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Volume 16, Issue 29 September 5, 2014


2 CORRECTIONS Members of the Joint Medical Group command element prepare to initiate cer-in-charge and senior enlisted leader for the prospective areas of expertise remove their title nametapes and hand it over to their replacements to be worn during their tour.Photo by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes of the week FEATURES12 CNO visits GTMO Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Chief of 8 Rhythm & Ribs 7 Northeast Gate run SPC Jonathan CardinaleCrazyhorse Troop 1/3 CRSGT Zachary Strong339th Military Police Company Around the BayMonday night on the big screenExperience the NFL in high-definition at the Tiki Bar. Watch your favorite pro football teams go head to head beginning this Sunday for the double header. The Tiki Bar opens at 5 p.m. and kick-offs are at 7:30 and 10:20 p.m. Appetizers are available for purchase and residents of all ages are welcome. Get LinkedIn Is there such a thing as a beneficial social media platform that can enhance your career? Find out how most up and coming professionals are using LinkedIn to network and how to operate this system during a free seminar Sept. 29 at the Fleet and Family Support Center. Call 4141 to register. Cover photo: Marine Corps Sgt. Derrick Wyatt, with the Marine Corps Security Forces Company, flexes his 2000 Jeep Wrangler TJ, nicknamed Dana, on a limited-access trail during the first Off-Road GTMO on Sunday. Twelve, four-wheel drive capable vehicles participated in the safe and fun island adventure hosted by Naval Station Guanta namo Bays MWR.Photo by Spc. Nadine White


3 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 Grimes Army Sta Sgt. Robert Ponder Spc. Nadine White Spc. Nancy Mizzell Staff 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 Deputy Director Army Maj. Reinaldo Montero Command Information Ocer Army Capt. Allison Givens


4 Weekly Lt. Col. Patrick MillerLadies and gentlemen, it is here! The 2014 college football season has begun. If youre anything like me, youve been waiting the last few months to see if all the talk was just hype or if it was the real thing. Thursday, we started off with Texas A&M versus the South Carolina Game cocks. I hope you didnt think A&Ms first-year starter, Kenny Hill, was going to be incapable of putting up numbers like Johnny Football, because not only did he meet the expectations of a first-year starter, he broke a couple of Johnnys school records. Saturday, things picked back up with more than enough football games to watch here on GTMO. Navy, your boys looked promising but couldnt quite hang on during the second half against Ohio State. If youre an Alabama or Florida State fan, you probably werent overly impressed by their performances. Not to take anything away from their oppo nents, but when youre ranked no. 1 and no. 2, you should be a little more domi nating than that, shouldnt be playing a nail bitter with an unranked opponent. Go back to the drawing board fellas; well see what you do this weekend. Next up was Louisiana State University and Wisconsin. A very back and forth, hard fought game; but in the end, LSU pulled it out for a win. Now, the game I picked to be the best for the first week of college football was Clemson versus University of Georgia, and boy was I right for the first half. The second half of the game, UGA abso lutely ran away with the game, literally! UGAs Heisman hopeful, running back Todd Gurley, is an absolute beast! Gur ley ran for 198 yards with 3 touchdowns, one of which was a 100-yard kickoff return. I know it seems like I highlighted teams from the south, but lets face it, theyre the best! Go Noles! I am a firm believer that life is about opportunities and choices. Each day you are presented with numerous opportu nities. The choices you make lead you to your next opportunity, kind of like the old adventure books that present you with a choice i.e., turn left or turn right. Once you make your choice, you flip forward or backward in the book to the page associated with your choice and continue reading until the next oppor tunity presents itself. You continue making choices until you reach a conclusion. If you do not like the ending, you simply go back to a previous decision point and make a different choice. Unfortunately, life is not that simple, which brings me to a quote from Dan Browns best-selling novel Inferno, which has come to summarize my leadership philosophy. In Inferno, Mr. Brown writes, decisions of our past are the architects of our present. In other words, where you are today is a function of where you have been (opportunities) and the decisions you made (choices). We have all taken different paths to get where we are today. My brother and I are prime examples of how different choices yield very different results. My brother and I are from a small coal mining and farming community. We grew up in the same home town with the same parents and went to the same schools. Our dad sacrificed time with us to put food on the table. Our mom was a high school dropout who later earned her GED and a college degree. Our story was the norm for many in our community. We had the exact same opportunities growing up; however, we made very different choices. I immersed myself in school, volunteer activities and Boy Scouts. My brother hung out downtown. As we continued to spiral down separate paths I found myself in college and then the Air Force. My brother found him self in prison for the better part of fifteen years. What was the difference? We had the same upbringing, the same opportuni ties. We were raised on the same values by the same parents. The difference was our choices. My brother made bad choices. Rather than course cor rect early in life, he continued to make bad choices. Doors closed, and he was held accountable for his actions. As Dan Brown stated, the decisions of my brothers past were scripting his present. He no longer had great opportunities, or even good opportunities, in front of him. My path was very different. I am not saying I made the right choice every time, but when I did make a bad choice I corrected the issue immediate ly, learned and moved on to the next opportunity. When presented with your next opportunity, what are you going to do? The choice you make is a function of your character and is grounded in your experience. Opportunities come and go; only you can decide what choice you will make. By Air Force Lt. Col. Patrick Miller Commander, 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron By Staff Sgt. Patrick Ponder Media Relations,


