JTF GTMO Photo Gallery

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Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers prepare to move simulated wounded to a tactical evacuation point during the final evaluation for the Combat Lifesaver Course, Sept. 16. Troopers spent a week in class learning the skills needed to pass the final evaluation at the Morale, Welfare & Recreation’s Paintball Range on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Chelsea Garcia).


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According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, approximately 42,000 Americans commit suicide annually. It is currently the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. In the military, the Department of Defense reported 266 active duty service members and 209 Reserve service members committed suicide in fiscal year 2015. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mathieu Perry).


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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ivan Acosta, commander of the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron, commence cutting the U.S. Air Force’s 69th birthday cake during a ceremony at the Gold Hill Galley, Sept. 16 on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mathieu Perry).


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Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers from the 525th Military Police Detention Battalion motivate each other during a run celebrating the 75th birthday of the MP Corps, Sept. 13 on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Lauren Ogburn).


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The master of ceremonies calls the U.S. Navy chief petty officer selectees front and center to don their covers and anchors, Sept. 16 during the Fiscal Year 17 CPO Pinning ceremony at the Morale, Welfare & Recreation Windjammer ballroom on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mathieu Perry).


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More than 250 people assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo and U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, attend the 9/11 observance ceremony Sept. 11 at the NSGB chapel before the Morale, Welfare & Recreation 9/11 Memorial Run. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Lauren Ogburn).


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U.S. Coast Guardsmen assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo fold a U.S. flag after flying it for 9 minutes and 11 seconds on a Transportable Port Security Boat, Sept. 11 on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Coasties offered JTF Troopers an opportunity to submit their flag to have it flown in Area of Operation Honor to commemorate the day that shook our nation. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Sarah Kirby).


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A U.S. Coast Guardsman assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo takes notes during the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Crisis Negotiation Course, Sept. 7. Effective active listening skills help negotiators build rapport with the subject; it conveys a sincere interest and limits feelings of interrogation. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Sarah Kirby).


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U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Peter Clarke, the Joint Task Force Guantanamo commander, addresses Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other JTF GTMO personnel on current issues regarding operations of JTF GTMO on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Mar. 9. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mathieu Perry).


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A Joint Task Force Guantanamo Trooper performs chest compressions on a mannequin during an American Red Cross CPR certification class,Sept. 10. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jess Williams).


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A commemorative 9/11 shadowbox with a piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center hangs in the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Headquarters Building as a reminder of the people who died that day. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Lauren Ogburn).


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Joint Task Force Guantanamo consolidated the general detainee population on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, moving detainees from Camp V into Camp VI in August 2016. (Photo by JFT GTMO Public Affairs).


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Labor Day is a national holiday that the United States and its armed forces celebrate. Some Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers enjoyed a day off to relax mentally and physically before resuming the mission. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Sarah Kirby).


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Social media is helpful for Troopers to keep in touch with loved ones. However, keep in mind that when posting different social media statuses you represent the United States military at all times and have to be mindful when posting. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Chelsea Garcia).


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Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers and family members prepare to exit the Space A rotator flight, July 29 at the Leeward Point Airfield on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Flights are available every Friday and every other Tuesday. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Shannon Ball).


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A Joint Task Force Guantanamo Trooper blocks his opponent from striking him with a knife and secures his arm during the weapon retention portion of the Unarmed Self-Defense Train the Trainer course, Aug. 24. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shannon Ball)


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The Commissions Liaison Office headquarters sits at the top of a hill on the Expeditionary Legal Complex and is one of the many areas that the guard force secures during their patrols on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Kirby)


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Participants on the guided tour of Fort Conde begin their hike toward the coastal battery on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Aug. 14. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mathieu Perry)


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Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers run through an obstacle course during Level 3 Oleoresin Capsaicin certification Aug. 20. Experiencing pepper–spray in a non-direct manner can help prepare them for a real-life situation. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jess Williams)


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U.S. Navy Master Chief Gregory P. Countie, senior enlisted leader of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo military intelligence directorate, speaks about the significance of wearing a uniform and the greater impact of our role at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Kirby)


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A fire team moves down the road during a squad level Situational Training Exercise Lanes competition, Aug. 13 on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The team consisted of five Soldiers with one leader. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Kirby)


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Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers whip battle ropes up and down during the Speed, Agility and Quickness program on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Aug 9. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jess Williams)


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A Joint Task Force Guantanamo Trooper paddles to the shore at the Morale, Welfare & Recreation Paddle, Pedal, Paintball tri-event, Aug. 13 on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Participants completed a 1.5 mile loop in the bay during kayak portion of the event, which started the three event competition. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shannon Ball)


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Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers take time out of their busy schedules to relieve stress and learn the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in G.J. Denich Gym on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The instructor is a 13-year veteran of the sport and holds the highest rank achievable, the black belt. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Chelsea Garcia)


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Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers put skills they learned in the classroom into play, Aug. 5 during simulated Combat Lifesaver Course training at the Morale, Welfare & Recreation Paintball Range. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shannon Ball)


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A Joint Task Force Trooper checks out the interior parts of the Coast Guard’s Transportable Port Security Boat, Aug. 4 on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Walter van Ochten)


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A biker completes the 20 km biking portion of a duathlon, Aug. 6. The biking section of the competition followed a scenic route winding through some of the steepest hills around the island to Windmill Beach. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Kirby)


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Two U.S. Marines prepare to dismount a Transportable Port Security Boat during an amphibious training exercise after landing ashore on a desolate beach of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, July 26. In order to improve communication and the branches interoperability, the Marines conduct water-based training with the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Coast Guard. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Kirby)


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Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers fend off role–playing rioters as they try to penetrate the formation during riot control training on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, July 29. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jess Williams)


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U.S. Army Col. Stephen Gabavics, Joint Detention Group commander, says goodbye to the 744th Military Police Battalion and welcomes the 96th MP Bn. during the 744th MP Bn. transfer of authority Aug. 1 at the Morale, Welfare & Recreation’s Windjammer ballroom. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lauren Ogburn)


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A Joint Task Force Guantanamo Trooper with the Joint Personnel Center meets and collects in-processing paperwork for newcomers, July 29, on the Leeward side of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shannon Ball)


