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									Linguists vital to JTF mission
                                                                        By Spc. Jody Metzger                 ence in a country he felt more
                                                                        JTF-GTMO Public Affairs Office        affinity for than his Middle
                                                                                                             Eastern roots, K put his skills
                                                                            A diverse group of interpret-    as a bilingual speaker to use.
                                                                        ers here at Guantanamo Bay           “Growing up, I wanted to make
                                                                        has a specialized mission in the     a difference,” he said.
                                                                        Global War on Terrorism.                 Since Sept. 11, 2001, the
                                                                            Fighting not with weapons        need for Middle Eastern inter-
                                                                        or warriors but with words, the      preters has doubled. Agencies
                                                                        linguists break down barriers of     seek translators who can pass
                                                                        communication between lan-           security screening. This rigor-
                                                                        guages and cultures.                 ous screening takes from three
                                                                            Within the detention facili-     to six months and can take up to
                                                                        ties here sits a man who lis-        a year. Applicants are subjected
                                                                        tens and translates. The Wire is     to background investigations
                                                                        withholding his name for secu-       and polygraphs. Only about 10
                                                                        rity reasons. Interpreters will be   percent are approved.
                                                                        referred to throughout this sar-         For many here, this is the
                                                                        ticle using letters. “K” has, like   first time they have been in a
                                                                        many others within his special-      detention facility.
                                                                        ized unit, a unique story.               “Everything here is new to
                                                                                Feet in two worlds           me,” K said. “Each time I talk to
                                                                            Born in the United States, K     a detainee, I try to focus on the
                                                                        is tied to the Arab world. His       fact that we are there for them.
                                                                        adolescent years growing up in       It’s not my job to judge. My
                                                                        an Arab-American family pre-         mission here is to [translate] for
                                                                        sented him the challenge of bal-     the guards and what they (de-
                                                                        ancing American culture with         tainees) say to the guards.”
                                                                        his family’s cultural heritage.          Varied languages, cultures
                                                                            The American lifestyle was           Interpreters’    work      the
                                                                        a fast-moving culture of late        cellblocks along with the
                                                                        nights, dating and traditions        guards, interpret interviews and
                                                                        that K struggled to be a part of.    translate text. Knowing how the
                                                                        In his world in a family with        detainees think and knowing
 Linguists help bridge language and cultural di-                       origins in Palestine and Iraq,       how to calm them is important,
vides between military police such as this Trooper                      “Traditional values were very        K says. “They confide in me
walking a block recently in Camp Delta and detain-                      much still ingrained,” K said.       more than the MP’s (military
ees held here at Guantanamo Bay.                                        “They wanted me to have an           police) because I can speak the
                                                                        arranged marriage.”                  See “Linguists” on Page 8
                              Photo by Senior Airman Jon Ortiz-Torres       Wanting to make a differ-
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 The evolution                                                                                   JTF-GTMO Command
                                                                                                 Commander:
                                                                                                 Brig. Gen. Jay W. Hood




                                   JTF
                                                                                                 Joint Task Force CSM:


    of the                                                                                       Command Sgt. Maj. Angel Febles
                                                                                                 Public Affairs Officer:
                                                                                                 Lt. Col. Leon H. Sumpter
                                                                                                 128th MPAD Commander:
                                                                                                 Maj. Hank McIntire
                                                                                                 Command Information Officer:
                                                                                                 Capt. Janet Schoenberg
                                                                                                 Command Information NCOIC:
By Army Col. Brice A. Gyurisko, Sr.             fairly robust and made up a large part of the    Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Hyde: 3593

Commander, Joint Detention Operations Group
                                                task force. The internment and resettlement
                                                organizations in the Army are all from the       Circulation: 2,100
   As I reflect on my almost seven months        Reserve and National Guard components.
at GTMO (Guantanamo Bay), my involve-               We did not anticipate the length of the
ment with the JTF (Joint Task Force) and
                                                                                                 The Wire
                                                mission at the time, or the follow-on ac-
this mission goes back further, in particular   tions in Iraq that required—and still do—a       NCOIC/Editor:
with the military police aspect.                significant amount of MP force structure.         Cpl. Jim Greenhill: 3592
   Here is a bit of history from my perspec-    Another dynamic we faced was the length          Managing Editor:
tive that relates to where we have been,        of assignments of mobilized Soldiers, and        Cpl. Simon Cropp: 3589
where we are and where we are going with        the available internment and resettlement        Photo Editor:
respect to guard forces.                        brigades and battalions that were now be-        Spc. Jody Metzger: 3499
   In January 2002, I was commanding            ing used in theater.                             Layout Editor:
the 716th Military Police (MP) Battalion at         One of the decisions from the Pentagon       Senior Airman Jon Ortiz-Torres: 3594
Fort Campbell, Ky., after recently returning    was to activate an active-duty MP battalion      Photojournalist:
from a six-month tour in the Balkans.           and assign that battalion to GTMO. The           Pfc. Jessi Stone: 3589
   During the time in the Balkans, we           Army identified the 525th MP Battalion (In-
in Task Force Falcon, like the rest of the      ternment/Resettlement) and accelerated the       Masthead design: Spc. Richard McMullen
world, were outraged by the cowardly at-        activation process for the 189th MP Com-
tacks on America of Sept. 11, 2001. One of      pany (which was scheduled for activation,        Contact us:
my units, the 101st MP Company, deployed        if memory serves me right, during the next       Base Information: 2000
with the 101st Airborne Division (Air As-       five years).
sault) to Afghanistan and participated in           The 525th MP Battalion, with its Head-       Public Affairs Office: 3499 or 3651
Operation Anaconda.                             quarters and Headquarters Company and
   In December 2001, my battalion was           189th MP Company, is forming at the mo-          From the continental United States:
given a mission to deploy from Fort Camp-       ment right here at GTMO and will assume          Commercial: 011-53-99-3499
bell sometime in January 2002 to escort         many of the functional missions of the           DSN: 660-3499
detainees to a place called Camp X-Ray at       JDOG with the next rotation.
GTMO. We conducted varied training for              We will see with the next rotation a larg-   Online:
the escort mission, a precursor to what our     er Navy footprint within the JDOG (we cur-       www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil
men and women are continuing to do now          rently have two of our units predominantly
in detainee movement operations.                made up of Navy and Marine Troopers).
   During the summer of 2002, I changed             I alluded to earlier the appetite, if you
command and was assigned to the MP Op-          will, for Army MP force structure in the
erations Division at the Pentagon.              different operational theaters, and while the
   One of the first actions I was involved       Army’s 525th MP Battalion is still receiving
in was the joint-manning document for           training and Soldiers here at GTMO, the          The Wire is produced by the
GTMO and for the then two Joint Task            Navy has stepped up to provide Troopers          128th Mobile Public Affairs
Forces, 160 and 170. I jumped on an air-        to backfill the departing Troopers from the       Detachment assigned to the
plane to Florida with other planners from       Reserve and National Guard.                      Joint Task Force Public Affairs
the Army staff and we sketched out what             Though some of the terminology and           Office at Guantanamo Bay,
                                                                                                 Cuba. This publication is printed
the MP footprint was going to look like.        uniforms will be more “khaki” than “cam-         under the provisions provided
   Little did I know three years ago that I     my,” the JDOG will continue to conduct its       in Army Regulation 360-1 and
would be sitting here now, commanding the       mission of detention operations in support       reflects neither the views of the
Joint Detention Operations Group (JDOG).        of the JTF.                                      Department of Defense nor the
The first couple of groups of MPs were               Honor Bound!                                personnel within.
FRIDAY, JAN. 28, 2005 | THE WIRE                                                                                                  THE 525 | PAGE 3


                                                     Inside the 525th MP Battalion:
              Spc. Victoria Freiert
                                                                                                        act with them on a daily basis as opposed
                                                                                                        to what we are supposed to do here. Here
                                                                                                        there is no interaction.”
                                                                                                            Guards at Camp Delta do not share
                                                                                                        personal information with detainees and
                                                                                                        discuss neither operational information
                                                                                                        nor current events, somewhat limiting the
                                                                                                        range of potential conversational topics.
                                                                                                            When asked how this training com-
                                                                                                        pares or will aid in her prospect of becom-
                                                                                                        ing a registered nurse, Freiert replies that
                                                                                                        it doesn’t. “It’s going from watching [in-
                                                                                                        mates] and detainees to caring for some-
                                                                                                        one.” But Freiert is confident that her expe-
                                                                                                        rience here will be educational.
                                                                                                                     Supportive family
                                                                                                            Working with prison inmates in the past
                                                                                                        has sometimes been tough, Freiert said, es-
                                                                                                        pecially when she knows what they did. “I
                                                                                                        try not to think of what they have done,”
                                                                                                        she said. “You can’t really be bothered by
                                                                                                        what they have done, because you can’t be
                                                                                                        biased when you are dealing with them.”
                                                                                                            What helped her throughout her day as
                                                                                                        a corrections specialist, she said, was keep-
                                                                           Photo by Spc. Jody Metzger   ing a dispassionate attitude.
    The first member of the new 525th Mili-           Previously stationed at Fort Sill, Okla.,              “Putting away your view of what they
tary Police Battalion, Army Lt. Col. Robert       Freiert was pulled from duty there several            did, you can’t really pass judgment on the
Burk, arrived here at Guantanamo Bay last         months ago to her new permanent change                them,” she said.
August. The 525 is part of the Joint Task         -of-duty station here.                                    Freiert said she plans to pursue her per-
Force. New Soldiers are arriving every                          Training for duty                       sonal interests outside of work here. Those
week. Spc. Victoria Freiert, above, is one           The newly formed 525th Military Police             include playing sports, writing, drawing
of those Soldiers.                                Battalion has been quietly assembling, with           and playing pool. “I will play about any
                                                  a view to replacing Army Guard and Re-                sport,” she said. “Since I have been here, I
By Spc. Jody Metzger                              serve Troopers who work in detainee op-               have been playing a lot of volleyball.”
                                                  erations here.                                            Looking forward to a year at Guanta-
JTF-GTMO Public Affairs Office                        Arriving here in October, Freiert has              namo Bay, Freiert maintains a healthy at-
                                                  spent three months helping set up and or-             titude toward her new duty station. A hard
    In November 2002, shortly after her           ganize the new battalion, scheduled to as-            adjustment for many, having a caring fam-
high school senior year, Victoria Freiert         sume full duties in the spring.                       ily back home makes all the difference to
decided to add a new chapter to her life by          Training in the detention camp has been            Freiert.
enlisting in the Army.                            both educational and new to many of the                   “My dad and my family support me 100
    In a recent interview, Freiert said she en-   Troopers arriving here to join the 525.               percent, and for me,” she said, “that makes
listed for a better life and to pursue dreams     Troopers have learned that the camp is run            it easier.”
of college and being a registered nurse. “It      “slightly different than from what we nor-                And even though Guantanamo Bay is a
was a challenge and something to do,” she         mally do,” Freiert said. “I am used to work-          long way from her home and her family,
said. “I didn’t want to deal with college         ing with inmates [not detainees].”                    the people she is deployed here with also
loans and figured it would be different.”             In her previous job as a correctional spe-         help. For Freiert, it’s like a family away
    Based on her test scores and recruit-         cialist, her job was not only to watch over           from home.
ing, Freiert chose correctional specialist as     prison inmates but also to counsel them.                  “I have two older brothers,” she said.
her military occupational specialty. “They        “The actual job is not only to watch them             “Here, I feel like I fit right in with all these
gave me a list of options, and corrections        but also to aid in being their counselor for          guys.” 
specialist sounded kind of cool,” she said.       someone to talk to,” she said. “You inter-                Reach Spc. Jody Metzger at 3499.
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                                                           PLDC
                                                            Distinguished grad


            AROUND

  JTF
                                                             Spc. Katie Kuiper
                                                            receives her diploma
                                                            for the Primary Lead-

    THE                                                     ership Development
                                                            Course (PLDC) from
                                                            Brig. Gen. Jay Hood,
                                                            Joint Task Force
                                                            commander, at Bulke-
                                                            ley Lyceum, Jan. 21.
                                                            More than 30 students
                                                            graduated from PLDC
                                                            as the first class of
                                                            2005. Command Sgt.
                                                            Maj. Jose Reyes was
                                                            the guest speaker.
                                                                                                                              Photo by Army Pfc. Jessi Stone




Health fairs come                             Stations are promoting health education
                                              that will encourage active participation by
                                                                                                        had a bigger health concern such as high
                                                                                                        blood pressure.
to Camp America                               all military members,” said Navy Chief
                                              Sarah Howard from Preventive Medicine
                                                                                                           “Anyone can come into the JAS and get
                                                                                                        screened for anything any time they want,”
                                              at the Navy Hospital. “Our mission is to                  Fogle said. He is hoping that the health fairs
   Troopers who feel they need health         work behind the scenes providing tech-                    will encourage more Troopers to come in
screening or information will be given the    nical support while assisting health care                 and get any screenings they may need.
chance next month when the Joint Aid Sta-     professionals within their scope of exper-                   Many Troopers here are Reservists and
tions (JAS) and the Navy Hospital’s Pre-      tise. This training is designed to identify,              National Guard and may not have adequate
ventive Medicine Department begin hold-       educate and prevent possible health threats               insurance back home, Fogle said. This de-
ing health fairs at the Camp America JAS.     that could compromise our mission, thus                   ployment is a perfect opportunity to take
   Screenings for blood pressure, choles-     ensuring positive morale and a high level                 advantage of medical services.
terol and blood sugar will be available, as   of knowledge.”                                               The health fairs will be beginning in
well as information and advice on tobacco         Army Lt. Albert Fogle of the Joint Aid                early February, said Army Capt. Alyson
cessation, dietary supplements and sexu-      Station said the idea for a health fair came              McInerney of Preventive Medicine.
ally transmitted diseases.                    about partly because Troopers were com-                      For more information call McInerney at
   “Preventive Medicine and the Joint Aid     ing into the JAS for minor problems, such                 7-2162 or Fogle at 3555.
                                              as a cold or an ache and finding out they                                     —Army Pfc. Jessi Stone



                                                                                                              VIP Visit
                                                                                                               Matthew Waxman, deputy
                                                                                                              assistant secretary of defense
                                                                                                              for detainee affairs, chats with
                                                                                                              Navy Base commander, Capt.
                                                                                                              Les McCoy, during Waxman’s
                                                                                                              recent visit here to Guantana-
                                                                                                              mo Bay.




                                                           Photo by Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Henry Chade
FRIDAY, JAN. 28, 2005 | THE WIRE                                                                                              NEWS | PAGE 5




    BOOTS
        ON THE
                                                          Paper or plastic?
              GROUND
   Spc. Jody Metzger asks … “What would you
                                                                                                                          This iguana
                                                                                                                         swallowed part
                                                                                                                         of a plastic bag
                                                                                                                         last week in
  like to see changed about the chow hall?”                                                                                Camp Amer-
                                                                                                                               ica, illus-
                                                                                                                                 trating
                                                                                                                                  one rea-
                                 “Variety.   It’s al-
                                                                                                                                    son it’s
                                ways   the      same
                                                                                                                                     impor-
                                meal.”                                                                                               t a n t
                                                                                                                                     to dis-
                                —Sgt. 1st Class                                                                                     c a r d
                                Thomas Alexander                                                                                   trash
                                                                                                                                  appro-
                                                                                                                                p r i a t e l y.
                                                                                                                              The iguana
                                                                                                                         was OK after
                                                                                                                         Troopers inter-
                                                                                                                         vened.
     “I think the chow                                                                Photos by Army Pfc. Jessi Stone
    hall is great. It’s bet-


                                                         Sound                                     Valentine’s
    ter than the ship.”

    —Navy Petty Officer
                                                                                                   Greetings


                                                         off!
    2nd Class Kisha Madi-
    son                                                                                                The Wire plans to include
                                                                                                   Troopers’      Valentine’s      Day
                                                                                                   greetings in the Feb. 11 issue.
                                                                                                       Write a Valentine’s Day
                                                                                                   greeting. When it appears in The
                                                                                                   Wire, mail that issue home to your
                                 “They should list
                                                                                                   loved one or tell them how to
                                the nutritional in-
                                                            The Wire welcomes letters from         look at The Wire online, at www.
                                formation for all the
                                                         Troopers for publication. Let-            jtfgtmo.southcom.mil.
                                food.”
                                                         ters must have no more than 350               Greetings must not exceed 100
                                  — Spc. Paul Stengele   words, be signed by the Trooper           words, be signed by the Trooper,
                                                         and include the Trooper’s unit and        include the Trooper’s unit and
                                                         contact information.                      contact information. The Wire re-
                                                            The Wire reserves the right to         serves the right to edit greetings
                                                         edit letters for length and clarity       for length, clarity, possible OP-
                                                         and to eliminate libelous or taste-       SEC (operations security) viola-
                                                         less material or anything that might      tions and to eliminate libelous or
                                                         raise operations security concerns.       tasteless material.
     “I don’t think the                                 We will do our best to answer any             If you’d like to see your
    chow hall needs to                                   questions posed in letters by con-        Valentine’s Day greeting to
    change. Since I have                                 tacting the appropriate subject           your loved one published in
    been here, I have lost                               matter expert. If you would like          Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and
    10 pounds.”                                          to see your writing in The Wire,          worldwide on the Internet, bring
                                                         bring your letter to The Wire office       the greeting to The Wire office at
    —Army Staff Sgt.                                     at building 4106, a SEA hut near          building 4106, a SEA hut near the
    Wilfredo Ruiz                                        the Chaplain’s Office in Camp              chaplains’ office in Camp America
                                                         America or e-mail pao@jtfgtmo.            or e-mail pao@jtfgtmo.southcom.
  Photos by Spc. Jody Metzger
                                                         southcom.mil.                             mil.
                                                             —Army Cpl. Jim Greenhill                  —Army Cpl. Jim Greenhill
PAGE 6-7 | NUTRITION



                           Common sense is theme fo

                           Dietary Gu
                           By Army Pfc. Jessi Stone
                           JTF-GTMO Public Affairs




