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  1. 1. Soundoff!vol. 64 no. 35 going solar Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ August 30, 2012Alternative energy sourcessaves Meade money, takes advantage of sun power rockin’ page 3 good time Army Field Band wraps up concert series at McGill equality Women’s Day observance celebrates resiliency, reaching full potential page 12 UPCOMING EVENTS Friday-Monday: Kimbrough CLOSED for Labor Day Friday, 7 p.m.-Midnight: Chicago Steppin’ - Club Meade Friday-sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Case Lot Sale - The Commissary wednesday, 5 p.m.: NFL Kickoff - Club Meade’s BrassStation Lounge (game at 8:30 p.m.) Sept. 8, 7 p.m.:Meade’s Got Talent competition show photo by phil grout - McGill Training Center Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Lindsey stands on a chair in the ballroom of McGill Training Center as he thrills the audience with his lead guitar solo during a performance of The Volunteers, an ensemble of the U.S. Army Field Band, on Saturday evening. The performance was the final concert of the Army Field Band’s annual Summer Concert Series.
  2. 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Editorial Staff Garrison Commander Guaranteed circulation: 11,285 ´ Great partnerships make overcoming adversity easy Col. Edward C. Rothstein Acting Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Debra McGarity Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Team Meade has a way of overcoming adver- States. Chief, Command Information sity. You’ve heard Philip H. Jones It was never more apparent than this past me say many weekend as adverse weather forced a change times that Fort Assistant Editor & Senior Writer of location for the final summer concert by the Meade is a Rona S. Hirsch U. S. Army Field Band. The concert, originally great place to Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes scheduled to be held at Constitution Park, was work, live and Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz moved to McGill Training Center. serve. A major Design Coordinator Timothy Davis Changing a major event location at the last reason why Supple­mental photography provided minute is easier said than done. The decision this statement by Patuxent Publishing Co. to move the concert was not made until after is true is due 2 p.m. on Saturday for the 7 p.m. scheduled to the partner- COL. Edward c. Advertising event. ships we have Rothstein General Inquiries 410-332-6300 Garrison Commander The change of venue required a coordinated established out- Allison Thompson effort on the part of several organizations. side our gates. 410-332-6850 There were the staff members at McGill who We are honored to have great reciprocal Michele Griesbauer quickly prepared the facility for a concert. Face- agreements with local golf courses and com- 410-332-6381 book announcements were made by the Field munity swimming pools. There are Military Band and the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office, Appreciation Days hosted by area sports teams If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are informing the community of the change. such as the Baltimore Ravens and Bowie Bay- experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through The Directorate of Emergency Services sox as well as the University of Maryland, Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. helped out by posting information on mes- which promote patriotism and honor the lives sages boards and provided information to visi- of the men and women who wear their service Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the tors entering the post who needed directions to uniforms proudly. personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary McGill. In return, events we host on post such as the of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday The end result was a wonderful show and Summer Concert Series, our annual Fourth of except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the turnout by the community. The Field Band’s July celebration and National Night Out are desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Soldiers’ Chorus and The Volunteers put on opportunities for us to thank our surrounding Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-1361; DSN: 622-1361. an outstanding performance. There was not communities for the support they provide to an empty chair at McGill. It was an awesome Fort Meade service members and their fami- Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage evening. lies. without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser I want to thank everyone for their efforts to Fort Meade isn’t about the fence line; it’s will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. make the concert a success. about the great relationships we have with our It’s been that kind of year at Fort Meade. surrounding communities. Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department Time and again, we have successfully overcome I hope you agree with me that it’s impor- of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are adversity. tant that we continue to look for creative and not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance This past spring we opened the golf season innovated ways to build strong relationships of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of the Army of the products or services advertised. with news that our historic golf course would between the post and the communities outside close May 1 to accommodate major construc- our gates. tion and support national security require- Unfortunately, we are in an era in which ments. reductions in services will continue to be a chal- I said then that I knew the golf course would lenge for Fort Meade as well as other military be missed but we would do everything possible installations across the county. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at to find an alternative solution to meet our com- Working together with our local communities and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at munity’s golfing requirements. Within a matter will continue to be a key to our success and the of weeks, we completed reciprocal agreements well-being of the entire Fort Meade region. with several local municipal courses, allowing As we close out the summer, I want you to post golfers to play at reduced rates. know that I am always open to hearing your Co n t e n t s These reciprocal agreements would not have happened without the good relationships we ideas about ways we can continue to strengthen our relationships inside and outside our fence have with county executives, private industry line. News.............................. 3 Sports..................................... 8 and community leaders outside our gates. Working together, I’m sure we can continue It’s this kind of shared cooperation and will- to find ways for Fort Meade to be a great place Trouble Ticket................ 4 Movies.................................. 15 ingness to find creative ways to work together to work, live and play. that has made Fort Meade one of the most Let’s all have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day Community.................. 13 Classified.............................. 16 unique military installations in the United weekend. SOUNDOFF! August 30, 2012
  3. 3. NewsPost Solar projects save money, conserve energyBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer To comply with federal, DoD andArmy regulations, the Directorate ofPublic Works’ energy group has appliedfor funding to install high-efficiency,solid-state lighting on the outside wallsof garrison buildings. The group also recently completedtwo solar energy projects that complywith military regulations to exploreopportunities for solar hot water heat-ing and solar lighting. Three weeks ago, the energy groupsubmitted a proposal to the Installa-tion Management Command to applyfor funding from “shovel-ready” moneyfrom the American Recovery Rein-vestment Act to fund the installation ofhigh-efficiency, solid-state lighting onthe exterior of garrison buildings. Solid-state lighting, which uses light-emitting diodes and organic light-emit-ting diodes instead of traditional bulbs,has the potential to be 10 times moreenergy-efficient than traditional incan-descent lighting, according to the U.S.Department of Energy’s website. Altramesia Grady, a general engi-neer for the energy group, said DPWreceived guidance from the Departmentof the Army in April that Army garri-sons have a choice of high-efficiency photo courtesy of american solar applications of either solid-state lighting or induction lighting. The solar thermal roof at Gaffney Fitness Center, installed by American Solar Inc., a company based in Annandale, Va., is made Energy Manager Assaf Dvir said that of conventional metal roofing and insulation to keep the building cooler in summer and warmer in winter and to provide heatIMCOM notified all Army garrisons in and hot water for the facility.the spring to “find out if they had any‘shovel-ready’ projects [of] less than $1 consumption through the use of high- heating opportunities on post.” much needed roof also was installed.million to be funded by the American efficiency, solid-state lighting. The new roof was installed to replace In March, CJW Contracting, Inc.,Recovery Reinvestment Act.” Andrew Bagnell, master planner at part of the old roof and to help reduce a Greenbelt-based company, installed In July, Sgt. Maj. Lorrie Nichols DPW, said Fort Meade could reach a the facility’s high energy bills. solar photo voltaic (PV) lighting in theof DPW authorized a lighting survey. 60 percent reduction in power over the Most of the energy at the facility is outdoor yard at Bldgs. 8478 and 8479,Personnel from the energy group, with current exterior lighting by the use of used to heat hot water for showers and two student barracks at the Defensehelp from eight service members from high-efficiency, solid-state lighting. to heat the gymnasium during its daily Information School.the Defense Information School, con- The energy group is now waiting for 18 hours of operation, Karwoski said. The solar PV lighting is a renew-ducted a survey of wall-pack lighting notification from IMCOM in regard “The right things came together,” for able energy form with an economicalfixtures on the exterior of buildings to the ARRA funding, which must be the project, Karwoski said, noting that impact on energy reduction where thethroughout the installation. The sur- committed before Oct. 1. Gaffney had the “right solar orienta- buildings do not receive power from thevey results, along with an economic In May, a solar thermal roof was tion” to take in the sun’s energy and utility company electrical grid.analysis proposal, were submitted to installed at Gaffney Fitness Center. convert it to hot air for heating, as well The same lighting was installed inIMCOM for the ARRA funding appli- The $325,000 DoD-funded project, as the preheating of hot water. the yard outside Youth Services at 909cation. which began in February, was com- Karwoski said the solar thermal roof Ernie Pyle St. Wall-pack lighting fixtures have been pleted by American Solar, Inc., which is less expensive than solar heating The solar lighting projects are aused for many decades as exterior light- is based in Annandale, Va. panels, which can cost up to $1,000 per “capital project investment,” which areing for security purposes. The number Anthony Karwoski, the Sain Engi- panel. The roof is expected to operate paid back by the savings in powerof wall pack lighting fixtures on each neering resource efficiency manager for for 20 years and produce about $10,800 consumption. It is expected that thebuilding was counted and the type of DPW, said American Solar is a partner worth of energy per month. $128,000 student barracks project andlighting was documented. with Fort Meade in “working within “It is much more efficient and is a the $83,000 Youth Services project The proposal outlined future sav- Army regulations and mandates to good match of technology and oppor- will each be paid back in seven years,ings to be realized by reducing power explore other solar hot water and space tunity,” Karwoski said, adding that a Grady said. August 30, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  4. 4. N ewsPublic Notice Slowing the spread of fluEnvironmental Assessment through herd immunity By Col. Beverly Malinerfor new BGE substation protects those who cannot be Preventive Medicine Service vaccinated such as infants under We have begun preparations 6 months old and people with for our annual influenza vaccina- severe allergies to the flu vaccine. tion campaign and have big goals So when you get a flu vac- The Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment in to reach. cine, you are not only protectingcooperation with Fort Meade for an easement for the construction of a new electrical substa- The goal is to vaccinate 100 yourself but helping to protecttion, overhead to underground transition station and associated transmission line duct-bank percent of our service members, others around you who are notconnections. 