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A Joint Task Force Guantanamo Trooper and player for Article 112 traces a blazing trail of turf as he slides into the ball in a Morale, Welfare & Recreation soccer game at Cooper Field on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, July 19. Both teams put up a good fight in the beginning of the game; although X Mart proved to be a level above Article 112. By the end of the second half, X Mart walked off the field winning 7-0. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jess Williams)


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A work and family life specialist at Fleet and Family Support Center teaches a class on civilian resume building July 19 on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. FFSC provides various classes and workshops for all GTMO personnel. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lauren Ogburn/Released)


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A Joint Task Force Guantanamo Trooper assigned to the Joint Visitors Bureau radios the noncommissioned officer in charge that the bus is in place to pick up distinguished visitors, May 11 on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shannon Ball/Released)


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U.S. Army Sgt. Williams Plienis reviews a 525th Military Police Detention Battalion script for the final time at a change of command ceremony, July 13 on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, at the Camp Bulkeley parade field. Plienis narrates most of the change of command and transfer of authority ceremonies for Joint Task Force Guantanamo. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Kirby/Released)


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The Commissions Liaison Office building is located on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John Waderker/Released)


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A team of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers works to clear a trail intersection at the Boa Bender Trail, July 25 on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. These Troopers volunteer their Saturday mornings to trail maintenance. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Kirby/Released)


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Contestants receive awards after performing for the Morale, Welfare & Recreation Lip Sync Battle at the Windjammer Ballroom on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, July 23. Performers entertained the crowd with their energetic showmen ship. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Chelsea Garcia/Released)


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Two 32-foot Transportable Port Security Boats are staged for routine maintenance inside the Coast Guard’s engineer shop July 21 on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The TPSBs aid in the Coast Guard’s patrol missions here to provide anti-terrorism force protection to Joint Task Force Guantanamo. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Kirby/Released)


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A Joint Task Force Guantanamo Trooper reassembles the propeller hub on a 32-foot Transportable Port Security Boat after routine maintenance, July 21 on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Every TPSB is required to go through weekly, monthly and annual maintenance depending on the hours in service. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Kirby/Released)


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A Joint Task Force Guantanamo Trooper reassembles the propeller hub on a 32-foot Transportable Port Security Boat after routine maintenance, July 21 on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Every TPSB is required to go through weekly, monthly and annual maintenance depending on the hours in service. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Kirby/Released)


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Two Coast Guard engineers assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo prepare their work space before beginning routine maintenance on the propeller hub assembly of a 32-foot Transportable Port Security Boat July 21. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Kirby/Released)


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U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Robert E. Mattson, handoff the 525th Military Police Detention Battalion flag to U.S. Army Lt. Col. John A. Fivian during the battalion’s change of command ceremony July 13 at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. U.S. Army Lt. Col. John A. Fivian turned over his command responsibilities of the Vigilant Warriors to U.S. Army Lt. Col. Andrew Deaton after being the 525th MP Bn. commander for two years. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Kirby/Released)


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A roving security force team conducts roving patrols of Joint Task Force Guantanamo July 16 at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Mavericks cover external security with the Joint Detention Group’s guard force.(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Kirby/Released)


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Approximately 160 volunteers participated in the first human ribbon event at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, March 26, in support of the upcoming Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Awareness month. The event was sponsored by the Fleet and Family Support Center to raise awareness. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shannon Ball/Released)


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Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers help an exercise casualty into a casualty evacuation vehicle after a simulated improvised explosive device detonation during the 744th Military Police Battalion's Non-compliant Vessel Exercise July 16 on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jess Williams/Released)


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Joint Task Force Guantanamo Soldiers take off on a 5K run, the last physical event of the 525th Military Police Battalion’s Vigilant Warrior Challenge, June 28 at the Morale, Welfare & Recreation's Cooper Field on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lauren Ogburn/Released)


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Joint Task Force Guantanamo 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Base Engineer Emergency Force 18 Troopers work together with their replacements, JTF GTMO Expeditionary Prime BEEF 19 Troopers, to repair roads, July 11 on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shannon Ball/Released)


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U.S. Army Col. David Heath gives his final speech as the Joint Detention Group commander for Joint Task Force Guantanamo at the change of command ceremony June 23, at the Naval Station Chapel on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Col Heath took command of the JDG in June 2014(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Chelsea Garcia/Released)


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Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers assigned to the Joint Trooper Clinic on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, take their weekly training outdoors to give back to the community and learn the hazards of local wildlife, June 16.(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mathieu Perry/Released)


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Command Master Chief Dingler cuts the traditional cake at the 118th birthday celebration of the Hospital Corps held at the Morale, Welfare & Recreation Windjammer Ballroom on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba June 18.(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matthew Tarpley/Released)


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The 307th Port Security Unit prepares to take over the Maritime Security Detachment on Joint Task Force Guantanamo on June 10 during a ceremonial transfer of authority at the Northeast Gate on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lauren Ogburn/Released)


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Joint Task Force Guantanamo junior enlisted Troopers asked questions to Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey ranging from promotion changes to military school opportunities during a luncheon at the Seaside Galley on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, June 11.(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shannon Ball/Released)


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Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey takes a moment to speak with Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers before the 241st Army Birthday Ball, June 11 on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shannon Ball/Released)


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Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers work diligently to complete trail maintenance on the Ridgeline Trail on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, June 4. Troopers are part of the “Trail Blazers,” a club dedicated to rebuilding and maintaining GTMO trails. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shannon Ball/Released)


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JTF GTMO Trooper fires his 2 rounds at the standing firing position during the GAFPB Pistol Marksmanship Event on June 2. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Kirby/Released)


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Guest speaker, Spc. Revan Elep, a Trooper with the 308th Military Police Company, is hugged by many of his peers after giving a humbling speech during the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage ceremony held at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on May 27. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matt Young/Released)


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Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Zaiser, command senior enlisted leader for the U.S. Southern Command, gives a speech to Army Basic Leadership Course graduates assigned to Joint Task Force Guantanamo on May 28, here. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lauren Ogburn/Released)


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Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers responsible for the revamping of the land navigation course on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, test their work to ensure the points are accurate for upcoming Basic Leader Course classes using the course as part of the school's curriculm. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shannon Ball/Released)