5 VOTE Story by Sgt. Christopher Vann Copy Editor, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milIts your right Story by Sgt. Christopher Vann Copy Editor, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milAlthough there were no games this past week, there were a few newsworthy headlines. Particularly, the case involving the San Francisco 49ers defensive end, Ray McDonald, who was arrested on a domestic violence charge. The incident occurred a mere four days after the NFL commissioner implemented new league wide rules concerning the penalties for such an act. In other news, the St. Louis Rams released defensive tackle Michael Sam. As an unrestricted free agent, Sam now has the option to sign with any team of his choosing. Throughout Guantanamo, many Troopers drafted their Fantasy Football teams. Good luck to all partici pants! Upcoming games: Thursday, September 4th Packers vs Seahawks Sunday, September 7th Saints vs Falcons Vikings vs Rams Browns vs Steelers Jaguars vs Eagles Raiders vs Jets Bengals vs Ravens Bills vs Bears Redskins vs Texans Titans vs Chiefs Patriots vs Dolphins Panthers vs Buccaneers Colts vs Broncos Monday, September 8th Giants vs Lions Chargers vs Cardinals VOTE HERE Media Relations, Someone once asked, Why should I vote, my one vote wont change anything? The saying, every vote counts is very true. Even while deployed, away from the political campaigns and local news, your voice can still be heard. The Federal Voting Assistance Pro gram makes sure that each and every Service member, their family members and overseas citizens are aware of their voting rights and can do so, from any where in the world. The FVAP educates and assists those who are eligible to vote, but are unable to physically make it to their respective voting booth, either because they are deployed or underway. There are a few facts to keep in mind however, before participating in a political event. For example, Service members may not actively petition for any office or political party, while in uniform. Also, the legal voting residence is determined by the county, city or state a Trooper has resided in, is currently residing in or plans to reside in upon their return. Therefore, military person nel and their family members may not pick and choose which state to declare as their legal voting residence without meeting that states residency require ments. Federal voting registration dictates that you may only have one legal resi dence at a time, but may change your residency every time you are transferred to a new location. You must actively seek to change residency by either, regis tering to vote, registering a car, qualify ing for in-state tuition, etc. Once your residence has been changed, you may not go back to the previous residence without re-establish ing new physical presence and intent to remain or return. Minors typically assume the legal res idence of either parent, and when they become 18, they can also opt to have their own legal residence which may dif fer from either parent, only if they have met the same guidelines as their parents. You cannot vote in an election for fed eral offices for the sole basis of imposing or escaping state and local taxes. For more info, contact your legal counsel, Lt. Cmdr. Aaron McGowan at 4888 for specific questions or situations, or visit purpose


