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The wire
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Wire (Guantánamo Bay, Cuba)
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United States -- Joint Task Force Guanta´namo
United States -- Joint Task Force Guantánamo
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Description based on: Vol. 3, issue 5 (Jan. 3, 2003); title from caption (publisher Web site PDF, viewed on Sept. 15, 2005) .

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Family Sacrifices

Air Force Senior Master Sgt.
Christopher Foster
474th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron


The year was 1775, and America was at war with
Great Britain. It was June 14 and more than 2,000 British
Soldiers were in Boston, marching toward Bunker Hill.
With the men off to war and their families left at home to
defend themselves and look after the farm, the sacrifices
made were enormous. Crops destroyed, homes burned, and
family members killed these were some of the hardships
endured by military families.
August 1914 to November 1918 was the time of the
First World War. During this time 65 million men were
mobilized, more than 10 million were killed, and over 20
million wounded.
During World War II September 1939 to September
1945 -100 million people were mobilized. Approximately
70 million people the majority of them civilians were
killed, making it the deadliest conflict in history.
The Korean War, 1950 to 1953, gave the United
States more than 54,000 casualties, 103,000 wounded,
and 8,196 missing in action. Total enemy casualties
exceeded 1.5 million. Even now nobody really knows
the number of civilian causalities.
The Vietnam War, or conflict, lasted from 1959
to April 1975. Fatalities included between 3 and 4
million Vietnamese from both sides, 1.5 to 2 million
Laotians and Cambodians, and 58,159 United States
Soldiers.
As you can see with all of the casualties and
sacrifices made from past wars, millions of families
have endured great suffering. Grandparents lost
grandchildren, fathers and mothers lost sons and
daughters, husbands and wives lost their spouses,
children lost their parents. There is no greater
sacrifice than Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen or Marines
giving their lives for their country, but parents should
never have to bury their own children, no children
should have to grow up not knowing their father or
mother, and no spouse should be left alone to raise the
family they began together.
However, we know too often this does occur. Being
military personnel and a part of the military family, we
should all be aware of these realities.
While we are deployed, we know the problems that
occur back home cars breaking down, roofs leaking,
children getting into trouble at school, loved ones getting
hurt or seriously sick.
Just remember that as your spouses and family members
are following their normal day-to-day routines, they are also
trying to fill your shoes.
At times, they are getting a bit frustrated, angry, lonely,
and scared. These are all normal reactions, and most can be
smoothed over by keeping the communication lines open. As
much as you need air and water, you need to hear from your
spouse and they need to hear from you.
After your deployment is over and you're returning home
to the hero's welcome you deserve, with everyone telling you
how proud they are of you and the job you did, enjoy it. As the
dust settles and things start to get back to normal, gather the
family together and let them know what a great job they did
while you where gone. Share with them how important
the role they played to make the deployment/mission
a success. Let them know we are a team. Tell them
how proud you are of them. Because no one can,
nor ever will, deliver this message like you. O
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Puerto Rico takes over HHC


Army Pfc.
Eric Liesse
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

With the change of a year comes changes
for Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Now, the
JTF's Headquarters, Headquarters Company
is handled by a different unit new to the
island and the Army.
The 191st Regional Support Group of the
Puerto Rico Army National Guard deployed
approximately 100 of its 1100 Soldiers to
the JTF, replacing Soldiers from the New
Mexico Army National Guard to take over
operations of the Camp America HHC.
"We'll be here taking charge
of the logistical side of the house,
and be here making sure the whole
mission runs smoothly," said Army
Sgt. 1st Class Miguel Bonilla, the
new first sergeant of the HHC.
Though the JTF already has
Puerto Rico Guardsmen serving
as gate and area security, the
191st RSG has never before sent
personnel here or anywhere else
for that matter.
The 191st has only been in
existence since 2008, when it
was stood up during an overall
transformation of the PRNG.
As a regional support group,
the 191st "provides command and
control structure for non-major
combat operations, and assists
[active and reserve] units in meeting
training, readiness and deployment
requirement," said Army Lt. Col.
Millie Rosa with the PRNG.


The 191"t's deployment to the JTF is the
first mobilization in the unit's brief history.
Bonilla marks his unit's Guantanamo
mission as an important milestone, saying
they are "making history in the unit itself."
As the new first sergeant of the HHC,
Bonilla commands 30 years of military
experience with multiple backgrounds. He
spent 12 years on active duty, with about
half that time in Germany and half in the
U.S., with another 18 years with the Guard.
Bonilla was previously activated for
nine months as a platoon sergeant with a
military police unit to Fort Buchanan, San
Juan, Puerto Rico, after the terror attacks of


Sept. 11, 2001. He also holds a background
in field artillery and is currently classified as
an infantryman.
"We have high-experienced personnel
in all areas," Bonilla said of his company.
"My Troopers are all highly motivated, and
they're looking forward to completing all
the assigned tasks to them to the best of their
ability. So I don't have any doubt that we'll
be able to comply with the mission and be
successful in ours."
Bonilla closed with a few words of
encouragement for all his Soldiers, as well as
all JTF personnel: "Give your best, live the
values, and always put the nation first." Q


Soldiers with the 191st Regional Support Group
of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard, above,
exit the Leeward Air Terminal Sunday, marking
the beginning of their year-long deployment
with Joint Task Force Guantanamo. The...-
Soldiers will take over JTF's Headquarters,
Headquarters Company from the New Mexico
National Guard. JTF Guantanamo photo by
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Wolff
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Soldiers of the 111th Combat Support Brigade (Forward) stand by
their unit emblem, Oct. 21. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty
Officer 2nd Class Patrick Thompson


Second Cuba tour completed


Army Spc.
Megan Burnham
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs

As the new year begins, the Joint Task
Force will go through some changes as the
111t Combat Support Brigade (Forward) of
the New Mexico National Guard completes
their mission, and the Puerto Rico National
Guard returns for their fourth deployment.
This is the second time the New Mexico
National Guard has deployed to Cuba, their
first mission was quite different. It was in
1898 when the New Mexico Guardsmen
first served with Teddy Roosevelt's "Rough
Riders" and took part in the legendary
charge of San Juan Hill near Santiago,
Cuba.
More than 100 years later, in January
2008, the New Mexico National Guard
deployed to Guantanamo Bay to relieve
the Puerto Rico National Guard as the
Headquarters, Headquarters Company of
the JTF.
"We basically deployed to be the
command element of the JTF," said Army
Sgt. Maj. Matt Aragon. "The mission was
stressful at first, but we took charge and
have been doing an outstanding job ever
since."
As the unit first arrived, everyone was
assigned to a specific mission that related to
their military occupational specialty. The
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different missions included: transportation,
military commissions, support
Headquarters of the HHC, engineering, the
Joint Detention Group, operations, supply,
security and administration.
"A majority came already knowing what
they needed to do and had prior training,"
said Aragon. "When we had to fill slots, we
tried to recruit Soldiers with the required
MOS."
"A lot of the officers were assigned
different and unfamiliar jobs," Aragon
added, "but they soon learned and exceeded
in their work which demonstrated good
caliber of the officers."
This deployment was New Mexico's
first time working in a joint environment,
where different languages and styles of
work were put to the test.
"There was a noticeable change when
we got here, but everyone did their part and
performed their work to standard," said
Army Sgt. Griselda Holquin. "This all paid
off because we'll be leaving [the JTF] on a
good note."
"Everyone has developed in their
leadership and organization skills," Aragon
said, "and raised the bar of the standard
operating procedures."
Army Brig. Gen. Gregory Zanetti,
ground forces commander of the New
Mexico National Guard, said that he was
also exceptionally proud of how the New