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A Marine assigned to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, feels the impact of jumping into the pool while dressed in full body armor on May 13. He participated in the Coast Guard's Water Survival Training Course, and recieved his certification at the end. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lauren Ogburn/Released)


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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman, the Ohio Adjutant General, places a medal around the neck of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Trooper Capt. Kimberly D. Snow, May 16, on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for being inducted into in the Ohio Military Hall of Fame. Snow was inducted for her brave actions in combat more than a decade ago. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shannon Ball/Released)


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Sgt. Shibin Varghese, a Joint Task Force graduate of the Basic Leader Course, shakes the hand of guest speaker and commandant of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis DeFreese, while receiving his gradution certificate at W.T. Sampson Elementary School, May 5.(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shannon Ball/Released)


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Major General David Wood with the 38th Infantry Division, Indiana Army National Guard listens to the history of the North East Gate as told by Marine Corps Security Force Company, Company 1st Sgt. Joshua Wruble, April 18.(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mathieu Perry/Released)


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Major General David Wood with the 38th Infantry Division, Indiana Army National Guard listens to the history of the North East Gate as told by Marine Corps Security Force Company, Company 1st Sgt. Joshua Wruble, April 18.(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matt Young/Released)


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Troopers from the 744th Military Police Battalion congregated on Windmill Beach as they prepped for a Non-Compliant Vessel exercise with the Coast Guard and Navy, March 29, on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Protestors link arms as master-at-arms tries to separate a non-violent, non-compliant group to vacate the premise. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matthew Tarpley/Released)


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Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander for United States Southern Command, visited Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Cuba, April 29. Tidd took time to visit with JTF Troopers during lunch. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Chelsea Garcia/Released)


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Troopers from the 744th Military Police Battalion congregated on Windmill Beach as they prepped for a Non-Compliant Vessel exercise with the Coast Guard and Navy, March 29, on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Protestors link arms as master-at-arms tries to separate a non-violent, non-compliant group to vacate the premise. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matthew Tarpley/Released)


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AMY D and The Experience, a southern rock and country band performans for Joint Task Force Troopers and Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Sailors at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Tiki Bar, Saturday night. The band plays mostly southern rock, top 40 hits and a few originals. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mathieu Perry/Released)


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Army Command Sgt. Maj. David W. Carr was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal by Navy Rear Adm. Peter J. Clarke, for his exceptional meritorious service as the Joint Task Force Guantanamo’s senior enlisted leader, April 20, at McNaughton Hall on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Kirby/Released)


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Senior Airman Manuel Acuna and Staff Sgt. Kenya McCoy with BEEF 18 volunteered during their day off to cut the new greens for the Morale, Welfare & Recreation Putters Mini Golf course, April 9, on U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shannon Ball/Released)


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Marines from the Marine Corp Security Forces Company here, leap in an amphibious tactical approach during an insertion exercise at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 26. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Kirby/Released)


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A Soldier with the 525th Military Police Detention Battalion treats a casuality as part of their Warrior Task during the Vigilant Warrior Competition held at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on March 29. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matt Young/Released)


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Students of the Army's Basic Leadership Course, conduct physical fitness training at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on March 30, 2016. This is the first time BLC has ever been available for soldiers at GTMO. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Kirby/Released)


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Approximately 160 volunteers participated in the first human ribbon event at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, March 26, in support of the upcoming Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Awareness month. The event was sponsored by the Fleet and Family Support Center to raise awareness. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shannon Ball/Released)


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Troopers hold their guidon high during the 22-mile Suicide Awareness ruck march. The march was hosted by the 744th Military Police Battalion here, at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, March 26 in hopes to raise suicide awareness among service members. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jess A. Williams/Released)


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Naomi Hiltner, age 4, creates a picture frame at one of the craft tables at the Eggstravaganza hosted at the Youth Center on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, March 26. There were many craft tables available for children and parents alike to create keepsakes. (Photo by Army Sgt. Chelsea R. Garcia/Released)


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Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba March 9, 2016. His visit included a tour of Camp V and Camp VI with Joint Task Force Commander Navy Rear Adm. Peter J. Clarke. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Released)


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A historical photo from 1995 shows a diver’s platform and spacious parking area at Philips Dive Park at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prior to the damage caused by Hurricane Mitch in 1998. The natural stone pier, showers and picnic area were reduced to rubble and access to the beach was limited to the southern entrance only. (Courtesy historical photo provided by Reef Raiders/Released)


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Members of the Wee Bag Band perform for Troopers on March 18, at O’Kelly’s Irish Pub at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matt Young/Released)


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United States Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class David W. Pierce, a maritime law enforcement specialist assigned to the MARSECDET carries the guidon to encourage esprit de corps and unit cohesion for their team during the 13-mile Shadow Bataan Death March, a memorial march hosted by the 525th Military Police Detention Battalion, March 19. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthieu Perry/Released)


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U.S. Coast Guard Reservist, Chief Petty Officer Richard R. Mizikar, a member of Marine Security Detachment, Port Security Unit 308, Waterside Security Divisiton, makes his way through a formation for retired Coast Guardsmen at Phillips Dive Park, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after 30 years of service to his country. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Charlie Helmholt/Released)


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The Marines from Bravo FAST Five Company, Marine Corps Security Forces Regiment, pull each other onto the boat while working with the Coast Guard Joint Task Force Guantanamo's Maritime Security Detachment to extract them from Granadillo Bay, July 9. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nicole Nicolas/Released)


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Lt. Col. Christopher Gant, commander of Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force, leads his team off of the ferry as they prepare to begin their mission at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, June 7. The team will carry out their mission as the 17th rotation of the BEEF for Joit Task Force Guantanamo.(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Justin Malone/Released)


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Kalm Paddle participants practive breathing and meditation techniques to relieve stress and relax in a unique way, during the Kalm Paddle class July 9, 2015, at the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Justin Malone/Released)


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Magic! lead singer Nasri, entertains service members at the Guantanamo Bay Independence Day celebration July 4, 2015, U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Charlie Helmholt/Released)


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Members of the Coast Guard's Maritime Security Detachment, Port Security Unit 308, participate with the U.S. Army's 325th Military Police Battalion, in an exercise, June 27, 2015, U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Daryl T. Madrid/Released)


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Twenty-four members of the U.S. Air Force 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force for JTF Guantanamo, pose for a photo on the island. (Photo courtesy/Released)


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Navy Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, the commanding officer of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, relinquished his command to Air Force Brig. Gen. Jose Monteagudo during a change of command ceremony at the U.S. Naval Station Chapel, Guantanamo Bay, July 1.(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Amber Bohlman/Released)


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Outgoing Commander, Navy Rear Adm. John W. Smith, outgoing commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, right, prepares to hand over command to Navy Rear Adm. Richard Butler, as the JTF-GTMO senior enlisted leader, Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Juan Hidalgo renders salute July 16, 2013, at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Smith served as JTF-GTMO commander for approximately 13 months and will report to his next duty station as commandant of the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va. (National Guard photo by Sgt. Darron Salzer, 120th Public Affairs Detachment/JTF-GTMO Public Affairs)


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Navy Rear Adm. Richard Butler, the incoming commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, addresses the crowd gathered at the change of command ceremony ushering him in as new commander of JTF-GTMO, July 16, 2013, at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Butler replaced Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr., who ceremoniously handed over command during the event. (National Guard photo by Sgt. Darron Salzer, 120th Public Affairs Detachment/JTF-GTMO Public Affairs)


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A Navy and Coast Guard team compete against each other in a game of corn hole Saturday, May 18, 2013, during Naval Station Guantanamo Bay's first ever Captain's Cup sports challenge sponsored by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation office. (Photo by Spc. Cody Campana)


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Teams of Soldiers and Sailors struggle against each other in a game of tug-of-war Saturday, May 18, 2013, during Naval Station Guantanamo Bay's inaugural Captain's Cup challenge sponsored by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation office. (Photo by Spc. Cody Campana)


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A Trooper swings at a softball during Naval Station Guantanamo Bay's premiere Captain's Cup Challenge sponsored by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation office. (Photo by Spc. Cody Campana)


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Marines and Sailors square off against each other in the flag football tournament during the debut of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay's Captain's Cup sports challenge sponsored by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation office. (Photo by Spc. Cody Campana)


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Twenty-one residents of varying skill signed up for the GTMO Open Golf Tournament held at the Lateral Hazard Golf on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on May 4 and 5. GTMO's Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsored the tournament and awarded prizes to the two winners, Thomas Croad and Meredith Maneri. (Photo by Spc. Cody Campana)


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Twenty-one residents of varying skill signed up for the GTMO Open Golf Tournament held at the Lateral Hazard Golf on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on May 4 and 5. GTMO's Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsored the tournament and awarded prizes to the two winners, Thomas Croad and Meredith Maneri. (Photo by Spc. Cody Campana)


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Army Capt. Gregory Archbold, the 525th Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander, tees off during the GTMO Open on March 4 and 5 at the Lateral Hazard Golf Course. (Photo by Spc. Cody Campana)


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Spc. Logan Miller, a legal specialist with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 525th Military Police Battalion, reacts after getting sprayed in the face with Oleoresin Capsicum. The 525th MP Battalion conducted non-lethal self-defense training on April 24, with an unarmed self-defense class followed by an O.C. spray exercise and detention scenarios. (Photo by Spc. Cody Campana.)


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A Soldier with the 525th Military Police Battalion handcuffs a simulated detainee, while he is blinded by Oleoresin Capsicum spray, at Camp Delta's Cafe Caribe in Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on April 24. (Photo by Spc. Cody Campana.)


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Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Drew Klingberg of The Catepillars, spikes the ball Monday in the opening game of the MWR Open Rec Indoor Volleyball League. The league consists of 12 co-ed teams and play all games Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. (Photo by Army Sgt. Ferdinand Thomas.)


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Lead singer Jeff Congo of the band "Something Distant", sings to a crowd at the Tiki Bar on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on April 13. (Photo by Spc. Jessica Randon.)


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Lead singer Jeff Congo of the band "Something Distant", gets the crowd going while getting down on the guitar, at the Tiki Bar on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on April 13. (Spc. Jessica Randon.)


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Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin Hasbun, the winner of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation half-marathon race on April 13, crosses the finish line, after running 13.1 miles. (Photo by Army Sgt. Jonathan Monfiletto.)


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A runner takes a drink of water while crossing the North East Gate and heading along the fenceline near the halfway point of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay’s first full marathon on Saturday. (Photo by Army Sgt. Jonathan Monfiletto)


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Army Staff Sgt. Casey Gore enters the homestretch on Recreation Road closes in on the finish line at Cooper Field, en route to winning Naval Station Guantanamo Bay’s first full marathon on Saturday. (Photo by Spc. Jessica Randon)


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A team member of Militia, a flag football team, dodges a leaping opponent during the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation sponsored flag football tounament Saturday. (Photo by Spc. Cody Campana)


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A Soldier climbs a rope at the Marine Hill obstacle course at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on April 8 as part of the 525th Military Police Battalion's 2013 Best Warrior competition. (Photo by Spc. Cody Campana.)


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Spc. Jaime Ibarra descends a large hill at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on April 8 as part of the 525th Military Police Battalion's 2013 Best Warrior competition. (Photo by Spc. Cody Campana.)


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Sgt. 1st Class Herbert Craft, as Jesus Christ, carries his cross to the front of the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay chapel and prepares to be put to death in a reenactment of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection at the Gospel service on Sunday. (Photo by Army Sgt. Ferdinand Thomas.)


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A Soldier with the Puerto Rico National Guard waves a flag while departing Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on April 1. (Photo by Spc. Cody Campana.)


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Sgt. 1st Class Herbert Craft, as Jesus Christ, carries his cross to the front of the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay chapel and prepares to be put to death in a reenactment of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection at the Gospel service on Sunday. (Photo by Army Sgt. Ferdinand Thomas.)


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Army Staff Sgt. Travis Sand gets a big hit to socre his team a run during a one-pitch softball tournament held over March 29 and 30 at Cooper Complex at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. (Photo by Army Sgt. Ferdinand Thomas.)


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Teams square off during a one-pitch softball tournament held over March 29 and 30 at Cooper Complex at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. (Photo by Army Sgt. Ferdinand Thomas.)


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Army Master Sgt. Gregg Ramsdell features his trophy for winning Naval Station Guantanamo Bay's 2013 Mini Masters Golf Tournament at the miniature golf course on April 6. The tournament was sponsored by GTMO's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation. (Photo by Spc. Jessica Randon.)