                          S
                                 ixty-five percent of Amer-     cium, potassium, fiber, magne-          ly discourage refin
                                 ican adults are overweight    sium and vitamin E. Adults over        encourage whole
                                 and 30 percent are obese,     50 need to consume more vitamin        grains are grains co
                       according to the U.S. Department        B12, people with darker skin need      entire grain seed, or
                       of Health and Human Services.           to consume more vitamin D and              At least three ser
                          That’s more than half the coun-      women of childbearing age need to      per day should be
                       try at risk for cardiovascular dis-     eat more iron-rich plant foods and     The words “whol
                       ease, stroke, cancer and a variety      folic acid.                            grain” usually app
                       of other diseases.                             While many Americans            grain’s ingredient n
                          Obesity in the USA has dou-                aren’t meeting simple dietary    aging. Wheat flour,
                       bled in two decades. The Food           requirements, Americans consume        and degerminated c
                       and Drug Administration and the         too many calories and too much         whole grains.
                       Department of Health and Human          saturated and trans fats, added sug-       Whole grains
                       Services released the 2005 Dietary      ars and salt.                          wheat, whole oats/
                       Guidelines for Americans with that                  Food groups                grain corn, popcor
                       in mind. The guidelines focus on            Each basic food group is the       whole rye, whole gr
                       energy balance, the consequences        major contributor of at least one      rice, buckwheat, tr
                       of a sedentary lifestyle and food       nutrient while making substantial      gur (cracked wheat
                       choices.                                contributions of other nutrients.      let, quinoa and sorg
                            According to the guidelines:       It’s important to include all food           Carbs and salt
                          Nutrient needs should be met         groups in the daily diet.                  The guidelines re
                       through consuming food. One                 The new guidelines recommend       mend 45-65 percent
                       shouldn’t depend on multivitamins       more dark green and orange veg-        a day come from ca
                       and supplements for the nutrients       etables, legumes (beans), fruits,      Sugars and starche
                       needed to function. People who          whole grains        and low-fat milk   because they are th
                       get the recommended amount of a         and      milk        products than     source used by re
                       nutrient in food won’t achieve any      Americans           commonly eat.      which carry oxyge
                       benefit if they also take the nutrient                        Most Ameri-       ferred energy sourc
                       as a supplement.                        cans are         already consuming     and nervous system
                          Many Americans consume               enough          protein and do not     naturally in foods, s
                       more calories than they need with-      need to         increase their in-     in fruit or lactose i
                       out meeting recommended intakes         take.                                  ferred.
                           for nutrients. Most adults are                          The      revised       Choose carbohy
                              not consuming enough cal-                       guidelines strong-      Choose fiber-rich
                                                                                                      FRIDAY, JAN. 28, 2005 | THE WIRE



 or new

uidelines
 ned grains and      fresh fruit and vegetables and
  grains. Whole      whole grains, and avoid added sug-
 onsisting of the    ars and refined grains. The greater
 r kernel.           the consumption of foods contain-
 rvings of grains    ing added sugars, the more difficult
e whole grains.
 le” or “whole
                     it is to consume enough nutrients
                     without gaining weight.                 How the digestive
                                                              system works
pear before the          The guidelines sound an alarm
 name on pack-       about the amount of sodium con-
 , enriched flour     sumed by the average American.
cornmeal are not         On average, the higher an indi-
                     vidual’s salt intake, the higher an         First the body burns sugar for energy.
  include whole      individual’s blood pressure. Pref-          According to government and education Web sites:
/oatmeal, whole      erence for salt is not fixed. After          Sugar is easiest to burn and fastest to dispose of. It
 rn, brown rice,     consuming foods lower in salt for        burns off in minutes when performing moderate physi-
 rain barley, wild   a period of time, taste for salt de-     cal activity.
riticale, bul-       creases. Decreasing the amount                 After that, the body burns carbohydrates, then
 t), mil-                   of salt consumed is recom-             fats, then proteins.
ghum.                            mended to lower blood                   If sugar is left in the body too long
 t                               pressure.                            without being burned for energy, it’s con-
ecom-                              One of the biggest                 verted to fat and stored (around men’s
 t of calories                 changes to the guidelines              waists; around women’s hips and thighs).
arbohydrates.                 is the amount of recom-                 Carbohydrates left in the body too long
es are important     mended physical activity. Adults                turn into sugar. Fat goes in as fat, and the
 he only energy      should do at least 30 minutes of                body does not need to change it to store
 ed blood cells,     moderate intensity physical activi-             it—and usually stores it right away.
en, and the pre-     ties, such as hiking, walking, or bi-              Fat takes a long time and consider-
 ce for the brain    cycling most days. To lose weight,              able energy to burn off, unlike sugar and
m. Sugars found      60 to 90 minutes of moderate activ-             carbohydrates, which the body prefers
 such as fructose    ity are recommended.                           to burn for energy because it is easy. The
in milk are pre-         Sources include www.fda.gov                 body does not break into fat reserves until
                     and other government and educa-                 no sugar or carbs are left. That means that
ydrates wisely.      tion Web sites. Reach Army Pfc.                the mashed potatoes you ate for dinner last
carbs, such as       Jessi Stone at 3589.                           night have to be burned off before your body
                                                                   even thinks about burning off that spare tire.
                                                                   The body does not start to break down stored
                                                                  proteins (muscles) until it is starving.
                                                                     Fiber cannot be digested or burned; it runs
                                                                 straight through the body. It is an important
                                                                 aid for the digestion of other carbohydrates and
                                                                starches and is as an important antioxidant. Be-
                                                                cause fiber cannot be burned, it fills the stomach
                                                               but supplies no calories and will never be converted
                                                               to fat. 
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 Patriots, Eagles face off in Super Bowl
By Army Cpl. Simon Cropp                                                is healing me,” said Owens, Monday.
JTF-GTMO Public Affairs                                                     “Spiritually I’ve been healed, and I believe I will be out on that
                                                                        field Sunday, regardless of what anyone says,” Owens said.
   As predicted, the New England Patriots caused the rookie melt-           What we have here is a deep man, a misunderstood man, a man
down of the decade, and the Philadelphia Eagles sent Michael Vick       who called Ray Lewis a murderer. And the sad thing is this guy is
back to Atlanta in last week’s championship matchups.                   the Eagles’ only hope to beat the Patriots in two weeks.
   Two teams are left and head on to the Super Bowl.                        Whether he serves as a No. 1 target or a decoy, Owens is a
   The Patriots are a familiar face.                                    necessity to win the big one, and it would be important for Dono-
   The Eagles, who skittered on the edge of busting in most people’s    van McNabb, quarterback                    of the Eagles, to not only
minds, pulled through                  without Terrell Owens. And       have broken                                                     t h e
now the talented                              wide receiver, after      champion-                                                       ship
badmouthing                                        his team in no       woes of the last                                    t h r e e years,
uncertain terms,                                     wants back in.     but to go ahead                             and add the Super Bowl
His injury might                                       be all healed    ring to his hand                     and skip the next stigma alto-
up. News publi-                                        cations run      gether.
pictures of Owens,                                   staring off into       There is not             much that can be said about the Patri-
the distance, a profound              look       of sincerity on his    ots. Tom Brady is the second coming of Joe Montana, so the
face, and we, the casual sports fan, can see the depth, the growth,     broadcasters say.
just jumping off the page at us. He is a new man—again. Forget              The Patriots have no superstars on their team like Owens or
that he came to the Eagles a new man, forget the horrid way he          Randy Moss the team has been called the superstar. The group
acted when he played for the 49ers, and forget that once he got         of players form together into an amalgamation. Are they the next
injured he threw a fit because the ball wasn’t thrown enough in his      NFL dynasty?
direction to break any records.                                             It’s going to take one more win for them to get that title. Two
   Just look at the pictures.                                           Super Bowls in a row is a necessity when getting tagged with the
   “What a lot of people don’t realize is I’ve been doing a lot of      word dynasty. 
rehab on my own, a lot of healing on my own, but spiritually God            Reach Army Cpl. Simon Cropp at 3589.