6 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 The Hundred-Foot Journey (New) PG, 8 p.m.LucyR, 10:15 p.m.The Fluy Movie(LS) PG13, 8 p.m.Hercules PG13, 8 p.m.The Expendables 3PG13, 8 p.m.Sex Tape(LS) R, 8 p.m.Into the StormPG13, 8 p.m.Guardians of the Galaxy PG13, 8 p.m.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles PG13, 10:15 p.m.Get On UpPG13, 8 p.m.Guardians of the Galaxy PG13, 8 p.m.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles PG13, 10:15 p.m.The Hundred-Foot Journey (New) PG, 8 p.m.LucyR, 10:15 p.m.Sex Tape(LS) R, 8 p.m.Get On UpPG13, 8 p.m. Story by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri Webmaster, Courtesy Getty Images, Columbia Pictures, Creative Commons, King Fleischer Studios, Inc., Walt Disney, MGM StudiosFor film fanatics and casual moviegoers alike, Naval Station Guantanamo Bays outdoor lyceums create a wonderful cinematic experience for those looking to view some of Hollywoods latest releases. Elizabeth Leonard, GTMOs arts and crafts and lyceum manager, is the person behind the planning that makes the screens light up every night for residents here to enjoy a night at the movies. Navy Motion Picture Services decides what I receive, said Leonard. Ultimately, its up to the company who makes the movies whether or not to send us a movie. She also states that we are fortunate to receive the movies when we do, as not all Navy bases get initial showings. We are actually lucky because we are an OCONUS [outside the continen tal United States] base, said Leonard. Not all OCONUS bases, but a few of them, have first run movies. At a Navy base in the states you may not find Guardians of the Galaxy first run. We got it the same weekend as the states did, which is awesome, but not all Navy bases do that. They do it for OCONUS bases because we are out here not able to leave to go to a commercial theater. The movies initially come from Millington, Tennessee, headquarters of MWR and Navy Motion Picture Ser vices, said Leonard. They are flown to NAS Jacksonville and then here. Leonard finds out about the movies one or two weeks out, and if everything goes right, GTMO residents can enjoy the show. Though things can and have gone wrong, which sends Leonard, as if in her own little Hollywood plot, on a mission to get new movies here. The movies come to GTMO in what looks like a giant flash drive, which come on the rotator on Fridays, said Leonard. If the drive is damaged, or there is just a glitch, I dont have another option. Sometimes Ill work to try and get another new drive but then I have to ask Navy Motion Picture Services to get the drive to Jacksonville and then they have to rush to get it to the plane. Sometimes this is done with all the last minute suspense seen in an action movie, as there have been instances of people rushing to NAS with the drives. It also depends on the rotator, said Leonard. If for some reason the movie is delayed or my movies somehow dont make it on to the plane, which has happened before, we dont have new movies. Another priority for Leonard is the maintenance and functionality of the lyceums equipment. If anything goes array, she has to push a work order through like anything else, sometimes order parts and also deal with the unexpected mishap, like recently when a breaker at the Downtown Lyceum got struck by lighting. The fuse blew so I couldnt play the movie, said Leonard. I went down there and sat with Bremcor for about two hours while they changed the fuses and it worked. So thats constantly on my mind with storms and facilities possibly leaking. Im always concerned about maintenance. Thanks to Leonards diligence, the show does go on. With attendance marked every viewing, quite often all 499 of the Downtown Lyceums seats are filled up. There were over 1,000 in attendance for Guardians of the Galaxy, said Leonard. I send the schedules and attendance to Navy Motion Pictures Services, and from there they use it to send to the movie companies so they know that we have good attendance for new movies, said Leonard. A few new movies are expected in the coming weeks, but that all depends if they get on the plane, so I dont want to promise people anything specific, said Leonard.The magic the movie