100 percent of our health care vaccinated. The substation will provide electricity to three separate electrical power facilities for the workers and more than 80 percent Preventive Medicine will vac-Maryland Procurement Office within Fort Meade. of other members of our com- cinate specific groups starting in Construction of the stations and duct banks will require up to 21.9 acres of surface distur- munity. late September, including retireesbance, of which 13.1 acres are Fort Meade property. Why 80 percent? Because suc- at the Retiree Appreciation Day The proposed location for the electrical substation is a 10-acre area of undisturbed forest cessfully vaccinating 80 percent of event on Sept. 28, and will be atlocated in the southwestern portion of Fort Meade. The transmission-line duct banks will cross the community against flu is when McGill Training Center startingunderneath Little Patuxent River and Route 32 using Horizontal Directional Drilling technol- we reach the very important goal Oct. 9.ogy. of herd immunity. You also will be able to get a flu This EA has been prepared to evaluate the proposed action, the alternative sites for the pro- What is herd immunity? vaccine through your health careposed action and the no action alternative. Herd immunity rests on the provider and at numerous other The results in the EA show that the proposed action would not have significant adverse principle of safety in numbers. sites in the surrounding commu-impacts on the environment, indicating that a Finding of No Significant Impact would be If enough people are vaccinat- nity including civilian pharma-appropriate. ed against flu, it slows the spread cies. Therefore, an environmental impact statement is not necessary to implement the proposed of the flu virus, and the disease Vaccination is still the singleaction. has a hard time establishing itself best way to protect you and your Copies of the draft EA and draft FNSI are available for review and comment at the Medal in that population. That, in turn, loved ones from getting the flu.of Honor Memorial Library, 4418 Llewellyn Ave. Community Copies may be downloaded at under Environmental Programs, PublicNotices or by calling Suzanne Teague, Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division, at301-677-9185 or by emailing Requests for copies may be mailed to the DPW Environmental Division, 239 ChisholmAve. Comments should be submitted no later than 30 days from the publication of this notice. Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services Aug. 8, Simple assault: The Direc- physically assaulted her husband Have you noticed an issue on post torate of Emergency Services after he knocked her computer was notified by Anne Arundel to the floor. Trouble and wondered if anything is being County Police of a 911 hang-up done to fix it? Email concerns and call. An investigation revealed Aug. 22, Larceny of private issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. that the victim attempted to con- property: Unknown person(s) tact 911 to report a simple assault Ticket mil. Each week, Soundoff! will removed a GPS from an unse- and spontaneously admitted she cured and unattended vehicle. address issues identified on post and describe what is being done to solve them. Chaplain’s Word: A WONDERFUL FUTURE Issue: Plan: Status: “Look at those who are honest and good, for a Youth Services Sports Renovate the Youth Services Actual use of fields is wonderful future awaits those who love peace.” Complex needs renovations Sports Complex expected to be Spring 2013 — Book of Psalms Demolition and installation McGill Training Center Install a new HVAC are now being performed, HVAC is inoperative classrooms 1-5 closed during Connect with Fort Meade at A/C installation (except in the ballroom) (until Oct. 1, estimated) SOUNDOFF! August 30, 2012
  5. 5. N ewsTips to assist goodcredit card usageBy Jane M. Winand Put money aside each month until youChief, Legal Assistance Division have the full purchase price before mak- Too much of a good thing can be ing the purchase.bad for you. The same adage applies to If you make a purchase on credit andcredit cards. do not have the money to pay the item If failed travel plans leave you strand- off immediately, set up a strict budgeted in a strange city with little cash, it’s each month and make regular credit cardgood to have a credit card to use for a payments to meet your goal of payinghotel, meals and a rental car. off the balance. On the other hand, frequent usage of • Make your credit card payment ona credit card can leave you speechless at time, every time.the end of the month when the bill comes Don’t just wait for the credit cardin the mail. statement to arrive before you plan the There are many different kinds of monthly payment. Put the credit cardcredit cards. Some have an annual fee but due date on each month’s calendar orcharge a lower interest rate. If you tend enter the date in your computer orto carry a balance on your card rather smartphone.than paying the balance off each month, Plan for the payment in your monthlya lower interest rate is beneficial. budget. If the statement is late coming in However, if you pay your balance off the mail or is not delivered at all, you areeach month, the interest rate does not still aware of your credit responsibility.matter and it makes little sense to pay an Should you fail to make a payment orannual fee when credit cards are available the payment is late, adverse informationwithout fees. could be entered on your credit report, Some cards offer money back, free which is often hard to erase.airline miles or points toward free gifts • Consider using a debit card insteador services. Another award option allows of a credit card.the cardholder to donate money to a A debit card withdraws the moneyschool or charity based on card usage. directly from your bank account to make Below are some rules to follow to keep a purchase. It is the equivalent of payingcredit card usage under control: with cash or a check. • Avoid cash advances. Whereas credit cards have credit limits Although a cash advance may be a of thousands of dollars, your debit cardquick fix for an immediate problem, you is closely tied to your account balance.are borrowing against your future ability So it is unlikely that overdrawing canto pay the money back. occur. This is a quick way to get into debt. For more information on consumerMany credit card companies charge a issues, call the Fort Meade Legal Assis- From Friday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 3 you can save big onlarge fee for each cash advance, and the tance Office to schedule an appointment thousands of name-brand items throughout the mall! Arundel Millsinterest on the advance starts to accrue to speak with an attorney at 301-677-9504immediately. or 301-677-9536. has always been the place to shop with more stores, more brands • Pay your balance each month. For assistance with your budget, credit and more savings. And right now you’ll find more of everything you By doing so, you avoid paying interest counseling or other areas of personalon the account. Even if you make a lot finance, schedule an appointment with want for much less. It’s a sale so super, you won’t want to forget.of purchases in one billing period and the Army Community Service Financialcannot pay the balance, at least send in Readiness Program at 301-677-5590.more than the minimum payment eachmonth. Merely paying the minimum paymenteach month will cover the interest andvery little of the principal debt. You Follow Fortcould take months and months to pay Meade onoff the balance. • Save up for big purchases rather thanputting them on a credit card. /ftmeademd Baltimore Washington Parkway to Route 100 East, Exit 10. 410.540.5100 August 30, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
