Course graduates.graduates 11


Send your best photos to Three rounds for time:20 jumping jacks 20 burpees 20 squats Courtesy Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Biff Murray A Labor Day CelebrationKickball Tourney Monday 1 Sept @ 9 a.m.Located at the Softball Fields REGISTRATION IS FREE!! Register by 27 AugCoaches meeting is 28 Aug at 6:30 p.m. in the Denich Gym classroom FMI call 2213 Illustration by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri