Last month, I traveled to the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo Bay (GTMO) to see the Joint Task Force’s detention facilities and to receive a briefing on detainee issues from the JTF commander. I am the second person in my family to have visited GTMO. My father deployed to the base as a young Marine Corps officer during the Cuban Missile Crisis. GTMO is the oldest American base overseas and the only U.S. base in a communist country. It is strategically located on the southeast corner of Cuba near the entrance of the Windward Passage, the straight that separates Cuba from Hispaniola. GTMO is a mere 400 miles south of Miami. Through two world wars and the Cold War, GTMO has been a key to American control of sea lanes in the Caribbean that lead to the Panama Canal. In addition to its current role in the war on terror, the base allowed the United States to deal effectively with both the Cuban and Haitian refugee crises in the 1990s. GTMO continues to provide key support to the Coast Guard’s drug interdiction efforts in the region as it regularly hosts and supplies Coast Guard cutters and air crews during their patrols.