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Century Plaza • 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Ste 410 Columbia, MD 21044 Operations security is a key component Remember, the elements of security and Westminster Open House 9/6/2012 of antiterrorism and force protection, surprise are vital to the accomplishment Classes Begin September 20th helping protect service members, civilian of our goals and our collective personnel 412 Malcolm Drive, Ste 100 Westminster, MD 21157 employees, families, facilities and equip- protection. Germantown Open House 9/6/2012 ment everywhere by denying informa- When it comes to protecting critical Classes Begin September 20th tion. information, there are several things indi- 19512-A Amaranth Drive, Germantown, MD 20874 Operations security is not a specific viduals can do. They include editing emails Tuition is Call To Reserve Your Seat! category of information. 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Adverse agents seek to discover critical information about tasked with collecting information fre- C IRCUS S TARS our military communities and military quently visit some of the same stores, TARS AR RS R missions. Critical information deals with specific clubs, recreational areas or places of wor- ship as you do. facts about military intentions, capabili- Determined individuals can easily col- ties, operations or activities. Even though lect data from trash cans, cordless and information may not be secret, it is called cellular phones, and even baby monitors, “critical information.” using inexpensive receivers available from If an adversary knew this detailed infor- local electronics stores. mation, our mission and personnel safety Remember, it’s everyone’s job to protect could be jeopardized. Critical information critical information. You cannot afford to must be protected to ensure an adversary let your guard down. Your diligence in SE E doesn’t gain a significant advantage. OPSEC is key to ensuring our effectiveness BA B VAL Y Examples of critical information in operations and our collective safety. ! include: If anyone persistently seeks informa- • Detailed information about the mis- tion, notify your unit OPSEC program MEET US AT THE CIRCUS sion of assigned units manager. COMING TO LAUREL! • Details on locations and times of unit deployments If you see suspicious activity on or near Fort Meade, call the Fort Meade Police at LAUREL PARK • Personnel transactions that occur in large numbers (Example: pay information, 301-677-2619. Editor’s note: August is the Army’s Anti- RT. 198 RACETRACK RD. powers of attorney, wills and deployment terrorism Awareness Month. Fort Meade’s TUES. 4 WED. THUR. 5 6 SHOWS AT information) ultimate goal in preventing a terrorist attack 4:30 PM SEPT. SEPT. 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  7. 7. N ews KID-FRIENDLY DENTISTRYHHC, Army Cyber Command Edwin Zaghi, DMD PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY • Infant Dental Screeningwelcomes new commander • Emergency Appointments • Accepts Tri-CareStory and photo by Doug SampleArmy Cyber Public Affairs Headquarters and HeadquartersCompany, Army Cyber Commandnotched another first when it heraldedits first change of command in a cer-emony held Aug. 21 at the Fort MeadeMuseum. After taking the company’s first com- Nearmand on Jan. 19, 2011, Maj. Lucas C. Fort Meade!Sparks relinquished command to Capt.Jena M. Roark. Dr. Edwin Zaghi During his remarks, Lt. Gen. Rhett - Board Certified Pediatric Dentistry;A. Hernandez, commanding general, - American Board Pediatric Dentist;Army Cyber Command, lauded Sparks’ - Fellow American Academy ofefforts as he led the company through a Pediatric Dentistrychallenging start-up, and charged Roarkto carry on the success. JUST OFF RT. 32! 10798 HICKORY RIDGE RD The command, he said, will continue COLUMBIA • 410-992-4400to grow under Roark’s leadership. “I know you will provide her yourcontinued support with what I’vecharged her to do,” Hernandez said. Hernandez noted that Army Cyber Capt. Jena M. Roark, incoming commander, Headquarters and HeadquartersCommand is fortunate to have Roark Company, Army Cyber Command, receives the company guidon from Lt. Gen. Rhettas its new HHC commander because A. Hernandez, commanding general, Army Cyber Command during her change ofshe brings a wealth of experience to command ceremony on Aug. 21 at the Fort Meade Museum.the job. Roark is a Reserve Officers’ Train- been responsible for establishing the office for the last several weeks, you areing Corps graduate of Eastern Illinois things that other units take for granted up to the task. I can already see that theUniversity, where she earned a Bachelor - critical things like safety, health and organization is in good hands. You areof Arts in humanities and communica- welfare, training, leave, physical fitness, the right choice for this organization.”tion. family care, and morale programs - all Marine Sgt. Michelle Yazzie, a best Aside from a military resume that essential to the heartbeat of a unit.” friend of Roark from high school, saidboasts increasing responsibility, Roark Hernandez said Sparks, 1st Sgt. Scot- Roark has never backed down from ais taking company-level command for tie Jarrett and the HHC team played challenge.the third time in her career. She has a major role in more than two dozen “Jena has always been amazing. Shecommanded Headquarters and Head- events that the command hosted, from has a wonderful spirit about her,” Yazziequarters Company, 50th Signal Battal- food drives and training events to new- said. “She has always been someone toion, and Headquarters and Headquar- comer briefings and town halls. take charge of whatever she can get herters Detachment, U.S. Army Garrison, “You name it and HHC has had a hands on. With her, failure is never anGarmish, Germany. hand in it,” Hernandez said. “You are option.” “Hopefully, the third time is a charm,” the command’s ‘go-to-team.’ I count on Roark’s parents, who flew in fromRoark joked in her comments. “Maybe you daily, and you never let me down.” Hoopeston, Ill., beamed with pride asI’ll get it right this time.” In his remarks, Sparks said he too, their daughter stood in front of her Hernandez, who served with Sparks was amazed at all that has been accom- Soldiers for the first time, chanting thein Iraq with the 1st Armored Division, plished over the past 22 months. Army song.credited him with growing HHC from He thanked everyone from the com- “We are just so proud of what shefour people and an empty building to its manding general and command ser- has grown up to be,” said Sharon Roarkcurrent organization of more than 500 geant major to his first sergeant and of her daughter. “She is a natural bornpeople in nine buildings spread between Soldiers. leader.”Fort Meade and Fort Belvoir, Va. But the work is not done, he said to Roy Roark offered similar praise. “He helped build a command from Roark. “She’s always been a leader,” he said.scratch,” Hernandez said. “He helped “It is up to you to refine what I start- “When she gets that uniform on, she’screate all the things essential to the ed and finish the building,” Sparks said. straight as an arrow. She loves what sheadministration of a headquarters. He’s “Having seen you in action around the is doing.” August 30, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  8. 