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Mexico Soldiers performed at Guantanamo
Bay.
"They are knowledgeable, professional,
and dedicated Soldiers, America's best,"
said Zanetti.
As the Puerto Rico National Guard
returns to Guantanamo Bay, Aragon had
some encouraging words and advice to
ease the transition.
"We're going to take advantage of the
time we're here together so [the Puerto
Rico National Guard] can ask us any
questions they might need to accomplish
the mission and to ease the transformation.
We're going to ensure they can do the best
job possible because they are the command
element and they have to set the standard
for the JTF."
"My advice to the Puerto Rico National
Guard is to stay flexible," added Zanetti.
"Much will be changing at Guantanamo
Bay in 2009 but, I know they will perform
the mission admirably." 0
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JTF gets visit from Imam

Army Sgt. 1sf Class
Vaughn R. Larson
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs


One of only two Muslim chaplains
in the U.S. Air Force paid a visit to the
naval station over the holidays.
Before Air Force Capt. Walid Habash
arrived in mid-December, it had been
about one and one-half years since the
last visit by a Muslim chaplain.
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Clint Pickett, the
Joint Task Force Guantanamo command
chaplain, said he hopes it doesn't take
another 18 months or so for a return visit.
"It's our goal to have one down here
twice a year," Pickett said.
There are an estimated 6,500 Muslims
in the U.S. armed forces, according to
Habash. While exact numbers were not
provided, Pickett said there are practicing
Muslims at Guantanamo Bay, in uniform
and out. It is these individuals Habash
came to see, not the approximately 250
detainees here.
However, Habash emphasized that he
is here to serve everyone regardless of
their particular faith.
"I function like every other chaplain
in the armed forces," he explained. "In
addition, I attend to Muslim needs."
Those needs include the five daily
prayers, Friday worship services and
Muslim holy days. He conducted the
Maghirb (sunset) and Isha (evening)
prayers Dec. 17 at the base mosque a
room across from the main chapel on
the naval station as well as Friday
services.
Habash said he may also be asked to
provide briefings on the Islamic faith or
culture, depending on the situation.
Habash conducted his Masters
degree studies at the Graduate School
of Islamic Social Sciences in Leesburg,
Va. Following that, he spent two years
in clinical pastoral education at a
clinical hospital in Ohio. This provided
the civilian experience required by the
Department of Defense to become a
military chaplain. He has served as a
chaplain for more than five years and is
presently stationed at Ramstein Air Base,
Germany.
Habash did not describe himself as
either a Sunni or a Shiite.
"I see myself as someone really
following the authentic teachings of
Islam without creating boundaries or
obstacles for either sect," he said. "The
prophet Mohammed was neither Sunni
or Shiite those things did not exist at
that time. The goal is to be obedient and
submissive to the almighty God."
Pickett acknowledged that all
chaplains experience misconceptions
about their faith to some degree. Habash
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Air Force Chaplain Capt. Walid
Habash speaks to Troopers
from the Joint Detention Group,
above, following a prayer
service Friday, Dec. 19. At
right, Habash speaks on values
prior to the call to prayer. JTF
Guantanamo photos by Army
Pfc. Eric Liesse
was philosophical about this.
"Life is a journey," he observed. "To
make this journey interesting, you must
have some bumps along the way. Being
a Muslim chaplain in the service, you
might get some of these."
Habash said he tries to educate
individuals and get past some issues,


but conceded that stereotyping can be a
formidable obstacle.
"Allow yourself to be open-minded,"
he urged. "Search for the truth. Are there
differences? Most certainly, but it's not
the end if we allow ourselves to see
others as a human being that can share
certain things." 0
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Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
Chris Little
JTF Guanta namo Public Affairs
Guantanamo Bay Morale Welfare and Recreation offered
many sporting events last year which provided Troopers
abundant opportunities for recreation, especially with the
opening of the new Cooper Field sports complex. Looking to 2009, MWR has planned another
assortment of sporting events.
"I just really want to increase participation," said Robert Neuman, MWR sports director.
The new year's events kick off with the New Year's bash, a one-pitch softball tournament
which starts Jan. 3 between 9 and 10 a.m., depending on the number of teams participating. The
tournament is an open recreation event meaning everyone can participate. Teams can be made
up of all men, all women, or a mixture of both.
The next event on the horizon is the start of Captain's Cup basketball league Jan. 7. As with
most Captain's Cup events, there will be a men's division as well as a women's division. This
will be followed by the winter softball league starting Jan. 12. Winter league will be open to
everyone, but it will follow men's slow-pitch softball rules.
Two more tournaments, a doubles racquetball tournament and a Martin Luther King basketball
tournament are scheduled for Jan. 17. The basketball tournament will be double elimination
and will run until Jan. 19. These events are open recreation events, with projected start times
between 10 and 11 a.m., depending on the number of teams that participate.
Guantanamo is an ideal place for sports because the weather is generally sunny and warm
giving Troopers a unique opportunity to play many sports outside of their regular seasons.
"I figure if you have the facilities, why not use them year round?" Neuman said.
All events will be well advertised via posters and flyers throughout the base. Troopers
can also find out about the upcoming events by visiting Denich gym or viewing the roller
on channel four.
If Troopers have any ideas for sporting events, they can contact Neuman at Denich
gym or any other MWR representatives. However, it should be noted that ideas should
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Army Pfc.
Eric Liesse
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs


Originality in a story usually gets it
remembered. However, when a story
seen hundreds of times before is done
exceptionally well, it's usually far more
memorable.
"Pride and Glory" written by Gavin
O'Connor and Joe Carnahan, and directed
by O'Connor centers on the all-too-
familiar story of corrupt cops in New York
City and the politicization of right and
wrong. O'Connor said in an interview that
he wrote the film as a fictionalized homage
to his father, who was a policeman, and the
celebration of honest cops. Thankfully, the
film does them justice.
Edward Norton, again with a goateed and
scarred face, drives the movie as Detective
Ray Tiemey, the son, younger brother and
brother-in-law, of a New York policemen.
Against his own disdain for the position, he
takes his father's request to join a task force
to investigate the killing of four policemen
found in a Brooklyn drug house.
The basic premise of the story is
nothing new, but the execution is what
shines. Norton plays off both Jon Voight
as his father and police chief, and Noah
Emmerich as his older brother and officer
in charge of the dead officers' 31 t Precinct.
Watching such talent sparring back and
forth over corruption and its public image
makes this movie work.
From the get-go, Ray feels something
is amiss after finding the suspected killer's
cell phone and tracing 911 calls to find the
junkies had been tipped off about the raid.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009 | MOVIE RECON


