Skip to comments.*GITMO!!!* THEY’RE HERE—The US Navy arrives to pick us up!! (Updates at #26, 41)
Posted on 12/21/2008 12:53:31 PM PST by Syncro
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Sunday, December 21, 2008THEYRE HEREThe US Navy arrives to pick us up!!
the us navy has brought their c-12 prop plane here with Kylie Williams direct from Miami international airport!
it was a tenuous situation here at the FBO office (a private part of ft. lauderdale airport) and were not sure if we were going to make it because of a mixup on where the plane was supposed to be and where we were supposed to be but it turned out the US Navy came through for us!
Kylie is here, Mel and Cat and Debbie are here and were all ready to go in about five minutes!!! we had JUST BARELY enough time to shoot this cute little video
SPREAD THE WORD MAF IS GOING TO GITMO TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!
On our way to GITMO RIGHT NOW
We are sitting in the office of an FBO which is a private company that operates and facilitates the military flight to GITMO
we just got the call that the military plane is going to be here in ...about 15 minutes!! i will try to get pictures and stuff as soon as we get to GITMO but we are expecting internet access to be sketchy!!! We will do the best we can, if we cant get online then expect a full report when MAF gets back to the USA!!
Sending you a quick update from the "Honoring Heroes at the Holidays II" cross country tour. We completed our last rally in Jacksonville yesterday honoring our men and women who have served and are serving. It has been an honor to be on my 5th cross-country tour thanking our troops and their families. It was a special surprise to have Admiral and Jan Kernans past Navy SEAL Commander stop by to honor Marc and share their love and hugs. As you can imagine the miles are starting to catch up with me but it's nothing compared to the sacrifice our men and women serving are making. I love each and every one of them and so appreciate the sacrifices they make for me and every individual in America. If your reading this and you have served in the military "I LOVE YOU! YOU ARE MY HERO!"
We just received exciting news that we are going to GITMO to take a little Christmas and lots of love and goodies from home to our brave troops who are isolated and serving away from their families. This will be a great ending to another amazing tour.
I'm sitting in the back room of the tour bus. You can see the pictures of the graphics on the bus.
Marc's picture just happens to be over the windows in the back on both sides. When it's daylight the sun shines through the graphics on the window and I can see Marc from the inside also. It's like a big flat screen TV on both sides with Marc there larger than life. This picture of him was sitting on the tarmac in San Diego as they waited to deploy to Iraq in April 06. The way he has his shoulders and arms when I sit on the couch in front of his picture, it's almost as though he has his arms wrapped around me holding me. It wasn't designed that way but again another special gift from Heaven with a reminder that I am being watched over. Losing Marc has been the toughest thing I have ever gone through and without God's arms continually wrapped around me, I wouldn't have made it through.
The night I was informed that Marc had been killed friends and family quickly gathered around me. We wept and comforted each other for hours. After everyone had left I knew where my strength would come from to get through this. I opened my bible and Psalms 27 was on the page. It was perfect for what I was facing and gave me hope, comfort, and strength. I was reminded of Psalms 27 as Marc's picture surrounds me right now. God used the picture of Marc's strong arms to remind me that promise that God gave me tha night "For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in his pavillion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall lift me high upon a rock, and now my head shall be lifted above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord." Psalms 27:5-6.
During this Christmas Season I'm celebrating because of the birth of Our Savior who would one day sacrifice his life so that we could be free from the consequences of sin for an eternity and also for our troops who have sacrificed so mcuh for our freedoms in America. Some just like my son Marc sacrificed everything. Please during this Christmas Season don't forget the families who have lost a loved one, the families who have someone serving and our troops who are sacrificing this Christmas.
You can still send a care package and a note of encouragement to our troops through the www.moveamericaforward.org.
Socks C. sez “HEY - Merry Christmas - pass it on!”
wow, my favorite kind of right-wing zealot!!!
You guys are GREAT Americans!!
Thanks for the great report, Syncro.
To all my FReeper FRiends...
Fantastic! God bless them as they bring all the
love and support that reasonable Americans hold
for all our incredible troops!
May their visit be joyous ... I can imagine
how much the troops will appreciate and
enjoy every second of this wonderful demon-
stration of gratitude for them all.
Cheers for a blessed Christmas visit and
safe return home.
Yep, she's a bitter gun-clinger, all right...
She knew to remove the lens caps on the scope, unlike some other idiot politicians usually ending in (D).
OMG. I’m in love. There is one lucky mo-fo out there.
Godspeed, MAF, and may He keep you safe on your journey. Our prayers are with you and our troops.
daaammmnnnn, I’m likin’ her better all the time..... too bad she’s a bit too young for me, not to mention waaaaay out of my league!
But I can look..... :^)
wow... my kind of right wing zealot! =)
Just finished catching up on the blog. Thank ya’ll so much for Everything you do, in support of our troops, and of our nation!!
Merry Christmas to all!!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
MAF @ NAVSTA GTMO
Part One: So You Wanna Go to Gitmo
Guantanamo Bay is an infamous household name now, made almost synonymous with torture and humans rights abuses. We at Move America Forward understand the importance and legal difficulties of apprehending terrorists in Iraq who are operating in a war zone and often not originally from Iraq. Last year Move America Forward sent three of our own to Iraq as a delegation to bring Christmas joy to the troops in Baghdad and to show our appreciation for the great work they were doing there. This year we wanted to show our troops here in GITMO that we also appreciate THEIR roll in the War on Terror.
Guantanamo Bay is very important to the larger War on Terror and we are here to find out just who are these men and women who watch over these detainees, who we call the most dangerous terrorists ever captured? What exactly do they do here at GITMO and what motivates the people here to serve so vigilantly and how can we show them that we appreciate them?
MAF hooked up with Floridas own Kylie Williams to arrange a trip to GITMO to answer these questions and to bring our troops some love and comfort here in Cuba where they are stationed just across the bay from a hostile and communist country. Kylie was Ms. Florida 2007 and went on to compete in the Miss America Pageant. She has her own non-profit organization called Realistic Support for the Troops and is also designated Official Ambassador for Veterans Advocacy for the State of Florida. Kylie helped to make our trip to GITMO happen by using her contacts in Florida and GITMO to help facilitate our visit. Kylie visited GITMO in 2007 while MAF was in Iraq.
Part Two: How You Get in Without Chains on Your Wrists
It was 10 AM this morning, we were all set to go in Ft. Lauderdale but there was a slight mix up when we didnt know, and the pilots for the Navy didnt know, whether we were supposed to go fly out of Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. We were waiting in Ft. Lauderdale at a private hangar waiting for the military to show up, but then we got a call saying they were waiting for US in Miami (with Kylie) so they said they would come pick us up in Ft. Lauderdale and about 40 minutes later a prop plane showed up in Ft. Lauderdale with Kylie Williams and 3 U.S. Navy pilots on board ready to pick up the MAF team.
In just a few minutes we were up in the air and on our way to Cuba. Its a three hour flight out of Ft. Lauderdale because you usually take a route around the eastern edge of the country and then turn westward and loop around the island into Guantanamo Bay. This is because we usually do not have access to Cuban airspace but Joe from the Navy told me that even if you cut across the country it only saves you thirty minutes.
Part Three: Guantanamo Bay: First Impressions
We landed softly and taxied in quickly, loaded up into two trucks with all our gear and went down to a little harbor that is right next to the airstrip. We boarded a boat called the GITMO Queen and took a short ride across the bay where the Navy pilots were pointing out all the local landmarks. Guantanamo Bay has lots of manatees in the water and there are a whole mess of old and historical buildings. For example, in testament to the fact that GTMO has been in use as a military installation for decades, there are a couple old forts situated in the outskirts of the bay.
There is also an old hospital where the Cubans used to quarantine patients when they had an outbreak of some sickness they did not want to spread. We also saw lots and lots of old warehouses that used to house sea planes and other things but have since been converted. From the boat we were also able to see the base HQ, a power plant that supplies energy for the whole base, and the skippers house which is now under renovations so the skipper lives in the BEQ where we are staying.