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Coast Guard Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Michael Gavola finishes a one-mile swim in first place with a final time of 23 minutes and 53 seconds on March 30. The race was part of a swim-off held by Naval Station Guantanamo Bay’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation. (Photo by Spc. Chalon Hutson)


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Naval Station Guantanamo Bay commanding officer, Navy Capt. J.R. Nettleton (second from right) and guests enjoy their meals on the patio at the Steak Out Under the Stars event. The Steak Out Under the Stars was held March 29 at the Bayview. (Photo by Spc. Raechel Haynes.)


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Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Mark Gent is a native of Britain, and formerly served in the Royal Navy. Gent now is deployed here to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, and has a wife and two kids in in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Spc. Chalon Hutson.)


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The Coast Guardsman's softball team looks on to their team mate as he goes up to bat during a softball tournament on March 16. The tournament was held by Naval Station Guantanamo Bay's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation.(Photo by Spc. Jessica Randon.)


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Army Staff Sgt. Miguel Ramos of the 525th HHC Swings away for a run during a softball tournament on March 16. The tournament was held by Naval Station Guantanamo Bay's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation. (Photo by Spc. Jessica Randon.)


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GUANTANAMO BAY – Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay Coast Guard Port Security Unit 311 travels across the bay March 8 as part of an anti-terrorism force protection patrol. (Photo by Commander John Caraballo)


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Coast Guardsmen with Port Security Unit 311 give guard force Soldiers with the 428th and the 193rd Military Police companies a waterside familiarization tour of their area of operation and a taste of sea life here at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay March 1. (Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael Davis.)


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A few Black Heritage Organization Guantanamo Bay members stand in the spotlight to be recognized for their work in organizing the Black & Gold Ball Saturday at the Windjammer Ballroom.(Photo by Army Sgt. Brian Godette.)


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Almost 100 people from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay competed in the Sprint Triathlon on Feb. 23. The event consisted of a 500-yard swim, followed by an 11-mile bike ride, finished with a 5k run. (Photo by Spc. Cody Campana.)


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Army Sgt. James Blake, with the 428th Military Police Company, is competing in the Bataan Memorial Death March this month in White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The march honors the memory of World War II service members, who were forced to march over 80 miles in harsh conditions in the Philippines. (Photo by Army Pfc. Chalon Hutson.)


USS Anchorage sits pier side at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NSGB) while refueling and taking on other supplies. USS Anchorage is currently conducting a homeport change that started at Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding Site Avondale in Avondale, La. on October 30 and will end in San Diego Ca. After her arrival in San Diego she will be commissioned LPD 23, on May 4, 2013.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Joshua Hammond/Released)

USS Anchorage sits pier side at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NSGB) while refueling and taking on other supplies. USS Anchorage is currently conducting a homeport change that started at Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding Site Avondale in Avondale, La. on October 30 and will end in San Diego Ca. After her arrival in San Diego she will be commissioned LPD 23, on May 4, 2013.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Joshua Hammond/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Troopers with Joint Task Force Guantanamo help unload cases of Girl Scout cookies from a plane April 26. More than 10,000 pounds of cookies were donated to Guantanamo Bay servicemembers as part of a Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida program called ''Mints for the Military.''

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Troopers with Joint Task Force Guantanamo help unload cases of Girl Scout cookies from a plane April 26. More than 10,000 pounds of cookies were donated to Guantanamo Bay servicemembers as part of a Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida program called "Mints for the Military." (U.S. Army Photo by Pvt. Loren Cook/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Rear Adm. David B. Woods salutes Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, Commander, U.S. Southern Command, symbolizing his relinquishing of control of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, while Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr. awaits his salute from General Fraser, symbolizing his gain of control of JTF-GTMO. Rear Admiral Woods was relieved of his duty by Rear Admiral Smith after he completed his one year tour of duty. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Joshua Hammond/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Rear Adm. David B. Woods salutes Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, Commander, U.S. Southern Command, symbolizing his relinquishing of control of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, while Rear Adm. John W. Smith Jr. awaits his salute from General Fraser, symbolizing his gain of control of JTF-GTMO. Rear Admiral Woods was relieved of his duty by Rear Admiral Smith after he completed his one year tour of duty. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Joshua Hammond/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Master Sgt. Gregg Ramsdell and his daughter, Faith Marie Ramsdell, catch the sunset at Girl Scout Beach at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba June 25.(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Hallock/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Master Sgt. Gregg Ramsdell and his daughter, Faith Marie Ramsdell, catch the sunset at Girl Scout Beach at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba June 25. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Hallock/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Ricardo Gatdula, maintenance man for Prime Projects International (PPI), adjusts screws on an air conditioner as co-worker Ram Chander waits to give a final cleaning during maintenance operations at the Cuzco Barracks June 14.  The maintenance of the air conditioner shown is only one of many air conditioner servicing activities and other simultaneous projects that are on-going at Cuzco Barracks including replacing floor tiles and repainting in various rooms.  The constant rotational nature of the residents in Cuzco often requires the maintenance crews work extended hours including early mornings on weekends.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Grant/RELEASED)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Ricardo Gatdula, maintenance man for Prime Projects International (PPI), adjusts screws on an air conditioner as co-worker Ram Chander waits to give a final cleaning during maintenance operations at the Cuzco Barracks June 14. The maintenance of the air conditioner shown is only one of many air conditioner servicing activities and other simultaneous projects that are on-going at Cuzco Barracks including replacing floor tiles and repainting in various rooms. The constant rotational nature of the residents in Cuzco often requires the maintenance crews work extended hours including early mornings on weekends. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Grant/RELEASED)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Army Sgt. William Barnett, property book officer with Joint Detention Group, shares a picture of his 7-year-old twin daughters. Barnett also has a 15-year-old son. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Loren Cook/RELEASED)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Army Sgt. William Barnett, property book officer with Joint Detention Group, shares a picture of his 7-year-old twin daughters. Barnett also has a 15-year-old son. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Loren Cook/RELEASED)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Sailors wait to be frocked during a ceremony at the Bayview June 6. Though they must wait for their pay grades to catch up, Sailors have long considered the additional responsibilities as ''frockees'' to be an honor. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class Ty Bjornson/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Sailors wait to be frocked during a ceremony at the Bayview June 6. Though they must wait for their pay grades to catch up, Sailors have long considered the additional responsibilities as "frockees" to be an honor. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class Ty Bjornson/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Jovany Javier, host of ''GTMO's Got Talent!'' gives Liana Merrill, a senior at W.T. Sampson High School, a trophy for winning the event, held June 3 at the Downtown Lyceum. Merrill's performance of ''Pie Jesu,'' a selection from the Roman Catholic reqiuem mass, carried her to victory in her semifinalist and finalist performances. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Loren Cook/RELEASED)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Jovany Javier, host of ''GTMO's Got Talent!'' gives Liana Merrill, a senior at W.T. Sampson High School, a trophy for winning the event, held June 3 at the Downtown Lyceum. Merrill's performance of ''Pie Jesu,'' a selection from the Roman Catholic reqiuem mass, carried her to victory in her semifinalist and finalist performances. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Loren Cook/RELEASED)


GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - 1st Lt. Shaka Malufau danced the hula at a ceremony for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class Ty Bjornson/Released)

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - 1st Lt. Shaka Malufau danced the hula at a ceremony for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class Ty Bjornson/Released)


GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (May 19, 2012) - Fishing at sunrise on the Guantanamo Bay proves fruitful for anglers catching bait fish with sabiki rigs. Fishing the waters of Guantanamo Bay is an exclusive experience to those who are stationed there and it is one that should not be overlooked. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class D. Keith Simmons/Released)

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (May 19, 2012) - Fishing at sunrise on the Guantanamo Bay proves fruitful for anglers catching bait fish with sabiki rigs. Fishing the waters of Guantanamo Bay is an exclusive experience to those who are stationed there and it is one that should not be overlooked. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class D. Keith Simmons/Released)


GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Army Staff Sgt. Fredrick Plimpton of the 314th MP Battalion at the daily guard mount passing information to his Soldiers. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Saul Rosa/Released)

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Army Staff Sgt. Fredrick Plimpton of the 314th MP Battalion at the daily guard mount passing information to his Soldiers. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Saul Rosa/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Tech. Sgt. Gina Mezzacasa, a resident of Kansas City., Mo, proudly poses with a picture of her 5-year-old daughter, Elliana. Mezzacasa is currently deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a pest manager with the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Loren Cook/RELEASED)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Tech. Sgt. Gina Mezzacasa, a resident of Kansas City., Mo, proudly poses with a picture of her 5-year-old daughter, Elliana. Mezzacasa is currently deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a pest manager with the 474th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Loren Cook/RELEASED)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - The Haitian flag is display before the start of the 5K run/walk for Haiti held outside Denish Gym on Saturday, April 21, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt 1st Class Kryn Westhoven/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - The Haitian flag is display before the start of the 5K run/walk for Haiti held outside Denish Gym on Saturday, April 21, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt 1st Class Kryn Westhoven/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (April 19, 2012) - 525th Military Police Battalion Soldiers practice new defensive techniques during Modern Army Combatives (MAC) training at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Cooper Field 19 April. MAC is part of the pre-service training conducted by the 525th and is designed to put new personnel on an equal footing with veterans of the unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class Ty Bjornson/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (April 19, 2012) - 525th Military Police Battalion Soldiers practice new defensive techniques during Modern Army Combatives (MAC) training at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Cooper Field 19 April. MAC is part of the pre-service training conducted by the 525th and is designed to put new personnel on an equal footing with veterans of the unit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class Ty Bjornson/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (April 19, 2012) - The Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Community Library reopens to the public, April 12 after receiving renovations.  The new library has 18 brand new computers, more than 25,000 items to check out, and recliners to enjoy an afternoon read in. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Hallock/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (April 19, 2012) - The Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Community Library reopens to the public, April 12 after receiving renovations. The new library has 18 brand new computers, more than 25,000 items to check out, and recliners to enjoy an afternoon read in. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Hallock/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (April 7, 2012) - Joint Task Force Troopers pedal to victory during the Chief Petty Officers Association Triathlon April 7. Participants had the option of competing individually or in teams during the triathlon's swimming, cycling, and running events. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Loren Cook/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (April 7, 2012) - Joint Task Force Troopers pedal to victory during the Chief Petty Officers Association Triathlon April 7. Participants had the option of competing individually or in teams during the triathlon's swimming, cycling, and running events. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Loren Cook/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (April 6, 2012) - Army Master Sgt. Vince North playing lead guitar for Genius Kong at the Tiki Bar. North, of the 525th Military Police Battalion, is a self taught guitarist whose passion has followed him from Afghanistan where he played ''guitar night Thursday'' to Guantanamo Bay where he now plays lead guitar for Genius Kong. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Saul Rosa/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (April 6, 2012) - Army Master Sgt. Vince North playing lead guitar for Genius Kong at the Tiki Bar. North, of the 525th Military Police Battalion, is a self taught guitarist whose passion has followed him from Afghanistan where he played ''guitar night Thursday'' to Guantanamo Bay where he now plays lead guitar for Genius Kong. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Saul Rosa/Released)


JOINT TASK FORCE GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (April 1, 2012) - Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate Andrew Cruz, left, Chief Operations Specialist Amy Sigorsky, center, and Chief Sonar Technician (Surface) Michael Spivey prepare to raise the ensign prior to morning colors during celebrations for the 119th Chief Petty Officer's Birthday, 1 April. The Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay Chief Petty Officer's Association began their day of celebrating with a breakfast at Seaside Galley, followed by a flag raising ceremony at Camp Delta and a barbeque party later in the day at the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Chief Petty Officer’s club. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class D. Keith Simmons/Released)