He finally starts seeing cracks in
the 31st when he finds the drug
den's tip came from another
cop.
Norton embodies the honest
cop trying not to throw his entire
family into a public fire, while
still pursuing the justice that his
father and brother sometimes
try to minimize. Ray's brother-
in-law, Sgt. Jimmy Egan
(predictably but well-played by
Colin Farrell), takes Ray's focus
as he begins to see that Jimmy
may have been dishing vigilante
justice for longer than anyone
knew.
The casting of such A+
dramatic talent as Norton -
whom I've yet to dislike in a
movie and Voight brings the
entire movie up. However,
the sordid look of the city
and its protectors is solidified
by the stellar camera work
that always directs the eye in
compelling ways. The editing
and sound design also shine
since the transitions of the
visuals and audio add a critical
feel of fluidity to a story that
otherwise would be jumping
between the multiple characters'
perspectives.
Though it took about eight years to
finally see the silver screen, O'Connor's
story of rooted-out corruption made its
mark, proving that just because a story
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Joint Task Force deputy
commander thanks Troopers
for a job well done
Army Staff Sgt.
Emily J. Russell
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
Joint Task Force Guantanamo Deputy
Commander Army Brig. Gen. Gregory Zanetti
will soon say farewell after his year-long tour.
Between working in a joint environment
with all military services and the realization
of what Guantanamo is really like, Zanetti
considers this tour "mind expanding."
"I didn't know much about the place,"
Zanetti said. "Everything I read about
Guantanamo Bay was so negative. I think
the expectation was that we were coming to
close the place, because that's what was in the
news."
Upon stepping into his role as JTF deputy
commander Zanetti realized the opposite was
true.
"There were expectations that bad things
were happening here," he said. "All that
turned out to be false. I realized this is the
most American place on the planet. It's where
Americans are performing their best. Every
expectation I had was wrong."
Working closely with the Navy gave
Zanetti a different perspective to military
operations and the opportunity to understand
how different military forces work together.
"I had no idea there were so many moving
parts to this assignment and that there was such
attention to detail paid by so many people on so
many different levels," Zanetti said. "That was
the surprising part of this mission watching
all of it play out and performed professionally
and knowledgeably every day."
For Zanetti, things like guards exercising
judgment and keeping a situation under control
or military commissions attorneys persevering
through complicated proceedings is what gave
him "a feeling of trust that embodied the whole
command here, and makes the [JTF] work."
"You have to trust those who are working
with you," said Zanetti. "You have to trust
their judgment, you have to give them
freedom, ownership and responsibility and
let them take charge of what they know best.
Occasionally things will go wrong, and that's
okay you learn from your mistakes and
drive on. No one person can do this it's got
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I realized this is the most
American place on the
planet. It's where Americans
are performing their best.
Army Brig. Gen Gregory Zanetti


to be a team effort."
Looking toward the future, Zanetti plans to
continue his service. "There are lots of ways
to serve [one's] country," he said. "It doesn't
always have to be in uniform."
Zanetti's command philosophy, which
embodies the Army values, challenges
Troopers to "go beyond the standards, do
your best and share your success with others."
These guides echo within his message to the
JTF Troopers.
"Thank you. Thank you for what you do,
day in and day out," he said. "The nation really
needs you right now and your willingness to
step up and do this, is a testament to your honor,
integrity, your loyalty and commitment. I truly
believe the nation is in good hands because I
see it. This generation coming up is going to
serve better than we did." O
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Christmas

Army Staff Sgt.
Emily J. Russell
JTF Guantanamo Public Affairs
It's not every day a Trooper
receives a phone call from President
George W. Bush. For Coast Guard
Petty Officer 2nd Class Neil Ambrose,
however, Dec. 24 was that day.
"It was an honor," said Ambrose
of speaking with President Bush. "I
was shocked that I was selected out
of hundreds of thousands of deployed
members."
"At first he called me by my
name," he continued. "He said, 'Neil,
this is President Bush, how are you
today?"'
Ambrose replied that he was fine, oa
and thanked President Bush for "all C
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he's done for the Coast Guard and press
military members over the past eight was
years."
Ambrose chatted with the
president, with Bush asking, "How's
the weather down there?"
"It's warm," Ambrose replied.
"How would you like to join us?"
The call lasted a moment longer
before President Bush delivered his
traditional Christmas message.
According to Ambrose, President Bush
said, "On behalf of Laura and myself, I
want you to pass along to other deployed
members that we appreciate your service
and wish you a Merry Christmas, especially
to the Mighty Coast Guard."
"I specifically remember him saying,
'the mighty Coast Guard,'" Ambrose said,
smiling.
The Christmas Eve phone call has
become a tradition for President Bush. Each
year, he calls 10 service members from all


st Guara Petty tticer 2"" class Neil Ambrose, member or Port security unit u35
ently stationed here in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, received a
idential phone call Dec. 24th with holiday greetings from President Bush. Ambrose
selected as one of 10 military service members world-wide to receive the call.

m On behalf of my family, we wish to be selected out of all the other
Coast Guard members."
you and all deployed members This isn't the first time Coast
a Mrr histma Guard Port Security Unit 305 has
Serry Christmas. answered the call. In 2005, Coast
President George W. Bush Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class
Travis Johnston was one of the


branches of the armed forces around the
world to thank them for their service and
pass on holiday wishes.
"Ambrose was selected above his peers
because he's a high performer and the right
one to be chosen to receive a call from the
president," said Coast Guard Cmdr. Steven
H. Pope, commanding officer of Port
Security Unit 305.
"I submitted his packet in October of
this year," Pope continued. "[It] had all
the information that made him competitive


lucky service members selected to speak to
the president.
Pope was not the commanding officer
of PSU 305 when the last presidential call
to Guantanamo was received. However,
he was thrilled to learn they were selected
again.
"It's a high honor to receive a call from
the president," said Pope. "Our unit is a
tight family, and we're all very proud and
very happy that Petty Officer Ambrose was
selected." 0


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Santa's helpers
Jason Kies and Navy Chaplain Dave Mowbry load boxes of Christmas stockings on Christmas morning for those who
worked on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Churches across the United States donated items for the stockings,
which numbered close to 2,000, and families on base made cookies to be included. Stockings went to many third-
country nationals as well as the Coast Guard and Air Force Troopers at Camp Justice. JTF Guantanamo photo by
Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. Larson


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This is the year

U Achieve your New Year's resolution (really)


