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Fort Meade SoundOff for June 21, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for June 21, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for June 21, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for June 21, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for June 21, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for June 21, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for June 21, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for June 21, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for June 21, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for June 21, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for June 21, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for June 21, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for June 21, 2012
Fort Meade SoundOff for June 21, 2012
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  • 1. Soundoff! vol. 64 no. 25 Published in the interest of the Fort Meade community ´ June 21, 2012 icing on the saber photo by jen ryndaRetired Sgt. 1st Class Carlo Deporto, 91, and Pfc. Scott Cassidy, 18, are all smiles as they watch Retired Lt. Col. Alfred Shehab, 92, enjoy a “finger-licking” taste of icing from anArmy saber following a cake-cutting ceremony in celebration of the Army’s 237th birthday on June 14 at Club Meade. The Army birthday is traditionally observed with a cake-cuttingceremony by the youngest and oldest Soldiers present, signifying the development of the Army since June 14, 1775. See Pages 10-13 for more Army Birthday coverage.fatherhood taking charge UPCOMING EVENTSMeade Soldier New commander friday, 9:30 a.m.: Lt. Col. Edmund Barrett HCB Change of Command - Parade Fieldshares stories set to take 780th MI friday, 7-10 p.m.: Karaoke Night - The Lanes 10th Frame Lounge Brigade to next level Tuesday, 10 a.m.: Leesburg Animal Park presents “Living Rainforest” - Post Librarywith president June 29, 5:30-9 p.m.: Texas Barbecue - Club Meadepage 8 page 3 July 4, Noon: Independence Day Celebration - McGlachlin Parade Field
  • 2. Commander’s Column Soundoff! Celebrations and ´ Editorial Staff Guaranteed circulation: Garrison Commander 11,285 Col. Edward C. Rothstein fond farewells Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Smith Public Affairs Officer Chad T. Jones Chad.T.Jones.civ@mail.mil Chief, Command Information Philip H. Jones It’s that time of the year when the Permanent command build- Philip.H.Jones.civ@mail.mil Change of Station system really starts to crank ing after serving Assistant Editor & Senior Writer up. as command ser- Rona S. Hirsch For anyone who ever donned a military uni- geant major for Staff Writer Lisa R. Rhodes form or if you are the spouse or a family member Headquarters Staff Writer Brandon Bieltz of a service member, then you know what I’m Command Bat- Design Coordinator Timothy Davis talking about when I say, “One of the rituals of talion. Supple­mental photography provided military life is the PCS.” As the gar- by Patuxent Publishing Co. This month is particularly “moving” for me as rison’s senior I transition to life without two service members enlisted advisor, Advertising who have a great record of superb service and Command Sgt. General Inquiries 410-332-6300 performance at Fort Meade and who have made Maj. Smith has COL. Edward c. my job as garrison commander much easier. done an out- Rothstein Allison Thompson Garrison Commander 410-332-6850 Allison.Thompson@baltsun.com I’m talking about Headquarters Command standing job of Michele Griesbauer Battalion Commander Lt. Col. (P) Edmund J. supporting the garrison and inspiring Soldiers 410-332-6381 Michele.Griesbauer@baltsun.com Barrett, who will be promoted to colonel Friday, and civilians not to just settle for the status quo. and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. He personally took on the responsibility of mak- If you would like information about receiving Soundoff! on Fort Meade or are Smith. Both will be leaving Fort Meade at the end ing sure post beautification efforts were a priority, experiencing distribution issues, call 877-886-1206 or e-mail TP@baltsun.com. of the month for new assignments. despite reduced resources. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday through Barrett will soon deploy to Camp Eggers He also never missed a day reminding me (and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Kabul, Afghanistan as a member of the J2 anyone else within hearing distance) that safety Printed by offset method of reproduction as a civilian enterprise in the interest of the component of the Combined Security Transition measures work best when leaders lead by example. personnel at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, by the Patuxent Publishing Co., a subsidiary Command- Afghanistan. Command Sgt. Maj. Smith exemplified that in of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, every Thursday Command Sgt. Maj. Smith will take on the everything he did. except the last Thursday of the year in conjunction with the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office. responsibility as the senior enlisted advisor for Col. Barrett and Command Sgt. Maj. Smith Requests for publication must reach the Public Affairs Office no later than Friday before the the Great Lakes Military Entrance Processing are great role models of service members, Team desired publication date. Mailing address: Post Public Affairs Office, Soundoff! IMME-MEA-PA, Bldg. 4409, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5025. Telephone: 301-677-1361; DSN: 622-1361. Station in Chicago. Meade and personally, for me. Working together It was only a year ago that Col. Barrett assumed or on separate issues, they both have a firm under- Everything advertised in this publication must be made available for purchase, use or patronage command of Headquarters Command Battalion, standing of the responsibility associated with without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, handicap or sex of purchaser, coming to Fort Meade from the Pentagon where taking care of service members, civilian workers user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by an advertiser he served in the Office of the Inspector General. and military families. will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. As commander of Headquarters Command Bat- I thank them both for jobs well done. I’m sure Printed by Patuxent Publishing Co., a private firm, in no way connected with the Department talion, he has overseen the support services, law you will agree with me that the Fort Meade com- of the Army. Opinions expressed by the publisher and writers herein are their own and are enforcement, military working dog teams, force munity will miss their energy and inspiration and not to be considered an official expression by the Department of the Army. The appearance protection and base support operations for the their commitment to duty and service. of advertisers in the publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of Fort Meade community. I also want to thank everyone who played a role the Army of the products or services advertised. These duties were only part of the service he in Fort Meade’s celebration of the Army’s 237th provided to the Fort Meade community. Shortly birthday. We had a series of wonderful events last after I became your garrison commander, I week, starting with the Francis Scott Key Chapter www.ftmeade.army.mil tapped Ed to serve as my primary military liaison with school administrators for the seven schools of the Association of the United States Army’s annual birthday breakfast at Club Meade. You can also keep track of Fort Meade on Twitter at twitter.com/ftmeademd on post. The celebration ended Friday evening with the and view the Fort Meade Live Blog at ftmeade.armylive.dodlive.mil. He has also done an exceptional job of ensur- Bowie Baysox hosting a celebration that included ing every Soldier associated with Headquarters an enlistment swearing-in ceremony for a group Command Battalion was well trained for his or of local men and women who will become future her duty and in taking on additional respon- Soldiers. Co n t e n t s sibilities to support me in my role as garrison commander. I also participated in a first-time, cake-cutting ceremony at The Mall in Columbia with Howard Over the past year you have rarely seen me at a County Executive Ken Ulman. News.............................. 3 Classified.............................. 