JOINT TASK FORCE GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (April 1, 2012) - Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate Andrew Cruz, left, Chief Operations Specialist Amy Sigorsky, center, and Chief Sonar Technician (Surface) Michael Spivey prepare to raise the ensign prior to morning colors during celebrations for the 119th Chief Petty Officer's Birthday, 1 April. The Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay Chief Petty Officer's Association began their day of celebrating with a breakfast at Seaside Galley, followed by a flag raising ceremony at Camp Delta and a barbeque party later in the day at the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Chief Petty Officer’s club. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class D. Keith Simmons/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 29, 2012) - This Personally Owned Vehicle (POV), a 92' Toyota 4Runner, serves Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant as a mobile dive locker during his tour at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, March 29. POVs like this allow troopers to avoid the hassle of bus schedules and catching rides with friends to get around the base. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Saul Rosa/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 29, 2012) - This Personally Owned Vehicle (POV), a 92' Toyota 4Runner, serves Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant as a mobile dive locker during his tour at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, March 29. POVs like this allow troopers to avoid the hassle of bus schedules and catching rides with friends to get around the base. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Saul Rosa/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 20, 2012) – U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay serves the Naval Station community, as well as Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers. Specialty care is available on a rotational basis. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Saul Rosa/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 20, 2012) – U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay serves the Naval Station community, as well as Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers. Specialty care is available on a rotational basis. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Saul Rosa/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 20, 2012) – USS San Diego (LPD-22) made its first port visit to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay this week, and will travel to its namesake city for commissioning by May. Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers toured the shiny new ship Wednesday. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ty Bjornson/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 20, 2012) – USS San Diego (LPD-22) made its first port visit to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay this week, and will travel to its namesake city for commissioning by May. Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers toured the shiny new ship Wednesday. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ty Bjornson/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 16, 2012) – Marine Corps Security Forces Company tours of the North East Gate occur once per month and are open to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force personnel. Here, Troopers can get a rare view of the Cold War-era physical barrier between the communist and American naval station sides of Cuba. Background: Marine Staff Sgt. Jonathan Whatley led the March 16 tour, which delved into Marine pride and the naval station’s tense history. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 16, 2012) – Marine Corps Security Forces Company tours of the North East Gate occur once per month and are open to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force personnel. Here, Troopers can get a rare view of the Cold War-era physical barrier between the communist and American naval station sides of Cuba. Background: Marine Staff Sgt. Jonathan Whatley led the March 16 tour, which delved into Marine pride and the naval station’s tense history. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 12, 2012) – The 525th Military Police Battalion’s “Militia” broke the “Warriors”’ undefeated hold on Guantanamo Bay basketball Monday night. As the season concludes soon, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers can look to other sports to participate in as well, including indoor volleyball, softball, tennis, and track. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ty Bjornson/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 12, 2012) – The 525th Military Police Battalion’s “Militia” broke the “Warriors”’ undefeated hold on Guantanamo Bay basketball Monday night. As the season concludes soon, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Troopers can look to other sports to participate in as well, including indoor volleyball, softball, tennis, and track. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ty Bjornson/Released)


JOINT TASK FORCE GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 12, 2012) – Utilitiesman 2nd Class Jordan Lantzy attached to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion TWO-THREE (NMCB 23) secures the rebar for an upcoming concrete pour for the new head and changing room facility at Windmill Beach. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park/Released)

JOINT TASK FORCE GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 12, 2012) – Utilitiesman 2nd Class Jordan Lantzy attached to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion TWO-THREE (NMCB 23) secures the rebar for an upcoming concrete pour for the new head and changing room facility at Windmill Beach. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park/Released)


JOINT TASK FORCE GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 9, 2012) - (from left to right) Joint Task Force Guantanamo deputy commander Brig. Gen. James Lettko, U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay commanding officer Capt. Kirk Hibbert, flag aide Lt. Cdr. Jay Haddock, MWR Director Tara Culbertson, engineer director Capt. Michael Merino, and JTF commander Rear Adm. David Woods cut the Pirate’s Cove ribbon March 9. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ty Bjornson/Released)

JOINT TASK FORCE GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 9, 2012) - (from left to right) Joint Task Force Guantanamo deputy commander Brig. Gen. James Lettko, U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay commanding officer Capt. Kirk Hibbert, flag aide Lt. Cdr. Jay Haddock, MWR Director Tara Culbertson, engineer director Capt. Michael Merino, and JTF commander Rear Adm. David Woods cut the Pirate’s Cove ribbon March 9. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ty Bjornson/Released)


JOINT TASK FORCE GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 9, 2012) - Maj. Jeff Bell (left) and Joint Task Force Guantanamo Command Chaplain Capt. Bradley Thom performed “Lord, Listen to your Children Praying” for the Troopers at the prayer breakfast. More than 70 Troopers attended the prayer breakfast held at Seaside Galley. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant/Released)