Navy Lt. Cmdr.
Chris Blair
JTF JSMART OIC

Jan. 1 is an exciting time of year. Everything is new and
fresh. It's time to change old habits, improve oneself and make
this year better than the last. By Feb. 1, our well-intentioned
ideas and promises often come to a screeching halt. They
tend to be replaced with frustration, anger, guilt and
remorse. We hear ourselves saying, "Next year will
be better." How can we make "next year" finally
become "this year?" Here are nine helpful
tips that could make all the difference:
Don't Make Too Many Resolutions
If you resolve to eat better, exercise
more, quit smoking, reduce stress, save
more money, give to charity, be nicer
to everyone, etc., you may be setting
yourself up for failure. Your stress
level and frustration will increase if
you have too many things going on at
once. Your goals may then be viewed as
aburden instead of something worthwhile.
Limit yourself to 3-5 goals.
Don't Make Absolute Resolutions
Keep the resolutions realistic. If you commit
to "never get upset again," you are setting
yourself up for failure that just won't happen.
Instead of making it absolute by using a word
like "never," resolve to "become angry less
frequently."
Be Specific Just saying "I'm going to
exercise more," is too vague and gives you
too much wiggle room to drop the ball. It is
important to be specific how many times a


week are you going to exercise? How long are you going
to exercise? What exercises are you going to do?
MakeYour Own Resolution Honestly, how motivated
are we to do things because someone else wants us to do
them? We are much more likely to achieve a goal we
set for ourselves. Avoid the trap of making resolutions
someone else wants you to make.
Know Yourself Too often we forget this rule. If
you know that you like your sleep, don't make a
resolution that involves getting up an hour early
to exercise. The snooze bar will win every
time!
Make it Public Tell others about your
plans. Friends can help keep you honest
and can provide positive peer pressure
to help you obtain that goal.
Forgive Yourself Trying something
new often means running into some
bumps along the way. When we
falter, we often think, "What's the
point now? I may as well give up."
Be kind to yourself and give yourself
a break if you go off track.
CongratulateYourself Celebrate
achievements with small rewards
along the way. Make sure the rewards
are productive to the goal. If your
goal is to lose weight, don't reward
yourself after a week of exercise
with a giant brownie sundae.
Have Fun It is important to
remember why you are setting goals
and resolutions you are trying to
improve. Enjoy the journey. You'll find
the scenery can be quite lovely. O


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Army Sgt. 1st Class Tommy Benavidez,
the Joint Task Force motor pool non-
commissioned officer in charge, is known to
everyone at the motor pool as a hard-working
and easy-going Trooper, quick to smile and
laugh, and just as quick to tell you about his
latest fishing trip. What most people don't
know about him is that for eight years of
his life, Benavidez lived in an orphanage in
England.
His father, native New Mexican Jose
Benavidez, was stationed at England's
Lakenheath Air Force Base. There Jose met
and married Joyce Last, an English citizen
residing in Brentwood. Benavidez was born
a year later in 1958, but his parents soon
divorced and his father returned to New
Mexico. His mother suffered a series of
seizures and developed a nervous disorder
that kept her from supporting and caring for
Benavidez.
Believing his father had abandoned
him and his mother unable to care for him,
social workers placed Benavidez in foster
care. At age 8 he was placed in Harris
Lodge, an orphanage located in Rayleigh,
approximately 45 miles from London.
Harris Lodge was a three-story castle-
like building. An elderly English couple in
charge lived in an apartment located on the
top floor of the lodge, and mostly supervised
the lodge employees a cook, a cleaning
lady, and a large middle-aged man known
as "Uncle Ron." Uncle Ron lived on the
same floor as the residents and slept with his
bedroom door open a room strategically
located between the girls' open bay dorm and
the boys' open bay dorm. He was a tough but
fair disciplinarian who enforced all lodge
rules for the approximately 30 residents,
some of whom were true orphans.
Meals at the lodge were always the
highlight and lowlight of Benavidez's day.


Those who missed a meal did not eat until
the next meal was served. Uncle Ron would
walk around the tables and enforce the lodge
rule that everything served had to be eaten.
Once meal time was over, the cook locked
all food in a kitchen pantry.
Breakfast at the lodge was always the
same: porridge and boiled eggs. Lunch and
dinner consisted ofblandpot roasts, including
a dish called Toad in the Hole (a potato
pot roast with whole sausages),Yorkshire
pudding and occasionally lamb chops.
Residents would fight or barter for bread
edges to wipe the fat drippings from the
roasts or lamb chops. The only time they
drank anything besides water was at supper,
when a large hot pot of tea was served. At
no time at Harris Lodge was Benavidez ever
served snacks or fast food.
All residents were required to do chores -
primarily cleaning their dormitory, washing
dishes and shining shoes. Each resident
took a turn shining everyone else's school
uniform shoes. During the school year, they
were required to do their homework prior to
lights being turned off at 9 p.m.
There was one television, and Uncle Ron
picked the program that everyone would
watch.
When not wearing their school uniforms,
the residents wore hand-me-down clothing
donated to the lodge by various charities.
Residents were allowed to earn money by
doing work outside the lodge. Most earned
extra money working at a nearby farm
picking bushels of peas during harvest
season.
To break up the monotony, or simply
for sheer adventure, Benavidez ran away
numerous times. He and a fellow resident
named Colin would typically sneak out their
dormitory window, go down the fire escape,
and ride the train into nearby London. They
would visit local bakeries and ask or beg


ArmySgt. 1st Class Tommy Benavidez,
the senior noncommissioned officer
of Joint Task Force Guantanamo's
motor pool, stands ready with part
of his fleet of full-size busses.

ct bread or other exotic aked goods
i i t the orphanage. They would
t en wander aimlessly around London
before hiking back, usually stopping to sleep
in an empty barn with a haystack. The next
day, the farmer would discover them, call the
police, and Benavidez and Colin would be
returned to the lodge. They would dutifully
accept their punishment for running away -
usually extra shoe-shining duty.
As he neared his 16th birthday, social
workers were determining where next to
place him as the orphanage age limit was
16. During a visit to his mother's house, a
social worker discovered a stack of letters
from Jose letters that his mother had
never let him see. The social workers helped
Benavidez contact his father, who agreed to
take immediate custody. A couple days later,
he was taken to Heathrow Airport on his way
to his new home in Albuquerque, N.M.
There, Benavidez experienced culture
shock. Speaking with a thick English accent,
his fellow students atRio Grande High School
laughed at him as he struggled to pronounce
his own Spanish surname. Football, baseball
and basketball were completely alien to him
he had grown up playing cricket, rugby
and soccer. The food in New Mexico was
different too he had never seen an avocado,
much less eaten guacamole.
In due course, he lost his English
accent, learned some Spanish and, despite
adjusting to a different country and culture,
he considers himself the luckiest person
in the world. Unlike many of his mates at
Harris Lodge, he experienced being part of a
family, living with his family, being hugged
and mentored by a parent.
When his JTF deployment ends,
Benavidez will return to his family in New
Mexico and spend every spare minute he
can with his wife, children and extended
family. Knowing what it's like to live in an
institution without any family, Benavidez
never takes his family for granted. 0


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Volume 9, Issue 45 Friday, January 2, 2009 A JTF Journal THE General Zanetti says farewell Experiences, expectations Puerto Rico National Guard Making the mission run smoothly