The MWR (which stands for Morale, Welfare and Recreation) treated us to some of the excellent local dining, a fast food-type joint called The Jerk House which had some AWESOME food! I got me some jerked pork and rice and it was delicious. Tomorrow morning we have an early start and a full days schedule of stops and tours where we will explore everything that goes on down here in Guantanamo Bay. Keep emailing the MAF account and keep up with us on our journey!
Great report; thanks for the ping. God Bless them all.
That little Kylie is a powerhouse! Great report, Syncro. Thanks!
Way to go, MAF!! Thank you, Syncro!!
All of you continue to inspire and thrill with your dedication to our troops and their families!
It’s been 35 years, but I sure miss that place.
Thanks for the photos. I grew up on Gitmo, and those pics made me really homesick.
Merry Christmas! and thanks for all you do to support our Troops!
Thank you for the wonderful photos.
Merry Christmas to all!
Happy Holidays all!
UNDER GUARD AT GUANTANAMORead the rest at WND
Warning: Gitmo still holds 'throat-slitting' inmates
Detainees threaten soldier-support visitors worried about Obama plan to close prison
Posted: December 23, 2008
8:30 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh
© 2008 WorldNetDaily
Closing down the Guantanamo Bay detention center for terrorism suspects as President-elect Barack Obama has planned would be to invite throat-slitting inmates into the United States, according to a delegation from a soldier-support organization that visited the Cuba facility.
"Some members of our tour group including Miss Florida 2007 and our executive director, Catherine Moy, were given hand gestures by the terrorists like they would slit their throats if they could get to them," Melanie Morgan, chairman of Move America Forward, told WND today.
"What really offends me is the talk from Barack Obama's upcoming administration that he wants to close the prison," she continued.
"He better go down there and take a look at the facilities and read the menus and look at the movie library before he makes rash decisions that will endanger American lives," she said.
How to Dress to Visit Terrorists - and other odd Facts from Gitmo
I was raised a Catholic girl and always wore head cover when I went to church. But, of course, I was going to church where we were to respect the other parishioners, the priests and God.
Today I went with others from Move America Forward to the detainee camps at Guanatanamo Bay. Yes, please understand that we are supposed to call them detainees - not terrorists.
We women were told that we must wear full-length sleeves, long pants, and make sure our necklines were respectable. Men were free to go as they pleased. The reason? Americans dont want to offend the guys who want to cut our throats.
Now mind you: It is downright hot and humid in Cuba. Smart folks wear dresses, shorts, or bathing suits.
But we were to wear cover. Its a safety thing for the guards, who have to handle the beasts behind bars. If we upset the terrorists by showing too much skin, they take it out on the guards by throwing feces, urine or spitting. Yes, very respectful fellas.
Womens skin throws them into a dither. A Palmolive commercial started a real dust-up when the detainees saw the womans wrist. They took it out on the TV, which they destroyed. We taxpayers replaced it with a flat-screen TV that is enclosed in plexi-glass with holes in it so the sound can get out.
I got myself bundled up in long sleevesm etc., so I could finally see with my own eyes the conditions for these terroritst, suspected terrorists, and generally bad people.
I was offended when I got all dressed up for the detainees, and one decided to give the universal sign for throat-cutting. He stared at me. I looked back at him. Then he drew his hand across his throat and smiled at me. I stared at him, and he did the throat-cutting gesture again.
(Important safety tip, President Elect Obama: These guys want to kill Americans. Its best if you leave them at Gitmo with their nightly movie nights, popcorn, and art classes.)
Here are some other quick facts about the guys in Gitmo:
* The priosners get prayer rugs, prayer caps, prayer beads and brand new Korans. But the guards may NEVER touch the Korans. Only a Muslim may deliver the books to the terrorists. If the terrorists are especially good, they get a fancier prayer rug.
* They get to choose from six meal plans, which include vegetarian, veg. with fish, and high fiber. They are allowed to ask for fresh fruit if their fruit is bruised, though some like the bruised fruit. They are touchy about their fruit.
* There are three medical personnel (doctors, nurses) for every ONE terrorist.
* They get to take art classes and learn how to speak English. This keeps their minds busy so they dont think of other things to do - like throw feces.
* The most violent and non-compliant prisoners stay in state-of-the-art quarters. They have air conditioning.