JOINT TASK FORCE GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 9, 2012) - Maj. Jeff Bell (left) and Joint Task Force Guantanamo Command Chaplain Capt. Bradley Thom performed “Lord, Listen to your Children Praying” for the Troopers at the prayer breakfast. More than 70 Troopers attended the prayer breakfast held at Seaside Galley. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 6, 2012) – Female engineers lead the way at Joint Task Force Guantanamo’s Camp Justice. The 474th ECES, presently composed of members of the Missouri Air National Guard, are led by Senior Master Sgt. Debra Rush and Lt. Col. Grace Link (not photographed). (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 6, 2012) – Female engineers lead the way at Joint Task Force Guantanamo’s Camp Justice. The 474th ECES, presently composed of members of the Missouri Air National Guard, are led by Senior Master Sgt. Debra Rush and Lt. Col. Grace Link (not photographed). (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jerome Grant/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 1, 2012) – Over five days in locations from the Trooper Chapel to the Windjammer Ballroom, Rear Adm. David B. Woods, commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo addressed every Trooper on the team. It was an opportunity to talk about the recent climate survey, how to stay connected with loved ones, and how to remain successful in a mission where failure is not an option. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kryn P. Westhoven/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (March 1, 2012) – Over five days in locations from the Trooper Chapel to the Windjammer Ballroom, Rear Adm. David B. Woods, commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo addressed every Trooper on the team. It was an opportunity to talk about the recent climate survey, how to stay connected with loved ones, and how to remain successful in a mission where failure is not an option. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kryn P. Westhoven/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (February 29, 2012) – The quality of the Noncommissioned Officer will be put to the test as the military reduces its force. The Soldiers of the 525th Military Police Battalion focused on this during the NCO induction ceremony held March 2. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Saul Rosa/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (February 29, 2012) – The quality of the Noncommissioned Officer will be put to the test as the military reduces its force. The Soldiers of the 525th Military Police Battalion focused on this during the NCO induction ceremony held March 2. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Saul Rosa/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (February 25, 2012) – The Windjammer Ballroom was filled Saturday night with civilians and service members from U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force. Together they enjoyed a meal, watched a fashion show and were inspired by the guest speaker as they sat at tables that featured a balloon centerpiece in the colors of the event’s name: the Black and White Gala. The Black Heritage Organization of Guantanamo Bay coordinated the annual event following the Black History Month theme of “Celebrating Black Women in American Culture and History” for this year’s gala. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (February 25, 2012) – The Windjammer Ballroom was filled Saturday night with civilians and service members from U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force. Together they enjoyed a meal, watched a fashion show and were inspired by the guest speaker as they sat at tables that featured a balloon centerpiece in the colors of the event’s name: the Black and White Gala. The Black Heritage Organization of Guantanamo Bay coordinated the annual event following the Black History Month theme of “Celebrating Black Women in American Culture and History” for this year’s gala. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kryn Westhoven/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (February 18, 2012) – Matt “The Immortal” Brown and “The Dean of Mean” Keith Jardine demonstrate basic wrestling moves to Troops at the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Denich Gym Feb. 19. The two fighters visited the island Feb. 18 and 19 and met with Troopers throughout the base. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Saul Rosa/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (February 18, 2012) – Matt “The Immortal” Brown and “The Dean of Mean” Keith Jardine demonstrate basic wrestling moves to Troops at the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Denich Gym Feb. 19. The two fighters visited the island Feb. 18 and 19 and met with Troopers throughout the base. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Saul Rosa/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (February 12, 2012) – Army Staff Sgt. Thomas Harvey of team “GTMO Pinoy” looked on as civilian Sikarder Rai of team “GTMO Assassins” attempted to drive a spike during the Blizzard Beach Volleyball Tournament over President’s Day weekend. The champions, “GTMO Assassins,” defeated “GTMO Pinoy” for the championship and Rai attributes the success to the fact that his team has been playing together for five years. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Landis Andrews/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (February 12, 2012) – Army Staff Sgt. Thomas Harvey of team “GTMO Pinoy” looked on as civilian Sikarder Rai of team “GTMO Assassins” attempted to drive a spike during the Blizzard Beach Volleyball Tournament over President’s Day weekend. The champions, “GTMO Assassins,” defeated “GTMO Pinoy” for the championship and Rai attributes the success to the fact that his team has been playing together for five years. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Landis Andrews/Released)


JOINT TASK FORCE GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (February 17, 2012) - Quality of life will soon improve for both detainees and the Joint Task Force Guantanamo guard force thanks to the new “Super Rec” recreation yard which will be accessible to all detainees who reside in Camp 6. Built with the intent of encouraging physical activity and lessening the amount of risk to move detainees to outdoor recreation, Super Rec covers 28,500 square feet and is about half the size of a football field. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park/Released)

JOINT TASK FORCE GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (February 17, 2012) - Quality of life will soon improve for both detainees and the Joint Task Force Guantanamo guard force thanks to the new “Super Rec” recreation yard which will be accessible to all detainees who reside in Camp 6. Built with the intent of encouraging physical activity and lessening the amount of risk to move detainees to outdoor recreation, Super Rec covers 28,500 square feet and is about half the size of a football field. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (February 12, 2012) – Fast boat teams assigned to he United States Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) San Diego apply their tactics training in Guantanamo Bay.  The Opposing Forces (OPFOR) boat (middle) simulates a breached 500 yard security zone of a high valued asset and the Reaction and Screen vessels go in and determine the OPFOR’s intent. MSST San Diego provides 24-hour security to both the Joint Task Force and Naval Station.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (February 12, 2012) – Fast boat teams assigned to he United States Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) San Diego apply their tactics training in Guantanamo Bay. The Opposing Forces (OPFOR) boat (middle) simulates a breached 500 yard security zone of a high valued asset and the Reaction and Screen vessels go in and determine the OPFOR’s intent. MSST San Diego provides 24-hour security to both the Joint Task Force and Naval Station. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Jan. 12,  2012) – The historical Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Chapel is one of the  Navy's oldest chapels.  The chapel has  served Sailors for over 70 years and is a staple of the Guantanamo Bay  community.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Louis Batchelor/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Jan. 12, 2012) – The historical Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Chapel is one of the Navy's oldest chapels.  The chapel has served Sailors for over 70 years and is a staple of the Guantanamo Bay community.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Louis Batchelor/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba – (Jan. 7, 2012) – A full moon with a mysterious lunar halo shines over Guantanamo Bay.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba – (Jan. 7, 2012) – A full moon with a mysterious lunar halo shines over Guantanamo Bay. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Jan. 01, 2012) – Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba sets off a firework display as part of the New Years Eve celebration. Along with the firework display, concerts preformed by Edwin McCain and Erick Baker were also available for the community to attend. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jon Dasbach/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Jan. 01, 2012) – Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba sets off a firework display as part of the New Years Eve celebration. Along with the firework display, concerts preformed by Edwin McCain and Erick Baker were also available for the community to attend. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jon Dasbach/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba – (December 30, 2011) -- The United States Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) San Diego and the Marine Corps Security Forces (MCSF) Company simulate the egress of injured personnel onto a Coast Guard fast boat during a casualty evacuation exercise.  Both MSST San Diego and MCSFCO provide 24-hour security to both the Joint Task Force and Naval Station.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba – (December 30, 2011) -- The United States Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) San Diego and the Marine Corps Security Forces (MCSF) Company simulate the egress of injured personnel onto a Coast Guard fast boat during a casualty evacuation exercise. Both MSST San Diego and MCSFCO provide 24-hour security to both the Joint Task Force and Naval Station. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park/Released)


NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Jan. 01, 2012) – Singer and songwriter Edwin McCain and the Edwin McCain Band performs a series of original songs and as well as his own rendition of popular music at the Downtown Lyceum on New Years Day. Edwin McCain was the headliner for a series concerts held for local community to attend. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Marquis Whitehead/Released)

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Jan. 01, 2012) – Singer and songwriter Edwin McCain and the Edwin McCain Band performs a series of original songs and as well as his own rendition of popular music at the Downtown Lyceum on New Years Day. Edwin McCain was the headliner for a series concerts held for local community to attend. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Marquis Whitehead/Released)