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Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Foster474th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron_______________________________________The year was 1775, and America was at war with Great Britain. It was June 14 and more than 2,000 British Soldiers were in Boston, marching toward Bunker Hill. With the men off to war and their families left at home to made were enormous. Crops destroyed, homes burned, and family members killed these were some of the hardships endured by military families. August 1914 to November 1918 was the time of the First World War. During this time 65 million men were mobilized, more than 10 million were killed, and over 20 million wounded. During World War II September 1939 to September 1945 million people were mobilized. Approximately 70 million people the majority of them civilians were The Korean War, 1950 to 1953, gave the United States more than 54,000 casualties, 103,000 wounded, and 8,196 missing in action. Total enemy casualties exceeded 1.5 million. Even now nobody really knows the number of civilian causalities. to April 1975. Fatalities included between 3 and 4 million Vietnamese from both sides, 1.5 to 2 million Laotians and Cambodians, and 58,159 United States Soldiers. As you can see with all of the casualties and have endured great suffering. Grandparents lost grandchildren, fathers and mothers lost sons and daughters, husbands and wives lost their spouses, children lost their parents. There is no greater giving their lives for their country, but parents should never have to bury their own children, no children should have to grow up not knowing their father or mother, and no spouse should be left alone to raise the family they began together. However, we know too often this does occur. Being military personnel and a part of the military family, we should all be aware of these realities. While we are deployed, we know the problems that occur back home cars breaking down, roofs leaking, children getting into trouble at school, loved ones getting hurt or seriously sick. Just remember that as your spouses and family members are following their normal day-to-day routines, they are also At times, they are getting a bit frustrated, angry, lonely, and scared. These are all normal reactions, and most can be smoothed over by keeping the communication lines open. As much as you need air and water, you need to hear from your spouse and they need to hear from you. After your deployment is over and youre returning home to the heros welcome you deserve, with everyone telling you how proud they are of you and the job you did, enjoy it. As the dust settles and things start to get back to normal, gather the family together and let them know what a great job they did while you where gone. Share with them how important the role they played to make the deployment/mission a success. Let them know we are a team. Tell them how proud you are of them. Because no one can, nor ever will, deliver this message like you. PAGE 2 | THE WIRETROO P ER-T O-TROO P ER | FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009JTF-GTMO Commander: Navy Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby Joint Task Force CMC: Navy Command Master Chief Brad LeVault Office of Public Affairs: Director: Navy Cmdr. Rick Haupt: 9928 Deputy: Army Lt. Col. Edward Bush: 9927 Supervisor: Army 1st Sgt. Patrick Sellen: 3649The WireEditor: Army Staff Sgt. Paul Meeker: 3651 Assistant Editor: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeff Johnstone: 3594 Layout and Design: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Gary Keen: 3594 Army Sgt. Scott Griffin: 3594 Army Sgt. Jody Metzger: 3592 Web Design: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Wolff: 8154 Staff Writers: Army Sgt. Jody Metzger: 3592 Army Spc. Shanita Simmons: 3589 Army Spc. Daniel Welch: 3589Contact us:Base Information: 2000 Public Affairs Office: 3651 or 3596 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651Cover Photo By:Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert ClowneyOnline:www.jtfgtmo.southcom.milJointTaskForce-Guantanamo, produces The Wire, which is printed under the provisions of Department of Defense Instruction 5120.4 The Public Affairs Office JTF GUANTANAMO Commander: Navy Rear Adm. David M. Thomas, Jr. Joint Task Force CMC: Navy Command Master Chief Brad LeVault Office of Public Affairs: Director: Navy Cmdr. Pauline Storum: 9928 Deputy Director: Army Capt. Kim Kleiman: 9927 Supervisor: Army 1st Sgt. James Venske: 3649The WireExecutive Editor: Army 1st Lt. Adam Bradley: 3596 Editor:Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. Larson: 3651Assistant Editors: Army Staff Sgt. Emily Russell: 3592 Army Staff Sgt. Gretel Sharpee: 3594 Staff Writers: Army Spc. Megan Burnham: 2171 Army Pfc. Eric Liesse: 3499 Graphics: Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Dollar: 3589Contact usEditors Desk: 3651 or 3596 From the continental United States: Commercial: 011-53-99-3651 DSN: 660-3651 Email: thewire@jtfgtmo.southcom.mil Online: www.jtfgtmo.southcom.milThe WIRE is the official news magazine of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It is produced by the JTF Public Affairs Office to inform and educate the Troopers of JTF Guantanamo through news, features, command guidance, sports and entertainment. The WIRE seeks to provide maximum disclosure with minimum delay with regards to security, accuracy, propriety and policy. This DoD news magazine is an authorized publication for the members of the Department of Defense. Contents of The WIRE are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or Joint Task Force Guantanamo. It is printed by the Document Automation & Production Service with a circulation of 1000. COVER: Army Sgt. 1 st Class Anthony Romero, a J-3 NCO with the 111 th Combat Support Brigade (Forward) lights luminarias which were placed along the roads and sidewalks, lighting the way to the Naval Station chapel at the top of the hill. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009 | MISSION THE WIRE | PAGE 3 Puerto Rico takes over HHC Army Pfc. Eric LiesseJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________With the change of a year comes changes for Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Now, the JTFs Headquarters, Headquarters Company is handled by a different unit new to the island and the Army. The 191st Regional Support Group of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard deployed approximately 100 of its 1100 Soldiers to the JTF, replacing Soldiers from the New operations of the Camp America HHC. Well be here taking charge of the logistical side of the house, and be here making sure the whole mission runs smoothly, said Army Sgt. 1st Though the JTF already has Puerto Rico Guardsmen serving as gate and area security, the 191st RSG has never before sent personnel here or anywhere else for that matter. The 191st has only been in existence since 2008, when it was stood up during an overall transformation of the PRNG. As a regional support group, the 191st provides command and control structure for non-major combat operations, and assists [active and reserve] units in meeting training, readiness and deployment requirement, said Army Lt. Col. The 191sts deployment to the JTF is the Bonilla marks his units Guantanamo mission as an important milestone, saying they are making history in the unit itself. Bonilla commands 30 years of military experience with multiple backgrounds. He spent 12 years on active duty, with about half that time in Germany and half in the U.S., with another 18 years with the Guard. Bonilla was previously activated for nine months as a platoon sergeant with a military police unit to Fort Buchanan, San Juan, Puerto Rico, after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He also holds a background an infantryman. We have high-experienced personnel in all areas, Bonilla said of his company. theyre looking forward to completing all the assigned tasks to them to the best of their ability. So I dont have any doubt that well be able to comply with the mission and be successful in ours. Bonilla closed with a few words of encouragement for all his Soldiers, as well as all JTF personnel: Give your best, live the Soldiers with the 191st Regional Support Group of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard, above, exit the Leeward Air Terminal Sunday, marking the beginning of their year-long deployment with Joint Task Force Guantanamo. The Soldiers will take over JTFs Headquarters, Headquarters Company from the New Mexico National Guard. JTF Guantanamo photo by st Class Richard Wolff