“Linguists” from Page 1                         Delta detainees.                                     It was a dream for M to be able to give
                                                   Unlike K, who spent his whole life in the     back to his adopted country. When asked
                                                USA, many interpreters have spent most           why he serves, M replied he did it for the
language,” he said.                             of their lives in other countries. Coming        opportunity to give back to a country that
    Arabic, Pashtu, Dari, Farsi, Turkish,       to America, one linguist we will call “M”        has given him so much. “I want to tell my
Russian, Uzbek, French and several other        describes as feeling like a free bird in para-   grandchildren I served my country,” M said.
languages are spoken within the detention       dise. “It is a big difference coming from a      “It’s the best feeling you could have.”
facilities. “There are … people from all        third-world [country] to a free country,” M          Dealing with detainees on a daily basis
walks of life,” K said. “I learned a lot, and   said. “Everything is different: The environ-     can have a trying effect on the guards and
it has been very educational for me. This is    ment, people, culture, everything.”              linguists. But sometimes linguists get odd
the first time I have interacted with Mus-                   Giving something back                requests, which can bring humor to the day.
lims and Ramadan.”                                 Coming from Pakistan, M reached the           There can be requests for a satellite phone,
    Ramadan is a Muslim religious holiday       USA at the age of 29. M, since a very young      computer usage or even pizza delivery.
celebrated since the year 610 A.D. during       age, felt a need to do something more with           Socializing with the detainees could be
the months of October and November. Be-         his life. Just eight months ago, he became       harmful to security. “You can’t really inter-
cause the Islamic calendar shifts 11 days       an interpreter with the Department of De-        act with them too much,” K said.
each year, the exact dates change each year.    fense. Speaking the languages of Pakistani           Linguists are the key to breaking down
More than one billion Muslims around the        and Panjabi, a language widely known in          the barriers of over a dozen languages
world observe this month of prayer and          India, he has become a vital part of the in-     within the detention facilities here. 
fasting, and it remains a tradition for Camp    terpreter mission here.                              Reach Spc. Jody Metzger at 3499.
FRIDAY, JAN. 28, 2005 | THE WIRE                                                                                                WORLDWIRE | PAGE 9


WORLDWIRE: Bush 16th president to serve second term
Jan. 18: Harvard University President                       visitor. …
Lawrence Summers faces controversy
about his remarks that biological differ-                   Jan. 19: Indonesia increases tsu-
ences between women and men may ex-                         nami toll by 70,000; many miss-
plain why fewer women succeed in math                       ing confirmed dead; overall toll
and science careers. … The Bush adminis-                    reaches 221,000. … The Canadian
tration faces controversy about plans to al-                Armed Forces drafts a policy call-
low the resumption of live cattle imports                   ing for chaplains to bless same-sex
from Canada, where there have been two                      weddings on military bases. … For
new cases of mad cow disease. … IBM’s                       first time, cancer passes heart dis-                                            Photo by Eric Cramer

fourth-quarter 2004 earnings reach $3 bil-                  ease as No. 1 killer of Americans
                                                                                                   President George W. Bush and wife Lau-
lion; first time in company history. … 55th                  younger than 85. …
                                                                                                  ra are applauded while the U.S. Army Band
inaugural begins with salute to military.
                                                                                                  (Pershing’s Own) Herald Trumpets play
… Yahoo reports surge in revenue and                        Jan. 20: President George W. Bush
                                                                                                  “Hail to the Chief” at the Liberty Ball.
profit; advertisers warming to Internet. …                   inaugurated for second term; “The
3 in 10 young teens (13 to 16 years old)                    best hope for peace in our world is
sexually active, NBC News/PEOPLE                            the expansion of freedom in all the
Magazine poll finds; but many more retain                    world,” Bush says. … One drink                average $1.87; increase for first time in
conservative attitudes to sex. … Flu vac-                   might be good: Middle-aged women who          three months. … Navy, Air Force swamped
cine no longer scarce in USA. … Army                        drink one alcoholic drink daily suffer less   with recruits; Army, Marines short. …
Secretary Francis Harvey tells Congress                     brain function decline in old age, research
ban on women in combat will continue.                       says. … Volcanic eruptions, not an aster-     Jan. 24: Most depressing day of the year,
… U.S. citizen Samir Vincent pleads guilty                  oid, may have triggered mass extinction       British psychologist calculates. … Bill and
to taking payoffs from Saddam Hussein for                   250 million years ago, scientists say. …      Melinda Gates Foundation increases to
lobbying U.S. and U.N. to lift sanctions;                   Brazilian woman gives birth to 17-pound       $1.5 billion its donation to the Global Alli-
first criminal conviction related to U.N.’s                  boy by Caesarean section. … Fingerprints      ance for Vaccines and Immunizations. …
corrupt Oil for Food Program. … Admiral                     to thwart recruits who send “ringers” to
William Fallon picked to head U.S. Pacific                   take military aptitude tests and physicals    Jan. 25: The Aviator gets 11 Oscar nomi-
Command; was recent Guantanamo Bay                          for them. …                                   nations: Best picture, best director and act-
                                                                                                          ing nominations for Leonardo DiCaprio,
                                                            Jan. 22: Flights canceled, rail and highway   Cate Blanchett and Alan Alda. Million Dol-
                                                            chaos after storm hits Northeast. …           lar Baby and Finding Neverland get seven
                                                                                                          nominations each. 
                                                            Jan. 23: Johnny Carson dead at 79. …
                                                            Rose Mary Woods, President Nixon’s loy-       Army Cpl. Jim Greenhill compiles World-
                                                            al secretary, dead at 87. … USA gas prices    Wire from a variety of news services.




  Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandan W. Schulze

  A Sailor among those lining
 Pennsylvania Avenue salutes the
 American flag as it passes by dur-                                                                                         Photo by Marine Cpl. James L. Yarboro
 ing the Inauguration Day Parade.                             Marines conduct a mounted patrol in the cold, snowy weather of the
 More than 5,000 men and women                               Khowst-Gardez Pass in Afghanistan recently. Marines of the 3rd Battal-
 in uniform took part in the 55th                            ion, 3rd Marines, are conducting security and stabilization operations in
 Presidential Inauguration.                                  support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Lent
PAGE 10 | WORSHIPWIRE                                                                                    FRIDAY, JAN. 28, 2005 | THE WIRE

                                                                         more in spiritual blessings than what little I have sacrificed. This
                                                                         year, being deployed, I am very sensitive to this reality.
                                                                             Like all of us here at GTMO (Guantanamo Bay), I have “given
                                                                         up” a portion of my life, yet I gained so much in return. I gained
                                                                         a deeper appreciation for the men and women of our armed forces
                                                                         and the sacrifices they make on a daily basis in defense of our
                                                                         freedom. I have “given up” friends and family, but I gained new
                                                                         friends and family here at GTMO. I gained the satisfaction of hav-
                                                                         ing done my part in a cause greater than myself.
                                                                             I hope you have experienced some of these same realities dur-
                                                                         ing your time here.
   Lent begins Feb. 9.                                                       Jesus said that it is no fool who will give up what cannot be
   Lent is a season set aside for Christians to prepare for our great-   kept, to gain that which cannot be lost. Prayerfully consider what
est day of the year—Easter, on which we celebrate the resurrection       you might “give up” to the Lord this Lenten season. Whether you
of our Lord Jesus Christ!                                                “give up” something material, monetary, a pleasure or a bad habit,
   The 40 days of Lent are based upon the recurring theme of 40          I guarantee you will gain far more than you sacrifice. Jesus is our
days or years in the Bible. It is meant to be a time of spiritual        example, who suffered the sacrifice of the cross for the joy that was
preparation including prayer, fasting, giving and self-denial. Many      set before him!
Christians will “give up” something for Lent as a way of remind-             You are invited to begin Lent by attending the Ash Wednesday
ing ourselves of all Jesus “gave up” for us in his sacrificial life and   Ecumenical Service, Feb. 9 at noon at Troopers’ Chapel in Camp
death on the cross.                                                      America. May you have a blessed and spiritually rewarding Lent!
   Whenever I “give up” something for Lent, I always find I gain                                —Chaplain (Army Maj.) Steven Herman



                     Padre’s Corner
    The gospel of Christ has a      raw power; gospel values ex-
 way of turning conventional        alt the meek and lowly.
 wisdom upside down.                    In this first month of the
    Nowhere is this more evi-       new year, we have an oppor-
 dent than in the gospel heard      tunity to make an attitude ad-
 in the church on this fourth       justment! May God help us to
 Sunday in ordinary time.           live the life of beatitude.
    While the world exhorts us
 to “get rich,” the beatitudes           —Chaplain (Navy Lt.
 pronounce, “Blessed are the              Cmdr.) James Dowds
 poor.” Many stand in awe of                                                                                             Photo by Army Pfc. Jessi Stone
                                                                            Army Col. Brice Gyurisko leads Troopers attending a
                                                                           prayer breakfast at the Seaside Galley on Thursday.




              Worship Schedule                                           Sunday
                                                                                         NAVAL BASE CHAPEL
                                                                                      8 a.m.
                                                                                      9 a.m.
                                                                                                Pentecostal Gospel
                                                                                                Catholic Mass
                                                                                                                            Sanctuary C
                                                                                                                            Main Chapel
                                                                                      9 a.m.    Church of Jesus Christ
                        CAMP AMERICA                                                            of Latter-day Saints        Sanctuary A
                                                                                      9:30 a.m. Protestant Sunday School
 Sunday        9 a.m.    Protestant Service         Troopers’ Chapel                  11 a.m.   Protestant Service          Main Chapel
               6:45 p.m. Catholic Mass              Troopers’ Chapel                  1 p.m.    New Life Fellowship         Main Chapel
               7:30 p.m. Protestant Service         Building 3203                     5 p.m.    Pentecostal Gospel          Sanctuary C
 Tuesday       7 p.m.     Alpha                     Resumes soon
                                                                         Monday       7 p.m.     Prayer Group               Fellowship Hall
 Wednesday     7:30 p.m. Soul Survivor              Club Survivor                                Fellowship
                                                                                      7 p.m.     Family Home Evening        Room 8
 Thursday      7 p.m.     Thursday Night Ticket     Resumes soon
                                                                         Wednesday    7 p.m.     Men’s Bible Study          Fellowship Hall
 Saturday      3 p.m.     Saturday Vigil Mass       Troopers’ Chapel
                                                                         Friday       1 p.m.     Islamic Prayer             Room 12

                                                                         Saturday     5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass                  Main Chapel