7 Story by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milNaval Station Guantanamo Bays Northeast Gate is the longstanding portal that separates Cuba from the residents of GTMO. Contrary to the belief of anyone who hears the name Guantanamo Bay, the travel between the military base and Cuba is not as fre quent and leisurely as most assume, but this was not always the case. For some time trips from GTMO to Cuba were open to GTMO residents on weekends, but this was thwarted when Cuban authorities kept a group of Sailors and Marines in Cuba under false pretens es. This instance injured the relations between Cuban authorities, furthermore, closing the gate only to be opened for Cuban workers and official business. To commemorate GTMOs iconic gate, MWR held a 12-mile run of which the halfway point was the Northeast Gate. Despite its possibly discouraging length, the participants of the run were present in number and effort. We had 51 runners so the turnout was great, said Jim Holbert, MWR sports coordinator. It was a unique opportunity to go up to the Northeast Gate. Thats why we had such a high number for a 12-mile run. It was close to a half-marathon. Among the runners were many faces familiar to those of Joint Task Force Guantanamo including Army Brig. Gen. Marion Garcia, JTFs deputy commander, and Army Lt. Col. Roger Glenn, commander of the 391st Mili tary Police Battalion. I was pleased with my performance, said Glenn. I havent done a lot of distance lately. But the story that follows his recent lack of lengthy runs is one that speaks highly of the dedication of the leader ship here. I had back surgery in November for a ruptured disk, L5S1, Glenn explained. The doc at that time told me I wouldnt run again, that I would have to walk and do stuff like that. So I did a good bit of research on trying to recover, and I stated running again in March. I was real slow. I wanted to go faster but I couldnt. It was ugly, it was real ugly. I just had to work my way back into it. I havent run this far since November, and I had only done about six miles down here Thats why I was pleased with just being able to finish 12 miles. Despite what could have ended his running career, Glenn was able to recover and continues to make progress. After the race he spoke of why he put in so much effort to recuperate. The reason that I run is to stay fit and try to live longer, so in my Army Staff Sgt. Casey Gore, stationed here with Public Health Command, Region South, Fort Gordon, runs to complete the last quarter of the Northeast Gate Run Saturday. Photo by Pvt. Kourtney Grimes/The Wire Photo by Sgt. Kenneth Tucceri/The Wire opinion anybody who is out running is winning. In the spirit of competition, the race had winners in age groups. The top three males times went to Army Staff Sgt. Casey Gore, Army Maj. Jason Small and Army Sgt. David Pelsnik. The females that made the top three were Navy Petty Officer 1st. Class Cherry Quick, Air Force Capt. Devon Messecar and Army Brig. Gen. Marion Garcia.


8 Choosing the islands most delicious ribs came as easy as taking a breath for many Guantanamo Bay residents. However, for members of rockabilly bands, Beau and The Burners, The Mikey Clams Band, and Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho-DeVilles, getting their taste buds to agree on the top ribs proved to be a challenge. Nevertheless, they always see eye to eye on one thing: music. On Saturday these rockabilly bands came together at GTMOs Tiki Bar to celebrate Labor Day weekend by sharing their gift of music. Rockabilly formed and hit main stream audiences in the 1950s with a unique fusion of country, rock n roll, and rhythm and blues. It is not the rock that everyone knows today, but that doesnt stop western-rockabilly musician Mikey Clams from living like the rock star that he has always been. Its a mentality really, said Clams. I knew at an early age that this style of music was my thing, I really liked it. Its cars, clothes, its a specific type of music. For Rod Walt of the Psycho-DeVilles, the aspect of cars is the highlight of rockabilly. I have a huge collection of Hot Rod cars. Ive always liked old cars, pre s. It meant a lot for me to have a car that I built myself at 17, said Walt. Walt has a great love for cars, but music is his passion. I always did both, said Walt, but Id rather play music than do anything. When an unfamiliar artist is described by being placed in a genre of music such as alternative, metal, hip-hop and even classical, they are imme diately understood. In contrast to todays dominant music scene, rockabilly is a style that is foreign to many and mistak en for something it is. Ive never heard anything from these types of bands, but my son is really excited about it. It goes to show that good music reaches everyone and breaks any culture barriers, said Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jeramie Johnson. Rockabilly musicians are aware of music lovers shallow knowledge when it comes to rockabilly, but see it as a rea son to continue sharing their music. The lead singer and guitarist of Beau and the Burners feels that rockabilly is a type of music that will last forever. Its not the most popular music in the world, but its still hanging in there, and it will always be around, said Beau Knott. A lot of people think of it as oldies music, but I kind of see it as universal music. The rockabilly concert attracted an audience diverse in culture and closed generation gaps, confirming Knotts thoughts. This weekend was Knotts first trip to GTMO, but Clams is no stranger to the island. Clams loves the energy of GTMO and hopes to enjoy it for years to come. This is my fourth time here, said Clams. I just keep coming back be cause its fun!Rod Walt, guitarist and vocalist for Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho-DeVilles, plays his Gretsch guitar on the Tiki Bars stage Saturday night at the Rhythm and Ribs Festival. Steve Barnett, Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho-DeVilles drummer, bangs on cymbals while Jim Weber, drummer for The Mikey Clams Band and Beau and The Burners, sits on the kit during a collaborative cross-band jam session Saturday night during the Rhythm and Ribs Festival. Story by Spc. Nancy Mizzell Media Relations,