20 garrison or off-post event without Command Sgt. In two weeks we’ll celebrate the post’s annual Maj. Smith. That’s because I’ve always believed Fourth of July observance with fireworks and a Trouble Ticket................ 4 Sports................................... 16 that the commander and the command sergeant host of festivities on the parade field. You can major should be connected at the hip. find more information about our celebration on Community.................. 14 Movies.................................. 19 Command Sgt. Maj. Smith assumed his duties Page 14. a year ago this past May, moving to the garrison Have a great week! SOUNDOFF! June 21, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 3. News780th MI welcomes new commanderStory and photo by Brandon BieltzStaff Writer For the first time in the unit’s shorthistory, the 780th Military IntelligenceBrigade welcomed a new commander. Col. Jennifer G. Buckner took com-mand of the unit from Col. JonathanE. Sweet during a change of commandceremony Friday at McGlachlin ParadeField. Sweet was the first commander of the780th MI following its activation lastDecember. He has been assigned as chiefof the Intelligence Engagement Divisionat U.S. Europe Command headquartersin Stuttgart, Germany. The ceremony’s host was Maj. Gen.Stephen Fogarty, commander of U.S.Army Intelligence and Security Com-mand. “Leaders will change, but the missioncontinues,” Fogarty said in his speech.“This is the strength of our Army, thatour loyalty is ultimately to the nationand to the mission and not to a singleindividual.” The 780th MI activated with the mis-sion of conducting signals intelligence andcomputer network operations and enablingDynamic Computer Network operationsof Army and defense networks. “Your innovative work in cyberspaceis vital to the defense of the UnitedStates and its allies,” Fogarty said to theSoldiers. “You set the standard every dayas you conduct extremely complex opera-tions as part of a joint intergovernmen- (Right to left:) Command Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Hoke of the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade; Col. Jennifer Buckner, incomingtal, interagency and multinational team. commander of the 780th MI; Col. Jonathan Sweet, outgoing commander of the 780th MI; and Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, “I’m extremely proud of the fact that commander of U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, participate in the passing of the colors during the 780th MI changethis brigade is making significant contri- of command ceremony Friday at McGlachlin Parade Field.butions every day in support of Armyand national requirements.” surrounded by some of the best non- ing combat operations.” the 206th MI Battalion. She then served Sweet was handpicked to lead the commissioned officers, officers, Soldiers, Buckner, who graduated in 1990 from as the executive assistant to the Army780th MI seven months ago when it was contractors and Department of Army the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, deputy chief of staff for Intelligence atactivated as the Army’s first cyber opera- of civilians who simply will not let this N.Y., is a career intelligence officer who the Pentagon from 2004 to 2005.tions brigade. brigade fail,” he said. “I leave today has served various roles during her more Buckner also has served in several joint “It was clear that Jon Sweet was the confident in their ability to conduct their than two decades of service. assignments at U.S. Cyber Command;right man for this challenging assign- mission.” Her assignments took her to the 82nd the National Security Agency-Georgia;ment,” Fogarty said. “Under his leader- At the end of his remarks, Sweet said Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; Joint Interagency Task Force West, Iraq;ship this brigade has continued to evolve he believed Buckner was the best officer 159th Combat Aviation Group in the and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.their doctrine while daily executing oper- to take command of the unit and that 18th Aviation Brigade (Airborne), Fort Buckner comes to the 780th afterations that support the Army combative she would take the 780th MI to the “next Bragg, N.C.; 501st MI Brigade, Yongsan, recently completing the U.S. Army Warcommands, the Army Cyber Command level.” South Korea; U.S. Army South, Puerto College Cyber Fellowships at the NSA.and the U.S. Cyber Command. ... Job “The incoming commander is excep- Rico; 206th MI Battalion, Fort Gordon, During her brief remarks, Bucknerwell done Jon.” tionally well qualified to command this Ga.; and the 303rd MI Battalion, 504th said she was excited to join the 780th and During his remarks, Sweet thanked brigade,” Fogarty said. “Colonel Jennifer Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Fort looked forward to continuing the growthmembers of the 780th MI for their work Buckner has a long record of superb Hood, Texas, and Iraq. of the unit and its capabilities.in helping to startup the new unit. service and performance in a variety of From 2003 to 2004, Buckner served “I am indeed honored to join your “I have been incredibly blessed to be tough, tactical and technical jobs includ- as training and operations officer of ranks,” she said.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil June 21, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  • 4. N ews Community Crime Watch Compiled by the Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services June 12, Larceny of private June 17, Larceny of private property: The victim stated she property: The victim stated returned to her residence from that her bike is missing and a vacation and found her home that it was last seen in the had been broken into. An inves- backyard, unsecured and tigation revealed that person(s) unattended. unknown entered the residence through a rear bedroom window June 17, Larceny of private prop- that was left unsecured. Items missing are erty: The victim stated his son’s bicycle a 32-inch flat screen TV, PlayStation 3 was left on the front porch unsecured game console, digital camera and laptop and was stolen. computer. photo by Marine pvt. Coby Smith June 15, Larceny of private property: The June 12, Larceny of private property: The Directorate of Emergency Services was hands on Soldiers of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade enjoy a day away from their victim stated that unknown person(s) removed her iPhone 4 from the commis- sary break room, where the unsecured notified of a larceny of private property at the commissary. The victim reported that his smartphone was stolen from his and unattended iPhone was charging. normal battle rhythm at the brigade’s annual Organization Day on June 8 at Burba unsecured and unattended office. Lake. Events included horseshoes, volleyball, softball and a leaders relay. Children enjoyed a bounce house, water slide, rock wall, face painting and tours of a police car and fire truck. On the lookout for theft Have you noticed an issue on post The Directorate of Emergency Services is actively working to keep neighborhoods safe. Trouble and wondered if anything is being Families residing on post should remember to ensure that done to fix it? Email concerns and windows and doors to homes, cars and garages are locked at issues to chad.t.jones.civ@mail. all times, regardless of time of day. Ticket Although the crime rate in military housing is lower than off mil. Each week, Soundoff! will post, it is important to remember that Fort Meade is not immune address issues identified on post to crime. To