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MISSION | FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009 PAGE 4 | THE WIRE Second Cuba tour completedNew Mexicos front of the HHC building at Camp America. Soldiers of the 111th Combat Support Brigade (Forward) stand by their unit emblem, Oct. 21. JTF Guantanamo photo by Navy Petty nd Class Patrick ThompsonArmy Spc. Megan BurnhamJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________As the new year begins, the Joint Task Force will go through some changes as the 111th Combat Support Brigade (Forward) of their mission, and the Puerto Rico National Guard returns for their fourth deployment. National Guard has deployed to Cuba, their Riders and took part in the legendary charge of San Juan Hill near Santiago, Cuba. deployed to Guantanamo Bay to relieve the Puerto Rico National Guard as the Headquarters, Headquarters Company of the JTF. We basically deployed to be the command element of the JTF, said Army have been doing an outstanding job ever since. their military occupational specialty. The different missions included: transportation, military commissions, support Headquarters of the HHC, engineering, the Joint Detention Group, operations, supply, security and administration. A majority came already knowing what they needed to do and had prior training, tried to recruit Soldiers with the required different and unfamiliar jobs, Aragon added, but they soon learned and exceeded in their work which demonstrated good where different languages and styles of work were put to the test. There was a noticeable change when we got here, but everyone did their part and performed their work to standard, said Army Sgt. Griselda Holquin. This all paid off because well be leaving [the JTF] on a good note. Everyone has developed in their leadership and organization skills, Aragon said, and raised the bar of the standard operating procedures. Army Brig. Gen. Gregory Zanetti, ground forces commander of the New also exceptionally proud of how the New Bay. They are knowledgeable, professional, and dedicated Soldiers, Americas best, said Zanetti. As the Puerto Rico National Guard returns to Guantanamo Bay, Aragon had some encouraging words and advice to ease the transition.Were going to take advantage of the time were here together so [the Puerto Rico National Guard] can ask us any questions they might need to accomplish the mission and to ease the transformation. Were going to ensure they can do the best job possible because they are the command element and they have to set the standard for the JTF. Bay in 2009 but, I know they will perform the mission admirably.

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THE WIRE | PAGE 5 FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009 | MISSION Air Force Chaplain Capt. Walid Habash speaks to Troopers from the Joint Detention Group, above, following a prayer service Friday, Dec. 19. At right, Habash speaks on values prior to the call to prayer. JTF Guantanamo photos by Army Pfc. Eric LiesseArmy Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. LarsonJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ in the U.S. Air Force paid a visit to the naval station over the holidays. Before Air Force Capt. Walid Habash arrived in mid-December, it had been about one and one-half years since the Navy Lt. Cmdr. Clint Pickett, the Joint Task Force Guantanamo command chaplain, said he hopes it doesnt take another 18 months or so for a return visit.Its our goal to have one down here twice a year, Pickett said. in the U.S. armed forces, according to Habash. While exact numbers were not provided, Pickett said there are practicing and out. It is these individuals Habash came to see, not the approximately 250 detainees here. However, Habash emphasized that he is here to serve everyone regardless of their particular faith. I function like every other chaplain in the armed forces, he explained. In prayers, Friday worship services and prayers Dec. 17 at the base mosque a room across from the main chapel on the naval station as well as Friday services. Habash said he may also be asked to culture, depending on the situation. degree studies at the Graduate School of Islamic Social Sciences in Leesburg, Va. Following that, he spent two years in clinical pastoral education at a the civilian experience required by the Department of Defense to become a military chaplain. He has served as a presently stationed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Habash did not describe himself as either a Sunni or a Shiite. I see myself as someone really following the authentic teachings of Islam without creating boundaries or obstacles for either sect, he said. The or Shiite those things did not exist at that time. The goal is to be obedient and submissive to the almighty God. Pickett acknowledged that all chaplains experience misconceptions about their faith to some degree. Habash JTF gets visit from Imam was philosophical about this. Life is a journey, he observed. To make this journey interesting, you must have some bumps along the way. Being might get some of these. Habash said he tries to educate individuals and get past some issues, but conceded that stereotyping can be a formidable obstacle. Allow yourself to be open-minded, he urged. Search for the truth. Are there the end if we allow ourselves to see others as a human being that can share certain things.

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LOCA L SP OR T S | FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009 PAGE 6 | THE WIRE Lets play!rd Class Chris LittleJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs_________________________________________ many sporting events last year which provided Troopers abundant opportunities for recreation, especially with the assortment of sporting events. The new years events kick off with the New Years bash, a one-pitch softball tournament which starts Jan. 3 between 9 and 10 a.m., depending on the number of teams participating. The tournament is an open recreation event meaning everyone can participate. Teams can be made up of all men, all women, or a mixture of both. The next event on the horizon is the start of Captains Cup basketball league Jan. 7. As with most Captains Cup events, there will be a mens division as well as a womens division. This will be followed by the winter softball league starting Jan. 12. Winter league will be open to everyone, but it will follow mens slow-pitch softball rules. tournament are scheduled for Jan. 17. The basketball tournament will be double elimination and will run until Jan. 19. These events are open recreation events, with projected start times between 10 and 11 a.m., depending on the number of teams that participate. Guantanamo is an ideal place for sports because the weather is generally sunny and warm giving Troopers a unique opportunity to play many sports outside of their regular seasons. on channel four. If Troopers have any ideas for sporting events, they can contact Neuman at Denich should also consist of ways to gather resources if theyre not for the traditional sports. MWR gears up for a new season of sporting fun

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009 | MOVIE RECON THE WIRE | PAGE 7 Quality trumping familiarityArmy Pfc. Eric LiesseJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs____________________________ remembered. However, when a story seen hundreds of times before is done exceptionally well, its usually far more memorable. Pride and Glory written by Gavin familiar story of corrupt cops in New York City and the politicization of right and to his father, who was a policeman, and the celebration of honest cops. Thankfully, the Edward Norton, again with a goateed and scarred face, drives the movie as Detective Ray Tierney, the son, younger brother and brother-in-law, of a New York policemen. Against his own disdain for the position, he takes his fathers request to join a task force to investigate the killing of four policemen found in a Brooklyn drug house. The basic premise of the story is nothing new, but the execution is what shines. Norton plays off both Jon Voight as his father and police chief, and Noah st Precinct. Watching such talent sparring back and forth over corruption and its public image makes this movie work. From the get-go, Ray feels something junkies had been tipped off about the raid. the 31st dens tip came from another cop. Norton embodies the honest cop trying not to throw his entire still pursuing the justice that his father and brother sometimes try to minimize. Rays brotherin-law, Sgt. Jimmy Egan (predictably but well-played by Colin Farrell), takes Rays focus as he begins to see that Jimmy may have been dishing vigilante justice for longer than anyone knew. The casting of such A+ dramatic talent as Norton whom Ive yet to dislike in a movie and Voight brings the entire movie up. However, the sordid look of the city by the stellar camera work that always directs the eye in compelling ways. The editing and sound design also shine since the transitions of the visuals and audio add a critical otherwise would be jumping between the multiple characters perspectives. Though it took about eight years to story of rooted-out corruption made its mark, proving that just because a story isnt new, doesnt mean its not worth telling.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009 PAGE 8 | THE WIRE THE WIRE | PAGE 9Guantanamo BaysHoliday LightsMilitary and civilian personnel gathered Dec. 28, 2008 to light Menorahs in observance of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah. The Menorah lighting took place at the residence of Jeffery Einhorn, a Columbia College faculty member. Along with the lighting of Menorahs, many Guantanamo families celebrated the holidays by lighting the outside of their houses. st Class Richard Wolfe and Army Spc. Megan Burnham