9 Steve Barnett, Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho-DeVilles drummer, bangs on cymbals while Jim Weber, drummer for The Mikey Clams Band and Beau and The Burners, sits on the kit during a collaborative cross-band jam session Saturday night during the Rhythm and Ribs Festival. Buford T. Ogletree, of Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho-DeVilles, hoists his upright bass on his shoulder during the Rhythm and Ribs Festival Saturday night. Navy Capt. John R. Nettleton, commander of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, poses with the head cooks from their respective restaurants at the Rhythm and Ribs Festival. The Windjammer Cafe won the rib cookoff event with their Hawaiian sauce recipe. Land bellies full of ribs. These were some of the sights and sounds at the Rhythm and Ribs Festival held at Guantanamo Bays Tiki Bar Saturday. Residents and Service members all had the chance to sample and cast their votes for the recipe they thought pleased their pallet the most. Stephen Prestesater, MWR communi ty activities director, stated that the idea for the festival came from a recent visit to St. Augustine, Florida. I went to the St. Augustine Rhythm and Ribs Festival, said Prestesater. I saw it and loved the idea. I wanted to bring it to GTMO, so here they are. With the good turn-out of the inau gural event, Prestesater plans to have this event be yearly, so that as units and personnel transition in and out, the joy can be shared by all. We plan from here on out to grow and increase in size, said Prestesater. Its just an opportunity for us to give back to the community. The Windjammer Cafe beat out the Jerk House and Bayview restaurants to take the title of best ribs on the island, with their Hawaiian blend of spices and sauce. Joint Task Force Guantanamos Sgts. 1st Class Dorothy McPeek and Charlotte Fowler-White, both Soldiers with the Joint Detention Group, had differing views as to which blend was best. I enjoyed the Hawaiian, said McPeek, JDG S1 NCOIC. The St. Louis was by far the best, said Fowler-White, JDG mailroom NCOIC. There were many discarded, sauce-covered napkins, evident of the GTMO communitys eager participation in the cook-off. Although the Windjammer won the cook-off, the residents were the real winners. Story by Sgt. Christopher Vann Copy Editor, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milip-smacking, finger-licking


10In the late 1930s, the U.S. Army was desperate for an all-terrain capable vehicle to replace the motorcy cle/ sidecar combination vehicle used during World War I. In 1940, they received a prototype of a light weight, four-wheel drive, reconnaissance and scout vehicle that was capable of withstanding the rough and tough en vironment of a battlefield. This vehicle ultimately evolved into the Jeep. War correspondent Ernie Pyle characterized the jeep vehicle as, faithful as a dog, as strong as a mule and agile as a goat. There are very few activities that epitomize the adventurous, boundless desire most Americans have for challenging limits and exploring, quite like going off the familiar, paved roads and taking advantage of a Jeeps four-wheel drive abilities on the most rugged terrain. Given Jeeps predominant military history, it was an exciting and pleasant surprise to Jeep owners and fanatics at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay when the MWRs outdoor recreation de partment hosted its first ever Off-Road GTMO event on Sunday. The rumbling engines of twelve pre-inspected, four-wheel drive capable Story and photos by Spc. Nadine White Staff Writer, OFF THE GRID