* They get to play games such as soccer, chess, checkers, and exercise on exercise machines. They have a foosball table, but all of the faces of the little plastic guys are cut off because they offend the terrorists. They see the foosball guys as false idols, which is against their religion. So the military removes the faces so we dont offend them.
Well, Ill write more later. So much to tell.
But let me finish with this: Our men and women are professional, and bend over backwards to ensure these prisoners are trated with the utmost respect and care. It is despicable that anybody would play politics with our troops and accuse them of anything but the highest professionalism. They sacrifice to keep us safe. And they are sick and tired of the lies that have been printed and spread about Gitmo and their work there.
I am a proud American to have met every one of our troops.
Monday, December 22, 2008
GITMO Day Two - Just some pictures
MAF's Executive Director Cat Moy already has a good write up. I will be posting my own soon but for now here are some great pictures from our big day in GITMO.
We are supposed to leave in about 20 minutes and I am very sad to go. We are all in fact, sad to go, wishing we could stay here just a few more days to make sure our troops really know that we love and support them AS WELL as the WORK the are doing -- keeping dangerous men who would do us harm right where they belong -- in maximum security captivity.
Hospital at NAVSTA GTMO
U.S. Marine Corps "The White House"
U.S. Navy Port Security detachment
MAF visits "The Galley" (how the navy says chow hall)
Joint Task Force Detention Centers
A fitting goodbye
Great job MAF & Syncro!
Merry Christmas to all!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Merry Christmas to our Troops and America
Soldiers who guard terrorists at Gitmo pose with MAF folks. They soldiers wont be home for Christmas
The entourage from Move America Forward returned home from Guantanamo Bay so we could spend our Christmas with our families. We werent 100 percent if we would make it back.
But this morning I wept in Mass as a Silent Night. I thought of our troops around the world who are away from home. They would not be there to hold their children and watch with wonderment as they opened gifts from Santa. They would not go to church together. They would not eat Christmas dinner together.
I spoke with many troops in Guantanamo Bay, those whom politicians and selfish Americans have slandered, and some talked about missing their children.
This is the first Christmas ever that I wont be with my daughter, a sailor told me.
He ached for his daughter and wife. I ached for him.
I met a soldier from the county in which I live with my family. I told him to call me when he gets home and Ill take him and his wife to dinner. I prayed for him and all of our troops this morning.
I know that, more than anything, they want to be home. I cant give that to them. I pray on this Christmas that peace will overcome the souls of terrorists who want to end America as she is. Then our troops will be home. Safe at last.
Merry Christmas, my heroes. I love each of you. God Speed.
I think all the women who support our troops and especially gold star moms are awesomely special! And it's got NOTHING to do with their looks.
We find ourselves in agreement more often than not TA, however on this point I am only partially on board. I think each person has a special role to play and that includes the "hot babes". My days of being a "hot babe" are gone, if in fact I ever was a "hot babe" so now my support role is that of nice mom. I bake, I run errands, I offer comfort, and do a host of things that bring joy to others. However when my daughter walks into the room her contribution of being a "hot babe" trumps anything I am doing. Guys love "hot babes" and the contribution made by the "hot babes" to troop moral is indisputable in my opinion. Think Ann Margaret with Bob Hope.
We are talking about GOLDSTAR MOMS and their hero children who paid the ultimate price and sacrifice for our country. Not even in the same league with good looks and the trivia that is Hollywood. On this thread, the comment I refer to was obscene, insensitive and in extreme poor taste. I am frankly, appalled by your superficiality, Zevon.
I am obviously out of the loop on this thread. I was simply saying that there is a place in morale building for good looking women who may be short of other attributes. I meant no disrespect for the Gold Star Moms who are obviously important in a different way when it comes to boosting morale.
One of our local boys Marine Cpl. Aaron Allen was killed in Fallujah last month. His mother Cathy has been a total class act, honoring his service. I just admire her strength and I cannot imagine how these mothers endure their loss and then reach out in support of others.
I bet those terrorists will miss Gitmo after they land in one of our prisons. No warm air, sunshine, fresh air, soft treatment by jailers there. Whewie. I ALMOST feel sorry for them.