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NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009 PAGE 10 | THE WIREBeyond the standardI realized this is the most American place on the planet. Its where Americans are performing their best. Joint Task Force deputy commander thanks Troopers for a job well doneArmy Staff Sgt. Emily J. RussellJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs______________________________Joint Task Force Guantanamo Deputy Commander Army Brig. Gen. Gregory Zanetti will soon say farewell after his year-long tour. Between working in a joint environment with all military services and the realization of what Guantanamo is really like, Zanetti considers this tour mind expanding. I didnt know much about the place, Zanetti said. Everything I read about Guantanamo Bay was so negative. I think the expectation was that we were coming to close the place, because thats what was in the news. Upon stepping into his role as JTF deputy commander Zanetti realized the opposite was true. There were expectations that bad things were happening here, he said. All that turned out to be false. I realized this is the most American place on the planet. Its where Americans are performing their best. Every expectation I had was wrong. Working closely with the Navy gave Zanetti a different perspective to military operations and the opportunity to understand how different military forces work together. I had no idea there were so many moving parts to this assignment and that there was such attention to detail paid by so many people on so many different levels, Zanetti said. That was the surprising part of this mission watching all of it play out and performed professionally and knowledgeably every day. For Zanetti, things like guards exercising judgment and keeping a situation under control or military commissions attorneys persevering through complicated proceedings is what gave him a feeling of trust that embodied the whole command here, and makes the [JTF] work.You have to trust those who are working with you, said Zanetti. You have to trust their judgment, you have to give them freedom, ownership and responsibility and let them take charge of what they know best. okay you learn from your mistakes and drive on. No one person can do this its got to be a team effort. Looking toward the future, Zanetti plans to continue his service. There are lots of ways to serve [ones] country, he said. It doesnt always have to be in uniform. Zanettis command philosophy, which embodies the Army values, challenges Troopers to go beyond the standards, do your best and share your success with others. These guides echo within his message to the JTF Troopers. Thank you. Thank you for what you do, day in and day out, he said. The nation really needs you right now and your willingness to step up and do this, is a testament to your honor, integrity, your loyalty and commitment. I truly believe the nation is in good hands because I see it. This generation coming up is going to serve better than we did.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009 | NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION THE WIRE | PAGE 11 nd Class Neil Ambrose, member of Port Security Unit 305 currently stationed here in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, received a presidential phone call Dec. 24th with holiday greetings from President Bush. Ambrose was selected as one of 10 military service members world-wide to receive the call.Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. RussellJTF Guantanamo Public Affairs_________________________Its not every day a Trooper receives a phone call from President George W. Bush. For Coast Guard nd Class Neil Ambrose, however, Dec. 24 was that day. It was an honor, said Ambrose of speaking with President Bush. I was shocked that I was selected out of hundreds of thousands of deployed members. name, he continued. He said, Neil, this is President Bush, how are you today? and thanked President Bush for all hes done for the Coast Guard and military members over the past eight years. Ambrose chatted with the president, with Bush asking, Hows the weather down there? Its warm, Ambrose replied. How would you like to join us? The call lasted a moment longer before President Bush delivered his traditional Christmas message. According to Ambrose, President Bush want you to pass along to other deployed members that we appreciate your service the mighty Coast Guard, Ambrose said, smiling. The Christmas Eve phone call has become a tradition for President Bush. Each year, he calls 10 service members from all On behalf of my family, we wish you and all deployed members a Merry Christmas. President George W. Bush President Bush wishes Guantanamo Troopers a Merry Christmasbranches of the armed forces around the world to thank them for their service and pass on holiday wishes. Ambrose was selected above his peers because hes a high performer and the right one to be chosen to receive a call from the president, said Coast Guard Cmdr. Steven Security Unit 305. this year, Pope continued. [It] had all the information that made him competitive to be selected out of all the other Coast Guard members. Guard Port Security Unit 305 has answered the call. In 2005, Coast rd Class Travis Johnston was one of the lucky service members selected to speak to the president. of PSU 305 when the last presidential call to Guantanamo was received. However, he was thrilled to learn they were selected again. Its a high honor to receive a call from tight family, and were all very proud and selected. Port Call

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NE W S & IN F OR M A T ION | FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009 PAGE 12 | THE WIRE Santas helpersJason Kies and Navy Chaplain Dave Mowbry load boxes of Christmas stockings on Christmas morning for those who worked on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Churches across the United States donated items for the stockings, which numbered close to 2,000, and families on base made cookies to be included. Stockings went to many thirdcountry nationals as well as the Coast Guard and Air Force Troopers at Camp Justice. JTF Guantanamo photo by st Class Vaughn R. Larson

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009 | VOICE O F T HE FORCE PAGE 13 THE WIRE | PAGE 13 Boots on the GroundWhat is your New Years Resolution?by Army Spc. Megan Burnham Army Spc. Samnoeun Luy Army Pfc. Brandon Little Army Sgt. Domanic To become 225 solid pounds of muscle and Team. To be a good father for my son who was born on Dec. 26, 2008. To save between $5,000 to $10,000. To make it home for my day. This is the year Navy Lt. Cmdr. Chris BlairJTF JSMART OIC_________________________________________Jan. 1 is an exciting time of year. Everything is new and fresh. Its time to change old habits, improve oneself and make this year better than the last. By Feb. 1, our well-intentioned ideas and promises often come to a screeching halt. They tend to be replaced with frustration, anger, guilt and remorse. We hear ourselves saying, Next year will become this year? Here are nine helpful tips that could make all the difference: Dont Make Too Many Resolutions If you resolve to eat better, exercise more, quit smoking, reduce stress, save more money, give to charity, be nicer to everyone, etc., you may be setting yourself up for failure. Your stress level and frustration will increase if you have too many things going on at once. Your goals may then be viewed as a burden instead of something worthwhile. Limit yourself to 3-5 goals. Dont Make Absolute Resolutions Keep the resolutions realistic. If you commit to never get upset again, you are setting yourself up for failure that just wont happen. Instead of making it absolute by using a word like never, resolve to become angry less frequently. Just saying Im going to exercise more, is too vague and gives you too much wiggle room to drop the ball. It is week are you going to exercise? How long are you going to exercise? What exercises are you going to do? Make Your Own Resolution Honestly, how motivated are we to do things because someone else wants us to do them? We are much more likely to achieve a goal we set for ourselves. Avoid the trap of making resolutions someone else wants you to make. Know Yourself Too often we forget this rule. If you know that you like your sleep, dont make a resolution that involves getting up an hour early to exercise. The snooze bar will win every time! Make it Public Tell others about your plans. Friends can help keep you honest and can provide positive peer pressure to help you obtain that goal. Forgive Yourself Trying something new often means running into some bumps along the way. When we falter, we often think, Whats the point now? I may as well give up. Be kind to yourself and give yourself a break if you go off track. Congratulate Yourself Celebrate achievements with small rewards are productive to the goal. If your goal is to lose weight, dont reward yourself after a week of exercise with a giant brownie sundae. Have Fun It is important to remember why you are setting goals and resolutions you are trying to the scenery can be quite lovely. Achieve your New Years resolution (really)Navy Seaman Jamaal Moore