11 vehicles all of which were various models of Jeep, except for a lone Toyota FJ Cruiser rallied at the Downtown Lyceum Sunday morning to receive a safety brief and route maps for the day. MWRs outdoor recreation director, Tim Baugh, organized the inaugural offroad event after the idea was suggested in a customer feed-back survey. We just ran with it, said Baugh. We had to get approval from base safe ty, the Emergency Management Group Participants of the inaugural Off-Road GTMO pose with their vehicles at a look-out point near Cuzco Beach Sunday. This stop was one of many exclusive views drivers and passengers were able to enjoy along the routes chosen by Naval Station Guantanamo Bays MWR Outdoor Recreation.and the Weapons Department. With the permission from the base commander, Capt. Nettleton, and help from the MAs [master-at-arms], we were able to have access to the trails we used. The two off-road trails gave drivers and passengers unique and typically off-limit views. The first trail began on a restricted, paved road off Sherman Ave. A couple gorged, jagged miles later, it ended at the top of Stephen Crane Hill, where participants were invited to enjoy the high sights of the bases entirety. Following lunch, provided by the MWR at Phillips Dive Park, the second trail led the Jeep fleet past the Cuzco Well Cemetery, down a rocky, uneven, washed-out road. It then hur dled up and down a moderately steep hill to an ocean-side cliff overlooking the exclusive Cuzco Beach. One of the more experienced drivers braving the rocky slopes was Jeep enthusiast Navy Capt. Daryl Daniels, the U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay commanding officer and Joint Task Force Guantanamo Joint Med ical Group commander. Although a veteran in off-road adventures, he was ecstatic to be apart of the first of its kind here. This was one of the best days Ive had here in Guantanamo Bay, said Daniels. Just getting out, seeing plac es we havent been able to see before and take the Jeeps out and show each other what capabilities they have, it was awesome. The MWRs goals for this event were for participants to be safe, as well as have fun, in hopes that a successful ride would lead to more expeditions in the future. We were trying to prove to everyone that we can do things like this safely and keep doing them, said Baugh. Look for more events in the future; were going to try to expand the program. I know I look forward to doing some more advanced trails.Marine Corps Sgt. Derrick Wyatt skillfully navigates his four-wheel drive Jeep Wrangler TJ on a steep, gravel backroad through the hills of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Sunday.


12 Chief of Naval OperationsAdm. Greenert talks about Navys futureStory and photos by Sgt. Spencer Rhodes Photo Editor, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milNavy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, visited Na val Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force Guantanamo during a tour of the Southern Commands area of operation August 28. Greenert said his tour has been a positive one, as hes seen a variety of operations and training, including the 24/7 effort of JTF GTMOs Troopers. I was really impressed with the professionalism from the folks with the Army, the Air Force, the Marine Corps and the Navy, of course; the medical, to the people at master-at-arms to MPs, said Greenert. Theyre all doing the very best job. They have a very, very tough job. There is no room for mis takes and theyre not making any. Its an institution that the president has said he would like to end, he would like to close, but until then it has to be done with great professional approach and thats exactly what our folks are doing. Greenert, who has been the CNO since 2011, took the time during his tour of GTMO to speak to Service members at the Windjammer. Much like Army Brig. Gen. Mark Spindlers visit with the MPs here at JTF GTMO where he took the time to speak about the future of the Army MP force, the admiral used the speaking opportunity to talk about the future of Naval operations and where Sailors could expect to see future mis sions, and have a general idea of what the Navys plans were in the next decade and more specifically, why? Greenert explained that for nearly a century we have kept the same percent age of ships forward deployed. As the Navy gets smaller, this wont be realis tically sustainable with the current op erations model. The idea is by having a non-rotational operation method, having ships and personnel placed permanently in areas where the Navy can respond to missions as they occur, the Navy will be able to sustain its presence without constantly deploying Sailors downrange and for extended periods of time. With the introduction of new high-tech ships like Spearhead-class Catamarans, that can be used as a mobile base among a myriad of other dynamic roles, the Navy will be able to maintain its presence where its needed with less strain. The point of all this is that we have to be where it matters, when it matters. We have to be in areas where we can respond to keep areas of the world open, such as the Suez Canal, so the economy can keep going. We have to be there, and we have to be able to respond, said Greenert.Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Adm. Jonathan Greenert, performs a re-enlistment for Sailors of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay August 28. Greenert visited GTMO during his tour of the Southern Command area of operations. from Joint Task Force Guantanamo, is promoted August 28 by Navy Adm. Jonathan Greenert.