8. S portsDifferent strokes for different levelsRegistration begins as Patriots Swim Club prepares for 2012 seasonBy Brandon BieltzStaff Writer While fall sports teams from Child,Youth and School Services will soonbe taking the fields, the Meade PatriotsSwim Club is heading into Gaffney Fit-ness Center preparing to make a splashduring the upcoming season. Registration for the swim club is underway as the team prepares to compete inthe Maryland Swimming Organization. “While the team is primarily aboutlearning the sport and having fun, wehave had swimmers compete at state- andnation-level competition,” said CharlesBelo, president of the Patriots. Practices for experienced swimmersstart Sept. 10. New swimmers beginshortly after, following coach assess-ments. “The goal of the Meade Patriots SwimClub is to offer focused coaching andtraining for all levels of swimmers, fromfresh out of lessons to those training fornational-level competition,” Belo said.“We see it as our mission to provideeducation, instruction and training to allmembers, enabling them to achieve suc-cess in the pursuit of excellence throughcompetitive swimming.” The club, which competes in the orga-nization that includes 38 other clubsfrom across the state, accepts swimmersbetween the ages of 4 and 18. file photo The only criteria for joining the team Jade Hill swims with the Meade Patriots Swim Club at Gaffney Fitness Center in 2004. Registration for the Patriots’ 2012 teamis completion of structured swim les- is currently under way. The team is open to Fort Meade swimmers ages 4 to 18.sons or the ability to swim 25 meters inthe freestyle or backstroke with properbreathing techniques. practices are critical to the progression since he was 5 years old, said that while he said. “[But] we do pretty well.” Even inexperienced swimmers can find in the sport and require a significant the Patriots don’t practice as much as While the swim club can be challeng-a spot in the club, Belo said. commitment from both the swimmers some other teams, the small team allows ing, Belo called it an “excellent way” “It’s always great when we can get and the parents. coaches to work closely with the swim- for youngsters to exercise and stay inswimmers with experience,” he said. “Swimmers and parents should be mers. shape.“However, we definitely welcome new mindful that coaches expect prompt “We don’t really get that big, so it’s “Swimming promotes disciplineswimmers.” attendance and focused attention,” Belo kind of more like a family, and you get because of all the precise techniques Swimmers are divided into three said. “Pool time is very important — both more one-on-one time with the coaches,” required to perform every stroke, turngroups — red, white or blue — depend- the duration of time the club is allowed the Odenton resident said. and dive correctly,” he said. “Also, eaching on the participants’ age and skill. to use the pool as well as the workouts Swimmers will attend several meets stroke uses a specific set of muscles to The practice schedule and monthly the club gets in while in the pool.” throughout the season, which runs from move the body forward in the water,fees vary by group. The most experienced Despite the intense practices, Belo September to May. Belo said athletes allowing for low-impact but maximumswimmers — the blue group — practice said participants must maintain realistic will compete in two or three meets per gain or results.five times per week for 90 minutes, while expectations. month, depending on the swimmers’ ages “Virtually every part of the swimmer’sthe novice swimmers — the red group “Swimmer development takes time,” or times restrictions. body gets exercised.”— meet three times per week for 45 he said. “Parents and swimmers should Allen said the level of competition in Editor’s note: For more information orminutes. not expect to see instant improvement on the Maryland Swimming Organization to register for the Meade Patriots Swim During practices, swimmers work to strokes and speed.” is high. Club, call 301-677-1149 or visit eteamz.improve their strokes, turns, dives and Belo’s 16-year-old son Allen, who has “There are a lot of really good kids com/MeadePatriotsSwimClub.overall techniques. Belo said the weekly been swimming with the organization out there who swim for the other teams,” SOUNDOFF! August 30, 2012
  9. 9. S ports Jibber Jabber - Opinion Sports Shorts NFL kickoffChasing the elusive puck Club Meade will host an NFL kickoff event on Wednesday in the Brass Station Lounge. With Mr. Jibber Jabber away for one more stopped carry- The Dallas Cowboys will play the New York Giants at 8:30 p.m.week, I’m taking this opportunity to write ing the games, The lounge opens at 5 p.m. Food and beverages will be available forabout one of the least discussed sports in realizing people purchase.this column — the only sport with weapons wouldn’t watch For more information, call 301-677-6969.attached to the players’ feet, and rubber pro- hockey on TV.jectiles flying at 100 mph — hockey. In my two years at Soundoff!, I think And that was it for hockey on “the Football Fan Fare 5K Run and 1-Mile Walkhockey has only been mentioned a handful world’s leader in The installation’s annual Run Series continues with the Football Fan Fareof times, mostly in reference to video games. sports.” Hockey 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk on Sept. 22 at 8 a.m. at Constitution Park. Brandon Bieltz,And that’s because, well, nobody casually fans are lucky to Pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of the run is staff writerthinks, or cares, about hockey. catch any NHL $25. As a hockey player of nearly 20 years, highlights on Pre-registration cost is $40 for a family of three to six people. On the day ofthat’s not something I like to admit. SportsCenter. the event, the cost is $60 per family. Neither is learning that a show called No, we’re stuck watching the NHL Net- Pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is $85.“Dogs in the City” had more than twice the work to hear analysts mispronounce players’ All pre-registered runners will receive a T-shirt.viewers than Game 2 of the Stanley Cup names on the league’s own media source The next run will be the Ghost, Ghouls and Goblins 5K Run and 1-MileFinals this year. Even the rerun of the same — $120 well spent. Walk on Oct. 27 at 8 a.m. at the Pavilion.episode had better viewership — just like the The 2004-2005 lockout ruined any shot of For more information, call 301-677-7916 or 301-677-3867.other 64 shows (mostly reruns) that beat out good coverage for the average sports fan whoThe Cup. would randomly stumble onto a game, losing Flag football coaches It’s easy to blame this on the concept that them for years. Some of that fanbase never Child, Youth and School Services’ Youth Sports is in need of flag footballwe’re in America and hockey is a Canadian really built back up despite the big names in coaches for the flag football But it actually comes down to the Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh making Coaches will receive training and certification.NHL’s horrible decision-making. some national headlines. Flag football season ends Oct. 12. The single worst blow to the sport in And now they want to close up the arenas For more information, call 301-677-1329 or email matthew.sagartz@America is the fact that the NHL basi- again, pushing the game even further from controls the popularity. And it’s doing American thought. Out of sight, out ofa really, really bad job at convincing fans to mind, right?watch, let alone play. Although the league currently has a long- Texas Hold ‘em Case and point is that despite hockey’s term deal with NBC to broadcast a few Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Lanes.