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LI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE True Christmas spiritLI F E & SP IRI T | FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009 PAGE 14 | THE WIRE JTF CHAPEL SCHEDULED PROGRAMSCatholic Mass Sunday: 7 a.m. Confession 7:30 Mass Wednesday: Protestant Worship Sunday: 9 a.m. Spanish Protestant Worship Sunday: Noontheir houses and yards for the occasion and they even have a contest and awards for the best house. Within the houses themselves there appears to be warmth and love. Almost everyone has a Christmas tree that they have taken great care in decorating. Some have ornaments that have been in their families for generations. It becomes the focal point of the room that it is in and maybe even the whole house. The Christmas spirit is still alive and well, but I feel compelled to remind everyone that the true Christmas story doesnt include Santa Claus or Christmas trees or gifts. These three serve as powerful metaphors to the true, powerful Christmas story, though. The truth is that there is no Santa Claus, but he can serve as an example of how God almighty is the one who showers humanity with His gifts of love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, and peace. He is the naughty and nice and rewards each person according to their deeds. The quintessential Christmas tree can serve as a way for you to share with all who will listen how God used a tree to give us the gift of His son and atonement for our sins. The presents under the tree can be used to share the knowledge of Christ and all that one attains by entering into a sincere, healthy relationship with God. the season slip from our celebrations. He is the power behind the season. We should seek out every opportunity to share the wonderful message of the gift of Christ. We should tell the stories of His deeds so that our children and childrens children will never forget about the Lord our God. So as we close out this season, if you havent already told the old old story of Jesus and His love, make it a point to gather the family together, with possibly some close and dear friends, and tell the story again. You might just be surprised who hasnt heard it yet, or the closeness it will generate in your home. Army Capt. Eric Beyth M.P. Battalion Chaplain____________________________As this holiday season draws to a close, I have some musings that I would like to pass on to the readers about the power of Christmas. I am particularly reminded of the story British troops laid down their weapons on Christmas Eve and celebrated the holiday with the exchanging of gifts, well wishing, carol singing and the somberness proper burials which both sides attended. It is an exceptional example of the power of Christmas. I have found examples of how the Germans and French Soldiers did the same thing. It is a powerful thing now to hear about it, but I imagine that to be there and to nothing short of miraculous. So as I wandered about to the different parties and events of the season, I was impressed with the greetings and general feeling of community. I love the foods, smells, and all of the colorful lights. People go out of their way to decorate

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009 | 15 MINU T ES O F FA M ETHE WIRE | PAGE 15 Counting his blessingsArmy Lt. Col. Joe RomeroJoint Visitor Bureau Director____________________________Army Sgt. 1st Class Tommy Benavidez, the Joint Task Force motor pool noneveryone at the motor pool as a hard-working and easy-going Trooper, quick to smile and laugh, and just as quick to tell you about his know about him is that for eight years of his life, Benavidez lived in an orphanage in England. Benavidez, was stationed at Englands Lakenheath Air Force Base. There Jose met and married Joyce Last, an English citizen residing in Brentwood. Benavidez was born a year later in 1958, but his parents soon divorced and his father returned to New seizures and developed a nervous disorder that kept her from supporting and caring for Benavidez. Believing his father had abandoned him and his mother unable to care for him, social workers placed Benavidez in foster care. At age 8 he was placed in Harris Lodge, an orphanage located in Rayleigh, approximately 45 miles from London. Harris Lodge was a three-story castlelike building. An elderly English couple in charge lived in an apartment located on the the lodge employees a cook, a cleaning lady, and a large middle-aged man known as Uncle Ron. Uncle Ron lived on the bedroom door open a room strategically located between the girls open bay dorm and the boys open bay dorm. He was a tough but fair disciplinarian who enforced all lodge rules for the approximately 30 residents, some of whom were true orphans. highlight and lowlight of Benavidezs day. He was always hungry, but the food was always bland and never enough. Residents were served three meals at designated times. Those who missed a meal did not eat until the next meal was served. Uncle Ron would walk around the tables and enforce the lodge rule that everything served had to be eaten. all food in a kitchen pantry. Breakfast at the lodge was always the same: porridge and boiled eggs. Lunch and dinner consisted of bland pot roasts, including a dish called Toad in the Hole (a potato pot roast with whole sausages),Yorkshire pudding and occasionally lamb chops. edges to wipe the fat drippings from the roasts or lamb chops. The only time they drank anything besides water was at supper, when a large hot pot of tea was served. At no time at Harris Lodge was Benavidez ever served snacks or fast food. All residents were required to do chores primarily cleaning their dormitory, washing dishes and shining shoes. Each resident took a turn shining everyone elses school uniform shoes. During the school year, they were required to do their homework prior to lights being turned off at 9 p.m. There was one television, and Uncle Ron picked the program that everyone would watch. When not wearing their school uniforms, the residents wore hand-me-down clothing donated to the lodge by various charities. Residents were allowed to earn money by extra money working at a nearby farm picking bushels of peas during harvest season. To break up the monotony, or simply for sheer adventure, Benavidez ran away numerous times. He and a fellow resident named Colin would typically sneak out their and ride the train into nearby London. They would visit local bakeries and ask or beg for sweet bread or other exotic baked goods unavailable at the orphanage. They would then wander aimlessly around London before hiking back, usually stopping to sleep in an empty barn with a haystack. The next day, the farmer would discover them, call the police, and Benavidez and Colin would be returned to the lodge. They would dutifully accept their punishment for running away usually extra shoe-shining duty. As he neared his 16th birthday, social workers were determining where next to place him as the orphanage age limit was 16. During a visit to his mothers house, a social worker discovered a stack of letters from Jose letters that his mother had never let him see. The social workers helped Benavidez contact his father, who agreed to take immediate custody. A couple days later, he was taken to Heathrow Airport on his way There, Benavidez experienced culture shock. Speaking with a thick English accent, his fellow students at Rio Grande High School laughed at him as he struggled to pronounce his own Spanish surname. Football, baseball and basketball were completely alien to him he had grown up playing cricket, rugby different too he had never seen an avocado, much less eaten guacamole. In due course, he lost his English accent, learned some Spanish and, despite adjusting to a different country and culture, he considers himself the luckiest person in the world. Unlike many of his mates at Harris Lodge, he experienced being part of a family, living with his family, being hugged and mentored by a parent. When his JTF deployment ends, Benavidez will return to his family in New can with his wife, children and extended family. Knowing what its like to live in an institution without any family, Benavidez never takes his family for granted. Army Sgt. 1st Class Tommy Benavidez, the senior noncommissioned officer of Joint Task Force Guantanamos motor pool, stands ready with part of his fleet of full-size busses.

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AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009 AROUND T HE JTF | FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009 Army Sgt. 1 st Christmas. Kinny, a member of the Puerto Rican National Guard deployed to support the Joint Task Force, spends some of his free time JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Emily J. Russell Army Sgt. 1 st Class Tommy Benavidez dispatches a vehicle to Staff Sgt. Jorge Martinez at the J-4 motor pool. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Erica Isaacson Around the Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Baxter, a utilities sergeant with the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron, work area Dec. 23. JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Spc. Erica Isaacson