protect your family and belongings, remember to and describe what is being done to take an active role in deterring crime. Remain aware of your surroundings and immediately report solve them. any suspicious activity to the Fort Meade Police at 301-677- 6622 or 6623. Issue: Plan: Status: Youth Services Sports Renovate the Youth Services Actual use of fields is Complex needs renovations Sports Complex expected to be this fall after the grass matures Chaplain’s Word: CONTENTMENT “Content makes poor men rich;” McGill Training Center Install a new HVAC Survey work has begun; full HVAC is inoperative install set for completion “Discontent makes rich men poor.” (except in the ballroom) September 2012; portable A/C — Ben Franklin units being used in classrooms SOUNDOFF! June 21, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 5. N ews Blaze of (Old) Glory LEFT: Boy Scout John Johnston, 17, places a flag into the fire during a flag retirement ceremony conducted June 14 by Fort Meade Boy Scout Troop 377. The troop retired 15 flags in a fire pit at Camp Meade RV Park. BOTTOM LEFT: Boy Scout Riley Wharton, 12, carries a flag to be placed into the flames. Scouts honored the flag with a reading and salutes before placing the old and worn flags into the fire pit. BELOW: Boy Scout Gustavo Giron, 14, displays the American flag dur- ing the opening ceremony of the flag retirement ceremony. Members of Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops also participated. photos by nate pesce SOUNDOFF! June 21, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 6. N ewsYouths urged to join newSummer Volunteer Challenge Water Works The Fort Meade Army VolunteerCorps, in partnership with Child, • Community service hours • On-the-job experience Local swimming pool optionsYouth and School Services, the USOand Picerne Military Housing, inviteyou to become part of the garrison • End of the summer barbecue Orientation will be held June 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at Potomac Place for service members and familiescommander’s vision of a “Youth Neighborhood Center, 4998 2nd Corps With the closure of the Rock AvenueSummer Volunteer Leadership Blvd. Outdoor Pool, the indoor pool at GaffneyChallenge.” To register, call CYSS at 301-677- Fitness Center will continue to operate Youth ages 12 through 18 can 1156 or visit ftmeademwr.com/cyss. its recreational swim Saturdays andregister to volunteer a few days a Organizations are requested to Sundays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.week in organizations throughout Fort provide a hands-on educational through Aug. 17.Meade. summer volunteer experience for Fort The Columbia Association is offering They may take part in professional Meade’s youth by registering vacant special military and DoD rates at five oftraining such as resume building, volunteer positions. its pools. Cost is $4 for adults and $2 fordressing for success, financial planning Inspire the next generation children per visit. A valid military or DoDfor the future, disaster preparedness of responsible youth to become identification card is required. file photoand more. productive and positive leaders in the The Challenge will run from June 25 community. • Talbott Spring, 9660 Basket Ring, Columbia. For information, call 410-730-5421.through Aug. 10. For more information or to register • Faulkner Ridge, 15018 Marble Fawn Court, Columbia. For information, call 410-730- The more hours you earn, the your volunteer opportunity, call 5292.greater the opportunity to earn prizes. Marie Miles, Army Volunteer Corps • Jeffers Hill, 6030 Tamar Drive, Columbia. For information, call 410-730-1220. Volunteers also will have the coordinator, at 301-677-5590 or email • McGills Common, 10025 Shaker Drive, Columbia. For information, call 410-730-opportunity to receive: marie.n.miles.civ@mail.mil. 5995. • Free training • Running Brook, 5730 Columbia Road, Columbia. For information, call 410-730-5293.http://www.ftmeade.army.mil June 21, 2012 SOUNDOFF!
  • 7. N ewsMeade Soldier, Obama talk fatherhoodBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer Capt. Joubert Paulino ate a pork sandwichwhile President Barack Obama dined on aplate of barbecue ribs as the two men dis-cussed the rewards of fatherhood at Kenny’sBBQ Smokehouse in Washington, D.C. The unannounced luncheon on June 13kicked off the Fatherhood Buzz Barber-shop Tour, a collaboration between Obama’sNational Fatherhood Initiative and theNational Responsible Fatherhood Clearing-house, a national and international resourcefor fathers, researchers and policy makers. The tour, which took place June 16 in eightcities nationwide, was designed to increaseawareness through local barbershops aboutresponsible fatherhood and parenting. “It felt really special to meet the president,a man symbolized as a leader of our greatnation,” said Paulino, of the 32nd Weaponsof Mass Destruction Civil Support Teambased at Fort Meade and father of a 6-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter. “I did notmeet with him to discuss politics or evenpolicies, but where we stood as fathers andhow he manages his time for the family andcountry.” The event also was Obama’s way of honor-ing military fathers. “When these guys are deployed sometimes,they’re leaving the family behind. I just want photo courtesy of the white houseto make sure they get support,” said Obama, year’s Fatherhood Award from the National the Oval Office, the Situation Room and theaccording to the N.Y. Daily News. Fatherhood Initiative. Edwards is stationed White House Garden. Capt. Joubert Paulino (far right), 32nd Paulino was invited to the luncheon by at Fort Jackson, S.C., with his wife and four During the luncheon, Obama discussed Weapons of Mass Destruction Civilthe White House after he wrote a letter to children. the role of fathers in society and how children Support Team based at Fort Meade, waitsthe National Fatherhood Initiative about a Nunery Mason, owner of Mason’s Bar- who grow up with a proactive father are less to be served lunch with President Barackmonth ago on how to be a good father. bershop in northeast Washington, D.C., for likely to use drugs or become pregnant, said Obama at Kenny’s BBQ Smokehouse The captain said he learned about the more than 50 years, attended with his shop’s Paulino. in Washington, D.C., on June 13. Theinitiative through his son’s Cub Scout troop barber Otis Gamble. “I did have the opportunity to speak with luncheon kicked off the Fatherhood Buzzat Fort Belvoir, Va., where Paulino lives with When not at his shop, Mason cuts hair in the president at the personal level,” Paulino Barbershop Tour, an initiative of Presidenthis wife and children. the U.S. Capitol building and is a participant said. “We shared stories of parenting experi- Obama to encourage proactive fathers Paulino was joined at the luncheon by in the Fatherhood Buzz campaign. ences and personal goals we intend to fulfill through local barbershops.1st Lt. William Edwards, winner of this The two-hour event began with a tour of with our families.”Take precautions when working outside in summer heatBy Joan Twigg, days. supervisors ensure safe summer conditions. index, the hotter the weather feels becauseOccupational Health Nurse That’s why it is important to gradually Workers performing strenuous activity, sweat will not readily evaporate and coolKimbrough Ambulatory Care Center increase the workload and allow more fre- using heavy or nonbreathable protective the skin. Hot and humid weather conditions put quent breaks to help new staffers — as well clothing, or new to an outdoor job need On Fort Meade, call 301-677-8881 topeople working outdoors at risk of heat- as those returning to a job after time away additional precautions beyond those war- obtain the latest heat index. Informationrelated illness. — build up a tolerance for hot conditions. ranted by the heat index alone. Employees provided includes the last measured heat cat- Injury is particularly likely when workers Federal law requires employers to protect and their supervisors must know the