The now closed Camp X-Ray on the northern side of Guantanamo Naval Base.  It was originally opened in 1994 to house 40,000 migrants for processing of repatriation or parole and then closed.  It reopened in 2002 as a temporary detention site after the 2001 September attacks and was shut down after detainees were sent to more permanent facilities.  Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.

Joint Task Force military police units that have served at Guantanamo Detention Facilities leave behind concrete sculpturess to mark their time at the controversial prison.  Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Outside Camp VI, the communal cell prison managed by the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo.  Obama planned to shut down the controversial prison, which his administration said cost $450 million a year to operate and  currently holds 40 prisoners.  In January of 2018, Trump signed an executive order to keep Guantanmo Detention Center open indefinately and new prisoners could be sent there.  With plans to keep the prison permanent, JTF estimates it will cost 11.4 million dollars to upgrade Camp V & Camp VI. With the long term plan in place, a Camp VIII will be designed to provide medical care for the aging High Value Detainees.  Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.

The border of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Cuba is overseen by the United States Marine Corp.  Since 1903 the United States military has rented the land from Cuba.  It is the oldest US military station abroad and the only one in a communist country.   In order for the lease to be terminated both the US and Cuba must consent to the closure policy. Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.

Outside the inactive prison, Camp Delta Detention Center.  Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.

Zak, a Jordanian American serves as Guantanamo Detention Center's Cultural Advisor.  He oversees the 40 detainees religious and cultural needs.  He has been at Guantanamo Bay working steadily since 2005.  He is the father of 3 children and his family lives with him on the base.  His 9 year old was born on the base and in May of 2018 he became a permenant employee. Guantanamo Bay Naval 

Col. Stephen E. Gabavics, Joint Detention Group Commander (left) and Rear Admiral  John C. Ring, Joint Task Force GTMO Commander discuss plans for the term to perm operations of Guantanamo Detention Facility.  Obama planned to shut down the controversial prison, but in January of 2018 Trump signed an executive order to keep Guantanmo Detention Center indefinately and new prisoners could be sent there. Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.

Filipino kitchen staff prepare a Halal meal during Ramadan for the forty detainees who are left in Guantanamo Detention Facilities. Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.

The detainee requested  horticulture project is located in an activity field.  This is the newest pass time for the prisoner population.  Currently there are forty remaining detainees at the prison. Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.

Camp V's single cell units hold just a few detainees.  According to Admiral Ring, the single cells are for those that prefer an environment away from the other prisoners or for those under disciplinary status.  Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.

A detainee prays during Ramadan inside Camp VI, the communal cell prison managed by the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo.  Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.

Reflection of a soldier inside Camp V's new detainee medical unit, which became functional in May of 2018.  Camp V is also home to single cell units which contain just a few detainees.  According to Admiral Ring, the single cells are for those that prefer an environment away from the other prisoners or for those under disciplinary status. Obama planned to shut down the controversial prison, which his administration said cost $450 million a year to operate and currently holds 40 prisoners.  In January of 2018, Trump signed an executive order to keep Guantanmo Detention Center open indefinately and new prisoners could be sent there.  With plans to keep the prison permanent, JTF estimates it will cost 11.4 million dollars to upgrade Camp V & Camp VI. With the long term plan in place, a Camp VIII will be designed to provide medical care for aging high value Detainees.  Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.

Amenities are left for detainees in Camp VI.   Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.

An example of what detainees receive while staying in the detention center.  The color of clothing has changed from orange to brown and blue.  Zak, the cultural advisor said, "ISIS has executed people in orange jumpsuits.  We don’t want to give them the satisfaction to continue to use, you know, propaganda..." Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.

Detainees whom the Joint Task Force consider to be low value and on good behavior celebrate Ramadan inside Camp VI, the communal cell prison at Guantanamo.   Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.

Detainees whom the Joint Task Force consider to be low value and on good behavior celebrate Ramadan inside Camp VI, the communal cell prison at Guantanamo.   Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.

Back to Top