(slightly) growing popularity, the owners games a week, this lockout could become just Games are free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-677-are about to lock out the players, hurting a as detrimental as the previous. 5541.fickle fanbase. The NHL is already struggling with some Sure, right now this is no different than of its current fans due to the simple fact Youth fall sportsthe NFL lockout last year, but they got their that they just don’t like commissioner Garyentire season back. Or than the NBA’s, even Bettman. Could be the unnecessary expan- Fall sports registration is under way at Parent Central Services, 1900 Reecethough they played 66 of their 82 games. sion and removing teams from Canada, or Road. The difference is the last time this hap- strange new rules and policies. Or it may have Youth sports are available for ages 3 to 18 years old. Fall sports includepened to the NHL, the league became the something to do with that whole “he looks cheerleading, flag football, tackle football, swim and soccer.first professional sports league to lose an like an evil elf” thing. For more information or to coach, call 301-677-1156 or 301-677-1149.entire season over a labor dispute. Not only OK. That may just be me.did that lockout ruin a full 10 months of my But with the league already struggling with EFMP bowlingchildhood, it also resulted in a lost number fans and in the ratings, another year without The Exceptional Family Member Program bowling events are held the thirdof fans. a reminder that hockey at least exists will set Tuesday of each month at the Lanes. In 2002 — just two seasons before the back the sport for more years, losing fans and The next EFMP bowling event will be Sept. 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.lockout — 5.1 million Americans watched preventing new ones from catching on. Events are open to Fort Meade exceptional family members and their familythe Stanley Cup Finals between the Carolina There is a shot that the league and the members and features free buffet food and giveaways.Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings. players’ association figure this all out before Exceptional family members ages 18 and younger and their siblings may During the last Stanley Cup Finals before the current CBA expires on Sept. 15. But if register for free games and shoe rental at lockout in 2005, numbers dropped as an they don’t, it will again be the world’s premier meadecyms.html.average of 3.286 million watched the Tampa professional hockey league that will be deliv- Adult exceptional family members may register for free games and shoe rentalBay Lightning defeat the Calgary Flames in ering the swift blow to the sport of hockey at the EFMP office at 301-677-4779. Discounted games and shoe rental will beseven games. in America. offered to other adult family members. It wasn’t until 2008 that the Stanley Cup And apparently, I’ll be watching dogs in For more information, email Anita Hendrix at orreached the numbers of the Lighting-Flames New York City come October. call 301-677-4779.series again. The finals still haven’t reached Editor’s note: Chad Jones is on vacation.2002 status — seven years after the lockout. Staff writer Brandon Bieltz is this week’s guest For more Fort Meade sports, visit Part of this is that ESPN and ABC columnist. Jibber returns Sept. 6. August 30, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  10. 10. C over S tory photo by jonathan ageeStaff Sgt. Tracy Labrecque and Sgt. 1st Class Mario Garcia perform “One Day More”from “Les Misérables” during the Summer Concert Series finale on Saturday eveningat McGill Training Center.Play on! stopRainy weather does notsummer concert performance By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff Writer make lemonade,” said Col. Timothy J. concert was held. The sound of rock, pop and country Holtan, commander of the Army Field “It’s all about Team Meade and what music filled the ballroom at McGill band, during an intermission. we’re able to do,” Rothstein said. Training Center on Saturday evening The concert began with the Soldiers’ The colonel also welcomed several spe- as an audience of 700 people enjoyed Chorus performing selections from “Les cial guests, including Maj. Gen. Michael a performance of The Volunteers, an Misérables,” as well as “Let Freedom S. Linnington, commanding general of ensemble of the U.S. Army Field Band. Ring,” a patriotic song. Joint Force Headquarters National Cap- The concert, which also featured the The concert was the final performance ital Region/Military District of Wash- Soldiers’ Chorus, was the final perfor- of Sgt. Maj. Janet Hjelmgren, a sopra- ington; Katherine Hammack, assistant mance of the Army Field Band’s annual no with the chorus for 28 years, who secretary of the Army for Installations, Summer Concert Series at Fort Meade. received a hug and a commander’s coin Energy, and Environment; and Lt. Gen. The two-hour concert was scheduled from Garrison Commander Col. Edward Jon M. Davis, deputy commander, U.S. to take place at Constitution Park and C. Rothstein during the program. Cyber Command. include all four components of the Army The Volunteers carried the remain- The Volunteers led the audience in Field Band including the Jazz Ambassa- der of the concert by performing a hand-clapping during some of their dors and Concert Band. In addition, the wide range of songs including “Ain’t numbers and received numerous stand- final program is always topped off with No Mountain High Enough,” made ing ovations. Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” accom- popular by Diana Ross; “You Make Several children ran up and down the photo by phil grout panied by cannon fire, a highlight of the Loving Fun,” by Fleetwood Mac; and a aisles of the ballroom and some danced annual series. soulful rendition of “Think” by Aretha to the music of The Volunteers.Sgt. Maj. Kirk Kadish, a keyboardist with But an earlier downpour of rain Franklin. Before the end of the concert, Roth-The Volunteers, jams on a solo during forced the concert to be held indoors In his brief remarks before the event, stein presented Holtan with a plaque ofa popular rock song. The ensemble without the Jazz Ambassadors, Concert Rothstein thanked the audience for appreciation and a plaque commemo-performed a mix of rock, pop, country Band and Tchaikovsky. attending and credited the garrison and rating the Army Field’s Band’s 65thand patriotic songs while members of the “Sometimes, when given lemons, you Army Field Band for ensuring that the Diamond Anniversary in 2011. Theaudience clapped and children danced.10 SOUNDOFF! August 30, 2012