risks egory and specific recommendations regard-are not adapted to warm weather. Employ- workers from recognized serious hazards in and signs of potential heat injury. ing fluid intake and outdoor exercise.ees new to outdoor jobs are generally most the workplace including heat-related haz- Both air temperature and humidity affect If you suspect an individual may have anat risk for heat-related illnesses. In most ards. The Occupational Safety and Health how hot it feels. The heat index is a sin- urgent heat-related injury, call 911 immedi-investigated incidents, the worker involved Administration website, www.osha.gov pub- gle value that takes both temperature and ately. Kimbrough does not have the capabil-had only been on the job for four or fewer lications tab, contains information to help humidity into account. The higher the heat ity to provide emergency services. SOUNDOFF! June 21, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 8. A rmy B irthdayFort Meade celebrates Army birthday, Flag DayBy Lisa R. RhodesStaff Writer A brief history lesson on the Battle of Balti-more in the War of 1812, which inspired Fran-cis Scott Key to write the National Anthem, Fort Meade’s oldestwas the highlight of the installation’s celebra- Soldiers, retired Lt.tion of the Army’s 237th birthday and Flag Col. Alfred Shehab,Day on June 14. 92 (second from left), The 90-minute breakfast and lecture, held at and retired Sgt. 1stClub Meade, was hosted by the Francis Scott Class Carlo DePorto,Key chapter of the Association of the United 91, are joined byStates Army. About 200 people attended. the installation’s “It is a great day to be a Solider, is it not?” youngest Soldier, 18-said retired Sgt. Maj. Jim Gilbert, president of year-old Pfc. Scottthe AUSA chapter. “Two hundred and thirty Cassidy (right) ofseven years, that’s how old we are today. We the U.S. Army Signaldon’t look quite that old, but we’re doing a School Detachmentgreat job.” at the Defense Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Information School,Rothstein and 1st Sgt. Wayne J. Aragon and Scott Sheads,of Headquarters Command Battalion, who a ranger/historianstood in for Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. at Fort McHenry,Smith as acting garrison command sergeant during a cake-major, attended the event. cutting ceremony to They were joined by Fort Meade’s oldest celebrate the Army’sSoldiers, retired Lt. Col. Alfred Shehab, age 237th birthday and92, and retired Sgt. 1st Class Carlo DePorto, Flag Day on June 14.age 91. Fort Meade’s youngest Soldier, 18-year-old photos by jen ryndaPfc. Scott Cassidy of the U.S. Army SignalSchool Detachment at the Defense Informa- Credit Union sponsored the students. and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, later gave 200-pound, cast-iron exploding shells. Sheadstion School, also attended. During his remarks, Rothstein addressed an entertaining summation of the Battle of said about 1,800 shells were launched at Fort Students from the Junior Reserve Officers’ the significance of the event. Baltimore in the War of 1812. McHenry during the attack.Training Corps at Meade High School were “Two-hundred and thirty-seven years ago, it Sheads began his talk by recalling how, People from Baltimore, Delaware andjoined by the program’s commander, Col. all started — rags to riches,” he said. “A bunch several years ago, a 22-year-old school teacher Pennsylvania helped to defend the city. DuringFrank Preston, and Meade High Principal of farmers, peddlers, folks for all the right and her class visited Fort Henry for a tour. As the battle, Francis Scott Key, a young lawyerYolanda Clarke. The Fort Meade Community reasons, gathered together against incredible Sheads talked about the site’s history the young from Georgetown, watched the bombardment odds, against annihilation. They stood up and woman asked, “When was the War of 1812?” while under British guard on an American they made it happen.” Sheads said he was a bit baffled by her ques- truce ship. Rothstein encouraged everyone in the audi- tion, but was really surprised when the teacher At 9 a.m. on Sept. 14, 1814, two hours after ence to “get out into the community and told him that “The Star-Spangled Banner” was the British sailed away and the attack ended, remind folks that it’s our birthday.” the theme song of the Baltimore Orioles. a 30-by-42 garrison flag was raised over Fort The annual breakfast began with the post- “I still think about it a lot,” Sheads said. McHenry. Key, seeing the flag that morning, ing of the colors by the Defense Informa- “Here’s a nice lady — impeccably dressed was inspired to write “The Star-Spangled tion School’s color guard. Retired Sgt. Maj. — [and] somehow through her life, her educa- Banner.” Mike Culbertson, a former member of the tion, somehow history had slipped through the “Two weeks later, Key’s song is published,” U.S. Army Field Band, sang the National cracks for her.” Sheads said. “Within two months, every news- Anthem. Sheads said that is why the National Park paper in the 18 states had published the Deputy Installation Chaplain (Maj.) Bogu- Service sponsors outreach programs to the lyrics.” slaw Augustyn gave the invocation. Retired community and why he was glad to come to Sheads’ lecture was followed by the official Sgt. Maj. Raymond Moran, who is known as Fort Meade. cake-cutting, led by Rothstein, who joined Fort Meade’s “Old Soldier,” led the Pledge of The Battle of Baltimore began on Sept. Shehab, DePorto and Cassidy in the brief‘Two-hundred and thirty- Allegiance. Gilbert then announced that Fort Meade’s 13, 1814, several weeks after the British navy torched the nation’s capitol. ceremony. “As far as I’m concerned, the greatest gen-seven years ago, it all Director of Transformation Bert Rice, a retired “Fifty miles away in Baltimore the citizens eration is the one that’s in uniform right now,” colonel, has been named the AUSA second could see the glow of that fire,” Sheads said. Shehab said later. “I was proud to wear thestarted — rags to riches.’ region’s Department of the Army Civilian of “They knew Baltimore would be next.” uniform and I still wear it.” the Year. Rice will compete for the national At that time, Sheads said that Baltimore DePorto said although he retired from the Garrison Commander title in October. was the richest port on the East Coast, with a Army in 1972, he remains dedicated to his Col. Edward C. Rothstein Scott Sheads, a 30-year veteran of the population of 50,000. country. National Park Service and a ranger/historian The battle started when five British ships “Upstairs, in my mind, I’m still in the mili- at the Fort McHenry National Monument bombarded Fort McHenry for 25 hours, using tary,” he said.10 SOUNDOFF! June 21, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 9. A rmy B irthdayOn DeckBowie Baysox honorsSoldiers at Fort Meade DayBy Brandon Bieltz then marched onto the field as the ArmyStaff Writer Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps per- Before Friday’s minor league base- formed the National Anthem.ball game against the New Hampshire Anthony was given the honor of yell-Fisher Cats, Anthony Romar paced the ing “play ball” to officially begin theBowie Baysox dugout. game — his favorite part of the evening, Despite being surrounded by pro- he said.fessional baseball players, the 6-year- “It was great,” he said of standing onold was more interested in their tools the minor league field.stacked up in the corner of the dusty The Fort Meade Day events carrieddugout. into the game as Garrison Commander “I saw the bats,” he said with excite- Col. Edward C. Rothstein stood onment. the visitors’ dugout and administered Anthony was among the several play- the Oath of Enlistment to a group ofers from the 5- and 6-year-old Fort new Soldiers during the middle of theMeade Cougars baseball team who second inning.visited the Baysox dugout prior to the During the seventh-inning stretch,first pitch of Fort Meade Day. Sgt. 1st Class Erika Lehmkuhl sang Nearly 7,000 fans filled Prince “God Bless America.”George’s Stadium as the