13 Gravity has no affect on you. Its as if youre hovering mid-air and the pressures of life are completely lifted. It feels like being in outerspace. In one word it feels like peace. Welcome to the underwater world of Guantanamo Bay. Scuba divers have said its the most unique experience theyve had in their lives. Its a completely different world down there, said Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Wesley Pope, with Joint Medical Group. He was so impressed with his scuba diving experience that he started bringing his underwater video camera by the fourth dive. Pope relates to the Jacques Cousteau quote, But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free. Pope didnt scuba dive until he came to GTMO. He found out the prices were less than in the states and even though he was trying to save money he thought, If I dont do this now, I probably will never go diving. Many kinds of shells, turtles, lobsters and even a shark are just a few of the things Popes been able to videotape underwater. He shot the shark footage from afar. Ive never been scared diving, said Pope. We always hear the horror stories of what sharks do, and theyre not generally that aggressive in most situations. But when I saw the shark I thought, we need to go. Its definitely a humbling experience when you start to realize how powerful the environment is, said Pope. Nature itself and the water. You really have to have a great respect for it because it can be dangerous, but it also is an amazing experience. On his fourth dive, which is the last of the basic open water course, Pope brought his underwater video camera and shot video for the first time. He went home excited to see the footage and was so motivated he edited the work, put in video transitions, titles and music then showed it to his class. There was a good reception, and I didnt think much of it at the time, said Pope, but I got an email from the instructor the next day asking if Id be interested in doing more video for the classes. Pope started his video hobby by taking photos. His Navy career took him to Italy, Germany, France and Greece where he was able to hone his photography skills. From that point he started a small side business doing portraits of children and families to keep him self busy. Having children is what gave Pope his start in video. When I had kids, said Pope, I started doing more videos because they were growing all the time. Now I try to have a camera with me wherever I go. Hes been able to squeeze a few internet clips home to his young children. My wife took my kids to the aquar ium. There was a diver in one of the tanks cleaning. My son said, my daddy does that, pointing to the diver. He as sociates me now with diving, and I just thought that was really cool. As far as doing this full time, it would be almost like a dream come true for Pope. It would be so much fun going to work every day and getting to dive. Thatd be an awesome job. For my current career path its probably not some thing Ill do primarily as a job but maybe someday as a side job, said Pope. Pope recommends to enjoy diving GTMO while you can. If you dont own gear you can rent it. Its more affordable here than in the states and a great way to pass the time. When you dive here you get your Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) certifica tion. It never expires and you can use it internationally. Story by Sgt. Debra Cook Staff Writer, Medical Group, prepares for a dive at the MWR Marina.Diving:Love of scuba diving reels Trooper into becoming an underwater videographer


14 Story by Sgt. Debra Cook Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milStory by Sgt. Debra Cook Staff Writer, thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.milThis microwave recipe is an easy crowd pleaser and party favorite. It only takes five minutes to make. The jalapeo dates back to the Aztecs who were known to smoke their chilies. Its one of the most commonly grown chilies in Mexico. Its name comes from the term Jalapa, which is the capital of Veracruz, Mexico. The chemical capsaicin, that makes the jalapeo and other peppers hot, has many health benefits: It can aid in weight loss, acts as an anti-inflammato ry and is known to fight migraines and sinus headaches because the peppers block the neuropeptide known as Substance P, which is the main pain transmitter to the brain. A new study even reports that capsaicin found in peppers kills some cancer cells, spe cifically prostate cancer cells. These are only a few of the benefits of the mighty jalapeo pepper. Microwave Jalapeo Popper SpreadThe smell of barbecue permeated the air as I drove out of the Cuzco Barracks. I was headed for the beach, where soon Id feel the wind ricochet off cliff-like rock and coral formations. Id be sitting with friends talking while the ocean gives solace from the hot sun of Guantanamo Bay. It was going to be an excellent Labor Day weekend spent away from work. On the way I stopped for gas and next to me an Army staff sergeant in uniform was doing the same. Youre working today? I asked him. Its OK. Its what Im here to do, he said with a smile. Even though he had to work through the holiday weekend, he wasnt upset. Neither were the two contractors I saw in line at the NEX while going to buy my chips and drinks for the beach. They too had to work all weekend. Labor Day honors American workers. For three days of the first weekend in September, many Americans enjoy relaxing, church, cooking outdoors and playing sports. An article in Huffington Post says that Labor Day was originally born out of labor disputes and a push by workers to demand their rights, however, in the military we dont demand our rights at least not from working. I propose Service members are not only a working class, but have also given their lives in sacrifice. No matter what hour it is or what may come, how many of us have hopped out of bed to be in uniform within five minutes and been in formation? Through holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and birthdays, we not only are separated from our families, but many times were working. You are men and women who embody the freedom Americans have fought for. You know what it takes to keep that freedom and serve your country. Theres not one person I know in the military who wouldnt go in on a holiday or the middle of the night when asked. Begrudgingly, sometimes yes, but when the call of duty comes, you are there. Ralph Ransom, a well-known painter, said, Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy. To those of you that did not get to have Labor Day weekend off this year, you did more than work. You have dedicated your life and service to America so we can enjoy the freedom we celebrate on every holiday, this Labor Day being one. You understand there have been tears sown and you work so that others may reap that joy. Honor Bound.Youre more than working class