  11. 11. Master Sgt. Victor Cenales, bass section leader of the Soldiers’ Chorus, and Master Sgt. Laura Lesche, soprano section leader of the Soldiers’ Chorus, lead the gospel- tinged rendition of “Let Freedom Ring.”plaque was not given last year becausea performance was canceled due to Hur-ricane Irene. Holtan acknowledged deployed ser-vice members in harm’s way, as well asthe veterans in the audience who havesacrificed to keep America safe. The concert ended with a salute to all photos by phil groutof the armed forces and renditions of“God Bless America” and “God Bless Above: Members of the Soldiers’ Chorus sing the stirringthe USA,” a hit song by country singer patriotic song “Let Freedom Ring” during the finalLee Greenwood. performance of the U.S. Army Field Band’s annual Summer “As usual, they were outstanding, Concert Series. Heavy rain caused the cancellation ofWe’re never disappointed,” said Roberta performances by the Jazz Ambassadors and the ConcertLevine, wife of retired Sgt. Joe Levine, Band, and of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with cannonwho served as a clarinetist with the fire at Constitution Park.Army Field Band from 1963 to 1966. The couple traveled from Lansing, Left Center: Sgt. 1st Class April Boucher, a vocalistMich., to attend the concert. Levine with The Volunteers, belts out a rendition of “God Blesssaid that despite the bad weather, a weak America.” About 700 people attended the event.economy and a nation at war, the ArmyField Band is always an inspiration. Right: Cheryl Chafos and her 2-year-old son Anthony show “When you come to something like their enthusiasm during a performance of The Volunteers,this,” she said, “you can’t leave without an ensemble of the U.S. Army Field Band.being uplifted.” August 30, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 11
  12. 12. C ommunity photos by Jen Rynda Cindy Thomas (center) receives a cake pop from Women’s Equality Day guest speaker Jan Fox. An estimated 150 people attended the 40-minute event on Aug. 23.Women’s Equality Day LEFT: Jan Fox, a former television reporter and anchor, speaks during the Women’s Equality Day Observance on Aug. 23 at McGill Training Center. Using her own life as an example, Fox explained how women can live full lives.Former television reporter believes in living to full potentialBy Brandon Bieltz a draw for Marine Maj. Beatriz Yarrish, how to get it done,” Fox said of the cul- company. She said people need to have theirStaff Writer commanding officer of the Marine Detach- tural icon of women factory workers during eyes and ears open around them to see the Former television reporter and anchor ment. World War II. “How many of you women opportunities and use resourcefulness toJan Fox began her presentation at Fort “When I saw who the guest speaker was have had to walk through obstacles to get it move forward.Meade’s Women’s Equality Day Obser- and her biography that was provided, I done? We all have, but you know why we get Resolve also was evident in her televi-vance with a question. definitely wanted to come to attend to see through it? Because we see a path.” sion career when Fox was told she had a “How many of you women feel like her achievements and what advice she could The final R, resolve, was demonstrated sibilant S and yelled while she’re living to the fullest potential of your provide to all the service members who were by Mae Jamison, the first African American Through speech therapy, Fox overcame herequality?” she asked. “Isn’t it a heavy ques- here today,” she said. woman astronaut. problem and continued a successful televi-tion to ask?” At the start of her presentation, Fox dis- “What do you think she had to do to sion career. Referencing her own life, from a poor played images of women who represent the wind her way through NASA to get that “Keep your eye on the big prize,” shechildhood to winning four Emmy Awards, women’s equality movement. They included position?” Fox asked. “She had dedication, said. “If you want to reach that full equal-Fox explained how women can live fully Marie Byrum, who was the first woman to but she also had huge resolve.” ity, if we want to stand in it freely, that’sthanks to the efforts of the women who vote, and a portrait monument of Lucretia Fox referred to her own experiences our job.”came before them. Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. to explain how she used the three R’s to Having used her three R’s throughout Fox’s presentation was part of the annual Anthony, pioneers of the women’s suffrage empower herself after growing up in a poor her life, Fox said she believes she lives to theobservance held Aug. 23 at McGill Training movement. household in Shelbyville, Ind., where she fullest potential.Center and hosted by Fort Meade Dental To live to the fullest potential of equal- repaired shoes and delivered newspapers, “I believe I can stand here free andActivity. ity, Fox said, individuals must empower and was abused by her mother. equal,” she said. Women’s Equality Day was designated in themselves. “We don’t get our resilience when some- After the event, several audience mem-1971 to commemorate the passage in 1920 “When you think about empowerment, thing’s handed to us on a silver platter,” bers said they enjoyed Fox’s presentation.of the 19th Amendment, which granted getting ourselves to our fullest potential, Fox said. “We get our resilience when we “I think she’s a very gifted and talentedwomen the right to vote through a “massive then we can fully stand freely in that equal- have to walk through the difficulties. It individual,” said Lt. Michelle Arthur of thepeaceful, civil rights movement,” DENTAC ity that they gave us because of all the makes us tougher. When it looks tough, 310th Military Intelligence Battalion. “She’sSgt. Carla Ford narrated during the event. women that came before us,” she said. just find a little spot and let your resilience done a lot with her life so far.” Now a speakers coach who gives presen- There are three “R’s” to women’s empow- push you.” Yarrish agreed.tations to law groups, public relations firms, erment, Fox said. The first is resilience to Fox also explained how her current “I really enjoyed listening to how shewomen’s groups, chambers of commerce overcome hardships and challenges. The position as a speech coach is an example overcame adversity and how she turned herand conferences, Fox was the guest speaker second, represented by Rosie the Riviter, is of resourcefulness. After retiring from tele- personal struggles into her own personalfor the free, 40-minute event. resourcefulness. vision, Fox saw the opportunity to help powers to achieve what she’s achieved in her Fox’s background and achievements were “She had a positive attitude and she knew people speak and established her Fox Talks life,” Yarrish said.12 SOUNDOFF! August 30, 2012