Orioles Dou- Pattillo said he enjoyed participatingble-A affiliate celebrated the Army’s in the three-hour event. photos by noah Scialom237th birthday. Fort Meade Soldiers “I’m glad they’re doing it,” he said. “Iparticipated in several events including appreciate it.” Pfc. Wesley Pattillo of the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion throws out the first pitchthrowing out the first pitch. at a Bowie Baysox game Friday evening. Before the game started, members ofthe Cougars team walked around theBaysox dugout, receiving autographsfrom players as they took the field to Garrisonwarm up. Commander Pfc. Wesley Pattillo of the 741st Mili- Col. Edwardtary Intelligence Battalion kicked off C. Rothsteinthe pregame festivities when he stood in talks tofront of the pitcher’s mound to toss out members ofthe first pitch. Having played baseball the 5- andas a child, Pattillo looked forward to 6-year oldmaking the throw. Fort Meade “I always hoped I would,” he said. Cougars“I never actually thought I’d be out baseballhere.” team in Prior to making his pitch, Pattillo the Bowiesaid he was a little worried about trying Baysoxto pitch in his uniform but still figured dugouthe could get the ball over the plate. Friday nightWith a proper wind-up, Pattillo pitched at Princetoward home plate to the cheers of the George’scrowd. Mission accomplished. Stadium. The The Cougars, who were still rummag- Baysox wereing around the dugout, stood near the celebratingfirst baseline, ready to run onto the field the Army’sas the starting lineup was announced. 237thAs each Baysox player’s name was birthday withcalled, that player took a few Fort Fort MeadeMeade children onto the field. Day. Members of the 3rd U.S. InfantryRegiments (The Old Guard) color guardhttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil June 21, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 11
  • 10. A rmy B irthdayGarrison Commander Col.Edward C. Rothstein andHoward County ExecutiveKen Ulman hold thecounty’s proclamation of“U.S. Army Day” during acake-cutting ceremony tocelebrate the Army’s 237thbirthday at The Mall inColumbia on June 14.CENTER: Childrenparticipate in the Army’sbirthday celebration atThe Mall in Columbia onJune 14. The event wasone of several off-postactivities that allowedcommunity members tohave an active role in theArmy’s celebration. photos by jen ryndaCake-cutting ceremony at Columbiamall marks Army’s 237th birthdayBy Lisa R. Rhodes we’ve been asked to play a leading role father was a Marine.Staff Writer in our national security through the U.S. The ceremony kicked off the open- Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Cyber Command. ... We consider our- ing of a three-day exhibit of displays atRothstein and Howard County Executive selves to be tremendous and important the mall by the Fort Meade Museum,Ken Ulman celebrated the Army’s 237th partners in the work that is done at Fort First Army Division East, the Columbiabirthday in a cake-cutting ceremony at Meade.” Recruiting Company of Fort Meade’s 1stThe Mall in Columbia on June 14. The county executive also read a proc- Recruiting Brigade, Fort Meade’s Excep- The event was one of several off-post lamation declaring “U.S. Army Day” in tional Family Member Program, theactivities that allowed community mem- Howard County. Howard County Family Support Service,bers to have an active role in the Army Rothstein and Ulman later joined the Howard County Division of Work-celebration. Master Sgt. John Harrington and Staff force Development and Adult Learning, “It was very important to have How- Sgt. Chad Vega, the oldest and young- and the Maryland Coalition of Familyard County Executive Ken Ulman be a est Soldiers respectively, in First Army for Children’s Mental Health.part of this celebration,” Rothstein said Division East, in cutting the ceremonial “It makes perfect sense for us to beafter the ceremony. “The event at the cake. a part of this,” said Robert Johnson,Columbia mall is a great example of After the event, Katie Essing, senior director of the Fort Meade Museum, ashow Fort Meade and our surrounding general manager of the Columbia mall, he stood in front of an exhibit about thecommunities can work together. It gave spoke of the community partnership. installation’s history. “We tell the storyme the opportunity to thank the Howard “We know that Fort Meade is very and history of Fort Meade. Both are aCounty community for their support to important to the Howard County com- reflection on the past as we celebrate theFort Meade and our military families. munity and the mall is a perfect venue for Army’s birthday.”It also allowed the community to have Fort Meade,” she said. “It is wonderful John Grantman, who served as a ser-an active role in the celebration of the for us to host this event.” geant in Vietnam for two years, attendedArmy’s 237th birthday.” Tanika DeSouza, co-owner of Dessert the ceremony with his wife, Portia. The In his remarks before the ceremony, Affairs, a retailer at the mall, prepared couple, who live in Columbia, had ArmyUlman thanked the military’s men and the cake and hundreds of cupcakes for dog tags made at one of the exhibits.women “for everything you do to keep the families who attended the event. Grantman said celebrating the Army’sus safe.” “I feel honored. This is a terrific event, birthday brought back memories of his Ulman said the county works “very especially to be able to give back to the military service.hard with our friends at Fort Meade, as military,” said DeSouza, whose deceased “I served very proudly,” he said.12 SOUNDOFF! June 21, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 11. photo by jen rynda People enjoy cupcakes prepared by Dessert Affairs, a retailer at The Mall in Columbia, after the cake-cutting ceremony. The ceremony kicked off the opening of a three-day exhibit of displays at the mall by various organizations and units on Fort Meade. Federal Hill Celebration Gov. Martin O’Malley delivers remarks to service members, including Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein, civic and community leaders at a Federal Hill Retreat and Flag Ceremony on June 14 in cel- ebration of the Army’s 237th birthday. On June 14, 1775, Photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Matson Congress resolved to form a committee “to bring in a draft of rules and regulations for the government of the Army,” and Happy Birthday! Gen. George. G. Meade re-enactor Rick Hagman greets a group of chil- voted $2,000,000 to support dren in celebration of the Army’s 237th birthday at Child Development the forces around Boston and Center III. The children sang “Happy Birthday” songs and participated those at New York City. in a cake-cutting ceremony. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class JR Williamshttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil June 21, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 13