15 haplains olumn By Army Capt. Brady Frederick 525th Military Police Battalion chaplainWhy are you here? SpotTheJSMART JSMART Advertising Coordinator 7 & 7s7 rounds for time 7 handstand push ups 7 thruster 7 burpees 7 pull ups 7 wall balls 7 knees to elbows 7 pistols (each leg) Courtesy Spc. Crystal Pittman Beach Volleyball Ultimate Frisbee GTMO sports standings 1. BEEF 7-1 2. Banana Rat 7-1 3. The Guy Plus 1 7-1 4. Z Team 6-2 5. Hellhounds 6-2 6. JMG 5-3 7. The Team 5-3 8. SOGO 4-4 9. MisFits 4-5 10. B. Uglies 3-5 11. Danger Zone 3-5 12. Woosah 3-6 13. Regulators 2-6 14. PWD 2-7 15. The Chowderheads 2-7 16. CCR 0-8 1. I-guana GTMO 7-0 2. Ridisculousness 7-2 3. PWD 5-3 4. BEEF 4-3 5. Huckaholics 3-4 6. Footballs R2 Heavy 2-5 7. Boston 1-6 8. Dirty Mike & the Boys 0-6 Staff Writer, One of the most interesting experiments in Naval medical history was set up at Guantanamo Bay. Plans for a mobile hospital were set up, and Guan tanamo Bay was selected as the site to test its practicality. The camp was located some distance from the Naval Station on a peninsula of chaparral and cactus. When the hospital unit arrived their sad but enlightened experiences began right at the dock. The first materials that were unloaded were ward furniture and caskets. The first-needed equipment such as tents, tools and stoves were not unloaded until four days later. In spite of the difficul ties, the first hospital ward was ready for use in one week, and the hospital was in full operation in two weeks. From this pilot experiment, it was demonstrated that hospitals of great mobility could be constructed and that they could adequately care for the number of patients for which they were designed. Invaluable lessons, often times born of sorry experiences learned on the corals of Guantanamo Bay, later paid dividends in human lives saved on the atolls of the Pacific, and later during the Korean War. How on earth did you end up in GTMO? Do you ever stop and just look around and wonder? I grew up in the mountains of Montana which is about as far from an iguanas habitat as it gets. As a kid, I watched bald eagles soar. My kids watch vultures circle over dead banana rats. So how did you end up here? How you respond to the question speaks volumes about your world view. For example, the overcomer thinks they were born naked and helpless and having overcome obstacles, they arrived at this point in life. You could also filter your answer through the lens of geopolitics. Perhaps starting with 9/11 and the war of terror you now find yourself as a military asset being moved around. Both of these viewpoints are true. I have overcome obstacles, and I also hold a specific skill identifier that is needed at this time and place by the military. I also frame this question through the lens of the kingdom of God. This means Im here because God has called me to be salt and light to GTMO. I believe there is much more going on in this world than my mere mortal eyes can see and my brain can comprehend. Im on this planet for a short period of time and in GTMO for an even shorter amount of time, but Im here for a reason. I may not always understand the specifics, but I know that as long as I make space for him, God will change and use me. So think about it, why ARE you here? Great Scott! We have to go back!, home that is. In time, everyone will start preparing to return to their home duty station, which is stressful enough. However, what about when you get home? Jumping in head first can actually be more of a detriment to yourself and the loved ones you left behind. Consid er that you and whomever you may live with have both been living very different lives. Now you are forced to compromise with one another and adjust to the new situation. It is important to take your time to get accustomed to the way the home has been run while you were away; relax, disconnect from social media and reintegrate your lives together slowly. There will be a period of readjustment for the entire family and that phase could take roughly 4 6 weeks. For more information on returning home, stop by JSMART or the Fleet and Family Service Center which specializes in post-deployment reintegration. Courtesy Stacey Byington


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