                                                                                     For information on Jewish services call 2323
FRIDAY, JAN. 28, 2005 | THE WIRE                                                                           15 MINUTES   OF   FAME | PAGE 11


                        15 MINUTES OF FAME WITH

                                                  SPC.
     JAMES TYKWINSKI
“Iprovide a service for my com-
munity and country by being both
a soldier and an EMT.”
By Spc. Jody Metzger                to be a medic. It’s a two-year
JTF-GTMO Public Affairs Office       program, and I will be able to go
                                    to school while getting on-the-
    Joining the Army 13 years       job training. It will be a good
ago, Spc. James Tykwinski has       job and training opportunity.
spent his career in the infantry.   What is your civilian job?
The Wire: How did you come          I work as an Emergency
to join the National Guard?         Medical Technician (EMT). I
Spc. Tykwinski: I served a          work for a private ambulance
little over four years in the       company. I volunteer myself to
regular Army, and I saw an          various townships on a rescue
opportunity. I had one of two       squad helping the injured and
options: I could go inactive and    the ill.
not get paid, or I could reap       How long have you been
some of the benefits of the New      doing this?
Jersey National Guard system        This is my third year.
and finish out the rest of my        What do you like about it?
four years.                         It is rewarding to help the
How many years have you             community and to also
served?                             help those that can’t help
I am working on my 13th year.       themselves.
How is the Guard different          Do you see a comparison
from the regular Army?              between what you are doing
It’s a lot different. The idea      here and what you do in your
is you only have to come in         civilian job?
one weekend a month. So you         I provide a service for my
are only accustomed to the          community and country by
military lifestyle for that one     being a Soldier and an EMT.
weekend. You still conduct          Are you thinking about
yourself in a military manner,      incorporating your civilian                                                         Photo by Spc. Jody Metzger

but it’s more relaxed. In the       job skills into a military job?
regular Army it feels like your     I have, very much so. I have        have learned and setting the       Have you been deployed
chain of command is like your       looked at my options for when I     example.                           before?
parents, constantly looking at      leave this deployment and what      What do you like about the         No. This is my first time ever
every move you make. At least       I wanted to do with the rest of     infantry’s mission here?           leaving the United States.
in the Guard you get to live the    my career. I might transfer to      It’s a mission where we have       How do you feel about living
civilian lifestyle.                 the Air National Guard.             to work as a team and work         on an island in the Caribbean
What have you got out of            Have you been able to take          in different roles. I have never   while being a part the Global
being in the military?              some of the leadership skills       manned a checkpoint or a guard     War on Terrorism?
I have gotten a lot of leadership   you have learned in your            tower, so for me it’s a little     This is a beautiful place people
skills, the ability to work as a    military career and use them        different. Most of my Army         pay lots of money to go to, and
team member. I also got the         in your civilian job?               career I was an M-2 driver,        we get to live here for free and
chance to go to school.             Yes. Most of the people they        which is a Bradley Fighting        get paid for it. 
What are you studying?              partner me up with are new.         Vehicle, so I was never down in       Reach Spc. Jody Metzger at
I am in the process of applying     I help them by taking what I        the mud and the muck.              3499.
PAGE 12 | FEATURES                                                                        FRIDAY, JAN. 28, 2005 | THE WIRE



            GTMO celebrates
  Scottish heritage                     with Robert Burns supper
By Army Pfc. Jessi Stone
JTF-GTMO Public Affairs Office

    A feast of plaid and pipes greeted Wind-
jammer patrons Tuesday night as Troopers
gathered to celebrate the birthday of famed
Scottish poet Robert Burns.
    Robert Burns Suppers have been a tradi-
tion in Scottish culture for more than 200
years. After his death in 1796, his friends
began the tradition of celebrating the poet
known as “The People’s Poet” by holding a
feast on the night of his birthday.
    This was the first-ever Robert Burns Sup-
per in Cuba “on either side of the fenceline,”
said Army Staff Sgt. Robert Griffith, Master
of Ceremonies at the supper.
    The night incorporated all the traditions
of a Robert Burns Supper, to include a bag-
piper, the reading of Burns’ poetry and the
“Piping of the Haggis.” Haggis, a traditional
Scottish dish, was immortalized by Burns
in his poem, “To a Haggis,” and has since
become one of the most important aspects
of the Burns Supper tradition. During the
Piping of the Haggis, the haggis is paraded
around the room behind the bagpiper as the         Army Staff Sgt. Rob-                Pipe Major James
guests stand to receive it.                       ert Griffith was master of            Ruff plays the bagpipes
    Command Sgt. Major Larry Morrison             ceremonies for the sup-              during the Piping of the
read the address to the haggis, at which point    per.                                 Haggis.
the haggis was cut. As the guests dined,
Army Capt. William Bono read an address
to the memory of Robert Burns, and Army
Col. Bryce Gyurisko gave the “Toast to the
Lassies.” Dinner was followed by traditional
Scottish music and dancing.
    Many Troopers sported traditional Scot-
tish garb for the festivities, including kilts.
“It’s a brave man who wears unbifurcated
garments [clothes that are not split and
seamed, such as pants and trousers],” said
Sgt. 1st Class Morgan McHose, who proudly
sported his kilt.
    One of the most notable works of Robert
Burns is the song “Auld Lang Syne” that is
traditionally sung on New Year’s Eve. 
                                                   Many Troopers dressed in traditional Scot-
    Sources for this report included www.
                                                  tish garb to include kilts.
rabbie-burns.com. Reach Army Pfc. Jessi
Stone at 3589.
                                                                                                      Photos by Army Pfc. Jessi Stone
                                                                                         FRIDAY, JAN. 28, 2005