  • 12. C ommunity N ews N otes The deadline for Soundoff! community“News and Notes” is Friday at noon. Allsubmissions are posted at the editor’s dis-cretion and may be edited for space andgrammar. Look for additional communityevents on the Fort Meade website at www.ftmeade.army.mil and the Fort MeadeFacebook page at facebook.com/ftmeade. For more information or to submit anannouncement, email Philip Jones at philip.h.jones.civ@mail.mil or call 301-677-5602. NEWS EVENTSVTF closings The Fort Meade Veterinary TreatmentFacility at 2018 Annapolis Road isundergoing renovations through August. VTF’s regular hours of 8 a.m. to 3p.m. will be maintained through July 13. The clinic will close July 16 to 31 forthe remodeling of the lobby and examroom, and on June 29 in the afternoonfor monthly inventory. Summer holiday closings will be onJuly 4 and 5 for Independence Day and file photoAug. 31 to Sept. 2 for Labor Day. For more information, call 301-677-1300. independence day celebration The installation will celebrate the Fourth of July from noon to 10:30 p.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field. The annual celebration is open to the public. The event will feature music, food vendors, games, rides, inflatables and fire-Parade field closure works. Children’s rides are free beginning at noon. A DJ will perform from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. The band “New McGlachlin Parade Field will be Monopoly” will perform from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase by a variety ofclosed July 2 to 5 to accommodate setup vendors. Fireworks will take place at approximately 9:30 p.m. In inclement weather, fireworks will be held Julyand breakdown of the Independence 5 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Pets, grills and glass containers are forbidden.Day festivities. For more information and updates, visit ftmeademwr.com. Other sites available for PT includeMullins Field, Broadfoot Field,Donahue Field, Rosie’s Field and the Whittington at 301-677-0189 or Gloria To participate, visit surveymonkey. For more information, email jean.soccer field. Hicks at 301-677-0189. com/s/HeartsApartSurvey. jordan@us.army.mil. For reservations, call Everette Carr,Gaffney Fitness Center manager, at 301- Kimbrough change of EFMP focus groups Tax Center open677-5950. command ceremony Exceptional Family Member Program The Fort Meade Tax Center at focus groups will meet July 11 from 6 4217 Roberts Ave. is open to takeChange of command, Col. Leon E. Moores will relinquish command of the U.S. Army Medical to 8 p.m. at the Community Readiness appointments until June 30.responsibility ceremonies Department Activity, Fort Meade, and Center, 830 Chisholm Ave. Guest speakers are EFMP If you filed an extension, have a tax question or received a tax notice and Lt. Col. Christopher J. Beveridge Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center to Col. Danny B.N. Jaghab. representatives from the Army, Navy, need assistance, call 301-677-9765 towill relinquish command of the Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. schedule an appointment.Baltimore Military Entrance The change of command ceremony will be held July 12 at 9 a.m. at Use this opportunity to tell us what isProcessing Station to Lt. Col. Rod L. McGlachlin Parade Field. working and areas for improvement. Talent show auditionsBoles on June 29 at 9:30 a.m. at 850 Registration is required.Chisholm Ave. Kimbrough will be closed July 12 Auditions will be conducted Aug. 8 until 1 p.m. For more information, email joi. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. s.barnes.ctr@mail.mil or call 301-677- from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Aug. 13 and 15James D. Baker Jr. will relinquish his 4473. from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at McGill Trainingposition as the senior enlisted advisor, Hearts Apart survey Center for the annual “Fort Meade’s Got Talent” show.12th Battalion and Baltimore Military Army Community Service is conduct- Food vendors wanted Contestants must participate inEntrance Processing Station to Master ing a survey on Hearts Apart.Sgt. Daryl R. Hayes on June 28 at 2 The support group is geared for those The Directorate of Family and auditions to be selected for the finals.p.m. at 850 Chisholm Ave. separated from their service member by Morale, Welfare and Recreation Special The talent show will be presented A reception will follow each deployment, PCS or TDY for more than Events is seeking food/beverage and Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.ceremony. 30 days. novelty vendors for Fort Meade’s To register, call 301-677-7552. RSVP by Monday to Sgt. Independence Day celebration.14 SOUNDOFF! June 21, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 13. C ommunity N ews N otes EDUCATION YOUTH EFMP playgroup feature characters in costume, lightsaber battles, droids, pregame and postgame The Exceptional Family Member performances, and a postgame fireworks Program is offering “Little Hands”PWOC Bible study Summer training camp playgroup for enrolled families with display. Team Ghost Riders Cowboy Monkey Protestant Women of the Chapel The Navy-sponsored Drug Education children ages 5 and younger on July 19 Rodeo, Sunday, as the Baysox takes on thewill be host summer Bible study on For Youth is accepting applications for from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Reading Phillies at 2:05 p.m. Dog-ridingWednesdays from July 11 to 25 from the free two-week summer camp on Fort Registration is limited to the first 15 monkeys will patrol the field during the9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Argonne Hills Meade that will run from July 10 to 20. people. pregame performance. Team Ghost RidersChapel Center. The camp is open to DoD dependent For more information, email anita. will return for several in-game performances Child care will be provided. youth ages 9 to 12. l.hendrix.civ@mail.mil or call 301-677- between innings. The prayer and fellowship program’s Campers will learn the basics of drug 4779. To order tickets, visit baysox.com or callfall kickoff is scheduled for Aug. 29 and alcohol prevention, tobacco, peer the box office at 301-464-4865.from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more pressure and gangs. All gear, training Storytimeinformation, visit Facebook at PWOC material and field trips are free and will MEETINGS The Medal of Honor Memorial LibraryFort Meade, or email meade@pwoc.org be provided by DEFY. offers pre-kindergarten Storytime onor call Kori Yates at 301-262-0756. Availability is limited. Applications Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. will be accepted until June 29. • Today: “Reading Is So Delicious,” • Retired Enlisted Association meets theMFTB courses For an application or more getting ready for the library’s summer third Thursday of the month from 7:30 to information, email Chief Petty Officer 8:30 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. Army Community Service and Army reading program with a Storytime about Vita Hankins, Petty Officer 2nd Class The next meeting is tonight. For moreFamily Team Building are offering Family food Kenesha Vassell or Petty Officer 3rd information, visit trea.org or call MaryTeam Building classes at Potomac Place For more information, call 301-677- Class Danielle Roberts at defyniocmd@ Gray, the local president, at 410-916-5385and Meuse Forest neighborhood centers. 5522. gmail.com. or Arthur R. Cooper, national president, at • “Navigating Military Life” on July 12 443-336-1230.and 13, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sky Vacation Bible School Summer reading program • Society of Military Widows meets for The Level I class, for military Children of all ages are invited to the brunch the fourth Sunday of the month atpersonnel and spouses and Department Sky Vacation Bible School will be 11 a.m. at Club Meade. The next meeting Medal of Honor Memorial Library toof Army civilians, provides tools to held Aug. 6 to 10 from 9 a.m. to 12:45 is Sunday. For more information, call Betty register for this year’s “Reading Is Sonavigate the military lifestyle. Modules p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. Jones at 410-730-0127. Delicious” summer reading program thatinclude Expectations of Military Life, The free program is for children ages • Single Parent Support Group meets the ends Aug. 25.Understanding Military Acronyms, and 4 years old up to students who have second and fourth Monday of the month Participants will receive a reading logMilitary Traditions and Customs. completed fifth grade. from 6 to 8 p.m. at School Age Services, and a goodie bag. After seven days, they • “Grow Skills for Military Life,” Level VBS features games, crafts, music 1900 Reece Road. The next meeting is can bring their reading log to the library2, on Aug. 9 and 10, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and adventures. Snacks and lunch are Sunday. Free child care will be provided on for additional prizes. • Instructors Course, MFTB instructor included. site. Prizes will be on display at the library.training, Sept. 9 and 10, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 Registration is limited to