  13. 13. C ommunity N ews N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community through Friday.“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. All All active-duty service members or vet- Calling all crafterssubmissions are posted at the editor’s dis- erans may stop by Brown’s Toyota/Scioncretion and may be edited for space and of Glen Burnie at 7167 Ritchie Highway The Officers’ Spouses’ Club will host its 13th Annual Holiday Bazaar ongrammar. Look for additional community for the $50 dinner card that is accepted at Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 on the Fort Meade website at www. more than 18,000 restaurants nationwide. Applications are being accepted from regional and local crafters and the Fort Meade No purchase required. participate in the event.Facebook page at For more information or directions, call Proceeds will go to the OSC Scholarship and Welfare Fund to benefit the For more information or to submit an 888-711-9533 or visit Fort Meade community.announcement, email Philip Jones at philip. The fee for a 10-by-8 weekend booth is $ or call 301-677-5602. Chicago Steppin’ For more information, email Dawn at or visit or Enjoy an evening of dancing at FtMeadeOscHolidayBazaar. NEWS EVENTS Chicago Steppin’ on Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight at Club Meade. FRG fundraising opportunity Free dance lessons will be offered from 7 to 8 p.m. Vendors for Fort Meade and National Security Agency family readinessKimbrough holiday closure There is no cover charge. Special groups may set up at no charge at the Officers’ Spouses’ Club’s 13th Annual menus will be available. Holiday Bazaar. Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center The event will be held Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 4 from 10 a.m.will be closed Friday through Monday For more information, call 301-677- 6969. to 2 p.m.for Labor Day weekend. The free event, which is open to the public, will feature regional and localCommissary holiday hours Military Council for artisans, a visit by Santa, food, raffles and entertainment for all ages. For more information, email Dawn at or Holiday hours for the Fort Meade Catholic Women visit or on Labor Day will be Mon- The Military Council for Catholic from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Women is open to all women ages 18 and older - active duty, retirees andCase Lot Sale civilians - as the group begins its 2012 Air Force Ball Fleet and Family Support Center offer free classes at the Community Readiness Center, to 2013 year of prayer, faith, fellowship The 65th Air Force Ball will be held 830 Chisholm Ave., to DoD identification The Fort Meade Commissary will and service at the Main Post Chapel. Sept. 14 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the cardholders, including active-duty servicesponsor its biannual Case Lot Sale from • Welcome Bunco will be held Sept. Hilton BWI Hotel, 1729 W. Nursery members, retirees and their family members,Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 10 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Prizes will be Road, Linthicum Heights. DoD civilian employees and contractors.p.m. in the commissary parking lot. white elephant. Social hour is from 6 to 7 p.m. Registration is required for each class. • Noon Mother’s Prayer Seafood Road Show Apologetics will be conducted Sept. 11 Dress for military is mess dress/ semiformal. Dress for civilians is • Stress Management: Tuesday, 9 to 11 a.m. A Seafood Road Show will be held Fri- at 9:45 a.m. formal/black tie. • Dollars and Sense: Tuesday, 9 to 11 through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Child care will be provided for both Tickets are $15 for E1 to E4; $25 for Topics include: Basic Budgeting, Financialin the Fort Meade Commissary. events. E5 to E6; $35 for SNCOs/CGOs; and Goals and Priorities, Saving and Investing, and • Mother’s Prayer Apologetics $45 for FGOs. Managing Your Credit.Kimbrough training meets every Tuesday from 9:45 a.m. A cash bar will be available. Child • Deployment Brief: Sept. 6, 9 to 10:30 a.m. to noon when Anne Arundel County care will be provided on a first-come Gather resources and information for your Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center schools are in session.will be closed Sept. 21 for mandatory basis. next duty station. Spouses are encouraged to • Monthly programs are held For more information, visit https:// attend.suicide prevention training. Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. • Saving for the Holidays: Sept. 6, 1 to 3 For more information, email Beth 132k=036342087855.Bagger-licensing hours Wright, president, at bethwright826@ p.m. Learn how to reduce the financial stress of the holidays. Bagger-licensing renewals for the or call 305-240-1559. VFW steak dinner • Transition Assistant Program (TAP):Fort Meade Commissary will be issued Sept. 10 to 14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bingo Bonanza Join the Veterans of Foreign War, • Anger Management: Sept. 10, 9 toat the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office at (VFW Post 160), 2597 Dorsey Road, The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ Glen Burnie, for a steak dinner on Sept. 11 a.m.4409 Llewellyn Ave. Club will sponsor its 13th Annual Bingo • Resume Writing: Sept. 11, 9 a.m. to Those who come to the office outside 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. Bonanza on Oct. 5 at McGill Training The event is open to the public. Cost noon. This workshop will provide tips onof this block of time will be able to leave Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. winning resume styles, the importance oftheir information. Badges will be issued is $10. Doors open at 6 p.m. Games start at Call VFW Post 160 to reserve a dinner cover letters and tips on following up onas time permits. 7 p.m. your resume. to eat in or take out. The event will feature 20 games, three For more information, call 410-766- • Financial Services and Account Man-Military appreciation special games, door prizes, raffles and 9802. agement: Sept. 11, 9 to 11 a.m. This food. course covers the pros and cons of credit As a patriotic gesture to support the Pre-sale tickets get an extra 20 games unions vs. banks; the services provided bymilitary, Thanks-A-Bunch nonprofit mili- book. EDUCATION each; and how to manage, balance andtary charity is announcing an event to Buy your tickets online at reconcile bank accounts.give away free $50 dinner cards in supportof Fort Meade and surrounding military Career, financial classes • Community Job Fair: Sept. 12, 9 a.m.affiliates, veterans and their families. or email the bingo chairperson at ortiz. Army Community Service and the CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 Military Appreciation Week will be held August 30, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 13