                               TAXES
           Tax Assistance Center                               DOWNTOWN LYCEUM
                                                                                      CINEMACAMP BULKELEY
                                                             FRIDAY                     FRIDAY
                     &                                       7 p.m. SpongeBob           8 p.m. National Treasure
          Legal Assistance Office                                    PG      82 min
                                                             9 p.m. Blade Trinity
                                                                                               PG      125 min
                                                                                        10 p.m. Ocean’s Twelve
                     opens Jan. 31                                  R       114 min            PG13    125 min
                                                             SATURDAY                   SATURDAY
                                                             7 p.m. National Treasure   8 p.m. SpongeBob
 Building 6208, Camp America (behind Troopers’                                                 PG       82 min
                                                                    PG      125 min
                       Chapel)                               9 p.m. Flight of Phoenix   10 p.m. Blade Trinity
 Call or stop in for appointment; call 3545 or 3561                 PG13    113 min            R       114 min
                                                             SUNDAY                     SUNDAY
                      Hours                                  7 p.m. Ocean’s Twelve      8 p.m. Flight of Phoenix
 Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ap-                   PG13    125 min            R       113 min
                                                             MONDAY                     MONDAY
                   pointments)
                                                             7 p.m. Phantom of Opera    8 p.m. Ocean’s Twelve
  Tuesday, Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (appoint-                    PG13    141 min            PG13    125 min
                      ments)                                 TUESDAY                    TUESDAY
  Tuesday, Thursday; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (walk-ins)             7 p.m. Flight of Phoenix   8 p.m. Phantom of Opera
    Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (appointments)                      PG13    113 min            PG13    141 min
                                                             WEDNESDAY                  WEDNESDAY




                               BUSES
                                                             7 p.m. Alexander           8 p.m. Flight of Phoenix
                                                                    R       176 min            PG13    113 min
                                                             THURSDAY                   THURSDAY
                                                             7 p.m. Ocean’s Twelve      8 p.m. Alexander
                                                                    PG13    125 min            R       176 min
Chart shows bus stops and minutes after the hour when
buses are scheduled, e.g. the Sherman Avenue bus stops at
East Caravella 03 and 33 minutes after the hour.




                                                                         ACCURACY
         Sherman Avenue
First Street       00     30
East Caravella     03     33         Camp America/NEX
Marine Hill        05     35   Camp Alpha   00     20   40
Post Office        10     40   NEX trailer  02     22   42
Windjammer         11     41   Camp Delta 2 06     26   46
NEX                14     44   TK 4         12     32   52      The Wire strives for accuracy. When
Bulkeley Landing 17       47   TK 1         16     36   56
Ferry landing      21     51   Windjammer   23     43   03    we fail, we accept responsibility for
Commissions Bldg. 23      53   NEX          30     50   10    our errors and correct them.
Ordnance
Bulkeley Landing 28
                   26     56
                          58
                               Windjammer
                               TK 1
                                            35
                                            40
                                                   55
                                                   00
                                                        15
                                                        20
                                                                If you see an error in The Wire, call
NEX                32     02   TK 4         46     06   26    Army Cpl. Jim Greenhill at 3592.
Windjammer         36     06   Camp Delta 1 52     12   32      Know a Trooper worthy of being
Post Office        37     07   Camp Alpha   00     20   40
Marine Hill        41     11                                  highlighted in “15 Minutes of Fame?”
Hospital           48     18                                  Call Greenhill at 3592.
Windward Loop 1 52        22
                                                                                                          FRIDAY, JAN. 28, 2005



                       AUCTION
  Troopers could win ...
                                                                                                             MWR
                                                                        •Jan. 29: Barbecue, games, Marine Hill Cabana,
  DIVE LESSONS, DINNERS ...                                             7:30 p.m.
  and other items at a Jan. 27 through Jan. 29 Silent
Auction to raise money for the Senior Class from W.T.                   •Jan. 30: Spades Tournament, Club Survivor, 4 p.m.
Sampson High School to go on a Spring Break cruise.                     •Feb. 5: Chess Tournament, Club Survivor, 5 p.m.
The Senior Class is also selling the “You can check
out ... but you can never leave” T-shirts.                              •Feb. 6: Super Bowl Party, Club Survivor, 5 p.m.
  For more information, call Donna Rien-Kemp at                         •Feb. 11:Pool Tournament, Club Survivor, 5 p.m.
3352.



                                RECIPE
                                                                        •March 5: GTMO Half Marathon, 5:30 a.m.




                      Bulgur
                                                                                            CLASSES
                                                                       Jan. 31 to Feb. 4: Transition Assistance Program Seminar; Fleet
                  Chickpea Salad                                       and Family Support Center; call 4488 to register.

   With the release of the new federal dietary guidelines and the
new food pyramid soon to follow, many Troopers may be won-              Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 6:30 p.m.
dering how to incorporate more whole grains and vegetables into
their diet, as the Department of Health and Human Services rec-
                                                                        on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
ommends.                                                                in Room 4A at Chapel Hill. All are welcome.




                                                                                                      DINING
  This recipe for Bulgur Chickpea Salad is a delicious start to a
new, healthy lifestyle.
                           Ingredients
   One cup bulgur; two cups boiling water; 1/2 cup vegetable oil;
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice; salt to taste; ground black pepper to
taste; one cup chopped green onions; one (15 ounce) can garbanzo
beans, drained; one cup chopped fresh parsley; one cup grated car-         Today           Lunch       Baked Fish Scandia
                                                                                           Dinner      Boiled Crab Legs
rots.
                                                                           Saturday        Lunch       Bombay Chicken
                            Directions                                                     Dinner      Italian-style Veal Steak
   1. In a heatproof bowl, pour boiling water over bulgur. Let             Sunday          Lunch       Jamaican Rum Chicken
stand one hour at room temperature.                                                        Dinner      Stuffed Flounder
   2. In a small bowl, beat together oil, lemon juice, salt and pep-       Monday          Lunch       Scalloped Ham & Potatoes




                       CLASSES
per. Pour over bulgur and mix with a fork.                                                 Dinner      Baked Salmon Steak
                                                                           Tuesday         Lunch       Turkey Pot Pie
   3. Place bulgur in the bottom of a nice glass serving bowl.                             Dinner      Herbed Baked Chicken
Layer vegetables and garbanzo beans in this order on top of the            Wednesday       Lunch       Chalupa
bulgur: Green onions, garbanzo beans, parsley and carrots on top.                          Dinner      Honey Glazed Duck
Cover and refrigerate. Toss salad just before serving.                     Thursday        Lunch       Barbecued Spare Ribs
                                                                                           Dinner      Fiesta Chicken
                                      —Army Pfc. Jessi Stone               Friday          Lunch       Fish Amandine
                                                                                           Dinner      Shrimp Scampi

								
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