the first For more information, call Rikki Ford, For more information, call 301-677-p.m. 200 children and will close July 23. Parent Support coordinator, at 301-677- 5522. Bring a brown bag lunch. Registration tables will be set up from 3617 or email rikki.l.ford.ctr@us.army.mil. Registration is required. Limited child June 25 to July 23 at Argonne Hills • Families Dealing with Deployment meetscare is available. Chapel Center and the Main Post RECREATION the first and third Monday of every month To register or for more information, call Chapel. from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Meuse Forest Neigh- Volunteers are needed to sign up301-677-5590 or email amber.e.rustad@us.army.mil or pia.s.morales.civ@mail.mil. immediately. Out About borhood Center. The next meeting is Monday. For more information, call Rikki Ford, Par- For more information, call 301-677- • The Blue Star Museums program ent Support coordinator, at 301-677-3617 orMeade High seeking 0386 or 301-677-6038. is offering free admission for all active- email rikki.l.ford.ctr@us.army.mil. duty, National Guard and Reservevolunteers Romp ‘n Stomp service members and their dependents • Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 254 meets the fourth Wednesday Meade High School is seeking through Labor Day. As of today, more of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the During the summer, Romp ‘n Stomp than 1,800 museums are registered. Forcommunity members and parents of playgroup will meet Tuesdays from Roost, 9827 Love Road. The next meetingstudents to serve in its new volunteer more information, visit bluestarfam. is Wednesday. For more information, call 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Boundless org/Programs/Blue_Star_Museums orprogram, “Service Stars.” Playground. 443-534-5170 or visit afsa254.org. Volunteers will serve two to three dodlive.mil/index.php/2012/06/blue-star- • Spouse PTSD Support Group meets The playgroup is for parents and their museums-all-summer-long.hours per month during the school day children up to 5 years old. Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at thein support of teachers. Tasks include • The 35th anniversary of the Columbia Soldier and Family Assistance Center, 2462 For more information, call Rikki Festival of the Arts will be held throughinventorying books, providing cooking Ford, Parent Support coordinator, at 85th Medical Battalion Ave.demonstrations or reading support to June 30, showcasing music, dance, theater, The support group, sponsored by 301-677-3617 or e-mail rikki.l.ford.ctr@ visual arts, film and outdoor activities forstudents, filing, monitoring hallways and us.army.mil. Behavioral Health Care Service, thehelping with bus duty. the entire family. For a listing of events, visit Religious Support Office and the Army Volunteers will be given free columbiafestival.com.admission to school events and will be Children’s Reading Room • The Bowie Baysox is sponsoring two Substance Abuse Program, is for spouses whose loved ones are exhibiting symptomshonored at a year-end awards ceremony. The Potomac Place Children’s events this weekend at Prince George’s of PTSD. Learn valuable tools and resources For more information, call Bobbi Reading Room will be open Tuesdays Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway: to understand PTSD and how to cope.Coffman at 443-433-2416 or email and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Star Wars Night,” Saturday, as the To join or for more information, call 301-bcoffman@aacps.org. For more information, call 301-677- team takes on the Reading Phillies in a 677-8870. 5522. doubleheader at 5:35 p.m. The event willhttp://www.ftmeade.army.mil June 21, 2012 SOUNDOFF! 15
  • 14. S ports summer running, having a blast Nearly 350 participants begin the Summer Sizzler 5K Run and One-Mile Walk on Saturday morning outside Murphy Field House. The run was the third event in the annual Fort Meade Run Series. photo by brian krista Summer Sizzler 5K Run Results Top men finishers: 1. Erik Gibbs, 17:23.7 2. Connor Lefler, 18:23 3. Michael Wahlgren, 18:41.1 Top women finishers: 1. Sarah Fisher, 21:18.5 2. Ellahe Amini, 21:23.8 3. Lynda Layson, 21:52.4 What are you to be part of a team looking for? to be inspired room to grow FORGET Get It. THE PATH TO SUCCESS. You want to stay updated on all the career opportunities in your area. But, constantly searching TRY A RUNWAY. for a job can be very time consuming. We get it. Formed by a partnership of local newspapers in the Maryland, Virginia, DC and surrounding area, JobFetch.com has the resources you need to efficiently and effectively job search. Whether you post your resume, sign up to receive e-mails detailing the most up-to-date local career openings, or simply browse listed jobs in your industry or category, JobFetch.com can help you find the job you want and save you the time you deserve. We get it. Do you? Talk to a recruiter today to learn more. GoANG.com/DC 1 -800-TO-GO-ANG The Baltimore Sun Media Group is a participating affiliate in JobFetch.com.16 SOUNDOFF! June 21, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil
  • 15. S ports‘On Your Marks’Highsteppers track, field clubgears up for Junior OlympicsBy Brandon Bieltz travel, the team decided to move associa-Staff Writer tions and stay local for the finals. For the past several years, the installa- Most of the other AAU teams in thetion has been strongly represented at the area also have switched to USATF, creat-highest level of competition in youth ath- ing a highly competitive field of athletes,letics as members from the Fort Meade said coach Olivia Hunter. The currentHighsteppers Track and Field Club rou- roster of clubs in the Potomac Valleytinely qualify for the Junior Olympics. Region makes the region one of the most This year is no different. challenging, she said. The team is sending 13 young athletes “This is going to be a very tough yearto compete at the Junior Olympics next because we have teams from AAU andmonth after a successful qualifying meet USATF combined,” Hunter said before photo by staff sgt. Kyle Richardsonin Landover last week. The four-day meet last week’s meet. “It’s going to be difficult Fort Meade Highsteppers Track and Field coach Cliff Timpson talks with Trevonat Prince George’s County Sports and to advance this year.” Edwards, 16, before his long jump event at last week’s four-day meet at Prince George’sLearning Complex pared down the pool Although the Highsteppers have com- County Sports and Learning Complex. Team members and coaches are preparing forof athletes from Maryland, Virginia and peted at several meets prior to qualifiers, the Junior Olympics as 13 young athletes will compete for national titles.Washington, D.C., who will advance. the team’s coaches say the first meet Athletes who finished in the top five in at a qualifying level comes somewhat kind of meet of this magnitude” she said. a lot of fun.”each event will compete in the national as a shock to many of the athletes. “Though they’ve been to big meets, this With a little more than a month tochampionship meet scheduled July 23-29 When younger participants competed at is far more important because this is the the Junior Olympics, Highsteppers vet-at Morgan State University in Balti- a preliminary meet in early June, team meet that the kids from all over the region eran and 10-time Junior Olympian Sammore. members caught their first peek at the are coming to.” Graves, who has qualified for an 11th trip, Highsteppers coach Cliff Timpson is competition — a strong motivator for The season started out a little rough, said the team needs to sharpen its focus inconfident in the athletes’ abilities as they working harder. coaches said, but has since turned around preparation for the championships.head into the Junior Olympics. “As the kids got to compete more and to produce more competitive athletes “Stop playing and get more focused,” “They look ready,” he said. “I believe seeing the other athletes, seeing what it ready for the Junior Olympics. the 17-year-old said.they’ll do better.” takes to be there, they all came around,” Traditionally, the race walk has been Sam and Timpson said that rest also The path to this year’s Junior Olympics Timpson said. “Especially after the last a successful event for the Highsteppers; will be an important factor heading intowas more difficult than in the past as the two weeks, their minds were really set and several competitors have been to the the Junior Olympics.team switched associations for the season their eyes were opened.” national championship. But due to ath- “The key to getting better is alwaysto attend the Baltimore-based champion- As the meets continue, Hunter said letes moving out of the area, getting too rest, believe it or not,” Timpson said.ships. the competition will become stiffer and old or changing events, coaches have had “We’re going to work hard when we’re in Previously, the Highsteppers competed should push the Highsteppers even fur- to rebuild the squad. practice. They have the technique. Theyin the Amateur Athletic Union, whose ther. “Overall, we’ve been doing really know what I expect as a coach. So the keychampionship will be in Houston this “It’s going to be even bigger because good,” Hunter said. “The kids are really is resting and knowing what you need toyear. To save money and cut back on a lot of these teams have not been to the 3. developing and seem like they’re having do, to do better.” 3 % How low can you go? Now that’s low! Interest rates have never been lower. 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  • 16. S ports Jibber Jabber - Opinion Sports Shorts Alternative golf optionsKnow your role The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation has partnered with two additional golf courses that will allow the Fort Meade community to play at discounted rates: Hobbits Glen Golf Club, 11130 Willowbottom Drive, Columbia. For I hope you got yourself down to the Wa l k i n gInner Harbor last week for Sailabra- across a 457- information, call 410-730-5980.tion. My wife and I celebrated our meter wire that Fairway Hills Golf Club, 5100 Columbia Road, Columbia. For11th anniversary down there on Fri- is five inches information, call 410-730-1112.day, and it was pretty boss. in diameter is We reaffirmed our love as we walked impressive, but EFMP bowlinghand-in-hand through the crowds upon further The Exceptional Family Member Program bowling events are held thewhile yelling at the fruits of our mar- review you will Chad T. Jones, third Tuesday of each month at the Lanes.riage, who seemed determined to cool see a little thing Public Affairs The next EFMP bowling event will be July 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.off in the Bay or at least get us to buy we critics like to Officer Events are open to Fort Meade exceptional family members and theirthem something. call a harness, family members and features free buffet food and giveaways. Even with that, we got to check out which was attached to a steel cable, Exceptional family members ages 18 and younger and their siblings mayall the sites the harbor had to offer, which was designed to keep him from register for free games and shoe rental at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webt-most notably the tall ships and the falling into the cool, rushing Niagara rac/meadecyms.html.surprisingly large number of dudes in River. So, I ask you, where’s the dan- For more information, call 301-677-1156.do-rags with braided pony tails that ger? Adult exceptional family members may register for free games and shoeflowed all the way down to the but- I believed Wallenda when he said rental at the EFMP office at 301-677-4779. Discounted games and shoe rentaltocks. that the television networks mandated will be offered to other adult family members. It was Americana at its best, but our that he wear a harness because “Nik For more information, email Anita Hendrix at anita.l.hendrix.civ@mail.special day wasn’t all about Eskimo Wallenda cannot lose his life live on mil or call 301-677-4779.kisses, snuggly-wuggly time and pony national television.”tails. I certainly do not want to see Nik, There was some serious conflict as or anyone for that matter, fall to their First Responders Golf Classicwell. death, but let’s be real. You can’t be a The Directorate of Emergency Services will sponsor the First Responder As you know, the Sailabration was daredevil without the fear of death. Golf Classic on Sept. 7 at Compass Pointe Golf Course in Pasadena.tied to the Bicentennial of the War of Wallenda’s walk while attached to a Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost is $100 per player.1812, a historic conflict whose out- wire doesn’t make him a daredevil. It The field is limited to 36 teams, so register early. Breakfast is provided.come serves as my wife and I’s default just proves he has good balance and The shotgun start is at 9 a.m. An awards dinner banquet follows theargument. Like most Canadians, my isn’t afraid of heights. tournament.wife believes that Canada somehow Did you ever see Evel Kneivel The event features a Captain’s Choice Best Ball four-player team. (Thosewon the war even though it wasn’t attached to any cables? No! http://bit. who cannot fill all four are paired with other singles.)even a country until 1867. However, ly/LzFRsN. That’s because being a Prizes will be awarded for long drive, straightest drive, closest to the pinthat fact didn’t keep her from tell- daredevil is all about canes, capes and (male/female) and top-placed teams. Door prizes also will be presented.ing me how “they” burned down our contusions, not steel cables that could For more information, call Keith Willard at 301-677-7681.White House. “They,” I replied, “were probably keep the Maid of the Mistsubjects of the crown, so why do you from plunging into the water, much Summer sports campsgive Canada credit for something the less a man.British did? It’s not genuine.” Now all of this doesn’t mean that Registration is under way for SKIES summer sports camps for ages 6 to 17. As you can imagine, that dose of Wallenda’s not brave. I certainly Football camp begins Monday and ends June 28. Basketball camp will runreality didn’t sit well with my Canuck. wouldn’t muster up the gumption to July 9 to 13.The next thing you know, we were walk across The Falls. But there are Cost is $85 per camp.talking about touks, toonies and 70’s a lot of things people do that I’m not For more information, call 301-677-1196.AM radio icon Anne Murray. Even brave enough to try, i.e. grow a ponyworse, my unwillingness to yield to tail that flows down to my buttocks. Fall sportsthose who claim to be what they are It just means that Wallenda lovers, Fall sports registration is under way at Parent Central Services, 1900 Reecenot ultimately led to me spending just like our Canadian friends, need to Road.part of my anniversary night on the know their role and own it. Youth sports are available for ages 3 to 18 years old. Fall sports includecouch. If Nik was a true daredevil, he would cheerleading, flag football, tackle football, swim and soccer. Anyway, Canadians are not the only have stepped onto Canadian soil sing- Participants ages 9 and older are encouraged to register as early as possible,ones who claim glory they haven’t ing “The Star-Spangled Banner” while especially those interested in tackle football.earned. Americans do it, too. The wearing a T-shirt that reads: “Sir Issac For more information or to coach, call 301-677-1156 or 301-677-1149.most recent example is Nik Wallenda, Brock is a punk.”who is now being classified as a dare- Or, he’d just marry a Canadian and For more Fort Meade sports, visit www.quickscores.com/ftmeadesports.devil because he walked across Niag- tell her what really happened in 1812.ara Falls on a tightrope. Here’s the If you have comments on this or any-video in case you missed it: http://bit. thing to do with sports, contact me atly/NF7WlD. chad.t.jones.civ@mail.mil.18 SOUNDOFF! June 21, 2012 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil

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